We're all going to die
March 1, 2005 12:00 PM   Subscribe

We're all going to "die". Genocratic discourse or small-scale post-millennial angst?
posted by tommyc (12 comments total)
We're all going to die! It'll all be anarchy and cannibalism! People will be running through the streets with a gun in one hand, and a fork in the other!

That felt good. Very Y2K. Seriously though, I always think that this sort of speculation is a bit silly. The bird flu may become a horrible plague, or it may be nothing more than another Y2K crisis. We'll just have to wait and see. Or...wait and DIE! Sorry, I couldn't resist that last bit of melodrama :)
posted by unreason at 12:21 PM on March 1, 2005

Considering all the stupid shit we worry about in this country, I think this deserves a place of prominence on everyone's radar.

Sure, the bad stuff might not come to pass - the virus may not mutate, the outbreaks might be controlled, etc. But if the bad stuff does happen, it will be... well... bad.
posted by selfmedicating at 12:27 PM on March 1, 2005

Very bad. And it won't be talked about in the media much in the US because the US Government doesn't want to think about the medical system. Though I want them to boost funding and reform the medical system!
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:34 PM on March 1, 2005

As long as there aren't any titties on my teevee, I don't give a fuck what happens in the rest of the world.
posted by Stonewall Jackson at 12:45 PM on March 1, 2005

What's the Onion link supposed to be? I'm assuming it's a mistake.
posted by fungible at 2:31 PM on March 1, 2005

Eh...for what it's worth, the WHO hasn't announced any new confirmed cases of H5N1 since 2 February. And while the CDC is still worried about an outbreak at some point in the future, we'll be safe for another few years. There's plenty of time to start stockpiling vaccine.

And fungible, I think he meant the article about "scientists warn of upcoming flu pandemic warnings epidemic." But they don't let you see the archives unless you've got premium now.
posted by thecaddy at 2:56 PM on March 1, 2005

The onion article was "Nation's Leading Alarmists Excited About Bird Flu" earlier today -- but I guess the onion has new content today, so it changed.
posted by selfmedicating at 3:13 PM on March 1, 2005

post-millenial angst ... here's what i'm wondering ... they keep saying that 32 of the 45 people who got this died

how do they know those 45 are the only people who got it? ... what about those who only got a little sick for a couple of days and shrugged it off without going to a doctor? ... how do we know what the real percentage is?
posted by pyramid termite at 5:39 PM on March 1, 2005

Eh...for what it's worth, the WHO hasn't announced any new confirmed cases of H5N1 since 2 February.

Actually, a new case was confirmed in Vietnam today.

That said, I don't know that we need yet another FPP about this same potential pandemic until and unless there's some quantum development. We just went over all this about a week ago.
posted by soyjoy at 9:17 PM on March 1, 2005

It's all just a planted story to cover grey alien vivesections of human webmasters.
posted by berek at 10:25 PM on March 1, 2005

Cool. Lots of dead people = more jobs for me.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:58 PM on March 1, 2005

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