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  •  I don't know, maybe some certain percentage (0+ / 0-)

    of the population or something.

    I've been watching this "Swine Flu" thing unfold in the media all week with a grim sort of amusement...

    ...on Monday, Air Force One flew low near the Statue of Liberty, causing a few hundred people to get scared for about 20 minutes or so, and CNN went crazy over it.  If you read that site on Tuesday, there were about 7 stories on in, all about the flyby, culminating in an apology by the White House.

    But, amusingly, peppered amongst the "Terror in New York" stories, were the "swine flu" stories, too.

    And I began to think, how many people is CNN scaring with this?  If it turned out to be nothing, does this not deserve an apology?  Is not scaring the entire population into a panic over a few cases "felony stupidity?"

    "Can I just ask a question? What is Fox News, it's just a Parade of Propaganda, isn't it? It's just a Festival of Ignorance." --Lee Camp, FOX News guest

    by twalling on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:16:39 AM PDT

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    •  RTFA (2+ / 0-)
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      Once the fraction of the population catching this becomes significant, it becomes impossible to stop.  The trick is to catch it early.  Of course, if it's caught in time, it looks in retrospect like a false alarm.

      Compare the graphs from 1918 for St. Louis vs. Philadelphia.

    •  It's a catch-22 (3+ / 0-)
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      elfling, Fabian, CKendall

      If you take due diligence and prevent a major catastrophe, you're accused of "Chicken Little-ism". But if you do nothing and it turns into a major pandemic, then you're accused of hiding your head in the sand and needlessly causing the death of of thousands or millions of people.

      Chances are slim that I'll be involved in a major car accident...but I'm going to fasten my seat belt anyway on the off-chance I might be.

      Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

      by Cali Scribe on Sun May 03, 2009 at 11:14:24 AM PDT

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