Being in D.C. you have access to some pretty interesting professors, especially at GWU. One of my professors was on a taskforce that had to determine what would be the most likely
dangerous scenario - and his team determined pandemic. He's talked at length about it and how it will logistically affect our country and the types of choices people will have to make - who will have access to medication, etc., how schools will be turned into triage centers, and those too sick will be ignored while they try and save individuals likely to survive. Ice skating rinks will be used as morgues because people will not be allowed to bury their dead. Then he apologizes for being an alarmist and tells us he stockpiles pop tarts, wine, water, gasoline, and liquor (the last one is to barter). He said people will want to close the borders, but that will do nothing, because there is nothing you can do. It will just help people feel like they are doing something.
Today the Centers For Disease Control declared a national public health emergency in reaction to an outbreak of swine flu in five states.
U.S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) wants the border with Mexico closed.
wtf does a new yorker know about the Mexican border??
In mostly unrelated news, According to a Research 2000 poll (http://www.dailykos.com/statepoll/2009/4/22/TX/288
) paid for by Daily Kos, more than one-third of Texans favor secession, with half of the state's polled Republicans saying that the state would be better off as an independent nation.