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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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ProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>

[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
]

Governor Fallin, Homeland Security, OK National Guard Announce New Drone Program in Oklahoma

Kaye Beach

June 29, 2012

Entered without comment

 

Governor Mary Fallin Joins Department of Homeland Security, Oklahoma National Guard to Announce New Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in Oklahoma

Thursday, 28 June 2012 19:06

Release from Office of Governor Mary Fallin

Governor Mary Fallin today joined officials from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the Oklahoma National Guard in announcing that Oklahoma has been chosen as the test site for the DHS Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Program. The program will research and test Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS), focusing on possible applications for first responders, including search and rescue scenarios, response to radiological and chemical incidents and fire response and mapping.

Work is expected to begin this fall at Oklahoma State University’s Multispectral Lab (UML) test site near Lawton, Oklahoma. The program will be operated by UML and takes advantage of the restricted airspace around Fort Sill, a U.S. military base also near Lawton. The Oklahoma National Guard will be a key partner with both DHS S&T and the UML as the RAPS program develops.

RAPS is expected to represent a $1.4 million investment in Oklahoma in the first year of operations with potential for significant growth in future years. The program is expected to last at least three years.

Fallin said the announcement represents an exciting development for Oklahoma, and a major success for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Council assembled by her in 2011 and headed by Secretary of Science and Technology Stephen McKeever.

“Aerospace is one of the most important sectors of Oklahoma’s economy, supporting over 150,000 jobs around the state and accounting for more than $12.5 billion in industrial output each year,” Fallin said. “Within that industry, unmanned aircraft systems represent the fastest growing part of the aerospace sector. For that reason, Oklahoma is committed to becoming the number one place for UAS operations, research, experimentation, design and testing in the country. Today’s announcement represents a big step in that direction.”

“Not only does UAS research attract investment and jobs to the state of Oklahoma, but it allows us to be part of an exciting new technology that will help our first responders as they work to save lives and keep our citizens safe. My thanks go out to all the parties involved in this exciting new project, especially Dr. McKeever and the other members of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Council.”

Dr. John Appleby of DHS S&T, a senior program manager at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Science and Technology Directorate and the director of RAPS, said that he was impressed with the potential for UAS development in Oklahoma.

“After visiting more than a dozen sites in various southwestern and western states, I have selected Oklahoma as the venue for the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety Program, with the intent to begin flying at Fort Sill as soon as possible,” said Appleby. “I continue to be impressed by the quality of UAS ideas and approaches in Oklahoma, the high level of experience and subject matter expertise concerning this technology and the breadth of available resources in the state needed for the program.”

Adjutant General Myles Deering of the National Guard said UAS technologies have the potential to provide invaluable assistance to guard members in first-responder scenarios.

“Whether it’s responding to severe wildfires, floods or other state emergencies, the ability of the National Guard to react quickly to events on the ground is one of the most important factors in preventing loss of life,” said Deering. “The use of unmanned aerial systems can help the Guard to gain quick tactical awareness, locate individuals who may be in immediate danger and respond accordingly. It also allows us to do all this at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft and without putting Guardsmen in danger.”

McKeever said today’s announcement was a precursor to more work in the field of UAS.

“Our hope is that today’s announcement is just the beginning,” McKeever said. “When it comes to UAS technology, the possibilities are nearly endless. We expect UAS to be the wave of the future in the aerospace industry, and Oklahoma will continue to be on the cutting edge of this exciting new technology.”

https://news.okstate.edu/press-releases/1697-governor-mary-fallin-joins-department-of-homeland-security-oklahoma-national-guard-to-announce-new-unmanned-aircraft-systems-program-in-oklahoma

Pay Attention to This One! Oklahoma Fourth Committee Meeting on Federal Healthcare Reform

Kaye Beach

Nov. 1, 2011

Those of us in Oklahoma who want to retain our privacy and control over our medical care should pay attention to the fourth joint legislative committee meeting on the effects of healthcare reform.   The fourth meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, will be held at the Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus.

Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE, Inc., is one of the scheduled presenters on that date, addressing the technology, security & privacy concerns associated with the implementation of health care reform.

She will be presenting some very interesting facts about Oklahoma healthcare reform system as constructed so far and illustrate why we should not go any further on this unconstitutional federal monstrosity of a mandate.

Amanda Teegarden is a crack researcher with the perspective of an ordinary taxpaying Oklahoman. Every freedom loving Oklahoman ought to pay very close attention to the information brought forth by her presentation this Thursday.

Here is one glimpse of what is in store for us if our state does not take care to protect the interests of Oklahoma citizens from the federal takeover of our healthcare.

Obamacare HHS rule would give government everybody’s health records

By: Rep. Tim Huelskamp | 09/23/11 3:29 PM
OpEd Contributor
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has proposed that medical records of all Americans be turned over to the federal government by private health insurers.

It’s been said a thousand times: Congress had to pass President Obama’s  health care law in order to find out what’s in it. But, despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede.

This time, America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us

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Raw patient claims data, demographic data, prescription drug utilization data. . .this is individualized, specific, sensitive information about you going into a federal database!

 

 

 

 

Read more and watch the press conference held by Congressman Huelskamp about this outrage here

There OK legislature has created a website detailing these meetings: www.okhealthcare.info – check for meeting details, including presentations.

Got Sovereignty Oklahoma?

Kaye Beach

Sept. 15, 2011

Not so much.

This article from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is an eye opener.

[In 2009] “Federal aid into Oklahoma grew twice as fast as the national average”

OCPA’s research shows that far from being “free money” this federal influx causes an increase in our tax burden.  (It also adds to our regulatory burden and liberates us from the burden of state and local control)

Federal Grants and Unintended Consequences

 

By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik · Tue, Sep 06, 2011

The data used in this analysis are from a report called “Federal Aid to the States” published by the U.S. Census Bureau.1 Chart 1 shows the inflation-adjusted (real) per capita federal aid flowing into Oklahoma between Fiscal Year (FY) 1995 (the earliest year of available data) and FY 2009 (the latest year of available data). Federal aid into Oklahoma grew twice as fast as the national average (87 percent versus 39 percent, respectively). As a result, Oklahoma went from being below the national average to above it in FY 2009.

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DARPA Prepares for Meme War

Kaye Beach

August 22, 2011

~Hat tip to P.H. for the RFP~

“Potent memes can change minds, alter behavior, catalyze collective mindshifts and transform cultures. Which is why meme warfare has become the geopolitical battle of our information age. Whoever has the memes has the power.”–Kalle Lasn

Here is a Request for Research Proposals issued by DARPA on July 14, 2011.

DARPA-BAA-11-64 SOCIAL MEDIA IN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (SMISC)

“DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of social media in strategic communication. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems” pg 4

If you are wondering what is the purpose of this program, jump ahead to page 5;

“Entirely new phenomena are emerging that require thinking about social interactions in a new way. The tools that we have today for awareness and defense in the social media space are heavily dependent on chance. We must eliminate our current reliance on a combination of luck and unsophisticated manual methods by using systematic automated and semi‐automated human operator support to detect, classify, measure, track and influence events in social media at data scale and in a timely fashion.’

In a nutshell,  the US government is losing the meme war.  Due to lightning fast communication technology (such as the internet), old fashoined propaganda and methods of though and behavior control just isn’t cutting it.   DARPA is (and has been) working on a way to fix that.

A meme is a postulated unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

Here is an example of a meme for you.

Remember Total Information Aawreness?

The Information Awareness Office (IAO) was established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in January 2002 to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillance and information technology to track and monitor terrorists and other asymmetric threats to national security, by achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA).

This would be achieved by creating enormous computer databases to gather and store the personal information of everyone in the United States, including personal e-mails, social networks, credit card records, phone calls, medical records, and numerous other sources including, without any requirement for a search warrant. link

The Total Information Awareness Office was (supposedly) de-funded by Congress in 2003 due to mass public outrage.  In truth, while TIA dropped the creepy logo, its objectives are still  being fulfilled.

According to Memes.org;

Richard Dawkins coined the term meme, which first came into popular use with the publication of his book The Selfish Gene in 1976. Dawkins based the word on a shortening of the Greek “mimeme” (something imitated), making it sound similar to “gene”. http://memes.org/definition-of-meme

Memetic Engineering is the process of modifying human beliefs and thought patterns by purposely altering, creating or propagating memes.  When used in the context presented by DARPA, it might be called a Meme War.

Back to DARPA’s RFP.

The first few pages lay out the purpose and desired outcome of this program;

“The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to developa new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base.” pg 4

[4 Specific Goals of SMISC-]

In particular, SMISC will develop automated and semi‐automated operator support tools and techniques for the systematic and methodical use of social media at data scale and in a timely fashion to accomplish four specific program goals:
1. Detect, classify, measure and track the

  • formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes), and
  • purposeful or deceptive messaging and misinformation.

2. Recognize persuasion campaign structures and influence operations across social media sites and communities.
3. Identify participants and intent, and measure effects of persuasion campaigns.
4. Counter messaging of detected adversary influence operations.

DARPA Declares;

“We must eliminate our current reliance on a combination of luck and unsophisticated manual methods by using systematic automated and semi‐automated human operator support to detect, classify, measure, track and influence events in social media at data scale and in a timely fashion.”

Technology areas particularly relevant to SMISC are shown here grouped to correspond to the four basic goals of the program as described above:
1. Linguistic cues, patterns of information flow, topic trend analysis, narrative structure analysis, sentiment detection and opinion mining;
2. Meme tracking across communities, graph analytics/probabilistic reasoning, pattern detection, cultural narratives;
3. Inducing identities, modeling emergent communities, trust analytics, network dynamics modeling;
4. Automated content generation, bots in social media, crowd sourcing.

Most of the 35 page document is boring details of fulfilling the RFP.  The first several pages is where the interesting stuff is.  Have a look

“It was, indeed, the Age of Information, but information was not the precursor to knowledge; it was the tool of the salesmen.”
Earl Shorris, A Nation of Salesmen

Friday November 19th on AxXiom For Liberty LIVE-CONPLAN 3502 Secret Ops exposed!

Howard Houchen and I will be interviewing  one of the best independent researchers around, Dan Feidt, who  will be unveiling for the first time the results of some very interesting research.

Show Notes and Dan’s Video HERE

Show audio

He has been working on a story since April and driving us crazy with hints of what it is all about.  We have just now gotten a sneak peek of the information and will just say that it was worth the wait!

Listen Live from 6-8pm CST at Rule of Law Radio Network

AxXiom for Liberty radio show can also be heard on your iPhone via Shoutcast (a free download available at the iPhone apps store)

Dan Feidt has been producing reliable research and reporting on  Fusion Centers, The Military Industrial Complex, anything intel, info ops or top secret government documents for years.   He is also a boots on the ground activist and citizen reporter and can tell you just how to deal with surly legislators, corrupt officials and the government spies that think that every gathering of citizens is an angry mob on the verge of an uprising.

You won’t want to miss this show!

What we can tell you now is that Dan has found “new military documents really maps out the latest revisions of how the system works when the ‘military hits American streets’. It’s about FEMA, Northcom, how they plan out domestic emergencies and crackdowns like the RNC/G20 – hard proof of new revisions to secret military plans they’ve run since the ’68 conventions & Kent State.”

On Friday Nov 19th Dan will post the links for these eye-opening documents that we ask you to hit them quick, download and share because once this story is out those docs will be gone!

The evidence will be posted shortly before the show at 5:30 pm at these locations.

www.tc.indymedia.org

www.hongpong.com

www.exceptionmag.com

If you have questions or comments, the call in number for the show is 512-646-1984.

Florida Bans Foster Children from Drug Experimentation after 7 year old hangs himself

Kaye Beach

Nov 10, 2010

Lets ask the obvious question;

Why would human drug experimentation ever be permitted to be perpetrated on  helpless wards of the state?  At least prisoners can give consent although as a captive, the coercion factor is worrisome and history provides us with some ugly examples of abuse.  Children do not even have this theoretical possibility.  They have no say in the matter at all!

Florida Bans Foster Children from Clinical Drug Trials

YouthToday.org
by Pareesha Narang
Sixteen months after 7-year-old Gabriel Myers committed suicide while taking psychotropic drugs, the state of Florida has banned allowing any children in the state’s custody from participating in clinical drug trials.

. . The doctor who prescribed the medicines to him was conducting clinical
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Government is daring to keep kids on drugs

July 25th, 2010

Sarasota Herald Tribune
By Tom Lyons

Apparently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had at least heard about the suicide of Gabriel Myers.

Myers’ death by hanging happened in a Florida foster home last year, but that wasn’t the main reason it triggered a major reaction at Florida’s Department of Children and Families.

The real reason: He was 7 years old.

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Florida To FDA: No Foster Kids In Psychotropic Trials

Jul 19th, 201

Pharmalot
Ed Silverman
Last year, a 7-year-old foster boy named Gabriel Myers committed suicide in Florida and, after reams of publicity and hand-wringing over the use of psychotropic medications in such children, a state task force recommended, among other things, that children never be allowed to participate in a clinical trial designed to evaluate
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Florida tightening psych drug rules

Daytona Beach News Journal
DCF tightening medicine rules
By DEBORAH CIRCELLI

DAYTONA BEACH — A bill that would have ensured tighter controls on administering psychotropic drugs to foster children failed to pass this legislative session, but the head of the state Department of Children & Families is moving forward with rules he says will ensure children are safe.

George Sheldon, secretary for the state Department of Children & Families, who was in town Thursday afternoon to attend community meetings on the department’s future strategic plan, said the bill not passing was a “major failure” on the part of the Legislature.

A work group made 90 recommendations following the April 2009 death of a South Florida foster child, Gabriel Myers, 7, who was prescribed several mind-altering drugs and hanged himself in his foster home.

Some of the recommendations included hiring a chief medical officer to monitor the prescribing of such medications, which Sheldon plans to move forward with using other funds.

By July 1, he said, operating procedures also will be in place to ensure every child on psychotropic medications has a guardian; to prohibit any foster child from being a part of any clinical trials; and to make sure every child is informed of the side effects, to name a few.

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Florida suspends Miami psychiatrist in boy’s overdose death

May 13th, 2010

Miami Herald
State health administrators have suspended the license of a Miami psychiatrist who treated a disabled preteen boy who died of overmedication.
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER
State regulators have suspended the license of a South Florida psychiatrist who has treated hundreds of poor and disabled children, saying Dr. Steven L. Kaplan poses “an immediate, serious danger to
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An article I wrote over a year ago and updated in March with info on Gabriel Myers’ death, about “mental health screenings” being done in public schools for political and financial  profit;

‘Public Schools, Signs of Suicide and New Freedom for All 2010′

Oklahoma Kiddies Getting Naked for the Cause

**UPDATE BELOW**

Sept 26, 2010

by Kaye Beach

You may be aware of the continuing controversy over the NAKED BODY SCANNERS being installed in airports nationwide.

‘The Naked Truth about TSA’s Naked Body Scanners’

Among the issues raising the hackles of the public are;

  • DHS repeatedly and provably lieing about the capabilities of the devic es to store and transmit images.
  • Privacy concerns surrounding the nude images of passengers produced by these devices.
  • Health and safety of the devices

You might not be aware of lawsuits over using prisoners and visitors to correction facilities undergoing forced submission to the body scanners;

Prisoners forced to submit to radiation experiments for private foreign companies

Regulations at 28 CFR §§ 512.11 and 512.12 prohibit the government from using inmates for this type of experimentation and require them to give both the inmates and the public notice of their intent to use inmates as test subjects as well as all of the possible effects related to being subjected to any such experimentation – and then only on a voluntary basis. See also Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551(4) and 5 U.S.C. § 553(b)-(d).

Despite the clearance of some CT scanners (Rapiscan), the FDA’s website shows that no data has ever been presented to the agency as to the safety of these devices and states that it has never approved these devices as being safe because “some Food and Drug Administration officials were worried that full-body CT screening scans (Rapiscans) ‘may be exposing thousands of Americans to unnecessary and potentially dangerous radiation’ and that CT scans of the chest delivered 100 times the radiation of a conventional chest x-ray … between .2 to 2 rads of radiation during a single scan.” See, e.g., Virtual Physical Ctr-Rockville, LLC v. Philips Med. Sys., 478 F.Supp.2d 840, 842-43(D. Md. 2007) and “FDA Raises Body Safety Issue” by Marlene Cimons in the Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2001.

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What I am almost positive that you are not aware of is that in 2001 this type of technology and others was tested on 8th graders in Oklahoma Public Schools.

Quantum Magnetics and Owasso OK — School District Sign Cooperative Agreement to Improve School Security

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 6, 2001

Quantum Magnetics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of InVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: INVN), and Owasso (Oklahoma) Public Schools signed an agreement, joining in a cooperative effort to improve school security and remove the threat of weapons on school grounds. The agreement calls for the two parties to cooperate in acquiring and analyzing concealed weapons detection data and developing security system deployment strategies.

. . . In 2000, Quantum engineered its passive weapons detection sensors into a commercial product. Unlike metal detectors, this technology combines high detection probability with an image showing the precise location of the weapon. In addition, it can be configured to scan — inconspicuously — large numbers of people at entrances of public buildings such as schools and courthouses.

Hearing about the technology’s promise earlier this year, Mr. Dale Johnson, superintendent of the Owasso School District, contacted Quantum Magnetics to inquire into the status of the research.

. . .Hearing about the technology’s promise earlier this year, Mr. Dale Johnson, superintendent of the Owasso School District, contacted Quantum Magnetics to inquire into the status of the research. In response, Quantum Magnetics’ President and CEO, Dr. Lowell Burnett, visited Owasso to discuss the company’s plans for testing the company’s sensors in a school environment. The first of a series of tests were recently completed at the Eighth Grade Center in Owasso, Oklahoma, and Quantum’s scientists and engineers are currently analyzing the data at their research facility in San Diego.

. . .Quantum develops and commercializes promising technologies such as quadrupole resonance (QR), magnetic resonance (MR), low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetic tensor gradiometry (MTG).

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What the heck does quadrupole resonance  do?

Quadrupole resonance, according to Quantum Magnetics “detects explosive concealed under and individual’s clothing”

I don’t know if they used it to scan the kids or not but I am going to try and find out just exactly what they were testing and researching in Owasso schools.

There will be MUCH more to come on this issue.  In the meantime, Oklahoma parents should be contacting their school districts and asking some questions.
Oklahoma Public Schools – Directory of Education for Oklahoma Schools

http://sde.state.ok.us/services/links/okeduc.html

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Dr. Clark Ogilvie, D-5
Superintendent
Owasso Schools
1501 N. Ash
Owasso, OK 74055
918-272-5367
Fax  918-272-8111
clark.ogilvie@owasso.k12.ok.us

_____________________________

**UPDATE**

Open Records Request Letter


Sent an open records request to Owasso Public Schools Superintendent today by fax-

-  -   -   -

Kaye Beach
XXXX XXXX XXX
Norman, OK. 73072
405-XXX-XXXX

September 27, 2010

Superintendent of Schools, Owasso, Oklahoma Public Schools
Dr. Clark Ogilvie

RECORDS REQUEST

Dear Records Request Officer:

Pursuant to the state open records act, I request access to and copies of any and all Owasso records pertaining to any tests, research, agreements, contracts, Memorandums of Understanding or any other correspondence or contacts either written or electronic whatsoever between Owasso Public School District, any employees of Owasso Public Schools, the Eighth Grade Center in Owasso, former School Superintendent Dale Johnson and Dr. Lowell Burnett, Quantum Magnetics, InVision Technologies, Inc., or any other entity pertaining to campus or building security, weapons detection, concealed weapons detection, passive magnetic sensing technology, quadrupole resonance (QR), magnetic resonance (MR), low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetic tensor gradiometry (MTG), milimeter wave, backscatter technology, x-ray, gamma ray, Hand-held Explosives Detectors, sensors, personnel-screening technology, closed circuit television systems (CCTV), two-way voice communication systems, door interlock system and/or a card-key access system or any other technology that may be used for the inspection and detection of concealed weapons, explosives, contraband and other materials.

I am requesting that no search fee can be charged for the release of documents which are in the public interest. 51 Okla. Stat. Supp. 2005 § 24A.5.3.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Kaye Beach

______________________________________________________________________

Sept. 28, 2010

Said he received my records request.

Recieved a message from Superintendent Ogilvie today stating that he received my records request but that there  are no records on file at his location.  He stated that he has no awareness of this agreement nor does former Superintendent Johnson.

“No records exist” according to Dr. Ogilvie.

The headline of the article that caught my attention in the first place is;

Quantum Magnetics and Owasso — OK — School District Sign Cooperative Agreement to Improve School Security.

The article goes on to say;

Quantum Magnetics, Inc. . . and Owasso (Oklahoma) Public Schools signed an agreement, joining in a cooperative effort to improve school security and remove the threat of weapons on school grounds

Hearing about the technology’s promise earlier this year, Mr. Dale Johnson, superintendent of the Owasso School District, contacted Quantum Magnetics to inquire into the status of the research.

Suit possible over baby DNA sent to military lab for national database

State says blood specimens were sent for research that will help identify missing persons.

By Mary Ann RoserAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

// <![CDATA[
/* Published: 8:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

An Austin lawyer threatened to pursue a new federal lawsuit Monday after learning that some newborn blood samples in Texas went to the U.S. military for potential use in a database for law enforcement purposes.

The Department of State Health Services never mentioned the database to Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, who settled a lawsuit in December with the state over the indefinite storage of newborn blood without parental consent, or to the American-Statesman, which first reported on the little-known blood storage practice last spring. Harrington said he thought another suit was likely unless the health department destroys the information obtained from the blood samples or obtains consent.

“This is the worst case of bad faith I have dealt with as a lawyer,” he said Monday.

When Risks Outweigh Benefit

When risk outweighs benefit:

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Dual-use research needs a scientifically sound risk–benefit analysis and legally binding biosecurity measures

Jan van Aken1
1Jan van Aken is a former member of the Hamburg Centre for Biological Arms Control at Hamburg University, Germany (www.biological-arms-control.org). Email: van.aken@t-online.de
In October 2005, a team of US scientists, headed by Jeffery Taubenberger from the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Rockville, MD, USA), published the full sequence of the highly virulent strain of influenza virus that caused the Spanish influenza pandemic in the winter of 1918–1919 and killed up to 50 million people worldwide (Taubenberger et al, 2005). Further work based on the sequence led to the synthesis of an influenza strain containing all eight gene segments from the 1918 pandemic virus, which showed a high virulence and mortality rate when tested in mice (Tumpey et al, 2005). Both the sequencing and the reconstruction of the Spanish influenza virus are paradigmatic proof that recent developments in genetics, genomics and other areas of the biomedical sciences might create new possibilities for biological warfare. The resurrected 1918 virus has been described as “perhaps the most effective bioweapons agent now known” (von Bubnoff, 2005), and, given the availability of its full genome sequence on the Internet, its reconstruction by rogue scientists is now a real possibility.
Not surprisingly, the publication of the Spanish influenza research triggered a controversial debate within, but not exclusive to, the scientific community, as arms-control experts questioned whether it was wise to publish a detailed account of its genome and recipe for resurrection. This debate, although necessary, has some essential shortcomings as it focuses solely on the question of whether to publish such work, and lacks a systematic approach to a general risk–benefit analysis in biomedical research. In addition, the case of the Spanish influenza publications and their relatively superficial assessment by a biosecurity advisory board in the USA exemplifies the fact that we need internationally harmonized and legally binding rules for conducting dual-use research, in order to prevent the misuse of biological knowledge.
Until now, the discussion on dual-use research has focused mainly on whether results should be published. In 2003, a group of scientific journal editors and authors published a joint statement on scientific publication and security; among other things, they suggested that potentially harmful publications should be modified or not published at all (Atlas et al, 2003). Since then, some journals have implemented an additional review tier to assess selected manuscripts for questions of biosecurity. So far, no submitted manuscript is publicly known to have been rejected for security reasons, although the publication of one paper about modelling a terrorist attack on the food supply (Wein & Liu, 2005) was delayed after intervention by the US government (Alberts, 2005).
Not surprisingly, the publication of the Spanish influenza research triggered a controversial debate within, but not exclusive to, the scientific community, as arms-control experts questioned whether it was wise to publish a detailed account of its genome and recipe for resurrection. This debate, although necessary, has some essential shortcomings as it focuses solely on the question of whether to publish such work, and lacks a systematic approach to a general risk–benefit analysis in biomedical research. In addition, the case of the Spanish influenza publications and their relatively superficial assessment by a biosecurity advisory board in the USA exemplifies the fact that we need internationally harmonized and legally binding rules for conducting dual-use research, in order to prevent the misuse of biological knowledge.
Until now, the discussion on dual-use research has focused mainly on whether results should be published. In 2003, a group of scientific journal editors and authors published a joint statement on scientific publication and security; among other things, they suggested that potentially harmful publications should be modified or not published at all (Atlas et al, 2003). Since then, some journals have implemented an additional review tier to assess selected manuscripts for questions of biosecurity. So far, no submitted manuscript is publicly known to have been rejected for security reasons, although the publication of one paper about modelling a terrorist attack on the food supply (Wein & Liu, 2005) was delayed after intervention by the US government (Alberts, 2005).
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