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31 May '06 Article: Librarians bitterly decry gag order in Patriot Act
Nice to know one group of Americans has some courage.
That this situation exists is testimony to the political ignorance and
shameful cowardice of Americans, who stand by while their liberties
are trampled by fascist criminals posing as patriots. All this so they
can feel safe in their SUVs and burn their brains out with cell phones
on the way to the Conehead consumer orgy.
23 May '06 Syndicated editorial: Mary Sanchez: US government hams it up
while terrorists plot
She's right, but doesn't get it.
This piece tells of the government's vigorous pursuit of peacefully
protesting Americans in the name of national security--like an animal
rights activist protesting the sale of glazed hams.
Sanchez allows, however, that we need a "cost-effective way to
find terrorists in our midst, a goal that no sane person would dispute
post-Sept. 11." And her last thought is that if the government
is busy watching peaceniks, who's looking for the true terrorists?
She doesn't get, of course, that 9/11 was an inside job and that the
War on Terror is a protection racket and an excuse to trample civil
liberties in preparation for the coming fascist state.
Who's looking for the true terrorists? Not the American scaredy sheeple,
because all they'd have to do is turn eyes toward Washington, DC.
Mon, 22 May '06 S&E editorial: Addition of cops needed, welcome
Retro, juvenile tough-guy mentality.
More people, more growth, more retail more money more crime more cops
more people, more growth, more retail more money more crime more cops
more people, more growth, more retail more money more crime more cops--ad
Yes, folks, the S&E will tell you that force and a hangin' judge
mentality is the answer to crime. This is because, to the juvenile mind
there is never any collective or societal responsibility involved, just
the guilt of the nasty law breakers. And don't forget the holiness of
the law-abiders. Because as long as its legal, you can commit crime--even
hurt the kids.
Never mind that most of the illegal crime involves drugs, which ought
not to be illegal in the first place, which invites the illegal criminals
to handle them. But you can't get this idea through the hangin' judge
head. Nossir, even though there are much greater threats to us all from
things we not only tolerate but embrace in our society. Like cell phones.
It's about this confounding phenomenon: Once insanity becomes sufficiently
widespread, it becomes the norm and is fiercly defended by proponents
of the status quo. Enter the Sentinel and Enterprise.
Mon, 22 May '06 Syndicated editorial: Time to return to the gold
Return to the old scam, stay with the insanity.
Currency, economies, and markets is too complex to discuss--and the
whole subject seems fraught with confounding arbitrariness. The only
sure thing is that the system is rigged to steal wealth from the people
and flow it in one direction--slowly by surely, except for times when
they steal chunks, as in depressions.
But to deal with gold at all now means egregious rape and destruciton
of the Earth. But humans are no stranger to the insanity of destroying
their source of life in order to survive.
Here are a few stories about the rape to make one's eyes water:
And the total
devastation of our own (USA) Butte, Montana
Kinda makesya proud to be a hooman, no?
Sun, 21 May '06 S&E editorial: Regardless of cost, fix the
Regardless of sanity, make sweeping statements.
It's almost unbelievable that schools could get as bad as they are.
There's no comment on that irresponsible situation (but we've got $20
million to widen the stupid road). But now, even if the money has to
be borrowed, fix the schools. Yes, it's the capitalist/American way--debt
is our treasured way of life.
Under sane conditions, borrowing might be a sound suggestion. But in
the situation where trillions of dollars have been stolen from the people
at the federal level by a rigged system of currency, banking and economics,
while public servants worship at that altar, this is just acid in the
But hey, we've gone this far...what's a little more pain?
Sat, 20 May '06 Syndicated editorial: Ann McFeatters: Facing a
full-fledged energy crisis
"Full-fledged" doesn't cover what could happen.
If it were not so tragic, it would be a riot that "officials"
around here and in most places fret much more about the corporate bird
flu scam than the potential disaster that the energy/environmental/economic
complex-crunch could lay on us.
Yes, it's true that both could be major scams. But it's also true that
a) an energy crash could kill several billions and be permanent, and
b) the planet probably cannot withstand the burning of even half the
quoted remaining oil reserves.
Yet the locals are forging ahead with growth plans that are energy-intensive
both in construction and operation, while getting their shortsighted
shorts in a twist about freaking bird flu, a scam designed to fatten
corporate coffers and generate fear, which makes people easier to control.
With leaders like this, terrorists are the least of our worries.
Sat, 20 May '06 S&E editorial: Bird flu a true threat
S&E a true lapdog journal for government/corporate propaganda.
"Officials are taking the threat so seriously, they're considering
where mass graves could be located." What good little officials,
and what CRAP! Although, mass graves could be needed for another reason.
That will be when/if the flow of oil should be interrupted sufficiently
so that lots of people freeze to death. This is a greater possibility
than bird flu.
But fear not, detention centers are being put in place across America
so the herd can be dragged in during an "emergency."
However mass graves would be a better use for the land where the 400,000
square feet of retail death is being planned by the growth mongers,
who cannot see the threat to life their policies pose.
The most likely way the bird flu is going to mutate into a human-threatening
form is if a corporate/military biotech lab somewhere makes the modification.
Bird flu info;
please check it out.
Mon, 8 May '06 Article: City making a pitch for baseball
I thought I'd heard it all.
Yet another mountain of development insanity on the current mountain
of it; this one on a 'mountain' of waste--a baseball field on the landfill.
I've written so many times in these pages about the suicidality of the
Holy Grail of economic growth and development, I AM the broken-record
king. But for the record, here's a recent (5/15/06) 'open email' to
my mayor, Dean Mazzarella. It has a somewhat related Bird-Flu 'preamble.'
It was great to read about you and Chrisopher Knuth trying to moderate
the panic over the bird flu hype. But there are some considerations
I didn't see in the paper.
1) Mr. Knuth says flatly that the movie is a fiction; but he could
have said flatly that the official story is one as well. "Officials"
have said that between 200,000 and 2 million people could die here.
Knuth did question the idea that the few deaths so far worldwide will
translate to such carnage from a virus that does NOT readily spread
from bird to human, or human to human.
2) Rumsfeld (the King of Aspartame) has millions in financial interest
in Tamiflu. Any idea how much it costs? From $6 -$20 per capsule! There
is little to no proof it works, but no doubt it's pretty toxic. Why?
Anti-viral drugs are CHEMOTHERAPY. And there are deeper connections
between elite moneymakers and major vaccinemakers.
3) After they get all the chickens burned up globally, only the big
boys, like Tyson, will be left holding the market.
4) The Leominster "plan" to cope with this is questionable,
because vaccines are NO answer, just another profit mechanism, and a
poison one at that. Where's the double-blind study showing effectiveness
and long-term safety of this new toxic mix in humans? Well, no
time for that, just panic and everyone get shot up. Meanwhile, BushCo
wants to cancel any liability on Pharma for vaccine damage, or
on the Government or any 'authority' that virtually forces people to
get the shot.
-------> What if people get the vaccine and THEN the flu? This happened
with polio for a decade--CDC/NIH admitted it.
5) If you really want to help our community, get RADICAL :-) Peruse
Len Horowitz's book "Death in the Air." I have a copy you
can borrow. If you say you'll read and discuss it openly, I'll even
buy one for you. That goes for Dan Mylott and Christopher Knuth as well.
A book which corroborates Horowitz on the biochem war industry is A
Higher Form of Killing, (HFK) by Harris and Paxman--the history
of international corporate/military/government malfeasance in creating
such weaponry. US sold $4 bn worth to Saddam before Gulf 1, as reported
in the documentary about the military abuse of our soldiers that I made
into 6 "Radical Communion" shows. "Beyond Treason"
is coming up on rerun in 3 weeks on LATV and FATV. Admission is free,
Horowitz shows the intimate financial and administrative ties between
the United Nations and World Health Organization, and the elite
Rockefeller family, Carnegie Foundation, and the world’s leading
drug makers. He also discusses in detail the origins of mysterious superbugs
from the military-medical-biotechnology cartel. The corporatists
use such scares to profiteer and, if necessary, control people and populations.
6) Where has the virus come from? These things are said to just "arise"
from nowhere. But what if 'nowhere' is a Pharma/Military biolab? Are
you aware of how much bio-experimentation has been perpetrated on the
public without our knowledge (HFK)? And the Frankentechs have reconstituted
the Spanish Flu virus. This is sanity? SO, what could make H5N1 'mutate'
to facilitate human to human transmission?
On the lighter side of nonsense, how about Secretary of Health
and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommending last March that Americans
start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds? Haha!
John Stewart helps to deconstruct the BS.
The feds are already preparing detention centers all across the country.
Halliburton got a big contract to build some. Via 'Fatherland Security,'
they're creating a vertically integrated military/police power structure
so that our local police can be enlisted to do the bidding of the manipulators
of our federal government. The NSA phone-spy is just another facet of
TIA for monitoring and control. "No problem," say Dan M. and
the Marine SSGT :-) Dan doubts the government would do wrong.
Amid an avalanche of lawsuits against Pharma for damage caused by their
poisonous drugs, state legislators are busy subjugating us to the industry
with the "health" care bill for all. And this, I'm guessing,
is why we need another drugstore, right down town? These related, serious
errors in judgment end up increasing people's flu susceptibility, by
Please help people start breaking the spell of misconception, hypnotizing
disinfo, and conditioned habit that form belief systems and guidelines
for running communities.
It's not the bird flu that people should panic about, but the plans
for local development. All conditions/indicators--economic, environmental,
energy, climate--strongly contraindicate business-as-usual for growth
and development. Even though trusted, traditional methods, behaviors,
policies may appear to 'work' locally and promise a bright future in
some minds, they have destructive side effects--which seem to be ignored.
The conventional economic system is rigged to steal the people's wealth
and flow it in one direction. This theft underlies the worry about people
leaving Massachusetts. More importantly, it underlies the 'need' to
crush ourselves with development to pay the bills. Most importantly,
it underlies the oxymoronic dilemma of our dependence for survival
on self-destructive (Earth-destructive and toxic) mechanisms. This dangerous
habit is very much like a drug addiction (the retail boom is part
of the 'fix').
The main reason the addiction has appeared to work up to now, is the
liquidation of our primary asset--Earth. Business costs are always based
on 'taking,' and rarely if ever include 'putting back.' The retail boom
is now predicated upon slave labor, loss of jobs here, heavy pollution,
huge waste stream, fatal worsening of our monster trade deficit,
increased dependence on increasing oil consumption, and ever-greater
No one in his right mind would invest in a company in debt like the
US. It makes Enron look conservative. Yet, promoters of conventional
economic growth are ipso facto investing heavily in this debacle. The
likelihood of serious consequences increases daily. A certain politician
from Leominster has said the economy is improving a bit. This is like
thinking you've made money with a huge cash advance on your credit card.
And now Waste Management is coming on TV telling us how wonderful waste
is, and essentially that we can produce as much as we want
because they can turn it into recreational parks and baseball fields.
All this will come back to bite us. Our
butt is between the big teeth right now.
Look at Lancaster--short of water, can't grow without water, need to
grow to avoid huge deficits. 'Lemmingster' and Fitchburg are locked
into the same vicious circle. PLEASE say how such a double-bind can
be embraced as a sensible system. I'm flabbergasted that local/state
pols and officials can't/don't see this. Well, maybe they do, and don't
care/don't know what else to do, what? Admission is free, Dino.
I've asked on Radical Communion and in numerous emails:
"If prosperity depends upon eternal growth, what do we do for prosperity
when space and resources run out (as they must in a finite world--as
is happening in Lancaster)?" PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION (ANYONE!)
Absent a prior energy solution, energy intensive projects not designed
to create local self-sufficiency and LESS dependence on infrastructure,
technology, and transportation (including importation) are suicidal.
To me, this makes them a form of insanity. If you think that's harsh,
consider the Iraq 'war' that we have allowed ourselves to be lied
into. Analysts projected the cost of full compliance with Kyoto
to be $325 billion over many decades, yet we have already spent more
than $300 billion in Iraq, which exacerbates all the warning indicators
by orders of magnitude. Another analyst projected the total war cost
to be between 1 and 2 $trillion. This is sanity?
But hey, just slap on your red shirt and go along.
Writer James Howard Kunstler says that the biggest obstacle to getting
our petro-dependent society to change its wasteful ways is a "collective
insanity," found in the "worship of unearned riches, which
is based on a very stark idea, the idea that you can get something for
Imagine someone behaving at the family table as we behave in the global
community: At 6% of world population, we consume more than 25% of the
energy, and produce 40% of the pollution. This has the effect of severe
deprivation elsewhere--comprising poverty, pollution, disease, and death.
Dino--what gives America the right to be such a selfish, inconsiderate
hog? Revelling in our retail orgy literally at the expense of other
nations? Is this so we can ruin other people's places so the immigrants
come this way in droves? PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION (ANYONE!)
Did I mention we have 37 million starving citizens in the US?
Contraindicated local plans include Rte 12 widening, the NED fiasco
on Rte 117, the condo explosion, the attempt to 'grow' communities and
grow the tax base, and Bovenzi's big mess slated for Ward 3. Try
to think of the energy required for all these pursuits as blood coming
from your arteries. And to throw people out of their homes by eminent
domain is a most UN-American thing. Mob rule. What a waste of $20 million
(was that estimate figured at $3-$5/gallon?)
And I thought I'd heard it all about misguided development until I read
about the proposed baseball stadium. There is not one sane reason for
going ahead with this in the current global scenario. It's outright
frivolity. Worse than a new drugstore. Speaking of which, isn't it a
bit hypocritical, after you, Dino, were waxing reminiscent on TV about
old buildings, to be planning the demolition of 35 Central St? And for
drug dealers to boot?
It's a bit ironic that all these plans held up as our salvation comprise
the cause of our demise. And it's darkly humorous that those who campaign
about illegal drug addiciton cannot see their own, much more threatening,
addiction. That would be Growth--preceded by debt/inflation.
Consider the "upscale" chain restaurants for that "quality
dining experience." These are outlet conduits for the enormous
energy sink and waste that is our poison industrial agriculture. We
are eating fossil fuel. Read Fatal Harvest, my friend. I have
a copy of that you can borrow as well. Restaurants are also big energy
consumers and waste-stream producers. You probably know that if the
"government" didn't corporate-welfare the water it takes to
grow beef, hamburger would be about $50 a pound. Of course we're all
paying that price anyway (even those of us wise enough not to eat poison-ag
dead animals :-) Stolen wealth.
Same with gasoline. The pump price is a fraction of the actual cost.
And to an Iraqi, the price of it is a 500 pound bomb dropped on his
neighborhood. No electricity or clean water for over a decade. Disease
and death. Oh yes, we are responsible. It's like an Iraqi who was released
from Abu Ghraib in May 2004 said, "The Americans brought electricity
to my ass before they brought it to my house." All the while,
the usurped federal government is pouring $592 million into a palace/embassy
in Iraq that has juice 24/7, complete with a Starbucks for the drug
addicts. Stolen wealth. Get your red shirt on.
Oil is heading for $100/barrel and running out (by contrivance or factl).
To squander it on the projects mentioned above is misguided. None of
them can survive $100/barrel oil! People think the problem is high prices?
No, the prices are not yet high enough to knock sense into SUV-brained
Americans. So I suppose it's perversely good that our development plans
are going to exacerbate higher prices. However, the chance for avoidance
of extreme misery may soon be slim, if any. We could even see $5/gallon
before the year's out.
Even if there were unlimited oil, the planet can't withstand the burning
of much more of it (not to mention coal!) at current rates, never mind
for growth plans such as enthusiasts indulge around here. No practical,
safe, effective alternative to oil, coal, and gas exists or can be implemented
in time--UNLESS we drastically reduce consumption NOW to buy the time.
Talk is about 'meeting needs' instead of reducing them. Childishness.
Behaving like kids playing in traffic, we're extremely vulnurable to
circumstance. For example, there are now consistent attacks on Nigerian
pipelines that are operated by foreign companies. The Nigerian rebels
are warning companies to get out now while it’s still safe. Any
significant spontaneous or planned disruption in the flow of oil now
would probably initiate a global economic collapse. You couldn't blame
the poverty-stricken Nigerians, who have been one of many 'beneficiaries'
of corporate oppression, for acting in a way that could create it. "Significant"
means as little as 10-15%. If Venezuala were to divert that much
oil to another market, our economy would collapse.
With "collapse" we're talking about something that will make
the Great Depression look like a picnic. And it could come from any
of the "indicators" mentioned earlier, not just energy. Another
weather disaster or two could bring the house down. OUR behavior
locally contributes to the global conditions that result in more monster
There is one scenario that's been in the paper that could make sense
within the framework of creating local self-sufficiency. That is creating
NECESSARY housing in old mill buildings. The idea is to move and concentrate
the human population close to the urban center, to forbid any more construction, home
or otherwise, in the periphery, and leave/return as much of that as
possible to Nature. See, the animals are smarter than we. They live
without destroying the place. We call our destruction 'development'
and pat ourselves on the back. But the moose, deer, bear and beaver
have been walking into our development trying to say something--to the
This housing idea is not for the purpose of increasing population locally to
feed the Consumer Orgy (which is pretty blatantly the guiding plan around
here). We, and the world, need to reduce population until we figure
out how to end our dependence for survival on self-destructive (Earth-destructive)
mechanisms, and stop the inexorable depletion of hard resources. It's
unsustainable foolhardiness. One has to be in a state of intense denial
or starry-eyed distraction not to see this.
OR, please say how these touted development plans are facilitating the
critical need for reducing energy demand and pollution, and how they
will prepare us for, or protect us from, the impending crunch. I can
back up profusely what I'm reporting. Can you defend current policy
in the face of this strong possibility? Sure, I'd be happy to be on
your show :-) You will be on mine in the fall--one way or another :-)
Our Zoning Law needs a "Just Say No" clause, so the Planners
aren't mere automatons conforming to the rules and regs of self-destruction.
Then we could just say no to the suicide addiciton being offered from
outside--if it were not embraced from within.
I've been talking about all this since years before the day I stood
in City Hall opposing Wal-Mart. Mr Souza felt he had to shut me up,
saying that energy was no problem. Quite the visionary. No official
has even responded to say this is wrong and for what reason(s). Wait
til next winter--or the one after that, or...
BTW, did you hear about Puerto Rico going bankrupt? It has suspended
all payments. Parts of public services have been shelved; schools have
been closed, and close to 100,000 people have stopped working in the
last week or so. Yet
there's hardly any response here: no official reaction, very limited
only the beginning.
A serious crash is imminent. The real estate bubble is deflating. We
are accelerating the crash with local economic/growth policy.
Reports of falling sales and investors stuck with properties they can't
sell are just the beginning. Property owners should worry; so should
housing bubble has popped"
Here's another idea: Instead of putting in the 400,000 square-foot monster
on 117, let's just have the delivery trucks bring all the landfill-bound
stuff that people would have bought, directly to the transfer station,
where WM can turn it into boils in the Earth with 'green' projects on
top. Then, like OilCo, the retailers can apply for corporate welfare
for the profits they would have made. More stolen wealth, and we can
avoid the traffic jam. Not bad, eh :-)?
The justice will come, my friend, when you, Mayor Dan, the Planners,
and whoever invented our shortsighted zoning laws, are out on Rte 12
in a chain gang hand shoveling the widened section :-)
And we've not even detailed the major threat to health that is
our way of life, and our costly enslavement to Doktor Pharmastein's
But there is some good news. Since I've talked so much to you and
everyone about all this to no avail, I'm ready to audition for the Blue-in-the-Face
Man Group :-)
Thanks for listening (if you got this far :-) I look forward to hearing
from you (anyone!)
"The very luxuries we pride ourselves on being able to afford are
making us biologically poorer for having them." - Robert Ovetz,
PhD, Sea Turtle Restoration Project
"In our desire for the good life, we are forfeiting our right to
any life at all." - John Kaminski
7 May '06 Special column: Daniel M. Asquino: College president praises
Summer Up program
Some good stuff, but...
Summer recreation programs and field trips for 'at risk' kids resulted
in some positive outcomes, such as a 29 percent reduction in 'risky
behavior.' A sense of contribution to the community increased by 38%.
Then Asquino makes a point about the US spending more on prisons than
on higher education. Therefore, goes the reasoning, the anti-drug programs
will "save our society...the huge financial burden of incarcerations..."
Like most anti-drugsters, Asquino never bothers to consider that the
biggest problem with drugs might be the invitation to criminals afforded
by the illegality of the substances. After all, that's what really drives
the incarcerations, the vast majority of which are non-violent, and
heavily related to Marijuana. Special interests controlling government
and influencing public opinion have waged a big propaganda campaign
against pot, which is probably the safest drug on the planet.
The state has no right to tell anyone what he can or cannot put into
his body. This is the accursed drawback of democracy, or mob rule, as
opposed to a republic, which emphasizes individual rights. The irony
is that people are exposed to equally harmful substances and risky behavior
that society holds dear, or which underlie 'legitimate' business, especially
industrial chemicals, medical drugs, and society's drugs of choice,
such as caffeine.
There is no description of what an at-risk kid is, but if these programs
get good reviews, there may be more kids trying to 'qualify.'
Sun, 7 May '06 S&E editorial: Jeff McMenemy: Argue the immigration
issue on its merits
Yes, 'merits' often come in disguise.
The main thrust of this one is that Jeff feels that discussions on the
immigration have been marred by accusations of racism/bigotry.
"Saying you don't think illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship
because they're breaking the law is not racist," says Jeff, but
that doing so because you don't like Latinos (for example) is racist.
"It's just that simple," says Jeff (he's such a black-and-white
Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Simply because racists can hide
behind the apparently 'reasonable' point of view.
But in all the discussions reported in the paper some of the biggest
factors have largely been ignored, although desperation has been mentioned.
Here's a letter-to-editor I sent on 5/5 which addresses this:
"We're All 'Illegal' Immigrants"
It seems that when "legitimate Americans" argue for a tough
stance on illegal immigrants, a few considerations are missing.
Many immigrants are victims of unbearably oppressive conditions maintained
by multinational corporations, many of whom are US-based and in league
with sleazebag governments (including ours). These corporations rape
and poison the earth, steal resources, and enslave labor for fun and
profit, providing our Conehead consumer market.
Drummond Corp, a huge Alabama mining firm operating in S. America, is
suspected of hiring mercenaries that kidnap, torture and kill peasant
leaders attempting to unionize its slave-driving operations. These terrorists
are most probably trained at the School of the Americas--now Western
Hemisphere Institute for Security Policy--at Fort Benning Georgia, the
biggest terrorist training camp in the world.
If it were not for intolerable conditions, how many people would abandon
their home. Would you?
People who think themselves "legal" American citizens are
merely accomplices receiving stolen property from the folks who took
the place by force ("The Land for Free"). Native inhabitants
were mass-murdered, imprisoned on dustbin reservations and lied to religiously
ever since. So we're all virtual colonial invaders, and in that sense
unjust immigrants, reaping the benefits of what we love to hate in Saddam
and Osama. We might want to try a little humility. The real Americans
were all but destroyed.
If we began with loyalty to our source of life, Mother Earth, and to
her children, including animals, wind, and water, rather than the national
hubris that drives the sentiment of illegal-immigrant haters, we might
end up with peace and justice, or at least the preservation of the future
for the kids.
Otherwise, self-possessed obsession with chauvinism and "national
security" might result in criminal hypocrisy, loss of freedom,
phony wars, unspeakable violence, and planetary mass destruction. Seen
2 May '06 Article: Pizza shop filtering water for safer dough
Forgive him, for he knows not what he sells.
OOf course it can't hurt to use pure water in pizza dough. And, despite
the assertions of local officials, Leominster water is not safe to drink.
Even if it began pure, chlorine is added, which is a serious health
Beyond that, the official statement is merely a guess, because there
are literally thousands of pollutants coming from our vaunted, plasticized
and chemicalized way of life that are not tested for. Only a limited
range of 'standard' poisons and organisms are tested for.
As for the rest, folks, welcome to Guinea Pig World. People's health
could be getting insidiously compromised by municipal water, but if
it happens they'll never know, because no one is trying to determine
the connection. Instead, we walk, run, and ride for disease research.
As for pizza dough, well, it's already a chemical feast, what with pesticide
residue, dough conditioners, alloxan (whitener, causes diabetes), fungicide
residue, and fungal toxin residue present in all stored grains (because
they can't spray enough fungicide in there to get all the fungus that
grows on grains in silos).
Not to mention that white flour is an enzyme-dead, processed, devitalized,
empty-calorie nonfood. It's said to be 'enriched,' however. This means
that a few of the 23-odd original, naturally balanced nutrients removed
by food 'scientists' are replaced with inferior, synthetic chemicopharma
To top it off, another fungus, yeast, is added when making the dough,
providing an additional source of toxins to the mix. And we won't even
get into how nasty the toppings are, including the gut-clogging, hormone-residue
cheese (which is frequently burned).
By the way, aren't those drug dealers the nastiest people?
1 May '06 S&E editorial: Exodus underway
Fretting about something that would be welcome in a sane world.
Great consternation here about people leaving Massachusetts, apparently
for cheaper housing and better jobs. This is bad news for the growth
mongers, but good news for us breathers--although you wouldn't know
this by the freaking traffic everywhere.
commenting in this piece are State Rep Jennifer Flanagan, Chamber President
David McKeehan, Fitchburg State College President Robert Antonucci--and
of course the composer of this dark comedy, presumably S&E editor
Considering that the planet would be much more likely to survive with
about a third of current population, this can't be an entirely bad thing.
Two things make it threatening: 1) our insane debt/inflation/growth
economic system with its rigged markets and phony currency produced
at will by financial terrorists (Federal Reserve), 2) dependence for
prosperity on the Conehead consumer orgy and toxic technology.
To service these two bits of human folly, we need a third--to be overpopulated.
The worst aspect of this editorial is the suggested solution, based
on what "other states" are doing, namely wooing stem cell
and biotech companies with public money, like California has done.
Oh yes, the mongers would love to have Dr Frankenstein right in the
back yard. Why, it's JOBS, you know, and economic activity and all that.
Never mind that these industries are based on
health ignorance; are energy intensive; produce a heavy, often hazardous,
waste stream; and are generally controlled by a ruthless, Pharma-like
crowd of corporatists.
And here's the author's inspirational message: "The important lesson
for Mass....is that governments must have dramatic visions, and make
bold moves, to be competitive in today's global marketplace." Right
words for the wrong reasons. But unfortunately, our governments--local
and state--have no vision at all--or are misguided by the conventional
Little does that writer realize that by investing in a self-destructive
global system, we ensure our own demise.
30 Apr '06 Column series: Serving to fight in the War on Drugs
Can these folks BE this naive?
This one is by Robert Antonucci, President of Fitchburg State College
and co-founder of the North Central Mass Alliance for a Drug Free Future
(NCMADFF - a shorter name would have helped, but this one is commensurate
with the politically correct long-wind being blown around :-.
To be fair, I can't unequivocally assess Mr Antonucci's naivete, or
his sincerity. That will have to wait awhile to see what response there
is, or not, to serious questions that have been, and will be, sent about
the focus, validity, and motive for this anti-drug campaign.
In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, an
earlier response, sent via email to these folks will serve to cover
the major points. Meanwhile, here are a few specifics from this most
Mr A begins with reference to the "horror, damage, and ruined lives"
that can be caused by a drug addiction, and to the fact that we all
pay the price for this blight on our community. This is an example of
the focus flaw, because there are acceptable societal habits and influences
that do equally bad and even worse things (see earlier
response and the email reprinted below).
This is not to say certain drugs are not dangerous when abused, but
one point is that the worst aspect of the "impact" on the
community is the very illegality of the drugs. This is where all the
crime comes in, and the stress on "law enforcement," which
is one of Mr A's next points.
In the same paragraph, however, is an insight into the 'motive' flaw:
Drugs are "...driving away fearful residents or potential residents."
First, the fear is caused by the crime we create with stupid laws around
an issue of personal choice. Secondly, the desire for more residents
is part of the ill-advised, eternal economic growth policy being promoted
by officials. The great dark humor is that such promoters can't see
that the policy is as much an addiction as drugs, with even worse ultimate
consequences. Search the site for "economic growth" or "addiction"
or "drug(s)" for numerous writings on this.
In his appeal to enlist all citizens in the Big War, Mr A goes on about
"teaching our children...right and wrong." Oh boy, can this
one be torn apart. I'm going to end the response to this rant with the
following--an email I just sent around, including the principle members
of NCMADFF, that concerns the issue of just what right and wrong are
and who understands:
Subject: Idiocy Disguised as Responsible Policy
Date: May 4, 2006 5:49:04 PM EDT
"Coca-Cola, Pepsi Ban Soda in Schools in Clinton Deal"
May 3, 2006
"Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Cadbury Schweppes Plc will only
sell water, juice, tea and low-calorie drinks in schools under a deal
brokered by former President Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association.
The companies will limit soda sales in high schools to diet drinks,
Clinton said at a press conference in New York today..."
In other words, the sugar factor is removed, halleluja, but the rest
of the soda pop concoction remains, including the carbonation and extreme
acidity, with the addition of the artificial sweetener aspartame. This
substance, called an excitotoxin, has numerous ill effects and should
never have been approved by the FDA decades ago (another Donald Rumsfeld
accomplishment). It exemplifies corporate/government (FDA) malfeasance
that results in the poisoning
of everyone, especially kids, for profit.
And here's some research (which, with an ounce of common sense, we wouldn't
need) on the relationship
between junk food and violent behavior (maybe even vandalism?)
That 'adults' can stand by and allow a chemical assault on kids' brains,
while pompously fretting about illegal drugs, then turning around and
drugging kids with Ritalin, etc, to kill the effects of our toxic-chemical,
toxic-energy, and crapfood way of life, is, well--anyone got a word
for that? I've got a few choice ones.
Now if we could just encourage the local paper, Sentinel & Enterprise,
to cease the junk 'journalism' promoting unhealthy behavior with 'cute'
pictures of kids getting a sugar/dairy/chemical fix, it would be a step
in the right direction (anyone wanna bet it won't be long before they
29 Apr '06 Article: Many looking ahead to next phase in health care debate
Nonsense added to nonsense.
A new plan has been submitted by MA Attorney General Tom Reilly--"the
next phase of health reform," which is to address cost. "The
next frontier in the health care debate will be cost and quality,"
says Brian Rossman, policy director of Health Care for All.
Good luck boys!
The following is an email I sent to MA State Rep DiMasi, a primary architect
of Massachusetts's new health care bill. It was also sent to many state
pols and local pols and officials. You may not be surprised to hear
that NO ONE has responded--not even to say thanks, tell me I'm wrong,
or even that I'm crazy :-) I'm starting to think these people are so
confounded, they just don't know WHAT to say.
Dear Rep DiMasi,
I appreciate the intention and the amount of thought and effort that
has gone into the new Massachusetts health care bill. One of the
prospects is that it will lower costs by getting people into regular
channels of health care as opposed to many emergency-room visits by
uncovered people. This has some logic to it.
But I respectfully suggest that the fundamental difficulty in health
care is not, and will never be, addressed by administrative and coverage
reform alone. That difficulty comprises the dangers and ineffectiveness
of conventional medicine itself. A question apparently left
unanswered: Of what interest is widespread wellness to an industry whose
financial health depends upon permanent and widespread illness?
This industry also egregiously violates the fundamental tenet of medicine:
First, do no harm, by literally killing between 160,000 and 780,000
people annually, depending on how one looks at statistics. The lesser
figure is by their own admission in JAMA. The greater figure is the
of well-known health expert Gary Null.
Not to be a wise guy, but forcing people to buy in or face tax penalties almost
has the feel of fascism. It's getting to be "1984." As
a Holistic practitioner, I wonder how this bill helps people aware enough
not to want conventional medicine for wellness maintenance/recovery--something
for which it is ill-equipped, and, some would argue, actually prevents.
Such people might need separate accident and income insurance. Is that
in there? If not, where is freedom?
The noted transition will have a reducing effect on costs, but costs
are still going to soar for a varety of reasons, not the least of which
is the greed of the corporatists who control the Pharma and the medical
supply/device industries. In effect, this bill enslaves us to a ruthless,
profit-motivated corporate monopoly--that is, unless it offers freedom
of choice of modality/practitioner? It seems Senator Kennedy had
it right when he said "Just what the 'doctor' ordered" (read,
Another major reason for ever-increasing cost is that wellness is not
the result, or even the intent, of conventional treatment methods, predisposing
people to deteriorating health profiles and more visits and treatments.
Also, conventional medicine is very hi-tech and energy-intensive, therefore inordinately
dependent upon fossil and other resources, while producing a voluminous,
nasty waste stream and heavy pollution. Mr. Finneran's burgeoning and
largely unnecessary biotech industry will therefore only exacerbate
If this is, as the newspaper reported, the first step, I hope that the
next one addresses the
question of what's being delivered under the coverage.
Thanks for your time.
Peter G Tocci, BA, MT
to Above Letter to Rep DiMasi:
Evidence Is in the Pudding" 5/1/06
The article linked below exemplifies rather well the nature of the beast
to which our new conventional-health-care legislation subjugates insurance
consumers, as suggested in an earlier email. A bitter irony not told
in this story is that even if the company were not gouging hapless and
desperate insurance holders, the "con" would only be
marginally lessened, not eliminated. This is because the drug in
question is not a safe and effective approach to the cancers it's being
used on and proposed to be used on. But what can one expect, I suppose,
for only about $46 grand for ten months' treatment.
Please note that the company in question is biotech--a typical member
of the industry the misguided Thomas Finneran promotes, primarily on
the basis of economy and jobs.
Firms ‘Gouge’ Consumers After Taking Taxpayer Handouts"
"On Tuesday, the global biotechnology company Genentech reported
that the company’s total product sales for the first quarter of
2006 increased 39 percent, to $1.64 billion, while sales of their colon-cancer
drug Avastin increased 96 percent, raking in $398 million. The same
day, Genentech also announced it was seeking approval from the Food
and Drug Administration to expand use of Avastin to treat lung and breast
And here's a helpful description of what the FDA does. It's a bit old,
but nothing has changed--except that things might have gotten a bit
worse since the old days:
Statement by Herbert Ley, former FDA Commissioner, at the 1965 Edward
Long US Senate hearings and reprinted in the Jan. 2, 1970 San Francisco
"People think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA
is doing and what the public thinks it's doing are as different as night
"First, it is providing a means whereby key individuals on its
payroll are able to obtain both power and wealth through granting special
favors to certain politically influential groups that are the subject
of its regulation. This activity is similar to the 'protection racket'
of organized crime: for a price, one can induce FDA administrators to
provide protection from the FDA itself.
"Secondly, as a result of political favoritism, the FDA has become
a primary factor in that formula whereby cartel-oriented companies in
the food and drug industry are able to use the police powers of the
government to harass or destroy their free-market competitors.
"And thirdly, the FDA occasionally does some genuine public good
with whatever energies it has left over after serving the vested political
and commercial interest of its first two activities."
Pretty damning stuff. It should be added that "free-market competitors"
are not exclusively other drug dealers, but often include anyone who
comes up with safe and effective remedies of which favored FDA
"subjects" cannot get financial control. This especially
concerns 'incurables,' including major degenerative symptomologies,
such as heart disease, cancer, and AIDSyndrome.
Peter G Tocci
------------- "Industrial parents, forced to procreate manpower
for a world into which nobody fits who has not been crushed and molded
by sixteen years of formal education, feel impotent to care personally
for their offspring and, in despair, shower them with medicine."
- Ivan Illich, "Medical Nemesis"d
Fri, 28 Apr '06 Syndicated editorial: Two drugs: A tale of twisted
U of Colorado law professor Paul Campos usually writes pretty good stuff.
This time, he's outdone himself, clearly painting the picture of general
stupidity and government malfeasance around the marijuana issue.
The goody-shoe, self-righteous, politically correct anti-drug campaigners
should take note.
In order to make his point, Campos notes the conscious marketing of
a dangerous drug called Redux, which was originally denied by the FDA.
That decision was reversed in 1996 due to the usual political, financial,
and phony-science pressure applied by Big Pharma. As a result, many
people died of heart valve damage.
To date, says Campos, no one we're aware of has ever died of marijuana,
which in addition to expanding awareness, has medicinal value. It's
unfortunate that the value noted in this piece is marijuana's unique
ability to control the unbearable nausea created by chemotherapy/retroviral
drugs, because such drugs are themselves yet another example of PharmaMedical
But you get the point. And the fact is that many more people are dying
of approved drugs than even cocaine and heroin (whose quality is unregulated).
Goody shoes should take note of this also, as well as the fact that
the worst effects of these drugs are caused by their very illegality.
Campos also points out the great volume of research recounting the usefulness
and safety of pot, noting that the government has done its best to keep
such research from being conducted and results to be known.
It's interesting to consider the numerous dangerous substances approved
by the FDA over the decades. Some have been exposed and recalled--such
as Thalidomide, Fen Phen, Zyprexa, phenylpropanolamine, Vioxx, while
others continue to assault health--Celebrex, Strattera, aspartame (forced
through by Donald Rumsfeld), MSG, and SSRI drugs like Prozac, Zoloft,
etc. You could go on and on.
And the funniest thing is that most medical drugs are useless, often
causing more problems than they solve. Also funny is that the goody-shoes
never mention the politically INcorrect stuff.
Wed, 26 Apr '06 Article: WTC developer, Port Authority close to
ground zero rebuild deal
Crime pays bigtime.
Larry Silverstein, who is recorded live in history saying, with impunity
since, that he decided to "pull" WTC 7 on 9/11, ostensibly
to saver further loss of life, is about to reap the rewards of his criminal
involvement in 9/11 by rebuilding the Center, and getting "promises
to fill more than 1 million square feet of office space at ground zero
with federal, state, and city leases."
And the beat goes on, la de da de dee.
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G. Tocci is a Holistic wellness consultant and health writer dba Associated
Health Services in Leominster, Massachusetts.
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