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Have you ever seen a victim of Rigelian fever?
They die in one day. The effects are like bubonic plague.
Constantinople, summer 1334.
It marched through the streets, the sewers.
It left the city by ox cart, by sea, to kill half of Europe:
the rats, rustling and squealing in the night as they, too, died.
– The rats……….. –
Requiem For Methuselah

Since hurricane Sandy the talk has been of Global Warming. We are also deep in the economy and various wars. War of Terror and War on Drugs etc. The elites care not about those things. They believe they can avoid their effects. I suppose they can – for the present. With big gated and armed castles.

Some even have plans for floating fortresses.

There is something now though that they cannot escape. Not even on their floating mansions. Bacteria. Bacteria that is becoming more and more immune to all of our wonderful, expensive anti-biotics. Bacteria like Staff and Strep and MRSA and Clostridium difficile – which killed my 91 year old mother in a couple of days. Bacteria that is becoming immune to all of our drugs. Even as I write this.

Two closely-related strains of Clostridium difficile became antibiotic resistant and were able to rapidly spread to hospitals around the world, a study says.

Researchers were able to show how the bacterium travelled by forensically analysing its genetic code.

The strains of the hospital infection seemed to become more severe after they became resistant.

The findings were published in the journal Nature Genetics. – BBC Health

Bacteria that can spread like wild fire. Even faster than the plague that hit Europe. Bacteria that we bred in our overuse of anti-biotics.

The study found that both strains of bacteria had undergone the same tiny mutation in a key gene that conferred resistance to the antibiotic fluoroquinolone.

Once resistance had evolved, the two strains quickly spread among hospital patients in North America and then Europe.

Trevor Lawley, the leader of the study at the Sanger Institute, said: “Until this research we didn’t realise that the same mutation had actually happened twice independently of one another. It shows that this is not a rare event and can happen again.

“There is a link between acquiring resistance and appearance of these mutations around the world, and the use of the antibiotics.”

The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, said the evolution and persistence of fluoroquinolone-resistant strains of C. diff was likely to be the result of widespread use of this class of antibiotics in North America in the late 1990s and early 2000s.The Independent

Anti-biotics that we constantly keep pumping to our beef and poultry and hogs. That is now showing up in our water supplies. That we put into our dish soap and hand soap. Anti-biotics that we still over prescribe for even the sniffles. At the same time making them less and less able to be used when they are truly needed.

The bacteria, known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are named for their ability to fight off carbapenem antibiotics — the last line of defense in the medical toolbox. And so far, they’ve emerged almost exclusively in health care facilities, picking off the weakest of patients.

The bacteria made headlines this summer after a CRE strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae battered the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center outside Washington, D.C. Seven died, including a 16-year-old boy. (Hospitals don’t reveal victims’ names in keeping with medical privacy rules.) But that case was neither the first nor the worst of the CRE attacks.USA Today

What happens when these bacteria jump out of the hospitals and into the general public ? When some health care worker or patient is carrying it and contaminates some public facility in say – India or Japan. And it travels to our shores. Or the same scenario in Idaho or Pa. And it most surely will. We now have evidence that these new bugs can travel the world.

This is to my mind the best example of how we can no longer base our health policies in this country on whether or not some jack ass gets rich. We can no longer base any of our policies here on this. For they will com back and bite us in the ass.

David Seaton posted a blog on Global Civics and if this not not the best reason we need to practice it, I don’t know what is. The elites may fear it but they had better start fearing this instead. Bacteria do not care one bloody bit who you are. They can kill the rich just as quickly as the poor and you cannot buy a cure that no longer exists.

For we are now creating our own Requiem. Our own Synthococcus novae

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