Scientist claims it is possible to reverse extinction

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MARCH 1, 2013

The statement makes many Jurassic Park fans rub their hands. According to scientist Stewart Brand, colleagues are attempting to reassemble the genome of extinct animals and other beings in order bring them back to life.

While speaking at a TED conference in Sausalito, California, Brand said that scientists are that much close to developing a process which would allow humans to generate enough material to recreate animals that no longer live on Earth.According to the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog, “de-extinction” would be a fantastic tool to bring back organisms and complete ecosystems that disappeared through time.

“Biotechnology is about to liberate conservation, at least a part of conservation, in a pretty spectacular way,” said Brand. He fancies himself as a “cheerleader” who encourages researchers to take on the type of challenges he spoke about at TED. He said scientists are working on a way to use DNA to re-create the passenger pigeon, a bird that became extinct in 1914.

The passenger pigeon is considered a keystone species because it aided the survival of the buffalo. Researchers believe it is possible to change the genetic code of a type of bird known as the band-tailed pigeon, to then re-engineer the passenger pigeon.

“The result won’t be perfect, but it should be perfect enough because nature doesn’t do perfect either,” he added.

So far, attempts to bring back ancient creatures have failed. Back in 2010, an extinct variety of mountain goat created in a lab, died after just a few minutes due to lung defects, reports the Marine Independent Journal. Mr. Brand took his opportunity to remind the audience that, according to him, humans are to blame for the extinction of many species.

“Humans have made a huge hole in nature in the last 10,000 years,” Brand said. “We have the ability now, and maybe the moral obligation, to repair some of the damage,” he said. However, Mr. Brand did not explain much about the impact that these experiments would have in today’s environment, or detailed what are the dangers of recreating ancient organisms.

If we take into account modern history, it is clear that scientists have perfected the ability to reproduce bacteria, viruses and other pathogens mainly for the sake of warfare. In many occasions, these pathogens have escaped –accidentally or not– high security labs causing panic on populations exposed to them. The use of recreated organisms, chemical and biological agents to subdue populations has also been a reality in the 20th and 21st centuries and genetically modified organisms are already poisoning the planet.

Perhaps Mr. Brand should point out very clearly who are humans he refers to when blaming people for environmental damage. Also, as we learned from Jurassic Park, no one enjoys having a tyrannosaur Rex roaming their neighborhoods.

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9/11: The Controlled Demolition of America

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

While remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families and anyone who directly suffered from the terrible events of that day, I realized that the attacks went far beyond demolishing 3 buildings. They demolished a whole country.

It takes time to find the truth when the world is governed by lies. It takes time to heal when the truth is hidden from the public and people are too afraid of what truth may reveal, so they choose to avoid it or discount it.

The worst tragedy of 9/11 is that more than a decade after the terror attacks that killed thousands of people in New York, Washington, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world, there are those who still refuse to accept reality for what it is.

Finding and understanding truth is easier if the facts are explained through tangible, real and countable means.

When deception — from government or anywhere else — is rampant, Science is one of the best instruments to combat it. Science is the worst enemy of those who seek to hide the truth or to deceive the people.

May science and the hard work of thousands of people who dedicate their lives to uncover government lies and deception help those who still can’t see.

Support the dedicated work of Architect, Richard Gage, AIA, and 1,600 Architects and Engineers. — Show the DVD to your friends and family so they know the pretext for 2 wars is based on a LIE!

Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone

RUSSIA TODAY | SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. The technology was designed to help handicapped people, but could have ample applications in other fields as well.

A video posted to YouTube by researchers at Zhejiang University shows how the system, called Flybuddy2, works. And it appears that you don’t have to be a nuclear scientist to build one. All you need is an EEG headset with a Bluetooth connection to a laptop – plus a quadrotor Parrot AR Drone linked to the computer.

“The computer can receive EEG signals via Bluetooth and convert them to specific commands to control the AR drones through WiFi,” a presenter explains.

To get the drone to raise or to land, a user would need to “think left” hard. “Think left lightly” if you want to rotate clockwise and “right” if you want it to lurch forward. Give it a lift in the air by thinking “push.” And imagine clenching it if you want to bring it back down to earth.

But moving around is not the only task it can do. Remember how they tell you to avoid blinking when taking photos? Well here it’s the opposite: blinking is the command that tells the drone to photograph its environs.

The video shows a man in a wheelchair using the technology to get a closer view of flowers, to take pictures and even to guide his drone through a battle with another quadrotor controlled through a handheld remote control. Needless to say, mind triumphs over matter and the hand-managed drone is hustled off the mat by its thought-controlled analog.

The students hope their technology will be able to help disabled people become more interactive with the world around them, and are slated to present their invention at the ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp), which will be held next week in Pittsburg.

While handicap assistance and gaming is one potential application for the system, only the imagination can limit the potential uses mind-controlled drones could have in the future, both for civilian and other purposes.

Science research called ‘dysfunctional’

UPI | MARCH 28, 2012

The increasing number of retractions in scientific journals is a symptom of dysfunction in the world of biomedical research, a scientist told a U.S. committee.

Ferric Fang, editor-in-chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, and Arturo Casadevall, editor-in -chief of mBio, both organs of the American Society for Microbiology, appeared Tuesday before a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Incentives have evolved over the decades to encourage some behaviors that are detrimental to good science,” Fang told a meeting of the Committee of Science, Technology and Law of the NAS.

In the past decade, the number of retraction notices for scientific journals has increased more than ten-fold while the number of journals articles published has only increased by 44 percent, the committee heard.

Some retractions are due to simple error but many are a result of misconduct, including falsification of data and plagiarism, a release from the American Society for Microbiology said.

Driving the problem is an economic incentive system that has created a hypercompetitive environment that encourages poor scientific practices, including misconduct, Fang and Casadevall said.

Too many researchers are competing for too little funding, creating a survival-of-the-fittest, winner-take-all environment where researchers increasingly feel pressure to publish, especially in high-prestige journals, they said.

“The surest ticket to getting a grant or job is getting published in a high profile journal,” Fang said. “This is an unhealthy belief that can lead a scientist to engage in sensationalism and sometimes even dishonest behavior to salvage their career.”

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/03/27/Science-research-called-dysfunctional/UPI-14381332897961/#ixzz1qQzy8vLT

Lost Principles and Social Destruction

“…we are here dealing with a totalitarian state of which the philosophy included an utter contempt for the individual… any freedom of thought or action was inconceivable in the Aztec world… dependence and instability were absolute, fear reigned. Death lurked ceaselessly everywhere, and constituted the cement of the building in which the individual Aztec was prisoner… Clearly the spirituality of some aspects of Aztec life must have sprung from an old pre-Aztec tradition, later betrayed…”

Laurette Sejourne (‘Burning Water’)

By BRANDON SMITH | ALT-MARKET | MARCH 16, 2012

The life of a nation, of a culture, is sustained by very few but very critical social circumstances.  These pillars must stand strong, maintained with the utmost care and caution; as one would fight to maintain the beat of his own heart.  If these vital foundations are dissolved or destroyed, the nation and the people contained within are subject to the most heinous of generational afflictions.  The citizenry and all that nurtures their progress, begins to die.  Slowly suffocating in a corrosive atmosphere of dishonor, men turn toward pure self interest at the expense of their greater selves, giving rise to hatred, desperation, and an environment of disturbed malleability that is easily exploited by those who seek power.

Eventually, the entire edifice comes crashing down, sometimes so far into the pits of black and terrible times that it is all but lost, even to memory…

As I look out past the near horizon of this time, and this nation, I see considerable potential for a revitalization of that which is best in humanity.  I see a population that strives for independence.  I see a return to the entrepreneurial spirit of discovery.  I see unhindered freedom of thought and action feeding a fire of creativity that inspires us to unimaginable heights.  I see new expression given license not just by the masses, but by structures of a government which truly follows the will of the common man, and not the will of an elite few.  I see America breathing full, eyes wide open and alive.

However, this potential future would have to come at a considerable cost.

America has so strayed from its founding roots that it now hungers; starving for lack of nutrients from its natural soil.  As with all other catastrophic societies of the past, we have been manipulated and conned into overlooking and over-rationalizing astonishing injustice and in some cases, unmitigated evil.  I frankly don’t know what else to call it.  There are some acts of malevolence that go beyond human weakness and inadequacy and reach into realms of calculation that are so cold, so soulless, there is simply no other way to describe them.  These actions and attitudes tend to run rampant in dying nations but are rarely singled out and criticized by those in the midst of the great fall.  Each begins with the loss of particular principles and inherent morals that are normally prized under more healthy circumstances, but are despised in times of chaos and uncertainty.

This begins with the rise of moral relativism.

All Is “Rational”…

The concept that our inherent conscience should be set aside at times in order to achieve a “greater good” is a long running philosophy that has led to some of the greatest evils mankind has ever witnessed.  From Plato’s “noble lie”, to Machiavelli’s politics of subversion, to the Marquis De Sade’s insane fantasy world without self limit; such men and those who adopt their ideals have proven that intellect alone is no magic ticket to a well balanced society.  Indeed, intellect without intuitive conscience can be a tool for rationalizing the most horrifying of crimes.

In America today, we have quite a few moral relativists at the helm of our government, and many more who would advise them.

Ralph Peters, a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and former campaign adviser to John McCain, known for his array of Islamo-fearmongo books and novels, is, in my view, a perfect example of the moral relativist in action.  Talking points from his writings are parroted constantly by Neo-Cons and now Neo-Libs who feel compelled to defend Barack Obama’s continued blood-letting in the Middle East.  Peters asserts that American troops and warfare tactics must become essentially as monstrous as the enemy we fight in order for victory to be achieved.  This is excusable, in his opinion, because America is the “good guy”, and they are the “bad guys”:

http://www.freeman.org/m_online/apr04/peters.htm

Ironically, Peters often uses the example of Rome’s genocidal attacks on Carthage as a primer for his arguments, loosely comparing the “barbarians” of Carthage to the “barbarian” Muslims of his War on Terror.  His position; that Rome was safest when they were absolute in their brutality.

What Peters ignorantly overlooks (or perhaps deliberately overlooks) is that the fall of Rome was not hastened by outside “barbarians”, but by Rome’s own barbarity and stupidity.  Rome’s elites provoked and gave birth to enemy hoards through their relentless acts of bloodshed across the known world over the course of centuries.  America is set on the same exact path with the help of men like Peters; claiming that our principles stand in the way of our survival, and that all targets are fair game and all means are acceptable as long as we prevail.  The problem is, as Peters admits, one should never declare actual victory in the War on Terror.  Thus, by his own logic, there can be no conclusion, only an endless cycle of death perpetrated in ever more diabolical ways.

Nations that take on this mentality of pure destruction without boundaries lose all high ground in the annals of history.

It is not enough that a country or a culture should survive; it must also be worthy of survival.  Recent debacles in Afghanistan, including the deliberate killing of 16 civilians (which I’m sure Peters would attempt to advocate), show clearly that the longer you try to occupy a foreign nation based on false premises, the more it will eventually start looking like Vietnam, along with the toll of madness and depression that overtakes soldiers after multiple tours of duty fighting a war that makes no sense to them anymore.

Science Supercedes Conscience?

In the world of Bioethics, Moral relativism has been refined to an artform, and the prominence of bioethical arguments is expanding considerably here in the U.S.  The reason for this can be tied directly to the elitist adoption of environmental activism as a vehicle to promote morally relative social policies.  The field of climate change continues to offer the most ample venue.  If the very future of our planet is supposedly at stake due to the mere creation of carbon emissions, a product of almost every human action, then all aspects of human life come into question and eventually, lend themselves to taxation, regulation, and domination.

Despite the fact that climate research labs like those at the CRU of East Anglia and NASA still refuse to release the source data for their experiments supporting their assertions that man causes global warming, and the fact that East Anglia’s rigged computer modeling methods were exposed through the Climategate emails, the Bioethics community continues to use manmade global warming as the boogieman rationalization for scientific tyranny.  This includes suggestions of medicating the populace in order to make them more “empathetic” to the dangers of climate change:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/how-engineering-the-human-body-could-combat-climate-change/253981/

The climate change dynamic invariably leads to calls for population reduction.   Arguments have been recently presented stating that because newborn babies do not have fully formed cognition, they are “not yet human” and should be susceptible to legal abortion (of course, men like Steven Pinker, Noam Chomsky, Carl Jung, and many others have proven that there are multiple inherent qualities to children at birth, and Bioethicists have no idea how much of our personality is a part of that, but hey, who am I to argue with a Bioethicist):

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Killing-Newborn-Babies-141014423.html

For the ancient Aztecs, high priests used the fake threat of the solar eclipse and the swallowing of the sun as a means to control the people and force them to conduct human sacrifice to satiate the bloodlust of their rulers.  In America today, we have high priests in the garb of pseudoscience who use the specter of climate change annihilation to seize similar control and condone clinical human sacrifice to satiate the thirst of environmental elitists for depopulation.

It Always Ends In Cannibalism…

People eating other people is just one of those aspects of extreme decline that the collapse of civilizations seem to illicit.  It goes against all natural law and even our animal instinct, but in a land where principles are rejected wholesale, it can become commonplace.  Most animals avoid turning to cannibalism because their very genetics demand that they continue the species.  This is very difficult to do when one’s own species is self consuming.  Even if conscience were never a question (which it always is), our very DNA should prevent us from such activity.  When it does occur, with extensive participation by the general populace, it is a sure sign of a culture on the edge of a full-on swan dive into epic seventh circle of hell-style calamity.

This is why anyone should feel rather disturbed and sickened at the news that companies like Pepsi, Nestle, and Kraft Foods are working with artificial flavor manufacturer Senomyx, which uses aborted fetal tissue in the creation of its products:

http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/06/01/aborted-fetal-tissue-used-to-test-new-food-additives/

The Senomyx patents which include fetal tissue use (HEK Cell lines that express hetero oligomeric taste receptors) can be viewed here:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm&r=0&p=1&f=S&l=50&Query=Senomyx&d=PTXT

Senomyx and the companies associated with it have made a wide range of assertions surrounding this practice.  Some deny fetal tissue is used at all.  Others argue that it is only used in the “testing” of certain chemical flavorings.  While the consensus is that human material is not actually present in the final food products of the companies involved, I find it a bit disconcerting to know that dead fetuses are being used to test better flavor enhancements for someone’s next soda or slice of cheese.  Regardless of how you may feel about the issue of abortion, you have to admit that this lack of respect for human remains for the purposes of profit when numerous alternatives exist is chilling.

This news, along with the revelation that hybrid rice containing human DNA has been approved by the USDA, tells me that someone out there REALLY wants the average American to dive into at least lighter forms of cannibalism:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-440302/The-rice-human-genes.html

Given these developments, it is only a matter of time before present technological food practices take another step forward into even more questionable realms.  Is the “Soylent Green” method of cannibalism more acceptable than the Aztec form of cannibalism?  No.  Ultimately, both stem from a complete lack of regard for life; a regard that usually keeps societies from tearing themselves to shreds over the rolling boil of a stew pot.

Moments Of Clarity Lost…

The above examples of undesirable trends are only a taste of the stampede of modern tyranny that we must brace for and defend against in the near term.  The most important factor of all is to understand why a social condition causes us pain.  In regret, and in sadness, that which makes us human is most distinctly felt.  Our inner voice, once lost or forgotten, is difficult to retrieve.  The ease by which the darker side of life presents itself becomes enticing, and, the good we were once capable of fades.

America (and the rest of the world) is at the most important stage of historical life; the stage at which the people choose to leave all reason behind to ride the mangling tides of fate, or, choose to stand and fight for a clarity of sight one could only define as individual destiny.  Regardless of the circumstances we are eventually faced with, one difficult truth remains; without a sense of honor and principle, there can be no liberty, and therefore, no society worth a damn.  Some see this as a handicap in the battle for transparency and truth in our culture.  I do not.

In the end, HOW we fight is just as important as WHY we fight.  The example we set is just as important as the ideals we espouse.  The way we live is just as important if not more important than the length of our time on this planet.  What we leave behind after the dust settles and our land driven forms remain but cast shadows in the minds of generations we will never meet, is what makes us who we are.  Anyone who says that the “ends justify the means”, is not serving the future, but the moment, and that moment will be harsh and fleeting…

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