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 PEERS and the Team 02/11/2007

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Dear friends,

are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
These news articles include revealing information on beneficial bacteria
in our bodies which keep us healthy, NASA's new search for its files on
the Kecksburg (PA) UFO incident in 1965, FEMA's fake news briefing on the
Southern California fires, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from
the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to
function, click
here. Key sentences are highlighted for those with
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter

best wishes,

Tod Fletcher and Fred
Burks for PEERS and the Team

Caution: Killing Germs May Be Hazardous to Your

October 29, 2007,

Our war
on microbes has toughened them. Now, new science tells us we should
embrace bacteria. Any part of your body that comes into contact with the
outside world ... is home to bacteria, fungi and protozoa. There are
thousands of different species ... says Stanford biologist David Relman,
who is investigating the complex web of interactions microbes maintain
with our digestive, immune and nervous systems. Relman is a leader in
rethinking our relationship to bacteria, which for most of the last
century was dominated by the paradigm of Total Warfare. He says, "people
still think the only good microbe is a dead one." The body's natural
microbial flora aren't just an incidental fact of our biology, but
components of our health. Our microbes ... regulate our immune systems
even our serotonin levels: germs, it seems, can make us happy. What we
is more exposure to the good microbes. "Modern sanitation is a good
and pavement is a good thing," says [science writer Jessica] Sachs, "but
they keep kids at a distance from microbes." The effect is to tip
the immune system in the direction of overreaction, either to outside
stimuli or even to the body's own cells. If the former, the result is
allergies or asthma.
Sachs writes that "children who receive
antibiotics in the first year of life have more than double the rate of
allergies and asthma in later childhood." But if the immune
turns on the body itself, you see irritable bowel syndrome, lupus or
multiple sclerosis, among the many autoimmune diseases that were
unknown to our ancestors
but are increasingly common in the
developed world.

For many powerful articles on health from reliable sources, click here.

NASA to Search Files on UFO

October 27, 2007, Associated

NASA has
agreed to search its archives once again for documents on a 1965 UFO
incident in Pennsylvania, a step the space agency fought in federal
The government has refused to open its files about what ... moved
across the sky and crashed in the woods near Kecksburg, Pa., 40 miles
southeast of Pittsburgh.
Traffic was tied up in the area as curiosity seekers drove to the area,
only to be kept away from the crash site by soldiers.
The Air
Force's explanation for the unidentified flying object: A meteor or
meteors. "They could not find anything," one Air Force memo stated after
late-night search on Dec. 9, 1965. Several NASA employees also were
reported to have been at the scene. Eyewitnesses said a flatbed truck
drove away a large object shaped like an acorn and about the size of a
Volkswagen bus. A mock-up based on the descriptions of local residents
sits behind the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department. UFO enthusiasts
refused to let the matter die and journalist Leslie Kean of New York City
sued NASA four years ago for information. The agency has turned over
several stacks of documents which Kean says are not responsive to the
request, an argument that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed with.
In March, Sullivan rejected NASA's request to throw the case out of
resulting in negotiations that led to the agency promising last week that
it will conduct a more comprehensive search. Kean said Friday that she
sued NASA rather than the Army because the space agency a decade ago
released some relevant documents on the case.

To read a revealing summary of UFO evidence presented by highly credible
military and government officials, click here.

FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . .

October 26, 2007, Washington

FEMA has
truly learned the lessons of Katrina. Even its handling of the media has
improved dramatically. For example, as the California wildfires raged
Tuesday, Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy administrator, had a 1
p.m. news briefing. Reporters were given only 15 minutes' notice of the
briefing, making it unlikely many could show up at FEMA's Southwest D.C.
offices. They were given an 800 number to call in, though it was a
only" line, the notice said -- no questions. Parts of the briefing were
carried live on Fox News. Johnson ... was apparently quite familiar with
the reporters -- in one case, he appears to say "Mike" and points to a
reporter. FEMA press secretary Aaron Walker interrupted at one point to
caution he'd allow just "two more questions." Later, he called for a
question." "Are you happy with FEMA's response so far?" a reporter asked.
Another asked about "lessons learned from Katrina." "I'm very happy with
FEMA's response so far," Johnson said, hailing "a very smoothly, very
efficiently performing team. And so I think what you're really seeing
is the benefit of experience, the benefit of good leadership and the
benefit of good partnership, none of which were present in Katrina."
Very smooth, very professional. But something didn't seem right.
The reporters were lobbing too many softballs. And the media seemed to be
giving Johnson all day to wax on and on about FEMA's greatness. Of
that could be because the questions were asked by FEMA staffers playing
The staff played reporters for what on TV looked just
like the real thing. "If the worst thing that happens to me in this
disaster is that we had staff in the chairs to ask questions that
reporters had been asking all day, Widomski said, "trust me, I'll be
happy." Heck of a job, Harvey.

To watch this amusing "news briefing", click here.

Berkeley going solar - city pays up front,
recoups over 20 years

October 26, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)

[Cal.] is set to become the first city in the nation to help thousands of
its residents generate solar power without having to put money up front -
attempting to surmount one of the biggest hurdles for people who don't
have enough cash to go green. The City Council will vote Nov. 6 on a plan
for the city to finance the cost of solar panels for property owners who
agree to pay it back with a 20-year assessment on their property. Over
decades, the taxes would be the same or less than what property owners
would save on their electric bills, officials say. "This plan
could be our most important contribution to fighting global warming,"
Mayor Tom Bates said. "We've already seen interest from all over the U.S.
People really think this plan can go."
The idea is sparking
interest from city and state leaders who are mindful of California's
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Officials in
Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and several state agencies have
contacted Berkeley about the details of its plan. "If this works, we'd
want to look at this for other cities statewide," said Ken Alex,
California deputy attorney general. "We think it's a very creative way to
eliminate the barriers to getting solar panels, and it's fantastic that
Berkeley's going ahead with this." This is how Berkeley's program would
work: A property owner would hire a city-approved solar installer, who
would determine the best solar system for the property, depending on
energy use. Most residential solar panel systems in the city cost from
$15,000 to $20,000. The city would pay the contractor for the system and
its installation ... and would add an assessment to the property owner's
tax bill to pay for the system. The property owner would save money on
monthly Pacific Gas & Electric bill because electricity generated by the
solar panels would partly replace electricity delivered by the

For many other innovative ideas to develop cheap, renewable energy

Edits To Global Warming Testimony

October 25, 2007, CBS News

on Capitol Hill blasted the Bush administration for forcing edits in the
testimony of a government expert speaking to Congress about the health
effects of global warming. When [Julie Gerberding, director of the
for Disease Control and Prevention,] testified about the health effects
global warming, her testimony was a bit vague. "Weather is inextricably
linked to health," she said. It turned out six pages of specific warnings
about diseases that could spread because of global warming were edited
by the White House, as well as a line that the CDC considered this a
serious public health concern that remained "largely unaddressed." When a
draft of Gerberding's testimony went to the White House for review, two
sections - "Climate Change is a Public Health Concern" and "Climate
Vulnerability" - were removed, cutting the 12-page document in half. The
original draft contained much greater detail on the potential disease and
other health effects of climate change than was in either Gerberding's
prepared remarks or in her other comments during the hearing. "The public
health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed. CDC
climate change a serious public health concern," the draft says. The
was not in the testimony given the committee or in her other remarks at
hearing. “It appears the White House has denied a Congressional
committee access to scientific information about health and global
said Dr. Michael McCally, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
"This misuse of science and abuse of the legislative process is

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TV show host boots out 9/11 conspiracy

October 23, 2007, Guardian (One of
the U.K.'s leading newspapers),,2197237,00.html

It's the
conundrum that faces all television personalities broadcasting live: how
to deal with hecklers trying to disrupt the show. Do you ignore the
perpetrators? Do you try to reason with them? Or do you do what the
American comic and talk show host Bill Maher did - jump into the
threaten the hecklers with an "ass kicking" and scream "Get the fuck out
my building!" In one of the more unconventional displays of audience
interaction on US television in recent years, that is now doing hot trade
as a clip on YouTube, Maher reacted to the interruptions of
hecklers in his studio audience with the memorable words: "Do we have
fucking security in this building?" He then tore off his lapel microphone
and stormed off the stage and up to some protesters wielding "expose the
9/11 cover-up" banners.
It was at that point during a panel
discussion on his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, that the nature of
the comic's difficulties with an element of his audience became clear.
Maher is a darling of the US liberal intelligentsia for his brand of
Bush-bashing and anti-religious pedantry. But the one point over which he
will not bash the Bush administration is the events of September 11 2001.
He does not agree with 9/11 conspiracy theorists, or Truthers as they
themselves, that the Bush administration brought down the Twin Towers in
controlled explosion. The trouble started a few weeks ago when Maher
launched a verbal assault on air against the Truthers, calling them
people". He advised the conspiracy theorists, who had been demonstrating
outside his studio, to visit their doctor to ask whether the
antidepressant Paxil was right for them. In 2002 ABC ended its
relationship with him over comments he made in his former show,
Politically Incorrect, about the 9/11 hijackers.

To watch Bill Maher's performance on YouTube, click here. For a
concise summary of reliable reports from major media sources which raise
many unanswered questions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

Who says America can't make

October 21, 2007, McClatchy

When it
comes to producing billionaires, America is doing great. Until 2005,
multimillionaires could still make the Forbes list of the 400 richest
Americans. In 2006, the Forbes 400 went billionaires only. This year,
you'd need a Forbes 482 to fit all the billionaires. A billion dollars is
a lot of dough. Queen Elizabeth II, British monarch for five decades,
would have to add $400 million to her $600 million fortune to reach $1
billion. And she'd need another $300 million to reach the Forbes 400
minimum of $1.3 billion. The average Forbes 400 member has $3.8 billion.
When the Forbes 400 began in 1982, it was dominated by oil and
manufacturing fortunes. Today, says Forbes, "Wall Street is king." Nearly
half the 45 new members, says Forbes, "made their fortunes in hedge funds
and private equity. Money manager John Paulson joins the list after
pocketing more than $1 billion short-selling subprime credit this
The 25th anniversary of the Forbes 400 isn't party time for America. We
have a record 482 billionaires — and record foreclosures. We have a
482 billionaires — and a record 47 million people without any health
insurance. Since 2000, we have added 184 billionaires — and 5 million
people living below the poverty line. The official poverty threshold for
one person was a ridiculously low $10,294 in 2006. That won't get you two
pounds of caviar ($9,800) and 25 cigars ($730) on the Forbes Cost of
Living Extremely Well Index. The $20,614 family-of-four poverty threshold
is lower than the cost of three months of home flower arrangements
($24,525). Wealth is being redistributed from poorer to richer.
Between 1983 and 2004, the average wealth of the top 1 percent of
households grew by 78 percent, reports Edward Wolff, professor of
economics at New York University. The bottom 40 percent lost 59 percent.
Inequality has roared back to 1920s levels. It was bad for our nation
then. It's bad for our nation now.

For further reports on worsening income inequality, click

A Life Saver Called "Plumpynut"

October 21, 2007, CBS News


year, malnutrition kills five million children -- that's one child every

six seconds. But now, the Nobel Prize-winning relief group "Doctors

Without Borders" says it finally has something that can save millions of

these children. It's cheap, easy to make and even easier to use. What is

this miraculous cure? It's a ready-to-eat, vitamin-enriched concoction

called "Plumpynut," an unusual name for a food that may just be the most

important advance ever to cure and prevent malnutrition. "It's a

revolution in nutritional affairs," says Dr. Milton Tectonidis, the chief

nutritionist for Doctors Without Borders. "Now we have something.
It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that
... looked like they're half dead. It’s just, boom! It's a spectacular
Dr. Tectonidis says. No kids need it more than ... in

Niger, a desperately poor country in West Africa, where child


is so widespread that most mothers have watched at least one of their

children die. Why are so many kids dying? Because they can't get the


vitamins and minerals their young bodies need. Mothers in these villages

can't produce enough milk themselves and can't afford to buy it. Even if

they could, they can't store it -- there’s no electricity, so no

refrigeration. Powdered milk is useless because most villagers don't have

clean water. Plumpynut was designed to overcome all these obstacles.

Plumpynut is a remarkably simple concoction: it is basically made of

peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar, and enriched with vitamins

and minerals. It tastes like a peanut butter paste. It is very sweet, and

because of that kids cannot get enough of it. The formula was developed


a nutritionist. It doesn't need refrigeration, water, or cooking; mothers

simply squeeze out the paste. Many children can even feed themselves.


serving is the equivalent of a glass of milk and a multivitamin.

Vital Lockerbie evidence 'was tampered

September 2, 2007, Guardian (One
the U.K.'s leading newspapers),,2160713,00.html

The key

piece of material evidence used by prosecutors to implicate Libya in the

Lockerbie bombing has emerged as a probable fake. Allegations of
international political intrigue and shoddy investigative work are being
levelled at the British government, the FBI and the Scottish police as
of the crucial witnesses, Swiss engineer Ulrich Lumpert, has apparently
confessed that he lied about the origins of a crucial 'timer' -

evidence that helped tie the man convicted of the bombing to the crime.


a trial in the Netherlands in 2001, former Libyan agent Abdulbaset

al-Megrahi was jailed for life. Later this month the Scottish Court of

Appeal is expected to hear Megrahi's case, after [a ruling] in June that

there was enough evidence to suggest a miscarriage of justice. Lumpert's

confession, which was given to police in his home city of Zurich last

week, will strengthen Megrahi's appeal. Swiss businessman Edwin Bollier,

who has spent nearly two decades trying to clear his company's name, is


eager for the appeal as is Megrahi. Bollier's now bankrupt company, Mebo,

manufactured the timer switch that prosecutors used to implicate Libya

after they said that fragments of it had been found on a Scottish

hillside. 'I was shown fragments of a brown circuit board which matched

our prototype. But when the MST-13 went into production, the timers

contained green boards. I knew that the timers sold to Libya had green

boards. I told the investigators this.' In 2001, Bollier spent five days

in the witness box at the Lockerbie trial ... in the Netherlands. 'I was


defence witness, but the trial was so skewed to prove Libyan involvement

that the details of what I had to say [were] ignored." Few people apart

from conspiracy theorists and investigative journalists working on the

case were prepared to believe Bollier until the end of last month, when

Lumpert ... walked into a Zurich police station and asked to swear an

affidavit before a notary.
Docs often write off patient side-effect

August 28, 2007, MSNBC


patients feel they might be having an adverse drug effect, doctors will

very often dismiss their concerns, a new study shows. In a survey of 650

patients taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, who reported

having adverse drug reactions, many said their physicians denied that the

drug could be connected to their symptoms, Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb of the

University of California at San Diego ... found. “Physicians seem
to commonly dismiss the possibility of a connection,” Golomb [said].
seems to occur even for the best-supported adverse effects of the most
widely prescribed class of drugs. Clearly there is a need for better
physician education about adverse effects, and there is a strong need for
patient involvement in adverse event reporting.”
The best-known

side effects of statins ... are liver damage and muscle problems,


statins have also been tied to changes in memory, concentration and mood.

Physician reaction to a potential side effect is crucial because the

muscle problems can progress to a rare but potentially fatal condition

called rhabdomyolysis if the drug isn’t discontinued. The researchers

investigated the response of doctors to statin patients who believed they

were having adverse drug reactions. In the great majority of cases, the

patient, not the doctor, initiated the discussion. Forty-seven percent of

patients with muscle problems or cognitive problems said their doctors

dismissed the possibility that their symptoms were statin-related, while

51 percent of patients with peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve pain

affecting the extremities, said their doctors denied a possible


with statins.


For a hard-hitting overview of medical corruption, click here.

The Greenest Green Fuel

July 2007, Popular Science


seems a strange contender for the mantle of World’s Next Great Fuel, but

the green goop has several qualities in its favor. Algae, made up of

simple aquatic organisms that capture light energy through


produces vegetable oil. Vegetable oil, in turn, can be transformed into

biodiesel, which can be used to power just about any diesel engine.

Algae has some important advantages over other oil-producing
crops, like canola and soybeans. It can be grown in almost any enclosed
space, it multiplies like gangbusters, and it requires very few inputs to
flourish—mainly just sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.


algae has a high surface-area-to-volume ratio, it can absorb nutrients


quickly,” [Jim] Sears says. “Its small size is what makes it mighty.” The

proof is in the numbers. About 140 billion gallons of biodiesel would be

needed every year to replace all petroleum-based transportation fuel in

the U.S. It would take nearly three billion acres of fertile land to

produce that amount with soybeans, and more than one billion acres to

produce it with canola. Unfortunately, there are only 434 million acres


cropland in the entire country, and we probably want to reserve some of

that to grow food. But because of its ability to propagate almost virally

in a small space, algae could do the job in just 95 million acres of


What’s more, it doesn’t need fertile soil to thrive. It grows in ponds,

bags or tanks that can be just as easily set up in the desert—or next to


carbon-dioxide-spewing power plant—as in the country’s breadbasket. Sears

claims that these efficiencies will allow Solix Biofuels, the company he

founded, to create algae-based biodiesel that costs about the same as



For many other innovative ideas to develop cheap, renewable energy



Practical Fusion, or Just a

February 27, 2007, New York

A few

small companies and maverick university laboratories, including ... one


U.C.L.A. run by Seth Putterman, a professor of physics, are pursuing

quixotic solutions for future energy, trying to tap the power of the Sun

hot nuclear fusion — in devices that fit on a tabletop. Dr. Putterman’s

approach is to use sound waves, called sonofusion or bubble fusion, to

expand and collapse tiny bubbles, generating ultrahot temperatures. At

temperatures hot enough, atoms can literally fuse and release even more

energy than when they split in nuclear fission, now used in nuclear power

plants and weapons. Furthermore, fusion is clean in that it does not

produce long-lived nuclear waste. Dr. Putterman has not achieved fusion


his experiments. He and other scientists form a small but devoted cadre

interested in turning small-scale desktop fusion into usable systems.

Although success is far away, the principles seem sound. Achieving


fusion, even in a desktop device, is not particularly difficult. But

building a fusion reactor that generates more energy than it consumes is

far more challenging. Impulse
Devices, a small company in the small town of Grass Valley, Calif.,


exploring the same sound-driven fusion as Dr. Putterman, pushing forward

with venture capital financing. Its president, Ross Tessien, concedes


Impulse is a high-risk investment, but the potential payoffs would be


“You solve the world’s pollution problems,” Mr. Tessien said.
eliminate the need for wars. You eliminate scarcity of fuel. And it
happens to be a very valuable market. So from a commercial point of view,
there’s every incentive. From a moral point of view, there’s every
incentive. And it’s fun and it’s exciting work.”


To read about a wide array of revolutionary energy technologies, click here.

Special note:
To hear the inspiring story of a soldier who

found peace in a war zone, and to better understand what life is

like there, listen to the 16-minute public radio clip available
here. To watch a short video clip on the suppression of whistleblower

Sibel Edmonds' testimony about FBI activities in the wake of 9/11, click

Final Note: believes it is

important to balance disturbing cover-up information with inspirational

writings which call us to be all that we can be and to work together


positive change. Please visit our Inspiration Center at

for an abundance of uplifting material.

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