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Name: Carol
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About Me

I joined DU following the election melt down that produced the second George the Lesser Term of Office. I am outraged by war, by out-sourcing of jobs, by Corporate control of both parties, and enheartened by my fellow citizens who are bravely part of "Occupy!"

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Greg Palast blows the lid off BP and its hold over politics.

We have plenty of agencies in this country that have oversight over the situation with deepwater oil rigs. And BP had a catastrophic event occur while operating a drilling rig in the Caspian sea, just months before its catastrophe in our Gulf of Mexico.

So just what type of shenanighans went on, politically speaking, that allowed for BP to go ahead and drill, baby, drill, with even the US Congress agreeing that it was the right thing for them to do.

And now they are going to be back there in the Gulf drilling again.

Here is an intriguing read from Greg Palast about the BP company, its corrupt ways, and how it gets its way. (With nary a jail cell for any of the crooks at its helm.)

Just five months before the Deepwater Horizon spill, Rainey—BP’s vice president for Gulf exploration—testified before the U.S. Congress that the company had drilled offshore “for the last 50 years in a manner both safe and protective of the environment.” BP’s testimony was a lie. The Caspian rig had blown out a year earlier.

But the lie was good enough for Congress. Based on Rainey’s assurances, legislators pressured the Department of the Interior to drop objections to plans for drilling in the Gulf’s deep waters.
Withholding information from Congress is a felony. But Rainey has one heck of a defense: The U.S. State Department was in on the cover-up.

Deep in the pile of confidential State Department cables released by one courageous U.S. soldier, Pfc. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, we have the notes from a secret meeting between the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, Anne E. Derse, and the chief of BP’s Caspian operation. The hugger-mugger was demanded by BP’s American partners, Chevron and Exxon. The U.S. oil companies had complained to the State Department that they were no longer getting their piece of the Caspian loot and BP wouldn’t tell them why. (You’ll remember that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a member of Chevron’s board.)

In the memo, which you can see in our film “Vultures and Vote Rustlers,” the U.S. ambassador provides the details of the blowout of the bad cement on the BP rig. The State Department kept schtum (quiet) about it, not even warning U.S. safety regulators. And Exxon and Chevron’s chiefs joined BP’s Rainey in the mendacious sales pitch to Congress, testifying, despite their knowledge, that their offshore drilling methods were as safe as a game of checkers.

Heres an analogy -

Let's say the department of measures and weights knowingly lets Big Corporations use a scale, that although marked with ounces and pounds, is mis-calibrated so that the "pounds" as measured by this corrupted scale are fifteen ounce pounds.
You may say it is corrupt, but if the system is that corrupt, then any 'scientific measurements" coming from that corrupted system is the same (to me, anyway) as "Woo."

I doubt we are going to agree. To me, and to many of my activist friends, once corruption has been institutionalized, than the system itself is woo.

Here are some considerations for anyone here examining "woo" vs "non-woo" science

Tony Tweedale, a scientist, researcher and commentator I respect greatly wrote: "About 40 years ago, a toxicity protocol that was called Good Laboratory Practices (or "GLP") came about and was mandated by the FDA. This happened after gross laboratory frauds by life science and petrochemical companies occurred. So GLP imposes simple record keeping chain of custody and test data standardization requirements on toxicology laboratories."

Most Americans remain in the dark about all the many games that are played by the American Corporate "safety" experts and investigators, even as they purport to follow the GLP..

One failure is the simple failure of the Huge Big Pocketed Organization, such as Monnato, to properly disclose the ingredients in a product. (In other words, the lies, and the damn lies that come from Industry-sponsored scientists.) America's EPA is the only agency in charge of licensing corporate products that does not now and probably never will in the future run a full gas spectrometric assessment of ingredients. If Monsanto says Product X contains only glyphosate and water, then the EPA says, "Thanks so much, Boys, for telling us that."

Then decades later the public comes to find out that formaldehyde is contained as well. (Although over the last fifteen years, it is possible that another aldehyde is in place of the formaldehyde.) One organic chemist I know had a slap to the forehead "Duh" moment when realizing that formaldehyde had been contained in the original formulation of Roundup: "After all, Carol, without an aldheyde of some kind, the glyphosate in RoundUp would remain in cake form, and the product would not be sprayable."

Also, it is well worth noting that one of the things other nations do in order to protect their citizenry's health is that their EPA-equivalent agency actually does run these gas spectrometric assessments, or other equivalent assessments of a product's actual ingredients. That way when the government is lied to, the government knows it! But we don't even do that.

Then the second thing that is done is this: we let the manufacturer devise the tests and run the tests that prove the safety of their product. Conflict of interest, anyone? yes our EPA lets the company itself do the testing of a product's safety and then provide those results to the EPA. Does anyone else here think maybe that means that the tests that are devised, the protocols etc - all of that can be devised to the Industry's liking so that Industry might devise a test that totally allows the product to escape being tested for the actual dangers.

Example: when glyphosate had to be tested for its safety, regarding RoundUp, the Monsanto scientists decided to have dogs drink water that had been substantially laced with glyphosate. The dogs all lived. But in reality, very few pet owners go out and buy RoundUp and liberally pour it into their dog's drinking water. The real test of the product's safety would have examined the dogs who had been sprayed with the product. Of course, Monsanto's scientists and advisers knew full well that the acids secreted in the stomach linings of the affected dogs would help the dogs survive the drinking water test. But had the dog's been sprayed, and examined after a suitable time, the lungs have no capacity to absorb the product and the results would have been different. (Especially true statement if Monsanto had been required to test all the ingredients in the product and not simply the glyphosate! But the POEA, which breaks down into formaldehyde and an aldehyde as well, as per the actual formulation)

But if the company had doen that, they probably would have jimmied with the time factor. For instance, when BP wanted to have a product used for oil dispersement on the troubled oil-drenched waters of the Gulf, the EPA had fish set up in a tank whe e the oil dissolving product was used. Then the fish were released one week alter, and all were reported to be in good health.

However one very ambitious EPA worker kept a tanks of fish for an additional two weeks, and within that time, all the fish died.

So which is woo? The ambitious EPA researcher who kept the fish longer, or the EPA workers who conformed by the protocols of the testing that was done in accordance with BP's wishes? (The product that dispersed oil was a product that BP was about to make a lot of money on!)

Additionally, the Big Corporate TakeOver of agencies like FDA and EPA mean that indie researcher are continually asked for their raw data before they have even finished their tests. But, of course, double standards apply. Big Corporate "scientists" are allowed as much time as (or as little time as) they want, they offset the risk to benefit factors by purging data that doesn't meet their requirement and numerous other manners and methods of jimmying the data exist. All that is accepted by the Media and by those agencies allied with Big Industry.

Tony Tweedale points out that additionally: "industry's toxicity studies have failed to modernize in over 100 years, still relying on the visible light microscope to see gross changes in slides of organ tissues. Many biological end points are ignored, and the standards on dosing and and test animals have not advance d nearly as far as those of independent researchers. Very high does are used to assure statistical significance, due to insensitivity of the assays, but such near poisoning levels may have little to do with what happens to organisms that are exposed to smaller, real world doses. Also, the dosing is missing the complexity of development, the cause of many diseases. Lastly, test animals are killed before o0ld age, masking most developing diseases. In short, the GLP manner of testing uses protocols that cannot find the toxicity."

BTW, Tweedale has given up working here in the all too often corrupted laboratories of American, corporate owned Laboratories. He now works in Europe.

On edit: here is all of Tweedale's abstract that I utilized in this reply. Sections I did not quote are even better than the ones I did. http://jech.bmj.com/content/65/6/475.extract

Guest Post: Ukraine Crisis - Just Another Globalist-Engineered Powder Keg

Fellow DU'ers, about four months ago, I began having dreams that repeated themselves. In the dream, I was shown into a room, where "elders" were working on a problem.

I had not had dreams about these elders since perhaps 2004, around the time I was dealing with the situation of my father's passing, at the age of ninety in 2002. (A lifetime long Republican, his last political act was voting for Al Gore in 2000. When asked "Why?" he said simply, "Gore is brilliant; Bush a dunder head," and I could only blink in amazement that finally "he got it.")

Now after having the new "elders" dream the third time, I asked in the dream what immense problem they were involved with. There is a coming World War, a terrible war few will survive, I was told. They are working to see that it stops before it begins, because once elements are in place, it will be much harder to stop. .


Tyler Durden wrote this article. Pls Note: Except where (on edit ) is expressed, the words are his, not mine.
Every major international crisis for the past century or more has ended with an even greater consolidation of world power into the hands of the few, and this is no accident.

When I discuss the concept of the false left/right paradigm with people, (snip) I often see a light turn on, a moment of awareness in their faces.

Many of us understand the con game because we live it day to day. We see far past the superficial rhetoric of Republican and Democratic party leadership and take note of their numerous similarities, including foreign policy, domestic defense policy and economic policy. The voting records of the major players in both parties are almost identical. One is hard-pressed to find much difference in ideology between Bush and Barack Obama, for example; or Obama and John McCain; or Obama and Mitt Romney, for that matter. (On edit - the main differences would be only in terms of social matters, that is: abortion, women's reproductive rights, LBGT marriage, etc)

When I suggest, however, that similar false paradigms are used between two apparently opposed nations, the light fades, and people are left dumbstruck. Despite the fact that globalist financiers shoveled capital into the U.S., British, German and Soviet military complexes all at the same time during World War II, many Americans do not want to believe that such a thing could be happening today.

Does fetal tissue in vaccines cause autism?

Or is it in some way a partial answer and partial mechanism for why there is so much autism in America's children?

Full article is at:


Is Aborted Human Fetal DNA the Cause of Autism?

Pharma Whistleblower reveals 23 vaccines contain human DNA, including the MMR vaccine and the Chickenpox vaccine. Both of these vaccines are suspected to induce autism
by Michael McEvoy

Helen Ratajczak is a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. In her previous position she was restricted from writing and publishing studies and information. Now retired, she can say what she wants. Her new findings are published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology.

Ratajczak has reviewed the entire body of the scientific science of autism
which dates back to 1943.


Ratajczak also discusses that autism can be caused by numerous factors including an increased number of vaccines given in a short period of time. She reveals a startling piece of evidence: 23 vaccines contain human DNA, including the MMR vaccine and the Chickenpox vaccine. Both of these vaccines are suspected to induce autism. After the thimerosal-mercury additive was removed from many vaccines, vaccine manufacturers began including human fetal DNA tissue. (My edit: in many cases the mercury was replaced with formaldehyde, which as most organic chemists would tell you, is only slightly less toxic than mercury.)

recently Ratajczak explained to CBS news: "Because it's human DNA and the materials' recipients are humans, there's homologous recombination. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it's changed, so its an altered self and the body's response is to kill it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body response killing the brain cells and it's an ongoing inflammation. It doesn't stop, it continues through the life of that individual."
Currently there are numerous groups of researchers who are studying the effects of human fetal
DNA tissue and the possible link to pathologies, such as the Sound Choice P
Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI). The SCPI has found in preliminary research that there are "hot spots" for DNA recombination connected to the 9 autism associated genes. These 9 genes are involved in neuron synapses, nervous system development and the functioning of the intracellular organelles called mitochondria.


The DNA in these vaccines originate in aborted fetal tissue which does not have
to be disclosed to patients receiving the injections. For some this is a "pro-life" issue -- but for many other people, it simply is another questionable and dangerous source of contamination linked to rising rates of Autism and auto-immune diseases.

The article also notes that Big Pharma is replacing animal tissue in vaccines with
The article also notes that Big Pharma is replacing animal tissue in vaccines with
human tissue, also pushed by the "removal" of Thimerosal from some vaccines --

However, Thimerosal is still used in the manufacture of vaccines and TRACES of
Thimerosal have been noted in vaccines which are allegedly Thimerosal-free --

Do any vaccines contain human tissue?

Three links are pasted below that give clues on the possible harmful effects
that aborted fetal tissue vaccines have on the human immune system.

The second link confirms that residual human DNA is in aborted fetal tissue
cultured vaccines.

The third link below mentions Plotkin, a famous vaccine researcher on the pro
side of the street and an article that again shows that not all the human DNA
is filtered out of aborted fetal tissue vaccines.

Is aborted fetal DNA linked to autism?
By Theresa A. Deisher, Ph.D.

How could it be that the contaminating aborted fetal DNA goes on to create such problems?
It creates the own genomes through a process called recombination. There are groups
researching the potential link between this DNA and autoimmune diseases such as juvenile (type I) diabetes, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Here is the link to further bit s of the article of which the paragraph above is just a portion: above: http://www.all.org/article/index/id/NDAzOQ

Vaccinating with human body parts can cause the recipient to produce
antibodies to human tissue. Children produce antibodies to every component
of the vaccine, and not simply the viruses. This can cause demylination of the
nerves and auto-immune disorders. Children who have been vaccinated with MMR
and later suffered autism have been found to have antibodies to their own brain
tissue, and this may be a consequence of using foetal tissue in MMR.

‘Susana C. Silva, Catarina Correia and Astrid M. Vicente at the Instituto
Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal and colleagues studied the blood of a
large sample of individuals - 171 patients, 191 parents and 54 healthy controls -
and report that autistic patients are in fact characterised by presenting in their
blood high levels of non-inherited antibodies against the body’s brain tissue.’
(Dr Catarina Amorim; Journal of Neuroimmunology; Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,
Observatório da Ciência e do Ensino Superior, Portugal; July 23, 2004).


Unknown Consequences

"In 1993 a high court judge in the UK decided that is was impossible to
know the exact contents of vaccines and that science had no idea what the
cocktail of chemicals, contaminants and heavy metals contained in vaccines
could do to the human body, or why they would work to prevent disease."

"No one knows the long term consequences of injecting foreign proteins
into the body. Even more shocking is the fact that no one is making any
structured effort to find out."
Robert S. Mendelsohn MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Illinios, '
The Medical Time Bomb of Immunization Against Disease'


Fortunately, parents have access to all of this information directly via
their libraries and the internet. They are not being intimidated by FEAR
campaigns by the vaccine industry, nor are they foolishly following a
"head in the sand" model of ignoring information.

One man's life in Guatanmo Bay _ how it was he came

To be held by American service people, how he was transferred to Guatanamo, in early 2002.

His five year old might be raped, he was told, if he didn't tell them what they wanted him to tell them. At one point he realized he would willingly tell them that he was Bin Laden, if only the torture would stop.

He knew the details of any false confession that he made might land him in prison, but he thought it would be like a Saudi Arabian prison, where even if you' re sentenced to fifteen years, you will get a lot of time off for good behavior, and you will get a lot of time off if you memorize the Koran. Since the USA had a reputation for human rights, he thought that an American prison would not be worse than a Saudi Arabian prison, so when tortured he didn't care what he said to them.

Reading this account made me so ashamed of my country, and of all the officials who brought us to this point.


I have become a new kind of extremist. And there are

Many people joining me.

What are we doing? We are becoming "Community Rights" organizers.

Just as people in Mexico banded together to see to it that community by community, and then the nation of Mexico on the national level, banned Monsanto, so too are we dismembering the Big Corporations!

Already people in New Hampshire have stopped the Big Utility from Quebec from coming in and taking over their infra-structure, and not only that, they now have a sustainable utility and energy policy in place. Meanwhile others have banned Nestle from taking over their spring and well water.

The only way to rid ourselves of the polices of the One Percent, even as that One Percent attempts to buy Pacific Rim Government officials and get the TPP passed, the only way to stop this barf is to get on the Community Rights bandwagon.

Google "Paul Cienfuegos" and Community Rights + youtube to learn more.

We Activists are Taking Down Corporate Personhood One Community at a Time.

For years, here on DU, I have been ranting and raving that the One Big Money Party has sold us out.

Every post that longtime Du member autorank ever made regarding how totally the One Percent is directing our economy, every post that Octafish has ever made regarding the secret cabal of inner workings of our government, to advantage the "Corporate Citizen" AIG, and "Corporate Citizen" Goldman Sachs, excellent posts and OP's by bvar22, and every screed that I have posted with regards to these matters, all these bits and pieces of information have had me type out in frustration so many times, that although many of us are as mad as hell and we just can't take it, there is nothing we can do.

Now I realize I am wrong about that. There is a movement we can join to take back our rights as individuals, and our rights as community participants.

There are over 150 communities in the USA who have banded together to take on Corporate Personhood. By the end of this OP, you will have a lot of clues as to how to start helping do that inside your community.

Now if you have ever been involved in local politics, you find out rather quickly that local citizens must usually "kow to" to the elected supervisors, or city council people, or even to employees, such as city or county engineers and planners etc.

And then there are other disconnects. Your elected Board of Supervisors will never ever sit down with the US Federal Senators from your state, and rarely do city council folks or Board of Supervisors even meet with state legislators.

This furthers the huge disconnect. There are so many separate layers of government. It certainly doesn't seem like there is any way to have a Grand Over View. Nor does there seem like there is much of a way to have any re-arrangement of components that might result if the various layers of government communicated with each other.

For instance, my small, Northern Calif. community recently received "free of charge" a piece of modern military over design, this $ 360,000 MRAP vehicle which was designed to take on the IED's of Iraq warfare. This is all part of the militarization of the local police force. Meanwhile our schools have little monies, the local swimming pool may not be opened as it needs $ 40,000 worth of repairs, etc. To add insult to the injury, the state of Calif. just "awarded" my community twenty two millions of dollars to remodel and re-furbish one hundred local prison cells. Where did this amount of money come from? In part, through the state legislature and the governor knocking one billion dollars out of the state budget for health care-related matters over the next ten years. (At the very time that community clinics will need more money as they are going to be swamped by people who now have health insurance through "CoveredCalifornia.org )

People are connecting the dots, but then, what can they do? When confronted by activists wanting solutions, our elected community leaders say that all the problems are divided up in various departments of various layers of government and that you can't, for instance, transfer the MRAP vehicle's worth over to the schools. But over time, the community rights' movement could end up doing a re-arrangement of the layers so that common sense solutions could occur.

I really truly think that the community based rights movement is being designed to handle all these problems and more, including the complete dismemberment of the Corporate Beast. ((Er, Corporate Personhood.)

Through community activism, connected with real political know how, a small farming community in Pennsylvania tackled the problem of keeping out a 14,000 pig, Corporate Pig Farm. The community succeeded despite the fact that elected officials said, "An American owned business, regardless of what it does, always has the right to come into a community." In other words, if you little farmers do not like the destruction of water and soil, and the ability to breath air that doesn't reek of pig shit, move somewhere else!

Their efforts succeeded. They created a community based, County based piece of legislation that kept the Corporate Pig Farm out.

A small community in New Hampshire, and despite opposition from state and federal elected officials and agencies, took on a huge Quebec -based utility and put sustainable energy in its place.

So what are the particulars of how we go about doing this? First of all, to free up your time, end the worship of individuals. The heroes we are presented with end up in one of two ways:

One) They turn out to be a mere "face" for the One Percent. And although the One Percent may not care for Bruce Springsteen, the elected "face" might, although they certainly don't act on Bruce's real message, once they are in office. The One percent has learned to like presenting us with a fuzzy warm "face." That way we accept what is happening to us all the more willingly.

Two) If the politicians do not sell us out once elected, they're hit with lawsuits about their illegal past behaviors. Google Maxine Waters and see what she has had to endure over the past recent bits of history. Finally she is exonerated, but at a huge expense of time and money. The time she spent on exonerating herself should have been spent on her constituents, but that is what the PTB wanted.

Once you free yourself from the worship of individuals, you will have the time to become educated about how to effectively take back your community.

Here is the first video I would recommend, with an interview by Paul Cienfuegos. I love the quote from the woman writer he cites, Jane Anne Morris, to the effect that environmental regulatory agencies exist to regulate environmentalists!


Paul Cienfuegos

Here is a second video explaining what can occur, from activists in Mora county New Mexico:


Over the next few days, I will be adding in some other videos on a new OP that further clarify what this movement is about, how people are feeling valued and able to meet the immense challenges that are in front of us, using the resources of this concept.

(This OP dedicated to the memory of Paul Wellstone, a most excellent community activist. And to those who died along with him in Oct 2003.))

Twitter social movement "hashtag CancelColbert" backfired -

Guess who will now take over the Late Show with David Letterman?

I have no idea if #CancelColbert was a prank or simply the result of some humorless Republican moron who decided they could use twitter to take out a comedian.

But going to #CancelColbert has some amusing comments. One person suggests that just to be on the safe side,we should not only ban Colbert, but all TV!

In the end, it looks like once again, Stephen has the last laugh.

A few headaches in thinking about Kubuntu

I am getting recommendations re: Kubuntu by Linux.

Evidently it will run Windows GAMES which is a plus for me.
And it runs LIBRE OFFICE which I've also heard good things about --
and it's simple.

Evidently, it's better than Linux Mint --
In fact, they're recommending that you just wipe out Microsoft.
I'm willing to do that but maybe I could partition my computer instead?

On the other hand, maybe my computer is simply too old to run Linux on? (HP compaq, bought second hand two years ago, but it is old.) So what are the system requirements?

And keep half Windows XP, but the other half could be on the web and therefore needs to be modernized, to keep up with all then ewer websites.

I have to check my WP and see what I have there that I might need to make notes about.
Can people here do me a favor and let me know if LINUX (Kutbunto or Mint or any of their programs) will automatically run your copier? Very concerned about that!

What I want to know are what are the main snags that you hit
in installing any of the Linux programs that create a problem?
Either at the time of installation or later on? Snags?

Wow -- thought I'd have this done over the weekend.
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