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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The FBI and The Anthrax Scares: Another Intelligence Failure!

The anthrax scares of 2001 and persecution of a government scientist (Steven J. Hatfill) once again show the incompetence of the Bush Regime and the FBI under this administration. The widely circulated view that this was “weapons grade” anthrax and that it had to have come from certain strains at Fort Detrick or a similar batch were nothing but spin by this Orwellian Rhetoric Machine of the Bush Administration. I stated in 2001 to a number of people and publicly that this was nonsense but to no avail…the government had all of the experts..Right!

The FBI now admits that there is NO SIGNIFICANT SIGNATURE in the anthrax that was used in the attacks in 2001. This means that all this time the FBI was going in circles (does this sound similar to the Iraq War story; is this a trend of this administration?). The chemical signature is basically a determiner through certain molecular analysis of where the anthrax came from. There were no additives to this anthrax. It was not finely powdered. It was common stuff. What this now means is that the anthrax could have come from ANYWHERE!

Furthermore, the geniuses at the FBI now admit that variations of the Ames strain of anthrax are found all over the world, especially in the Soviet Union. The FBI now says that this was just a VERY PURE STRAIN made from spores! Did I miss something in Microbiology Class? That’s what you are trained to do: to culture as pure a strain as possible! The better you are, the better your grade! ANY COMPETENT MICROBIOLOGIST IN THE WORLD COULD HAVE MADE THIS ANTHRAX AND PROBABLY A FEW INCOMPETENT ONES AS WELL!

The amount of equipment needed is not a massive laboratory but you could do it out of your basement with stuff bought at government sales or on Ebay! There are a host of considerations that are possible here and this could lead to millions of dead ends in the further investigation of these scares. It was said that when the Soviet Union crashed that there was an intelligence report or talk of hiring all the unemployed scientists in certain disciplines (especially Microbiology) to give them something to do rather than be hired by some terrorist organization or rogue state. But that idea was dumped quickly. I wonder who these people are working for and what they are doing now!

There are lessons to be learned from this but the media will never figure them out. First, we are not safe and no one can make us completely safe as long as evil can lurk in the mind of men. Second, the arrogance of this administration and FBI is part of the problem of why we are not safer than we are. These people believe that they are smarter than everyone else. They believe they are smarter than the terrorists and that no one can tell them anything that they do not already know. The sad part is that this administration has sold the American public on their record and yet their record is the opposite of what they say it is. The arrogance, incompetence and fear mongering of this administration may doom us all because somewhere in the world right now in someone’s little laboratory some rogue scientist may be concocting a special blend that the FBI, and this administration believe is impossible when it’s nothing more than elementary microbiology!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Wolf Blitzer of CNN: Environmental Dickhead of the Week

Wolf Blitzer of CNN has once again allowed the Global Warming Skeptics a stage for their rhetoric. Recently, he allowed Dr. Gray of Colorado to counter a paper by Tom Wigley and others at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It's not that Dr. Gray is not a respected scientist because he is. Gray is not a climate scientist , however. His meteorological analysis does not hold water (no pun intended). He cannot explain his convictions. His analysis is extremely limited in terms of all the data available. And he is not considered an expert on Global Warming. It's that 97 to 99% of the scientists who work on true climate research agree that man is at least partially responsible and is increasing Global Warming. So Dr. Gray and a few other scientists make up less than 3%.

Now consider this: around 15 to 18% of astronomers, astrophysicists and related scientist probably believe in UFO's (some people in academia tell me it may be higher but these people just don't want the criticisms that come with these beliefs if they were made public). If you talk to pilots you might get around 20% or more who believe in UFOs. Now when was the last time you saw these people on prime time news discussing their beliefs. These people when they do get some publicity are relegated to the SciFi Channel or a UFO show on the History Channel, and usually late at night! Yet, they make up a greater number of scientists compared to the few that are skeptical of Global Warming!

This is the same nonsense that goes on in the evolution debate. People from the Discovery Institute, and the likes of Coulter, and other lunatics get a platform to disavow evolution. The media gives them equal footing even though the courts have not! The public sees this and thus a certain percentage believes that there must be something to this (as a side note: In America more people believe in ET and UFOs than believe in Evolution).

When Ted Turner lost control of CNN it spelled the doom of this once proud news organization. Blitzer and friends are nothing more than mindless media pumps that serve garbage to the masses and try to gift wrap it and call it something else. But it's still garbage no matter how you spin it.

For this episode on Global Warming, The Enviroweb Awards

Wolf Blitzer of CNN

Environmental Dickhead of The Week

and all the honors that go with it!