A team of scientist sounds the alarm in a new Science Policy Forum report about a mysterious US government program that is developing genetically modified viruses that would be dispersed into the environment using insects. The virus-infected or ‘Frankenstein’ weaponised insects are being developed as countermeasures against potential natural and engineered threats to the US food supply. The program is operated by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) could be viewed as an attempt to develop an entirely new class of bioweapons that would prompt other nations to seek similar weapons, they cautioned.
In a case that could halt the development of GM crops around the world, and thus the push by a few global corporations to gain control of the food supply, a court San Francisco this week awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, whose lawyers claimed Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller gave him terminal cancer. The award consists of $40 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.
Johnson’s trial was fast-tracked due to the severe state of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system he says was triggered by Roundup and Ranger Pro, a similar glyphosate based herbicide that he was a=obliged by his job to use up to 30 times per year. His doctors didn’t think he’d live to live to see the verdict.
Johnson told the court that he had been involved in two accidents during his work in which he was soaked with the herbicide. The first of these occurred in 2012. Two years later, the 46-year-old father of two was diagnosed with lymphoma – which has since covered as much as 80% of his body in lesions.
Monsanto says it will appeal the verdict.
“Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews — and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world — support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.
Monsanto is now a subsidiary of Germany’s Bayer AG, which closed on its $66 billion purchase of the agrochemical company in June.
On Tuesday, Johnson’s attorney Brent Wisner urged jurors to hold Monsanto liable and slap them with a verdict that would “actually change the world” – after arguing that Monsanto knew about glyphosate’s risks of cancer, but decided to ignore and bury the information.
According to a report in The Guardian, Johnson’s lawsuit against is the first such case against Monsanto to complete the full trial process over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the United States. Many of these are still tied up in the labyrinthine procedures of the American justice system and many other complainants have either run out of money or simply given up.
The Johnson case focused on the chemical glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which Monsanto began marketing as Roundup in 1974. The company began by presenting it as a “technological breakthrough” that could kill almost every weed without harming humans or the environment. –SHTFplan.com
In September, 2017 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosates were not likely carcinogenic to humans, based on a decades-long study. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer arm issued an opposite statement – warning that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Johnson’s case is not part of the consolidated proceedings in Missouri, Delaware or California state court, where some 2,000 similar cases are pending. It’s also separate from a federal multidistrict litigation waiting to be heard by US District Judge Vance Chabria of San Francisco – who allowed hundreds of Roundup lawsuits to proceed to trial after ruling that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases despite calling a plaintiff’s expert opinions “shaky.”
Documents released in August of 2017 led to questions over Monsanto’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.
As the New York Times commented last year, leaked internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to “ghost writing” research studies that were pawned off as ‘independent’ analyses.
These documents detail the meaures to which the Monsanto was willing to resport in order to protect its image. Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.
A similar issue appeared in academic research. A biologist involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, appeared to express discomfort with the process, writing in a 2015 email to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”
The newly disclosed emails also reveal internal discussions which cast some doubt over whether internal scientists actually believed in the company’s external messaging that Roundup was, in fact, safe. In the bigger picture these documents will throw into doubt legal judgements in many other cases, as they strongly suggest Monsanto have misled the courts in their evidence.
Gay Pride – not as united as they’s like you to think (Photo: Reuters)
British law currently requires a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and that the applicant has lived as their preferred gender for two years. They must then undergo a psychological assessment by a panel of medical experts. The person seeking sex change treatment also has to pay a fee of £140 before they can obtain a gender recognition certificate.
Trans ‘rights’ campaigners are demanding that process be made less difficult by introducing the concept of ‘self-identification’ which would essentially allow them to obtain the certificate just by self-identifying as one gender or another, without all the medical assessments and bureaucracy, and then simply present themselves at the nearest national Health Service hospital and demand expensive surgery and hormone treatments paid for by us poor taxpayers, because human rights.
Feminist groups are vehemently opposed to the demand (which exposes the lie of the Gay Prode movement that all sexual minrorities and the three o twenty – six or ninety – two (or whatever number they pulled out of the hat this week,) are solid in support of each other. The more traditional feminists say that a self-identification law could be abused and could even put women at risk if any person could enter a women-only space and claim to be a woman.
They say their concern is for the safety of women and girls, and they are not denying rights to trans people. Some trans activists, however, say that the feminist groups are “transphobic” and perpetuating discriminatory rhetoric.
Lovely to see all these left wing extremist bigots falling out among themselves.
One activist at a protest in Newcastle told Sky News that “no one has the right to tell you how to identify, that is up to you. These [feminist] groups, they sit and perpetuate hateful rhetoric.” Well there’s nothing like a self pitying whine to alienate people from your cause.
Feminist campaigner Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, who has written a book on transgender children, told the news outlet that she was “absolutely shocked at the level of vitriol and the level of silencing” being attempted by the trans activists. “Even asking for a discussion is considered transphobic,” she said.
We agree, wile the gays, bisexuals and lesbians can be mildly irritating when they bang on about their rights, the chicks with dicks are a truly obnoxious, self centered, whining, self pitying bunch of (wannabe) cunts.
Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.
The biggest scandal revolves around this year’s flu vaccine. The US CDC, The WHO and other “experts” have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.
This is because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu virus — which is intentionally placed in the eggs — mutates. Therefore, it isn’t the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.
Based on data from Australia, which had its flu season last summer, scientists warned months ago that this season’s flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.
Ten percent effectiveness. Now that’s ridiculous. And it’s assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines work, that they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.
In spite of all this being well know at the start of the northern hemisphere’s flu season in November 2017, the Pharma companies, governments and medical professionals carried on pushing the vaccine to wide – eyed members of the public.
The second scandal is unfolding in the Philippines, where drug giant Sanofi’s Dengvaxia, given to prevent Dengue Fever, is facing enormous pushback from government officials, who stopped the national vaccination campaign, after thousands of children already received the shot.
The issue? Safety.
FiercePharma reports: “The Philippines stopped vaccinations shortly after the company warned that Dengvaxia can cause more serious infections in those who previously hadn’t had exposure to the virus. The country also kicked off a probe and plans legal action, according to health secretary Francisco Duque.”
Did you get that? The company (Sanofi) itself warned that vaccine might not be safe.
FiercePharma concludes “…the [Philippine] Department of Health didn’t heed warnings from an advisory group of doctors and pharmacologists, who concluded early last year that the vaccine’s safety and efficacy were unproven.”
from Natural News, reproduced here under fair use terms (in the public interest)
Natural News| The question of whether or not to vaccinate your baby is one which every new mother must face. Bombarded with conflicting “evidence” about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, many are very confused, afraid to cause long-term damage like autism, but bullied by the mainstream media and medical professionals into believing that failing to vaccinate will result in serious, even fatal diseases.
One of the issues which often crops up in vaccine debates is that of adjuvants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that adjuvants are ingredients added to vaccines to create stronger immune responses in recipients’ bodies. “In other words, adjuvants help vaccines work better,” they insist. The CDC also claims that adjuvants have been safely used in vaccines for many decades.
One of the most commonly used adjuvants is aluminum.
Does the addition of aluminum really “help vaccines work better?” What is the real reason it’s added to vaccines, how does it affect the immune system, and what link is there between aluminum and autoimmune diseases? (Related: The Impacts of Vaccines: Aluminum, Autoimmunity, Autism and Alzheimer’s)
These issues and others were recently addressed in an interview by iHealthTube.com with Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D., board certified internist, nephrologist (nephrology is the study of the kidneys and their diseases), and author of Dissolving illusions, rising from the dead.
Dr. Humphries explained that while vaccines do leave an infant with a “super-charged immune system” for a time, this is not a healthy state for the immune system to be in.
There are two types of vaccines, Humphries explained: killed vaccines and live vaccines. Live vaccines simulate the disease in the immune system more successfully than dead vaccines, and have a better influence on the immune system – that is, Dr. Humphries pointed out, if they don’t kill you or give you encephalitis. It is the dead vaccines to which aluminum is generally added as an adjuvant.
Dr. Humphries explained the reason for the addition of aluminum as follows:
“When it comes to these sub-unit, or killed vaccines, the infant immune system just won’t respond to it. … There’s a program in that infant immune system to make that infant anti-inflammatory, and there’s a reason for it, because that infant is becoming acquainted with a world full of microbes. … Imagine if we reacted to all the microbes that we’re getting in our mother’s breast milk, colonizing our gut and landing on our skin and our throats and our ears – we would be an autoimmune nightmare. And so, there’s something called molecular mimicry, which pretty much God put into the system of us relating to the world, in that the proteins in microbes very similarly mimic our own proteins in the blood vessels and the heart and the brain and many different places, depending on which microbe you’re talking about. You throw aluminum into that vaccine and molecular mimicry becomes a problem and that baby’s immune system gets ramped up.”
So, basically, aluminum is added to vaccines to short-circuit a vitally important element of the protective measures of a baby’s immune system.
This temporary super-charging of the immune system does not promote long-term health. What aluminum in vaccines does do, is trigger an allergic response in most people.
Such vaccines also do not build up the immune system to fight disease better.
Humphries cited a study in Denmark which examined hospitalization rates for all sorts of infections in children under the age of 4 who had received either live or dead vaccines. The research team determined that if a killed vaccine had been a child’s last vaccine, it generally had a detrimental effect on their overall immune response to other infections.
As Dr. Humphries noted,
“These killed vaccines skew the immune system and make a person more susceptible to other infections. So, while it might protect you from pertussis for a short period of time, you could be susceptible to RSV, croup, or other kinds of infections that could land you in the hospital. So, again, to me that’s not a very good trade off.” (Related: Aluminum and vaccines – what the research reveals.)
And aluminum’s devastating affect on the body’s natural immune defense system helps explain the surge in autoimmune diseases in recent years.
It seems there is one thing new moms can be sure of: Vaccinating your child with a vaccine that contains aluminum as an adjuvant will not strengthen their immune system, may result in an allergic response, could lead to an autoimmune disease, and may make them more susceptible to other infections.
Government to introduce Organ Donation opt out scheme to be regulated by The Office of the Public Guardian
‘The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an independent statutory office established to protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of adults with impaired decision-making capacity, and children and young people in the child protection system.’
Hmmmm…. sounds like state intervention to me.
Your organs are being targeted. When you are lying on your deathbed, doctors will gather around you like vultures, ready to pounce the moment you expire and strip your cadaver of any bits that might still be useful. We should have seen this coming when medical professionals started talking about “harvesting organs” from the newly dead. I notice they have dropped that now, the PR people must have had a word.
While many nations in the EU already have laws which decree tht the government owns your dead body and has the right to “harvest organs” from it for transplant surgery, in Britain, where we value personal liberty more that statistics, organ donation has always been an opt in issue. If you are prepared to give organs you must carry a card stating your willingness (just in case you get run over by a bus or chance to meet a surgeon who needs a liver, kidney or set of lungs to avoid his monthly performance stats falling short.)
This week however, the Prime Minister has announced the intention to launch a public consultation on increasing rates of organ donation. The proposals will include a new opt-out system for organ donation for England. The consultation will be launched by the end of the year. This means you will have to carry a card saying “When I’m dead, you cannot burcher the corpse as if I’m some clapped out old car in a scrapyard.”
In 2016 to 2018 there were 1,169 deceased organ donors and 3,293 transplants in England. While this was the highest ever rate of organ donation, there are still more people waiting for transplants than there are organs available. It means some people die before a suitable organ becomes available. On the other hand about 550,000 people die per year. Some very big warehouses will be needed to keep all those dead bits in.
Mts May’s consultation will outline ways to increase rates of organ donation and propose a new approach where every person would be deemed to have given consent unless they choose to opt out. It will run for 12 weeks.
The Department of Health will seek views on:
how government can increase rates of organ donation, particularly from BAME communities
how the issue of consent should be managed within the NHS
what role technology could play in helping people to discuss their preferences with family
how opt-out could work in practice, what safeguards would be necessary, and how families could be supported
There is currently a severe shortage of suitable organs, with around 6,500 people currently on transplant waiting lists. Every day up to 3 people die while waiting for an organ to become available.
I have always found the idea of organ transplants disgusting, but being of a stoical turn of mind I have always believed we should accept our destiny. When I have discussed this people usually say, “You’d soon change your tune if you needed a heart transplant. I’m sure I wouldn’t, when I faced death twenty years ago although a transplant could not have saved me because I was having a brain haemorrhage, I asked my wife to be brave enough to let me go if I was going to be a basket case.
Death is something our ancestors lived with for several million years. We must learn to live with it again. To die is not a personal failure.
The annual campaign of scaremongering to promote the ‘flu shot is well under way. As with all the quack science used by Big Pharma to sell it’s less than 50% effective remedies, the ‘flu vaccine is a medical hoax. Unkile some anti vaccine sites which are opposed to all vaccines (mainly because of the dodgy witch’s brews they contain,)we concede that while some vaccines do confer immunization effectiveness, the flu shot isn’t one of them.
Recent studies, for example, have shown that flu at best the annual ‘flu jabs are less than 50% effective, but it is 100% certain they sharply weaken natural immunity in the years following immunization. In some years, the flu shots are completely wrong for the viral strains that emerge, offering no immunity at all to influenza strains circulating in the world.
Even when flu shots are the “right” strain, flu vaccine insert sheets readily admit the shots have not been subjected to double blind placebo controlled studies, and there is no legitimate scientific evidence whatsoever that supports the claim that each year’s flu vaccine confers meaningful immunity.
Results of a new study conducted by the Scripps Research Institute and published in the medical research journal PLoS blows the lid on exactly why flu shots are the greatest medical hoax in the history of science and medicine. Titled, “A structural explanation for the low effectiveness of the seasonal influenza H3N2 vaccine,” the research paper concludes that the very method of modern flu vaccine production causes viral strains to mutate to non-effective structures that do not confer the immunity being routinely claimed for flu vaccines.’
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