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"The FSA has already asked insurance companies about their ability to withstand a deluge of claims on life insurance policies in the event of a bird flu pandemic. "

The Spanish bird flu pandemic in 1918 supposedly killed 50 million people. Still, that is no reason upon which to base a similarly dire forecast for the future. We have anti-dote capacities today that they did not have then.

I have faith that any bird-flu contagion will be identified and stopped. This years "normal" flu has two variations for which vaccination will be necessary. First time anyone has ever seen this (I think).

Government administrators are not paid to "have faith", or so they shouldn't be. Their efforts to plan "what if" are therefor worthwhile. But also, think of it, why should financial systems be "mission critically dependent" upon humans in a given place (like the City). They should be able to be run just about anywhere, as 911 indicated to us on Wall Street.

This would require system redundancy in very different geographical spots. Replicate the systems that are employed in the City to be run from ... say, Bermuda or some Scottish glen. Replicate the systems that run Wall Street finance in a mountain in Colorado.

Why not?

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