Hide your shine and dim your lights – China’s multipolar strategy

Mackinder- Pivot Area (Knox, p.391)

Hide your shine and dim your lights

Deng Xiaoping

Some want a so-called multipolar world where you have different centers of power, and I believe will quickly develop into rival centers of power. And others believe, and this is my notion, that we need one polar power which encompasses a strategic partnership between Europe and America.

Tony Blair, British prime minister, 2003


When you look at the evolution of the world, you see that quite naturally a multipolar world is being created, whether one likes it or not. It’s inevitable… relations between the European Union and the United States will have to be relations of complementarity and partnership between equals.

Jacques Chirac, French president, 2003


It bears repeating that these moves had little to do with China’s domestic economic conditions, for the following reasons:

  • To have an economic effect a substantial devaluation would be required. That is not what is happening. Furthermore devaluation as an economic solution is essentially a Keynesian proposal and it is far from clear China’s leadership embraces Keynesian economics.
  • Together with Russia through the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, China is planning an infrastructure revolution encompassing the whole of Asia, which will replicate China’s economic development post-1980, but on a grander scale. This is why “those in the know” jumped at the chance of participating in the financing opportunities through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which will be the principal financing channel.
  • China’s strategy in the decades to come is to be the provider of high-end products and services to the whole of the Eurasian continent, evolving from her current status as a low-cost manufacturer for the rest of the world.

Alasdair Macleod


None of America’s choices are good ones. At this point, no matter what the USA does, China wins.


Washington needs a reset to preserve its primacy, but Beijing and Moscow won’t settle for less than a radical, multipolar changeover.

In an interconnected world, China has no reason to wish for a collapse of the U.S. market, but it must make sure that Western banking oligarchs no longer represent a threat (Russia and China have had enough of western banking, CNN, 4 May 2015).

This means that the Great Uncoupling will take some time to play out and that it will be cloaked. One way to accomplish that is by pretending to be weaker than one really is, even though China has absorbed the impact of the latest financial crisis with apparent ease (Why The “Great Recession” Only Had A Small Impact On China, ValueWalk, 28 March 2014).

If TTIP, TPP, TiSA do not get signed, global investors will gradually shift their “loyalties” from the US-led maritime trading bloc (The Strategic Costs of TPP Failure, The Diplomat, 22 August 2015) to the Eurasian land-based bloc.


Another French revolution? When all hell breaks loose

Protesters carry a banner reading 'no to austerity'

Nearly 4/10 of the control over the economic value of Transnational Corporations in the world is held, via a complicated web of ownership relations, by a group of 147 TNCs in the core, which has almost full control over itself. The top holders within the core can thus be thought of as an economic “super-entity” in the global network of corporations. A relevant additional fact at this point is that 3/4 of the core are financial intermediaries


Austerity policies implemented by the European Commission and some States, including Germany, have failed. There is no democracy in Europe, but an Euro-oligarchy. It is incumbent on us to create a Euro-democracy.

Arnaud Montebourg


France’s 3,600-page labor code is still very much a sacred cow, fiercely defended by unions and the socialist party’s left-fringe in parliament. A case in point: In August, the French Constitutional Council knocked back a part of Macron’s economic reform program that aimed to cap the amount of money workers could claim before labor tribunals in cases of wrongful dismissal.

That raises the prospect of further battles over Macron’s next reform bill — the same one he advertised before the German notables.


Varoufakis: The French government feels that it has a weak hand. Its deficit is persistently within the territory of the so-called excessive deficit procedure of the European Commission, which puts Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, and France’s previous finance minister, in the difficult position of having to act tough on Paris under the watchful eye of Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister.

It is also true, as you say, that the Eurogroup is completely “stitched up” by Schäuble. Nevertheless, France had an opportunity to use the Greek crisis in order to change the rules of a game that France will never win. The French government has, thus, missed a major opportunity to render itself sustainable within the single currency. The result, I fear, is that Paris will soon be facing a harsher regime, possibly a situation where the president of the Eurogroup is vested with draconian veto powers over the French government’s national budget. How long, once this happens, can the European Union survive the resurgence of nasty nationalism in places like France?


Varoufakis: Dr Schäuble’s plan: A Eurozonal budget overlord (possibly a glorified version of the Eurogroup’s President) equipped only with negative, or veto, powers over national budgets. Over France’s budget to be precise. A Eurogroup that gets more and more powerful as the European Commission fades into the background, limited to looking after matters of minor importance.

To those who speak of ‘more Europe’ and in favour of a ‘political union’, I say: Beware! The Soviet Union was also a political union. The question is: What kind of political union? A democratic realm of shared prosperity? Or an iron cage for Europe’s peoples?

A federal democracy, let me remind you, like Germany, the United States or Australia, is founded on the sovereignty of its citizens as reflected in the positive power of their federal representatives to legislate what must be done on the sovereign people’s behalf.

In sharp contrast, the Schäuble Plan envisages only negative powers: A budget overlord that can only say ‘No’ but has very limited capacity to recycle surpluses from the surplus to the deficit regions of Europe – which is what a federal system would do.

The problem with this plan is twofold. First, it would not help to safeguard and to manage the Eurozone’s macro-economy. Secondly, it would violate basic principles of Western liberal democracy.

So, why is Greece relevant in all this? Because it is part of the plan to use Greece as a morality tale, as a demonstration to you folks of what awaits you if you resist this disciplinarian version of political union. Grexit is meant as a threat that forces the people of France to accept as lesser evils permanent austerity, permanent crisis and direct control over your destiny by unaccountable, faceless, economically illiterate pseudo-technocrats.

Make no mistake in this: Our government was crushed because we dared say no to the Troika at a time when there were plans afoot for the Troika to come to Paris. Don’t say you have not be warned. “We are all Greeks now” not because there is something superior about the Greeks but because the Athens Spring lit up a small candle emitting hope to all Europeans. A candle that the Troika had to extinguish at all cost, lest its authority be challenged by the spectre of democracy.



Stem the flow, spread the panic, pop the bubble, milk the profits

The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth

Gordon Gekko, Wall Street, 1987

Two ways to interpret the financial panic.

  1. It’s all the fault of China (slumping manufacturing, bloated stock market), Russian sinking ruble and the fading euro;
  2. banks are deliberately crashing the markets in order to get QE4 and mop up assets and the U.S. economy is seriously in distress;

If 1, then this is the proof that China is a paper tiger and cannot challenge the U.S. primacy.

If 2, then the collapse of the Chinese stock market means that Chinese investors will buy more gold and silver and that, within a few weeks, a flood of US bond sales will begin, followed by a real estate crash in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, California and London.

A paper tiger?

Gordon Chang, The Coming Collapse of China, 2001


Gordon Chang, The Coming Collapse of China, 2012


Gordon Chang: China Headed for Crash in 6 Months, July 1, 2013

Gordon Chang: China’s economy on the brink of collapse, January 7, 2014

When Chinese stocks crashed in mid-June, Asian markets were not particularly troubled and there is no reason to believe that they are much more concerned now.

A shark?

It is clear that overblown headlines about the renminbi’s “plunge” were woefully misleading. Had China really wanted to grab a bigger share of world exports, it is hard to imagine that its policymakers would have settled for such a modest adjustment. China’s real motivation seems to be more far-sighted. The devaluation advanced China’s strategic goal of turning the renminbi into an international reserve currencyand, in the long term, into a credible global challenger to the US dollar… While much of the world was distracted by the putative threat of currency wars, China may have found a way to sneak its way into the SDR basket. At least for now, it seems that the country’s long-term strategy for the renminbi is on track.



China is not the problem.

The US





and Japan


are the problem.

The European, Russian, Chinese money trees have been shaken to shore up the status of the US dollar as a reserve currency


and now the international media are being used to induce capital flights towards London, Wall Street and the US dollar by a well-orchestrated campaign spreading the economic catastrophe meme through hysteric reporting about the health of the Chinese economy.

Will it succeed?

China, the European Union and Russia have been pronounced dead several times already, but they are still alive.

By contrast, the dollar remains weak and the US economy stagnant


Future currencies and gold – Bernard Lietaer (Sorbonne) on complementary currencies


Bernard Lietaer is one of the architects of the euro.

The WIR seems quite a good model, almost an ideal currency for things that could be looked at in other parts of the world?

I have an even better model to recommend than the WIR. My interest in the WIR is due the fact that it is the only case where we have quality data over 80 years. There’s no other system that has provided as much data, over as long a period. This is particularly important to evaluate long-term macro-economic impact.

The Commercial Credit Circuit (C3) – a convertible version of the WIR – is the one I would recommend as more interesting than the WIR, because it is a B2B complementary currency that is convertible into conventional money. This makes it possible for governments to accept it in payment of taxes.

Most government public procurements need to be open to all businesses. If the Swiss government wants to buy cars, say, they have to be able to buy them from everybody. And only 20% of Swiss businesses are members of the WIR system. A convertible WIR currency would solve that problem, and enable governments to participate directly in the complementary currency system. That is why I recommend the C3 model, as an improvement on the WIR.

Right, someone at the Federal Reserve in America mentioned that exchanges like Ripple are now a crucial area for private currencies,

Yes, but Ripple requires that someone makes a market in the currencies involved. ie. convertibility between the two currencies is a pre-condition. In other words, they are connecting market makers, they are not creating convertibility where none exists.

Would those market makers, should it be kept private or do you foresee that the state could play a role in that?

Ripple is a private payment system, and I don’t see why it couldn’t remain so…

Last time, we touched on the Bank of England document. Even economic textbooks used in universities talk about the multiplier model as opposed to endogenous money. With your experience working within central banks and with a lot of central bankers, are central bankers themselves and people in treasuries aware of endogenous money? To what level do they understand this versus using the textbook models?

Economists who work at central banks have been trained in believing the same monetary mythology as most economists. But the information about endogeneous money has been available: it has actually been available for more than a century! 5. It all depends on the degree of curiosity of each person.

It was a courageous gesture for a central bank like the Bank of England to go on record about the reality of money creation by private banks. The only other case I know about such an ideological reversal of views happened in Brazil, where after initially rejecting the idea of complementary currencies, an investigation by the central bank concluded that complementary currencies can solve social problems, that conventional money doesn’t do very well. And that they don’t pose any threat to the management of the official currency.

But there’s been so many papers, I remember Tobin and various others talking about endogenous money. It just seems quite strange what they’ve been teaching in economics textbooks, during my economics degree the multiplier model was taught straight from the textbook. It seems quite bizarre, really.

Well, yes. That’s been going on for a long time…

I know.

We got much deeper academic thinking in the monetary domain in the ’30s than today. There was clearly more debate about money during the Great Depression than has been the case today…

The Chicago Plan, and so on.

The Chicago Plan was fully developed at that time. It would involve making it illegal for banks to create money. Their role would be reduced to the role of money brokers, and governments would issue the currency (as many people still believe).

Out of interest, what are your thoughts on fractional reserve banking? Or in a sense what we have now is not even fractional reserve, it’s zero reserve. What are your thoughts on the Chicago Plan versus what we have now?

One can classify monetary problems in three categories: banking crashes, sovereign debt crises, and monetary instabilities. The Chicago Plan would solve the first two of of these systemic problems: it would solve the problem of banks getting overleveraged, and it would also solve the government indebtedness problem. However, it would not solve the currency instability problem. We would still have currency crashes like we would have had, say, in Russia. Under that plan, they may even be more frequent than today. Basically, the Chicago Plan somehow assumes that governments are more reliable than the private sector in managing the currency, and I’m not convinced that assumption is valid.

The recent Zimbabwe case is an extreme example of governmental abuse of a currency.  Government took over the central bank and ordered it to print money until the currency became valueless.

Touching on that topic, do you have sympathies with the gold standard, or any other commodity standard that would obviously restrict the amount of money that can be created?

One of my recommendations — the Terra currency — is a 100% commodity backed currency. In that system, a basked of a dozen commodities would play the same role as what gold used to do. Gold is actually one of the commodities in that basket. See the point?


Let me emphasize that the Terra would be part of what I recommend as a monetary ecosystem, i.e. just one of the currencies in such an ecosystem. Terra is a global business-to-business currency that would make it profitable for multinational businesses to think long term.


After the next global financial crash – the coming revolution of banking



It is desirable for the German banking sector to be consolidated in two pillars: a pillar of public-law banks (Sparkassen and restructured Landesbanken) and a pillar of co-operative banks (Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken).

At local level, there should only be Sparkassen (municipality-owned local credit unions) and Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken (co-operatively owned local credit unions). Above local level, the commercial banks (which are to be transferred to public ownership) and Landesbanken should be formed into new regional Sparkassen.

In parallel to this, the co-operative banking system can set up regional co-operative banks. Many financial services (such as the nation-wide supply of cash to automated teller machines) will be provided on a uniform nation-wide basis via strengthened co-operation within the respective pillar.

This strengthening of joint operations within the pillar will also make it possible for the banks to support large financing transactions and foreign business operations, despite the fact that the banking structure will be more decentralised than it is today.

Overall, a reduction in the size of the banking sector is unavoidable, because the financially overblown and speculative capital market business is no longer permitted. At the same time, this severely curtails the powerful influence enjoyed by the financial sector over government and the real economy.

Whether local or regional: the statutes governing the public-law and co-operative banks will follow the model of the Sparkassen and commit these banks to focussing their operations on the common good and to a business model based on the core PSL functions.

The powers of the banks’ own controlling bodies (administrative or supervisory boards) will be strengthened, and the composition of these bodies expanded to include representatives of civil society organisations, e.g. trade unions, nature conservation and environmental associations, consumer associations, social bodies and movements, welfare associations, etc. The members of the controlling bodies must be democratically legitimated, e.g. by direct election. Further to this, advisory boards will be set up, e.g. on questions of steering loans in the overall economy or on the development of individual sectors.

Every socialisation of a banking system will inevitably reach its limits if—owing to the financial system’s unacceptable complexity and due to a lack of information and expertise—the majority of the population basically does not understand what is going on in the financial sector. The reduction of the banks to their core PSL functions will make a substantial contribution to alleviating this complexity. In addition, there is a need for an information and education campaign on the financial system for the general public, especially within the school curriculum.

In parallel to the restructuring and socialization of the banks, strict regulation is required.

The capital adequacy requirements for the banks must be significantly increased and designed in an anti-cyclical way. The volume of turnover and the volatility on the financial markets must be restricted by a financial transaction tax or stopped entirely by the prohibition of certain financial instruments such as higher-order derivatives and OTC trading.

There will be a “reversal of proof” for financial instruments: permission to use them will be made subject to a new approval system for financial instruments. Financial instruments can only be marketed following detailed scrutiny, evaluation and approval from a financial standards inspection body.

Corrections must be made to the remuneration systems for and the liability borne by the bank managers. Bankers must be subject to salary caps and liable with their private assets. Bonuses will be abolished.

Changes to the law and the establishment of a public European rating agency must reduce the power of the rating agencies and the significance of their ratings.

In future, monetary policy must take far more resolute action against bubbles on asset markets. This necessitates precisely targeted instruments like an active minimum reserve.

Finally, the banking sector needs at last to be subject to effective and motivated financial oversight. There must be a new culture of supervision.

On the one hand, initiatives in this direction should involve clearer statutory rights of intervention for the supervisory bodies. On the other, the authorities must be required to point to gaps in supervision at an early stage and to call for remedies, rather than to sit and watch as a banking crisis takes shape.



Some vaccine defenders will eventually lose the battle


When uncertain, choose a middle path between extremes.

The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.

 Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet


124 Research Papers Supporting the Vaccine/Autism Link


Merck accused of stonewalling in mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit

Two former Merck & Co Inc scientists accusing the drugmaker of falsifying tests of its exclusive mumps vaccine said in a court filing on Monday that Merck is refusing to respond to questions about the efficacy of the vaccine


CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade

2012-03-29, CNN

In 2000 and 2002, the autism estimate was about 1 in 150 children. Two years later 1 in 125 8-year-olds had autism. In 2006, the number was 1 in 110, and the newest data — from 2008 — suggests 1 in 88 children have autism. Boys with autism continue to outnumber girls 5-to-1, according to the CDC report.


Journal questions validity of autism and vaccine study

2014-08-27, CNN

The debate over a link between autism and vaccines continues. A study published earlier this month concluded African-American boys are more at risk for autism if they’re given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before the age of 2. The study author says researchers at the [CDC] knew about the link in 2004 — and covered it up.


CIA defends running vaccine program to find bin Laden

A senior U.S. official said the campaign involved actual hepatitis vaccine and should not be construed as a “fake public health effort. The vaccination campaign was part of the hunt for the world’s top terrorist, and nothing else.”

2011-07-13, Washington Post


Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts

2009-12-18, New York Times

Most of the experts who served on advisory panels in 2007 to evaluate vaccines for flu and cervical cancer had potential conflicts that were never resolved, the report said. Some were legally barred from considering the issues but did so anyway.


How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?

2008-07-25, CBS News

Then there’s Paul Offit, perhaps the most widely-quoted defender of vaccine safety. He’s gone so far as to say babies can tolerate “10,000 vaccines at once.” In fact, he’s a vaccine industry insider. Offit holds in a $1.5 million dollar research chair at Children’s Hospital, funded by Merck. He holds the patent on an anti-diarrhea vaccine he developed with Merck. And future royalties for the vaccine were just sold for $182 million cash.


A coverup for a cause of Autism?

2005-06-22, MSNBC

nobody bothered to do an analysis of what the cumulative impact of all that mercury was doing to kids. As it turns out, we are injecting our children with 400 times the amount of mercury that FDA or EPA considers safe. A child on his first day that he is born is injected with a hepatitis B shot. Under EPA guidelines, he would have to be 275 pounds to safely absorb that shot.


Vaccine virus ‘cancer link’

2002-03-08, BBC News

A monkey virus found in early versions of a vaccine against polio may be linked to a common type of cancer, suggest scientists. Batches of polio vaccine tainted with “simian virus 40” (SV40) were given between 1955 and 1963. This was because monkey kidney cells were used in the [vaccine’s] production process.


Flu vaccine paradox adds to public health debate

2015-01-16, CBC News (Canada’s public broadcasting system)

During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, researchers at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control originally thought seasonal flu shots from 2008 might offer extra protection. They were puzzled to find instead, seasonal flu vaccination almost doubled the risk of infection with pandemic flu.


Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

2014-05-31, The Independent

Emily is one of the thousands of teenage girls who have endured debilitating illnesses following the routine immunisation…In an article published last week in the Springer journal Clinical Rheumatology, Dr Manuel Martinez-Lavin … said these illnesses are “more frequent after HPV vaccination”. He wrote: “Seemingly inexplicit adverse reactions have been described after the injection of the newer vaccines vs human papillomavirus (HPV). Adverse reactions appear to be more frequent after HPV vaccination when compared to other type of immunisations.”


Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease

2013-05-16, British Medical Journal

Promotion of influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today. Although proponents employ the rhetoric of science, the studies underlying the policy are often of low quality, and do not substantiate officials’ claims. The vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.


Scandal Exposed in Major Study of Autism and Mercury

2011-10-25, Sacramento Bee

U.S. officials apparently colluded in covering-up the decline in Denmark’s autism rates following the removal of mercury from vaccines. Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that CDC officials were aware of Danish data indicating a connection between removing Thimerosal (49.55% mercury) and a decline in autism rates.


Measles among vaccinated Quebec kids questioned

2011-10-20, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

It’s generally assumed that the measles vaccine … should protect against measles infection about 99 per cent of the time. So the discovery that 52 of the 98 teens who caught measles were fully vaccinated came as a shock to the researchers who conducted the investigation.


Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review

2011-03-31, CBS News

autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.” The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines.


Hospitalization Rates Higher in Kids Who Get Flu Shots

2009-05-19, U.S. News & World Report

Children — including children who had asthma — who received the annual inactivated flu vaccine were almost three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were not inoculated.


Leading Doctor: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study

2008-05-12, CBS News

In both children, batteries of tests revealed dangerous levels of the brain toxin mercury in their systems. Their only known exposure: the mercury preservative once widely used in childhood shots…CBS News has learned the government has paid more than 1,300 brain injury claims in vaccine court since 1988, but is not studying those cases or tracking how many of them resulted in autism.


Deadly Immunity – by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

2005-06-16, Common Dreams/Salon.com

But instead of taking immediate steps to alert the public and rid the vaccine supply of thimerosal, the officials and executives at Simpsonwood spent most of the next two days discussing how to cover up the damaging data.


Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

2015-03-03, CNBC/Globe Newswire

Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.


Court Heaps Grief on Vaccine Victims, Makes Them Wait Years

2014-12-22, New York Times/Associated Press

The government fights legitimate claims … worried that if they concede a vaccine caused harm, the public will react by skipping shots. If government doctors had their way … 1,600 families would not have gotten more than $1.1 billion in cash and future medical care between the court’s opening in 1988 and then end of 2012.


Did Merck Unfairly Monopolize the Market for a Mumps Vaccine?

2014-09-10, Wall Street Journal blog

The former employees – virologists who filed a whistleblower lawsuit four years ago – charge Merck knew its vaccine was less effective than the purported 95% efficacy level. And they alleged that senior management was aware, complicit and in charge of testing that concealed the actual effectiveness.


CDC’s Vaccine Safety Research is Exposed as Flawed and Falsified in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal

2014-06-13, Yahoo! Finance/PR Newswire

“Substantial scientific evidence exists and has existed for many years that the vaccine ingredient thimerosal is a developmental neurotoxin” says George Lucier, former Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program…important data showing a relationship between thimerosal exposure and autism are withheld from three of the publications. This type of cherry-picking of data by the CDC in order to change the results of important research studies to support flawed and dangerous vaccination policies should not be tolerated.”

Whooping Cough Study May Offer Clue on Surge

2013-11-25, New York Times

the new vaccines began to lose effectiveness after about five years…The current whooping cough vaccines were developed after a surge in concerns from parents that their children were getting fevers and having seizures


Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award

2010-09-09, CBS News

In acknowledging Hannah’s injuries, the government said vaccines aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder Hannah had which didn’t “cause” her autism, but “resulted” in it. It’s unknown how many other children have similar undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder. All other autism “test cases” have been defeated at trial. Approximately 4,800 are awaiting disposition in federal vaccine court.


Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out

2009-08-29, CBS News

She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It’s highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped get approved. Dr. Harper joins a number of consumer watchdogs, vaccine safety advocates, and parents who question the vaccine’s risk-versus-benefit profile. She says data available for Gardasil shows that … there is no data showing that it remains effective beyond five years. This raises questions about the CDC’s recommendation that the series of shots be given to girls as young as 11-years old.


The Age of Autism: ‘A pretty big secret’

2005-12-07, Washington Times/UPI

“We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we’ve taken care of over the years, and I don’t think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines,” said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst’s medical director


Debate over vaccines, autism won’t die

2005-06-26, MSNBC

The stories are remarkably similar: A seemingly normal child gets a shot and days, weeks or months later, withdraws from the world, stops speaking, becomes upset at random stimulation such as a doorbell, and adopts compulsive behaviors like head-banging.


A child’s return from autism

2005-05-25, San Francisco Chronicle

The Handleys are now among a small minority of parents — who, believing that the autism was caused by the mercury in thimerosal, a preservative that was routinely used in vaccines until recently — are treating their children with chelation therapy, a lotion or pill that strips the body of heavy metals.


Possible Mercury, Autism Connection Found in Study

2005-03-17, Los Angeles Times

There was a strong, direct relationship between mercury and autism levels. The incidence of autism has grown dramatically over the last two decades, from about one in every 2,000 children to as high as one in every 166.


Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time

2014-04-11, Science

A fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. This patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. The other two … showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.


Study finds toxic chemicals linked to autism, ADHD

2014-02-16, Sydney Morning Herald

The list also controversially includes fluoride, a mineral found in water, plants and toothpaste. Many health authorities including the World Health Organisation and … governments say low levels of fluoride in drinking water is safe and protects teeth against decay, but [the researchers] said a meta-analysis of 27 studies, mainly from China, had found children in areas with high levels of fluoride in water had significantly lower IQ scores than those living in low-level fluoride areas

Swine flu vaccine ‘linked to’ sleeping disorder

2012-03-29, The Telegraph

The researchers found that between 2002 and 2009, before the swine flu pandemic struck, the rate of narcolepsy in children under the age of 17 was 0.31 per 100,000. In 2010 this was about 17 times higher at 5.3 per 100,000 while the narcolepsy rate remained the same in adults.


FDA rejects new limits on mercury in vaccines

2006-10-24, MSNBC/Associated Press


CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud

2014-08-22, CNN

William W. Thompson, … Senior Scientist with the CDC, has stepped forward and admitted [that] the 2004 paper entitled “Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects”, … which has been used repeatedly by the CDC to deny the MMR-autism connection, was a fraud.


Brain-Damaged UK Victims of Swine Flu Vaccine to Get Ł60 Million Compensation

2014-03-02, International Business Times

Across Europe, more than 800 children are so far known to have been made ill by the vaccine. The Pandemrix vaccine was manufactured by pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo Smith Kline, which refused to supply governments unless it was indemnified against any claim for damage caused.


Swine flu taskforce’s links to vaccine giant: More than half the experts fighting the ‘pandemic’ have ties to drug firms

2010-01-14, Daily Mail

Last July, the Department of Health warned of up 65,000 deaths, with 350 a day at the pandemic’s peak. But the death toll now stands at just 251.


Jenny McCarthy: My son’s recovery from autism

2008-04-02, CNN

what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for yeast overgrowth that plagued his intestines. Once Evan’s neurological function was recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy and applied behavior analysis helped him quickly learn the skills he could not learn while he was frozen in autism.


Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists

2009-08-15, Daily Mail

[The letter] tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal. The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.


Merck Suspends Lobbying for Vaccine

2007-02-21, CBS News/Associated Press

Pediatricians, gynecologists and even health insurers all call Gardasil, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, a big medical advance. But medical groups, politicians and parents began rebelling after disclosure of a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign by Gardasil’s maker, Merck & Co., to get state legislatures to require 11- and 12-year-old girls to get the three-dose vaccine as a requirement for school attendance.


The Age of Autism: The Amish anomaly

2005-04-18, Washington Times

Where are the autistic Amish? Here in Lancaster County, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, there should be well over 100 with some form of the disorder. I have come here to find them, but so far my mission has failed, and the very few I have identified raise some very interesting questions about some widely held views on autism





Will Israeli exceptionalism prove deadly for the Jews?


Domestically, the chief allies of American Jewry were once the liberal Protestants; the modern Catholics, whose great achievement was the Second Vatican Council; and progressive secularists. Now organized Jewry has an alliance with those who were not so long ago embittered anti-Semites. The Protestant fundamentalists think the founding of the Jewish state means that the conversion of the Jews is imminent. Suppose the fundamentalists demand that US Jewry anticipate the end of time by beginning their conversion now? Some have welcomed the Lebanon crisis as the initiation of Armageddon. In the meantime, they combat the pluralism of the public sphere, which is indispensable to enduring rights for Jews in the United States. America is in serious danger of becoming a nation defined not by citizenship but by bargains among struggling ethnic and religious communities, united in an impossible project of global domination. Will Nobel prizes and business acumen, and seventeenth-century biblical imagery of America as a New Israel, protect the Jewish minority as our imperial project disintegrates? Its end could generate the domestic deprivation and tension conducive to renewed anti-Semitism.

Norman Birnbaum, Is Israel Good for the Jews? August 5, 2006


What the Israel lobbies, are doing is the moral equivalent of reintroducing a disease like polio – formerly a scourge that humanity had, through diligent effort, very nearly eradicated. They are doing their best to bring it back.

Thanks to the “arc of the moral universe” that Martin Luther King spoke of so eloquently, opposition to what the government of Israel does is extremely widespread and growing in the United States and around the world. Understandably – and justifiably — anti-Zionism is on the rise as well.

But genuine anti-Semitism is an historical memory.

Zionists, in and out of Israel, have always labored hard to identify anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. They have so far been unable to make the charge stick; the claim is too much of a howler to survive even casual scrutiny.

But with Netanyahu and his lobbies now making full use of all the financial and political resources they can muster, they just might finally make inroads.

For advancing their goal of turning all of Mandate Palestine into a Jewish state – economically and militarily strong enough to lord it over the entire region — a living version of classical anti-Semitism would help a lot.

Zionism, their version of it especially, feeds on anti-Semitism; it always has.


Palestinians are not the only ones who could rightfully charge Netanyahu and his allies with perpetrating historical crimes against their people; Jews could – and should – too.

ANDREW LEVINE is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies