Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"One single gram of crystalline toxin...wuold kill more than one million people." JAMA 2001 publication

A consensus statement on C. botulinum toxin as a biological weapon published in 2001 in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association calculated that “a single gram of crystalline toxin, evenly dispersed and inhaled, would kill more than one million people.”

Anyone having done home style canning of foods to preserve them in cans or jars you will know that Botulism is hard NOT to make. Any industrial size canning facility or home kitchen operation could be a potential source of this natural source of WMD. And kitchens or factories aren’t the only possible covert places for producing it.

The Scientific American article below suggests that scientist studying this new and more lethal strain of botulism believe they can keep the knowledge of it hidden from evil people. They seem to forget that the most likely culprit of the 2001 anthrax attack on our nation’s capital was orchestrated by a scientist from a Federally funded bioweapon research lab about 40 miles away from Washington DC.


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