Thursday, July 20, 2017
Since 1900, 69 mammal species and 400 other vertebrate species have gone extinct.
Based on previous extinctions, only nine species would have been expected to die off in the same time frame without the involvement of mankind.
"Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway"
Ongoing 6th Mass Extinction.
New York Times
JULY 11, 2017
From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds.
The study found that about 30 percent of all land vertebrates — mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians — are experiencing declines and local population losses.
In most parts of the world, mammal populations are losing 70 percent of their members because of habitat loss.
The study, published July 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current decline in animal populations a “global epidemic” and part of the “ongoing sixth mass extinction” caused in large measure by human destruction of animal habitats. The previous five extinctions were caused by natural phenomena.
Gerardo Ceballos, a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, acknowledged that the study is written in unusually alarming tones for an academic research paper. “It wouldn’t be ethical right now not to speak in this strong language to call attention to the severity of the problem,” he said.
THERE IS A LIST OF EXTINCT MAMMALS <HERE> WITH SOURCES GIVEN AND SOME IMAGES.
THERE IS A LIST OF RECENTLY EXTINCT BIRDS <HERE> , ALSO WITH SOURCES AND A FEW IMAGES.
THERE IS A LIST OF EXTINCT PLANT SPECIES <HERE> .
The following is a list I found of species "Extinct In The Last 100 Years". What I found most disturbing was that MOST have become extinct IN MY LIFETIME.
I will list many, but not all on that list, just an idea of how many... and how recently they disappeared.
-Zanzibar Leopard, Panthera pardus adersi. 1996.
- Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis. 1918
-1985 — Alaotra Grebe
-1941 — Arabian Ostrich, Struthio camelus syriacus
1940 — Arc-form Pearly Mussel, Epioblasma arcaeformis
1986 — Atitlan Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
1962 – Bachmann’s Warbler
1937 — Bali Tiger, Panthera tigris balica
1942 — Barbary Lion, Panthera leo leo
1967 — Great Short-tailed Bat, Mystacina robusta
1983 — Guam Flycatcher, Myiagra Freycinet
1969 — Blackfin Cisco, Coregonus nigripinnis
1970 — Blue Pike, Sander vitreus glaucus
1923 — Bubal hartebeest, Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus
1972 — Bush Wren, Xenicus longipes
1952 — Caribbean Monk Seal, Monachus tropicalis
1997 — Aldabra Banded Snail, Rhachistia aldabrae
1960 — Central Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes asomatus
2007 — Chinese Paddlefish, Psephurus gladius
2009 — Christmas Island Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus murrayi
1985 — Christmas Island Shrew, Crocidura trichura
1966 — Independence Valley Tui Chub, Gila bicolor isolata
1977 — Colombian Grebe, Podiceps andinus
1964 — Lake Ontario, Coregonus kiyi orientalis
1956 — Crescent Nailtail Wallaby, Onychogalea lunata
1940 — Las Vegas Dace, Rhinichthys deaconi
1971 — Santa Cruz Pupfish, Cyprinodon arcuatus
1952 — Deepwater Cisco, Coregonus johannae
1927 — Thick-billed Ground-dove, Gallicolumba salamonis
1987 — Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens
1929 — Atlantic Eelgrass Limpet, Lottia alveus
1982 — Galapagos Damselfish, Azurina eupalama
1984 – Amistad Gambusia, Gambusia amistadensis
1985 — Eungella Gastric-Brooding Frog, Rheobatrachus vitellinus, and Rheobatrachus silus
1951 — Glaucous Macaw, Anodorhynchus glaucus
1989 — Golden Toad, Incilius periglenes
1938 — Grand Cayman Thrush, Turdus ravidus
1923 — New Zealand Grayling, Prototroctes oxyrhinchus
1969 — Greater Akialoa, Hemignathus ellisianus
1974 — Guam Flying Fox, Pteropus tokudae
1934 — Hawaii O’o, Moho Nobilis
1976 — Madagascan Dwarf Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus lemerlei
1940 — Houting, Coregonus oxyrinchus
1934 — Indefatigable Galápagos Rice Rat, Nesoryzomys indefessus
1951 — Japanese Sea Lion, Zalophus japonicus
1940 — Javanese Lapwing, Vanellus macropterus
1963 — Kakawahle, Paroreomyza flammea
1983 — Kama’o, Myadestes myadestinus
1985 – Kaua’i ‘O’o, Moho braccatus
1972 — Lake Pedder Earthworm, Hypolimnus pedderensis
1940 — Lake Titicaca Orestias, Orestias cuvieri
1960 — Raycraft Ranch Poolfish, Empetrichthys latos concavus
1914 — Laughing Owl, Sceloglaux albifacies
1944 — Laysan Crake, Porzana Palmeri
1950 — Lesser Bilby, Macrotis leucura
1933 — Lesser Stick-nest Rat, Leporillus apicalis
1950 — Little Swan Island Hutia, Geocapromys thoracatus
1965 — Santo Stefano Lizard, Podarcis sicula sanctistephani
1918 — Lord Howe Island Flycatcher, Gerygone insularis
1970 — Madeiran Large White, Pieris brassicae wollastoni
1981 — Marianas Mallard, Anas oustaleti
1960 — Brasilia Burrowing Mouse, Juscelinomys candango
1956 — Blue-grey mouse, Pseudomys glaucus
1969 — Tubercled-blossom Pearly Mussel, Epioblasma torulosa torulosa
1923 — Norfolk Island Starling, Aplonis Fusco
1969 — Ameca Shiner, Notropis amacae
1938 — Pahranagat Spinedace, Lepidomeda altivelis
1975 — Phantom Shiner, Notropis orca
1998 – Nukupuu, Hemignathus lucidus
1962 — Red-bellied Gracile Mouse Opossum, Cryptonanus ignitus
1927 — Paradise Parrot, Psephotus pulcherrimus
1914 — Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius
1920 – Arcuate Pearly Mussel, Epioblasma flexuosa
1950 – Pig-footed Bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus
1949 — Pink-headed Duck, Rhodonessa caryophyllacea
1977 — Eiao Monarch, Pomarea fluxa
2004 — Po’o-uli, Melamprosops phaeosoma
2000 — Pyrenean Ibex, Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica
1951 — Queen of Sheba’s Gazelle
1922 — Red-moustached Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus mercierii
2011 — Vietnamese Rhino, Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus
1940 — Darwin’s Galápagos Rice Rat, Nesoryzomys darwini
1917 — Rodrigues Day Gecko, Phelsuma edwardnewtoni
1940 — Roque Chico de Salmor Giant Lizard, Gallotia simonyi simonyi
1936 — Ryukyu Wood-pigeon, Columba jouyi
1970 — Clear Lake Splittail, Pogonichthys ciscoide
1950 — San Martin Island Woodrat, Neotoma martinensis
1938 — Schomburgk’s Deer, Rucervus schomburgki
1928 — Utah Lake Sculpin, Cottus echinatus
1961 — Semper’s Warbler, Leucopeza semperi
1930 — Silver Trout, Salvelinus agassizi
1964 — Rio Grande Bluntnose Shiner, Notropis simus simus
1935 — Horn Snail, Cerithidae fuscata
1954 — Maravillas Red Shiner, Cyprinella lutrensis blairi
1964 — South Island Snipe, Coenocorypha iredalei
1979 — Southern Day Frog, Taudactylus diurnus
1945 — Stresemann’s Bristlethroat, Merulaxis stresemanni
1996 — Swollen Raiatea Tree Snail, Partula turgida
1928 — Syrian Wild Ass, Equus hemionus hemippus
1919 — Tarpan, Equus ferus ferustarpan
1936 — Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacinus
1957 — Thicktail Chub, Gila crassicauda
1939 — Toolache Wallaby, Macropus greyi
1930 — Alvord Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki
2002 — Vine Raiatea Tree Snail, Partula
1942 — Wake Rail, Gallirallus wakensis
1983 — Aldabra Warbler, Nesillas aldabrana
1997 — Western Black Rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis longipes
1978 — White-eyed River Martin, Eurychelidon serintarea
1931 — Bunker’s Woodrat, Neotoma bunkeri
2007 — Yangtze River Dolphin, Lipotes vexillifer
1969 — Tubercled-blossom Pearly Mussel, Epioblasma torulosa torulosa
1940 — Arc-form Pearly Mussel, Epioblasma arcaeformis
1950 – Pig-footed Bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus
Some websites list "only" 80 extinct species in my lifetime... "only" 80?
What are they NOT counting?
There are other lists:
List of extinct cetaceans
List of extinct arachnids
List of extinct butterflies
List of extinct dog breeds
It appears each NATION keeps a list of the last date species were seen there.
Britain has one on invertebrates that have gone extinct in the past 100 years... wasps, bees, moths, butterflies, dragon-/damsel-flies, beetles...
We can say "Oh, well, it's just bugs", "just birds", "just fish", "just snakes and frogs", etc, but the demise of each species had an effect on other species.
It's rather like dominoes set up to fall.
Each species occupies a slot in an entire community, each community is part of a region, each region is part of the world.
Like it or not, whether we want to accept it or not, THERE IS AN ECOSYSTEM.
My grandfather, younger uncle, two cousins and I were fishing for bream one hot early summer's day and each fish that was added to the stringers was noted aloud by grandfather, who was not fishing.
For those who don't know, bream are a fairly small fish, plentiful back then in ponds all over the deep South. During certain times of the year, one could even catch them by making little balls of slightly moistened stale bread to place on the hook.
There would be six adults and five children for dinner that night.
When we reached exactly 77 fish, grandfather said, "Time to go clean fish."
Only the youngest among us pleaded for "just a few more minutes".
My grandfather took that one's small hand in his and began the lesson anew that we had all learned from him.
"Did you see how hard the fish fought to get off your hook?" he asked.
"Did you see how they still tried to get away when we put them on the stringers?"
"They wanted to live. They wanted to stay here and not be caught, but we caught them because we're hungry. Now, we have enough to eat. We won't take more than that so the others out there can live. If they live, next time we are hungry, maybe the ones we leave will have had babies who grow up like these and there will be enough fish for us to eat again."
Now, as he first removed each fish's head before scaling them, my grandfather thanked the fish for their lives, for helping us to live by their deaths. He thanked them with ancient words, spoken for centuries after centuries, the same giving of thanks used by his father, and his father's father, and his.
One was mindful of what it took to live.
He did the same thing when he killed anything we ate, even when he picked vegetables from the garden, took wild food of any kind from the land around him.
We were taught to leave a seed of some kind in the ground when we took a plant, and only took every third one until we had enough. During hard times, people left a pebble or a bead where the roots had been, if they had some, a promise for a seed when we had extra again.
It was a very solemn time of reflection when people ate back then.
To this day, I talk to my food.
Nothing escaped grandfather's attention when it came to life and death.
He admired dragonflies very much.
One day we were gathering kindling wood from the edge of the woods when we came upon a large spider web in which was trapped a small dragonfly.
My grandpa stopped and stared and my eyes followed his.
As the spider approached for the kill, the pretty little dragonfly struggled, trying to break free.
I reached out to free the little thing, but grandpa gently took me by the wrist to stop me. He shook his head, no.
As the spider wrapped its prey into a cocoon of silk, my grandpa sadly shook his head and let go my wrist.
"Spiders have to eat, too," he said. "That's how life goes on. I wish we could all live on just air and sunshine."
As the most fragile go, so go we all, eventually.
Humans tend to ignore all that are beneath them on the tree of life.
The lower 'branches' become less and less important to most, with only that top branch being what counts.
Seems like everything else must be relegated to 'prey', or to being a "natural resource", unwisely spent.
The eugenics crowd sees most humans the same way that spider saw that dragonfly, people of earth.
As our numbers have grown, some also see most of us as weeds that need pulling up and tossing on a fire, or as pests who need eradicating.
Perhaps that seems harsh to you, but it is merely a fact of this present life.
We may well be at the top of the food chain, but just as in real life, VULTURES hover overhead, above ALL the branches on that old tree of life.
Webs are slung between the branches.
Some see the slots we "average citizens" fill here on earth as overcrowded and unnecessary in their private world, a world few of us live in.
When one doesn't respect ALL life, when one cannot relate to other races, other cultures, other values and see only a specific "species" as rightful "king", we are all in danger of extinction.
When we look at "terrorists" and see their desire to erase most of us from the face of the earth, why can we not also look at the powerful of earth and see that they do not intend to befriend and nourish and sustain any but those most like themselves?
History shows us this again and again.
The power-hungry don't stop wanting more power, just as the spider doesn't just eat dragonflies.
If George Orwell's books "Animal Farm" and "1984" don't convince people of this fact, maybe Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" might?
In Atlas Shrugged, those whose innovations and wealth and abilities ran the world withdrew from the world, ready to sit back and watch society collapse, believing that they alone had the means to rebuild society to suit them.
We can look back in time and see an extinction event for most of the human population being planned thousands of years ago by invading hordes led by men who intended to eradicate millions.
Genocide is a common thing in today's world as well.
We can look at Indigenous populations all over earth who "got in the way" of the "movers and shakers" and were swept aside, out of the way.
We can look at the indigenous wildlife of every nation on earth and see many of them pushed to the brink of extinction, so then how can we not see that happening to US, as WE get in the way of the plans of others?
I have seen seven decades of life and, with this current state of health, may not see another decade, or another year, so it becomes more and more important to me to do now what my grandfather would not allow me to do that day of the spider versus the small dragonfly.
I still want to see the young dragonfly get another chance.
Human extinction risks: people are more likely to die in an extinction event than a car crash.
THE MOST LIKELY GLOBAL CATACLYSMS AS EXTINCTION EVENTS:
-Cataclysmic weather events like hurricanes.
-Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and similar events.
-Famines, loss of water supplies caused by a change in the normal climate.
-Pandemics that kill tens of millions.
These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization.
Then there are what the Obama administration called space weather events: solar flares, asteroid strikes, etc.
All are the stuff of nightmares and blockbuster movies—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday.
According to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think.
In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a startling statistic: Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash. Partly that’s because the average person will probably not die in an automobile accident.
Every year, one in 9,395 people die in a crash; that translates to about a 0.01 percent chance per year. But that chance compounds over the course of a lifetime. At life-long scales, one in 120 Americans die in an accident.
The Stern Review, the U.K. government’s premier report on the economics of climate change, estimated a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. That may sound low, but it also adds up when extrapolated to century-scale.
The U.K. group estimates a 9.5 percent chance of human extinction within the next hundred years.
The Black Death of the 1340s felled more than 10 percent of the world population.
Eight centuries prior, another epidemic of the Yersinia pestis bacterium—the “Great Plague of Justinian” in 541 and 542—killed between 25 and 33 million people, or between 13 and 17 percent of the global population at that time.
The Spanish flu epidemic of the late 1910s, which killed between 2.5 and 5 percent of the world’s people, approached the medieval plagues.
"Elon Musk says human race should go to Mars before WWIII or cataclysm destroys life on Earth"
December 2015 – SPACE – Mankind may only have a brief window to set foot on Mars before a disaster such as a third World War makes it no longer possible, Elon Musk has warned. The founder of SpaceX, which was the first private company to resupply the International Space Station, fears such a war could set back technological advancements. His company is preparing to announce its ambitious plans for rocket and spacecraft technology to carry humans to the red planet.
Speaking in an interview with GQ, he said such a mission may be important to help ensure the long term survival of mankind.
DO YOU THINK 'AVERAGE JOE CITIZEN' WILL BE INVITED TO MARS?
"Doctor Ready to Perform First Human Head Transplant"
"Russian man volunteers for first human head transplant" - CBS News
WELL, THAT MAN HAS BEEN 'DE-SELECTED' AFTER TWO YEARS BUT THE OPERATION IS STILL SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR.
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE OFFERED TO THOSE WHO CAN'T EVEN AFFORD MEDICAL INSURANCE?
THE RUSH IS ON TO MAKE DEATH A THING OF THE PAST...FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT.
HITLER'S "SUPER-RACE", NIETZSCHE'S "SUPERMAN" ARE GOALS OF THOSE WHO WOULD RULE THE WORLD.
IN REPOSITORIES UNAVAILABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF EARTH'S POPULATION, THE NECESSARY THINGS FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES ARE BEING GATHERED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
"Arks of the Apocalypse"
New York Times, July 13, 2017
"All around the world, scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing.
The seed vault is perhaps the best-known project in a growing global campaign to cache endangered phenomena for safekeeping. Fortunately — the leak snafu notwithstanding — scientists, governments and even private companies have become quite good over the last decade at these efforts to bank nature.
The San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo cryogenically preserves living cell cultures, sperm, eggs and embryos for some 1,000 species in liquid nitrogen.
Inside the National Ice Core Laboratory, in Lakewood, Colo., a massive freezer contains roughly 62,000 feet’s worth of rods of ice from rapidly melting glaciers and ice sheets in Antarctica, Greenland and North America.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington maintains the world’s largest collection of frozen exotic-animal milk, from mammals large (orcas) and small (critically endangered fruit bats), in order to help researchers figure out how to nourish the most vulnerable members of any species: babies.
An international project called Amphibian Ark engages in ex situ conservation by relocating amphibians, the most endangered class of animal, indoors for safekeeping and sperm collection."
NORAD MOVED BACK INSIDE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN...WHY?
TRUCK DRIVERS WHO HAVE, ALLEGEDLY, BEEN REPORTING DELIVERY OF TONS OF FOOD ITEMS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES SINCE 2014 TO THE MILITARY THERE, LOCAL RESIDENTS CONCERNED WITH THE ARRIVAL OF UP TO 500 SUCH TRUCKS A DAY AT SOME LOCATIONS ARE A BIT DISCONCERTING.
MANY SMALLER COMMUNITIES ARE SEEING SEVERAL EMPTY SHELVES WHERE ONCE THERE WAS ABUNDANCE.
TARGET'S CEO APOLOGIZED FOR EMPTY SHELVES.
WHY THE SHORTAGES?
SMALL TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE BEING FORCED TO STOP MOVING FREIGHT THEY SAY BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.
IF TRUCKS STOP MOVING, WE WILL REALLY SEE EMPTY SHELVES.
In 2015, NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration announced that they will work together to monitor potentially dangerous asteroids while also exploring methods for deflecting or destroying objects that could threaten Earth. AND THEY DO WANT AN OKAY TO USE NUKES, IF NECESSARY TO DEFLECT ANY THAT COME OUR WAY.
THE RUSSIANS HAVE ONCE AGAIN SET OFF AN ALARM ABOUT AN APPROACHING OBJECT THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL HIT EARTH, EVENTUALLY.
[ Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, announced the find in a short documentary, "Asteroid Attack," posted on the website of the Russian Space Agency.] OUR GOVERNMENT DENIED THAT.
NO PROTECTION IN THE EVENT OF NUCLEAR STRIKE.
EVEN WITH THE GROWING THREATS WE'RE TOLD EXIST FROM IRAN, NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA, CHINA, IS OUR GOVERNMENT DOING WHAT THOSE GOVERNMENTS ARE DOING, BUILDING UNDERGROUND SHELTER FOR THEIR CITIZENS?
WHY THE RECENT HEADLINE LIKE THE ONES BELOW?
EVEN STEPHEN HAWKING HAS SAID WE HAVE MAYBE 100 YEARS BEFORE WE EITHER DESTROY OUR OWN SPECIES OR GET ANNIHILATED BY SOME UNFORESEEN EVENT.
Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction? - National Geographic
One in 500 chance humans will be extinct in a year, mathematician
How are humans going to become extinct? - BBC News
LEARN TO SAVE YOURSELVES, PEOPLE OF EARTH!
LEARN NOW THE WAYS OF THE 'SPIDERS' OF THIS WORLD, THEIR ENTRAPMENTS, THEIR TECHNIQUES, THEIR WEBS OF DECEIT.
LEARN TO DEPEND ON YOURSELVES AND NO ONE ELSE BUT PERHAPS A "HIGHER POWER" THAN MAN TO HELP YOU SURVIVE WHAT WILL BE AN "EXTINCTION PROTOCOL" IN DAYS SOON TO COME.
WOULD IT BE TOO MUCH TO IMAGINE THE POWERFUL OF TODAY SENDING OUT A MODERN VERSION OF THE "SMALLPOX BLANKETS" WE NOW KNOW WERE USED TO KILL EN MASSE, OR WOULD IT BE LIKELY THEY MIGHT "POISON THE WATER-HOLES" AS SOME DID IN TIMES PAST?
SOME HAVE CALLED THE ONGOING FUKUSHIMA 'ACCIDENT' SHINZO ABE's PRIVATE NUCLEAR WAR AGAINST THE WORLD. IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 100 YEARS TO BEGIN TO STOP THAT.
HOW MANY POLITICIANS, WALL STREET CEOs, VERY RICH PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVE NEAR OUR NUCLEAR REACTORS OR NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPS?
IF NUCLEAR ENERGY IS SAFE, WHY DON'T WE FIND THEM LIVING NEAR IT?
WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE AREN'T INFORMED OF?
THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH "SILENT EXTINCTION".
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT IS IN THE FOOD WE EAT, THE WATER WE DRINK?
HOW HARD WOULD IT BE TO FLY A SINGLE PLANE OVER A CITY AND DROP A POISON LIKE CYANIDE ON IT?
DO YOU SEE THIS AS PARANOID THINKING?
IF SO, THEN YOU DID NOT READ THE KISSINGER REPORT NOR ANY OF
THE STATISTICS ON AMERICAN DEATHS CAUSED BY ENVIRONMENTAL 'HAZARDS', TOXINS, CHEMICAL ADDITIVES, NUCLEAR WASTE, ETC.
THE TEA ROOM HAS PROVIDED VALID DATA REGARDING ALL THIS IN HUNDREDS OF ARTICLES HERE.
THE 1% AND 2% AND 0,5% YOU HEAR ABOUT ARE INTENT ON THEIR SURVIVAL, SO WE MUST BECOME JUST AS INTENT, NO, MORE INTENT THAN THEY ARE ON OUR OWN SURVIVAL.
AGAIN, LET HISTORY TEACH YOU...AND LEARN, MY FRIENDS!
LEARN SO YOU DO NOT PERISH!
--Science Meets UN Agenda 21, Eugenics and Population Control
-- A PREDICTION FROM THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT PAST:
There will be a stronger and stronger demand that some board or some single individual should be given power to act on their own responsibility.
The cry for an economic dictator is a characteristic stage in the movement toward planning.
Thus the legislative body will be reduced to choosing the persons who are to have practically absolute power.
The whole system will tend toward that kind of dictatorship in which the head of the government is position by popular vote, but where he has all the powers at his command to make certain that the vote will go in the direction he desires.
Planning for the masses leads to dictatorship because dictatorship is the most effective instrument of coercion and, as such, essential if central planning on a large scale is to be possible. There is no justification for the widespread belief that, so long as power is conferred by democratic procedure, it cannot be arbitrary; it is not the source of power which prevents it from being arbitrary; to be free from dictatorial qualities, the power must also be limited. A true "dictatorship of the proletariat," even if democratic in form, if it undertook centrally to direct the economic system, would probably destroy personal freedom as completely as any autocracy has ever done.
Individual freedom cannot be reconciled with the supremacy of one single purpose to which the whole of society is permanently subordinated. To a limited extent we ourselves experience this fact in wartime, when subordination of almost everything to the immediate and pressing need is the price at which we preserve our freedom in the long run. The fashionable phrases about doing for the purposes of peace what we have learned.to do for the purposes of war are completely misleading, for it is sensible temporarily to sacrifice freedom in order to make it more secure in the future, but it is quite a different thing to sacrifice liberty permanently in the interests of a planned economy.
“The “social goal,” or “common purpose,” for which society is to be organized is usually vaguely described as the “common good,” the “general welfare,” or the “general interest.” It does not need much reflection to see that these terms have no sufficiently definite meaning to determine a particular course of action. The welfare and the happiness of millions cannot be measured on a single scale of less and more.
"Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom," de Tocqueville said.
"Democracy attaches all possible value to each man," he said in 1848, "while socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
To allay these suspicions and to harness to its cart the strongest of all political motives—the craving for freedom — socialists began increasingly to make use of the promise of a "new freedom." Socialism was to bring "economic freedom," without which political freedom was "not worth having."
To make this socialist argument sound plausible, the word "freedom" was subjected to a subtle change in meaning. The word had formerly meant freedom from coercion, from the arbitrary power of other men. Now it was made to mean freedom from necessity, release from the compulsion of the circumstances which inevitably limit the range of choice of all of us. Freedom in this sense is, of course, merely another name for power or wealth. The demand for the new freedom was thus only another name for the old demand for a redistribution of wealth.
As the writer Peter Drucker expressed it in 1939, "the complete collapse of the belief in the attainability of freedom and equality through Marxism has forced Russia to travel the same road toward a totalitarian society of un-freedom and inequality which Germany has been following. Not that communism and fascism are essentially the same. Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion, and it has proved as much an illusion in Russia as in pre-Hitler Germany."
No less significant is the intellectual outlook of the rank and file in the communist and fascist movements in Germany before 1933. The relative ease with which a young communist could be converted into a Nazi or vice versa was well known, best of all to the propagandists of the two parties. The communists and Nazis clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties simply because they competed for the same type of mind and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic.
--SETTING UP THE NEW UTOPIA...
In the book 'The Assassination of New York', the deindustrialization of the city—more than 700,000 manufacturing jobs, two-thirds of the total, disappeared between 1950 and 1990, a period when national factory employment rose by more than a third—wasn’t merely the product of “outside forces” like globalization and technological change. It was planned, via the influence of the RPA and other entities like the Real Estate Board of New York on the city planning apparatus. Instead of protecting manufacturing as a valuable resource using zoning and tax breaks, exactly the opposite tack was taken: zoning changes and tax breaks designed to squeeze the little factories out and replace them in accordance with the six-part hierarchy listed above.
The strategy was so successful in Manhattan that by the 1980s, planners started looking across the water for fresh opportunities. Then-Mayor Ed Koch appointed a Commission on the Year 2000—consisting of the usual cast of lawyers, bankers, developers, philanthropists and the like—to plan the transition to a new millennium. The commission published its report, grandly titled New York Ascendant, in 1987, the year of a great stock market crash (though not as great as 1929, the year of the RPA’s plan).
Among other things, it envisioned pushing the central business district out from Manhattan and across the East River into Queens (particularly Long Island City) and Brooklyn (particularly downtown). The development in these frontier zones would be more back-office than executive suite, but it would require the displacement of existing industrial properties (Long Island City) and low-end retail. Of course, planners are too discreet to use the word “displacement”; instead, New York Ascendant describes the agenda as one of improving the “ambiance.”
Posted by Waninahi at 9:28 AM
Sunday, July 16, 2017
While marine biologists, environmental activists and researchers are baffled over the continued rise of dead dolphins washing ashore along Mumbai’s coastline over the last month, the State Environment Ministry, on the other hand, is completely oblivious to these incidents,
said a report in DNA.
REUTERS IMAGE, 2015.
Shown above: Since 1999, over 10,000 dead turtles, mostly Olive-Ridley turtles, have washed ashore on the coast of Andhra Pradesh, India, EACH YEAR.
Above: Massive die-off of clams, shrimp, fish, oyster, Vietnam
[TO MY READERS, 2 HAVE SAID THE ABOVE PHOTO DOES NOT LOAD.PLEASE USE COMMENTS IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE SEEING THIS IMAGE. //WW]
Dead starfish line the shore of the German island of Sylt.
"Recent shifts in the occurrence, cause, and magnitude of animal mass mortality events",
(A peer-reviewed research)
Approved for publication December 22, 2014 (received for review August 5, 2014).
"Our analysis uncovered the surprising finding that there have been recent shifts in the magnitudes of MMEs and their associated causes.
Mass mortality events (MMEs) are rapidly occurring catastrophic demographic events that punctuate background mortality levels. Individual MMEs are staggering in their observed magnitude: removing more than 90% of a population, resulting in the death of more than a billion individuals, or producing 700 million tons of dead biomass in a single event.
Despite extensive documentation of individual MMEs, we have no understanding of the major features characterizing the occurrence and magnitude of MMEs, their causes, or trends through time. Thus, no framework exists for contextualizing MMEs in the wake of ongoing global and regional perturbations to natural systems.
Here we present an analysis of 727 published MMEs from across the globe, affecting 2,407 animal populations. We show that the magnitude of MMEs has been intensifying for birds, fishes, and marine invertebrates; invariant for mammals; and decreasing for reptiles and amphibians. These shifts in magnitude proved robust when we accounted for an increase in the occurrence of MMEs since 1940."
TAKE THOSE 727 MMEs AND ADD THE ONES FROM 2014-2017 AND WE HAVE OVER 800 SUCH REPORTED EVENTS.
WE'D HAVE A LOT MORE THAN THAT IF EVERY EVENT THAT MADE LOCAL HEADLINES SOMEWHERE ON EARTH WERE "RECOGNIZED" AS MMEs.
ALSO, THE TABLES IN THAT STUDY VERY OFTEN DON'T SHOW EVENTS PAST 2000 OR PAST 2010.
AS THE PAPER ADMITS, " As the actual lag distribution is skewed on the basis of the fact that many events between 1990 and 2014 have likely not been published (SI Appendix, Fig. S3), we only used the data between 1940 and 1990. With these estimated proportions, we could adjust the number of reported MMEs as if all MMEs had been published. "
WELL, FUKUSHIMA HAPPENED IN 2011, HAS BEEN PUMPING OUT RADIATION EVER SINCE, SO MAYBE THAT WAS A CUT-OFF DATE?
AS MUCH AS 90% OF SOME SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE HAVE DIED-OFF SINCE 2011.
Thousands of birds fall from the sky.
Millions of fish wash up on the shore.
Honey bee populations decimated.
Bats overtaken by a deadly fungus.
Piglets die in droves from a mysterious disease.
It was tragic stories such as these that prompted a group of researchers from the University of San Diego, UC Berkeley and Yale to embark on a broad review of all the reports of large animal die-offs in the scientific literature since the middle of the last century. They turned up 727 such papers documenting "mass mortality events" (MME) of 2,407 global populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and marine invertebrates.
Their analyses, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that not only are these events becoming more frequent, they're also increasing in magnitude, with the number of fatalities higher for birds, fish and marine invertebrates. Thirty-five events completely or nearly wiped out an entire population.
"Going from one event to 70 each year is a substantial increase, especially given the increased magnitudes of MMEs for some of these organisms," said Adam Siepielski, University of San Diego assistant professor of biology and the study's co-lead author.
The cumulative death toll reaches into the billions... BILLIONS, WITH A 'B'.
WHY ARE SO MANY SEA CREATURES DYING ALONG THE WEST COAST?
~ Cassin’s auklets—one of the largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded.
~ Starfish, dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, scientists warned of the possibility of localized extinction of some species.
~ The collapse of the sardine population, creating a crisis for fisheries and marine wildlife which depend on them as a major food source.
October, fisherman reported that they came back empty-handed without a single fish after 12 hours of trolling and some $1000 spent on fuel.
Sandy Mazza, for the Daily Breeze, reported a similar phenomenon in central California: “[T]he fickle sardines have been so abundant for so many years – sometimes holding court as the most plentiful fish in coastal waters – that it was a shock when he couldn’t find one of the shiny silver-blue coastal fish all summer.
~ "Hundreds of dead nutria washed ashore on a Hancock County, Miss. beach on Friday (June 23), another aftermath of Tropical Storm Cindy, according to our news partners at WVUE Fox 8 News. Mississippi officials are not sure where the rodents came from, speculating they could have been washed out of the Louisiana marshes."
~ June 14, 2017: Thousands Of Dead Fish Mysteriously Wash Up In Coastal Texas Town.
ADD BALEEN WHALES TO THE MME LIST.
Mass mortality events (MMEs) are well known for toothed whales but are rare in baleen whales due to their less gregarious behavior.
While in MOST cases the cause of mortality has NOT been conclusively identified, some baleen whale mortality events have been linked to bio-oceanographic conditions, such as harmful algal blooms (HABs).
In southern Chile, HABs can be triggered by the ocean-atmosphere phenomenon El Niño.
The frequency of the strongest El Niño events has been increasing.
EVEN IN THE ICY WATERS OF THE NORTHERNMOST SEAS?
I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT AND LAB TESTS DID PROVE THAT WAS NOT WHAT KILLED THE ALASKAN WHALES, SEALS, WALRUSES AND POLAR BEARS WHO ALL APPEARED WITH SKIN LESIONS, TUMORS, ABNORMAL INTERNAL ORGANS, ESPECIALLY LIVERS AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS.
In March 2015, by far the largest reported mass mortality of baleen whales took place in a gulf in southern Chile.
The synchronous death of at least 343 baleen whales (primarily Sei whales) can be attributed to HABs during a building El Niño.
Although considered an oceanic species, the sei whales died while feeding NEAR to shore in previously unknown large aggregations.
This provides evidence of NEW FEEDING GROUNDS for the species.
The combination of older and newer remains of whales in the SAME area indicates that MMEs have occurred more than once in RECENT years.
Large HABs and reports of marine mammal MMEs along the north-east Pacific coast may indicate similar processes in both hemispheres.
In the course of 2012, 116 southern right whales (Eubalaena australis), mostly calves, washed ashore at their breeding ground in Valde´s Peninsula, Argentina. [Source}
96 humpback whales died in Brazil during 2010, most of them calves and juveniles (Rowntree et al., 2013).
420 Southern Right Whales died near Peninsula Valdes (Argentina) 2005–2011, Mostly calves.
2011 Mass Mortality Events in the NW Adriatic Sea: Phase Shift from Slow- to Fast-Growing Organisms.
2015, February to early April, mainly near Golfo de Penas (Chile), 343 mostly all Sei Whales, adults and juveniles died.
2015, May-June, Alaskan peninsula and British Columbia, 38 Fin, Gray and Humpback whales died, MME declared by NOAA..
AUGUST 25, 2016
In recent months, unusually large numbers of neonates and juvenile Black Sea Harbor Porpoises have washed up on beaches along the Black Sea coasts of Bulgaria and Turkey (more than 150 individuals found along a 22km stretch of coastline in July alone).
For a subspecies that is already considered Endangered, the high mortality of young animals, year after year, could be a serious impediment to recovery.
UNPRECEDENTED MASS DIE-OFFS, END OF 2010 TO JANUARY, 2011, WORLDWIDE
In the final week of December, 2010, 100,000 dead and dying drum fish washed up along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, about 100 miles west of Beebe, Arkansas.
Shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve, between 3,000 and 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe.
The Beebe bird deaths were repeated again on New Year's Eve of the following year, 2011, with the reported number of dead birds being 5,000.
January 11, 2011, "Birds Fall From Sky In California, Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In Chicago"
Hundreds of blackbird carcasses littered a quarter-mile stretch of road in Labarra, La., on Jan.3, 2011. after they inexplicably fell from the sky.
Brazilian news site Parana-Online reported that up to 100 tons of dead fish have washed ashore in coastal towns since Dec. 30, 2010.
January 4, 2011, Gilbertsville, Kentucky, Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that hundreds of birds, including grackles, starlings, and robins, had been found "scattered around" the town. The birds did not appear to have been poisoned or diseased, and show no signs of trauma.
Beachgoers at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay in New Zealand found "a carpet" of dead snapper floating in the water on Jan. 4, 2011, many of which were missing their eyes. The New Zealand Department of Conservation speculated that the fish starved. (What accounts for missing eyes?)
2 million fish dead in Chesapeake Bay. The fish, which normally migrate to warmer waters this time of year, began washing ashore last week. (This was during the last week of December, 2010) The Maryland Department of the Environment has admitted it's puzzled.
Over 40,000 dead and dying velvet swimming crabs washed up on the shores of Kent in Britain on Jan. 5, 2011.
Jan. 10, 2011, over 700 dead birds had fallen from the sky in Italy. The countless turtle doves were scattered about the town of Faenza, many with strange blue marks in their beaks that some officials suggested may have been signs of hypoxia.
On January 14, approximately two hundred cows were found dead in a field in Stockton, Wisconsin.
BUT THE MASS DEATHS CONTINUED THROUGHOUT 2011
On March 7, 2011, millions of small fish, including anchovies, sardines, and mackerel were found dead in the area of King Harbor at Redondo Beach, California.
From The New Yorker, June 4, 2013, on a gravel strand called Beach 4 on Washington’s Olympic coast, the first official record of an ongoing outbreak of a sea-star wasting disease that has killed millions of starfish from Baja California to southern Alaska, typically wiping out more than 90% of each population it strikes. It’s the greatest wildlife mass-mortality event, or “die-off,” of the present day.
Elizabeth Kolbert described frog and bat die-offs in a 2009 article.
Several disquieting tales have already made the 2015 news cycle, most notably hundreds (THIS BECAME THOUSANDS) of dying sea-lion pups that began turning up on California beaches in January, and two thousand snow geese that dropped out of the sky to die in Idaho in March.
At the time of this writing, the National Wildlife Health Center had recorded fifty-six mass-mortality events in the U.S. so far this year, among them the sudden deaths of fifty black vultures in Ascension Parish, Louisiana; thirteen hundred waterfowl in Humboldt County, California; and two thousand bats in Pierce County, Wisconsin.
The typical number of bird deaths per reported die-off has risen, from about a hundred in the nineteen-forties to some ten thousand today.
The over-all number of bird die-offs also seems to have increased.
“That paper supports a lot of what many of us have been suspecting,” Jonathan Sleeman, a wildlife epidemiologist who heads the National Wildlife Health Center, said. “I do think we’re seeing more catastrophic events.”
Every biologist I spoke with who is researching mass-mortality events said that many wildlife die-offs today really could be signals of serious problems with the ecological fundamentals of the planet."
USGS AND NWHC REPORTS
The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) produces quarterly mortality reports to the USGS containing information about wildlife mortality events throughout the United States and on occasion across North America.
Their website with access to collected mortality data can be accessed <HERE>.
Data is available from 1981 to first quarter 2017.
For me, it was a heartbreaking read when first I discovered it, and still is today.
Then, more recently, we have WHISPers, a Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership event reporting system with current and historic information on wildlife morbidity or mortality events in North America. Events typically involve five or more sick or dead wild animals observed in the same general location and time period. This information is collected opportunistically and provided there by multiple State, Federal, and other agencies to enhance collective understanding of disease in wildlife populations.
NOAA provides us with a somewhat 'tilted' version of "Mass Marine Mortality Events" on its website.
"From 1991 to the present, there have been 63 formally recognized UMEs in the U.S., involving a variety of species and dozens to hundreds of individual marine mammals per event."
FORMALLY RECOGNIZED...BY NOAA, AND NOAA DOESN'T "RECOGNIZE" EVERY EVENT.
NOAA ALSO IS NOT BIG ON DIAGNOSING EVENTS UNLESS THE DIAGNOSIS FITS WHAT NOAA WANTS DIAGNOSED.
"Causes have been determined for 32 of the 63 UMEs documented since 1991."
Have a look at their "UNDETERMINED" in the list <HERE>. Just scroll down a bit.
BELOW, MASS DEATHS, SINCE APRIL, 2017, SO FAR, SINCE I ALREADY POSTED DEATHS FROM MARCH, 2017 AND BEFORE EARLIER THIS YEAR... (SOME LINKS WILL TAKE YOU TO ARTICLES THAT WILL NEED TRANSLATING.)
I OMITTED MANY ARTICLES, LOCAL REPORTS, MOSTLY THOSE THAT LISTED AVIAN FLU, STARVATION, HEAT-RELATED CAUSES, FIRES, FLOODS AND POLLUTION BY KNOWN TOXINS.
292 Known MASS Death Events in 64 Countries TOTAL SO FAR, 2017.
-- 10th July 2017 - 40+ dead Sea Lions and 2 dead Whales found along the coast of Lambayeque, Peru. Link
-- 9th July 2017 - 300 dead turtles found washed up this year, 1,200 found last year on Sao Paulo coast, Brazil. Link
-- 9th July 2017 - Thousands of fish die in a canal in Wambrechies, France. Link
-- 7th July 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash up due to pollution in the waters of Paranoa, Brazil. Link
-- 6th July 2017 - Dozens of sea birds, hundreds of fish, plus turtles found dead on a beach in Queensland, Australia. Link
-- 6th July 2017 - 9 dead pilot whales found stranded along Taylor and Dixie County coast, Florida, America. Link
-- 5th July 2017 - 'Alarming number' of dead fish wash up in a lake in Ohio, America. Link
-- 5th July 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lake in Wisconsin, America. Link
-- 5th July 2017 - Thousands of dead fish washing up in a lake in Minnesota, America. Link
-- 4th July 2017 - Massive die off of fish in a nature reserve in southern Gambia. Link
-- 4th July 2017 - Large die off of fish in a river in Hangzhou, China. Link
JUNE ... JUNE WAS A VERY BAD MONTH FOR EARTH' CREATURES.
-- 29th June 2017 - 76 dead Shearwater birds found washed up on Long Island beaches in New York, Link
-- 29th June 2017 - 167 dead dolphins have washed up during past 4 months in Black Sea coast, Russia. Link
-- 28th June 2017 - Large number of dead fish wash up in Ganjam, India. Link
-- 28th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Copan, Honduras. Link
-- 28th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish found in a river, 'causes alarm' in Northern Italy. Link
-- 27th June 2017 - Dozens of dead seaguls found washed up on a beach in Buffalo, America. Link
-- 27th June 2017 - 4.5 TONS of fish dead due to pollution in the Guadalquivir river in Spain. Link
-- 26th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore in Radazul, Tenerife, Spain. Link
-- 26th June 2017 - Hundreds of ducks and fish found dead in Quang Nam, Vietnam. Link
-- 26th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Saone-et-Loire, France. Link
-- 26th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Bursa, Turkey. Link
-- 25th June 2017 - 6 right whales found dead, is 'unprecedented' in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada. Link
-- 25th June 2017 - Several dead dolphins wash ashore in Anapa, Russia. Link
-- 24th June 2017 - 9 dead turtles found along the coast, north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Link
-- 24th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead water rodents (Nutria) washed ashore in Mississippi, America. Link
-- 21st June 2017 - Massive fish kill in the waters of Nootdorp, Netherlands. Link
-- 21st June 2017 - Thousands of various fish found dead in a lake in Cleder, France. Link
-- 20th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Link
-- 19th June 2017 - Thousands of fish and shrimp die off in a river in Guerrero, Mexico. Link
-- 18th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish wash up in the waters of Porto Empedocle, Italy. Link
-- 18th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found washed up in Brunswick Bays, America. Link
-- 16th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal. Link
-- 16th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead seagulls found along a road in Detroit, America. Link
-- 14th June 2017 - Massive amounts of fish 'mysteriously' washing up dead along the coast in Texas, Link
-- 10th June 2017 - 23,000 turtles, sea birds and dolphins have been found dead during past two years along coast of Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Link
-- 10th June 2017 - 100 dead gannets have washed up the past couple of months in Massachusetts, America. Link
-- 6th June 2017 - Large number of baby turtles found dead in Cancun, Mexico. Link
-- 6th June 2017 - 40,000 lbs of fish die in a reservoir in Fujian, China. Link
-- 5th June 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in the Concho River in Texas, America. Link
-- 5th June 2017 - Massive die off of fish in Puget Sound in Washington, America. Link
-- 5th June 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish found along the coast of Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka. Link
-- 2nd June 2017 - 50 TONS of fish have died in a reservoir in Ceara, Brazil. Link
-- 1st June 2017 - 243 dead seals have washed up during the past 2 months in Mangystau, Kazakhstan. Link
Recall that over 200 corpses of dead seals were discovered in Tupkaragan district of Mangystau region in late April. The dead animals were washed up on the shore.
-- 1st June 2017 - Tens of thousands of fish suddenly die in a river near Mandurah, Australia. Link
-- 31st May 2017 - Hundreds of dead sea birds and sea lions washing up on beaches in California, America. Link
-- 31st May 2017 - Tens of thousands of fish are dying in lakes in Hyderabad, India. Link
-- 31st May 2017 - Large amounts of dead fish washing ashore in La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago. Link
-- 30th May 2017 - 17,000 fish have died in the river Saane in Switzerland. Link
-- 30th May 2017 - 18,000 dead fish found in a river in Friborg, France. Link
-- 30th May 2017 - Large numbers of dead sardines found 'due to red tide' in port El Agallito, Panama. Link
-- 29th May 2017 - Thousands of lobsters are dying in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Link
-- 25th May 2017 - Hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead fish found in a river in Jinotega Nicaragua. Link
-- 22nd May 2017 - 3 dead whales have washed ashore in East Anglia, England. Link
-- 21st May 2017 - Tens of thousands of fish die 'suddenly' in Guangxi, China. Link
--19th May 2017 - Dozens of dead sea birds found washed up on a beach in San Pedro de la Paz, Chile. Link
-- 18th May 2017 - Die off of sea birds along the coast of Florida, America. Link
-- 17th May 2017 - Dozens of dead turtles found on a beach in Ras al-Jinz Oman. Link
-- 16th May 2017 - 103 dead dolphins washed up along Black Sea coast since April, in Russia. Link
-- 16th May 2017 - Thousands of dead sardines wash up on the coast of Muscat, Oman. Link
-- 14th May 2017 - MASSIVE die off of clams, fish, oysters and shrimp in Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Link
-- 11th May 2017 - 'Mega-swarm' of jellyfish wash up, 'never seen this big before', on beaches in Wales. Link
-- 11th May 2017 - Thousands of animals and birds dead due to a storm in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. Link
-- 9th May 2017 - 6 dead dolphins have washed up along the coast of Alagoas, Brazil. Link
-- 6th May 2017 - Hundreds of leopard sharks washing up dead in San Francisco Bay, America. Link
-- 6th May 2017 - 18,000 cattle dead after flash flooding in Samburu, Kenya. Link
-- 4th May 2017 - 10,000 cattle dead due to 'rare Spring snow storm' in Colorado, America. Link
-- 4th May 2017 - Hundreds of migratory birds found dead in Galveston, Texas, America. Link
-- 1st May 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in the waters of Dunkerque, France. Link
-- 30th April 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found floating in the Yarkon River in Israel. Link
-- 29th April 2017 - Massive die off of deer newborns and female deer this winter, 'catastrophic' in Wyoming, America. Link
-- 29th April 2017 - TONS of dead fish wash up on beaches in Kuwait. Link
-- 26th April 2017 - 41 humpback whales have washed up dead during the past year, 'unusual mortality event' declared, along east coast of America. Link
-- 26th April 2017 - Thousands of dead fish are washing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, America. Link
-- 25th April 2017 - Hundreds of sea birds washing up dead or dying in Santa Barbara, California, America. Link
-- 21st April 2017 - Dozens of dead or dying sea lions, seals, dolphins and sea birds washing up along Southern California, America. Link
-- 13th April 2017 - Thousands of bats still dying off, only 7 long-eared bats found this year i
-- 9th April 2017 - 'Countless' numbers of blue Velella velella wash ashore in Oregon, America. Link
-- 6th April 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found along a lakefront in Chicago, America. Link
-- 5th April 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in Eden, NSW, Australia. Link
-- 4th April 2017 - Thousands of birds are dying in Atlanta, America. Link
-- 1st April 2017 - 38 dead dolphins found washed up along Sundays River coast, South Africa. Link
MIND-BLOWING, ISN'T IT?
SO MUCH DEATH HAPPENING ALL AROUND US, NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE ON EARTH, AND YET WE READ VERY LITTLE ABOUT IT, AND OFTEN, WHEN WE DO, THE ARTICLE WILL BASICALLY STATE, "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY", OFFER NO PROVEN REASONS FOR THE DEATHS, OFFER NO SOLUTIONS, POSSIBLE REMEDIES FOR THE AFFECTED SPECIES AND NEVER ADDRESS IT AGAIN.
HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE WE MAY NOTICE...EVEN WHEN MARINE LIFE ARE SUCKED INTO INTAKE PIPES AT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, THOSE POWER PLANTS ARE NEVER, OR SELDOM, LISTED AS THEIR CAUSE OF DEATH.
ISN'T THAT ODD? IT IS NOT ALWAYS "RED TIDE", OR EL NINO, OR ANY OTHER CONVENIENT DIAGNOSIS, YET THE ARTICLES, EXCEPT FOR A FEW OUT OF CANADA, NEVER MENTION RADIATION.
NO, I DON'T THINK ALL THESE DEATHS WERE CAUSED BY RADIOACTIVE WATER, SOIL, AIR, BUT SOME WERE.
WHY NOT JUST SAY SO?
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, THAT'S WHY.
IT WOULD COST TOO MUCH TO SHUT-DOWN AND CLEAN UP EVERY NUCLEAR REACTOR.
UNTIL THAT CHANGES,SOMEHOW, WE'LL JUST KEEP SEEING "UNDETERMINED CAUSE OF DEATH" AND, IT APPEARS TO ME THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION WILL ACCEPT "UNDETERMINED" AND MAYBE NOT MISS THOSE BILLIONS OF CREATURES WHO HAVE DIED AND WILL DIE IN DAYS, WEEK, YEARS, DECADES, CENTURIES AHEAD.
I'LL MISS THEM.
I'LL MISS THEM ALL.
In 1983, long-spined sea urchins, then a common Caribbean species, began to waste away; their bony casings soon littered shorelines from Panama to Florida. The species had been abundant for a long time, possibly hundreds of thousands of years, but within thirteen months its population had declined by 98%.
Even today, the urchins number not much more than 10% of their former plenitude.
I remember well how plentiful those fragile creatures were along Florida beaches.
I regret very much that my grandchildren and great grandchildren will never see them in the numbers they once existed.
As the most fragile go, so go we all.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 134 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico making it the largest oil spill in US history and exposing fish, birds, and marine mammals throughout the Gulf of Mexico to its toxicity. Fish eating waterbirds such as the double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) were exposed to the oil both by direct contact with the oil and orally through preening and the ingestion of contaminated fish.
This study investigated the effects of orally ingestedMC252 oil-contaminated live fish food by double-crested cormorants on oxidative stress. Total, reduced, and oxidized glutathione levels, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities, total antioxidant capacity and lipid peroxidation were assessed in the liver tissues of control and treated cormorants.
The results suggest that ingestion of the oil-contaminated fish resulted in significant increase in oxidative stress in the liver tissues of these birds.
Do you see?
They never actually say that's what killed them and will continue to kill them because no oil company is forced to clean up their murderous messes.
The Tea Room sincerely thanks the one website dedicated to keeping close watch over the dying and reporting their demise.
Posted by Waninahi at 3:32 AM
Saturday, July 8, 2017
FROM "CLINICALLY DEAD" TO "REANIMATED", WHAT ARE THE PROPONENTS OF "RESURRECTION VIA MEDICINE" REALLY OFFERING HUMANITY?
CAN THEY BRING US BACK FROM THE DEAD?
MEDICAL RESURRECTION, AS OPPOSED TO THE RESUSCITATION OF THE CLINICALLY DEAD, IS, SOME SAY, WITHIN REACH OF MODERN MEDICINE AND SCIENCE.
How science is finding new ways to bring the dead back to life
AUGUST 3, 2014
On June 10, 1986, a 2¹/₂-year-old girl slipped and fell into a creek near her Salt Lake City home. She spent 66 minutes in the freezing water, her body lodged against a rock. Conventional wisdom held that 15 minutes was the maximum anyone could survive drowning. When rescue workers pulled her onto the bank, she had no pulse. Her skin had turned a light blue, the color of oxygen deprivation. Her pupils were fixed and dilated, evidence that her brain had shut down.
Clinically, she was dead.
Out of blind hope, paramedics performed CPR. At the hospital, doctors continued CPR, while also connecting her to a heart-lung bypass machine to help rewarm her body, which had plummeted to 72 degrees.
One hour went by. Then two hours. By the third, the girl took a small, almost undetectable breath. Then her heart began to flutter. She continued recovering in the days and weeks that followed, eventually released after having made a “complete neurological recovery.”
It was miraculous — even staid medical journals agreed. So many questions were raised: How could someone go without a heartbeat, without breathing for 66 minutes and survive neurologically unscathed? Was death more subjective, more open to interpretation, than ever believed?
But here’s the wrinkle: Twelve years after the accident, the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society published a little-seen follow-up of the girl at 14 years old, concluding that she displayed a “broad pattern of neurodevelopmental compromise.”
She had difficulties in keeping up with her peers in school and displayed “dramatic memory impairments,” especially in working memory and motor skill.
We want to believe it’s possible to come back untouched from the dead, and so we do, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Changing the definition of ‘dead’
If you perished 200 or so years ago, your dead body might have been tickled with feathers, tied to horses for “trotting therapies,” subjected to tobacco cures and flagellation.
Cold therapies, which had been introduced as the “Russian Method” of resurrection two centuries ago, gained clout in the 1950s as a Canadian heart surgeon, Dr. Wilfred Bigelow, began inducing hypothermia on rhesus monkeys before surgery with impressive results (11 of the 13 monkeys survived after removing and replacing their hearts).
Thanks to Bigelow and other follow-up studies, as well as real-world examples like the toddler who fell in the creek and the skier who survived under ice, researchers began to appreciate the important role that cooling plays in halting death and decay. Every second an organ spends oxygen-deprived is a significant step in its death march. When the body is cooled, cells begin to slow, reducing the output of metabolic energy, and curtailing the damage done.
A significant step toward real-life suspended animation is under way at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pennsylvania. The institute has devoted countless research hours to studying the effects of suspended animation, first on dogs, then on pigs, and now on human gunshot-wound victims.
In their studies, a heart is stopped (in the case of human patients, the heart has likely stopped on its own), and cooling saline solution is injected into the veins, replacing the patient’s blood. This process has allowed pigs and dogs to remain “dead” for upward of two hours, giving ample time for surgeons to dedicate more time to their work.
Results from the study have not yet been released. But Peter Rhee, author of “Trauma Red,” who is a researcher in this study and is perhaps best known for treating Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, told the New Scientist: “After we did those experiments, the definition of ‘dead’ changed. Every day at work I declare people dead . . . I could, right then and there, suspend them.
“But I have to put them in a body bag. It’s frustrating to know there’s a solution.”
But there is a danger in overestimating the advances in resuscitation research, explains Katy Butler, journalist and author of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.”
Though technology has undoubtedly improved, she explains, paraphrasing a surgeon, that the quality of death has declined.
“We are warehousing thousands of people who would have died without resuscitation interventions, who are now living in a limbo state, who can’t move or communicate,” Butler says. “So they’ve survived. But at what cost?”
ARE THOSE KEPT 'ALIVE' BY MEANS OF 'LIFE SUPPORT' REALLY ALIVE AS WE HAVE DEFINED THE TERM UP UNTIL NOW?
IF THEY ARE INDEED ALIVE, HOW CAN FAMILIES AND PHYSICIANS MAKE THE DECISION TO "KILL" THEM BY WITHDRAWING LIFE SUPPORT?
IS DOING SO MURDER?
AND IF THEY ARE NEITHER IN ACTUALITY ALIVE NOR CONSIDERED DEAD, WHAT ARE THEY?
IF THESE PEOPLE ARE IN A NOT-ALIVE/NOT-DEAD STATE, IS IT ETHICAL TO HAND THEIR BODIES OVER TO THOSE WHO WOULD "RE-ANIMATE" THEM?
MANY COMPANIES EXIST TODAY WHO MAKE THAT PROMISE, OFFER THAT HOPE, THAT THE DEAD CAN BE "REBORN", THAT HUMANS NO LONGER HAVE TO "DIE".
Many companies, including Google, are working on ways to extend our lives by tens if not hundreds of years, but Humai wants to turn this idea on its head.
Rather than making us live longer, the Los Angeles firm wants to bring people back from the dead using artificial intelligence.
Details about the technology are scarce, and it's not entirely clear whether it is a hoax or not, but the plans would involve freezing a person's brain before fitting it with a 'personality' chip.
Los Angeles-based Humai wants to bring people back from the dead using artificial intelligence.
The firm plans to use artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information on a person's body functions from the inside-out
Founder Josh Bocanegra has assured his critics that he is serious about human resurrection and believes it could even be possible within the next 30 years.
According to the Humai website, the company is an: 'AI company with a mission to reinvent the afterlife'.
POPULAR SCIENCE: THE RE-ANIMATORS
July 28, 2016 Bringing people back from the “dead” is not science fiction anymore.
One afternoon in February 2011, Kelly Dwyer, a 46-year-old environmental educator, spent 5 hours "medically dead", but she was brought back to life by a new type cardiac bypass machine that more aggressively warmed, filtered, and oxygenated her blood, and rapidly circulated it through her body.
Typically, after just minutes without a heartbeat, brain cells start dying, and an irreversible and lethal process is set in motion. But when a person becomes severely cold before his heart quits, his metabolism slows. The body sips so little oxygen that it can remain in a suspended state for up to seven hours without permanent cell damage. Thanks to improvements in technology (like the cardiac bypass machine that saved Dwyer’s life) and medical understanding, the odds are getting better for coming back from the edge.
They are so good, in fact, that some doctors and scientists are testing a bold new hypothesis: What if you could induce a near-death state in order to save lives?
If it can be done, it could be a game changer for saving some of the nearly 200,000 Americans who die each year due to trauma injuries. By essentially pressing “pause,” doctors might be able to buy precious time that could mean the difference between life and death. Suspended animation is no longer the stuff of Star Wars or Avatar.
The Department of Defense is also heavily involved, with the hope that thousands of servicemen and servicewomen could benefit as well: Ninety percent of war casualties result from bleeding out on the battlefield. In 2010, it launched a $34 million initiative called Biochronicity—an interdisciplinary research project to figure out how to manipulate the human clock.
“The goal is to examine the way our bodies know that time is progressing,” explains Col. Matthew Martin, a 48-year-old active-duty trauma surgeon whose research is funded through Biochronicity. The battlefield application would be the slowing down or the stopping of time, making a wounded soldier able to survive longer—or even survive indefinitely—“so that we can get somewhere to treat the injury,” says Martin, “and then reverse that suspended state.”
"If you took dead people and gave them state-of-the-art therapy, how many of them would recover?"
BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE ON LIFE SUPPORT BUT MIGHT BE REMOVED FROM THAT AT ANY MOMENT, PEOPLE WHOM FAMILIES AND MEDICINE HAVE GIVEN UP ON?
CAN THEY BE HANDED OVER TO COMPANIES WHO SAY THEY CAN 'BRING THEM BACK', BE USED AS HUMAN GUINEA PIGS?
THAT ALMOST HAPPENED RECENTLY AND STILL MIGHT HAPPEN.
SEVERAL HEADLINES ANNOUNCED THE PLANNED ATTEMPT...
Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project
Project Approved to Attempt to Reanimate Brain Dead Patients
'Another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime'
"Scientists are getting ethical permission from health watchdogs to resurrect dead people by using a combination of regeneration therapies.
Starting this year, the groundbreaking 'Project Reanima' will primarily use stem cells to stimulate the regrowth of neurons in clinically dead patients.
Bioquark Inc., an American biotech company, is one of the medical companies given the green light to conduct the trials on 20 patients declared 'brain dead' from traumatic injuries.
Revita Life Sciences will join a team from Bioquark Inc. and they will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques.
The procedure has been shown to bring patients out of comas.
The process is similar to that in creatures like salamanders who can regrow entire limbs.
“This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime," Dr Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark Inc., says. He hopes that the team can start recruiting patients immediately from the hospital they are currently working with to identify families where there may be a religious or medical barrier to organ donation. He adds that the complex initiative can start to yield results within the first two to three months, The Mind Unleashed reports.
The Bioquark team has highly recognized neurological researchers leading the project. Aside from Dr. Bansal, the team also has Dr. Calixto Machado, who has written extensively on brain death and is a member of American Academy of Neurology, the Christian Truther reports.
The trial will begin at Anupam Hospital in India, where the medically certified brain dead recruits are only kept from decomposing by life support machines.
The resurrection technique using stem cells will test whether parts of the dead patients' central nervous system can be brought back to life.
Scientists believe that the brain stem cells may be able to erase their history and re-start life again."
With the easy potential to be dubbed a non-fiction Frankenstein, Pastor and his Bioquark team plan to attempt to revive people who have been pronounced dead.
They intend to use a complex set of translational therapeutic applications of autologous stem cells.
What Pastor is proposing is the reversal of irreversible comas residing in hospitals.
Pastor believes Bioquark Inc. has the capacity to revive hospital patients who have been pronounced brain dead.
The question of whether a person who is brain dead is really dead continues to be debated. In 1980, a Presidential Commission concluded that a brain-dead person is, “an individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.”
The question still remains, is brain dead really dead?
What if there are signs of life?
For example, a large number of brain-dead patients retain function of the posterior pituitary. There is also the fact that a brain-dead body can be kept alive with life support.
Using stem cell and peptide injections, Pastor believes he can induce re-generational growth in the brain, development that may bring back involuntary functions and responses like heartbeat and breathing."
WELL, INDIA BLOCKED THIS "PROJECT" IN NOVEMBER OF 2016.
"The team planned to test this procedure on 20 patients in India, but Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark, admitted to Science that the team was having trouble getting permission from family members to enroll their loved ones in the trial.
Additionally, news of the ReAnima trial sparked controversy among other researchers when it was first announced in May.
The question of ethics also came up as the mix of injections the team intended to administer to human patients hadn’t been tested in animal models. Partially reviving brain dead patients may also traumatize family members, researchers argued.
“While there have been numerous demonstrations in recent years that the human brain and nervous system may not be as fixed and irreparable as is typically assumed, the idea that brain death could be easily reversed seems very far-fetched,” Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist at the United Kingdom’s Cardiff University, told The Telegraph.
Medical journals have on occasion carried reports of brain-dead individuals on life support returning to a fully functional state, but researchers have argued that such cases are hard to interpret and often lack evidence of brain death such as the apnea test, a measure of whether the person’s brain stem is making an effort to breathe.
Pastor told Science that despite the setback, the team intends to move forward, even if they have to move the trial outside of India.
“Many road blocks, no doubt, will pop up. But the project will go on,” Pastor said."
IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR, THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WAS RESTARTING THE RESEARCH IN AN "UNNAMED" SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY.
"Bioquark has not clarified how it intends to obtain consent from technically dead patients but in spite of the controversy, this study is not alone. The work at Bioquark is part of a larger program concerning neuro-reanimation and regeneration called ReAnima.
“The mission of the ReAnima Project is to focus on clinical research in the state of brain death, or irreversible coma, in subjects who have recently met the Uniform Determination of Death Act criteria, but who are still on cardio-pulmonary or trophic support – a classification in many countries around the world known as a ‘living cadaver’.”
TO BE DEFINED AS A LIVING CADAVER ... IMAGINE THAT, CAN YOU?
ALL THIS TALK FALLS UNDER A THING CALLED 'TRANSHUMANISM'.
TRANSHUMANISM DEFIES TRUE DEFINITION AS MANY TRANSHUMANISTS DISAGREE WITH OTHER TRANSHUMANISTS, BUT MOST AGREE THAT MANKIND, AS A SPECIES, CAN AND MAYBE EVEN MUST BE 'ENHANCED", ADVANCED, "IMPROVED".
Transhumanists support the convergence of technologies including nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science (NBIC), as well as hypothetical future technologies like simulated reality, artificial intelligence, superintelligence, 3D bioprinting, mind uploading, chemical brain preservation and cryonics. They believe that humans can and should use these technologies to become "more than human". (From the book, More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement by Ramez Naam, 2005, Broadway Books)
Transhumanism is a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values. – Max More (1990)
Research on brain and body alteration technologies has been accelerated under the sponsorship of the U. S. Department of Defense, which is interested in the battlefield advantages they would provide to the super-soldiers of the United States and its allies.
DARPA, as always, is conducting a myriad of investigations into human "enhancement" technology.
(Source: "Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense", by Jonathan Moreno. 2006, Dana Press. This is also available in PDF form, instantly downloads, at <this website>.. An interview with Moreno can be read <here>.)
"Imagine a person severely disabled by a stroke who, with electrodes implanted in his brain, can type on a computer just by thinking about the letters. Or a man, blind for 20 years, driving a car around a parking lot via a camera hard-wired into his brain. Plots for science fiction? No, it’s already happened."
"Wired minds, designer bodies, doubled life spans, a child for every happy couple: the drugs, therapies, products, and procedures of cutting-edge biotech. An optimistic portrayal of the brave new future of scientifically improved life; bioengineering projects underway: gene therapy to cure disease, enhance athletic performance, and lengthen life span; brain implants to allow the paralyzed to move, the mute to speak, the blind to see, and the deaf to hear; brain-computer interfaces to mimic telepathy (“Just as we can e-mail our words . . . we’ll be able to broadcast the inner states of our minds”); political trends that suggest eventual acceptance of initially controversial practices and ideas.
There’s little chance that all of these will ever become mainstream, but some certainly will, and that fact alone is both exciting and frightening."
FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: "ERA OF SOUPED-UP HUMANS IS COMING"
MARCH 7, 2005
"Gene therapy could eliminate genetically based diseases; designer drugs could combat neurological or brain disease, improve intelligence or sculpt personality. A variety of therapies could affect life at its beginning and end, allowing parents to modify the genes that shape an unborn child’s mind and physique, or elders to dramatically slow the aging process. Brain implants already let us use thought to control prostheses and robotic devices. In a few years, they could evolve into machine-mediated brain-to-brain connection — Internet-enabled telepathy and mind reading.
Authors as different as Bill McKibben in “Enough” and Francis Fukuyama in “Our Posthuman Future” argue that technologies could so dramatically alter our bodies, or challenge our capacity for self-determination and free will, that we should be wise enough to refuse — even ban — them.
But in today’s borderless high-tech world, if gene therapies and neural implants are banned in the U.S., they’ll probably be available somewhere else.
Life-extending therapies, despite their likely popularity, probably wouldn’t dramatically change our sense of what it means to be human. In contrast, neurotechnologies that allow a prosthetic device to feel like a part of our bodies, or let us directly share thoughts and senses with others, would scramble our basic notions of body and mind, self and other, individual and community."
THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION...
WILL TRANSHUMANISM GIVE TOO MUCH POWER TO THE FEW?
Some critics of transhumanism see the old eugenics, social Darwinist, and master race ideologies and programs of the past as warnings of what the promotion of eugenic enhancement technologies might unintentionally encourage.
(See: 'War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race' by Edwin Black, 2003)
Some fear future "eugenics wars" as the worst-case scenario: the return of coercive state-sponsored genetic discrimination and human rights violations such as compulsory sterilization of persons with genetic defects, the killing of the institutionalized and, specifically, segregation and genocide of races perceived as inferior.
Health law professor George Annas and technology law professor Lori Andrews are prominent advocates of the position that the use of these technologies could lead to such human-posthuman caste warfare.
(See: "Protecting the endangered human: toward an international treaty prohibiting cloning and inheritable alterations". Am. J. Law & Med. 28: 15)
THAT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THIS TALE WHICH HAD ITS BEGINNINGS LONG AGO HERE IN AMERICA, CIRCA 1884.
FROM THE NEW YORKER, APRIL 20, 2016:
"On April 7, 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith, delivered a sermon to twenty thousand of his followers in Nauvoo, Illinois.
The immediate occasion was the funeral of King Follett, a close friend of Smith’s.
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” Smith told the crowd. “That is the great secret.”
He continued: “You have got to learn how to be gods yourselves . . . the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
“As God now is, man may be.”
The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) is a group of people who believe that the development and dissemination of advanced technologies—cryogenics, bionics, artificial intelligence, and so on—will raise humanity to the heights of power and immortality that Smith envisioned.
In the early part of the 21st century, as high-ranking members of the Mormon church were looking for ways to involve the church in "radical visions of the future" to enliven lagging membership, a young man named Lincoln Cannon introduced the group to the idea of transhumanism, which he had encountered on various Web sites. That was the beginning of the M.T.A.
Over the next decade, the band of fourteen founders grew to six hundred members, with Cannon as their president.
Some transhumanists have suggested that we may eventually become immortal, as medical science outpaces disease. Others speculate that our corporeal beings will one day be made inorganic. These predictions may seem, to the uninitiated, like the absurd stuff of science fiction, but they will surely gain social acceptance as the tech titans of Silicon Valley push transhumanist ideals.
Google, the second-largest company in the world (by market capitalization), has a director of engineering (the 'futurist' Ray Kurzweil) who believes that humanity will conquer death.
THE GUARDIAN, UK, DID A PIECE ON KURZWEIL'S BOOK AND A LOOK INTO TRANSHUMANISM CALLED "GOD IN THE MACHINE' MY STRANGE JOURNEY INTO TRANSHUMANISM".
"Many transhumanists such as Kurzweil contend that they are carrying on the legacy of the Enlightenment – that theirs is a philosophy grounded in reason and empiricism, even if they do lapse occasionally into metaphysical language about “transcendence” and “eternal life”.
As I read more about the movement, I learned that most transhumanists are atheists who, if they engage at all with monotheistic faith, defer to the familiar antagonisms between science and religion. “The greatest threat to humanity’s continuing evolution,” writes the transhumanist Simon Young, “is theistic opposition to Superbiology in the name of a belief system based on blind faith in the absence of evidence.”
FROM THAT ARTICLE, ONE CAN SEE BOTH THE LURE OF TRAANSHUMANISM AND, PERHAPS, AN INNATE AVERSION TO IT?
IS IT A "GUT REACTION" TO MAN DESIRING TO BE HIS OWN 'GOD'?
IS IT THE VERY REAL THOUGHT THAT SOME WHO PERHAPS COULD FIND A WAY TO CREATE THE "IMMORTAL HUMAN" COULD ALSO "UNCREATE" THOSE OF US WHOM THEY DEEMED "UNFIT" TO BE IMMORTALIZED?
Many transhumanists, including the founder of transhumanism himself, Julian Huxley, have rejected traditional religion (and the morals that go with it).
Here were tech-minded futurists, seers from non-religious worlds, who nonetheless believed that humans would become as powerful as gods—whether via bionic limbs, alterations in our DNA, or computer-assisted superintelligence.
Perhaps, some members of the M.T.A. thought, transhumanism offered a sort of technical explanation for the Millennium, the period after the Second Coming of Christ, when humankind has eradicated death and disease and poverty.
Others wondered whether the Mormon dedication to tracking family trees and amassing genealogical information was a first step in reconstructing all our ancestors in digitally simulated environments.
Some discussed the prophesies, contained in Mormon scripture, that the children of the Millennium will live to the age of a tree, and that those in the afterlife receive a seer stone—some form of technology, perhaps—that allows them to see into kingdoms beyond.
Among the M.T.A.’s ranks are biology professors, employees of major tech companies, patent holders, and an artificial intelligence (A.I.) researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
They reflect a belief that God and his works are subject to natural law.
“Mormonism doesn’t see creation as a magical creation from nothing,” Christopher Bradford, the vice-president of engineering at Ancestry.com and the newly minted president of the M.T.A., told me. There are no miracles at a “snap of the fingers.”
(As the British sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke put it, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”)
According to Cannon, Mormons have historically welcomed technological progress. “We built wagons to go west; we irrigated Utah to terraform it; we use computers to store massive amounts of genealogical data,” he said.
The developer who created the programming language Ruby is Mormon, as were the teams behind Iomega and Atari. Cannon’s own father, Layne, was instrumental in designing WordPerfect, an early word-processing application.
There are times when the M.T.A.’s members must negotiate tricky terrain, given that secular transhumanism, almost by definition, invites revisionist notions of sex and gender that run headlong into traditional church doctrine. (If our flesh becomes useless as our minds are made virtual, don’t biologically rooted constructions of gender quickly become useless, too?)
On the flip side, some secular transhumanists skewer the group for its religious leanings.
“The M.T.A. has a way of being a lightning rod for negative perspectives on religion, both from secular anti-religious persons and from religious fundamentalists who’ll demonize us to no end,” Cannon said. For them, he added, “we are the Antichrist, we are the mark of the beast.”
Thus far, Cannon is not aware of anyone who has been disciplined by the church for transhumanist views.
When members have gently introduced their ideas to members of their local congregations, the response, they told me, has often been cautious interest. “We try to remind people that humanity has always been transcending itself through technology,” Bradford said. “If something went wrong with your teeth four hundred years ago, you lost them.”
What is required to bring back the dead?
A lyre and an unwavering gaze?
A monkey’s paw with three wishes?
Faith in God?
Faith in machines?"
Transhumanism has been characterized by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as among the "world's most dangerous ideas".
"As "transhumanists" see it, humans must wrest their biological destiny from evolution’s blind process of random variation and adaptation and move to the next stage as a species.
The plans of some transhumanists to freeze themselves cryogenically in hopes of being revived in a future age seem only to confirm the movement’s place on the intellectual fringe.
Transhumanism of a sort is implicit in much of the research agenda of contemporary biomedicine.
The new procedures and technologies emerging from research laboratories and hospitals — whether mood-altering drugs, substances to boost muscle mass or selectively erase memory, prenatal genetic screening, or gene therapy — can as easily be used to "enhance" the species as to ease or ameliorate illness.
Although the rapid advances in biotechnology often leave us vaguely uncomfortable, the intellectual or moral threat they represent is not always easy to identify. It is very possible that we will nibble at biotechnology’s tempting offerings without realizing that they come at a frightful moral cost.
Transhumanism’s advocates think they understand what constitutes a good human being, and they are happy to leave behind the limited, mortal, natural beings they see around them in favor of something better. But do they really comprehend ultimate human goods?
For all our obvious faults, we humans are miraculously complex products of a long evolutionary process — products whose whole is much more than the sum of our parts.
Modifying any one of our key characteristics inevitably entails modifying a complex, interlinked package of traits, and we will never be able to anticipate the ultimate outcome. Nobody knows what technological possibilities will emerge for human self-modification.
But we can already see the stirrings of Promethean desires in how we prescribe drugs to alter the behavior and personalities of our children.
We need a humility concerning our human nature. If we do not develop it soon, we may unwittingly invite the transhumanists to deface humanity with their genetic bulldozers and psychotropic shopping malls."
(Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist, political economist, and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Before that, he served as a professor and director of the International Development program at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a council member of the International Forum for Democratic Studies founded by the National Endowment for Democracy and was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation.)
Bio-political activist and noted author Jeremy Rifkin and biologist Stuart Newman accept that biotechnology has the power to make profound changes in organismal identity, but they argue against the genetic engineering of human beings because they fear the blurring of the boundary between human and "artifact".
[NOTE: Newman's argument is in PDF form and is instantly downloadable <here>]
How will these technologies affect society?
What will they do to the economy, to politics, and to human identity?
What social policies should we enact to regulate, restrict, or encourage the use of these technologies?
"MORE THAN HUMAN"?
"In 1990, a professor at the University of Colorado discovered that changing a single gene doubles the lifespan of tiny nematode worms.
In 1999, researchers searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease genetically engineered a strain of mice that can learn things five times as quickly as their normal kin – super-intelligent mice.
In 2002, scientists looking for ways to help paralyzed patients implanted electrodes into the brain of an owl monkey and trained it to move a robot arm 600 miles awayjust by thinking about it. Over the last decade researchers looking for ways to help the sick and injured have stumbled onto techniques that enhance healthy animals, making them stronger, faster, smarter, longer-lived, even connecting their minds to robots and computers. Now science is on the verge of applying this knowledge to healthy men and women."
“Sixty years ago, human beings gave digital computers the ability to modify their own coded instructions, sparking a revolution that has now given us the ability to modify our own coded instructions, promising revolutions even more extreme.”
--George Dyson, author of Darwin Among the Machines.
MAJOR RELIGIONS VERSUS TRANSHUMANISM.
THE LIE THAT MAN CAN BECOME A GOD.
It has been argued that, in transhumanist thought, humans attempt to substitute themselves for God. The 2002 Vatican statement Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God, stated that "changing the genetic identity of man as a human person through the production of an infrahuman being is radically immoral", implying, that "man has full right of disposal over his own biological nature". The statement also argues that creation of a superhuman or spiritually superior being is "unthinkable", since true improvement can come only through religious experience and "realizing more fully the image of God". Christian theologians and lay activists of several churches and denominations have expressed similar objections to transhumanism
WHAT DO CHRISTIAN 'EVANGELICALS' SAY ABOUT ALL THIS?
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries has a hostile view of the technology.
"This is a ‘last days' type of perversion with thinking that was likely going on in the days of Noah," she told WND. "The very idea is an affront to God, who alone gives and takes life. Mankind today wants to be godlike and do away with the one true God. He is an inconvenience. If they are trying to compete with the resurrection, they are really competing with the Rapture and even eternal life. Their efforts will not be successful."
Pastor Carl Gallups, author of "When the Lion Roars", said there is a clear pattern by modern scientists and entrepreneurs of pursuing what is essentially godhood.
"Here is the dirty little secret that few are discussing – all of this goes directly to the deception first implanted in the Garden of Eden – by Satan himself," warned the pastor. "Think of the elements of that anthropic disaster. Adam and Eve were promised, ‘You surely shall not die.' They were told that if they would just follow the ‘promise' that Satan offered that they could be ‘like gods.' They were told that death would not be a hindrance and that the knowledge they would gain would give them everything their hearts desired. But do an Internet search on these topics today. Observe how many of today's godless, arrogant elite are talking about ‘becoming gods,' or ‘we're on the verge of eternal life technologies,' or our ‘knowledge growth rate is becoming almost supernatural.'"
However, as Gallups notes, there is a difference between using medical technology to help someone who has just died and sensational claims that companies will soon be "raising the dead." As the pastor observes, there is not even true agreement on when a person is completely "dead."
"With the modern advancements in medical technologies regarding life-sustaining capabilities, all manner of theological and ethical questions have arisen," he explained. "Is brain-dead really ‘dead?' We can now keep a body ‘alive' on machines that do the breathing, blood circulation, and keep the heart beating artificially for the comatose patient – but is that artificial existence really ‘life?' To make matters more difficult, there have been those extremely rare cases where a patient makes a recovery from such a state, causing even more questions and controversy."
Mark Biltz, author of "God's Day Timer," suggests these kinds of treatments are not necessarily sinful.
"We are to do everything possible to bring life," he told WND. "People become clinically dead after a heart attack and are brought back to life and there is no argument of that medical procedure. If this is a new medical procedure where now the brain can be brought back to life after being declared clinically dead, that is great!"
Biltz also suggested those "brought back from the dead" would not be soulless or something unnatural, as the treatment described would be immediately following clinical death. He suggested there is nothing inherently evil about any form of technology. "Technology is a tool that can be used for good or evil and based on the motivation and the intent of the user will determine the morality," the pastor said.
I HAVE FOLLOWED THE 'ADVANCES' IN GENE THERAPY AND OTHER MEDICAL RESEARCH INTO EXTENDING HUMAN LIFE, CONQUERING 'GENETIC ILLNESSES', ETC, SINCE I WAS ABOUT 20 YEARS OLD, MORE THAN 50 YEARS.
MY FAMILY WAS PLAGUED WITH SEVERAL SUCH GENETICALLY-INDUCED MEDICAL PROBLEMS.
BEING A CANCER SURVIVOR AS WELL AS BEING IN THIS NEW BATTLE AGAINST THAT MONSTER, I AM, OF COURSE, HOPEFUL WE WILL FIND A CURE FOR THAT AND OTHER HATEFUL DISEASES.
I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE WANTING TO SUCCUMB TO SUCH DREADFUL THINGS.
BUT...I ALSO CANNOT SEE HOW ANYONE WOULD BE 'OKAY' WITH BEING DECLARED A "LIVING CADAVER"...THAT TERMINOLOGY BLEW ME AWAY.
TO BE MERELY CONSIDERED AN OBJECT FOR EXPERIMENTATION, HANDED OVER TO A COMPANY, TO PERHAPS BE COGNIZANT IN ANY WAY TO WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO ME, TO HAVE NO VOICE TO SPEAK AGAINST IT, TO HAVE NO WAY TO DEFEND MYSELF FROM ANY EXPERIMENTS SUCH A COMPANY MIGHT CHOOSE TO CARRY OUT...?
NO, I CANNOT SEE HOW THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING ANYONE COULD WANT!
IT'S CHILLING TO CONSIDER SUCH A THING TO ME.
I HAVE TO ASK, WHAT HAVE WE DONE AND WHAT ARE WE ABOUT TO DO AND IS IT RIGHT, IS IT ETHICALLY RIGHT TO USE HUMAN BEINGS TO TEST THE THEORIES OR SCHEMES OF COMPANIES WHO ARE MOSTLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY OR THE FAME OF BEING THE FIRST TO "RESURRECT THE DEAD"?
Imagine the World Trade Organization (WTO) striking down a national ban on importing cloned embryos because it is a barrier to trade.
Neither the WTO, nor individual governments, nor scientists, nor ethicists can effectively regulate human biotechnology on a global scale. So who will settle the troubling questions it raises?
Human biotechnology intimately connects good and evil. The same technology that promises to cure your child of cystic fibrosis or your parent of Alzheimer’s disease presents more troubling possibilities as well: human cloning, designer babies, drugs that enhance rather than heal, and the creation of human-animal hybrids. In the face of the challenges this technology poses, only one response is possible: Countries must regulate the development and use of human biotechnology by political means, setting up institutions that will discriminate between those technological advances that help humans flourish and those that threaten human dignity and well-being. These regulatory bodies must first be empowered to enforce these decisions on a national level and then ultimately extend their reach internationally.
Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?
“Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb. We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound.”
The people who say that artificial intelligence is not a problem tend to work in artificial intelligence.
AND, PLEASE, DO READ CAREFULLY THAT "PROTECTING THE ENDANGERED HUMAN" TREATISE...
WE WILL NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS SOONER THAN WE THOUGHT.
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