FDA: Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Javiana Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, Winter 2019 FDA’s investigation continues. Food service companies and institutions should not serve recalled products

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https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-javiana-potentially-linked-tailor-cut-produce-fruit-mix-winter?utm_campaign=Outbreak_FruitMix_01022020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

January 2, 2020
Recommendation
FDA, CDC and state and local partners are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, is a potential source of this outbreak.

The firm recalled the fruit mix, called Fruit Luau, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products on December 7. Food service and institutional food operators should not sell or serve the recalled products.

Tailor Cut Produce reports that their products may be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools, long-term care facilities and institutional food service establishments in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Because the recalled products may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other facilities that cater to vulnerable populations, it is important that these facilities do not sell or serve them. Please consult with your distributor to confirm the source of the fruit mix and cut fruit used in your operation.

Background
As of December 30, 2019, CDC is reporting 96 illnesses confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, MN, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WA. Illnesses were reported from states where Tailor Cut Produce distributes, including Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ill people from other states reported traveling to these states in the week before their illness started. CDC reports only cases confirmed by WGS, and these numbers may differ from the numbers that states are investigating.

FDA’s inspection at Tailor Cut Produce is ongoing. FDA is currently collecting records to support a traceback investigation and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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What Products are Recalled?
What is Salmonella?
General Food Safety Tips for Retailers
General Food Safety Tips for Consumers
Previous Updates
Who to Contact
Additional Information
Case Counts
Total Illnesses: 96
Hospitalizations: 27
Deaths: 0
Last illness onset: December 10, 2019
States with Cases: CA, CO, CT, DE (39), IL, MN, NJ (12), NY (4), PA (34), VA, WA

What Products are Recalled?
Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey, recalled its Fruit Luau mix, which contains cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled fruit products were distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware between November 15 and December 1, 2019. More recall information can be found on the FDA website. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

Box of Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis. Most people infected with Salmonella will begin to develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness, salmonellosis, usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.

Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe salmonellosis infections.

General Food Safety Tips for Restaurants and Retailers
Restaurants and retailers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that employees wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces and utensils used in food preparation may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.
Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators regularly.
Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store food.
Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
General Food Safety Tips for Consumers
People should consult their healthcare provider if they suspect that they have developed symptoms that resemble a Salmonella infection.

Consumers should follow these steps for preventing foodborne illness:

Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops, and utensils that may have contacted contaminated foods; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
Wash and sanitize surfaces used to serve or store potentially contaminated products.
Wash hands with warm water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
Consumers can also submit a voluntarily report, a complaint, or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction) related to a food product.

Produce items should be rinsed in clean, running water without the use of cleaners or soaps. After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present on the surface.

Even if you do not plan to eat the skin, it is still important to wash produce first so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting produce.

Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.

Previous Updates
December 11, 2019

According to CDC, there are currently 11 illnesses confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. The person from Minnesota traveled to New York at the time of infection. CDC reports only cases confirmed by WGS, and these numbers may differ from the numbers that states are investigating but are awaiting WGS confirmation to be included in the outbreak.

FDA has initiated an inspection at Tailor Cut Produce and is currently collecting records to support a traceback investigation. FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

December 09, 2019

FDA and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in Pennsylvania. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, are a potential source of this outbreak. The firm recalled the fruit mix, called Fruit Luau, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products on December 7.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reports that it is investigating 33 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. Salmonella Javiana has been identified among cases at three of four facilities. According to the Pennsylvania DOH the epidemiologic evidence collected thus far indicates that the Fruit Luau fruit mix (which contains cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes) from Tailor Cut Produce is a potential source of the illnesses. The state’s review of invoices shows that a common food eaten by many case patients was this fruit mix.

FDA has activated a team to coordinate its outbreak investigation. On December 6, 2019, the FDA and the Pennsylvania DOH shared the results of the investigation thus far with the firm, and the firm’s leadership stated that they would work with FDA to implement a recall of the products. On December 7, Tailor Cut Produce announced a recall.

FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

December 6, 2019

FDA and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in Pennsylvania. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, are a potential source of this outbreak.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reports that it is investigating 31 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. Salmonella Javiana has been identified among cases at three of four facilities. According to the Pennsylvania DOH the epidemiologic evidence collected thus far indicates that this fruit mix is a potential source of the illnesses. The state’s review of invoices shows that a common food eaten by many case patients was the fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce.

FDA has activated a team to coordinate its outbreak investigation. On December 6, 2019, the FDA and the Pennsylvania DOH shared the results of the investigation thus far with the firm, and the firm’s leadership stated that they would work with FDA to implement a recall of this product.

FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

Who to Contact
Consumers who have symptoms should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can

Call an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator if you wish to speak directly to a person about your problem.
Complete an electronic Voluntary MedWatch form online.
Complete a paper Voluntary MedWatch form that can be mailed to FDA.
Visit http://www.fda.gov/fcic for additional consumer and industry assistance.

FDA: Dianne’s Fine Desserts Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Allergen in Product Sienna Turtle Brownie Item Number 8495241115 Lot Code 19198

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https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/diannes-fine-desserts-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-peanut-allergen-product-sienna-turtle-brownie?utm_campaign=Dianne%27s%20Fine%20Desserts%20Issues%20Allergy%20Alert%20on%20Undeclared%20Peanut%20Allergen&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Summary
Company Announcement Date:
December 31, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
December 31, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
May contain undeclared peanuts
Company Name:
Dianne’s Fine Desserts
Brand Name:
Sienna Bakery
Product Description:
Chocolate Turtle Brownie
Company Announcement
Dianne’s Fine Desserts of Newburyport, MA 01950 is recalling twenty six cases of product Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 , because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 was distributed through retail wholesale clubs located in MI, IL, IN.

Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 can be identified by the name and product image on the tray. Tray size 17.1875×13.125×2, Lot code 19198 can be found on the top and or bottom of tray side panel.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing peanuts was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Monday- Friday 9am-5pm EST:

Customer service: 800-435-2253 or at info@diannesfinedesserts.com.

Quality Assurance: 978-463-3824 or at Feedback@diannesfinedesserts.com

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
Customer service
800-435-2253
info@diannesfinedesserts.com

FDA: FiveStar Gourmet Foods Voluntary Recalls Fresh Snack Products Due to Possible Health Risk

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When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/fivestar-gourmet-foods-voluntary-recalls-fresh-snack-products-due-possible-health-risk?utm_campaign=FiveStar%20Gourmet%20Foods%20Voluntary%20Recalls%20Fresh%20Snack%20Products%20Due%20to%20Possible%20Health%20Risk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Summary
Company Announcement Date:
December 31, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
December 31, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
Brand Name:
MiniMeal2Go
Product Description:
Protein pack and avocado toast
Company Announcement
FiveStar Gourmet Foods takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling two fresh produce snack products, MiniMeal2Go-ProteinPack 8.25oz and MiniMeal2Go- AvocadoToast 6.75oz. due to the notification from Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA that Almark Foods may have supplied single-serve prepackaged Hard Boiled Eggs contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and its association with a current foodborne illness investigation.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The MiniMeal2Go products were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin in Meijer supermarkets only. Both MiniMeal2Go products come in a 6/8.25-ounce and 6/6.75-ounce clear plastic package marked with specific lots (see chart) with an expiration dates from 12/26/19 through 1/06/20 printed on the film.

No other FiveStar items are involved with this voluntary recall. There are no reported illnesses to date related to the FiveStar Gourmet Foods products.

Consumers who purchased products listed in the chart below from the affected sell by dates or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away. For any questions, consumers may contact FiveStar Gourmet Foods at 877-546-8763 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PST) for the most up-to-date information.

Retailer Brand Item Name Package Weight Item SKU UPC # Lot No States Affected Best By
Meijer MiniMeals2Go Protein Pack 6/8.25oz FG10461 8-
50012-
79311-3 34619,34719,
35019,35119,
35219,35719 Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin 12/26/19,12/27/19,
12/30/19,12/31/19,
01/01/20,01/06/20
Meijer MiniMeals2Go Avocado Toast 6/6.75oz FG10463 8-
50012-
79315-1 34619,34719,
35019,35119,
35219,35719 Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin 12/26/19,12/27/19,
12/30/19,12/31/19,
01/01/20,01/06/20
About FiveStar Gourmet Foods

With an “appetite for excellence”, a leading innovator within fresh value-added foods, Southern-California based FiveStar Gourmet Foods, the producers of the Simply Fresh brand, have been producing premium, healthy foods for more than two decades. With processing facilities nationwide, FiveStar manufacturers a complete line of retail and foodservice products including convenience salad bowls and snacks featuring fresh produce and proteins under the Simply Fresh Salads®, Simply Fresh MiniMeals2Go® and Simply Fresh 4Kids™ brands using all natural, no artificial ingredients. FiveStar has achieved both organic certification and the highest quality and food safety certification of SQF Level 3. To learn more, go to FiveStarGourmetFoods.comExternal Link Disclaimer

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
Media:
Tristan Simpson
310-293-2184

IT’S HAPPENING: Colorado public schools now requiring students to role play child sacrifice “poems” as part of rape training indoctrination Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by: Mike Adams

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IT’S HAPPENING: Colorado public schools now requiring students to role play child sacrifice “poems” as part of rape training indoctrination
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by: Mike Adams
https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-11-20-public-schools-being-transformed-into-rape-training-camps.html

(Natural News) The greatest challenge in covering the actual events taking place in our world today is that most people still don’t recognize the level of depravity, perversion and evil that has overtaken liberals and Democrats. So they can’t mentally grasp the reality of what’s actually happening all around them because it’s “unthinkable.”

So when a 16-year-old Colorado girl was “violated” by sexually explicit role playing assignment in public school — where she was required to role play rape and sodomy concepts while the teacher demanded she read out loud lines like, “fu##ed in the a–” and similar language — most people dismiss the reality because they can’t fathom it being real.

But it is real. And it just happened in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Here’s the picture of the girl, Skylar Cason, and her father Brett:

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Skylar is 16 years old and attends public school in Colorado. Her teacher required Skylar to role play sexually explicit rape and sodomy scenarios in front of the class, where she was required to read out vulgar lines from a poem known as “Howl,” which include explicit words and phrases like “c–t” and “granite c–k.”

As Fox News reports, “In another assignment students were asked to review a song that talked about sexting and offering sexual favors to a teenager, something that “blindsided” school officials when they found out about it from Cason.”

Some of the lines from the “Howl” poem, all required to be read by Skylar, are:

“let themselves be fu–ed in the a– by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy”

“a vision of ultimate c–t and come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness”

“sweetened the snatches of a million girls trembling in the sunset”

“who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully”

“who blew and were blown by those human seraphim, the sailors, caresses of Atlantic and Caribbean love”

The rest of the poem reads like the crazed rantings of a mentally ill psychopath. The poem’s author, Allen Ginsberg, is of course celebrated by Leftists as some sort of genius thought leader of left-wing culture. In truth, he was just another insane person who took too many recreational drugs and managed to find traction by translating his twisted, graphic hallucinations into “poetry.” Ginsberg died in 1997 from liver cancer — no surprise — and was known throughout his live for promoting illegal drug use and sexual promiscuity, including homosexuality.

Not surprisingly, he also promoted socialism. Critics called his work “indecipherable.” Much of it is flatly incoherent, which is exactly what made him a cultural hero among the mentally ill “progressives” who are almost universally obsessed with the idea of self-annihilation and the destruction of innocence. Perhaps that’s why teachers in Colorado public schools now require students to act out Ginsberg’s madness — because it’s a very effective form of brainwashing and psychological terrorism to prepare students for the left-wing rape culture and pedophilia training that now features “Drag Queen Story Hour” perverts and convicted pedophiles reading books to children in public libraries, all while progressive parents celebrate their children being made “tolerant” of transgenderism, pedophilia and rape.

And Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.

First Liberty Institute now representing Cason
The Texas law firm First Liberty Institute is representing Skylar Cason and has sent a demand letter to the Steamboat Springs school superintendent Brad Meeks. “Students should never feel shame and guilt as part of an assignment at school,” Jeremy Dys, First Liberty special counsel for litigation and communications, told Fox News (link above).

Meeks has issued an apology letter to parents, lamenting that fact that, “they were not given advance notice that would have allowed them to opt their child out of participating.”

Incredibly, Meeks did not say that the teacher did anything wrong or that children in his school district should not be subjected to sexually explicit rape training exercises in class, only that parents might be able to “opt their child out” if they happen to be given notice of the planned training exercises… and of course no notice was given.

Thus, Brad Meeks is in effect endorsing the sexually explicit rape training agenda in his school district, which is of course entirely consistent with a school system that’s run by demonic entities who prey on children for their own perverted sexual pleasure. Teachers have become the predators, and students are the “fresh meat” to be preyed upon in Democrat-run public schools, where almost every teacher, counselor and administrator is a left-wing, Trump-hating, transgender-pushing lunatic.

Poem author Allen Ginsberg sings praises to Moloch, the ancient pagan god of child sacrifice
Even more shocking is the fact that the “Howl” poem required to be role played by students in public school celebrates “Moloch,” the ancient pagan god of child sacrifice.

Democrats routinely worship Moloch, as InfoWars reports. Fox News recently fired radio host Todd Starnes for accurately stating that Democrats celebrate this pagan god of child sacrifice.

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From the “Howl” poem, here are some of the snippets citing Moloch:

Moloch! Children screaming under the stairways! …

Moloch who entered my soul early! Moloch in whom I am a consciousness without a body! Moloch who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy! Moloch whom I abandon! Wake up in Moloch! Light streaming out of the sky! …

Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic industries! spectral nations! invincible madhouses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs! They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven! …

Note carefully that the so-called “poet” Ginsberg talks about Moloch the child sacrifice demon entering his soul. “Moloch in whom I am a consciousness without a body,” he writes. He describes this child sacrifice demon as “Light streaming out of the sky!”

These are not merely the twisted rantings of a mad man, but rather the demon-infested screams of a human skin bag possessed by demonic spirits in desperate need of an exorcism.

And this is exactly what many Democrats have become: Demon-infested vile creatures of death, pain and suffering that prey on children. The horrifying truth is that these demon-infested nightmare lunatics are now running most of the public schools across America.

Read my article to learn more: Making the case that many Democrats are no longer human, but rather biological vessels of “Demonic Obsession”.

This is not unusual: Public schools are now demon-celebrating pedophilia rape training centers to indoctrinate youth and prepare them for repeated rapings by Democrat elitists
Here in the independent media, we’ve sounded the alarm on the rampant pedophilia indoctrination and sexually explicit rape training of youth, warning that public schools would be transformed into precisely the kind of traumatic brainwashing centers that are now being reported.

In fact, it was just a few weeks ago that I reported this would start happening. In an article entitled, “25 mind-blowing things that are likely to happen if the Dems succeed in removing Trump from office,” I described the depravity and perversion of Democrats and predicted that public schools would be turned into “orgy training” centers “involving live LGBT pedophiles performing sex acts in classrooms while progressive parents cheer.” From the story:

Way beyond “sex ed,” public schools will actually host anal sex orgies, complete with on-site instruction and demonstrations involving pedophile teachers. Classrooms will become orgy theaters, with live video streaming sold online to raise money to fund “public education.”

If you think this is an exaggeration, note that Austin public schools have just approved sex role playing indoctrination training for all public school students, where they are required to participate in role playing scenarios involving “coerced oral sex,” anal sex and drunk sex. As The College Fix reports:

A controversial sex-ed curriculum for third through eighth grades that has connections to Planned Parenthood has been approved by the Austin Independent School District, despite fierce opposition.

The curriculum “normalizes child sex” using role playing games. “Caryl Ayala, the director of Concerned Parents of Texas, told KVUE that the curriculum’s goal is ‘to normalize these behaviors and to teach them to children so that they can feel OK with engaging in these behaviors,’” reports The College Fix.

Now, it’s coming true even more rapidly than I had feared. In Colorado, there is no action being taken against the school teacher who subjected 16-year-old Skylar Cason to sexually explicit “rape training” trauma. We’re not posting the name or photo of the teacher here, but you can see his twisted, perverted face in this Fox News story. In my opinion, he looks like a sicko child abusing pedophile. No wonder he’s not being fired.

Consider this the ultimate argument in favor of home schooling: If you don’t home school your kids, they will be subjected to rape training and pedophilia indoctrination at your local public school. And school administrators won’t even stop the evil when it’s brought to their attention because they’re part of it.

What else is coming if demon-infested Democrats rule society
Everything covered above concerns just one prediction out of 25 that I made in this November 3, 2019 article published on Natural News.

If you want to know the 24 other things that are also about to happen if Democrats rule society, read that article and prepare to weep for humanity.

We are not merely watching the dangers of a communist-oriented political ideology; we are witnessing Democrats and Leftists being consumed by demonic entities that now unleash pure evil upon this realm while pretending to be filled with “tolerance” and “love.”

The child molesters are running the schools, and the are teaching the children demonic poetry that celebrates the pagan god of child sacrifice. This is America. This is real. Yet most are asleep and living in denial.

Our culture, our rule of law, our nation and our Christian heritage is being overrun by demonic evil that has infiltrated everything: Public schools, Congress, the courts, pop culture and more. The evil has a label: “Demoncrats.”

Will you stand for life, liberty and divinity against this hellish insanity?

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In 2014: The US is an oligarchy, study concludes

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(Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans Photo: Bloomberg)

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
The Capitol building in Washington DC

By Zachary Davies Boren
10:58AM BST 16 Apr 2014

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.

After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.

The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”

The positions of powerful interest groups are “not substantially correlated with the preferences of average citizens”, but the politics of average Americans and affluent Americans sometimes does overlap. This is merely a coincidence, the report says, with the the interests of the average American being served almost exclusively when it also serves those of the richest 10 per cent.

The theory of “biased pluralism” that the Princeton and Northwestern researchers believe the US system fits holds that policy outcomes “tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.”

The study comes in the wake of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial Supreme Court decision which allows wealthy donors to contribute to an unlimited number of political campaigns.

NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels Friday, August 30, 2019 by: Ethan Huff

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(Image: NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels)

NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels
Friday, August 30, 2019 by: Ethan Huff

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-08-30-nasa-admits-climate-change-not-caused-by-suvs-fossil-fuels.html

(Natural News) For more than 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has known that the changes occurring to planetary weather patterns are completely natural and normal. But the space agency, for whatever reason, has chosen to let the man-made global warming hoax persist and spread, to the detriment of human freedom.

It was the year 1958, to be precise, when NASA first observed that changes in the solar orbit of the earth, along with alterations to the earth’s axial tilt, are both responsible for what climate scientists today have dubbed as “warming” (or “cooling,” depending on their agenda). In no way, shape, or form are humans warming or cooling the planet by driving SUVs or eating beef, in other words.

But NASA has thus far failed to set the record straight, and has instead chosen to sit silently back and watch as liberals freak out about the world supposedly ending in 12 years because of too much livestock, or too many plastic straws.

In the year 2000, NASA did publish information on its Earth Observatory website about the Milankovitch Climate Theory, revealing that the planet is, in fact, changing due to extraneous factors that have absolutely nothing to do with human activity. But, again, this information has yet to go mainstream, some 19 years later, which is why deranged, climate-obsessed leftists have now begun to claim that we really only have 18 months left before the planet dies from an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The truth, however, is much more along the lines of what Serbian astrophysicist Milutin Milankovitch, after whom the Milankovitch Climate Theory is named, proposed about how the seasonal and latitudinal variations of solar radiation that hit the earth in different ways, and at different times, have the greatest impact on earth’s changing climate patterns.

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The below two images (by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC) help to illustrate this, with the first showing earth at a nearly zero orbit, and the second showing earth at a 0.07 orbit. This orbital change is depicted by the eccentric, oval shape in the second image, which has been intentionally exaggerated for the purpose of showing the massive change in distance that occurs between the earth and the sun, depending on whether it is at perihelion or aphelion.

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“Even the maximum eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit – 0.07 – it would be impossible to show at the resolution of a web page,” notes the Hal Turner Radio Show. “Even so, at the current eccentricity of .017, the Earth is 5 million kilometers closer to Sun at perihelion than at aphelion.”

For more related news about climate change and global warming from an independent, non-establishment perspective, be sure to check out ClimateScienceNews.com.

The biggest factor affecting earth’s climate is the SUN
As for earth’s obliquity, or its change in axial tilt, the below two images (Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC) show the degree to which the earth can shift on both its axis and its rotational orientation. At the higher tilts, earth’s seasons become much more extreme, while at lower tilts they become much more mild. A similar situation exists for earth’s rotational axis, which depending on which hemisphere is pointed at the sun during perihelion, can greatly impact the seasonal extremes between the two hemispheres.

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Based on these different variables, Milankovitch was able to come up with a comprehensive mathematical model that is able to compute surface temperatures on earth going way back in time, and the conclusion is simple: Earth’s climate has always been changing, and is in a constant state of flux due to no fault of our own as human beings.

When Milankovitch first put forward his model, it went ignored for nearly half a century. Then, in 1976, a study published in the journal Science confirmed that Milankovitch’s theory is, in fact, accurate, and that it does correspond to various periods of climate change that have occurred throughout history.

In 1982, six years after this study was published, the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences adopted Milankovitch’s theory as truth, declaring that:

“… orbital variations remain the most thoroughly examined mechanism of climatic change on time scales of tens of thousands of years and are by far the clearest case of a direct effect of changing insolation on the lower atmosphere of Earth.”

If we had to sum the whole thing up in one simple phrase, it would be this: The biggest factor influencing weather and climate patterns on earth is the sun, period. Depending on the earth’s position to the sun at any given time, climate conditions are going to vary dramatically, and even create drastic abnormalities that defy everything that humans thought they knew about how the earth worked.

But rather than embrace this truth, today’s climate “scientists,” joined by leftist politicians and a complicit mainstream media, insist that not using reusable grocery bags at the supermarket and not having an electric vehicle are destroying the planet so quickly that we absolutely must implement global climate taxes as the solution.

“The climate change debate is not about science. It is an effort to impose political and economic controls on the population by the elite,” wrote one commenter at the Hal Turner Radio Show.

“And it’s another way to divide the population against itself, with some who believe in man-made global warming and some who don’t, i.e. divide and conquer.”

You can read the full Hal Turner Radio Show report at this link.

Sources for this article include:

HalTurnerRadioShow.com

NaturalNews.com

BBC.com

Have We Ever Been Told the Truth About ANYTHING?


It literally has gotten to where, I don’t believe anything, said at any time, by anyone, other than a handful of people. People that also have been lied to during their whole lives.


It is amazing, everything we thought we knew is wrong. The inventions of geniuses has been kept secret; people murdered and their patents stolen just to keep us in the dark. Screw the state of the planet, we want to continue making money on oil, and all energy.

What a crock of shit! And what do we do? Like a bunch of gullible cattle just accept everything, when deep down inside, most of us know it has all been a lie.

(Carbon Tax. Carbon Tax. Carbon Tax)


Carbon tax? Get fucking real! The taxes we pay go to the Federal Reserve. There is nothing Federal about the Federal Reserve, it is just one more great big fucking lie, to make us continue being the good little slaves that we are. I don’t know about you, but between the fucking crooked courts, with their crooked fucking judges finding in favor of the fucking crooks, I have had enough!

ELKINS v. UNITED STATES, 364 U.S. 206 (1960) 364 U.S. 206?? No. 126.
Argued March 28-29, 1960.   Decided June 27, 1960.
In a government of laws,” said Mr. Justice Brandeis, “existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” 277 U.S., at 485 . (Dissenting opinion.).

It is really hard to pinpoint just when the onslaught of lies began, and even escalated. Apparently thousands of years ago. You know, scientists cannot even agree upon the age of the earth. The scientists are some of the biggest liars too.
UFOs don’t exist, there are no aliens, we landed on the moon, global warming (they’re going to have a hard time explaining global warming when it’s the ice age coming, not global warming. Then on top of that, they have everyone going around believing that it is our fault. OUR FAULT???
See: “Climate Scientist Admits To Lying, Leaking Documents” “he confessed that he had lied to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a group that questions to what extent climate change is caused by humans” .
How can it be our fault, when they were the ones keeping us using fossil fuels. They have known for at least, yes, at least, fifty years, that we could have been using clean FREE Energy! But, can you imagine what it would be like for everyone on earth to have clean, free energy? My God! Everyone would be much more equal to one another, wouldn’t they?



“Inventor of ‘Free Energy’ Electrical Generator: ‘I’ve Been Poisoned Several Times’”. Look what they did to Tesla, and any other genius that wanted to share what they had learned, with us? They have been discredited, killed, and some very recently killed.
Why has Elon Musk repeatedly been plagued with fires at his Tesla shop?

Like Obama going to Africa and telling them that they can’t have A/C and no every household needs a car. Who the fuck is he? Going to Africa, while he was the US President telling the Africans that crock of shit, while knowing that free energy was capable, and in fact, clean and free.

But you know, if we had free, clean energy, we would all be using it, and the lies about needing oil, together with the utility companies forcing bills to keep warm, bills to keep cool, bills to use the computer, we pay for everything we do. Why? Because the lies and secrecy have kept us in the dark ages.
Listen to Dr. Steven Greer sometimes. He is brilliant, and he has been trying to force disclosure for 25-30 years.


Do you know what the excuse for not doing full disclosure now is? It is because people will get so mad, that there will be meltdown. All of these people that have been foreclosed upon, all of these people that pay extremely high power bills, gas bills, all of these people that are being taxed out the ass, all these nuclear power plants that we are paying for, and will never benefit from, unless you find cancer at younger ages beneficial…


What is wrong with the people? How can we go to work every day, knowing we are living a lie, while our children and grandchildren are at school where their young developing minds are being twisted with sick gender bullshit by people running a sick experiment on all of us? And half of the US is so worried that Hillary didn’t get elected and Trump did. SO FUCKING WHAT!!! The Clintons are bigger crooks than most everyone in the US combined!
The same idiots, are so sick, they have had to be given a diagnosis of Trump Derangement Syndrome. So you get the sickos with Trump Derangement Syndrome, together with the Antifa, and the fascists and the communists in this country, and before long, I hate it, but before long, unless the sleeping half awakens soon, we will be just like Venezuela, where they are so hungry, they have eaten all of the animals out of the zoos, they have eaten their pets, and the pets of their neighbors. Last I heard, they were eating all of the grass growing on the ground. And these people want socialism???? Where the fuck did we get these people from.
You know what I saw a day or two ago? I saw where in the Court’s instructions, and the Court’s rules, you are no longer allowed to refer to the gender of a person. People are no longer male, or female, they are whatever the hell they claim they are that day. A dog, a mule, a building, an airplane…
What the fuck people!?! Get over the bullshit!

I could go on all day with the things we have been lied to about. Take my word for it. Everything we’ve ever been told, history, current, whenever, it has all been a lie…

Revealing the True State of the Nation

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Posted on November 29, 2017 by State of the Nation
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A Military Response

State of the Nation
“President Trump is facing a full-blown coup d’état, sooner or later.
The treasonous co-conspirators are setting up the country so as to
spring into action on several fronts. When they execute the final
putsch will be determined more by sheer desperation than anything
else. They really don’t want to overthrow Trump violently, but will
eventually feel the absolute necessity to do so. This will be their only
way to stay out of prison. Here’s the real problem for the POTUS:
He can only trigger a military solution when all of his ducks are in a
row. Should Trump act prematurely, his success will be put in jeopardy.
Should he act too late, his administration will be in grave danger.”

— Former U.S. Military Officer and Intelligence Analyst

For those who are unaware, the Trump administration has been the target of a slow motion coup d’état sometimes referred to as the Purple Revolution.

BEWARE: The Purple Revolution Comes To America…
…Courtesy of George Soros, the Clinton Crime Family, and the Obama Administration

Most of the leaders of this stealthy insurrection are unknown and working deep within the U.S. Intelligence Community. Others, such as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Hayden, as well as former CIA Deputy Director and Acting Director Michael Morell are highly visible leaders of the coup faction.

However, it is the countless agents of Deep State who populate the Zio-Anglo-American Intelligence Community that pose the real problem. In this regard, it’s virtually impossible to determine who is really serving the POTUS, and who is working against him. Because the U.S. intelligence agencies have been systematically ponerized since day one by the C.I.A., who and what is not effectively owned and operated by The Company, as it’s known by spooks everywhere.

The C.I.A. Literally Controls EVERYTHING … Even Deep State

Inasmuch as the C.I.A. completely controls the Mainstream Media (MSM), they have conscripted all of the largest news outlets to attack Trump 24/7. Likewise, the C.I.A. has enlisted the aid of every major globalist organization in the world to take down Trump. You name them: the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission. The Committee of 300, The Royal Institute of International Affairs and the United Nations. The reality is that the full weight of the all-powerful Round Table is stacked heavily against the Trump Administration.
What’s the point?

Add to the truncated list of power-players above all the secret societies and think tanks, NGOs (esp. Soros-funded) and Fortune 500 Companies, and the challenges become even more formidable. Particularly when you consider the pervasive influence of Silicon Valley and Hollywood that is squarely aimed against him, does Trump’s predicament come into sharp relief.

The salient point is that the entire System has assumed an extremely aggressive posture toward the POTUS. Hence, Trump is compelled to formulate a counter-coup game plan that is infallible. He has absolutely NO wiggle room between his rock and hard place. And, there is no precedent for him to consider for comparison’s sake. History provides absolutely no parallel to Trump’s plight in 2017/2018 on planet Earth. (The Internet has created a whole new universe known as cyberspace where this war is really being fought.)

What Team Trump does have is Sun Tzu’s classic — The Art of War — to consult. There’s no question that The Donald is regularly applying some of the most effective strategies and tactics imparted by that ancient Chinese military treatise. For example:
‘If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.’
— Looks like the Trump playbook has borrowed from Sun Tzu

However, in order to decisively take down the Deep State and terminate the Central Intelligence Agency, Trump will have to think through every single part of what will have to be a perfectly controlled demolition. This can only be achieved by utilizing all 5 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Why have there been no arrests?

Many throughout the truth movement (and especially the Trump movement) have questioned the lack of arrests of known traitors. Everyone now knows who has committed acts of naked treason against the American Republic. And, yet, no one has been taken into custody or even indicted. Many are also aware of the horrific crimes being committed regularly against our children by the same bad actors. And in Washington, DC, no less!

PIZZAGATE: A Special Report on the Washington, D.C. Pedophilia Scandal

Any such move – mass arrest of the traitors – can only be conducted when “everything is in good order” since it will immediately precipitate a severe reaction from Deep State. Their (TPTB) predictable and overwhelming self-protective response could range from anything to anything. Yeah, that’s just how volatile and precarious this situation has become, and it’s rapidly intensifying by the week.

The practical reality is that the longer that Trump is in the Oval Office, the more time he has to acquire the necessary intelligence on every single conspirator who is participating in the Purple Revolution, past and present. With this vital data, he is able to simultaneously arrest all the plotters and decision-makers, as well as the numerous insurrectionists on the ground and their mid-level handlers.
Extreme polarity precludes a political solution

The entire Democratic Party (especially the DNC); the Soroses, Clintons, Obamas, Bidens and Podestas; the sultans of Silicon Valley; the Hollywood moguls; the East Coast intelligentsia; the MSM organs of propaganda; as well as many rogue elements in the C.I.A. basically pushed this situation beyond the point of no return. All of these collaborators have worked assiduously to cultivate an environment of “Us versus Them”— nationwide.

By perfecting the dark arts of identity politics and the cult of personality (e.g. Obama and Hillary), they succeeded in dividing the body politic as never before. The myriad social justice warriors have likewise exploited the vulnerable demographics to the point where the various wedge issues forever divide the American people. As a result, there appears to be no common ground to stand on anymore and, therefore, no space for reconciliation.
Civil war must be avoided

The grim reality is that the nation now finds itself in the midst of a civil war. Very few are aware of the gravity of the current state of affairs, but that’s where we really are. The cold phase always pre-dates the hot one. Nonetheless, if bold measures are not taken with all deliberate speed when necessary, there will soon come a time when the hot phase will rear its ugly head. The truth be told, the Las Vegas mass shooting was actually a stealth attack on the patriot movement by the Left. Country & Western music festivals are basically congregations for the Right. Those Route 91 HARVEST concert-goers were ambushed in cold blood.

For the good of the Republic, President Trump will be compelled to take action against the many traitors throughout the U.S. Federal Government, state governments and municipal governments. Whenever the barbarians are already inside the gate as they are now, there is only one alternative; they must be exposed and prosecuted for their crimes against the American people. Toward that end, Trump will be required to shut down the existing MSM (and take them over) among implementing several other radical initiatives which deny support (both material and moral) to the seditious criminal activity of these Bolsheviks.

There is no other way to tame a Bolshevik than to bust them upside the head with a four by four. That’s the only language they understand, as Black Lives Matter and AntiFa have clearly demonstrated. The liberals have become ultra-liberal, the lefties have transformed into left-wing extremists, and progressives have morphed into hyper-progressivism so that there is no more middle ground—anywhere.

Cultural Marxism must be defeated

Those blue states that have Democrat-dominated statehouses, and big cities with Democratic mayors and city councils, provide graphic examples of where things have gone. When the once great state of California has gone to hell in a handbasket, you know the writing is on the wall for the United States of America…unless the inexorable advancement of Cultural Marxism is short-circuited post haste. Only the POTUS can do that in the manner required.

Many have now come to their senses and understood that the USA is in serious trouble. The US government is totally dysfunctional, Corporate America is poised to experience a replay of the recent Great Recession, and civil society collapses by the day. All of these developments are directly due to the unrelenting promotion of Cultural Marxism by the power elite. They know that their place at the very top is secure when American society has sufficiently eroded, order has been replaced by chaos, and the economy is unstable.

Trump’s most difficult challenge will be to ferret out those in positions of authority and influence who laud the nation’s incremental metamorphosis into a modern-day “Sodom and Gomorrah”. This extremely thorny and knotty obstacle alone appears to be insurmountable. And it just may be. Nevertheless, the only way through this period is to effectuate a sweeping change in leadership across the board. Only in this way can the Cultural Marxists be permanently removed from power.

The following article provides important background, the understanding of which is integral to reversing this perilous trend. How Cultural Marxism was used to create an American “Sodom and Gomorrah”

Special Note:
There is only one way that President Trump can push the button on a military solution. There must be a critical mass of law-abiding patriots who stand solidly behind him. Whereas the agents of Deep State still control and/or influence much of the national security apparatus, levers of government and judicial machinery after 8 years of Obama stacking the deck, the Right controls the land. The rural country of America is as red as Georgia red clay, so the food supply and its transportation (Trump truckers) are exclusively controlled by the Right. They also comprise a great majority of military, ex-military and militiamen, as well as the police and sheriffs most of whom are also gun owners and hunters. The crucial point is that, as Commander-in-Chief, Trump not only commands the Armed Forces directly, he also exerts much influence on those patriots who will show up for battle should it ever come to that. The C.I.A. apparently underestimated, to a great degree, just how much leverage the POTUS really has, specifically a populist president who is also a real nationalist. As they say in the Deep South, whoever has the biggest dog, wins the fight. And there ain’t a bigger DOG inside the Beltway than Donald J. Trump.
Pizzagate & Pedogate

Trump has two trump cards that he’s holding close to the vest.

Each of them provides the one-two punch necessary to take down the NWO globalist cabal, both at home and abroad.

Pizzagate will take down the Washington political establishment, corrupt Democrats and Republicans alike. Pedogate will overthrow the exceedingly powerful forces that are projected from London and Rome, Brussels and Paris, Tel Aviv and Riyadh. The almighty Black Nobility, in particular, will be weakened sufficiently so that Operation Gladio can be rendered ineffectual.

Once this all-pervasive control mechanism — Pedogate — is completely dismantled, Presidents Trump and Putin will be able to jointly pursue the common goals they so desire. However, it is D.C.’s own Pizzagate that will give Trump the leverage required to demolish Deep State and “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds”. PEDOGATE: Pandora’s Box Has Been Opened for Deep State and the C.I.A.

Perhaps the only legal context in which both Pizzagate and Pedogate can be prosecuted is the Uniform Code of Military Justice. That’s because the Criminal Justice System, and particularly the judiciary, are mainly made up of dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. Hence, the absolute necessity for military tribunals to be formed to handle the imperative prosecutions that will incarcerate the prime movers of the Purple Revolution. Subsequently, a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission can be established to judiciously process the multi-decade crime spree perpetrated by the wealthy and political elites on We the People.

KEY POINT: Perhaps the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was really built for the many high-level American officials and politicians who have betrayed their country over decades. This is why the only solution for Team Trump is a military one. Those leaders, who have been relentlessly controlled and manipulated by way of Pizzagate and Pedogate, can only be incarcerated in tightly guarded military prison; otherwise, they will be murdered with great haste. The true perps behind the Pedogate control mechanism will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence, and especially to eliminate the witnesses. After all, the Clintons and Obamas, Bushes and Bidens are merely low-level and expendable pawns in a very dangerous and deadly game.
Conclusion

President John F. Kennedy said it best:

State of the Nation
November 29, 2017

Editor’s Note

PEOPLE OF AMERICA: In the absence of a profound and fundamental transformation of American society, the USA will continue its descent into the abyss of Cultural Marxism. The cultural elites are hellbent on preserving their hard-fought “Sodom and Gomorrah”. They will not give up their utter depravity easily and will clutch it until their dying breath. Therefore, everyone is highly encouraged to do their part to resist the moral depredations which flow from Cultural Marxism—an inherently flawed and degrading philosophy of living. All that has to be done is to starve the BEAST. If you don’t feed it, it will die.
“When one has nothing else to lose,
the predator becomes the prey.”

*Permission is granted for reposting this article in full with a link back to the original SOTN post.

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Trump has only ONE response to the ongoing soft coup being run by rogue elements within the U.S. Intelligence Community

ENENews: “More infant deaths near Hanford: Cemetery blocks filled w/ babies downwind of US nuclear site — Mother: My newborns died in hours… tumors all over, brain disintegrated after massive stroke — ‘Body parts, cadavers, fetuses… nuke industry took in the dead of night'”

Cemetery full of dead babies missing brains next to US nuclear site — Funeral Director: Almost all infants we have died the same way… “that’s pretty much all I see on death certificates” — Few miles from “most contaminated place in hemisphere” — “One of largest documented anencephaly clusters in US history” (VIDEO)

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Seattle Times, updated Jan 28, 2016 (emphasis added): How the state is missing chances to find deadly birth defect’s causeat least 40 other mothers have lost babies to [anencephaly, which result in missing large parts of the brain] in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties since 2010… one of the largest documented clusters of anencephaly in U.S. history… “Something’s going on and someone needs to tell us,” said [mother Sally] Garcia… Dr. Lisa Galbraith was one of the doctors… In Prosser, the obstetrician oversaw care of Garcia’s pregnancy and others affected by the disorder… “I had a total of four or five babies with anencephaly over the course of two years,” recalled Galbraith… the rate of anencephaly was much higher [than US averages]… Washington health officials… have collected no blood samples, performed no genetic tests and conducted no examination of water, soil… and have no plans to do so… In Texas, just three babies with anencephaly sparked enough outrage to overhaul the state’s birth-defects reporting system.

Seattle Times video transcriptCarlen Majnarich, funeral director: “It’s tragic… It just seems like that’s pretty much all I see on the death certificate is the same diagnosis. And nobody seems to know why. We average close to 100 families a year here in Prosser [a few miles from Hanford]. Almost all the infants that we have have died of anencephaly. It’s just what do you say?”… Sally Garcia (mother who lost her baby to anencephaly): “All these on this side [of the cemetery] are all babies… all babies, starting from right there.”

The Legal Examiner, Dec 31, 2015: [T]he strange eruption of anencephaly cases, which occurs in Washington at a rate almost 5 times as high as the national average, has highlighted a number of government policies that may actually conceal these sort of birth defect “clusters,” rather than help investigate them.

KVEW-TV, Mar 4, 2016: As of November 2015 cases of anencephaly have continued to increase with the current rate at 9.5 per 10,000 live births.

Sara Barron, MS, BSN – American Journal of Nursing, Mar 2016: In the spring of 2012 two babies without brains were born within weeks of each other at the rural hospital in Washington State where I was working… I was stunned when the delivering physician said another patient was expecting the same outcome. After speaking with colleagues at neighboring hospitals, I learned that two other babies with anencephaly had recently been born in the area. In over 30 years of nursing, I had seen only two cases of anencephaly prior to these. I called the Washington State Department of Health and reported a birth defect cluster… RISK FACTORS… Radiation exposure. Popular media and blogs have often linked the Washington State NTD cluster to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Benton County, Washington. Although leaks from nuclear power plants have been associated with a higher rate of anencephaly and other NTDs, Washington State Department of Health investigators point out that the three counties with the highest prevalence of NTDs were both upwind and upriver of the Hanford site, making the nuclear plant an unlikely cause of the 2012 cluster.

  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: “The Hanford Site… is widely considered to be the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere
  • KOIN: “The biggest, most toxic nuclear waste site in the Western hemisphere
  • Time: “The largest nuclear clean-up site in the western hemisphere
  • AFP: “The Western hemisphere’s most contaminated nuclear site“”

More infant deaths near Hanford: Cemetery blocks filled w/ babies downwind of US nuclear site — Mother: My newborns died in hours… tumors all over, brain disintegrated after massive stroke — “Body parts, cadavers, fetuses… nuke industry took in the dead of night”