Archive | October 9, 2011

Government Owns Up to a Vaccine Induced Illness

Government Owns Up to a Vaccine Induced Illness


By Hwaa Irfan

This is a warning to consumers who take as the truth the marketing campaigns of pharmaceutical companies that issue new drugs without thoroughly being tested as suitable for human use. The vaccine of concern here is the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix produced by GlaxoSmithKline. Pandemrix also known as Focetra, Panenza, Panvax, and Arepanrix was issued in 2009 – 2010 to 79 children in Finland who were ages 4 – 19. Soon after, 76 developed cataplexy, suffering from hallucinations partial paralysis, physical collapse before developing narcolepsy.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines cataplexy as the sudden loss of muscle tone, which makes one feel weak, and lose control over voluntary muscular action. In general it is a primary symptom that can be mild, and barely noticeable, but can also result in complete loss of tone in the voluntary muscles.

Narcolepsy is a serious disorder of the central nervous system whereby the brain loses the ability to control the sleep-wake cycle. One can be overcome by a sudden need to sleep at anytime, anywhere. Cataplexy is a symptom of Narcolepsy involving sleep paralysis, and hallucinations during sleep, or on waking.

The Flu Vaccine

In this case, research responded sooner than much later to the plight of the victims. Finnish researchers found a direct link between the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, and narcolepsy. The Finnish Pharmaceutical Insurance Pool that represents the insurance companies, said it would honor all insurance claims pertaining to narcolepsy, and the Finnish government declared that it would pay for a lifetime of medical care for the children concerned. The government also said it would cover any medical care that exceeds insurance claims that will measured according to the case.

In 2009, the German Medical Association only sent out a warning for children, and pregnant women. Pandemrix is not licensed in the U.S., but the European Medicines Agency (which licensed it in 2009) is carrying out a review of the drug which has been used by 30.8 million Europeans.



“CDC Statement on Discontinued Use of Pandemrix Influenza Vaccine in Europe.”

“Finland Vows Care for Narcolepsy Kids Who Had Swine Flu Shot.”

“What is Narcolepsy?”


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U.S. Biggest Banks: 11 Facts You Didn’t Know!

U.S. Biggest Banks: 11 Facts You Didn’t Know!


By Pat Garafalo

Deregulation of banks have increased profits for the biggest banks on the backs of taxpayers, especially since 2008, the year that the current global economic crisis began as follows:

Bank profits are highest since before the recession…: According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., bank profits in the first quarter of this year were “the best for the industry since the $36.8 billion earned in the second quarter of 2007.” JP Morgan Chase is currently pulling in record profits.

…even as the banks plan thousands of layoffs: Banks, including Bank of America, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse, are planning to lay off tens of thousands of workers.

Banks make nearly one-third of total corporate profits: The financial sector accounts for about 30 percent of total corporate profits, which is actually down from before the financial crisis, when they made closer to 40 percent.

Since 2008, the biggest banks have gotten bigger: Due to the failure of small competitors and mergers facilitated during the 2008 crisis, the nation’s biggest banks — including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo — are now bigger than they were pre-recession. Pre-crisis, the four biggest banks held 32 percent of total deposits; now they hold nearly 40 percent.

The four biggest banks issue 50 percent of mortgages and 66 percent of credit cards: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup issue one out of every two mortgages and nearly two out of every three credit cards in America.

The 10 biggest banks hold 60 percent of bank assets: In the 1980s, the 10 biggest banks controlled 22 percent of total bank assets. Today, they control 60 percent.

The six biggest banks hold assets equal to 63 percent of the country’s GDP: In 1995, the six biggest banks in the country held assets equal to about 17 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Now their assets equal 63 percent of GDP.

The five biggest banks hold 95 percent of derivatives: Nearly the entire market in derivatives — the credit instruments that helped blow up some of the nation’s biggest banks as well as mega-insurer AIG — is dominated by just five firms: JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo.

Banks cost households nearly $20 trillion in wealth: Almost $20 trillion in wealth was destroyed by the Great Recession, and total family wealth is still down “$12.8 trillion (in 2011 dollars) from June 2007 — its last peak.”

Big banks don’t lend to small businesses: The New Rules Project notes that the country’s 20 biggest banks “devote only 18 percent of their commercial loan portfolios to small business.”

Big banks paid 5,000 bonuses of at least $1 million in 2008: According to the New York Attorney General’s office, “nine of the financial firms that were among the largest recipients of federal bailout money paid about 5,000 of their traders and bankers bonuses of more than $1 million apiece for 2008.”


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Law of Mother Earth: Downing Elwha Dam

Law of Mother Earth: Downing Elwha Dam – Success Comes with Perseverance


By Hwaa Irfan


It does not always happen, actually one is not sure if it happens at all, but sometimes, when we admit to our mistakes, we are more able to restore the balance that should be. So it was with the Elwha River Dam located inside the Olympic National Park of Washington, U.S.

A 108ft monstrosity may not match up to the Glines Canyon Dam at 210 ft which was torn down, but like all man-made dams they reap havoc by upsetting the natural order of things that cause the kind of environmental nightmares that can only be rectified by the removal of the dam.

Downing a dam is no easy feat, but it was a battle long fought for by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe using the rights of a treaty to restore the balance that would enable the all-important salmon to take its course – respecting the nature of all life, and not just one’s life. Constructed back in the 1900’s, the dam cut off the salmon’s route where once an estimated 400,000 salmons migrated on a 45-mile journey much more than the current 3,000 population that exists today. Both the Elwha and the Glines Dam were built by Toronto-born businessman Thomas Aldwell to provide electricity to Port Angeles. The Elwha Dam was not built according to standards – and the foundation began to collapse as the lake behind it swelled, so a quick-fix was resorted to using concrete to plug the dam.

The Klallam lost 15 villages, food security, and their medicinal plants. The villages of the indigenous Klallam were inundated, fish stocks were depleted, and 18 million cubic yards of valuable sediment built up in the lakes created by the dams. The loss of that sediment flowing upstream led to erosion of the area.

The Battle

There was no delay in responding to the situation as the Klallam people objected from the very beginning. By 197 in U.S. vs. Washington, the indigenous treaty fishing  rights were upheld. In 1986, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission initiated a plan to remove the dams. However in 1990, the federal government only began to study how to remove the dams, but by 1992, Congress passed the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act. By 2000, the federal government ‘acquired’ the dams at a time when the only benefit of the dams was electricity supply to one mill in Port Angeles.

The Celebration

God only gave humans amongst all His creations the gift of choice. The elemental kingdom along with plants and animals do not have that choice. They have no confusion over their purpose in life, except when they are pushed beyond the boundaries of their existence. Nature adapts to a point, and new species are born, but with a weaker sense of purpose, and therefore of less benefit to mankind.

For the salmon it seemed that September 17 2011 could not come soon enough, for this day marked the beginning of the end of the life of the largest removal project in U.S history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the King Salmon returns from the sea to spawn every four years or thereabouts. With this as the basis for calculation, the salmon that was ready and waiting to cross that barrier created by the dams makes the 25th generation, yet those salmon had not lost their sense of purpose.

Seventy three King Salmons or Chinooks were seen swimming at the base of the dam that had cut them off from their spawning ground 70 miles upstream.  Marking the ceremony was actor Tom Skeritt, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Governor Chris Gregoire, Senators Maria Cantwell amd Patty Murray, Lower Elwha Klallam Chairwoman Frances Charles, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor, Local congressman Norm Dicks, and others.

Connected to all life, both the Seen and the Unseen, both past and present,  Klallam elder Ben Charles said at the ceremony to Indian Country:

“I was just reading in Scripture a couple of nights ago, in Hebrews 12:1, it says we’re surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,” he said. “I see the ancestors watching. They’re happy about what’s going on. Some of them are crying, some of them are smiling. It’s been something that the people have been praying would happen. One hundred years. We never know what Creator’s time span is for answers. To us it’s a long time, to him it’s just a snap of the finger. But I’m glad it’s happening in my time.”

The feeling was also felt by Lower Elwha Klallam’s chairwoman, Frances Charles:

 “We have the prayers of the Creator (and) our ancestors who are looking down upon us. This is an historic event. It’s something our children will never forget and our elders are here to witness it. And we thank those who have gone before us, that had supported us and gave us the encouragement to carry on.”


The Cost

It is estimated that the complete removal of Elwha Dam will take three years at a cost of U.S.$350mn. It will be carried out by the Elwha Klallam, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The whole operation includes overseeing the restoration, flood control, two water treatment plants to protect the municipal water from the burden of a century of sediment build-up, reforestation and revegetation of the area, overseeing the delicate biodiversity and restoration of it, as well as restoration of the fish stock.


Frank Jnr., B. “There Are a Lot More Elwhas Out There.”

Grudnikov, K. “Elwha River Dams to be Removed; Project Largest in American History.”

Walker, R. “In Washington, Demolishing Two Dams So That the Salmon May Go Home.”

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