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Magda Hassan
04-24-2010, 10:44 AM
Potentially deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada
22 Apr 2010 22:21:58 GMT
Source: Reuters

* Fungus is unique genetic strain * Climate change may aid its spread WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) - A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday. The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, usually only infects transplant and AIDS patients and people with otherwise compromised immune systems, but the new strain is genetically different, the researchers said. "This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people," said Edmond Byrnes of Duke University in North Carolina, who led the study. "The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C. gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout this temperate region," the researchers said in their report, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1000850. "Our findings suggest further expansion into neighboring regions is likely to occur and aim to increase disease awareness in the region." The new strain appears to be unusually deadly, with a mortality rate of about 25 percent among the 21 U.S. cases analyzed, they said. "From 1999 through 2003, the cases were largely restricted to Vancouver Island," the report reads. "Between 2003 and 2006, the outbreak expanded into neighboring mainland British Columbia and then into Washington and Oregon from 2005 to 2009. Based on this historical trajectory of expansion, the outbreak may continue to expand into the neighboring region of Northern California, and possibly further." The spore-forming fungus can cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss. It has also turned up in cats, dogs, an alpaca and a sheep. Freezing can kill the fungus and climate change may be helping it spread, the researchers said. (Editing by Eric Beech)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N22129903.htm

Ed Jewett
04-25-2010, 06:08 AM
That's the last straw; I am moving to Antarctica. So it's a unique genetic strain, huh? I wonder which/whose lab that came out of. This bears watching; there's a fungus among us.

Helen Reyes
04-25-2010, 11:28 AM
I'm sure Antarctica has something deadly lurking somewhere. What was that horror film set down there where the dogs carried the alien entity to the next camp?

If this fungus is truly associated with eucalyptus, it would be natural to seek for an anti-fungal agent in the volatile oils, alkaloids or other chemical agents used by the different eucalyptus species to ward it off. Plants have had a lot longer to develop such agents than we have. The idea it comes from eucalyptus is a nice cover story if its artificially enhanced, because the fake environmental movements embrace the concept of "dangerous invasive exotics" despite all scientific evidence to the contrary; people destroy habitat, exotic plant species don't.

Eucalypti get a bad rap especially in California, where they were imported over a hundred years ago to provide cheap firewood and timber. North of the Oregon border they really don't grow very well at all, except for a few species from the mountains and Tasmania, ghost gums, which still require extensive coddling.

I can't remember if it was UBC or Fraser or some private corporation, but there was an experimental planting of hardy bananas in Stanley Park in Vancouver a few years ago. It would be odd for a new fungus to get its start on a eucalypt on Vancouver Island, my sense is there's a lack of density in the eucalypt population there, outside Butchart Gardens near Victoria. I guess we can't ask plant pathogen specialist ben Moshe because no one knows where he is now.

Magda Hassan
04-25-2010, 12:04 PM
I guess we can't ask plant pathogen specialist ben Moshe because no one knows where he is now.
Oh yes Helen! I'd quite forgotten about him. Disappeared into the US gulag system. Has any one an update?

Jan Klimkowski
04-25-2010, 02:52 PM
Cryptococcus gattii, formerly known as Cryptococcus neoformans var gattii, has been studied extensively in the context of AIDS and immuno-suppression.

The link below is to the CDC and a paper with over 100 clinical journal references, nearly all from the early 1990s onwards.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol4no1/buchanan.htm

Like Ed, I always experience a little involuntary shiver when I hear the phrase "unique genetic strain" used alongside an apparently high lethality/fatality rate.

Keith Millea
04-25-2010, 04:20 PM
Eucalypti get a bad rap especially in California, where they were imported over a hundred years ago to provide cheap firewood and timber. North of the Oregon border they really don't grow very well at all, except for a few species from the mountains and Tasmania, ghost gums, which still require extensive coddling.

The Eucalyptus trees were cited as one the main reasons for the great Oakland hills fire in 1991.The Bay Area then went on a tree cutting frenzie to get rid of them.
http://library.thinkquest.org/C0119184/english/historical_fires_oakland_hills_fire.shtml


The Oakland Hills Fire spread so quickly because of the close proximity of the houses to dense vegetation. Many houses were up against eucalyptus and Monterey pine trees that had been dried by a five-year drought. Many of the houses were also not constructed safely, with untreated wood shingles and unprotected wood decks.

They were also imported to use as wind breaks north of SF in Marin and Sonoma County.

The only Eucalyptus trees I've seen in Oregon were down on the Southern Border,around the Medford area.

Ed Jewett
04-25-2010, 05:35 PM
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Ed Jewett
04-26-2010, 03:54 AM
New, Deadly Cryptococcus Gattii Fungus Found in U.S.

Infections from a new strain are unpreventable—and the strain is spreading.



http://s.ngeo.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/193/cache/new-killer-airborne-fungus_19371_600x450.jpg

The new Cryptococcus gattii fungus strain, magnified.
Image courtesy Edmond Byrnes



Christine Dell'Amore
National Geographic News (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/)
Published April 22, 2010
A new strain of hypervirulent, deadly Cryptococcus gattii fungus has been discovered in the United States (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/united-states-guide/), a new study says.
The outbreak has already killed six people in Oregon (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/oregon-guide/), and it will likely creep into northern California (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/california-guide/) and possibly farther, experts say.

The new strain is of the species Cryptococcus gattii, an airborne fungus native to tropical and subtropical regions, including Papua New Guinea (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/papua-new-guinea-guide/), Australia (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/australia-guide/), and parts of South America (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/continents/south-america/). An older strain of the fungus was frst detected in North America in British Columbia (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/provinces/province_britishcolumbia.html), Canada (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/canada-guide/), in 1999.
No one knows how the species got to North America (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/continents/north-america/) or how the fungus can thrive in a temperate region, experts say.
"The alarming thing is that it's occurring in this region, it's affecting healthy people, and geographically it's been expanding," said study co-author Edmond Byrnes (http://mgm.duke.edu/microbial/mycology/heitman/lab/byrnes.htm), a graduate student at the Joseph Heitman Lab (http://mgm.duke.edu/microbial/mycology/heitman/) at Duke University.
Less common than bacterial and viral infections, fungal diseases usually strike people with weakened immune systems—part of what makes the recent deaths of otherwise healthy people in Oregon so worrisome.
People can become infected with Cryptococcus gattii by inhaling the microscopic organisms—and there's not much you can do about it.
There's no vaccination or other preventative measure available for the new strain, though the infection can be treated with antibiotics, the study says. And "there are no particular precautions that can be taken to avoid Cryptococcosis," according to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (http://www.bccdc.ca/default.htm). "You can, however, be alert for long lasting or severe symptoms and consult a physician (or veterinarian for animals) for early diagnosis and treatment."
Appearing several months after exposure to the fungus, the infection causes a bad cough and shortness of breath, among other symptoms.
On a positive note, fungal infections, unlike viruses, can't be passed from person to person.
(See pictures of a new species of glowing fungi. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/10/photogalleries/glowing-fungi/))
Fast-Spreading Cryptococcus Gattii Superfungi
The first U.S. Cryptococcus gattii cases were identified in 2005. It wasn't until the new study, though, that genetic analysis revealed that the fungus is a new strain that had originated in Oregon.
Of the 21 known cases involving the new strain, 6 have been fatal—about 25 percent. The new strain has so far been deadlier than the strain in British Columbia, which killed 19 out of 218 known victims, or 8.7 percent.
The organism has also attacked domestic and wild animals, according to the study, published April 22 in the journal PLoS Pathogens (http://www.plospathogens.org/home.action).
Though the reason for the new strain's severity is unknown, "one thing fungi do that bacteria don't is they have sex with each other," Byrnes noted. (Related: "Rainmaking Bacteria Ride Clouds to 'Colonize' Earth?" (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/090112-clouds-bacteria.html))
As with humans, nearly every fungus offspring represents a new combination of genes and their resulting traits. So it's possible that the new fast-spreading superfungi is the result of Cryptococcus gattii mating. (Learn more about human diseases (http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases).)
No matter how it arose, the tropical interloper looks like "it's going to stick around," Byrnes said, "at least for the foreseeable future."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100421-new-fungus-cryptococcus-gattii-deadly-health-science/

Magda Hassan
04-26-2010, 03:58 AM
Bloody surrounded by eucalyptus here. Couldn't get away from them to save my life :marchmellow:But, on the other hand, I have seen no danger warnings here. Yet.

Keith Millea
04-26-2010, 04:57 PM
Though the reason for the new strain's severity is unknown, "one thing fungi do that bacteria don't is they have sex with each other," Byrnes noted.

Great,they have unprotected sex and we end up with their little illigitimate spores.BASTARDS!!!!!!

Jan Klimkowski
04-26-2010, 07:37 PM
Though the reason for the new strain's severity is unknown, "one thing fungi do that bacteria don't is they have sex with each other," Byrnes noted.

Great,they have unprotected sex and we end up with their little illigitimate spores.BASTARDS!!!!!!

:girlshit:

But I'm not sure NatGeo did any due diligence 'cos later their hack opines:


So it's possible that the new fast-spreading superfungi is the result of Cryptococcus gattii mating.

:hmmmm2:

Helen Reyes
05-07-2010, 09:25 PM
INN Radio on GCN (www.gcnlive.com) is threatening to explore Cryptococcus getti as a biowarfare agent researched at Dietrick and implied ben Moshe was involved somehow. It hasn't aired yet. The archive link will be

http://arc.gcnlive.com/Archives2010/may10/Inn/050710.mp3

EDIT: I listened and didn't hear anything, maybe it was a promo for an upcoming show.

Keith Millea
05-07-2010, 10:14 PM
INN Radio on GCN (www.gcnlive.com (http://www.gcnlive.com/)) is threatening to explore Cryptococcus getti as a biowarfare agent researched at Dietrick and implied ben Moshe was involved somehow. It hasn't aired yet.

Thanks much for this info Helen.I will listen to this for sure.:tee:

Keith Millea
05-08-2010, 12:26 AM
To follow up on the radio interview,it will be aired on Monday 5/10.
It is a program with H.P.Albarelli Jr.Here is a piece he wrote today.

http://www.truthout.org/mystery-disease-linked-missing-israeli-scientist59169

Friday 07 May 2010

by: H.P. Albarelli Jr., t r u t h o u t | Report
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(Photo: chickeninthewoods (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chickeninthewoods/6334163/); Edited: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t (http://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout))

Media outlets across the Northwest United States began reporting on April 24 that a strange, previously unknown strain of virulent airborne fungi that has already killed at least six people in Oregon, Washington and Idaho is spreading throughout the region. The fungus, according to expert microbiologists, who have expressed alarm about the emergence of the strain, is a new genotype of Cryptococcus gatti fungi. Cryptococcus gatti is normally found in tropical and subtropical locations in India, South America, Africa and Australia. Microbiologists in the United States are reporting that the strain found here, for reasons not yet fully understood, is far deadlier than any found overseas.

Physicians in the Pacific Northwest are reporting that an undetermined number of people in the region are ill from the effects of the strange strain. Physicians also say that the virulent strain can infect domestic animals as well as humans, and symptoms do not appear until anywhere from two to four months after exposure. Symptoms in humans include a lingering cough, sharp chest pains, fever, night-sweats, weight-loss, headaches and shortness of breath. The strain can be treated successfully, if detected early enough, with oral doses of antifungal medication, but it cannot be prevented, and there is no preventative vaccine. Undiagnosed, the fungus works its way into the spinal fluid and central nervous system and causes fatal meningitis.

The estimated mortality rate is about 25 percent of 21 cases analyzed. Several newspapers and media outlets in the US and overseas quote a researcher at Duke University's Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Edmond Byrnes, as stating: "This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people. Typically, we see this fungal disease associated with transplant recipients and HIV-infected patients, but that is not what we are seeing."

Microbiologists and epidemiologists studying the strain say the mystery fungus came from an earlier fatal fungus that was first found on British Columbia's Vancouver Island in the fall of 2001, and perhaps as early as 1999. There the fungus infected and killed dogs, cats, horses, sheep, porpoises and at least 26 people. The disease spreads through spores carried by breezes and wind and when people and animals encounter infected ground where the fungus is present. A number of microbiologists say that the disease has "the potential to essentially travel anywhere the wind or people can carry it." Reads an alarming study authored in part by Duke University's Edmond Byrnes: "The continued expansion of C. gatti in the United States is ongoing, and the diversity of hosts increasing."

Several researchers in California also note that the Cryptococcus gatti fungus has been researched for decades, extending back to the 1950's, at the US Army's biological warfare center, Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland. One microbiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles recounted that the fungus was first brought to the attention of Fort Detrick researchers by British scientists experimenting with the bark of eucalyptus trees from Australia. Army biological warfare reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that beginning around 1952 the Army mounted a huge research program involving numerous plant and fungi products, and that well over 300 long-term contracts and sub-contracts were let with over 35 US colleges and universities to carry out this multifaceted research. Examples of this early research in California included experiments and projects at Camp Cooke; Port Huemene; Harpers Lake; Oceanside, and extensive experimentation with wheat stem rust and "various spores" including "several from tropical locations" and cereal rust spores and dyed Lycopodium spores. Several Army reports reveal that private-sector corporations that participated or assisted in these projects were the American Institute of Crop Ecology; the American Type Culture Collection Inc.; University of California; Bioferm Inc. and the Kulijian Corporation.

The same microbiologist, who declined to speak on the record and who recounted extensive fungus work at Fort Detrick, also stated that researchers at Israel's Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness-Ziona about 20 km from Tel Aviv, have worked with the Cryptococcus gatti fungus. They also report that mysterious Israeli-American scientist Joseph Moshe, 56 years old, may have conducted covert studies with the fungus while he was recently living in California. This report concerning Moshe is especially interesting because Moshe was briefly in the international spotlight in 2009 when he was the subject of a spectacular chase and arrest by the LA police department and SWAT team, assisted by the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, US Army and several other unidentified federal officials. That highly unusual arrest has never been fully explained to the media, and the whereabouts of Moshe has remained unknown since its occurrence. Compounding the mystery surrounding the Moshe case is that there is another scientist named Moshe Bar-Joseph who works in Israel and who looks remarkably like Joseph Moshe, except that he is about 20 years older.

Why Moshe was pursued and apprehended by the police is a largely unanswered question. According to the Los Angeles media, which recorded the entire incident by helicopter and ground cameras, Moshe claimed to be "a former Mossad microbiologist" who had telephoned a police dispatch number before his pursuit and had made "threatening statements about the White House and the president." Reportedly, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed this when he spoke with several Los Angeles reporters.

On August 14, 2009, several Los Angeles police cruisers and an unmarked armored vehicle pursued Joseph Moshe as he drove his red VW automobile several miles through downtown Los Angeles before his car's engine was reportedly knocked out by an electromagnetic pulse. Moshe refused to exit his car when ordered several times by the police, and after the driver's window of his VW was smashed out by a robotic arm and several rounds of tear gas and pepper gas were fired into the vehicle, he still remained behind the wheel, refusing to move. At the time, police officers on the scene were stunned that Moshe was able to withstand three tear gas shells and hosing with pepper spray without moving. Later that day, a Los Angeles law enforcement official said: "I can't explain that; there's no way to explain that."

After his apprehension, Moshe was taken to the Patton State Mental Hospital and then to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. Sometime about 60 days later, Moshe was quietly released and his current whereabouts are unknown. Since his arrest became public, reports about Moshe's activities in the US have spread like wildfire, especially across the Internet. Many of these reports are unconfirmed, but a few come from credible sources and have linked Moshe to the grossly underreported outbreak of flu in the Ukraine.

Other reliable sources, including two former Fort Detrick biochemists, have also linked Moshe to a mysterious disease that is becoming alarmingly common in Vermont and other states, including California. The disease is known to have killed or incapacitated at least 10 to 20 rural dwellers and farmers. This disease is said to be Morgellons disease or "a rare, mutated form of Morgellons disease." Former Fort Detrick scientists, speaking off the record, say that the disease is one that was "experimented with intensely" in the late 1960's at several "test sites in New England."

Morgellons causes patients to suffer horrible skin problems as well as fatigue, confusion and serious memory problems, as well as joint pain and the strange sensation that pins and needles are piercing the body or that something is crawling beneath one's flesh. Some researchers and physicians believe that Morgellons is actually a psychiatric condition called "delusional parasitosis." Other physicians, who are familiar with treating the disease, say it may be caused by "an airborne, unidentified spore" and that it was developed in the laboratory from an affliction that was first identified in the 1700's. Regardless of its origin, some researchers say that Morgellons is becoming "a very real medical problem in some parts of the country."

Magda Hassan
05-08-2010, 01:24 AM
Thanks Keith! Very interesting. So, Moshe was released and 'disappeared' into the community and current where abouts unknown. Known to some I am sure. What a can of worms this is. :nurse:

Keith Millea
05-08-2010, 04:57 AM
So, Moshe was released and 'disappeared' into the community and current where abouts unknown.

I thought I read somewhere that he was sent back to Israel.I bet that 60 day stay at Patton State Mental Hospital was quite a Shocking experience for the guy.:burnout:

Helen Reyes
05-08-2010, 10:11 AM
Sorry about that, I jumped the gun, it's Monday's program.


Microbiologists and epidemiologists studying the strain say the mystery fungus came from an earlier fatal fungus that was first found on British Columbia's Vancouver Island in the fall of 2001, and perhaps as early as 1999.

Fall of 2001, when there was a massive anthrax scare across the US. The first symptom of anthrax infection is difficulty breathing, as I remember it, same as Cryptoccocus.

I haven't looked into Morgellon's disease at all, just heard about it for a few years now, but it sounds like weaponized scrapie/eczema. Scrapie is a sheep and cow disease, again, if memory serves. Anthrax was detected in infected sheep and/or cattle in the British isles and then recruited as a germ-warfare agent, I believe. Interesting.

On the concurrent disinformation campaigns:


Many of these reports are unconfirmed, but a few come from credible sources and have linked Moshe to the grossly underreported outbreak of flu in the Ukraine.

From everyone I've talked to, there was no massive outbreak of deadly flu in the Ukraine, there was a scare campaign in the run-up to elections there.

How convenient to blame ben Moshe for 60 years of US and British biowarfare research and covert operations that fell short of their goal in Ukraine. Was that his assigned role? Is he even a plant microbiologist, or is that his elder double's profession in Israel? We saw this during the H1N1 operation as well, totally contradictory statements from somewhat credible sources, probably designed to incite fear and uncertainty. Is that the hallmark of germ-warfare attacks against domestic populations in the early decades of the 21st century? Cognitive dissonance or information warfare alongside a good dose of a reasonably scary pathogen candidate?


Army biological warfare reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that beginning around 1952 the Army mounted a huge research program involving numerous plant and fungi products, and that well over 300 long-term contracts and sub-contracts were let with over 35 US colleges and universities to carry out this multifaceted research. Examples of this early research in California included experiments and projects at Camp Cooke; Port Huemene; Harpers Lake; Oceanside, and extensive experimentation with wheat stem rust and "various spores" including "several from tropical locations" and cereal rust spores and dyed Lycopodium spores.

According to Puharich in Sacred Mushroom this is about the same year the Army got interested in psychedelics, psychoactive compounds found in plants (in a bigger way; allegedly the Anthroposophists of Rudolph Steiner had rediscovered ergotamine before WWII and long before LSD was synthesized in Switzerland). Former J P Morgan vice-president Wasson was escorted to Mexico on his mushroom-cult research expeditions by US intelligence agents from the start, Puharich was part of the Army germ-warfare milieu, Huxley was popping in and out of the picture and then the 1960s came along. Cereal rusts were deployed against Castro's Cuba. So while kids were ingesting fungus alkaloids for experiments on their own psyches, the same researchers who made those available were also working on fungi that would attack and subsume the human organism. What a bad trip that would be.

Jan Klimkowski
05-08-2010, 01:37 PM
From the truthout piece posted by Keith in post #14 above:


The same microbiologist, who declined to speak on the record and who recounted extensive fungus work at Fort Detrick, also stated that researchers at Israel's Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness-Ziona about 20 km from Tel Aviv, have worked with the Cryptococcus gatti fungus. They also report that mysterious Israeli-American scientist Joseph Moshe, 56 years old, may have conducted covert studies with the fungus while he was recently living in California.

The key word here is "covert".

Fwiw Moshe's visible research is as per my post below in the thread dedicated to him:


And what precisely do we believe the claim that Moshe has "Mossad traning in biological warfare" (from earlier in thread) amounts to?

I took a look at his published work, much of which relates to citrus tristeza:


Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) is viral species of the Closterovirus genus that causes the most economically damaging disease to its namesake plant genus, Citrus. The disease has led to the death of millions of Citrus trees all over the world and has rendered other millions useless for production. Farmers in Brazil and other South American countries gave it the name "tristeza", meaning sadness in Portuguese and Spanish, referring to the devastation produced by the disease in the 1930s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_tristeza_virus

Of course, biowarfare research tends not to be published in the open literature....

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=13796

Magda Hassan
05-08-2010, 01:51 PM
It might not be too difficult to find out if either of the Moshes have worked at Ness-Ziona.

Ed Jewett
05-08-2010, 04:37 PM
... the same researchers who made those available were also working on fungi that would attack and subsume the human organism. What a bad trip that would be.

What a mahvelous microcosm of the psychopathology of the world...

The big buggers who attack and subsume the world, its cultures, its peoples, its home turf, and its ecosystems with all manner of warfare including economic warfare, depleted uranium, and deus ex machina assassination have retreated into the laboratory to discover, create and perfect the little bugs which work directly on the human body and its necessary systems and intakes.

When will the immune system of our global society rise up and surround, encapsulate, neutralize and eject as waste material the very people who do this? Well, we Americans are chiefly responsible. Laurie Manwell's treatise on the social psychological implications for public discourse on state crimes against democracy post-9/11 is open on my desk now.

Keith Millea
05-08-2010, 05:40 PM
Here is an interesting quote from singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell concerning Morgellons Disease.



In an article published in The Los Angeles Times on 22 April 2010[1] (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jonimitchell-20100422,0,6761818.story?page=2&track=rss), singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joni_Mitchell) claimed to be a sufferer of the condition, stating:

"I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it's from outer space, but my health's the best it's been in a while, Two nights ago, I went out for the first time since Dec. 23: I don't look so bad under incandescent light, but I look scary under daylight. Garbo and Dietrich hid away just because people became so upset watching them age, but this is worse. Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral. Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year. But I have a tremendous will to live: I've been through another pandemic — I'm a polio survivor, so I know how conservative the medical body can be. In America, the Morgellons is always diagnosed as "delusion of parasites," and they send you to a psychiatrist. I'm actually trying to get out of the music business to battle for Morgellons sufferers to receive the credibility that's owed to them."

Keith Millea
05-11-2010, 02:27 PM
Well,I listened to the INN Report with Mr.Albarelli.This is a one hour show,and Mr.Albarelli came on for the last twenty minutes.Basically,he just had enough time to lay out basic facts about the situation.His article which is posted here was much more informational than the radio program.I was disappointed.

I am also wondering about the connection to Joseph Moshe.I read that he was sent to Patton Mental Hospital,but he is/was apparently in jail.Some of his neighbors have claimed that he is an OK person,but if he doesn't take his meds,he can get a little weird.The Israeli scientist seems to be a different person,Moshe Bar-Joseph.I am having big doubts about this being tied into an Israeli bio-weapon project.

Helen Reyes
05-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Keith, your excerpt on Morgellon's gave me the creeps for days! Here's the archive link for the INN show, haven't listened yet:

http://arc.gcnlive.com/Archives2010/may10/Inn/051010.mp3

I won't expect much from it.

Keith Millea
05-11-2010, 09:10 PM
Keith, your excerpt on Morgellon's gave me the creeps for days!

It sure is creepy!I keep thinking it must have something to do with all that cocaine she snorted back in the eighties.:bandit:

Helen Reyes
05-12-2010, 08:37 PM
Dr. Bill Deagle on the Nutrimedical Report program confuses Cryptococcus gatti with Climidosporium (spelling?) g. [sic], the disease that killed Jim Keith supposedly (see Books>>Saucers of the Illuminati), and claims ben Moshe was involved. Deagle was part of the original Moshe story; Moshe supposedly called into a radio show he was involved in BEFORE he was arrested so dramatically in LA and warned of a coming artificial germ-warfare pandemic. It wasn't on Deagle's regular show but was connected with something called USA network or something, and the host of that went on Deagle to talk about it. This is what tipped people off that Moshe's arrest was something deeper than it appeared.

http://arc.gcnlive.com/Archives2010/may10/Nutrimedical/0512102.mp3