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Uh Oh! Scientists show Ebolavirus can be transmitted by air

Kaye Beach

Nov. 16, 2012

Truly frightening!  Look what just rolled across the ProMed newswire;

EBOLAVIRUS AEROSOL TRANSMISSION, PIG TO PRIMATE

Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of Ebolavirus
could be transmitted by air between species.

In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them. The
researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might
be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.
They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal
infection. Details of the research were published in the journal

Scientific Reports [Hana M Weingartl et al. Transmission of Ebola
virus from pigs to non-human primates.

 

Scientific Reports 2, Article
number 811, doi:10.1038/srep00811;
<http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/121115/srep00811/full/srep00811.html>].

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection gets
into humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs,
and other bodily fluids from a number of species, including
chimpanzees, gorillas, and forest antelope. The fruit bat has long
been considered the natural reservoir of the infection. But a growing
body of experimental evidence suggests that pigs, both wild and
domestic, could be a hidden source of Zaire Ebolavirus, the most
deadly of the Ebolaviruses. Now, researchers from the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency and the country’s Public Health Agency have shown
that pigs infected with this form of Ebolavirus can pass the disease
on to macaques without any direct contact between the species.

In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens
with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier.
After 8 days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical
of Ebolavirus [infection] and were euthanised. One possibility is that
the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets
produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs. Pigs could act as a
host and amplify Ebola-like viruses. One of the scientists involved is
Dr Gary Kobinger from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the
Public Health Agency of Canada. He told BBC News this was the most
likely route of the infection. “What we suspect is happening is large
droplets; they can stay in the air, but not long; they don’t go far,”
he explained. “But they can be absorbed in the airway, and this is how
the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot
of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got
in that way.”

The scientists say that their findings could explain why some pig
farmers in the Philippines had antibodies in their system for the
presence of a different version of the infection called Reston
Ebolavirus. The farmers had not been involved in slaughtering the pigs
and had no known contact with contaminated tissues. Dr Kobinger
stresses that the transmission in the air is not similar to influenza
or other infections. He points to the experience of most human
outbreaks in Africa. “The reality is that they are contained, and they
remain local; if it was really an airborne virus like influenza is, it
would spread all over the place, and that’s not happening.”

The authors believe that more work needs to be done to clarify the
role of wild and domestic pigs in spreading the virus. There have been
anecdotal accounts of pigs dying at the start of human outbreaks. Dr
Kobinger believes that if pigs do play a part, it could help contain
the virus. “If they do play a role in human outbreaks, it would be a
very easy point to intervene,” he said. “It would be easier to
vaccinate pigs against Ebolavirus infection than humans.”

Other experts in the field were concerned about the idea that
Ebolavirus was susceptible to being transmitted by air even if the
distance the virus could travel was limited. Dr Larry Zeitlin is the
president of Mapp Biopharmaceuticals. “It’s an impressive study that
not only raises questions about the reservoir of Ebolavirus in the
wild but, more importantly, elevates concerns about Ebola as a public
health threat,” he told BBC News. “The thought of airborne
transmission is pretty frightening.”

[byline: Matt McGrath]


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[The reference for the original publication is: Hana M Weingartl,
Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Charles Nfon, Anders Leung, Greg Smith, Gary
Kobinger. Transmission of Ebola virus from pigs to non-human primates.
Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 811 doi:10.1038/srep00811;
<http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/121115/srep00811/full/srep00811.html>.
The abstract of the paper reads as follows:

"Ebola viruses (EBOV) cause often fatal hemorrhagic fever in several
species of simian primates including humans. While fruit bats are
considered the natural reservoir, involvement of other species in EBOV
transmission is unclear. In 2009, Reston-EBOV was the 1st EBOV
detected in swine with indicated transmission to humans. In-contact
transmission of Zaire-EBOV (ZEBOV) between pigs was demonstrated
experimentally. Here, we show ZEBOV transmission from pigs to
cynomolgus macaques without direct contact. Interestingly,
transmission between macaques in similar housing conditions was never
observed. Piglets inoculated oro-nasally with ZEBOV were transferred
to the room housing macaques in an open, inaccessible cage system. All
macaques became infected. Infectious virus was detected in oro-nasal
swabs of piglets and in blood, swabs, and tissues of macaques. This is
the 1st report of experimental interspecies virus transmission, with
the macaques also used as a human surrogate. Our finding may influence
prevention and control measures during EBOV outbreaks."

These experiments are interesting in that they demonstrate the
susceptibility of pigs to Zaire Ebolavirus and that the virus from
infected pigs can be transmitted to macaques under experimental
conditions by an aerosol route. They fall short of establishing that
this is a normal route of transmission of Ebolavirus in the natural
environment. The evidence that pigs play a role in the transmission of
Ebolavirus, other than Reston Ebolavirus, remains circumstantial but
something that should be pursued with urgency. It is curious that
transmission between macaques in similar housing conditions was never
observed. - Mod.CP

Clearly Ebolavirus is very contagious but there is only weak
circumstantial evidence that transmission from pigs occurs via the
porcine breath aerosol. Anyone who has been around pigs knows that
they urinate and not in dribbles. Splashing urine (+ Ebolavirus) could
readily produce a urine mist that could make its way to an immediately
adjoining cage with macaques and in their grooming themselves get
infected. - Mod.MHJ
]

The PNSR Vision “Operation MERCY” Scenario 7: A Brave New World

Scenario 7: A Brave New World

 

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
- Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World

 

 


Kaye Beach

Oct 14, 2010

See 2020 Vision Operation MERCY Cleansing the World of the Behaviorally Unfit

Transhumanism, Neuro-vaccines, nanobots, genetic engineering….There is so much weirdness here I hardly know where to begin.  I am glad to know someone is looking a little further down the road than the next election but the more I study these papers and the people working on revamping national security policy, the more I think that the lunatics are running the asylum.

I will be posting what I have found out about  the people behind the Project for National Security Reform soon.

Until then, a little closer look at some of the themes from the Vision Working Group Report;

“…the Neuro-Psychological Health Interagency Team has developed a three-point plan to end the scourge of violence from the Earth once and for all. ” Scenario7: A Brave New World from the PNSR Vision Working Group Report

The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR)

www.pnsr.org

The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization working to modernize and improve the U.S. national security system to better protect the American people against twenty-first century dangers. Funded and supported by Congress, foundations, and corporations, PNSR is carrying out one of the most comprehensive studies of the U.S. national security system in American history.  More

The whole point of this project, according to participants, is  to re-write the National Security Act of1947

The Project also strongly pushes creating a Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment within the Executive Office of the President

The Documents

Forging A New Shield

www.pnsr.org/data/files/pnsr%20forging%20a%20new%20shield.pdf

Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios

Strategic Studies Institute United States Army War College

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubid=1002

Scenario 7:“In this scenario, we examine a plan to apply proven neuroscience, psychiatric, and medical techniques to the control of pathological behaviors in a world of readily accessible weapons of mass destruction”

The scenario goes on to list a series of horrible disasters then informs that;

“Beginning in 2016, parents, who were already accustomed to eliminating genetic diseases from their unborn children, became enthusiastic supporters of new screening tests for the genetic and epigenetic markers of neurological disorders and violent pathological tendencies.”

Eliminating genetic disease from unborn children?

From EPIC:

Pre-implantation testing of embryos has grown with the increasing use of IVF technology. The DNA of an eight-cell human embryo can be examined for genetic traits and abnormalities, allowing prospective parents to determine which embryos they wish to implant. Physicians involved with IVF see this as a positive development, permitting an increasing number of healthy births. They generally focus on the ability of people who carry a gene for a known disorder to choose an embryo that is free of that disorder. Some opponents of abortion even see pre-implantation testing as a way to make “choice” about a pregnancy before the pregnancy begins. However, the ability to “customize” babies causes concerns among ethicists, as they envision a future in which embryos are selected not only to minimize potential illness but to enhance competitive advantage and social status through traits such as height, eye color, musical talent, athletic ability or intelligence. http://epic.org/privacy/genetic/

Treatment is necessary;

“By 2030. . . It became clear that the vast majority of violent youth crime was being committed by a fairly small slice of the population, a part that had not been treated as children.”

Google has apparently let the cat out of the bag on Operation MERCY;

“On April 23 of this year, the Google Times leaked details of Operation MERCY, causing it to be cut off prematurely. This covert operation was undertaken with the full consent of the UN Public Health and Bioethics Council and with the participation of our European and Asian allies.”


As far back as the early 2020s, the World Health Organization has been using aerosol techniques to disperse vaccines and genetically modified viruses to treat many of the underdeveloped world’s worst diseases. Operation MERCY’s mission was to adapt these techniques to apply neuro-therapeutic measures to failed states around the world, starting with the Abbasid Republic.


The Google leak will obviously make this task much harder. Already several nations are putting their nations on a war footing. It won’t be easy to send vaccine-dispersal drones over these countries now, even for routine disease control. I ask that you support our efforts in this important public health initiative.

First, we propose that the United States work with the UN Public Health and Bioethics Council and our European and Asian allies to establish the goal of 100 percent national participation in a new Operation MERCY before the decade is out.

They (we) have a plan to help the people of the world who are being denied this amazing treatment to fix the behaviorally undesirable;

“we propose that the UN develop contingency plans for inoculating the populations of any pariah nation that does not voluntarily participate in the program”

How?


We will use the same aerosol dispersion techniques the World Health Organization has been using for the past two decades to distribute vaccines and genetically modified viruses.”

One (imaginary future)congressman interjects;

“…what you are proposing is altering the minds of people you don’t like against their will. How do you square this mission with the medical oath you took to “do no harm?” “

The Colonel squares that small ethical problem by rationalizing that;

“These are people who already don’t have a choice.”

“All truly new ideas destroy what they replace.” — PNSR Vision Working Group

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubid=1002

The scenario is followed by these discussion points;

Discussion.

  • What is the role of government in controlling pathological and anti-social behavior worldwide?
  • If we develop the capability to cure pathological behaviors, will we use it and how will we use it? What are the unintended consequences?
  • How will pathological behavior be defined? Who will define it?
  • What moral, ethical, and legal issues does this raise in regard to the U.S. population? . . . the world population?
  • What would our response be to another country using these techniques to control their own population?
  • How would we defend our own population against adversaries?
  • What will be the role of law enforcement and the military if pathological behaviors are reduced or eliminated globally?
  • How would the United States gather the necessary intelligence to determine the psychological health of a noncooperative foreign population?
  • What would be the impact on the economy of a nonpathological, or even happy, populace?
  • • How would these changes affect the congressional committee structure and oversight functions of Congress?

I picked out this sentence;

“new screening tests for the genetic and epigenetic markers of neurological disorders and violent pathological tendencies.”

and did a search on it. This is what came up;

The Center for Global Nonkilling


http://www.nonkilling.org/

The first exploratory colloquium, Neuroscience and Nonkilling, was held July 27 -28 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

The purposes of the colloquium included:

• Exploring how neuroscience research might contribute to understanding the human capability to not kill and assessing whether a world without killing is possible

• Gaining greater insights into what we know about the brain and its relationship to killing and nonkilling

• Identifying new revelations from the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience

to help eliminate the conditions that lead to killing and to foster the conditions that support nonkilling attitudes and behaviors.

Quote;

“It is necessary to increase our knowledge of brain function and its disorders, develop more discriminating techniques and methodologies that will advance this aim, and find new therapeutic strategies for preventing, treating, or curing these intractable disorders, which represent a considerable social and economic burden in Europe, as elsewhere ” (emphasis mine)

Go to http://www.nonkilling.org/

See the document cited


Eugenics is the “applied science or the biosocial movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population,”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

Obviously this work raises disturbing issues regarding eugenics and genetic engineering. Another aspect to consider would be “Memetic Engineering”

Memetic Engineering is, simply put, the analysis of an individual or individual’s behavior, the selection of specific memes and the distribution or propagation of those memes with the intent of altering the behavior of others

The savvy memetic engineer is able to isolate, study, and subtly manipulate the underlying values systems, symbolic balance and primal atavisms that unconsciously influence the individual psyche and collective identity. A highly educated but susceptible intelligentsia, worldwide travel, and information vectors like the Internet, cable television, and tabloid media, means that hysterical epidemics and disinformation campaigns may become more common. This warfare will be conducted using aesthetics, symbols, and doctrines as camouflage that will ultimately influence our cultural meme pool.

Memetic engineering as a social science lends examples of itself in multiple areas and disciplines. It is currently being examined and researched by the US military as a means to counter insurgency and combat terrorism as explained below in From the Clash to the Confluence of Civilizations by Thomas P.M. Barnett an American military geostrategist, the Pentagon and Richard J. Pech’s
Inhibiting Imitative Terrorism Through Memetic Engineering.

From Wikipedia-More

Who thinks this stuff up?

Look for more about the PNSR soon.

2020 Vision- Operation MERCY Cleansing the World of the Behaviorally Unfit

Kaye Beach

Oct 4, 2010

This not the beginning chapter from  a new Utopian/Dystopian fantasy novel.

(Can you can you call it Dystopian if  all of the troublemakers have been genetically dissected and discarded from the idyllic but cloudy skied US?  Presumably the ones that are left are genetically engineered to be content with their lot.  I’m sure the UN and WHO would consider me to be a troublemaker so  I can kiss my bloodline goodbye.  Looks Like Dystopia to me! )

The paper is a companion piece meant to test the findings of a the 2 year study produced by the “Project on National Security Reform.”   The study, entitled Forging a New Shield “found that the national security system was at risk of failure and needed serious reform.”

From a letter given to Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) from the Vision Working Group;

The Vision Working Group has developed the following alternative future national security scenarios for your consideration. These brief scenarios are designed to provide a range of perspectives on how the next few decades might unfold. The purpose of these scenarios is to assist you in the hard work of creating PNSR policy recommendations that will stand the test of time.

…we will face extraordinary changes in the next 60 years. In fact, many futurists, forecasters, and technologists believe that the rate of change in the next decades will be faster than the decades preceding.
It is with this in mind that we were asked to create a set of scenarios that would provoke discussion and debate within your working groups and hopefully lead to better, more resilient policy recommendations.

The following is an excerpt (page 64) of the Vision Working Group’s testing of the recommendations of the Project against various scenarios through a  process of gaming or visioning.  the entire document is well worth reading for the insight it provides into the mindset of those who are so diligently working on creating our future.

Link to the entire doc

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Today, in the United States, in Europe, and in the Pacific Rim, we find ourselves in a new age of unprec­edented peace and positive collaboration with all the benefits that entails. Like penicillin a century earlier Random acts of violence that had become com­mon in the preceding decades have now all but disap­peared in the developed world, which brings us back to the crisis we face today.

On April 23 of this year, the Google Times leaked details of Operation MERCY, causing it to be cut off prematurely. This covert operation was undertaken with the full consent of the UN Public Health and Bio­ethics Council and with the participation of our Euro­pean and Asian allies.

In the United States alone, attempts to bomb dams and nuclear power plants, poison public gathering places and farms, and destroy national landmarks grew throughout the 2020s. Advanced, ubiquitous public surveillance systems and expanded law en­forcement prevented many great disasters.

The violent tide began to turn in the developed world, however, as unprecedented changes in the atti­tudes and behavior of the general population became manifest in the 2030s. These fundamental changes had been brought about quietly by advances in medical science and the development of a full understanding of the workings of the human mind.

Beginning in 2016, parents, who were already ac­customed to eliminating genetic diseases from their unborn children, became enthusiastic supporters of new screening tests for the genetic and epigenetic markers of neurological disorders and violent patho­logical tendencies. How many parents want their kid to grow up to be the schoolyard bully or spend their adult life behind bars?

By 2030, the incidence of youth violence across the developed world showed a precipitous drop. It became clear that the vast majority of violent youth crime was being committed by a fairly small slice of the popula­tion, a part that had not been treated as children. New laws were enacted giving convicted adult felons the choice of incarceration or treatment. Recidivism rates became negligible among those treated.

Today, in the United States, in Europe, and in the Pacific Rim, we find ourselves in a new age of unprec­edented peace and positive collaboration with all the benefits that entails. Like penicillin a century earlier 65 the so-called Healthy Mind and Body Revolution has changed personal and public health in ways that have yet to be counted.

Random acts of violence that had become com­mon in the preceding decades have now all but disap­peared in the developed world, which brings us back to the crisis we face today.

On April 23 of this year, the Google Times leaked details of Operation MERCY, causing it to be cut off prematurely. This covert operation was undertaken with the full consent of the UN Public Health and Bio­ethics Council and with the participation of our Euro­pean and Asian allies.

As far back as the early 2020s, the World Health Organization has been using aerosol techniques to disperse vaccines and genetically modified viruses to treat many of the underdeveloped world’s worst dis­eases. Operation MERCY’s mission was to adapt these techniques to apply neuro-therapeutic measures to failed states around the world, starting with the Abba­sid Republic. Not only has this pariah state refused to help its own people, it has been actively fueling racial and ideological hatred within its population through pharmacological means.

While historically we have often turned a blind eye to the internal affairs of sovereign nations, this fevered hatred, combined with the increasing accessibility of cheap, home kits for genetic engineering, chemical manufacture, and nanoparticle design, have made it essential for civilized nations to act. No longer can we tolerate individuals with bloodlust in their hearts and the means to create new, untold horrors in the privacy of their basements. How long do we have before one of these twisted, damaged souls unleashes a holocaust on this earth, one from which we cannot recover?

It is our duty to help these people, to bring them in from the cold. If their own governments will not help them, then we will. The Google leak will obviously make this task much harder. Already several nations are putting their nations on a war footing. It won’t be easy to send vaccine-dispersal drones over these countries now, even for routine disease control. I ask that you support our efforts in this important public health initiative.

If you have questions, I’d be glad to answer them now.

Page 64

July 2010

PROJECT ON NATIONAL SECURITY REFORM

VISION WORKING GROUP REPORT

AND SCENARIOS