...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



the impact of a major mutagenic event:

Uno studio rivela infatti che a Falluja, in Iraq – teatro, nel 2004, di due offensive dei marines americani – la percentuale di tumori è cresciuta di 4 volte, quella di cancro nei bambini di 12 volte, quella di leucemia di 38 volte, la mortalità infantile è di 80 bambini su 1.000 nascite (contro i 17 nella confinante Giordania e 9,7 in Kuwait), le malformazioni infantili sono in costante aumento (una bimba è nata con due teste, altri con gli arti malformati o paralizzati). Solo per fare un paragone, a Hiroshima la percentuale di leucemia salì di 17 volte dopo il bombardamento nucleare. Secondo il dottor Chris Busby, professore dell’Università dell’Ulster e co-autore, insieme ai dottori Malak Hamdan e Entesar Ariabi, della ricerca (intitolata “Cancro, mortalità infantile e rapporto tra sessi alla nascita a Falluja – 2005-2009” e pubblicata sul Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health di Basilea), le varianti di cancro individuate a Falluja sono “simili a quelle riscontrate a Hiroshima, tra i sopravvissuti esposti a radiazioni ionizzanti della bomba e all’uranio del “fallout” (la ricaduta di sostanze tossiche al suolo dopo l’esplosione)”
Giraviti del Mondo
A new epidemiological study published by the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH) reports that "the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by U.S. atomic bomb strikes in 1945," WSWS said Friday.[1] -- "In a study of 711 houses and 4,843 individuals carried out in January and February 2010, authors Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan, Entesar Ariabi and a team of researchers found that the cancer rate had increased fourfold since before the U.S. attack five years ago, and that the forms of cancer in Fallujah are similar to those found among the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, who were exposed to intense fallout radiation," Tom Eley reported...
further here
Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima
The report concludes that the Federal Reserve Board’s intimate relations with the leading powers of Wall Street—the same banks that benefited most from the government’s massive bailout—influenced its strategic decisions on AIG. The panel accuses the Fed and the Treasury Department of brushing aside alternative approaches that would have saved tens of billions in public funds by making these same banks “share the pain.”

Bailing out AIG effectively meant rescuing Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch (as well as a dozens of European banks) from huge losses.
Alternet via cryptogon
The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.

The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.
cnet via cryptogon
In Los Angeles, in 1997, a major local, state, and federal drug investigation suddenly collapsed. The suspects: Israeli organized crime organizations composed mostly of Russian Jews, with ongoing operations in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Canada, Israel, and Egypt.

The allegations: cocaine and ecstasy trafficking and sophisticated white-collar credit card and computer fraud. A DEA report under date of December 18 stated that there existed serious security breaches in DEA telecommunications by unauthorized "foreign nationals" -- and cites an Israeli-owned firm with which the DEA contracted for wiretap equipment.

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