I didn't read the story but when I saw it referencing Influenza it reminded me of something I heard on the radio or saw on TV recently. Humans are struck with a major pandemic every 25 to 40 years. We are at year 102 and are way over due mostly because of modern medicine. Imagine all the strains mutating and combining or having natural reactions toward eachother. Then imagine it happening with in a human body. Imagine a strain that can not be killed with modern medicine.
In our history up to 20% or more of the Human population has been wiped out at one time due to sickness. Most lives lost are in the urban cities due to people living in such close proximity.
All it takes is 1 clumsy asshole to trip and drop a vial.
All it takes is a suicide bomber to flatten that building and cause a huge fucking problem!
all it takes is one bad burger at a fast food joint....
In the field of Biology it's referred to as "Environmental Resistence". When a population's energy requirements climb too high to support it (read as food and resources) the population becomes weaker and more susceptable to disease. Disease then spreads, removing the weaker members of the population and re-establishing an equilibrium within the environment.
Prime is absolutely correct in his assertion that our medical technologies have assisted us in avoiding a massive die off for over a century. Many might consider this fortunate, but it is not. Instead, it has interupted the natural equilibrium so much that when it comes back the other way it is likely to do so in a die off that is unprecidented in human history.
Science has ultimately forgotten that equations are about equlibrium above all else. Instead of seeking answers for the sake of knowledge, science has become perverted into using those answers to disrupt the natural equalibrium of things. It's not how far the scales dip that scares me, it's how far back it's going to swing...
My thinking is that those able to care for themself without relying on big brother/.gov will fair better in the long run.
You as an individual have to rely on the government to produce the vaccines for your resistance. You cannot do it yourself, or rather your body can but there is fair chance it'll fail.
I doubt that anyone who fends for themselves would agree with that. Anyone who relies too heavily on the government for anything winds up getting burned...screw that. I'll take my chances without them...
I think I'm smelling the blood of a Komrade.
Vaccines for what? The .gov does not create vaccines now. Private companies create vaccines. I won't be going to the .gov for a damn thing. You go there you are beholding to them. No thanks. You can have my share.
I agree with on the other aspects of self reliance, but in terms of health care, you need people who know what they are doing, the odds are you do not know the first thing about real medicine.