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(The New York Times)   With The Walking Dead on hiatus until October, the Mother Nature Network starts a new series based on a viral apocalypse; hopes it gets picked up for the summer   (nytimes.com) divider line 23
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2014-04-02 08:28:13 AM


SHUT DOWN
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EVERYTHING

 
2014-04-02 09:12:17 AM
That's a well-crafted headline, subby. Nicely done.
 
2014-04-02 09:17:44 AM
The Mother Nature Network?  That must be available on the expanded basic ultra reserved package from Comcast..
 
2014-04-02 09:21:29 AM
Conakry?  Crikey!
 
2014-04-02 09:21:39 AM
Good thing my diet prohibits bats and monkeys already.
 
2014-04-02 09:24:43 AM
About time...

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2014-04-02 09:25:54 AM
Wow, that has the potential to go  severely sidewise really quickly.

I hope their containment works, would really suck for that shiat to break through quarantine a full-sized city in a region with a lot of people that are immune compromised to begin with.

// Not holding my breath since the city they're talking about is basically an island, so if it got there then their control of the situation is obviously horrible to begin with.
 
2014-04-02 09:29:29 AM
I hope Joel still decides to save Ellie in this one, too.
 
2014-04-02 09:32:54 AM
ReGenesis already did it.
 
2014-04-02 09:35:00 AM
Mother Nature Network huh?  They don't know who they're screwing with......
 
2014-04-02 09:36:38 AM
Barring advances in genetics and some sort of mad scientist project gone horribly wrong, I doubt we ever see the zombie apocalypse.  A pandemic with a significant percentage of the population lost?  Absolutely.  It's been about a hundred years since the Spanish flu.  I love the movie Contagion but it also freaks me out.
 
2014-04-02 09:37:12 AM
Ebola isn't a robust enough virus to cause a major epidemic. It also acts too quickly.
If it were made as tough as one of the viruses that cause the comon cold, and given an incubation period of a week or two, then it could do some real Black Death type damage.
 
2014-04-02 09:46:24 AM

Jim_Callahan: Wow, that has the potential to go  severely sidewise really quickly.

I hope their containment works, would really suck for that shiat to break through quarantine a full-sized city in a region with a lot of people that are immune compromised to begin with.


The way I understand it is that Ebola is actually rather difficult to transmit. It requires direct contact so being near someone infected is fine and since it has a short incubation period the sick aren't going to be up and walking much. The disease mostly affects medical workers and those at funerals who touch bodies. What they're doing now, telling people to avoid the sick or dead is probably going to be enough to control the outbreak.
 
2014-04-02 09:55:20 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Jim_Callahan: Wow, that has the potential to go  severely sidewise really quickly.

I hope their containment works, would really suck for that shiat to break through quarantine a full-sized city in a region with a lot of people that are immune compromised to begin with.

The way I understand it is that Ebola is actually rather difficult to transmit. It requires direct contact so being near someone infected is fine and since it has a short incubation period the sick aren't going to be up and walking much. The disease mostly affects medical workers and those at funerals who touch bodies. What they're doing now, telling people to avoid the sick or dead is probably going to be enough to control the outbreak.


Yeah, the main problem is that it manages to kill all of the doctors and first responders in an area, then once the outbreak is over, everybody's screwed.
 
2014-04-02 09:58:15 AM

Jim_Callahan: Wow, that has the potential to go  severely sidewise really quickly.

I hope their containment works, would really suck for that shiat to break through quarantine a full-sized city in a region with a lot of people that are immune compromised to begin with.

// Not holding my breath since the city they're talking about is basically an island, so if it got there then their control of the situation is obviously horrible to begin with.


Nuke it from orbit.
 
2014-04-02 09:59:38 AM
I certainly have no wish for a global viral apocalypse...but the always-curious mind in me finds it interesting to ponder the societal outcomes of such an event.

It seems like a massive population reduction of millions of people would have a cleansing/purging effect. Reducing strains on resources, forcing folks to forget petty squabbles and band together, etc.

Of course, it would probably be complete anarchy/meltdown/collapse...but I like to believe humanity would come out stronger.
 
2014-04-02 10:07:30 AM
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Seen leaving the city...
 
2014-04-02 10:24:36 AM
"We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases," said Mariano Lugli, a co-ordinator in Guinea for the medical charity.

"This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organisations working to control the epidemic."

But there is nothing to worry about because...

Ebola outbreak in Guinea 'limited geographically' - WHO

See just stay way from geography and you'll be fine.
 
2014-04-02 10:54:19 AM
Madagascar and Greenland will be safe.
 
2014-04-02 11:00:47 AM

MythDragon: Madagascar and Greenland will be safe.


Madagascar only because they will shut down everything.
 
2014-04-02 11:26:34 AM

Carn: Barring advances in genetics and some sort of mad scientist project gone horribly wrong, I doubt we ever see the zombie apocalypse.  A pandemic with a significant percentage of the population lost?  Absolutely.  It's been about a hundred years since the Spanish flu.  I love the movie Contagion but it also freaks me out.


Really? You think magic post death but living being who do not eat, breath, or function above the level of an end table, but can self ambulated and have a craving for one specific species' single organ is UNLIKELY?

I'm shocked. It's almost as if the entire thing is made up and magical.
 
2014-04-02 02:11:09 PM

Optimus Primate: It seems like a massive population reduction of millions of people would have a cleansing/purging effect. Reducing strains on resources, forcing folks to forget petty squabbles and band together, etc.


That is the "real" plot of most zombie movies- the zombies themselves are just backdrop.  In TWD, we see what often happens when the restraints of civilization are let down- "Governor"s, marauders, cannibals, etc.   The whole genre is essentially just an updated version of "Lord of the Flies", with adults.
 
2014-04-02 03:25:47 PM

kroonermanblack: Carn: Barring advances in genetics and some sort of mad scientist project gone horribly wrong, I doubt we ever see the zombie apocalypse.  A pandemic with a significant percentage of the population lost?  Absolutely.  It's been about a hundred years since the Spanish flu.  I love the movie Contagion but it also freaks me out.

Really? You think magic post death but living being who do not eat, breath, or function above the level of an end table, but can self ambulated and have a craving for one specific species' single organ is UNLIKELY?

I'm shocked. It's almost as if the entire thing is made up and magical.


Ok ok ok, it's possible.
 
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