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Swine Flu 2009
A Response To Air Pollution
Commentary by Jim West, 5/16/2009 [DRAFT]

Symptoms Ballpark Study Factors Coincidences EPA Maps Symptoms Onset More Examples Global Epicenter, Mexico Simple Argument
    Traffic Scenarios Perception Blocked Avian Study CO Poisoning Details Historical Precedent Closing Notes Contact
  18 Schools Other Studies            

Epicenter #1 (U.S.)
St. Francis Preparatory School (New York City, Borough of Queens); Early event, before PR drama
1/3 of students with symptoms, 45 swine flu cases, school closed 4/28/2009

 

CARBON MONOXIDE:   The most common cause of poisoning worldwide, often mistaken for influenza. (see flu symptoms (detailed))

18 lanes of traffic adjacent:  Long Island Expressway, Horace Harding Expressway, and Francis Lewis Blvd, and to the east 300 feet, traffic loops, and east 1,000 feet, Clearview Expressway (six lanes).  If Clearview Expressway and the traffic loops are included, then the total traffic lanes is over 30 lanes.  Most of these lanes are high-speed expressway traffic, where internal combustion engines consume high quantities of fuel and emit dense concentrations of poisonous exhaust. 

These expressways extend in straight lines for miles.  A slow unidirectional wind, in-line with an expressway, can target any school or residence in the vicinity with high concentrations of vehicular exhaust, drifting through miles of traffic. 

This unique worst-case scenario deserves an acronym, which hereby, is "SUIR" (slow, unidirectional wind, in-line with rush-hour traffic scenario) (see scenarios).

To the northwest is La Guardia Airport's main take-off lane, directly in line with, and upwind of this school.  Airliner turbines exhaust downward, mixing with ground level air to an extent influenced by factors such as air temperature, convection efficiency, wind direction and speed.  One airliner during take-off and landing, is equivalent to a car driving 5,600 miles, in terms of smog production (see Queens air pollution).

Land and air vehicle exhausts include  poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide ("CO"), carbon dioxide ("CO2"), sulfur compounds, nitrous oxides ("NOx"), nitrites (e.g., methyl nitrite), formaldehyde, toluene, hydrogen cyanide, and depending upon governmental policy, MTBE.  The primary vehicle exhaust poison is carbon monoxide.

Approximately 19 tons of NOx per day is produced from La Guardia airliners, which is 1% of NYC's total NOx production.  Though LGA is four miles away, airliners affect ground level until they reach 3,000 feet altitude.  Prevailing winds are NW, and move LGA pollution across Flushing. 

Flu And Air Pollution Symptoms Are Identical

"At lower exposure levels, carbon monoxide’s effects are similar to flu symptoms, including dizziness, headaches, disorientation, visual disturbances, nausea, and fatigue."  Occupational Health and Safety
"Mild symptoms of CO poisoning may mimic flu symptoms"  "Fatality Assessment", CDC
[quote] Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Symptoms (Yahoo Health)

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often similar to symptoms of other illnesses. These symptoms include:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea, vomiting (often seen in children).
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.

More severe symptoms may include:

  • Confusion, drowsiness.
  • Rapid breathing or pulse rate.
  • Vision problems.
  • Chest pain.
  • Convulsions, seizures.
  • Loss of consciousness.

    Other conditions... These include:
     

  • Viral infections, such as flu
VOC (volatile organic compounds): 
Formaldehyde:  "...children soon began showing up at his clinic with cold and flu symptoms that never seemed to subside no matter how many times he treated them. In April 2006, when news reports began linking formaldehyde to those symptoms"  "Government Study... Katrina Studies", Medical News Today
MTBE:  Dr. Joseph (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine):  "TBF and formic acid [byproducts of MTBE combustion] are highly toxic chemicals of the type known as "respiratory irritants". Other chemicals with similar toxic properties are known to induce asthma attacks as well as inhibit the body's natural defense against respiratory infections, such as cold, flu, pneumonia, etc."  Dr. Joseph, "Health Effects from MTBE in Gasoline"
NO and NO2:    ref...
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons ("PAHs"):  ref...
Swine Flu:  "The symptoms of H1N1 (SO) flu seem to resemble those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well."  NYCDOH PR 022-09, May 4, 2009

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Flu:  Misdiagnosed And Toxicology Avoided

"Carbon monoxide... The most common cause of injury and death due to poisoning worldwide... often mistaken for a viral syndrome such as influenza."  (Wikipedia See detailed list).
"Physicians must seek out the possibility of CO toxicity in patients with flu-like illness..." (Ann Emerg Med)  (Why?  Because they are not.)
"No patient with a carboxyhemoglobin level greater than or equal to 10% was diagnosed as having subacute CO poisoning."(Ann Emerg Med)  (In other words, diagnostic protocols avoid CO poisoning.)
I inquired to the NYCDOH (6/4/2009), "Is the flu investigation team reviewing air pollution at the closed schools?"
NYCDOH replied, "Like all flu viruses, H1N1 virus is spread mainly through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes."
Orwellian Toxicology

Example 1:  "Other factors... must be ruled out before toxicological causation can be established.  If this obstacle can be hurdled... relationship... may break down when we talk about allergic reactions.  (Principles and Practice of Toxicology in Public Health, Ira S. Richards, 2008)

Example 2:  In individuals who have been sensitized to some chemical, it is not the chemical that causes the allergic response but rather it is the mediators of inflammation that are produced secondary to the chemical that act as an 'allergic trigger'." (Principles and Practice of Toxicology in Public Health, Ira S. Richards, 2008)

Translation:  The body causes the disease, not the poison, by definition.  Parallel 1:  If I club you whenever we meet, you would reflexively duck at those meetings.  Modern scientists say I did not cause you to duck.  Parallel 2:  If I train a rat to jump whenever I shock it, the shock does not cause the jumping reflex, which are caused by neurological hormones.  The medical problem then becomes how to stop the reflex, not the stressor.

Example 3:  "Dosage alone determines poisoning".  

This axiom is the authoritative foundation of orthodox toxicology, as modern toxicology books use this quote by Paracelus, a crazy German pharmacologist from the 1500s.  The axiom means water and air are poisons not unlike carbon monoxide and mercury, with the only difference being dosage.  This serves polluting industries well, creating endless silly arguments.  Obviously water and air are not poisons.  The professional toxicologists promote their belief by citing animal lab experiments where animals are mechanically forced to over-consume water and/or air.  However, causation would actually be the mechanical laboratory mechanisms, not water and/or air.

The diagnostic requirement that germ paradigms be ruled out first, explains why toxicology is usually omitted.  Given the prevalence of pollution, the requirement should be reversed.  Toxicology should first be ruled out before infectious germ paradigms are considered.

"Allergy" becomes a euphemism for toxicological symptoms.

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Finding St. Francis Prep School
In The Carbon Monoxide Ballpark

Pollution data is not available near St. Francis, however, general data is available, e.g., EPA ozone maps, weather data, and dosage standards. 

Common sense arguments, using "ballpark" comparisons are effective as follows.

Environment and Dosage

Concentration (ppm CO) and duration (of exposure to CO) are the main toxicological factors.  Without a CO meter on site, we can still determine that St. Francis is in the hazard ballpark, using only the CO component of vehicular exhaust.

CO ppm Comment Associated Event
35 Flu symptoms >8 hrs "Headache and dizziness within six to eight hours of constant exposure..." (Wikipedia)
59 8-h mean (NYC) "...The highest 8-h mean concentration of 59 mg/m3 was observed at a monitoring station in New York City...." (WHO 1979)
49 Avg (traffic, Lagos)

"Average concentrations of carbon-monoxide (C0) in heavy traffic stations was 49.32 ppm" (O. Taiwo)

50-100 Rush-hour traffic (M. Stanley, "Gaseous Inorganic Pollutants", Environmental Chemistry, 2000)
100 Life threatening "Carbon monoxide... being colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect. Exposures at 100 ppm can be life-threatening." (Wikipedia)
100 Flu symptoms "concentrations of 100 to 200 ppm include headache, nausea, and mental impairment." (NIOSH)
Conditional Flu symptoms, 33% of students. Exposure:
5 days/week

St. Francis:  Adjacent and downwind from 18 lanes, 2 miles of straight, in-line, expressway traffic ("SUIR").  Within 1,000 feet, there are a total of 30 lanes.  A SUIR targeted St. Francis at the epidemic apex.  Isn't this a reasonable position for St. Francis School?

160 Heavy traffic "...level of CO of 160 ppm for several minutes (equal to ambient levels of CO in heavy automobile traffic...)" (M. Fierro)

200

5 hours exposure "frontal headaches" (M. Stupfel, Environmental Health Perspectives, v17, p257, 1976)
100-200 Notorious for air pollution diseases. "Mexico City central area from automobiles" (Wikipedia)
400 Fatal "Carbon monoxide is life-threatening to humans and other aerobic forms of life, as inhaling even relatively small amounts of it can lead to hypoxic injury, neurological damage, and possibly death. A concentration of as little as 0.04% (400 ppm) carbon monoxide in the air can be fatal." (Wikipedia as of 5/5/2009 14:51GMT, thereafter, hours later, removed by WikiPedia)
800 Fatal < 2 hours "Dizziness, nausea, and convulsions within 45 min; insensible within 2 hours" (Wikipedia)
30,000 Specification CO concentration in automobile exhaust. (Advances in Chromatography,  By J. Calvin Giddings, R. A. Keller, v. 31 - 1992, pub. Dekker)

 

If "rush-hour traffic" can average 50-100ppm CO concentrations, then what could be the worst case scenario, the unusual spike, a SUIR?

Duration of exposure at St. Francis is obviously sufficient to cause flu symptoms if hazardous weather conditions coincide.  Students face chronic exposure five days per week, seven hours per day, ten months per year.  Dosage effects are determined usually for whatever ppm effects 50% of a test population.  Symptoms fit a bell-curve distribution on an exposed population.  Flu symptoms affected 33% of St. Francis student population in April, meaning that causative dosage could be less than the 50% standards.

St. Francis School:  Environment Conducive For Flu symptoms

Adjacent 18 lanes of rush-hour expressway related traffic.
6 high-speed lanes plus auxiliary lanes, extend straight, 1.5 miles to east and 3 miles to the west.
Wind is often from the west, in-line with the expressway, and was such on epidemic peak days in April, 2009.
Students spend 7-8 hours per day at St. Francis.
EPA ozone maps indicate existing pollution during epidemic peak.
La Guardia airport take-off lanes to NW (upwind); one airliner (take-off and landing) equivalent to one car driving 5,600 miles.
Carbon monoxide is just one of many traffic poisons at St. Francis.

Can a random coincidence of factors occur, such as near-zero mph wind, at unwavering direction, unrelenting for 40 minutes, drift a long line of cars and diesel truck exhaust towards a man sitting on his porch, thereby causing a heart attack?  In the tri-state region of 20,000,000 people, with a high vehicular density, and with expressways criss-crossing every few miles, the chances are great.

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Factors

There are global, regional and local factors, as constants and events, that impact the epidemic site.  I'll skip past global air pollution and discuss regional and local.

Constants:  Regional
Northeast U.S. pollution is generally severe, second to the Louisiana-Texas region, in terms of petrochemical industry
New York City pollution is generally severe, due to traffic and industry
Queens, borough of NYC, is generally one of the worst counties in the U.S. in terms of air pollution
Constants:  Local
St. Francis is adjacent expressways.
Expressways are straight lines, two to three miles.
St. Francis students suffer daily chronic exposure, which means accumulative damage.
Seasonal to daily:  Local Event
EPA pollution maps indicate that seasonal/daily climate trends are generally bringing pollution to ground level.
Random:  Coincidence of Local Events

Wind speed:  Slow.
Wind direction:  In-line with adjacent LIE expressway traffic (not crosswind).
Wind direction target:  Unidirectional towards St. Francis School, unwavering.
Air Temperature:  Warm, defeats convection of exhaust
Inversion:  Air strata at different temperatures, hold pollution near ground level.
Traffic Density:  Rush hour traffic

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Coincidences

Random Local Events

Sustained Unidirectional Pollution
AM Rush-Hour, Long Island Expressway

Thursday, April 23rd (epidemic apex), many students began lining up outside the St. Francis nurse's office between 9:30-10:00am (interview with Mary Papas, nurse).  Students continued to line up throughout the rest of the day.  A total of 102 students were sent home that day. 

The period surrounding the initial symptoms onset is presented below as a map indicating the average wind direction and speed during the hours of 9:02-10:28am.  This timeframe begins 30 minutes before the sudden onset of symptoms.  Average wind direction is 252 degrees at an average speed of 6.6 mph.

 

Here is the weather data, beginning at 7:32am because classes start at 7:50am.  Average wind speed in this period is 6.55 mph.  Notice how steady the wind direction is from 9:02am onward.  The temperature is cooling as the sun is rising.  Further research on inversions; this could mean cooler layer of air is moving into the area from a higher altitude, falling and keeping exhaust gases nearer ground level.

 

KG2V Weather Station Data

Location:  ~3,600 Feet from St. Francis


KG2V Weather Station:  Charles Gallo, Owner/Operator

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EPA Ozone Maps (April, 2009)

EPA AIRNOW pollution maps (for "ground level ozone") designates hazard days as yellow and red.

These hazard days follow a pattern similar to a graph of flu symptom onsets for St. Francis, distributed by the New York City Department of Health (“NYCDOH”). 

 Keep in mind that ozone is nature's atmospheric cleanup response to pollution.  Ozone is an atmospheric 'symptom', just as flu is an animal symptom to pollution.  Both are biomarkers, i.e., responses to pollution (which is not mapped by EPA).  Ground level is the politically correct reference to air pollution, because it is a natural product, and industry doesn't take the blame.  Studies that indict ozone (from what I've read) use higher levels of ozone than found naturally and thus I believe are dubious.  Far more dangerous than "ozone levels" are specific circumstances of expressways, etc.

Mapped ozone levels often follows symptoms by a day or so, as previously determined by my avian studies.  It appears that unmeasured or immeasurable air pollution, such as specific localized levels of pollution, causes symptoms, and then the EPA maps show pollution levels (as an ozone response) a day later.

EPA maps are indicating averaged ozone values per region, meaning that the highly localized pollution levels would not be visible in the maps.  Thus symptoms are appearing a day or two before mapped ozone levels would be visible.

NYCDOH symptom onset dates range 4/8 to 4/29, with St. Francis forced to close at the end of that range, when regional pollution rose (EPA map yellow code), and wind direction was in-line with traffic.

Three pollution events for the April epidemic.

April 8:  Symptoms begin, preceding EPA yellow code by  one day, as expected.

April 16-18:  Rising pollution indicated by EPA yellow code, yet there is only a minor rise in symptom onsets.  This anomaly is resolved upon further study, which reveals "Easter Break" vacation, April 10 through 19th.  The few symptom onsets apparently occurred at homes, which generally were not as near the expressways as St. Francis.

April 21-26:  Apex of epidemic occurs three days before EPA yellow and red codes. 

Advantages Of Flu Biomarker

Assuming flu symptoms are biomarker for poisoning, then it is obvious that forecasts based on EPA maps are late, not really acting as forecasts of air pollution dangers.  These maps cannot forecast the random coincidence of weather events (wind direction and speed) that bring high pollution to bear on a school or residence.  These maps provide a general idea of air pollution potential.  The most important data is simply wind direction/speed and proximity in relation to a pollution source and target.

Realistically, the EPA should have CO meters and anemometers (wind direction device) throughout the city, network them, and send automated warnings to residents based on weather forecasting.  Exposure, both chronic and per second could be reported in real-time.  If people had this information, there would be no more statements common in NYC, "Our entire office got the flu on Tuesday.  We were sick for days."  There would instead be, "Our entire office bailed out of the office on Tuesday morning, and no one got the flu.  We worked from home and were healthy and productive upon returning Wednesday when our meters showed safe levels." 

It is unlikely that EPA would advocate this, as this would be a daily reminder of industry's horrors.  Thus everyone who values their lives and business production should have a CO monitor and an anemometer on site, and network that data to a computer reporting program that, optionally, references a map of pollution sources.  Another method would be to observe avian and human illness, and when a pattern develops, correlate this with EPA data to determine if people need to abandon locations.  The most important method is that site selection process should require a more realistic environmental study that does not rely much on orthodox paradigms and values.

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St. Francis School:  April, 2009
Symptom Onsets, Weather, and Pollution

Symptoms Onset Graph
(NYCDOH press release pr020-09)
Results of Questionnaire

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Weather Conditions (Summary)

During 4/23/2009, weather was typical of air pollution epidemics.  Air conditions caused existing pollution to concentrate during the week of escalating flu cases.  The wind slowed to zero mph, direction was NW from expressways, and temperature rose to a near record-high for April.

Wind Speed, Slow:  Pollution density increases with stagnation.  A two-mph wind would remove approximately five times less pollution than a 10 mph wind.

Wind Direction:  Wind drifts from expressways into the school.

Air Temperature, Warm:  Exhausts normally are warmer than surrounding air, and thus convect upwards, away from people and into higher winds, but with warm weather, the temperature differentials are less different, so less convection occurs.

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St. Francis School:  Witness at Epidemic Apex

Two important excerpts from this medical press release, CBS article, by Dave Carlin, 4/27/2009.

"More than 100 students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens were suddenly hit with fever, sore throat and other aches and pains."

"I just saw lot a lot of kids lined up along the wall near the nurse's office," sophomore Kelsey Dittmeir said.'

With such suddenness, the question must be asked:  Is this a replicating virus, spreading upon contact from a few people (6 out of over 2,500 students and 210 staff) who returned "infected" from Mexico months ago?  Or is this a sudden increase in air poisoning?  The children didn't get ill at home.  They suddenly became ill at school during a period of high air pollution.  Why did the NYCDOH myopically invoke the virus paradigm?

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Epicenter #2 (U.S.):  Example #2
Rye School (Westchester, NY); Early event, before PR drama
Many with flu symptoms; school closed ~4/2/2009 and disinfected

This school is sandwiched between two major expressways.  What more can be said?

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Long Island Schools: Example #3
Closed May 3rd, 2009

JFK Intermediate School, in Deer Park, Long Island, NY; five cases suspected swine flu (item "A"). 

Deer Park Union Free School, in Deer Park, just south of JFK Intermediate School.  3 cases suspected swine flu.

These schools are not adjacent expressway traffic.  However, seven expressways lay as a perimeter around the schools at two-three miles distance.  That could not account for sudden onset of flu symptoms.

Assuming expressway pollution at this distance is a somewhat constant lower-level exposure, and assuming virus=biomarker for poisoning, then further study should find more intense pollution sources.

Superfund Sites, Nearby

Closer observation finds a near source of air pollution about 200 feet east of the school border, e.g., a high density of superfund sites and ongoing industry.

The EPA lists only one of these sites active, SMS Instruments, Inc. 

JFK Intermediate School
(see red marker 'A')
(from Google Maps)
SMS Instruments Superfund Site
(see red marker)
(from Ctr Pub Integrity / Google Maps)

 

EPA Superfund Sites in Deer Park, Long Island, NY (1997) (see EPA lists)

Name Address EPA Site #
COMMERCIAL ENVELOPE MFG. CO., INC. 900 GRAND BOULEVARD NYD981184138
CTI METAL FINISHING 333 A & B SKILMORE ROAD NYD982531147
INDUSTRY COURT SITE 171 E. INDUSTRY COURT NY0001327725
RADIATOR CENTER, INC. 351 BAY SHORE ROAD NYD095597332
SAMMIS AVE SITE SAMMIS AVE NYD982181364
SMS INSTRUMENTS, INC 120 MARCUS BLVD NYD001533165
SOUTHERN CONTAINER 140 WEST INDUSTRY COURT NYD025597048
WOODBINE PRODUCTS 701 GRAND AVE. NYD002061380

Sites other than SMS are apparently designated remediated, because they are not on recent EPA list.  SMS is still being remediated (SMS Instruments), and others may not have been properly remediated.  How would it be possible to "remediate", if that means removing decades of VOCs leached into the earth into the air?  They may likely still be airing these dangerous VOCs.  The "Swine flu virus" epidemic pointed the way to these superfund sites, as viruses are biomarkers for poisoning (the underlying theme of my commentaries on disease.)

SMS Instruments, Inc. (Superfund site)

EPA Superfund Description

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Site Description:  SMS Instruments, Inc. is located in a light industrial area in Deer Park. The site consists of a one-story 34,000-square-foot masonry building on 1-1/2 acres. Approximately 80% of the lot is paved with asphalt.

 
From 1971 to 1983, SMS Instruments, Inc. overhauled military aircraft components. Industrial wastes generated from degreasing and other refurbishing operations were discharged to a leaching pool on site. Purposefully leeching military VOCs for 12 years into the ground, common practice for industry, especially in this era and previously.
In addition to the leaching pool, other sources of contamination included a 6,000-gallon underground storage tank used for jet fuel storage and corroded and leaking drums stored outdoors in an unprotected area. Leaky jet fuel storage tanks and nondescript "drums".
More than 50 industrial facilities are located within a 1-mile radius of the site, and a large groundwater recharge basin is located adjacent to the eastern side of the site. "50 industrial facilities within 1-mile radius"
The basin is located in the recharge zone of the Magothy aquifer, a sole source aquifer for Long Island. The Magothy aquifer is the only source of drinking water for the estimated 124,000 residents in the vicinity of the site. Approximately 17,000 residences are located within a mile of the site and several schools are situated to the south of the site. "Located ... sole source aquifer for Long Island... the only source of drinking water for ... 124,000 residents in the vicinity.

Threats and Contaminants:  Industrial wastes, from the metal degreasing and refurbishing operations, discharged to the leaching pool caused groundwater to become contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including xylene, dichlorobenzene, chlorobenzene, and trichloroethylene. Exposure to contaminated groundwater through direct contact, ingestion or inhalation may pose a health threat. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has indicated that residents in the vicinity of the site may maintain private wells for irrigation purposes, but not as a source of drinking water. These residences obtain their drinking water from a public water supply. The public water supplies are routinely tested to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards.

 
Cleanup Approach:  [...]  

Cleanup Progress:  In May 2005, the EPA installed and began operating an airsparging system to remediate residual contamination in soil above and below the water table. Operation and maintenance of this system was transferred to New York State on July 18, 2005. The State discontinued operation of this system in 2007 after determining that contaminant levels had decreased significantly due to the operation of the airsparging system.

"Airsparging system" means that contaminated earth is "remediated" by transferring poisons to the air.   

How could this be successful?  What is the size of these underground toxic plumes? 

What operations continue, since this site is still listed?

Summary of Evidence for JFK School

JFK School appears to be the victim of several factors coinciding, e.g., April's suddenly increasing seasonal air pollution weather conditions, which generally brought pollutants down to ground level, with unfortunate coincidence of wind directions and speed, from a) adjacent superfund site VOCs, b) local expressways,  and c) the usual regional pollution from NJ, DE, CT and Great Lakes industry.  NE US regional pollution includes the second highest concentration of petrochemical industry in the U.S. in the NJ, DE, CT, NY region

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PS 177: Example #4
Closed 4/28/2009

PS 177 (New York City Public School 177, "A" in map), school closed.  It is 2,600 feet west of St. Francis, close to LIE, with student's homes located adjacent LIE expressway, and area is closer to La Guardia take-off lane than St. Francis.

 

 


PS 21 (Edward Hart School): Example #5

"possible swine flu cluster at PS 21" (NBC NY)

"city is also investigating reports of sick students at PS 21 in Flushing Meadows"

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Camden County, NJ, Schools: Example #7

Previously, schools in Camden County would be closed due to severe air pollution.  As of May, 2009, they are closed due to "swine flu".

Camden county has the highest carbon monoxide levels of any county in New Jersey, an area where petrochemical industry flourishes, and area nicked named "cancer corridor". (NJDEP "Historical Air Quality")

In 2000-2001, Camden County happened to have recorded the highest incidence of West Nile virus positives of any county in New Jersey. (HARpub on Refineries)  That makes sense in terms of the view that viruses as biomarkers for poisoning.

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18 School Studies:  Example #7

Schools near expressways correlate with "swine flu" morbidity and mortality.  See study of symptoms and environment.

These findings contradict orthodox traffic engineering statements.  Traffic planning studies often claim that at 300-500 ft distance from heavy traffic, pollution levels are the same as normal background levels.  Not mentioned is that worst case scenarios that occur infrequently, like once a year, could be spell disaster.  See articles "GIS Applications in Air Pollution Modeling" and "Overview of GIS on air pollution mapping"). 

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Global Swine Flu Epicenter
La Gloria, Mexico:  Example #8

The supposed swine flu virus epidemic began in a small industrial town, 120 miles east of Mexico City.


Google Maps

In February, 2009, some people of La Gloria were stricken with a respiratory disease.  They protested against air and water pollution emissions from the nearby industrial pig farms.  Respiratory disease increased incidence by early April, when the "Health Department" arrived, declared a virus epidemic, sealed off the town, and conducted a pesticide spray campaign against flies, claiming flies are virus vectors (see details in chart below).

Flu disease in the highly air-polluted Mexico City was then claimed to be an infection from La Gloria, and US flu claimed to be infection from Mexico City.

This routine of blaming viruses has been going on for well over a hundred years, as orthodox medical policies and paradigms serve to protect dirty industrial operations.

This routine is also occurred September 3rd, 1999, in NYC, when birds and squirrels had been dropping out of the air and trees for several years.  when dead crows were found in 1999, the CDC response was to declare a virus epidemic (West Nile) and conduct a military-style pesticide spray and fear campaign throughout the entire Tri-State region with helicopters.  Interestingly, the borough of Manhattan was exempted.  It was sprayed only by truck, and Park Avenue was not sprayed.  Residents from the borough of Queens threatened to sue NYC if they were NOT sprayed.

Here are comments on four articles on factory pig farming, three concerning the La Gloria epidemic and one on the general topic, by Jeff Tietz.  I begin with David Kirby of Huffington Post (5/4/2009).  His article is about air and water pollution.  It doesn't mention a germ until "the health department intervened".  I'll comment accordingly.  The fourth article, by Colleen de Koning, is key, being more explicit about poisons at La Gloria.

"...Mexican Outbreak" (5/4/2009)
by David Kirby, of Huffington Post (US)

Comments

"[T]ests now show that a 4-year-old boy contracted the disease at least two weeks earlier in neighboring Veracruz state, where a community has been protesting pollution from a large pig farm," the AP says. Citizens were protesting industrial air and water pollution.
"The farm is run by Granjas Carroll de Mexico, a joint venture 50 percent owned by Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, Inc." An influential multi-national corporation.
Company officials said there were no "clinical signs or symptoms" of swine influenza in their vast herds anywhere in Mexico... Swine cattle, raised for food, and fed arsenic, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals to maximize tissue growth, are not expected to live long, and facing imminent slaughter, exhibited no "clinical signs or symptoms".
"But local residents are convinced they were sickened by air and water contamination from pig waste," AP says. This could be an environmental protest, as infectious disease is not mentioned.
"There was a widespread outbreak of a particularly powerful respiratory disease in the area early April, and some people reported being sick as early as February. The epidemic was a respiratory epidemic, which can indicate an air pollution problem for the lungs.
Local health workers intervened in early April, sealing off the town of La Gloria and spraying to kill off flies they said were swarming through their homes." The gov/med solution:  Avoid toxicology, announce a dramatic emergency; spray pesticides to kill flies and mosquitoes, which are claimed to be flu virus vectors (technical details not provided by David Kirby, so I'm assuming from previous epidemic reviews (investigations and interviews), that these routine public health emergency procedures were triggered.)

"Residents... Ill for Months"
by Ioan Grillo, Telegraph (UK)

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Local health officials and Federal Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova downplayed claims that the swine flu epidemic could have started in la Gloria, noting that of 30 mucous samples taken from victims of respiratory diseases there, only one – that of 4-year-old Edgar Hernandez – came back positive. The epidemiology is not consistent, and thus appears political.  The people in La Gloria, protesting air pollution, were ill for months without the "infectious" epidemic spreading.

The virology is not consistent.  There were many cases of "flu" and only one case of "swine flu virus". 

More sensible is the toxicological approach, because it is indisputable that chemical poisons cause flu symptoms of a wide variety.  Toxicology must be discounted to make sense of any virology.  Yet toxicology has not been mentioned as part of the investigation.

"Boss Hog" (12/14/2006)
by Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone Magazine

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...factory pigs are infused with a huge range of antibiotics and vaccines, and are doused with insecticides. Without these compounds -- oxytetracycline, draxxin, ceftiofur, tiamulin -- diseases would likely kill them. Add to this list of poisons, arsenic, or its equivalent, utilized to force high rate of tissue growth.  The antibiotics and insecticides also have a double rationale, which includes forcing high rate of tissue growth, which few or no authors mention.
Thus factory-farm pigs remain in a state of dying until they're slaughtered. When a pig nearly ready to be slaughtered grows ill, workers sometimes shoot it up with as many drugs as necessary to get it to the slaughterhouse under its own power. As long as the pig remains ambulatory, it can be legally killed and sold as meat." The intended purpose, is to maintain as much poisoning as possible, as long as the pigs metabolism can be kept in high gear, bordering death, cancer, and disease margins -- until slaughtered at highest weight.
The drugs Smithfield administers to its pigs, of course, exit its hog houses in pig shit. Industrial pig waste also contains a host of other toxic substances: ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorous, nitrates and heavy metals. To understand why poisoning is so important to commerce, in terms of forcing  high metabolism of animals (and humans), see this chapter from Hayes and Laws, toxicology book.

"Pandemic or Factory-Farm Fiasco?"
by Colleen De Koning [ref]

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Beginning in December 2008, La Gloria's population of 3000 had seen 400-500 cases of serious respiratory illness.  Sometime in December a vaccination program began which included only children and the elderly. This is La Gloria, the epicenter for global swine flu in 2009.  Major diseases problems began long before any flu outbreak.
Before being announced as an outbreak, the pig farms were fumigated and the pigs were vaccinated.  At the same time,  local residents were vaccinated and their homes and patios were fumigated. Looks like industry's drive to maximize production with poisons backfired and the result was a global coverup/exploitation of related illnesses by people who call themselves journalists, medicos and chemists.
THEN, the deaths really ramped up.

Sixteen hospital employees came down with a respiratory illness - the emergency floor has been shut down for 15 days for 'cleaning'.

 
No mention of 'avian flu' until this time, until a woman patient at a nearby hospital was suspected of suffering from Avian flu.  She was treated with a 'restricted' injection medicine, recovered, but then died of infection. It would be helpful to have more data on this "infection".
Testing at that point is claimed to show only two flu cases - one swine flu and one human flu. What were the vaccinations for in December?

Conclusion

Poisons were a major concern at La Gloria.  "Swine flu", or any kind of flu, appears to be an afterthought.

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Nothing More Required

Microbiologists have critiqued virology thoroughly, in various ways.  My approach is to ignore it, while asking, "Where is the toxicology?"  The burden of proof remains on those who decree microbial predation.  With poison causation so obvious in this era, orthodoxy's avoidance of toxicology is a virtual admission of fault. Virological explorations are moot in a poisoned context.

Laboratory Artifice

Consider a lab experiment where scientists place a lion and vulture in a cage.  The lion eats the vulture.  However, poison the lion, and the vulture eats the lion.  Without toxicology, such a lab experiment can be decreed "proof" that vultures prey on lions. 

Virology is similar.  Instead of lion and vulture, cell and germ are utilized in the laboratory with artificial stressors and vulnerabilities. 

The argument against virology should be a rhetorical quest for toxicology.  It is that simple.  Anything more draws the victim into the circular logic of virological artifice.

Virology, in a sense, is the mere avoidance of toxicology.  Without toxicology, it can only find germ causation.  Nobel prizes are handed out for simply attempting to find germ causation.  Yet, when the esteemed, well-published microbiologist, Dr. Peter Duesberg, attempted to study the toxicology of a virus disease, his usual research funds were cancelled by the CDC, and he nearly lost his tenured professorship.

Demonized Biomarkers

Orthodoxy claims that a virus has deadly characteristics, however, the virus could be a nutrient, a waste product, free host RNA, or host messenger nucleic acid -- if studies accounted for toxicology.  Perhaps there is no virus as defined (virus is non-existent).  Likely, the "virus" actually is harmless human nucleic acid, evacuolated from cells during stress, with its genetic structure altered as a normal response to poisoning (the "SOS" cellular response).  Various normal biological responses to stressors can be biomarkers for poisoning.  Orthodox medicine prefers to see these biomarkers as "deadly viral activity". 

Modern Medicine devises test kits and technical devices that interpret such biomarkers as "positive test results" for a "deadly virus".  The end-user (medical lab tech or M.D.) need only report the results of these tech-toys, and is thereby protected from the annoyance of scientific, political and moral contradictions.

Some orthodox people, and even virus critics, argue from a compromised stance, i.e., they would argue that air pollution weakens the immune system and thereby allows viral disease, however, even if virus disease were a valid paradigm, toxicology still explains such disease completely.

Virology itself can be understood through its professional critics at:  www.virusmyth.com and elsewhere.  The most direct critics are microbiologist Stefan Lanka (index and a translation), and Perth Group

Main critical points are: a) Viruses are rarely actually isolated. b) Toxicology is sufficient to explain disease. c) Conflict of interest is massive.
d) Toxicology is avoided.  My
polio/pesticide site adds vivid context.

But What About...

The 1918 flu epidemic?  Ans:  Cough serum in 1918 contained chloroform, which metabolizes to phosgene and carbon monoxide, which causes respiratory flu symptoms.  Chloroform in cough syrup has only recently been banned in industrialized countries.

SARS epidemic?  Ans:  Independent verification is impossible because supposed virus strains are controlled by Homeland Security and Patriot Act laws.  See CDC Special Agents Program.  SARS was shown first to be related to air pollution, by my study, and then by a UCLA study.

What about smallpox virus?  Ans:  Modern Medicine claims it drove the smallpox virus to extinction with vaccine programs.  Independent verification is impossible, because the last remaining supposed smallpox viruses are said to be locked up in two military vaults, protecting the world from disillusionment. 

Isn't the virus paradigm valid as a co-factor, after all, pollution weakens the immune system, allowing the virus to takeover?  Ans:  The toxicological evidence is strong enough to explain the symptoms without any need of unproven virus paradigms.  Why else would medicos avoid toxicology?

Isn't chicken pox or herpes virus contagious?  Ans:  Apparently, but several studies show symptoms are brought about by poisoning.  Viral symptoms could be explained as a cathartic or metabolic response to poisoning.  A study has shown that cellular metabolism of poisons is enhanced by presence of a supposed herpes virus (supposed... as it could also be hormonal behavior interpreted as viral).  The observed contagion could be response symptoms shared or catalyzed between individuals,  like yawning or menstruation.  All can be explained by behavioral and hormonal sciences.

Don't lab studies prove viruses cause disease?  Ans:  Yes, if isolation can be deemed irrelevant and test animals and cells are substantially weakened. 

Do Ancient Beliefs Influence Contemporary Medicine?

In his book, "Plato", Michael Schofield discusses his findings.

"Something false told by a doctor to his patient... is not a lie..."

"Useful medicinal lies are not lies..."

"A lie in words... is only in words... not in the speaker's soul..."

"Admittedly, a doctor may poison his patient for profit... however..."

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Germ paradigms block perception of environment

Environmentalists are rendered blind when medical diagnostics are skewed.  There is tremendous conflict of interest between medicine and the chemical industry, which means diagnostics require truly independent review, which doesn't happen.

Swine flu, cascading into a big media event as of April, 24-29, 2009, is the beginning of a dramatic medical media campaign related to other previous air pollution epidemic dramas, all of which make environmental analysis impossible by inverting medical diagnostics.

Swine flu drama is occurring now on the tenth anniversary of the U.S. West Nile flu-like epidemic, which was first dramatized heavily in August, 1999.  As usual, major media takes our minds off of the worldwide industrial chemical-attack which occurs routinely and is accepted as normal.  The poisoning has seasonal peaks, with the seasonal high beginning in April, its apex in mid-July to early August, and diminishing in September with cooler weather.  The warm months are the worst polluted, though a secondary season of air pollutants enters for the cold months in the form of weather inversions.)

Refer to the analysis of annual bird mortality incidence graph, built from the log book of  the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, in Staten Island (borough of NYC, courtesy of Bob Zinc, president.  This provides a unique understanding of morbidity and mortality in air polluted regions.  Avian observations are real, instinctive, direct, i.e., they are the "miners' canaries".  EPA maps are valuable, yet their data submits to political interpretation. 

Avians, as biomarkers for poisoning, give us instant, real-time information that is demonstrative.  It is death and disease.  EPA maps, in a sense, separate us from reality and are points for subversion of our instinctive senses.  Numbers and drawings replace direct observation.  Our instinctive connection to avian behavior (sights, sounds, and dance) has been battered through industrial propaganda.  The word "industry" is used here to mean polluting industries.  Industry, per se, is technically impressive and according to recent advertisements evolving towards green and harmonious principles.

Swine flu epidemics are similar to West Nile flu-like disease epidemics.  Swine flu's symptoms match, epicenters (high disease incidence in high air pollution locations) match, and seasonal date range match "West Nile" epidemic of 1999-2003.  20 megs of research supports the air pollution interpretation of "West Nile epidemics".  West Nile disease is officially described as "flu-like" disease, the symptoms being headache, nausea, dysentery, fever, cold symptoms, with worse scenarios like polio, with meningitis, encephalitis, multiple organ damage, and death.  The symptoms are experienced by those who sit in a car idling in dense, slow automotive traffic.  The reference for the published version of this study of West Nile epidemics:  Jim West, "West Nile Virus vs MTBE", Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, v 228, July 2002, pp 64-76.  Swine flu epidemics, as a coverup, are nearly identical (politically) to West Nile epidemics, and SARS (respiratory disease), and bird flu, both of the latter discussed by Jon Rappoport.

Rarely is there a published orthodox conversation about toxicology to counter-balance virological press releases.  There is little toxicology to place germ-theory in context.  Yet, the toxicology is blatantly obvious, something to reflect upon when confronted with the frequent image of an ambulance parked on the sidewalk outside an apartment building in any industrial city.

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Addenda

Three Traffic Scenarios

Bad

Worse

Terrible (St. Francis Prep)

Residence adjacent to angular traffic patterns. Two SUIRs exist, though the straight length of traffic is limited by the curve.  One crosswind angle exists (with all possible combinations thereof). Residence is exposed to two SUIRs, and one crosswind direction (with all combinations thereof). Residence is exposed to four SUIRs, and three crosswind directions (with all possible combinations thereof).  The only safe wind direction is south.

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Crosswind vs In-Line (SUIR)

Crosswind Moves Vehicle Exhaust Into School.  Exposure is Limited.

 
In-Line Wind Sustains High Concentrations of Exhaust Into School.

It is commonly accepted that driving in heavy traffic can lead to flu symptoms (nausea, headache).  Why not the adjacent school?

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List of Symptoms
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If one were to accept the toxicological thesis presented herein, then in view of the following table, most diseases could be related to air pollution, with secondary sources being water and food pollution.  Tertiary sources would be psycho-social stressors.  This tripartite order could be rearranged according to other given conditions.

Carbon Monoxide, Symptoms list from Wikipedia

Acute Symptoms

The main manifestations of poisoning develop in the organ systems most dependent on oxygen use: the central nervous system and the heart. Early symptoms of acute carbon monoxide poisoning are nonspecific and include headaches, nausea, and fatigue; these early symptoms are often mistaken for a viral syndrome such as influenza. Symptoms may progress to tachycardia and hypertension, central nervous system symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, convulsions, unconsciousness, respiratory arrest, and even death. Less common symptoms following poisoning include myocardial ischemia, atrial fibrillation, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, hyperglycemia, muscle necrosis, acute renal failure, skin lesions, and visual and auditory problems.

One of the major concerns following acute poisoning is the severe neurological manifestations that may occur after poisoning. These delayed neurological effects usually develop 2 to 40 days following the initial acute poisoning. Common problems encountered are difficulty with higher intellectual functions and short-term memory, dementia, amnesia, psychosis, irritability, gait disturbance, speech disturbances, parkinson-like syndromes, cortical blindness, and depression, depression can even occur in those accidentally exposed who do not have pre-existing depression. These delayed sequelae occur in approximately 15 percent of severely poisoned patients after an interval of 1 to 21 days. It is difficult to predict who may develop delayed sequelae; however, advancing age, loss of consciousness while poisoned, and initial neurological abnormalities may indicate a greater chance of developing delayed symptoms.

Chronic Symptoms

Chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide may cause persistent headaches, lightheadedness, depression, confusion, memory loss, and nausea and vomiting. It is unclear if chronic exposure can cause permanent neurological damage. Typically, upon removal from exposure, the symptoms usually resolve themselves. Chronic exposure may increase the incidence of cardiovascular symptoms in some workers, such as motor vehicle examiners, firefighters, and welders. It appears long term, repeated exposures present the greatest risk to persons with coronary heart disease and in pregnant patients.

Differential diagnosis

The earliest symptoms, especially from low level exposures, are often non-specific and readily confused with other illnesses, typically flu-like viral syndromes, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, chest pain, and migraine or other headaches. Other conditions included in the differential diagnosis include acute respiratory distress syndrome, altitude sickness, lactic acidosis, diabetic ketoacidosis, meningitis, methemoglobinemia, or opioid or toxic alcohol poisoning.

Pregnancy

Carbon monoxide poisoning in pregnant women can cause severe adverse fetal effects. Poisoning causes fetal tissue hypoxia by decreasing the release of maternal oxygen to the fetus. Carbon monoxide also crosses the placenta and combines with fetal hemoglobin causing more direct fetal tissue hypoxia. Additionally, fetal hemoglobin has a 10 to 15% higher affinity for carbon monoxide than adult hemoglobin, typically causing more severe poisoning in the fetus. Elimination of carbon monoxide is also slower in the fetus, leading to an accumulation of carbon monoxide. The level of fetal morbidity and mortality in acute carbon monoxide poisoning is significant, so even despite mild maternal poisoning or following maternal recovery, severe fetal poisoning or death can still occur. Due to possible severe effects in the fetus, pregnant patients are typically treated with normal or hyperbaric oxygen for longer periods of time than non-pregnant patients.

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Historical Precedent

NYCDOH's response to flu symptoms is virus testing, not toxicology.  On April 24th, 2009, a NYCDOH team drove to St. Francis School to collect samples for virus testing.  Ironically, "the health department got stuck in traffic en route to the school" and were able to obtain only a few blood samples from students. (Gothamist, 4/27/2009) 

Such responses are not unprecedented.  The British government categorized the Great London Smog Disaster as a flu epidemic.

WikiPedia:

"The Great Smog of 1952 darkened the streets of London and killed approximately 4,000 people in the short time of 4 days (a further 8,000 died from its effects in the following weeks and months). Initially a flu epidemic was blamed for the loss of life."

"50 Years After the Great Smog, a New Killer", Guardian UK

[quote]

To cover up the true extent of the smog disaster the government invented an influenza epidemic. In fact research has shown there was no epidemic and that the thousands more people who continued to die for the next four months did so because of the air pollution. ....To maximise revenue the UK was exporting its clean coal and keeping the sulphur laden "dirty" coal for UK power stations and domestic fires. The result was a combination of soot laden air and droplets of sulphuric acid lying in a 200ft deep blanket across London, leading to the worst smog ever recorded.

Devra Davis, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in her book When Smoke Ran Like Water - published on December 5, to coincide with the anniversary - blames Harold Macmillan, then minister for housing, for suppressing the truth about dirty coal. A later claim by the Ministry of Health that 5,655 had died of influenza in the first three months of 1953 was a fabrication to hide the smog deaths. ......Government estimates are that 24,000 people a year had their lives shortened as a result of air pollution.

[The author makes the link to contemporary petroleum industry, and its mobile exhaust outlets, e.g., motor vehicles.]

...In 1950 there were 4 million vehicles registered in Britain, half of them cars; now there are 28 million vehicles, 85% of them cars. Coal provides only 15% of energy for home heating. ......"We have defeated one problem only to create another, and like the government of 1952 this one has yet to come to terms with the problem."

 "The Great Smog", Debra Davis, History Today

"Fears that England could not afford the extra expense of burning cleaner coal may well explain why the official version attributed these persisting deaths to a widespread outbreak of flu..."

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Closing Notes

EPA pollution forecasts through AIRNOW are valuable, but cannot replace evaluation of local conditions.  Without local evaluations, the significance of EPA ozone maps could be misleading, since industrial air pollution can occur one or more days earlier than ozone is shown on the maps.

I’ve been researching air pollution since 1999, during my research into the "West Nile" epidemic.  I’ve questioned and expressed my concerns and findings at medical conferences, and community boards.  I've worked with action groups like the NoSpray Coalition and Brooklyn Green's.  Mitchel Cohen is the coordinator of both these latter groups.

Whenever the NYCDOH announced any kind of epidemic or unusual disease or mortality, I would find obvious environmental factors, such as an adjacent expressway.  I recorded some of these observations on environmental forums, as well as in articles.

I  investigate the environment of mysterious "overnight" deaths of people of all ages throughout NYC region, where healthy people get the ‘flu’ and die a day or two later, or sometimes overnight.  Traffic air pollution causation is apparent.

This research is easy and informative, and should be primary and mandatory for all disease diagnostics.  How can a doctor say “virus” and order pharmaceuticals before understanding the patient’s environment?  Healthcare professionals must be asked that question, since they are the medical authorities.

Favorite online tools are local Dept of Health websites, search engines, aerial photo and mapped viewers, EPA AIRNOW, SCORECARD, etc.    Keep in mind that regional pollution from refineries can travel far.  Various areas of pollution must be accounted for (global, regional, local), however, usually there is an obvious local trigger, which should be the first review.  Google can find who else may already be decrying pollution in a given area. 

It is important to continue environmental involvement and education. It is important to blend your social life with political environmental groups in order to keep one’s head out of the sand (major media). The major groups have clout, though their integrity can be diminished, perhaps in exchange for funding and high-level networking opportunities.  Their truths are real-politic. The independent groups lack clout but are freer to discuss and attempt to work with non-pc topics. There is a contradiction of power in terms of real possibilities.

Thanks to Sheri Nakken, Ramiel Nagel, and Gary Krasner.  Sheri and Ramiel woke me up to the swine flu topic and its relevance, and with Gary, reviewed this presentation.  Sheri's website and mailing list are a must for environmentalists and medical critics.  Ramiel is an insightful researcher and author of books and articles, currently writing about swine flu.  Gary is Director of Coalition For Informed Choice (vaccine information, support, and political action) in Flushing Queens, NY.  Gary has written extensively on medical politics and science.  Thanks to John Scudamore for his support and research, such as the London smog coverup.

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