Bird Flu in Turkey - pun-ny.
But not. Nine people are under medical observation in Turkey after 40 pigeons in their neighbourhood died in mysterious circumstances.
With bird flu at it's door, Europe is scared. Expect the EU to issue advice on the potential risk for humans who come into contact with migratory birds. In nearly all the roughly 120 cases of human infection, the victims caught the H5N1 virus from birds and authorities don't believe the virus has altered to allow efficient human-to-human contagion.
Bird flu in-depth here. In the mood for something amphibian?
More serious, deadly serious perhaps is Charles Krauthammer's view on what may appear to be tangential at first glance but what is in fact enormously consequential;
It was announced last week that American scientists have just created a living, killing copy of the 1918 ``Spanish'' flu.
This is big. Very big.
Read it all.................
The Chirac Doctrine - Olivier
With just one-fifth the population of the U.S., France boasts the world's second largest contingent of diplomats, and its consulates and embassies number just eight fewer than the State Department's 260. While Chirac inherited a French foreign policy already tilted toward the Arab world, his pursuit of close personal ties to Arab leaders and his outreach to Islamists, rejectionist Arab states, and groups considered terrorists by the U.S. government is part of a broader strategy to increase French influence in the region. (Middle East Quarterly)
Honestly, I don't know which of the two is more dangerous to my health.- Atlas
UPDATE: and a chick (hey it's my 15 minutes) Check out the profile Pajama Media does on yours truly