Write heavy; write hard.
11th April 2005
This all sounds very bad. This swine flue sounds like the bad, bad stuff that there have been false alarms about a couple of years ago. In case you haven't paid any attention, in the last 36 hours a true swine flu emergency has exploded in Mexico; over 1,000 cases with severe symptoms; 20 deaths directly attributed to it; and more than 40 more deaths related (I assume older persons, those with already hampered by breathing probs to start with, etc.) Deadly new flu strain erupts in Mexico, U.S. | U.S. | Reuters
They're getting scared in Mexico, with the President Calderon declaring a "state of emergency" which gives him the power to enforce quarantines - sounds like the power to declare martial law - Mexico?s Calderon Declares Emergency Amid Swine Flu Outbreak - Bloomberg.com
Here's the scariest thing: while on his "Kick Me '09 Tour", President Obama almost certainly came personally in contact with a person suffering from swine flu. After he showed the world his impression of Uriah Heep during his spittle-licking in Venezuela and Cuba a little over a week ago, President Obama visited Mexico. While there he was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archaeologist - who died the following day from what appears to be swine flu. Oh yeah, that would be really great. And it appears there is a swine flu outbreak in q NYC prep school. The SF may already have a hold on us. Officials Say 8 NYC Prep School Students Probably Have Swine Flu - wcbstv.com
Holy crap. Think about all this a minute. (I do - it's what makes me so cheerful and upbeat.)Let's ignore what the swine flu itself might mean if it is even close to as bad as what some epidemiologists are afraid it can be. Let's look instead at the related stuff that can happen if we have a flu that's only 1/10 as bad as 1918 when Lobo's ancestors attacked the world.
So say Obama really does get swine flu - nah, he doesn't die, but he's so sick he wishes he was dead. So sick that his very likable but certifiably stupid VP steps in pursuant to the Prez's "disability" as defined in the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
So, with Acting-President Moron occupying the chair in the Oval Office (which he no doubt will try to find out how long it will spin with just one push), will there be any nations out there so dastardly as to try to casue trouble for the US? Are you kiddin' me?
Let's start with the Chinese, our owners, er, I mean, our investment partners. Their heavy investment in nearly-worthless US securities notwithstanding, China is always eager to throw a fresh cow patty in the American ceiling fan. So they would probably have a little fun doing some cyber-diddling around with the US power grid, satellite system and intertubes. I mean, they've been openly practicing on it the past few weeks anyway. And then Russia - or Putin, it's the same thing - is maybe feeling ultra-manly after comparing his titties to the pics of Barry O's flappy man-jugs, decides it's a good time to take back not just Georgia, but the 'Stans as well - except for the Afghanis of course - let the Stanni's know the old landlord is planning on moving back in.
On top of all that maybe Kim pays attention to the stories which come across the North Korean computer - that's correct: the North Korean computer - about the US difficulties. So he puts about 17 million PRNK troopsinside the DMZ - sure it'll be a little tight at >110,000 troops per mile of DMZ, but nothing PRNK guys aren't used to already. But the US catches a break here, since an invasion by Kim wouldn't cause any additional difficulty for the US - American troops in SK are to be considered as having been destroyed within the first 6 hours of an invasion by PRNK anyway, since it would be so massive. You can't lose troops twice, ya know, and these 35,000 or so US troops were always just for show. Don't look so shocked - the O-man just following the master, FDR. It's not like Rosie didn't have use this same policy at Wake Island and then at Bataan and Corregidor - those troops were always meant to be sacrificed, and everybody knew it....except them.
As a final bit of icing on the cake, let's say Ahmadinejad decides to....God, I'm afraid for him to even open that effing mouth of his much less actually do something. If he does anything but breathe under such circumstances we might as well clear the Jezreel Valley and measure the horses for their blood-proof bridles.
If all that happens, no more than a billion or so humans, tops, will care that Pakistan thinks it's a good time to nuke India over Kashmir; and nobody outside of a couple of battalions of troops and a family of spider monkeys will care that Hugo Chavez invades Colombia.
And all because some Mexican museum director didn't stay home with the flu.
A superior 5-digit number
27th June 2004
Yea it's crazy stuff Jum... we really are over due for a global pandemic -- it's been a while.
What's really scary is there's two cases that have been reported in Kansas which is generally where I live.
7th December 2003
At least you're back to your old avatar. As for the flu, doesn't this sort of disease only spread from animal to human and not among men? Or is it a mutated killer-version that makes it necessary to drop fuel-air bombs on scenic little towns?
As for politics: Lately Americans seem to be very worried that the "strength" or integrity of a president is what keeps other nations in check. That may be that case to some extent, people will always try to exploit your weakness, but in general other nations do what they want to do regardless of who is American president; even with a warhawk like Bush there were a lot of nations unimpressed with American threats.
There is also a chance that a new president will force other nations to be more cautious. A "weak" president is more liable to react to public opinion and without thinking things through, so his reactions may be more volatile.
Much more important factors are the military and economical strength of a country. If your logistics are busy in Iraq and Afghanistan your ability to operate somewhere else is restricted, if your economy isn't doing well you probably won't gain the necessary public support for another war.
In Vino Veritas
28th August 2006
I'm not worried about it, as long as you keep your self well cleaned there is no reason for you to contract the "swine flu". And only about one thousand cases isn't enough to make me flinch, especially since its considered non-transferable from man to man.
All your base are belong to FH
27th April 2003
Spanish flu vol.2
Muhahaha, repent sinners, the End is coming!
Mas stylie por favor...
13th April 2005
Wash your dirty hands you swine!!! I'm gonna start saying stuff when I see co-workers doing the courtesy hand rinse after taking a leak, without soap. Dont they want clean hands?! Im not saying their junk is diseased, but its a good thing to wash your hands every few hours. Nothing insenses me more then when someone nuerotic tool leaves the paper towell on the exit handle... thanks now we have to touch your nonsense!!! ugh. I have a box of latex gloves, I may take them to work to send a message.
Write heavy; write hard.
11th April 2005
Lobo;4874531Spanish flu vol.2
Muhahaha, repent sinners, the End is coming!
More than you know.....swine flu has appeared in España, Lobe: Mexican swine flu deaths spark worldwide action | World news | guardian.co.uk ...also in Scotland, France and even New Zealand
It's in Canada now: Canada confirms first cases of swine flu
This has the hair on the back of my neck standing up. But it gets better - this is simply flabbergasting to me: Janet Napolitano says there is no evidence to support SF testing of passengers on airliners coming in from Mexico. Reuters AlertNet - US says not testing travelers from Mexico for flu
You know who that sounds like?
Simply incredible. There's plenty of reason to think Mexico is the center of the outbreak, and there is no doubt infected persons will be detected if passengers flying to the US from Mexico are tested. So I can conclude one of two possibilities: 1) Napolitano is either an ignorant cretin who needs to be fired immediately before she gets the US in serious trouble; or
2) She knows there is nothing to be gained by testing passenegrs form Mexico.
Think about what that might mean. Could it mean she thinks there's no point in testing the passengers from Mexico? Maybe because she knows from thousands of data collection points that it's too late and we can't stop it or even lessen the effect of an epidemic. Or....
She knows it isn't a simple epidemic which grows at a predictable rate and direction, but it is an:
That is, someone has weaponized Swine Flu virus and has fired the first shot in the modern Bio-Terror War with an Airborne Toxic Event.
Requiescat in Pace
20th March 2008
From what I read it's a mixture of swine flu, bird flu AND human flu. Big fucking mess.
SFC III Troubleshooter.
5th September 2006
oh hey, two threads on the same subject. just posted an AP update here should anyone want to read up...http://forums.filefront.com/general-discussion/397951-alert-swine-flu-outbreak.html
First in Hell
19th November 2007
Quick! To Madagaskar!
On a serious note: it reminds me of a bird flu alarm that was brought in Europe. We had a bit of quarantines here but that was it.