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Blog of the real Xenophilius Lovegood, a slightly mad scientist

Is the speed of dark faster than the speed of light?

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2014

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Doctor bets against Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted by Anonymous on October 24, 2014

A sceptic of traditional Chinese medicine is challenging practitioners of the age-old craft to prove themselves by putting his own money on the line. One has accepted the challenge. At stake is the claim that practitioners can discern whether a woman is pregnant by her pulse.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a point of contention in China. Although the government is keen to promote its use in the clinic and, in modernized form, as part of drug discovery, some feel that much of it is unproven and that the government is throwing its money away. There have also been high-profile cases of fraud linked to such research, and the practice is criticized for its dependence on endangered species such as the Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica).

Ah Bao, the online nickname of a burn-care doctor at Beijing Jishuitan hospital, has been an adamant critic of TCM on Chinese social media, often referring to it as “fake”. He issued the challenge on 13 September, and Zhen Yang, a practitioner at the Beijing University of Traditional Medicine, took him up on it.

Ah Bao put up 50,000 yuan (more than US$8,000), and at his urging others have donated more than 50,000 yuan, making the prize worth more than 100,000 yuan total. Ah Bao turned down Nature‘s request to be interviewed, saying that he has been overwhelmed by media attention.

Yang will have to assess with 80% accuracy whether women are pregnant. The two are reportedly working out the terms of the contest, with a tentative set-up reportedly involving 32 women who would be separated by a screen from Yang.

Via Nature

Having 80% accuracy with 32 attempts would be getting at least 25 correct. I’m very curious to see how this goes. Rather than subtle energies, there is a basic difference that might be observed: A typical resting heart rate for a woman is 75 beats per minute and it would be faster, like 80, for a resting pregnant woman. So if the TCM doctor selects any woman over 79 BPM, would that net 80% correct choices? It might, depending on the variability. There may be considerable haggling over the pool having other conditions, their fitness, etc.

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Patients being disappeared from hospitals in US?

Posted by Anonymous on October 24, 2014

A Missouri medical professional disclosed on today’s episode of the Alex Jones Show that doctors he’s friends with at other hospitals have seen patients exhibiting … symptoms, such as extreme hemorrhagic bleeding, and that those patients were promptly ushered away to “God knows where.”

… Dr. James Lawrenzi, who holds a medical degree in Medicine and Biosciences, says it’s his duty to notify the public about the information he’s garnered behind the scenes.

The physician says he’s heard from other doctors that … patients have been “disappeared,” and that at least one patient has been witnessed “bleeding out of all of his orifices.”

A short transcript of Dr. Lawrenzi’s interview with Alex Jones follows:

“About four weeks ago, when Ebola started kicking off here in the US, and all of a sudden you started hearing about patients possibly having Ebola and hospitals beginning to test for it… Well a friend of mine that’s a resident at Truman Medical Center, which is where I did my residency at, called me and said, ‘Hey, we got a possible Ebola patient here and he’s bleeding out of all of his…,” Well, I’m not gonna use the language he used but, ‘He’s bleeding out of all of his orifices, he’s in septic shock, hypotensive, high fever, he was visiting Africa, or he was from Africa, and had recently been here in the Kansas City area.

“And they took care of him in the ICU [Intensive Care Unit]. Of course, there’s not a rapid test so they weren’t sure, but they ordered the test and… they moved him to the ICU and they put him in isolation, from what my friend had told me.

“The following day he called me back and, cause I told him let me know – I wanted to call your show. I wanted to let people know, ‘Hey we got a case here in Kansas City’ – Well he called me back the next day and said they ‘disappeared’ the patient.

“I said, ‘What do you mean they ‘disappeared’ him?’

“He said, ‘The patient’s gone.’

“They were told he left AMA which means ‘Against Medical Advice.’ But the guy was… he wouldn’t have been able to leave he was in that bad of a shape.

“I said I’ll look for a ‘John Doe,’ which is a name they use in hospitals in case somebody’s admitted that they don’t know who you are. And there was no ‘John Does’ in the hospital, so the patient disappeared.

“So, the following day they had a meeting with anybody that had contact with that patient and said that he did not have Ebola, he had malaria.

“All of a sudden, that’s when we heard that all these other cases in other cities… They were coming back and saying, ‘No, they didn’t have Ebola, they had malaria.’ It seemed like that’s what they were told to tell everybody.

“Well then we had a second patient at Research Medical Center that was rumored to have, because I have friends there too, and they called me and said we have a possible Ebola patient. That patient disappeared.

“There’s a patient recently a KU Medical Center, which is just across from the Kansas side, about 20 minutes from here. And that patient, I don’t know what the status of that patient is, but they came out and said that he didn’t have Ebola, he had typhoid.

“So something very, very strange is going on. And I wouldn’t have thought much about it, but this happened in other areas of the country, not only Kansas City. These patients are disappearing, they’re doing something with the patients and God knows where they’re going.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “bleeding out of every orifice,” as Dr. Lawrenzi described, is not a symptom of malaria:

“Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur,” the CDC states.

Patients exhibiting typhoid fever symptoms, also according to the CDC, “feel weak, or have stomach pains, headache, or [experience] loss of appetite.” However, hemorrhagic bleeding does not appear to be a symptom of the bacterial disease.

Dr. Lawrenzi’s intel, which arrives straight from inside the medical industrial complex, mirrors statements made earlier this month by former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor and other sources, who confirmed that illegal aliens caught crossing the southern US border who were exhibiting any Ebola symptoms were being escorted away by teams of officials in Hazmat suits and vans.

“The agents are telling us that they’re seeing some people who are obviously sick, with shivering type illnesses, with possible dehydrating illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting,” said Taylor.

“Those people are disappearing, we don’t know what they have, where they’re going, where they’re taking them – surely they’re being quarantined somewhere we just don’t know where and even the agents don’t know what the diagnosis is of these illnesses,” Taylor said.

Given the preponderance of testimony disseminated from medical and government whistleblowers regarding possible Ebola cases evidently not being reported to the public, it’s entirely possible that more potential cases throughout the country exist, but are being kept under strict confidentiality – either to stave off public panic, or more nefariously, to allow the virus to spread.

Might be something else…but avoid hospitals if you can. And all bodily fluids of sick people. Get ready. Good luck.

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Man ‘flew’ past aircraft at 3,500 feet

Posted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Passengers on an airline over the north of England were baffled when a man ‘flew’ past their aircraft at 3,500 feet.

The Airbus 320 was over Macclesfield as it came in to land at Manchester Airport when people on board noticed something whiz past the left-hand side of the plane.

Pilots and passengers were mystified to see a ‘flying man’ shoot past the aircraft less than 100m away, with pilots saying nothing appeared on the radar and further checks failing to show any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area.

‘They first sighted the object a few hundred metres in the 11 o’clock position 200 to 300ft above,’ said the Airprox Board, which deals with near-misses.

The mystery flying man has been dubbed the ‘Macclesfield Superman’ (Picture: Warner Bros)
‘It passed down the left-hand side of the aircraft at 100 to 200m.

‘The crew only saw it fleetingly, there was no time to take avoiding action and they based their assumptions on it being a person under a canopy. But neither can remember seeing a canopy.’

Despite the incident happening on 13 June, investigators have failed to yield any real results about the man, who has been dubbed the ‘Macclesfield Superman’.

‘It’s a complete and utter mystery,’ aviation expert Chris Yates told MailOnline.

Via mailonline

Flying suits are available … If you have the daring and the budget.

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Monkeys killed by Airborne Ebola

Posted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”

“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”

The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms.

“While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added.

It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.

A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study.

“There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated.

The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza.

“Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.

And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.

“The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated.

The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates.

“How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site potlblog.com suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.”

Via infowars

Thought you should know. No doubt governments are weaponizing it.

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Three football field sized UFOs seen in West Virginia

Posted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014

Ten West Virginia witnesses near Marmet working a coal plant evening shift reported watching three triangle-shaped UFOs the size of football fields silently moving under 500 feet, according to testimony in Case 60631 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The incident occurred at 10 p.m. on October 12, 2014, at the coal plant along Winifrede Hollow Road.

“The plant was down and there was no noises anywhere,” the reporting witness stated. “Me and nine other guys had just finished doing pipe repair and were standing outside leaning against trucks. One of the guys pointed up and said, ‘What is that?'”

The group of workers looked up to see the first object.

“We all looked up and saw a triangle-shaped object outlined in white lights the size of a football field coming up the hollow from the southwest [Beckley, WV area]. It might have been 300 to 500 feet above us. It was moving very slow and made no noise. We watched for about 3 or 4 minutes as it disappeared over the trees.”

The group watched as two more objects appeared.

“A few minutes later another one showed up behind it – the same shape and size and no noise. Another one showed up after that, same as before.”

Then a smaller fourth object was seen.

“After these three went by a small object with lots of red flashing appeared at the end of the line formation. They were all headed northwest towards Charleston, WV.”

The witnesses were amazed that there was no sound.

“What was strange about the objects was that there was no noises whatsoever – to be as close as they were, and their sizes. All of this took place in 15 minutes.”

… The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Via openminds.tv

Interesting claim… Made worthless by not naming the eyewitnesses.

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New hope for diabetics from babies who make too much insulin

Posted by Anonymous on October 17, 2014

Targeting a cell cycle inhibitor promotes beta cell replication

One of the factors underlying the development of type 2 diabetes is loss of β cell mass, resulting in decreased insulin production. Once lost, β cell mass cannot be restored. In contrast, infants with focal hyperinsulinism of infancy exhibit rapid expansion of the β cell mass due to a silencing of a region of chromosome 11 that includes the gene encoding the cell cycle inhibitor p57Kip2.

In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Klaus Kaestner and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate that silencing the gene encoding p57Kip2 in isolated adult human islets promotes β cell replication and that these new cells exhibit many properties associated with β cells.

This study provides an explanation for excessive β cell expansion in children with focal hyperinsulinism and suggests that targeting the p57Kip2 pathway in adults with type 2 diabetes may improve β cell function.

Decreased insulin production is a problem because without enough insulin, sugar can’t be pulled out of the blood for use by cells. High blood sugar results in damage to your organs by oxidation.

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FBI Director: be “deeply skeptical” of government

Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014

Americans should be “deeply skeptical” of government power, says FBI Director James Comey, adding that law enforcement should be able to access someone’s telephone only with a court order,

“I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power,” Comey told CBS News’ Scott Pelley in an interview for “60 Minutes” that will air on Sunday. “You cannot trust people in power.

“The Founders knew that,” he said. “That’s why they divided power among three branches, to set interest against interest.”

Comey, 53, who became FBI chief in September 2013, cautioned that courts must grant law-enforcement agencies permission to telephones if the information is deemed to be critical to a criminal case or national security.

His comments come in light of numerous leaks since last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealing that agency’s extensive telephone and Internet surveillance programs and cell phones introduced last month by Apple Inc. that were designed to avoid surveillance by law enforcement.

Apple’s new iOS8 operating system for its cellphones and other devices contains personal encoding software to prevent anyone outside of the phone’s owner from accessing its data. Apple will not be able to access the data, Arstechnica.com reports.

“The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law, troubles me a lot,” Comey said. “As a country, I don’t know why we would want to put people beyond the law.

“That is, sell cars with trunks that couldn’t ever be opened by law enforcement with a court order, or sell an apartment that could never be entered even by law enforcement,” he continued. “Would you want to live in that neighborhood? This is a similar concern.

“The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders — based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation or terrorism — we could never open that phone?” Comey asked. “My sense is that we’ve gone too far when we’ve gone there.”

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Awesome. Let’s get back to checks and balances that work.

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Lab grown penises

Posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2014

Organ by organ, we are learning how to regenerate body parts. Lab grown vaginas are already a success, as I previously posted. Now there’s this:

The engineered penises were developed by researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina, USA, and are currently awaiting approval to be tested on humans.

The work is funded by the US Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which hopes to use the technology to help soldiers with battlefield injuries. Professor Anthony Atala, director of the institute, told the Observer the target is to get the organs into patients with injuries or congenital abnormalities. The penises would be grown using a patient’s own cells to avoid the risk of immunological rejection after organ transplantation.

Atala previously led a successful project engineering penises for rabbits in 2008. The previous work on rabbits showed that once the tissue was there the body recognises it as its own.

Who will make history by becoming the first joker to add on a second real penis for reasons of … entertainment? It will happen.

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Ebola Is Diagnosed in Texas, First Case Found in the U.S.

Posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2014

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/03/ebola%20outbreaks.jpgA man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane and the first in whom Ebola has been diagnosed outside of Africa.

As the disease has swept across West Africa, many health experts said it would be only a matter of time before it reached the United States. Hospitals and health departments around the country have been preparing for it, and a number of false alarms have occurred. But this time, the case is real.

The man, who was visiting relatives in the United States, was not ill during the flight, health officials said at a news conference Tuesday evening. Indeed, he was screened before he boarded the flight and had no fever. Because Ebola is not contagious until symptoms develop, there is “zero chance” that the patient infected anyone else on the flight, said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the disease centers. Ebola is spread only by direct contact with body fluids from someone who is ill.

via nytimes.com

For perspective:

The plan to bring two Americans stricken by the Ebola virus back to the United States for treatment has sparked a backlash on social media from some people terrified that the incurable disease will spread here as it has in western Africa.

“Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S.,” Donald Trump tweeted Friday. “Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!”

This mystifies infectious disease experts, who consider the viruses that cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and bird flu much more contagious — and therefore more dangerous to the public. Transmission of Ebola requires direct contact with an infected person’s blood, vomit or feces during the period that he or she is contagious, something that is extremely unlikely for anyone but health-care workers. The virus is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Nor do Americans bury their own dead family members or friends, as some residents of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must do with Ebola victims.

Via WashPost

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