The Corporate Capture of Democracy (and Community Pharmacy)

GetUp!  sent me an email that included the following words:
“Major corporations in Australia just threatened a $20 million campaign blitz, to hold onto their power and avoid scrutiny of their scandalous conduct.

But from the rise of Bernie Sanders, to the fall of Iceland’s tax dodging Prime Minister, there’s a new popular global uprising against the corporate capture of democracy.
So far the Turnbull Government’s turned a blind eye and proposed more wasteful handouts for its big business mates.”

Amen to that!
GetUp! is at least organising to deal with some aspects of this problem, come proposed election day – July, 1 2016.

And maybe community pharmacy may need their help as well.

But the corporate capture of community pharmacy does not seem to have caught on yet within the pharmacy profession because the normally vocal Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) seems to have lost its “cojones” and has kept very quiet, particularly in regard to the Review Committee into location rules and ownership rules.
And why would that be?
i2P suspects it is because the government has instructed the PGA executive to stay in line and not oppose any proposed changes.
And why would that be?
Only one answer – they are compromised!

That means that if anything is going to happen to create a decent future for pharmacists they are going to have to shrug off the normal processes that would generally deal with the various political and corporate threats and deal with it themselves.

However, pharmacist renowned fighting spirit seems to have been eroded – the will to survive in a lot of these community pharmacists has disappeared as they busily make their plans to sell out to the global invaders that our government is hell-bent on inviting in.
They are taking the line of least resistance.
But will they have buyers?
That remains to be seen.

These are very unusual times and the corporates behind the hijacking of democracy are the usual suspects – Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Agriculture, Big Oil & Gas, Mainstream media, and their ilk.
These entities are also party to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – a treaty agreement that is definitely not in the national interests of Australia.

These are all the contenders for the “one world government” and what a range of corrupt values they bring to the leadership table.

In their own world, pharmacists are going to have to deal with their own problems individually, from the bottom up. You had better get organised.
i2P has reported in recent editions that political conflict of interest knows no bounds – it goes right to the top.
Politicians of all flavours are afflicted, so trust has now totally evaporated across the board.

Lets just look at recent events:

1. The US agency, CDC, has become so corrupt that it has deliberately destroyed evidence showing that autism for some population segments has been caused by vaccines, particularly the MMR vaccine.

2. A researcher (Dr Andrew Wakefield) who had his reputation destroyed by various agencies in the UK through identifying the autism link in vaccines, and a recent US whistleblower from within the CDC, (Dr William Thompson), who was an actual witness to the destruction of CDC evidence, recently collaborated with each other and produced a film of the events they were involved with.
An unprecedented campaign of censorship was undertaken by the CDC, other government agencies and people of political influence combined to remove funding and create other punitive activities to destroy the activities of various film festivals who wanted to show the film.
The producers of the film are still getting their message out and i2P is doing its best to support them.

3. The recent Zika virus, so-called epidemic that has been fraudulently linked to the condition of microcephaly in a poor region of Brazil.
CDC neglected to include in their investigations the larvicide spraying of Brazilian waterways in the affected area, by a Monsanto linked company, which has drenched the area with a substance called pyriproxyfen already linked to neurological defects in the unborn.

John Rappoprt, investigative journalist has this comment:
“Is it about science or money?
US health agencies want more than the $600 million they’ve allotted to the “war against Zika.”  They want $1.9 billion.  Why not?  They always want more money.

To make their case, the CDC has pushed out a new Zika study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM): Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality”.

Before commenting on that study, let’s recall a devastating statement the NEJM’s former editor, Marcia Angell, issued in 2009, after she had headed up that non-science machine for 20 years:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

As criticisms of fake science go, this one, from an elite insider, ranks near the top of the list.  It is a direct accusation of widespread fraud.
Otherwise known as lying, cheating, massaging data, hiding data, and so on.

In other words, the NEJM has been publishing studies and reports that, regardless of their convincing language, are “cooked” to appear true when they most definitely weren’t.

Therefore, right up front, a new Zika study published in the NEJM is highly suspect, to say the very least.  There is no reason to accept its data, methods, or findings.  Except perhaps as an article of religious faith.  But medical journals aren’t supposed to be religious publications, the last time I looked.

The new NEJM study on Zika aims to eliminate doubt that the Zika virus causes microcephaly.
Until now, that doubt was widespread.  Even the World Health Organization was making careful statements: “…although no definite causal link has been established between Zika and microcephaly (babies born with smaller heads and brain damage), we believe there is a connection…”  That sort of thing.

The new NEJM study is supposed to erase, once and for all, that “maybe.”
But it doesn’t.  It’s not even close.  Because when you wade through the rather dense language, what you see is an attempt to show a correlation between the presence of the Zika virus and the occurrence of the birth defect.

Correlation is not causation.  And that’s just the beginning of the problem.

Even on the basis of correlation, nowhere in the study do we see anything approaching a high degree of association.  You would expect to find evidence that in, say, 80 or 90 percent of cases, the Zika virus was found in babies who developed the defect.  That evidence isn’t there.  Well, how about a 90-percent correlation between microcephaly in the baby and Zika found in the mother?  Not there, either.  Again, not even close.

Then there is the issue, rarely if ever touched on in studies these days, of “how much Zika was found.”  Why is that important?  Because, in order to begin asserting that a virus causes a condition, you need to discover a very high volume of it in a person.  A small amount causes nothing.

The new NEJM study doesn’t explore this vital factor.

So the study is a dud.

It claims that there is a very weak correlation between Zika and microcephaly.  That’s it.  That’s all.

Nor does the study consider the obvious fact that a condition can have several or even many causes.  And what could be causing birth defects in Brazil may not be causing it in the US or Guatemala.

As I’ve clearly established in prior articles on Zika, only a fool or an outright liar would fail to notice the toxic pesticide drenching that takes place in Brazil, the number-one country for pesticide-use in the world.  Some of those chemicals are banned in other countries, because they’re too poisonous.

Therefore, in Brazil, a virus that has never been proved to cause microcephaly can function as a cover story.  Zika protects, and diverts attention away from, pesticide manufacturers and agri-corporate giants who spray, spray, spray.

And what about medical drugs ingested by pregnant mothers?  Again, no recent studies on microcephaly investigate this “protected area.”  Given that these medicines kill 106,000 people in the US every year, and maim at least hundreds of thousands more, any rational researcher would be highly motivated to look for a causal connection to microcephaly.

Want another correlation?  Try severe malnutrition in the pregnant mother.  It’s the number-one cause of immune-system collapse on the planet.  Immune-system failure opens the door to many raging infections in the mother and fetus.  But no, malnutrition isn’t “medical.”  How can you develop a vaccine or a drug to treat it?  No money in it.

There is, of course, money in research, and as I said at the top, US health agencies are trying to get more of it from Congress.

The Zika virus was discovered in 1947-8.  Since then, it has never been known to cause more than mild transient illness.  Suddenly, it’s being blamed for severe and tragic birth defects.  On what basis?  On no basis.

Who knows how long the virus has been on the planet?  5000 years?  100,000 years?  It’s had ample opportunity to spread across the world and around the world many times.  The notion that, now, suddenly, it’s traveling, is absurd.  It’s already there.  And here.  And everywhere.  It has been here and there and everywhere for a long time.

However, a fiction of “unchecked spread” works, if you’re trying to Invent the concept of a highly dangerous virus that is popping up unexpectedly and making pregnant women give birth to babies with brain damage.

Fear sells.

And the people who sell it control the whole operation.

What about actual science?  They’ve never heard of it and don’t care about it.

If you persist in believing they do care about it, you’re doing religion, and you’re in the wrong pew.

Meanwhile, the multiple factors that can actually cause tragic birth defects are being ignored.

In this article, I haven’t tried to cover the full range of “who benefits” from the fake war on Zika; but I should mention one group: the collaboration of companies, research labs, and foundations that propose using genetically engineered mosquitoes on a global basis to cut off future generations of Zika-carrying mosquitoes.  Among this collaborating group are researchers who also want to release “gene drives,” mechanisms which sterilize the bugs in the wild.  In both strategies, no human safety studies have been done.  That is highly significant.  The same absence of studies highlighted the original release of GMO crops in the 1990s.  We were (falsely) assured then, as now, that no problems would develop.

That’s another article of faith pretending to be science.”

4. And picking up on that last sentence, where is that esteemed organisation “Friends of Science in Medicine” out there tilting at windmills and all that “pseudoscience”.
It seems they are not there when “pretend science” better known as fraudulent science, is paraded.

Community pharmacy is about to enter a period of change that is not about a strong profession providing a valued service.
It is more about confining pharmacy to a mind-numbing dispensing process with no value-adding.
More like rubber-stamping Big Pharma processes and eventual extinction as these processes are overtaken by robotics and other disruptive technologies.
It is unlike pharmacists to not stand and fight for their professional life, and that reflects the calibre of its leaders.
They seem to be missing in action somewhere!

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