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Friday, April 21, 2017

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens, Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder, who was speaking ahead of speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London, warned that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus like smallpox would be more dangerous than even a nuclear attack. Gates, whose charitable foundation funds research into quickly spotting outbreaks, said it was more important than ever to help foreign countries monitor diseases to prevent a global tragedy. "Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic," he said. "All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point.

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Saw this earlier. The first thing that comes to mind is his obsession with vaccines.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-04-20 07:39 AM | Reply

BS, fallout from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima is already polluting the planet for hundreds of thousands of years, much longer than human civilization. Above ground testing in Nevada and the South Pacific has caused many premature fatalities, which the government consistently denies.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-20 08:17 AM | Reply

Bill is obsessed with public health, which is a great thing.
There are lots of sources of environmental toxins that have increased with industrialization and nukes, but life span has increased due to improved public health almost everywhere.

I don't worry about nukes because they are hard to make and deliver, and are controlled by people who want keep living. Using nukes against a nuke power will get you killed.

One biochemist in a mail order lab could weaponize a bug that would kill more than dozens of nukes. Every year that gets easier. Our kids lives depend on preventing bio-terrorism.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-04-20 08:55 AM | Reply

If Microsoft starts handing out free blankets, I'd pass.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-04-20 10:13 AM | Reply

#2 Then throw in free market capitalists rush to poison the air, ground and water in the name of quick profits that translate into ever increasing clusters of nuerological and cancer illnesses and it is becoming clear that life on this planet is doomed.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-04-20 02:47 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by nutcase

It isn't BS. Certainly these created many premature deaths and have caused major environmental harm. However an attack using Smallpox could VERY QUICKLY wipe out millions. Most are not vaccinated for it anymore or other equally bad diseases. Slip it into the ventilation system at one or two major airports and you have a global crisis that will have spread uncontrollably by the time anyone knows what's going on.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-04-21 11:23 AM | Reply

While the concern is valid I think the linked article is a little too melodramatic for me.

A legit fear with some scary, mad scientist sounding terms thrown in.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2017-04-21 02:29 PM | Reply

Gpete, I don't mean to suggest bio-warfare is not a real threat. I only meant that what we have done so far with nuclear bombs is worse. The effect of course is less obvious, unless you are in the direct line of fire.

Who REALLY sent the anthrax to Congress? Such a high tech delivery system requires government labs.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-21 06:53 PM | Reply

One good thing about being old is I was vaccinated for smallpox. Got the scar to prove it.

#9 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-04-21 07:25 PM | Reply

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