Science, Technology and Fancy Ways to Kill People

Pentagon explores human ‘fear chemicals’; scare sensors, ‘contagious’ stress in the works – Wired 1/18/08

Deadly form of MRSA emerges – BBC 1/15/08

USDA recommends keeping cloned meat off the market – Washington Post 1/16/08

“Yet even as the two agencies sought a unified message — that food from clones is safe for people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations — evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already eating meat from the offspring of clones.”

Animal-human embryo research approved – Times, UK 1/18/08

Military use of unmanned aircraft soars – AP/Yahoo 1/1/08

Architects aren’t ready for an urbanized planet – Int’l Herald Tribune 8/20/07

Pentagon’s New Drug Weapons – Wired 8/21/07

Top Ten TransHumanist Technologies – LifeBoat

EXCERPT: “Transhumanists advocate the improvement of human capacities through advanced technology. Not just technology as in gadgets you get from Best Buy, but technology in the grander sense of strategies for eliminating disease, providing cheap but high-quality products to the world’s poorest, improving quality of life and social interconnectedness, and so on. Technology we don’t notice because it’s blended in with the fabric of the world, but would immediately take note of its absence if it became unavailable. (Ever tried to travel to another country on foot?) Technology needn’t be expensive — indeed, if a technology is truly effective it will pay for itself many times over. Transhumanists tend to take a longer-than-average view of technological progress, looking not just five or ten years into the future but twenty years, thirty years, and beyond. We realize that the longer you look forward, the more uncertain the predictions get, but one thing is quite certain: if a technology is physically possible and obviously useful, human (or transhuman!) ingenuity will see to it that it gets built eventually. As we gain ever greater control over the atomic structure of matter, our technological goals become increasingly ambitious, and their payoffs more and more generous. Sometimes new technologies even make us happier in a long-lasting way: the Internet would be a prime example. In the following list I take a look at what I consider the top ten transhumanist technologies.”

The Taser is Going Wireless – Toronto Star 12/2/07

EXCERPT: “Until now, the electric-shock gun consisted of two barbed darts attached to wires that shoot out and strike the victim, immobilizing the person with 50,000 volts of electricity, causing severe pain and intense muscle contraction. But the wires could only extend a few metres. With the new “extended range electronic projectile,” or XREP, the Taser has been turned into a kind of self-contained shotgun shell and can be fired, wire-free, from a standard shotgun, which police typically have in their arsenal already. The first electrode hooks on to the target, the second electrode falls and makes contact elsewhere on the body, completing the circuit and activating the shock. It can blast someone as far as 30 metres away, and, unlike the current stun guns, whose shock lasts five seconds, the XREP lasts 20 seconds, enough time to “take the offender into custody without risking injury to officers.”



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I am surprised to note only two cases of the new form of the USA300 strain of the bug have been recorded in the UK, though we have one of the highest population of HA-MRSA residing in UK. CA-MRSA (community acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is not usually contracted in hospitals, and is some 10 times more virulent than HA-MRSA.

USA300 is a strain of CA-MRSA, which is linked to Gay people. These bacteria are 13% more prevalent in gay men and likely to be higher in immuno-suppressed people (patients on steroid and other immunosuppressive treatment).

The new strain of CA-MRSA is resistant to treatment known antibiotics. It causes large boils on the skin, and in severe cases can lead to fatal blood poisoning or necrotising pneumonia, which eats away at the lungs, produce blood cots, bleeding, shock and even kills white blood cells.

Professor Mark Enright, Britain’s leading authority on MRSA, must think twice before making statements like “It’s quite surprising that the figures are so high and goes on to say the main reservoir for this infection is gay men, drug users”.

This is a “BACTERIA and NOT A VIRUS”. BBC must take care not publish information that can be misleading because public will associate virus infections to cold / flu virus which gets better on its own. They may not seek help from hospital or visit their doctors early.

Highlighting sexual partner’s and infection is not correct because these bacteria can be transferred from person to person on casual contact and even shaking hands. We must make sure the correct message is provided to both public and healthcare professionals.

In UK, the number of people infected is likely to be very high if the DH starts screening health people and children.

“Your eyes don’t see what your mind does not think”

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