Daily Archives: May 11, 2007

Giuliani represented Purdue Pharma which deceived public on OxyContin addiction

Associated Press| May 11, 2007

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand

Oh but the pusher is a monster
Good God, he’s not a natural man

The dealer for a nickel
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet dreams

Ah, but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he’ll leave your, he’ll leave your mind to scream

– The Pusher – lyrics and music by Hoyt Axton

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Sir Giuliani proudly displaying his Knight Commander of the British Empire medal from the Queen

Giuliani and his consulting firm Giuliani Partners have represented Purdue since January 2002, the same month the former mayor left office and a time when both regulatory and public concerns were cresting over a drug that brought in more than $1 billion a year but also had been linked to hundreds of deaths and produced a plague of abuse and addiction.
 
In a case that could stoke unwelcome interest in one of presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani’s first private consulting contracts, the maker of the controversial painkiller OxyContin and three top executives pleaded guilty yesterday to misleading the public about addiction risks.

In the plea deal, Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Conn., and the three current and former officials agreed to pay $634.5 million in fines for falsely claiming between 1995 and June 2001 that its drug was less addictive than other painkillers. Future marketing will be monitored.

“Purdue unleashed a highly abusable, addictive and potentially dangerous drug on an unsuspecting and unknowing public,” said Virginia U.S. Attorney John Brownlee at a news conference in Roanoke.

Giuliani and his consulting firm Giuliani Partners have represented Purdue since January 2002, the same month the former mayor left office and a time when both regulatory and public concerns were cresting over a drug that brought in more than $1 billion a year but also had been linked to hundreds of deaths and produced a plague of abuse and addiction.

As part of the deal, Giuliani agreed to help Purdue develop an early warning network to spot prescription abuse trends, develop education programs to help police and medical professionals prevent improper diversion of the drug, work on smuggling issues, and review plant and supply chain security.

Giuliani also helped the company fight on the public relations and regulatory front. He agreed to head up a group called Rx Action Alliance, which would publicly advocate for a “balance” between checking abuse and making sure painkillers were still available to everyone who needed them, and still is identified as chairman on the group’s Web site.

He also attended meetings Purdue executives had with Drug Enforcement Administration officials investigating illicit diversion of OxyContin, and put his post-Sept. 11 credibility behind the company with public statements. “Purdue has demonstrated its commitment to fighting this problem … ,” Giuliani said in a May 2002 press release.

A Giuliani aide pointed out yesterday that part of his firm’s business is helping companies in trouble, and he became involved six months after the illegal conduct that was part of yesterday’s guilty plea.

Even after Giuliani stepped in, however, Purdue’s commercial conduct continued to attract criticism. As late as January 2003, for example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Purdue that it was continuing to “grossly overstate the safety profile” of OxyContin in ads.

Giuliani’s political foes were publicly silent about his Purdue role, but some drug-safety watchdogs argued that years later the company’s distribution of OxyContin continues to raise questions.

“It’s still too widely used,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, head of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “So I think there’s still a big problem out there.”

Oxycontin case

THE DRUG. OxyContin, a trade name for oxycodone, is a time-release painkiller that can be highly addictive. The pills can produce a heroinlike high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected.

THE COVER-UP. Purdue Pharma learned from focus groups with physicians in 1995 that doctors were worried about the drug’s potential for abuse. The company then gave false information to its sales representatives that the drug had less potential for addiction and abuse than other painkillers.

THE PLEA DEAL. Purdue, its president, top lawyer and former chief medical officer will pay $634.5 million in fines. The plea agreement settled a national case and came two days after the company agreed to pay $19.5 million to 26 states and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged physicians to overprescribe the drug.

OxyContin executives plead guilty to misleading public on addiction risk

Associated Press | May 11, 2007

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand

Oh but the pusher is a monster
Good God, he’s not a natural man

The dealer for a nickel
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet dreams

Ah, but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he’ll leave your, he’ll leave your mind to scream

– The Pusher – lyrics and music by Hoyt Axton

The Connecticut maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty Thursday to misleading the public about the drug’s risk of addiction, a federal prosecutor and the company said.
 
Purdue Pharma L.P., as well as its president, top lawyer and former chief medical officer will pay $634.5 million in fines for claiming the drug was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain medications, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said.
 
The plea agreement settled a national case and came two days after the Stamford, Conn.-based company agreed to pay $19.5 million to 26 states and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged physicians to overprescribe OxyContin.
 
“With its OxyContin, Purdue unleashed a highly abusable, addictive, and potentially dangerous drug on an unsuspecting and unknowing public,” Brownlee said. “For these misrepresentations and crimes, Purdue and its executives have been brought to justice.”
 
Purdue spokesman James Heins objected to the suggestion of a connection between the plea agreement and individuals’ abuse of OxyContin.
 
“We promoted the medicine only to health-care professionals, not to consumers,” he said in a statement.
 
Purdue learned from focus groups with physicians in 1995 that they were worried about the abuse potential of OxyContin. The company then gave false information to its sales representatives that the drug had less potential for addiction and abuse than other painkillers, the U.S. attorney said.
 
Ken Jost of the Justice Department’s Office of Consumer Litigation said this case should put pharmaceutical companies on notice that they won’t be able to get away with breaking the law to make a profit.
 
“The things that they plot in their boardrooms, the things that they do behind closed doors will not stay behind closed doors,” Jost said. “We have the people, we have the resources. We’ll take the time and we’ll take the effort to find out what they did and how they did it.”
 
Purdue Pharma said it accepted responsibility for its employees’ actions.
 
“During the past six years, we have implemented changes to our internal training, compliance and monitoring systems that seek to assure that similar events do not occur again,” the company said in a news release.
 
OxyContin, a trade name for oxycodone, is a time-release painkiller that can be highly addictive. Designed to be swallowed whole and digested over 12 hours, the pills can produce a heroin-like high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected.
 
From 1996 to 2001, the number of oxycodone-related deaths nationwide increased 400 percent while the annual number of OxyContin prescriptions increased nearly 20-fold, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2002, the DEA said the drug caused 146 deaths and contributed to another 318.
 
In western Virginia, the state medical examiner’s office listed oxycodone as the cause of death of 228 people from 1996 to 2005, a spokeswoman for Brownlee said.

Gas station owner told to raise prices

Boston Globe | May 9, 2007

A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices.

Center City BP owner Raj Bhandari has been offering senior citizens a 2 cent per gallon price break and discount cards that let sports boosters pay 3 cents less per gallon.

But the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those deals violate Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price.

Bhandari said he received a letter from the state auditor last month saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices. The state could penalize him for each discounted gallon he sold, with the fine determined by a judge.

Bhandari, who bought the station a year ago, said he worries customers will think he stopped the discounts because he wants to make more money. About 10 percent of his customers had used the discount cards.

Dale Van Camp said he bought a $50 card to support the local youth hockey program. It would have saved him about $100 per year on gas, he said.

White House cranks up hunt for war czar

Courier Press | May 7, 2007

Now that the White House is searching for a “war czar,” the question arises: just who has been coordinating U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan the past four years?

A team of West Wing players led by national security adviser Stephen Hadley has tried to keep turf-conscious agencies marching in the same direction on military, political and reconstruction fronts. A few Bush aides say privately, however, that the White House probably should have recruited someone to oversee the war effort a year ago.

Critics say the administration’s job of coordinating the war has never gone smooth enough or fast enough. And now two key members of the White House team focused on the war are leaving.

“The problem is not broad strategy and policy, it’s that the bureaucracy is so inefficient and there’s been so little follow-up that the machine doesn’t work,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. He believes red tape in Washington is the biggest obstacle to winning in Iraq.

Gingrich has joined others in suggesting that a single person report directly to Bush and perhaps the next president and ask: “What are the choke points? What regulations do we need to fix?”

The new job comes as Bush’s combat troop buildup is trying to bring a degree of calm in Iraq so political reconciliation and rebuilding can take root.

“We’re at a point now where we’ve got a plan,” Hadley said. “Execution of that plan is now everything.”

Hadley said he wants to make sure that if any request from the war zone bogs down among agencies, there is someone who can speak for the president to get it solved quickly.

“That’s the kind of thing that I do, but I can’t do it full time,” said Hadley, who must monitor hot spots around the world.

Hadley interviewed several candidates in the past few days. He has contacted at least six retired military leaders either to learn what they think about the job or to try to persuade them to take it.

“This is really more of a head cracker than a czar a bureaucracy cracker,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy analyst for the Brookings Institution who likes the idea.

“They want one point person to contact everyone else to tell them that we need these 17 things by Tuesday to comply with the president’s top foreign policy priority,” said O’Hanlon, a former adviser to the Iraq Study Group. The panel concluded that duplication and conflicting strategies at federal agencies were undermining confidence in U.S. policy.

So far, there have been no takers.

“It’s the nuttiest idea ever,” said James Carafano, a defense expert at Heritage Foundation.

“You’re too far from the battlefield. You’re in the wrong time zone. You can’t make timely decisions. You don’t have the staff,” he said. “The administration will be over before they even have the communications and everything in place to do this.”

War worsens Iraq’s soaring child death rate

Sydney Morning Herald | May 9, 2007

In 2005 about 122,000 Iraqi children died before their fifth birthday.

IRAQ has suffered the world’s worst increase in child mortality over the past 15 years, a report released by Save the Children says. Other countries with soaring rates were Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, which have been devastated by AIDS.

However, researchers also found progress in some of the world’s poorest nations.

Bangladesh has profoundly improved the chances that a child would survive by promoting family planning, a strategy that has enabled women to have fewer children, space births and strengthen their own health and that of their babies.

Nepal, despite a decade-long Maoist insurgency, has halved the death rate of children under the age of five. It has enlisted the help of 50,000 mothers, most of them illiterate, who have squeezed vitamin A drops into the mouths of every child, hauled laggards in for vaccinations and even diagnosed pneumonia and dispensed medicine to combat it.

And Malawi, which suffers from an extreme shortage of doctors and nurses, has made surprising gains by taking simple steps that require no professional skills, such as distributing nets that protect children from malarial mosquitoes.

“In 2007, when we know what to do and how little it costs, that 28,000 kids are still dying each day is just plain wrong,” said David Oot, a public health expert on the team that produced the Save the Children report, State of the World’s Mothers: Saving the Lives of Children Under 5.

Despite many hopeful stories, broad progress against infant and child mortality has flagged since international health agencies began a campaign to reduce deaths 25 years ago, the researchers concluded. By the end of the 1980s, global rates of child mortality had fallen 20 per cent, and the lives of 12 million children had been saved.

“Much of the momentum behind the child survival revolution has now been lost, and gains achieved in the 1980s and early 1990s have slowed or reversed,” the report says. “Under-five mortality declined by only 10 per cent from the early 1990s to 2000.”

Among the 60 developing countries where 94 per cent of the child deaths occurred, 20 have either made no progress or have regressed, while 24 have cut death rates of children under five by at least 20 per cent.

Iraq, hit hard by sanctions and war, experienced the most staggering rise in under-five mortality – 150 per cent over 15 years. Since the US-led invasion in 2003, deteriorating health services, rising inflation and electricity shortages have worsened living conditions, the report says. In 2005 about 122,000 Iraqi children died before their fifth birthday.

In countries that progressed, a focus on family planning was central to progress, the report says. In the five countries that made the greatest strides in reducing child deaths – Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines – women’s use of contraceptives rose and fertility rates declined.

In those countries, mothers were less likely to be physically depleted by having too many babies in too short a time. With fewer children, families were also able to invest more in the care of each child.

Political will was also an essential ingredient of success – and in Malawi, Tanzania, Nepal and Bangladesh was even more important than national wealth, the report found. Egypt, which has cut the death rate of children under age five by 68 per cent since 1990, more than any other country, has shown a particular commitment to children’s health, the researchers say.

Chavez accused of censorship over threat to close TV station

Independent | May 10, 2007

All day and all evening the television in Florentino Santas’s busy grocery store in Venezuela’s capital city blares out the soaps and telenovelas broadcast by the Radio Caracas Television network.

Mr Santas, his son Juan and their friends who hang around the store drinking beer, are frequently transfixed by the television set upon a fridge, especially on Monday evenings when Radio Rochela – a comedy sketch show that has been entertaining Venezuelans for more than 40 years – is broadcast.

But his simple pleasures may be coming to an end. The broadcast licence of RCTV, the oldest and most popular channel in Venezuela, comes to an end later this month and the government of President Hugo Chavez has indicated that it will not be renewed.

The showdown between Mr Chavez and RCTV is emerging as the latest battlefront between supporters of the thrice-elected leader and his political opponents. His opponents say that the decision not to renew the licence is a blow to press freedom and evidence of what they say is President Chavez’s increasing authoritarianism.

His supporters, meanwhile, say that RCTV is responsible for promoting anti-government propaganda and that its news coverage does not represent real journalism. They point to the station’s behaviour during the 2002 coup that briefly unseated Mr Chavez.

The network initially urged people to take to the streets, and then enforced a news blackout as the coup started to fall apart. Mr Chavez’s supporters say that no other country would permit a broadcaster to behave in such a way.

“RCTV always show the bad side and then incite people to protest,” said José Salas, 59, an electrician. “I think it’s good that their licence is running out but the closure has nothing to do with politics. They put a lot of shows on that aren’t good for the public and they try to alter people’s viewpoints.”

RCTV’s director, Marcel Granier, recently met members of the European Parliament to seek support against the closure, due to take place on 27 May. He has also lobbied the Organisation of American States (OAS) which referred the matter to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

“The threat of Hugo Chavez’s decision to close the channel fully violates article 13 of the Inter-American Human Rights Treaty which prohibits discrimination or punishment of journalists based on their editorial position,” Mr Granier said last month.

But the Chavez government has hit back. Alejandro Fleming, Venezuela’s ambassador to the EU, said: “Europeans would never allow a channel on their televisions to incite violence, support coups, or break the constitutional order.”

When he was elected to a third term by a two-thirds majority last November, Mr Chavez vowed he would push forward with his vision of “socialism for the 21st century”. He has announced a decision to withdraw Venezuela from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which has sees as tools of US influence.

Not all of Mr Chavez’s supporters agree with his decision not to renew RCTV’s licence. Gracy Lucela, 23, a streetseller in the Capitolio neighbourhood, said: “I’m a chavista but I don’t agree with this at all. The government already has enough channels with TeleSUR, Channel 8, Vive and the others. We need other points of view. ” She added: “I watch RCTV every night and I’ve grown up with it – it’s part of our culture.” Mr Santas agrees: “I just don’t agree with the closure of RCTV. They don’t have any reason to do it. There are going to be real problems with freedom of speech in Venezuela and people will be really unhappy if they shut it down.”

‘Channel Chavez’

* Mr Chavez is launching a television channel that will broadcast in Britain and Spain. Telesur, the channel he started to counter what he claims is biased US coverage of his country, will have offices in London and Madrid.

* From the outset the channel has been accused of simply espousing Mr Chavez’s left-wing populism. Telesur’s president, Andres Izarra, who was in Madrid yesterday for talks with Spanish partners, said the channel countered the “CNN vision” of Latin America.

* To underscore its independence, Mr Izarra said a deal had been signed with the BBC to exchange content that gave supervision of Telesur production to experts from the BBC.

* Telesur began broadcasting in 2005 in South America. It is planning to open an office in Brussels and then to expand into Africa and Asia.

FDA says farm-bred fish fed contaminated meal

Boston Globe | May 9, 2007

The smelt in question ate food tainted with chemicals the FDA traced to ingredients imported from China.

Alabama last month began rejecting all catfish imports from China , due to 14 samples that tested positive for an unapproved antibiotic.

Farm-raised fish in an undisclosed number of states ate meal contaminated with an unapproved industrial chemical, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday, widening the scope of one of the nation’s largest pet food recalls. Farm-raised fish are bred for purchase at grocery stores and restaurants and to stock reservoirs and lakes for anglers. It is unclear how many fish ate the contaminated meal .

The disclosure comes following news that millions of domestic chickens and thousands of domestic hogs that ate pet food laced with industrial chemicals have entered the US food supply.

The livestock and smelt in question ate food tainted with chemicals the FDA traced to ingredients imported from China. Like the chicken and hogs, the FDA said, the smelt should pose no hazard to humans because only a small part of their diet included melamine , a chemical linked to the food imports.

A Canadian firm that manufactured the fish meal included contaminated wheat gluten imported from China and shipped the fish meal to the United States.

ChemNutra Inc.’s spokesman Steve Stern said the Las Vegas company told the FDA about three weeks ago about the container of wheat gluten, which was shipped directly to Canada from China . ChemNutra was the middleman between a Canadian broker and the Chinese supplier, Stern said.

The FDA did not rule out future testing of Chinese-imported wheat flour for chemical residues. The amount of fish affected, however, could expand.

Alabama last month began rejecting all catfish imports from China , due to 14 samples that tested positive for an unapproved antibiotic.

Dr. David Acheson , the FDA’s new food safety czar , said it will use a new test to determine whether remaining catfish samples contain melamine, the industrial chemical that triggered a pet food recall that since mid-March has pulled millions of cans, pouches, and bags of food from store shelves.

Poll shows 39% of Americans support impeachment

Raw Story | May 8, 2007

A poll published Tuesday shows that close to 40% of Americans favor the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, according to an article at Townhall.com.

“Few serious observers think things will ever get to actual impeachment. And yet the American public seems more open to the concept than many imagine, according to a new national poll,” wrote Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage, which commissioned the poll. “The implications of this public sentiment could be huge for the 2008 presidential elections.”

The poll from InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion asked a sample of 621 Americans, “Would you favor or oppose the impeachment by Congress of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?”

A total of 39% who answered said they favored impeachment, according to Towery. In opposition were 55% of respondents, with 6% answering undecided or don’t know. There was a 4% margin of error.

Towery noted that a high proportion of independent voters, who traditionally decide elections, favored impeachment.

“Forty-two percent of independents want Bush and Cheney impeached. These aren’t just voters who disapprove of the White House. Instead, they’re for initiating a process that could remove them from office,” he wrote.

InsiderAdvantage has “been praised by national media ranging from CNN’s Judy Woodruff to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, and have appeared in Knight-Ridder newspapers, The Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Business Week, US News and World Report, and CBS News/CBS Marketwatch,” according to the company’s website .

Towery’s full article can be found at t his link .

German Biologist: Global Warming Is Good For Us

Der Spiegel | May 9, 2007

DER SPIEGEL INTERVIEW

Biologist Josef Reichholf discusses the benefits of a warmer climate for animals and plants, large cities as centers of biological diversity and the myth of the return of malaria.

Josef Reichholf is unconvinced by those who argue that global warming will threaten animals and plants with extinction, and cause malaria to spread in Europe.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Reichholf, are you worried about global warming?

Josef Reichholf: No. Personally, I’m even looking forward to a milder climate. But it will also not pose any major problems for mankind as a whole.

SPIEGEL: Where does your optimism come from?

Reichholf: The vast majority of people today already live under warmer and, in many cases, far more extreme conditions than we pampered Central Europeans. Homo sapiens is the only biological species that can handle practically any type of climate on earth — from the deserts to the polar regions, from the constantly humid tropics to the high altitudes of the Andes. Not even the animals that follow human society most closely, the rats, have developed such an astonishing ability to adapt in the course of evolution.

SPIEGEL: In what sort of climate does man feel most comfortable?

Reichholf: Biologically speaking, we are children of the tropics. Wherever man lives, he artificially creates tropical living conditions. We do this with warm clothing, and with heated offices and homes. A tropical temperature of about 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) constantly prevails underneath our clothing.

SPIEGEL: But, as an ecologist, aren’t you at least concerned about animals and plants?

Reichholf: Many species are certainly threatened, but not by climate change. The true danger comes from the destruction of habitats, such as the rampant deforestation of species-rich tropical forests. Particularly as a conservationist, I believe that focusing on the greenhouse effect is very dangerous. The climate is increasingly being turned into a scapegoat, to deflect attention from other environmental crimes. A typical example is the misleading debate over catastrophic flooding, which is in fact caused by too much development along rivers and not by more extreme weather events, which we can’t change anyway.

SPIEGEL: What do you see as the greatest threat to plants and animals?

Reichholf: Industrial agriculture is the number one killer of species in Germany. With their monocultures and over-fertilized fields, farmers have radically impaired the living conditions for many animals and plants. Many species have already fled from the countryside to the cities, which have been transformed into havens of biodiversity. We are also seeing another interesting phenomenon: Major cities, like Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, have formed heat islands where the climate has been two or three degrees warmer than in the surrounding countryside for decades. If higher temperatures are truly so bad, why do more and more animals and plants feel so comfortable in our cities?

SPIEGEL: And what is your view of the prognoses that global warming will cause up to 30 percent of all animal species to become extinct?

Reichholf: It’s nothing but fear-mongering, for which there is no concrete evidence. On the contrary, there is much to be said for the argument that warming temperatures promote biodiversity. There is a clear relationship between biodiversity and temperature. The number of species increases exponentially from the regions near the poles across the moderate latitudes and to the equator. To put it succinctly, the warmer a region is, the more diverse are its species.

SPIEGEL: Are you saying that the greenhouse effect could even help improve biodiversity in the long term?

Reichholf: Exactly. And this can also be clearly inferred from the insights of evolutionary biology. Biodiversity reached its peak at the end of the tertiary age, a few million years ago, when it was much warmer than it is today. The development went in a completely different direction when the ice ages came and temperatures dropped, causing a massive extinction of species, especially in the north. This also explains why Europe has such a high capacity to absorb species from warmer regions. It just so happens that we have many unoccupied ecological niches in our less biodiverse part of the world.

SPIEGEL: In other words, for you global warming means more flourishing landscapes on the planet?

Reichholf: Indeed. When it becomes warmer, many species receive new habitats. The overall picture is clearly positive, as long as we don’t destroy the newly developing habitats right away by intervening in nature in other ways. It’s no accident that most of the species on Germany’s red list of endangered species are the heat-loving species. Many of them could be given new opportunities to survive in Germany.

SPIEGEL: But aren’t you underestimating the rapid pace of the current warming? Many animals and plants are unable to adapt quickly enough to a changing climate.

Reichholf: This claim is already contradicted by the fact that there have been much faster climate fluctuations in the past, which did not automatically lead to a global extinction of species. As a biologist, I can tell you that only the fewest animals and plants are accustomed to rigid climate conditions. Take our little wren, for example. Many would call it a sensitive little songbird. But the wren thrives just as well in Stockholm as it does in Munich or Rome. It even lives above the tree line in the Alps. The only places we don’t see wrens are where there are no bushes or trees growing at all.

SPIEGEL: But there are certainly animals that live in very limited niches. For example, how would polar bears survive global warming?

Reichholf: Then let me ask you in return: How did the polar bear survive the last warm period? Perhaps Knut at the Berlin Zoo is an exception, but polar bears in the wild don’t exactly survive by sucking on ice. Seals are the polar bear’s most important source of food, and the Canadians slaughter tens of thousands of them every spring. That’s why life is becoming more and more difficult for polar bears, and not because it’s getting warmer. Look at the polar bear’s close relative, the brown bear. It is found across a broad geographic region, ranging from Europe across the Near East and North Asia, to Canada and the United States. Whether bears survive will depend on human beings, not the climate.

SPIEGEL: Is there really no plant or animal species that isn’t at risk of extinction because of a further rise in temperatures?

Reichholf: I certainly can’t think of any. There are a few flatworms that can only exist in icy cold springs. These creatures do in fact appear to be disappearing in places where the springs are warming up. But this could also be a coincidence, because the closest relatives of these worms tolerate a much broader temperature spectrum.

SPIEGEL: Conversely, should we be worried that malaria, as a result of global warming, will break out in our latitudes once again?

Reichholf: That’s another one of those myths. Many people truly believe that malaria will spread as temperatures rise. But malaria isn’t even a true tropical disease. In the 19th century, thousands of people in Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands and even Scandinavia, died of malaria, even though they had never gone abroad. That’s because this disease was still prevalent in northern and central Europe in previous centuries. We only managed to eliminate malaria in Europe by quarantining the sick, improving hygiene and draining swamps. That’s why I consider it virtually impossible that malaria would return to us purely because of climate change. If it does appear, it’ll be because it has been brought in somewhere.

SPIEGEL: Why has it become a dogma that we should be afraid of warmer times?

Reichholf: It’s a mystery to me. As recently as the 1960s, people were more concerned about a new ice age — and that would indeed pose a great danger to us. The most catastrophic eras were those in which the weather became worse, not phases of warmer climates. Precisely because we have to feed a growing population on this planet, we should in fact embrace a warmer climate. In warmer regions it takes far less effort to ensure survival.

The interview was conducted by Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter.

The British Monarchy Has Its Roots in Nazism

Prison Planet | May 9, 2007

I am personally disgusted that Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip are even allowed to visit the United States. The British monarchy should be abolished and not one member of their so called royal family should be allowed to set foot on American soil. The idea of a royal or elite class that believes they are entitled to rule over the people is an abomination and contradicts the very idea of individual freedom. Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Phillip who holds the ridiculous title of Duke of Edinburgh is heavily involved in implementing the plan for a New World Order that we see before us today. He has been linked with the Bilderberg group, has advocated widespread population reduction and helped start the World Wildlife Fund with former Nazi SS Officer Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The House of Windsor also has other historical ties to supporting Nazi Germany, most notably dealing with King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne.

King Edward VIII was actually forced to abdicate the British throne in 1938, due to his support for Hitler and the Nazis. The House of Windsor through a devious propaganda campaign said that King Edward VIII was an aberration. This was a lie as the British monarchy combined with London bankers helped fund Adolf Hitler and built up the Nazi war machine. The British monarchy wanted to build up Hitler to fight Russia in an effort to consolidate power.

It was also revealed that following his abdication, King Edward VIII had been in close collaboration with the Nazis in Spain and Portugal to create a British revolution, overthrow the Churchill government and regain the throne from his brother King George VI. This was reported in the Washington Post and London Observer in the mid 1990s.

King Edward VIII’s abdication eventually allowed Queen Elizabeth II to ascend to the throne in 1952. Five years before, she married her second cousin Prince Phillip who had siblings with numerous ties to Nazis. Prince Phillip was actually trained in the Hilter Youth and his brothers-in-law became high profile members of the Nazi party. His belief in Nazi ideology is clear when one looks at what he has said on the subject of overpopulation.

Here is one particular quote where Prince Phillips talks about his views on overpopulation.

In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.

Prince Phillips quoted in the Deutsche Press Agenture, August 1988

What sort of sick individual would want to be reincarnated as a virus to solve overpopulation? Prince Phillips is clearly obsessed with reducing the world’s population much like how Hitler wanted to kill off the world’s population and form a master race.

Prince Phillips also helped create the World Wildlife Fund with Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands who was a former Nazi SS officer. Prince Bernhard was also instrumental in helping create the secretive Bilderberg group where the elites of the western world meet on a yearly basis to agree on policy that helps further their New World Order agenda. Julian Huxley the original director of UNESCO and a proponent of eugenics also aided in the formation of the World Wildlife Fund. The World Wildlife Fund exists to this day acting as a multinational front to implement Nazi inspired environmental policies to limit human progress and potential. This organization is clearly designed to help the fraudulent global warming agenda that is being used to try and implement a global carbon tax. The global carbon tax would be used to help fund the United Nations and cement a one world government. The House of Windsor routinely hypes why we should care about global warming for a reason, and this is undoubtedly the real agenda behind it.

What’s really strange is the fact that the House of Windsor is more German than anything. In the 1800s, Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg which had its roots in Germany creating the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The name was changed to the House of Windsor by King George V to renounce its German ancestry in light of World War I. Amazingly, King George V was actually an honorary Field Marshal in the German army.

It is clear that Queen Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor has numerous links to Nazis. Prince Harry dressing up in a Nazi outfit a few years ago was actually reflective of what these so called British royals are all about. These are disgusting creatures that are heavily involved with the creation of the New World Order. The mainstream news maintains that Queen Elizabeth II and these other royals only have symbolic power, but that is clearly an illusion. Queen Elizabeth II is officially the head of state of sixteen countries and is believed to have total net worth in the billions if not higher. Her husband’s involvement with the Bilderberg group, the World Wildlife Fund among other things is a clear indication that the House of Windsor is involved in trying to form a New World Order. Much like the Rockefeller family, the House of Windsor rules in secret and utilize front men like Tony Blair to implement policy and absorb the brunt of public anger.

It was sickening watching President Bush refer to Queen Elizabeth II as her majesty and Prince Phillip as his royal highness. At least Bush didn’t entirely bow down to her majesty slipping up in his speech saying that the Queen helped celebrate the nation’s bicentennial in 1776. Queen Elizabeth II was not amused by the slip up because she is an elitist piece of garbage. These people should be referred to as royal Nazi trash and deported from the country immediately. The United States of America is supposed to be a free country and the idea of a royal lineage is in direct conflict with freedom. Even more disgusting was watching a CNN news piece lecturing us on appropriate protocol when dealing with the Queen. Royal families and elites have established these anal protocols only as a mechanism of control. Military institutions also establish protocol like this so people don’t question orders. It is nothing more than social engineering, training people to be enslaved.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip are human garbage and have clear links to Nazism. The sooner these inbred clowns leave the country the better.

King Edward VIII’s Nazi Ties
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2701965.stm

Prince Phillip Admired Nazis
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1016646

Bilderberg Group Strikes Again
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/GE10Aa02.html