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  •  Some of this is understandable... (none)
    Every few years we do seem to get bombarded by the media with  the next "major killer." If the media would do their job and report balanced articles, without the excessive, IMO, fearmongering, this attitude would not be so prevelent.
    •  actually the poll suggests it's not very prevelant (none)
      at all. Most of the attitudes expressed there are quite reasonable, and very different than our pal Septic Tank.

      see also H5N1: The Risk Communication Dilemma, which i wrote since last we spoke. ;-)

      "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 24, 2006 at 07:46:50 AM PST

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      •  Of course I would not include you in this... (none)
        Assessment...and I was really thinking of it as a more world wide phenomenon. Type in "Bird Flu" on google and hit the News link. Alarmist story after alarmist story, followed by stories of local panic, followed by the realization that the outbreak was not as bad as first reported, followed by stories of new apathy. Bipolar coverage is going to lead to bipolar reaction.

        I haven't been on Kos as consistently as I used to. Have you published a diary entry highlighting the views of those who do not believe this will go pandemic - including those you mentioned in the article you linked, plus others I could suggest?

        btw I do not agree with Sandman that it is necessary to induce a panic in people to get them to act in this situation.

        •  Sandman's thesis is being proven (none)
          in real life, both internationally and in the US. But yes, I have highlighted the skeptics as part of many of my diaries, including Ewald, Siegel, Butcher and Orent.

          They all, however, agree with prepping. They just disagree about the h5N1 virus being the 'Big One'.

          "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 24, 2006 at 08:14:44 AM PST

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          •  Thanks... (none)
            I do agree that prepping is definitely warranted. As you have pointed out before, the economic harm to some of these countries whose poultry industries are being decimated is reason enough. Not to mention the poor who are being affected. Another reason for balanced media coverage!

            I think we are in danger of inducing panic far in excess of what is required. This could lead to an apathetic backlash. But you know, reaction is going to be different among those paying attention to this, and those only having a passing interest. I see the disparity in coverage with what is actually happening and it really ticks me off. But I suspect most people are not paying as close attention to it as I am.

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