America’s Love Affair With Nuclear And Radioactive Weapons

The United States would have the world believe that it is in mortal danger should nations like Iran or North Korea obtain operationally effective nuclear weapons. We are told that there is a grave risk of these weapons being used against another nation and that the US (with the support of the “international community”) must confront these government, and if possible undermine and overthrow them. Why?

Since a nation has already used nuclear weapons against another state, ironically enough that nation being the United States itself, we already know the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. Besides the immense, indiscriminate initial blast, nuclear weapons also produce a persistent radioactive threat amid the fallout afterwards.

The fallout and the catastrophic effects it has on human health for years afterward make nuclear weapons particularly horrifying and abhorrent. The United States didn’t drop only one nuclear bomb on another nation, Japan, it dropped two. The data collected in the aftermath of these attacks have helped form our collective fear of these weapons.

Ironically the US is using the fear its own nuclear warfare has created as leverage to wage still more war.

Depleted Uranium – All the Fallout, None of the Bang

But what if the catastrophic human health effects of fallout could be achieved without the immense, city-flattening initial explosion? What if you could use a weapon to induce long-term spikes in cancer and birth defects without the political ramifications of dropping a nuclear bomb on a population? Some readers may be tempted to cite “dirty bombs,” and they would be partially correct. But there is another correct answer. Depleted uranium or DU ammunition.

Depleted uranium is one of the densest materials munitions can be made out of. Because of their density, they are able to penetrate armor other rounds cannot. DU was initially conceived as an additional deterrence, a weapon of last resort in the event of a full-scale Soviet invasion of Western Europe during the Cold War.

Because of the overwhelming number of tanks the Soviet Union possessed, it was believed extraordinary measures would be needed to even the odds, even at the cost of radioactive contamination of the battlefield.

The catastrophic effects of littering the battlefield with contaminated ammunition possessing a half-life of several billion years was a risk NATO was willing to take to ensure the survival of Western Europe. How then, did this weapon of last resort become a weapon commonly used?

The first Gulf War in 1990, Operation Desert Storm, included the heavy use of this doomsday contingency. The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) in their recent piece titled, “’The most toxic war in history’ – 25 years later,” would note:

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Gulf War. Precipitated by Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait in August 1990, the conflict was the first to see the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition. US and UK forces subsequently acknowledged firing a combined 286,000kg of DU – the vast majority of which was fired by US Abrams and M60 tanks, and A10 and Harrier aircraft.

ICBUW would also note that the use of DU has impacted both soldiers who used the weapons as well as civilians trapped on or near battlefields they were used on…

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/americas-love-affair-with-nuclear-and-radioactive-weapons.html

So we know that the psychopaths-that-be don’t care about the health of their own soldiers or the viability of the battlefield as a living environment after the battle.

For The First Time Ever, Cannabis Oil Will Be Used In A Hospital … To Save A 2-Month-Old Baby Girl

In December, Nicole and Ernie Nunez brought their beautiful baby girl, Amylea, into the world. However, when they brought her home, things quickly took a turn for the worst.

“About a day after we went home from delivery is when she had her first seizure,” Nicole said. “She has a rare form of epilepsy. They don’t know exactly the type.”

For the past two months, the Nunez family has been desperately trying to treat their daughter’s condition. Doctors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the family is from, were unable to find a cause and unable to treat young Amylea. So, the family has fled to Colorado.

Nicole stays at the hospital in Aurora while Ernie drives back and forth to take care of the couple’s other children and to work.

At the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, doctors continued the drug cocktail in an attempt to stop the horrible seizures, but these medications are not without side-effects.

“The medication she’s on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body,” Ernie said, explaining why the couple has decided to use cannabis oil.

When the family heard about the seemingly miraculous effects of the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, they became hopeful and set out to get it for their daughter.

Charlotte’s Web is a strain of cannabis named after a young girl, Charlotte Figi, whose life it quite literally saved. Charlotte had her first seizure when she was three months old. Over the next few months, she had frequent seizures lasting two to four hours, and she was hospitalized repeatedly.

But her parents found a strain of cannabis that turned their daughter’s suffering completely around. Since then, countless other children have had their lives saved by this amazing plant…

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/for-the-first-time-ever-cannabis-oil-will-be-used-in-a-hospital-to-save-a-2-month-old-baby-girl.html

Emails Indicate Flint Lead Tests Withheld from Public at Snyder’s Command

Adding to controversy over what top officials knew and when regarding Flint’s water crisis and resulting health epidemic, emails obtained by the Flint Journal suggest that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told state officials to suppress lead testing results, both from local health officials and the community, while they figured out how to present the information to the public.

The emails, which are from October and November 2015 and were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, include correspondence by Jim Henry, Genesee County’s environmental health supervisor, to county Health Officer Mark Valacak, and correspondence between Henry and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Laboratory Director George Krisztian…

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/11/emails-indicate-flint-lead-tests-withheld-public-snyders-command

Meanwhile:

President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget, released Tuesday, includes a proposal to cut more than a third of a billion dollars from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) state water funding program, just weeks after the president declared a state of emergency over Flint, Michigan’s water crisis…

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/10/amid-flint-water-crisis-obama-wants-gut-public-water-funds

 

Zika And Monsanto

Zika virus hoax

Despite all the public hoopla, all the cases of microcephaly being discovered in Brazil have never been scientifically linked to the Zika virus. A group of doctors from South America are now saying the brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvicide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

What we’re seeing with the brain deformations of children, in other words, is more like the history of thalidomide, a prescription medicine given to pregnant women that caused children to be born with limbs missing. But the official narrative on all this is pushing a false link with Zika in order to justify more chemical fumigation, more vaccines and more genetically engineered mosquitoes.

From the doctors at Red Universitaria de Ambiente y Salud (the Red University of Environment and Health), with h/t to GM Watch: (SOURCE document)

A dramatic increase of congenital malformations, especially microcephaly in newborns, was detected and quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, they fail to recognise that in the area where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that this poison (pyroproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population.

It looks like the world’s health authorities are using Zika virus mosquitoes as a cover story to conceal the damage caused by toxic chemicals manufactured by powerful globalist corporations.

The larvicide sprayed in Brazil, for example, is called “pyriproxyfen,” and it’s manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a corporation known to be a “strategic partner” of Monsanto. The Argentinian doctors’ report lists Sumitomo as a “subsidiary” of Monsanto. As GM Watch reports, “Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them.”

Hmmm… a growth inhibitor of developing organisms? Does that raise any question marks with anyone when considering the under-developed cranial and neurological systems of the children being victimized in all this?…

A Swing And A Miss By Michael Eric Dyson

"Maybe it is not that you couldn’t. It is that you wouldn't": Michael Eric Dyson reflects on Obama's complicated legacy on raceMichael Eric Dyson (Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Nina Subin)

It is one of the cruel ironies of the last eight years that Americans could at once elect our first African-American president but also see such hatred unleashed that we would need a political movement devoted to the basic idea that black lives matter.

Michael Eric Dyson deeply admires the Barack Obama who initiated the Affordable Care Act, who saved the auto industry, who helped bring the economy back from George W. Bush’s ruinous Great Recession. In his new book “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” the president is a hero, albeit a deeply complex and sometimes flawed hero. “Obama lives with a burden and possibility that no other black person in our history, perhaps in world history, has ever had to shoulder,” Dyson writes.

But the Obama era has also been the era of George Zimmerman, Sandra Bland, Dylann Roof and Ferguson. It has been a time of black kids shot for playing with a toy gun, of black lives that ended handcuffed in a police car, with a mysterious, supposed suicide in a jail cell, or after a “rough ride” in Baltimore. White terror, white nationalism, renewed debates over the Confederate flag, the rise of Donald Trump and talk of a new American “silent majority” — there are very real ways, Dyson says, in which we have moved backwards on race over these last eight years.

This is where Dyson wishes that Obama has done more — on questions of race, Dyson told Salon in an interview last week, the president has too often remained stubbornly silent, except, he says, to moralize to black America. While admiring of Obama’s soaring rhetoric in Columbia, S.C. after the Emanuel AME horror, and also of some his executive orders on criminal justice issues, Dyson also believes the first black president could have done more for black America — and more to educate white America.

Obama, he tells Salon, may have wanted to have seen himself as a post-partisan and a post-racial presiident. And yet his race became central to the opposition which lined up against him…

http://www.salon.com/2016/02/08/maybe_it_is_not_that_you_couldnt_it_is_that_you_wouldnt_michael_eric_dyson_reflects_on_obamas_complicated_legacy_on_race/

Thanks to Dr. Detroit for the above link.  Sometimes admiration causes blindness, and IMHO this is the case with Dyson’s assessment of the Obama presidency.

For openers, Dyson calls Obama “the first African-American President.  If you measure “African-American” by blood, then Barack Obama was decidedly NOT the first African-American President.  Eisenhower’s mother was an African-American, and other Presidents like Warren Harding undoubtedly had African-American ancestors.  It is fair to say that Obama is the first African-American President whose complexion prevented him from denying his ancestry; but so what?  Did Obama exhibit the cultural and political heritage of African-American people?  Singing Al Green doesn’t come anywhere near cutting the mustard, as will be examined, but let us first examine the issues which Dyson thinks made Obama a “hero.”

Michael Eric Dyson deeply admires the Barack Obama who initiated the Affordable Care Act, who saved the auto industry, who helped bring the economy back from George W. Bush’s ruinous Great Recession.

Initiated The Affordable Care Act

The ACA or Obamacare is almost a carbon copy of the healthcare legislation that was developed by the Heritage Foundation and implemented by Gov. Romney in Massachusetts.  It is a godsend to insurance companies.  Two physicians have told me that they have patients who are paying exorbitant premiums and have deductibles of $5,000.  Obamacare was implemented while progressive forces were calling for single-payer and Obama cited the need for a public option to keep costs controlled.

…President Barack Obama promoted the idea of the public option while running for election in 2008.[3] Following his election, Obama downplayed the need for a public health insurance option, including calling it a “sliver” of health care reform,[4] but still campaigned for the option up until the health care reform was passed…[5]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_health_insurance_option

A triumph?  Nay, a sellout.

Saved The Auto Industry

This salvation is ephemeral.  What was saved was some of the profits for the stockholders and banksters.  Chrysler is now owned by a foreign company.  The other auto firms were “saved” by imposing drastically reduced wages on new hires.  Much of the manufacturing was sent overseas and continues to be sent overseas:

….The GM bankruptcy and bailout is the continuation of post-industrial policies of the Clinton and Bush years. Those policies, which encouraged companies to shutter factories in the US and move operations to foreign countries with lower wages and weaker regulations, were defined by Wall Street rather than Main Street. The model of a “healthy” American company was defined by stock and bond speculators, who rewarded short-term thinking and brutal cost-cutting, even if these strategies resulted in the loss of millions of jobs, the closing of hundreds of functional factories and the deindustrialization of communities, regions and whole states that had once been among the most productive in the world.

Nothing about the old way of doing business made sense, and it made a wreck of GM. After decades of closing factories, laying off workers and shifting production overseas, the company now finds itself with $172.8 billion in debt.

It would make sense to change course, radically.

But the Obama administration is not doing anything radical.

Rather, it wants to create a “New GM” that stays the course of the old GM.

If all goes according to plan, the “New GM” will close down as many as 20 factories in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Delaware. Additional plants in Tennessee and Michigan will be put on “standby,” for probable closing. At least 21,000 family-supporting jobs will be lost, as the corporation shifts production to new facilities in China and other foreign countries. Those cuts come on the heels of GM factory closings last year that cost tens of thousands of jobs and shattered communities across the Great Lakes states just as the downturn was developing into a deep recession.

This massive de-industrialization plan — with its rapid offshoring of work once done in the United States — will be paid for by the federal government.

It will cost US taxpayers a great deal to eliminate this many US jobs — Washington has already handed GM $20 billion and is expected to shift another $30 billion into the coffers of the corporation. “Whether that investment will ever be recovered is still an open question,” suggests the New York Times report.

So what should taxpayers make of a scheme to risk $50 billion on a project to layoff US workers, close US factories and shift work overseas in order to satisfy speculators who continue to reward only race-to-the-bottom strategies?

The Times suggests that we ought to be impressed with the “Nixon-goes-to-China” courage being displayed by the president and his auto-industry task force. “The company will also have to shed 21,000 union workers and close 12 to 20 factories, steps that most analysts thought could never be pushed through by a Democratic president allied with organized labor,” the paper chirps on its front page.

Spare us.

It takes very little courage for a Democratic president to side with multinational corporations, in the same way that his Democratic and Republican predecessors have.

Courage involves breaking pattern and doing something bold, like recognizing that the United States needs a manufacturing sector and making a commitment to modernizing basic industries and keeping skilled workers on the job. This is not a rejection of globalization; rather, it is an embrace of the future that says the US chooses to compete rather than give up.

An investment of $50 billion in federal money to close 20 major factories and shed 21,000 jobs is not a plan to “save,” let alone revitalize, manufacturing in this country. It is an abandonment workers and communities that speeds up the de-industrialization of the United States. And it encourages GM executives — be they “old” or “new” — to be more concerned about the company’s stock value than the adoption of smart long-term strategies…

http://www.thenation.com/article/new-gm-layoffs-factory-closings-offshoring/

A triumph?  Nay, a disaster.

Helped Bring The Economy Back From George W. Bush’s Ruinous Great Recession

Mr. Dyson, there are currently over ONE HUNDRED MILLION working age Americans without jobs.  What economy are you watching?  The seeds of the 2008 recession were planted at least as far back as the Clinton regime with the implementation of NAFTA and the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act that kept commercial and investment banking separated.  With that separation eliminated, the banksters were free to engage in ruinous speculation, inventing some of the most bizarre financial instruments ever conceived.  When their investments went bad, Congress, including then Senator Obama, made the banksters whole from taxpayer money.  To call it Bush’s recession is a little misleading.  To say that the economy is back is unadulterated fantasy.  The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) that Obama is now pushing with Republican allies will further diminish the American economy.

Race

Mr. Dyson did lament that Obama could have done more on issues of race.  Agree, but not only did he fail to assist Black people and educate White people, he went backwards by embracing the old imperialism.  Obama oversaw the imprisonment, torture and murder of tens of thousands of Black Libyans in a campaign that had NOTHING to do with Gaddafi “killing his own people.”  One of the groups to which Obama lent support called themselves “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin“.  Obama continues the bombing of Black people in Somalia and elsewhere, and he expanded the tentacles of imperialism in the Motherland with AFRICOM.  Moreover, Obama has initiated or continued the imperial wars against brown people in the Middle East.

Sure, Obama suffered racially motivated slings and arrows.  So what??  That’s ordinary pain to culturally Black people here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Just the White man’s “ignance!”  Only someone who is not culturally Black could have expected something different in a fantasy called post-racial America.

The Greatest Failing

But the greatest malignant legacy of the Obama presidency transcends issues of race.  It is Obama’s claim of the legal right to kill anyone (INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS), anywhere without charge or trial.  The rule of law was brutally assassinated by that consummated claim, and future Presidents will be denied this “privilege” only by revolution.  Obama, far from being a hero, has been a tragedy of immense proportions.  Take off the rose colored glasses, Mr. Dyson.  They don’t help.

Let me leave with one chunk to chew:

http://www.jamesrgrangerjr.com/2015/07/18/harvard-and-bad-whiskey/