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    I make the point about victim demographics. Who gets excited about poor Chinese farmers dying because they live with their flocks right outside the door? But, if Wall Street bankers suddenly started getting H5N1 over their expense account lunches it would be a very different story.

    The top people in the administration and Congress get really great health care; at some level they don't feel health threats the way the rest of us do - but they DO worry about being accused of spending too much money at election time. If we treated H5N1 as seriously as the administration has hyped terrorism, it'd be a different story altogether. The fact that more people may die from flu than 911 or the Iraq war raises no more concern among them than the warning "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S." did.

    Hell, last time I looked, CDC had a lot of overseas disease surveillance positions unfilled because the administration was insisting on screening the ideological purity of the potential candidates.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 02:27:23 PM PDT

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