military-health complex

Charles Blair Hill, bleeding to death at hands of the SFPD cops, or dying from FDA corruption vs cancer-curing treatments of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski

It's a grim world out there... caught a couple videos worth reviewing.

SFPD wastes this guy & then he bleeds to death. The guy was alleged to have a firearm, and defenders of the police are already claiming bystanders snagged the gun. In any case it is an excellent sign the people are angry & increasing on-the-street resistance to state violence. Corporate report - SFPD Shoot, Kill Alleged Armed Man In Bayview - News Story - KTVU San Francisco.

Following video is graphic - well it's a police victim dying for no reason. Sorry, Charles.


Calls for action are popping up on Indybay - RAGE IN THE STREETS: Cops Kill Again! : Indybay. Also 'some anarchists' are posting notices like this: "War on the Pigs": a statement from last night's march against the police.

Whether we like it or not, this city is a fucking war-zone. For the second time in as many weeks, police officers have murdered someone in cold blood. Yesterday, they murdered a 19 year old in the Bayview district. For the crime of not paying his $2 bus fare, he was executed by SFPD; shot ten times in front of a crowd. On July 3rd, BART police responding to a report of a man too drunk to stand, arrived at Civic Center Station and shot Charles Hill within a minute of their arrival, killing him as well. His crime: being broke and homeless in a city that fucking despises us.

And so, within a few hours of hearing word of SFPD's latest atrocity, we called for a march against the police in the Mission District. About 100 of us gathered, donned masks, and marched down Valencia St. toward the Mission Police Station. We attacked the first pig car that approached. We attacked ATMs and a Wells Fargo as well. We upturned newspaper boxes and trash bins, throwing them into the streets at the encroaching riot cops. We screamed in the pigs faces and confronted them at their front door. By 1AM we had dispersed without arrest.

This march comes on the heels of Monday's attack on the BART system in response to the murder of Charles Hill. Again, over 100 of us clogged the BART system, blocking trains, vandalizing machines and bringing the rail system to a grinding halt. For over three hours BART suffered system-wide delays and the BART police were forced to close several stations throughout the city. After being forced out of the system, we took the streets in an impromptu march. Causing havoc and avoiding two attempts by the police to kettle us. The march ended in a heated stand-off with SFPD in front of hundreds of tourists at the Powell St. plaza.

In reporting this we hope to make it obvious: we will no longer allow the police (regardless of what badge they wear) to murder us in the streets. When they kill, we will respond with force. These two marches along with the burgeoning revolt in Bayview are only a beginning. We do not care about their attempts at justifying themselves. In each of these killings they claim that their lives were in danger. We say they lie, but honestly don't care either way. As the State has removed any illusion that it exists to serve or protect people, we can see clearly that it exists only to push us into prisons and to shoot us in cold blood. Two single dollars are worth more to them than our lives. The very existence of the police clearly endangers all of us, and we won't be safe until they are destroyed.

WAR ON THE POLICE
WAR ON THE BART SYSTEM
WAR ON THE MUNI SYSTEM

Stay tuned,

some anarchists in the Bay Area

Also a press conference for tomorrow:

Monday, July 18 · 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location Corner of 3rd & Oakdale, SF Bayview District

WHAT :

Press Conference
hosted by SF Education NOt Incarceration,
Idriss Stelley Foundation
& the SF Bayview Newspaper

WHEN:

Monday July 18, 2001, noon time

WHERE :

Corner of 3rd Street & Oakdale
(MUNI Transportation: T-Lightrail, 24 Divisadero)

WHY :

On Saturday July 16, at 4:40 pm. a 19 yr Youth was shot 6 to 10 times by SFPD, and his lifeless body was left in plain view in a pool of blood.
His heinous crime... lack of a MUNI transfer.....
This killing happened 13 days after the lethal shooting of homeless Charles Blair Hill on a Civic Center BART platform by BART police

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! NO MORE STOLEN LIVES!

HOW:

The Bayview community and grassroots entities fighting against police terror are engaging the press and our shattered community to bring light on this senseless killing.
The People demand the creation of a SF Civilian Review Board !

We also demand an independent FBI investigation of this latest PD Homicide.

SF Current DA George Gascon, as former SFPD Chief, encounters a major conflict of interests and should NOT be involved of the investigation,

This new PD assassination will be addressed on an ongoing basis, until our demands are met,
and also addressed in the forefront of our later critical mass event in front of SF City Hall,
on Saturday, August 20, 2011, 2 to 5 pm:
"FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE & POLICE STATE TERROR"

FOR MORE INFO:
call Idriss Stelley Foundation hotline at 415-595-8251

Please join our FACEBOOK group under 'Idriss Stelley Foundation'
for continuing law enforcement accountability coverage , locally and nationwide.

In Unity & Respect
ISF STAFF

So this is just one example of street level state violence.
But what about the corrupt disaster of the health industry? I mainly wanted to post a really nifty documentary on the corrupt cancer industry. In Minnesota, former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is now working as an oncology lobbyist, rigorously enforcing our local version of the cancer cartel. The Mayo Clinic is also a player in the FDA racket coverup going on.
On the stylistic-vs-substantive level, this documentary is so damn rigorous in its sourcing presentation, no doctor in their right mind could really attack the bulk of the medical evidence & overall high-level chicanery going on here. I won't even get into the details, just check it out!
‪Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business FDA Tyranny‬‏ - YouTube

The trillion dollar cancer industry has been waging an illegal and immoral war on Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski for years, attempting to stop him... that's right, STOP him, from saving the lives of cancer sufferers through the use of his patented breakthrough therapy, which uses a natural and non-toxic substance called antineoplastons. This video tells the story of how Dr. Burzynski, and the patients his therapy has cured of what are normally terminal cancers, have fought the FDA and the big drug companies who have continually and systematically tried to discredit and punish a man who's only purpose in life has been to develop and perfect a life-giving and non-toxic cure for the disease of the 20th century. Please spread the word about Dr. Burznski and donate to the cause or offer your support in any way you can. Don't let the in-humane and evil actions of the FDA (the puppet of the drug industry) destroy the hope of millions of cancer sufferers around the world. It's time to unite.... Go to burzynskiclinic.com for more info.


Earlier: Canadian discovers hemp oil cures cancer... hoax or another typical moment in the pharma-industrial-death complex? | HongPong.com (March 2008) ... We need to look at Burzynski, the THC research & etc to really determine the most effective ways to treat cancer... not relying on garbage chemo & radiation to kill people. Just like with needless police violence, we could transcend a lot of this suffering so easily, if not for ignorance & nasty rentier lobbies, profiting off the scheme.

The Kids Ain't All Right: FDA: Vitamin C illegal; Top 10 pharma drugz, SSRI, Chantex, Paxil, spawn violent acts at shocking rates as the Scientific Method Published Paper system proves corrupt spoofer of Null Hypotheses! Medical treatment gigafails

“It’s like an epidemic, in the sense that they’re infected with these wrong ideas, and they’re spreading it to other researchers through journals.” -- Dr. John Ioannidis

I can't recommend NaturalNews.com enough. For excellent info that has helped me quite a bit thru a still-dubious diet but now with key supplements (Omega-3 fish oil & Vitamin D with extra C - truly a complex formula), I have avoided serious illness quite well. I used to get colds a lot more often until I started taking Vitamin D. Along with attempting to keep the apartment cleaner (New yrz Resolution) and sleeping more regular/sane hours, I think the back-to-basics approach of websites like NaturalNews helps a lot.

There's a whole history of battle between homeopathic and allopathic medicine, it's interesting. Look how today instead of preventative Vitamin D supplements to the population, the allopathic-style Public Health system provides subsidized and basically disgusting flu vaccines.

NaturalNews reports (without much hyperbole as it turns out) the FDA is trying to eliminate injectable Vitamin C , a fascinating treatment. Fans of the new Food "Safety" bill will surely love the letter, tone & logic of the Letter of Administrative Diktat!


Unapproved New Drug and Misbranding Violations
In addition to violating CGMPs, you manufacture and market unapproved new drugs in violation of sections 505(a) and 502(f)(1) [21 U.S.C. §§ 355(a) and 352(f)(1)] of the Act. Based on the information your firm submitted to FDA’s Drug Registration and Listing System and the information collected during the inspection of your facility, you manufacture the following prescription drugs, including, but not limited to:
Ascor L 500, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in a 50 mL vial ((b)(6))
Ascor L NC, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, Non-Corn Source (500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial) (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Magnesium Chloride Injection, 200 mg/mL, in 50 mL Multi-Dose vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Magnesium Chloride Injection, 200 mg/mL, in 50 mL Multi-Dose vial ((b)(6))
Vitamin B-Complex 100 Injection, 30 mL Multi-Dose vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
These products are drugs within the meaning of section 201(g) of the Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)] because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. Further, they are “new drugs” within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for their labeled uses.
Under sections 301(d) and 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 331(d) and 355(a)] a new drug may not be introduced into or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless an application approved by FDA under either section 505(b) or (j) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(b) or (j)] is in effect for the drug. Based on our information, you do not have any FDA-approved applications on file for these drug products. The marketing of these products, or other applicable products, without an approved application constitutes a violation of these provisions of the Act.

Additionally, because the above products are intended for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners, adequate directions cannot be written for them so that a layman can use this product safely for its intended uses. Consequently, their labeling fails to bear adequate directions for their intended uses, causing it to be misbranded under section 502(f)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 352(f)(1)] Because your products lack required approved applications, they are not exempt under 21 C.F.R. § 201.115 from the requirements of section 502(f)(1) of the Act. The introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of these products therefore violates sections 301(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C § 331(a)].

You should discontinue manufacturing and distributing all of your unapproved drugs at all facilities immediately. For questions about the regulatory status of your drugs, contact Kathleen Joyce, at 301-796-3329. For assistance in communicating with the FDA concerning the application process for your unapproved drug(s), contact FDA's unapproved drugs coordinator, Dr. Sally Loewke, at 301-796-0710.
To ensure that all drugs marketed in the U.S., prescription and over-the-counter, have been shown to be safe and effective, FDA published a Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) Section 440.100, Marketed Unapproved Drugs,
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati.... FDA expects manufacturers of products requiring approval to submit applications to the agency showing that their products are safe and effective. The CPG describes the very strict criteria under which the Act permits drugs to be marketed without approval. The CPG also outlines the Agency’s enforcement policies aimed at efficiently and rationally bringing all drugs requiring approved applications into the approval process.
Translation: VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid) is an UNAPPROVED DRUG! All they gotta do is declare this for the rest of the nutrients, and then Total Eugenics would logically be complete eh? :-D Magnesium chloride may help with twitchy nervous systems, depressed immune systems and tumors as well, so you can see why they'd want something so simple off the market. Interesting stuff there with magnesium, which is kind of overlooked in general & needs to be balanced properly with calcium....

If you flood out yr system with Vitamin C (and of course lots of fluids to balance it & flush everything along), a lot of malicious cells including tumors and flu virus infestations can be attacked much more efficiently by immune cells. I think chemically it's akin to giving yr micro-troopers trillions of little swords to whack at the cells they can identify. Some poor guy about to die from the flu in the hospital finally got a batch of injection-grade Vitamin C and recovered, much to the chagrin of the two medical facilities that squirmed under this demand of the family.


(NaturalNews) The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a study in the journal PLoS One highlighting the worst prescription drug offenders that cause patients to become violent. Among the top-ten most dangerous are the antidepressants Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine).
Concerns about the extreme negative side effects of many popular antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs have been on the rise, as these drugs not only cause severe health problems to users, but also pose a significant threat to society. The ISMP report indicates that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System, many popular drugs are linked even to homicides.
Most of the drugs in the top ten most dangerous are antidepressants, but also included are an insomnia medication, an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, a malaria drug and an anti-smoking medication.
As reported in Time, the top ten list is as follows:
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) - An antidepressant that affects serotonin and noradrenaline. The drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) - An antidepressant that treats anxiety disorders. The drug is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is 8.4 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
7. Triazolam (Halcion) - A benzodiazepine drug for insomnia that is 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) - An ADHD drug that is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
5. Mefoquine (Lariam) - A malaria drug that is 9.5 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
4. Amphetamines - This general class of ADHD drug is 9.6 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
3. Paroxetine (Paxil) - An SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs. It is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms and birth defects.
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) - A popular SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
1. Varenicline (Chantix) - An anti-smoking drug that is a shocking 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031017_violence_prescription_drugs.html#ixzz1BFTXfaMd
Briefly turning to the Scientific Method Fail which underlies the sorry state of health and medicine nowadays, this new article in the Atlantic is kind of amazing (h/t cryptogon.com):
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.
..........] “Randomized controlled trials,” which compare how one group responds to a treatment against how an identical group fares without the treatment, had long been considered nearly unshakable evidence, but they, too, ended up being wrong some of the time. “I realized even our gold-standard research had a lot of problems,” he says. Baffled, he started looking for the specific ways in which studies were going wrong. And before long he discovered that the range of errors being committed was astonishing: from what questions researchers posed, to how they set up the studies, to which patients they recruited for the studies, to which measurements they took, to how they analyzed the data, to how they presented their results, to how particular studies came to be published in medical journals.

This array suggested a bigger, underlying dysfunction, and Ioannidis thought he knew what it was. “The studies were biased,” he says. “Sometimes they were overtly biased. Sometimes it was difficult to see the bias, but it was there.” Researchers headed into their studies wanting certain results—and, lo and behold, they were getting them. We think of the scientific process as being objective, rigorous, and even ruthless in separating out what is true from what we merely wish to be true, but in fact it’s easy to manipulate results, even unintentionally or unconsciously. “At every step in the process, there is room to distort results, a way to make a stronger claim or to select what is going to be concluded,” says Ioannidis. “There is an intellectual conflict of interest that pressures researchers to find whatever it is that is most likely to get them funded.”

Perhaps only a minority of researchers were succumbing to this bias, but their distorted findings were having an outsize effect on published research. To get funding and tenured positions, and often merely to stay afloat, researchers have to get their work published in well-regarded journals, where rejection rates can climb above 90 percent. Not surprisingly, the studies that tend to make the grade are those with eye-catching findings. But while coming up with eye-catching theories is relatively easy, getting reality to bear them out is another matter. The great majority collapse under the weight of contradictory data when studied rigorously. Imagine, though, that five different research teams test an interesting theory that’s making the rounds, and four of the groups correctly prove the idea false, while the one less cautious group incorrectly “proves” it true through some combination of error, fluke, and clever selection of data. Guess whose findings your doctor ends up reading about in the journal, and you end up hearing about on the evening news? Researchers can sometimes win attention by refuting a prominent finding, which can help to at least raise doubts about results, but in general it is far more rewarding to add a new insight or exciting-sounding twist to existing research than to retest its basic premises—after all, simply re-proving someone else’s results is unlikely to get you published, and attempting to undermine the work of respected colleagues can have ugly professional repercussions.

[............] But even if a study managed to highlight a genuine health connection to some nutrient, you’re unlikely to benefit much from taking more of it, because we consume thousands of nutrients that act together as a sort of network, and changing intake of just one of them is bound to cause ripples throughout the network that are far too complex for these studies to detect, and that may be as likely to harm you as help you. Even if changing that one factor does bring on the claimed improvement, there’s still a good chance that it won’t do you much good in the long run, because these studies rarely go on long enough to track the decades-long course of disease and ultimately death. Instead, they track easily measurable health “markers” such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood-sugar levels, and meta-experts have shown that changes in these markers often don’t correlate as well with long-term health as we have been led to believe.

On the relatively rare occasions when a study does go on long enough to track mortality, the findings frequently upend those of the shorter studies. (For example, though the vast majority of studies of overweight individuals link excess weight to ill health, the longest of them haven’t convincingly shown that overweight people are likely to die sooner, and a few of them have seemingly demonstrated that moderately overweight people are likely to live longer.) And these problems are aside from ubiquitous measurement errors (for example, people habitually misreport their diets in studies), routine misanalysis (researchers rely on complex software capable of juggling results in ways they don’t always understand), and the less common, but serious, problem of outright fraud (which has been revealed, in confidential surveys, to be much more widespread than scientists like to acknowledge).
All fascinating stuff there, read the whole thing. A final clipping from the Dec 13 210 issue of the New Yorker lays out how the whole scientific method has been corroded quite badly. From the entirely arbitrary 95% confidence level to the failure of journals to publish solid "null hypothesis = confirmed" (i.e. negative results) type studies, a situation has emerged where Big Pharma in particular nails a study or 2 proving their drug actually works, and better than a placebo.

Then the efficacy drops and drops until it becomes clear that, with SSRIs for example, they are not really better than placebos at all. But those studies aren't published -- so there's now virtually a 'decay rate' in the veracity of 'scientifically proven' concepts across the board! The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method - The Truth Wears Off - Is there something wrong with the scientific method?
- But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t yet have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology. In the field of medicine, the phenomenon seems extremely widespread, affecting not only antipsychotics but also therapies ranging from cardiac stents to Vitamin E and antidepressants: Davis has a forthcoming analysis demonstrating that the efficacy of antidepressants has gone down as much as threefold in recent decades. For many scientists, the effect is especially troubling because of what it exposes about the scientific process. If replication is what separates the rigor of science from the squishiness of pseudoscience, where do we put all these rigorously validated findings that can no longer be proved? Which results should we believe? Francis Bacon, the early-modern philosopher and pioneer of the scientific method, once declared that experiments were essential, because they allowed us to “put nature to the question.” But it appears that nature often gives us different answers.
Read more @ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer
Stunning stuff! Now get back to your delicious FDA scientifically approved Drugz, Consumer Goods & Food Additives! And drink Moar Fluoridated water while yr at it....
Oh yeah, Happy New Year - the Fedz actually declared it's time to reduce the fluoride because it's toxic at the level of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L, now ordered to be set at 0.7 mg/L only (as if this magic, singular correct number can actually be achieved at all times). You can chime in! "HHS will accept comments from the public and stakeholders on the proposed recommendation for 30 days, beginning January 13, at CWFcomments@cdc.gov." Quit adding the toxic waste, you jokers :-P It's disgusting, and is instructed, in California for example, to be maintained within "1.1 to 1.7" in colder areas. That's almost half of the 4mg/L which the EPA says is officially frickin Toxic.

Defund fluoride and its violence-inducing derivatives like Fluoxetine.... Magnesium and Vitamin C for all!

Teacher! Leave those kids alone - Psychiatric coercive schools for youth & teens; Elan, Teen Challenge, therapeutic boarding school trade associations, very dark rooms & mass drugging for minors

The kids ain't all right, with a steady diet of ennui, blinking lights and stimulants, things are looking grim. I bumped into a pile of research about frequently coercive residential education sites for teens and children. It's a troubling area... I feel quite fortunate I never had an upbringing to cross paths with creepy behavior modification like this. Overall my education was pretty cool but that was due to good fortune -- how many smart and awesome people were damaged, traumatized, committed suicide, got abused, raped, etc due to programs like these?

Texas Youth abuse followups: Earlier on HongPong March 2007: Late Breaking: Upcoming Texas Youth Commission Rove-sparked pedophilia scandal promises to kill off Gonzales??!! | HongPong.com Well that got papered over. Blog: peopleagainstprisonabuse.com/blog/. Update: Report: Juvenile Correction Agency Has Improved — Texas Youth Commission | The Texas Tribune. Panel urges TYC get 6 more years. Texas Youth Commission had 4100 young inmates 5 years ago, now fewer than 1600. Texas Kaos:: Texas Youth Commission Abuses Make the News Again.

Don't miss Dr. Gabor Maté on ADHD, Bullying and the Destruction of American Childhood && Incarcerated kids drugged with antipsychotics.

"Fifty years ago, we were tying kids up with leather straps, but now that offends people, so instead we drug them," Robert Jacobs, a former Florida psychologist and lawyer who now practices psychology in Australia, told Kelly. "We cover it up with some justification that there is some medical reason, which there is not," he said. The atypical drugs include Bristol-Myer Squibb's Abilify, Pfizer's Geodon, Seroquel from AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly's Zyprexa, and Risperdal and Invega from Johnson & Johnson.

A lot of schools have shut down in part because of the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009" - Official summary - The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009 | EdLabor Journal | Committee on Education and Labor

Some of the stuff is just weird. Some shocking. Minors have basically no rights when their parents send them off. Techniques of control include methods derived from Esalen Institute, and other weird group therapy approaches. Early orgs included the odd Synanon, and later CEDU set up by Mel Wasserman.

The industry term has become Therapeutic boarding schools and the trade association is National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Here is the giant index of schools. (Scribd here)

The Troubled Teen Industry is pretty creepy. 2006 book: Help at Any Cost which linked the methods to the classic 70s group therapy soft cult 'Est' or Erhard Seminars Training.

This reddit thread incited me to pull these links together -Even skimming this post once will blow your mind, most probably think thats its made up but you would be dead wrong : self

Possibly the most controversial is called Élan School in Maine. A whole batch of Élan material is out there: The Elan School Former Resident Guestbook tumblr.

Élan's official forum posts are left unlocked right now - let's see a really sad one. First phone call | Elan School

Our 13 year old son has been at Elan since May 1. We've been told that he is behaving just as one would expect...lots of behaviour issues. We have finally accepted his last guilt letter and have just set up a date/time for our first phone call to him which is supposed to take place on Wednesday. I am feeling very anxious about speaking with him. He told his staff person that he is planning to try and manipulate me into feeling guilty enough that I will want to take him home. I have no intention of taking him out of the program. Our decision to send him to Elan was made because Mitchell's attitude, behaviour and conduct had reached such offensive proportions that we believed that if we didn't take drastic action he would some day end up either in jail or dead. As it is, the day my husband flew down to see the school, personally hand in his application materials and meet with the admissions team, Mitchell was arrested and charged with criminal charges. Mitchell's attendence at Elan was sanctioned by the crown attorney. Who knows what the outcome of his trial would have been?
The bottom line here is we have our first phone call approaching, we know he is going to manipulate us, and I don't want the phone call to turn into an argument which will leave us angry and disappointed. Does anyone have any advice to help us prepare?
Sandy :arrow:

Wow that is a pretty grim Stockholm Syndrome or something remark. The reddit peeps dug thru these pretty well.

Program Staff Information for Élan. Old Elan forum.

More programs - Wilderness Adirondack Leadership Expeditions. Bridges Boys Academy in Oregon.

The Straight mishmash of shells: Convoluted chain of these organizations....Straight, Incorporated collapsed. Help: Surviving Straight Inc - Home. Chart from here.

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In Minnesota a high profile one is Minnesota Teen Challenge, part of a larger Teen Challenge Network. pandagon.net - Klobuchar $500K for ex-gay ministry linked stuff. Positive coverage for heroin addicts recently - Recovering heroin users find help | mndaily.com - Serving the University of Minnesota Community Since 1900. & Also Minnesota Teen Challenge shares sobering, inspirational stories « Minnesota Prairie Roots.

They have a website up Home - Know the Truth - which is "This project was supported by Grant No. 2008-JL-FX-0073 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice." Glad to see FedGrants going to religious programs.

Behind the Walls: The Teen Challenge You Won't See. MN Teen Challenge got tangled up in the Tom Petters thing and the weird and Tom Petters-related figure Frank Vennes. Back in 2008 this was going around. Dump Michele Bachmann: Pardongate Update: KSTP Mentions Bachmann's Pardon Letter in Story About Vennes and Petters. Also Lloydletta's Nooz and Comments: Amy Klobuchar, Tom Petters and Minnesota Teen Challenge - Oh My!. Deeper bits: ‘Dirty money’: MN Teen Challenge returned Bachmann’s contribution « Minnesota Independent. And MinnPost - Teen Challenge's Petters investments: a wake-up call for nonprofits.

One entry - Minnesota Teen Challenge Sober Living home in Minneapolis MN. Older: Investigating Teen Challenge

Via Heal-Online.org -Abusive Teen "Treatment" Centers, Programs, Boot Camps, Wilderness Camps, and Cults Exposed!

Minnesota Teen Challenge in Minneapolis, MN is highly suspected of being a teen torture facility.  Teen Challenge is the only group of programs endorsed by the Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF).  DFAF was founded by Mel Sembler, former owner and director of Straight, Inc. a confirmedly torturous group of institutions for teens.   Straight, Inc. was endorsed by former US presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.  In George W. Bush’s first term (2000-2004) he appointed Mel Sembler as US ambassador to Italy.  George W. Bush instituted the “New Freedom Commission” in 2000.  The “New Freedom Commission” is a group of psychiatrists and pharmaceutical lobbyists working to insure that every child in America is drugged and virtually enslaved through behavior modification.  Please do not sent your child to any Teen Challenge program. If you were abused or had your rights violated by Teen Challenge, please contact us and we will post your story here as a warning to others.  To view confirmed statements regarding abuse at other Teen Challenge programs, click here. To read about Straight, Inc. and the Semblers, please click here. To visit a survivor site for Teen Challenge survivors, click here.   For staff and background info, click here.

Mel Sembler is a longtime GOP player & hardcore fundraiser of the sketchier sort, and was even chair of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust. He set up the deeply devious DFAF Drug Free America Foundation. See the 1989 Doonesbury cartoon mocking his purchase of an ambassadorship: sembler political contributions.

Also The Institute on Global Drug Policy and Practice :: Volume 4, Issues 3 - Fall 2010 is related. In another example of propaganda via Federal Cash, see "This project was supported by Grant No. 2005-JL-FX-0128 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice" - Yuck! OJP Strikes again!

More links for support & help from WebDiva.org ;

  • Alledged abuses at Straight, Springfield, VA
  • Virginia Letter to Deny License
  • Republicans and Straight
  • Straight Court Cases
  • Mel Sembler, Straight's Founder, buying his ambassadorships?
  • Flowchart of Straight's History

    Links:

  • Straight Inc. Alumni - The largest online group of ex-straightlings. Great for locating people as well as discussing your experiences and trauma related to attending straight and/or programs like it. All are welcome!
  • Fornits - A huge online discussion forum bringing together people who were in straight, Pathways, WWASP (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools), Kids Helping Kids, Aspen Group, The Seed, Elan School, wilderness programs, Brat Camp, CEDU/Brown Schools, Hidden Lake Academy, Hyde Schools, Daytop Village, Growing Together/L.I.F.E., Mission Mountain School, Synanon, Kids of North Jersey and more. You may rema
    in completely anonymous on this discussion forum if you wish.
  • The Rick Ross Institute on Straight Inc. - This page contains information The Rick A. Ross Institute has gathered about Straight Inc.
  • Quackwatch - Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on > quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors.
  • Teen Advocates USA - Founded in 1999 by Barbe Stamps, Teen Advocates USA is a non-profit children's rights and advocacy organization focused on monitoring the care and treatment of youth by the privatized behavior modification industry.
  • Teen Liberty - Protecting the Civil and Human Rights of Teens.
  • A Clockwork Straight -The most extensive website about straight, documenting it's past, present and future.
  • The Trebach Report
  • OVer the GW- New movie about a straight offspring (Kids Helping Kids) .
  • Surviving Straight, Inc. In their Own Words!
  • Kimberly's Story- Kimberly's Personal Story
  • Ginger's Story - Ginger's personal story.
  • The Agitator - The daily writings of Radley Balko, the author of the Fox Newsarticle.
  • SelfGrowth.com - SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

Another collapsed Mormon related org is World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

More benign silliness: Red Letter Ministries | Live a lifestyle of rapture! and the popular YouTube - How To Get High Without Any Drugs via | Bachmann Gave To MN Addiction Recovery Center Credited With Exorcisms. Enjoy the Mn Teen Challenge Occult Booklet!

Best regards & stay safe out there, don't let the hierarchies & trauma based behavior modification crush ya spirit!

Kanye West Masonic/Egyptian "Power"; Viktor Bout's Back Baby! Videobits, FDA criminal Pfizer shell company & newstuff

"In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets.... Even people who would never have thought that a religious problem could be a serious matter that concerned them personally are beginning to ask themselves fundamental questions. Under these circumstances it would not be at all surprising if those sections of the community who ask themselves nothing were visited by `visions,' by a widespread myth seriously believed in by some and rejected as absurd by others."

--C. G. Jung, in Flying Saucers

Huge messy post of videos & linx to throw at ya... Even The Amazonian Tribe Losing Their Land To Drilling Hated Avatar | Best Week Ever
Marco Brambilla has a style for our time, no doubt about it. Before Kanye, he did this as a kind of hotel video mural:

Damn Kanye West video "Power" got some one hell of a Masonic/Egyptian thing going on, you don't want to miss this. Another excellent piece from VC....Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols | The Vigilant Citizen:

So Kanye stands at the gateway between the corrupt world of the profane and the exclusive world of the illuminated, wearing a Horus pendant, an unmistakable symbol of the Mysteries. One might say: “Well maybe Kanye just likes Egyptian things.” Maybe so, but in the context of this video, where all details are important and extremely meaningful, Horus becomes another piece of this symbolic puzzle.
Horned Girls - The entrance of the gateway of pillars is guarded by two horned albino girls holding a staff. Their features are very reminiscent of depictions of Isis and Hathor, goddesses of ancient Egypt. Another allusion to Egyptian magic......

.......This “moving painting” is definitely a multi-layered artwork, with many levels of interpretation: the first level is a commentary on power by using timeless symbols taken from ancient art; the second level describes a Masonic initiation with a ritual murder and an imminent rebirth.

This video lasts a mere minute and forty-three seconds but it manages to give the viewers plenty to ponder on and many symbols to decode. Looking at its meaning from a pop culture point of view, it is interesting to note that this short-film, intended to be viewed by the general public (especially young people), describes the concept of power with overt Masonic symbolism and occult references. This causes the uninformed viewers to unconsciously associate those symbols with the concept of Power, while “those in the know” get the “insider’s wink” sent by this video. Power ultimately becomes another piece in the on-going process called the “Revelation of the Method,” where the true source of power gradually and subliminally reveals itself to the world and occult rituals take place right in front of the public’s eyes.

Fantastic stuff, shocking. Beat that, cults of yore!

Viktor Bout's back, baby!
This is one lolcat who knows way to much about everything going on, in re Afghanistan etc.

A ton of documentary evidence of Israeli espionage released @ Institute for Research on Middle Eastern policy -- all the deets on The Atlantic and the new push for Iran, awesomeness. All the documents are out! The Israel Lobby Swims The Atlantic by Grant Smith -- Antiwar.com // How propagandists function: Exhibit A - Glenn Greenwald.

This is great - NY Post spoof of Weekender Commercial. Might recognize some people :)

The NY Post's (unofficial) response to the New York Times Weekender commercial - watch more funny videos

David Icke says there is a Moon Matrix. Wow dude there wasn't too much soft sell in front of this one.

He takes the manipulation of the human race and the nature of reality to still new levels of understanding and he calls for humanity to rise from its knees and take back the world from the sinister network of families and non-human entities that covertly control us from cradle to grave.
David has moved the global cutting edge so many times since his incredible ‘awakening’ in 1990 and here he does it again - and then some.
His most staggering revelation is that the Earth and the collective human mind is manipulated from the Moon, which, he says, is not a ‘heavenly body’, but an artificial construct – a gigantic ‘spacecraft’ (probably a hollowed-out 'planetoid') – which is home to the extraterrestrial group that has been manipulating humanity for aeons.
He describes what he calls the ‘Moon Matrix’, a fake reality broadcast from the Moon which is decoded by the human body/mind in much the same way as portrayed in the Matrix movie trilogy. The Moon Matrix has ‘hacked’ into the human ‘body-computer’ system, he says, and it is feeding us a manipulated sense of self and the world 24/7.

All right here's something more serious. Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. Inc, 2007, FAKE PFIZER ILLEGAL OPS SHELL CORPORATION... Those people at the FDA let Pfizer set up a shell company to crush for illegal operations, because they recognized Pfizer's huge illegal activities would kill them by kickin em off Medicare/Medicaid. They set up a shell for the illegal marketing of Bextra for surgical pain, at double the max approved dose, 40mg. Criminal deviants!Feds found Pfizer too big to nail, so they looked the other way on massive fraud. WOW.

Great story from Princeton and a bit of Macalester, Elite Deviance and spoofing to get thru academia, scholarships & meritocracy: Lost in the Meritocracy - Magazine - The Atlantic
The Garbage patch Mapped, a Way Bigger Deal that Global Warming - Massive North Atlantic Garbage Patch Mapped | Wired Science | Wired.com // Holy rainbow! Rare Buddha's Halo appears over mountain in China | Mail Online // Woods Hole says oil trapped deep, degrading very slowly - The Boston Globe
You won't believe this - At last. Someone is standing up to the anonymous web trolls | Paul Harris | From the Observer | The Observer
Federal Helium Reserve cashing out way too fast!! Damn!!Nobel prizewinner: We are running out of helium - opinion - 18 August 2010 - New Scientist
Wikitime: New Statesman - Why WikiLeaks must be protected // Julian Assange: The end of secrets? - opinion - 16 August 2010 - New Scientist // Why won't the Pentagon help WikiLeaks redact documents? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com // Wikileaks Lawyer Says Pentagon Given Access to Unpublished Secret Documents - Newsweek // It all starts with http://www.cypherpunks.to/faq/cyphernomicron/cyphernomicon.txt // More Wikileaks Vapid Media Froth
Michael Moore praises suspected WikiLeaks source | MichaelMoore.com
Kewl / funny video performance from the RNC8 Defense Committee: Pointing Out the Enemy: Resistance to Tyranny //Louisville: No One Expects the Conspiracy: Puppets and State Repression - Infoshop News

Guest Post: The Failure of the Second London Gold Pool | zero hedge:

It looks like the demise of the gold price suppression scheme is very close at hand. Over the years GATA has uncovered a lot of anecdotal and circumstantial evidence that the Western central banks have been dishoarding gold at an unsustainable rate in order to suppress the price. This is the first concrete evidence that, just as GATA has long been predicting, the gold price is set to blow up because physical demand for gold is overwhelming the manipulators’ ability, or willingness, to provide it.

Moar - Guest Post: Preserve and Protect: Mapping The Tipping Points | zero hedge // Visualizing America's Surging Personal Bankruptcy Filings | zero hedge // Second Hindenburg Omen Confirmation In As Many Days, Third H.O. Event In One Week Fun stuff - Policy Center - Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information - SunlightFoundation.com

New frontiers of autism --2 Moms Reverse Autism in Sons - NaturalNews.tv it turns out that gluten free / casein free diets are doing wonders. This video is freaky but seems to have a happy ending. Reverse Autism Now | Learn How To Help Your Autistic Child Today

Our Views on Autism | Reverse Autism - interesting bits,,,,

The Sickness

Mainstream medicine defines autism most often as a brain disorder that affects 3 critical areas of development: communication, social, and creative or imaginative play. They don’t really talk about the “sickness” part. And by sickness, I’m talking about all of the things I saw happen to my son that had nothing to do with his brain. He stopped eating. He stopped talking. He stopped interacting. He went from a chubby little toddler to skin and bones with no muscle tone. He got dark rings around his eyes and started banging his head all the time. He wasn’t born like this, something had happened to him to make him sick.

Eventually, I found out that most people on the spectrum suffer from some, or all, of the following biological issues that have nothing to do with the brain:

  • Digestive Issues – Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Highly Selective Diet – They only eat a few foods or food types
  • Yeast Overgrowth – An unhealthy imbalance of good and bad yeast
  • Nutrient Depletion/Poor Absorption – Alarmingly low levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity – Alarmingly high levels of heavy metals in body tissue.
  • Body Detoxification Issues – Spectrum kids have a harder time ridding their bodies of toxins.

Leaving that there for now... would be great to have these data principles for public health disclosure: Policy Center - Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information - SunlightFoundation.com

More bits... Fidel Castro fascinated by book on Bilderberg Club - Yahoo! News //Sweden's Pirate Party to Host Wikileaks Servers | Digital Media Wire // From Blackstone to Bentham: Why Wrongful Conviction Is On The Rise // Who are The Other Guys? : Whistleblower Protection Blog //
BBC News - Fate of Universe revealed by galactic lens - lolcat neutrinos I expect...128865048419682268.jpg
More economic big bangs: Entering a Death Spiral?: Tensions Rise in Greece as Austerity Measures Backfire - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International // Desperate Dodd Grabbing at Straws to Stop Warren Nomination | Firedoglake // Pakistan floods satellite images compared | Fromtheold // Guest Post: What To Expect When You’re Expecting… Massive Defaults On Multiple Scales | zero hedge // Hello, We Lost Track of $25 Billion? | zero hedge // As Debate Over Bond Bubble Rages On, Gold Surges To Highest Since July 1 | zero hedge
A little Jung: I went looking for Jungian UFO material, just for lols - The Occult World of CG Jung | Features | Fortean Times  CG Jung Page - Archetypal UFO Research - An Introduction // UFOs & Alienz //Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) - New World Encyclopedia //Jung, C.G.; Hull, R.F.C., trans.: Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. (From Vols. 10 and 18, Collected Works).
Psychosocial Hypothesis

Carl Jung, the famous psychologist, theorized that UFOs might have a primarily spiritual and psychological basis. In his 1959 book Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen In The Sky, he pointed out that the round shape of most saucers corresponds to a mandala, a type of archetypal shape seen in religiousimages. Thus the saucers might reflect a projection of the internal desires of viewers to see them. However, he did not label them as delusion or hallucination; rather he suggested something in the nature of a shared spiritual experience.

Carl Jung & the UFO Phenomenon // LOL Erowid Ayahuasca Vault - Ayahuasca-Alien connection! Carl Jung and Terrence McKenna on the UFO phenomenon // Unusual events...

Meanwhile in Chicago - Boss // Publishing zine adventures: iprc « meow & meow
What is the Historical Context for the Kennedy Assassination? Shades of Oswald! Lee-Harvey-Oswald-Not-Guilty: Man Arrested for Two Murders in One Hour Killed in Police Custody - this site is run by someone that knew him apparently?
// Goodbye to All This: On Leaving True/Slant - Mark Dery - Doom Patrol: Annals of Our Age - True/Slant //Former Bolivian dictator arrested on exposure charge, government says - CNN.com

Round N round it goes, as we move ever further away from the Teh Big Bang....

Bad time for Asian plots! Iran busts Jundullah ringleader Rigi; Turkish Ergenekon arrested; Greek bonds; Judge: Welcome to the Fishbowl & MOAR

Quick hits for the fans of stuff & things. Welcome to the Fishbowl says a sad federal judge upon the abandonment of the 4th Amendment. Alex Kozinski in the 9th Circuit has some integrity... via Reason:

This is an extraordinary case: Our court approves, without blinking, a police sweep of a person’s home without a warrant, without probable cause, without reasonable suspicion and without exigency—in other words, with nothing at all to support the entry except the curiosity police always have about what they might find if they go rummaging around a suspect’s home. Once inside, the police managed to turn up a gun “in plain view”—stuck between two cushions of the living room couch—and we reward them by upholding the search.

Did I mention that this was an entry into somebody’s home, the place where the protections of the Fourth Amendment are supposedly at their zenith?…

The opinion misapplies Supreme Court precedent, conflicts with our own case law and is contrary to the great weight of authority in the other circuits. It is also the only case I know of, in any jurisdiction covered by the Fourth Amendment, where invasion of the home has been approved based on no showing whatsoever. Nada. Gar nichts. Rien du tout. Bupkes.

Whatever may have been left of the Fourth Amendment after [United States v. Black] is now gone. The evisceration of this crucial constitutional protector of the sanctity and privacy of what Americans consider their castles is pretty much complete. Welcome to the fish bowl.

Meahwhile.... The dumb ban on short selling should increase fake puffing up of the market nicely.

First off Iran and Pakistan cooperated to grab Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the shady terrorist/militant ring Jundullah, which seems to have been an American (and possibly Indian &/or Israeli) supported Baluchi militant ring, the cats-paw for Chalabi-like gooning around. Wayne Madsen (waynemadsenreport.com) claimed Rigi was around on shady American bases and got snagged in a clever ISI-Iran op, forcing his plane to land in Dubai. Nice!

REUTERS: ANALYSIS - Rigi arrest may show easing Afghan regional tensions

On the flip side is Ergenekon, which is a humorous Turkish establishment conspiracy of secular ultranationalists perpetually plotting against the Islamists in that unique post-Byzantine way. A ton of people just got arrested and it's all really quite awesome.

NEWBORN DNA SCHEMEZ: I am glad to see the Newborn DNA scheme is getting more attention. AP story. NewScientist. Popsci.

MTV exec says Jersey Shore is civic minded for GenY.

Joe Stack and likely coming attractions. People need to stay peaceful and chill out in these dire times. However as usual with 'lone wolves' like poor Mr Stack, strange links to the military-industrial complex were close at hand. Stack shared a hangar with some guy all up in the L3 shady ops biz. What else is new?

Financial Chaos Beckons (dunnn dunnn dunnnn, sez my roommate) : California edging closer to BondFail. Europe hit by waves of strikes and tumult. A summer of discontent in the works eh? ZeroHedge is just great, read it! Everyday Greece insurrection. Eurostat debt adjustment. Downgrades. Moar downgrades.

FDIC reports NEGATIVE balance. The FDIC is reporting bad things to come and is opening a satellite office in Illinois. Moar on FDIC. Speaking of Illinois they had an interesting secret meeting of their legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures,  and we can only fear the collapse/martial law style content, or whatever doomladen scenario you care to assume. {they said it was just so people felt comfortable to talk, however it did sound exciting in a way :-P }

GOP wants statutory limit to include GSEs, a risky bizniss. GSE whacks the dollar. Ron Paul and the amusing Watergate/Saddam Hussein/Federal Reserve nexus. SPY bumps from key algo. Record US debt vs Keynesianism from Bloomberg. Gold Market irregularities? Nifty story of Yamashita's epic lost gold. Maestro sez its tha worst evar. Gunning the mkt in afterhours bumps!

RBS is on the hook for all this Greekness and the UK govt is on the hook for RBS! Tobin Tax in EU??

HUD REO sales seems to be some kind of racket via this page including in Minnesota. BestAssets of Sugarland TX.

BOMBSTATE: Garry Wills and the Bomb State, national security coldwar bloat & more. The nukes really launched the secret state.

TERRORSTATE: Glenn Greenwald blew my mind with this bizarre Newsweek editorial roundtable about how the writers & editors define terrorism. w0w!

SAVVY PRESS: An intriguing philosophy of the Kool Kats in the press.

Quick tour of South America narconews stuff. Uribe has messe dup recelection in some unexpected petition mess.

Coca Cola is going into Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico and corruption and taking the community water are the usual items on the neo-capitalist entree.

For Haiti travesties see mediahacker.org.

Natural Health crackdown is coming for your vitamins and McCains trying to make it happen. So that we can be all forcefed cornsyrup or something. Aloe Vera FDA Crackdown:: let's learn!

There are over 300 aloe vera species on earth. But the Aloe Barbadensis Miller species has been the favorite for study in scientific literature today. The main focus in ongoing research is a group of polysaccharides that contain the healing agents known as aloe polymannans. They all have different healing potentials.

The polymannan sizes range from small to medium to large and very large. Each one has a level of healing that corresponds in magnitude with its size. It's the very large molecular weight and long chain polymannans that Dr. Danhof extracted for use on cancer patients. Injecting the large molecule extract was necessary because it is very difficult to absorb through the digestive system.

Another aspect of these polymannans, especially the larger ones, is their capacity for organizing the immune system. These polymannans provide a detection capacity for cells to determine exactly what is needed for various pathogenic invaders. Without them, the cells are shooting wildly in the dark, and that can lead to damaging cytotoxic autoimmune responses.

From researcher Dr. Ivan Danhof: "The very large molecules are immune modulating, which have a powerful healing effect on AIDS, cancer and many different immune system disorders. It is also this large molecule that causes the body to produce a natural chemical, tumor necrosis factors, which functions to shut off the blood supply to tumors."

Anywhooo... Chronic health problems in children soar! Start with Bisphenol-A.

Lawyer goons peddling authoritarian concepts of 'intellectual property' come out against Open Source via the RIAA/MPAA Intellectual Property Alliance.

Tech tip for Final Cut Pro captioning, try Caption In Yourself or Jubler. Also the OSX Fluid App makes embeddable apps.

Reviews of Collapse movie with Michael Ruppert. Great review from Roger Ebert (4/4) HipHop Republican, Metro students, WhatWouldtowatch, some jackass, Enviralment, good review @ dangerousintersection, Montreal Gazette. I will have a kewl Ruppert Q&A video up pretty soon here.

Titanium nanoparticle pollution cancer link; Morgellons via agrobacterium vectors, hemp oil again, plus today's WTO Swiss riot

It was just another day in Switzerland during Late Capitalism. The beloved World Trade Organization, having already helped bring about a huge collapse in global trade, decided they should have a meeting somewhere widely thought of as really rich and white.
It's been ten years since wily bad kids and the labor movement crashed their last gig... what could go wrong?
MOAR: The Associated Press: Geneva: Police use tear gas on WTO protest

So they went to Switzerland and people started lighting cars on fire... posted today:

The WTO is an avid defender of killing baby seals as well - graphic video!

Nanoparticles in Some Vitamins, Cosmetics, Sunscreens and Paint Cause Genetic Damage

Until recently, TiO2 nanoparticles have been labeled non-toxic because they do not cause chemical reactions. But new research just published in the journal Cancer Research demonstrates that it is the surface interaction the nanoparticles produce inside a body that causes genetic damage. Bottom line: the study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has revealed for the first time that TiO2 nanoparticles induce single and double-strand DNA breaks and cause chromosomal damage, as well as inflammation, all of which increase the risk of cancer.

In a statement to the media, senior study author Robert Schiestl, a UCLA professor of pathology, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, stated these nanoparticles wander throughout the body causingoxidative stress, which can result in cell death. Once inside the body, the TiO2 nanoparticles accumulate in different organs because there is no way to eliminate them internally. And because the particles are so tiny, they can literally go anywhere -- even glide through cells to potentially disrupt body functions on a sub-cellular level.


Taliban cash!
In other marketing news, threat construction is still a hot industry in Washington: How the US Funds the Taliban via The Nation.

Kokesh gets hits: "The Federal Reserve is destroying America!" This guy Adam Kokesh is running for Congress under the hard right 'screw the fascists' sort of libertarian platform in New Mexico's 3rd CD. Yr typical liberals are upset with his style, here's a video with an ominous black balloon arc. This video from last October kind of captures the edgy somewhat PTSD/survivalism anti-fascist style, at, where else, a 9-11 Truth forum: "We're building a GI resistance movement" etc...
Kokesh is against the Federal Reserve and central banking, but pro-real 'capitalism' whatever that means these days. Kokesh, an Iraq/Fallujah veteran got arrested and has been with IVAW protests. Oh yea Wikipedia says he talked at Ron Paul's 2008 counter-RNC rally saying ""While it is our responsibility now to resist tyranny civilly, while we still can, there may come a time when we will say to the powers that be, be it with your blood or ours we have come to water the tree of liberty … who will stand with me?" So that kind of thing... If there were like fifty of these guys running for Congress would be nifty. On the other hand, the NM 3rd is very Democratic so it will be really hard for him to actually beat the incumbent there.

200911291713.jpgMorgellons update! As previously noted Morgellons are horrible weird evil fibers that are unknown in origin and the medical community doesn't really want to talk about 'em. This material is all from 2008, I haven't found new salient material...
An attorney sent over this note from GlobalResearch.ca: Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection?

Vitaly Citovsky is a professor of molecular and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY). He is a world authority on the genetic modification of cells by Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium causing crown gall disease in plants, that has been widely used in creating genetically modified (GM) plants since the 1980s because of its ability to transfer a piece of its genetic material, the T-DNA on its tumour-inducing (Ti) plasmid to the plant genome (see later for details).

Citovsky’s team took scanning electron microscope pictures of the fibres in or extruding from the skin of patients suffering from Morgellons disease, confirming that they are unlike any ordinary natural or synthetic fibres (see Fig. 1, assembled from Citovsky’s website [8]).

Figure 1. Scanning electron microscope images of fibres from skin biopsies of patients with Morgellons Disease - a, white fibre with calcite, scale bar 10 mm; b, green fibre with alumina ‘rock’ protruding, scale bar 20 mm; c, various ribbon-like, cylindrical and faceted fibres all coated with minerals, scale bar 10 mm; d, skin lesion with fibres stabbing through the epidermis, scale bar 300mm

They also analysed patients for Agrobacterium DNA. Skin biopsy samples from Morgellons patients were subjected to high-stringency polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for genes encoded by theAgrobacterium chromosome and also for Agrobacterium virulence (vir) genes and T-DNA on its Ti plasmid. They found that “all Morgellons patients screened to date have tested positive for the presence of Agrobacterium, whereas this microorganism has not been detected in any of the samples derived from the control, healthy individuals.” Their preliminary conclusion is that “Agrobacteriummay be involved in the etiology and/or progression” of Morgellons Disease.

.......San Francisco physician, Raphael Stricker, one of only a few doctors who believe the disease is real, said [9]. “There’s almost always some history of exposure to dirt basically either from gardening or camping or something.” He is one of the co-authors on the Agrobacterium research done in SUNY, which reported finding Agrobacterium DNA in all 5 Morgellons patients studied. Stricker suggests it is transmitted by ticks, like Lyme disease, and in a recent survey of 44 Morgellons patients in San Francisco, 43 of them also tested positive for the bacterium causing Lyme disease. Another factor consistent with Agrobacterium being a causative agent, if not the causative agent, is that when patients are treated with antibacterials for their Lyme disease, remission of Morgellons symptoms is seen in most of them [6].

Stricker also told his audience that Agrobacterium lives in the soil, and is known to cause infections in animals and human beings with compromised immune systems. It can cause skin lesions when injected into Swiss mice, a strain that is immune deficient, he said.

At this point, the findings on the Agrobacterium connection are still preliminary, as only seven patients have been studied. Nevertheless, the implications are far-reaching if this connection is confirmed, as existing evidence (reviewed below) suggests a link between Agrobacterium and genetic engineering in the creation of new disease agents, and it is paramount for the CDC investigation to include this aspect, if only to rule it out.

Agrobacterium and the genetic engineering connection

Agrobacterium not only infects human and other animal cells, it also transfers genes into them. It was SUNY professor Citovsky and his team that made the discovery some years ago [10]. Until then, the genetic engineering community had assumed that Agrobacterium did not infect animal cells, and certainly would not transfer genes into them.

Agrobacterium was found to transfer T-DNA into the chromosomes of human cells.

In stably transformed HeLa cells, the integration occurred at the right border of the T-DNA, exactly as would happen when it is being transferred into a plant cell genome, suggesting thatAgrobacterium transforms human cells by a mechanism similar to that involved in transforming plants cells (see Box 1). Human cancer cells, neurons and kidney cells were all transformed with theAgrobacterium T-DNA. Commenting on this research in 2001, Joe Cummins had warned of hazards to laboratory and farm workers [11] (i-sis news11/12)

The Agrobacterium vector system for gene transfer

Since the discovery in the 1970s that Agrobacterium can transfer genes into plants causing crown gall disease, the soil bacterium has been developed into a vector for inserting desirable genes into the plant genome to create transgenic (GM) plants [12].

More random notes: Morgellon’s Disease Linked to GM Food and Lyme Disease and Morgellons Disease: The Result of Genetically Modified Food?
A quick note on Hemp Oil curing cancer: The post on hemp oil and cancer is persistently popular here. Home page: Phoenix Tears - Promoting Hemp Oil as a natural healing agent... Now in the mix as American Medical Association Urges Federal Government to Support Medicinal Marijuana and naturally a story in High Times, High Times > Rick Simpson’s Hemp-oil Medicine.
How can anyone support these miscreants!? Get the Hemp Oil videos here....

Linktastic: more climate change email lolz, even FORTRAN comment LOLZ, financial meltdowns & more

In this season of thanks, we can always give thanks for leaks and lols. I really hate Secret Treaties. Secret Treaties Suck!!! Especially absurd copyright treaties.

The FDIC Is Broke - The Market Ticker. Oh noes! A coverup is needed immediately says Mishkin!

A hell of a story: Noted FBI provocateur Brandon Darby and a bullshit Grand Jury and some snarky emails. Epic trolling, the Feds being dumb, and a huge amount of taxpayer dollars wasted. "These days will eventually end and will be seen as the modern McCarthy era for the next generation." Amazing!

Climate Email explosion still a LOL: In a nutshell, Project Mayhem spells it out: Global warming exposed as UN-funded fraud, or rather, at a minimum a lot of people are being very shady, now caught with hands inthe ol cookie jar. Goldman Sachs 666 notes the skrilla to be made by these guys. Al Gore “laying low” in Canada. Get a sunspot widget @ Widget « Watts Up With That?

The funniest part is the comments in the FORTRAN code, of course!! GO FORTRAN CLIMATE CONSPIRACY. [UPDATE: A great Reddit thread on the code ] CRU Emails “may” be open to interpretation, but commented code by the programmer tells the real story « Watts Up With That?

Climate Alarmists Finally Admit The Debate Is Not Over

Debt explosion: even the NYT is worried about government debt. AKA the avalanche.

Facebook spying against beer!! And in LaCrosse no less!! Facebook friend turns into Big Brother

Librarian win: Library is pressed to take gang force report off Web | StarTribune.com - but they won't!! Legislative Reference Library rocks.

MOAR secrecy: New Executive Order Aims to Avoid Declass Deadline | Secrecy News. UK genetic data mining insanity and DNA sampling!! YUCK.

Misc file: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is cool.

Wobblies in Palestine!

A Proposal For Goldman Sachs: Pay Down $21.2 Billion In TLGP Borrowings Using Your $20 Billion+ Bonus Accrual | zero hedge

Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post | Home of the Irate Minority is cooking up the goodz.

Priceless photos of JFK, Bush found under Fort Worth bridge.

Investigative journos' Book looks good: but the page is inside some app. Weird.

Techs: HOW TO: Make Social Media Work for Non-Consumer Brands and Mashable jobs too. ALso 5 Important Tips for Successful Web Meetings.RIP Joost

Murdoch to go away. Nice!!!Murdoch: Take Your Google Ball and Go Home.l After Being Out Foxed On The Web, MySpace May Do An About Face(book) | Nifty: Trefis Makes Understanding Stock Prices Easy.

A random video on Freemasons. If that's your thing.

Unbelievably horrible acid burns against women in Pakistan. This is the most awful thing ever pretty much, very graphic disturbing & kudos for the people involved in documenting it.

Weak: Obama Plans 34K More Troops for Afghanistan -- News from Antiwar.com AND t r u t h o u t | McChrystal Testing the Limits

Minneapolis IRV: Via e-democracy fora: Some pitch saying Instant Runoff (aka Ranked Choice Voting 'cause it sure ain't instant) should get chucked out but others don't buy it. The MN Supreme Court was pretty clear... [Also, Guardian Angels on the Greenway with their weird Masonic iconography?]

Wicked Chicago cops busted but you don't know who they are? Because why should anyone find out? 2 Chicago officers punished after G-20 photo probe - KRDO.com

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police spokesman says two high-ranking officers have been reprimanded after a video surfaced that showed officers posing with a handcuffed suspect at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh.

Police began investigating after video of the September incident began circulating on the Internet. In the video, more than a dozen officers in riot gear pose for a photo with the suspect kneeling in front of them.

Police spokesman Roderick Drew said Tuesday that a department chief and a commander were reprimanded. He declined to identify the officers or say how or why they were punished.

A lawyer for the detained man, a 21-year-old university student, has said his client was wrongly detained while returning to campus from a pizza parlor.

Modestly amusing: My Glenn Beck Pie Toss Flop | Mobile Broadcast News

Student uprisings in California and elsewhere: It was interesting to follow what is happening in CA with a 30%+ hike in costs sparking unrest on many campuses. This essay was pretty good in reflecting on how stylish New York City (white) anarchists must be at all times - and the exclusionary identities therein. Inside the UC Occupations Guerilla Film Screening: Everything Belongs to Everybody : Indybay.

Stuff in Greece got blowed up - a lot is going on there too, see Antiauthoritarian Movement :: Gallery :: Εκρηκτικός μηχανισμός στην ΑΚ
MOAR: Local crazies! Today I came face to face with a Rush Limbaugh fan who had stepped over the edge - Democratic Underground

Cancer is a racket? Hell I don't know but YouTube - G Edward Griffin, World without Cancer part 1 of 6 and Cancer Home Page. Earlier, a popular post on hongpong: Canadian discovers hemp oil cures cancer... hoax or another typical moment in the pharma-industrial-death complex?
Why do greasy Republicans think they are having a revolution? Right wing gatekeeper revolutionary vanguardism is narsty. Patty pat!
CBS is going all stoner: Mom: Marijuana Helps My Son's Autism - The Early Show - CBS News

The DSM-IV Bipolar Pharma-Industrial complex: I just saw an ad for Abilify, it's able to scare the hell outta me w 'Zombie'-like

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Pros: Gave me energy

Cons: then gave me akathisia and blurry vision

The new energy quickly morphed into marked akathisia. I couldn't not move for more then 5 minutes at a time, extreme restlessness, and extreme anxiety. The akathisia if largely gone after 3 days after discontinuation but blurry vision remains. Terrible stuff, especially at that price.

[[PsychCentral.com review of Abilify]]

I caught an ad for "Abilify" on the Conan show, I believe, and it was billed as a secondary drug for depression.

The name itself was quite artful... 'Abilify' makes you able to do things! Hooray... How did we get here? Iowa's Senator Grassley is after the pharma corporations for ghost-writing drug studies...

One clue was provided six years ago by four researchers who, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FDA reviews of every placebo-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.[10] They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance.

[....] Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), ninety-five had financial ties to drug companies, including all of the contributors to the sections on mood disorders and schizophrenia.

--Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption - The New York Review of Books

The handy AdPharm blog had a copy of an ad run in People Magazine pitching this as an add-on depression med:

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Thetans or Abilify? What's Better for the Modern Unhappy Mind?
I went past the Scientology outpost on Nicollet Avenue this afternoon, thinking that it's a bad idea to bug them, lest a bunch of Thetans get stuck to your soul. (Can E-Meters spook the Thetans from hanging around the Nicollet shop? I wonder...)

It's funny how they have to take the lead on criticizing the mass pharmaceutical treatment of society... Not a perfect advocate against big pharma!

After checking out this yummy add-on, I have to concede that I'd rather recalibrate my worldview to L. Ron Hubbard's invisible alien-oriented model of psychotherapy than sample the delicious world of Abilify. [[image via IrinTech.com-source]]

What is Abilify? A large and yummy molecule that intervenes with dopamine and serotonin, intended for whatever it gets approved for. It's aripiprazole, and appears to enter into the cocktail for severe bipolar cases and others, but also plain depression, according to the People ad.

It also carries a really large warning about adult dementia patients. I found the rather depressing Psychcentral thread of reviews of Abilify, and it reminded me of the vast, growing galaxy of entirely off-kilter people getting pumped full of drugs and corn syrup out there.

It definitely jacks your blood sugar, and causes 'zombie' like behavior according to FIVE people on the thread. The akathisia ("jumping out of skin") problem also seemed quite pronounced. But tons of people on the thread already had 'tactile' hallucinations and took tons of different drugs in combination.

It's such a damn mess to push these pills on people, as more and more get marked with permanent, drug-oriented mental disorders, newly minted in the DSM IV. Abilify looks pretty rough for most -- it seems only 20% of the people on the thread got any better.

Another review...

Pros: None
Cons: Zombie like feeling, extreme weight loss, extreme dry mouth, catatonic.

Trying to keep this short ... I think the drug nearly killed my mother. She had 22 years since diagnosis (bipolar w/psychosis) under her belt and was fairly stable (occassional manic and psychotic epidsodes, but overall if she was doing great) they had her on depakote but she gaining weight on it so she complained. They put her on abilify and she did well at first.
There were a TON of side effects for her... but when I finally got her off the drug 6 months later she was 90 lbs lighter, sat staring at walls for days on end, not eating, not showering, unresponsive, and when she did respond it was violent. It was EXTREMELY unlike her and doctors told me she was going into dementia. I had her hospitalized - she was dehydrated, malnourished, had a BAD kidney infection , was diagnosed as diabetic and had lesions in her mouth that were severe. I thought it was the end (she is elderly) and I'd be putting her in a nursing home and telling her good bye soon. Then I started trying to figure out what "started" this and the abilify came back as a glaring change around the time the decline started.
I got her off the drug and within a week she was up, moving around, responding. It was like her brain was on vacation for 6 months ... she didn't remember any of it. Within 2 months she was pretty much her old self and stable again. And she doesn't have diabetes.

Check out the delicious health warning on the official label/website:

Lightheadedness or faintness caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position (orthostatic hypotension) has been reported with ABILIFY.

Decreases in white blood cells (infection fighting cells) have been reported in some patients taking antipsychotic agents, including ABILIFY. Patients with a history of a significant decrease in white blood cell (WBC) count or who have experienced a low WBC count due to drug therapy should have their blood tested and monitored during the first few months of therapy.

ABILIFY and medicines like it can affect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should not drive or operate hazardous machinery until you know how ABILIFY affects you.

Medicines like ABILIFY can impact your body’s ability to reduce body temperature; you should avoid overheating and dehydration.

ABILIFY and medicines like it have been associated with swallowing problems (dysphagia). If you had or have swallowing problems, you should tell your healthcare professional.

Tell your healthcare professional if you have a history of or are at risk for seizures, or are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, and about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking or plan to take, since there are some risks for drug interactions.

While taking ABILIFY, avoid:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Breast-feeding an infant

Most common side effects (≥10%) from all clinical trials involving adults or pediatric patients include:

  • ADULTS: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness
  • PEDIATRIC PATIENTS (10 to 17 years): Extrapyramidal disorder (for example, uncontrolled movement disorders or muscle disturbances such as restlessness, tremors and muscle stiffness), headache, sleepiness, and nausea

It is important to contact your healthcare professional if you experience prolonged, abnormal muscle spasm or contraction which may be signs of a condition called dystonia.

For patients who must limit their sugar intake, ABILIFY Oral Solution contains sugar.

INDICATIONS: ABILIFY is indicated for:

  • Use as an add-on treatment to antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder in adults
  • Treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in adults and in pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of Schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents 13 to 17 years of age

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:

Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (for example, an inability to perform daily activities as a result of increased memory loss), treated with antipsychotic medicines including ABILIFY, are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis (see Boxed WARNING).

Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient’s healthcare professional right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression (see Boxed WARNING).

Contraindication: Patients should not use ABILIFY if they are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

Serious side effects may include:

  • An increased risk of stroke and ministroke have been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis
  • Very high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating, or increased heart rate and blood pressure. These may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare but serious side effect which could be fatal
  • Abnormal or uncontrollable movements of face, tongue, or other parts of body. These may be signs of a serious condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD), which could become permanent
  • If you have diabetes, or risk factors for diabetes (for example, obesity, family history of diabetes), or unexpected increases in thirst, urination, or hunger, your blood sugar should be monitored. Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), in some cases serious and associated with coma or death, have been reported in patients taking ABILIFY and medicines like it

For patients with phenylketonuria or PKU, ABILIFY DISCMELT® (aripiprazole) contains phenylalanine. [[i.e. delicious aspartame - Equal/NutraSweet]]

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Oh, Bristol-Myers Squibb, why in the hell did you have to buy an ad for this tonight? Why did I have to get exposed to this?!!? And >10% from "all" clinical trials is really impressive!!

This sort of thing really got put in perspective for me by a pretty serious piece in the New York Review of Books about the corruption of the DSM IV and the accepted practices of the medical community these days. You can't just blame Big Pharma and the insurance companies for this mess, not at all!

You have got to read the tri-fold review of several books in the scorching article by Marcia Angell, including "Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, "Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drug" and "Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial."

I can't help but share some grafs of this mess... it's such a big mess!

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption - The New York Review of Books

Take the case of Dr. Joseph L. Biederman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of pediatric psychopharmacology at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital. Thanks largely to him, children as young as two years old are now being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with a cocktail of powerful drugs, many of which were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that purpose and none of which were approved for children below ten years of age.

Legally, physicians may use drugs that have already been approved for a particular purpose for any other purpose they choose, but such use should be based on good published scientific evidence. That seems not to be the case here. Biederman's own studies of the drugs he advocates to treat childhood bipolar disorder were, as The New York Times summarized the opinions of its expert sources, "so small and loosely designed that they were largely inconclusive."[1]

In June, Senator Grassley revealed that drug companies, including those that make drugs he advocates for childhood bipolar disorder, had paid Biederman $1.6 million in consulting and speaking fees between 2000 and 2007.

[........] No one knows the total amount provided by drug companies to physicians, but I estimate from the annual reports of the top nine US drug companies that it comes to tens of billions of dollars a year. By such means, the pharmaceutical industry has gained enormous control over how doctors evaluate and use its own products. Its extensive ties to physicians, particularly senior faculty at prestigious medical schools, affect the results of research, the way medicine is practiced, and even the definition of what constitutes a disease.

Consider the clinical trials by which drugs are tested in human subjects.[5] Before a new drug can enter the market, its manufacturer must sponsor clinical trials to show the Food and Drug Administration that the drug is safe and effective, usually as compared with a placebo or dummy pill. The results of all the trials (there may be many) are submitted to the FDA, and if one or two trials are positive—that is, they show effectiveness without serious risk—the drug is usually approved, even if all the other trials are negative. Drugs are approved only for a specified use—for example, to treat lung cancer—and it is illegal for companies to promote them for any other use.

But physicians may prescribe approved drugs "off label"—i.e., without regard to the specified use—and perhaps as many as half of all prescriptions are written for off-label purposes. After drugs are on the market, companies continue to sponsor clinical trials, sometimes to get FDA approval for additional uses, sometimes to demonstrate an advantage over competitors, and often just as an excuse to get physicians to prescribe such drugs for patients. (Such trials are aptly called "seeding" studies.)

Since drug companies don't have direct access to human subjects, they need to outsource their clinical trials to medical schools, where researchers use patients from teaching hospitals and clinics, or to private research companies (CROs), which organize office-based physicians to enroll their patients. [....]

A few decades ago, medical schools did not have extensive financial dealings with industry, and faculty investigators who carried out industry-sponsored research generally did not have other ties to their sponsors. But schools now have their own manifold deals with industry and are hardly in a moral position to object to their faculty behaving in the same way. A recent survey found that about two thirds of academic medical centers hold equity interest in companies that sponsor research within the same institution.[6] A study of medical school department chairs found that two thirds received departmental income from drug companies and three fifths received personal income.[7] [...]

Because drug companies insist as a condition of providing funding that they be intimately involved in all aspects of the research they sponsor, they can easily introduce bias in order to make their drugs look better and safer than they are. Before the 1980s, they generally gave faculty investigators total responsibility for the conduct of the work, but now company employees or their agents often design the studies, perform the analysis, write the papers, and decide whether and in what form to publish the results. Sometimes the medical faculty who serve as investigators are little more than hired hands, supplying patients and collecting data according to instructions from the company.

In view of this control and the conflicts of interest that permeate the enterprise, it is not surprising that industry-sponsored trials published in medical journals consistently favor sponsors' drugs—largely because negative results are not published, positive results are repeatedly published in slightly different forms, and a positive spin is put on even negative results. A review of seventy-four clinical trials of antidepressants, for example, found that thirty-seven of thirty-eight positive studies were published.[8]But of the thirty-six negative studies, thirty-three were either not published or published in a form that conveyed a positive outcome. It is not unusual for a published paper to shift the focus from the drug's intended effect to a secondary effect that seems more favorable.

The suppression of unfavorable research is the subject of Alison Bass's engrossing book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. This is the story of how the British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline buried evidence that its top-selling antidepressant, Paxil, was ineffective and possibly harmful to children and adolescents. [....]

The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). It also promised to release summaries of all clinical trials completed after December 27, 2000. Of much greater significance was the attention called to the deliberate, systematic practice of suppressing unfavorable research results, which would never have been revealed without the legal discovery process. Previously undisclosed, one of GlaxoSmithKline's internal documents said, "It would be commercially unacceptable to include a statement that efficacy had not been demonstrated, as this would undermine the profile of paroxetine [Paxil]."[9]

Many drugs that are assumed to be effective are probably little better than placebos, but there is no way to know because negative results are hidden. One clue was provided six years ago by four researchers who, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FDA reviews of every placebo-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.[10] They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. The results were much the same for all six drugs: all were equally ineffective. But because favorable results were published and unfavorable results buried (in this case, within the FDA), the public and the medical profession believed these drugs were potent antidepressants.

[...]. In short, it is often possible to make clinical trials come out pretty much any way you want, which is why it's so important that investigators be truly disinterested in the outcome of their work.

Conflicts of interest affect more than research. They also directly shape the way medicine is practiced, through their influence on practice guidelines issued by professional and governmental bodies, and through their effects on FDA decisions. A few examples: in a survey of two hundred expert panels that issued practice guidelines, one third of the panel members acknowledged that they had some financial interest in the drugs they considered.[11] In 2004, after the National Cholesterol Education Program called for sharply lowering the desired levels of "bad" cholesterol, it was revealed that eight of nine members of the panel writing the recommendations had financial ties to the makers of cholesterol-lowering drugs.[12] Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), ninety-five had financial ties to drug companies, including all of the contributors to the sections on mood disorders and schizophrenia.[13] Perhaps most important, many members of the standing committees of experts that advise the FDA on drug approvals also have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.[14]

In recent years, drug companies have perfected a new and highly effective method to expand their markets. Instead of promoting drugs to treat diseases, they have begun to promote diseases to fit their drugs. The strategy is to convince as many people as possible (along with their doctors, of course) that they have medical conditions that require long-term drug treatment. Sometimes called "disease-mongering," this is a focus of two new books: Melody Petersen's Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs and Christopher Lane's Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness.

To promote new or exaggerated conditions, companies give them serious-sounding names along with abbreviations. Thus, heartburn is now "gastro-esophageal reflux disease" or GERD; impotence is "erectile dysfunction" or ED; premenstrual tension is "premenstrual dysphoric disorder" or PMMD; and shyness is "social anxiety disorder" (no abbreviation yet). Note that these are ill-defined chronic conditions that affect essentially normal people, so the market is huge and easily expanded. For example, a senior marketing executive advised sales representatives on how to expand the use of Neurontin: "Neurontin for pain, Neurontin for monotherapy, Neurontin for bipolar, Neurontin for everything."[15] It seems that the strategy of the drug marketers—and it has been remarkably successful—is to convince Americans that there are only two kinds of people: those with medical conditions that require drug treatment and those who don't know it yet. While the strategy originated in the industry, it could not be implemented without the complicity of the medical profession.

[...] Christopher Lane's book has a narrower focus—the rapid increase in the number of psychiatric diagnoses in the American population and in the use of psychoactive drugs (drugs that affect mental states) to treat them. Since there are no objective tests for mental illness and the boundaries between normal and abnormal are often uncertain, psychiatry is a particularly fertile field for creating new diagnoses or broadening old ones.[17] Diagnostic criteria are pretty much the exclusive province of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the product of a panel of psychiatrists, most of whom, as I mentioned earlier, had financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Lane, a research professor of literature at Northwestern University, traces the evolution of the DSM from its modest beginnings in 1952 as a small, spiral-bound handbook (DSM-I) to its current 943-page incarnation (the revised version of DSM-IV) as the undisputed "bible" of psychiatry—the standard reference for courts, prisons, schools, insurance companies, emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and medical facilities of all kinds.

Given its importance, you might think that the DSM represents the authoritative distillation of a large body of scientific evidence. But Lane, using unpublished records from the archives of the American Psychiatric Association and interviews with the principals, shows that it is instead the product of a complex of academic politics, personal ambition, ideology, and, perhaps most important, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. What the DSM lacks is evidence. Lane quotes one contributor to the DSM-III task force:

There was very little systematic research, and much of the research that existed was really a hodgepodge—scattered, inconsistent, and ambiguous. I think the majority of us recognized that the amount of good, solid science upon which we were making our decisions was pretty modest.

Lane uses shyness as his case study of disease-mongering in psychiatry. Shyness as a psychiatric illness made its debut as "social phobia" in DSM-III in 1980, but was said to be rare. By 1994, when DSM-IV was published, it had become "social anxiety disorder," now said to be extremely common. According to Lane, GlaxoSmithKline, hoping to boost sales for its antidepressant, Paxil, decided to promote social anxiety disorder as "a severe medical condition." In 1999, the company received FDA approval to market the drug for social anxiety disorder. It launched an extensive media campaign to do it, including posters in bus shelters across the country showing forlorn individuals and the words "Imagine being allergic to people...," and sales soared. Barry Brand, Paxil's product director, was quoted as saying, "Every marketer's dream is to find an unidentified or unknown market and develop it. That's what we were able to do with social anxiety disorder."

Some of the biggest blockbusters are psychoactive drugs. The theory that psychiatric conditions stem from a biochemical imbalance is used as a justification for their widespread use, even though the theory has yet to be proved. Children are particularly vulnerable targets. What parents dare say "No" when a physician says their difficult child is sick and recommends drug treatment? We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.[18] These children are often treated with multiple drugs off-label, many of which, whatever their other properties, are sedating, and nearly all of which have potentially serious side effects.

Save me from the Thetans!!!! :-/

Ron Paul: TB is worse, OK!? The swine flu may be synthetic (I dunno) but more man-made virus pandemics would suck!

"Baxter is the only flu vaccine manufacturer to work with wild type flu viruses, felt to be more dangerous than the altered and attenuated (weakened) viruses other manufacturers use." --Canadian Press [link]

Too bad we don't have wizards anymore. I'd ask one if it's a good idea to make a new devil in order to make a new spell against it.

Smarter wizards probably knew it was better to keep it cool: the bastards -- once incarnated -- have a way of slipping out during the process.

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A modern past-time, Mashable.com for tracking the first Web2.0 mashable epidemic: HOW TO: Track Swine Flu Online Also neat: Alltop - Top Swine Flu News

I was always kinda fascinated with the idea of "Biohazard"... All the varieties of influenza viruses, put together, is kind of like an operating system with a bunch of toggles ('H' and 'N' denote major ones). It is hard for nature to flip a bunch of toggles at once, but genetic scientists, and drugged up pigs, each can flip a ton of toggles very frequently, in their own way.

...Alright so evidently there is a bit of concern that I've lost my mind grumbling about the damn "swine flu" and its sketchiness. I am not flippin about this nasty bug. I say it is probably more than 10 times worse than SARS, but definitely not 100 times worse....

To combine two popular memes: Ron Paul's commentary on the swine flu, how he voted against the Gerald Ford mandatory swine flu vaccine (that killed a bunch of people in the most typical vaccine way), as well as questioning why the hell the Department of Homeland Security is calling the shots (so to speak) with public health.

Often conspiracy-friendly journalist Wayne Madsen sells the "engineered" angle on this as well. More: http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20090425

April 25-26, 2009 -- SPECIAL BULLETIN. New swine flu feared to be weaponized strain

According to two mainstream media journalists, one in Mexico City and the other in Jakarta, who spoke to WMR on background, they are convinced that the current outbreak of a new strain of swine flu in Mexico and some parts of the United States is the result of the introduction of a human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic, with potentially catastrophic consequences for domestic and international travel and commerce.

The journalists have been told by top officials of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the grave dangers posed by the new and deadly swine flu strain, known as A-H1N1. The flu, never before seen by scientists, has already killed up to 68 people in Mexico ...... [.........]

Our Mexico City source said a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission "vectors" that suggest that new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents. [impossible!!]

Our Jakarta source said WHO officials are afraid that the presence of gene segments from dreaded H5N1 bird flu in the A-H1N1 swine flu strain could mean that the new swine flu strain was engineered to "jump species." WMR has been informed that the CDC and U.S. Army dug up the body of an Inuit woman who died in 1918 in Brevig Mission, Alaska from an outbreak of Spanish flu. The influenza pandemic that year killed up to 100 million people worldwide in an 18-month period. Brevig Mission saw 72 of its 80 residents die within five days, the worst case recorded anywhere in the world. WMR has been told the genetic material recovered by the U.S. government from the corpse of the Inuit woman provided the basis for the development of the H5N1, or bird (avian), flu strain at the U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the point of origin for the Ames strain of anthrax used in the 2001 bio-war attacks against the U.S. Congress and the media.

Sooo... that's the biggie theory, then. The political question is whether the nasty petri dishes at CDC and USAMRIID will be seen in any kind of critical light.

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What bugs me is: an accident with one of the beastly lab bugs they create nowadays would look EXACTLY like this. The structure of the virus basically reeks of human genetic engineering, not random chance in nature. I don't know if it originated synthetically rather than organically -- who does? It's not important - what's important is that the synthetic flu could strike (again?).

The style of this "influenza A swine H1N1" thing seems just like the other weird flu virus hybrids that labs are synthesizing in huge amounts. I don't like the sound of this at all. Anything involving viruses and stuff gives the creepy-crawlies, and it should - we're talking about powerful, cascading pathogens.

The possibility of lab accidents with novel viruses and life forms (let alone "mad scientists" or evil schemes) is, to me, a greater likely source of weird viruses getting out and sparking pandemics than Mexican swine farms. [Comparable, but...]

If there's a critical stance to take, it's that the biological sciences industries want to keep chugging away and secretly ("competitively") mixing this stuff around in order to have stocks of new lifeforms and pathogens that are marketable. With pandemic vaccine development in particular, scientists often want to whip up the very combinations of proteins (and other traits) that they most fear arising in the wild.

All they have to do is lose a few grains of their test virus batches - or even worse, let some get combined in a hapless lab animal or lab worker - and then you have a totally new entity.

Nature can only make these virus remixes at a low rate; the CDC and other labs are turbocharging evolution and randomly throwing stuff together.

From the engineering side, viruses are not even that big, compared to full cells. If one has access to a lot of different types of diseases, the patterns can be found and mixed around, then amplified into huge quantities of brand-new pathogens.

The nasty Mexican swine farms and everything could also act as viral (and bacterial) amplifiers and mixers, certainly. Factory farming, with its doses of antibiotics, turbocharges bacterial and viral evolution.

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Conspiracy fun with homeland security bird flu trucks! It's a bit of a bummer to see people freaking out, but maybe some alarm is actually directed in a useful way. Never fear - there is plenty of fun conspiracy stuff going around. Something about Homeland Security moving around bird flu on PowerHour. Why not? Plenty of names and details for the true fans :-D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSV7jVOjIwQ
Includes some sort of Syracuse CIA front. How depressing would it be to work in a Syracuse CIA bio-scheme front? hah.

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I have been giving Baxter a hard time. Mainly, the Baxter incident shows that no one really wants to raise alarm about the risk of lab-created bugs. Now, they are looking all prime & ready to go:

Baxter to work to contain Mexico flu outbreak April 25, 2009 2:28 PM

Deerfield-based medical product giant Baxter International Inc. is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine to curb the spread of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the company confirmed today.

Baxter, which has a growing vaccine business, has worked with foreign countries in the past to develop vaccines for the H5N1 virus commonly known as bird flu. Baxter has a cell-based technology that allows the company to more rapidly produce vaccines in the event of a pandemic than a decades-old method that uses eggs to process vaccines and can take weeks or even months longer.

"Upon learning about the swine flu outbreak in Mexico yesterday, Baxter requested a virus sample from WHO to do laboratory testing for potentially developing an experimental vaccine," company spokesman Christopher Bona told the Tribune this afternoon. "Baxter has research and development and manufacturing pandemic planning expertise to rapidly develop candidate vaccines against potentially emerging influenza viruses."

In the past, Baxter has developed vaccines and worked with countries to stockpile vaccines even while they undergo experimental testing. The idea behind the government stockpiles, in the case of the bird flu, for example, is to prepare against outbreak.

The company would not say whether the U.S. or other countries have contacted Baxter. Other companies, too, develop vaccines and have been used to stockpile vaccines. It's unclear whether other vaccine makers have also contacted the WHO.

Because it's so early in the vaccine development process, Baxter would not estimate on when a candidate vaccine would emerge for potential use.

The Mexican government is working to control a swine flu outbreak that has killed more than 65 people and potentially infected more than 1,000 in recent weeks, according to government and news reports. -- Bruce Japsen

The problem with Baxter, and this whole scene, is that Baxter sent out live avian flu and human flu, in the same cases, all over Europe, and no one seems to give a damn or realize what that might have done.

Thanks, Canadian Press!

How were bird flu viruses sent to unsuspecting labs? Updated Thu. Feb. 26 2009 7:45 AM ET The Canadian Press

Officials are trying to get to the bottom of how vaccine manufacturer Baxter International Inc. made "experimental virus material" based on a human flu strain but contaminated with the H5N1 avian flu virus and then distributed it to an Austrian company.

That company, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then disseminated the supposed H3N2 virus product to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany. Authorities in the four European countries are looking into the incident, and their efforts are being closely watched by the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Control.

Though it appears none of the 36 or 37 people who were exposed to the contaminated product became infected, the incident is being described as "a serious error" on the part of Baxter, which is on the brink of securing a European licence for an H5N1 vaccine. That vaccine is made at a different facility, in the Czech Republic.

"For this particular incident ... the horse did not get out (of the barn)," Dr. Angus Nicoll of the ECDC said from Stockholm.

"But that doesn't mean that we and WHO and the European Commission and the others aren't taking it as seriously as you would any laboratory accident with dangerous pathogens - which you have here."

Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses - if that indeed happened - could have resulted in dire consequences. Nicoll said officials still aren't 100 per cent sure the mixture contained live H5N1 viruses. But given that ferrets exposed to the mixture died, it likely did.

H5N1 doesn't easily infect people, but H3N2 viruses do. They are one of two types of influenza A viruses that infect people each flu season.

If someone exposed to the mixture had been co-infected with H5N1 and H3N2, the person could have served as an incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to and among people. That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created.

Research published last summer by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that in the laboratory, H5N1 and H3N2 viruses mated readily. While less virulent than H5N1, a number of the offspring viruses appeared to retain at least a portion of the killing power of their dangerous parent.

Baxter International, which is based in Deerfield, Ill., said the contamination was the result of an error in its research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

The facility had been contracted by Avir Green Hills to make what Baxter refers to as "experimental virus material" based on human H3N2 viruses.

Christopher Bona, Baxter's director of global bioscience communications, said the liquid virus product was not a vaccine and was developed for testing purposes only. He deferred questions about the purpose of the testing to Avir Green Hills, but said the batch was to be used in animals and was never intended for use in humans.

Avir Green Hills said in an email that it took possession of the material in late December. It later sent the product to the sub-contractors. The email said the material was stored and handled throughout under high biosafety conditions.

Alarm bells rang in early February when researchers at the Czech sub-contractor inoculated ferrets with the material and the animals promptly died. Baxter learned about the problem on Feb. 6, Bona said from Deerfield.

Ferrets are susceptible to human flu strains, but they don't die from those infections. Preliminary investigation found the material was contaminated with H5N1 flu virus, which is lethal to ferrets.

Nicoll said the fact the ferrets died supports the working assumption that there were live H5N1 viruses in the material Baxter produced.

Bona said Baxter has identified how the contamination happened and has taken steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. He said Austrian authorities audited Baxter's Orth-Donau research operations after the problem came to light and are satisfied with the steps taken.

Baxter is the only flu vaccine manufacturer to work with wild type flu viruses, felt to be more dangerous than the altered and attenuated (weakened) viruses other manufacturers use.

The company uses what is known as BSL3 level precautions in all its vaccine research facilities, Bona said. (Researchers at the U.S. CDC use BSL3-plus biocontainment when working with H5N1 viruses, a spokesperson for the agency said.)

People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses have somehow co-mingled in the Baxter research facility. That should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.

The company isn't shedding much light on how it did.

"It was a combination of just the process itself, (and) technical and human error in this procedure," Bona said. When asked to elaborate, he said to do so would give away proprietary information about Baxter's production process.

Bona said when Baxter realized its error, it helped the various companies destroy the contaminated material and clean up their facilities. And staff who had been exposed to the contaminated product were assessed and monitored by infectious diseases doctors. They were also offered the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).

Baxter's error is reminiscent of a 2005 incident where a U.S. manufacturer of kits used by laboratories to test their detection capabilities included vials of H2N2 virus in several thousand proficiency kits. H2N2, the virus that caused the 1957 pandemic, has not circulated since 1968 and is thought to be a prime candidate to cause the next pandemic. That mistake, discovered by Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, set authorities around the world scrambling to retrieve and destroy the vials of virus, which had been sent to labs in 18 countries.

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Buffett: it's a recession, stupid.

Banks face systemic margin call, $325 billion hit: JP Morgan!

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street banks are facing a "systemic margin call" that may deplete banks of $325 billion of capital due to deteriorating subprime U.S. mortgages, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N:Quote, Profile, Research), said in a report late on Friday.

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The best news I have heard is the insane bastards in Florida who have taken advantage of the crashed system. They are sitting in their homes, paying nothing at all, waiting for the totally conked court system to struggle with the lost paperwork at every level of the mortgage. An awesome thing to behold!! The Big Picture | Foreclosure-proof Homeowners:

What is shocking, that in each and every case, I have been told by brokers and banks that the owners, have ceased paying their mortgages in some cases for nearly 2 years and have continued to occupy these homes. Now, these are homes in excess of $2,000,000 in the very best neighborhoods in South Florida. Brokers have added that these buyers further complicated things by putting huge home equity lines on top of their mortgages and now have no possibility of selling their homes for amounts needed to cover their accumulated debt.

America is amazing. Ok.

Bloomberg.com Citigroup needs Arab cash, fast!!!! Rlly fast!!!

Russians pissed off about American/Pakistani opium smuggling support in Afghanistan: (via cryptogon)

Narco Aggression: Russia accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan by Vladimir Radyuhin

Global Research, February 24, 2008: Global Research Editor's Note

The global proceeds of the Afghan drug trade is in excess of 150 billion dollars a year. There is mounting evidence that this illicit trade is protected by the US military.

Historically, starting in the early 1980s, the Afghan drug trade was used to finance CIA covert support of the Islamic brigades. The 2003 war on Afghanistan was launched following the Taliban government's 2000-2001 drug eradication program which led to a collapse in opium production in excess of 90 percent.

The following report, which accuses the United States of using military transport planes to ship narcotics out of Afghanistan confirms what is already known and documented regarding the Golden Crescent Drug Trade and its insiduous relationship to US intelligence.

February 23, 2008

Russia, facing a catastrophic rise in drug addiction, accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug trafficking from Afghanistan.....

....“Unfortunately, they [NATO] are doing nothing to reduce the narcotic threat from Afghanistan even a tiny bit,” Putin angrily remarked three years ago. He accused the coalition forces of “sitting back and watching caravans haul drugs across Afghanistan to the former Soviet Union and Europe.” As time went by, Russian suspicions regarding the U.S. role in the rise of a narco state in Afghanistan grew deeper, especially after reports from Iraq said that the cultivation of opium poppies was spreading rapidly there too.

“The Americans are working hard to keep narco business flourishing in both countries,” says Mikhail Khazin, president of the consultancy firm Niakon. “They consistently destroy the local infrastructure, pushing the local population to look for illegal means of subsistence. And the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] provides protection to drug trafficking.”

U.S. freelance writer Dave Gibson recalled in an article published in American Chronicle in December what a U.S. foreign intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told NewsMax.com in March 2002 of the CIA’s record of involvement with the international drug trade. The official said: “The CIA did almost the identical thing during the Vietnam War, which had catastrophic consequences – the increase in the heroin trade in the USA beginning in the 1970s is directly attributable to the CIA. The CIA has been complicit in the global drug trade for years, so I guess they just want to carry on their favourite business.”

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(A USAF cargo plane takes off from the U.S. airbase in Incirlik in Turkey in March 2003. A Russian news channel reported that drugs from Afghanistan were hauled by American transport aircraft to the U.S. airbases in Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.)

Now Russia has joined the fray accusing the U.S. military of involvement in the heroin trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe. The Vesti channel’s report from Afghanistan said that drugs from Afghanistan were hauled by American transport aircraft to the U.S. airbases Ganci in Kyrgyzstan and Incirlik in Turkey.

The Ganci Air Force base at the Manas international airport in Kyrgyzstan was set up in late 2001 as a staging post for military operations inside Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government threatened to close the base after neighbouring Uzbekistan shut down a similar U.S. airbase on its territory in 2005, but relented after Washington agreed to make a one-off payment of $150 million in the form of an assistance package and to pay $15 million a year for the use of the base.

One of the best-informed Russian journalists on Central Asia, Arkady Dubnov, recently quoted anonymous Afghan sources as saying that “85 per cent of all drugs produced in southern and southeastern provinces are shipped abroad by U.S. aviation.”

A well-informed source in Afghanistan’s security services told the Russian journalist that the American military acquired drugs through local Afghan officials who dealt with field commanders in charge of drug production.

Writing in the Vremya Novostei daily, Dubnov claimed that the pro-Western administration of President Hamid Karzai, including his two brothers, Kajum Karzai and Akhmed Vali Karzai, are head-to-heels involved in the narcotics trade.

The article quoted a leading U.S. expert on Afghanistan, Barnett Rubin, as telling an anti-narcotics conference in Kabul last October that “drug dealers had infiltrated Afghani state structures to the extent where they could easily paralyse the work of the government if decision to arrest one of them was ever made.”

Sure, they can say the Russians are grumbling like usual. But from Moscow's perspective, the U.S. is just trying to keep on top of all the Players in the Game. And they run the Wire all over the whole territory, so they know exactly who is doing what where, and can watch the opium caravans go cruising by. The fact that this doesn't track in American conventional wisdom is a monument to the intentional ignorance of Baby Boomers, regardless of how accurate the Russians are here.

The planes, the drugs, the detainees, it all seems to be part of a nexus of secret military/DHS contractor airlines. These guys are soooo 1980s. The ponzi scheme depends on information asymmetry, which can always be disrupted......

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