Tag: Ebola

You can have Ebola.com for $150,000

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 0 Comments

“We are an Internet real estate investment, development, and brand assistance firm,” claims Blue String Ventures, Inc, which numbers Fukushima.com and Soursoup.com among its notable “successes”. The same Blue String Ventures, Inc. is also sitting on the Ebola.com domain and is looking for $150,000 to transfer ownership of the site.

“Ebola.com would be a great domain for a pharmaceutical company working on a vaccine or cure, a company selling pandemic or disaster-preparedness supplies, or a medical company wishing to provide information and advertise services,” Jon Schultz, Blue String’s president, told CNBC. “There could be many other applications as well. With so many people concerned about the disease, any advertisement referring people to Ebola.com should get an excellent response.”

When you type Ebola.com into a browser and hit Enter, “Welcome to Ebolavirus.org” is what pops up at the URL. There’s a mish-mash of Ebola-related links and right at the bottom in the smallest of print is the message: “Copyright 2014 Ebolavirus.org Ebola.com Is For Sale All Rights Reserved.”

Today in Parasitic Capitalism: Ebola.com Squatter Wants $150K for Domain,” writes Slias Groll in Foreign Policy. It should not be surprising that who saw profit from Fukushima, could imagine making a killing with Ebola.


#Ebola

Monday, 13 October, 2014 0 Comments

In a time of hysteria and rumour, much of which is being spread by the the 24/7 news biz, it is comforting to know that sober and alternative sources of information about the Ebola virus exist. For instance, there’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola page and its equivalent from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Google News has a dedicated site, and the Ebola Resource Centre at The Lancet has made all of the publication’s relevant articles freely accessible. The Pathogen Perspectives is a new Ebola-oriented blog that’s very well-informed and documented.

Meanwhile, under the hashtags #Ebola and #EbolaOutbreak, one can listen to the voices of real people and concerned organizations. Sure, there are trolls out there, but they go with the social media territory.