Schools are closing, people are freaking out, but here's a little tidbit buried in another series of front page stories in today's Chron: 36,000 people DIE every year from the flu in the United States alone. And what do we have so far one confirmed death in this country? Even in Mexico, ground zero for the outbreak, less than 200 people have died. This "pandemic" could turn out to be far less deadly than a typical flu season. In fact, it may be the mildest outbreak of "deadly" flu ever. Sure, there's a possibility that the outbreak might take a serious turn for the worse, but that appears to be a long shot at this point. And yet the mainstream media is treating it as if we are on the precipice of some sort of Armageddon. No wonder people are overreacting, and no wonder that more and more people are turning away from traditional news outlets. You can only cry wolf so many times.