Bu.Bon.Ic. Plague. :\

If you’re like me, you always have your eyes peeled for when there is new news regarding new outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague.  Well, here’s what’s either some really good news involving the Bubonic Plague, or some really good government propaganda, or even more likely just kind of a slap dash of conjuncture thrown together that sells tabloid newspapers — depending on your want for the day:

At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.

The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.

The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.  […]

The al-Qaeda epidemic began in the cave hideouts of AQLIM in Tizi Ouzou province, 150km east of the capital Algiers. The group, led by wanted terror boss Abdelmalek Droudkal, was forced to turn its shelters in the Yakouren forest into mass graves and flee.

The extremists supporting madman Osama bin Laden went to Bejaia and Jijel provinces — hoping the plague did not go with them.

Ah, The Sun.  Where would the world be without The Sun?(*)  I suspect a little better tethered to something identifiable as Journalism, but Hell!  Bubonic Plague!  It has a sort of panache to it, don’t it?

A bit more skeptical inquiry here.

And for the record, this blog has reposted an item from the Washington Times, not the Washington Post.  One’s incredulity index must be raised higher with the Times than with the Post.

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