Anatomical Heroism

ANATOMICAL HEROISM

As we were discussing the possibility of the “tall white” alien claims being reality, there was some conversation about how these superior beings could be super soldiers or even genetically altered humans that appear superhuman or H+ beings that are being tapped for their superior abilities.

More than a decade ago, the world’s first genetically modified humans had been created. Thirty healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States. The babies were tested and were found to contain genes from three ‘parents’.

Back in the summer of 2012, the Daily Mail reported:

Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey. The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving…

Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive. Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man…

The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.

Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists.

Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.

And all of these babies were created without sexual intercourse.

In his article on ‘Human Genetic Engineering,’ Dr. Ray Bohlin wrote that: “Since we have introduced foreign genes into the embryos of mice, cows, sheep, and pigs for years, there’s no technological reason to suggest that it can’t be done in humans too.

Genetic enhancements and genetic tailoring of the unborn is now a reality and – while many people see it as a repulsive mockery of nature – we must understand that the intention of the elite is to introduce into the ecosystem genetically modified plants, animals and even a race of genetically modified supermen to be used as super soldiers.

James Holmes, the suspected killer in the Aurora ‘Dark Knight’ shootings, was found to be part of a U.S. government research project headed by the Salk Institute that included neurologically enhancing soldiers’ abilities on the battlefield.

The project was also over seen by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense.

As Wayne Madsen wrote back in the summer of 2012:

Holmes was one of six recipients of a National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Training Grant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. Holmes is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience. Although Holmes dropped out of the PhD neuroscience program at Anschutz in June, police evacuated two buildings at the Anschutz center after the massacre at the Aurora movie theater. Holmes reportedly gave a presentation at the Anschutz campus in May on Micro DNA Biomarkers in a class titled “Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.”…

In 2006, at the age of 18, Holmes served as a research intern at the Salk Institute at the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla. It is noteworthy that for the previous two years before Holmes worked at the Salk Institute, the research center was partnered with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Columbia University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wake Forest University, and the Mars Company (the manufacturers of Milky Way and Snickers bars) to prevent fatigue in combat troops through the enhanced use of epicatechina, a blood flow-increasing and blood vessel-dilating anti-oxidant flavanol found in cocoa and, particularly, in dark chocolate.

The research was part of a larger DARPA program known as the “Peak Soldier Performance Program,” which involved creating brain-machine interfaces for battlefield use, including human-robotic bionics for legs, arms, and eyes. DARPA works closely with the Defense Science Office on projects that include the medical research community. Fitzsimons was at the forefront of DARPA research on the use of brain-connected “neuroprosthetic” limbs for soldiers whose limbs were amputated or paralyzed in combat.

While it all seems unnatural, it is quite ironic that the military applications for soldier enhancement has been taken from observing nature. Military science has been turning to nature in order to procure body armor and other natural methods of enhancing human abilities in order to create a super soldier – or even a designer child that can have abilities that are beyond that of regular humans.

University of California researchers have developed an adhesive that can be used for climbing. It enables climber to adhere to a sheer surface. This material was inspired by a gecko’s feet and how they cling to smooth surfaces. The material that they have developed works just like a gecko’s feet, which are covered with thousands of microscopic hairs known as “setae.” The hairs bond with the surface at a molecular level. Scientists are claiming that adhesive pads they have developed for climbers can imitate the climbing talents of a superhero like Spider-Man. And this was being reported back in 2006.

Last October, it was announced that the military industrial complex had already developed an exoskeleton that – after more development – would make a soldier into a literal super soldier as the suit resembled something that Tony Stark would invent. The suit is being called TALOS. TALOS stands for “Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit” (TALOS) for use by its elite Special Operation Forces.

Jason_talos-1TALOS is an appropriate acronym because of what it was in Greek mythology. It was a mechanical soldier, much like an ancient RoboCop that protected Crete.

Talos was a man made of bronze. Zeus gave Talos to Europa, after he kidnapped her and took her to Crete. Talos became the guardian of Crete, circling the island three times a day. He would fling spears and rocks at ships that approached. This is probably the first known account of a metal automaton created for the purpose of protecting man.

Unfortunately, the metal man had a technical flaw that could be exploited.

According to ‘A Mythological Reference‘ by G. Rodney Avant: “[Talos] had a single vein, which ran from his neck to his ankle and was closed by a single bronze nail. When the Argo approached Crete on the way back from obtaining the Golden Fleece, Medea cast a spell on Talos and then removed the bronze nail, all of Talos’ blood ran out and he died, thus enabling the ship to land.

If you recall, a version of Talos was created by Ray Harryhausen and was seen in the film ‘Jason and The Argonauts‘.

AllVoices.com reported in October 2013: “According to the official website of the US Army, the Special Operations Command of the US military is collaborating with industries, research laboratories and university scientists, including MIT engineers, to develop a special full-body bulletproof exoskeleton that will give soldiers “superhuman strength and greater ballistic protection.” The exoskeleton will likely consist of liquid body armor being developed by MIT researchers. It “transforms from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied.”

This has also been compared to the liquid armor skin that was first introduced through science fiction stories like ‘The Terminator’ and ‘RoboCop’.

This is different than the proposed Kevlar-fibered Batman suit that was introduced in the film ‘The Dark Knight.’ Batman’s suit in the films is claimed to be a modified “advanced infantry armor system.” It is much like a scuba suit and regulated body temperature and protects Bruce Wayne from most bullets and knives.

As the Christopher Nolan trilogy continued, the Batman character introduced a more practical suit with upgrades. Batman’s suit used hardened Kevlar plates over “titanium-dipped tri-weave fibers,” allowing him greater mobility. Batman wears additional metal armor on his forearms over Kevlar gloves.

Today, police officers are now being equipped with Batman-type armor. Gone are the days of Barney Fife or Toody and Muldoon. As the police forces in the United States continue to militarize, protective Kevlar suits and Pinnacle Armor’s “Dragon Skin” uses ceramic discs and is similar to the body armor of the contemporary Batman.

AllVoices.com continued by noting:

The TALOS skeleton and armor is said to enhance the performance of troops by providing a powered exoskeleton with built-in computer systems that is able to haul heavier gear, “provide full-body ballistic protection” and a “physiological subsystem” that is able to react instantaneously to environmental cues, monitor the wearer’s vital physiological signs such as core body temperature, skin temperature and heart rate.

The armor will incorporate night vision gadgets and help to heal wounds sustained in combat by applying wound-sealing foam. It will incorporate basic life support system, including air, oxygen and heat supply.

US Army chiefs are enthusing about the promise of the project.

US Special Operations Command Chief Admiral William McRaven said TALOS could make soldiers almost invincible on the battlefield by imparting superhuman strength and capabilities.

RoboCop 2014The movie RoboCop will soon return to theaters – it is a reboot of the original and seems to want to tell you that the future is now. And that while the original RoboCop was a burgeoning heavy metal fossil, a more believably enhanced system for soldiers and police will lead us into an era of anatomical – albeit artificially anatomical – heroism.

While full-fledged cybernetic entities like RoboCop are still only found in fiction, the core concept truly resonates with the questions we’re dealing with today. Where does humanity stop and technology begin? In the end, who is responsible for any unintended results of these technological breakthroughs? Are we ready to deal with enforcers of the law that have been militarized and have been given superhero capabilities?

Should we object to this type of enhancement of our police officers and soldiers? Is it all overreach and too much firepower for conventional warfare of criminal apprehension?

As the ACLU notes:

American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war. Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters – and yet very little is known about exactly how many police departments have military weapons and training, how militarized the police have become, and how extensively federal money is incentivizing this trend.

Even Google is in the military robotics business now, but they deny that helping the military is their objective.

It was reported in December 2013 that Google purchased Boston Dynamics, a company that had been developing robotic applications for the military including exoskeletons to give soldiers and police superhero capabilities.

Google is also in the DNA business and have been collecting DNA for their project 23 and me.

There are other DNA data banks that are using human DNA experiments in transgenics to find applications where the DNA and blood from animals is being analyzed for military applications and human enhancement.

In his March 2009 article for Discover, ‘Codex Futurius: Creating Superheroes,’ Stephen Cass writes:

For example, the blood cells of crocodiles contain a type of hemoglobin that is so efficient at oxygenating a crocodile’s body that the crocodile can lurk underwater for an hour without coming up for air. Researchers have been able to tweak the DNA responsible for producing human hemoglobin to incorporate some of the genetic instructions found in crocodiles, thereby creating more efficient human hemoglobin. This superhuman hemoglobin is currently only produced by bacteria in vats and is intended for medical applications, but in principle it could be engineered into human being, giving them Aquaman-like powers… The big technical problem with transgenics is getting the desired new genetic material into an organism’s cells.

Genetic therapy is not fiction and is still in its experimental stage. There have been genetic disorders that have been reversed, thereby giving the person some superhuman capability. However, the side effects in some of the cases have been various cancers and immune deficiencies.

While a Captain Rogers can be genetically altered into a stronger and more mentally proficient Captain America in comic books, the real-life results of such transgenic experimentation is long suffering and can – at times – prove to be fatal.

One of the most famous cases of gene therapy gone wrong was the case of 18 year old Jesse Gelsinger. Jesse Gelsinger was not sick before died. He suffered from ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, a rare metabolic disorder where his liver could not metabolize ammonia. Ammonia is made in the body when proteins break down.

After receiving experimental gene therapy, he died days later of multiple organ failure.

Science has been trying to proceed with transgenic operations in order to create a super soldier through enhanced DNA studies and applications. While Peter Parker’s spider bite did some mutations in his body, the mutation studies have yielded stories of savant-like intellect and memory skills.

There has also been a study about the myostatin protein and how to use it to create super human strength.

In 2005, Discover Magazine reported that:

In 1997, Johns Hopkins molecular biologist Se-Jin Lee made headlines with the creation of mighty mice with defective versions of the myostatin gene.

This new technique was then tried out on a young child – dubbed “Superboy” by the press – who was born with huge, bulging muscles. By the time he was a six-year-old, he could easily lift two seven-pound weights with arms held out horizontally.

Discover Magazine concluded by saying that, “Researchers identified the cause of his super strength as being due to a mutated gene for myostatin, a growth factor that tells muscles when to stop growing.

Myostatin inhibitors are used for people with muscle wasting diseases and have been sought after by athletes who wish to enhance their muscles without side effects or being detected of doping before events.

The ethical dimensions of the science to create superhumans should be a bigger concern than it is. There really is no information being reported in the mainstream narrative that tells us that there may be superhuman beings among us or that the military industrial complex is creating an unfair advantage where normal citizens will be in subjugation under the control of enforcers and protectors with enhanced strength.

Our ability to “upgrade” the bodies of soldiers through drugs, implants, and exoskeletons may be upending the ethical norms of war as we’ve understood them.

Technology makes up for our fragility. In the future, some of us will evolve from just being naked apes to being anatomical superheroes.

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