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Signs of the Times for Thu, 09 Mar 2006

Signs Editorial:

Henry See
Signs of the Times
09 March 2006
A reading of the stories in today's section on the bird flu scare will put the entire media spectacle in a different light. It is, in many ways, a microcosm of the lies and manipulations that are part and parcel of life in this world, ranging from mundane drives such as greed to the deepest of plans by the powers that be to eliminate large portions of the world's people.

Let's start with the mundane element of greed.

Greed: Rumsfeld

Where there's corruption in the US, you'll find high ranking members of the Bush Reich. Dick Cheney's close association with Halliburton, the US corporation now making billions off the the US imposed, organised, and sanctioned suffering of the Iraqi people, is well known. Did you know that Donald Rumsfeld is closely associated with the California biotech firm that originally developed Tamiflu? You remember Tamiflu. It is the one drug that is being promoted as the cure-all for avian flu.

Coincidence? We think not.

In William Engdahl's article published in full today in our Bird Flu section, he writes:

Tamiflu was developed and patented in 1996 by a California biotech firm, Gilead Sciences Inc. Gilead is a NASDAQ (GILD) listed stock company which prefers to maintain a low profile in the current rush to Tamiflu. That might be because of who is tied to Gilead. In 1997, before he became US Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld was named Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, where he remained until early 2001 when he became Defense Secretary. Rumsfeld had been on the board of Gilead since 1988 according to a January 3 1997 company press release.

An as-yet-unconfirmed report is that Rumsfeld while Secretary of Defense also purchased an additional stock in his former company, Gilead Sciences Inc., worth $18 million, making him one of its largest if not the largest stock owners today.

What are the odds that the number two man in the Bush Reich would be making profits from Iraq while the number three man would stand to do the same through bird flu?

Think about that for a moment and let the implications sink in.

Bird Flu and Vaccines

Flu vaccine gets made each year from the strains of the previous year's flu that researchers guess will be the closest to flu of the on-coming season. So a vaccine is always made for last year's flu. That may be one reason why there are high infection rates among those who get the vaccine.

Another reason could be that the vaccine itself lowers the body's natural immunity system.

US soldiers given the Spanish flu vaccine against the 1918 outbreak were seven times more likely to contract and die from the flu than civilians who had not been vaccinated. [Vaccination condemned, Eleanor McBean, 1985]

In the Czech Republic, according to Dr Mohammed Kher Taha, the deputy director of the reference centre at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris, after the vaccination campaign in 1993, new forms of the virus appeared that seemed to take their mutations from the genetic material used in the vaccines themselves! (Cf, UFC Que choisir, février 2003).

The ineffectiveness of vaccines does not, of course, prevent their manufacturers, with the complicity of their friends in government and the media, from selling millions, if not billions, of dollars of them. The climate of fear works to create a demand in the fear-stricken population. It then becomes popular for a politican to demand stockpiles, which is what Bush did in November 2005, and is what the World Health Organization is demanding world-wide.

And each dosage sold puts pennies in the pocket of Donald Rumsfeld.

Political Motivations

As bad as all of that might be, we have only scratched the surface of the depravity related to the avian flu fear mongering. Look at the large culling of the flocks that has taken place in Asia and that is now set to begin in France and other countries. It is an all-out attack on the small farm, on a way of life that has escaped to some extent globalization. Laws and regulations will be brought in first to kill the birds many people depend upon for their own food or to sell and make a living. Then, when their flocks have disappeared, new, genetically modified birds will be created, birds they will tell us are resistant to these diseases. Writes Engdahl:

"There is high-level biological research underway in Britain and presumably also the United States to develop a genetic engineering method to make chickens and other birds 'resistant' to Avian Flu viruses."

We have seen how the GM process works in agriculture. Farmers buy seed from companies like Monsanto. The seed belongs to the company, it is their intellectual property. The farmer can no longer use a part of one year's crop to provide the seed for the next. He must return each year to the company to buy new seed. No longer can farmers try to become self-sufficient. With GM products, they are forced to become dependent upon the corporations that sell the seeds.

You can expect the same model to emerge when it comes to poultry. After all, all that research has to be repaid! Even if it is largely financed by tax dollars!

The wonderful thing about this model is that the avian flu doesn't even have to appear as a pandemic. Flocks can be killed off as a preventative measure. Not one person has to die for the plan to succeed. As the Beatles could have said, all you need is fear.

Population reduction

But if complete control over the production of food is bad enough, just wait for the punch line.

John Christian Ryter notes in his article that "Spanish flu began in the battlefields of Europe and spread throughout the world. Most of the dead were from 20 to 40 years of age. Unlike current flu strains, Spanish flu spared the young and the elderly."

Is there anything about the age grouping here that is unusual? Those who are in most cases considered to be the strongest and healthiest in the face of the flu, people between the ages of 20 to 40, were the primary victims of the Spanish flu. Isn't that just a little odd? Could it be related to the social conditions of the time? The Great War of 1914-18? The Russian Revolution of 1917? Who were the primary actors in these events that so marked the century? What age were the soldiers? People between the ages of 20 and 40.

Is it possible that the Spanish flu was concocted in a laboratory as a way of decimating the enemy army?

What about today? Several of the writers in today's bird flu section point out that the fatality rate of the avian flu is not terribly high. The figures for the population who have become infected and who have not had a serious case are most likely not included in the figures given when a mortality rate of over 50% is cited. Much like the infamous SARS epidemic, the actual deaths are very low. It was the media fanfare and hysteria that made the threat seem so serious, so threatening. The flu itself may not be.

This analysis may well be correct. The strain of H5N1 may not be as dangerous as we are being told. It may be difficult for it mutate to a version that passes directly from human to human. Unfortunately, this does not mean that the threat is lessened. The powers that be are clear that they wish to reduce the world's population. The campaigns to sensitize us to this need have been going on since the late sixties, from The Limits to Growth to today's hysteria over the "Peak Oil" hoax. What Mother Nature does not accomplish on her own, the pathocrats working for Mr. Rumsfeld will be able to do in their labs.

We have discussed many times the work of US, Israeli, and South Africans on the development of ethnic specific weapons. Clearly, biological warfare is the arm of the future. It is deadly, can be used to pinpoint specific populations, and can be blamed on nature. What more could a psychopath want?

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