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US Government Allows Extremely Toxic Substances, Including Industrial Waste, to be Used as Fertilizers and a Drinking Water Additive

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By Ian Wilkinson

The Constantine Report, October 9, 2012

Smokers need to be aware that American tobacco farmers are legally allowed to use phosphate fertilizer made from rock containing uranium. As the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute webpage (below) points out:

“Removal of uranium as a product is no longer profitable and all the extraction facilities have been dismantled. The uranium that remains in the phosphoric acid and fertilizer products is at a low enough dose that it is safe for use.”

The claim that phosphate fertilizer which contains uranium is safe to use is not correct, as I will explain:

http://www1.fipr.state.fl.us/PhosphatePrimer/0/AF78BD06086A22F385256F88007CD94D

A 1980, Philip Morris tobacco corporation document, reproduced on the webpage http://tobaccodocuments.org/landman/177546.html, admits that radioactive uranium is present in the phosphate fertilizer which is used by tobacco farmers, and that uranium’s daughters after it decays, radioactive polonium and radioactive lead, “are present in tobacco smoke” as a result.

In “Radioactivity in Cigarette Smoke”, a letter which was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” in 1982 (Volume 306, Issue 6, pp.364-365), T.H. Winters and J.R. Franza also said that thanks to the uranium in phosphate fertilizer, there was radioactive polonium and radioactive lead in cigarette smoke.

This US National Cancer Institute webpage states that radioactive polonium is one of the at least 69 carcinogenic substances in cigarette smoke:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/cessation

This Cancer Research UK webpage discusses the dangers of inhaling radioactive polonium in tobacco smoke:

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2008/08/29/radioactive-polonium-in-cigarette-smoke/

Moreover, the World Information Service on Energy, “Uranium in Fertilizers” webpage points out that, “There are two sources for uranium in fertilizers: elevated natural uranium concentrations in phosphate rock that have not been removed during the fertilizer process, or uranium in waste solutions from the nuclear fuel industry that are used as fertilizers.” The webpage then goes on to explain those facts in more detail.

People might find it hard to believe that any government could be stupid enough to allow nuclear waste to be used as “fertilizer”, but the “Seattle Times” did an expose in 1997 of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s bizarre decision to allow big business to poison farmland with toxic waste, including radioactive waste from a uranium plant in Gore, Oklahoma:

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970703&slug=2547772

Any American farmland which is now contaminated with uranium ought never to be used for agriculture or any other purpose ever again, because the half life of uranium is 4.5 billion years, which is why there is talk of turning the Pentagon’s depleted uranium weapons testing range in Jefferson County, Indiana into a “National Sacrifice Zone and closing it forever”, as the last paragraph of the below article about DU weapons explains:

http://mondediplo.com/2002/03/03uranium

Like American tobacco products, American food which is grown with uranium, and other toxic waste “fertilizers”, is of course sold all over the world.

The US Public Health Service also allows fluoride compounds, like hydrofluorsilicic acid, which is a toxic waste that industries like metals and fertilizers produce, to be added to water supplies, toothpaste, and other products, like Prozac. As a result, American big businesses like the Alcoa aluminium corporation, which used to be plagued by costly lawsuits from farmers whose animals and crops had been poisoned by fluoride waste from factory chimneys, no longer have to pay out compensation for poisoning farm produce. After all, their toxic waste is now a dental “medicine” which the PHS endorses.

As this article, “Fluoride: industry’s toxic coup” explains, Alcoa was heavily involved in funding the early “science” which persuaded the American authorities to begin fluoridating water supplies, and Alcoa’s founder and major shareholder, US Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, had jurisdiction over the PHS:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Fluoride%3A+industry’s+toxic+coup.-a020556375

The water supply in some other countries which are culturally very influenced by the US (for example, Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand), is also fluoridated in some places.

Chinese scientists’ discovery that fluoride lowers IQ, is why China has defluoridation plants to remove even naturally occurring fluoride from water. You can read one of the Chinese research papers which investigated fluoride’s effect on IQ below. Harvard University scientists were also involved in the study:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi.html

Lower IQ is one of the problems which ingesting uranium leads to, as the below American university webpage points out:

http://www.albany.edu/ihe/emerging/DU_HealthEffects_Research_Summary.htm

I doubt that other toxic waste “fertilizers” are good for IQ levels either.

As most of the United States has long been fluoridating its water supply, it is not surprising that top Republican politicians are often unable to speak coherently, which, as George W. Bush proved, is a problem that seems to get worse as Republicans who have spent their entire lives drinking fluoride enter politics. Top Republican politicians have of course long been a source of amusement in Europe, where at least its right wing politicians can speak coherently, where comedy books that collected George W. Bush’s verbal gaffes were popular, and where other Republican politicians like Ronald Reagan, who said that trees caused air pollution, and Dan Quayle, who thought that Latin Americans spoke “Latin”, were also a laughing stock.

There can be no doubt that fluoride’s effects on IQ are responsible for top Republican politicians often being unable to speak coherently, as the below University of Edinburgh survey showed that far right British National Party voters have a lower average IQ than other British political parties’ voters, and the Republicans would be seen as a far right fringe party in any Western European country, which is why the below August 2004, 35 nation poll, found that Western Europeans would have elected John Kerry by huge margins in 2004. For example, 74% of Norwegians would have voted for him, and 7% for George W. Bush:

http://www.wolvestuc.org.uk/index.php/local-campaigns/anti-fascism3/237-bnp-voters-have-lowest-iq

http://worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/views_on_countriesregions_bt/91.php?lb=brglm&pnt=91&nid=&id=

Keeping Faith: Former Delco politician is the focus of new biography

By PATTI MENGERS

Delaware County Daily Times, October 7, 2012

For Delaware County residents, Faith Ryan Whittlesey’s life has always seemed to be an open book.

From the time the former Haverford resident entered the political arena as state representative for the 166th District in 1973 until she entered the West Wing of the White House as President Ronald Reagan’s public liaison in 1983, the “Kennedy Democrat”-turned-Republican made headlines in her old hometown.

Along the way, the mother of three suffered the loss of her husband to an apparent suicide, became Delaware County’s first female county council chairman, was appointed ambassador to Switzerland and survived a congressional investigation into her management of the embassy and its link to the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal supervised by fired National Security Council aide Oliver North.

“We worked closely together,” Whittlesey said of North during one of her many interviews with Daily Times reporters over the last 40 years. “That’s why I was investigated. That’s why I was hauled before a congressional panel and investigated. They were criminalizing policy differences.”

Now part of the story of the 73-year-old attorney’s colorful life is officially available to the world in a book penned by academic historian Thomas J. Carty, chairman of the social sciences department at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

“Backwards in High Heels: Faith Whittlesey, Reagan’s Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing” officially debuted Friday at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, D.C., where Whittlesey chaired the board of trustees for six years.

“There’s quite a bit about Delaware County in it,” she said of her book last Wednesday from her room in Washington’s Mayflower Hotel.

The 368-page book, with 32 pages of photos, is published by Casemate Publishers of Haverford.

It retails for $29.95.

“Ambassador Whittlesey” as she is known by many, was not only preparing for the premiere of the book that focuses on her time in public service, she was preparing to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Swiss Foundation, established to preserve the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland. Chairman emeritus since 2008, Whittlesey joined the foundation as chair and president in 1989 and initiated its flagship program, the Young Leaders Conference, that annually sponsors about 30 American professionals between ages 28 and 42 who meet in Switzerland with Swiss counterparts for a week.

The award was presented Thursday night to the self-described “committed conservative,” “Cold Warrior” and “Reaganite” by archconservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before a crowd of nearly 400 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

“I introduced Judge Scalia to President Reagan. Judge Scalia swore me in for my second term as Swiss ambassador in the West Wing of the White House,” recalled Whittlesey, who noted that a short time later, Scalia was appointed by Reagan to the Supreme Court.

Her life needs no embellishment to make good reading.

The title of Carty’s book refers to a quote often credited to Whittlesey that she reportedly delivered when she was representing Reagan at a Teamsters convention in 1984: “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”

Others who have been credited with variations of that quote include “Frank and Ernest” comic strip writer Bob Thaves, the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards and TV journalist Linda Ellerbee. Carty’s book is not Whittlesey’s official biography.

“There’s a big section about Delaware County, about my time in the (Pennsylvania) Legislature and on county council,” said Whittlesey.

“I’m also doing my own memoirs, which I’m still writing. I’ve written about 500 pages.”

Among her Delaware County friends expected at last week’s festivities in the nation’s capital were Whittlesey’s former assistant, Nancy Price, and attorneys Jeanne Cella and George Cordes.

Whittlesey, who was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in a housing project in Williamsville, N.Y., has always taken pride in the solid work ethic she said she inherited from her parents, Martin Roy Ryan and Amy Jerusha Covell.

“I worked very hard and wasn’t married to a famous person. I didn’t have an independent fortune, but I had my Irish heritage,” she once told a Daily Times reporter.

Whittlesey noted that her mother was working on her second million, made from an initial investment of $100, at the time of her death.

“My father never made more than $100 a week, but he believed in the American dream,” said Whittlesey, whose one sibling, Thomas Martin Ryan, and his wife, Joan, are also former Haverford residents.

A 1960 history graduate of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., Whittlesey attended the University of Pennsylvania law school on full scholarship and was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. She learned to speak German in high school when she was an exchange student in Germany and in college when she traveled to Austria as an exchange student.

While attending law school, Whittlesey worked as a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia public school system.

Her experiences there and as a special assistant to the attorney general in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare caused her to become disillusioned with the Democratic politics of President John F. Kennedy’s “Camelot” era.

“I saw the wastefulness and potential for corruption, so I decided that less government is better. I trust ‘the people’ more,” she said.

Whittlesey has described herself as “an ideological conservative.”

“I’m against the wars and I’m for limited government, low taxation and limited spending and traditional moral values,” said Whittlesey, an ardent abortion opponent who was raised Methodist but converted to Catholicism in 2000.

She especially admired Reagan’s peaceful approach to the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

“Ronald Reagan never shed American blood to win the Cold War. Today, they use his legacy to justify the current occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and he never would have done that. He was much too prudent and cautious in foreign policy,” Whittlesey noted in February 2011, before the end of the Iraq occupation begun by fellow Republican George W. Bush in 2003.

While married to advertising executive Roger Whittlesey, whom she wed in 1963, the future Swiss ambassador began her own political career as Haverford’s state representative in 1973. In 1974, her husband, who was accused of misappropriating funds and was sued by his business partners, was found dead by Haverford police in an apparent suicide at age 37 in his car in the garage of the Millbrook Lane home he shared with his family.

Faith Whittlesey, who was left to raise their three school-age children, Henry, Amy and William, was approached that same year by Pennsylvania House Minority Whip, the now-late Matt Ryan, to run for Delaware County Council.

She initially demurred, suggesting that he instead approach multimillionaire John E. du Pont of Newtown Square, who, 23 years later, became the richest American ever convicted of murder for the 1996 shooting of Olympic wrestler David Schultz. Du Pont, who died in prison in 2010, turned Ryan down and Whittlesey went on to become the first female to chair Delaware County Council in 1977.

She was one of the “New Look” Republicans who replaced the long-entrenched GOP War Board, along with former district attorney Frank Hazel and former fellow county councilman Charles Keeler who she had to convince to distribute her signature campaign “potholders.” Hazel and Keeler later became Delaware County judges. Delaware County Republican bosses “never owned me,” Whittlesey once proudly declared.

She defied local Republicans again when, as an alternate Delaware County delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976, she threw her support behind Reagan for president instead of Gerald Ford, who ultimately won the nomination but lost the presidency to Jimmy Carter.

Her unsuccessful primary bid for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor in 1978, Whittlesey believes, was her punishment from local Republicans for supporting Reagan over Ford in 1976.

Nevertheless, Whittlesey proved victorious in 1980 when, with Montgomery County’s Drew Lewis, she co-chaired the Reagan for President campaign in Pennsylvania. Reagan’s first campaign stop was in Folcroft after announcing his candidacy in New York in November 1979.

“His last stop in 1980 was Upper Darby High School before going home to California to get the results, the night before the election,” said Whittlesey.

She noted that the band from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Marple played for Reagan on the eve of the 1980 election in Upper Darby and again in his inaugural parade. President Reagan, who won Pennsylvania over Carter with a plurality of 300,000 votes, rewarded Whittlesey with the ambassadorship to Switzerland twice, first from Sept. 28, 1981, to Feb. 29, 1983, and again in his second term, from April 4, 1985, through June 14, 1988. In between, Whittlesey served as assistant to the president for public liaison and was the highest ranking woman in the White House from March 1983 to March 1985.

In addition to surviving scrutiny for her association with Oliver North during her days in the Reagan White House, Whittlesey weathered a congressional inquiry over her management of the Swiss embassy.

After she completed her second stint as Reagan’s Swiss ambassador, Whittlesey served for 19 years as president and chairman for the American Swiss Foundation and traveled internationally as a diplomat and corporate consultant on government issues.

In 2006, Whittlesey was honored by the American Rose Society with an off-white rose bearing her name, some of which were conveyed from South Carolina by her assistant, Gene Waering, to her gala at the Smithsonian last Thursday. In 2010, she was presented with the International Friend of the Rose Award for helping establish a relationship between gardening communities in the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.

Whittlesey has also served on the board of six corporations, including Sunbeam, where she was among the directors who voted to fire Al “Chainsaw” Dunlap, the former Scott Paper chief executive officer who was notorious for eviscerating the work force at the old Chester company. She still serves on the boards of Schindler Elevator Corp. and Valassis Corp., a sales and marketing company that produces Sunday newspaper coupons.

Her archives are housed at Boston University, where Whittlesey was awarded an honorary doctorate and where there is an ongoing exhibit about her in the Mugar Library. She also has honorary doctorates from Widener University in Chester, and King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

Whittlesey has had her share of challenges since she returned to the private sector, including supporting her daughter through “a terrible divorce” from George D. O’Neill Jr., a great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and her son, Henry, through his struggle with schizophrenia.

Whittlesey herself has beaten a rare form of cancer called ocular melanoma that caused her to lose her right eye in 1994, and in 2001 she underwent lung cancer surgery. Whittlesey said last Thursday that she is now cancer-free. In 2003, she sold her homes in Cambridge, Mass., and New York and made her sole residence in Florida where, she has said, “the sunshine makes me feel very healthy.”

Some of Whittlesey’s 10 grandchildren, who range in age from 6 to 21, live with her and her daughter in Palm Beach County. The rest reside with her sons in the Boston area. They are all a source of joy for Whittlesey, an accomplished pianist, who likes to sing songs with them, make them pancakes and teach them about American history.

The former Swiss ambassador has even been known to engage her grandchildren in discussions about international affairs.

#: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/10/07/news/doc507245306e2d0038032446.prt

By Richard Brodsky

European Jewish Press, October 8, 2012

The resurgence of Nazi and neo-Nazi movements in Europe is attracting more attention in the United States. The New York Times featured the activities of the Golden Dawn, an explicitly neo-fascist, neo-Nazi political party that has become the fifth largest party in the Greek Parliament, with every prospect of getting bigger. Golden Dawn focuses on illegal immigration from Africa and Asia, in the context of brutal austerity measures that have affected the standard of living of almost everybody. It’s a toxic brew, and there’s more of it coming.

There have been similar organized upsurges across Europe. Notable examples are efforts to provide public pensions to surviving members of Hitler’s Waffen-SS in the Baltic states, a variety of outrages in Germany, and the God-awful mass murder in Norway by a self-professed right-wing vigilante. There has been a growing recognition by mainstream European political forces that these incidents can no longer be shrugged off as fringe manifestations. The semi-meltdown of the European economy, the austerity measures demanded by banks, the world-wide interest in Islamic extremism, and the influx of immigrants of color have all contributed to the increase in incidents and organizations of the very far right.

The European response has come largely from Russia. Russia has both internal problems with neo-Nazi groups, and a national political interest in focusing on their growth in the Baltic states. In domestic terms, the Russian people, having lost 24 million souls to the fight with Nazi Germany, are vigilant and concerned by anything smacking of a Nazi resurgence. An organization has been created, World Without Nazism by a Russian Senator, Boris Shpiegel. It has been meeting largely in Russia, but On October 9 it’s convening in Strasbourg France, the home of the European Union, with a line up of heavyweights (the former president of Ukraine, lots of members of Parliaments, and a delegation from the US among others) and an intention to upgrade it’s efforts in Western Europe and maybe the USA.

I attended two meetings of WWN in Moscow and came away convinced that there’s enough going on to make their work important. It’s certainly possible that when the economy recovers the public tolerance of neo-Nazi movements will vanish. But if there’s any lesson to be learned from history, it’s that we are better off erring on the side of concern before things take off.

The American interest in this is both obvious and hidden. The useless slaughter and cost of World War II is still known to Americans, if only by our interest in the Greatest Generation and its sacrifices. Our ability to fight our old enemies of anti-Semitism and racism is complicated when today’s exponents of that stuff are elected to office and command the streets. And it’s not as though the new neo-Nazis are leaving us alone. Golden Dawn has opened an office in Washington, and some of what we’ve heard from the Baltic states should give the State Department pause. Even the Timothy McVeigh’s decision to bomb government buildings still resonates among some extreme right-wing groups.

All in all, and even in the midst of a hot and contentious Presidential race, it’s worth paying attention to. World Without Nazism may yet try to open a dialogue with Washington, that’s to be decided in Strasbourg. I’m going, to listen and to explain something of America’s history and attitude towards Nazism. With good luck, these new movements will melt away in the face of better economic conditions and public opposition. But better safe than sorry.

http://www.ejpress.org/article/voices/62221

By Bruce Wilson

Talk to Action, July 2, 2011

With Mitt Romney narrowly leading the pack of those vying for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, journalists will no doubt continue to comb his past for evidence of underlying beliefs that might influence a Romney presidency, but so far the press has missed a 2008 Romney radio show appearance in which the former Massachusetts governor endorsed The Making of America, by fringe New World Order conspiracy theorist Cleon Skousen, a former Brigham Young University professor of Romney’s, and also cited Skousen’s opinions concerning the question of the Second Coming. Here’s video of the interchange–which Mitt Romney may have difficulty explaining, especially in context of his carefully coiffed persona as a moderate Republican.

As covered by Media Matters, in The Making of America Skousen claimed that slave owners were the true “victims” of the institution of slavery:

Skousen is the author of several controversial works, including The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, which presented as “the story of slavery in America” a passage from a book that attacked abolitionists for delaying emancipation; cast slave owners as “the worst victims of the system”; claimed white schoolchildren “were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates”; and claimed that “[s]lavery did not make white labor unrespectable, but merely inefficient,” because “the slave had a deliberateness of motion which no amount of supervision could quicken.”

The Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel was one of several media commenters who back in 2009 picked up this remarkable but now largely forgotten story, in a post noting that Texas governor Rick Perry had cited Skousen’s book The 5,000 Year Leap while speaking at the 2009 Family Research Council ‘Voter Values Summit’ in Washington DC. Wondering why Cleon Skousen, recently exhumed from obscurity by Glenn Beck, had suddenly become so popular among leading GOP politicians, Weigel wrote,

“Perry’s comments reminded me of a forgotten moment from the 2008 campaign, when Mitt Romney got into a heated exchange with a radio host who had theological objections to Mormonism. A grainy video of that exchange is here.

“Cleon Skousen has a book called `A Thousand Years,'” said Romney, arguing against the rumor that he believed the Second Coming would happen in Missouri. “Christ appears, it’s throughout the Bible, Christ appears in Jerusalem, splits the Mount of Olives to stop the war that’s coming to kill all the Jews. Our church believes that.”

It’s strange to hear prominent national Republicans telling people to read Skousen.”

The incident, from a 2008 Romney appearance on an Iowa radio show, was also discussed by Mark Hemingway of National Review Online, who described,

“You and I share a common affection for the late Cleon Skousen,” the radio host says. The former governor agrees, affirming Skousen was his professor and when the radio host professes his fondness for Skousen’s book The Making of America, while he acknowledges he hasn’t read it, Mitt quickly says “That’s worth reading.”

Hemingway provides some useful background on how fringe, in ideological terms, Cleon Skousen truly was:

“Skousen’s Communist paranoia may have reached it’s apotheosis in 1970 when the Mormon church and BYU in particular began receiving a tremendous amount of external pressure to change the church’s policy on denying the Mormon priesthood to blacks. Skousen, then a professor at BYU, published an article entitled “The Communist Attack on the Mormons” and noted that critics were employing Communist tactics which were “distorting the religious tenet of the Church regarding the Negro and blowing it up to ridiculous proportions.” The Mormon Church reversed course on its discriminatory practices in 1978 and began ordaining black men to the priesthood.

Later in the 70s, Skousen accused the Council on Foreign Relations and the Rockefellers of puppeteering the election of Jimmy Carter to pave the way for One World Government, his new favorite topic. Things got so bad that the Mormon Church eventually issued an official communiqué distancing itself from Skousen’s organization, the Freemen Institute.”

But what does it mean? How much weight should we give Romney’s endorsement of Skousen’s writing? Hemingway opines,

“…in the video Governor Romney demonstrates more than a passing familiarity with Skousen’s work…

I sincerely doubt that Mitt Romney believes anything near as outlandish as many of the things Cleon Skousen espoused, and to be fair Skousen wrote on numerous topics with wildly varying degrees of intellectual sobriety. In fact, as the radio host in the YouTube video notes, Skousen’s writings on original intent and the U.S. Constitution in The Making of America are compellingly argued, and to this day are often cited by conservatives unaware of Skousen’s more checkered writings.”

Hemingway seems, however, to be unaware of Skousen’s virulent views on slavery evinced in The Makings of America, and his treatment elides the context of Romney’s plug for Skousen–the Second Coming which, as we well know, drags in the battle of Armageddon. Skousen’s eschatological views don’t get much notice, but Mitt Romney would seem to hold them in high regard.

But there’s another side to the story. As Talk To Action co-founder Frederick Clarkson noted back in 2007, Mitt Romney drags some troublesome liberal baggage along with his penchant for Cleon Skousen:

He has not received as much support from the religious right as he had hoped. He has sought to be acceptable to conservatives and at the same time not-too-scary to moderates. He has also emphasized his recent conversion from being prochoice to being prolife, and sought to obscure his past support for gay and lesbian civil rights while emphasizing his position opposing marriage equality. During the recent GOP candidate debate in Florida, he refused to say, as he once did, that he looks forward to the day when gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. Many — especially many of us who live in Massachusetts — take him as having few, if any, deep convictions. And (as far as I know) with the exception of Paul Weyrich, no major religious right leader is supporting him.”

It’s easy to envision Romney, as a candidate, pandering to the ideological fanaticism that has gripped the Republican Party and, were he to win the nomination, picking a true believer such as Michele Bachmann as a running mate, to shore up his evangelical base. And, in that context, Romney’s penchant for Cleon Skousen might not be such a liability; it might even get him onto the Glenn Beck show.

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/7/2/4443/88897#.UHNReV86qnw.email