Headlines of interest, early to mid February 2016…

N.Y.TimesPrepare for ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn

What is Clapper telling us?..

MIT Technology ReviewTop 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 AmericaType 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?

GMWatchArgentine and Brazilian doctors name larvicide as potential cause of microcephaly

In other international news…

Radio HavanaHeads of Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches Meet in Havana

Reflections of Fidel – Luchar por la paz es el deber más sagrado de todos los seres humanos

UPIRussia, North Korea issue warnings against THAAD deployment

NK NewsN.Korea successfully placed satellite into orbit: MND

NBCNorth Korean satellite ‘tumbling out of control,’ US officials say

North Korea Leadership WatchThe 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 AwayDangerous 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

Russia and Saudi Strike Compromise On Oil Production, Despite Threatened Confrontation In Syria

Pentagon Commandos Into Syria?—Arab Special Forces Coming In the Back Door To WWIII

Times of IndiaSaudi Arabia moves troops to Turkey as ‘base for Syria invasion’

Russia InsiderRussia Has Destroyed the CIA’s Arms Smuggling Operation in Syria

South FrontFalse Truce

Military Analysis: The Turkish 2nd Army. Invasion Force for Syria?

RTTurkish forces shell Kurdish camp in Syria, reportedly hit govt forces

Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report

In other words, Erdogan threatens to escalate the rape of Europa…

Daily MailMigrant 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…

Al MonitorWhy did Erdogan’s bodyguards beat up these Ecuadorian women?

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.”

UN arms Libyan women with gun-safety knowledge

Five years on, displaced Libyans languish in camps

Israeli slip of the tongue embarrasses Egypt

Zero Hedge10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars

Oregon LiveNevada 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?

ReutersOregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

San Antonio Express-NewsSenior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

Zero HedgeJustice Scalia Found Dead “With Pillow Over His Head”, But No Autopsy Ordered

Sentinel SunFeds deceived us about billionaire sex offender’s ‘sweetheart deal,’ teen victims say

BloombergNew Hampshire Bucks the Establishment to Back Trump and Sanders

Black Box VotingCaucus Integrity 2016

Dissident Voice (Greg Palast) – Who Hatched Rubio?

Miami New TimesMarco’s Porn Connection

Wayne Madsen ReportFebruary 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.

LaRouchePACLawsuits Spotlight Obama’s Protection of British Crown Jewel’s HSBC Drug Running and Criminality

ReutersWikiLeaks’ Assange ‘arbitrarily detained’ in embassy, U.N. panel to say

BoingBoingSnowden intelligence docs reveal UK spooks’ malware checklist

Tim ShorrockCryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Inc.

Brain Preservation FoundationNewly invented Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation procedure wins Brain Preservation Prize

ENENewsExperts: 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

DWScientists say they have confirmed Einstein space-time theory

Caltech (Youtube) – The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding

 

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