The Black Death WAS Airborne Illness (Part 3 add-on)
Some of you know I've been following a fringe researcher who has proposed that the weirdness surrounding the Black Death in the 14th and 15th centuries may be part of some alien/other-dimensional conspiracy to reduce human populations (and introduce new genes-- in this case, Type A blood was a significant factor allowing a greater chance of survival and shifting European populations forever after.) These events include reports of flying machines spraying areas aerially and sightings of black-draped figures spraying something out of long rods or staffs right before outbreaks. At the time, these events were linked to demonic figures.
For years, though, we've all be told that the "Black Death" was actually Bubonic Plague, which is spread via flea bites from rats (whose population exploded after cats were killed en masse because they were seen as instruments of the devil and witches-- this was during the inquisition, remember.)
Yet the written history of the times has all these reports saying differently. As is typical of OUR times, respecting historical reports that just don't jive with our view of the past, despite the fact these reports were widespread in many different areas whose populations were ignorant of similar reports around Europe, was not really possible. The accounts of figures in black and flying machines spraying areas have been viewed as hallucinations or cultural anomalies.... but mostly these reports, like nearly all things that don't "fit" our prevailing worldview, were simply ignored outright. No one knew what to do with the idea that such a thing could be true-- so they refused to deal with it.
Again-- I summed up those alternative viewpoints here where I reported on William Bramley's idea on this:
Part 1: spirals-end.livejournal.com/56148.html (Part 2 was about Bramley's other ideas, most of which are not related to the specific Black Death part-- which is my concern for this post.)
Personally, I don't find too much to agree with Bramley on aside from the intriguing notion of possible alien-induced disease outbreak. His notion that aliens are behind wars, for example, don't impress me, for reasons I've already stated. But this one thing he proposes niggles my brain, and it seems this was true for Linda Moultan Howe as well, who brought up and discussed these ideas with Bramley in her interview.
NOW comes some interesting news that actually makes the "purposely spread contagion" theory more probable:
Some important points:
"At least 75 million people—including more than half of Britain’s population—are believed to have died during the 14th and 15th centuries from the plague known as the Black Death. For years, the fatal disease's spread was widely blamed on infected rats' fleas. But now, thanks to a trove of 25 skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line last year, scientists now believe the disease was instead likely airborne."
From the original report:
"According to scientists working at Public Health England in Porton Down, for any plague to spread at such a pace it must have got into the lungs of victims who were malnourished and then been spread by coughs and sneezes. It was therefore a pneumonic plague rather than a bubonic plague. Infection was spread human to human, rather than by rat fleas that bit a sick person and then bit another victim. "As an explanation [rat fleas] for the Black Death in its own right, it simply isn't good enough. It cannot spread fast enough from one household to the next to cause the huge number of cases that we saw during the Black Death epidemics," said Dr Tim Brooks from Porton Down."
Curiouser and curiouser!