‘Dirty meat’: Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants

Shocking hygiene failings have been discovered in some of the US’s biggest meat plants, as a new analysis reveals that as many as 15% (one in seven) of the US population suffers from foodborne illnesses annually.

A joint investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and the Guardian found that hygiene incidents are at numbers that experts described as “deeply worrying”.

US campaigners are calling once again for the closure of a legal loophole that allows meat with salmonella to be sold in the human supply chain, and also warn about the industry’s push to speed up production in the country’s meat plants. And UK campaigners warn that the UK could be flooded with “dirty meat” if a US trade deal is signed post-Brexit.

The unpublished US- government records highlight numerous specific incidents including:

  • Diseased poultry meat that had been condemned found in containers used to hold edible food products;
  • Pig carcasses piling up on the factory floor after an equipment breakdown, leading to contamination with grease, blood and other filth;
  • Meat destined for the human food chain found riddled with faecal matter and abscesses filled with pus;
  • High-power hoses being used to clean dirty floors next to working production lines containing food products;
  • Factory floors flooded with dirty water after drains became blocked by meat parts and other debris;
  • Dirty chicken, soiled with faeces or having been dropped on the floor, being put back on to the production line after being rinsed with dilute chlorine.

All of the reported breaches resulted in immediate remedial action with no risk posed to consumers, according to the companies involved.

But campaigners warned that other violations may go undetected. Tony Corbo, senior lobbyist with Food and Water Watch, said: “While the inspectors are able to cite the plants for hundreds of violations per week, I am confident that they are not catching every instance of unsafe practices being committed in these plants.”

Meat hygiene inspectors interviewed by the Guardian agreed, saying fast line speeds and other pressures in some plants meant it was “inevitable” that some breaches slipped through the net.

The findings are worrying, according to Prof Erik Millstone, a food safety expert at Sussex University, “because of the risks of spreading infectious pathogens from carcass to carcass, and between portions of meat. The rates at which outbreaks of infectious food poisoning occur in the US are significantly higher than in the UK, or the EU, and poor hygiene in the meat supply chain is [a] leading cause of food poisoning in the US.”


Black bacterial colonies of salmonella. Food poisoning outbreaks are much higher than in the UK.

Black bacterial colonies of salmonella. Food poisoning outbreaks are much higher than in the UK. Photograph: Chansom Pantip/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Bureau and the Guardian obtained previously unpublished documents relating to 47 meat plants across the US. Some of the documents relate to certain companies, including Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the US’s biggest poultry producers, and Swift Pork. Although not a comprehensive portrait of the sector – there are around 6,000 US plants regularly inspected by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) – the documents provide a snapshot of issues rarely detailed in public which has rung alarm bells with campaigners in both the US and UK.

“The US meat industry has a responsibility to clean up its act,” said David Wallinga, senior health officer at the Natural Resources Defence Council, which obtained some of the documents. He said the Pilgrim’s Pride records detailed “numerous food safety violations.”

Kerry McCarthy, former UK shadow environment minister and Labour MP, called for urgent reassurances from both the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and “the top of government” that standards would not be allowed to slip as trade negotiations with the US get underway.

“We cannot allow this to be a race to the bottom. We should insist the US raises its standards, and guarantees food safety, before we are prepared to allow in US meat imports,” she said. McCarthy has written to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, and Liam Fox, the trade secretary, to raise the matter.

The documents seen by the Bureau and Guardian do not reveal the full numbers of non-compliance reports across the whole sector. However, one dataset covering 13 large red meat and poultry plants over two years (2015-17) shows an average of more than 150 violations a week, and 15,000 violations over the entire period. Thousands of similar violations were recorded at 10 pork-producing plants over a five-year period up until 2016, further documents show.

Another batch of previously unpublished documents shows frequent failings at 24 plants operated by Pilgrim’s Pride who recently bought the British chicken giant Moy Park. The company slaughters 34 million birds each week and produces one in five of the chickens in the country.

More than 16,000 non-compliance reports on Pilgrim’s Pride operations detail 36,612 individual regulatory violations – an average of 1,464 a month – at the 24 plants during a 25-month period between 2014 and 2016.


Pilgrim’s Pride chickens on display at a supermarket.

Pilgrim’s Pride chickens on display at a supermarket. Photograph: Kristoffer Tripplaar / Alamy/Alamy

In one incident, diseased meat – condemned from entering the human food chain – was placed in a container meant for edible product. An inspector discovered “carcasses of poultry showing evidence of septicemic disease … carcasses showing evidence of having died from other causes than slaughter … guts of carcasses, [and] poultry carcasses with heads attached.” He requested that the condemned items be removed. A similar incident was recorded some days later.

One inspector saw chicken drumsticks piling up on the floor, and instructed workers to pick them up “to be reconditioned with chlorinated water.” Again, a similar incident had occurred previously. In another incident in a bagging department, 36 shrink-wrapped whole birds were found scattered on the floor. An inspector noted: “in my presence the establishments began initiating their corrective action by picking up all affected product off the floor … to be carried to the establishment’s designated wash station to be thoroughly rinsed off.”

Meat soiled with faecal matter was also recorded, with an inspector noting “… I observed a poultry intestine in the liver bin. The intestine was approximately 6.5 inches long and had visible faeces oozing out both ends.” The incident resulted in the livers being condemned from the human food chain.

At another Pilgrim’s Pride plant, the records reveal how deficient equipment led to a carcass becoming contaminated with faeces. “I observed one of my 10 test birds with a spot of faecal matter on the exterior of the right thigh. The spot of faecal [sic] was … brownish green in colour and had a pasty consistency,” an inspector notes. The affected bird was “retained by management for review then sent to reprocessing for reconditioning with chlorinated water.” Similar carcass contamination had been recorded before.

Internal FSIS records also highlight numerous violations at meat plants producing pork. In an incident recorded at a plant run by Swift Pork, owned by meat giant JBS, 48 pig carcasses were found to have fallen on the floor because of defective equipment, leading to contamination with “black trolley grease, floor grime and bloody smears”. The records noted: “The line was stopped for about 15 minutes. The carcasses were sent to be trimmed first then steam vacuumed with 180F water.”

On another occasion, an employee cleaned the factory floor with meat products on an adjacent conveyor belt, creating a mist that could contaminate the meat. “This mist is contaminated by the inedible debris and … comes into contact with edible product,” an inspector observed.


Pigs are seen in a factory farm December 2003 in northern Missouri.

Pigs are seen in a factory farm December 2003 in northern Missouri. Photograph: Daniel Pepper/Getty Images

In a separate incident, a pig’s head was found to have partially covered a drain, leading to “bloody waste water filling the area”. This and another blockage caused by a buildup of skin led to dirty water flooding other areas. “Because of the plugged drains, an insanitary condition was created; the bloody water in the walkway could be splashed and carried throughout the kill floor after employees walked through the puddle,” an inspector wrote.

In a different part of the factory, inspectors found a stainless steel handwash sink “plugged and approximately one-quarter full of standing bloody water with pieces of fat and meat. Production employees use this sink to clean and sanitise their hands and gloves. This creates an insanitary condition.”

In a statement, JBS, which owns Pilgrim’s and Swift Pork, said all of the violations recorded were “immediately addressed” and that consumers were never put at risk. “The US meat and poultry sector is one of the most highly regulated industries in America,” said Al Almanza, JBS’s global head of food safety and quality assurance, and former head of FSIS for 39 years. “Non-compliance reports are issued by USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] inspection personnel to document when an establishment has not met a specific regulatory requirement. However, the vast majority of non-compliance issues are addressed immediately and have no impact on food safety.”

“All of the documented incidents regarding JBS [Swift Pork] and Pilgrim’s were immediately addressed by our facilities. None of these incidents put anyone at risk or resulted in any adulterated product released into commerce. Food safety is achieved by implementing processes that consistently detect and correct issues before products are released into commerce. Our team at JBS and Pilgrim’s is committed to the highest food safety standards and we partner with USDA each and every day to ensure that consumers can enjoy safe and quality products with confidence.”

Salmonella and other foodborne illnesses

The US has shockingly high levels of foodborne illness, according to a new analysis by UK pressure group Sustain. It says that annually, around 14.7% (48 million people) of the US population is estimated to suffer from an illness, compared to around 1.5% (1 million) in the UK. In the US, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3,000 die each year of foodborne diseases.

One bug, salmonella, causes around 1m illnesses per year in the US, while in the UK the numbers of officially recorded incidents is relatively low, with just under 10,000 laboratory confirmed cases in 2016. However, unreported incidents could substantially increase those numbers. Salmonella takes hold on farms and is found in the guts of poultry and livestock: farm animals and birds can become contaminated with faeces containing the bacteria during transport to abattoirs, where slaughter and processing procedures can also spread it.

Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of Sustain, said the figures underscored concerns about future US-UK trade deals: “The US has already warned us that we will need to lower our food standards in exchange for a quick trade deal, but we need to fight this hard. They are desperate to sell us their chlorine-washed chicken, but we know chlorine and other unpalatable treatments can mask dirty meat, low hygiene standards and poor animal welfare, which the UK consumer will not stand for.

“In recent years, the UK meat, dairy and egg industries have improved food safety; so we should all be alarmed about any trade deal that opens up our market to products that undermine this progress.

Source Article from https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2018/feb/21/dirty-meat-shocking-hygiene-failings-discovered-in-us-pig-and-chicken-plants

How The US Government Really Discovered The Rings Around Jupiter – It Wasn’t Video Footage…



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Never in human history have we seen such a disclosure of sensitive information that was previously kept classified. Never in human history have we seen new revelations and information emerge that severely challenge the belief systems many of us hold, or have held. We’re living in a special time here on Earth, there is currently a big shift in the way we collectively perceive our world. This is something that’s occurred throughout all stages of human history. For example, when science began questioning the Church, when the Earth became round from flat, and when Einstein published his paper on special relativity. We are lucky enough to be living through a shift right now; the realization that there is much more to our world than what we call physical material reality, and that this ‘spiritual’ and ‘invisible’ world has a direct correlation with the physical one. A great example of that is how hundreds of scientists are gathering to emphasize that matter is not the only reality.

Another great example, is the fact that the Department of Defence declassified their involvement in a more than two-decades long study of parapsychological phenomenon anomalies like ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, and remote viewing.

It also amazes me how this stuff can be deemed as “pseudoscience” when results from published research show statistically significant results, and in some cases, more so than the “hard sciences”. One study that dates as far back as 1999, showed the parapsychological phenomena was more credible than the science used to approve certain medications and over-the counter relief drugs. It’s also perplexing to ponder the idea that this stuff is simply not real, when it’s been studied and used by the highest levels of global governments for decades.

The idea that consciousness, or factors associated with our human consciousness, affect our physical material world is all but confirmed. This program was called the STARGATE Project, and given what we already know about the black budget and the world of secrecy, it’s safe to assume that not all which was discovered has been disclosed, and that these programs still run today.

On a side note, here’s an interesting lecture from the Co-Founder of the STARGATE program, Russel Targ, which not only had intelligence agencies involved, but also researchers from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). In 1976, a presentation was given at the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on a paper published by the Institute on behalf of Hal Puthoff, the other Co-Founder (now part of the To The Stars initiative that received and released the recent UFO Pentagon footage) and Russell Targ. After that, the program went black.

One part of the STARGATE project was remote viewing, which is the ability of individuals to describe remote geographical locations up to several hundred thousand kilometres away, and more, from their actual physical location.

Here’s a telling quote from some of the declassified literature:

“To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the [remote viewing] phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise. . . . The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions.” (source)

The program had many successful accomplishments, which included cases of premonition as well. Another example, out of many, would be the fact that they used the program to locate a lost spy plane in Africa.

According to Paul H. Smith, PhD., and one of the participants in the Stargate project (now a retired US army major), gives us more detail from his book that is sourced below:

In March 1979, a young Air Force enlisted woman named Rosemary Smith was handed a map of the entire continent of Africa. She was told only that some-time in the past few days a Soviet Tu-22 bomber outfitted as a spy plane had crashed somewhere in the continent.  The United States desperately wanted to recover the top secret Russian codes and equipment the Tu-22 carried. Using their remote viewing skills, she pinpointed the wreckage, even though it had been completely swallowed by the jungle canopy into which the jet had plunged nose first. (source, pg. 31)

To be honest it’s quite amazing, the program was even able to identify a Russian sub that defied global engineering feats, located in a secret Russian military installation.

Here’s an interesting related CE article that shows more examples of actual people with specific skills under examination by the Department of Defence:

CIA Document Confirms Reality of Humans With Special Abilities Able To Do Impossible Things

The Rings Around Jupiter

One participant of the program, remote viewer Ingo Swann, was tasked with the job of taking a look at what could be going on off the planet.

Dr. Puthoff explains:

“To determine whether it was necessary to have a ‘beacon’ individual at the target site, Swann suggested carrying out an experiment to remote view the planet Jupiter before the upcoming NASA Pioneer 10 flyby. In that case, much to his chagrin (and ours) he found a ring around Jupiter, and wondered if perhaps he had remote viewed Saturn by mistake. Our colleagues in astronomy were quite unimpressed as well, until the flyby revealed that an unanticipated ring did in fact exist.”

In addition to Swann, there are a lot more remote viewers in this program, as Paul Smith mentioned above, like Joe McMoneagle, who has remote viewed off planet as well, and found some fascinating stuff related to mars.

The issue we have with a phenomenon like this is that it seems to be in the hands of the Department of Defence. Why are we only interested in using something that could be considered the next scientific revolution, for defence purposes?

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla 

The bottom of this article provides a little more information about Ingo and has a great lecture embedded in it if you’d like to learn more about him and his work.


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How The US Government Really Discovered The Rings Around Jupiter – It Was Wasn’t Video Footage…



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Never in human history have we seen such a disclosure of sensitive information that was previously kept classified. Never in human history have we seen new revelations and information emerge that severely challenge the belief systems many of us hold, or have held. We’re living in a special time here on Earth, there is currently a big shift in the way we collectively perceive our world. This is something that’s occurred throughout all stages of human history. For example, when science began questioning the Church, when the Earth became round from flat, and when Einstein published his paper on special relativity. We are lucky enough to be living through a shift right now; the realization that there is much more to our world than what we call physical material reality, and that this ‘spiritual’ and ‘invisible’ world has a direct correlation with the physical one. A great example of that is how hundreds of scientists are gathering to emphasize that matter is not the only reality.

Another great example, is the fact that the Department of Defence declassified their involvement in a more than two-decades long study of parapsychological phenomenon anomalies like ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, and remote viewing.

It also amazes me how this stuff can be deemed as “pseudoscience” when results from published research show statistically significant results, and in some cases, more so than the “hard sciences”. One study that dates as far back as 1999, showed the parapsychological phenomena was more credible than the science used to approve certain medications and over-the counter relief drugs. It’s also perplexing to ponder the idea that this stuff is simply not real, when it’s been studied and used by the highest levels of global governments for decades.

The idea that consciousness, or factors associated with our human consciousness, affect our physical material world is all but confirmed. This program was called the STARGATE Project, and given what we already know about the black budget and the world of secrecy, it’s safe to assume that not all which was discovered has been disclosed, and that these programs still run today.

On a side note, here’s an interesting lecture from the Co-Founder of the STARGATE program, Russel Targ, which not only had intelligence agencies involved, but also researchers from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). In 1976, a presentation was given at the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on a paper published by the Institute on behalf of Hal Puthoff, the other Co-Founder (now part of the To The Stars initiative that received and released the recent UFO Pentagon footage) and Russell Targ. After that, the program went black.

One part of the STARGATE project was remote viewing, which is the ability of individuals to describe remote geographical locations up to several hundred thousand kilometres away, and more, from their actual physical location.

Here’s a telling quote from some of the declassified literature:

“To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the [remote viewing] phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise. . . . The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions.” (source)

The program had many successful accomplishments, which included cases of premonition as well. Another example, out of many, would be the fact that they used the program to locate a lost spy plane in Africa.

According to Paul H. Smith, PhD., and one of the participants in the Stargate project (now a retired US army major), gives us more detail from his book that is sourced below:

In March 1979, a young Air Force enlisted a woman named Rosemary Smith was handed a map of the entire continent of Africa. She was told only that some-time in the past few days a Soviet Tu-22 bomber outfitted as a spy plane had crashed somewhere in the continent.  The United States desperately wanted to recover the top secret Russian codes and equipment the Tu-22 carried. Using their remote viewing skills, she pinpointed the wreckage, even though it had been completely swallowed by the jungle canopy into which the jet had plunged nose first. (source, pg. 31)

To be honest it’s quite amazing, the program was even able to identify a Russian sub that defied global engineering feats, located in a secret Russian military installation.

Here’s an interesting related CE article that shows more examples of actual people with specific skills under examination by the Department of Defence:

CIA Document Confirms Reality of Humans With Special Abilities Able To Do Impossible Things

The Rings Around Jupiter

One participant of the program, remote viewer Ingo Swann, was tasked with the job of taking a look at what could be going on off the planet.

Dr. Puthoff explains:

“To determine whether it was necessary to have a ‘beacon’ individual at the target site, Swann suggested carrying out an experiment to remote view the planet Jupiter before the upcoming NASA Pioneer 10 flyby. In that case, much to his chagrin (and ours) he found a ring around Jupiter, and wondered if perhaps he had remote viewed Saturn by mistake. Our colleagues in astronomy were quite unimpressed as well, until the flyby revealed that an unanticipated ring did in fact exist.”

In addition to Swann, there are a lot more remote viewers in this program, as Paul Smith mentioned above, like Joe McMoneagle, who has remote viewed off planet as well, and found some fascinating stuff related to mars.

The issue we have with a phenomenon like this is that it seems to be in the hands of the Department of Defence. Why are we only interested in using something that could be considered the next scientific revolution, for defence purposes?

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla 

The bottom of this article provides a little more information about Ingo and has a great lecture embedded in it if you’d like to learn more about him and his work.


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Hidden Mayan City of 10 Million People Discovered By Researchers In Guatemala

The Earth is so vast, archaeologists are still finding remnants of lost civilizations. Most recently, researchers discovered a Mayan city, hidden in the Guatemalan jungle, which is estimated to have been home to approximately 10 million citizens.

The Guardian reports that the researchers used a high-tech aerial mapping technique to find tens of thousands of hidden structures. They include Mayan houses, buildings, defense works, pyramids, an industrial-sized agricultural field and irrigation canals. At least four major Mayan ceremonial centers with plazas were also detected by the mapping technique.

News of the lost city, which was hidden in the jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, was announced on Thursday by an alliance of US, European and Guatemalan archaeologists who have been working in conjunction with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation.

To supply the 10 million Mayan residents, massive food production would have been essential. Marcello A Canuto, a professor of anthropology at Tulane University, commented on this when he said, “That is two to three times more [inhabitants] than people were saying there were.”

The mapping technique is called Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging. Contours hidden by dense foliage are found as the technology bounces pulsed laser light off the ground. The resulting images revealed that the Mayans altered the landscape in a drastic way. In some areas, 95 percent of the land was cultivated.

Said Francisco Estrada-Belli, a research assistant professor at Tulane University, “Their agriculture is much more intensive and therefore sustainable than we thought, and they were cultivating every inch of the land.” Estrada-Belli added that the ancient Mayas partly drained swampy road that hasn’t been farmed since.

Researchers suggest the civilization had a highly organized workforce. They predicted this based on the extensive defensive fences, ditch-and-rampart systems, and the constructed irrigation canals.

This unprocessed image of the jungle reveals the groundworks and buildings beneath the dense foliage. Credit: Depositphotos

As The Guardian reports, the mapping — which revealed 810 square miles (or 2,100 square kilometers) of hidden civilization — expands the area that was intensively occupied by the Maya. The culture flourished between roughly 1,000 BC and 900 AD. Many descendants still inhabit the region.

Thomas Garrison, assistant professor of anthropology at Ithaca College in New York, used the Lidar data to look for one of the roads.

“I found it, but if I had not had the Lidar and known that that’s what it was, I would have walked right over it, because of how dense the jungle is.”

Tikal. The ancient ruins are located in the rainforests of Guatemala.

Garrison noted that the jungle grew over the abandoned Maya field and structures, rather than destroyed them. This is unlike some other ancient cities, whose fields, roads and outbuildings have been all but destroyed by the elements.

“The jungle, which has hindered us in our discovery efforts for so long, has actually worked as this great preservative tool of the impact the culture had across the landscape,” noted Garrison. The assistant professor says the finding “can’t be called anything other than a Maya fortress.”

To the researchers’ surprise, the structures were hiding in plain sight. “As soon as we saw this we all felt a little sheepish,” said Canuto, “because these were things that we had been walking over all the time.” 

What else might be discovered with the Lidar technology? Only time will tell!

h/t The Guardian

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Fertility secrets of the Pharaohs: 4,400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt



 


An ancient 4,400-year-old tomb has been discovered outside Cairo, Egypt. The remarkable find was unveiled to the public on Saturday near the country’s famed pyramids of Giza.

The tomb is said to be that of a high-ranking ancient Egyptian priestess known as Hetpet. Archaeologists believe that she was close to fifth dynasty (c. 2,500 BC) Egyptian royalty.

Hetpet is thought to have been a priestess of Hathor, the goddess of fertility whom ancient Egyptians believed protected women during childbirth. And, though her mummy has yet to be found, fragments of artefacts belonging to Heptet were previously discovered in the same area over a century ago, in 1909.

The tomb, constructed from mud and brick, was discovered following a mammoth excavation effort which involved the removal of between 250 and 300 cubic metres of earth. “This is a very promising area. We expect to find more,” said lead archaeologist Mostafa al-Waziri AP reports.

“We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb,” he added. Contained within are various well preserved paintings depicting the priestess observing a variety of hunting and fishing scenes.

Others show a monkey picking fruit while another dances in front of an orchestra, monkeys having been domesticated animals in the times of the Pharaohs. The mission that sparked this latest discovery began in October 2017, but archaeologists have been making finds in the area since the 18th Century.

And they show no sign of slowing down: Aside from all of the wonders that have been unearthed, more treasures surely lie beneath the vast desert. 2017 was a good year for relic hunters; in December two 3,500 year old tombs were discovered near the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and the iconic Valley of the Kings.

اكتشاف مقبرة من عصر الدولة القديمة في الجبانة الغربية بمنطقة الاهرامات……………………إكتشاف مقبرة لسيدة تدع…

Posted by ‎Ministry of Antiquities وزارة الآثار‎ on Saturday, February 3, 2018

In November archaeologists discovered a secret, giant void within the Great Pyramid of Giza. Located above the pyramid’s Grand Gallery, the 30-meter-long void inside Khufu’s Pyramid remains a mystery.

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North Atlantic right whale discovered dead off Virginia coast, 1st in 2018

At least 18 North Atlantic right whales have now died in Canadian and U.S. last year and this winter.

    

Another North Atlantic right whale has been found dead, the first to be recorded in 2018 and the 18th since last year.

The whale was reportedly found off the coast of Virginia on Jan. 22.

Jennifer Goebel, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), confirmed the information to Global News on Thursday.

According to NOAA, the remains of the whale appeared to be wrapped in a fishing line.

Based on past experience with entangled whales the NOAA believe the whale was alive and swimming when it encountered the line.

Canada implements new restrictions

The discovery of the whale comes only two days after the federal fisheries minister announced four measures aimed at protecting right whales from entanglement in fishing gear.

“Protecting Canada’s endangered whales from further harm is a responsibility that weighs heavily on all of us,” Dominic LeBlanc said Tuesday in Moncton.

LeBlanc said four new rules for the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery will greatly reduce the amount of rope that can be left floating on the surface when crab pots are set – to no more than 3.7 metres.

“In addition, no rope attaching a crab trap to a primary buoy can remain floating on the surface of the water after the crab trap has been set,” he said.

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Newly Discovered: 347 Kilometre Underwater Cave Looks To Shed Light On Ancient Mayan Secrets

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After a 10 month exploration of the underwater marvel, a team of scientists in Mexico have uncovered the largest flooded cave system ever discovered.

The caves span 347 kilometres (216 miles) and is not just home to wildlife, but contains archaeological finds that have the potential to reveal lost secrets of the Mayan people.

“This immense cave represents the most important submerged archaeological site in the world,” said archaeologist Guillermo de Anda from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

“It has more than a hundred archaeological contexts, among which are evidence of the first settlers of America, as well as extinct fauna and, of course, the Maya culture.”

De Anda is heading research team- the Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM). The team has been exploring underwater caves in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo for decades.

This region is home to 358 cave systems, comprised of 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) of underwater labyrinth hidden underground.

Last week the Sac Actun System was discovered which was originally thought to be a part of two different systems. However, it turned out to be a part of the previously discovered Dos Ojos cave system, creating 1 mammoth underwater structure.

“We came really close a few times. On a couple of occasions, we were a metre from making a connection between the two large cave systems,” GAM exploration director Robert Schmittner told Mexican newspaper El Pais.

“It was like trying to follow the veins within a body. It was a labyrinth of paths that sometimes came together and sometimes separated. We had to be very careful.”

The discovery has now been made and the Dos Ojos is now recognised as a part of the Sac Actun, meaning it is now the largest known (347 kilometres) underwater cave.

The researchers have added that the Sac Actun could potentially be connected to 3 more underwater caves, making it even larger if they can make the link.

The team have also shown in videos and photos Mayan artifacts and ruins. Skip to 0:58 of the video to see this discovery.

“We’ve recorded more than 100 archaeological elements: the remains of extinct fauna, early humans, Maya archaeology, ceramics, and Maya graves,” de Anda told the Mexican media.

“It’s a tunnel of time that transports you to a place 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.”

This is an exciting discovery that has the potential to shed light on the way this very mystical society lived. Please share this article.

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Orangutans discovered to be herbal medicine geniuses who manufacture their own healing ointments using forest plants

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When we want a natural cure, many of us look to traditional medicine. While the remedies used by ancient people across the world often prove to be valuable tools for healing, there might be one potential source of herbal medicine that we are overlooking: animals.

Orangutans have been observed in the wild creating their own ointment and using it to treat aching limbs in what is believed to be the first time humans have witnessed animals self-treating with anti-inflammatory agents.

In the study, more than 20,000 hours of animals in the wild were filmed by the Borneo Nature Foundation. Apes were seen in the clips making their own herbal medicines and using them in Indonesian Borneo’s Sabangau Forest, which is situated in Central Kalimantan.

The amazed scientists watched as apes chewed leaves into a lather and then methodically rubbed it onto their legs and upper arms for as long as 45 minutes at a time. They were seen spitting the leftover pulp out rather than swallowing it, which indicates that they are not eating this plant and are likely only chewing it for the express purpose of obtaining the healing juices. This is further supported by the fact that the plant’s leaves are known to be extremely bitter.

Moreover, after studying 50 orangutans, five of the seven apes who were seen doing this were mothers who had been carrying infants, which likely strained their arms in ways that prompted them to find relief.

The researchers tested the plants and discovered that the one being used by the apes was Dracaena cantleyi, which is indeed known among locals as helping with limb aches. Interestingly, some ethno-medicine studies have indicated that certain indigenous communities might glean some of their medicinal plant knowledge by observing the behavior of sick animals, so it’s possible the locals here first got the idea by observing the apes many years ago. When the apes chew the leaves up, it releases saponins, which form the lather that the apes then apply to themselves.

Chemical analysis has shown that the leaves of these plants do possess anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokines that can cause discomfort in muscles and joints. Their findings were published in Nature.

Chimps, gorillas, and bonobos have been seen swallowing certain bitter plant juices in the past to address parasite infections, but making their own ointments takes these self-medicating skills to new levels.

Self-medication surprisingly common among animals

According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, lots of animals self-medicate. While the intelligence of apes is well-documented, even creatures with pinhead-sized brains know to consume specific plants when they are unwell.

For example, some lizards have been known to eat a certain root to counter venom when bitten by venomous snakes. Macaws and other animals eat clay to help their digestion and kill bacteria, while female woolly spider monkeys have been observed adding plants to their diet in Brazil to change their fertility levels.

On the smaller end of the scale, fruit flies will lay their eggs in plants with high levels of ethanol when parasitoid wasps are around in order to protect their offspring. Ants, meanwhile, have been known to seek out certain substances that are normally harmful to them when they are exposed to a deadly fungus to increase their chances of survival. They even seemed to know which dosage was safe in studies.

We can all learn a thing or two by following the example of animals in the wild. Time and time again, scientific and anecdotal evidence alike has illustrated the tremendous healing power of the plants that nature has given us.

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Sailors Found Mysterious GHOST SHIP With Its Whole Crew Dead—What They Discovered Next Was Shocking

Explanations abound as to what caused the crew to die in a most ghastly-seeming way, and then caused the ship to explode suddenly and unexpectedly when rescuers attempted to tow her to port.

The Dutch freighter Ourang Medan was traveling through the Straights of Malacca in June, 1947, when the vessel sent out a chilling SOS signal:

“All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.”

This was followed by some indecipherable Morse code, and ended with the cryptic final words: “I die.”

The message was received by two listening posts—a British and Dutch—near Malaysia and Sumatra. After they had triangulated her position, they alerted ships nearby where the Ourang Medan was located.

The US merchant ship Silver Star was the first to reach the Ourang Medan following the SOS. They waved and shouted, but saw no signs of life on the deck; just an ominous silence.

When the Silver Star sent a rescue team aboard the Ourang Medan to investigate, what they found was a bone-chilling nightmare: The whole crew had been killed in a most ghastly-seeming way. Their eyes were wide open in horror; mouths agape as if screaming their last breaths; their arms outstretched as if fending off some invisible killer.

Unable to explain what had happened, the Silver Star decided to hook a line onto the Ourang Medan and tow her to the nearest port. The attempt failed, however, as thick smoke began billowing from the lower decks of the Dutch ship, disrupting the rescue attempt.

The crew desperately evacuated the smoking vessel and cut the line just before the Ourang Medan exploded with such force that the ship was thrown out of the water. The vessel sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking with her all clues of what caused the explosion, and what had killed her crew …

… So goes one version of this mysterious nautical tale.

Theories abound as to what caused Ourang Medan’s inexplicable end. One cryptic fact about the vessel is that currently, there are no records whatsoever that the ship ever existed, making it quite literally a “ghost ship,” while leading some to believe that the incident was part of some transnational cover-up.

Some add to the theory that the vessel had been carrying an illegal shipment of lethal nerve gas as part of the war effort, on behalf of several countries, including the Netherlands, U.S., Japan, Germany, China, as well as others. This could have motivated a cover-up and the extinction of all records of the vessel’s existence after the plan had been foiled.

The beat-up old Dutch ship would have provided the most inconspicuous cover for transporting the illicit cargo overseas; however, even a small leak of the deadly chemical would quickly kill everyone on board. A mix of saltwater and nitroglycerin in the cargo may then have caused the explosion, which sank the ship.

And there are more theories: Another claims that pirates killed the Ourang Medan crew; while another theory explains that the crew was asphyxiated by clouds of noxious methane that gurgled up from a fissure on the seafloor. Yet another explanation is that an unnoticed fire in the ship’s boiler system might have caused the demise of the vessel. Carbon monoxide also could have caused their deaths.

Beyond such “plausible” explanations, there are indeed more paranormal ones: The rescue team who boarded the Ourang Medan described feeling an “extreme chill” in the hallways of the Dutch vessel even though the temperatures were above 40 degrees Celsius (110 F) outside. This, along with the terrifying expressions on the faces of the crew, led to the theory that ghosts caused the ghastly episode.

And of course, there is a very popular theory that aliens had caused the demise of the ship. Indeed, there have been entire books dedicated to explaining this theory.

Although the events surrounding the Ourang Medan shall perhaps never be fully known, her story has all the elements of a good mystery: inexplicable deaths, government conspiracies, deadly weapons, pirates, ghosts, and aliens!

Could it have been as simple as nerve gas killing the crew? Could there be some supernormal explanation involving ghosts or aliens? What do you think happened to the Ourang Medan and her crew?

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An Association Discovered Between Thimerosal (Mercury) Exposure & Tics







Between November 2013 and September 2014, I was in direct contact with the CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson. I recently wrote about my interactions with Dr. Thompson in an editorial piece that appeared in the winter 2017 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (22:119). One of the key issues that I discussed with Dr. Thompson was the relationship between thimerosal and tics, based on CDC’s own publications.

The literature regarding thimerosal and tics (both motor and phonic) is quite compelling. Several of CDC’s own studies show that high levels of thimerosal exposure via infant vaccines can lead to tics later in life. Thompson et al. 2007 (NEJM 357:1281) showed a clear, statistically significant increase in both motor and phonic tics in boys in a high thimerosal exposure group as compared to a low thimerosal exposure group.  This relationship was reaffirmed in 2012 by Barile et al. (2012 J Pediatric Psychol 37:106) when the same data were analyzed using a more rigorous method.

This is not the only time that CDC has addressed the issue of thimerosal and tics. Earlier, a relationship between thimerosal exposure in tics and all children was seen in the Verstraeten et al. 2003 (Pediatrics 112:1039) study. This relationship was dismissed by the study authors as it was not seen consistently in all three Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) studied. A review of study data obtained through FOIA showed a bias against reporting positive results, yet the tic association remained. Also, in a study of children in the United Kingdom, Andrews et al. 2004 (Pediatrics 114:584), tics were seen more often in children exposed to higher levels of thimerosal. In each exposure category studied, this relationship was statistically significant. It should be noted that CDC was directly involved in making the decision to fund the UK study and was apprised of the analyses prior to publication.

The relationship between thimerosal exposure and tics has also been established in literature outside of CDC’s involvement. In 2015, a study by Geier et al. (2015 Indiscipl Toxicol 8:68) showed a higher incidence of tics in both boys and girls exposed to thimerosal (via the Hepatitis B vaccine), when exposure was evaluated at one month, two months and six months of life, as compared to children with no thimerosal exposure.

A significant association between Hg exposure from thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and a diagnosis of tic disorder (TD) has now been found in six epidemiological studies (Verstraeten et al. 2003Andrews et al. 2004Thompson et al. 2007Young et al, 2008Barile et al. 2012Geier et al. 2015).  The Thompson study states that, “The replication of the findings regarding tics suggests the potential need for further studies.” Tozzi et al. 2009, also found trends towards increased motor and phonic tics with increased thimerosal exposure but these did not reach statistical significance, possibly because of the lack of a non-exposed control group. The study by Young et al.found a dose-dependent relationship between increasing Hg exposure from thimerosal in vaccines given between birth and seven months and also between birth and 13 months of age and the risk of a diagnosed TD. Researchers observed that, for a 100 μg Hg difference in exposure between birth and seven months of age, the risk for diagnosed TD was significantly increased (3.39-fold). For the same 100 μg Hg difference in exposure between birth and 13 months of age, the risk for diagnosed tics was also found to be significantly increased (4.11-fold).

Given this consistent body of evidence, one would think that the CDC would call for a ban on the use of thimerosal in vaccines. However, this has never happened. In fact, the CDC will not even state a preference for administration of thimerosal-free vaccines. CDC’s own webpage on thimerosal falsely states, “There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.” This is in direct defiance of a recommendation, made by the Institute of Medicine in 2001 when they reviewed the use of thimerosal in infant vaccines, that: “full consideration be given by appropriate professional societies and government agencies to removing thimerosal from vaccines administered to infants, children or pregnant women in the United States.”

In addition, it is estimated that up to 36 million thimerosal-containing flu shots will be distributed In the U.S. for the 2017-18 “flu season.” These vaccines will be given to infants as young as 6 months of age and pregnant women, in any trimester of pregnancy. When patients question the continued use of mercury in flu vaccines, they are often told it is just a “trace amount” and not harmful. A trace amount of thimerosal is defined by the FDA as being 1 microgram (mcg) of mercury or less. Flu vaccines for pregnant women may contain 25 micrograms of mercury and pediatric flu shots for infants younger than one year contain 12.5 micrograms mercury.

The CDC could have also commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to further investigate the literature regarding the neurological effects of thimerosal in vaccines, especially after the 2007 Thompson et al. study showed a definitive relationship between thimerosal and tics. After all, the IOM’s final word regarding thimerosal was the 2001 Immunization Safety Review Committee report which stated that the relationship between thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders was “biologically plausible.” This would at a minimum require some type of “revisiting” given the new and compelling data elucidated by Thompson et al. (2007) as well as Verstraeten et al. (2003) and Andrews et al. (2004).

However, when the CDC again commissioned the IOM to investigate vaccine adverse events in 2009, leading to a report released in 2011, the IOM committee was never tasked with investigating any adverse events associated with thimerosal.

Very recently, there was a glimmer of hope that at least one Federal Agency was going to take the relationship between thimerosal exposure and tics seriously. In December 2017, the Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV), the body that determines which vaccine injuries warrant compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), considered adding tics as an injury to the “vaccine injury table” for which compensation should be received. This was on the basis of a separate citizen’s petition to allow tics to be added to the “table” and thus qualify for compensation. However, it appears that Dr. Mary Nythel Rubin, the DHHS official assigned to evaluate the relationship between thimerosal and tics was “asleep at the switch” as the material she presented to the ACCV was one-sided, inadequate and inaccurate. Much of the literature supporting the relationship between thimerosal and tics was omitted from her presentation or was misrepresented as having nothing to do with tics (e.g., the Verstraeten et al. 2003 and Andrews et al. 2004 papers). Based on this biased presentation, the ACCV voted to dismiss the petition and tics were not added to the vaccine injury table. World Mercury Project is committed to working until the association between tics and thimerosal is acknowledged and injured children and adults are appropriately compensated and treated.

This was most likely “a plan” to avoid a flood of tic claims in the NVICP. Surely, the ACCV understood that tics are a common feature in autism (occurring 4 times more frequently in autistic children than in neurotypical ). Given the wrongful dismissal of over 5600 autism claims in the NVICP in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings, the ACCV could not vote to put tics on the injury table as it would eventually bankrupt the entire compensation program. Once again, programs win out over people and the edifice that is the vaccine-industrial complex wins out at the expense of children.

However, it is incumbent that pressure is kept on these Federal agencies to actually read science and see the truth regarding vaccine injuries such as tics.

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