The Role of the CIA and Military Intelligence in Crafting the Covid19 Narrative

2 months before the COVID-19 pandemic, a large display ...

In his last two chapters of The Real Anthony Fauci, Kennedy reveals how the CIA and military intelligence collaborated with Gates, Fauci and Big Pharma to meticulously craft the rollout of wall-to-wall propaganda that would ensure blind public obedience to totalitarian Covid19 measures in the vast majority of industrialized countries. They seem to have done so openly through 1) a series of pandemic war games starting in 1999 [1] and 2) a series of phony pandemics starting in 2003.[2]

The scenario planning war games were based largely on CIA psychological warfare manuals. In fact, the CIA itself launched Argus (under USAID [3] cover) in 2004 for the alleged purpose of 1) detecting foreign biological warfare events, 2) assessing millions of pieces of social behavior daily and 3) training officials in “pandemic preparedness.”

The SPARS scenario planning operation in October 2017 is especially noteworthy given that participants rehearsed the roll out of the exact same policies and narratives they would roll out for real in March 2020.  Fortunately one of pandemic scenario planners’ was dead wrong: that it would take populations more than 10 years to organize mass rebellion against the new tyranny and authoritarian clampdowns.

Specific skills elite planners were taught during the SPARS war games included

  • Deflecting “nuisance” groups accusing the CDC of exaggerating death rates and the FDA inadequately testing the “SPARS” vaccine [4] and/or presenting scientific data showing “SPARS” to be no more lethal than seasonal flu.[5]
  • Fear-driven propaganda techniques to induce unquestioning public obedience.

Chapters 11 and 12 also explore how US intelligence aided and abetted (beginning in the 1980s) Fauci’s aggressive drive to develop new vaccines as a cover for illegal US biological warfare research. They also carefully document Fauci’s involvement in gain-of-function biological warfare experiments in Wuhan, circumventing Obama’s 2014 law prohibiting biological warfare research in the US.


[1] Which explains why nearly all developed countries were all in lockstep in enacting economically devastating (and scientifically unproven) lockdowns and other restrictive measures. List of health emergency scenario planning war games:

  • 1999 Health and Human Services smallpox simulation – focused mainly on techniques for imposing mass obedience on global populations.
  • 2000-2007 TOPOFF – four TOPOFF (Top Official) exercises mobilizing DOJ, FBI, and FEMA to stage fictitious chemical and bioweapons attacks on specific US cities.
  • June 22-23 2001 Operation Dark Winter Andrews Air Force Base (nearly 3 months before 9/11 and the Antrhax letters) – sponsored by US intelligence in collaboration with Rockefeller Foundation and Big Pharma. Based on totally faulty assumptions about smallpox transmission and lethality, focused mainly on the quandary of how to impose mass obedience during public health emergencies.
  • January 2003, January 2005 Atlantic Storm Summit: assembled 205 US and Europe military, intelligence and public health officials to agree on militarized strategies for public health emergencies, including police state controls, mass propaganda and censorship, and the suspension of civil rights and due process rulemaking in favor of healthy authority diktats, all aimed at coercive vaccination of the population.
  • Sept 8-10 2003 Global Mercury – collaboration between CDC, the NIH,
    the FDA, the WHO, and the State Department. Over a fifty-six-hour
    period, public health technocrats coordinated communications and lockstep
    response between “trusted agents” from the GHSAG nations (the United
    States, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Mexico), during
    a simulated outbreak caused by self-inoculated terrorists spreading smallpox to
    globally.
  • May 2017 MARS Joint Exercise Scenario – all G20 health ministries assembled in  Berlin to participate in a Joint Exercise Scenario (together with Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank, WHO and Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, the WHO, and the Robert Koch Institute).
  • October 2017 SPARS Pandemic Joint Exercise Scenario at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (the global) – participants (including Gates Foundation, NIAID, NIH, In-Q-Tel (the CIA’s for-profit arm), chronicled an imaginary coronavirus pandemic that would, supposedly, run from 2025 to 2028  The official 89-page
    summary is an uncanny month-by-month prediction of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic as it actually unfolded.
  • May 15 2018 Clad X pandemic/biowarfare preparation exercise – daylong event responding to fictitious bioengineered pathogen for which there is no
    vaccine.
  • Jan-Aug 2019 Crimson Contagion Exercise – under enforced secrecy, nationwide exercise involved 19 federal departments and agencies, 12 key states, 15 tribal nations and pueblos, 74 local health department and coalition regions, 87 hospitals, and over 100 healthcare and public health private sector partners to address H7N9, a “novel influenza” pandemic originating in
    China and rapidly spread by air travel.
  • Oct 2019 Event 201 (3 weeks after US intelligence agencies believe Covid19 began circulating in Wuhan) – yet another training and signaling exercise (organized personally by Gates) involving four “tabletop” simulations of a worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Participants included a group of high-ranking
    officials from World Bank, World Economic Forum, Bloomberg/Johns Hopkins University Populations Center, CDC, mainstream media giants, Chinese government, a former CIA/NSA director, Johnson & Johnson, finance and biosecurity industry executives, and the president of Edelman, the world’s leading corporate PR firm. Exercise included drills in psychological warfare techniques for controlling official narratives, silencing dissent, forcibly masking large populations, promoting mandatory mass vaccinations and imposing draconian restrictions curtailing constitutionally protected civil rights.

[2] Phony pandemics:

  • 1976 Swine Flu – declared after one soldier died of a lung ailment following Fort Dix forced march. After CDC identified the malady as a swine flu, NIAID and the CDC spread terror of a catastrophic pandemic to stimulate public demand for a vaccine (which was withdrawn after killing 55 people).
  • 2002-2004 SARS – declared a global pandemic despite killing only 800 people over three years.
  • 2009 Hong Kong Swine Flu – after WHO detected some excess cases of seasonal flu, symptoms were mild and death rates very low—fewer than 145
    people globally over eight weeks – they held secret meetings to declare a global pandemic and executed agreements obligating signatory nations (including Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and France) to purchase 18 billion dollars of experimental, untested, fast-tracked, zero-liability H1N1 flu vaccines
  • March 2016 Zika Virus – Although Zika has no record of causing microcephly, Fauci once again misled the public into believing it was causing an epidemic of microcephaly among newborn Brazilian babies and shook down Congress for $2 billion for vaccine to prevent Americans from catching it. It’s now believed Brazilian cases stemmed from heavy pesticide use.
  • 2016 Dengue Fever – after a decade promoting the risks of a global Dengue fever pandemic, Gates and Fauci pressured WHO to recommend an insufficiently tested Dengue vaccine. The Philippines, the second country after Mexico to approve Dengvaxia, ultimately charged fourteen Philippines officials and six Sanofi executives with criminal homicide after 600 of the 800,000 children it inoculated died.

[3] The US Agency for International Development (USAID) was formed in 1961 to provide a cover for illegal CIA activities under the pretext of helping the third world.

[4] Several pandemic scenario planning exercises specifically predict waves of severe vaccine-linked neurological.

[5] Specific psyops techniques proposed by planners included repeating case and death counts, training public health communicators to deny vaccine side effects,  publicly shaming the vaccine hesitant as anti-science and unpatriotic, flooding the airwaves with good news about vaccine successes and enlisting trusted community leaders to respond to dismiss data as “conspiracy theory” and repeatedly recite the “safe and effective” mantra.

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Fauci’s Fatal Mismanagement of the AIDS Epidemic

HIV AWARENESS / AIDS

In chapters 3-6 of the The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, Kennedy explores how Fauci fabricated and manipulated (for his own profit) the 1980s AIDS epidemic in the exact same way he has fabricated and manipulated the current plandemic. Then, as now, he promoted a faulty diagnostic test, he massively exaggerated the contagiousness and severity of AIDS, he caused tens of thousands of needless deaths by suppressing cheap and effective treatments, he aborted animal studies and Phase III human trials because “too many people were dying,” he falsified studies to promote AZT (because he owned shares in the company), and he shrewdly deflected criticism through misdirection and outright lies.

AZT was a failed (because it was far too toxic) cancer chemotherapy drug that Fauci enabled Burroughs-Wellcome to resurrect, at $10,000 per patient, to treat AIDS. Originally developed by the National Cancer Institute, AZT cost the drug company pennies per tablet to produce

Meanwhile Fauci’s agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) blocked FDA approval for cheap off-label medications for fatal AIDS complications, eg ribavirin, alpha interferon, DHPG, Peptide D, Foscarnet, Bactrim, Septra, and aerosol pentamidine.

When the study leading to FDA approval for Fauci’s drug AZT was finally published in 1987, independent analysis reveals that it was more fatal than AIDS at recommended doses.** During the study, researchers could only keep  some AZT patients alive by giving them repeated blood transfusions.

Chapters 5 and 6 mainly concern Fauci’s deliberate destruction of the career of renowned virologist and cancer researcher Dr Peter Duesberg for his extremely cogent critique of the hypothesis promoted by NIAID under Fauci’s leadership that HIV causes AIDS.

Credited as the worlds foremost retrovirologist, Duesberg found it highly improbable that a retrovirus such as HIV could be the sole cause of the total immune system breakdown found in AIDS. As Duesberg and other retrovirologists point out, retroviruses have always lived in a comfortable symbiosis with human beings. Eight to ten percent of our current DNA consists of retroviruses we have incorporated into our genetic material. Until the discovery of HIV, no retrovirus in 3 billion years ever developed the capacity to attack human cells, as HIV allegedly attacks the CD4 T-cell fundamental to cell-mediated immunity. Moreover neither Robert Gallo nor Luc Montaigner, the researchers who identified HIV as the cause of AIDS, could ever explain how a totally benign retrovirus could mysteriously mutate into a killer virus.

In my view, the two most likely alternative infectious agents Duesberg and others put forward for AIDS are the herpes virus HHV6 or some type of mycoplasma. HHV6 was first identified in 1986 the blood of AIDS patients and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which appeared in epidemic proportions in heterosexuals around the same time AIDS appeared in gays). Unlike HIV, HHV6 is a killer virus and attacks CD4 T-cells. Ironically even Gallo, the alleged US discoverer of HIV, acknowledged in 1988 that HHV6 could be a “co-factor” (with HIV) in causing AIDS.

A year earlier a Chinese investigator discovered a new mycoplasma (mycoplasma incognitis) in the brains, livers and spleens of AIDS patients that caused an AIDS-like illness when he injected it into monkeys. Despite wide international recognition of Dr Lo’s work, Fauci sidelined and/or disciplined every NIAID researcher who attempted to replicate his research.


*Because the patent on these drugs had expired, the only potential funding for randomized controlled trials (RCT) was NIAID (drug companies won’t fund new RCTs on existing drugs once their patent expires). Fauci refused to authorize them.

**When the FDA halved the recommended dose, it stopped killing people.

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The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health

Fauci’s Mismanagement of the Covid Pandemic

Anthony Fauci Discusses Research Approaches to Sustaining ...

I have been working my way through Robert F Kennedy’s bestselling book The Real Dr Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. Eight hundred eighty eight pages long, the Kennedy’s book (which is a masterpiece) could easily be five different books. If published separately, the first would address  Fauci’s disastrous mismanagement of the Covid-19 “pandemic”; the second how Fauci (who Kennedy refers to as the J Edgar Hoover of medicine) has spent the last five decades carving out a $6 billion* bureaucratic empire; the third Fauci’s mismanagement and exploitation of the AIDS epidemic; the fourth his barbaric and illegal experiments on orphans and his (and Gates’) atrocities in Africa; and the fifth his (and Gates’) collaboration with the CIA and military intelligence to orchestrate nearly two decades of phony pandemics to launch a totalitarian coup via a phony health emergency.

The topics that interest me most concern mismanagement of Covid-19 and AIDS, his illegal experiments on American children and Africans and his (and Gates’) collaboration with the CIA and military intelligence.

Mismanaging a Pandemic

A close look at the data leaves no doubt the US is among the top three western countries for Covid deaths, a fact scrupulously concealed by the mainstream media.The table below (from page 29) gives an inkling of where the US stands in comparison to other developed countries.**

Dr Fauci’s Report Card

United States
2,107 deaths/1,000,000
Sweden 1,444 deaths/1,000,000
Iran 1,449 deaths/1,000,000
Germany 1,126 deaths/1,000,000
Cuba 650 deaths/1,000,000
Jamaica 630 deaths/1,000,000
Denmark 455 deaths/1,000,000
India 327 deaths/1,000,000
Finland 194 deaths/1,000,000
Vietnam 197 deaths/1,000,000
Norway 161 deaths/1,000,000
Japan 139 deaths/1,000,00
Pakistan 128 deaths/1,000,000
Kenya 97 deaths/1,000,000
South Korea 47 deaths/1,000,000
Congo (Brazzaville) 35 deaths/1,000,000
Hong Kong 28 deaths/1,000,000
China 3 deaths/1,000,000
Tanzania 0.86 deaths/1,000,000

Kennedy’s narrative begins by reviewing the extensive peer reviewed research documenting the total ineffectiveness of lockdowns, social distancing and masking policies. He moves on to introduce us to hundreds of doctors worldwide who were treating vulnerable Covid19 patients on an outpatient basis almost as soon as the illness was identified in China.

Studies dating back to 2004 support the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for common cold coronavirus, whereas 50 years of animal studies show ivermectin (IVM) to be effective against numerous viruses, including Zika, Dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. In March 2020, Chinese scientists published a pre-print of the first double blind study demonstrating HCQ’s in Covid-19. Since then, there have been more than 200 peer reviewed studies proving its effectiveness in Covid-19 and more than 60 peer reviewed studies of IVM’s effectiveness. Outside the US (and the UK and New Zealand), both are widely used in early outpatient Covid treatment. One study reveals that countries allowing patients access to HCQ have one-tenth the death rate of those that ban it.

Meanwhile Fauci, Bill Gates and WHO financed a cadre of research mercenaries to concoct nearly twenty studies – all employing fraudulent protocols – deliberately designed to discredit HCQ. Fauci, Gates and WHO simultaneously conspired to discredit IVM (which was saving hundreds of thousands of lives around the world) by rigging the review of extensive studies proving its effectiveness.

Their main motivation was a federal law barring FDA Emergency Use Authorizations for vaccines (in which both are heavily invested) where there are already effective treatments. Fauci is also heavily invested in Remdesevir, a drug far more toxic than either HCQ or IVM and about 2,000 times more expensive.

Thanks to the extreme greed of both men, roughly 15,000 patients a day have died needlessly from Covid who could have been saved with effective and inexpensive treatments.


*The annual budget of of the federal agency Fauci runs, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is $8 billion. In addition to controlling the bulk of federal funding for virology and infectious disease research, this enables him to “punish” FDA and CDC research advisers fail to go along with the new medications and vaccines he promotes.

**For some reason, Kennedy’s table omits Great Britain and Italy, which according to his source had death rates of 2,352 and 2,450 per million, which are higher than that of the US. France, also not mentioned is 1,877 per million and Switzerland 1,491.

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Big Pharma: Gaming the System

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Big Pharma: Gaming the System

DW (2020)

Film Review

This 2020 documentary was obviously filmed pre-Covid. Although it mentions the growing tendency of Big Pharma to dictate government health policy, it makes no mention of Big Pharma’s role in pressuring WHO, the FDA, the CDC and other public health bodies to create mass hysteria over a low mortality respiratory illness, to suppress cheap and effective Covid treatments (eg Vitamin D, Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine) and to blackmail all Western governments into forcing experimental gene therapy on all their hapless populations.

It begins with the saga of hedge fund manager and convicted felon and former CEO of Retrophin and Turing Pharmaceuticals Martin Shkrell. In 2015, Shkrell made headline new by increasing the cost of the lifesaving drug Daraprim* by 5000%. After defending his decision (to protect his shareholders) in his testimony before Congress, Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud. At present, he’s serving a seven-year prison sentence.

The film goes on to explore global class action suits against several pharmaceutical companies for suppressing studies revealing negative side effects of their drugs. One examined in detail is Depakene, an anti-epilepsy medication that causes developmental delay during pregnancy (in 40% of fetuses).

Filmmakers seem most scandalized  by the ridiculously high prices drug companies cause for life saving treatments. One example is the anti-cancer drug avastin, accidentally discovered to reverse age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Despite spending no money of their own developing this drug, Roche and Novartis immediately boosted the its price from $50 to $2000 per injection (into the eyeball) to $2,000 per injection.

The second example is the hepatitis C drug Sivaldi. Despite being developed with taxpayer funds at the National Institutes of Health, Gilead Sciences sells it for $84,000 for a three month course.


*Pyrimethamine, sold under the brand name Daraprim among others, is a medication used with leucovorin to treat the parasite diseases toxoplasmosis and cystoisosporiasis.

The film can be seen free at https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/big-pharma-gaming-system/

 

Dr Peter McCullough and the Suppression of Early Covid Outpatient Treatment

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Dr Peter McCullough: Courageous Doctors Could Have Saved Millions

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In this remarkable interview, world renowned cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough describes by himself and a network of hundred doctors in the US and overseas to use early treatment to prevent hospitalization and death. According to McCullough, a US network of 250 doctors along with a dozen telemedicine services provide early outpatient treatment to 10,000 to 15,000 Covid patients daily. Although it receives virtually no mainstream media attention, doctors in Greece, Italy, southern France, Central America, South America, India, and East Asia are reducing Covid death rates by approximately 85% by offering similar similar treatments.

McCullough worked closely with doctors in Italy (which experienced one the earliest Covid outbreaks) to develop the treatment protocols he uses. They usually combine what he refers to as “sequenced multidrug therapy.” Treatment regimens consist of a “neutriceutical bundle (Vitamins D and C, plus zinc and quercetin), either hydochloroquine (used extensively to treat SARS-CoV-1 in 2002-2004) or ivermectin, azithromyocin (to treat secondary bacterial infections), steroids, anticoagulants (to prevent blood clots) and in some cases, monoclonal antibodies (from recovered Covid patients) and colchicine (a drug used in gout).

McCullough decries the official “Do Not Treat” (aka “Let Them Die”) position of official government bodies, such as the FDA, the NIH and the CDC, as inhumane. Based on current data, McCullough estimates we could have saved 85% of the 600,000 Americans who died of Covid19 with early outpatient treatment.

Although the government and AMA have essentially ordered doctors not to prescribe ivermectin and hydrochloroquine (based on one flawed and one faked study)*, the FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to monoclonal antibodies and two new antivirals. However these ambulatory treatments are also being suppressed.

When asked about the vaccine, he expresses puzzlement the FDA has allowed the experimental Covid vaccination scheme to continue in the face of thousands of deaths. Most clinical trials of any new treatment are stopped after 25 deaths. Although 70% of his practice have received Covid vaccine, he no longer advises his patients to take it owing to the high incidence of severe side effects.


*At this point, there are 100s of peer reviewed studies supporting the safety and efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and ivermecin in Covid19 and a dozen each supporting treatment with steroids and anticoagulants.

The interview can be viewed free at https://grandmageri422.me/2021/05/31/full-interview-world-renowned-doctor-blows-lid-off-of-covid-video/

Why Are Early Outpatient Covid Treatments Being Suppressed?

Great short video by Idaho pathologist about the importance of early treatment in Covid 19. He makes five main points:

  • According to multiple controlled studies around the world, maintaining adequate Vitamin D levels will reduce the risk of severe Covid illness by 90%. At present 80% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient because they fail to produce adequate Vitamin D from sunshine. Eighty percent of Americans are also deficient in magnesium and zinc, which are essential to Vitamin D’s immune regulating effects.
  • Effective early outpatient treatments for Covid are being suppressed owing to government collusion with big Pharma to promote Covid vaccines. It’s only legal for the FDA to approve vaccines in the absence of effective treatment.
  • Other countries are opting to treat Covid patients early, mainly with Ivermectin, owing to dozens of controlled trials showing it reduces death rates by 90%.
  • The so-called mRNA vaccines aren’t really vaccines, but experimental gene therapy. They don’t protect you from becoming infected or transmitting Covid 19 and they put you at risk for a fatal “antibody dependent reaction” when exposed to the wild virus.
  • Statistical data reveals that mask mandates and business restrictions didn’t reduce the level of Covid illness.

 

The Billionaire Who Nearly Brought Herbalife Down

Betting on Zero

Ted Braun (2016)

Film Review

This is the very sad story about efforts by billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman to end Herbalife’s predatory pyramid scheme by 1) short selling* their stock and 2) pressuring regulators to end their deliberate exploitation of low income and minority communities.

Bloomberg News reporter Christine Richard’s 2011 book Confidence Game describes how Ackman helped to bring down MBIA (Municipal Bond Insurance Association) by purchasing credit default swaps against them. In 2012, she alerted Ackman to a similar scam perpetuated by the multibillion dollar international health supplement company Herbalife. Ackman’s response was to short sell Herbalife’s stock (in an endeavor to drive their stock price down) and to engage in a multimillion dollar investigation and public information campaign to pressure federal and state regulators to take regulatory action.

Herbalife was founded in the 1980s by Mark Hughes. After Hughes died in 2000 from an accidental overdose, former Disney CEO Mark O Johnson took over as Herbalife CEO. Just like other pyramid schemes, Herbalife derives profit, not from selling health products, but from continuously recruiting new distributors – and pressuring them to recruit other distributors.

According to the investigation Ackman commissioned, only 17% of these distributors could make a living selling Herbalife. Forty percent earned less than $1,000 and 40% were left with a garage full of Herbalife products which had passed their expiry date. One reason Herbalife is so difficult to sell is that it’s three to four times more expensive than Slim Fast, the closest equivalent available in pharmacies and supermarkets.

In the US, Herbalife deliberately targets illegal migrants in the Hispanic community, who are reported to immigration if they complain about the way the company treats them. The film profiles a grassroots group in Los Angeles that organized a series of protests highlighting the fraud Herbalife had perpetuated against them. In 2014, they joined a class action suit of 1.5 million former Herbalife distributors. Despite losing an average of $10,000 apiece, the California judge approved a settlement awarding them $10 each.

In 2016 the FTC ruled that Herbalife was indeed a pyramid scheme. The penalty imposed was essentially a slap on the wrist – a $200 million fine and an order to restructure their corporation.**

Ackman’s short selling scheme was defeated the same year when rival billionaire Carl Icahn*** invested heavily in Herbalife shares to short up their stock price. Ackman would exit his short position in 2018.


*Short selling means investing in way to derive income if the stock price falls. When a large number of investors (or a large hedge fund) short sells a single stock, it can force its price to collapse.

**Herbalife was required to reduce shipping costs they charged distributors, to increase their acceptance of unsold product, to crack down on unofficial distributors, and to engage an independent monitor.

***In 2017, Trump appointed Icahn as his key regulatory advisor.

Public library patrons can view the full film free on Kanopy.

Successful Mass Protest During Repression

United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP

Directed by Jim Hubbard (2012)

Film Review

This documentary traces the history of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), one of the few successful mass protest organizations during the repressive Reagan era. Between 1981, when the AIDS epidemic was first recognized, and 1987, 40,000 Americans died of AIDS. During this time Reagan refused to utter the word AIDS, much less advocate for research, prevention and treatment. Prior to 1987, 80% of patients diagnosed with AIDS would be dead in two years.

ACT-UP first formed in New York City in 1987, the same year the first anti-AIDS drug AZT became available. By 1996, the year the life-saving Triple Cocktail* became available, they had 147 chapters across the US.

The film mainly focuses on the New York City chapter, and their Monday night meetings attended by hundreds of activists. Most former ACT-UP members believe the secret of their success decentralized (non-hierarchical) organizing. This fostered the burgeoning of dozens of affinity groups based on the needs of specific AIDS patients (women, minorities, low income).

The ACT-UP Women’s Caucus was one of the more important affinity groups, as the CDC was stubbornly resistant to the reality that AIDS was the number one killer of American women. Because the disease presents differently in women (eg with a a high incidence of cervical cancer), the initial CDC diagnostic criteria made it impossible for female AIDS patients to qualify for Social Security Disability or Medicaid. This not only left them penniless and homeless as the disease progressed but denied them access to America’s for-profit health system

In 1987, ACT-UP held their first protest at the Burroughs-Wellcome Tuckahoe (New York) research facility to protest the prohibitive prize of AZT ($10,000 per year).

Over the years, the organization held a number of creative protest actions, most involving civil disobedience:

1988 – Unfurled banners on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to protest AZT’s  high cost.

1988 – Made the front page news for “taking over” the FDA to demand more rapid approval of drugs for AIDS treatment.

1989 – Joined with other social justice groups for a City Hall protest against Mayor Ed Kochs failure to fully fund low income housing and hospitals (many AIDS patients were dying in hospital corridors.

1989 – Joined with Women’s Health Network for a 7,000+ protest at St Patrick’s Cathedral (with hundred protestors “dying in” inside the sanctuary) to protest the Catholic Church opposition to safe sex, condoms, and abortion.

1990-94 – Commenced four-year campaign to pressure CDC to include women with AIDS in their diagnostic criteria to include women with AIDS.

1990 – Protest to force National Institutes of Health (NIH) to include patients in designing clinical trails

1991 – Camera bombed Dan Rather’s CBS network news yelling “Fight AIDS not Arabs) the day the US declared war on Iraq (picked up by all major US news outlets).

1995 – Blocked Midtown Tunnel to protest city/state service cuts

 

 

 

 

The Growing Freshwater Crisis

Last Call at the Oasis

Directed by Jessica Yu (2012)

Film Review

This is a wide ranging documentary about the global freshwater crisis. It focuses mainly on the US, which has the largest water footprint per capital. However it also briefly addresses even more severe water issues in Australia, the Middle East and India.

The film addresses numerous issues contributing to the shortage of fresh water – climate change, causing more frequent droughts and declining snow backs (an important source of fresh water), the rapid depletion of groundwater (many US aquifers are predicted to be totally gone in 60 years), and the contamination of remaining freshwater by unregulated toxic chemical discharge, factory farm waste and fracking wastewater.

As usual the federal regulatory agencies (EPA, FDA, USDA) come off looking really badly in contrast to their European counterparts. It also comes across loud and clear that poor Americans suffer the most from contaminated drinking water – especially when government looks the other way.

The film also highlights how spoiled and entitled many Americans are in their attitudes towards water conservation.

My favorite part of the film features renowned anti-toxics activist Erin Brokovich, who continues to work tirelessly for poor communities suffering epidemics of cancer and other debilitating conditions stemming from contaminated water

Unfortunately there are no easy solutions to contaminated drinking water. Drinking bottled water isn’t one of them. As the filmmakers point out, bottled water is even more poorly regulated than tap water. Neither is desalinization, which is extremely polluting, both in terms of CO2 pollution and a nasty brine residue that’s nearly as harmful as nuclear waste to human health and the environment.

It appears that the cheapest and most environmentally friendly solution for desert areas like the Southwest and Southern California is one adopted by the city of Singapore: recycling purified waste (sewage) water. Most Americans resist this approach due to the “yuck factor.” Reportedly Los Angeles is on track to begin waste water recycling  by 2019.

The film, which can’t be embedded, can be viewed free for the next 2 weeks at the Maori TV website: Last Call at the Oasis

 

 

The Federal Campaign Against Local Healthy Food

Farmageddon

Directed by Kristin Canty (2011)

Film Review

Farmageddon (unrelated to the book Farmageddon) tells the story of a deliberate campaign by federal and state regulatory agencies to harass small family farmers and buying cooperatives.

Kanty begins by briefly outlining the major food safety problem which has accompanied the boom in industrial farming and agrobusiness in the US. Instead of addressing the unhygienic conditions factory farmed animals are raised in (with animals being confined in small cages and pens with their own feces , Congress has imposed an array of useless regulations on all food production and processing.

These regulations allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct warrantless raids on small family farms and private coops. The film tells the story of various families who have been raided at gunpoint by federal and state SWAT teams – often where no or only minor infractions have occurred. Most face confiscation of their animals, product and equipment, as well as destruction of their livelihood.

Many of the raids relate to raw milk production. The latter has proven health benefits in asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis – due to to beneficial bacteria and enzymes that are destroyed when milk is pasteurized.

The laws regulating raw milk vary from state to state – in California you can buy it at supermarkets but can’t sell yogurt or cheese made from raw milk. In some states you can only buy it at the farm gate. In others it’s illegal to sell it at all. Although it’s legal in all states for farmers and farm cooperatives to produce raw milk for their own consumption, the film depicts SWAT teams shutting down several farms and coops for doing so.

In no instance, were any of the confiscated products found to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria. This is the implicit guarantee you get from sourcing food locally from farmers you know and trust: no  farmer selling milk that makes people sick will stay in business. The source of supermarket food, in contrast, is extremely difficult to trace.

The message that comes across loud and clear in this film in this film is that food regulations created by the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are written by agrobusiness. The latter are clearly threatened by growing consumer demand for locally produced, unprocesssed, organic food. These regulations clearly serve the interests of Food Inc rather than the public.