Please click on the picture above and watch all five parts. Operation BlackJack is a slideshow story posted on the website of one of UK’s biggest newspapers, Telegraph.
After you have watched all five parts, take the time to watch the following four YouTube videos.
Take all of this with a grain of salt and use your best judgement, but remember that there was a card game created in 1995 called “Illuminati New World Order” and two of the cards looked like this:
Where have all the intelligent, civilized, open-minded people gone?
Answer: They’re not here. Maybe they moved to India, with all our jobs. The fluoride in our drinking water must be a little too strong because I know quite a few people who would not know the correct answer to any of the questions in the first video. It only going to get worse, though. Currently, about 1/5 of American high school kids cannot point to the United States of America on a map if the country names are not shown. Before education was standardized, American kids were the best at math in the entire world. Not anymore. Now we’re lucky if they can put two words together in a coherent manner.
I can’t blame the kids. I can, however, blame the adults because it is OUR fault and ignorance for allowing this to happen.
My fiance once said, “Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is f*cking ignorant. Look it up in the dictionary.”
Americans are Not Stupid – with subtitles (courtesy of the Onion)
Bayer ships HIV-contaminated Factor VIII overseas
Mercury Is Good for Your Brain
Lead Free Toys Will Make Wal-Mart Prices Go Up ~ one of my favorites!
Bush – Money Trumps Peace
Monks brawl at Christian holy site in Jerusalem
By MATTI FRIEDMAN, Associated Press Writer Matti Friedman, Associated Press Writer – 46 mins ago
JERUSALEM – Israeli police rushed into one of Christianity’s holiest churches Sunday and arrested two clergyman after an argument between monks erupted into a brawl next to the site of Jesus’ tomb.
The clash between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks broke out in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
The brawling began during a procession of Armenian clergymen commemorating the 4th-century discovery of the cross believed to have been used to crucify Jesus.
The Greeks objected to the march without one of their monks present, fearing that otherwise, the procession would subvert their own claim to the Edicule — the ancient structure built on what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus — and give the Armenians a claim to the site.
The Armenians refused, and when they tried to march the Greek Orthodox monks blocked their way, sparking the brawl.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police were forced to intervene after fighting was reported. They arrested two monks, one from each side, he said.
A bearded Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead were both taken away in handcuffs after scuffling with dozens of riot police.
Six Christian sects divide control of the ancient church. They regularly fight over turf and influence, and Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.
“We were keeping resistance so that the procession could not pass through … and establish a right that they don’t have,” said a young Greek Orthodox monk with a cut next to his left eye.
The monk, who gave his name as Serafim, said he sustained the wound when an Armenian punched him from behind and broke his glasses.
Father Pakrat of the Armenian Patriarchate said the Greek demand was “against the status quo arrangement and against the internal arrangement of the Holy Sepulcher.” He said the Greeks attacked first.
Archbishop Aristarchos, the chief secretary of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, denied his monks initiated the violence.
After the brawl, the church was crowded with Israeli riot police holding assault rifles, standing beside Golgotha, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, and the long smooth stone marking the place where tradition holds his body was laid out.
The feud is only one of a bewildering array of rivalries among churchmen in the Holy Sepulcher.
The Israeli government has long wanted to build a fire exit in the church, which regularly fills with thousands of pilgrims and has only one main door, but the sects cannot agree where the exit will be built.
A ladder placed on a ledge over the entrance sometime in the 19th century has remained there ever since because of a dispute over who has the authority to take it down.
More recently, a spat between Ethiopian and Coptic Christians is delaying badly needed renovations to a rooftop monastery that engineers say could collapse.
I grew up orthodox and ended up baptist. I saw the orthodox people argue and bicker with the catholics, roman catholics, and protestants. I saw the baptists argue and bicker with the pentecostals, methodists, and lutherans. And they all united to bitch about the catholics, the muslims, and the hindus.
Organized religion has caused nothing but hate and division among the people. Our technology has soared in the past two hundred years, but our morality and spirituality is still at a Middle Ages level.
There’s one really funny thing about all of this. There is only one story of creation. Just one. It’s not like there were the baptist god, the orthodox god, and the muslim god, all creating three different worlds.
There’s just one story and it’s like every religion has a page or a fragment from that story. Each and every one of them insists not only that they have the totality of the story, but that they also have the true story. Everyone else made theirs up and they’re going straight to hell.
So they kill each other and argue in some of their most holiest shrines. And they murder kids and babies in the name of a god they believe loves everyone unconditionally. Oh, everyone except for those dirty bastards we just killed. God is a fair and just god.
It makes me chuckle sometimes. Chuckle and at the same time cry….
This is courtesy of our dear friends at Yahoo!, who felt compelled to give us all a lesson on how the media should have used these easy tools in order to convince the American people that $700 million from their own pockets is desperately needed to save our country from THE DEVIL.
This article is basically telling us that we are dumb, idiotic yahoos (literally), who don’t know right from wrong, and who need soft and tender guidance in a simple language that we can understand.
I am so fucking mad right now I’m gonna go clean my gun.
Read on and get angry….
Why Aren’t Americans Buying the Bailout?
By AMANDA RIPLEY 1 hour, 29 minutes ago
The $700 billion financial bailout package failed because most Americans wanted it to fail. Before the vote, members of Congress were getting calls 100 to 1 against the bill. The question is: why? It’s easy to see why bailing out rich bankers doesn’t feel super, but why, despite all the efforts of all of the country’s leaders to fill them with fear of an economic apocalypse, did Americans not see a failure to act as a serious threat to their livelihoods?
Traditionally, human beings are not great at assessing this kind of risk – a peril that has not yet arrived and that is, in any case, hard to viscerally imagine. Witness people’s reluctance to evacuate before hurricanes, and weather forecasts portend a danger far easier to comprehend than failing investment banks.
But there are methods of communicating risk in a way that stills the heart, with words that inject dread into the populace. And Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr., Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and President George W. Bush used none of them. “The case wasn’t made as to why the little guy needs this,” says Paul Slovic, author of The Perception of Risk and a psychology professor at the University of Oregon. “The numbers and vague warnings are too abstract.”
The most effective warnings are like the most effective TV ads: easily understood, specific, frequently repeated, personal, accurate, and targeted. Paulson and his grim reapers managed only to repeat themselves frequently. They were not easily understood, partly because the problem is so complex. They did not personalize or target their warnings. And, as they themselves admitted, they did not know if their warnings were necessarily accurate, due to the novelty and unpredictability of the crisis.
But their biggest mistake was a lack of specificity. They never clearly told the American people what might happen if Congress did not act. “If you want people to support an action,” says Dennis Mileti, an expert on risk communications who has studied hundreds of disasters of the more conventional kind at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “you need to link the action to cutting people’s losses. And that link isn’t in place.”
Here is what administration and Congressional leaders must do if they want to convince the public to get behind the next iteration of a plan – assuming, of course, they come up with a plan worth backing:
Find a face: Human beings are not moved by numbers or by vague predictions of certain doom. They are moved by stories. “It’s simple,” says Mileti. “You get one family in America. You go to their house. And you paint a picture of what their life is like one year from now. You describe a kid who can’t go to college, the house that can’t be sold, the inability of anyone to use a credit card. They need to get a camera crew and go to Omaha and find a family.”
Rebrand the Bill: The phrase “bailout” is a deal-killer. “People feel the breaks are being given to financial institutions and not to the consumer,” says Slovic. He recommends “Consumer Protection Act.” It may be too late for this change to have much impact, but any change in language that acknowledges real people would be an improvement.
Shoot the Messenger: If you want people to support the radical idea of rescuing rich investment bankers, don’t send a rich, former investment banker (Henry Paulson) to convince them. And don’t send a discredited, lame duck President, either. As in normal life, people are more likely to believe the advice of someone they trust. There aren’t many well-known experts in this field who aren’t rich, but even Warren Buffet would have brought less baggage to the process than George Bush.
Be Specific: People need to know what will happen if they do nothing – or if they do something.
So far, Paulson and Bernanke have been only been specific behind closed doors. On Sept. 18, they warned Congressional leaders what inaction would bring: a stock-market crash, sky-high unemployment, Americans unable to get car loans, banks failing so fast that they would quickly drain the federal deposit insurance fund and people’s life savings.
Paulson did not use those words when he went on TV a few days later – probably because he was afraid of provoking widespread financial panic. But that risk needs to be weighed against the risk that no one will panic at all.
“People don’t perceive risk,” says Mileti. “People actually perceive that they are safe.” To override that bias, you have to talk to people in a language their brains understand.
(See photos of the global financial crisis.) <— This little baby was the sappy, sugary, 100% high fructose corn syrup icing on the cake). Oh, look how sad the poor people all over the world are feeling because the CEO’s of all these banks are going to have one less vacation in Bahamas with their secretaries. It just makes me want to cry. :'(
Scholar claims to find medieval Jewish capital
By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer Sat Sep 20, 2:13 PM ET
MOSCOW – A Russian archaeologist says he has found the lost capital of the Khazars, a powerful nation that adopted Judaism as its official religion more than 1,000 years ago, only to disappear leaving little trace of its culture.
Dmitry Vasilyev, a professor at Astrakhan State University, said his nine-year excavation near the Caspian Sea has finally unearthed the foundations of a triangular fortress of flamed brick, along with modest yurt-shaped dwellings, and he believes these are part of what was once Itil, the Khazar capital.
By law Khazars could use flamed bricks only in the capital, Vasilyev said. The general location of the city on the Silk Road was confirmed in medieval chronicles by Arab, Jewish and European authors.
“The discovery of the capital of Eastern Europe’s first feudal state is of great significance,” he told The Associated Press. “We should view it as part of Russian history.”
Kevin Brook, the American author of “The Jews of Khazaria,” e-mailed Wednesday that he has followed the Itil dig over the years, and even though it has yielded no Jewish artifacts, “Now I’m as confident as the archaeological team is that they’ve truly found the long-lost city,
The Khazars were a Turkic tribe that roamed the steppes from Northern China to the Black Sea. Between the 7th and 10th centuries they conquered huge swaths of what is now southern Russia and Ukraine, the Caucasus Mountains and Central Asia as far as the Aral Sea.
Itil, about 800 miles south of Moscow, had a population of up to 60,000 and occupied 0.8 square miles of marshy plains southwest of the Russian Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan, Vasilyev said.
It lay at a major junction of the Silk Road, the trade route between Europe and China, which “helped Khazars amass giant profits,” he said.
The Khazar empire was once a regional superpower, and Vasilyev said his team has found “luxurious collections” of well-preserved ceramics that help identify cultural ties of the Khazar state with Europe, the Byzantine Empire and even Northern Africa. They also found armor, wooden kitchenware, glass lamps and cups, jewelry and vessels for transporting precious balms dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries, he said.
But a scholar in Israel, while calling the excavations interesting, said the challenge was to find Khazar inscriptions.
“If they found a few buildings, or remains of buildings, that’s interesting but does not make a big difference,” said Dr. Simon Kraiz, an expert on Eastern European Jewry at Haifa University. “If they found Khazar writings, that would be very important.”
Vasilyev says no Jewish artifacts have been found at the site, and in general, most of what is known about the Khazars comes from chroniclers from other, sometimes competing cultures and empires.
“We know a lot about them, and yet we know almost nothing: Jews wrote about them, and so did Russians, Georgians, and Armenians, to name a few,” said Kraiz. “But from the Khazars themselves we have nearly nothing.”
The Khazars’ ruling dynasty and nobility converted to Judaism sometime in the 8th or 9th centuries. Vasilyev said the limited number of Jewish religious artifacts such as mezuzas and Stars of David found at other Khazar sites prove that ordinary Khazars preferred traditional beliefs such as shamanism, or newly introduced religions including Islam.
Yevgeny Satanovsky, director of the Middle Eastern Institute in Moscow, said he believes the Khazar elite chose Judaism out of political expediency — to remain independent of neighboring Muslim and Christian states. “They embraced Judaism because they wanted to remain neutral, like Switzerland these days,” he said.
In particular, he said, the Khazars opposed the Arab advance into the Caucasus Mountains and were instrumental in containing a Muslim push toward eastern Europe. He compared their role in eastern Europe to that of the French knights who defeated Arab forces at the Battle of Tours in France in 732.
The Khazars succeeded in holding off the Arabs, but a young, expanding Russian state vanquished the Khazar empire in the late 10th century. Medieval Russian epic poems mention Russian warriors fighting the “Jewish Giant.”
“In many ways, Russia is a successor of the Khazar state,” Vasilyev said.
He said his dig revealed traces of a large fire that was probably caused by the Russian conquest. He said Itil was rebuilt following the fall of the Khazar empire, when ethnic Khazars were slowly assimilated by Turkic-speaking tribes, Tatars and Mongols, who inhabited the city until it was flooded by the rising Caspian Sea around the 14th century.
The study of the Khazar empire was discouraged in the Soviet Union. The dictator Josef Stalin, in particular, detested the idea that a Jewish empire had come before Russia’s own. He ordered references to Khazar history removed from textbooks because they “disproved his theory of Russian statehood,” Satanovsky said.
Only now are Russian scholars free to explore Khazar culture. The Itil excavations have been sponsored by the Russian-Jewish Congress, a nonprofit organization that supports cultural projects in Russia.
“Khazar studies are just beginning,” Satanovsky said.
Keep an eye on this article…. you won’t see it on Yahoo! for very long, nor will you see it anything related to it in the future.
As I have written in one of my previous posts, Arthur Koestler wrote a book in 1976 called The Thirteenth Tribe about the ancient Khazar empire. Being pressured by the Christians from the East and the Muslims from the West, in 940 AD, they decided to convert to Judaism, that way they did not have to answer to any of the previous groups. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was a few million.
The Khazars were Turks and by no means, Semitic. They are the Ashkenazi Jews, if any of you are familiar with that term. The majority of Jews today are Ashkenazi and I really wonder if God realizes his “chosen” people were not the ones he chose back in the day.
It makes no difference, to us, though, since we have to obey God’s law and give the Jews billions of dollars every year, just to stay on God’s good side……. right???
Visit Jews Against Zionism to learn what real, Semitic Jews have to say about what some Ashkenazi Jews are doing in their name.
Ever wonder why Israel’s PM, Ehud Olmert has blue eyes? :)
Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system
Thu Aug 21, 5:31 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets.
Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm’s annual developers forum in San Francisco.
Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer.
Most importantly, the electricity was transmitted without zapping anything or anyone that got between the sending and receiving units.
“The trick with wireless power is not can you do it; it’s can you do it safely and efficiently,” Intel researcher Josh Smith said in an online video explaining the breakthrough.
“It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field.”
Examples of potential applications include airports, offices or other buildings that could be rigged to supply power to laptops, mobile telephones or other devices toted into them.
The technology could also be built into plugged in computer components, such as monitors, to enable them to broadcast power to devices left on desks or carried into rooms, according to Smith.
“Initially it eliminates chargers and eventually it eliminates batteries all together,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of Intel’s wireless power system.
“That is potentially a world changing event. This is the closest we’ve had to something being commercially available in this class.”
Previous wireless power systems consisted basically of firing lightning bolts from sending to receiving units.
Smith says Intel’s wireless power system is still in an early stage of development and much research remains before it can be brought to market.
Rattner spoke of technological transformations he expects by the year 2050.
“You’d like to cut the last cord,” Smith said.
“It’s great that we have wireless email and wireless internet and stuff like that but at the end of the day it would be nice to have wireless recharge as well.” blah blah blah…. I see the article doesn’t even have an author posted. I bet he/she must have been too embarrassed to have his/her name on such a piece of trash dis-info.
Technology of the future, my ass. If that slime, J.P. Morgan hadn’t fucked Nikola Tesla, not only would we have had wireless electricity in the early 1900’s, it would have all been FREE. Yup, FREE, as in you don’t have to pay anything for it. Read more about Tesla, here… it’s one of the first articles I saw, or you can just google him. There’s a ton of information about him. His parents were Romanian. :) Yay for good genes!
But hey, if one is self-sufficient, how can one be controlled? Think about that while you ponder the price of electricity, gas, and food.
Dead Army vaccine scientist eyed in anthrax probe
By MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writers 8 minutes ago
WASHINGTON – An Army scientist committed suicide before federal prosecutors could charge him with mailing anthrax-laced letters in the weeks following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Authorities said Friday the letters may have been part of a warped plan to test his vaccine for the deadly poison.
The scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, worked at the Army’s biological warfare labs at Ft. Detrick, Md., for 18 years until his death on Tuesday. He had a long history of homicidal threats, according to papers recently filed in local court by a social worker.
The developments marked an unexpected turn in an episode that rattled a nation shaken only a few weeks earlier by the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Letters containing anthrax powder turned up at congressional offices, newsrooms and elsewhere, killing five and sending numerous victims to hospitals with anthrax poisoning.
Ivins’ attorney asserted the scientist’s innocence and said he had been cooperating with investigators for more than a year. “We are saddened by his death, and disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to defend his good name and reputation in a court of law,” said Paul F. Kemp.
For years, the only known suspect in the investigation dubbed “Amerithrax” had been Steven Hatfill, a colleague of Ivins, who has since been exonerated.
Ivins had worked for more than a decade to develop an anthrax vaccine that was effective even in cases where different strains of anthrax were mixed, which made vaccines ineffective, according to federal documents reviewed by the AP. In his research, he complained about the limitations of testing anthrax drugs on animals.
Several U.S. officials, all of whom discussed the ongoing investigation on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said prosecutors were closing in on the 62-year-old Ivins for the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Authorities had been investigating whether the anthrax was released to test new drugs. They were planning an indictment that would have sought the death penalty for the attacks, officials said.
The Justice Department released a brief statement Friday afternoon saying, “substantial progress has been made in the investigation by bringing to bear new and sophisticated scientific tools.” The statement did not identify Ivins. It said investigative documents remain sealed but the department expects to release more information soon.
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to close the investigation, officials said, meaning authorities are still not certain whether Ivins acted alone or had help. One official close to the case said that decision was expected within days. If the case is closed soon, one official said, that will indicate that Ivins was the lone suspect.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said President Bush was aware there were “about to be developments” in the case but did not elaborate.
Ivins died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland. Tom Ivins, a brother of the scientist, told The Associated Press that his other brother, Charles, had told him that Bruce committed suicide and Tylenol might have been involved. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported that Ivins was under suspicion, said the scientist had taken a massive dose of a prescription Tylenol mixed with codeine.
Kemp said his client’s death was the result of the government’s “relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo”
Friends, colleagues and court documents paint a picture of a brilliant scientist with a troubled side. Maryland court documents show he recently received psychiatric treatment and he was ordered to stay away from a woman he was accused of stalking and threatening to kill.
Social worker Jean C. Duley filed handwritten court documents last week saying she was preparing to testify before a grand jury. She said the FBI was involved and that Ivins would be charged with five capital murders.
“Client has a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, plans and actions towards therapists,” Duley said, adding that his psychiatrist had described him as homicidal and sociopathic.
Police said they removed Ivins from his job recently because of fears he had become a danger to himself or others.
Ivins, who received three degrees including a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, co-authored numerous anthrax studies, including one published in July that described efforts to treat mice deliberately exposed to anthrax. The scientists complained of the limited supply of monkeys available for testing and said testing on animals is insufficient to demonstrate how humans would respond to treatment.
The Fort Detrick laboratory and its specialized scientists for years have been at the center of the FBI’s investigation of the anthrax mailings. In late June, the government exonerated Hatfill, whose name has for years had been associated with the attacks. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft called him a “person of interest” in 2002.
The government recently paid Hatfill $5.82 million to settle a lawsuit contending he was falsely accused. Hatfill’s lawyer, Tom Connolly, said he would not discuss the case until the FBI has time to speak with the family members of victims of the anthrax attacks.
Unusual behavior by Ivins was noted at Fort Detrick in the six months following the anthrax mailings, when he conducted unauthorized testing for anthrax spores outside containment areas at the infectious disease research unit where he worked, according to an internal report. But the focus long stayed on Hatfill.
Investigators had been watching Ivins for some time. His brother, Tom Ivins, said federal agents questioned the scientist about a year and a half ago. Neighbors said FBI agents in cars with tinted windows conducted surveillance on his home. A colleague, Henry S. Heine, said that over the past year, he and others on their team have testified before a federal grand jury in Washington that has been investigating the anthrax mailings.
In occasional letters to the local newspaper, Ivins discussed his strong religious faith. He played keyboard and helped clean up after masses at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Frederick, where a dozen parishioners gathered after morning Mass to pray for him Friday.
The Rev. Richard Murphy called Ivins “a quiet man. He was always very helpful and pleasant.”
Five people died and 17 were sickened by anthrax powder in letters that were mailed to lawmakers’ Capitol Hill offices, TV networks in New York, and tabloid newspaper offices in Florida. Two postal workers in a Washington mail facility, a New York hospital worker, a Florida photo editor and an elderly Connecticut woman were killed.
So that’s it, huh? A scientist gone wild decides, on his own, right after 9/11, to send a bunch of letters containing the anthrax he was researching, to some very specific people in Washington, then he kills himself with Tylenol #3 when the “law” comes after him.
A scientist, with 3 degrees, who did a lot of research, wrote a lot of papers, and who worked for many many years in the biological warfare labs at Fort Detrick, got upset that he didn’t have enough monkeys for his testing.
This is total bull shit. Oh, there was no mention in this article about what the anthrax letters said….. something about praise Allah and Mohammad? There was also no mention that the investigation into the matter disappeared from the media as soon as it was discovered this was military grade anthrax from Fort Detrick. Six years have passed since then and all of a sudden an army scientist commits suicide. How convenient is that?
What caught my attention was that he used Tylenol #3. The only thing a tylenol overdose will do is destroy your liver. It won’t kill you. Codeine is an opioid analgesic like morphine, etc. There’s 30mg of it in each tylenol #3. Codeine can kill you, just like any other narcotic overdose. But what kind of a way to die is that? Pills are a suicidal teen’s top choice since they’re easy to get.
But for a scientist? No… that is too much of a lame way to go. He should know better. There are much better drugs and/or chemicals. Why not anthrax? He worked with it, didn’t he? Or a gun?
But he was homicidal and sociopathic, they say. So? That would not make him any less of a genius, even if he was an evil genius. No… this man was murdered to cover this up and bury the “Amerithrax” (another bull shit name that I haven’t heard until now) once and for all, before more people get suspicious. The same way D.C. Madame was killed, the same way JFK, RFK, and countless other people were murdered so nothing would get in the way of “The Plan.”
Well, guess what you fuckers, we’re getting closer and closer to you each and every day we’re still alive. We’re getting smarter and faster, and before you know it, we’ll be right in front of you.
Except Tylenol #3 won’t be our weapon of choice.
THE RISKS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS
by: Wolfson, Richard, Ph.D.
Richard Wolfson, is the national director of the Consumer Right to Know Campaign, Canada, whose mandate is to demand mandatory labeling and long-term testing of all genetically engineered foods. He is the biotech writer for Alive magazine and the health advisor for the Natural Law Party.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED (GE) FOODS ON THE MARKET IN CANADA
The main genetically engineered foods (or genetically modified organisms, GMOs) already on the market in Canada are: white potatoes (russet potatoes grown in P.E.I.), tomatoes (including cherry but not roma tomatoes), soy beans, corn and canola. Corn, canola and soy beans are used in many other products. This means that 80% of any packaged foods on the market (even health food brands), whether they are cereals, baby food and formula, salad dressing, chips, cookies, or bread, probably have either some canola oil, soy oil, soy flour, soy lecithin, soy protein, corn oil, corn starch, or corn syrup ingredients that are genetically engineered. Even products predominantly organic like organic soy milk often have genetically engineered canola oil or soy lecithin etc. Problems associated with GE foods are allergies and other toxic effects.
Genetic engineering is used to increase shelf life (to delay ripening in tomatoes), to alter oil composition (soy and canola), to make food pesticide resistant (corn, potatoes, squash), to allow increased pesticide use (soy, corn, canola, cotton), and to increase fertility in farm animals (canola).
OTHER GE PRODUCTS Milk from the U.S. is genetically engineered (may contain rBST), so be careful about buying American cheese. Yellow crookneck squash from the US, cotton and cotton oil, papayas, radiccio, rennet in cheese, and Nutrasweet used in soft drinks and other diet products are also GE. Animal products fed on GE grains may also pose a problem.
POTATOES Russet potatoes are genetically engineered, and they are sold across Canada. The seed catalogues say: “New Leaf potatoes, more environmentally friendly, the latest development, you don’t have to spray with pesticides”. What they are actually saying is that pesticide is genetically engineered into the potato, which means you are eating them. You can buy red potatoes or organic potatoes.
SOY PRODUCTS Tofu, soy milk, baby formulas, soy protein shakes, protein bars, veggie burgers, etc. contain GE soy unless the label says it is organic soy. Most infant formulas have been tested, and have been found to contain genetically engineered soy. If you don’t want to feed genetically engineered soy to your children, buy Eden’s organic soy milk which is not genetically engineered.
CANOLA If the label says vegetable oil, it probably has some canola oil in it. About 35% of canola oil in Canada is genetically engineered and it is all mixed together with the regular. Companies that market soy beans, corn and canola normally mix the genetically engineered product with the normal product. Canola oil is just not safe, and unless consumers stop buying it, it’s not going to change. Switch to an oil which is not genetically engineered at present like olive oil.
CORN Whole foods like corn on the cob are probably not genetically engineered; however, genetically engineered corn is used as an ingredient for making corn oil, cornstarch and corn syrup.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS CURRENTLY BEING TESTED Currently more than 2,743 genetically engineered crops are being tested or awaiting approval by the US Department of Agriculture. That is an enormous number, so this is a major issue. Virtually every grain and every crop is being tested. This includes apples, barley, beets, cheese-making enzymes, chestnuts, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, pepper, papayas, raspberries, rice, squash, strawberries, sugarcane, sunflower, tobacco, walnuts, wheat, and watermelons. Genetically modified foods currently being tested in other countries include alfalfa, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chicory, fish (salmon, prawns, abalone), flaxseed, grapes, kiwifruit, sweet potatoes, yeast. Unless we act to prevent it, these foods will soon be on our supermarket shelves. Like Europe, we could reject them outright or at the very least, insist that they be labeled.
ORGANIC FOODS Certified organic food is not genetically engineered. The U.N. Codex Committee on Food Labeling sets international guidelines on which foods are permitted to be labeled organic. Last year in the U.S. there was a move to permit genetically engineered seeds to be used in organic production, but because there was so much consumer outcry it wasn’t allowed. Similarly, regulations are being debated about using genetically engineered seeds as animal feed.
MANDATORY LABELING IN OTHER COUNTRIES In England and Europe, genetically engineered foods have to be labeled. This gives people a choice, but industry is fighting this. They are afraid if they are labeled no one will buy their genetically engineered products. In North America, genetically engineered food isn’t as newsworthy as in Europe for some reason, and not many people seem to realize what a major issue it is. In Europe, already retailers and major food chains like Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Safeways and Carrefour are labeling genetically engineered foods. Multinational companies like Nestle’s, Cadbury, Kelloggs, Heinz, Kraft, Campbells, Frito-Lay, General Mills, etc. provide genetically engineered free foods to European countries, and we must insist that they provide these to Canada as well.
WHAT IS GENETIC ENGINEERING? In genetic engineering, they take the gene from an animal, plant, bacteria, or virus, and implant that with a “gene gun” in a natural strand of soy DNA for example. It is like genetic surgery. For instance, the genetically engineered soybean that is on the market has a foreign gene from a bacterium, another foreign gene from a virus; and other foreign genes which are inserted. When they shoot a foreign gene into the DNA, they can’t predict where it is going to land. 1) The foreign gene may be implanted between two other genes and it doesn’t interfere with the functioning of the gene. 2) When the foreign gene is implanted, it may break up a gene that is already present, and there is no way of predicting the side effects.
PATENTED FOODS NO LONGER BELONG TO US Genetically engineered foods are patented, and this is the real crime. We all believe that foods are the common heritage of us all. You can’t tell me that you own the corn on the cob and every one who eats corn on the cob has to pay royalties to you, but that is what these companies are saying. If a company genetically engineers a potato like Monsanto’s new insect resistant potato, that potato is owned by Monsanto. Every farmer who grows that potato has to pay royalties to Monsanto. Monsanto has a very checkered history with some of its other products. Dr. Hanson said Monsanto was at fault when it convinced the government 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange) was safe. Monsanto also developed and sold PCB’s, a substance that went into electrical conductors for years until researchers showed serious environmental and health hazards despite U.S. government approval.
ALLERGIES CONNECTED WITH GE FOODS In England, there has been a 50% increase in allergies to soy beans since genetically engineered soy beans came on the market. Pioneer Hybrid, one of the largest seed companies in the world, created a genetically engineered soy bean a few years ago, and that soy bean was so allergic, it could have killed people who were allergic to Brazil nuts. It looked exactly like every other soybean, but biochemically it was different. Luckily, they discovered it and kept it off the market. But there is no legal requirement for the testing of these hundreds of new genetically engineered foods before they are put on the market. We do not know the long-term effects and we need long-term testing.
TOXICITY OF GE FOODS In 1989, a genetically engineered tryptophan food supplement killed 37 people and permanently disabled 1,500 others. Hundreds of scientific articles have been published in major medical journals about this occurrence, so it is not a secret, but industry tried to keep it secret. When we make a change in the DNA, and insert a foreign gene in one particular sequence, that gene could influence other genes, which in turn could influence other genes. People in the industry tell you that genetic engineering is very precise and very safe, but if you talk to the actual scientists, they will admit to you that there is no way to predict the long-term effects of genetic manipulation. The genetic code is so complex that it’s beyond the understanding of man at this stage.
INSECTICIDES AND HERBICIDES IN GE FOODS Genetic engineers tell you that they are developing more nutritious foods, but 90% of all genetically engineered foods coming on the market now are either herbicide resistant, which means it allows them to use more of their chemicals to poison our environment, or they are insect resistant, like the potato. Every cell of these potatoes contain a toxin, an insecticide which is genetically engineered into these potatoes to kill bugs so that the bug that eats the potato will die. But it also kills useful insects. And what happens when we eat the potato? Nobody knows how these toxins will affect humans or affect allergies. It hasn’t been tested. New research by the US Department of Agriculture across huge tracts of soy, corn and cotton in the US farming belt shows that biotech crops do not produce higher yields or result in reduced pesticide use. Farmers growing Roundup soybeans which can survive massive doses of herbicide used 2 to 5 times more herbicide per acre when compared to popular weed management systems with non-GE soybeans. A recent study in the Journal of the American Cancer Society (Mar.15.99) concludes that exposure to Roundup, the world’s most widely used herbicide, increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
MIXING ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE GENES Genetic engineering can combine the gene from any plant or animal and put it into any other. Although it is not actually marketed yet, there is a tomato that has been genetically engineered with fish genes. Anything is possible. Canola with a human gene is being grown in a Calgary lab by Dr. Maloney not for the purpose of food, but for producing pharmaceuticals. But if this canola gets out into the fields, which it is bound to do eventually, we will be eating canola that has human genes. They have rabbits and pigs now with human genes for medical transplant purposes. When those animal parts are transplanted into humans, everyone is very concerned that new diseases, new viruses will be carried from the animals over into the humans, just as mad cow disease has carried from cows over into humans. So we just don’t know the long-term effects either on the environment, or on humans.
POLITICS OF GENETIC ENGINEERING We need more rigorous safety testing, meaning the foods should be tested before they are put on the market. At present, they are put on the market, and if they are later found to be unsafe, they can be taken off the market. In other words, they are being tested upon us. According to Dr. Marion Nestle, chairman of the Department of Food Science at New York University, this policy favours industry. Industry pays huge sums of money to the government to test their products and their government brings these foods out very quickly without adequate testing.
CROSS-POLLINATION Once a genetically engineered food gets out on the market and in the fields, it naturally cross-pollinates with other crops. So it just spreads and spreads. If we don’t stop it now, everything is eventually going to get mixed up. If we wait too long we won’t be able to stop it.
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD These foods also create problems for the environment. They have made genetically engineered salmon in Vancouver that grow many times the size of normal fish. They are being kept in a holding tank, but what happens if these fish are released into the rivers? They are going to out-compete the wild species because they eat so much and cause ecological imbalance. The same thing occurs with the herbicide-resistant canola and soy. In theory, the herbicides will not hurt the soy or canola; they will just hurt the weeds, but soon we will have stronger weeds which are herbicide resistant, and at the same time increased dependence on these herbicides which are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. In the same way, potatoes which are insect resistant may cause 99% of the insects which eat those potatoes to die. The 1% which doesn’t die is stronger and we will have super insects which are resistant to pesticides.
FEEDING THE STARVING MASSES? One of the standard arguments the biotech industry makes is that genetically engineered foods are going to be used to feed the masses of starving people. Dr. Ann Clark, professor of crop science at Guelph, discussed this at the National Agriculture Environment Committee conference in Ottawa. If you actually look at where that food is going, about 80% of all the foods grown in developed countries stay within the developed countries, and 70% of the foods grown in developing countries are grown solely to be sold to the developed countries. The poor and starving people can’t even afford these crops which are more expensive because of all their licensing requirements. Furthermore, new research by the US Department of Agriculture shows that biotech crops do not produce higher yields.
ANOTHER SCHEME LIKE DDT In 1950, DDT was hailed as the technology that will solve the world’s hunger. In 1946, their ads informed you: “Exhaustive scientific research has shown that when properly used, DDT kills a host of destructive insect pests and is a benefactor of all humanity. It’s good for food, it’s good for animals, and it’s good for the home. DDT is harmless to humans.” We now know that is not true, but this is exactly what they are saying about genetically engineered crops.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES
1. Contact your local health store and grocery store, and tell them that you don’t want to see genetically engineered items on the shelves. That is the first thing to do.
2. Send letters to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, your MP and the media, and tell them you want genetically engineered foods either labeled or banned altogether.. Everyone should be more politically motivated to write to the government. If the majority of people say, “We will not accept this”, this is the pressure that is needed.
3. Sign and return the enclosed petitions to Richard Wolfson and Biotech Action Montreal and contribute to these advocacy groups with your expertise or a donation. The Natural Law Party has spearheaded this campaign around the world, and in Canada has already collected petitions with at least 30,000 signatures for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
4. Contact large Health Food manufacturers who use genetically engineered soy, canola and corn ingredients in their salad dressings and other products. Here’s a start (randomly chosen):
– Barbara’s (cereals & cookies), 3900 Cypress Dr., Petaluma, Ca 94954 (corn flour, canola oil, etc.)
– Canoline Foods Int’l, Pickering Postal Station, PO Box 16, Pickering, Ont L1V 2R2 (canola oil)
– Hain Consumer Affairs, 734 Franklin Ave., Ste. 444, Garden City, N.Y.; 1-800-434-HAIN (canola oil)
– Health Valley Co., 16100 Foothill Blvd., Irwindale, Ca. 91706, 1-800-423-4846 (corn, canola oil, soy)
– Natur (Bioforce Canada Inc.), 4001 Blvd. Cote Vertu, Montreal; 514-335-9393
– Nutrimax Natural Foods, Pickering Postal Station Box 34, Pickering L1V 2R2 (canola oil)
– Spectrum, 133 Copeland St., Petaluma, Ca. 94952 (canola)
5. Send your friends, family and other influential people a copy of these two newsletters.
GENETIC ENGINEERING WEBSITES
Biotech Action Montreal http://bam.tao.ca
Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Foods www.net_link_.de/gen
Community Actions Publications (good source of _link_s) www.monitor.net/~cap/ge.html
Mothers for Natural Law www.safe-food.org/-consumer/foods.html
Natural Law Party (Richard Wolfson) www.natural-law.ca/genetic
Union of Concerned Scientists (list of ge foods) www.ucsusa.org/Gene/w98.market.html
U.S. organic food industry fears GMO contamination
By Carey Gillam Wed Mar 12, 8:54 AM ET
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Widespread contamination of U.S. corn, soybeans and other crops by genetically engineered varieties is threatening the purity of organic and natural food products and driving purveyors of such specialty products to new efforts to protect their markets, industry leaders said this week.
A range of players, from dairy farmers to natural food retailers, are behind an effort to introduce testing requirements and standards for certification aimed at keeping contamination at bay. That goal is rapidly becoming harder, however, as planting of biotech corn, soybeans, and other crops expands across the United States.
“Now there is a real shortage of organic grain for animal husbandry and dairy operations,” said Organic Consumers Association national director Ronnie Cummins. “People are having to be real careful.”
Proponents of the plan are rolling it out this week at an industry meeting in Anaheim, California, seeking to get the entire organic and natural foods industry to agree on testing and standard certifications. Companies that get certified will be allowed to use a seal designating as much on their products.
“We think we can keep the contamination from getting worse by putting safeguards in place so people who want to choose to eat organic products free of genetic contamination can do so,” said Michael Funk, CEO of United Natural Foods, which is backing the initiative. “The longer we delay … the more challenging it is going to be.”
Biotech crops, primarily corn, soybeans, cotton and canola, have genes that have been manipulated to express specific traits, most commonly a resistance to herbicide, which helps farmers. Biotech developers such as Monsanto Co patent the crop technology and tightly control use of the seed.
But mixing of biotech crops and conventional crops can occur during many phases of harvest, storage and shipment of grain, and drifting pollen and other natural forces can also contaminate crops while they are still in the fields.
Indeed, contamination of conventional crops by biotech crops has been reported around the world. There were 39 cases of crop contamination in 23 countries in 2007, and more than 200 in 57 countries over the last 10 years, according to biotech critic Greenpeace International.
Contamination of corn is the biggest concern for those trying to sell biotech-free food. Corn is not only used in human food but is also used to feed livestock, meaning organic beef and dairy farmers must ensure their animals are fed corn that is free of contamination.
That has become more difficult as biotech corn acres have expanded in the United States. In 2007, an estimated 73 percent of the 92.9 million acres of U.S. corn planted were biotech, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA has a set of national standards for foods labeled “organic” as part of its marketing service, but the industry players seeking independent testing said the USDA has not gone far enough to require organic and natural foods are free from biotech contamination.
Organic dairy farmer Albert Straus, who started testing corn fed to his 300-head dairy herd more than a year ago, and found about one-third had been contaminated, now tests every lot of grain he buys.
“I started to test our products to see if there was an issue or not. It turned out there was an issue,” said Straus. He is now adding a label to his dairy products to alert consumers to the extra level of caution. “There is so much contamination,” he said.
73% of the corn produced in the USA is genetically engineered. Wow. Taking into account that pollen grains can travel as far as ½ mile with a 15 mph wind in a couple of minutes, it has been suggested that in order to decrease contamination of non-GMO corn to 1%, the field should be placed 660ft away from a GMO corn field. However, according to this study, cross-pollination couldn’t be decreased to 0.1% even with 1640ft between fields.
Also, this article says nothing about how the GMO corn pollen can affect other crops, fruits and vegetables. Recent research has shown that transgenic DNA (DNA that has been genetically modified with genes from other plants, insects, bacteria and viruses) does jump species to bacteria, plants, and animals.
So just think at all the fields and crops surrounding those 68 or so million acres of GMO corn. That’s only the GMO corn. Think about all the GMO soy, canola seeds, wheat, potatoes, etc. I bet by now pretty much everything we eat has some sort of GMO genes in it. It’s not like we get all of our organic fruits & veggies from the moon.
I don’t even know what to say anymore…. except keep all of your good seeds in a safe place and maybe start growing some in your basement.
Sludge Tested As Lead-Poisoning Fix
Apr 13 05:18 PM US/Eastern
By JOHN HEILPRIN and KEVIN S. VINEYS
Associated Press Writers
BALTIMORE (AP) – Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients.
Nine low-income families in Baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till the sewage sludge into their yards and plant new grass. In exchange, they were given food coupons as well as the free lawns as part of a study published in 2005 and funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department.
The Associated Press reviewed grant documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviewed researchers. No one involved with the $446,231 grant for the two-year study would identify the participants, citing privacy concerns. There is no evidence there was ever any medical follow-up.
Comparable research was conducted by the Agriculture Department and Environmental Protection Agency in a similarly poor, black neighborhood in East St. Louis, Ill.
The sludge, researchers said, put the children at less risk of brain or nerve damage from lead, a highly toxic element once widely used in gasoline and paint. Other studies have shown brain damage among children, often in poor neighborhoods, who ate lead-based paint that had flaked off their homes.
The idea that sludge—the leftover semisolid wastes filtered from water pollution at 16,500 treatment plants—can be turned into something harmless, even if swallowed, has been a tenet of federal policy for three decades.
In a 1978 memo, the EPA said sludge “contains nutrients and organic matter which have considerable benefit for land and crops” despite the presence of “low levels of toxic substances.”
But in the late 1990s the government began underwriting studies such as those in Baltimore and East St. Louis using poor neighborhoods as laboratories to make a case that sludge may also directly benefit human health.
Meanwhile, there has been a paucity of research into the possible harmful effects of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms often found in sludge.
A series of reports by the EPA’s inspector general and the National Academy of Sciences between 1996 and 2002 faulted the adequacy of the science behind the EPA’s 1993 regulations on sludge.
The chairman of the 2002 academy panel, Thomas Burke, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says epidemiological studies have never been done to show whether spreading sludge on land is safe.
“There are potential pathogens and chemicals that are not in the realm of safe,” Burke told the AP. “What’s needed are more studies on what’s going on with the pathogens in sludge—are we actually removing them? The commitment to connecting the dots hasn’t been there.”
That’s not what the subjects of the Baltimore and East St. Louis research were told.
Rufus Chaney, an Agriculture Department research agronomist who co- wrote the Baltimore study, said the researchers provided the families with brochures about lead hazards, tested the soil in their yards and gave assurances that the Orgro fertilizer was store-bought and perfectly safe.
“They were told that their lawn, as it stood, before it was treated, was a lead danger to their children,” said Chaney. “So that even if they ate some of the soil, there would not be as much of a risk as there was before. And that’s what the science shows.”
Chaney said the Baltimore neighborhoods were chosen because they were within an economically depressed area qualifying for tax incentives. He acknowledged the families were not told there have been some safety disputes and health complaints over sludge.
“They were told that it was composted biosolids that are available for sale commercially in the state of Maryland. I don’t think there’s any other further disclosure required,” Chaney said. “There was danger before. There wasn’t danger because of the biosolids compost. Composting, of course, kills pathogens.”
The Baltimore study concluded that phosphate and iron in sludge can increase the ability of soil to trap more harmful metals including lead, cadmium and zinc, causing the combination to pass safely through a child’s body if eaten.
It called the fertilizer “a simple low-cost” technology for parents and communities “to reduce risk to their children” who are in danger of lead contamination. The results were published in Science of the Total Environment, an international research journal, in 2005.
Another study investigating whether sludge might inhibit the “bioavailability” of lead—the rate it enters the bloodstream and circulates to organs and tissues—was conducted on a vacant lot in East St. Louis next to an elementary school, all of whose 300 students were black and almost entirely from low-income families.
In a newsletter, the EPA-funded Community Environmental Resource Program assured local residents it was all safe.
“Though the lot will be closed off to the public, if people—particularly children—get some of the lead contaminated dirt in their mouths, the lead will just pass through their bodies and not be absorbed,” the newsletter said. “Without this iron-phosphorus mix, lead poisoning would occur.”
Soil chemist Murray McBride, director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute, said he doesn’t doubt that sludge can bind lead in soil.
But when eaten, “it’s not at all clear that the sludge binding the lead will be preserved in the acidity of the stomach,” he said. “Actually thinking about a child ingesting this, there’s a very good chance that it’s not safe.”
McBride and others also questioned the choice of neighborhoods for the studies and why residents were not told about other, possibly harmful ingredients in sludge.
“If you’re not telling them what kinds of chemicals could be in there, how could they even make an informed decision. If you’re telling them it’s absolutely safe, then it’s not ethical,” McBride said. “In many relatively wealthy people’s neighborhoods, I would think that people would research this a little and see a problem and raise a red flag.”
The Baltimore study used a compost of sludge mixed with sawdust and wood chips packaged as “biosolids,” the term for sludge preferred by government and the waste industry.
“What we did was make the yards greener,” said Pat Tracey, a Johns Hopkins University community relations coordinator who recalled helping with the lawn work. “They were bald, bad yards. It was considered sterile fertilizer.”
Baltimore environmental activist Glenn Ross says choosing poor neighborhoods destined for demolition makes it hard to track a study’s participants. “If you wanted to do something very questionable, you would do it in a neighborhood that’s not going to be there in a few years,” he said.
HUD documents show the study’s lead author, Mark Farfel, has pursued several other studies of lead contamination including the risks of exposure from urban housing demolitions and the vacant lots left behind.
Farfel has since moved to New York, where he directs the World Trade Center Health Registry surveying tens of thousands of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. He denied repeated requests for interviews and referred questions to Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, the children’s research facility that was the recipient of HUD grants with Farfel as project manager.
The institute referred questions to Joann Rodgers, a spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins. She said a review board within its medical school approved the study and the consent forms provided to families that participated. “The study did not test children or other family members living in the homes,” she said.
Some of Farfel’s previous research has been controversial.
In 2001, Maryland’s highest court chastised him, Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins over a study bankrolled by EPA in which researchers testing low-cost ways to control lead hazards exposed more than 75 poor children to lead-based paint in partially renovated houses.
Families of two children alleged to have suffered elevated blood-lead levels and brain damage sued the institute and later settled for an undisclosed amount.
The Maryland Court of Appeals likened the study to Nazi medical research on concentration camp prisoners, the U.S. government’s 40- year Tuskegee study that denied treatment for syphilis to black men in order to study the illness and Japan’s use of “plague bombs” in World War II to infect and study entire villages.
“These programs were somewhat alike in the vulnerability of the subjects: uneducated African-American men, debilitated patients in a charity hospital, prisoners of war, inmates of concentration camps and others falling within the custody and control of the agencies conducting or approving the experiments,” the court said.
This is almost as bad as the government’s excuse for putting fluoride in water. They took the waste that was leftover after all the sewage water had been treated, a.k.a. everything that people flushed down the toilet including, but not limited to stool, urine (and all the prescription pills excreted in the urine), drano, various cleaning products, and other toxic chemicals, and spread it on poor people’s yards in exchange for food stamps.
This was done to see whether this shit would absorb the lead in the soil so that when little kids eat the soil, along with all the rest of the other chemicals, the lead would just pass safely through their digestive systems and the kids wouldn’t get lead poisoning.
That’s the biggest load of bullshit I have ever heard and it makes me so mad. If this sludge was so safe, why did they go to a poor, black neighborhood instead of conducting a generalized study and invited people from everywhere? It’s because they thought these poor people wouldn’t question the researchers statements that this sludge was just fertilizer and good for you, or how they love to call it “biosolids.”
And it wasn’t just some random researchers doing it, either. It was the EPA and the Department of Agriculture.
But then again, I don’t know why I’m even surprised. Fluoride is nothing but the by-product waste of aluminum manufacture and everybody is drinking it because the government is saying it’s so good for our teeth. Well, guess what? Hitler was the first to use fluoride in drinking water. It wasn’t to get prisoner’s teeth sparkly white, but to sterilize them and keep them docile. Go look it up.
FDA: Merck Drug May Have Suicide Link
Mar 27 12:43 PM US/Eastern
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is investigating a possible link between Merck’s allergy drug Singulair and suicide.
FDA said it is reviewing reports of mood changes, suicidal behavior and suicide in patients who have taken the drug, which was Merck’s best-selling product last year.
In the past year Merck has updated the drug’s labeling four times to include information on tremors, anxiousness, depression and suicidal behavior reported in some patients.
Singulair had sales of $4.3 billion last year.
Shares of Merck & Co. Inc. fell 10 cents to $44.60 in late morning trading.
Isn’t it interesting how all these seemingly inoffensive drugs like Singulair and Chantix make people want to kill themselves when nothing in the drugs makeup (that we know of) should make them feel that way.
Singulair is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. Cystenyl leukotrienes are substances that cause contraction of the bronchial smooth muscles, increase vasculature, and activate mucus-secreting cells. It’s like what histamines do in your nose, but these take longer to get going and also last longer.
Although it’s not completely understood how they do all that, researchers found out that by blocking the receptors for the leukotrienes, bronchoconstriction is decreased and control of asthma is improved.
Now, after all that, can someone please tell me how one can get suicidal from a drug like that? It does not make any sense. Is there some other ingredient in Singulair that affects moods? SSRI’s? Unicorn giggles?
After Vioxx, Gardasil, and now Singulair, you wouldn’t think anyone could trust Merck.
Obama related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie
By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer Tue Mar 25, 6:53 PM ET
BOSTON – This could make for one odd family reunion: Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt’s girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.
Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some remarkable family connections for the three presidential candidates — Democratic rivals Obama and Clinton, and Republican John McCain.
Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother’s side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins. McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush.
“You’d think with all that singing talent in the family she’d be able to carry a tune,” Clinton’s senior adviser Philippe Reines said. “But now it makes much more sense how she snagged a Grammy.”
Clinton won for best spoken word Grammy in 1997 for “It Takes a Village.” Obama also won a Grammy in that category this year for the audio version of his book, “The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.”
Genealogist Christopher Child said that while the candidates often focus on pointing out differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.
“It shows that lots of different people can be related, people you wouldn’t necessarily expect,” Child said.
Obama has a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.
Obama often jokes about his cousin Cheney at campaign appearances.
“His kinships are across the political spectrum,” Child said.
Child has spent the last three years tracing the candidates’ genealogy, along with senior research scholar Gary Boyd Roberts, author of the 1989 book, “Ancestors of American Presidents.”
Clinton’s distant cousins include beatnik author Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of England.
McCain’s ancestry was more difficult to trace because records on his relatives were not as complete as records for the families of Obama and Clinton, Child said.
Obama and President Bush are 10th cousins, once removed, linked by Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod, who died in 1662.
Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769. Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, declined to comment on the senator’s ancestry.
Clinton and Jolie are ninth cousins, twice removed, both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the oldest and largest nonprofit genealogical organization in the country.
Now, do you guys still believe you have a real choice when you vote in this joke of a reality show we like to call the presidential elections? Do you guys think these families who keep track of their genealogies and who marry only certain people care about you or anybody else’s lives other than their own? “All in the family” is just starting to turn into one very sick joke, and we are the butt of it.
And all of you saying “blah, blah, we are all related, it doesn’t matter” do not have the slightest idea of what this means because you are not in it. Unless your family is part of the mafia, royalty, or filthy rich, you do not know what bloodlines mean. Well, these people do. They’ve known it all of their lives. They’re parents, grandparents, great-grandparents have known it and they all have worked during their own times to make their families stronger, richer, and more powerful.
This mock election is no different than any reality show or soap opera. It’s an illusion. If you can’t see that, then I’m sorry. I’m sorry the American people have been so dumbed down and their IQ’s have been lowered so much that all they can do is live in their little bubbles, in a zombie-like state, waiting feverishly to see who gets voted down on the next episode of Dancing with the Stars.
It is our fault for allowing this to happen and we deserve what we will get for all the pain and the suffering we have caused throughout this world.
Interesting, wouldn’t you say? I think the Navy might be into some voodoo shit.
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NEW YORK (AP) – Undercover police secretly set up a fake company to demonstrate how easily and anonymously a terrorist could purchase chlorine on the Internet for a deadly chemical strike against the city.
A videotape—prepared for a briefing Wednesday of private security executives—discloses for the first time the results of the operation.
The purpose was “to assess the ease or difficulty with which a terrorist in the United States could acquire large quantities of chlorine without being detected by law enforcement or intelligence agencies,” a narrator says on a copy of the video obtained by The Associated Press.
The conclusion: “At the present time, few if any barriers stand in his way.”
There has been no specific terror threat against the city involving chemicals, but New York City police recently put more emphasis on screening shipments of chlorine after learning that it has become a favored component of homemade bombs in Iraq.
A 2007 United Nations report found that at least 10 attacks in Iraq involved explosives attached to chlorine canisters.
Read the rest of the article here.
I’ve never heard of a chlorine bomb before. And why is it that it’s always the police who are always involved in terroristic activities? You’d think they would be too busy strip searching women and tasering kids to be involved with this stuff.
As it turns out, to make a chlorine bomb you’d need powdered chlorine tablets, rubbing alcohol, and a plastic soda bottle. The mixture of the chlorine powder and the rubbing alcohol creates chlorine gas which quickly starts filling up in the bottle until the bottle explodes. If you remembered to put the cap on, that is. The explosion is very loud, however, that’s all it does. If you’re too close, you might get burned, but that’s about it. Inhaling the gas for an extended period of time can also burn you pretty badly. And since we all know that whenever a bomb goes off people freeze for hours at a time, this bomb can be pretty harmful.
The U.N. is saying they’ve found 10 attacks in Iraq involving explosives attached to chlorine canisters. The ones I’ve founds over the internet just state they had trucks filled with explosives and some chlorine bottles. I guess one might need some real explosives if one wanted to detonate a truck, rather than disinfect it.
Maybe the Iraqis need to get their chlorine bomb recipes straight, but then again, they might be too busy trying to not get blown up by our very real bombs. It would also be kind of hard to surf the internet when you haven’t had power for 3 years.
I think if the “terorists” wanting to blow us up were smart, they would learn from that meteorite that crashed in Peru and blow up a water supply line containing arsenic. That way, or so we’ve been told, the arsenic fumes would get people sick.
Even better, how about just bringing down one of our satellites. They run on Plutonium, you know. Remember that Russian spy that got killed by a bit of Plutonium? Crash something like that in an urban area and watch the fireworks. Then again, that may already be in the works.
Silver has been used since the Middle Ages to disinfect and make water drinkable. People would drop silver coins in their barrels and buckets of water.
Silver, or rather the charge it carries, kills bacteria and viruses by disrupting the electromagnetic bonds that holds them together.
There are countless silver products out there and even Dr. Bill Deagle at the Granada Forum said to go out and buy colloidal silver masks because they kill bacteria and viruses in the air before they get to you.
This particular silver solution, SilverBioticsTM, is not really colloidal silver. To make colloidal silver, people dissolve silver salts into water, basically making silver chloride, which can be dangerous and do more harm than good. Depending on the manufacturer, colloidal silver solutions can contain up to 500,000ppm per teaspoon. Long-term use of these products can cause argyria, a permanent bluish coloring of the skin caused by the silver being deposited in the tissues. The original Blue Man in the Blue Man Group had a classical case of argyria. However, it’s interesting to note that argyria is the only side effect of “overdosing” on silver. It does not damage any organs or cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. You just turn into a smurf. It’s kind of neat. But I guess it didn’t bother
If you don’t think there’s any bacteria or viruses on your meat, check out this FDA article where they are explaining why they are spraying a live virus cocktail on lunchmeats.
For more information about SilverBioticsTM, as well as research articles, check out it’s creator American Biotech Labs.
To order a bottle or to learn more about it as well as some other detox methods, such as Chi Patches, click on the following picture:
Iranian TV: Pentagon video, audio fake
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 12 minutes ago
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon showing Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.
The video from Sunday’s incident shows small Iranian boats swarming around U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz. In the recording, a man speaking in heavily accented English threatened, “I am coming to you. … You will explode after … minutes.”
“The footage released by the U.S. Navy was compiled using file pictures and the audio has been fabricated,” an official in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying by the state-run English-language channel Press TV.
State TV did not give the name of the Revolutionary Guard official and did not offer more details about how the official knew the footage was “fabricated.”
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said the “allegation is absurd, factually incorrect and reflects the lack of seriousness with which they take this serious incident.”
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley warned Iran against more confrontations.
The rest of the article can be read here.
You guys have to watch the actual video. I found it on YouTube.
I watched this on the news and the only thing this video is missing is an audio from the supposed Iranian speedboats that said, in a very think Arab accent, “I am coming to you.” Now, looking at the size of the wake, it seems the filming is done from an aircraft carrier. Behind it you see a destroyer-class ship, and then 3 little bright blue speedboats with 4-5 people wearing bright orange vests running around. Later in the article the 3 boats are called the “Iranian fleet.” This is insane.
I can’t believe they’re putting this off as real. “I am coming to you!”???? Come on, they couldn’t have thought of a better phrase than that?
That’s just as bad as when they showed a “former terrorist” on CNN with his face all blacked out and with an accent that went from Arabic to Russian to just stupid-down right grammatically illiterate within 5 minutes. I wish I could show you that video. It made me sick to my stomach.
No wonder the Iranians are saying this video is fake. If they’re trying to make the speedboats out to be suicide bombers they couldn’t be more wrong. Iranians are not stupid. They don’t want to experience what Iraq is currently going through. But apparently, our government is still hell-bent on invading a peaceful sovereign country, like it’s been doing ever since it was created. Oh, and by the way, we already overthrew their government once and put the Shah as president until the people got so fed up with his dictatorship and his murders than they got fed up, had a revolution, and took over. I guess this is our government’s way of getting revenge.
I am so mad right now. They are doing this in OUR NAME. The people of the USA will be held responsible for all of these atrocities. It is our fault. We elected these creatures, put them in office, and to this day allow them to do whatever they please. On our heads are the deaths of the millions of Iraqi civilians, men, women, children, as well as all the other innocent people our military has killed over these past 200 years.
*Update* Hashemsfilms is back, yet again. This time they have their own website: www.hashemsfilms.com
This is an ongoing documentary series produced by Hashemsfilms. You can find the rest of the episodes on YouTube. So far, there are 87 episodes, each being 10 mins or less, so everybody who think they have ADD/ADHD will have no problem checking them out.
Here’s the thing: these guys have a crazy story to tell and they have worked very hard to put it all together and to make it easy to understand. Just the title of their series will make everyone instantly judge them on at least one level.
This documentary is for people who are open-minded enough to realize they do not know everything, and as a matter of fact, that they know next to nothing.
Watch and learn, for there are things out there that we never even thought about thinking about them.
Here are the first 5 episodes. For more episodes and other series, check their website at Hashemsfilms.
Click on image for link to article.
After reading this very informative piece of work, I asked myself one question: Why did the article or the “investigators” name the actual bomb those bomb parts would have created, instead of calling them IED’s and IID’s? Personally, I’ve never heard any of those names before, but I’m not a bomb expert.
I am however, smart enough to realize when I’m being played for stupid. If it’s so easy to find directions to making these bombs online, why not give us a couple links? I guess maybe, they think us the terrorists are reading their Yahoo! articles and might possibly try to create them and find out…. surprise, surprise!…. that it’s nearly impossible to make this stuff in your own home, much less in an airplane.
Unless you’re a disgruntled lab tech and you have at your disposal a bunch of chemical equipment, you’ll just end up either passing out from the fumes, or blowing up an arm before the real product is finished.
Take TATP for example… triacetone triperoxide. That’s what they were trying to say the terrorists wanted to make on those airplanes in 2006. The Register has a really nice and funny article about just how impossible it is to make this explosive it on an airplane.
The bottom line is they think we’re stupid and we’re buying into their fear mongering.
LOOK LOOK!!! THE ISLAMOFASCISTS ARE TRYING TO BLOW YOUR ASS UP! YOU BETTER GIVE US YOUR GUNS SO WE CAN PROTECT YOU!!!!!