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Super Spreaders | America’s Willing Executioners
From:
Albert Goldson --  Cerulean Council Albert Goldson -- Cerulean Council
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: New York, NY
Friday, December 11, 2020

 

 


Hedonistic Death Wish

The super-spreaders are the 21st century “willing executioners” who are knowingly a danger to themselves and others by engaging in self-destructive behavior through underground mass parties and other gatherings without a modicum of guilt. This triggers the vicious cycle of viral surges that compels municipal, city and state governments to tighten restrictions which in turn provokes these same irresponsible citizens to flaunt their independence (and so-called “rights”) on a larger scale which sometimes explodes into street protests and violence. The irony is that a many of the viral surges are occurring in rural areas with open spaces yet closed minds.

These post-presidential election tensions prove that the defiance is (and always has been) unmistakably politically-neutral and against government power whether GOP or Democrat, the latter inheriting an unabated nasty reality. The Democrats are not loved, merely tolerated as a reluctant alternative to a dysfunctional and corrupt GOP.

The Defiant Ones

This demographic encompasses a broad spectrum of the citizenry as the on-the-cusp of FDA-approved vaccines are distributed. Here are some of the reasons why more people will not ever take the vaccine.

  • ·         Some mistrust government regardless of their political leanings who have actively and enthusiastically collaborated with private industry on projects which have created an increasingly wide socio-economic chasm heading towards feudalism featuring a tiny elite and everyone else.
  • ·         Many believe that FDA and other health agencies have little credibility and are politically compromised and pressure by Big Pharma to fast-track the approval of vaccines which may not be thoroughly scientifically fully vetted particularly those utilizing the unregulated and novel artificially genetically created mRNA technology.
  • ·         Others are justifiably paranoid about the Orwellian collaboration between Big Tech and Big Pharma to legally gather a trove of personal information during testing and inoculation.
  • ·         Notwithstanding there are those who simply hate needles and will wait for a flavored chewable tablet.

The scientific community has bandied about the idea that the population will be reasonably safe if only 70% of the population takes the vaccine. This brings up those defiant ones who have no intention of taking the vaccine and will be sufficiently (but not completely) protected without having to take the vaccine.

A vulnerable and increasingly greater part of the citizenry include the psychologically compromised with or without medication who are figuratively dying of cabin fever and others who merely need a gentle push to the dark side to engage in over-indulgence and even irresponsible hedonistic behavior.

Corporate Psychological Corruption

Since the Revolutionary War Americans have carried an anti-authority gene regardless of their origins including those recently arrived and granted citizenship. As Barbara Kellerman, author of the book entitled “Followership” describes the American anti-authority mindset, “Under certain circumstances civil disobedience is more admired than civil obedience.”

During the past decades corporations have utilized mainstream media and more recently social media as their de facto capitalistic pimps to super-charge, ramp up and brainwash the consumers’ self-entitled obsession to buy more luxury-labeled stuff with a myriad of products & services all of which are now indelibly ingrained in the American psyche.

This generational method of control has backfired spectacularly with government and corporations unable to cage the beast it created as it runs amok with ever increasing numbers of uncompliant Americans. Because instant gratification has become ingrained as a “right”, citizens are unwilling to comply short-term even if it’s for the public good with the opinion, “I have a right not to follow the health mandates even if it kills me.” This is the price corporate and governmental authority pays when one removes the ubiquitous “food & circus” dogma created to pacify the citizenry.

This corrupted reasoning has enabled some citizens to over-ride the public good through bad behavior by ignoring social distancing, discarding masks and eschewing safety practices against an existential threat. The good citizen behavior for the public good for many Americans is nowadays merely an option, not a civic duty.

Societal Psychological Side Effects

Fueling their ire has been the government’s gross incompetence at the municipal, state and federal levels in initially handling the pandemic from communications to providing essential medical equipment to the upcoming vaccine distribution. The physical side effects from the vaccine inoculations may be fleeting but the socio-economic scars will remain long after the virus is defeated.

The perverse irony is that Biden-Harris administration faces the American public’s wrath as mass unemployment, potential mass evictions, continued food insecurity, and monumental debt underscoring a scorched earth American economy which are not solvable in a one-term administration and could backfire spectacularly in the 2024 presidential election.

The present-day Democrats are less incompetent and corrupt than the GOP in handling this crisis which is palatable for the immediate future. However in the long-term, the deeply scarred American economy will not have sufficiently recovered by the 2024 presidential election even with the best & brightest. For this reason the 2024 presidential election will be the most contentious in the 21st century dwarfing the intensity of the 2016 presidential elections and provoke an even larger, aggressive and defiant citizenry.

 

© Copyright 2020 Cerulean Council LLC

The Cerulean Council is a NYC-based think-tank that provides prescient, beyond-the-horizon, contrarian perspectives and risk assessments on geopolitical dynamics and global urban security.


The imminent FDA approval and recent British government approval of Covid-19 vaccines marks the beginning for the upcoming Herculean logistical effort required to inoculate billions of citizens worldwide. For this reason a robust global supply chain will be required at each stage from manufacturing to final delivery.

This global inoculation effort is unprecedented. Past inoculation efforts have been country-specific or regional to combat epidemics, not pandemics, and not without its share of complexities and inevitable difficulties. Even if one uses those earlier efforts as case studies, the sheer depth & breadth of the forthcoming global distribution effort is far more overwhelming logistically, economically and politically. It’s one thing to have an approved and safe product, it’s another to manufacture it to scale and safely distribute it globally.

Just imagine trying to supply vaccines to one city, akin to the 1947 Berlin airlift which took place over many months and saved German citizens from starvation. A similar logistical effort but on a global scale will be required to save the world from economic collapse.

This is why air cargo is a key component in the critical path of this supply chain/distribution process. However, here are the aviation logistical challenges that will hamper transport and delivery.

Air Cargo Freighter Shortage

Securing the numerous mothballed aircraft configured and certified for air cargo (cargo freighters) is easier said than done. Even if all the available air cargo freighters were in operation right now, their numbers fall far short of what is required for the global transport of the vaccine.

To offset this shortage air companies are converting passenger jets to cargo freighters, the best suited being wide-bodied, long haul models. One such example is the conversion of the new but economically disappointing passenger A-380 which has a 50-ton cargo capacity.

An important logistical note is that these large aircraft can only fulfill cargo flights between major hubs with long runways that can handle this type aircraft. Smaller air cargo aircraft will be required to transport the vaccine to secondary urban areas, non-urban areas and more remote areas.

Qualified Pilot Shortage

Another challenge is the severe shortage of pilots. Because of lockdowns and an almost cessation of air travel, many pilots were either furloughed, let go (younger pilots) or offered early retirement packages (senior pilots).

The next step is to hire pilots who are experienced flying air cargo freighters and train those who haven’t. Unlike a truck driver who can learn quickly on a different model truck without passing a regulatory-mandated check ride, pilots must be certified on the particular type of air cargo aircraft. The shortage of air cargo freighters and qualified/certified pilots compounds the problem to distribute the vaccine at scale.

Air Safety

During this logistical aviation ramp-up the FAA has already relaxed and waived safety measures to transport the vaccine in bulk. For example the vaccine requires plenty of dry ice to maintain its chemical integrity which can emit carbon dioxide. Because aircraft do not have carbon dioxide detectors installed on board, this poses a danger to the air crew. However because of the urgency, the FAA has allowed five times the normal amount of dry ice on air cargo flights.

Stress Test for Global Supply Chain

Air cargo comprises less than one percent of transported goods with pharmaceuticals being one of those goods that are usually air shipped. Pharmaceutical companies have established supply chains but they are not designed for mass global distribution. For this reason its architectural structure must be heavily modified, expanded and made a priority over the shipment of prescription drugs such as those for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and anti-depressants.

Ironically these are the same drugs that keep many people relatively healthy especially during these unprecedented times of stress. These people are heavily dependent on these prescription drugs because of health-related problems resulting from obesity, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and a rapidly aging demographic. In a perverse possibility some people could die from lack of access to their prescription drugs before receiving the Covid vaccine because of supply chain priorities.

Tough Choices

The pharmaceutical companies are under high-level governmental and societal pressure. They face this mutually exclusive choice between the vaccine combatting a viral pandemic that is an existential threat to the global economy and prescription drugs. For the purposes of the overall public good the pharmaceutical leadership will probably give top priority to vaccine shipments, a decision that follows the adage of priorities of the fictitious hedge fund owner Bobby Axelrod of the TV series Billions in which he states, “The greats never sacrifice the urgent for the important. They handle the immediate problem and make sure to secure the future.”

Security

Aside from maintaining its chemical integrity during transport, the physical security of the vaccine is paramount at each stage of the supply chain. Because of the myriad of transport and exchange points it will be impossible to provide the same level of high security at each stage. Criminal elements are already probing these vulnerabilities such as the cyber-criminals who have already launched aggressive probes into any vaccine-related company.

Other nefarious parties are already salivating at the opportunity to capitalize and sell a high-demand and valuable commodity on the black market or worse, dilute the product and sell at a discount. The more violent methods range from truck hijackings and storage theft to more silent and insidious insider chicanery.

End Result

The initial public euphoria for a spring 2021 delivery of the vaccine to the general population will rapidly dissipate because of the aforementioned extreme aviation logistical challenges. I forecast that these transport equipment and professional services shortages will push back distribution and inoculation well into the late summer and fall of 2021.

Ironically the approval of additional vaccines in late winter and spring will not ease the distribution problem. The addition of new vaccines will offset the difficulties in the mass production of newly-approved vaccines which will create an even larger ready-to-ship inventory. However the increase of transport equipment and professional services will not be enough to offset this larger inventory.


© Copyright 2020 Cerulean Council LLC

The Cerulean Council is a NYC-based think-tank that provides prescient, beyond-the-horizon, contrarian perspectives and risk assessments on geopolitical dynamics and global urban security.

     

Once in a Century Opportunity

In the near future the greatest tag & release program in human history will be underway with the Covid-19 vaccine unabashedly designated as the delivery system in an effort to “tag” every human on the planet. Why? Because during the last decades the most valuable asset is information particularly on the citizenry and consumer. What better way to literally insert a tracking system, whether medically or administratively through registration, particularly since each type of vaccine will have its unique signature for verification purposes.

The compilation of such intimate data to enhance their present-day database represents the ultimate in governmental and corporate “wet” dreams that would normally require decades, assuming through legal means, for any intel service to achieve. Because power is apolitical no government or large corporate entity will let this rarest of opportunities pass by.

Global leadership will become further entrenched as the condescending paternal dictatorial benefactor that will enable near real-time monitoring of its citizenry and demographic change. With an application of AI it may soon achieve predictive abilities.

Power is Apolitical

Applied under the cover of altruism but need people to get economies going, money. According to the following chart entitled How Close is the World to a Coronavirus Vaccine? provided by The World Health Organization and presented by Statista, an online information firm, 155 are in pre-clinical testing, 39 are in Phase II, 18 are in Phase II and 11 are in Phase III.


The creation of a global database utilizing samples containing DNA samples provide a standard intel lingua franca encompassing of billions of law-abiding citizens. Court battles domestically and internationally over the privacy rights of forcibly acquiring DNA samples is almost moot since this genetic information will already be on file in one way or another after vaccine inoculation.

The Costly Cost-Free Antidote

As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The same applies to vaccines. The vaccine itself may be free or offered at low cost but receiving one (or refusal) comes at a steep price of personal freedom from legitimate and illegitimate sources. The primary benefactors are governments, the medical community; Big Pharma and insurance companies. The latter is most anxious to exploit this data for the purposes of monetizing your data through higher premiums & fees (or even denial of medical coverage) because of some genetic defect or risk as determined by their so-called proprietary analysis.

Savage Seduction

Corporate-owned media plays a huge role in stirring up more hysteria as a marketing tool to solicit greater demand for people to get inoculated. It’s not far-fetched that corporate public relations specialists are already reprogramming consumer behavior through their brand of psychological and technological devilry. Furthermore the present-day explosive nationwide Covid surges provide the marketing catalyst with an increasingly desperate citizenry and willingness to accept a vaccine while waiving their privacy rights. Already this is borne out in the following chart provided by CodeFuel, a firm that provides behavioral studies, with respect to the public’s willingness to surrender personal data specific to the pandemic:


The inevitable doubters, conspiracy theorists, “stragglers” and obstinate holdouts, might be convinced to accept inoculation through monetary incentives or perhaps through disincentives in which employers would legally refuse to hire those who have not taken the vaccine even if they exclusively work remotely.

This leads to a legal and possibly constitutional conundrum because under the right circumstances “voluntary” has a fluid meaning and open interpretation. As is the case with human nature there will never be 100% worldwide inoculation. However governments and corporate can implement legally defendable, pre-pandemic discriminatory practices to those who are not inoculated even with negative test results. The reason is that this non-inoculated group still represents a risk to others since vaccines are never 100% effective.

This holdout group may face discriminatory practices for jobs, housing and loans. Even those wealthy individuals with unlimited time & resources to legally challenge these “new normal” practices are going against governmental and corporate law departments that are specifically designed to defend the organization, not to uphold individual citizen rights.

Furthermore because Covid-19 is a novel virus its peculiarities are not well known with many mysteries to be discovered well afterward the initial vaccine is administered. For this reason booster shots may be required giving governments and corporations another opportunity to capture those that they missed the first time around.

The Forever Vaccine

Like the US Forever Stamps this technology programmed upon inoculation or follow-through medical visits provides medical info, these genetic markers may be passed to the next generations. It’s the same way ancestry firms use your DNA, which you provided voluntarily, to provide potential (best guess probabilities) health risks. That means your yet to be born offspring will be automatically “tagged” through you going forward representing the deepest personal information intrusion imaginable.

Coronavirus Conspiracy

The following chart entitled The Most Common Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories provided by Cornell University and presented by Statista. The accompanying text to the chart stated:

“The Cornell University conducted an analysis of Covid-19 misinformation, falsehoods and conspiracy theories circulating in the media and its findings were published by The NY Times. The researchers analyzed 38 million articles published in the English language globally between January 01 and May 26, finding that 1.1 million contained misinformation. That represents just under three percent of the entire Covid-19 conversation.”



 Interestingly and perhaps disturbingly the discussion for what purposes will the information garnered from the distribution and inoculation processes has not yet emerged into the public domain by the mainstream media.

Alternative Dark Sources

Finally for those health conscious citizens who want the vaccine but are adamant about surrendering personal information or even being identified by any organization an alternative may be the black market, notably through rouge medical professionals and even on the dark web. The trade-off risk is the willingness to trust an unverified, unregulated third-party source.

An equally risky alternative is unknowingly receiving a watered-down version of the vaccine or simply a placebo which offers little or no protection a lethal risk for those high risk individuals.

The lower end risk is to eschew taking the vaccine altogether yet illegally purchase an authorized vaccine certification.

Logistical & Distribution Nightmare

Despite a highly interconnected, globalized world there are enormous challenges in the logistics and distribution sectors because the vaccine is for a global pandemic of 7.7 billion people instead of an epidemic impacting merely a region. The challenges are the following:

  • ·         There are established and efficient pharmaceutical distribution networks. The problem is the massive supply of vaccines entering a distribution pipeline designed for a fraction of this amount will result in epic delays and backlogs.
  • ·         New distribution hubs to handle the increased volume are required and initially appear to increase efficiency rather operationally they will initially complicate the distribution process because of their novelty.
  • ·         The distribution of vaccine to other than first-world regions which have smaller, less efficient distribution networks with limited specialized storage facilities (if any) and trained medical personnel to handle the vaccine will inevitably encounter unique problems resulting in waste.
  • ·         The top priority of Covid-19 vaccine distribution will “crowd out” the regular distribution of prescription drugs for an extended time resulting in shortages which will adversely impact patients who rely on them for their daily health (particularly for treatment of blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes). Imagine yourself in your car having to wait at the crossroads while an endless line of law enforcement escorted emergency medical vehicles drive past allowing only a limited number of non-emergency vehicles to pass through at a time.
  • ·         The aforementioned problems may force consumers to seek sources who may provide inferior or even dangerous substitutes exacerbating the overwhelmed medical systems with non-Covid cases.

Whether distributed legally or illegally this is the biggest drug deal in human history, fraught with risks, with the ominous divulgence of personal privacy issues attached. Inevitably, any drug dealer and every party in the distribution chain wants to know their “customers” intimately to better maintain and potential expand their market share.


Copyright 2020 Cerulean Council LLC

The Cerulean Council is a NYC-based think-tank that provides prescient, beyond-the-horizon, contrarian perspectives and risk assessments on geopolitical dynamics and global urban security.

    

Once in a Century Opportunity

In the near future the greatest tag & release program in human history will be underway with the Covid-19 vaccine unabashedly designated as the delivery system in an effort to “tag” every human on the planet. Why? Because during the last decades the most valuable asset is information particularly on the citizenry and consumer. What better way to literally insert a tracking system, whether medically or administratively through registration, particularly since each type of vaccine will have its unique signature for verification purposes.

The compilation of such intimate data to enhance their present-day database represents the ultimate in governmental and corporate “wet” dreams that would normally require decades, assuming through legal means, for any intel service to achieve. Because power is apolitical no government or large corporate entity will let this rarest of opportunities pass by.

Global leadership will become further entrenched as the condescending paternal dictatorial benefactor that will enable near real-time monitoring of its citizenry and demographic change. With an application of AI it may soon achieve predictive abilities.

Power is Apolitical

Applied under the cover of altruism but need people to get economies going, money. According to the following chart entitled How Close is the World to a Coronavirus Vaccine? provided by The World Health Organization and presented by Statista, an online information firm, 155 are in pre-clinical testing, 39 are in Phase II, 18 are in Phase II and 11 are in Phase III.


The creation of a global database utilizing samples containing DNA samples provide a standard intel lingua franca encompassing of billions of law-abiding citizens. Court battles domestically and internationally over the privacy rights of forcibly acquiring DNA samples is almost moot since this genetic information will already be on file in one way or another after vaccine inoculation.

The Costly Cost-Free Antidote

As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The same applies to vaccines. The vaccine itself may be free or offered at low cost but receiving one (or refusal) comes at a steep price of personal freedom from legitimate and illegitimate sources. The primary benefactors are governments, the medical community; Big Pharma and insurance companies. The latter is most anxious to exploit this data for the purposes of monetizing your data through higher premiums & fees (or even denial of medical coverage) because of some genetic defect or risk as determined by their so-called proprietary analysis.

Savage Seduction

Corporate-owned media plays a huge role in stirring up more hysteria as a marketing tool to solicit greater demand for people to get inoculated. It’s not far-fetched that corporate public relations specialists are already reprogramming consumer behavior through their brand of psychological and technological devilry. Furthermore the present-day explosive nationwide Covid surges provide the marketing catalyst with an increasingly desperate citizenry and willingness to accept a vaccine while waiving their privacy rights. Already this is borne out in the following chart provided by CodeFuel, a firm that provides behavioral studies, with respect to the public’s willingness to surrender personal data specific to the pandemic:


The inevitable doubters, conspiracy theorists, “stragglers” and obstinate holdouts, might be convinced to accept inoculation through monetary incentives or perhaps through disincentives in which employers would legally refuse to hire those who have not taken the vaccine even if they exclusively work remotely.

This leads to a legal and possibly constitutional conundrum because under the right circumstances “voluntary” has a fluid meaning and open interpretation. As is the case with human nature there will never be 100% worldwide inoculation. However governments and corporate can implement legally defendable, pre-pandemic discriminatory practices to those who are not inoculated even with negative test results. The reason is that this non-inoculated group still represents a risk to others since vaccines are never 100% effective.

This holdout group may face discriminatory practices for jobs, housing and loans. Even those wealthy individuals with unlimited time & resources to legally challenge these “new normal” practices are going against governmental and corporate law departments that are specifically designed to defend the organization, not to uphold individual citizen rights.

Furthermore because Covid-19 is a novel virus its peculiarities are not well known with many mysteries to be discovered well afterward the initial vaccine is administered. For this reason booster shots may be required giving governments and corporations another opportunity to capture those that they missed the first time around.

The Forever Vaccine

Like the US Forever Stamps this technology programmed upon inoculation or follow-through medical visits provides medical info, these genetic markers may be passed to the next generations. It’s the same way ancestry firms use your DNA, which you provided voluntarily, to provide potential (best guess probabilities) health risks. That means your yet to be born offspring will be automatically “tagged” through you going forward representing the deepest personal information intrusion imaginable.

Coronavirus Conspiracy

The following chart entitled The Most Common Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories provided by Cornell University and presented by Statista. The accompanying text to the chart stated:

“The Cornell University conducted an analysis of Covid-19 misinformation, falsehoods and conspiracy theories circulating in the media and its findings were published by The NY Times. The researchers analyzed 38 million articles published in the English language globally between January 01 and May 26, finding that 1.1 million contained misinformation. That represents just under three percent of the entire Covid-19 conversation.”



 Interestingly and perhaps disturbingly the discussion for what purposes will the information garnered from the distribution and inoculation processes has not yet emerged into the public domain by the mainstream media.

Alternative Dark Sources

Finally for those health conscious citizens who want the vaccine but are adamant about surrendering personal information or even being identified by any organization an alternative may be the black market, notably through rouge medical professionals and even on the dark web. The trade-off risk is the willingness to trust an unverified, unregulated third-party source.

An equally risky alternative is unknowingly receiving a watered-down version of the vaccine or simply a placebo which offers little or no protection a lethal risk for those high risk individuals.

The lower end risk is to eschew taking the vaccine altogether yet illegally purchase an authorized vaccine certification.

Logistical & Distribution Nightmare

Despite a highly interconnected, globalized world there are enormous challenges in the logistics and distribution sectors because the vaccine is for a global pandemic of 7.7 billion people instead of an epidemic impacting merely a region. The challenges are the following:

  • ·         There are established and efficient pharmaceutical distribution networks. The problem is the massive supply of vaccines entering a distribution pipeline designed for a fraction of this amount will result in epic delays and backlogs.
  • ·         New distribution hubs to handle the increased volume are required and initially appear to increase efficiency rather operationally they will initially complicate the distribution process because of their novelty.
  • ·         The distribution of vaccine to other than first-world regions which have smaller, less efficient distribution networks with limited specialized storage facilities (if any) and trained medical personnel to handle the vaccine will inevitably encounter unique problems resulting in waste.
  • ·         The top priority of Covid-19 vaccine distribution will “crowd out” the regular distribution of prescription drugs for an extended time resulting in shortages which will adversely impact patients who rely on them for their daily health (particularly for treatment of blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes). Imagine yourself in your car having to wait at the crossroads while an endless line of law enforcement escorted emergency medical vehicles drive past allowing only a limited number of non-emergency vehicles to pass through at a time.
  • ·         The aforementioned problems may force consumers to seek sources who may provide inferior or even dangerous substitutes exacerbating the overwhelmed medical systems with non-Covid cases.

Whether distributed legally or illegally this is the biggest drug deal in human history, fraught with risks, with the ominous divulgence of personal privacy issues attached. Inevitably, any drug dealer and every party in the distribution chain wants to know their “customers” intimately to better maintain and potential expand their market share.


Copyright 2020 Cerulean Council LLC

The Cerulean Council is a NYC-based think-tank that provides prescient, beyond-the-horizon, contrarian perspectives and risk assessments on geopolitical dynamics and global urban security.

   

Once in a Century Opportunity

In the near future the greatest tag & release program in human history will be underway with the Covid-19 vaccine unabashedly designated as the delivery system in an effort to “tag” every human on the planet. Why? Because during the last decades the most valuable asset is information particularly on the citizenry and consumer. What better way to literally insert a tracking system, whether medically or administratively through registration, particularly since each type of vaccine will have its unique signature for verification purposes.

The compilation of such intimate data to enhance their present-day database represents the ultimate in governmental and corporate “wet” dreams that would normally require decades, assuming through legal means, for any intel service to achieve. Because power is apolitical no government or large corporate entity will let this rarest of opportunities pass by.

Global leadership will become further entrenched as the condescending paternal dictatorial benefactor that will enable near real-time monitoring of its citizenry and demographic change. With an application of AI it may soon achieve predictive abilities.

Power is Apolitical

Applied under the cover of altruism but need people to get economies going, money. According to the following chart entitled How Close is the World to a Coronavirus Vaccine? provided by The World Health Organization and presented by Statista, an online information firm, 155 are in pre-clinical testing, 39 are in Phase II, 18 are in Phase II and 11 are in Phase III.


The creation of a global database utilizing samples containing DNA samples provide a standard intel lingua franca encompassing of billions of law-abiding citizens. Court battles domestically and internationally over the privacy rights of forcibly acquiring DNA samples is almost moot since this genetic information will already be on file in one way or another after vaccine inoculation.

The Costly Cost-Free Antidote

As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The same applies to vaccines. The vaccine itself may be free or offered at low cost but receiving one (or refusal) comes at a steep price of personal freedom from legitimate and illegitimate sources. The primary benefactors are governments, the medical community; Big Pharma and insurance companies. The latter is most anxious to exploit this data for the purposes of monetizing your data through higher premiums & fees (or even denial of medical coverage) because of some genetic defect or risk as determined by their so-called proprietary analysis.

Savage Seduction

Corporate-owned media plays a huge role in stirring up more hysteria as a marketing tool to solicit greater demand for people to get inoculated. It’s not far-fetched that corporate public relations specialists are already reprogramming consumer behavior through their brand of psychological and technological devilry. Furthermore the present-day explosive nationwide Covid surges provide the marketing catalyst with an increasingly desperate citizenry and willingness to accept a vaccine while waiving their privacy rights. Already this is borne out in the following chart provided by CodeFuel, a firm that provides behavioral studies, with respect to the public’s willingness to surrender personal data specific to the pandemic:


The inevitable doubters, conspiracy theorists, “stragglers” and obstinate holdouts, might be convinced to accept inoculation through monetary incentives or perhaps through disincentives in which employers would legally refuse to hire those who have not taken the vaccine even if they exclusively work remotely.

This leads to a legal and possibly constitutional conundrum because under the right circumstances “voluntary” has a fluid meaning and open interpretation. As is the case with human nature there will never be 100% worldwide inoculation. However governments and corporate can implement legally defendable, pre-pandemic discriminatory practices to those who are not inoculated even with negative test results. The reason is that this non-inoculated group still represents a risk to others since vaccines are never 100% effective.

This holdout group may face discriminatory practices for jobs, housing and loans. Even those wealthy individuals with unlimited time & resources to legally challenge these “new normal” practices are going against governmental and corporate law departments that are specifically designed to defend the organization, not to uphold individual citizen rights.

Furthermore because Covid-19 is a novel virus its peculiarities are not well known with many mysteries to be discovered well afterward the initial vaccine is administered. For this reason booster shots may be required giving governments and corporations another opportunity to capture those that they missed the first time around.

The Forever Vaccine

Like the US Forever Stamps this technology programmed upon inoculation or follow-through medical visits provides medical info, these genetic markers may be passed to the next generations. It’s the same way ancestry firms use your DNA, which you provided voluntarily, to provide potential (best guess probabilities) health risks. That means your yet to be born offspring will be automatically “tagged” through you going forward representing the deepest personal information intrusion imaginable.

Coronavirus Conspiracy

The following chart entitled The Most Common Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories provided by Cornell University and presented by Statista. The accompanying text to the chart stated:

“The Cornell University conducted an analysis of Covid-19 misinformation, falsehoods and conspiracy theories circulating in the media and its findings were published by The NY Times. The researchers analyzed 38 million articles published in the English language globally between January 01 and May 26, finding that 1.1 million contained misinformation. That represents just under three percent of the entire Covid-19 conversation.”



 Interestingly and perhaps disturbingly the discussion for what purposes will the information garnered from the distribution and inoculation processes has not yet emerged into the public domain by the mainstream media.

Alternative Dark Sources

Finally for those health conscious citizens who want the vaccine but are adamant about surrendering personal information or even being identified by any organization an alternative may be the black market, notably through rouge medical professionals and even on the dark web. The trade-off risk is the willingness to trust an unverified, unregulated third-party source.

An equally risky alternative is unknowingly receiving a watered-down version of the vaccine or simply a placebo which offers little or no protection a lethal risk for those high risk individuals.

The lower end risk is to eschew taking the vaccine altogether yet illegally purchase an authorized vaccine certification.

Logistical & Distribution Nightmare

Despite a highly interconnected, globalized world there are enormous challenges in the logistics and distribution sectors because the vaccine is for a global pandemic of 7.7 billion people instead of an epidemic impacting merely a region. The challenges are the following:

  • ·         There are established and efficient pharmaceutical distribution networks. The problem is the massive supply of vaccines entering a distribution pipeline designed for a fraction of this amount will result in epic delays and backlogs.
  • ·         New distribution hubs to handle the increased volume are required and initially appear to increase efficiency rather operationally they will initially complicate the distribution process because of their novelty.
  • ·         The distribution of vaccine to other than first-world regions which have smaller, less efficient distribution networks with limited specialized storage facilities (if any) and trained medical personnel to handle the vaccine will inevitably encounter unique problems resulting in waste.
  • ·         The top priority of Covid-19 vaccine distribution will “crowd out” the regular distribution of prescription drugs for an extended time resulting in shortages which will adversely impact patients who rely on them for their daily health (particularly for treatment of blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes). Imagine yourself in your car having to wait at the crossroads while an endless line of law enforcement escorted emergency medical vehicles drive past allowing only a limited number of non-emergency vehicles to pass through at a time.
  • ·         The aforementioned problems may force consumers to seek sources who may provide inferior or even dangerous substitutes exacerbating the overwhelmed medical systems with non-Covid cases.

Whether distributed legally or illegally this is the biggest drug deal in human history, fraught with risks, with the ominous divulgence of personal privacy issues attached. Inevitably, any drug dealer and every party in the distribution chain wants to know their “customers” intimately to better maintain and potential expand their market share.


Copyright 2020 Cerulean Council LLC

The Cerulean Council is a NYC-based think-tank that provides prescient, beyond-the-horizon, contrarian perspectives and risk assessments on geopolitical dynamics and global urban security.


Albert Goldson, Executive Director of the think-tank Cerulean Council, provides his risk assessment of the Turkish perspective with respect to the heightened tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and exacerbated by the recent terrorist killings in Paris in the article entitled, Tensions Run High Between France and Turkey, published 1 November 2020 in The Millennial Source.


Supplemental information supporting this perspective is as follows:

Turkey Overview

For several years Erdogan has sought to be the leading voice in the Muslim world. He has leveraged Turkey’s advantages:

• Large population of 82 million (2nd only to Germany in Europe).
• Shared border with Europe.
• NATO member with the 2nd largest army in the organization.
• One of the few officially secular and democratic Muslim countries even though in present-day practice Turkey is less secular and politically more illiberal.
• Multi-generation of European-born citizens of Turkish origin.

Inflammatory Verbal Jousting

Erdogan’s brusque rebuke with respect to Macron’s insensitive comment on equating Islam with terrorism is to underscore not only Macron rather the Eu leadership’s continued ignorance and racism on Muslims and reluctance to engage in a genuine understanding of the Muslim world.

The alleged racism against Muslims by the French government may have merit. In response to riots in the banlieues several years ago, the French government has institutionalized racism by codifying many earlier state of emergency decrees which are crafted in such a way in that it targets the Muslim communities.

For this reason Erdogan has been able to take the leadership role in the Muslim world by creating a united front. On the other hand Eu countries have rallied around and supported France’s decisions to target the Muslim community to root out potential terrorists. This has created a dangerous political “Mexican standoff” between a Christian Europe and the Muslim world.

The Eu block support on the matter may be more durable than the world Muslim community because the Eu is an institutionalized and integrated geopolitical block.

The Muslim world is politically and geographically diverse with numerous groups within the Muslim community: Turkish, Iran (Persian), Arab (Middle East and North Africa), south and southeast Asian countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia each of whom have distinct historical economic and political relationships with Eu countries.

Furthermore there are “hard” political alliances and rivalries in the Middle East. For example: Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads for years because of Erdogan’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a threat to Saudi Arabia) and support of Qatar.

Eastern Mediterranean Hydrocarbons

A confluence of events is contributing to the intensifying geopolitical tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and Greece in their pursuit for energy self-sufficiency and dominance.

The mainstream media is supporting western governments’ contention portraying Turkey as the aggressor in their attempt at an energy power grab through naval intimidation.

Although Turkey has the largest economy in the region and the second largest military in NATO, they have been deliberately excluded from critical agreements which would make them equal partners with respect to dispute resolutions and access to resources in the region.

The legal discriminatory agreements that are politically isolating Turkey are the following:

• The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which Turkey is not a signatory. This body is called upon to resolve maritime disputes.
• The newly formed EastMed Gas Forum, referred to as the Opec of Mediterranean gas, includes as members Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus and Italy, an oddball membership all of whom have compatible economic interests in gas exploration in this region, not necessarily compatible political interests amongst themselves.
• Turkey is a NATO member, the second largest, and a European country, it is not an EU member and for this reason cannot benefit from Eu agreements.

Interestingly the Turkish energy exploratory vessel is exploring in areas where no gas reserves have been discovered. However because Turkey does not have rights to extract gas reserves, this particular type of vessel’s presence has been challenged by Greek military vessels.

For this reason any discussions with respect to disputed maritime zones is hotly adversarial rather than diplomatic member-to-member conversations towards a mutually satisfying resolution.

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The Dragon | Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

Around 2017 the Chinese government, overwhelmed by relentless criticism on its domestic and foreign policies, decided to push back aggressively in the diplomatic arena with Wolf Warrior verbiage. The term “Wolf Warrior” comes from the highly successful movie series of that name that features a Rambo-like character who defends Chinese citizens and humanitarian projects worldwide.

Eschewing diplomatic niceties by turning the other cheek and figuring enough is enough, Chinese diplomats worldwide, with the tacit permission from Beijing, are responding in equal brusque measure. The Chinese government has been incensed over the double-standard and sometimes blatant racism when they establish commercial and military agreements worldwide which are viewed as economic enslavement while western commercial and military agreements are viewed as development.

The Eagle | Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

Interestingly the same year China initiated its Wolf Warrior diplomatic style, Trump began his blunt, aggressive Rambo-style verbiage against worldwide criticism of American decades-old policies which he inherited. Counter-intuitively, whether by design or default, despite almost four years of bombastic remarks Trump has kept the US out of military conflicts. Refreshingly America is the punching bag that punches back. Perhaps verbal salvos are just as effective as military salvos but with zero deaths and collateral damage

Trump is far more comfortable with corporate wars not military ones and has managed nicely to avoid the latter. The withdrawal or the reduction in military force has put the brakes on America’s creeping unsustainable overreach which is historically the economic kryptonite (bankruptcy) of empires past to support an over-stretched military. 

Unlike his Chinese counterpart who has initiated a broad-based tactic, Trump has crafted America’s Wolf Warrior style around himself and a handful of high-ranking diplomats. This tactic generates public awareness to long-standing, economically draining uncompetitive policies and trade agreements under previous administrations which have badly hurt the American worker.

It’s not a question whether Trump is successful in his foreign policy initiatives rather how this aggressive tactic is one of necessity to engage in immediate dialogue to bring about change. Furthermore this “in-your-face” tactic not a sign of a dying empire, rather a transformative rebirth in which America will no longer be held politically and economically hostage by a collective of spoiled nations whose survival rely almost exclusively on our military umbrella.

Euro-Slackers

The Europeans may think of Trump as uncouth and brutish, which indeed he is, but he’s breaking unwritten protocols and establishing a precedent for future American administrations regardless of party affiliation. This street talk on the world stage has psychologically shaken up the staid and often smug European establishment many of whom believe that there’s no urgency in halting Russian and Chinese encroachment everywhere particularly in cyber-space; or that the US will forever provide a robust military umbrella.

US and China | Kindred Yet Incompatible Spirits

The timing of how the US and China have implemented this new diplomatic style independently is telling. They are the largest economies in the world who are competing for hegemonic dominance everywhere. Because there’s no longer a sole source of economic power, the rest of the world are playing the US and China against each other.

There’s a thin yet distinct line between disrespect and critical discussion. China justifiably has a thinner skin than the US however everyone knows the location of those lines. Disrespect has it limits. This means that the US and China have more in common than originally imagined on every level: private, corporate and governmental.

Each one’s Wolf Warrior diplomacy tactics are running simultaneously but in parallel. Though even an informal collaboration between the two on this matter would be politically impossible, the spirit of “professional courtesy” is aligned with respect to soft-pedaling criticism of a mutual third party who has given them both unnecessary grief.

Future American Geopolitical Real Politik

If the Democrats win the upcoming elections it would behoove them to continue and refine Trump’s no-nonsense American diplomatic Warrior Wolf style otherwise the momentum will be lost with foreign slackers who revel in the US doing the heavy-lifting and avoiding real responsibility for decades. The hammer has been added to the diplomatic toolkit for purposes of rethinking and re-setting relationships.

One crisis to apply this tactic are the most insidious crisis such as climate change and related issues such as supply chains. The pandemic has exposed the fact that these global organizations were ill-equipped from an organizational and decision-making perspective to respond swiftly. For this reason withholding funding or membership withdrawal applied cleverly can be effective in motivating behavioral change in these international institutions to reorganize and become efficient and effective.

The usual diplomatic language has failed to meet the urgency for a robust and genuine global collaboration to tackle climate change which is why unvarnished tough talk at the highest levels is required.

Taming the Linguistic Taboo

This new 21st century governmental foreign policy public relations playbook practiced tactically at the highest levels can compel counter-parties to overhaul their sclerotic procedures and accelerate means to provide solutions to critical issues like climate change and other urgent matters.

As hyper-aggressive hedge fund owner Bobby Axelrod in the popular TV series “Billions” says, “No one walks away from a negotiation happy.” There will always be [back-door] political deals but reaching solutions can still be achieved by overcoming administrative and operational dysfunction.

In sum the pandemic represents a fresh start - a wake-up call – to be better prepared for the inevitable future crisis. Perhaps future crisis may not as daunting as the present-day one; insidiously they may be far less intense but diverse occurring in short-order creating a compounding effect.

 

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