Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

Radiation in Japanese children’s thyroids

A boy receives a radiation scan at a screening center in Koriyama in Fukushima prefecture in March (AFP, Go Takayama)

AFP | Aug 18, 2011

TOKYO — Forty-five percent of children tested in the region around Japan’s stricken nuclear plant were found to have traces of radioactive elements in their thyroid glands, an official said Thursday.

The official said that the iodine concentrations — found in tests that the government carried out about five months ago in Fukushima prefecture — were not considered alarming in terms of their health impact.

“The government’s official position is that none of the children showed radiation levels that would be problematic,” he told AFP.

The government’s nuclear accident taskforce tested 1,149 children aged up to 15 about two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns, blasts and fires at the Fukushima plant.

Radioactive iodine tends to gather in the thyroid glands of minors in particular, increasing the risk of developing cancer later in life.

Of the valid test results collected for 1,080 children, 482 or 44.6 percent were confirmed to have some level of radioactive contamination in their thyroid glands, the government official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said none of the children suffered contamination beyond the equivalent of 0.2 microsieverts (mSv) per hour, the standard set by Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission.

“Only one child showed a contamination level of 0.1 mSv per hour, the highest of the group,” the official said without giving the child’s sex or age.

The commission recommends that children, especially young ones, whose thyroid gland is contaminated beyond the 0.2 mSv limit undergo an in-depth physical checkup, citing international standards.

The commission is considering tightening its safety standard to 0.1 mSv.

The children tested came from three municipalities — Iwaki city, Kawamata town and Iitate village — where especially high levels of radiation had been estimated after the accident, the official said.

The Fukushima government plans to conduct life-time medical checks for the estimated 360,000 people aged 18 or younger who were in the prefecture at the time of the nuclear accident.

The taskforce medical team began sending test results to the families of the children last week and gave a briefing on Wednesday to a group of parents and guardians in Iwaki city.

Some participants complained that the team took months to inform them of the detailed results despite the gravity of the nuclear accident, the world’s worst since Chernobyl 25 years ago, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.

The government official said the taskforce did not consider informing the families of the details results as a priority since no child had shown contamination levels beyond the safety limit.

Biological Weapons: Bargaining With the Devil

Truthout | Aug 18, 2011

by H. Patricia Hynes

The earliest recorded use of biological warfare was that of Romans putting dead horses into an enemy’s water supply. Other documented examples include combatants hurling plague-ridden human corpses into enemy garrisons; giving blankets contaminated with smallpox to hostile forces; infecting enemy livestock with anthrax and the equine disease, glanders; and poisoning an adversary’s water supply with intestinal typhoid bacteria. These heinous war practices may seem pre-modern; yet, readiness for biological warfare continues, aggressively and in extreme secrecy, today. Up to a dozen countries are suspected of offensive, or “first use,” biological weapons programs, chief among them the United States.

From 1942 until the late ’60s, a highly secretive, offensive, biological weapons research program, begun at the US Army’s research facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, gained momentum in the United States. World War II German and Japanese scientists (whose war crimes were overlooked for their expertise in bacteria and viruses capable of sickening and killing livestock, plants and humans) were recruited and employed in it. In 1969, President Nixon learned of the large-scale biowarfare program and halted it, given its gruesome risks and the already existing overkill capacity of the US nuclear weapons arsenal.(1) Soon after, the US government signed and ratified the 1972 UN International Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention that outlaws all offensive biological weapons programs, that is, programs with first-strike intent and capability.

In late 2001, the US Department of Homeland Security rapidly resurrected research on biological warfare agents. The new agency seized upon the anthrax attack in October of that year, in which inhalable anthrax was sent through the US mail to certain Congressional politicians and journalists (but ultimately killed five postal workers), to warrant and market a bioweapons research agenda. The FBI alleged (yet never proved with direct evidence) that the source of the anthrax letters was Fort Detrick biodefense scientist, Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide as federal agents were pursuing him. The resurgence of biowarfare research in 2001 is one of the many militaristic actions taken under the banner of fighting terrorism, and it is strongly suspected to be in violation of the biological weapons convention. Some have suggested that this domestic terrorism was a deliberate act to pre-dispose the public for a new wave of biological warfare research.(2)

The bullish climate of the “war on terrorism” set off a massive flow of federal funding for research on live, virulent bioweapons’ organisms (also referred to as biodefense, bioterrorism and biosafety organisms) to federal, university and private laboratories in rural, suburban and urban areas. Among the federal agencies building or expanding biodefense laboratories are the Departments of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security, State and Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A new network, comprised of two large national biowarfare laboratories at BU and University of Texas, Galveston medical centers, more than a dozen small regional laboratories and ten Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, was designed for funding by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of NIH. The validation offered by the federal health research agency for ramped-up biological warfare research is the dual use of the research results: “better vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics against bioterrorist agents but also for coping with naturally occurring disease.”

Today, in dozens of newly sprung laboratories, research on the most lethal bacteria and viruses with no known cure is being conducted in an atmosphere of secrecy, with hand-picked internal review boards and little, if any, public oversight or accountability. Fort Detrick, Maryland, a longstanding military base and major government research facility, is the site of the largest biodefense lab being built in the United States. Here, biowarfare pathogens will be created, including new genetically engineered viruses and bacteria, in order to simulate potential bioweapons attacks by terrorist groups. Novel, lethal organisms and methods of delivery in biowarfare will be tested, all rationalized by the national security need to study them and develop a figurative bioshield against them. In fact, Fort Detrick’s research agenda – modifying and dispersing lethal and genetically modified organisms – has “unmistakable hallmarks of an offensive weapons program” … “in essence creating new threats that we’re going to have to defend ourselves against” – threats from accidents, theft of organisms and stimulus of a bioarms race.(3)

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Norway killer phoned police 26 minutes before arrest: Records

In a photo taken on August 12, 2011, Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik (centre L, red jumper), the man behind Norway’s July 22 attacks, is escorted by police on a return to Utoeya island, from the ferry port at Utvik. Breivik was taken back to the island to explain the details of his shooting massacre which took the lives of 69 people. Norwegian police will ask for an additional four weeks in solitary confinement for Breivik, an Oslo court said on August 15. Photograph by: TROND SOLBERG, AFP/Getty Images

Agence France-Presse | Aug 18, 2011

OSLO – The gunman who confessed to the July 22 massacre in Norway called the police with a view to turning himself in 26 minutes before his arrest, recorded phone calls published Thursday showed.

The first call came from the killer Anders Behring Breivik at 6:01 pm (1601 GMT) from the island of Utoeya, near Oslo, where the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing was hosting a summer camp.

It was on the island that he killed 69 people, many of them teenagers.

A car bomb set off earlier outside government offices in Oslo killed another eight people that day.


Prosecutor: Breivik holding back on accomplices

“I am on Utoyea. I want to hand myself in,” the 32-year-old rightwing extremist said in the phone conversation, identifying himself as “commander Anders Behring Breivik, of the Norwegian anti-communist resistance movement.”

The call was brief and police subsequently tried in vain to re-establish phone contact.

Behring Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad had earleir told the Norwegian press that his client had contacted the police several times, but said that only two calls were answered.

With no satisfactory response from the police, Behring Breivik then went on to murder more of his victims, according to Lippestad.

The police said Thursday they could neither confirm nor deny whether the killer had made other calls that were not picked up.

More than an hour elapsed between the first messages to police of the ongoing shootings and the eventual arrest of Behring Breivik, prompting criticism from survivors and the media in the aftermath of the deadly rampage.

At the time of the first call, two armed officers were already on the bank of the river in which Utoeya is situated, according to police, however they were unable to get across as there was no boat available.

Police elsewhere were preoccupied by the bombing in central Oslo, and believed at the time that there were several gunmen on the island armed with explosives.

According to the phone recordings made public Thursday, Behring Breivik recontacted the police at 6:26 pm on the day of the killings, 26 minutes after they received the first call from him.

Then he told the police operator, “I have completed my operation and want to give myself up,” before again hanging up without leaving a telephone number.

A minute later he was arrested.

Judge rejects Norway killer’s request to wear “disturbing” Masonic uniform

After having requested in vain to be allowed to wear a “uniform” to his first court appearance in July, the rightwing extremist had asked to dress in a kind of tailcoat, likely the freemason uniform he can be seen posing in on one of the photographs he posted online before the attacks.

Norway gunman’s ‘tailcoat’ request denied

AFP | Aug 18, 2011

Olso – A JUDGE has closed the court for the next appearance of Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to Norway’s July 22 attacks, and denied his request to wear a tailcoat as “disturbing”.

On Saturday, the 32-year-old rightwing extremist will make his second court appearance since his arrest on July 22, shortly after killing 77 people in two attacks, to determine if he can remain in solitary confinement after the first four-week period has passed.


Prosecutor: Breivik holding back on accomplices

As ahead of his first court appearance on July 25, the prosecution had requested the proceedings be held behind closed doors to ensure Behring Breivik is not able to communicate with any other “cells”, which he has hinted exist.

“The court is looking at this from the principle that the police have not yet drawn a definite conclusion on the question of whether the suspect may have had accomplices during the two attacks,” judge Hugo Abelseth said overnight in his ruling, justifying why neither the media nor other observers would be permitted to sit in on the hearing.

Since his arrest, Behring Breivik has strived for as much publicity as possible in what appears to be a ploy to spread his campaign against Islam and multiculturalism.

After having requested in vain to be allowed to wear a “uniform” to his first court appearance in July, the rightwing extremist had asked to dress in a kind of tailcoat, likely the Freemason uniform he can be seen posing in on one of the photographs he posted online before the attacks.

His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, had explained that Behring Breivik thus wished to show his respect for the judicial process, pointing out that “the tailcoat is one of the most formal attires worn by men”.

“In light of the extreme seriousness of the case, such an attire could be disturbing, insulting and provocative,” the judge said, stressing that “ordinary, proper clothing is enough to show that he takes the judicial process seriously”.

On July 22, Behring Breivik first set off a car bomb outside government offices, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on the nearby island of Utoya, where the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing was hosting a summer camp, killing 69 more, many of them teenagers.

The 32-year-old, who is being held in preventive custody at a high-security prison, has confessed to the two attacks and said he acted alone.

Police are still searching for possible accomplices, but have said he most likely carried out the attacks on his own.

The Meaning of the CDC’s “Zombie Apocalypse”

CDC Creating a “Zombie Horror” Consciousness

By Dr. Stephen C. L’Hommedieu

NewsWithViews.com | Aug 17, 2011

“How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?” Supposedly, this was the question raised by the general public that motivated the CDC into action with the release of “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” [1] It’s a ridiculous question by most standards, but apparently not for the CDC. That’s because the CDC’s “Zombie Apocalypse” is targeting a younger audience to accomplish a number of important objectives. This includes planting the seeds of “zombie horror” consciousness.

An important feature of this state of consciousness is how negative psychological elements of zombie horror imagery and its fictional life-threatening situations can be recalled within the context of an actual emergency to impact your perceptions. The objective would be to exploit the fear factor in hope that many of you adopt a similar model of zombie-terrorized behavior. This facilitates the impact of media hype to influence your judgment under emergency circumstances, reminiscent of the H1N1 swine flu “pandemic.”

Ultimately, the silent persuasion of zombie horror is intended to induce similar perceptions of hopelessness and despair. In other words, false perceptions could move you to accept that you’re without any good choice. In your mind, to survive a zombie apocalypse, you would feel compelled to do things that may oppose your moral and ethical standards and beliefs, violate your personal and constitutional rights, or possibly cause undue harm to you and your family.

The Meaning of CDC Technical Assistance and Investigation Goals

Following Dr. Kahn’s list of good emergency recommendations we find the CDC “technical assistance” provisions. This is presented in a non-threatening form of standard medical emergency procedures. But if it were applied with unprincipled intent, which has become a standard practice with vaccine initiatives, it could easily serve as a license for abuse. Think of it as a future medical version of the “Patriot” Act. Consider how there is room for some elaboration to the meaning of these terms. This should serve as a warning to prepare you for the magnitude of government intervention that could be unleashed during the next emergency.

Patient Management and Care: Under emergency circumstances you will most likely have little authority, if any, to utilize the health care of your choice. You may find yourself having to accept the “choice” of being vaccinated against your will to protect public health. Supposing a vaccine mandate was forced upon the public, and you were to refuse, you could expect some form of forceful intimidation, confinement, restrictions and/or significant penalties.

Tracking Contacts: This could also mean S.W.A.T. or other armed law enforcement may be given authority to seek you out and illegally enter your home or facility without your permission or a warrant. You could then be seized and subject to “infection control” should you display any suspicious signs or symptoms associated with an infectious agent, such as nausea, tremors, sweating, shortness of breath, or contentious behavior, although similar symptoms could be provoked when held at gunpoint.

The meaning of “Tracking contacts” can also encompass other applications when coupled with unprincipled intent. This system of surveillance could just as well be used to track down vaccine oppositionists for violating vaccine mandates in the future. If the thought of being held at gunpoint to be vaccinated is difficult to conceive, consider the 131 children in Nsanje who fled to Mozambique to escape the measles vaccine. They were eventually tracked down by medics under a police escort and forcibly vaccinated at gunpoint. [2] You may think this couldn’t happen here in the U.S., but think again. If the CDC, HHS (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) and others have their way, this practice could be on its way to a neighborhood near you. Remember that even the Department of Education now employs aggressive and violent S.W.A.T. teams to arrest those suspected of student loan offenses.

Infection Control/Isolation and Quarantine: Mike Adams, The Health Ranger, provided the details in his article: “’Infection Control’ means [arresting] infected people at gunpoint and moving them into ‘infection zones’ where everybody and anyone who tries to flee is shot. That’s how a quarantine actually works, in case you didn’t know. Ask the CDC yourself if you don’t believe me.” [3] Isolation and quarantine are where the “zombies” (those who refuse vaccinations) will be confined.

Then there’s a brief description of the CDC “investigation goals.” Of particular interest is where it describes how such an investigation would seek to, “determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin…prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated.”

This would be impressive if only CDC “investigation goals” weren’t selectively compromised. For example, there’s the CDC’s extraordinary failure to effectively investigate a primary cause behind the sky-rocketing autism emergency – an excessive and toxic vaccine schedule! [4] Unfortunately, this problem is inherent with its design. CDC goals must always align with the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry and government and global objectives.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, the past CDC Director and, not by coincidence, now President of Merck’s global vaccine division, was interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN. The program was to “clarify” the issue of whether vaccines could cause autism, and more specifically to address the Hannah Poling vaccine injury case. Watch here to hear the evasive responses to pertinent, autism-defining questions.[5] As the CDC director at that time, Dr. Gerberding clearly illustrates how seriously the CDC would address any emergency that threatens the lifeblood of the vaccine industry.

Fear-Based Measles Incrimination Reinforces CDC Misinformation

Within the article’s fear-based zombie background information, it conspicuously categorizes the measles virus within the context of gruesome and extremely deadly “mutations of existing conditions.” Included among such life threatening conditions as mad-cow disease and rabies (or zombies chomping on your head), its only relevance is through fictional applications used in horror movies to produce zombies. Incriminated through its “celebrity” status, it’s a subtle method for presenting measles as viciously deadly.

There was a period in our history when the measles virus was a cause for concern. In “Mortality in the United States, 1900-1950,” Tavia Gordon explains: “Mortality for the communicable diseases of childhood fell sharply between 1900 and 1950 [largely due to improved hygiene, nutrition and medical care],” and, “In 1900, this group of diseases [diphtheria, pertussis, measles and scarlet fever] was responsible for 242.6 deaths per 100,000 children under 15. In 1950, these diseases together caused fewer than 5 deaths for every 100,000 children.”[6] Although Gordon attributes these decreases to a number of factors, including inoculations, the measles vaccine was not licensed until 1963. Thus, the dramatic decrease in childhood measles fatalities was unrelated to measles vaccination.

After decades of measles vaccine intervention, this once common childhood disease is now on the rise again. The CDC claims the reason for measles resurgence is because, “90% of those infected had not been vaccinated, or their vaccination status was unknown.” Many have been deceived into believing this to be fact. However, there’s no shortage of opposing evidence to expose this underhanded claim as yet another CDC tale from the crypts.

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