Archive | December 20, 2016

In Flint, Level of lead in Children’s Blood Leads to a State of Emergency*

In Flint, Level of lead in Children’s Blood Leads to a State of Emergency*

By Yanan Wang

Lyla McCallun, 4, formerly of Flint, draws on a sheet of paper while sitting on the lap of her grandmother, Flint resident Jacqueline Pemberton, one of six others listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. (Jake May /Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

 

For months, worried parents in Flint, Mich., arrived at their paediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in their arms, they all have the same question: Are their children being poisoned?

To find out, all it takes is a prick of the finger, a small letting of blood. If tests come back positive, the potentially severe consequences are far more difficult to discern.

That’s how lead works. It leaves its mark quietly, with a virtually invisible trail. But years later, when a child shows signs of a learning disability or behavioral issues, lead’s prior presence in the bloodstream suddenly becomes inescapable.

According to the World Health Organization, “lead affects children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioural changes such as shortening of attention span and increased anti-social behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”

The Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, released a study in September that confirmed what many Flint parents had feared for over a year: The proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood has nearly doubled since the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source, in 2014.

The crisis reached a nadir Monday night, when Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency.

“The City of Flint has experienced a man-made disaster,” Weaver said in a declaratory statement.

The mayor — elected after her predecessor, Dayne Walling, experienced fallout from his administration’s handling of the water problems — said in the statement that she was seeking support from the federal government to deal with the “irreversible” effects of lead exposure on the city’s children. Weaver thinks that these health consequences will lead to a greater need for special education and mental health services, as well as developments in the juvenile justice system.

“Do we meet the criteria [for a disaster area]? I don’t know,” she told Michigan Live.

But Weaver doesn’t think the city can receive the help it needs without alerting federal officials to the urgency of the matter.

[How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks]

To those living in Flint, the announcement may feel as if it has been a long time coming.

Almost immediately after the city started drawing from the Flint River in April 2014, residents began complaining about the water, which they said was cloudy in appearance and emitted a foul odor.

Since then, complications from the water coming from the Flint River have only piled up. Although city and state officials initially denied that the water was unsafe, the state issued a notice informing Flint residents that their water contained unlawful levels of trihalomethanes, a chlorine byproduct linked to cancer and other diseases.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, right, and City Administrator Natasha Henderson, address questions about adding supplemental phosphates to the city’s water during a news conference in December. (Jake May/Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Protesters marched to City Hall in the fierce Michigan cold, calling for officials to reconnect Flint’s water to the Detroit system. The use of the Flint River was supposed to be temporary, set to end in 2016 after a pipeline to Lake Huron’s Karegnondi Water Authority is finished.

A petition lobbying for the ending the city’s Flint River water supply garnered 26,000 signatures.

Through continued demonstrations by Flint residents and mounting scientific evidence of the water’s toxins, city and state officials offered various solutions — from asking residents to boil their water to providing them with water filters — in an attempt to work around the need to reconnect to the Detroit system.

That call was finally made by Snyder (R) on Oct. 8. He announced that he had a plan for coming up with the $12 million to switch Flint back to the Detroit system. On Oct. 16, water started flowing again from Detroit to Flint.

David Murray, press secretary for Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s office, told The Washington Post that the state has been working on improving the water quality in Flint and other cities for the past year. It has also offered more than $10 million in financial assistance to pay for a temporary switch into the Detroit system while the connection to Lake Huron is being prepared.

“Flint residents need to have access to safe, clean water,” Murray wrote in an email to The Post.

“Gov. Snyder and the administration have been working closely with the city to focus on health issues affecting children and other city residents, and address water infrastructure challenges.”

He added that while the water leaving Flint’s drinking water system is safe to drink, “some families with lead plumbing in their homes or service connections could experience higher levels of lead in the water that comes out of their faucets.” An action plan created by Snyder in October includes free water testing, free water filters and the accelerating of corrosion controls in the drinking water system, according to Murray.

For the parents of children who may have been affected, such actions were accompanied by the sense that they had come too late.

These parents and other Flint residents filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Snyder, the state, the city and 13 other public officials in November for the damages they have suffered as a result of the lead-tainted water. The suit, which claims to represent “tens of thousands of residents,” alleges that the city and state officials “deliberately deprived” them of their 14th Amendment rights by replacing formerly safe drinking water with a cheaper alternative that was known to be highly toxic.

“For more than 18 months, state and local government officials ignored irrefutable evidence that the water pumped from the Flint River exposed [residents] to extreme toxicity,” the complaint reads.

“The deliberately false denials about the safety of the Flint River water was as deadly as it was arrogant.”

Calling officials’ conduct “so egregious and so outrageous that it shocks the conscience,” the complaint cites the specific experiences of a few plaintiffs and their families, all of whom allege they have been challenged by similar health ailments since high levels of lead and copper entered their bloodstreams.

These conditions include skin lesions, hair loss, chemical-induced hypertension, vision loss and depression. Of the four families described in the complaint, two had ceased to drink Flint water after a certain point — and used it only for washing and cooking — but still said they were exposed to many of the same ill effects.

Snyder’s press secretary, Murray, wrote in an email to The Post that the administration disagrees with points in the suit, but declined to discuss details of pending litigation.

As the Detroit Free Press reported in October, avoiding Flint water became a way of life for the city’s residents.

Those who could afford it opted for bottled water, buying it by the gallons. Those who couldn’t spare the money drank it straight from the tap all the same, knowing that they would be paying for it later. When it came to bathing, some slowly filled bathtubs with pots of boiled water for their children.

(The city issued a boil advisory in September 2014. This recommendation runs contrary to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on lead in drinking water, which state that heating or boiling water will not remove lead. In fact, “because some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, the lead concentration of the water can actually increase slightly as the water is boiled,” according to the CDC.)

LeeAnn Walters, a Flint resident and mother of 4-year-old twins, took every precaution after blood tests revealed that the level of lead in one of her sons had soared after the switch to Flint River.

“I was hysterical,” Walters told the Free Press.

“I cried when they gave me my first lead report.”

She had feared lead was the problem when her whole family developed rashes and her son stopped gaining weight.

Now, Walters said, when her children experience problems as they grow up, she will always wonder whether things would have been different — if their lives would have been better — if it weren’t for the water.

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Related Topics:

Finally $170M to Help Clean Up the Mess State of Michigan Created in Flint*

Veterans Who Supported DAPL Protestors Are on their Way to Flint*

Legionnaires’ Disease Spikes in Flint amid Poisoned Water Crisis*

EPA Head in Charge of Flint Resigns as Obama Pledges $80mn for Poisoned Water Crisis*

Matt Damon Calls on Governor Snyder to Resign Over Flint Water Crisis*

Flint State Employees Were Given Clean Water a Year Ago*

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Fish Radiated from Fukushima on America’s West Coast*

Fish Radiated from Fukushima on America’s West Coast*

By Emerson Urry

Seaborne cesium 134, the so-called “fingerprint of Fukushima,” has been detected on U.S. shores for the first time researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said this month. WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project that has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to America’s west coast, from the demolished Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan. The seawater samples were taken from the shores of Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, and were actually obtained in January and February of 2016 and tested later in the year. In other strikingly similar news reported last month, researchers at the Fukushima InFORM project in Canada, led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, said they sampled a sockeye salmon from Okanagan Lake in British Columbia that tested positive for cesium 134 as well. Multiple other reports have circulated online, mostly in alternative media outlets, and mostly not corroborated by any tangible measurement data, that point to cases of possible radioactive contamination of Canadian salmon, but EnviroNews Oregon has not independently confirmed any of these claims.

Testing Fish for Radiation in Sushi Restaurant

 

Cesium 134 is called the “footprint of Fukushima” because of its fast rate of decay. With a half- life of only 2.06 years, there are few other places the dangerous and carcinogenic isotope could have originated.

It is important to note that airborne radioactive fallout from the initial explosion and meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 reached the U.S. and Canada within days, and circled the globe falling out wherever the currents and precipitation carried it — mostly to places unknown to this day. Even still, radioactive iodine 131 was found in municipal water supplies in places like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts shortly after the initial Fukushima accident — a triple meltdown ranked by EnviroNews USA as the most destructive environmental catastrophe in human history.

The samples from the Oregon coast measured around 0.3 becquerels per cubic meter for cesium 134. Researchers in both the U.S. and Canada said the recently detected radiation levels were extremely low and pose “no risk to humans or the environment.” Sadly, NBC, the New York Post, USA Today, and even The Inquisitr amongst others, took the bait and reported the same thing. Medical science and epidemiological studies have demonstrated time and again that there is no safe amount of radiation for a living organism to be subjected to — period. With each subsequent exposure, no matter how small, the subject experiences an increase in cancer risk.

In the wake of Fukushima, several governments, and certainly the Japanese government, have raised the “safe” annual limit for radiation exposure for humans — this critics say, to lower legal liability and to placate concerns from the public, in an increasingly radioactive world. Now, many concerned citizens look on in concern, waiting for more testing and data on ocean waters and the seafood they so greatly enjoy.

 

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Related Topics:

Emergency Closure of Fishery Along Entire West Coast: Strange Diseases*

Life without Fish: Rivers of Death and Silent Seas and Skies*

Be Careful about the Fish You Eat

Brexit Hit the Perpetrators of Fukushima Meltdowns*

Rice from Fukushima to Be Sold in Britain*

Nearly 700,000 Tons of Radioactive at Fukushima to be emptied into the Sea

Radiation Fall-out from Fukushima Causing Mass Animal Die-offs in U.S.*

The Pacific Ocean is Dead from 2 Trillion Becquerels of Fukushima Radioactive Waste*

Level of Radiation at Fukushima so High, not Even TEPCO Robots can Survive*

Texas Texas Water Radiation Cover-Up!

Some Plants that Reduce Toxins from Air*

Removing Radioactive Toxins from Your Body

FBI to Release Evidence on Clinton Child Sex Scandal*

FBI to Release Evidence on Clinton Child Sex Scandal*

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai

A judge has ordered the FBI to publish evidence relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring in Washington.

Last November, a State Department official confirmed that the FBI were investigating Hillary Clinton’s connection to an elite Washington paedophile ring

According to sources, files found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop showed evidence of a political pedophile ring operating within Washington, implicating Washington’s elite as well as Clinton and her aides.

As a result of a recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice by Los Angeles attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, the FBI must now provide “immediate disclosure of the FBI search warrant for the e-mails of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.”

Lawnewz.com reports:

One of the main points of contention in this case was the privacy right of Clinton — or any person who wasn’t ultimately charged with a crime.

However, the judge determined that essentially all went out the window given the bizarre nature of the case including FBI Director James Comey’s very public press conference.  After Comey’s remarks, Clinton then decided to publicly respond at campaign rallies.

Thus, the judge determined Clinton essentially waived her privacy right arguments that the uncharged subject of an investigation typically can rely on.

In the words of the judge, Clinton has “little remaining privacy interest in the release of documents identifying her as the subject of the investigation.”

In Monday’s order, the judge ultimately concluded:

The search warrant, the application for the search warrant, the affidavit in support of the application for the search warrant, and the search warrant return will be unsealed and posted on the Court’s electronic case filing system under the docket number listed above, subject to the redactions discussed above, at noon on December 20, 2016, unless an order is issued before then by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit staying or modifying this Order.

LawNewz.com obtained a copy of the order and is in the process of reviewing it.

READ the Order:

 

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Related Topics:

Scalia Murdered After Obama Meeting*

Former Head of FBI Speaks on Rothschild, Illuminati, Satanism, Paedophile Rings = NWO

The Bush Syndicate: Kansas Children for Sale*

Husband of Prosecutor Investigating Bill Clinton for Child Sex Charges Gunned Down*

U.S. to re-Define Law on Sexual Consent*

Dallas Mum Discovers New Secret Service Sex scandals through Public Information Requests*

More Paedophiles Exposed Amongst U.S. Military and U.K. Politicians!

Largest Paedophile Ring in History, 70,000 Members, Heads of State, the Rats Scramble*

 

 

Canadian Activist Exposes Western Media Lies on the Genocide in Aleppo*

Canadian Activist Exposes Western Media Lies on the Genocide in Aleppo*

How can the corporate media maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo when every person that’s coming out of the areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?

If you scroll through your Facebook News Feed or Twitter Trends these days, you would come to know about Bana Al-Abed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who (along with her mother Fatemah) is live tweeting her daily struggles living in war-hit Aleppo and seeking help over the past few weeks.

Share this message to whole world. #Aleppo ceasefire broke, civilians are in danger. I beg world u do something now to get us out. – Fatemah

— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 16, 2016

Final message – people are dying since last night. I am very surprised I am tweeting right now & still alive. – Fatemah #Aleppo

— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 12, 2016

Final message – I am very sad no one is helping us in this world, no one is evacuating me & my daughter. Goodbye.- Fatemah #Aleppo

— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 12, 2016

Or if you go to Google News and search Aleppo, you would find headlines like:

Aleppo’s people are being slaughtered. Did we learn nothing from Srebrenica? | Nedžad Avdić https://t.co/bOjbHWgaGS

— The Guardian (@guardian) December 13, 2016

“Aleppo is a place where the children have stopped crying.” Scenes of sheer terror and grief in the last hospital in the last days of Aleppo pic.twitter.com/sy1NgjD4gY

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) December 16, 2016

Battle for #Aleppo: Final goodbyes from a city under siege in #Syriahttps://t.co/EuG4vHsQzl pic.twitter.com/FL3nCCreL5

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 13, 2016

However, what you would not find is the truth:  That what is being reported in the western mainstream media is a propaganda-driven last ditch effort to convince a largely ignorant populace that the Assad regime and Russia, and not the rebels, (funded by the West, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Qatar, and Turkey) are behind the ‘unthinkable atrocities’ (some going so far as to call it a genocide) civilians suffer in Aleppo.

Canadian journalist and human rights activist, Eva Bartlett, who has been to Syria four times since April 2014, blasted the western mainstream media’s coverage of the Syrian war in an emotional speech at a U.N. press conference arranged by the Syrian mission to the United Nations.

The corporate media narrative, she argued, is meant to mislead the unsuspecting American and European public about what is really happening in Syria; by demonizing President Bashar Assad’s government and altering the facts on Russia’s support for Damascus:

“I’ve been many times to Homs, to Maaloula, to Latakia and Tartus [in Syria] and again, Aleppo, four times. And people’s support of their government is absolutely true. Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite. And, on that note, what you hear in the corporate media, and I will name them – BBC, Guardian, the New York Times etc. – on Aleppo is also the opposite of reality.

“As for the agenda of some corporate media: it is the agenda of regime change. How can The New York Times or Democracy Now maintain until this day that this is a civil war in Syria? How can they maintain that the protests were unarmed and nonviolent until, say, 2012? That’s absolutely not true. How can they maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo when every person that’s coming out of the areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?”

When she asked a reporter from Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, who challenged her claims that the western media was lying, to name one international humanitarian organization operating in Eastern Aleppo, he didn’t have an answer. To which, Bartlett pointed out:

“There are none. These organizations are relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR], which is based in Coventry, UK, which is one man. They’re relying on compromised groups like the White Helmets. Let’s talk about the White Helmets. The organization receives its funding from Western states with their own interests in Syria such as the U.S. and the U.K. They purport to be rescuing civilians in Eastern Aleppo and Idlib, [Yet] no one in Eastern Aleppo has heard of them.

 “The White Helmets purport to be neutral, and yet they can be found carrying guns and standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers. Their video footage actually contains children that have been ‘recycled’ in different reports; so you can find a girl named Aya who turns up in a report in say August, and she turns up in the next month in two different locations.

“So they [the White Helmets] are not credible. The SOHR is not credible. ‘Unnamed activists’ are not credible. Once or twice maybe, but every time? Not credible. So your sources on the ground – you don’t have them.”

Isn’t that lucky?.. #WhiteHelmets rescue the same girl 3 times!..

via @Redbaron9495pic.twitter.com/GNjQq7PSXn

— Vera Van Horne (@VeraVanHorne) November 8, 2016

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Related Topics:

Eliminating Alternative Media: Soros and Gates behind Facebook’s “fake news” Detector*

U.S and its Partners in Crime Suffer ‘Meltdown of Sanity’ over Syria’s Aleppo Victory*

U.S. Claim of Killing 50,000 ISIS Terrorists ‘Fairytale’ says Ex Diplomat*

Syria Raps U.N.’s Security Council for Meeting in Support of Terrorists*

With Fighting Over, Aleppo Residents Speak of Terrorists’ Barbarism*

Most of the Terrorists in Aleppo were Turkish, Saudi (Israeli) Officers*

14+ U.S. Coalition Military Officers Captured by Syrian Special Forces in East Aleppo Bunker*

#AleppoIsBurning Campaign Created By U.S. and NATO to Facilitate a “No Bomb Zone”*

Add the Syrian Boy Rescuing a Girl Another to U.S-ISIS Lies*

Aleppo Doctor Attacks Western Media for Bias, Censorship and Lies*

First Water Protector Trials Set for January as another ND Pipeline Leaks*

First Water Protector Trials Set for January as another ND Pipeline Leaks*

On Monday, December 19th, water protectors charged with disorderly conduct stemming from their August 11th arrests made their first appearances in Morton County court. The results of the appearances was Judge Cynthia Feland granting a continuance till January 31st, 2017.

The judge heard Morton County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson’s motion to “keep issues of tribal sovereignty, the concerns about the Dakota Access Pipeline and “any other social or political cause” out of the courtroom and did not approve it.

Judge Feland stated in her denial that defendants didn’t have enough time to respond to the motion.

The motion came days after County Attorney Ladd Erickson filed a motion requesting that DAPL water protectors not be provided with free legal counsel by public defenders. The Water Protector Legal Collective responded to the motion by calling for Ladd Erickson to step down for trying to deny water protectors their Sixth Amendment constitutional rights.

Monday’s trial hearing follows a week that saw outgoing North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple meet with Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault on December 12th. They met to discuss the removal of the Backwater Bridge roadblock put in place after the October 27th eviction of the 1851 treaty camp and to better North Dakota and Tribal relations. Those in attendance felt the meeting went well, according to press reports.

On his way out of office, Dalrymple asserted that water protectors deployed fake news” to discredit the pipeline, although specific examples were not cited.

Gov. Dalrymple’s term ended on Thursday and the new Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, made his first public statement. On his first day of office Burgum, a technology businessman, stated that the reason the “legal” Dakota Access Pipeline project has been delayed is because of Obama administration failures.

Burgum reinforced North Dakota’s stance that the pipeline should be completed, saying,

I support the legal completion of this pipeline.”

He used this first public statement as Governor to ask Obama for approval of the easement, and stated his plans to ask the incoming Trump administration to approve the pipeline.

Burgum’s announcement follows the leak of an audio recording of a December 14th Energy Transfer Partners corporate meeting. Those at the meeting discussed their expectations that the pipeline would be approved promptly after Trump’s January 20th inauguration.

In the recording, an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) official states,

Make no mistake about it, this pipeline is going through, it’s going through exactly where we have it planned.

The man heard speaking on the recording also says that ETP officials have met with the National Sheriffs Association, a private entity made up of Sheriffs from around the country which has helped coordinate out-of-state law enforcement assistance to the Morton County Sheriff.  Both the statements from Energy Transfer Partners and the new Governor of North Dakota threw shade on water protectors’ celebrated victory of the December 4th easement denial by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Water protectors still hold space on land just south of the Dakota Access Pipeline drill pad, considered by the federal government to be U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.   They’ve stated they are there to protect sacred water and have warned that all pipelines leak.

Last Monday, December 12th, those warnings came to life as a pipeline leaked 170,000 gallons of oil which contaminated 5.4 miles of the Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota. That pipeline was equipped with monitoring equipment which did not detect the leak. The leak was only found because a landowner happened upon the leak and reported it.

Water protectors continue to pray and hold space as construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction is halted, at least temporarily.

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Related Topics:

Iowans Make U-Turn against Trump in Dakota Access Pipeline Fight*

Pipeline Shut Down In North Dakota after Leaking into Little Mississippi River*

Standing Rock Protestors Use Mirrors to Inspire Humility among Police Officers*

U.S. Military Veterans Asked Lakota Elders for Forgiveness*

DAPL’s Energy Transfer Partners Restructures to Avoid Junk Rating*

Lakota Sioux “water protectors” Inspire the Nation*

Oil Company States They Will Defy Army Corps Order in Standing Rock*

Trump to Privatize Native Land*

Navajo Nation Sues U.S. Govt for $160mn over Colorado Mine Spill*

BP Deepwater Horizon Spill and the Rise in Flesh-Eating Bacteria*

New Oil Spill in Peru Contaminates Indigenous Community*

 

Faith Spotted Eagle got Killary Clinton’s Vote*

Faith Spotted Eagle got Killary Clinton’s Vote*

Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder and prominent water protector at Standing Rock, received a vote in the Electoral College from Robert Satiacum, Puyallup, an elector who opted not to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton

 

The elder and spiritual leader was a write-in by an elector from Washington State who was supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton

By Richard Walker

Faith Spotted Eagle, Yankton Sioux, was driving her daughter to the airport on December 19 when a reporter messaged her with the news: An elector had voted for her for President.

When she was told an elector in Washington State had cast his vote for her for president, she first thought it was “fake news.” But then she got a call from the elector, Robert Satiacum, Puyallup, and later saw her name on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show.

“I’m not a candidate, but I stand for something,” the water protector and elder said.

Satiacum’s vote is not about her, she said, but is “symbolic of the fight for Mother Earth at Standing Rock.”

She said the teachings are that there will be a war over water, and people must take a stand to protect the river for the grandchildren.

Spotted Eagle is no stranger to politics. She once ran for South Dakota state representative, in 2006, and lost by 431 votes. On December 19 she came within 269 votes of the presidency of the United States.

Four electors in Washington State broke ranks and cast their votes for alternative candidates—three for former secretary of state Colin Powell and one for Spotted Eagle. Electors are expected to cast their votes for the presidential candidate that won their state—in Washington, that was former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. However, Satiacum made it clear early on that he planned to break ranks because he believes Clinton has flip-flopped on issues and he distrusts her regarding the environment.

Satiacum met Spotted Eagle at Standing Rock during the stand against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Spotted Eagle, chairwoman of the Ihanktonwan Oyate Treaty Steering Committee, has long been a defender of Mother Earth. When she was in her own mother’s womb more than 68 years ago, she said, the place where her family lived along the Missouri River was flooded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She was born fighting for the river and the land.

Satiacum “felt that spirit, felt that urgency to get that message out by doing what he could do,” Spotted Eagle said, by casting his electoral vote for an alternative candidate. His vote wasn’t about her as much as it was about Mother Earth and all the water protectors at Standing Rock, Spotted Eagle said, and she wants others to stand for something—to stand for Mother Earth—too.

The fight to bring down the dams on the Elwha River in Washington State took 100 years, but the dams came down, the river and beaches are healing, and the salmon are returning. Likewise, the fight to protect Ihanktonwan Oyate water and lands has taken generations, “and we are still here,” Spotted Eagle noted.

“Without water there is no life,” Spotted Eagle told ICTM’s Gyasi Ross in February 2015.

“These pipelines, fracking and uranium development are polluting the Mni Wiconi—the water of life, the Missouri River and her tributaries. The only way to get out of this assault on Mother Earth is through prayer, healing and unification among races and various populations, public outcry, and the assertion of both our treaty rights and our reserved rights, even in unceded territories. We are occupied peoples but maintain our tie to the land and that makes us sovereign with the earth and all living things.”

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Related Topics:

FBI Resume Clinton Foundation Investigation*

Iowans Make U-Turn against Trump in Dakota Access Pipeline Fight*

DHS Caught Hacking Georgia Secretary of State Office during the Election (NOT RUSSIA)*

Officials Investigate Election Fraud after New Recount in Michigan*

Rothschilds, Trump, Killary and the Rigged U.S. Presidential Election*

Guccifer 2.0 Angry about his DNC Hack being Blamed on Russians*

 

Pharma Execs Arrested in Conspiracy to Create Opioid Addicts for Profit*

Pharma Execs Arrested in Conspiracy to Create Opioid Addicts for Profit*

By Isaac Davis

Just under the radar of the American dream is a terrible crisis ruining families, destroying communities and killing people who are just too young to die. Overdoses from opioids, synthetic opioid drugs, and heroin have become a genuine epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans a year, swamping emergency services and creating a booming economy out of rehab.

There a number of causes to this problem, and while hardcore drug addiction may have complicated roots, there’s no denying that our society is absolutely flooded with many different types of opioid drugs. The market for legal and illegal opioids has become so huge that prescription pills and fake or hybrid pills are being mass-produced and shipped into the U.S. from places like China.

Furthermore, pharmaceutical makers have continued to develop stronger and stronger pain medications, and doctors are contributing by over-prescribing these drugs, but in a truly shocking case, several pharmaceutical executives have just been arrested for scheming to create addicts painkiller based on the strongest, most addictive, and most deadly synthetic opioid in the world today, fentanyl. So powerful, in fact, that many are calling it the ‘kill pill.’

“Fentanyl is an opioid. Its effect on the body is exactly like heroin, or any other opiate-based medication. But fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is stronger than any prescription painkiller on the market.” [Source]

According to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the defendants…

“…conspired to bribe practitioners in various states, many of whom operated pain clinics, in order to get them to prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication. The medication, called “Subsys,” is a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer patients suffering intense episodes of breakthrough pain. In exchange for bribes and kickbacks, the practitioners wrote large numbers of prescriptions for the patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer

Details of the conspiracy, as outlined in the indictment and paraphrased by Slate include the following allegations:

  • Insys paid doctors to give educational lectures about the use of Subsys. That’s ostensibly legal, except that prosecutors allege that the company paid said doctors in direct proportion to the frequency with which they wrote Subsys prescriptions, with one Insys employee allegedly texting another that the doctors hired to give lectures “do not need to be good speakers” so long as they were high-volume Susbys prescribers. These “lectures,” meanwhile were allegedly often nothing more than dinners at high-end restaurants attended only by the doctors getting paid, the Subsys employees paying them, and the doctor’s friends. One Florida doctor is alleged to have made $275,000 in speaking fee bribes in three years.
  • Insys allegedly continued to work with some doctors who prescribed Subsys frequently even after becoming aware internally that those doctors were known for running dubiously legal Dr. Feelgood “pill mills.” Wrote one Insys employee in an email about an Illinois doctor that the company would continue to work with and pay speaking fees to: “He is extremely moody, lazy and inattentive. He basically just shows up to sign his name on the prescription pad, if he shows up at all.”
  • Insys allegedly hired support staff employees to mislead insurance companies into approving payments for Subsys prescriptions. These support staff employees allegedly misled insurers into believing they were interacting with representatives of doctor’s offices rather than representatives of Insys—employees were allegedly instructed to hang up the phone when insurers “pursued the identity of their employer.” These support staff employees are also accused of systematically falsifying specific diagnosis information—claiming patients had difficulty swallowing, for example—that they knew would make insurers more likely to authorize Subsys purchases.

Final Thoughts

Remarkably, pharmaceutical medications have become the gateway to heroin use, not the other way around, and in particular, Fentanyl, and derivative drugs are especially dangerous. Few things are more nefarious and diabolical than plotting to turn members of your community and nation into addicts, knowing full well their lives will be ruined, their families destroyed, and that it could very well kill them. All for money.

“The surge in opioid deaths is one of the reasons that United States life expectancy declined in 2015 for the first time in 22 years. In that same year, Insys reported a profit of $58.5 million.” [Source]

The evidence is revealing that the nation’s overdose crisis is a complex, multi-layered conspiracy, and the arrest of these conspirators is but one more piece of the puzzle.

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