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The Teaser Economic Recovery
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Albert Goldson --  Cerulean Council Albert Goldson -- Cerulean Council
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: New York, NY
Friday, December 11, 2020

 

 

 

It is an open secret of the extreme disconnect between the surge in the stock market erroneously labeled as an “economic recovery” that’s underway and the brutal suffering and reality of the common working man and woman.

Indeed there is a psychological pent-up demand, a nostalgic desire to return to the old normal in a new normal era. For this reason once the vaccine is widely distributed there will be an economic spike fueled by consumer demand but it will be short-lived as the reality of a continued broken economy and broken personal finances set in. Even your currently employed consumer will realize his limited post-pandemic financial resources because of the changing work dynamics and even pay cut if he decides to continue to work remotely.

Small Business’ Last Stand

Some “vigilante” small businesses, particularly the low profit margin eateries and bars, remain open in defiance of government mandates with respect to indoor and outdoor dining restrictions. Then there are the lucky ones in some municipalities in which the restrictions are on the books yet unenforced.

Understandably from the small business perspective it’s profits over pandemics for the purposes of survival – for the owners, not just the business - because the governmental restrictions, not the virus, represent an existential threat. They know that the calvary is not coming because government bailouts are only for big businesses. In fact the government is seen not as the rescuing and protective calvary of the small business owner, rather as rapturous raiders who have historically decimated their profits through capricious regulations and high taxes. For the little guy there are no parachutes. It’s “go for broke” and “go down swinging.”

How It Plays Out

The emergence from the “Dark Winter” of 2020-2021 will ignore the economic rubble with the brief spurt in consumer spending that will give the mainstream media the illusion of a V-shaped recovery underway. This ultra- short-term jump in consumer spending is just that, V-shaped spendingbut not V-shaped recovery. Recovery is sustainable over many months or years. The mass inoculation gives consumers freedom of movement but because of continued mass unemployment, will be still imprisoned by debt.

For this reason the markets will push further into record territory as the black-clad Pied Piper leading investors merrily over the edge because of this misread, and for others who do recognize it, pure greed thinking they can exit before it crashes. As I’ve always stated, regardless how quickly you exit is meaningless when the entire building is collapsing.

The following chart entitled Service Sector Struggles to Recover Lost Jobs provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and presented by Statista, an online statistical firm, shows the dire situation of the leisure & hospitality sector which has lost almost 3.5 million jobs. The sectors that have suffered the most are the ones that are labor-intensive, difficult to automat and the last ones to make considerable recoveries.

 


These job losses are far too severe for even the most robust V-shaped economic recovery to bring it back close to pre-pandemic levels even by end of 2021. Mass unemployment, corporate reconfiguration and overhauling 2021 budgets to adapt to a less intense work environment, robotics/automation, high level of flexibility indicate a cautious, uneven, drawn out economic recovery. Corporate financial projections beyond 3 years are not better than using a dart board.

Time Compression | Short-Term is the New Long-Term

Not only immediate (or near) post-pandemic rather medium-term consumer behavior during unprecedented times. We’ve endured three catastrophes in the 21st century in less than a generation: 9/11, the Great Recession and Covid-19, all of which has directly or indirectly affected most of the world’s population.

These aforementioned catastrophes mirror the more often occurring “once-in-a-century” occurrence which has now become a misnomer. Because the intensity of these oft-occurring catastrophes are uncontrollable and unpredictable, it’s near impossible economically and psychologically to prepare properly for every type of catastrophe.

Imagine the possibility of a future far worse pandemic (Covid-19’s ease of transmission with Ebola’s lethality) or a market crash occurring in short order and longer lasting than their predecessors.

For these reasons it may prompt a redefinition of how short, medium and long-term are defined. In broad terms, when people think of long-term one imagines 10, 15 or 20 years. Using the first 20 years of this century as a baseline, short-term may now be one year, medium term 2-5 years and long-term 5-10 years – in other words a time compression outlook.

As the impossible has become the plausible, personal, business and government expenditures may take on a new dynamic with a radically different projections and risk assessment models.

 

© 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 pandemic has exiled many workers into the cloud – a de facto digital Off-World colony as in the dystopic movie Blade Runner which has redefined how workers communicate. The parallel to the movie, which ironically was released in 2019, the same year in which Covid appeared, is unerring to the present-day crisis. In the movie those who were could not pass the medical remained in a hyper-dense, environmental petri dish. In 2020 those whose professions require hands-on work such as essential workers in the medical field and support services as well as those in retail and blue-collar jobs, must also toil in a viral toxic environment.

During the carefree pre-pandemic era, the visual cues at work with respect to body language determined whether the worker’s body language was (in)congruent with their words.

Since the digital world has dominated communications since March and will continue well into 2021, the ability to accurately read body language has greatly diminished. With far fewer visual ‘tells’ remote work has become literally remote communication in the non-technical sense.

We Are All Digital Ambassadors

Since March those fortunate to work remotely have communicated via Zoom or similar software. Regardless of their title or positions, the worker has seized the initiative to take advantage in becoming their own movie director and producer by leveraging their home as their Hollywood studio with complete control of what viewers see.

Human contact is paramount and provides a modicum of warmth even the most austere and sterile designed office space. Remote work offers a psychological sabbatical for many workers with respect to having total control over their work environment for several reasons. Job satisfaction has been declining for years as management imposes greater demands, longer work hours, greater responsibility but stagnant pay, and limited promotional opportunities particularly for middle age workers who are trapped under the invisible glass of age-discrimination. In other words the digital workplace provides a certain albeit temporary level of empowerment.

Inception Meets The Matrix

The virtual cloud allows the ability to merge the visual special effects of the movies: The Matrix meets Inception. As a creator the worker creates and customizes his own environment and reality to “get ready for his close-up.”

Because video meetings are usually pre-scheduled, they provide the worker more time to literally “set the stage” and prepare his work and personal presentation which eliminates the sudden impromptu face-to-face meeting. This allows the worker to gradually develop an Academy Award worthy performance in a familiar and customized setting. Off-screen is “out of sight, out of mind” but beware the ‘hot’ mic. In this era of the split screen, a split-personality is the only way to go.

Putting this same high-level, on-screen performance in person at the office all day, every day is exhausting. Murphy’s Law dictates than any slip-up will occur at the wrong place, at the wrong time in the presence of the wrong person or group.

Digital Body Language | The New Baseline

Determining the new body language baseline in the digital world is far more challenging for several reasons. The primary difficult is that many workers are reinventing themselves on camera because of their remote location in their fortress home and can confidently establish new personas.

Although one can use vocal cues such as inflections, tonality, and cadence as a guide, some people verbally communicate somewhat differently in person vs on the phone vs teleconferencing in which older quirks are not visible or suppressed and new ones are accentuated.

With respect to visual cues, a considerable component of body language has been removed because one only views the upper body or perhaps only the head of the person on screen. Nervous ticks, gestures, and tells can be more easily hidden by creative camera angles, lighting and positioning or simply filling the screen with the person’s face.

Because of the aforementioned reasons, the digital arrangement forces reading body language far more challenging because the baseline has shifted dramatically.

Group View vs Group Think

Body language is an important component in the face-to-face business world. However the present-day necessity and convenience of digital communications has eliminated a critical element – the collective group body language - whether internally (in-house) or externally in negotiating with an outside firm.

Face-to-face meetings often feature several members of varying seniority of a specific unit, department or division. Each individual provides his own unique specific body language baseline signature. Using these behavioral baselines, tells determine whether everybody in the unit is onboard with an idea. An example could be a manager’s effusive proposal genuinely supported by his body language yet betrayed by his underlings’ body language that convey profound reservations.

However in remote meetings, there’s only one view of each member of a group as separate individuals, not as a collective as it would be in person. To the untrained eye in remote viewing it’s impossible to determine whether the group’s body language moves in harmony or independently.

Because of this digital silo effect, monitoring the screens in which this group appears and correctly ascertaining the group dynamic is difficult by the highly controlled environment each person has created for himself for purposes of career/job self-preservation.

Remote meetings eliminate the power dynamics of the seating arrangements which provide a strong signal as to which persons have the most influence regardless of official title.

On the bright side for workers, remote meetings prevent a senior member from using psychological leverage (aka intimidation or bullying) not only in physical space but also in power settings like their office or an executive conference room.

The C-Suite Dilemma | Lost in Translation

Executives get paid the big bucks because they are the decision-makers. However because they rely heavily on face-to-face visual cues to determine the level of certainty on information provided, remote communication makes this much harder to assess despite state-of-the-art, computer-driven data.

The C-suite needs to know in their gut whether their underlings genuinely believe the figures they’ve presented, particularly with group presentations. Because of a fragile economy there’s far more at stake than market share and profitability to the point that their decisions will determine if the firm survives. This is why face-to-face meetings are more invaluable further up the corporate command chain.

In-Person Meetings On-Demand

Some firms in professions that can easily operate profitably with a large portion of their staff working remotely will begin to re-think whether important meetings are best held in-person rather than remotely. In particular in high stakes, highly competitive fields, the savvy C-suite executive may insist that his direct reports be in the office full-time and insist that they in turn do the same for their important internal meetings. The post-pandemic economic landscape is about to get rougher and seeing whether someone sweats or stays “cool, calm and collective” may make the biggest difference.

 

© 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.

 


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.


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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.

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