Discovery Communications, the mega-entertainment corporation, will air a show at the end of this month called “The Colony.” According to the
Discovery Channel website, the show “is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild” after a global
catastrophe, specifically a worldwide viral pandemic scheduled to strike this autumn.
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“The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. For 10 weeks, a group of
10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles
and tasked with creating a livable society,” a description of the show explains. “Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and
psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like
after a global viral outbreak” (emphasis added).
Cordoned off in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the “volunteers” attempt to build a generator and a collection of communication devices, focus
on building weapons and fortifying the warehouse, deal with a truckload of gun-toting traders, and fend off thieves and “a motorcycle-riding
On the surface, the show appears to be an updated version of the dystopian film Mad Max. However, The Colony is billed as not merely post-apocalyptic
fiction — after all, the Discovery network is primarily focused on “reality-based” television themes — but is rather a slick propaganda
On Monday, the H1N1 influenza virus was compared to the virus that caused the 1918 flu pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million to 100
million people worldwide, or 3% to 6% of the entire global population.
The H1N1 virus has killed less than 500 people. Regardless, on June 11, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. “The world is
moving into the early days of its first influenza pandemic in the 21st century,” declared Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director.