All posts by Rich Winkel

The Euro Has Been a Smashing Success

It’s a technique for neutering politics and empowering the corporations even more.

“Robert Mundell, evil genius of the euro

“For the architect of the euro, taking macroeconomics away from elected politicians and forcing deregulation were part of the plan …

“The idea that the euro has “failed” is dangerously naive. The euro is doing exactly what its progenitor – and the wealthy 1%-ers who adopted it – predicted and planned for it to do. …

“The euro would really do its work when crises hit, Mundell explained. Removing a government’s control over currency would prevent nasty little elected officials from using Keynesian monetary and fiscal juice to pull a nation out of recession.

“It puts monetary policy out of the reach of politicians,” he said. “[And] without fiscal policy, the only way nations can keep jobs is by the competitive reduction of rules on business.”

“He cited labor laws, environmental regulations and, of course, taxes. All would be flushed away by the euro. Democracy would not be allowed to interfere with the marketplace …

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/26/robert-mundell-evil-genius-euro

Where Does Money Come From?

The Giant Federal Reserve Scam That Most Americans Do Not Understand

“How is money created?  If you ask average people on the street this question, most of them have absolutely no idea.  This is rather odd, because we all use money constantly.  You would think that it would only be natural for all of us to know where it comes from.  So where does money come from?  A lot of people assume that the federal government creates our money, but that is not the case.  If the federal government could just print and spend more money whenever it wanted to, our national debt would be zero.  But instead, our national debt is now nearly 16 trillion dollars.  So why does our government (or any sovereign government for that matter) have to borrow money from anybody?  That is a very good question.  The truth is that in theory the U.S. government does not have to borrow a single penny from anyone.  But under the Federal Reserve system, the U.S. government has purposely allowed itself to be subjugated to a financial system in which it will be constantly borrowing larger and larger amounts of money.  In fact, this is how it works in the vast majority of the countries on the planet at this point.  As you will see, this kind of system is not sustainable and the structural problems caused by such a system are at the very heart of our debt problems today. …”

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/where-does-money-come-from-the-giant-federal-reserve-scam-that-most-americans-do-not-understand

Chemical in baby bottle nipples causes obesity in children

“It’s hard to imagine a pacifier or a rubber ducky making your child fat.  But new research suggests that chemicals called phthalates, which are found in the plastics that pacifiers and toys are typically made of, may be linked to higher rates of obesity in children.

“The chemical, called di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), is suspected of being able to alter biological functions involved in fat metabolism. In the study, children with the highest DEHP levels had nearly five times the chance of being obese compared with those who had the lowest DEHP levels.

“How could a chemical used to soften plastics trigger fat development in a child?  “It may trigger the master regulator of fat creation and lipid metabolism,” explained study co-author Dr. Mi-Jung Park, a pediatric endocrinologist and professor at Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, South Korea.

“DEHP may do two different things that increase fat development, Park said. It may reduce the effect of androgen — a male sex hormone — which lowers body-mass index (BMI). It may also disrupt thyroid function, which plays a role in weight gain. Interfering with androgen or thyroid hormones can affect appetite or a person’s rate of metabolizing food, she explained.

“Other studies have linked phthalates to breast growth in boys, reproductive problems in men and low birth weight. …”

http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news-1/Plastics-Chemical-Linked-to-Obesity-in-Kids-91879-1/

This line of research is getting ancient:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/child-obesity-is-linked-to-chemicals-in-plastics/

But apparently it’s not the FDA’s or the EPA’s or the CDC’s or the USDA’s or the AMA’s job to protect children from toxic chemicals which are utterly avoidable simply by getting all those institutions out of the way of natural parenting and breast feeding.

Child abuse is big business in this country.

Between high fructose corn syrup and phtalates is it any wonder that obesity is an epidemic in this country?

Gulf Seafood Dangerous to Health

“Conservative estimates indicate that the 2010 BP oil disaster released over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, followed by at least 1.8 million gallons of dispersants.  While the use of dispersants helped mitigate the public relations disaster by preventing the persistent formation of surface oil, as well as keeping many beaches visibly untouched, they also drove the oil deeper into the water column (and food chain) rendering a 2-dimensional problem (surface oil) into a 3-dimensional one. Additionally, research indicates that dispersants prevent the biodegradation of toxic oil components, as well as increasing dispersant absorption into fish from between 6 to 1100 fold higher levels.

“Since the event, both the mainstream media and the government have acted as if the oil disappeared, and that no significant health risks remain for the millions still consuming contaminated seafood from the Gulf.

“Now, a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that the 2010 BP Gulf oil disaster resulted in widespread contamination of Gulf Coast seafood with toxic components from crude oil.1  In fact, levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in shrimp were found to exceed the FDA’s established thresholds for allowable levels [levels of concern (LOCs)] for pregnant women in up to 53% of Gulf shrimp sampled. …

“The FDA’s risk assessment was found to be seriously flawed …”

“Taken together, these flaws illustrate a failure to incorporate the substantial body of evidence on the increased vulnerability of subpopulations to contaminants, such as PAHs, in seafood.

“Their final conclusion was as follows:

“Environmental risk assessment requires the use of scientifically founded assumptions and appropriate default estimates about the exposed population, the intensity and duration of exposure, and the dose–response relationship. The risk assessment methods used by the FDA to set safe exposure levels for Gulf Coast seafood after the oil spill do not incorporate current best practices and do not protect vulnerable populations. The FDA’s conclusions about risks from Gulf seafood should be interpreted with caution in coastal populations with higher rates of seafood consumption and in vulnerable populations such as children, small adults, and pregnant women. Our analysis demonstrates that a revised approach, using standard risk assessment methods, results in significantly lower acceptable levels of PAHs in seafood and identifies populations that could be at risk from contaminants in Gulf Coast seafood. …”

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/research-gulf-shrimp-widely-contaminated-carcinogens

Netanyahu has Decided to Attack Iran Before U.S. Elections in November

Senior Israeli officials now confirm that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has, “decided to attack Iran before the U.S. elections in November.”

“Netanyahu’s agenda is much broader than knocking out Iranian nuclear installations for his aim is to reshape the political landscape in the USA and Israel shifting everything to the far, far right in order to create a new comfort zone for religious fundamentalists.

“Netanyahu’s major backer, Sheldon Adelson, is now firmly behind Mitt Romney, and they are known to believe that an Israeli attack on Iran in September or October will displace Obama and many dovish Democrats in Congress and establish a hawkish regime in Washington.

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31574

Don’t think for a minute that this has nothing to do with your life.  Israel has no intention of attacking Iran without US involvement, and it’s likely to get it, one way or another.   The religious fundamentalism in question is empire, and its jihadists are everywhere.  Likewise, don’t assume that Russia and China will have nothing to say about an attack on iran.   They have their own war gods to placate.
If you’ve been paying close attention you know that the US intel community has already stated that Iran is nowhere near close to enriching any quantity of uranium enough to make a bomb.  It takes a fair amount of bravery for these people to buck the corporate/political line.  They’re hoping you’re paying attention.
Every fourth october seems to be the witching hour for american politics, when the various cabals jockey to manipulate the election.   So what will this year’s “october surprise” be?  A terrorist attack blamed on Iran?   Or on american constitutionalists?  Allegedly the most recent bilderberg meeting decided to dump Obama and put Romney in his place.   Arranging for Obama to be blamed for being “soft on terrorism” would fit the agenda nicely.  But who knows?  One thing for sure, there will be a lot of lies circulating in the MSM.
In any case, blaming Obama or Israel or Romney for that matter would be as silly as blaming Iran.  The real power to disable NORAD and destroy the records of the 9/11 put options works behind the scenes.  Obama and Romney have something in common, they  work for the same people.
“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”  — President Woodrow Wilson, conspiracy theorist.  http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson

GMO Grass in Texas Producing Cyanide From Random Mutation

The problem of genomic instability and random mutation was predicted years ago in “Seeds of Deception”.  This just goes to show how corrupt and anti-scientific the FDA is.

http://www.weareaustin.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2393.shtml

Meanwhile the american medical association has finally gotten around to addressing the basic scientific issues involved in genetic modification.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/even-the-ama-recommends-pre-market-safety-testing-of-gmo-foods.html

But don’t expect them to apply any of their purported scientific acumen to the wholesale injection of genetic junk into children.  They’ve already been paid off by the pharmaceutical companies.  Indeed they seem quite content with government enforcement of this pseudoscience on powerless children.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/oregon-officials-use-fear-to-coerce-parents-into-vaccinating-their-children.html

I’m sure monsanto is trying to catch up with their friends in the pharmaceutical industry in lobbying and bribing AMA officials.  They’ll have to step up their efforts if they intend to market GMO cow milk as a substitute for human breast milk.

http://www.infowars.com/scientists-genetically-engineered-cows-to-produce-human-breast-milk/

Whatever is needed to separate babies from their mothers.  Hopefully the brave new milk won’t produce cyanide in the babies’ intestines when it randomly recombines with normal gut bacteria.  At least not until after the babies become adults and fulfill their obligations to the state and the AMA.

Actually it’s entirely possible to create a bacterial pathogen that would be held in check by the presence of some human hormone that decreases with age.   Then they wouldn’t have to worry about killing the elderly outright, they’ll simply drop dead when they reach 60.  But everyone knows no scientist or government bureaucrat would allow that to happen.

Video: The Take

“In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – the take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada’s most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century”

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Mexico and Canada Invited to Join the Secret TPP Trade Negotiations

“This week President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced that Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the secret negotiations aimed at establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In an announcement published Monday on the USTR website, Kirk wrote:

We are delighted to invite Mexico, our neighbor and second largest export market, to join the TPP negotiations. Mexico’s interest in the TPP reflects its recognition that the TPP presents the most promising pathway to boosting trade across the Asia Pacific and to encouraging regional trade integration. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders as we move forward.

That statement was followed by a similar one on Tuesday welcoming Canada to the TPP fold:

“Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders regarding Canada’s entry into the TPP as we move closer to a broad-based, high-standard trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Notably, in both statements Ambassador Kirk places the approval of “domestic stakeholders” (read: large corporations) on a level with that of the Congress. It is precisely this exalting of big business that has troubled many of the people’s representatives in Congress.

“For example, last week Zach Carter of the Huffington Post reported that Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, was stonewalled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) when he attempted to see any of the draft documents related to the governance of the TPP….”

http://www.prisonplanet.com/mexico-and-canada-invited-to-join-the-secret-tpp-negotiations.html