Category Archives: Disasters

Medical: Learning From the COVID-19 Failure — Before the Next Outbreak Arrives

Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold –

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker – HEADS OF STATE 

“Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose. Someday, after the next pandemic has come and gone, a commission much like the 9/11 Commission will be charged with determining how well government, business, and public health leaders prepared the world for the catastrophe when they had clear warning. WHAT WILL BE THE VERDICT?” 

That is from the concluding paragraph of an essay entitled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” that one of us, Michael Osterholm, published in Foreign Affairs in 2005. The next pandemic has now come, and even though COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in late 2019, is far from gone, it is not too soon to reach a verdict on the world’s collective preparation. THAT VERDICT IS A DAMNING ONE.            Continue reading

COVID-19: DO MASKS WORK? A Review Of Science Relevant To Social Policy

April 2020 — Ontario Civil Liberties Association – D. G. Rancourt

KN95 Mask

Summary / Abstract:   MASKS AND RESPIRATORS DO NOT WORK. 

There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.

Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.      Continue reading

Black Wall Street – Tulsa Race Massacre Pogrom was 99-YEARS AGO

Tulsa. Oklahoma: “Black Wall Street” Burning

The National Museum of African American History and Culture:

BREAKING GROUND – The TULSA RACE MASSACRE -1921

  • A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Pogrom of 1921
  • An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 99 years ago

Allison Keyes | The Smithsonian Magazine

The ten-page manuscript is typewritten, on yellowed legal paper, and folded in thirds. But the words – an eyewitness account of the May 31, 1921, racial massacre that destroyed what was known as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” – are searing.       Continue reading

Economics: 90% of the world will be worse off by year end – IMF’s Managing Director

According to the IMF’s latest assessment, Georgieva said that 170 countries—which represent almost 90 percent of the world—will be worse off with lower per capita income by the end of 2020. The official said that such a tremendous reversal of fortunes has never been seen before.          Continue reading

Video: Covid-19: why the economy could fare worse than you think | The Economist

Covid-19: why the economy could fare worse than you think | The Economist

Three months after lockdown was relaxed in China, its economy is now running at around 90% of normal levels. Although 90% may sound fine, for many it could be catastrophic.

Read more here: https://econ.st/2AeZ86k

 

GUYANA: Return to Agriculture now… Possible food crisis from COVID-19… says (NAREI)

As fears mount of a possible food crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic…

Guyanese need to urgently …  return to farms and kitchen gardens

Pull quote: ‘We are buying Vitamin C tablets and ‘builders’ when we could be growing and utilising our own, such as cherries, oranges and other citrus fruits… ”  —-  Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI)        Continue reading

VIDEO: 1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression – BBC Documentary

1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression – Documentary

Brief History of that other economic designed crash of 1929 BBC documentary

On October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday hit Wall Street as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression (1929-39), the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world up to that time.   Continue reading

VIDEO: Stock Market Crash 2020 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression !! – OPINION

VIDEO: Stock Market Crash 2020 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression !!

Epic Economist – 11 March 2020 – For the last two weeks the US stock market has been tanking all across the board. It looks as if a major stock market crash is upon the United States. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been swinging approximately for 1,000 points in multiple days within the last two weeks. The stock market traders have been panicking because the market has just turned out to be a rollercoaster that they have not seen for many years. The market has been very volatile with up to 4.5 percent movements in a day and all investors are unaware of what will happen next. There is a lot of panic as investors fear that the market will continue tanking because economic indicators are indicating that a big stock market crash will happen.            Continue reading

VIDEO: The Truth Behind The Coronovirus Pandemic; Lockdown and Economic Crash – David Icke

DAVID ICKE – THE TRUTH BEHIND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN & THE ECONOMIC CRASH

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently….. Here’s How. – Politico Magazine

A crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. Here are 34 big thinkers’ predictions for what’s to come.

For many Americans right now, the scale of the coronavirus crisis calls to mind 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis—events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use.

Politico Magazine surveyed more than 30 smart, macro thinkers this week, and they have some news for you: Buckle in. This could be bigger.

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