Looks like the H5N1 strain killed two children in rural Turkey. That marks the first fatalities ouside East Asia, a milestone that the WHO official quoted in the WP story says does not change the global pandemic risk. Well, that's reassuring -- considereing the current risk assessment is that a pandemic is almost certain. For more on why the outlook is so grim, check out my interview with Mike Davis on the topic in Salon. Mike digests his new book, Monster at the Door, which lays out the dangers of this particular virus, and why those dangers are amplified by global poverty and the government ineptitude and neo-liberalism that perpetuates that poverty. It's a good, if you don't mind getting a little unnerved.