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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Congenital Blindness of Future Threats

Yes, that would be the Republican Party that I am talking about. Katrina we all know about. The global warming charade of the Right is well known. No comes the refusal to believe that anything might happen because of the avian or bird flu.

Flu pandemic could kill 150 million, UN warns - Yahoo! News:

"Nabarro spoke on the same day as the U.S. Senate agreed to spend $4 billion to stock up on anti-viral drugs and increase global surveillance for the disease.

But the money, attached to an unrelated fiscal 2006 spending bill for the military, has not been embraced by the House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future.

Sen. Ted Stevens (news, bio, voting record), an Alaska Republican shepherding the defense spending bill through the Senate, said he would try to block the avian flu provision.

Stevens argued that avian flu 'has not yet become a threat to human beings,' and added, 'We ought to wait
for the scientists to tell us what needs to be done.' "

We ought to wait....

In 1919 houses hung black wreathes on the doors signifiying a death in the family from the flu pandemic of that year. On some streets, hlaf the houses hung these wreathes. 40 million people died world wide. What are we waiting for. The question is not if but when.


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