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New York Times prints interview with hacker that has conspiracy bits included

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[I] nearly missed this article from November 10th at the NY Times. The writer shares his impressions and includes a few quotes from convicted hacker ‘Guccifer’, who is serving time now in a maximum security prison. Most of it is the usual fare, but this bit caught my attention:

Before agreeing to answer questions from The New York Times in prison, where he shares a cell with four others, including two convicted murderers, he read out a lengthy handwritten statement that he said explained the purpose of his hacking.

A potpourri of conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the 1997 death of Princess Diana and alleged plans for a nuclear attack in Chicago in 2015, it said: “This world is run by a group of conspirators called the Council of Illuminati, very rich people, noble families, bankers and industrialists from the 19th and 20th century.” [emphasis added]

Say what? First of all, let’s just pray that nothing like this happens, but why is it included in such a casual way–and oh, yeah, he says Chicago will get nuked?

Read the entire, very interesting article via For Guccifer, Hacking Was Easy. Prison Is Hard. – NYTimes.com.

What’s in the Needle? Part 3 – Chimpanzee Virus plus a mysterious ‘adjuvant’

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Ebola vaccine testing to begin on humans[T]he race to discover an effective yet lucrative Ebola vaccine commenced in earnest about 10 years ago. Most of the research was funded fully or in part by such auspicious entities like BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) wing of DARPA (Defense Advances Research Projects Agency), the NIH (National Institutes of Health), USAMRIID (United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases), or NIAID (National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases). However, private money has also found its way into laboratories across the globe, and major pharmaceutical companies like Merck have led the way.

In 2007, Merck spun off a biopharmaceutical company called Okairos for its ‘clinical-stage’ vaccines. One of the most prominent of these vaccine candidates includes a recombinant vector based on chimpanzee adenoviruses. A vector is simply a molecular truck that delivers a payload into a living system. Adenoviruses can infect humans and primates (the literature will say ‘non-human primates’, but since I believe in Creation, I consider primates and human entirely different species with no common ancestry).

Originally, numerous researchers explored the human adenovirus (HAdV) as possible vectors, but many of us already have been exposed at some time previously, which means we already carry antibodies against HAdV—in fact, it is often cultured from the throats of sick children. Our natural immunity to HAdV meant it could not be used as a vector, but non-human versions could. Hence, about ten years ago, research began using various serotypes of chimpanzee adenovirus (ChAdV, sometimes written CAdV). One of the leading candidates for an Ebola vaccine includes the number 3 serotype, CAdV-3. Okairos, the spinoff from Merck, has found a way to remove the dangerous genes from the DNA genome of the adenovirus and insert an Ebola Glycoprotein (EVD-GP) instead. This allows the viral vector to express the Ebola GP on its outer membrane, which makes it look just like an Ebola virus particle. Continue reading

Ebola Report: Just What Happened in Spain?

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UPDATE: DailyMail now reports nursing assistant is Teresa Romero Ramos, and that she is under military guard while in isolation. Authorities in Spain also are planning to euthanize Ramos’s dog as a precaution.

By Sharon K. Gilbert

[A]s the numbers of the dead and dying continue to climb in West Africa, new cases are being reported outside of Africa. Thomas Eric Duncan lied his way onto a series of airlines to hop from Brussels, to Washington D.C., and finally to Dallas. One might make an exception for Duncan; he merely wanted to make it to Texas so he could propose to Louise Troh, but now we hear of a nurse in Spain who has tested positive for Ebola.

CNN reports[i] that Teresa Romero Ramos, nursing assistant who contracted Ebola while caring for two missionary priests has been placed in isolation along with two others: Ms. Ramos’s husband and a second nurse who is exhibiting symptoms consistent with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), however the second nurse has not tested positive for the virus. However, the second nurse does admit that she was exposed to the virus while wearing protective gear.

Protective clothing (Personal Protection Equipment or PPE) is all that stands between a health care worker (HCW) and Ebola infection. In a hospital setting, under ordinary circumstances, nurses and nursing assistants routinely use ‘universal precautions’ to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and personal exposure to pathogens. However, as strict as the ‘universal precautions’ protocol is, it is insufficient when dealing with a BSL-4 level virus such as Ebola. In Spain, while caring for the Ebola victims, all healthcare workers involved should have been give special training and observed a higher level of precaution. PPEs are vital to this protocol. Continue reading

Hey, Kids! Squalene’s Back!

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[L]ongtime listeners to our internet podcast, PID Radio, may remember that back in 2009 or so, Derek and I were talking about the government’s proposal that Swine Flu vaccine manufacturers be allowed to add an adjuvant to their vaccine cocktails to keep costs to a minimum and ‘stretch’ the amount of active ingredients within the vaccine. At the time, health and wellness groups throughout the country made a massive squawk about squalene, the proposed adjuvant that was only permitted in Europe.

Journalist Gary Matsumoto, author of Vaccine A: The Covert Experiment that’s Killing our Soldiers, and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims, asserts that squalene was included as an adjuvant (read that as ‘money saving measure’) in the Anthrax vaccine given to Gulf War soldiers, and that Gulf War Syndrome is a consequence of squalene’s effect on the immune systems of these brave men and women. In 2009, we managed to remove the squalene inclusion option from vaccines given to US citizens (other than soldiers, that is), but a study released today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may change all that. Continue reading