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REAL NEWS April 04

Posted by Xaniel777 on April 4, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : April 04, 2012

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WARNING: DHS Purchases 450 Million Rounds of Ammo So They

From An American Awakening Newsfeed

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April 02, 2012

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When the Department of Homeland Security purchased 450 million rounds of ammo it set off some questions. Getting ready for an invasion? Prepping for a couple dozen terrorists? Training a military the size of Russia’s? NO…Not suggesting anything…odd, just asking!

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DHS won’t explain its order of 450 million hollow point bullets

 

From RT NEWS

April 04, 2012

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) researchers use advanced modeling and simulation equipment as they work on the DHS Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) in this handout photo taken April 28, 2010 at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho (Reuters/Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) researchers use advanced modeling and simulation equipment as they work on the DHS Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) in this handout photo taken April 28, 2010 at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho (Reuters/Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory)

After 9/11, the United States government created the Department of Homeland Security to prevent future acts of terrorism and deal with other domestic issues. Now in order to keep doing such, the agency is asking for 450 million hollow point bullets.

The DHS has signed off on an “indefinite delivery” from defense contractors ATK that will include, for some reason, nearly 500 million high-power ammunition for .40 caliber firearms.

The department has yet to discuss why they are ordering such a massive bevy of bullets for an agency that has limited need domestically for doing harm, but they say they expect to continue receiving shipments from the manufacturer for the next five years, during which they plan to blow through enough ammunition to execute more people than there are in the entire United States.

“We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS,” reads an official statement from Ron Johnson, ATK’s president of Security and Sporting, who adds that his group will also be giving up weaponry to the DHS subdivision of ICE, or Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.

While ammunition itself seems not too unreasonable of a request by a major federal entity that emphasizes domestic durability and safeguarding the country from coast to coast, the choice — and quantity — of its hollow point order raises a lot of questions about future plans for the DHS.

ATK says they won their contract with the US government by being able to provide them with 450 million HST bullets, which it describes as “the next generation in high performance duty ammunition.”

What does that mean, exactly? On their website, the contractor claims that the ammunition is specifically designed so that it can pass through a variety of obstructions and offers “optimum penetration for terminal performance.”

Or, in other words, this is the kind of bullet designed to stop any object dead in its tracks and, if emptied into the hands of the DHS a few hundred million times, just might do as much.

Since its inception, the Department of Homeland Security has not only absorbed ICE and other government entities, but has arguably extended its powers much more broadly than many had imagined.

Under the recently authorized Trespass Bill, H.R. 347, protesters that allegedly disrupt occurrences acknowledged by the DHS of being a National Special Security Event will be charged with a federal crime. As the DHS gains more and more ground in fighting terrorism domestically, the US at the same time has turned the tables to make its definition of terrorist way less narrow.

With any American blogger or free thinking on the fringe of what the government can go after under H.R. 347, or the National Defense Authorization Act that allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens without charge, the DHS could just be blasting through what’s left of its budget to make sure that its roster of agents across the country can get in their target practice over the next few years.

Of course, the government might just want to ensure that each one of those agents is more than able to assassinate Americans not just around the globe, but on their own soil.

After all, for all of those angsty alleged Americans engaged in terrorism abroad, the US has the largest military in the history of the world to deal with them. In that case, they could argue that it only makes sense to equip their armed forces at home as well.

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Hague: Palestinian Authority Has No Standing

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{ XANIEL’S NOTE : CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS CRAP ??? HAS EVERYONE OF THE AUTHORITIES WORLDWIDE BEEN BOUGHT OFF BY THESE MURDERING ZIONIST ISRAELI BASTARDS ?

What does it take before The International Criminal Court, or the U.N. or The U.S. or anybody for that matter, recognizes murder and genocide of these innocent people, whether they are a state or not ?

These very same people were/are crying humanitarian violations against Libya and right now Syria, but won’t lift a finger or speak up for Palestine against Israel, despite how obvious Israel is committing overwhelming humanitarian crimes in the region.

One has to ask, ” WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ??”

And why does the world accept Israel as a self-proclaimed State, but refuses to accept Palestine as having that very same right?

Leave NO DOUBT in your mind, that when the round up of all these international criminals begins, ( and it’s coming very,very soon ), the International Criminal Court in The Hague, ( ….or certain individuals there of…), will most definitely be on that list !!!

‘ Crimes Against Humanity ‘ won’t just apply to those directly involved, but to all who aided it indirectly as well.

And you people know who you are. SO DO WE !! You think for a second that your hands are clean just because most of you played an indirect role behind the scenes?

WELL THINK AGAIN ! Because all of you minion idiots are just as responsible as your Elite Masters ( the true behind the scenes team).

And you WILL pay the same price that they will pay. There will be no escape for any of you.

So I strongly suggest that you get on the right side of History while you still can !!

Because anything after the fact will be, WAY TOO LATE ‘ ! }~~ Xaniel777

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Arutz Sheva

From Israel National News

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court says the PA cannot file complaints against Israel because it is not a state.

By Gabe Kahn

April 03, 2012

Operation Cast Lead

Operation Cast Lead

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The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in The Hague announced Tuesday that he rejected a complaint filed by the PA against Israel for alleged war crimes during “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza in 2009.

The prosecutor explained that only states can file a complaint with the International Criminal Court. “The Palestinian Authority is only an observer at the United Nations and not a member state.”

The prosecutor’s office noted that, for its purposes, the recognition of “Palestine” by 130 countries and several international organizations, including UN organizations, was immaterial.

The decision brings an end to a PA bid launched on 22 January 2009 to gain defacto recognition by the ICC by granting the Hague jurisdiction over “the territory of Palestine.”

The PA’s declaration purported to invoke Article 12 (3) of the Rome Statute, which specifically enables “a state which is not a party to this Statute” to request that the ICC exercise its jurisdiction on an ad hoc basis with respect to an alleged crime in that state’s territory, or involving its nationals.

The Foreign Ministry responded to the decision, “Israel notes the decision of the Prosecutor International Criminal Court, that it does not have jurisdiction to hear complaints from the PA at this time.”

“Israel made it clear from the beginning that the ICC had no jurisdiction to hear such complaints and welcomes the prosecutor’s decision to that effect,” it added.

ICC authority is derived from the Rome Statute. In 2002, both the United States and Israel, “unsigned” the Rome Statute, indicating that they no longer intend to become states parties and, as such, they have no legal obligations arising from their signature of the statute.

Israeli officials have stated they have “deep sympathy” with the goals of the ICC, but are concerned that political pressure on the Court would lead it to reinterpret international law or to “invent new crimes.”

It cites the inclusion of “the transfer of parts of the civilian population of an occupying power into occupied territory” as a war crime as an example of this trend, while at the same time disagrees with the exclusion of terrorism and drug trafficking.

Israel sees the powers given to the prosecutor as excessive and the geographical appointment of judges as disadvantaging Israel, which is prevented from joining any of the UN Regional Groups.

In other words, the PA’s declaration to the Office of the Prosecutor amounted to an official request to confirm that the PA can be considered a state for purposes of ICC jurisdiction.

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Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA

 

From WIRED.com

The NSA’s new super-secret 1-million-square-foot data center in Utah. Photo: Name Withheld

Army General Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, is having a busy year — hopping around the country, cutting ribbons at secret bases and bringing to life the agency’s greatly expanded eavesdropping network.

In January he dedicated the new $358 million CAPT Joseph J. Rochefort Building at NSA Hawaii, and in March he unveiled the 604,000-square-foot John Whitelaw Building at NSA Georgia.

Designed to house about 4,000 earphone-clad intercept operators, analysts and other specialists, many of them employed by private contractors, it will have a 2,800-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, 47 conference rooms and VTCs, and “22 caves,” according to an NSA brochure from the event. No television news cameras were allowed within two miles of the ceremony.

Overseas, Menwith Hill, the NSA’s giant satellite listening post in Yorkshire, England that sports 33 giant dome-covered eavesdropping dishes, is also undergoing a multi-million-dollar expansion, with $68 million alone being spent on a generator plant to provide power for new supercomputers. And the number of people employed on the base, many of them employees of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, is due to increase from 1,800 to 2,500 in 2015, according to a study done in Britain. Closer to home, in May, Fort Meade will close its 27-hole golf course to make room for a massive $2 billion, 1.8-million-square-foot expansion of the NSA’s headquarters, including a cybercommand complex and a new supercomputer center expected to cost nearly $1 billion.

The climax, however, will be the opening next year of the NSA’s mammoth 1-million-square-foot, $2 billion Utah Data Center. The centerpiece in the agency’s decade-long building boom, it will be the “cloud” where the trillions of millions of intercepted phone calls, e-mails, and data trails will reside, to be scrutinized by distant analysts over highly encrypted fiber-optic links.

Despite the post-9/11 warrantless wiretapping of Americans, the NSA says that citizens should trust it not to abuse its growing power and that it takes the Constitution and the nation’s privacy laws seriously.

But one of the agency’s biggest secrets is just how careless it is with that ocean of very private and very personal communications, much of it to and from Americans. Increasingly, obscure and questionable contractors — not government employees — install the taps, run the agency’s eavesdropping infrastructure, and do the listening and analysis.

And with some of the key companies building the U.S.’s surveillance infrastructure for the digital age employing unstable employees, crooked executives, and having troubling ties to foreign intelligence services, it’s not clear that Americans should trust the secretive agency, even if its current agency chief claims he doesn’t approve of extrajudicial spying on Americans. His predecessor, General Michael V. Hayden, made similar claims while secretly conducting the warrantless wiretapping program.

Until now, the actual mechanics of how the agency constructed its highly secret U.S. eavesdropping net, code-named Stellar Wind, has never been revealed. But in the weeks following 9/11, as the agency and the White House agreed to secretly ignore U.S. privacy laws and bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, J. Kirk Wiebe noticed something odd. A senior analyst, he was serving as chief of staff for the agency’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center (SARC), a sort of skunkworks within the agency where bureaucratic rules were broken, red tape was cut, and innovation was expected.

“One day I notice out in the hallway, stacks and stacks of new servers in boxes just lined up,” he said.

Passing by the piles of new Dell 1750 servers, Wiebe, as he often did, headed for the Situation Room, which dealt with threat warnings. It was located within the SARC’s Lab, on the third floor of Operations Building 2B, a few floors directly below the director’s office. “I walk in and I almost get thrown out by a guy that we knew named Ben Gunn,” he said. It was the launch of Stellar Wind and only a handful of agency officials were let in on the secret.

“He was the one who organized it,” said Bill Binney of Gunn. A former founder and co-director of SARC, Binney was the agency official responsible for automating much of the NSA’s worldwide monitoring networks. Troubled by the unconstitutional nature of tapping into the vast domestic communications system without a warrant, he decided to quit the agency in late 2001 after nearly forty years.

Gunn, said Binney, was a Scotsman and naturalized U.S. citizen who had formerly worked for GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, and later become a senior analyst at the NSA. The NSA declined Wired’s request to interview Gunn, saying that, as policy, it doesn’t confirm or deny if a person is employed by the agency.

Shortly after the secret meeting, the racks of Dell servers were moved to a room down the hall, behind a door with a red seal indicating only those specially cleared for the highly compartmented project could enter. But rather than having NSA employees putting the hardware and software together and setting up walls of monitors showing suspected terrorism threats and their U.S. communications, the spying room was filled with a half-dozen employees of a tiny mom-and-pop company with a bizarre and troubling history.

“It was Technology Development Corporation,” said Binney.

The agency went to TDC, he says, because the company had helped him set up a similar network in SARC — albeit one that was focused on foreign and international communications — the kind of spying the NSA is chartered to undertake.

“They needed to have somebody who knew how the code works to set it up,” he said. “And then it was just a matter of feeding in the attributes [U.S. phone numbers, e-mail addresses and personal data] and any of the content you want.” Those “attributes” came from secret rooms established in large telecom switches around the country. “I think there’s 10 to 20 of them,” Binney says.

Formed in April 1984, TDC was owned by two brothers, Randall and Paul Jacobson, and largely run out of Randall’s Clarkesville, Maryland house, with his wife acting as bookkeeper. But its listed address is a post office box in Annapolis Junction, across the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the NSA, and the company’s phone number in various business directories is actually an NSA number in Binney’s old office.

The company’s troubles began in June 1992 when Paul lost his security clearance. “If you ever met this guy, you would know he’s a really strange guy,” Binney said of Paul. “He did crazy stuff. I think they thought he was unstable.” At the time, Paul was working on a contract at the NSA alongside a rival contractor, Unisys Corporation. He later blamed Unisys for his security problems and sued it, claiming that Unisys employees complained about him to his NSA supervisors. According to the suit, Unisys employees referred to him as “weird” and that he “acted like a robot,” “never wore decent clothes,” and was mentally and emotionally unstable. About that time, he also began changing his name, first to Jimmy Carter, and later to Alfred Olympus von Ronsdorf.

With “von Ronsdorf’s” clearance gone and no longer able to work at the NSA, Randy Jacobson ran the company alone, though he kept his brother and fellow shareholder employed in the company, which led to additional problems.

“What happened was Randy still let him have access to the funds of the company and he squandered them,” according to Binney. “It was so bad, Randy couldn’t pay the people who were working for him.” According to court records, Ronsdorf allegedly withdrew about $100,000 in unauthorized payments. But Jacobson had troubles of his own, having failed to file any income tax statements for three years in the 1990s, according to tax court records. Then in March 2002, around the time the company was completing Stellar Wind, Jacobson fired his brother for improper billing and conversion of company funds. That led to years of suits and countersuits over mismanagement and company ownership.

Despite that drama, Jacobson and his people appeared to have serious misgivings about the NSA’s program once they discovered its true nature, according to Binney. “They came and said, ‘Do you realize what these people are doing?’” he said. “‘They’re feeding us other stuff [U.S.] in there.’ I mean they knew it was unconstitutional right away.” Binney added that once the job was finished, the NSA turned to still another contractor to run the tapping operation. “They made it pretty well known, so after they got it up and running they [the NSA] brought in the SAIC people to run it after that.” Jacobsen was then shifted to other work at the NSA, where he and his company are still employed.

Randall Jacobsen answered his phone inside the NSA but asked for time to respond. He never called back.

In addition to constructing the Stellar Wind center, and then running the operation, secretive contractors with questionable histories and little oversight were also used to do the actual bugging of the entire U.S. telecommunications network.

According to a former Verizon employee briefed on the program, Verint, owned by Comverse Technology, taps the communication lines at Verizon, which I first reported in my book The Shadow Factory in 2008. Verint did not return a call seeking comment, while Verizon said it does not comment on such matters.

At AT&T the wiretapping rooms are powered by software and hardware from Narus, now owned by Boeing, a discovery made by AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein in 2004. Narus did not return a call seeking comment.

What is especially troubling is that both companies have had extensive ties to Israel, as well as links to that country’s intelligence service, a country with a long and aggressive history of spying on the U.S.

In fact, according to Binney, the advanced analytical and data mining software the NSA had developed for both its worldwide and international eavesdropping operations was secretly passed to Israel by a mid-level employee, apparently with close connections to the country. The employee, a technical director in the Operations Directorate, “who was a very strong supporter of Israel,” said Binney, “gave, unbeknownst to us, he gave the software that we had, doing these fast rates, to the Israelis.”

Because of his position, it was something Binney should have been alerted to, but wasn’t.

“In addition to being the technical director,” he said, “I was the chair of the TAP, it’s the Technical Advisory Panel, the foreign relations council. We’re supposed to know what all these foreign countries, technically what they’re doing…. They didn’t do this that way, it was under the table.” After discovering the secret transfer of the technology, Binney argued that the agency simply pass it to them officially, and in that way get something in return, such as access to communications terminals. “So we gave it to them for switches,” he said. “For access.”

But Binney now suspects that Israeli intelligence in turn passed the technology on to Israeli companies who operate in countries around the world, including the U.S. In return, the companies could act as extensions of Israeli intelligence and pass critical military, economic and diplomatic information back to them. “And then five years later, four or five years later, you see a Narus device,” he said. “I think there’s a connection there, we don’t know for sure.”

Narus was formed in Israel in November 1997 by six Israelis with much of its money coming from Walden Israel, an Israeli venture capital company. Its founder and former chairman, Ori Cohen, once told Israel’s Fortune Magazine that his partners have done technology work for Israeli intelligence. And among the five founders was Stanislav Khirman, a husky, bearded Russian who had previously worked for Elta Systems, Inc. A division of Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd., Elta specializes in developing advanced eavesdropping systems for Israeli defense and intelligence organizations. At Narus, Khirman became the chief technology officer.

A few years ago, Narus boasted that it is “known for its ability to capture and collect data from the largest networks around the world.” The company says its equipment is capable of “providing unparalleled monitoring and intercept capabilities to service providers and government organizations around the world” and that “Anything that comes through [an Internet protocol network], we can record. We can reconstruct all of their e-mails, along with attachments, see what Web pages they clicked on, we can reconstruct their [Voice over Internet Protocol] calls.”

Like Narus, Verint was founded by in Israel by Israelis, including Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, a former Israeli intelligence officer. Some 800 employees work for Verint, including 350 who are based in Israel, primarily working in research and development and operations, according to the Jerusalem Post. Among its products is STAR-GATE, which according to the company’s sales literature, lets “service providers … access communications on virtually any type of network, retain communication data for as long as required, and query and deliver content and data …” and was “[d]esigned to manage vast numbers of targets, concurrent sessions, call data records, and communications.”

In a rare and candid admission to Forbes, Retired Brig. Gen. Hanan Gefen, a former commander of the highly secret Unit 8200, Israel’s NSA, noted his former organization’s influence on Comverse, which owns Verint, as well as other Israeli companies that dominate the U.S. eavesdropping and surveillance market. “Take NICE, Comverse and Check Point for example, three of the largest high-tech companies, which were all directly influenced by 8200 technology,” said Gefen. “Check Point was founded by Unit alumni. Comverse’s main product, the Logger, is based on the Unit’s technology.”

According to a former chief of Unit 8200, both the veterans of the group and much of the high-tech intelligence equipment they developed are now employed in high-tech firms around the world. “Cautious estimates indicate that in the past few years,” he told a reporter for the Israeli newspaper Ha’artez in 2000, “Unit 8200 veterans have set up some 30 to 40 high-tech companies, including 5 to 10 that were floated on Wall Street.” Referred to only as “Brigadier General B,” he added, “This correlation between serving in the intelligence Unit 8200 and starting successful high-tech companies is not coincidental: Many of the technologies in use around the world and developed in Israel were originally military technologies and were developed and improved by Unit veterans.”

Equally troubling is the issue of corruption. Kobi Alexander, the founder and former chairman of Verint, is now a fugitive, wanted by the FBI on nearly three dozen charges of fraud, theft, lying, bribery, money laundering and other crimes. And two of his top associates at Comverse, Chief Financial Officer David Kreinberg and former General Counsel William F. Sorin, were also indicted in the scheme and later pleaded guilty, with both serving time in prison and paying millions of dollars in fines and penalties.

When asked about these contractors, the NSA declined to “verify the allegations made.”

But the NSA did “eagerly offer” that it “ensures deliberate and appropriate measures are taken to thoroughly investigate and resolve any legitimate complaints or allegations of misconduct or illegal activity” and “takes seriously its obligation to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and comply with the U.S. laws and regulations that govern our activities.”

The NSA also added that “we are proud of the work we do to protect the nation, and allegations implying that there is inappropriate monitoring of American communications are a disservice to the American public and to the NSA civilian and military personnel who are dedicated to serving their country.”

However, that statement elides the voluminous reporting by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Wired on the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program. Also not reflected is that in the only anti-warrantless wiretapping lawsuit to survive the government’s use of the “state secrets” privilege to throw them out, a federal judge ruled that two American lawyers had been spied on illegally by the government and were entitled to compensation.

So take the NSA’s assurances as you will.

But as NSA director Alexander flies around the country, scissors in hand, opening one top-secret, outsourced eavesdropping center after another, someone might want to ask the question no one in Congress seems willing to ask: Who’s listening to the listeners?

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The Cancer Report (Full Version)

 

Uploaded by on Jan 18, 2011

This documentary catalogs how allopathic medicine established dominance in the early part of the 20th Century, and how natural medicines were arbitrarily banned from the medical profession, despite the basis of this decision being scientifically unsound. The wholesale transition from natural medicines to chemical ones was based on financial and political reasons, at the expense of the patients.

This documentary exposes the carnage of the cancer industry, the financial interests that molded it, and why it is so resistant to change. Meanwhile, cancer treatments kill more people every year than any war in U.S. history. Cancer patients with no treatment at all statistically live four times longer and have a better quality of life.

The Cancer Report also catalogs the histories and procedures of the most popular alternative therapies, which generally have significantly better success rates than standard treatments.

To learn more about The Cancer Report, or to purchase a DVD, visit

http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/521-video-the-cance…

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Legal Drug-Pushing: How Disease Mongers Keep Us All Doped Up

 

From The Atlantic

John-Manuel AndrioteJOHN-MANUEL ANDRIOTE – The author of Victory Deferred, John-Manuel Andriote has specialized in HIV/AIDS reporting since 1986. His research materials, correspondence, and recorded interviews are part of a special collection curated by the Smithsonian.

April 03, 2012

By manipulating our fear of suffering and death, big pharmaceutical companies are able to keep us coming back for expensive medications.

         Paul Matthew Photography/Shutterstock

Pharmaceutical giants, like small-town pizza parlors, have two options for making more money: convince regulars to buy more of what they obviously like, or find ways to persuade more people that they will be happier with this drug or that thin crust with extra cheese.

In the case of the drug companies, it’s not our taste buds they’re appealing to. Instead, they market prescription drugs directly to consumers — a practice legal only in the United States and New Zealand — by, basically, manipulating our fear of suffering and death.

These “disease mongers” — as science writer Lynne Payer in her 1992 book of that name called the drug industry and the doctors, insurers, and others who comprise its unofficial sales force — spin and toil “to convince essentially well people that they are sick, or slightly sick people that they are very ill.”

Changing the metrics for diagnosing a disease is one reliable technique. Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor of pharmacology and director of the industry watchdog group PharmedOut.org at Georgetown University School of Medicine, pointed to how the numbers used to diagnose diabetes and high cholesterol have been lowered over time. “The very numbers we use have been reduced to the point of absurdity,” she said. “120/70 was considered normal blood pressure; now it’s considered ‘pre-hypertension.'”

Entirely new diseases can be, and have been, invented to extend a manufacturer’s patent on a highly profitable drug. Fugh-Berman said Eli Lilly stood to lose a lot of profits once the patent expired on its hugely popular antidepressant Prozac. “So they positioned this new condition, PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder), and then went to physicians and the FDA with their highly paid experts who said PMDD is a tragic disease, and they got approved for Sarafem, the same drug. It’s an on-label use for a repackaged drug; they created the disease and then got a drug re-approved that was going off patent.”

You may not need chemical enhancement for the E.D. or the baldness. The best remedy for both may be to reexamine your beliefs about why hair or hardness are so important.

Just how sly a move was it? “If I as a physician write a prescription for Prozac 20 mg,” Fugh-Berman said, “the pharmacist can substitute fluoxetine, the generic. If I write a prescription for Serafem, they can’t substitute another drug.”

A TEXTBOOK CASE

Dr. Leonore Tiefer, a noted sexologist and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, said the 1998 approval of Viagra for “erectile dysfunction” — formerly known as impotence — created a “sea change” in the field of urology. “It was like being sucked into a very medical model and treatment orientation,” she told me.

People immediately started asking about Viagra for women. As it was doing for men, Tiefer said that, as a feminist, writing about women, “I knew what would happen if there was a Viagra for women — the isolation of the function from the person, the isolation of the genitalia from the rest of the body.”

The only way to redefine “what a woman wants” — and build a case for a drug to “treat” it — was to turn “it” into a medical condition. Without widespread agreement on its definition, pathophysiology, or clinical manifestations, Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) was created. Tiefer called the development of FSD “a textbook case of disease mongering by the pharmaceutical industry and by other agents of medicalization.”

With Pfizer’s 2011 U.S. Viagra sales pushing $2 billion, and Eli Lilly’s Cialis catching up, the booming “enhancement” market suggests that either there has been an extraordinary uptick in male impotence — or that Pharma has convinced multitudes of men that erectile dysfunction, “E.D.” for short, has reached epidemic proportions (40 percent of men are allegedly “at risk”), and drugs are the only solution.

It pains to think of the men who aren’t ready when the moment is right as a result of taking Propecia to “treat” another natural effect of aging nearly as widespread among men as occasionally uncooperative equipment: male pattern baldness, or, in medicalese, alopecia.

The fact is you may not need chemical enhancement for the E.D. or the baldness. The best remedy for both may be to reexamine your beliefs about why hair or hardness are so important. A shot of redefined meanings can do wonders to restore normal functioning.

THE MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Australia-based journalist and disease-mongering researcher Ray Moynihan, author of Selling Sickness, said in an email, “We seem to be living through the most extraordinary paradox: We have never been healthier, yet we seem to consider ourselves sicker and sicker than ever. Mild symptoms, inconvenience, being at low-risk, aging, human life, and death, are rapidly being medicalized.”

No other medical specialty has turned more aspects of human life into diagnoses than psychiatry. Not coincidentally, no other medical specialty shares a cozier relationship with the pharmaceutical industry — its resources flowing lavishly through conference and continuing medical education (CME) funding, medical research support, and generous contributions to patient advocacy groups happy for the donations and glad to endorse a drug if it will help others.

Dr. Marcia Angell, the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for more than 20 years, in a two-part 2011 essay in the New York Review of Books singled out psychiatry for its “subjective and expandable” diagnostic categories. She noted that in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V), to be published in 2013, “diagnostic boundaries will be broadened to include even precursors of disorders, such as ‘psychosis risk syndrome’ and ‘mild cognitive impairment’ (possibly early Alzheimer’s disease).”

As Angell said, “It looks as though it will be harder and harder to be normal.”

ARE YOU BEING OVERDIAGNOSED?

Two doctors, a husband and wife team, both medical professors at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, have warned for years in major medical journals that direct-to-consumer advertisements of prescription drugs have created an overly medicalized and over-drugged culture.

Dr. Steven Woloshin and Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz, co-authors of Know Your Chances and Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, said in an interview that people need to know about a drug’s potential benefits and harms — in detail. “People need to ask, what is this going to do for me?” Schwartz said. “How likely is it that taking this drug will help me, and by how much? And what are the side-effects? How likely are they? Are they dangerous? Bothersome?”

Woloshin said consumers deserve to know, as specifically as possible, what clinical trials have revealed about a drug. “What percentage of people taking this cholesterol medication had a heart attack vs. the percentage who had a heart attack taking placebo. That’s what you want to look for: What is my chance of having a good or bad thing come from taking the drug?”

Woloshin and Schwartz have long advocated for the FDA to require drug facts boxes for prescription drugs: short summaries of benefits and side-effects inspired by the nutrition facts boxes on food packaging. In a July 4, 2011, commentary in The New York Times, the pair noted, “The only way to truly know a drug’s benefit is by seeing data from randomized clinical trials of people, data that may be very hard to find.”

Otherwise, Woloshin explained, the manufacturer “may exaggerate. For example, just present what is found in the drug group and not the placebo group. It’s to make the benefit seem big by saying ‘twice as many’ improved on the drug when in fact only two percent improved with the drug vs. one percent with placebo.”

WHAT’S A BODY TO DO?

“Sadly,” Ray Moynihan said, “it is very difficult to work out what is valuable information and what is misleading marketing disguised as news or scientific information — particularly on television, but also in other media, including, of course, the Net.” He recommends finding “reliable independent sources and go[ing] to them when you need to.” He suggested the Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Consumer Reports, and the Therapeutics Initiative in Canada as good choices.

“Follow the money,” advises PharmedOut.org director Fugh-Berman. “You want to trust sources of information that aren’t industry paid.” She recommends seeking information from advocacy organizations, media, and other sources that don’t take drug money. “If you look at what these groups are saying about therapies and treatments and compare it to what groups that are taking money from pharmaceutical companies are saying, they’re different,” she said.

Some reformers call for government regulators to prohibit all direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. Others see the need for multiple parties to accept their role in resisting the disease mongers. “I think the responsibilities are distributed equally and include those contributing to the culture of society — artists; writers, including journalists; film makers; etc.,” said Dr. Iona Heath, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, in London, via email. In a follow-up, she added, “I don’t want to be seen to be offloading the medical responsibility for putting our own house in order in relation to pharma funding for both research and education. I also deplore DTCA.”

A leading critic of disease mongering, Heath believes doctors must stop accepting pharmaceutical money for things like conferences, continuing medical education, and speaking engagements. But simply swearing off Pharma support won’t solve the problem of overdiagnosis and the corresponding overprescription of drugs.

Heath said in her Harveian Oration, delivered to the Royal College of Physicians on October 18, 2011, that the root of the problem — the reason disease mongering works — is the mind-body split in medicine. She said doctors need to be students of what she calls “the biology of biography” — the impact on health of trauma, poverty, racism, violence, and the hurtful things human beings do to one another. “When symptoms rooted in a traumatic and damaging biography are treated as biotechnical problems,” she said, “medicine has an alarming tendency to cause more harm than good.”

Many of us don’t get to “the causes of the causes” of our illnesses and malfunctions. We learn to adjust and accommodate. Others of us learn to attach different meanings to the medical labels imposed on us so that we can live in relative peace with what may be a stigmatizing diagnosis.

Still others are content simply to medicate what may well be the symptom of an underlying condition. Out of sight, out of mind. Exactly as the disease mongers need it to be.

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FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign – FDA slave to Monsanto?

 

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FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign – FDA slave to Monsanto? ~support: http://justlabelit.org ~credits video:http://youtube.com/justlabelit 93% of Americans want the FDA to label Genetically Engineered Foods

~more info: http://goo.gl/hzgkF

While the Food and Drug Administration has seemingly reached the limit for unbelievable behavior, the company’s decisions continue to astound and appall consumers and health activists alike. In the agency’s latest decision, undoubtedly amazing thousands of individuals yet again, the FDA virtually erased 1 million signatures and comments on the ‘Just Label It’ campaign calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

The ‘Just Label It” campaign has gotten more signatures than any campaign in history for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Since October of 2011, the campaign has received over 900,000 signatures, with 55 politicians joining in on the movement. So what’s the problem here?

Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as — you guessed it — a single comment.

This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394. “This is an election year and there are more than a million people who say this is important to them. This is petition has nothing to do with whether or genetically modified foods are dangerous. We don’t label dangerous foods, we take them off the shelves.

This petition is about a the citizens’ right to know what they are eating and whether or not these foods represent a novel change.” said Andrew Kimbrell an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, one of the partner groups on the Just Label It campaign.

justlabelitinfographic FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

The argument as to whether genetically modified foods are dangerous is a whole discussion on its own, but for the FDA to completely sidestep away from the labeling of GM foods is completely and utterly irresponsible. Consumers have every right to know what they are consuming.

Needless to say, biotechology giant Monsanto is against GMO labeling, claiming that it would mislead consumers since GMOs are ‘perfectly safe’. Of course there is plenty of evidence proving that GMOs are not completely safe, and how they affect life in the long-term is questionable to say the least.

Either way, there is enough controversy surrounding the issue which is cause for alarm for millions of people, and Monsanto’s opinion on GMOs safety is a sorry excuse for not labeling foods as GM. Is the FDA avoiding such an issue because so many ties exist between genetically modified makers like Monsanto and the agency?

You have the right to know what is in your food, and what your food IS. Denying that right, whether it be by the essential deletion of millions of signatures on a petition, or by ignoring the voices of thousands of people on the street, is taking power away from the people.

Genetically Modified Food Labeling Initiative Gains Momentum As Predicted, FDA Will Not Require Labeling of GM Salmon Obama Promised GMO Labeling in 2007 Vermont Introduces Monumental GMO Labeling Legislation FDA Moves to Regulate Smartphone Apps While Ignoring GMO Labeling Congressman, Senators Join Massive Grassroots Initiative to Label GMOs

~research links found on: http://goo.gl/8yOvV

If you are against GMO, Rate, Fav, Comment, Share, Tweet, Facebook, Digg it.
http://digg.com/d31GVGH

Tell Congress to Support Labeling and Safety Testing of GE Foods! It takes less than 1 min,
http://ga3.org/campaign/Label_GE_Food

GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health
http://biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm#headingA11

GMOs are killing the Bees
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8436

Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure
http://huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked_n_420365.html

Union Of Concerned Scientists have some excellent reports and resources:
http://ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/

Failure to Yield: their investigation into the biotechnology industry’s claims that GM will produce higher yields
http://ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/failure-to-yield.pdf

Institute on Responsible Technology- have consumer guides to avoiding GMOs, lists of ingredients that have a high likelihood of genetic modification.
http://responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/Home/index.cfm

Non GMO Shopping Guide
http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/Home/index.cfm

Patent for a Pig-
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4-ouf_gmA5o

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