Batmen – Two Chinese scientists from a Wuhan lab found to have studied bats in Australia

Global intelligence agencies looking into the origins of COVID-19 have found two Chinese scientists studied live bats in Australia as part of a joint research between the Chinese communist government and the Australian government. In an exclusive the Daily Telegraph is reporting the “Five Eyes intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, and US are understood to be looking closely at the work of a senior Scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Peng Zhou, and fellow scientist Shi Zhengli”. Sky News host and the Daily Telegraph’s Sharri Markson wrote the intelligence agencies have been examining “whether COVID-19 originated from a wet market or whether the naturally-occurring virus may have been inadvertently released”. Sky News contributor Scott Emerson said these new revelations will just “raise more concerns about what are the origins of COVID-19”.

Steven Aftergood – COVID-19 Highlights Need for Public Intelligence

AI and control of Covid-19 coronavirus

Hobbled by secrecy and timidity, the U.S. intelligence community has been conspicuously absent from efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the most serious national and global security challenge of our time.

The silence of intelligence today represents a departure from the straightforward approach of then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who offered the clearest public warning of the risk of a pandemic at the annual threat hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in January 2019:

“We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support,” DNI Coats testified.

But this year, for the first time in recent memory, the annual threat hearing was canceled, reportedly to avoid conflict between intelligence testimony and White House messaging. Though that seems humiliating to everyone involved, no satisfactory alternative explanation has been provided. The 2020 worldwide threat statement remains classified, according to an ODNI denial of a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy. And intelligence agencies have been reduced to recirculating reminders from the Centers for Disease Control to wash your hands and practice social distancing.

The US intelligence community evidently has nothing useful to say to the nation about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, its current spread or anticipated development, its likely impact on other security challenges, its effect on regional conflicts, or its long-term implications for global health.

These are all topics perfectly suited to open source intelligence collection and analysis. But the intelligence community disabled its open source portal last year. And the general public was barred even from that.

It didn’t — and doesn’t — have to be that way.

In 1993, the Federation of American Scientists created an international email network called ProMED — Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases — which was intended to help discover and provide early warning about new infectious diseases.

Run on a shoestring budget and led by Stephen S. Morse, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, Jack Woodall and Dorothy Preslar, ProMED was based on the notion that “public intelligence” is not an oxymoron. That is to say, physicians, scientists, researchers, and other members of the public — not just governments — have the need for current threat assessments that can be readily shared, consumed and analyzed. The initiative quickly proved its worth.

In fact, it has continued to prove its worth up to the present day.

“It was notices on ProMED that first alerted the world to the 2003 SARS outbreak, and it was a posting on ProMED on Dec. 30, 2019 — about chatter on the Chinese social network Weibo — that first spread word of a novel coronavirus, soon identified as the cause of COVID-19, outside China.” See “The doomed 30-year battle to stop a pandemic” by Paul Wells, Maclean’s, April 21.

ProMED, which is now managed by the International Society for Infectious Diseases, is unclassified, free, and open to subscription by anyone.

“ProMED illustrates how NGOs can, in some cases, efficiently accomplish what large, bureaucratically burdened institutions cannot even begin,” the FAS Public Interest Report said in 1996.

Today, when national and global security concerns touch almost every household, the need for public intelligence is greater than ever, and it could become one focus of a reconfigured U.S. intelligence apparatus.

Steven Aftergood

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Steven Aftergood directs the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. The Project works to reduce the scope of national security secrecy and to promote public access to government information.

Steven Aftergood directs the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. The Project works to reduce the scope of national security secrecy and to promote public access to government information.

He writes Secrecy News, which reports on new developments in secrecy policy and provides direct access to significant official records that are otherwise unavailable or hard to find.

In 1997, Mr. Aftergood was the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency which led to the declassification and publication of the total intelligence budget for the first time in fifty years ($26.6 billion in FY 1997). In 2006, he won a FOIA lawsuit against the National Reconnaissance Office for release of unclassified budget records.

Mr. Aftergood is an electrical engineer by training (B.Sc., UCLA, 1977). He joined the FAS staff in 1989. From 1992-1998, he served on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council.

His work on challenging government secrecy has been recognized with the Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the James Madison Award from the American Library Association, the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation.

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Missouri Sues China Over Suppressing COVID-19 Information, Causing Irreparable Damage

The US State Missouri files lawsuit against China alleging that Beijing’s actions of suppressing information, arresting whistle-blowers, and denying the contagious nature of the deadly COVID-19 has led to the loss of lives and caused irreparable damage.

Covid Situation Insider-Informationen enthüllt

Eine KI kann die Schwere einer Covid-19-Erkrankung vorhersagen ...
Hier sind einige wichtige Eckpunkte, an denen Sie sich orientieren sollten:

Eine wirksame medikamentöse Behandlung (wahrscheinlich 3-7 Monate). Das wird die Ausbreitung nicht stoppen und es wird keine "Heilung" sein, aber es wird das Gesundheitssystem etwas entlasten. (Ein Tipp: Nehmen Sie KEIN Hydroxychloroquin ein. Das ist eine wirklich schlechte Idee. Die erste Studie zeigte eine erhöhte Mortalität bei Patienten und wir haben keine Ahnung, wie wir es effektiv anwenden sollen.)

Weit verbreitete Tests… höchstwahrscheinlich zu Hause Blutuntersuchungen mit Nadelstichantikörpern. Es ist schwierig, einen genauen Zeitrahmen anzugeben, und die Logistik ist riesig, aber der Test ist billig, einfach und schnell. Wenn Sie zwei Tests im Abstand von mehr als 14 Tagen in einer ganzen Region durchführen, werden die meisten Fälle identifiziert und Sie wissen, wer wahrscheinlich eine gewisse Immunität hat.

Ein Impfstoff (wahrscheinlich 12-18 Monate ... könnte länger sein). Dann sollten die Dinge wieder etwas normaler werden. Dann besteht das Hauptrisiko in der Mutation des Virus, aber selbst das wird zu einem geringeren Risiko, da es sich nicht mehr um ein "neuartiges" Virus handelt. Sobald Menschen geimpft sind, beginnt ihr Immunsystem nicht mehr mit einem anderen Coronavirus bei Null.

Achtung - Die 2. Welle
In einigen Regionen werden die Fallzahlen durch starke soziale Distanzierung verringert, und die Regionen können die Beschränkungen aufheben.

Aber das könnte ein Problem sein ...

Historisch gesehen ist es die zweite und dritte Infektionswelle, die die meisten Todesfälle verursacht. Wenn die Beschränkungen aufgehoben werden, könnte es in einem Gebiet wieder zu Fällen kommen, möglicherweise nach dem Sommer, entweder aufgrund bestehender Infektionen in der Region, die wieder zunehmen, oder wenn Infektionen aus Gebieten der Welt, die sich im Winter befinden, wieder eingeführt werden.

Das Verständnis, dass die meisten Regionen 6 bis 18 Monate soziale Distanzierung in Betracht ziehen, kann Unternehmen bei der Planung ihres Marketings helfen ...

Unternehmen sollten aggressive Vorkehrungen treffen, um sicher und hygienisch zu bleiben, und Kunden aggressiv darüber informieren, welche Vorsichtsmaßnahmen sie treffen. Das gibt den Menschen das Vertrauen, mit ihnen Geschäfte zu machen ...

 

Covid Situation Insider Infos Revealed

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Here Are Some Key Events to Look For:

  • An effective drug treatment (probably 3-7 months). That won’t stop the spread and it won’t be a “cure” but it will take some pressure off the health system. (One tip: DON’T take hydroxychloroquine. That’s a really bad idea. The first study showed increased mortality in patients and we have no idea how to use it effectively.)

  • Widespread testing… most likely at home pin prick antibody blood testing. Hard to give an exact time frame and the logistics are huge but the test is cheap, easy and fast. Running two tests 14+ days apart through a whole region would identify most cases and also let you know who is likely to have some immunity.

  • A vaccine (probably 12-18 months…could be longer). That’s when things should return to somewhat normal. Then the main risk is the virus mutating but even that becomes a lower risk because it will no longer be a “novel” virus. Once people are vaccinated their immune systems will not be starting from zero with a different coronavirus.

Caution – The 2nd Wave
In some regions, case numbers will be driven down with strong social distancing and regions may lift restrictions.

But this could be a problem…

Historically it’s the second and third wave of infections that cause the most deaths. With restrictions lifted an area could see returning cases again, possibly after summer, either from existing infections in the region spiking back up or infections being reintroduced from areas of the world that are in winter.

Understanding that most regions are looking at 6-18 months of social distancing can help businesses plan their marketing…

Businesses should take aggressive precautions to stay safe and sanitary and get aggressive in educating clients about what precautions they’re taking. That will give people the confidence to do business with them…

Freedom of Information in the Time of COVID-19 by Steven Aftergood

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In principle, the COVID-19 outbreak could provide a compelling new justification for expediting the processing of certain Freedom of Information Act requests related to the pandemic. But it is more likely to slow down the handling of most requests as agency employees work remotely and other concerns are understandably prioritized.

The impact of COVID-19 was surveyed by the Congressional Research Service in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Processing Changes Due to COVID-19: In Brief, March 27, 2020.

Other noteworthy new and updated reports from CRS include:

U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress, updated March 27, 2020

The Employment-Based Immigration Backlog, March 26, 2020

Demographic and Social Characteristics of Persons in Poverty: 2018, March 26, 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and COVID-19, March 26, 2020

Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements, updated March 26, 2020

Congressional Use of Advisory Commissions Following Crises, CRS In Focus, March 25, 2020

Michael Sorkin Dies Of The Coronavirus In New York

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Michael D. Sorkin (born 1948) was an American architect, author, and educator based in New York City. He wass one of the most provocative and polemical voices in contemporary culture and in the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Michael David Sorkin (August 2, 1948 – March 26, 2020) was an American urbanist architect, author, and educator based in New York City.He was considered to be a provocative and polemical voice in contemporary culture and in the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century. In addition to being a noted professor at many great architectural schools, he was an architectural critic for the Village Voice and a guest columnist in many publications.He was director of the urban design graduate program at City College of New York.

Sorkin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948. He was an architect and urbanist whose practice spanned design, planning, criticism, and teaching.Sorkin received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1969, and a masters in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch ’74). Sorkin also held a master’s degree in English from Columbia University (MA ’70). He was founding principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a New York-based global design practice with special interests in urban planning, urban design and green urbanism.

Sorkin was house architecture critic for The Village Voice in the 1980s, and he authored numerous articles and books on the subjects of contemporary architecture, design, cities, and the role of democracy in architecture.

Sorkin was the co-president of the Institute for Urban Design, an education and advocacy organization, and vice president of the Urban Design Forum in New York. In 2013, Sorkin was awarded the Design Mind award by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

He was a principal in the Michael Sorkin Studio and president of Terreform, a nonprofit research group.

On March 26, 2020, Sorkin died from complications brought on by COVID-19 in Manhattan.

Mourning his death, architectural mavens were effusive in their praise of his writing and critical skill.