Monthly Archives: July 2007

Wall Street Plot to Remove FDR Was a Ruse

Red Ice Creations | Jul 29, 2007

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By Henry Makow Ph.D.

The story that Wall Street tycoons planned to overthrow FDR in 1933 is still making the rounds in 2007.

Last week, the BBC  named “Dubya’s” grandfather, Prescott Bush as one of the conspirators.

Clearly, the Illuminati bankers staged the “planned coup” to give FDR credibility as champion of the common man and Wall Street’s nemesis. As I will show, they routinely used such tricks to build up their Presidential puppet.

The NWO apparently still considers Roosevelt and his model of Big Government as a propaganda asset. Fascism prefers the facade of socialism as we have seen in the case of both Communism and Nazism.

The conspirators (members of the “American Liberty League”) approached retired Major General Smedley Butler to use 500,000 veterans to remove FDR and become a Mussolini-like figure himself.

Smedley Butler was the LAST man you would ask if you were serious about such a coup. However, if you wanted someone to expose your coup ( as he did; thought it “smacked of treason,”) Butler was definitely the “go-to” person.

The most decorated Marine in history; Gen. Smedley Butler recently had been forced to resign by Herbert Hoover calling Mussolini a “mad dog” and warning that his fascist cohorts “were about to break loose in Europe.” Butler refused to retract his remarks and thus became a national hero overnight.

Nor was Butler fond of Wall Street, stating the bankers used the US army as “gangsters for capitalism” — thugs and debt collectors:

“Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints,” Butler said. “The best he could do was .. operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”  (“War is a Racket” 1933)

“There was definitely something crazy about the whole affair,” remarked Curt Gentry. “Butler who had gained prominence for speaking out against fascism, being asked to become an American Duce.” (J. Edgar Hoover, p.203)

Nevertheless, Gentry and most other historians accepted the tale, indicating that they function as highly paid flacks.

The story received its widest currency in Jules Archer’s book “The Plot to Seize the White House” (1973). Judging from Archer’s other works, he is either the Illuminati’s best propagandist or biggest dupe (or both.)

His other subjects include such “defenders of the people” as: Trotsky, Mao Tse Tung; Chou En Lai; and Ho Chi Minh. He has also penned books about such spontaneous popular  movements as feminism, civil rights and environmentalism.

Who Was FDR?

For the answer, we are indebted to a book by a courageous honest, public-spirited New York doctor, Emmanuel Josephson: “The Strange Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt” (1948).

FDR was the scion of two Illuminati families, the Delanos and the Roosevelts. He was related to a dozen US Presidents: four on the Roosevelt side and eight on the Delano side. He was a third cousin of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

These families have some Jewish antecedents but they also have Dutch, German, Swedish and principally English blood. FDR’s mother’s father, Warren Delano made a sizeable fortune in the opium trade. His father James Roosevelt was Vice President of a railway and director of several companies.

FDR was a spoiled brat who could always change the rules to suit his whims. He was tutored privately, and failed law school but was allowed to enter the bar anyway. He never held a real job. In the 1920’s, he helped float some stock market scams. As Governor and later President, he was extremely suggestible, evasive and shifty. Louis Howe created his public persona and did his thinking for him. He was FDR’s “alter and wiser ego.” (102)

FDR had a small army of speechwriters and sometimes there were screw-ups. For his Democratic nomination acceptance in 1932, he was handed two speeches with diametrically opposed views and read them both. (157)

After his attack of encephalomyelitis, the Rockefellers gave him a health spa at Warm Springs, Georgia. They subsequently funnelled millions of dollars to FDR in the guise of contributions to his “foundation” to help the sick. Dr. Josephson found that the institution did not accept charity cases. (118-ff)

In Josephson’s words, “Roosevelt was magnificently bribed to run for office. By the end of 1930, some $700,000 was poured into the coffers of the Foundation …[FDR] was the pathetic puppet of conspirators scheming the destruction of democracy and the establishment of an American monarchy.” (95, 124)

In return, the US Treasury under FDR spent hundreds of millions bribing Saudi King Ibn Saud and building oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia to benefit Standard Oil. (262-263)

Josephson said the basic doctrines of the Rockefeller Empire are “feudalistic monarchic government” … “monopoly of every necessity of life and of national existence, and absolute dictatorship…” (86-87)

The rich must “divide and rule”: ” The people must be dealt with not as Americans but as minorities set at each other’s throats, labor vs. Capital, Black vs. White, Catholic vs. protestant, Christian vs. Jew for e.g.” (87) He could have added male vs. female and gay vs. straight.

Feigned Opposition From Wall Street

Rich degenerate inbreeds running for President naturally pretend to defend the public good. Naturally their banker sponsors are willing to feign displeasure and opposition.

FDR learned the game from his cousin Theodore Roosevelt who pretended to be a “trustbuster,” while remaining a creation of the trusts.

The contributors to FDR’s 1932 campaign include a Who’s Who of the US business elite, the same people who supposedly tried to overthrow him a year later: Hearst, Rockefeller, Morgan, Baruch, Du Pont, Astor.

In 1933, a group of “publicity men” advised that Fascism was becoming unpopular in America and FDR could score points by opposing the Nazis. “They suggested that Hearst and his publications launch a sham attack on Roosevelt and at the same time pretend to support Nazism and Fascism, thus throwing the Anti-Nazis and Anti-Fascists in the Roosevelt camp.” (167)

“As the perverters  of public opinion expected, the gullible public raged at Hearst and flocked to the standards of Roosevelt, blind to the fact that he was giving them another of the same brand of dictatorship.” (167)

The antagonism was an utter sham. Hearst employed FDR’s son Elliot, and his daughter and her husband! Similarly the public enmity of the munitions manufacturing Duponts was also a sham. Ethel Dupont married FDR Jr. !

“The Liberty League was then set up for the ostensible purpose of attacking Roosevelt and fighting his re-election. This served to throw the entire pacifist vote into Roosevelt’s camp and helped reassure his re-election.” (169)

Clearly the “Fascist Coup” was another clever ploy invented by the “publicity men.”

Conclusion

Curtis Dall was a banker and FDR’s son-in-law. He portrays the President not as a leader but as a “quarterback” with little actual power. The “coaching staff” consisted of a coterie of handlers (“advisers” like Louis Howe, Bernard Baruch and Harry Hopkins) who represented the international banking cartel. For Dall, FDR ultimately was a traitor manipulated by “World Money” and motivated by conceit and personal ambition.

The 1933 Fascist Coup is indicative of the trouble the elite takes to manipulate the public. No President (until George W. Bush) did more to take America down the road to tyranny.

Today we have to take attacks on George W Bush with a grain of salt. They are designed to drive the public into the open arms of Hilary Clinton or Barak Obama. In fact, much of the conflict in the world may be central banker created and controlled.

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Psychic Norwegian princess launches school to contact angels

The princess, who still officially represents the Royal Family at various events, has named her new venture after “one of the oldest goddesses in the Middle East,” Astarte, and its website is registered at her home address in Lommedalen, just west of Oslo. The telephone number listed is that for the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Aftenposten | Jul 25, 2007

Princess claims clairvoyant powers, aims to share them

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Princess Märtha Louise uses her royal title on Astarte Education’s web site

Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise, daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, has emerged as a clairvoyant, and is launching an alternative school aimed at training students to contact angels. Officials at the Royal Palace won’t comment on the princess’ latest business venture.

Princess Märtha Louise claimed to have “seen the light” in 2002, when she married author Ari Behn in a lavish royal wedding at the cathedral in Trondheim.

The princess’ business partner has publicly confirmed the training program, which is billed as a means of “getting in touch with your own truths” through “readings, healing, crystals and hands-on treatment.”

The princess, who still officially represents the Royal Family at various events, has named her new venture after “one of the oldest goddesses in the Middle East,” Astarte, and its website is registered at her home address in Lommedalen, just west of Oslo. The telephone number listed is that for the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Even though use of the palace’s phone number implies the business is indirectly supported by the Royal Palace, palace officials won’t comment on it.

“The palace never expresses itself on the princess’ private business ventures,” said a tight-lipped Sven Gjeruldsen, information adviser on the palace staff. He referred further questions to the contact information on Astarte’s web site.

The princess wrote on her school’s new website, Astarte Education, that she’s “always been interested in alternative treatment programs,” suggesting she’s had psychic abilities since she was a little girl.

The princess has launched Astarte Education with a friend, Elisabeth Samnøy, who describes herself on the website as a former ship mechanic who also attended a holistic academy.

“After that I have been in a process where angels and their frequency opened contact with the divine in my heart,” Samnøy wrote.

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Astarte Education
http://www.astarte-education.com/hvem.html

Princess draws more flak

Aftenposten | Jul 25, 2007

Princess Märtha Louise’s latest business venture, which she says can teach people how to communicate with angels, has sparked anything but purely angelic reaction. Princess Märtha Louise, who claims she’s clairvoyant, has incurred the wrath of many with her plans to launch courses in alternative therapy. Others think she’s brave to follow her beliefs.

Officials ranging from the state director of health, to a top politician to religious figures are blasting the princess for alleged offenses ranging from exploiting her position to misusing her physiotherapy training.

Dr Bernt Rognlien, one of Norway’s leading figures within alternative medicine, thinks the princess’ course is more religious in nature than health-related.

“The way I read her web site, this is a spiritual and religious offer, not something that can heal the sick,” he said, adding that he’s not sure the princess realizes that she can appear to be proselytizing when she uses religious terminology about angels and goddesses.

A religious historian at Norway’s technical university NTNU, Asbjørn Dyrendal, said he thinks the princess’ venture is embarrassing.

“I think this must be embarrassing for the royal couple (Martha Louise’s parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja) because they belong to a generation where this type of religion was viewed as eccentric,” Dyrendal said. “But this is, of course, a family that’s used to eccentric relatives within European royalty, so they may think it’s normal for their daughter to charge fees to make contact with angels.”

A survey conducted by newspaper VG, meanwhile, suggests that four out of 10 Norwegians agree with the princess that humans can have supernatural powers, and that it’s possible to communicate with angels.

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Norwegian Monarchy Gaining Power and Influence

A new debate about form of government to arise in 2014 with a revision of the Constitution…

Aftenposten | Jun 13, 2007


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King Harald, member of the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Seraphim

A professor of political science argues that Norway’s royal family, far from being more approachable, is in fact regaining lost power and influence. Trond Nordby, professor of political science at the University of Oslo, argued in a feature in Aftenposten on Wednesday that the royals are … living fabulously on their annuity and exerting steadily more political influence. “A new debate about form of government will arise. It should come in 2014 with the revision of the Constitution,” Michelsen said.

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The Order of the Seraphim

This Order is exclusive to Sweden and I find this interesting since Seraphim is Hebrew for a class of Angel (the highest one). I think that this further strengthens the evidence for a Hebrew/Kabbalistic connection to Sweden. Elaborating upon the Christian celestial hierarchy that was created by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, the expanding modern literature of angelology has assigned many names to the unnamed seraphim.

• Seraphiel
• Metatron
• Lucifer
• Satan
• Asmodeus
• Astaroth
• Samael

So is the Order of the Seraphim really the Order of the fallen angels? ______________________________________

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Ritual at the Temple of Astarte

Order of the Temple of Astarte
We are first and foremost a working lodge. Our Emphasis is on doing magick – and by that we mean good old fashoined wizardry: summoning spirits to visible appearance in the Dark Mirror and bringing down Gods, Goddesses and Angels to illuminate our crystal orb so that we can communicate with them. We use powerfull hypnotic techniques….

Founder Carroll “Poke” Runyon describes himself as a “Gentleman of the Old School” which he defines as: “One who recites classical poetry to heartless beauties while wrestling alligators.” He has lived out his Neo-Romantic philosophy as a Captain in the Green Berets, a student of Ninjutsu, a blue-water sailor, scuba diver, and a ceremonial magician. In 1980 Runyon received his Master’s Degree in cultural anthropology from California State University at Northridge, specializing in Magick. After graduate school he went through all the degrees of Freemasonry in both the Scottish and York Rites. Carroll Runyon has served as an officer in three active Golden Dawn temples. He is also the author of Secrets of the Golden Dawn Cypher Manuscript and Seasonal Rites of Baal and Astarte while acting as editor of The Seventh Ray.

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References on the Goddess Astarte


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Astarte — The Lady of the Beasts.

Along with Lilith she is one of the principle Elohim (this Hebrew plural word means goddesses and gods, though translated as God by biblical revisionists for the past 2,000 years) of the Semites of Phoenicia. Consort to Baal, she is here depicted with two foals in ecstatic dance, her typically upraised arms grasping serpents. She was the Great Goddess, all-powerful, creating-preserving-destroying, an embodiment of Mother Nature. Also known as Ashtoroth, in some poses she is identical with images of Kali, while in her role of virgin she is an ancient prototype of Mary.
http://www.prntrkmt.org/divine/phoenicia/astarte.html

Across Northern Africa, each town had its own version of the Astarte mother goddess. Carthage became the most unique. In Carthage, she was called Tanit. Female statues in the temple show women holding their breasts. She gains a new symbol of her own, very similar to the Egyptian ankh. Her counterpart became Baal Hammon. According to all historical records and also to archeological findings, this particular Tanit and Baal cult did practice human sacrifice. Children were sacrificed in the temple to Baal Hammon. Parents willingly did this and during the human sacrifice of their child, they were not to weap, nor shed a tear. A tomb in Carthage dating to 200 BC also suggest that Tanit was a separate deity from Astarte. The tomb says that the statue was erected for “Astarte and Tanit of Libano.”
http://www.bigeye.com/sexeducation/phoenicians.html

Astarte (Greek) Greek form of the Syro-Phoenician goddess Ashtoreth, female counterpart of Baal. The Assyrian and Babylonian form was Ishtar, in Syria Atargates, in Phrygia Cybele, in the Bible Ashtoreth, and in North Africa Tanith or Dido. She was intimately connected in the Chaldean form of her worship with the planet Venus. She corresponds to the Egyptian Isis or Hathor, Greek Aphrodite, and Norse Freya http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/ass-atm.htm

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Astaroth’s Sigil: The clusters of three dots at the points of the star of her sigil are extremely ancient and denote her high spiritual rank.

Astaroth is a very ancient Goddess. She has been with humanity, as have Satan and Beelzebub, since the beginning. Astaroth is Beelzebub’s granddaughter. Her parents are Ningal and Nanna. She counsels humans who are close to Satan and actively working for him. She obtains friendship of those in power and represents luxury and ease. Astaroth was also the Babylonian Goddess, Ishtar. Babylonian scriptures called her the “Light of the World,” “Goddess of Goddesses,” and “Bestower of Strength.”

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The “Ishtar Gate,” built approximately 575 BCE was the main entrance into Babylon.

Easter (originally known as “Ashtar”) was stolen from her by the Christians.
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/serpentis666/Astaroth.html

It’s the 1930s All Over Again: Why Socialism vs Fascism is a False Choice

Lewrockwell.com | Jul 28, 2007

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It’s the 1930s All Over Again

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Jittery stock markets, an economy drunk on credit, and politicians calling for varieties of dictatorship: what a sense of déjà vu! Let us recall that the world went bonkers for about ten years way back when. The stock market crashed in 1929, thanks to the Federal Reserve, and with it fell the last remnants of the old liberal ideology that government should leave society and economy alone to flourish. After the federal Great Depression hit, there was a general air in the United States and Europe that freedom hadn’t worked. What we needed were strong leaders to manage and plan economies and societies.

And how they were worshipped. On the other side of the world, there were Stalin and Hitler and Mussolini, but in the United States we weren’t in very good shape either. Here we had FDR, who imagined himself capable of astonishing feats of price setting and economy boosting. Of course he used old-fashioned tricks: printing money and threatening people with guns. It was nothing but the ancient despotism brought back in pseudo-scientific garb.

Things didn’t really return to normal until after the war. These “great men” of history keeled over eventually, but look what they left: welfare states, inflationary banking systems, high taxes, massive debt, mandates on business, and regimes with a penchant for meddling at the slightest sign of trouble. They had their way even if their absurd posturing became unfashionable later.

It’s strange to go back and read opinion pieces from those times. It’s as if everyone just assumed that we had to have either fascism or socialism, and that the one option to be ruled out was laissez-faire. People like Mises and Hayek had to fight tooth and nail to get a hearing. The Americans had some journalists who seemed to understand, but they were few and far between.

So what was the excuse for such a shabby period in ideological history? Why did the world go crazy? It was the Great Depression, or so says the usual explanation. People were suffering and looking for answers. They turned to a Strongman to bail them out. There was a fashion for scientific planning, and the suffering economy (caused by the government, of course) seemed to bolster the rationale.

All of which brings me to a strange observation: when it comes to politics, we aren’t that much better off today. It’s true that we don’t have people running for office in ridiculous military suits. They don’t scream at us or give sappy fireside chats or purport to be the embodiment of the social mind. The tune is slightly changed, but the notes and rhythms are the same.

Have you listened carefully to what the Democrats are proposing in the lead-up to the presidential election? It’s just about as disgusting as anything heard in the 1930s: endless government programs to solve all human ills. It’s as if they can’t think in any other way, as if their whole worldview would collapse if they took notice of the fact that government can’t do anything right.

But it also seems like they are living on another planet. The stock market has a long way to fall before it reaches anything we could call low. Mortgage interest rates are creeping along at the lowest possible rates. Unemployment is close to 4%, which is lower than even Keynesians of old could imagine in their wildest dreams.

The private sector is creating a miracle a day, even as the stuff that government attempts is failing left and right. The bureaucracies are as wasteful and useless as they’ve ever been, spending is already insanely high, debt is skyrocketing, and there’s no way that any American believes himself to be under-taxed.

The Democrats, meanwhile, go about their merry business as if the public schools were a model for all of society. Oh, and let us not forget their brilliant idea of shutting down the industrial economy and human prosperity so the government can plan the weather 100 years from now. We can only hope that there are enough serious people left to put a stop to this harebrained idea.

But before we get carried away about the Democrats, let’s say a few words about the bloodthirsty Republicans, who think of war not as something to regret, but rather the very moral life of the nation. For them, justice equals Guantánamo Bay, and public policy means a new war every month, and vast subsidies to the military-industrial complex and such other Republican-friendly firms as the big pharmaceutical companies. Sure, they pay lip service to free enterprise, but it’s just a slogan to them, unleashed whenever they fear that they are losing support among the bourgeois merchant class.

So there we have it. Our times are good, and yet we face a choice between two forms of central planning. They are varieties of socialism and fascism, but not overtly: they disguise their ideological convictions so that we won’t recognize that they and their ilk have certain predecessors in the history of political economy.

Into this mix steps Ron Paul, with a message that has stunned millions. He says again and again that government is not the way out. And even though his political life is nothing short of heroic, he doesn’t believe that his candidacy is about him and his personal ambitions. He talks of Bastiat, Hazlitt, Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard – in public campaign speeches. And let no one believe that this is just rhetoric. Take a look at his voting record if you doubt it. Even the New York Times is amazed to discover that there is a principled man in politics.

It is impressive how crowds are hard pressed to disagree with him. How much good is he doing? It is impossible to exaggerate it. He provides hope when we need it most. You see, the American economy may look good on the surface but underneath, the foundation is cracking. The debt is unsustainable. Savings are nearly nonexistent. Money supply creation is getting scary. The paper-money economy can’t last and won’t last. One senses that the slightest change could cause unforeseen wreckage.

What would happen should the bottom fall out? Scary thought. We need ever more public spokesmen for our cause. In many ways, the Mises Institute bears a heavy burden as the world’s leading institutional voice for peace and economic liberty. So does LewRockwell.com. And we are working in every way possible to make sure that the flame of freedom is not extinguished, even in the face of legions of charlatans and power-mongers. Even though the politics of our times is as dark as ever, there are bright lights on the horizon.

Corning NY debates adding fluoride to drinking water

News 10 Now | Jul 26, 2007

By Kat De Maria

CORNING, N.Y. — In May, Corning city council members voted to add fluoride to the city water supply.

Now they’ve learned there’s a way residents may be able to overturn that action.

“If ten percent of the voters, of the registered voters, can get together and sign a petition for the referendum, they can negate city council’s authority to adopt a local law optioning to have fluoridation in the city water supply,” Corning Mayor Frank Coccho said.

That’s the opinion of the city attorney, who studied the fluoridation debate in Ithaca seven years ago. Following a signature drive, residents there voted on whether Ithaca leaders could pass laws that would add fluoride to city water.

“I suspect if they can get the 600 signatures, approximately 600, it can be done here in Corning,” said Mayor Coccho.

Kirk Huttleston leads the opposition to fluoridation. He says there are at least that many people who would sign such a petition.

“Granted I may be talking to people that are more of my same mind, but I have only talked to two out of ten who thought fluoride in the water was a good idea,” said Huttleston.

Whether for or against fluoride, Huttleston says it’s important residents make a decision for themselves, something the mayor says he can understand.

“By putting it in the water, you bypass informed consent. The referendum is a fantastic way to handle all this,” Huttleston said.

“We do the research and we’re expected and required to do so. And I hope we make good decisions on behalf of our community. If the citizens wish to negate that authority, that’s certainly their right and I’ll accept that,” Mayor Coccho said.

…and the fate of fluoridated water in the city of Corning.

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The Fluoride Deception (Interview With Christopher Bryson)
In this video, Christopher Bryson, an award-winning journalist and former producer at the BBC, discusses the findings of his new book The Flouride Deception. “Bryson marshals an impressive amount of research to demonstrate fluoride’s harmfulness, the ties between leading fluoride researchers and the corporations who funded and benefited from their research, and what he says is the duplicity with which fluoridation was sold to the people. The result is a compelling challenge to the reigning dental orthodoxy, which should provoke renewed scientific scrutiny and public debate.”

Fluoride and Bone Cancer: Is Harvard Professor Hiding a Link?

Fluoridation: A Horror Story
In a letter Perkins wrote on October 2, 1954 to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Perkins made the startling statement that a German chemist, who was a prominent Nazi, told him that the German General Staff had approved a comprehensive population control plan to use on subject populations. It amounted to mind control, and an essential plan element was to “medicate” the water supplies, mainly with sodium fluoride. Perkins wrote, “However, I want to make this very definite and very positive – the real reason behind water fluoridation is not to benefit children’s teeth…The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty.” Perkins said that putting fluoride in the water supply eventually numbs the brain, making people easily manipulated. Perkins stated “…any person who drinks fluoridated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person, mentally or physically.”

Fluoride & The Brain: An Interview with Dr. Phyllis Mullenix
The study basically found three things. First of all, that if you put sodium fluoride in the drinking water of young animals, that with time – meaning a period of weeks in a rat’s lifetime – they would develop changes in their behavioral patterns. And that pattern change was a hypoactivity pattern. They became slower, ‘couch potatoes’ if you like. But it was definitely a hypoactivity pattern. And it had a specific pattern to it which was very, very strikingly similar to the pattern that I had seen in substances or drugs that they used to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia in children, which clinically cause IQ deficits. And when I saw that specific pattern… that I was getting when I exposed animals to radiation or chemotherapy and steroids… that was very striking.

Couple Arrested For Flying Upside Down U.S. Flag

Asheville Citizen-Times | Jul 27, 2007

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Mark and Deborah Kuhn display signs they attached to an American flag flying upside down at their home on Brevard Road.

by Mike McWilliams

Asheville – A couple who said they were protesting the state of the country by flying the U.S. flag upside down with signs pinned to it found themselves in jail following a scuffle with a deputy Wednesday morning.

Mark and Deborah Kuhn were arrested on two counts of assault on a government employee, resisting arrest and a rarely used charge, desecrating an American flag, all misdemeanors. The Kuhns were released from custody Wednesday afternoon.

“This is surreal,” Deborah Kuhn, 52, said moments after her son Mark Stidham paid $1,500 bond to get the couple out of jail.

Arrest reports show Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputy Brian Scarborough went to the Kuhns’ home on 68 Brevard Road about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a complaint of an American flag on display after being desecrated.

State law prohibits anyone from knowingly mutilating, defiling, defacing or trampling the U.S. or North Carolina flags. Lt. Randy Sorrells of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said the Kuhns desecrated the flag by pinning signs to it, not by flying it upside down.

An upside-down flag typically is flown as a distress signal. The Kuhns said they flew it this way not out of disrespect but to symbolize the state of the country.

Deborah Kuhn said the signs pinned to the flag included an explanation on the meaning of an upside-down flag and asked to “help our country.” One of the signs was a photo of President Bush with “Out Now” written on it, they said.

The couple flew the flag for about a week before Wednesday.

Police visits

Deborah Kuhn said an Asheville police officer stopped by last week to make sure the couple was OK, after recognizing the upside-down flag as a distress signal.

Asheville police calls for service records show an officer did go to the house July 18 after a complaint about the upside-down flag. The officer did not issue a citation or file a report.

A couple of days later, Deborah Kuhn said a man dressed in fatigues came to the door to “harass my husband” about the flag. Someone also took photos of the flag, she said.

Sorrells said a resident approached Scarborough while he was on duty and alerted him to the flag. Sorrells said he did not know where the person approached Scarborough or what the deputy was doing.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Scarborough went to the Kuhns’ home and gave Mark Kuhn a copy of the flag desecration statute. Scarborough told the Kuhns the flag was being displayed illegally.

Although the Kuhns live within the Asheville city limits, Sorrells said the complaint was made to a deputy.

“We have jurisdiction throughout the whole county of Buncombe,” Sorrells said. “We have a citizen that complains to us about a violation of law, we’re bound by oath to act on it.”

Scarborough told Mark Kuhn he was going to be issued a citation and asked for identification. Kuhn refused, slammed the door on the deputy’s hand, breaking the glass pane out of the door and cutting Scarborough’s hand, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deborah Kuhn said they removed the flag from their front porch after Scarborough threatened to cite them, but they objected to showing Scarborough their IDs, which he needed to write the tickets. Scarborough then broke into their house and came after them, they said.

“He tried to keep us from closing the door, but we managed to get it closed,” Deborah Kuhn said. “We locked the door and he broke the glass to our front door and proceeded to assault my husband, saying, ‘You’re under arrest.’”

The Sheriff’s Office said a struggle ensued when Scarborough followed Kuhn back into the house. At that time, Deborah Kuhn also struck Scarborough in the face, authorities said in arrest reports.

Scarborough called for backup and five squad cars responded, Sorrells said.

Deborah Kuhn said she called 911 and ran into the street screaming for help.

Mark Kuhn said he did not attack Scarborough.

“He came after me, and I fought him back,” Kuhn, 43, said. “After I got out of his hold, I ran outside.”

Rarely enforced

Sorrells said this is the first time he has seen the flag-desecration law enforced. He said it’s a difficult decision for an officer to weigh a resident’s right to free speech against another’s complaint of a law violation.

“I think the officer did the appropriate thing by stating his intention to simply issue a citation and let it be worked out in court,” Sorrells said. “If Mr. Kuhn had simply complied with that request for identification and accepted the citation, we would have all gone about our way, and it could have been worked out in court. Once he assaulted the officer, it escalated very quickly.”

Sorrells said Scarborough suffered some scrapes and cuts to his hand and returned to duty later Wednesday. A message left for Scarborough at the Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned.

Mark Kuhn, who said he had flown his flag upside down before without any problems, said he plans to fight the charges. The Kuhns each face a maximum 420 days in jail if convicted on all of the charges.

“We are going to do our best to get a civil liberties lawyer from the ACLU,” Kuhn said.

“We are going to take this big time. Officer Scarborough is not going to get away with this.”

The Kuhns said the Sheriff’s Office kept their flag. Sorrells said he had no record of that.

Diabetes drugs ‘can double risk of heart failure’

Telegraph | Jul 27, 2007

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By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor

Half a million diabetics could be at double the risk of heart failure because of the drugs they are taking.

A question mark has been raised over the safety of Avandia and Actos, which are used to treat type 2 diabetes, by a study. Researchers say they could be responsible for an additional 5,000 cases of heart failure each year.

One in every 50 patients taking the medication over a 26-month period would suffer heart failure and need admission to hospital, says the research by experts at the University of East Anglia and in America.

According to GlaxoSmithKline, 250,000 people are on its drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) in Britain and the same number on Actos (pioglitazone), which is made by Takeda. Both have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

Dr Yoon Loke, the author of the analysis, which looked at more than 200 cases of heart failure while on the drugs, said the risk was small, but when the fact that 500,000 people use them is taken into account, there could be an additional 5,000 cases of heart failure per year.

He said that diabetics are at a two per cent per year greater risk of heart failure and the drugs add another two per cent.

Dr Alastair Benbow, of GlaxoSmithKline, said: “The risk of heart failure in diabetes patients and with use of these medicines is well recognised and is clearly identified in prescribing information to doctors in the UK.

“Whilst continued patient safety is paramount, we must also remember that type 2 diabetes can have devastating consequences including stroke, blindness, amputation and kidney failure.”

FEMA’s Toxic Trailers Exposed

Environment News Service | Jul 25, 2007

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FEMA travel trailers for temporary housing in Hancock County, Mississippi. September 2005

EPA’s own testing showed that FEMA trailers had average formaldehyde levels three times higher than the EPA standard

WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2007 (ENS) – The Sierra Club is declaring a partial victory in its fight with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, over toxic formaldehyde found in some of the 120,000 mobile homes and travel trailers provided to hurricane survivors left homeless in 2005 by Katrina and Rita.

In response to a public outcry by the Sierra Club and others, FEMA has decided to re-evaluate its decision to continue distributing trailers known to have unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a chemical used in paint and adhesives, and is classified as a “known carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope said today, “Trailer residents and the Sierra Club have been pressing the agency to acknowledge the problem of formaldehyde outgassing in the trailers and to stop distributing the trailers until the agency could ensure that all trailers going out were safe.”

Outgassing is the slow release of the formaldehyde gas from the paint and adhesives used in trailer construction.

“Dangerously high levels of formaldehyde found in many FEMA trailers have caused serious health problems for many trailer residents and are even suspected as the cause of several deaths,” Pope said.

“FEMA’s track record on this issue is far from good,” said Pope. “They willfully ignored complaints of people suffering from formaldehyde exposure; they refused to investigate formaldehyde outgassing, despite the advice of their field staff to do so; and they manipulated testing conditions in the trailers to sway the results and present a minimized risk of formaldehyde exposure.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, says that formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels – above 0.1 parts per million.

“High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma,” the EPA says. “It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans.”

FEMA Administrator David Paulison told the House Committee on Government Oversight on Thursday that the agency has been responsive. FEMA first responded to a formaldehyde complaint from a trailer resident in March 2006, and the trailer was replaced that same month, he said.

In May 2006, FEMA began consulting with other federal agencies and the mobile home industry, the agency established a system to address the complaints on a case-by-case basis, Paulison said.

In total, 58 trailers have been replaced due to formaldehyde complaints. In five other cases, residents were moved into rental housing.

FEMA trailer resident Lindsay Huckabee told the House panel that when she moved into the FEMA single-wide in Kiln, Mississippi in December 2005, she, her husband and her four children were all healthy.

But the trailer had “a very strong odor,” she said, and almost immediately health problems began. Pregnant when she moved into the trailer, Huckabee delivered a month early when all her other children were full-term babies.

The entire family developed respiratory problems, severe nosebleeds, and caught every cold and virus going around. After being symptom-free for four years, one daughter developed severe asthma. Her husband, a non-smoker, developed a malignant tumor in his mouth.

Through her physician, who said he was treating many other trailer residents for similar illnesses, Huckabee was contacted by the Sierra Club. When a test was done on her trailer in April, it showed formaldehyde at well above the level believed to be harmful to humans, Huckabee told the House panel.

“When we told FEMA about the test, we met much opposition,” Huckabee testified. “FEMA representatives were rude when I called them. I was forced to call five different representatives, and my request for a new mobile home was lost twice before anything was done to help solve my problem.”

Finally, FEMA agreed to give the family another mobile home. The Sierra Club had it tested for formaldehyde and results came back higher than EPA-recommended limit of 0.1 parts per million, but lower than the previous trailer.

When a FEMA inspector saw the testing instrument hanging in the replacement trailer, Huckabee testified that he said, “people were claiming to have high formaldehyde levels so they could get bigger and better trailers” but he could not produce evidence to back that claim.

FEMA Administrator Paulison told the panel, “It is very possible that the observed illness pattern is due to multiple factors including other exposures, other environmental conditions in the area, or just simply the very close living conditions in a travel trailer.”

He did not acknowledge that there is a federally established limit for formaldehyde exposure of 0.1 parts per million, but said more study is needed to determine a safe level of exposure.

“When FEMA took on the role of landlord for the thousands of people, they took on the responsibility to provide a safe, fit home for these people,” said Huckabee. “This temporary housing should have given people time to get on their feet again, and even save some money for a permanent home. Instead we are spending so much on medical bills and prescriptions, we are actually moving backwards.”

Paulison said Friday that health experts at the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, and Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs will conduct a preliminary field study that will test air quality conditions in the mobile housing units “under real-life conditions.” Testing began on Tuesday.

In addition, said Paulison, “the CDC team is comprehensively reviewing known research in order to provide FEMA with advice about the safety of environmental conditions in travel trailers. We are also looking into engineering solutions that may be available effectively to remove environmental pollutants from the trailers.”

As the first group to discover the toxicity of FEMA trailers, Pope says the Sierra Club has taken a lead role in fighting for better disaster assistance and emergency housing.

Testing by the Sierra Club in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama showed that 88 percent of trailers tested in 2006 and 2007 had formaldehyde levels above the EPA’s recommended limit of 0.1 parts per million.

“The EPA’s own testing showed that FEMA trailers had average formaldehyde levels three times higher than the EPA standard,” Pope pointed out. He said that tests currently being conducted by the Sierra Club and Texas Wildlife and Parks on FEMA trailers in Texas are also showing high formaldehyde levels.