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Tell us about it... / Re: Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic
« Last post by Wook on September 21, 2014, 01:29:38 PM »
A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry - and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet.

Patricia Mora, a research professor in coastal ecology and fisheries science at the National Institute of Technology in Mexico, has been studying the impact of wind turbines in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in southern Mexico, an environmentally sensitive region which has the highest concentration of wind farms in Latin America.

The turbines, she says in an interview with Truthout, have had a disastrous effect on local flora and fauna.

When a project is installed, the first step is to "dismantle" the area, a process through which all surrounding vegetation is eliminated. This means the destruction of plants and sessilities - organisms that do not have stems or supporting mechanisms - and the slow displacement over time of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, arachnids, fungi, etc. Generally we perceive the macro scale only, that is to say, the large animals, without considering the small and even microscopic organisms...

....After the construction is finalized, the indirect impact continues in the sense that ecosystems are altered and fragmented. As a result, there is a larger probability of their disappearance, due to changes in the climate and the use of soil.

Then there is the damage caused by wind turbine noise:

There is abundant information about the harm caused by the sound waves produced by wind turbines. These sound waves are not perceptible to the human ear, which makes them all the more dangerous. They are also low frequency sound waves and act upon the pineal and nervous systems, causing anxiety, depression (there is a study from the United States that found an elevated suicide rate in regions with wind farms), migraines, dizziness and vomiting, among other symptoms.

But the wind turbine operators are able to get away with it because the system is so corrupt.

What happens is absolute corruption. I have to admit that generally there are "agreements" behind closed doors between the consultants or research centers and the government offices before the studies are conducted. They fill out forms with copied information (and sometimes badly copied), lies or half truths in order to divert attention from the real project while at the same time complying with requirements on paper. Unfortunately, consultants sometimes take advantage of high unemployment and hire inexperienced people or unemployed career professionals without proper titles. Sometimes the consultants even coerce them into modifying the data.

Research centers, pressured by a lack of funding, accept these studies. It is well known that scientists recognized by CONACYT (National Counsel on Science and Technology) accept gifts from these companies, given that they need money to buy equipment for their laboratories and to fill their pocketbooks to maintain their lifestyles. This is the extent of the corruption. Upon reviewing these studies, it is clear that the findings are trash, sometimes even directly copied from other sources online. These studies tend to focus on the "benefits of the project" and do not include rigorous analysis.

The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) does follow-up to the studies, but everything can be negotiated. The bureaucrats have the last word.

Though Professor Mora is talking specifically about Mexico, what she says applies equally well to supposedly more transparent democracies such as Britain, Australia, the US, Canada and Denmark. The wind industry is necessarily one of the most corrupt enterprises on earth because it depends for its entire existence on government favours, backhanders, dishonest environmental impact assessments and on regulators turning a blind eye to the known health problems caused by wind turbine noise. Without crony capitalism, the wind industry simply would not exist.

Here are some links to a few of Breitbart's hits on the subject. As I can personally testify from a decade spent covering this scandal, there are few forms of life on the planet lower than those parasites who make their fortune out of bird-chomping, bat-slicing eco-crucifixes.

Anomalous Herald News / Re: WWIII ?
« Last post by Wook on September 21, 2014, 12:14:38 PM »
WASHINGTON — More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Army’s top officer said Friday.

Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno discussed the cuts with reporters Friday at a breakfast in Washington.

The notifications, part of an effort to rapidly shrink the size of the ground forces, have drawn heavy criticism from lawmakers. In June, more than 1,100 Army captains were notified that their military careers would soon end. It was later revealed that 48 were serving in Afghanistan when they were informed that they were getting the ax.

“The men and women deployed overseas have left their homes and families to fight for our country,” Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz., said in a written statement in July. “It’s deplorable the Obama administration would treat them this way.”

More separation notifications went out to 550 Army majors last month, and early retirement boards for lieutenant colonels and colonels are scheduled next year.

Russia has described as “foolish” the Western sanctions imposed on the country, warning that European countries won’t be able to return to the Russian market once the sanctions are removed.

“These foolish sanctions will pass, but international relations will continue. And currency markets will open up,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Vesti 24 TV channel.

“The niches in our [Russian] economy, which will by then be occupied by local produces or other foreign producers... our European counterparts wouldn’t be able to come back,” he added.

He pointed out that Asian and Latin American companies that will replace the European ones in the Russian market will maintain their positions after the sanctions are over.

“This is the price Europe will have to pay” for attempting to exert economic pressure on Russia.

“We’re decent people. If we reach agreements, then we fulfill the existing contracts, including those with our Latin American and Asian counterparts, of course. And those of our Western partners, who’ll be eager to return, will only be able to take the remaining share, nothing more,” he further noted.

If the European countries continue to be hostile toward Russia, “many of our products, a significant portion of our resources and much of our trade will switch to the Asia-Pacific region,” the Russian premier further said.

Early in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered government agencies to restrict agricultural imports from the countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow.

Medvedev enforced the economic tit-for-tat sanctions following a recent decision by the European Union and United States to tighten sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

The Western powers accuse Moscow of playing a role in the crisis in eastern Ukraine, which broke out when Kiev launched military operations to silence pro-Russia protests in April; Russia denies the accusation.

A funny thing happened on the way to dystopia.

As Western mainstream media fall into the hands of lying billionaires, Zionists, and intelligence agencies (three categories with significant overlap) – and as neoconservatives script big media’s ignoble lies – a surging internet-based alternative media has arisen to challenge the elite’s false narratives. Thanks to alt-media, fewer and fewer people are buying the simplistic feel-good myths peddled by the mainstream.

While most old people still cling to the corporate media worldview, the young are skewing ever-harder toward alternative perspectives. In Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, for example, the London Daily Mirror reported that 71% of 16-17 year olds voted “yes” while those over 65 voted “no” by a 73%-27% margin. 

Why does the vast majority of Scottish young people favor independence, while an equally crushing majority of old people opposes it?

Short answer: Old people still believe BBC propaganda, while the young do not.

During the run-up to the referendum, huge crowds of young people gathered to protest the BBC’s biased coverage of the campaign. John Robertson
Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration.

The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP's Washington bureau chief, Sally Buzbee. During a joint meeting of news editors, she stated that the same kind of behavior is starting to appear in state and local governments.

Buzbee pointed out eight ways that the Obama administration is stifling public access to information – including keeping reporters away from witnessing any military action the United States takes as it battles Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

READ MORE: National security reporter shared drafts with CIA press office, emails reveal

“The public can’t see any of it,” Buzbee said, referring to the military campaign. “News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off – there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the [US] bombers fly from.”

She also expressed frustration with the government’s handling of the upcoming 9/11 trial, during which journalists are prohibited from looking at even non-classified court filings in real time.

“We don’t know what prosecutors are asking for, or what defense attorneys are arguing,” she said.

Meanwhile, basic information about the prison complex in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is being withheld from the public, despite the fact that the Bush administration freely shared this data. The media is unable to learn how many inmates are on hunger strike in the infamous prison, or how frequently assaults on guards take place
Rep. Chaffetz gave Secretary Johnson plenty of rope, and then the inevitable happened. The line of questioning began like this:

Chaffetz: “Since you took office, Secretary Johnson, on December 23, are you aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists who were trying to come to our country illegally?”

Johnson: “Umm. That’s an important question. Uh, attempting to come to this country?”

Chaffetz: “Who came across our border illegally. Did you ever apprehend anybody who was a known terrorist, a suspected terrorist, somebody who had ties to a terrorist organization?”

Johnson: “Sitting here right now, um, no specific case comes to mind; that doesn’t mean there is none. Um, uh, perhaps, perhaps Director Comey can think of one. Siting here right now none comes to mind but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Nor does that mean there’s no investigation of one either.”

BOMBSHELL: DHS Forced to Admit to Terrorists Caught at Texas Border
Secretary Johnson: “Attempting to come TO this country?”

That’s when Congressman Chaffetz dropped the bomb.  Not only did he explain to the Secretary of DHS that there were in fact reports of FOUR individuals with ties to terrorist organizations that were apprehended at two separate locations on the Texas border, but he also had information from an internal DHS document containing statistics on immigration activities.
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According to that document, during the 351 days of fiscal year 2014, there were 466,000 apprehensions of illegals, also 157,012 illegals that “got away,” and 142,630 individuals that were reported “turn backs”. The compilation of apprehensions represented people from 143 different countries. Additionally, the sensors that are placed in locations primarily in the southwest, recorded a jump of over 1,000,000 hits from fiscal year 2013 until now.


From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation

25 minutes ago

Crystals which contain photonic information after the teleportation. Credit: © GAP, University of Geneva (UNIGE)

Physicists at the University of Geneva have succeeded in teleporting the quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometers of optical fiber.

The experiment, carried out in the laboratory of Professor Nicolas Gisin, constitutes a first, and simply pulverises the previous record of 6 kilometres achieved ten years ago by the same UNIGE team. Passing from light into matter, using teleportation of a photon to a crystal, shows that, in quantum physics, it is not the composition of a particle which is important, but rather its state, since this can exist and persist outside such extreme differences as those which distinguish light from matter. The results obtained by Félix Bussières and his colleagues are reported in the latest edition of Nature Photonics.

Quantum physics, and with it the UNIGE, is again being talked about around the world with the Marcel Benoist Prize for 2014 being awarded to Professor Nicolas Gisin, and the publication of experiments in Nature Photonics. The latest experiments have enabled verifying that the quantum state of a photon can be maintained whilst transporting it into a crystal without the two coming directly into contact. One needs to imagine the crystal as a memory bank for storing the photon's information; the latter is transferred over these distances using the teleportation effect.

Teleporting Over 25 Kilometres

The experiment not only represents a significant technological achievement but also a spectacular advance in the continually surprising possibilities afforded by the quantum dimension. By taking the distance to 25 kilometres of optical fibre, the UNIGE physicists have significantly surpassed their own record of 6 kilometres, the distance achieved during the first long-distance teleportation achieved by Professor Gisin and his team in 2003.

Memory After Triangulation
triangulate = .333

So what exactly is this testing of quantum entaglement and its properties? One needs to imagine two entangled photons -in other words two photons inextricably linked at the most infinitesimal level by their joint states. One is propelled along an optical fibre (the 25 kilometres mentioned earlier), but not the other, which is sent to a crystal. It is a bit like a game of billiards, with a third photon hitting the first which obliterates both of them. Scientists measure this collision. But the information contained in the third photon is not destroyed -on the contrary it finds its way to the crystal which also contains the second entangled photon.

Thus, as Félix Bussières the lead author of this publication explains, one observes "that the quantum state of the two elements of light, these two entangled photons which are like two Siamese twins, is a channel that empowers the teleportation from light into matter".

From there, it is a small step to conclude that, in quantum physics, the state takes precedence over the 'vehicle' - in other words an item's quantum properties transcend classical physical properties. A step that maybe now one can take.

Explore further: Picturing Schrodinger's cat: Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method

More information: Quantum teleportation from a telecom-wavelength photon to a solid-state quantum memory, Nature Photonics, DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.215

itza  chiral spiral of the left and right eye role  recombined in the third eye of the mind.

In this improv the part played by the "Watcher"  literally assumes in the cast that he is a participant spectator.

As in all improvs , suggestions from the crowd spur development of a continuum.

Answers from the  cast are recast as precious mettle of a solid gold performance.

Watcher by virtue of your avatar you are the "Observer" cast in the "EYE" role.

You now will play the "Role" of the I/Eye.

Watch as the  improv  will: Recast the Past.
Anomalous Herald News / Re: WWIII ?
« Last post by Vianova on September 20, 2014, 10:45:02 PM »
The Porostinko Predicament

NATO'S (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) most senior military commander has said
the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists currently exists 'in name only'.

Gen Philip Breedlove said the numbers of artillery rounds fired recently
was comparable to periods before the truce came into effect two weeks ago.

He added, however, that he was "hopeful"
about a new agreement signed in the early hours of Saturday.

Gen Breedlove, Nato's supreme allied commander in Europe,
was speaking after a meeting with Nato military chiefs in Vilnius, Lithuania.

"The situation in Ukraine is not good right now," he told reporters.

"The number of events, and the number of rounds fired and the artillery used
across the past few days match some of the pre-ceasefire levels.
The ceasefire is still there in name,
but what is happening on the ground is quite a different story," he added.

He said that since last week, some Russian forces inside Ukraine had returned to Russia
but remained available to "bring their military force to bear on Ukraine".

The Russian government says that any Russians fighting inside Ukraine are doing so in a private capacity.
The nine-point agreement envisages the creation of a 30km (19 mile) buffer zone
between the opposing sides, with each moving its troops back by 15km.

The  :horsepoop: Prescription

Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said that the two sides
did not discuss the status of the rebel-held areas of Luhansk and Donetsk.

 :rofl:   Porostinko ---->  :horsepoop: <----- Pootin on white horse

Petro Porostinko, Ukraine's president,
asked the United States for weapons
to fight the rebels during a visit to Washington last week.
The US did not agree <----
but approved a $53m (£32.5m) package of non-lethal aid.

additional in edit
wild stuff at this link, cool images
Ice Cream, Corpses, and the Big Bear: Repatriating Dead Russians From Ukraine

On the road to the border with Russia, a sign featuring a Soviet solider boldly proclaims:
“Heroic actions are immortal.”
But the bodies in the back of the truck are not Russia’s heroes; they are its dirty secret.

For these dead men there was no safe passage, no final salute,
and no solemn celebration of a soldier’s final return home.


Anomalous Herald News / Re: WWIII ?
« Last post by Vianova on September 20, 2014, 10:35:20 PM »
The Putin Prescription

... catching up on the Ukraine .... a few days ago

Very interesting reading in a Reuters article

Special Report: Moscow stifles dissent as soldiers return in coffins

Yelena Tumanova could not be reached for comment
and Reuters was unable to review the documents.
But more than 10 soldiers in her dead son’s unit told Krivenko and Ella Polyakova,
another member of the presidential human rights council,
that Anton Tumanov
died in an Aug. 13 battle near the Ukrainian town of Snizhnye.
The battle, the soldiers said,
killed more than 100 Russian soldiers serving in the 18th motorized rifle brigade of military unit 27777, which is based outside the Chechen capital of Grozny.

Rolan, 23, a fellow soldier who served with Tumanov,
told Reuters that his comrade died on the operating table
after he was hit by shrapnel from rockets.
Rolan said he was steps away in an armored personnel carrier when the rockets struck.
He said two in his group died, including another soldier, named Robert.

"I was inside an APC, hatches were open,
and as a result I was lightly stunned and shell-shocked," said Rolan.

"Robert and Anton were outside two or three steps away
and they simply did not manage to hide.
Robert died right there.
We gave first aid to Anton, he was already on the operating table when he died," said Rolan,
now at home in Russia's Krasnodar region where he is recovering from an injury.

Human rights workers and military workers say some 15 other Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine, with hundreds more now in hospital.

The idea of an outright invasion of eastern Ukraine by Russian troops is highly unpopular in Russia.
A survey by pro-Kremlin pollster Fund of Social Opinions
said 57 percent of Russians support the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics,
but only 5 percent support an invasion of Ukrainian territory.


But Kiev maintains that Russian troops have in the past few weeks helped separatists
reverse the tide of the conflict,
pushing Ukrainian forces back from the Russian border
and allowing the separatists access to the sea.

And Reuters was able to find people who know of hundreds of soldiers injured in Ukraine,
or whose relatives are fighting in Ukraine,
building up the most comprehensive picture yet of Russian battlefield casualties in the country.

A military doctor told Reuters that hundreds of Russian soldiers
injured in fighting in eastern Ukraine are now in military hospitals in the regions of Moscow,
St. Petersburg and Rostov, which borders Ukraine.

"Generally they bring (the injured) to Rostov and to Moscow," he said.

Sergei Kozlov, an IT specialist in Moscow, says his nephew Nikolai,
a paratrooper based in Ulianovsk, was sent to Ukraine on Aug. 24.
He was hit by a shell after he crossed the border, Sergei Kozlov said, and lost his leg.

"He was operated on in Rostov Province and then was brought to Moscow
because there was no more room there.
But even now there is no room in Moscow hospitals or in St. Petersburg
because they're all filled with people injured in Ukraine,"
Sergei Kozlov said by phone. Nikolai, who Sergei said is still in hospital, could not be reached.

A cab driver in Moscow who gave his name as Vitaly said his son was also sent to Ukraine.
He has a picture on his dashboard of the 20-year-old boy smiling atop an armored personnel carrier.

Vitaly says he is furious that his son – a paratrooper based in Pskov near Estonia -
has been sent to Ukraine to fight for the rebels.

"They sent him there illegally to fight for the rebels two weeks ago.
He says he'll be back on Nov. 20. I'm counting the days," he said.

Vitaly says officers tried to force his son - serving mandatory military service -
to change his status to a contract soldier,
which would legally allow him to serve abroad. Conscripts in Russia are exempt from foreign service.

His son refused to sign, but officers sent him to Ukraine anyway.
"They dressed him up like a rebel so no one would know he was a Russian soldier and off he went,"
said Vitaly.

Rolan, the serviceman who fought alongside Tumanov in Snizhnye,
says he spent 10 days fighting in Ukraine in the middle of August.
Back home in the Krasnodar region, he said his commanders offered soldiers the option to go to Ukraine. The men could refuse, but the commanders were very supportive of those who agreed.
Rolan went, he said, because of his military oath and to protect Russian-speakers from Ukrainian forces, routinely referred to as fascists, in Russia.
His unit put him on paid leave to make the trip.

the above and below certainly can be viewed from a US propaganda perspective.
None the less, it is worth a glance
The use of misleading uniforms to sneak into foreign territory for a secret operation
does not surprise Russian military experts.
One Moscow-based army analyst recalled the earlier “masquerades”
or false flag operations under Soviet military doctrine,
sending Soviet and Russian commandos dressed as locals in Afghanistan and in Chechnya:
 “Our forces conducted secret operations in the Middle East and in Africa this way.
Putin’s strategy is not unique,” says the analyst who declined to be named.

It wasn’t long before the first truck with a large,
crookedly written “200” on its side rolled into Russia on June 2nd,
bringing back 31 bodies of Russian “volunteer” soldiers, mostly in their late 30s to early 40s.

this next passage is rife with style lies and propaganda, ----> Newsweek style .
The same shit on both sides

Afterwards, members of the press in the courtyard of Kirovsky Hospital’s morgue in Donetsk,
watched doctors and rebels whispering
over the wooden coffins:
“Let them receive them on the other side and figure out where to send the refrigerator,”
they muttered, clueless about the final destination.

sounds like pulp fiction ... what "members of the press" ... ?

“The deceased man in the grave was Dmitry Kustov, a drafted soldier,
serving in the army since last year,” Lyudmila says.
For some reason wholly unknown to his family,
Dima ended up fighting a war in a foreign country, Ukraine, in late July.

Anomalous Herald News / Re: Swine Flu and Pig Poo Flu Hysteria
« Last post by Vianova on September 20, 2014, 09:04:24 PM »
Very interesting stuff Wook

As an example of the subterfuge,
one of the environmental groups which signed the petition,
Friends of the Earth,
sent emails in the spring of 2009 to concerned members
who used colloidal silver
to assure them that they had no desire or intention to regulate colloidal silver,
but then in June 2009 they published a position paper which stated,
"We believe that all over-the-counter colloidal silver products
should be immediately withdrawn from the market and their sale should be banned
(unless approved as a drug by the appropriate regulatory agency).

 Friends of the Earth (FOE),
June 2009 report "Nano and Biocidal Silver:
Extreme Germ Killers Present a Growing Threat to Public Health" pg. 13

I went to the pdf itself to verify the text here.
They did say this,
but on page 15


Colloidal silver is a special case in point.
Many extravagant, unfounded and/or dubious claims have
been made regarding the properties of colloidal
silver: that it protects against werewolves, guards
against respiratory illnesses, and can be used to
treat many illnesses including skin cancer. Some
regulatory agencies (e.g. FDA in the U.S., TGA in
Australia) have prohibited producers of colloidal
silver products from making claims of medical
effectiveness. However colloidal products still remain
on sale and numerous manufacturers worldwide
continue to claim medical effectiveness. Regulators
have warned that apart from potentially causing a
permanent blue-gray discoloration of the skin and/or
deep tissues (argyria) in humans, its use especially in
food-producing animals, may result in silver residues
in milk and/or meat (FDA 1997). The consumption
of these products may in turn be dangerous to human
health. In December 2008 the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) decided that there was insufficient
evidence to determine the safety of nanosilver
hydrosols used in food supplements. EFSA
proclaimed that it was “unable to assess the safety of
silver hydrosols for nutritional purposes as a source
of silver in food supplements and the bioavailability
of silver from this source.” (EFSA 2008)

We believe that all over-the-counter colloidal silver
products should be immediately withdrawn from
the market and their sale should be banned (unless
approved as a drug by the appropriate appropriate regulatory agency).

Anomalous Herald News / Re: WWIII ?
« Last post by Vianova on September 20, 2014, 08:46:12 PM »

Scale of suffering at Syrian refugee camp is revealed by photo of huge queue for food
Aid is distributed at the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, where the UN says people have been reduced to eating animal feed. Since the photograph was taken, aid has ceased to be delivered because of security concerns

Syria: Assad forces 'using starvation as weapon of war'
A new report says at least 128 refugees have died at the besieged Yarmouk camp in Damascus as a result.
It says thousands of people still trapped there face a "catastrophic humanitarian crisis".
Amnesty says families have been forced to forage for food in the streets - risking being killed by snipers.
There were reports of fresh fighting on the edge of the camp last week.

Yarmouk camp, which is estimated to house around 17,000-20,000 Palestinian and Syrian refugees,
has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital.
It has been without electricity since April 2013
and most of the hospitals have closed after running out of even the most basic medical supplies.

"Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using starvation of civilians as a weapon of war,"
says Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East director.

"The harrowing accounts of families having to resort to eating cats and dogs,
and civilians attacked by snipers as they forage for food,
have become all too familiar details of the horror story that has materialised in Yarmouk."

Mr Luther described the siege as "collective punishment" of the civilian population
and called on the Syrian government to allow humanitarian agencies immediate access to the camp.

Residents told Amnesty that they have not eaten fruit or vegetables for months
and at least 60% of people in Yarmouk are said to be suffering from malnutrition.

The camp was created as a refuge for Palestinians fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war
but it became a focus of heavy fighting in Damascus in late 2012
when opposition fighters moved in.

The majority of the 180,000 Palestinians at Yarmouk
fled what had been their biggest community in Syria
but around 20,000 have been trapped inside since government forces cut it off in July last year.

Last month the UN Security Council
agreed a resolution calling for all parties involved in the conflict to immediately lift sieges,
but this has so far failed to lead to an improvement in the situation of besieged civilians.

The UN made some aid deliveries but these were halted
when a truce between rebels
and pro-government Palestinian militants in the camp broke down.

Anomalous Herald News / Re: Swine Flu and Pig Poo Flu Hysteria
« Last post by Wook on September 20, 2014, 08:29:20 PM »
Merck, Other Pharma Companies Helped Fund Activist Groups Who Petitioned the EPA to Regulate Nano-Silver as a Pesticide

 by Tony Isaacs

Last year it was revealed that a handful of the activist agencies behind the petition to the EPA to regulate nano-silver as a pesticide received funding from pharmaceutical giant Merck, which annually has hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from patented antibioics which many believe are less effective, less safe and far more expensive than colloidal nano-silver products.

Further investigation by this reporter discovered that the initial revelations were just the tip of the iceberg when it came Merck and other pharmaceutical companies' funding of the groups who supported the EPA's regulation of nano-silver.

The actual source of the funding that was first revealed in emails and colloidal silver blogsites was the John Merck Fund, which was set up in 1970 by Serena Merck, the widow of Merck Pharmaceuticals CEO George W. Merck, in honor of their short-lived son John. The recipients of funding who are signees on the petition to the EPA were identified as:

Funding To Activist Groups
Total Donated
Time Frame

Center for Food Safety
1999 – 2005

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
1992 – 2003

International Center for Technology Assessment
1999 – 1999

Consumers Union of the United States
2000 – 2001

2000 – 2002

Friends of the Earth
1992 – 2000

Subsequently, it was discovered that a second Merck foundation, the Merck Family Fund, gave a $200,000 grant for 2006-2007 to another petitioner, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

 The Center for Food Safety (CFS) which along with its sister organization the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA), initiated the EPA petition and enlisted the other groups which signed off on the petition, received the second largest amount of funding of any group from the John Merck Fund - second only to the huge total of the Tides Center/Tides Foundation, whose total funding of almost $2.7 Million dwarfs the combined total of $1.75 Million given to the CFS and the ICTA and CFS.

 As it turns out, the top funding recipients Tides Foundation and Tides Center are also actively involved in the petition to regulate silver, as well as the source of funding and support to several of the other groups who signed the EPA petition. Their position became apparent to one and all when they posted a press release urging support of the EPA petition:

 The Tides Foundation is described by as quickly becoming "the 800 pound gorilla for activist funding." As reported on ActivistCash:

 "The Tides foundation was established in 1976 by California activist Drummond Pike, Tides does two things better than any other foundation or charity in the U.S. today: it routinely obscures the sources of its tax-exempt millions, and makes it difficult (if not impossible) to discern how the funds are actually being used.

 "In practice, "Tides" behaves less like a philanthropy than a money-laundering enterprise (apologies to Procter & Gamble), taking money from other foundations and spending it as the donor requires. Called donor-advised giving, this pass-through funding vehicle provides public-relations insulation for the money's original donors. By using Tides to funnel its capital, a large public charity can indirectly fund a project with which it would prefer not to be directly identified in public. Drummond Pike has reinforced this view, telling The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with."

 Due to the efforts of many foundations to keep their funding activities anonymous, it is difficult to determine the true scope of pharmaceutical company funding for the Tides group as well as the individual activist groups. However, information on the Tides Center's website and other web searches found that the Tides Center itself is a big source of funding and support to several of the other groups not listed as direct recipients of funding from Merck.

 For example, the Center for Environmental Health is itself a a project of the Tides Center.

 The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy received previous funding and had previous connections with the Tides Foundation.

 The Clean Production Action is a Tides Center project.

 Food and Water Watch receives donations from the Tides Foundation.

 Though not listed as a recipient of funding from Merck or the Tides Center, The Loka Institute, which has no current offices, was previously provided office space and a mailbox in Washington, DC by the International Center for Technology Assessment in their own offices.

 Lest one think that Merck is the only Big Pharma company funding the activist groups directly or else indirectly funneling money to them through the Tides Foundation and Tides Center, a quick internet search found the following listed as the top funding recipient from the Pfizer Foundation:

 Tides Foundation & Tides Center
 $300,000.00 (2003 - 2004)

 Thus far, the EPA has taken no action on the petition, though many expect that silver may ultimately be regulated as a pesticide, which will have the effect of banning virtually all the colloidal silver products currently used by millions of people to combat infections and pathogens of all kinds - many of which mainstream medicine has no answer for, such as MRSA.

 Make no mistake, though the environmental groups would have us believe that they are primarily concerned with new products that incorporate "nanosilver" into their makeup such as computer keyboards, clothing and other textiles that were impregnated with nanosilver for antimicrobial purposes, the true agenda of the petition to the EPA was colloidal silver, which represents a huge threat to the billions of dollars in profits Big Pharma annually rakes in from less effective, less safe and far more expensive patented antibiotic drugs.

 Such an agenda becomes obvious when one looks at the list of products singled out for banning that was part of the petitions and finds the three largest producers of colloidal silver specifically listed among the products. Many more colloidal silver products were later added as an addendum.

 As an example of the subterfuge, one of the environmental groups which signed the petition, Friends of the Earth, sent emails in the spring of 2009 to concerned members who used colloidal silver to assure them that they had no desire or intention to regulate colloidal silver, but then in June 2009 they published a position paper which stated, "We believe that all over-the-counter colloidal silver products should be immediately withdrawn from the market and their sale should be banned (unless approved as a drug by the appropriate regulatory agency).

 Friends of the Earth (FOE), June 2009 report "Nano and Biocidal Silver: Extreme Germ Killers Present a Growing Threat to Public Health" pg. 13

 Similarly, in March of last year just before the EPA closed the door to public comments on the campaign to regulate silver as a "pesticide," the environmentalists published an article claiming that a "major new clinical study" had proven that silver harms human cells.

 What the environmentalists failed to report in their article was most enlightening. First of all, it turned out that the study they cited was hardly "major." Indeed, it was a very small study conducted by a virtually unknown research group in Red China.

 Secondly, it turned out that the group conducting the study was in cahoots with two major pharmaceutical companies who are major producers of prescription antibiotic drugs. And finally, the study itself merely demonstrated the well-known fact that silver kills e. coli bacteria by damaging its cellular structure and preventing it from replicating.

 In other words, the study was on bacterial cells, not human cells.

 The justification for considering silver to be a pesticide in the first place is because it kills bacteria, viruses and other single celled pathogens, which the environmental groups have defined as "pests". Using the same definition would apparently also make common bleach, rubbing and drinking alcohol, aerosol disinfectants, and antibiotic and antiviral drugs "pesticides" as well - but only silver has been singled out.

 One wonders why environmental groups are seemingly in bed with Big Pharma to begin with on the issue of silver, which is a natural element that has been in our waters, soils and plants since mankind first put down footsteps in the sands of time. Where is the concern over all of the drugs that are polluting our drinking water? According to a recent investigative report from the Associated Press, "U.S. manufacturers, including major drug makers, have released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceutical drugs into waterways that often provide drinking water for millions of Americans - contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked..."

 In other words, Big Pharma is polluting the environment with drugs. But rather than opposing Big Pharma, the environmentalist groups are taking money from them. What's more, environmental groups are ruthlessly attacking silver the most popular natural health alternative to the prescription antibiotic drugs produced by Big Pharma.

 According to the Associated Press report, "...trace amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in American drinking water supplies...pharmaceuticals have now been detected in the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans."

 The figures reported may be merely the tip of the iceberg since, as the report itself states, "Most cities and water providers still do not test." The report also notes, "Some scientists say that wherever researchers look, they will find pharma-tainted water."

 What's more, the AP report also noted that "Pharmaceutical makers typically are excused from having to submit an environmental review for new products, and the FDA has never rejected a drug application based on potential environmental impact."

 In short, Big Pharma produces hundreds of billions of dollars a year worth of prescription drugs and millions of pounds of these drugs annually end up polluting our environment, yet the environmental groups remain silent with nary a single call to regulate Big Pharma's drugs as environmental pollutants.

 Furthermore, according to the AP report, the Big Pharma companies do not even need to submit environmental reviews for their drugs, which are now contaminating the drinking water of tens of millions of American men, women and children.

 But colloidal silver, which has never been demonstrated to contribute to environmental pollution, is being singled out by the environmental groups (backed by their Big Pharma paymasters) for extreme and completely unwarranted environmental regulations that will literally drive most if not all colloidal silver manufacturers and vendors completely out of business. And it's all being pulled off in the name of "protecting the environment."

 Given the information outlined above, one can only wonder what other pharmaceutical funding is linked to activist groups such as the ones listed in this article, and one shudders to think of how many activist groups have been corrupted by funding from Big Pharma and other companies with agendas that are anything but in the public interest.

 It is easy to see how such hypocrisy and subterfuge can corrupt decision making, the same as can paid lobbyists and political funding. Obviously it would be in the distinct public interest to require full disclosure of funding sources for every organization which petitions a government agency or legislative body to see where there might be funding sources who would stand to benefit as a result of the desired action or legislation.

 Similarly, it would also be in the public interest to require full details of all the activities and efforts of lobbyists, including expenses and the details of each meeting held by lobbyists with government officials. While we are at it, we would also be a better informed and better served citizenry if every elected official's vote on any measure included donations and links to any companies or other entities affected by such legislation.

 Granted, such reforms are a tall order, but until we see such altruistic change all the talk about true transparency in government is merely lip service - and the words from our own lips will continue to have little chance of reaching those whose ears are captured by the special interests who have bought them off and rigged the process in their favor.


 The complete list of groups who signed the petition to the EPA is: The International Center for Technology Assessment, the Center for Food Safety (the sister organization of the CTA), Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, ETC Group, Center for Environmental Health, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition , Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Clean Production Action, Food and Water Watch, the Loka Institute, the Center for Study of Responsive Law, and Consumers Union.

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