Apr 12

DHS Ordered to Explain Secret Plan to Shut Down Phone Service

1984-Big Brother ObamaThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is questioning the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to keep secret its plan to shut down mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.” The court originally sided with the federal government that the plan should not be disclosed under a Freedom of Information Act request, but has since revisited the ruling and has ordered the DHS to explain the secrecy.

According to Ars Technica, the Department of Homeland Security plan, known as Standing Operating Procedure 303, was created after mobile phones were used to detonate explosives in London.

Court documents explain that SOP 303 is a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless devices during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”

While there has been no documented instance of the Department of Homeland Security invoking SOP 303, the telecommunication companies have agreed to stop service if SOP 303 is invoked.

via DHS Ordered to Explain Secret Plan to Shut Down Phone Service.

Apr 12

Obama Administration Plotting Adult Vaccination Mandates

obama_hammer_and_sickle copyIn collaboration with Big Business and special interests, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is plotting a new program to track Americans’ vaccination records, wage a massive propaganda campaign to “encourage” more inoculations, and foist more controversial vaccines on adults against their will. Federal bureaucrats and crony capitalists set to profit from the proposal claim the goal is to improve “public health,” and establishment media outlets have largely parroted that line so far. However, critics of the unconstitutional scheme, formally dubbed the “National Adult Immunization Plan” (NAIP), say the ultimate goal is to forcibly vaccinate all Americans and move toward a radical new healthcare paradigm in which medical “treatment” is delivered at gunpoint.The controversial plot was cooked up and unveiled by the Obama HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee during its February meeting. If approved by federal bureaucrats, the executive-branch assault would, among other elements, enlist private businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations in a nationwide campaign to prod Americans into accepting the Obama administration’s perpetually expanding list of “recommended” vaccines. The scheme would also offer doctors and other vaccine providers “incentives” — read taxpayer-funded bribes — to shred patient privacy and feed private medical information into state and federal databases to track those who refuse to comply.

via Obama Administration Plotting Adult Vaccination Mandates.

Apr 05

Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells | Collective-Evolution

monsanto tomato_AStudies are showing that Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops are harmful to mammalian blood by damaging red blood cells and more. RBC’s are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body tissues through blood flow.Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) is a bacterium commonly used as a biological pesticide. It is a microorganism that produces toxic chemicals. It occurs naturally in the environment, and is usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces. Prior to this study, Bt was thought to be toxic only to insects,  but recent studies are proving otherwise.Dr. Mezzomo and his team of Scientists from the Department of Genetics and Morphology and the Institute of Biological Sciences, at University of Brasilia recently published a study that involved Bacillus thuringensis (Bt toxin) and its effects on mammalian blood. According to the study, the “Cry” toxins that are found in Monsanto’s GMO crops like corn and soy, are much more toxic to mammals than previously thought. The study was published in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases(1).We do not support animal testing, and think it is unnecessary. It should really be a no brainer that GMO crops cause significant damage to human health. Studies that don’t require animal testing have already proven the dangers of GMO consumption. This study unfortunately required the use of Swiss Albino Mice if Bt was to be properly examined. At the same time, most of us know that the existence of GMOs is completely unnecessary.Advances in genetic engineering promise the expression of multiple Cry toxins in Bt-plants, known as gene pyramiding. Therefore, studies on non-target species are requirements of international protocols to verify the adverse effects of these toxins, ensuring human and environmental biosafety.

via Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells | Collective-Evolution.

Apr 05

Toxicity levels in e-cigarettes 100 times lower | Radio New Zealand News

Picture 16New research shows the e-cigarettes being smoked in this country contain about 1 percent of the toxicants of ordinary cigarettes.Photo: 123rfThe study, released today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, looked at the levels of nicotine and harmful toxicants, such as aldehydes, produced by electronic cigarettes.The study found nicotine levels were half-to-two thirds that of a normal cigarette, but toxicity levels were 100 times lower.Across the e-cigarettes tested, on average they had 0.93 percent of the formaldehyde, 0.04 percent of the acetaldehyde and 0.43 percent of the acrolein of a normal, ”combustible” Marlboro king size filter cigarette.Author Murray Laugesen said the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes were sufficient to help people kick the habit.”This research is designed to reduce the risk of people being scared of e-cigarettes for no good reason,” he said.But e-cigarettes with nicotine could not be sold legally within New Zealand, even though they were readily available online.Dr Laugesen said it was time for that to change as it was blocking a pathway out of the smoking addiction, to help “get [smokers] on track to make some tough decisions and get rid of combustibles out of their lives”.

via Toxicity levels in e-cigarettes 100 times lower | Radio New Zealand News.

Mar 26

E-Cigarettes can provide significant public health benefits | Mark Pawsey

Picture 20E-cigarettes have the potential to provide significant public health benefits but are being ignored by the majority of public health professionals, according to experts speaking at an E-Cigarettes All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting, which is Chaired by local MP Mark Pawsey, in Westminster last week.

Professor Riccardo Polosa, Director of the Institute for Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology of the University of Catania in Italy explained that e-cigarettes not only provide harm reduction, but also harm reversal.

Dr Polosa said: “The scientific research I have undertaken is supportive of beneficial effects of e-cigarettes use in health and disease. I remain convinced that e-vapour products are at least 96% less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

“Research proves that e-cigarettes help make lungs less twitchy in those who have had asthma and in fact there was an improvement in 65% of asthmatics surveyed.

“The emerging evidence is that e-cigarettes use can reverse harm from tobacco smoking and should be taken into consideration by regulatory authorities seeking to adopt proportional measures for the category.”

Professor Gerry Stimson is Director of Knowledge-Action-Change, holds an Emeritus Chair at Imperial College and is Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has advised the UK Government, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UNODC, World Bank and others on issues relating to drugs and addiction. He was a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence working group that recently prepared guidelines on tobacco harm reduction.

Professor Stimson believes that e-cigarettes are likely to have the biggest impact on smoking cessation in the UK and beyond.

He said: “E-cigarettes are going to have a far bigger impact on public health than any other tobacco control product ever produced and are a benefit to public health. Their potential impact is being much under-rated by public health professionals.

“It is wrong to overly focus on very small potential risks when we already know the huge public health benefits from replacing tobacco use with e-cigarettes.  Now we need strong and courageous public health leadership to seize the opportunity.”

The APPG is being run by Mark Pawsey MP (Rugby) and a group of 30 other MPs and Peers.

Mark Pawsey MP said: “I established the APPG along with a number of my Parliamentary colleagues as we all believe that this growing industry requires further analysis and scrutiny by law makers. We need to look at all sides of the argument and use the scientific evidence available to us to better understand what potential benefits these devices may have from a public health perspective.”

via E-Cigarettes can provide significant public health benefits | Mark Pawsey.

Mar 26

A new study verifies that e-cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes

By Dr Farsalinos

Picture 16A new study was published today in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health by our group, evaluating e-liquids for the presence of tobacco-derived toxins. Additionally, the accuracy of nicotine labelling was assessed. The study is novel because for the first time we assessed tobacco-flavored liquids for the presence of phenols and nitrate (known toxins in tobacco smoke), as well as nitrosamines. Moreover, we assessed a specific group of e-liquids (known as Natural Extracts of Tobacco – NETs), which are made by using cured tobacco leaves to extract the flavor. This is the first time that such liquids are specifically tested.The study verified that tobacco-derived toxins are lower by orders of magnitude in e-liquids compared to tobacco products. Characteristically, nitrosamines were 146-1447 times lower in e-liquids compared to tobacco products (in 1 mL liquid compared to 1 gram of tobacco), while nitrate was 1360 times lower. NET liquids contained somewhat higher levels of tobacco-derived toxins compared to conventional e-liquids, but the levels were still significantly lower compared to tobacco. Deviation from labelled nicotine content was on average 5.9% for conventional e-liquids and 1.5% for NETs, with maximum deviation being 22.1%. Interestingly, no difference between conventional liquids and NETs were observed, indicating that the flavor extraction process does not lead to extraction of nicotine from the tobacco leaves.The study adds to current evidence confirming the lower risk potential of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco. NET liquids contained more tobacco-derived toxins, but still much lower compared to tobacco.

via A new study verifies that e-cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes.

Mar 26

Would Ted Cruz Make a Good President?

newsNot bothering with an “exploratory committee,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has jumped with both feet into the 2016 presidential race.Cruz openly identifies with the Tea Party, and has done so since before his upset victory in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2012, when he garnered big-name endorsements from then-Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Senator Rand Paul, former Senator Rick Santorum, and then-Senator Jim DeMint.In his speech anouncing his candidacy Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz offered the students and faculty of the conservative Christian college some red meat:Imagine abolishing the IRS…. Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures our borders … instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core. Imagine repealing every word of Common Core.ULINE Shipping SuppliesHuge Catalog! Over 29,000 Products. Same Day Shipping from 11 Locationswww.ULINE.comCruz’s law professor at Harvard, liberal Alan Dershowitz, has called his former student “off-the-charts” brilliant, and Cruz went on to clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He was educated in private Christian schools and spent much of his teen years as part of a group of students in the Free Market Education Foundation, who studied such libertarian-conservative icons as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frederic Bastiat, and Ludwig von Mises.When Texas Governor George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, Cruz joined the administration in the Department of Justice. Despite this Bush connection (which understandably raises some eyebrows among conservatives who have suffered from this family for a generation now), Cruz later opposed the Bush administration, after he was no longer employed there. President Bush tried to force the state of Texas to honor a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the case. The Bush administration supported the ICJ in an effort to reopen the cases of 51 Mexican nationals who had been convicted of murder, and were on death row in the Lone Star State. The ICJ argued, and Bush agreed, that Texas had failed to allow Mexican nationals proper access to the Mexican consulate, but Cruz, acting as a lawyer for Texas, defeated the Bush administration before the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. The Court held that the ICJ simply did not have any jurisdiction over U.S. domestic law.

via Would Ted Cruz Make a Good President?.

Mar 25

As e-cigarette sales soar, critics eye regulations – CBS News

FrazzledCatThe Food and Drug Administration expects to publish its much-anticipated regulations for e-cigarettes in June, as the products are surging in popularity. In fact, sales are expanding so rapidly that some experts predict e-cigs will overtake sales of conventional smokes within the next decade.”From our perspective, the rules are long overdue,” said Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy at the American Lung Association, who noted the regulations have been in the works for about a year.The FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Under the 2009 Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act, the FDA can “deem” additional tobacco products to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Among other things, firms would be required to register with the FDA and submit product and ingredient listings, and include health warnings and take steps to prevent sales to underage consumers.”To date, FDA has not been able to fully assess the public health impacts of unregulated tobacco products,” the FDA said in a statement sent to CBS MoneyWatch. “For example, some testing of e-cigarette cartridges has revealed significant variability in nicotine content and the presence of chemical constituents that raise concerns of toxicity.”Altria Group (MO) and Reynolds American (RAI), two of the biggest tobacco companies, are welcoming the FDA’s efforts, arguing that the patchwork of existing state regulations fails to protect consumers against defective products, some of which have even exploded. The companies are lobbying the FDA to treat e-cigarettes differently than conventional smokes.

via As e-cigarette sales soar, critics eye regulations – CBS News.

Mar 25

Voter ID | Wisconsin | Supreme Court

obama_logo_1In early October, 2014, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Voter I.D. law, as we reported at the time:

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Wisconsin’s new voter ID laws are constitutional, meaning that those heading to the polls in November will need to show ID before casting a vote….

Last month, the same panel of the 7th Circuit issued a short Order vacating the district court injunction staying enforcement of the law, and instead held that the voter ID laws would indeed be in effect for this November’s election. The court indicated that a full decision on the merits would be forthcoming.

Progressive activists in Wisconsin and across the country had a meltdown following the ruling

And they are not taking it well this time, either, via HuffPo:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge step backward for our democracy,” Advancement Project Co-Director Penda D. Hair said in a statement Monday. “The 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters who lack the limited forms of photo ID needed to vote in Wisconsin — disproportionately African Americans and Latinos — deserve to have their voices heard in our political process. The values enshrined in our Constitution, and protected in the Voting Rights Act, are undermined when burdensome laws like photo ID requirements make the ballot box inaccessible to any eligible voters. Our elections should always be free, fair and accessible to all citizens. Under Wisconsin’s restrictive photo ID law, they simply are not.”

Who wins here?

In addition to voters who now can have more trust in the integrity of the system, the winner is Scott Walker, who once again has defeated the opposition against all odds.

via Voter ID | Wisconsin | Supreme Court.

Mar 25

Greenpeace Founding Member: Climate Alarmism “Preposterous,” CO2 Emissions Saving Lives

al-gore-global-warming_250While Al Gore is suggesting that climate-change realists be punished and schoolchildren braved a snowstorm to hear a rapper give a “happy” climate-alarmism message, an environmentalist presented a truly happy message on the subject:Climate change isn’t caused by man, there’s been no significant warming for nearly two decades, and, even if there had been, it would probably be a good thing.Furthermore, he suggests that human CO2 emissions might have prevented disaster.Patrick Moore (shown) is no newcomer to environmentalism. Boasting a Ph.D. in ecology, he became a founding member of Greenpeace in 1971 and has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than four decades. And now he has penned an article entitled “Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic,” in which he says that while we’re told the “debate is over” and the “science is settled,” there’s actually “no scientific proof” of the Anthropogenic (man-caused) Global Warming thesis.

via Greenpeace Founding Member: Climate Alarmism “Preposterous,” CO2 Emissions Saving Lives.

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