Was Genetic Engineering A Factor In The Zika Outbreak?

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Originally published in VETERANS TODAY By Richard Edmondson on February 1, 2016

Sometimes I think humans are the stupidest species on the planet. We are the only species that, solely for the sake of profit, endeavor to develop technologies that not only are completely unnecessary for our survival but have a potential risk factor of bringing about our own destruction. This has been going on for much of the last century, and we have amply demonstrated over the same time we will believe any lie told to us provided it comes from a “credible” source.

And one of those “credible” sources is “science.”

I normally am not a science writer, but for the past few days stories about genetically modified mosquitoes have been buzzing around the Internet with regard to Zika, the latest virus that seems to be threatening certain populations in lesser developed areas of the world. Depending upon which source you believe, such mosquitoes are either, a) the solution to the Zika outbreak, or, b) the cause of it.

Let’s examine theory “a” first. The idea that GM mosquitoes (GMM) might rescue the people of Brazil and other countries seems to stem from  a January 19 press release put out by Oxitech, a British company that describes itself as “a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops.”

The gist of the press release is that the company will be opening a “mosquito production facility” in the city of Piracicaba, Brazil, the function of which will be to produce “self-limiting mosquitoes whose offspring do not survive.” The male mosquitoes have been genetically altered in such a way that they are incapable, theoretically at any rate, of producing viable offspring. Thus, the GMM’s will be released into the wild, where they will mate with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the main vector of the Zika virus, and henceforth they will dramatically reduce the mosquito population.

That’s the theory, at any rate. Fox News, NPR, CBS, The Guardian, Time, CNN and others all went with the story, all plugging the use of GMM’s and suggesting it might be useful in the fight against the Zika virus.

“There is no biological mechanism by which the Oxitec bug’s modified pieces of DNA can transfer into human DNA, or into other mammals and insects,” Ford Vox asserts confidently in an opinion piece at CNN.

Continue reading: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/02/01/was-genetic-engineering-a-factor-in-the-zika-outbreak/

Technology Can Help Improve Your Life, Yet You Can’t Cheat Nature

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‘Joseph’s coat of many colors’ couldn’t prevent Dolly Parton from plastic surgery. Wasn’t she beautiful before the surgical operation?

Once working in Amsterdam, I said to my colleague: “The old photographs of Michael Jackson show how handsome he was, wondering the motive behind his nose job.”

The colleague looked at me and said: “If you have money like Michael Jackson, believe me, you will do more than what he did. Money tells people what to do, you’re poor the reason you’re criticizing him.”

I didn’t argue with him but I thought of what he said to me the whole day. I have never hated any part of my body since from my youth and through my adulthood. So what does he mean that if I have money I will do more than what he did?

It’s unfortunate that many people don’t like they way they look or hate something particularly on the body, which they think don’t make them attractive.

As modern technology advances, people that want to change something on the body are actively engaged to plastic surgery, despite apparent negative consequences.

Those who undergo surgical correction may seem very happy after the operation some few years later, but I don’t have words to describe how horrible some of them looked like in their ripe age.

Whether smaller nose,  sexy lips, tighter tummy or perkier breasts, plastic surgery can take it’s toll on your health one day. Many went under knife to be beautiful, but at the moment they looked like creatures from different planet trying to find home among us.

Yes, technology can improve your health and life but you can never cheat nature. Your body and leg reveal you are over fifty but your face reveals you are about thirty-five or you wear mask. Are you satisfied about that? Don’t deceive yourself.

African Politics Is Like A Man Answering Nature’s Call Without Toilet Paper

MerkelGerman’s Angela Merkel and Ghana’s Nana Akofo-Addo: Do African politicians know how European and American politicians underestimate them?

Have you ever been to the toilet and after easing yourself you found out that you have no toilet paper in the roll set? The lost hope, uncertainty, and hopelessness, not knowing exactly what to do, is exactly the situation of Africans under corrupt and greedy politicians in Africa.

My heart aches when I see Africans queuing in those hot temperatures to cast their votes for corrupt, greedy and useless politicians. For a very long time, Africa has been a caricature, a puppet and a laughing stock in the eyes of Europeans. You will know the disrespect Europeans and Americans give to Africa when you live in Europe, you will never know that when you live in Africa.

Africans are considered sub-human beings or the least important people on this planet. The reason  Europeans invaded the continent. After decades of slavery, suffering, and colonization, African leaders are still considered stupid by Europe and America, because they still repeat the same mistakes they did.

How many countries make Africa? If out of all the head of states in Africa, only South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki; Nelson Mandela and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, are the only presidents to tell Europe and America that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes against Africa, what are the rest of African head of states doing or saying?

There is no continent which has suffered more than Africa, yet African leaders don’t take the suffering masses into consideration to improve the standard of living because all that they are interested is to steal from the government coffers to Switzerland.

Let’s assume Africans can’t read, so we don’t know that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes, but help has come close to us when a European scientist, Johan Van Dongen, after four decades of research revealed the diseases weren’ natural. They were manufactured in the laboratory for bio-warfare purpose and tested on Africans, yet African leaders still haven’t reacted. Is that stupidity or intelligence.

Professor Johan Van Dongen could have remained silence like other scientists, after discovering that Aids and Ebola were medical crimes against Africa, but because of the love he has for the continent, he published his findings, which cost him dearly. He lost his job as a university lecturer because the government(Holland) was angry with him. How would the world view African leaders? Stupid or intelligent?

African leaders attend conferences and seminars overseas. They feel so fortunate and happy to take pictures with advanced countries leaders, but they don’t feel that way. They feel they are standing with morons, incompetent and corrupt politicians, that years after colonization can’t help fellow Africans or develop their countries.

In Ghana, there is a proverb which says, “If one washes his hands well, he will end up eating with the king on the same dining table.” If African leaders want to be respected by the outside world, they should show a little intelligence and patriotism, because they have disappointed Africans for too long.

What’s Your Role To Make This World A Better Place?

 

While many try to save this world, others too try to destroy it.

Everyone has a responsibility to make this world a better place

The present state of human society is in many ways contrary to our natural desire for a peaceful, secure, and happy life on this earth. Things are falling apart and the society is disintegrating. The society is plagued by diverse problems, including drug abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, child trafficking, sex trafficking etc.

Corruption is so severe that it has gone into governmental institutions, healthcare, and educational systems. Many want to leave this earth, even though it isn’t yet time to die, thus; contemplate of committing suicide. Sometimes I ‘m very scared to listen to the news, because what one hears can ruin your day, sometimes days or even weeks.

Many think life has no purpose, so they don’t value it any longer, but if one realizes how precious life is, he will find out the means to live a better life. Suppose you think the comfort of life is a luxury, so you need  the fastest car, expensive mansion etc, you can have all them and still be miserable because the heart of man is dark and greedy. The man has dominion over all things as a human being but due to pride, greed, power and selfishness, we have abused the planet.

There is no justice without the dollar. The rich getting richer, while the poor getting poorer every day. But since we are still living and part of this generation, we have a role to play to make this world a better place. The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Obviously, we can’t solve all the problems of this world, yet we can do something to reduce the problems and bring a little happiness to those unfortunate ones, including children.

 

Green Planet: A Poem By Lori Triggs

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At one time our planet was colorful as lush with plants even flowers 

And towering trees beautiful I can see,

The planet was filled with animals even birds more species that was plentiful

While the mammals and fish filled the oceans even waters majestic,

The oceans with lakes even rivers as the waters where aqua or

Torques blue lovely green was a fantasy.

 

Now our planet is filled with tons trash on the streets even

At the garbage dumps filled to the top to no end,

The planet not colorful or lush with plants even flowers

And towering trees it becoming a waste land of dirt and mud,

Even homes plus businesses filled with humans to see

The animals even birds is getting scarce means no food or wildlife,

While the mammals and fish are finding up dead in the waters

Or land means no food or sea life.

The oceans with lakes even rivers as the waters are brown,

Or nasty green will be unsafe to drink this is not a fantasy.

 

We should help the planet even ourselves by recycling

bottles, paper, cardboard, cans even glass in recycling centers,

Make green homes by using reused materials granite, tiles, wood,

Bottles, paper, cardboard, cans even glass solar tubes, & solar energy

Plus solar water, everything energy officiant,

The cars we use should be hydrogen, solar, electric or hybrid

So go green not brown if we keep what we are doing we are all dead!

Copyrighted July 17 2008

The Truth: Welcome To The Revelation

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The most important book you will ever read.

REVIEW by Dr. Ben-Zion Weiss (Lecturer University of Western Sydney, Sufi Master, and Universal Peace Leader): This is a truly remarkable book…it is essential reading at this time on the planet. Written in 3 parts, it begins with several chapters on connections and the importance of Source Energy, while the second part covers knowing your true self and finally part 3 is about creating a new world. The book is easy to read and still maintains a remarkable level of depth. It focuses on love and trust and knowing who you really are, so you can be part of this new movement to change the world.

This is The Truth®:

– All your life you have been led to believe you are something and someone you’re not.
– These limiting beliefs trap you, stifle you and deplete you.
– The material world you live in benefits from your deluded self-perception, but you are greatly diminished by it.
– You are much more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
– When you understand your profound connection to all living energy, and to the driving force of all existence, you will transform your being and your life.
– When you awaken to The Truth your reality will automatically change, without you even trying. It will happen naturally and spontaneously, like cellular knowing.
– And as more of us do this, our world will inevitably revolutionize itself, uniting religion, race and culture.
– The Truth will set you free!

The author, a double masters qualified Dean’s Medalist, is the conduit for this vital message: one that’s been hailed the greatest message of all time, simplified, and written for our time.

NOTHING like this has been written before.

A three-part metamorphosis guides you to an incredible rediscovery. You will be instantly reprogrammed, and the blinding glasses you wear every day will be removed, so that you can finally find clarity, awareness, answers and fulfilment. Find The Truth.

A timeless, vital message, The Truth® is here to set you free.

Learn more about the author, buy the book, or follow them on social media:
Visit the Author’s Website.
Buy the Book On Amazon.
Visit the Facebook Fan Page.

The Writer’s Message:
The Truth was written though one of us, for all of us. It is the most vital message of all time, and it belongs to every one of us. The conduit for this message is a double Masters Degree qualified published author. They have used the pseudonym AD Infinitum to reflect the fact that the message came through them (rather than from them), and it is eternal.

We rejected a mainstream publishing option as we feel this is an extremely powerful message for the people, and it holds its own immense energy. We believe it will drive it’s own movement and momentum. Please do all you can to spread the word in whatever way you can. Hold a workshop, create a gathering space where people can share their stories and inspire one another, talk about The Truth® online and on social media.

We believe if we are fortunate enough to receive this message, it is our responsibility to share it. It is what we all desperately seek and need, not just for our own well-being, but for the survival of our children and the planet.

So, when we talk ABOUT US this includes YOU. You are one of us now that you have discovered The Truth®. Welcome to the revolution. Together we will unite and heal the world. The TRUTH is a post from Awesome Gang.

 

Organization Save The Frog Launches A New Book Highlighting Amphibians

Half of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to SAVE THE FROGS!, so please go order your copy today! Order your copy by contributing to the Amphibian Love crowdfunding campaign at: http://igg.me/at/amphibianlove
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San Jose artist Leah Jay has created a beautiful book called “Amphibian Love”, filled with dazzling nature art to help endangered animals. Amphibians are vital to the earth’s ecosystems, and their loss is an indication of the worldwide trend in decreasing biodiversity – the “Sixth Extinction”.

Leah’s hardbound book features detailed watercolor and chalk pastel illustrations of various species frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. The rhyming text within the illustrations makes each piece attractive and educational. This book will be a great resource for young readers to interest them in these fascinating animals and makes an excellent addition to anybody’s coffee table!

The Amphibian Love book campaign page is active through the month of April, with a book pre-order option of $35, and other art-based incentives including the original paintings. The April campaign coincides with Earth Day, 4/22, and International Save The Frogs Day , 4/25

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Order your copy of Amphibian Love at:
http://igg.me/at/amphibianlove
Your FREE copy of The Little Book of Frog Poetry, Volume 1

The Little Book of Frog Poetry is not available for sale anywhere on the planet and only 2,000 copies exist, but we will send you a free copy when you buy Amphibian Love. Since 2009 I have read through thousands of frog poems that our supporters submitted to the SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest. In February 2015, SAVE THE FROGS! Graphic Design Volunteer Alyson Lee and I put together some of our all time favorite frog poems and created The Little Book of Frog Poetry, Volume 1.

The poetry contained in this book is among the best frog poetry ever written, so I know it will provide inspiration, education and enjoyment to thousands of students, teachers and frog lovers. And of course the book features amazing frog art from around the world. Thanks to our generous donors, we printed 2,000 copies and have been distributing them to schools, libraries and Save The Frogs Day event organizers in order to raise awareness for the frogs we love. Please order a copy for yourself, enjoy the poetic frog inspiration and help spread our amphibious message far and wide!
Order Amphibian Love and get your free copy of The Little Book of Frog Poetry, Volume 1

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About Leah Jay, the artist

A lifelong artist, nature lover, and San Jose resident, Leah has spent 15 years perfecting her mixed watercolor and pastel illustration technique. She teaches art and shows her work locally.
http://www.leahjayart.com/about

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Learn more about Amphibian Love:
http://www.leahjayart.com/amphibianlove

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Thank you for supporting Amphibian Conservation and Wildlife Art, and happy Earth Day!

Please order Amphibian Love and The Little Book of Frog Poetry at:
http://igg.me/at/amphibianlove

Thanks and happy  FrogSave The s Day week!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS!
Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
www.savethefrogs.com
http://www.savethefrogs.com/kerry-kriger
kerry@savethefrogs.com
415-878-6525 (voicemail)
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“Every once in awhile, you meet a person that inspires you with their dedication to a cause. Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder and director of SAVE THE FROGS!, is one of those inspiring people I’ve been lucky enough to meet.”
— Leah Jay, Author of Amphibian Love, San Jose, CA

ABOUT SAVE THE FROGS!

Frogs are the most threatened group of animals on the planet: nearly 2,000 of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction and up to 200 species have entirely disappeared in recent decades. Save The Frogs Day! is the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. We work in California, across the USA, and around the world to prevent the extinction of amphibians, and to create a better planet for humans and wildlife. Your financial contributions to SAVE THE FROGS! are tax-deductible and enable us to spread amphibian awareness, campaign for threatened amphibians and train the next generation of amphibian conservationists. Please donate, become a member, or help us fundraise. Thank you!

 Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues to help spread the word. You can write to us at SAVE THE FROGS!, PO Box 78758, Los Angeles, CA 90016 USA or call us at 415-878-6525. If you prefer not to receive future emails about our efforts to protect the world’s most endangered animals, you can unsubscribe at: http://savethefrogs.com/unsubscribe