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.
As you know, the avian flu is moving into Europe. Time has a piece on the 1918 flu epidemic. Our piece on the subject a few weeks ago remains informative and valid.
Call your doctor and ask him to stock up some Tamiflu and/or some vaccine for you and your family. While its effectiveness may be questionable, Tamiflu is all we've got. You have two choices - "Let the govt take care of me" like the dopes in New Orleans, or take care of it yourself like a grown-up. With luck, you won't need it, but you might.