Daily Archives: March 11, 2009

Seasonal Flu Samples Shipped To Vaccine Manufacturer Were Contaminated With Live Avian Flu Virus (Bird Flu Virus)

Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus

By Helen Branswell, THE CANADIAN PRESS

The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

“At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present,” medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark.

“But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau.”

The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.

The contamination incident, which is being investigated by the four European countries, came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn’t die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses…

… read the full article at the Sun Newspaper (Link Here)

The Cutting Edge Of Biotechnology & Memories Of 1945: Remembering J. Robert Oppenheimer – Father of the Atom Bomb

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Oppenheimer

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was the man named “Father of the Atomic bomb”. Although the creation of that weapon was a group enterprise Mr. Oppenheimer is the one man who most often receives credit or blame.

In another life I read a book (the title long forgotten) that claimed that Mr. Oppenheimer and his friends were “very sure, almost 100 percent sure” that setting off the first atom bomb would not cause an unstoppable nuclear chain reaction that would destroy the entire earth and perhaps the universe itself.

“ALMOST 100 percent sure”

Almost.

And yet they set off that first bomb.

Flash forward sixty-four years and we have thousands of scientists around the world who continue to play with death and reconstruct and deconstruct nature with only the faintest conception of what they might be getting into.

The article above about the Avian Flu that almost made it into vaccine (!) took me to a few other bits and pieces that I offer here. Both videos are worth your time. Both will make you think…

MSNBC Report: Bayer knew they had a vaccine that was contaminated with HIV (AIDS virus), so they withdrew it from the USA and rather than destroy it, they sent it for use in other countries – primarily in Europe. (Video: Bayer Exposed – HIV Contaminated Vaccine)

Biological Warfare History: 1969 Congressional Record showing US funding for development of “synthetic biological agents for germ warfare” – confrontation on video with Dr. Robert Gallo. (Video: Dr. Robert Gallo: The Man That Created AIDS)

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Barbados Politics: Esther, How Tough Can It Be?

Election Day... and One Year Later (!)

Election Day... and One Year Later (!)

Barbados Government Minister Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo – January 2008 & February 2009

Photos courtesy of the DLP and the CBC (link here)

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