Bio-hacking: the rapidly advancing worlds of the biological sciences

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Once the domain of dystopian science fiction and the blockbuster Hollywood movies that butcher them, a brave new world is emerging on the horizon with exciting and creepy implications alike. From microscopic RFID tags that paint an entire chapter of your life in terms of consumption habits and the implied psychology behind them, tiny insectoid cyborg surveillance drones in the shape of dragonflies to bioengineering viruses targeted specifically for genetic weaknesses in an enemy based on their peculiarities and defects, we are indeed on the cusp of some crazy fucking shit.

“The Diamond Age” by David Musashi Tanimura on deviantart, inspired by a great novel by Neal Stephenson where a neo-Victorian steampunkish society uses nanotechnology to control people with blood-based nanobots.

By way of Catherine Austin Fitts’ Solari blog, I started reading “Hacking the President’s DNA”, an article in the Atlantic about some of the biological advances in this area and how they can be used to modify human biology not in an indirect way like psychology and propaganda have had to do (even combined with electronics) but directly through bioengineering.

When I read about “garage geneticists” from the boingboing/make crowd, I thought, “Oh gee, nothing could go wrong here…” Well, the kinds of biotech being discussed in this article are several orders of magnitude more developed as the author is keen to point out with his comparison to Moore’s Law and chip manufacturing.

This is probably a good time to start investing in bioinformatics, biogenetics and biological sciences in general. Also, in nutrition and dietetics, since this is probably the first line of biological self-defense, just like with the antivirus market and digital self-defense.

Also, don’t use antibacterial soap and antibiotics unless you really have to. Probiotics are good! I might have to semi-crosspost this line of thinking to my nutrition blog.

For starters, while most criminals might think twice about mass slaughter, murder is downright commonplace. In the future, politicians, celebrities, leaders of industry—just about anyone, really—could be vulnerable to attack-by-disease. Even if fatal, many such attacks could go undetected, mistaken for death by natural causes; many others would be difficult to pin on a suspect, especially given the passage of time between exposure and the appearance of symptoms.

Moreover—as we’ll explore in greater detail—these same scientific developments will pave the way, eventually, for an entirely new kind of personal warfare. Imagine inducing extreme paranoia in the CEO of a large corporation so as to gain a business advantage, for example; or—further out in the future—infecting shoppers with the urge to impulse-buy.

$43 trillion lawsuit against banksters getting hushed?

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The last week or so has been like drinking from a firehose with all the whistle blowing and scandal exposing going on. I picked up this blog post about a potential coverup of a lawsuit against banksters. Now, there are a lot of these stories going around and arguably many of them are disinformation designed to placate the anger against banksters so people will go back to the debt-and-death treadmill.

It’s undoubtedly intriguing reading. Time will tell.

Part of the Wall Street Journal version of this as quoted by wtfrly.com :

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Spire Law Group, LLP’s national home owners’ lawsuit, pending in the venue where the “Banksters” control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) – known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers – now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the “Banksters” located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.

Dang.

Update 04 Nov 2012: I highly doubt that their maid would have just flipped out and killed both of her employer’s children in cold blood. Assuming this story has teeth, she would have to have some kind of motivation, like a threat or bribe/compensation. It doesn’t make sense that she would just flip out. She’s Dominican but has been a naturalized US citizen for 10 years according to this CNN article. I haven’t found the link yet between Kevin Krim, the CNBC VP of Digital Media (as in, namely, their website I would assume) whose kids these were, and the posting of this lawsuit but it is certainly very coincidental that several hours after it was posted, the Krim girls were murdered and then less than 48 hours after the initial posting of the article, CNBC takes it down off of their site.

Also of note is that the girls were found heavily stabbed to death in the bathtub and while CNN (not exactly the most accurate or trustworthy journalists) reported that police reported she was stabbing herself (not in the bathroom) when they showed up, there has to be a forensic link established between that knife and the girls. Otherwise, it could easily be a frame job. Imagine some private blackops guy swooping in to quickly stab the girls then terrify the nanny with the threat of killing her and her whole family if she doesn’t take the blame. That might have been enough insanity alone for her to start stabbing herself.

Think it’s far-fetched? Check out this scene from the movie “Michael Clayton” where they frame a murder as death from natural cause. 2 minutes, 19 seconds:

A lady on googtube, user “amommamust”, posted a video recording of her calling up the Spire Law Group and apparently confirmed that this lawsuit is for real:

Update 05 Nov 2012: Some notes blogger Silvanet took of some cursory investigation of the Spire Law Group, LLP. Silvanet appears to make the case that this article is part of an elaborate disinformation campaign by the GOP to make the “left” look silly. Silvanet is obviously biased towards the Democratic Party given numerous posts supporting them and numerous ones attacking Romney. Definitely makes some good points, though:

Now, the new representation of “the masses” sentence reads like a propaganda pitch. The article you link seems to blame it all on Obama. This is bullshit paid for by the super wealthy Republicans as a campaign strategy to smear and discredit Obama in the eyes of the stupid voters for the upcoming election.

Are any of you in New York? Do you live near Brooklyn? Take a little trip over to the U.S. federal courthouse and look up this case: 12-CV-04269-JBW-RML. The Clerk of the Court will be very helpful. See if there are any filings after the initial lawsuit (motions, orders, etc.). I’d be interested in any copies. I’m willing to bet this suit has been dismissed.

Now this is spinning out of control. People are connecting the killing of the children of a CNBC executive to the network’s reporting of Stein’s fraudulent lawsuit. See, for example, here. http://bit.ly/PZLjey. Do you possibly think that CNBC removed the story because somebody did just a little bit of background checking – unlike the Wall Street Journal? I could jump to the conclusion that WSJ has become a bullshit propaganda rag just like Rupert Murdoch’s FoxNotNews, but I’ll let time prove or disprove that.

Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty that can be said about the corrupt, racketeering Wall Street bank gangsters, but a 400 page lawsuit naming everybody including your grandmother and for FORTY THREE TRILLION dollars? Please.”

Update 07 Nov 2012: blogger Hans Mast sheds a broader light on this whole situation and so far his version makes the most sense. I still am suspicious of the possible link with the Krim kids murder, but it does look like the guy behind Spire Law firm is grifting his plaintiffs while pretending to care about foreclosure fraud.

(Mast is commenting on blogger sherriequestioningall’s post about this topic)

Hans MastTuesday, October 30, 2012 3:45:00 PM EDT

This blog post shows deep ignorance. All the major news orgs indiscriminately publish wire stories from AP, AFP, Reuters, and PR News Wire. The latter is not in the same category as the others: rather it’s a pay to play service that anyone can pay money to in order to have their *press release* published. (I’ve considered paying them for that very thing, in order to increase the ranking of my company’s website.) The screenshots from CNBC are of a PR News Wire press release. It is not a news story. It’s a press release authored by the lawyer that filed the case.

I must admit, I’ve used that tactic before: if I find an AP article that is pro-conservative, I’ll pick a phrase, Google it along with MSNBC to find the URL of where MSNBC published it. Then I post the link to MSNBC’s site because it gives it extra legitimacy if it looks like a far-left news org published a pro-right piece, even though it was the news wire, not the news org itself that wrote.

I think the author of this post is perhaps confusing CNBC and MSNBC. MSNBC is the far-left news org. CNBC is a business TV channel that is not very partisan.

In any case, if I were CNBC *or* Fox Business Network, I would pull that embarrassment of a press release from my website as soon as I became aware that it had been routinely posted off the wire. What an absurd piece! $43 trillion! Racketeering! No details of any wrong-doing, just fuzzy allegations. Classic, classic lawyer PR grab to try to pump up their own fame.

After doing some research, it appears that the lawyer that filed this lawsuit is quite the piece of work. He’s been defrauding innocent victims for quite a while, a real snake oil salesman. His MO is to do clever marketing to them to make them think that with the financial scandals that are happening (which are legit) that they might be owed money and not have to repay their mortgages after all. He gets them to pre-pay him a chunk of money for “expenses” which he uses to live large and then he either never files the suit or doesn’t pursue it with any seriousness.

To Be Continued…

…continued.

In fact, he’s had such a history of doing this that:
1. His law license in his home state of California has been revoked.
2. He was raided by CA law enforcement and is being prosecuted for fraud related to this and similar cases.
3. He has just changed the name of his firm from “Mitchell J. Stein & Associates LLP” to “Spire Law Group”, presumably to avoid people Googling his history of scamming.

Here’re some substantiating links:
http://stopforeclosurefraud.com/2012/10/26/abeel-v-bank-of-america-etc-et-al-first-amended-racketeering-and-money-laundering-lawsuit-seeking-return-of-43-trillion-to-the-united-states-treasury/
http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-sues-law-firms-engaged-national-mass-joinder
http://www.dobielaw.org/

The press release on PR NewsWire/CNBC is so poorly written and contains no real allegation of wrongdoing (it only lists a bunch of impressive sounding laws that were supposedly violated) that I had to Google the pop term “Bankster” to figure out what the lawyer was trying to allege. I think he was trying to say that he was going to sue the banks because of the LIBOR fixing scandal. There are genuine news articles out there which talk about this scandal and describe it well, pulling no punches:
http://www.economist.com/node/21558260
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insead/2012/09/06/banksters-the-scandals-continue/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-time-for-banksters-to-be-prosecuted/2012/07/10/gJQATpxbaW_story.html

So yes, it’s a real scandal. But this press-release’ing lawyer is nothing but a scam artist preying on innocent victims. This is doubly disgusting because the people he’s targeting are already in financial straits. I hope he ends up in jail the way he deserves along with the LIBOR fixing bankers.

And then this blogpost goes on to try to tie it all to a deranged nanny who kills two kids?? What’s that supposed to imply? There’s no logic or facts given: only vague innuendo.

It’s Time To Get Icelandic On Wall St.

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Those despicable foreigners.

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I’ve found in my travels much the same that Craig Murray has found:

I have traveled this world much more extensively than either Obama or Romney, and I still do. I find everywhere, even in areas of conflict and economic difficulty, the vast majority of people are friendly, even kind, and have very similar aspirations, across cultures, to personal development and emotional fulfilment.

The striking thing about tonight’s US Presidential “foreign policy” debate, is when it did occasionally discuss foreign policy, the world out there was discussed not as a place of vast potential, but as a deeply disturbing place full of foreigners who are, apparently, all evil except the Israelis, who are perfect.

The vast benefits from cooperation and trade with “abroad” were not mentioned once that I noticed (though I confess the thing was so awful my attention wandered occasionally). Europe apparently doesn’t exist, other than Greece which is nothing more than a terrible warning of the dangers of not being right wing enough.

The correct attitude to all these foreigners that God so unfortunately and inexplicably placed on this planet, is apparently to maintain incredibly large armed forces, murder people with drones (they were both very enthusiastic on this one), place sanctions on them and declare them “currency manipulators”. The only surprising note was that both agreed that they could not kill everyone in Iran.

But “We can’t just kill our way out of this mess” was spoken with regret, rather than as an affirmation of the possibilities of cooperation instead. What a grim and joyless world view.

Fear sells war. Sending fear via mass communications amplifies this fear and amplifies war profits. Fear sells a lot of other stuff, too, but by far the worst is what genocides a million Iraqis through depleted uranium usage or starves thousands of Iranians through food embargoes.

hat tip Washington’s Blog and Anthony Freda

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The Grey Enigma

Last Wednesday, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested and accused of traveling to the U.S. to establish an al Qaeda cell and bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan.Buried beneath the headlines and opening paragraphs of the major news outlet reports, however, is the fact that Nafis would have been unable to execute his plot without substantial assistance from the F.B.I.. Authorities assured several news agencies that “the public was never in danger.”

This case is yet another instance, among hundreds, of federal agencies creating terrorist plots so they can take credit for stopping them, instill fear in Americans and justify the billions of taxpayer dollars spent on wars and “homeland security.” This practice earned the number four rank on the list of the 2012 Project Censored most underreported stories in the U.S. media…

via Activist Post: FBI creating terrorism plots to scare Americans

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“cyber” attack to be trotted out for a false-flag against Iran (or maybe China)?

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From an email I just got:

Announcing a Webinar/Teleconference on
Why “Cyber Pearl Harbor” Won’t Be Like Pearl Harbor At All…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET
Exclusively avaialable via web or teleconference

Featuring

Lawrence Husick, Senior Fellow, FPRI
Edward Turzanski, Templeton Fellow, FPRI

On October 12, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
warned that the United States could face a “cyber Pearl
Harbor” as cyber actors launch simultaneous attacks on our
critical infrastructure, in combination with a physical
attack. Mr. Panetta’s warning was both embarrassingly late
and stunningly lacking in both reality and imagination.
Lawrence Husick, FPRI’s co-chair the Center for the Study of
Terrorism, and a patent attorney and self-described computer
hacker, will address the threat that faces the nation, and
why both public and private sector perceptions of the threat
and reactions to it give little hope that we will be able to
avert serious consequences of disruption and violence in the
cyber domain. Mr. Husick’s June 2011 briefing on this topic
was described by former National Security Advisor Robert
“Bud” McFarlane as, “the best I’ve heard from anyone
anywhere.” Join FPRI on October 24, 2012 at 2:00p EDT to
learn more about this critical issue in national security.

Edward Turzanski is Co-Chairman of FPRI’s Center for the
Study of Terrorism and he is FPRI’s first Templeton Fellow.
He has extensive experience in service to the US
intelligence community in the Middle East and Central Asia.
He regularly appears on air, offering commentary on CNN, CNN
Headline News, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and assorted
international media organizations. During the Bush (43)
Administration, he was a member of the U.S. Department of
Justice Anti-Terror Advisory Committee for Region III and
the Department of Homeland Security Port Security Committee
for the Port of Philadelphia.

To register for the free webinar/teleconference visit:
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Listeners may submit questions online or via email.
Email your questions to questions@fpri.org.

For more information and updates visit:
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or contact Harry Richlin at
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mmkay. P.S. nobody but the government and its various “think” tanks uses “cyber” any more.

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