Nothing to apologize for, Woodenpug. It is clear that we are misunderstanding each other at least some of the time. I think I see where you are coming from. I am sure that you mean well, and that you are looking for the truth about what is happening just as much as I am. I am just more willing to look in places that you are not.
I am thinking that perhaps our disagreement is more about whether or not the national pandemic planning is actually being implemented, or is it just looking good on paper, and talked about in press conferences. The issues I addressed in my last post are local ones. I am waiting to see what happens, and I will try to keep an open mind about it though I am worried about these things, and a whole lot more. When the pandemic plans of the various states were drawn up around 2006, I used to compare them and wonder how they would ever do some of what they said. They had a curious lack of detail. And now here we are three years later...
I just wanted to comment about the use of peer reviewed research and primary sources. I use them also when they appear, of course. But I am also very open to looking at such sources as translations from foreign media done by the flu forums (or the truly horrible ones that I do myself). I find them to be very valuable. I am looking to fill in the gaps of information that is missing in the official reports by the WHO and CDC.
If we only look at what govt is telling us, or only at peer reviewed research, we are going to know only what they choose to tell us. This just isn't enough for me.
Research takes some time, and we are in the middle of a pandemic... We have been seeing some great research being pre-published on the internet, (and it's peer reviewed). These have been fast tracked in record time because we needed to know this stuff yesterday! That's actually amazing. They are even releasing viral sequences though not all of them, and not the ones that we might be most interested in...
I read the flu forums, and find them to be an extraordinary resource. Those folks are really on top of things. They were already tracking what was happening in Mexico and had figured out that the California cases were the same disease way ahead of any announcement by CDC and WHO. It is very time consuming to read them, but so worth it. The two links below were my very first introduction to the information on swine flu, and it was thanks to flutrackers.com that I even knew about this.
(see post #96)
(see posts #102 and 104)
Now when it comes to the press conferences of the WHO or CDC, I have to admit, I am listening closely for what they are not telling us. I am reading the media reports including the foreign press the same way, and scrutinizing them to find out what the issues are.
And, I am also very willing to read informed opinions and commentary that I might not always agree with. I am willing to look at their extrapolations because they just might be correct. I have found this to be true by being willing to be open to what they are saying. Of course, I am familiar with the knowledge level, and the views of the people whose work I am posting. These folks are extremely informed about influenza or I won't use post their commentary at all. I find that reading a wide variety in this way helps me to see the bigger picture, and think about issues that I might not have been able to see otherwise. I don't ever regret anything that I have used.
Because of my time spent studying H5N1, I learned that disease outbreaks always lead to political decisions that have economic consequences. I am looking for transparency from govt sources for that reason. It is not always there.