Friday, July 29, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Conspiracy; don't let Doomsday Politicians scare you

Beware the false prophets of the debt-ceiling

With the Deadline just around the corner, President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner, Doomsday Democrats and conspiring Republicans warn of economic meltdown if these Spoiled Brats don't get their way on time.

But are the American people buying what they're selling?

Voters are realizing what Washington doesn't want to cop to; that this whole debt crisis stems from THEIR compulsive spending problem. According to a new Gallup poll, among Americans who follow the debt-ceiling debate "very closely," 53 percent oppose increasing the limit! Only 37 percent favor an increase. Apparently, the majority of Americans now realize the extent of fear-mongering going on in Washington.

Regardless to what the Doomsday Politicians in Washington say, not raising the federal debt ceiling does not automatically trigger default. The debt limit only caps the amount of debt the US Treasury can issue.

"A de facto shutdown of the government is the real threat, not default, " says Greg Valliere, chief political strategist for the Potomac Research Group.

The Treasury still has the option to prioritize payments to bondholders and sell assets, such as gold and TARP funds, to avoid default. The debt interest payments only total $214 billion for 2011, which is less than 10% of $2.2 trillion in expected tax revenue this fiscal year. So what's really going on?

Obama claims that seniors may not receive their Social Security checks for August. This would only happen if our government maliciously decided to do just that, because there is in in no way, shape or form the NEED to to this, considering that the program's annual cost is only $727 billion, which only comes to 33% of the revenue. No one, not Democrats and Republicans wants to see TV screens fill with interviews of outraged seniors. Nor is anyone foolish enough to want to face the political consequences of cutting them off. So count on Social Security payments to take second priority when it comes to cutting checks.

The Doomsday Politicians would also like for you to believe that it would be impossible to pay Medicare and Medicaid, which comes to only a combined $846 billion, which is only another 38% of our total income via taxes. Medicare and Medicaid would be fully funded, while the federal government could try to cut back on the Medicaid payments it owes to the states. But that remains to be seen.

This means that the three biggest woes, according to the Doomsayers, only totals about 71% of what we will take in this year. That still leaves us with 29% of our revenue to work with.

After providing entitlements and paying the interest on the debt THEY acquired, we still have more than $400 billion in unspent tax revenue, as well as another $2.4 trillion in assets to cover the remaining obligations our government has racked up(1).

One other thing on which all analysts agree: Holders of U.S. Treasury bonds, whether they are hedge fund managers in New York, retirees in Florida, or central bankers in China, will be first in line for the remaining cash. But there will still be PLENTY left over to take care of our necessities.

The fear being that America won't be able to pay its bills without a debt-ceiling increase is nothing but a lie being purposely spread by Doomsday Politicians seeking to forward their own agendas. Its all about power for some of the players, while other just want to keep on spending.

These crooked, self-serving politicians are trying to make Americans believe that not raising the debt ceiling will cause a significant downgrade of America's credit rating and spark a selloff of Treasury bills and US stocks in international markets. Those are also nothing but lies. Three major rating agencies(2) have already lowered their assessments of US debt and interest rates have not changed at all.

You will more clearly understand the problem when looking at why one these Egan-Jones Rating Agency (3), a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission, changed its rating of U.S. government debt on July 16 from AAA to AA-plus. Egan-Jones released a statement explaining exactly why it made this decision:

"The major factor driving credit quality is the relatively high level of debt and the difficulty in significantly cutting spending. We are taking a negative action not based on the delay in raising the debt ceiling but rather our concern about the high level of debt to GDP."
In other words, investors are far more concerned about Washington's out-of-control spending problem than they are about the Treasury being able to issue more debt!

Weiss, another one of the rating agencies, went even further, lowering its rating from an already bleak C to a C-minus. Weiss explained:
"Our downgrade today is not contingent on the outcome of the debt-ceiling debate in Washington. It is driven exclusively by the numbers, which indicate that, in addition to a decline in the long-standing weaknesses we noted three months ago, the U.S. has already lost the golden halo that helped guarantee liquidity and acceptance of its government securities in global markets." In April, Weiss listed among those weaknesses the fact that, "[The United States] ranks 44th in terms of its debt burden, primarily because of its large deficits."
Nothing explains it all better that BusinessWeek's, Don't Play Chicken With the Debt Ceiling, by Rajat Gupta, from April 18, 2011. Destroying America's full faith and credit is no small matter to Bloomberg Businessweek. This Week's Cover Story imagenes what would happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling and the US begins defaulting.

Selling assets and prioritizing payments are merely temporary measures that the Treasury can take to stop Doomsday; Our government must cut unnecessary spending, period.Washington spends billions of dollars on things it has no business buying or doing. If these spend happy socialites called politicians don't put on the breaks, this country will be in an far worse shape in the near future. Raising the debt ceiling is much like a drug addict getting one more fix. Washington needs to admit that it has a problem. No amount of fear mongering  can change that.

The bigger problem is our economy as a whole. The job market, the housing market, the ever dwindling manufacturing and the ever increasing dependency of foreign made products. The debt ceiling is a temporary crisis, while the declining economy could be the beginning of the end of America.

What do you think should be cut if the government is forced to set priorities? Let the ever more Conspiracy Watch readers know in the comments below.

Written By: Tom Retterbush


1. Calculations according to Veronique de Rugy and Jason Fichtner of the George Mason University Mercatus Center
2. The three rating agencies are Egan Jones Ratings Co., Weiss Ratings, and Dagong Global Credit Rating
3. The Cato Institute's Mark Calabria wrote about Egan Jones Ratings Co.: "It would be easy to dismiss these agencies as irrelevant and attempting to simply grab attention, but at least one of these agencies, Egan-Jones, has a track record of correctly predicting problems at such companies as Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers that the major rating agencies missed until it was too late."


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Why would NASA retire Shuttles to be without a Space Program?

The retirement of the space shuttles leaves the future of NASA's human spaceflight program unclear.

Many of us grew up with the notion that the United States would be the leader in space exploration, and that no other country would surpass in the technology.

For fifty years we were the masters of the universe. Now we have passed on that honor to our former Russian rivals. 

Some saw NASA as only a manned space program of curiosity, missing the totality of what NASA is tasked to do.

Many don't realize how fragile our planet really is, and how its days are numbered. With humanity's population continuing to grow, with pollution and disasters mounting, our world is coming to an end. And this has nothing to do with conspiracy theory. This is cold, hard reality.

No matter if this planet has ten, a hundred or a thousand years left, mankind must look for a new home. And God forbid the worst case scenario, this might become necessity sooner than we want to believe. The survival of humanity depends on it.

To leave the survival of mankind to the Russians, to me seems irresponsible. Russia is in more turmoil and uncertainty than even the United States. How can we leave the survival of man in the hands of the communists?

Had anybody said this twenty years ago they would have been declared insane!

Until we had at least one working replacement for the space shuttles, we should have kept at least one of the space shuttles ready for blast off!  

Apparently the American public wants the U.S. to continue to be a space leader, too. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of Americans think it's essential the nation continue as a leader in space.

For many at the NASA this is a bitter pill to swallow as well. According to,
In the near term, "we're going to have a reverse brain drain," [Michael Griffin, former NASA administrator and architect of the Bush administrations moon program], told CBS News. "It used to be that people came from other places and other industries to work in the space program because of what it meant and what it was. And as it goes away, we're going to lose those people because talented folks go where there are tough problems. And that's not going to be good for the country."
Griffin's concerns are shared by many critics of the Obama administrations' plan to retire the shuttles. The administration has also canceled the Constellation program (the moon program devised by the Bush administration), tasked the commercial space industry with developing new low Earth orbit transportation systems, and asked NASA to build a heavy-lift rocket for trips to an asteroid, the moon, and eventually Mars.

Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently, President Obama attempted to fill in the details of his new vision for NASA, even identifying the solar system destinations he foresees mankind visiting in the next thirty years.

"By 2025, we expect new spacecraft designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the moon into deep space," he said, starting with a mission to a near-Earth asteroid. "By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it," the president added.

Then why couldn't we keep one of the shuttles on standby until this supposed "new spacecraft designed for long journeys" is reality? What would it have hurt to have one of our shuttles ready for emergencies? Or, ready in case the next president changes policy again?

Former astronauts, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Jim Lovell, believe NASA should keep flying the shuttles. They believe that an agency without a backup system for getting into space and bringing astronauts home is a violation of one of NASA's critical design criteria, the astronauts told the Associated Press. Armstrong and Lovell were so upset, that they wrote a letter to the Obama administration saying an end to the shuttle program was a terrible mistake,
Glenn said he doesn't disagree with Obama's plans, although he said he believes private spaceflight will take years longer than [NASA administrator Charles] Bolden predicts. What Glenn objects to is the gap between the shuttle and a future spacecraft. While the Soyuz is reliable, Glenn said NASA should always want an alternative in case of a "hiccup" in the Soyuz plans.

"Throughout the history of the manned spaceflight program we've always had another program to transition into [...] we had that and it got canceled and we don't have anything," launch manager Leinbach told his fellow workers at Kennedy Space Center. "Frankly as a senior NASA manager I would like to apologize that we don't have that."
For a reality check, check out a video of Atlantis’ landing from its last mission below.

Space Shuttle Atlantis, the last orbiter to fly as part of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, successfully landed in Florida at at 5:56 a.m. ET. In its final voyage, the Atlantis flew with a reduced crew of four, bringing supplies to the International Space Station. Since its first flight in 1985, the Atlantis orbited the Earth more than 4,800 times and traveled more than 120 million miles in space.

What Good Reason is there for Retiring the Space Shuttles?

After watching the perfect (last) landing of Atlantis, above, don't you wonder why they are retiring a perfectly capable spacecraft without something to take its place waiting in a hanger somewhere?

Have they really retired the shuttle program simply because most of the vehicles are old, and have extensive wear and tear, like they claim? They claim that, "the end of this era of manned space flights does not mean we have ended our "manned" exploration of space. We must, by necessity, continue to explore space, the planets near us." So why don't they?

I envy those who will travel into space. I envy those people who will witness the first colony on Mars.

The future is not all bad, according to NASA administrator Bolden. During a press conference at Kennedy Space Center held on July 7, according to,
"Private spaceflight firms will pick up NASA's slack before too long, ferrying humans to low-Earth orbit and back relatively cheaply and efficiently," said Bolden. "And handing off that taxi service to commercial companies, will free the space agency up to do what it was meant to do: explore further afield in our solar system. So the nation is not abandoning human spaceflight, despite a pervasive public perception to the contrary, he said.
NASA is pouring money into the commercial industry while still hammering out a design for a heavy-lift rocket. David Mindell, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, told me in an interview last week that there is a lot of anxiety about the ending of the shuttle program and part of the problem is that NASA's leadership is not doing a good job at articulating clearly to congress and the public what they are trying to do.

Mindell believes that it is time for the shuttles to retire because "we can't afford two space programs." He adds that the shuttle became an unambitious program, while a lot of other exciting things are happening in commercial spaceflight. "SpaceX is doing things NASA tried to do at one-third the cost; private space will deliver something," he said.

A detailed plan for NASA's future will become clearer when Congress releases the agency's 2012 budget. However, according to Mindell, the fundamental question that NASA needs to answer is, "why send people at all?"

Come on Mindell, get a life! Use your imagination. Dream a little. Then you'll have your answer.

Please take a second to leave your opinion bellow. 

Written By: Tom Retterbush

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Israel Mossad makes US CIA look like Innocent Choir Boys

Israel's Mossad is said to be better than our CIA, more secret than the Russian KGB and more evil than the Nazi Gestapo ever was.

Hamas is a Creation of Mossad, Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen Linked to Mossad, Israeli Mossad Assassinated Mahmoud Al-Mabhuh, The mossad assassinated JFK, and on and on the headlines have linked the Mossad to every conspiracy and cover-up but the moon landing.

For those of you living behind the moon who don't know who or what Mossad is, it is the Israel Secret Intelligence Service. In other words, the Mossad is Israel's CIA. A national organization that carries out special covert activity outside Israel’s borders.

The purpose of its activity is to maintain the State of Israel’s security, and promote its foreign relations and national objectives as determined by the Prime Minister and Israel’s government in accordance with the State of Israel’s laws.

The organization’s success can be attributed primarily to its well financed, well trained agents, as well as its high-tech equipment and cutting edge arsenal. Of course, one must take into account that most of this financing, training, equipment and arsenal comes directly and/or indirectly from the US.

History of the Mossad

Mossad chief Meir Dagan
The 29 November 1947 United Nations Partition Plan plunged the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael) into into a maelstrom of war. The first wave of attacks came from local Arabs. When the British Mandate officially ended and the State of Israel was declared on 15 may 1948, the local Arabs were joined by Arab states, which sent their armies to invade Israel from the south, the north and the east.

"Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" - Proverbs XI/14

Over the years, the Mossad has expanded into many fields, the most prominent of which are:
  • Covert intelligence gathering beyond Israel’s borders.
  • Preventing the development and procurement of non-conventional weapons by hostile countries.
  • Preventing terrorist acts against Israeli targets abroad.
  • Developing and maintaining special diplomatic and other covert relations.
  • Bringing Jews home from countries where official Aliya agencies are not allowed to operate.
  • Producing strategic, political and operational intelligence.
  • Planning and carrying out special operations beyond Israel’s borders.

Conspiracies, Cover-ups and Deceptions

The mossad has been suspected of being involved with conspiracies, cover-ups and deceptions of all kinds. The Mossad is said to be behind many conspiracies,Wikileaks document leaks, government mind control, secret societies and even the alleged use of animals to attack civilians or to conduct espionage. Many even believe that the Mossad was involved in the assassination of  John F. Kennedy

Other alleged Mossad involvement includes a plot against Former President Bill Clinton, having something to do with the death of Princess Diana, and worst of all, being involved in the 9-11 World Trade Center bombings.

In February 2002, British intelligence reported that the Israeli Mossad ran the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the US government's 9/11 Commission for carrying out the aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

WMR (Wayne Madsen Reports) has received details of the British intelligence report which was suppressed by the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. The contents of this report are as follows:

A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated "al Qaeda' cells in Hamburg (the Atta-Mamoun Darkanzali cell), south Florida, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the months before 9/11.

Although I'm sure (I hope) some of the above is exaggerated, if not fabricated, I'm sure that some of it is legitimate. The Mossad is documented as being ruthless, relentless, cold-blooded, deadly and double-dealing if not always by the book when regarding International law, protocol or boundaries, particularly when it comes to interrogation techniques.

All we can do is read the articles and study the documents, then make up our own minds as to the legitimacy of the Mossad, their intentions, tactics and repercussions.  The question may just be the same old one that we've been asking each other since the dawn of man, surly though since the dawn of intelligence and the birth of espionage; do the means justify the ends?

Written By: Tom Retterbush


Thursday, July 14, 2011

25 Ways the NWO Suppresses the Truth with Disinformation and Lies

The New World Order will lie, cheat and steal to reach its goal of global power and world domination.

The public is fed up with so many different excuses for the problems that plague our economy, our government, our environment and the world in general, that we don't know what to believe.

We hear the most ridiculous answers for why our weather has gone amock, why millions of birds fell from the sky and billions of fish went belly up all at once.

The reasons are so ridiculous as to be insulting to me and you. The reason Our Masters feed us this garbage is to pacify us and redirect us to some other issue and we all know the powers that be control all sources of information including controlled opposition publications on both the left and the right as we see from Newsmax on the right and Alternet on the left along with others on both sides.

Once you understand how this works, you can see how the New World Order's plan while it unfolds before your very eyes, make sure you share it with others, so that they too can learn to spot the disinformation and either counter or ignore it.

Those who are professional in the art of lies and deceit, such as politicians, lawyers, professional criminals and the intelligence community, tend to apply fairly well defined and observable tools in this process. Unfortunately, the public at large is not well armed against such weapons, and is often easily led astray by these time-proven tactics.

They will demand that those presenting arguments or concepts back everything up with the same level of expertise as a professor, researcher, or investigative writer. Anything less renders any discussion meaningless and unworthy in their opinion, and anyone who disagrees is obviously stupid and they generally put it in exactly those terms.

From Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney. These 25 rules are everywhere in media, from Youtube to Hulu videos, from to Facebook Status Updates to Twitter tweets and from forum threads to blog posts, here they are again.

1. Hear no evil,see no evil,speak no evil. Regardless of what you know,don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure,news anchor,etc. If it’s not reported,it didn’t happen,and you never have to deal with the issues. 

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the “How dare you!” gambit. 

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges,regardless of venue or evidence,as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method works especially well with a silent press,because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such “arguable rumors”. If you can associate the material with the Internet,use this fact to certify it a “wild rumor” which can have no basis in fact. 

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation,or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges,real and fabricated alike,while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues. 

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary attack the messenger ploy,though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as “kooks”,“right-wing”,“liberal”,“left-wing”,“terrorists”,“conspiracy buffs”,“radicals”,“militia”,“racists”,“religious fanatics”,“sexual deviates”,and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label,and you avoid dealing with issues. 

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum,make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded,or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attack,never discussing issues,and never answering any subsequent response,for that would dignify the opponent’s viewpoint.

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could so taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive. 

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough “jargon” and “minutiae” to illustrate you are “one who knows”,and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources. 

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered,avoid discussing issues with denial they have any credibility,make any sense,provide any proof,contain or make a point,have logic,or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man usually,in any large-scale matter of high visibility,someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with. Where it can be foreseen,have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges,regardless of validity or new ground uncovered,can usually them be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues — so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts,take the “high road” and “confess” with candor that some innocent mistake,in hindsight,was made — but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which,“just isn’t so.” Others can reinforce this on your behalf,later. Done properly,this can garner sympathy and respect for “coming clean” and “owning up” to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues. 

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events,paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to loose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that forbears any actual material fact. 

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely,a ploy which works best for items qualifying for rule 10.

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place. 

16. Vanishing evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist,it is not fact,and you won’t have to address the issue.

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here,find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new,more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can “argue” with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues. 

18. Emotionalize,Antagonize,and Goad Opponents. If you can’t do anything else,chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated,and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance,but even if their emotional response addresses the issue,you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how “sensitive they are to criticism”. 

19. Ignore proof presented,demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the “play dumb” rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums,claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist,but not be at his disposal,or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld,such as a murder weapon). In order to completely avoid discussing issues may require you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources,deny that witnesses are acceptable,or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance. 

20. False evidence. Whenever possible,introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose,and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.

21. Call a Grand Jury,Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened,the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance,if you own the prosecuting attorney,it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed an unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict (usually,this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent,but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim) is achieved,the matter can be considered officially closed. 

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s),group(s),author(s),leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific,investigative,or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way,if you must actually address issues,you can do so authoritatively. 

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues,or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials,create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes. 

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail,consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death,arrest and detention,blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information,or merely by proper intimidation with blackmail or other threats. 

25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is
getting too

Do you believe our leaders are lying to us to further their own agendas? If so, what should we, could we, will we do about it? Please let Conspiracy Watch readers know how you feel with a comment down bellow. 

Article Written By: Tom Retterbush

Twenty Five Ways To Suppress Truth By: H. Michael Sweeney


Monday, July 11, 2011

Scientists Search for Kryptonite to Defeat Drug-Resistant Super Bugs

Many Believe that a Supervirus will be the Doom of Mankind

This theory has been gaining more popularity lately, as many new drug-resistant superbugs have been not only been killing people, but birds, fish and even pigs across the globe.

With birds falling from the sky while people are dying in modern hospitals from mysterious staff infections, its no wonder that people's imaginations are running amok. While religious doomsday sayers preach about biblical plagues many heathen conspiracy theorists believe the diseases were manufactured in government labs to implement some sort of population reduction.

Meanwhile, public health officials are worried about the rising number of new drug resistant superbugs, as well as of the overuse of antibiotics, hand sanitizers and home disinfectants. The overuse of atibiotic drugs and cleaners could make these bacteria resistant to them, so that they would no longer work for even curing minor viral infections, including flu, coughs, colds and sore throats.  

Fortunately, a team of Canadian scientists discovered that specific mixtures of antimicrobial agents presented in lipid (fatty) mixtures can significantly boost the effectiveness of those agents to kill the resistant bacteria.

Thank God these "Super bugs," which can cause wide-spread disease and may be resistant to most, if not all, conventional antibiotics, still have their weaknesses.

According to Richard Epand, Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a researcher involved in the study, "This study may contribute to overcoming the lethal effects of drug resistant bacteria that is becoming an increasing clinical problem, particularly in hospitals."

Their discovery came when Epand and colleagues conducted experiments using groups of mice infected with lethal doses of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli). The rresearchers then treated the mice with conventional drug combinations or drug combinations encapsulated in lipid mixtures. They found that certain lipid mixtures caused the drugs to act together in a synergistic manner. In this mano, the drugs were far more effective in increasing the survival rate of the lab rats, as they overcame the cellular mechanisms used by these bacteria to defeat therapeutic agents.

This study also demonstrated a new use of the premier family of antimicrobial agents called oligo-acyl-lysyls, which have the potential to be combined with other drugs to yield a platform for other specific applications.

Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal said, "as we've seen in the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany, bacteria can mutate to become super bugs that resist antibiotics. Thanks to this new, lipid-based antibiotic therapy, multidrug-resistant bacteria may begin to look more like Jimmy Olsen and a lot less like Superman."

I'm sorry if I don't jump for joy about these new findings. Bugs have a way of mutating into ever more ugly organisms. I happen to be one of those, who believe that humanity will not end by war, global warming or pollution. I believe the death of mankind will come through a small, microscopic bug. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next year, or even in ten years, but the day will come.

What do you think? Do you think science will outsmart bacteria and viruses? Do you believe we will someday conquer disease? Maybe enable people to live longer? Please leave your comment bellow!

Written By: Tom Retterbush

Viruses vs. Superbugs: A Solution to the Antibiotics Crisis?

Once upon a time, before penicillin, medicine's perpetual battle with bacterial infection was waged with biological weapons. Phages--viruses that kill bacteria but are harmless to humans--were used to perform duties for which they seemed uniquely destined. The problem is that greater and greater numbers of serious bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant. With nearly 90,000 Americans dying each year because antibiotic treatments are no longer effective, something must be done. Hausler proposes renewed investigation into bacteriophage therapy but paints a dismal picture of its likelihood. It is, he says, effective and organic but unlikely to become a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies. Donna Chavez
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Belief in Conspiracies Trivialized by Skeptics

There are skeptics who want to fool you, by attempting to discredit legitimate conspiracies. 

Some try to make people who believe in conspiracies look crazy. There are skeptics who have even coined the term, "conspiracy nut" into a joke. They want to convince you that the belief in conspiracies is linked to a Machiavellian Mindset, whatever that means.

However, according to recent polls, most Americans agree that the scenario posed by at least one conspiracy theory is very likely or somewhat likely (see my Conspiracy Watch article The 10 Most Popular Conspiracies). Doesn't this mean that these skeptics are calling the majority of Americans nuts?

Still the skeptics continue to try and make us look like fools. There is even a Skeptics Society, which hosts the laughable Skeptic Magazine Articles Archives, as well as the somewhat more credible UK Skeptics.

The UK Skeptics write on their website, although, "'conspiracy theorist' is generally a pejorative term used to discredit people for having far-fetched beliefs. In reality, however, conspiracy theory is not just just about zany ideas... Conspiracies are real."

UK Skeptics continue, "Conspiracies occur in many walks of life: politics; organized crime; cartels; insider dealing; scams; etc. It is illegal to conspire, therefore conspiracies are usually cloaked in secrecy. This is the cause of the speculative nature of conspiracy theories; it is also the excuse used to mask the lack of evidence in the more bizarre theories.

Conspiracy theories are legitimately used by historians, for example. A conspiracy theory could be postulated based on incomplete evidence; suggestive facts; probability; or even coincidences.

This type of legitimate conspiracy theory is generally accepted as credible, although not proven, as they have some supporting evidence and are based on sound reasoning. A good example from history is the "Princes in the Tower" where historians have identified several likely suspects that may have been behind the plot to murder the princes. None of the theories is claimed to be the truth: they are merely proposed as being likely given the incomplete evidence; each theory having its own strengths and weaknesses.

Valid conspiracy theories are those that are considered plausible. There are many valid conspiracy theories, many of which continuously come under attack from skeptics and those who have something to gain from them becoming discredited.

Though theories such as being controlled by aliens may be unbelievable, theories concerning certain secret societies, government cover-ups, assassinations and many others are undoubtedly true. Still skeptics have lumped all these theories together and termed them "paranoid conspiracy theorists" (PCTs).

The UK Skeptics continues on about "paranoid conspiracy theorists", though Conspiracy Watch has little if anything to do with these theories, since these are based primarily on speculation, having little if any factual evidence to back them.

Another skeptical hack, Tom Jacobsstarts his article, Belief in Conspiracies Linked to Machiavellian Mindset... Know any conspiracy theorists?" No doubt they’ve tried to convince you that man didn’t really land on the moon or President Obama was born in Kenya.”

Jacobs rants on about people who believe in certain conspiracies “…were imparting genuinely interesting information about themselves. New research suggests belief in such theories may reveal a Machiavellian mindset” (Machiavellianism as it turns out, is the tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain).

Jacobs quotes one study in which 189 British undergraduates completed the MACH-IV questionnaire to measure their level of Machiavellianism. This involves expressing one’s level of agreement with a series of statements such as “The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear.” Duh! Tell us something we haven already known all along!

“At least among some samples and for some conspiracy theories, the perception that ‘they did it’ is fueled by the perception that ‘I would do it,’” University of Kent psychologists Karen Douglas and Robbie Sutton write in the British Journal of Social Psychology.

“These studies suggest that people who have more lax personal morality may endorse conspiracy theories to a greater extent because they are, on average, more willing to participate in the conspiracies themselves. 

So let me ask you, my dear reader, since you probably believe in one or more conspiracies (otherwise you would probably not be reading my Conspiracy Watch blog), does this mean you have more lax personal morality?

The reasons people persist in believing conspiracy theories have long been debated by psychologists. One of their theories contends that we are convincing ourselves of conspiracies as to avoid acknowledging the terrifying arbitrariness of life.

British psychologist Patrick Leman noted in New Scientist in 2007, that some conspiracy theories offer us accounts of events that allow us to retain a sense of safety and predictability.

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The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories, both documented and undocumented, this volume's 500-plus entries are arranged alphabetically. The selection of topics represents what Newton considers "significant" conspiracy and conspiracy theories--that is, those that affect large numbers of people or inspire widespread interest. The volume contains more than 80 black-and-white photographs. The 200 or so listings in the bibliography are limited to sources published or translated in the English language. 426 pages.
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The White House E-Mail Cover-up

It was common practice for nearly all politicians to destroy their most important documents

In 1972, upon the death of J. Edgar Hoover, countless thousands of official and unofficial FBI records were destroyed.

It had been common practice for high ranking politicians to destroy their most important business documents ever since politicians started their lies, cover-ups and conspiracies. In other words, ever since our Founding Fathers put together our government.

To end this, Congress passed the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act in 1974, placing the presidential records of Richard Nixon in federal custody to prevent their destruction.

The Act was meant to not only reduce cover-ups at the highest levels of government, but to also give our historians the materials they need to keep accurate records of our past. In 1978 Congress expanded this protection of historical records with the Presidential Records Act. This was accomplished by mandating that all records of former presidents automatically become the property of the federal government upon leaving the Oval Office.

When George W. Bush took office in January, 2001, the presidential papers of Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush were due to be made public. In spirit against the Presidential Records Act, George W. Bush first delayed the release for 90 days, then repeated the action, putting off the date until September, 2001. Then, on November 1, 2001, Bush issued Executive Order 13233, limiting public access to the records of former U.S. presidents. This Bush executive order also included the documents of former vice presidents.

Although this was passed hush-hush, never making headlies, those who knew about this action were outraged, claiming that it violated both the “spirit and letter of existing US laws.” The order severely limited public access to presidential records and delayed obtaining materials from presidential libraries.

On January 21, 2009, during his first day in office, President Barack Obama revoked Executive Order 13233. Obama rightfully restored the original Executive Order 12667.

During his presidency, George W. Bush was accused of acting in violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. In 2007, the Bush White House e-mail controversy was revealed. The event started when George W. Bush initiated the unprecedented midterm dismissal of seven United States Attorneys, on December 7, 2006.

The U.S. attorneys were replaced with interim appointees, under provisions in the 2005 USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization. Following the action, a congressional request was called looking for documents indicating why the attorneys were fired. This caused the Bush administration to reveal the fact that not all internal White House emails were available, because they were sent via a non-government domain, that was hosted on an e-mail server not controlled by the federal government.

In 2009, the US government finally admitted that as many as 22 million emails may have been deleted by the Bush administration.

Written By: Tom Retterbush

The Lies of George W. Bush, by David Corn 

As Washington editor for the Nation, David Corn has had his eyes and ears open for what he construes as lies from the Bush White House, and here he has assembled what many will see as an impressive body of evidence. Corn states that Bush has "mugged the truth-not merely in honest error, but deliberately, consistently and repeatedly to advance his career and his agenda." Corn carefully documents alleged falsehoods dating back to the campaign trail covering a full range of issues-from Enron to education, global warming to stem cell research. But this is no simplistic anti-Bush rant; it also faults the media for not underlining the apparent lies and the public for not caring enough. - Publishers Weekly
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