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Feeding the “Invisible Enemy”

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Dave's Blog | 0 comments
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When COVID-19 came to our shores, a flurry of videos appeared blaming electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), specifically 5G, for the virus. Conspiracy theorists claimed that Wuhan was the first Chinese city to roll out 5G in the fall of last year. Seventeen percent of passengers and crew (634 out of 3711) on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, tested positive for COVID-19. The ship was alleged to have the best and most powerful satellite-based 5G in the industry. The Life Care Center in Kirtland Washington where 35 died from COVID-19 was reportedly within the range of 5G antennae. The 33,000-square-kilometer Wi-Fi free zone known as National Radio Quiet Zone in Virginia and...

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Origins of COVID-19?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Dave's Blog | 0 comments

University of North Carolina (UNC) virologist, Dr Ralph Baric and colleagues wrote an article published November 2015 in Nature stating that his team had created a new chimera combining genetic material from the horseshoe bat spike with the mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone.  Here are parts of the article.  “Here we examine the disease potential of a SARS-like virus, SHC014-CoV, which is currently circulating in Chinese horseshoe bat populations.  Using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system, we generated and characterized a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat corona virus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-Cove backbone. The...

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Let’s not Eschew the Facts

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Dave's Blog | 0 comments

The following was published in The Union on 15 October 2019. The complexity of autism syndromes argues against easy categorizations such as “vaccines cause autism” or “vaccines don’t cause autism.” Yet the “always-safe-vaccine” meme is so entrenched in our culture that anyone who raises questions is labeled as an “anti-vaxxer.” Nothing is as simple as it seems. I understand Thomas Elias’ point in his Sept. 7 column entitled, “Violent acts only hinder anti-vaccination cause” … up to a point. In his previous April 19 column, he wrote, “Measles can kill, while vaccines never have.” That is false. Measles and vaccines can...

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The Fair: Word of the Day

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Dave's Blog | 0 comments
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Published in The Union, September 2, 2019 OK, let’s be honest. The fair was great; the weather spectacular; the cool refreshing air was a pleasant contrast to last year’s smoke-filled ambience. The food was to die for.  Job’s Daughter’s corn dogs were as outstanding as usual, especially with a smattering of mustard and ketchup. What was not to like? Nothing, except that a new word had crept into my vocabulary from some research I recently stumbled upon.  And now, dear readers, I will share that word with you. When ordering two corn dogs, being the curmudgeon that I am, I asked the saleslady if the corn they used was genetically modified (GM). She...

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From the wastewater pond to the kitchen table

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Dave's Blog | 0 comments
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This article was published 16 may 2019 in The Union. As a retired person, I find it easy these days to retreat from the concerns of the world and mindlessly watch TV. However, the other day two articles on the internet and a television ad jolted me out of my entertainment-mediated somnolence. But first, some context. In 1989, scientists discovered a soil bacterium surviving in a glyphosate-contaminated wastewater pond in Louisiana owned by a company that makes a popular weed killer. Normally, glyphosate kills plants by blocking proteins essential to plant growth. The bacterium should not have survived in the toxic brew, but it did. Long story short, scientists...

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