"Epidemic" has now officially lost all meaning

September 21, 2005  ·  Michael Fumento  ·  Weblog

"Indonesia on brink of bird flu epidemic," blares the headline in the online version of the Courier-Mail, one of Australia's largest-circulation newspapers. Total deaths? Uh, one possible but none confirmed. Okay, total infected? Uh, seven possible but none confirmed. Total population of Indonesia? 220 million. Still, it's never too soon to panic, eh mates!