Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bioterrorism

If bio-terrorists really wanted to destroy the West, they wouldn't waste their time with new pathogens that kill lots of people, because odds are that any disease which would kill lots of heathen Americans would kill even more devout Muslims, mainly because of differentials in health care.

If they really wanted to bring America to its knees, they would genetically engineer a bacterium that could digest plastics. The world economy would grind to a halt as everything from the plastic components of computers to beverage bottles to the plastic bags at the grocery store would be eaten away. Even the hospitals that would keep us alive in the face of a regular pathogen would fall apart. The disposable syringes would disintegrate, as would bed pans, the chairs in the waiting room, the sterile covers for instrument probes, etc.

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