Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

5DMediaNetwork – Barbara Karnes – Does That Tickle? – 8 July 2013

bee-flying2022-624x416I started out writing a post about the possibility of plants having feelings and ended up experiencing a double synchronicity much more fun than the original piece I intended. Let me tell ya about it.

This morning I was sitting on the front porch drinking some cold coffee and listening to the sounds of the neighborhood as it awoke. At one point I saw a tiny bee fly within arms reach, at eye level, and hover. “Weird! Cool!” I thought.

50a0565f5d42fDSC_0157_large_mediumThen it silently buzzed away only to return a moment later and repeat this odd posture. I was struck by the connection. It then zipped over to a nearby peonies bush searching for long since deflowered blooms. As I watched its fruitless efforts and pollination I saw it land on the stem of a leaf where a couple of ants, too, were exploring. It made me wonder, “Does that tickle?” referring to the plant, of course. So I decided to find out.

My research uncovered a variety of opinions, most confirming a plant does lead a sensory filled existence. Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Gareth Cook, reported in Scientific America that plants smell, hear (or respond to the vibration associated therewith), and even communicate by the releasing of chemicals and root-based signaling.

Carol Kaesuk Yoon, contributing science writer with the New York Times commented on plants responses when wounded, kicking into protection mode. She also addressed a plants behavior,

They move, for one thing, carrying out activities that could only be called behaving, if at a pace visible only via time-lapse photography. Not too long ago, scientists even reported evidence that plants could detect and grow differently depending on whether they were in the presence of close relatives, a level of behavioral sophistication most animals have not yet been found to show.

Even Al Jazeera published a piece by Michael Marder, Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, who said,

It is up to ethical thought to catch up with the recent scientific findings about the plants’ responses to damaging stimuli, active search for nourishment and avoidance of danger.

… they are a case-in-point of intelligent behaviour and sensitivity, albeit not tethered to a fully developed cerebral structure and nervous system. From the lower to the higher varieties, plants teach us that it is possible to act purposefully in the environment without forming human-like conscious representations of its relevant parts. They are highly social, communicative organisms, even though their communication patterns are not as striking to a naked human eye as, for instance, the bee’s waggle dance. Those who deign to speak on behalf of plants, considered as insensitive and indifferent organisms, unwittingly reveal their own insensitivity to the complexity of non-human living beings. 

Okay, then. In this correspondent’s opinion plants CAN be tickled.

Speaking of tickling, that’s exactly what happened to me next.

I wanted to find some time-lapsed video of plants to demonstrate Carol Kaesuk Yoon’s posit of plant behavior being visible when viewed in this fashion.

So I Googled the phrase, “time lapse plants,” and starting viewing. While doing so, I was listening to a playlist of Amy Winehouse songs on Rhapsody. Then, as Amy was singing Back to Black, at exactly 40 seconds in, I clicked play on this video.IT!

Start the Amy Winehousevideo above, and when it reTRY aches exactly 40 secs click play on clip below.

biografia-Amy-WinehouseThe greenery danced in smooth sync with Amy’s sultry beats. Whoa!   And then?

I wanted to hear Back to Black again, as I’d focused more on the tomato plant’s movements than I had the song – one I really enjoyed, so I restarted the track and went back to reviewing time-lapsed footage. I found an interesting clip of a growing watermelon, and at 45 seconds into the Winehouse song I coincidentally clicked play on this video.

TRY IT!   Start the Amy Winehouse video above, and when it reaches exactly 45 secs click play on clip below.

Déjà vu! Another choreographic Wonderland! In the synchronistic world in which I live, I pondered, “Was this the Universe’s way of confirming my theory.” I think, YES. So, tickle me this… who’s tickling whom?

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R E S O U R C E S

Scientific America (article by Gareth Cook)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=do-plants-think-daniel-chamovitz

New York Times (article by Carol Kaesuk Yoon)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/science/15food.html?pagewanted=all

Al Jazeera (article by Michael Marder)
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/201342473124551504.html

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black:

Rhapsody(for those of you who use it)
http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/amy-winehouse/album/back-to-black-edited/track/back-to-black

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJAfLE39ZZ8

Time Lapsed Tomato Plant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LICDb8nM5rs

Time Lapsed Watermelon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW_IJrJhZhY

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John Ward – A President, A Pope, A Prime Minister, And A Paedophilic Care System: Why They Should All Be More Accountable – 8 July 2013

Hyde

Time for  an end to Hyde and Seek

Some things never change.

The Dodd-Frank financial reform act – a law designed to stop the madness that caused the 2008 financial crisis – was passed almost three years ago. About 30% of the  legislation has been agreed in Congress so far…and it’s all behind schedule. The Fed Reserve, for example, has granted Goldman Sachs a further two years to spread its ‘risky’ (aka insane frontal-lobe syndrome) trading forms across other Goldman group companies. Most of America’s megabanks were granted the same ridiculous leniency during June. We are witnessing lobbyist filibustering on an epic scale here: and it’s the ordinary Joes and Janes who are already being asked to pick up the tab. It is beyond appalling, and on its way past Bourbon monarchs in its arrogant unfairness. Continue reading

PressTV – Thousands Of Protesters Call For Turkish Government Resignation – 8 July 2013

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Jon Rapopoport – Matrix : Who Is Edward Snowden? – 8 July 2013

no more fake new Jon Rappoport

This article is a compilation of a number of pieces I’ve written about Ed Snowden and the NSA. It doesn’t replace them, but it hits the high points…

Let’s begin here: If you absolutely must have a hero, watch Superman movies.

If your need for a hero is so great, so cloying, so heavy, so juicy that it swamps your curiosity, don’t read this. Continue reading

Wes Annac – Archangel Indriel – Perfection Lives Within – 8 July 2013

-Channeled through Wes Annac-

Feel the brimming Love I have to offer each of you, my dear children.

Feel the brimming Love of the higher dimensions you’ve come to the Earth from, for it’s stronger than you currently fathom. You’re expanding your perception of this Love, and you’ll understand in due time why so many higher-dimensional souls express it in the brimming manner that we choose to. Continue reading

BusinessInsider – There Was A Bizarre Break-In At The Law Office Representing A High-Profile Whistleblower – 8 July 2013

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A Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower is concerned after its offices were broken into and burglarized last weekend.

But this wasn’t just a typical smash-and-grab job: instead of taking numerous valuables, the crooks took computers with sensitive information and broke into a file cabinet. Continue reading

ActivistPost – Michael Snyder- Has The Era Of Genetically Pure “Gattaca Babies Now Begun?” – 8 July 2013

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Should selective breeding be used to improve the human race?  Should we genetically screen embryos shortly after conception and choose only those that are the most genetically pure?  This may sound like science fiction, but as you will read about below, the technology for this is already operational.

On the 18th of May, a couple in Philadelphia gave birth to a baby that came from an embryo that was selected thanks to a cutting edge procedure known as “next-generation sequencing”.  This procedure allows scientists to read every letter of the human genome very rapidly and very cheaply.  So will millions of parents soon be lining up to check their potential offspring for “genetic abnormalities”?  Has the era of genetically pure “Gattaca babies” now begun?

This new technology is being heralded as a great “breakthrough” in the field of human fertility. According to the Guardian, the scientists that helped develop this new procedure are promoting it as a way to help couples produce a much higher percentage of “healthy” babies…

The first IVF baby to be screened using a procedure that can read every letter of the human genome has been born in the US.

Connor Levy was born on 18 May after a Philadelphia couple had cells from their IVF embryos sent to specialists in Oxford, who checked them for genetic abnormalities. The process helped doctors at the couple’s fertility clinic in the US select embryos with the right number of chromosomes. These have a much higher chance of leading to a healthy baby.

The birth demonstrates how next-generation sequencing (NGS), which was developed to read whole genomes quickly and cheaply, is poised to transform the selection of embryos in IVF clinics.

And aren’t healthy babies a good thing?

Of course they are.

But what about all of the babies that are “discarded” in the process?

Dagan Wells, a fertility specialist at Oxford University, screened 13 different embryos for the couple from Philadelphia.  His testing helped them select the “best” one

After standard treatment at the US clinic, the couple had 13 IVF embryos to choose from. The doctors cultured the embryos for five days, took a few cells from each and sent them to Wells in Oxford for genetic screening. Tests showed that while most of the embryos looked healthy, only three had the right number of chromosomes.

“It can’t make embryos better than they were in the beginning, but it can guide us to the best ones,” said Wells.

So what happened to the less desirable embryos?

That is a very good question.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.  A second baby that came from an embryo that went through the same kind of screening process will be born in the United States next month.

Of course fertility clinics have been helping parents select the “best embryo” for years.  But now this new screening process is being hailed as a much more “scientific” way of improving the chances of producing a “desirable” baby

Embryo screening involves separating embryos with the best chance of producing a pregnancy from those with chromosomal abnormalities.

Traditionally it has involved a “beauty contest” in which technicians pick out the best-looking embryos for transfer to the womb.

But this technique is highly unreliable, since even an embryo that appears “textbook perfect” under a microscope can harbour hidden defects.

And parents certainly don’t want any “hidden defects”, do they?

A lot of scientists involved in this field of research truly believe that they are doing a wonderful thing for parents.  They are fully convinced that helping parents transform the process of fertility from “a game of craps” into a process that they can control is a worthwhile endeavor…

Lee Silver, a professor of molecular biology and public policy at Princeton University, urged the audience members to look at someone sitting next to them.

“That person and you differ at over 1 million locations in your DNA [deoxyribonucleic acid]. Most [of these variations] don’t do anything,” Silver said. “[But] even if you are a healthy adult, 100 [of these] can cause deadly childhood disease in your children or grandchildren.”

“Mother Nature is a metaphor,” he continued. “And it is a bad metaphor, because in reality inheritance is a game of craps … It won’t have to be that way in the future.”

But where does this end?

At first, they may just weed out babies that have a high chance of getting sick or being deformed.
Next, parents may start selecting babies based on hair color, eye color, etc.

And eventually, “defective” embryos may be banned entirely because they would be “too much of a burden on society”.

Can you see where this is going?

Back in 1997, a movie entitled Gattaca came out that envisioned a world where those that are not “genetically pure” are greatly discriminated against.  The following is a summary of the plot for the movie…

Vincent is one of the last “natural” babies born into a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth. Myopic and due to die at 30, he has no chance of a career in a society that now discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. Going underground, he assumes the identity of Jerome, crippled in an accident, and achieves prominence in the Gattaca Corporation, where he is selected for his lifelong desire: a manned mission to Saturn’s 14th moon (titan). Constantly passing gene tests by diligently using samples of Jerome’s hair, skin, blood and urine, his now-perfect world is thrown into increasing desperation, his dream within reach, when the mission director is killed – and he carelessly loses an eyelash at the scene! Certain that they know the murderer’s ID, but unable to track down the former Vincent, the police start to close in, with extra searches, and new gene tests. With the once-in-a-lifetime launch only days away, Vincent must avoid arousing suspicion, while passing the tests, evading the police, and not knowing whom he can trust…

At the time, nobody ever dreamed that we would actually see such a thing in the real world.
But these days technology is moving at a pace that is absolutely mind blowing.

And now, it is reportedly even possible to create babies that have DNA from more than two parents.  In fact, scientists in the UK have just been given the okay to start creating embryos with DNA from three parents

A technique to implant donor DNA from a third party into in vitro embryos has been approved by the British Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The technique is a form of “germline” alteration that involves modification of the person’s mitochondrial DNA (MDNA) to create genetic changes that will be carried on throughout subsequent generations.

The recommendation to allow the technique follows a public consultation ordered by the government in which the HFEA said they found “broad support”. The report said that the potential benefits outweighed the risks and that there is no evidence that the procedure is unsafe.

The HFEA report said that it should only be used to avoid “serious diseases” and that clinics offering the technique must be licensed. It also recommended that the children created using this genetic alteration technique be monitored.

As technology continues to advance, will their be any limits on what is possible?

One Harvard professor is even trying to recruit someone to give birth to a Neanderthal baby.

Seriously.

The following is how the Daily Mail described this very strange story…

Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the species which became extinct 33,000 years ago.
His scheme is reminiscent of Jurassic Park but, while in the film dinosaurs were created in a laboratory, Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer.

He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough to reconstruct their DNA.

He said: ‘Now I need an adventurous female human.

‘It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done.’

We are moving into a time when genetic manipulation of the human race is going to become commonplace.

Scientists are assuring us that there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about.

Unfortunately, they have no idea what they are messing around with.

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth.  His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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