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Posted on April 13 at 9:46 a.m.

Vaccines and other pharmaceuticals hyped by the medical establishment produce more deaths than traffic fatalities.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, up to 80% of the transnational corporations producing these products are criminal organizations [ http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/... ], and have been repeatedly found guilty of felony crimes, most related to suppressing safety information.

Government health departments and medical establishments operate as these transnational corporations’ marketing departments, ignoring sound medical science in order to aggressively promote often useless but dangerous products.

The top ten transnational pharmaceutical corporations extract from U.S. citizens annual profits of $35.9 billion, more than the profits for ALL the remaining 490 Fortune 500 companies. So there's an enormous amount of funds available to "educate" and influence public health departments and medical establishments.

In a foreword to the book, 'Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,' entitled, 'Is the pharmaceutical industry like the mafia?' [ http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/09/10/r... ], published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Richard Smith, former BMJ editor, demonstrates that the transnational pharmaceutical industry has "incentivized" doctors, academics, journals, professional and patient organizations, university departments, journalists, regulators, and politicians.

'Corporate Research Project' criminal rap sheets:

AstraZeneca
http://www.corp-research.org/astrazeneca

Eli Lilly
http://www.corp-research.org/eli-lilly

GlaxoSmithKline
http://www.corp-research.org/glaxosmi...

Merck
http://www.corp-research.org/merck

Pfizer
http://www.corp-research.org/pfizer

On Vaccination Considerations

Posted on April 3 at 9:51 a.m.

Below are excerpts from:

ACA's A Scam, We Need Medicare For All
Margaret Flowers MD
Popular Resistance
28 March 2014
http://www.popularresistance.org/tell...

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[As Botany notes above] The Issue is Access to Care, Not the Number Who Buy Insurance

Focusing solely on the number of people who are insured is what the private health insurance industry wants the public to believe is most important…

In the United States, having health insurance does not guarantee access to necessary health care. In fact, rather than creating health security, the ACA is degrading health care coverage in the US. It is also creating the largest transfer of public dollars to a private industry ever, as UNITE HERE reports “most of the ACA’s $965 billion in subsidies will go directly to commercial insurance companies.”...

…instead of creating a single standard of care, so that everyone has access to the health care they need, the ACA locked into law a tiered system of coverage…the upper tier plans are not any better than the lower tier plans in terms of what services are covered or where patients can go for care…

This is essentially a pay-now-or-pay-later scheme.

And it is a scheme, because there are no guarantees that people who have insurance will be protected from financial ruin if they have a serious health problem. It is essential to remember that nothing about the basic business model of insurance companies has changed…

One of their major work-arounds is the use of narrow and ultra-narrow provider networks to discourage patients with pre-existing conditions from buying their plans and leave patients footing more of the bill. Narrow networks exclude at least 30% of local hospitals and ultra-narrow networks exclude at least 70%. This means that if the local cancer center isn’t included in a plan, then people with cancer are unlikely to buy that plan...

The reason for the narrow networks is that when patients don’t go to an approved health provider, they bear most or all of the costs...

Medical bankruptcy and self-rationing, foregoing necessary care due to cost, are two products of our market-based health system and we can expect them to continue under the ACA…

And now that lower coverage plans are legal, they are accelerating the race to the bottom in employer health benefits. Employers are shifting more of the cost of health care onto employees, reducing coverage for dependents, moving employees into private insurance exchanges (which do not qualify for subsidies) and penalizing employees for poor health habits…

The Practical Solution

…Putting our money into the insurance industry is a step in the wrong direction. The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676, in Congress, would eliminate the insurance industry and create lifelong comprehensive coverage for everyone...

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

Posted on April 2 at 6:11 p.m.

"[Big pharma] lobbyists claim it will push up the price of pills…"

Big Pharma has just achieved a new milestone with sofosbuvir, a hepatitis C drug that will cost $80,000 for a 12-week treatment course in the US — for a drug with a production cost between $68-$136 for a 12-week treatment course, according to a recent study released by researchers at Liverpool University [ http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content... ].

So how much are the sleazoid big pharma lobbyists claiming this $80,000 drug treatment — that costs about $100 to manufacture — will cost if Hannah-Beth Jackson's bill passes? $80,001? $80,010?

The top ten transnational pharmaceutical corporations extract from US citizens annual profits of $35.9 billion, more than the profits for ALL the remaining 490 Fortune 500 companies.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, up to 80% of the transnational pharmaceutical corporations are criminal organizations [ http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/... ], and have been repeatedly found guilty of felony crimes, most related to suppressing safety information.

'Corporate Research Project' criminal rap sheets:

AstraZeneca
http://www.corp-research.org/astrazeneca

Eli Lilly
http://www.corp-research.org/eli-lilly

GlaxoSmithKline
http://www.corp-research.org/glaxosmi...

Merck
http://www.corp-research.org/merck

Pfizer
http://www.corp-research.org/pfizer

I'd prefer to see California go after criminal drug dealers in a much more robust manner, but this bill at least is a start.

On HBJ's Old Drug Bill Moves Along

Posted on March 23 at 10:51 p.m.

Sansum Clinic’s Dr. Fred Kass:
"We’ve got to find a way to control the cost of pharmaceutical drugs.”

Here might be a good place to look, Dr. Kass:

The top ten transnational pharmaceutical corporations extract from U.S. citizens annual profits of $35.9 billion, more than the profits for ALL the remaining 490 Fortune 500 companies.

But Sansum Clinic may not be interested in that answer because those huge profits extracted from sick people provide an enormous amount of funds to "educate" and influence medical establishments.

In a foreward [ http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/09/10/r... ] for the book 'Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,' authored by Peter Gøtzsche, head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, writes:

"The transnational pharmaceutical industry has "incentivized" doctors, academics, journals, professional and patient organizations, university departments, journalists, regulators, and politicians."

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, up to 80% of the transnational pharmaceutical corporations are criminal organizations [ http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/... ], and have been repeatedly found guilty of felony crimes, most related to suppressing safety information.

Corporate Research Project criminal rap sheets:

AstraZeneca
http://www.corp-research.org/astrazeneca

Eli Lilly
http://www.corp-research.org/eli-lilly

GlaxoSmithKline
http://www.corp-research.org/glaxosmi...

Merck
http://www.corp-research.org/merck

Pfizer
http://www.corp-research.org/pfizer

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Regarding the ACA itself and the question regarding single payer — from PBS' 'The Path of Positive Resistance' (video and transcript here: http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-sh... ):

BILL MOYERS: Do you really think, as you wrote the other day, that Obamacare is the biggest insurance scam in history?

MARGARET FLOWERS, MD: Absolutely. I mean, we're forcing people to purchase private insurance. We're pouring hundreds of millions, I think $1 billion went into setting up insurance exchanges in 15 states...

Private insurance companies, we're doing all of the work for them. And what are we getting in return? Really skimpy policies. We've lowered the bar on what is considered coverage in this country. And the insurance companies are restricting their networks so that people will be forced to go out of network and bear more of the cost if they have a serious accident or illness.

What we're trying to show is that this is not a step toward single payer as people are being led to believe. This is actually increasing the privatization of our health care, increasing the corporatization of it. It is taking us farther away from where we want to be. It's defunding our public insurances...

On Health-Care Puzzle

Posted on March 23 at 9:32 a.m.

I appreciate this interesting and informative article, which promotes local business but also achieves much more.

I quit eating all seafood years ago, as attempting to sort out which fishing practices were non-cruel and which fisheries were sustainable got tiresome.

Like all GMO (of which paiche is *not*), GMO (genetically modified organism) farmed salmon is a horror show, of course, for a number of reasons, the primary being the contamination of the gene pool of wild salmon (so "wild" salmon becomes suspect as well, even if sustainable, which it is not).

And most farmed seafood, if not filthy with heavy metals and other contaminants, has serious sustainability issues, some feeding three pounds or more of wild fish to obtain every pound of farmed fish.

So I particularly appreciate the final two paragraphs, and a quick search confirms that, though there may still be questions regarding sustainability of the wild anchovy feedstock for this product, especially were it to become immensely popular, in addition to the restocking of paiche *in the wild* by the producer noted in the article, the Peruvian government has taken steps to protect the anchovy fishery.

On The Power of Paiche

Posted on March 21 at 3:07 p.m.

loonpt excerpted:
"pontificating about what the military is or is not doing in Afghanistan..."

I haven't pontificated here regarding Afghanistan, so I'll do so now:

As Afghanistan is a brutal and unprovoked attack and occupation by the USA against a country that did not attack us and posed no threat to us, and thus a clear violation of international law, everyone involved in that brutal and unprovoked attack has also violated international law.

On Military Recruiters Targeted

Posted on March 21 at 11:53 a.m.

loonpt wrote:
"…the individuals in the military may be ignorant and may be good at heart…"

I agree.

And regardless, they are breaking the law, and (though there's little chance they'll be charged and convicted) they are subject to the same penalties as Nazi soldiers after World War II.

Any war initiated against a country that has neither attacked nor posed an imminent threat to the initiator (i.e. all 37 that the USA has initiated or become involved with since World War II, resulting in the deaths of 20-30 million individuals and many multiples more maimed and driven from their homes), is a violation of international law and a war crime.

And so, regarding any individuals who are involved:

Nuremberg principles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurember...

Excerpts:

Principle VI:

"The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:
(a) Crimes against peace:
(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i)."

Principle 1:

"Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment."

Principle IV:

"The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him".

This principle could be paraphrased as follows: "It is not an acceptable excuse to say 'I was just following my superior's orders'".

On Military Recruiters Targeted

Posted on March 20 at 9:53 p.m.

In addition to what Eckermann wrote, regarding the vapid platitude "Freedom isn't free":

Anyone who's been paying attention for the past 60 years or so — or even just for the past 12 years and 6 months — is well aware that freedom within the USA is nearly gone...

'Americans Have Lost VIRTUALLY ALL of Our Constitutional Rights'
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/1...

...stolen not by foreign enemies (of which the USA has had none since World War II except those its military-industrial complex deliberately created), but by domestic enemies, the same domestic enemies Dwight Eisenhower and J F Kennedy warned of, the latter perhaps paying for that warning with this life.

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Former Top NSA Official: “We Are Now In A Police State”
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/1...

INFOGRAPHIC: Is the U.S. Becoming a Police State?
http://www.securitydegreehub.com/poli...

Techniques Used in Prisons Are Now Applied To All Of US
http://www.popularresistance.org/tech...

10 Reasons the U.S. is No Longer The Land Of the Free
http://jonathanturley.org/2012/01/15/...

U.S. Government May – On a Whim – Label ANY American a Terrorist
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/0...

32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/3...

The Criminalization of Everyday Life
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/17578...

Police State USA
http://www.policestateusa.com/

'72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents'
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/7...

Experts on the Left and the Right Agree: America Is Running the World’s Largest Terrorist Operation
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/0...

On Military Recruiters Targeted

Posted on March 20 at 7:46 a.m.

This David Swanson piece, regarding a 2010 Army War College report (linked from the source) just posted yesterday:

'Army Makes Case Against Enlisting'
http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2...

Excerpts:

"...This is the highest honor the Army could give these groups, including Quaker House, the Mennonite Central Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Courage to Resist. Activists often disbelieve in the effectiveness of their own work until the government admits it explicitly. Well, here is that admission. And counter-recruitment activists really do seem to appreciate it.

"...But who really should be reading this excellent report is potential recruits..

"A Veterans For Peace video [ http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2... ] the report helpfully tells us, (in reality the video is the work of a number of organizations):…“begins with video from the United States Army Recruiting Command...

Before You Enlist!
http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2...

On Military Recruiters Targeted

Posted on March 19 at 9:23 p.m.

At March 19, 2014 at 6:58 a.m. DonJosedelaGuerra wrote, again:
"Freedom isn't free."

You can repeat this silly catchphrase as often as you like but it won't turn back the clock to the early 1950s, prior to all the brutal, illegal wars of aggression instigated by the USA, and which, not coincidentally, many metrics indicate is when the USA peaked economically, culturally, and as a true power deserving of worldwide respect.

But this hackneyed slogan can be rebutted in so many ways that I don't need to repeat what I wrote — at March 14, 2014 at 9:55 a.m. — the first time you suggested it as somehow being meaningful in the past 60 years or so.

And so, regarding "Freedom isn't free":

'10 Reasons the U.S. is No Longer The Land Of the Free'
Jonathan Turley
http://jonathanturley.org/2012/01/15/...

Excerpts (paragraph headers):

Assassination of U.S. citizens

Indefinite detention

Arbitrary justice

Warrantless searches

Secret evidence

War crimes

Secret court

Immunity from judicial review

Continual monitoring of citizens

Extraordinary renditions

On Talk to Address Military Recruiters on High School Campuses

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