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This Sinkhole is how 'the amerikan media" should end, in a pool of raw sewage with its anchor-personnel dead and floating in the debris, like the driftwood that they were in life.

The disconnect between what is called "news" and what is broadcast, is so great that it is no longer even laughable.

The stench coming from these criminal enterprises is creating a huge hole beneath this society, and at the moment it has become large enough to swallow Washington D.C. - so it ought to be large enough to also consume the entire charade of the current players within that circus called "the media," as well! Write and call your local stations and ask those morons why they are NOT reporting those parts of life, right now, that might well result in WWIII? On second thought - don't ask them - DEMAND that they cover these stories, in detail, and at the top of every news cast!

• Mark down this date, 12.19.03

Monsanto has experienced a big problem with their genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. They've issued a press release indicating that Poslilac (rbGH, rbST) will be experiencing restricted deliveries and only limited supplies will be available to farmers.

In an embargoed press release (Monsanto would not allow this information to be released until noon (CST) of December 19, 2003), Monsanto wrote regarding their manufacturing facility

I called FDA on Friday afternoon, but nobody is talking.

I spoke with the Commissioner's office.

I left messages for Dr. Steven Sundlov, director of FDA's investigative branch, Center for Veterinary Medicine.

I spoke with Linda Tollifson's office. Linda actually runs things at CVM. Down the chain of command went my phone calls. I spoke to Lynn Post, who said: "
We knew there's a problem. We don't know the details. We don't have all the information at this time."

Spoken like a politician. Thanks to all the zippermouths who seem
more interested in protecting Monsanto than the American people, who continue to drink genetically enginered milk.

In a startling turnaround, breast cancer rates in the United States dropped dramatically in 2003, and experts said they believe it is because many women stopped taking hormone pills.

The 7.2 percent decline came a year after a big federal study linked hormone replacement therapy used at menopause to a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease and other problems. Within months, millions of women stopped taking estrogen and progestin pills.

About 200,000 cases of breast cancer had been expected in 2003; the drop means that about 14,000 fewer women actually were diagnosed with the disease in 2003 than in 2002.
It is the largest single drop in breast cancer incidence within a single year I am aware of,” said Dr. Peter Ravdin, a research professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where the analysis was conducted.

Something went right in 2003, and it seems that it was the decrease in the use of hormone therapy, but from the data we used we can only indirectly infer that is the case,” he said in a statement.

Blowing smoke up your butt ?
•THE FULL SPIN ZONE•

THE TIDE HAS TURNED IN THE NATION'S BATTLE AGAINST CANCER
FOX News
1.17.07

Experts are attributing the success to declines in smoking and to earlier detection and more effective treatment of tumors. Those have caused a fall in the death rates for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer....

Monsanto's first product was the artificial sweetener, saccharin, which it sold to the Coca-Cola Company. It also introduced caffeine and vanillin to Coca Cola, and became one of that company's main suppliers.

In 1919, Monsanto established its presence in Europe by entering into a partnership with Graesser's Chemical Works at Cefn Mawr in Ruabon, Wales to produce vanillin, salicylic acid,(widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone - best known as a compound that is chemically similar but not identical to the active component of aspirin) aspirin and later rubber

In the 1940s, it became a leading manufacturer of plastics, including polystyrene, and synthetic fibers. Since then, it remained one of the top 10 US chemical companies. Other
major products have included dioxin (in the herbicides 2,4,5-T and Agent Orange), aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine somatotropin (bovine growth hormone; BST), and PCBs.

In the 1940s,
Monsanto operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear weapons.

In 1947, an accidental explosion of
ammonium nitrate fertilizer loaded on the French ship S.S. Grandcamp was responsible for the Texas City Disaster in Galveston Bay. The explosion destroyed an adjacent Monsanto styrene manufacturing plant, along with much of the port. It is considered the largest industrial accident in US history, with the highest death toll.

In 1954,
Monsanto partnered with German chemical giant Bayer to form Mobay and market polyurethanes in the US.

In the 1960s and 1970s,
Monsanto is the leading producer of Agent Orange for US Military operations in Vietnam

1997: Monsanto spins off its industrial chemical and fiber divisions into Solutia. This
offloads the financial liability related to the PCB production and dumping of PCB's in the Illinois and Alabama plants.

1999: Monsanto auctioned off Nutrasweet Co. with two other companies.

In 1999, Monsanto sold their phenylalanine (is an essential alpha-amino acid. It exists in two forms, a D and an L form, which are enantiomers - mirror-image molecules) facilities to Great Lakes Chemical

2000: Monsanto merges with
Pharmacia and Upjohn. Later in the year, Pharmacia forms a new subsidiary, also named Monsanto, for the agricultural divisions, and retains the medical research divisions, which includes products such as Celebrex.

Inventor Gil Levin has patented a natural sugar that doesn't add calories or decay teeth -- an innovation that grew out of his earlier experiments on Mars

Gilbert V. Levin tosses a piece of candy across his desk. Wrapped in gold foil, the confection is a nugget of chocolate, dark and sweet. The sugar that sweetens it came not from cane or sugar beets but from a dairy byproduct: whey. That's not all that's distinctive about it. Unlike ordinary sugar, it will not further bulge a bulging waistline. Nor will it decay teeth. It strengthens beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal track. Diabetics can eat it; not only will it do no harm, but if early clinical studies are borne out, it may actually alleviate symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Unlike non-nutritive sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamates, or saccharin, it occurs naturally, in minute quantities, in yogurt, soy products, even breast milk. Cooks can bake with it and use it to caramelize.

It's called D-tagatose, and the only thing you can't do with it that you can do with sugar is buy some in a grocery store. Gil Levin hopes to rectify that by next summer. The company he founded in 1967, Spherix, holds patents on D tagatose. You'd think that a corporation with a patented natural sugar that doesn't harm the body would need massive vaults to store its profits, or at least would be trading at a premium on the New York Stock Exchange in anticipation of riches. Spherix, however, has never been hugely profitable and has struggled for more than a decade to put D-tagatose on store shelves.


1976 VIKING MARS LANDERS FOUND LIVING MICROORGANISMS IN THE PLANET'S RED SOIL.

Levin’s work with
sugar and his experiments on Mars are intertwined, and that story begins in 1952. Four years out of Hopkins and working as a public health engineer for the District of Columbia, Levin was fooling around with a better way to detect microorganisms. The standard method was to immerse a test sample in a nutrient broth that would culture any present microorganisms. The metabolic processes of those microorganisms would produce bubbles of carbon dioxide. Spot the bubbles, and you'd spotted the microorganisms. Levin thought the process was too slow. "Why wait to see bubbles?" he says. "If the carbon dioxide were radioactive, we could detect it much sooner." Levin reasoned that if he put carbon-14 (14C) in the nutrient broth, microorganisms would respire carbon dioxide labeled with radioactivity, detectable by a Geiger counter well before the first appearance of bubbles.

..years later, Levin's wife, Karen, who was then a reporter for Newsweek and later became a vice president of Biospherics, took him to a Christmas party. Over martinis, he met NASA administrator Keith Glennan and asked him if the agency was interested in searching for life on Mars. Glennan replied that NASA had just hired Clark Randt, an MD, to direct its new biology division. Levin contacted Randt and proposed equipping a Mars landing craft with an experiment that would test Martian soil with a 14C nutrient broth that could detect any microorganisms that were based on water and carbon. NASA liked the idea and began funding development of the experiment and necessary instruments.

Again, Levin needed patience. It would be 16 years before Viking I landed on Mars, on July 20, 1976. Viking II followed on September 3. Both carried a "labeled-release" or "LR" experiment designed by Levin and Biospherics. Each Viking used a robotic shovel to scoop the Martian dirt. The dirt was dumped into a box, from which .5 cubic centimeters were directed to one of a quartet of incubation chambers mounted on a carousel. The lander then sealed the chamber, enclosing the soil and trapping a sample of Martian atmosphere. For 24 hours, a radiation detector monitored the captured air sample to establish a baseline radiation level. Then the liquid nutrient (a soup of sodium formate, calcium glycolate, glycine, D-alanine, L-alanine, sodium D lactate, and sodium L-lactate, each labeled with 14C) was injected into the soil, and for eight days the radiation level of the tiny amount of air trapped in the cells was measured every four minutes for the first two hours, every 16 minutes thereafter, for eight days. Then a second injection of nutrient was followed by eight more days of monitoring. At the completion of the cycle, the chamber would be purged, the carousel would rotate, and the experiment repeated using a fresh chamber.

Were there microorganisms in Martian soil, living according to the same biochemical rules as life on Earth, they would intake 14C from the broth and respire radioactivity into the air trapped inside the incubation chambers. If radioactive gas evolved, a duplicate soil sample would be placed in a fresh chamber, heated sufficiently to kill any microorganisms, then injected with more radioactive nutrients. If no radioactive gas evolved from the heated sample, that would confirm that the first response had been from living microorganisms. Sure enough, Viking's instruments detected radioactive gas coming from the nutrient-dosed samples; (for the heated soil, the instruments detected no radiation)....

Levin says, "My experiment satisfied all requirements for detecting microorganisms on Mars." But NASA had contradictory data from a second experiment on the landers, a molecular analysis that tested Martian soil samples with a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) that failed to detect any organic compounds. No organic compounds meant no life, at least no life as it's known on Earth. Eventually the agency concluded that Levin's experiments had not found microorganisms, but had been fooled, perhaps by something exotic in Martian soil chemistry that created a false positive.

Levin never bought the idea that chemistry could account for the change in data when the soil samples were heated; to his mind, only biology could explain that. But he and Straat exercised caution in the journal BioSystems, where they wrote, "The Viking Labeled Release
Experiment has produced evidence for life on Mars. However, non-terrestrial soil chemistry may be mimicking a biological response. All hypotheses require further study before a conclusion can be reached."
Privately, though, Levin felt that he'd found living microorganisms. He saw something more besides contradictory data behind NASA's reluctance to endorse his results: "With a small company, your results are not taken as seriously as if you were a large company or university. My experiment was produced by Biospherics. The GC-MS experiment [that failed to detect organic matter] was produced by MIT."

When Levin was thinking about his Mars lander experiment back in the 1960s, he was mindful that ever since Louis Pasteur, scientists have known that various molecules can be described as "left-handed" or "right-handed." Stereoisomers -- left- or right-handed versions of the same molecule -- contain identical constituent elements, behave the same chemically, yet exhibit different properties in biological reactions because of their mirror image structures. A common case is the molecule limonene. Limonene exists in the peel of both oranges and lemons. But in oranges, it's left-handed and makes grated orange peel smell like an orange. The right-handed limonene found in lemons is made of the same atoms, but smells like lemons because of its different structure. Mint and caraway both contain carvone, but caraway carvone is right-handed and mint carvone is left-handed. So caraway smells like caraway and mint like mint.

Levin knew that as
life evolved on Earth, it evolved to use only right-handed carbohydrates and left-handed amino acids. What if Martian life were the opposite?

Have you ever wondered why it is possible to wear either one of a pair of socks on one foot, yet only one of a pair of shoes will fit on that foot? The reason for this is that your feet and shoes are chiral objects, whereas socks are achiral. A chiral object is one that is not super-imposable on its mirror image; the word chiral is from the Greek 'cheir' meaning 'hand' because, like your feet and shoes, you cannot superimpose your left hand on your right hand.

Chirality is of great importance in chemistry and biology. In everyday life you experience chirality, from smell and taste to the effects of drugs. Some fascinating examples are limonene (an oil found in citrus fruits), where the right-handed form smells of oranges whilst the left-handed form smells of lemons; aspartame (an artificial sweetener) has only one form that is sweet to the taste, the others being bitter; and L-DOPA (the drug used for treatment of Parkinson's disease) is left-handed only - the right-handed form has no therapeutic benefit. In fact, the amino acids found in essentially all living things on Earth are homochiral (all the same hand) and there is great speculation as to the origin of this homochirality. It is even possible that somewhere in the universe there is a mirror-image Earth!

Mass spectrometry and X-ray diffraction may have helped uncoil one of the most intriguing questions in biology - why is life handed? Results from an international collaboration have revealed differences between the way enantiomers of peptides pack in crystals that could help explain the origins of life's handedness - why most living things use left-handed amino acids and why the double helix of DNA generally corkscrews in one direction.

But, where does this bias originate?

There have been all kinds of theories from radioactive beta decay and the underlying physics of symmetry breaking, synchrotron radiation from exploding stars, and simple off the cuff arguments about asymmetric reaction kinetics.

The most seemingly
plausible explanation simply suggests that a bias was somehow introduced during the primordial reactions from which life emerged...


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