DARPA, Insects, Mad Science and Us

Tessa Lena writes in

“Irresponsible use of new and very advanced technologies by the military is life-threatening.

Engineered viruses can be used to edit genes in a target species, including in a heritable manner.

‘Insect Allies’ is a DARPA (U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects) program designed to genetically modify mature plants in a live environment by releasing insects infected with genetically modified viruses.

Some scientists, although on board with genetic modification in principle, are questioning DARPA’s motives and raising concerns.

Researchers in Singapore, as well as DARPA in the U.S. have developed ‘remote-controlled insects.’

The craziest crazies have somehow escaped the asylum and installed themselves in high positions of power. Insane, they are coming up with one bad idea after another and barking orders at us, mad shine in their eyes and saliva coming out of their mouths. They are crazy — and in charge of institutions, schools, newspapers and armies.

They are running around with their high-tech pistols filled with high-tech poisons and their little sadistic CRISPR scissors. They are crazy — yes, they are crazy — and they are killing us slowly, and sometimes not so slowly. Welcome to the future where toxicity is health and the old crazy is the new normal. We are not crazy — they are crazy — and they have been from the beginning. And in 2020, they stopped pretending. What now?

You may think that you have seen it all but here is a great idea. Take some insects, infect them with a genetically modified virus designed to genetically edit mature plants in real time, and release them. Release them into wild and repeat, ‘it’s safe and effective.’

Sweet idea, right? Well, DARPA thought so, and so in 2016, they started a project called “Insect Allies” that is designed to do that. (This is a different project from Oxitec’s controversial release of GM mosquitos.)

DARPA’s official story is that in the name of national security, a good way to protect the American crops from potential threats is to genetically modify them using GM viruses as genetic modifiers and insects as flying syringes. And that they just need to test it!… Some suspicious peasants may foolishly wonder: What will happen in the short term and in the long term to the people who eat those plants, to the people and animals possibly bitten by those insects, to the wild insects who mate with the infected insects, and to all other life in the area and beyond that may get impacted? What ridiculous nonsense. Here is the answer, peasant: No one knows — and importantly, no one cares. Any more questions?”

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