Anywyas, have you ever read Preston's 'The Hot Zone'? I read
it when it first came out, completely by coincidence on the
airplane to Reston, Virginia. I kept asking people about it
and their collective response was the 'Oh the stuff in Africa'.
I went and sightsaw the school, but they had torn the monkey house
down. Rotting meat may just be the primordial soup that spawns the next
supervirus. They were showing pictures today of dogs picking
at the dead and viral chicken corpses. The government says that
bird flu hasn't jumped species......at least not yet.
> dangerous stuff --- rotting CJD-infested meat --- which will be taken
> away by predators, insects and fungi in a year, making a lot of them
> and some humans really sick) as being a good trade for the old problem
> (a field full of dangerous stuff --- land mines --- which will blow
> people up for as long as they last, which is basically forever).
> That said, it seems better to come up with something more mechanical
> which will blow up into less dangerous pieces; I heard something on
> the BBC a few weeks ago about a gizmo put together from metal tubing
> and caster wheels called the "dervish" which was designed to be
> affordable even on a third-world-government budget...