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.
Since around three pandemics occur each century, it is inevitable that a next one will appear. But will it be of the H5 bird type?
Research over the past year suggests not. It is comforting to know that this flu is a greater danger to birds than to people, unless you spend a lot of time with infected birds. So as the media dramatically report the movement of H5 flu in birds, this seems to be more of ornithological interest than human-medical.