He was dreaming.
That had to be it. He remembered some of his Shakespeare –
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub,
That makes Calamity of so long a life:
He did not feel like his life was a calamity. However, he was indeed old – he was completely aware of that fact and wore it like a pair of tattered shoes that his mind told him to throw away but his heart forbade him to do – yes, he was old and he was dreaming.
Yet the dreams had such a sweet feel of warm reality about them that it shook him, made him despair — made him thrill with life — even as he knew it had to be a dream.
He was in his bed.
He could smell the fresh and crisp sheets, almost feel their velvet and familiar embrace. There was a low sound in the distance, it must be the constant undulating hum of the air conditioner swirling around his mind. Other sounds, sometimes distant, sometimes close at hand.
He was in his bed.
He reached for her. The great joy of his life, his companion, his friend, and his lover; the woman whose love he had worked so long and hard to win — and to keep.
He reached across the bed, searching for her hand, but he could not find it. Could not feel the warmth and happiness of her touch, thrill to the gentle squeeze she would give his gnarled fingers, beaten down by time, but not yet beaten.
She was not there.
Tears streamed down his eyes. He tried to turn his head to see. Perhaps she was there, but just out of reach – but he could not turn his head. There was a dazzling bolt of pain, then he sighed. I am dreaming, dreaming. Oh, where is she, where is my love? He slept.
He was in his bed.
She sat on the edge of the bed. The traffic had been terrible and she was late. She was never late. She sat on the edge of the bed and took her lover’s hand. Her companion and friend for a lifetime – she took his wizened old hand and wrapped her bent fingers around it.
He was in his bed.
He reached once again for his wife and there she was. He held her hand tightly, oh so tightly. She was always there for him – her kindness and love the constant reminder of the basic decency of human life. Of my life. She squeezed his hand and he smiled. The tears that came now were shed in joy and happiness.
He was in his bed.
She looked with love upon the face of the old man. She wondered at the tears on his cheek. She cried and dreamed of love.
How are we to think of clarity in the midst of chaos?
Shall we be united in sanity, or will it be united insanity?
The masters of our fate (or so they declaim to each other) sit in cloister, shrewdly dealing out the tarot cards, casting the yarrow stalks, palming the dice, and we — the minions of some forgotten God — shrink like chastised children into the gossamer shadows, seeking the reeking anonymity of the void; stepping back to avoid any confrontation which might invade our sanctity, fearing to set loose a beast which could twist and turn like some invading virus, entering into the membranes of our solipsism, bringing with it death — and life.
We sly ones, sinecure, beyond redemption, have we no recourse but the recesses of stucco and brick; no retreat but the hiding places of our children?
A whispering pervades our souls, it slips past the most careful constructed guard, indeed, it pounds at our foolish facades, surges past elaborate breastworks and obviates our resistance; the truth which cannot be avoided.
Life is a warfare.
The-guy-with-the-strange-haircut whispered to me,
“I snuffed one yesterday,”
And I felt his raspy breath sanding my soul,
“I snuffed one yesterday.”
As the cars plowed pavement, spat my way, ran on away, beyond the eye,
“I snuffed one yesterday, he didn’t cry.”
Oh, Lord, who shines on brightly, tiger, tiger,
Divide thy graces amongst your servants.
“Your time is up, please refrain,”
Passengers smiled and boarded the plane,
“And I snuffed one yesterday,”
He seemed insane.
But (I am no judge);
They held out tickets, all stamped and coded,
We held out guns all polished and loaded.
A woman screamed, her baby cried (Madonna and Child, not Pieta)
“So far you’ve passed the test,”
Now we go to view the rest,
Choked in ashes,
Scattered in the weeds, leached out soil, the ravaged mourn;
It’s better to die, than ever be borne.
(And what is it that we bear so nobly?)
But the pain of our certainty.
Dust to dust…
In the digital media creation industry – most notably located in Hollywood, California but not exclusively derived from there – the producers and creators of such digital content follow one of two possible operational outcomes based on a single principle – I call it the GRASP principle.
In object-oriented programming design this is referred to as General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns – but I am NOT using GRASP with this connotation.
For this discussion the two meanings of GRASP are based on the implied (but sometimes very subtle) outcome desired by the digital medium creation consortium producing the content.
The first operational outcome is content whose sole purpose is entertainment — with no desire to influence behavior, manipulate thoughts, or condition thinking — the principle is Getting Rich Amusing Stupid People. I say this because the vast majority of the movie-consuming populace (the producers of the digital media believe) fall to the left of mean in the Bell Curve. Not very bright. You can call me an ass and argue all day about whether the digital media creators actually endorse that perspective or not – but it is nonetheless true, and your caterwauling incessantly about it changes it not a whit.
The second operational outcome is content whose sole purpose is to influence behavior, manipulate thoughts, or condition thinking – while wrapping itself around some kind of appropriate entertainment shell. The deliberate manipulation of the electromagnetic (EM) media to either induce operant conditioning or to elicit empathic responses means Getting Rich Abusing Stupid People. Again – this is because the Elitists who are producing the digital content have a very low regard for the ultimate consumer. In addition – they own most of the businesses who will gain financially from the induced decisions of the so-called stupid people.
There has been a gradual shift in the last 10 years from digital content targeting the first operational outcome to that of the second. No matter what your level of intelligence is, you can appreciate pure entertainment. However, now what you see is that most of the digital media being churned out has a “message” carefully screened and embedded in the EM flow. And – invariably – this message supports the Progressive and Socialist causes of the Elitist – such as anthropocentric weather change, illegal immigration and amnesty, the rise of friendly machines and robotics, and the exploitation of women by men.
In the next few years you can expect to see many movies that will present these topics.
For man-made global warming (shouldn’t that be human-made global warming) you will have these themes:
Dysfunctional future where humans have destroyed the environment and must adapt
Dysfunctional future where capitalist greed has destroyed society and humans must rebuild
Brave environments battle greedy businessmen to save the world
For themes on illegal immigration and amnesty:
Heroic rise of a person(s) not native to a particular area who achieves great things in a hostile environment and helps those who once hated them – the theme will be the same but the characters and settings will vary.
The rise of friendly machines and robots (the Elitists need you to love robots and machines because they know that this technology will eliminate almost all the jobs that average people normally handle):
A robot or toy that helps a child adjust successfully to the world. Animated or real-world. A robot who develops thoughts and feelings that are “human” and is “loved” by humans.
The exploitation of women by men:
A never-ending saga and a continual fount of inspiration designed to affect weak minds conditioned to believe women are persecuted, manipulated, exploited, and abused by every male member of American culture. Look for more “entertainment” with this content.
There are a few additional side plots that cannot be ignored and ought to be mentioned.
Since humans – the Elitists want you to believe – are incapable of solving human problems, look for movies where humans receive aid from aliens, supernatural sources, or hybrid humans that are part-human apart-machine.
Aliens will no longer be a threat and menace – they will be kind, benevolent, loving and helpful. We should welcome and embrace them into our human family – no matter what they look like or believe.
The Elitists also want a global governance – one big happy human family. Despite the obviously mutually exclusive nature of the adaptive strategies currently in the world, the digital media will show a world where all things are fair and equitable. There is nothing special about America and that country will never be shown in a favorable light – in fact, most of the evils of the world can be placed at America’s doorstep – and you will see that reflected in the digital media.
The Socialists and Progressives hate individual achievement and entrepreneurial spirit – look for more movies promoting the success of groups, clusters, cooperatives, communes, the collective, and the hive. Find your place, fit in and enjoy your life. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. The sum is greater than the hole, more or less — mostly less.
In addition (because they somehow find funding), alternate lifestyles which are often at cross-purposes with conventional society will continue to be touted and glamorized in digital media. Despite the fact there is not a shred of evidence conclusively and irrefutably supporting the notion that certain types of behavior are genetically based, the digital media will show how many people have “no choice” and are “forced” into certain types of behavior “against their will.” In point of fact, the Socialists and Progressives don’t actually believe in free will, so this works out nicely for them.
Finally — because even the government leaders are telling us the “world is spinning out of control” you can expect a plethora of digital media about demons, vampires, demonic possession, supernatural spirits, unexplained phenomenon, and basically anything that permits the digital media creators to make a buck from encouraging chaos, confusion, and fear due to some unexplainable external source beyond human comprehension.
My parting words are simple – you really need to pay close attention to what you feed your skull. Images, video, music, and words all make a significant impact on your neuro-chemistry – they structure how you think and what you think. Garbage in, garbage out. If you are what you eat, then how you behave (output) is a function of your knowledge (input).
Make sure this is knowledge that YOU put in your brain and not something placed there by others. Stop and think and what your brain consumes – make sure your thoughts belong to you and are not being injected into your mind by others.
GRASP – Getting Real About Saving People – beginning with yourself.
The Capitalist Right concludes that the reason the Socialist Left supports the notion of anthropogenic global warming (humans made it happen) is because the Socialist Left is really interested in making money from the idea, and to transfer money from industries generally supported by the Right to those supported by the Left.
While this conclusion has some justification, ultimately it is not the real reason the Socialist Left supports the notion that human activities can cause the weather to change. To truly understand what the Left is really trying to accomplish, you must remember the words of one of their favorite prophets, Karl Marx. It was Marx who wrote:
“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, in the contrary, their social existence that determines their consciousness.”
It is vital to the Socialist agenda – crucial – that the Left convince the masses that human activity is causing the weather to change. This is because the Left can only come to power by convincing people that they are helpless puppets subject to external control and manipulation and nothing normal people can do will make a difference. You must give the Left complete control so they can structure and transform society to make things “better” – free healthcare, free education, free food, guaranteed employment, free entitlements and so on. Pretty much every discredited idea you can think of…
You see – if humans can impact the weather by what they do, then humans can impact whole societies by what they do – behavior can be controlled. The weather – like our social environment – can be changed, restructured, manipulated, regulated, guided. The State will help make it happen.
Here’s the truth — the weather is just like genetics – it is what it is. It is going to rain on Tuesday is a fact every bit as immutable as Susan can sing well or Bob is 6’10″ in height. I mean, let’s be honest – you are either intelligent or you’re not, and summers will be hot and winters cold. Complain all you want – it ain’t gonna change.
Being a loser in the genetic lottery is so unfair, the Left will whimper. The fact that some places get too much rain and others don’t get enough is so unfair. The fact you can run really fast and I cannot is intolerable. The fact it is hot here and cold there is unacceptable. The fact you are smart and I am stupid is just bad cosmic luck that should be changed.
The Right wants you to control yourself, and use whatever skills and talents you possess in order to succeed — being smart or stupid is just one variable among many. The Left wants to control you – through the State – and since only a small percentage of people actually have sufficient skills and talents to succeed (the Left endorses the concept that most people are stupid), the Left must step in to remedy this. Of course – you must grant an Elite group of Leftists total control so they can “do the job” of leveling the playing field.
There is no such thing as being a loser in the genetic lottery.
This is the Socialist Left trying to convince people that the economy is like the weather – stacked against you and you need the Left to “fix” it. The Left has made costly attempts to control the social environment – you know, by creating a vast welfare state and trying to make Socialism the national pastime – and it has been an utter disaster, just as it has been anywhere else it has been tried.
Human’s do not impact the weather and you cannot control human behavior.
Freedom is the only thing that matters.
We are witness to electromagnetic (EM) wave manipulation every day. Almost all of us use mobile phones or some kind of digital device; a vast number of us have connections to the Internet; we rely on some form of EM wave delivery for the various audio and video forms of our entertainment. Indeed, unless our automobile is very old – we could not budge from the driveway without EM waves.
We are awash – some might say drowning – in a whirling vortex of EM wave activity, and yet we seldom pause to think if we ourselves are subject to control and manipulation
Are our thoughts and feelings impacted by such EM waves?
Not directly, of course – no one needs to put their aluminum foil hat on quite yet – but who among us has not felt strong emotion listening to music? Who has not been made to laugh or cry by great theater or a well-crafted movie? Who has not been moved by the skillful words of some talented writer, or even a political orator? These are the honest effects of EM wave usage – clearly done in the open and with our full cooperation.
Well, maybe not the political orator, but that’s a story for another time…
However, it is a sad and compelling truth that our minds can be filled with activity that is not generated in an honest and open manner; it is specifically designed to influence and compel our compliance to a certain agenda of activity.
How else can you explain hundreds of thousands of people marching in the Borough of Manhattan, chanting about climate control and the impact of human-made global warming? Despite the truth – the absolute truth – that there does not exist a single incontrovertible, conclusive, and irrefutable fact that supports the theoretical speculation that humans causes global warming. If you have such a fact – please make it available, because all that exists now is misleading interpretation of data, doomsayer predictions, and feel-good rhetoric. All of which is designed to flatten out humanity, redistribute wealth from achievers to non-achievers and somehow lead to a more fair and socially just living space.
The lazy among us always want equity and a level playing field, primarily because they lack the requisite skills, talents, drive, ambition and willingness to work hard in the present for some future goal. As losers in the genetic lottery, they look for some kind of external action to make it all better. The easy way out is the best course of action – Occam’s Razor misapplied to life. Simply raise taxes, punish with fines those who use traditional energy sources and then spread the money around to renewable energy companies – you know, the ones who have already received billions in taxpayer subsidies and have yet to produce a single worthy innovation or bring one useful idea to the mass marketplace.
It does a fantastic job – however – of moving money from one side of the financial ledger (the right) to the other side (the left).
Renewable energy is a great holy grail, but it will never be sufficient to meet demand – so you are left having to fill the void with something else. Instead of using our money wisely to make current forms of energy more “eco-friendly,” or to actually search out new forms of renewable energy — we are spending billions upon billions on the pointless pursuit of solar and wind power. Only in a fairy tale would such lunacy be tolerated. The only way any of this will work is if we harness the power of the full EM Spectrum, and learn to derive energy across all frequencies and wavelengths. And very few are even looking at that angle. It is not politically expedient.
Until then we would be well-advised to forget this nonsense about human-made global warming and focus on energy-development in this country, or in the coming years we will have lagged so far behind our main rivals that we will not easily catch them, nor be prepared to meet threats to our freedom and sovereignty. And yes, Virginia, there really are such things as free and independent countries, America being one important one.
The eco-fanatics picture a world of harmony and cooperation, where everyone gets together to help solve human problems. They see smiling faces sitting around the campfire reciting the Koran, reading the Talmud, chanting the Vedas, quoting the Bible, and happily discussing Marx. The eco-fanatics are like the people in the Dark Ages who were utterly convinced the Universe revolved around the earth – the eco-fanatics believe humans impact and control of the weather on planet Earth.
It is technology that creates the illusion.
The easy and widespread dissemination of information proclaims and extols this illusion. Every oil spill is a global catastrophe that will end life on the planet. Every mine cave-in a dire warning. Every snail darter destroyed by industry means Armageddon. Every malfunctioning car exhaust is a clarion call to arms. This is because these things are covered by the news media like some kind of apocalyptic event portending the end of days — and uncomprehending minds are filled to the brim with indignation and hate.
Just because satellite technology allows us to see ourselves from 10,000 miles plus in high earth orbit doesn’t mean we are suddenly gods – yes, what we do has impact locally, regionally – but not planetary. To think we can impact planet-wide weather patterns is the height of arrogant hubris and speaks more to political ambitions than to addressing real human problems.
Let’s call a spade a shovel — all this sudden concern for human-made global warming is merely a cover ploy for socialism – the eco-fanatics are using the screen of “climate change” to change the climate of how society is structured and how monies are redistributed.
After all, that degree in puppetry has to be made to pay out in some fashion…
This is just another in a long line of methods and attempts to take money from one group not in political favor and give it to the group that has it. Both sides do it.
Think for yourself. Do the research. Look at the facts. Support renewable energy without being an eco-fanatic. Look for the slow transformation of our current energy structure, not a sudden destruction and dismantling. Invest in ideas that make traditional energy use more eco-friendly and efficient, while we seek real renewable energy answers that are not simply ways to transfer wealth and win elections.
Enlightened Capitalism means conducting business in such a fashion that everything is done with an eye to all the issues that affect human being. It is the moral and ethical way to conduct business.
But – the Progressive/Socialist/Communist will not hear of it, mostly because it still involves hard work, sacrifice, self-responsibility, and self-determination.
We lost most of them at “hard work.”
Here’s an EM wave blast – try to control your own thoughts and not be influenced by the State, by the Media, or by any other form of external data. Not even this text.
Don’t merely open your mind – use it.
Thanks for the feedback of JKM.
NOTE: This original thread-story-post-blog entry was created 12-30-2009. It has been updated now and again as the occasion warrants. It gets scarier every time I update it !!!
NEW UPDATE on September 29, 2014 –>
These updates concern “gene drive” technology, which basically means using human intervention to increase the likelihood of a particular genetic outcome. Of course, that can be used for some wonderfully good things — but also some truly horrific and human-enslaving things. Check out this new information — and also do your own research on the topic:
Enoch note on update for May 2, 2013 –>
When you finish reading my post in its entirety, come back here and check out the latest information on this sad topic at this link:
_____ORIGINAL 12-30-2009 ENTRY START HERE_____
Each day we humans face a very ancient question — “Can evil come from good?”
Our most distant ancestors — who surely felt a great reverence and awe for creation — regarded existence as essentially good — but they still had to account for evil within the system. There was life, for instance — glorious and stunning — but there was also death — ignoble and mean.
There was compassion, kindness and decency, but also cruelty, hatred and incredible obscenity.
How are to reconcile these apparently irreconcilable differences?
Many systems of thought developed within the human family to deal with this obvious tension, this seemingly unexplainable and inexplicable dichotomy between good and evil.
It has always been a bit of a sore spot for any organized system of thought. Like a bad relative you have to explain to friends.
The main challenge – problem – obstacle — irritant is that you can take anything good and transmute / transform it to evil, and vice versa.
It is as though – ultimately and at their inner essence — all human activities, inventions, techniques or devices are the same thing, and whether it is good or evil depends on your vantage point, your perspective, your milieu, your frame of reference, to borrow a phrase from dear old Albert.
The implication, of course, is that the elements of existence are neutral, they simply “are” — but we humans determine the good or evil by how we utilize them.
Technology (the dictionary says) is defined as –
. . .the totality of the means employed to provide objects necessary for human sustenance and comfort.
Technology is a word and concept of consciousness which arises from Hellenic origin; from the word TECHNE which means “art” or “craft”; and the word -LOGIA, which means “sayings,” “oracles,” “utterances.” This second word is also centered around LOGOS or the Word, oral or written communication. The sacred consciousness of that which is immanent within existence, but must be discerned by the individual.
Proper technology is, therefore, a means of evolutionary expression for human consciousness, the manifestation of the contents of consciousness as it directs human activity and creation, especially in light of what is considered the finest aims of human existence. As Immanual Kant defined it, logos is –
. . .a communicable mental faculty (concept/relation) which allows (hu)man to strive toward the realization of his (its) highest ends.
As an example, many humans can create or manufacture a chair.
When you use that chair – however — the extent to which it embraces “chairness” and functions in total harmony with human intent is the true measure of how well the “technology” that was used to create it aligns with the perfection of the chair form.
Technology, which is to say, the creation of anything by human hands (or mind) can reflect good (proper embrace of logos) or evil (rejected or improper use of logos).
For instance, the same explosives that are used to carve a road across or thru the mountains — to link remote communities — can also be used to destroy those communities via weapons of war.
The same education system that teaches people how to read and write, how to count, can also be used to indoctrinate and propagandize a specific message to the detriment of free thought.
As the Biblical allusion puts it so aptly, the same metal used for a plow shear can also be used for a sword.
I could go on, but I think you begin to get the point of this part of the paper. In fact, as you begin to fidget in your seat, you are probably wondering where I am going with this commentary…
The human race daily confronts a wide range of possible threats to its ongoing existence. Some of the threats are apparent, some less so. Some are real, some are possibly manufactured for personal, political, or corporate gain.
Most of us are familiar with this short apocalyptic list –
- Thermonuclear destruction
- Viral pandemic or epidemic
- Traditional widespread war
- Large-scale volcanic eruption
- Asteroid / Meteor/ Comet strike
- Self-Induced Climate Change
- Food Shortages
- Water Contamination
- Alien invasion
- Rise of Artificial Intelligence
- Micro black hole (e.g., CERN accident)
For a longer worry list — see my link here –>
The problem — for me — is that as you review the short list or the long list, there is one gaping hole in it. Something very dangerous indeed is missing.
And it is an evil that can be transmuted from a good.
The scientific and medical establishment informs us (the general public) that one of the most exciting areas of research that will help improve our lives is gene therapy. Here are a few definitions to ponder –
Gene therapy is a technique for correcting defective genes responsible for disease development.
The quote above is from a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program.
Gene therapy is designed to introduce genetic material into cells to compensate for abnormal genes or to make a beneficial protein. If a mutated gene causes a necessary protein to be faulty or missing, gene therapy may be able to introduce a normal copy of the gene to restore the function of the protein.
This quote is from the “Genetics Home Reference” which is “A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.”
The transfer of DNA is usually achieved either by mixing the DNA with a substance that enhances its uptake or by packaging it inside a disabled virus (a virus that can carry DNA into a cell but cannot cause a disease).
The above is from the Wellcome Trust.
Advances in understanding and manipulating genes have set the stage for scientists to alter a person’s genetic material to fight or prevent disease.
This is from the National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health).
Now all of this sounds like good technology and proper use of the logos. I applaud, encourage, and support it.
Before we can talk further about gene therapy and some potential issues to worry about, we need to bring up the subject of the human genome and the Human Genome Project.
First off — what exactly IS the human genome?
A genome is all the DNA in an organism, including its genes. Genes carry information for making all the proteins required by all organisms. These proteins determine, among other things, how the organism looks, how well its body metabolizes food or fights infection, and sometimes even how it behaves.
Just to augment this a bit –
The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is stored on 23 chromosome pairs. Twenty-two of these are autosomal (do not pertain to sex determination) chromosome pairs, while the remaining pair is sex-determining.
Males have two distinct chromosomes (X,Y) while females have the same chromosomes (XX). Both the egg and the spermatozoa have 23 chromosomes. The egg is always the carrier of the X chromosome The spermatozoa can carry either an X or a Y chromosome.
And of course there is this standard bit about DNA –
DNA is made up of four similar chemicals (called bases and abbreviated A, T, C, and G) that are repeated millions or billions of times throughout a genome. The human genome, for example, has 3 billion pairs of bases.
This last piece of information is really important for future reference –
The particular order of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs is extremely important. The order underlies all of life’s diversity, even dictating whether an organism is human or another species such as yeast, rice, or fruit fly, all of which have their own genomes and are themselves the focus of genome projects. Because all organisms are related through similarities in DNA sequences, insights gained from nonhuman genomes often lead to new knowledge about human biology.
Your next question should be — what exactly is the Human Genome Project?
Begun formally in 1990, the U.S. Human Genome Project was a 13-year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The project originally was planned to last 15 years, but rapid technological advances accelerated the completion date to 2003.
The stated goals of the project were as follows –
- identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA,
- determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs for human DNA,
- store this information in databases,
- improve tools for data analysis,
- transfer related technologies to the private sector, and
- address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.
All items listed above are from http://genomics.energy.gov/ (U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science).
Now is the point in this discussion where we begin to ponder the possible transmutation of the good (correcting defective genes) to the evil (making good genes defective).
First off, let’s be clear about some terminology.
We are not talking about an event that simply makes you ill. A virus may impact a human at the cellular level (e.g., influenza), but I am talking about an event that alters your genetic structure at the chromosomal level (e.g., HIV). Permanently and with intent to influence future generations. Speaking of HIV –
HIV is one of a group of atypical viruses called retroviruses that maintain their genetic information in the form of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Through the use of an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase, HIV and other retroviruses are capable of producing deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from RNA, whereas most cells carry out the opposite process, transcribing the genetic material of DNA into RNA. The activity of the enzyme enables the genetic information of HIV to become integrated permanently into the genome (chromosomes) of a host cell.
© by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University.
Here is a pretty straight-forward description of a retrovirus from Wikipedia –
A retrovirus is an RNA virus that is replicated in a host cell via the enzyme reverse transcriptase to produce DNA from its RNA genome. The DNA is then incorporated into the host’s genome by an integrase enzyme. The virus thereafter replicates as part of the host cell’s DNA. Retroviruses are enveloped viruses that belong to the viral family Retroviridae. The virus itself stores its nucleic acid in the form of a +mRNA (including the 5′cap and 3′PolyA inside the virion) genome and serves as a means of delivery of that genome into cells it targets as an obligate parasite, and constitutes the infection. Once in the host’s cell, the RNA strands undergo reverse transcription in the cytosol and are integrated into the host’s genome, at which point the retroviral DNA is referred to as a provirus. It is difficult to detect the virus until it has infected the host.
The human genome contains all of the DNA for the individual — it is the totality of an organism’s hereditary information. Before we continue, though, we need to clarify two additional terms, genotype and phenotype.
The internally coded, inheritable information (genotype) maintained by all organisms, yields the critical instructions that are interpreted and utilized by the creative structure of the cells to produce the outward, physical manifestation (phenotype) of the individual organism.
Logic would imply, therefore, that all phenotypic appearances have some basis in genotypic architecture — the implication being there is an identifiable and genetically accessible basis for such things as handedness, hair color, eye color, nose size, et cetera, ad nauseum.
Now, let’s take this one small – innocent — step further.
Suppose there is a genetic basis for ethnicity or race.
That is to say, suppose there can be found — within the human genome — even the smallest and most insignificant of genetic markers for ethnicity or race — these can then be used for targeted genetic warfare.
This genetic marker does not need to point to any patently overt phenotypic feature — like skin pigmentation, distinct facial features, or hair composition — it can be something more subtle, deeper, like the distinct nature of immunoglobulin structure, cellular hemoglobin processing rates, specific protein encoding or susceptibility to certain inheritable chromosomal mutations.
After this identification, it is merely a question of simple IF-THEN programming.
For instance, imagine you are editing some text (like the search-and-replace function in your word processing program on the computer).
Suppose you have these two sentences –
The sky is blue.
Sometimes it is gray.
Let’s say you need to change the first sentence. You want it to read “The sky is orange.” Further suppose this sentence occurs on every page of a 100,000-page book you are working on, but you only want to change it on certain pages, and let’s also say you are not sure where those pages are that have this sentence.
You could sit there and search through each event and decide which to change — one at a time — but not only is that completely unrealistic (in terms of time), the chances for an error are significant.
You cannot change the sentence on a global basis, because there are many places where you want it to remain “The sky is blue.”
Suppose, though — for the events you do want to change — the next sentence (in those cases you want to edit) is just ever so slightly different and always reads like this –
The sky is blue.
Sometimes it is grey.
Now we can write a routine that basically looks for “The sky is blue.” during the search-and-replace process, but only changes it to “The sky is orange.” IF the next sentence reads “Sometimes it is grey.” and not “…gray.”
For our genetic discussion, then, if you were out to do evil and introduce a retrovirus designed to change good genes to defective genes, you would not want to impact everyone’s genetic structure — you would only want to target your perceived enemy.
Therefore, consider the spelling difference of “grey” to “gray” as a genetic marker for race or ethnicity. Suddenly you can unleash a retrovirus into human populations that will “search-and-replace” within the genome, but only infect people with a specific genetic pattern(s).
Why would anyone do this?
If you can identify specific ethnicity or racial genetic markers, no matter how insignificant, they become the trigger points for the introduction of active viral strands which can cause chromosomal disruption.
This could be accomplished at the level of the 23rd chromosomal pair, that which determines gender in humans.
Typically (as has been stated previously) men are XY and women are XX in the pair for the 23rd chromosome. However, in some events people are born with only one sex chromosome (monosomy of the sex chromosome), or with three sex chromosomes (trisomy of the sex chromosome).
This can lead to problems –
Turner syndrome (XO syndrome, monosomy X, missing Y): This should just be called the “X syndrome” because the person has an X, but no second sex chromosome. Such people are female, as there is no male Y chromosome. It is a 1-in-5000 syndrome, involving some relatively minor conditions, but usually sterility.
Klinefelter syndrome (XXY syndrome, also rarely XXXY): a 1-in-1000 disorder where the person is usually male (because of the Y chromosome), but has lower levels of testosterone and may have some female-like features (because there are two X chromosomes), and is usually sterile. The rarer XXXY syndrome may lead to retardation.
Jacobs syndrome (XYY syndrome): The person has an extra Y male chromosome. He will be male and may be largely normal, or may suffer from minor features such as excess acne and may be very tall, and in some cases behavioral complaints such as aggression. Frequency around 1-in-2000.
Triple-X (XXX, also XXXX or XXXXX): These people are females with an additional X chromosome. In rarer cases, there can even be 4 or 5 X chromasomes. They can be largely normal, or may suffer from problems such as infertility (some but not all), and reduced mental acuity. Occurs with a frequency around 1-in-700.
As we also discussed earlier, the first 22 chromosomes are not related to sex determination and are referred to as autosomal. There are many defects related to DNA that result from having extra chromosomes, large missing sequences, or other major errors. Here are some examples:
Autosomal Dominant Genetic Diseases
- Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
- Machado-Joseph Disease
- Marfan syndrome
- MODY diabetes
Autosomal Recessive Genetic Diseases
- Alpers Syndrome
- Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy type I
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy type II
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy type III
- Tay Sachs
- Usher Syndrome
A disease trait that is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner can occur in either sex and can be transmitted by either parent.
Recessive means that disease only occurs when a person has two copies of the bad gene. Usually this means they must inherit the disease from both parents.
So, let’s recap.
While ostensibly gene therapy is intended to mend defective genes, the obvious implication is that it can also be used to create defective genes, or transform good genes to defective ones.
If the target is the autosomal chromosomes, then it may, or may not, be inheritable. It may just impact the “infected” individual. However, depending on the recessive or dominant nature of the disease, it may be capable of being passed on to offspring.
If the target is the 23rd chromosome, then technically you are impacting the inherited character of the race or ethnicity you are targeting — within a generation or two there would either be widespread sterility or all offspring would be genetically impacted with the diseases or conditions noted previously.
We are not yet at the point where this can happen, but technology moves fast. Rogue states and even private enterprises can access technology and information which can be transmuted from good to evil.
Targeted genetic attacks are not science fiction.
Here is a headline from The Environmental Factor, which is produced monthly by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/), Office of Communications and Public Liaison. This is from the April 2009 edition –
Nanotechnology Delivers — First Report of Targeted Killing of Tumor Cells
Here is an article published on November 5, 2009, about gene therapy successes –
Here is an article from The New England Journal of Medicine, January of 2009, talking about successful gene therapy –
IMPORTANT NOTE — I originally wrote all this in 2009, so the refs above are a little dated – you can EASILY do your own research and arrive at the same conclusion – simply type “gene therapy” in your browser and do some reading to get updated. No problemo.
We must be exceedingly cautious in evaluating this research.
We are entering what Aldous Huxley called a “Brave New World,” but the extent to which our technology is used for good — and not for evil — is up to us, but we must be diligent in our examination of possibilities.
One of main functions of any disease-monitoring organization, in any country — like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States — is to watch for fluctuations of genetically-induced events. A sudden and unexpected rise in some autosomal disease or XY, 23rd chromosome, disease, must be monitored and explanations provided — such as the introduction of a targeted genetic attack.
So– forewarned is forearmed. The cautionary tale of Pandora’s Box is thousands of years old — sometimes we can, in our unrestrained zest to do good, cause evil to be unleashed in the world.
Keep your eyes open.
When a truly horrific event occurs in America (or anywhere in the world) – one in which innocent lives are snatched away in deliberate human violence – everyone stops to ponder how something like that can happen and what it all means.
There are many perspectives and many opinions.
Some groups would dismiss the notion of even trying to understand the motive or meaning of any hideously violent act because it is simply the result of the incomprehensible will of some supreme being, whom one may call Jehovah,al-Lah, God, G_d, or any other appropriate superlative.
No sense for mere mortals to try and penetrate the mind of the Supreme Being, these folks would argue. Just accept it and move on.
Other people – not operating from a religious milieu – would take a similar tact, but present their ideas in a slightly modified fashion. They would argue that trying to impose logic on an illogical act, or trying to rationalize the irrational, is a waste of time and resources.
Disturbed individuals do disturbed things. They are disturbed, remember? And there is a corollary to that — stupid people do stupid things. Both are taut tautologies.
The next step often pursued following this line of thought is a bit discomforting, because the status quo would like much broader and more comprehensive mental health screenings and programs to identify those with mental health issues.
The status quo — right now the left — believes that humans do not really have free will and therefore when something bad happens, it is always the fault of someone else. There is always a reason external to the individual that caused the problem. The left believes that the general populace is genetically inferior, uncontrollable, and desperately in need of guidance. So — they want to test everyone to make sure they are mentally stable and fit to be “citizens.”
Sounds reasonable until you actually start to contemplate the ramifications.
Here’s the problem I have with that – exactly who decides what constitutes “correct” mental health and what is “harmful” to society? Is it based on scores from a test? The opinion of supposed experts? Government standards? Religious tenets? Philosophical guidelines? Political viewpoints?
Allowing any bureaucratic entity the power to determine your mental health status through mandatory “screenings” strikes me as a bit too much power to grant to any group, organization, or government. Especially the latter.
Perhaps it would be better – these same folks would argue – to control guns. Their basic assumption is that widespread and “easy” access to guns seems to be the real source of most human violence.
Truthfully – isn’t this a question of self-control and not gun control?
And – ultimately – the value of self-control is something which the culture must instill in its citizens through every aspect of the culture. Lamarck was wrong about the inheritable nature of acquired physical characteristics, but the mechanism he evinced is correct for the transmission of ethics, mores, logic, and wisdom.
Consciousness — if you will grant me a boon — is an acquired trait, not gained by mere existence. We must teach the next generation how to be self-aware.
I’ll have to be honest with you – we are teaching the next generation absolute shit.
When I look at the nature of cultural teaching on television, at movie theaters, in books, in our schools and universities – I am not seeing the stress on honor, integrity, personal responsibility, morality, and ethics which are the hallmarks of self-control.
What I see is an embrace of nothing. Hemingway’s nada. Nihilism. The Cancer of Nothingness.
In order to exercise self-control you must know yourself. The famous words inscribed on the wall of the ancient Greek Oracle at Delphi – Nosce te ipsum (Know Thyself) – are essential for human success.
If each existing individual does not define themselves, then that means he or she permits others to absorb that task. And – in almost every case – this role is subsumed by the State, which is more than happy to tell you who you are, what you can be, and what you should be doing.
Self-discovery – self-education – is a painful process. It takes great work. Work most people are not willing to do. It requires self-awareness, consciousness – this is precisely what the ruling elite of any tyrannical government does not want you to have.
They want a citizenry that grants the State power and then submits as sheep to be tended after… and the ultimate fate of sheep is a well-known fact.
How can the State assume such control and power over the citizens? It is because most people do not want any pain whatsoever in their life – and they are willing to give away their freedom to avoid the pain.
Here comes a most uncomfortable statement for me to make — violence that on rare occasions takes the lives of innocent people must be accepted in a free society.
That is harsh and difficult to accept. Almost counter-intuitive. As terribly hard as that is to grasp and embrace, it is nonetheless true.
However (and this is critical) — this acceptance is not a passive act, because the society constantly pursues ways to change the hearts and minds of people – you try to show them a better way, a new way, of thought in order to prevent a repeat of any violent horror.
This is culture correctly teaching people to be human. To be more than human. We do NOT accomplish this by threat, force, imprisonment, or other punishments — though the latter two are necessary for those who willfully chose a life out of control and beyond the reasonable structure of normal human relations.
Our individual choices as Americans – our freedom – cannot be restrained nor denied, and the actions the Society takes to reach those hearts and minds must rely upon the freedom of choice inherently granted to individuals in our society, and not on slavish acquiescence to centralized laws and regulations in the hope you can avoid the pain.
It is the pain of learning. The pain of trying to understand, to reach awareness.
Unthinkable acts of isolated human violence are not prevented by instituting more State-sanctioned control of human behavior, but by continuing to focus on good education. That would be an education not tainted by self-aggrandizing political or philosophical musings utilizing a curriculum designed to manipulate the mind rather than inform the mind.
We must educate ourselves properly — then we can start to eliminate acts of horrific violence by endorsing music, books, movies, and television that do not exploit some innate barbaric desire for violence and destruction solely for its commercial value. People that denounce gun violence but make millions with violent acts in the movies and on television should not be teaching us anything of real value. They are only entertainers.
We can only succeed as a culture if we do not marginalize or trivialize the most important moral and ethical values that allow us to rise above our bestial origins and become truly human.
Only when we allow ourselves the true freedom to become human will acts of human violence disappear from daily life – but until that time comes we must strive to stave off all efforts to control and reign in that freedom, because once you relinquish freedom you never get it back — the slavery that results binds your soul and being to a wheel of existence that has no ring of truth about it.
Freedom from pain is but slavery of the soul.
Freedom is painful, to be sure. But, it is how we deal with the pain that defines us as an individual, a culture, a nation, a species.
Do not seek to make the pain of life go away with the “drugs” offered by the government – they want more controls on personal freedom, mandatory mental health screenings, and the like.
Do not seek to make the pain go away by allowing greater controls and restrictions on freedom so we can “monitor” the actions of those with ideas at odds with the norm — the result is that we all get monitored and we are all criminals.
Do not seek to make the pain go away by allowing greater control of free speech by the government – what you don’t know WILL hurt you.
It is only through the difficult process of self-achievement in harmony with others; only through an appreciation of the greatest moral and ethical values that humans can envision; only through trying to attain an understanding on what freedom truly is; only through a process of true personal enlightenment, can we hope to understand the pain and what it means.
Freedom is pain. Pain is freedom.
Because if you feel pain, then it means you at least still feel something – you have not yet been turned into a zombie by a society which wishes only to control, regulate, exploit, and otherwise dull your senses until you react to nothing at all.
The status quo — the ruling elite — survives only so long as barbarism survives. To paraphrase George Orwell from his book 1984 – you must be conscious to exercise self-control, but you cannot be conscious without self-control. It inures to the benefit of the status quo to create legions of sense-dulled zombies and non-reflective barbarians and deny them consciousness and self-control. These mindless – pain-free – humans are then exploited in the economy by the status quo, who say they speak for the “poor” but only care for themselves and their profit.
The status quo wishes to end all pain because for them, ignorance is indeed bliss. It means the status quo retains power. Keep that one thought in your mind.
The thought of the pain and suffering of innocent people is gut-wrenching. It should “wake” up your mind and bring clarity to our thoughts. It should create a clamor and cry for self-control, not external control.
We must seek to understand what the pain means – and what it can inspire us to achieve.
May the pain of freedom always be yours to cherish and nourish for all generations to come.
I look around the world and see horrific problems – most of them arising when you provide arms and advanced weapons systems to idiots.
For instance – a passenger jet gets shot down, or terrorists declare themselves an independent state.
Lots of people start screaming about conspiracies, state-sponsored terrorism, et cetera, ad nauseum.
The simple truth is this – when you hand over deadly devices to morons and ask them to use them carefully, do you really think such operation will be in a safe and reliable manner?
Listen again — do you really understand the part about the operators being morons? Kind of a critical part of the equation. Very similar to providing any kind of technology to people cognitively incapable of truly understanding it.
When fanatics – especially moronic fanatics — of any ilk find themselves in possession of advanced weaponry (or technology), they invariably will use it against those others the morons designate as targets – which is to say, anyone who holds a belief system (adaptive strategy) different from that of the moronic fanatic.
The results are always bad – for everyone.
The aim of morons is – well – moronic.
The accuracy which stupid people employ in using those weapons will be limited to the extent of his or her competency – so collateral damage is a given. Even a “smart” bomb can be stupid when utilized by morons.
Intelligent and rational people think you can change the stupid people by introducing logical and common sense structures into the lives of the stupid people. You know, schools, hospitals, universities, health-care systems all designed to make the stupid people “better” – but the sad and ironic truth is that the very nature of the religious, philosophical, political, and social beliefs that the stupid people are following preclude any successful adoption of the aforementioned systems.
Whether there are – or are not — innate genetic tendencies to stupidity, sadly many people will still luxuriate and wallow in their ignorance because to them that is the Will of the Universe, as explained to them, of course, by the intelligent and rational people.
The first step to not being a moron is your willingness to actually listen and learn from what other people say. It’s called consciousness. Awareness.
Hint – most people don’t have any…