Communion Of Dreams


“What’s next?”

Foraging?”

I chuckled. “Yeah.”

“But I thought you already had like 40,000 rounds of ammo,” said my friend.

“You exaggerate.”

“Yeah, but not by much.” He laughed. “So, what were you foraging for?”

“Oh, just decided to top off some of the usual supplies we have at home. You know how it is.”

He did. He too lives in the Midwest, where a winter storm or spring flood or summer tornado can leave you isolated without power or the ability to get out for upwards of a week. “So, you really think this is the start of a pandemic?”

“Probably not, but it is too soon to say. But even if it isn’t, there could be a panic, which could be almost as bad.”

“Yeah, good point.”

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WHO says swine flu moving closer to pandemic

BERLIN – The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the swine flu outbreak is moving closer to becoming a pandemic, as the United States reported the first swine flu death outside of Mexico, and Germany and Austria became latest European nations hit by the disease.

In Geneva, WHO flu chief Dr. Keiji Fukuda told reporters that there was no evidence the virus was slowing down, moving the agency closer to raising its pandemic alert to phase 5, indicating widespread human-to-human transmission.

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“You know, this is all your fault,” said a different friend.

“What is?”

“The swine flu.”

“How do you figure?”

“I read your book. I know the backstory. This is how it starts, isn’t it?”

“Well, something like this, anyway.”

“So, what’s next?”

“Aliens.”

He laughed.

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Jim Downey


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