“cronyism”

 

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… The current City of Phoenix bidding structure is designed to promote “cronyism” and backroom deal$ …

 

It is well past the time to establish a fair and level playing field … with full disclosure and transparency …

 

 

shot to “kill” you

 

… Hey … “big” pharma will get a shot to “kill” you one way or another … got it …image

 

 Pfizer’s quit smoking drug raises heart risks by 72 percent

07-04-2011  •  RawStory.com

Healthy, middle-aged smokers who take Pfizer’s Chantix or Champix, one of the most popular quit-smoking drugs on the market, have a higher risk of suffering heart attacks or other serious heart problems, a study found on Monday.

Billy … “the borg” …

… Is this truly for humanitarian reason$ …?

For Billy of “the borg” … your resistance is futile

clip_image002 Bill Gate$ in global push to vaccinate every child on the planet

 (NaturalNews) Microsoft guru Bill Gates is busy rallying the troops to bring about what he calls "vaccine equity," which is his plan to vaccinate every single child in the world. Manipulating the heart strings of his listening audience, Gates stated at a recent Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) conference that "rich" kids take for granted the vaccines they receive, and that now is the time to provide the same vaccines for the world’s poorest children.

"It’s now that we’re gonna start to get the last two vaccines that rich kids take for granted, the pneumococcal and rotavirus, and over these next five years, get them out to every child everywhere," said Gates. "That means for the first time ever that we have equity in vaccines."

By structuring his statements this way, Gates first implies that vaccines are some type of precious commodity that "rich kids" take for granted, and that need to get into the hands of "poor kids" to create health care equality. He then beckons the nations of the world to use taxpayer dollars to fund this massive, multi-billion-dollar dream to "save the children" by injecting them with various mixtures of toxic chemicals.

We have heard it all before, especially from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been pushing for the whole world to be vaccinated for many years now (http://www.naturalnews.com/Bill_Gat…). It is clear that Gates and his supporters will stop at nothing until every nation in the world is funding his vaccine campaigns, despite the fact that many of the vaccines being pushed come with a whole slew of devastating side effects, and do not necessarily provide any proven benefit (http://www.naturalnews.com/vaccines…).

"Why are we lining the pockets of Big Pharma like this?" asked Daniel Berman, a vaccines expert from Doctors Without Borders, concerning the several developed nations that have already pledged billions to Gates’ agenda. "That just screams conflict of interest and corporate welfare to us."

Learn more: … Tuesday, July 05, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer … 

http://www.naturalnews.com/032900_Bill_Gates_vaccinations.html#ixzz1RLHUXdhO.

Welcome to Gestapo Arizona

… Tyrannies espoused by Russell Pearce & Jan Brewer are alive and prospering in Quartzsite …

Welcome to Gestapo Arizona ..

L’il Hitler and Goon Squad Terrorize Quartzsite, Arizona’s Citizens.

07-04-2011  •  Private Video

Government at the point of a gun. If every single one of the officers is not in jail tomorrow—it’ll mean the People have already given in to the police state. No sense in complaining. Regardless of what happens to the bonehead councilman who

View Quartzsite video here … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ihl1yMWKkE&feature=share

AUTISM OUTSIDE THE A.M.A. BOX

 

clip_image001… What is important is our willingness to explore and think outside the proverbial AMA prescribed box …

 

News Link  •  Health and Physical Fitness

Studies: Autism may be triggered in the womb


07-04-2011   RawStory.com

Environmental factors may play a greater role in autism than previously thought, tipping the scale away from a strict focus on genetics, two studies released on Monday suggest.

In one, a team at Stanford University compared cases of autism in identical and fraternal twins and found that fraternal twins — who share only half of the same genes — have unusually high rates of autism, suggesting that factors other than genetics may be triggering the disease.

In another, researchers at health insurer Kaiser Permanente found mothers of children with autism were twice as likely to have been prescribed a common antidepressant during the year before their pregnancy than mothers of healthy children.

And the risk was even greater — a threefold increase — when the drug was taken in the first trimester of pregnancy.

 

 

RAW MILK GO TO JAIL

 

skd188066sdc… If you drink RAW MILK chances are you’re going to jail …

FDA Says: Drinking This Natural Food is a Crime

 
Posted By Dr. Mercola | July 06

 

On May 16th, Representative Ron Paul asked,

"If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?"

Paul was talking about the FDA ban on the interstate sale of raw milk for human consumption — milk that has not been pasteurized. The ban began in 1987, but the FDA didn’t really begin enforcing it seriously until 2006 — when the government began sting operations and armed raids of dairy farmers and their willing customers.

The New American reports:

"Even if the FDA were correct in its assertions about the dangers of raw milk, its prohibition on interstate raw milk sales would still be, as Paul termed it, ‘an unconstitutional misapplication of the commerce clause for legislative ends’ … 

Saying he is ‘outraged’ by the FDA’s raids on peaceful dairy farmers and their customers, Paul has introduced legislation … ‘to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines,’ in effect reversing the FDA’s unconstitutional ban on such sales."

The "Food Safety Modernization Act" that was enacted earlier this year gives the FDA almost unlimited authority to decide if food is harmful, even without credible evidence. But farmers who have been persecuted by the FDA for selling raw milk, like Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer, are not backing down. Allgyer’s case is going to court.

Citizens are irate that the FDA allows damaging junk food, but prevents people from making an educated, informed food choice in purchasing raw grass-fed milk.

According to the Washington Times, Attorney Jonathan Emord, who has defeated the FDA in court eight times, is focusing on the deeper issues that this case stems from. Emord says:

"We would not be here today were it not for the fact that over the past seventy-five years, the Congress of the United States has delegated away to some 230 independent regulatory commissions the power to make law, the power to execute the law, and the power to judge law violation. That delegation of governing power from Congress to the unelected heads of the regulatory agencies violates the Constitution, which vests exclusively in Congress the obligation to make law".

Sources:

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… Drought spurring fracking concerns

Drought spurring fracking concerns

 

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This is one of Chesapeake Energy’s hydraulic fracturing operations over the Eagle Ford shale formation near Carrizo Springs.

Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, JOHN DAVENPORT / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (Photo can be sold to the public)

As the drought strains water supplies in historically parched South Texas, the oil and gas boom stepping up in the Eagle Ford region has added a new level of uncertainty.

With widespread pasture losses, crop failures and shortages of water in rivers, reservoirs and wells, the Carrizo and Gulf Coast aquifers, which underlie the region, already are under increased pressure to meet the needs of agriculture and cities.

Add to that the tens of thousands more wells expected to be drilled in the coming two decades, each of which requires millions of gallons of water to unlock the hydrocarbons within the shale, and the increased workforce needed to make the boom happen, and a perennial question for the region becomes even more urgent:

Is there enough water?

The answer seems to be yes, but depending on who you ask, it’s a heavily qualified yes. A more accurate answer may be, it depends.

It depends on which part of the Eagle Ford shale play you’re talking about, how much water will be needed, what are the supply options, and what level of activity is taking place. On top of those variables is a relative lack of regulation for water used in drilling.

The yes answer comes from geologist Darrell Brownlow, a member of the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group and an oil and gas industry consultant who recently completed an analysis of projected future water use in the Eagle Ford.

“I realized I didn’t have any idea,” he said. “I’m a Ph.D, sit on the water board, have my own well leased out and I didn’t have any idea whether this was a problem or not,” he said.

Brownlow’s analysis used an estimate of 25,000 wells to be drilled over the next 20 years, a figure he derived from oil and gas industry investor presentations, using an average of 5 million gallons, or 15 acre-feet, to hydraulically fracture each well. An acre-foot is about 325,800 gallons.

That’s an additional 375,000 acre-feet of water use over the next two decades, or an average of about 19,000 acre-feet per year.

Put another way, it’s about 4.5 percent of the total current annual water use of 425,000 acre-feet in groundwater management area 13, which includes all or part of nine groundwater conservation districts, and generally covers the Eagle Ford shale.

But that annual average doesn’t account for variations in geology, supply and demand.

“There is the potential for localized impacts, and some areas are going to have to focus on recycling,” Brownlow said.

Most of the water used for oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford comes from groundwater, which is regulated by groundwater conservation districts.

Among those districts, there is less concern that drilling activities will impact the massive Carrizo-Wilcox, located above much of the oil- and gas-rich shale, than the Gulf Coast Aquifer, located to the south and east of the Carrizo.

“The Gulf Coast Aquifer is not as prolific,” said Mike Mahoney, general manager of the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District, which encompasses Frio, Atascosa, Wilson and Karnes counties.

Karnes, which is seeing a great deal of drilling activity, mostly pumps from the Gulf Coast Aquifer. Landowners there are complaining, Mahoney said, that their water well levels are dropping because of increased pumping due to the drought.

The Pecan Valley Groundwater Conservation District, which serves DeWitt County and pumps from the Gulf Coast, also is seeing water wells go dry, general manager Charlotte Krause said.

Both districts are monitoring the additional use carefully and will incorporate the increase as they plan for the future.

But groundwater districts’ ability to restrain pumping for oil and gas activities is limited. State water law exempts water used for oil and gas drilling from regulation, as it does water for livestock use.

Since fracking uses exponentially more water than initial drilling, however, groundwater districts in the Eagle Ford have interpreted that exemption narrowly; they’re requiring oil and gas operators to get permits for water wells used for frack jobs, and to report monthly use totals.

But the choice to allow an oil or gas company to drill for water is up to individual landowners.

Evergreen’s rules allow each property owner the right to pump up to 2 acre-feet, or 650,000 gallons, a year from the Carrizo for every acre of land he or she owns. As long as the well meets the district’s spacing requirements from neighboring wells and the owner reports monthly how much water is pumped out, the district can’t deny a permit.

Amy Hardberger, an attorney who works on energy and water issues for the Environmental Defense Fund, would like to see reporting requirements become mandatory.

“The real issue is not whether or not it’s going to impact the region, it’s that no one has done the studies yet to find out,” she said. “We need to empower groundwater districts. Everything needs to be metered.”

Recycling an option

Oil and gas companies say they’re hyper-aware of the water issue, and want to work with groundwater districts, landowners and communities to protect this scarce resource.

John Jenson, senior vice president for operations for El Paso Corp., an exploration and pipeline company, said that while his company is relying on groundwater, it would prefer not to be competing with farms and communities for water.

Instead, El Paso, like a number of other companies in the region, is looking at options, like cleaning and then using water from saline aquifers, and recycling frack water.

That’s good news to Brent Halldorson, chief operating officer for Fountain Quail, a water recycling company that’s just received a permit from the Railroad Commission to set up shop in the Eagle Ford.

Fountain Quail has been recycling shale gas wastewater longer than any other company in the world, said Halldorson, including the past seven years in the Barnett shale.

The Eagle Ford, he said, “is an area crying out for water management, from sourcing new water to fracking wells. Municipal effluent, brackish water, even ocean water from the Gulf will all play a part.”

The company initially will send two mobile water purification treatment centers to Kenedy, where they’ll be able to recycle up to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of wastewater a day.

Halldorson said the company turns that wastewater into two products, fresh water, plus concentrated but clean salt water, known in the industry as “heavy brine.”

“We can turn one liability into two assets,” he said.

The scarcity of water in certain parts of the Eagle Ford makes the prospect of water recycling more economically viable, Halldorson said — and mobile units reduce costs even further, since transporting water is a big part of its cost.

Diane Savage, who represents Wilson County on the Evergreen Board, is watching the rapid rise in permit requests from oil and gas companies with some trepidation. Having worked for the oil industry in the past, she said she understands the business, and believes companies want to be environmentally conscious.

But she’s concerned that as the boom takes off, mistakes and mishaps will happen.

“There’s a lot of people doing a lot of things and everyone is driving about 80 mph as far as I can tell,” she said. “Hopefully, people will be careful with the aquifer, because that’s what people have to drink.”

Staff Writer Colin McDonald contributed to this report.


By Tracy Idell Hamilton    thamilton@express-news.net

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/energy/article/Droughtspurringfrackingconcerns-1450808.php#ixzz1RLEDHxIP