“The wealthiest families on planet earth call the shots in every major upheaval that they cause. Their sphere of activity extends over the entire globe, and even beyond, their ambition and greed for wealth and power knows no bounds, and for them, most of mankind is “human garbage.” It is also their target to depopulate the globe and maintain a much lower population compared to what we have now.”
–Mujahid Kamran, 2015
In the Brave New World of my fable, the problem of human numbers in their relation to natural resources had been effectively solved. An optimum figure for world population had been calculated and numbers were maintained at this figure (a little under two billion, if I remember rightly) generation after generation.
“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”
― Dr. Henry Kissinger
What this outbreak of Coronavirus means for China and the world is far from certain, as is the potential risk. However, in China, at the very least, and soon enough the entire world, one thing is certain: Population control and depopulation will be an issue rising rapidly in importance as the global agricultural collapse becomes inexpressibly prominent.
“The viral disease, which is deadly for pigs but does not affect humans, has reduced China’s pig herd by more than a third from a year ago with an estimated loss of 100m pigs. As a consequence, pork prices have soared to record highs and the world’s largest consumer of pork has turned to imports of not only pork but also of beef and chicken — and found a host of new suppliers.
“‘Nobody predicted the extent of the impact. It’s been more profound than we ever imagined,’ said Adam Couch, chief executive of UK meat processor Cranswick.”
Food prices are rising globally. Even here in the US, there are signs of scarcity with certain products constrained and missing from the shelves of some of the largest supermarkets. A serious distraction in China may not particularly be undesirable for the Chinese elites. They know the history for thousands of years of the fall of empires from the food crises caused directly by the cycles of the sun. The initial story blaming the eating of meat, albeit rather exotic meats to we in the West, is not a surprise either as meat prices, in general, will be exploding over the coming decades. Sound a little like the “global warming” meat substitute movement being pushed so aggressively in America?
Pandemic: How To Prevent An Outbreak is a six-part docuseries that hopscotches the globe, discussing the possible sources of animal-borne flu viruses that could cause the next pandemic, how the worldwide healthcare system is ill-equipped to handle it, and how there are people on the bleeding edge of medical research racing the clock to come up with vaccines to handle these rapidly-mutating pathogens now and in the future. After all, it’s been over 100 years since the last pandemic, so we’re due. But can we beat the clock and prevent widespread damage from one?
Look, we all listen intently to the news when flu season starts every fall; this year’s flu season is the worst in decades, there’s a shortage of vaccines, the vaccines aren’t 100% effective, etc. As a nation, we’re all on edge whenever we hear about a new case of swine or avian flu, something with a new number by the H and N in its technical name. But Pandemic presents an urgency about the matter than even hysterical local news broadcasts haven’t been able to communicate.
Mostly, that urgency lies in our lack of preparedness for an outbreak. We know what’s coming, and we know how poorly the worldwide healthcare system reacted the last time there was one. The fact that it’s 100 years later and we’re likely even less prepared is something that could keep you awake at night. The series will go into more detail in subsequent episodes, but as an intro, it was sobering.
Perhaps that’s why the filmmakers decided to balance the gloom and doom with the researchers pushing to make a universal flu vaccine. But even there, the researchers are facing an uphill battle, given the lack of funding.