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In response to the 2019 and 2020 spread of the CORONAVIRUS PNEUMONIA, one of the world’s largest players in online education – ALISON – offered a free basic course on the virus in February 2020, based on WHO (World Health Organisation) advice/guidelines, with instructions on how to prevent the virus from spreading. The course was advertised by Alison’s founder and CEO: MIKE FEERICK, a ‘social entrepreneur’ regarded as a pioneer in the modern online education industry.

He wrote in one UK related advert: “As of Feb 10th, the deadly coronavirus disease has infected 40,574 people and has claimed the lives of 910 victims globally. As the number of cases in the UK doubles, the UK Government has declared coronavirus as a serious and imminent threat to public health. This move gives the Government additional powers to fight the spread of the virus.”

Feerick had an indirect connection to the famed Microsoft co-creator and philanthropist BILL GATES, who in turn had a significant link to the virus. Feerick set up the precursor to Alison, an e-learning sub-contracting business for MICROSOFT, called ADVANCE LEARNING. Feerick explained: “I owned a number of companies at the time including one creating content for Microsoft. I owned seven courses where we’d charge people to learn Excel, Word – local governments, schools. Then I decided I would put all that content online for free.” (quoted in “”, June 12th 2016).

Bill Gates’ links to the corona virus included: 1) In a 2019 Netflix documentary Gates had predicted that a killer virus could originate in China’s wet markets to rapidly infect the world. 2) The coronavirus strain that spread from China was a patented virus that was owned by The Pirbright Institute, which was partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Alison developed a significant presence in China, as described in Feerick’s Linkedin article: “Alison in China: Taking on the Chinese Learning Dragon Differently” (February 12, 2019). He wrote: “Just a few short months after launching Alison in April 2007, I received a curious email from China. It was from a professor at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities (Xi Jinping, the current Chinese leader, went there). The professor was excited by the launch of Alison and was an early user. He made an exciting proposal: If Alison would fund the purchase of a trophy cup, he would assign his students the task of developing a “Market Entry Strategy for China” for which the best business plan would win a competition.”

Alison became a noted global provider in the educational technology community, receiving an Honourable Mention Award in information and communications technology from UNESCO in 2010.

Early in his career, Feerick gained an internship with philanthropist and early mentor CHARLES “CHUCK” FEENEY, the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest private foundations in the world. As a rich philanthropist, Feeney became a signatory to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “The Giving Pledge”. In his letter to Gates and Buffett, Feeney wrote, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living—to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. More importantly, today’s needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.”

Warren Buffett said of Feeney, “[he’s] my hero and Bill Gates’ hero. He should be everybody’s hero.”
Feeney had made his fortune as a co-founder of the “Duty Free Shoppers Group”, which pioneered the concept of duty-free shopping.

Feeney graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and was a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi and a member of the Sphinx Head Society. The largest single beneficiary of Feeney’s giving was his alma mater Cornell University, which has received nearly $1 billion in direct and Atlantic gifts, including a donation of $350 million enabling the creation of Cornell’s New York City Tech Campus.

In 2013, Alison was a winner at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awards, an initiative of the QATAR FOUNDATION, which had been founded by the Royal ruler of QATAR, the EMIR Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Qatar in the early 21st century had a strong anglo-american influence. For example, the Emir had graduated from the British Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England.

The Qatar Foundation partnered with the American RAND CORPORATION (2003 –2013), resulting in the formation of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute.

The Emir established the Qatar Investment Authority; by 2013, it had invested over $100 billion around the world, most prominently in The Shard, Barclays Bank, Heathrow Airport, Harrods, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Volkswagen, Siemens and Royal Dutch Shell.

Feerick was an ASHOKA Fellow. Ashoka was an international organization that promoted ‘social entrepreneurship’ by affiliating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka organization. Their stated mission was “to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers”.
Ashoka supporters included:-
1) ARIANNA HUFFINGTON (“Huffington Post” founder; 2) ex-UNICEF Executive Director CAROL BELLAMY; 3) FORBES magazine.


Ashoka was started in 1981 by BILL DRAYTON, a social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organizations and public service. As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. After graduation from Harvard, he received an M.A. from Balliol College in Oxford University. In 1970, he graduated from Yale Law School.

March 2020 was the month when the global response to the Corona virus escalated, but was that month chosen because it would cause the least damage to business profits? March is one of the quietest months for the business community, e.g. not Christmas; not the Summer holiday season; no major sporting events. That said, there is already (in March 2020) speculation that the Summer Olympics and European soccer championship will be postponed/cancelled.

In the year prior to the 2019 outbreak, the BBC broadcast a documentary on a possible outcome of a flu pandemic: “Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic” (BBC4, 22nd March 2018). Associated with the programme was a BBC website app based on research in 2017 and 2018 that they conducted. They wrote:

“The government rates the global outbreak of a deadly flu virus as a major threat to the UK. It could happen at any time. To predict the impact of the next pandemic more accurately than ever before, new data is needed – and lots of it. Dr Hannah Fry is on the case. She sets out to recruit the nation to download the BBC Pandemic app in a ground-breaking experiment to help plan for when the next deadly virus comes to the UK. How quickly will it spread? How many could it kill? What can we do about it? The BBC Four Pandemic experiment will find out.”

“BBC Pandemic could be key in preparing for the next pandemic outbreak. In order to better understand how an infectious disease like flu can spread, researchers need data about how we travel and interact.”

“The data collected between September and November 2017 was used to simulate the spread of a highly infectious flu across the UK and predict how many of us might die – the results are revealed in “Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic”. The data collected between December 2017 and December 2018 will contribute to this new gold-standard set for use in future simulations and in wider Pandemic research.”

“This project has been commissioned by the BBC, and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.”

The LSHTM (LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE) is significant because it is a major research body that originated after the ATHLONE Committee recommended the creation of an institute of state medicine, which built on a proposal by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a London-based institution that would lead the world in the promotion of public health and tropical medicine. By 1926, the LSHTM had secured financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation in the amount of two million dollars for the building and equipment of the new school.

The LSHTM website currently (2020) read: “Research income has grown to more than £180 million per year from national and international funding sources including UK government and research councils, the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and other philanthropic sources.”

A former LSHTM graduate and Honorary Fellow was the WHO Director-General during the corona virus outbreak: TEDROS ADHANOM, who was criticised for chosing President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to serve as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases for Africa.

Another former LSHTM student was the GAIA theory creator, JAMES LOVELOCK.

The LSHTM Director during the corona virus outbreak was PETER PIOT, a microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS. After helping discover the Ebola virus in 1976 and leading efforts to contain the first-ever recorded Ebola epidemic that same year, Piot became a pioneering researcher into AIDS. He held key positions in the United Nations and World Health Organization involving AIDS research and management. He was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He was a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A day after the British government imposed new restrictions (a partial lockdown) on March 23rd 2020, Channel 4 broadcasted an episode of “The Simpsons” in which Mr Burns decides to implement a drill at his nuclear power plant, and chooses a fire drill (“Mountain of Madness”, 24th March 2020). The previous Friday (20th March) saw the last episode of the series of Channel 4’s flagship satirical show “The Last Leg”, thus reducing the number of satirical shows on British TV in March 2020. Deliberate?

David Icke’s old forum, which had remained available (but only for reading), became unavailable just before the partial lock down (March 23rd), showing an Error message (502, Bad Gateway). It was still unavailable on 31st March 2020.

A few days before the partial lockdown (19th March), the British government downgraded the threat of the COVID-19 virus, removing its’ HCID status (High Consequence Infectious Diseases), despite going ahead with restrictions.

In the 1st week after the partial lock down in Britain, there was an out-of-the-ordinary week of sunny weather for much of the country. Coincidence? There is a theory that the sun’s ultraviolet light can help destroy viruses.

On 26th March 2020, the British TV channel, ITV2, controversially broadcast the movie “Contagion” (2011), about the spread of a virus; the loss of social order in a pandemic; and the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. Suspiciously, the movie shows the virus originating with a bat in China – similar to the way that COVID-19 is supposed to have spread. Not surprisingly, one of the characters is a conspiracy theorist spreading misinformation. The movie’s screenplay was written by SCOTT Z. BURNS, who consulted with representatives of the World Health Organization as well as medical experts such as W. Ian Lipkin and Lawrence “Larry” Brilliant.

Dr. Lipkin had advised the Chinese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) during the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak.

Larry Brilliant was previously GOOGLE’s Vice President and the inaugural Executive Director of GOOGLE.ORG, the charitable arm of Google. He was Senior Advisor to JEFF SKOLL, the eBay inaugural President. Brilliant was the first CEO of SKOLL GLOBAL THREATS FUND, established in 2009 to address climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East. Brilliant was Chairman of ENDING PANDEMICS, and was also on the board of the SKOLL FOUNDATION. From 1973 to 1976, Brilliant participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program.

Scott Z. Burns co-produced AL GORE’s global warming documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth”, of which one of the production companies was Jeff Skoll’s PARTICIPANT PRODUCTIONS.

Another medical expert consulted for “Contagion” was a former CFR Senior Fellow (for Global Health) – LAURIE GARRETT, author of the 1994 book on epidemics, “The Coming Plague”.

Was pneumonia confused with the COVID-19 virus? A British patient who had been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus and who had made national headlines in March 2020 – DAMION BROWN – posted a Facebook video on March 29th in which he described his condition as “pneumonia”, whereas previously he had referred to it as Covid-19.

More to come…