While on its surface the late Michael Crichton's book State of Fear was a damning exposé of the global warming hoax, the underlying message was how thrilled the news agencies are with the thought of dangling this delicious fear over our heads. The more you fear the devastation global warming will bring, the more you'll go back to their news sites for further information. And, presumably, while you're there, click on an ad banner and buy something. Unquestionably, the two biggest pushers over recent years have been Fox News and ABC News.
Say, speaking of terrible fears, how 'bout that horrible Swine Flu Pandemic? Pretty much wiped out entire continents with that baby, eh? But, thankfully, those days of worry and "Am I next?" are behind us:
August 11: WHO Declares End to Swine Flu Pandemic
Remember that day, folks. August 11th, a day that will live in history as the day we were finally freed from the shackles of pandemic fear. We're free! Free!
Scientists Find New Superbug Spreading From India
A new superbug could spread around the world after reaching Britain from India - in part because of medical tourism - and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it. — Fox News, August 11
Identified Gene May Bring on New Superbug
British researchers reported that the new gene, called NDM-1, can be easily be transferred into common bacteria such as E. Coli. The gene alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics. — ABC News, August 11
Well, it was nice while it lasted.