A JUG of Omnibus

A JUG of Omnibus

6/23/16

Omnibus-ScreenIn 1952 the Ford Foundation created a television show called Omnibus. It was intended to raise the level of intelligence and cultural taste of the American television-viewing public.

In my opinion, the show pretty much stunk.

But it proved a point. The great unwashed masses would rather watch Broderick Crawford (gravel parking lot voice and all) in Highway Patrol, than watch Mickey Mantle and Gene Kelly compare and contrast the movements of baseball and modern dance on Omnibus.

Omnibus wasn’t as big a hit as Sea Hunt. I think that was partly due to the fact that you never knew what would turn up on any given week – sort of like JUG.

So, let’s pull the cork out of the omnibus JUG, and see what pours out.

Electrons
Last week I sent Richard Thom an article I found about research into the pathways electronic signals follow in DNA.   The gist of the article is that ‘DNA molecules don’t just code our genetic instructions. They can also conduct electricity and self-assemble into well-defined shapes, making them potential candidates for building low-cost nanoelectronic devices.’

The study is about DNA conductivity.  I wonder if the researchers have a microwave oven in their lab, or if they use cell phones?   The study is NOT about the effects of microwaves on DNA. It’s simply about building biotechnology at a cellular level. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out a few between-the-lines facts.

First, the scientists conducting the study know they can manipulate DNA, and alter the way it conducts electric impulses.

Second, they aren’t paying any attention to therapeutic applications.

And third, the electric currents they’re dealing with are incredibly small.

Those of you who are interested in more detail can find information here:
http://sciencebulletin.org/archives/2382.html

Richard sent me the following note, along with permission to reprint it on JUG

“Thanks for keeping your antenna up.

It’s the same old story. That is, what’s not written in the article that should be important to you/everybody, but people are being kept in the dark on.

Let’s see. The purpose of the article is the possibility of entraining DNA to eventually building low-cost nanoelectric devices.

Hummm! Let’s consider something here.

If there is chronic stress of  MicroWave exposure to the cells of the unborn fetus, and if after birth it’s a girl followed by years of MicroWave-WiFi exposure from Kindergarten to Grade 12, the eggs of these young women when they want to become pregnant will most likely be sterile because their DNR has become irreparably damaged.  See Dr. Barrie Trower, studies on lab small animals projecting possible human outcomes from MicroWave irradiation studies. (Wi-Fi, A Thalidomide in the Making… Who Cares?, September 2013)

So, in the words of Ms. Klynton, “What difference does it make!”
I’m referring to this article as a sterile human race begins to die-off from this planet. So, whom will be left on this planet to use/have a benefit from the development of these nanoelectric device(s). Clue, probably a safe underground government settlement(s) or maybe even something not earth human at all.

Cell technology was never intended to be a benefit to humanity. It was designed as a weapon and that’s what it is.

Maybe it’s time to go down the rabbit hole and start thinking about sending messages in a whole new way.”

Personally, I figure Richard’s overthinking things. I don’t think there’s a grand conspiracy, whether of elitist government, non-terran life forms, or a new world order.

Nu-uh.

I think people are just stupid, greedy and unimaginative – mostly the first two.

Cops
In schools.

I seldom disagree with Chief Empey, but on the issue of police officers in schools, I beg to differ.  They should, in my opinion, remain.

The most effective weapon in a police department’s arsenal is visibility.  Squad cars parked inside a garage, across 169 from most of the town, are invisible.  A School Resource Officer in one school is nowhere near as visible as an officer in every school.  Of course, the SRO could rotate between schools.  But that means there will be a police officer in any particular school only 25% of the time.  Remember, we have two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.  Plus the SouthWest Educational Cooperative School on Hope Avenue (which seems to generate more calls than any other place in town.

Council Member Goebel suggested some options, but he seems intent on getting an SRO.  So, does the SRO go to the school where there’s the most potential for serious crime, or does he (or she) go to the school where there’s the greatest likelihood of steering child away from a path of delinquency? 

If police officers were spending most of their time in schools, I’d agree that the rest of the City wasn’t being served.  But if they’re going to spend 30% of their time on paperwork, I personally would prefer to have them in a place where they’re visible.

Water
The Star/Tribune reported on Tuesday that ‘A Milwaukee suburb won a hard-fought battle Tuesday to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan — a key test of a regional compact designed to safeguard the Great Lakes’ abundant but vulnerable fresh water supply.’ The city is Waukesha, Wisconsin, which needs a new water source to replace the existing ground water source, which is hopelessly tainted by radium. The city promises to put back only clean water, and to return what they use from Lake Michigan. A cynic might ask, if the wastewater is so clean, why doesn’t Waukesha just re-use it?

The latest STRIB story is here: http://www.startribune.com/thirsty-city-gets-to-pull-it-water-from-lake-michigan/383835161/

Meanwhile, on the 19th, we saw in the STRIB that Lake Mead is at the lowest level in 80 years – and dropping. The Colorado River, via Lake Mead is the primary water supply source for Las Vegas (to the tune of 90%). This is the same Las Vegas that’s getting a hockey team.

The link to that story is here: http://www.startribune.com/lake-mead-shrinks-to-record-low-amid-ongoing-western-drought/380170951/

Hey, it’s only water!

Meanwhile, my sister, who lives in Phoenix (which draws its water from the very same Colorado River) sends me clippings showing that Nestlé is planning to bottle and sell 35 million gallons of Phoenix’ water supply every year. And there’s a dolphin pool being built in Scottsdale (where it was 110° yesterday). Another million gallons more of desert water. I’m sure the eight dolphins are going to love sharing their pool with people, too.

Every drop (and more) of the Colorado River is allocated. Ad there’s a tunnel under Lake Mead for the express purpose of extracting every last drop. Does the term ‘every last drop’ sound as ominous to you as it does to me?

Closer to home, we learn from the STRIB that New Brighton and St. Anthony are finding cancer-causing chemicals in their municipal water supplies, and they’re having to spend significant amounts of money on stopgap solutions to keep their water safe – while they figure out ways to spend millions more on permanent solutions.

According to the STRIB story, “The industrial chemical — 1,4 dioxane — comes from the long-closed Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills and only recently emerged as a contaminant.” (accent is mine – tvb)

The link to that story is here: http://www.startribune.com/two-north-cities-scramble-to-upgrade-water-plants-to-filter-out-emerging-contaminant/383693321/

So, here we are, sitting in Jordan, wringing our hands about a potentially huge source of ground water contamination.

But don’t worry. The City, the Council, and the School District all have FaceBook campaigns with surveys to find out what people in Jordan think about protecting our water supply. And they’re constantly lobbying the County Board, our state legislators and the Governor to protect aquifers in Scott County.

Aren’t they?

There’s an up side to all of this. If our water gets polluted, nobody else will want it.

The Quote:
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
           Jacques Yves Cousteau

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