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2013-03-08 02:50:05 AM
From the 'fertile crescent' we present the next great plague.
/fta: 14 sick, 8 dead, ??? unknown infected on your flight today.
 
2013-03-08 02:56:31 AM
ok...that freaked me out a little bit.
 
2013-03-08 02:59:00 AM
maybe I feel a tad bit better now. It's 14 infections since april 2012.

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ncv/overview.html
 
2013-03-08 03:55:12 AM
Old story. Wake me when Madagascar shuts everything down.
 
2013-03-08 05:19:47 AM

log_jammin: maybe I feel a tad bit better now. It's 14 infections since april 2012.

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ncv/overview.html


Really? 14 infections since 2012 with 8 dead? I'm not at all happy with those odds.
 
2013-03-08 05:23:33 AM

Philbb: Really? 14 infections since 2012 with 8 dead? I'm not at all happy with those odds.


well when I looked that the article it said the article was 8 hours old, so I was thinking "they just started reporting this and we have 14 known infections and half of them dead and this thing is just getting started?? oh...shiat..."

14 infections after a year is bad, but not near as bad as the 14 infections after a few days like I first thought.
 
2013-03-08 07:13:47 AM
Considering I just saw somebody upbraided for not knowing the gender of a stupid internet meme cat, I'd say it's probably about time.
 
2013-03-08 07:19:49 AM

tin_man: Considering I just saw somebody upbraided for not knowing the gender of a stupid internet meme cat, I'd say it's probably about time.


Don't be talkin' smack about Tard, now!

... and yes, it is about time for a good, old fashioned plague.
 
2013-03-08 08:15:53 AM
I've kind of been thinking about visiting Vegas again anyway.
 
2013-03-08 08:27:34 AM
You this is about wanting Betty to have an abortion.
 
2013-03-08 08:28:05 AM
M-O-O-N, that spells "my first greenlight".
 
2013-03-08 08:32:45 AM
"We will make coronavirus jihad on the infidels! الحمد لله"
 
2013-03-08 08:32:47 AM
"The virus is a coronavirus, part of the same family of viruses as the common cold ..."

Symptoms of the coronavirus is that you can only drink beers with a lime in it.
 
2013-03-08 08:33:24 AM
Isn't this a repeat from a month or two ago?  Wake me when  2% of the world dies.  You know what, scratch that; let me sleep.

Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report
That CDC is a regular barrel of monkeys (as opposed to the usual gang of idiots).
 
2013-03-08 08:33:30 AM
I'm more worried about the current super bacteria running its way through our health centers right now
 
2013-03-08 08:34:16 AM
Let's start making our way to Boulder, Colorado

www.imcdb.org
 
2013-03-08 08:38:26 AM
I for one welcome our new viral overlords.
 
2013-03-08 08:38:59 AM
Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird
 
2013-03-08 08:40:05 AM
Baby, can you dig your man?
 
2013-03-08 08:42:08 AM
Even if alive, what could Jerry Garcia do?
 
2013-03-08 08:42:20 AM

Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird


Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun
 
2013-03-08 08:42:27 AM
You ought take care of that, old-timer. Them summer colds are the worst.
 
2013-03-08 08:43:37 AM

JohnCarter: Let's start making our way to Boulder, Colorado

[www.imcdb.org image 712x545]


That's a nice Kawalski in the screen cap, dere.
 
2013-03-08 08:45:26 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Baby, can you dig your man?


But I'm not dead yet.
 
2013-03-08 08:47:20 AM
Would it help to know that I'm currently on a military base in that half of the world?
 
2013-03-08 08:47:44 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Baby, can you dig your man?


He;s a righteous man
 
2013-03-08 08:48:05 AM
325 hypocondriacs just came down with it!
 
2013-03-08 08:48:08 AM

Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird


I've been watching Survivers on Netflix and it pay homage to the Stand which I've read and seen.
/Not so weird : )
 
2013-03-08 08:51:44 AM

Deathfrogg: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun


it my 5th time reading it now. 1st time i read it i was 14 i think. ( i had special permission to be able to get "grown-up" books at the local library because i am a veracious reader)
Poor thingie! hope you feel better .
/monster shouter will haunt your fever dreams
 
2013-03-08 08:52:08 AM
i71.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-08 08:52:37 AM
Survivors was damned good.  Like so many other shows I really like, they're gone in a season or two.
 
2013-03-08 08:53:07 AM
Q: Can I still travel to countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries?

A: Yes. WHO and CDC have not issued travel health warnings for any country related to novel coronavirus.

For more information, see CDC's travel notice on Novel (New) Coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula and United Kingdom.


They're not even suggesting you stay away.

/or maybe they're not even trying to save you
 
2013-03-08 08:54:29 AM
Shut Down EVERYTH-

No?

Not yet?

fark it, I'm going on with my life.....
 
2013-03-08 08:55:09 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I've been watching Survivers on Netflix and it pay homage to the Stand which I've read and seen.
/Not so weird : )


Maybe its all a coincidence?
 
2013-03-08 08:55:25 AM

JohnCarter: Let's start making our way to Boulder, Colorado

[www.imcdb.org image 712x545]


We have to swing by Nebraska on the way and find a really old black lady.
 
2013-03-08 08:55:32 AM
Ci-BO-LA  Seven-cities-in-one!
bumpity-bumpity-bump

/My life for you
//MY LIFE FOR YOU
 
2013-03-08 08:55:44 AM
I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL!!!!!

www.soundproofmagazine.com
 
2013-03-08 09:01:37 AM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'm more worried about the current super bacteria running its way through our health centers right now



Which one? There are a number of multiply resistant bugs making the rounds.
 
2013-03-08 09:01:40 AM
We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.
 
2013-03-08 09:03:12 AM
Son of a biatch Campion.
 
2013-03-08 09:03:37 AM

Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.


Every dog has its day.
 
2013-03-08 09:03:48 AM

Natsumi: Deathfrogg: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun

it my 5th time reading it now. 1st time i read it i was 14 i think. ( i had special permission to be able to get "grown-up" books at the local library because i am a veracious reader)
Poor thingie! hope you feel better .
/monster shouter will haunt your fever dreams


Too bad you didn't learn how to spell ;-)
 
2013-03-08 09:04:09 AM
I don't have to worry. I had the fish.
 
2013-03-08 09:05:13 AM

Natsumi: tinfoil-hat maggie: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I've been watching Survivers on Netflix and it pay homage to the Stand which I've read and seen.
/Not so weird : )

Maybe its all a coincidence?


Naw, couldn't be ; )
 
2013-03-08 09:08:27 AM
Hrm... I was hoping more for a Takisian virus when i read Captain Trips... oh well... time to build that biological fallout bunker i've always wanted
 
2013-03-08 09:09:22 AM

CheekyMonkey: Natsumi: Deathfrogg: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun

it my 5th time reading it now. 1st time i read it i was 14 i think. ( i had special permission to be able to get "grown-up" books at the local library because i am a veracious reader)
Poor thingie! hope you feel better .
/monster shouter will haunt your fever dreams

Too bad you didn't learn how to spell ;-)


Hell i am sorry... English is not my first language and the work pc's spellcheck is on the fritz it seems
/jammer.
 
2013-03-08 09:10:00 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Natsumi: tinfoil-hat maggie: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I've been watching Survivers on Netflix and it pay homage to the Stand which I've read and seen.
/Not so weird : )

Maybe its all a coincidence?

Naw, couldn't be ; )


/Teehee..
 
2013-03-08 09:10:47 AM
Just the flu!
 
2013-03-08 09:10:49 AM

Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.


if that means getting to bang Nadine in the no-no spot I'm cool with that.
 
2013-03-08 09:12:58 AM

JohnCarter: Let's start making our way to Boulder, Colorado

[www.imcdb.org image 712x545]


be sure to drop those hicap mags. You might get jailed when you get there.
 
2013-03-08 09:17:08 AM

JohnCarter: Let's start making our way to Boulder, Colorado

[www.imcdb.org image 712x545]


No, come to Las Vegas. We have cookies and nuclear bombs...

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-03-08 09:18:03 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Baby, can you dig your man?


That was one of the better stories that man ever wrote.
 
2013-03-08 09:19:27 AM

id10ts: M-O-O-N, that spells "my first greenlight".


Good for you.  But the reference you made was to the virus itself, which clearly is not going to pick up the phone.  You should have paged Randall Flagg.

Do try and keep up with your King references.
 
2013-03-08 09:21:25 AM

Natsumi: 1st time i read it i was 14 i think.


Did it have illustrations?  When I turned the page to the one of the tube-necked corpse leaning against the wall (page 239 in the unabridged Signet paperback), it was a real shock-scare.

My favorite chapter is 38, "them ole emergency room blues".
 
2013-03-08 09:22:04 AM

Cold_Sassy: That was one of the better stories that any man ever wrote.

 
2013-03-08 09:24:27 AM

dryknife: Even if alive, what could Jerry Garcia do?


Probably get by... With a touch of gray
 
2013-03-08 09:24:33 AM

durbnpoisn: id10ts: M-O-O-N, that spells "my first greenlight".

Good for you.  But the reference you made was to the virus itself, which clearly is not going to pick up the phone.  You should have paged Randall Flagg.

Do try and keep up with your King references.


/Ack! My bad.
//I hate the phrase "my bad".
///My bad.
////Viral slashies.
 
2013-03-08 09:24:50 AM
Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-03-08 09:28:53 AM

Precision Boobery: Natsumi: 1st time i read it i was 14 i think.

Did it have illustrations?  When I turned the page to the one of the tube-necked corpse leaning against the wall (page 239 in the unabridged Signet paperback), it was a real shock-scare.

My favorite chapter is 38, "them ole emergency room blues".


Yup uncut edition with illustrations!
 
2013-03-08 09:30:45 AM
I actually hung out with Captain Trips. Summer of '92, somewhere in NorCal. After being accused of selling 200 million hits of acid ~1980ish (he claims it was closer to 250M) he was on house arrest on a sprawling ranch nearby. Had hooked up with one of my friends. He was at least 50, maybe closer to 60, was after all the young women, er ALL the women. He spent a decade or so in prison, then they let him out on house arrest. Charming as hell. He could only smoke a little weed just after his monthly drug test. Bummer. It was around the time he was interviewed in Mondo 2000. I would have thought he was totally full of shiat if not for RU Sirius.
 
2013-03-08 09:30:56 AM

give me doughnuts: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Every dog has its day.


My name is Tard O Logical.

I do this of my own free will.
 
2013-03-08 09:32:46 AM
So...is this virus like some "dire wolf" which could murder me?Pleeeeeeeease don't murder me!!
 
2013-03-08 09:36:00 AM
All right, give me Hamm on 5, hold the Mayo.
 
2013-03-08 09:39:38 AM

durbnpoisn: Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.


I do that, I play books in my head while I'm reading them like they were movies.
/Cool : )
 
2013-03-08 09:39:49 AM
Wait, we're these guys in that one...? 

/Cuba Gooding Jr played Mother Abigail, right?
 
2013-03-08 09:41:29 AM
Typing and image linking fail. I'll just go to Las Vegas where I belong.
 
2013-03-08 09:46:53 AM

Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird


I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.
 
2013-03-08 09:53:41 AM

give me doughnuts: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Every dog has its day.



i.imgur.com
R.I.P. DOG DAY AFTERNOON

 
2013-03-08 09:56:16 AM
Soon to appear:

1-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2013-03-08 10:05:46 AM
Globalization. It will kill us all one way or another.
 
2013-03-08 10:09:03 AM
protip: when it does hit the fan be aware that even a small injury can get serious without proper medical attention. flying down the road sans helmet on a Harley like they do on TV 'almost everybody is dead' programs is foolish. at least drive one of those 4 wheel thingies, and go Mad Max on the protective equipment.
 
2013-03-08 10:10:02 AM

THX 1138: Soon to appear:

[1-media-cdn.foolz.us image 220x300]


Cibola!!! My life for you!!!
 
2013-03-08 10:13:38 AM
no, the white phone
 
2013-03-08 10:14:10 AM
Echoing love for The Stand.

I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

/Just wait until 2080 or so to start, please
 
2013-03-08 10:17:46 AM
Electromax:
I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

Looks like it might be the latter.
 
2013-03-08 10:18:10 AM

Deathfrogg: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun


That's hypoglycemia.
 
2013-03-08 10:23:52 AM
Loved The Stand.

And Jerry.
 
2013-03-08 10:23:58 AM
 
2013-03-08 10:24:53 AM
Is anybody else hearing Don't Fear the Reaper...or is that just me.
 
2013-03-08 10:25:29 AM

THX 1138: Electromax:
I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

Looks like it might be the latter.


FTFA:At a conference in Malta in September, he described his work as something that was "really, really stupid," but ultimately useful for the development of vaccines.
Oh that's nice :/
 
2013-03-08 10:25:40 AM

Public Call Box: Ci-BO-LA  Seven-cities-in-one!
bumpity-bumpity-bump

/My life for you
//MY LIFE FOR YOU



You glorious son of a biatch, you beat me to it.

Care for some bre'er rat?
 
2013-03-08 10:27:32 AM

MadSkillz: Deathfrogg: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

Just finished it for the third time about a month ago. Having spent the last week living on nothing but Tylenol and water, I can relate.

/four days shaking like a lump of jello in a paint mixer
//not fun

That's hypoglycemia.


Possible, I suppose. I couldn't keep anything in my stomach. Thinned down orange juice, coffee, my usual tea that I drink in the afternoon, nothing. I chalked it up to the 103-104 fever I ran for three days straight. Yesterday was the first time I felt like I could stay out of bed to do anything more than piss, chug another liter of water and FARK for a couple hours.

Oh, and kill Zombies.
 
2013-03-08 10:30:00 AM
On a side note, want to hear something funny?

I live in Houston, and at this point in the story, I am a college kid, walking into the grocery store where I work, and I notice this car with two bumper stickers.  One is a normal bumper sticker for Amoco, which isn't weird in and of itself, except you don't see Amoco stations around my neck of the woods.  But the second bumper sticker says "...and that's the truth."

I don't know why, but that gave me the damn willies.  It was obviously on purpose, but still... yeesh.  Heebie jeebies.
 
2013-03-08 10:30:14 AM
I just destroyed the world three times on Brutal mode of Plague, Inc., starting in Saudi Arabia each time, so I'm getting a kick out of this.

Actually, I kind of feel responsible.
 
2013-03-08 10:31:23 AM

id10ts: Survivors was damned good.  Like so many other shows I really like, they're gone in a season or two.


Maybe you should now admit your taste in TV sucks.
 
2013-03-08 10:32:18 AM

deeyablo: Public Call Box: Ci-BO-LA  Seven-cities-in-one!
bumpity-bumpity-bump

/My life for you
//MY LIFE FOR YOU


You glorious son of a biatch, you beat me to it.

Care for some bre'er rat?


As long as you don't like Coors or Rebel Yell, sure.

/Clap for the Wolfman.
 
2013-03-08 10:33:48 AM

Electromax: Echoing love for The Stand.

I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

/Just wait until 2080 or so to start, please


Considering that humans are making a number of striking mistakes with this sort of thing, I think it's more likely than many people think that we will bring it upon ourselves.  And here are a few of the mistakes:

1.  Overuse of antibiotics.  Bacteria can pass information to other bacteria.  As such, the more we us antibiotics, the more likely it is that more bacteria will become resistant.
2.  We move around a lot in atmospheres that are contained and circulated (air travel).  This makes it really easy for both viruses and bacteria to spread - in multiple places.
3.  We overuse things like sanitizers.  This may sound backwards.  But the thing is, if we try to kill all of the pathogens that try to get to us, we don't allow our bodies to build a natural immunity to them.
4.  We have scientists actually working to make viruses even more deadly than they already can be - thus the premise for The Stand.  That part wasn't entirely fictional.

That's just for a start.  If an asteroid or supervolcano doesn't wipe us out, the microbes probably could.
Short of the planet splitting in half, bacteria will be here when the sun explodes.  Hell, even then, a great number of bacteria will STILL be here.
 
2013-03-08 10:37:01 AM

CeroX: Hrm... I was hoping more for a Takisian virus when i read Captain Trips... oh well... time to build that biological fallout bunker i've always wanted


I can't die yet. I haven't seen the Al Jolson Story.
 
2013-03-08 10:37:33 AM

Pollexter: Las Vegas


You're assuming you aren't one of the ones wiped out by the disease.
 
2013-03-08 10:38:35 AM

Natsumi: tinfoil-hat maggie: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I've been watching Survivers on Netflix and it pay homage to the Stand which I've read and seen.
/Not so weird : )

Maybe its all a coincidence?


King said in an interview that he watched the original 1970s version of Survivors on American PBS and tied in that theme with some mysterious cattle deaths that had occurred in the American west where the military claimed they "didn't know anything about how those animals died all bloated and weird, just down-wind of one of our testing facilities".

/big fan of The Stand
//found literary criticism and many references to it in academic journals
 
2013-03-08 10:52:59 AM
"He could feel the pores of his body open like a million mouths and slurp the water in like a sponge."
"That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human farkery."
/not fta
 
2013-03-08 10:52:59 AM
I see how it's transmitted.
data1.blog.de

/cheap shot
 
2013-03-08 10:55:17 AM
A killer virus is about the only thing one person could devise that could wipe out humanity.
 
2013-03-08 10:58:35 AM
"Better shut them pumps off Hap!" said Stu.
 
2013-03-08 11:03:27 AM
Just another happy coincidence to go with the weird weather, earthquakes, meteors, comets, looming economic and political collapse.

Carry on ...
 
2013-03-08 11:06:25 AM

nmemkha: Just another happy coincidence to go with the weird weather, earthquakes, meteors, comets, looming economic and political collapse.

Carry on ...


You forgot Pope coming out ; )
 
2013-03-08 11:08:10 AM
It popped up in the Arabian peninsula before the Hajj this past year, if it didn't break bad during the human-to-human transmission festival that is the Hajj, I'm not that worried about it.
 
2013-03-08 11:08:25 AM

brimed03: I just destroyed the world three times on Brutal mode of Plague, Inc., starting in Saudi Arabia each time, so I'm getting a kick out of this.

Actually, I kind of feel responsible.


I can't pass virus. It frustrates me. I have to spend too many points devolving noticeable symptoms.
 
2013-03-08 11:11:01 AM

studebaker hoch: A killer virus is about the only thing one person could devise that could wipe out humanity.


I doubt you could wipe out all of humanity, at least not entirely with the virus. People live in remote areas, and the virus would probably die out before it affected them, unless it could live in other species or had an exceedingly long ability to survive outside its host. Now you might have the virus indirectly result in nuclear war or something, or you might have bad things happen in a world where 90% of the population perishes. For example, you'd need to do something pretty quickly about nuclear facilities so they don't melt down.

Interestingly enough, though, viruses that kill all of their hosts won't survive long, and viruses live to survive. One would suspect a killer virus would quickly evolve to be less lethal, so as to survive.
 
2013-03-08 11:15:15 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: nmemkha: Just another happy coincidence to go with the weird weather, earthquakes, meteors, comets, looming economic and political collapse.

Carry on ...

You forgot Pope coming out ; )


Oh the  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

Peter the Roman sounds like either a dime store gangster or a pizza mascot.
 
2013-03-08 11:27:08 AM

Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.


Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:

40% Harold Lauder
10% Trashcan Man
10% Tom Cullen
10% Julie Lawry
10% Fran Goldsmith
10% Ralph Brentner / Susan Stern
5% Nadine Cross
2% Judge Farris
2% Glen Bateman
1% The Rat Man
1% Nick Andros / Stu Redman
0.9% Lloyd Henried

0.1%
           upload.wikimedia.org


/Despite what you may be thinking, I'm more like Glen than Flagg.
//But I have my off days.
 
2013-03-08 11:27:10 AM

mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.


Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.
 
2013-03-08 11:30:24 AM

ItsJustJake: CeroX: Hrm... I was hoping more for a Takisian virus when i read Captain Trips... oh well... time to build that biological fallout bunker i've always wanted

I can't die yet. I haven't seen the Al Jolson Story.


Just sayin'...George RR Martin co- wrote & edited that series...HBO, you listening?
 
2013-03-08 11:32:16 AM

ZeroCorpse: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:...


Oh, and Harold IS fat in the book.
 
2013-03-08 11:34:54 AM

Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.


It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.
 
2013-03-08 11:40:04 AM
*cough*


*cough, cough*
 
2013-03-08 11:40:56 AM
Flagg:
upload.wikimedia.org

Black Flagg:
www.stuartwilde.com

/Thanks, Obama
 
2013-03-08 11:42:42 AM

Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.


I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.
 
2013-03-08 11:43:49 AM

nmemkha: Flagg:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x191]

Black Flagg:
[www.stuartwilde.com image 400x347]

/Thanks, Obama


Did Obama...did Obama just grope me? Not like there's anything wrong with me.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:10 AM

ZeroCorpse: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:

40% Harold Lauder
10% Trashcan Man
10% Tom Cullen
10% Julie Lawry
10% Fran Goldsmith
10% Ralph Brentner / Susan Stern
5% Nadine Cross
2% Judge Farris
2% Glen Bateman
1% The Rat Man
1% Nick Andros / Stu Redman
0.9% Lloyd Henried

0.1%
           [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x191]


/Despite what you may be thinking, I'm more like Glen than Flagg.
//But I have my off days.


List fails without "The Kid" you know he's on here, probably in the politics section.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:34 AM

durbnpoisn: Electromax: Echoing love for The Stand.

I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

/Just wait until 2080 or so to start, please

Considering that humans are making a number of striking mistakes with this sort of thing, I think it's more likely than many people think that we will bring it upon ourselves.  And here are a few of the mistakes:

1.  Overuse of antibiotics.  Bacteria can pass information to other bacteria.  As such, the more we us antibiotics, the more likely it is that more bacteria will become resistant.
2.  We move around a lot in atmospheres that are contained and circulated (air travel).  This makes it really easy for both viruses and bacteria to spread - in multiple places.
3.  We overuse things like sanitizers.  This may sound backwards.  But the thing is, if we try to kill all of the pathogens that try to get to us, we don't allow our bodies to build a natural immunity to them.
4.  We have scientists actually working to make viruses even more deadly than they already can be - thus the premise for The Stand.  That part wasn't entirely fictional.

That's just for a start.  If an asteroid or supervolcano doesn't wipe us out, the microbes probably could.
Short of the planet splitting in half, bacteria will be here when the sun explodes.  Hell, even then, a great number of bacteria will STILL be here.


The original Yuppy disease was similar.  In the 15-17th centuries, isolation of the spawn of kings, for grooming purposes, found some hilarious results when they would be re-introduced into society with nary an immune system.  "Begging the Regal's pardon, but I seem to have laden you with the grippe"  and that would be the end of that heir in a few weeks.  I believe this may have been the origin of Schadenfreude as well.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:50 AM
www.landsharkspizzacompany.com

What a plague upon the earth might look like
 
2013-03-08 11:58:31 AM

give me doughnuts: MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'm more worried about the current super bacteria running its way through our health centers right now


Which one? There are a number of multiply resistant bugs making the rounds.


They are called C.R.E.'s and have a 50% mortality rate. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
 
2013-03-08 12:25:55 PM

mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.


Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.
 
2013-03-08 12:31:22 PM

Smeggy Smurf: [www.landsharkspizzacompany.com image 500x396]

What a plague upon the earth might look like


They sure have funny looking Budweiser bottles down there.
 
2013-03-08 12:38:43 PM

id10ts: Survivors was damned good.  Like so many other shows I really like, they're gone in a season or two.


There is a facebook drive to get the BBC to sell it to a U.S. television company so they can make season 3.  For some reason the BBC doesn't want to.  I thought that series was excellent.
 
2013-03-08 12:43:55 PM
If the WHO/CDC have already identified it and are tracking it, we'll probably be okay. One of the reasons I suspect SARS wasn't too bad (media fearmongering aside), is that the CDC saw a threat, brought their tools to bear, and contained it before it could actually become a pandemic.
 
2013-03-08 12:46:50 PM

GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.


I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?
 
2013-03-08 12:53:40 PM
Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.
 
2013-03-08 12:55:19 PM

HAMMERTOE: Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.


Really? They've got really, really shiatty IFF, then, given that viruses and bacteria can also harm and kill animals, and even plants.

Man. Earth must suck at this.
 
2013-03-08 01:02:25 PM

Felgraf: If the WHO/CDC have already identified it and are tracking it, we'll probably be okay. One of the reasons I suspect SARS wasn't too bad (media fearmongering aside), is that the CDC saw a threat, brought their tools to bear, and contained it before it could actually become a pandemic.


But if there is no news, what else can we do?
 
2013-03-08 01:16:58 PM

Felgraf: HAMMERTOE: Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.

Really? They've got really, really shiatty IFF, then, given that viruses and bacteria can also harm and kill animals, and even plants.

Man. Earth must suck at this.


That's Earth's autoimmune disease.
 
2013-03-08 01:59:45 PM
Reading the article my first thought was, "It couldn't happen in a nicer place".
 
2013-03-08 02:30:47 PM

mrmyxolodian: GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.

I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?


Wow, I hadn't even heard of that.  I'd stick to the order they were written. Wizard and Glass is pretty much entirely set in the past right? Anyway, the series is worth the slog for a couple reasons i can't mention without getting all spoiler-y.
 
2013-03-08 02:46:05 PM
Read WTtK next, that's its order in the series.
 
2013-03-08 02:46:25 PM
I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

www.arrakis.co.uk
 
2013-03-08 02:47:41 PM
But be prepared, it advances the story even less than W&G.  It's short, though, and a good read.
 
2013-03-08 03:35:04 PM

GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.

I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?

Wow, I hadn't even heard of that.  I'd stick to the order they were written. Wizard and Glass is pretty much entirely set in the past right? Anyway, the series is worth the slog for a couple reasons i can't mention without getting all spoiler-y.


Just bought Wind Through the Keyhole.  I am the anomaly but I enjoyed all the Dark Tower series.  I also really got a kick out of looking for the connections in other books.

Keep slogging through Wizard and Glass.  Many people consider this book their favorite in the series.  If nothing else it provides information you need for the rest of the story.
 
2013-03-08 03:37:05 PM
And here I thought this was a reference to the "Wild Cards" series character Captain Trips.  Damn!
 
2013-03-08 03:39:34 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: durbnpoisn: Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.

I do that, I play books in my head while I'm reading them like they were movies.
/Cool : )


I always thought everyone could do this. I've always done it. When I was teaching my 3-year-old to read, I told her that soon she would be reading fast enough so that she'd "see" books this way. Turns out that she'd been angry with me for years, as she told me later, because this *never* happened for her. Her dad can't do it either. They both have ADHD and apparently their brains just don't work that way. They both love to read anyway, and the kid loves to write, too, but they never get the "movie" experience, sadly. They both have to re-read books over and over to fully "get" them, but they enjoy doing that, so....

/cannot count how many times hubby has read the Dune series
 
2013-03-08 03:44:39 PM
<i> durbnpoisn: Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.

I do that, I play books in my head while I'm reading them like they were movies.
/Cool : )


I always thought everyone could do this. I've always done it. When I was teaching my 3-year-old to read, I told her that soon she would be reading fast enough so that she'd "see" books this way. Turns out that she'd been angry with me for years, as she told me later, because this *never* happened for her. Her dad can't do it either. They both have ADHD and apparently their brains just don't work that way. They both love to read anyway, and the kid loves to write, too, but they never get the "movie" experience, sadly. They both have to re-read books over and over to fully "get" them, but they enjoy doing that, so....

/cannot count how many times hubby has read the Dune series
</i>

So much this. This is precisely the reason I hate film adaptations of great books. The actors almost NEVER look like they do in my head and it really pisses me off. They do get it right occasionally.
 
2013-03-08 03:47:20 PM

KrispyKritter: protip: when it does hit the fan be aware that even a small injury can get serious without proper medical attention. flying down the road sans helmet on a Harley like they do on TV 'almost everybody is dead' programs is foolish. at least drive one of those 4 wheel thingies, and go Mad Max on the protective equipment.


I love apocalyptic fiction. This reminded me of the French book "Maleval" where this guy inherits or buys a run-down castle in France and is in the wine cellar that used to be a dungeon or something when the bombs go off. He and the guys he's with survive and eventually after much hard work he builds a feudal manor with remaining survivors, including a few (assumed) fertile women. He makes it through the bombs, the nuclear winter, bandits and other assaults on his stronghold and just when things are looking up, he dies from appendicitis.

/also read "Earth Abides" which was *shocking* in its day because the hero hooks up with an attractive and successful African-American woman
//and "Alas Babylon" and "On the Beach" and a bunch of others
 
2013-03-08 04:14:48 PM

Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]

("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-08 04:24:20 PM

id10ts: Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]
("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x297]


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-08 04:39:01 PM

id10ts: Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]
("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x297]


I've read that one too. That thar is a classic!
 
2013-03-08 11:25:09 PM

MmmmBacon: Old story. Wake me when Madagascar shuts everything down.


*coughs*
 
2013-03-09 03:33:11 PM
bdub77

Interestingly enough, though, viruses that kill all of their hosts won't survive long, and viruses live to survive. One would suspect a killer virus would quickly evolve to be less lethal, so as to survive.

I keep waiting for HIV to mutate into something so benign nobody cares it's there.
 
2013-03-11 09:44:56 AM
I've been quite unwell myself these past few days. Coldy/fluey/misery.

So yes, I'll be pan bread soon, but at least I'll be spared the horrors the rest of you will have to witness. The diseased mobs hurling themselves at locked and barred hospital doors desperate for a cure that doesn't exist. The sight of half-decayed bodies scattered through the streets. The stench all night, every night, of corpses stacked like cordwood burning on immense pyres. The rage and the riots as panic grows to a bursting point and starving bellies lie empty. Your last, pained breath as you sit alone half-propped against a filthy wall, dying at last, alone, forgotten, one of hundreds expiring all around you each in their own personal hell.
 
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