Paula Deen Sells Her Soul

Paula Deen, the Southern chef known for creating fat- and sugar-laden dishes, has sold her soul to the devil that is Big Pharma.

Deen now admits that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. But rather than use her bully pulpit to preach a lifestyle of making healthy eating choices, Deen is now promoting the diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) manufactured by Novo Nordisk.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Victoza in January 2010, but it did so amid strong evidence of a link to thyroid cancer. The FDA ordered Novo Nordisk to include a “black box” warning on the drug’s label. A black box warning is the agency’s strongest warning and is used only when grave side effects are at issue. The warning states that the drug causes thyroid C-cell tumors in rodents. If the FDA — which cares only about Big Pharma profits and not a whit for the health of Americans — requires a black box warning, the cancer risk must be enormous.

Deen would do more for the health of her fans if she would talk to them about eating healthful, whole and raw foods and avoiding trans fats and sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup. Instead, she sold her soul. Those who follow her advice to continue eating “pleasure” foods and just turn to Big Pharma for a cure are embarking on a journey in which the cure can be worse than the disease.

 

The Next Few Years

Nobody knows how long the present fascist system, euphemistically called American democracy, will last. It is totally corrupt, and the breakdown of the rule of law is all but complete. Oh, yes, we still have the national symbols of liberty — but in name only. We have widespread corporate corruption as well as the corporate corruption of government and politics.

As with the collapse of all paper money systems in the last days of a fiat regime, everything is for sale with almost no exceptions.

The American people are under final siege, but precious few are aware. Most people are obsessed with their materialism and sports craze. It’s many times bigger than it was in Rome. Everything is money and money is everything. The United States has more political prisoners than the any nation in the world. What is left of the “American system” is rot shrouded in failed morality on synthetic life support.

More Americans need broader perspective beyond their daily obsessions and petty mindset. The screws are being tightened, and the force majeure (inevitability) of revolution is coming into focus.

Will government and its politicians awaken in time for reform with economic sobriety? The answer is categorically no! Nobody will give up power. Federal judges rule by edict. Thomas Jefferson correctly identified that the downfall of the United States will come from the judiciary — the one branch that has no accountability. The No. 2 cornerstone of national wealth is the rule of law. Paper money destroys the rule of law.

Few Americans are aware that the judiciary of the United States is accountable to no one. Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said the most ruthless, dishonest and dangerous segment in our government is the unaccountable judiciary.

Everything lies in their hands, from property values to the national wealth itself. When the rule of law becomes the self-interest of the state, nobody is safe. Your future is destroyed and your savings and assets are not secure.

When a Federal judge does not have any checks and balances to regulate his behavior, the very purpose of the rule of law is defeated.

Gold is the true indicator of the confidence in government. When confidence in the government declines, gold skyrockets.

One thing is certain: Historically, governments have rarely paid their debts. In the final collapse, government will attack the private sector and the people rather than admit that government itself caused the decline and fall of America, if not all of Western civilization.

The shock potential of the people is still dormant. Government propaganda and the public education system have numbed the senses of the crowd. It is not unlike a drug addiction.

The professional and managerial class is just as deceived as the street crowd. They don’t have a clue. They, too, are obsessed with Saturday’s game and their own little worlds. The big picture is anathema to them. They have no inquiring minds about the downward trend of the system or monetary realism. They could not care less except to pooh-pooh any voices of alarm.

It will end in the shadows, and it will end badly. The elite who plan and rule our lives will see to it. If their systems fail, they will take away the party. This is certain.

So-called American politicians are traitors to the people they supposedly represent. With few exceptions, the Supreme Court has so ruled that corporate financial “contributions” (payoffs) are now legally unlimited. Few have objected.

No Federal politician has brought forth a bill to take away their special privilege system of huge guaranteed-for-life retirements or the grandiose healthcare system they enjoy which is outside of and separate from Social Security and Medicare assigned to the people.

Then we learn that Congress has installed for itself no-risk investing based on inside information. This is a criminal offense for the public. Most politicians would not talk to 60 Minutes about the practice, while others were hostile, especially Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). They are world-class hypocrites!

The following is quoted from Martin Spring, On Target Oct. 11:

Explosive Potential in the Loss of Trust

Angry middle classes and the poor are going to “engineer a social or political revolution against the wealthy,” predicts Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the school of public policy at the National University of Singapore.

The rich either forgot or ignored “the implicit bargain” or “social contract” that they were allowed to get richer providing everyone benefited. Leading the way were the bankers who developed “financial weapons of mass destruction” of no economic value, yet “almost destroyed the world.”

“Yet, after being rescued by taxpayer money, then repaying nominal debt to governments — but not the debt for the social and economic destruction they caused” — the bankers reverted to paying themselves fat bonuses.

Mahbubani says: “Bankers and governments have lost the trust of the man on the street. Demonstrations on Wall Street and in cities around the world provide early tremors of powerful earthquakes to come.”

In the U.S., for example, it is only a matter of time before a charismatic activist emerges “to give political potency to the more reasonable demands of the Tea Party.”

He does not say so, but the inference is that the hard Right is more likely to emerge as a force that challenges the discredited ruling elites (and their politicians) than the usual suspects on the Left who have already had their chance to reshape their societies, with disappointing results.

One reason for the breakdown in public trust is that few people believe official inflation figures any more. They just don’t ring true when we see the prices we’re asked to pay at the supermarket, or the escalation in our bills for education, medical care, local taxes, or whatever.

One reason is that the bureaucrats deliberately ignore many costs such as those for food and energy, on the grounds that they are “temporary.” Oh yeah… A subtle yet more important reason is that the statisticians adjust the raw data to incorporate the extra value you get when buying new products. You may have to pay more, but think of how much better off you are, dummy…

In America, ShadowStats keeps a track of the difference between official inflation, and what’s really happened to prices without “calculation modifications.” The difference is amazing. Since the early 1980s inflation in the US has averaged 3.87 percent a year officially — but without all those modifications, it has averaged 11.45 percent No wonder ordinary folks are angry, and getting more so.

Such corruption will end badly because it is self-destruction of its perpetrators. This is a natural law with predictable consequences.

Things will happen. All governments are destroying their currencies by either massive overnight devaluation or the constant printing of money. In countries where currencies go down faster, those governments put on draconian controls and step up the suppression of citizens.

The rule of law has been supplanted by the rule by political edict.

All economies are political economies, that is, they are controlled by government. We can monitor government by their official denials. A denial means an imminent reversal. Watch and listen!

There will never again be rule of law with or alongside a fiat paper currency. It will all last until the shock potential is triggered and revolution becomes spontaneous. The slate will be wiped clean of debt and fiat money. This economic winter will have run its course.

The good news is that economic spring is coming with new and powerful impetus and growth grounded on a new monetary system with the restoration of the rule of law. I will meet you there! But first, we have to go through the fire!

In the economic winter, with huge world debt and collapsing currencies, we invested in gold, silver, and gold and silver equities.

In economic spring we will invest in big board blue chip New York stocks and real estate.

–Bob Livingston

Don’t Waste Your Time

Dear Bob,

Q: Does it do any good for us to write our Congressman about an issue?

A: I cringe when I read “write your congressman.” I think of Dracula being in charge of the blood bank. With very few exceptions, the “elected” politicians are completely amoral. They have a completely different mindset from the people they are supposed to represent. They have absolutely no concept of right or wrong.

To them, “right” is self-aggrandizement and how to stay in office. Unless and until we can view them as Machiavellians, we will be deceived about every political event.

Most politicians have one purpose: to milk the system for all it’s worth. They have total and complete contempt for the U.S. Constitution. Politicians have no value system, and the rule of law is a joke to them. Isn’t it time for us to stop believing in the Santa Claus of the two-party system?

Does it matter what labels devils wear? Washington is a cesspool of corrupt politicians. So writing your Congressman probably isn’t the most effective way to make a difference.

Adams vs. Obama

It’s doubtful President Barack Obama has read much written by the Founding Fathers. If he did, he’s forgotten it, because his idea of government is a far cry from what the Founders envisioned.

Obama is the ultimate crony capitalist. He uses government to reward his friends and campaign contributors. According to his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he hopes to continue that trend. He said: “It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

While I agree with ending taxpayer giveaways to the oil industry, to which Obama was referring, those industries he calls promising seem to most people to be failures: Solyndra, Beacon Power and SpecraWatt. Columnist Michelle Malkin exposes it here.

In Thoughts on Government, John Adams explains the purpose of government:

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

Crony capitalism is just one aspect of government that must be changed if we are to have any hope of getting our economic house in order.

Lying Newt

Apparently, Newt Gingrich never learned the Mark Twain adage: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Fresh off his win in South Carolina — in which the State’s Republican voters expressed their preference for a guy who can play a crowd with a planned, made-for-TV sound bite over a person of substance — Gingrich went into full Gingrich mode and started talking off the top of his head again. It always gets him in trouble.

This time, he just flat out lied.

Trying to reinforce his conservative bona fides, Gingrich intimated he was a Barry Goldwater/Ronald Reagan conservative. “I went to a Goldwater organizing session in 1964. I met with Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1974. I worked with Jack Kemp, and Art Laffer and others to develop supply side economics in the late ’70s. I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan. I helped pass the Reagan economic program and worked with the National Security Council on issues including the collapse of the Soviet Empire,” he told NBC News’ Brian Williams during the GOP debate in Tampa Monday night.

Gingrich is trying hard to “prove” he’s a conservative. It would be a difficult slog if people paid attention to reality and substance rather than fluff and propaganda. Unfortunately, most Republican voters are treating the nomination process like another episode of “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars.”

Gingrich has supported cap and trade, individual mandates, bailouts, TARP and gun control. He believes the USA Patriot Act is good legislation. He said he would have voted for the recently passed, Constitution-killing National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the government to arrest and detain Americans on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without charges or trial.

On numerous occasions, Gingrich has called Franklin Delano Roosevelt his favorite President of the 20th Century, and has said FDR was the greatest President. This is the same FDR whose New Deal policies both deepened and prolonged the Great Depression, who confiscated private property (including individually owned gold), redistributed wealth, raised taxes on businesses to more than 90 percent, conducted illegal wiretaps, tried to shut down opposition newspapers, used government make-work programs to finance and work for his campaigns, illegally interned 110,000 Japanese Americans, gave special benefits to labor unions, destroyed food while Americans starved, let Communists infiltrate his Administration and made a deal with Joseph Stalin that left millions of Eastern Europeans to suffer and die under Communism.

A Goldwater/Reagan Republican? Hardly. Gingrich is a leftist, progressive, neocon Rockefeller Republican (by his own admission; see  here and here). If elected, he will govern as such.

Child Abuse Or Vitamin D Deficiency?

Loving parents are being charged with child abuse because authorities fail to consider low levels of vitamin D in infants as a cause of broken bones and head trauma.

Many pediatricians warn parents to keep their newborns out of direct sunlight and use sun block to protect their baby’s skin. Pediatricians don’t routinely check infants for vitamin D levels. But breastfed babies, particularly black babies born in late winter and early spring and living above latitude 35 degrees, are susceptible to low vitamin D levels, according to John Cannell, MD., of the Vitamin D Council.

Insufficient vitamin D in infants causes soft bones that break easily. In severe cases, brain hemorrhaging that mimics shaken baby syndrome can occur. So parents who handle their infants appropriately can be accused of child abuse even when they haven’t done anything wrong.

A recent case in Great Britain is a prime example. A couple whose child died from a head injury was charged with murder. The couple denied having abused their child, but prosecutors insisted the brain damage could have occurred only if the child had been violently shaken or slammed against a wall. Medical, professional and expert witnesses were unable to agree on the cause of the baby’s injuries.

The couple was acquitted by a jury because the autopsy revealed the child had a severe case of rickets, caused by a vitamin D deficiency in the mother, who was breastfeeding.

It’s happening in America as well. Cannell has published numerous letters written to him by couples in similar straits.

The criminal justice system in those cases considers only the possibility of abuse, even though there are no other signs of bruising or injuries accompanying the broken bones and brain hemorrhaging. Prosecutors then offer the parents a Gordian knot-type deal: The father must agree to plead guilty to abusing the child in order to allow the child to remain with the mother. If the father refuses, the child is taken away from the parents and put on an infant formula.

The formula, which contains vitamin D supplements, leads to the child’s improvement, which, in the minds of authorities, proves the child suffered from abuse. They attribute the lack of additional injuries to the fact that the child is out of an abusive environment rather than the addition of vitamin D supplementation through the change in diet.

Be sure to have your pediatrician check your infant’s vitamin D levels during checkups, particularly if the baby is being breastfed. Failing to do so could lead to severe injury or death of your child and a world of legal troubles for one or both parents.