Sunday, July 24, 2011
By Dennis South
Below is an excerpt from a July 20th, 2011interview of Dr. Webster Tarpley that was conducted by Alex Jones. Over the years, Dr. Tarpley’s analyses of global geo-politics, as well as his predictions, have been astonishingly accurate. Dr. Tarpley is perhaps the foremost economist, historian, and investigative journalist of our times. In this interview, he reveals that the former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Khan, had planned to travel to Germany to speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss setting up of an alternative currency to the dollar, for the world. From Germany, he was to travel to Libya to speak to Colonel Gaddafi about this new economic world order. His plans were halted when he was accused of raping a hotel maid.
Dr. Webster Tarpley: This is an interesting scenario, and I have this from a very good French source and from a good German source too. The week after his arrest, Strauss-Khan was going to fly to Berlin and meet with German Chancellor Merkel. And, depending on the outcome of that meeting, an envoy was going to go from Berlin to Libya--to Tripoli-- to meet Gaddafi and his circle. And the goal of all of this travelling was to begin to set up another reserve currency for the world. That is, some alternative supplement, maybe, at the beginning, to the dollar. Something that would not replace the dollar immediately, [but] it would be the pilot project that would exist alongside the dollar.
Dr. Webster Tarpley: Yes, so this was what Gaddafi had—he had been talking about a gold-backed currency for Africa. There are all kinds of possibilities here. But, that was Strauss-Khan’s plan for the week that never was for him, because he was arrested before--he was arrested on the weekend, and that week never began for him. So it means that [Gaddafi had a plan that was] similar to [that of] Saddam Hussein, right. Saddam Hussein had shifted all of his money out of the dollar into the Euro. The oil for food fund went from the dollar to the Euro, due to the influence of Sadaam Hussein. So in this case it’s Gaddafi, but also joined by Germany, also joined by Strauss Khan. So, it seems that the…
Alex Jones: And the reason the banksters are developing the dollar [is because] they want an incremental dollar devaluation to drive down every other currency—the stated policy of global concerted, coordinated devaluation. They don’t want a move away from the dollar, and then other currencies to go up. They want a global hyper-inflationary depression to consolidate control. So, this is the key juncture for the Anglo-American elite, correct.
Dr. Webster Tarpley: Well, we need to get into that, because it’s a complicated situation.
About Dennis SouthI have been serving the cause of helping to bring in a new, balanced and peaceful world, for 43 years, in one way or another. One important and lasting, global contribution I made is my authorship of The Tomb of Jesus Christ Website. #
Drug companies like Pfizer are accused of pressuring doctors into over-prescribing medications to patients in order to increase profits [GALLO/GETTY]
Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.
Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses - primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.
It is anything but a coincidence that the explosion in antipsychotic use coincides with the pharmaceutical industry's development of a new class of medications known as "atypical antipsychotics." Beginning with Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel in the 1990s, followed by Abilify in the early 2000s, these drugs were touted as being more effective than older antipsychotics like Haldol and Thorazine. More importantly, they lacked the most noxious side effects of the older drugs - in particular, the tremors and other motor control problems.
The atypical anti-psychotics were the bright new stars in the pharmaceutical industry's roster of psychotropic drugs - costly, patented medications that made people feel and behave better without any shaking or drooling. Sales grew steadily, until by 2009 Seroquel and Abilify numbered fifth and sixth in annual drug sales, and prescriptions written for the top three atypical antipsychotics totaled more than 20 million. Suddenly, antipsychotics weren't just for psychotics any more.
Not just for psychotics anymore
By now, just about everyone knows how the drug industry works to influence the minds of American doctors, plying them with gifts, junkets, ego-tripping awards, and research funding in exchange for endorsing or prescribing the latest and most lucrative drugs. "Psychiatrists are particularly targeted by Big Pharma because psychiatric diagnoses are very subjective," says Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, whose PharmedOut project tracks the industry's influence on American medicine, and who last month hosted a conference on the subject at Georgetown. A shrink can't give you a blood test or an MRI to figure out precisely what's wrong with you. So it's often a case of diagnosis by prescription. (If you feel better after you take an anti-depressant, it's assumed that you were depressed.) As the researchers in one study of the drug industry's influence put it, "the lack of biological tests for mental disorders renders psychiatry especially vulnerable to industry influence." For this reason, they argue, it's particularly important that the guidelines for diagnosing and treating mental illness be compiled "on the basis of an objective review of the scientific evidence" - and not on whether the doctors writing them got a big grant from Merck or own stock in AstraZeneca.
Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and a leading critic of the Big Pharma, puts it more bluntly: "Psychiatrists are in the pocket of industry." Angell has pointed out that most of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the bible of mental health clinicians, have ties to the drug industry. Likewise, a 2009 study showed that 18 out of 20 of the shrinks who wrote the American Psychiatric Association's most recent clinical guidelines for treating depression, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia had financial ties to drug companies.
"The use of psychoactive drugs - including both antidepressants and antipsychotics - has exploded...[yet] 'the tally of those who are disabled...increased nearly two and a half times."
Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
In a recent article in The New York Review of Books, Angell deconstructs what she calls an apparent "raging epidemic of mental illness" among Americans. The use of psychoactive drugs—including both antidepressants and antipsychotics—has exploded, and if the new drugs are so effective, Angell points out, we should "expect the prevalence of mental illness to be declining, not rising." Instead, "the tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007 - from one in 184 Americans to one in seventy-six. For children, the rise is even more startling - a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children." Under the tutelage of Big Pharma, we are "simply expanding the criteria for mental illness so that nearly everyone has one." Fugh-Berman agrees: In the age of aggressive drug marketing, she says, "Psychiatric diagnoses have expanded to include many perfectly normal people."
Cost benefit analysis
What's especially troubling about the over-prescription of the new antipsychotics is its prevalence among the very young and the very old - vulnerable groups who often do not make their own choices when it comes to what medications they take. Investigations into antipsychotic use suggests that their purpose, in these cases, may be to subdue and tranquilize rather than to treat any genuine psychosis.
Carl Elliott reports in Mother Jones magazine: "Once bipolar disorder could be treated with atypicals, rates of diagnoses rose dramatically, especially in children. According to a recent Columbia University study, the number of children and adolescents treated for bipolar disorder rose 40-fold between 1994 and 2003." And according to another study, "one in five children who visited a psychiatrist came away with a prescription for an antipsychotic drug."
A remarkable series published in the Palm Beach Post in May true revealed that the state of Florida's juvenile justice department has literally been pouring these drugs into juvenile facilities, "routinely" doling them out "for reasons that never were approved by federal regulators." The numbers are staggering: "In 2007, for example, the Department of Juvenile Justice bought more than twice as much Seroquel as ibuprofen. Overall, in 24 months, the department bought 326,081 tablets of Seroquel, Abilify, Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs for use in state-operated jails and homes for children…That's enough to hand out 446 pills a day, seven days a week, for two years in a row, to kids in jails and programs that can hold no more than 2,300 boys and girls on a given day." Further, the paper discovered that "One in three of the psychiatrists who have contracted with the state Department of Juvenile Justice in the past five years has taken speaker fees or gifts from companies that make antipsychotic medications."
In addition to expanding the diagnoses of serious mental illness, drug companies have encouraged doctors to prescribe atypical anti-psychotics for a host of off-label uses. In one particularly notorious episode, the drugmaker Eli Lilly pushed Zyprexa on the caregivers of old people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as well as agitation, anxiety, and insomnia. In selling to nursing home doctors, sales reps reportedly used the slogan "five at five"—meaning that five milligrams of Zyprexa at 5 pm would sedate their more difficult charges. The practice persisted even after FDA had warned Lilly that the drug was not approved for such uses, and that it could lead to obesity and even diabetes in elderly patients.
In a video interview conducted in 2006, Sharham Ahari, who sold Zyprexa for two years at the beginning of the decade, described to me how the sales people would wangle the doctors into prescribing it. At the time, he recalled, his doctor clients were giving him a lot of grief over patients who were "flipping out" over the weight gain associated with the drug, along with the diabetes. "We were instructed to downplay side effects and focus on the efficacy of drug…to recommend the patient drink a glass a water before taking a pill before the meal and then after the meal in hopes the stomach would expand" and provide an easy way out of this obstacle to increased sales. When docs complained, he recalled, "I told them, ‘Our drug is state of the art. What's more important? You want them to get better or do you want them to stay the same--a thin psychotic patient or a fat stable patient.'"
For the drug companies, Shahrman says, the decision to continue pushing the drug despite side effects is matter of cost benefit analysis: Whether you will make more money by continuing to market the drug for off-label use, and perhaps defending against lawsuits, than you would otherwise. In the case of Zyprexa, in January 2009, Lilly settled a lawsuit brought by with the US Justice Department, agreeing to pay $1.4 billion, including "a criminal fine of $515 million, the largest ever in a health care case, and the largest criminal fine for an individual corporation ever imposed in a United States criminal prosecution of any kind,''the Department of Justice said in announcing the settlement." But Lilly's sale of Zyprexa in that year alone were over $1.8 billion.
Making patients worse
People and Power: Drug Money
As it turns out, the atypical antipsychotics may not even be the best choice for people with genuine, undisputed psychosis.
A growing number of health professionals have come to think these drugs are not really as effective as older, less expensive medicines which they have replaced, that they themselves produce side effects that cause other sorts of diseases such as diabetes and plunge the patient deeper into the gloomy world of serious mental disorder. Along with stories of success comes reports of people turned into virtual zombies.
Elliott reports in Mother Jones: "After another large analysis in The Lancet found that most atypicals actually performed worse than older drugs, two senior British psychiatrists penned a damning editorial that ran in the same issue. Dr. Peter Tyrer, the editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and Dr. Tim Kendall of the Royal College of Psychiatrists wrote: "The spurious invention of the atypicals can now be regarded as invention only, cleverly manipulated by the drug industry for marketing purposes and only now being exposed."
Bottom line: Stop Big Pharma and the parasitic shrink community from wantonly pushing these pills across the population.
James Ridgeway writes for The Guardian newspaper, and is the senior Washington correspondent for Mother Jones magazine.
James Ridgeway is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by James Ridgeway
Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Blames Norway Terror Attacks on Muslims, Links Story to Ground Zero Islamic Center
23rd July 2011 · 0 Comments
Fox News has gone Islamophobic again, and once again Fox News is dead wrong.
Filling in for regular host Bill O’Reilly, guest host Laura Ingraham, a reactionary firebrand known for her rabid opposition to the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” took the helm of The O’Reilly Factor for Friday’s (pre-taped) show. The Norwegian terror attacks were the day’s big story, and Ingraham addressed them during the ‘Back of the Book’ segment:
“Two deadly terror attacks in Norway, in what appears to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists.”
Only problem is, the horrific attacks, which have killed more than 90 people, were not the work of Muslim extremists. They were carried out by a Christian extremist, a right-wing Muslim-hater who targeted Norway’s left-wing government and a youth camp run for supporters of the progressive Labour Party.
As if Ingraham’s blatantly bigoted assumption wasn’t bad enough, she immediately transitioned from her (false) comments on the Norway attacks to a piece on Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (in reality, an Islamic community center). “In the meantime in New York City,” the sultaness of specious segue said, “the Muslims who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero scored a huge legal victory…” she continued on about a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by New York firefighter Timothy Brown, who wanted construction of the project stopped.
Media Matters for America reports that by the time yesterday’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor aired, several other media outlets had already reported that the Norway terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, was, in fact, a right-wing extremist.
In fairness to Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor was pre-recorded. Still, as Media Matters points out, linking the Norway attacks to Park51 just because both purportedly had something to do with Muslims is flagrantly inappropriate. It is, however, completely in character for Fox News, whose chairman Roger Ailes reportedly “has a personal paranoia”about Muslims.
Sadly, it’s not just Fox News. One is instantly reminded how in the immediate aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City terror attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building that killed 168 people (including 19 young children), U.S. mainstream media outlets almost universally pointed the finger at Muslims. It turned out, of course, that the horrific attack was the work of Timothy McVeigh, a right-wing Christian extremist.
July 24, 2011
Go look for yourself, the day before the bombing and shootings in Norway I told everyone that it was coming down. The whole radio/TV show is posted on this channel from Thursday when I talked about it for the first 2 hours. How did I know? How could I not, it was like the media was rolling out a new soft drink it was so in your face. Watch the video and find out how the murders work.
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
... a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination... And acquaintances described him as a gun-loving Norwegian obsessed with what he saw as the threats of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.
detailed accounts of the Crusades, a pronounced sense of historical grievance and calls for apocalyptic warfare to defeat the religious and cultural enemy.
In Europe as a whole, the Muslim share of the population is expected to grow by nearly one-third over the next 20 years... rising to 8% in 2030. In absolute numbers, Europe's Muslim population is projected to grow from 44.1 million in 2010 to 58.2 million in 2030.
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told reporters that the attacks, believed to be the work of a man who has posted on Christian fundamentalist websites, showed you can't jump to conclusions about terror acts. He said most of the political violence that Norway has seen has come from the extreme right.
By DAMIEN GAYLE
Last updated at 3:46 PM on 22nd July 2011
This ape made a monkey of Chinese villagers who feared it was a visitor from another world.
Locals panicked when Mao Xiping, a housewife from the village of Gezhai, in Henan province, central China, found the scraggy simian stealing cucumbers from her flat.
She thought it was a harmless rabbit, until she noticed it had an 'alien face' and her neighbours agreed it was like nothing they had ever seen before.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017658/Chinese-villagers-mistake-malnourished-monkey-alien.html#ixzz1T1q7Ajim
BEIJING | Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:50pm EDT
(Reuters) - At least 32 people died when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train in China's eastern Zhejiang province Saturday, state media said, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.
The accident occurred on a bridge near the city of Wenzhou after the first train lost power due to a lightning strike and a bullet train following behind crashed into it, state television said.
The total power failure rendered useless an electronic safety system designed to warn following trains of stalled trains on the tracks up ahead, and automatically halt them before a collision can occur, the report added.
It showed one or possibly two carriages on the ground under the bridge, with another hanging above it. Several other carriages derailed in the accident near Wenzhou, some 860 miles south of Beijing.