Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA [VIDEO]

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Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA

During the early 1980’s I lived and worked in Bethesda, Maryland, and I would make deliveries to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a daily basis.

I remember a local news story in the Washington Post during those days saying the NIH was creating an incurable virus using various combinations of adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine (=DNA) via a computer and a machine which would inject each of these according to the necessary genetic code for the virus, thus, in time, creating the virus itself.

This wasn’t called “3-D printing” back then, but that’s essentially what it was.

As I said in my book The World Perceived (see: pp. 90-91) it doesn’t take much imagination to realize that since we can create an entire computer virtual world using a simple binary code of 1 and 0 God can certainly create life using a simple code of A, C, G, T (= adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine).

Scientists today are using this same simple code to create far more than the one incurable virus they created at the NIH 30+ years ago.

The question is: “Do we have the wisdom needed to do this?”

The answer is: “I don’t think we do.”

See: An earlier article I wrote about this subject: “O brave new world, that has such people in it!” – http://wp.me/pPnn7-2ha

Article – Leon R. Kass, M.D. – The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans – http://scholar.valpo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1423&context=vulr

E-Book – The Genomics Agehttp://tinyurl.com/budem9s

Book – Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography – http://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Knowledge-From-Prometheus-Pornography/dp/0156005514

VIDEO – Hacking Life’s Code and Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA: http://youtu.be/PGyNyQ5IDUM

Q&A With Cambrian Genomics’ Austen Heinz

“To think that we can’t make organisms that aren’t more efficient than existing, I don’t think is correct,” says Austen Heinz, founder of the biotech startup Cambrian Genomics. “Because nature doesn’t have DNA laser printers, and we do.”

“Reason TV’s Zach Weissmueller sat down with Heinz to discuss the ramifications of a technology that dramatically brings down the cost of sequencing and assembling DNA, suddenly making the ability for consumers to create their own organisms an economic reality. Heinz partnered with a company to crowdfund a “glowing plant,” which led to a subsequent ban on GMO-related projects on Kickstarter, and he expresses concern with the lagging regulatory structure governing biotech development. But Heinz is undeterred by regulatory and cultural obstacles and foresees a future where consumers can affordably leverage his technology to fix errors in their own DNA or even design their own creatures in the same way that 3-D printing companies like MakerBot allow for custom models.

“[With] MakerBot, you would print out, say, a plastic dinosaur. With Cambrian, the idea is that eventually you’ll be able to print out your own little dinosaur that actually walks across the table,” says Heinz. “Everything around us is just code. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just snap our fingers and just re-imagine the world around us, where everything is programmable, everthing is re-writeable?”

“Approximately 10 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Justin Monticello. Music by Chris Zabriskie.

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Astroturf and manipulation of media messages [VIDEO]

Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages [VIDEO]

A carefully constructed narrative designed to manipulate your opinion…

“In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.”

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversity of Nebraska: http://youtu.be/-bYAQ-ZZtEU via @YouTube

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Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

The Pleiades

The Pleiades

Celestron Omni XLT 127mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

One of my new outdoor hobbies is stargazing, and I recently bought a telescope: a Celestron Omni XLT 127mm Schmidt-Cassegrain.

I’ve always enjoyed stargazing, ever since I was a kid, but I’ve only recently taken the time and made the effort to be more serious about it.

I determined last year to get away from things that stress me out (like the constant barrage of bad news) and to focus instead on things that are natural, outdoors, fun, and healthy. Mountain biking, hiking, and stargazing were the first three things that came to mind, as well as quitting smoking, which I did one year ago this month. My mental and physical health has improved a lot!

I did a lot of research before buying my telescope and, like anything else, trade-offs were made. I decided to get the Schmidt-Cassegrain type because it seems like the best overall type of telescope for backyard astronomy.

I wanted something for a beginner or intermediate user… not something I wasn’t yet ready for and couldn’t fully use the potential of… and I wanted something that was easily portable. Plus, I didn’t want a computer controlled scope and mount, because I wanted to find objects on my own, using an equatorial mount.

It’s hard to find a telescope these days that isn’t computer controlled and when I found the Omni series by Celestron I knew I had found what I wanted: A high quality, affordable telescope, with a sturdy equatorial mount, that wasn’t computer controlled.

As I said, trade-offs had to be made. I wanted something that was easily portable, so I was happy with the Celestron Omni XLT 127 (=5 inches). An 8 inch scope would have been nicer, but it also would have been more expensive and heavier, and since the Omni series only has a 5 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) a 5 inch SCT is what I got.

The 5 inch SCT will allow me to see how much stargazing I do over the next year, and, if I stick with it, I can think about buying a more expensive 8 inch telescope next year.

The optics of my Omni XLT 127 are really great and I’ve been very happy with my purchase. It’s a quality telescope and mount that’s easily portable and I’m enjoying it very much every chance I get! :D

I’m planning on taking it to a nearby dark sky location this spring and summer: Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park.

Below are some of the links I found during my research. There’s not a lot of information out there about this telescope, but there is some. There’s also a link below for the binoculars I bought, too:

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron Omni XLT 127mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

High-quality optics meet elegant design in the Omni XLT series. With three optical tube styles, the Omni XLT series has a setup to suit the needs of every amateur astronomer.

Our proprietary StarBright XLT optical coatings maximize light transmission and reduce internal reflections for the brightest possible images. The CG-4 German equatorial mount helps you navigate the night sky quickly and track objects smoothly.

High quality optics start with each lens and(or) mirror being hand selected so only the finest grade of optical glass is used

StarBright XLT coatings provide maximized light transmission

25 mm multi-coated eyepiece – 20 mm eye relief, 50° FOV

1.25″ star diagonal

CG-4 German Equatorial mount with setting circles and slow motion controls – to accurately locate and track sky objects

Ball bearings in both axis of the mount for smooth performance

Heavy-duty pre-assembled stainless steel tripod featuring 1.75″ legs, accessory tray and bubble level

Easy no-tool setup

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Focal Length, Ratio, and Magnification

Magnification Formula: Focal Length Divided By Eyepiece Focal Length 

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Focal Length = 1250mm

Focal Ratio: Focal Length Divided by Aperture

Celestron Omni XLT 127 = 1250 divided by 127 = 9.8 

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Lowest Magnification = 18x

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Highest Magnification = 300 x

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Omni XLT 127 Telescope (#11084) ($729.94) – http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/omni-xlt-127-telescope

Omni XLT 127 Telescope (#11084) ($569.95) (Free Shipping & No Tax) – http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-11084-Omni-XLT-127/dp/B000NIKQ4E

Dual axis motor drive and polar finder scope are available but not included

Celestron 93522 Dual Axis Motor Drive (CG4) ($107.80) – http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-93522-Motor-Drive-Advanced/dp/B0000C3WBB

Celestron Polar Finder Scope for CG-4 (Omni) 94223 ($40.56) – http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Polar-Finder-CG-4-94223/dp/B001TIE1D4

Manual

Hard copies of the manual are included with the telescope and mount

Celestron Omni XLT manual (.pdf) – https://www.astronomics.com/documents/celestron/celestron%20omni%20xlt%20manual.pdf

Reviews

Review: Celestron Omni XLT 127 – http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/review/telescopes/celestron-omni-xlt-127

Review: Celestron Omni 127 – http://www.cloudynights.com/page/articles/cat/user-reviews/telescopes/schmidt-cassegrains-scts/celestron-omni-127-r1868 

Astronomy Magazine Equipment Review: Celestron revives a classic scope: With the Omni XLT 127, Celestron has made its signature 5-inch scope even better (.pdf) – http://www.astronomy.com/~/media/import/files/pdf/9/b/5/1209_celestron_omni_xlt_127.pdf

Eyepieces

One 25mm eyepiece is included. Additional are available from Celestron.

Celestron 1.25″ Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Accessory Kit – http://www.telescope.com/Accessories/Telescope-Eyepieces/Celestron-125-Telescope-Eyepiece-and-Filter-Accessory-Kit/pc/-1/c/3/sc/47/p/5631.uts

Dew Shield

AstroZap Flexible Telescope Dew Shields, Celestron 5 in. SE – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006RJPXYG/

Articles

How to Start Right in Backyard Astronomy | Sky & Telescope – http://shar.es/1bTTU5

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron Omni XLT 127 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

VIDEOS

Dr. Jason Lisle | Astronomy Reveals Creation: http://youtu.be/hzzARVIYiwY

Top 20 Astronomy Tips: http://youtu.be/UPoh76f60kA

Black Forest Star Party–Dark Skies: http://youtu.be/q3uVUZloXrw

EQ Mount Alignment, Polar Scopes & More: http://youtu.be/XwJ9O0lFnQs

Setting Up a German Equatorial Mount: http://youtu.be/TdkB5NCnFps

How to Align an Equatorial Mount: http://youtu.be/plx6XXDgf2E

How to use an equatorial mount for amateur telescopes: http://youtu.be/F7HVDKAZ6eM

CG-4 EQ Mount & Celestial Coordinates

My Location: Mont Alto, Pennsylvania – 39° 50′ 39″ N / 77° 33′ 30″ W

Question

How do I use the RA Vernier scales on my Omni XLT (CG-4) mount’s setting circles?

Answer

The RA setting circle on your CG-4 mount is only marked to intervals of ten minutes. To increase the accuracy of the circle, there is a Vernier scale that allows you to get more precise readings (down to one minute of right ascension).

To use the RA Vernier, note that the zero (0) mark on the right-hand side is the same as the RA indicator. Numbers on the scale increase to the left.

If the RA indicator is right on one of the marks of the RA setting circle, that is the RA coordinate where the telescope is pointing. What if the indicator is between two of the marks on the RA setting circle? In this case, one of the marks on the Vernier will line up with one of the marks on the setting circle. This mark on the Vernier is the number of minutes that should be added to the RA reading of the indicator. Since the indicator is between two RA marks, add the minutes to the lower value that the RA indicator falls between.

For example, if the RA indicator is just left of the 5h 40m mark, then the RA value is between 5h 40m and 5h 50m. If you look down the Vernier scale, you will see only one mark is in line with a division mark on the RA setting circle. Let’s say that the “4” is the only mark to line up with any of the marks on the RA setting circle. This means that you are 4 minutes to the left of the 5h 40m mark or more simply at 5h 44m.

Here’s how to use your Vernier when observing:

Look up the coordinates of the object you want to observe. If you want to see the Orion Nebula (M42), then it’s at 5h 35m right ascension (RA) and -05 degrees 27 minutes declination (Dec).

Release the RA clamp and rotate the telescope until the RA indicator is between the 5h 30m mark and the 5h 40m mark on the RA setting circle. Lock the RA clamp to hold the telescope in place. Move the telescope in RA until the five on the Vernier scale lines up with one of the marks on the RA setting circle. Remember, the RA indicator must stay between the 5h 30m mark and the 5h 40m mark on the RA setting circle!

Set the declination directly by estimating between the marks at every two degrees on the Dec circles.

Look through the telescope and the Orion Nebula should be within the field of view if you are using a low-power eyepiece. 

Source: How do I use the RA Vernier scales on my Omni XLT (CG-4) mount’s setting circles? – http://www.celestron.com/c3/support3/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=2248

Astronomy Basics (.pdf) – http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1297798410_astronomybasics.pdf

Celestial Observing (.pdf) – http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1297801590_celestialobserv.pdf

Telescope Basics (.pdf) – http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1297801757_telescopebasics.pdf

Telescope Maintenance (.pdf) – http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1297801919_telescopemainte.pdf

Celestial Coordinates – http://www.telescope.com/Getting-Started/Stargazing-Basics/Celestial-Coordinates/pc/-1/c/460/sc/461/p/99817.uts

Software

Stellarium: http://stellarium.org/  Stellarium is the best and it’s free! :D

Stellarium User Guide: http://stellarium.org/wiki/index.php/Stellarium_User_Guide

Telescopes

SCT Scopes – http://sctscopes.net/

Celestron: http://www.celestron.com/

Orion: http://www.telescope.com/  Orion $10 Off $100 or more purchase code: PS0214

Websites

EarthSky – http://earthsky.org/ (subscribe for daily emails!)

Sky & Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

Free Star Charts: http://freestarcharts.com/

My friend George Varros’ website – http://www.gvarros.com/index.html (George is so smart!)

TriState Astronomers

We began in 1985 and we enjoy sharing the ageless wonders of the night sky. If you have ever watched the stars at night and wondered about them, then you might like to join us. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month, September to May, at the William M. Brish Planetarium in Hagerstown, MD. at 7:30 p.m. EST. Guests are always welcome! We have a monthly newsletter called The Observer. We have star parties on the weekends nearest the new moon when the sky is dark.

TriState Astronomers: http://www.tristateastronomers.org/

Deep Astronomy: http://www.deepastronomy.com/

Eyes on the Sky: http://eyesonthesky.com/

7 of the best places to see the Milky Way – GrindTV.com: http://www.grindtv.com/lifestyle/pro-active/post/places-to-see-the-milky-way/#.VNWfwqSXDwQ.twitter

BOOKS

Sky & Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas ($16.04) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931559317 

Sky & Telescope’s Binocular Highlights ($21.95) – http://www.shopatsky.com/binocular-highlights

The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky ($25.82) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0890516413  (I love this book!)

NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe ($31.50) – http://www.amazon.com/NightWatch-Practical-Guide-Viewing-Universe/dp/155407147X

Check out The 13 Most Beautiful Stargazing Spots in America

#2 is Cherry Springs State Park (Pennsylvania)

“Oh, Cherry Springs State Park, your views never cease to amaze. The Milky Way glows brighter than ever from the darkest regions of this park, which is arguably the most impressive of all the dark sky regions within the country. While there, you can see more stars and other celestial bodies than almost anywhere else in the country with the naked eye.”

Check out The 13 Most Beautiful Stargazing Spots in America:  http://imp.lc/ty/b/12808

Cherry Springs State Park

“Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.”

Cherry Springs State Park – http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/

Short term stargazing at Cherry Springs: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/index.htm

Long term stargazing at Cherry Springs: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/serious-stargazing/index.htm

Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund: http://www.csspdarkskyfund.org/home/index

The Dark Skies of Cherry Springs State Park

The Dark Skies of Cherry Springs State Park – http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/cherrysprings-darkskies/index.htm

Cherry Springs Clear Sky Chart – http://cleardarksky.com/c/ChrSprPkPAkey.html

INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARKS – http://www.darksky.org/international-dark-sky-places/about-ids-places/parks

IDA: http://www.darksky.org/about-us

The Cherry Springs Star Party (June 11-14 2015): http://www.astrohbg.org/

Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs: http://bfsp.org/

BFSP 2015 will be September 11-13, 2015.  Registration will open in the spring.

Black Forest Star Party–Dark Skies: http://youtu.be/q3uVUZloXrw

PA State Park Online Reservations

If you want to explore Pennsylvania’s great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. You can find information for planning a one day picnic or hiking trip, a weekend getaway, or a vacation. Pennsylvania State Parks do not charge an entrance fee.

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, for state park information and reservations, or e-mail us your postal address for an information packet.

Binoculars

Orion has a good selection of quality binoculars. I have the Orion Giant View 15×70 binoculars. They weigh about four pounds and I prefer using these without a tripod. They’re great for scanning the night sky! Most stargazers suggest something with less magnification than 15x because the increased magnification makes it hard to steady the image, which makes things kind of jumpy. My 15x70s are hard to steady for this reason but the images are really great nonetheless. As I said, I use them to scan the sky and locate objects, and the images aren’t all that jumpy while scanning… only while trying to hold the image still. I really like that the Giant View 15x70s have individual eyepiece focusing, and this was one of the reasons I bought them. Once I focused the eyepieces I’ve never needed to focus them again. They stay put. I like that the Giant View 15x70s came with a hard case, too. Makes them great for traveling! The optics of my 15x70s are great, the light gathering power is awesome, and my views of the night sky with them are quite spectacular! My favorite object to view with these is The Pleiades! :D

Orion Giant View 15×70 Astronomy Binoculars

Orion Giant View 15x70 w/case

Orion Giant View 15×70 w/case

Portable yet powerful, these binoculars feature 70mm objective lenses and 15x power magnification

BAK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics ensure great light transmission and contrast

Individual binocular eyepiece focusing for enhanced accuracy

We recommend using a tripod for extended viewing, attachment to tripod requires L-adapter and field tripod or binocular mount (all sold separately)

Includes heavy-duty hard carry case, dust caps, and more

Giant View 15×70 Astronomy Binoculars | Orion Telescopes & Binoculars ($236.89) – http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Astronomy-Binoculars/Orion-Giant-View-15×70-Astronomy-Binoculars/c/5/sc/72/p/9327.uts

Orion Giant View 15x70 Specs

Orion Giant View 15×70 Specs

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Angry Anti-Theist Murders Religious Family

Craig Hicks - Angry Anti-Theist

Craig Hicks – Angry Anti-Theist

Angry Anti-Theist Murders Religious Family

#ChapelHillShooting: Hate crime or parking fight?: http://youtu.be/XiJBe5jRHcU via @YouTube

Chapel Hill triple murder suspect says he felt insulted, judged by religion

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

“A neighbor of a Chapel Hill man charged with fatally shooting three Muslim students Tuesday night described him as “very angry,” and many in their community were frightened by him.

“Chapel Hill police officers arrested 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks on Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.

“The three, who were students at UNC and N.C. State, were shot to death at the Finley Forest Condominiums on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.

“Hicks’ neighbor, Samantha Maness, said that while she was surprised by the murders, she suspected the perpetrator may have been Hicks when she heard the news.

“As a neighborhood, we’ve had a lot of problems with him,” Maness said. “He is angry.

He’s always pretty angry about something, and he likes to complain about parking in this lot — even though he has two spaces for his house.”

“Chapel Hill police said the fatal shootings may have been the results of an ongoing parking dispute. Maness said that in addition to parking, Hicks also complained about noise in the community.

“Sometimes when I would pull in, he would come out the door and say, ‘Your music is too loud. Can you turn it down?’ Things like that,” Maness said.

“She said during many of the interactions she witnessed in the apartment complex, Hicks “was very angry anytime I saw him.” Still, she said she never imagined that the anger would escalate to violence.

“I think it’s terrible — it’s scary,” she said. “I don’t want to think it could have happened to anyone, but I think it could. He was usually upset with people living in this area.”

“While Maness said many in their community feared Hicks, a spokesman for Durham Technical Community College described a man who was an “exemplary student.”

“Durham Tech spokesman Carver Weaver said Hicks enrolled in 2012 and was seeking three certificates in paralegal studies. Weaver said he had a nearly 3.9 GPA.

“On social media, Hicks presented a person who felt spurred by religion, describing himself as an ordained atheist minister, while also identifying with anti-theism, a belief that opposes all forms of religion.

“Many of his promote equality for all and anti-religious support. He also posted a picture of a revolver saying, “Yes, that is 1 pound 5.1 ounces for my loaded 38 revolver, its holster, and five extra rounds in a speedloader.”

“I give your religion as much respect as your religion gives me,” Hicks wrote. “There’s nothing complicated about it, and I have every right to insult a religion that goes out of its way to insult, to judge and to condemn me as an inadequate human being — which your religion does with self-righteous gusto.”

“He continued, “When it comes to insults, your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I. But given that it doesn’t, and given the enormous harm that your religion has done in this world, I’d say that I have not only a right, but a duty, to insult it, as does every rational, thinking person on this planet.

“Because the moment that your religion claims any kind of jurisdiction over my experience, you insult me on a level that you can’t even begin to comprehend. Even if your beliefs had substance, the arrogance of that would be insult enough. But the fact that they have no substance, and are merely a transparent raft of delusions and lies, magnifies the insult enormously.”

“Although police said the fatal shootings may be related to a parking dispute, police are also investigating the possibility that the murders were “hate-motivated.”

“While Hicks’ personal comments on Facebook are not directed at the single religion or person, the father of sisters Abu-Salha and Mohammad said their murders were a “hate crime.”

“That’s how hate works,” Mohammad Abu-Salha told WNCN.

“In addition to attending Durham Tech, Hick’s Facebook profile indicated he was employed at Harris Teeter for several years.

“Hicks appeared before a judge Wednesday morning in Durham. He was issued no bond and given a public defender.

“His next court appearance will be on March 4.”

Source: Chapel Hill triple murder suspect says he felt insulted, judged by religion (emphasis added): http://www.wncn.com/story/28083793/chapel-hill-triple-murder-suspect-says-he-felt-insulted-judged-by-religion

See also: Accused shooter of 3 Muslim students had earlier run-ins http://dailym.ai/1CiiFtr via @MailOnline

Victims- From left, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19

Victims- From left, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19

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Throwing multitudes of prescription drugs at people is not good mental health care

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Throwing multitudes of prescription drugs at people is not good mental health care

From my own experience, I suggest fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and avoiding stress for better mental and physical health.

Two stories got my attention recently, because both had video footage showing the multitudes of prescription medications two people were on when they died.

In both cases, the surviving family members blamed the overprescription of medication by doctors for the deaths of their loved ones.

The first incident was a death by drug toxicity:

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“The parents of a Wisconsin Marine are speaking out about the problems in the Veterans Administration system. Jason Simcakoski, 35, died of mixed drug toxicity Aug. 30 at the Tomah VA Medical Center

Parents say son asked them to intervene in his treatment at Tomah VA

“The parents of a Wisconsin Marine are speaking out about the problems in the Veterans Administration system. Jason Simcakoski, 35, died of mixed drug toxicity Aug. 30 at the Tomah VA Medical Center. An autopsy report said that 14 different medications were in his system at the time of his death.

“All of them were prescribed by VA physicians…”

Continue reading: Parents say son asked them to intervene in his treatment at Tomah VA – http://www.wisn.com/news/parents-say-son-asked-them-to-intervene-in-his-treatment-at-tomah-va/31177264

VIDEO – Parents of man who died at Tomah VA hospital say treatment fed his addiction: http://youtu.be/iojk-xYgjbg via WISN 12 News

Legal drugs, deadly outcomes – http://graphics.latimes.com/prescription-drugs-part-one/

The second incident was death by police due to a violent personality change caused by the overprescription of psych meds:

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The wife of a man who was fatally shot by Wyoming police after he allegedly opened fire on officers showed 24 Hour News 8 a plastic bag filled with medications she said her husband had been prescribed.

Wife: Officer shooting suspect’s death ‘devastating’

“The wife of a man who was fatally shot by Wyoming police after he allegedly opened fire on officers says she hopes her husband will be remembered for more than the violent incident…

“She showed 24 Hour News 8 a plastic bag filled with medications she said her husband had been prescribed. She said she strongly believes that the mixture of medications caused her husband to act out of character the day of the shooting.

“He was hallucinating. … It was not Alan,” she said…”

Continue reading: Wife: Officer shooting suspect’s death ‘devastating’ – http://woodtv.com/2015/02/08/wife-officer-shooting-suspects-death-devastating/

VIDEO – Wife: Officer shooting suspect’s death ‘devastating': http://youtu.be/U_GmuIw7Ghg via WOOD TV8

BOOK – Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America – http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Epidemic-Bullets-Psychiatric-Astonishing/dp/0307452425

VIDEO – Robert Whitaker, author Anatomy of an Epidemic –http://youtu.be/5VBXWdhabuQ

VIDEO – Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging – Full Movie (Documentary) – http://youtu.be/UDlH9sV0lHU

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Are people adults at 14? 18? or 21?

“Joan of Arc... convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory... Joan was captured... tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19.” (source)

“Joan of Arc… convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory… Joan was captured… tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19.” (source)

Are people adults at 14? 18? or 21?

Two articles got my attention recently:

14 year-olds to be tried in adult court?

“Part of the legislation would require anyone 14 and older to be tried in adult court if charged for using a gun in the crime…”

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Must be 21 to smoke a cigarette?

“Washington state would become the first in the country to ban tobacco for everyone under age 21 under a plan announced Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson…”

Read more: State attorney general wants smoking age raised from 18 to 21 http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Attorney-general-proposes-raising-smoking-age-from-18-to-21-289301681.html

In our society today we can be considered a child at 20 and an adult at 14.

I think we, as a society, are confused.

If anything, we need to begin lowering legal ages, not raising them.

That someone cannot drink a beer or smoke a cigarette at 20 is ridiculous.

By the time I was 20 I had already completed my three years of active duty service in the US Army.

Does anyone seriously think I wasn’t an adult by that time? An adult able to drink a beer and smoke a cigarette — legally — if I chose to do so? (which I did).

When I was 20 I could drink and smoke legally, since the legal age for drinking and smoking was 18 in those days, which is what it should be again.

At the rate we’re going, as a society, with kids knowing as much as they do about adult things, we may find ourselves lowering the legal age even more. To be raising the legal age today is absolute foolishness.

We need to stop treating 20 year-olds like children and begin treating them as adults.

Neil Postman on the Disappearance of Childhood (Summary)

“In perhaps his most provocative book, The Disappearance of Childhood, Postman attempts to explain why the dividing line between childhood and adulthood is rapidly eroding in contemporary society, and why the social role of the child may well disappear in modern industrial society. His contribution to this topic, he points out, is not in documenting this erosion; many observers have remarked upon the disappearance in the past. Rather, his contribution is in explaining both the origin of childhood itself as well as the reasons for its decline. Specifically, Postman posits that both the rise of the social role of the child and its consequent decline is rooted in changes in communications technology (1982/1994, xii).

“The invention of the printing press and the spread of a print culture is the primary causal agent in the rise of childhood. Replacing print culture with an electronic medium in which imagery is the main conveyor of information is the primary agent in its decline (xii-xiii). In a world dominated by oral tradition, Postman states, there is not a sharp distinction between children and adults. In such a world, childhood ends at about the age of seven when the child has mastered speech. At the age of seven “the medieval child would have had access to almost all of the forms of behavior common to the culture” (15).

“Save for sex and war, medieval youth would fully partake in adult life, sharing in games, work, play, and stories. The culture did not have need or means of keeping information away from youth. There were few secrets between the generations; upon attaining the age of seven the youth fully entered the adult world. Because it was an oral culture, Postman asserts, there was no need to prolong the socialization process so that youth can master reading and esoteric knowledge beyond the immediate local culture; thus no need of educational institutions in which youth are segregated from adults and age graded so that they can master both reading and be gradually exposed to the harsher ways of the world; no well-developed concept of shame because all have ready access to oral information. With the invention of the printing press in about 1450 and the spread of literacy, the “communication environment” rapidly changed.

“Literacy gradually became a great divide among people; to become literate was to become a fully functioning adult, to engage in a new world of facts, impressions, and opinions beyond the local milieu (28). More than this, Postman says, “typography was by no means a neutral conveyor of information.” Rather, printing changed the very organization and structure of thought. “The unyielding linearity of the printed book—the sequential nature of its sentence-by-sentence presentation, its paragraphing, its alphabetized indices, its standardized spelling and grammar” promoted “a structure of consciousness that closely parallels the structure of typography”(30 & 32)…”

Read more: Neil Postman on the Disappearance of Childhood – http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/users/f/felwell/www/Theorists/Essays/Postman1.html

The Disappearance of Childhood

“From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood.

“Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds.

“Informative, alarming, and aphoristic, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.”

BOOK – The Disappearance of Childhood – http://www.amazon.com/The-Disappearance-Childhood-Neil-Postman/dp/0679751661

College Lecture Series – Neil Postman – “The Surrender of Culture to Technology: http://youtu.be/hlrv7DIHllE

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The Cult of the American Sniper

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The Cult of the American Sniper

“Does the Christian or denizen of the Old American Empire die and kill for it, as the members of the Cult of the American Sniper apparently believe?”  ~ Rev. Mark Dankof (source)

The latest Hollywood/DoD propaganda film — American Sniper  is out.

Everyone in the Cult of the American Sniper thinks it’s a great movie, and that Chris Kyle, upon whom the film is based, is a great American hero.

Apparently, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore doesn’t think so.

Moore says American snipers (like Kyle) who travel 7,000 miles to invade foreign nations and kill people (from great distances) are cowards:

Michael Moore tweets snipers are ‘cowards’

(CNN) —Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore pronounced that “snipers aren’t heroes” in a tweet on Sunday as “American Sniper,” the Oscar-nominated biopic of a former Navy SEAL and sharpshooter, won the weekend box office.

The “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and “Bowling for Columbine” director later expanded on his remarks, saying: “But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”

Moore has long been a staunch advocate for stricter gun control laws in the U.S., and his statements are known to court controversy.

His latest comments quickly prompted backlash. Former U.S. House speaker and CNN contributor Newt Gingrich invited Moore to spend some time with terrorist cells overseas, then weigh in on the value of snipers.

The movie, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, earned $105 million in weekend ticket sales and nabbed six Academy Award nominations last week, including best picture. The box office take trumped previous records for a January opening and is expected to grow on Monday as moviegoers enjoy another day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Moore isn’t the only one in Hollywood taking aim at the film: Actor Seth Rogen equated the war drama to a Nazi propaganda film shown in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

“American Sniper” is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Chris Kyle. Kyle served four tours in Iraq with the Navy SEALs and is lauded as “America’s deadliest sniper.” He was not without controversy of his own, including disputed claims in his book that he punched former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and killed two armed carjackers. Kyle was shot and killed by a former Marine in 2013.

Source: Michael Moore tweets snipers are ‘cowards’ – http://www.wtae.com/entertainment/michael-moore-tweets-snipers-are-cowards/30795458 (emphasis added)

Chris Kyle's Craft International Logo: "Violence Does Solve Problems"

Chris Kyle’s Craft International Logo: “Violence Does Solve Problems”

Sniper sight permits the killer to deny the humanity of his victim

“Erich Fromm states that “there is good clinical evidence for the assumption that destructive aggression occurs, at least to a large degree, in conjunction with a momentary or chronic emotional withdrawal.” The situations described above represent a breakdown in the psychological distance that is a key method of removing one’s sense of empathy and achieving this “emotional withdrawal.” Again, some of the mechanisms that facilitate this process include:

• Cultural distance, such as racial and ethnic differences, which permit the killer to dehumanize the victim

• Moral distance, which takes into consideration the kind of intense belief in moral superiority and vengeful/vigilante actions associated with many civil wars

• Social distance, which considers the impact of a lifetime of practice in thinking of a particular class as less than human in a socially stratified environment

• Mechanical distance, which includes the sterile Nintendo-game unreality of killing through a TV screen, a thermal sight, a sniper sight, or some other kind of mechanical buffer that permits the killer to deny the humanity of his victim

(Grossman, D. (2009). On Killing: The Psychological Costs of Learning to Kill in War and Society (emphasis added)

On Killing: The Psychological Costs of Learning to Kill in War and Society (.pdf) – http://kropfpolisci.com/cognitive.grossman.pdf

On Killing: The Psychological Costs of Learning to Kill in War and Society (Book) – http://www.amazon.com/On-Killing-Psychological-Learning-Society/dp/0316040932/

Dave Grossman’s website: http://www.killology.com/

“KILLOLOGY, (n): The scholarly study of the destructive act, just as sexology is the scholarly study of the procreative act. In particular, killology focuses on the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations. This field of study was pioneered by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, in his Pulitzer-nominated book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.

VIDEO – Operation Hollywood: How The Pentagon Shapes And Censors The Movies: http://youtu.be/FPZL5WTilRE via @YouTube

I have to agree with Michael Moore and Seth Rogen regarding American Sniper.

The last thing we need in America is a hagiography of a mercenary, which is what Kyle was when he was killed.

But, of course, such a hagiography, and its popularity, is not at all surprising, considering what America has become.

We’ve become worshipers of warmongering killers.

I can only imagine being an eight-year-old boy today…

“What do you want to be when you grow up Billy Bubba?”

“I wanna be a former Navy SEAL!”

“You mean you want to be a Navy SEAL, don’t you?”

“No, I wanna be a former Navy SEAL like Chris Kyle and those guys who were killed in Benghazi.”

“Oh, so you want to be a Navy SEAL first, and then, after you’ve been discharged from the Navy, you want to become a killer for hire, and perhaps start your own killer for hire business someday, like Chris Kyle did.”

“Yeah! Like Chris says: “Violence does solve problems!”

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Patmos, The Emperor Worship Cultus, and The American Sniper

“In terms of the last 12 years, these lies of the American Empire woven as mythology began with the lie of what really happened on September 11th, 2001 and who was behind the attack. That was compounded with the lies regarding why the Empire was invading Afghanistan and Iraq.

“That then led to the pack of lies surrounding the tragic death in Afghanistan of NFL star Pat Tillman. Read the complete Wikipedia account to refresh historical memory. The official story was that Tillman was killed by “enemy fire.”  After an extensive official cover-up of the truth, the United States Government finally acknowledged that the official story, used ongoingly in television ads and football stadium halftime ceremonies around the country to drive the American public to greater ongoing support for the War on Terror, was a lie. The new version said that he was killed by “friendly fire.” Or not so friendly fire. . . . read the Wikipedia account thoroughly for the troubling circumstantial evidence, never properly investigated, that Tillman came to oppose American military involvement in Afghanistan, and was subsequently murdered by some of his own uniformed colleagues for that opposition. The point is simply this:  the Government that lied about 9-11, lied about the reasons for the invasions and occupations of two foreign countries, and lied about Pat Tillman, is the same Government being used by the Zionist Beast that controls it to justify illegal interventions in Libya and Syria among others, as a prelude to a mass murder in Iran being sold by Netanyahu and his American apologists as “self defense.”

“Enemy Fire,” “Friendly Fire,” “Al-Qaeda,” “Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq,” “Bin Laden,” “Democracy,” “Freedom,” and “Self Defense” . . . Has George Orwell risen from the dead to write American, Israeli, and NATO press releases? And what Beast is being served by the American, Israeli, and NATO press secretaries? Put differently, how do people like John McCain keep effectively spinning these Red, White, and Blue whoppers for a new set of coming victims and their families? Even as McCain’s father, Admiral McCain, wove myths to protect Israel after the USS Liberty attack in 1967?  Whose script are these mannequins reading from?

“This then leads to the recent tragic death of Chris Kyle, the American Sniper. Kyle holds the all-time record for kills for an American military sniper. He also holds a distance record for a kill notched at some 2,100 yards removed from the targeted victim.  Unlike what is now known about Pat Tillman, Kyle remained aWarrior For Whom Belief in Empire Lived, until his tragic and ironic death at the hands of an American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  victim and Marine Corps denizen, who shot Kyle to death on a Texas gun range. The American Sniper’s undeniable prowess with a high-powered rifle and scope is unquestioned and formidable. His ability to think theologically, morally, and philosophically about what it was he was actually serving is the issue in question, not simply for him, but for the thousands who flocked to Texas Stadium for his funeral adorned in American Flags and carrying placards of support for every long since discredited canard used to support the War on Terror and the War on Civilizations.  Michel Lonsdale might ask these well meaning folks also, “Where do You go, and what do You do when Belief has died? Who are You, really?”

Chris Kyle "The American Sniper" memorial service on the 50 yard line at Texas Stadium.

Chris Kyle “The American Sniper” memorial service on the 50 yard line at Texas Stadium.

“The Christian Cross was strongly in evidence in Texas Stadium, albeit as a supplemental secondary symbol for the more prominently evidenced Old Glory. But did the faithful really believe their fallen hero was a defender of a culture informed by the morality of the New Testament and the Lord Jesus Christ? How sustainable is that in the wake of the Roe v Wade decision, the societal and legal imprimatur now placed on homosexuality and the legitimacy of sexual perversion of every brand, and the Economic Darwinism that divides a predatory Elite from the vulnerable? How sustainable is that given the foundational falsehoods undergirding the War on Terror and unswerving American support for a Zionist ideology that empowered the first century mob that called for the release of Barabbas and the death of Christ, even as it now seeks the eradication of Palestinians and Iranians in the name of an Eretz Yisrael in continued disobedience to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and mere human decency itself?

“The February 28th New York Times, the American Jewish Power Elite’s print daily of record, informs us in Matt Haber’s piece for the Thursday Styles section, “A Hush-Hush Topic No More,” that the latest trend in the Empire’s evolving mores in matters sexual involves the move toward the eventual mainstreaming of “sex play involving bondage and domination.”  The reader is treated to the inside scoop on the Big Apple’s Paddlesnightclub on West 26th Street; a report on the “blockbuster success” of E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy (65 million copies sold worldwide according to Publishers Weekly); and the February premiere of the movie “Kink” at the Sundance Film Festival, a documentary directed by Christina Voros and produced by James Franco, tabbed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “friendly film” to the world of “bondage/discipline, domination/submission, and sadism/masochism.”

“This is the wave of the Empire’s present and future. It is Emperor Domitian’s Rome all over again. Does the Christian or denizen of the Old American Empire die and kill for it, as the members of the Cult of the American Sniper apparently believe?  This remains the compelling question of the day, and during the increasing onset of nightfall.

“The argumentation for a suspense of Belief in Empire and its War on Terror has already been made.  The pictures of the Kyle funeral introduced into evidence simply chronicle the record of that day for those who cling unknowingly to the Beast as the Lamb. The symbolism of the funeral and its venue, suggest that someone was indeed disguised that day as an Angel of Light (2 Corinthians 11: 13-14). The light was extinguished, enshrouded in an impenetrable darkness.

“Which leads us to the last question of this particular day headed toward an impending night soon to overtake it. What will be the fate of those who openly question the American Empire, its marriage to the Zionist Beast, and the unmistakable Emperor Worship Cultus that accompanies it?” (Emphasis added)

Read more: Patmos, The Emperor Worship Cultus, and The American Sniper http://wp.me/pfMo6-se via @wordpressdotcom

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