Gut Rumbles

May 29, 2006

ignorant, superstitious, primitive villagers

Bird flu killed several members of a family in KUBU SIMBELANG, Indonesia. The tragedy is genuine, but the reaction by neighbors in that modern, sophisticated metropolis of Kubo Simblang reminded me of words I've heard before. See if YOU can't spot the similarities.

Ignorant, Superstitious, Primitive Villager: `We are so afraid just to step into that house,'' said a 37-year-old woman who identified herself only as Sembining. ``We can't tell what we're afraid of - we're just afraid.''

Sophisticated Environmentalist: "Noah was commanded to preserve biodiversity,"

Ignorant, Superstitious, Primitive Villager: ``I think the family was cursed,'' she said. ``It must be, because if it's bird flu, why only their family? Their blood?''

Sophisticated Enviro-God: "We are literally changing the relationship between the Earth and the Sun," he said. "It has the capacity to bring civilization itself to a dead halt."

Ignorant, Superstitious Villager: ``Therefore we are afraid of (letting doctors) take blood. Taking the blood, for me, symbolizes going to die.''

Sophisticated Enviro-Whack: "There is no longer any debate. The consensus is as strong as it ever gets in science." (...) current inhabitants of the Earth are facing a "collision between our civilization and the planet."

Well, they both agree on one thing. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid... because... WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!


Good observation, Bitch.

Posted by: TomCat on May 29, 2006 07:04 PM

There you go. Give the chickens some damn theraflu and its a done deal. Living in Ireland I've been through foot and mouth, mad cow and the Irish flu. One more ain't gonna hurt.

Posted by: harlot on May 29, 2006 07:33 PM

Some bloke on the radio was going on about this about a year ago, if I remember correctly.

Basically the Bird Flu is 40% (maybe 50%) fatal. The more generic flu is apparently about 30% fatal if you end up having to go to the hospital.

Makes you wonder, really: If you had the Bird Flu and it didn't whoop your ass, would anybody know you had the bird flu?

Posted by: Justin Buist on May 30, 2006 12:27 AM

Science by consensus? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: Bogdaddy on May 30, 2006 05:55 AM

Guess I gotta stop fucking birds.

Posted by: Terry on May 30, 2006 02:43 PM
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