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Dangerously high radiation levels reported in Indiana!

Dangerously high radiation levels reported in Indiana

By Elliott Freeman

According to radiationnetwork.com, the United States’ radiation monitoring network, South Bend, Indiana experienced extremely high levels of radiation last night — up to 100 times higher than safe levels.

Last night, live records for a radiation monitoring station near the border of Indiana and Michigan showed radiation levels as high as 7,139 counts per minute (CPM). At 1:55 a.m., Eastern time, the radiation level was at 2,558 CPM. The level varied between 2,000 CPM and 7,000 CPM for several hours.

Normal radiation levels are between 5 and 60 CPM, and any readings above 100 CPM should be considered unusual and trigger an alert, according to information listed on the Radiation Network website.

The online geiger counter monitoring network operated by Black Cat Systems also reported unusually high radiation levels in the same region.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE
: As of 2:45 a.m. Eastern Time, the radiation level for the station in Northern Indiana had risen to 3,989 CPM. Radiationnetwork.com has yet to issue a statement in response.

UPDATE: Radiationnetwork.com has issued the following alert:

Very high reading in South Bend, IN station this evening. Reason unknown. Station unresponsive to contact at this late hour. Since this same station has triggered the Alert system before, which Alerts may have been false, and because his current readings do not appear to be corroborated by nearby stations, we have disabled his station for the time being. Will report back when we know more.

UPDATE: Radionnetwork.com issued the following statement this morning:

The alert level reading last evening appears to be a false alert from an equipment malfunction. Here is the station’s report:
“out of control readings on the GeigerGraph screen from about 11:30pm local time that occurred while sleeping. My apologies to all. I have no idea what caused this. Shut down GeigerGraph and restarted. Readings from the Geiger were in the normal range (the Geiger operates on A/C). All cable connections are tight and not loose. Am speculating between the GFI and USB Adapter and some sort of voltage spikes. The uninterruptable power supply UPS had lost power and had died – a tripped GFI. I am not going to leave the system running while not at home until I can determine and fix the problem.”

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Banned from McDonald’s?

College instructor fighting bacteria banned from McDonald’s

by Edythe Jensen

Chandler resident Erin Carr Jordan got a morning surprise from McDonald’s this week and there were no eggs or muffins involved. It was a 7 a.m. hand-delivered letter from a lawyer prohibiting her from setting foot in eight Valley McDonald’s and threatening her with criminal trespassing charges if she did.

The mother of four, a college instructor with a doctorate in developmental psychology, is on an unrelenting national crusade to clean up fast-food play areas, claiming the pathogens she found in them threaten children’s health.

• The letter Carr-Jordan received

The incident she believes spurred the lawyer’s letter happened during one of her repeat visits to a Gilbert McDonald’s. She said she discovered antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, known to cause potentially life-threatening infections, in the restaurant’s PlayPlace.

Carr Jordan, 36, said she told the manager what she found, approached customers with children and urged them to wash and sanitize their hands before they ate. When she observed a youngster licking the equipment, Carr Jordan said she told the manager he should close the play area.

“At that point it was dangerous. . . . I was very assertive; I put on my big-girl voice, but I did not yell. I can’t imagine knowing there was MRSA and not doing anything. I make no apologies for what I did.”

The letter from Phoenix attorney James Stipe lists that McDonald’s at Gilbert and Baseline roads and seven others in Chandler, Gilbert and Phoenix from which she is barred. Carr Jordan said she believes one person owns the franchises for all eight, but efforts to confirm the owner’s identity were unsuccessful. Stipe declined to name his client.

Dayna Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman in Illinois, said the company has and will continue to talk with Carr Jordan “in an effort to address her concerns. We are still committed to doing this, but it appears that recent actions by Dr. Carr Jordan have become disruptive to the employees and customers within our franchisee’s restaurants, which prompted the letter from his attorney. . . . We remain committed to working with an internal team on ensuring that our PlayPlaces are clean and safe for all customers.”

Although the letter and its early-morning delivery Monday surprised Carr Jordan, she said it won’t hinder her efforts because several of her supporters volunteered to take her place at the banned locations.

A former Arizona State University instructor who teaches at the University of Phoenix, Mesa Community College and Kaplan University, Carr Jordan started her crusade a few months ago. She was so disgusted by the condition of a Tempe McDonald’s PlayPlace she visited with her children that she crawled inside the tunnels to film the grime and posted her experience on YouTube. She notified the manager, but when the play area was still dirty days later, she collected samples and paid to have them tested by a local laboratory. She was told they contained pathogens found in fecal material and mucus.

Weeks later and in combination with her summer vacations, Carr Jordan’s filth-swabbing and bacteria-testing took her across six states and cost her about $5,000 for lab tests. She was the subject of articles and television shows, and she formed a non-profit corporation with a website called Kids Play Safe to spread the word and seek donations and grants for the tests and lobbying efforts.

Her goal is more government oversight of restaurant play areas, and she said she is frustrated by the lack of response when she shows agencies her lab results.

Most told her they had no jurisdiction and play areas aren’t regulated by local food-handling and restaurant cleanliness rules. Lola Russell, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, has said the agency has no authority over local health inspections and would step in only if a state or county asked it to or if there was a disease outbreak.

Carr Jordan filed a complaint with Maricopa County Environmental Services this month against the Gilbert McDonald’s where she said she found MRSA. Johnny Dilone, spokesman for the department, said an inspector went to the site and “no evidence was found to support allegations in the complaint . . . but he discussed with the manager the importance of sanitizing the play area.” The department does not swab play areas or test for pathogens.

He said that playgrounds need only appear clean to pass inspections and a dirty one is considered a minor “non-food” violation. Because Carr Jordan’s campaign has received so much publicity, the county recently developed a two-page “health and hygiene practices for indoor playgrounds.” Dilone said operators should have been familiar with these practices, which include hand-washing and equipment-cleaning, but the document formalizes it.

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Just Nuke’ It! The startling truth about the safety of microwaved food

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by Tom Valentine

Saturday, June 11th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Valentine

Todtmoos, Germany near Swiss border at Basle; March 1992:

He is a scientist who is alarmed at the lack of purity and naturalness in the many pursuits of modern mankind. He worked as a food scientist for many years with one of the many major Swiss food companies that do business on a global scale. A few years ago, he was fired from his job for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food.

“The world needs our help,”
Hertel told me as we shared a fine meal at a resort hotel in the tiny alpine village of Todtmoos, Germany. “We, the scientists, carry the main responsibility for the present unacceptable conditions. It is, therefore, our job to correct the situation and bring the remedy to the world. I am striving to bring man and techniques back into harmony with nature. We can have wonderful technologies without violating nature.”

Hertel is an intense fellow–driven by personal knowledge of violations of nature by corporate man and his state supported monopolies on science, technology and education. At the same time, as we talked, his intensity shattered and transformed into a warm smile when he spoke of the way things could be if mankind’s immense talent were to work with nature and not against it.

THE SOVIET UNION ONCE BANNED THE USE OF A MICROWAVE DUE TO THE ILL EFFECTS. UNTIL WESTERN CAPITALISM WON THE DAY.

Dr. Hertel is the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects of microwaved nutrients on the blood and physiology of human beings. This small, but well controlled study, pointed a firm finger of degenerative force at microwave ovens and the food produced in them. The conclusion was clear: microwave cooking changed the nutrients so that changes took place in the participants’ blood that were not healthy changes, but were changes that could cause deterioration in the human systems.

Working with Dr. Bernard H. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry, Hertel not only conceived of the study and carried it out, he was one of the eight participants.

“To control as many variables as possible, we selected eight individuals who were strictly macrobiotic diet participants from the Macrobiotic Institute at Kientel, Switzerland,” Hertel explained. “We were all housed in the same hotel environment for eight weeks. There was no smoking, no alcohol and no sex.”

One can readily see that this use of individuals on a macrobiotic diet protocol makes sense from the perspective of controlling the many variables. After all, how could you tell about subtle changes in a human’s blood from eating microwaved food if smoking, booze, junk food, pollution, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and everything else in the common environment were also present?

“We had one American, one Canadian and six Europeans in the group. I was the oldest at 64 years, the others were in their 20?s and 30?s,” Dr. Hertel added.

In intervals of two to five days, the volunteers in the study received one of the food variants on an empty stomach. The food variants were:

(1) raw milk from a biofarm (organic farm);

(2) the same milk conventionally cooked;

(3) the same raw milk cooked in a microwave oven;

(4) pasteurized milk from Intermilk Berne;

(5) raw vegetables from an organic farm;

(6) the same vegetables cooked conventionally;

(7) the same vegetables frozen and defrosted in the microwave oven; and

(8) the same vegetables cooked in the microwave oven.

Once the volunteers were isolated at the resort hotel the test began. Blood samples were taken from every volunteer immediately before eating. Then blood samples were taken in defined intervals after eating from the above numbered milk or vegetable preparations.

Significant changes were discovered in the blood of the volunteers in the sampling from intervals following the foods cooked in the microwave oven. These changes included a decrease in all hemoglobin values and cholesterol values, especially the HDL (good cholesterol) and its ratio to LDL (bad cholesterol). Lymphocytes (white blood cells) showed a more distinct short term decrease following the intake of microwaved food than after the intake of all the other variants. Each of the indicators pointed in a direction away from robust health and toward degeneration; a degeneration, Dr. Hertel stressed, that paralleled the kind of physiological degeneration that is typical of the beginnings of chronic and metabolic diseases such as the two biggest killers of all–cancer and heart disease.

“Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Atoms, molecules, and cells hit by this hard electromagnetic radiation are forced to reverse polarity 1-100 billion times a second. There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatt’s.

“Of all the natural substances–which are polar–the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated–friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, called structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. “This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells in molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat.”

The question naturally arises: what about microwaves from the sun, aren’t they harmful?

Hertel responded: “The microwaves from the sun are based on principles of pulsed direct current. These rays create no frictional heat in organic substance.”

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6th study in recent months finds link between mercury in vaccinations and autism


New Study Verifies Mercury In Flu Shots Is Toxic

SILVER SPRING, Md., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — CoMeD — Yet another peer-reviewed, scientific study proving the connection between the mercury in medicine and human illnesses has just been released. The latest study is the sixth one published in recent months. This report specifically examines the harm inflicted on developing fetuses and children by Thimerosal, a mercury-based compound routinely used as a preservative in flu shots.

Members of non-profit groups like the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) are actively sharing the latest scientific data about the dangers of medical mercury with the public, largely because they recognize that the mercury in Thimerosal is a factor in numerous childhood diseases.

Thimerosal is the Eli Lilly trade name for sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate when used as a preservative in vaccines and other drug products. It is also known as “Thiomersal” in Europe and “Merthiolate” when used as an antiseptic. Consisting of approximately 49.6% mercury by weight, Thimerosal has been phased out of many vaccines in the United States because of concerns about its “potential risk.” However, it is still in most flu shots even though much safer, cost-effective alternatives are already being used.

The newest study about Thimerosal, from the University of Brazil, warns that while vaccines are essential to the well-being of children around the world, the use of Thimerosal should be reconsidered. The author, Dr. José Dórea, reviews the published science which demonstrates that infant exposure to the amount of Thimerosal in vaccines is toxic to human brain cells.

A number of recent studies have further suggested that the mercury used in everyday medical products, such as flu shots and amalgam, or “silver” dental fillings, contributes to causing a wide variety of illnesses, including autism and other developmental diseases in children and Alzheimer’s disease in adults.

Currently, the United Nations Environmental Programme is working to create international mercury regulations by 2013, and the European Commission is expected to announce their findings about health risks associated with mercury-based fillings this month. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also re-evaluating the safety of mercury-based fillings.

While governmental groups around the world consider the dangers of mercury, the debate over Thimerosal continues to grow. When Bill Gates recently made remarks insinuating that people who question the safety of vaccines were killing children, many critics of Thimerosal were shocked because they agree with the need for vaccines and want to maintain public confidence in the vaccine program.

Rev. Lisa Sykes, President of CoMeD and mother of a mercury-poisoned child, responded, “Mercury is known to cause serious harm, especially to fetuses and children because of their smaller size. Why remove Thimerosal from pediatric vaccines only to inject it into pregnant women and children with recommended flu shots? They removed Thimerosal from other vaccines, so it should also be removed from flu shots.”

SOURCE Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD)
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Heartland Payments – Largest Data Breach in the History of the World. Is your identity safe?

Heartland Payments – A pattern of risk

Written by J. Russell Stoops

On January 20th, 2009, timed to coincide with the inauguration of Barak Obama, the world was awakened to news from Heartland Payments of the most massive security breach in the history of the payment card industry. The cardholder data of well over 130 million consumers had been compromised; exposing millions of accounts to dangerous international identify thieves. The enormity of the breach highlighted the inadequate security features Heartland Payments provided to safeguard their customers’ sensitive data.

https://thesoutherninstitute.com, the processor for more than 250.000 businesses, over 60,000 of which are restaurants, initially released a statement minimizing the extent of the breach, and even created a website to downplay its ongoing effects. The nominal effort to “inform” potential victims as to the extent of their damages have amounted to an open attempt to change the official story and whitewash the damage report while offering little information to the consumer, including none of the names of affected companies. Heartland has neither offered free credit monitoring nor ID theft protection for victims, implying that these efforts may provide information that could lead to more identities being stolen. Protecting the consumer\'s identity is evidently not the responsibility of this card processor

Occurring over a period of 14 months, Heartland took notice only after it was notified by Visa and MasterCard of suspicious transactions stemming from accounts linked to their systems. It took only a modicum of skill using basic hacking techniques to infiltrate their platform. “They found an open window, got in, but they didn’t have access to everything right away,” says Michael Lloyd, chief scientist at network security firm RedSeal.“They stayed inside the network chucking stuff out of the window, and nobody noticed, much less tried to stop them.”

Heartland President and CFO Robert Baldwin stated in an interviewRobert Baldwin said in an interview that the company did not find definitive proof that its systems had been breached until mid-January of this year. Perhaps, this may be true, but CEO Bob Carr began selling his stock immediately upon notification of the breach in October, 2008.

Eclipsing the previous record held by TJ Max, which had stolen data to the tune of 45 million people, except for an apology, Heartland Payments has offered little in the way of actual assurance their customers are now secure.

The Heartland breach is the second involving a large payment processor. RBS WorldPay Inc., the payment processing division of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, announced that its systems had been breached, resulting in the compromise of personal information belonging to about 1.5 million card holders.

Visa delivered a public reprimand to Heartland by temporarily removing it from Visa’s list of service providers that comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). PCI compliant service providers adhere to a strict set of data security standards to protect consumers’ card information and fight identity theft and fraud. Visa has questioned Heartland’s security compliance, particularly at the time the processor was breached in 2008, reporting that no merchant processor that has been PCI compliant has ever been compromised. The fact is Heartland had a woefully inadequate cryptographic architecture. Incoming payment data should have been encrypted on a dedicated hardware box upon arrival.

A breach promises significant hardship for its victims who must work as long as a year before they are able to reclaim their identity. Card account numbers make it into the hands of counterfeiters who embed the stolen numbers on the magnetic stripes of blank, wallet-sized cards, and use them to withdraw thousands of dollars from ATMs.

The stark reality is, in spite of the breach, Heartland Payments has continued to grow and enjoy the sponsorship of numerous associations throughout the nation. The question must be asked, are these associations, such as the Montana Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association, simply unaware of the massive risk they are placing upon themselves and their members by endorsing Heartland? Are all of these associations simply uninformed regarding the breach and other ongoing legal battles Heartland is continually facing? Or, do these associations simply not care?

The shameful truth is that many of these associations are perfectly aware of the liability that their members are open to. Their indifference to the economic well-being of their members, in deference to the potential profit they can receive by sponsoring Heartland as a payment processor, awakens the member to the true loyalties of these associations. Heartland’s stock has continued to fall amid ongoing legal disputes related to the breach.

If Heartland’s troubles weren’t deep enough, Verifone is moving forward with a patent infringement case against the processor and has terminated its support relationship as of December 31st, 2009. “VeriFone is intent on simply helping customers impacted by Heartland’s theft of VeriFone’s intellectual property, and we continue to do all we can to help these customers ensure that there will be no disruption, despite Heartland’s interference,” said VeriFone CEO Douglas G. Bergeron. Heartlands is dependent upon VeriFone for updates and support to the VeriFone operating system, runtime libraries, and in most cases the payment application. Since December 31, 2009 the only way for Heartland merchants to ensure ongoing support and efficient operation is to register with VeriFone. Current Heartland merchants can register for VeriFone support at: https://freesupport.verifone.com or the toll-free number 1-888-887-8199.

Called to testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on September 14th, 2009, Heartland Payments CEO Robert O. Carr offered a sugar-coated assessment of recent events. According to his testimony, the breach had cost Heartland over $32 million dollars thus far.

Heartland Payments was under SEC investigation. Rather than working to protect their merchants and stockholders, there is evidence that CEO Bob O. Carr may be guilty of insider trading. It has been confirmed that Visa notified Heartland of suspicious activity on Oct. 28, 2008. According to insider trade filings, Carr sold just under US$8 million worth of stock between Oct. 29 and the day the breach was disclosed. Heartland’s stock was trading in the $15-to-$20 range for most of these transactions, but it dropped following the breach disclosure.

The events of the past 18-24 months have highlighted a disturbing pattern of risk associated with processing with Heartland payments. Merchants are opening themselves to unnecessary liabilities, and potential fees and fines, by not adequately protecting their customer’s cardholder data. As we know from our judicial system, ignorance is not an excuse. The ongoing risk is unacceptable and all are encouraged to ask every merchant who their processor prior to using their cards for payment.

http://www.andersonfreepress.net/node/20476

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