Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Jewelry, sand-spiders and a surprise parcel full of Monkey".
"I'll take 'Things Smut didn't give the Frau Doktorin for a 25th anniversary present' for $500, Alex."

The floristry industry must be terrified by the threat of competition from this innovative alternative romantic gift:
"Your intention was to capture one and bring it home to your girlfriend," the judge said during sentencing.
This, of course, comes as the culmination of the Case of the Purloined Primate. Fortunately the District Court judge saw the droll side of the whole episode.
"I don't know what happened in the squirrel monkey enclosure. The squirrel monkeys know. You say you couldn't find them and I don't speak squirrel. What I know is that by daybreak all the monkeys were distressed, two of them were injured, and you had a broken leg, two fractured teeth, a sprained ankle, and bruises on your back."
Under the circumstances, though, clemency was not possible.
Casford was also being sentenced today for an unrelated spate of violent offending over the summer.
He had pleaded guilty to a number of incidents, including an unprovoked assault on a man waiting in his car at traffic lights, an alcohol-fuelled attack at a dairy in Westport, and assaults on a Wellington City Council community safety officer and a night shelter resident who refused to hand over cigarettes.
The judge sentenced him to two years and seven months in prison for all of the offending.
"Casford told the zookeepers he broke his leg jumping the boundary fence", but I choose to believe that in fact the spider monkeys enlisted support from their allies in the nearby capybara enclosure.

Do you have a license for that minkey?

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, an arthropod collection fell victim to an inside job. WORST HEIST MOVIE EVAH.
According to a New York Times report, police have zeroed in on three suspects, all current or former museum employees. The report cites security footage showing thieves slipping out of the building with large plastic containers. And inside those containers? An estimated $50,000 worth of giant African mantises, bumblebee millipedes, warty glowspot roaches, tarantulas, dwarf and tiger hissers, and leopard geckos.

Somewhere in Philadelphia, someone is giving his girlfriend a Sicarius sp. Six-Eyed Sand Spider as a token of love and esteem.

Friday, September 14, 2018

CSI New Zealand

"The birds were definitely killed by blunt force trauma, and Massey University is now performing post-mortems on them to ascertain exactly whether or not they were bludgeoned."

To be scrupulously fair to the protesters, kererū (wood pigeon) are dumb enough that they quite easily could have killed themselves by flying into trees.

These "anti-1080" protests are a uniquely New Zild manifestation of imbecility. I cannot be arsed explaining exactly what is wrong with these people.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Identity Parade

Are you a false cover persona, split away from 'your' other personality (as a genetic soldier or programmed assassin) through MKULTRA / MONARCH techniques of drugs and hypnosis and trauma and memory implant? How would you know? These questions often come up during late-night shuffleboard sessions at the Old Entomologist, on account of Another Kiwi and I bearing such a close physical resemblance to Arnold Schwartzenegger in his Douglas Quaid role and Matt Damon in the Jason Bourne franchise, respectively.

In that connection, it may be that you are unfamiliar with any of the dissociated personalities of Fiona Barnett, a West-Island griefer and victim of Attention Deficit. Despite her eagerness to tell you at great length about the Satanic Ritual torment she endured from her family and the rest of their Satanic Illuminati network -- designed to splinter her personality and train her Alters to be genetic-elite Delta Special Ops, working in the cause of the Derp State. I am not making this up.

Subsequently Fiona escaped from the cult and reintegrated those Alters enough to recover the dissociated memories of rape by Richard Nixon and Billy Graham... also Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke (not at the same time)... the human sacrifices to Dagon and Moloch and Baal (not at the same time), and the slaughtered children and the cannibal feasts.... not to mention the thousands of kilometers of secret underground railways beneath the Australian desert, all the way to Pine Gap. I am not convinced that her Recovered-Memory therapy is really helping. However, it did make her a star in the Crank-Magnetised conspiracy-conglomerate zone of the alt-reality Youbtuba (though there is tough competition from up-and-coming young griefers with even more creative tales of trauma, and crowd-funding accounts of their own, so she should not rest on her laurels).
Not the ITNJ
In particular, Fiona brought herself to the attention of the courtroom-LARPers of the 'International Tribunal of Natural Justice' (previously covered at Riddled, your one-stop shop for background research!), i.e. a charivari of charlatans who piggyback on other people's fabrications. Now I had thought that even the shameless ITNJ scammers would have examined her plagiarised fabulation and thought "No, let's save our limited supply of credibility and not waste credence on this bullshitting fuckwit"... but I guess they know their target of donation-button suckers better than I do. Hark, then, to Fiona's "virtual hearing" testimony (i.e. a Skype session).

Chosen for her particular bloodline, high cognitive abilities and physical prowess, Fiona was a perfect subject for MK ULTRA mind control programming, which took place in numerous universities and underground facilities both in Australia and abroad. Other nightmarish crimes perpetrated upon her throughout her childhood include ritual abuse, torture, the witness of torture and murder, being dressed as a teddy bear whilst hunted for sport at the annual camp at ‘The Bohemian Grove.’
Fiona Barnett’s testimony provides a very clear and detailed picture of global child trafficking, which, she explains, “is run as a single coordinated operation through the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian Intelligence Services.”
In her testimony, she interweaves her personal account with a vast research-knowledge of the history, practices and interconnection between intel-agency child trafficking, Luciferianism, ritual abuse, and MK ULTRA mind control, all of which she witnessed and suffered at the hands of.
Fiona was eventually able to escape the cult and has since made numerous attempts to have her perpetrators brought to justice. Her story has been publicly derided and she has been prevented from leading any semblance of a normal life.
Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJ’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 7th July, 2018, before Chief Justice, Dr. John Walsh of Brannagh, His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, ITNJ Commissioner Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Reverend Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard.
Now I want a comedy series about a Super-Secret Gubblement / Luciferian agency, tasked with tracking the Elite Bloodline families so they can traumatise / brainwash the children thereof and mold them into super-intelligent super-fit warriors. Only the agency is rife with bureaucratic bumbling and sheer incompetence, so they muddle the files and end up recruiting Adelaide trailer-trash instead.

Ms Barnett's anamnesis belongs to a substantial, evolving literary tradition, which began with Philip K. Dick (so I choose to believe), with his drugged-out paranoia plots, and his feelings of inauthentic selfhood. "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" does not count because reasons. PKD's protagonists are always discovering that their memories are as spurious as their personalities... all implanted as a mask for a real identity that for some reason wanted to remain in concealment. This is now standard procedure for anyone retiring from covert intelligence agencies, or so I hear from a friend.

However, a significant landmark along the development of the genre was "The Control of Candy Jones", in 1976. Candy Jones' age-regressed memory-crafting was directed under hypnosis by her husband, who would have been aware of PKD's oeuvre through his day job as conspiracy-monger, as a pre-Alex Jones radio host. The conventions of the genre were still crystallising at the time, so Candy was only able to remember her alternative CIA-constructed personality to be an interrogation-proof spy courier, rather than an elite assassin or soldier. Also her narrative missed out the existence and details of MK-ULTRA (later retconned into the genre) because the program had not been publicised by 1976.

I am glad to report that Fiona Barnett recognises her source, and she pays homage to it by choosing "Candy Girl" as the title for the documentary / dramatisation that will some day be made about her life. No-one tell her about Colin Ross or Project Bluebird, or they will be woven into the mythos as well.

The 1920 peak of interest in MPD can be ascribed to
belated interest in Morton Prince' 1906 case-study

“Michelle Remembers” (1980; ably reviewed by El Coyote over at Hoaxtead) introduced its own twist of Satanic family ritual abuse as the rationale for the multiple-personality plot device. In fact "Michelle Remembers" is an offshoot of a second fictional tradition, which had been developing in parallel... the whole "childhood trauma = multiple personalities" genre, in which "Three Faces of Eve" begat "Sybil" begat "The Minds of Billy Mulligan" begat “When Rabbit Howls”. The line of descent is notable for the increasing number of Alters and the increasing severity of the triggering trauma, as literary conventions evolved and each author had to out-do previous imaginations. This MPD cultural phenomenon is a long-standing Riddled radition but it is far from exclusive to Riddled.

At some point the streams crossed. and the MKULTRA / BLUEBIRD literary thread merged with the Satanic Ritual Abuse belief-system in the maggot-ridden minds of conspiracy fans. The paranoid-ideation crowd are now unclear whether the engineers of the Dissociated-Personality Programmed Operatives are the Satanic Ritual Cults, or the Covert Gubblement Agencies... in fact the two are the same.
That's how we get ants Fiona Barnett.

In line with the old Riddled adage that one should always leave the reader wanting less, there was going to be a few more paragraphs here about Rachel McIntyre / Vaughan, who is one of the young challengers to Fiona's crown as Queen of the Fantasist Griefers. TL;DW. I might get motivated to write them tomorrow.
MK-ULTRA background outsourced to El Coyote at Hoaxtead Research.
Fiona Barnett background outsourced to El Coyote at Hoaxtead Research.
Update: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROPHECY, those lovable scallywags at ITNJ have continued with their judicial-robe dress-up games, and a challenger appears! Bearing Bombshell Beaumont ITNJ Testimony Set To Shock The World! World, are you ready to be shocked?
From the high profile case of the ‘Missing Beaumont Children’ to the infamous ‘Mullighan Report,’ Rachel Vaughan steps forward with a raw witness account, exposing the horrors of murderous child sex abuse rings in Australia.
This witness testimony highlights the 1966 “Disappearance of the Beaumont Children” case in Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia, unresolved after half a century. It also raises serious concerns regarding the Mullighan Report, (a 600-page Royal Commission report of sex abuse against Australia’s children in state care over four decades) where the names of perpetrators were supressed and the truth locked away by the South Australian government for 80 years.
Rachel Vaughan’s testimony exposes her own father within a prime pedo-sexual ring, actively prostituting out his own children whilst conducting the murder and disappearance of other victims. Rachel grew up in Edwardstown, South Australia. Throughout her childhood she was abused physically, sexually, emotionally, and spiritually. She now attests to high profile criminal cases, which also involves what is known as Ritual Satanic Abuse (RSA). This is a story of an entire industry involving government personnel, religious institutions, state departments, the justice department, a leading Australian television network, and the medical profession.
Rachel has put her life on the line to expose multiple murders and mutilations perpetrated by her father, whose organised pedo-criminal ring is allegedly still in operation today. Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJ’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 1st August, 2018 before Judge-Advocate, Dr Chris Cleverly, Commissioner-Criminologist Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard.

Rachel's contribution to the development of the genre is to implicate her father in every unsolved South Australian murder for the last 50 years (with her own forced participation), and also some that were previously thought to be solved (it was a cover-up!). The family dynamics leave much to be desired. She and her brother have enlivened the work of the South Australian Police by providing a series of shifting, contradicting, reality-conflicting accusations, since she recovered her memories in 2006 / 2007 (irresponsibly, I am going to speculate that therapy was involved, maybe even hypnosis). Fortunately Rachel kept a Ledger!
4? Sep 2007 — Phone call to, and conversation with, 21 Aug 2007 INTERVIEW with Annette Burden of SCIB, at Goolwa Police Station, detailing my sexual abuse and witness account of small child’s body as well as a man’s right foot in our Macklin Street bathroom 1977.
In a later entry Rachel says: “Sister Ruth saw 5 cadavers brought into our home in body bags [on that same day in 1977].”
2) the accounts of two witnesses (mine and Ruth’s) to the mutilated body of a young girl in Max’s bathroom 1977/78 (me at four years of age, Ruth an adult at 22 years of age) are being ignored by SAPOL (namely Paul Tucker of Major Crime)
One can hardly blame the police for being reluctant to investigate these reports, since they detailed how thoroughly evidence had been destroyed:
There was an incident where my father kept some of the body part of one of his victims, and put it in the fridge. He told me after pulling out this body part in the fridge that it was ‘for my mother to cook’. I was only ten at the time. 
Aficionados of grand-guignol theatre can find more prurient details here, filtered through the lurid sensibilities of an American conspiracist and highly-trained dot-joiner, who tells us in passing that Rachel's fantasies must be true because they are so outlandish that "you can't make it up". And look here: another blog-post from the same Wake-Up-Sheeple website...
RACHEL. As I said, my father Max, who did terrible things to me, had a special interest in some of the children’s cadavers. He took some of their flesh and sold it as meat. I am quite sure many people knowingly bought it – they wanted it.  I also say it was cooked and served in our home in Edwardstown, SA. Yes, I and my parents and siblings ate it.
MARY. What was the purpose of this?
RACHEL. I don’t know.
MARY. Now tell me about your brush with “kuru.”
'Rachel Vaughn Interprets “Zombie Apocalypse”' is all about the artificial nature of prion diseases, and the plan to spread epidemic scrapie through Australia for zombification purposes by appealing to the cannibalistic cravings of Adelaide suburbanites. Also AIDS and cancer are genocide bioweapons, but you probably knew that already.

A follow-up article is promised, about the network of secret tunnels beneath Adelaide. I struggle to control my anticipation.

Asking for a friend

What's a romantic way of celebrating a 25th anniversary?

Preferably not involving spending moneys.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

More than just coincidence

Paul Nash, "Wire" (1918).

I don't know if I can be arsed remaking the Upas GIF to include it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Image-enhancement software: Just say NO

This post was earlier cross-posted at Leonid Schneider's site, hence the nonfrivolity and Explaining Voice. The version there is improved by Leonid's editing and explanation of the back-story.

A Nobel Prize in the sciences is a gratifying adornment to one’s career, and few people turn one down when it is offered, but sometimes events remind us that they are awarded for participation in a notable advance in chemistry or physics or biology as the case may be… not for infallibility, or all-round perfection of character. Nobel laureates can be just as gullible, just as venal, just as easily flattered as (say) science journalists.

This is easy for non-laureates to say, but the perspective of the laureates themselves is different; to them, it is obvious that the visit to Stockholm for the presentation of a large golden gong does make them omniscient on questions of science, and impervious to temptations and conflicts of interest. Specifically, they can safely receive funding from corporate sources without it swaying their independent judgments or their disinterested, objective research into the corporations’ products. There is no reason why they should even mention the funding, since the possibility of a “conflict of interest” is so absurd.
Stolen from Oglaf
The topic of the Biblical theme of ‘temptation’ invites a Garden-of-Eden-themed digression: Most Western Christian traditions interpret the Fruit of the Knowledge of Good & Evil from Genesis as an apple, but this is simply a pun on the similarity of ‘apple’ and ‘evil’ in Latin. Indeed, it runs up against the obstacle that apples were not cultivated in the Middle East at the time when the myth was codified (not that bronze-ago horticulture is my area of expertise). More scholarly exegeses suggest grapes, or figs, but my favourite Forbidden Fruit is the pomegranate.

What with the whole Persephone myth, and their appearances in paintings from Botticelli to Dali, pomegranates have more than their fair share of cultural resonance.

We’ll come back to that. Right now it is time to meet Louis J. Ignarro, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine, for "discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system". Also, having successfully monetarized those discoveries, recipient of "more than $15 million since 2004" from the diet-supplement company Herbalife.

Recall that in the biomedical literature, it is the custom to illustrate one’s method and evidence by displaying compass-themed electrophoresis gels – Western Blots and such – testifying to the authors’ good faith as well as to the authenticity of the experiments they report. Ignarro’s papers are no exception in this regard. As is also the custom, these papers have come under the scrutiny of the vast and cool and unsympathetic intellects who comment at the PubPeer discussion forum... often using pseudonyms to disguise the truth that they are in fact rogue AIs (or so I choose to believe).

Their observations suggest that Dr Ignarro has been unfortunate in his choice of colleagues, assuming that the cavalier attitude towards theory-validating “beautiful evidence” (Tufte 2006) is not his own. Beginning with an early example: “Antisense knockdown of inducible nitric oxide synthase inhibits induction of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in SJL/J mice” (Ding, Zhang, Wong, Rogers, Ignarro & Voskuhl: Journal of Immunology, 1998). It is not ideal for three out of four lanes in a Northern Blot to be identical.

In a 2001 report, there is a surprising degree of repetition between the six bands of Figure 2, i.e. the expression of six different mRNAs under five different conditions (the lanes). Did anyone actually reviewAn NO derivative of ursodeoxycholic acid protects against Fas-mediated liver injury by inhibiting caspase activity” (Fiorucci, Mencarelli, Palazzetti, Del Soldato, Morelli & Ignarro: PNAS, 2001)?!

Deletion of Yin Yang 1 protein in osteosarcoma cells on cell invasion and CXCR4/angiogenesis and metastasis” (de Nigris … Ignarro & Napoli: Cancer Research, 2008) and "CXCR4/YY1 inhibition impairs VEGF network and angiogenesis during malignancy" (de Nigris, ... Ignarro & Napoli: PNAS, 2010) are related in terms of content, so we treat them as a pair. Fragments of Blot proliferate and reverberate within the Figures, like frames from a Nam June Paik video, or as if they tripped and fell into a malfunctioning matter transporter.

"Unregistered Submission" sums it up: "In lane 8 the profile of a snowman with a cap, scarf, and coat has something hovering above its head."

Even tissue sections of tumor metastases in mouse lungs overlap more than they should. I include Figure 4B mainly so that you can share my theory that any mentality capable of straightaway seeing the disguised and recycled images is not entirely human.

A couple of papers are especially intriguing because they were subsequently revised with Corrigenda. After investigations by a journalist for Bloomberg, the journal editors belatedly persuaded Dr Ignarro that even potential or merely perceptible Conflicts of Interest deserve to be recognised. No aspersions were cast on the findings of health benefits from amino-acid / vitamin diet supplements, but nevertheless readers were informed of links between Ignarro and the companies producing and distributing that supplement.
Ignarro notified the journal editor that he thought that disclosing his financial connection to Herbalife was unnecessary because (a) the study was conceived before he teamed up with Herbalife and (b) he had only played a minor role as a reviewer of the article [9].
So "Long-term combined beneficial effects of physical training and metabolic treatment on atherosclerosis in hypercholesterolemic mice" (Napoli, ... & Ignarro: PNAS, 2004), and "Beneficial effects of antioxidants and L-arginine on oxidation-sensitive gene expression and endothelial NO synthase activity at sites of disturbed shear stress" (de Nigris, ... , Ignarro & Napoli: PNAS, 2003), both acquired this Erratum:
“the authors should have noted that Louis J. Ignarro developed and markets Niteworks, a dietary supplement of L-arginine, L-citrulline, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Dr. Ignarro is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Herbalife, the distributor of Niteworks.”
The 2004 paper contains a three-fold appearance of a specific protein trace, spread across two slices of Western blot.

The 2003 paper applied a "shear stress" paradigm, cultivating coronary epithelial cells and subjecting them to three levels of shear "in a cone-and-plate viscometer" to simulate the risk factors of atherosclerosis and to trigger the NO response. Two features commend it to our attention. First, the Figures show individual Western-blot bands excised from the context of their original gel(s) and lined up neatly in grids, like a postage-stamp collection, or like a comparative display of liver flukes in a medical museum. The information density of these grids increases their persuasive impact.

However, their evidential value is reduced by the discovery of nigh-identical blots, appearing in another paper from 2005, albeit in different arrangements and illustrating a different application of the shear-stress procedure.

For by 2005 Ignarro's team had moved on to researching pomegranate juice, as a more natural dietary enhancement for the beneficial effect of those NO-mechanisms.* The title says it all: "Beneficial effects of pomegranate juice on oxidation-sensitive genes and endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity at sites of perturbed shear stress" (de Nigris,... Ignarro & Napoli: PNAS, 2005).

Two more papers attested to the cardioprotective benefits of pomegranation: “Pomegranate juice protects nitric oxide against oxidative destruction and enhances the biological actions of nitric oxide” (Ignarro... & Napoli: Nitric Oxide, 2006) (yes, there are journals devoted to studying NO); and “Effects of a Pomegranate Fruit Extract rich in punicalagin on oxidation-sensitive genes and eNOS activity at sites of perturbed shear stress and atherogenesis” (de Nigris,... Ignarro & Napoli: Cardiovascular Research, 2007). If 'pomegranation' is not a word, it should be. The authors had become scrupulous about explicit Financial Disclosures, so later corrections were not required:
This work was funded partially by a grant from the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Revocable Trust to L.J.I and C.N. Lynda and Stewart Resnick own the POM Wonderful Company, for which L.J.I. is a consultant.
This absolves the papers from the potential accusation that they're essentially advertisements for the POM Wonderful Company. As the name suggests, it markets pomegranate juice and pomegranate extracts:
2.1. Pomegranate juice processing
Pomegranate juice concentrate (Wonderful variety, POM Wonderful, LLC, Los Angeles, CA) and Pomegranate Fruit Extract (Trademark POMx) were used in this study. Pomegranates were handpicked, washed, chilled and stored in tanks. The fruit was then crushed, squeezed, and treated enzymatically to yield the juice and the Pomegranate Fruit Extract. Pomegranate Fruit Extract includes not only juice but also the inner and outer peels and the seeds of the pomegranate. Flavonoids constitute 40% (anthocyanins, catechins, and phenols) of total polyphenols in pomegranate juice [20–22]. Both juices were filtered, pasteurized, concentrated, and stored at −20 °C until use. More details on these compounds and preparation should be addressed to
The Company's owners have earned an enviable reputation for their skills in product placement and even featured in a documentary on the practice. The company pours sponsorship into pomegranate-related research, and has incurred a series of lawsuits due to its recurring use of that research to claim medical benefits such as treating or preventing "heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction" (h/t Whackyweedia).

However, that does not concern us here. What does concern us is that a single Western blot illustrates two quite different experiments in the 2006 and 2007 papers (though with the eNOS band and the Actin loading control separately rotated through 180°), and provides two different sets of measurements.**

Moreover, the eNOS protein band had earlier appeared as an Actin control band (re-cut from nine to six lanes). That original paper -- "Sp1 transcription factor expression is regulated by estrogen-related receptor alpha1" (Sumi & Ignarro: Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 2005) -- is free from pomegranate involvement.

Having covered the pomegranation, we have exhausted the central topic of this post. But I am reluctant to finish yet, so here as coda is another recent collaboration with Filomina de Nigris and Claudio Napoli, co-authors on most of the entries above: "Glycoxydation promotes vascular damage via MAPK-ERK/JNK pathways" (de Nigris et al.: Journal of Cellular Physiology, 2012).

The paper's noteworthy feature is its reuse of archival gel strips (albeit in modified form) retrieved from a 2000 de Nigris / Napoli paper on a different topic.

De Nigris and Napoli are PubPeer personalities in their own right, whose oeuvres have attracted clouds of witness and commentary. De Nigris has even collaborated with Alfredo Fusco, the undisputed Italian master of image-enhancing techniques and subject of an interminable investigation. So we resist the temptation to explore that 2000 paper (although it is a showcase of research thrift, where a small stock of images are modified, retouched and recycled to illustrate different points)... it is a rabbit-hole leading to an entire warren of time-waste where one could easily get lost.
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* Research with dietary supplements ("metabolic intervention") to enhance NO signalling continued into 2006-2007, though those later papers managed to evade the editorial imposition of a Conflict-of-Interest declaration. The same combination of l-arginine and antioxidant vitamins was used in 2006 to reduce ischemic muscle damage in diabetic mice, and in 2007 to reduce ischemic damage in hypercholesterolemic mice: see "Autologous Bone Marrow Cell Therapy and Metabolic Intervention in Ischemia-Induced Angiogenesis in the Diabetic Mouse Hindlimb" (Sica, ... Ignarro & Napoli: Cell Cycle) and "Therapeutic effects of concurrent autologous bone marrow cell infusion and metabolic intervention in ischemia-induced angiogenesis in the hypercholesterolemic mouse hindlimb" (de Nigris, ... Ignarro & Napoli: Int. J. of Cardiology) respectively.

That opens a whole new can of fish, or kettle of worms as the case may be. For the tissue sections in these two papers illustrating reduced fibrosis after bone-marrow stem-cell treatment with / without the special diet are the same apart from a 180° rotation.

Who would have thought that diabetes and high cholesterol are the same condition, seen from opposite directions?

There were no tissue-sample illustrations in "Therapeutic effects of autologous bone marrow cells and metabolic intervention in the ischemic hindlimb of spontaneously hypertensive rats involve reduced cell senescence and CXCR4/Akt/eNOS pathways" (de Nigris, ... Ignarro & Napoli: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 2007). There was, however, yet another economical 180° rotation.

Finally, "Therapeutic targeting of the stem cell niche in experimental hindlimb ischemia" (Napoli, ... & Ignarro: Nature Clinical Practice, 2008) does not mention dietary supplements at all. Yet the more-or-less fibrotic tissue sections are back... recut in the manner of a contraband gemstone, and in one case rotated through 90°. For the sake of variety.

** The 2007 paper also has a minor issue with tissue sections which overlap, despite purporting to come from differently-dosed mice.