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World War Z notes; Blame chapters 3, 4 & 5

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part2, Blame; Chapter 3, Breckinridge “Breck” Scott

Fear sells.

So does sex, but Breck played on people’s fear to sell a vaccine to “African Rabies”. Not a cure, because as he says, a cure implies you’re already infected. This guy is just an old style snake oil salesman, out for a quick profit.
He openly states that the drug had not been tested on a zombie or anyone who was infected with the virus. The drug was marketed as a vaccine for rabies and that’s what he was selling.
By the container load, it seems.
This Phalanx drug made Breck rich in the millions. I don’t suppose it even entered his head to double-check the reports coming out of Africa, never check out the reports from the East. As long as he had his cash cow, he didn’t care. He had the connections too.
Practically bypassing the FDA (America’s Food and Drug Administration) altogether, with top officials giving the drug a big green A-OK. Apparently even the president of the U.S.A. benefited from the drug, political spin & well written speeches ranking up the president’s popularity.
At least, until it all went sour. In this case, it was inevitable.
A whistle blower. An, as yet, unnamed woman ending the fear driven crapfest and ripping the useless security blanket into shreds.

The virus was already spreading throughout America with frightening rapidity.

Part 2, Blame; Chapter 4, Grover Carlson.

Is this guy a typical politician?
Maybe I’m jaded concerning politics, but I’ve got to answer yes.
This guy tells the author to “grow up”, but I think he’s living with blinkers on his eyes and crap for brains.
Ironic that he’s now shovelling it for use as fuel. Just goes to show how useful his skill set is post-war.
I think I may even profoundly dislike Grover, former White House aide. I’d never Continue reading this post

World War Z notes; Blame chapter 2

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 2, Blame; Chapter 2, Travis D’Ambrosia.

A rather short account compared to the others, but the re-telling is succinct & to the point.
Again the Warmbrunn-Knight report is mentioned, Travis admits to finally finding a copy & reading it. Two years after “The Great Panic”. Seems that’s the par regarding this lost report.
Travis and his peers came to similar conclusions during a U.N. meeting, but he goes on about the fundamental flaws in the second phase of their plan.
People & popular opinion.
Travis states quite sincerely why the American people lost faith in their military and ergo, their government. Because of this, resources suffered and not just the dollar factor. People may have even resented being conned, yet again, into an army uniform. With no national service or draft board to fill the ranks, the main body of the army as it stood then, wouldn’t have been prepared or properly trained for the coming storm.
D’Ambrosia admits he & other’s like him were beholden to the people, but I doubt he, the U.N. or America’s White House could have prevented the onslaught. Even with popular opinion from the American people.
If most governments, Israeli being the exception, couldn’t admit to the truth or voice their doubts without the comfort zone of “what if” role playing scenario’s, why then should the ordinary civilian?
The U.N. has members with Ph.D’s, are Nobel prize winners, battle hardened strategist’s and great humanitarians.
Humanity’s fate rest’s on their decisions, their protocols. Their mistakes. People, no matter how important or intelligent are infinitely fallible.

World War Z notes; Blame chapter 1

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 2, Blame. Chapter 1, Bob Archer.

I immediately like Bob’s sense of humour. To describe an image of the all powerful CIA as an omnipresent octopus with far reaching tentacles is hilarious.
His description does have a point. There are those who truly believe in the all powerful image the CIA seems to have actively cultivated, fuelled both by paranoia & the movies.
Of course, this just reminds me of an old quote.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

A by-product of the 50’s cold war when everyone was suspicious and under suspicion, especially in America.

Bob describes the “chain of comman” & how the agency lost many employees due to blame, scape-goats, political suicide & a total lack of faith in the intelligence of those the agency employed. Ultimately this attitude is the reason Bob was transferred out to Buenos Aires, a swift congratulation for voicing his concerns about the zombie plague.

It seems the Chinese Intelligence community successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of the global intelligence community.
What’s worse is that a few years after the initial outbreaks, the Warmbrunn-Knight report is found at the bottom of some lazy bureaucrat’s stack of papers.
Too late to make any difference to global events, despite the urgent, top secret & eyes only markings on the paperwork. Reminds me of the movie “Tora Tora Tora”, and the events that transpired before the attack at Pearl Harbour during World War II. Another bureaucratic fiasco. From both sides.