April 10, 2017
TO: CBC Radio, The Current, Host Anna Maria Tremonti
RE: (April 10) Why we think we know everything, a cognitive scientist explains
Note: in this interview, Tremonti and the interviewee, Steven Sloman, agreed with each other that vaccines is a sacrosanct topic, not open to discussion.
I mailed my reaction.
This great cartoon by Paulus is at the top of my letter to Anna Maria Tremonti.
QUESTION: Why did it take 60 years for lead to be banned as an additive to gasoline?
Be careful in your reply. Because as you read about lead in gasoline you will know it applies equally to the pharmaceutical industry. Which leads directly to the question “Why can’t you ask a question about vaccines?”. If you know everything, no questions, thank-you. But maybe your knowledge sharing is out-dated?
ANSWER: if you know the answer (lead in gasoline), skip down to the next QUESTION.
some of America’s leading corporations–General Motors, Du Pont and Standard Oil of New Jersey (known nowadays as Exxon)- got together and put lead, a known poison, into gasoline, for profit. . . .
thimerasol – – mercury, a known poison into vaccines, for profit.
- the severe health hazards of leaded gasoline were known to its makers and clearly identified by the US public health community more than seventy-five years ago, but were steadfastly denied by the makers, because they couldn’t be immediately quantified;
- other, safer antiknock additives–used to increase gasoline octane and counter engine “knock”–were known and available to oil companies and the makers of lead antiknocks before the lead additive was discovered, but they were covered up and denied, then fought, suppressed and unfairly maligned for decades to follow;
- the US government was fully apprised of leaded gasoline’s potentially hazardous effects and was aware of available alternatives, yet was complicit in the cover-up and even actively assisted the profiteers in spreading the use of leaded gasoline to foreign countries;
- the benefits of lead antiknock additives were wildly and knowingly overstated in the beginning, and continue to be. Lead is not only bad for the planet and all its life forms, it is actually bad for cars and always was;
- for more than four decades, all scientific research regarding the health implications of leaded gasoline was underwritten and controlled by the original lead cabal–Du Pont, GM and Standard Oil; such research invariably favored the industry’s pro-lead views, but was from the outset fatally flawed; independent scientists who would finally catch up with the earlier work’s infirmities and debunk them were–and continue to be–threatened and defamed by the lead interests and their hired hands;
- confronted in recent years with declining sales in their biggest Western markets, owing to lead phaseouts imposed in the United States and, more recently, Europe, the current sellers of lead additives have successfully stepped up efforts to market their wares in the less-developed world, efforts that persist and have resulted in some countries today placing more lead in their gasoline, per gallon, than was typically used in the West, extra lead that serves no purpose other than profit;
- faced with lead’s demise and their inevitable days of reckoning, these firms have used the extraordinary financial returns that lead additive sales afford to hurriedly fund diversification into less risky, more conventional businesses, while taking a page from the tobacco companies’ playbook and simultaneously moving to reorganize their corporate structures to shield ownership and management from liability for blanketing the earth with a deadly heavy metal.
QUESTION: In 2017, what do we know about “For Profit” practices of the leading corporations in the pharmaceutical industry?
- $3 billion GSK settlement. 2012, GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to a $3 billion settlement for health-care fraud. . . . illegal promotion of prescription drugs, failure to report safety data, bribing doctors, and promoting medicines for uses for which they were not licensed. The drugs involved were Paxil, . . . Those and others were involved in the kickback scheme. . . . The government investigation of GSK was launched largely on the basis of information provided by four whistleblowers who filed two qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuits against the company
What are your views of the whistleblowers on the vaccines front? Of the credibility of William Thompson from the CDC, on fraud at the CDC in which he was a major participant?
- Pfizer $2.3 billion settlement: Pfizer settled multiple civil and criminal allegations for $2.3 billion in pharmaceutical and health care fraud. The drugs involved were Bextra (an anti-inflammatory drug), Geodon (an anti-psychotic drug), Lipitor (a cholesterol drug), Norvasc (anti-hypertensive drug), Viagra (erectile dysfunction), Zithromax (antibiotic), Zyrtec (antihistamine), Zyvox (an antibiotic), Lyrica (an anti-epileptic drug), Relpax (anti-migraine drug), Celebrex (anti-inflammatory drug), and Depo-provera (birth control).
QUESTION: Why would people NOT ask questions about the vaccines (pharmaceutical industry)?