Making Big $$$ Off Ebola: Smart Or Scummy?

by
Suzanne Robertson
Money-grubbing domain squatters look to profit off the deadly disease.

Get out your checkbooks - www.Ebola.com is for sale. And for a bargain price of...$150,000! What do you think about profiting off disaster? One Las Vegas firm is betting on it. 

Blue String Ventures owns the Ebola domain name and is looking for a payday from the virus that's taken over 4,000 lives. 

The president of the company that owns the doomsday address is Jon Schultz. A gambler at heart, he looks at what web addresses will be worth in the future, not so much today. 

His firm also owns Fukushima.com and PotassiumIodide.com. (Potassium iodide is a compound that would be used to fight radiation-induced cancer in the case of a biological or nuclear terrorist attack.) One has to wonder about people sitting around a conference table betting on profits from future disasters. 

In an interview with the Washington Post, Schultz discussed another depressing web address. “Our domain, birdflu.com, is worth way more than Ebola.com. We’re definitely holding onto that one for the event. That one’s airborne and Ebola would never go airborne in the United States like bird flu can.”

But it's not all high-fives and champagne at the offices of Blue Venture. Schultz told the Washington Post he's worried about Ebola, but not for the reasons you would think. 

“Ebola is either something that could become more of a problem, or it’s something that could ameliorate and not be a big news story for that much longer.”

"Ameliorate" means to make something bad or unsatisfactory better. This would be a disaster of the financial type for Blue String. For the rest of the world? Ameliorating Ebola quickly and effectively with minimum deaths is the goal - not making a profit. 

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