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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. Personal Failure
    Personal Failure April 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm |

    I saw this on a fundamentalist christian board on Friday. Yes, last Friday. The poster said that the swine flu coming to the US was the result of “low tech bioterrorism”. Wow.

  2. Rosa
    Rosa April 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    that was astoundingly racists and unsurprisingly paranoid. But regardless of what nut job pundits might say, it is important to stay informed about the spread of the illness. Right not it is no where close the the apocalyptic conspiracy headed by rogue terrorists with high tech desert chemistry sets. However, it is spreading within the U.S. from human to human. There is a a great story about this on this site: ( lots of great sources)

  3. Natasha Yar-Routh
    Natasha Yar-Routh April 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    Actually this does not, unfortunately, supprise me in the least. Remember a few years back when Lou Dobbs and others tried to blame immigrants for leprosy in the U.S.? It’s a old tactic of the ‘dirty foreigner’, a old but still useful racist trope.

    It does rather nicely cement the position of the Republican Party as the party of white supremacists though doesn’t it?

  4. Bitter Scribe
    Bitter Scribe April 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm |

    This guy “speculates” that radical Islamists “planted” the flu bug (how deep do you plant it? How fragile is the root system?) in Mexico to attack America. If these guys are so expert at “planting” bugs, why not just do it directly in the U.S., where the centralized transportation and processing…

    Oh fuck it. What am I doing? You cannot argue with these people. They are impervious to all forms of logic. They are impervious to everything but the sound of their own voice.

  5. Aftercancer
    Aftercancer April 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm |

    Disgusting but how can that be a surprise? Just take a deep breath and hope they get a good healthy dose of it. Savage is in California where there is at least one confirmed case, somebody go give him a big kiss. LOL!

  6. Suzanne M
    Suzanne M April 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    I’ve seen a lot of this kind of bullshit in comment sections on news articles and such. Lots of “We need to seal the border NOW! Those illegals will kill us all!” And of course they ignore entirely the fact that the eight cases in NY were caused not by illegal immigration or some kind of terrifying bioweapon, but by students going to Mexico for spring break.

    But then, logic doesn’t fare well in the vacuums inside these people’s heads.

  7. hypatia
    hypatia April 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |

    Wow, way to live up to “going off the rails in a crazy train.”

    Of course I’m having trouble with the entire media coverage in general of this issue. On the one side it’s “We’re all going to die!” On the other, “It’s just the flu.” One interviewed disease specialist even went so far as to declare it “boring” before provided the regular sound bytes on washing your hands and trying not to sneeze on too many people.

  8. FilthyGrandeur
    FilthyGrandeur April 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    just wow…

  9. evil_fizz
    evil_fizz April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |

    I would say something about how the U.S. cases appear to be a function of Americans traveling abroad, not people sneaking across the border, but that would infuse an unnecessary element of logic into this “debate”.

  10. Catherine
    Catherine April 28, 2009 at 1:14 am |

    Wow… my extended family has friends in Mexico City. There are currently so many people sick and dying in a country with big cities and bad slums whose government is clearly in over its head with this epidemic… and it’s all about bioterrorist attacks on America. How incredibly sad.

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  12. The Emperor
    The Emperor April 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    The irony in Weenie’s (Savage. His real name is Michael Weiner) logic is that the USA was founded by Illegal Immigrants. Think about it. In the 1600’s illegal aliens came to this New World from Europe and settled here without Visas, without asking the Native population for permission(only doing so after they already settled) and without regard for Indian Laws.

    If I was a terrorist group, you don’t need to use bio-terrorism because there is the chance that the virus you use will come back and bite you on the ass. Leave bio-weapons to retards like oh governments.

    What’s next? AIDS was a plot by the “Gay Mafia” to undermine God and destroy America?

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