In war, truth is the first casualty…

1898 – The Battleship the USS Maine had an explosion in the Havana Cuba harbor which killed 255 of the crew. The Hearst press accused the Spanish, claiming that the explosion was caused by a remote-controlled mine. The USA declared war on Spain, and conquered Philippines, Guam and Cuba. Subsequent investigation found this to be false as the explosion came from inside the ship, either an accident or intentional sabotage.

1915- April 22, 1915: The German Embassy publishes a warning in newspapers telling passengers that travel on Allied ships is “at their own risk.” The British ship Lusitania is mentioned specifically. A U-boat torpedo hit ocean liner Lusitania near Britain on May 22 and some 1200 people, including 128 Americans, on board lost their lives. Subsequent investigations revealed that the major explosions were inside the Lusitania, as it was secretly transporting 6 million pounds of artillery shells and rifle ammunition. It was against US laws to transport war materials and passengers in the same ship. The Lusitania was thus a legitimate military target. The Sinking of the Lusitania was a major pretext of Woodrow Wilson to involve the US in WW1, a year after campaigning for re-election against involvement in the War.

1941 – The United States Government in Agreement with the British and the Dutch deny Japan access to the Panama Canal and initiate a complete naval blockade of the Island Nation. Complete Naval Blockades are considered acts of war. In Late 1941 having broken the Japanese encryption codes, the Americans knew that there was going to be an attack on Pearl Harbor, but President Roosevelt did not dispatch this information to Pearl Harbor. On December 7thThe Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in what was a totally provoked and foreseen event. President Roosevelt still referred to it as “a Day that will live in infamy” and a “sneak attack”. War was declared on Japan and Germany the next day.

1942 – Harriman Brown Brothers, a Wall Street Investment firm was found to be in Violation of the Trading with the Enemies Act, and had their assets seized as they were still financing German companies that were arming Hitler in early 1942 AFTER war had been declared. Other New York based banks such Union Banking Corporation (UBC) also financed Hitler’s allies early into the War as a matter of congressional record. The Man on the Board of Both companies during this time and responsible for these decisions was Prescott Bush. He went on to become a US Senator and his Son George HW and His Grandson George W reach even higher political office. A civil action for damages was brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave laborers at Auschwitz for these actions.

Late 40’s- The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (Forbearer of the CIA) started acquiring scientific “talent” from Nazi Germany during what was known as “Operation Paperclip”. Working side by side with Pardoned and American patriated Nazi scientists the CIA started “Project MK-ULTRA” using many of the Nazi methodologies (honed through extensive experimentation with a plentiful supply of “test subjects” at the concentration camps) to manipulate individual mental states and alter brain functions, including the administration of drugs and other chemicals, hypnosis, radiation, sensory deprivation, physical and emotional torture, isolation, and verbal and sexual abuse. In other words they tortured American Citizens (mostly women and children) in order to see if brain washing was possible. President Clinton eventually apologized for this human experimentation in the 1990’s

1949 – South Korean incursions (the Tiger regiment etc.) into North Korea and covert action involving leaders of Taiwan, South Korea and the US military-industrial complex lead to hostilities which was used as a pretext for the US to officially enter hostilities in the Korean Peninsula.

1951 – Operation Gladio is the codename for a clandestine CIA- NATO “stay-behind” operation in Europe during the Cold War. In the 1990s it came to light that Italian anti-communist rebels and US-NATO backed allies had been committing terrorist acts against civilian populations in Italy and blaming it on Communist Forces.

1964 – Despite light and covert actions in Vietnam “The Tonkin incident”, where American destroyer Maddox was supposedly attacked twice by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats was used as a pretext to fully commit to the Vietnam war. The Gulf of Tonkin event never happened.

1991 – US Ally Saddam Hussein asks permission from the US (via their ambassador April Gillespie) to occupy Kuwait over a long standing dispute. Hussein had been given US support 11 years earlier for doing the exact actions to Iran. US President George Bush answered through emissaries that the “US does not care about Arab quarrels.” This telegraphed invasion was used as a pretext for the first Gulf War.

Testimony given before the non-governmental Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 was provided by a woman who provided only her first name, Nayirah. In her emotional testimony, “Nurse Nayirah” stated that after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospitals and leave the babies to die on the floor. In 1992 it was revealed that “Nurse Nayirah” was no nurse but was Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. The testimony of which was widely publicized, and was cited numerous times by United States senators and American president Bush in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War.

This leads us to the ultimate significance of the events of September 11th 2001:

It was the first time in over a Century that the US Government did not lie as a pretext for war, that subterfuge was not employed in the media in order to deceive the public or that there were any conflicts of interest in any Corporate-Government financial dealings. Everything the US government has claimed about the events of September 11th 2001 is 110% factually correct…

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Vaccines: When Non Correlation Implies Causation

Between 1900-1909 there was an average of 8377 deaths per year associated with measles. The Population of The United States in 1909 was 92,228,486. This places the mortality risk of measles as 1 in 11,010.

In 1962 there were 408 Deaths from the Measles. The population of the United States in 1962 was 186,537,737. This place the mortality risk of Measles as 1 in 457,200.
This accounts for a 97.6 percent of the population-corrected decline in measles mortality on its own or a decrease in measles death instances by more than 4,000% in 53 years leading into the end of 1962.

In 1963 the first Measles vaccine was introduced in the United States. Finally. We couldn’t bear any more declines in mortality rates.

Finally!
Finally!

I use Measles as an example because of the recent hysteria but this trend continued with most diseases in the 20th century. Something was lowering disease instances and mortality rates throughout the century for not just vaccine available diseases but diseases like typhus, cholera, rheumatic and scarlet fever – for which there are no vaccines – because of improvements in social conditions. Take your pick: Better overall healthcare, actual herd immunity, indoor plumbing, washing our hands etc. are all viable options but not Vaccines as they had not been introduced yet. This is not the message you hear from Vaccination advocates.

I'm starting to see a pattern...
I’m starting to see a pattern…

I’m a fan of Football references. Vaccine Advocates speak of the Measles Vaccines sort of like it was Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIII. Down in the 4th Quarter with several minutes to go, with all hope lost people dying in the streets of Measles, Joe Cool leads the 49ers to a Game winning drive scoring in the nick of time. Measles Vaccines saved the day.

But that’s a shitty analogy. Vaccines are no Joe Montana sparking a last minute comeback. The rout was already on before the introductions of the Measles Vaccines. If we are going to make this Football analogy work we need a meaningless Superbowl Blowout reference.

Maybe Vaccines are Steve Young. Going 2/3 for 20 Yards in Dust-up duty on the back end of a 55-10 Superbowl XXIV blowout. Steve Young was a Superbowl MVP and a Hall of Famer in his own right. Maybe Vaccines would have done all the amazing things its supporters say it would have done (“Measles has Declined 103% since the introduction of the Vaccine!”) if it had just gotten off the bench sooner.

Maybe Vaccines are William Refrigerator Perry. Up 37-3 in Superbowl XX the Bears could have handed it to Walter Payton but he went all cartoony and put the Ball in the fridges hands. Maybe Vaccines are a comical and useless side show on the road to a blowout.

46-10.  You couldn't have done it without me...
46-10. You couldn’t have done it without me…

Those are your two options folks. Well maybe a third. There is a Russell Wilson analogy in here somewhere.

Steve Young did not win Superbowl XXIV (But he would have). Da Bears did not need the fridge in the Backfield (Ditka just hand it to sweetness!). And Vaccines are not responsible for declines in disease mortality rates before they were introduced.

They.Couldn’t.Be.

Unless you are arguing that viruses started committing seppuku in anticipation of the horror that would occur once vaccines were introduced.

Now I know there are dear people on the other side of this issue and I make no effort to change their opinion. After all if I wanted to potentially change an opinion I would post a snazzy picture of Merck HQs with Bars around it or $$$ and crying children, as is customary in the age of the meme. I certainly would not employ reason and logic and math for fucks sake.

But with talk of forced vaccination and pariah status for the un-vaccinated I do want you to draw a line in the sand and state clearly which side of the issue you are on. And to understand the company you keep.

“Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, is facing a slew of controversies over its Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine following numerous allegations of wrongdoing from different parties in the medical field, including two former Merck scientists-turned-whistleblowers. A third whistleblower, this one a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, also promises to bring Merck grief following his confession of misconduct involving the same MMR vaccine.”

Merck has a little bit of a problem now. The “different parties” Merck has been accused by are:

1. Two former Merck scientists that said that there was massive manipulation of data to make the vaccine appear more effective. ((Cough cough increased disease outbreak))
2. A CDC researcher that says Merck and the CDC manipulated the data so that a small but statistically significant causal link between the vaccine being linked with certain childhood developmental (Ahem – The big “A”) disappeared.
3. A competing drug company that’s pissed they missed out on all that sweet vaccination profits. That shit I just find funny.

Merck to their credit did what they always do as their crisis control model was shown when Vioxx was killing over 100,000 people:

1. Hide relevant statistical information showing the drugs ineffectiveness or potential dangers
2. Smear Doctors that speak out against them
3. Try to Squash the Lawsuits

4. Finally Pay a seemingly large but ultimately small in relations to profits fine. (Nostradamus alert: THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE FOR THE MMR VACCINE)

Speaking of the company you keep that’s the “The Science is Settled” team.

Despite my earlier attempt at sports analogy Science isn’t a sporting event where you try to run out the clock. It’s a continuous process. It’s never settled. Which is how science, real science, actually works.

But we know the Merck game plan already. While the science may never be settled history does repeat itself…

A Shot in the Dark…

One of the little secrets of American politics is that politicians don’t really care about the issues you care about.

Now they claim to care about the issues for money and votes but they don’t really care about the issues. This explains why they abandon these core issues when it becomes expedient.

George HW Bush was pro-abortion rights until he was VP on the Reagan ticket.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson was anti-abortion rights until he ran for The Democratic party presidential nomination. Pro Life Arkansas Governor William Jefferson Clinton found his Presidential Veto Pen when the so called “Partial Birth Abortion” ban hit the oval office desk.

Dick Cheney, who has known his daughter was gay for many years, magically supported same sex Marriage for his child when he was no longer running for elected office and our current president, Teleprompter Cicero, has gone from half-assedly fumbling about Civil unions to support for Gay marriage within his presidential term as political expediency permitted it.

Call me a cynic but I don’t think they genuinely care about these issues but they feign concern to manipulate their constituencies.

And there is no greater issue for faux outrage than the issue of guns.

As current Mythology goes in American politics concerning personal firearmsthe Democrats are in favor of greater restriction for private citizens while the Republicans are against more restrictions.

The greatest example of this farce was the 1994 so called “Assault Weapons” Ban passed by the Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Clinton.

First an important distinction on terms and language as this is key to political and media manipulation. The Term “Assault Weapon” that was described did not mean fully automatic or machine guns, which have been HEAVILY REGULATED since the National Firearms Act (NFA) in 1934. An assault weapon was defined as:

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following features:
• Folding or telescoping stock
• Pistol grip
• Bayonet mount
• Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
• Grenade launcher mount (Grenades and other similar devices would fall under the NFA)

Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
• Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
• Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
• Barrel shroud safety feature that prevents burns to the operator
• Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
• A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm.

Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
• Folding or telescoping stock
• Pistol grip
• Detachable magazine.

As you can see none of the characteristics have anything to do with the most dangerous part of the gun: the projectile leaving the chamber, leaving the barrel and subsequently leaving a giant hole in a person.

The ban was mostly cosmetic dealing with weapons that were used in relatively few crimes. Unless you were planning on leading a bayonet charge while robbing a liquor store the ban would play no discernible difference in overall crime rates, nor make the guns less dangerous in general.

Ignore that. The point was to be grateful that Government had “done something” or to fear that the Government was coming to “take your guns.”

Bill Clinton and The Democrats had secured a huge victory. They banned weapons that would save children’s lives and make the streets safer or so they claimed.
But then they needed cash.

In the 1994 mid-term elections the Republicans crushed the Democrats sweeping themselves majorities in the house and senate. (Clinton privately admitted that it was the issue of the {Editor’s note: toothless and worthless} assault weapons ban that energized the conservative rural base.)

Facing a tough reelection campaign in 1996 where would the Anti-Gun Clinton democrats get cash?

If you answered Chinese Gun runners give yourself a gold star.

On Feb. 6, 1996 Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie, one of the famously unsavory characters in the Clintons epically illegal 1996 campaign fund raising bonanza, invited Beijing arms dealer Wang Jun to one of Clinton’s famous fund- raising coffees in the White House Map Room. Wang is the son of China’s former President Wang Zhen. He also ran Polytechnologies, an arms dealership owned by Poly Group, which was owned directly by China’s People’s Liberation Army. The next day Trie escorted Wang across 14th Street to the Commerce Department. There, he met with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.

Wang Jun was there probably to thank the commerce secretary in person. Secretary Brown probably assured him that the check had cleared.

According to a Scripps Howard report by Michael Hedges, which ran on the front page of the March 14, 1997 edition of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Clinton administration commerce department granted Wang Jun’s Poly Technologies permits to import America with over 100,000 semi-automatic weapons (Primarily their AK-47 model) and millions of rounds of ammunition, less than 2 years after Clinton declared to have made America’s Children safer with the ban of assault weapons. (Note: All Polytechnolgies AK-47’s had been banned by President George HW Bush’s executive order in 1989, in response to a school shooting in Stockton California)

Later In 1996, Clinton also lobbied on behalf of COSCO in its unsuccessful efforts (Congress blocked the deal) to lease the Long Beach Naval Station, which would have in effect given the Chinese Navy – and an arms smuggler – a U.S.beachhead.

What scuttled the Clinton sponsored deal? The deal was suspended in the wake of a COSCO connected smuggling operation – which was short-circuited by federal agents just weeks after Wang Jun’s importation waivers were granted. On the night of March 18, 1996, undercover Customs and BATF agents accepted delivery of guns smuggled aboard the COSCO ship Empress Phoenix, as part of an ongoing sting operation dubbed “Dragon Fire.” The undercover agents had lured Polytechnologies into making a trial shipment of Chinese machine guns: a dry run set up to establish a working relationship before the Chinese granted access to their full inventory. Besides the smuggled guns, which they recommended for the California street gang market, the Chinese operatives explained that they were ready to sell everything from grenade launchers to shoulder fired Red Parakeet surface to air missiles, which they boasted could “take out a 747”. That night, federal agents secretly unpacked COSCO crates containing 2,000 Poly Technologies FULLY AUTOMATIC AK-47’s delivered from the hold of the Empress Phoenix. It was the largest seizure of fully operational automatic weapons in the history of U. S. law enforcement.

Even though Polytechnolgies was given a waiver for the importation of the 100,000 semi-automatic machine guns, they tried to sneak in 2000 fully automatic machine guns, before bringing in the really fun stuff. If you are wondering what the cost of the democratic party firesale selling out of their anti-gun family values core constituency it was a little over $600K USD (In their defense that was a lot of money in 1996).

Think of this next time a politician cries crocodile tears that guns got into the hands of some lunatic. Remember this the next time they talk of some “reasonable” gun control law that involves a waiting period greater than the time it takes to bribe a president and get his commerce department to waive importation and domestic bans on Thousands of weapons.

Now guns are tools. They can be used as part of turf wars by officially sanctioned drug syndicates, they can be used to commit mass genocide by governments, they can be used in the security of corrupt politicians and corporate insiders or they can be used in the protection of life and liberty of violent intruders. If guns didn’t have the utility associated with them the state wouldn’t find them so useful and in many cases claim a monopoly on their possession and use.

Does America have an issue with gun violence? Absolutely, both private and public use.

Cui bono?

Well certainly the state as it can claim more powers for its monopoly of violence as a paradoxical violence deterrent.

Arms manufacturers as there are increased sales and stock prices in response to the political rhetoric after an armed tragedy.

Grand standing politicians as they offer “solutions” to problems tangential to the core issues.

Non-profit organization on both sides which use fear to raise membership enrollment and replenish coffers.

Maybe it’s not really a problem at all but a big red opportunity for those who profit from tragedy. What’s a few dead bodies when there is so much money to be made?

You can always ask Wang Jun, he might know a thing or two about the politics involved in the gun issue…