Archive for April 2009

Pigging Out On The Swine Flu….

April 29, 2009

Like a toddler in a playpen grasping at the most shiny object that captures its attention, the media has glommed on to the Swine Flu story as the most desirable object at the moment and is engaged in frenzied, saturation coverage…

Before you run in fear at the sight of a pig, someone sniffling—or go hide under the covers till all this passes—you may want to know—some of us have heard all this before.

It was back in 1976—and a soldier at Fort Dix told his drill instructor he wasn’t feeling well.

With-in the day, 19-year-old Army Private David Lewis died.  The government identified the culprit as a “Swine Flu”—and predicted a horrifying epidemic…

It recommended mass inoculations—and along with the the frenetic news reports predicting dire consequences—-the government created a massive public relations campaign aimed at selling the fear of Swine Flu death.

The funny thing was— the supposed epidemic never materialized and  the only one person who ever succumbed to the  Swine Flu back then was Private Lewis.

Although just one person died from the Swine Flu, records indicate hundreds died from talking the shots that were created to protect people from the virus.

As you can read here there were a lot of political pressures and other factors involved in creating the turmoil about the ’76 Swine Flu epidemic.

LOCATION…LOCATION…LOCATION…

Although it’s been over 3 decades since the Swine Flu was first discovered at Fort Dix— researchers have never been able to figure out HOW it originated there.

And that’s the funny thing about this latest outbreak of Swine Flu.

All the experts say they can’t figure out WHY it started in Mexico.

These viruses usually take root in Asia, and work their way around the world.

There’s no known reason for it to begin in Mexico.

THE  “B”  WORD…….

There’s one more little tidbit about this strain of the Swine Flu that’s odd.

It’s  makeup is something no one has ever seen before—and it’s highly unusual in its structure.

You see, it combines elements of three KINDS of flu: Swine, Bird and Human flu.

No one has ever seen a virus with all three of those characteristics together.

It almost sounds like it was specifically designed.

Let’s try and connect what few dots are out there.

  • * A hither-to unknown kind of virus, showing up in a place where it shouldn’t be.
  • * A virus with unusual characteristics that appears to be “created.”
  • * Mexican population panicked by threat.

Hmm…

Does it sound like maybe this was a test run of a generically engineered bit of Bio-Terrorism?

Before you dismiss that possibility—let’s see how this one plays out…

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Peeking Behind Closed Doors….

April 24, 2009

Years ago, Charlie Rich had a hit song titled Behind Closed Doors whose refrain was: “Oh, no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors…”

But, that may no longer be the case.

Just ask the government.

One of the men currently running for Governor of New Jersey apparently approved using  the GPS chip inside of  cell phones to track U.S. Citizens WITHOUT any warrants.

The story linked here claims when Christopher Christie was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, he used that warrantless tracking in close to 100 instances.

Christie claims it’s all legal—but tracking without a warrant disregards an internal U.S. Justice Department recommendation that “prosecutors obtain probable cause warrants before gathering location data from cell phones.”

Taken alone, Christie’s action may sound unique in terms of government intrusion.

But consider this gem from the man who is Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence—uttered a couple of years back.

Dr. Donald Kerr says Americans have to change their definition of privacy—because it should no longer mean anonymity.

Back in 2007, in testimony quoted here before Congress, Dr. Kerr said the only privacy you’ll have is what  ”government and business provide for people’s private communication and financial information”…

Sounds OK right?

Well.. Maybe not.

You see that same story details a claim by a retired AT&T technician who says he installed a device in 2003 that ”diverted and copied every call, email and Internet site” accessed via AT&T’s San Fransisco switching office.

And where did this copied information supposedly go?

You shouldn’t need more than one guess.

Yep… A U.S. government computer.

The story claims there’s close to 2 dozen similar sites all over the country doing the same thing!

It appears our friends in Washington are indiscriminately collecting each and every piece of information about us without worrying about those annoying ol’ search warrants…

No wonder they’re telling us we need to change our definition of privacy.

They’ve already done it…

So—what do we do?

If we live with the technology—we live with the potential for its abuse.

In the meantime, EYE fully expect this post is going to end up in some file somewhere—marked with a notation to keep tabs on the guy who wrote it—because he’s dangerous.

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Double Takes….

April 21, 2009

Sometimes things are not what they seem at first glance…

What you see is NOT always what you get.



Below are a few examples of things that deserve a closer look.

THEY WERE ANYTHING BUT STATION-ARY…

Imagine yourself in a crowded train station during the height of the morning commute. The background music playing on the building’s speakers is a classic show tune from The Sound Of Music.

Someone is so entranced the by music they begin singing and dancing to it..

Soon someone else joins in.. Then another, and another ’til 200 people are all creating a song-and-dance performance right before your eyes.

Well, that’s what happened in Antwerp’s Central Train station when a group of performers staged what appeared to be an ad-lib musical before scores of startled commuters.

In all, 200 performers participated in this stunt that was to serve as a promotion for a Belgian TV channel that was producing its own production of The Sound Of Music.

The best part about this video is the reaction shots of various commuters as the performance unfolded.

WHO NEEDS A SPELLCHECKER…

Here’s little item that you should be able to read it with ease— despite the fact it looks like gibberish on first glance

Not Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Turns out the human brain doesn’t always see spelling—but rather recognizes patterns.

So as long as the first and last letter of the word is in the right spot—and the word has the correct number of letters, your brain will process it correctly..

TRAIN YOURSELF TO BE A BETTER OBSERVER….


Take a look at this photo.

There is a train in it.

Well, strictly speaking—the train isn’t in the picture yet…

But if you click on this clip below you’ll see how this active railroad line suddenly becomes a market in Bangkok, Thailand.


Seconds after the train passes—there’s no sign of a railway…
NOW that deserves a double-take !

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A Tale Of Two Brains…..

April 19, 2009

There’s been a lot of shouting in recent days over the tea-bag protests that have been occurring all across the country.

The left and the right have been clashing with each other in vitriolic terms claiming the opposing side is just too stupid and hard-headed to understand their position.

But it may not be all politics.

It may be that each side CAN’T help but believe in what they believe.

All of it could just be preordained.

A study linked here that was done not that long ago by New York University and UCLA indicates there’s a real difference between a liberal’s brain––and a conservative’s brain..

In other words—-politics isn’t a choice–-it’s genetic..

You’re either born a blue brain…

Or a red brain…

Now.. EYE may not be the smartest guy in the room—and EYE don’t have a string of letters following my name to indicate my degree of brilliance—but you have to wonder about this piece of research.

Let’s look at this… You would think that one’s political views are formed by a confluence of experience…

And, you would think different events and experiences in your life would mold your views—and thus your political viewpoint.

Yeah.. you might think that….

But the folks who know better than us say HOLD ON—you were born with your politics already decided.

Nope, your views can’t change. You can’t become more conservative—or more liberal as you go about life.

You’re stuck. A Blue Brainer, or a Red Brainer. Case closed.


Does this mean EVERYTHING we do is predetermined at birth?

Hey GREAT!

So long personal responsibility!

Sorry EYE robbed the bank officer, but it can’t be helped. EYE was born with a bank robbers brain! Genetic, you know!

Nope… Honey, EYE really wasn’t cheating on you.. It’s just that ole’ brain of mine. It’s hard-wired that way. Now let’s forgive, forget and move on!

Yeah, this opens a world of possibilities!

Nothing will ever be our fault again. We’re just born that way!

Now—perhaps EYE am reading a little too much into this study. But, did you notice WHERE it was conducted? At schools in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES.

And aren’t those parts of the country considered centers for liberal thinking—

—or am EYE just being a no-brainer?

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