Tuesday, May 23, 2006

and then...

there's this.

bottled water and duct tape. buy some shares of Tamiflu like Rumsfeld (too lazy to find the link...).

neat.

8 Comments:

Blogger j.b said...

ah...first it's Ebola...then SARS...now this.

personally, i'm not freaked out about it. if it happens, it happens.

if you think about it, it's quite surprising more of these epidemics don't occur, what with 6+ billion of us on this planet, all connected via travel, and most of us living in squalid and horridly unsanitary conditions.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

bird flu?

I wonder how many people died
of this disease, before they
ever found a name for it.

11:19 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

no doubt j.b, if you look at statistics for MOST catastrophic events, be it earthquake, comet strike, pandemic, etc., we as a race are LONG overdue a cataclysmic event. and you are right luis, there are many strange diseases lurking in the undestroyed parts of our planet, waiting patiently for humanity's sick expansion to strike.

we should be concerned but not as you note j.b 'freaked out' just yet. and you are dead on inre: if it happens. right now we should be concerned with our disappearing rights and our impending police state. both play deeply into our govt's ability to handle REAL AMERICAN CRISES.

oh well. let's write some poetry.

2:53 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

this is true. we as a species can probably survive most (if not all) major catastrophes (be it biological, environmental, extraterrestrial, etc.) IF, and only if, we work together. it's hard enough working with others from different countries (though it shouldn't be as hard as it's been lately) but for our own country to be fucking itself over is just unacceptable. THIS is exactly the kind of situation that could lead to an unnecessary epidemic.

as for the earthquake and volcano shit, i got a degree in geology and one thing we learned is that we happen to be at a unique point in our history where we are right at the time when most major faults and volcanoes are ready to blow. that is to say that if you were to take the average # of years so and so fault or volcano goes off, and then calculate back to when the last time it actually did go off, we happen to be right on (or past) that average (San Andreas, Yellowstone, etc.). does this mean it will happen tomorrow or next year or this decade? not necessarily, but the odds certainly aren't in our favor.

5:19 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

and as a poker player, I am a fan of the odds, and knowing them, and knowing the risk/reward ratio that such information enables one to discern.

we are looking at a longshot draw with no cards to come, really. indeed, quite a unique time.

6:08 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

Good analogy, Christopher. 'Tis true. Strange times are ahead.

But, at least it won't be boring! :)

8:49 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

san andreas fault...

don't even go there. being in
southern california, when that
big one strikes, it will be
the end of everyone here...I'm
not ready to go yet, I still have
some words to share, but if it
comes, salt lake city will be
the new long beach or huntington
beach...and seeing what happened
with Katrina, whoever survives
the big one will be fucked...
there are lots of minorities
here too, just like in New
Orleans, perhaps that new Berlin
Wall being planned for the Mexican
border would just be washed over
or tumble like everything else
after the big one strikes...

9:03 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

luis, when LA and the rest of the west coast is rattled by the big one, you are most certainly right: there is no one coming. there is no help on the way. a line from a Grateful Dead song: "we are here/we are it/we are on our own..."

but when you head east in the wake of destruction, know you have some ports in the storm that operate FULLY INDEPENDANTLY of our corrupt Crime Family government.

and when Dear Leader finally presses the button, or his Comrades deal out their "civil disobedience national security letters, hopefully there will be bigger fish to fry than the "troubling illegals, etc."

the whole wall idea is bullshit, the whole program amounts to legalized slavery for a set period of time with no repercussions for the big AND small companies that avoid paying CITIZENS a living wage to do the same jobs. and Fox needs to deal with the unemployment/pay problem in Mexico, and the illegals here need to get in line to become citizens like their children in an organized fashion that doesn't create a whole new class of the poorest Americans.

jesus.

10:39 PM  

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