THE PESTILENCE WAR
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
I really don’t think that there are too many talk show hosts that will open up about what really terrifies them. People tend to keep their darkest fears to themselves. I guess keeping things like that personal is a cover for showing strength, but I was once asked what terrifies me more than anything else and my answer I think surprised the person who asked.
Dead or diseased animals.
There, I said it – I am terrified of dead animals or animals in distress. I am scared to death of animals that foam at the mouth or dogs with mange or cats with ringworm. I am terrified of rabbits that are injured because most people don’t know that they let out a shrill scream when they are in pain or when they die.
Cats when they breed or fight sound like they are denizens from hell and chickens are certainly terrifying when they still run around after their head is lopped off.
Yes, that is what scares me.
Now, the reason why I have this fear is because of something that happened to me when I was in high school. I was going steady with this girl and we were heading out to a park to have a picnic. I was driving on a back road and in the middle of it there was a dead dog. She said to me that we should pull over and move the dog out of the way so it doesn’t get flattened by another vehicle.
I pulled over got out of the car and approached the dead dog. As I reached to grab the dog, I was shocked when the dog jumped up and bit my hand. Obviously, it wasn’t dead. I had to be rushed to the hospital to be tested for rabies.
It attacked me because it was in distress, but it was enough to traumatize me and to this day any dead or distressed animal terrifies me.
Now, I just recently found out that Stephen King’s story, Pet Cemetery will be remade and while the original film scared me, I can imagine how it is going to be when it is updated—kind of like what they did to Pennywise, the clown.
The original clown was scary, but the updated version that runs and lunges at you is nightmarish.
I want to tell you why I am bringing this up.
Last night as I was doing my radio show, I looked up at one of the TV monitors in the studio and there was a report on “Inside Edition” about Zombie animals. The animals really weren’t zombies but people have been reporting that they are seeing animals like raccoons and coyotes standing on two legs baring their teeth. Some are foaming at the mouth.
The news program interviewed Tara Smith, an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health about the reports of these Zombie animals and she said that there seems to be a lot of these animals that have been spotted and she says that they are the victims of rabies.
There are other scientists and health specialists that are saying that the cause of a lot of the distemper in these animals is caused by parasitic attacks that involve the transference of disease between insects and caterpillars.
Epidemiologists are now monitoring cases of crickets that spread STD’s to other crickets, a parasitic fungus that travels on Spiders and a fly that lays its eggs in bumblebees, which makes it a suspect in the widespread, Colony Collapse Disorder. The fly lays its eggs in the bee’s body, and the infected bee stops working and abandons the colony.
As we all were made aware in 2009 there has been a dramatic loss of bees in Europe and North America. As many as 50% to 90% of the bee populations have simply vanished.
This is a big deal.
Bees are a keystone species – they are vital to the food chain on our planet. An international study of 115 food crops grown in over 200 countries showed that 75% of crops are pollinated by animals, especially by bees.
At first it was believed that only honeybees were affected, but then bumblebee populations began to decline. The crisis was eventually given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.
There were initially several theories about the cause of CCDE, including Varroa mites, cell phone radiation and a virus similar to AIDS. However, a lot of the colony collapse is actually the result of poisoning from pesticides and geongineered insects –manufactured by Monsanto/ Bayer and a company called, Oxitec.
As we can see with the so-called Zombie animals – their disabling diseases are brought on by the tiniest parasite delivered by bugs, flies and other species. Many of them are carriers of some genetic mutation or residual carcinogens from unregulated use of dangerous pesticides.
I don’t know about you, but this is beginning to look like covert biological warfare.
The number of Americans sickened each year by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 2004 through 2016, with infection rates spiking sharply in 2016.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that some 96,075 diseases caused by bites by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas were reported in 2016, up from 27,388 in 2004, in an analysis of data from the CDC’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
Infections in 2016 went up 73 percent from 2015, reflecting the emergence of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects. Zika was the most common disease borne by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas reported in 2016, with 41,680 cases reported, followed by Lyme disease, with 36,429 cases, almost double the number in 2004.
Now, I guess it is predictable that the health authorities are saying that the uptick is the result of climate change – there seems to be a disconnect and a lack of reporting about how genetic modifications of mosquitoes and ticks may have something to do with this problem and how chemical sprays provided by companies like Monsanto are creating a monster that is being ignored and needs to be exposed.
US government scientists have detected a weed killer linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, according to emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for two years, but has not yet released any official results.
Glyphosate the active ingredient in Round up an Herbicide made by Monsanto/Bayer has been found in wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal.
In January 2017, a string of FDA communications that detail agency efforts to ascertain how much of the popular weed killer is showing up in American food. The tests mark the agency’s first-ever such examination.
The FDA is charged with annually testing food samples for pesticide residues to monitor for illegally high residue levels. The fact that the agency only recently started testing for glyphosate, a chemical that has been used for over 40 years in food production, has led to criticism from consumer groups and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Calls for testing grew after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.
It is also being proposed that pesticides such as glyphosate and the recent use of Naled against mosquitoes is ineffective and dangerous to human and animal health.
Naled, which is in the organophosphate category of insecticides, is widely used in the US, but is banned in the EU. The EU decided to ban it in 2012, out of concern for human health.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and the US Environmental Protection Agency stand behind Naled, saying the small amount of the insecticide sprayed from planes doesn’t expose people enough to pose a health concern.
Naled is already everywhere in the US—health departments spray roughly 16 million acres in the country with the insecticide each year. It’s also often used after disasters like hurricanes and flooding to curb mosquitoes.
The chemical has caused controversy in recent years. In 2016, Naled spraying inadvertently caused millions of honeybee deaths in South Carolina and Florida health officials’ decision to spray Naled in Miami Beach caused protest among residents.
Naled works as a neurotoxin, killing mosquitoes by interfering with an enzyme essential to the nervous systems of both insects and humans. Research on whether it poses a threat to human nervous systems at the levels used to kill mosquitoes is limited. A 2016 study from the University of Michigan looked at babies living in China; they found that the babies most exposed to Naled while in the womb scored 3% to 4% lower on fine motor skill tests than their less-exposed peers by the time they were nine months old.
Another study looked at Mexican-American children living in agricultural regions in California, where organophosphates like Naled are used regularly — children there had higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Tests are also underway to determine if Naled poses a threat to the food chain. In the meantime those exposed are once again being treated as guinea pigs and people do not even think about what they are exposed to and how it is causing nutrient collapse in our foods.
Critics say that it is a necessary evil when you think of the alternative.
Regardless, the CDC is bracing for outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses as the temperatures warm up.
In France, the mosquito pestilence is also a problem. The tiger mosquito has now been confirmed in 42 departments across the country, with an alert issued to warn of its danger as a carrier of disease, along with advice to prevent its spread.
The species has been described as particularly invasive, and a vector for serious diseases, including Dengue Fever and viral infections, Chikungunya, and Zika.
With the prevalence of mosquito borne diseases creeping into the picture it appears that the Mosquito can and could be used as weapon in delivering a biological agent capable of killing thousands of people.
Back in 2014, Bill Gates asked a question about the deadliest animal in the world.
In his blog he wrote:
“What would you say is the most dangerous animal on Earth? Sharks? Snakes? Humans?
Of course, the answer depends on how you define dangerous. Personally I’ve had a thing about sharks since the first time I saw Jaws. But if you’re judging by how many people are killed by an animal every year, then the answer isn’t any of the above. It’s mosquitoes.
When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close.”
“He goes on to say that Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year. Mosquitoes kill 50,000 times as many people, but if there’s a TV channel that features Mosquito Week, I haven’t heard about it.”
During a TED talks Gates once released mosquitoes into the auditorium as a sick joke.
A little over a week ago Gates was speaking at the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine. He warned everyone that a coming disease could kill 30 million people within 6 months — and says we should prepare for it as we do for war.
I have often worried that the next attack in the United States would be a biological attack and I have always worried that an attack could covertly be carried out by using mosquitoes.
Gates continued to say that if you were to tell the world’s governments that weapons that could kill 30 million people were under construction right now, there’d be a sense of urgency about preparing for the threat, Gates said.
“In the case of biological threats, that sense of urgency is lacking,” he said. “The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security will host a pandemic tabletop exercise on May 15, 2018, in Washington, DC, to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies that the United States and the world will need to pursue in order to prevent a severe pandemic, or diminish its consequences should prevention fail.
We have discussed this pandemic drill and how it will simulate a disease known as Disease X – in an exercise known as Clade X.
Clade X is a provocative name that appears to have a dual purpose meaning. Clade is a group of organisms that come from a common ancestor or carrier. It could even be an indicator of an organism generated from a biowarfare source or even from an exoplanetary source. Were the creators of the John Hopkins experiment unaware or naive on the implications of the name Clade X?
A Clade can come from anything, or any source.
It really fuels some conspiratorial speculation, especially when it comes to government experiments and possible biological weapons that can be used on citizens without them knowing.
The idea is shocking, and some may call it some tinfoil hat science fiction but in reality some scientists are arguing that “gain of function” experiments are key in order to monitor the effects of pathogens on animals and maybe even humans.
Gain of Function experiments or GOF experiments are bio-security experiments that are routinely done in labs all over the world.
In recent years, some members of the scientific community have been involved in a vigorous debate over so-called “gain-of-function” experiments involving pathogens with pandemic potential, such as influenza virus. Proponents and opponents of GOF work engaged in extensive discussion about the value, safety, ethics, and validity of this type of research.
In a Military Gain of Function exercise, the fog in San Francisco was used as a cover in order to see whether it could be used to help spread a biological weapon in a “simulated germ-warfare attack.”
Over a period of six days in September 1950, members of the US Navy sprayed clouds of Serratia from giant hoses aboard a Navy minesweeper drifting two miles along the San Francisco coastline, a bacterial fog quickly enveloped and disguised by the region’s own fog. By monitoring the air at 43 scattered sites throughout the region, the Navy found Serratia bacteria blown throughout San Francisco and extending to the adjacent communities of Albany, Berkeley, Daly City, Colma, Oakland, San Leandro, and Sausalito.
In this regard, the experiment was a success: the San Francisco Bay was identified as a highly-susceptible site for a germ warfare attack and a quantifiable range for the airborne dispersal of microbes was established.
Ironically, last week The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Advisory to alert the health care community of Serratia marcescens bloodstream infections potentially associated with BD PosiFlush™ Heparin Lock Flush and BD™ Pre-Filled Normal Saline Flush syringes used in local hospitals.
According to Outbreak News, molecular testing of clinical isolates from patients in 3 states (CO, TN, and OH) has resulted in an indistinguishable or closely related pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern, suggesting a possible shared exposure as well.
The question is how does something like Serratia wind up in syringes used in health facilities In Colorado, California, Tennessee and Ohio?
Is it a gain of function exercise – or bioterrorism?
The infections are primarily among pediatric patients with central venous access, meaning they get it from a needle injection.
When you think about the mosquito threat for this year – what are mosquitoes but nature’s little flying hypodermic needle?
In Dallas, Texas at the Baylor University Medical Center the topic of bioterrorism was discussed and it was concluded that in a bio-warfare attack terrorists can use vectors, such as fleas, mosquitoes, or rodents.
It is terrifying enough to see animals on TV write and scream as they show signs of being infected with something that is only speculated to be rabies, when it could be something far deadlier.
The threat of bioterrorism is real. To prepare for it, we must educate people on how it can happen.
There should be bioterrorism preparedness placed into disaster plans, and there should be an effort support cooperation and communication between the public health departments and hospitals and the average American.