David December 31, 2008 12:14 PM

@MG: I read CDC as “Control Data Corporation”, whose computers I used extensively when I was, say, significantly younger. However, I think I’m dating myself.

Muffin December 31, 2008 12:59 PM

@Michael Girouard: my first thought exactly (although the capitalisation made me think it probably wasn’t that cDc after all).

MysticKnightoftheSea January 1, 2009 8:59 AM

@ David
Don’t worry about dating yourself.
Sometimes those are the best dates.
(kinda like you can have the best conversations talking to yourself…)

In any case, Have a great and secure New Year!


Jay Stevens January 1, 2009 10:40 PM

The link actually goes to the current BT planning site. You could probably track down the CDC preparedness plans from 1999 but these aren’t those.

Davi Ottenheimer January 5, 2009 4:12 PM

And in related news, Manhattan, Kansas has been selected for the new $450 million “U.S. National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility” to develop new plans.

It’s not a done deal yet, but let’s hope that they start by studying the 10,000 square mile lake north of Manhattan to understand how/why it became so toxic.

“Bottom-sediment cores were used to investigate the occurrence of 44 metals and trace elements, and 15 organochlorine compounds in Tuttle Creek Lake, a reservoir with an agricultural basin in northeast Kansas, U.S.A. On the basis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sediment-quality guidelines, concentrations of Ag, As, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn frequently or typically exceeded the threshold-effects levels for toxic biological effects.”

How convenient for the new research facility.

Alas, something tells me they are more likely to look into symbolic and rare issues such as anthrax in major cities, or industry share-price/trade affecting issues like foot-and-mouth disease…still not much fear yet related to wildlife and water quality as a litmus for general welfare and national security.

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