10.31.13

The survivor

Posted in Ricin Kooks, War On Terror at 9:25 am by George Smith

Contrary to American war on terror mythology, castor seeds and ricin don’t make a good weapon. In fact, it is even harder than one might think to achieve simple poisoning. A recent case of attempted suicide by a 37-year old woman using ricin had a happy ending, of sorts. Excerpts from the news: A suicidal […]

06.27.13

Ricin machines and rent-seeking

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 1:51 pm by George Smith

Alleged ricin-making machine, Matthew Buquet. From the wire: Matthew Buquet, 37, entered not-guilty pleas during an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno. He is charged with producing and transferring a biological toxin called ricin; mailing a threatening communication to the president of the United States; and mailing a threatening communication to a federal judge. He […]

05.20.13

The bioterror expert rent-seeker

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle at 3:12 pm by George Smith

The American bioterror defense effort is riddled with rent-seekers, individuals and businesses who spent the better part of the war on terror years inflating threats to increase spending in the field. Most recently DD blog covered the company Soligenix which promptly used the recent ricin case to go looking for funding in the mainstream press. […]

05.10.13

Advice against ricin rent-seeking

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 11:16 am by George Smith

During the height of the war on terror you hardly ever saw anyone in the professional ranks with the nerve to say that grubbing for more defense research funding on the back of fear was inadvisable. For the Courier-Journal newspaper of Indiana, a scientist speaks of the recent ricin scare in a most surprising way: […]

04.22.13

Ricin rent-seeking (more)

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks, Shoeshine at 8:27 am by George Smith

From a New Jersey business publication, more industry of fear p.r. on Soligenix, a company that has existed on bioterror defense spending for more than a decade, trying to exploit opportunity created by the crazy man: Soligenix is actively working to develop vaccines for bioterrorism agents such as ricin, but funding the research remains a […]

04.20.13

Ricin rent-seeking

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks, Shoeshine at 12:51 pm by George Smith

Updated, just in: A kook, but not the ricin kook: OXFORD, Miss. — Marshals Service: Suspect in ricin letters case has been released from jail in Miss. Rent-seeking behavior is the abandonment of providing a good product or service to customers (or one of even slightly minor social benefit) for the sole pursuit of wealth […]

01.09.13

Worthless bioterror defense company in the news

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle, Ricin Kooks at 1:35 pm by George Smith

From the p.r. newswire: Soligenix stock was on the rise again Tuesday, a day after it gained more than 14 per cent when it said it will submit a proposal for a potential multi-million dollar contract to develop its radiation therapy, OrbeShield. Its stock closed at 80 cents on Monday, and was lately up by […]

03.27.12

Worthless bioterror defense company yearly report

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks, War On Terror at 8:50 am by George Smith

Soligenix, the old Alliance for Biosecurity firm that occasionally appears on the blog, published a statement on its activities in the year 2011 today. A number of things stick out. First, the company’s profit this year resulted all from a “non-refundable” cash payment, licensing purchase by a firm that must now consider itself extremely unlucky, […]

02.27.12

Ricin vaccine orphaned

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 12:02 pm by George Smith

Today, from the newspaper of Denton, TX, a story mentioning how the ricin vaccine fell in and out of favor. Readers of the blog know it as the always coming but never arriving product of Soligenix, a now near worthless company from the old Alliance for Biosecurity. DD blog last mentioned the firm here. Before […]

02.02.12

Worthless bioterror defense company propped up by NJ business welfare fund

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 2:44 pm by George Smith

Soligenix, a small company from the old Alliance for Biosecurity, recently acquired about six hundred thousand dollars from a New Jersey government state tax division function. Essentially, it looks like an accounting trick installed by the state to keep poorly-performing companies alive for a little while. In the last ten years Soligenix hasn’t brought anything […]

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