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Old 11th October 2018, 09:50 AM   #1401
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There's this whole web site full ofwith some skeptics and a lot of dilettantes and loonies that spun offwas divorced from the James Randyi Educational Foundation!
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Old 16th October 2018, 09:20 AM   #1402
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A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it
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A century ago, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people. The world is at risk of another pandemic of similar scale.
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The scope of the danger is breathtaking: Bill Gates, citing epidemiologists, has said that there is a “reasonable probability” of a pandemic that kills more than 30 million people worldwide in the next two decades. A tabletop exercise run at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in May simulated a global flu-like outbreak called Clade X and found that 150 million people (including 15 million in the US) would die in the first year alone.
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Old 16th October 2018, 12:18 PM   #1403
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Originally Posted by halleyscomet View Post
An opinion piece written by a bureaucrat based on information disseminated by Bill Gates - the Microsoft guy I assume?

I'm not saying this is unrealistic, but the sources seem a little dubious. If this is actually the conclusion reached by Johns Hopkins epidemiologists I would expect the info to be presented by them along with the details of the study.
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Old 16th October 2018, 12:33 PM   #1404
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Originally Posted by halleyscomet
A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it
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A century ago, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people. The world is at risk of another pandemic of similar scale.
I already commented on the load of crap in the quotation in my post #1369. So I suppose the rest is the fruit of that poisonous tree.

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The scope of the danger is breathtaking: Bill Gates, citing epidemiologists, has said that there is a “reasonable probability” of a pandemic that kills more than 30 million people worldwide in the next two decades. A tabletop exercise run at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in May simulated a global flu-like outbreak called Clade X and found that 150 million people (including 15 million in the US) would die in the first year alone.
Ooooh!!! Dooming futurology! A simulation, how serious! That's just the most abject epistemological hedonism. Where's the review showing the parameters and the systemics weren't changed on the fly before achieving that conclusion? I'm especially curious about the parts that led to an exact 10% of the dead being Usaian.

What's this? Anyone can be PartSkeptic -the game-?
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What's this? Anyone can be PartSkeptic -the game-?
Isn't that Pandemic?
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Old 16th October 2018, 06:08 PM   #1406
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Isn't that Pandemic?
There is also one called Plague that my daughter plays sometimes. It has a free version for anyone here who wants to see what being a mass killer feels like.
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