Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Unsafe at Any Dose


by James, Guest Contributor
James keeps a low profile in a small mountain community of Colorado. 




This incredible speed in vaccine development is unprecedented. But it did not compromise the safety of the vaccine or the scientific integrity of the process.” 
--Dr. Anthony Fauci


We are told that the Covid vaccines are safe. . . the full mantra we chant is “Safe and Effective”. . . with presidents, prime ministers, chancellors and health agencies around the world joining in the chorus. 

The mRNA technology has only been in people’s shoulders for 27 months. Prior to the pandemic a vaccine would not have been approved for use without a minimum of five years of testing. We were told urgency was a priority and only six months of data was needed for the FDA to declare the injections safe and be granted Emergency Use Authorization. Approval to inject our children and babies followed a few months later. The FDA, the CDC and the pharmaceutical CEOs all assert the novel mRNA gene therapy is:

-Safe for developing babies during the first trimester of pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
-Safe for people with heart conditions, cancer, diabetes and COPD.
-Safe, and fully effective when combined with flu and RSV vaccines. 
-Safe to be modified and given annually for each new variant. 

The public is being told that most side effects are mild and short lived and that significant injuries are extremely rare. 

Evidence to the contrary mounts. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has linked the mRNA shots with serious conditions such as blood clots, central nervous system disorders, miscarriages and deaths. A 27 January 2023 Pfizer press release acknowledged that the shots are associated with ailments including fevers and headaches, vomiting and diarrhea, severe allergic reactions, pericarditis and myocarditis. Associated with does not prove causality yet the correlation warrants discussion.

All medications have side effects and it is up to the individual to consider the risks versus the benefit. Do the Covid injections provide adequate protection to justify the risk? Have you read about the risks stated in the handout that came with your shots? 

It is commonly accepted that chemotherapy has a host a significant side effects yet many consider its potential benefit to be worth the risk. It is doubtful that many would undergo weeks of chemo to cure acne, halitosis, or foot fungus. Especially when we have numerous effective and less expensive options available.

Why were we led to believe our immune systems would not be an adequate defense against Covid? Throughout 2020 health officials could have educated Americans (and all humans) on strengthening our defenses with a myriad of supplemental immunity boosters. Vitamin D3, vitamin C, zinc, elderberry, garlic, selenium, licorice, vitamin B complex, echinacea and numerous mushrooms are known to be effective immune boosters. These supplements can be purchased inexpensively, over-the-counter and are safe for human consumption. 

Additionally quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and getting a full night’s sleep support healthier immune systems. Yoga, pilates, tai chi or and other cardiovascular activities also improve overall health and vitality. Rarely were these activities promoted in the media. Instead those in charge told us - without proof - that masks, social distancing and lockdown would minimize the spread of Covid. We were coerced into believing the covid vaccines would be necessary to achieve herd level immunity.  There is no data to support this claim yet staying current with all boosters remains the official directive.

Quietly, during the pandemic the FDA altered the definition of vaccine to fit the current shots . Prior to September 2021 a vaccine - by definition - needed to “produce immunity from a specific disease.” Now it need only “stimulate a body’s immune response,” a significantly lesser threshold. 

Concerns pertaining to the merits of the Covid injections grow with each new round of shots. Increased awareness over safety issues as well as newer viral strains being less virulent have led people to question the necessity of receiving the mRNA. Two-thirds of eligible Americans got “fully vaccinated.” The definition of “fully vaccinated” then changed as more boosters were needed to achieve any level of effectiveness. Of those who got the initial two jab series less than half received the first booster, and less than 20% choose the latest bivalent. More tellingly, less than 10% of American parents are choosing to inject their younger children. Still, the FDA just approved a fourth dose to those five and under. 

Millions of vaccine vials purchased by our government now lie unused with the FDA extending their expiration dates by nine to 12 months. Do these formulas remain safe one year after their original expiration dates? Would you trust your local supermarket to do that with your grocery items?

Missing from public discourse is why the pharmaceutical companies were granted immunity from product liability. 

During the 1970s Big Pharma was inundated with lawsuits over injuries caused by vaccines. When the Swine Flu arrived in 1976, the industry demanded vaccine indemnity prior to production. Permanent immunity was subsequently granted with the passage of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) and signed into law by Ronald Reagan. The passage of this legislation coincides with Anthony Fauci’s early days as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In simple language pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for vaccine damages. Every new vaccine is safe by fiat. 

Legislation indemnifying vaccine manufacturers from liability is common knowledge in pharmaceutical boardrooms while rarely mentioned in the media. As a business model this legal protection has proven to be a great motivator for innovation. Vaccine production has flourished since the passage of NCVIA. The CDC now recommends 25 shots administered by a baby’s second birthday. The first vaccine given on the day of birth and up to five vaccines given in a single pediatrician visit. 

In 2020 we were scared. The media amplified the fear. People were dying and many became near-fatally sick. The red on the covid maps spread to every state. Hospital beds were over full and we had a severe shortage of respirators. This had a chilling effect. We were offered a single narrative - do nothing and wait for the vaccine.

Yet the mantra of yesteryear no longer rings true.

Effective? Despite the hundreds of millions of shots administered the virus remains undefeated. One, two, three, four, five jabs and people are still getting Covid. Vaxxed or unvaxxed, this bug is infecting most everyone. 

Safe? Tylenol was pulled from the selves after seven deaths. The Ford Pinto was recalled after 27 deaths. Production of the swine flew vaccine was halted after 50 deaths. The CDC’s own website now admits 19,476 American deaths from this vaccine, so far.

The time has come for the mRNA injections to be declared unsafe.  


PS. I invite you to read this peer-reviewed study published in “The Journal of Clinical & Experimental Immunology” in September of 2022. 




Thursday, March 2, 2023

A Dating Conversation in 2023


Recently I connected with a woman via an online dating site. Although we lived more than an hour from one another I found it appealing that she also lived in a rural mountain community. We wrote back and forth on the site and decided to do the old fashioned thing - no emails, no phone calls, no video calls, meet face-to-face, just one person’s presence in front of the other’s and let’s see what happens.

I have done enough online dating over the years to believe our meeting would go well even if sparks went missing. In this woman’s case she was a litigation attorney and articulate. I appreciated the way she spoke to a number of topics. Her pictures conveyed a liveliness and I liked the casual way she dressed. 

It did not escape my attention that she was “vaccinated” because she had the gold badge of honor displayed in the upper right corner of her profile. Again and as have done in the past I questioned how I would feel about dating a vaxxer. My first answer: If I wish for medical freedom and acceptance of my choices then I must be willing to give the same to others. My second answer: It would not be a dealbreaker if a woman came with the injections yet I would prefer to meet someone who had also chosen otherwise. Instilled with my mother’s naturopathic views I believe there was and continues to be a better way than the Pfizer-led narrative.

We made a plan to meet five days out. We picked a coffee shop midway between us. I began to look forward to meeting her. 

When I arrived I walked in to see if she was inside. As I came back out she was walking towards me. She was taller than I had imagined and attractive. She looked like her photographs, which is not always the case with online dating. As we greeted one another I noted her nice, firm handshake. We went inside, ordered tea, made small talk until we had our drinks and then headed back outside.

The conversation was nice yet professional. She had a keen sense of humor which I appreciated. At about five minutes in I suggested we shift the chairs around, get the sun off to her side and for her to take off the sunglasses. She did so and I was able to better connect now that we had eye contact. At about 20 minutes in we began to discuss the pandemic and how it had affected our lives. Then she offered:

WOMAN: “I got my fifth shot a few weeks ago.”

ME: “Oh.”

WOMAN: “Where are you at with your shots?”

ME: “I don’t have shots.”

WOMAN (almost spitting out her tea): “Wait. You’re not vaccinated?!”

ME: “I don’t have any of the Covid injections, if that is what you are referring to.”

WOMAN: “What? Why not? You seem like a super smart man. How could you not have the vaccines?”

I hesitated. I considered excusing myself from the table and leaving, after all she had indirectly just called me stupid. Knowing that she was an attorney I decided to try my case. Working to stay positive I told myself we might each learn something.

ME: “First, let us address the semantics. The injections do not prevent infection or stop transmission. To call them vaccines is a misnomer. More accurately they are gene therapy. Secondly, the injections are a failure. Most everyone I know got jabbed and most all of them got Covid. Similarly, the staunchest mRNA advocates - Joe and Jill Biden, Justin Trudeau, Bourla of Pfizer, Califf of the FDA, Walensky of the CDC - and even Anthony Fauci - have all had Covid, and most have of them have had it twice. And thirdly, still to this day I question the wisdom of putting experimental technology into my body when a person our age (early 60s) has a 99.98+% chance of survival.” 

WOMAN: “You call it experimental technology. You don’t really believe that to be true, do you?”

ME: “Yes. I do. And until we have the benefit of the wisdom of hindsight, which would include a five-year study that will not be published until 2026, I suggest that experimental is the only proper thing to call these things.”

WOMAN: “But the shots lessen the severity of illness. I had Covid last fall and my case was not near as bad as it would have been had I not had the vaccines.”

ME: “How did you measure ‘not near as bad?’ I had Covid in June of last year and my case was mild and I was fully recovered in five days.” 

WOMAN: “Well I still believe the vaccines lessen the severity of infection for a majority of the people.”

ME: “There is not a single study corroborating such a concept. I suggest the same people who said the original shots would prevent infection and stop transmission are the same people who are now selling the notion that the infections are less severe. Should you find such a study will you to send it to me?”

Not suggesting she had evidence she continued. 

WOMAN: “I feel strongly about the importance of being vaccinated.”

ME: “And I feel strongly about the importance of good health, a strong immune system and nutrition to defend against cold germs. In the words of Louis Pasteur, ‘The germ is nothing. The terrain is everything.’”

The quote by the French microbiologist caught the attorney off guard. She hesitated and then pursued a different angle. 

WOMAN: “I likely would not have pursued getting to know you if I knew you had not been vaccinated.”

I thought better than to correct her use of the word vaccinated.

ME: “You would not have pursued me if you had known? Why not?”

WOMAN: “It is because of people like you that this virus was able to spread.”

I took a deep breath. Even Fauci has tacitly admitted that the shots do not prevent transmission.

ME: “If your protection was protecting you it would make no difference if I was jabbed or not. If what you received was a legitimate vaccine then you would be protected even if I had an active case of Covid and we French kissed.”

She smiled. She went to speak yet no words came out. She smiled again, and laughed.

WOMAN: “Well, I would rather have some protection than no protection.”

The attorney was withdrawing her argument.

ME: “It is estimated that nearly 75% of Americans have now had Covid. How is that 62% of Americans got fully vaccinated yet the infection rate is 75%?”

WOMAN: “Well I know that I couldn’t be intimate with you as I would not consider you to be safe.”

ME: “Do you really believe I am unsafe ... or are you acknowledging that you know your protection is not protecting you? 

WOMAN: “I feel better knowing I got vaccinated and am current with all my shots.”

ME: “Ok, yet back to my previous question, do you really believe I am unsafe ... or are you acknowledging that you know your protection is not protecting you?”

WOMAN: “I respect your choice to remain unvaccinated. I have no interest in arguing about the risks or lack of risk by virtue of your choice not to be vaccinated.”

I did not understand her legalese yet chose not to seek clarification. Nor did I feel she respected my choice yet it was time to let it go. I moved to make for a civil ending to our date. We both acknowledged that our differing viewpoints would be an impasse. After a few back and forth platitudes we parted with another firm handshake and an amiable good bye.

I walked back to my car. I was disappointed yet I have become familiar with this conversion. Dating in the age of spike proteins is not what it used to be. Worse, the wreckage of the human relations fallout from the vaccine narrative madness lurks everywhere. Families have been destroyed. Friendships have been vanquished. All because we allowed a less than truthful official story divide us ... and because we allowed wanting to be right be more important than loving.


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Healing the Blue/Red Divide


It is said that the sun sets on all empires ... and that the end comes when a country is stretched beyond her means militarily and imperialistically ... is heavily in debt ... and resorts to reckless printing of money for the sake of staying afloat. However the last straw is almost always the nation’s own infighting. This is where we find ourselves today. The infighting pollutes our souls. As we fight so we hasten our decline.

Yes, our opinions vary. Yes, these discussions may be difficult. Yet wars of words, name calling, and statements that “they hate America” will be our demise.

We can debate issues such as abortion, welfare, gun control, Covid injections, immigration or simply whether it is appropriate to say Happy Holidays. Be mindful that these are Blue/Red distractions ... and far too many of us have bought into these concepts. The crux of all things and the most important matter of the day is who our government represents - the People or the corporations?

To transform American society will be a mighty and formidable task. 

How do we get there?

Charting a course for a large nation with a population of hundreds of millions is fraught with difficulty. There will be no easy solutions. There will be divergent views, antagonistic ones even. How to communicate as a majority will be paramount. This process may be the most difficult work we must do. Tolerance of other’s views is the one essential we need to bring to the discussion. Can we learn to accept that we will disagree with one another and keep a respectful dialogue going? Can we as a people become more value-oriented and more focused on the greater good of our society?

It will require action. Standing up. Speaking out. Civil disobedience. It may be necessary to “take it to the streets.” We the People must be ready to do our part to insure that our politicians hear us and become one of us again.

Never has there been a march on Washington, D.C. to demand higher wages for CEOs, bailout banks, larger tax deductions for corporations and the rich, more foreign weapons sales or build mass surveillance. None of these are directly beneficial to the larger population of the United States.

Government will be the last place where change will show up. Democrats and Republicans are not and will not be leading the way. They will only respond to overwhelming pressure. The first and only place that meaningful change will show up is within our own hearts - then in our immediate circles - and then our communities. Only then might our politicians reflect who we are.

We need positive, solution-based discussions. We need to listen more than talk.

The catalyst for such changes can only be supplied by the will of an informed and activist collectivism. It will require unity. Solidarity. With the awareness of the oneness of all people ... and kindness as a common denominator.

Are these ideas Pollyanna-ish?

Yes, absolutely.

And this is the dialogue we need to have.


Are we capable?


“If each person swept in front of their own door soon the entire street would be clean.”  
--Chinese proverb


Monday, June 20, 2022

The Drumbeat Morphs


In my March 18, 2021 post I suggested that we might be up to as many as four “vaccine” doses by September 2022. The FDA beat my prediction by six months, approving the fourth dose on March 25, 2022.

Four doses ... because the first three did not do what was represented.

At first they (pharmaceuticals, government, media) told us that two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna products, or one of the Johnson & Johnson product, would prevent infection and stop transmission. With a mere six months of testing before administering the still experimental drug to the general population, the FDA and the mRNA injection manufacturers had no way of knowing how quickly the effectiveness would wane. 

The singular narrative, led by the nation’s top infectious disease bureaucrat and doctor, was that the vaccines were the ONLY way out of this mess. “They are proven safe. They are effective. The testing was rigorous. Everybody needs to get vaccinated. There are no treatment alternatives.” The same infectious disease bureaucrat and doctor flipped and flopped and flip-flopped on masks. A person with his credentials should have had a singular answer when it came to the topic of masks - that of his own conviction.

By the summer of 2021 those with the injections were still contracting Covid. Breakthrough cases became too commonplace to maintain the claim of 90-95% efficacy. In August 2021 the CDC stopped counting breakthrough cases unless one was hospitalized or died. In doing so they effectively hid how many injected people were getting Covid. 

On September 1, 2021 the CDC and the FDA changed the long-accepted definition of a vaccine. Previously the definition was “a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease.” It was changed to “a preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.” If a product does not conform to a definition is it proper/ethical/moral to change the definition to fit the product? In the midst of a pandemic, with the news story of the year being the need for everyone to get vaccinated, the government modified the very definition of a vaccine. The change was barely mentioned in the mainstream media.

On September 22, 2021 Emergency Use Authorization was granted for the first booster injection. Not even a full year had passed. Booster promotion was an admission that the vaccines were failing to protect.

In November 2021 and in response to a Freedom of Information Act request Pfizer asked for 75 years to release (hide) the trial data that was provided to the FDA in order to secure Emergency Use Authorization for their mRNA injections. We were promised transparency. This is not transparency. [There has since been a court ruling that Pfizer is to make the data public by September 2022.]

With breakthrough illnesses now commonplace and studies showing mRNA efficacy peaks in a few weeks and then diminishes, the second booster won FDA approval this past March. Are people to believe the fourth dose of mRNA will accomplish what the first three failed to do ... and against a variant(s) it was not designed for? “Protection from severe illness” became their new proclamation. 

Now, Covid evades the mRNA injections. Statistics from several European governments are showing that those with the injections are four times more susceptible to Covid infection than those without. Below is a table from the UK Health Security Agency dated March 31, 2022. It should be noted that this was the last time the UK government published this (inconvenient) statistic/table. No reason was given.

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There were those who tried to warn us that injections might not be effective by the fourth or fifth variant as is now the case with Omicron. In early 2021 numerous esteemed doctors, biologists, and virologists who held views that differed from the official narrative were yanked off of YouTube and other platforms. Many were not even putting forth alternative narratives of their own ... yet asking the right questions ... questions that the purveyors of the narrative did not want answered ... or even discussed. Censorship in the United States became commonplace in 2021. It is being justified because this is an “important health crisis.” There is no justification for censorship.

Big Pharma’s new moniker of “science” is one of most successful re-brandings in all of history. The pharmaceuticals have human beings convinced that defending their financial interests is the same thing as standing up for science. Big Pharma and science are not one in the same. Proper scientific study requires full disclosure of the methods and results for a proper peer review. Such is basic journal publication protocol. All good science releases their methods in order to be verifiable by other sources.

Prior to the pandemic Pfizer’s business model was best known for its perpetual moral miscalculations of putting profits before peoples’ health as evidenced by its having paid out billions in judgments involving fraud, lies and shoddy products. It is estimated that Pfizer will have made profits in excess of $60 billion from the mRNA injections by year’s end. Are people to believe Pfizer realized corporate enlightenment with the onset of Covid? With a product granted immunity from any legal or financial retribution?!

Despite humanitarian rhetoric Pfizer originally wanted an $100 per dose from our government (the taxpayers). They settled on $19.50 per dose. Per American Friends Service Committee, “...analysis of production techniques for the leading mRNA type vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which were only developed thanks to public funding to the tune of $8.3 billion, suggest these vaccines could be made for as little as $1.20 a dose.”

An ugly truth, but true nonetheless, is that from a pharmaceutical industry point of view an unhealthy population is far more profitable than a healthy one. Multiple injections are more profitable than a single one. Even a reputable corporation might be tempted by the exponential difference in profits. The irony is that Pfizer profits increased precisely because their shots are ineffective and thus more of them are needed

Those writing policy at the National Institutes of Health are collecting royalties from the injections. A clear conflict of interest. Will this be swept under the rug as is routine with nearly every high level scandal in Washington, D.C.? In October 2021 the NIH admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab. Anthony Fauci testified to Congress on more than one occasion that no such thing happened. Is that not perjury? Watch for more NIH and Fauci news in the months ahead. Watch nobody go to jail.

Many Americans remain afraid. Afraid to leave their homes. Afraid to hug their grandchildren. Afraid to question the official narrative. Many with three or four injections still wear masks. Masks would not be needed if the injections were protecting.

Statistically every age group under 70 years old has a 99.9% chance of surviving Covid. With healthy lifestyle choices increasing those odds, not a single major player in the past two and half years ever promoted building a robust immune system - to eat healthily, to supplement with vitamins C, D and zinc, to lose weight, to increase cardiovascular activity, etc. All of these would have prevented illness and deaths.

Always I promote my mother’s wisdom of good health being a lifestyle of daily choices to support our body to nurture and heal itself, and having the pharmaceutical option be the option of last resort. Only now are officials slowly conceding that which has been true with other viral infections is likely true with Covid, being natural immunity is superior to vaccine-induced immunity.

And do not even get me started on injecting babies and children.

Watch for the narrative to continue; face and profits need to be saved. The powers that be will have a hard time admitting any error - such would be highly embarrassing - yet embarrassment may be the least of it. Pandemic profiteering!? If the American public loses faith in the injections they may then question the industry that produced and marketed them, and in the elected officials that mandated them. They may even question our model of a health care system that focuses on repairing the sick rather than a system that promotes health. 

Confidence in the mRNA injections appears to be dwindling, About 220 million Americans received the initial double injections, only about 50% of those chose the booster. Even fewer chose the second booster. And now we see that 82 million expired doses are being tossed out due to decreased demand. The stampede of early 2021 is clearly over. 

The drumbeat morphs ... the vaccines will end the pandemic ... the vaccines will protect you and stop transmission ... you still have to wear a mask even if you are vaxxed ... you can still transmit Covid even if you are vaxxed ... you can still die of Covid even if you are vaxxed ... trust the science ... the unvaxxed are at fault (for the vaccines not working) ... this variant is even more contagious than chickenpox ... a booster is amazingly effective and will solve everything ...  your infection may be less severe if you are up to date with all your shots ... new variants are coming and they will be more contagious ... a second booster is amazingly effective and will solve everything ... you don’t want long Covid, do you?


At what point does the narrative completely crumble?

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” 
--Galileo Galilei

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Crack-up Boom Cometh

 


One evening, in early September 1971, I sat in my grandfather’s study after dinner. I listened as he explained to my two uncles what Richard Nixon had just done by taking the country off the gold standard a few weeks earlier. My grandfather, a Republican, was livid. He railed against Nixon, called him a traitor, and said he should be tried for treason.


My grandfather, Sam Hamburger, was the President of Production Steel, a company he founded in 1930 at the onset of the Great Depression. Over the next several decades, he grew his business into a sizable supplier to the auto industry in Detroit. An unassuming tycoon, he was known as a kind man to all who knew him. He possessed a unique blend of dignified simplicity mixed with a refined intelligence. Always a visionary, he sold his company in 1969 to a U.S. defense contractor when he foresaw that he would not be able to compete with the Japanese and Korean producers in the years ahead. 


That night in his study my grandfather was as spirited as I had ever seen him. He spoke of the horrific consequences which result when a country’s central bank can print money without limit. He said there would now be nothing to keep the politicians honest. He described the societal evil of having the Federal Reserve Bank control the currency, and that the Fed was not even part of the federal government but rather a private, for-profit banking cartel serving its shareholders as opposed to the American people.


Every dollar in one’s pocket, wallet or purse, and every digit in one’s bank or investment account is a private bank’s note … and it comes with interest due and payable to the bank. Similarly, every dollar that our representatives in Congress borrow and spend in our name comes with interest due and payable to the same bank. The Fed prints its money out of thin air, lends it out, and then gets it back, with interest. Making his point my grandfather quoted fellow Detroit businessman Henry Ford: “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”


My two uncles asked lots of questions, I listened intently. My grandfather told the story of how all empires that printed money for the sake of staying afloat inevitably failed. He called the politicians scoundrels for going along with Nixon’s crime. He predicted the national debt would skyrocket. Could he have imagined that the number would be in the tens of trillions of dollars 50 years later? Or that the trend of doubling the national debt would begin with conservative Republican Ronald Reagan?


I was thirteen at the time and though I was wondering what my sister and cousins were doing outside I knew I had stumbled onto a once-in-a-lifetime lesson of the way things really work. That night my grandfather predicted an America where houses would cost millions of dollars and that cars would be in excess of $30,000 (now you can get a decent used one for that amount). He explained how this would be the greatest transfer of wealth ever. He told of a time when Americans would wake to find themselves indebted and poor in their own country. He predicted gold would go to the moon. Yet it was when my grandfather mentioned the crack-up boom theory of Austrian Economics (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/crackup-boom.asp) that I made a forever mental note.


For the past fifty years and a couple of months, I have watched my grandfather’s prophecies unfold. The national debt is a disgrace. Debt permeates every single facet of our society - federal, municipal, corporate, household, personal. Inflation soars. The empire recedes. The gap between the rich and 99% of us is obscene. Gold has gone from $35/oz. to a high last year of $2090/oz. for a return of 5900%. And do not even get me started on the politicians. 


In this artificially and fraudulently stimulated economy people begin to think everything is worth more. Values appear to go up like private-company, tourist, space rockets. Starting wages at McDonalds’s are as high as $21/hour (we were only debating the minimum wage at $15/hour a year ago.) Those fortunate enough to have stock portfolios see their holdings swell. Many swear by the ballooning equity in their homes just as they did in 2007. Then it was easy money; now it is easy money and AirVRBO’s promise of forever riches at $379 per night. 


Yet it is all a trick. A scam. A delusion fabricated by a monetary printing press on steroids that is robbing us blind right before our eyes each and every day. Nothing has gone up in value, it just costs more and more of the depreciating currency units to purchase the same things as the currency units become worth less and less as more and more of them are printed.


The crack-up boom comes as the central bank accelerates attempts to sustain the illusion of an expanding prosperity without regard to consequences. With the passage of time more money is needed and more is created. Inflation surges. Prices of goods, services, housing and labors rise. Eventually this policy triggers a fundamental breakdown in the economy and then, suddenly (over a period of weeks or even less), the money loses its value and becomes exposed for what it is - worthless paper/digits. At that point, nobody will take dollars as payment. Still, people will be liable for the dollars that they owe - for their houses, cars, boats, businesses, educations - even though the dollars have no value.


How will Americans’ pension fund holdings, which are largely invested in debt instruments, hold up if there is credit crisis?


The house of cards tumbles; the merde hits the ventilateur.


We have already been given the word - reset. 


Like press a button and everything will be OK?


The minds at the Federal Reserve Bank seemingly have a plan in place. Can they finesse their way forth with all that may transpire as the currency and/or economy collapses?


A digital currency is all but a certainty … and such will also serve as a near all-encompassing way to track EVERYTHING that we do.


I suspect their plan will likely have the elites (1%) retaining most of the wealth with the rest of us (99%) being given just enough not to rebel.


Will their plan work?


Will we allow it to?


The people of America are too busy fighting with one another to even know we are all on the same side.


The powers that be like it this way.


The fight in our country between blue and red is a nefarious narrative that has been foisted upon us and too many have bought into it. 


The real battle is over who our government represents - the people or the corporations?


We need more than two political parties. We need to have our representatives constrained by term limits for the greater good of everyone other than themselves. We need to outlaw corporate money in our Nation’s Capital. We need to banish every last lobbyist from Washington D.C. We need to end the Fed. We need to recapture ownership of the money system. As I write all of this, it seems impossible. Impossible but necessary. Until we do so we are their pieces, using their money, playing on their board, by their rules, they make a profit on this arrangement and every transaction is to the detriment of every human being.


Most importantly we need to end all of the social division or divided we will fall.


Short of a revolt, we need to begin a different type of dialogue – a dialogue not heard in this country since our independence from the British 245 years ago. Our Nation’s Founders rose up against their version of this corrupt machine and now it is our turn. 


It will require honest acknowledgement of the fact that our politicians are owned by the corporate/military/industrial/security/taxation/banking complex. More specifically we need a discussion about how we are going to remove these career political operatives from office. We must talk with each other about the forces that are influencing our lives. Why is a private bank the beneficiary of its money creation powers as opposed to The People. What would a better arrangement look like? How can we change the present system?


There will be a tremendous price to pay for what our politicians have done to us. Tough times are right around the corner if not already here. Be prepared. Examine your priorities. Get out of debt. Buy physical precious metals now and before the next price advance.


How will crypto currencies fare in a crack-up boom environment? I get asked about cryptos nearly every day. Always I respond the same: there is no knowing what will happen to something that has never existed before and when living in unprecedented times.


The only thing that is a near certainty is that my grandfather’s money (gold) will outlast their stuff.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The View From My Mountaintop

[Image Credit: RMH]

In the past couple of weeks I received several hate-filled emails in response to my most recent mRNA posts. I had numerous reactions - anger, sadness, fear, even a few good laughs. As I first began to pen this post I was on fire. Words flowed as I slayed the senders of the hate mail with my keyboard. Then it hit me. 

I asked myself how I might be contributing to the hate.

I needed not look far. I was angry, my body was locked and my teeth were clenched. Referring to the mRNA injections as spike-protein-inducing potions and pharmaceutical protection injections I mocked the other side.

I had no idea I was in for a fight. I was merely holding true to 35 years of wholistic living - never a flu shot, maybe a few aspirin tablets per year, always a 100% organic/non-GMO home, a western medicine physician or doctor-prescribed prescription only as a last resort. Similarly I have lived off the beaten path and in a cabin in the woods near continuously for 25 years. Living more naturally and creating separation from American societal dogma was something I self-prescribed long ago.  

Then the pandemic arrived in early 2020. The world got turned upside down. Images of hospitals being overrun. A hospital boat floating into New York harbor. Social distancing. Masks. Lockdowns. People panicked. Governments panicked. Pharmaceutical companies raced to bring a product to market. 

On December 14, 2020, the FDA announcement of Emergency Use Authorization came. As the nRNA injections made their way into people’s bodies in early 2021 
I searched for information that might compel me to get the injections. The more 
I read and watched and learned, the more questions I had. Less than a year later I find myself on the unpopular side of popular opinion. 

The narrative has become draconian. The president calls it a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The unvaxxed are selfish and prolonging Covid for everyone. The mainstream media all but condemn those without the mRNA injections to be isolated from society. I have been skewered for my no-vaxx choice with family and friends telling me that I am an imbecile and/or lowlife. Some of these people may never speak to me again. I pushed backed against the ridicule. Having felt hate I started to hate back.

Now, I choose to stop. 

The world has enough hate without more me adding even more into the mix … not to mention that having less anger will be beneficial for my immune system.

Still, I will not call the nRNA injections “vaccines” because I do not believe them to be so. Still, I will speak out because I earnestly believe something is wrong with the official story.

Genetically modified mRNA has been in human bodies for 302 days since clinical trials ended. 7,248 hours. The humans and their scientists do not have the benefit of the wisdom derived from having observed how the mRNA technology might affect human bodies for even one-full-year. And this thing may only be in the second inning. The scientists have hypotheses. Answers may be years away, possibly even decades.

In the meantime let us stop hating. It matters not who, what, where, why, how, black, white, brown, yellow, muslim, jew, this side of the border, that side of the border, pro-abortion, anti-abortion, gun-toting, gun-banning, gay, straight, red, blue, vaxxed, unvaxxed. The hate has to stop.

Love, empathy, compassion, acceptance and kindness are needed instead. I give it to those who are vaxxed and believe they are doing what is best. Many of my vaxxed friends extend the same to me without judgement.

I invite my readers to reach beyond the mainstream media. Good and knowledgeable and, yes, highly credible people are questioning the official mRNA narrative, asking questions the mainstream media should be asking. Much of this emerging information gets dismissed, attacked and even removed. That is what those with substantial financial interests at stake always do when their interests are challenged by uncooperative facts.

The information I refer to is coming from wise people with kind hearts who care enough about what is going on to make their voices heard … just as all of us wish our voices might be heard when we are faced with something we feel is unjust or improper.

More concerning is that censorship has taken root in America in 2021. Several people who I have followed for years - Chris Martenson and Jake Ducey to name two - have had content removed from what was supposed to be the last bastion of freedom (the world wide web) in the past few weeks. So too have two people who I know personally. In the blink of an eye information is taken down, removed, zapped from view, erased, gone, no warning, no explanation, no return address.

The narrative is being controlled. Such is never a healthy sign for a society. Orwellianism in America becomes commonplace as I write this.

Can we trust those who determine what we are supposed to believe? Will they get it right? What about next time? And the time after?


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, September 6, 2021

Truth Gone Missing


This week marks 20 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

The American People have never been told the truth of what happened that day and one need to look no further than this past week with Joe issuing an executive order directing the Department of Justice to conduct a “declassification review” of documents concerning the FBI investigation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Joe said he told the Justice Department to err on the side of disclosure.


Why not disclose all of it? 


Is an America that keeps secrets from its People an honorable nation or a despicable one?


These are some of questions I asked in the hours, days and weeks after, as well as the months and years since September 11. All remain unanswered.


  • United States Air traffic Control’s Standard Operating Procedure calls for fighter jets to be sent to intercept commercial aircraft that have lost communication for more than five minutes. After five minutes fighter jets are scrambled and they are able to intercept an airliner anywhere in the airspace of the lower 48 states within 14 minutes. What happened to Standard Operating Procedure on September 11 when not one - but four - jets disappeared for times all in excess of one hour? Four orders to stand down would have had to have been issued that morning. Who gave those orders?
  • The Commander in Chief continued to read from a children’s book in an elementary school classroom in Florida for seven minutes after being informed of the second World Trade Tower strike. Leaders do not wait for their handlers to tell them what to do. Who was in charge of America that day?
  • Why were members of the Bin Laden family allowed to fly out of the United States in the days after the attacks while all other aircraft was grounded?
  • Trading of put options (betting a stock will decline) on American and United Airlines soared in the days before the attacks. Much of the trading was done through Deutsche Bundesbank investment subsidiary Alex Brown & Sons. The Executive Director (third ranking position) of the CIA on September 11 was Alvin Bernard “Buzzy” Krongard. Prior to joining the CIA Krongard was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Alex Brown & Sons. Why has this case of securities fraud not been investigated with the same resources and fervor used to go after B. Madoff?
  • The country’s spy agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, met with Osama Bin Laden when he was being treated for a kidney disorder in a Dubai hospital in months before the attacks. Why?
  • Planes hit two World Trade Center towers on September 11 yet three towers fell. What caused WTC Tower 7 to collapse later that day? The story of Tower 7 is an asterisk and it ought not be.
  • Why did we invade Iraq when 15 of the 19 alleged hijackers were Saudi nationals? Why did the war on terror become the war in Iraq which then became the war in Afghanistan? How is it possible for so many of my fellow Americans to not see through the military-industrial complex’s erroneous and detrimental narratives?
  • When George and Dick testified to the 9/11 Commission they did so on the condition that they would only testify together, that they would not be placed under oath, and that there were to be no recordings made of the session. Why did the members of the 9/11 Commission agree to this? Why do our two top leaders not have to be accountable to those they are supposed to represent? Why were the two of them granted a privilege that would never be afforded to me or you? What did George and Dick say that day and why are the American People not privy to that information?
  • In the photo above where is the plane wreckage? The official story says that the plane was so hot that it was eviscerated…. yet the grass in front of the Pentagon is both green and unharmed … many of the Pentagon widows alongside the hole are intact … and unscathed books can even be seen in the offices of the Pentagon. I have had numerous moments that I refer to as right-before-my-very-eyes-moments when it comes to current events in the United States - when we are told that what seems to have happened did not happen. This one takes the cake.


Official stories from our government - JFK, Vietnam, NAFTA, 9/11, Covid vaxxies, weapons of mass destruction, Afghanistan, et al. - are blasphemous and insulting.


Twenty years later I remember those who sadly lost their lives on yet another day when I lost more faith in my country’s government. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Inexplicable Times

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Relief from the pandemic was seemingly just a tease. Case numbers are rising again. So too are deaths. Masks are returning. Corporate media hyperbole makes it harder and harder to know what to believe.

CNN has become the leader of the worst. An online headline from earlier this month: “We’re fighting two diseases - the virus and stupidity.” There is news and there is opinion, judgmental headlines like these are neither. I used to consider CNN to be a reliable source to get an overview of the headlines being dispensed to the masses. Now I don’t go there.

I was done with MSNBC after catching a clip of Rachel shortly after getting her second jab. She was telling her viewers that it was their duty to humanity to get the spike-protein-inducing injections and that those who were not doing so were despicable human beings. My mother taught me that if I was at friend’s house and somebody spoke in such a manner that I was to run home as fast as I could.

FoxNews is one of the greatest brainwashing operations in the history of humankind. I have clicked on their site a handful of times for the sole purpose of seeing how they were misinforming their viewers as major news stories were unfolding. The last time was about a year ago when I witnessed Tucker making Rachel and Anderson look like serious newscasters.

The tale of two cities also begs more questions. Last week I visited Boulder, Colorado, a liberal and pretentious enclave, and Saratoga, Wyoming, a conservative and salt-of-the-earth kind of place. Fifty-percent of those I saw in Boulder had masks on while there was not a mask anywhere to be seen in Saratoga. Do the people in one town know more than those in the other? Which town has a higher vaxxie rate? Which town’s populace is making the wiser decisions? Will Covid numbers spike in one town and not the other? 

My questions of the past many months persist, with no conclusive answers. Are the spike-protein-injections the most effective way to get to herd immunity? Will we all catch Covid at some point - vaxxed or unvaxxed? If we will all get Covid why isn’t the immune system I came with my best option rather than endless booster jabs? Are the jabs worsening the spread of Delta variant? Is the mass injection of experimental technology the right answer when 98+% of those who contract Covid recover and the average American lifespan has only been shorted by 1.5 years since this started? How is FDA Approval superior to Emergency Use Authorization when there is still no long term data yet available? Why do people who have chosen to get the spike-protein-injections consider me to be a heretic for asking such things?

We have gone from a pro-Donald/anti-Donald divided nation to a pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx divided nation In just one year.

Is this policy-by-design? 

As we continue to fight with each other the greatest ever transfer of wealth is taking place right before our eyes. History teaches that when transfers of wealth of this magnitude occur revolts are not far behind.

The government is aware of this and they prepare for us. Maybe such uprisings are weeks away, maybe a decade or more. Still, they get ready. Local cops now look like para-military units (they are). Surveillance cameras are commonplace. Everything any of us has viewed on the internet is in a database and our movements can be tracked with the chips in our cell phones. Edward Snowden told us this. Eight years later he remains in exile. James Clapper, former Director of the NSA, who lied to our representatives (members of Congress) when he said there was no mass surveillance is not only not in prison for perjuring himself, he is a commentator on the aforementioned CNN. The same network that hires a criminal tells me I am stupid for not getting the vaccine.

Want to have some real fireworks in the United States of America? Put Clapper on trial and hope that he lives to squeal.

The script has completely flipped. It is near miraculous - the blues are the party of the establishment and the reds are now proclaiming “my body, my choice.” 

If this is policy it is ingenious; if it coincidence it is no less sad.

We are bereft of real leaders. Our most recent presidents showboat - there was no Barack’s change I could believe in - just as there was no Donald’s draining the swamp or making America great again - just as there will be no Joe’s building back better. These three guys have collectively saddled us with more debt than all of the presidents who came before them combined.

The politicians know that bringing things back into economic balance would crash the whole system. We are insolvent and there is no way around it. Those unfortunate enough to be elected to the highest office in the land only hope to kick the can down the road for the next person. Back in the days of Donald I was convinced that he had been “installed” by the powers (whomever they may be) and that the whole house of cards would come crashing down on the gambling parlor bankruptcy aficionado. 

Donald was fortunate to escape such indignity.

Or has he? 

There is more to the story of Donald and it only just now might it be moving towards a climax.

Inflation rages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says it running at 5% per year. Many non-mainstream business news sites say it is around 12%. A small bag of groceries now costs $30 - a modest vehicle runs $40,000 - gas is back above $4 in many parts of the country. The same government that tells me that inflation is only 5%, echoed by the network that hires a criminal, tells me that the Covid vaxxie is the best and only way forward.

America is going the way of empires past. We slide into decay from every direction - inside, outside, left, right - and to believe that we will be the greatest nation on earth until the end of time is collectively narcissistic. Our time is drawing to a close. That is not good or bad, it is just how the world works. The sun sets on every empire … and the more we deny it the more painful it will likely be.

History teaches that every society that has become overstretched and/or indebted (and often entangled in the Middle East) and that resorted to money creation for the sake of staying afloat soon brings failure upon itself. Every bubble, regardless of believing it’s-different-this-time, pops. Someone in Joe’s administration has to know this. So must people at the Federal Reserve Bank. 

We hope.

New terms enter into discourse - Modern Monetary Theory, reset, digital currency. We are told what is coming … then when it comes we will all know what it is because we have already been told.

News from the Afghanistan fiasco now rivals Covid for headlines. I was seventeen when we pulled out of Saigon. Then, I was a teenager and just beginning to understand how corrupt Washington was. Now, I believe we should try our elected representatives for treason. Then and now, I ask what were we doing in both of these places to begin with?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military/industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

The complex has won, and expanded to include /banking/pharmaceutical/
security/media. It owns nearly all of the people who should be representing us. American corporations thrive with our purchasing dollars yet pay only minimal taxes. Nancy, Chuck, Mitch, Lindsay, their predecessors and cohorts did this to us. 

Change I believe in - making America great again - and building back better would have corporations footing the government’s bill for the privilege of doing business with the People.

The divide worsens, the politicians and media tell us the other side is wrong, hospitals are filling up, the West is on fire again, reservoirs are going dry, a hurricane comes to New England, the Taliban are back in power and now fully armed, small businesses have been decimated by Covid, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, pharmaceutical boosters could soon be the new erroneous badges of honor, infighting is everywhere, mass shootings are normal, life on planet earth is becoming more precarious. 

And the stock market makes a new all-time high most every week???


“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” 

― Paulo Coelho

Monday, August 9, 2021

Leave the Kids Alone

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A father told me that he and his wife had just vaccinated their 13-year-old son for Covid. I nodded. I said nothing. What could I say? There is no joy for me in hearing about kids getting the mRNA injections. Instead, I feel sadness, even horror.


The father does not know what the spike-protein-inducing injections will do in his own body two years from now. He does not know this because nobody has had the spike-protein-inducing injections in their body for that long. Still, the father had the experimental pharmaceutical technology put into the body of a boy still in his formative years. 


CDC data shows that males aged 18-24 are experiencing high numbers of adverse effects after getting the injections - including enlarged hearts, microscopic blood clotting, respiratory problems and possible interference with human reproduction. Even with a search as simple as “spike protein in children” I found this from the Canadian Covid Care Alliance in the first results: “Questions about the spike protein must be answered before children and teens are vaccinated, including whether the vaccine spike protein crosses the blood-brain barrier, whether the vaccine spike protein interferes with semen production or ovulation, and whether the vaccine spike protein crosses the placenta and impacts a developing baby or is in breast milk.”


Why rush to inject mRNA into a yet younger boy?


A virus appears. A pandemic ensues. In March 2020 Italy’s coronavirus numbers go ballistic. The same thing then happens in New York. The media goes into sensationalization mode and stirs up fear. Fear becomes the new norm. The United States locks down. The lockdowns are fiercely debated. Members of Congress grandstand. Donald pushes for a vaccine yet no mask. Anthony, the nation’s infectious disease cognoscente, pushes for a vaccine and sometimes a mask and sometimes not a mask. Joe, looking to dethrone Donald, pushes for both a vaccine and a mask. The pharmaceutical industry seizes the moment and before the year is out regulators grant approval for a new technology to be put into human bodies. They call it Emergency Use Authorization instead of FDA Approval. This allows them to bypass proper testing. We are told that these injections are the only solution and the urgency of the situation does not allow for second-guessing. The drugmakers' friends in government grant the drugmakers immunity from any and all liability. Hocus pocus takes root. Stimulus, formerly known as quantitative easing, becomes a new buzzword. Trillions of dollars are conjured up as the People’s elected representatives obligate their constituents to a now $28.6 trillion national debt, an increase of 23% in one year. Tens of billions of the taxpayers’ dollars flow to the drugmakers as people get free jabs. The fear-laced messages snowball. Many people believe what they are told is true … even though they also know that they are rarely told the truth. Media repetition of persuasive talking points helps them justify getting the jabs and to believe that they are doing their civic duty. Some are so elated they take to social media and post photos of themselves announcing they got the jabs with the Heath and Human Services’ Madison Avenue-like slogan “We can do this!” Members of Congress are still grandstanding. Million dollar lotteries are created for recipients of the mRNA. Donuts are given away.

Seventeen months after the first coronavirus cases appeared in the United States a common psychosis exists with the fear narrative being repeated over and over and over again. Ad nauseam. Every single day. All day long. Psychology 101. And now it is not just the Covid. This one is far, far worse. Transmits like chicken pox. The dreaded D Variant. Darth Vader 102.


The World Health Organization announces the arrival of the Lambda variant…..


Are the spike-protein-inducting injections the answer? 


Big Pharma’s lack of scruples (up until last year) is well-chronicled. The revolving door of Big Pharma executives and regulatory agency officials is well-documented. The People’s elected representatives giving priority to the interests of their corporate suitors is well-understood. The knowing of what billions of dollars in profits can do to an industry’s ethics is a movie we have all seen many times.


The age-old retail practice of bait and switch is starting to show its face as the drugmakers make their play for yet more taxpayer money. In the past weeks:


  1. Moderna CEO St├ęphane Bancel told Forbes that people will likely need to get an annual booster booster for Covid and that boosters may “become part of one’s yearly medical ritual.” 
  2. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the effectiveness of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine steadily declines about four to six months after getting their second dose … and “the good news is that we are very, very confident that a third dose, a booster, will take up the immune response to levels that will be enough to protect against the Delta variant.”


If and when we get to the Upsilon variant how many “vid vaxxies” will this man’s son have had? 


My original two questions remain unanswered:


Is vaccine-acquired immunity superior to naturally-acquired immunity? What about immunity to the mutations and variants? 


What we know is that natural immunity allows the body to do what it was designed to do. What remains unknown is whether the mRNA injections will do the same. That both Pfizer and Moderna began talking about booster shots shortly after the first jabs were first being jabbed suggests they already know the answer.


I asked an acupuncturist what she would tell a parent when considering getting a Covid injection for their child. Her response:


“I would tell them that their child was just developing his/her immune system responses and that their immune system was likely very strong. I would suggest that it is best to let their child get naturally exposed to bacteria and viruses in our environment, and that this would help them develop a stronger immune system … letting the immune system evolve in the world and with the world. Adding something like mRNA into the equation may actually cause a very dangerous hyperactive auto-immune response every time the child becomes exposed to a virus. It also has the potential to cause other issues - long term auto-immune disorders as well as being prone to allergies.”


What is the risk? What is the benefit?


It is too soon to tell.


To date I have not come across conclusive information that would lead me to believe that getting the spike-protein-inducing injections would be in the best interests of my body or for the betterment of society. 


The mainstream media tells me that I am wrong. 


The same mainstream media does not report anything that conflicts with the narrative just as it does not report disturbing VAERS numbers. Shaming non-vaxxers is accepted as journalism; questioning if mRNA is integrating in peoples’ bodies as it was designed to do is not.


Doctors offering alternative opinions are being removed from the web. I personally know wise people with effective voices and important messages who have been taken down. When I witness censorship in my country I witness an insurrection on the First Amendment. When I am not allowed to hear what others are saying my way becomes unclear. When my way becomes unclear I pause - both in life and with mRNA technology.


Humankind likes to believe it can conquer nature - building dams, bending rivers, summiting mountains, chopping down rain forests, engineering the food, building on fault lines, traveling in rocket ships beyond the planet’s gravitation pull. Now the humans attempt to slay a virus.


Often the humans succeed.


Always Mother Nature prevails.


Two hundred years from now how will history remember the humans who chose to get the for-profit-corporate-product put into their shoulder muscle because of the fear-laced message of their day?


Will the un-vaxxed go down as the most evil of all the evils ever known to walk the earth or will they be the only ones walking the earth?


Will the son be grateful for what his father did to him 25 years from now?


Will I appreciate the decision that I made?


The drumbeat continues. The narrative dances. We have gone from the vaccines will end the pandemic - to you still have to wear masks even if you are vaxxed - to you can still transmit Covid even if you are vaxxed - to you can still get Covid even if you are vaxxed - to you can still die of Covid even if you are vaxxed - to the unvaxxed are killing the vaxxed. Like a candle in the wind.


As a commenter to my previous post wrote: What happened to the good old days when vaccines provided immunity - no ifs, ands or buts?


“What we are doing as a compliant global population today is opening up the floodgates of prosperity for the current health care paradigm. We have given permission to governments and pharmaceutical companies to print trillions of dollars from nowhere, to pay for the development of new variants of genetic modification that are then distributed through mandatory or highly coercive policies, without any medium or long-term safety or efficacy data to understand the consequences … We are the new GMO. It did not go well for the plants, but we can hope for a different outcome in our bodies? 

-- Zach Bush, MD