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Rat memory implants, vaccines, and uncontacted Amazonians

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June 24, 2011

From Douglas Main:

We have explored most every nook and cranny of the earth, but hidden in a remote part of the Amazon jungle, there are still some people who haven’t had contact with the rest of humanity.

Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Texas Republican Ron Paul have introduced the first bill to remove marijuana from the list of federally prohibited substances and cede control to the states. Although it has almost no hope of passing, we can hope.

Carl Zimmer describes the most poisonous animal in the United States, the rough-skinned newt, and how it got to be that way: run-away evolutionary competition with resistant foes.


From Katie Palmer:

Statistics can be awesome, but they can also be used in duplicitous ways. Case in point: this data wrangling by a physician/epidemiologist team, showing a 35 percent increase in infant mortality on the West coast of the U.S. after the nuclear disaster in Japan. Michael Moyer at Scientific American takes them down a few notches.

In a remarkable study, neuroscientists recorded the brain signals involved in encoding a task memory in rats–and then, having given the rats a memory-blocking drug, were able to make them “remember” the task by stimulating their hippocampus with that same sequence of signals. Though a long way from consolidating and enhancing human memories, it’s a fascinating first step toward “memory prostheses.”

An interesting tangent in the ongoing saga surrounding low vaccination rates: Seth Mnookin, while at the Pacific Health Summit, blogs that while France is undergoing a major measles epidemic, Ghana hasn’t seen a single case since 2002.


From Sabrina Richards:

Research on rats is providing clues at how we might “implant” procedural memories into the brain. A little space-agey, to be sure.

Scratch & Sniff Silly Putty? Not quite, but scientists have figured out how to employ Silly Putty’s unique chemical structure to sidle toward the next step in the virtual reality experience: changing scents.

Humanity 1, HIV 0? Not Rocket Science has a lovely post explaining how scientists might be able to make an end-run around HIV’s devious ways.


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Soleilmavis says:

The development of mind control weapons had a long history.
Nazi researchers used concentration camp inmates to test a cocaine-based “wonder drug” they hoped would enhance the performance of German troops.
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There were plenty evidences proving that Mk-ultra (America’s Central Intelligence Agency brainwashing project) existed.
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Even government still covered Electronic Chips “implant”, Nano technologies “implant” mind control weapons, many researchers had developed implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement or even alters emotion, thought.
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In 2002, the Air Force Research Laboratory patented precisely such a technology: Nonleghal weapon which includes (1) a neuro-electromagnetic device which uses microwave transmission of sound into the skull of persons or animals by way of pulse-modulated microwave radiation; and (2) a silent sound device which can transmit sound into the skull of person or animals. NOTE: The sound modulation may be voice or audio subliminal messages. One application of Voice to Skull is use as an electronic scarecrow to frighten birds in the vicinity of airports. Many mind control victims also have claimed to be harassed by Voice to Skull technologies.
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It is possible to read someone’s mind by remotely measuring their brain activity, researchers have shown. The technique can even extract information from subjects that they are not aware of themselves.
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Microwave mind control weapons and Electromagnetic mind control weapons combine with high technology such as satellite; it is hard for victims to find evidences. Some articles had started to report that government developed electromagnetic mind control weapons.
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Patents were also the proving of well development of Mind Control technologies. ( )

I wish to file my lawsuits to against government who covered such horrible mind control weapons (and Directed Energy Weapons) abuses and tortures.
Some lawsuits filed by Soleilmavis

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