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The Future of Medicine: Deciphering a Major Clue in the SOTU Comments Off on The Future of Medicine: Deciphering a Major Clue in the SOTU

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Sharon
Wikimedia Commons illustration of 'tissue on a chip' concept.

Wikimedia Commons illustration of ’tissue on a chip’ concept.

Last night’s ‘State of the Union’ speech contained loads of platitudes, congratulatory back-pats, and perhaps a few misleading statements (jobs numbers, for one—and the implication that Americans are better off now for another), but that’s not what I intend to write about this morning. Instead, I’d like to take a long at a little bomb our President dropped that may indicate the direction healthcare is heading in the near future.

Here’s the quote:

21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. Tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes — and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.

The President loves doing as much as he can to circumvent Congress, so he’s signed memoranda, letters, and executive orders on an almost daily basis. Now, the ‘Precision Medicine Initiative’ has not yet been signed (or at least, it is not showing up as such on the Internet—the only references are to last night’s speech), but if it is signed, then we can probably see how it might be structured by looking at the current budget requests from the National Institutes of Health. Read the rest of this entry →

BBC News – ‘Friendly’ drone on dog leash takes off Comments Off on BBC News – ‘Friendly’ drone on dog leash takes off

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Sharon
Want to spy on your neighbor? Now you can with this new ‘pet’ drone!  Regulations won’t be a worry since this little beauty is classified as a ‘kite’. Yes, I said a kite. Note in the picture (found at the BBC link) that this ‘pet’ has a camera, which enables it to snap photos or video as needed.  Yes, it’s a bit creepy (ok, it’s a LOT creepy), but this is the logical outcome of a world fascinated with drone technology. It is also a logical outcome of a panopticon society.

The Fotokite is the kind of inexpensive set of eyes that makes Facebook and Google drool. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if both companies make bids to buy the company behind Fotokite.

Learn more via BBC News – ‘Friendly’ drone on dog leash takes off.

Britain pushes for mass surveillance society | YouTube Comments Off on Britain pushes for mass surveillance society | YouTube

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Sharon

Just a few moments ago, I posted my review of the conspiracy thriller ‘The Last Enemy’. Now, I’ve just stumbled across an RT report that tracks all too closely with the film’s disturbing plot! Watch and remember: What you see in the UK, is probably going to happen or is already happening here. — SKG

Britain pushes for mass surveillance society – YouTube.

Review: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Discovers T.I.A. in ‘The Last Enemy’ Comments Off on Review: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Discovers T.I.A. in ‘The Last Enemy’

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Sharon

'The Last Enemy' is part of the Masterpiece Contemporary series on PBS.

Since I watch Netflix streaming to ‘get sleepy’ each night, I’m always on the lookout for a multi-episode whodunit or conspiracy thriller. To my delight, ‘The Last Enemy’ gave me both.

Listeners to PID Radio will know that Derek and I have been discussing Total Information Awareness (T.I.A.) for years, but the surprise here is that T.I.A. is not only public information, it’s open touted on talk shows!

The setting is a post-‘Victoria Bombing’ UK, where CCTV cameras and National IDs provide tracking information for Her Majesty’s subjects. To link all the hundreds of private and government databases is the ultimate dream, and it’s provided in the form of Total Information Awareness (complete with a polite and oh-so-helpful female voice).

Following the death of his brother Michael, Stephen Ezard (played by Cumberbatch) returns to London from China, where he’s spent the previous 4 years in self-imposed isolation ‘to keep his mind pure’ for mathematics (Ezard is a math genius). I won’t give away the plot, but let’s just say that Stephen knew very little about his brother’s life in Afghanistan (where Michael died when his jeep hit a mine). Michael’s charity organization had been helping out with Hepatitis B inoculations, which had precipitated dozens of unexplained deaths. Stephen falls down the rabbit hole in London and never climbs out. T.I.A. knows all…but what about the old world Scottish spy played by Robert Carlyle? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

Find out by streaming or ordering the DVD for ‘The Last Enemy’.

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UPDATED: What’s Going on in Hardin, Montana? 7

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Sharon

Today, a PID listener sent me a link to an article at KULR television, a station serving the Billings, Montana area. (Hat tip to Allen!) This strange and disturbing report describes vague details around a deal between the city of Hardin, MT and a mysterious organization called “The American Police Group”.

Once you’ve read the article, you’ll understand why I immediately conducted a Google search for information about the group that has promised to visit “…Hardin next week and start filling about 250 positions, 80% of which will be hired locally.”  In such lean economic times as these, it’s natural that small towns would seek to bring in new business, especially if said business uses and/or renovates already existing property. In this case, it’s the Hardin jail, currently an empty building, that the new ‘business’ has promised to renovate.

But how much vetting did the Twin Rivers Authority conduct before signing with their new partner? Perhaps none. However, like it or not, the California company has arrived in Hardin, for better or worse. I’m thinking the latter is a strong possibility.

According to a Sept. 26, 2009 article at the Mercury News:

After arriving in this rural city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a nonexistent police department, representatives of an obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin’s never-used, $27 million jail. [direct quote, although the emphasis is all mine]

Significant obstacles remain—including a lack of any prisoner contracts on the part of the company that wants to run the jail, American Police Force.

And on Friday came the revelation the company’s operating agreement for the facility has yet to be validated—two weeks after city leaders first unveiled what they said was a signed agreement.

If this were an April 1st article or one at, it would make much more sense!  ‘Captain’ Michael Hilton (known originally only as “Captain Michael” since he declined to reveal his surname, even to AP reporters) says he plans a helicopter tour of the area to locate the perfect 5,000-10,000 acre spot for a ‘tactical military training ground’. Read the rest of this entry →

G20 Chaos: Military making arrests in Pittsburgh? 3

Posted on September 25, 2009 by Sharon

UPDATE: I just watched a video that makes it clear that camo-clad guardsmen are present in Pittsburgh. You can view that video here.

250909topThis photo has appeared at several websites, and it clearly shows the arrested man on the ground and the civilian car in the background. Odd that the camo men look so ‘casual’. Are these guardsmen (no helmut or insignia), or are they perhaps Wackenhut?

Original post:

WARNING: Strong language — The video below shows men in military camo uniforms ‘arresting’ a G20 protester and forcing the man into a civilian vehicle.

Premature baby ‘left to die’ by doctors after mother gives birth just two days before 22-week care limit 3

Posted on September 09, 2009 by Sharon

Is this what ObamaCare would be like? 

(DAILY MAIL) — Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday.

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy  –  almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

via Premature baby ‘left to die’ by doctors after mother gives birth just two days before 22-week care limit | Mail Online.

H1N1 Vaccine will contain squalene 5

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Sharon

UPDATE:  Please read comment 2 below and my reply. Thanks!

The DNA-based, H1N1 vaccine that will likely find its way into your children’s arms this fall will contain the adjuvant, squalene. Both the MF59 and ASO3 adjuvants mentioned below are squalene based. Squalene is an oily substance produced by your liver — introducing squalene into the body via a ‘vaccine’ (which contains foreign substances to activate the immune system) can lead the body to consider ALL squalene bad. This can and does result in auto-immune diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and MS.

While vaccine candidates must contain A/California/07/2009-like H1N1 virus and WHO recommends a monovalent live-attenuated vaccine, the following dosing options will be under scrutiny during clinical trials: an unadjuvanted vaccine containing 7.5 ug of antigen per dose, 15 ug per dose or 30 ug per dose; and a vaccine incorporating one-of-two novel oil-in-water adjuvants containing either 3.75 ug of antigen per dose or 7.5 ug per dose.

The two adjuvants in question, MF-59 and ASO3, have yet to be used in any vaccine licensed in the United States and an influenza vaccine containing these components may only be administered under Emergency Use Authorization as provided in section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

via Influenza A H1N1 vaccine trials underway .

According to a recent article at Global Research:

The immune system “see(s) and recognizes it as an oil molecule native to the body. Squalene is not just a molecule found in a knee or elbow – it is found throughout the nervous system and the brain.” When injected in the body, the immune system attacks it as an enemy to be eliminated. Eating and digesting squalene isn’t a problem. But injecting it “galvanize(s) the immune system into attacking it, which can produce self-destructive cross reactions against the same molecule in the places where it occurs naturally in the body – and where it is critical to the health of the nervous system.”

Once self-destruction begins, it doesn’t stop as the body keeps making the molecule that the immune system is trained to attack and destroy.

Now, I’ve received a number of vaccinations in my life–including three rounds of Hepatitis shots that were required when I worked with patients at IU. Coincidentally, it was that same year that my fibromyalgia symptoms emerged. Not surprisingly, you won’t find me lining up to get any more vaccinations. 

A Fistful of Lawyers — and A Few Lawyers More 1

Posted on November 15, 2007 by Sharon

Fistful of Lawyers

Originally Published March 6, 2007

LAST MONTH [February 2007], President George W. Bush signed a Valentine that adds a new layer to the rising wall of military rule in these United States of America. Called “Trial of Alien Unlawful Enemy Combatants by Military Commission”, the Executive Order follows last October’s Military Commissions Act, which purports to “facilitate bringing to justice terrorists and other unlawful enemy combatants through full and fair trials by military commissions, and for other purposes.”

Last month’s Executive Order — new law of the land, courtesy of a penstroke — is a bit of muscle-flexing by our esteemed president as he establishes the military tribunals called for in the 2006 Act.My big question is: Who defines ‘terrorist’, ‘unlawful combatant’, and more to the point a ‘Citizen’?

Recently, while watching last month’s three-ring media circus, The Anna Nicole Smith Hearing, I couldn’t help thinking of the old joke — How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb? Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome to the Brave New World Comments Off on Welcome to the Brave New World

Posted on October 01, 2006 by Sharon

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind– Alan Parsons Project

IMAGINE yourself stranded — out of gas — on a small gravel road, somewhere in the middle of Kansas. You have no map of the area, and you are certain that your hotel back in Topeka is at least an hour away. You check your cell phone, but the battery’s dead. What do you do? Even a few years ago, you might well have started walking, hoping to find a nearby farmhouse.

Not so today. The modern road warrior can now press a button on his onboard GPS tracking service. “May I help you, Mr. Larson? We see that your gas tank is empty, and it appears that you are alone. We’ve dispatched a rescue truck from the nearest participating dealer, and we’ve placed a call to your hotel — that’s the Center City Inn, isn’t it? By the way, since you failed to refuel when the guage reached one-quarter tank, and since you’ve driven over the speed limit three times, we have debited your credit card the mandatory fine of $300.00. Shall I remain on the line until help arrives?”

Although I write fiction, I assure you that this scenario is very real. Take for instance, the recent case in Connecticut involving Acme rental company. According to the complaint, Acme has been charging customers for driving over 79 miles per hour.

“Vehicles driven in excess of the posted speed limit will be charged $150 per occurrence. All our vehicles are GPS equipped.” (Acme eventually replaced the words “posted speed limit” with “79 miles per hour.”)  

GPS tracking systems provide police with precise locations of criminals, offer directions to the lost driver, and serve as a 24/7 rescue service, but there is a darker side to this 21st century techno-savior. You and I are always being watched. Soon, closed-circuit cameras will gaze upon us at every intersection while reading RFID tags placed on our license plates and coordinating our position with a vast computer interface.We’ll even hear personalized commercials on our satellite radio — “Mr. Larson, MegaSaver has a special on diet frozen dinners! Turn right at the next signal. We’ll reserve half a dozen of the chicken marsala – your favorite and so good for a diabetic. Don’t wait! Their stock is running low!”

Debit card information will be tracked via our personal Verichip implant, to provide security and efficiency. We can fill up our fuel tanks without having to swipe a card. The computers will conduct the transaction without our having to give it a passing thought. Low on cash? No problem! “Mr. Larson, we note that your account is running low and your next paycheck won’t be deposited for three days. We’ll go ahead and advance you five hundred credits as provided by your contract with us. We have your signature on file for the loan. This leaves three thousand left in your equity loan account. Remember to repair the lock on your backdoor or you run the risk of default on your agreement. Have a nice day!”

Truckers will benefit as well. The spacious lanes of the trans-continental transit system will track each delivery and exact tolls along a set of RFID enabled collection stations. Truck weights, driving records, and even blood alcohol reports will ensure prompt, safe delivery of Pan-America’s goods.

Commuter lanes will facilitate quicker morning drives, and mechanized sentry markers will assess the number of passengers. Any driver caught without a full car will be pulled over remotely, and substantial fines will be debited from the driver’s account. Traffic drones will fly high above, monitoring traffic flow while sending back video to human workers far below ground level.

Even our homes will be safer in a few years. RFID locks will open only to a verified sensor key, and television and computer screen cameras will alert authorities of any civic or criminal violations. “Mr. Larson, you are not allowed to smoke in this apartment. Please remain in place and wait for the civic patrol. Have a nice day!”

The country we know today as the United States will no longer exist, but will have been replaced with Pan-America, Region I of the Global Alliance. Our infrastructure will be in the hands of Spain and China, gas stations owned by Russia and Venezuela, and all communcations will be under the single umbrella of an international conglomerate. Our news, consumer goods, and travel will be controlled. We will be chipped at birth, and once our genetic print is examined, we’ll be approved for mating or scheduled for vasectomy or tubal ligation.

Far-fetched? Thirty years ago, when I first read Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, I would have said yes. Older now, and having spent the past ten years observing our changing geopolitical and economic system, I fear Huxley’s world is not just coming — it may already be here.

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