We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The H5N1 Bird Influenza is spreading during the bird migration, as predicted. None in the Western Hemisphere, yet. Thus far, this will be a problem for those handling birds, and bird farmers. Be careful with your pheasants this fall, Mr. Free Market.
There is no evidence of a mutation which could endanger human populations on a large scale. Kill your parakeet and parrot and make a nice little soup out of them - and hope for the best. There may have been some hysteria about the Bird Flu - but it remains a risk that hangs over all of us.
(Image: bird-fancier planning Cockatoo Stew for dinner.)