About stuartbramhall

Retired child and adolescent psychiatrist and American expatriate in New Zealand. In 2002, I made the difficult decision to close my 25-year Seattle practice after 15 years of covert FBI harassment. I describe the unrelenting phone harassment, illegal break-ins and six attempts on my life in my 2010 book The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee.

Ingredient in Monsanto Weedkiller May ‘Severely Affect’ Human Gut Microbiome

Newly published scientific papers illustrate the ubiquitous nature of the weed-killing chemical glyphosate and a need to better understand the impact exposure to the popular pesticide may be having on human health, including the health of the gut microbiome.

In one of the new papers, researchers from the University of Turku in Finland said that they were able to determine, in a “conservative estimate,” that approximately 54% of species in the core of the human gut microbiome are “potentially sensitive” to glyphosate. The researchers said they used a new bioinformatics method to make the finding

With a “large proportion” of bacteria in the gut microbiome susceptible to glyphosate, the intake of glyphosate “may severely affect the composition of the human gut microbiome,” the authors said in their paper, which was published this month in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.

The microbes in the human gut include a variety of bacteria and fungi and are believed to impact immune functions and other important processes. Unhealthy gut microbiomes are believed by some scientists to contribute to a range of diseases.

“Although data on glyphosate residues in human gut systems are still lacking, our results suggest that glyphosate residues decrease bacterial diversity and modulate bacterial species composition in the gut,” the authors said. “We may assume that long-term exposure to glyphosate residues leads to the dominance of resistant strains in the bacterial community.”

The concerns about glyphosate’s impact on the human gut microbiome stem from the fact that glyphosate works by targeting an enzyme known as 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). This enzyme is critical to the synthesizing of essential amino acids.

“To determine the actual impact of glyphosate on the human gut microbiota and other organisms, further empirical studies are needed to reveal glyphosate residues in food, to determine the effects of pure glyphosate and commercial formulations on microbiomes and to assess the extent to which our EPSPS amino acid markers predict bacterial susceptibility to glyphosate in in vitro and real-world scenarios,” the authors of the new paper concluded.

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Introduced in 1974

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup brand herbicides and hundreds of other weed killing products sold around the world. It was introduced as a weed killer by Monsanto in 1974 and grew to become the most widely used herbicide after Monsanto’s introduction in the 1990s of crops genetically engineered to tolerate the chemical. Residues of glyphosate are commonly found on food and in water. Consequently, residues are also often detected in the urine of people exposed to glyphosate through either diet and/or application.

U.S. regulators and Monsanto owner Bayer AG maintain there are no human health concerns with glyphosate exposure when the products are used as intended, including from residues in the diet.

The body of research contradicting those claims is growing, however. The research on the potential impacts of glyphosate on the gut microbiome is not nearly as robust as the literature associating glyphosate to cancer, but is an area many scientists are probing.

In a somewhat related paper published this month, a team of researchers from Washington State University and Duke University said that they had found a correlation between the levels of bacteria and fungi in the gastrointestinal tracts of children and the chemicals found in their homes. The researchers did not look at glyphosate specifically, but were alarmed to find that children with higher levels of common household chemicals in their bloodstream showed a reduction in the amount and diversity of important bacteria in their gut.

Glyphosate in urine

An additional scientific paper published this month underscored a need for better and more data when it comes to glyphosate exposure and children.

The paper, published in the journal Environmental Health by researchers from the Institute for Translational Epidemiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, is the outcome of a literature review of multiple studies reporting actual values of glyphosate in people.

The authors said they analyzed five studies published in the last two years reporting glyphosate levels measured in people, including one study in which urinary glyphosate levels were measured in children living in rural Mexico. Of 192 children living in the Agua Caliente area, 72.91 percent had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine, and all of the 89 children living in Ahuacapán, Mexico, had detectable levels of the pesticide in their urine.

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Via https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/glyphosate-monsanto-weedkiller-may-severely-affect-human-gut-microbiome-new-research/

Please Support Dr Paul Thomas, a Hero Defending Children’s Health

Join Me in Supporting Dr. Paul Thomas, A Hero Defending Children’s Health

Dr. Thomas is leading the battle to practice ethical health care and evidence-based medicine, honor informed consent and stand up against medical coercion at every level. Please join me in supporting his efforts.

Dr. Paul Thomas, MD FAAP is one of America’s top pediatricians. His thriving Portland practice employs seven health care providers and serves more than 10,000 Oregon children, including kids with varying vaccination statuses. Dr. Thomas explains, “Parents are discharged from other pediatric practices when they won’t continue vaccinating their already vaccine-injured children,” he says, “or they don’t want to vaccinate siblings or subsequent children. These families find our clinic where we honor the parents’ right to choose how to vaccinate their child.” Dr. Thomas has more than 1 million YouTube followers and is the author of many books, including “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan,” which provides an alternative to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine recommendations.

In recent years, the Oregon Health Authority has targeted Dr. Thomas by removing his access to the CDC’s Vaccines For Children program, which pays for vaccines for low income families. Providence Health Plan and the Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Health Plans, which are major health plans, have threatened to drop Dr. Thomas’ insurance coverage, claiming that the practice’s low vaccination rate signifies inferior care. These maneuvers could trigger a domino effect, closing down Dr. Thomas’ practice and leaving thousands of families with no pediatric care.

Dr. Thomas’ 2016 best-selling book, “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan,” is a compelling challenge to the CDC vaccine schedule and the business model of the Pharma/medical cartel. That book has made Dr. Thomas a target of those vested interests and their media allies. Dr. Thomas and his colleague Dr. James Lyons-Weiler just published a peer-reviewed study comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children in the practice. The data in that study shatters the vaccine industry’s religious orthodoxies.

“The unvaccinated just don’t get sick and they rarely suffer from developmental delays, autism, allergies, anxiety, depression and autoimmune conditions that the highly vaccinated do,” Dr. Thomas said. “I am hearing stories every week of parents who watched their children regress into autism or ‘disappear’ as the lights in their eyes went out, often after vaccines.”

Dr. Thomas is leading the battle to practice ethical health care and evidence-based medicine, honor informed consent and stand up against medical coercion at every level. Health plans are not heeding the overwhelming weight of published science when they confuse full vaccination — according to federal guidelines — with good medical care. Reimbursement incentives for vaccines and “quality measures” contract systems and Pharma-friendly state medical boards effectively force most pediatricians to follow the CDC schedule or risk their practices. Dr. Thomas is a victim of this dynamic.

Please join me in supporting Dr. Thomas in demanding scientific proof of the assertion that vaccines are blameless in the epidemic of childhood chronic health conditions today.

You can help Dr. Thomas by writing and calling the people below. Please let them know Integrative Pediatrics is following the science and achieving better health outcomes. Share the recently published peer-reviewed study based on Dr. Thomas’s practice.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Write Gov. Kate Brown regarding Oregon Health Authority’s termination for Vaccines For Children program at 500 Summer St. N.E.  E44, Salem, OR 97307.

2. Email the following people regarding Providence Health Systems’ termination notice:

3. Send copies of your letters and emails to Dr. Thomas’s lawyers: Troy S. Bundy and Hart Wagner, 1000 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205, tsb@hartwagner.com

If you’d like to donate to this effort, please contribute to Freedom To Choose. Thank you for joining me in supporting Dr. Thomas.

Here’s a timeline and data explaining the importance of Dr. Paul Thomas’ work:

In 2008: Dr. Thomas opened Integrative Pediatrics where informed consent is honored — always.

In 2016: Dr. Thomas released his best-selling book: “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan.”

This chart showing powerful data started being shared at rallies to stop mandatory vaccine bills and nationally by Children’s Health Defense:

Then the attacks began:

2018, 2019, 2020: Oregon Medical Board (OMB) sent letters of complaints threatening to revoke Dr. Thomas’ license.

2019: Oregon Health Authority removes Integrative Pediatrics VFC (Vaccines For Children) program preventing the disadvantaged from having access to free vaccines.

2020: Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Plan terminate contracts with Integrative Pediatrics, Dr. Thomas and his entire staff. Providence Health Plans terminates all contracts with Integrative Pediatrics and all providers.

Dr. Thomas’ legal team wrote the following regarding the OMB attacks:

“The information provided by me to the OMB clearly demonstrates that I have violated no law or rule, and that I have fully complied with the applicable standard of care for physicians who administer and manage childhood vaccinations. There is simply no factual basis for the complaints that have been made.”

March 2020: This peer-reviewed paper, “Acute exposure and chronic retention of aluminum in three vaccine schedules and effects of genetic and environmental variation,” is released, which compares the toxic exposure to aluminum when following the CDC childhood vaccine schedule compared to the Vaccine-Friendly Plan.

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October 2020: The long-awaited vaccinated vs unvaccinated study is released — Relative Incidence of Office Visits and Cumulative Rates of Billed Diagnoses Along the Axis of Vaccination. In response to the OMB’s baseless attacks, Dr. Thomas commissioned a thorough quality analysis looking at all health outcomes for patients born into his practice. That data set was de-identified and with Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, they published this landmark peer-reviewed paper

What does this study show? They looked at 3,324 patients born into the Integrative Pediatrics from June 2008 to January 2019. 561 were completely unvaccinated, and 2,763 were partially vaccinated.

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Via https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/support-dr-paul-thomas/

Mutual aid will help us survive the Biden presidency

Mutual aid work is not easy. It means forming lasting commitments to doing hard work collaborating with people even when we have conflict. And facing the heart-wrenching realities of the systems we live under. It is also deeply satisfying work that transforms us from being exasperated passive observers of the shitstorm we’re living in to inspired builders of the new world we desperately crave.

Quakers, social justice and revolution

Today’s post is based on the article “Mutual aid will help us survive the Biden presidency. Biden and Harris are not going to stop the crises we are facing — mutual aid projects are essential to survive and build the world we want to live in.” by Dean Spade, ROAR Magazine, November 20, 2020.

This title is about the misconception so many have in the wake of the Biden election. Although things will get better in some small and incremental ways, the real change needed is to reject the capitalist economy.


Many people are feeling great relief that Trump has been voted out and are rightly celebrating the efforts so many people have undertaken to make that happen. But even as we celebrate, we must ensure we do not demobilize, hoping that the new administration will take care of our problems. Unfortunately, we can be certain that the Biden/Harris…

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NYC Tenants Take on ‘City’s Worst Landlord’ with Rent Strike

Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

By Caroline Spivak, Curbed.

Standing outside the four-story brick apartment building in Crown Heights she calls home, Jemiah Johnson took her turn with the black megaphone. “This building is literally killing us!” the 26-year-old mother shouted to the small crowd of neighbors waving homemade signs scrawled with phrases like DEFEND RENT STRIKERS and TENANT POWER. “My child is waking up three or four times in the middle of the night struggling to breathe.” At the November rally, she and her fellow mask-clad tenants described a long-standing pattern of neglect and shoddy repairs: crumbling ceilings, leaky pipes, walls caked with mold, repeated desultory work that never truly fixes anything. “It’s deplorable,” Johnson said. “And he feels he deserves something for that? I don’t think so.”

The “he” is Jason Korn, called the city’s worst individual landlord in 2019 by Public Advocate Jumanne Williams, and Johnson and 15 other tenants in the building at 1616 President Street who have gone on a rent strike. The pandemic served as their tipping point — several recently lost work and are unable to pay anyway — beginning in May. For a while, it seemed like the strike was going to work: Korn agreed to Zoom negotiations in late October, but then he abruptly pulled out a couple days before they were to begin. Now, he has upped the ante by taking the first step to evicting most of the people in the building, with notices warning rent-striking residents that they will be dragged to housing court unless they pay what they owe.

“I immediately thought, Okay, take me to court,” said Angela Robinson, who has lived in the building with her family for 17 years. “Let the judge see what’s going on. We’re fed up with this nonsense.” Her own President Street horror story started in 2017, when a leak led to a gaping hole in her kitchen ceiling, with the guts of the building spilling out. The problem was only fixed after a lengthy run in housing court, and now she says the mold that once riddled her cabinets and walls is returning. Residents say the same cycle has played out in many units. The landlord has sent a steady stream of handymen through their homes over the years, but they have patched rather than really fixed the problems. Now that those visits come with the risk of COVID-19, rent strikers have begun denying access for repairs until they’re assured that problems will be fixed once and for all.

The issues at 1616 President Street start at the front door — tenants say the locks are defective and the intercom system is broken — and carry throughout many of the apartments. The building, which is run by Lilmor Management, has more than 123 open violations (17 of which were reported over the last two weeks) from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for conditions that run the gamut from roach and mouse infestations to peeling lead paint to mold issues like Robinson’s.

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Via https://popularresistance.org/tenants-take-on-the-citys-worst-landlord-with-rent-strike/

What Next After Capitalism?

Nowtopia: A Documentary About Economic Alternatives

Masaryk University (2020)

Film Review

Filmed in the Czech Republic and featuring Nowtopia author Chris Carlsson, this documentary looks at the new economic model (which he calls Nowtopia) that is replacing capitalism. The full title of Carlsson’s book is Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today. The filmmakers also interview Nadia Johanisova, a Czech expert in heterodox economics and eco-social enterprise. Dismayed at the cutthroat capitalism that replaced capitalism in the Eastern Bloc following the fall of the Soviet Union, Johanisova spent years in England seeking possible alternative economic models to capitalism and communism. What she ultimately eventually discovered was that Czechoslovakia had enjoyed a a vibrant independent cooperative movement even under Soviet communism.

Carlsson breaks down Nowtopia into three main components: de-commodified* activities (both old and new), self-provisioning and mutual aid.

He says it’s easier than people think to opt out of a corporate lifestyle and rely on one another (as opposed to money) to meet our needs. Over the last 50 years, the growing exploitation and oppression of paid work has broken up stable communities throughout the industrialized North. This loss of community has led individuals to live atomized and disconnected lives. This, in turn, makes it hard to imagine relying on one another to meet our needs – as humankind has done for hundreds of thousands of years.

Because the COVID economic crisis has hastened the disintegration of many capitalist structures, the entire industrialized world suddenly has an unexpected opportunity to explore alternatives to capitalism.

In Brno (Czech Republic), this takes the form of community gardens and kitchens, cooperative wineries, a bike kitchen*, and a community makerspace,** where volunteers produce free masks, plastic shields and antibacterial gel.


*Decommodification as a concept comes from the idea that in a market economy, individual persons (and their labor) are exchanged for money or “commodified.” Given that labor is the individual’s primary commodity in the market, decommodification generally refers to activities and efforts that reduce individuals’ reliance on the market (and money) for their well-being.

*Bike kitchens help people repair old bikes with secondhand parts instead of discarding them and buying new ones.

***A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that makes a variety of high and low tech tools available to kids, adults and entrepreneurs. Examples of high tech tools include 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines (heavy machines used for cutting wood or other hard material), soldering irons and even sewing machines

Winning back the Internet by building our own

What can we learn from BitTorrent’s success 20 years later? If we want to accept the Internet’s “offer of freedom,” as envisioned by optimistic earlier generations, we must (re)learn this vital lesson: the Internet we are made to pay for is not the only way to connect to one another. We merely need to pave our own digital pathways, to create our own lowercase-i “internets.”

The New Dark Age

18 November 2020 — ROAR

We already have the power, the materials and the motive to win back the Internet. But we have to start with the first step first: owning our own infrastructure.

When mentioning the year 2001, most people may think of the attacks on 9/11. But five months prior to that historic date, another event occurred that would continue to shape history in less dramatic but equally profound ways. In April that year, American computer programmer Bram Cohen began designing BitTorrent, a new file sharing protocol that would almost single-handedly change the music, TV and movie industries for decades to come.

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The Past Lives On: The Elite Strategy To Divide and Conquer

“Let those who think I am wrong about Trump and Biden being players in the same show, consider this. If Trump is truly the opponent of the Deep State, the Swamp, the corrupt establishment, he will pardon Julian Assange, Chelsey Manning, and Edward Snowden who have been persecuted by these forces. He has nothing left to lose as he exits stage right.”

Phi Quyền Chính - Anarchism: The Tao Of Anarchy

The Past Lives On: The Elite Strategy To Divide and Conquer

By Edward Curtin

EdwardCurtin.com

December 1, 2020

They call my people the White Lower Middle Class these days. It is an ugly, ice-cold phrase, the result, I suppose, of the missionary zeal of those sociologists who still think you can place human beings on charts.  It most certainly does not sound like a description of people on the edge of open, sustained and possibly violent revolt,” wrote the marvelous New York journalist, Pete Hamill in “The Revolt of the White Lower Middle Class” in New York magazine.  He added:

The White Lower Middle Class? Say that magic phrase at a cocktail party on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and monstrous images arise from the American demonology. Here comes the murderous rabble: fat, well-fed, bigoted, ignorant, an army of beer-soaked Irishmen, violence-loving Italians, hate-filled Poles. Lithuanians…

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Greece: Lesbos Camp Refugees Have No Protection from the Cold

Refugees on the Island of Lesbos, Greece, 2020.

Refugees on the Island of Lesbos, Greece, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @franceculture

Telesur

The refugees were transferred to the Kara Tepe area after the Moria camp burned down in September.

The NGO Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) reported that over 7,000 refugees, who live at the Reception and Identification Center (RIC) in the area of ​​Kara Tepe on Lesvos island, face winter with no protection against the cold.

“There are not enough blankets. We do not know how we will go through this winter… What breaks our heart is that we do not have humane conditions, they perceive us as animals,” Saeb, a victim of torture from Afghanistan, said.

The refugees were transferred by the Greek authorities to that location after the Moria camp burned down in September. So far, however, the refugees live in unheated tents that are unprepared to withstand the winter rains.

“Despite government assurances on the improvement of reception conditions, coupled with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, low temperatures and increased humidity, refugees, including hundreds of children as well as many people belonging to vulnerable groups, are living in tents during winter, without knowing whether and when they will be sheltered in containers,” RSA stressed.

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Via https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Greece-Lesbos-Camp-Refugees-Have-No-Protection-From-the-Cold-20201201-0010.html

Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

Western agribusiness has been coveting Ukraine’s agriculture sector for quite some time, long before the coup. That country contains one third of all arable land in Europe. An article by Oriental Review in 2015 noted that since the mid-90s the Ukrainian-Americans at the helm of the US-Ukraine Business Council had been instrumental in encouraging the foreign control of Ukrainian agriculture.

The New Dark Age

30 November, 2020 — Global Research

By Colin Todhunter

The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion.

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Indigenous Women Lead Struggle Against Wealthiest People in US

East Coast Freedom Council

Red Nation

While the United States shudders in the shambles of another election year, whether from a collective sigh of relief or fear of what’s to come, a different system of governance blooms in a swath of woodlands jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. This shandy shoreline now part of what is called Long Island has always been home to the Shinnecock people. A group of Shinnecock women, organized as the Warriors of the Sunrise, are called to rise up in the face of invasive settlement. This is not their first battle.

Warriors of the Sunrise addressing media after the lighting of a ceremonial fire to kick-off Sovereignty Camp 2020.

Members of the Shinnecock Nation know of a time before there was a Southampton, before there was a State of New York. Since the land emerged after the last Ice Age, able to support human life thousands of years ago, the Shinnecock people have lived on what has only recently been called Long Island. Since European settlers arrived in the region in the early 1600s, the Shinnecocks have been fighting against dispossession and intentional, exploitative underdevelopment.

While the uber wealthy flock to their multi-million homes in the Hamptons and continue their leisure practices on the sacred grounds of Shinnecock Hills, the original peoples of the land struggle to raise themselves out of poverty every year. This is not for lack of effort, knowledge and collective will. The land has always been abundant and Shinnecock people have continued to steward incredible ecosystems despite the environmental destruction which followed residential encroachment by the elite. For decades modern-day settlers and colonists have given no regard to the calls of the Shinnecock people to respect and preserve their ancestral grave sites; they have continued to build their mansions and golf courses as they unearth the remains of Shinnecock tribal members. Forcefully relegating the Shinnecock to small reservations, surrounded by the hollow grandeur of seasonally empty mansions and dried up swimming pools, the town and state would prefer to act as if the Shinnecock simply do not exist.

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Via https://therednation.org/these-indigenous-women-are-leading-a-land-struggle-against-the-wealthiest-people-in-the-us/

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