Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet the 10 parasites that are most likely to be in your food

Helena Helmby is a senior lecturer at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

You probably don't have to worry about your steak. 

Most people are fascinated, and probably equally repulsed, by parasites. And it may be something you think you only need to worry about if you go on holiday somewhere exotic. However, increasing globalization and transportation of food products across the globe means we are all increasingly at risk of catching something unwanted from our favorite foods.

Many infections can be thwarted with proper hygiene—washing fruit and vegetables, including “ready-washed” lettuce, cooking meat properly and avoiding contamination from domestic or wild animals. A joint UN/WHO report said better farming and global food trade standards could also prevent parasites entering the food chain. Experts have ranked the 24 most damaging food-borne parasites according to number of cases, global distribution and health impact. Here are the top ten:

1. Taenia solium

T. solium, also known as pork tapeworms, can measure up to 10m when mature and are among the biggest of these ribbon-like worms to infect humans. They do this through larval cysts in undercooked pork that hatch in the stomach and quickly grow into adult worms which inhabit the intestine, feeding on the nutrients you eat.

Disease is generally restricted to malnutrition as the worm competes with you for food—unless you ingest eggs rather than a cyst. These migrate around the body before forming larval cysts—a condition called cysticercosis— just like they do in the pigs. This can cause severe problems, particularly in the central nervous system (neurocysticercosis) where they can cause epileptic seizures. This is believed to be a main cause of epilepsy in many poorer parts of the world.

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Neuroscience: 'I Can Read Your Mind'

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What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers. 

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.

Gallant, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, has a brain decoding machine – a device that uses brain scanning to peer into people’s minds and reconstruct what they’re seeing. If mind-reading technology like this becomes more common, should we be concerned? Ask Gallant this question, and he gives a rather unexpected answer.

In Gallant’s experiment, people were shown movies while the team measured their brain patterns. An algorithm then used those signals to reconstruct a fuzzy, composite image, drawing on a massive database of YouTube videos. In other words, they took brain activity and turned it into pictures, revealing what a person was seeing.

For Gallant and his lab, this was just another demonstration of their technology. While his device has made plenty of headlines, he never actually set out to build a brain decoder. “It was one of the coolest things we ever did,” he says, “but it’s not science.” Gallant’s research focuses on figuring out how the visual system works, creating models of how the brain processes visual information. The brain reader was a side project, a coincidental offshoot of his actual scientific research. “It just so happens that if you build a really good model of the brain, then that turns out to be the best possible decoder.”

Science or not, the machine strokes the dystopian futurists among people who fear that the government could one day tap into our innermost thoughts. This might seem like a silly fear, but Gallant says it’s not. “I actually agree that you should be afraid,” he says, “but you don’t have to be afraid for another 50 years.” It will take that long to solve two of the big challenges in brain-reading technology: the portability, and the strength of the signal.

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Ten Popular Mind Control Techniques Used Today 

The more one researches mind control, the more one will come to the conclusion that there is a coordinated script that has been in place for a very long time with the goal to turn the human race into non-thinking automatons.  For as long as man has pursued power over the masses, mind control has been orchestrated by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small “elite” group.  Today, we have entered a perilous phase where mind control has taken on a physical, scientific dimension that threatens to become a permanent state if we do not become aware of the tools at the disposal of the technocratic dictatorship unfolding on a worldwide scale.

Modern mind control is both technological and psychological. Tests show that simply by exposing the methods of mind control, the effects can be reduced or eliminated, at least for mind control advertising and propaganda. More difficult to counter are the physical intrusions, which the military-industrial complex continues to develop and improve upon.

1. Education — This is the most obvious, yet still remains the most insidious.  It has always been a would-be dictator’s ultimate fantasy to “educate” naturally impressionable children, thus it has been a central component to Communist and Fascist tyrannies throughout history.  

No one has been more instrumental in exposing the agenda of modern education than Charlotte Iserbyt — one can begin research into this area by downloading a free PDF of her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, which lays bare the role of Globalist foundations in shaping a future intended to produce servile drones lorded over by a fully educated, aware elite class.

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Why Do Scientists Deny Psychic Phenomena?  

Even though films like ‘Inception’, ‘Waking Life‘ and more recently, ‘John Dies at the End’ and ‘Now You See Me’ wouldn’t be approachable without assuming the authenticity of unexplainable events, most people, including most scientists, are unaware of the vast abundance of compelling scientific evidence for psychic phenomena, which has resulted from over a century of para-psychological research. Thousands of archaeological finds also suggest the use of such phenomenon in prehistoric times.

Hundreds of carefully controlled studies — in which psi researchers continuously redesigned experiments to address comments from their critics — have produced results that demonstrate marginal but statistically significant effects for psi phenomena, especially with regard to telepathy, precognition, and psychokinesis.

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, Neurologist Vilaynur Ramachandran and Physicist Dean Radin are modern scientific pioneers in this field, and speak of compelling evidence for psychic phenomena, which imply that our minds are also more interconnected to one another than previously imagined.

These perspectives have dramatic implications when they become the basis for how we see the world, where we define boundaries, and how we view the process of extinction.

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New York unveils first-ever regulations on Bitcoin

New York City skyline 

Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky revealed a draft proposal on Thursday of regulations governing virtual currencies like Bitcoin, making New York the first state in the country to grapple directly and openly with the issue. If passed, they would be the first regulations on virtual currencies anywhere in North America to carry the full weight of the law.

The rules say that anyone conducting "virtual currency business activity" needs to have a BitLicense. That sort of activity includes things like buying and selling virtual currency as a customer business, storing virtual currency on behalf of others, or issuing a virtual currency. Merchants and customers who use virtual currencies exclusively for the transactions of goods and services, however, are exempt.

If you want to start a virtual currency exchange or operate an online wallet service in the state of New York, you're going to need a BitLicense, but if you just want to buy or sell a pizza with virtual money, it's still possible to do so without first getting government approval.

Applying for a BitLicense involves disclosing personal and financial information for top company officials, undergoing a background check, paying a fee, and providing details about the structure and business goals of the company. If the regulators see any shady behavior, licenses can be either suspended or revoked entirely following a hearing.
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Non-Human DNA Discovered During Biopsy Of Ötzi The Iceman


In 1991, hikers in the Ötztal Alps near the Italian-Austrian border stumbled upon what appeared to be a human corpse jutting out of the ice and meltwater. The body was extracted, and after exhaustive examination, researchers concluded that the glacier mummy was a 45-year-old male, about 1.6 meters (5 foot 3 inches) tall and weighing 50 kilograms (110 pounds). Analyses of his tissue samples and possessions -- which included an axe, dagger, bow and arrows, a full set of clothing, and a first aid kit -- indicate that he lived about 5,300 years ago in the Copper Age. He likely died from an arrowhead wound in his left shoulder. Ötzi the Iceman, as he came to be called, is house in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy.  

A couple years ago, Ötzi’s genome was sequenced using a pelvic bone sample weighing just 0.1 grams. From this, we know that he was lactose intolerant and had type-O blood. Non-hominoid sequences were also detected with the mummified remains. These non-human reads are referred to as his “metagenome,” and it indicates the presence of microbes. 

Now, a team led by Frank Maixner of EURAC Research in Italy reanalyzed the metagenomic data of the Iceman’s genomic survey (pictured below). They found evidence of a pathogen in the tissue biopsy. Called Treponema denticola, this opportunistic oral pathogen is involved in the development of periodontal (or gum) disease. Its sizeable presence was especially surprising: The pathogen had to have been distributed via the bloodstream from the mouth to the hip bone.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Neil Kramer | Roots of Hidden Reality

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Neil Kramer returns to discuss Roots of Hidden Reality:

The great ontological questions.
These questions should be asked and answered -personally - on a regular basis. See how they change and how the quality of answer improves. Why are we here? What are we supposed to do? What are we? What does it mean? How can we know more?

Philosophy teaches us how to think about these things. It is abstract. Mysticism teaches us what to do about them. It is experiential. The mystic uses their own self and being as the instrument for inquiry.

The root teachings.

What are they? Their contemplation and resolution through direct human experience.

Three kinds of happiness.
Pleasure (diversion). Passion (engagement). Higher Being (transformation).

The "fulfillment-distraction" equation.
Are we expressing and satisfying ourselves? Is everything OK?

The drug of phenomenal information.

What helps and what doesn’t? Gauging quality, relevance and truth.

Universal safety valve of ego positioning.
Without higher being, no higher knowledge can be understood or transmitted.

Governmental authority starting to fail.
Loss of faith. Political meltdown. Middle class losing belief in authority.

Philosophically, there are no rights.
This is a good thing. We are just here. There are only guidelines for lucid thoughts and noble deeds.

Where are the wise elders?
The presence and absence of wise elders in our communities. How it influences our behavior and maturation.

Spiritual development determines wholeness and fragmentation.
Fragmentation is painful. People in pain behave badly. We call that evil. Evil people are simply disoriented fragmented people. I might kill such a person myself if they got in my way or threatened my peace, but I know they’re not evil. On the other hand, there is wholeness. Wholeness feels good. Whole people behave well. Wholeness stems from spiritual development. Fragmentation from the lack of it.

B i o 

Neil Kramer is an English writer, philosopher, and teacher, specializing in the fields of consciousness, metaphysics, and mysticism. Kramer has made a lifelong independent study of philosophy, mystical traditions, religion, inner alchemy, occultism, and esoteric world history. He shares his path of transformation and empowerment in writings, interviews, and lectures, as well as giving one-on-one teachings and group workshops. He is a frequent guest on leading alternative radio and internet shows, enjoying international audiences and enthusiastic support. His work regularly features on cutting-edge web sites, news portals, and popular television networks in the US, UK, Canada and Europe. Kramer has spoken at numerous international conferences and events, including The Beyond Knowledge Conference 2009, The Alternative Research Community Convention 2010, The Transitional Alchemy Tour 2009/10, The Awakening & Transformation Conference 2011, The New Living Expo 2012, and The 2012 Global Transformation Conference. Kramer speaks on many fascinating subjects and is renowned for his unique blend of lucidity, empowerment, and authenticity. He travels widely with his writing and teaching work. He lives in Oregon, USA.
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