Scientists In China Are Using Live Pigs As Crash Test Dummies

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10-11-19 09:44:00,

Authored by  John Vibes via TruthTheory.com,

A recent case study of crash test simulations in China has shown that some researchers are involved in extremely inhumane animal testing. Images released with the case study show live pigs being used as crash test dummies.

The study highlighted the case of one test that involved 15 young pigs, who were strapped into car seats and used as dummies for high-speed simulations. Many of these pigs were still very young, having only been alive for 70 or 80 days before they were used in the tests. In the tests, the animals were strapped into various different seatbelts for impact testing.

Half of the animals died in the tests, and the others were badly injured and likely traumatized from the experience.

The researchers said that it was necessary to use the young pigs because their bodies are very similar to that of a human child, and they were hoping to actually see what these crashes would do to a living creature’s organs.

The scientists responsible for these experiments say that they were compliant with US guidelines and claimed that their study was approved by an ethics committee. However, it seems that they may not be very familiar with what the laws in the US are, because it has been illegal to use pigs and other animals in these types of experiments in the states since the 1990s.

Zachary Toliver of PETA said that these experiments were senseless and cruel.

“Despite the existence of sophisticated animal-free models, experimenters continue to fasten abused, frightened animals into car seats and crash them into walls until their bodies are bloody, bruised, and mangled. Live pigs are pulverised in these tests, leaving them with broken bones and severe internal injuries before they’re killed and dissected,” he said.

“Pigs don’t naturally sit up in car seats. Their anatomy is also very different from that of humans, so the data obtained from these horrific animal experiments aren’t applicable to human car-crash victims. Car companies figured out years ago that these kind of experiments are worthless and tell us nothing about a human experience in a car crash,” he added.

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Scientists Are Working on a Pill to Erase Memories

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02-11-19 07:09:00,

By Emma Fiala

McGill University associate professor of psychiatry, Dr. Alain Brunet, embarked on the monumental task of making 60 people forget something—and succeeded.

Over four to six sessions, volunteers read aloud from a typed script they had composed themselves—a first-person account of their breakup, with as many emotional details as possible—while under the influence of propranolol, a common and inexpensive blood pressure pill.

The point being to reactivate those traumatic memories and all of the difficult emotions they include.

Participants were then asked questions during the sessions—how did you feel; how do you feel now; is your memory different from last week—to judge whether the strength of their memories were decreasing due to memory reactivation while taking propranolol, as the researchers posited, or not.

Full results of the study have been submitted to a journal, according to the National Post; however, the Post also reports that Dr. Brunet has been hesitant to discuss the results due to the sheer speed and success of erasing specific memories.

The 30 participants “just couldn’t believe that we could do so much in such a small amount of time,” Brunet explained, adding:

“They were able to turn the page. That’s what they would tell us—‘I feel like I’ve turned the page. I’m no longer obsessed by this person, or this relationship’.”

So why is Dr. Brunet so hesitant to share the news about his own breakthrough? Well, it turns out the idea of entirely wiping out unpleasant memories is quite unsettling to him. The ability, on the cellular level, to search for and destroy specific brain cells associated with specific memories is “not going to come from my lab,” Brunet explained.

Ethically speaking, Brunet says that “as long as only one choice exists right now, and it’s toning down a memory, we feel on very solid and comfortable ground,” rather than having the ability to erase such an integral aspect of what makes us who we are. However, others are working on what Dr. Brunet won’t.

Brunet asks, “if one day you had two options—I can tone down your memory, or I can remove it altogether,

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Chinese Scientists Have Allegedly Developed A Weapon For “Crowd Control”

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20-09-19 10:09:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Chinese scientists are claiming that they’ve invented the world’s first sonic weapon to control people by causing bodily discomfort. The rifle-shaped instrument, which was jointly developed with military and law enforcement, is designed to disperse crowds using focused waves of low-frequency sound, the academy’s Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry website said on Wednesday.

According to the South China Morning Post, the device’s “biological effect” would cause extreme discomfort, with vibrations in the eardrums, eyeballs, stomach, liver, and brain, scientists said. Studies dating to the 1940s found that low-frequency sound energy could cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting, bowel spasms, involuntary defecation, organ damage, and heart attacks. This all depends on frequency and exposure, but in Communist China, it really isn’t likely much thought will be given to the health of the slaves the government intends to use this on.

The Chinese government launched the sonic weapon program back in 2017 and its conclusion is likely to be related to the months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, regardless of what the state-owned media is claiming.  That means the government intends to use the force and violence to control people protesting their use of force and violence.

Typically, sonic weapons are incredibly large and have to be mounted on vehicles. Until the Chinese developed this new device, which has no moving parts, they were also powered by electricity to drive a magnetic coil in order to generate energy. This meant they needed a large and stable source of power. But not anymore.

People demanding their freedom has compelled the masters to come up with more ways to continue the enslavement of others.

So far, there have not been reports of the Chinese government using this weapon on people.  That could all change soon as people slowly begin to realize the nature of government is to be violent and controlling and keep people from figuring out that they are slaves. It would likely take very little for the government to use this device against its own people.

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Scientists Announce Human-Monkey Hybrids – #NewWorldNextWeek

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09-08-19 08:02:00,

Welcome back to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: We’re All Enemies of the State – Draconian Laws, Precrime & Surveillance State
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The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
https://bit.ly/2MvRHMt

Story #2: Kashmir Krisis – India Scraps Special Status for Kashmir In Step Pakistan Calls Illegal
https://reut.rs/2MLzNoP

False Flags Over Kashmir: Prelude to WWIII?
https://bit.ly/2KnYlTn

India’s Lower House Ratifies Bill to Split IHK
https://bit.ly/2KyuCG9

Jammu &Kashmir Reorganisation Bill-2019
https://bit.ly/2GUa5uK

Experts Question Legality of India’s Changes In Kashmir
https://abcn.ws/2yQxKrj

Pakistan PM Warns of War With India Over Kashmir Crackdown
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China, Pakistan Slam India’s Move to Change Kashmir’s Special Status
https://reut.rs/2KmST3i

“Everything Has Been Lost. Except Our Resolve to Fight Back”: Shah Faesal on Kashmir
https://bit.ly/2yMA8zo

Chinese State Media Blames CIA For Violent Hong Kong Protests
https://bit.ly/2MLxhPn

Story #3: First Human-Monkey Chimera Raises Concern Among Scientists
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El País: Spanish Scientists Create Human-Monkey Chimera In China
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Scientists Get Green Light to Create Human-Animal Hybrids In Japan
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Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments
https://go.nature.com/2Yk1mrC

CDC Shuts Down All High-Level Research At Fort Detrick Amid Fears Of Release Via Wastewater
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NY Resident Dies After Contracting Powassan, a Rare Tick-Borne Illness
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Scientists Announce They Can Manipulate Brain Cells with Smartphone-controlled Implant

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06-08-19 09:29:00,

By B.N. Frank

Research has determined that smartphone notifications can make brains go “completely haywire.”  It has also already proven that exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation can disrupt the blood brain barrier which can cause it to leak.  This can also kill brain cells.  Research also indicates it can cause irreversible damage on brains and kids are more affected.  Research has also determined that it can reduce impulse control which can lead to violence and homicide. 

So can it really be a big surprise to these scientists that a wireless implant controlled by a smartphone can manipulate brain cells?  It’s bad enough that they have already been testing these on defenseless mice.  Have they considered any or all of the risks associated with implanting these in people, including the potential for hacking these implants?

From Eurekalert:

A team of scientists in Korea and the United States have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone.

Researchers, publishing in Nature Biomedical Engineering, believe the device can speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression, and pain.

The device, using Lego-like replaceable drug cartridges and powerful bluetooth low-energy, can target specific neurons of interest using drug and light for prolonged periods.

“The wireless neural device enables chronic chemical and optical neuromodulation that has never been achieved before,” said lead author Raza Qazi, a researcher with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and University of Colorado Boulder.

Qazi said this technology significantly overshadows conventional methods used by neuroscientists, which usually involve rigid metal tubes and optical fibers to deliver drugs and light. Apart from limiting the subject’s movement due to the physical connections with bulky equipment, their relatively rigid structure causes lesion in soft brain tissue over time, therefore making them not suitable for long-term implantation. Though some efforts have been put to partly mitigate adverse tissue response by incorporating soft probes and wireless platforms,

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Harvard Scientists, Funded By Bill Gates, To Begin Spraying Particles Into The Sky To Dim The Sun

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04-08-19 06:58:00,

Authored by Matt Agorist via TheFreeThoughtProject.com,

Harvard has formed an advisory board to begin moving forward with their plan to spray particles into the stratosphere to test the geoengineering method of dimming the sun…

No, we are not a satire site. We are not a conspiracy theory site. The information you are about to read is factually accurate and 100% real despite the ostensible ‘skeptics’ who claim otherwise. The controversial subject of geoengineering or weather modification – which was popularized, and oversimplified with the term “chemtrails” – is once again stepping from the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny. And it may soon be a reality as Harvard scientists plan first ever experiment to spray particles in the sky to dim the sun.

What was once a conspiracy theory is now the subject of congressional debate, peer-reviewed studies, and now a Harvard experiment. Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment. The university announced this month that it has created an external advisory panel to examine the potential ethical, environmental and geopolitical impacts of this geoengineering project, which has been developed by the university’s researchers.

According to Nature Magazine, Louise Bedsworth, executive director of the California Strategic Growth Council, a state agency that promotes sustainability and economic prosperity, will lead the Harvard advisory panel, the university said on 29 July. The other seven members include Earth-science researchers and specialists in environmental and climate law and policy.

What was once a conspiracy theory will soon be a reality—any day now.

Known as the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), the experiment will spray calcium carbonate particles high above the earth to mimic the effects of volcanic ash blocking out the sun to produce a cooling effect.

The experiment was announced in Nature magazine last year, who was one of few outlets to look into this unprecedented step toward geoengineering the planet.

If all goes as planned, the Harvard team will be the first in the world to move solar geoengineering out of the lab and into the stratosphere,

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Scientists Warn “Geoengineering” Could Start WW3

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19-06-19 09:33:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Scientists are warning that plans to “hack the Earth’s weather” could result in a third world war. If some countries take to the destruction of the Earth in the name of “climate change,” war could break out.

Although most elitists are in favor of geoengineering, which involves manipulating the atmosphere by blocking sunlight or isolating excess carbon, weather hacking in one region could have negative impacts in another and lead to global conflict,according to scientists. However, the United States has been using geoengineering unbeknownst to the masses for quite some time.

Scientists are now more concerned about “solar” geoengineering than the damages already done.  Solar geoengineering refers to the attempts to block the sunlight with chemicals in order to try to cool down the globe. Solar geoengineering would involve spraying chemicals and/or heavy metals into the air that would block some of the sunlight. When speaking on the sun blocking topic, geoengineering researcher Juan Moreno-Cruz told Business Insider: “The threat of war never is out of the question.”

Andrea Flossmann, a scientist at the World Meteorological Organization, explained in a WMO report: “The atmosphere has no walls. What you add may not have the desired effect in your vicinity, but by being transported along might have undesired effects elsewhere.” According to Fox News, Earth’s temperatures are set to soar to dangerous levels so a lot of scientists think the unknown consequences of geoengineering are worth the risk.

Once upon a time, all over the world, we saw fluffy white clouds in a blue sky. Today we see white lines and streaks, and many of us, in many countries, live under a layer of white haze. Children no longer know what real clouds look like, as the three basic cloud types are no longer seen. -No Natural Weather: Introduction to Geoengineering 101

The worst-case scenario is that Earth’s atmospheric chemistry is irreversibly altered and causes freak weather conditions like monsoons, hurricanes, and heat waves that could kill thousands and increase global tensions. Of course, we are already living through that now thanks to the unnatural geoengineering going on already.

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Scientists Getting Closer to “Smart Dust” Brain Implants That Communicate Via Wireless Network

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13-06-19 11:02:00,

artificial-intelligence-fear1By Nicholas West

Neural Dust – “Smart Dust” – previously entered mainstream discussion via the 2016 Independent article: “Tiny implant could connect humans and machines like never before.” It was implied to be a new technology that can wirelessly link a human brain to a computer via the implantation of a device the size of a grain of sand. This invention, however, is much older and was officially supported by the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Strategic Plan.

In 2013, I covered how researchers at Berkeley Engineering discussed moving nanotechnology from environmental sensor applications toward human applications such as brain-computer interfaces. Their paper stated:

A network of tiny implantable sensors could function like an MRI inside the brain, recording data on nearby neurons and transmitting it back out. The smart dust particles would all contain an extremely small CMOS sensor capable of measuring electrical activity in nearby neurons. The researchers envision a piezoelectric material backing the CMOS capable of generating electrical signals from ultrasound waves. The process would also work in reverse, allowing the dust to beam data back via high-frequency sound waves. The neural dust would also be coated with polymer. (Source)

Now scientists believe that they have crossed a new threshold toward making the concept of smart dust a reality that would offer a far wider scope than originally envisioned.  At the recent IEEE Conference, researchers from Brown University, Qualcomm and the University of California San Diego announced that they are the first to have achieved a wireless transfer of information from an implanted neural device to an external computer that interpreted the data received.

It allows bidirectional communication between the implants and an external device with an uplink rate of 10 megabits per second and a downlink rate of 1 Mb/s.

“We believe that we are the first group to realize wireless power transfer and megabits per second communications” in a neural implant, says Wing Ching (Vincent) Leung, technical director at the Qualcomm Institute Circuits Lab at UC San Diego.

Nurmikko calls the 0.25-square-millimeter implants “neurograins.” They each consist of a chip capable of harvesting RF energy;

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MIT Scientists Psyched About Harmful 5G and 6G Wireless, Dangerous AI and IoT Applications, and Their Laser That Remotely Beams Audio Into People’s Ears

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13-06-19 06:14:00,

By B.N. Frank

Why are MIT scientists so psyched about unleashing biologically and environmentally harmful technology that also creates tremendous public safety and cybersecurity risks?  Is it because exposure to wireless radiation has saturated their brains so deeply that impulse control and common sense has been severely compromised?  Because they seem to be acting like the mad scientists portrayed in every book, comic strip, movie, and TV show in their enthusiasm to make us all guinea pigs for known-to-be dangerous technology.

Activist Post reported in January about how MIT scientists created a new laser to transmit audio directly into people’s ears.  That was freaky enough.

Now they are promoting 5G, 6G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) despite the fact that a growing number of credible experts have warned about their biological, environmental, and safety risks as well as their catastrophic and embarrassing failures (see 1, 2, 3).  In fact, even the Telecom Industry has stated they have no scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  So why are MIT scientists endorsing any or all of this?

From MIT Technology Review“Ready for 6G? How AI will shape the network of the future.”

The latest technology—the fifth generation of mobile standards, or 5G—is currently being deployed in select locations around the world. And that raises an obvious question. What factors will drive the development of the sixth generation of mobile technology? How will 6G differ from 5G, and what kinds of interactions and activity will it allow that won’t be possible with 5G?

[…]

5G base stations, for example, are designed to handle up to a million connections, versus the 4,000 that 4G base stations can cope with. That should make a difference to communication at major gatherings such as sporting events, demonstrations, and so on, and it could enable all kinds of applications for the internet of things.

Then there is latency—the time it takes for signals to travel across the network.

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Scientists Expose World-Killer: Where Ozone-Destroying Chemicals Are Coming From

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23-05-19 11:04:00,

Authored by Carly Cassella via Science Alert,

It’s been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade or more.

After much speculation, the whereabouts and magnitude of these harmful emissions has been confirmed in scientific research. As earlier reporting in The New York Times had already suggested, they seem to be coming from the northeast coast of mainland China.

Since the Montreal Protocol was declared a success in 2013, this highly industrial region has continued to emit, whether accidentally or not, CFC-11: the second most abundant chlorofluorocarbon in the atmosphere. Between the periods of 2008-2012 and 2014-2017, in fact, CFC-11 emissions increased here by roughly 110 percent.

“This increase accounts for a substantial fraction (at least 40 to 60 per cent) of the global rise in CFC-11 emissions,” an international team of researchers writes in a new report.

“We find no evidence for a significant increase in CFC-11 emissions from any other eastern Asian countries or other regions of the world where there are available data for the detection of regional emissions.”

These violations are likely going unreported because even though CFC-11 is illegal, it is also one of the cheapest ways to produce new foam insulation in refrigerators and buildings.

After tracking down documents and international sources, journalists at The New York Times and independent investigators discovered that in some factories in China, illegal CFC use has been slipping through the cracks for years.

The examples given are based in Xingfu, a rural industrial town in China’s Shandong province, and incidentally, that is the very same province that the scientists landed on too.

Gathering atmospheric observations from locations in South Korea and Japan, the researchers compared global monitoring data and atmospheric chemical movements to figure out whether these emissions came from eastern Asia –

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Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Human Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain

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06-05-19 12:16:00,

  • The Facts:

    Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that the heart sends signals to the brain.

  • Reflect On:

    Every time we struggle with depression, why are we constantly encouraged to take prescription medication when mindfulness techniques actually show more promise?

Gratitude is a funny thing. In some parts of the world, somebody who gets a clean drink of water, some food, or a worn out pair of shoes can be extremely grateful. Meanwhile, somebody else who has all the necessities they need to live can be found complaining about something. What we have today is what we once wanted before, but there is a lingering belief out there that obtaining material possessions is the key to happiness. Sure, this may be true, but that happiness is temporary. The truth is that happiness is an inside job.

It’s a matter of perspective, and in a world where we are constantly made to feel like we are lacking and always ‘wanting’ more, it can be difficult to achieve or experience actual happiness. Many of us are always looking toward external factors to experience joy and happiness, when really it’s all related to internal work. This is something science is just starting to grasp as well, as shown by research coming out of UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. According to them:

Having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive and less resistant. Now that’s a really cool way of taking care of your well-being.

There are many studies showing that people who count their blessings tend to be far happier and experience less depression.  For one study,  researchers recruited people with mental health difficulties, including people suffering from anxiety and depression. The study involved nearly 300 adults who were randomly divided into three groups. This study came from the University of California, Berkeley.

All groups received counselling services, but the first group was also instructed to write one letter of gratitude to another person every week for three weeks,

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Hundreds of scientists issue joint warning about cancer-causing effects of WiFi, Bluetooth and wireless communications | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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01-05-19 09:41:00,

Image: Hundreds of scientists issue joint warning about cancer-causing effects of WiFi, Bluetooth and wireless communications

(Natural News) Warnings from concerned experts about the dangers of wireless communication devices like cellphones and tablets have been rumbling in the distance for some time now. And these warnings are becoming increasingly insistent as more evidence emerges linking this type of technology to brain, heart and other cancers.

The established health effects of the non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs) dispensed by these devices also include increased electrosensitivity, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), immune system disorders, infertility, asthma and neurological disorders – and that’s with older, less damaging 2G, 3G and 4G technology.

Experts are incredibly worried about the effects of 5G, which is already being rolled out in several U.S. cities and is scheduled to be installed in countries around the world in the next few years. Consumers are excited about promises that 5G will facilitate downloads at up to 100 times greater speeds than 4G technology, all while providing more stable connections and greater capacity.

Those who know the potential dangers, however, are gravely concerned. As reported by Waking Times, a group of 250 scientists from over 40 countries recently handed in a petition to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), warning about the scientifically proven dangers of EMFs. (Related: Studies confirm that potential risks of 5G wireless radiation are too serious to ignore.)

A scientific basis for concern

The international appeal, entitled Scientists Call for Protection from Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure, warns:

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Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).

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SCIENTISTS WANT YOU TO GET A BRAIN CHIP TO MAKE YOU SMARTER; AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ABSOLUTELY WON’T ABUSE THIS TECHNOLOGY IMPLANTED IN HUMANS | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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11-03-19 02:31:00,

The next big evolutionary Orwellian technology is coming.  Soon you will be able to implant yourself with a brain chip to be super smart, CBS Chicago reported.

Elon Musk has previously criticized humans at a conference in Dubai. He expressed that artificial intelligence would surpass human beings and that we would be irrelevant if we didn’t merge with machines. Musk plans to do this with his “Neuralink” product that can make anyone superhuman by connecting their brain to a computer chip.

“Neuralink” is designing a cranial computer interface or neural lace, although it’s unclear what types of products the company will develop.

The Wall Street Journal speculated that the first products could be advanced implants to treat brain disorders like epilepsy or major depression.

Electrode arrays and other implants are already being used to help the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases – but only rarely, due in part to the dangerous nature of brain surgery.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said.

“Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away,” he added. “This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data.

It’s not the first time that Musk warned about the dangers of A.I., previously describing it as potentially the greatest threat to the existence of human life and comparing intelligent machines to summoning a demon.

“You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out,” Musk said at a symposium in October 2014.

The science may seem a bit science-fiction, but Stanford University has already successfully created a brain-computer interface (BCI), BrainGate, and early BCI tech allows people with paralysis to type messages on a computer by picking out letters on a screen, Ars Technica reported.

Facebook also has been working on building a brain-computer interface to let you type with your brain.

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Scientists Plan To Geoengineer Planet Earth To Save Us From Global Warming

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28-02-19 08:46:00,

Authored by Barry Brownstein via The Foundation for Economic Education,

…but some scientists warn geoengineering will have unintended consequences.

Harvard’s Gernot Wagner wants to save the world from global warming. His method? Develop a new type of plane that will fly more than 4,000 missions a year dumping particulates into the stratosphere.

Wagner and his colleague Wake Smith call the proposed plane “SAI Lofter (SAIL).” Anonymous individuals at “Airbus, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Engines, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Near Space Corporation, Northrup Grumman, Rolls Royce Engines, Scaled Composites, The Spaceship Company, and Virgin Orbit” provided input.

Estimates for SAIL’s design and operation seem sophisticated but are fabricated. Wagner and Smith admit, “No existing aircraft design—even with extensive modifications—can reasonably fulfill [their] mission.”

Wagner and others believe that scientists can calculate how many particulates will be needed to cool the Earth to a desired temperature.

Wagner and Smith are not alone in their geoengineering dreams. As early as 2006, Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel laureate in chemistry, called for “stratospheric geoengineering research.” Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to experiment via balloons spraying “a fine mist of materials such as sulfur dioxide, alumina, or calcium carbonate into the stratosphere.” Wagner, Keith, and Keutsch are all part of the Solar Geoengineering Research Program at Harvard.

Geoengineering is gaining global traction. Last fall, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report saying geoengineering could be used as an emergency “temporary remedial measure.”

Spraying aerosols in the stratosphere would mimic what large volcanoes do.”

In 1815, Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted, spewing “millions of tons of dust, ash, and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, temporarily changing the world’s climate and dropping global temperatures by as much as 3 degrees.” As the particulates moved around the global atmosphere, “1816 became the year without a summer for millions of people in parts of North America and Europe, leading to failed crops and near-famine conditions.”

No doubt, Wagner and others will tell you careful calculations will limit global cooling to just the right degree.

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Thought-to-speech: Scientists say their AI can read out what happens in your brain

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30-01-19 10:26:00,

Neuro-engineers at New York’s Columbia University say they have created a system that can translate human thoughts into recognizable speech, which would revolutionize not just medicine but communication.

By monitoring brain activity of subjects, the researchers at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute were able to train artificial intelligence to translate thought patterns into intelligible sentences, says a paper published on Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports. The authors see patients with speech impaired by disease or trauma as first adopters of the incipient technology.

“We’ve shown that, with the right technology, these people’s thoughts could be decoded and understood by any listener,” said Dr. Nima Mesgarani, the paper’s senior author.

After the researchers’ early attempts to translate brain activity into recognizable speech failed, they turned to a computer algorithm that can generate speech, called a vocoder. The algorithm improves the more it is “trained” by recordings of human speech.

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This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain. #ai#BCI#speech#science

— Neuroscience News (@NeuroscienceNew) January 29, 2019

“This is the same technology used by Amazon Echo and Apple Siri to give verbal responses to our questions,” said Dr. Mesgarani, who is also a professor at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The vocoder was trained to interpret brain activity with the help of Dr. Ashesh Dinesh Mehta, a neurosurgeon at Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute in Long Island, and the paper’s co-author.

“Working with Dr. Mehta, we asked epilepsy patients already undergoing brain surgery to listen to sentences spoken by different people, while we measured patterns of brain activity,” said Dr. Mesgarani. “These neural patterns trained the vocoder.”

After this training was done, the next phase started. The patients listened to a person reading numbers from 0 to 9 while the algorithm scanned the brain activity and tried to translate it into sound. The result was a robotic voice reading numbers, which human listeners could understand and repeat with about 75-percent accuracy.

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In 2019, Scientists Funded by Bill Gates to Spray Particles Into the Sky in First Experiment to Dim the Sun

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22-12-18 01:19:00,

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The controversial subject of geoengineering or weather modification – which was popularized, and oversimplified with the term “chemtrails” – is once again stepping from the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny. And it may soon be a reality as scientists plan first ever experiment to spray particles in the sky to dim the sun.

What was once a conspiracy theory is now the subject of congressional debate, peer-reviewed studies, and now a Harvard experiment. Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment set for early 2019.

What was once a conspiracy theory will soon be a reality, in only months.

Known as the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), the experiment will spray calcium carbonate particles high above the earth to mimic the effects of volcanic ash blocking out the sun to produce a cooling effect.

The experiment was announced in Nature magazine last month, who was one of few outlets to look into this unprecedented step toward geoengineering the planet.

If all goes as planned, the Harvard team will be the first in the world to move solar geoengineering out of the lab and into the stratosphere, with a project called the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx). The first phase — a US$3-million test involving two flights of a steerable balloon 20 kilometres above the southwest United States — could launch as early as the first half of 2019. Once in place, the experiment would release small plumes of calcium carbonate, each of around 100 grams, roughly equivalent to the amount found in an average bottle of off-the-shelf antacid. The balloon would then turn around to observe how the particles disperse.

Naturally, the experiment is concerning to many people, including environmental groups, who, according to Nature, who say such efforts are a dangerous distraction from addressing the only permanent solution to climate change: reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

The idea of injecting particles into the atmosphere to cool the earth also seems outright futile considering what scientists are trying to mimic—volcanic eruptions. If we look at the second largest eruption of the 20th century, Mount Pinatubo, which erupted in the Philippines in 1991,

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Scientists Will Begin Geo-engineering Experiment and Try to Block the Sun – Global Research

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15-12-18 05:11:00,

Scientists have decided to publically attempt a geoengineering experiment. The researchers from Harvard University are going to attempt to us particles to block out the sun in an attempt to save humanity from global warming, and cool the planet.

According to Popular Mechanics, this incredibly bad-sounding idea seems like it stemmed from an actual event.  In 1991, the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines, sending millions of tons of ash and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. This layer of particulates actually lowered global temperatures by almost a full degree Fahrenheit for the following two years.

Researchers speculated that by filling the atmosphere with a similar level of particulates that were shot into the sky during the 1991 eruption, while skipping the lava and explosions, they might be able to reduce global temperatures enough to halt or delay some of the more severe consequences of “climate change.” But even the most left-leaning of human beings are not on board with attempting to alter the global climate artificially. After all, isn’t that what the tyrants and political elitists the peons continue to vote for keep telling us was the problem in the first place?  Any small mistake could radically and permanently destroy the delicate ecosystems and global climates for centuries.

In particular, one study published last year found that spraying particulates into the atmosphere around the Gulf of Mexico could trigger droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. But scientists are attempting to assure everyone that their test won’t have any major effect on the climate.

The test allegedly consists of a high-altitude balloon that will fly several miles into the atmosphere and release less than a pound of calcium carbonate (a less harmful alternative to the sulfur dioxide produced by volcanoes) and then spend about a day flying through the resulting cloud to measure its effects. The purpose of this test is to figure out exactly how the substance behaves in our air so scientists can build more accurate simulations.

Of course, others have gathered a wealth of evidence suggesting that climate manipulation is already occurring right under our noses. Dane Wigington has an entire website titled GeoengineeringWatch.org in which he publishes all of the evidence he’s collected proving that governments have been manipulated the weather for a long time. 

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Scientists Freak Out Over Pandemic Potential Of Genetically Engineered Smallpox

Scientists Freak Out Over Pandemic Potential Of Genetically Engineered Smallpox

15-10-18 07:34:00,

Following the release of a paper earlier this year which describes how researchers stitched together segments of DNA in order to revive horsepox – a previously eradicated virus, scientists have been flipping out over the possibility that bad actors may use the study as a blueprint to revive smallpox. 

The disease killed an estimated 300 million people before the World Health Organization deemed it eradicated following a long vaccination campaign. Thus, the publication of a method for reviving a closely related disease has understandably raised some red flags within the scientific community, reports futurism.com

Critics argue that the paper not only demonstrates that you can synthesize a deadly pathogen for what Science reported was about US$100,000 in lab expenses, but even provides a slightly-too-detailed-for-comfort overview of how to do it.

Some of the horsepox scientists’ coworkers are still pretty upset about this. PLOS One’s sister Journal, PLOS Pathogens, just published three opinion pieces about the whole flap, as well as a rebuttal by the Canadian professors.

Overall, everyone’s pretty polite. But you get the sense that microbiologists are really, really worried about someone reviving smallpox. –futurism.com

Prior to its eradication, smallpox was primarily spread by direct and fairly prolonged face-to-face contact between people. Once the first sores appeared in the mouth and throat (the early rash stage), they were contagious until the last smallpox scab fell off. According to the CDC, “these scabs and the fluid found in the patient’s sores also contained the variola virus. The virus can spread through these materials or through the objects contaminated by them, such as bedding or clothing. People who cared for smallpox patients and washed their bedding or clothing had to wear gloves and take care to not get infected.”

Smallpox sores (photo: CDC)

What would a smallpox bioterror attack look like? Via the CDC:

Most likely, if smallpox is released into the United States as a bioterrorist attack, public health authorities will find out once the first person sick with the disease goes to a hospital for treatment of an unknown illness.

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Bioweapon? Scientists Sound Alarm Over DARPA Plans To Spread Viruses Using Insects

Bioweapon? Scientists Sound Alarm Over DARPA Plans To Spread Viruses Using Insects

06-10-18 08:20:00,

A team of scientist sounds the alarm in a new Science Policy Forum report about a mysterious US government program that is developing genetically modified viruses that would be dispersed into the environment using insects. The virus-infected or ‘Frankenstein’ insects are being developed as countermeasures against potential natural and engineered threats to the US food supply. The program is operated by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) could be viewed as an attempt to develop an entirely new class of bioweapons that would prompt other nations to seek similar weapons, they cautioned.

The researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the University of Freiburg both in Germany, and the University of Montpellier in France suggest DARPA’s program could likely breach the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the development, production, and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons.

Dubbed the “Insect Allies” program, DARPA began modifying insects in 2017, with the plan to produce more resilient crops to help farmers deal with climate change, drought, frost, floods, salinity, and disease, said Gizmodo. The technology at the center of the program is an entirely new method of genetically modifying crops. Instead of modifying seeds in a lab, farmers would send swarms of insects into their crops, where the genetically modified bugs would infect plants with a virus that passes along the new resilience genes, a process known as horizontal genetic alteration. Hence the technology’s name—Horizontal Environmental Genetic Alteration Agents (HEGAA).

For HEGAA to work, Gizmodo explains that DARPA labs develop a virus that is inserted into the chromosome of a target organism. Scientists would use leafhoppers, whiteflies, and aphids genetically altered in the lab using CRISPR, or a variant of a gene-editing system, to carry the virus into crops. Each plant would then be infected by the insect, triggering the intended effects of protecting crops from natural and or human-made threats.

However, the lead author of the report, Richard Guy Reeves from the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, says DARPA’s Insect Allies program is disturbing and an example of dual-use research in which the US government, in addition to aiding farmers’

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Scientists Say Monsanto Weed Killer Contributes to Honeybee Deaths

Scientists Say Monsanto Weed Killer Contributes to Honeybee Deaths

25-09-18 08:55:00,

Honeybees that were exposed to the chemical glyphosate were far more likely to die when later exposed to bacteria. (Marc Airhart)

The world’s most commonly used weed killer makes honeybees more susceptible to disease, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, weakens bees’ gut bacteria, making them more likely to contract deadly infections.

“It’s not the only thing causing all these bee deaths, but it is definitely something people should worry about because glyphosate is used everywhere,”  said Erick Motta, a graduate student and a leader on the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Bees, which are vital for pollination and food production, are in decline. The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace reports that since 2006 the U.S. honeybee population has declined by 40 percent.

“We need better guidelines for glyphosate use, especially regarding bee exposure, because right now the guidelines assume bees are not harmed by the herbicide,” Motta said. “Our study shows that’s not true.”

Glyphosate is also the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Ranger Pro herbicide.

“Claims that glyphosate has a negative impact on honeybees are simply not true,” Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, told The Guardian. “More than 40 years of robust, independent scientific evidence shows that it poses no unreasonable risk for humans, animal, and the environment generally.”

California lists glyphosate as a known chemical to cause cancer. Scientists have also identified links between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In an earnings call this month, Bayer said it is facing 8,700 plaintiffs seeking damages over the effects of Roundup and Ranger Pro. Last month, a court ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to one such plaintiff, a former San Francisco school groundskeeper who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Bayer denies responsibility.

Naomi LaChance

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