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Wednesday, October 19, 2005


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via comments at David Corn: Amy Goodman featured Avian flu on her radio program today.

Here's the link.

Janet Edens

There has been a lot of talk about not stirring a "panic" and it's frankly annoying that our government and the media would withhold information or downplay the facts as though we were all going to run screaming into the streets.

The fear of creating a panic by telling people the facts and allowing them to adjust to the news and take needed precautions is just silly. And counter productive.

There is a great post on Peter Sandman's website, co-written with Jody Lanard about the nature of panic. His site is a cool foray into the human aspects of dangers. Here's an excerpt, but check out www.psandman.com/col/tsunami1.htm for the full deal:

Individual panic is fairly common: Your dinner catches fire on the stove, and in your panic you forget to cover the skillet, turn off the heat, or get the fire extinguisher from the cabinet; instead, you flee to a neighbor’s house. And groups sometimes panic too, especially if alcohol is involved; it’s no accident that nightclubs and soccer stadiums are the scenes of more than their share of genuine and often fatal panics. What is striking ... is the rarity of panic in response to disasters — that is, widespread public emergencies. It seems like common sense that the bigger the catastrophe, the greater the risk of mass hysteria. But the evidence is overwhelming that in this case common sense is wrong.

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