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Pont-Saint-Esprit

In places on June 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

On 15 August 1951, an outbreak of “poisoning”, marked by acute psychotic episodes and various physical symptoms, occurred in Pont-Saint-Esprit. More than 250 people were involved, including 50 persons interned in asylums and 7 deaths. The’ illness’ affected other parts of France but was the most serious in Pont-Saint-Esprit. The causes of the outbreak have never been identified with certainty but several explanations have been proposed. I believe that LSD was involved.

via Pont-Saint-Esprit

War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex

In Documentaries on June 18, 2011 at 6:57 am
War on Drugs (The Prison Industrial Complex) (1999)
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The first few minutes are in dutch, but the rest is in English. The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you’ll get the picture. According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelve fold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent. Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes.

8 Conspiracy Theories Mainstream Media Forced to Admit are True

In wild card on June 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

The following are 8 conspiracy theories about health that the mainstream media has been forced to admit are actually true….

#1 High Levels Of Fluoride In Our Drinking Water Is Bad – Amazingly, the U.S. federal government has now come out and is lowering the “recommended amount” of fluoride in our drinking water for the first time in 50 years.  Of course it would be great if they just banned fluoride in our drinking water altogether, but for the government to even admit that high levels of fluoride could be a problem is a huge step.  In a recent article on CNN, it was reported that the federal government is now saying that high levels of fluoride in the water has now officially been linked with fluorosis….

The Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency are proposing the change because of an increase in fluorosis — a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children’s teeth.

#2 Once We Allowed Genetically Modified Crops To Be Used They Would Spread Everywhere – For years, many of us have been trying to warn people that genetically modified crops are incredibly dangerous.  Now, a very prominent newspaper in the UK is admitting that a very specific insecticide that is grown inside of genetically modified corn is rapidly getting into the water of the surrounding environment….

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.

#3 There Are Pharmaceutical Drugs And Cancer Causing Chemicals In Our Drinking Water – Over the past couple of years, the mainstream media has actually begun reporting on all of the nasty things that are now showing up in our water.  For example, do you remember a highly carcinogenic chemical known as “hexavalent chromium” that was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich?  Well, just a few weeks ago the Washington Post reported that high levels of it has been found in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities….

An environmental group that analyzed the drinking water in 35 cities across the United States, including Bethesda and Washington, found that most contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen that was made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich.”

But not only is there hexavalent chromium in our drinking water, the truth is that there are thousands of other chemicals and prescription drugs in our water supply as a Time Magazine article from a few months ago described….

All told, there are about 3,000 prescription pharmaceuticals in use in the U.S. and thousands more over-the-counter drugs, not to mention creams and ointments we smear on and then shower off. “Between cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other sources,” says John Spatz, commissioner of Chicago’s department of water management, “there are 80,000 potential combinations of chemicals.” It’s impossible to keep our drinking supply safe from a gusher like that.

#4 Cell Phones Are Linked To Cancer – The mainstream media is not quite ready to come out and openly declare that cell phones cause cancer, but at least now they are beginning to report on the results of some very disturbing studies that seem to suggest a link between the two.  For example, just consider the following sentence from one recent CNN article….

At the highest exposure levels — using a mobile phone half an hour a day over a 10-year period — the study found a 40 percent increased risk of glioma brain tumors.

#5 Bisphenol -A (BPA) Is Linked To Male Infertility – For years, many “conspiracy theorists” have been yelling and screaming that a chemical known as bisphenol-A that is found in thousands of plastic products is actually really, really bad for us.  Well, now some in the mainstream media are starting to jump on board.  Back in October, one of the largest UK newspapers published an article entitled “Bisphenol-A now linked to male infertility” which made the following unequivocal statement about the dangers of BPA….

Bisphenol-A (BPA), known as the “gender bending” chemical because of its connection to male impotence, has now been shown to decrease sperm mobility and quality.

#6 Prescription Drugs Kill Large Numbers Of Americans Every Single Year – For years, alternative health practitioners and “conspiracy theorists” have been asserting that bad reactions to prescription drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.  Well, the mainstream media is starting to catch up.  A recent Vanity Fair article entitled “Deadly Medicine” began with the following statement….

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves?

#7 Aspartame Is Not Good For Our Health – Many mainstream news outlets are beginning to wake up to the fact that the artificial sweetener aspartame may not actually be healthy for us.  This past summer, the Huffington Post (which is usually very “mainstream”) allowed Dr. Joseph Mercola to author an article about aspartame that began with the following absolutely stunning paragraph….

Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!

#8 Many Among The Global Elite (Such As Ted Turner) Want To Institute A Global One-Child Policy And Want To Reduce The World Population For The Good Of The Environment – Many Americans have a really, really hard time believing that some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world actually want to institute a global one-child policy and are obsessed with reducing the population of the earth.  But sadly, as I have written about previously, this is very, very real.  The following is how one major Canadian newspaper summarized public remarks that Ted Turner recently made about the global population….

Mr. Turner – a long-time advocate of population control – said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, suggesting countries should follow China’s lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce global population over time. He added that fertility rights could be sold so that poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce.

Frisson

In words & phrases on June 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill:

via  Dictionary.com

17 Things that Have Fell from the Sky

In wild card on June 4, 2011 at 6:54 am

1. MEAT
2. FISH
3. MONEY
4. HUMAN WASTE
5. MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENTS
6. HUMAN BODY
7. HAY
8. A 3,902-LB. STONE
9. SILVER COINS
10. JUDAS TREE SEEDS
11. ICE CHUNKS
12. DEADLY WHITE POWDER
13. NONDAIRY CREAMER
14. SPACE JUNK
15. THE LARGEST METEORITE
16. TOADS
17. THOUSANDS OF BIRDS

via Allgov


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In history, wild card on June 4, 2011 at 6:20 am

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris). The Guinness Book of Records describes the UDHR as the “Most Translated Document” in the world. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966 the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights; and in 1976, after the Covenants had been ratified by a sufficient number of individual nations, the Bill took on the force of international law.