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Profit From Gene Editing in 2018

Profit From Gene Editing in 2018
Alexandra Perry Photo By Alexandra Perry
Written Jan. 03, 2018
A few months ago, my dog chewed through the electrical cord on my fridge.

Before you get riled up and call PETA, know she is fine. Destroying expensive electronics is actually her favorite hobby.

The food in my fridge, however, was not so lucky.

I didn’t realize what she had done until two days after the fact, when the smell of rotting food became overwhelming.

At this point we reach the conclusion of my story, where I put $50 worth of slimy groceries in the garbage.

Now, this event taught me a lot of things, including the importance of proper dog training. However, my key takeaway was that we waste a lot of food in this country.

Me essentially shoveling money into the garbage made me think about exactly how much money and food Americans waste annually. A relatively small amount of research yielded some wallet-draining statistics.

The average American spends around $150 on food a week.

Of that amount, one-third will be wasted. And as food gathers in landfills, 9.1 million people will die of starvation a year.

Like me, you now may feel a bit guilty.

But my job is to be a researcher, so I researched solutions, and there are a few.

It turns out that dozens of companies are working to solve food waste and hunger. Out of these companies, one really stood out.

This company is a small biotech that is using gene editing to improve the foods we eat. If this company is successful, it could alter the way we look at food and make investors a profit in the process.

I want to talk a bit more about that company in a minute, but first, let’s take a second to talk about gene editing.

Gene editing may be the most important scientific discovery of our lifetime, and when you apply it to food, it could fix multiple problems, from food waste to bad nutrition.

First Off, What is Gene Editing?

Gene editing, put simply, is when DNA is deleted, inserted, or replaced in a genome.

If that doesn’t sound simple, just think of it like this: You are snipping away a piece of genetic code and replacing it with something else. In my mind, I imagine it like a large Lego structure. Instead of changing the blocks themselves, you are changing the directions. The structure that is built as a result is still altered.

That’s pretty incredible, which is why it comes as no surprise that gene editing has been generating a lot of buzz lately.

And while humans have been fascinated with gene editing since the 1970s, only recently have we gotten close to making major breakthroughs in the field.

We are close to this food breakthrough because of a revolutionary gene editing method called CRISPR-Cas9.

With CRISPR-Cas9, we could potentially wipe out multiple diseases, including HIV and cancer. Some scientists even believe CRISPR can stop aging in its tracks.

And this gene editing method isn’t just for humans anymore.

In theory, the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method can also be applied to food, improving it for the better.

And the company that has access to this patent for modifying food could change the way we look at food forever.

How Gene Editing Can Be Used in Food

Gene editing can alter our food in many ways, all of which could make food better suited for the needs of our growing population.

First off, gene editing could make food last longer and survive different conditions.

No longer would I have to worry about my dog unplugging food storage devices. With gene editing, some fruits could possibly survive longer without refrigeration.

Longer-lasting foods could reduce food waste significantly. So, American households rejoice — maybe that $150-a-week bill will be getting a reduction.

Which brings us to another point: Gene editing can make food more affordable.

That’s right. Gene editing can make crops grow faster and in different environments. This would make food available to a wider population, and it could potentially cut down on the cost of food transportation. That’s a winner for your pockets and for the environment.

And then there is the big way gene editing will change food: eliminating the need for pesticides.

Currently, most of the food you eat has been exposed to pesticides at one point. Whether those pesticides are in the soil or sprayed directly onto the crops, they are usually present.

Specific pesticides have been linked to multiple cancers, meaning they shouldn’t be consumed.

But in our current food system, and because of large suppliers like Monsanto, getting food without pesticides is challenging.

But with gene editing, we could alter foods so farmers no longer have to use pesticides. This could help humans combat diseases the second food enters our body, minimizing cancer risk from the start.

So, How Do We Get There?

In reality, it might be a while before we have food modified with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method sitting in our fridges.

That said, the future always comes faster than we think.

If investors want to start profiting from CRISPR-Cas9 technology, the time is now.

You will recall that I mentioned a small biotech stock at the start of this article. The company behind that stock is working to engineer foods using the CRISPR-Cas9 patent, making it one of the first in the field.

In the coming weeks, we are going to be talking more about gene editing at Wealth Daily.

That conversation will culminate with a top-notch presentation on this small biotech from our senior technology analyst Jason Stutman. Jason has been working with companies pioneering the gene editing space for years.

I guarantee his presentation will show you how to profit from this gene editing revolution.

While you wait for his presentation, you can listen to him talk more about the technology on the latest episode of our Investing After Hours podcast, available here.

In the meantime, remember to keep an eye on the future. We are now officially in 2018, and it is an exciting time to be an investor.

Despite rumors that our current bull market will come to an end, many technology industries are alive and striving.

Outside of gene editing, we are keeping an eye on blockchain, artificial intelligence, and digital currencies. We plan to stay on these topics heading into 2018.

Best of luck with a whole new year of investments,

 

Alexandra Perry

Source: Will County News

Automatic voter registration law doesn’t allocate money for implementation

Automatic voter registration law doesn’t allocate money for implementation

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Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Automatically registering voters anytime they register with certain state government agencies was considered a major legislative priority by some at the statehouse, but lawmakers haven’t put the necessary tax dollars behind it to get it started.

As it is right now, Illinois residents can opt in to registering to vote when they get or update information for a state ID card or driver’s license. Lawmakers pushed to make that automatic and to include more state agencies.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the original automatic voter registration bill in 2016 with suggested changes he said made the bill better. Lawmakers followed his lead in 2017 and passed automatic voter registration.

Illinois State Board of Elections General Counsel Ken Menzel said that directed the elections board to start implementing the program.

“We haven’t gotten any money appropriated for it quite yet,” Menzel said. “There’s a supplemental appropriation request pending with the legislature but we do have staff working on it as best we can. The staff that’s working on it has been updating the board on a monthly basis.”

Menzel said the elections office would need more than half a million dollars to get technology and programming in place.

“For the thing to work, we’re going to need, for example, servers,” Menzel said. “And, of course, we’re going to need programming time to do that, and I think some of the money was going to adding staff to do the programming.”

There’s already been coordination between the elections board and the Secretary of State’s office, Menzel said, but other state agencies involved in the process are also going to have to be updated for AVR to work.

“We’ve got to get their systems collecting that data,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out how to get our systems to talk to their systems to transmit it.”

“It’s a fairly big undertaking,” Menzel said. “Without the money, it would be difficult to hit our benchmarks.”

The law says AVR should be fully implemented no later than July 2019.

Supporters of the law said they want to increase voter turnout and that the bill will help keep voter rolls accurate. Opponents said the measure wasn’t necessary and could lead to lower voter turnout percentages by adding scores of more voters to the rolls who might not actually go to the polls.

Eligible voters who don’t want to register to vote automatically when getting a service through the DMV or other state government agencies like the Illinois departments of Human Services, Employment Security, Financial and Professional Regulation, and Natural Resources have to opt out of the system.

The measure explicitly disallows any illegal immigrants to be registered to vote automatically when they apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License.

 

Source: Will County News

Repeal of fine for not having health insurance set for 2019

Repeal of fine for not having health insurance set for 2019

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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

U.S. law still mandates that people have health insurance in 2018, but in 2019 the fine on those who don’t have insurance goes away. An insurance broker has said it will be good when the dust settles and the effects of the change become clearer.

The federal tax reform law President Donald Trump signed in December strikes the fine imposed on taxpayers who don’t have insurance coverage, starting in 2019.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency Individual Insurance Agent Dave Ferguson said there won’t be much of a change in insurance offerings once the mandate is essentially lifted in 2019, but he said premiums outside of government insurance exchanges could go up 10 percent every year.

“These insurance companies do have to make money,” Ferguson said. “They adjust their premiums to the point where they think they’re going to make money. They never know for sure until they get through the whole year.”

With renewed efforts expected this year in Congress to reform the health insurance industry, Ferguson said there’s a lot of confusion among consumers.

“And it will be nice when things settle down and become stabilized in the marketplace, whatever that solution winds up being,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the amount of money needed to fund Medicaid could go down as result of people who would have been forced into Medicaid deciding to forego insurance.

Goldwater Institute Director of Healthcare Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman agreed.

“Assuming that people choose not to enroll because there’s no longer a penalty, you could potentially see some savings,” Bauman said.

Medicaid is among the largest costs for Illinois taxpayers.

Ferguson said Illinois’ biggest challenge for those forced into Medicaid because of the mandate is the time it takes to process individual applications.

Bauman said the solution ultimately should be to afford consumers more choices that fit their needs.

 

“Why not open up the market so there could be more innovation, more choices of products?” Bauman said.

People who don’t obtain insurance coverage for this year can still expect a fine, Ferguson said.

Source: Will County News

A vending machine for the homeless just launched in the U.K., and will soon debut in U.S. cities

A vending machine for the homeless just launched in the U.K., and will soon debut in U.S. cities

 December 30, 2017  Washington Post

Action Hunger’s first vending machine for the homeless launched this month at a shopping mall in Nottingham, England. (Action Hunger)

It all goes back to the countless hours Huzaifah Khaled spent on trains and in train stations, shuttling back and forth between his home in Nottingham, England, and classes at the University of Cambridge, some 90 miles away.

“In the U.K., train stations are almost magnets for homeless people,” Khaled said. “When I’d be waiting for trains, walking to and from the train station . . . I came into contact with a lot of them.”

He talked with them, bought them coffee, and over time, developed relationships with them.

“I essentially developed a very deep understanding of their needs,” said Khaled, who recently got his PhD in law. It hit him that, for the homeless, even basic necessities are hard to access, and the limited hours for drop-in services at day shelters meant people had to schedule their days around visits to the shelter, making it hard to hold a stable job or see family regularly.

“I realized that there had to be a more effective way of getting at least the bare necessities to them,” he said.

That’s how he hit on the idea of a vending machine for the homeless: a 24/7 pit stop where people can access free food, clothing and other basic supplies.

The first vending machine launched this month in a shopping center in Nottingham, stocked full of supplies like water, fresh fruit, energy bars, chips and sandwiches, as well as socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes and even books. The machine was installed by Action Hunger, a charity directed by Khaled.

The initiative has been close to two years in the making. Back in early 2016, he had toyed with the idea of installing stocked fridges in cities across the U.K. But fridges posed challenges for keeping track of supplies, so he switched gears and focused his attention on vending machines instead. He devoted weekends and evenings to the project, all the while working toward his PhD.

“I speculatively approached over 50 manufacturers across England and Europe — most ignored my proposal, a few politely declined, and just before I was about to give up and try to raise funds to buy a machine instead, [N&W Global Vending] responded to my letter and invited me to pitch the idea to them,” he said. “They came on board almost immediately afterwards.”

N&W Global Vending, one of the world’s largest vending companies, gave Khaled a 10,000-pound, or about $13,000, machine free. Meanwhile, Khaled reached out to the Friary, a day center serving the homeless in the Nottingham area. Now, as a partner organization to Action Hunger, the Friary gives out keycards to its patrons, which are programmed to permit up to three items being dispensed per day.  Users have to show up at the Friary once a week to continue receiving access to the keycards.

The idea is users do not become dependent on the machines, and are working toward a long-term plan for getting off the streets, Khaled explained. He wants Action Hunger’s low-cost vending machines, which are restocked daily by volunteers, to complement other existing services, and believes continued engagement with local support services is key to ending the cycle of homelessness.

Khaled hopes to expand quickly across the country, as well as across Europe and the United States. A machine will be installed in New York City in February, followed by San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. Action Hunger has partnered up with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a food rescue nonprofit based in New York City, and is also in talks with Tyson Foods.

Over the next month, Khaled and his team will monitor which products in the machine are in highest demand, and which aren’t as highly sought after. In the longer term, they want to crunch data from the keycards to figure out whether giving someone access to free basic necessities contributes to helping them get off the street.

“Homelessness has become so accepted in our society that we often don’t even look at these people,” Khaled said. He hopes Action Hunger’s vending machines will represent a step toward a sustainable, long-term solution to homelessness. Even still, he wishes homelessness had never become such a seemingly intractable issue in the first place.

“In an ideal world, I would never have needed to start this charity,” he said. “I would love nothing more than to shutter this charity next week.”

Source: Will County News

Busting myths to get your 2018 started right

Busting myths to get your 2018 started right

Myth vs Fact

If we are to ever unbind ourselves from the chains of conventional wisdom, we must first come to understand that we are constantly under assault from government propaganda and government propagandists. Our indoctrination begins at an early age and reaches its peak as we glide through the government indoctrination camps deceptively called public education.

When we are born into a system and we live it for a period of time, we lose our imperative to inquire. We automatically and unconsciously assume that things that are have always been. The system is prescribed.

We accept it, and it becomes a part of us. We don’t feel animosity or hostility toward the authority that we are born under. We are all born into conventional wisdom. Every bit of information we get from the very beginning of our existence “sells” us on authority. This goes on through public (non)education and throughout life.

The only acceptable social and moral thing to do then is to accept authority, conform to authority and above all, never question authority, let alone its morality and its modus operandi. Once a person is taught a fact and believes that fact long enough, he or she cannot ponder or contemplate information or a question that challenges the fact. The mind simply cannot process information that conflicts with previously accepted data. Prior conditioning is difficult to challenge.

Psychologists call this quirk of human nature cognitive dissonance. It means the rejection of information not in harmony with previous beliefs.

Here’s an example. Conventional wisdom holds that there exists two political parties in America and that they pursue two different agendas. The reality is that there are two names of political parties, but the philosophy and morality of all politicians is the same. Things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.

Source: Will County News

2017 Closes As Trump Aids In Captured Americans Returning Home

Another Victory As 2017 Closes As Trump Aids In Captured Americans Returning Home

This style of leadership has universal qualities in getting things accomplished which we need a lot of in the United States, especially after the less than helpful previous president.

One of the areas of interest that President Trump has directed his energy towards has been that of releasing American citizens that have been taken captive by foreign governments.

Fox News reported:

Immediately after President Trump took office, he told Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson to prioritize bringing home Americans who’ve been wrongfully detained or held hostage in foreign countries,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told Fox News in an email.”

 During Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, he and his administration have successfully brought 10 wrongfully detained, or outlandishly sentenced, people home through diplomatic efforts.

The liberals like to twist the truth, claiming Trump has not accomplished anything, or how he isn’t good for American efforts.

Reuniting loved ones sounds like a pretty successful feat, the same loved ones that Obama couldn’t seem to get here with his “diplomatic efforts.”

While Obama was running foreign diplomacy, it took him 8 years to finish what Trump did in 1.

Ned Price, spokesman for Obama, speaks on the detainees released during Obama’s terms.

Deadline reported:

Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.”

The efforts were so tired because of the Obama administration’s energy being spent elsewhere, like trying to do away with the sanctity of marriage or making sure citizens can kill their babies.

There are still many United States citizens, many of whom the Trump administration hasn’t named yet, whose release is being aggressively pursued.

For now, let’s take proper note of the publicized Americans that were brought home in 2017.

Otto Warmbier

The capture and release of Otto Warmbier was highly publicized and ill-fated. The University of Virginia student was arrested in North Korea for allegedly attempting to steal a government banner from the hotel he was staying at.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, which is notoriously harsh, in the power-hungry North Korea.

On June 13th Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States, but was already in an “unresponsive state”, according to Fox News.

Sadly, it wasn’t long before death found the young student. There was no empirical evidence of physical abuse, but Warmbier was missing a substantial amount of brain tissue, which suggested: “he had lost blood supply to his brain for a period of time.”  

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle

Fox News reported:

Coleman and her Canadian husband, Boyle, were kidnapped in October 2012 by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network while on a backpacking trip that took them into Afghanistan. Held by the terror group for five years, the couple had three children while in captivity before being rescued as their captors attempted to move them across the border to Pakistan.”

 Under President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Defense Secretary Mattis, diplomats, and military personnel told Pakistani officials that if they didn’t stop the car that was suspected of carrying the kidnapped family, they would move in to carry out the operation themselves.

The car was stopped by the Pakistani enforcement, and Coleman, Boyle, and their surviving children, who had suffered psychological traumas and abuse, were found in the trunk.

Sabrina De Sousa

Sousa was a former CIA agent, she was accused of aiding in a kidnapping of a Muslim cleric.

An extradition from Portugal to Italy was being arranged for De Sousa when the Trump administration stepped in and stopped it.

The U.S. didn’t make an official statement on aiding in the reprieve of De Sousa, but former Rep. Pete Hoekstra said the White House “was closely involved in the case”, according to Fox News.

Aya Hijazi

Fox News reported on Hijazi’s charges of child abuse:

Shortly after President Trump met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in April, the country released Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi from prison after nearly three years of detention. Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children, but were arrested along with six others in 2014.”

 The United States has been quiet in the release of Hijazi, but Trump has made comment that the seeing her free was “on the agenda”, according to Fox News. And it was a personal U.S. plane that picked Hijazi up.

UCLA Basketball Players

Most recently, the media has been buzzing about the UCLA basketball players that were released from a Chinese prison over stealing a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses outside of their hotel.

The young students were in China for a game against Georgia Tech. Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping personally to negotiate the release of the young men who made incredibly poor choices.

A Twitter war has sparked between Trump and LaVar Ball, father of one of the boys who the Trump administration had released.

Ball thinks that he doesn’t owe Trump a thank you, and said he had some people that “knew the situation.”

Well, so did everyone else who reads the media. Ball then tried to say it was the Chinese president who released his son whom he should be thanking.

The fact of the matter is, President Jinping would have let the UCLA basketball players rot in jail without thinking twice before Trump came along.

This is a prime problem with the emotionally charged left, who will dismiss a grand gesture of grace, just to stand the illogical ground of not showing support for anything moral.

It has been a busy year in politics with the tax cuts, healthcare initiatives, bringing our citizens home, and much more.

The potential torture and injustice that has been saved by even a single prisoner escaping lack of due process is a year well done.

Source: Will County News

Illinois police department to unveil new roadside drug test

Illinois police department to unveil new roadside drug test

  • By Vincent Caruso and Benjamin Yount | Illinois News Network
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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

An Illinois police department will be among the first in the country to use a mouth swab drug-testing kit that can detect if motorists pulled over on suspicion of impairment have drugs in their system.

The suburban village of Carol Stream is slated to be the first municipality in the state – and one of only a few in the nation – to roll out the small and portable tests manufactured by German biotechnology company Protzek.

Tests – which will quickly determine the presence and amount of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines, and opiates such as heroin – will be performed on willing suspects who have already been arrested and who consent to testing. The results cannot be used against them in court.

The procedure for the test will go as follows: an officer will screen a driver who has been pulled over for cause using a mouth swab, which will then be tested by a mobile P.I.A.2 device. Subsequently, the device will produce measurements of a drug present in the driver’s system.

Officers in only four other states – Michigan, Kansas, Colorado and California – have similar tests at their disposal. Tests cost approximately $30 per kit and funding will come from existing DUI Tech funds.

That the test measures the amount of the drug’s presence and not merely detects it is significant because the state doesn’t recognize the presence of controlled substances alone as sufficient evidence of impairment. Marijuana, for example, can be detected for days after it is used even if its effects have worn off.

Sgt. Brian Cluever of the Carol Stream Police Department’s traffic and safety unit said the goal is to perform 50 to 100 sample tests. Cluever said if the testing is proven effective, it can hopefully be used by Carol Stream and throughout the state.

Since last year, the level of a driver’s impairment must cross a defined threshold before reaching illegality, necessitating more than just a mere positive or negative test result.

According to state law, a blood, urine or breath sample may be procured by police on suspicion that a driver is under the influence. In the coming months in Carol Stream, motorists suspected of being impaired will also be asked for a swab.

The department already is known for its aggressive drunk-driving enforcement. This, in part, is why Judicial Testing Systems, the company that distributes the system in Illinois, first approached Carol Stream police.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, for the first time, the number of drivers involved in fatal deaths who tested positive for drugs outpaced those who tested positive for alcohol.

Carol Stream authorities herald the Protzek test as a greater means of facilitating enforcement against driving under the influence.

“We want to give officers all the tools they need to make sure they’re making the right decisions and removing intoxicated drivers from the roads,” ” Cluever said. “Once we have proven this in court and it’s been proven in the scientific community to be accurate and reliable, then there’s no reason why it should not go statewide,” Cluever said.

Defense attorney Don Ramsell, who specializes in D.U.I. law, is skeptical of the new test.

“They might just as well hand somebody a bag of nachos and see if he eats it,” Ramsell said. “That’s just as valid.”

Ultimately, the courts will make the decision on the validity of the new test. In the meantime, the verdict is still out.

Source: Will County News

Trump finds fresh target in U.S. Postal Service, rips Dems on Twitter — after ‘Fox & Friends’ segment

Fuming Trump finds fresh target in U.S. Postal Service, rips Dems on Twitter — after ‘Fox & Friends’ segment

President Donald Trump, sequestered away at his Florida resort for the holidays, fumed on Friday morning — lashing out at Democrats, the media and the “dumber and poorer” post office.

Trump kicked off his sixth day in the Sunshine State by sending out several social media posts from the confines of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

The president’s latest Twitter tantrum included a new target as he ranted about the United States Postal Service, encouraging the agency to raise prices for delivering packages for online retail giant Amazon.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” he wrote.

The independent agency, known as the United States Postal Service since 1971, does not use taxpayer money for its operations.

Under federal law, it can’t raise prices more than the rate of inflation without approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Trump has lashed out at Amazon in the past, often belittling company CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

The president, who has no official business lined up for the day, has gone golfing every day except for Christmas when he promised “tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again.”

Each morning, a string of tweets — often in response to segments aired on Fox News — have erupted from Trump’s Twitter account before he hit the links.

Trump’s tweet about Amazon and the Postal Service came after a “Fox & Friends” segment about technology trends in the new year.

Part of the report looked at Amazon’s future use of augmented reality, allowing shoppers to see how things would look in their homes before buying them.

Trump also shared his thoughts on immigration policy, saying that Democrats “have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration.”

Earlier, Trump accused the media of misreporting his “so-called low approval rating.”

One poll released Thursday by Rasmussen has Trump’s approval rating at 46 percent — identical to his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, at the end of his first year in office.

Trump’s average approval rating sits at 39.3 percent, according to a composite of polls by RealClearPolitics.

The president’s Twitter use is deemed “appropriate” by just slightly more than 1 in 4 Americans, according to a poll by The Economist and YouGov released Wednesday.

Overall, just 26 percent respondents say they find the president’s prolific Twitter use appropriate, with 59 percent disapproving. Fifteen percent say they aren’t sure.

— Denis Slattery
New York Daily News

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©2017 New York Daily News, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Source: Will County News

Contaminated chemo drugs, the FDA, and chemical warfare against the public

Contaminated chemo drugs, the FDA, and chemical warfare against the public

This originally appeared at NoMoreFakeNews.com on December 29, 2017.

Chemo drugs are highly poisonous to begin with. But suppose, on top of that, they’re contaminated and tainted?

Welcome to the FDA: the handmaiden to Big Pharma; the promoter of destructive medicines; the opponent of natural health; the agency that should have been disbanded and fumigated decades ago. Corruption Central.

In today’s episode, the Agency has issued a slap on the wrist to Fresenius, a major provider of health care in Europe, with two dozen drug-manufacturing facilities around the world.

Bloomberg reports: “U.S. regulators warned Fresenius SE after the company’s Indian plant that makes cancer-drug ingredients for the U.S. market aborted hundreds of drug-quality tests because they seemed like they were going to fail due to impurities.”

“When workers at the plant found potential tainted products, they halted the tests and said human or machine errors were to blame instead, according to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter dated Dec. 4 that cited 248 aborted checks at the West Bengal facility.”

The FDA’s warning basically instructed Fresenius to do better. Re-examine all their manufacturing and testing practices. Hire an outside consultant.

That’s comforting, isn’t it? With contaminated chemo drugs floating around the world, the FDA says nothing about ferreting out these medicines—and here is the capper from the Bloomberg article:

“The agency also warned that if the company doesn’t correct the issues raised in the letter, FDA workers could refuse products made at the facility admission into the U.S.”

My, my. Fresenius can continue to sell its fraudulently tested, tainted drugs. Not a problem. Business is business. Promise you’ll mend your ways, boys, and stick to your word. Meanwhile, we, at the FDA, will get back to seeing what we can do to limit sales of those REALLY dangerous products called nutritional supplements.

Oh, and by the way, this is not the first warning letter the FDA has issued to Fresenius. As fiercepharma reports: “In a previous warning letter…FDA cited similar…deviations.” And now, the FDA writes to the company, ‘You proposed specific remediation for these deviations in your [previous] response,’ the letter reads. ‘These repeated failures demonstrate that your facility’s oversight and control over the manufacture of drugs is inadequate’.”

But the FDA isn’t stopping Fresenius from exporting its chemo drugs into the US. No one is prosecuting company employees and sending them to prison for fraud and reckless endangerment.

Here are excerpts from my piece about the FDA’s overall mafia operation, to give you the flavor of what goes on at that rogue agency:

In a stunning interview with Truthout’s Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposes the FDA as a relentless criminal mob protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies.

Kavanagh: “…widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.”

“I was threatened with prison.”

“One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”

Kavanagh reviewed new drug applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs had to be safe and effective before being released to the public.

But honest appraisal wasn’t part of the FDA culture, and Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and the life of his children was on the line.

What was his secret task at the FDA? “Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs.” In other words, rubber stamp them. Say the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.

Kavanagh’s revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.

He remarks that the drug pyridostigmine, given to US troops to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, “actually increased the lethality” of certain nerve agents.

Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drug—and then his bosses told him which sections not to read. Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.

The situation at the FDA isn’t correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal enterprise, and any government official, serving in any capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an accessory to mass poisoning of the population.

Seventeen years ago, the cat was let out of the bag. Dr. Barbara Starfield, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 26, 2000, in a review titled, “Is US health really the best in the world,” exposed the fact that FDA-approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans per year. That’s a MILLION deaths per decade.

Dr. Starfield was a revered public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In interviewing her, I discovered she had never been approached by the FDA or any federal agency to help remedy this tragedy. Nor had the federal government taken any steps on its own to stop the dying.

The government has still done nothing.

— Jon Rappoport

Source: Will County News

New Illinois gun law cracks down on repeat offenders

New Illinois gun law cracks down on repeat offenders

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In response to the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago, Illinois lawmakers passed a new law coming into effect next week that some say will help crack down on repeat gun offenders. Reform advocates argue that they’re missing the point.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law new mandatory minimum sentences for people arrested more than once for gun crimes. The bill is seen as Springfield’s answer to rampant gun violence plaguing Chicago’s south and west sides. The new law requires at least seven years in prison for repeat gun offenders instead of three.

Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin sponsored the bill. He admitted that it would not solve the problem, but it was a start.

“This is the start of something to stop this plague of violence which we pick up and read in the newspaper on a daily basis,” he said in June.

But Clark Neily, CATO Institute vice president of criminal justice, said putting more people behind bars for a longer period of time is not a move in the right direction.

“All you’re doing is locking people up for much longer periods of time,” he said. “It’s very costly and has a terrible effect on their lives as well as their families and the people who depend on them.”

The best cure for crime, Neily said, is gainful employment.

“When people have work that they find meaningful, then they truly feel that they’re part of something,” he said.

Illinois has the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest and the highest black unemployment rate in the nation.

More than 3,500 people were shot in Chicago this year with over 600 dying.

Source: Will County News