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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:31 PM
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Bird Flu Hype
Don't Worry About Bird Flu
by Charley Reese

As of now, so far as we know, on Planet Earth about 60 people out of 6 billion have died of bird flu. All were involved in handling sick birds. There is, as of now, no recorded case of bird flu being transmitted from one human to another something that is necessary before even an epidemic, much less a pandemic, could occur.

An epidemic is a widespread outbreak of a disease in a particular community at a particular time. A pandemic is an outbreak of disease in a whole country or in several countries. Pandemics occur, on the average, every 30 to 40 years.

What I'm trying to do is add some perspective to the current semihysteria being whipped up by politicians and the media. Certainly the virus that causes bird flu could mutate so that it could be transmitted from human to human. Such mutations, while typical of viruses, ordinarily occur over a period of years, not overnight.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese230.html
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:36 PM
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1. Bird Flu is the new SARS
The media just love hyping a threat.
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Danger Duck Donating Member (464 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:40 PM
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2. All good points,
but the President says its bad, and his word is good enough for me. Also, I live in a rubber room and build castles out of my own feces.

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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:42 PM
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3. Conservative columnist hype.
Edited on Tue Oct-18-05 01:44 PM by Heidi
Charley Reese is a conservative columnist. Why are you posting his crap here? Yes, Reese supported Kerry, but that hardly makes him progressive. When he shows me his scientific credentials, I'll be more likely to entertain his theories about bird flu.

http://www.conservativechronicle.com/columnists/reese /

(Welcome to DU.)
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:45 PM
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4. !!!
:hug: :hug: :hug:

How are you doing, my friend? (Since you didn't reply to my PM...) :P
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:47 PM
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5. My apologies.
I've been too busy holding people's feet to the fire. :blush:

You know I :loveya: darlin'.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:51 PM
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6. Oh, are you in the torture business now?
I admit, could be a good move. Torture does seem to be a growth industry right now. :thumbsup:

Did you get them to squeal?
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:53 PM
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7. I'm no dom . . .
but when a person comes to DU (a progressive website) and by posting claims credibility, that person opens the door to questions about his/her sources' crediblity. Reese isn't a credible source, from both scientific and progressive points of view. Just sayin'.
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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:56 PM
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8. I'm more interested in the message than the messenger

Hate me if you want or whatever but is it a lie that only 60 people have died and all have been people who handled birds? I could give two shits about Charlie Reese but I do care about the facts regarding this issue.

If you can, please argue against the points made. Otherwise, your attacking me or the person who wrote this article is just superfluous.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 01:57 PM
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9. There's a bunch of this banter
In GD.

Might I suggest you posting it there.
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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 02:00 PM
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10. okay, I'll try to

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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 02:02 PM
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11. Oh, I see
Carry on. :)
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