Something is in the air.


We know we promised no long windiness but the chance came up to do this piece and we couldn’t resist. We have always loved collage. Just think of us as we lost our brakes and just kept going wheeeeeee—–. We hope that you like what we did with the words something in the air. Our friend Nathan gave us the words last Saturday and said, “See what you can do with them, I am expecting great things from you.” Well we here at QAOTP don’t believe in great things but took up the challenge anyway. Well what can we cay, out came this rather long piece that could be longer but boring easy we want to get on to another topic. Maybe once a month we will ask friends to give us some words and we will take a go. It is fun every once in awhile to put together these types of pieces, finding parts here and finding parts there and then collage them together and see what we came up with. We always strive for interesting, educational and entertaining. We like this art and it seems to like us. So dear readers enjoy this little take on something in the air. To all of you we wish good health and the strong ability to come out on the other side standing tall and in a fighting mood.


The information presented herein is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose nor prescribe treatment for any medical condition. Some of the opinions express herein may conflict with standard medical practices in your area and certainly conflict with the culturally acceptable ways of the people and society at large.


It has not yet been determined if licking a pigs snout will prevent one from contacting Swine flu.

But from where we sit we don’t think it is a good idea no matter what.

Indeed something is in the air all around. Some call it Swine Flu and some use the proper term H1N1. The powers that be tell us that H1N1 sounds better and if we keep saying Swine Flu the pork industry will suffer because people will think that if you eat pork you will start sweating, coughing, feel terrible all over and soon make your way up to the great land  in the sky. But for me a dumb person I can’t remember the H1N1, as numbers and letters don’t seem to mix.

So those up high in the government come out and tell us that you can’t catch swine flu by eating pork and to prove it the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano has promised to eat a ham and cheese sandwich at least once a week. (1) Gee, Janet that is great. That small caring action is sure to stop the slaughter of the pigs around the world and again they can enjoy a wonderful loll in the mud until its time to go to market. Wait until the fall. Farmers, it’s better to change what you grow for food now because if the coming plague that they say is coming, comes, no telling what shit you’ll be sitting in.

Some facts for you dear readers. People in the United States consume about 53 pounds of pork per capita per year.  Here is a little chart about worldwide consumption of pork.

2006 worldwide pork consumption (2)

Region Metric tons (millions) Per capita (kg)
1 People’s Republic of China 52.5 40.0
2 EU25 20.1 43.9
3 United States 9.0 29.0
4 Russian Federation 2.6 18.1
5 Japan 2.5 19.8
Others 12.2 n/a
Total 98.9 n/a
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, preliminary data for 2006.[8]

Pigs have always gotten a bad rap. Way back in the bad old days Leviticus told the Jews, “and the swine, though he divide the hoof and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch.” The Qur’an also prohibits consumption of swine flesh as it says, “He Hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides Allah.” But it is also stated that in times of famine or starvation it is okay to eat pork in order to save ones life. Of course Jesus gets in the act too when he drives out demons and sends them flying into a herd of swine causing the pigs to die in the incident.  The poor pig even got a bad rap back in 1963 when all of us kids sang along with Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva and knew that we had better give a feather or a fig as none of us wanted to grow up to be a pig. Funny baby those verses are the only ones that I remember from the song.

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
his shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
you may grow up to be a pig. (3)

How can anyone of my generation forget Yippie Sharon Krebs who came out naked as the day she was born carrying a pigs head on a platter into a meeting of U.S. Senators.


Sharon Krebs presents pig's head

But the pig rose to new respectable heights when the Yippies at the 1968 Democratic Convention nominated Pigasus the pig for President of the United States.  If anyone has any pig lore either good or bad please send it in to our comment sections. We would love to hear from you.


Pigasus was arrested August 23, 1968 by Chicago’s Pigs. Short lived candidacy.

Jerry Rubin had this to say:

“We want to give you a chance to talk to our candidate and to restate our demand that Pigasus be given Secret Service protection and be brought to the White House for his foreign policy briefing.”…Jerry Rubin

You know I think its time that we hear it from a pig himself. I found this delightful video when looking things up on the net today. Let’s let the little pig tell the story in a wonderful video called Swine Flu Song, by Putnam Pig, posted on you tube. (4) Let’s spread the news and this work of art around. It is art for these times far better than anything one will see in MOMA or other established great houses of art.

Pigs didn’t start the swine flu
Blame the laboratory
For this awful Story
Pigs didn’t start the swine flu
No we’ve been betrayed
The strain appears man-made.

Now that was certainly food for thought. That little piggy didn’t look lazy, dirty, slobby, ill dressed, with no table manners, or smelly. In fact I would be the first to invite him to dinner as a guest not as part of the menu.

The Doctor Will See You Now. 2009

Doctor and Health Care workers ready to go.

1976: Fear of a great plague: by Paul Mickle told us this.  On a cold afternoon of February5, 1976 an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fox Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike. Within 24 hours, 19 years old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass was dead killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-1919 which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide. Two weeks after Lewis’s death health officials disclosed to America that something called “swine flu” had killed Lewis and that 500 soldiers had caught the swine flu without falling ill.” Only Lewis died from the swine flu itself but critics are quick to point out that hundreds of American were killed or seriously injured by the inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus. How the swine flu got to fort Dix in 1976 still hasn’t been tracked down.  According to the article it was a wide held belief that the great plague as the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 came to be known was brought to America by returning GI’s from Europe after  fighting in WW1. However recent research has shown that the flu was brought to Europe by Americans who had been based in the South before they went to war. Makes one wonder. To read Paul Mickle’s full article go to: (5)

“Hey flu, who’s your Mamma?”

The mother of the swine flu began when three influenza strains from pig, bird and human combined in pigs to form two new and unusual stains. Viruses that circulate in aquatic birds are the genetic ancestors of all pandemic causing influenza including the 1918 Spanish flu blamed for killing millions of people worldwide. Because pigs are susceptible to both avian and mammalian strains of the flu they become mixing vessels for human and bird flu viruses. Now that comes out of the mouth of the powers that be too.

Beware of these messy paddle feet. No telling what they got.

 File:Canada Goose Creche.JPG

In North America, non-migratory Canada Goose populations have been on the rise. The species is frequently found on golf courses, parking lots and urban parks, which would have previously hosted only migratory geese on rare occasions. Owing to its adaptability to human-altered areas, it has become the most common waterfowl species in North America. In many areas, non-migratory Canada Geese are now regarded as pests. (they sure are) They are suspected of being a cause of an increase in high fecal coliforms at beaches. How I would like to scare off the thousand or so geese that hang out at the small pond in Pope Park. They have ruined the pond, shit all over the lawns, and hiss and flap their wings when they have babies around.

According to Richard Webby of WHO, “There is quite good evidence that avian viruses gets into swine barns through the practice of using pond water to wash down the barns.”

Over at the University of Connecticut Geese have been plaguing the campus’s lakes. I had read a few years ago that the beautiful Mirror Lake was now considered a dead lake. According to Richard Miller, the director at the Office of Environmental Policy, geese can excrete several times their weight every day. Ugly slippy shit.

“This contributes nutrients to the water, which then promote the growth of algae and weeds and can eventually cause eutrophication of the lake, making it uninhabitable for aquatic life,” Miller said. To read the article “The Geese Are Back In Town,” by Michelle Firestone click HERE.  This article is about what UCONN is trying to do to send the geese packing and to reclaim their lakes. (6)

Keep your fingers where they belong.

We’ve been told so many times but let me tell you one more time as it is well worth it keep your fingers out of your nose, eyes, mouth and ears. Yes out of your ears. In 1928 Richard Simmons (no relation to that little jumping bean with the bushy hair) hypothesized that colds and flu virus enter through the ear canal. His findings were dismissed by the medical community. Silly birds. Having used Dr. Simmons advice before I can attest that it does work. I have always had trouble with my ears and if I clean them out using hydrogen peroxide the symptoms all but disappear. German Scientists came to the same conclusion in 1938 having great success using hydrogen peroxide in dealing with colds and flu.

It is very important that one begins treatment as soon as symptoms appear. The way to go about this as told to me is to put a few drops of 3% hydrogen Peroxide into each infected ear. When the bubbling and sometime stinging stops (usually 5 to 10 mins) then drain onto tissue and repeat in other ear. For the flu you should do this process at least 3 times at a one or two hour interval. The key is to start at the first sign of a cold or flu.

You got to wash your hands like this. Lather up your hands at least for 25 seconds. Sing the Happy Birthday Song. Then rinse your hands for another 25 seconds, again sign the Happy Birthday Song. Be sure to wash under your nails as there under your nails is a lurking ground for germs. Better to keep you nails nice and short. Hey Girls with those long curling nails. Keep them out of your ears. No wax digging please. Drying your hands well is also an important step to removing germs from your hands. Remember if you see any small children licking the insides of the bus please let their mothers know. (I don’t know what it is about bus seats and windows that these little kids like)

Now the next tip to good health is one that you will say, “You gotta be making this up.”  Keep your two feet warm. Cold feet are connected to your nasal passages and according to Nature Doctor Dr. Vogel, “The nose walls react to cold feet. When the feet are cold the walls contract, become cold and dry and cause the glands to stop functioning, so that dust and bacteria are no longer filtered out. It is easy to see why a cold will almost inevitable result, followed by catarrh or a runny nose.” So keep those tootsies warm kiddies.  A really good article, Beating Colds And Flu’s, that everyone should read is found by clicking HERE.  (7)

One little thing I will try this year if my sinuses act up or I am not able to stop a cold. It is a steam bath that can be made from 3 spices that you probably have in the kitchen. The bath calls for the oil of Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme. Add 3 to 4 drops of the oil in a pan. Add 1 cup of slightly boiling water and breath in the steam. Of course as with all steam baths make a tent with a towel over your head. If I was going to use the spices from the kitchen I would place the 3 spices in some water, set to under a boil and breath in the steam. Of course don’t leave the pot of boiling on the stove as the towel over your head may catch fire then you would need more than a few spices to get yourself back on track and ready to face the world.

The Spanish Flu:

Although the first cases of the disease were registered in the continental US and the rest of Europe long before getting to Spain, the 1918 Flu received its nickname “Spanish Flu” because Spain, a neutral country in WWI, had no special censorship for news against the disease and its consequences. Hence the most reliable news came from Spain, giving the false impression that Spain was the most—if not the only—affected zone. (8)

The 1918 Spanish flu epidemic was caused by an influenza A (H1N1) virus, killing more than 500,000 people in the United States, and up to 50 million worldwide. The possible source was a newly emerged virus from a swine or an avian host of a mutated H1N1 virus. Many people died within the first few days after infection, and others died of complications later. Nearly half of those who died were young, healthy adults. Influenza A (H1N1) viruses still circulate today after being introduced again into the human population in the 1970s. All of us around the world demands that the good doctor as seen below keeps the virus where it belongs in his laboratory!

Fooling around with the Spanish Flu Virus. WE HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!File:Influenza virus research.jpg

This 2005 photograph of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dr. Terrence Tumpey, one of the organization’s staff microbiologists and a member of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), showed him examining reconstructed 1918 Pandemic Influenza Virus inside a specimen vial containing an orange-colored supernatant culture medium. (9)

The Oil Of Thieves.

Blending perfume and selling spices by day and robbing the dead at night. What noble tasks. Legend has it that the 4 perfumers and spice merchants became thieves during the Black Plague in Europe. The men used an old Egyptian alchemist’s recipe to ward off catching the plague. The oils of Cloves, Lemon, Cinnamon, Rosemary and Eucalyptus were the blend preferred by this group of men.Thieves oil has been proven to kill 99.96 of unhealthy microbes. If the oil is going to be taken orally leave out or add just a small amount of Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Inhaling the oil until you can feel the molecules in your nose should be done once or twice a day. Dilute Thieves Oil with olive oil and apply it to your wrists, feet, temple, chest and or the nap of your neck.  Some herbalists  are are saying that the 4 Thieves oil will help to stop H1N1 from even taking hold in your body.

Thieves Oil recipes:

  1. Equal amounts of eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove and lemon. Mix with base of olive oil. I usually put a tablespoon of each in a 2 oz. bottle and then fill the rest with olive oil. you can make a larger batch in a quart jar following the same proportion method.
  2. Same ingredients, but measured out in different strength’s. Clove Bud Oil 200 drops, Lemon Oil 175 drops, Cinnamon Oil 100 drops, Eucalyptus Oil 75 drops, Rosemary 50 drops.

The Doctor Will See You Now, 1349

Those who could ran for their lives those who couldn’t were added to the stench that was engulfing Europe during the Black Death.

In his beak were herbs and spices. Some say to cut off the stench of the dead rotting in the streets, sealed up in their homes, ugly blacken and swollen, and some say to purify the air that the doctor breathed.

Cloths infused with aromatic oils, such as camphor, rosemary or laurel were used to cover the face along with the aromatic spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. This was very expensive so only the rich could do any warding this way.

“Take yeah, Yarrow, Tansy, Featherfew, of each a handful, and bruise them well together, then let the sick make water into the herbs, then strain them and give to the sick to drink.”

From Medieval times until the mid-1800, it was generally believed that diseases were caused and spread through a corruption of the air or ‘misasma.’ Of course during the plague the air smelled most foul and was full of all sorts of infectious droplets. Sneeze, cough, rotting flesh gives off gasses. Damn how about a fly landing on your already dirty arm and taking a crap.

Coat the victims with mercury and place them in the oven, carry a lucky charm, bleed out the infected blood with leeches, drink hot drinks and sweat.

The cure of sound was used  to drive the plague away. Ring the church bells and let off the cannon, shoo, shoo, shoo. Get out of town.

Wormwood, Rosemary, Feverfew and Tansy were used for their flea-repelling properties, and we spread upon our floors, juniper, laurel, pine, lavender, sage and Thyme. (10)

A common belief at the time was that the plague was spread by birds. There may have been a belief that by dressing in a bird-like mask, the wearer could draw the plague away from the patient and onto the garment the plague doctor wore. The costumes (pictured above) consisted of a huge beaked mask, a doctors hat, a hollow walking stick, pants and a gown coated in wax, and leather gloves. Protecting the eyes, nose and mouth and wearing wax coated clothing did prevent the doctor from plague entrance at those points.

As the plague bore down with no cure in sight renewed religious fervor and the blame game started. Of course the Jews fell victims as rumors circulated that they had poisoned wells. By 1351, 60 major and 150 smaller Jewish communities had been exterminated. Due to the following of rabbinical law which called for a lifestyle that was, in general cleaner than that of the medieval villagers fewer Jews died from the plague. Lepers and anyone with any type of skin disease were singled out for an inner defect of the soul and were exterminated. (cripes I have adult acne so into the burning wood pile faggot I go.) Scapegoats for the disasters within the society. Scapegoats for the failure of the churches, the kings, doctors, God to protect the people. Scapegoats always scapegoats.

Watch out all yeah who read these lines as tomorrow it may be you who is blamed for something. Society at large has always found a way to play the blame game and when you have leaders who need power so bad  and are full of hate they can ride on the wave of the people’s anger and fear and bam your dead.

The Burning of the Jews during the  Black Plague

“How many valiant men, how many fair ladies, breakfast with their kinfolk and the same night supped with their ancestors in the next world! The condition of the people was pitiable to behold. They sickened by the thousands daily, and died unattended without help. Many died in the open street, others dying in their houses, made it know by the stench of their rotting bodies. Consecrated churchyards did not suffice for the burial of the vast multitude of bodies, which were heaped by the hundreds in vast trenches, like goods in a ships hold and covered with a little earth.”…..Giovanni Boccaccio.


Pneumonic plague was the second most commonly seen form during the Black Death, with a mortality rate of ninety to ninety-five percent. Symptoms included fever, cough, and blood tinged sputum. As the disease progressed, sputum became free flowing and bright red. Primary pneumonic plague results from inhalation of aerosolized infective droplets and can be transmitted from human to human without involvement of fleas or animals. Untreated pneumonic plague has a very high fatality rate. The most apparent symptom of pneumonic plague is coughing, often with hemoptysis. With pneumonic plague, the first signs of illness are fever, headache, weakness, and rapidly developing pneumonia with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and sometimes bloody or watery sputum. The pneumonia progresses for 2 to 4 days and may cause respiratory failure and shock. Without early treatment, patients will die. So those old bird masked doctors were on to something even if they didn’t know it.

The Ugly In America 2009.

Michael Savage, a former cable channel news person for one of the major networks who also has a radio show, said:  “Make no mistake about it: Illegal aliens are the carriers of the new strain of human-swine avian flu from Mexico. . . Could this be a terrorist attack through Mexico? Could our dear friends in the radical Islamic countries have concocted this virus and planted it in Mexico knowing that you, [Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano, would do nothing to stop the flow of human traffic from Mexico? . . . How do you protect yourself? What can you do? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, and I don’t give a damn if you don’t like what I’m going to say. I’m going to have no contact anywhere with an illegal alien, and that starts in the restaurants. . . I will have no any illegal alien workers around me. I will not have them in any of my properties, I will not have them anywhere near me.” Ugly but after reading Elian’s essay over at Queers Against Obama I would not put anything past some of these Americans. (11)

Egon Schiel

A tribute to artist Egon Schiel who died from the Spanish Flu on October 31, 1918 in Vienna. His wife Edith who was six months pregnant died 3 days before.


(1) Janet Napolitano before a Senate Committee 5/2009

(2) 2006 worldwide Pork Consumption Chart… Pork: Wikipedia..Consumption Patterns.

(3) Swinging on a Star was recorded in 1944 by singer Bing Crosby. Legendary crooner Andy Williams and his brothers backed up Bing on his 1944 version. His song writer, Jimmy Van Heusen, was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner and to discuss a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal, one of the children began complaining about how he didn’t want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, “If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?” Van Heusen thought that this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie. He pictured Bing, playing a priest, talking to a group of children acting much the same way that his own child acted that night. When he took his idea to his partner, Johnny Burke, Johnny was quick to approve, and they wrote the song.

4. The Swine Flu Song, by Putnam Pig. You Tube Video.

(5) The Fear of The Great Plague: Paul Mickle, The Trentonian.

(6) The Geese Are Back In Town, Michell Firestone, The Daily Campus, 2/18/09

(7) A must read page. Check out the other health information at their home page:

(8) Hunting the 1918 flu: One Scientist’s Search for a Killer Virus,  Kristy Duncan, University of Toronto Press, 2003

(9)Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

(10) Words culled and words added to these lines of thought.

(11) Elian Maricon, “Under Siege: Latinos in the South” or “The Deadly Consequences of Respectable Nativism.” Click HERE.

To see more of Egon Schiel’s works click into google images and go from there.

For an up to date story, People Flee Chinese Town Hit By Plague click HERE.

Boccaccio describes the Plauge in Florence in the Introduction of the Decameron.

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