Bear in mind that dry humor goes over the heads of some readers. That is
why it is called dry humor.
On Sun, 26 Feb 1995, Patrick O'Neil wrote:
>>> On 27 Feb 1995, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> > >> >I would just as soon engineer a virus strain that is aerosol
> > >> >transmissible, perhaps a hemmorhagic flu, in order to correct the
> > >> >population bomb downward towards the 2 to 3 billion mark than live in
> > >> >utter muck with trillions.
> > [...]
> > >Ah now, there you go, frothing at the mouth. Of course it is OK to kill
> > >civilians when the greater cause is served:
> > You are nothing short of evil.
> > I wonder if I should inform the Federal Bureau of Investigation of
> > your public comments. Normally I hesitate to invoke such agencies, but
> > it seems to me that you are a menace to society and ought to be
> > carefully watched before you engage in some sort of monstrous act of
> > mass murder.
>> Yadda, yadda, yadda. Lighten up, Ditto. THINK, for Shiva's sake. THINK.
> I have, all along, been trying to make a few people who wear blinders
> actually look beyond the narrow road path they walk. There is more to
> the whole idea of real life-extension than just doing it. There ARE
> costs to consider and it would be nice if it was done before they fall
> upon us. Just once.
>> As for a virus...THINK. *IF* I (or anyone) were inclined to really do
> such a thing, it would be nothing short of suicidal. There is NO WAY to
> make such a thing so as to wipe out LOTS of people and still have the
> creator(s) be immune to it. (This is **silly**, but I will try to get
> through your Limbaugh-head) Once such a thing were let loose, you lose ALL
> control of it. It is immediately subject to forces of natural selection.
> IF you want to make a virus (or ANY bug) that can infect/kill lots of
> people quickly, you would HAVE to make it a nice mutator to both make it
> capable of eluding immune systems AND to prevent a vaccination from being
> possible - the two are intimately intertwined. Making it a significant
> mutator automatically makes it uncontrollable and, therefore, the
> creator(s) would be just as much at risk as everyone else. This lack of
> ability to control biological agents as weapons is what makes them useless
> military weapons - you cannot prevent your own people from being
> vulnerable AND you cannot prevent them from being exposed. If you can
> immunize your people against it, then so can the target which makes the
> "weapon" vulnerable and only of temporary use - essentially useless - and
> remember the goal of my diabolical plot: to take out a billion or more.
> If you can make a vaccine, then it is reasonably stable and cannot be a
> bigtime plague-maker, so that wont work. Get it? THINK through ALL the
> ramifications. This, just like the immortality argument, is NOT as simple
> as it seems on the surface. There are layers and side affects and
> unpredictables. People, as a rule, are foolish and stupid and refuse to
> think too much. They prefer to stop short at simple "answers" that sound
> pretty but are NOT answers, that is why we get the politicians we do.
> But in the end, we deserve it. You are a prime example, an archetype, of
> the lowest common denominator: you'll take the pretty sounding
> non-solutions to non-problems.
>> > So, why am I "selfish" for not wanting to pay high taxes to fund silly
> > government programs, but the people getting the money aren't "selfish"?
>> Oh certainly. The woman I knew who HAD to go on welfare for several
> months just to feed herself and here two children (born within a marriage,
> by the way) - now SHE was selfish. The many women who separate or divorce
> their husbands and, as a result, are entrants into poverty, are ALL
> selfish bitches - as I'm sure you'll agree, any woman who goes against her
> husband or any man deserves poverty just to put her in her place (this is
> prevalent fate even among the middle and upper class you so adore).
> The people who NEED student loans to go to college are all selfish
> bastards (forget the fact that selfish bastards such as myself pay back
> the loans directly AND by serving the country in the armed services - I
> took the oath for purely selfish reasons).
>> In any case, this is off-topic by a LONG shot. You obviously didn't read
> my other posts concerning my "evil" plot to shortcircuit immortality.
> Take a few deep breaths, have a sip of wine, and relax.
>> Patrick, the "evil neonazi ecologist" extraordinaire
> --even now, thinking up ways to make myself and a few chosen others immune
> to a supervirus of my own creation...
>> THIS is what makes the internet so fun.