Foreign Corporations Have More Rights Than American Citizens

Native Americans Attacked By Canadian Company Over Oil

Have you seen and heard about the growing protest in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline? Canadian oil giant Enbridge is plowing through native American land to enrich its shareholders. The standoff has reached a boiling point and it has exposed a dangerous crack in our great nation.

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The Missouri River provides clean drinking water to millions of people in the region. Now, a petroleum pipeline, called the Dakota Access Pipeline, is being built, threatening the river. A movement has grown to block the pipeline, led by Native American tribes that have lived along the banks of the Missouri for centuries.

Standing Rock Sioux set up the first resistance encampment about 50 miles south of Bismarck, North Dakota in April, calling it Sacred Stone. Now there are four camps with more than 1,000 people, mostly from Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. “Water is Life” is the mantra of this nonviolent struggle against the pipeline that is being built to carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois.

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Last Saturday, as they attempted to face down massive bulldozers on their ancient burial sites, the pipeline security guards attacked the mostly Native American protectors with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction, fighting for clean water, protection of sacred ground and an end to our fossil-fuel economy.

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Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day. That afternoon, delegations walked down the road to plant their tribal flags in the path of the proposed pipeline. They found large bulldozers actively carving up the land on Labor Day weekend.

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Hundreds of people, mostly Native Americans, lined the route, yelling for the destruction to stop. The bulldozers retreated, but the security guards attempted to repel the land defenders, unleashing at least half a dozen vicious dogs, who bit both people and horses. One dog had blood dripping from its mouth and nose. Undeterred, the dog’s handler continued to push the dog into the crowd. The guards pepper-sprayed the protesters, punched and tackled them. Vicious dogs like mastiffs have been used to attack indigenous peoples in the Americas since the time of Christopher Columbus and the Spanish conquistadors who followed him. In the end, the violent Dakota Access guards were forced back.

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This section of the pipeline path contained archeological sites, including Lakota/Dakota burial grounds. The tribe had supplied the locations of the sites in a court filing just the day before, seeking a temporary halt to construction to fully investigate them. With those locations in hand, the Dakota Access Pipeline crew literally plowed ahead. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault told us on the “Democracy Now!” news hour: “They were using the dogs as a deadly weapon. … They knew something was going to happen when they leapfrogged over 15 miles of undisturbed land to destroy our sacred sites … they were prepared. They hired a company that had guard dogs, and then they came in, and then they waited. And it was —by the time we saw what was going on, it was too late. Everything was destroyed. They desecrated our ancestral gravesites. They just destroyed prayer sites.”

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The battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is being waged as a renewed assertion of indigenous rights and sovereignty, as a fight to protect clean water, but, most importantly, as part of the global struggle to combat climate change and break from dependence on fossil fuels. At the Sacred Stone, Red Warrior and other camps at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, the protectors are there to stay, and their numbers are growing daily.

Shock doctrine and crisis capitalism

Editorial Note: The profits of foreign corporations are now more important to the U.S. government than the lives of homeland defenders? Thanks to corruption and fascism, the U.S. is one crisis away from bankruptcy and suspension of the constitution (including the second amendment, social security and more). Meanwhile, the political discussion is all about walls, emails and other non-issues. The playbook is in place. It will continue to be executed by candidate A or B. It’s called the “Shock Doctrine.” It assures that our great nation is gutted and bled to death by traitors. It’s a new path to enrichment for the unscrupulous–those who would betray their mother for the devil. Down is the new up.

Great nations don’t kill innocent, unarmed citizens. They don’t attack homeland defenders. They don’t bail out banks that prey on taxpayers. They don’t poison entire communities with drinking water. They don’t poison food and water with sewage sludge. Great nations don’t lie to military recruits and then abandon those who are lucky enough to survive the perils of war–our veterans. We are being led to slaughter by the best crisis coordinators that money can buy. Nations are now overthrown with bankruptcy, not bombs and bullets.

Great citizens are what make great nations. Great citizens defend each other and their nation. They don’t wilt in the face of fascists who masquerade as patriots. These brave warriors in the Dakotas have their priorities straight. Water is more important than oil. Citizen engagement and inclusion are part of a healthy democracy. Anything less represents the slippery slope of fascism, which President Eisenhower warned us about when he left office. Citizenship isn’t a spectator sport. We must remember that our forefathers founded this country based on suspicion of bad government. They established the separation of powers, the bill of rights and more to protect citizens from the potential abuse of government. That’s where the second amendment was born. We owe our forefathers diligence and active engagement. We owe the same and more to our fallen, our veterans, our communities, our nation and ourselves. It’s up to citizens to hold public servants accountable. 

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If you think that this election will change anything, think again. Better yet, read the “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein. Civil disobedience is part of free speech, free-market capitalism and a free democracy. Civil disobedience is rarely glorious, but it is essential to free people and free markets. Therefore, I salute all of our brave soldiers as patriots. I salute all public servants who are representing the people fairly and honestly. I salute all patriots who speak out, stand up, sit down or do whatever they can to draw attention to the cancer that threatens the health and sustainability of this great nation and this beautiful planet. The protectors of our water are heroes. Colin Kaepernick is a hero. He isn’t disrespecting anyone. He’s demanding respect for everyone. He is defending this nation in the best way that he can. Waving flags and singing songs can’t (and should not be allowed to) whitewash the assault on this great nation by forces that place greed, fear and hate above patriotism.

The proof is in the pudding. Foreign corporations have more rights in America now than U.S. citizens. I agree with Donald Trump on one point. We can still make America great again. Be the change.

Thanks to Democracy Now! for contributing to this story. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/8/standoff_at_standing_rock_even_attack

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Tanzania Loses More Than Half Of Elephants In Past Decade

Proposed Program Will Defend Ecosystems, Wildlife

The Kilimanjaro region of East Africa is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Millions of people and several endangered species depend on the snows and rains of Kilimanjaro for survival. As land use encroaches further into local forests, water flows are changing and conflicts with wildlife are rising. A nonprofit organization in Tanzania hopes to reverse those trends with a comprehensive forest conservation, reforestation and community-engagement program.

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The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania will defend the greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem with more than 10 million new seedlings, community engagement, wildlife conservation strategies and more. They will educate local stakeholders about sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture and wildlife management. Unlike past reforestation efforts in the region, it will focus on local needs and long-term sustainability. The seedlings are indigenous species that can help restore and protect the integrity of the ecosystem, while helping rural communities thrive as stewards of the land.

Save Kilimanjaro

Unfortunately, forests across the region are retreating under the pressures of agriculture and communities that depend on firewood.

Climate change is impacting every continent. Deforestation and intensive agriculture are contributing to the problem. Fortunately, forest conservationreforestation, and sustainable agriculture are part of the solution.

The foundation plans to save wildlife, capture carbon and reduce deforestation on a massive scale. This investment will benefit the entire planet, while preserving a world treasure.

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Tanzania lost more than half of its elephants to poachers over the past decade. They could be wiped out entirely in just five or six years. Adding to the crisis, there has been loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity as a result of fragmentation and loss of critical ecosystem linkages and over-exploitation of the natural habitats. This loss of habitat brings humans and wildlife into more and more conflict over food, water and space–which means more bloodshed.

“We have some powerful sponsorship packages,” said Crossbow President Gary Chandler. “We also have some very unique rewards for donors. Please help spread the word to your friends, families and favorite companies. This is a very important program to the entire world.”

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Please Help Save Kilimanjaro and beyond https://www.gofundme.com/SaveKilimanjaro

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Infectious Waste Spreading Brain Disease To Wildlife

Chronic Wasting Disease Caused By Dumping Of Infectious Waste

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other forms of neurodegenerative disease are collectively becoming the leading cause of death around the world. Brain disease also continues to expand in wildlife. Is there a connection?

Prions and Prusiner win Nobel Prize

Keep reading to find out why:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is an infectious prion disease;
  • Prion infectivity is in the bodily fluids of those with prion disease;
  • Wastewater treatment plants are spreading deadly prions via sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed wastewater.They also spread nuclear waste and toxic waste;
  • Wildlife are contracting prion disease from people because of this contamination. So are people. So are sea mammals.
  • Caregivers are in harm’s way because of widespread denial and mismanagement.
  • It’s time for several reforms. It’s time to reclassify biosolids and reclaimed wastewater as infectious waste. Prions are unstoppable. It’s time to enforce the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

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The Brain Disease Epidemic

Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Millions more will contract the disease this year, while just as many will go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

Thanks to misinformation and the mismanagement of infectious waste and bodily fluids, people of all ages are now exposed to an expanding spectrum of brain disease. So are other mammals.

The most common forms of neurodegenerative disease include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease–the most aggressive and infectious of them all. According to Nobel Prize Laureate Stanley Prusiner, these brain diseases are part of the same disease spectrum—prion disease. It’s also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible.

Prion disease also includes chronic wasting disease among cervids (deer) and mad cow disease among cattle. It’s been found in dozens of mammals.

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Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Unfortunately, it appears that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are just as infectious as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The bodily fluids of people with prion disease are infectious. Prions are the X factor in the global epidemic.

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Prion disease is a spectrum disease that varies in severity. It also varies depending on which region of the brain is impacted first. It affects most, if not all, mammals. Prion disease causes memory loss, impaired coordination, and abnormal movements. Prions are an infectious form of glycoprotein that can propagate throughout the body. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease. TSEs also have the potential of being transmitted from humans to animals. The most common example is chronic wasting disease (CWD) among deer species.

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CWD was first detected in deer in North America. Then it was detected in a variety of other animals, including an elephant at the Oakland zoo. It’s been found in a variety of animals across the United States and Canada. All hypotheses seem to center around contaminated feed and deer farmers. Then the deer spread the disease via nose-to-nose contact. Those theories were just rocked by the discovery of CWD in Norway in moose and reindeer. The disease didn’t jump the Atlantic from the Americas. However, Norway dumps tons of infectious waste on land every year–infectious waste from people with prion disease.

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It’s not known which patients with brain disease become infectious or when. The medical community prefers to ignore the topic. The legal industry is about to have a bonanza because negligence is the rule and not the exception regarding Alzheimer’s disease and the mismanagement of infectious waste. Savvy neurologists won’t touch patients with these symptoms because of the risks. Unfortunately, caregivers aren’t warned accordingly.

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Prions are unstoppable. The pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. The blood, saliva, mucus, milk, urine and feces of victims are infectious. Wastewater treatment doesn’t touch prions. In fact, these facilities are now helping incubate and distribute prions via solids and wastewater released. Once unleashed on the environment, prions remain infectious. They migrate, mutate and multiply as they infect crops, water supplies and more.

When the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, it classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and much more. Unfortunately, the CDC quietly took prions off the list because the regulation criminalized entire industries and several reckless practices.

Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation.

Prions shed from humans are the most deadly. They demand more respect than radiation. They’re being ignored by regulators and industry alike. As such, food and water sources are being contaminated with the deadliest forms of prions. Municipal water systems can’t stop them from reaching water taps in millions of homes. Filtration doesn’t phase them.

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Scientists have shown that infected tissues can transmit prion disease between animals. There is no species barrier. A new study published in the journal Nature renews concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people. A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the stack of evidence. There is no evidence that Alzheimer’s disease is not infectious.

Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to prion disease, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators. Sewage sludge and wastewater pumped out spread the disease.

The risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA for wastewater treatment and sewage sludge are flawed. Many risks are not addressed, including prions and radioactive waste. They don’t mention prions or radiation because there is no answer. Most nations are making the same mistake. Failure to account for known risks is negligent. Crops for humans and livestock grown grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious. We’re all vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease right now due to widespread denial and mismanagement.

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Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA. If sick deer are serving as a canary in a coal mine, what is this infectious waste doing to livestock and humans?

Read More About Prion Disease at http://alzheimerdisease.tv/wildlife-contracting-brain-disease-from-humans/

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Tips and Tools For Better Advocacy Campaigns

Public Opinion Can Shape Public Policy

Grassroots movements continue changing the world. It’s a dynamic that needs to gain momentum now more than ever. It’s up to citizens and nonprofit organizations to purge threats to democracy and people.

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Most nonprofit organizations could boost their impact with more aggressive advocacy campaigns. Much of the sector should shift from crisis response to problem prevention. They must build awareness, understanding and support from all stakeholder groups to build support for reform.

The power to share information and engage stakeholders has never been greater, but most organizations aren’t making the most of opportunities. These failures are costly. To help you avoid missed opportunities, here is a quick checklist of strategies and tactics that can help organize and optimize most campaigns.

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Internal Communication 

All advocacy campaigns begin internally. Notify, educate, motivate and empower your support structure first. Members, customers, employees, allies and others will help you start the parade and they can serve as spokespeople, recruiters, donors, volunteers and more. They will play instrumental roles of disseminating information and opinions via social media. Segment out these groups as much as possible for tailored messages.

Advocacy and Lobbying

Lobbying is when an organization tries to influence the outcome for proposed legislation through communications with legislators and their staff. All lobbying is advocacy, but not all advocacy is lobbying. Nonprofits can hire lobbyists and use staff for lobbying, but it’s important to know the rules to protect your campaign and the policymakers from violating procedural rules.

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Legislator engagement and education can be different than lobbying, especially when the legislature is out of session. It’s important to build awareness, understanding and support for your issues outside of the legislative process. Be sure to target newly elected legislators, committee chairs, past allies, past foes and others who can hurt or help your cause. The pursuit of common ground can yield important alliances and neutralize the most challenging adversaries.

Elected officials respond best to messages from people they know well and from the people they represent, their constituents. While your top level (grass tops) advocates are talking with many different elected officials, support those efforts with you front line (grassroots) supporters should be mobilized and directed to the elected officials that represent their districts.

Public Opinion

Public opinion still influences most public policy, but the battle for the hearts and minds of citizens, communities and leaders is fierce. Plus, people are being bombarded with issues at an accelerating rate, so gaining attention and keeping audiences engaged long enough to act is part of the challenge.

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Every issue is different, which means that every campaign is different. However, the assessment and planning process is fairly standard. The following checklist is a simple overview of our process at Crossbow.

Stakeholder Research and Segmentation. Start a list of all groups that share a stake in the issue and the outcome. Build and buy lists with current contact information. Make sure that you can segment that list based on a variety of factors to help you send custom messages to each group as appropriate. Learn as much as possible about each group and each contact.

Competitive Research. Who stands in your way and why? What can you do to overcome their objections? What can be done to neutralize their voice?

Identify & Recruit Existing Allies. Recruit the strongest supporters first. Use that momentum to keep recruiting other key individuals and organizations.

Coalition Development. Do you form a coalition or just have supporters, members and endorsements to represent your position? Coalitions can help the movement position itself and the adversary in a strategic light. The coalition name can serve as a statement itself. A coalition also can help deflect attention away from individual supporters or allies.

Campaign Strategy and Plan. establish a clear and measurable goal. Draw up the action plan that can reach that goal. Include a timeline and budget.

Message Development. Who needs to hear what? Can we segment our lists/mediums and customize messages accordingly? What are the top three points that we must convey? What objections must be overcome? What action do we want people to make?

Community Engagement and Education. Who are the major stakeholder groups? Who are the local leaders and influencers? What are their goals and concerns?

Community engagement can broaden understanding of the issues and increase people’s willingness to give their time and money to support your cause. It also can activate clients that directly benefit from nonprofit services.

Channel Development and Management. Build your audiences and networks on social media. Build your email lists. Encourage people to subscribe to your RSS feed.

Earned Media. Earning media coverage is one of the most powerful tactics available.It’s credible, it’s influential and it can become viral. Pitch journalists and reporters to write features. Send out media releases to consumer and trade mediums. Offer expert lists and media kits, fact sheets, b-roll, photos and other resources necessary to tell the story from your perspective. Write letters to the editor and comment online in response to related news coverage. Use these opportunities to expand the conversation or focus it as appropriate.

Social Media. Have your advocates create and share videos telling why your issue is important to them. Upload it to YouTube, share it on social media, and embed it in your landing page or website. The organization’s leaders can do this as well for educational purposes. Start off by using social media to educate and expand your networks. As a bill moves through the legislature, for example, your social media should move from educating and organizing to mobilization with specific calls to action. Remind people to share and spread the message to friends and their networks.

Develop Spokespeople. Who are the most influential people in your organization and coalition? Recruit them to serve as official spokespeople. Train different leaders to help you reach specific target markets. Train them to deliver the key messages concisely. Empower them with tools that can help maximize their reach and their impact.

Develop Volunteers. Grassroots campaigns depend on volunteers. They can help with logistics, events, fundraising, social media and so much more.

Petitions. Some petitions are actionable and some are purely symbolic statements. Seek more than signatures during these outreach efforts. Make the action step easy to find and appealing to take. Keep these supporters informed and engaged.

Events and Rallies. Events can help accomplish many objectives. Use them to help build awareness, understanding and support for your cause. Use them to feature your most influential supporters. Use them to recruit new supporters and engage existing ones. Use them to educate citizens, the media and stakeholders at large. Use them to position your supporters as leaders and your opponents as losers. Use them to raise money and generate online buzz.

Web Strategy. Maximize your online visibility and influence. Have an online portal (a microsite specific to the cause) and drive traffic there for more information and engagement. Maximize search engine optimization to help stakeholders and media find you.

Ongoing Email and CRM. Keep stakeholders and supporters informed and engaged. Aggregate all the actions that have happened on your legislative landing page and email it directly to legislators prior to their vote. Send it also to your supporters and let them know that you have sent their actions on to their legislators.  Everyone wants to know the results of their actions and stay informed.

Good luck with your campaign. Please contact us for more firepower.

Crossbow is a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specializes in issue management and public affairs, with an emphasis on healthcare and natural resources. Crossbow has helped influence public opinion and public policy around the world. 

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Treating Prion Disease With Antibodies

Treatment Cures Alzheimer’s Disease In Mice

A trial of antibody therapy against human prion disease is moving forward, John Collinge, MD, professor of neurology and head of the department of neurodegenerative disease at the University College London Institute of Neurology, reported during his presentation. Dr. Collinge has shown that variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) was due to the same strain of prion that caused bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and has been a leader in deepening the understanding of human prion diseases.

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The antibody trial is based on the now well-accepted mechanism of prion propagation by templated misfolding of normal prion protein. The conformation change, from alpha helix to beta sheet, thus creates new seeds that can trigger more misfolding, spreading the infection. Antibodies against the misfolded protein are designed to bind to the misfolded form, sequestering it and preventing it from interacting with normal protein. Because the protein is eventually cleared from the cells, Dr. Collinge said, “if you take the concentration of misfolded protein low enough, you ought to be able to cure the infection.” That has been accomplished in mice, which live into old age rather than die within months. “We can find no prions in them at all. They are effectively cured.”

Those results have laid the groundwork for a first-in-human trial of an antibody, PRN100, in patients with the most aggressive form of vCJD. The initial plan is to give the antibody intravenously, Dr. Collinge said, recognizing that the blood-brain barrier is quite leaky in these patients. If that fails to produce adequate antibody levels in the brain, intraventricular administration is an alternative. Early diagnosis will be critical, Dr. George noted, since the disease course runs so quickly, “but this could be a game-changer for the prion diseases.”

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Dr. Collinge said that there may be some utility for targeting prions in Alzheimer’s disease, given the evidence that prions may mediate the effect of a-beta on neuronal plasticity. In rats, anti-prion antibody administration can block the deleterious cognitive effects of Alzheimer’s tissue extracts.

Prion Disease News via http://journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/Fulltext/2016/05190/News_from_the_AAN_Annual_Meeting__Frontiers_in.7.aspx

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Sewage Sludge Spreading Brain Disease

Soil Contamination Spreading Brain Disease In Humans, Wildlife and Livestock

In 1972, world leaders realized that dumping millions of tons of sewage sludge into the oceans killed entire underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately, while others did not.

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The U.S., for example, finally passed the Ocean Dumping Ban Act of 1988. It required dumping all municipal sewage sludge and industrial waste on land. That meant dumping it into landfills or dumping it openly on land, including farms, ranches, national forests, city parks, golf courses, playgrounds, sport fields and beyond. The Act went into effect in 1992 and it sparked a public health disaster. The practice is spreading pathogens to people, livestock, wildlife and beyond every day.

 

Landfills designed to handle this toxic soup are extremely expensive. So, the dumpers hired a public relations firm to convince unsuspecting citizens that neurotoxins are fertilizer. The PR firm called this toxic waste biosolids. It’s even sold in bags at your local home and garden store as soil for your garden and potting plants. It should be called death dirt.

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Since then, millions of tons of sewage sludge have been given to farmers as fertilizer every year. Those farmers and ranchers who don’t believe that “fertilizer” bullshit are being paid to dump it on their land and shut up. The farmers are held harmless if it causes damage to people or property.

 

Unfortunately, the practice of dumping extreme quantities of sewage sludge on land has created an even bigger public health problem. It’s now killing wildlife and it still kills sea mammals. Livestock are not immune to the threat.

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Prions are the protein-based infectious agents responsible for a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible.

TSEs are more commonly known as:

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in cattle;
  • scrapie in sheep;
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans; and
  • chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, elk, moose and reindeer.

According to Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, Alzheimer’s, ALS and Huntington’s disease also are on the TSE spectrum. All are fatal, neurodegenerative brain diseases.

Prions and Prusiner win Nobel Prize

 

Infectious prions are in the bodily fluids of its victims, including blood, urine, mucus, saliva and feces. These victims send prions to the municipal sewage treatment plant where they remain untouched. Wastewater effluent and sewage sludge recycles prions into the environment. Once dumped on open land, they remain infectious. Irrigation, precipitation and wind carry the prions into groundwater, streams, lakes, oceans and airways, including homes, offices and beyond.

Reckless wastewater treatment policies and practices are now fueling a global epidemic of neurodegenerative disease among people, wildlife and livestock. The risk assessments are based on fraud and outdated information. The risk assessments for the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) were developed back in the 1970s and 1980s–before we knew about prions and other killers in modern sewage streams, including many forms of infectious medical waste.

 

The risk assessments were questionable then and they are total failures now. Plus, these risk assessments do not account for the possibility of sewage sludge dumped on land going airborne. It’s much more than a possibility–airborne sewage is killing people and animals. It’s dumping the toxins everywhere.

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Unfortunately, the U.S. exported these ridiculous ideas to other nations who proceeded to contaminate their food and water supplies with sewage. If hospitals can’t stop prions, neither can the brain surgeons at wastewater treatment plants.

 

 

The legislation banning ocean dumping was very explicit about the need to stop dumping potentially infectious medical waste into the oceans. Ironically, the current policy that promotes LASS ignores the risk of infectious medical waste and many other threats. It also ignores radionuclides, endocrine disruptors, birth control pills, antibiotics, flame-retardants and other toxins and superbugs. This toxic waste belongs in a lined landfill not our watersheds and food supplies. It’s time for immediate reforms.

 

The same sewage-borne toxins and pathogens are still contaminating our oceans. Now, they’re dumped in further upstream. Entire watersheds are now being infected—including the oceans. The body count among people, livestock and wildlife has been stacking up ever since ocean dumping began phasing out. Biosolids and other forms of sewage mismanagement are now fueling a global epidemic of neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, microcephaly and more. Industry and governments are scrambling to blame the global epidemic on anything but contaminated soil, water, food and air. They are playing dumb in the face of fraud and scientific suppression. Negligence is too kind of a word for these sociopaths.

Sewage also contaminates our food with listeria, e-coli, salmonella and other killers. In fact, scientists are scrambling to come up with new names for the growing list of sewage-related ailments, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, epizoic hemorrhagic fever, equine herpes, valley fever and others. Industrial disease is a more accurate label.

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Crops contaminated by sewage sludge can uptake prions and deliver them throughout the plant. Plants then deliver the deadly prions to mammals that consume the plant. In fact, infected plants are spreading prion diseases to several species. When hamsters consumed infected wheat grass, the animals were infected with prion disease. Researchers also found deadly prions in plants exposed to infected urine and feces. The concept of a species barrier is a myth. A deadly prion is a deadly prion. They don’t discriminate among victims.

“These findings demonstrate that plants can efficiently bind infectious prions and act as carriers of infectivity, suggesting a possible role of environmental prion contamination in the horizontal transmission of the disease,” said Claudio Soto, the lead investigator from the University of Texas at Houston.

Killer prions are impossible to stop. Prions are contributing to the death of millions of people now. Victims produce and spread prions daily because they’re in the bodily fluids of all victims. Millions of people with brain disease are contaminating their homes and communities, while exposing caregivers and family members to the contagion. The sewage from these victims is contaminating the local wastewater treatment plant and everything that enters or leaves these facilities, including reclaimed wastewater and sewage sludge. Once dumped on open land, these contagions remain infectious as they migrate, mutate and multiply forever.

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Prions demand more respect than radiation. They require containment and isolation, not distribution and consumption through air, food and water. These toxins demand lined landfills not reckless dumping on our dinner tables. Prions migrate, mutate and multiply, so dilution is not a solution. Prions are a nightmare.

The world has never done an effective job of managing its sewage. It’s an industry that drives by looking in the rear view mirror. It only swerves when the road is buried in body bags. After enough people get sick and die, new alternatives emerge. Today is no different. The bodies are stacking up. The contamination grows stronger and spreads further every day. It’s time to stop dumping sewage sludge on land because of the prion risk and many others that are not accounted for in the antiquated and fraudulent risk assessments. It’s time for citizens to defend our land, water and air–not just our guns.

Today, the land application of sewage sludge is killing mammals and more around the world. Pathogens in sludge are causing brain disease, cancer and death. Let’s take a meaningful stand for food safety. Just say no to biosolids in our watersheds and food supplies.

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Corruption Killing Capitalism, Democracy and People

Two-Party System Suppresses Competition

Corruption and bankruptcy are the greatest threats to democracies around the world. Until the con men and con women start talking about those issues, it’s all a charade. At least they’re calling each other liars. Maybe that’s progress in the new world order.

The two-party system is part of the problem. It’s anti-competitive. It assures that the playbook is executed regardless of who wins the shouting match and the “presidency.” We need leaders not overpaid crisis coordinators.

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Nations that commit fraud to recruit soldiers and then denies them access to healthcare and happiness demand even more scrutiny. VA scandals are like the Energizer bunny–they keep going and going. It’s amazing how they can coordinate these PR stunts at sporting events with pinpoint accuracy, but they can’t find the telephone at the VA. They keep records with crayons and Big Chief tablets. This type of betrayal speaks volumes about the culture that has been embedded through years of Republican and Democratic presidents alike.

Any nation that poisons the masses to enrich the few should rethink the meaning of democracy, capitalism and free-market competition. Both parties are guilty and complicit. This isn’t good vs. evil. It’s fraud vs. fraud. Would you like to inhale brand A or brand B? Sorry, there is no third option, (but they will all make you sick).

These aren’t Democratic vs. Republican issues. It’s time to ask what we stand for. Does it really come down to corporate welfare vs. social safety nets? Do we really need a better fence? A bigger bomber? More no-bid contracts? More public land give-aways? More killing of our wildlife? More secrecy in the funding of our elections? Or do we need safe food, air and water? Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to see a government agenda that actually serves “we the people” again?

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Why would anyone invade or attack these so-called democracies? They are all doing a stellar job of killing themselves. Healthy “democracies” are dumping dirty bombs all over themselves every day. Nerve agents. Carcinogens. Bioterrorism. Millions of victims are stumbling and mumbling now. The term “homeland defense” is a joke thanks to these overpaid public servants who have been corrupted (and the Dark money that is spreading this culture like wildfire).

Thanks to so-called leaders, we have taken our eyes off the prize. We have been betrayed. It’s time to treat corruption like treason.

It’s a fine line that separates capitalism from fascism. Several healthy democracies have been overthrown in the past 50 years by fascists masquerading as free-market capitalists. It’s up to citizens to know the difference and to defend that difference.

Shock doctrine and crisis capitalism

The book #ShockDoctrine‬ is like an owner’s manual for citizens and democracies. It should be required reading for everyone who wants to make sense of this wacky world. Down is the new up. Crises create opportunities.

Corruption Killing Democracy, Capitalism

Can the U.S. afford any more crises? Can a free-market economy afford to be held hostage by a two-party political system that suppresses competition? Can we afford more tax breaks and subsidies? Can we keep giving away public property to repay private favors?

Our so-called leaders keep playing chicken with these budget crises. Default could kill our constitution, including your favorite amendment.

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If you don’t think that crisis capitalism is real, get the book. This is how countries and constitutions are being overthrown today. Inside jobs. Elaborate schemes. They can’t resist a good crisis to advance profitable agendas.

The sick philosophy was developed at the University of Chicago by Milton Friedman. The philosophy goes like this: “Put the nation and the masses in so much pain, anguish and shock, that they see your solution/revolution as relief. They will give you everything that they own, and give up their rights just to stop the pain.” It works.

As a result, countries are bankrupted. Rights taken. Public works privatized (stolen). Take a look at the rights taken and property taken in Michigan. On any given day, Snyder can declare himself dictator and void any election or law. This is what Dark Money is doing to democracy. If you are only worried about your gun, you better worry about your country, your family and your future.

United we stand, divided we fall. These thugs know the game. They are creating more divisiveness than ever to keep citizens weak. Just say no and stop inhaling the political BS. Corruption is the enemy, not religion. Democrats aren’t the answer. Republicans aren’t the answer. Active, informed citizens are the answer.

The Shock Doctrine was perfected in Latin America, the USSR, and beyond. Those governments were removed and replaced by fascists. Because they capitalized on so much fraud, favoritism and thuggery, they prefer to call themselves capitalists. It’s been employed around the world. Is it coming home to roost?

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Neurodegenerative Disease A Preventable Disease

Nutrition Helps Beat, Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

The brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease collect particles of protein that are not expelled from their bodies for one reason or another. These protein particles start sticking together and forming plaques in the brain, which smother and kill healthy brain cells. This damage starts in the hippocampus—the region of the brain responsible for memory.

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Much like the plaque on our teeth, these proteins create cavities inside the brain as more cells are killed. Dead brain cells then contribute to the avalanche of plaque building up, which causes the damage to escalate and spread to other regions of the brain. The brain damage spreads until it stops vital bodily functions.

These protein deposits are called tau and beta-amyloid. In Parkinson’s disease, a similar form of protein known as alpha synuclein builds up in the region of the brain that controls motor skills. In other words, the primary difference between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is where the protein formation begins.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most aggressive form of neurodegenerative disease. It behaves in a similar fashion, but at a much faster pace. It’s not certain if CJD is a different mutation of prion disease or just an extreme point of progression of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Prions and Prusiner win Nobel Prize

In CJD victims, these protein deposits include a deadly form of protein called a prion. Prions are in the bodily fluids of victims. Prion contamination is impossible to sterilize. An infected cup or spoon is infected forever. There is no evidence to suggest that infectious prions are not involved with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Stanley Prusiner earned the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1996 for his pioneering work on prions. Unfortunately, his earth-shattering science has been ignored and a global health epidemic has been unleashed. He claims that Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and Huntington disease are part of the prion spectrum. Autism could be a prion mutation, too.

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Prions are such a formidable threat that the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. It classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and health systems. Unfortunately, the Centers For Disease Control quietly took prions off the list about two years ago because the classification threatened to criminalize multi-billion dollar industries and many industry practices.

Prions are not alive. They migrate, mutate and multiply. Neutralizing them requires isolation and containment, much like the protocol for radiation. Unfortunately, many industries are creating new prion pathways and prion victims every day because of misinformation and mismanagement. These reckless practices are contributing to the global Alzheimer’s epidemic. It’s become an industrial disease for millions of people.

To learn more, please spend some time on our website. We explain why Alzheimer’s disease is transmissible and how mismanagement is contaminating food and water supplies around the world. The concept of Pandora’s box is no longer a fantasy. Prions are unstoppable. They are fueling the global epidemic in neurodegenerative disease now.

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Fortunately, Mother Nature offers hope. Beneficial foods can help us fend off these killer plaques and purge damaging molecules from our bodies. Nutrition offers the only real hope in treating the symptoms of the disease and maximizing the quality of life for those caught in its grasp.

You are what you eat, so eat nutritious food. Eat organic food. Avoid processed foods, which contain ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, gluten, genetically engineered ingredients, and pesticides like glyphosate. We will discuss these nutritional strategies in our upcoming documentary. We also will explore specific foods that are exceptionally beneficial to our minds and bodies.

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Order our new eBook now. Please join us. We need your help. Write to me at gary@crossbow1.com for more information about testimonials, sponsorship and investment opportunities. We are putting the finishing touches on the script now.

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Wolves Keep Making Tracks To California

Wolves Critical To Healthy Ecosystems

Evidence of a wolf in Modoc County was reported yesterday by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 3-year-old male wolf, who is radio-collared and dubbed OR-25 by the state wildlife agency in Oregon, left his birthpack in northeastern Oregon in April, was in southwestern Oregon by December and recently crossed the border into California.

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“California is clearly wolf country because they keep coming here from Oregon. This is a great moment to celebrate,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Perhaps they are following a scent trail from other wolves that have come here the past couple years but, whatever the reason, it makes it all the more necessary to ensure they have the protections needed to thrive once they get here.”

OR-25 was born into the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon, as was California’s first known wild wolf in 87 years, OR-7, who first came to California in 2011. OR-7 ranged across seven northeastern counties in California before returning to southwestern Oregon, where he found a mate and had litters of pups in 2014 and 2015.

In August 2015, California’s first wolf family in nearly a century, the Shasta pack, was confirmed in Siskiyou County. The breeding female of that pack, which has five pups, is also related to the Imnaha pack.

The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is native to California but was driven to extinction in the state by the mid-1920s. After OR-7 dispersed from Oregon into California, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the state to fully protect wolves under California’s state endangered species act. In June 2014 the California Fish and Game Commission voted in favor of the petition, making it illegal to intentionally kill any wolves that enter the state. In 2012 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife convened a citizen stakeholder group to help the agency develop a state wolf plan for California, and recently released a draft plan for public comment.

“With the establishment of the Shasta pack and now with OR-25’s presence, it is all the more critical that the state wolf plan provide management strategies that will best recover and conserve these magnificent animals,” said Weiss.

Endangered Species News via http://www.planetexperts.com/new-wolf-detected-in-californias-modoc-county/

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Stakeholders Can Become Stockholders In Film About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease A Booming Industry

Anywhere from 50-100 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease today. Millions more will be diagnosed this year, while millions more will go undiagnosed. When you add in the caregivers, it’s a massive market of more than 250 million people worldwide. They are all searching for answers and advice. We (Gary Chandler) have an online video solution that will be available for just $9.99. It represents a powerful investment opportunity for a limited number of investors.

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Food For Thought: Beat Alzheimer’s Disease With Smart Food, is a new online video series produced by Crossbow Communications (a Colorado-based corporation). It will be ready for online viewers in early 2016. Order the companion eBook now.

“This will be the most important documentary ever produced about Alzheimer’s disease,” said Gary Chandler, Crossbow’s founder and president.” We discuss the causes and the need to advocate for reforms. We also discuss the only sources of hope regarding prevention and treatment—most of which are based in food and exercise.”

As Chandler explained, sponsorship packages are available. The company also offers a limited ownership stake to investors. Pro forma revenue numbers are outlined below.

High-Margin, Scalable Business Model With Limited Competition

If we surpass one million downloads, shareholders will make nearly a 10-1 return on their initial investment. This is basically how it works:

  1. Shareholders: We set aside 100,000 preferred shares for donors/investors in the documentary (10% of the outstanding shares).
  2. Revenue: The video will be posted on Vimeo for online, on-demand downloading/viewing at $10 (Vimeo takes a 10% commission).
  3. Break-Even Point: We break even at just a few thousand downloads. Let’s call it 10,000 downloads x $10 = $100,000.
  4. Donation Converts Into Stock: Once the venture breaks even, all donors are converted into preferred stockholders at one share per dollar donated.
  5. Return On Initial Investment Doubles: For simple math, let’s say that shareholders will double their initial investment every time we sell an additional 100,000 downloads (after the commission to Vimeo, it’s actually every 110,000 downloads).
  6. One Million Downloads: If we surpass one million downloads, shareholders will make nearly a 10-1 return on their initial investment (to cover the commission, let’s call it 1.1 million downloads to achieve this ROI).
  7. Market Share: This product is unique. Capturing just 1% of the 250+ million global market will deliver our top revenue targets.
  8. Marginal costs are minimal. We have multiple online channels available to promote the documentary, including blogs, Facebook and Twitter.
  9. Make A Difference. With your help, this documentary and our broader awareness campaign can make a difference.

There are many causes of neurological disease. Misinformation and mismanagement are making the epidemic worse.

Prions and Prusiner win Nobel Prize

The silent epidemic is rapidly becoming the leading cause of death in the world. It’s being mismanaged on many levels. Innocent people around the world are paying the price. Alzheimer’s and closely related neurological diseases are unstoppable and it’s spreading very fast. Some countries represent a higher risk than others. Truth and healthy foods are our only defense.

Most of us know neurological disease as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. As we explain below, they are all part of the same disease spectrum. We explore some of the causes of the explosive epidemic and we offer advice to help you and your loved ones avoid contracting this deadly brain disease.

Neurological disease is vastly undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, doctors are withholding millions of additional diagnoses, so we don’t know the actual extent of the epidemic. The mismanagement is an outrage.

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So-called Alzheimer’s disease and closely related diseases are actually members of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” The TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth. According to research from John Hopkins, Duke University, and Utah State University, caregivers of someone with dementia are six times more likely to develop the condition themselves.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. TSE has been found in mink, moose, mice, sheep, cats, elephants, dolphins and many other species. Sea mammals are extremely vulnerable, but they aren’t being tested. Sick mammals on land and at sea are serving as “canaries in a coal mine.” Their sickness reflects an alarming epidemiological trend among humans. The same environmental contagion is responsible for the spike among all mammals. There is no species barrier.

TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). As such, TSEs also are referred to as prion disease. The critical factor is that prions are unstoppable. The pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Blood, saliva, mucas, milk, urine and feces carry deadly prions from victims. All tissue is infectious just because of the contact with the contaminated blood.

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Prions are such a formidable threat that the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which included a provision to halt research on prions in all but two laboratories. It classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and health systems. Unfortunately, the Centers For Disease Control quietly took prions off the list about two years ago because the classification threatened to criminalize multi-billion dollar industries and many industry practices.

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Our documentary will expose these problems and more. We also will talk about solutions and things that you and your friends and family can do. We will talk about the importance of organic food to minimize your exposure to foods grown on contaminated land. We also will talk about the importance of smart foods to help avert neurological disease. Other foods are beneficial treatments for those who have Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sponsorships Available For Alzheimer’s Disease Program

Producers Explain Alzheimer’s Disease Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Anywhere from 50-100 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease today. It’s unstoppable and its spreading very fast. Some countries represent a higher risk than others. Truth and healthy foods are your only defense (yes, the disease is transmissible).

Alzheimer's disease prevention

Food For Thought: Beat Alzheimer’s Disease With Smart Food, is a new online video series produced by Crossbow Communications. It will be complete and ready for online viewers in December. Opportunities are available for donors, sponsors and investors.

“This will be the most important documentary ever produced about Alzheimer’s disease,” said Gary Chandler, Crossbow’s founder and president.” We discuss the causes and the need to advocate for reforms. We also discuss the only sources of hope regarding prevention and treatment.”

The Alzheimer’s disease epidemic is rapidly becoming the leading cause of death in the world. It’s being covered up and mismanaged. Innocent people around the world are caught in the crossfire.

Most of us know dementia as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. As we explain below, they are all part of the same disease spectrum. We explore some of the causes of the explosive epidemic and we offer advice to help you and your loved ones avoid contracting this deadly brain disease.

Dementia is vastly undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, doctors are withholding millions of additional diagnoses, so we don’t know the actual extent of the epidemic. The mismanagement is an outrage.

So-called Alzheimer’s disease and closely related diseases are actually members of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” The TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth.

According to research from John Hopkins, Duke University, and Utah State University, caregivers of someone with dementia are six times more likely to develop the condition themselves.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. TSE has been found in mink, moose, mice, sheep, cats, elephants, dolphins and many other species. Sea mammals are extremely vulnerable, but they aren’t being tested. Sick mammals on land and at sea are serving as “canaries in a coal mine.” Their sickness reflects an alarming epidemiological trend among humans. The same environmental contagion is responsible for the spike among all mammals. There is no species barrier.

Prions and Prusiner win Nobel Prize

TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). As such, TSEs also are referred to as prion disease. The critical factor is that prions are unstoppable. The pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Blood, saliva, mucus, milk, urine and feces carry deadly prions from victims. All tissue is infectious just because of the contact with the contaminated blood.

Prions are such a formidable threat that the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which included a provision to halt research on prions in all but two laboratories. It classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and health systems. Unfortunately, the Centers For Disease Control quietly took prions off the list about two years ago because the classification threatened to criminalize multi-billion dollar industries and many industry practices.

The good news is that many foods show promise in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. We will explain which ones are the most effective and analyze why they show promise. We will create an online exchange of additional suggestions and questions about foods that are beneficial in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

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Order the companion eBook now. For more information about our upcoming video series, including investment opportunities, please contact Gary Chandler at 602-999-7204 or gary@Crossbow1.com

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U.S. EPA Spending Billions On Lawyers, Guns, Ammo

Whose Profits Are They Protecting With Weapons?

By Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation

The Environmental Protection Agency spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.

The report raises questions about why EPA’s enforcement division employs well-armed “special agents” who appear to be conducting SWAT-type operations on American businesses and households it suspects of wrongdoing.

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Questionable EPA policies are putting our air, food and water supplies at risk. So, what is the EPA protecting with billions of dollars of guns and ammunition? (Photo by Richard Honour.)

Illinois-based Open the Books scanned tens of thousands of checks written by the EPA and totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014.

The audit discovered hundreds of millions of dollars of questionable expenses, including high-end luxury furnishings, sports equipment and “environmental justice” grants to raise awareness of global warming.

It also revealed that seven of 10 EPA workers make more than $100,000 a year and that more than 12,000 of its nearly 16,000 employees were given bonuses last year despite agency budgets that were supposed to be constrained by budget caps and sequester cuts.

EPA’s $8 billion budget also found room for more than 1,000 attorneys, which would make the agency one of the largest law firms in the nation.

And more than $50 million of EPA funds since 2000 went to international organizations — dollars that flowed to countries such as China and Mexico. These activities appear to have little or no connection to the EPA mandate of safeguarding the air and water here in the U.S.

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But the eye-grabber in the report is the agency’s ongoing military-type purchases. Some $75 million is authorized each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 “special agents” that appear to be snooping on industry and preparing to use deadly force to enforce EPA edicts.

“We were shocked ourselves to find these kind of pervasive expenditures at an agency that is supposed to be involved in clean air and clean water,” said Open the Books’ founder, Adam Andrzejewski. “Some of these weapons are for full-scale military operations.”

Those who keep an eye on the agency have also been stunned by such outlays. “EPA has always been primarily an agency that is involved in analysis and regulation. Even its enforcement arm is mainly involved in litigation,” notes Marlo Lewis, who covers environmental issues for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“Since when did we start going down this road of allowing agencies of government to engage in military-style operations?”

In 2013, the EPA was involved in what many residents called an armed raid at a small town in Alaska where local miners were accused of polluting local waters. Fox News reported that EPA “armed agents in full body armor participated.”

The Justice Department has reported that there are now 40 federal agencies with more than 100,000 officers authorized to carry guns and make arrests. They include the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Park Service.

EPA has numerous joint projects with the Homeland Security Department. In 1988 the agency’s criminal enforcement division was granted police powers.

The EPA website describes the activities and mission of the criminal enforcement division as “investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people’s health and the environment.” But nothing about the use of lethal force.

Asked for comment on the Open the Books findings, EPA said purchases of armaments are necessary for “environmental crime-fighting. For more than 30 years there has been broad, bipartisan agreement about the importance of an armed, fully-equipped team of EPA agents working with state and federal partners to uphold the law, protect Americans and access potential crime scenes as quickly as possible.”

One former EPA administrator with more than 30 years at the agency says of the Open the Books report: “EPA has been increasingly captured by the environmental left, and the purchases of military-style armaments has increased accordingly.”

The new report comes at a time when the EPA is under fire over a new regulation approved last week by the agency to tighten ozone emission rules. The National Association of Manufacturers calls it one of the most expensive EPA rules ever.

There’s also a fight in Washington over whether federal agencies can withstand another sequester spending reduction without jeopardizing vital services. The White House says further agency cuts would be disastrous.

But reports such as the latest by Open the Books are sure to be promoted by Republicans as evidence of rampant waste and misspending.

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/100815-774747-stephen-moore-does-epa-need-guns-ammo-to-protect-environment.htm#ixzz3pDKMEqgL

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