Defense Department's Anthrax Site.
October 8, 2001 4:18 PM   Subscribe

Defense Department's Anthrax Site. Wierd. Wierd. Wierd. Click on FLASH version.
posted by xammerboy (23 comments total)
weird weird weird, actually. i never thought I'd see the day when *I'd* correct someone's spelling. weird....
posted by christina at 4:22 PM on October 8, 2001

*cough* Weird, rather. But yes, yes it is.
posted by philulrich at 4:22 PM on October 8, 2001

Maybe xammer meant Wired. :P .... I never thought I'd see a wired site from a .mil about anthrax. That is weird, and funky.
posted by tomplus2 at 4:24 PM on October 8, 2001

It reminds me of an AYBABTU type of site.
posted by msacheson at 4:24 PM on October 8, 2001

Definately wierd.
posted by raysmj at 4:25 PM on October 8, 2001

Wait... anthrax kills?

The military should never have been allowed to get its hands on that dangerous Flash technology.
posted by davidfg at 4:27 PM on October 8, 2001

It almost makes it seem like anthrax comes from outer space.
posted by brism at 4:32 PM on October 8, 2001

it sure makes *me* feel like our military is taking this seriously....
posted by rebeccablood at 4:34 PM on October 8, 2001

Not my tax dollars. Uh-uh, buddy, my tax dollars did not pay for flash. No way. You're kidding me.
posted by gleuschk at 4:43 PM on October 8, 2001

Someone's 13 year old kid got to do the anthrax web site. I love its "in your face" attitude.
posted by geoff. at 4:51 PM on October 8, 2001

actually, it really reminds me of a flash designer I know (via a list) - young guy, very "hip" - but works for a defense contractor! (I sent this to that list, because I thought he & others would groove on it...and I was sort of curious if he had any connection....)
posted by epersonae at 4:58 PM on October 8, 2001

Weird? Not really. It looks like an ad for the army.

Leave it to the government to make death and dying look like a lot of fun (or at least approximate a video game...just like those DoD video images we're seein' nightly).
posted by mapalm at 6:15 PM on October 8, 2001

I'm holding out for I heard from this kid who knows this dude in the army, right, who said that your cursor turns into this like totally dope spore thing and you can infect these small midwest towns.

posted by daragh at 6:46 PM on October 8, 2001

Dammit, where's the wicked cool Flash game?

Dude, this sucks.
posted by at 6:58 PM on October 8, 2001

The reason it's weird is because of the controversy surrounding the anthrax vaccine. People in the recent past opted to be court martialed and kicked out of the military (and quit the military) rather than be forced to get the vaccine, thinking it had to do with Gulf War syndrome. Check out this site. Thus the DOD is trying like hell to be "cool" and appeal to the youth that make up our soldier population. Do you have any idea what our soldiers are up against? It's now what we civilians are up against (disclosure: I am former military...).

The truth is that the Michigan lab that produces the anthrax vaccine has had serious FDA approval problems due to crumbling infrastructure, and no commercial lab wants to produce the vaccine due to liability exposure (although I'm sure they'll get one hell of a deal now).

At any rate, the vaccine doesn't necessarily protect anyone from lab-produced, strengthened anthrax.

If you really want to know all the evil ways man has marshalled all his creativity and intelligence and ingenuity to destroy each other, check out the book Biological Weapons and America's Secret War: Germs (not as anti-American as the title suggests...more like anti-humanity) if your attention span will allow it.

For some reason, this bio-attack makes me even angrier than the Sept. 11 attacks. Is there no end to this evil?

BTW, Bayer is the patent-holder of buy stock now.

Sorry, tonight I am particularly angry.
posted by airgirl at 7:30 PM on October 8, 2001

Meh, they aren't cool enough to use the <BLINK> tag...yet...
posted by starduck at 7:36 PM on October 8, 2001

I liked the booming techno soundtrack. It reminds me of the computer interfaces in early-1990's movies, heh.
posted by Kevs at 7:41 PM on October 8, 2001

Apparently you don’t have the attention span...
posted by airgirl at 9:16 PM on October 8, 2001

If this is aimed at young people around 20 as airgirl suggests, would they really swallow this tacky s**t? When I saw the first screen, I immediately thought it was a joke. I'm not hip enough to tell from a brief look, and everyone is taking it seriously so. . . I would just run the other way, myself--particularly if the minds behind this site are the minds that developed the vaccine.
posted by aflakete at 9:18 PM on October 8, 2001

Does this mean I can purchase an anthrax shirt from my local Hot Topics?
posted by Aikido at 9:55 PM on October 8, 2001

Why do I feel like the world is turning into a game of Fallout?
posted by dopamine at 10:33 PM on October 8, 2001

Vaccine, shmaccine...information like this gives me half a mind to stock my own basement with bottled water, air purification systems, antibiotics and cots, and use it as a hospital for my nearest and dearest should we need it. Yeah, our beleagured hospitals and emergency medical folks can handle the onslaught...

However, I only have half a mind and it's rather busy with baseball playoffs, sugary breakfast cereal and forensic detection esoterica. Doubt I'll stockpile. And I'd join the health care industry, but my squeamish tendency to pass out would be more a hindrance than a help.
posted by Kato at 1:59 AM on October 9, 2001

Dude! The new Anthrax video SUCKS!

Oh . . . wait . . . never mind.
posted by Outlawyr at 3:36 AM on October 9, 2001

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