Carriers, the movie. Notice when the teaser went up. January 26,2009.
According to ReelzChannel.com ( www.reelzchannel.com...
... ed-release ), Carriers (the movie about bird flu devastating the US) has
been sitting on a shelf for 3 years. Paramount dusted it off for a Sept. 4 release, buut, not for a full release, only limited release on 100 screens
in 10 cities. OK, nothing too weird, but as the author says, it is a strange move to have a limited release and not have it play in a major market
like LA or New York. Where is it playing? In Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Phoenix, Portland, and St.
What's the weirdness? Well, Atlanta is CDC HQ. Charlotte, NC is a branch office of Novartis dealing with "pharmaceutical preparations". Novartis'
main branches are in the nearby Research Triangle park. The CDC has a lab at Research park also. Denver is home to the Ft. Collins CDC lab (suburb of
Denver). Detroit is, well, Detroit. Not sure on this one. Minneapolis is the CIDRAP HQ (Center for disease research and Policy). You might hear CIDRAP
director Michael Osterholm shilling for h1n1 vaccination on the news.
Philly? Not sure. Pittsburg is a CDC Lab. Phoenix is home to 1 of 3 Mayo Clinic hospitals. Mayo Clinic made the news when they decided to go with
Microsoft's HealthVault e-records keeping system. Verichip is partnered with HealthVault (
). Portland is home to AVI Biopharma which has ties to Dept of
Defense. And St. Louis is home to St. Louis University, one of 8 locations of the H1n1 vaccine testing.
To put the CDC stuff in perspective, there are only ten CDC labs in the US. Atlanta, Anchorage, Cincinnati, Ft. Collins, Hyattsville, MD;
Morgantown,WV; Pittsburg, Research Triangle Park,NC; Washington, DC; and Spokane, WA.
(This is why I don't believe h1n1 is even real. CDC has a near monopoly on diagnosis and frankly, there just aren't that many labs for all the US.
Note that the CDC Foundation is an international non-profit organization with programs in over 40 countries.
This is how we get h1n1 diagnosis in many foreign countries.
The CDC Foundation has many corporate sponsors, many drug companies including GlaxoSmithKline.)
Just for future reference, maybe somebody could match timing of "outbreaks" to just after the movie is released in the respective country:
According to IMDB
Germany 18 August 2009 (Fantasy Filmfest)
Indonesia 2 September 2009
USA 4 September 2009 (limited)
Mexico 16 September 2009
Netherlands 24 September 2009
Belgium 30 September 2009
Germany 1 October 2009
Spain 16 October 2009
Russia 26 November 2009
Argentina 17 December 2009
Since box office money was obviously not their prime goal, I looked to see if they were part of some free movie promotions in the cities. And indeed,
they were. Fill out on online survey of "the rules of survival" in a pandemic situation and get free tickets (from Nudge (book by Obama propaganda
adviser) one learns that the act of asking someone a question influences their decision making - are you going to buy a car? makes people more likely
to buy a car, hence the emphasis on surveys you see). I suspect the survey had a cookie attached and they followed the moviegoers net habits to see
how successful their propaganda was.
These people who monitor flu propaganda are called, "infodemiologists".
Here's an article about these guys.