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  •  We don't have doctors, equipment.... (1+ / 0-)
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    or hospital beds enough to treat this.  And we need to have the doctors/nurses/lab techs/orderlies not sick themselves.  And we need to make sure the power gird and essential serivices don't fail because people get sick- think W2K.

    Yes, I know Y2K sounded like a big scare tactic- but it prevented a lot of problems and built up the world's computers and infrastructure.  I pray for bird flu to be like Y2K.  

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Thu May 25, 2006 at 05:40:33 AM PDT

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    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      Y2k did a lot of good. It forced the Big Corps. and parts of the Gov't to invest billions into new computers and to upgrade older systems that might have had some Y2k problems. I personally think it wasn't really much of a problem in retrospect though. What we missed was how  society although very inter-dependent it's also extremely durable as well. The Flu on the other hand if it maintains it's present lethality ratio will  a much more efficent job of making a mess of society. We need to pour a ton of resources into preparing for such pandemic crisises. They're going to happen they always have and they always will. With 6.5 billion people though I'm not worried about the survival of the entire race. People will survive and society will re-constitute itself somehow someday even if the worse case scenario occurs. Personally, I'd prefer to check out if that's the case because for a time it's going to be like the old Road Warrior movies of the 80's or worse.

      "It's better to die on your feet then live on your knees"

      by Blutodog on Fri May 26, 2006 at 05:55:46 AM PDT

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