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Codex Alimentarius – Dare you ignore it?
More and more people are becoming concerned about the shady, secretive organization that is Codex Alimentarius – the thinly-veiled propaganda arm of the international pharmaceutical industry that does everything it can to promote industry objectives whilst limiting individual options to maintain health (which would diminish mermbers profits).
Codex alimentarius is one of the major bodies behind the effort to limit access to nutritional products and information. Its motivation is not rocket science and neither is the source of its funding – money that somehow expected to return a profit to its members . . . Most of the information available regarding codex alimentarius refers to its role in the USA, but it is not a US-specific body. Far from it, Codex has wiggled its dirty little tentacles into just about every national or international body concerned with public health. Posing as a benefactor, it then uses its significant financial and political clout to do its masters bidding.
As you can read in the excellent article below, there is much to be concerned about when considering codex alimentarius – ignore it at your peril.
Codex Alimentarius – The Sinister Truth Behind Operation Cure-All
(From an original article by Ruth James)
What’s really behind Operation Cure-All? Is it just the FDA and FTC taking their power too far? Or is there a deeper, more sinister purpose to this campaign? Who are Codex Alimentarius?
How could a country that prides itself in its freedom of speech, freedom of choice, and freedom of information be facing such severe restrictions in health freedom and dietary supplements? Haven’t the people made their will known? Didn’t our government pass the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 to insure our right to health supplements?
Indeed, our government did. But the FDA and FTC have found ways to get around that. The laws put in place to protect us are being ignored. And what’s worse is that those laws are about to be superseded, if the powers that be have their way.
OPERATION CURE ALL IS JUST ONE MEANS TO AN END
You see, Operation Cure-All is just a tactic, a vehicle, in a much bigger overall plan. It is a result of “Codex Alimentarius” (meaning food code) — a set of regulations that aim to outlaw any health information in connection with vitamins and limit free access to natural therapies on a worldwide scale.
WHAT’S BEHIND CODEX ALMENTARIUS?
Behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission is the United Nations and the World Health Organization working in conjunction with the multinational pharmaceutical cartel and international banks. Its initial efforts in the US with the FDA were defeated, so it found another ally in the FTC. Now Codex, with the FTC and the pharmaceutical cartel behind it, it threatens to become a trade issue, using the campaign of Operation Cure-All to advance its goals.
Codex began simply enough when the U.N. authorized the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization to develop a universal food code. Their purpose was to ‘harmonize’ regulations for dietary supplements worldwide and set international safety standards for the purposes of increased trade. Pharmaceutical interests stepped in and began exerting their influence. Instead of focusing on food safety, Codex is using its power to promote worldwide restrictions on vitamins and food supplements, severely limiting their availability and dosages.
REAL GOALS OF CODEX
This is to bring about international ‘harmonization.’ While global harmony sounds benign, is that the real purpose of this plan? While the stated goal of Codex is to establish unilateral regulations for dietary supplements in every country, the actual goal is to outlaw health products and information on vitamins and dietary supplements, except those under their direct control. These regulations would supersede United States domestic laws without the American people’s voice or vote in the matter.
HOW CAN IT BE POSSIBLE?
Americans gasp at the thought. It goes against everything America stands for. Many believe this can’t be possible. The truth is, it’s not only possible, it’s required by the Codex Alimentarius agreement.
In fact, under the terms of the Uruguay Round of GATT, which created the World Trade Organization, the United States agreed to harmonize its domestic laws to the international standards. This includes standards for dietary supplements being developed by the United Nation’s Codex Alimentarius Commission’s Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use.
The Uruguay Round Agreements carry explicit language clearly indicating that the U.S. must harmonize to international standards:
“Members are fully responsible under this Agreement for the observance of all provisions…. members shall formulate and implement positive measures and mechanisms in support of the observance of the provisions…. by other than central government bodies.” [WTO TBT Agreement at Article 3.5]”
In other words, the federal government must NOT ONLY CHANGE FEDERAL LAW, but must ALSO require state and local governments to change their laws as well to be in accordance with international law.
Not only that, but Codex Alimentarius is now enforceable through the World Trade Organization (WTO). If a country disagrees with or refuses to follow Codex standards, the WTO applies pressure by withdrawing trade privileges and imposing crippling trade sanctions. Congress has already bowed to this pressure several times and so have the governments of many countries.
While the exemption clause (USC 3512(a)(1) and (a)(2) was created to supposedly protect our laws from harmonization to international standards, it has proven to be totally ineffective. The United States has already lost seven trade disputes despite the exemption clause. Due to the enormous pressures put on them by lobbyists from multinational corporations (who contribute millions to congressional campaigns), Congress bowed to pressure and changed U.S. laws.
It appears our government (as well as al others) is being manipulated one way or another to serve the goals of the UN, the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization. Food control equals people control — and population control. Is this beginning to sound like world government and one-world order? Could this be the real goal behind Codex Alimentarius?
The United States, Canada, the Europeans, Japan, most of Asia, and South America have already signed agreements pledging total harmonization of their laws including food and drug laws to these international standards in the future.
WHAT CODEX WILL BRING
What can we expect under Codex? To give you an idea, here are some important points:
- Dietary supplements could not be sold for preventive (prophylactic) or therapeutic use.
- Potencies would be limited to extremely low dosages. Only the drug companies and the big phytopharmaceutical companies would have the right to produce and sell the higher potency products (at inflated prices).
- Prescriptions would be required for anything above the extremely low doses allowed (such as 35 mg. on niacin).
- Common foods such as garlic and peppermint would be classified as drugs or a third category (neither food nor drugs) that only big pharmaceutical companies could regulate and sell. Any food with any therapeutic effect can be considered a drug, even benign everyday substances like water.
- Codex regulations for dietary supplements would become binding (escape clauses would be eliminated).
- All new dietary supplements would be banned unless they go through Codex testing and approval.
- Genetically altered food would be sold worldwide without labeling.
According to John Hammell, a legislative advocate and the founder of International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF), here is what we have to look forward to:
“If Codex Alimentarius has its way, then herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, amino acids and other natural remedies you have taken for granted most of your life will be gone. The name of the game for Codex Alimentarius is to shift all remedies into the prescription category so they can be controlled exclusively by the medical monopoly and its bosses, the major pharmaceutical firms. Predictably, this scenario has been denied by both the Canadian Health Food Association and the Health Protection Branch of Canada (HPB).
The Codex Alimentarius proposals already exist as law in Norway and Germany where the entire health food industry has literally been taken over by the drug companies. In these countries, vitamin C above 200 mg is illegal as is vitamin E above 45 IU, vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on. Shering-Plough, the Norway pharmaceutical giant, now controls an Echinacea tincture, which is being sold there as an over the counter drug at grossly inflated prices. The same is true of ginkgo and many other herbs, and only one government controlled pharmacy has the right to import supplements as medicines which they can sell to health food stores, convenience stores or pharmacies.”
It is now a criminal offence in parts of Europe to sell herbs as foods. An agreement called EEC6565 equates selling herbs as foods to selling other illegal drugs. Action is being taken to accelerate other European countries into ‘harmonization’ as well.
Paul Hellyer in his book, “The Evil Empire,” states: “Codex Alimentarius is supported by international banks and multinational corporations including some in Canada, and is in reality a bill of rights for these banks and the corporations they control. It will hand over our sovereign rights concerning who may or may not invest in our countries to an unelected world organization run by big business. The treaty would make it impossible for Canadian legislators either federal or provincial to alter or improve environmental standards for fear of being sued by multinational corporations whether operating in Canada or not.
This will create a world without borders ruled by a virtual dictatorship of the world’s most powerful central banks and multinational companies. This world is an absolute certainty if we all sit on our hands and do nothing.”
This is the future the FDA and FTC are striving to bring us via Codex harmonization. Is this a future we are going to willingly accept or prevent?
WHY TARGET THE INTERNET?
It is no accident that the FDA and FTC are targeting Internet health sites through Operation Cure-All. We are standing in the doorway of an unprecedented revolution — the information revolution brought about by the Internet.
Now all people everywhere have the ability to learn about anything that interests them with just a few clicks. History has shown that informed, educated people change civilizations — they change the flow of thought and they change the flow of money. They can even change the direction of a country. When similar transitions have happened in the past, the powers that existed did not give up willingly. The Catholic Church fiercely protected its practice of selling ‘indulgences’ as a forgiveness of sin. When the practice was abolished, the Catholic Church lost a great deal of power and money.
When the printing press was invented, books were banned and printers were imprisoned by the authorities, who feared an educated public could not be governed. In the same way, the medical monopoly (and the UN) now fears that a public educated in health and privy to the shortcomings of modern medicine could not be controlled. Loss of control means loss of revenue and loss of power. And they are doing everything they can to stop progress so they can contain their losses and strengthen their power.
The printing press changed the world. Can you imagine what life would be like today if the book banners had their way? But because the printing press won out, society progressed and freedom was embraced. The Internet is changing the world in an equally significant way. While the entire Internet can hardly be suppressed, the pharma-cartels and their backers are looking to protect their interests by restricting as much information as they can on the Internet.
Will we, the people, win out again — or will the UN and the World Health Organization agenda and the pharmaceutical cartel change the course of history and take us back to the “dark ages” of medicine?
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Step number one is learn as much as possible about this issue. Here are some websites where you will find a great deal of information:
John Hammell’s International Advocates for Health Freedom
“The Health Movement Against Codex Alimentarius” – article from Dr. Rath’s website: http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/PHARMACEUTICAL_BUSINESS/health_movement_against_codex/index.htm#top
‘U.S. and European Leaders Agree on Principles to Harmonize Dietary Supplement Regulations: ‘http://www.crnusa.org/shellnr112000.html
Federal Register where the FDA states its intention to harmonize with Codex standards: http://iahf.com/codx-fda.txt
Read, “WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy” by By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza,
Public Citizens Global Trade Watch:
Sign the petition – Click on ‘Sign Health Freedom Petition:’
Also sign the European Anti-Codex petition at: www.laleva.cc
Signing petitions is fine, but not nearly as effective as writing to your congressmen and congresswomen. Write to them insisting we hold a PROPER Oversight Hearing on Codex. An oversight hearing was held in March, but the truth was not allowed to come out. Witness who could have exposed what was going on, and who wanted to testify, were denied the opportunity to testify. Congress is strongly resisting another Codex hearing, telling their constituents it is not necessary. This could not be further from the truth.
Copyright 2001 Ruth James firstname.lastname@example.org
CTM Comment: Codex is of course the single most virulent assault on human freedoms in recent times. The desire to control of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional factors has ironically come about as a result of the inability of orthodox medicine to destroy the practice of the public practicing health without drugs. Now government and the chemical industry will seek to control and profit from that which was available directly to the public in times gone by.
Overturning the Codex by a mass public backlash is CTM’s sworn goal. This can be accomplished only with large numbers of the public all committed to this endeavor. As the above article states, the Internet itself has been able to grant access to information freely to anyone seeking it, and this has destabilized the flow of money and profits to institutions which have traditionally believed their highly lucrative monopolies to be safe. There can be no more pressing reason to join the Campaign for Truth in Medicine for FREE than to assist us in pressuring for the scrapping of Codex.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nearly two-thirds of U.S. companies and 68% of foreign corporations do not pay federal income taxes, according to a congressional report released Tuesday.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined samples of corporate tax returns filed between 1998 and 2005. In that time period, an annual average of 1.3 million U.S. companies and 39,000 foreign companies doing business in the United States paid no income taxes – despite having a combined $2.5 trillion in revenue.
The study showed that 28% of foreign companies and 25% of U.S. corporations with more than $250 million in assets or $50 million in sales paid no federal income taxes in 2005. Those companies totaled a combined $372 billion in sales for the largest foreign companies and $1.1 trillion in revenue for the biggest U.S. companies.
The GAO report, which did not name any specific companies, said that some corporations reported zero income before deducting expenses while others said they had zero net income after deducting expenses. Either way, those companies reported no tax liability, the GAO said.
But many of the companies the report found had paid no tax were likely small businesses that pay other taxes. Generally, many small firms, because they do not have shareholders, are able to shift corporate income to individual income.
“Small businesses that are going to be liable for a lot of income tax are likely to use other tax forms so they only pay individual income taxes,” said Eric Toder, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.
The study was requested by Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D, and Carl Levin, D-Mich., in an attempt to determine if corporations are abusing so-called transfer prices.
Transfer prices are charges on transactions between subsidiary companies within a larger corporate group. Companies may try to lessen their U.S. tax hit by improperly transferring income to foreign subsidiaries in countries with lower rates.
The GAO study did not attempt to determine if companies were abusing transfer prices, but it said that potential abuse of transfers could reduce the amount of taxes companies pay in the United States.
“The tax system that allows this wholesale tax avoidance is an embarrassment and unfair to hardworking Americans who pay their fair share of taxes,” Dorgan said in a statement.
U.S. politicians disagree about how much income tax the government should levy on corporations. Currently the rate is 35%, but most foreign governments have set their rates below the U.S. level.
“The U.S. corporate tax rate stayed the same while foreign countries have drifted down, which increases the incentive for companies to report income in other countries,” said Toder. “If the U.S. drops the rate to 30% but closes other tax loopholes, that may ultimately generate more tax revenue for the government.”
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Obama retakes oath of office
‘The Constitution is clear that its 35 words must be spoken exactly’
Posted: January 21, 2009
4:23 pm Eastern © 2009 WorldNetDaily
Barack Obama has retaken the oath of office that was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the ceremonial inauguration yesterday.
Legal experts had suggested the move because of the multiple stumbles and flubs at the original event.
Obama ended up transposing the word “faithfully” during his inauguration in Washington. When he should have said he would “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States,” he instead said he will “execute the office of president of the United States faithfully.”
Roberts began administering the oath by stating the president-elect’s name, but Obama cut him off before he could finish.
“I Barack …” Obama eagerly chimed in before Roberts could complete the first sentence.
Obama then allowed Roberts to continue.
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“I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully,” Roberts said.
“That I will execute …” Obama said.
Roberts repeated, ” … faithfully the office of president of the United States.”
“The office of president of the United States faithfully,” Obama said.
“And will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God,” he finally finished.
According to a Fox News report, Roberts went to the White House late today and administered the oath, correctly, to Obama. Also present were a pool reporter and a White House photographer.
The Associated Press reports, “The president said he did not have his Bible with him [for the second oath], but that the oath was binding anyway.”
Josh White of the Washington Post said the oath of office is required of a new president “before he can execute his power.”
And he noted, “the Constitution is clear that its 35 words must be spoken exactly.”
“He should probably go ahead and take the oath again,” Jonathan Turley had told the Post.
The professor of constitutional law at George Washington University said without doing that, “there are going to be people who for the next four years are going to argue that he didn’t meet the constitutional standard.”
According to the chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Charles Cooper, a mistake in the oath should be fixed.
The newspaper said two previous presidents, Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge, both repeated the oath later because of similar mistakes.
“Out of a super-abundance of caution, perhaps he should do it again,” Akhil Reed Amar, a Yale professor, had suggested.
Retaking the oath, however, will not answer the multiple questions about Obama’s eligibility that have been raised in a long list of lawsuits filed over his election in November.
The lawsuits allege in various ways Obama does not meet the “natural born citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some allege his birth took place in Kenya, and his mother was a minor at the time of his birth – too young to confer American citizenship. They argue Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan citizen subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time and would have handed down British citizenship.
There also are questions raised about Obama’s move to Indonesia when he was a child and his attendance at school there when only Indonesian citizens were allowed and his travel to Pakistan in the ’80s when such travel was forbidden to American citizens.
One California lawsuit, on which the United States Justice Foundation is working, was filed on behalf of presidential candidate Alan Keyes and others, and describes the potential damage an ineligible president could create.
“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void,” argues a case brought on behalf of Keyes, “Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”
A number of the arguments have reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which so far has declined to give any of the cases a hearing.
Taitz said her arguments rest on precedents from both the California Supreme Court, which years ago removed a candidate for president from the ballot because he was only 34, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the ruling. The Constitution requires a president to be 35.
She also raised the issue of the concealment of Obama’s records.
“Obama has refused to submit certified copies of any of his original long form ‘vault’ birth certificates in Hawaii to any public officer or to any Petitioner. Relevant records in Kenya have also been officially restricted,” she said. “Obama has sealed all educational records which might reveal his stated citizenship. These include Punahou High School, Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School.”
Obama has claimed in his autobiography and elsewhere that he was born in Hawaii in 1961 to parents Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan national, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a minor. But details about which hospital handled the birth and other details provided on the complete birth certificate have been withheld by Obama despite lawsuits and public demands for release.
WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi went to both Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.
The biggest question was why, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign has stated, Obama hasn’t simply ordered it made available to settle the rumors.
The governor’s office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?
The Washington Times
January 19, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in Tuesday will incorporate several elements out of America‘s Masonic past.
One-third of the signers of the Constitution, many of the Bill of Rights signers and America’s first few presidents (except for Thomas Jefferson) were Freemasons, a fraternal organization that became public in early 18th-century England.
Although it became fabulously popular in America, at one time encompassing 10 percent of the population, Pope Clement XII condemned Freemasonry in 1738 as heretical. The latest pronouncement was issued in 1983 by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – who called Masonic practices “irreconcilable” with Catholic doctrine.
Still, as the first president, George Washington had to come up with appropriate rituals for the new country. He borrowed many of them from Masonic rites he knew as “worshipful leader” of a lodge in Alexandria.
His Masonic gavel is on display at the Capitol Visitor Center. Until this inauguration, Washington’s Masonic Bible – on which he swore his obligations as a Freemason – was used for the presidential oath of office. President-elect Barack Obama will use Abraham Lincoln’s Bible.
The worshipful master administered the Masonic oaths. This was adapted to the president vowing to serve his country in an oath administered by the top justice of the Supreme Court.
I learned all this from Garrison Courtney, a 30-something government worker who gives Masonic tours of the District in his spare time. He is worshipful master at the Cincinnatus Lodge in Georgetown. Contrary to public perceptions of Masons being older white guys, current local membership is a racially and religiously mixed group of Gen-X men, he says.
They have, he adds, gotten a bad rap as a secretive organization.
“If people have questions, we will tell them,” he says. “We’re pretty open as an organization.”
Calling themselves a “spiritual organization,” Masons need only believe in a Supreme Being. Masons have grown nationally in recent years, he said, with 38 lodges in the District alone.
The late President Gerald R. Ford was the last presidential Mason.
“We actually had a Masonic procession to his casket while he was lying in state at the Capitol,” Mr. Courtney said.
The inaugural parade, he tells me, began as a Masonic procession [a parade of Masonic notables] from the still-unfinished White House to Capitol Hill, where Washington traveled on Sept. 18, 1793, to lay the cornerstone for the Capitol. Lafayette Park was the site of a makeshift Masonic lodge, in which the Scottish stonemasons – then working on the executive mansion – lived.
Washington also ensured the boundaries of the District – each 10 miles along – formed a perfect square, which symbolizes ultimate virtue in Masonry.
“The whole idea behind the building of Washington was to convey the message about the new experiment, a new way of thinking the Founding Fathers had in mind,” said Akram Elias, past grandmaster of all the District’s lodges.
Whole books have been written about the Masonic imagery on buildings around the District. Many of their cornerstones were laid with Masonic ceremonies involving oil, wine and corn.
“All five statues in front of the White House are Freemasons,” Mr. Courtney said. “Every single one of the statues on Virginia Avenue are as well. Masonry is ingrained in the city and in the American culture.”
Dirty Electricity – Part 1 – Rays of Rash
Part 2 – Dirty Energy
Part 3 – Reaction To Rays
Part 4 – Electrical Shock
January 8, 2009
|Now that the global warming myth has been discharged, one would hope that these highly dangerous products would fade into oblivion, but they will not.|
Touted as a way to “save the world” the spiral fluoresent bulbs are set to replace the incandescent light bulb in Britain, the Telegraph reports. As part of a “voluntary ban,” an intiative of the Nanny State, retailers are no longer replenishing their stock of the 100 watt low-tech incandescent bulbs in favor of the “compact fluorescent light” (CFL) bulbs. All incandescent bulbs are set to be “phased out” in both America and Europe by 2012. This forced change is spreading around the world – Cuba has already banned incandescent bulbs, Venezuela is trying, and so is Canada, although in America the change is coming slower.
The changeover comes despite that is inside each CFL and the lack of disposal options and the danger that is present if the bulb is ever broken.
If a bulb burns out, in some areas consumers must call a special service to come and retrieve the bulbs instead of putting them in the regular household garbage where they can break open at the landfil and leach the 5 mg of mercury powder contained in it into the groundwater. The bulbs cannot yet be recycled because there is no set protocol or safe mechanism for processing CFLs at local recycling facilities.
This inconvenience, in addition to risk the toxic poison mercury inside poses to consumers, are the “inconvenient truths” that Al Gore and others have cleverly kept hidden when the all-out marketing campaign went online for these new swirly bulbs. There is a warning on the back of the packaging, but few people bother to look at that, and even less are aware of the proper disposal method.
Breaking one CFL bulb could cost thousands to have an environmental hazardous material company clean it up. And it is especially dangerous if the householder tries to clean up the mess themselves – vacuuming causes the mercury powder to be distributed throughout the area instead of being limited to just one room. And the Maine Department of of Environmental Protection has released a report (.pdf) indicating that the mercury vapor from one broken bulb emits over 300 times the accepted level of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Mercury is a heavy metal that is toxic and cannot be effectively flushed from the body by natural processes. It causes brain damage, pools in vital organs such as heart, liver, brain as well as being distributed into the hair and skin. It also causes central nervous system damage, and migraines can be triggered by CFLs as well as causing nausea paid and dizziness for Lupus sufferers.
Now that the “global warming” myth has been discharged, one would hope that these highly dangerous products would fade into oblivion, but they will not. The campaign has just changed its name but the goal remains the same – make everyone change their lifestyle, eliminate their choices and alternatives and achieve a lowering of living standards. Because we’re constantly told that humans are bad and a cancer upon the earth, but mercury contamination is worse.
January 7, 2008
On the Colbert Report, guest John King (of CNN) mentions Obama’s New World Order after Stephen Colbert jokes about the media’s role in getting Obama elected.
Gee, why do they keep using that term… and in reference to Obama and his agenda no less??
I thought the New World Order agenda supposedly “didn’t exist”
CNBC- Kissinger- Obama to use Crisis to create “New World Order”
January 5, 2009
ABC News wants you to believe we are being visited by aliens. In the video here, they say the residents of Salt Lake City are scratching their heads.
However, there is plenty of documentation these supposed alien blimps are in fact surveillance vessels manufactured for Homeland Security. From Engadget:
Lockheed Martin to build High Altitude Airship for homeland security
January 22, 2007
by Darren Murph, posted Jan 22nd 2007 at 9:50AM
Although it’s not exactly shocking to hear of yet another homeland security application that seems to border on Big Brother, Lockheed Martin’s High Altitude Airship could keep an elevated eye on 600 miles of US countryside at any given time, and if all goes as planned, we’ll have 11 of these things floating over our everyday activities by the end of the decade. The HAA prototype is a ginormous airship that measures 17-times larger than the Goodyear rendition we’re all used to seeing above sporting events, and is designed to hover 12 miles above the earth in order to keep tabs on what’s happening below. The airship is slated to be solar-powered and should stay in a geocentric orbit for “up to a year,” and if equipped with high-resolution cameras, a single one could cover everything “between Toledo, Ohio and New York City.” While Lockheed Martin is thrilled with the $40 million project they’ve been awarded, it’s certainly understandable to get a little worried about how these blimps will actually be used, but a company spokesperson suggested then an entire fleet could actually be used for “border surveillance” — and hey, we need a little help down there anyway, right?
‘Eyes in the sky’ for homeland security
Brock N. Meeks
August 27, 2005
WASHINGTON – Blimps, they’re the next big thing in homeland security.
That’s okay, a lot of people do, says George Spyrou, president of Airship Management Services, whose blimps are leased to the likes of Fuji Film and have been used as air surveillance and security platforms by the New York Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and the Athens police during last year’s summer Olympic Games.
Although blimps have proven their worth in various security environments from the Super Bowl to presidential conventions, the huge airships aren’t widely deployed because they suffer from bad public relations.
“It’s a perception problem going right back to the Hindenburg disaster when she blew up in 1937,” Spyrou said. “The perception is that an airship is unsafe.” But that’s not true, he says. “They are filled with helium, not hydrogen.”
Purdue Team To Float High-altitude Airship For Weather, Security
April 1, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers from Purdue University are working to develop a high-altitude, helium-filled craft that may hover over the same spot for up to a year for applications in areas such as surveillance, homeland security, missile defense and weather forecasting.
About 10 Purdue researchers are involved in the work, funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.
“The concept is to have an airship that flies above 65,000 feet and is geostationary, which means it stays in the same position over the Earth,” said Oleg Wasynczuk, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue who is leading the project with John Sullivan, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics.
Engineers and scientists are working to develop solar cells and an advanced fuel cell to power the craft. They also are developing the aerodynamic design and a control system to help keep the airship steady amid high winds and computer simulations to show how the craft would perform given specific design characteristics.
“To stay geostationary, it must have motors onboard to provide thrust so that it can constantly be reoriented because the wind is blowing up there,” said Sullivan, who is in charge of the portion of the research focusing on developing the ship’s aerodynamic design.
Purdue researchers also are developing mathematical models to simulate the fuel cell’s performance.
Or maybe there are little green men over at Blackwater International, the guys who are fond of clearing intersections with automatic gunfire.
Even Encyclopedia.com filed a report on these airships. But ABC wants you to think they’re alien starcraft.
Airborne Health, a Bonita Springs, Fla.-based herbal supplements firm, has agreed to pay $23.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against the company for falsely claiming its vitamins prevented colds.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit advocacy group that led the lawsuit, there is no credible evidence that Airborne prevents colds or protects consumers from germs.
“Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed,” David Schardt, the group’s senior nutritionist, said in a statement.
Airborne, which ranked No. 149 on last year’s Inc 500 list, says its pills “boost the immune system with seven herbal extracts and a proprietary blend of vitamins, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants.” It has admitted no wrongdoing or illegal conduct in the settlement.