• #TouchOfGod
    June 30 #BlessTheLORD, O my #soul, And #forget none of His #benefits; Who #pardons all your #iniquities, Who #heals all your #diseases… #Psalm103:2-3

    I once made a #list of my #healings for which I #needed to be #grateful. “ #Father, I thank You when I didn’t get #sick from the zillion #germs, #viruses and #bacteria to which I have been #exposed throughout my #life. Thank You for #healing me from #diseases I did #contract, and for creating me with a #body designed to throw off #sicknesses.”


    All #healing is a #miracle, whether #manifest here or in #Heaven, through the direct touch of #God, or the touch of the #Lord through #medicine. The #promiseOfGod is to #healUs, #whenever, #however, #wherever is according to His #sovereignPlan. https://mailchi.mp/5f88c9c84819/his-image-452581?e=9cbe669f39 #YHWH #Devotional #DailyDevotional #Devotion #DailyDevotion #Jesus #Christ #JesusChrist #BibleStudy #WordOfGod #promise #goodness #success #dailyinspiration #motivation #victory #motivationalquote #dailymotivation #inspiration #fact #forever #love #desire #facts
    #TouchOfGod June 30 #BlessTheLORD, O my #soul, And #forget none of His #benefits; Who #pardons all your #iniquities, Who #heals all your #diseases… #Psalm103:2-3 I once made a #list of my #healings for which I #needed to be #grateful. “ #Father, I thank You when I didn’t get #sick from the zillion #germs, #viruses and #bacteria to which I have been #exposed throughout my #life. Thank You for #healing me from #diseases I did #contract, and for creating me with a #body designed to throw off #sicknesses.” All #healing is a #miracle, whether #manifest here or in #Heaven, through the direct touch of #God, or the touch of the #Lord through #medicine. The #promiseOfGod is to #healUs, #whenever, #however, #wherever is according to His #sovereignPlan. https://mailchi.mp/5f88c9c84819/his-image-452581?e=9cbe669f39 #YHWH #Devotional #DailyDevotional #Devotion #DailyDevotion #Jesus #Christ #JesusChrist #BibleStudy #WordOfGod #promise #goodness #success #dailyinspiration #motivation #victory #motivationalquote #dailymotivation #inspiration #fact #forever #love #desire #facts
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    The promise of God is to heal us, according to His sovereign plan.
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  • Part 2 The United Nations vs Haiti

    In my last post I talked about how the UN weakens Democracy. In this post I will discuss how the United Nations and globalism hurts local populations due to incompetency and corruption.

    When the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the world took notice and as expected, the UN went in to assist. It has been nothing short of a disaster. With over 10,000 dead and over 800,000 people sickened by cholera.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/world/americas/cholera-haiti-united-nations.html

    “Studies have traced the highly contagious disease to sloppy sanitation that had leached fecal waste laced with cholera germs from latrines used by the Nepalese peacekeepers into the water supply.”

    “We still have the biggest outbreak of cholera of any country anywhere,” said Dr. Louise Ivers, a senior policy adviser at Partners in Health, an international medical aid organization that has long worked in Haiti. “Here we are, nearly seven years later, and it’s still a big problem.”

    The Globalist dream is a world Government. But for poor Haiti, they are not important enough for this world body.

    My next post will look at the Clinton Foundation in Haiti.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/dec/01/haiti-cholera-outbreak-stain-on-reputation-un-says
    Part 2 The United Nations vs Haiti In my last post I talked about how the UN weakens Democracy. In this post I will discuss how the United Nations and globalism hurts local populations due to incompetency and corruption. When the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the world took notice and as expected, the UN went in to assist. It has been nothing short of a disaster. With over 10,000 dead and over 800,000 people sickened by cholera. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/world/americas/cholera-haiti-united-nations.html “Studies have traced the highly contagious disease to sloppy sanitation that had leached fecal waste laced with cholera germs from latrines used by the Nepalese peacekeepers into the water supply.” “We still have the biggest outbreak of cholera of any country anywhere,” said Dr. Louise Ivers, a senior policy adviser at Partners in Health, an international medical aid organization that has long worked in Haiti. “Here we are, nearly seven years later, and it’s still a big problem.” The Globalist dream is a world Government. But for poor Haiti, they are not important enough for this world body. My next post will look at the Clinton Foundation in Haiti. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/dec/01/haiti-cholera-outbreak-stain-on-reputation-un-says
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  • As the head of medicine at Canyon Ranch in Lenox as well as the locations in Tucson, Miami, Las Vegas, and soon in Southeast Asia, Dr. Liponis regularly treated the worried well—people who were healthy but would like to be healthier. He explained that they were often disturbed about something that occurred in the past, which made them depressed, or worried about something in the future, which produced anxiety.
    “Thinking about the past or future are really the only two ways people can be upset by the world,” Dr. Liponis told me.
    So when people consulted with him, he asked them how they felt that moment, right now. And before they could launch into grudges, worries, or frustrations, he tried to give them some perspective.
    “Let’s start by making sure all the limbs are attached,” he said, patting himself all over for an example. “Okay, I’ve got two arms and two legs. That’s a good start. I can see out of two eyes, and I’m breathing and not in any pain. I ate today and I’m not starving. With all that—holy cow, I guess I feel pretty good!”
    I laughed, but I liked the point. Instead of worrying about the past or fretting about the future, we could all do ourselves a favor by legs, and eyes that could see (with contact lenses for me). But what was the connection between that positive perspective and good health?
    According to Dr. Liponis, many of the mysteries about our health revolve around the immune system. He told me that one of the biggest discoveries of the last decade was how pivotal a role inflammation plays in modern illness—including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and many others. Inflammation was a stress response of the immune system, caused when the white blood cells rushed to handle what they perceived as a problem.
    Throughout most of human history, infections were the biggest health problems we faced. The immune system developed to fight those, and it got a lot of practice, since not too long ago, the person who could get over typhus, tetanus, diphtheria, and dysentery would survive and pass on his genes. Others would not.
    You can see the immune system in action when, for example, streptococcus bacteria get into your throat, causing the ever-common strep throat. You notice inflammation, redness, and swelling at the site as the white blood cells rush over to gobble up the bacteria. They call their buddies to help make antibodies and release the necessary chemicals, and blood flow to the area increases. The numbers can be staggering—as many as 150 billion white blood cells circulating under stressful circumstances, three times as many as normal. The chemical interactions lead to redness and swelling, and it’s not just your throat that hurts. You may get a fever and feel achy all over, since when the immune system is revved up, there’s a system-wide response as well as a local one.
    The white blood cells fight the infection but leave inflammation in their wake—which scientists are now discovering can be dangerous in itself. Dr. Liponis pointed out that patients who have been hospitalized for pneumonia have double the risk of a heart attack in the next six weeks because of the inflammation from the infection. “There’s a very different list of what’s killing Americans now than there was eighty years ago. Now we’re dying from the white blood cells attacking us instead of the germs,” Dr. Liponis said.
    But here’s the really interesting part. It now turns out that the immune system may respond to emotions. Worry, anger, or fear send those same white blood cells out on patrol, and even though they don’t have anything specific to attack, they leave a trail of dangerous inflammation. Feeling gratitude could actually counter that effect—and keep our immune systems from spiraling out of control.
    “The hormones released when you feel gratitude, love, and compassion are very different from those released with worry, anxiety, or fear. Gratitude may be an antidote to many of those negative responses,” Dr. Liponis said.
    But how could my immune system know that I wrote in my gratitude journal or appreciated my husband? I had an image of these nice little white blood cells saying, “Oh, she’s happy! No need to patrol!” My anthropomorphized chemicals made a lot of sense to me, but fortunately, scientists had looked for other explanations.
    Dr. Liponis said that the string of physiological responses that unite health and emotion had been best described by a neuroscientist named Candace Pert. As a young graduate student at a lab in Johns Hopkins University, she discovered the first opiate receptor—a surface on certain brain cells to which only a specific molecule could attach. The huge breakthrough led to an understanding of endorphins—what she called “the body’s own pain suppressors and ecstasy inducers.” Her boss won the Lasker Award, which often leads to a Nobel Prize, for the discovery in 1978, and instead of being a good girl and standing quietly on the sidelines, she raised a fuss, pointing out that she deserved to be recognized too. She went on to numerous prestigious positions, including at the National Institute of Mental Health and Georgetown University. She was only sixty-seven when she died in 2013. I wish I could have met her.
    Endorphins and other chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline are called neurotransmitters because they send messages of emotion across the brain. But Pert and her colleagues eventually realized that instead of being limited to the brain, receptors for messenger cells exist throughout the body. She described the proteins, or peptides, that flood our system as the “molecules of emotion.” They circulate to share information. And here’s what’s startling: The white blood cells throughout the body have surface receptors, so they grab on to those circulating peptides. If you’re upset, the white blood cells (essentially) figure it out because receptors on their surfaces get the message. Then they swing into action.
    There used to be good reason for the immune system to be tuned in to our emotions. Worry or fear signaled that you felt at risk of being hurt, so when those worry hormones circulated, the immune system prepared to protect and defend. That early alarm to gear up would be a good and possibly lifesaving move if “hurt” means being attacked by a spear, but not so valuable if it’s a result of being unfriended on Facebook. Most of our modern anxieties (Will I get the raise? Will my son get into college?) don’t benefit from white blood cells rushing around on high alert. But the cells go on their mission anyway, leaving inflammation in their wake.
    Gratitude’s first role in keeping us healthy may simply be as a direct antidote to the negative molecules of emotion. When the gratitude, love, and compassion hormones circulate, the white blood cells get the message that the coast is clear and everything is okay. They can turn off their response. “The white blood cell numbers go down and the number of inflammatory molecules goes down and people feel better,” Dr. Liponis said.
    Gratitude keeps the immune system from going into unnecessary overdrive. But sending out those gratitude hormones once won’t have a big effect—you’ve got to make it your steady state. Dr. Liponis had once referred to love as vitamin L, so I told him that I would now think of gratitude as vitamin G.
    “Yes, vitamin G! Take it on a regular basis!” he said.
    Though the shelves of CVS aren’t yet stocked with vitamin G, Dr. Liponis tries to pop a (metaphoric) perspective pill every day. “I’ll be feeling sorry for myself about one little thing, and I’ll stop and remember that it’s all relative. I remind myself all the time that I’m the luckiest guy on earth. The luckiest guy on the planet.”

    ~ book excerpts (The Gratitude Diaries)
    As the head of medicine at Canyon Ranch in Lenox as well as the locations in Tucson, Miami, Las Vegas, and soon in Southeast Asia, Dr. Liponis regularly treated the worried well—people who were healthy but would like to be healthier. He explained that they were often disturbed about something that occurred in the past, which made them depressed, or worried about something in the future, which produced anxiety. “Thinking about the past or future are really the only two ways people can be upset by the world,” Dr. Liponis told me. So when people consulted with him, he asked them how they felt that moment, right now. And before they could launch into grudges, worries, or frustrations, he tried to give them some perspective. “Let’s start by making sure all the limbs are attached,” he said, patting himself all over for an example. “Okay, I’ve got two arms and two legs. That’s a good start. I can see out of two eyes, and I’m breathing and not in any pain. I ate today and I’m not starving. With all that—holy cow, I guess I feel pretty good!” I laughed, but I liked the point. Instead of worrying about the past or fretting about the future, we could all do ourselves a favor by legs, and eyes that could see (with contact lenses for me). But what was the connection between that positive perspective and good health? According to Dr. Liponis, many of the mysteries about our health revolve around the immune system. He told me that one of the biggest discoveries of the last decade was how pivotal a role inflammation plays in modern illness—including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and many others. Inflammation was a stress response of the immune system, caused when the white blood cells rushed to handle what they perceived as a problem. Throughout most of human history, infections were the biggest health problems we faced. The immune system developed to fight those, and it got a lot of practice, since not too long ago, the person who could get over typhus, tetanus, diphtheria, and dysentery would survive and pass on his genes. Others would not. You can see the immune system in action when, for example, streptococcus bacteria get into your throat, causing the ever-common strep throat. You notice inflammation, redness, and swelling at the site as the white blood cells rush over to gobble up the bacteria. They call their buddies to help make antibodies and release the necessary chemicals, and blood flow to the area increases. The numbers can be staggering—as many as 150 billion white blood cells circulating under stressful circumstances, three times as many as normal. The chemical interactions lead to redness and swelling, and it’s not just your throat that hurts. You may get a fever and feel achy all over, since when the immune system is revved up, there’s a system-wide response as well as a local one. The white blood cells fight the infection but leave inflammation in their wake—which scientists are now discovering can be dangerous in itself. Dr. Liponis pointed out that patients who have been hospitalized for pneumonia have double the risk of a heart attack in the next six weeks because of the inflammation from the infection. “There’s a very different list of what’s killing Americans now than there was eighty years ago. Now we’re dying from the white blood cells attacking us instead of the germs,” Dr. Liponis said. But here’s the really interesting part. It now turns out that the immune system may respond to emotions. Worry, anger, or fear send those same white blood cells out on patrol, and even though they don’t have anything specific to attack, they leave a trail of dangerous inflammation. Feeling gratitude could actually counter that effect—and keep our immune systems from spiraling out of control. “The hormones released when you feel gratitude, love, and compassion are very different from those released with worry, anxiety, or fear. Gratitude may be an antidote to many of those negative responses,” Dr. Liponis said. But how could my immune system know that I wrote in my gratitude journal or appreciated my husband? I had an image of these nice little white blood cells saying, “Oh, she’s happy! No need to patrol!” My anthropomorphized chemicals made a lot of sense to me, but fortunately, scientists had looked for other explanations. Dr. Liponis said that the string of physiological responses that unite health and emotion had been best described by a neuroscientist named Candace Pert. As a young graduate student at a lab in Johns Hopkins University, she discovered the first opiate receptor—a surface on certain brain cells to which only a specific molecule could attach. The huge breakthrough led to an understanding of endorphins—what she called “the body’s own pain suppressors and ecstasy inducers.” Her boss won the Lasker Award, which often leads to a Nobel Prize, for the discovery in 1978, and instead of being a good girl and standing quietly on the sidelines, she raised a fuss, pointing out that she deserved to be recognized too. She went on to numerous prestigious positions, including at the National Institute of Mental Health and Georgetown University. She was only sixty-seven when she died in 2013. I wish I could have met her. Endorphins and other chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline are called neurotransmitters because they send messages of emotion across the brain. But Pert and her colleagues eventually realized that instead of being limited to the brain, receptors for messenger cells exist throughout the body. She described the proteins, or peptides, that flood our system as the “molecules of emotion.” They circulate to share information. And here’s what’s startling: The white blood cells throughout the body have surface receptors, so they grab on to those circulating peptides. If you’re upset, the white blood cells (essentially) figure it out because receptors on their surfaces get the message. Then they swing into action. There used to be good reason for the immune system to be tuned in to our emotions. Worry or fear signaled that you felt at risk of being hurt, so when those worry hormones circulated, the immune system prepared to protect and defend. That early alarm to gear up would be a good and possibly lifesaving move if “hurt” means being attacked by a spear, but not so valuable if it’s a result of being unfriended on Facebook. Most of our modern anxieties (Will I get the raise? Will my son get into college?) don’t benefit from white blood cells rushing around on high alert. But the cells go on their mission anyway, leaving inflammation in their wake. Gratitude’s first role in keeping us healthy may simply be as a direct antidote to the negative molecules of emotion. When the gratitude, love, and compassion hormones circulate, the white blood cells get the message that the coast is clear and everything is okay. They can turn off their response. “The white blood cell numbers go down and the number of inflammatory molecules goes down and people feel better,” Dr. Liponis said. Gratitude keeps the immune system from going into unnecessary overdrive. But sending out those gratitude hormones once won’t have a big effect—you’ve got to make it your steady state. Dr. Liponis had once referred to love as vitamin L, so I told him that I would now think of gratitude as vitamin G. “Yes, vitamin G! Take it on a regular basis!” he said. Though the shelves of CVS aren’t yet stocked with vitamin G, Dr. Liponis tries to pop a (metaphoric) perspective pill every day. “I’ll be feeling sorry for myself about one little thing, and I’ll stop and remember that it’s all relative. I remind myself all the time that I’m the luckiest guy on earth. The luckiest guy on the planet.” ~ book excerpts (The Gratitude Diaries)
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  • Hidden Epidemic: Death By Hospital - Candida Auris Seems Unstoppable
    https://thenhf.com/2019/04/15/hidden-epidemic-death-by-hospital/
    By Bill Sardi 4/15/19

    It is only a matter of time now……. we must read between the lines.

    Public health authorities are not forthcoming about a fungal infection that has been stealthily killing people for over a decade.

    There will be no safe place to run to.
    Hospitals will be cordoned off.
    Nurses will refuse to go to work.

    Human populations will die off in large numbers, starting in areas where anti-fungal herbicides have been employed that spawn drug resistance, as an ongoing public health threat that has been hidden for too long, spreads beyond hospital walls and now cannot be reversed.

    That is a predictable scenario given the following facts that have been hidden for too long.

    Health authorities are not going to tell the public what is really going on.

    Most hospitals are threatened with being quarantined and even shuttered if not completely avoided by a frightened public.

    Visitors will not be allowed to enter.

    The health threat posed by a treatment-resistant fungus – Candida auris – is unprecedented.

    It has a 30-60% mortality rate!

    Even after massive sanitation and decontamination measures, the fungal killer that is now making news headlines could not be eradicated.

    An aerosol hydrogen peroxide mist was sprayed in a hospital room; killed off all other bacteria and fungi.

    Only one organism grew back – Candida auris.

    We are only left to guess what health authorities and hospital administrators are hiding to save their own jobs.

    The hospital industry, with its 6210 hospitals, 931,000 beds (66% occupancy), 36 million admissions, 1.7 million registered nurses, a daily census over 600,000 and $1+ trillion of insurance billings, is at risk.

    Only one hospital in South America has admitted it temporarily closed down its intensive care unit over deaths induced by drug-resistant fungus.

    Now another hospital in the United Kingdom has more recently come forward to say it retrospectively tabulated 70 cases of Candida auris dating back to 2015; 90-98% of patients were resistant to fluconazole, the front-line drug for this infection; 18% were resistant to amphotericin B, the anti-fungal drug of last resort; a 20% mortality rate was reported.

    Forced to choose between their jobs or the lives of their patients, which choice do you think the for-profit private hospital industry, which is traded on Wall Street, will choose?

    The most common reason why hospitals have difficulty detecting Candida auris is that it is not in their databases.

    So they haven’t known it existed, that is, until now.

    This drug-resistant fungus is sweeping the Globe, but not by usual means of transmission.

    This unconquerable infection has been allowed to smolder since it was first reported in 2009 in Asia, but in reality, it was probably killing off hospitalized patients long before that.

    While hospital patients were dying, the fungal killer was not listed in laboratory databases so it couldn’t be classified.

    It is often misidentified with other related yeasts.

    A confessional published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy says: “The real burden of Candida auris is uncertain owing to a lack of availability of diagnostic methods for its identification.”

    The mycologists are lost at sea.

    As a chilling report published in the journal Clinical & Infectious Diseases notes, there has been a simultaneous emergence of Candida auris on different continents with the same genetic profile, which suggests it didn’t emanate from a single source and then spread.

    A retrospective investigation finds a case of Candida auris was reported in 1996 and another in 2008 before the so-called first reported case in 2009.

    We can accurately presume it’s been killing off hospital patients for some time now.

    A Secret Pandemic

    Public health authorities are sworn to secrecy. A report published in the New York Times notes that hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs.

    The CDC, under its agreement with States, is not allowed to make public the location or name of hospitals involved in outbreaks.

    A public health contradiction is deadly cases of food poisoning in a restaurant certainly make news headlines but if deaths occur in a hospital due to drug-resistant infections, it is not disclosed.

    The public be damned.

    The Centers for Disease Control is not legally obligated to reveal which hospitals are reporting deaths from this killer that sprung up simultaneously in different parts of the World as if it were planted there.

    The underlying link between the use of anti-fungal herbicides in agriculture and these outbreaks has been disclosed to the Centers for Disease Control whose officials who are mum on the subject.

    The body counts must be far higher. It is “death by hospital.”

    ____________________________________

    “Hospitals are not obliged to inform patients
    if they have the infection, which is most commonly contracted in hospitals.”

    “The move is intended to protect centers and states
    from panic and media attention…”

    The occurrence of resistant infections is often
    “cloaked in secrecy.”

    ___________________________

    And while this monster yeast has yet to spread outside hospitals, it certainly poses a threat to those who are immune compromised – diabetics, malnourished (in particular zinc deficient individuals), those individuals who take immune suppressant drugs, and the very young (under 5 years of age) and the very old, whose immune systems typically aren’t up to par.

    Here is how news reporters and infectious disease specialists describe this horror story:

    “The most worrying ‘superbug’ on the CDC’s radar…”.
    – The Daily Mail

    “This bug is the most difficult we’ve ever seen.”
    – Chief of Mycotic Diseases, CDC.

    “There aren’t many bright spots in the looming battle against Candida auris.” — Wired.com

    Nightmare on Hospital Street

    It survives despite all the hospital-disinfection strategies to destroy it. Gowns, gloves, disinfectants, bleach have all failed.

    The longer the hospital stay the greater the chance of infection.

    Patients with breathing tubes, urinary catheters, and intravenous tubes are at greatest risk.

    More than 90% of Candida-auris infections are resistant to one drug and another 30% resistant to two or more drugs.

    In general, Candida auris is uniformly non-susceptible to fluconazole (which is front-line drug treatment), which has also been reported previously in Asia, Europe, South Africa, South America, and North America.

    When other anti-fungals fail, amphotericin B is employed as a drug of last resort.

    However, “remarkably high amphotericin B resistance rates, i.e., ~8% in Candida auris warrant attention as amphotericin B resistance is extremely rare in Candida species.”

    “The last-resort drug, amphotericin, is so toxic, its severe fever-and-chills have been dubbed “shake and bake.”

    Doctors avoid amphotericin whenever possible.

    Will it Spread beyond Hospitals: Yes or No?

    Journalist Susan Matthews, writing at Slate.com, says the public doesn’t need to worry about the new drug-resistant super fungus.

    “The fungus is a very legitimate public health issue, but for almost everyone in the world,” she says, “it will not be a personal health issue.”

    Matthews notes that the fungal outbreak is more likely to be hyped to demand greater funding for research than it is to protect the public at large.

    While there may be some truth to that, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, takes the contrary position while writing at Forbes.com, and says “don’t take Candida lightly.”

    He explains: “It can invade your body and kill you if your immune system is weakened.”

    This fungus doesn’t know where hospital walls start and stop.

    Screening efforts found 453 people had the yeast on their body but were not ill.

    This “fungus that is among us” is ubiquitous.

    It’s not the fungus, it is a compromised immune system that is allowing this fungus to kill.

    Modern medicine is paying a steep price for its over-reliance upon (failed) drugs rather than a strategy to elevate immune defenses.

    “Unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations.”

    Scientists predict millions could die, eclipsing the number who die of cancer!

    A recent report published in the journal PLoS Pathogens entitled “Candida auris:

    An Emerging Pathogen ‘Incognito’” states: “Candida auris… carries an astonishingly high mortality rate.”

    Whereas most candida infections arise from the patient’s own gastrointestinal tract, this one spreads rapidly among patients, and it is efficiently transmitted from person-to-person.

    A nightmare no one wants to hear.

    It Shuts off the Immune System

    Another observation is that candida infections usually arise as the immune response is compromised, as evidenced by neutropenia – a shortage of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is a first responder to infection of any kind. But this time it’s different.

    Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeniel Nett at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine notes that Candida auris is invasive despite the absence of neutropenia!

    Neutrophils usually kill fungi by a process called phagocytosis — the ingestion of fungi and other germs — and then disposes of these pathogens.

    About 50% fewer neutrophils are produced in response to Candida auris compared to Candida albicans, a more common form of candida infection. This fungus is actually turning off the immune response.

    Where in the World did it come from?

    In 2013, Dr. Jacques Meis, a microbiologist in the Netherlands, noted that itraconazole, an anti-fungal drug that is prescribed for another fungal infection (Aspergillus), is a molecular copy of azole pesticides and weed killers that are used to dust crops.

    Treatment-resistant Aspergillus infections began showing up where azole fungicides were being used.

    The CDC has been informed of this.

    A similar problem is occurring with the agricultural use of triazole fungicides in the eradication of Aspergillus, a fungus that poses a threat to crops. Anti-fungal resistance to triazole anti-fungals is now said to pose a threat to human health.

    Candida albicans is the most frequently isolated species in hospital settings.

    The companies that sell anti-fungals to the agriculture industry are in the know as to the geographical distribution of their products.

    Drug Efflux

    Another common reason for drug resistance to all forms of bacteria and fungi is drug efflux.

    The drugs are shuttled out of the infected cells by internal pumps.

    Various natural molecules (carvacrol from oregano; thymol from thyme; cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon, lovage from Levisticum) potentially reverse drug resistance by inhibition of efflux (expulsion) of the drug from infected cells.

    But these natural remedies go unused.

    Zinc to the Rescue

    If everybody in America reads and heeds this report, there won’t be a bottle of zinc left on store shelves.

    Ditto for garlic.

    Zinc supplementation has been shown to exhibit beneficial effects on many pediatric illnesses.

    In a study of 724 children in a pediatric intensive care unit, patients were placed on zinc supplementation (20 mg) or given a placebo.

    The existence of Candida in the blood and urine were lower in the group that received zinc and the death rate was reduced by 68%.

    ZINC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
    Source: Journal Clinical Biochemistry & Nutrition Vol. 64, No. 2, 2019

    ZINC GROUP (358) - PLACEBO (366)

    Candida infection in blood
    64 (17.9%) - 94 (25.7%)

    Candida infection in urine
    57 (15.9%) - 91 (24.9%)

    Treated with anti-fungal drug
    41 - 85

    Antibiotic treatment/ days
    6.2 days - 10.2 days

    Length of stay in intensive care unit
    10.7 days - 16.1 days

    Death
    17 (4.7%) - 29 (7.9%)

    Since 1996 it was reported that malnourished children experience a shrinkage (involution) of their thymus gland that converts white blood cells that originate in the bone marrow (B cells) to thymus cells (T cells).

    T-cells comprise a subpopulation of white blood cells that develop long-term antibodies to various germs.

    After one month of zinc therapy (2 mg), the size of the thymus gland normalized whereas children receiving nutrients without zinc took 2 months to recover normal thymus gland size.

    The duration of hospitalization was halved.

    It took over two decades for infectious disease investigators to revisit zinc therapy.

    At least since 1977-1978, it has been documented that zinc deficiency induces a shrinkage of the thymus gland and impairs the immune system (T cells). Zinc therapy increases the size of the thymus gland and infections associated with malnutrition.

    The severity of Candida infections appear to involve an environment where copper predominates over zinc.

    Allicin (garlic)

    Allicin, the initially active principal in crushed garlic, is considered to be similar to that of fluconazole, the first-line drug used to treat Candida infections.

    Amphotericin B works better when combined with allicin.
    Amphotericin B + allicin induces serious damage to fungi.

    Both fluconazole and allicin exhibit a common mechanism — the suppression of the Sirtuin1 survival gene.

    Candida has the ability to grow into long filaments.

    Allicin down-regulates the Sirtuin1 survival gene (-5.54 fold) similar to fluconazole (-3.48) and is reported to inhibit the filamentary growth (hyphae) as well as fluconazole.

    Fresh garlic extract inhibits the growth of Candida albicans and has potential to improve the effect of antibiotics on antibiotic resistant pathogens.

    Candida fungus in a lab dish (left) and in lab dish with
    fresh-crushed garlic (right). Kill-zone is wider in garlic dish.

    Most commercially sold garlic pills do not provide allicin, even the brands advertised to provide allicin.

    Allicin is produced when a clove of garlic is crushed to mix alliin with allinase, the activating enzyme.

    But hydrochloric acid in the stomach destroys the enzyme and no allicin is produced unless that garlic clove is crushed prior to ingestion and the enzyme is activated outside of an acid environment.

    The challenge then becomes how to swallow such a pungent bolus of crushed garlic.

    Vitamin D (Sunshine)

    Hospitals do no screening of newly admitted patients to determine their level of immunity.

    It is noteworthy that a third of patients not malnourished at the time of hospital admission become malnourished during their hospital stay.

    Then patients are thrust unto dark, sun-less rooms where the main source of vitamin D, sunshine, is blocked.

    Low vitamin-D blood levels are associated with infections.
    Vitamin D influences neutrophils, white blood cells that destroy funguses. Vitamin-D deficiency may depress neutrophil responsiveness to funguses like Candida.

    Hospitals ignore the immune status of new patients upon admission, then allow these same patients to develop infections like Candida, for which doctors must then use anti-fungal drugs to rescue patients from the edge of death.

    When those drugs fail due to germ resistance, modern medicine has no fallback position.

    Patients are needlessly left to die.

    The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) recently proposed that “addressing disease-[associated] malnutrition in hospitalized patients should be a national goal in the United States.”

    Another inexplicable Phenomenon Explained

    It is unclear why laboratory mice appear to control Candida auris, while human neutrophils fail to recognize and kill the pathogen.

    Unlike humans, most mammals like mice internally secrete their own vitamin C from their liver. In the animal kingdom, except for fruit bats, guinea pigs and primate monkeys, vitamin C is continually produced day and night, more so when under physical or mental stress.

    Vitamin C was once a human hormone.

    But a mutation in the GULO gene that halts production of an enzyme (gulonolactone oxidase), that in turn converts blood sugar to vitamin C, has forced humans to be totally reliant upon their diet for this essential vitamin.

    Vitamin C is reported to accumulate neutrophils.

    A deficiency of vitamin C renders a person vulnerable to infection via neutropenia (lack of neutrophils). Does the fact mice endogenously produce vitamin C while humans do not explain why laboratory mice control Candida auris?

    While vitamin C plays a key role in neutrophil activation and in trapping neutrophils to facilitate the death of pathogens like Candida, 0ver-activation of neutrophils may result in tissue and organ injury. Vitamin C prevents this over-activation. This protection may be critical to survive Candida infections.

    Amphotericin B, a last-resort drug to treat Candida infections, is administered intravenously.

    Of interest, it is reported that the survival rate of Candida-infected patients receiving Amphotericin B was less than 11% compared to 53% survival with Amphotericin B + intravenous vitamin C.

    A new type of vitamin-C pill that is said to reactivate a flawed gene to internally produce vitamin C on a 24/7 is now available.

    Of the first 22 people who have taken the pill, 22 have experienced round-the-clock elevated blood levels of vitamin C without reliance upon the diet or C supplements. This could be a game changer for humanity.

    Selenium, an essential trace mineral, also activates neutrophils and has been documented to do so in humans.

    Summary

    The public must read between the lines of reports emanating from news bureaus and public health agencies.

    Candida auris has been in existence for years now. Deaths have either been hidden from tabulation because of misidentification of the fungus, or from frank cover-ups within the industry itself.

    If an outbreak of Candida auris should occur, there would not be enough drugs to prevent or treat millions of patients on short notice.

    A panicked public would then be forced to reach for proven but previously ignored alternatives like zinc, garlic (allicin), and vitamins C and D.

    Doctors didn’t go to medical school to prescribe garlic and vitamin pills. Hospital pharmacists hold their nose at these natural remedies. So, don’t run to doctors to obtain their approval.

    Make sure your immune system is up to par with the every-day use of these herbal and vitamin supplements.

    Stock up on these remedies before panic begins. Remember, whatever you are reading or hearing about Candida auris, you are not getting the whole story, which is being kept under wraps.

    Don’t let Candida auris sneak up on you or your family because you mistakenly relied upon the Centers For Disease Control for your information.

    The consequences could be grave.

    Hidden Epidemic: Death By Hospital - Candida Auris Seems Unstoppable https://thenhf.com/2019/04/15/hidden-epidemic-death-by-hospital/ By Bill Sardi 4/15/19 It is only a matter of time now……. we must read between the lines. Public health authorities are not forthcoming about a fungal infection that has been stealthily killing people for over a decade. There will be no safe place to run to. Hospitals will be cordoned off. Nurses will refuse to go to work. Human populations will die off in large numbers, starting in areas where anti-fungal herbicides have been employed that spawn drug resistance, as an ongoing public health threat that has been hidden for too long, spreads beyond hospital walls and now cannot be reversed. That is a predictable scenario given the following facts that have been hidden for too long. Health authorities are not going to tell the public what is really going on. Most hospitals are threatened with being quarantined and even shuttered if not completely avoided by a frightened public. Visitors will not be allowed to enter. The health threat posed by a treatment-resistant fungus – Candida auris – is unprecedented. It has a 30-60% mortality rate! Even after massive sanitation and decontamination measures, the fungal killer that is now making news headlines could not be eradicated. An aerosol hydrogen peroxide mist was sprayed in a hospital room; killed off all other bacteria and fungi. Only one organism grew back – Candida auris. We are only left to guess what health authorities and hospital administrators are hiding to save their own jobs. The hospital industry, with its 6210 hospitals, 931,000 beds (66% occupancy), 36 million admissions, 1.7 million registered nurses, a daily census over 600,000 and $1+ trillion of insurance billings, is at risk. Only one hospital in South America has admitted it temporarily closed down its intensive care unit over deaths induced by drug-resistant fungus. Now another hospital in the United Kingdom has more recently come forward to say it retrospectively tabulated 70 cases of Candida auris dating back to 2015; 90-98% of patients were resistant to fluconazole, the front-line drug for this infection; 18% were resistant to amphotericin B, the anti-fungal drug of last resort; a 20% mortality rate was reported. Forced to choose between their jobs or the lives of their patients, which choice do you think the for-profit private hospital industry, which is traded on Wall Street, will choose? The most common reason why hospitals have difficulty detecting Candida auris is that it is not in their databases. So they haven’t known it existed, that is, until now. This drug-resistant fungus is sweeping the Globe, but not by usual means of transmission. This unconquerable infection has been allowed to smolder since it was first reported in 2009 in Asia, but in reality, it was probably killing off hospitalized patients long before that. While hospital patients were dying, the fungal killer was not listed in laboratory databases so it couldn’t be classified. It is often misidentified with other related yeasts. A confessional published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy says: “The real burden of Candida auris is uncertain owing to a lack of availability of diagnostic methods for its identification.” The mycologists are lost at sea. As a chilling report published in the journal Clinical & Infectious Diseases notes, there has been a simultaneous emergence of Candida auris on different continents with the same genetic profile, which suggests it didn’t emanate from a single source and then spread. A retrospective investigation finds a case of Candida auris was reported in 1996 and another in 2008 before the so-called first reported case in 2009. We can accurately presume it’s been killing off hospital patients for some time now. A Secret Pandemic Public health authorities are sworn to secrecy. A report published in the New York Times notes that hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs. The CDC, under its agreement with States, is not allowed to make public the location or name of hospitals involved in outbreaks. A public health contradiction is deadly cases of food poisoning in a restaurant certainly make news headlines but if deaths occur in a hospital due to drug-resistant infections, it is not disclosed. The public be damned. The Centers for Disease Control is not legally obligated to reveal which hospitals are reporting deaths from this killer that sprung up simultaneously in different parts of the World as if it were planted there. The underlying link between the use of anti-fungal herbicides in agriculture and these outbreaks has been disclosed to the Centers for Disease Control whose officials who are mum on the subject. The body counts must be far higher. It is “death by hospital.” ____________________________________ “Hospitals are not obliged to inform patients if they have the infection, which is most commonly contracted in hospitals.” “The move is intended to protect centers and states from panic and media attention…” The occurrence of resistant infections is often “cloaked in secrecy.” ___________________________ And while this monster yeast has yet to spread outside hospitals, it certainly poses a threat to those who are immune compromised – diabetics, malnourished (in particular zinc deficient individuals), those individuals who take immune suppressant drugs, and the very young (under 5 years of age) and the very old, whose immune systems typically aren’t up to par. Here is how news reporters and infectious disease specialists describe this horror story: “The most worrying ‘superbug’ on the CDC’s radar…”. – The Daily Mail “This bug is the most difficult we’ve ever seen.” – Chief of Mycotic Diseases, CDC. “There aren’t many bright spots in the looming battle against Candida auris.” — Wired.com Nightmare on Hospital Street It survives despite all the hospital-disinfection strategies to destroy it. Gowns, gloves, disinfectants, bleach have all failed. The longer the hospital stay the greater the chance of infection. Patients with breathing tubes, urinary catheters, and intravenous tubes are at greatest risk. More than 90% of Candida-auris infections are resistant to one drug and another 30% resistant to two or more drugs. In general, Candida auris is uniformly non-susceptible to fluconazole (which is front-line drug treatment), which has also been reported previously in Asia, Europe, South Africa, South America, and North America. When other anti-fungals fail, amphotericin B is employed as a drug of last resort. However, “remarkably high amphotericin B resistance rates, i.e., ~8% in Candida auris warrant attention as amphotericin B resistance is extremely rare in Candida species.” “The last-resort drug, amphotericin, is so toxic, its severe fever-and-chills have been dubbed “shake and bake.” Doctors avoid amphotericin whenever possible. Will it Spread beyond Hospitals: Yes or No? Journalist Susan Matthews, writing at Slate.com, says the public doesn’t need to worry about the new drug-resistant super fungus. “The fungus is a very legitimate public health issue, but for almost everyone in the world,” she says, “it will not be a personal health issue.” Matthews notes that the fungal outbreak is more likely to be hyped to demand greater funding for research than it is to protect the public at large. While there may be some truth to that, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, takes the contrary position while writing at Forbes.com, and says “don’t take Candida lightly.” He explains: “It can invade your body and kill you if your immune system is weakened.” This fungus doesn’t know where hospital walls start and stop. Screening efforts found 453 people had the yeast on their body but were not ill. This “fungus that is among us” is ubiquitous. It’s not the fungus, it is a compromised immune system that is allowing this fungus to kill. Modern medicine is paying a steep price for its over-reliance upon (failed) drugs rather than a strategy to elevate immune defenses. “Unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations.” Scientists predict millions could die, eclipsing the number who die of cancer! A recent report published in the journal PLoS Pathogens entitled “Candida auris: An Emerging Pathogen ‘Incognito’” states: “Candida auris… carries an astonishingly high mortality rate.” Whereas most candida infections arise from the patient’s own gastrointestinal tract, this one spreads rapidly among patients, and it is efficiently transmitted from person-to-person. A nightmare no one wants to hear. It Shuts off the Immune System Another observation is that candida infections usually arise as the immune response is compromised, as evidenced by neutropenia – a shortage of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is a first responder to infection of any kind. But this time it’s different. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeniel Nett at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine notes that Candida auris is invasive despite the absence of neutropenia! Neutrophils usually kill fungi by a process called phagocytosis — the ingestion of fungi and other germs — and then disposes of these pathogens. About 50% fewer neutrophils are produced in response to Candida auris compared to Candida albicans, a more common form of candida infection. This fungus is actually turning off the immune response. Where in the World did it come from? In 2013, Dr. Jacques Meis, a microbiologist in the Netherlands, noted that itraconazole, an anti-fungal drug that is prescribed for another fungal infection (Aspergillus), is a molecular copy of azole pesticides and weed killers that are used to dust crops. Treatment-resistant Aspergillus infections began showing up where azole fungicides were being used. The CDC has been informed of this. A similar problem is occurring with the agricultural use of triazole fungicides in the eradication of Aspergillus, a fungus that poses a threat to crops. Anti-fungal resistance to triazole anti-fungals is now said to pose a threat to human health. Candida albicans is the most frequently isolated species in hospital settings. The companies that sell anti-fungals to the agriculture industry are in the know as to the geographical distribution of their products. Drug Efflux Another common reason for drug resistance to all forms of bacteria and fungi is drug efflux. The drugs are shuttled out of the infected cells by internal pumps. Various natural molecules (carvacrol from oregano; thymol from thyme; cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon, lovage from Levisticum) potentially reverse drug resistance by inhibition of efflux (expulsion) of the drug from infected cells. But these natural remedies go unused. Zinc to the Rescue If everybody in America reads and heeds this report, there won’t be a bottle of zinc left on store shelves. Ditto for garlic. Zinc supplementation has been shown to exhibit beneficial effects on many pediatric illnesses. In a study of 724 children in a pediatric intensive care unit, patients were placed on zinc supplementation (20 mg) or given a placebo. The existence of Candida in the blood and urine were lower in the group that received zinc and the death rate was reduced by 68%. ZINC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT Source: Journal Clinical Biochemistry & Nutrition Vol. 64, No. 2, 2019 ZINC GROUP (358) - PLACEBO (366) Candida infection in blood 64 (17.9%) - 94 (25.7%) Candida infection in urine 57 (15.9%) - 91 (24.9%) Treated with anti-fungal drug 41 - 85 Antibiotic treatment/ days 6.2 days - 10.2 days Length of stay in intensive care unit 10.7 days - 16.1 days Death 17 (4.7%) - 29 (7.9%) Since 1996 it was reported that malnourished children experience a shrinkage (involution) of their thymus gland that converts white blood cells that originate in the bone marrow (B cells) to thymus cells (T cells). T-cells comprise a subpopulation of white blood cells that develop long-term antibodies to various germs. After one month of zinc therapy (2 mg), the size of the thymus gland normalized whereas children receiving nutrients without zinc took 2 months to recover normal thymus gland size. The duration of hospitalization was halved. It took over two decades for infectious disease investigators to revisit zinc therapy. At least since 1977-1978, it has been documented that zinc deficiency induces a shrinkage of the thymus gland and impairs the immune system (T cells). Zinc therapy increases the size of the thymus gland and infections associated with malnutrition. The severity of Candida infections appear to involve an environment where copper predominates over zinc. Allicin (garlic) Allicin, the initially active principal in crushed garlic, is considered to be similar to that of fluconazole, the first-line drug used to treat Candida infections. Amphotericin B works better when combined with allicin. Amphotericin B + allicin induces serious damage to fungi. Both fluconazole and allicin exhibit a common mechanism — the suppression of the Sirtuin1 survival gene. Candida has the ability to grow into long filaments. Allicin down-regulates the Sirtuin1 survival gene (-5.54 fold) similar to fluconazole (-3.48) and is reported to inhibit the filamentary growth (hyphae) as well as fluconazole. Fresh garlic extract inhibits the growth of Candida albicans and has potential to improve the effect of antibiotics on antibiotic resistant pathogens. Candida fungus in a lab dish (left) and in lab dish with fresh-crushed garlic (right). Kill-zone is wider in garlic dish. Most commercially sold garlic pills do not provide allicin, even the brands advertised to provide allicin. Allicin is produced when a clove of garlic is crushed to mix alliin with allinase, the activating enzyme. But hydrochloric acid in the stomach destroys the enzyme and no allicin is produced unless that garlic clove is crushed prior to ingestion and the enzyme is activated outside of an acid environment. The challenge then becomes how to swallow such a pungent bolus of crushed garlic. Vitamin D (Sunshine) Hospitals do no screening of newly admitted patients to determine their level of immunity. It is noteworthy that a third of patients not malnourished at the time of hospital admission become malnourished during their hospital stay. Then patients are thrust unto dark, sun-less rooms where the main source of vitamin D, sunshine, is blocked. Low vitamin-D blood levels are associated with infections. Vitamin D influences neutrophils, white blood cells that destroy funguses. Vitamin-D deficiency may depress neutrophil responsiveness to funguses like Candida. Hospitals ignore the immune status of new patients upon admission, then allow these same patients to develop infections like Candida, for which doctors must then use anti-fungal drugs to rescue patients from the edge of death. When those drugs fail due to germ resistance, modern medicine has no fallback position. Patients are needlessly left to die. The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) recently proposed that “addressing disease-[associated] malnutrition in hospitalized patients should be a national goal in the United States.” Another inexplicable Phenomenon Explained It is unclear why laboratory mice appear to control Candida auris, while human neutrophils fail to recognize and kill the pathogen. Unlike humans, most mammals like mice internally secrete their own vitamin C from their liver. In the animal kingdom, except for fruit bats, guinea pigs and primate monkeys, vitamin C is continually produced day and night, more so when under physical or mental stress. Vitamin C was once a human hormone. But a mutation in the GULO gene that halts production of an enzyme (gulonolactone oxidase), that in turn converts blood sugar to vitamin C, has forced humans to be totally reliant upon their diet for this essential vitamin. Vitamin C is reported to accumulate neutrophils. A deficiency of vitamin C renders a person vulnerable to infection via neutropenia (lack of neutrophils). Does the fact mice endogenously produce vitamin C while humans do not explain why laboratory mice control Candida auris? While vitamin C plays a key role in neutrophil activation and in trapping neutrophils to facilitate the death of pathogens like Candida, 0ver-activation of neutrophils may result in tissue and organ injury. Vitamin C prevents this over-activation. This protection may be critical to survive Candida infections. Amphotericin B, a last-resort drug to treat Candida infections, is administered intravenously. Of interest, it is reported that the survival rate of Candida-infected patients receiving Amphotericin B was less than 11% compared to 53% survival with Amphotericin B + intravenous vitamin C. A new type of vitamin-C pill that is said to reactivate a flawed gene to internally produce vitamin C on a 24/7 is now available. Of the first 22 people who have taken the pill, 22 have experienced round-the-clock elevated blood levels of vitamin C without reliance upon the diet or C supplements. This could be a game changer for humanity. Selenium, an essential trace mineral, also activates neutrophils and has been documented to do so in humans. Summary The public must read between the lines of reports emanating from news bureaus and public health agencies. Candida auris has been in existence for years now. Deaths have either been hidden from tabulation because of misidentification of the fungus, or from frank cover-ups within the industry itself. If an outbreak of Candida auris should occur, there would not be enough drugs to prevent or treat millions of patients on short notice. A panicked public would then be forced to reach for proven but previously ignored alternatives like zinc, garlic (allicin), and vitamins C and D. Doctors didn’t go to medical school to prescribe garlic and vitamin pills. Hospital pharmacists hold their nose at these natural remedies. So, don’t run to doctors to obtain their approval. Make sure your immune system is up to par with the every-day use of these herbal and vitamin supplements. Stock up on these remedies before panic begins. Remember, whatever you are reading or hearing about Candida auris, you are not getting the whole story, which is being kept under wraps. Don’t let Candida auris sneak up on you or your family because you mistakenly relied upon the Centers For Disease Control for your information. The consequences could be grave.
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  • Another must read book! How easy is it to make an entire town sick in America, or even Canada, so simple, it would blow your mind! Read the book, GERMS by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad! There is no doubt in my mind, Canada will see terrorist activity soon! It may just come in the form of the stories in this book!
    Another must read book! How easy is it to make an entire town sick in America, or even Canada, so simple, it would blow your mind! Read the book, GERMS by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad! There is no doubt in my mind, Canada will see terrorist activity soon! It may just come in the form of the stories in this book!
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  • The Making of a Monster: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments
    https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/08/the-making-of-a-monster-were-all-lab-rats-in-the-governments-secret-experiments/
    Posted By Luther Blissett By John W. Whitehead 4/8/19

    “But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster.

    This is not a new development, nor is it a revelation.

    This is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world—including its own citizenry—in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good.

    Mind you, there is no greater good when the government is involved.

    There is only greater greed for money and power.

    Unfortunately, the public has become so easily distracted by the political spectacle coming out of Washington, DC, that they are altogether oblivious to the grisly experiments, barbaric behavior and inhumane conditions that have become synonymous with the U.S. government.

    These horrors are being meted out against humans and animals alike.

    It’s heartbreaking enough when you hear about police shooting family dogs that pose no threat—beloved pets that are “guilty” of little more than barking, or wagging a tag, or racing towards them in greeting—at an alarming rate somewhere in the vicinity of 500 dogs a day.

    What I’m about to share goes beyond heartbreaking to horrifying.

    For instance, did you know that the U.S. government has been buying hundreds of dogs and cats from “Asian meat markets” as part of a gruesome experiment into food-borne illnesses?

    The cannibalistic experiments involve killing cats and dogs purchased from Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia, and then feeding the dead remains to laboratory kittens, bred in government laboratories for the express purpose of being infected with a disease and then killed.

    It gets more gruesome.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has been removing parts of dogs’ brains to see how it affects their breathing; applying electrodes to dogs’ spinal cords (before and after severing them) to see how it impacts their cough reflexes; and implanting pacemakers in dogs’ hearts and then inducing them to have heart attacks (before draining their blood).

    All of the laboratory dogs are killed during the course of these experiments.

    It’s not just animals that are being treated like lab rats by government agencies.

    “We the people” have also become the police state’s guinea pigs: to be caged, branded, experimented upon without our knowledge or consent, and then conveniently discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects.

    Back in 2017, FEMA “inadvertently” exposed nearly 10,000 firefighters, paramedics and other responders to a deadly form of ricin during simulated bioterrorism response sessions.

    In 2015, it was discovered that an Army lab had been “mistakenly” shipping deadly anthrax to labs and defense contractors for a decade.

    While these particular incidents have been dismissed as “accidents,” you don’t have to dig very deep or go very back in the nation’s history to uncover numerous cases in which the government deliberately conducted secret experiments on an unsuspecting populace—citizens and noncitizens alike—making healthy people sick by spraying them with chemicals, injecting them with infectious diseases and exposing them to airborne toxins.

    At the time, the government reasoned that it was legitimate to experiment on people who did not have full rights in society such as prisoners, mental patients, and poor blacks.

    In Alabama, for example, 600 black men with syphilis were allowed to suffer without proper medical treatment in order to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis.

    In California, older prisoners had testicles from livestock and from recently executed convicts implanted in them to test their virility. In Connecticut, mental patients were injected with hepatitis.

    In Maryland, sleeping prisoners had a pandemic flu virus sprayed up their noses. In Georgia, two dozen “volunteering” prison inmates had gonorrhea bacteria pumped directly into their urinary tracts through the penis.

    In Michigan, male patients at an insane asylum were exposed to the flu after first being injected with an experimental flu vaccine. In Minnesota, 11 public service employee “volunteers” were injected with malaria, then starved for five days.

    In New York, dying patients had cancer cells introduced into their systems. In Ohio, over 100 inmates were injected with live cancer cells.

    Also in New York, prisoners at a reformatory prison were also split into two groups to determine how a deadly stomach virus was spread:

    1) the first group was made to swallow an unfiltered stool suspension, while the second group merely breathed in germs sprayed into the air.

    2) And in Staten Island, children with mental retardation were given hepatitis orally and by injection to see if they could then be cured.

    As the Associated Press reports, “The late 1940s and 1950s saw huge growth in the U.S. pharmaceutical and health care industries, accompanied by a boom in prisoner experiments funded by both the government and corporations. By the 1960s, at least half the states allowed prisoners to be used as medical guinea pigs … because they were cheaper than chimpanzees.”

    Moreover, “Some of these studies, mostly from the 1940s to the ’60s, apparently were never covered by news media. Others were reported at the time, but the focus was on the promise of enduring new cures, while glossing over how test subjects were treated.”

    Media blackouts, propaganda, spin.
    Sound familiar?

    How many government incursions into our freedoms have been blacked out, buried under “entertainment” news headlines, or spun in such a way as to suggest that anyone voicing a word of caution is paranoid or conspiratorial?

    Unfortunately, these incidents are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the atrocities the government has inflicted on an unsuspecting populace in the name of secret experimentation.

    For instance, there was the U.S. military’s secret race-based testing of mustard gas on more than 60,000 enlisted men.

    As NPR reports, “All of the World War II experiments with mustard gas were done in secret and weren’t recorded on the subjects’ official military records. Most do not have proof of what they went through.

    They received no follow-up health care or monitoring of any kind.

    And they were sworn to secrecy about the tests under threat of dishonorable discharge and military prison time, leaving some unable to receive adequate medical treatment for their injuries, because they couldn’t tell doctors what happened to them.”

    And then there was the CIA’s MKULTRA program in which hundreds of unsuspecting American civilians and military personnel were dosed with LSD, some having the hallucinogenic drug slipped into their drinks at the beach, in city bars, at restaurants.

    As Time reports, “before the documentation and other facts of the program were made public, those who talked of it were frequently dismissed as being psychotic.”

    Now one might argue that this is all ancient history and that the government today is different from the government of yesteryear, but has the U.S. government really changed?

    Has the government become any more humane, any more respectful of the rights of the citizenry?

    Has it become any more transparent or willing to abide by the rule of law?
    Has it become any more truthful about its activities?
    Has it become any more cognizant of its appointed role as a guardian of our rights?
    Or has the government simply hunkered down and hidden its nefarious acts and dastardly experiments under layers of secrecy, legalism and obfuscations? Has it not become wilier, more slippery, more difficult to pin down?

    Having mastered the Orwellian art of Doublespeak and followed the Huxleyan blueprint for distraction and diversion, are we not dealing with a government that is simply craftier and more conniving that it used to be?

    Consider this: after revelations about the government’s experiments spanning the 20th century spawned outrage, the government began looking for human guinea pigs in other countries, where “clinical trials could be done more cheaply and with fewer rules.”

    In Guatemala, prisoners and patients at a mental hospital were infected with syphilis, “apparently to test whether penicillin could prevent some sexually transmitted disease.”

    In Uganda, U.S.-funded doctors “failed to give the AIDS drug AZT to all the HIV-infected pregnant women in a study… even though it would have protected their newborns.”

    Meanwhile, in Nigeria, children with meningitis were used to test an antibiotic named Trovan.

    Eleven children died and many others were left disabled.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Case in point: back in 2016, it was announced that scientists working for the Department of Homeland Security would begin releasing various gasses and particles on crowded subway platforms as part of an experiment aimed at testing bioterror airflow in New York subways.

    The government insisted that the gases released into the subways by the DHS were nontoxic and did not pose a health risk. It’s in our best interests, they said, to understand how quickly a chemical or biological terrorist attack might spread.

    And look how cool the technology is—said the government cheerleaders—that scientists can use something called DNATrax to track the movement of microscopic substances in air and food. (Imagine the kinds of surveillance that could be carried out by the government using trackable airborne microscopic substances you breathe in or ingest.)

    Mind you, this is the same government that in 1949 sprayed bacteria into the Pentagon’s air handling system, then the world’s largest office building.

    In 1950, special ops forces sprayed bacteria from Navy ships off the coast of Norfolk and San Francisco, in the latter case exposing all of the city’s 800,000 residents.

    In 1953, government operatives staged “mock” anthrax attacks on St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Winnipeg using generators placed on top of cars.

    Local governments were reportedly told that “‘invisible smokescreen[s]’ were being deployed to mask the city on enemy radar.”

    Later experiments covered territory as wide-ranging as Ohio to Texas and Michigan to Kansas.

    In 1965, the government’s experiments in bioterror took aim at Washington’s National Airport, followed by a 1966 experiment in which army scientists exposed a million subway NYC passengers to airborne bacteria that causes food poisoning.

    And this is the same government that has taken every bit of technology sold to us as being in our best interests—GPS devices, surveillance, nonlethal weapons, etc.—and used it against us, to track, control and trap us.

    So, no, I don’t think the government’s ethics have changed much over the years.

    It’s just taken its nefarious programs undercover.

    The question remains: why is the government doing this?

    The answer is always the same: money, power and total domination.

    It’s the same answer no matter which totalitarian regime is in power.

    The mindset driving these programs has, appropriately, been likened to that of Nazi doctors experimenting on Jews.

    As the Holocaust Museum recounts, Nazi physicians “conducted painful and often deadly experiments on thousands of concentration camp prisoners without their consent.”

    The Nazi’s unethical experiments ran the gamut from freezing experiments using prisoners to find an effective treatment for hypothermia, tests to determine the maximum altitude for parachuting out of a plane, injecting prisoners with malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and infectious hepatitis, exposing prisoners to phosgene and mustard gas, and mass sterilization experiments.

    The horrors being meted out against the American people can be traced back, in a direct line, to the horrors meted out in Nazi laboratories.

    In fact, following the second World War, the U.S. government recruited many of Hitler’s employees, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about law and order and experimentation, and implemented his tactics in incremental steps.

    Sounds far-fetched, you say?
    Read on. It’s all documented.

    As historian Robert Gellately recounts, the Nazi police state was initially so admired for its efficiency and order by the world powers of the day that Herbert Hoover, then-head of the FBI, actually sent one of his right-hand men, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 at the invitation of Germany’s secret police, the Gestapo.

    The FBI was so impressed with the Nazi regime that, according to the New York Times, in the decades after World War II, the FBI, along with other government agencies, aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen.

    All told, thousands of Nazi collaborators—including the head of a Nazi concentration camp, among others—were given secret visas and brought to America by way of Project Paperclip.

    Subsequently, they were hired on as spies, informants and scientific advisers, and then camouflaged to ensure that their true identities and ties to Hitler’s holocaust machine would remain unknown.

    All the while, thousands of Jewish refugees were refused entry visas to the U.S. on the grounds that it could threaten national security.

    Adding further insult to injury, American taxpayers have been paying to keep these ex-Nazis on the U.S. government’s payroll ever since.

    And in true Gestapo fashion, anyone who has dared to blow the whistle on the FBI’s illicit Nazi ties has found himself spied upon, intimidated, harassed and labeled a threat to national security.

    As if the government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World War II wasn’t bad enough, U.S. government agencies—the FBI, CIA and the military—have since fully embraced many of the Nazi’s well-honed policing tactics, and have used them repeatedly against American citizens.

    It’s certainly easy to denounce the full-frontal horrors carried out by the scientific and medical community within a despotic regime such as Nazi Germany, but what do you do when it’s your own government that claims to be a champion of human rights all the while allowing its agents to engage in the foulest, bases and most despicable acts of torture, abuse and experimentation?

    When all is said and done, this is not a government that has our best interests at heart.

    This is not a government that values us.

    Perhaps the answer lies in The Third Man, Carol Reed’s influential 1949 film starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

    In the film, set in a post-WW II Vienna, rogue war profiteer Harry Lime has come to view human carnage with a callous indifference, unconcerned that the diluted penicillin he’s been trafficking underground has resulted in the tortured deaths of young children.

    Challenged by his old friend Holly Martins to consider the consequences of his actions, Lime responds, “In these days, old man, nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t, so why should we?”

    “Have you ever seen any of your victims?” asks Martins.

    “Victims?” responds Limes, as he looks down from the top of a Ferris wheel onto a populace reduced to mere dots on the ground.

    “Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever?

    If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?

    Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax — the only way you can save money nowadays.”

    As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is how the U.S. government sees us, too, when it looks down upon us from its lofty perch.

    To the powers-that-be, the rest of us are insignificant specks, faceless dots on the ground.

    To the architects of the American police state, we are not worthy or vested with inherent rights.

    This is how the government can justify treating us like economic units to be bought and sold and traded, or caged rats to be experimented upon and discarded when we’ve outgrown our usefulness.

    To those who call the shots in the halls of government, “we the people” are merely the means to an end.

    “We the people”—who think, who reason, who take a stand, who resist, who demand to be treated with dignity and care, who believe in freedom and justice for all—have become obsolete, undervalued citizens of a totalitarian state that, in the words of Rod Serling, “has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom.”

    In this sense, we are all Romney Wordsworth, the condemned man in Serling’s Twilight Zone episode “The Obsolete Man.”

    “The Obsolete Man” speaks to the dangers of a government that views people as expendable once they have outgrown their usefulness to the State.

    Yet—and here’s the kicker—this is where the government through its monstrous inhumanity also becomes obsolete.

    As Serling noted in his original script for “The Obsolete Man,” “Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man…that state is obsolete.”

    How do you defeat a monster?

    You start by recognizing the monster for what it is.
    The Making of a Monster: We’re All Lab Rats in the Government’s Secret Experiments https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/08/the-making-of-a-monster-were-all-lab-rats-in-the-governments-secret-experiments/ Posted By Luther Blissett By John W. Whitehead 4/8/19 “But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster. This is not a new development, nor is it a revelation. This is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world—including its own citizenry—in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good. Mind you, there is no greater good when the government is involved. There is only greater greed for money and power. Unfortunately, the public has become so easily distracted by the political spectacle coming out of Washington, DC, that they are altogether oblivious to the grisly experiments, barbaric behavior and inhumane conditions that have become synonymous with the U.S. government. These horrors are being meted out against humans and animals alike. It’s heartbreaking enough when you hear about police shooting family dogs that pose no threat—beloved pets that are “guilty” of little more than barking, or wagging a tag, or racing towards them in greeting—at an alarming rate somewhere in the vicinity of 500 dogs a day. What I’m about to share goes beyond heartbreaking to horrifying. For instance, did you know that the U.S. government has been buying hundreds of dogs and cats from “Asian meat markets” as part of a gruesome experiment into food-borne illnesses? The cannibalistic experiments involve killing cats and dogs purchased from Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia, and then feeding the dead remains to laboratory kittens, bred in government laboratories for the express purpose of being infected with a disease and then killed. It gets more gruesome. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been removing parts of dogs’ brains to see how it affects their breathing; applying electrodes to dogs’ spinal cords (before and after severing them) to see how it impacts their cough reflexes; and implanting pacemakers in dogs’ hearts and then inducing them to have heart attacks (before draining their blood). All of the laboratory dogs are killed during the course of these experiments. It’s not just animals that are being treated like lab rats by government agencies. “We the people” have also become the police state’s guinea pigs: to be caged, branded, experimented upon without our knowledge or consent, and then conveniently discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects. Back in 2017, FEMA “inadvertently” exposed nearly 10,000 firefighters, paramedics and other responders to a deadly form of ricin during simulated bioterrorism response sessions. In 2015, it was discovered that an Army lab had been “mistakenly” shipping deadly anthrax to labs and defense contractors for a decade. While these particular incidents have been dismissed as “accidents,” you don’t have to dig very deep or go very back in the nation’s history to uncover numerous cases in which the government deliberately conducted secret experiments on an unsuspecting populace—citizens and noncitizens alike—making healthy people sick by spraying them with chemicals, injecting them with infectious diseases and exposing them to airborne toxins. At the time, the government reasoned that it was legitimate to experiment on people who did not have full rights in society such as prisoners, mental patients, and poor blacks. In Alabama, for example, 600 black men with syphilis were allowed to suffer without proper medical treatment in order to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis. In California, older prisoners had testicles from livestock and from recently executed convicts implanted in them to test their virility. In Connecticut, mental patients were injected with hepatitis. In Maryland, sleeping prisoners had a pandemic flu virus sprayed up their noses. In Georgia, two dozen “volunteering” prison inmates had gonorrhea bacteria pumped directly into their urinary tracts through the penis. In Michigan, male patients at an insane asylum were exposed to the flu after first being injected with an experimental flu vaccine. In Minnesota, 11 public service employee “volunteers” were injected with malaria, then starved for five days. In New York, dying patients had cancer cells introduced into their systems. In Ohio, over 100 inmates were injected with live cancer cells. Also in New York, prisoners at a reformatory prison were also split into two groups to determine how a deadly stomach virus was spread: 1) the first group was made to swallow an unfiltered stool suspension, while the second group merely breathed in germs sprayed into the air. 2) And in Staten Island, children with mental retardation were given hepatitis orally and by injection to see if they could then be cured. As the Associated Press reports, “The late 1940s and 1950s saw huge growth in the U.S. pharmaceutical and health care industries, accompanied by a boom in prisoner experiments funded by both the government and corporations. By the 1960s, at least half the states allowed prisoners to be used as medical guinea pigs … because they were cheaper than chimpanzees.” Moreover, “Some of these studies, mostly from the 1940s to the ’60s, apparently were never covered by news media. Others were reported at the time, but the focus was on the promise of enduring new cures, while glossing over how test subjects were treated.” Media blackouts, propaganda, spin. Sound familiar? How many government incursions into our freedoms have been blacked out, buried under “entertainment” news headlines, or spun in such a way as to suggest that anyone voicing a word of caution is paranoid or conspiratorial? Unfortunately, these incidents are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the atrocities the government has inflicted on an unsuspecting populace in the name of secret experimentation. For instance, there was the U.S. military’s secret race-based testing of mustard gas on more than 60,000 enlisted men. As NPR reports, “All of the World War II experiments with mustard gas were done in secret and weren’t recorded on the subjects’ official military records. Most do not have proof of what they went through. They received no follow-up health care or monitoring of any kind. And they were sworn to secrecy about the tests under threat of dishonorable discharge and military prison time, leaving some unable to receive adequate medical treatment for their injuries, because they couldn’t tell doctors what happened to them.” And then there was the CIA’s MKULTRA program in which hundreds of unsuspecting American civilians and military personnel were dosed with LSD, some having the hallucinogenic drug slipped into their drinks at the beach, in city bars, at restaurants. As Time reports, “before the documentation and other facts of the program were made public, those who talked of it were frequently dismissed as being psychotic.” Now one might argue that this is all ancient history and that the government today is different from the government of yesteryear, but has the U.S. government really changed? Has the government become any more humane, any more respectful of the rights of the citizenry? Has it become any more transparent or willing to abide by the rule of law? Has it become any more truthful about its activities? Has it become any more cognizant of its appointed role as a guardian of our rights? Or has the government simply hunkered down and hidden its nefarious acts and dastardly experiments under layers of secrecy, legalism and obfuscations? Has it not become wilier, more slippery, more difficult to pin down? Having mastered the Orwellian art of Doublespeak and followed the Huxleyan blueprint for distraction and diversion, are we not dealing with a government that is simply craftier and more conniving that it used to be? Consider this: after revelations about the government’s experiments spanning the 20th century spawned outrage, the government began looking for human guinea pigs in other countries, where “clinical trials could be done more cheaply and with fewer rules.” In Guatemala, prisoners and patients at a mental hospital were infected with syphilis, “apparently to test whether penicillin could prevent some sexually transmitted disease.” In Uganda, U.S.-funded doctors “failed to give the AIDS drug AZT to all the HIV-infected pregnant women in a study… even though it would have protected their newborns.” Meanwhile, in Nigeria, children with meningitis were used to test an antibiotic named Trovan. Eleven children died and many others were left disabled. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Case in point: back in 2016, it was announced that scientists working for the Department of Homeland Security would begin releasing various gasses and particles on crowded subway platforms as part of an experiment aimed at testing bioterror airflow in New York subways. The government insisted that the gases released into the subways by the DHS were nontoxic and did not pose a health risk. It’s in our best interests, they said, to understand how quickly a chemical or biological terrorist attack might spread. And look how cool the technology is—said the government cheerleaders—that scientists can use something called DNATrax to track the movement of microscopic substances in air and food. (Imagine the kinds of surveillance that could be carried out by the government using trackable airborne microscopic substances you breathe in or ingest.) Mind you, this is the same government that in 1949 sprayed bacteria into the Pentagon’s air handling system, then the world’s largest office building. In 1950, special ops forces sprayed bacteria from Navy ships off the coast of Norfolk and San Francisco, in the latter case exposing all of the city’s 800,000 residents. In 1953, government operatives staged “mock” anthrax attacks on St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Winnipeg using generators placed on top of cars. Local governments were reportedly told that “‘invisible smokescreen[s]’ were being deployed to mask the city on enemy radar.” Later experiments covered territory as wide-ranging as Ohio to Texas and Michigan to Kansas. In 1965, the government’s experiments in bioterror took aim at Washington’s National Airport, followed by a 1966 experiment in which army scientists exposed a million subway NYC passengers to airborne bacteria that causes food poisoning. And this is the same government that has taken every bit of technology sold to us as being in our best interests—GPS devices, surveillance, nonlethal weapons, etc.—and used it against us, to track, control and trap us. So, no, I don’t think the government’s ethics have changed much over the years. It’s just taken its nefarious programs undercover. The question remains: why is the government doing this? The answer is always the same: money, power and total domination. It’s the same answer no matter which totalitarian regime is in power. The mindset driving these programs has, appropriately, been likened to that of Nazi doctors experimenting on Jews. As the Holocaust Museum recounts, Nazi physicians “conducted painful and often deadly experiments on thousands of concentration camp prisoners without their consent.” The Nazi’s unethical experiments ran the gamut from freezing experiments using prisoners to find an effective treatment for hypothermia, tests to determine the maximum altitude for parachuting out of a plane, injecting prisoners with malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and infectious hepatitis, exposing prisoners to phosgene and mustard gas, and mass sterilization experiments. The horrors being meted out against the American people can be traced back, in a direct line, to the horrors meted out in Nazi laboratories. In fact, following the second World War, the U.S. government recruited many of Hitler’s employees, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about law and order and experimentation, and implemented his tactics in incremental steps. Sounds far-fetched, you say? Read on. It’s all documented. As historian Robert Gellately recounts, the Nazi police state was initially so admired for its efficiency and order by the world powers of the day that Herbert Hoover, then-head of the FBI, actually sent one of his right-hand men, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 at the invitation of Germany’s secret police, the Gestapo. The FBI was so impressed with the Nazi regime that, according to the New York Times, in the decades after World War II, the FBI, along with other government agencies, aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen. All told, thousands of Nazi collaborators—including the head of a Nazi concentration camp, among others—were given secret visas and brought to America by way of Project Paperclip. Subsequently, they were hired on as spies, informants and scientific advisers, and then camouflaged to ensure that their true identities and ties to Hitler’s holocaust machine would remain unknown. All the while, thousands of Jewish refugees were refused entry visas to the U.S. on the grounds that it could threaten national security. Adding further insult to injury, American taxpayers have been paying to keep these ex-Nazis on the U.S. government’s payroll ever since. And in true Gestapo fashion, anyone who has dared to blow the whistle on the FBI’s illicit Nazi ties has found himself spied upon, intimidated, harassed and labeled a threat to national security. As if the government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World War II wasn’t bad enough, U.S. government agencies—the FBI, CIA and the military—have since fully embraced many of the Nazi’s well-honed policing tactics, and have used them repeatedly against American citizens. It’s certainly easy to denounce the full-frontal horrors carried out by the scientific and medical community within a despotic regime such as Nazi Germany, but what do you do when it’s your own government that claims to be a champion of human rights all the while allowing its agents to engage in the foulest, bases and most despicable acts of torture, abuse and experimentation? When all is said and done, this is not a government that has our best interests at heart. This is not a government that values us. Perhaps the answer lies in The Third Man, Carol Reed’s influential 1949 film starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. In the film, set in a post-WW II Vienna, rogue war profiteer Harry Lime has come to view human carnage with a callous indifference, unconcerned that the diluted penicillin he’s been trafficking underground has resulted in the tortured deaths of young children. Challenged by his old friend Holly Martins to consider the consequences of his actions, Lime responds, “In these days, old man, nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t, so why should we?” “Have you ever seen any of your victims?” asks Martins. “Victims?” responds Limes, as he looks down from the top of a Ferris wheel onto a populace reduced to mere dots on the ground. “Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax — the only way you can save money nowadays.” As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is how the U.S. government sees us, too, when it looks down upon us from its lofty perch. To the powers-that-be, the rest of us are insignificant specks, faceless dots on the ground. To the architects of the American police state, we are not worthy or vested with inherent rights. This is how the government can justify treating us like economic units to be bought and sold and traded, or caged rats to be experimented upon and discarded when we’ve outgrown our usefulness. To those who call the shots in the halls of government, “we the people” are merely the means to an end. “We the people”—who think, who reason, who take a stand, who resist, who demand to be treated with dignity and care, who believe in freedom and justice for all—have become obsolete, undervalued citizens of a totalitarian state that, in the words of Rod Serling, “has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom.” In this sense, we are all Romney Wordsworth, the condemned man in Serling’s Twilight Zone episode “The Obsolete Man.” “The Obsolete Man” speaks to the dangers of a government that views people as expendable once they have outgrown their usefulness to the State. Yet—and here’s the kicker—this is where the government through its monstrous inhumanity also becomes obsolete. As Serling noted in his original script for “The Obsolete Man,” “Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man…that state is obsolete.” How do you defeat a monster? You start by recognizing the monster for what it is.
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    One of my faves on Twaddle, @catturd, posted this today. She is a GENIUS. Chair hair lamp squash burp glasses water phone oil wire barn grass fungus fiber chicken Spain printer shade soccer stone fence hammer battery book drywall buggy France tornado tub guitar bacon trout goat fire germs. There - I just made more sense than Alexandria Cowfart-Cortez aka Occasionally Coherent Kotex...
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