Remotely Controlled Robotic Cockroaches For Those Hard-To-Spy-Upon Urban Environments

'Iphone sold separately'
Engineers at a Texas university have developed a system to remote control cockroaches via a miniature computer, surgically wired into their nervous systems.  This concept has made it all the way to the DIY circuit:  Backyard Brains sells a kit to create one's own helpless roach robot with a minimum of un-ignorable animal cruelty (compared to previous versions of the kit).

When asked why the fuck anyone would want to remotely control a roach, the engineers stiffened, stared straight ahead, and in a strangely flat monotone they spoke in unison: "'They could be used for search and rescue missions as they can move about in tiny spaces.'"

When I told my friend Aubrey that last part, she rolled her eyes and said, "Yeah, whatever."

Hong Liang, Professor from Texas A&M University, is featured in RT's SoundCloud spot on the roaches, but it is his colleague Ben Epstein that might have more appropriately taken center stage, as he did in Bloomberg's roach report.

The cockroaches were his idea.

A vice president at OpCoast, a defense contractor in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., he has, for the last few years, been rather into the death’s head cockroach, a two-inch-long, glossy brown branch of the species. He has been conducting experiments on them -- to "create wireless networks" -- of which Joseph Mengele would have been, if not proud, certainly not disapproving. 

Intrestingly, the good people at Bloomberg do not feel the need to treat their Gentle Readers as if they are ignorant, gullible, or naïve. Of course, they do not omit the official 'reason' (more of a talking point or cliché sound bite) required of research and development in an effort to shield shadowy investors from the consequences of unwanted public scrutiny. 

In fact, they provide enough detail to inspire the very blog post you read now (and apologies to my few regular readers, for having been scarce of late):
The goal is to use the insects to communicate with people trapped in collapsed buildings, mines, and other areas rescuers can’t easily reach. The insects might also conduct surveillance.
Ah, I knew it! Hence my added emphasis.

Realize: this is just the beginning. What kind of world are we talking about here? Robot cockraches -- and other Micro-Air-Vehicles -- will be conducting surveillance.  Are.  As well as more active missions.  Compare up-and-coming technology spending between the two, search-and-rescue missions vs. surveillance operations: is it really collapsed buildings driving this line of research?

More to my point, why send in a roach

Is not the 'Internet of Things' likely going to be treasure trove enough? One would think the seemingly endless metadata, streaming with our implied consent (did you read that Terms of Service carefully?) from every little electronic device now taken for granted in our day-to-day lives, would be able to provide more than enough details to make it trivial for supercomputers to reconstruct our every move in real time. (Don't believe this?  Check out "Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time DEA spy program:
American Civil Liberties Union warns scanning of license plates by Drug Enforcement Agency is building a repository of all drivers’ movements" at The Guardian.)

Ah, but there you have it. The reach of this ubiquitous surveillance does not extend equally into all parts of society. The average American in the upper and so-called middle classes might be hard put to go for any extended period without the, uh, protection of being monitored or recorded...

But this cockroach isn't being engineered for the average American. I suspect it is intended to be deployed somewhere else. Somewhere where the devices are all obsolete, where the technologies out of date or broken, and, most importantly, where the occasional cockroach is much more likely to conduct its business unnoticed.

Government subsidized public housing, for example.

Consider the video below, to which I have referred previously -- only look at its depiction of the urban theatre not as if it were not Iraq or Afghanistan, but instead Harlem, East Oakland, West Philadelphia, the South Bronx maybe, or South Central L.A....


What do you think? Leave a comment, do.

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'Ukrainian' Hackers Claim Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Plant Accident Way Worse Than Reported, Allege Top-Level Cover Up, Publish Documents

The Zaporizhia [alkso spelled Zaporizhzhya, Zaporozhya, Zaporizhye, etc.)
 Nuclear Power Station (Ukrainian: Запорізька АЕС) in Enerhodar, Ukraine, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.  
Wikipedia /Wikimedia.
Note Well: 
The below is excerpted from (another) blog for those who value critical thought and the scientific method, 
not for those who skim to repaste sensationalized half truths. 
So good thing all of you know to look before you leap, 
and already have your thinking caps on  --  

There will be updates.  The released files themselves will be a matter for the first update.  There is much corroborating the evidence below, even in addition to Michaël Van Brœkhoven's former research (a mirror of which material is the next thing I will br doing, given how his blog has seemingly been censored ever since, oh, the issues at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power plant began last month.) 

Update#1: The (badly edited) video appended.

Note about the 'hackers,' those releasing these dox. Judging from their video, they are either Anonymous affiliated, or want to be considered as such.  Anonymous makes excellent (if dramatic) videos sometimes; this is not one of them.  The video is very very bad, looks made by someone young and/or new to, if not video editing, certainly the nuclear debate.  

This is no sin, merely makes the video seem sensationalist and bad, like tabloids online and off.  But the dox exist, I have seen them, will be attempting to further verify authenticity, and linking.

All of this in future updates. 

Now, from Michaël Van Brœkhoven's blog, "Not All Alleged Is Apparent…":

"Allegedly Apparent" is the blog of © Michaël Van Broekhoven, offering opinion, reflections and art; as well as providing easy access to radiation monitors, weather and earthquake data. Content range is broad, from physical sciences and current affairs to new age ideas, fiction, and shamanic explorations. — Please do not quote or repost anything without first reading and abiding by the Disclaimer.

....According to a sensationalistically-edited YouTube video, an alleged “Ukrainian hacker”, calling himself “Cyber Riot Novorossiya“, show leaked [hacked] communications strongly suggesting a cover-up of a nuclear accident, far more serious than was reported in mainstream media.  ...
The video that alerted me of these allegations is titled “Truth about Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant accident: correspondence of the plant’s Director General Tishchenko” [= skip to supposed emails:] and has been mentioned on the Ulrich Hartmann Blog [in German] and by Doubt Tank / Doubting Steven Blog [English], and probably elsewhere as well.    Screenshot from [95% pathetic editing – imo] video:  
The original SOURCE of this appears to be by people describing themselves as, “We are waging information war on the fascist and puppet government of Ukraine. We intend to make public all their darkest secrets. ...

As per my DISCLAIMER, I cannot vouch for external information sources, ...while I cannot verify their authenticity – I’m struck by the fact that they come rather close to what I have been suspecting:  that an experiment with Westinghouse nuclear fuel rods went terribly wrong at the Zoporizhia NPP and that as a result a radiation cloud was released across Europe, and effectively covered up (except for the few rumors and small articles mentioned already (with quotes and screenshots too)).
If these are truly actual communication that occurred between the chief engineer/director of this nuclear plant and his staff, then they sure were in quite the panic over the (made-up if you believe these messages) “harmless short circuit”…
First a quick who’s-who:
!  The Allegedly Hacked Communications between Vyacheslav Tishchenko and his subordinates… 
I took some screenshots on my visit into these ‘hacked files’ and include their rough Google Translations alongside with them.  So below, I’m sharing Screenshot + Russian copy-paste + the Google-Translated English version.  The English will be poor, but good enough to get the gist.    There’s 3 files:  Nov 28,  Nov 29 & Dec 2 (2014).  You can read through them yourselves by going to the source [link below --ed]
These are excerpts that stood out for me [my emphasis]:
  • Nov 28, 2014 
Russian text:  Блядь, мне какого хрена сразу не сообщили? Ты понимаешь, чем это нам грозит? ?? Сядем все, и ты в том числе! Выезжаю, буду через пол часа
English version according to Google Translator:  Damn, what the fuck I was not informed immediately? Do you understand what it is we are facing? ?? All sit down, and you included! I leave, I’ll be half an hour
In this case the Russian text is about the same as the English version, and mentions, “The window title: Westinghouse – Nuclear | Westinghouse Electric Company> Operating Plants> Replacement Parts> Customer Service Contacts – Yandex
Clipboard: 724-771-2305
A reverse search for that phone number indeed leads to Westinghouse’s Nuclear Replacement Parts Customer Service:
  • Nov 29, 2014
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Не ной, ты же понимаешь, что у меня никто ничего не спрашивал!   Від Федор Красногоров, Я еще тогда говорил, что это плохо кончится, нужно было провести испытания, там не только с уплотнителями проблема, но еще и с топливом.
English version according to Google Translator:  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, not Noah, you know that I have no one to ask! Od Fyodor Krasnogorov, then I have to say that it would end badly, it was necessary to test, there is not only a problem with the seals, but also with the fuel.
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Федор, как там у вас дела?
Від Федор Красногоров, Дела, Вячеслав Алексеевич, у нас неважные… Уплотнители верхнего блока не справляются с нагрузками, похоже, мы доигрались с этими левыми материалами.
English version according to Google Translator:  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, Fedor, how are you doing?   Od Fyodor Krasnogorov, Cases, Vyacheslav A., we unimportant … Sealers upper unit does not handle the load, it looks like we finished badly with these materials left.
  • Dec. 2, 2014
Russian text:    Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Сказано молчать, будем молчать   […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Вячеслав Алексеевич! Вы понимаете что молчать уже нельзя? Это же катастрофа! Тут на сотню километров вокруг ничего живого не останется!!! Небо, блядь, уже светится!  […]  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Не наводи панику!  […]  Василий, меня срочно вызвали в Киев, разруливайте без меня
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, is said to be silent, be silent  […]  Od Basil Turbaevsky, Vyacheslav A.!  You understand that we can not be silent?  This is a disaster!  Here for a hundred miles around there will be nothing alive !!! Sky, damn, already lit! […]  Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, Do not panic!  […]  Basil, I was urgently summoned to Kiev resolves without me
Russian text:  […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Что делать с персоналом? Людей надо эвакуировать, радиация зашкаливает!  […]  Від Василий Турбаевский, Да и местных надо предупредить, мы уже начали сбрасывать в водохранилище воду из системы охлаждения. Тут очень скоро будет второй Чернобыль.
English version according to Google Translator:  […]  Od Basil Turbaevsky what to do with the staff? People need to be evacuated, radiation rolls!  […]   Od Basil Turbaevsky, and local should be warned, we have already started to drop in the reservoir water from the cooling system. Then very soon will be the second Chernobyl.
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, нам теперь лучше молчать, иначе поедем на Донбас добровольцами. понял меня?
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, we are now better to remain silent, otherwise go to the Donbas volunteers. understand me?
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, Дзвінок закінчено, надіслано 2 Декабрь 2014 г. 08:55:39    Від Василий Турбаевский, Вячеслав Алексеевич, у нас утечка!, надіслано 2 Декабрь 2014 г. 08:57:09
English version according to Google Translator:  From Vyacheslav Tishchenko, call finished, to 2 December 2014 8:55:39 h   Vasyl Turbaevskyy, Vyacheslav Alekseevych, We are leaking!, 2 December 2014 8:57:09
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Тищенко, скажи, короткое замыкание или еще какая-нибудь хуйня
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Tishchenko, say, a short circuit or even some kind of garbage
Russian text:  Від Вячеслав Стефанский, Вячеслав Алексеевич, как только вы уехали, сюда журналисты приперлись. […]  Від Вячеслав Стефанский, у КПП ошиваются […] Від Вячеслав Стефанский, что им сказать?
English version according to Google Translator:   Od Vyacheslav Stefano, Vyacheslav A. as soon as you left, here journalists cornered. […]   Od Vyacheslav Stefano, at Checkpoint oshivayutsya […]   Od Vyacheslav Stefano what to tell them?

Read more-- (All referenced materials hyperlinked at source):
Ukrainian Hackers Claim Zaporizhia Nuclear Accident Communications, 
mentioning Radiation Leak, warn of “Second Chernobyl” – Не наводи панику

He adds in an update, for contrast, the 'official story:'

According to mainstream news wire, like TASS, the latest (dec 26, 2014) is that, “Ukraine to repair two units of Zaporizhia NPP in February” (unit 2 & 5) and about unit 3: “On December 5, the Zaporizhia NPP finished the repairs at unit 3.” 


And if you can, download everything just in case.

Update #1:

The Video -- 

Not exactly up to Anonymous' usual snuff;
do yourself a favor, start at t=85.

Also uploaded, by these same hackers presumably, to Youtube, by иберОполчение |Новороссия|, translated by Google as Russian for CyberMilitia | Novorossia.

This is their channel page, as in, this is all they have uploaded:

As I do not want to make a hasty judgement, I will confine myself to collecting all the source materials in this case, over the next day or so.

Nice weather we're having.

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***148 FEET***
(NOT 35)

Pretty big difference.  

Here's an excerpt, with the referenced video:

Where the Lie Began

On August 10, 2014, St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar held his first press conference on the shooting of Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the nearby Ferguson Police Department. His force had been called in to take over the investigation for the much smaller local department. The shooting had occurred less than 24 hours earlier, and the tensions on the ground in Ferguson were already red hot and boiling over.

Six different witnesses on the scene claimed that Mike Brown was shot at repeatedly from behind before he turned around, faced Darren Wilson, verbally surrendered, and put his hands in the air. Wilson, having already shot at Mike Brown at least six times while he fled, then fired off a barrage of four quick shots at the surrendered Brown he was looking at face to face, killing him on the spot. With his lifeless body face down on the road, Mike Brown’s blood literally flowed down Canfield Drive for more than four hours. The shooting and the aftermath that evening, which included bringing police dogs to the scene, infuriated residents as never before, and the anger was spreading rapidly across St. Louis and into the nation.
When Chief Belmar sat down the next day to brief the press on his summary of the facts, he stated at 1:13 (and then even more emphatically at 6:01) in the video below, "The entire scene, from approximately the car door (of Officer Wilson) to the shooting, is, uh, about 35 feet."
See his video below and pay attention to the statements at 1:13 & 6:01.
At that time, when the chief said the "entire scene" was just 35 feet in distance from the "car door to the shooting," every observer accepted it as a negligible fact and thought little about it, instead zeroing in on why Darren Wilson stopped Mike Brown in the first place and why a police officer would shoot a young man who was surrendering with his hands up.
It turns, out, though, that the distance Mike Brown fled was not 35 feet, as was stated in the press conference and cited in hundreds of articles since. Nor was it 45 feet, or 75 feet, or even 95 feet, but approximately 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Below, you will find photos from the day of the murder, maps, infographics, and more to confirm for you that the distance was more 500 percent farther away than originally claimed by Chief Belmar and subsequently quoted as fact in almost every narrative of the case.

While the initial reporting of this distance from the chief could have been an error, albeit an egregious one, it seems clear now, after over 100 days of requests for the police to clarify this discrepancy have only produced silence, that it wasn’t an oversight, but a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.

What reason would the chief have for so seriously understating the distance by more than 110 feet? Well, how far Mike Brown fled matters greatly, and the St. Louis County Police Department could have many reasons for purposely understating it. One doubts, though, that they expected to be caught telling this lie. When it was first told, while matters were tense in St. Louis and spreading on social media, nobody had any idea that this case would grip the nation and the world.

Without even using this space to dive into the actual shooting of Mike Brown, it appears that some base level misconduct can be suspected when the St. Louis County Police Department has repeatedly refused to address the discrepancy in distance.

When the police came out the morning after Mike Brown was killed and deliberately included the distance between the SUV and the shooting, it successfully created a very particular narrative. The arc of their initial story, magnified in importance by the absence of even one official report, is that Darren Wilson shot and killed a young man who, in a short distance from the SUV, posed him grave harm. How far Mike Brown actually fled, how far Darren Wilson chased him, and where each of them were in relation to each other and to the SUV, are facts of paramount importance. If Mike Brown fled over 148 feet away from Darren Wilson, it clearly suggests that Brown—unarmed, shot, missing a shoe, in lounge clothes—feared for his life and not the other way around.

Furthermore, police, in many cases, use the distance in which a suspect flees and the distance between them in an encounter as evidence to prove they were reasonably afraid for their safety—which is required by law.

What follows is evidence to the contrary. Mike Brown fled at least 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. If the police will lie about this fact, what else have they openly lied about? Did they present this false distance to the grand jury?

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Beware lest any try to confound the issue further by saying that this is a somehow ill-chosen battle -- and implying (or stating outright) that common sense, armed with the facts, would find that Wilson's use of undue and lethal force ending the life of Brown without cause, was in some way arguable or justified.

Let's not get confused here.  Have a look for yourself.  Many more photos at the above link like the one above.  To add to this excellent analysis, a few more primary documents:

Read more at Document Cloud; above archived via the Internet Archive.

And if there is any difficulty with the links, I have archived the article in several formats (including unbreakable ones) at my new blog for such resources.  I call it "-102" (pronounced "minus one oh two")...

My new effort in the war against the memory hole.

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WIPP: 'HuffPo Comedy OpEd So Stupid Its Dangerous - And Telling

Cat Urine effects on the right;

 Radiation effects, on the left. 

Any Questions?


Problem is, I am so disgusted by this 'comedy' piece that I don't even want to explain.  This is a problem, as I have learned, because it is precisely the people who don't understand it that I would be hoping to reach, were I hoping to do anything useful with this post.

Perhaps it is not.  Perhaps all of you already understand why the following quote, from a recentish op-ed in the Comedy section of the Huffington Post, from one of their "signature lineup of contributors," is a problem:

from "I'm With Stupid," HuffPo (link to Google's cache)

Or perhaps you find it funny, and I am a stick in the mud.  Look at the comparison of the effects of cat urine and of ionizing radiation, above, again.  Am I? They are rather different.  Hard to compare, and not betray one's stunning lack of mirror neurons, but what do I know. 

I doubt such ignorance stems from a well coordinated effort to keep the population in the kind of ignorance that offers the least resistance to the machinations of the rich and powerful. It is, however, true that the barest amount of research provides enough information to create a healthy suspicion; a little experience with how hyperlinks, syntax, and layout signify, and with the meanings commonly signified, and a healthy resistance will be well underway.

Without a well honed critical faculty we are screwed.

One of countless illustrations of this, IMHO, below.  This merely happens to be the latest one:

from "Doctors want ban on thyroid cancer screenings — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers — Study: Fukushima-related tumors can spread very fast, must be closely monitored," Energy News.

Or this (uploaded by one samarabob, who uploaded this supposedly rough translation in video form, as well as the original PSA from 2011) :

Well perhaps it is time for a little of my own humour:
A Faustian Orginal Memegenerator meme featuring Dr. Shunichi "Smiling protects from Radiation" Yamashita.

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Laser Weaponry Now A Lethal Reality Of 21st Century Warfare

The bright laser dot.  It used to be, it marked the immanent target.  Not anymore.  Like the smart IoT-style networked collection of information, simultaneously recording and uploading even as it collects, I foresee the effect of these weapons hard to disentangle from intent.  If you see that dot, you may be looking not just at a target in the not-too-distant-future -- you may be seeing what happens to such targets in the oh-so-recent past...

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Brass Tacks Ebola News Round Up

What's that on the wall?
U.S. Navy Lt. James Regeimbal, decontaminates and inspects sample documentation
received at a Naval Medical Research Center mobile laboratory. Credit:
US Army.
From Mike Adams:

Natural News readers were told this two weeks ago, but now it's official: the federal government has ordered the mainstream media to stop reporting on suspected Ebola cases.

"At the urging of the Obama Administration, the Associated Press and other news outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed," writes the Gateway Pundit. 

Apparently, all the negative Ebola news was causing potential voters to lose faith in government... and hence lose faith in the governing democrats as well.

So Fox News, CNN and all the other mainstream media outlets simply decided to stop reporting on Ebola news. "This story is officially over," said Sean Hannity of Fox News in applauding the work of the Fox Ebola Team.

Meanwhile, Ebola news has all but disappeared across the entire national media even as the pandemic is exploding at a 900% increased rate of infection in Sierra Leone.

"...the sudden departure of Ebola stories from the state-corporate media doesn’t pass the smell test" reports

NYC Ebola watch list explodes to 357 people

One piece of news that did slip out via a local NBC affiliate is quite telling. The CDC's "active monitoring" watch list of at-risk Ebola carriers exploded from 117 to 357 people in just the first two days of this week.

This is a clear indication that some new person with Ebola has potentially exposed hundreds of New Yorkers to the virus, yet there isn't a single news report about who this person is, how they got here, where they traveled, or who might be exposed... 

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Here is what a quick search of Ebola related news in the last day or so turned up:

The NYT ends their eerie but uninformative piece with the ominous: "As it happens, and as I learned at that moment, there is no mandatory Ebola training in the schools – yet. " (From “No Video. No Photos. No Names. Inside New York's Ebola Monitoring Operation," read more here).

This may be technically true -- training may not be mandatory but as Possible Ebola Cases in New York Triples in 2 Days, to 357 it seems, at schools like this one,  the CDC information packet is widely republished.  Here's  their 'up-to-date' in formation:

New York City is collaborating closely with its state and federal partners to protect New York children and families. The risk of infection in New York is extremely small, and we hope this information will ease any concerns that you might have: 

• All NYCDOE school nurses and medical providers in New York City have been prepared by the Health Department to look for signs of Ebola and take immediate steps to isolate those who may be infected and transfer them to a hospital for evaluation. 
• Since August, the DOE has been providing weekly Ebola updates to all principals. 
• All school principals were provided a guidance document that can be found at 
• In partnership with the DOE, the DOH is providing training for central staff who can answer questions as they arise. 

The date is recent, but even as Ebola drills like this one (Emergency Ebola Drill Wednesday at NUMC , ) are being organized, the information in nycdoe_school_community_ebola_letter.pdf  may have passed its sell-by date: 

Concerned union members have serious questions about Ebola

NYC November 6th, 2014,the National Labor Relations Board,

The Centers for Disease Control, as well as the New York City Department of Health, maintain that transmission of the Ebola virus, first detected back in 1976, cannot be spread through the air, and instead requires person-to-person contact for infection to occur. 
But at a special NYCOSH [New York City Committee For Occupational Safety & Health] conference held this week at District Council 37, Professor Lisa Brousseau, an academic researcher and educator specializing in respiratory protection in the workplace, challenged that very premise. 

“Everyone always tells you that it’s only direct contact - well, I would tell you that probably is an important feature - but I would actually suggest that we don’t really know,” Professor Brousseau told LaborPress. 

The past chair of the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists [ACGIH], said that infected aerosols - like those produced through coughing - can be inhaled near a source. 

And in addition to coughing, lots of other things like vomiting and hemorrhaging, can also generate aerosols. Aerosols - droplets suspend in air - are even produced when flushing a toilet, and may arise as a result of medical procedures involving intubation, drug delivery and respiratory support, as well.

“I’m not worried about the general public,” Professor Brosseau added. “The biggest issue I’m most concerned about is healthcare settings and other workplace settings where you might have high exposure to aerosols near the source.”

Those concerns could have a major impact on the use of enhanced personal protection equipment and advanced respirators for both healthcare workers and airport clean up crews who come in contact with suspected Ebola carriers. 


Cabin clearers and other airport workers, meanwhile, aren’t getting anything near the level of protection that healthcare workers are getting, no matter what that may be. And the possibility that the Ebola virus may be spread through aerosol transmission, is only increasing the potential danger. 

“[Airport workers] have never seen this level of gear, [and] they never expect to see this level of gear,” said Mark Catlin, SEIU health and safety expert. 

SEIU [Service Employees International Union] recently surveyed more than 1,000 workers at 10 of the nation’s busiest airports, and found that less than half of them reported receiving any information regarding Ebola from their employer. Moreover, 70 percent said their employer provided absolutely no safety training. 

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Putting aside the very real concerns of the workers, it is important to note that the doubt cast upon the official CDC party line is no longer mere theoretical hypothesis: certain strains may live up to 50 days on the right surfaces, under the right conditions.  

 Perhaps the CDC ought to update their links.

More frighteningly, however, it can last up to three months:

And lest we forget, Washington's Blog reminds us (via Natural News) that a most important history lesson, recently (2005) publicized by the U.S. National Academies of Science:

In the United States, national and local government and public health authorities badly mishandled the [1918 "Spanish Flu"] epidemic [which killed up to 50 million people worldwide], offering a useful case study. The context is important. Every country engaged in World War I tried to control public perception. To avoid hurting morale, even in the nonlethal first wave the press in countries fighting in the war did not mention the outbreak. (But Spain was not at war and its press wrote about it, so the pandemic became known as the Spanish flu). The United States was no different. ...The U.S. government passed a law that made it punishable by 20 years in jail to "utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the government of the United States." One could go to jail for cursing or criticizing the government, even if what one said was true. 

Routinely, as influenza approached a city or town -- one could watch it march from place to place -- local officials initially told the public not to worry, that public health officials would prevent the disease from striking them. When influenza first appeared, officials routinely insisted at first it was only ordinary influenza, not the Spanish flu. As the epidemic exploded, officials almost daily assured the public that the worst was over. As the Ebola outbreak unfolds, you won't be told the truth by the government or the media.

The conclusion from all this? The government is now in active cover-up mode. The media is dutifully censoring itself, obediently following orders...

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There is a popular post reporting on one response to the Ebola scare by the Mayor of New York City himself, that, I think, says it best....

Worried about Ebola? Get a flu shot.
  • At a press conference today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged every New Yorker to get a flu shot.
The symptoms of Ebola and the flu are quite similar, de Blasio noted, so getting a flu shot will help doctors and hospitals deal with the onslaught of people worried that their fever or fatigue could be Ebola. “Something that all New Yorkers should do,” the mayor said: “Get a flu shot.”

The piece goes on to promise that the flu shot will protect you from the 'far deadlier virus,' with a link to a LiveScience editor opining that rabies and influenza qualify.  (He also includes HIV, but there I happen to agree.)  This may be true in terms of numbers, but smacks of misleading journalism: whether or not these will have been proven to be 'deadlier,' there is certainly no protection to be had against them in a common flu shot.  So when I said this article said it best, may I add, if by it, you mean bull...


An Interesting Conversation On The Subject
Occasioned by the Writing of this Post

"I expect the government to lie when they talk about the seriousness or extent of an epidemic," said Corporanon.  "I also don't think that, usually, health care authorities are looking to kill people." (I mention the Spanish flu historical context, below; the latest news about possible mass sterilization of brown folk, by means of tuberculosis vaccine, in Kenya; the latest from Fukushima about the government's forced suppression.of birth defect and mortality statistics.) 

"I think there can be a split," he admits, "between the money and government side of things, and the health care side of things. You had Dr. C. Everett Koop, [Surgeon General of the United States under Reagan]who, even though he was a conservative Christian, was a Doctor first, and who was very strong in promoting condoms and so forth, and not just abstinence.  It gives me hope, because he came from the medical side of things, from the health care side of things.  But," he added with a new tone of stern resignation, "if you let idealogues run things, like under W., people die." [Bush the Elder, nicknamed 'Rubbers,'  the Population Control Ghoul, may have weaponized Ebola -- and that may be what's out of control now; his list of evil qualifications far outdoes Bush the Younger on this score.] 

"And as far as sterilization goes," he goes on, knowing I am enjoy taking these notes, "I do think there are some crypto-fascist eugenicists that one cannot trust at all, but that kind of thing usually finds its expression in other countries, especially third world countries, where the people that perpetrated it will not be prosecuted for what they did..." [I am reminded, most recently, of the Tufts Golden Rice debacle.]  "Although the shit that happened in the seventies -- sterilization of women without their consent -- shows you have to watch out.... for private money, or private people working with public money." 

"So: on reporting by the government:  D minus, because  they lie, but sometimes its not suppression. Just the delay in the news cycle, with the politicos being slower to tell the truth.  D minus to an F.  What the US does to other countries, well, 'we' do some evil shit, we probably get an F there, with a few scattered things that are good, maybe.  Public health and health practice in this country?  I'd give it a C, but if I were from a disfavored or marginal group, or if I were a person of color, I would say C minus: you've got to watch out. you never know when someone is going to sterilize a bunch of brown women, or just let the AIDS crisis go unchecked, because it 'only kills gay people,' that kind of thing...."

Be seeing you.

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