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Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Mon Feb 27 07:37:05 EST 1995

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.

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