This “special report” on Ebola in the U.S. by Alex Jones was uploaded on Saturday. It’s clearly just a teaser for Sunday’s radio broadcast, but it’s worth examining here because it contains several of the absurd disease factoids that Jones repeats ad nauseum on his show – and we all know what can happen when people hear something repeated over and over, without much context or explanation: They start to believe it. So let’s break this down:
1. Lyme disease is a weaponized, tick-borne strain of syphilis created at Plum Island and unleashed upon America.
First of all, Lyme disease and syphilis are not the same thing. They are both caused by spirochete bacteria, yes, but Lyme disease is just as closely related to obscure skin diseases like tropical yaws as it is to syphilis. Syphilis is sexier, so Jones went with that.
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center of New York is a government facility that researches livestock diseases, primarily foot-and-mouth in cattle. The only sinister thing about the place is that during the Cold War, bioweapons research (aimed at livestock, not humans) was conducted there. This dark phase of the lab’s history spawned the theory that Lyme disease spread from Plum Island in the mid-’70s, carried to mainland Connecticut by the wild birds that populate the area. This theory gained prominience with the publication of attorney Michael Carroll’s 2004 book Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory, which practically debunked itself.
2. Biosafety level 4 labs are surrounded by minefields and machine gun nests, and can be incinerated with “huge canisters of natural gas” at the push of a button in case of accidental contamination.
Are BSL-4 labs rigged to self-incinerate in an emergency? Politifact Georgia has already tackled this subject in regards to CDC headquarters in Atlanta (and if the CDC isn’t designed to be incinerated, it’s doubtful that any federally-funded lab in the U.S. is). CDC spokesperson Karen Hunter told Politifact that materials are burned, but it’s not what Jones has in mind. Researchers simply decontaminate with common household cleaning products like bleach, then toss the cloths they’ve used into an incinerator.
If you want to see the real safety measures taken at Level 4 facilities, check out this 60-minute video tour of Boston University’s NEIDL lab. Note that BU is a weapons-free campus, as is the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (where another BSL-4 lab is situated). Machine guns and landmines would not go over well at these locations. BSL-4 security precautions include much saner things like rigorous screening, perimeter fences and manned gates, and surveillance cams.
3. A truck accident exposed Americans to “weaponized flu” 7 years ago.
I can’t find any evidence of such a thing happening. Jones is probably referring to a 2005 Canadian incident in which a FedEx truck carrying anthrax, influenza, and other germ specimens crashed in Winnipeg. There was no “weaponized flu” involved. All of the germs were weakened enough to be nonlethal even if they had escaped their shipping containers, which they didn’t.
4. Mousepox is deadlier than Ebola, and scientists have released the “ingredients list” for it.
Mousepox is a mouse disease. Humans can’t get it. There is no “ingredients list”, because it is a naturally occurring disease. Jones seems to be confusing a controversial mousepox experiment with a 2012 debate over whether scientists should go public with the results of their research into H5N1.
5. Professor Eric Pianka wants to unleash airborne Ebola on the world for real.
This is clearly a reference to the infamous comments made by University of Texas-Austin professor Eric Pianka back in 2006, one of Jones’ favourite bits of “evidence” that They are plotting to wipe out all but 1% of the world’s population. I’ve discussed this before at Leaving Alex Jonestown. The bottom line is that Pianka is a herpetologist, not a biochemist, and he was referring to a naturally occurring (not to mention fictional) strain of Ebola in a rhetorial manner.
6. Eugenics/depopulation master plan: The elite want to eliminate up to 99% of the world’s population.
Where is Ashton Kutcher? We’re all getting punked with this ridiculousness, right?
That video of Alex ranting displayed just how over the top he is. Of course his followers (he has followers, not fans) will believe what they want, regardless of how he is debunked.
On another note, Alex’s wiki says he is 40 years old. Did you notice how thin and grey his hair is, and how haggard he looks? I guess being a rage-aholic in a constant state of fear ages one, no matter how much Orange Tangerine one drinks.
Somebody’s been reading or watching The Andromeda Strain.
And the opening scenes to The Stand.
Watching movies is how conspiracy theorists get their ideas. Supposedly the religion the bad guys practice require them to somehow tell their victims what they plan on doing next.
Jones & Co. see movies like They Live and Rollberball as documentaries.
Speaking of movies – there’s this crappy D-grade horror film on Netflix, claiming to be “based on” MKUltra experiments, which in fact plagarizes HP Lovecraft plots and real people for characters. It’s a pile-o-crap, but it has a Numbers Station in it and those are genuinely creepy. You can listen to some classic Numbers Stations on wikipedia. As a child in the sixties I used to listen to granny’s shortwave. I never heard any numbers channels, but I was fascinated by bands with these high-speed tones repeating over and over. Sort of like: “bee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee – bo-do-do-do-do-do”
Those station are fascinating…Swedish Rhapsody gives me chills.
But I don’t know the horror film of which you speak, so now I must google.
P.S. An indie movie based on Jack Chick’s “Dark Dungeons” tract has been released. Dark days for cinema.
Probably coming in a bit late, but that movie would be “The Banshee Chapter”, by the sounds of it.
And, yeah, it’s not very good.
Ahahahahah this is good ol fashioned GOLD
Why people still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world the whole thing is existing on web?