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Yesterday was World Kidney Day. The second Thursday of March, each year, the WHO designates as World Kidney Day. This year they chose the theme “Protect your Kidneys, Control Diabetes” because diabetes is the most important cause of chronic kidney disease. ‘Kay? Diabetes.

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US researchers have confirmed that it’s safe to donate a kidney. This study compared 80,347 Americans who donated kidneys between 1994 and 2009 with 9,364 participants in a large government survey who met the criteria for kidney donation. All these people would be “on the books.” No illegal kidney donors.

People who donate a kidney to a sick friend or relative live at least as long as others in the general population and may live somewhat longer because they tend to take better care of themselves after the procedure, researchers reported Tuesday….Live-donor transplants have become increasingly common in recent years because of the large number of people who need kidneys and the limited availability of cadaver organs. There are 83,754 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, 80% of the number of people waiting for any organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which helps allocate organs. In 2008, there were 5,968 living-donor kidney transplants.

…There were 25 deaths in the first 90 days after surgery among the donors, for a rate of 3.1 deaths per 10,000 subjects, compared with a rate of 0.4 per 10,000 in the control group. That suggests the procedure “has always been profoundly safe,” Segev said.

Kidney donation has no medical benefit for the donor. None. People do it for love or money.

What is the death rate for illegal kidney donors? Nobody knows. They don’t keep statistics on illegal organ trafficking, huge black market business with incredible margins that it is, but it’s safe to say that poor people who will sell a kidney for $1000 probably don’t live as long as the general population. Just a guess.

But the medical establishment would like you to know that it’s a good thing to donate a kidney, and it’s profoundly safe, and there are an awful lot of people who need new kidneys for some reason, and it’s really a tragedy.

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What is up with all the kidney disease?

  • Kidneys remove toxins from our blood.
  • Kidney disease is becoming a global problem.
  • More than 20 million people suffer from kidney disease worldwide.

WHY?

Common sense tells us that people must have a lot of toxins in their blood and that their kidneys are getting overtaxed and ruined from cleaning out toxins.

But never mind that. The WHO has decided to focus on diabetes and high blood pressure, the “main causes” of kidney failure.

So one answer is to provide free screening for diabetes and hypertension patients, detect these early warning signals, and put people on medication or life style changes to save their kidneys. (source)

Out of these 348 patients, 61 of them (18 percent) were found to have microalbu-minuria which is an indication of early involvement of the kidneys, according to a statement issued by Head of Nephrology Department, RIMS Dr N Sharat Kumar Singh.

“An indication of early involvement”… that’s like a sign of a sign. But early detection means looking for problems. Problems need solutions. Often we are offered drugs as the solution to our health problems.

However, in third world countries where poor people cannot always afford big pharma drugs, something must be done “to ban quacks, whose medicines were a leading cause of renal failure.” (source)

Therefore medicine is important to control diabetes and hypertension, which lead to kidney failure, but it has to be the right medicine, because some medicine causes renal failure. Drugs can be dangerous.

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According to experts, this is how to protect yourself from kidney failure:

  1. Be fit and active.
  2. Control diabetes.
  3. Keep weight in check.
  4. Get your kidneys checked regularly.
  5. Beware of OTCs.

Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis- common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly. Such medications probably do not pose significant danger if your kidneys are relatively healthy and you use them occasionally, but their use in chronic pain for conditions such as arthritis can be harmful. Consult a doctor to find a way to control your pain without putting your kidneys at risk.

Are you getting the impression that drug use and kidney failure might be related? Yes. OTC drugs, illegal drugs, and big pharma prescription drugs. Drugs introduce toxins to your blood stream and put your kidneys to work. Even “safe” drugs do this.
But the WHO focused on diabetes.
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As the world marks World Kidney Day today, doctors in Goa confirm that nearly one in every ten people in Goa has kidney disease, which is a real cause of worry. They say that there has been rise in the number of renal failure reported among young population, people in 20s’ and late thirties, which is due to the changing lifestyle.

The most common cause for chronic kidney disease is Diabetes Mellitus, which accounts for about 40 percent of the cases. The other causes for chronic kidney disease are hypertension, urinary tract infection (UTI), glomerulonephritis, stone disease, sautoimmune disease, such as SLE, and congenital diseases like polycystic kidney disease, Dr Lengade says.

It doesn’t add up, does it. Even if you take out the 40% from diabetes, what are all the others caused by? Are we to believe all these young people in their 20s and 30s have terrible kidney disease from these other listed reasons? Really??

These young people suffer from untreated inflammation of the kidneys. What is the “life style” that causes so many young people in Goa to have untreated inflammation of the kidneys?

Well, let’s talk about Goa for a second. Aangirfan just did a post about Goa called Israelis, Drugs and Terror in Goa.

Goa has a big drug and corruption problem. The drug dealers and the police work together.

A senior police officer in Goa has been suspended after a YouTube video emerged claiming he gave confiscated drugs to an alleged dealer.

The state’s chief minister, Digamber Kamat, confirmed that the officer was among five suspended over their alleged links to two Israeli nationals suspected of peddling illegal narcotics.

…According to Israeli and Indian officials, between 40,000 and 60,000 young Israelis have either permanently moved or established long-term residence in India. (Karma Kosher Conscripts in New-Age Diaspora Seek Refuge in Goa. ) In 2008 and in 2009, Israel issued temporary travel warnings for its citizens thinking of visiting Goa, in India. (Anti-Terror Bureau warns Israelis not to travel to Goa - Haaretz …)

Goa has an organized crime problem. Goa has emerged as a drug and sex destination.

A senior Goa police official on Thursday admitted that the state is emerging as a den for the organized sex mafia in collusion with the local police. …The official also said that local police stations were often hand-in-glove with the organized sex crime mafia.

Perhaps this is the “lifestyle” that causes so much kidney failure in Goa?

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Young people use drugs.
Drugs can cause kidney disease.
Young people suffer from kidney disease.

Take heroin as one example. This study was published ten years ago. Points made:

  • Heroin is excreted in the urine as free and unconjugated morphine. There are several renal complications from its abuse.
  • There is a high rate of viral, bacterial and fungal contamination associated with intravenous drug misuse, including heroin, and consequently users are at risk of a variety of infections.
  • Secondary (AA) amyloidosis has increased in frequency as a cause of renal disease in chronic parenteral drug users, particularly among those who inject drugs subcutaneously (‘skin poppers’). With continued abuse, the majority progress to end-stage renal failure.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s, heroin-associated nephropathy (HAN) was described, presenting as nephrotic syndrome and progressing rapidly to end-stage renal failure.
  • In parallel with the declining incidence of HAN, HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) is being diagnosed more frequently among heroin addicts with HIV infection. HIVAN also presents with nephrotic syndrome and rapidly progressing renal failure, and in some inner-city communities of the USA, it can cause up 38% of end-stage renal failure.

So it appears that the connection between heroin use and renal failure has been well established by the medical community.

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But it’s not just the illegal drug use and the OTC use which may lead to kidney failure. Didn’t the WHO just tell us that diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease? Turns out the diabetes drugs may also cause kidney disease.

Diabetes Drug Byetta Linked To Kidney Problems And Cases Of Renal Failure

In March 2009 the Drug Safety Update Newsletter alerted us about reports of kidney-related side effects associated with the use of the diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide) from the U.K. About eight months later, in early November 2009, the FDA informed doctors and other healthcare providers in the U.S. that it had approved revisions to the Byetta package insert, or label, so that it will now include information about numerous post-marketing reports of altered kidney function, including acute renal failure and insufficiency. This move seemingly was prompted by reports of 78 cases of altered kidney function (62 cases of acute renal failure and 16 cases of renal insufficiency) in patients using Byetta that were received by the FDA from April 2005 through October 2008.

Furthermore, some big pharma drugs may also cause weight gain, another risk factor of kidney disease.

Some Seroquel Documents From AstraZeneca Now Available At The Drug Industry Document Archive These 241 “New” Documents Show How Drug Company Obscured Potential For Patient Weight Gain And Diabetes

These documents show how the company obscured the potential for patient weight gain and diabetes from physicians and regulatory bodies and how they balanced the desire for sales with the need for scientific rigor.

Further, Kim listed some of what she thought were the more “interesting” (my characterization, not hers) Seroquel documents for us:

1)  “[Do] not to discuss details surrounding trial 41 with any external customers” who include investigators.

2)  How to spin and de-emphasize weight gain.

3)  AstraZeneca Director of Clinical Research asks for information about BristolMyersSquibb’s trials in exchange for sexual favors (I’m not kidding).

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Poor diet may cause diabetes, which may cause kidney disease.

Also:

OTC drug use may cause kidney disease.
Big pharma drugs may cause kidney disease.

Illegal drug use may cause kidney disease.

Sex workers and their customers use illegal drugs.
Sex trafficking and drug trafficking contribute to kidney failure.
Kidney failure contributes to organ trafficking.

Is it any wonder that organized drug trafficking, sex trafficking and organ trafficking are such thriving businesses? There’s so much money to be made from carving up human beings.

latin america news

1. charity vaccine clinic chief bagged in trafficking Haitian children — not many degrees of separation between “legitimate” and “criminal”

Admin boss Yis Jean Guerson is responsible for providing medical aid to victims of the January 12 disaster with respected local aid group AST (Association de la Santé Pour Tous - “health for all”).

But, unknown to dedicated colleagues, Guerson secretly heads a child trafficking ring and exploits his position of trust scouring camps for a stock of orphaned, lost and homeless youngsters.

Shockingly Guerson, 31, is also a TEACHER at a local school responsible for guiding and protecting children from the age of three.

But last week - as he gave our undercover reporters a tour of the devastated captal Port-au-Prince with the stench of decaying bodies still hanging in the air - Guerson told us: “Just tell me how many kids you need and what ages you want, boys or girls, and I’ll get them for you no problem.

On Wednesday he lined up eight youngsters ranging from a three-month-old baby to a 13-year old girl for our reporters to choose from. Not once in all our dealings did Guerson ask WHO we were or WHERE the children would end up. In fact he was eager to boost the price to £5,000 EACH by offering his gang’s services in SMUGGLING the kids out of the country. Warning of the danger of trying to do it without his help, Guerson said: “The big problem is you need papers.

We were given Guerson’s name by a guard at a legitimate orphanage called Foundation Blessing Hands in the village of Cotart, 11 miles outside Port-au-Prince. The security man told us: “This place has strict rules for adoption, but there is a man locally who has children that you can take.

After being told we were interested in getting five children and taking them abroad, grasping Guerson quickly abandoned the £65-a-head price tag and demanded $40,000 (£26,000) all in.

When we said that was too much he immediately replied: “I can give you a discount, make it $30,000.” Balding Guerson explained that would include the cost of smuggling them across the border and paperwork appearing to show we had legitimately adopted the children.

...Guerson apologised that he had only managed to find three children to inspect because the rest were at a clinic being immunised. It was then he revealed his job with the AST charity which runs a vaccination programme for youngsters.

more @ news of the world

2. Spain, US want Latin America to assume ‘global role’

MADRID – Spain and the United States agreed Monday on the need for Latin America to assume a role of “global interlocutor” to participate in overcoming problems like the economic crisis and confronting challenges like climate change.

The Spanish secretary of state for Ibero-America, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia and Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela met in Madrid.

The two officials particularly discussed issues like the humanitarian situation in earthquake-stricken Haiti and the political crisis in Honduras, as well as cooperation between the United States and the European Union on Latin America.

more @ latin american herald tribune

3. four human heads found in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The heads of four people were found in Mexico, but the bodies have not been recovered yet, state officials said.

Three of the heads were found in the northwestern state of Sinaloa and the fourth turned up in the southern state of Guerrero.

Three of the heads were discovered Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in front of a restaurant and a school in Palmillas, a town in Sinaloa, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

Initial indications are that the victims were three unidentified young men, the AG’s office spokesman said.

The killers only left behind the heads, shocking the town, a Palmillas police department spokesman told Efe.

…The head belonged to “a person of the masculine gender, with a dark complexion, whose hair was shaved off and his facial skin removed, and a piece of cardboard with a message was left,” the Guerrero Public Safety Secretariat said. The body has not yet been recovered and authorities have not released the contents of the message.

Mexico has been plagued in recent years by drug-related violence blamed on powerful cartels that are battling for turf and control of the smuggling routes into the United States. Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations, according to experts, are the Sinaloa, Tijuana, Gulf, Juarez and Beltran Leyva cartels, and La Familia Michoacana. Los Zetas, a group of army special forces veterans and deserters who initially worked as hitmen for the Gulf cartel, may now be operating as a cartel, some experts say.


The state is currently the scene of a bloody turf war between Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman and the Beltran Leyva cartel, whose leaders broke off from his Sinaloa cartel.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him. President Felipe Calderon, who took office in December 2006, has deployed 50,000 soldiers and 20,000 federal police nationwide to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations. The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials. EFE

source: latin american herald tribune

Mumbai terrorists: unrecognizable faces

also see my post: unclaimed property for additional context

also see this long post by C. Story, which contains information allegedly given to Bob Chapman by a former, high-ranking member of the CIA, retired, which describes, among many other things, that peeling faces off of people is a calling card of certain intelligence operatives. scroll down to: THE CATASTROPHE, COURTESY OF THE CORRUPTION OF TENET, CHENEY AND BUSH

4. Colombian authorities nab 10 FARC rebels near Venezuelan border

BOGOTA – Colombian authorities captured 10 FARC guerrillas in several operations in Norte de Santander province, which borders on Venezuela, the Colombian government said Tuesday….All the people captured are accused of belonging to the financial and military network of the FARC and they will be turned over to the appropriate authorities to define their legal situation with an eye toward future prosecution or adjudication.

more @ latin american herald tribune

5. date unknown, maybe 2007: the mystery of Eugene Island 330  and self-renewing oil supplies

Look what i found on the Net about Self Renewing Oil Supplies Field. Quite an interesting articles and please share your thought.

Eugene Island is an oil field in the gulf of Mexico, 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It was discovered in 1973 and began producing 15,000 barrels of oil a day which then slowed to about 4,000 barrels in 1989.

But then for no logical reason whatsoever, production spiked back up to 13,000 barrels a day.

What the researchers found when they analyzed the oil field with time lapse 3-D seismic imaging is that there was an unexplained deep fault in the bottom corner of the computer scan, which showed oil gushing in from a previously unknown deep source and migrating up through the rock to replenish the existing supply.

Furthermore, the analysis of the oil now being produced at Eugene Island shows that its age is geologically different from the oil produced there after the refinery first opened. Suggesting strongly that it is now emerging from a different, unexplained source.

The last estimates of probable reserves shot up from 60 million barrels to 400 million barrels.

Both the scientists and geologists from the big oil companies have seen the evidence and admitted that the Eugene Island oil field is refilling itself.

Odd Reservoir Off Louisiana Prods Oil Experts to Seek a Deeper Meaning
By CHRISTOPHER COOPER
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

This completely contradicts peak oil theory and with technology improving at an accelerating pace it seems obvious that there are more Eugene Islands out there waiting to be discovered. So the scientific community needs to embrace these possibilities and lobby for funding into finding more of these deep source replenishing oilfields.

The existence of self-renewing oil fields shatters the peak oil myth. If oil is a naturally replenishing inorganic substance then how can it possibly run out?

source: offshoreman


corruption news

1. military staff in Malaysia linked info to unnamed foreign embassy

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA’S defence minister reportedly said on Thursday that military personnel had been paid to leak security information to a foreign embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The alleged leak was unveiled in a probe conducted by the ministry’s intelligence corps together with police, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said according to state media and The Star newspaper.

‘I don’t want anyone at any position to sell information to external parties,’ he was quoted as saying by The Star on its website. ‘I will make an announcement after meeting the prime minister (Najib Razak) regarding the information that was leaked to a foreign embassy, which allegedly used internal sources,’ he added.

Mr Ahmad Zahid did not name the embassy involved but urged diplomats to carry out their duties properly and warned that action can be taken against perpetrators under the country’s official secrets laws.

‘I hope no one will take advantage of their positions in this country to carry out unethical activities,’ he reportedly said. ‘I believe they have been paid,’ he added, referring to the military personnel allegedly involved in the act.

An aide to the minister said he could not immediately confirm the minister’s remarks when contacted by AFP. Mr Ahmad Zahid told national news agency Bernama that his ministry has been monitoring its staff over any possible information leakage especially since the theft of two US-made fighter jet engines worth US$29 million (S$41 million). — AFP

source: straits times

2. Lancet slammed: vaccine science poisoned by special interests in pharmamedia — The Lancet threw that MMR guy under the bus by discrediting him (but please don’t notice their conflicts of interest!) they can try to conflate all people who question vaccines. this has been covered widely in corporate media, natch.

The editors of Medical Veritas journal have condemned The Lancet’s retraction of the controversial study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, charging editor Richard Horton with pandering to special interests in a conspiracy to defraud the public about the risks of vaccinations.

In 1998, The Lancet published the contested study linking autism and intestinal problems to the risky MMR triple virus vaccine. Yesterday, following the British General Medical Council’s decision that Dr. Wakefield had been “dishonest,” The Lancet’s editor retracted the article saying the Council’s report made it “utterly clear, without any ambiguity at all, that the statements in the paper were utterly false.”…

The Winter, 2010 issue of Medical Veritas, evidenced gross conflicting interests undermining the The Lancet’s integrity. Following the publication of Dr. Wakefield’s controversial study, Reed-Elsevier-ChoicePoint mergers occurred. The mega-company formed has nearly monopolized the medical scientific publishing industry. Previous to this, The Lancet editors protested the “damaging” of medicine and health science by pharmaceutical companies.

“Now it is obvious Dr. Horton’s company has been grossly contaminated by special interests as biased as Dr. Ross’s ‘PharmaCouncil’,” Dr. Horowitz said.

Reed-Elsevier-ChoicePoint, it turns out, is directed by Chief Executive Officer, Sir Crispin Davis, according to a Reuter’s News Service promotion for GlaxoSmithKline recently published. According to Forbes, Sir Davis was knighted by the Queen of England for his “service to the information industry.” He has served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of GlaxoSmithKline, PLC since 2003. Sir Davis spent his early career with Procter & Gamble.

more @ prevent disease

3. Taiwanese held in smuggling US made military components to Iran –  looks like a little sting to fluff the case against Iran. lots of “could be’s”….

MIAMI - US AUTHORITIES said on Thursday they arrested a Taiwanese man for allegedly smuggling US-made military components to Iran that could help the Islamic republic develop missiles and unmanned drones.

Yi-Lan Chen, 40, who also goes by Kevin Chen, was arrested on Wednesday on the US Pacific territory to Guam and is being sent to Miami, where prosecutors had sought his arrest.

If convicted, Chen faces up to 20 years in prison and up to US$1 million (S$1.4 million) in fines. Prosecutors said that Chen had exported ‘dual-use’ technology - which ostensibly has civilian purposes but can be applied for the military - to Taiwan or Hong Kong where it would be reloaded and shipped to Iran.

‘The dual-use items allegedly exported in this case could easily be used in missile development and other military components,’ US Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said in Miami.

‘Such conduct poses a serious threat to our national security, and will not be tolerated,’ he said. The goods Chen is accused of exporting to Iran include P200 turbine engines and spare parts, which can be used for model airplanes but also for unmanned military drones, prosecutors said.

‘This case will send a message to those individuals who attempt to profit by illegally supplying improper dual-use technology to other countries,’ said Anthony Mangione, an US immigration agent investigating the case. Iran is under a raft of sanctions imposed by the United States, United Nations and European Union over its nuclear program and its support for hardline Islamist movements overseas. — AFP

source: straits times

4. Victor Bout ordered to appear in Thai court

Russian businessman and alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout has been summoned to appear in a Thai court on February 16, one of his lawyers said on Friday. Former Russian army officer Bout, 42, remains in custody in a Thai jail after the Bangkok Criminal Court refused in August to extradite him to the United States, where he is facing four terrorism-related charges and a possible life sentence. “I was informed that my client had been asked to appear in court on February 16. However, I was not told why he had been summoned,” Thai lawyer Chamroen Panompakakom told RIA Novosti. He suggested that Bout could face an additional questioning or the announcement of an appeals court verdict on his extradition case.

more @ ria novosti

5. um, Frank Timis hearts Sierra Leone. you see what admitting to a few little mistakes can do? a little ball-fluffing never hurt anyone.

It is quite easy for anyone to be suspicious of a large investment initiative from an international company in a small African country with huge mineral wealth and potential. A lot has been written about African Minerals and Frank Timis in the past. But most of what has been written focused mainly on the mistakes of the past – which have been fully acknowledged by the company’s management. Surely everyone deserves a second chance. Especially when that chance is given to someone whose determination to prove everyone wrong can only be matched with his vision to end the poverty-stricken environment structure of a country he has come to fall in love with.  Timis has lent his support to Sparks, a UK based children’s medical charity whose remit is to fund research across the whole spectrum of paediatric medicine, and has invested in a company developing a more effective method of treating malaria. And he can even do more for Sierra Leone!

…Frank Timis once said  “the best lie is the truth, because you never get caught.”  Reputable international renowned companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to Macquarie, have backed his business projects for the past 15 years. This goes to show the faith big companies have in Timis. He may be a colorful personality, but he surely has the brains to turn things around.

…The United Nations recently declared the company’s Tonkolili development to be the Most Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Project ever embarked on. But he surely does not get the credit he deserves for such amazing feats of accomplishments. With all this backdrop, Frank Timis says he is not looking for recognition for his philanthropy. He is always looking forward to the next deal.

more @ newstime africa

6. Angola man accused of teen sex plot

An Angola man faces federal charges in New York, accusing him of transporting a 15-year-old girl across state lines for the purposes of having sex with her last fall. In late January, Foster Creager, 40, was arrested in Steuben County. He is scheduled to appear before a federal judge in the southern district of New York on Monday. According to the criminal complaint, a 15-year-old girl went missing from Hyde Park, N.Y., on Sept. 10. FBI agents discovered she had been communicating via e-mail with someone named “Kenneth Bone.”

Telephone records linked the phone number used by “Kenneth Bone” to Creager, of the 4300 block of West U.S. 20 in Angola.

On Sept. 11, Steuben County sheriff’s officers went to a mobile home and recreational vehicle park in Angola and saw Creager standing next to an RV. He told police the teen was inside. During an interview with detectives, Creager said he met the girl two or three months earlier on the Internet. He said he picked up the girl in New York and drove with her and another person to Indiana. In court documents filed in federal court in Fort Wayne, the other person is identified as Judy DeLong. Both DeLong and Creager have been indicted on a single count of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Creager told police he and the 15-year-old were “boyfriend and girlfriend” but said he suspected she was not 18 when he brought her to Indiana.

The teen told investigators that Creager told her she would need to be “in hiding” for three years until she turned 18, according to court documents.

DNA collected during a forensic examination of the teen matched Creager’s, according to court documents.

source: journalgazette.net

tough jobs: covering big pharma’s ample ass

Check out this amazing article, whereby big pharma attempts to deflect criticism that it has manipulated governments and international agencies by hyping H1N1. Actually they collaborated. Remember? They did it together they work together all together now.

But if some people are going to be held accountable, well I guess it’s not one big happy family after all.

Note that adjuvants are suddenly an unfamiliar technology.

Analyst: Adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines helped stir Europe’s debate

Jan 15, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The use of adjuvanted vaccines, an unfamiliar technology, helped spark mistrust that may have contributed to the recent allegations in Europe that pharmaceutical companies manipulated governments and international agencies by hyping the H1N1 pandemic threat, according to a British market analyst who follows infectious disease issues.

Some members of the 47-nation Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly have proposed a resolution charging that pharmaceutical companies, aiming to boost vaccine and drug sales, worked to “alarm” governments about the pandemic and prompt them to waste money on inefficient vaccine strategies and expose people to inadequately tested vaccines.

National and international health officials, along with the World Health Organization, have vigorously denied the allegations, which will come before the council on Jan 26.

Hedwig Kresse, MPhil, MSc, a London-based senior analyst on infectious diseases at the independent market analysis firm Datamonitor, said today the decision to use adjuvanted vaccines might have contributed to the controversy in Europe. She also said that when H1N1 emerged, it was the press and government officials, not pharamaceutical companies, that voiced alarm and pushed for a vaccine.

Off to a bad start
“I think in Europe the entire pandemic vaccine supply situation got off to a bad start because European regulators opted for adjuvanted vaccines, which resulted in a lot of negative publicity across Europe” and reduced the public’s interest in getting vaccinated, Kresse told CIDRAP News.

In the United States, she noted, authorities decided not to use adjuvants (which have never been used in US flu vaccines) and to stick with the standard technologies that have been used in seasonal flu vaccines for many years, she noted. (The US government bought a supply of adjuvants for possible emergency use but has not used them.)

“It wasn’t the same kind of debate as in Europe,” she said. “That led to a bigger acceptance of the vaccine.”

The pandemic H1N1 vaccines approved in Europe are GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix, containing the adjuvant ASO3, and Novartis’s Focetria, which contains the company’s MF59 adjuvant. [SQUALENE - ed.] Also approved in Europe is Baxter’s Celvapan, which contains no adjuvant but is made in cell culture, a newer technology, rather than in eggs.

Kresse noted that one adjuvanted flu vaccine, Novartis’s Fluad, was approved in Europe back in 1997, but it is used only in the elderly.

Since most Europeans were unfamiliar with adjuvanted flu vaccines, “it was a new technology and there was no long-term record regarding reactogenicity,” Kresse said. “And since H1N1 has so far been a clinically mild pandemic, it just didn’t seem logical to a lot of people that you needed this new technology. So a lot of people saw it as an unnecessary risk to take.”

The safety record of the European vaccines has been good so far, Kresse said. She said they cause a slightly higher rate of local reactions, such as pain and itching, and possibly a higher rate of fever, than flu vaccines with no adjuvants. “I’m not aware of any major safety concerns in Europe,” she added.

H5N1 threat set stage for adjuvants
Kresse noted that pandemic vaccine efforts in Europe were predicated on the H5N1 avian flu virus. Vaccine versions of this virus have grown poorly in eggs and have been poorly immunogenic. As a result, she said, the general view has been that adjuvants are needed to make H5N1 vaccines work.

Manufacturers developed mockup vaccines based on H5N1, with adjuvants, with the understanding that when a pandemic emerged, the pandemic virus could replace the H5N1 and the vaccine could gain rapid regulatory approval.

Concerning the charge that vaccine manufacturers hyped the pandemic threat to boost their profits, Kresse said it doesn’t fit her perception of how things evolved.

“I think these questions have to be treated very, very carefully,” she said. “Without a doubt the pharmaceutical companies did benefit from the pandemic. But when I look back, it was more the government and the press” that talked a lot about the threat and pressed for a vaccine. “It was more the pharmaceutical companies being on the receiving end and being asked to deliver it as fast as they possibly could.”

She said it seems unlikely that the current controversy would make drug companies unwilling to produce pandemic vaccines in the future, but she wouldn’t rule out that type of outcome.

“If it really comes to a very nasty public discussion and results in a big loss of reputation for the pharmaceutical companies, then it’s another matter,” she commented. “Then as a company I might calculate very carefully what I’d gain and lose in terms of reputation.”

On the other hand, she said it’s unlikely that companies would completely withdraw from pandemic supply efforts: “There’s a very vital political interest in keeping the sector attractive for pandemic supplies.”

Tommy Thompson defends US vaccine efforts
Also today, former US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson added his voice to those defending the pandemic vaccine programs, saying it would be a terrible outcome if critics succeeded in scaring companies away from vaccine development. Thompson served as HHS secretary through President George W. Bush’s first term.

In a telephone interview, Thompson, now a senior partner in the Washington, DC, law firm Akin Gump, said the nation’s preparedness for disease outbreaks has improved and that the progress must be maintained.

“In the past we’ve not been prepared and we haven’t had companies that wanted to be in the vaccine business,” he said. “For the first time in our long history, we’ve got companies that are interested in preparing vaccines for flu. . . . The worst thing in the world would be to say this was contrived and therefore scare away vaccine companies from getting scientists to do research on infectious viruses.”

As for the assertion that the pandemic threat was exaggerated, Thompson said, “The only way to prove our concerns beyond a reasonable doubt is to have a lot of people die, and I don’t know anyone who’s advocating more lethality from flu viruses.”

“You’re always going to have critics, but people in the scientific community believe we’re doing the right thing and I certainly believe that,” he added. “I think it was the right thing to do, to get started down this path, and I’m glad that it continues to be expanded.”

He also commented that while the H1N1 virus is not as lethal as was feared, the pandemic may not be over and the virus could mutate into a more dangerous form.

Stunning remarks.

Selected posts from this long-running saga:

There’s only one word to describe this sort of thing.

Bringing home the bacon.

Novel, as in pulled out of someone’s head or ass or laboratory.

The Trifecta Theory.

Rara Avis.

Bird Flu and the Hegelian Dialectic

“The only way to prove our concerns beyond a reasonable doubt is to have a lot of people die”

1. IPCC officials admit mistake over melting Himalayan glaciers

The UN’s climate science body has admitted that a claim made in its 2007 report - that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035 - was unfounded.

The admission today followed a New Scientist article last week that revealed the source of the claim made in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was not peer-reviewed scientific literature – but a media interview with a scientist conducted in 1999. Several senior scientists have now said the claim was unrealistic and that the large Himalayan glaciers could not melt in a few decades.

In a statement (pdf), the IPCC said the paragraph “refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly.”

It added: “The IPCC regrets the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance.” But the statement calls for no action beyond stating a need for absolute adherence to IPCC quality control processes. “We reaffirm our strong commitment to ensuring this level of performance,” the statement said.

more @ guardian

2. also — the decision to use adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines — that didn’t work out so well either — BIG PHARMA TRIES TO COVER ITS BIG PHARMA ASS

Analyst: Adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines helped stir Europe’s debate

Robert Roos * News Editor

Jan 15, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The use of adjuvanted vaccines, an unfamiliar technology, [????? SINCE WHEN ARE ADJUVANTS AN UNFAMILIAR TECHNOLOGY???? ONLY SINCE PEOPLE CAUGHT ON TO THE DANGER OF ADJUVANTS???? - ED.] helped spark mistrust that may have contributed to the recent allegations in Europe that pharmaceutical companies manipulated governments and international agencies by hyping the H1N1 pandemic threat, according to a British market analyst who follows infectious disease issues.

Some members of the 47-nation Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly have proposed a resolution charging that pharmaceutical companies, aiming to boost vaccine and drug sales, worked to “alarm” governments about the pandemic and prompt them to waste money on inefficient vaccine strategies and expose people to inadequately tested vaccines.

National and international health officials, along with the World Health Organization, have vigorously denied the allegations, which will come before the council on Jan 26.

Hedwig Kresse, MPhil, MSc, a London-based senior analyst on infectious diseases at the independent market analysis firm Datamonitor, said today the decision to use adjuvanted vaccines might have contributed to the controversy in Europe. She also said that when H1N1 emerged, it was the press and government officials, not pharamaceutical companies, that voiced alarm and pushed for a vaccine.

Off to a bad start
“I think in Europe the entire pandemic vaccine supply situation got off to a bad start because European regulators opted for adjuvanted vaccines, which resulted in a lot of negative publicity across Europe” and reduced the public’s interest in getting vaccinated, Kresse told CIDRAP News.

In the United States, she noted, authorities decided not to use adjuvants (which have never been used in US flu vaccines) and to stick with the standard technologies that have been used in seasonal flu vaccines for many years, she noted. (The US government bought a supply of adjuvants for possible emergency use but has not used them.)

“It wasn’t the same kind of debate as in Europe,” she said. “That led to a bigger acceptance of the vaccine.”

The pandemic H1N1 vaccines approved in Europe are GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix, containing the adjuvant ASO3, and Novartis’s Focetria, which contains the company’s MF59 adjuvant. [SQUALENE - ED.] Also approved in Europe is Baxter’s Celvapan, which contains no adjuvant but is made in cell culture, a newer technology, rather than in eggs.

Kresse noted that one adjuvanted flu vaccine, Novartis’s Fluad, was approved in Europe back in 1997, but it is used only in the elderly.

Since most Europeans were unfamiliar with adjuvanted flu vaccines, “it was a new technology and there was no long-term record regarding reactogenicity,” Kresse said. “And since H1N1 has so far been a clinically mild pandemic, it just didn’t seem logical to a lot of people that you needed this new technology. So a lot of people saw it as an unnecessary risk to take.”

The safety record of the European vaccines has been good so far, Kresse said. She said they cause a slightly higher rate of local reactions, such as pain and itching, and possibly a higher rate of fever, than flu vaccines with no adjuvants. “I’m not aware of any major safety concerns in Europe,” she added.

H5N1 threat set stage for adjuvants
Kresse noted that pandemic vaccine efforts in Europe were predicated on the H5N1 avian flu virus. Vaccine versions of this virus have grown poorly in eggs and have been poorly immunogenic. As a result, she said, the general view has been that adjuvants are needed to make H5N1 vaccines work.

Manufacturers developed mockup vaccines based on H5N1, with adjuvants, with the understanding that when a pandemic emerged, the pandemic virus could replace the H5N1 and the vaccine could gain rapid regulatory approval.

Concerning the charge that vaccine manufacturers hyped the pandemic threat to boost their profits, Kresse said it doesn’t fit her perception of how things evolved.

“I think these questions have to be treated very, very carefully,” she said. “Without a doubt the pharmaceutical companies did benefit from the pandemic. But when I look back, it was more the government and the press” that talked a lot about the threat and pressed for a vaccine. “It was more the pharmaceutical companies being on the receiving end and being asked to deliver it as fast as they possibly could.”

She said it seems unlikely that the current controversy would make drug companies unwilling to produce pandemic vaccines in the future, but she wouldn’t rule out that type of outcome.

“If it really comes to a very nasty public discussion and results in a big loss of reputation for the pharmaceutical companies, then it’s another matter,” she commented. “Then as a company I might calculate very carefully what I’d gain and lose in terms of reputation.”

On the other hand, she said it’s unlikely that companies would completely withdraw from pandemic supply efforts: “There’s a very vital political interest in keeping the sector attractive for pandemic supplies.”

Tommy Thompson defends US vaccine efforts
Also today, former US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson added his voice to those defending the pandemic vaccine programs, saying it would be a terrible outcome if critics succeeded in scaring companies away from vaccine development. Thompson served as HHS secretary through President George W. Bush’s first term.

In a telephone interview, Thompson, now a senior partner in the Washington, DC, law firm Akin Gump, said the nation’s preparedness for disease outbreaks has improved and that the progress must be maintained.

“In the past we’ve not been prepared and we haven’t had companies that wanted to be in the vaccine business,” he said.For the first time in our long history, we’ve got companies that are interested in preparing vaccines for flu. . . . The worst thing in the world would be to say this was contrived and therefore scare away vaccine companies from getting scientists to do research on infectious viruses.”

As for the assertion that the pandemic threat was exaggerated, Thompson said, “The only way to prove our concerns beyond a reasonable doubt is to have a lot of people die, and I don’t know anyone who’s advocating more lethality from flu viruses.”

“You’re always going to have critics, but people in the scientific community believe we’re doing the right thing and I certainly believe that,” he added. “I think it was the right thing to do, to get started down this path, and I’m glad that it continues to be expanded.”

He also commented that while the H1N1 virus is not as lethal as was feared, the pandemic may not be over and the virus could mutate into a more dangerous form.

SOURCE: CIDRAP

3. Glaxo offers free access to potential malaria cures

The chief executive of the world’s second biggest pharmaceutical company will today announce that he is putting into the public domain thousands of potential drugs that might cure malaria.

Andrew Witty, the British boss of Glaxo-SmithKline, will say in a major speech that multinational drug companies have to balance social responsibility alongside the need to make profits for their shareholders. There is, he will say, an “imperative to earn the trust of society, not just by meeting expectations but by exceeding them”.

…”I think they’re just nervous. I don’t think they have crossed … I crossed the bridge a year ago … that you can have a [different] approach to the way you think about intellectual property and openness in an area like neglected tropical diseases. There is no financial market stimulating discovery so we need to find ways to stimulate discovery. This is a way to do it.”

more @ guardian

4. HISTORY OF ADJUVANTS — an “UNFAMILIAR TECHNOLOGY,” — STARTS IN 1891

http://www.google.com/search?q=history+of+adjuvants&hl=en&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=JJx&sa=G&tbs=tl:1&tbo=u&ei=iBtXS9b-G8Th8QbgxN23Aw&oi=timeline_result&ct=title&resnum=11&ved=0CDsQ5wIwCg

there’s only one word to describe this sort of thing

In the UK, over half of the scientists on SAGE have ties to drug companies. These scientists advise the UK government on the swine flu pandemic.

Many have declared interests in GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine maker expected to be the biggest beneficiary of the pandemic….Official documents show some members are linked to vaccine manufacturer Baxter and to Roche, which makes Tamiflu….They were not obliged to declare the amounts they earned but they are thought to range from around £500 for a lecture or presentation to more than £100,000 for a directorship of GSK. Some will simply be heads of university research departments which received funding from companies.

Some months back I covered the circular reasoning used to defend one of these scientists, Sir Roy Anderson:

Considering that the Taxpayers’ Alliance makes the charge, it seems that the UK government definitely pays Sir Roy to serve on the Sage task force drawing up action plans for the virus. Even if it’s a token amount, the real lucre comes from driving the government contracts to GlaxoSmithKline.

The Department of Health and GSK denied there was a conflict and said Sir Roy did not attend Sage meetings where vaccines and drugs were discussed. Sir Roy was appointed to Sage to ‘provide cross-government scientific advice regarding the outbreak of swine flu’. He was one of the first UK experts to call the outbreak a pandemic.

So here we see that the Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKline band together to defend Sir Roy on that basis that he sits out the meetings where drugs are discussed. The conclusion the reader shall draw being, presumably, that he has no influence on those decisions. However, in the next breath we learn that he is exceedingly influential. That’s why he’s on the task force in the first place! And in fact, he was one of the first UK experts to promote the outbreak to a pandemic! Later on in the story we learn more of his amazing, deadly influence:

During the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, Sir Roy’s advice to Tony Blair led to the culling of more than 6 million animals.

Ahh, a powerful man indeed. Theoretically he could stop someone in the hallway after one of these meetings and “advise” them to choose a GSK drug… But listen, he is a man with both scrupulous ethics and impeccable timing!

A spokesman for GSK insisted there was no conflict of interest. ‘Professor Anderson stepped down from the government’s flu advisory group on appointment to GSK. ‘In May, he was asked to rejoin as a temporary member as the scale of the influenza pandemic became evident.

He stepped down from Sage after joining GSK but was asked to rejoin after the scale of the influenza pandemic became evident! And he, of course, as we already learned, was one of the first UK experts to call the outbreak a pandemic, a fact cited to prove his suitability for Sage, which resulting pandemic thereby facilitated his being asked to rejoin Sage. But since he very properly resigned first, it’s all good. See?

But all this logic appears to be very upsetting to the important people at the WHO. They take umbrage at charges that the vaccine manufacturers improperly influenced their decision making process or that they exaggerated the threat of the virus. People who make such scurrilous charges simply misunderstand the planning process.

Keiji Fukuda, MD, special adviser to the WHO director-general on pandemic flu, told reporters at a press briefing that the WHO welcomes constructive criticism, but said charges of a “false pandemic” by a group of European officials led by Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, a German physician who chairs the Council of Europe’s health committee, are “scientifically wrong and historically inaccurate.”

Wodarg and 13 others charged in a proposed resolution that pharmaceutical company pressure on the WHO and member countries have led governments to waste healthcare resources and expose their citizens to insufficiently tested vaccines. The action comes as several European countries are cutting back on their vaccine orders because of weak demand, ebbing flu activity, and the need for just one dose per person.

In a related development, the European Vaccine Manufacturers (EVM), a trade group that represents companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Novartis, and Sanofi, today in a statement rejected the Wodarg group’s allegations. “EVM believes that the assertions in this motion are unfounded and result from a misunderstanding of the pandemic planning process and the collaboration between public and private sector partners,” the group wrote.

…In its statement today, the EVM pointed out that governments have been working on pandemic preparedness plans for more than a decade and that other public health partners have been encouraged to respond to the risk of a pandemic.

The EVM said governments have asked the pharmaceutical industry to invest in vaccine research and development, conduct clinical studies, modify production facilities to make pandemic vaccine, and expand manufacturing capacity.

See? Governments ASKED them to do all this stuff. What were they going to do, say no? No we don’t want all this work. No thanks. ??? What are you nuts?

No, see, they collaborated. They were all in it together. Governments and big pharma. Together. One big happy family.

The pandemic declaration in the summer of 2009 called for clear action, the group wrote. “This demanded an unprecedented level of collaboration, involving WHO, national governments, health authorities, regulatory agencies, scientists, healthcare professionals, and private sector companies to facilitate a robust response and deliver the appropriate countermeasures.”

BUT!!! Having said that, there was never any conflict of interest, ok? Never. Anyway, from January 25-27 a lot of important people will be at the annual North American Vaccine Forum in Washington DC, where they can be a big happy family together and talk about all the ways to make money developing new vaccines!

Building on the resounding success of the last 7 North American Vaccine Forums, the 2010 event will once again provide a highly valuable meeting place for senior level industry and public sector figures driving the development of novel prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.

The 3 day conference program will feature a mixture of business, regulatory and scientific topics, with speakers drawn from big pharma/biotech, the regulators and and vaccine developers themselves. Breakout sessions, workshops and panel discussions combine to make the event highly interactive.

In 2010, the Washington Vaccine Forum will once again run concurrently with Phacilitate’s annual Cell & Gene Therapy Forum. Participants will be able to select the conference agenda of greatest current value to themselves and their organization, with all networking opportunities shared between the two events. Breakfast and lunch buffets, extended refreshment breaks and evening receptions will all take place in the shared exhibition area.

“Excellent. The best”

Dr Michael Balady, Acting Deputy Director, Medical Countermeasures, Office of Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR), US Department of Health & Human Services

A total of 500+ senior level attendees participated in 2009. For more information on how your company can raise it’s profile with both sets of attendees all under one roof and in just three days at the ‘10 event, please click here.

Again, there’s NO conflict of interest. It is NOT the case that these people get together to think up ways to make money off of vaccines. As a matter of fact, the CDC would like to speak to you about FRAUD and ABUSE regarding the H1N1 vaccines. That’s right. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/h1n1_fraud_abuse.htm

  • Charging for the 2009 H1N1 monovalent influenza vaccine
    Note: 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine doses are provided at no cost to providers by the Federal government. Patients may not be charged for the vaccine or ancillary supplies. However, administration fees may be charged.
  • Requesting an out-of-pocket fee directly from the patient that is above the maximum regional Medicare allowable charge.
  • Selling 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine or ancillary supplies provided by the Federal government
  • Counterfeit vaccines
  • Adulteration of vaccine
  • Theft of vaccine
  • Consumer fraud
  • Marketing and advertising, often on websites or via the internet, including fraudulent product claims, bogus products, and implied endorsement by federal agencies (including use of federal government agency logos)
  • Diversion, which includes situations where legitimate prescription drugs/vaccines are:
    1. Entered into illegal channels (i.e., black market, illegal Internet sales, sales without prescription, etc.) and/or
    2. Acquired or obtained by an illegal method (cargo/wholesale/manufacturer/ distributor theft, smuggling into the USA, illegal sale to unauthorized party without prescription, etc.).

Despicable.

Cartoon Poster: Close-up of the short-tempered egotistical Duck known as Daffy.

not well liked

1. Mexican billionare Moshe Saba dies in copter crash — helicopter burst into flames midair in the fog

Mexican Jewish billionaire Moises (Moshe) Saba, 46, along with members of his family, have died in a crash of a helicopter outside Mexico City,. Six people were killed altogether, including the pilot. The Saba family is one of Mexico’s wealthiest families. The family’s pharmaceuticals firm, Grupo Casa Saba SA de CV (NYSE; Mexico: SAB) is one of the family’s business interests, which also include real estate, communications, and media. Moshe Saba was one of the investors whom Joseph Maiman approached to participate in the investment in Channel 10 in 2004, but he declined. Eyewitness accounts said that the helicopter burst into flames while still in the air. The helicopter hit a billboard before hitting the ground. Rescue services found no survivors. Although the accident occurred in a built-up area, there were no casualties on the ground.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard went to the site of the crash. He said that Mexico’s civil aviation authorities had opened an investigation. The accident was believed to have been caused by the stormy and foggy weather conditions at the time in the area on Sunday night. Moshe Saba was close to Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and was a donor to many haredi (ultra-orthodox) institutions. He also a donor to Zaka - Identification, Extraction and Rescue, which today announced that a delegation would go to Mexico City to identify the dead. Ovadia Yosef’s son, Rabbi David Yosef, will accompany the delegation.

source: globes

2. Norwegian mafia tied to car trunk murders

Police in Oslo are to investigate suspicions that Norwegian drug gangs may be connected to the grisly find of two burned bodies in the boot of a car in western Sweden last week….Though a full identification is not expected until the end of the week, family members of the supposed victims, with a background in northern Iraq, have already begun grieving their loss, Expressen reports.  “The car is mine. I have lost hope that my son and his uncle are still alive. This is the worst catastrophe of my life,” the 25-year-old’s father told Expressen.  The 42-year-old, a resident of Arvika in central Sweden, had previously lived in Oslo where he ran a business and had a large number of contacts. He was believed to have been travelling from the Norwegian capital to Malmö on the day of the macabre find.  With him in the car was his 25-year-old nephew and three million Norwegian kronor ($535,000), believed to have been the proceeds of a drug deal, Dagbladet reports.

read more @ the local

3. Natelashvili called McCain the ‘godfather and lobbyist’ of Saakashvili

Shalva Natelashvili, the leader of Labour party of Georgia, accused Senator McCain in support and lobbying of Mikheil Saakashvili - GeorgiaTimes correspondent in Tbilisi. “Despite our great respect to American people, we must state that Senator John McCain continues lobbying “terrorist and dictator” Mikheil Saakashvili and remains his godfather. Together with Bush grouping, Mr. McCain is responsible for the anti-constitutional coup d’etat, Saakashvili presidency and constant whitewashing his criminal policy,” Natelashvili said. In his view, for Georgia it will end with loss of independency, turning into colony, disintegration and elimination of the state. Natelashvili highlighted the visit’s aim was support and saving Saakashvili government. The fact the Labour party wasn’t invited to the meeting with opposition in Batumi, the leader explained with his constant and harsh criticism in McCain’s address. Natelashvili called on American people to investigate the political activities of the grouping which was planning and conducting “coloured revolutions” all over the world, spending billions and making irreparable harm to the authority of the USA.

source: georgia times

4. drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu: Euro health chief

The swine flu outbreak was a ‘false pandemic’ driven by drug companies that stood to make billions of pounds from a worldwide scare, a leading health expert has claimed.  Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, accused the makers of flu drugs and vaccines of influencing the World Health Organisation’s decision to declare a pandemic.  This led to the pharmaceutical firms ensuring ‘enormous gains’, while countries, including the UK, ’squandered’ their meagre health budgets, with millions being vaccinated against a relatively mild disease.

read more @ daily mail

flu resurges suddenly in Ukraine

1. Recombinomics - Ukraine fatalities jump to 827,. 100,000 new cases in one day

Ukraine Fatalities Jump to 827 - 100K New Cases in One Day
Recombinomics Commentary 13:20
January 6, 2010

3,905,542 Influenza/ARI

225,925 Hospitalized

827 Dead

The above update is from the Ukraine Ministry of Health.  The 24h increases included 22 more deaths and over100,000 new cases.  Much of the activity is in the eastern half of the country, with the biggest increases in cases, 6,563 to 343,583, and deaths 5 to 113 in Donetsk.  However, Kiev had a large increase in cases , 4,945 to 327,003 and deaths, 3 to 40), and there were another 4,355 new cases in the surrounding Kiev oblast (see updated map)..

Media reports have described a deteriorating situation in Donetsk, with severe cases and fatalities in doctors and health care workers.  Yesterday’s report had an increase of 8 fatalities in Donetsk, and today’s total of 113 is well ahead of Lviv, which has 102 fatalities and had been the highest oblast prior to yesterday.

New sequences from Russia, Turkey, and Sweden highlight changes at position 225 and early sequences from Ukraine had D225G or D225N in all fatal cases.  These same changes have now been reported in fatal cases in Russia, which continues to raise concerns that such sequences may become more widespread.

Release of additional sequences from fatal cases in Ukraine, including multiple samples from collections from different tissues would be useful.

source

2. in remarkable coincidence, CDC hopes to prevent repeat of 1958 mortality surge

Jan 7, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Warning against complacency about H1N1 influenza, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said she doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happened in 1957-58, when a perception that the pandemic was over was followed by a winter surge of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths.

To prevent that, Schuchat, head of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, urged the public to get the vaccine, now widely available. …Schuchat referred to a graph showing that deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia peaked in October of 1957, dropped back to a nearly normal level in December, but then surged again in the winter, peaking in late February. (Accounts of the pandemic say the second mortality peak, strangely, was not accompanied by widespread flu outbreaks.)

“In 1957 they essentially gave the all-clear whistle in that December-January time period,” Schuchat said. “They had vaccine, but they didn’t encourage its use, and they did go on to see that increase in mortality.”

She cautioned that no pandemic is the same as any other, adding, “I do not know that the 1957 story is what we’re looking at today, but I do know that we have vaccine and we don’t have to repeat history.”

“The H1N1 virus is still circulating,” she said. “We have an uncertain future. We want and need to avoid complacency.”

read more @ CIDRAP

serious underlying conditions

Here are parents grieving the sudden loss of their children. Every parent’s worst nightmare.

This child in Britian died hours after receiving a vaccine against cervical cancer. The authorities say that is is very unlikely she died because of the vaccine. The program was temporarily suspended for two days “to give staff administering the vaccine training in how to answer questions from anyone concerned about its safety.” They quarantined the batch of vaccine.

Oh and “GlaxoSmithKline shares were down 0.68 per cent at $19.78 on the London Stock Exchange late Tuesday.”

LONDON – A British health official said Tuesday that the sudden death of 14-year-old girl was very unlikely to have been caused by the vaccine she was given hours before she died.

Natalie Morton, who died in a hospital Monday only hours after being the given the Cervarix vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes cervical cancer, had a “serious underlying medical condition which was likely to have caused death,” according to Caron Grainger, the director for public health at Coventry City Council, the English city where the girl went to school. [OK WHAT WAS IT? - ed.]

“We are awaiting further test results which will take some time,” Grainger said in a statement. “However, indications are that it was most unlikely that the … vaccination was the cause of death.”

The Cervarix vaccine consists of three injections given over a six-month period, and the shot Morton received at her school had been her first. Morton appeared to be healthy before being given the shot, and her dramatic death sent a ripple of concern across the country.

Contrast to this case:

Laboratory testing has confirmed that the Leonard Middle School student who died Sunday after being hospitalized with flulike symptoms had the H1N1 swine flu, the Tarrant County Public Health Department said Tuesday.

Chloe Lindsey, 14, fell ill Wednesday evening and had developed a temperature of 103.8 degrees and pneumonia when she was rushed to the hospital Sunday, said her father, Tom Osborne.

Lindsey, an eighth-grader, had no underlying health problems. She ran track and played clarinet in the school band, he said.

However, she did not receive the antiviral medication Tamiflu because the doctors said the CDC guidelines recommend giving it only to people most at risk, he said.

“They kept asking if she had asthma or diabetes,” Tom Osborne said. “They said if there is not an underlying health problem then the CDC recommends withholding it because they are so short, especially on the child doses. They said to make sure she gets lots of fluids and rest.”


When Lindsey arrived at Cook Children’s emergency department at 7:22 a.m. Sunday, she had flulike symptoms that included fever and respiratory issues, a hospital spokesperson said. [PNEUMONIA???????]

He said he and his wife don’t blame their daughter’s pediatrician but can’t help but question the CDC guidelines.

“For all the parents out there, insist on treatment,” he said. “We don’t understand how we have gotten to this point where we don’t have the medicine for these children.”

Do you get the impression from this story that this child was denied a drug, Tamiflu, on Friday because of the overly-conservative CDC guidelines and the scarcity of the medicine? Do you see how that is presented as a problem? Do you see what the solution is? Make more medicine and loosen the guidelines and encourage people to take the medicine?

But what if this girl died from pneumonia after being sick and worsening for days. I don’t know. It is a possibility however a possibility that common sense suggests and which is, in fact, supported by the WHO’s own data.

In most cases, even the WHO and the Atlanta US Government’s CDC has been forced to admit, deaths were in patients who already has some severe respiratory disorder or grave illness when they contracted what was named H1N1 Influenza A. They never to date have offered the slightest proof that it was not those grave prior illnesses which caused death and that the flu symptoms were merely a coincident event, what epidemiologists term an “opportunistic infection.”
But it gets even more interesting. The WHO it turns out lumps its statistics for flu deaths together with those from pneumonia, a completely separate and far more common illness and a far larger cause of death, in a disease classification it calls “Influenza and Pneumonia (J09-J18).”
So, in 2007 the WHO recorded 21883 deaths attributed to “flu and pneumonia” without dividing each as to direct cause. But of those WHO classifications, flu itself only goes for symptoms in categories J09-J11. The entire rest of the categories deal with pneumonia and related lung infectious manifestations. Yet far and away the largest group of deaths from infectious diseases comes from pneumonia, not from influenza. The number of certified deaths from “influenza virus”, with or without pneumonia complications was a far less alarming 14 persons in 2007. This clever trick allows pharmaceutical manufacturers like GlaxoSmithKline or Baxter Labs to promote their “flu” vaccines.

Recap: In the case where a vaccine immediately preceded a healthy child’s sudden and unexplained death, the authorities blame her death on an underlying condition — but they don’t tell us what it is. In a case where a child dies from pneumonia after being seen by doctors and worsening over a period of days (can you say malpractice?), the death is blamed on swine flu.

Every single day people have their personal tragedies twisted to serve agendas. Every single day. And the only defense from it is you, dear reader, and the care you take in consuming what they call “news.” Lives depend on your ability to process information.

sending people off into the tall weeds

Problem: TPTB put some bad ingredients, such as squalene, in their swine flu vaccine and word has gotten out to the people not to take the vaccine.

They have to do something. They cannot simply pretend that nothing has happened. How do they address this problem?

This is what they do. They have a doctor on Fox News. As soon as the conversation turns toward the danger in the vaccine, the host, whoever that clown is, interrupts the doctor and starts talking about …….thimerosal.

Is thimerosal bad? Yes it is. But of course, many people already know about thimerosal because it has been long associated with autism and the MMR vaccine. Thimerosal is an old controversy. For years doctors have been shooing parents concerns away about thimerosal even though the government recently conceded a vaccine-autism case in federal court.

If you were watching Fox News and started looking into thimerosal, however, thinking it has something to do with the swine flu vaccine, you would be off in the weeds far far away from discovering anything about squalene.

There. That was easy. You simply conclude that one out of four doctors is an idiot.