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US government report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak
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Posted on 10/30/2009 6:44:56 AM PDT by Scythian

The US government has issued a new report that recommends blocking access to popular websites during a pandemic outbreak in order to preserve internet bandwidth for investors, day traders and securities clearing house operations. The concern is that a pandemic would cause too many people to stay at home and download YouTube videos and porn, hogging all the internet bandwidth and blocking throughput for investment activities, thereby causing a stock market meltdown.

This isn't an April Fool's joke. It's all based on a public report issued by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), available from their website at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d108.pdf

In this article, I'm going to explain how a pandemic outbreak could theoretically bring down Wall Street. But to get to that, you'll first need to find out what the GAO said in its curious report (see below). Parts of this article are presented as satire, but the underlying facts quoted here are all true and verifiable (links are provided to all sources).

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communism; flu; government; h1n1; influenza; outbreak; pandemic; swineflu
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1 posted on 10/30/2009 6:44:57 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

????

Shutting down conservative websites I guess.

Gee, its not like they ever tried to stifle conservative speech before. Or call us Un-American or nothing.


2 posted on 10/30/2009 6:46:30 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: GeronL

I love their opinion of us, if we’re sick we’ll all be home downloading porn? This stuff was surely written by a democrat ...


3 posted on 10/30/2009 6:47:27 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: GeronL

Unreal. And the chances of the press picking this story up are.... one and a million?

“So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance....”


4 posted on 10/30/2009 6:47:57 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: GeronL

HOLY S#!%!!! Here it goes!!


5 posted on 10/30/2009 6:48:25 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Scythian

Companies could improve bandwidth, etc.

Government simply takes away from the taxpayers today.


6 posted on 10/30/2009 6:48:31 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Scythian

Censorship by any other name is still censorship.


7 posted on 10/30/2009 6:50:04 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: Scythian

Preparing the way for ChiCom style internet censorship.

Trust in God and keep your powder dry, as Oliver Cromwell recommended.


8 posted on 10/30/2009 6:51:53 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: CodeToad

Yes, this all sounds so .................British..........


9 posted on 10/30/2009 6:53:24 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: Scythian
and America takes another one in the........

10 posted on 10/30/2009 6:55:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

ping


11 posted on 10/30/2009 6:57:57 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Nothing gives me the visual of a faggy-looking limp-wristed skinny blonde kid who hasn’t showered in two weeks with stringy hair thinking that fag hanging out of his mouth makes him look tought being called to suppor by his mum like saying the word “British”.


12 posted on 10/30/2009 6:58:23 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: Scythian

Something tells me the sites that get throttled won’t be Russian porn sites.


13 posted on 10/30/2009 6:58:46 AM PDT by DBrow (Thank You Al Gore You Saved Earth!)
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To: McKayopectate

and so it begins.

The Great Washing.

Where the words of opposition are cleansed from the internet, radio, television, magazines, newspapers and only the pure cleaned versions of stories get through.

Mass demonstrations will also be banned.

Just remember that regular flu kills 36,000 every year... how many has Swine Flu killed?

Its called a pre-text


14 posted on 10/30/2009 6:59:41 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Scythian
too many people to stay at home and download YouTube videos and porn, hogging all the internet bandwidth and blocking throughput for investment activities, thereby causing a stock market meltdown.

A few points:

Too many people at work in the office download YouTubes and porn.

Many internet users at home may find themselves daytrading; moreso than if in the office.

The statists are doing quite well causing stock market meltdowns without the "help" of a pandemic.

15 posted on 10/30/2009 7:00:34 AM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: CodeToad

History will call it the Great Washing


16 posted on 10/30/2009 7:00:55 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: McKayopectate

Unbelievable

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d108.pdf


17 posted on 10/30/2009 7:01:10 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Scythian

This is the first step to abridging Freedom of Speech and elevating 0bama to Dictator. 0bama’s goons will claim an pandemic to take control - “never waste a crisis” - even if there isn’t one.


18 posted on 10/30/2009 7:04:26 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails!)
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To: Scythian
investors, day traders and securities clearing house operations

Investors? Day Ttraders?
Why should investors or day traders be given any more than the average citizen who also pays for their internet connection?

And I'm quite sure that securities clearing houses already have a quality of service agreement with their internet provider and get preferrential treatment for their traffic.

19 posted on 10/30/2009 7:04:29 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Scythian
No surprise here. Obama already set the stage for this clampdown by declaring a national emergency for H1N1 last week.

Is it becoming clear yet to everyone that we don't really live in America anymore? I mean on a real, visceral, this is actually happening level? I don't think so.

In another year or so, millions of people across the country are going to suddenly wake up to the realization that we are living in a cross between the old Soviet Union and a central-American banana republic.

20 posted on 10/30/2009 7:04:33 AM PDT by Zeddicus
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To: Scythian
No surprise here. Obama already set the stage for this clampdown by declaring a national emergency for H1N1 last week.

Is it becoming clear yet to everyone that we don't really live in America anymore? I mean on a real, visceral, this is actually happening level? I don't think so.

In another year or so, millions of people across the country are going to suddenly wake up to the realization that we are living in a cross between the old Soviet Union and a central-American banana republic.

21 posted on 10/30/2009 7:04:40 AM PDT by Zeddicus
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To: Scythian

"Just a matter of time, I suppose."

22 posted on 10/30/2009 7:05:25 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Scythian

This is ludicrous. The radical, corrupt, dictators don’t care about all the people home because they CAN’T FIND JOBS!!!


23 posted on 10/30/2009 7:07:15 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: McKayopectate

Yup. Every feared method of oppression will be implemented in a “one-off” fashion: the gov’t won’t do X to you, they’ll swear to opposing X and then coerce someone else to do it to you instead.


24 posted on 10/30/2009 7:09:20 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)
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To: Scythian

Gotta get ham radio.


25 posted on 10/30/2009 7:10:49 AM PDT by devistate one four (Back by popular demand: America love or leave it (GTFOOMC) TET68)
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To: Scythian; GeronL
Shutting down specific Internet sites would also reduce congestion, although many we spoke with expressed concerns about the feasibility of such an approach. Overall Internet congestion could be reduced if Web sites that accounted for significant amounts of traffic—such as those with video streaming —were shut down during a pandemic. According to one recently issued study, the number of adults who watch videos on video-sharing sites has nearly doubled since 2006, far outpacing the growth of many other Internet activities. However, most providers’ staff told us that blocking users from accessing such sites, while technically possible, would be very difficult and, in their view, would not address the congestion problem and would require a directive from the government.

One provider indicated that such blocking would be difficult because determining which sites should be blocked would be a very subjective process.

Additionally, this provider noted that technologically savvy site operators could change their Internet protocol addresses, allowing users to access the site regardless. Another provider told us that some of these large bandwidth sites stream critical news information.

Furthermore, some state, local, and federal government offices and agencies, including DHS, currently use or have plans to increase their use of social media Web sites and to use video streaming as a means to communicate with the public. Shutting down such sites without affecting pertinent information would be a challenge for providers and could create more Internet congestion as users would repeatedly try to access these sites....Some providers said that the operators of specific Internet sites could shut down their respective sites with less disruption and more effectively than Internet providers, and suggested that a better course of action would be for the government to work directly with the site operators....

26 posted on 10/30/2009 7:13:07 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Scythian

Remember ... Zero has already declared a “state of emergency” — over H1N1 -— so he now has the power to pull this off, along with a host of other things you really, really don’t want to see happen.

Do you think the 9/12 march could have been coordinated WITHOUT the Internet or email?

The fuse is already lit, kiddies. Beware.


27 posted on 10/30/2009 7:15:11 AM PDT by DNME ("A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright." - Robert Heinlein)
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To: Scythian
See also...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2374283/posts

28 posted on 10/30/2009 7:16:03 AM PDT by meyer ("I went to Europe to buy the Olympics for Chicago and all I got was this silly Nobel")
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To: Scythian
Well if the liberals were at"work" they'd be downloading porn!

'My" factory fired over a dozen people for porn at work,another dozen took early retirements ,and one or two skated on medical leave just before the hammer came down.

And the company trashed the 50-year collection of Playboy,etc. the new management team found in unassigned lockers-the magazines filled a dumpster.Probably could have sold all those old Playboys to collectors for thousands.

29 posted on 10/30/2009 7:16:44 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Scythian

Better to let users freely pound on the internet. There may be overloads. I can’t recall my particular internet connection ever crapping out because of overload.

Heavy usage probably won’t bring down the internet but rather slow it down. If it happens too frequently and is a significant problem, the ISPs can lower the priority of high volume traffic such as video.

In conclusion, no need for government tinkering. Let’s look at their tinkering with the financial system. They postponed smaller bangs and it built up to our recent big bang that no one yet fully grasps.


30 posted on 10/30/2009 7:16:51 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: 444Flyer; Nachum

ping to ping


31 posted on 10/30/2009 7:17:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: GeronL
History will call it the Great Washing

History will call it the second civil war.

32 posted on 10/30/2009 7:17:30 AM PDT by meyer ("I went to Europe to buy the Olympics for Chicago and all I got was this silly Nobel")
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To: La Lydia

Okay I could see them temporarily putting the squuze on YouTube and such. No more Sunday Night Football streamed online, with 4 cameras unique to the web...

But that is as far as I think they should take it.

But then again, swine flu hasn’t come close to being the problem that seasonal flu is.

36,000 a year die from regular flu.


33 posted on 10/30/2009 7:18:13 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Scythian

So, have they now consolidated the GAO with the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use?


34 posted on 10/30/2009 7:23:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Scythian

http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com/2009/10/great-washing.html

The Great Washing, my own conspiracy theory


35 posted on 10/30/2009 7:26:18 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Scythian; All

If the internet does not crash when everyone is home during
Christmas holiday, breaking open laptops and new
internet-based games NOW, why would it happen with a “Pandemic.”

Pandemics don't strike ALL of the cities in a country the size of the US ...
... at equal strength ...
... ALL at once ...

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36 posted on 10/30/2009 7:26:37 AM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: GeronL

I don’t even think it’s YouTube stuff. I think it is those sites that allow people to download entire movies and television series. I have trouble with the idea that millions of people sick with the flu will stay home and download movies when they’re not throwing up and coughing and writhing in pain. As the report pointed out, the social networking sites are used by various government agencies to get the word out on all kinds of things, and I believe YouTube falls in that category. They are not going to shut down the sites that they use. I have no opinion about the critical necessity of football games, because I don’t want to get flamed!


37 posted on 10/30/2009 7:29:31 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: devistate one four

And what’s to keep the gov from declaring that, for the duration of the emergency, additional radio bandwidth will be needed, and therefore all civilian radio operators are forbidden from transmitting on any and all frequencies?


38 posted on 10/30/2009 7:30:28 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Scythian

Fear mongering by people who do not understand the technology.


39 posted on 10/30/2009 7:30:40 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: La Lydia

I think they might shut down thw whole thing except for certain approved sites like local, state and federal government websites and some “approved” news sites.


40 posted on 10/30/2009 7:33:57 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Scythian
I love their opinion of us, if we’re sick we’ll all be home downloading porn? This stuff was surely written by a democrat ......because that's exactly what he'd do if he were home sick, you see.
41 posted on 10/30/2009 7:36:29 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Little Pig

Mass protests and demonstrations would easily be banned too


42 posted on 10/30/2009 7:37:19 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: GeronL

That would only work with sites that are within the US. They can’t shut down the entire world. And if they tried to make the providers shut down, they would be shutting down their own conduit, as well.


43 posted on 10/30/2009 7:39:28 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: GeronL
Mass protests and demonstrations would easily be banned too

An armed population has the right to freely assemble. We outnumber them. Tianamen Square worked for the Chinese, because the only thing the protesters could do was stand in front of a tank. We can do a lot more.

44 posted on 10/30/2009 7:42:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Little Pig

I guess I would be an underground operator then.

Keep in mind when TSHTF there will be no laws, no FCC, no gobment.

That is the reality.


45 posted on 10/30/2009 8:01:56 AM PDT by devistate one four (Back by popular demand: America love or leave it (GTFOOMC) TET68)
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To: Scythian

IMHO...what this is “telling” us ..is that in the event of an “emergency” the Executive branch has a button in the Oval Office that will effectively activate a server swarm at NSA to choke the internet.


46 posted on 10/30/2009 8:09:46 AM PDT by mo
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To: Scythian

I have worked from home, and did have some serious issues whenever school was snowed-out and all the neighborhood kiddies were spending the day on iTunes and YouTube. It would play hell with my VOIP phone among other things. Now that we’re wired with FIOS I suspect it’s not a problem.

Pretty transparent then what they are doing. FR and RushLimbaugh.com would be the first to go, I’m sure.


47 posted on 10/30/2009 8:17:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: devistate one four

Gotta get ham radio.

Two words for you....Rush Pirates....


48 posted on 10/30/2009 8:18:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Scythian

In the event of an emergency and all the people are home sick instead of being at work on their computers using up bandwidth, they will be at home with fewer computers to use up bandwidth. So even though the bandwidth use potential is much less with people staying home, they need to be able to shut down the internet just in case.

Yeah uh, that’s the ticket. We’ll just shut down the internet. We’ve already declared H1N1 surely we can use that crisis to shut down something. Too many people listening to Rush and watching Fox over the internet anyway./s


49 posted on 10/30/2009 8:51:06 AM PDT by Waryone (II Chronicles 7:14)
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To: stylecouncilor

Shortwave.

FR would be among the first to go.


50 posted on 10/30/2009 9:11:54 AM PDT by onedoug
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