Jennifer Lake's Blog

July 20, 2010

The Big Spill

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“BP, the oil company responsible for a broken deep water well that has been gushing oil unabated since April 22, has been dumping massive amounts of the [Corexit] chemical stock…[T]he U.S. [EPA] retracted its allowance and ordered BP to stop dumping..by Sunday May 23. BP ignored the order.
   ..’Before May 26, BP used 25,689 gallons a day of the dispersant Corexit’ the network [CNN] reported on July 2. ‘Since then, CNN’s analysis shows, the daily average of dispersant use has dropped to 23,250 gallons a day..” http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0705/marine-biologist-claims-coast-guard-involved-corexit-spraying/
 By spraying poisonous oil dispersants, marine biologist Dr. Chris Pincetich says:
..”They’ve turned a two-dimensional problem of oil sitting on the surface to a three-dimensional problem of oil bound with COREXIT creating substances we know very little about..transforming in the environment through bacterial processes, creating other chemicals in the environment we know absolutely nothing about. It’s going to be impacting every marine organism including ourselves.
…the stuff is toxic…there are a lot of chemical effects that are not being measured by the EPA tests.
[Corexit] basically disrupts the natural ability of oil to bond with itself. Oil, bilipid layers next to each other, are the very basis of life. Each of us is made of cells –those cells are nothing more than an oil layer surrounding our DNA, surrounding our proteins..and all the other molecules ‘talking’ to each other.
You put in a chemical that..disrupts that biological structure..you are putting yourself at risk from umpteen effects…
 ..We are producing an experiment in the Gulf the likes of which no one has ever seen, and the top scientists admit that.”
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UPDATES
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Follow ongoing disaster news here:
Review the alternative web-based news summarizing the known events here: http://www.russellmeansfreedom.com/2010/the-truth-about-the-gulf-oil-crisis-a-special-report-by-ty-bollinger/
The explosion of the Deepwater rig, property of Transocean, is noted as April 20, 2010
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Dec.15, 2010 — The U.S. Government files suit: “WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday sued BP Exploration and Production Inc. and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore spill in U.S. history… The department filed the suit in federal court in New Orleans.” http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/disaster_files_civil_suit_against_QoQGV8uuapj0swsIqKWg9N
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“In addition to London-based , the owner of the well, defendants in the lawsuit include units of Vernier, Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd., which owned the rig, Anadarko PetroleumCorp. and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, part owners of the well.Anadarko is based in The Woodlands, Texas. Mitsui & co. owns 70 percent of Mitsui Oil Exploration co., which holds 10 percent of the field where the Macondo well is located through its U.S.subsidiary MOEX Offshore, according to the Mitsui Oil website.” http://www.goesfast.com/bp-falls-most-in-four-months-after-u-s-files-oil-spill-lawsuit/
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BP, 65% owner of the Macondo Project
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Anadarko Petroleum Corp, 25% owner:
CEO –  James T. Hackett, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, director of Halliburton
Chairman Emeritus – Robert J. Allison Jr., director of Freeport-McMoRan
Luke R. Corbett – former Chair/CEO of Kerr-McGee
etc.
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Feb.20, 2011 – “Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead”…”oil isn’t degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor” http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/20/bp_oil_spill_lingers/index.html
Oil and Katrina – “We [Louisiana] have got 4,000 rigs in the Gulf–compared to 100 rigs in the rest of the Gulf. There are 4,100 rigs approximately in the entire Gulf of Mexico; Louisiana has 4,000. We’re not getting the money from the off shore drilling…. I get very aggravated with people thinking that FEMA messed up [after Katrina]. Or that it was a mistake. It was no mistake. This was a plan, they followed it to perfection..” http://www.consciousbeingalliance.com/2007/12/katrina-scattered-people-instead-of-bombs
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Nalco, the National Aluminate Company, is the maker of the Corexit dispersants.
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[answers.com]
“Nalco Holding Company is the world leader in water treatment chemicals and services…The merger that formed National Aluminate Corporation (as Nalco was first known) came as the result of a natural synergy between Chicago Chemical Company and Aluminum Sales Corporation….By 1929 National Aluminate Corporation had founded Visco Products Company to manufacture chemicals used in drilling oil wells. This company established National Aluminate within the oil industry. National Aluminate’s sales for the year 1929 totaled more than $1 million. The following year National Aluminate acquired New York-based Paige-Jones Chemical Company, thereby gaining equipment and rights for the supply of water-treatment chemicals in a convenient-to-use ball-briquette form. In 1933 Emmett J. Culligan, then a chemist at National Aluminate, persuaded Herbert Kern to allow the company to produce a water softening, gel-type chemical zeolite….
…. in December 1999 Nalco was acquired by the French utility company Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux for $4.1 billion in cash plus the assumption of about $400 million in debt. Suez Lyonnaise had its own water-treatment unit called Aquazur and had earlier in 1999 acquired the Pittsburgh-based water-treatment company Calgon Corporation for $425 million   ….Under the Suez Lyonnaise umbrella in 2000, Nalco, Aquazur, and Calgon were integrated under the Nalco Chemical Company name. The firm remained headquartered in Naperville, Illinois….   In 2001 Suez created a global brand for all of its water-related companies, Ondeo, leading to a name change for Nalco to Ondeo Nalco. That same year, Ondeo Nalco bought out its partner in the Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals venture, which had grown into a $500-million-a-year business. This company thus became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ondeo Nalco, operating under a new name, Ondeo Nalco Energy Services, L.P. Revenues at Ondeo Nalco grew to $2.7 billion by 2002…. Suez Lyonnaise, in the meantime, had become saddled with a debilitating debt load and began shedding assets. A key component of Suez’s debt-reduction drive was the November 2003 sale of Ondeo Nalco to a consortium of three U.S. private-equity firms, Apollo Management, the Blackstone Group, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, for $4.35 billion. Upon completion of this leveraged buyout, the company dropped “Ondeo” from its name and became simply Nalco Company. Nalco’s new owners hired William H. Joyce as the new chairman and CEO. Joyce was spirited away from Hercules, where he had served as chairman and CEO since 2001. He had previously spent more than 40 years at Union Carbide, rising ultimately to chairman and CEO.

…. in November 2004, the investor group took the company public as Nalco Holding Company… Nalco stock thus returned to trading on the New York Stock Exchange.. and thereby had recovered the original cash they had invested while still holding a 64 percent stake in Nalco….Through a series of secondary offerings culminating in February 2007, Apollo, Blackstone, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners sold off their remaining shares in Nalco Holding. Analysts estimated that the private equity firms garnered a tidy profit of $1.68 billion on their original $992 million investment. Nalco, meantime, continued to focus on organic growth and was particularly targeting such emerging markets as Russia, China, and India…”  http://www.answers.com/topic/nalco-holding-company

Nalco directors, accountability http://fedupusa.wordpress.com/nalco/

(Nalco) – Freeport, Texas is represented in Congress by Ron Paul http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport,_Texas The town was founded by the Freeport Sulphur Company, today’s FreeportMcMoRan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport_Sulphur_Company Company co-founder and Chairman, James R. (Jim Bob) Moffett has been called one of “the worst environmental desperadoes of modern times” (by the Austin Chronicle) http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Moffett_J._1315557935.aspx Moffett made his fortune wildcatting Gulf of Mexico oil, assuming the half-drilled abandoned wells of the industry giants. Freeport is the world’s largest producer of gold and Henry Kissinger has sat on the Board. “As of mid-2008, McMoRan Exploration’s Blackbeard well is below 32,550 feet (9,920 m), the deepest oil exploration well ever recorded.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport-McMoRan Moffett moved Freeport’s headquarters from his native New Orleans to Phoenix Arizona.

>>incidental to this blog, Moffett was a New Orleans Publc Library Commissioner at the time some highly questionable ‘evidence’ showed up in the NOPL concerning the death of Dr. Mary Sherman, a plotter in the JFK assassination. Information regarding the book ‘Dr. Mary’s Monkey’ and its author Ed Haslam is at www.polioforever.wordpress.com/dr-marys-monkey/

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Disraeli took a loan from Lord Rothschild to buy 44% of the Suez Company http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Disraeli

GDF Suez Energy International: “The Belgium-based unit has operations in 100 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America…. Suez was (and remains, through GDF Suez) one of the oldest continuously existing multinational corporations in the world”  http://www.answers.com/topic/suez-2

Suez Lyonnaise: “Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading multi-utility powerhouses, offering private water, gas, electricity and waste-management services in more than 120 countries….Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez renamed itself Compagnie Financière de Suez in 1958 and began a new life as one of France’s major financial powers”  http://www.answers.com/topic/suez-lyonnaise-des-eaux

The Water Barons: http://projects.publicintegrity.org/water/db.aspx?act=db&par=6

“Suez Lyonnaise Chairman Gerard Mestrallet said Monday that the company is keenly eyeing other opportunities in the rapidly changing U.S. water sector. The French company also holds a 28 percent stake in United Water Resources of Harrington Park, the former Hackensack Water Co., and has joined with United Water to operate several major municipal water systems around the country. “We want to develop our presence in the United States with local partners and teams,” Mestrallet said….Even after the U.S. purchases, energy remains Suez Lyonnaise’s core business, with water second and waste services third…[As] a world leader in private infrastructure services and Nalco Chemical Company (NYSE: NLC), the world’s largest provider of water treatment services and products, announced a definitive agreement for Nalco to be acquired by Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux in an all-cash transaction of approximately $4.1 billion, or $53 per share.” http://www.waterindustry.org/New%20Projects/lyonnaise-acquires.htm

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Apollo Management: founded 1990 by Leon Black, son of United Fruit’s largest shareholder, Eli Black (rabbi Black suicided in Feb.1975 off the PanAm building http://www.nndb.com/company/280/000124905/   “Apollo Management controls more than 90% of Hexion.” http://www.answers.com/topic/hexion-specialty-chemicals    “In 2004, KKR sold Borden Chemical to Apollo Management” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borden_(company) Apollo is in the global Education industry: “The largest private university in the US, the University of Phoenix accounts for some 95% of Apollo’s sales.” http://www.answers.com/topic/apollo-group-inc Together with the Carlyle Group, Apollo Global is advancing “tactical investments” in education http://www.apolloglobal.us/

Leon Black is a close friend and associate of Michael Milken, the ‘junk bond king’ of the 1980s who went to jail in 1990 http://www.deepcapture.com/tag/leon-black/  Milken “emerged from prison as a legitimate entrepreneur… He co-founded a company called Education Entertainment Network, that produces business videos and CD/ROMs. In 1996, he and Larry Ellison [of Oracle] founded Knowledge Universe, a company dealing in a diverse variety of goods and services, including day care, executive education, corporate training, and toys.” http://www.answers.com/topic/michael-milken Inadmissable ‘hearsay’ evidence from a 1985 trial suggests Milken conspired with KKR’s Ted Ammon –Ammon was murdered on October 20, 2001. http://cases.justia.com/us-court-of-appeals/F2/999/27/308401/ Ted Ammon’s murder is suspiciously linked to the 2001 anthrax attack, by timing and business associations. Ammon could have been called the ‘junk mail king’. In Milken’s 1990 trial, Ammon testified against him. http://thirdring.wordpress.com/junk-mail-murder/

Larry Ellison, Oracle founder and business partner of Apollo’s Leon Black, is interested in something called “drug personalization”. He says “If we know your DNA signature, we’ll be able to warn you in advance not to take this [or that] drug…It’s basically splicing—adding a gene. Let’s say you’re diabetic and we want to fix the diabetes. We’ll have to go in and change your genetics.” http://www.peoplesoft-planet.com/At-the-helm-larry-Ellison.html Ellison wants a ‘real ID’ in everyone’s pocket, proposed after September 11. http://epic.org/privacy/id-cards/  Oracle was built as a database for the CIA… “In order to settle an insider trading lawsuit arising from Ellison’s selling nearly $1 billion of Oracle stock, he was allowed to donate $100 million to his own charitable foundation without admitting wrongdoing.”  http://www.answers.com/topic/larry-ellison   — Ellison’s anti-aging foundation http://www.answers.com/topic/ellison-medical-foundation

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Goldman Sachs, of course, parses its executives out to chair the international NGO environmental organizations. Read The Debt-for-Nature Scheme.

Peter D. Sutherland, former non-executive Chairman of (UK subsidiary) Goldman Sachs Int’l ” in early 2010 finished a 13-year stint as chairman of BP, Europe’s largest oil company. At one point during his tenure, the company was valued on the stock market at £236 billion” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutherland   “What do British Petroleum, Goldman Sachs, and the Inter-Alpha Group of Banks have in common? For one thing, they are tools of the British Empire, dedicated to destroying the United States and all vestiges of national sovereignty on the planet. For another, they are all criminal enterprises, which corrupt everything they touch. And third, they are all polluters on a massive scale: BP does it with oil, while Goldman Sachs and the Inter-Alpha Group do it with derivatives and other forms of casino finance. In that regard, we repeat something that we have reported before: they all come together in the form of Sir Peter Sutherland..” http://www.larouchepac.com/node/14786  British Petroleum – Amoco – ARCO http://www.corporations.org/bp-amoco/

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Blackstone personnel were intimate stakeholders in the 2001 Anthrax Attack. www.thirdring.wordpress.com More news about following-the-money is coming up….

 

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Statements from the conservationists:

World Wildlife Fund’s president of policy, William M. Eichbaum [April 29, 2010] ” ‘As terrible as this situation is, the impacts would be far worse should this spill have taken place in the harsh and remote environment of the Arctic… We cannot take a similar risk with the Arctic.’ ” http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2010/WWFPresitem16103.html

Peter Seligmann of Conservation International [June 14, 2010] “The Gulf oil spill is a tragedy. It is a stark reminder that our planet’s ocean and shorelines are extremely vulnerable…Our love affair with cars and cheap gas is responsible… Our government allowed exploration at depths that were too deep, where we did not have the technical and engineering capacity to stop blow outs…  While Conservation international (CI) does not work directly in the Gulf region, we are monitoring the situation constantly and providing input and guidance..” http://www.conservation.org/newsroom/pressreleases/Pages/gulf_oil_spill.aspx
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Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy [June 15, 2010] “”The U.S. must seize this moment to enact solutions that can protect the Gulf of Mexico, its communities and its natural resources – and put the U.S. on a sustainable course to a clean energy future including limits on carbon emissions. The time to act is now.” http://www.nature.org/pressroom/press/press4550.html

“The International Union for Conservation of Nature — the world’s largest environmental network — has called for a global moratorium on oil and gas drilling in environmentally sensitive deepwater and polar areas.’ The technology to minimize the risks and impacts of catastrophes such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is obviously lacking at present,’ said IUCN Director General Julia MartonLefevre.” [see youtube]  http://www.bradenton.com/2010/06/29/2396819/oil-spill-causes-international.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRag-kiqoWc

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Radioactive Oil, Tar and Gas

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-0142-99/fs-0142-99.pdf

Tar samples and a geiger counter (no audio) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwfol_GsTSE

“Thomas Gold..was a brilliant professor of astronomy at Cornell University. ..His most controversial idea was among his last, and geologists and petroleum experts around the world still rage against Gold for suggesting they were dead wrong in their understanding of how oil and gas are formed in the Earth’s crust….there is increasing evidence [in 2005] that he may have been on to something…
   Gold argued that all hydrocarbons are formed in the intense pressure and high heat near the Earth’s mantle, around 100 miles under the ground…
   Oil and gas fields are continually replenished by hydrocarbons manufactured far below the Earth, he argued. So there is no fuel crisis. As long as the Earth grinds along on its orbit around the sun, hydrocarbons will continue to be produced and we can all roll along with no fear of running out of gas.
…And the evidence so far suggests that methane, at least, can be produced independent of biological materials..thanks to a magnificent machine. A diamond anvil..[that] was used to simulate the pressures found deep within the Earth.” http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/story?id=421532&page=2
For more on the abiotic nature of petroleum read http://trugreenmyblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/the-origin-of-oil-7/
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The Nuclear Renaissance : creating Demand
Next-gen reactors:
The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor
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Radioresistent Biology: Transhumans and synthetic organisms

Dead Zone or Zone Shift?

Synthetic Biology (creating more demand?):  “Prof. [Ananda M.] Chakrabarty genetically engineereda new species of Pseudomonas bacteria  (“the oil-eating bacteria”) in 1971 while working for the Research & Development Center at General Electric Company in Schenectedy, New York.  At the time, four known species of oil-metabolizing bacteria were known to exist, but when introduced into an oil spill, competed with each other, limiting the amount of crude oil  that they degraded. The genes necessary to degrade oil were carried on plasmids, which could be transferred among species. By irradiating the transformed organism with UV light after plasmid transfer, Prof. Chakrabarty discovered a method for genetic cross-linking that fixed all four plasmid genes in place and produced a new, stable, bacteria species (now called pseudomonas putida) capable of consuming oil one or two orders of magnitude faster than the previous four strains of oil-eating microbes. The new microbe, which Chakrabarty called “multi-plasmid hydrocarbon-degrading Pseudomonas,” could digest about two-thirds of the hydrocarbons that would be found in a typical oil spill….The “oil-eating bacteria” has been used to clean up many toxic oil spills, including the one caused by the Exxon Valdez disaster.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Mohan_Chakrabarty

Bioremediation  in China  http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0723/Oil-eating-bacteria-to-the-China-oil-spill-rescue

Synthetic Genes Are Crossing Species Barrier :  ” We have a catastrophic biological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This is because the cells of all species, including those of mankind, can and do adopt foreign genetic material from both dead and live cells…” http://worldvisionportal.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/02/gulf-synthetic-genes-crossing-species-barriers/
http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/gulf-bioterrorism-bio-engineered-super-bug-jumping-species-heads-global#ixzz1MB4Y4wSX

BP invested in synthetic “enhanced” oil-inhabiting  microbes designed to improve the underground flow of gas and oil http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?t=1031&f=52

 

Aerosol Crimes ; aerial spraying (to be posted)

Evergreen Air, Inc. http://www.answers.com/topic/evergreen-international-aviation

Evergreen Oil, Inc. http://cms.evergreenoil.com/

Evergreen Pacific Partners http://www.eppcapital.com/news/ Evergreen Pacific Partners is the largest shareholder of NupreconCST, billed as the second-largest demolitions company in the U.S.; in 2009 Nuprecon acquired MARCOR remediation, contractor for WTC and anthrax clean-up. http://www.nuprecon.com/news.html

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Radiation and Chemically Induced Diseases : www.polioforever.wordpress.com Low-level radiation doubles the effect of nitric oxide [nitrates, such as food additives] inducing ‘nitrogen catabolism’, a  cause of AIDS. Read AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire by Dr. Nancy T. Banks. See the brief review on the blog: https://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/aids-opium-diamonds-and-empire/

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http://sciencecorps.org/crudeoilhazards.htm#Auth  (webpage below)

Corexit 9527A and Corexit 9500
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“Two dispersants have been used on the Gulf spill according to the federal spill website at http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/  They are discussed below, with a focus on the specific chemical ingredients known to date. These products share most ingredients in common. Unfortunately, information on the breakdown and interaction byproducts of these chemicals in water and crude oil have not been disclosed.
These additional chemicals may have similar toxic properties, or may vary from the original chemicals that were applied to crude oil…[I]t is not possible to determine the degree to which it captures the range of toxic effects that may occur.
According to these sources, the Corexit 9527A ingredients are:
2-butoxyethanol
propylene glycol
organic sulfonic acid salts
Propylene glycol is in the general family of glycol ethers and is used…as a solvent, lubricant, veterinary medicine, antimicrobial, preservative, stabilizer, and as an emollient…
It is an alternative to ethylene glycol in some applications, including anti-freeze.
…It has been licensed for use as a pesticide. It is produced by Dow, Huntsman International, Arch Chemicals, and Lyondell Chemical in the United States and sold in multiple grades, with the largest reported use being for polyester resins…  The 8 hour..average workplace exposure limit is 50 ppm.
[toxic effects observed by study are detailed on the webpage]
Propylene glycol does not have a high apparent acute toxicity for everyone, but some people are very sensitive to it. The multiple systems where damage or disruption has been reported in animal studies and in high exposure incidents in people suggest that care must be taken with this chemical. CDC’s ‘minimal risk level’ is 9 parts per billion in air for moderate term exposures (15-364 days). This low MRL suggests that precautions against exposure are appropriate.
Systems most affected include the blood forming, reproductive, central nervous system, nd skin (in some people). A recent study showing maternal exposure caused delayed puberty and abnormal liver and thymus cells in offspring…Additional research should rapidly explore this issue.
Dispersants issue An important characteristic of propylene glycol is its ability to increase penetration of some chemicals through the skin…increas[ing] the dose of those chemicals inside the body, thereby increasing their toxic effects..
 2-BE
Based on scientific information available primarily from animal studies designed to predict human health effects, 2-BE may cause respiratory, blood cell, reproductive, and developmental damage. There is strong evidence that 2-BE can damge the respiratory system, including causing asthma attacks and increasing the symptoms and severity of many other respiratory diseases. Red blood cells are also a target of 2-BE’s toxic effects...
Warning:
Corexit 9500 ingredients also contain unknown quantities of arsenic and chromium (unspecified) in combination with synergistic bases, equivalent to pesticides
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Mosquitoborne Dengue Fever, first confirmed in Florida in September 2009, now reaching Miami  http://cbs4.com/local/dengue.fever.keys.2.1806084.html “The good news is the dengue fever is virtually never fatal. But dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) caused by the same mosquito can be… According to the CDC, the mosquito that spreads dengue fever is now found throughout the central and southern US, although most cases are probably imported from outside the US.” http://www.examiner.com/x-9303-Miami-Health-Care-Examiner~y2009m9d21-Dengue-fever-confirmed-in-Florida-Keys
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October 10, 2009

The Debt-For-Nature Scheme


“Debt-for-nature” is ‘conservation’ policy of the World Bank and affiliated NGOs around the world who are leveraging individual land-holders and governments to swap their debt with real estate, often prime ecological jewels that then come under NGO management. It’s an amazing ‘protection’ racket taking place under the auspices of global environmentalism, funded by national tax monies and private financial/philanthropic institutions. I started looking into this over a controversy generated by the ‘safety’ of ingesting colloidal silver, believe it or not, when an article I posted here garnered some vehement reactions.

It appears that at least some of the promoters of medicinal colloids are fronting Big Money operations that participate and profit from the debt-for-nature schemes. I was already aware that ‘alternative health’ circulars, particularly on the internet, were a pipeline for disinformation about coming catastrophes like the Bird Flu/Swine Flu Pandemic now upon us. One online magazine in particular that represents this activity is ‘the Natural News’ edited by ‘the Health Ranger’, Mike Adams. Mr. Adams lives in Vilcabamba Ecuador in a paradisical conservation zone that is part of the Andean corridor, an international use-limited area that is quickly maximizing its capacity for private ownership. Adams arranges ‘real estate’ tour trips around Vilcabamba in addition to major eco-tourism enterprises, but if you’re a buyer you’d better hurry up.

The Natural News is owned by Truth Publishing International, Ltd, a corporation chartered from Taichung, Taiwan, that also owns the News Target Network and a radio web, viewable here http://www.islaearth.org/community-action.php?page=49 The material from ‘Truth’ is indicative of interlocking relationships with Agora Publishing (or Agora Group) from Baltimore, Md., a large enterprise for international travel, real estate, investment, and health. Subsidiary, Health Sciences Institute (http://hsibaltimore.com) markets products from Northstar Nutritionals (www.northstarnutritionals.com) that has a few items to sell –like ‘Soothanol X2’ a DMSO/herbal tincture for pain relief, 1 fluid oz. at $49.95– but this appears to be mostly a business of information.  Agora, a name taken from the Greek for ‘marketplace’, is first and foremost about making money with money. The owner/founders of Agora have invested deeply to profit from general and specific disasters like economic collapse and the Swine Flu Pandemic. One associate of Agora founder Bill Bonner, a Mr. Addison Wiggin who heads the multi-million dollar financial research, wrote “The Demise of the Dollar..and Why It’s Even Better for Your Investments” and issues special-reports to its membership like the “Single Best Way to Make Sure You’ll Never Run Out of Money” which appears to be a financial mechanism he calls “The Endless Paycheck Portfolio”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Bonner_(author)
http://www.agora-inc.com/international.htm

I’ve a feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg in comprehending the business nature of Agora (see http://webindexnet.wordpress.com ); doubtlessly so in the scope of the debt-for-nature activity. According to the wikipedia, Vilcabamba Ecuador became a haven for international expatriates beginning in the 1960s as a community slowly took root there. By the 1990s, the native Ecuadorans themselves were forced to emigrate for lack of work (or finances), many resettling in Madrid Spain and No. America. Were these engineered real estate turnovers? Vilcabamba is a truly incredible location, poised below the reach of the Podocarpus National Park, one of the most bio-diverse and precious places on earth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilcabamba,_Ecuador
http://www.planeta.com/planeta/98/0598podocarpus.html
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/southamerica/ecuador/work/art5120.html (site of The Nature Conservancy, $5.42 billion in assets for 2007)

Bill Bonner, noted from the wiki link above, wrote in his book “Mobs, Messiahs and Markets” that “mass delusions are part of the human condition”. Capitalizing on them, after all, must be good business.

…and if you’re considering some Vilcabamba real estate, Mike Adams wants you to “get it”  first by reading this, “Guiding Principles for People Looking for Vilcabamba, Ecuador Real Estate” http://www.greenlivingnews.com/1057_Vilcabamba_Ecuador.html If you ‘pass go’ here are some of the neighbors you’ll have in Vilcabamba http://newparadigmdigest.com/tag/entrepreneurs/ with their own contact info. Btw, I have no problem with ex-pats, I wish them blessed and happy lives. What interests me are the larger forces at work that make these situations appealing in the first place. It’s in everyone’s purview to have a high-quality life wherever and however they choose to live.

Agora Financial publishes a journal called The Daily Reckoning, editor Addison Wiggin, featuring contributions from ‘staff’ such as Lew Rockwell (LewRockwell.com), Gerald Celente (Trends Research) and Dr. Ron Paul (US Congress) http://dailyreckoning.com/cast-of-characters/ This group, and the extended arms of Agora, advocate nation-building investments in developing countries that often include international projects funded by US taxpayers. Non-profit Agora Partnerships USA, for example, uses ‘micro’ venture capital and US tax-paid grants to seed entrepreneurial programs abroad and build ‘sustainable economies’ for other countries. Agora Partnerships USA shares an office in Washington DC with USAID, United States Agency for International Development, and it’s TechnoServe program.
http://www.agorapartnerships.org/press/Press/press-releases/about/contact/contact-us
http://www.usaid.gov/sa/usaidsa/technoservepress.pdf
The same building hosts the Economic Research Services of the US Dept of Agriculture, it’s primary policy, financing and forecasting service for domestic and global planning. Agora appears to be well within the loop, so this is about far more than hiring a Health Ranger to gatekeep for Shangri-la.

USAID: http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/dosstrat/2004 “August 20, 2003 The Department of State and Agency for International Development (USAID) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2004 to 2009 sets forth the Secretary of State’s direction and priorities for both organizations in the coming years. The Strategic Plan supports the policy positions set forth by President Bush in the 2002 National Security Strategy and presents how the Department and USAID will implement U.S. foreign policy and development assistance.”….

DEBT-FOR-NATURE, How It Works:

[document excerpt]
“Debt for Nature was developed by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy in 1987 during his work with the World Wildlife Fund. Environmental groups would purchase shaky foreign debt in the secondary market at the market rate, which would be considerably discounted, and then convert this debt at its face value into the local currency to purchase biologically sensitive tracts of land in the debtor nation for purposes of environmental protection. Most of the world’s largest rainforests are located in poor states such as Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Madagascar. ‘The first swap that happened was in 1987 between the Bolivian government and Conservation International’.
   There are three main parties involved with a Debt for Nature swap: an international conservation organization, a domestic conservation organization, and a developing country’s government….The three most active international organizations, which are all based in the U.S., are Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. The steps needed don’t vary much from state to state. The conservation organizations provide a proposal to the developing countries government, seeking an agreement. Once an agreement has been reached, they have the World Bank convert the state’s debt into the local currency. The currency is converted into bonds which go into an environmental trust…
   The biggest thing once the agreement’s been reached is then their enforcement. The UN has the United Nations Environment Programme for Environmental Development. Their purpose is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring..informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. They are not an enforcement body, which means there is no international body enforcing the terms of the agreement. No one is there to ensure the developing states will keep their end of the agreement made. And even if there was, once the debt has been paid, the developing country can cut down the rainforests and not have to pay back the conservation organization that paid a portion of their debt…”
 http://www.scribd.com/doc/15074774/Debt-for-Nature   It should be made very clear that despite this last comment about a country cutting down the rainforests, the conservation organization owns the land, and it is they who may cut down trees or sell the property, depending on whatever discretionary agreements are arranged in the acquisition process.

Conservation International, founded 1987
According to http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Conservation_International , ‘CI’ is engaging in eco-imperialism, as are the other NGOs, noting that “In 1997, CI signed a comprehensive bioprospecting agreement with California-based company Hyseq which specializes in genomic sequencing. CI agreed to pre-screen drug candidates derived from flora and fauna samples, and provide regular reports on its research findings to Hyseq. As well as an initial contribution, Hyseq would pay CI on a country basis, and an annual fee. Hyseq is free to pursue intellectual property claims over any results.”

“In Panama, CI worked with Novartis, Monsanto, and others, in ‘ecologically guided bioprospecting’ seeking pharmaceutical and agricultural products….In Surinam it cooperated with Bristol Meyers Squibb with its ethnobotanists collecting plant samples”….”A June 2003 report by Chiapas-based [social activism org] dubbed CI a Trojan Horse of the U.S. government and transnational corporations. It revealed that CI’s program of flyovers –part of their USAID-supported ‘environmental monitoring’ program– flew over areas occupied by Zapatista communities in planes which bore USAID markings…”

Three of CI’s main personalities:
*Peter A. Seligmann, co-founder, CEO and chairman http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Peter_A._Seligmann, merging ecology, banking and philanthropy
*Mr. Seligmann’s uncle, Henry H. Arnhold http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Henry_H._Arnhold, international banker, CFR member, 1937 German emigre who transferred his business to New York City –history of his banking firm here, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Inc. http://www.asbai.com/firm_history.aspx which is a principal holder of George Soros’s Quantum Fund 
*Russell A. Mittermeier, president http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Russell_A._Mittermeier, scientist, World Bank Task Force leader

World Wildlife Fund, founded Sep.11, 1961 in Switzerland
WWF is the world’s largest independent conservation organization, founded by Julian Huxley, Max Nicholson, Peter Scott and Guy Mountfort, who had decades of “experience linking progressive intellectuals with business interests..” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wildlife_Fund. In 1986 it changed its name to World Wildlife Fund for Nature and issues two yearly publications of the “Living Planet Report”.
Listed at http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/board/index.html :
*Chairman, Bruce Babbitt, president of *Raintree Ventures, former US Secretary of the Interior (Clinton Admin) and prior Governor of Arizona. [ “Raintree Ventures and Raintree Strategic Consultancy are subsidiaries within the Westcomb Group which focus on private equity transactions”, founded in 2000 by Mr. Pang Seng Tuong as “one of the first boutique investment banks in Singapore” http://www.westcombfinancial.com/AR/ar2008.pdf and http://www.greenglobal-resources.com/cms/files/ec080429.pdf incorporated in Bermuda.] As of June, 2009, Babbitt took a seat on the Board of the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy which concerns itself with “use, regulation, and taxation of land” http://www.lincolninst.edu [press release http://atlincolnhouse.typepad.com/pressroom/2009/06/index.html
*CEO/president (since 2005) Carter Roberts, formerly worked for The Nature Conservancy
*Vice-Chair, Jared M. Diamond, biologist at UCLA, educated at Cambridge (UK) and Harvard, principal spokesman for the Long Now Foundation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Now_Foundation which is a San Francisco based NGO in the process of ambitiously cataloging everything on the planet and integrating information systems ( former*Vice-Chair, Lawrence H. Linden of Goldman Sachs ) Treasurer, Roger W. Sant, co-founder and Chair of AES Corp/utilities…..and on the Board of Directors, Thomas Lovejoy mentioned above, who was a former US Asst. Secretary for External and Environmental Affairs and ‘Science Advisor’ under the Clinton Admin. to (Sec. of the Interior) Bruce Babbitt. Lovejoy was also the Chief Advisor to the President of the World Bank as well as the World Bank ‘Specialist for the Environment for Latin America and the Carribean’. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=World_Wildlife_Fund_US

The Nature Conservancy, founded 1951
Oldest of the three here, TNC was reformed out of the Ecologists Union by founder Bob Marshall, the son of well-known zionist Louis B. Marshall. It chartered it first chapter in New York in 1954 and made its first acquisition of the Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary. In 1988 TNC performed a debt-for-nature swap in Costa Rica for $240,000 worth of debt, and in the same year contracted with the US Dept of Defense (DOD) to manage 25 million acres of military lands. The new CEO and president of TNC is Goldman Sach’s Mark Tercek, who took his place in June 2008, following an appointment from The Nature Conservancy’s Chairman of the Board, Hank Paulson, to Goldman Sach’s Center for Environmental Markets in 2006. Tercek joined Goldman Sachs in 1984. http://www.nature.org/pressroom/leadership/art24763.html

“The Nature Conservancy job puts [Tercek] in a position to have a big impact. The Conservancy is by far the world’s biggest conservation group, with an operating budget of nearly $500 million, about 3,600 employees including hundreds of scientists, and chapters in all 50 states and 36 countries…Tercek is looking to build alliances with other NGOs –the Nature Conservancy has joined the US Climate Action Partnership, for example– as well as with business.” http://www.marcgunther.com/2009/09/13/the-nature-conservancys-mark-tercek-sees-redd/

Dubious activities of the The Nature Conservancy are reviewed by author Ron Arnold in his book “Undue Influence”, http://www.undueinfluence.com/nature_conservancy.htm using year 2000 figures which reckoned the assets of TNC worth $2.8 billion –2007 figures show double that amount, and according to answers.com “On average, 1000 acres a day are added to its system of nature preserves, the world’s largest. When TNC cannot buy desired property, it sometimes attains conservation easements restricting use of the land for tax benefits.” http://www.answers.com/topic/the-nature-conservancy

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How Does It Really Work?

These swaps appear to have complex arrangements involved concerning ownership and stewardship. Though I have a whole lot yet to learn and documents to find, for example, the USAID website here describing recent debt-for-nature swaps looks like an incredibly good deal for the conservation NGOs, another stick-it-to-the-US-taxpayer and an Agenda 21 social experiment in affected people who must relocate.  http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/environment/forestry/tfca_descs.html

 A deal made with Costa Rica in September of 2007 has “the U.S. government, Costa Rican government, Central Bank of Costa Rica, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy agree[ing] to reduce Costa Rica’s debt payments to the US by $26 million over the next 16 years. In return, the Central Bank of Costa Rica committed to pay these funds into a debt-for-nature program to support grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups to protect and restore the country’s important tropical resources”.

According to this article, http://www.prweb.com/releases/conservation/nature/prweb562087.htm the United States Treasury paid $12.6 million “appropriated by the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), with Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy providing an additional $1.26 million each to the purchase of the debt at a discounted rate..” So the US actually paid a total of $38.6 million for the deal. IC and TNC bought themselves 16 years of privileged ‘work’ at a combined cost of $2.5 million to run an eco-concession out of Costa Rica. And then what? We have yet to see the conclusion of any one of these debt-for-nature swaps. If you think that’s a bargain for restoration, consider that the ‘prweb’ article assesses the progress already made in Costa Rica without the swap, which had reforested more than 30% of lands previously cleared. The amount of land actually coming under NGO management through the swap is not named; 6 areas are
broadly referred to, however, in this blog item of the Tierra Pacifica community, which appears to reference a reputable media source, the acreage involved is noted to be 1000 acres. Is this possible, or just a local piece? http://tierrapacifica.blogspot.com/2007/10/costa-rica-and-us-trade-debt-for-nature.html Tierra Pacifica is a newly developed master-plan enclave on 220 acres poised between a protected mangrove estuary and the Pacific –fully gated with a guard house, modern amenities, new public paved road that runs directly to the Liberia International Airport– http://www.tierrapacifica.com/ .  Is this the kind of ‘sustainable’ development that USAID and the TFCA approve in determining a mandate that “developing countries with critically important tropical forests meet certain political and economic requirements to be eligible for debt-for-nature swaps.”?

Guatemala 2006 – the U.S.’s first swap

“In the..deal, the United States government contributed about $15 million toward the cancellation of [$24 million of] Guatemalas’s debt, said Clay Lowery, assistant secretary of the Treasury…” (that’s a $39 million start-up cost )…”The bulk of the money generated by the debt forgiveness will go to private organizations…  Eligible countries must have democratically elected governments and a suitable economic reform program in place and they must cooperate with the United States on drug enforcement and counterterrorism efforts.” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/world/americas/02conserve.html

Guatemalans in the way:  “Since the Maya Biosphere Reserve..was created in 1990, people have steadily moved in… To stem this flow,..The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Guatemalan government, and [a Guatemalan NGO], experimented with a new strategy in 1996..to see if [people] were open to the idea of small-scale voluntary resettlement. While resettlement is common in the develop realm, it is not we encounter much in conservation. In fact, we generally shy away from it..due to the social stigma it carries. Most resettlement projects..continue to be non-voluntary. The voluntary..Guatemala initiative maes it fundamentally different..and it may be the key to resettlement finding its place among conservation strategies.

“..The idea was to move families to areas more appropriate for development [where non-voluntary relocations tend to occur].. closer to public services. Most of the families..never truly settled down because they were unable to buy land and, therefore, were always squatting and living with..uncertainty… As such, land title is crucial for resettlement.

   “..The thinking behind the plans goes like this. If a community agrees to move, the government and collaborating NGOs find it a piece of legal land.. physically move the community.. give them access to a long-term low-interest loan, and provide technical assistance to help them adapt to the new area… If the families are not satisfied or cannot adapt to the new area, they will return to the protected areas, thus defeating the biological and social objectives of the resettlement… Resettlement is not easy… Ideally, an entire small-to-medium-sized community is resttled as a whole. But that’s not always possible. Land is scarce [which is why people took residence in reserves in the first place].
   “..The typical solution is to settle a smaller community into an already existing community. But predictably, combining different social structures and power relationships can lead to conflict.
   “..Because Guatemala is just coming out of a brutal, 36-year civil war, many people remain cautious about engaging in any type of relationship with the government. Trust is essential…[and] the Guatemalan organizations have made several important changes. For example, in some of the first resettlements, an adequate water supply was provided after the resettlement. Now, knowing that the initial adjustment period is crucial, the agencies look for a natural water source when choosing land for the resettlement… [U]nder the right conditions, people will indeed voluntarily move themselves out of a situation that we..refer to as ‘people versus parks’.” http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2008/07/relocating-people-out-of-private-reserves/  

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