Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap | Hub

For Event 201, hosted in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the experts added a new layer of realism by reaching beyond government and NGOs to leaders in the private sector and business community. Participants included representatives from NBCUniversal, UPS, and Johnson & Johnson.
“Very few people have included the private sector in pandemic preparedness, but that’s where most of the resources are,” Toner says.
That’s particularly true when it comes to vaccine development. The CAPS virus—which Toner describes as a cousin of SARS, “but slightly more transmissible, like the flu, and slightly more lethal”—was presented as resistant to any existing vaccine, as scientists scrambled to come up with one. Citizens, meanwhile, were rioting over scarce access to the next best thing: a fictional antiviral known to treat some CAPS symptoms.
That scenario, Toner says, is utterly realistic. “We don’t have a vaccine for SARS, or MERS, or various avian flu viruses that have come up in the past decade,” he notes. “That’s because vaccine development is slow and difficult if there isn’t an immediate market for it.”
In the simulation, CAPS resulted in a death toll of 65 million people within 18 months—surpassing the deadliest pandemic in history, the 1918 Spanish flu.
— Read on hub.jhu.edu/2019/11/06/event-201-health-security/

For Laughs: Donald Seeks To Trump “You’re Fired” Market

MARCH 18–Donald Trump, reality TV star and rapacious New York developer, has filed to trademark the phrase sweeping an underemployed nation. That’s right, if The Donald gets the nod from The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he’ll be able to exclusively slap the words “You’re Fired” on clothing and “games and playthings,” and use it in connection with “casino services.” Along with peddling overpriced apartments, Trump runs some spectacularly underperforming Atlantic City gambling joints. Trump’s two trademark applications, which you’ll find below, were made after the January 8 debut of “The Apprentice,” the NBC hit that has thrust Trump (and the alleged billionaire’s swirling hairdo) back onto the front pages. We’re waiting to see if Trump tries to patent the signature hand motion he uses to dispatch “Apprentice” contestants. On a related note, a check of trademark records shows that the firm “You’re Outsourced” is still available for the taking. (6 pages)
— Read on www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/donald-seeks-trump-youre-fired-market

Government Propaganda Outlet Funds Electronic Frontier Foundation #RadioFreeAsia #VoiceOfAmerica #SmithMundt

Article by Rachael Tackett   Much heralded in the media, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is depicted as championing digital civil liberties and fighting the US government’s mass surveillance. EFF also receives money from the same government that it claims to fight. The Saga of Radio Free Asia In the early 1950s, Radio Free Asia…
— Read on diycivics.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/government-propaganda-outlet-funds-electronic-frontier-foundation/

Radio Free Asia (or Radio Free-Anything), and Voice of America (VOA) are propaganda, paid for by the US Government.