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Is Avian Flu Another Millenium Bug…

…. or should I be stocking oxygen and masks like people do water and canned goods?
(This is meant as much as a cultural question as a literal one… are fads like crack to the American society?)

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4 Responses to “Is Avian Flu Another Millenium Bug…”

  1. Blackcloud says:

    Possibly, though we won’t know until next year. The Millennium Bug was pretty much a one-off, whereas this thing could keep coming back. (Anyone remember Ebola?) Are fads like crack? I dunno, but I’m sure there’s a dissertation (or twenty) in answering it.
    By the way, I like the Flu-Bug juxtaposition.

  2. bicycle bob says:

    pokemon never went out of style.

  3. Bruce says:

    All these things are created to scare the public. Well, not created, but reported on to make it seem like it’s a huge threat to the general public. Like AIDS. Now there is literally no chance of catching AIDS unless you’re an IV drug user or having unsafe sex with multiple partners some of whom are gay or bisexual. But the media made it seem like it was the next plague and was ready to take over and infect everyone. Which wasn’t true at all.

  4. Terence D says:

    I don’t think much can be compared to something like crack. A really hideous and destructive drug. Maybe fads are more like ice cream. Something everyone eats and loves. Granted, I have never tried crack rock so I am fairly out of the loop on it.

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