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In 2009, @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter paid me $500 to write a critical review of their book Party of Defeat. We ended up having a pretty revealing exchange about pandemics.…
In my review, I argued that @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter overestimated the threat of terrorism and underestimated other threats, such as "global climate change, epidemics of infectious disease, volcanic eruptions of massive force, the sudden impact of a large asteroid."
The response from @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter mocked my concern about pandemics as something out of Dr. Strangelove. "He advises we replace the War on Terror with the War on Tors. All that his list is missing is concern over 'the purity of our precious bodily fluids.'"
I wrote a reply to @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter. I said: "One would need to be ignorant of natural history to argue that tors were not far more dangerous than terrorists. If Horowitz and Johnson require evidence of this fact, I would suggest they consult, respectively:
The woolly mammoths, the third of Europe’s population that perished during the Black Death, the Minoan civilization on Crete, and the dinosaurs – all of whom learned the hard way that one ignores the dangers of environmental catastrophe at one’s peril."
In response, @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter told me "your response adds nothing to your original argument" and refused to print it.
Hey @horowitz39 and @TheRightsWriter: I told you so.
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