By Marc Lipsitch and Tom Inglesby February 27 at 6:50 PM
Marc Lipsitch is a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Tom Inglesby is director of the Center for Health Security and an environmental health and engineering professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In 2014, U.S. officials imposed a moratorium on experiments to enhance some of the world’s most lethal viruses by making them transmissible by air, responding to widespread concerns that a lab accident could spark a global pandemic. Most infectious-disease studies pose modest safety risks, but given that these proposed experiments intended to create a highly contagious flu virus that could spread among humans, the government concluded the work should not go on until it could be approved through a specially created, rigorous review process that considered the dangers.
Apparently, the government has decided the research should now move ahead. In the past year, the U.S. government quietly greenlighted funding for two groups of researchers, one in the United States and the other in the Netherlands, to conduct transmission-enhancing experiments on the bird flu virus as they were originally proposed before the moratorium. Amazingly, despite the potential public-health consequences of such work, neither the approval nor the deliberations or judgments that supported it were announced publicly. The government confirmed them only when a reporter learned about them through non-official channels.
This lack of transparency is unacceptable. Making decisions to approve potentially dangerous research in secret betrays the government’s responsibility to inform and involve the public when approving endeavors, whether scientific or otherwise, that could put health and lives at risk.
We are two of the hundreds of researchers, medical and public-health professionals, and others who publicly opposed these experiments when they were first announced. In response to these concerns, the government issued a framework in 2017 for special review of “enhanced” pathogens that could become capable of causing a pandemic. Under that framework, reviewers must consider the purported benefits and the potential risks and, before approving the work, determine “that the potential risks as compared to the potential benefits to society are justified.”
The framework also requires that experts in public-health preparedness and response, biosafety, ethics and law, among others, evaluate the work, but it is unclear from the public record if that happened. No description of who reviewed these proposals has been provided. It is not stated what evidence was considered, how competing claims were evaluated or whether there were potential conflicts of interest.
This secrecy means we don’t know how these requirements were applied, if at all, to the experiments now funded by the government. A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services told Science magazine that the agency cannot make the reviews public because doing so might reveal proprietary information about the applicants’ plans that could help their competitors. This bureaucratic logic implies that it is more important to maintain the trade secrets of a few prominent scientists than to let citizens — who bear the risk if an accident happens and who fund their work — scrutinize the decisions of public officials about whether these studies are worth the risk.
As researchers, we understand the usual logic for keeping scientific grant reviews confidential. But this is not ordinary science. The overwhelming majority of scientific studies are safe; even the worst imaginable accident, such as an infection of a lab worker or an explosion, is unlikely and would harm only a handful of people. But creating potentially pandemic pathogens creates a risk — albeit a small one — of infecting millions of people with a highly dangerous virus. For this kind of research, there is no justification for keeping risk-benefit deliberations secret.
Waiving confidentiality when lives are at stake is a standard practice. Health-care providers must report if their patients present an imminent threat to themselves or others, and drugmakers must disclose many facts about their products before approval in service of protecting public health and safety.
We have serious doubts about whether these experiments should be conducted at all. We also suspect that few members of the public would find compelling the rationale that the best way to fight the flu is to create the most contagious, lethal virus possible in a lab. But with deliberations kept behind closed doors, none of us will have the opportunity to understand how the government arrived at these decisions or to judge the rigor and integrity of that process.
Ultimately, public awareness is not enough. The debate in the United States over the past five years took place mainly among a small group of scientists and made only token efforts to inform or engage the wider citizenry. We need public discussion and debate about the risks and benefits of these kinds of experiments. And because viruses do not respect borders, the conversation must move beyond the national level, to coordinate the regulation of dangerous science internationally.
At stake here is the credibility of science, which depends on public support to continue. Science is a powerful driver of human health, well-being and prosperity, and nearly all of it can be done without putting populations at risk. If governments want to fund exceptionally risky science, they should do so openly and in a way that promotes public awareness and engagement.
The next deadly disease that will cause a global pandemic is coming, Bill Gates said at a discussion of epidemics on Friday.We’re not ready.
A flu like the 1918 influenza pandemic could kill 30 million within six months, Gates said, and the next disease might not even be a flu, it might be something we’ve never seen.
The world should prepare like it does for war, according to Gates.
If there’s one thing that we know from history, a deadly new disease will arise that will spread around the globe.
happen easily within the next decade. And as Bill Gates reminded listeners while speaking at a discussion about epidemicshosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine on Friday, we’re not ready.
As Gates said, he’s usually the optimist in the room, reminding people that we’re lifting children out of poverty around the globe and getting better at eliminating diseases like polio and malaria.
But “there’s one area though where the world isn’t making much progress,” said Gates. “And that’s pandemic preparedness.”
The likelihood that such a disease appears continues to rise. New pathogens emerge all the time as the world gets more populous and humanity encroaches on wild environments. It’s becoming easier and easier for individuals or small groups to create weaponized diseasesthat could spread like wildfire around the globe. According to Gates, a small non-state actor could rebuild an even deadlier form of smallpox in a lab. And in our interconnected world, people constantly hop on planes, crossing from megacities on one continent to megacities on another in a matter of hours.
According to one simulation by the Institute for Disease Modeling presented by Gates, a new flu like the one that killed 50 million in the 1918 pandemic would most likely kill 30 million within just six months now. And the disease that next takes us by surprise will most likely be one that we see for the first time when the outbreak starts, like happened recently with SARS and MERS viruses
If you were to tell the world’s governments that weapons were under construction right now that could kill 30 million people, there’d be a sense of urgency about preparing for the threat, said Gates.
“In the case of biological threats, that sense of urgency is lacking,” he said. “The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war.”Stopping the next pandemic The one time the military tried a sort of simulated wargame against a smallpox pandemic, the final score was “smallpox one, humanity zero,” according to Gates. But as he said, he’s an optimist, and he thinks we could better prepare for the next viral or bacterial threat. In some ways, we’re clearly better prepared now than we were for previous pandemics. We have antiviral drugs that can at least do something to improve survival rates in many cases. We have antibiotics that can treat secondary infections, like pneumonia associated with the flu. We’re getting closer to a universal flu vaccine. During his talk, Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be offering $12 million in grants to encourage the development of such a vaccine. And we’re getting better at rapid diagnosis, too, something essential since the first step against a new disease is quarantine. Just yesterday, a new research paper in the journal Science announced the development of a wayto use the gene-editing technology CRISPR to rapidly detect diseases and to identify them using the same sort of paper strip used in a home pregnancy test. Yet we’re not good enough yet at rapidly identifying the threat from a disease and coordinating a response, as the recent global reaction to the last Ebola epidemic showed. There needs to be better coordination and communication between military and government to help coordinate responses. And Gates thinks that government needs ways to quickly enlist the help of the private sector when it comes to developing technology and tools to fight against emerging deadly disease. As Melinda Gates said recently, the threat from a global pandemic — whether one that emerges naturally or one that’s engineered — is perhaps the biggest risk humanity faces right now. “Think of the number of people who leave New York City every day and go all over the world — we’re an interconnected world,” she said. Those connections make us all vulnerable.
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As a concealed carry permit holder trained in handgun combat, I’ve learned more than a few things about surviving an encounter with armed shooters. In this two-part audio series, I share valuable, practical advice on how you can survive active shooting scenarios, with or without your own firearm.
These two special reports, linked below, cover concepts like:
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• Why waiting for the police to arrive and save you is a horrible mistake
Prepping doesn’t have to be an individual responsibility, it can (and should be) a shared experience which involves the entire family. Of course one has to go about it the right way if considering how to involve the kids, no 7 year old wants to be handed a 4 page spreadsheet with the instructions: “go conduct an inventory of the entire food storage room and rotate items as necessary.” Similarly while one spouse might enjoy the thrill of all things survival and prepardness the other might be less than enthusiastic, so finding ways to break the ice in order to get them involved (and engaged) can be tricky. Whatever your method might be the end goal should be the same, finding a way to get everyone involved while making the process enjoyable. Here are a few suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
1. Label turning at the store. I made this a fun game with my daughter when out shopping for groceries. We would try to find items that had the longest expiration date, depending on what section we were in. She would always be so proud to find something that had a 2 to 3 year expiration date, “hey dad look at this can of beans, it doesn’t expire until 2015!”
2. Altoids survival kits. I recently made one of these kits, and really there is no rule that says you have to use an Altoids tin either. Obviously not for small children (unless they are supervised) but if you have a few kids you could challenge them to come up with their own version of a survival kit based on what is lying around the house.
3. Inventories. While not high on the “most fun ever” list inventories still need to be conducted. It’s a great way to involve everyone and to ensure that everyone knows the scope and location of the preps in your home. This way if you ask little Johnny to grab a can of beans from the shelf he will know exactly where to go, and which can to grab (based on shelf life rotation).
4. Television. There are some shows out there that the entire family can watch together, Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers being a couple of the most popular. During commercial breaks or after the show you could conduct a critique of what was shown, what everyone liked and what they thought could be improved.
5. Tracking hygiene supplies. How many rolls of TP does your family use in a month? How long will a tube of toothpaste last in your home? Assign one of the kids to track the usage of your hygiene items, every time a roll of TP is changed out it gets annotated. By assigning responsibility and telling that person how important it is you make them feel like they are truly helping the family out (which they are).
6. Construct a bugout bag. This one can be a fun one because it’s more than just stuffing things into pockets. This is an opportunity to discuss what each item is, why it is important and also why it deserves a place in the bag (versus other less important items). Each person in the home should have their own Bugout Bag which creates a great opportunity for them to utilize a little of their own creativity.
7. Use that wheat grinder. Experiment a little bit with that wheat grinder you bought but have never used, I’m pretty sure all of those #10 cans of winter wheat that came with your year’s supply of food won’t miss one can if you break it open. Grind up some winter wheat and have a hardtack baking contest, see who can make the least edible out of the bunch (your initial results may be pretty terrible). By experimenting you learn what not to do if the time ever comes when you can’t afford to waste any precious food.
8. Assign responsibilities. In one recent article I wrote about how to organize a survival community by assigning various responsibilities (medical, communications, security etc). The same could be done on a much smaller level at home, putting someone in charge of certain parts of your prepping plan. For example in my house my wife is in charge of all of the medical supplies. One of my daughter’s responsibilities is maintaining all of our communications equipment.
9. Learn a new skill. Often overlooked are the skills involved in a good survival / prepping strategy. I’m not saying that you should send your wife off to learn how to become a blacksmith, or one of the kids to a welding academy on the weekends. Rather keep it simple, like learning how to make fire without matches or training how to tie certain knots with rope. These are skills that are very important but can still be done out on the back patio during an evening after work.
10. Shooting. Last but certainly not least, get the family involved in all aspects of shooting. Firearms safety should always be paramount for new shooters and the more training each person gets the less likely they are to be tentative around guns. Safety training, shooting drills and learning how to properly clean guns can be a family event. I believe the best way to train kids about guns is to educate them about how serious they are and what great responsibility is involved for those who own them. This versus hiding a gun in the closet and hoping that little Johnny never finds it (he will).
The New World Order, designed around a functional police state that is encouraged by continuous popular cultural messages, is apparent to even the most avid establishment apologist. Liberty and freedom, hardly ever mentioned in a positive light by the mass media, is a direct threat to the ruling class. The proliferation of degenerate behavior is lauded so that those who object to such conduct will be demeaned as outcasts of the decadent society. The imposition of a police state is necessary to coerce decent people into forced obedience.
Cultural celebrities and icons come and go, but their art often rings on for good or bad. Political propaganda, embedded in media projects, has transcended subliminal messages and now emphasizes in your face brashness. The breakdown of the traditional value society is so complete, that what was once viewed as insulting political disinformation now passes as a promotion for a loyalist NWO drama.
One such Showtime production is the pathetic Homeland series.
Rachel Shabi offers her review assessment in the piece; Does Homeland just wave the American flag?
“Instead, Homeland presents a retuned version of the same unshakeable assurance that, even when things are really complicated, American values are the fairest, the most right and the best. Sure, the series shows US forces doing terrible things: covering up a drone attack that kills civilians in Iraq; trigger-happy in a US mosque, leaving innocents dead there, too. But these are presented as necessary acts in pursuit of far worse crimes. Homeland’s core message is that the US means well, but sometimes has to do bad things; while the Arab and/or Muslim enemy doesn’t mean well and hence does unfathomably bad things. Not much of a progression really, is it?”
When the postmortem of the Patriotic Act era is dissected, the treason of intelligence community operations will be written in their full horror. The police state glorified in Homeland episodes is meant to prepare the public for the next stage of centralized oppression.
While cable or broadcast TV is so removed from Little House on the Prairie, today’s programming is designed to facilitate the psychological acceptance of the transition into a maximum lock down prison society.
In the essay, Mass Mind Control Through Network Television, Alex Ansary warns of the prison industrial complex.
“Turn on your local newscast. You have a few minutes of blue-collar crime, hardly any white collar crime, a few minutes of sports, misc. chit chat, random political jibber-jabber, and a look at the weather that no one is forecasting correctly. Is that what happened in your town? And we’re supposed to own the airwaves! The mainstream media openly supports the interests of the prison industrial complex. The stories focus on minority criminal groups, and exploit the real threat to appear much more dangerous than they are. Think about the growing per capita number of prisoners in the country. Then remember that this is happening at the same time that our prison boom began. The police on our streets have created criminals. The focus is to keep us in a state of fear, that way the elitists can attack any group they want to without fear of consequence. This is why the media is continuing to craft the timeless art of dehumanization.”
The cutting edge of mind control has long included the use of music and lyrics that produce subconscious meanings. Now the fascist messages in street music indoctrinate not only the youth but target to reinforce the despotic aspirations of TSA flunkies.
The article, The Transhumanist and Police State Agenda in Pop Music, provides two examples of globalist messages disguised as performances by Rihanna and Beyonce.
“In hip-hop slang, the term “hard” usually refers to someone who is street-savvy, gritty, rebellious and who is decisively “not down with police”. Hard transposes this term to a military context. Her militaristic video features a gang of uniformed men dancing under the orders of “General Rihanna”. We’ve come a long way from Public Enemy’s Fight the Power…it is now Submit to the Power. All of this military/dictatorial imagery is mixed with Rihanna’s sexy moves and outfits, appealing to the masses’ basest instinct: sex.”
“Beyonce walks on stage with a bunch of men dressed in riot gear… the type of unit a police state would use to repress opposition during popular turmoil. What are they doing in Beyonce’s performance? Contributing to permeate popular culture with police-state imagery.”
In the follow-up account, you can read the description mentioned in this report.
“Two recent examples of the perpetuation of the police state agenda in popular culture are Jay-Z and Kanye West’s music video No Church in the Wild and Adam Lambert’s Never Close our Eyes. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the fact that these songs are two different genres that aim to reach two different markets, they both contribute to the saturation of popular culture with police state imagery. While the authorities are not necessarily portrayed as the “good guys”, they are nevertheless there, as if their presence at any kind of public demonstration is normal.”
Contrast this dark brute force portrayal, with an age of optimism and hope. The peace and love themes in the music and political actions of John Lennon offer a rudimentary alternative to the grisly atrocities that the establishment commits routinely in the name of national security.
Gangster rap has little in common with All You Need is Love.
Rebellion of youth is natural, but resigned acceptance for submission to the police state is repression. The thirty-two years since his assassination has been one long road into oblivion. Read the “Interview With Investigative Reporter Jack Jones” for insights into the elimination of a dangerous messenger of peace.What a long way away from John Lennon’s lyrics in the song Revolution.
You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You’d better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow
Now, transition from the mental liberation of the Beetle era, and go back and examine the overt war crimes of the premier American despot, Abraham Lincoln. Biographer and jingoism jezebel LBJ groupie, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the backdrop of Steven Spielberg’s production of the recent released Lincoln film.
Alec Ryan writes in the American Renaissance:
“In the modern Hollywood narrative, all American history revolves around the Sacred Black Experience. Lincoln confirms this, bending historical truth to paint the most ruthless, bloody-minded, strong-willed American leader in history as some kind of smug, pre-post-modern storyteller croaking gamely through the difficulties like a paleface Obama sans teleprompter. The few Southerners are snarling, greasy bigots, recoiling before the erect, scowling black Union guards as they slink by during a meeting that led to the Hampton Roads peace conference of February 1865.
The film has throughout a sense of hushed awe, as if kowtowing to its own self-evident righteousness. There is no balance, no complexity, no sense of inner struggle or desperation. No opposing arguments. Its simplistic outlook more closely resembles the popcorn-psychology Avengers or Justice League rather than the serious historical movie that it clearly wishes to be acclaimed.”
The point of evaluating the worship adoration of the destroyer of the Republic with the authoritarianism of the newly re-elected president is to equate the despotism of both of their regimes. The imposition of the police state is part of the master plan to enslave the inherent autonomy of free citizens.
The insidious popular culture strips the institutions of traditional constitutional protections and separations of powers by diminishing the will of sovereign citizens to fight tyranny. The goal of imposing savage dehumanizing ruthlessness seeks to spread the Sons of Anarchy mindset into positions of authority. The merging of law enforcement into the ranks of criminal organizations becomes a common occurrence in the police state environment.
Once upon a time, the peace officer maintained order and balance. Now law enforcement deems that natural rights are arbitrary and conditional on obedience to government dictates.
911 provided the excuse to inflict a “War of Terror” under the disguise of national security. The Homeland program scripts that foster the ends justify the means are repugnant to every liberty advocate. Each day, the evolving police state is becoming more invasive and punitive.
A culture that glorifies jack booted thugs that order innocent citizens around as sinister terrorists destroys the essence of the nation. The New World Order essentially uses depressing indoctrination of the inevitability for submission to their mind game matrix.
The walking dead that accept a dependent society administered by bureaucratic goons, willingly tolerant a fate of bondage. Since texting is all the rage and the written language is sorely deficient, maybe the best way to communicate though the popular culture is to withdraw from the experience as much as possible. Try one on one contact; you might be surprised with the results.
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205A Front Street
? How do I prepare for an emergency I know nothing about?
Rule of Threes:
- can’t live more than 3 minutes without air
- can’t go more than 3 hours without shelter
- can’t go more than 3 days without water
- can’t go more than 3 weeks without food
- can’t go more than 3 months without hope
Have a backup of your backup for important items. Meaning, have 3 different sources for one idea.
- Water purifing – 1)boiling, 2) water filter, 3)water tablets.
- Fire – 1)matches 2)Bic lighter 3)fire-steel
- Shelter -1)Poncho 2)tent 3)improvised using nature
Survival firearms generally fall in four main categories:
Centerfire rifle – for hunting game, and for self defense.
Should be in a common, easy to acquire caliber. Semiautomatic is highly recommended and military-type models are generally more durable, more reliable, and easier to replace parts on. Make sure to stock plenty of ammo, and magazines, as well as replacement parts. Rifle choice is highly debatable, but some good choices include the AR15 series, AK series, M14/M1A, and FN FAL
Shotgun – For shooting birds, and for self defense.
Shotguns, especially 12 guage, can shoot an extremely wide variety of ammo, everything from slugs, birdshot, nonlethal ammo, and specialty rounds (“Dragon’s breath”). Shotguns are generally very easy for a novice shooter to learn to use effectively, and are designed for close range shooting. Some time-tested designs include Remington 870, Mossberg 500, and Winchester 1300, and many others.
Handgun – For defense.
It is recommended to pick a high-qualityautoloader, in a readily available caliber. Make sure to train with this weapon as often as possible, and to be completely comfortable with it. Handgun choice is a VERY personal decision, so pick the one you are most comfortable with. There are many high quality, reliable autos to choose from. Night sights, and a good holster are good things to have with the pistol. Some good choices are 1911 style pistols, Springfield XD, SIGs, HK USP, Beretta, Glock along with many others.
.22 rifle or pistol – for taking small game.
22 weapons can be shot all day at very little cost, and ammo is very easy to stock up on. There are many North American game animals that can be taken with the .22, and in a pinch it can also be used for self defense, though it is certainly not the first choice. Novice shooters generally respond positively to the low recoil of .22s. Some good choices are the Ruger 10/22 rifle, Ruger MKII pistol, and Browning Buckmark pistol.
Due to any number of emergencies, you may be forced to leave the area quickly to ensure your safety. This means leaving your place of residence for someplace safer, possibly for a long time. Some or all of your plan may involve “bugging back home” if you already live at a good bug-out location, or work far from home and need to get back before you bug-out.
It is important to have a bug-out destination picked out ahead of time whether it be with friends or family, or to property you own out in the country. Running into the hills to live off the land is terribly difficult and should be avoided if at all possible. Most of the SF members favor survival-homesteading (country- style, self-sufficient living) as the ultimate long-term solution.
A BOB is a “Swiss army knife” of a pack that will help you through just about any crisis. It contains gear to keep you alive, and in many cases keep you comfortable too. The common theme for the BOB is for traveling/stranded in a crisis, but each person has their own spin on it. Some members here have only a vest or very small pack to help them get home from work or deal with emergencies. Others have large packs tailored to leaving town and traveling long distances. Most carry at least some form of aBOB in their vehicle.
There is a general list later in this FAQ of areas to consider when building your BOB.
“Bugging-out” usually gets all the glory, but it is not always the best thing to do. Bugging-out requires travel, which is especially risky in a SHTF situation, and it also requires a BO location, which some people don’t have. “Bugging-in” means staying put and doing your best to to live safely and self-sufficiently through a crisis. The better your preparations, the better your chances.
Bugging-in might be a wise decision in some of the following situations:
- The situation is mild and does not require BO. This could be anywhere from a short power outage on up.
- You are already at a good location.
- The situation does not allow you to BO immediately. You will have to BI for a while, then BO later.
- You don’t have a good location to BO to, but your current location is not the best. Your chances are probably better if you stay put and make the best of it.
Basic Equipment Lists
Some categories your BOB should cover:
- Water (Can’t live without it)
- Navigation (Knowing where you are and were)
- Weapon (Defense/Hunt for food)
- Food (You need this for energy)
- Fire (warmth, cooking, water purification)
- Shelter (Protection from elements, including clothing!)
- Medical (Addressing/ protecting minor wounds)
- Signal (To signal/ summon help)
- Communications (AM/FM/SW receiver at least)
- Tools (knife, flashlight, multi-tool, paracord, etc.)
Some important areas to consider:
- Water (both stores and procurement)
- Food (both stores and procurement)
- Heating and cooking
- Power generation
A good starting list for your vehicle:
- jumper cables
- folding shovel
- duct tape
- bailing wire
- spare belt or belts
- tool kit
- spare vehicle fluids
- fire extinguisher
- road flares
- 2 cans of Fix-a-Flat