Rancher Cliven Bundy, with the support of hundreds of U.S. patriots, seems to have won the latest skirmish with the Federal government.
As we told you Friday, Bundy has been embroiled in a squabble with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over his cattle and their ability to graze on Nevada land Bundy’s family has used for more than 100 years. Last week, BLM agents began rounding up Bundy’s cattle with plans to sell them at auction.
On Saturday, confronted by Bundy, his family, friends and members of Oath Keepers, various militia groups and other organizations, BLM backed down and backed out. The agency released Bundy’s rustled cattle and pulled its resources — which included snipers poised around the protest location — from the area.
BLM spokesman Craig Leff told the Associated Press the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven Bundy and the $1 million in owed grazing fees “administratively and judicially.”
“The door isn’t closed. We’ll figure out how to move forward with this,” he said, adding that the BLM did not participate in the negotiation moderated by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie that deescalated tensions on Saturday.
“The BLM and National Park Service did not cut any deal and negotiate anything,” Leff said. “There was no deal we made.”
Bundy supporters are not quite declaring victory yet either.
However, it is clear that a combination of resistance by the American people and news reports revealing Senator Harry Reid’s involvement in a deal with a Chinese energy company put the Federal government on its heels.
Late Friday, alternative media began reporting on Reid’s ties to the Chinese company ENN Energy Group, which wanted the land to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel-building plant. Reid’s son Rory, a former Clark County commissioner, was also involved with the deal. And former Harry Reid adviser Neil Kornze is BLM chief.
Without the presence of the hundreds of volunteers and reporting by the alternative media, Bundy today would be without his cattle and he and his family would likely have suffered a fate similar to that of the Randy Weaver family or the Branch Davidians.
The big question now is: Was this a victory for Bundy and the American people over an overreaching Federal government, or was the BLM retreat just a strategic de-escalation?
Exercising at a gym or community center can be a great way to get in shape, alleviate stress and boost your energy. But be sure that the equipment is clean and sanitized, or you could walk away with a nasty bacterial infection.
In fact, some researchers have discovered antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus on yoga mats and cardio and resistance machines. Plus, bacteria can often lurk on hand weights and sweaty towels. To protect yourself from the risk of contracting this infection, follow these precautions from Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D.:
- Bring your own mats and bath towels to the gym for yoga classes or stretching.
- If you don’t have your own mat, bring antibacterial wipes to help disinfect them, or cover them with your towel from home.
- Also use the wipes to clean off weights and padded seats and handle bars on workout machines.
- Shower thoroughly after working out to remove traces of bacteria. Using soap and warm water can help cut down on your risk.
Mr. Bob Livingston:
This is a great letter. There is one point I would suggest changing. In my mind I think that a FAIR TAX (Consumption Tax) would be better than the flat tax. A Fair Tax would eliminate the IRS as we know it. It would be a consumption tax on most items, paid when purchasing an Item.
On another note we need to limit the Senate to one (1) term and House to (2) terms and when they pass a law it effects them the same as the public they are representing.
Thank you so much. Our primary problem is too much unConstitutional government. Before we consider taxes, we must understand that first and foremost. Switching to a fair tax or flat tax or any other tax system will only perpetuate big government because it gives support to the lie that taxes confiscated from Americans are necessary to fund government. That is not the case. Ask yourself this question: If you could print all the money you wanted, would you have to earn money to support yourself or would you have any debt? The answer is no! And neither does government.
Regarding term limits and requiring Congress to live under the laws they pass, we are in agreement.
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What’s left of the U.S. middle class is under economic assault like no time in American history.
Federal Reserve money printing is finally catching up to us. One hundred years of money printing is coming to a head. We are seeing the beginning phases of hyperinflation.
Never mind the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ phony inflationary measurement, where the consumer price index basket of goods is changed monthly to remove price-rising goods. Food prices are up 19 percent just since January. On an annualized basis, that is 76 percent. Rising food prices and rising gas prices are where the middle class see and feel inflation.
Remember that inflation is not rising prices. Rising prices are a symptom of inflation, which is an increase in the money supply through money creation or debt.
Printing money is a crime if you do it. But if the powerful government monopoly does it, it’s called “monetization.” Government is now desperately inflating because the more inflation, the more wealth is stolen.
Here are some truths:
- Governments steal as much as they can without collapsing the system (they hope).
- The more money they create for nothing, the richer and more powerful they get.
- The bigger the government gets and the more reckless it gets, the more it must suppress its people, because many begin to wake up.
- The bigger government crime, the greater the propaganda and deception.
- Fact: Every dollar the government creates means that a dollar is stolen from the people. Paper money confiscates wealth.
The act of money creation means that more and more of the national wealth flows to the Federal government. How in the name of Pete do people think that the U.S. government became so powerful and so wealthy in property?
The government produces nothing. It has to steal, and it does so on an unimaginable scale. The mind of man cannot deal with such a massive transfer of wealth, and few people even suspect it. Why do people not know about the biggest fraud in history?
In addition to $75 billion a month of quantitative easing, the Federal government is running multi-hundred-billion-dollar deficits. The U.S. now has at least $126 trillion in outstanding obligations (i.e., money it has stolen from the American people).
So what’s a government to do? Steal even more from the people.
The Federal government is eyeing the remaining savings and retirement accounts of the American people. This has been going on for years. In fact, individual retirement accounts were set up to fool Americans into investing in the stock market to prop it up, help consolidate retirement accounts and transfer it to the bankster mob. Think your money in IRAs, 401(k)s and pension funds belong to you? Ha! Try to take out your money and see what hoops you have to jump through and what penalties you have to pay.
There is now more than $21 trillion in U.S IRAs, 401(k)s and pension plans. That $21 trillion would more than offset the mythical $17.5 trillion U.S. “debt.” For more on the U.S. debt, read The ‘National Debt’ Is Smoke And Mirrors.
Last year, the U.S. Consumer Protection Bureau, established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, stated that it believes Americans are too stupid to prepare on their own for retirement and that it has proposed “managing” people’s retirement funds. What that means is another unConstitutional government agency will take your money and swap it for government funny money.
President Barack Obama’s MyRA “savings plan” is yet another scam to try and prop up the failing system. Announced at this year’s State of the Union address, Obama tried to huckster this boondoggle as a great way to “invest” in safe government securities and a starter savings account.
The term “government securities” is nothing more than typical government double-speak and an oxymoron. When the government goes bankrupt — and it will — those Treasuries will be worthless. And now the government is encouraging you to buy them.
MyRAs will earn the same interest as the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Government Securities Investment Fund that is available to Federal employees. The TSP’s own paperwork says this about its interest rate: “The G Fund is subject to inflation risk, or the possibility that your G Fund investment will not grow enough to offset the reduction in purchasing power that results from inflation.”
If you want to “invest” in the U.S. government (not something I would recommend), there is currently a provision to do so. The MyRA plan mimics it. Just open an account with Treasury to buy U.S. savings bonds. The difference is that MyRA will be run by a crony Wall Street firm.
All your savings will be visible to government and available for confiscation — the same government that is already eyeing your pension funds, individual retirement accounts and 401(k) plans, as I mentioned. Don’t think this will happen? Governments across the globe have already done so, and the U.S. government is on board in supporting what it is speciously calling “bail-ins” as occurred in Cyprus.
Under the scheme, when banks get in trouble or government needs more money, it swaps your bank savings for bank stock. You are in essence “buying” into the bank.
And if this news isn’t bad enough, take these two factors into consideration. Last fall, the International Monetary Fund issued a report recommending a series of escalating income and consumption tax increases, culminating in the direct confiscation of assets. Then last week, Russia floated a balloon through its Voice of Russia propaganda arm that it intends to attack the petrodollar in retaliation for America’s meddling in Ukraine.
First, from the IMF, according to page 49 of its report:
The sharp deterioration of the public finances in many countries has revived interest in a “capital levy”— a one-off tax on private wealth—as an exceptional measure to restore debt sustainability. The appeal is that such a tax, if it is implemented before avoidance is possible and there is a belief that it will never be repeated, does not distort behavior (and may be seen by some as fair). … The conditions for success are strong, but also need to be weighed against the risks of the alternatives, which include repudiating public debt or inflating it away…
The tax rates needed to bring down public debt to precrisis levels, moreover, are sizable: reducing debt ratios to end-2007 levels would require (for a sample of 15 euro area countries) a tax rate of about 10 percent on households with positive net wealth.
Regarding Russia and the petrodollar, this is not the first time another nation has threatened to trade oil outside the dollar. Such a move would be disastrous for the American economy and likely crash it.
Because of an agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, in order to trade in oil, countries must first transfer their money into U.S. dollars. This happens no matter who is buying the oil or who they’re buying it from. The oil-buying country gives the oil-selling country U.S. dollars and receives oil in exchange.
The oil-selling country then has to sell those dollars to convert it back to its own currency. If Russia, China and a few other countries begin trading oil in some other currency, about 3 trillion U.S. dollars will suddenly flood the market. This will send hyperinflation into the stratosphere.
I have long sounded a warning to get your retirement funds out of the system and remove your money from banks (beyond what is necessary to pay bills) in order to protect yourself. I did so long ago. I gladly took the penalty and have long since recovered what was taken.
I also recommend you buy gold and silver and keep it in your possession, not in the bank or in a safe deposit box.
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You want to see what tyranny looks like? Look into the faces of these two Bureau of Land Management goons. It’s a shot taken from the video below.
In Clark County, Nev., rancher Cliven Bundy has refused to comply with orders from Federal judges to remove his cattle from land the BLM claims is Federal land and habitat for an endangered tortoise — a tortoise the Federal government has routinely killed. It’s land the Bundy family has grazed cattle on since the 1800s — land Bundy believes belongs to the State of Nevada, not the Feds. It’s land Bundy claims he has ancestral grazing rights for, which, if so, cannot be undone simply by an order from a Federal judge.
“My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and water. I have been here longer. My rights are before the BLM even existed,” Bundy said.
BLM agents began removing Bundy’s cattle, calling them trespass cattle, with plans to sell them at auction — in Utah. It’s an action that will crush Bundy financially.
In response to protests by the Bundys and some supporters, BLM established so-called “First Amendment Area.” Protesters are confined to these areas by armed BLM agents. In other words, Americans are being restricted from “public” lands.
BLM snipers and armed agents — as many as 200 of them — have surrounded the disputed property and the Bundy ranch. They’ve arrested, tasered, threatened, pushed to the ground and intimidated Bundy family members and their supporters.
Local news organization KSL.com reports:
The situation escalated Saturday after Cliven Bundy’s son, Dave Bundy, 37, was arrested. Members of the Bundy family had gathered to film and take pictures of the removal of their cattle in an effort to document the event, according to Cliven Bundy’s daughter, Bailey Bundy Logue.
The family members had parked on the side of Nevada state Route 170, but the highway was included in the temporary closure of public lands, according to BLM representative Kirsten Cannon. Dave Bundy was arrested and cited with a criminal charge of refusing to disperse and resisting officers. Cannon said all public lands are closed within the designated closure area during the removal of the trespassing cattle.
Logue said Dave Bundy was taking pictures and recording on his iPad when he was asked by Federal employees what he was doing. Logue said that Dave Bundy told the BLM workers that he was “exercising (his) First Amendment rights.”
“He did not resist arrest, but they continued to beat him,” Logue told KSL. “They put him on the ground and were standing on his head and had a dozen officers on top of him and dogs.”
On Wednesday, the escalation continued. When BLM agents brought in a dump truck and backhoe, the Bundys believed that meant BLM was killing and burying the cattle. They tried to stop the truck and a standoff ensued (the standoff is seen in the video).
Support for Bundy is growing. Some Nevada lawmakers are pushing back and joining the protest. Governor Brian Sandoval calls the atmosphere one of “intimidation.” Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) says he told BLM chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency. If one wonders why Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not joined Heller in criticizing the BLM, look to Kornze. Kornze was previously Reid’s senior adviser.
Oath Keepers has issued a call to action to its members through its Facebook page asking for volunteers to stand vigil and support the Bundys. Constitution-minded Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association called out cowardly Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and is reported to be assembling a coalition of sheriffs to support the Bundys.
With all the armor the Feds are bringing to bear, there are fears this could continue escalating and turn into a Branch Davidian-style assault. You may recall that Federal agents incinerated dozens of people, including children, while trying to arrest David Koresh in his compound in Waco, Texas.
The Bundys and their supporters should stand strong. The BLM should back down, as its agents ultimately did in the video.
The 5th Amendment to Constitution requires Bundy be compensated for any property taken from him and restricts takings to public use. The Feds claim Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees. Bundy says he’ll pay them to Clark County, but not the Feds.
It’s estimated the government will spend $3 million on this illegal operation to recoup $1 million it claims as owed. That is government-speak for good business. In America, it equals tyranny.
Those tyrants that sit in their comfy offices wearing robes of power are despicable enough. Worse still are the enforcers who routinely violate the Constitution while looking into the faces of those they oppress under the guise of “following orders.”
And as an aside, I remind that in the old days cattle rustlers were hanged.
Update: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the so-called “First Amendment Area” was removed on Thursday.
House Weeper John Boehner may soon have something real to cry about. A group of 40 to 50 conservative House members are committed to throwing him out of his Speaker’s Chair come November.
The National Journal reported yesterday that House conservatives are considering several plans to oust the tanned one and other statist Republicans in leadership.
Conservatives are seething over Boehner’s surrender to Obama last fall in the budget showdown, his dissing of the Tea Party and his repeated efforts to bow to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s demands to pass an amnesty bill. But what’s really got House conservatives in a lather is Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s betrayal in pushing through a “doc fix” bill with a voice vote after he determined it would fail if votes were actually tallied. Cantor, who some believe is first in line to be speaker if Boehner gets the boot, pulled this stunt while Boehner was out of town in March.
The stunt was so infuriating to conservative lawmakers that one Cantor supporter said: “If there’s another vote like [that], Eric won’t be speaker. Ever.”
After the gavel was sounded on the vote, Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Caroline yelled “Bullshit!” outside the House chamber.
“I’m getting used to being deceived by the Obama administration, but when my own leadership does it, it’s just not acceptable,” Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona said last week, after Cantor met with a group of angry Republican Study Committee members.
The House Liberty Caucus, led by Representative Justin Amash, is said to be the nucleus of the rebellion. Amash, along with Representatives Raul Labrador of Idaho and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, was among 12 Republicans who did not vote for Boehner last time. Boehner responded by stripping them of their committee assignments.
If the GOP is to move right at all, Boehner and Cantor and their establishment Republican allies have to be shoved aside.
According to the Tax Foundation, April 21 is “Tax Freedom Day.” Ostensibly, this is the day the average American has earned enough to satisfy his “tax burden,” and for the rest of the year he is working for himself rather than government.
The truth is there is no tax freedom day. That’s because there is a hidden tax called inflation that saps your wealth on a daily basis.
Look at the dollars in your pocket. They are nowhere near the value of the dollars that you had as a child or that you may have stored under your mattress. Most people think that a dollar is a dollar. Not so. Today’s dollars (nominal dollars) are quicksand money that destroys financially all who trust it.
We have had fiat paper money since 1913, and most of that time it was being debased (inflated). Now it’s at more than a 96 percent loss. A 1913 dollar is now worth less than 4 cents. What cost $1 in 1913 now costs almost $24. According to Shadowstats.com, the true measure is it now costs $101.09 to buy what $1 bought in 1913. How did this happen?
It happened through inflation — which is not rising prices, as most have been lead to believe. Inflation is an increase in the supply of money, i.e., money printing by the Federal Reserve. The increase in the amount of money in circulation causes prices to rise as more money chases fewer goods. (For a more detailed explanation of inflation, see Educating The 95 Percent.
We are only as rich or as poor as the purchasing power of our money. Have you ever wondered why banks and politicians love paper money? Because they profit from it!
Nominal dollars are the everyday paper dollars that we think of and call money. These dollars change every day (depreciate). The value of these dollars goes down constantly as the money printers continue to debase our currency.
Now, the point is that Americans don’t know the difference. They don’t know that depreciating or nominal dollars by debasement is destroying their savings, their retirement and systematically impoverishing them. If this is not all-important, I don’t know what is!
Nominal dollars, or depreciating currency, is destroying America. America is a giant Ponzi scheme no different from the one pulled off by Bernie Madoff.
Sadly, most Americans also don’t know that Federal income taxes are not necessary to fund the government. I explained that in my column Income Tax 101: Do You Really Know What It Is?.
Because of the Federal Reserve — which is neither Federal nor does it hold any “reserves” — there is no freedom from taxation. There is no such thing as “Tax Freedom Day” in America.
A new study published in the journal Applied Economics Letter reports that States with “shall issue” concealed carry laws have lower rates of homicides with firearms than States with strict concealed carry laws. Study author and economist Mark Gius also determined that bans on so-called “assault weapons have no statistically significant effect on the rates of homicides involving guns.”
Yet, despite this evidence and despite empirical evidence out of Washington, D.C., Chicago and Massachusetts, which all saw their homicide rates rise after strict gun control laws were passed or gun bans were implemented, the Barack Obama regime continues its assault on the 2nd Amendment.
This week, Obama’s Attorney Criminal Eric Holder posited that gun owners should be required to wear electronic bracelets in order to fire their guns. He made push for mandated “smart gun” technology in a hearing before a U.S. House committee. The Daily Caller reported:
“One of the things we learned when we were trying to pass those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them either though fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon,” said Holder, referring to so-called “smart gun” technology.
“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights while at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things we see on a daily basis, where people, kids especially, are struck down.”
Such technology would not only increase the cost of each gun sold, it would also allow government to track the whereabouts of gun owners carrying gun with the technology.
The Obama regime daily exhibits a gross disregard for American freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
For bureaucratic lunacy and police state tyranny, few examples can be found to top current-day armed raids on farmers and stores for the “crime” of selling raw milk.
People have consumed raw milk since the beginning of time. For thousands of years, they did so without harm.
Around the turn of the 20th century, as farming became more industrialized and more institutional, dairy farms became overcrowded and unsanitary. The cows were kept in unnatural, enclosed pens and their food changed from grass to blended grains that more and more were laced with antibiotics, hormones, steroids and pesticide.
The milk they produced was no longer kept in cooled milk houses and distributed locally. It began to be transported far and wide in unrefrigerated trucks where it was allowed to get warm and develop bacteria.
Rather than develop ways to keep the milk cool and pure, milk pasteurization laws were passed and a growing government bureaucracy established to “keep people safe.” But like all government regulations, unintended consequences developed.
Despite the fact that America has more dairy farming than any other country, U.S. citizens also have more arthritis, or calcium deficiency disease. One reason for this arthritis plague is because of the public health laws that coerce us to drink adulterated milk.
By force of law, all commercial milk must be a dead food before the customer consumes it. Pasteurization is required, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) test of pasteurization is that the alkaline phosphatase enzymes must be dead (by heating) for the milk to be approved for sale to the public.
The alkaline phosphatase enzyme is the live ingredient in raw milk that causes the formation of bone. The American people are denied this bone-forming food though they drink millions of gallons of “milk.”
There is a lot more to pasteurized processed milk than just killing the live enzyme (alkaline phosphatase enzyme) with heat. When the milk protein is cooked with sugar (milk lactose), the result is high toxicity to human biochemistry. When any protein is cooked with sugar, our health goes south fast.
Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are pushing a bill that will allow for the sale of raw milk. The Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would decriminalize the sale of unpasteurized dairy products. This is a good bill that needs to be supported.
Pasteurized milk is dead food.
Any time I write that unConstitutional alphabet soup Federal agencies should be eliminated — whether on Constitutional grounds or to reduce the size and cost of Federal government — there follows a deluge of comments to the effect of, “But then who will reign in those evil corporations, enforce regulations and keep them from harming citizens?” and “Who will keep us safe?”
Thanks to years of propaganda combined with 12 years of indoctrination at the hands of the public (non)education system, most Americans are under the false belief that the U.S. government is an agent of good in the world and Federal agencies want to protect citizens from harm. Americans by and large have become statists: They believe that every transaction, every contract, every aspect of human behavior must be regulated for “fairness” and that only the state is capable of regulating “fairly.”
They have abandoned republicanism in favor of the sweet sound of democracy. In doing so, they have embraced fascism and tyranny.
Of course, statist politicians (which is to say the overwhelming majority of them) always couch their liberty-stealing ideas and laws in altruism and code words in order to get the people to support policies against their own interests. You’ve heard the terms they use: “It’s for the children;” and “To keep everyone safe;” and “It’s good for the environment;” and “We must act now to prevent another tragedy.”
The truth is that government agencies and laws are only as good as the people staffing them and enforcing the laws and, unfortunately, government attracts parasites and psychopaths like honey attracts ants and bears. And they are just as annoying and more dangerous.
History is rife with examples of government action ostensibly to “help the people” resulting in privation, destruction, death and turmoil. Anyone who has truly studied the history of governments around the world has seen that the elected class — with very few exceptions — is populated by a psychopathic mix of destroyers and seekers of wealth and power. They pay little mind to the consequences of their actions. What is relevant to them is their glorification, gratification and security at the seat of power.
So it is with little surprise that I saw reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting experiments on people — children included — to determine how they were affected by pollution. The EPA has been doing these experiments “for about 40 years” and it has authority to continue to do so under the Clean Air Act, which was passed by a “beneficent” Congress looking out for our welfare.
The newly released government report shows that the EPA was exposing people to dangerously high levels of toxins and pollutants without informing them of their risk for cancer and death. Those exposed included the elderly; those with asthma, heart and other health problems; and children. The exposure was to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than levels the EPA has deemed safe for human exposure.
According to inspector general’s report, the EPA conducted experiments in 2010 and 2011 on the effects of particulate matter (PM) and diesel exhaust on humans but did not get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. It also did not provide information to study participants on the amount of PM they would be exposed to and the danger risk for those with health conditions.
The EPA has long said that PM is deadly. In a 2003 EPA document, the agency claimed even short-term exposure to PM can result in heart attacks and arrhythmias in people with heart disease. A 2006 EPA report links short-term PM exposure to “mortality and morbidity.
As The Daily Caller reports, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress on Sept. 22, 2011: “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should… If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country.”
In other words, as the website JunkScience.com notes, either the EPA operated with callous — as well as unethical immoral and illegal — disregard for the health of its test subjects (and deceived them about the level of danger they faced), or it is lying about the level of danger PM poses to Americans, which is a fraud on the American people.
The EPA violated its own policy and Federal regulations, The Common Rule as well as the Nuremburg Code and the Belmont Report in conducting these experiments.
The website JunkScience.com has been doggedly following the EPA human studies scandal for years. It started a website on EPA human testing in 2012 to document the scandal.
This is certainly not the first time agents within or acting for the U.S. (or any) government have abandoned all sense of morals and ethics in the name of “science” or “safety.” Just some examples in the past 100-plus years include:
Tuskegee syphilis experiment: A clinical study conducted 1932-1972 in which black men were tricked into thinking they were receiving free healthcare from the government. While the 600 men — 399 of whom had contracted syphilis before the study began — did receive care, meals and free burial insurance, they did not receive treatment for syphilis. Nor did their wives who contracted the disease from them, nor their children born with congenital syphilis. And in fact, those who wanted to get treated through local programs were prevented from doing so. Revelations about the study led to the 1979 Belmont Report the EPA has been violating as well as the Office for Human Research Protections as part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Philippine prisoner study: U.S. Army doctors infected five prisoners with bubonic plague and exposed 29 others to beriberi in the early 1900s. Four of the test subjects died. In 1906, Harvard University Professor Richard Strong intentionally infected 24 Filipino prisoners with cholera that had been contaminated with the plague. He did this without their consent and without informing them of the dangers. All the test subjects became ill and 13 died.
St. Vincent’s House orphanage: A 1908 experiment in which three researchers infected dozens of children with tuberculin. Many of the children were permanently blinded and suffered from painful lesions and inflammation of the eyes.
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research syphilis experiment: In 1911, 146 hospital patients — including children — were injected with syphilis.
Influenza experiments: In 1941 at the University of Michigan, virologists Thomas Francis, Jonas Salk and others deliberately infected mental patients with the influenza virus by spraying it into their nasal passages.
Stateville Penitentiary: In the 1940s, inmates at the Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, Ill., were exposed to malaria. The study, which lasted 29 years, was conducted by the University of Chicago Department of Medicine along with the U.S. Army and State Department. Related studies were conducted from 1944-1946 on mental patients at the Illinois State Hospital. The precedent of these malaria studies were used as part of the defense for Nazi doctors at the Nuremburg trials.
Guatemala study: U.S. researchers used prostitutes to infect prison inmates, insane asylum patients and Guatemalan soldiers with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases in the late 1940s. Researchers later tried infecting people with “direct inoculations made from syphilis bacteria poured into men’s penises and on forearms and faces that were slightly abraded… or in a few cases through spinal punctures.” About 700 people (including orphaned children) were infected. The study was sponsored by the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau and the Guatemalan government. The research was led by John Charles Cutler, who later participated in the Tuskegee experiments. The research did not come to light until 2010.
San Francisco: In 1950, the U.S. Navy used airplanes to spray large quantities of the bacteria Serratia marcescens (considered harmless at the time) over San Francisco to conduct a simulation of a biological warfare attack. Dozens of residents contracted pneumonia-like illnesses and at least one man died. Tests with Serratia continued into the late 1960s.
Willowbrook State School: During the period 1950 to 1972, mentally disabled children at the school in Staten Island, N.Y., were intentionally infected with viral hepatitis. From 1963-1966, Saul Krugman of New York University promised parents of mentally disabled children that their children would be enrolled in Willowbrook in exchange for signing a consent form to have their children vaccinated. But the actual procedure involved deliberately infecting the children with viral hepatitis by feeding them an extract made from the feces of patients infected with the disease.
Ohio State Prison: In 1952, a researcher with Sloan-Kettering Institute injected live cancer cells into prisoners. Also at Sloan-Kettering, 300 healthy women were injected with live cancer cells without being told.
CIA biological experiments: The CIA released whooping cough bacteria from boats outside Tampa Bay, Fla., in 1955. A whooping cough epidemic resulted which killed at least 12 people.
U.S. Army biological warfare experiments: Army bio-warfare researchers released millions of infected mosquitoes over Savannah, Ga., and Avon Park, Fla., in 1956 and 1957 to test how yellow fever and dengue fever spreads. Hundreds contracted a wide variety of illnesses including fevers, respiratory illnesses, stillbirths, encephalitis and typhoid. Army researchers pretending to be public health workers photographed and conducted experiments on the victims. Several people died as a result of the experiments.
Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense: During the mid-1960s, the U.S. Army sprayed several U.S. ships transporting thousands of U.S. military personnel with various biological and chemical warfare agents. The personnel were not notified of the tests and were not given any protective gear. Among the chemicals and agents used were the nerve gasses VX and Sarin and toxic chemicals like zinc cadmium sulfide and sulfur dioxide.
Human radiation experiments: While much of the information on these experiments was (and some still is) classified, researchers conducted thousands of radiation experiments on the poor, sick, mentally disabled and some “conscientious objectors.” Some of the information came to light in 1986 in a government report, American Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Experiments on U.S. Citizens, that was issued by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Polio: One of the greatest medical myths that continues to persist is that the Jonas Salk polio vaccine ended the polio epidemic. The truth is polio’s rise in the United States coincided with an increased use of pesticides in the 1950s, many of which were byproducts of chemical weapons manufactured during World War II. These pesticides were found to increase susceptibility to viral infections, studies showed. Exposure to pesticides also came through milk, which was heavily contaminated with pesticides — including DDT — from crops being dusted with government-approved pesticides. Much of the milk had to be destroyed, according to a U.S. Senate report. Polio was transmitted through contaminated milk, as was tuberculosis, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, septic sore throat, diphtheria and infantile diarrhea. Patients undergoing tonsillectomy surgery had a greater chance of contracting the worst kind of polio: bulbar poliomyelitis. This is perhaps related to the milk contamination, as tonsillectomy surgery patients were given ice cream to eat. The pharmaceutical companies — which benefitted financially from the polio outbreak — funded the writings on the history of polio and its treatment. As such, the pharmaceutical companies were presented in the best possible light. Americans were not told about the many people who developed paralysis after being vaccinated against polio. Nor were they told about David Bodian, M.D., Ph.D., from the Poliomyelitis Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Bodian told the International Poliomyelitis Conference in 1954 — the year before the polio vaccine was introduced — injections and other vaccines, such as the DTP vaccine, “may be causing polio.” In 1955, when the Salk polio vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most serious post-war public health problem. In 1956, six New England States reported sharp increases in polio rates, from more than double in Vermont to 645 percent in Massachusetts, despite — or rather because of — the polio vaccine program. Idaho and Utah saw such an increase in polio cases and deaths they halted the vaccine program. In Congressional testimony in 1962, Bernard Greenberg, Ph.D., head of the Biostatistics Department at North Carolina University, said there were sharp increases in polio rates from 1957-1959 and that the Public Health Service had conducted a whitewash to suppress this knowledge. In 1977, even Salk admitted that mass inoculations caused most polio cases since 1971. Salk was, in fact, a medical criminal who used Federal funds to conduct medical experiments on helpless patients at a Michigan insane asylum, as noted above.
Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs kill many more people than guns, which the statists work continually to ban. There are more than 2 million adverse drug reactions annually and more than 100,000 people die each year from adverse drug reactions, according to the FDA.
On Wednesday, Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States (FLOTUS), planted her annual kitchen garden for spring. She was joined by 25 students from five local elementary schools and members of FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorps.
As she began her remarks, Obama proudly proclaimed that this year, the sixth year of her garden on the White House lawn, “… we’re doing [something] differently. We are going to plant something called a pollinator garden.”
“That’s great,” you say. After all, pollinators are in trouble; especially bees and monarch butterflies. And FLOTUS said as much. But it’s what she also said — and had the kids chanting — that’s the problem.
“So just for the folks at home who have not heard about a pollinator, but a pollinator garden helps to encourage the production of bees and monarch butterflies. And why do we need to do that? You guys — just yell it out,” Obama said.
“Because they pollinate the plants,” said the students.
“They pollinate the plants, they help the plants grow,” Obama said. “But why do we need to help bees and butterflies — what’s happening to them? Yell it out. They’re dying because of disease — we don’t even know why some beehives are just totally disappearing… So we’re going to plant all kinds of flowers that attract bees and butterflies, which is not going to make the Obama girls happy because they don’t really like bees. But bees are good. Bees are a good thing. So you guys are going to help do that, and that’s the first time we’ve done a pollinator garden. Pretty cool, huh?”
Therein lies the problem, because what Obama said is a lie. And now the kids will repeat that lie and live with it.
We know what’s happening to the bees and the butterflies. They are not dying because of “disease.” They are being killed by neonicontinoids like clothianidin and thiamethoxam being used on plants to kill pests. The pesticides are absorbed by plants and transported throughout a plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects. Neonicotinoids are chemically related to nicotine, the harmful ingredient in tobacco products.
Syngenta and Bayer are the leading manufacturers of the neonicotinoid variety of insecticides, and they claim there is no proof they are detrimental to bee health. But neonicotinoids are used on more than 100 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton annually; and California beekeepers say their populations have been so decimated that many of the State’s almond growers won’t have enough bees to effectively pollinate their trees.
But it’s not just butterflies and bees that are affected. The American Bird Conservancy last year published a review of 200 studies on neonicotinoids that included industry research obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The study calls for the banning of the insecticide based on its toxicity to birds, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.
Bees are essential pollinators of plants used for food and — along with butterflies, bats, beetles and some small mammals — are key components of the food system. Bee populations in China have been so decimated by the use of insecticides that farmers employ people to pollinate their almond trees. Unless and until the use of neonicotinoids and genetically modified plants is stopped, Americans will be hand pollinating its plants as well.
And consciously or not, FLOTUS is perpetuating the acceptance of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by brainwashing the children this way.
I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the April 2000 issue. While Edward Snowden’s “revelations” of the depth and breadth of government spying on Americans surprised many, readers of The Bob Livingston Letter™ were alerted to government spying programs 14 years ago.
Clinton Budget Funds Massive Police Wiretaps: President Clinton’s proposed budget includes millions to allow government electronic snooping on civilians, and the NSA appears to be heavily involved. One of the heftiest increases, from $15 million to $240 million, will pay phone companies to rewire their networks to facilitate police wiretapping.
Half of the money ($120 million) will come from the Defense Department ‘national security’ budget, a move that alarms privacy groups. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union said this, “thinly disguised intelligence agency money… confirms what we have suspected all along: The National Security Agency is a silent partner in the government’s campaign to make our entire telecommunications system, including the Net, wiretap ready.”
Source: Wired, Feb 7.
ECHELON Revealed! (Again)
A blockbuster report on the U.S. NSA’s super secret spy system, ECHELON, was presented to the European Parliament on Feb. 22. It confirmed that the NSA is deeply involved in the surveillance of European businesses and individuals. The report charges that all communications, including e-mail, computers, Internet, wire and cellular telephones are now spied upon by ECHELON. It also claims U.S. encryption software has been undermined by equipping nine strategic points of Internet exchanges with ECHELON detection software.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan rarely said anything intelligible. Ben Bernanke rarely said anything intelligent. Janet Yellen, on Tuesday, pandered like a politician in a room full of dependent-class voters. Since when did it become the job of the Fed Chairman to politic to the low-information crowd?
In a Chicago speech this week, Yellen lamented the plight of three people who are among the long-term unemployed. According to Yellen, the Federal Reserve needs to continue debasing the currency through profligate money printing because two ex-cons are unable to find work.
Yellen’s speech highlighted three people who “face big challenges” because the “job market is tougher now than in any recession.” Dorine Poole, who lost her job “just as the recession was starting;” Jermaine Brownlee, who “saw his wages drop sharply as he scrambled for odd jobs and temporary work;” and Vicki Lira, whose longtime job went away when a plant closed and another disappeared “when the housing market crashed” are “real people behind the statistics, struggling to get by and eager for the opportunity to build better lives.”
All were enduring long-term unemployment or suffering from being underemployed. But Yellen failed to mention several facts important to her narrative. Poole is a felon, convicted 20 years ago of theft. Brownlee is on parole following a drug conviction last year. Jobs are hard to come by for those not tainted with felony convictions not because the Fed is not doing enough. Jobs are scarce because the Fed is doing too much, and Obamacare is helping the Fed kill jobs. Lira’s job as a mortgage application processor was cut after the housing market crashed. The crash was a direct result of Fed policies.
“Although we work through financial markets, our goal is to help Main Street, not Wall Street,” Yellen said. If that’s truly the case (it’s not), the Fed needs to reverse course and do exactly opposite of what it’s been doing.
Thanks to Fed policies, workforce participation is the lowest it’s been in decades. Real unemployment (not the government-contrived number) is north of 23 percent and food prices (a real inflation indicator) are skyrocketing.
But Yellen brought out the cookies and milk for her speech. For the low-information crowd, that’s all it takes.
And by the way: Money printing will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. The stock market rose on the news.