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4 June 2021
1. "Weapons of Mass Agility (WMA)" the latest WMD?
An article from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reported on the recent use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV, a.k.a. drones, or "slaughterbots") by Azerbaijan against Armenia. These can carry a payload of 150 kg of conventional explosives, though they apparently didn't this time. But it was a US MQ-9 Reaper that launched a strike with a much lower payload that targeted and killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani over a year ago. Drones were used by Iran in surveillance missions during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s and by the U.S. during and after the Gulf War. It was thought by the U.S. at the time that Iraq was developing drones to spread biological weapons, but post-conflict investigations found only abandoned chemical weapons, almost 5000 of them. The shells, which contained sarin nerve and/or mustard agents, were deteriorating, but at least 17 troops were injured while trying to dispose of them. Two years ago the U.S. Navy documented the presence of a swarm of at least 6 drones near a destroyer, the USS Kidd, off the California coast. Weaponized commercial consumer drones may soon have to be factored into the strategic calculations of national and military leaders in similar ways as chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. Ironically it appears that UCAVs can carry loads small enough to assassinate individuals, while commercially available autonomous drone swarms can carry payloads of biological and chemical weapons against large and/or multiple targets, causing casualties and damage at WMD levels. Trivia question: is it legal to shoot down a drone?
2. Detection of radiofrequency (RF) weapons:
The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is searching for a wearable sensor that will detect when RF (which includes microwave) weapons are being used, as has happened in U.S. embassies in several countries, but are difficult to detect, particularly after the exposure has ceased. Symptoms and signs suffered by the casualties include dizziness, ataxia (loss of balance), nausea, hearing disturbances, and headaches that sometimes are relieved after a few hours, but often persist for months and even years. (Personal note: these findings also occur in inner ear disorders such as Meniere's disease, which is characterized by nausea, vertigo, tinnitus, and fatigue due to an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear.) The U.S. at one point had developed a microwave weapon called "Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio", or MEDUSA, to be used to disperse riotous crowds. The device worked by creating rapid microwave pulses that transiently heat soft tissue in the brain, causing a shockwave inside the skull that generates the sounds heard. The energy level is too low and the exposure time too short to cause heating, which was the microwave effect employed in Active Denial weapons. The heating sensation was very painful but didn't extend deep into the skin to cause permanent damage in most cases. Most (not all) scientists believe that directed pulsed RF energy is the most plausible explanation for all these effects. These non-kinetic tools can possibly be used as "weapons of mass disruption" without their usage being considered an act of war, as defined in 18 U.S. Code 2331. But that's my non-legal opinion!
3. U.S. Air Force testing new CBRN protective suits for aircrew:
The Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble (UIPE) includes a two-piece layered undergarment, gloves, and respirator, among other items. It is intended to replace the 66P aviation protection ensemble. The undergarment not only provides better mobility but also serves to regulate body temperature better than its predecessor. The Air Force tries to make the new CBRN equipment as similar as possible to regular mission set equipment. The UIPE is being tested in Pave Hawk helicopters as part of the Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force, with follow-on integration slated for air crews in F-16 and tanker units. The SolarCore technology employed will protect pilots at high altitude from cold by electrically heating the airman's torso, hands, feet, and legs. The masks are being upgraded as well to protect eyes, skin, and airways in the event of a chemical attack.
4. DHS Master Question List for COVID-19 (caused by SARS-CoV-2):
This report is dated 3 June 2021. The two-page summary on pp. 3-4 gives a brief but comprehensive review of 16 topics. Updated topics include:
a. Transmissibility--COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission rates by approximately 54%. What this means is that virus transmission from fully vaccinated people who subsequently become infected is reduced by 54% compared to unvaccinated people who become infected.
b. Clinical presentation--Most symptomatic cases are mild (81%). Males, older individuals, and persons with underlying comorbidities are at higher risk of serious illness and death. Fever is the most common initial symptom.
c. Vaccines--"Breakthrough" infections are rare and associated with milder symptoms. They are more common in those with comorbidities.
5. COVID-19 primarily a vascular, not a respiratory disease:
Researchers at Salk and the University of California San DIego created a "pseudovirus" that was surrounded by the classic SARS-CoV-2 crown of spike proteins, the part of the virus that attaches to cell receptors (ACE2) and then enters the cell. Exposure to this pseudovirus damaged the lungs and arteries of an animal model. Tissue samples showed inflammation in endothelial cells lining the systemic and pulmonary artery walls. This may explain why vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (platelets clotting inside blood vessels), or VIPIT, has caused strokes in young people in Israeli hospitals. Myocarditis (heart inflammation) has been associated with vaccinations in hospitals in Israel, South Africa, and at least 57 cases in 10 states in the U.S.. Association does not always imply causation, and so far, aside from the above research (and other reports), a direct mechanism of action hasn't been found. Of course, at one point in our nation's medical history, it wasn't proven that smoking caused lung cancer, or that thalidomide (an anti-nausea medication for pregnant women) caused birth deformities. Now we know.
6. Medical WMD Trivia:
Last week's trivia question asked for the five major pandemics in world history. It turns out that there have been several pandemics. There have been three major pandemics from Y. pestis (the bacterium that causes plague), two from smallpox, typhoid, influenza (the "Spanish flu"), and several others where the infectous pathogen wasn't clearly identified. Congratulations to Larry Kelly and Tom Verlaan for getting them! (The answers, not the diseases!)
At the time of the "Black Death" (bubonic plague), which wiped out an estimated one-third of Europe's population between 1347 and 1350, officials in the Venetian-controlled port of Ragusa realized that the disease was contagious and ships arriving from plague-affected areas were kept at sea for a 30-day period ("trentino" in Italian). Anyone caught visiting the ships would also be isolated for 30 days. Later the isolation period was extended to 40 days ("quarantino"), for uncertain reaons. Although the physicians and government officials didn't know how transmission occurred, they realized that contact between infected and non-infected persons somehow transmitted the disease. Infected persons on land were sent to hospitals called "lazarettos" build outside the city. ("Lazaretto" is derived from Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers in Cathoicism.) Chapters 13-14 of the book of Leviticus in the Bible describe "quarantining" of a person thought to have leprosy for 7 days. If the lesions didn't resolve, he was shut in for another 7 days. If the skin still wasn't free from disease, the person was considered unclean. Anyone entering his house was considered unclean for the rest of the day.
7. Political and medical malpractice (my opinion):
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a program managed by the CDC and FDA, collects and reviews reports of adverse events that occur after vaccination. To quote, "Healthcare providers are encouraged to report all clinically significant adverse events after vaccination to VAERS even if it is uncertain whether the vaccine caused the event" (emphasis added). in April OSHA stated that employers could be held liable if they required vaccination as a condition of employment and if the employee subsequently developed an adverse reaction, as this would be considered a work-related injury (29 CFR 1904). However, the Department of Labor and OSHA are trying to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. Consequently OSHA suspended the legal requirement for employers to report adverse effects possibly related to vaccinations. The OSHA FAQ section now states, "OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employer's vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904 requiring employers to record worker side effects from vaccination."
This is incredible! At best this is outright dishonesty, and at worst medical malpractice. And in any case, it destroys the credibility of our government by implying that political goals are placed above medical health and safety practices.
To your health,
Rad Doc Consultant, Inc