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#51 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2950 posts) -

My immune system is shit already. Release that thing and let's get it over with, Science!

#52 Posted by Example1013 (4749 posts) -

@MideonNViscera said:

They built some giant atom smasher under Europe that they actually thought might open a black hole and consume the Earth, or something. This isn't a big deal to me haha

There is a small chance of it opening up a black hole, but the chance is less than the chance of the sun blowing up today (the chance of the sun blowing up actually is above zero, it's just not very high). So more likely we'll get killed by a solar explosion than by a black hole created by the LHC.

Also, you guys must not be well-versed in this thing called "ebola".

#53 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

Hopefully this batch kills off the 50% of the lowest intellect so that there's still hope to concoct another flu to finish the job.

#54 Posted by BlinkyTM (1054 posts) -

@Sogeman said:

The worst stuff is always made by us.

As long as I'm one of the survivors, I don't mind the apocalypse.

Same here!

#55 Posted by mandude (2667 posts) -

Global Warming, 2012, The Rapture, Population-halving Plague, Murderous Scientists, Overdue Earthquakes and Overdue Volcanos.

Try harder, there's a lot of world ending competition out there already.

#56 Posted by Afroman269 (7388 posts) -

@ThePhantomnaut said:

Where is Jesus?

He got banned. You better hope Screened Jesus has our backs.

#57 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

If this thing gets out I wanna be The Walkin' Dude.

#58 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Calling it "man-made" is kind of misleading. The contagion was passed back and forth between ferrets naturally (in a somewhat artificial environment, since the likelihood of being constantly exposed to a contagion and swapping it back and forth in nature like that is unlikely) to see if it could become airborne and possibly pandemic. Now that they know that it can, that's one step closer to them working on a vaccine instead of assuming that it won't happen and being unprepared. This kind of research is sort of necessary and probably happens more often than we think.

#59 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

@coakroach said:

My pants give +20 to poison resistance so I reckon i'll be good.

Too bad they aren't +20 to disease resistance. lol

#60 Posted by natetodamax (19136 posts) -

Why do I get the impression that scientists seem to waste their time and knowledge more than anyone else on the planet?

#61 Posted by iam3green (14388 posts) -

don't release the virus recipe. just let it stand there in the lab. i'm sure that there are more biological things  in labs that aren't be released. maybe they can find a cure for it.

#62 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4038 posts) -

The smartest people in the world often do the dumbest shit.

#63 Posted by DeadCell1889 (2 posts) -

@SadPatrol said:

I'll just get vaccinated so I'll be fine

LOL you will be the first to die XD

#64 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

@Kazona said:

Sometimes scientists can be really fucking stupid.

By making this, they can find out how to fight it and other, similar threats if they arise.

Do you guys all seriously think they're just wasting millions of dollars just to dick around?

#65 Posted by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@Voxel said:

Why do I get the impression that scientists seem to waste their time and knowledge more than anyone else on the planet?

Seriously, how did you get that impression?

#66 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

@Kazona said:

Sometimes scientists can be really fucking stupid.

By making this, they can find out how to fight it and other, similar threats if they arise.

Do you guys all seriously think they're just wasting millions of dollars just to dick around?

this is scientist according to the thread "derp derp derp creatin captain trips herp derp derp"

#67 Posted by Dixego (357 posts) -

@RoyCampbell said:

Looks like I'm moving to Madagascar.

I love you.

#68 Posted by Draugen (574 posts) -

"It's the apocalypse alright... I always knew I'd have a hand in it."

#69 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1751 posts) -

Well I see no way this could go wrong

#70 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

Just half?

#71 Posted by Zor (653 posts) -

@jozzy said:

@Voxel said:

Why do I get the impression that scientists seem to waste their time and knowledge more than anyone else on the planet?

Seriously, how did you get that impression?

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Scientists are not wizards... even though a lot of people treat them as such. Knowledge takes time, a lot of work, and research on things that might seem odd or unrelated (to most people).

#72 Edited by Mcfart (1426 posts) -

Eh, who cares. It's really just a decleration of "if you fuck with the US, then we have created yet another way to kill you all, without nuclear fallout". Though it would be hilarious if the human race was wiped out by our own creation. Maybe then we'll be succeeded by something cool, like talking Pandabears.

#73 Posted by MaFoLu (1854 posts) -

So, they hit their hammers on stuff until science happened?

#74 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

@Mcfart said:

Eh, who cares. It's really just a decleration of "if you fuck with the US, then we have created yet another way to kill you all, without nuclear fallout". Though it would be hilarious if the human race was wiped out by our own creation. Maybe then we'll be succeeded by something cool, like talking Pandabears.

(pst it was made in die niederlande)

#75 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -

Wait...wait..wait..I totally saw this in a movie once with that guy in it

#76 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I am now going to make the argument for producing something like this being a good idea.

Lets say that Hitler (who in our story is alive and represents any malevolent person with power) calls up the UN and says "Ich hat manufactured ein flu virus zat will destroy half of zie people of die Earth if mein demands are nein fulfilled." The UN can be in one of two situations:

A) They have never researched such a thing because it is evil. They do not know if Hitler is telling the truth, or what to do about it if he is.

B) They have been researching artificial viruses for decades and have many different varieties sitting in labs. They know what resources Hitler would need to produce such a thing, and they already have many clues about how to counteract it.

I should stress that this is different from a nuclear deterrence policy in that we are not mass producing these viruses, only researching them. This is still dangerous, but not as dangerous as allowing somebody less ethical than ourselves to have free reign over such research.

#77 Posted by Twiggy199 (495 posts) -
@MaFoLu said:
So, they hit their hammers on stuff until science happened?
.....Epic
#78 Posted by Agent47 (1894 posts) -

I knew 28 Days Later was on to something.Only a matter of time now...

#79 Posted by mutha3 (4980 posts) -

Ah shit, why Holland?  Sorry Guys:(

#80 Posted by LiquidPrince (15609 posts) -

Fucking assholes... What the hell is up with this. Why...

#81 Posted by VilhelmNielsen (1733 posts) -

Man, I knew they really wanted to get rid of the weed-tourism, but I didn't know they wanted it that bad.

#82 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

Obviously this is a good idea. There are almost never any accidental explosions in science labs these days.

#83 Posted by Gav47 (1542 posts) -

Sensationalist headlines are sensationalist.

#84 Edited by Mikemcn (6875 posts) -

I'd be more worried about the Ebola, Dengue Fever and SmallPox they have stored. As long as they aren't idiots with it, it'll be fine. More than anything, it's the diseases we can't identify that we should be worried about. We recreated the Spanish Flu that wiped out millions in the early 1900s simply so we could study it.

#85 Posted by ch3burashka (4907 posts) -

That's alright by me, because I know I will survive.

#86 Posted by CollegeGuyMike (381 posts) -

I love being a hermit.

#87 Posted by Intro (1191 posts) -

Do it pussies!

#88 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1199 posts) -

Flu? FLU?! Come on guys! Instead of making another flu, make some zombie virus or something!

Sheesh, scientists today...

#89 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

Though some might rightfully argue that a virus is not alive, I find the notion that we have synthsized a working organism amazing.

#90 Posted by Village_Guy (2409 posts) -

Ehh... The only part that is weird to me if the part where it says they are arguing whether to publish the recipe, which is fucking crazy. Why give terrorists another weapon for free?

#91 Posted by GunnBjorn (2911 posts) -

I always knew I would live and die in the Netherlands. Release that fucker already! I'll inhale deeply...
#92 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

I'm sure they had a very good reason for inventing this stuff...

"Amen, brother. I don't go anywhere without my mutated anthrax. For duck huntin'."
#93 Posted by xdaknightx69 (442 posts) -

2012 is coming , that is all

#94 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1230 posts) -

Attention grabbing headline wins again!

#95 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6077 posts) -

Hello post-apocalypse. Let's do this thing!

#96 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

I am heading toward Boulder Co. now to meet Mother Abigail. See the rest of you survivors there.