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From a journal dealing with the actual practice of nursing -- you know, the people who actually take care of 90% of the job when you get sick enough to require help?

Flu results in "about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths" worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States," reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. "Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications", according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that "Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates."

"Controversial" is an understatement, and not just in Canada, and not just because the numbers are estimates. The numbers differ wildly from the sober tallies recorded on death certificates -- by law every certificate must show a cause -- and reported by the official agencies that collect and keep vital statistics.

According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year -- fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743). The story is similar in Canada, where unlikely killers likewise dwarf Statistics Canada's count of flu deaths.

In other words the claimed death risk from flu is a scam.

But it's even worse than the reported actual numbers -- you see, cause of death is often wrong.  It's especially wrong when "flu" is involved because, as is explained, few people who get the flu, even if they die from it, are tested to be sure it really is the flu!

So many people who die from the "flu" really had a heart attack and, while they were sick at the time it might not have been the flu they had -- they might have a common cold virus, for example.

So how do this happen?

Read the article for the process, but the simple answer is this: The CDC invented the "threat" for the purpose of selling flu vaccines.  In other words, the government intentionally lied (and continues to lie) about the risk of dying from the flu for the purpose of industry profit.

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Really?  We pay for this with public funds?

At a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential benefits are huge: animals that produce more offspring, yield more meat and cost less to raise.

There are, however, some complications.

Yeah, like tampering with the genetics and hormone levels of animals is not expected to produce Dr. Mengele style results?  Of course it does and will!

Little known outside the world of big agriculture, the center has one overarching mission: helping producers of beef, pork and lamb turn a higher profit as diets shift toward poultry, fish and produce.

No matter how many monsters you create -- and then torture -- in the process?

And by the way, not all of these "changes" are of benefit to anything other than someone's wallet.  For example there is utterly nothing wrong with fat content in meat; indeed, it's good.  The lipid hypothesis, which underlays the claims of fat being bad for you in the diet, has been disproved.  It was never proved in the first instance and like so much so-called "science" when it comes to diet (and for that matter anything else the government sponsors) the data was diddled and selectively chosen to fit a pre-desired outcome.

“We’re just as concerned about the humane treatment of animals as anyone else,” said Sherrill E. Echternkamp, a scientist who retired from the center in 2013. Still, he added: “It’s not a perfect world. We are trying to feed a population that is expanding very rapidly, to nine billion by 2050, and if we are going to feed that population, there are some trade-offs.”

Right -- because exponential growth at all cost is all that matters.  It is all that matters to central bankers, to regular bankers and to politicians.  Without it the lie of gain without cost is exposed and that means many careers and money-funneling operations go "poof" in the night.

Never mind this:

“Experimental surgery is being performed in some (not all) cases by untrained, unskilled and unsupervised staff,” Mr. Downey wrote. “This has resulted in the suffering of animals and in some cases the subsequent death of animals.”

You can't perform experimental surgery on your own cat without being charged with animal cruelty!  But this "center" doesn't even bother hiring them -- they have one staff veterinarian.

This is the problem, in general, with government -- it exempts itself from the very rules (and laws) it demands everyone else follow.  This allows the most-horrifying treatment to be doled out to whatever -- or whomever -- it chooses.

And we, the people, are the reason it happens -- we permit this sort of special exemption even though it inevitably blows back on us and nails us in some way.

You may think that how this pig or that lamb died isn't all that important, and maybe you're right.  But your refusal to insist on the law being evenly applied without such special exemptions has led to you spending five to ten times what you should be for routine medical care.  It has led to the outrageously-fraudulent claims of the agricultural industry and government regarding the soundness of a grain-and-carbohydrate based diet, the ridiculous and intentionally-misleading claims of "light" food manufacturers (if you remove fat from a food you must replace it with something and that something is inevitably higher in carbohydrate, usually sugar in some form) and more.

The consequence of this has in fact been a grand "experiment" of sorts on you, with millions of Americans suffering from morbid obesity and its related diseases, including diabetes, the amputation of extremities, dialysis and death.

You may think these don't tie together but you're wrong -- they do -- and all of them occurred because the very laws you're supposed to abide are exempted, or the malefactors involved evade prosecution due to either "special exemption" or simple willful blindness.

Are you ready to wake up yet America or would you like your turn on the dialysis machine and foot amputation table?

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Go ahead and try to "structure" transactions, and you will go to jail.  It is in fact a federal criminal offense to engage in any such act, including aiding and abetting it.  

Unless, of course, you're a big bank.

Diaz has also been helped on his journey to the U.S. by more earthly powers: He hired a gang of human smugglers, or coyotes, who got him across the U.S. border to a stash house in Mesa, Arizona, and then on toGeorgia, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its February issue. Diaz paid for part of the trip using one of America’s biggest banks, Wells Fargo & Co.

It’s a story repeated over and over as waves of illegal immigrants stream into the U.S. from Latin America. Gangs reap $10 billion a year from about 3 million illegal border crossings from Mexico, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

If you remember Wachovia got caught laundering nearly $200 billion for drug gangs -- an impossibly-large sum to have moved around without the bank knowing about it.  They paid a fine but nobody went to prison.

Now the same thing is happening -- and again, it's impossible to argue that the banks don't know.

The usual pattern is that the relatives of the person being smuggled make a deposit into an account somewhere in the US and then those funds are withdrawn near the border.  This pattern is so glaringly-obvious that trivial computer-based flagging of such behavior would catch the perpetrators and, if done in real time, also catch the illegal invaders and their coyotes.

Thus we know why it doesn't happen: Despite the law Obama and his lackeys, including those in the Republican party, want the illegal invaders here and it is immaterial to them who gets hurt, who gets extorted, or whether federal law is broken or not.

Why is it, once again, that you willingly accept the law in this nation when anyone who runs a big bank doesn't have to obey the very same laws that, were you to violate them, would land your ass in federal prison for a decade?

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Gee, I seem to remember writing on this last year...

"The bank manager said they made a mistake, and they were not supposed to open accounts for those people involved in high-risk industries, which the gun industry and ammunition industry is one of those," Schuetz said. 

It turned out there was a list created by a Justice Department program called Operation Choke Point. The list equates legal gun sellers like Schuetz with escort services, Ponzi schemes, people who sell cable TV de-scramblers -- and at least 30 other industries. 

That would be illegal, by the way.

Not that anyone cares when the government breaks the law.

And it's rather amusing (and infuriating) that this only gets press nowwhen I wrote about it back in June of 2014.

In light of the Department's obligation to act within the bounds of the law, and its avowed commitment not to 'discourage or inhibit' the lawful conduct of honest merchants it is necessary to impeach, remove from office and indict for official misconduct, corruption and obstruction the persons involved "Operation Choke Point."

Yep.

So...... where are the indictments, gentlemen, and for the rest of the citizens can you please explain why you put up with this crap?

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If you've been around here for any length of time you know that I have about as much regard for Eric (Place) Holder as I do for a piece of crap floating in the toilet, and believe that our government would be best served by pulling the handle.  He's also leaving his post, so the flush is in process.

But on the way out the door he actually did something good today, believe it or not.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred.

This will not stop all civil forfeiture, but it will stop nearly all of it.

States can certainly continue to try to proceed with their programs under state laws, but the "Equitable Sharing" program made it very easy and thus cheap to administer -- and also gave the states a wide degree of immunity from being hammered in the courts with civil suits, since the underlying action was federal.

That's gone now, with a few exceptions -- illegal firearms (such as machine guns), explosives and kiddie porn being notable examples.

But while the move itself is good, listen to this crap from Leahy:

“I am deeply troubled by the well-documented reports of innocent Americans swept up through the misuse of civil asset forfeiture laws,” Leahy said in a statement to The Post. “This program was designed to be a crime-fighting tool, not just a fundraising tool not armed robbery on a grand scale. I look forward to working with Senator Grassley to impose some much-needed oversight and accountability into this area.”

Yeah, well, we'll see what sort of "accountability" Leahy proposes.

But for now the "off" switch has been found and Holder has earned a tiny little bit of my respect for one good deed -- it's not nearly enough to erase all the bad ones, but it is a start.

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