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Ideas for CANZUK from an American who's interested in World History/Culture and Geography.
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Legislative capital: Vancouver (most popular Canadian city for a CANZUK capital on this sub).
Judicial capital: Sydney, or some other large Australian city. I chose it because it's between Melbourne and Brisbane, and the Opera House would make a good establishing shot for news stories when decisions from the CANZUK judiciary happen.
Organizational capitals (cities where various organizations operating under CANZUK would be headquartered): Edinburgh, Auckland (since they aren't the capitals of the U.K and New Zealand, fitting the pattern with the other ones).
Prioritize new organizations to be headquartered in other countries if they join.
Similar to the E.U: Have a CANZUK capital of culture
that rotates between each of the countries on a regular basis (if there's 4 countries, each country gets it every 4 years). These could organize pan-CANZUK events and help improve the host city like has happened in Europe.
Canzuk Broadcasting Network (CBN):
Public broadcasting channel that will be carried online and as a digital subchannel of respective public broadcasters (If CBC or ABC or BBC is channel 5, it would be 5.2).
Newscast that has subtitles in French and Maori. Filmed in each of the countries and rotates daily which country it's filmed in.
Would air programming from the three other countries (a New Zealand affiliate would get programming from Canada, Australia and the U.K, but not New Zealand.)
News radio station (CBN radio 1), music radio station with music from 3 other countries (CBN radio 2).
Free trade idea:
Trilingual packaging in English, French and Maori.
Something similar to Canada's heritage minute PSAs that captures certain pan-commonwealth, and country-distinct traditions, values, and history. Tradition examples:
- Christmas Crackers.
- Electric Kettles.
- French Canadian Réveillon.
- Maori Haka.
- Foods of CANZUK (Canadian Nanaimo Bars, Australian/New Zealand Pavlova Rivalry, U.K's Takeaway, French Canadian Poutine, Maori Boil Up, others)
- Westminster parliamentary system and unique facets. (question period, governor generals)
- Changing of the guard. (how and when it happens in the other countries)
- High Commissions vs. Embassies.
- Why the U.S, despite also being English speaking, isn't similar to CANZUK. (Lack of shared history and government structure, lack of Social Safety Net, Firearm Mentality, Religious Fundamentalism, denial of science and Homophobia)
- ANZAC day.
- Louis Riel.
- Creation of the Commonwealth.
- Great Fire of London.
- One explaining how the States of Australia, Provinces of Canada, Territories of Canada and Australia, Countries of the U.K, and unitary government of New Zealand developed.
The creation of an exchange program where students can live in another CANZUK country (modeled off of Canada's Explore program and the E.U's Erasmus program.)
(Name idea taken from the saying that "the sun never sets on the British Empire", with the "rise" part symbolizing something that rises above the faults of the past and replaces them with positive things.).
Aim to eschew tradition delibrately:
Coming from a country where politicians take pride in not knowing how to use computers, and cultural norms are rigid; CANZUK should embrace how time changes things.
Whether that's the head of CANZUK unveiling a spotify playlist
like how Canadian PM Trudeau did,
or CANZUK offering grants to people in its countries to create mature adult animation
since it's currently the fastest growing category of animated material.
or CANZUK helping to lay the groundwork for its members to succeed when the time comes in future economic industries like Asteroid Mining.
A CANZUK youth council:
Canada has the Prime Minister's Youth Council
, so there should be a CANZUK one that aims to keep the government out of the "fellow kids
" mentality that politicians (at least in the U.S) very often fall into. Adults don't know what's cool, and a CANZUK youth council could help to make things that younger people in CANZUK see as cool. That could also help with the above point of eschewing tradition.
Those (especially in the UK/Aus./India/Canada/US) who thought Zhang suggesting to his peers to produce counterfeit thermometers to Americans was a joke, more news for you: contaminated test kits which Luxembourg-based Eurofins responsibly warned UK labs need “proper cleaning” are sourced from China.
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- Eurofins meant to launch its COVID-19 antibody test kits not only to be used by governments, health authorities, and its own testing labs around the world, but also various industries and consumers.
Mar 27: Bloomberg
shared news from Business Wire
that Eurofins Technologies
, a fast-growing provider of diagnostic technologies in the field of immunoassays and molecular detection methods, has launched GeneScan VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR
, an integrated solution including RNA extraction and test kits based on real-time RT-PCR (Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in swabs of environmental surfaces
Recently published studies suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable on different surfaces for up to 72 hours. The comprehensive VIRSeek suite of test kits and workflows provides customers with fast tests to broadly screen for the presence of SARS-CoV-2
, as well as verification of results with an independent test. This will enable organisations in diverse industries, as well as in healthcare, transport and many other environments to help test, determine, monitor and eventually strengthen the effectiveness of sanitation measures put in place
, ultimately contributing to increased health and safety in these respective environments.
“We are pleased to provide companies and health authorities with options to test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in their environments and believe that this solution can potentially play an important role in the documented effectiveness of sanitation procedures and hygiene monitoring. It is planned that this kit will also be used by hundreds of Eurofins testing laboratories around the world to offer fast turnaround testing services to support their clients’ needs wherever necessary.
” commented Dr. Gilles Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Eurofins Scientific.
- Eurofins' investor relations press release reported that its 4 food testing labs in China (1 in Hong Kong) developed the test kits to help resume production there. While ensuring its supply chain runs smoothly, they were finalizing their test kits and sourcing commercially available ones for health authorities.
Mar 4: Business Wire
published Eurofins’ press release on its strong growth in 2019
. With only lightly over 3% of its revenues derived from China
, South Korea and Italy Eurofins revenues have so far not been meaningfully affected by the SARS 2-CoV crisis. Eurofins’ food testing laboratories in China have already developed testing methods for SARS 2-CoV to help manufacturers resume their business activities. After a very slow February, our Chinese food testing laboratories are seeing a significant pick-up of activity this month.
Most of Eurofins’ laboratories operate in resilient non-cyclical healthcare-related areas, which have historically been less affected by economic crises.
Like any company, Eurofins’ laboratories are updating their business continuity plans to attempt to mitigate potential supply chain or other interferences to operations. Until last weekend, in countries where Eurofins operates human clinical pathology laboratories, tests for SARS 2-CoV were generally only carried out by public health laboratories. Testing is now increasingly being opened to highly qualified independent high complexity molecular testing laboratories. Eurofins laboratories are finalising the development of their own tests and sourcing some commercially available ones to support health authorities testing needs for the hopefully unlikely case the epidemy were to expand much more broadly. Eurofins Diatherix
is also working to integrate SARS 2-CoV in its broad respiratory syndromic panels detecting 32 viruses and bacteria to help healthcare practitioners identify other pathogens causing similar symptoms. Eurofins Technologies is also working to add CoV to its range of virus testing kits for both laboratories and for on-site use by the industry should this become a question in certain environmental or food samples.
- Eurofins is working with PharmaResources in Shanghai to speed up their clients' drug development.
Feb 3: PR newswire
published a release
from Eurofins Discovery to announce a commercial cooperation with PharmaResources, a leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) based in Shanghai, China, specializing in small molecule drug R&D and manufacture
to provide PharmaResources' customers with expedited access to Eurofins Discovery's pharmacology and ADMET portfolio to accelerate their client's drug discovery timelines.
PharmaResources' 300 chemists and 30+ drug discovery programs will be able to provide their customers with in vitro pharmacology and ADME assessments, which enables earlier and faster access to safety and efficacy data through a single integrated platform. The cooperation improves R&D efficiency as medicinal chemists at PharmaResources will have rapid access to pharmacology and ADMET data through this cooperation with Eurofins Discovery.
- Eurofins Central Laboratory expanded its facility in Shanghai to meet new enforcement standards in China and cater to the world's second-largest pharmaceutical market behind the U.S.
Feb 26: Eurofins Central Laboratory, a member of Eurofins BioPharma Services, blogged the expansion of its facility in Shanghai, China in its ongoing commitment to adapt to emerging trends in the pharmaceutical industry.
Since 2015, the China National Drug Administration
(CNDA) has increased its focus on quality driven laboratory data, revising regulations, and creating new enforcement standards. In 2017, China became the world's second-largest national pharmaceutical market
, due to its aging population and rising medical needs. In light of these events, companies have engaged international central lab providers, like Eurofins, to ensure quality data is produced to global standards.
Eurofins Central Laboratory continuously monitors both data quality and laboratory operations in its Shanghai, China, facility in accordance with GCP, GLP, CAP and NGSP Level 1 accreditations. This focused effort on quality operations is reflected with the Shanghai location having successful CNDA inspections twice, with no major findings, in the last three years.
- The UK government is under fire for testing far and between, but that is partly because Eurofins needs extra time to disinfect the testing kits found contaminated before shipping.
Mar 31: Metro
) reported the UK Government claims there is currently a capacity to carry out 11,000 tests a day, while the aim is to carry out 25,000 tests per day by mid-April. Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 3.5 million antibody tests have been ordered, while Britain has been sourcing kits from private companies to help meet demand
But according to the Daily Telegraph
, it was discovered that key components ordered from Eurofins, a company based in Luxembourg, had been contaminated with Covid-19. The report claims that Eurofins has warned laboratories in the UK that a delivery of parts referred to as ‘probes and primers’ had been contaminated. Eurofins said that the issue can be resolved by ‘proper cleaning’ but admitted the discovery would result in a delay.
- Aside from Eurofins, the NHS bought one million test kits from AllTest, which are currently held up, and two million from Wondfo, due to arrive from China next week. Despite Public Health England hasn't expedited assessments of these tests for no reason, its officials are reportedly very apprehensive. NHS spent millions without approval from PHE or the government regulatory agency, so it remains unclear whether the tests will be distributed to the frontline.
Note that COVID-19 test kits by AllTest are already approved in Australia and India, and is awaiting approval in Canada.
Unapproved Chinese rapid self-testing kits (59 AUD
each) are sold on WeChat in Australia to consumers, GP clinics, and pharmacies
, according to ABC News
). They are sold along with surgical masks, KF94
respiratory protective masks and disinfectant sprays, even after a China's Ministry of Commerce statement
requiring Chinese certification and proof of meeting the importing nation's quality standards for exports from Apr 1.
Apr 1: ITV News
uncovered another troubling potential roadblock to increasing the volume of tests in the UK
. Under two weeks ago, the UK Government paid several million pounds to purchase two million "rapid lateral flow diagnostic test" kits from China - with one million coming from a company called Wondfo and one million from AllTest (also approved for inclusion on the Australian Register Therapeutic Goods on Mar 23 and approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Mar 29; applied to seek Health Canada’s approval for sale/import on Mar 17)
Both of these tests have EU approval for use by medical practitioners. They can be deployed and used in hospitals in the UK right now. Of these tests kits, one million - the ones made by Wondfo, which also have Chinese FDA approval - are scheduled to arrive in the UK in the coming week
. At another juncture it will be explained why the AllTest ones are being held up - it is a slightly sorry saga
. Public Health England
(PHE) has had the opportunity to assess whether these tests work for the best part of a fortnight. And for reasons that are extremely unclear, it has not expedited that assessment
. In fact, there have been reports of PHE officials being startlingly negative about the usefulness of these tests, even though the Government owns them and they have not been vetted here
As mentioned earlier, these tests have not been bought subject to approval by PHE or by the Medicines and Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency
. The Government paid ready cash for them. They belong to the NHS. Which presumably means someone thinks they are useful and can work. So the biggest question of all is whether they will be distributed to the frontline, to hospitals, within the coming few days?
- Delta Air Lines are resuming their flights today between Detroit and Shanghai to ship PPE and other medical supplies 49 tons at a time, three times a week - to be transferred to domestic flights for forwarding to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. within hours.
Apr 1: China News Service
reported U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it would restart regularly scheduled operations from China with cargo-only flights between Shanghai and Detroit, Michigan. The first flight left Monday from Detroit. It is scheduled to return with medical supplies April 2.
"We know getting surgical masks, gloves, gowns and other protective equipment expeditiously to facilities across the country is imperative to protecting medical professionals and helping address the COVID-19 situation
," said Shawn Cole, vice-president at Delta Cargo
With so many U.S. passenger flights suspended, China-based suppliers of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) who have recently restarted production have been looking for shipping alternatives. The new cargo flights between China and the U.S. will help keep vital supply lines open. The flights will operate three times a week using a fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900, which can carry 49 tons of cargo. Once the cargo arrives in Detroit, it can be transferred to domestic flights for forwarding to destinations around the U.S.
"Operating regularly scheduled cargo flights means suppliers in China can get these supplies to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. within hours
, not the days or weeks it would take via cargo ship," Cole said.
|Flight ||Start Date ||Operating Days ||Departing ||Arriving ||Fleet |
|DL 0583 ||Mar 30 ||Mon, Wed, Sat ||Detroit ||Shanghai ||A350-900 |
|DL 0582 ||Apr 2 ||Tue, Thu, Sat ||Shanghai ||Detroit ||A350-900 |
Delta will evaluate increasing frequency to daily flights or explore opening additional U.S. gateways depending on demand.
In another instance of needed aid coming from China, Serguei Netessine, professor and vice-dean for Global Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, sent out a request for PPE and got help from China Merchants Bank's New York branch within hours. On Monday, the bank delivered 6,000 masks and 100 goggles to UPenn Health System. "It's great to have friends of The Wharton School such as China Merchant Bank, our long-standing partner
," Netessine said on his social media account
Last Friday in Kentucky, GE Appliances, a Louisville-based subsidiary of Haier, delivered 2,500 N95 masks to a local hospital affiliated with University of Louisville (UofL) Health to help healthcare workers maintain an adequate supply of PPE, which has been in short supply across the U.S.
Bonus: a list of Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers (scroll along the gray list) in a WeChat group to revitalize the industry created by PHARNEX
- More info to check whether medical products you receive are in fact made in China, please see below.
of China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products
(CCCMHPIE), a one-stop service platform for pharmaceutical company aiming to provide full life cycle service for pharmaceutical companies and help global pharmaceutical enterprises successfully entering into China and doing business in China.
You’re welcome – live long and prosper
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Donation links & info on Australia fires.
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Lost Lands Festival is not affiliated with any groups in this post. This post is from the community of music lovers, to help our fellow humans and animals whom have been affected by this tragic event.
Here are some organizations that are helping with donations. Every little bit counts towards the destructive fires happening in Australia right now.
Australian Red Cross - https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/your-donations-in-action
The Australian Red Cross is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which has helped to send 1,285 staff members and volunteers to communities affected by the fires and to provide support to displaced people sheltering in more than 69 evacuation and recovery centers. The Red Cross also provides emergency grants to help people cover their immediate needs. There are other ways to help if you cannot donate money. The Red Cross says clothing and household goods can be given to Red Cross-affiliated shops, or suggests holding garage sales or fund-raising events. Volunteering roles are also possible. After training, volunteers are deployed to fill emergency roles.
GIVIT - http://www.givit.org.au/
[Salvation Army advises donors to send money instead of goods because of the logistical difficulties of storing and distributing goods in areas affected by disasters.]
GIVIT is an Australian organization that matches donated goods with items that are specifically requested by victims of the fires. People have asked for things like car batteries, fence posts and gas pumps.
Salvation Army Australia - https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=disasterappeal
Like other organizations, the Salvation Army advises donors to send money instead of goods because of the logistical difficulties of storing and distributing goods in areas affected by disasters. Donations are funneled to various forms of assistance, including mental health support and housing. “Financial donations also allow residents the opportunity to make their own choices and inject much-needed funds into local economies and businesses, helping communities recover sooner,” the organization says.
St. Vincent de Paul Society - https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw?_ga=2.9129392.408731296.1578324832-1672309718.1578324832
The lay Catholic organization has more than 60,000 members and volunteers who assist people in need across Australia. Its bush fire appeal designates how far specific financial amounts can go, and brings home the reality of how the disaster has upended the lives of the dispossessed: $50 (about $35 American dollars) can provide food for a displaced family; $150 can help stave off bills; and $300 can help clothe a fleeing family that had to leave behind their belongings.
NSW Rural Fire Service - https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteesupport-your-local-brigade
Firefighters and community workers in rural fire brigades are in the thick of it. The fire service has a map that is regularly updated, showing clusters of fire spots stretching along a swath of the country’s southeast coast. Donations are directed to emergency efforts and nonemergency community work.
Wildlife rescue and assistance efforts - https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fires
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
The hospital has a GoFundMe appeal for its work with the National Parks and Wildlife Service searching for koalas in the Port Macquarie area. At least 31 koalas have been brought to the hospital from several fire grounds, the hospital’s appeal says. More than $4 million in donations have been accrued so far. The money has enabled the organization to purchase a vehicle to distribute water and to set up drinking water stations in areas affected by the fires, especially in New South Wales. It has also enabled the organization to expand its breeding program.
RSPCA New South Wales - https://www.rspcansw.org.au/bushfire-appeal/?location=stickybardesktop
Funds from the organization’s bush fire appeal will support its work at evacuation centers in northern New South Wales and other areas. Once fire zones are cleared, its inspectors will enter those areas to assess how to help any injured animals.
Australian Koala Foundation - https://www.savethekoala.com/donate
Donations can be made through its website.
Koalas in Care Inc. - http://www.koalasincare.org.au/pages/donation.htm
The nonprofit accepts funds for its work. It assists about 65 koalas every year, but the bush fire situation is “one that we have never experienced on such an enormous scale.” Here is a video of Lucas the koala recovering from his burns.
World Wildlife Fund - https://donate.wwf.org.au/adopt/koala/koala?t=AD1119O01&f=41140-227&gclid=CjwKCAiA0svwBRBhEiwAHqKjFj4diOFTD_d0aqDLkwgOtkN8VK_lbjnWoPjmuTuISgjHIGl6JcfRCxoCYQQQAvD_BwE#gs.qmw5r9
Hundreds koalas have died in the fires and more have been injured or burned, according to figures from the group; it’s likely that many more have died, some ecologists say. Donations go to medical treatment and planting trees for koalas.
WIRES - https://www.wires.org.au/blog/emergency-donations-to-help-wildlife
The most affected state, New South Wales, which includes Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is having its worst fire season in 20 years.
WIRES, or the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Donations can be made online, by telephone and through Facebook and PayPal.
Facebook and GoFundMe - https://www.facebook.com/donate/1010958179269977/ https://www.gofundme.com/f/australian-wildfire-support?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
Several people have organized fund-raisers on social media or GoFundMe pages to help people in need. Celeste Barber, an actor and comedian, started a fund-raiser on Facebook for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. It has already generated more than $26 million. Dacre Montgomery, who starred in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” started a GoFundMe page. The money raised, which tallies more than $250,000, is earmarked for the Australian Red Cross.
Please feel free to post links to other donation pages you find helpful.
Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as "Spanish Flu"?
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The 1918-19 bacterial vaccine experiment may have killed 50-100 million people
by Kevin Barry, President First Freedoms, Inc.
The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true?
What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin?
Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry.
In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.
- The reason modern technology has not been able to pinpoint the killer influenza strain from this pandemic is because influenza was not the killer.
- More soldiers died during WWI from disease than from bullets.
- The pandemic was not flu. An estimated 95% (or higher) of the deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia, not influenza/a virus.
- The pandemic was not Spanish. The first cases of bacterial pneumonia in 1918 trace back to a military base in Fort Riley, Kansas.
- From January 21 – June 4, 1918, an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine cultured in horses by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York was injected into soldiers at Fort Riley.
- During the remainder of 1918 as those soldiers – often living and traveling under poor sanitary conditions – were sent to Europe to fight, they spread bacteria at every stop between Kansas and the frontline trenches in France.
- One study describes soldiers “with active infections (who) were aerosolizing the bacteria that colonized their noses and throats, while others—often, in the same “breathing spaces”—were profoundly susceptible to invasion of and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or others’ colonizing bacteria.” (1)
- The “Spanish Flu” attacked healthy people in their prime. Bacterial pneumonia attacks people in their prime. Flu attacks the young, old and immunocompromised.
- When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
- During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent the antimeningococcic serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries, helping spread the epidemic worldwide.
During the pandemic of 1918-19, the so-called “Spanish Flu” killed 50-100 million people, including many soldiers.
Many people do not realize that disease killed far more soldiers on all sides than machine guns or mustard gas or anything else typically associated with WWI.
I have a personal connection to the Spanish Flu. Among those killed by disease in 1918-19 are members of both of my parents’ families.
On my father’s side, his grandmother Sadie Hoyt died from pneumonia in 1918. Sadie was a Chief Yeoman in the Navy. Her death left my grandmother Rosemary and her sister Anita to be raised by their aunt. Sadie’s sister Marian also joined the Navy. She died from “the influenza” in 1919.
On my mother’s side, two of her father’s sisters died in childhood. All of the family members who died lived in New York City.
I suspect many American families, and many families worldwide, were impacted in similar ways by the mysterious Spanish Flu.
In 1918, “influenza” or flu was a catchall term for disease of unknown origin. It didn’t carry the specific meaning it does today.
It meant some mystery disease which dropped out of the sky. In fact, influenza is from the Medieval Latin “influential” in an astrological sense, meaning a visitation under the influence of the stars.
WHY IS WHAT HAPPENED 100 YEARS AGO IMPORTANT NOW?
Between 1900-1920, there were enormous efforts underway in the industrialized world to build a better society. I will use New York as an example to discuss three major changes to society which occurred in NY during that time and their impact on mortality from infectious diseases.
1. Clean Water and Sanitation
In the late 19th century through the early 20th century, New York built an extraordinary system to bring clean water to the city from the Catskills, a system still in use today. New York City also built over 6000 miles of sewer to take away and treat waste, which protects the drinking water. The World Health Organization acknowledges the importance of clean water and sanitation
in combating infectious diseases. (2)
In the late 19th century through the early 20th century, New York built a power grid and wired the city so power was available in every home. Electricity allows for refrigeration. Refrigeration is an unsung hero as a public health benefit. When food is refrigerated from farm to table, the public is protected from potential infectious diseases. Cheap renewable energy is important for many reasons, including combating infectious diseases.
In the late 19th century through the early 20th century, New York became the home of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University). The Institute is where the modern pharmaceutical industry was born. The Institute pioneered many of the approaches the pharmaceutical industry uses today, including the preparation of vaccine serums, for better or worse. The vaccine used in the Fort Riley experiment on soldiers was made in horses.
US Mortality Rates data from the turn of the 20th century to 1965 clearly indicates that clean water, flushing toilets, effective sewer systems and refrigerated foods all combined to effectively reduce mortality from infectious diseases BEFORE vaccines for those diseases became available.
Have doctors and the pharmaceutical manufacturers taken credit for reducing mortality from infectious disease which rightfully belongs to sandhogs, plumbers, electricians and engineers?
If hubris at the Rockefeller Institute in 1918 led to a pandemic disease which killed millions of people, what lessons can we learn and apply to 2018?
THE DISEASE WAS NOT SPANISH
While watching an episode of American Experience on PBS a few months ago, I was surprised to hear that the first cases of “Spanish Flu” occurred at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918. I thought, how is it possible this historically important event could be so badly misnamed 100 years ago and never corrected?
Spain was one of a few countries not involved in World War I. Most of the countries involved in the war censored their press.
Free from censorship concerns, the earliest press reports of people dying from disease in large numbers came from Spain. The warring countries did not want to additionally frighten the troops, so they were content to scapegoat Spain. Soldiers on all sides would be asked to cross no man’s land into machine gun fire, which was frightening enough without knowing that the trenches were a disease breeding ground.
One hundred years later, it’s long past time to drop “Spanish” from all discussion of this pandemic. If the flu started at a United States military base in Kansas, then the disease could and should be more aptly named.
In order to prevent future disasters, the US (and the rest of the world) must take a hard look at what really caused the pandemic.
It is possible that one of the reasons the Spanish Flu has never been corrected is that it helps disguise the origin of the pandemic.
If the origin of the pandemic involved a vaccine experiment on US soldiers, then the US may prefer calling it Spanish Flu instead of The Fort Riley Bacteria of 1918, or something similar. The Spanish Flu started at the location this experimental bacterial vaccine was given making it the prime suspect as the source of the bacterial infections which killed so many.
It would be much more difficult to maintain the marketing mantra of “vaccines save lives” if a vaccine experiment originating in the United States during the years of primitive manufacturing caused the deaths of 50-100 million people.
“Vaccines save lives … except we may have killed 50-100 million people in 1918-19” is a far less effective sales slogan than the overly simplistic “vaccines save lives.”
THE DISEASE WHICH KILLED SO MANY WAS NOT FLU OR A VIRUS. IT WAS BACTERIAL.
During the mid-2000’s there was much talk about “pandemic preparedness.” Influenza vaccine manufacturers in the United States received billions of taxpayer dollars to develop vaccines to make sure that we don’t have another lethal pandemic “flu,” like the one in 1918-19.
Capitalizing on the “flu” part of Spanish flu helped vaccine manufacturers procure billion dollar checks from governments, even though scientists knew at the time that bacterial pneumonia was the real killer.
It is not my opinion that bacterial pneumonia was the real killer – thousands of autopsies confirm this fact. According to a 2008 National Institute of Health paper, bacterial pneumonia was the killer in a minimum of 92.7% of the 1918-19 autopsies reviewed. It is likely higher than 92.7%.
The researchers looked at more than 9000 autopsies, and “there were no negative (bacterial) lung culture results.”
“… In the 68 higher-quality autopsy series, in which the possibility of unreported negative cultures could be excluded, 92.7% of autopsy lung cultures were positive for ≥1 bacterium. … in one study of approximately 9000 subjects who were followed from clinical presentation with influenza to resolution or autopsy, researchers obtained, with sterile technique, cultures of either pneumococci or streptococci from 164 of 167 lung tissue samples. There were 89 pure cultures of pneumococci; 19 cultures from which only streptococci were recovered; 34 that yielded mixtures of pneumococci and/or streptococci; 22 that yielded a mixture of pneumococci, streptococci, and other organisms (prominently pneumococci and nonhemolytic streptococci); and 3 that yielded nonhemolytic streptococci alone. There were no negative lung culture results.” (3) Pneumococci or streptococci were found in “164 of (the) 167 lung tissue samples” autopsied. That is 98.2%. Bacteria was the killer.
WHERE DID THE SPANISH FLU BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA OF 1918-19 ORIGINATE?
When the United States declared war in April 1917, the fledgling Pharmaceutical industry had something they had never had before – a large supply of human test subjects in the form of the US military’s first draft.
Pre-war in 1917, the US Army was 286,000 men. Post-war in 1920, the US army disbanded, and had 296,000 men.
During the war years 1918-19, the US Army ballooned to 6,000,000 men, with 2,000,000 men being sent overseas. The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research took advantage of this new pool of human guinea pigs to conduct vaccine experiments. A REPORT ON ANTIMENINGITIS VACCINATION AND OBSERVATIONS ON AGGLUTININS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRONIC MENINGOCOCCUS CARRIERS by Frederick L. Gates From the Base Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas, and The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York. Received 1918 Jul 20
(Author note: Please read the Fort Riley paper
in its entirety so you can appreciate the carelessness of the experiments conducted on these troops.)
Between January 21st and June 4th of 1918, Dr. Gates reports on an experiment where soldiers were given 3 doses of a bacterial meningitis vaccine. Those conducting the experiment on the soldiers were just spitballing dosages of a vaccine serum made in horses.
The vaccination regime was designed to be 3 doses. 4,792 men received the first dose, but only 4,257 got the 2nd dose (down 11%), and only 3702 received all three doses (down 22.7%).
A total of 1,090 men were not there for the 3rd dose. What happened to these soldiers? Were they shipped East by train from Kansas to board a ship to Europe? Were they in the Fort Riley hospital? Dr. Gates’ report doesn’t tell us.
An article accompanying the American Experience broadcast I watched sheds some light on where these 1,090 men might be. Gates began his experiments in January 1918.
By March of that year, “100 men a day” were entering the infirmary at Fort Riley.
Are some of these the men missing from Dr. Gates’ report – the ones who did not get the 2nd or 3rd dose?
“… Shortly before breakfast on Monday, March 11, the first domino would fall signaling the commencement of the first wave of the 1918 influenza. Company cook Albert Gitchell reported to the camp infirmary with complaints of a “bad cold.” Right behind him came Corporal Lee W. Drake voicing similar complaints. By noon, camp surgeon Edward R. Schreiner had over 100 sick men on his hands, all apparently suffering from the same malady…” (5)
Gates does report that several of the men in the experiment had flu-like symptoms: coughs, vomiting and diarrhea after receiving the vaccine.
These symptoms are a disaster for men living in barracks, travelling on trains to the Atlantic coast, sailing to Europe, and living and fighting in trenches.
The unsanitary conditions at each step of the journey are an ideal environment for a contagious disease like bacterial pneumonia to spread.
From Dr. Gates’ report:
“Reactions.– … Several cases of looseness of the bowels or transient diarrhea were noted. This symptom had not been encountered before. Careful inquiry in individual cases often elicited the information that men who complained of the effects of vaccination were suffering from mild coryza, bronchitis, etc., at the time of injection.” “Sometimes the reaction was initiated by a chill or chilly sensation, and a number of men complained of fever or feverish sensations during the following night. Next in frequency came nausea (occasionally vomiting), dizziness, and general “aches and pains” in the joints and muscles, which in a few instances were especially localized in the neck or lumbar region, causing stiff neck or stiff back. A few injections were followed by diarrhea. The reactions, therefore, occasionally simulated the onset of epidemic meningitis and several vaccinated men were sent as suspects to the Base Hospital for diagnosis.”(4)
According to Gates, they injected random dosages of an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine into soldiers. Afterwards, some of the soldiers had symptoms which “simulated” meningitis, but Dr. Gates advances the fantastical claim that it wasn’t actual meningitis.
The soldiers developed flu-like symptoms. Bacterial meningitis, then and now, is known to mimic flu-like symptoms
Perhaps the similarity of early symptoms of bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia to symptoms of flu is why the vaccine experiments at Fort Riley have been able to escape scrutiny as a potential cause of the Spanish Flu for 100 years and counting.
HOW DID THE “SPANISH FLU” SPREAD SO WIDELY SO QUICKLY?
There is an element of a perfect storm in how the Gates bacteria spread. WWI ended only 10 months after the first injections. Unfortunately for the 50-100 million who died, those soldiers injected with horse-infused bacteria moved quickly during those 10 months.
An article from 2008 on the CDC’s website describes how sick WWI soldiers could pass along the bacteria to others by becoming “cloud adults.”
“Finally, for brief periods and to varying degrees, affected hosts became “cloud adults” who increased the aerosolization of colonizing strains of bacteria, particularly pneumococci, hemolytic streptococci, H. influenzae, and S. aureus. For several days during local epidemics—particularly in crowded settings such as hospital wards, military camps, troop ships, and mines (and trenches)—some persons were immunologically susceptible to, infected with, or recovering from infections with influenza virus. Persons with active infections were aerosolizing the bacteria that colonized their noses and throats, while others—often, in the same “breathing spaces”—were profoundly susceptible to invasion of and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or others’ colonizing bacteria.” (1)
Three times in his report on the Fort Riley vaccine experiment, Dr. Gates states that some soldiers had a “severe reaction” indicating “an unusual individual susceptibility to the vaccine”.
While the vaccine made many sick, it only killed those who were susceptible to it. Those who became sick and survived became “cloud adults” who spread the bacteria to others, which created more cloud adults, spreading to others where it killed the susceptible, repeating the cycle until there were no longer wartime unsanitary conditions, and there were no longer millions of soldiers to experiment on.
The toll on US troops was enormous and it is well documented. Dr. Carol Byerly describes how the “influenza” traveled like wildfire through the US military. (substitute “bacteria” for Dr. Byerly’s “influenza” or “virus”):
“… Fourteen of the largest training camps had reported influenza outbreaks in March, April, or May, and some of the infected troops carried the virus with them aboard ships to France … As soldiers in the trenches became sick, the military evacuated them from the front lines and replaced them with healthy men. This process continuously brought the virus into contact with new hosts—young, healthy soldiers in which it could adapt, reproduce, and become extremely virulent without danger of burning out. … Before any travel ban could be imposed, a contingent of replacement troops departed Camp Devens (outside of Boston) for Camp Upton, Long Island, the Army’s debarkation point for France, and took influenza with them. Medical officers at Upton said it arrived “abruptly” on September 13, 1918, with 38 hospital admissions, followed by 86 the next day, and 193 the next. Hospital admissions peaked on October 4 with 483, and within 40 days, Camp Upton sent 6,131 men to the hospital for influenza. Some developed pneumonia so quickly that physicians diagnosed it simply by observing the patient rather than listening to the lungs…” (7) The United States was not the only country in possession of the Rockefeller Institute’s experimental bacterial vaccine. A 1919 report from the Institute states: “Reference should be made that before the United States entered the war (in April 1917) the Institute had resumed the preparation of antimeningococcic serum, in order to meet the requests of England, France, Belgium Italy and other countries.” The same report states: “In order to meet the suddenly increased demand for the curative serums worked out at the Institute, a special stable for horses was quickly erected …” (8)
An experimental antimeningoccic serum made in horses and injected into soldiers who would be entering the cramped and unsanitary living conditions of war … what could possibly go wrong?
Is the bacterial serum made in horses at the Rockefeller Institute which was injected into US soldiers and distributed to numerous other countries responsible for the 50-100 million people killed by bacterial lung infections in 1918-19?
The Institute says it distributed the bacterial serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries during WWI. Not enough is known about how these countries experimented on their soldiers.
I hope independent researchers will take an honest look at these questions.
THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
I do not believe that anyone involved in these vaccine experiments was trying to harm anyone.
Some will see the name Rockefeller and yell. “Illuminati!” or “culling the herd!”
I do not believe that’s what happened.
I believe standard medical hubris is responsible – doctors “playing God”, thinking they can tame nature without creating unanticipated problems.
With medical hubris, I do not think the situation has changed materially over the past 100 years.
The vaccine industry is always looking for human test subjects. They have the most success when they are able to find populations who not in a position to refuse. Soldiers
(9), infants, the disabled, prisoners, those in developing nations – anyone not in a position to refuse.
Vaccine experimentation on vulnerable populations is not an issue of the past. Watch this video clip of Dr. Stanley Plotkin where he describes using experimental vaccines on orphans, the mentally retarded, prisoners, and those under colonial rule.
The deposition was in January 2018. The hubris of the medical community is the same or worse now than it was 100 years ago.
Watch as Dr. Plotkin admits to writing:
“The question is whether we are to have experiments performed on fully functioning adults and on children who are potentially contributors to society or to perform initial studies in children and adults who are human in form but not in social potential.” Please watch the horrifying video clip.
In part because the global community is well aware of medical hubris and well aware of the poor record of medical ethics, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights
developed international standards regarding the right to informed consent to preventative medical procedures like vaccination.
The international community is well aware that the pharmaceutical industry makes mistakes and is always on the lookout for human test subjects. The Declaration states that individuals have the human right to consent to any preventative medical intervention like vaccination.
Article 3 – Human dignity and human rights
- Human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms are to be fully respected.
- The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.
Article 6 – Consent
- Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. T
he consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice. (11)
Clean water, sanitation, flushing toilets, refrigerated foods and healthy diets have done and still do far more to protect humanity from infectious diseases than any vaccine program.
Doctor and the vaccine industry have usurped credit which rightfully belongs to plumbers, electricians, sandhogs, engineers and city planners.
For these reasons, policy makers at all levels of government should protect the human rights and individual liberties of individuals to opt out of vaccine programs via exemptions.
The hubris of the medical community will never go away. Policy makers need to know that vaccines like all medical interventions are not infallible.
Vaccines are not magic. We all have different susceptibility to disease. Human beings are not one size fits all.
In 1918-19, the vaccine industry experimented on soldiers, likely with disastrous results.
In 2018, the vaccine industry experiments on infants every day. The vaccine schedule has never been tested as it is given. The results of the experiment are in: 1 in 7 American children
is in some form of special education and over 50% have some form of chronic illness. (12)
In 1918-19, there was no safety follow up after vaccines were delivered.
In 2018, there is virtually no safety follow up after a vaccine is delivered.
Who exactly gave you that flu shot at Rite Aid? Do you have their cell number of the store employee if something goes wrong?
In 1918-19, there was no liability to the manufacturer for injuries or death caused by vaccines.
In 2018, there is no liability for vaccine manufacturers for injuries or death caused by vaccines, which was formalized in 1986
In 1918-19, there was no independent investigative follow up challenging the official story that “Spanish Flu” was some mystery illness which dropped from the sky. I suspect that many of those at the Rockefeller Institute knew what happened, and that many of the doctors who administered the vaccines to the troops knew what happened, but those people are long dead.
In 2018, the Pharmaceutical industry is the largest campaign donor to politicians and the largest advertiser in all forms of media, so not much has changed over 100 years.
This story will likely be ignored by mainstream media because their salaries are paid by pharmaceutical advertising.
The next time you hear someone say “vaccines save lives” please remember that the true story of the cost/benefit of vaccines is much more complicated than their three word slogan. Also remember that vaccines may have killed 50-100 million people in 1918-19. If true, those costs greatly outweighed any benefit, especially considering that plumbers, electricians, sandhogs and engineers did, and continue to do, the real work which reduces mortality from disease.
Vaccines are not magic. Human rights and bioethics are critically important. Policy makers should understand the history of medical hubris and protect individual and parental human rights as described in the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.
- Deaths from Bacterial Pneumonia during 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic John F. Brundage* and G. Dennis Shanks† Author affiliations: *Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA; †Australian Army Malaria Institute, Enoggera, Queensland, Australia https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/14/8/07-1313_article
2. World Health Organization: Unsafe drinking water, sanitation and waste management http://www.who.int/sustainable-development/cities/health-risks/water-sanitation/en/
- J Infect Dis. 2008 Oct 1; 198(7): 962–970. Predominant Role of Bacterial Pneumonia as a Cause of Death in Pandemic Influenza: Implications for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness David M. Morens, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, and Anthony S. Fauci https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599911/
- PDF of Fort Riley Study (1918) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2126288/pdf/449.pdf
- American Experience, “The First Wave”, PBS https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/influenza-first-wave/
- Mayo Clinic: Meningitis www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meningitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350508
- Public Health Rep. 2010; 125(Suppl 3): 82–91. The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919 Carol R. Byerly, PhD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862337/
- Rockefeller Institute pamphlet PDF (1919) https://digitalcommons.rockefeller.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=rockefeller-institute-descriptive-pamphlet
- Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans’ Health? Lessons Spanning Half a Century, A Staff Report Prepared for the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, United States Senate, December 1994 https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=438835
- Dr. Stanley Plotkin: vaccine experiments on orphans, the mentally retarded, and others (January 2018) https://youtu.be/yevV_slu7Dw
- Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (19 October 2005) http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31058&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
- CDC Offers New Stats On Disability Prevalence https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/03/14/cdc-disability-prevalence/22034/
- 1986 Vaccine Injury Compensation Act https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/childhood-vaccine-injury-act-protect/
Large Enterprises Are Betting On Blockchain In 2019
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Article by Forbes: Biser Dimitrov
2019 is the year when the blockchain ecosystem and the crypto industry as a whole had to get sober. After a wild 2017 and a bear 2018, the blockchain space is back on an upwards trajectory with new developments. There are no more Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to distract the crypto ecosystem and the building mentality is back on. This post-ICO and post-useless-PR-partnerships age urges the blockchain community to be less focused on the current price of bitcoin and more focused on producing meaningful services and advancements. Big projects from established enterprises like Facebook Libra are taking all the media space now and this is net positive for the enterprise blockchain space as well.
The first half of this year was full of blockchain developments led by large enterprises in almost all important sectors, including insurance, financial services, supply chain, healthcare and trade finance.
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There is a huge benefit in joining a specialized industry-focused blockchain consortium because you sit at the same table with your main competitors but at the same time you work toward the same goal. You are not alone in figuring out the benefits, implementations and roll-out of distributed ledger technologies. There is also a financial benefit when commonly building applications as sometimes the membership fee is lower than the cost of hiring and training blockchain developers. Some of the big names in leading blockchain consortia networks that have made significant progress so far in 2019 are:
- B3i, a blockchain consortium focused on the insurance industry, recently launched its first live product on R3’s Corda platform. Their members include big insurance and reinsurers companies like Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re, Tokio Marine, XL Catlin and Zurich.
- Energy Web Foundation (EWF) launched their enterprise-grade public blockchain with 17 applications already on it. That network consists of 100 affiliate members like Total, Shell, GE, Siemens, Duke Energy and PG&E.
- Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) was created by five of the ten largest container carriers: CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING Lines, Evergreen Marine, OOCL, and Yang Ming.
- Two of the largest health insurance companies in the United States, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, have teamed up to tackle the massive datasets of provider demographic data from hospitals and medical partners.
- Health Utility Network was formed by Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation, PNC Bank and IBM to drive digital transformation and blockchain enabled-solutions within the healthcare industry.
- In the space of trade finance, the biggest names are project Voltron, focusing on letters of credit; Marco Polo, implemented on R3’s Corda; and we.trade, which runs on IBM Blockchain and consists of 12 of the biggest European banks, including CaixaBank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Santander, Société Générale, UBS and UniCredit. They are all moving forward with pilots and we have seen live results, like the completed transaction between the European Union and Asia on Marco Polo.
- The owners of the famous Louis Vuitton label, LMVH, launched a special blockchain that will help prove the authenticity of expensive goods. It is built on Ethereum with the help of Microsoft.
- Samsung launched a consortium including six major South Korean companies, focused on launching a blockchain-based mobile ID system. The company is already pretty advanced in their blockchain and crypto developments with the release of the Galaxy S10 phone with designated crypto wallet and Blockchain Keystore online app marketplace. Moreover, Samsung released a developer-friendly Blockchain SDK.
- The IBM Food Trust network launched. Built on Hyperledger Fabric, the network aims to create a traceable audit log for time-sensitive foods and when an issue occurs, the network participants will be able to pinpoint exactly where the damaged items shipped and won’t have to empty all their shelves. The consortium consists of companies like the European giant Carrefour, Walmart, Nestle, Dole Food, Tyson Foods, Kroger and Unilever.
- Walmart, similarly to Samsung, is involved on several different tracks with blockchain. They have joined MediLedger, a private consortium that aims to create a drug supply chain. Apart from that they are also partnering with KPMG, Merck and IBM as part of the FDA’s program to evaluate the use of blockchain to protect pharmaceutical product integrity. Recently it become public that Walmart also filed a patent for issuing a digital currency on a blockchain, or stablecoin, as they are known in the industry.
The whole private consortia ecosystem is still in early development but the right mentality is there. We will see how the technology develops over time to support those formations. A popular approach might be a hybrid infrastructure, where consortium members interact with each other in a permissioned environment or a shard but eventually anchor to some public blockchain for audit and reference purposes.
From the enterprise blockchain technology perspective, this first half of 2019 was pretty interesting and the major blockchain platforms made progress in not only improving and maturing their services but releasing new products. The general sentiment has been to focus on privacy, consensus options and digital asset standardization in anticipation of the tokenization revolution.
- Digital Asset is another of the big names that made great progress in 2019. While work with the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is still going as planned, they have completely open-sourced their modeling language, called DAML. That move was very well accepted by the blockchain developer community as DAML is a great language to code smart contracts with.
- The Hyperledger family got bigger with a new tool called Transact, which should provide advanced transaction execution and state management. The long-awaited version of Fabric 2.0 is still in the shop but once released it will provide performance improvements in many areas, such as data storage, privacy and consensus layer, over the current 1.4.2 version.
- Pantheon, the open source enterprise Ethereum client from PegaSys, launched version 1.2 with extensive privacy features like on-chain smart contract node and account rules, whitelisting nodes and others.
- Microsoft was very active during H1 2019 and launched a decentralized online identity platform on top of the bitcoin blockchain called ION. More than that, they continued to expand on their Azure Blockchain development kit, which is very helpful from a developer perspective.
- R3 achieved a large milestone this year by releasing version 4 of their Enterprise Corda protocol. Now their well-rounded team is perfectly capable of publishing regular releases on both the open source and the enterprise versions of Corda. Another great achievement was releasing the Token SDK; now it is easier to implement and work with tokens on the Corda network. Recently also R3 announced a large expansion of their London office and growing of IT team.
- Ernst & Young released their project Nightfall, which uses zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology to enable transfers of Ethereum-based tokens with complete privacy. There are a few things that E&Y are doing here that deserve acknowledgment. They are using the permissionless public Ethereum network, which is the complete opposite of the permissioned and siloed approach adopted by similar enterprises. Then they rely on privacy and implement ZKP to achieve that. It remains to be seen what they will decide to support when Ethereum 2.0 becomes a thing and the current chain might split as not nodes will migrate.
2019 has proven to be a year when blockchain technology has gotten down to business. Going further from the wild early days of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, blockchain is making large steps in nearly every industry, from insurance to pharmaceuticals to luxury goods. Backed by large enterprises, we saw the maturing of the underlying protocols and improvements in security and privacy aspects. There is still a lot to be done as the core blockchain infrastructure needs to mature enough to be prime-time ready, and like Q1 and Q2, the second half of 2019 is certain to be filled with new developments.
Things To Do- Week of 09/17
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Campaigning in Adelaide South Australia
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Thank You Adelaide, Thank you all for coming here this evening. Adelaide are you ready to get this country back on track. Are you ready for a government that will ensure Australians get a fair go regardless of their economic status. We need to ensure that the silent Australians are heard.
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I have worked tirelessly over the past 2 weeks to ensure that South Australia gets the best representation it can, to ensure that Australians get the tax cuts they deserve and desire, to ensure that South Australian families can put food on the table, we need change south Australia, we can’t allow another radical left wing government or politician tell us how to live our lives, we deserve individual freedoms and liberties.
Adelaide, the capital of this great state, we have many small businesses that have sold out or have closed down because of the dysfunctional socialist government, Australia is supposed to be the home of working Australians, how can small business operate when a government increases taxes. Mayo we need Sensible Liberal Representation, to ensure that our state can get the best it can.
Our Liberal Team pledges a wide variety of projects and economic stimulus so that we can start turning the wheels of this nation, for too long has South Australia been let down and used by members who don’t care about you, they only care about how far they can get up the political food chain and how much they earn, I stand here today as a candidate who will offer solutions to problems facing this state, I stand here today to repeat that I will donate my entire salary to a south Australia charity, Adelaide and South Australia, we can do this, we need to support businesses that supply jobs and economic growth, we need to support our tradies, nurses, and everyone who ensures that our country functions.
My fellow South Australians, the left has made it very clear that they want to pursue name calling and identity politics, they are too busy focused on themselves than to see what’s actually in front of them, the Australian people. South Australia deserves better, it deserves a member that retains their party affiliation, how can the state be represented federally when the member doesn’t know what party he wants to be in. One minute it will be SA best and the next he’ll be an independent, do you want a member that flip flops on party affiliation or a member that retains their status as a sensible Liberal.
My fellow South Australians, we need to Ensure that our citizens get the best treatment and care they can, this is why the Liberal Party pledges to ensure that Australians always have the help they can in regards to mental health, we are also ensuring that healthcare in general remains very good. South Australians do you want a candidate that has sensible policies or a candidate who doesn’t know where they stand. We need to ensure that South Australia can get the best economic outcomes, the much needed infrastructure upgrades and the vital mental health funding.
South Australia let’s stand united to fight for lower taxes, reliable energy, mental health programs, and infrastructure upgrades, also drought assistance which will combat the significant drought facing the state. Myself and The Liberal Party have sensible solutions in regards to combating issues facing this great state.
We need to ensure that South Australians can get work and we need to ensure that our children can get better options in tafe, that is why the Liberal Party pledges to inject $10bn into Tafes throughout the nation so that our children can get the best after school education they can. South Australians, we deserve better, we deserve a sensible government with sensible fiscal management and sensible social policies. We need to fight for what’s right south Australia, we need to continue our fight to Canberra. We need better, we can’t just sit around waiting for change to happen because it won’t.
Support me on Saturday and vote 1 Liberal!
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Meet Report - PTC Perth Novice Competition 34M 555kg @ 88.8kg Raw 356 Wilks - First Meet
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TLDR - Went 9/9 with 185kg squat, 125kg bench and 245kg deadlift. Extremely well run meet with 62 lifter in 4 flights.
Sorry for the long post, 3rd attempts for each lift are posted below.
After being a sporadic gym goer for most of my adult life, I was facing my 30s with a dad bod and realising that if I still wanted a good quality of life, I needed to get serious with some resistance training. Bodybuilding never really appealed to me, walking around in my underwear with horrible fake tan just isn’t my thing. That left mainly weightlifting or powerlifting. My younger brother is competes at a national level for weightlifting in Australia and not wanting to be outdone trying to catch up to his numbers, I decided powerlifting was it.
I started out with 531 initially but wasn’t really consistent until the start of this year. I signed up for Barbell Medicine’s Group Programming and watched my numbers rise. It is RPE based programming with an emphasis on building volume it the 75-85 percent range. The programming is done in small groups with form checks done online. About 8 weeks out from the meet though they provide individual programming to prep for your meet.
At the 8 week out mark, things were looking good. I had hit 180kg squat, 120 bench and 230 deadlift. I was weighing around 94 kg at that point though and wanted to make the 90kg weight class. About 6 weeks out things fell apart. I strained my biceps tendon playing sport. Not badly, but enough to affect my bench and squats for the next few weeks. I then had a case of viral tonsillitis that somehow brought on migraines. All up this meant about 12 days where I couldn’t train at all. I tried to once but 100kg felt like it was going to bury me in the squat rack. The only upside (and downside) was I dropped 3.5kg in this period. As expected my lifts suffered from the rapid weight loss. I managed to pull it back together and get my strength trending back upwards while maintaining my weight.
I didn’t need to cut due to the illness. It was a 24 hour weigh in so I just skipped breakfast before weighing in at 9am the day before the meet. Scales came up at 88.8 so I took that as an omen that things were looking up.
I had the usual pre-game nerves but felt confident and knew my openers were all conservative. Having the form checks also had me confident that my lifts were going to get me white lights.
The meet was hosted at PTC Perth (now called Rucci’s gym) in Perth, Australia. The gym is actually more like a specialised powerlifting venue that doubles as a gym. It is seriously world class. They host about 14 meets a year for GPC Aus and APU (the new IPF affiliate) as well as a number of novice competitions. Even their novice comps have the full treatment with food trucks, live streams, excellent judges and spotters and everything else you could imagine. The quality was more akin to a National level event than a novice comp.
The meet was conducted under GPC rules with the exception of sleeves only and walk out squats vice the monolift.
The warmup area had all competition equipment. 3 x monolifts, 3 x combos, 3 x Comp bench’s, 3 platforms. All the bars were comp bars and there was about 2500kgs of calibrated plates. Even though this was a novice comp you can see the quality in the live stream which I screen recorded for my lifts.
There were 62 lifters in one session of four flights. I was in flight 3. The meet was extremely well run and moved quickly. They have multiple screens in the warmup area showing the current standings, lifting order and the live stream so you can watch the current lifts. Made it really easy to time warmups and keep track of what was going on.
If anyone in Australia is ever looking for a meet, they are by far the best facility, well worth the trip to Perth.
First attempt - 165kg three whites
Was really nervous and this felt heavier than my third because of it. Bar moved well and I buried it deep. Afterwards I felt relaxed and stayed that way the rest of the meet.
Second attempt - 175kg three whites
Moved well again Third Attempt
- 185kg three whites
Could have probably gone 190 but the goal for the day was 9/9 so stuck with my plan.
I 5’ 11” with long arms so I probably need to gain some weight to build my bench.
First attempt - 110kg three whites
Second attempt - 117.5kg three whites
A bit harder but stuck with my planned jump to 125 Third attempt
- 125kg two whites and a red
This was a grinder to lockout. I think I need to build some bigger triceps to help my bench. I am normally strong off the chest and through the middle but struggle right at the top.
Deadlifts have alway been my best lift. I have long arms and long legs so which help. I might try sumo in the future to see if I get an advantage, but wasn’t willing to change anything leading into the meet.
First attempt - 220kg three whites
An easy opener. I was able to seal 2nd place with this so was happy to take a bigger jump to 235
Second attempt - 235kg three whites
Moved well so decided to go a little higher. Third attempt
- 245kg three whites
My goal was a 550kg total so I only needed 240. However a friend of mine competed two weeks ago and pulled 240 so I went with 245 just so I could beat him ha ha.
Final Result: 555kg total with 9/9 and only a single red light for the whole day. I had an awesome time and have already signed up for another meet next year. It will be with the Australian IPF affiliate so I will look to gain a few kgs to fill out in the 93kg class.
Will hardline Islamic attitudes stop Lombok becoming the ‘new Bali’?
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Yet Lombok’s recent history, coupled with growing hostility towards LGBT people across Indonesia, is giving some would-be investors pause for thought.
In 2000, Indonesian soldiers evacuated hundreds of tourists from Mataram, Lombok’s main town, to Bali while angry locals burnt buildings associated with Christians and foreigners.
The incident — part of a nationwide wave of religious violence in majority-Muslim Indonesia — highlighted the divisions that exist on Lombok between orthodox Muslims and minorities such as Christians and Ahmadiyya Muslims.
While there has not been a major incident on Lombok involving western tourists since 2000, experts say tension about “outsiders” has been simmering.
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Unlike the majority-Hindu Bali, which has been adapting to tourists and expats for 100 years and is now considered one of Indonesia’s most liberal islands, Lombok locals are still getting to grips with tourism and how it coexists with religious traditions.
Before the 1990s, very few foreigners visited the island, says Eric J Levy, founder of Singapore-based hospitality investment firm Tourism Solutions International. Even today, he says, Lombok’s resort and rental villa sector has less than 10 per cent of the rooms that Bali offers, even though the islands are roughly the same size.
For some, uncrowded Lombok has reached a sweet spot in its development. “There are numerous prime-land parcels, an almost-new international airport and a road system that is sufficient for the foreseeable future to reach many of the beach areas,” says Levy.
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Recent foreign investors seem bullish about the island’s prospects. “There is no reason why Lombok shouldn’t be the number one destination for local and international tourists alike if it is developed with sustainability in mind,” says Caleb Baker, an Australian who works for staffing company Alexander Mann in Singapore and owns a four-bedroom guesthouse, Malimbu Cliff Villa, on the island.
Foreigners who are looking for a holiday home or a permanent residence in Southeast Asia say Lombok’s well-preserved natural habitat is a major draw. “We had been looking at land parcels in Bali and were getting sick of the traffic, the pollution and how commercial it had become,” says Andrew Corkery, an Australian based in Hong Kong who is developing a high-end villa community, Selong Selo, on Lombok with his business partner James Kibble. The 12-hectare property overlooking Selong Belanak Bay will house 55 residences when construction is completed in 2019. So far, 47 have already sold.
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Remaining studio villas, of about 100 sq metres, are priced from $299,000, while two-bedroom, 225 sq metre villas start at $465,000, including fixtures, fittings and equipment. Large gardens and ocean views add to the appeal.
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Selong Selo also functions as an upmarket hotel-resort: buyers can rent out their villas to short-stay guests, who have access to housekeeping and facilities including a pool, gym, spa and restaurant.
Those not tempted by resort-style living have a range of recently built villas to choose from in and around the main towns, as well as abundant land with development approval. Corkery estimates prices for land and property on Lombok are about one-tenth of those on Bali.
A three-bedroom villa in Mangsit, about 5km north of Mataram, with air conditioning, a large pool and sweeping ocean views is listed with Lombok Property and Villas for $320,000.
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In West Nusa Tenggara province, which comprises Lombok and Sumbawa, the government has adopted a pro-tourism stance and is investing in infrastructure. “The government support that we have had in Lombok has been fantastic,” says Corkery.
The provincial government has said that, in addition to western tourism, it hopes to develop a “sharia tourism” industry on the island to attract visitors from the Middle East. Lombok’s Islamic heritage and widespread observance of prayer could prove a major draw for some Muslim travellers.
Already, several hotels have received sharia certification from the government and beachwear is discouraged in urban precincts. Officials say they are considering clearly demarcating Muslim and non-Muslim areas of the island in the future.
Cultural pluralism already exists on Lombok, which has Christian and Hindu communities. Yet local and international observers warn that a rise in anti-LGBT sentiment across Indonesia could affect the conservative island.
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Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s president, has failed to condemn anti-gay statements made by his ministers or to speak out against anti-LGBT incidents. In May vigilantes raided a home in Aceh, a province that operates under sharia law, and seized two allegedly gay men who were then publicly whipped. In the same month, police raided an alleged “gay party” at a sauna in Jakarta and disseminated images of the male attendees’ faces online. Gay dating apps including Grindr have been banned across the country.
The government’s human rights director, Dicky Komar, told the Jakarta Post in July that the administration would probably reject 75 human rights recommendations that were put to it by the UN this year. Those recommendations include increased protections for LGBT people.
Dédé Oetomo, adjunct lecturer at Airlangga university in Surabaya, says a desire to unseat the country’s progressive government — which was elected in 2014 — has emboldened political Islamists, who are stoking the public’s fears about minorities such as LGBT people and Christians. Any significant pushback from the president could prove very costly, politically.
“Lombok so far has not had any attacks on LGBT people,” says Oetomo. “But within the conservative interpretation of Islam, homosexuality and transgenderism have always been seen as abominations.”
Knight adds: “Recent events do indicate an environment of impunity for these sorts of things and a level of lawlessness when it comes to how people are treated in Indonesia that was not a factor two years ago.
How Lombok responds to these developments remains to be seen. Knight and Harsono from Human Rights Watch urge foreign investors to be cautious.
Yet Corkery remains optimistic that Lombok can develop as a destination without religious or social disagreements flaring.
“People on Lombok are incredibly poor,” he says. “If they’re making money from tourists, then the religious things will — I believe — become less of an issue. The first things that these people, or any people, want are the basics of shelter, food and looking after their families.” Buying guide
Expats residing in Indonesia can purchase landed property for up to an 80-year period, providing it is bought directly from a developer Non-resident foreigners cannot purchase landed property but can enter into agreements with local representatives Property on Lombok is taxed at 0.1% of the value of the land plus the building Residential developments targeting foreigners usually have lawyers to assist prospective buyers
What you can buy for . . .
$300,000 A three-bedroom home near one of Lombok’s main towns
$500,000 A two-bedroom villa in a new development with resort facilities
$1m A large family home with a pool and grounds
Johnny Among The Stars I: World At War, The Day They Bloody Took Me
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Hi Guys, I've hit a bit of a brick wall with my other series the Elder Race, so I'll probably discontinue updates for that for the time being. Instead, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with a different idea I had.
Kuatu held his breath in nervous foreboding as the jungle rustled about them. Even with their state of the art plasma weaponry and camouflage technology, this world was so primal and violent that he and his team could never truly feel at ease while traversing its surface. Particularly now. Now, in this time of global and vicious warfare.
“Can’t believe Antow managed to fuck up this badly,” Krudy complained via his telepathic link.
Antow was too busy trying to pinpoint their exact position for extraction to respond, so Kuatu did it for him.
“Shut it, Krudy. We’re crash landed on a hostile planet. Nobody has time for your shit right now. Stay together, stay focused, and we can complain all we want when we get out of this alive.
Do I make myself clear?”
“Crystal, sir,” Krudy replied.
“Good. Antow, where the hell are we?”
There was a few moments of tense silence as Antow tapped away on his navigator before replying.
“We’re –uh fuck- we’re on the land-mass called Papua New Guinea. Command is telling me that we’re 3 days walk away from any viable pick-up sites.”
Kuatu sighed. Three days was doable with the equipment that they had available. And he supposed it would also be a good opportunity to pick up some samples for the eggheads along the way. That may help them earn the forgiveness of Command after they had managed to lose a Mark V Stratos Stealth Craft over a planet housing a particularly violent and military minded sentient species.
“Any native combatants in our vicinity?” Kuatu asked.
They had been watching this planet, designated V778-N by Command, referred to as Earth by its natives, for a few cycles now. The dominant species had developed radio and internal combustion techniques for engines and was just now in the process of developing weaponised atomic technology. In that period, Kuatu had witnessed acts of extreme violence taking place independently of each across the world, finally culminating in a strategic and logistical nightmare for Human and Stroban alike as the entire planet was divided into various theatres of war. Papua New Guinea was a part of what the Human’s termed the Pacific Theatre.
“Sir- our only viable path to extraction is along the Kokoda Track. It’s within 1.5 units of our position.”
There was silence among the three as they considered what hell awaited them along that trail. They had been monitoring radio traffic and other communications before their ship had malfunctioned and crashed, and they had picked up enough information to know that the Kokoda Track was a part of the last ditch defence of the nation-state Australia by its under-equipped troops coupled with USA affiliated air and naval detachments. Another faction, the Empire of the Rising Sun (also known as the Japanese Empire) was pushing down the Trail in order to take Australia after being blocked by the American fleets. Kuatu and the Stroban Command had been particularly interested in this theatre of war thanks to the tactics employed by the troops, which was entirely knew to Stroban conventional warfare. ‘Jungle fighting,’ the Humans called it. It was interesting to Kuatu on the standpoint of military academia, but actually being forced to endure its brutality was another concept altogether. Kuatu much preferred to have nothing to do with it whatsoever.
But in this instance, it couldn’t be helped. Brave the Kokoda Trail or die of starvation and disease in the jungle. The Humans had a saying for this. He believed it went something like “between a rock and a hard place.”
“Let’s do it, then. No noise. Communicate exclusively via telepathic link. CamTech switched on at all times. We move quietly, we move carefully, and above all, we do not engage in open hostilities with the natives. Understood?”
“Understood,” Antow and Krudy affirmed.
It had been 2 nights of uneventful trekking. The Track was bustling with activity during the day as Humans ferried supplied along it for one faction or another, so they were forced to move at night to avoid accidentally alerting any of the natives to their presence. As they travelled the sporadic gunfire in the distance grew closer and more intense. They passed camps housing the wounded who were on the way back from whence they came. Biometric scans told Kuatu and his men that those bloodied soldiers would most likely not make it home. From time to time they would find a body concealed in the underbrush, the rancid stench of death alerting them to its presence long before they came upon it. The air itself seemed to feel more oppressive, as Kuatu and his men could all psychically feel the remnants of strong emotions. Pain, rage, panic and resounding loss seemed to seep into their bones from the outside world. It was a hard time for all of them.
It was on the third night that Kuatu and his team finally encountered the combatants that they had been hearing in the distance for so long. If it had not been for Antow and his sharp eyes, they would have blundered into them without a care in the world.
“Sir! Watch your foot!” Antow exclaimed. Kuatu froze and stared down at the underbrush, which shifted imperceptibly. There was a body there. Kuatu switched to thermal imagery and surveyed the scene. There were warm bodies all around him. Dozens. His hearts skipped a beat and he hefted his plasma rifle nervously. It was a wonder that they had not found him. On closer inspection, they had. There were multiple eyes peering in the direction of his team, as they seemed to sense the presence of another player in their infernal jungle games. They could not see him, thanks to the darkness and the CamTech generators.
They must believe that I am some sort of small animal.
Kuatu stayed completely still. Krudy and Antow did the same. The pressure that they had been feeling before was far more intense and distracting. It felt as if was a wave that was about to crest and come crashing down. Like the build up to a great orchestral crescendo. All eyes faced ahead again, and Kuatu let out an internal sigh of relief before using his enhanced optical implants to scout out the terrain ahead. The ground rose sharply into a plateau that overlooked the forest that he and what he gathered was a Japanese infantry unit were occupying. Their extraction point was located on that plateau. Switching to thermal imagery, Kuatu located around fifteen defending Australian faction soldiers that had dug holes into the hillside to use as cover. Some were sleeping and others were peering intently into the darkness. To the left of them, he saw 10 thermal outlines that were creeping ever so slowly through the jungle towards the Australian emplacement.
An ambush of some sort, Kuatu guessed. It looked as if he and his team had blundered into a fearful situation, with one faction the unsuspecting prey of the other. Soundlessly, one of the thermal outlines dropped into one of the fortifications behind one of the look outs and slit his throat. The soldier’s body fell and awoke one of his sleeping comrades who was immediately stabbed by one of the Japanese ambushers. Not before he cried out in alarm, however.
His cry of pain was answered by others in the holes.
“Alarm! Alarm! Japs in the trees! Flares Ho!”
A great flare shot into the sky, illuminating the forest around them. A man at the forefront of the Japanese force stood up and gestured with an elegantly curved sword.
“Tenno Heiko Banzai!” He screamed out.
“Long live the Emperor,” muttered Kuatu’s translator program.
“BANZAI!” The others screamed.
Kuatu, Antow and Krudy all threw themselves to the ground as the jungle around them came alive. The Japanese had probably spent days creeping through the forest to get this close as their compatriots provided cover fire to serve as a distraction from a distance. Almost 100 men came rushing forward to overwhelm the fifteen who held the hillside leading up to the plateau. Bullets came rushing down to meet them in sprays of blood and agonised cries as they traced fire through the night air.
“Heads down! Heads down!” Kuatu sent to his men, even as he felt the fear run through his veins. The zip and whiz of bullets overhead served to emphasize his orders. The Australians seemed to possess some larger, fully automatic guns on stands that cut down the attackers at an astonishing rate. And still the Japanese came on. Unrelenting and determined. Kuatu found himself admiring their courage and foolishness at once. Why waste so many lives for a hill in the jungle? Why charge heavy weapons emplacements head on?
Kuatu and his men quickly crawled back into the jungle to wait out the battle and request an alternate route from Command. They only had to wait a few moments before they got their reply.
“Squad 7-5 actual, this is Command. Circle East into the jungle. There’s an alternate route onto the plateau 2.78 units South-East. Thermal imagery shows no native combatants along the suggested route. We have analysed some of the weaponry that the natives are using. They are Category 1. I repeat, Category 1. You are now cleared for lethal force for the purposes of self-defence.”
“Let’s move,”Kuatu said as he immediately turned his back on the bloody battle and thrust forward into the darkness of the night-time jungle.
“Hold, you fuckin’ bastard. Hold!” Screamed Sargent Welbeck. The Japanese had come howling from the tree line in the biggest Banzai charge he’d ever seen. The ones that had popped up in Davo’s foxhole like the worst fuckin’ daisies in the world had been quickly shot down by his boys. They’d lost two men to the ambush and now they were facing off against a hundred angry bastards climbing up the hill. The Brens were on full auto, their barrels hissing and spitting as rainwater was poured on them to cool them down.
“Johnny! There are too many! We won’t be able to stop them!” Called Muck from the left. John Welbeck knew he was right. They were chocos. Chocolate soldiers, named not for the colour of their skin, but for how they were expected to melt in the heat of battle. They weren’t real soldiers. They were basically a militia. Meant for loading boxes and doing inventory at Moresby, Welbeck and the 39th Battalion had been ordered to march up the Kokoda Track and stop the Japanese because there wasn’t anyone else to send. Their job was to hold out for reinforcements. That was what they were told, but they all knew what those orders meant. They were outnumbered 10-1. They didn’t have the guns. They didn’t have the ammo. They didn’t have the training. They didn’t have food. Half his boys had the squirts. It wasn’t really their job to hold out. It was their job to die here.
“B Company! FIX BAYONETS!” Welbeck roared, jamming his bayonet onto the muzzle of his Lee Enfield before continuing to fire mechanically into the press of bodies swarming up the hill.
“Tommy, Greivo, Grant, get the brens to higher ground and fire over the top of us!”
The men in question gathered up their light machine guns and sprinted up the hill to a fall-back position. They quickly set up their weapons and began to spray bullets into some of the men emerging from the tree line at the base of the hill. All other tactical decisions were pushed from Welbeck’s head as the first Japanese soldier reached him.
Emitting a high keening noise, the enemy soldier thrust at him with his bayonet. Welbeck knocked the wicked edge aside with the stock of his rifle before plunging his bayonet into the guts of his enemy. He withdrew the blade before slamming his rifle stock into the wounded man’s face, sending his limp and screaming body back down the hill side. He squeezed off a quick shot at another who attempted to close the distance, the bullet taking him high on the chest and dropping him. Looking to his left and right, Welbeck saw that things were not going well.
Nearly half of his men were down already, felled in the opening moments of hand-to-hand combat. Starving, sick and untrained, the chocos were no match for hardened Japanese veterans. Some men lay clutching at their wounds and crying out for their mothers. Others lay where they fell, ominously still. The survivors were fighting desperate personal battles of survival against two or three enemies at a time. Welbeck watched as Muck was disembowelled by the swing of a Japanese officer’s sword. He did not react, but deep inside the recesses of his soul, yet another subject of grief was thrown into an ever growing collection of sorrows.
The skirmish was lost, as it had been from the start. He had done his duty. Now all that was left was to ensure the survival of himself and as many of his men as he could.
“FALL BACK,” Welbeck’s parade ground voice boomed out as he clubbed down another screaming Japanese hostile. “FALL BACK, DAMN YOU. COVERING FIRE FROM THE BRENS!”
The surviving Australian soldiers turned to sprint back up the hill, as the incessant clatter of the brens sent round after round pumping over their heads, momentarily slowing the Japanese advance. Welbeck was almost over the lip of the plateau and into cover when he felt something strike his back. He grunted in surprise turning to tired acceptance as he clutched at his back and his hands were stained with scarlet.
“Keep running, boys! Keep running.” Welbeck called out, even as his body lost all strength. His knees buckled beneath him and he slid over the edge of the plateau to the East, to fall and tumble down the steep hill, where the jungle claimed his unconscious form.
Kuatu froze as the body of a human warrior hurtled down the hillside to crash into the underbrush nearby his team. They were only an hour away from their objective and survival, but he had not forgotten the imperative to gather up samples wherever he could find them. Some soft tissue from a fresh body seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.
“We’ll grab a sample from the warrior that just fell from the plateau and then we’ll locate our EZ,” Kuatu sent to his men. Antow and Krudy both signalled their affirmative. Kuatu quickly ghosted over to where he’d seen the body fall.
The Human was big. Humans in general were rather large in comparison to the far shorter and more compact Stroban species. However, this particular human appeared to be large even by their standards. Its hands were calloused and its arms appeared to be painfully thin, perhaps evidence of starvation. He had read reports that there had been a great deal of difficulties with supply for both factions all along the Kokoda Track, and now, perhaps, he was seeing first hand evidence. This suggested that if the specimen had been well-fed, it would be even larger. He pondered how long it had to go without adequate sustenance before it got to this state.
Kuatu shrugged. It didn’t matter. The thing was dead. He’d take a cutting and be on his way home. He pulled out his science kit and selected a scalpel, before turning back to make some precise cuts at the Human’s sternum. However, as his scalpel pierced the Human’s skin, its eyes opened and it snarled in pain. Its hand shot forward and grasped Kuatu’s wrist so firmly he felt as if its grip would grind his bones to dust as easily as fine china. Kuatu struggled but couldn’t break free, the monster was too strong, and he began to panic as its piercing blue eyes bored into his own fully black ones.
“What the fuck is happening here?” It snarled, a sentence which Kuatu’s translation program quickly rendered understandable.
It shouldn’t be able to see me, Kuatu found himself thinking. How did it grab my wrist so precisely if it can’t see me? It must be reacting by pure instinct.
The Human was obviously very confused. It gripped Kuatu’s wrist with more power than he even thought possible and Kuatu could actually feel his bones bend before they broke under the pressure, forcing him to howl out in his agony. This thing was fatally wounded and starving. How could it be so strong?
Four non-lethal concussive bursts, although decidedly lethal at such close range, shot from both Antow’s and Krudy’s weapons, punching into the Human’s skull. The monster flopped back and was still, its hand falling from Kuatu’s wrist. Kuatu stumbled back and gripped at it, recognising he was about to go into shock.
“I’m going to need medical assistance right now,” Kuatu sent.
Antow was already moving and began to deploy MedGel directly to the wound. It wouldn’t fix much, but it would anaesthetize the wound and immobilize it.
“The Human’s still alive, boss,” Krudy sent to Kuatu.
“What?” Kuatu sent back incredulously. Just how much punishment could the blasted thing take?
“It’s alive. What do we do with it?”
Kuatu was silent for a moment, savouring in the relief flowing from the dulling pain in his wrist. For a moment he had the savage urge to brutally murder the specimen before him in revenge for the pain that he had just suffered. However, his cool head prevailed. His superiors would surely be thankful for the opportunity to study a live specimen.
“We’ll take him with us.”
“Yes, sir,” Krudy sent as he prepared the hover stretcher, complete with very heavy tranquilizers, to transport the inert Human form.
Kuatu nodded as the preparations were complete. Maybe this whole fiasco wasn’t a complete fuck up after all.
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