Martin wrote:

Frightening Warning
“Society just can’t accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. And I think we have to face that possibility,” Webster said. “I’m sorry if I’m making people a little frightened, but I feel it’s my role.”

Looks like it’s time some folk in white coats came to round up dear Robert, so he can head off to join the Tooth Fairy Bird.
All that flu hunting seems to have left him believing in magical mutations, yet bypassed by even scant knowledge of natural selection.

The cost of bird flu hysteriaPost edited by: martin, at: 2006/03/17 08:35

One half of the population dying off would be natural selection. One hopes all those who poo-poo, without benefit of any expertise on the subject whatsoever, the idea of avian flu mutating to a human-human transmissable strain, or, in fact, any notion that our comfortable lives might be subject to sudden and dramatic change will, thanks to their total lack of preparation, be especially hard hit, thereby, through natural selection, increasing the intelligence of the species.