Internet search engines line their borders with news briefs and photos of mask-wearing travelers or workers crossing the border at San Ysidro or the countless other Ports of Entry. Every day my children come home from school with reports that "so-and-so's" brother has swine flu or "what's-his-name's" dad is in Mexico and can't get home. While this is, indeed, scary because "we just don't know" and the media is even less helpful - Two different reports I heard on Wednesday: 159 deaths in Mexico versus 7 deaths, what's up with that? There is a big difference between these two reports and, unfortunately, we are only too happy to accept the sensationalized side of news and run to the local drug store to buy out hand sanitizer.
How do we, as smart people, allow this to happen? How do we become trapped in paranoia and permit it to take over? The state of the economy, the 5.1M jobs lost since 2008, and a current U.S. unemployment rate of 8.5% spells disaster any way you slice it but recent reports of continued and increased hiring is cause for some slight celebration, right? How do we take this good news combined the bad news we keep getting every hour on the hour and make our own worlds tolerable? I am typically not one that is easily pulled in by dread but it does seemed difficult to avoid the panic tractor beam that is increasingly magnetic.
This just in: We are changing the name from Swine Flu to H1N1 Influenza A...
Again, are you kidding me? Nope.
The government and media need to be more responsible, hands down.
**Forget the MLTs..., Maybe the farmers can sell BLTs to the Christians in Egypt for the next several years, as long as they cure the bacon right... ;-)