Chappaquiddick: The Tragic Accident that Destroyed Ted Kennedy’s Presidential Ambitions

Chappaquiddick

Directed by John Curran (2018)

Film Review

The first (presumably of many) docudramas about the tragic accident at Chappaquiddick that destroyed the late Ted Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.

In it, Kennedy is portrayed as an extremely insecure and entitled rich brat who lives in terror of his tyrannical father Joe Kennedy. What comes across best in this production is that the persona the world knew as Ted Kennedy was one created for us by a network of extremely shrewd (and cynical) political advisors.

Thanks to their expert “management” of the episode, Kennedy got off with a two month suspended sentence (and one year probation) for leaving the scene of an accident, despite the fact he was driving while intoxicated and his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne could possibly have been rescued had he made immediate contact with the police.*

Prior to watching the film, I was unaware of the extreme pressure on Ted to run for president after his brother Bobby was killed in June 1968. I was also unaware he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1980.

After watching numerous documentaries about the event, the version of Chappaquiddick that makes most sense to me is that Kennedy’s car flipped over when he accidentally drove off Dike Bridge into Poucha pond. He escaped from the car but not his passenger Kopechne. According to his campaign staff, he had been drinking at a “cookout” prior to getting in the car. In my view, his high blood alcohol levels were the most likely reason he postponed notifying the police until the following morning.


*I agree with legal experts who believe he was guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Anyone who belongs to a public library can view the film free on Kanopy. Type “Kanopy” and the name of your library into your search engine.

Frackman: Anti-Fracking Activism in Queensland

Frackman: Anti-Fracking Activism in Queensland

Directed by Richard Todd (2015)

Film Review

This documentary concerns “accidental” anti-fracking activist Dayne Pratsky, a Queensland farmer who refused to allow Halliburton to frack for coal seam gas on his farm. When his neighbors’ kids started getting sick with headaches, rashes, and nosebleeds, he organized a grassroots campaign to pressure the government to either ban or properly regulate fracking.

What impressed me most about the film is its similarity to our experience here in Taranaki. Fracking began here about 25 years ago, though the number of wells increased exponentially when skyrocketing oil prices and new horizontal drilling technology increased its financial viability.

As in Australia, foreign oil and gas companies moved into Taranaki with no notification or consultation of local residents. Likewise, in both countries farmers agreed to one or two wells and were suddenly surrounded with 10 or more. Taranaki residents living adjacent to wells are experiencing the same nosebleeds, headaches, rashes (and cancer), as well as the smoke and benzene smell of 24/7 flaring, the deafening noise of drilling and heavy truck traffic, water contamination with toxic chemicals, and atmospheric venting of methane gas and carcinogenic benzene.

The film depicts Pratsky eventually joining forces with Drew Hutton, founder of Australia’s Lock the Gate campaign. Hutton helped us start our own Lock the Gate campaign in Taranki nine years ago. He helped Pratsky organize an inspired protest action in which scores of farmers blocked Halliburton’s access to their fracking rigs with pickup trucks.

Faced with the reality that he couldn’t expose a wife and family to the health risks of living in an industrial fracking zone, Dratsky eventually allowed Halliburton to buy him out and left his his farm.

He remains as active as ever in the anti-fracking movement and supports his former neighbors seeking similar buyouts. As in Taranaki, Queensland farms covered with fracking rigs are virtually impossible to sell on the open market.

Link to Dratsky’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Frackman-Dayne-Pratzky-141386222547945/

Anyone with a public library card can view the film free on Kanopy: https://pukeariki.kanopy.com/video/frackman

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Plague of Corruption: The Book Behind Plandemic

Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science

By Dr Judy Mikovitz and Kent Heckenlively JD

Skyhorse Publishing Inc (2020)

Book Review

The banning of the film Plandemic on YouTube and other social medial sites, has caused this book to soar to Amazon’s best seller list in a matter of weeks. As a tribute to her supporters Dr Mikovitz is offering the ebook version free at https://ebooksbag.com/pdf-epub-plague-of-corruption-restoring-faith-in-the-promise-of-science-download/

The book has a long and revealing preface by Robert F Kennedy, Jr, co-founder and chief spokesperson of Children’s Health Defense. The preface is valuable for its succinct summary of the reason Mikovits poses such a major threat to big Pharma’s vaccine industry and the federal agency that allegedly regulate it.

In 2009, Mikovits and Dr Frank Ruscetti published a study linking a mouse retrovirus knownas XMRV (Xenotropic Murine Retrovirus) to the epidemic of chronic fatigue syndrome that essentially appeared from nowhere in the 1980s. Mukovitz, Ruscetti, and other virologists that XMRV entered the human population via vaccines cultured from mouse brain cells. This discovery had the potential of costing the vaccine industry hundreds of millions of dollars if federal regulators forced them to a) screen all vaccines for XMRV and/or b) recall their vaccines.

Instead Big Pharma and federal regulators conspired to falsely arrest and bankrupt Mikovits, while simultaneously destroying her career.

Kennedy’s preface also provides a long list of doctors and scientists who have been similarly persecuted for challenging “official” medical and scientific orthodoxy. The list includes

  • Ignaz Semmelweiss – committed to a mental institution in 1865 (where he died 2 weeks later) for trying to introduce handwashing to prevent child bed fever.
  • Herbert Needleheim – academic career ruined for publishing study linking lead toxicity to brain damage in children in 1979.
  • Rachel Carson – totally vilified in mainstream media for her 1962 book Silent Spring, exposing the dangers of DDT – until President Kennedy defied the FDA and Monsanto by appointing a panel to investigate her findings.
  • Dr Alice Stewart – career destroyed in 1965 when she published paper linking x-rays in pregnant women to childhood cancer.
  • Dr Bernice Eddy – career destroyed for revealing (in 1954) the presence of dangerous live polio viruses in Salk vaccine and (in 1961) the presence of carcinogenic SV40 virus in Salk vaccine.
  • Dr John Anthony – fired from NIH in 1976 for paper concerning lack of proof that flu vaccine prevented influenza.
  • Dr Bart Classen – career destroyed in 2002 for studies linking HIb vaccine to epidemic of juvenile diabetes.
  • Dr Gary Goldman – computer scientist forced to resign in 2002 for study linking chickenpox vaccine to shingles in children.

The book itself chronicles Dr Mikovitz’s harrowing account of being stalked, thrown in jail, bankrupted, and expelled from academia that she describes in the film Plandemic.

For me personally, the most interesting part of the book concerns research into the high incidence of gut problems and autism in children of women with XMRV-related chronic fatigue syndrome. Here Mikovitz credits Dr Andy Wakefield (another doctor systematically vilified for a study linking the MMR vaccine with autism)* for uncovering the “gut-brain” connection.


*The controversy Wakefield generated led him to lose his medical license in 2010. Despite widespread disinformation in the mainstream media (that he was struck off for fraudulent research), the excuse offered by the British Medical Council was that he ordered (allegedly) “unnecessary tests” on autistic children with gastrointestinal disease. As Likovits outlines in her book, Wakefield was vindicated in 2015 when CDC whistleblower Wiilliam Thompson revealed the CDC had actively covered up links between MMR and autism in reporting 2001-2004 studies.

60 Minutes Australia: Jeffrey Epstein’s International Sex Trafficking Ring

Exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s International Sex Trafficking Ring

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2019)

Film Review

This documentary concerns the victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring and their years’ long battle to bring him and his enablers to justice. The film specifically profiles Virginia Roberts DuFray and Courtney Wild and the New York lawyer assisting them.

Both Dufray and Wild talk about Epstein and his partner Ghislane Maxwell deliberately targeting low income with promises of masseuse training and glamorous new lives. Both women were  flown around the world in Epstein’s private plane (the Lolita Express) to have sex with Epstein’s billionaire friends, politicians and “royalty.”* Both describe threats against their families, ensuring their loyalty and silence. Wild states that Epstein forced her to have sex with other men to “blackmail them so people would owe him favors.**

The documentary goes on to explore charges the State of Florida filed against Epstein in 2005. Despite detailed affidavits from 40 victims, extensive message and flight logs documenting that Epstein was trafficking 13 to 16-year olds to the rich and famous, and the seizure of numerous sexually explicit CDs and photos from his Florida home, prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge of “soliciting minors for prostitution.”

Instead of serving 45 years in prison on rape and sex trafficking charges, he spent 13 months in a private prison wing. His sentence included work release of 12 hours a day 7 days a week.

The plea deal also granted Epstein full immunity against criminal charges from other, unidentified victims.

It was largely to Wild’s 14-year battle to overturn this immunity provision that pressured federal prosecutors to bring charges against him in 2019. Owing to all the unfortunate “coincidences” that enabled him to commit suicide in a high security prison, the victims’ legal team believes he was murdered. “He knew too much about the wrong people.”

At present the mean legal focus is ongoing victim lawsuits against the Epstein estate, Brislaine Maxwell and French model agent Jean-Luc Brunel (who reportedly procured more than 1,000 girls for Maxwell). Both Maxwell and Brunel have gone into hiding.

The film closes with DuFray describing her 2002 rescue from the trafficking ring by an Australian she subsequently married. She tells her story to ABC Sixty Minutes from her new home in Australia.


*DuFray has provided names of all her abusers in court, but except for Prince Andrew name (already publicly identifying), ongoing litigation prevents her from identifying them in the broadcast..

**The ABC documentary makes no mention of Epstein’s role in a long-established CIA scheme to entrap and blackmail politicians, ambassadors, etc by luring them into embarrassing sexual escapades and secretly videotaping them. See

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

How ABC’s 20/20 Framed Mumia Abu Jamal for Execution in 2001

Framing an Execution: ABC News and the Case of Mumia Abu Jamal

Sut Jhally and Danny Glover (2001)

Film Review

This 2001 documentary concerns the hatchet job ABC did in their 20/20 feature on Mumia Abu Jamal. In the late nineties, a number of Hollywood celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner and Mike Farrell, brought substantial mainstream media attention to Mumia’s 30+ year battle to win a new trial. In 1999 the West Coast longshoremen’s  union shut down ports from San Diego to Canada to support a new trial for the embattled activist.

When Framing an Execution was first released in 2001, Mumia was still on death row. In 2011, the death sentence would be commuted to life imprisonment.

The intro to ABC 2001 20/20 feature on Mumia is shockingly bloodthirsty in its contention that only the immediate execution of a Black man (already on death row for 20 years) could possibly bring peace of mind to the grieving widow of slain Philadelphia cop Daniel Faulkner.

The 20/20 program also deliberately omits and/or distorts crucial defense evidence. It also carefully edits statements by Ed Asner, Mike Farrel and Mumia’s attorney Leonard Weinglass to make them seem uninformed, irrational and deliberately evasive.

Evidence had already emerged in appellate hearings that the police coerced seven witnesses who saw someone other than Mumia shoot Faulkner to change their testimony. They also dropped three outstanding charges against the  prosecution’s star witness, prostitute Cynthia White, to reward her for incriminating Mumia in the murder.

The other main weaknesses in Mumia’s conviction are the absence of ballistics evidence (there is no evidence showing Mumia fired a gun at the scene nor that the bullet that killed Faulkner came from his gun) and the alleged confession he made while recovering from critical gunshot wounds. The doctor who attended him continuously in the emergency room and intensive care maintains maintains he was barely conscious and didn’t speak at all during this entire period.

Framing an Execution was filmed a few months before Arnold Beverley confessed, via video (below) and sworn affidavit to being hired, with a friend, to murder Faulkner. According to Beverley, the Mob hired them to kill Faulkner due to his crusading efforts to root out police corruption.

In April this year, Mumia finally won  the right to have his appeal reheard in the Philadelphia Supreme Court.

In July, he won the right to continue his lawsuit against prison authorities for denying him antiviral treatment for his hepatitis C.

In September the prosecutor’s office “miraculously” discovered a box of suppressed evidence related to police witness tampering in a janitor’s closet.

 

 

 

 

 

How the World Health Organization Gave Up Its Scientific Independence

Trust WHO: The Business of Global Health

Al Jazeera (2018)

Film Review

This documentary concerns the capture of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) by pharmaceutical and other corporations. The problem originates, according to filmmakers, from the refusal global governments to fully fund the agency. As a result, WHO has come to rely on foundations and corporate sponsors to finance their programs. Forty percent of current WHO funding comes from non-government sources. The Gates Foundation, with their strong GMO and vaccine agenda, is its second largest funder after the US government.

Worse still, only 30% of the WHO budget is discretionary. Seventy-percent must be dedicated to programs specified by donors.

The film examines numerous instances in which WHO has pursued the interest of corporate sponsors to the clear detriment of world health. The most grievous example occurred in 2011, when they failed to recommend that Japanese children take potassium iodide to prevent them from radioactive iodine released from the Fukushima meltdowns. The recommendation for children to take prophylactic potassium iodide following nuclear accidents has been a standard WHO recommendation since 1999.

According to radiation health expert Dr Helen Caldicott (see Fukushima: An Ongoing Radiological Catastrophe, more than 200 Fukushima children had developed thyroid cancer by June 2018. Most, if not all of these cases could have been prevented by giving them potassium iodide. Thyroid cancer in the Japanese population is normally quite rare – it occurs in roughly one of every million individuals.

The film can’t be embedded but can be viewed at the Al Jazeera website:

Trust Who: The Business of Global Health