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Saturday, October 25, 2014

2nd South Carolina String Band - Oh, I'm a Good Ol' Rebel

Will we experience a similar contempt for our founding compacts as discouraged southern soldier veterans? The "yankee virus" as spread now throughout all states, so maybe we have superior voices this time.  

Sadly, we sense that as our lives and liberties become increasingly disparaged by government there will be millions who'll share the southern anguish of 150 years ago, and come to know what the "good ol' rebel" was trying to tell us. You're an informed audience and understand.

Remember...they only wanted to be left alone.

First published in 1914, this song expresses
the feelings of the old CSA Veterans

Oh, I'm a good old Rebel,
Now that's just what I am;
For this "fair land of Freedom"
I do not care a damn.
I'm glad I fit against it-
I only wish we'd won.
And I don't want no pardon
For anything I've done.

I hates the Constitution,
This great Republic too;
I hates the Freedmen's Buro,
In uniforms of blue.
I hates the nasty eagle,
With all his brag and fuss;
But the lyin', thievin' Yankees
I hates' em wuss and wuss.

I hates the Yankee nation
and everything they do,
I hates the Declaration
of Independence, too;
I hates the glorious Union
tis drippin' with our blood
I hates their striped banner,
I fit it all I could.

I followed Ol' Marsh Roberts
for four years, nearabout,
got wounded in three places
and starved at P'int Lookout:
I cotched the rheumatism
a'campin' in the snow;
but I killed a chance o' Yankees,
I'd like to kill some mo'.

We got three hundred thousand
Befo' they conquered us.
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot;
And I wish it was three million
Instead of what we got.

I can't take up my musket
And fight' em now no mo',
But I ain't a-goin'to love' em,
Now that is sartin sho';
And I don't want no pardon
For what I was and am;
And I won't be reconstructed,
And I do not give a damn.

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"THE PICTURE ON THE WALL" - 1864 Civil War Ballad - Tom Roush

The poignant lyrics to this song were adapted to music in 1864 by Henry Clay Work who composed songs such as "Grandfather's Clock" and "Marching Through Georgia." This ballad is practically unknown even to the most avid of Civil War music enthusiast. I felt compelled to perform it in my own attempt to portray the feelings of the families who survived the sacrifice of a beloved husband, father, or son for a cause in which they believed was right. The sentiments of this song are universal and still are true in every war from the Civil War to Afghanistan and beyond.

More ballads of the period from Tom Roush


ALEC: a Taxpayer-Funded Foundation Neocon Corporatist Cabal with State Politicians as Officers, Trustees & Directors


ALEC Corporations

The alphabetical list below contains the names of for-profit
Learn more about corporations
VOTING to rewrite our laws
corporations that are known to be, or to have been, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members or supporters.

Published by Charleston Voice, 05.09.12

Not only should ALEC have their IRS tax-exempt charter withdrawn, but likewise for their enemies, "Common cause", for instance, as well as all other "charities..... churches, synagogues & mosques included. Are your state elected reps on the list? See ALEC's tax filing Form 990. See the corporate membership list posted by "Source Watch"., a project of the tax-exempt Center for Media & Democracy which describes its charity as "receiving substantial funds from a government unit." CMD is closely aligned with leftist Amy Goodman's DemocracyNow, also a tax-exempt entity.

Colloidal Silver: Natural Treatment for Ebola?

In the News: Silver and Ebola

There is a tremendous buzz about silver and Ebola …
For example, a Google search for silver and Ebola turns up 25 million hits.   And the FDA sent a cease and desist letter to the makers of Nano Silver, demanding that they stop claiming their product cures Ebola.
Many people who are into alternative health are convinced that colloidal silver cures Ebola.  On the other hand, many mainstream people are positive it’s bunk.
Who’s right? What does the science show?

Can Silver Really Kill Germs?

Metal ions can kill germs through the “oligodynamic effect”. As Wikipedia notes:

The oligodynamic effect …  was discovered in 1893 by the Swiss Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli as a toxic effect of metal ions on living cells, algae, molds, spores, fungi, viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, even in relatively low concentrations. This antimicrobial effect is shown by ions of mercury, silver, copper, iron, lead, zinc, bismuth, gold, aluminium, and other metals.
WebMD notes:

Colloidal silver can kill certain germs by binding to and destroying proteins.
Science Daily writes:

Silver has been known to have antibacterial properties since ancient times.
Silver has been used for thousands of years to fight infection.  The father of modern medicine – Hippocrates – discussed the use of silver in wound care.
Before the introduction of modern antibiotics, colloidal silver was used as a germicide and disinfectant.  In the early 20th century, surgeons routinely used silver sutures to reduce the risk of infection, silver-containing eyedrops to treat ophthalmic problems, for various infections,and sometimes internally. During World War I, soldiers used silver leaf  to treat infected wounds.

Today, the World Health Organization includes colloidal silver as a disinfection method for providing safe drinking water in developing countries.
Many modern hospitals filter hot water through copper-silver filters to defeat staph infections and Legionnaires’ disease.
Silver is used to disinfect the drinking water in two space stations: the International Space Station and Russia’s Mir .
The Journal Nanomedicine published a study in 2010 – written by scientists from Harvard Medical School, MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Harvard-MIT Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, the University of Waterloo’s Nanotechnology Engineering and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – showing:

Inorganic nanoparticles, such as gold and silver, have been shown to have anti-HIV activity in vitro
Inorganic nanoparticles such as silver have antiviral effects or improve antiviral effects of other molecules, as in the case of gold nanoparticles.
Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin, Hong Kong and elsewhere have shown the same thing.
Janice L Speshock and Saber M. Hussain – while at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (Hussain is still there as senior scientist; Speshock is now a professor at Wayne State Medical school) – documented that nano silver can inhibit monkeypox virus and Tacaribe virus.
They note:

Silver nanoparticles possess many unique properties that make them attractive for use in biological applications. Recently they received attention when it was shown that 10 nm silver nanoparticles were bactericidal [i.e. they kill bacteria] ….
And they point out:

Silver-containing nanoparticles have previously demonstrated antimicrobial efficacy against bacteria and viral particles.
(“Efficacy” is the scientific term for “how well it works”.)
They’ve also shown that silver nanoparticles have some effect on  Ebola …
Specifically, Cathepsin B – a type of enzyme which breaks down proteins – is an  essential ingredient for Ebola infection, according to studies by two different teams of American scientists. (But see this.)
Speshock and Hussain explained in a 2010 study:

Cathepsin B activity decreases in a dose-dependent manner with [both silver and gold] nanoparticles …

But Is It SAFE?

While alternative health folks claim that colloidal silver is safe, Speshock and Hussain caution that little is known about the risks of reducing these normal Cathepsin B cell enzymes which have important functions for our health.
Indeed, Dr. Hussain participated in a study showing that silver nanoparticles can decrease body weight and locomotor activity in adult male rats.
A study published last year in Critical Reviews In Microbiology notes:

There is little understanding of [silver nanoparticles'] interactions with microorganisms.
A Chinese team of scientists notes in a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine:

There is a limited number of  well-controlled studies on the potential toxicities of nanosilver, though these studies tend to suggest that NSPs [nanosilver particles] can induce toxicity in living beings. It should be noted that in vitro conditions are drastically different from in vivo conditions; however, longer-term studies and assessment of NSP toxicity must be conducted so that NSP exposure does not exceed toxic levels.
(A study published recently in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine found no significant adverse effects from colloidal silver.)
And even proponents of a daily colloidal silver supplement admit that it kills beneficial gut bacteria, as well as dangerous bugs. As such, even they say that you shouldn’t overdo it.

Putting It All Together: Colloidal Silver As a Treatment for Ebola?

The University of Michigan’s Risk Science Center notes:

Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for thousands of years – the Romans used to use silverware to reduce food and drink-borne infection.  More recently, nanoparticles of silver have been used in everything from food containers to socks in an attempt to imbue them with microbe-killing properties.

When used in the right way, the material certainly does exhibit antimicrobial properties. But there’s a massive jump from odor-resistant socks to curing Ebola patients.

The source of Dr. Laibow’s [the main person touting silver to prevent Ebola] optimism appears to be a 2009 presentation of research carried out by Janice Speshock and Saber Hussain at the US Air Force National Laboratory.  A Powerpoint of this presentation has been declassified, and is currently doing the rounds on the internet.
The presentation reports on research into the effectiveness of silver nanoparticles in rendering hemorrhagic fever viruses like Ebola ineffective.  The study was carried out using cell cultures, and a number of viruses and virus-like particles.  It seemed to indicate that when the silver nanoparticles penetrated into cells along with the virus in sufficient quantities, they were effective at preventing the virus from being active once the cell had been exposed.

While it is impossible to interpret research findings from Powerpoint slides alone, the data do suggest that there are some unusual interactions between silver nanoparticles and Ebola-like viruses, although there are no data indicating whether similar interactions are also seen with other nanoparticles.  More importantly, they do not indicate whether these same interactions would occur in an infected patient.  They also do not indicate the quantity of silver nanoparticles someone wold need to take to render Ebola ineffective, or whether the necessary dose to have an effect would cause medical complications.

This presentation builds on previously published research by Speshock and Hussain that looked at Monkey Pox virus plaque formation inhibition by nano silver.  Using cell cultures, the researchers found that nano silver and and silver ions were effective at reducing Monkey Pox Virus-induced plaques.  However, they also concluded
“The present study demonstrates the feasibility of implementing the use, and characterizing the efficacy, of silver-based nanoparticles against [Monkey Pox Virus] infection in vitro. However, for nanoparticles to be used in therapeutic or prophylactic treatment regimens, it is critical to understand the in vivo toxicity and potential for long-term sequelae [i.e. complications] associated with exposure to these compounds.”
In 2010 Speshock and Hussain published research on the interaction of silver nanoparticles with Tacaribe virus.  The research – published in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology – indicated that in cell cultures, the presence of silver nanoparticles increased the cell uptake of the virus, but also suppressed its activity once in cells. They concluded
“Due to the known toxicity of Ag- NPs [silver nanoparticles] in many human cell lines, and the short time limit of efficacy following infection, the Ag-NPs would likely make a more effective decontamination tool as opposed to an in vivo therapeutic agent. However, if the Ag-NPs do indeed facilitate the uptake of arenaviruses into the cell and inactivate the virus prior to cell entry, further studies should be performed to determine if Ag- NPs can prove to be an effective vaccine adjuvant.” ***
With significantly more research, silver nanoparticles may have some role to play in preventing or managing infections.

But the research does not support clinical applications at this stage.  Even if there was proof that silver nanoparticles are effective in humans in suppressing viral activity (and there is not), there are critical questions over dose and delivery.

To be effective, there would need to be systemic uptake of nano silver within the body at doses that are sufficient to inhibit the Ebola virus, but low enough to prevent unacceptable harm.  Currently, scientists have no ideas what an appropriate dose is.

Even if they did, it is not clear how the silver nanoparticles would be delivered.  Taking the material orally – as would be expected of colloidal silver dietary supplements – is unlikely to be effective as silver nanoparticles dissolve in gastric juices.  Nanoparticle uptake from the gut into the body is also very poor.  Inhaling silver nanoparticles is likewise unlikely to lead to significant nano-silver distribution through the body.  Which leaves direct injection of silver nanoparticles into the bloodstream – not an option to be undertaken lightly with an unproven and untested nanomaterial.
Similarly, Live Science reports:

There is some evidence that silver has antimicrobial properties, said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
But as far as taking it orally as medicine, “silver has been tried in various other circumstances against several different infections with very limited effect,” Schaffner told Live Science.

[Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security] noted that silver coatings on bed railings, catheters and endotracheal tubes can inhibit bacteria from colonizing those surfaces. Silver is also added to certain topical antibacterial creams, such burn creams, to prevent infection, he said.

But there’s no peer-reviewed evidence that silver could help a person infected with the Ebola virus, Adalja said. And if the drug were actually made of tiny silver nanoparticles, then the particles could potentially penetrate cells and “wreak some havoc there,” Adalja added.
The bottom line is that colloidal silver – like mannose-binding lectins – is a powerful substances which can kill many dangerous germs. But – like lectins – it can also cause health problems in the wrong dosage or form.
As such, I believe that more scientific research has to be conducted before we know whether colloidal silver is effective in the treatment of Ebola and – if so – what the safe and appropriate dosage is.
End notes: In an emergency – say, if one were directly exposed to Ebola – one would have to make his or her own decision about whether to gulp down colloidal silver as a desperate measure. 
I am not a healthcare professional, and this does not constitute medical advice.
Disclosures: None. I don’t work for – or have any investments or other financial interest in – any companies which sell colloidal silver or medicine.


More Evidence That It’s Not a “Conservative Supreme Court”

There is a common media myth that the current U.S. Supreme Court, or at least a majority of the current justices, is “conservative.”

But if a “conservative” justice is one who consistently interprets the Constitution in accordance with traditional methods of judging—as the Founders intended for it to be interpreted—then the Court is anything but conservative.

On social issues the Court has been pushing society to the Left. Otherwise, the best description of its jurisprudence is “status quo.” And in this instance, preserving the status quo renders the Court liberal, not conservative.

That is because the status quo the justices are preserving is a body of liberal jurisprudence created in the 20th century when the Court was usually controlled by “progressive” majorities.

The Court’s tendency to protect liberal jurisprudence appears even in cases where the specific outcomes are pleasing to conservatives. In fact, the “conservative” outcomes often are relatively marginal—minor victories—while the jurisprudence that underlies the result is a major triumph for liberals.

Three cases from the Supreme Court term illustrate the point.

The first is the famous Hobby Lobby case, in which the Court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects an employer’s right not to provide abortifacients. I have written elsewhere about a liberal victory in Hobby Lobby that received almost no publicity. But there was another, more important, liberal victory on a point of fundamental principle.

The Hobby Lobby dispute arose from federal regulations of employment and of health insurance purportedly authorized by Congress in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Unlike the “tax” justification for Obamacare’s individual insurance mandate, the supposed constitutional basis for those regulations is Congress’s Commerce Power, contained in the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause.

Everyone concedes, at least in theory, that Congress has only the authority the Constitution grants it—Congress’s “enumerated powers.” But properly construed, Congress’s enumerated power to regulate “Commerce” does not encompass employment relations or insurance, except in some peripheral situations. The Supreme Court recognized this consistently for the Constitution’s first 150 years. Indeed, during that time the Court held repeatedly, and unanimously, that most insurance is NOT “Commerce.” It was not until “progressive” justices took control in in the late 1930s and 1940s that the rules changed, and it was not until relatively recently that Congress began systematically to interfere in the insurance market.

A bench consisting of traditional (conservative) justices, therefore, would have held that the Obamacare regulations were outside the federal government’s enumerated powers, and thereby invalid for that reason. Such a court would not have reached the RFRA issue because there was no need to do so.

A second example from the Supreme Court term just past is the campaign finance decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. This case invalidated a congressional effort to limit the total amount any person could donate to all candidates combined. 

The basis for the decision was the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Media outlets have described this case also as a “conservative” triumph.

USAID Accused of Removing Critical Details from Inspector General Report

 ....about Arrests of U.S. Pro-Democracy Groups in Egypt
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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Michael Carroll (photo: USAID OIG)

An inspector general (IG) for any federal agency is supposed to be an independent watchdog willing to expose all flaws or malfeasance by officials. But the IG who was set to take over the auditing of programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) apparently thought otherwise.

Michael Carroll, who joined USAID in 2000 and was appointed acting IG in 2011, got into trouble when he censored portions of an investigation involving pro-democracy groups in Egypt.

Following the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak three years ago, USAID funded several non­governmental organizations (NGO) to promote democratic reforms in Egypt.

Some of these NGO employees were jailed by the new Egyptian government, which later agreed to their release after USAID paid $4.6 million in “bail” money, according to Scott Higham and Steven Rich at The Washington Post.

USAID’s Office of the Inspector General later conducted an audit of the program, and a confidential draft of the report included the agency’s decision to pay off the Egyptian government. But the final version of the report contained nothing about the $4.6 million. 

USAID deputy inspector general Catherine Trujillo told the Post that the State Department wanted to keep the entire audit from public view. “They wanted the report classified,” she said.

Some auditors told the Post that Carroll didn’t want to rock the boat as he awaited Senate confirmation.

“The office is a watchdog not doing its job,” Darren Roman, an audit supervisor at the inspector general’s office who retired in 2012, said. “It’s just easier for upper management to go along to get along. 

The message is: ‘Don’t make waves, don’t report any problems.’”

This week, Carroll withdrew his nomination, but told his staff he intends to remain with USAID as a deputy inspector general.

-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:

Whistleblowers Say USAID’s IG Removed Critical Details from Public Reports (by Scott Higham and Steven Rich, Washington Post)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pope: “Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin”

US Army General Wesley Clark Discloses CLASSIFIED Policy Changes

1st published by CV 10.26.2011 

Be Cautioned: Wesley Clark is CFR and staff member of socialist George Soros - - read sketch below short video!


Libya destroyed: next stop Syria and then Iran

Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is now working directly with socialist George Soros, whose stated goal is to defeat capitalism and make America a socialist country. See article below:

International Crisis Group: George Soros is on the Board along with Council on Foreign Relations Members, Thomas R. Pickering, Morton Abramowitz, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Wesley Clark, James V. Kimsey, George J. Mitchell and Kenneth Adelman and UN Leaders, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimim, Asma Jahangir and Louise Arbour. These Men are Enemies of America. Wonder What New Financial Crisis They're Planning Next for Us?

Why are 3 George Soros funded/associated organizations (Microsoft, Amnesty International and Goldman Sachs -- the only ones mentioned) all specifically identified in this Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) document, written by the CFR's president? 

The document describes the US and other countries giving up sovereignty, for example, to cap carbon emissions. The CFR Organization's 4,300 Members include very big names

George Soros has written and/or is mentioned in 379 CFR Documents. "Goldman Sachs" is found in 888 CFR Documents and "Jeffrey Sachs" is found in 319 CFR Documents. "New World Order" is a frequent focus and found in 135 CFR Documents. The Communist code word, "Social Justice" is found in 916 CFR Documents. The Communist code word, "Sustainable Development" is found in 352 CFR Documents. The Communist "Global Warming" Scam is found in 957 CFR Documents. "Socialist" is found in 562 CFR Documents

Example, CFR "must read" (their words, not ours): New World Order Document, says "Copenhagen talks are an indication that a new world order may be forming with increasing power given to China." We suspect most Americans will not like what this powerful "think tank" is thinking...Read rest of article here