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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy. It went unheeded inside the administration.

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White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy.

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#1 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-01 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah yeah. And another specialist warned about the incoming asteroid. And another about the super volcano blowing it's lid. And another about the big one hitting Cali. And so on.

#2 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-04-01 04:14 PM | Reply

Yeah yeah. And another specialist warned about the incoming asteroid. And another about the super volcano blowing it's lid. And another about the big one hitting Cali. And so on.

#2 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-04-01 04:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

You say that as though there shouldn't be contingency plans for those. The super volcano is probably civilization ending, so probably no point for that. The "big one" hitting California is something that absolutely needs to have a plan in place. It would be devastating to the U.S., and is likely to happen at some point.

The asteroid is a low-probability event - at least one of large size. The higher consequence impacts have very low probability, so you limit how much time and effort you spend mitigating it. Have a plan, maybe figure out some way to detect them sooner and what you might do about it, but you probably don't spend a huge amount of money or prioritize it over higher probability events with high consequence.

A pandemic hitting the U.S. wasn't some out-of-the-blue event. People knew it was something that had a high probability and potentially devastating consequences, putting it in the top right of the risk cube. You should have planning in place for how you will deal with risks like that. We're living out some of the consequences now and we can see how countries that had good plans in place seem to be fairing much better than we are.

Failing to plan is planning to fail, as the saying goes.

#3 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-04-01 05:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So should the administration claim fake news, hoax, "we knew it was serious all along," or "who could have known?"

There's always "I take no responsibility at all," but that's a given.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-01 05:07 PM | Reply

My fave is "No one could have foreseen...".

#5 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-04-01 05:25 PM | Reply

Yeah yeah. And another specialist warned about the incoming asteroid. And another about the super volcano blowing it's lid. And another about the big one hitting Cali. And so on.

#2 | POSTED BY CRISISSTILLS

We had a pandemic a few years ago with Swine Flu.

We had a pandemic scare with Ebola.

We have had a pandemic kill millions just over 100 years ago.

We have not had an incoming asteroid or super volcano problem.

How stupid are you to suggest there are similar?

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:08 PM | Reply

This article CANNOT be true. The New York Times has failed, right?

More and more the Trump cabal/crime family/clown school is being caught in lies, inaction and ignorance. Americans will need to be reminded of their many, many instances of action contrary to the public good and national security of the US. Trump, his family and acolytes must not only be voted out, they should probably be tarred and feathered on their way...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-04-01 06:10 PM | Reply

Yeah yeah. And another specialist warned about the incoming asteroid. And another about the super volcano blowing it's lid. And another about the big one hitting Cali. And so on.

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The way you can tell this is both stupid and wrong is Trump didn't de-staff the Asteroid Response Team and the Volcano Respone Team offices of the White House National Securiy Council. Just the Pandemic Respone Team.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 06:41 PM | Reply

This non-thinking seems to be a recurring issue with goopers.

Remember Bobby Jindal making fun of "volcano monitoring" back in 2009? "Silly eggheads. They need to get real jobs."

I think I posted a picture of St. Helens.

#9 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-04-01 06:44 PM | Reply

The Dow closed at under 21,000 today. I'd say the WH economists were correct.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-04-01 08:14 PM | Reply

What??? Planes can fly into buildings?"

"Who knew that was possible?"

CrisisStills aka Condi Rice.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-02 08:08 AM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY STATSPLEASE

Wow, my post got flamed. Ouch. Statsplease, perhaps it came out wrong.

I totally agree with all your views. Planning for everything is essential. The US stages war exercises to invade Canada. How likely is that!!!

I'm just tired of this blame game. It's happening in my country and yours.

#12 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2020-04-02 09:46 AM | Reply

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