The Second Declaration of Indepencence

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just going through the motions

Just going through the motions while cruising on the Titanic

As I watch Congress do business as usual, I keep getting this sinking feeling that I’m on the Titanic and I’m just going through the motions of my daily routine and trying to make a living. I know that Congress will still be doing business as usual as the lower decks flood with sea water and the stern raises high into the air just prior to breaking in half and making the final icy plunge.

One hundred and eighty six republican’s voted to extend the dead line to shut down the runaway government and that tells us that there are 186 cowardly representatives in office. Well maybe they are not just cowards after all; maybe they also have a vested interest in keeping a bloated and corrupt government operating.

Yes we are all just going through the motions, none of us has a clue as to what tomorrow may bring and none of us have a clue if we will be employed or in business tomorrow and like the Titanic, few of us will have a life boat to get into.

Our Captain has given orders to sail full speed into the dark of night and head long into iceberg laden waters and has hung a do not disturb sign on his door. As long as our country is without leadership, there will be uncertainty and we will just remain, going through the motions, until we slip under the waves.

When are we going to finally declare that our captain is not fit for service and remove him from his responsibilities before we all go down with the Titanic?

Looking back over the past several years should wake up even the most lethargic citizen and show us that something is terribly wrong in Washington. However those that have been sufficiently or thoroughly indoctrinated by our government based schools system and progressive riddled entertainment world, will cling to the credence that they are entitled and that the wealthy owes them a plush living.

For those of us that are not so lethargic or completely indoctrinated, we need to let our representatives know that we are more than willing to let Congress shut down the federal government. In fact we insist that they do shut it down so that the populace can see for themselves that yes you can survive without government and that yes in fact life is actually much better that way.

For those that are dependent on social security, do not fear Social Security is a contract with the people and can not stop even if the government should shut down.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Big Pharma

One thing that you can most surely count on is the fact that almost everyone would like to see the medical industry overhauled because it has gotten completely out of control and out of reach for most. But it is much worse than that even.

In the days gone by, we had medical practitioners of every ilk imaginable, some on the right track and some were nothing short of charlatans or quacks who peddled snake oil and really bizarre treatments. Although there were many slick operators ready to empty your pocket for quackery, there was the ever growing medical industry making slow but steady progress.

Today things have changed greatly, we have the AMA, the FDA and many more government agencies controlling the medical industry to the point of total and utter confusion and frustration. And yet things haven't really changed at all because we still have quacks, snake oil peddlers and charlatans who operate totally outside of the law, and we have quacks, snake oil peddlers and charlatans who operate hand in hand with the government, the AMA and the FDA.

The following article by Chemist Shane Ellison is only a small but very good example of why our medical industry is such a sham and why it is so expensive.

Yes we can all agree that we need to change the whole medical system but to endorse anything like Obamacare would be going in just exactly the wrong direction. The past has demonstrated very well that government will always side with the greedy and seedy and we need to get government out of all of our affairs including the medical industry.

The same can be said for the banking industry, farming, manufacturing industry, education, travel and on and on infinite.



By Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People's Chemist
March 5, 2011

One Nation Under Drugs

As a medicinal chemist, I ignored my suspicion that an insidious and deliberate effort to get each and every American hooked on drugs, while at the same time bankrupting them, existed between Big Pharma and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I enjoyed my work. Drug design paid well and kept me comfortably isolated in a high-tech lab, fully equipped to help me bend and twist matter at will. The last thing I wanted to think of was a plot designed to sabotage health and wealth using my chemistry skills. But over time, experience confirmed my suspicion as fact and revealed something even scarier.

My passion for drug design arose from the miracle of emergency medicine, one of man’s greatest scientific achievements. Sadly though, medicine is no longer exclusive to emergency use. Today it’s being used in a deadly game of profiteering. Herein lies a story of deceit and a chemist’s abandonment of modern medicine.

My suspicion of modern medicine began while I was employed by Eli Lilly to design a new generation of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs, a class which includes tamoxifen and raloxifene. Initially, they were thought to block estrogen receptors and thereby halt breast cancer. As time progressed, it was learned that they were also capable of activating estrogen receptors and boosting cancer growth. The Journal of the American Medical Association recognized this trend and published, “Our data add to the growing body of evidence that recent long-term use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and that such use may be related particularly to lobular tumors.”

My task was made clear: Design HRT ‘knock-offs’ that are effective without causing cancer. My attempt to design safer alternatives began with small alterations to the two-dimensional structure of tamoxifen. It was unsuccessful. All chemical cousins acted as cancer fertilizer and after one year, the project was ended. Access to tamoxifen and other HRT meds however, was not.

Despite its ability to inflame cancer, tamoxifen continued to be used as the Gold-Standard in breast cancer treatment. As a young naïve chemist, I was determined to learn how such a dangerous drug could get through the prestigious FDA approval process.

Pink Ribbon Campaign doesn’t Fight Cancer

Tamoxifen was developed by British company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), whose pharmaceutical division was later spun off as Astra Zeneca. Knowing that “demand drives drug approval,” ICI established National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Fueled by fear, women worldwide began pushing for more choices in cancer drugs, and in Big Pharma language, that means more drug approvals. Tamoxifen demand was successfully created and expanded every subsequent year thanks to ICI’s self-serving pink ribbon campaign.

But, how did tamoxifen sail past the protective blood-brain barrier of the FDA? A quick lesson in statistical contortionism shows how.

Just like chemists manipulate the properties of matter, Big Pharma manipulates studies using “checkbook science.” This allows them to pay for the design and interpretation of clinical trials. Tamoxifen studies were conveniently stopped at five years, the minimum amount of time required for cancer to develop. This successfully hid its cancer causing problem. But just like their pink campaigns, there’s more stink.

In 1992, tamoxifen evangelist Dr. Bernard Fisher, working for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), received $68 million in federal money to assess whether the drug could prevent breast cancer. In an effort to make tamoxifen appear safe and effective, Fisher failed to report falsified data and enrollment fraud to the NCI, casting further stench over the study and resulting in his termination as director. The smoke and mirrors showed that tamoxifen reduced breast cancer by 50%. In reality, it was an insignificant 1.3%, absolute difference.

Checkbook science isn’t illegal by FDA standards. It’s been going on for over 20 years. Known as the Bayh-Dole Act, U.S law was amended in 1980 to permit flagrant conflicts of interest, ones that allow the industry to design drug trials and hire experts to conjure up favorable results at will.

One Study Gets FDA Approval

Once demand was created, and checkbook science in place, the FDA only needed one study to approve tamoxifen in record time – 30 days. They did this by hiring advisors with Big Pharma financial ties to sit on its review committee. Failing to do their homework, only ten percent of the case reports from women enrolled in the tamoxifen trials were reviewed by the committee. But, most alarming to me as a chemist, it was still given a green light as a preventive cancer treatment for healthy women!

Aiming for wealth, not health, Big Pharma hit the financial bull’s eye. As the Gold-Standard for breast cancer treatment today, generic tamoxifen rakes in billions every year with few noticing its “ little cancer problem,” as it became known in our lab.

Big Pharma Pays for Drug Review

I thought I was getting paid well as a new drug chemist; I was driving a brand new PT Cruiser (which my wife hated), had $15,000 in stock options and was offered a $10,000 incentive to buy a new house. Heck, if I was really good, I would get a $4,500 dollar raise after a year, which equated to a weekly burrito at Chipotle, with guacamole (which is extra) and Mountain Dew included.

A closer look at the real drug profits however, revealed I wasn’t even making pennies on the pharmaceutical dollar and neither were the biology researchers. Drug profits were going to the pharmaceutical titans, their shareholders and to the FDA.

Rather than being funded solely by taxpayers, our drug administration is being paid by the very industry it’s supposed to regulate. This is legal—courtesy of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. Today, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA is dependent on drug companies for nearly half of its funding.

502 Million Children Could Be Fed…

Drug lobbying is another slimy practice that greases the “FDA revolving door,” and blurs the line between the drug industry and the U.S. government. According to a report by the Center for Public Integrity, congressmen are outnumbered two to one by lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry. And many are later put onto the government payroll and vice -versa. Total pharmaceutical lobbying in 2009 came to a whopping $267,893,947, enough to feed 502 million starving African children. Instead, it pays to grease the drug approval pipe-line via 450 lobbying organizations, 1,743 lobbyists, and 1,113 revolvers (congress and senior congressional staffers who revolve in and out of the private and public sectors).

Why Doctors can’t keep up with Safety

Doctors can’t keep up with safety and efficacy of tamoxifen or any other drugs being used today. But this hasn’t changed their prescribing habits. Medical ghost writing, the slimy practice of hiring PhD’s to crank out drug reports that hype benefits and hide negative side effects, has successfully brainwashed most physicians into thinking that “the benefits of drugs outweigh risks.”

Once completed, drug companies recruit doctor’s to put their name on the report as authors. These reports are then published in prestigious medical journals. The dangling carrots for this deceitful practice are money and prestige. Ghostwriters earn up to $20,000 per report and . doctors receive the acclaim of being published. Ultimately, patients get bad drugs disguised as good medicine resulting in carnage like the Vioxx™ body count – 55,000 people died from taking “the safest pain killer,” as it was lauded in ghost written articles.

As deplorable as medical ghostwriting sounds, it’s more common than you might think. Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor for the New England Journal of Medicine, insists that he can’t find drug review authors who don’t have financial ties to drug companies. The editor of the British Journal of Medicine admitted that, “We are being hoodwinked by the drug companies. The articles come in with doctors’ names on them and we often find some of them have little or no idea about what they have written.”

The Prescription Drug Leviathan

The conspiracy pays well. Annual global drug profits, if stacked in cash, would occupy two thousand “towers” of bills, each one as high as the Empire State Building. In 2009, global revenues from prescription drugs topped $837 billion, and the United States took the largest bite out of the pharmaceutical pie, consuming $300.3 billion in prescriptions. Big Pharma, with the collusion of the FDA, is now half way to its goal of marketing the entire country into drug dependence. According%

Monday, March 7, 2011

The reality of going green

""Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, also asserts that Obama wants $8-a-gallon gasoline to drive America toward green energy,""

Going green to some Americans seems like a really good idea and to them it also seems as though it would provide jobs while reducing pollution.

The reality of it proves to be otherwise.

Imagine that you are a corporation looking for a shiny new project for making money in the coming decades. Are you going to spend millions of dollars developing new technology and more to gear up your company in order to replace fossil fuels as an energy source?

It is highly unlikely that any individual or corporation would ever take such a risk given the fact that the world has vast deposits of oil and coal that are so plentiful and far cheaper sources of energy.

Even if Obama succeeds in driving up energy prices, as he has shown his desire to in order to dry up the source, no one would think of spending their own money to go green because a stroke of a pen or the changing of the guard could change that over night and destroy any company foolish enough to take the chance that the government could and would suppress fossil fuels over the long haul.

Perhaps Obama really believes in what he is doing, but he needs to get a reality check and perhaps the best way would be for Obama to start up his own “privately funded’ green company and go as green as he wishes.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Private versus government schooling

Figures Don't Lie

In the United States, we spend over $10,000 per child per year to educate them in the public school system. About 29% of those funds come from property taxes levied against homeowners and commercial businesses.

In 2004, property taxes collected across the United States totaled $307 BILLION DOLLARS. Of that figure, 96.9% was used for education. That means of the $307 billion in property taxes collected, $297.5 billion went to education.

But that only accounts for 29% of the funds. In total, we spend nearly $1 TRILLION DOLLARS a year to educate the children in the public school system in the United States.

Private schools cost about ¼ to ½ of the same price that public schools cost the taxpayer per year and you don’t have to worry about the state trying to indoctrinate your loved ones.

It seems like a no-brainer, but there will be battles to win to convince some that this is the best course to take. Many folks will not want to pay for an education for their children when there already is a system in place, even though the system is widely accepted by about everyone as a catastrophic failure at educating children.

There will also be the folks who will resist because they believe in “political correctness” or rather the indoctrination of children to further their political agendas.

Perhaps one place to start would be to try and convince our legislatures that those who pay for their own children’s education should be exempted from paying property taxes. At the very least, this money could go a long way to dig our way out of the hole that we are in because of government overspending on all levels of state and federal.

However the chances of that flying are astronomical and it comes down to parents, who want the best for their children, to simply choose a private school.

One might think that in time folks would get the point that the children who are educated by private schools have an advantage over those that are not and that this would spell doom and a natural death for the public government school system.

However the public school system will not go away without a fight and will use what ever underhanded tactic at hand to stay in power and who knows, they may even try to outlaw the private tutoring of our children.

Private schooling would be the fastest way for the US to become competitive again, providing that we can get government out of the rest of our business and our lives.

There are other bonuses as well; because the schools usually have strict rules about any kind of abuse such as drug use, bullying or other bad behavior, your child has a better and safer learning environment.

Another benefit is that these schools want your child to succeed so that their reputation gains them new and more students to teach. You can be assured that your child will learn much more than their public counterparts and will be happier about it as well.

Can a seed commit suicide?

Can a seed commit suicide?

Monsanto Corporation is reportedly working to incorporate a suicide gene in its genetically engineered seeds so that no one can store them for future use. It all sounds a bit far fetched but then welcome to the 21st century.

Monsanto is also reportedly trying to purchase all rights to all seeds used in the food production of the world. Could that possibly include non genetically engineered seeds as well? Is this all part of a science fiction novel that hasn’t hit print yet?

Few of us could even dream up a scenario like this and if it is just made up, where is Hollywood?

Congress just passed into law a brand new government agency under the so called “Food Safety Act” that is supported by, sheez I’d never have guessed, Monsanto and George Soros and probably written by them as well.

I think that would make about 11 or is it 12 government agencies now that were enacted to protect “control” our food supply and yet we still have salmonella and e coli getting into our food on a fairly regular basis.

Are you worried yet?

We that love life and freedom are going to need help. I can not even begin to try to get a handle of it all, it is just too big and overwhelming.

It is going to require an army of concerned and dedicated citizens to sort out all of the damage that our congress has allowed greedy corrupted corporations and foreign agents to thrust upon us for the sake of control and money.

The above scenario seems to be only a small fraction of the grand schemes of diabolical misdeeds by greedy corporations and sleazy government officials. Where does one start?

Once the banks control all of the world’s money, one corporation controls the world’s food supply, one corporation controls the world’s health care and we have a one world government, will the world be enough for them?

Where is James Bond when you need him?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reagan calls citizens to direct and immediate action

While still a Hollywood man, Ronald Reagan took to the radio airwaves to speak out against a national health care bill, then referred to as the Ferrand Bill and later the King Bill. Although 50 years ahead of his time, Reagan's impassioned address warned that such a bill would not only bring an erosion of private rights and individual freedoms but would also give socialism and statism a "foot in the door."

In his memorable peroration, Reagan calls citizens to direct and immediate action. It's a call as timely today as it was 50 years ago. Otherwise, says Reagan, "One of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

Radio Address on Socialized Medicine, 1961:

My name is Ronald Reagan. I have been asked to talk on several subjects that have to do with the problems of the day. ...

Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program. ...

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.

Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We had an example of this. Under the Truman administration, it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.

So, with the American people on record as not wanting socialized medicine, Congressman Ferrand introduced the Ferrand Bill. This was the idea that all people of Social Security age should be brought under a program of compulsory health insurance. Now this would not only be our senior citizens, this would be the dependents and those who are disabled, this would be young people if they are dependents of someone eligible for Social Security.

Now, Congressman Ferrand brought the program out on that idea of just for that group of people. But Congressman Ferrand was subscribing to this foot-in-the-door philosophy, because, he said, "[I]f we can only break through and get our foot inside the door, then we can expand the program after that."

Walter Ruther said, "It's no secret that the United Automobile Workers is officially on record as backing a program of national health insurance.” And by national health insurance, he meant socialized medicine for every American. Well, let's see what the socialists themselves have to say about it.

They say, "Once the Ferrand Bill is passed, this nation will be provided with a mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.” Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned. ...

It is presented in the idea of a great emergency that millions of our senior citizens are unable to provide needed medical care. But this ignores the fact that, in the last decade, 127 million of our citizens in just 10 years have come under the protection of some form of privately owned medical or hospital insurance.

Now the advocates of this bill, when you try to oppose it, challenge you on an emotional basis. They say, "What would you do, throw these poor old people out to die with no medical attention?" That's ridiculous, and of course no one's advocated it. ...

What reason could the other people have for backing a bill which says, "We insist on compulsory health insurance for senior citizens on the basis of age alone, regardless of whether they're worth millions of dollars, whether they have an income, whether they're protected by their own insurance, whether they have savings?"

I think we can be excused for believing that, as ex-Congressman Ferrand said, this was simply an excuse to bring about what they wanted all the time -- socialized medicine.

James Madison in 1788, speaking to the Virginia Convention, said: "Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations."

The privacy, the care that is given to a person, the right to chose a doctor, the right to go from one doctor to the other ... this is a freedom that I wonder whether any of us have the right to take from any human being. ... From here it is a short step to all the rest of socialism. ...

The Founding Fathers -- for the first time -- established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God-given right and ability to determine our own destiny. ...

What can we do about this? Well, you and I can do a great deal. We can write to our congressmen and our senators. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms. And at the moment, the key issue is we do not want socialized medicine. ...

Write those letters now; call your friends and tell them to write them. If you don't, this program I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day, as Normal Thomas said, we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this, and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Obamacare boondoggle was illegally funded

It has been discovered that the Obamacare boondoggle was illegally funded by deceitful and blatantly insane and off the wall measures that only a mad man could dream up. The bill itself contained its own funding measures and is a blatant and fraudulent attempt to make an end run around congress for funding of an unwanted and unconstitutional bill.

Congress alone has the responsibility of funding projects such as this and hiding a funding measure within a bill like this is blatantly criminal in every respect.

If Obama care is as good as Obama claims it is, why is it then that the bill was rammed through by fraud and stealth (hidden within a dead appropriations bill and given a misleading and deceptive label and then passed in the darkness of night), fraudulently presented and secretly and fraudulently funded?

This bill should be struck down and killed in its entirety simply because it was hatched out of deceit, fraudulently handled every step of the way and has been officially judged as unconstitutional by the courts, not to mention the fact that it is un-American as it gets and unacceptable in every aspect to anyone who believes in freedom and our way of life.

Does Obama really think that he is so much smarter than all the rest of us that he needs to usurp the legal and political processes and operate outside of the law in order to do what he himself thinks is good for us? Or is it something more bizarre, progressive, dangerous and sinister than that?

Orrin Hatch and other members of congress have fallen short of calling Obama what he appears to be and simply say that he is over his head and simply doesn’t know what to do. If that is true, who on earth is the brilliant b*&%*#d that is hatching out all this crap?

And second if it is someone else pulling the strings it makes no difference anyway because this is something that America cannot tolerate, accept or harbor and still expect to survive as a free nation.

This is something that must be stopped in its tracks and we must also be on guard so as not to slide down this slippery slope again.

Washington needs to learn that the people are in charge and will not tolerate such shenanigans from the White House, the Justice Department or Congress.

The blatant corruption in Washington has gone on far too long and it is time for the people to realize that they can no longer tolerate such criminal activity and expect to remain comfortable and safely ensconced in a free nation.