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Not to See the Fallen Is No

May 28, 2007, New York

troop numbers are surging, the media that cover them are leaking away,
worn out by the danger and expense of covering a war that refuses to end.
Many of the journalists who are in Iraq have been backed into fortified
corners, rarely venturing out to see what soldiers confront. And the
remaining journalists who are embedded with the troops in Iraq — the
number dropped to 92 in May from 126 in April — are risking more and more
for less and less. Since last year, the military’s embedding rules require
that journalists obtain a signed consent from a wounded soldier before the
image can be published. Images that put a face on the dead, that make them
identifiable, are simply prohibited. Ashley Gilbertson, a veteran
freelance photographer who has been to Iraq seven times ... said the
policy, as enforced, is coercive and unworkable. “They are not
letting us cover the reality of war,” he added.
“I think
this has got little to do with the families or the soldiers and everything
to do with politics.”
Until last year, no permission was required
to publish photographs of the wounded, but families had to be notified of
the soldier’s injury first. Now, not only is permission required, but any
image of casualties that shows a recognizable name or unit is off-limits.
And memorials for the fallen in Iraq can no longer be shown, even when the
unit in question invites coverage. James Glanz, a Baghdad correspondent ...
for The New York Times ... said that “This tiny remaining corps of
reporters becomes a greater and greater problem for the military brass
because we are the only people preventing them from telling the story the
way they want it told.”

Inside Medicine: Some 'diseases' invented for

May 26, 2007, Sacramento Bee
(Sacramento's leading newspaper)

Dr. Michael Wilkes.
When is a disease really a disease? Young doctors
in training work hard, and so do lots of other people. When people work 24
hours in a row ... the body feels tired. Is this fatigue an abnormal
physiologic state requiring medication and treatment, or is it a normal
part of belonging to the human race? If abnormal, then doctors and
pharmaceutical companies argue that the fatigue requires treatment. If it
is normal -- despite a movement to label it as an illness -- then
post-work fatigue belongs to the growing phenomenon of disease-mongering.
"Disease-mongering" ... is the process of trying to convince healthy
people that they are sick, or people with minor problems that they have
extremely worrisome symptoms. This is all in an attempt to sell
treatments. Countless examples of disease-mongering are driven by the
pharmaceutical industry's drive to sell drugs. Conditions such as female
sexual dysfunction syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, toenail
fungus, baldness and social anxiety disorder (a.k.a. shyness) are a few
places where the medical community has stepped in, thereby turning normal
or mild conditions into diseases for which medication is the treatment.
Most pharmaceutical companies devote huge amounts of money to prevent,
control and cure diseases. When their profits don't match corporate
expectations, they invent "new" diseases to be cured by existing drugs.
What happens to real diseases when [the media] are filled with information
promoting disease mongering? Government funding for public health
campaigns pales by comparison with the billions spent by pharmaceutical
companies on disease mongering intended to increase the markets for their

For more reliable information about major corruption in the pharmaceutical
industry, click

Clean energy claim: Aluminum in your car

March 23, 2007, MSNBC

Purdue University engineer and National Medal of Technology winner says
he's ready and able to start a revolution in clean energy.
Professor Jerry Woodall and students have invented a way to use an
aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water — a process that he thinks
could replace gasoline as well as its pollutants and emissions tied to
global warming. But Woodall says there's one big hitch: "Egos" at the U.S.
Department of Energy
, a key funding source for energy research,
"are holding up the revolution. The hydrogen is generated on demand, so
you only produce as much as you need when you need it," he said in a
statement released by Purdue this week. So instead of having to fill up at
a station, hydrogen would be made inside vehicles in tanks about the same
size as today's gasoline tanks. An internal reaction in those tanks would
create hydrogen from water and 350 pounds worth of special pellets. The
hydrogen would then power an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell
stack. "It's a simple matter to convert ordinary internal combustion
engines to run on hydrogen," Woodall said. "All you have to do is replace
the gasoline fuel injector with a hydrogen injector." "The egos of program
managers at DOE are holding up the revolution," he told
"Remember that Einstein was a patent examiner and had no funding for his
1905 miracle year," Woodall added. "He did it on his own time. If he had
been a professor at a university in the U.S. today and put in a proposal
to develop the theory of special relativity it would have been summarily

Note: For a treasure trove of reliable information
on clean, new energy sources, click here.

Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying

May 22, 2007, Washington

Rupin Thakkar's first inkling that the pharmaceutical industry was peering
over his shoulder ... came in a letter from a drug representative about
the generic drops Thakkar prescribes to treat infectious pinkeye. In the
letter, the salesperson wrote that Thakkar was causing his patients to
miss more days of school than they would if he put them on Vigamox, a more
expensive brand-name medicine made by Alcon Laboratories. "My initial
thought was 'How does she know what I'm prescribing?' " Thakkar said. "It
feels intrusive ... I just feel strongly that medical encounters need to
be private." He is not alone. Many doctors object to drugmakers' common
practice of contracting with data-mining companies to track exactly which
medicines physicians prescribe and in what quantities -- information
marketers and salespeople use to fine-tune their efforts. The concerns are
not merely about privacy. Proponents say using such detailed data
for drug marketing serves mainly to influence physicians to prescribe more
expensive medicines
, not necessarily to provide the best
treatment. "We don't like the practice, and we want it to stop," said Jean
Silver-Isenstadt, executive director of the National Physicians Alliance.
(Thakkar is on the group's board of directors.) "We think it's a
contaminant to the doctor-patient relationship, and it's driving up
costs." The American Medical Association makes millions of dollars
each year by helping data-mining companies link prescribing data to
individual physicians.
It does so by licensing access to the AMA
Physician Masterfile, a database containing names, birth dates,
educational background, specialties and addresses for more than 800,000

For more reliable, verifiable information about major corruption in the
drug industry, click

Water into fuel?

March 22, 2007, WKYC (NBC affiliate in
Cleveland, Ohio)

TV station owner and broadcast engineer, John Kanzius, wasn't looking for
an answer to the energy crisis.
He was looking for a cure for cancer. Four years ago, inspiration struck
in the middle of the night. Kanzius decided to try using radio waves to
kill the cancer cells. His wife Marianne heard the noise and found her
husband inventing a radio frequency generator with her pie pans. "I got up
immediately, and thought he had lost it." Here are the basics of John's
idea: Radio-waves will heat certain metals. Tiny bits of certain metal are
injected into a cancer patient. Those nano-particals are attracted to the
abnormalities of the cancer cells and ignore the healthy cells. The
patient is then exposed to radio waves and only the bad cells heat up and
die. But John also came across yet another extrordinary breakthrough. His
machine could actually make saltwater burn. John Kanzius
discovered that his radio frequency generator could release the oxygen and
hydrogen from saltwater and create an incredibly intense flame. "If that
was in a car cylinder you could see the amount of fire that would be in
the cylinder."
The APV Company Laboratory in Akron has checked
out John's ... invention. They were amazed. "That could be a steam engine,
a steam turbine. That could be a car engine if you wanted it to be."
Imagine the possibilities. Saltwater as the ultimate clean fuel. A happy
byproduct of one man searching for the cure for cancer.

Note: Though this exciting breakthrough was
reported in dozens of local media, not one major news outlet found it
worthy of mention. To verify this yourself, click

I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose. We Were Both
Doing Our Duty.

May 27, 2007, Washington

When my
son was killed in Iraq earlier this month at age 27, I found myself
pondering my responsibility for his death. Among the hundreds of messages
that my wife and I have received, two bore directly on this question. Both
held me personally culpable, insisting that my public opposition to the war
had provided aid and comfort to the enemy. Each said that my son's death
came as a direct result of my antiwar writings. This may seem a vile
accusation to lay against a grieving father. But in fact, it has become a
staple of American political discourse, repeated endlessly by those keen
to allow President Bush a free hand in waging his war. What exactly is a
father's duty when his son is sent into harm's way? Among the many ways to
answer that question, mine was this one: As my son was doing his utmost to
be a good soldier, I strove to be a good citizen. As a citizen, I have
tried since Sept. 11, 2001, to promote a critical understanding of U.S.
foreign policy. I genuinely believed that if the people spoke, our
leaders in Washington would listen and respond. This, I can now see, was an
illusion. The people have spoken, and nothing of substance has
The November 2006 midterm elections signified an
unambiguous repudiation of the policies that landed us in our present
predicament. But half a year later, the war continues, with no end in
sight. Indeed, by sending more troops to Iraq (and by extending the tours
of those, like my son, who were already there), Bush has signaled his
complete disregard for what was once quaintly referred to as "the will of
the people." To be fair, responsibility for the war's continuation now
rests no less with the Democrats who control Congress than with the
president and his party.

The author, Andrew
Bacevich, is a conservative professor on international relations at
Boston University. The title of his highly praised 2006 book, The
New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
establishes the case for an American empire which is not benign. For more
on the war machine, click

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Nations Use Fear to Distract From Rights Abuses,
Group Says

May 24, 2007, Washington

governments and armed groups are spreading fear to divert attention from
human rights abuses ... Amnesty International said yesterday in its annual
assessment of rights worldwide. "The politics of fear is fueling a downward
spiral of human rights abuse in which no right is sacrosanct and no person
is safe," said Irene Khan, secretary general of the human rights watchdog.
Governments are undermining the rule of law and human rights with
"short-sighted fear-mongering and divisive policies." The United
States is "the leading country using fear to justify the unjustifiable,"
said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA.
"The U.S. used to be in a position to speak out effectively
against torture and military tribunals. We can't do that now because we
are carrying out some of the same practices," he said. The organization
urged the new U.S. Congress to take the lead in restoring respect for
humane standards and practices at home and abroad. Citizens in many
countries are being manipulated by fear, the group said. Amnesty applauded
civil society for its "courage and commitment" in the face of abuses.
Marches, petitions, blogs and armbands "may not seem much by themselves,"
the report said, "but by bringing people together they unleash an energy
for change that should not be underestimated. People power will change the
face of human rights in the 21st century."

Executive on a Mission: Saving the

May 22, 2007, New York

What Ray
Anderson calls his “conversion experience” occurred in the summer of 1994,
when he was asked to give the sales force at Interface, the carpet tile
company he founded, some talking points about the company’s approach to
the environment. So he started reading about environmental issues, and
thinking about them, until pretty soon it hit him: “I was running
a company that was plundering the earth,” he realized. “I thought, ‘Damn,
some day people like me will be put in jail!’”
He devoted his
speech to his newfound vision of polluted air, overflowing landfills,
depleted aquifers and used-up resources. Only one institution was powerful
enough and pervasive enough to turn these problems around, he told his
colleagues, and it was the institution that was causing them in the first
place: “Business. Industry. People like us. Us!" He challenged his
colleagues to set a deadline for Interface to become a “restorative
enterprise,” a sustainable operation that takes nothing out of the earth
that cannot be recycled or quickly regenerated, and that does no harm to
the biosphere. The deadline they ultimately set is 2020, and the idea has
taken hold throughout the company. Mr. Anderson said that through waste
reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and other steps, Interface was
“about 45 percent from where we were to where we want to be.” Use of
fossil fuels is down 45 percent ... he said, while sales are up 49
percent. Globally, the company’s carpet-making uses one-third the water it
used to. The company’s worldwide contribution to landfills has been cut by
80 percent. And in the process, Mr. Anderson has turned into perhaps the
leading corporate evangelist for sustainability.

The Air Car

March 19, 2007,

respected engineers have been trying for years to bring a compressed air
car to market, believing strongly that compressed air can power a viable
"zero pollution" car. Now the first commercial compressed air car is on
the verge of production and beginning to attract a lot of attention, and
with a recently signed partnership with Tata, India's largest automotive
manufacturer, the prospects of very cost-effective mass production are now
a distinct possibility. The MiniC.A.T is a simple, light urban car. How
does it work? 90m3 of compressed air is stored in fibre tanks. The
expansion of this air pushes the pistons and creates movement. It
is incredibly cost-efficient to run – according to the designers, it costs
less than one Euro per 100Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its
mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car

(200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect
choice in cities where the 80% of motorists drive at less than 60Km. The
car has a top speed of 68 mph. Refilling the car will ... take place at
adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three
minutes, and at a cost of approximately [US$2] the car will be ready to go
another 200-300 kilometres. As a viable alternative, the car carries a
small compressor which can ... refill the tank in 3-4 hours. At the
moment, four models have been made: a car, a taxi (5 passengers), a
Pick-Up truck and a van. The final selling price will be approximately
[US$11,000]. "Moteur Development International" (MDI) ... has researched
and developed the Air Car over 10 years.

Why aren't U.S. automakers interested in this breakthrough technology? For
abundance of reliable information on the exciting new developments in auto
design for super-efficient mileage, click

Moore film attacks health U.S.

May 19, 2007, ABC News/

Michael Moore says the U.S. health care system is driven by greed in his
new documentary "SiCKO," and asks of Americans in general, "Where is our
soul?" He also said he could go to jail for taking a group of volunteers
suffering ill health after helping in the September 11, 2001 rescue
efforts on an unauthorized trip to Cuba, where they received exemplary
treatment at virtually no cost. In "SiCKO" he turns his attention to
health, asking why 50 million Americans, 9 million of them children, live
without [coverage], while those that are insured are often driven to
poverty by spiraling costs or wrongly refused treatment at all. But the
movie, which has taken Cannes by storm, goes further by portraying a
country where the government is more interested in personal profit and
protecting big business than caring for its citizens, many of whom cannot
afford health insurance. "I'm trying to explore bigger ideas and bigger
issues, and in this case the bigger issue in this film is who are we as a
people?" Moore told reporters after a press screening. "Why do we behave
the way we behave? What has become of us? Where is our soul?" One section
of the film explains how a U.S. man severed the tip of two fingers
in an accident and was told he would have to pay $12,000 to re-attach the
end of his ring finger, and $60,000 to re-attach that of his index
"Being a hopeless romantic, Rick chose his ring finger,"
Moore quipped in a typically sardonic voiceover. It also follows a woman
whose young daughter falls seriously ill but who said she was refused
admission to a general hospital and instructed to go to a private one
instead. By the time she got to the second hospital, it was too late to
save the girl.
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Psychiatrists, Children and Drug Industry’s

May 10, 2007, New York

When Anya
Bailey developed an eating disorder after her 12th birthday, her mother
took her to a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota who prescribed a
powerful antipsychotic drug called Risperdal. Created for schizophrenia,
Risperdal is not approved to treat eating disorders, but increased
appetite is a common side effect and doctors may prescribe drugs as they
see fit. Anya gained weight but within two years developed a crippling
knot in her back. She now receives regular injections of Botox to unclench
her back muscles. She often awakens crying in pain. Isabella Bailey, Anya’s
mother, said she had no idea that children might be especially susceptible
to Risperdal’s side effects. Nor did she know that Risperdal and similar
medicines were not approved at the time to treat children. Just as
surprising, Ms. Bailey said, was learning that the university
psychiatrist who supervised Anya’s care received more than $7,000 from
2003 to 2004 from Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal’s maker, in return for
lectures about one of the company’s drugs. The intersection of money and
medicine, and its effect on the well-being of patients, has become one of
the most contentious issues in health care.
Nowhere is that more
true than in psychiatry, where increasing payments to doctors have
coincided with the growing use in children of a relatively new class of
drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. These best-selling drugs,
including Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Abilify and Geodon, are now being
prescribed to more than half a million children in the United States to
help parents deal with behavior problems despite profound risks and almost
no approved uses for minors.

For lots more reliable information on cover-ups affecting your health, click here. To
read an inspiring story on the benefits of healthy school diet for
students' health, behavior and studies, click here.

Key Articles From Past Years

The Armageddon Plan

March, 2004, The Atlantic

At least
once a year during the 1980s Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld vanished.
Cheney was ... a [Republican] congressman. Rumsfeld [was] the head of G.
D. Searle & Co.. Yet for periods of three or four days at a time no one in
Congress knew where Cheney was, nor could anyone at Searle locate Rumsfeld.
Rumsfeld and Cheney were principal actors in one of the most highly
classified programs of the Reagan Administration. [It] called for setting
aside the legal rules for presidential succession ... in favor of a secret
procedure for putting in place a new "President" and his staff. The
program is of particular interest today because it helps to explain the
thinking and behavior of the second Bush Administration [since] September
11, 2001. The idea was to concentrate on speed, to preserve "continuity of
government," and to avoid cumbersome procedures; the speaker of the
House, the president pro tempore of the Senate, and the rest of Congress
would play a greatly diminished role. "One of the awkward questions we
faced ... was whether to reconstitute Congress after a nuclear attack. It
was decided that no, it would be easier to operate without them."

[Cheney's and Rumsfeld's] participation in the extra-constitutional
continuity-of-government exercises ... also demonstrates a broad,
underlying truth about these two men. For three decades ... even when they
were out of the executive branch of government, they were never far away.
They stayed in touch with defense, military, and intelligence officials,
who regularly called upon them. They were ... a part of the permanent
hidden national-security apparatus of the United States.

If above link fails, click here. The
author, James Mann, is a former Washington correspondent for the Los
Angeles Times
, and senior writer-in-residence at the Center for
Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, D.C. Apparently,
Cheney and Rumsfeld don't find Congress to be very important.

What Did the C.I.A. Do to His Father?

April 1, 2001, New York

For a
quarter of a century, [Eric Olson] has believed that the Central
Intelligence Agency murdered his father, a United States government
scientist. On Nov. 28, 1953, around 2 a.m. [the] night manager at the
Statler Hotel ... in New York rushed out the front door ... to find a
middle-aged man lying on the sidewalk. The man had fallen from the 10th
floor -- apparently after crashing through a closed window. [In late July,
1975] the C.I.A.'s director, William Colby [provided Olson's] family ...
declassified documents relating to Frank Olson's death. Olson had not
been a civilian employee of the Department of the Army. He had been a
C.I.A. employee working at Fort Detrick. Olson's specialty, it turned
out, had been the development of aerosols for the delivery of anthrax. The
Colby documents were ... full of unexplained terms like the ''Artichoke''
and ''Bluebird''
projects. These turned out to be the precursors of what became known as MK-ULTRA, a C.I.A.
project, beginning in the Korean War, to explore the use of drugs like LSD
as truth serums, as well as botulism and anthrax, for use in covert
assassination. The documents claimed that during a meeting between the
C.I.A. and Fort Detrick scientists ... on Nov. 19,1953, Sidney Gottlieb of
the C.I.A. slipped LSD into Olson's glass of Cointreau. Olson, a
scientist by training, would have known that he was working for a
government that had put Nazi scientists on trial at Nuremberg for immoral
experiments on human beings. Now, in the late summer of 1953, [Olson]
faced up to the possibility that his own government was doing the same
Slipping LSD into Olson's Cointreau was ... designed to
get him to talk ... to assess what kind of risk he posed and then
eliminate him if necessary.

For those interested in this vital, yet disturbing topic, the entire
Times article is well worth reading. For further verifiable
information on the CIA mind control programs mentioned in this article, click here.

Special Note:
PBS/NOW goes under the hood of the U.S. car
industry to look at what's being called a colossal failure of American
engineering: Many of the cars now on America's roads get no better gas
mileage than the ones we were driving twenty years ago. To watch the
engaging video, click here. For a
fun, short cartoon clip titled "PSI WARS" about the battle between old and
new paradigm thinking, click
Martin Noakes is a popular British musician who has written an excellent
song about 9/11. To see a new video he made, click
here. For another eye-opening short video on Flight 93, which crashed
on 9/11, click here.

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