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Saturday Lecture Series: The South American Origin of EV-68

by coldwarrior ( 42 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Medicine, saturday lecture series, Special Report at October 18th, 2014 - 8:00 am

*This post was formerly the Saturday Lecture of 10/18/14*

*–You can assign whatever political motives to the Fedgov’s and Obama’s actions to the above scenario. The fact is, Ebola is a shiny object waved in our faces to distract us from the real problem in communicable disease, the politicization of illness.*

 

Good Morninng All! Welcome back to The Blogmocracy General Hospital and Distillery. Today We are going to have a lecture on Ebola. Enterovirus 68,  and some definitions and science. This is going to be a long lecture with lots of ranging topics. It is testable material.

The infectious disease guys want us to wash our hands with soap and water whenever possible. Only use that nasty anti-biotic gel when there is no soap and water around. The bacteria look at antibiotic hand gel the same way that Nietzsche looked at the human condition, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”. The gel kills most of the nasties; all are still left on your hands. Some live and they multiply, your hand sanitizer doesn’t work any more against that generation and their kids….and so on.

Soap and water mechanically gets all of them off of you.

Virus versus Bacteria

What is a virus? Let’s start by saying a virus and a bacteria are very very different. Bacteria are living cells that replicate on their own. Virii are collection of RNA or DNA that is wrapped in a simple protective coating. Virii bind to host cells and hijack that cell’s internal mechanisms to replicate the genetic material that is carried inside the virus. Whether or not virii are ‘alive’ is a matter of definition.Do they work against entropy? Well, no. They cannot replicate without host cells. Most virus can be eliminated with the help of a Vaccination. A Vaccination shows the body’s own defenses how to eliminate the virus.

 

Bacteria are very different. Bacteria are living cells. They require a medium and energy source to grow in, just like we do. Bacteria can be killed for the most part with antibiotics. Antibiotics are useless against virii. Antibiotics either disrupt the internal replication of the bacteria or destroys the cell wall.

Please see this list of Infectious Disease, many are caused by Bacteria and Virii, do note, when a disease agent is a virii, it is in the name of the agent:  Hepatitis C Virus. When the disease is caused by a Bacteria, the bacteria is named in convention: Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

As a general rule, virii are very very fragile outside the body as their structure is not conducive to living outside a host for long. Bacteria, on the other hand, are very hearty and can live for a very long time outside of a body. Anyone who is familiar with C-Diff can attest to that. Let’s also keep in mind that more people get the common cold (Enterovirus) that get Ebola (virus).

Ok, that should have taken you about 4 hours to get through. :lol:

 

Human response to infection:

Besides the obvious responses and the detail in the vaccination video above; this is testable and cumulative knowledge. So, do keep up. The main physiological response to a large infection is a fever. In healthy adult men and women, the range of normal, healthy temperatures for oral temperature is 33.2–38.2 °C (91.8–100.8 °F). A Fever….a response to an infection lies above that range.

I love Pathophysiology, so here is a dose for yinz:

The Pathophysiology of a Fever:

Temperature is ultimately regulated in the hypothalamus. A trigger of the fever, called a pyrogen, causes a release of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). PGE2 then in turn acts on the hypothalamus, which generates a systemic response back to the rest of the body, causing heat-creating effects to match a new temperature level.

In many respects, the hypothalamus works like a thermostat.[19] When the set point is raised, the body increases its temperature through both active generation of heat and retaining heat. Vasoconstriction both reduces heat loss through the skin and causes the person to feel cold. If these measures are insufficient to make the blood temperature in the brain match the new setting in the hypothalamus, then shivering begins in order to use muscle movements to produce more heat. When the fever stops, and the hypothalamic setting is set lower; the reverse of these processes (vasodilation, end of shivering and nonshivering heat production) and sweating are used to cool the body to the new, lower setting.

This contrasts with hyperthermia, in which the normal setting remains, and the body overheats through undesirable retention of excess heat or over-production of heat.[19] Hyperthermia is usually the result of an excessively hot environment (heat stroke) or an adverse reaction to drugs. Fever can be differentiated from hyperthermia by the circumstances surrounding it and its response to anti-pyretic medications

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Aspirin lower fevers because they disrupt the prostaglandins.

Why this response to infection?  Fever does a few things. First it aids in the healing process by increasing activity of the cells that make up the immune system, it degrades the Endotoxin effects, and it can denature the proteins in some infectious agents. Denature the proteins and you kill the invader. However, you risk denaturing your cellular structure as well. Brain damage lurks around 107F.

Lets Get Topical:

In America, as opposed to Africa, we don’t live in our own waste. We have proper health care. We understand science. That is why the Ebola breakout here will fizzle out and be a memory shortly.  If we were like Africa, we would have hundreds, maybe thousands of cases already. Even with the incompetence of Unit Directors in hospitals and the CDC, the staff at the hospitals managed to suppress this infection. Ebola must be in body fluids to transfer from body to body. It evolved that way. the coughing up of blood, projectile vomiting, projectile diarrhea and bleeding from all orifices is part of the evolution of the disease. the Virii that forced these actions survived, hence the hemorrhagic fevers. That is also why we do catch colds instead of Ebola. We get virus on our hands, touch a doorknob, someone else touches a doorknob…and it’s the common cold! There are more EV’s that cause common cold than there are hemorrhagic fevers for a reason. The hemorrhagic virus lives like a ROCK STAR! The EV’s live like middle management and bureaucrats.

Because we don’t live in our own filth, et cetera…the shiny object that everyone loves to talk about, Ebola, will fade. In the background is a rampant epidemic of a different type, Enterovirus 68. Enterovirii are highly contagious, the common cold is an EV. EV lasts longer outside of the host and are focused on respiratory excretions (as well as fecal-oral route) as a means for transmission. Someone with a cold (EV) isn’t much of a perceived vector when compared to the Ebola vector who is having projectile bloody vomit, explosive diarrhea, and is bleeding from every orifice. Who do you notice more, the middle manager or the ROCK STAR! ?

Enterovirus affect millions of people worldwide each year, and are often found in the respiratory secretions (e.g., saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus) and stool of an infected person. Historically, poliomyelitis was the most significant disease caused by an enterovirus, poliovirus. There are 64 non-polio enteroviruses that can cause disease in humans: 23 Coxsackie A viruses, 6 Coxsackie B viruses, 28 echoviruses, and 5 other enteroviruses.[2] Poliovirus, as well as coxsackie and echovirus are spread through the fecal-oral route. Infection can result in a wide variety of symptoms ranging from mild respiratory illness (common cold), hand, foot and mouth disease, acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, aseptic meningitis, myocarditis, severe neonatal sepsis-like disease, and acute flaccid paralysis.[2]

We identified Enterovirus-68 in 1962. Once in a while it would pop up, maybe a few here and there. However. This virus, like several other EV’s are found in far more prevalent numbers in Central America. Younger people are more likely to carry the virus as they have not grown the resistance to it. The more I look into this, the more politics I see. Let’s get down to some science and some numbers. The study cited just now says that:

Results

Our subjects had a median age of 3 years and a 1.2:1.0 male:female ratio. HRV was identified in 16% and HEV was identified in 3%. HRVs accounted for a higher frequency of isolates in those of younger age, in particular children < 1 years old. HRV-C accounted for 38% of all HRVs detected. Phylogenetic analysis revealed a high proportion of recombinant strains between HRV-A/HRV-C and between HEV-A/HEV-B. In addition, both EV-D68 and EV-A71 were identified.

Conclusions

In Latin America as in other regions, HRVs and HEVs account for a substantial proportion of respiratory viruses identified in young people with ILI, a finding that provides additional support for the development of pharmaceuticals and vaccines targeting these pathogens.

The age of those studied ranged from 1 month to 25 years, I’d like to introduce their graph here, note the HEV rates across coutry.

3% of those found to be ill with influenza type symptoms were found to have Enterovirus. Enterovirus-68 was identified. From their numbers 1 in 8 (12%) ill with an EV had EV-68. So, let’s take a thousand infected people from this set, this yields 3.6 people out of  1000 sick who are carrying EV-68. We can’t cut people into .6, so lets round down on purpose to 3 out of 1000 people who are sick are EV68.

There have been at least 50,000 children (low-ball on purpose), who have crossed from Central America to here in the past year. These are the ones who don’t have the adult immunity built up yet that we discussed above.

Now we have to make an assumption and carry it forward in real time. 50,000 kids (and this is a low estimate on purpose) head North. Lets say that 1% are sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, runny nose, body aches) at the start of their journey. This is also a low-ball estimate. Anyone who is around a bunch of kids knows that there are sniffles everywhere. So, of the 50,000 who got here, 2 stared out with Ev-68.

Just 2? So what. Well, that is at the start of the journey. And if its 3% sick its 4. If its 100,000 kids crossing the border….I low-balled this on purpose to prove a point. Lets take 2 kids with EV-68 and start them on their journey North. We all saw the conditions on the way up here. the farther North they get the closer packed they become until finally being placed in a holding area North of the border. Pause here.

2 EV-68 kids start a moths long journey and become placed into a cadre of other kids. The virus spreads from the beginning of the journey. Then more than 2 have the bug. Remember, EV-68 most of the time is just ‘the flu’ or a ‘cold’. A bunch of kids traveling North in far less than ideal conditions are going to be susceptible to the virus. The 2 become more. Large groups were congregated South of the border, crossed, and then became larger groups again North of the border. They did not move as cadre at the border or in the North. these are pools where some get in and some get out. Therefore, the EV infection can be spread on the journey north, reside south and north of the border and propagate until everyone leaves the area. As time moves forward in these places, the infection rate gets higher.

Disperse the disease.

The kids make it to the North. They are placed in holding areas. Did you notice that Fedgov was real quick to clear these people out of the holding areas as soon as possible? It was willing to take tons of heat and bad press over this. Why? You have to distribute them widely and rapidly to minimize large localized identifiable outbreaks. It does not take a genius to realize that packed in people living on top of each other will be disease vectors. We now have more than 2 EV-68′s at this point.  If one of them gets into a tight packed group of a few hundred or a thousand we have rapidly multiplying  disease vectors. We have an expanding and easily identified  infection. Now, this isn’t limited to the kids. Anyone who comes in contact who does not have immunity is now a vector.  The claim that the outbreaks of EV-68 also happened where there wasn’t ‘large numbers’ of these kids placed does not understand how infection works. It only takes one disease vector, immigrant or citizen, to infect many at any given time. These people who make such claims do not take time, which multiplies contact and increases disease,  into consideration as potential for more infections. Place one sick kid into a classroom full of kids who have no resistance to EV-68 and its going to be bad.

How would you get rid of a tanker truck full of incredibly toxic liquid? I’d drive it around on the highways while it dripped maybe a milliliter or so every 10 seconds at highway speed until empty; Hopefully, no one notices.

You can assign whatever political motives to the Fedgov’s and Obama’s actions to the above scenario. The fact is, Ebola is a shiny object waved in our faces to distract us from the real problem in communicable disease, the politicization of illness.

Prayers for Mandy [Updated Update]

by Bunk X ( 10 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Special Report, Uncategorized at October 5th, 2014 - 3:31 am

Mandy Nagy

For those who don’t know, Mandy Nagy (aka @Liberty_Chick) suffered a stroke early last month, and was knocked down big time. If you’re not familiar with her work, there’s a short synopsis here.

William (Bill) Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reports that Mandy was discharged from the hospital yesterday (3 October) and is now in a rehab facility. She is cognizant, but unable to to speak much. Here are some snippets in chronological order.

Update 5:45 p.m. 9-21-2014 — This is where I say: Stay hopeful but cautious, and not let recent progress create unrealistic short-term expectations. Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s doing very well. While I was there they put her in a recliner and she did her exercises and watched TV. I got her to laugh a few times. The color in her face has come back. I am very hopeful for significant recovery.

Update 6:15 p.m. 9-22-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s making progress. Her friend Bill was there today making her laugh. Still no date for rehab but should be soon. Each day she adds a one word or two. Bill tweets: just saw Mandy. She looks good. Laughing and smiling up a storm pics from Climate Rally. Some limited speech.

Update 1:40 p.m. 9-23-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s ready for rehab, but there are delays in getting her placed. During rehab in the hospital today they had her standing up. She understands what people are saying to her and will nod yes or no but she’s having trouble with language and output.

Update 7:15 p.m. 9-25-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She was very alert today. And it seems as though she understands everything we are saying to her and she can also read however she can’t identify the letters in what she’s reading. It’s interesting but I’m not sure how long it will take before she can use an iPad.

Update 7:55 p.m. 9-27-2014 — Mandy’s friend Bill tweets: “Mandy was really excited to see me today. She looked at me with those huge blue eyes of hers and smiled [continued] when she looks at me and I know she recognizes me it almost makes me cry.”

Update 8:30 A.m. 9-30-2014 — The fundraiser has launched: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.

You can pay by credit card at the GoFundMe page:

http://www.gofundme.com/f6yqmo

You also can pay by check, payable to the “Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust” at the following address:

Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust
P.O. Box 33
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938

Update 2:45 p.m. 10-2-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She looked good today. She’s talking a little bit more. She was in very good spirits smiling. I showed her the fundraiser and I could tell by the look on her face that she’s extremely grateful to everyone.

Update 6:10 p.m. 10-3-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: Mandy has moved from the hospital to a rehab facility.

Assuming Mandy qualifies for Medicare, it will only pay for 100 days of rehab. After that she’s going to either move out, or if she needs to stay, she’ll need to cough up $300 or more per day.

We wish you a fast recovery, Mandy.
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[Update to the update:  from Legal Insurrection. ]

Update 12:30 p.m. 10-5-2014
My wife and I saw Mandy at the rehab facility today. She was very alert. She seemed to understand everything we said, nodded, occasionally said “yeah.” Shook her head a lot in response to questions. She indicated she was aware of the fundraiser, but didn’t remember me visiting her in the hospital or reading her reader comments, so I did that again. I told her that she always had a place at Legal Insurrection, and she smiled, but that if she only could type with her left hand, we’d have to get her a job at Mother Jones — to which she laughed really hard.

It’s pretty clear that rehab progress will be measured in weeks, not days like when she was in the hospital after the initial stroke. So we’ll probably update this post weekly from now on. When we update, we’ll alert people by posting this at the top of the homepage and sending out a tweet.

Zeke wants you to be happy to DIE.

by coldwarrior ( 12 Comments › )
Filed under Health Care, Medicine, Special Report at September 19th, 2014 - 9:15 am

The death panels are very real, I am here to tell you. I work in healthcare, I see the internal workings and what must happen under Obamacare. Care will be rationed, Logan’s Run will be a reality. 75 is the cutoff for now. Retirement age will move to 72 or 73.  You get 2 years or so of retirement as a paltry reward for 50+ years of work and then, because you are a burden to the many, you must go.

 

Now comes the grooming for the death panels, you will be ready and happy to die at 75. Zeke is planting the seeds for the Death Panels, be ready to die at 75, you will be too old to be any good for society. Your experiences and thoughts will die with you. Take one for the team!

 

Dr Ezekiel Emanuel is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and heads the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and he says you should be happy to die at 75. Medical Ethics indeed!

Seventy-five.

That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.

This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well. They are certain that as I get closer to 75, I will push the desired age back to 80, then 85, maybe even 90.

I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value.

But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.

The rest of the article is here, be sure to read it.

Prayers for Mandy

by Bunk X ( 18 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Special Report at September 8th, 2014 - 12:52 am

Mandy Nagy

Our beloved Mandy Nagy, also known as Liberty Chick, had a stroke yesterday and brain surgery to relieve the pressure today.

I am in touch with Mandy’s mom, who approved me letting people know via Legal Insurrection. Before surgery, Mandy also was able to nod approval with a small smile, her mom tells me.

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Update 7:35 p.m. – Mandy’s mom tells me she is out of surgery, and the surgery went well. I can’t tell you how much I miss Mandy and can’t wait until she gets back. Mandy always was the voice of reason around here in an unreasonable world. [Source: Legal Insurrection]

For those who don’t know Mandy, she wrote for Andrew Breitbart and dared to post a story exposing a democrat fund raising organization run by a convicted domestic terrorist named Brett Kimberlin, aka “The Speedway Bomber.” For posting a story based upon available public information, she and others were viciously attacked by Kimberlin, Neil Rauhauser and Charles F. Johnson (whom she correctly tagged as a #brasnapper). These attacks weren’t limited to internet threats either. Ask Patterico.

Mandy was invited, and accepted, an interview on BlogMock Radio, 13 May 2012 during the peak of the harassment, and was not scared to name names.

We wish you a speedy recovery, Mandy.

 

Gen. Jack Keane: ISIS “most significant threat”; how to combat it effectively

by 1389AD ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Iraq, Islamic Supremacism, Jihad, Special Report, Syria at September 4th, 2014 - 11:26 am

Daily Caller: General: ISIS Is The Most Significant Threat To Middle East I’ve Ever Seen [VIDEO]

Former Army Vice Chief of Staff General Jack Keane told Fox News Tuesday night that the terrorist group ISIS is “the most significant threat to the Middle East that I have ever observed.”

“On the same weekend, they launched a new offensive in Iraq, collapsed a Peshmerga, a much-acclaimed military force that’s part of Kurdistan. Also they took two oil fields, and now threatens the Mosul Dam. They did this on one weekend in two different countries simultaneously. Anybody looking at that knows that this is an organization of consequence, and it must be dealt with,” General Keane said.

The Fox News military analyst provided several solutions to dealing with the Islamic army.

“The way you deal with them is you kill them, and that is the only way that they understand, is force. You have to apply force to deal with it,” Keane told Fox News host Shannon Bream.

He continued: “We need a strategy to deal with it. We have none, and the fact is, the strategy should not just be the killing aspect of it.”

The Army general believes the finances of the terrorist group should be targeted.

“We know what banks they’re using. We actually know the names of their seven portfolio managers. We should target the barks and target the managers. We should separate the groups that are supporting them politically,” said Keane.

The Obama administration knows that “militarily, there’s obviously much that we can do, and we’re sitting on our hands,” says the general.

“If we maintained a residual force, we could have buttressed the Iraqi military. We could have restrained Maliki and we could have made it possible for these people [terrorists] to not come back after we spent all of the blood and treasure pushing them out of Iraq,” National Review editor Rich Lowry told Fox News Channel on Tuesday.

Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf has been sounding the alarm about the attacks on Christians in Iraq. He recently told WMAL Radio in DC that Christians are “worse than persecuted, it is now officially genocide.”

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Much more here, including video.

IT’S GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!

by coldwarrior ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Climate, Economy, Special Report at August 23rd, 2014 - 1:35 am

Too Much Corn With Nowhere to Go as U.S. Sees Record Crop

By Jeff Wilson, Lydia Mulvany and Megan Durisin – Aug 22, 2014

The ripening corn and soybean fields stretch for miles in every direction from Dennis Wentworth’s farm in Downs, Illinois. As he marveled at his best-yielding crops ever, he wondered aloud where the heck he’ll put it all.

“Logistics are going to be a huge problem for everyone,” the 62-year-old grower said, adding that he has invested in boosting output rather than grain bins. When harvesting starts in a few weeks, Wentworth expects his 150-year-old family farm to produce 10 percent more than last year’s record. “There are going to be some big piles of grain on the ground this fall.”

From Ohio to Nebraska, thousands of field inspections this week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour show corn output in the U.S., the world’s top producer, will be 0.4 percent above the government’s estimate. Months of timely rains and mild weather created ideal growing conditions, leaving ears with more kernels than normal on 10-foot (3-meter) corn stalks and more seed pods on dark, green soy plants.

Prospects of bumper harvests sent Chicago futures tumbling into bear markets last month, two years after a drought eroded output and sparked the highest prices ever. Cheaper grain is bolstering profit for buyers including Tyson Foods Inc. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), encouraging some cattle producers in the Great Plains to expand herds, and eroding income for farmers who say increased output will make up for some of the slump.

Bigger Yields

Corn on the Chicago Board of Trade has tumbled 20 percent since the end of May, closing at $3.715 a bushel today, and soybeans are down 30 percent to $10.42 a bushel. The Bloomberg Commodity Index slid 6.3 percent over the same period, while the MSCI All-Country World Index of equities rose 1.7 percent. The Bloomberg Treasury Index gained about 0.6 percent.

Samples in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa — representing 45 percent of forecast U.S. corn output and 41 percent of soybeans — showed bigger yields than last year, according to inspections on the 22nd annual Pro Farmer crop tour, which ended yesterday. Corn production will be 14.093 billion bushels, compared with 14.032 billion estimated by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pro Farmer said in its final report today. Soybean output was forecast at 3.812 billion bushels, compared with a USDA estimate of 3.816 billion.

The volunteer scouts on the four-day crop tour drove more than 15,000 miles across seven Midwest states, the biggest growing region, taking random samples by counting the number of kernels on corn ears and pods on soybean plants. Editors of the Pro Farmer newsletter will issue final estimates of U.S. output today, partly based on this week’s measurements.

Ideal Weather

In Illinois, the No. 2 corn-growing state, Pro Farmer estimated yields at 198 bushels an acre, more than the 188 bushels the USDA predicted earlier this month, while soybeans were estimated at 54 bushels an acre, the same as the government forecast. In Iowa, the top grower, Pro Farmer pegged corn yields at 183 bushels, less than the USDA’s estimate of 185, and said soybean yields will be 49.5 bushels an acre and may reach the USDA’s forecast of 50 bushels.

The outlook has improved after months of ideal weather. Through Aug. 16, the majority of the Midwest was slightly dry to abnormally moist, according to a weekly Crop Moisture Index from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Temperatures that have been cooler than normal will remain average or below average through the end of August, the agency forecasts.

The government already predicted record crops on Aug. 12 and a drop in exports that will boost reserves, with corn output rising 0.8 percent and soybean production gaining 16 percent. The USDA will update its forecasts on Sept. 11.

Cutting Bets

Prices have plunged to the lowest since 2010, with soybean futures in Chicago dropping to $10.35 on Aug. 20 and corn slipping to $3.58 on Aug. 12. Money managers have cut their bets on a corn rally by 75 percent since early April, and they have had a net-short holding in soybeans for five straight weeks, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show.

Surging crop supplies may exacerbate the squeeze on grain storage and shipping. BNSF Railway Co., owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/B), and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. struggled with “greater-than normal” demand from shippers of coal, oil and Midwest crops, the USDA said this month in a report.

Combined with inventories left from the 2013 harvest, production of all grains and oilseeds will boost 2014 supply to 26.97 billion bushels, USDA data show. That’s more than the 23.4 billion of storage on farms and grain-company silos as of Dec. 1, the government estimated in a Jan. 10 report.

Roads, Trains

“I don’t know where it will all go this year,” said Richard Guse, a 54-year-old farmer from Waseca, Minnesota, who owns a 1 million-bushel grain elevator that he expanded in the past year by 275,000 bushels. “We need better roads and faster train shipping to keep the grain moving,” Guse said this week while inspecting fields as part of the Pro Farmer crop tour.

With the main harvest still weeks away, there is still time for crops to be damaged by weather, including an early frost. Parts of eastern and northwestern Iowa, the largest corn-growing areas, had less rain than normal over the past two weeks, QT Weather said in a report yesterday.

Not everyone is seeing better yields. Parts of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota had samplings that were less than last year. Ron Lampe’s 2,100 acres in Cumminstown, Iowa, were flooded by 20 inches of rain in late June, forcing him to replant more than 10 percent of his corn fields and damaging some of those that survived.

More Rain

Prices already may reflect expectations for a national corn yield of 170 bushels an acre, which would be more than the 167.4 bushels estimated by the USDA earlier this month, said Christopher Narayanan, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in New York who participated in the crop tour.

“I haven’t seen anything or heard anything that might suggest it would be higher,” Narayanan said in an interview yesterday.

For now, there are few risks seen and many farmers are expecting bigger harvests.

More rain is expected through the weekend across the northwestern and eastern Midwest, increasing soil moisture to boost the final stages of soybean growth, Donald Keeney, a meteorologist at MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland, said in an Aug. 20 report. There are no risks yet of frost, Commodity Weather Group said. The weather service yesterday predicted national corn yields will reach 171.5 bushels an acre, 1 percent above a prior estimate.

Best Crop Ever

Wentworth, the Illinois grower, said that instead of adding extra grain bins he is relying on forward-contracting to sell his anticipated avalanche of grain to six grain companies including Cargill Inc. and Andersons Inc. (ANDE) It will take about 538 semi-truck loads, each capable of hauling 80,000 pounds of corn and soybeans, to get his anticipated harvest to buyers. He’s been working to lease trucks and hire temporary drivers to help his two part-time employees keep his grain moving.

Cory Ritter, who farms about 2,000 acres with his father near Blue Mound, Illinois, said they planted more corn this year and expects to harvest 250 bushels an acre, at least 15 percent more than he originally anticipated. Some fields may get as much as 280 bushels, with some plants sprouting second ears and kernels heavier and larger than last year, he said.

“My corn has not been under any weather stress for one day,” said Ritter, 33. “The seed popped out of the ground in four days and started growing right away. Cool temperatures helped during pollination, producing big ears, and rains have come at the perfect time all season. It’s my best crop ever.”

Vice TV: Rise of the Islamic State Parts 3 and 4

by Rodan Comments Off
Filed under Al Qaeda, Dhimmitude, Islam, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Special Report at August 12th, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Here are the 3rd and 4th part of Vice TV’s special report behind the scenes with ISIS and the territory they rule.

Part3:

Part4:

Vice News: Rise of the Islamic State Parts I and 2

by Rodan ( 21 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Albania, Bosnia, British Islamic Jihadists, Chechnya, Iraq, Islam, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Jihad, Kosovo, Sharia (Islamic Law), Special Report, Syria, Terrorism at August 8th, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Vice News was able to embed a reporter with ISIS and record this documentary.

Part 1

Part 2

Turkey assisted ISIS

by Rodan ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Iraq, Islamists, Special Report, Syria, Turkey at August 6th, 2014 - 11:02 pm

It comes as no shock to me the revelation that Turkey assisted ISIS. Erdogan is an Islamist and thus would view assisting ISIS as a religious duty.

Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “AKP government has helped us a lot” since the war in Syria began, an Islamic State fighter told a Turkish journalist.

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The Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) exclusively provided The Jerusalem Post with a report on Tuesday based on an interview with the fighter, who is in Ankara for medical care, by journalist Deniz Kahraman from the left-liberal Aydinlik newspaper and the OdaTV website, in which the fighter says Turkey played a crucial role in the Sunni group’s spectacular advances. “Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large number of our mujahedeen [jihadis] received medical treatment in Turkey,” he said. “We do not have the support of Saudi Arabia, but many Saudi families who believe in jihad do assist us. But anyhow, we will no longer need it, soon,” he said. “We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule,” he added. The Islamic State gunman discussed his personal history, how he has been fighting with jihadist groups for 12 years, first taking part in combat against the Americans in Fallujah, Iraq.

Erdogan’s Turkey has been nothing but trouble.

Doctor claims Dogs understand humans

by Rodan ( 11 Comments › )
Filed under Dog Day Afternoon, Special Report at July 24th, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Anyone owning a dog know they understand what we say. They rely on more than instinct and actually show though processes. A doctor now claims, he will prove dogs understand human speech.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Dr. Greg Berns of Emory University wants to prove that a dog really does understand what its owner is saying to them.

“The more I study dogs and the more I study their brains, the more similarities I see to human brains,” Berns told WGCL-TV. “They are intelligent, they are emotional, and they’ve been ignored in terms of research and understanding how they think. So, we are all interested in trying to develop ways to understand how their minds work.”

Berns uses an MRI to test a dog’s brain.

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Currently, we are trying to understand what dogs perceive about the world,” Berns told WGCL. “You know, what do they see when they see humans, dogs, other animals, cars, etc. so the idea is, at least in humans and even in certain chimpanzees and monkeys, there are parts of the brain specialized for visual processing of all of these things and so what we are trying to determine is whether a dog has that sam ekind of specialization. Nobody knows. Understanding how that dog’s brain works can only help that dog be happier and more productive in its role serving man.

I don’t need a study to know the answer.