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Swine flu, move over! The plague is back - at least in China, where it's now killed three people in the province of Qinghai. A single outbreak of the plague from 1348 - 1351, called "The Black Death," is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe's population. THEREFORE, we can say with a high degree of confidence that 60% of the world's population, or over four billion people, will be dead of plague within three years.
My having now made that prediction, you can expect to see me tonight on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and CNN. I will probably be paired with other experts, some of whom will say my estimate is probably more of a "best-case scenario" and possibly the entire planet is at risk. But, as always, women and children will suffer the most.