And as if by magic…

They really aren’t putting any effort into this tuberculosis scare at all, are they? The time between the first ever case of a human catching TB from a cat, and the first ever case from a dog, can be measured in hours.

A dog has already been added to their little graphic which gets the scare across to the hard of reading. That explains why the badger image in the first graphic was so wide. To make it look like they weren’t leaving space…

The article also mentions mice and rats. The wild kind, but it’s an easy step from there to convince the drones that their pet rodents are nasty, disease-ridden monsters intent on killing them while they sleep.

I wonder how much collateral damage they will accept just to kill some badgers? Probably any amount, since the antismokers and antidrinkers and the rest don’t care how much damage they do to people and families. They just have to have their way and if huge numbers of people suffer and then die alone, well it’s for their own good.

The easy way would be to return to inoculating everyone against TB but that would be too sensible. Kittens and puppies too, in high risk rural areas, also cows and if there is an oral vaccine (I honestly don’t know if there is one for TB) we could leave vaccinated bait around for badgers.

The badger/cow transmission is well established but who started it? Did the badgers infect the cows first, or the other way around? Either way, they are now reinfecting each other so inociulating the cows would mean they aren’t continually passing it back to badgers. This should – although if cows are immune it doesn’t really matter – reduce the incidence in badgers too.

I’m pretty relaxed about vaccination. Microbiologists have to be. We get so many needles stuck in our arms throughout our careers that one good tug and it’ll rip off like a stamp. I was even vaccinated against rabies once, before visiting China. Waste of vaccine. I only saw two dogs and both were roasted. That one isn’t a lifetime protection and apparently it won’t stop you getting rabies. It just holds it back to give you time to get to hospital.

Even so, I never bother with the annual flu vaccination. I don’t believe you can be vaccinated against something so rapidly-changing. Some of these viruses have a clever trick: they only have to get into one cell and then the immune system can’t find them. They don’t burst the cell when they reproduce inside it. The new viruses are budded off at the cell membrane and emerge coated in host cell membrane. Then they go off and infect more cells. When the white blood cells stop them and demand ID, they show the surface proteins of a host cell and are allowed to go on their way.

Pretty smart for something made out of a strand of DNA or RNA and a few bits of protein. I wonder – when the immune system realises what is going on – could that be what triggers some autoimmune diseases? Heck, I have drifted way off topic this time.

We truly are in the grip of sociopaths. Badgers are spreading TB at a rate that, when compared to the increasing human to human transmission rate, doesn’t even show as a blip on the graph. So they set out to shoot some badgers. Doesn’t work.

Real people would say ‘Well, it’s not working. We could go back to gassing them but the Green cult will be all over us again. So maybe if we just inoculate everyone and everything and then let the badgers get on with it, that’ll sort it out’.

The problem for the sociopath is that it would be an admission of failure. Their plan was wrong and their previous declaration that inoculation wasn’t needed any more was wrong and their insistence that badgers be protected was wrong. That cannot be allowed to happen. They can never admit they were wrong.

We see the same with smoking bans and plain packs and booze prices and food taxes. Even when it’s clear their schemes do far more harm than good, they cannot admit they were wrong. They must press on with The Plan even when The Plan has been demonstrated to be an utter waste of time and money.

Now we have everyone catching TB from everything. Everyone is suffering from second-hand badgers and that means only one thing. A ban on badgers.

Badgers, being animals, can be exterminated entirely once the drones are whipped into a suitable frenzy. It’s not really much more difficult to move from there to a point where the drones will be happy to exterminate people whose lifestyles they don’t agree with. Hitler did it. Pol Pot did it. Stalin did it. It’s been standard practice for a long time.

Some Pagans (the Gerald Gardner kind, not real ones) claim that they were persecuted in the Middle Ages to a greater extent than the Jews under Hitler. Well, they are missing a very important point here. Most, if not all, of the witches tried  and found guilty in the Middle Ages were not even practising Pagans. Just some poor sap the village didn’t like very much. It was all just an excuse to blame someone and then punish them while bypassing all that inconvenient ‘innocent until proven guilty’ stuff.

You can still see this in modern times. How often do you read of a lifelong non-smoker who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and is pronounced ‘smoker’ by the NHS? They will not accept that lung cancer occurs in nonsmokers for reasons that cannot even remotely be linked to tobacco. Guilty! Heretic! Computer has spoken.

The smoker-bashing has slowed a little while they co-opt the lungs of idiots for this TB scare. The NHS, meanwhile, still bemoan the lack of suitable organ donors.

Well in addition to refusing smoker’s lungs, patients will want to know if the donor kept cats or dogs soon. They won’t want one of those TB-infested things, thank you very much.

When that happens I think I’ll get a cat and a dog.

And teach them to smoke.

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10 thoughts on “And as if by magic…

  1. Careful: If they follow the antismoking model of “any possible risk” being too much, then cats and dogs will soon be made illegal unless you’re wealthy enough to own your own free-standing home!

    – MJM

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  2. “I never bother with the annual flu vaccination. I don’t believe you can be vaccinated against something so rapidly-changing.”
    I thought it was just me, given the reactions from both medicos and drones when I tell them. The fact that I’m knocking on a bit must back up my theory, given that I haven’t pegged it from flu so far.
    (crosses fingers, prays silently, strokes lucky foot of dead rabbit)

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  3. ‘You can still see this in modern times. How often do you read of a lifelong non-smoker who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and is pronounced ‘smoker’ by the NHS? They will not accept that lung cancer occurs in nonsmokers for reasons that cannot even remotely be linked to tobacco.’ I’m friends with the widow of a once well-known judge of the High Court. He was once diagnosed with cancer of the throat (not what he died of though) and was asked how long he had been smoking by the oncologist. When it was explained that he had never smoked in his life, nor was he brought up in a smoking household, and that none of his family smoked was told ‘but this kind of cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke – you must have been exposed at work’. When told that the patient never allowed smoking in his court room the specialist got quite defensive and snotty and insisting once more on the exposure to tobacco smoke meme. In fact the oncologist went on to just about imply that his patient was a liar. The next consultation brought out a grudging admission that obviously this type of cancer needed more research as to possible causation. No apology was forthcoming though.

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    • I always tell nonsmokers to respond to the stadard ‘do you smoke’ question with ‘I used to but I stopped years ago’.

      If you smoke you get everything tested. They are actively looking for anything at all that could be wrong with you.

      If you say ‘never smoked’ then they won’t believe there can possibly be a real problem and put it down to stress or hypochondria. They certainly will not entertain the possibility of cancer.

      Everything is caused by smoking so if you don’t smoke there can’t be anything really wrong with you. You’re imagining it.

      That, in a nutshell, is what six years of medical training comes down to these days.

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  4. Ahhh vaccination, if only it were that easy! The standard anti-TB vaccine is BCG, named after some French chaps who invented it. What it is, is live bovine TB bacteria that have been kept in artificial culture for so long that they’ve co-evolved to it and lost most of their virulence. You vaccinate by squirting this live culture into the victim, and letting their immune system get a bit of practice in killing off the unarmed TB you’ve put in.

    By rights this should work famously. A live culture of what to an immune system looks identical to the wild-type ought to give fantastic immune response. Problem is, it doesn’t. TB is a tricksy little bastard, tends to secrete waxes and hide from immunoglobulins so the only response that works well is the antiparasitic immune response (inflammation and all that). Worse, TB looks quite like a lot of completely harmless mycobacteria, which are very common in soil and the general environment and so over time the immune response simply fades away.

    The net result is that in cattle, you get about 75% immunity that lasts for little more than a year (this was experimentally tested in big trials in the 1940s and 1950s); the vaccination effectiveness in people is about the same as this. In badgers, the vaccination almost never prevents infection, and usually just slows it down a bit. This isn’t necessarily a good idea; one might term this the “Typhoid Mary” effect, as all prolonging a TB-infected badger’s life does is gives it a bit more time to spread the disease. The vaccine “trial” in Wales isn’t even trying to identify already-infected badgers and kill them off, they are just bunging BCG into every brock that wanders into a trap and thus volunteers.

    The current state of affairs with badgers and TB at the minute is actually pretty simple: the various Badgers Acts have made badgers sacred. You aren’t allowed to control the population at all. Badgers are completely susceptible to bTB, there’s lots of ’em, and there has been no official control of badgers to prevent bTB at all (despite the various Badgers Acts all permitting this).

    Can we say “unchecked epidemic”? Can we say “accident waiting to happen”? How’s about “fucking stupidity by politician who took a bribe”?

    We know how to stop this one. Dead easy; simply gas every badger sett inside a couple of miles of each bTB outbreak. That’s how endemic bTB became vanishingly rare bTB last time. Doesn’t matter what you use as long as it kills quickly and quietly, but you have to do this and you also have to make provision for controlling the population of badgers thereafter.

    No company in its right mind is going to even try make a truly effective TB vaccine because fifty years of research hasn’t found one yet, the research will cost and then after all that you have to find a mug to pay for the vaccine. You also have to work out how to dose every single badger, and the risk is always that the government refuses to pay and goes with culling instead.

    The leading edge of endemic bTB is just about touching the M25 near London. Given how pervasive badgers are now, as soon as the infection gets a hold inside the M25 then it will assume national emergency status, as London will be affected then. This is just the forefront of the villifying of badgers; expect more soon.

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