Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

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Although it might sound like a disease of yesteryear to many Americans, plague is not uncommon in Madagascar. However, this year’s outbreak, which has already killed nearly 170 people there, is markedly different from the strain that usually emerges in the country, and it has some experts seriously concerned about what’s in store.

This year, two-thirds of the plague cases reported in the country have been pneumonic, the deadliest type, and it is being called the worst outbreak in half a century. The country, which normally sees an average of 400 cases of plague per year, has already had 2,000 cases of the illness and the plague season is just getting started.

The illness is easily spread via sneezing, spitting, coughing, or otherwise coming into contact with bodily fluids of infected people. It’s related to the famous Black Death that killed 200 million people across Asia and Europe in the 1300s.

University of East Anglia health protection lecturer Professor Paul Hunter believes the disease could reach Europe and even North America, much like what happened with Ebola following the outbreak in West Africa three years ago. He said that the possibility of it mutating and becoming untreatable is a real one.

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye said: “WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April.”

Pneumonic plague is nearly always fatal if left untreated, but antibiotics can treat it if it is detected early. In the current outbreak, fatalities jumped by 15 percent in just three days, prompting concerns it is reaching crisis levels.

Ten countries are now on high alert because of the outbreak, with South Africa, Malawi, Seychelles, Reunion, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Comoros and Mauritius joining Madagascar. Experts say that if it spreads from the island to mainland Africa, it could be difficult to control.

Making matters worse is the fact that unlike in previous years when the disease has largely been confined to remote areas, this year’s outbreak is mostly concentrated in the country’s two biggest cities, Toamasina and Antananarivo.

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A WHO spokesperson said that it is impossible to rule out the possibility of more cases as the plague season isn’t slated to end until April, and they’re encouraging people to remain vigilant. They say the risk of further spread at the national level in Madagascar remains high.

There are frequent flights and ferries going between the island and the African mainland, prompting concerns about travelers introducing it to other areas, but the short incubation period of the pneumonic variety means many sufferers would become too ill too quickly to travel far and spread it. In addition, exit screening measures have been implemented in Madagascar, and nearby countries are also taking precautions.

Schools and universities have been closed to try to contain the illness as it tends to spread faster among children. The buildings are also being sprayed to eliminate any fleas that could be carrying the plague.

Many locals are hesitant to seek treatment because they are scared of hospitals, and they often have to walk for more than a day to receive treatment. This means there could be many more cases going unreported as patients fail to get a proper diagnosis.

Health officials aren’t sure exactly how this year’s outbreak started, but it is believed that forest fires could have driven the rats that carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria toward rural communities. These rats and their fleas bite people and infect them, and when left untreated, the bubonic strain spreads to the lungs and becomes the pneumonic form that can kill people within 24 hours.

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Sound Familiar? ‘American Horror Story’ Shows Journalists Using Fake News to Stoke Fears

On October 3, American Horror Story: Cult took on fake news meant to instill fear. The episode “Holes” opened with reporter Beverly (Adina Porter) and her boss Bob (Dermot Mulroney) arguing over what stories to air. While Bob wants to report the news responsibly and factually, Beverly is more interested in sensationalism and stoking fear amongst the viewers to create chaos. Sound familiar?

The debate of fake news meant to stoke fear or sway viewers politically has been an issue for years, and is only becoming more so. Here at Newsbusters, we have example after example of the media choosing their stories, angles, and even facts based on their own agendas. 

In “Holes,” Bob tries to rein in Beverly’s sensationalism.

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Beverly: A severed head.  A brutal attack. 
Kai: People are being targeted. Chem trucks are invading our neighborhood in the dead of the night. Our own government is poisoning us. What has happened to our great nation? 
Beverly: Are our children safe? Is there a serial killer loose? Family members remain hopeful tonight that Meadow Wilton will be found alive. But with crime on the rise, authorities are warning the public to stay inside. Lock your doors. This is Beverly Hope, reporting to you from a neighborhood gripped in terror. Back to you, Bob.
Bob: What the hell is this shit? Crime is the lowest it’s been in years. The number of 911 calls have gone down. There’s all sorts of goddamn holes in your stories. And how is it that you’re always the first one on the scene? 
Beverly: I’m not revealing my sources. 
Bob: My sources are telling me that you’re full of shit. I talked to the chief of police. He says it’s way too early to use the words “Serial killer.” Make us look like we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing. 
Beverly: When do we work for the cops? 
Bob: The public deserves to know the truth. You’re scaring the shit out of people. Stop editorializing. Stop reporting fake news.

While, in the real world fake news is meant to sway the population into dividing further and voting a certain way, it’s even darker in the world of AHS. As we uncovered last week, Beverly has joined a cult that has one intention – causing chaos in the world so they can take over. As a reporter, she is integral to the plan to weaponize fear on the airwaves. She will kill anyone who gets in the way, so in this episode the insane killer clown posse murders Bob. The news of this new clown murder makes Kai go up 10 points in the polls in his race for city council as people start panicking.

While our MSM reporters aren’t running around dressed as clowns murdering people, they are causing plenty of chaos and fear just the same.

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Sound Alchemy- How The Egyptians Used Sound For Healing

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Sound is numerology in time as every sound can be seen also in a numerical form and penetrates us through time slices. Numerology (as we know) is infinite- meaning sound detectable or undetectable to the human senses does not end.  

The Egyptians understood the power of sound for healing- so much so that the first book of “The 42 Books Of Thoth” was called the “Chanter” and is dedicated to sacred sound as a healing modality. Thoth was the god of knowledge, wisdom and writing, he was also the first son of Ra (Re) the god of the sun.

This video goes through how the Egyptians used sound to heal and includes some chants you can use, as well as a historical breakdown of sound for healing.

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Climate scientists continue to sound the alarm: Global warming fueled record temperatures in 2016

The evidence behind global climate change continues to mount, and scientists keep speaking out. Now they hope the world will listen.

The latest international climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms that 2016 was the third consecutive year of record global heat.

On Thursday afternoon the American Meteorological Society published the 27th annual “State of the Climate” report, which verifies last year surpassed 2015 as the hottest since record keeping began in 1880.

Based on preliminary data, NASA and NOOA had made the same assessment back in January, but this week’s report is considered definitive.

“We’re scientists, and we’re providing objective information,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., told Yahoo News. “We don’t go into policy, but we provide the information for people who want to go further with that.”

According to the report, the effect of long-term global warming and a powerful El Niño early on pushed 2016 into record-setting warmth. The global average sea level reached a new record high last year as well, to 3.25 inches above the average level in 1993, which marks the beginning of the satellite altimeter record.

Scientists also said that the average Arctic land surface temperature continued to warm and global ice and snow cover continued to decline. Sea ice extents in the Antarctic hit record daily and monthly lows in August and November.

The “State of the Climate” report is based on contributions from nearly 500 scientists from more than 60 countries, using tens of thousands of measurements from several independent data sets. This summary of the global climate confirms data released on Jan. 18 based on analyses from scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Blunden said the use of additional independent data sets distinguishes this report from what came before.

“The big difference in this report is we don’t just look at NOAA data. There are about four different independent data sets we looked at to come to this conclusion,” Blunden told Yahoo News. “It’s not just NOAA who is agreeing with it. NASA, the U.K. Met Office and the Japan Meteorological Agency are agreeing.”

Since the previous data was released mere days before President Trump’s inauguration, this peer-reviewed report is the most thorough assessment of climate change officially released during the Trump era.

Deke Arndt, chief of the climate-monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, described the report as diagnostic when asked if anyone from the White House had weighed in on it or questioned its findings.

“This report is a diagnostic report. It basically diagnoses what is happening in the climate system,” Arndt said on a conference call. “It’s intended to provide intelligence to those sort of decision makers that you’re talking about.”

Concentrations of major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere also reached to new highs in 2016. For instance, the global average concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary driver of anthropogenic climate change, in the atmosphere reached 402.9 parts per million (ppm). This was the first time on record that CO2 concentration exceeded 400 ppm. The consensus of climate scientists is that the maximum safe level is 350.

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'Loud sound' preceded US police shooting Australian woman

Chicago (AFP) – Police in the US state of Minnesota were startled by a loud sound prior to shooting an Australian woman who had called them to report a possible assault, investigators revealed on Tuesday.

The state agency probing the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, also known by her maiden name Justine Ruszczyk, interviewed one of the two officers who responded to her emergency call on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

It was the first time since the shooting that authorities offered more information about the circumstances, as community leaders and Damond’s family complained they had received few details.

Officer Matthew Harrity told investigators Tuesday that he had been “startled by a loud sound” near the squad car while responding to the call, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in a statement.

His partner, Officer Mohamed Noor, was in the passenger seat.

“Immediately afterward Ruszczyk approached the driver’s side window of the squad (car). Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver’s side window,” the agency said.

BCA did not identify the sound, but an unidentified officer recorded on a police radio conversation published by Minnesota PoliceClips speculated it may have been fireworks that sounded like gun shots.

The officers’ body-worn cameras were not on during the incident. After the shooting, they provided medical aid until paramedics arrived, the BCA said.

The medical examiner’s office said Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the BCA.

Investigators appealed for witnesses to come forward.

– Family speaks out –

Damond, a 40-year-old meditation instructor and life coach, was an Australian national who had moved to the US to marry her fiance Don Damond, and had changed her name ahead of the marriage.

She had called Minneapolis police Saturday around 11:30 pm to report “what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby,” Don Damond said on Monday.

“Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived.”

Speaking in Australia, her father John Ruszczyk on Tuesday called for justice.

“Justine was a beacon to all of us. We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death,” he said.

Authorities found no weapons at the scene, though they recovered Damond’s cell phone.

“I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said late Monday.

“I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation.”

– Officer ‘a caring person’ –

Noor, who has been with the Minneapolis police force for 21 months, declined investigators’ requests for an interview, the BCA said. Officers are not required to participate in a BCA investigation.

In a statement, Noor’s attorney Tom Plunkett called the officer “a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.”

Plunkett added that the ongoing investigation prevented the officer from saying any more about the incident.

The shooting was the latest high-profile case in which police fired fatal shots.

Most of those cases involve white police officers and African American victims. In this case, Noor is Somali American, while Damond was white.

Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Damond’s district in the US House of Representatives, tied her case with others such as that of black motorist Philando Castile, killed last year near Minneapolis during a traffic stop.

“We need to confront the reality of so many unarmed people killed by the same officers who swear an oath to protect us,” Ellison said in a statement.

“Justine’s death shows no one should assume ‘officer-involved shootings’ only happen in a certain part of town or to certain kinds of people.”

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Officer: Partner fired fatal shot moments after loud sound

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman who had called 911 told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near their squad car seconds before his partner fired his weapon.

Officer Matthew Harrity’s account, as given by state investigators, is the first to emerge of the moments leading up to the death of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old meditation teacher and life coach who was due to be married in August. It’s also the only one, since Officer Mohamed Noor — who fired the shot that killed Damond — has so far refused to be interviewed.

Damond’s death late Saturday night in an alley behind her southwest Minneapolis home sparked anger and a demand for answers both in the city and in her home country, where the shooting has been front-page news for days.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Damond approached the driver’s side window of the squad car immediately after Harrity said he had been startled by the sound. Noor, in the passenger seat, shot Damond through the open driver’s side window, the BCA said.

Harrity was interviewed Tuesday. The BCA said Noor’s attorney didn’t say when or if Noor would talk to investigators, and under the law an interview can’t be compelled.

Noor’s attorney didn’t respond to messages from The Associated Press.

Harrity and Noor are on paid administrative leave. Harrity has been with the Minneapolis police department for one year, and Noor has been with the department for nearly two.

According to the BCA, Harrity told investigators that he and Noor responded to a 911 call from Damond about a possible assault near her home at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Harrity was driving the squad car as the officers went through an alley to look for a suspect. The squad lights were off when the noise startled him, Harrity said.

No weapon was found at the scene. The officers did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting, and the squad car camera was also not activated.

Harrity told investigators that after the shooting, the officers got out of their vehicle and gave Damond immediate medical attention.

Harrity said that he and Noor saw a man, estimated to be between 18 and 25, bicycling in the area before the shooting. That man stopped and watched as officers attended to Damond. BCA agents are asking that man, and any other potential witnesses, to come forward.

The BCA said that unless more people come forward, there are no additional interviews scheduled.

David Klinger, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said police officers can’t be compelled to testify in an outside investigation.

“Police officers are citizens … they have the same Fifth Amendment right as anyone. They don’t have to give a statement,” Klinger said. “His lawyer might be saying, you’re not going to talk until I feel you’re rested and not under stress.”

In a news conference after the BCA’s update, Mayor Betsy Hodges said she wished Noor would speak to investigators.

“It’s frustrating to have some of the picture but not all of it,” she said. “We cannot compel Officer Noor to make a statement. I wish we could. I wish that he would make a statement.”

Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo said the department is reviewing its policy on body cameras and was doing so before Damond’s death. Arradondo said the department is just eight months into a department-wide rollout, and the review includes focusing on how often officers activate them. He said the department wants to increase that frequency.

The city also said it planned to release a transcript of Damond’s 911 call after it is shared with family members. Officials had initially declined to make it public.

The BCA said forensic testing is being completed and evidence is still being examined. When the investigation is done, the BCA will present all its findings to prosecutors for possible charges.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave an interview Wednesday to Australia’s “Today” show, shortly before the release of details from the BCA’s preliminary investigation, and joined the chorus demanding answers.

“How can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from police be shot like that? It is a shocking killing,” Turnbull said.

In Damond’s hometown of Sydney, about 300 people attended a silent vigil in her honor Wednesday morning at Freshwater Beach. Mourners threw pink flowers into the Pacific Ocean.

Records from the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review show Noor has had three complaints against him. Two are pending, and the third was dismissed without discipline. Under state law, details of open cases and cases that result in no discipline are not released.

Noor was also sued earlier this year after a May 25 incident in which he and other officers took a woman to the hospital for an apparent mental health crisis. The lawsuit claims Noor and other officers violated the woman’s rights when they entered her home without permission and Noor grabbed her wrist and upper arm. The lawsuit, which is pending, said Noor relaxed his grip when the woman said she had a previous shoulder injury.

Damond, who was planning to be married next month, was a meditation teacher and life coach. Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk, and though she was not yet married, she had already been using her fiance’s last name.

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Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen and Doug Glass contributed to this report.

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DMT: Underground Research Masquerading As Science – or Sound Science?

It was arguably inevitable that someone somewhere would take it upon themselves to begin their very own unsanctioned research programme with DMT (aka The Spirit Molecule) — the potent psychedelic drug that research suggests is produced naturally within our brain. Whether smoked, or imbibed as a traditional Amazonian shamanic brew (the most popular routes of administration), DMT has acquired legendary status among its underground adherents. If we are to believe what users of this powerful substance are reporting, we are considering matters with a magnitude of such seriousness that they could well shake the very foundations of traditional, Western-minded, materialist science.

Rick Strassman’s government-approved research with this legendary substance in the 1990s — and the subsequent documentary produced in collaboration with Mitch Schultz — no doubt served as an inspirational catalyst that prompted many to pursue their own enquiry into the alleged effects produced by this powerful mind-manifesting substance. And that is exactly how my curiosity came to be aroused, leading me to want to see for myself what the so-called spirit molecule could show me.

I began by reading up on the subject — looking at numerous user accounts posted on DMT Nexus; reading Terrence McKenna’s experiences and philosophy; listening attentively to recordings of his lectures, always delivered with his inimitable nasally accent and his uncanny ability to test the elasticity of vocabulary to its limits. But none of that really mattered as I smoked my first small dose and heard a rapidly rising sound in the midst of my head, and marvelled as my sunlit bedroom took on an astonishing crystal clear clarity. But as I gradually upped my dosage, I forgot all about Terrance McKenna, and much of what I had read about DMT, as I appeared to be entering into another realm — a place with bizarre scenery, impossible objects, and strange humanlike entities always exhibiting delight at my presence and making such a fuss over me. Such experiences were so overwhelmingly and emotionally profound that my levels of astonishment were exercised to an extent well beyond anything that I had thought was possible. But along with astonishment, my curiosity was equally aroused, as I asked myself: What is really happening in these truly bizarre experiences?

Thus it was that I made a decision to commit myself to my very own home-based research program, aimed at coming to some understanding of what was really occurring in these strange, otherworldly experiences. Was I really entering into another realm; another world; another dimension? And if so, why did that place look far more real than ordinary everyday reality appears? And what was that energetic high-pitched ringing sound in the midst of my head, in response to the DMT inhaled through my lungs?

For three years I committed myself to several hundred individual experiments smoking DMT. I made sure that my vocational and family commitments were an utmost priority, and I am pleased to say that was never called into question. Much else, however, was. I did not know it at the time, but now, having completed my research, I can see that I was subjected to something of a gradual initiatory process by spiritual entities; consciousness energies; intelligent discarnate beings — call them what you will. I know very well how absolutely unbelievable that must sound to those minds accustomed thinking logically and with rational focus. But they are very the same tools-of-mind that I have employed throughout my research, and in making my analyses.

I say my research was initiatory because, time and time again, I had to find the necessary courage to commit myself to DMT’s capacity to unlock the powerful latent energies within my mind, and then submit myself to the truly phenomenal energies from the mind of another. The experiences very subtly changed over time. I became increasingly aware that strange emotional states were being imposed upon me through manipulation of my psyche. Bizarre invasive operations were undertaken within my physiology. I was tricked, subdued, entertained, spooked, terrified, and left awestruck, dumbfounded, and exceedingly perplexed many times over. But perhaps most rewardingly of all, from my small back garden, I have observed in broad daylight, and whilst in full control of my rational senses, phenomenally configured geometrically complex beings that can leave the observer in no doubt whatsoever that humanity is not the pinnacle of evolution.

My research program was not about taking heroic doses, or trying to go further than anyone else has gone — far from it! My intention was to simply try to understand, through experiential pursuit, the mechanics behind these bizarre experiences. I understood that I was operating in the role of data-collection, forming conjecture and analyses at the early stages of something that will radically transform Western culture and traditional materialist science. I completely understand that my subjective experiences do not quality as objective proof of that which I contend to be true. But I have no doubt whatsoever that other researchers and investigators with the capacity for this demanding research, and who dare to publish their findings will be making very similar arguments to those that I have made.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: Anyone thinking that DMT is a party drug, or something that can be used recreationally, had better think again. This is a powerfully transformative substance that will profoundly reconfigure your ontological outlook on this life, and the life that is otherwise hidden from your eyes.

DMT & My Occult Mind: Investigation of Occult Realities using the Spirit Molecule

 


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Judge Disagrees With NYPD Claims Its LRAD Sound Cannon Isn’t A Weapon






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A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the NYPD for officers’ use of a Long Range Acoustic Device sound cannon at a Black Lives Matter protest can proceed, because “sound can be used as a force.”

The city had sought to get the federal lawsuit thrown out in part on the basis that “the LRAD is not an instrumentality of force, but a communication device,” and that “the officers’ creation of a sound that plaintiffs happened to hear cannot be considered ‘physical contact.’”

The lawsuit stems from a demonstration in Midtown in December 2014 in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, one of several cops who killed Eric Garner in Staten Island. The evening protest bled into early the next morning, and around 1 a.m. at East 57th Street and Madison Avenue, marchers were gathered in the street, and some in the crowd were throwing bottles and garbage at police when two officers with the NYPD Disorder Control Unit activated the LRAD.


“You must remain on the sidewalk. You must not interfere with vehicular traffic,” one officer repeats into the microphone as the other holds the portable sound device, occasionally activating its “deterrent tone” and pointing it at people on the sidewalk. “If you do, you will be placed into custody.”

One clip shows the officers use the sound blast more than a dozen times in 2 1/2 minutes.

The plaintiffs, two photojournalists, three protesters, and a videographer, say they experienced migraines and severe ringing in their ears in the immediate aftermath of the protest. Three reported experiencing continued ringing in their ears as of last August, and a fourth suffered nerve damage in his ear as a result of the blasts, according to the suit.

The LRAD was developed as a military sound weapon following the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Police departments have since acquired the devices to use for crowd control. The NYPD first used one to make announcements during the 2004 protests against the Republican National Convention. In 2009, Pittsburgh police used the LRAD’s high-deciblel weapon function against protesters at the G-20 financial summit.

In a 2010 briefing, the NYPD Disorder Control Unit described the Pittsburgh deployment by saying the LRAD was “used successfully.” However, as lawyers for the Black Lives Matter protesters note, Pittsburgh paid $200,000 to settle litigation stemming from its handling of the protest, including $72,000 to a bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss from the LRAD.


The backpack-sized LRAD 100x used by the NYPD in 2014 can emit sounds up to 137 decibels, according to marketing materials. Exposure to sound levels over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

“This is force, and the kind which could be used excessively,” Judge Robert Sweet wrote in a decision. Sweet threw out some of the claims, but allowed the lawsuit to proceed, and strongly suggested that those blasted with the LRAD seem to have a case.

“Literally the city argued that loud sounds can’t constitute a use of force,” lawyer Gideon Oliver told Gothamist. “At the bare minimum, the judge has clarified that this isn’t factually or legally correct and that should guide the police department going forward.”

The written decision appears to be the first regarding the use of LRADs in the U.S.

In addition to arguing that the sound machine is not a weapon, city lawyers wrote that its use at the Garner protest did not constitute an unreasonable seizure of the plaintiffs, did not “shock the conscience,” a legal standard, and did not curtail their constitutional rights. Sweet allowed claims of assault and the NYPD’s failure to train its officers to proceed, as well as the claim of excessive force.


On top of financial damages, Oliver and other lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild are arguing that the NYPD seems not to have had any policies or training in place for the use of LRADs at the time of the protest, and should come up with some that keep the department from using the machines indiscriminately on crowds at close range.

Now that Sweet has denied the city’s motion to toss the case, the NYPD must turn over more information about its policies or lack thereof, and the events of the night of the demonstration, and make officers available to be interviewed. The city could also settle, and Oliver said that the decision “strongly suggests that the city should go that route rather than continuing through the discovery process to trial.”

In a statement, Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci wrote, “The Long Range Acoustic Device is an effective and safe communication tool. We are reviewing the decision and evaluating our next steps.”

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New Research Shows That Plants Detect Vibrations & Use Sound To Find Water & Survive

Do you have a green thumb? Many people who do believe that it’s all about intuition Much like parenting, you are responsible for nourishing the plants you grow with the utmost care, or else they’ll die. Proper food, proper environment, and so on make for a healthy living thing. But some people feel they’re just not cut out for the job, claiming every plant they bring home just dies on them — that plants simply don’t like them.

I never considered myself to have a green thumb, but I also never thought otherwise, either. Naturally drawn to plants, I wanted them to fill up my home, my front yard, my back yard. I didn’t buy books and I didn’t make them flourish with Miracle Grow. I test their soil regularly, water them when needed, prune them when the time comes, and, above all else, I pay attention to them by loving them. I talk about my plants, talk to my plants, and feel their leaves like they have a magical dust I can inherit. Sound weird? Maybe to some.

Many people find that playing music to plants makes them grow better, which, naturally, scientists have scoffed at because plants don’t work that way, according to what they have learned and observed thus far. However, new research is supporting the music-playing theory, which makes me feel even more inclined to turn up the tunes and talk to my plants.

Monica Gagliano, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Western Australia, doesn’t think it’s absurd at all, considering her recent research discovered that plants use the sounds of nature, like the buzzing of an insect and the sound of liquid rushing through a pipe, to find water and survive.

For her study, Gagliano placed pea seedlings in a pot in the shape of an upside-down Y, with one arm of each pot positioned in either a tray of water or a coiled plastic tube with water flowing through it. The other arm consisted of only soil. The study found that, no matter if it was easily accessible or hidden inside the tubing, the roots grew toward the arm of the pipe with the fluid.

Gagliano believes that the plants “just knew the water was there,” regardless of the fact that they could only detect the sound of the water flowing inside the pipe. Furthermore, when the seedlings had the opportunity between the flowing tube and soil that was moistened, their roots preferred the latter. According to Gagliano, when water was far away, the plants used sound waves to guide them, but when it was easily accessible, they followed moisture gradients to hone in on their target.

She explains:

Because water is essential to life, organisms have evolved a wide range of strategies to cope with water limitations, including actively searching for their preferred moisture levels to avoid dehydration. Plants use moisture gradients to direct their roots through the soil once a water source is detected, but how they first detect the source is unknown. . . . We found that roots were able to locate a water source by sensing the vibrations generated by water moving inside pipes, even in the absence of substrate moisture. . . .

Our results also showed that the presence of noise affected the abilities of roots to perceive and respond correctly to the surrounding soundscape.

Buzz pollination, where bees buzzing at a given frequency trigger the release of pollen in plants, make Gagliano’s study results even more of a possibility.

 


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