Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Puzzles are cool...and made in China...

Tinfoil connect the dots:

In this respect, the swine flu pandemic might be the one surprise event of 2009 that could engender a quick run into gold for the duration of the panic phase.
Then there is this:

Now the IMF is attempting an end-run around the U.S. Congress, as it quietly moves toward selling gold, most likely to China. Why does the IMF need the money? Just three years ago, the bloated organization (half of its 2,600 staff are economists) was nearly defunct; headquartered in Washington, D.C., the IMF was desperate to create an endowment fund to provide for its continued existence.
And this:

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- China boosted its gold reserves by 76 percent since 2003 and has the world’s fifth-biggest holding by country, said Hu Xiaolian, head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Then this:

Analysis and Commentary on the Phylogenic Tree of Current U.S. Swine Flu Cases

Researchers are puzzled over the origins and spread of the current H1N1 human borne influenza and that has health officials around the world worried.

The current virus mixes an existing triple combination of human, avian and swine influenza identified in 1998 with two new swine virus genes from Asia and Europe, both of human origin.


The H1 protein (hemagglutinin) shows evidence from past cases from Korea, China and Turkey as well as Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Kansas.

The N1 protein (neuraminidase) shows evidence of having come from China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Hokkaido, Japan, Chonburi and Chachoengsao (Thailand) and Italy.
Added to our little game of tic-tac-toe, played a few days ago.

Habitantes de la comunidad de La Gloria, ubicada en el municipio de Perote, pidieron la intervención del Gobierno de Veracruz para que gestione ante autoridades federales la inspección de las instalaciones de Granjas Carroll de México, a quienes atribuyen el foco de infección que afectó al 30 por ciento de su población.
A town in Mexico (in which a significant number of residents spend their week in Mexico City) claims that 30 percent of their residents have flu symptoms and respiratory problems. The town houses a very huge hog farm owned by Smithfield Foods. Which...by the way:

CHICAGO, April 22 (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods Inc's (SFD.N) shares rose as much as 9 percent on Wednesday amid rumors that the company may be the target of a takeover by Chinese agriculture company COFCO.
You can't make up plots this rich...but, I'm sure it's all just...you know...coincidence.