Despite Safety Worries, Work on Deadly Flu to Be Released

The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, probably within a few months, despite recommendations by the United States that some information be kept secret for fear that terrorists could use it to start epidemics.

The announcement, made on Friday by the World Health Organization, follows two months of heated debate about the flu research. The recommendation to publish the work in full came from a meeting of 22 experts in flu and public health from various countries who met on Thursday and Friday in Geneva at the organization’s headquarters to discuss “urgent issues” raised by the research.

Most of the group felt that any theoretical risk of the virus’s being used by terrorists was far outweighed by the “real and present danger” of similar flu viruses in the wild, and by the need to study them and freely share information that could help identify the exact changes that might signal that a virus is developing the ability to cause a pandemic, said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who represented the United States at the meeting.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/health/details-of-bird-flu-research-will-be-released.html?_r=2&hp

“Fouchier says he consulted widely within the Netherlands before submitting his manuscript for publication. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the work, has agreed to the publication, says Fouchier, including officials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (NIH declined to answer questions for this story.)”

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/11/scientists-brace-for-media-storm.html

It seems that under the glare of publicity, the NIH is disavowing its earlier support for disclosure.

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After America, There is No Place to Go

“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide 98% of the vote. I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.

“Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people, about 30 daily.

“The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.

“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.”

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/after-america-there-is-no-place-to-go/blog-254691/

Interesting article. Regardless of whether you agree with all of it, you can see how this country is going down the same path.  But that shouldn’t be surprising considering that hitler’s financial backers were based in london and new york and did quite well for themselves during the war.  Prescott Bush, for example.

So is it really a conspiracy theory to think that the economic collapse is deliberate?  Only if you’re totally ignorant both of history and current events.   The media makes it quite easy to overlook certain crucial facts such as how the “federal” reserve created the credit bubble over the cries of real economists from across the political spectrum, making it the single most culpable institution in our current situation, and making a bundle of money for its owners.  Or how the bush admin protected wholesale fraud in the housing bubble, leading inevitably to its collapse and the vast enrichment of the insiders.  Or how fraudulent “insurance” called credit default swaps were sold by CIA cut-out AIG to the same insiders with the clear expectation that the US taxpayer would be saddled with the result.  Or how the economic shock doctrine has been used repeatedly, from the weimar republic to chile to guatemala, to arrange for annointed dictators to assume power.   Is it an accident that the path to our current economic situation was undertaken shortly after the cold war could no longer be used as a tool of social control?  (think nafta)

Wishful thinking is no more rational than unfounded conspiracy theories.  But in any case “unfounded” simply doesn’t apply here.  The record is out in public.  Use your head.  They’re lying and the media says nothing.  Are you still buying?

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