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June 11, 2009
Pandemic

Its official — the world is experiencing a pandemic for the first time since 1968, the World Health Organization declared today.

The USG talking points seem to be “reassure, reassure, reassure.”  Their take is basically right, for now — though it has spread rapidly, H1N1 is not a particularly lethal flu.

But the virus is affecting many young people who are otherwise healthy. More troubling is that its future course is completely unpredictable. With Tamiflu-resistant influenza circulating — as well as the H5N1 avian flu pathogen out there, which IS incredibly deadly — and the potential for recombinations, I worry. Practice the elbow cough and teach it to your kids. Wash your hands for a really long time. And stockpile food.

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#3

Theme of The Outer Thought-Strand Encompassing The Collective Body of The Main Portion Of The Piece:

“they still–with those (potentially) useful ingredients which partake, in this World, of the Nature of the Divine–-might change the colors of the Present Understanding into a few new vistas denoting Medical and Technological Landscapes revealing new Horizons…”

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Adjustment(s) of the Previous Text:

“…worrying upon these Temporal Matters need never […[]…in all the affairs of Life and Death]…hence! be nevermore needing…”

“Some theological-philosophical hair dyes of bright multicolored Reflective Rational Thoughts…”

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“Its official — the world is experiencing a pandemic…”

Alas! all too, apparently, true…

But worrying upon these Temporal Matters need never [as difficult as these Matters may be (or may appear to be) at (any given time): they still
–if it can be proved that by the Examination of the Compositional Structures of these Matters, their very Natures (necessarily) consist of such Substance that they must remain subjected to states of fragmenting degrees of decomposition
due to varying temperatures within the entire corporate body: then, it can also be known that these Matters will only be able to be (temporally) involved within the Limitations of the Issues which grow out now into the Strands which flow externally from the Body of A Previous Collective Knowledge which is, by its very Universal Vitruvian Form: ever denoting a certain revealing consistency in all the affairs of Life and Death… hence! nevermore needing to make even a single hair more black or white than it already may be…
Unless?
Some theological-philosophical hair dyes of a bright multicolored Reflective Rational Thought be mixed in–with those (potentially) useful ingredients which partake, in this World, of the Nature of the Divine–might change the colors of the Present Understanding into a few new vistas denoting Medical and Technological Landscapes revealing new Horizons…

Nina Hachigian is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the co-author of “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” She has worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House and been a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in U.S.-China relations and great power relationships, multilateral institutions and U.S. foreign policy.

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