Monthly Archives: July 2017

What Could Possibly Go Wrong When Google Releases Millions of “Lab-Made” Mosquitos in Fresno!???!!!

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/google-releases-mosquitos-in-fresno-07172017

Sometimes you have to think that scientists don’t ever read science fiction, and thus have not even contemplated all the things that could go wrong when they do something like creating 20 million mosquitos in a laboratory, infecting them with a bacteria, and then releasing those mosquitos in Fresno, California.

First of all, did you even know that Google had a bio-lab?  They do and it’s called Verily. Which, I dunno, sounds rather biblical. “Verily, I say unto you…we are the purveyors of all that is The Truth.”  

But I digress.

Verily plans to create 20 million mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria in their laboratories. Then, the mosquitos will be released on the unsuspecting populace of Fresno, California, a city with over half a million people.

Why? Because, Zika.

Remember last year’s Zika scare that prompted the government to spray harmful chemicals all over citizens in Florida? That terrified a whole bunch of pregnant women and made them worry that their babies would be born with microcephaly?

Apparently, the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is thought to carry the Zika virus is prevalent in Fresno. However prevalent these mosquitos may be, there is only one confirmed case of Zika, and this woman’s partner had been traveling.

MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DEPARTMENT (M.A.D.)

So, anyway, in a project wittily named DeBug, Verily has “created” a whole bunch of mosquitos and infected the males with a bacteria called Wolbachia. When the male mate with female mosquitos, the resulting eggs can’t hatch. And by the way, they did a smaller release of franken-mosquitos last year in Fresno. (See? says Verily soothingly. We already did this once without you knowing about it and nothing bad happened. Don’t worry, you silly mortal.)

In 2016, CMAD and MosquitoMate piloted the first-ever U.S. release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia in Fresno County. Our 2017 collaboration represents a more than 25x increase in the release efforts, with a total of one million non-biting sterile male mosquitoes released weekly, made possible by the automated mass rearing and sex-sorting processes developed at Verily. Additionally, our software algorithms and on-the-ground release devices will allow us to distribute the sterile male mosquitoes in an even and targeted way throughout Fresno’s mosquito season. We believe that these advancements could have a meaningful impact on what is traditionally a very labor-intensive process and could reduce the number of biting Aedes aegypti in Fresno County.

Theoretically, the Wolbachia virus is harmless to humans, male mosquitos don’t bite, and whether Fresno residents like it or not, they’ll be subject to the release of a million of these franken-mosquitoes per week for the next 20 weeks.

The project, which has already rather quietly begun, is turning the area into a test facility without the consent of residents. Trucks will be driving through the city releasing swarms of millions of infected male mosquitos in Fresno.

Verily says:

For the Debug team at Verily, moving our work from the laboratory to the field is not only an important milestone for our group of biologists, engineers, and automation experts, but it’s also a critical step in bringing our long-term vision to reality. Field studies allow us to test our discoveries and technologies in challenging, real-world conditions and collect the necessary evidence to bring them to a broader scale. We hope to demonstrate success with Debug Fresno that will benefit the local communities working with us on this study and later other communities globally where Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are endemic. We are excited to take the first step in that journey today by bringing these technologies to the field. (source)

The Latest on USA Bombing/Killing Innocent Brown People

Does anyone care? Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit New Record High

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war.

Mandatory Biometric ID Coming to All Airports & Why it is So Bad for All

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras

July 17th, 2017

Via: Defense One:

Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest just might in the future.

Device-maker Motorola announced Monday that would partner with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on Motorola products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the AI firm announced in a press release today.

Homeland Security Says Americans Who Don’t Want Faces Scanned on International Flights “Shouldn’t Travel”

 

Citizen Asset Forfeiture (stealing your money) is Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment’s use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime.

Speaking at a National District Attorneys Association conference in Minneapolis Monday, Sessions said state and local law enforcement could expect changes from U.S. Attorneys in several areas: increased prosecution of gun crimes, immigration offenses, gang activity, and prescription drug abuse, as well as increased asset seizure by the federal government.

“[W]e hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture—especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”

Asset forfeiture became a prized hammer in law enforcement’s tool chest in the 1980s, when the government was struggling to combat organized drug cartels. Law enforcement groups say the laws allow them to disrupt drug trafficking operations by targeting their proceeds—cars, cash, and guns.

However, the practice has exploded since then, and civil liberties groups and political advocacy organizations, both liberal and conservative, say the perverse profit incentives and lack of due process for property owners lead to far more average citizens having their property seized than cartel bosses.

The Justice Department plays a huge role in asset forfeiture through its Equitable Sharing Program, which allows state and local police to have their forfeiture cases “adopted” by the federal government. The feds take over the case, and the seized money is put into the equitable sharing pool. In return, the department gets up to 80 percent of those funds back. The equitable sharing program distributes hundreds of millions of dollars a year to police departments around the country.

Continue reading Citizen Asset Forfeiture (stealing your money) is Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

FBI issues urgent warning about ‘spy toys’ that could put ‘privacy and safety of children at risk’

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4043182/fbi-issues-urgent-warning-over-spy-toys-which-put-privacy-and-safety-of-children-at-risk/

PARENTS have been urged to steer clear of “spy toys” designed to snoop on innocent kids’ lives in terrifying detail.

The FBI has issued an urgent notice concerning toys that are packed full of sensors, cameras and microphones to record a child’s words and GPS locators to track their whereabouts.

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Mattel’s Aristotle is tipped to be the ‘Amazon Echo for kids’, but it sparked serious privacy concerns

Genesis Toys, who make the popular My Friend Cayla doll, have been accused of flaunting privacy rules

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The popular My Friend Cayla doll, which was accused of recording kids’ words

“Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviours based on user interactions,” it wrote in a statement.

“These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”

Spy toys are now on sale across the world and last year parents were warned about a doll called My Friend Cayla which allegedly recorded kids’ conversations.

Parents were also concerned about a toy from Mattel called Aristotle which records words spoken by children and sends them back to the developers.

The FBI said toys fitted with microphones can “record and collect conversations within earshot of the device”, gathering information such as the child’s name, school, activities and “likes and dislikes”.

Other gadgets require kids to file a picture when starting a user account or hand over date of birth or address, which could be used in identity fraud.

Shocked grandparents claim an educational alphabet toy shouts out the F-word

But more worryingly, the toys can also reveal a child’s location and leave them open to “exploitation” by perverts.

Hackers could also crack into some gizmos and then talk to kids or spy on them without their parents’ knowledge.

The FBI had the following advice for parents: “Consumers should examine toy company user agreement disclosures and privacy practices, and should know where their family’s personal data is sent and stored, including if it’s sent to third-party services.

“Security safeguards for these toys can be overlooked in the rush to market them and to make them easy to use.

“Consumers should perform online research of these products for any known issues that have been identified by security researchers or in consumer reports.”

Toys are often fitted with microphones and other data gathering tools

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Toys are often fitted with microphones and other data gathering tools

There is currently a huge trend for fitting internet-connected gadgets with cameras and sensors.

Last year, one sex toy firm even released a “spy-brator” which let women film themselves during a moment of solo pleasure.

Tech security experts later claimed it’s possible to hack into the sex toy and peer through the camera fitted inside its tip.

Shocked grandparents recently claimed an educational alphabet toy bought for their 18-month-old granddaughter shouted out the F-word.

VA 4 Star Hospitals; Support

Sold to Die. Soldiers. That is why they are issued Dog Tags.

At a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’

MANCHESTER, N.H. — This is what the US Department of Veterans Affairs says a four-star hospital looks like:

One operating room has been abandoned since last October because exterminators couldn’t get rid of the flies. Doctors had to cancel surgeries in another OR last month after they discovered what appeared to be rust or blood on two sets of surgical instruments that were supposedly sterile.

Thousands of patients, including some with life-threatening conditions, struggle to get any care at all because the program for setting up appointments with outside specialists has broken down. One man still hadn’t gotten an appointment to see an oncologist this spring, more than four weeks after a diagnosis of lung cancer, according to a hospital document obtained by the Globe.

And when patients from the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center are referred to outside specialists, those physicians are sometimes dismayed by their condition and medical history. A Boston neurosurgeon lamented that several Manchester patients sent to him had suffered needless spinal damage, including paralysis, because the hospital had not provided proper care for a treatable spine condition called cervical myelopathy.

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U.S. Taxpayers Fund Heroin Vaccine, Despite U.S. Government Being The Biggest Heroin Dealer

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society titled “Development of a Clinically Viable Heroin Vaccine” has been making recent headlines, hinting at fewer heroin users in the United States. The irony here is that taxpayer dollars are being spent to develop a vaccine against drug users supporting the very drug trade the U.S. government and the medical industry have so heavily invested in maintaining.

The U.S. government’s role in the heroin (or opium) industry began during the Vietnam War and has continued ever since, moving from South East Asia to Afghanistan to the United States. The opium epidemic was fuelled by the government, and continues to worsen thanks to Big Pharma and the medical industry.

Even if this vaccine were successfully developed and distributed, would it really make a difference? Would it combat our addictive tendencies and would the U.S. government and Big Pharma then stop pushing drugs on us?

How Successful Is This Heroin Vaccine?

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) are saying that this vaccine could be used to successfully treat heroin addicts, as the vaccine apparently dulls the “high” felt from heroin. Findings thus far have proven to be effective for up to eight months after being injected.

Essentially, the vaccine tells the immune system to create antibodies against heroin and the psychoactive products within it that produce the user’s “high.” Like many other vaccines, the vaccine does so by exposing the immune system to part of the heroin molecule’s structure, and so when users try to get high again, the antibodies neutralize the heroin molecules before they can reach their state of “euphoria.”

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