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Showing posts with label Genetics. Show all posts
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 11: The Hidden Blessings of Disillusionment


Image Source: 4chan.

Like the German prepper above with normies looking on, we are divided between those who believe official and unofficial narratives about the nCov pandemic. Sadly, the prepper - who looks like a lunatic - is right, and those around him are wrong.

For those with confidence in our authorities, it is hard to imagine that Underground information could be true, when it is not properly verified or connected to mainstream reports.


That division between citizens depends on whether the system has been good to them. Only those who have previously been thrust into the outer darkness believe that the darkness is there. Some libertarian commentators think the darkness is real, but the virus is not; they believe that the pandemic will be a red pill for a lot of people, as the 2008 recession or 9/11 were for others before them. Most economic commentators agree that the 'everything bubble' was unsustainable; the economy will collapse and never be the same again.

Image Source: pinterest.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Genocide in a Jar: Playing God with the Coronavirus


Image Source: Kickstarter.

A Freudian Slip

After a harrowing week of reports about an emerging pandemic, culminating with the WHO declaring a global public health emergency, it is time to be honest. The Chinese government-supported news outlet, CGTN, reported on 28 January 2020 that an Australian lab became the "first lab outside China to create - to recreate - the virus."

That statement could be read different ways. One way of reading it is that the news anchor is referring to Chinese researchers creating the virus ahead of the Australians and the Chinese were copying its appearance in the wild. Another way of reading it is that the virus was synthesized in China in the first place.

Pandemics, Evolution, and Playing God

Spanish Flu: a warning from history (30 November 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

It used to be that pandemics were about natural evolution, of humans and other species. We see this in history. The bubonic plague, smallpox, the 1918 flu epidemic were evolutionary disease events. They arose from natural conditions and the afflicted masses perceived the scourge in terms of divine, not political, will.

In today's secular age, politics replaces God, and science has been bent to serve the aims of politics. Pandemics can be less about nature, science and medicine - and more about politics. What you see in the current media struggle to control the coronavirus narrative is a debate on whether or not this epidemic is actually a political event and whose politics will be served by it.

In this sense, it is wrong to assume that anti-scientific sentiment hails solely from ignorant, God-fearing quarters. The criticism of science bent to serve political agendas is less a criticism of scientific ideas and methods than it is an attack on certain political agendas.

For example, anti-vaxxers are portrayed in the mainstream as anti-rationalist morons and religious lunatics. A deeper probe into the anti-vax sub-culture reveals people who may accept the basic medical concept of vaccination, or who at least understand it, but who remain suspicious of the political or ideological aims of vaccinators.

Scoff if you will, but these paranoids do live in a post-Holocaust world and they seem to have understood that point better than most. They know that a genocidal political culture can potentially arise in any state. No matter how uninformed they otherwise are, they are not wrong. When they lean toward personal fascism, these types may deny the history of the Holocaust. However, as I have explained in another post, it is on the ironic basis of the Holocaust and subsequent modern genocides that even neo-Nazi Holocaust-deniers know that a state can turn on its citizens and engineer a genocide.

When we discuss these inflammatory questions, the true debate gets lost behind the immediate outrage, the issue of the day. The true debate now is whether the nation state can and should evolve into a global state and to what degree, and whether either of these geopolitical entities - national or global - is ever mobilized to be systematically harmful toward its citizens. Behind this concern, we know that a core ideology drives every state architecture, and that set of goals may differ from the state's overt civic values and politics. Again, in a post-Holocaust environment, it is fair to ask if a state entity, no matter what virtues it claims to uphold, is actually driven by a malevolent core ideology.

Beyond these worries are the roles played by science and technology. These latter fields make certain actions available to state and political agents, where before those options did not exist.

The Georgia Guidestones express a real agenda of mass depopluation, supported by the guidestones' makers, who are unknown. Image Source: pinterest.

Discussion about the coronavirus is entering a difficult phase because it reflects all these issues: national jurisdictions and international communities; core Realpolitik ideologies versus overtly expressed political ideals; science and technology pressed into the service of a core Realpolitik ideology as well as overt politics.

The atmosphere of debate on these issues must not be one simply of top-down narrative authority by mainstream officials, experts and journalists. In the Information Age, they cannot simply insist they are right because they are authoritative. They have to prove that they are telling the truth.

At the heart of the matter is the question of whether this virus arose naturally or whether it is a weaponized, synthesized Frankenvirus, as reported by the Washington Times on 26 January 2020. If it is the latter, then how it was approved and released must be revealed. People everywhere would be absolutely right to demand immediate investigation of the current international and national political orders which permitted such an outcome: no one, anywhere, should be able to develop a 'genocide in a jar.'

If that possibility exists in this case, it is up to the media to thoroughly investigate every possible bit of evidence in that regard. If the bioweapons story is not true, then it has to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not true. It should not be simply, sloppily and reflexively denied by the MSM, 'because we said so' in order to maintain social order.

Again, there are justifiable reasons for worrying about bioweapons now. In the past, there were examples of diseases being weaponized and used against targeted populations, as with smallpox blankets being given to indigenous peoples in colonial America and Canada.

However, as far as I know, there were no historical examples of bio-engineered diseases. Before certain scientific and technological advances, we could not have made a 'genocide in a jar'. The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention reveals that we now have that capacity and it is not a comforting thought. Pretending that this reality does not exist and that a state or similar powerful entity cannot act along these lines is dishonest and dangerous.

Whether they are right or not, there are good reasons why people believe the Washington Times story that this epidemic is not a natural evolutionary event, but rather that this is a Frankenvirus, which can lie dormant in the body for days, and which seems to combine elements of coronaviruses, SARS and Ebola. And lo and behold, two months ago - as the pro-conspiracy site Zero Hedge found - that was precisely the focus of research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Postdoc job ad (18 November 2019). Image Source: Zero Hedge. Click to enlarge.

Dr. Joseph Farrell, an Oxford-educated conspiracist and author, discusses the above job ad. NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM JAN 30 2019 (30 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

This public suspicion has not been helped by the MSM suddenly moving in lockstep as of 28 January 2020 to control the narrative merely on the basis of their official media authority. As the MSM outlets work together to discredit the social media rumour that this virus is a bioweapon, they reinforce the public belief that there is a conspiracy afoot.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would ask whether bio-espionage and viral labs (especially the 50 odd level 4 labs around the world) are properly regulated and discover whether they are violating the Biological Weapons Convention. They would not quote 'experts' who say that they are confident that the Wuhan lab is following rules, merely because they 'think so.' They would ask why the FBI has arrested and charged a prominent Harvard scientist for lying about kickbacks he received to work and recruit scholars for the Wuhan lab. The same story was reinterpreted elsewhere as: Chinese Biowarfare Agents At Harvard University Caught Smuggling Viruses. You can read the affidavit here.

In a normal world, the MSM would ask why the policies for regulating risky virus experiments, in which scientists tweak viruses to make them more dangerous, were suddenly under review in the United States as of 24 January 2020.

In a normal world, the MSM would investigate the internal policies of big corporations when they hold pandemic gameplays a few months before an actual pandemic breaks out.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would not admonishing the justifiably riled public for daring to think for itself when a dangerous epidemic has arisen under sketchy, unclear circumstances. An MSM with backbone and real standards would look again China's competitive scientific community. It is well known that this community has by-passed, bent or broken normal humane research rules in order to gain a global competitive edge for its country.

It is no secret that China has more relaxed rules and the Chinese are engaging in Franken-research. There is an atmosphere that anything can be done with new scientific and technological capabilities. For the morally-challenged scientist with tone-deaf human intuition, working in China is an opportunity to play God.

In 2018, Foreign Policy shrugged its shoulders and stated: "China will always be bad at bioethics." Oh! That's all right then. The NYT confirmed that China is a hotbed of scandalous biomedical experiments. There was the full body transplant, with a head transferred to a new body! There are crazy cloning projects, including cloned primates. Last year, the Chinese created human-monkey hybrids.

In 2018-2019, the whole scientific community criticized China's anti-HIV genetically-altered CRISPR babies, which "seriously violated" regulations. The Chinese government has been fined for unauthorized collection of human DNA.

When four lone bioethics experts appealed to the journal Nature in 2019 to press the Chinese government for more oversight of risky bio-experiments, hundreds of Chinese researchers protested. After this demand for a "reboot" of biomedical regulations, the Chinese government did establish a national medial ethics committee to review "high risk biomedical technologies" in May of 2019. But all indications are that it was business as usual and everyone just pressed ahead. This "rogue science" is not a China-only problem, as western researchers are cross-pollinating with Asian researchers and western scientists are taking advantage of China's lax biomedical regulations and covert funding. This is an established fact, according to stories emerging from Canada and America.

In this context, it is not unreasonable to imagine that the embarrassing potential truth of a Chinese bioweapon, a 'genocide in a jar,' has been developed and unleashed. While research is often shared between labs, the burden of proof that there has been no wrongdoing in research at the Wuhan lab, no associated international interests, and no bio-espionage lies with the Chinese government, any involved researchers, and with the WHO and the MSM. The burden of proof does not lie with the beleaguered global public who have to start stockpiling masks, food, water, goggles, and gloves because of this possible outrage.

For the bioweapons theory to be disproven, we would have to have access to WHO, CDC, Chinese, Canadian and American scientific records, along with worldwide intelligence archives, which will not be happening any time soon. Given that problem, the notion that the MSM have the right to simply deny uncomfortable stories and rumours because it is for our own good is as condescending and authoritarian as it is morally questionable in a time of crisis. The public are not the problem here, and they never were. The problem lies with those who see themselves as above and beyond the public, who think they can play God.

資源緊缺,疫情緊急 | 陳秋實大年初六中午焦慮總結報導(“公民記者陳秋實武漢疫區採訪實錄”系列10) [Shortage of resources, emergency outbreak | Summary report of Chen Qiushi ’s anxiety at noon on the sixth day of the new year] (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube. The same video with English subtitles is here.

Debated Virus Origins from Bioweapons Lab

Harvard virologist “speculates” Wuhan Virus came from lab #Coronavirus (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.
Censorship

Virus Information and Discussions



Police Barricade Family In Apartment That Visited Wuhan "The sign says something like 'This is a returnee family from Wuhan, not approach!'" (28 January 2020) Video Source: Live Leak.

Extreme Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation

  • Biorxiv: non-peer-reviewed preliminary study, with a tiny infected group of eight people, of which one was an Asian male. Results on this limited paper gave rise to unsupported, completely unproven conspiracy theories that this virus is bio-engineered to attack Asian males and to leave those of European descent unharmed: "we analyzed the ACE2 RNA expression profile in the normal human lungs. The result indicates that the ACE2 virus receptor expression is concentrated in a small population of type II alveolar cells (AT2). Surprisingly, we found that this population of ACE2-expressing AT2 also highly expressed many other genes that positively regulating viral reproduction and transmission. A comparison between eight individual samples demonstrated that the Asian male one has an extremely large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lung." Ethnic bioweapons are a known potential international issue, but are not discussed in a public square already obsessed with identity politics. The possible existence of ethnic bioweapons confirms a vast gulf between the way the world actually operates and the way we are told (and like to think) it operates.
  • Project Zyphr and US Genocide super-rumours, mainly driven by anti-Zionism
  • Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism feature in unfounded fears that the coronavirus was not only lab-engineered, but somehow released from the Wuhan facility by Israeli agents
  • Supposed CIA whistleblower: "This is not a coronavirus. It is the Nipah virus. Caused by fruit bats. There are cycles of much more virulent strains of the Nipah virus. The WHO (with whom I do research) knew about this in August of 2018. It is zoonotic."

Vaccine Development

Economic Impacts

Prep Links

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

World War III Projections 4: New Year, New Decade, New Disinformation



New years countdown in LONDON 2020 (31 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade. In a previous post, I dubbed the 2010s, a 'decade of disillusionment,' because those years drew new political lines. Those lines no longer delineate the outmoded left from the outdated right, but instead divide those who are awake from those who are still asleep.

When I say awake and asleep, I do not mean this as conspiracy theorists would, who constantly nurse anti-Semitic paranoia about who 'really rules the world.' Nor do I refer to the 'woke' protest culture. Such perspectives are distorted extensions of archaic left and right political paradigms.

Rather, I was referring to the development of an enhanced sensibility, induced partly by overexposure to information and disinformation, and partly by technologically-induced shifts in the way we live, which force reappraisal of one's whole experience of reality.

In short, reappraise experience and we will reappraise reality. That development, in conjunction with technological advancement, forms the core of the new politics. The moral challenge is to harness technology without becoming enslaved by it. Mechanical invention, innovation, and engineering are secondary to conscience, creativity, and ideas.

The real battle lies in the cultivation of sound public judgement over information. As the old authorities over information lose ground and the new tech giants seek to censor the narrative of progress, we struggle to discern what information is valuable and ultimately beneficial, even if we can no longer distinguish truth from fiction. Can we retain our moral compasses in the process?

Friday, October 25, 2019

Materialist Rhetoric: The Splice


A rat embryo. Image Source: Science Pictures ltd/SPL via Science.

This week, I am highlighting vocabulary which is being used by materialists to explain their long term goals and beliefs. I will then expand on where all this is going. For today, a news headline from The Post Millennial: Japanese scientists to grow rat embryos spliced with 30 percent human DNA. The plan is to grow human organs inside animals, and the word 'splice' is equated with 'help.' The plan was explained in Nature on 26 July 2019:
"A Japanese stem-cell scientist is the first to receive government support to create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals since a ban on the practice was overturned earlier this year.

Hiromitsu Nakauchi, who leads teams at the University of Tokyo and Stanford University in California, plans to grow human cells in mouse and rat embryos and then transplant those embryos into surrogate animals. Nakauchi's ultimate goal is to produce animals with organs made of human cells that can, eventually, be transplanted into people.

Until March, Japan explicitly forbade the growth of animal embryos containing human cells beyond 14 days or the transplant of such embryos into a surrogate uterus. That month, Japan’s education and science ministry issued new guidelines allowing the creation of human–animal embryos that can be transplanted into surrogate animals and brought to term. ...

Nakauchi says he plans to proceed slowly, and will not attempt to bring any hybrid embryos to term for some time. Initially, he plans to grow hybrid mouse embryos until 14.5 days, when the animal’s organs are mostly formed and it is almost to term. He will do the same experiments in rats, growing the hybrids to near term, about 15.5 days. Later, Nakauchi plans to apply for government approval to grow hybrid embryos in pigs for up to 70 days."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bitcoin's Satoshi Reveal and Genetic Feudalism: I



Another 'Faketoshi' debuted this week and tried to claim the mantle of the anonymous Bitcoin inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto. Crypto watchers scoffed. The reveal was a hopelessly amateurish LARP. Faketoshi claimed he lost his 980,000 Bitcoins in a crashed laptop and that he deliberately uses bad English. He also does not make major decisions without checking their symbolic representations in a Chaldean numerology machine - and in the Bible.

I read Faketoshi's three-part bulletin so that you don't have to. I concluded was that this was not a Satoshi reveal at all. Beneath the blather, it seemed more sinister, a coded announcement about how Bitcoin will be used with Big Data to enslave us.

Mind you, I'm someone who concluded that Grammarly is spyware to track thoughtcrimes in writers' drafts folders.


Faketoshi stated he was a Pakistani Brit who is and was brilliant, although in truth he is and was more of a generalist who knew how to hire brilliant people. He is confidently coming forward now after a suicidal depression.

He had his hakuna matata years (warning: Disney reference) while he worked for the NHS. He spent years pretending that Bitcoin didn't exist and that he didn't invent it. But now, he's making a comeback to take Bitcoin in an exciting new direction. To do this, he has legally changed his name from Bilal Khalid to James Caan, because he is the Godfather of Bitcoin.

For someone who claims he was born in 1978, the reveal was filled with tone deaf cultural references suspiciously relevant to Baby Boomers (the reveal was dedicated to Steve Jobs?), rather than a younger generation. Faketoshi's Chaldean numerology, with its Babylonian disinformation, seemed to come straight from some Illuminati mystery sweat lodge.

Wait. Did he say he worked for the NHS?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Formula for Consciousness




To unlock the mysteries of today's technology, some say you would have to start your investigation on the ballet stages of the 1840s. To get a flavour of European dance from that revolutionary period, today's post features some scans from a little book I own, published in 1948 by Batsford, entitled The Romantic Ballet. A centennial edition, it reprinted 1840s' coloured prints of prima ballerinas who were celebrated from 1840 to 1850. Click the images to enlarge.


These reprinted images from the 1840s display an occult visual vocabulary. For example, the three graces are three Greek goddesses - culture, beauty and creativity - later translated into the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. They are represented in the tarot deck as the Three of Cups.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Latent Feline Infection


This meme dates from 2010. Image Source: Know Your Meme.

Today's post concerns how cats influence human health, based on the article: Influence of latent Toxoplasma infection on human personality, physiology and morphology: pros and cons of the Toxoplasma–human model in studying the manipulation hypothesis. That article concerns the often asymptomatic or latent disease, toxoplasmosis, caused by an intercellular parasite which is passed through cats to humans and is related to human depression, autism, cerebral calcification, sex addiction, and schizophrenia. It is a disease that affects rodents and makes them lose all fear of cats; this has allowed the parasitic protozoan to return to feline systems, where it can complete its life cycle. The parasite also affects the rodent brain's sexual impulses and reward centres.

Toxoplasma gondii parasitic protozoa. Image Source: Ke Hu and John Murray via Business Insider.

Scientists believe that toxoplasmosis infection similarly makes humans attracted to cats. The disease affects an enormous number of people, which may incidentally ensure the survival of the domestic cat, while also safeguarding the protozoan. Wiki:
"Up to half of the world's population are infected by toxoplasmosis but have no symptoms. In the United States about 23% are affected and in some areas of the world this is up to 95%. About 200,000 cases of congenital toxoplasmosis occur a year. Charles Nicolle and Louis Manceaux first described the organism in 1908. In 1941 transmission during pregnancy from a mother to a child was confirmed."
Perhaps those Walking Dead zombie stories are telling you the truth about a reality you suspect, but cannot see. If you think everyone around you is infected by some mysterious bug that makes them crazy, you may not be paranoid. You may be right. From Florence Robert-Gangneux and Marie-Laure Dardé in American Society for Microbiology (2012):
"Low seroprevalences (10 to 30%) have been observed in North America, in South East Asia, in Northern Europe, and in Sahelian countries of Africa. Moderate prevalences (30 to 50%) have been found in countries of Central and Southern Europe, and high prevalences have been found Latin America and in tropical African countries."
Approximate rates of infection by country below are almost all based on tests of pregnant women. Some studies only focus on particular regions, and the numbers change from year to year. Follow the links for years and details; not all countries conduct studies or keep statistics. Note that these statistics tend to show infection passed from mother to child in the womb. They do not include post-natal infection, in which people are infected directly by handling cats or eating raw or rare meat:
  • Argentina: sources for Buenos Aires 45.6%-57.2% infected
  • Australia: 28% infected; 23% found infected in pregnant women from Melbourne
  • Bahrain: 22.3% tested positive, from pregnant women in Manama only
  • Belgium: 48.7% infected
  • Brazil: 66.9% infected; other sources range 55.6%-77.8%, depending on region
  • Canada: unknown; extrapolated estimate 14%-22% infected
  • Chile: 40%-90% of the population, depending on region
  • China: Changchun only, 10.6% infected among pregnant women
  • Colombia: 43.1%-66.7%, different sources, depending on region
  • Costa Rica: approximately 55%, increases in rural areas and with poverty
  • Croatia: 38.1% infected
  • Cuba: different studies from Havana areas, 44%-66.3%
  • Czech Republic: 30%-40% infected; in Prague, 19.8% infected
  • Denmark: statistics for Copenhagen, 27.8% infected
  • Egypt: measured in women only, 46.5% in urban areas, 57.6% in rural areas
  • France: 45% infected
  • Germany: Western Pomeranian statistics only, 63.2% infected
  • Greece: depending on different studies and different regions, 20%-36.4% infected
  • Grenada: 57% infected, nationwide estimate
  • India: 11.6%-45%, depending on class and region
  • Iran: 29.4%-63.9%, depending on class and region
  • Iraq: 49.2% infected, statistics for pregnant women tested in Basra
  • Italy: 17.5%-34.4%, a range of averages, from different studies and different regions
  • Ivory Coast: 60% infected among pregnant women from Abidjan
  • Jordan: 47.1% infected in Amman
  • Kuwait: 45.7% infected among pregnant women
  • Malaysia: 49% infected among pregnant women from Kuala Lumpur
  • Mexico: extrapolated estimate 22% infected; another source found 6.1% of pregnant women infected in Durango
  • Morocco: Rabat statistics only, among pregnant women, 50.6% infected
  • Netherlands: 35.2% nationwide
  • New Zealand: statistics for pregnant women from Auckland, 35.4% infected
  • Poland: 35.8%-43.7% infected, based on pregnant women only in three cities, Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan
  • Romania: 57.6% infected in women of child-bearing age, Timisoara only
  • Serbia: 33% infected nationwide
  • Singapore: 17.2% infected among pregnant women
  • Slovakia: 22.1% among pregnant women, Bratislava data only
  • Slovenia: 34% infected nationwide
  • South Korea: 4.3% infected; other sources range 0.8%-3.7% infected in Daejeon and Suwon
  • Spain: 18.8%-43.8% infected, averages from certain regions only
  • Sudan: Khartoum and Omdurman only, pregnant women tested, 34.1% infected
  • Sweden: 18% infected from Stockholm and Skane only
  • Switzerland: 8.2%-35% infected, based on data from Lausanne, Geneva, Basel only
  • Thailand: 5.3%-21.5% infected among pregnant women from different regions
  • Turkey: 30.1%-60.4% average infected among pregnant women, from different classes and regions, impacted by regional culinary traditions (consumption of raw meat)
  • United Kingdom: 31% infected, 20 million people in 2012, with 80% of these asymptomatic; East Kent statistics for pregnant women showed 9.1% infected
  • USA: 15%-22.5% of the population, depending on demographic, 60 million+ infected; another source states 11% nationwide, with 7.76% for US-born and 28.1% for foreign born
  • Venezuela: 38% infected among pregnant women from Lara State
  • Vietnam: from Nha Trang only, 11.2% of pregnant women infected
In humans, the disease can remain latent until adulthood, or until the body experiences weakened immunity due to other causes. The non-latent form of the disease can feel like the 'flu' and spreads to the brain, eyes, and other organs; it creates cysts in the amygdala and nucleus accumbens, and changes the connections inside the brain which deal with fear responses, sexual attraction, decision-making and memory. The parasite also increases dopamine production, altering brain chemistry in the same ways cocaine - and schizophrenia - do. Those who are infected post-natally and directly through handling cats after birth are affected more severely than those who are infected congenitally.

Image Source: Twitter.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: The Famine of Memory


This is an early incarnation of the villain, Sauron, when he was known as Mairon. Image Source: The Land of Shadow.

One of the premises of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is that the characters live in a perilous time when real history has been lost. Thus, mortal danger arises not from the arch-villain, exactly, but from the abandoned vigilance of memory.

A later incarnation of Sauron, when he was known as Annatar. Image Source © Angel Falto/Tolkien Gateway.

Another conception of Annatar, who deceived the elves in the Second Age. Image Source © Alaïs/deviantART/Tolkien Gateway.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Last of Their Kinds: On and Off the Red List


Image Source: Sebastian Kennerknecht/PantheraCats/Twitter.

This year, the blog keeps returning to the Himalayas, and there must be something to that: see my earlier posts on the Himalayas here, here, and a 2015 post, here.

Today's post concerns the BBC report from 14 September 2017 that the snow leopard (Panthera uncia), the great cat of the Himalayas, has been removed from the endangered list, and is now classified as vulnerable. Scientists argue that the reclassification could place these cats at greater risk, but it is still good news that their population has improved.


As the snow leopard departs the endangered list, more than 150 species have been added to it. The ash trees of North America, a population of 9 billion trees, have been classified on the brink of extinction, due to an invasive Asian insect, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). In the past few years, all the beautiful ash trees around my home in eastern Canada have died or started dying.

The Christmas Island pipistrelle bat was declared extinct this month. Image Source: Lindy Lumsden/Mongabay.

The Christmas Island Pipistrelle vesper bat of Australia (Pipistrellus murrayi) was declared extinct in September 2017. I have previously written on extinctions as less-recognized moments in history and as turning points in time. I have also discussed efforts to use genetic manipulation and cloning to bring back extinct species, as scientists work against the course of time and evolution; this is most noticeable when they plan to revive prehistoric species.



Image Source: BBC.



Image Source: BBC.

Image Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images/NPR.

Snow Leopard: First Intimate Images In The Wild - Planet Earth - BBC Earth (12 March 2017). Video Source: Youtube.


See all my posts on Extinction.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2016: Americans, Aliens and Area 51


A lamp post in Roswell, New Mexico, USA. Image Source: Houstonia.

The American election campaign has reached the 'aliens are real' stage. Given WikiLeaks' latest (and possibly Russian-sourced) UFO leaks (herehere, here and here) relating to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, today we head to Area 51 for all things X-Files, Roswell, aliens, and flying saucers. According to WikiLeaks, US government staffers relayed the following information to John Podesta in an e-mail from December 2008:
"Add this to John Podesta's pile: A 'million fax on Washington' directed by the head of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC) to demand that Obama 'demand a full briefing from your military services and intelligence agencies regarding what they know and what they are doing about extraterrestrial related phenomena' and 'formally acknowledge the extraterrestrial presence and finally end the truth embargo after 61 years.'

X-PPAC's executive director, Stephen Bassett, writes in his own open letter that he believes that the transition chief is a secret ally in this:

If you are in need of counsel to assist you in these matters, you have but to turn to your transition co-chair, John Podesta. His efforts to end the truth embargo and release all relevant government documents date back to at least 1993 and the Rockefeller Initiative. PRG believes he is fully aware of the extraterrestrial presence and is committed to creating more open, transparent governance. In this he is in sync with the chief financial backer of his Center for American Progress think tank, George Soros.

This is not a new theory. The response to Clinton Library Freedom of Information Law requests was delayed because the UFO people got there first, FOIAing, among other things, 'All files on UFOs, Roswell New Mexico, flying saucers, Area 51 or the TV show X-Files in the files of John Podesta'

X-PPAC reportedly is further heartened, this time around, by the likely presence of Bill Richardson in the new administration; during one debate, he called on the federal government to 'come clean' on Roswell, though he later said he hadn't meant to suggest he's a believer."
Russia Today claims the leaks prove that the American government knows that aliens exist, and the aliens want to help us with "zero point energy," or "free energy," which would change the whole history and development of the world. The fact that 'energy' is the aliens' main concern should be a telltale sign in all this Russian mischief. According to the leaks, the aliens are unwilling to share their technology unless 'we' overcome our violent, war-mongering tendencies. The leaks also 'prove' the Vatican's awareness of extraterrestrials. You can see these bizarre revelations summarized here. See more reports here, here, here, here, here and here. Critics argue that these leaks and Russian propagandistic interference in American affairs herald a new era of "false stories" and "weaponized information."

This image was attached to a 26 October 2015 e-mail purportedly from Tom DeLonge to Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta; it was leaked by WikiLeaks on 10 October 2016. It and other attached images relate to a Hollywood-sourced novels, films and 'non-fiction' works to be released about the existence of aliens. Image Source: WikiLeaks via CBS.



Image Source: PBS.

From the Prelinger Archives: "Color footage of atomic bomb tests with active duty military personnel at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. Shows soldiers in foxholes as nuclear detonation occurs nearby; light and shockwaves; blowing dust; soldiers climbing out of foxholes and running towards mushroom cloud." Video Source: Youtube. This film is in the public domain.

The Russians are cleverly exploiting a famous corner of American mythology to demoralize and confuse the Americans, turn them against their own system, and disrupt the USA's democratic process. Russian tactics are working because the adolescent republic reflexively reverts to revolutionary mode when considering any undue government influence - and because ancient superstitions married high technology in Nevada's now-toxic desert. Talk of flying saucers and aliens has long circled Area 51, a restricted facility, where the US Air Force tests experimental aircraft and weapons. According to Wiki, rumoured events in Area 51 include:
  • "The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell), the study of their occupants (living and dead), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology."
  • "Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials."
  • "The development of exotic energy weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or other weapons programs."
  • "The development of means of weather control."
  • "The development of time travel and teleportation technology."
  • "The development of unusual and exotic propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program."
  • "Activities related to a supposed shadowy one world government or the Majestic 12 organization."
My 2012 post, Mutants, After the Apocalypse, contended that atomic bomb tests, nuclear accidents, and radioactive leaks on domestic soil constituted the fallout equivalent of a North American nuclear war. In other words, the nuclear apocalypse had already occurred but was not openly acknowledged. The subliminal fear of cancer and mutations became internalized through cultural metaphors, many of which were spiritual, religious or magical. Abduction narratives and alien conspiracy theories involve the internalization, impregnation, or hybridization of humans by insidious, non-human elements. A subplot in these stories includes world domination or military worries. These ideas symbolize the fear that deadly poisons have been absorbed inside physical human systems, with health and land compromised in the name of science, technology, defense and progress.

While aliens are mathematically likely to exist, the Fermi Paradox asks why they have not unquestionably arrived on earth. Believers say they have, but their logic bears all the remnant trademarks of the medieval religious and occult imagination. Where once Catholic Europe, threatened by bubonic plague, feared demonic possession, and the ghosts and vampires arising from a pandemic period of mass death - now technological Millennial America, unnerved by the radioactive source of her own superpower, fears alien invasion.

On 10 October 2016, the European Space Agency sent 3,775 messages toward the Pole Star Polaris, in a numerologically-laden 11-11-11 statement. Irish-born artist Paul Quast entitled the project, A Simple Response to an Elemental Message, in which the interstellar conversation with aliens was supposed to start around the question: "How will our present environmental interactions shape the future?" The messages will take 400 years to arrive. Image Source: Daily Galaxy.

When one considers unacknowledged fallout in the already-nuked homeland, American citizens become the real victims, alien to themselves, shambling around a ruined and polluted environment. Nor are they alone. By 2012, over 2,000 nuclear tests had been conducted around the world. For a map of where those tests occurred (assume far-reaching, global fallout), go here. Among the five top nations to conduct tests, only the British and French did not use their homeland territories. The British tested their bombs in Nevada, Australia, on islands in the Pacific, and in the atmosphere. The French conducted their tests in Algeria, the Pacific, and in the atmosphere.

Paul Hellyer statement on a covert alien invasion, supposedly kept secret by top governments as part of the New World Order conspiracy (May 2013). Video Source: Youtube.

Before the October 2016 WikiLeaks revelations, the most high profile official to claim that aliens and related military conspiracies are real was the Canadian ex-Minister of Defence, Paul Hellyer. Hellyer remains hazy about whether he actually read secret governmental reports about UFOs while in office. His cited information comes from UFO writers, enthusiasts, and convention attendees. He implies that the Canadian government received reports of UFOs. But Canadian governmental neglect of those reports does not constitute a cover-up or proof of UFOs. Due to his former cabinet rank, Hellyer looks like a government UFO whistle-blower, even if he is not one.

Of course, as WikiLeaks shows, whistle-blowing carries a lot of momentum and perceived ethical weight in Millennial social media. Telling a suppressed secret in the name of a higher truth to protect the beleaguered public is a now-classic Millennial meme, which transforms the whistle-blower into a nearly-irreproachable, self-sacrificing holy man. It must be tempting to play the role of gnostic truth-teller, to become a prophet unveiling real reality in the nascent Age of Information. Only recently have netizens and hacktivists begun to ask about their sources' motivations.

Hellyer gains social media traction by mashing up two Millennial memes: aliens and whistle-blowing. Playing the whistle-blower gives Hellyer a carte blanche to say nearly anything and to occupy a projected space of moral rectitude in the UFO subculture. As a result, Hellyer is now a darling of these circles. He is spending his retirement touring alien conferences and conspiracy theorist conventions. He wants governments to give a "full disclosure" on UFOs to their citizens. He apparently believes the entire Millennial alien mythology: aliens in the ancient world, Atlantis, the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, the shadow government, the anti-banking movement, the New World Order plot, and human genetic manipulation orchestrated by alien interlopers.

Yet Hellyer's most poignant desire in resolving these perceived threats reveals a man struggling with a deeper problem. He says: "In a word, we have to become spiritual beings." As with the Russian-inspired aliens who are focused on energy, this is the giveaway. Although Hellyer would deny it in his quest for the truth, perhaps the problem he faces is one of alienation, not aliens, in society. The spiritual path typically begins by smashing the truth one takes for granted.

For Hellyer, that truth is obviously the integrity of western governments. His deeper spiritual concern chimes with a story of Area 51 which asks how love, community, and soul-based morality contend with fear of a contaminated landscape, rapid technological change, and death-dealing power. Hellyer's Nevada odyssey hints that in the era of mass communications, social media, and big data, the central challenge to the individual is how one decides to know information, and how one connects that 'way of knowing' to moral and political value systems. His interests also echo the New Age end of the aliens-are-here spectrum, where belief in aliens is associated with spiritual enlightenment and higher awakening.

Below, see an urbex video from urban explorer Dan Bell for a real, recent view of the region; and from across the Web, see some of the best alien Hallowe'en costumes. These days, most Millennial UFO reports hail from Central and South America rather than Nevada, although this US state still guards many mysteries: the most recent known nuclear test in Nevada was a 2012 underground plutonium bomb, Pollux.

From the 1950s to the present, 928 atomic bomb tests were conducted in the Yucca flats and surrounding areas at the Nevada Test Site, 65 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Mushroom clouds could be seen from Las Vegas's downtown hotels and became tourist attractions. This is the 1 November 1951 'Dog' test from Operation Buster-Jangle, the first to include live troops manoeuvring on Frenchman Flat while the bomb went off. Image Source: Wiki.

Dan Bell's urbex video of an abandoned complex, 30 minutes from the alien gas station and celebrity-connected Heidi-Fleiss-owned brothel at Amargosa, Nevada, adjacent to the infamous Area 51 and equally infamous Yucca Mountain (17 August 2016). Bell mentions gold and silver mining, but regions to the north, south and southwest also featured uranium mines. Video Source: Youtube.

Brothel adjacent Area 51 at Amargosa, Nevada (Yucca Mountain Travel Center): "This is a legal brothel, or 'Cathouse' (whorehouse?) at the intersection of the Veterans Memorial Highway (US 95) and State Highway 393 in Amargosa, Nevada. Dennis Hof (owner of a successful brothel in Carson City) and Heidi Fleiss (the former Hollywood Madame who was arrested in the '90s for running a high-price prostitution ring) own and operate the place, respectively." (31 July 2012) Video Source: Youtube.

Image Source: Wiki.