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THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT ...

Yesterday, you'll recall I blogged about the newly emerging field and theory of epigenetics, and about the apparent discovery of fifth and sixth base pairs. My high octane speculation branched out from considerations of the implications of such discoveries for gene expression and genetic engineering, to speculations about the utility of these new discoveries for testing - quietly, of course - the origins of DNA and, perhaps, determining if a sample was from any known terrestrial source.

Yea... I know. It sounds totally wild and crazy.

But wait, there's more wild craziness in store.

A few years ago, on the late Ms. George Ann Hughes' The Byte Show, and on a number of other shows, and indeed, in a couple of blogs here, I indulged in a little more high octane speculation. Ms. Hughes asked me a question, namely, why did one see very law enfarcement "check points" popping up, and officers taking people's DNA samples under the duress that such checkpoints inevitably imply. And why, she asked, were there suddenly all these websites where one could, for a small fee of a few dollars (or pounds or euros... pick a region in the world), take a swab from one's mouth, send off the sample to the "ancestry site", and voila, the distant laboratory would sequence your DNA and compile a profile for its basic history, based on the genetic reconstruction of the history of haplogroups such as conducted by Dr. Sykes of Oxford, and other geneticists.

I responded to Ms. Hughes' question by stating that it was my strong suspicion that these samples were being gathered because the ever-present "They" were looking for something. What? she asked. "Any number of possibilities," I responded. In my list of possibilities, I suggested that a global database of individual DNA samples would be of inestimable value for a bioweapons project targeting certain specific genes. Or, alternatively, if one were looking for the presence of DNA or a particular sequence that appeared to have no terrestrial origin, one would need to gather a great deal of specific data, and the only way to do so would be to collect a huge database. Or (final possibility), I suggested that perhaps "They" were looking fo genetic confirmations of old traditions and family lore about their "ancient origins" and "bloodlines," a meme within the alternative community, for as most are aware, there are ancient stories of the rise of modern man from some sort of ancient miscegenation between humans and "genetic cousins" from "out there." The only way to prove such a story would be to find out whether there were genetic markers consistent with it.

Now it appears there might be at least partial confirmation of these high octane speculations, thanks to the following article shared by regular reader, Mr. K.L.:

How Private DNA Data Led Idaho Cops on a Wild Goose Chase and Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case

Here's the central, and thought-provoking, core of this story:

"Fast forward to 2014. The Idaho police sent the semen sample to a private lab to extract a DNA profile that included YSTR and mtDNA—the two genetic markers used to determine patrilineal and matrilineal relationships (it’s unclear why they reopened the case after nearly 20 years). These markers would allow investigators to search some existing databases to try to find a match between the sample and genetic relatives.

"The cops chose to use a lab linked to a private collection of genetic genealogical data called the Sorenson Database (now owned by Ancestry.com), which claims it’s “the foremost collection of genetic genealogy data in the world.” The reason the Sorenson Database can make such an audacious claim is because it has obtained its more than 100,000 DNA samples and documented multi-generational family histories from “volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.” Some of these volunteers were encouraged by the Mormon Churchwell-known for its interest in genealogy—to provide their genetic material to the database. Sorenson promised volunteers their genetic data would only be used for “genealogical services, including the determination of family migration patterns and geographic origins” and would not be shared outside Sorenson. Its consent form states:

"The only individuals who will have access to the codes and genealogy information will be the principal investigator and the others specifically authorized by the Principal Investigator, including the SMGF research staff.

"Despite this promise, Sorenson shared its vast collection of data with the Idaho police. Without a warrant or court order, investigators asked the lab to run the crime scene DNA against Sorenson’s private genealogical DNA database. Sorenson found 41 potential familial matches, one of which matched on 34 out of 35 alleles—a very close match that would generally indicate a close familial relationship. The cops then asked, not only for the “protected” name associated with that profile, but also for all “all information including full names, date of births, date and other information pertaining to the original donor to the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy project.”

Now, what this story suggests - as Mr. K.L. speculated in his email to me - is that if such private "let's-have-fun-and-trace-your-family-history-genetically" companies can share DNA without warrant and entirely voluntarily with police, then they probably can, and will, do it with anybody.

Indeed, such companies would be the perfect fronts for a covert project being run for the other three purposes that I suggested to Ms. George Ann Hughes, for the article carries with it the very disturbing implication that the border or membrane between such companies and government agencies is rather porous. If such a company will share data with local police, imagine what the reaction might be if, say, the "Federal Information Bureau"(FIB) shows up, stating that it is running a project to document the family origins of, say, the German "Bauer" family in ancient Mesopotamia, or that it needs their database for biological warfare "defense" purposes, or to find out who is from "here" and who is "not from here" and you get the idea. Would such a company be in a position to refuse? Not likely.

Hovering over all this, as the aricle itself suggests, is the Mormon Church, which has, as the article points out, a genealogical interest. Indeed, it has a large "church only" database of other types of genealogical records of family trees and so on that would be of inestimable value used in conjunction with genetic techniques. And such techniques and such immense databases would also require a massive computational capability. Recall only what I summarized in Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men, and how the computing power and algorithms also had to be invented to make the Genome project work.

Funny thing, too, that the Reichsicherheithauptamt, or National Security Agency as it is more commonly known today, has its national data collection center in Utah, obvious home to the more well-known branch of the Mormon church.

it sort of makes one wonder...

See you on the flip side...

 

9 thoughts on “ THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT ...”

  1. I remember those interviews (I can still hardly believe that GeorgeAnn is no longer with us “on line”…) and have lost any vague interest I might have had in gettings a cheap “DNA reading”, preferring old-fashioned genealogical research through the usual records.
    Anyway, assuming that the mind, or consciousness, is at the basis of everything, ancient wisdom, especially in the various Buddhist lineages, has amazing resources, for anyone willing to investigate, by which any individual can analyze his or her own “karmic traces” and learn a lot about present-day problems. A process which of course involves individual own mental training and this therefore not so easy (and NOT to be confused with the facile explanations we often hear about “past lives”, usually with a crudely dualistic and 3-dimensional approach).
    As for those who are trying to weaponize DNA research, well, we might update the old phrase by saying “he who lives by the genetic sword shall die by the genetic sword”.

  2. How does a certain group prove their “divine right to rule”; it’s control of the “science” which interprets the “data”. Now, they just have to find some “angle” they can spin to prove what their looking for.
    The “gods” from high antiquity were most likely remnants of the Nephilim. They would have been far superior to mankind in most respects and far behind him in morality, a dangerous combination, Very advanced psychopaths, with an apparent hunger for human flesh and perverse sexual habits, if ancient myths and texts have any basis in reality.
    Manipulating the genome of any species would have been within their capabilities one would think, along with advanced knowledge of mathematics, cosmology, the sciences, etc., given their lineage. If there is a way to find remnants of this species, it would be through genetic research.
    One really has to wonder just what’s coded in all that “junk” DNA we supposedly have.
    DNA seen through the eyes of a coder: http://ds9a.nl/amazing-dna/

  3. I’m currently watching disc 2 of the five dvd set of the series “The Event”, and if anybody reading this and also has watched the series, then you know where I’m going. Although scientists have made great gains in dna research, they still have no idea what it’s all about, other wise we would all be living forever, or some might.
    How clever to get peoples dna by offering to “trace” your ancestors and give you the complete report, wow, that’s really cool.
    I’d really like to know who my ancestors were, BUT, not back to say 1784, I’d like to know who my ancestors were back to the “beginning”, now that’s a hard task, but is it??????

  4. The LDS church also shared a gigantic computer facility with the CIA for decades. Nothing suspicious there . . . .

    I’ve also heard that Mormon missionaries were the only people during a long period of the Cold War who were allowed into Russia. Nothing suspicious there, either.

  5. A nice way for our oligarchs to find out who the true humans of this planet are. And to eliminate or enslave them. Our oligarchs are more likely more like the Han from Armageddon 2419 the novel that was the base for the newspaper comic strip and the Buck Rogers serial. Or the Martians invaders of the 1960’s film The Pit or it’s American title Five Million Years To Earth. And a new way to find a scapegoat for a unsolved crime to railroad into prison or a date with the grim reaper.

  6. The Establishment’s[aka Great White Fathers] promises
    are more effervescent than the champagne bubbles
    of their toasts to the public’s good health & welfare.

    “Our” DNA, like our social networking, make us the modern day equivalent of plantation sharecroppers for BIG DATA Farming.
    The Establishment is making the BIG Buck$
    plus using BIG DATA AGAINST “our” welfare & very being.

    Welcome to the land behind that curtain of manufactured reality.

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