The elderly and infirm can expect triage dispensed by distant panels favoring the younger, the more economically productive and politically connected patients. Those favored will move to the head of the line for heart transplants and other life-extending procedures. Experimental treatments might be denied."
I find it disturbing that kids are probably going to get pulled into this, not just old people. Got cancer? See ya. Born with a challenge that prevents you from being economically productive? Can we say eugenics? How many of you knew about Economic stimulus? Feds want your medical records.
If your public health prescription is to banish the animals living with people, you are mandating specialization on people that requires that they always be able earn a living in that specialty. If there exists a possibility of unemployment, then your public health solution creates the public health problem of starvation, and that is solved by welfare.
The integration of people and animals creates a diversity of capital investments which allows families and small groups to survive changing fortunes. Disrupt that old system that allowed societies to survive the bad times and in the good times free up time to pursue creating knowledge and built capital, (for example, figuring out how to refine iron and make objects from steel), and you end up with families and small groups vulnerable to collapse.
From an economic standpoint, are a few thousand deaths from bird-swine flu so great that a means of living needs to be disrupted so that instead the result is tens of thousands of deaths from the poverty that denying people their capital, the chickens and pigs they keep with them to support them when other income is not available."
Near-term recovery could prove impossible because of America's dependence on extensive transportation networks and other electricity-powered infrastructures. America's infrastructure is highly interconnected, as was demonstrated during the blackout. A problem in one part of the country can translate into problems across the United States, contributing immensely to lives lost and property destroyed during an EMP attack."
It'll be interesting to hear Jeanine G.'s commentary after something like that happens. Oh, wait. Our tv's won't work...
Just a few things on my mind.