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January 21, 2004

The Biological Beacon Basis

M. Vee ( writes:

The other day I plugged in "basis" and "threshold" into Google to see what would come up. Of the many hits that came back, the following link was really interesting.

Now, it might just be coincidence, but as you can see "BASIS" is the name of a General Dynamics/DARPA program that the US†government uses to monitor possible bioagent attacks. Obviously, talking about bioagents in terms of the flood and Halo as a containment/detection facility makes a lot of sense,†especially when you read this paragraph from the website:

"If today's count exceeds a calculated threshold, BASIS issues an alarm calling for attention by a public health specialist or other designated authority. The class of medical encounters monitored by a MEM consists of sentinel cases accepted by a user-defined filter. The primary thrust for medical surveillance against a biological attack consists of defining the sentinal case filters focused on bioagent-induced symptomatology."

Threshold? Alarms? Basis? Sentinel cases? Monitors?††Bioagents? Isn't this just too much of a coincidence not to have anything to do with Halo and the Flood?

Truly. Not to mention that the logo on the left side of the page seems spookily applicable.

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