Monday, April 27, 2009

Piggies



From the Conspiraloon Heritage Archive...


"Alaskan Victim of 1918 Flu Yields Sample of Killer Virus
Published: Sunday, February 8, 1998

A specimen of the influenza virus that killed 21 million people in the 1918 worldwide epidemic has been recovered from the frozen remains of a flu victim buried in Alaska.

Researchers at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology announced on Thursday that biopsy samples from a corpse exhumed from a cemetery in Brevig Mission, Alaska, contained genetic material from the flu.

Experts have said that analyzing the genetic pattern of the 1918 virus will help scientists learn how it was able to kill so many people and will help them prepare vaccines against the virus if it resurfaces."

Last year, Army researchers identified the flu virus in preserved lung specimens taken during autopsies of soldiers killed by the flu in 1918 at military bases in Fort Jackson, S.C., and Camp Upton, N.Y., which is now the site of Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.

At Brevig Mission, Dr. Johan Hultin, a retired San Francisco pathologist, exhumed four bodies from a mass grave and found that one, an obese woman, had been well-preserved. Tissue from her lung contained genes from the killer flu.

Dr. Jeffery K. Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology said last year that the genetic pattern of the 1918 flu virus was unlike that of any other flu but was closely related to that of the so-called swine flu. He said that although the 1918 epidemic was called the Spanish flu, the virus apparently was a mutation that evolved in American pigs and was spread by United States troops mobilized for World War I.

The finding supports a widespread theory that flu viruses from swine are the most virulent for humans. Both the Asian flu virus of 1957 and the Hong Kong flu virus of 1968 mutated in pigs.

The 1918 flu genes were first isolated last year from the lung tissue of an Army private who had died at Fort Jackson. Army doctors in 1918 preserved specimens in formaldehyde and wax from some of the 43,000 servicemen killed by the flu.

The epidemic caused about 700,000 deaths in the United States."

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28 comments:

Parabellum said...

So all this panic about H5N1 was about what again?

And with all that civilian air traffic the US military doesn't even need to move troops around to spread a virus... They just need to have a vaccine ready. Which, as far as I understand it, you can do only if you know which influenza virus is going to hit you.

But they wouldn't infect their own people, now would they? *cough* Anthrax *cough* Or endanger the people which serve in their military? *cough* depleted uranium *cough*

I feel really protected, now that all the dead birds are collected. And every ounce of tooth paste is confiscated before boarding a plane.

Stef said...

H1N1 was always where it was at

The chickens got a bad rap

Stef said...

I just read his exchange on a popular UK economics forum...


Person A:

"In whose interest do you think it is to scare people about a virus?"


Person B:

Where do I start?

Ok;

1. Media: filling networks is their job.
2. WHO; how better to guarantee funding?
3. Collapsing govts; great to get minds of the balls they've made of the economy.

Do you want any more?


Person A:

Quite frankly, I think people like yourself deserve to get infected and die. Would I be correct in guessing you are also a climate change and peak oil denier?


The Aluminists have prepared their ground well

Stef said...

On a personal note

The fact that I'm returning to country which is...

- the most physically remote developed nation in the world (with a comfortably low population density)

- obsessed with biosecurity

- home to a good selection of Elite Bastards' eco-plantations

... should make me feel quite happy

Maybe I can get a job cleaning David Meyer de Rothschild's composting toilets

Anti_NWO said...

Hahaha. Well, things are looking up a bit for me..

Stef said...

excellent

just remember to steer clear of pork scratchings

Stef said...

or porks scratching

Parabellum said...

David Meyer de Rothschild personal eco-toilet assistant-manager - now THAT is something to look forward to! Now you can believe his shit AND clean it!

Anti_NWO said...

Heh, the farm here only has horses and cattle on it...

Anti_NWO said...

Anyway it seems my job interview went well. .I may be a Customer Service Operative for a courier come Wednesday...

Stef said...

not to be confused with the other kind of CSO...

lwtc247 said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sykes#Premature_death

"In 2007, nearly 90 years after Sir Mark Sykes died, all the living descendants gave their permission to exhume his body for scientific investigation headed by virologist, Prof John Oxford."

Well well well.

lwtc247 said...

That Sykes was involved in the war in which the British invented the concept of the extermination a.k.a. concentration camp and was buddy buddy with leading British Zionists, whose WZO generation had contact with the Nazi's and made up Nazi Officer class is a pure coincidence.

http://www.inminds.co.uk/jews-against-zionism.html

lwtc247 said...

Approx 1918... Spanish flu:

"The virus arrived at even the most improbable places, like isolated Alaskan villages. In one such village, Wales, 178 of its 396 residents died during one week in November, after a mailman arrived by dog sled, bringing the virus along with the mail."

Hummm.

Parabellum said...

Army: Missing virus samples likely destroyed
Originally published April 23, 2009

By Justin M. Palk
News-Post Staff

Missing virus samples the Army has been investigating were likely destroyed years ago when a freezer broke, according to the Army.

The samples were part of a collection of materials that had been handed down from researcher to researcher as scientists retired, said Caree Vander Linden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The second researcher to receive the collection performed a full inventory and couldn't account for three vials of Venezuelan equine encephalitis, she said. The discrepancy was reported to the institute's safety officer, and eventually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which triggered the investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

During the investigation, one of the researchers who'd worked with the collection recalled a freezer failure at one point that destroyed a number of samples, Vander Linden said.

"Everything in it was basically lost," she said.

This occurred before USAMRIID began using a computerized database to track its samples, and investigators could not find a paper record of the event, she said.

Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, said its investigation into the potentially missing samples is still open.

The investigation found no evidence of criminal activity in regard to the missing samples, he said.

The command is performing a mandatory final review of the case before closing it, Grey said. He would not speculate on when the case would be closed.

Venezuelan equine encephalitis is a virus carried by mosquitoes that can cause encephalitis in humans and horses, according to the CDC.

Death from the disease is rare in humans. Adults usually develop only flulike symptoms before recovering.

The CDC recommends Venezuelan equine encephalitis be handled in biosecurity level-3 facilities, as opposed to BSL-4 facilities where more dangerous pathogens such as Ebola are handled.
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=89333

I feel safer already...

Parabellum said...

Strike me down, me an my sick kind of humour, but with all that viruses going round I had to think of this. Some Hugo Drax meets Major Payne and Dr. Strangelove kind of RL villain, thinking to himself how wonderful his plan is going.

It would not be difficult, Mein Führer.

Parabellum said...

New swine flu feared to be weaponized strainArmy: 3 vials of virus samples missing from Maryland facilityFlu Kills The Torture MemosMein Führer! I can walk!

Stef said...

Hugo's definitely the first role model I think of when talking about this stuff

Not that anyone in real life could ever be that Evil

not, er, ever...

Stef said...

curiously, the screenwriter who created the memorably genocidal Hugo Drax character which haunts my imaginings also wrote Confessions of a Window Cleaner round about the same time

now that's what I call creative versatility

Parabellum said...

Mr. President, I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of human specimens. It would be quite easy... heh heh...

Parabellum said...

Ouch, that is some low IMDB rating, if I have ever seen one. 2.5. That hurts. Even "New Rose Hotel", which was the worst movie I have ever seen, has a rating of 4.1. I guess Cristopher Walken could play a lamp post and people would still like...

Which brings me to bond villains. I thought that Michael Lonsdale played the retired spook in Ronin (Three bond villains for the price of one!) much more to the point than the genocidal psychopath. Granted, a RL genocidal psychopath would behave probably same as he was portrayed by Lonsdale - but this is Bond IN SPACE!. I like my Magnificent Bastard to look, talk and act like one. Oh well, call me old fashioned.

But then again, I used to like Sam (DeNiro) from Ronin for his subtle acting of a "(CIA-)man of honor in a den of (IRA/Russian/French)thieves". I really liked that movie. Till one day I asked myself what sublime message it teaches me. Oh well.

Stef said...

an IMDB score of 2.5 for that film is approximately 2.4 too much

on the other hand, if Bad Boys 2 (as strong a case for offering negative score options on IMDB as any movie I can think of) scores 6.2 maybe I'm being too hard on Confessions

Ronin = 2 huge car chases separated by an awful lot of bollocks

mind you, Frankenheimer has a track record for that sort of thing...

not one of my favourite directors by any stretch of the imagimation

Anti_NWO said...

Can't be any worse than "The Phantom Menace" surely? Or "Matrix Revolutions"?

Stef said...

woeful as those two excellent choices are, neither features an hilarious comedy shoot out in a mortuary full of corpses

if aliens ever do visit our planet looking for evidence to decide whether Humanity should be erased or not for the sake of the Universe I hope to God BB2 isn't available on pay for view in their hotel room

Anti_NWO said...

Student finance sure is a con, loans aside. The government tries to judge you on your parents income unless you've been supporting yourself for 3 years straight without any gaps in the wage\benefit information... although I suppose you could tick the "estranged" box...

Anti_NWO said...

Speaking of piggies, threads like this leave me in despair:

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showpost.php?p=13971783

Parabellum said...

Oh well, I used to watch every episode of CSI, in all the flavours available (Las Vegas, Miami, NY). Ronin is quality compared by this. I'm over it now anyway, no more TV for me (its amazing, going from being a TV junky to total TV abstinence is one of the few things were I managed to improve my life).

And talking of pigs:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/10/g20-policing-agent-provacateurs
Money Quotes:
"I don't believe in conspiracy theories but this really struck me. Hopefully, a review of video evidence will clear this up."
and
"We would never deploy officers in this way or condone such behaviour."

Parabellum said...

I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
There's one point four billion of them in the world today.
You'd better learn to like them; that's what I say.

You're an Chinese? Wait for the Chinese Yuan and we'll all be Chinese! (Yeah, incredibly lame pun, I know)