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Common Core: Hostile Takeover


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Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies

The evidence is strong that companies are getting the results they want, and this is especially worrisome because between two-thirds and three-quarters of the trials published in the major journals—Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicineare funded by the industry [9].

If you missed the scathing critique by the Lancet editor go here. The scam is being exposed in publication after publication. Big Pharma buys favorable coverage, including so-called favorable “peer review.”

Examples of Methods for Pharmaceutical Companies to Get the Results They Want from Clinical Trials

  • Conduct a trial of your drug against a treatment known to be inferior.
  • Trial your drugs against too low a dose of a competitor drug.
  • Conduct a trial of your drug against too high a dose of a competitor drug (making your drug seem less toxic).
  • Conduct trials that are too small to show differences from competitor drugs.
  • Use multiple endpoints in the trial and select for publication those that give favourable results.
  • Do multicentre trials and select for publication results from centres that are favourable.
  • Conduct subgroup analyses and select for publication those that are favourable.
  • Present results that are most likely to impress—for example, reduction in relative rather than absolute risk.

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Posted: May 20, 2015 in -
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Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

Tests by Abraxis found glyphosate residues in 41 of 69 honey samples and in 10 of 28 soy sauces; Microbe tests detected glyphosate in three of 18 breast milk samples and in six of 40 infant formula samples.

Toxic Weed Killer Glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup) Found in Breast Milk, Infant Formula

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One day after posting that the chief of Monsanto, India admitted to faking testing/safety dataoutright fraud — we have TV personality/science geek Bill Nye cozying up to the Frankenfood company.

What Did Monsanto Show Bill Nye to Make Him Fall “in Love” With GMOs?

Nye has stumbled into a political/corruption war that he is evidently woefully unprepared for. Science geeks can be pretty damn gullible when given so-called evidence by other science geeks. That the evidence is cooked up by a profit-driven house of lies, a very sophisticated one at that, goes right over the geek’s head. Expertise in one area (laboratory) doesn’t translate to expertise in others (deception, lies, corruption, Astroturfing, rigged testing, bribery, etc.).

In his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, published just last November, Nye reiterated these points. His concern about GMOs centered mainly on unintended consequences of growing them over large expanses—he cited the example of crops engineered to resist herbicides, which have been linked pretty decisively to the decline of monarch butterflies, which rely on abundant milkweeds, which in turn have been largely wiped out in the Midwest by GMO-enabled herbicide use. Nye praised certain GMOs, such as corn engineered to repel certain insects, but concluded that “if you’re asking me, we should stop introducing genes from one species into another,” because “we just can’t know what will happen to other species in that modified species’ ecosystem.”

Now, Nye’s doubts have evidently fallen away like milkweeds under a fine mist of herbicide. In a February interview filmed backstage on Bill Maher’s HBO show (starting about 3:40 in the below video), Nye volunteered that he was working on a revision of the GMO section of Undeniable. He gave no details, just that he “went to Monsanto and I spent a lot of time with the scientists there.” As a result, he added with a grin, “I have revised my outlook, and am very excited about telling the world. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world!”

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If you’re going to buy expensive lights for filmmaking, then see how they actually measure up…

Current TLCI Results

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Proof That the FDA Isn’t Protecting Americans’ Health

But a new study shows the FDA also goes to extreme lengths—from bureaucratic obfuscation to outright redactions—to hide any links between that negligence and any particular drug…

FDA removes any information in those letters that could be tied back to the drug being studied—by omitting or redacting the names of drugs, the names of clinical trials, and any information describing how the misconduct affected the outcome of the trial.

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This type of fraud is commonplace, as corporations put profits over safety, and the government allows them to hide their practices from the public.

Class Says Merck Lied About Mumps Vaccine

  PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is “far less effective” than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of “questionable efficacy,” flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action.
Alabama-based Chatom Primary Care sued Merck on Monday, the week after the unsealing of a False Claims Act complaint two relators filed in 2010.
Those relators, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, were Merck virologists who claim in their unsealed complaint that they “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”
Krahling and Wlochowski claimed Merck’s scheme caused the United States to pay “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

“Do any of the billionaires pushing this market-based ideology ever stop to wonder why none of the top-performing school systems in the world have the kind of school choice that they are promoting for the U.S.? Has it occurred to them that the nations they admire–those with the highest test scores–have strong public school systems with well-prepared teachers, but no vouchers and no charters?”

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I recently posted a letter from a teacher whose message was “this too shall pass.”

Some readers took this as an expression of complacency. Just wait it out, and the billionaires will get so frustrated by their repeated failures that they will move on to disrupt something else or go back to playing polo.

The bottom line is that you never win in a confrontation by digging your head into the sand. Complacency is self-defeating. While you close your eyes to what is happening, the high-stakes testing will get worse, your community public schools will be closed, experienced teachers will be fired, and schooling will become a consumer choice, like buying milk at the grocery store (the analogy that Jeb Bush suggested at the Republican convention in 2012, that picking a school should be as easy as choosing between 1% milk, 2% milk, whole milk, chocolate milk, whatever).

And meanwhile…

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The GMO Scam

Posted: October 29, 2014 in -
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GM crops and the rat digestive tract: A critical review

Highlights

• Histopathology studies on rats eating approved GM crops were reviewed.
• Only crops containing any of three widely-eaten GM genes were reviewed.
• Published studies could be found for only 19% of these crops.
• Most histopathology studies were published years after approval.
• All reviewed papers were found to be significantly inadequate or flawed.

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Shane Hurlbut has put down his Canon 5d and picked up a BMC.  Here he offers good tips on testing out cameras and lighting to get a dialogue going with the cinematographer.  Good advice, videos and more.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tests

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Paid for by Lockheed Martin and the Koch Brothers. Jon Stewart also does his bit to sell the Military Industrial Complex.

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And don’t miss this clip on the eyes in the skies, coming to a town/battlefield near you.


 

Another Breaking the Set story: VIRAL GENES in GMO CROPS: