The latest avian influenzavirus strain added to the list of agents causing “bird flu” is called avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – a colourfully exciting reference to its key surface proteins (see influenza background). H7N9 is considered a low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV)…at least in its feathered hosts. Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus (which I may shorten to H7N9 to save my fingers) was once considered a relatively rare cause of infection although how extensively and routinely it was looked for in the past is unclear. Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus is similar to its closer cousins, H7N2, H7N3 and H7N7 and its more distant cousin H5N1 in that they are all IFAVs and they usually infect birds. However, they are each quite distinct and made up of different genes
Connecting all minds and all information all the time.
Published on Dec 30, 2012
INTERNET RISING: Evolving Relationship between the internet and Human Consciousness (Full Documentary Film) (November 29, 2011)
A digital documentary film investigating ev01ving relationships between Internet & humanity’s [sub | un] consciousness, created via webcam interviews as a mash-up of internet meta-memes and phenomenon, served and presented as edutainment new media:
INTERNET RISING is a labor of love comprising a rapid fire mash-up stream of live webcam interviews all conducted within the web sphere. The film’s participants include many profound personalities and key internet influencers ranging from professors, corporate academics, futurists, researchers, writers, bloggers, media creators, activists, gamers, educators, scientists, artists, innovators – real humans, all of whom provide amazing insights into how our state of the world is changing and transforming via various forces of economic, social, geographic, political, cultural, philosophical development… all centered around technology’s transformative and generative power.
Director: Andrew Kenneth Martin . Producer: Andrew Kenneth Martin, Marina Eisen, Alex Eisen
Sorcha Faal (David Booth), a known fabricator with a gift for connecting dots, has published below warning. It is most interesting for the connection it draws between climate and air pressure as triggers for earthquakes.
An interesting Ministry of Defence (MOD) “urgent bulletin” being sent to all Russian naval forces operating in the Pacific Ocean region is warning that there is a “moderate to high” likelihood of a “significant seismic event” ready to occur on the North American Plate, particularly on the Western coastal regions of The United States, Canada or Mexico.
According to this bulletin, Russian military scientists have become increasingly concerned over the past fortnight of the events occurring with the Arctic Oscillation (AO) which has plunged nearly the entire Northern Hemisphere into harsh cold conditions and which Western scientists are blaming on melting sea ice which, they report, hit a record low this past autumn.
Of greatest concern, this bulletin continues, is the massive anticyclone that has formed over Greenland bringing to our planet the highest barometric pressure ever recorded in human history, and which American scientists warned last year would intensify.
Three men arrested by the Egyptian army for ‘cutting undersea cable’
If the bid was successful it could have taken an ‘entire continent offline’
It comes after one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever launched
This is a very big step from the past, when insurance companies charged premiums based on big data risk, but nothing was done on the front line — among the fire fighters – because they did not have the same access to such tool. Another excellent useful story from BBC.
Click on Source Below to see the Slide Show showing word circles by size for each year. In addition to the circles, each of which can be opened further, an example of US use of the word is provided, along with a view from the Arab media. A very good job by the BBC.
The country’s soya industry is booming, but what is the impact on Argentinians and their land?
Filmmakers: Glenn Ellis and Guido Bilbao
For much of the past decade Argentina has seen a commodities-driven export boom, built largely on genetically-modified soy bean crops and the aggressive use of pesticides.
Argentina’s leaders say it has turned the country’s economy around, while others say the consequences are a dramatic surge in cancer rates, birth defects and land theft.
People & Power investigates if Argentina’s booming soy industry is a disaster in the making.
By Glenn Ellis
As I flew in to Buenos Aires to make this film, all the talk was of President Cristina Kirchner’s latest gambit. Her foreign minister had pulled out of a meeting with the British foreign secretary to discuss the Falklands (or the Malvinas depending on your outlook). And for the people I rubbed up against in Argentina’s smart and chic capital, on discovering I was English, this, along with Maradona’s ‘hand of god’ moment, was the topic on everybody’s lips. “We won the war”, they would say. “After the fighting we got rid of our dictators but you had another 10 years of Thatcher.”
When I explained I was in the country to cover the soya boom, which has given Argentina the fastest growth rate in South America, but also allegedly caused devastating malformations in children, there was a look of disbelief. “Here, in Argentina? Why haven’t we heard about it?”