miércoles, 29 de agosto de 2012


Bifidobacterium longum. Source: The VisualMD

Source: fscn.umn
By Sara Specht
It’s the same old story: while exploring the wilds of a jungle, a scientist stumbles upon a miracle cure. Only this jungle is much closer to home—the flora of the human gut. And this stunning discovery just might bring a super-preservative to local grocery store shelves.
It all started because Daniel O’Sullivan, a researcher in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, wanted to know why Probiotic bifidobacteria seem to become toothless when they are fermented for use in foods like yogurt. Probiotics naturally reside in the flora of the human large intestine and help fight harmful bacteria to keep the gut healthy. O’Sullivan mapped the genome of a human-grown sample of Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum and discovered that it was actually bigger than a lab-cultivated specimen.
“They say the lion rules the jungle, and it’s very well suited to doing that. In evolutionary terms, if you take the lion out and raise it in a house, it becomes a pussycat,” O’Sullivan says. “That’s what we saw happen when we took the Bifidobacteria out of the jungle in the gut and put it in a nice pure culture and pampered it. It lost its claws.”
In this case, the Bifidobacteria loses chunks of DNA that it no longer needs to compete in a pure culture. One of those lost pieces is a previously unknown anti-microbial lantibiotic called bisin. Lantibiotics naturally combat foodborne pathogens, and some are commonly used as food preservatives. But while other lantibiotics kill only gram-positive bacteria, bisin is the first discovered that can protect against both those and gram-negative bacteria, like E. coli and Salmonella: the sources of over half of the United States’ food recalls every year. Bisin apparently fights these bacteria so effectively that treated foods could last almost indefinitely.
As a naturally occurring peptide, bisin doesn’t pose the health risks that chemical food preservatives can, and it has already been characterized as safe for consumption. And since bisin is chemically related to a lantibiotic preservative already in widespread use, nisin, O’Sullivan says the processes are already in place to apply it to food ingredients.

Professor Dan O´Sullivan in his laboratory.

There is one last barrier to getting bisin onto the market—getting bifidobacteria to produce it anywhere other than the intestinal jungle. O’Sullivan is back in the lab trying to understand on a molecular level how to induce bisin production in a laboratory or industrial fermenter. He says once they learn how to flip that switch, it will be ready to be licensed and put on the market.
“This is a very stubborn bug,” O’Sullivan says. “We know how to switch on production of bisin, but then it switches itself off. If we can get rid of that stubborn off switch, bisin has a lot of potential as an antimicrobial tool for food safety and maybe pharmaceutical applications.”

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lunes, 27 de agosto de 2012


By Salvatore Scimino
August 27, 2012

                       WILDERNESS LOSSES IN NORWAY 1900-1994

I am a tree in the forest in Norway. I live in a community with my fellow brethren. It has been our way of life since the beginning. We are very generous and happy together support and enrich life on planet Earth.

Winter is the toughest seasons for all of us. We struggle to get through until the warmth of springs knocks at our doors again. 

But there is something more dangerous to us than the cold weather. It is man (Homo sapiens). He comes to the forest and invades our space. He brings noisy and polluting machines and wakes us up from our sleepy days and nights in the winter. Many of us are killed by him and will never see the happy face of the Spring. How sad!

We are alive just like man is but he does not understand our ways as yet. Perhaps he never will, for to sense our world in its full splendor he must let his heart speak for itself. Through the mind he will never experience our blissful state with mother Earth. 

We are the trees in the forest and cherish life to see the happy face of the Sun!

Is it that hard for you to love us and let us live our lives dedicated for everyone on Earth? 

viernes, 24 de agosto de 2012



In many situations in which we act we try to make sure our actions don’t harm others, or are actually beneficial to them. This means that we are taking others into account. We consider how they would be affected by our actions. This is moral consideration.

Moral consideration has to do both with other individuals and with ourselves. In any decision in which we have to choose how to act, we have to weigh different alternative courses of action. How do we, ultimately, decide which one to follow? We may do it according to how it affects just ourselves, or we may do it according to how it affects ourselves and other individuals as well.

However, in those decisions we may not take into account, for instance, how that decision may affect, say, a sheet of paper, a lamp, or a leaf on the ground. Or, rather, we may take into account how it affects these things, not for their sake, but because of the way that affecting them may affect other conscious individuals. This means that we don’t consider these objects morally. The reason for this is simple: they don’t suffer or experience wellbeing, so we can do no harm or good to them.

This means that moral consideration is about which individuals we ultimately take into account in our decisions. Most people have a speciesist perspective and only take other humans into consideration. In fact, many people (such as racist or xenophobic people) don’t even give moral consideration to all humans, but only to some of them. However, because all humans are individuals who, like us, can feel suffering and wellbeing, it is arbitrary not to morally consider them as well.

The same is true of nonhuman animals. They are individuals with feelings and needs and lives that matter to them. They can be benefitted and harmed just as we can. To deny them moral consideration simply because they belong to another species or for some other arbitrary characteristic such as not having a human-like language is speciesism, a form of discrimination.

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miércoles, 22 de agosto de 2012


By Salvatore Scimino
August 22, 2012 (or so we think!)

Source: ScienceBlogs

Time is an elastic string. Nobody has ever seen this string and I doubt that there will ever be human eyes to see it. And yet it envelopes the whole of creation including ourselves.

Time is a wave. Nobody has ever touched its crest and I also doubt that there will ever be any human hand caressing its force. And yet it washes unto its beach everything in the universe including human souls.

Time is a whisper of the universe. Nobody has ever listened to its voice and I doubt there will ever be an ear to catch its magical sound. An yet it talks to everything that comes in contact with it including humankind.

Time is a vast camp where past, present and future play seek and hide and yet there is not such a game. Nevertheless we are all prisoners of it but fordidden to play.

Be it mosquito, whale, chicken, horse, elephant, weed, sequoia, star, man or egg all have different times but each cannot speak about it to the other in the course of things. 

                     A PIECE OF A STAR! A MIRACLE OF LIFE

Each is the conjugation of this endless game but never able to be a bystander outside of its cage.

What is time? someone asked St. Augustine and he said:

"If nobody asks me this question, I know the answer but if they ask me about it, even though I want to explain it I do not know the answer anymore."

You and I know about it. We have devised means to measure it but still remains a mystery.

Imagine you are in a battlefield where heavy artillery is hitting all over the ground around you or imagine you are a small girl or boy captured in a raid by powerful Aztec warriors and you are carried in a cage to their city to be fattened for a feast, then each second of every minute and each minute of every hour of your life at that moment would seem to last forever with no end in sight. This is hell!!

So it is with our brethren the Chickens at the slaughterhouse before man´s cruel hand severs their precious lives

30 seconds for a Chicken at the slaughterhouse is an eternity!!! It is hell!! And we can change that!! 




Chickens and for that matter everyone and everything but man that dwells upon Earth hold a secret that escapes our logic drunk minds. They are the gatekeepers of a mysterious universe beyond our understanding. 

Tell your mind: sleep... sleep, then followed by wake up... wake up... and perhaps you will open our eyes and start walking towards this Light. 

I do invite you to walk along this road. Your company along the way will make the stones sing should we ever travel together. You and I and everything else are one. 

We will not ever feel lonesome under the Sun.  Happy as innocent children before any unthoughtful society puts its dirty hands on them we will dance accompanied with Happy Chickens full of life until the wave of time reaches us and washes us unto its enchanted shore.

Dear brethren, please give it some thought to this. Make each sitting at the table a happy moment not just for you alone but also for all of those far away whom you do not see and suffer and live in hell at the factory farms because of your culturally imprinted and unhealthy food habits. 

Let us quit making each of our meals a dark chain of suffering and cruelty. Let us transform them into a truthful and blissful tide of happiness!

Together we can make this a better world for everyone!! Give joy instead of suffering to those who cannot stand up for their Rights at the factory farmsThe Animals, our bethren in the Spiral of Time.

martes, 21 de agosto de 2012


Source: SHARKonline
In 2010, the United States Coast Guard told the Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC) in no uncertain terms that it could not shoot over the Delaware river, a public waterway, without a safety zone. The PGC does not have, and cannot obtain a safety zone because it cannot pass an environmental test that is first required.

So why is the US Coast Guard doing nothing as the PGC continues to hold shoots that dump shot, casings and dead and wounded pigeons into the Delaware river, as well as endangering public boat traffic?


lunes, 20 de agosto de 2012


Un grupo de voluntarios decidieron limpiar la basura de plástico del río Virilla en Ciudad Colón, 55 km al S de San José, la capital de Costa Rica. La labor fue exitosa y esperan que todos los costarricenses tomen consciencia de la importancia de cuidar el medio ambiente.

Un voluntario expresó que Costa Rica tiene dos caras. Por un lado se preocupa de velar por la naturaleza pero por otro hay muchos ciudadanos que no colaboran y tiran la basura de plástico donde les da la gana, la cual eventualmente acaba en los ríos y contamina el agua. 

viernes, 17 de agosto de 2012


By Salvatore Scimino
August 17, 2012

                      "Hocus pocus, tontus tabantus, vade celeriter jubeo."

                       Thomas Ady, "A Candle in the Dark," 1655

Source: The Womanly

It has been correctly said that man does not invent but only imitates nature. With an abysmal difference, nature´s inventions work for the mutual benefit of all of her creation whereas man´s work against the grain of creation. Wherever exceptions there might be they are there not to benefit everybody but only the pockets of a few  crooked people.

The process of polymerisation was already millions of years old before man invented plastics, nonetheless Alexander Parkes started his idea with cellulose to begin with. His "invention" has been one of the worst sources of pollution for Mother Earth. 

We have filled the entire planet with mountains of plastics. So much so that we are already eating plastic. We now live in a plastic planet. What´s really unfortunate is that we have put to tango the rest of the species without their consent, and in the process we have poisoned them. This is totally unfair and quite stupid.

We are still very far from being trully sapiens. More so than ever despite the grandeur of man´s latest "inventions". We have already taken the lid off Pandora´s Box regarding nanomolecules which are already pouring into the environment. Some experts believe these molecules will turn out to be more dangerous than DDT.

Thus, for the time being it would be best to call this arrogant biped primate Hocus insapiens. Because quite stupid is he.

jueves, 16 de agosto de 2012


Nadie que haya comido pan puede negar que es una delicia para el paladar. Es un invento que se pierde en la noche de los tiempos. Y quien lo haya inventado era un genio. 

Aquel, aquella, aquellos o aquellas personas que lo inventaron sí que merecían los premios Nobeles y no los malditos hombres que inventaron la bomba atómica.

Hasta hace poco podíamos comer barras de pan sano pero cuando le echaron el guante los perversos intereses económicos, la cosa se fue a pique, convirtiéndose así en un alimento dañino para nuestra salud.

Para aprender más sobre la harina procesada de trigo y cómo ha pasado de ser un alimento sano a uno que nos enferma, recomendamos visitar el portal Gundhramns Hammer (e-rastrillo). Pinchar aquí...

miércoles, 15 de agosto de 2012



Increasing traffic in the waters of Sri Lanka threatens blue whales. 47603.jpeg
Large numbers of animals have been killed by collisions with boats and propellers. Scientists fear that cetacean watching tourism is the cause...

In early April, whale watchers off the southern coast of Sri Lanka had a disturbing vision:  the lifeless body of a blue whale 60 feet long floating in the water about 20 miles offshore.

The body was quickly becoming swollen and there were fish-louse sucking all the animal's skin.  Even more disturbing was the condition of the tail which had been almost completely severed from the body.

"It was very clear it was caused by the propeller of a boat," said Mazdak Radjainia, structural biologist and underwater photographer, University of Auckland, New Zealand, who found the whale by chance. "It must have been a very cruel death, because the damage was enormous."

Researchers say the clashes with boats are a major cause of death among whales. Many of those killed belong to endangered populations, such as blue whales, which are barely managing to be maintained.

The issue is particularly problematic in Sri Lanka, where a large population of blue whales have not been studied, whose number, possibly in the thousands, has faced increasing pressure from commercial shipping and an explosion of whale watching boats is not regulated.

As these waters are not properly controlled, scientists are not sure if the incidents with boats are increasing. But the death of the whale in April has been the sixth year, according to news reports. In a terrible incident that occurred in March, a blue whale was found shaking over the bow of a container ship in the port of Colombo, 145 miles north of this seaside resort.

Last year, about 20 whale carcasses (not all blue whales) were seen around the island, according to Arjan Rajasuriya, research officer of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency in Colombo. It is not known how many of the deaths resulted from collisions with boats.

"These incidents probably represent only a portion of the probable actual mortality," said John Calambokidis, a whale researcher from Olympia, Washington, documenting collisions with boats on the west coast of the United States. As blue whales often sink soon after they collide, the majority of these deaths are not recorded, and Calambokidis says the true number "can be 10 or 20 times" greater than the perceived.

Twenty-five kilometers from the southern coast of Sri Lanka is one of the busiest transportation corridors in the world, and whales are known to regularly swim in them. But some scientists believe the increase in whale watching may be forcing the animals to go further to look for food, pushing them to the route of large ships.

"I fear that whales are being disturbed by watching boats and that it may be affecting their movement," said Asha de Vos, whale researcher in the country.

The threat suffered by whales led some researchers to strive to learn as much as they can about them, in order to find a way to protect them.

"Having these whales close to the coast is something impressive," said the scientist, Ari S. Friedlaender, a researcher at Duke University Marine Laboratory. "We know so little about blue whales in general that wherever we have easy access to these animals increases the learning curve exponentially."

In 2009, Sri Lanka ended a bitter civil war of 25 years, which largely kept foreign scientists and researchers away from their waters. Several surveys of the 1970s revealed general nature of the presence of whales, but interest began to grow only in the 1990s. The researchers were particularly attracted by the fact that whales tend to stay in the region throughout the year.  It is known that other populations of blue whales migrate over long distances.

Perhaps no one has studied these whales and promoted the preservation of them more than de Vos.

Three years ago, de Vos started the Blue Whale Project of Sri Lanka, a program of long-term research that she hopes will stop the carnage and sensitize people about local whales. Over the past three years, from December to May, she photographed the whales and used scientific instruments to better understand their eating behaviors.

"There is definitely something down there that is causing them to become closer to shore. But we need to know where it is and the amount we are talking about," she said.

In March, de Vos was aided by a team of researchers from Duke University Marine Laboratory. The group brought forth an electronic echo sounder, which uses sound waves to measure the density of prey in the water. During 10 days, she and her team traveled miles inland, taking measurements and finding points of highest density of krill.

The data will help scientists better understand when and where the whales feed - and de Vos hopes to persuade the government to change the shipping lanes farther offshore.

De Vos, who was born and raised in Columbo, Sri Lanka, became an advocate of blue whales after taking a boat ride in 2006 and being impressed by what she saw.

"There were six whales in an area of ​​four square kilometers from where I was, and that was enough for me," she said. "That was a sign. I realized that I wanted to better understand them and protect them."

However, her initiative is full of challenges, including lack of support from local authorities and the disadvantages of being a young woman in a male-dominated society.-

"I am very lonely here," she said. "I have a lot of infrastructure or equipment to do my job."

She received some financial support from the University of Western Australia, where she is completing a doctorate in oceanography.

"The work of Asha de Vos is in fact preparing the ground for future research on these animals," said Friedlaender, who hopes to visit the region next year.

De Vos notes that since the civil war in Sri Lanka, there is currently a major effort to enhance tourism and whale watching is a fundamental part of the development strategy of the government. While this effort may bring much needed economic development for this poor country, de Vos is concerned with the possibility that everything is happening too fast.

"At the moment, the whale watching boats are being conducted in a disorderly manner close to the animals," she said. "I do not want it to be spread in a way that it becomes a disturbance to the whales."

In other countries with established whale watching industries, laws prohibiting getting too close to the animals, in the United States, for example, define a minimum distance of 90 meters. De Vos wishes there were similar regulations in Sri Lanka.

"In this new era of peace, the blue whale is very quickly becoming the symbol of our country," she said. "It would be very sad to harm these animals because of our foolishness.

Translated from the Portguese version by:

Lisa Karpova

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Poaching: Murder, for money. 47638.jpeg
UN Forum held in Geneva to combat poaching - saving the elephant and the rhinoceros from extinction because they are being hunted indiscriminately for their tusks and their horns. Ivory fetches a pretty penny as an ornament on Western and Middle Eastern shelves while there is an absurd notion in the East that rhino horn is an aphrodisiac.

A UN Forum is being held in Geneva to combat poaching - saving the elephant and the rhinoceros from extinction because they are being hunted indiscriminately for their tusks and their horns. Ivory fetches a pretty penny as an ornament on western and Middle Eastern shelves while there is an absurd notion in the East that rhino horn is an aphrodisiac, which speaks volumes for the stupidity and lack of masculinity among those who think they have to take it to "perform".

The increase of elephant and rhino kills is among a number of topics being discussed in the Forum this week meeting in Geneva, more specifically CITES - the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which has 175 member countries, overseeing the implementation of rules on international trade in protected wildlife species.
Elephant kills rising, demand for rhino horn exploding

The CITES secretariat has issues a news release which points towards rising levels in the killing of elephants and an explosion in demand for rhinoceros horn, The Chairman of the Committee, Øysten Størkersen, stated that "With elephant and rhino poaching and smuggling levels being the worst in a decade, it is clear that strong additional measures are required."

"The present meeting will help set the priorities and to ensure the long-term survival of key species we would like to leave to future generations," he added.

Elephant kills are at their highest level in a decade and seizures of ivory stocks are at the highest level since 1989. John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, stated recently that policy should not stop at seizures: "We need to enhance our collective efforts across range, transit and consumer states to reverse the current disturbing trends in elephant poaching and ivory smuggling...While being essential, enforcement efforts to stop wildlife crime must not just result in seizures - they must result in prosecutions, convictions and strong penalties to stop the flow of contraband," he added. "The whole 'enforcement chain' must work together."

Date from Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) indicates that "three of the five years in which the greatest volumes of ivory were seized globally occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011 alone, there were 14 large-scale ivory seizures - a double-digit figure for the first time in 23 years, when ETIS records were first compiled. They totalled an estimated 24.3 tonnes of ivory, more than in any previous year".

Large-scale seizures of ivory indicate the involvement of organised crime and according to CITES, "The sources of information have shown a very close correspondence between trends in elephant poaching and trends in large-scale ivory seizures, detecting essentially the same patterns at different points in the illegal ivory trade chain".

Other topics on the agenda are the illegal trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises, frogs and plants from Madagascar, tiger conservation, the trade in great apes and Asian snakes used in the leather industry.
CITES regulates international trade in close to 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. (*)

Despite increased efforts by African and Asian countries to halt this demonic and immoral practice, as we can see, the trends are rising, not decreasing. Anyone with a piece of ivory in their homes should be disgusted with themselves. As for those who sponsor the killing of rhinos, I know perfectly well what I would do with the horn, only maybe they'd like it...

(*) UNO
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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martes, 14 de agosto de 2012


Monóxido de CarbonoLa exposición a bajos niveles de monóxido de carbono (CO) tiene un efecto narcótico en los residentes de las ciudades, ha revelado un estudio realizado por científicos de la Universidad de Tel Aviv, en Israel, en el que se analizaron los contaminantes urbanos.
El CO es un gas insípido, incoloro e inodoro que se encuentra sobre todo en los gases de escape de los vehículos. Una inhalación excesiva de este gas puede envenenar el sistema nervioso y el sistema cardiovascular, ocasionando la muerte.
El efecto de niveles bajos, sin embargo, sería completamente distinto. A esta conclusión llegaron los investigadores tras estudiar diversos trayectos de Tel Aviv, calles muy transitadas por vehículos privados y públicos, y cargadas de restaurantes, tiendas y mercados.
Los científicos monitorearon el impacto en las personas de cuatro factores ambientales estresantes, propios de este tipo de entornos: la carga térmica, la contaminación acústica, los niveles de monóxido de carbono y la carga social (el impacto de las aglomeraciones). Los datos fueron tomados con sensores que midieron tanto la frecuencia cardiaca de los participantes en el estudio como los niveles de contaminación presentes en los entornos.
A partir de estos datos, y para sorpresa de los investigadores, se constató que el monóxido de carbono tiene un efecto narcótico en las personas, y que además contrarresta el estrés que causan las aglomeraciones y el ruido.

domingo, 12 de agosto de 2012


Cocos (Cocos nucifera) en una playa. Fuente: Morrut Roig

El cocotero o palma de coco (Cocos nucifera) evoca tierras lejanas  con cálidas playas. Es un árbol de distribución pantropical y son millones de personas que dependen de su fruto como fuente de alimento y economía. Por este motivo se le conoce como el "árbol de la vida".

Su fruto es una maravilla de ingeniería de la Madre Naturaleza, contiene agua de exquisitez incomparable. El número de productos elaborados con el coco es enorme, y entre ellos está el aceite de coco de propiedades medicinales y múltiples usos. 

El aceite de coco, debido a su alto contenido en ácido laúrico, es activo contra bacterias patógenas y virus de capa lípida. 

Las personas que padecen de Alzheimer pueden mejorar su salud si en su dieta incluyen el aceite de coco. Este aceite contiene grasas de cadena mediana (12 carbonos), conocidos como MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids). Los MCFAs son moléculas con propiedades antivíricas y antimicrobianas.


sábado, 11 de agosto de 2012


Las islas del Pacífico Sur tienen una fauna rica y única. Han estado aisladas por miles de años y sus animales han evolucionado formas raras y sorprendentes.

Este documental nos abre una ventana a este mundo sin movernos de casa. El viaje comienza en la isla de Nueva Guinea, donde veremos por primera vez imágenes del canguro arborícola dinguiso (Dendrolagus scottae), luego iremos a otras islas incluyendo Vanuatu, donde los nativos hasta hace poco eran caníbales y en la actualidad son suífagos (come cerdos), hasta llegar a la isla de Pascua, para conocer un poco de la historia de la cultura Rapanui.

jueves, 9 de agosto de 2012


Por Maximilian von Orth
9 de agosto de 2012

En Valdemorillo (Madrid, España) hay una persona muy interesante y muy bien versada en diferentes asuntos sociales y científicos.

Según he averiguado, este señor cada mañana sale temprano de su hogar con un pequeño maletín cargado de pequeñas hojas de papel que contienen temas bien investigados. La información es muy valiosa. Tiene mucho mérito su trabajo. 

Él reparte la información a los transeúntes de la ciudad. Viaja a Madrid y otros lugares para informar al público. Da consejos y habla sobre lo que se avecina para la sociedad. Es una persona sencilla, educada y amigable. No es ningún loco. 

Por si acaso, alguien lo considerara como tal, entonces podríamos preguntarnos: ¿No estamos todos locos por llevar el curso que llevamos hacia el colapso ecológico con nuestro absurdo estilo de vida?

Sería de poca monta descartar las hojitas de papel como simple basura. Por lo contrario, exhortamos a leerlas. En mi caso me gustaría tener toda la colección!

A continuación está una muestra de lo que este profeta de Valdemorillo reparte a los ciudadanos por la calle:

Dimensiones del original(10,5x14,5 cm)



Extendemos las gracias al Sr. D. Jaime Gormedino Villalba por habernos facilitado la hoja de información sobre los aditivos alimentarios.


Ash M. & Ash I. 2008. Handbook of Food Additives. 3rd Edition. Synapse Information Resources, Endicott, NY. 1263 pages.



Según científicos, el consumo de alimentos genéticamente modificados hará a la gente infértil

Científicos rusos descubrieron que las semillas transgénicas de soja y maíz hacen a las mujeres estériles, al detectar este fenómeno en la tercera generación de animales alimentados con ellas. 

 La investigación conjunta de los científicos de Asociación Nacional Rusa de la Seguridad de los Genes y del Instituto de Problemas de la Ecología y la Evolución ha descubierto que los hámsteres alimentados con soja transgénica no han podido reproducirse después de tres generaciones.

 Transgénicos, mal transnacional 

 “Hemos trabajado con cuatro grupos de hámsteres: uno alimentado sin soja, otro con soja no transgénica, un tercero con soja transgénica y un cuarto con cantidades mayores de soja transgénica”, explicó el biólogo Alexéi Súrov. 

 Luego de alimentar a los hámsteres durante dos años, en la tercera generación se constataron los resultados devastadores en aquellos que comían solo soja transgénica y en particular en aquellos con dietas más altas de la misma. También se constató un crecimiento más lento y una alta tasa de mortalidad entre sus crías. 

 En otro estudio similar realizado en Rusia, los investigadores encontraron un crecimiento retardado en animales, alta mortalidad entre las crías, e incluso crecimiento del pelo dentro de la boca de los hámsteres. 

 Científicos de Francia, Austria, EE.UU. e India también han experimentado con ratones, cerdos y vacas e igualmente confirman el peligro potencial o real de los productos transgénicos para la salud humana, animales, plantas y sobre todo el medio ambiente. 

 “Experimentos frankenstenianos” 

 Las empresas transnacionales de la industria de los transgénicos Monsanto, Dow Agroscience, Pioneer, Syngenta, entre otras, promueven el consumo de alimentos genéticamente modificados e ignoran constantemente a los investigaciones y expertos que se oponen a la liberación de organismos genéticamente modificados (OGM. 

 Los expertos en ese tema afirman que cosechar cada vez más semillas modificadas genéticamente sin saber cómo afectan a la salud es el único objetivo de las compañías del sector. 

 “La codicia de un grupo de poder mundial nos está llevando a un caos sanitario”, afirma el profesor de biotecnología Alejandro Romero. 

 Los expertos han llamado a estos experimentos con maíz transgénico u otros productos genéticamente modificados “semillas de Frankenstein”, mientras que aquellos que son de consumo humano o de animales los consideran “experimentos frankenstenianos”.

“Millones mueren anualmente sin saber que es debido a los agrotóxicos, las semillas modificadas o los alimentos producidos a base de semillas genéticamente modificadas impregnadas de venenos que o te matan o te esterilizan”, afirmó Romero. 

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miércoles, 8 de agosto de 2012


Por Salvatore Scimino
8 de agosto de 2012

 Chucao (Scelorchilus rubecula), el alma de los bosques de sur de Chile. Fuente: Aves de Chile.

Dice la historia que por un clavo se perdió un jinete. Lo mismo se podría decir que por una hoja de papel se pierde un bosque.

La demanda por papel alrededor del mundo es de 1 millón de toneladas cada día. La materia prima de la industria papelera procede en su mayoría de las explotaciones forestales. Parece sostenible, como lo pregona la prensa a cada rato.

Pero no es así. Es una industria perversa desde el punto de vista ecológico, ambiental y social. Pero la culpa no es sólo de los empresarios. También es nuestra. 

En el sur de Chile los bosques nativos se están quedando en silencio. Las empresas forestales talan la flora nativa y exterminan la fauna. El pudú (Cervidae: Pudu pudua), el zorro chilote (Canidae: Lycalopex fulvipes), la ranita de Darwin (Cycloramphidae: Rhinoderma darwini), el elegante huemúl (Cervidae: Hippocamelus bisulcus) y el cantor y manso chucao (Rhinocryptidae: Scelorchilus rubecula) (Video 1-2) se quedan sin hogar. Y para el pueblo Mapuche la conquista aún no ha tocado su fin.

Video 1. El canto del Chucao (Scelorchilus rubecula). 

Video 2. Encuentro con el Chucao (Scelorchilus rubecula). 

La destrucción tiene un sólo propósito: plantar árboles no nativos (Eucalyptus spp., Pinus radiata, ect.) de rápido crecimiento para obtener riqueza bancaria, "oro verde", para que la civilización moderna pueda tener papel donde imprimir sus novelas aburridas.


lunes, 6 de agosto de 2012



(PD).- El vídeo muestra las "prácticas" que soldados bolivianos de élite realizan sobre unos
indefensos perros. Se ve como un perro aulla y se sacude de dolor, mientras los militares lo torturan, clavándole cuchillos, abriéndolo en canal o cercenando su cabeza. Todo esto forma parte de los entrenamientos para endurecerse frente al enemigo y no dudar en atacarlo con arma blanca.

Personas por la Ética en el Trato de los Animales (PETA), que es quien difunde la imágenes, es la más grande y probablemente conocida organización dentro del movimiento para la defensa y protección de los derechos de los animales.


Tiene más de 750.000 miembros y seguidores internacionales y un millón largo de afialiados en EEUU.

PETA, fundada en el año 1980, está dedicada al establecimiento y protección de los derechos de todos los animales. Su tesis es que los animales no son nuestros para comer, vestirnos, hacer experimentos o ser utilizados con fines de entretenimiento.


Military's Stabbing of Dogs

PETA has received horrific torture videos that show live dogs who scream in pain while being stabbed and killed during combat-training exercises conducted by soldiers in the Bolivian military. The soldiers state that their instructors received training from the U.S. military in how to conduct these exercises, and the training partnership is corroborated by a written agreement signed by the two countries.

The first video shows an instructor who repeatedly stabs a conscious dog in the head and chest. He then removes the dog's heart and smears it on the faces of the commandos, forcing some of them to eat the raw, bloody flesh.

The second video shows soldiers at night who restrain a dog's limbs and mouth while another soldier stabs the animal in the chest.

The dog struggles in pain as blood gushes from his or her body. A naked soldier then throws his face into the dog's open chest and later stands up with arms stretched high. Watch the video here to learn more about the abuses that dogs suffer at the hands of the Bolivian military.

In the U.S., the Department of Defense currently stabs, shoots, poisons, burns, and cuts the limbs off thousands of living animals each year in medical-training exercises. The U.S. exercises differ from those used by the Bolivian military, but the victims are the same—vulnerable animals.

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viernes, 3 de agosto de 2012


By Salvatore Scimino
August 3, 2012

"The loose string stretches but does not shrink without anyone touching it."
("La cuerda suelta se estira pero no se encoge sin que nadie la toque!")
         Erzherzog Salvator Joachim von Österreich und von Toskana

Source: Wired Science

There is not such a thing as reality. What we call reality is a construct of our brains. What appears to be outside is really inside our brains, the result of the neurons´computing millions of bits of information picked by our five senses. 

The sight of a beautiful landscape, the fragance of a rose, the gentle breeze touching our faces, the charming song of a nightingale, the flavour of sweet apple... everything is fabricated by our brains.

We live in a holographic universe. This is what science has discovered. Nevertheless this is absolutely nothing new.

Hindues have been saying this for thousands of years all along. That this world is Maya. That reality is an illusion.

We are here standing before two different ways of analysing the universe around us. The conclusion appears the same but the knowledge of the Indians is still ahead. Perhaps the proud Western science will require another 200 years to really catch up with the East. 

One used the intuition, the empirical observation of this world to reach the profound conclusion that the universe is an illusion

The other followed an experimental method invented by the jesuits, the scientific method. This method needed the accumulation of hundreds of observations gathered over long periods of time by hundreds of scientists around the world using their five senses or with the help of mechanical extensions of these, by this I mean the use of laboratory paraphernalia, apparatuses that are designed to mimick the very same senses that man has. 

The scientific method implies the need of vast amounts of economic resources to pay the wages of all of these experts. No money no science. Few scientists are willing to work for nothing. After all the idea of going to school is to get into the room of the so called "comforts of life" even though comforts are a thing of the mind.

It is obvious that the intuition method is more economically efficient and at the same time is able to penetrate into the matrix of life and that of the universe and still come to the same conclusion that science so painstakingly grasps and which still fails when trying to see the whole picture. 

The implications of the conclusion that the universe is an illusion are profound, particularly for the West. For one thing Westerners will never see things with the same eyes. And perhaps they learn to be humble, and best above all not to take for granted the "uncivilised cultures".

With this in our hands it becomes very utterly ridiculous for the human species (Homo "sapiens") to relate to one another with points of reference so minute like power, money, borders, nationalities, races, countries... 

How can you put anyone´s holographic brain in a bottle? Bottles like colour, religious creeds, languages, etc. A country for instance is too small to contain the vast universe of a brain. This is futile! We are all beyond borders indeed! 

One is all or all is one. This is quite beautiful!! What else can I say!

Now the big question is: Can we put it into practice with intuition, without thought patterns? Without the drunkenness of the fucking logic!

But who is sending the information that our brains constantly are gathering? Some people call the sender God, others a Computer Master. Nobody knows. Perhaps we might come to know who the Creator is with an open heart but certainly not with our fucking cold "hawkingian" logic! 

The following videos discuss this holographic universe. They fall short in many aspects but are interesting nevertheless:

ENGLISH (with Spanish subtitles)/INGLES (con subtítulos en español)