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Choose your virus?

May 21st, 2010


Do you remember the mid 1980’s? The media was overwhelmed with warnings about HIV and AIDs. Now HIV is widespread, The Terrence Higgins Trust lists that at the end of 2008 there were 33 million people are infected worldwide.

Of course as time has moved on people have questioned many of the reports… Some doubt that AIDs as a disease even exists at all, seeing it as a general description of how our immune system fails due to a multiple of reasons. But what of HIV?

What caused HIV to spread so rapidly? From the global figure Africa is also reported to have had a staggering 22 million people infected. Could this be connected to the vaccination of smallpox? The report comes from BioMedCentral Immunology (follow the links to the provisional pdf for full information) and is covered by the BBC. However unlike the 80’s it’s not placed on the front page and how it is reported is as interesting as the news itself. The articles address is listed as being health but it’s not listed on the health page, instead it’s buried way down the page on news related to Africa…

BMC report that as the smallpox vaccination declined HIV increased implying that the smallpox vaccine suppressed HIV. However I would warn against blindly accepting this (see my journal article on vaccines). For example we can ask different questions: If one virus is reduced in society is another likely to take its place? In attempting to prevent one illness are we likely to stimulate another? Are vaccines connected to social change? Perhaps to really understand how we are connected to these virus’s we need to look at the big picture as well as the micro.

There have been several proposed explanations for the rapid spread of HIV in Africa, including wars, the reuse of unsterilised needles and the contamination of early batches of polio vaccine. However, all of these have been either disproved or do not sufficiently explain the behaviour of the HIV pandemic.
Smallpox immunisation was gradually withdrawn from the 1950s to the 1970s, following the worldwide eradication of the disease, and HIV has been spreading exponentially since then, they say

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Teleportation achieved over ten miles of free space

May 20th, 2010


While the Conspiracy underground has whispered about secret technologies and free energy for years, the subject of teleportation has always been a topic that seemed to be firmly placed in the transporter room of the Starship Enterprise, and not in some secret government lab.

Teleportation is the transmission of matter from one point  to another, and while it could be argued that the concept originated in the annals of psychical phenomena, it certainly came to the fore front of the public's mind with the popular fiction genre of Science-Fiction, most notably being through Star Trek and The Fly.

Although there are a few tales concerning advanced technology in the late 1960's, where the supposed teleportation of inanimate objects was achieved.   Although this story is mostly dismissed by truth seekers, there was a sequel to these events  in 1976, when the first teleportation of a living creature was achieved.  A bowl, water and Goldfish dematerialized, then rematerialized in the correct order with the Goldfish still living!  This story of a successful Science-Fiction like teleportation, was related a number of years ago by famed Parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff.

Now it seems that main stream science is beginning to catch up with its fictional counterpart, abet at a much smaller scale, as advances are moving forward in the realm of sub-atomic particles and quantum mechanics.

Quantum teleportation has achieved a new milestone or, should we say, a new ten-milestone: scientists have recently had success teleporting information between photons over a free space distance of nearly ten miles, an unprecedented length. The researchers who have accomplished this feat note that this brings us closer to communicating information without needing a traditional signal, and that the ten miles they have reached could span the distance between the surface of the earth and space.

Beam me up Scotty!

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Terrifying Hail Storm hits Oklahoma

May 18th, 2010


May 16th, 2010 Oklahoma City hit by a highly unusual hail storm, which was caught on video.
It really gets crazy about a minute in...

The Emperor Ming: Klytus, I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today?
Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K system, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet... Earth.
The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks.
The Emperor Ming: MMWwwhhaaaaaaaa...

Robot I-Fairy Officiates At Wedding

May 18th, 2010

Peter John Glynn

I-Fairy, I do.

Isaac Asimov may be impressed with how the robotics industry has developed over the past few years, but even the great man himself might balk at the latest 'task' assigned to the robots world.  A Tokyo couple were married by a white clad robot in a ceremony this week, the I-Fairy creation currently at hire for $68000 from Kokoro of Japan.

Robots ( if you own one) would of course come a lot cheaper than a human priest as robotic needs are simple - a few volts of electricity and a squirt of oil. They don't require a gratuity, are safe around children and don't polish off any of the alcohol bought specifically for guests.

However, with 43 percent of marriages ending in bitter divorce, philosophers may begin to question whether Asimov's first Law of Robotics might apply in conducting wedding ceremonies.

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Neanderthals interbred with humans

May 7th, 2010


Neanderthals have always been portrayed as primitive ape-like savages, who died out because they just weren't as smart as the other more up-scale breeds of human.  Namely us...

News is now coming out that these apparently ape-like savages, weren't all that ape-like after all...

Well, not if the interbreeding theory is to be believed.

Any human whose ancestral group developed outside Africa has a little Neanderthal in them – between 1 and 4 per cent of their genome, Pääbo's team estimates. In other words, humans and Neanderthals had sex and had hybrid offspring. A small amount of that genetic mingling survives in "non-Africans" today: Neanderthals didn't live in Africa, which is why sub-Saharan African populations have no trace of Neanderthal DNA.

I wonder how right-wing fundamentalists will take this news?

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Swiss watch discovered in ancient tomb sealed for 400 years

January 25th, 2010


A 400 year old ring has been unearthed, that bears an uncanny resemblance to a modern wrist watch.  Actually it's more than just a resemblance,  looks exactly like a wrist watch!

The mysterious timepiece was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06 am.  Watches were not around at the time of the Ming Dynasty and Switzerland did not even exist as a country, an expert pointed out.  The archaeologists were filming a documentary with two journalists when they made the puzzling discovery.

This archeological anomaly can be added to the myriad of others that are routinely filed away and ignored by the mainstream, as quite simply they do not fit the establishments  current view of the past.

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