The World Health Organization upgraded the worldwide swine flu panic to Level 5, but out our way people are still walking around as if nothing much were happening, though another local school, Bishop Kearney in Bensonhurst, has been closed. Twitterers are getting sick, not from swine flu but of it: “@Jayslacks and I are neck-punching everyone that mentions swine flu today. Why don’t you join us?”
The CDC has even moved its swine flu chart off the front page. (It counts 91 cases in the U.S.) Mexico remains more or less shut down, and Vice President Joe Biden is doing his best to keep the panic going stateside by telling the world he has advised his family, “I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” such as subways and airplanes — “when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.” Well, everyone knows how Joe runs his mouth, and he’s already backing off, so this will if anything have a further calming effect. More at The Smart Asset.