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“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” –Alvin Toffler
As Americans, we have been taught from birth to love and respect our country. This is good. In America, many people have long-believed that the federal government was one their side. That view has eroded somewhat in previous decades and even more lately. What continues to amaze me is that so many citizens, while appropriately castigating a President and Congress, don’t seem to think the federal government itself (and in particular the agencies that formulate, implement and enforce policy after Congress passes laws and the President signs them) plays any role in their discontent.
Also in America, as elsewhere, we tend to put out of our minds the things we believe we cannot change, the things over which we believe or are told we have no control. And like obedient little children we dutifully shrug our shoulders and go on to the next order of business as we live out our days. If all you know and believe about matters directly affecting your life and that of your family is contained in what the government agencies, corporate spokespersons, politicians, establishment academics and the mass media tell you, then you know precious little.
An issue facing us all is the longtime problem with the two sides of the coin called healthcare. On one side is the provision of healthcare bolstered by doctors, hospitals, insurance plans (public or private), pharma/chemical companies and medical device manufacturers. On the other side there is a question that few ask: while proficient at treating (not curing) disease, why are we seeing a rise in so many diseases and medical conditions that now contribute to, for example, more than 25 percent of the children in this country being prescribed medications on a regular basis (Wall Street Journal 12/28/10)?
There are many reasons why a number of diseases and conditions continue to increase and many of them deal with the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals we drink, eat, breathe and absorb into our bodies every day (Presidents Cancer Panel report – April 2010). We wouldn’t need as much healthcare if we could keep the poisons out of our bodies.
For example, let’s pick an obvious and wide-ranging set of diseases: cancer. Beyond the complicity of the chemical/pharmaceutical industry and its Congressional and federal regulatory minions, I believe the reality is that cancer is too big to fail.
Yet we’ve raised money for years for the American Cancer Society, for example, to help fund “research” for the “war against cancer” through local Relay for Life efforts; all for an organization that uses less than 10 percent (that’s right) of the money it raises for cancer research (Dr. Devra Davis, 2007, xv).
And in April 2010 when the President’s Cancer Panel essentially blasted the chemical industry for its links to numerous cancers via many of its industrial chemicals that we’re exposed to, guess who came out bad-mouthing the 150-page, heavily documented study. That’s right, the American Cancer Society that uses less than 10 percent of its money for cancer research (Dr. Devra Davis, 2007, xv).
Yet there is one chemical element that is exceedingly toxic that also ends up in hundreds of other compounds. That element is fluorine, and it has a special significance. And while it has been the darling of industry since the 1940s and is a killer whose nature has been denied by industry and government for six decades, it is also added to your drinking water. The reason is no mystery. This is the foundation of Fluoridegate. Read the rest of this entry »
(Note: this column was first published in 2009)
Those of you familiar with this column are no stranger to what I believe is the sometimes criminal misuse and abuse of the Constitution and its rights by Congress and the President (the Ruling Elite) in administrations than span decades.
Continuing on that seemingly unalterable path and now early in 2010, it is apparent that candidate Obama’s multiple lofty claims while running for President, that “transparency” would be the order of the day for “We the People” during the healthcare overhaul, was nothing but a lie. Even C-Span had to call him, and Congress, on it. But then again, maybe his handlers can convince him and the Dems to play straight with the American people, at least on this issue.
As President, Obama, like Bush and many others, has joined the elite fraternity of chief executives who can’t seem to keep various promises. But why should they? And why should Congress?
They are our Ruling Elite because “We the People” allow them to assume that posture generation after generation. They continue to violate the Constitution with impunity while the people grumble but do nothing. When it comes to standing up for our rights, many Americans act like wimpy adults who more closely resemble whiny little children. Read the rest of this entry »
Comments pertaining to litigation on two separate issues directly affecting the physical health of countless Americans were reported earlier in 2008. One may lead to a more definitive explanation to looming questions over the large-scale exposure to toxic chemicals contained in biosolids. Millions of tons of biosolids, sewerage sludge, are used across America each year in lieu of fertilizer. The other issue may be the next step in providing a definitive explanation for the exposure to millions of children to the toxic chemical contained in childhood vaccines prior to 2002. Read the rest of this entry »
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
This fine piece of political wisdom is most often attributed to Adolph Hitler, who was heavily influenced by the works of Helena Blavatsky and thrust into power by the Aryan worldview-inspired Thule Society’s Dietrich Ekhardt. As he became chief overseer of the post-Weimar Republic that was crushed by reparations after the debacle at Versailles, Hitler made a name for himself on the world stage on the coattails of a hyper-inflating economy where it required millions of German marks to buy a pound of potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »
Putting 20,000 troops on American soil in late 2008 for purposes of domestic (emergency) response would have been extraordinary to the point of unbelievable prior to 9/11. Those were the words of homeland defense assistant defense secretary Paul McHale in November 2008. But that is exactly what is happening by September 2011; and 4,700 of that number are already on the ground at Ft. Stewart near Savannah. The reason: the threat of in-country terrorist attacks. The problem: federal law established in 1878 essentially prohibits such action for your protection against a government gone wild. Read the rest of this entry »
A minimum of hundreds of residents in Fayette and Fulton counties in southwest metro Atlanta in 2006 were exposed to a chemical mix called MOCAP wash water, a concoction that contains the organophosphate pesticide ethoprop and the chemical odorant Propyl mercaptan. By government accounts, the “onion odor” chemical emissions originated at the Philips Services Corp.(PSC) waste treatment plant on Ga. Highway 92 just outside Fairburn. The actions by the state and federal governments in response to this chemical poisoning were a slap in the face of citizens who are born and bred to believe their government would actually try to protect them from harm. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »
Nearly everybody in the country heard about the E. coli outbreak in summer 2006 that was responsible for more than 170 illnesses and at least one death in 25 states after those affected ate fresh spinach. Media websites by the thousands covered the story as it unfolded. The FDA quickly responded to the emergency and zeroed in on farms in Salinas County, California as the source of the tainted spinach. The response was rapid, comprehensive and noteworthy. Media coverage was nothing short of prolific. Read the rest of this entry »