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John Barry: The Pandemic Risk

How big a threat is it? How much should we worry?
Monday, July 30, 2018, 5:15 PM

As far as existential threats to the human species go, pandemics rank near the top of the list.

What's the probability of an agressive, highly-fatal outbreak occuring soon? Is it high enough to worry about? And if one occurs, what can/should we do to protect ourselves and our loved ones?

To address these questions, we interview John M. Barry, author of the award-winning New York Times best-seller The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. » Read more

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Ebola!

How worried should you be?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:35 AM

What Ebola reminds us of is that when a true pandemic arrives it will travel much faster than those in the past (thanks to air travel being an order of magnitude faster than dawning recognition) and that our complex, highly leveraged, just-in-time global economy is utterly unprepared for even a minor glitch in the flow of goods let alone the virtual lockdown that a true pandemic would require.

A small amount of preparing can make you much less vulnerable should (when?) that comes to pass. » Read more

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Daily Digest 4/4 - Barclays Blames Bank Culture; Shut Up, Savers!

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 10:44 AM
  • 'Shut Up, Savers!'
  • Storm drain grates go missing, create safety hazard
  • UN adopts Arms Treaty with support from Obama administration
  • Chinese Foreign Fisheries Catch 12 Times More Than Reported, Study Shows 
  • Are All G20 Bank Depositors Exposed to a Cyprus Style Seizure of Deposits for a 'Bail-in?' 
  • Ottawa’s bank ‘bail-in’ talk spooks investors
  • Michael Sona Charged By Elections Canada In Connection To Robocall Scandal
  • Man has undeclared $10,000 seized at border after exchange rate pushes him over limit to take from country
  • Barclays' Salz Review blames bank culture
  • Researcher tried to export pathogen to China, RCMP allege
  • Massive offshore tax haven account leak includes names of 450 wealthy Canadians
  • Senators get automatic $2,900 pay boost after MP’s vote to increase their own salaries
  • David Stockman: "The Great Deformation"
  • Cyber Attack Alert
  • Currency Wars: “The Fed is Playing with a Nuclear Reactor”
  • A Tipping Point In The Financial System
  • Rumors of a Cheap-Energy Jobs Boom Remain Just That
  • Food Field Urban Farm in Detroit Heals Land, Sets Sights On Aquaponics and Economic Viability
  • China reports three H7N9 infections, two fatal