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Why I am going to hell [Oct. 23rd, 2005|03:54 pm]
Zoethe
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Yahoo news headline reports: British parrot has deadly H5N1 bird flu strain .

In my head is the voice of John Cleese: He's not pining! He's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He's off the twig! He's kicked the bucket, he's shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
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[User Picture]From: jarodrussell
2005-10-23 08:01 pm (UTC)
He now has something in common with pyramids, cubes, and dodecahedrons, because he's a Polygon.
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2005-10-23 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, Gods- you both made me laugh... and I needed that!

Polygon...bwah!
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[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2005-10-23 08:06 pm (UTC)
Before all your readers freak out and think that this means we're all going to die of bird flu, I'd like to point out that the bird in question was in quarantine and all the other birds it was exposed to were also in quarantine, and have been destroyed.

So, please everyone, no need to panic. No need to start calling for the destruction of parrots everywhere.

As the owner of three parrots, I'm less worried about the possibility of transmission and more worried about the fact that people could go very overboard with this and use it as an excuse to put perfectly healthy birds to death.
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[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2005-10-23 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and now that I'm done ranting, this was a very funny post. And my comment wasn't direct at you, zoethe, but at anyone who might read the article you linked to and go overboard.
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[User Picture]From: momlady
2005-10-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
Myself, I don't freak out about this kind of stuff; kind of like the mad-cow disease thing. But, on the other hand, my boyfriends son (he's grown) was diagnosed with bird flu several months ago. I have no clue how he got it, neither does he. And this was before all the news that has started coming out about it. I have had birds for years without anyone catching anything from them (which really isn't likely anyway), but he's never around them and none of the rest of us got it. It just makes me wonder if it's the same thing, or if the doctor didn't know what he was talking about. It's not a concern; he did get over it without any problems. But every time I hear about it in the news, I just wonder....
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2005-10-23 08:37 pm (UTC)
the fact that people could go very overboard with this and use it as an excuse to put perfectly healthy birds to death.

I wouldn't doubt it for a second. Shit, if you listen to the news these days you'd think these were the end days and that we're all gonna' die anyway.

I mean, it freaks me out a little, but we're all gonna' get it, whether it's a hurricane, or bird flu, or old age. I'd just like to hear, um, NEWS on the TV for a change instead of mass hysteria. I have better things to do with my time. I'll let you know what they are when I find out myself...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
I am not panicking. I mean, this thing will inevitably end up mutating to a human-transmitted version, or it won't. Bird-icide will only delay the inevitable by a matter of months.
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[User Picture]From: culculhen
2005-10-24 02:09 am (UTC)
Although the result would be catastrophic, the chance of a mutation to a human-transmitted version is in itself pretty slight. A lot of the hubbub is mainly about the fact that it destroys an entire food industry and threatens the lively hood of a large section of the populace. Delaying that by a few months by bird-icide can be defensible.
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[User Picture]From: tlknfrgs
2005-10-23 08:11 pm (UTC)
see you in hell then, because i was thinking the same thing
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-10-23 08:16 pm (UTC)
I keep looking at the H5N1 and thinking, "What is that in l33tsp3@k?"
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From: appleblossomtru
2005-10-23 08:29 pm (UTC)
I hope this freaking bird flu doesn't mean that I won't be going to England. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
We cannot quaranteen the world. Just ain't happening.

When are you going again? (short term memory loss...)
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From: appleblossomtru
2005-10-23 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm going in late April. I hope. It'll be the first Beltane I've missed since finding my faith, but perhaps I'll find a public one over there to join.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-23 09:08 pm (UTC)
I bet you will, being that it's, oh, England!
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2005-10-24 08:55 am (UTC)
If you are going to be in London for 28th May there is the Beltane Bash at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1. (nearest tube is Holborn).

Or there are several public moots which can be found by purchasing a copy of Pagan Dawn which lists them for around the country.

Hope you have a great time over here.
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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2005-10-23 08:29 pm (UTC)
Are you sure that you are not my spousal unit's twin?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
It really was too easy.
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[User Picture]From: moonjustus
2005-10-23 08:42 pm (UTC)

Budgie

Reminds me of John Lennons' "My Budgie"

"My uncle ate a budgie, It was so fat and fair
I cried and called him Ronnie, He didn't seem to care.......The Doctors looked inside him to see what they could do, but he had been too greedy, I died just like a zoo"

Maybe that's how the flu is getting passed from bird to human to another human.

AAHHH the genious of John.
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[User Picture]From: celticdragonfly
2005-10-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yep. You're going to the special hell. But don't worry - you'll have plenty of company.
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[User Picture]From: undertheivy99
2005-10-24 01:02 am (UTC)
Betcha a nickle we see something along those lines on The Daily Show or SNL's Weekend Update really soon.
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[User Picture]From: pheret1
2005-10-24 02:14 am (UTC)
Hey, this is great! I'm gonna link to you, ok?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 08:47 am (UTC)
No problem.
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[User Picture]From: tweezlebum
2005-10-24 12:38 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing when I read the paper this morning, and it was followed immediately by "OMGZORZ I AM SUCH A BAD PERSON!" I knew I couldn't be the only one, and now that my hunch has been confirmed, I can go back to being a sorta-bad person. ;)
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2005-10-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
*snerk!!*

Hot Cup O' Noodles up the nose.....definitely not a boring experience!!

No, no, no!!! He's just STUNNED!!!! They stun easily. Beautiful plumage, eh guv?

I'll be down there with y'all and promise to bring the marshmallows!
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