Rose Webster 
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Re: “What’s causing all the (concern about) right whale deaths?

@schmikel

Yeah, okay, you could only provide a link to Eliminate Dengue which carries out Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases and is funded by the richest people on the planet.

I've never seen a more glaring conflict of interest.

My links include far more than my own work. And InfoBarrel is reference-based (higher standards than mainstream media).

Every single one of my articles has clickable links to the actual studies I've cited.

But, I suppose you feel publicly bashing me will suddenly make everyone reading this believe Eliminate Dengue (who is putting trillions of Wolbachia-infected Aedes into the food chain as we speak) is doing nothing wrong.

Yeah, Wolbachia-infected Aedes male releases are not affecting any ecosystems on the planet. Sure.

BTW, Canadians are not that gullible.

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Posted by Rose Webster on 09/08/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “What’s causing all the (concern about) right whale deaths?

@schmikel

A shill is a person who publicly helps or gives credibility to a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.

A shill may also act to discredit opponents or critics of the person or organization in which they have a vested interest through character assassination or other means.

Shilling is illegal in many circumstances and in many jurisdictions because of the potential for fraud and damage.

Note: I will expose all shills and trolls.

There are now hundreds of people in the medical and scientific community that are in support of my work and the work of ethical scientists (like Canada's world-renowned medical entomologist, Dr. Fiona Hunter).

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Posted by Rose Webster on 09/08/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “What’s causing all the (concern about) right whale deaths?

@schmikel,

You DO realize that Eliminate Dengue (Wolbachia-infected Aedes) are funded by Bill & Melinda Gates; Wellcome Trust; Australian, Queensland, UK and Brazilian gov'ts; USAID, Tahija and Gillespie Family Foundations?

Therefore, this is a HUGE conflict of interest and pointing people to this site make zero sense.

North Atlantic right whales spend time in waters known to carry Zika-infected mosquito larvae. Zika is both maternally inherited and sexually transmitted (and North Atlantic right whales are highly promiscuous).

Based on phylogenetics alone, it's a possibility that needs to be ruled out.

Furthermore, the presence of a virus FACILITATES the invasion of Wolbachia (a reproductive parasite).

I sincerely feel that without testing these whales for Zika, SLEV, WNV, and Wolbachia in somatic tissues (such as the gonads, CNS, brain, heart, optic nerve and retina) that my theory is "still on the table" and should NOT be dismissed so readily (based on assumptions that wild whales "move too fast" to be bitten).

Again, Zika is inherited maternally (so it IS in mosquito larvae - which Cal fin is composed of).

Anyways, I have written directly to the two pathologists involved (in Canada) and one responded with a "thank you" so I trust they will test for all three viruses and the presence of Wolbachia.

NB: We do not know enough about the Zika virus and its reservoirs yet. NO ONE is an expert. But a few of us look at ALL of the data.

According to Okia et al. 1971, almost 1/2 of bulbuls had Zika. Sadly, it seems that only Canadian medical entomologist, Dr. Fiona Hunter, and I are recognizing this fact. Sources: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01248/full
My reference-based article (with 17 citations): http://www.infobarrel.com/Red-Whiskered_Bulbul_Zikas_Ideal_Reservoir_Host

Also, in the U.S. scientific community, there is commonly held belief that Zika is rarely a sexually-transmitted diseases. However, "up to 47 percent of ZIKV cases in Barranquilla, with 95 percent confidence, may have been due to sexual contact alone." Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755436516300330

North Atlantic right whales are highly promiscuous (so this may be yet another way Zika could be transmitted). Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17971086

And keep in mind that "ZIKV has a high rate of asymptomatic infection, thus the observed cases represent a small fraction of the true number" (World Health, 2016; Fauci and Morens, 2016).

Over 28,000 cases of Zika were reported in Puerto Rico as of Oct. 26th, 2016. The waters surrounding many islands in the Caribbean are obviously teeming with Zika-infected Aedes and Culex mosquitoes, eggs, and larvae. Eventually, Calanus finmarchicus and krill will be nibbling away at them. So, the major food source of North Atlantic right whales will also be exposed to the Zika virus.

"Here, we report the isolation in cell culture of ZIKV from different body parts of wild-caught female mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti, Ae. vexans, Culex quinquefasciatus, Cx. coronator, and Cx. tarsalis) and whole male mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti and Cx. quinquefasciatus) in Mexico. Importantly, the virus was isolated from the salivary glands of all of these mosquitoes."

"Furthermore, we found ZIKV in a male pool of Ae. aegypti ... and a ZIKV-positive male pool of Cx. quinquefasciatus, which suggests vertical transmission and causes further concern."

Source: http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/06/19/151951

Other claims I've made supported by science:

"The presence of a virus facilitates the invasion of Wolbachia (Strau and Telschow, 2015). Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4412059

"North Atlantic right whales spotted as far south as the Bahamas and Mexico ... Scientists are confident there is at least one other nursery area but have yet to discover it. Where these whales mate is also a mystery."
Source: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/cetaceans/about/right_whales/north_atlantic_right_whale

Bottom Line: We need to ensure that all testing on these whales is conducted (in a timely fashion) using the most reliable assays and with expert opinions from scientists WITHOUT any conflicts of interest.

My article devoted to saving these whales (with 14 citations): http://www.infobarrel.com/Test_North_Atlantic_Right_Whales_for_WNV_SLEV_ZIKA_and_Wolbachia

My petition (with over 450 supporters) for those who want to get to the bottom of this: https://www.change.org/p/investigate-north-atlantic-right-whale-deaths-without-the-noaa-a-u-s-gov-t-agency

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Posted by Rose Webster on 09/08/2017 at 12:49 AM

Re: “What’s causing all the (concern about) right whale deaths?

North Atlantic right whales deserve all testing: https://www.change.org/p/investigate-north-atlantic-right-whale-deaths-without-the-noaa-a-u-s-gov-t-agency

I highly suspect two things are killing these precious mammals:

1) Zika, West Nile, or St. Louis encephalitis (whales have been documented to suffer the latter two). All three viruses share the same phylogenetic clade; Zika with > 97 percent support.

2) About 1/3 of Calanus finmarchicus (Cal fin) has been unnaturally infected via Wolbachia-infected Aedes for ~ 5 years. North Atlantic right whales consume massive quantities of Cal fin as you know. And krill also comprises Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (both are also Zika vectors).

My reference-based article (with 14 citations): http://www.infobarrel.com/Test_North_Atlantic_Right_Whales_for_WNV_SLEV_ZIKA_and_Wolbachia

And, those truly responsible may be those funding Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases: Bill & Melinda Gates; Wellcome Trust; Australian, Queensland, UK & Brazilian gov'ts; USAID, Tahija and Gillespie Family Foundations. Some pretty deep pockets.

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Posted by Rose Webster on 09/07/2017 at 11:31 AM

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