Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oct. 2000, Clinton signed the approval of federal land to be transferred for a new airport in Ivanpah Valley

ABC News June 30, 2011 (Marijuana)
After being passed by the U.S. Congress, on October 27, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the approval of federal land to be transferred for a new airport in Ivanpah Valley, 30 miles south of Las Vegas, between Jean and Primm.
   The new airport is currently scheduled to be done in 2018.
This video, involving a clump of about that size (maybe a bit smaller) was filmed last month on the Ivanpah construction site. I’m not sure I would call this “transplanting.”

Five hundred years, incidentally, is 10-20 times longer than the Ivanpah solar plant’s expected useful life.

Calico, Nevada-Where Wild Horses Roam
Mojave Desert, Ivanpah Valley.
Strategic partners
VantagePoint has established strategic partnerships with a number of global corporations, including Air Products, Best Buy, BP, DuPont IBM, Jabil Circuit, Procter & Gamble and Scottish and Southern Energy.[2]
BrightSource was formed with seed capital from VantagePoint Venture Partners. It secured $115 million in additional corporate funding from its Series C round of financing in May 2008. This brings the total the company has raised to date to over $160 million. Investors include, BP Alternative Energy, Morgan Stanley, DBL Investors, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Chevron Technology Ventures, Statoil Venture, and Black River.[2]
BrightSource Industries (Israel) Ltd., formerly named Luz II Ltd.,[3] is a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource Energy, Inc. Based in Israel, BrightSource Industries is responsible for solar technology development, plant design and engineering.
In March 2008, BrightSource entered into a series of power purchase agreements with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for up to 900 MW of electricity.[4] BrightSource is currently developing a number of solar power plants in Southern California, with construction of the first plant planned to start in 2009.[dated info]
In February 2009, BrightSource contracted to sell power from seven solar power towers in the Mojave Desert to Southern California Edison (SCE). The plants will have a combined capacity of 1,300 MW, producing 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours per year. The first 100 MW plant, part of BrightSource's 400 MW, 3,900-acre (16 km2) Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, could be operating by 2013.[5][6][7] The total cost of the Ivanpah project will be $2.2 billion.
In 2010, BrightSource hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to begin preparations for a public offering in 2011. Its fourth round of equity financing in May netted $150 million, bringing total equity financing to $330 million to date.[8]
In April 2011, BrightSource filed with the SEC to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering.[9][10]
1) Keynote speakers include:

* John Denniston, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

* David Wells of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. 

2) The forum is underwritten by Andrews Kurth LLP, Chevron, Energy Ventures, Shell and Kendra Capital. Additional supporters include Winstead, Altira Group, Leyendecker & Associates, PKF Texas, Canadian Consulate, BusinessMakers Radio Show, Houston Business Journal, Greater Houston Partnership and Rice University.
drews & Kurth LLP is a Houston, Texas based law firm founded by Frank Andrews and U.S. Congressman Thomas Henry Ball in 1902 and later joined by Melvin Kurth in 1913.
Andrews & Kurth served a pivotal role in representing Texas railroad firms in the early 1900s. They also represented both the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Federal National Mortgage Corporation as part of FDR's
Famous clients include Howard Hughes. Andrews & Kurth litigated his inheritance, IRS, and Spruce Goose cases. They also oversaw the public sale of Hughes shares in TWA.
Famous employees include Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker who worked at Andrews & Kurth after receiving his J.D. in 1957 until becoming Undersecretary of Commerce for U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.
The firm currently has over 500 attorneys internationally, including offices in London and Beijing. Bob Jewell serves as the firm's managing partner.

In the Las Vegas Sun, on February 10, 2010, there was a story by Steve Kanigher titled "Las Vegas Monorail could seek partnership with Chinese."
Immediately, I did not like the idea of Communist China - built upon political viewpoints that are 180 degrees from libertarianism - buying into Nevada transportation infrastructure.
Picturing getting around to various Strip casinos via an elevated monorail in Las Vegas owned by Communist China seems rather - and this is no exaggeration, I think - surreal. 

Ivanpah project

Lulzraft.  (video)

Online donors' data breached: Conservatives

Hacker account that touted Harper hoax posts names, emails online

Posted: Jun 8, 2011 11:50 AM ET

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 10:14 PM ET 

Hackers who claimed responsibility for hacking the Conservative Party website with a hoax story claim to have again breached a Conservative databaseConservatives hacked again4:04

Energy and Infrastructure

June 08, 2011

Tory Donor Database Hacked

LulzRaft, the same hacking group that posted a message saying the prime minister choked on a hash brown, strikes the Tories again.

The hacking group that posted a fake news release on the Conservative party's website yesterday now claims it breached a database of Tory donors. LulzRaft published a list of more than 5,000 names and email addresses of people who've donated to the party in recent years, saying it did so not out of malice but just to show how weak the database's security was. While the names of donors are publicly available, their email addresses are not, and the database that LulzRaft accessed appears to have data on tens of thousands of donors. LulzRaft also hacked the Husky Energy website today, posting a message saying the company was giving out free gas today to mark “Conservative Appreciation Day."

Anthrax Vaccines/Bioport and Fuad El Hibri
Sustainable Development A Sinister Hidden Agenda for The World
1:09:23 - 2 years ago
Sustainable Development is an innocuous sounding name. The end result of following its implications where they are using it with the tools of the Global Warming con and Political Correctness etc, is to manipulate and bully us through their goal of Communitarianism....Societal rights being more important and pressing than Individual Rights. Somewhere along the way, Tony Blair's John Prescott tagged on to the agenda and applied it to the UK. The Agenda was begun before Prescott through his office of DPM and applied along with Common Purpose and Regionalisation. Robert Theobald is has a large working knowledge of the subject. He does his best here to explain a very abstract subject. (Disclaimer: Views and opinions presented here are for informational and educational purposes only and may not necessarily be those of the makers of this video.) Tags: rcoonespolitics, rcoones, V For Vendetta, FTAA, GATT, NAFTA, North American Security and Prosperity Partnership, eurosceptic, SPP, George Bush, Gordon Brown, New World Order, Conspiracy, EU Constitution Treaty, North American Union, referendum, spp, World Can’t Wait, 9-11, Bilderbergers, bilderberger, tyranny, Freedom To Fascism, Protest, Indy Media, European Union, EU, world bank, bank of international settlement, cfr, riia, chatham house, Patriot Act, Enemy Combatant, Democracy, Conspiracy Theory, government corruption, legislature, torture, Tony Blair, Political Correctness, Correct, Media Manipulation, Secret Government, Common Market, England, queen elizabeth, the, politically, Bilderberger, Chatham House, Tavistock Institute, Common Purpose, European Movement, cia, common market, purpose, corpus juris, magna carta, habeas corpus, jury trial, cia, masons, illuminati, fabian society, socialists««
The Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP), is the name of the policy set forth by the Federal government of the United States to immunize its military and specific civilian personnel with the anthrax vaccine. It began in earnest in 1997 by the Clinton administration. Thereafter it ran into Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and judicial obstacles (mainly concerning the methods and viability of the vaccine manufactured by BioPort, a subsidiary of Emergent BioSolutions Inc.).

Senior Chief Petty Officer John Payhurst administers the first in a series of anthrax vaccinations to one of 6,200 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on March 17, 1998. Stennis and its embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 are on station in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, which is the U.S. and coalition enforcement of the no-fly-zone over Southern Iraq. Payhurst, from Virginia Beach, Va., is a Navy hospital corpsmen. The Stennis is homeported in Norfolk, Va. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Larson, U.S. Navy.




In 1998, the Clinton administration required the inoculation of all military members,[1][2] despite the fact that the FDA issued a Warning Letter to the anthrax vaccine manufacturer threatening to revoke its product licenses unless immediate action was taken to correct deficiencies on March 11, 1997 (see Appendix 6).[3] In June 2001, the DoD halted vaccination due to non-FDA approved changes in BioPort's manufacturing process.
It is Intervac that has the most interesting history here. According to Crowe’s associate and spokesman, Jay Coupe, Crowe owns 22.5 percent of Intervac shares, although he hasn’t "invested a penny" in the venture. Another 30 percent of Intervac shares are owned by Nancy El-Hibri, a mother and homemaker in suburban Maryland and the rest of the company is in the hands of "I&F Holdings," a company directed by Nancy El-Hibri’s father-in-law, Ibrahim El-Hibri, a Venezuelan citizen, and her husband, Fuad El-Hibri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent. According to Coupe, when Crowe returned from England in 1997, he was approached by Fuad El-Hibri’s father, Ibrahim El-Hibri. The elder El-Hibri, whom the admiral had met a decade before, invited Crowe to serve on the board of Intervac.
Fuad El-Hibri appears to be the real day-to-day director of Intervac and is listed by Dun & Bradstreet as the "chief executive" of Bioport. The reclusive Ibrahim El Hibri, who grants no interviews, has homes in Caracas, Maryland, Paris and Beirut, which he visits all year around, being careful of avoiding tax residence in any of them. Where he got his millions is a mystery. He invested in Porton International, a British pharmaceutical firm where his son worked, in the early 90’s and according to a US Congressional review, Porton International sold anthrax vaccines to the Saudi Arabian Government. In Venezuela, Ibrahim El Hibri runs the country’s third largest cell phone operator Digitel, despite having sold control of the company to Telecom Italia Mobile. Meanwhile in El Salvador, his son Fuad El Hibri, finds the time to run Digicel, a cellular telephone concession which the family bought two years ago.
After the attacks of September 11th. President Bush placed BioPort's North Lansing laboratory under protection, invoking the national interest. Interestingly enough, the Italian magazine Il Manifesto reported, in its October issue, that this happened at the same time that the FBI also placed the El Hibri’s at the top of their list of suspects for sending anthrax spores through the mail system.
Patrick Eddington is a former CIA imagery analyst, a former lobbyist, private researcher, author, and Congressional staffer. Eddington resigned in 1996 after working on a book (Gassed in the Gulf) that exposed the gulf war syndrome.
During his tenure at the CIA, his analytical assignments included monitoring the break up of the former Soviet Union; providing military assessments to policy makers on Iraqi and Iranian conventional forces and coordinating the CIA's military targeting support to NATO during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia in 1995.
Eddington's opinion pieces have appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Army Times, among others. Eddington is a frequent commentator on national security issues for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, SKY News, CNN, and other domestic and international television networks

Mandatory experimental vaccinations & related deaths

In 2003, six soldiers filed suit against the government for experimenting on them with the BioPort anthrax vaccine. According to the charges, the vaccine was considered experimental; therefore its mandatory administration was illegal. On Dec. 22, 2003, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the military to stop experimenting on soldiers for dangerous anthrax vaccines. In 2003, army sergeant Rachel Lacey died of complications from the vaccine, according to an autopsy report from the Mayo Clinic. Despite strong evidence that the vaccine was causing pneumonia-like symptoms in military personnel, the Pentagon denied the possibility. Instead, they blamed cigarette smoking as the leading factor. The vaccination is a series of 6 shots over 18 months.
Staff Sgt. Neal B. Erickson Sr. didn't smoke, yet had pneumonia-like symptoms 10 days after his fourth anthrax shot. He required hospitalization 10 days after his next shot; where he tested negative for viruses. The Pentagon referred to the illnesses as a “mysterious pneumonia cluster”. According to Sgt Erickson, there were at least four other cases in his squadron, as well as another hospitalization. There were at least one hundred similar cases as well as multiple deaths; many of which were not investigated.
Thousands of Gulf War I veterans were poisoned by depleted uranium and the same BioPort vaccine under George H.W. Bush and later under Bill Clinton. In October of 2003, 80.3 million tax dollars were spent in ordering VaxGen Inc. to develop an experimental anthrax vaccine. An additional $71.3 million was contracted to Avecia for 3 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine. Within weeks of a court decision to cease mandatory vaccinations, the FDA approved BioPort's vaccine as "“safe and effective”. Judge Emmit Sullivan, who ruled that soldiers should not be used in experimental vaccination programs, issued a subsequent order allowing the Pentagon to resume mandatory vaccinations; a “temporary boost” for BioPort. Just days before his ruling, the Pentagon ordered a $29.7 million order of anthrax vaccine from BioPort, part of a $245.6 million contract, in anticipation of the reversal. [9]
 Fuad El-Hibri – CEO/Chairman/director in 1998, (as of 2004,Chairman of Emergent BioSolutions); born in Germany; attended Stanford and Yale; formerly with Citigroup, Jeddah and New York; investment advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton; organized the privatization of the Porton Down CAMR into multiple Porton International entities through the auspices of Speywood Holdings Ltd.; principal of  I & F Holding Corp (Netherlands Antilles) with his father Ibrahim El-Hibri; founded three telecommunications companies: Mobile Telesystems, serving the Moscow region; Digitel and Digicel (owned by Denis O’Brien, CEO Colm Delves; Digicel has its largest customer base in Haiti)
El-Hibri is on the Board of Trustees of The International Biomedical Research Alliance, The [US] National Health Museum, The Heifetz International Music Institute, and The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation. He resides in Potomac Maryland with his wife Nancy Gruenwald El-Hibri.
 Zsolt Harsanyi – Director since Aug.2004; former investment banker with E.F. Hutton (Citigroup); Pres/CEO of Porton International (1983-2004), co-founder of Dynport Vaccine Co.(1996); CEO/founder of Exponential Biotherapies Inc; chairman of the American Hungarian Foundation, associated co-investor with George Soros’s biotech projects including N-Gene, maker of Type2 diabetes and anti-psychotic drugs    >> >>see page 10.


Allen McDuffee

Posted: November 5, 2009 10:56 AM

Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites

If you want to draw attention to a problem, try hiding it. That's the strategy of several military bases when it comes to the H1N1 vaccine.
Shortly after the Pentagon announced that all Armed Services personnel would soon be facing a mandatory H1N1 vaccination program, I started receiving email from soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors because of a previous story I had written on the anthrax vaccine. Mandatory vaccine programs are a sensitive subject in the military, so it's not a huge surprise that swift and visceral reactions to the program gained speed.
Berger was evacuated to a hospital in nearby La Crosse, Wisconsin, where the heart attack diagnosis was confirmed. He was placed in the hospital’s coronary care unit. Tests done the following day revealed that Berger had almost complete obstruction of a major artery supplying his heart. A stent was placed in the clogged artery, and the attending cardiologist contacted Ft. McCoy regarding Berger’s disposition.

The cardiologist was told that appropriate cardiac rehabilitation services were available at Ft. McCoy, and he released Berger back to the Army’s care. But when Berger returned to Ft. McCoy on April 4, he quickly learned there was, in fact, no cardiac rehab program of any sort on the base. The point quickly became moot, since Berger was placed on convalescent leave the following day. He was instructed to call his family and “get someone to come down and pick you up.”

Berger realized there was no treatment plan, no doctor, and no rehab in store for him. “They had no idea what to do with me,” he said. “I guess it was easier for the Army to put me on medical leave and get me out of there. Then my health problems were my own.”

What Berger did not know was that Rachel Lacy, the young soldier he met when he first arrived at Ft. McCoy—and who received the same battery of vaccines—had died following the abrupt onset of debilitating respiratory symptoms. She was, like Berger, evacuated by ambulance to La Crosse where the first civilian physician to see her immediately suspected she was suffering from a vaccine reaction.

Berger, unaware of her death as he traveled north, found himself “lying on the backseat of the car, in pain, undermedicated, five days out from a major heart attack, on my way home to no specific care or doctor and unsure of my Army status.” He felt rejected by an institution he had served for 20 years, and he traveled with an anxious uncertainty about what might happen to him in the weeks to come.
By Richard Currey
As this issue of The VVA Veteran went to press, the military reinstated its anthrax vaccination program.
The Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program ( is emerging from a three-year hiatus after Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the Department of Defense to suspend anthrax vaccinations in May 2004. Judge Sullivan ruled the anthrax vaccine was an experimental drug that had not been subjected to appropriate testing or cleared for human use by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Notably, Judge Sullivan found that hundreds of service members received the inoculations without informed consent, a direct violation of the regulatory statutes conferring protection to human subjects involved in medical research—and a clear breach of medical ethics.
In imposing the injunction, Judge Sullivan said that “the women and men of our armed forces put their lives on the line every day to preserve and safeguard the freedoms that all Americans cherish and enjoy. Absent an informed consent…the United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs.”

Early Life

Fuad El-Hibri (born March 2 1958) in Hildesheim, Germany[1] spent his childhood equally in Europe and the Middle East before coming to the USA to get an economics degree from Stanford and an MBA from Yale[1]


Mr.El-Hibri earned a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University and a Bachelors Degree with Honors in Economics from Stanford University.

Early Career

Fuad El-Hibri served as president of Digicel from August 2000 to February 2005. Mr. El-Hibri served as the president of East West Resources Corporation from September 1990 to January 2004.
Mr. El-Hibri was a member of the senior management team of Speywood, LTD., in the United Kingdom. and organized and directed the management buyout of Porton Products Ltd. El-Hibri reorganized Porton, and was advisor to the senior management team involved in the oversight of operations and served as a senior associate and resident project manager at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a manager of Citicorp in New York (Mergers and Acquisitions), and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Operations and Credit).
Mr. El-Hibri has been chairman of East West Resources Corporation, a venture capital and financial consulting firm, since June 1990. He served as the chairman of Digicel Holdings from August 2000 to October 2006. He serves as director of Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing Inc.
Azizah Al-Hibri’s feminist credentials rest heavily on Karamah, an organization of Muslim women lawyers, primarily funded by her brother Ibrahim El-Hibri and nephew Fuad El-Hibri’s “El-Hibri Charitable Foundation”. The El-Hibri clan are a curious footnote in the War on Terror. Ibrahim El-Hibri had made a fortune doing business with Saudi Arabia. His company dominates the manufacture of the anthrax vaccine and suspicions have been raised by the Wall Street Journal about leaks from their company into the hands of terrorists. Regardless of all that, there is something ironic in Azizah Al-Hibri’s feminist organization being funded by her brother’s charitable trust with a board of trustees that includes two male members of the family, but not her.
Thus, Huma Abedin's position with Clinton in the State Department, as well as her marriage to Representative Weiner, has given her enormous exposure "to state secrets and access to the inner workings of Congress."

This would be unsettling enough if it were not also for Obama's latest appointee. The 44th president has just appointed Azizah al-Hibri to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Al-Hibri believes that sharia law is superior to American law. Yet, al-Hibri is only one of the pro-sharia adherents that Obama has placed in influential positions since he became president. Dalia Mogahed was one of the earliest appointees and as Nonie Darwish has written, "[t]he empowerment of Radical Islam under the Obama administration" is extremely disturbing.
Bin Laden Profits from US Anthrax Vaccine Manufacture?
By Ian Gurney.
Author of "The Cassandra Prophecy."
It's a story straight off the pages of a John Le Carre or Robet Ludlum thriller. A mysterious Lebanese millionaire, who already owns telecoms companies in Venezuela and El Salvador, uses his influence to take over the sole manufacture, production and distribution of one of Americas most sought after defence products. Meanwhile, the world's most wanted terrorist appears to be profiting from his family's investment in the self same manufacturing process, assisted by no less a personage than the father of the President of the United States. Sounds fanciful? Well, on December 1st. last year the Pakistan News Service announced that documents belonging to a United States company called BioPort Corporation were found in the possession of the al-Qaeda in Kabul, Afghanistan. Seven weeks later, on January 16th, the United States Food and Drug Administration, which had, since 1999 prohibited BioPort from manufacture and production at its Michigan laboratories, announced that it had given its conditional approval for BioPort to begin the manufacture, production and shipping of its product to the US military. On February 1st. the US government gave BioPort Corp a green light on to resume production that had been shut down by the Food and Drug Administration for three years.
Admiral William James Crowe, Jr. (January 2, 1925 – October 18, 2007) was a United States Navy Admiral who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and as the ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Bill Clinton.
The secret lay in the meteoric rise and financial clout of the Cosmos Foundation, a charter school operator founded a decade ago by a group of professors and businessmen from Turkey. Operating under the name Harmony Schools, Cosmos has moved quickly to become the largest charter school operator in Texas, with 33 schools receiving more than $100 million a year in taxpayer funds.
While educating schoolchildren across Texas, the group has also nurtured a close-knit network of businesses and organizations run by Turkish immigrants. The businesses include not just big contractors like TDM but also a growing assemblage of smaller vendors selling school lunches, uniforms, after-school programs, Web design, teacher training and even special education assessments.

Tavistock mind manipulation/Bill Clinton sourcewatch/Off topic at bottom David Bechman Water Quality Regulation in California: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?

The Nature of the Beast–Tavistock mind manipulation  (46 min. video)  I haven't watched this yet and wanna do so right now.  I wanted to get this out to yous guys as I think all of the info is VERY important....... my2cents

Leuren Moret Discusses MKUltra, Tavistock, HAARP & Mind Control
Uh oh, I found this and now it's more important to me so gonna watch this first.  It's only 10 mins.
Stilwell Hall was an immense, 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) building that stood on a precipice at the edge of the Pacific on the west side of U.S. Highway 1, just across from the former Fort Ord military installation.
The building was constructed between November 1940 and September 1943 under the initiative of General Joseph W. Stilwell. It served as a recreational facility for military members for just over fifty years before Fort Ord was closed in 1994. Abandoned, Stilwell Hall fell into disrepair and was torn down in 2003 after severe coastal erosion threatened to cause the structure, filled with asbestos and lead-paint, to collapse into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Leon Panetta CIA Links to Rockefeller World Government Rockefeller - Gary Arnold

Advisory Board

1) Board of Directors

Diandra M. Douglas is an independent producer of award-winning documentary films and a Trustee of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

2) Advisory Council

Harry Belafonte is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and humanitarian.
Walter Cronkite is an eminent broadcast journalist.
Michael Douglas is an award-winning film producer and actor, and a United Nations Peace Messenger.
Daniel Ellsberg, Ph.D. is a former U.S. national security advisor who released the Pentagon Papers.
Benjamin B. Ferencz, J.D. is a former Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor.
Harrison Ford is an actor and conservationist.
1)  Clinton was  Rhodes Scholar, and is the founder of the Clinton Foundation.
  • Prize Winner 2007, TED

2)  Tobacco issues

"On August 23, 1996, President Clinton announced the nation's first-ever comprehensive program to protect children from the dangers of tobacco and a lifetime of nicotine addiction. The President's program was launched with the publication of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final rule on tobacco and children, and with FDA's initiation of a process to require tobacco companies to educate children and adolescents -- using a national multi-media campaign -- about the dangers of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The first provisions of the rule -- making 18 the age for the purchase of tobacco products nationwide and requiring photo IDs for anyone under age 27 -- became effective February 28, 1997. The President's comprehensive and coordinated plan is intended to reduce tobacco use by children and adolescents by 50 percent in seven years. This ambitious initiative will work to accomplish this objective while preserving the availability of tobacco products for adults. The proposed tobacco settlement will be evaluated within this framework to evaluate whether it meets the President's objectives."[3]
President Clinton's administration also initiated the 1999 U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the major American tobacco companies. The suit resolved in August, 2006, with Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court finding the tobacco companies guilty of fraud, conspiracy and racketeering.
A 1995 narrative written by "Todd" (presumably Todd Haymore, a staffer for then-Congressman L.F. Payne, D-VA) chronicles a series of secret meetings between the Clinton White House and representatives from tobacco-growing states to broker a deal to stop the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's attempt to regulate nicotine a drug. The memo, a chronology of events apparently written to refresh Payne's memory, indicates that then-White House chief of Staff Leon Panetta engaged in secret negotiations with representatives of tobacco-growing states to "remove [FDA Commissioner David] Kessler from the radar." Panetta dangled a proposal in front of tobacco companies by telling the tobacco-growing state representatives that "voluntary action" by tobacco companies on the youth access issue "may be the best way to stop Kessler from attempting to regulate tobacco products" :
After it became apparent that the FDA/Kessler situation was the greatest problem facing tobacco state members, it was decided that voluntary action by the tobacco companies on youth access issues maybe the best way to stop Kessler from attempting to regulate tobcco products. Panetta said that if the industry came forth with a voluntary proposal aimed at reducing youth access the administration would remove Kessler/FDA from the radar.
The memo also indicates White House attempts to keep the negotiations secret:
Panetta stressed the need to keep this meeting and the comments within as quiet as possible. He said that if the meeting or discussions reached the press, the 'negotiations' would be off and the White House would deny knowing about them.
Tobacco-friendly Congressman Thomas Bliley (R-VA) met with tobacco industry leaders and told them about the Clinton White House's youth access proposal. The industry put together a proposal and submitted it to Panetta. As a subsequent meeting, Panetta warned Congressmen L.F. Payne (D-VA), Bliley (R-VA) and Charlie Rose (D-NC) "to keep this proposal and this meeting very quiet because media leaks would cancel any further discussions."
Ultimately, White House Counsel Abner Mikva reviewed the industry's proposal and made a counter proposal that the industry found unacceptable. There is no way to know the affect these negotiations may have had on tobacco companies ramping up of youth smoking prevention programs in the mid-1990s.[4]

Current Professional Roles

Published Works

Criticism of Clinton's Philanthropic Work

Bill Clinton's Philanthropic Propaganda


"Through their donations and work for voluntary organizations, the charitable rich exert enormous influence in society. As philanthropists, they acquire status within and outside of their class. Although private wealth is the basis of the hegemony of this group, philanthropy is essential to the maintenance and perpetuation of the upper class in the United States. In this sense, nonprofit activities are the nexus of a modern power elite."
—Teresa Odendahl, 1990. (1)

(Swans - August 9, 2010)   Philanthropic propaganda provides a powerful rhetorical discourse that is used to maximum effect to shield leading members of the ruling class from critical scrutiny. Through consuming such propaganda we find out that the people who organize Empire against the interests of the majority of humanity are just like the rest of us, except, that is, that they want to help make the world a safer place for capital, not humans. This murderous prioritization is however glossed over by unrelenting public relations campaigns that maintain just the opposite. Bill Clinton is a master of such propaganda and just a few years ago he published his own opus on this subject, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World (Knopf, 2007). Clinton is "convinced... that almost everyone -- regardless of income, available time, age, and skills -- can do something useful for others and, in the process, strengthen the fabric of our shared humanity." (2) Yet while he may be correct in stating that almost everyone can lend a hand, arguably the only people who should be excluded from intervening in this process are members of the power elite, like Clinton.
Clinton observes: "The modern world, for all its blessings, is unequal, unstable, and unsustainable." We can safely assume that Clinton is not stupid, so he must understand that capitalism is the primary reason why the minority of the world's population prosper while the majority face insecurity and poverty -- such that "millions die needlessly every year." So it is sickening that his counsel for the future is yet more capitalism. Indeed, the opening sentence of his book notes that while "all over the world, intelligence and energy are evenly distributed," the problem, he (lies), actually lies in the fact that "opportunity, investment, and effective organizations aren't" evenly distributed. The solution then is to "make market forces work better for the poor" by striving to "develop a more creative capitalism." He cynically adds: "If we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequity in the world." (3) His solution thus resides within the mythical heart of the inhumane system that he himself identifies as "unequal, unstable, and unsustainable."
For Clinton, "One of the world's greatest full-time givers is Dr. Paul Farmer." Farmer is of course well known in progressive circles (see "Caring For Haiti"), and Clinton notes how:
In 1987, [Farmer] founded Partners In Health, along with fellow doctor Jim Yong Kim, his friend Ophelia Dahl, and Boston businessman Tom White, who put up the first $1 million to support the Zanmi Lasante Clinic that Farmer and Haitian colleagues opened in Cange in the central highlands of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, long burdened by oppressive, corrupt, and violent rulers. (p.33)
Elsewhere (in The Boston Globe) one discovers that Farmer first met Tom White, the founder of a major construction company, in 1983 when he was working as a medical student in Haiti and had been tasked with picking White up from Port-au-Prince airport. White, a well-known philanthropist, was in Haiti because he "had been asked by Project Bread, one of his charities," to launch an aid project in Cange. (4) White recalls that Farmer's first impressions were not positive: "He'd hardly give me the time of day because he thought I was a member of the establishment." However, on the long journey from the airport to Cange, Farmer discovered that he had more in common with a leading member of the power elite than he first thought, as White was a Democrat and was in favor of unions. Consequently, as Farmer recalls: "The inspiration for Partners in Health was born right then and there." In subsequent years White "steadily funneled tens of millions of dollars into" Partners In Health, but later major funders like George Soros and Bill Gates (and his associated foundation) eventually stepped up to provide more significant long-term funding for Farmer's aid program in Haiti.

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TED "stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader." [1]
"TED is owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code. It was established in 1996 by Chris Anderson, who was at that time a magazine publishing entrepreneur." [2]


The Sapling Foundation, "a private nonprofit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code. It was established in 1996 by Chris Anderson, who was at that time a magazine publishing entrepreneur.
"The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea...
"Many factors can amplify the power of ideas: mass media, technology and market forces, to name three. In the past Sapling has supported projects that use these tools to leverage every dollar spent and create sustainable change in areas such as global public health, poverty alleviation, and biodiversity. More than $10m has therefore been granted to enlightened organizations such as the Acumen Fund, Environmental Defence, One World Health, and PATH.
"But Sapling is not now accepting proposals for any further outside grants — because the focus of the foundation is now the impact possible through TED itself. Ever since the foundation acquired TED (in November 2001), it has been seeking ways to allow the extraordinary passion and inspiration created every year at the conference to effect beneficial change in the world." [1]

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Dr. Larry Brilliant "is the Executive Director of In this role, Larry works with the company's co-founders to define the mission and strategic goals of Google's philanthropic efforts., the umbrella organization for these efforts, includes the Google Foundation as well as Google Grants (the AdWords giving program) and the company’s major initiatives aimed at reducing global poverty, improving the health of the least advantaged in the world, and working to halt or even reverse the effects of the climate crisis.
"Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, which works in dozens of countries around the world, primarily to eliminate preventable and curable blindness. He serves as a member of the strategic advisory committee for Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) Venture Capital and also sits on the boards of The Skoll Foundation, Health Metrics Network, Omidyar Networks Humanity United, and InSTEDD, an organization bringing technological tools to improve disaster response.
"In addition to his medical career, Larry co-founded The Well, a pioneering virtual community, with Stewart Brand in 1985. He also holds a telecommunications technology patent and has served as CEO of two public companies and other venture-backed start-ups.
"The author of two books and dozens of articles on infectious diseases, blindness, and international health policy, Larry has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. He was recently a “first responder” for CDC’s smallpox bio-terrorism response effort, volunteered in Sri Lanka for tsunami relief, and established “Pandefense,” an interdisciplinary consultancy to prepare for possible pandemic influenza. Larry lived in India working as a United Nations medical officer for more than a decade where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program and has recently worked for the WHO polio eradication effort as well. He was Associate Professor of epidemiology, global health planning and economic development at the University of Michigan.
"Larry earned a Masters in Public Health in health planning and economic development from the University of Michigan, and received his M.D. from Wayne Medical School. He has received several awards from the Government of India and from WHO. Larry holds two honorary doctorate degrees, one from Knox College and the other from the New School. He was named "International Public Health Hero" by the University of California. In February 2006 he received the Sapling Foundation’s TED Prize." [1]
His wife is Girija Brilliant.
Personal life
Brilliant currently lives with his wife Girija (formerly Elaine) and three children: Joe, Jon, and Iris. Girija holds a PhD in public health administration and is an equal partner in many of her husband's enterprises. Co-founder of Seva Foundation,[12] she was instrumental in the World Health Organization's smallpox eradication program.

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The Blackstone Group is a private investment banking firm and describes itself as a "leading global investment and advisory firm." The Blackstone Group was founded in 1985 by a group of four, including Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman.
The Blackstone Group has ties to American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and Kissinger Associates, Inc./Henry Kissinger. According to the Blackstone website, AIG acquired a 7% non-voting interest in the company in 1998 for $150 million "and committed to invest $1.2 billion in future Blackstone-sponsored funds".
"Blackstone has developed strategic alliances with some of the largest and most sophisticated international financial institutions. In addition to AIG, they include Kissinger Associates, Roland Berger & Partner, GmbH, and Scandinaviska Enskilda Banken," the website states. [1]
The company's Blackstone Alternative Asset Management unit handles $1 billion in hedge funds for pension giant CalPERS.
John Forbes Kerry 2004 campaign 'adviser' Roger C. Altman was Vice Chairman of The Blackstone Group from 1987 through 1992 "where he led that firm's merger advisory business". [2]
In December 2001, The Blackstone Group was appointed as Enron's principal financial advisor with regard to its financial restructuring.[3] The company also advised Enron on "the Sale of its North American Power and Gas Trading Business to UBS". [4]Template:Deadlink
The Blackstone Group is also handling the restructuring of Global Crossing. [5]
Forest Peoples Programme, April 2011 | Closing the gap between international human rights law and realities on the ground is the most important challenge facing forest peoples. Advances in international law have brought a general recognition that indigenous peoples do have rights to own and control their lands and territories and the natural resources within them. But it remains a hard struggle to get international organisations, like the World Bank, to adjust their standards to align with these advances in international law. This issue of our newsletter provides updates on the continuing tussles to get the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, to adopt acceptable policies on indigenous peoples and for their engagement in the palm oil sector. Sustained engagement has led to improvements in both policies but serious weaknesses remain.

Science Czar, John Holdren’s Goldman Sach’s Connection

Source:  Liberty Journal
As I was doing some research in some non-profit’s literature, appeared before me was a 2006 picture of John Holdren, Bill Clinton, and this other guy (name not mentioned).  So what, you say.  Well the caption indicates, John Holdren’s Woods Hole Research Center Director accepts $1mil check from Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets (CEM).
Woods Hole Research Center describes themselves:
The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, non-profit  institute  engaged in fundamental environmental science, applied policy analysis, local and regional capacity building, and public and policy-maker education aimed at clarifying the interacting functions of the Earth’s vegetation, soils, water, and climate in support of human well-being and promoting practical approaches to their sustainable management in the human interest.
In other words, they’re another rich environmental think tank 501(c) non-profit with rich members, well connected to the corporate world, who use their income to influence public policy to further increase their wealth.
The Woods Hole Research describes this venture with Goldman Sachs and Bill Clinton:

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News from COP15 in Copenhagen

The Woods Hole Research Center, as a registered observer organization of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, sent a delegation of scientists, researchers, and other staff members to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s negotiating session in Copenhagen. The conference began on Monday, December 7, and concluded Friday, December 18. Below are daily updates regarding what happened there over the course of those two weeks.

Thursday, December 17 - Claudia Stickler, Postdoctoral Fellow & Danielle Knight, REDD Administrator:

With yesterday's news still fresh that President Obama would fund US $1 billion for REDD start-up activities over the next three years, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Copenhagen today with a proposal that the US contribute with other developed nations to a US $100 billion fund for the next ten years for least developed countries to fight climate change, dependent on an agreement. This move was primarily to force concessions out of China on agreeing to a legally binding target on carbon intensity and to agree to monitoring, reporting, and verification. Reports were that China did not want the deal, but this would imply that failure to come to an agreement here would be China’s fault. This indicates that China will probably agree to at least some part of the US proposal.
Prior to joining Bread, Beckmann worked at the World Bank for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty.
Published on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Maine 'Seeds of Peace' Youth Shot To Death By Israeli Soldiers
by Tess Nacelewicz
Maine's Seeds of Peace summer camp, where Israeli and Palestinian teen-agers come each year to learn to live in harmony, has lost its first graduate to the ongoing violence in the Middle East.
Asel Asleh, a 17-year-old Arab youth, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers on Oct. 2 during a rock-throwing protest in northern Israel.
News reports say it's unclear whether Asel was among the stone-throwers. But a Seeds of Peace spokesman said that Asel's family says he was not involved in the current wave of violence, but was shot trying to help a wounded friend.
Asel, a friendly, broad-shouldered teen-ager with a big smile, was a camper and then a peer counselor at the camp in Otisfield during the summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999.
He was so committed to Seeds of Peace that he was wearing one of the organization's T-shirts – with its olive branch logo – when he was shot. His family buried him in the bloody garment.
His death has rocked the 7-year-old organization and its members, even those who didn't know Asel personally.

On nuclear power

In April 2009, Holdren remarked, "We are probably going to see some new nuclear power plants in this country. ... We hope they will be characterized by shorter construction times." He was speaking at an event organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [4]
"If nuclear energy is to make a big dent globally, then we are going to have to be attentive to breaking the linkages between nuclear energy technology and nuclear weapons technology," Holdren added. "And I think the administration will be attentive to how we need to do that as well." [4]


Holdren earned a bachelor's degree from MIT in 1965 and a PhD in plasma physics[5] from Stanford University in 1970. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley for more than two decades. His work has focused on global environmental change, energy technologies and energy policy|policies, nuclear proliferation, and science and technology policy[6]. Dr. Holdren served as chairman of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from February 2007 until February 2008[7](AAAS) and is director of the Woods Hole Research Center.
Dr. Holdren is the author of some 300 articles and papers, and he has co-authored and co-edited some 20 books and book-length reports, such as Energy (1971), Human Ecology (1973), Ecoscience (1977), Energy in Transition (1980), Earth and the Human Future (1986), Strategic Defences and the Future of the Arms Race (1987), Building Global Security Through Cooperation (1990), Conversion of Military R&D (1998), and Ending the Energy Stalemate (2004). Holdren favors non use of nuclear weapons to respond to chemical and biological attacks on Americans [8]
He is the chair of the advisory board for Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press.
His wife is Cheryl E. Holdren.

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Samuel S. "Sam" Farr (born July 4, 1941) is the U.S. Representative for California's 17th congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected to Congress in a 1993 special election when longtime Democratic Rep. Leon Panetta resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget.


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Posted February 2, 2009 | 10:17 AM (EST)

Water Quality Regulation in California: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?

Imagine your boss gave you a deadline, a really important one. The kind of deadline that affects the bottom line of whatever it is you do profoundly. And let's even imagine your boss tells you the deadline is imposed by federal law, and so your organization or company therefore must take it very seriously and comply.
And now let's imagine you miss the deadline. Not by a day or two. Or by a month. And not even by a year. But by many years: two, three, four, or even five years. What would happen to you?
You probably would be doing something different, right?
Well, not if you regulate water quality in California. There are, in fact, these sorts of really important deadlines that have a critical affect on the quality of the state's waters. But they are routinely violated by the state regulators, the State Water Resources Control Board and some of the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, entrusted with the duty to protect California's waterways.
The deadlines at issue require that new plans to control one of the largest sources of water pollution in California-polluted urban runoff-be revised and updated no less than every five years. Here's the law, from the Code of Federal Regulations:
122.46 Duration of permits (applicable to State programs, see 123.25).
(a) NPDES permits shall be effective for a fixed term not to exceed 5 years.
The requirement for the plans, called discharge permits, originates in the federal Clean Water Act, the nation's basic law intended to keep waterways clean. The core component of the Clean Water Act is the issuance of permits -- basically, limitations on the discharge of pollution -- to dischargers of water pollution. Since one of the most important sources of water pollution is polluted urban runoff, when control plans are not updated, the consequences are serious. This is particularly true because the technical approaches to controlling runoff are improving rapidly, and so requirements in pollution control plans issued, say, five years ago do not reflect the best and most effective approaches available today. The equation is simple: missed deadlines equal more pollution.
My colleague Bart Lounsbury and I have been working on improving these permits and we have tried to ferret out how overdue for re-issuance many of them are in California. It's sometimes a little tricky to nail down the precise date when permits take effect, or expire, but here are just some examples of important permits overdue for re-issuance. The first group of permits below covers pollution discharges in the entire state from industry, construction sites and from thousands of miles of freeways. The second category of permits are regional-specific.
State Water Resources Control Board (statewide permits):
* Construction General Permit: expired on August 18, 2004.
* Industrial General Permit: expired on April 17, 2002.
* Caltrans General Permit: expired on July 15, 2005.
Regional Water Quality Control Boards (regional permits):
* Contra Costa County Permit: expired on July 21, 2004.
* Santa Clara Valley Permit: expired on February 21, 2006.
* Ventura County Permit: expired on July 27, 2005.
* Los Angeles County Permit: expired on December 12, 2006.
An important thing to keep in mind is that permits remain in effect even when expired until a new one is issued. So no area of the state listed above is without any permit protection.
But the result of these missed deadlines is real and significant: more pollution. Exactly why California cannot meet its basic Clean Water Act obligations, and what can be done about it, is a topic for another post. A new report from a state commission takes a look at the poor performance by state regulators, and offers a range of possible solutions, some of which bear serious consideration. For now, however, it is apparent that fundamental components of the Clean Water Act are not being implemented faithfully in California. The system is simply not working.