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2009-04-27 06:43:30 PM
who?

IDK


third base
 
2009-04-27 06:43:31 PM
SuperMilk: / hot like fever symptoms

Except for the kidnappings, that might as well be a pic of the US
 
2009-04-27 06:43:48 PM
There are 20,000,000 people in Mexico City. There are about 6,706,993,152 people on Earth. The grand death count: 140.

EVERYBODY PANIC.
 
2009-04-27 06:44:51 PM
MrSteve007: tinyarena: BONUS ROUND:

For 5 Points, What's the difference between:

a) epidemic
b) pandemic

A pandemic is global, while an epidemic can be extremely localized or regionally contained. Also prevalence and influence are also taken into account. The common cold is pervasive worldwide, but for the most part a minor disease and not considered a pandemic.

Good enough?


Your answer is cogent and concise. It economically addresses the subject and provides the most useful information necessary. Here are your 5 points.

Also, you must never post to a Fark thread ever again.
Now leave me!
 
2009-04-27 06:45:03 PM
Phase 4, that's when the ants takeover, right?
 
2009-04-27 06:46:37 PM
TheRaven7: There are about 6,706,993,152 people on Earth. The grand death count: 140.

Is the 6,706,993,152 before or after the 140 deaths?
 
2009-04-27 06:46:40 PM
img1.picturewizard.com
 
2009-04-27 06:47:13 PM
pimpazona: Just because

That really reminded me of Willow.

God, I havent seen that film in forever.
 
2009-04-27 06:47:43 PM
To be honest, this is impeccable timing. Tomorrow we leave for 10 days camping up in the woods, near nobody at all. I wouldn't mind returning to a deserted ghost town, assuming the zombies have eaten the corpses quickly and gone into hibernation.
 
2009-04-27 06:48:42 PM
rppp01a: We should pit the Swine Flu against the Bird Flu and have them battle to the death.

Except that this is really not Swine Flu--it a Hybrid Flu that has arisen from Bird, Human and 2 different Swine variants. Its kinda like the Superdevil.
 
2009-04-27 06:49:06 PM
Yes... Lets panic!

"Using new and improved statistical models, CDC scientists estimate that an average of 36,000 people (up from 20,000 in previous estimates) die from influenza-related complications each year in the United States."
LINK

So if 30,000 die each year anyway, why worry?
 
2009-04-27 06:49:43 PM
toonz

LOL, glad my ice-tea wasn't in my mouth at that moment.
 
2009-04-27 06:49:43 PM
superbad.net

Their masters are not impressed.
 
2009-04-27 06:50:21 PM
Can I arrange to get the swinebirdgopherdolphinpolarbear flu sometime next week? I need some time off.
 
2009-04-27 06:50:57 PM
SoxSweepAgain: ...oh, and wasn't it "in Cipro We Trust" during the "Anthrax!!!" pandemic?

That wasn't so much a pandemic as a terrorist attack against the United States deliberately targeting high-placed government officials and causing the death of civilian federal employees.
 
2009-04-27 06:51:33 PM
Tequila Monster: Yes... Lets panic!

"Using new and improved statistical models, CDC scientists estimate that an average of 36,000 people (up from 20,000 in previous estimates) die from influenza-related complications each year in the United States."
LINK

So if 30,000 die each year anyway, why worry?


Well, if this winds up being like the 1918 flu, because it will A) Be extra deaths on top of that, B) Be a good bit more fatal, C) Be more fatal to people in the 20-40 range, instead of the old and immunocomprimised, like the normal flu.

If it's like the 1918 flu, people with *Healthy* and strong immune systems are more likely to die from it .

Fun, eh?
 
2009-04-27 06:52:05 PM
Swine flu is pretty scary. I just want to know if the kids are alright.
 
2009-04-27 06:52:59 PM
Maybe I'm missing something huge here, but the swine flu seems basically the be ... the normal flu. Yeah it's not so good when a whole bunch of people get the flu but I'm not exactly one of those people who is a risk of dying. Sucks to be old, young or sickly I guess.
 
2009-04-27 06:53:20 PM
img1.picturewizard.com
 
2009-04-27 06:53:49 PM
steelpeg: /The Earth use to be able to repair herself through various plagues and famines in the past...until we humans decided to play Gods...

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!


/felt left out
 
2009-04-27 06:54:55 PM
i234.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-27 06:54:58 PM
portscanner: I guess this means Obama will have his excuse to declare martial law, shut down all newspapers, control all media, turn off the Internet and put all republicans in camps.

Hmmm...that last item is a pretty good idea.


Regardless, this is an excuse to SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING and your list doesn't nearly cover the waterfront.
 
2009-04-27 06:55:18 PM
How sad is it that the greatest rock bank ever is forever linked to the most craptastic "actor" ever by that show.
 
2009-04-27 06:55:53 PM
Nehllah: Sucks to be old, young or sickly I guess.

That's precisely it. This flu seems to have incredible spreading capability and is preferentially worse for healthy people in the 20-40 year old range, and its a new hybrid virus with no immunity in the population. Even with a 2.5% mortality rate or so, we are still facing major disruptions if entire communities get it.
 
2009-04-27 06:56:38 PM
FTFA: but the new strain worries experts because it spreads rapidly between humans and there is vaccine for it.

That's a relief. DEPLOY VACCINE FOR IT!
 
2009-04-27 06:57:07 PM
we have nearly 115 fatal car accidents per day. How many people died from this pig bird flu today? 0
 
2009-04-27 06:57:12 PM
I'm loving it. I have a paranoid co-worker who's twitching every time someone even looks like they're thinking of sneezing at the moment.

I also have a milk allergy that sends my mucus membranes into overdrive, making me have an insanely nasty-sounding hacking cough until it's out of my system.

BRB. Getting a thickshake :D
 
2009-04-27 06:57:50 PM
@Nehllah

The only thing mentioned in these swine flu threads more then the Madagascar meme is the fact that this flu kills healthy people age 20-40 almost exclusively. If you are very old or very young you can't present enough of an immune response to kill yourself with.


/the moar you know.
 
2009-04-27 06:58:38 PM
Felgraf: Well, if this winds up being like the 1918 flu, because it will A) Be extra deaths on top of that, B) Be a good bit more fatal, C) Be more fatal to people in the 20-40 range, instead of the old and immunocomprimised, like the normal flu.

If it's like the 1918 flu, people with *Healthy* and strong immune systems are more likely to die from it.


This is the only part I'm concerned about. Okay, that, and the fact that I live in Los Angeles, and as soon as we get a confirmed case, people are going to panic.
 
2009-04-27 06:58:57 PM
steelpeg: Wait a second. I thought all you guys believed in evolution? Have you never heard of "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest"? Do you realize that the Earth is becoming overpopulated and incapable of supporting the shear numbers of humans in food and water now and even getting worse in the future?

Think of how many cars would be taken off the roads in a good old pandemic. Think about Mother Earth finally being able to repair herself with less pollution and greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Global warming would be a thing of the past! BE GREEN!! SUPPORT THE PIGS!!!

/The Earth use to be able to repair herself through various plagues and famines in the past...until we humans decided to play Gods...


Thanks Mom, we're already worried enough as it is. Why don't you go back in the kitchen and get dinner started.

Sorry folks, she just hasn't been the same since I moved back.
Sorry,
Really,
So sorry,

Going now,
.
Sorry
 
2009-04-27 06:59:30 PM
horonto: pic
Makings of a classic thread right there sir.
 
2009-04-27 06:59:43 PM
In the wake of this INFLUENZA scare (seriously, go wiki it or something. it's from influenza.) I am reminded of something my virology told me. He said there was a possible strain of influenza that would basically kill us all. Obviously it's nothing we've encountered yet, but supposedly it'd be extremely pathogenic and easily transmitted.

But you need not worry. Don't worry about this strain or any other virus that comes along. When something like that super-virus hits, an entire country will be dead and someone will have to report on it. So then you can go to Plan B of Survival.

/which is water, canned goods and shotgun.
 
2009-04-27 06:59:48 PM
portscanner: I guess this means Obama will have his excuse to declare martial law, shut down all newspapers, control all media, turn off the Internet and put all republicans in camps.

www.theonion.com

President-For-Life William J. Clinton of the Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic (new window) is not impressed.
 
2009-04-27 07:00:28 PM
b bbb but drew's blog
 
2009-04-27 07:00:59 PM
66.111.1.22
 
2009-04-27 07:01:05 PM
nextse7en: @Nehllah

The only thing mentioned in these swine flu threads more then the Madagascar meme is the fact that this flu kills healthy people age 20-40 almost exclusively. If you are very old or very young you can't present enough of an immune response to kill yourself with.


/the moar you know.


Awesome! I'm 42 in two weeks, so I get the immunity. Wait, isn't 40 the new 30, or something? Did they take that into account?
 
2009-04-27 07:01:46 PM
pimpazona: Just because

Jesus Christ man! I was about to go to bed, now I can't shut my eyes for the fear that David Porcusu will come and turn me into human sausages.
 
2009-04-27 07:02:02 PM
What if we just nuke Madagascar from orbit, all glass parking lot style? Would that not solve most of our problems?

/At least for these threads?
 
2009-04-27 07:02:22 PM
all your swine are belong to us
 
2009-04-27 07:02:24 PM
Somacandra - Swan Song is my all time favorite book!!!

/that was nukes, tho
 
2009-04-27 07:02:39 PM
XMark: Headline: The WHO raises pandemic alert.
Article: The WHO's measure still falls short of declaring a pandemic


Yes, what this stage 4 means is that it has been identified in at least two countries. Stage 6 is full blown pandemic.
 
2009-04-27 07:02:49 PM
SSN709: horonto: pic
Makings of a classic thread right there sir.


Thanks. I stumbled across the pic, gis mexican pig.
 
2009-04-27 07:03:00 PM
Is it safe for me to eat bacon?
 
2009-04-27 07:04:28 PM
This is clearly the first stage of an alien invasion...
i373.photobucket.com
 
2009-04-27 07:04:32 PM
dugrik: How sad is it that the greatest rock bank ever is forever linked to the most craptastic "actor" ever by that show.

"It looks like he was crushed by a large boulder that came down from this nearby hill."

"Now that's what I call...*puts on glasses* rock and roll."

YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

"This pandemic of swine flu could get really serious. We're talking a worldwide catastrophe!"

"Well good thing it's close to breakfast time *puts on glasses* cause our bacon is cooked."

YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I could do this all day.
 
2009-04-27 07:07:00 PM
In Mexico City, fearful Christians paraded a centuries-old statue of Jesus, believed to protect against disease, through the streets for the first time in more than a century.

Despite warnings about public gatherings. Darwin and religion meet again. I know who my money's on.
 
2009-04-27 07:07:09 PM
Nehllah: Maybe I'm missing something huge here, but the swine flu seems basically the be ... the normal flu. Yeah it's not so good when a whole bunch of people get the flu but I'm not exactly one of those people who is a risk of dying. Sucks to be old, young or sickly I guess.

As someone already pointed out, this is false. Swine flu is more likely to kill people with strong immune systems due to something called a cytokine storm. It's what killed the 20-40 year olds during the 1918 Spanish influenza.

It's actually pretty scary stuff. You basically suffocate to death as your body kills itself (at least from the Spanish influenza descriptions I have been reading).

/goes to hide under bed
//i have my internets
///mommy
 
2009-04-27 07:07:20 PM
MrSteve007: tinyarena: BONUS ROUND:

For 5 Points, What's the difference between:

a) epidemic
b) pandemic

A pandemic is global, while an epidemic can be extremely localized or regionally contained. Also prevalence and influence are also taken into account. The common cold is pervasive worldwide, but for the most part a minor disease and not considered a pandemic.

Good enough?


Boo. I liked toonz's answer better.

toonz: an epidemic is passed through the skin, a pandemic is passed through cookware.

Also, I know where the Madagascar cartoon reference originated, but I'm curious where the cartoon itself came from. I'm sure Fark can come through with some clues.
 
2009-04-27 07:10:25 PM
So, I'm confused, if I get this will I like bacon more or less?
 
2009-04-27 07:10:34 PM
In Mexico City, fearful Christians paraded a centuries-old statue of Jesus, believed to protect against disease, through the streets for the first time in more than a century.

Isn't "fearful Christians" a bit redundant?
 
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