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Swine Flu by whu-wei Swine Flu by whu-wei
Disappointed that Bird Flu didn't take off like the Black Death, the news media's got a new superbug to work itself into a froth over.

T-shirt design available here: [link]
or in Europe here:[link]

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Edit: thanks for all the faves/collects - too many to thank individually.
No disrespect intended to any victims, or their loved ones - this is a dig at mass media, and the distortions they foster.
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:iconhallowpointpaws:
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bird flu, pig flu, dog flu. What's next, unicorn flu?
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
June 2010 and the truth starts to emerge: [link]
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:iconvampluvergoth:
VAMPluverGOTH Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I would go for the death of us all!
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:icondanendesign:
danendesign Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Is it alright for me to use this picture in a presentation I'm doing on media and Swine Flu?
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yep, certainly - anything to help counteract misinformation a bit!
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:icondanendesign:
danendesign Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Thank you!
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tintedrose Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if only it was that.It saddens me how people are so naive.Wake up before it's too late.

[link]
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
The woman running the blog at that link has apparently already made $10,000 dollars (from donations) by fuelling conspiracist paranoia. Sounds alot more profitable than selling a few t-shirts... I'll have to give it a go! [No, hang on, then I'd be exploiting people's fears the same way the media does, and become a complete hypocrite - bugger!]
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tintedrose Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes "apparently" lol,and what proof of this do you have?
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Er, that's what it said right above the Donate button on her blog when I visited - "$10,000 raised so far", or somesuch. Obviously quite proud of the fact.
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tintedrose Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well yeah .How do you keep a site going on fresh air?And what do you live from when you've been fired?
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TheBlackEwe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
This is what swine flu is and where it came from. It's far worse than just the media whipping up hysteria. :(
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
That link is to an article from April, concurrent with the alarmist media reports that prompted this t-shirt in the first place. Half of us should have been dead by now, regardless of what you choose to believe about the origins of the strain.
The fact that half of us aren't dead makes me suspect I was probably right in the first place... though there's still time, I suppose!
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:icontheblackewe:
TheBlackEwe Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You can stop yourself getting influenza with vitamin D. There's no need for all the freaking out the news is making so many people do, and there's definitely no need for the infected tamiflu jabs they're giving everyone. Pregnant women especially shouldn't get them. They say not to give the vaccine to children under 6 months, so why would it make sense to give it to a woman and a fetus? I don't trust the vaccine at all. :no:
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:icontheblackewe:
TheBlackEwe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the T-shirt, by the way! :D
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milora Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
You know the EXACT SAME THING happened between 1976-77? Except because of some people dying suddenly or developing paralysis after being vaccinated, it gave so much bad publicity that millions of Americans refused the vaccine. And despite health officials warning the President Ford that there could be deaths in the millions from swine flu...the death toll didn't even surpass that of the regular seasonal flu.
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:icondanendesign:
danendesign Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
One other thing the media 'forgot' to mention was that this isn't a new strain. We already have seen it before in 1918-19 during the war.
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:iconmilora:
milora Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
O_o I did not know that part! Fascinating.
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:icondanendesign:
danendesign Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Very, the thing is it was much worse than thime around, but only because they were engaging in trench warfare at the time and gave the virus the chance to mutate. But still, would be nice to have some medical reports on it..
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milora Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Eugh. I would have hated to have it then..^^; Yes, I think a medical report would be interesting! ._.
Oh yeah. Plus, I believe that garlic is a natural cure for the swine flu (and a number of sicknesses.) But according to the officials, garlic does nothing--only the vaccine can cure us! >_>

[link] is an example of an article about swine flu and garlic. A couple of quotes from that article:

"Health officials have publicly urged the population not to take garlic's healing properties so seriously. Instead, they recommend opting for more conventional precautions, such as washing hands, wearing face masks, or eventually getting vaccinated."

"...Serbia's first swine flu cases were confirmed after the annual Exit rock music festival in July in the town of Novi Sad, where authorities say the mostly young audience indulged in beer and marijuana.

By contrast, the media say, no swine flu cases resulted from the equally popular folk music festival in Guca, central Serbia, where the generally older, more tradition audience gorged on meat dishes heavily spiced with garlic, and drank slivovitz."

""People must take this pandemic more seriously and focus on real prevention and medicine," not garlic, said Zoran Djordjevic, a virology doctor at a Belgrade hospital."
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
"the more things change, the more they stay the same"!
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:iconmilora:
milora Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
<stupid> Nahhhh, couldn't be! </stupid>

But seriously. I want that shirt. ^_^
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
you can buy it at my Zazzle store [link]
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
hmm, that didn't work... I wonder if [link] will?
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gizbear Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Student Writer
i totally would have worn this shirt until two days ago. i'm a little disappointed that it's less media hype than i thought. :( but i still don't think i'm gonna die....
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think now the northern hemisphere is entering winter, it'll kick in like any other 'flu... 6 months since I posted this and thankfully there haven't been the millions of deaths they were predicting.
I hope you're feeling better now - don't go dying else I'm going to have to take this design down!
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gizbear Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student Writer
XD it's all good. got over it. not dead. :D yeah, we're getting into winter. and the seasonal flu is coming around. this season it TEH SCARY SWINE FLUUUUU!!! ZOMG.
but i think most of us will live.
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Phew!
I think it'll probably be divine justice if I catch it and be one of the minority who does actually die...
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gizbear Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Writer
aw, that would suck ass though. :P
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
oh I dunno - the afterlife can't be an awful lot worse than this place!
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gizbear Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Student Writer
...agreed, actually.
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SarahTriceratops Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed , but I am guilty of being a tad scared.
I'm currently very sick , and thought i had swine flu but do not.
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're not guilty of anything - it's the media's fault for making us anxious about things we don't need to worry about.
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SarahTriceratops Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
So true , true indeed :)
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ZuKoBaBe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
my friend Maddie Butcher died from swine flu. she was on the news and all over the show. when i saw this i felt like crying because she always smiled and luaghed about things but now she's gone and i'm really worrying about my other friends getting it.

i admit that the media has made a load of things up just for news but this is something really bad.

R.I.P maddie butcher, wherever you are.
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss, as I am for everyone who's lost someone to this or any other strain of flu.
My own 4 year old neice was prescribed Tamiflu for suspected swine flu but all it did was make her feel worse and give her nose-bleeds, and this is what I object to. The media hysteria even infects the medical profession and people suffer through disinformation.
I wasn't denigrating the potential seriousness of swine flu to SOME people, I was trying to counterpoint the media's overreaction to it. They've made you concerned for your other friends when the reality is that none of them are likely to die from it - it's an understandable reaction on your part, but it's irresponsible journalism.
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ZuKoBaBe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
personally i think that the swine flu is just a normal flu but where everyone is worrying about it, it makes it seem like it's bad....but after hearing the death of my frien i'm beginning to think that this thing cannot be stopped or slowed down....

if anything i's mking everthing worse...the media did this with bird flu and foot and mouth disease yet here most of are, still alive and breathing. but sometimes smeone will get the wrong end of it...like my friend but at least she din't feel any pain.

she had swine flu, the doctors gave her some tamiflu and it made er worse...she had to be hospitilised and then se fell into a coma...she appantly had a hart attack in her coma and the doctors said that she felt no pain....


i wish the media would be honest with things like this coz until it happens to you, you think t's nothin or it's far too bad....
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, the media are interested first & foremost in sales, viewing and circulation figures. Sensationalism attracts people's attention so they sensationalise everything. (The BBC used to be less prone to this, but even their TV news seems to be more focused on popular appeal than anything else these days.)
Losing someone close to us throws things into sharp relief, but also helps us realise how precious life is. Hopefully, given time, you can focus on the good times you shared, and appeciate what you've learned from having her as a friend.
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ZuKoBaBe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
yea
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:iconenglandsdreaming:
englandsdreaming Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
very true (:
except i actually do have swine flu, and its not that bad.
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:iconwhu-wei:
whu-wei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Get well soon!
It's still no worse than any other flu strain...except that the media made it topical and now can't stop bleating on about it, such that if I were a pregnant mum I'd probably be worried about catching it, just through the constant news bombardment.
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englandsdreaming Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Agreed.. It's really not that bad at the moment, and anyway. I've always been skeptical of things the media blow up out of propotion.
Thank you, by the way!
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little-miss-poptart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
haha... i am so buying that t-shirt.
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UndergirlHaven Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
In every discussion on the swine flu, I always say its no different from any other flu, its just people are making a big deal out of it. Any flu kills, and the swine flu has only been killing people who's health was impaired.
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Absolutely. The news media can't make any capital out of that, so they exaggerate & distort things for as long as they can get away with.
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DiseasedCandy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Oh so true. Plus, with the media creating Hysteria people will start coming to doctors thinking they have Swine Flu when its just a cold, taking up the precious time of people who really need the medical attention
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ILike2DrawHorses Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
And soon the media dudes will regret making such a fuss over swine flu and think why the heck did i make it sound so harsh xP
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
No, I can't see that happening - these people are conscience-free! If they get it wrong, it's always someone else's fault, never theirs.
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ILike2DrawHorses Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
OMG great design, i've been waiting for a swine flu t-shirt xD
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The media must have more power than I thought to influence agencies like the WHO like that . . .
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