Even though the swine flu has been mostly just a mild illness, twelve Bay Area schools are closed this week, including Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, plus two pre-schools. According to the Chron, more than 8,000 Bay Area students will be staying home from school. Talk about overkill. This has to go down as maybe the most hysteria-filled near “pandemic” in history. It’s worth repeating. About 36,000 people die of the flu every year in this country, and we don’t close schools over that. But we have one death in Texas, and now we’re closing schools everywhere? Absurd.