The Matrix: Virus Scene

April 4, 2020

Classic “virus” scene in “The Matrix”.

Agent Smith confronts Morpheus.
The scene is getting a lot of traction, obviously, in the current situation.

We do well to remember that, in this narrative, Agent Smith is the villain, folks.

5 Responses to “The Matrix: Virus Scene”

  1. redskylite Says:

    As our health systems are strained to overflowing and finance systems once again faltering – our frailty and lack of planning is very evident. Ignore the experts at our peril. Let’s make amend on the climate when this is over.

    “The next severe pandemic will not only cause great illness and loss of life but could also trigger major cascading economic and societal consequences that could contribute greatly to global impact and suffering. The Event 201 pandemic exercise, conducted on October 18, 2019, vividly demonstrated a number of these important gaps in pandemic preparedness as well as some of the elements of the solutions between the public and private sectors that will be needed to fill them. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly propose these recommendations.”

    • redskylite Says:

      1 – Governments, international organizations, and businesses should plan now for how essential corporate capabilities will be utilized during a large-scale pandemic.

      2. Industry, national governments, and international organizations should work together to enhance internationally held stockpiles of medical countermeasures (MCMs) to enable rapid and equitable distribution during a severe pandemic.

      3. Countries, international organizations, and global transportation companies should work together to maintain travel and trade during severe pandemics. Travel and trade are essential to the global economy as well as to national and even local economies, and they should be maintained even in the face of a pandemic.

      4. Governments should provide more resources and support for the development and surge manufacturing of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics that will be needed during a severe pandemic. I

      5.Global business should recognize the economic burden of pandemics and fight for stronger preparedness.

      6. International organizations should prioritize reducing economic impacts of epidemics and pandemics.

      7. Governments and the private sector should assign a greater priority to developing methods to combat mis- and disinformation prior to the next pandemic response. Governments will need to partner with traditional and social media companies to research and develop nimble approaches to countering misinformation. This will require developing the ability to flood media with fast, accurate, and consistent information. Public health authorities should work with private employers and trusted community leaders such as faith leaders, to promulgate factual information to employees and citizens. Trusted, influential private-sector employers should create the capacity to readily and reliably augment public messaging, manage rumors and misinformation, and amplify credible information to support emergency public communications. National public health agencies should work in close collaboration with WHO to create the capability to rapidly develop and release consistent health messages. For their part, media companies should commit to ensuring that authoritative messages are prioritized and that false messages are suppressed including though the use of technology.

      Accomplishing the above goals will require collaboration among governments, international organizations and global business. If these recommendations are robustly pursued, major progress can be made to diminish the potential impact and consequences of pandemics. We call on leaders in global business, international organizations, and national governments to launch an ambitious effort to work together to build a world better prepared for a severe pandemic.

  2. Keith Omelvena Says:

    “We do well to remember that, in this narrative, Agent Smith is the villain, folks.” With the passage of time, the narrative isn’t as clear.

  3. redskylite Says:

    There are religious groups going to the Amazon and trying to covert the last of the “uncontacted” tribes.

    Probably bring diseases, such as Covid-19 with them.

    First COVID-19 case among indigenous people confirmed in Brazilian Amazon

    Dr. Sofia Mendonça, coordinator of the Xingu Project at the Federal University of São Paulo fears that coronavirus could have a similar impact to the big epidemics of the past. “There is an incredible risk that the virus spreads through the communities and causes genocide,”

  4. neilrieck Says:

    Dear Agent Smith, Another life-form that grows without bounds is CANCER

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