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2020 – The year the earth stood still

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By Steve Davey

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is a classic 1951 film about a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu that comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful eight-foot tall robot, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race. To demonstrate his race’s technical superiority and to get the attention of world leaders, Klaatu neutralizes all electricity everywhere on the planet for 30 minutes, except for such essential services as hospitals and airplanes in flight. Basically, bringing the world to a standstill.

How ironic is it that some 70 years later, an invisible invader would in real life bring society to a virtual standstill globally, and seemingly will continue to do so for at least a year? COVID-19 has spread globally, despite the 100 plus years of technical and medical advances we have made since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, which infected some 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 to 50 million.

Read the full article in ES&E Magazine’s June/July issue below.

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