Is There Proof of
West Nile Virus in NYC?
by Robert Lederman
August 16, 2000
Are you convinced that
there is a West Nile Virus crisis in NYC? Has it been proven to you? Are
you so sure that the insecticides being used are safe you will let the
Mayor spray you, your home and your family with toxic nerve gas?
The standard of proof required
in various professions is quite different. Scientists seek absolute pproof
that can be recreated at any time, by any qualified scientist in any laboratory.
At the oppositopposite extreme, a messenger just needs a receipt to prove
something was delivered. In NYC we are being asked to take the Mayor's
word as the proof of the existence of WNV and the safety of the spray.
1. Evidence that compels
acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact.
2. Something that induces
certainty or establishes the validity of an assertion or charge.
proof of there being a West Nile crisis in NYC is non-existent; the names,
blood samples and tissue samples of the alleged victims are not available
to a single independent scientist for peer review, confirmation or testing.
Neither are the blood or tissue samples of a single allegedly-infected
bird or mosquito. There is not a scientific panel or professional journal
in the world that would consider presenting such un-confirmable evidence.
That the EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency) admits it changed its report on the carcinogenicity
of Malathion at the last minute directly and solely as a result of lobbying
by Cheminova, the manufacturer of Malathion, or that the EPA bases its
evaluations of the toxicity of pesticides solely on studies done by the
chemical manufacturers themselves or that many EPA officials are either
current, former or future pesticide manufacturing executives should discredit
virtually anything the EPA says in support of the safety claims of pesticides.
That most people will
not keel over in convulsions and die after a whiff of Anvil is not proof
of it being safe. Even a chemical like Zyklon-B-the insecticide used in
the Nazi death camps-had to be applied in a sealed room to be effective.
Presumably, the EPA might even declare Zyklon-B as "safe" if used in an
The long term effects
on humans exposed to these chemicals may surface years later causing birth
defects, cancer, cognitive difficulties and depression. Most of the immediately
effects will be diagnosed as asthma or allergy attacks and treated accordingly.
They will not be recorded as the effects of pesticide exposure when patients
arrive in emergency rooms for treatment because the City has deliberately
made no effort to document reactions to the spraying.
How much poison gas
do you want to be exposed to? The answer for anyone with common sense is-none.
If it came down to a real epidemic with people becoming infected everywhere
they could spray the entire City in a day. To spray large swatches of the
City repeatedly, in many instances based on nothing more than a single
dead crow, is creating a public health disaster not preventing one. It
is becoming increasingly difficult to believe that the officials driving
this policy are making an honest well-intentioned mistake rather than committing
a deliberate act against the public interest.
The role of Oravax,
the commercial vaccine manufacturer directly connected to the major players
in this issue-the CDC, the Ft. Dietrick bio-warfare lab, Plum Island, former
OEM chief Jerry Hauer and Mayor Giuliani-remains unexamined in the media
yet Oravax stands to make billions from its West Nile Virus vaccine if
WNV hysteria continues to spread. That Oravax was developing a WNV vaccine
before the 1999 outbreak, that its VP went to Washington with Jerry Hauer
and the head of Rockefeller University in 1998 to pressure President Clinton
to stockpile billions of dollars worth of vaccines or that according to
the NY Times, Oravax's stock value had lost 90% of its value-making a mosquito-born
epidemic the only chance of company survival-are clues of significance
that might prove a financial angle to WNV.
Not one mainstream reporter
has explored the connection between various research institutions and this
"epidemic". Rockefeller-funded labs such as Rockefeller University in Manhattan
have been experimenting with WNV for decades. The Chase Bank/Rockefeller
funded CIA-founded Manhattan Institute (MI) and associated MI scholars
and reporters like Peter Huber and ABC's John Stossel are part of a concerted
campaign to counter 50 years of evidence that pesticides and chemicals
cause disease. MI just happens to be where both GW Bush-a major promoter
of pesticide use in Texas-and Mayor Giuliani admit to getting virtually
all of their policy ideas.
The connection between
Rockefeller and pesticides goes way back. Rockefeller's Standard Oil was
partners with IG Farben, the Nazi chemical conglomerate which invented
the organophosphate nerve gasses like Malathion that are among those being
used in NY. Petroleum products are the base ingredients in the manufacturing
of many of these pesticides. The four companies that IG Farben was broken
up into following WWII-Bayer, Hoechst, BASF and Agfa-Gevaert-are today
the world's leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies. They spend millions
lobbying American and European officials in order to keep their products
from being removed from the marketplace or effectively regulated. Prescription
drugs and pesticides injure and kill far more people each year than would
die in a hundred year long world-wide WNV epidemic.
Most people think medical
studies proving that pharmaceutical products and chemicals like Anvil are
safe can be trusted. Few realize that, as was recently exposed on a 7/31/2000
CBS special, doctors who conduct these studies receive as much as $20,000
per patient from the drug and chemical manufacturers just for enrolling
people as test subjects.
organizations are at the forefront of population control and Eugenics programs
cannot be overlooked in this context considering that miscarriage, infertility,
endocrine-disruption and various forms of cancer are known effects of exposure
to the pesticides being used. Nor can the fact that NYC area bio-warfare
facilities have been genetically-altering WNV, experimenting with it, injecting
it in human and bird subjects, selling samples of it to governments as
questionable in their motives as Iraq and raising mosquitoes deliberately
infected with WNV in facilities in NYC, NJ, Md. and in many third-world
While these facts are
not absolute scientific proof of a deliberate effort to promulgate West
Nile Virus or to create a public demand for a vaccine it is certainly far
more compelling proof than the Mayor or the CDC have presented in support
of their explanations.
When a corporation is
sued regarding exploding gas tanks, defective tires that disintegrate at
highway speeds or baby clothes that burst into flames they point to statistics
to prove the relative safety of their products. We sold thirty million
of those and only fifty people died, they will claim, as proof that the
item is safe.
Based on that kind of
proof West Nile Virus, which the CDC claims killed seven out of more than
30 million people in the NYC area last year during a so-called epidemic,
is also safe. Based on statistics WNV is safer than aspirin, any vaccine,
driving a car, using an airbag or showering. Statistically, the NYPD (America's
most restrained police force according to Giuliani) is far more deadly
for New York residents than WNV.
If one were to use only
the information on the NYC Department of Health website [http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/doh/home.html]
in analyzing the relative risk factors of WNV and the pesticide nerve gasses
being used, there can be no other conclusion than that the pesticides are
more dangerous than WNV. The virus is described as mild, very difficult
to become infected by and a disease that most people who are infected with
will recover from without any treatment and without any symptoms. The Health
Department's announcements urge asthma suffers-of which NYC has the nation's
largest population numbering more than one million-to be especially careful
to avoid exposure. The pesticide labels describe them as dangerous toxic
substances that should not be inhaled, exposed to the skin, eyes or clothing
or allowed to contact water, food or wildlife. Thousands of studies-including
those conducted by the pesticide manufacturers themselves and the National
Institutes of Health-show links between these chemicals and various diseases,
nerve damage, liver damage and developmental damage in children and young
The testing these studies
are based on is virtually all done on rats-creatures known for their ability
to live in the filthiest and most diseased environments on earth. Rats
are known to be able to survive exposure to substances such as anthrax
that minor exposure to might kill any human. In other words, if Anvil can
cause disease in rats the likelihood is that humans are far more vulnerable.
Not one mainstream reporter-despite
the information being widely circulated to every newsroom in the City-has
mentioned that a NY State Department of Health study printed in the Journal
of the American Mosquito Control Association found that massive pesticide
application as is being done in NYC causes a long-term 1500% increase in
mosquitoes, a dramatic increase in mosquitoes infected with encephalitis
and concluded that only mosquitoes exposed to pesticides appeared to be
able to become infected with the viruses. That study alone would seem to
prove that the spraying is intended to increase West Nile Virus.
In a trial that study
would be called, exculpatory evidence, and the lawyers would be required
by law to share it with the other side. In a scientific study, suppressing
such information or not referring to it would discredit the entire conclusion
of the study.
The reason there is
such superficial coverage being done on this issue is not that the media
thinks the public isn't interested in hearing anything besides the daily
spray schedule. The reason is that if the facts were fairly discussed the
public would rise up in self-defense against being sprayed as everyone
who has these facts has done across the nation.
It is not enough to
know we are being lied to by elected officials-which unfortunately most
people are now so used to they barely notice it. We need to ask why are
we being lied to about this. Who benefits and how? Who stands to lose if
the spraying is not stopped and who is receiving the most exposure to the
Is everyone in NYC being
equally exposed to these nerve gasses? At this time of year many of the
City's wealthy residents-including most of our elected officials and their
families-are out of town. It is not well-educated high-income residents
of NYC that will be found standing around on the street in shorts and tee-shirts
late at night allowing themselves to be sprayed or hanging out of the windows
of their stiflingly hot apartments as the spray trucks go by. The evidence
shows that the Mayor has taken extraordinary efforts to make sure that
tourists are not exposed to the chemicals. While the media reports this
fact, not one sentence has ever questioned the reason why. Is there a reason
the Wall street area-which is right near a very large park-was not sprayed
last year or this year? Do mosquitoes only live above 23rd Street?
When you hear Mayor
Giuliani ridiculing anti-spray activists and calling them irresponsible
environmental terrorists, you might think he is expressing his own opinion.
You'd be wrong.
As in virtually all
other viewpoints expressed by this administration during the past six years,
the source is the CIA-originated Rockefeller-funded Manhattan Institute.
a well known 20/20 ABC investigative reporter who has recently become a
focus of controversy due to a special he hosted that falsified test results
of pesticide residues on organic vs. non-organic foods, has been promoting
a viewpoint for years that ridicules concerns about pesticides and other
chemical toxins. Stossel's reports would have us believe that exposure
to pharmaceutical drugs, asbestos, pesticides, genetically-engineered foods,
foods irradiated with radiation and industrial pollutants are not dangerous
and that we are "scaring ourselves to death" over nothing. The source of
Stossel's ideas on this topic? The Manhattan Institute [see F.A.I.R. report
The Manhattan Institute's
stable of authors includes Peter Huber, an apologist for major chemical
companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Novartis. All of these
companies have direct ties to the military and intelligence agencies. Huber
argues that green activists, not the chemical companies manufacturing hundreds
of millions of tons of poisons each year, are the real threat to the environment.
Huber also strongly advocates against lawsuits by activists trying to stop
these companies. While the average person has never heard of Huber or the
Manhattan Institute those who decide policy for the entire United States
read and follow every word from the MI-which is for all intents and purposes
an extension of the U.S. intelligence community. [See http://www.manhattan-institute.org/
for numerous samples of Huber's ideas and of the other viewpoints being
promoted by this CIA front].
Doesn't the media have
a professional obligation to explore this issue in the kind of detailed
manner they explored the Mayor's prostate cancer or his affairs-or has
the CIA directed them to report nothing more than the number of dead crows
and the spray schedule?
NY Times August 16, 2000
U.S. Weighs Changes in
BETHESDA, Md., Aug.
15 -- The huge influx of money into biomedical research is creating
unacceptable conflicts of interest for scientists and is eroding the public's
trust in the data, scientists and officials said today at a government
conference...Dr. Jane E. Henney, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,
said some researchers testing drugs or therapies have profitable arrangements
with companies financing the research, raising the question of whether
the data is unbiased...Dr. Thomas S. Bodenheimer of the University of California
at San Francisco and a contributor to The New England Journal of Medicine,
said today that he had spent a year reviewing literature and interviewing
researchers and drug officials. What he found, Dr. Bodenheimer said, was
that when drug companies paid for a trial of a new drug, 89 percent of
the time, the studies found that the new drug was better than ones it was
replacing. But when tests were done by scientists who were not paid by
the company, the new drug received good marks only 61 percent of the time.
He said he also found that some articles published in medical journals
were written not by the researchers who conducted the studies but by a
ghost writer at the company whose drug was being studied. In other cases,
he said, well-known doctors were hired to be guest authors on studies they
had not conducted. Dr. Bodenheimer cited a survey of six major medical
journals in 1996 that found that of the 809 articles, 29 percent had guest
authors, ghost authors, or both.
on Drug Research Conflicts
Mr. Lederman has explained that his articles posted here are not to be
taken as official statements by the No-Spray Coalition of which he is a
member or of the "No-Spray"
lawsuit in which he is a plaintiff.
Robert Lederman is an
artist, a regular columnist for the Greenwich Village Gazette [See:
http://www.gvny.com/ for an extensive
archive of Lederman columns] The Shadow, The African Sun Times,
The Vigo-Examiner [see: http://www.vigo-examiner.com/archive.htm]
and Street News, and is the author of hundreds of published essays
concerning Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Lederman has been falsely arrested 41
times to date for his anti-Giuliani activities and has never been convicted
of any of the charges. He is best known for creating hundreds of paintings
of Mayor Giuliani as a Hitler like dictator.
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