Headlines of interest, early to mid February 2016…
What is Clapper telling us?..
MIT Technology Review – Top U.S. Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat
Although the report doesn’t mention CRISPR by name, Clapper clearly had the newest and the most versatile of the gene-editing systems in mind. The CRISPR technique’s low cost and relative ease of use—the basic ingredients can be bought online for $60—seems to have spooked intelligence agencies.
“Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products,” the report said.
The concern is that biotechnology is a “dual use” technology—meaning normal scientific developments could also be harnessed as weapons. The report noted that new discoveries “move easily in the globalized economy, as do personnel with the scientific expertise to design and use them.”
Clapper didn’t lay out any particular bioweapons scenarios, but scientists have previously speculated about whether CRISPR could be used to make “killer mosquitoes,” plagues that wipe out staple crops, or even a virus that snips at people’s DNA.
PLOS ONE (March 27, 2015) – Heritable CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing in the Yellow Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti
Cell (April 7, 2015) – Genome Engineering with CRISPR-Cas9 in the Mosquito Aedes aegypti
Aedes aegypti survives winters in D.C…
Voice of America – Type of Mosquito that Carries Zika Virus Found in Washington, DC
Lest we forget who came up with this bright idea…
Aftermath News (AFP Oct. 22, 2008) – ‘Flying syringe’ mosquitos get Bill Gates funding
Activist Post (Jon Rappoport) – Zika: GE Mosquitoes Bite, Deliver Flying Vaccine?
GreenMedinfo (Jagannath Chatterjee) – What is the Zika Virus Epidemic Covering Up?
In other international news…
Reflections of Fidel – Luchar por la paz es el deber más sagrado de todos los seres humanos
North Korea Leadership Watch – The Fall of Ri Yong Gil
The following raises similar issues as we have raised in our ongoing coverage of Bilal Erdogan’s BMZ Group fleet…
The Take Away – Dangerous Waters: New Report Calls for More Security at Sea
New data from shipping routes across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean reveals that little oversight exists for ships and vessels entering European ports after passing through questionable terrorist hot beds, like Syria and Libya.
The Financial Times and Winward, an Israeli maritime intelligence company, uncovered a number of vulnerabilities in the international maritime industry. In one case, a cargo ship switched off its location and transmitting signals while sailing near the coast of Tunisia. In another, a ship departing from Genoa, Spain, made a 500 nautical mile detour off the coast of Africa, where it stopped and lingered before returning to it’s original destination in Portugal.
ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of Faros24) – Greek Authorities Arrest 2 British-Iraqis Driving Vanloads of Guns and Ammo In Alexandroupolis
Times of India – Saudi Arabia moves troops to Turkey as ‘base for Syria invasion’
Russia Insider – Russia Has Destroyed the CIA’s Arms Smuggling Operation in Syria
South Front – False Truce
In other words, Erdogan threatens to escalate the rape of Europa…
Daily Mail – Migrant rape fears spread across Europe: Women told not to go out at night alone after assaults carried out in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland amid warnings gangs are co-ordinating attacks
But not only in Europe…
On Feb. 4, Erdogan gave a speech at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (National Higher Studies Institute) in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. During his speech, a group of female protesters were heard screaming “Fuera Ecuador Erdogan” (“Get out of Ecuador, Erdogan”) and “Asesino” (“Murderer”). Some of the protesters had “asesino” written on their hands as well. Their protest lasted less than a minute before they were brutally attacked by Erdogan’s Turkish bodyguards. The women were forcefully removed from the room and claimed to have been assaulted; the bodyguards punched their heads, vaginas and breasts. As the female protesters were being dragged out of the auditorium, Erdogan said, “As we see now, there are sometimes disrespectful characters as well. Appropriate responses will always be taken to handle these disrespectful people.”
Oregon Live – Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Portland
Boiling Frogs Post (Todd Macfarlane) – View from the Trenches…
What is the Difference Between Occupy Malheur and a Rainbow Family Gathering?
Whiskey instead of LSD?
San Antonio Express-News – Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch
Black Box Voting– Caucus Integrity 2016
Dissident Voice (Greg Palast) – Who Hatched Rubio?
Miami New Times – Marco’s Porn Connection
Wayne Madsen Report – February 4-5, 2016 — Rubio’s “excellent” London vacation
Whenever a noted politician from overseas, especially one running for president of the United States, visits Britain, Britain’s intelligence services take note and conduct protective surveillance of the individual…
WMR’s London sources report that Rubio made an interesting side trip while in London meeting Tory politicians. Rubio allegedly made a nighttime visit to London’s Soho district, which is also the city’s gay neighborhood. British intelligence was both amused and concerned about the senator’s cavorting around Soho. In any event, the security services made a note of the Rubio visit to Soho for future reference.
Tim Shorrock – Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Inc.
Brain Preservation Foundation – Newly invented Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation procedure wins Brain Preservation Prize
ENENews – Experts: Formaldehyde is spewing from massive LA gas leak — “Very dangerous for public”… methane turning into embalming fluid — Can make your body “start digesting itself” — Company knows this is happening and should warn us… Obviously they don’t want you to know about it
– CBS: Radiation leak “getting worse” at nuclear plant near NYC — Levels increase over 120,000%, almost 15 million pCi/L — Governor: “Extremely disconcerting” — Expert: I don’t think they know where it’s coming from — Radioactive Antimony now being detected
Caltech (Youtube) – The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding