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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Excellent entry at NoNAIS.org

With the ongoing comment debate connected to my blog entry on an independent supply of food for my family, I think today's entry at NoNAIS.org is very timely.


At 5:05 PM, Blogger Mark said...

As Shakespeare might have said when confronted with a possible bird flu epidemic, "Let's kill all the cats." Seems to me this survivalist stuff is bordering on more fear-mongering. Not the stuff on your site, lewlew.

And why should it be up to the government to teach us survival skills? Do we even have to be dependent on government to learn how to be independent of government?



At 9:14 AM, Blogger lewlew said...

It shouldn't be up to the feds to teach preparedness. They'd eff it up.

I re-read the NoNais entry, and the author said that if the gov't wanted to actually help, they'd be offering education. Obviously, they're not wanting to help, but to control. The author went on to say, "Better yet, take responsibility for yourself and start preparing now. Preparedness is not learned in an instant."

Nothing the goobs do will be done to help the civilian population. I think that the author understands that, and is being kind of tongue-in-cheek here. But, I don't know the author, so I'm assuming in this case, and I know what happens when you ass-u-me. I shouldn't do it, but I will anyway =).

Also, I'm glad he brought the thing about cats. Cats are highly suceptable to avian flu, and generally, people don't realize that. They don't even need to eat infected fowl-- cats housed in the same shelter with infected chickens died from the same strain of avian flu as the chickens.
I have a post on March 6th about it. I can't access the permalink on it-- sorry. I tried. Here's the archive link. I really like cats, and share my home with Gray Kitty. I'd hate for her to get sick from anything, but I also would want to keep her from passing anything on to my family as well.

I think people need to be aware that other domestic animals can harbor this disease. Also, there's a definite link between eating infected fowl and catching the disease. That's why I'm concerned(among many other reasons) about eating commerically farmed chicken. I don't fret about it and let it consume me, but I think it is prudent to consider it.

My two cents =).

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Mark said...

I've got a calico cat named, "Gypsie". Yep, that's how she spells it. I'd be concerned about her, too, in the event of a flu epidemic.

But the fear-mongering about bird flu is pure hysteria. There are many diseases in animal populations that could jump to humans and there are probably human diseases that have jumped to other animals. My bet is that all the public fretting about bird flu will gradually abate as the media and government feel the need to exaggerate other potential threats. We'll forget that the government is spending 7 billion dollars to "protect" us against bird flu. The world is full of potential dangers, all waiting for exploitation to keep us in a state of constant fear. Bird flu is just one. Pick up your local newspaper to see the latest: mad cow disease, global warming, obesity, immigration, terrorism, etc. All excuses to keep us cowed.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Don Bangert said...


(Roughly translated: "I agree!")


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