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  •  Invasion from Mars (none)
    OMG ... we are not prepared for an invasion from Mars.  I saw the movie.  We are dooomed

    And the plant revolution.  We must put all plants under watch ... you can never be too careful.

    And are we really prepared for the "Big Strike".  You know the meteor that's out there headed for the US.

    We should bankrupt our country to alleviate our trivial fears ... like instead of just seeking therapy to accept that RISK happens and that's life.

    American Engineer :== loser!

    by jnmorgan on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 05:53:46 AM PST

    •  I can tell you failed history. n/t (none)

      Economic Left/Right: -6.63 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85 That makes me more Gandhi than Stalin

      by TomDuncombe on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 05:57:45 AM PST

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      •  Risk Assessment (none)
        What is the real risk vs what is the real cost?

        This is fear mongering!

        I too saw a report that shows this strain has been monitored since the 60's and has killed 60/80 people/year.  The strain's rate of death of humans is based only on people that were sick enough to seek medical assistance.  

        Most people experienced a cold/flu like symptoms.

        American Engineer :== loser!

        by jnmorgan on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 06:04:06 AM PST

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        •  We're overdue for a true pandemic (4.00)
          That's not fear-mongering to state.

          I believe the figure I've seen quoted for the 1918 flu pandemic, American casualties, was something like 200,000 dead. And that was among a much smaller population.

          If the deaths of 3000 people on 9/11 permanently traumatized us and changed the nature of our government forever, what would happen to our social fabric with 200,000 dead in a single month?

          Economic Left/Right: -6.63 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85 That makes me more Gandhi than Stalin

          by TomDuncombe on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 06:07:59 AM PST

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          •  675,000 dead in a population (4.00)
            1/3 today's size.

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

            by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 06:14:22 AM PST

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          •  I agree planning for a pandemic (none)
            is a good thing and something that the federal government (CDC) should have damned well have done in the past.

            But spending billions of dollars guessing that this is the strain is foolish.  

            When the strain mutates it's a different strain

            So as in all fault tolerance/avoidance scenarios think FDAIR Fault Detection, Assessment, Isolation and Recovery: expand on that thought and you have done all you can til it shows up.

            American Engineer :== loser!

            by jnmorgan on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 07:19:56 AM PST

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            •  prepshould be fotr all or any strain (none)
              but you wouldn't really do it diferent based on what you've said.

              "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

              by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 08:03:53 AM PST

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        •  If you don't believe it, don't prepare for the flu (4.00)
          - but if others choose to put food and water in their basements, why are you being condescending towards them, comparing this to Martians invading? It is their decision.

          Just don't then go grubbing for food from them if it happens.

          Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

          by adigal on Fri Feb 03, 2006 at 08:32:57 AM PST

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