I was sat in a Bangkok cybercafe last night and I overheard an American woman talking to its owner.
She said swine flu was not as bad as claimed and was being hyped up by the government to take people's minds off the economy.
People might be losing their jobs, she continued, but they will be happy to remain alive.
Well, I haven't kept up-to-date of what's happening with Swine Flu in New Zealand, but it is big news in Britain.
A handy diversion for the media to take attention from the many failings of Gordon Brown and his government.
Here in Bangkok, its a major issue too, with the papers having many stories and many Thais buying and wearing facemasks. I have just past a street-trader who was offering them in a nice range of colours and patterns.
The other day, I was in a taxi and I happened to give one of my allergy sneezes and within seconds all the electric windows were opened.
Now, it may be this American woman was a complete moonbat, but there has been much commentary about Swine Flu being a hoax.
I remember how in New Zealand we had a Foot and Mouth scare in Waiheke just as Helen Clark faced possible troubles over Doonegate, and the media frenzy let that matter pass by.
How much do our politicians manipulate the media like this? How much can we trust our political masters?
Like I say, I don't know whether swine flu is a hoax or is as bad as claimed.
But that bird flu crisis a few years back didn't eventuate into much, did it?