AUSTIN (KXAN) - Conspiracy theories surrounding the swine flu outbreak seem to
be popping up at the same rate as agencies confirm new cases
throughout North America.
As the swine flu hysteria goes global and people search for a
quick solution for avoiding the swine flu, it's somewhat difficult
not to be distracted by some of the theories floating around
online. Take a look at the colorful scenarios conspiracy theorists
Swine-flu inspired conspiracy theories
1. The swine flu is a man-made virus cooked up by the
government to intentionally unleash a biological weapon into the
wild in a crime against humanity, in somewhat of a bioterrorist
NaturalNews.com said, "Throughout human
history, virtually all the great crimes against humanity have
been carried out by governments...So let's be clear about one
thing: Governments are certainly capable of doing this if
properly motivated. Let there be no question about that."
2. Western governments created the flu to rake in
PRESSTV reported Indonesian Health Minister
Siti Fadilah Supari said Tuesday the deadly swine flu virus could
have been genetically engineered, earlier accusing Western
governments of making and spreading viruses in developing
countries to boost pharmaceutical companies' profits.
3. The Republicans are to blame for the swine flu
Spiked-online mentioned left-wing
conspiratorial-minded crusaders blame the Republicans in U.S.
Congress for cutting 'pandemic preparedness' funds out of Obama's
economic stimulus package.
4. Corporations factory-farming pigs are responsible.
"It certainly would not surprise me if this was simply the
latest monster disease to emerge from the factory farming of
Sindark.com. "Packing together unhealthy,
antibiotic-marinated animals in proximity with human workers is
pretty much the most efficient possible incubator for novel
5. President Obama's presidency is the reason for the swine
Hominidviews blog Web site had the following
comment by Michelle Bachmann suggesting the democratic president
has such a strong coincidental tie to the outbreak: "I find it
interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swien flu
broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy
Republican Gerald Ford was president during the
1976 swine flu outbreak, where he made a
decision for a national inoculation that is still debated by
6. Baxter Corporation created the virus to make money.
Web site claims the Baxter Corporation makes
the only cure for the swine virus and is facing massive layoffs
in addition to a sea of red ink: "Like all evil corporations in
movies, they area behind the whole evil plot to make money in a
massive conspiracy that goes all the way to the top."
7. TV networks are behind it all.
claim said the press used their passes to
get access to government labs with the virus and spread it using
their Mexican affiliates. "The sagging TV news ratings and
plummeting ad revenues are already forcing massive layoffs.
Without a huge increase in ratings, TV news could follow the way
of the newspaper."
8. Doctors created the widespread virus to see themselves
through the recession.
With rising costs and a looming recession, a
Web site claims a splinter group from the
American Medical Association released the disease to save their
expensive cars and home from foreclosure.
9. Surgical-mask producers needed to get rid of
Web site aligned the surgical-mask producers
with General Motors, saying they were sitting on huge inventories
and facing bankruptcy. However, unlike GM the mask producers had
easy access to medical supplies and the medical expertise
necessary. The Web site offers the insight that the outbreak
could lead to the largest manufacturing runs for surgical masks
in world history.
10. Anti-immigration forces schemed up the virus.
Left with no other options and with democrats moving forward
on legalizing illegals, anti-immigration forces engineered the
swine flu so the United States would close the borders once and
for all. A
Web site said the reasoning behind it all is
to reduce the population trying to get over the border in one
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