Genomic sequencing: the brave new world

29 September 2020 — Open Democracy

The window of opportunity for the public to be heard is closing. This is dangerous.

The first bacterial whole genome to be sequenced was of the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae. – Wikicommons/ T CDC/Dr. W.A. Clark (PHIL #1617), 1977. Some rights reserved.

Many believe that tampering with human DNA is tantamount to “playing God”, and a boundary that must not be transgressed. Caution in the face of the unknown has led to blanket bans on certain genetic technologies. Our understanding of genetics, however, is evolving at a dizzying pace. This has led to the development of new genetic technologies, which make it possible to directly edit human genetic makeup.

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If you are reading this, you might be a Conspiracy Theorist

21 August, 2020 — Dissident Voice

by John Steppling

…a permanent modern scenario: apocalypse looms . . . and it doesn’t occur.
— Susan Sontag, AIDs and its Metaphors, 1989

I should not misuse this opportunity to give you a lecture about, say, logic. I call this a misuse, for to explain a scientific matter to you it would need a course of lectures and not an hour’s paper. Another alternative would have been to give you what’s called a popular scientific lecture, that is a lecture intended to make you believe that you understand a thing which actually you don’t understand, and to gratify what I believe to be one of the lowest desires of modern people, namely the superficial curiosity about the latest discoveries of science. I rejected these alternatives.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, A Lecture on Ethics, 1929

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably been called a conspiracy theorist. Also you’ve been derided and shamed for questioning the “science” of the Covid debacle.

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The Virus: Governments Are Faking It, and Copying Each Other

20 August, 2020 — American Institute for Economic Research

A mystery for months is how it is that so many governments in so many different places on earth could have adopted the same or very similar preposterous policies, no matter the threat level of the virus, and without firm evidence that interventions had any hope of being effective.

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Cosmic Gangster Capitalism: Elon Musk Crowds the Heavens

9 April 2020 — American Herald Tribune

“I don’t trust glib reassurances from satellite operators without precise details.” Alice Gorman, space archaeologist, May 26, 2019

Elon Musk 0a326Astronomers tend to have their eyes, and minds, not merely in the clouds but beyond them.  The dream of unimpaired vision tends to come with the territory; the better the uninterrupted line, the better the data.  But the increasing incidence of clutter above the earth’s surface is becoming more than a point of minor interest.  It preoccupies those keen on clarity and pollution, both in terms of actual space debris, and the issue of light disruption.

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Scientists against the machine

17 May 2019 — Red Pepper

Jane Shallice examines the history of radical research at the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science

The social consequences of the present direction of science and technology are clear. New technologies used to strengthen state surveillance, the interminable research and production of weapons and delivery systems, the necessity to end carbon based energies, the corporate nature of science and universities, intellectual property rights and the seizure of knowledge as private property for private returns, genetic engineering and GM, AI, algorithms, big Pharma’s dominance and its impact on health care, environmental pollution and degradation and, dominating all, the role of human activity on climate change.

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China’s Golem Babies: There is Another Agenda By F William Engdahl

6 December 2018 — NEO

The shocking news that a team of scientists working in China have managed to gene-edit the DNA of recently-born human twins to allegedly make them genetically immune to a HIV infection is more than bizarre and irresponsible. It suggests that certain researchers are making dangerous experiments to create ultimately the eugenics master dream—custom-designed humans. I call them Golem babies because when technology begins cutting and splicing the human DNA without certitude that the result will be stable or healthy to the human species it is not healthy.

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EU 5G Appeal – Scientists warn of potential serious health effects of 5G

7 November 2018 — The 5G Appeal

In an appeal to the European Union, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warn about the danger of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The scientists urge the EU to follow Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe, asking for an independent task force to reassess the health effects.

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State of Nature Spring 2013: fossil fuels / environment movement / energy policy / nukes / …

14 January 2014 — State of Nature

  • The Grisly Underside of Fossil Fuels

    “As recently as the 19th century, the grizzly race discovered fossil fuels and everything changed almost overnight. What followed was an explosion of the grizzly population, leaving little ecological room for the survival of other species – to say nothing of the environmental requirements for a complex organism like H. s. sapiens.” Continue reading