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Financial institutions nationwide are undergoing a 3-week test of a fake flu pandemic
I didn't see this show up on the MSM - just our local newspaper out of Canton Ohio.



Financial institutions nationwide are undergoing a 3-week test of a fake flu pandemic
UPDATE: 7:31 PM, Monday, September 24, 2007
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP economics writer


WASHINGTON Don’t be alarmed if your local bank teller is looking a bit sickly over the next three weeks. It is only a cyber-illness.

Hundreds of banks and other financial institutions are participating in the largest test of its kind ever conducted to ensure the nation’s financial system can keep functioning in case of an outbreak of pandemic flu.

The test began today and is scheduled to run for three weeks. More than 2,700 financial institutions have signed up to participate, about five times the number the Treasury Department expected.

“This shows how much the business sector is focused on pandemic flu planning,” Valerie Abend, Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for critical infrastructure protection, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Treasury, aided by other federal agencies and the private sector, has devised a three-week script for how a serious outbreak of bird flu might affect operations at banks, from the very biggest to the smallest, as well as at credit unions, securities firms and insurance companies.

The exercise also covers companies that provide critical behind-the-scenes processing to keep the flow of checks and money circulating around the country.

According to the doomsday scenario devised by Treasury, a number of cases of bird flu in humans are reported overseas and the illness spreads quickly to the United States by people traveling on international flights.

From that beginning, the Treasury scenario presents financial institutions with a number of challenges over the course of the three-week exercise. The financial institutions got the first week’s scenario during the weekend from an Internet site where the test is being conducted.

The whole exercise is part of a plan unveiled by President Bush in May 2006 directing various government agencies to upgrade their planning for pandemic outbreaks. The Government Accountability Office earlier this month criticized the administration for failing to conduct sufficient tests to make sure that the agencies understand their responsibilities.

One of the biggest challenges financial institutions will face is how to cope with absenteeism. In week one, the Treasury exercise directs the financial organizations to assume that 25 percent of their work force is not coming to work, either because of illness or because of fear of being infected or because they are staying home to take care of children who can’t go to school because the schools have closed.

To decide who is absent, the Treasury directs the institutions to assume that everyone whose last name begins with certain letters, which could cover the bank president down to the local teller, cannot come to work. The 25 percent absentee rate will jump to 49 percent in week two.

Abend said the various projections were compiled with the help of government scientists. Government financial regulators also helped put together scenarios on how the stock market will behave as well as what the value of the dollar and various commodities such as oil will be doing.

The dollar is projected to rise as investors seek a safe haven with the spreading global illness while stock prices are projected to fall because of worries about what the pandemic will do to economic activity.

Absent employees won’t be the only troubles facing the financial institutions. Under Treasury’s scenario, they also will have to cope with shrinking Internet bandwidths as more and more people try to work from home. Cash withdrawals from ATM machines are expected to rise sharply and getting the machines refilled will present problems because of rising absentee rates at the armored car companies and the difficulty of getting fuel for the armored trucks as gasoline refineries curtail their production.

By the end of the three weeks, Abend said the government and the institutions participating will have a much better idea of just what a flu pandemic will mean in the United States. She said the test should get the institutions thinking about where they need to improve their contingency plans.

“What would you do if you don’t have access to key people? Have you cross-trained enough employees to sufficiently cover that?” she asked. “We want to do a really robust test.”

Of the more than 2,700 organizations participating, two-thirds are banks, 20 percent are securities firms and 10 percent are insurance companies. The size of the firms ranges from the very largest with more than 100,000 employees to small institutions with fewer than 250 employees.

After the three-week exercise is completed, Treasury plans to write a report detailing how institutions performed and where planning needs to be upgraded. The organizations will also be given the opportunity to make suggestions on any areas where they believe government regulations need to be amended to allow for a better response to a pandemic.

“The after-action report will allow institutions to benchmark their capabilities against other institutions,” Abend said.


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"This shows how much the business sector is focused on pandemic flu planning."

You can't make this shit up if you tried.
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Shit, I think I caught this flu!
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Shit, I think I caught this flu!
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better stay home for a day or two
til you aren't contagious and the vomitingi has stopped
chills, fever, internet in bed for at least a week actually
that's my Rx
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ummm

geeee

what timing!
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Timing is everything.. Sometimes the pieces fall into place so well..
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Banking holiday because of a gaming glitch?
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

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Will the tellers in the banks be wearing bird flu masks this week?
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So what is it your are whinning about? Preparedness?
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NORTHCOM hosts Canada, Mexico at Pandemic Influenza Conference

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Representatives from American, Canadian and Mexican military and government agencies came to U.S. Northern Command headquarters here this week to discuss their plans and preparedness for a possible influenza pandemic.

[link to falseflagnews.com]

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Is this another terrorism practice while the real thing is being activated?

Forget bird flu. I believe they have reactivated the 1918 flu and probably mutated it into a super-flu. Or maybe they have combined the two.

Maybe that's why there are so many murdered microbiologists.
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Is this another terrorism practice while the real thing is being activated?

Forget bird flu. I believe they have reactivated the 1918 flu and probably mutated it into a super-flu. Or maybe they have combined the two.

Maybe that's why there are so many murdered microbiologists.
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That, or something to do with that Ebola outbreak from last week...
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

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they soften the target before they introduce the blow... how sweet
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Is this another terrorism practice while the real thing is being activated?

Forget bird flu. I believe they have reactivated the 1918 flu and probably mutated it into a super-flu. Or maybe they have combined the two.

Maybe that's why there are so many murdered microbiologists.
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Hmm. TPTB just making sure the money chain will rattle smoothly once they release the new pandemic......
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OR...is it some cover for a significant financial event that could cause a run on banks? If nobody is there, it's difficult to withdraw your money.
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"OR...is it some cover for a significant financial event that could cause a run on banks? If nobody is there, it's difficult to withdraw your money."

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

That was the first thing that came to my mind as well...
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And what a better way to spread a virus than with money. All it would take would be one bank's money supply to get 'sprayed' or something with some 'fake' virus they're preparing for.
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A weird coincidence from a timing perspective given that thread from the other day concerning the lecture by Dr Diedle (sp) or whatever his name is. He said it was coming and the governments of the world know about it...
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And what a better way to spread a virus than with money. All it would take would be one bank's money supply to get 'sprayed' or something with some 'fake' virus they're preparing for.
 Quoting: StonedTaurus

I've been thinking about this lately as well, how to get people to accept a cashless society, present cash money as full of deadly disease germs, they have already hinted towards this.
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Yeterday, Sunday the 23rd, In my Area of Michigan all Debit/Credit Card machines were down all day at major Grocery Stores - Cash or Check only and no one knew why - speculation was a software glitch. Talk about Chaos. This is why a cashless society is dangerous, TPTB can cut your access to your debit/credit card at any time. Our dollar maybe going to hell in a hand basket but it pays to keep CASH ON HAND. It was certainly scarey as there was no explanation and no exceptions
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OR...is it some cover for a significant financial event that could cause a run on banks? If nobody is there, it's difficult to withdraw your money.
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yes but they need a fake cause and that could be any of the above or false flag etc so as to scapegoat
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And what a better way to spread a virus than with money. All it would take would be one bank's money supply to get 'sprayed' or something with some 'fake' virus they're preparing for.

I've been thinking about this lately as well, how to get people to accept a cashless society, present cash money as full of deadly disease germs, they have already hinted towards this.
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If usa went cashless how do they do their drug trades?
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Yeterday, Sunday the 23rd, In my Area of Michigan all Debit/Credit Card machines were down all day at major Grocery Stores - Cash or Check only and no one knew why - speculation was a software glitch. Talk about Chaos. This is why a cashless society is dangerous, TPTB can cut your access to your debit/credit card at any time. Our dollar maybe going to hell in a hand basket but it pays to keep CASH ON HAND. It was certainly scarey as there was no explanation and no exceptions
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They were down Sunday here in NW Indiana as well.
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And what a better way to spread a virus than with money. All it would take would be one bank's money supply to get 'sprayed' or something with some 'fake' virus they're preparing for.

I've been thinking about this lately as well, how to get people to accept a cashless society, present cash money as full of deadly disease germs, they have already hinted towards this.


If usa went cashless how do they do their drug trades?
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Precious metals....and the drug trade would be the reason given for making silver,gold,platinum,etc...illegal to own.
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The exercise also covers companies that provide critical behind-the-scenes processing to keep the flow of checks and money circulating around the country.

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Stunningly clever. This is the announcement you were warned about yesterday.
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"This shows how much the business sector is focused on pandemic flu planning."

You can't make this shit up if you tried.
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"what is the difference between fiction and non-fiction? Fiction has to make sense" - Tom Clancy
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The exercise also covers companies that provide critical behind-the-scenes processing to keep the flow of checks and money circulating around the country.



Stunningly clever. This is the announcement you were warned about yesterday.
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never got that announcement...what was it exactly?
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Somnabich! This is the evil empires last shot eh? The world's reserve currency is crashing. What better than to cause a world plague in order to keep Wall street flowing in the green! I just can't believe this, I mean it all makes sense!

Attention all spooks monitoring this board! Your friends & family are also going to be killed in this plague! All to save a piece of fiat corporate script. Wake up & stop being a minion. Be men! arrest these bastards!
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Somnabich! This is the evil empires last shot eh? The world's reserve currency is crashing. What better than to cause a world plague in order to keep Wall street flowing in the green! I just can't believe this, I mean it all makes sense!

Attention all spooks monitoring this board! Your friends & family are also going to be killed in this plague! All to save a piece of fiat corporate script. Wake up & stop being a minion. Be men! arrest these bastards!

October suprise!
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Somnabich! This is the evil empires last shot eh? The world's reserve currency is crashing. What better than to cause a world plague in order to keep Wall street flowing in the green! I just can't believe this, I mean it all makes sense!

Attention all spooks monitoring this board! Your friends & family are also going to be killed in this plague! All to save a piece of fiat corporate script. Wake up & stop being a minion. Be men! arrest these bastards!

October suprise!
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Somnabich! This is the evil empires last shot eh? The world's reserve currency is crashing. What better than to cause a world plague in order to keep Wall street flowing in the green! I just can't believe this, I mean it all makes sense!

Attention all spooks monitoring this board! Your friends & family are also going to be killed in this plague! All to save a piece of fiat corporate script. Wake up & stop being a minion. Be men! arrest these bastards!

October suprise!

Why the hell is this board slow damn slow!
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Yeterday, Sunday the 23rd, In my Area of Michigan all Debit/Credit Card machines were down all day at major Grocery Stores - Cash or Check only and no one knew why - speculation was a software glitch. Talk about Chaos. This is why a cashless society is dangerous, TPTB can cut your access to your debit/credit card at any time. Our dollar maybe going to hell in a hand basket but it pays to keep CASH ON HAND. It was certainly scarey as there was no explanation and no exceptions
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 302961

Yes a cashless society is frightening for that reason, if anyone had it in for you, a private individual, a corporation, or the government, you can bet they could find someone to bribe to oops! gee, there seems to be some technical difficulty with your account, must be a computer glitch! I'm sorry you can't access your account now, but we should have the problem resolved in a few days. In the meantime, you are stranded, and we know exactly where you are!

They could stop you dead in your tracks, with no way to get gas or food or a place to stay, they would know exactly where you are, they could come and find you and disappear you.

I know it seems like science fiction, and it does turn up in several books, but why can't people see this?

The other thing that's terrible about everyone using debit and credit cards for every transaction, is why should a faceless third party get a cut of every transaction you make? Why should they get 3% or more, plus 20 cents per transaction or more, plus the rest of the service and leasing fees the retailer has to pay? Who the hell is "visa" and "mastercard" and why would you want them to get a cut of every transaction and why would you want them to know where you are, who you are with, what you buy?

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