Deadliest Enemy:  Our War Against Killer Germs

 
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https://www.amazon.com/Deadliest-Enemy-Against-Killer-Germs/dp/0316343692

quote:  “Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of COVID-19, Ebola, MERS, and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully underprepared to deal with the fallout. So what can—and must—we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind’s deadliest enemy?

Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research, and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bioterror is a certainty, and the threat of a disastrous influenza or coronavirus pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.

Deadliest Enemy is high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check, and a practical plan of action.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/video-shows-every-airline-flight-in-the-world-over-a-24-hour-period-2016-3  (scroll down to see animation)

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/486817-trump-budget-chief-holds-firm-on-cdc-cuts-amid-virus-outbreak

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The preferred solution is to blame someone else for their irresponsibility.

Seriously, though, we should treat public health as the leading defense against such natural emergences, instead of as a kind of socialistic, parasitic leech on efficiency. Efficiency in and of itself is bound to create points of weaknesses that even entirely natural emerging agents are bound to eventually exploit.

 
 
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unsmoked - 12 May 2020 10:34 AM

https://www.amazon.com/Deadliest-Enemy-Against-Killer-Germs/dp/0316343692

quote:  “Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

I know what he means, but upon finishing the excerpt all I could think of was the anticipated effects of global warming/climate change. I can imagine that no amount of social distancing will allow us to escape the debilitating global effects, with no normal to go back to.

 
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I reckon that the Covid-19 lockdown has reduced human carbon emissions substantially. Tying the two misfortunes together, maybe novel diseases are nature’s way of telling us there are too many of us for our current technology to deal with, or something similar.

 
 
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Agreed that global warming and over-population are going to wreak havoc in this century - with ‘no normal to go back to’ as Q says.  Is there really no one at the Pentagon able to ‘Meet the Press’ and tell the public where this Pied Piper is leading us?  If politicians can only go as far as Bernie Sanders, aren’t there military people who know what’s going to happen when coastal cities and low-lying countries are flooded, California/Australia fires become normal, crops fail and a billion desperate people are on the move?  (the tip of the iceberg if we throw in such things as West Coast fault lines slipping, terrorists getting a little more imaginative, and such things as the ocean temp and pH causing the bottom of the food chain to die. (plankton, krill etc.)

 
 
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unsmoked - 19 May 2020 11:01 AM

Agreed that global warming and over-population are going to wreak havoc in this century - with ‘no normal to go back to’ as Q says.  Is there really no one at the Pentagon able to ‘Meet the Press’ and tell the public where this Pied Piper is leading us?  If politicians can only go as far as Bernie Sanders, aren’t there military people who know what’s going to happen when coastal cities and low-lying countries are flooded, California/Australia fires become normal, crops fail and a billion desperate people are on the move?  (the tip of the iceberg if we throw in such things as West Coast fault lines slipping, terrorists getting a little more imaginative, and such things as the ocean temp and pH causing the bottom of the food chain to die. (plankton, krill etc.)

The military is in the business of planning for as many plausible contingencies as they can think of. Being human, they sometimes ignore possible situations that their mind-set does not believe plausible, but that actually are. That being said, both effects of climate change and pandemics of various severity are part of their planning, from what I’ve gleaned over the years. We don’t hear much about the plans because they don’t like to draw attention to the details of the planning, some of which would offend politically significant entities if it became public. Besides, their job is basically inflicting damage violently, which should happen only after all other available remedies are exhausted. So, their plans for pandemics should mainly be concerned with how to protect their own people when the whole situation goes south and they have to deal with the consequences.

 
 
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Poldano - 20 May 2020 12:57 AM
unsmoked - 19 May 2020 11:01 AM

Agreed that global warming and over-population are going to wreak havoc in this century - with ‘no normal to go back to’ as Q says.  Is there really no one at the Pentagon able to ‘Meet the Press’ and tell the public where this Pied Piper is leading us?  If politicians can only go as far as Bernie Sanders, aren’t there military people who know what’s going to happen when coastal cities and low-lying countries are flooded, California/Australia fires become normal, crops fail and a billion desperate people are on the move?  (the tip of the iceberg if we throw in such things as West Coast fault lines slipping, terrorists getting a little more imaginative, and such things as the ocean temp and pH causing the bottom of the food chain to die. (plankton, krill etc.)

The military is in the business of planning for as many plausible contingencies as they can think of. Being human, they sometimes ignore possible situations that their mind-set does not believe plausible, but that actually are. That being said, both effects of climate change and pandemics of various severity are part of their planning, from what I’ve gleaned over the years. We don’t hear much about the plans because they don’t like to draw attention to the details of the planning, some of which would offend politically significant entities if it became public. Besides, their job is basically inflicting damage violently, which should happen only after all other available remedies are exhausted. So, their plans for pandemics should mainly be concerned with how to protect their own people when the whole situation goes south and they have to deal with the consequences.

I wondered if the ‘silence of the lambs’ had to do with not criticizing the Commander Chief.  Clearly he would ruin the career of any general who spoke out about the serious threat to the country from climate change.  https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/how-the-pentagon-thinks-about-the-climate-crisis-887832/

quote:  “All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, which is due out this November from book publisher Metropolitan. The book synthesizes the latest government papers, statements and presentations by officials, along with personal interviews, to give the most up-to-date perspective on climate as viewed through the lens of those tasked with defending America from threats of all types.”

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627792486

All Hell Breaking Loose is an eye-opening examination of climate change from the perspective of the U.S. military.

quote:  “The Pentagon, unsentimental and politically conservative, might not seem likely to be worried about climate change—still linked, for many people, with polar bears and coral reefs. Yet of all the major institutions in American society, none take climate change as seriously as the U.S. military. Both as participants in climate-triggered conflicts abroad, and as first responders to hurricanes and other disasters on American soil, the armed services are already confronting the impacts of global warming. The military now regards climate change as one of the top threats to American national security—and is busy developing strategies to cope with it.”

(scroll down to see reviews) - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627792486

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I believe we are our own deadliest enemy.
We are, largely, ignorant, irrational, emotional, tribalistic clever-apes and we’ll likely do ourselves in with our own failings.

 
 
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Jefe - 29 May 2020 08:25 AM

I believe we are our own deadliest enemy.
We are, largely, ignorant, irrational, emotional, tribalistic clever-apes and we’ll likely do ourselves in with our own failings.

Me too.