Lies We’re Told, GMO Mosquitoes and AIDS

Lies We're told: GMO mosquitors and the lies we're told
Mosquito from Tasmania. This is not the one used in Florida, but part of the same species. Photo: JJ Harrison (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia.org.

In recent news, Florida state officials in the United States announced their plans to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild, sometime this year (2015). British biotech firm, Oxitec Why? To reduce the mosquito population. You see, the Franken-bugs are flying time bombs. All the ladies out there will waste their time with these studs, get pregnant with stillborn babies and greatly reduce the next generation of these tiny flies. Sounds good, right. Who doesn’t like the idea of reducing the bug population?

Mosca, in Spanish, means fly. The “-ito” ending makes it the diminutive form—tiny or little fly. Such a big fuss over such a little thing.

The company releasing them, Oxitec, says that they’re all male and that males don’t bite. While this last part is true, the other part remains one of the lies we’re told about this release. The fact remains that a small percentage of females are expected to be amongst those released. You see, sorting mosquitoes by gender is an imperfect business.

So, if one of these genetically modified mosquitoes bites you, then you will become part of the laboratory experiment. If nothing bad happens because of the GMO needle stuck in your body, no problem.

But what if there is a problem? What if the DNA that makes the mosquito babies sick also makes humans sick, or does something entirely unpredictable?

Lies We’re Told About DNA—It’s Not Simple Programming

Most people don’t realize that DNA is simply programming. But simple it is not. Instead of subroutines that can be moved around like modules in a PlayStation, DNA coding is far more complex. Turn on genes 1, 5 and 23, and you might get blue eyes, but only if 98, and 104 are also set to a specific value. Yet, you might get blue eyes with 4, 9, 17 turned on, with 99 and 118 turned to a specific value. Traits are not simple toggle switches. But what if turning on 23 without 1 and 5 makes a person more susceptible to cancer? You get the idea?

Ever since Monsanto bribed their way into GMO approval in the 90s, the world has become increasingly victimized by this Frankenstein experiment. The lies we’re told include their claim that GMOs are perfectly safe. Even the American government agency responsible for approving the release of GMOs recommended far more testing. But the FDA’s scientists were ignored by their agency bosses—executives who used to work for Monsanto. The claim of safety rings hollow, because we simply do not know. Well, actually we do. We know that they lied, because scientists are starting to find problems. Not every scientist has been bought by the corporate corruption.

Scientists have some preliminary understanding about how DNA works, but they are still infants in the complex world of genetics. If they make a big mistake, there is no reset button. The entire planet has to live with their world-changing boo-boo.

What if these new Franken-itas (female GMO mosquitoes) are more susceptible to carrying diseases? A few hundred, out of the millions of males they plan to release, could wreck havoc on the human population.

What if the altered DNA in the GMO mosquitoes causes the DNA of a virus to shift, making it more deadly than Ebola?

The problem is, we don’t know what monkeying around with DNA is going to do.

Far more testing should have been done before Monsanto released its first GMO crops into nature more than a decade ago. But corporate greed combined with government corruption gave Monsanto and other genetics companies carte blanche.

Lies We’re Told About AIDS and Mosquitoes?

Lies We're Told: Hypodermic needle
Hypodermic syringe Photo: Wellcome Trust (CC BY 4.0) via Wikimedia.org.

Several months ago, at the college where I was teaching, a health worker came to speak to the students and faculty about AIDS.

Naturally inquisitive, I asked a question that had knocked around in my head for several years: What would happen if a mosquito bites someone with AIDS? Will the disease be transferred to the next person that the same mosquito bites?

The health worker said to his audience that mosquitoes cannot transmit AIDS virus because the virus won’t survive outside of the human body. But this is a fallacy. One of the methods touted as a way to spread the virus is through shared needles from illicit drug use. What is a mosquito except a shared needle?

Though I doubt the health worker was consciously lying about the topic, I suspect I’m not the only one to think of this question and to see a problem with the pat answer.

Can mosquitoes be the shared needle that potentially spreads AIDS to everyone? Could AIDS be a genetic experiment of the US government or international corporations? Could we ever trust them to tell us the truth about it? Probably not.

Within the last few years, one Florida judge declared that it is perfectly legal for corporations to lie—and that includes the news media. Ouch!

Problem in Official Circles—Lies and More Lies We’re Told

It remains perfectly understandable that lies would be told. Billions of dollars are at stake. Sometimes a little truth is easy to sacrifice when the money made exceeds your own yearly income by a factor of a thousand or even a million.

Increasingly, scientists, politicians, bureaucrats and others have lied to save their careers, to create opportunities or to confuse or reassure the public. Don’t believe this?

A whistleblower from the CDC came out in recent months to admit that his agency lied about a link between MMR vaccinations and autism.

British Dr. Andrew Wakefield is infamous for declaring a link between MMR and autism and losing his license in England because of it. Protecting his reputation would’ve cost him over a hundred thousand dollars. But his partner in that crime had the money to fight it in court and recently won. Both of these events—the CDC whistleblower and the recent win in British courts—vindicate Wakefield and his research.

Vaccine manufacturers stand to lose a lot of money if vaccines are found to be dangerous, ineffective or both. And money buys influence—influence to change votes, to slander good men and to turn public opinion.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, the AMA has a notorious history of corruption—selling influence to the highest bidders. The problem with corruption is that it becomes difficult to tell all of the lies we’re told. When an agency or organization has long held an aura of respect, then most people remain clueless that any lies have been told.

Advertisements from the 1940s and 50s show doctors recommending one brand of cigarettes over another, implying that smoking is perfectly safe and healthy.

Back in the 50s, radiation was used with far greater recklessness, as if the dangers of radiation had not yet been fully grasped. One advertisement showed a woman putting on radioactive makeup and using the advertisers face cream only on one side. Brand X was used on the other. A Geiger counter told which cleanser did the better job.

Lies and Conspiracies

Too many people these days shrink from the word “conspiracy.” It’s as if they think conspiracies never happen or that they remain some childish fantasy. But conspiracies are dirt common. In fact, there’s likely a conspiracy starting somewhere in the world every fraction of a second, on average. This should not be surprising. People tend to be selfish, and quite often they need help to accomplish their nefarious plans.

The problem with such willful ignorance is that people become blind to the lies we’re told and think everything is okay. The knee-jerk reaction to the word “conspiracy” has just such an effect in America, where it seems to be a most popular scapegoat—a reason to ignore the lies we’re told.

In my first semester teaching at a small four-year college, locally, I discovered twelve separate conspiracies to cheat on exams or quizzes. Ouch! That’s only one small college in the Philippines. An NBC study in America several years ago found that nearly two-thirds of American college students admitted to cheating on exams. Many of those instances involved more than one person. That’s right—conspiracy! From merely American college academia alone, this amounts to one conspiracy every second, on average. Add in all of the other colleges in the world, high schools, grade schools (kindergartens, too?), murders, bank robberies, petty thefts, gang rapes, banking scandals, corporate fraud, scientific fraud, government corruption and more, you have perhaps thousands of new conspiracies starting every second—throughout the year, every year, forever and ever.

So, get real. Conspiracies are so common it’s laughable how people shy away from the topic. Are they hiding from their own crimes? Or are they merely naive or gullible? Who knows!

The Lies We’re Told About GMOs

Lies We're Told: Patrick Moore and the lies we're told by corporate reps like him.
Patrick Moore, environmentalist. The lies we’re told by corporate reps like him remain an unknown quantity. Photo: Friends of Europe (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia.org.

The entire topic of GMOs is fraught with corporate greed, bullying tactics, subterfuge, stealth and clandestine activities worthy of a James Bond novel.

Several weeks ago, I saw a French interview with Patrick Moore—one of the original co-founders of Greenpeace. Because of that interview, I have lost all respect for the guy. He made a big deal about how Monsanto’s glyphosate is perfectly safe to drink. But when the interviewer offered to give him some, Moore said, “Sure, but I’m not stupid.” Then he refused to back up his statement with a demonstration of faith in the safety of the product. This was a public relations fiasco for Monsanto and Moore. It only showed to what lengths people will go to lie about a product which potentially could kill millions of people and which could destroy the ecological stability of the planet. Pure selfishness—pure evil.

In 1997, Tyrone Hayes was paid to do some research by Syngenta (then called Novartis)—a biotech firm now considering a merger with Monsanto. They wanted Hayes, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, to test their herbicide, atrazine. Their goal was to prove atrazine perfectly safe to the environment. Hayes failed at this task. His research proved atrazine to be extremely toxic and to create damaging side effects in several species of frogs.

Over the next several years, Hayes reported to friends that Syngenta had been harassing him, but few people believed him. They thought he had become paranoid. But it’s not paranoia if the harassment is true. In 2005, a class-action suit against Syngenta revealed corporate emails that proved the company had been plotting against Hayes and several other scientists whose research disagreed with the corporation’s bottom line.

A number of researchers claimed that Hayes research was flawed and that they could not replicate his findings. Other researchers claim that Hayes research is perfect and that they can replicate his findings easily. Who is telling the truth? Who is being paid by the corporations to lie?

This world is not a level playing field. Perhaps it never has been. People can be bought. Corporations remain entirely selfish and self-concerned to an extreme. National leaders have been killed because they wanted to kick out the corporations that were “raping” their countries.

I’m all for business and progress, but only if it remains honorable. Temptation makes honor seem an impossibility.

Solutions to the Lies We’re Told?

Lies We're Told: Albert Einstein playing violin.
Albert Einstein playing violin. His wisdom tells us that the lies we’re told are not part of the solution. Photo: E. O. Hoppe, for Life magazine (PD) via Wikimedia.org.

Are there any solutions to all this madness? First suggestion: pray! But not out of fear, because that won’t work any more than hyperventilating. Real prayer combines perfect confidence, utter humility, 100% responsibility and unconditional love. Yes, this includes love for the perpetrators, too.

Like Einstein once said, “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels” (New York Times, May 25, 1946). To paraphrase his statement—You can’t solve a problem by using the same approach that created the problem.

All of the problems we have in the world—every single form of evil—came from self-concern (another name for ego or selfishness).

We cannot solve evil by becoming evil. Jesus said not to resist evil. The reason why should be obvious. Resisting evil is another form of evil. Why? Because it remains self-concerned—the source of all evil.

Don’t give up. That’s evil, too. Suggestions?

This article was originally published 2015:0714 on RodMartinJr.com.


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