Daily Archives: July 22, 2007

Bush To Veto Ban On Mercury In Vaccines

Clear links to neurological disorders ignored, removed from animal vaccines but fine for babies

Infowars.net | Jul 20, 2007

by Steve Watson

vaccinePresident Bush is to veto a bill that would ban mercury in flu vaccines for children despite its known links to autism and other neurological disorders and despite the fact that he pledged in 2004 to support such a move when campaigning for re-election.

The White House stated on Tuesday that President Bush would veto the FY 2008 HHS-Labor-Education Appropriations Bill because of the cost and “objectionable provisions” such as a measure to ban the use of childhood flu vaccines that contain thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, a press release from Autism advocacy group Safe Minds on the PRNewswire-USNewswire states.

Bush is calling for an amendment that would remove the children’s safety provision from the bill.

Safe Minds warns:

“Under the current administration, mercury has been and will continue to be knowingly injected into the youngest of American citizens. The controversial mercury-containing preservative thimerosal has been linked by thousands of parents as being the cause of their children’s mercury poisoning and autism.”

The flu vaccine, which continues to be manufactured with mercury, is recommended for all pregnant women, infants and children despite the fact that the Institute of Medicine in 2001 recommended against the policy of
exposing these same sensitive groups to thimerosal containing vaccines.

Mercury is the second most toxic metal known to man behind Uranium. Thimerosal is used in vaccines not because it is good for you, but purely because it prevents vaccine contamination. Yet some have questioned why thimerosal is even considered for vaccines because there are obviously safer alternatives to preventing contamination. Questions also remain about how pharmaceutical companies conduct vaccine research and how the government regulates those companies.

Despite these facts, sickening reports such as the one below continue to make out that injecting the second most poisonous substance in the world into babies is actually GOOD for their health:

During Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004 he stated:

“I support the removal of Thimerosal from vaccines on the childhood national vaccine schedule. During a second term as President, I will continue to support increased funding to support a wide variety of research initiatives aimed at seeking definitive causes and/or triggers of autism. It is important to note that while there are many possible theories about causes or triggers of autism, no one material has been definitely included or excluded.”

Despite this he now plans to veto a bill that would remove Thimerosal because of “costs”. What costs would these be? Do the costs of big pharmaceutical companies and fat government kickbacks outweigh the costs of the healthy brains of every child in America? Seemingly so.

Furthermore, though Bush stated that the evidence for links between mercury laden vaccines and autism are not concrete, there are scores of studies and testimony from credible figures asserting the exact opposite.

Starting in the early nineties, government regulators dramatically increased the amount of Thimerosal exposure to babies by adding two new vaccines to the roster of mandatory immunizations children must have before enrolling in school. The combination of the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HiB vaccine more than doubled the amount of mercury children.

Mercury expert Dr. Boyd Haley of the University of Kentucky has testified before Congress and the Pentagon as well as the FDA as one of the nation’s leading experts on Thimerosal and mercury poisoning, revealing that his research leads him to believe that some children are genetically predisposed to storing mercury in their brains, leading to neurological disorders, including autism.

The combination of the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HiB vaccine more than doubled the amount of mercury children in the 90s. “If you take a ten-pound baby in, and it gets four shots on that one day, which is a common practice – that’s equivalent to giving a 100-pound person forty shots in one day,” said Haley.

Haley has also proposed that Thimerosal in infant vaccines was also the most likely toxic agent involved in Gulf War syndrome and autistic spectrum disorders. Think about this, they are injecting into babies something that is breaking down the bodies of full grown combat veterans.

While the FDA questioned thimerosal’s safety in the 80s, noting that it was “not safe for ‘over-the-counter’ topical use because of its potential for cell damage”, and while it was removed from animal vaccines for the same reason, the government regulatory committees did nothing to question its use in childhood vaccines.

It’s too dangerous for cats and dogs but the government is happy for our babies to be pumped full of the stuff on a regular basis.

Dr Haley has also pointed out that it is also well known by any good biochemist that thimerosal and aluminum react dangerously when combined together. Given that Aluminum is a compound added to many vaccines as a catalyst you would think the government would have heeded this warning, yet it has still done nothing.

Despite the continued reports doubting the link between Thimerosal and autism, more studies have continued to verify the link. As reported in the Capitol Times recently:

A study done at the University of Washington in 2006 showed that baby primates exposed to injected thimerosal (50 percent mercury), at a rate equal to the 1990s childhood vaccine schedule, retained twice as much inorganic mercury in their brains as primates exposed to equal amounts of ingested methylmercury. We know from autometallographic determination that inorganic mercury present in the brain, following the dealkylation of organic mercury, is the toxic agent responsible for changes in the microglial population and leads to neuroinflammation.

In other words thimerosal, inorganic mercury, leads to neuroinflammatory disease which is proven to be the underlying medical condition of autism.

Furthermore In a study done at the University of Arkansas last year, autistic children were found to have significantly lower levels of the antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione is the major antioxidant needed for the elimination of mercury at the cellular level.

Moreover, Professor Philippe Grandjean, from Harvard University and the University of Southern Denmark, considered the foremost scientific authority on the development of children’s brains, has recently claimed that the average human IQ is plummeting primarily due to IQ points in the population being chemically destroyed via low level mercury exposure in children.

The links between the ingestion of mercury and neurological breakdown are clear and proven. Professors all over the world are telling us outright that it is literally destroying people’s brains. Even if you choose to believe, in the face of all the evidence, that the links are still somewhat questionable, the solution is still obvious. GET IT OUT OF THE VACCINES NOW.

Safe Minds also point out that according to the EPA, one in every six women of childbearing age already has blood levels of mercury high enough to cause neurological damage to their unborn children due to environmental exposures alone.

“Injecting even more mercury into the bodies of pregnant women, infants and children when it is not a necessary component of vaccines is just bad medicine,” said Lyn Redwood, president of Safe Minds and parent of a mercury-injured child. “It defies logic that a flu vaccine must be disposed of as a hazardous waste if it is not used, but somehow injecting the same mercury-containing vaccine into a baby is safe.”

Yes it defies logic to someone who believes in the unabated progression of the entirety of the human race, however, to an elite devoid of all morality and interested only in the endgame pursuit of their own biological, spiritual and financial monopoly over the whole planet, it makes perfect sense.

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UN peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse in Ivory Coast

AFP | Jul 20, 2007

The United Nations has suspended one of its peacekeeping units in Ivory Coast after an internal investigation revealed allegations of widespread “sexual exploitation and abuse” against some of its soldiers there.

A full probe has been launched into the claims, which centre on a 732-strong Moroccan contingent based in Bouake in the rebel-held north of the divided west African country, the UN said in a statement Saturday.

“The Moroccan contingent serving with the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has been suspended following allegations of numerous cases of sexual exploitation and abuse against some of its soldiers based in Bouake,” the statement said.

Further investigations were being carried out at UN headquarters in New York but the “seriousness” of the allegations had prompted the UN to suspend the peacekeepers involved and confine them to their camps, it added.

In a statement late Friday, the UN reiterated its “zero tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse and stresses its determination to work with our troop- and police-contributing countries to ensure that all United Nations personnel are held accountable to the highest standards of behaviour.”

The UN has 8,000 peacekeepers in Ivory Coast, backed by more than 3,000 French troops.

They were deployed in 2003 to oversee a ceasefire between the rebels, who held the north of the former French colony following an attempted 2002 coup against President Laurent Gbagbo, and the government troops who held the south.

Other UN missions in Africa have been dogged by controversy, notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse and mineral trafficking since their deployment in 2001.

An investigation was opened earlier this month into claims of maltreatment by Bangladeshi UN forces in 2005, and a probe began last August into claims peacekeepers were involved with underage prostitutes in the eastern Sud-Kivu region.

Between December 2004 and August 2006, at least 140 allegations of sexual exploitation involving UN personnel in DR Congo were recorded.

The UN has no army of its own and depends on contributions from member countries for its peacekeeping missions. As a result, it often has no way of punishing troops involved in wrongdoing other than sending them home.

Moroccan U.N. unit accused of sex abuse over 3 years

Reuters | Jul 21, 2007

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast are alleged to have sexually abused girls as young as 13 over a three-year period as units rotated through the West African country, U.N. officials said.

The United Nations said on Saturday it had suspended the Moroccan contingent from its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast during an investigation. The entire battalion of 734 soldiers had already been confined to barracks.

Two U.N. officials identified the peacekeepers as Moroccans and one said entire contingents had been involved with the young girls passed from unit after unit, resulting in the birth of illegitimate children.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Over the last few years as peacekeeping has expanded, reports of abuse have mounted in various African nations, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, prompting the world body to declare a “zero-tolerance” policy.

The United Nations can investigate but is powerless to punish perpetrators, who can be sent home for prosecution. Moroccan troops were involved in sexual abuse in eastern Congo and two years ago the Rabat government arrested six soldiers.

The Ivory Coast mission numbers just over 9,000 uniformed personnel from more than 40 countries. Moroccans make up the bulk of the force in Bouake, a rebel stronghold in the north, with some Bangladeshi police, Pakistani engineers and Ghanaian medical personnel.

The Moroccan U.N. mission had no immediate response to the allegations.

A U.N. statement on Friday had said a full investigation was underway into “serious allegations of widespread sexual exploitation and abuse by a U.N. military contingent serving in Bouake.”

“It means they don’t participate in our operations,” Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Ivory Coast, said on Saturday. “Those who are found guilty will be sent back home.”

The U.N. Security Council voted this week to extend the mandate of peacekeeping forces in Ivory Coast until January to help create peaceful conditions for elections that have been repeatedly delayed.

The peacekeepers, backed by troops from former colonial power France, are in Ivory Coast to support a peace process that was revived in March by an agreement between President Laurent Gbagbo and rebel leader Guillaume Soro.

A 2005 U.N. report said peacekeeping soldiers should be punished for any sexual abuse, their pay docked and a fund set up to assist any women and girls they impregnated. But many member nations have not agreed.

Russian general jokes about gas attack

UPI | Jul 20, 2007

MOSCOW, July 20 (UPI) — Russia’s top general said this week that Poles should buy gas masks if they let the United States deploy missiles on their territory.

The RIA Novosti news agency reported that on Monday Army Gen. Yury Baluyevsky, the chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, met with journalists in Moscow and told a reporter from the Polish newspaper Trybuna in answer to a question that if Poland went ahead with plans to allow the United States to deploy 10 anti-ballistic missile interceptors on its territory in the next few years, the Polish people should start buying gas masks and other protective gear.

Baluyevsky said these precautions would be necessary because if ballistic missiles with dangerous warheads were shot down over Polish territory, the country would be contaminated with dangerous materials.

“The decision to place (the shield) on Polish soil was taken by the Polish government. It seems to fully realize what kind of retaliation this may lead to … What they really should be concerned about is what will happen in the event that the shield works at all,” Baluyevsky said according to the RIA Novosti report.

“Intercepted missiles will disperse over your territory, and you will need to think not about warm clothes, but about acquiring gas masks and other protective equipment,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spearheaded fierce Russian protests against the deployment of 10 U.S. ballistic missile interceptors in Poland and an advanced BMD radar installation in the Czech Republic in the next few years. Earlier this month, Russia also pulled out of the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, one of the cornerstones of detente and security in Europe over the past two decades.

GPS-enabled Spy Squirrels Captured by Iranians

Daily Wireless | Jul 21, 2007

by Darren Murph

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Iranian news agencies this week reported 14 squirrels equipped with espionage systems were captured along their border. The squirrels were reportedly embedded with GPS, cameras and listening devices.

National Public Radio, talked to Robert Baer, who worked for the CIA in Iran, intelligence expert James Bamford and wildlife professor John Koprowski, who co-authored the book North American Tree Squirrels, to discuss historical attempts to use animals in intelligence gathering and the likelihood that the U.S. or any other country could count on squirrels to retrieve any useful information.

It wouldn’t be the first time the CIA has “bugged” live animals.

During the Cold War, the Acoustic Kitty went under the surgeon’s knife to accommodate transmitting and control devices so it could listen to secret conversations in Moscow. The first cat mission was eavesdropping on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately.

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A bravery medal was awarded to a pigeon which flew vital intelligence out of occupied France in World War II.

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Scientists have learned how to build radar transponders small enough to fit onto bees, but only God can make a dragonfly, despite the best efforts of DARPA.

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Can Squirrels Spy for People? Iran Thinks So

NPR All Things Considered | Jul 20, 2007

Iranian news agencies this week reported the capture of 14 squirrels equipped with espionage systems along the border.

Robert Baer, who worked for the CIA in Iran, intelligence expert James Bamford and wildlife professor John Koprowski, who co-authored the book North American Tree Squirrels, discuss historical attempts to use animals in intelligence gathering and the likelihood that the U.S. or any other country could count on squirrels to retrieve any useful information.

GPS chips in cellphones track kids and help navigate, too

Why does they FCC mandate locator technology in cell phones?

Hint: it’s not for your safety.

PW

International Herald Tribune | Jul 19, 2007

By Larry Magid

The man wearing nerdy glasses in U.S. commercials for Verizon Wireless may be constantly asking, “Can you hear me now,” but the most commonly asked questions over mobile phones might actually be “where are you now?”

But the combination of global positioning systems, or GPS, and cellphones may make that question moot. Cellphone carriers are mandated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to provide location information for emergency use, and some employ technology that triangulates a cellphone signal among cellphone towers.

As more phones come equipped with a small and relatively inexpensive GPS microchip, the technology is being used for all sorts of location-based services that telecommunications companies can offer to their customers.

For example, the Family Locator service on a Walt Disney-branded mobile phone on the Sprint network uses GPS to track a child’s whereabouts.

Parents buy special “kid” and “parent” phones. The child’s phone is programmed to beam its location to the parent phone, which has the ability to display and map the approximate street address where the child phone is at any moment.

Sprint offers its own Family Locator service that provides parents with the child’s location and alerts them when the child arrives at a specified location.

The Sprint service can also be used to track adult family members, but the adult controls who can track the phone and gets a text message each time someone uses the service.

Children, however, have a way to effortlessly foil the Sprint tracking: turn off the phone.

Verizon’s child locator, called Chaperone, goes a different route. It adds a “geofencing” service that allows parents to define an area — a school or babysitter’s house, for example — where the child is permitted. Parents receive an alert on their handset when the cellphone of the child enters or leaves the zone.

But GPS phones aren’t just kids’ stuff. A company called Wherify Wireless offers a line of GPS- enabled phones to track employees of elderly relatives. People doing the tracking can locate their charges through a Web or cellphone interface or by calling the company’s toll-free number and providing the operator with a password.

Helio, a small cellphone company aimed at teenagers and young adults, offers “Buddy Beacon,” which enables its customers to beam their location to 25 fellow Helio users. Helio plots directions on Google Maps and searches for nearby businesses. Unlike the Apple iPhone, Helio phones are equipped with a GPS chip so customers don’t have to tell the phone where they are.

Telenav offers a navigation tool that turns phones from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and others into full- fledged GPS devices by using the color screen on the phone. Like most GPS systems, the Telenav tool has a “points of interest” data base, but because it is connected to the cellular network it can receive updates in real time. That enables a “gas by price” service that finds nearby service stations with the lowest prices.

Telenav’s “share address” feature is similar to Helio’s Buddy Beacon. If you beam your address to fellow Telenav users, they can plot you on a map and get directions to your location. You can automatically send anyone a text message with your address or the address of a restaurant or place where you’d like to meet.

Verizon’s VZ Navigator service also has turn-by-turn voice and on-screen directions, and a local search function to help you find nearby businesses.

The drawback to turning a cellphone into a GPS device is that cellphone screens are generally smaller than stand-alone GPS units and a regular cellphone keypad is not ideal for typing in a destination address.

On some phones, you can get knocked out of GPS mode if you take an incoming call. That can be very annoying, especially if you need to take the call to confirm where you’re going or when you’ll get there.

A GPS phone enables a host of other services, like Bones in Motion’s BiM Active application. Certain phones using the Sprint/Nextel and Verizon networks can track your speed, location, elevation and calories burned while walking, running or cycling. You can view your statistics and map your route on the phone or a Web page.

Skyhook Wireless offers a service that uses Wi-Fi to locate laptops and other devices, including some Wi-Fi Internet phones. The company hired people to drive by offices and homes in 2,500 U.S. towns and cities to map the location of Wi-Fi routers.

A service called Smarter Agent is an apartment finder that combines GPS information with local classified ads to find nearby vacant apartments. Slifter is a mobile and Web-based application that lets a user see the price and availability of products at nearby retailers. And there are all sorts of GPS applications for weather fanatics, including one from the Weather Channel that saves you the trouble of having to enter your Zip code to find local weather information.

GPS Smart Shoes in Asia

In case you are wondering, I am not touting GPS shoes. I am just adding to the mounting evidence that GPS technology is gradually becoming pervasive, from OnStar, to GPS tracked cell phones, to electronic tagging for juveniles and pedophiles, to employees tracked by satellite. In fact, there is no end to it. And if you think this is “progress” you are dead wrong. Progress is something that makes human life better, but a society where individuals are tracked and monitored everywhere they go is regressing, and is not a free society. It is an enslaved society, but due to the fact that we are also degenerate society, most people won’t find a problem with this. In fact, they think it is cool. So on it goes, until the people realize someday how they have been hoodwinked and brainwashed, how this harms them. Maybe then they will understand the value of true freedom. Maybe.
PW

CNET Asia | Jul 20, 2007

gps_shoeThe last time we checked, our sneakers didn’t talk to us or do stuff like you see in Mission Impossible or Q’s 007 weapons lab. However, shoes have begun to do a lot more than protect your feet. Like keeping an eye on you, literally, from the sky.

Earlier this year, Isaac Daniel released 1,000 limited-edition GPS sneakers worldwide, at a lovely price of US$350. The good news for those of us in the region is that we’ll now be able to get our own GPS-enabled soles, thanks to Texas-based Enfora and GTX looking to get a foothold in the Asia market.

First out to market will be the GTXC Xplorer GPS Smart Shoe embedded with the Enabler IIG-A-GPS location module. If you’re planning to keep an eye on mum, dad, grandpa or junior’s whereabouts, it’s all done by logging online to pinpoint the current location of the shoe wearer on an interactive map or receiving SMS alerts. Keeping those feet even happier is what seems to be more reasonable pricing of US$99 to US$199, with the subscription fee for the monitoring service estimated to be US$19.95 per month. Enfora’s Asia-Pacific VP James Furneaux expects the GPS offering out some time after October. Talk about footwear that’ll be making tracks in more ways than one.