Bayer sold HIV and Hep C infected blood and blood products to the United States in the 1980s. After some 10,000 were infected, they recalled the products and resold them in Asian and Latin American countries so they could still make money.

Contaminated haemophilia blood products were a serious public health problem in the late 1970s through 1985. These products caused large numbers of haemophiliacs to become infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The companies involved included Alpha Therapeutic Corporation, Institut Mérieux (which then became Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc., and is now part of Sanofi), Bayer Corporation and its Cutter Biological division, Baxter International and its Hyland Pharmaceutical division.[1] Estimates range from 6,000 to 10,000 haemophiliacs in the United States becoming infected with HIV.[1][2]

Factor VIII is a protein that helps the clotting of blood, which haemophiliacs, due to the genetic nature of their condition, are unable to produce themselves. By injecting themselves with it, hemophiliacs can stop bleeding or prevent bleeding from starting; some use it as often as three times a week.[3]
1280px-Faktor-VIII Bayer sold HIV and Hep C infected blood and blood products to the United States in the 1980s. After some 10,000 were infected, they recalled the products and resold them in Asian and Latin American countries so they could still make money.
On February 29, 1984, Cutter became the last of the four major blood product companies to get US approval to sell heated concentrate.[3] Even after Cutter began selling the new product, for several months, until August 1984, the company continued making the old medicine.[3] One reason was that the company had several fixed-price contracts and believed that the old product would be cheaper to produce.[3]

Bayer officials (responding on behalf of Cutter) issued a statement, stating that Cutter continued to sell the old medicine, “because some customers doubted the new drug’s effectiveness”, and because some countries were slow to approve its sale. The company also said that a shortage of plasma, used to make the medicine, had kept Cutter from manufacturing more of the new product.”[3] Bayer officials also claimed that an overall plasma shortage in 1985 kept Cutter from making more heat treated medicine; however, because Cutter was using some of its limited plasma to continue making the old product, they may have contributed to the shortage.[3] While Bayer said that “procedural requirements” imposed by Taiwan slowed down their ability to sell the new product, according to The New York Times, Hsu Chien-wen, an official at Taiwan’s health department, said in 2003 that Cutter had not applied for permission to sell the heated medicine until July 1985, a year and a half after doing so in the United States.[3] Cindy Lai, assistant director of Hong Kong’s health department, said that Cutter needed only to get an import license in the 1980s to sell the newer product in which “It normally [takes] one week.”[3]

While the new product was selling well for Cutter, a Cutter company meeting notes that “There is excess nonheated inventory”, which resulted in the company deciding to “review international markets again to determine if more of this product can be sold.”[3] Cutter decided to sell millions of dollars of the older medicine to Asia and Latin America while selling the new, safer product in the West, to avoid being stuck with large stores of a product that was proving increasingly unmarketable.[3]

In late 1984, when a Hong Kong distributor asked Cutter about the newer product, records show that Cutter asked the distributor to “use up stocks” of the old medicine before switching to its “safer, better” product.[3] Several months later, once haemophiliacs in Hong Kong began testing positive for HIV, some local doctors began to question whether Cutter was dumping “AIDS tainted” medicine into less-developed countries.[3] Cutter denied the allegation, claiming that the unheated product posed “no severe hazard” and was in fact the “same fine product we have supplied for years.”[3] By May 1985, when the Hong Kong distributor told of an impending medical emergency, asking for the newer product, Cutter replied that most of the new medicine was going to the US and Europe and there wasn’t enough for Hong Kong, except for a small amount for the “most vocal patients.”[3]

The United States Food and Drug Administration helped to keep the news out of the public eye. In May 1985, the FDA’s regulator of blood products, Harry M. Meyer Jr., believing the companies had broken a voluntary agreement to withdraw the old medicine from the market, called together officials of the companies and ordered them to comply.[3] Cutter’s notes from the meeting indicate that Meyer asked that the issue be “quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public” while another company noted that the FDA wanted the matter solved “quickly and quietly.”[3]

At the same time, a Cutter official wrote that “It appears there are no longer any markets in the Far East where we can expect to sell substantial quantities of nonheat-treated [medicine]” and stopped shipping unheated concentrate in July 1985.[3]

According to The New York Times, doctors and patients contacted overseas said they had not known of the contents of the Cutter documents. The effects are close to impossible to calculate. Since many records are unavailable and because it was a while until an AIDS test was developed, one cannot know when foreign haemophiliacs were infected with HIV – before Cutter began selling its safer medicine or afterward.[3]

The New York Times found these largely unnoticed documents (“internal memorandums, minutes of company marketing meetings and telexes to foreign distributors”) as part of the production in connection with the American haemophiliacs lawsuits described below.[3] Sidney M. Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, which has been investigating the industry’s practices for three decades, called them “the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen.”[3]

On August 22, 2003,[5] MSNBC’s Scarborough Country had Bayer on their “Rat of the Week” segment. Speaking with Mike Papantonio, a legal advisor to the show, they discussed the 2003 New York Times article referenced above, saying that the product (known by Bayer to bear the risk of contamination) was “dropped … in Japan, Spain and France.” As of 2003, the United States Justice Department had yet to investigate any corporate executives.

In 2006, Iraqis infected with HIV sued Baxter and Sanofi.[6]
Canada[edit]
Main article: Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada
In Canada, by the time blood tests began in late 1985, about 2,000 people were infected with HIV and up to 60,000 with Hepatitis C.[7] Three suits were brought against the Canadian Red Cross by people who had received tainted blood, two of whom subsequently died of AIDS and the third HIV positive.[7] In April 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada found the Canadian Red Cross guilty of negligence for failing to screen blood donors effectively for HIV infection.[7]

France[edit]
Main article: Infected blood scandal (France)
In France, an estimated 4,000 people, many haemophiliacs, were given blood infected with HIV.[7]

A former Health Minister was convicted for failing to adequately screen the blood, leading to the deaths of five people from AIDS, and the contamination of two others during a key period in 1985.[7] Two other government officials that continued to use the old unheated stock in 1985, when a heated product was available, were sent to prison.[3] Allegedly, all three politicians delayed the introduction of United States blood-screening test in France until a rival French product was ready to be sold on the market.[7]

Iran[edit]
In Iran, as of 2001, the former head of Iran’s blood transfusion centre went on trial (a Dr. Farhadi along with two other doctors) facing several charges including negligence for importing HIV-tainted supplies from France after patients contracted HIV. The case followed complaints by families of some 170 people, many of them children, suffering from haemophilia and the blood disease thalassaemia.[7]

Iraq[edit]
In 1986, officials from Saddam Hussein’s Health Ministry had determined that at least 115 Iraqi haemophiliacs had contracted AIDS from clotting agents imported from France and Austria.[8] According to Said I. Hakki, the director of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, 189 haemophiliacs, from 6 months to 18 years old, contracted HIV from blood products that Institut Mérieux and Immuno sold to Iraq from 1982 to 1986; undetected, the virus later spread to at least another 50 more Iraqis, through sexual intercourse, childbirth or breast-feeding.[8]

In August 2005, the 35 or so survivors, along with the families of the ones who died, and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society have sued the Health Ministry and Institut Mérieux of France and Immuno AG of Austria, two corporations who either acquired or succeeded the companies that sold tainted blood products to Iraq.[8] Institut Mérieux is now part of Sanofi-Aventis, while Immuno AG was acquired by Baxter International in 1996.

Several of the infected haemophiliacs spoke with The New York Times in 2006 about life under Hussein’s rule. They were forced to “sign a pledge vowing not to work, marry, attend school, use public swimming pools or barbershops, visit a doctor’s office or tell anyone about their condition”, punishable by death.[8] The families’ homes had warnings painted on them, telling neighbours to stay away because the house was contaminated with HIV and even uninfected siblings were not allowed to marry.[8] As of 2006, the infected haemophiliacs receive about $35 a month in government assistance, but no HIV medication.[8]

Ireland[edit]
See article on the Lindsay Tribunal.

Italy[edit]
Angelo Magrini, the head of a haemophiliacs’ association, said that as of 2001, 1,300 people, including almost 150 children, had died in Italy from infected blood infusions since 1985.[7]

An Italian court in Rome ordered the Health Ministry to pay damages to 351 people who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C through blood transfusions; the court said that the ministry was too slow to introduce measures to prevent the virus being spread by donated blood, and did not establish proper checks on plasma and plasma-derived products.[7] Although almost 100 of the victims had already died, the court ruled that their families were still entitled compensation.[7]

Japan[edit]
Main article: HIV-tainted blood scandal (Japan)
In Japan, the Health Ministry did not ban unheated products until December 1985, despite knowing that they were contaminated.[7] As a result, over 1,400 Japanese haemophiliacs were exposed to HIV, and more than 500 were believed to have died by 2001.[7]

In November 1995, a case involving Japanese haemophiliacs settled, resulting in $420,000 for each victim, with $235,000 coming from industry and the rest from the Japanese government.[1] This was much higher than the results being discussed in the United States cases.[1]

In February 2000, three former drug company executives accused of selling blood products tainted with HIV were given prison terms.[7]

However, in March 2001, a Tokyo court cleared the former top AIDS expert of professional negligence over the scandal.[7]

Portugal[edit]
In Portugal, more than 100 Portuguese haemophiliacs were infected with the AIDS virus after receiving transfusions of contaminated plasma that had been imported and distributed by the public health service.[7] In 2001, a court indicted Leonor Beleza, a former health minister, for propagating a contagious disease during her time in office during the 1980s.[7]

United States[edit]
In 1993, top executives of three companies (Baxter International, Rhône-Poulenc and Alpha Therapeutic) met with leaders of the haemophilia community to outline the terms of a $125 million offer.[1] Rejecting the offer, David Shrager, a plaintiffs’ lawyer, filed a class action lawsuit with Jonathan Wadleigh as lead plaintiff on behalf of American haemophiliacs.[1] Shrager had previously negotiated a favourable settlement on behalf of Canadian haemophiliacs and then established a panel of claimants, led by Wadleigh, to advise him and other lawyers.[1] In early 1995, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago decertified the lawsuit, saying it might bankrupt the industry.[1]
Contaminated haemophilia blood products

The Rosicrucian Roots of Modern Witchcraft Cults

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For the past forty or so years the fastest growing religious movement in the Western World has been Wicca, or Witchcraft. Recent census results in Australia had almost 9000 people declaring themselves to be Pagans or Witches with evidence indicating that there are many more that, for one reason or another, chose not to declare their beliefs in the census yet who actively practice some sort of witchcraft. In other parts of the Western World the figures indicate the same thing and Wicca must now be considered as one of the major religions of the world with hundreds of thousands of adherents, Yet even as short a time as sixty years ago witchcraft as a religion was unknown, the name Wicca had yet to be coined, and pagans were the ancient Romans with their pantheon of gods and goddesses. Where then did Wicca and Neo-Paganism come from? What are the origins of this major modern spiritual movement?

To examine the roots of Wicca we must go back to the occult revival at the end of the 19th Century. The origins of this surge of interest in occultism were in the Freemasons and so ultimately derive from Rosicrucianism which heavily influenced it from its beginnings. In 1867 Robert Wentworth Little found some documents in the Freemasons Hall in London that purportedly gave instructions for the structure of a Hermetic Rosicrucian initiatory order. Together with Kenneth MacKenzie he founded the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and broke away from the Freemasons thus beginning a new line of orders and fraternities that have endured to this day. At this same time William Robert Woodman was admitted to the SRIA as a 7º=4Δ Exempt Adept and soon afterwards Wynn Westcott introduced the study of Qabalah to the curriculum of the order. By 1888 it would seem that the SRIA needed new material as Woodman fortuitously found the famous Cipher Manuscripts with which he, along with Westcott and Samuel Lidell MacGregor-Mathers, used to found the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1891 Woodman died and Westcott took over the SRIA with MacGregor –Mathers in charge of the Isis-Urania Temple of the Golden Dawn.

With these developments the foundation of modern occultism was in place. The Golden Dawn was perhaps the most famous occult society in history and numbered a parade of luminaries amongst its members. Most important of these to the development of occultism was certainly Aleister Crowley who in 1904 received the Book of the Law as dictation from a “praeter-human” intelligence named Aiwass. This event inspired Crowley to develop his school of magick and to publish its papers in a periodical volume called The Equinox. The Equinox has, since its first publication, become the standard reference work of modern occultism and from its pages the founder of modern witchcraft, Gerald B. Gardner began to collect material with which he hoped to create a Neo-Pagan working group in England just before the Second World War. Gardner, like many of his generation, was much impressed by the works of Margret Murray that have since been much maligned for their accuracy and scholarship, but they inspired him to compose a book of ritual practices and to organize a group of witches. Gardner’s first “Book of Shadows” was compiled from the working ceremonies of a proto-pagan group that Gardner was involved with outside of London, Gardner’s own poems and with material gleaned from Crowley’s writings in the Equinox.

The final component for the founding of modern witchcraft came in 1946 when Gardner was introduced to Crowley by Arnold Crowther at the Beast’s final residence at Netherwoods in Hastings. The pair only met on a few occasions but Crowley had long been interested in establishing a new “nature religion” and he seemed genuinely enthusiastic about Gardner, giving, or selling, him a charter to establish an OTO Lodge in England at their first meeting. It was after this that Gardner composed his first “Book of Shadows” which is now in the possession of Allen Greenfield, past head of the OTO in the US. According to his essay A True History of Witchcraft this handwritten manuscript, in the hand of Gardner (and not Crowley as many have claimed) is composed of a collection of Gardner’s poems, traditional magickal ceremonies well known from old grimiors, and Crowley’s writings, most notably quotes from the Book of the Law. Gardner’s Book of Shadows went through two more major revisions, mostly to replace Crowley’s work after Gardner’s coven was connected with the Wickedest Man in the World in the press following Crowley’s death in 1947. Throughout the 50s Gardner’s witch cult continued to grow and develop until, sometime around 1963, another sect of witches emerged after Alex Saunders, with copies of Gardner’s original Book of Shadows (the edition with the greatest amount of Crowley’s material still included) established his own sect of witches and the cult was split into Gardnerian and Alexandrian witches.The Rosicrucian Roots of Modern Witchcraft Cults

Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True

No need to break out your tin foil hats for this one, folks. This video features some of the most insane conspiracy theories… That actually turned out to be true!

Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True

Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf

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On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.

The release contains two sections. The first is a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound. The second is a selection of now-declassified documents.

The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release. An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents which supported disseminated intelligence cables, as well as other relevant material found around the compound. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates will be released.

Some of the books would be familiar to anyone interested in global affairs, such as “Obama’s Wars,” by Bob Woodward; “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers,” by Paul Kennedy; and “Imperial Hubris,” by Michael Scheuer, the former official who once ran the Central Intelligence Agency’s Bin Laden desk.

Other titles hinted at a paranoid worldview fostered by conspiracy theory classics such as “Bloodlines of the Illuminati,” by Fritz Springmeier, and “The Secrets of the Federal Reserve,” by Eustace Mullins, a Holocaust denier.

The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason
A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim
America’s Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias
America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky
Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast
The Best Enemy Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton
Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris
Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier
Bounding the Global War on Terror by Jeffrey Record
Checking Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions by Henry Sokolski and Patrick Clawson
Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 A.D. by C. R. Haines
Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies by Cheryl Benard
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman
Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert
Fortifying Pakistan: The Role of U.S. Internal Security Assistance (only the book’s introduction) by C. Christine Fair and Peter Chalk
Guerilla Air Defense: Antiaircraft Weapons and Techniques for Guerilla Forces by James Crabtree
Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust
Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer
In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure by Asim Abdul Maajid, Esaam-ud-Deen and Dr. Naahah Ibrahim
International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific by John Ikenberry and Michael Mastandano
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II by William Blum
Military Intelligence Blunders by John Hughes-Wilson
Project MKULTRA, the CIA’s program of research in behavioral modification. Joint hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, August 3, 1977. United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence.
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
New Political Religions, or Analysis of Modern Terrorism by Barry Cooper
Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
Oxford History of Modern War by Charles Townsend
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928)
Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins
The Taking of America 1-2-3 by Richard Sprague
Unfinished Business, U.S. Overseas Military Presence in the 21st Century by Michael O’Hanlon
The U.S. and Vietnam 1787-1941 by Robert Hopkins Miller
“Website Claims Steve Jackson Games Foretold 9/11,” article posted on ICV2.com (this file contained only a single saved web page)
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Bin Laden bookshelf shows scholarship of American policy

Top 10 Most Sinister PSYOPS Mission Patches

Mission patches are used by military and space organizations to identify, symbolize and describe a mission’s objectives and its crew. This tradition is also observed in the shady world of PSYOPS where each secret mission of the Pentagon gets its patch. These patches offer a rare glimpse into the Pentagon’s secret operations and the symbolism on them is rather striking: ominous and cryptic phrases, dark occult symbolism, references to secret societies, and sometimes even a rather dark sense of humor. Here’s the top 10 most sinister PSYOPS patches.
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Various NASA mission patches
#10 – Alien Face
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#9 All Your Base Are Belong to Us
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#8 Hymn to Pan
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#7 Supra Summus
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Everything You Thought You Knew About the Death of Osama Bin Laden Is Wrong

A controversial report by Seymour Hersh leaves still more questions than answers, but it does make one thing clear.
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That’s the short version of a very long Seymour Hersh story, just published in the London Review of Books, which offers an alternative narrative of the killing of Bin Laden in 2011.
The slightly longer version is that two key Pakistani officials, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the Pakistan’s intelligence service, were in on the operation to kill Bin Laden and ensured U.S. helicopters could travel safely across the border from Afghanistan into airspace over key Pakistani security facilities. They did so, Hersh’s story goes, in exchange for both personal bribes and a resumption of US military funding to Pakistan. That part is all too easy to believe.

Hersh also offers a different narrative about the key tip-off in finding Bin Laden, which — depending on whether you ask torture apologists or not — ostensibly came from Hassan Ghul (an al Qaeda detainee captured in Iraq in 2004), either before or after CIA started torturing him, as well as a tip from a foreign partner. Instead, according to Hersh’s story, a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer actually approached the CIA station chief in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, to offer up Bin Laden in exchange for part of the $25 million reward the U.S. offered. That source told the CIA that Bin Laden had been held captive by Pakistan’s intelligence service since 2006 as a kind of insurance policy against the Taliban. After that source went to the CIA, they did a series of checks, including obtaining DNA from a Pakistani doctor who was caring for the aging Bin Laden. It checked out. The U.S. decided to pursue Bin Laden, which is when they started bribing the Pakistanis to make it possible.

The plan called for a stealth raid of the Abottabad compound, conducted with the assistance of Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, which would assure that the Pakistani military did not interfere with the two Black Hawk helicopters after they crossed the border from Afghanistan. The raid would be conducted in secret, and remain a secret; the official story would be that Bin Laden was killed in a drone strike in tribal lands. However, on the night of the raid, things started to go haywire when the Navy SEALs crashed their helicopter, making it impossible to later tell the pre-arranged cover story. Rather than keeping the operation secret for some time until telling that cover story, the Obama administration immediately began spinning the raid to its political benefit. Subsequently, according to Hersh, the government had to come up with one story after another to cover holes in the previous ones. The foregrounding of torture in the pursuit in Bin Laden, according to this version of events, came when CIA old-timers were brought in to help craft yet more cover stories — and they decided to give it a spin that would help CIA avoid accountability for its torture program.
In short, as Hersh tells it, we’ve been told cover story after cover story after cover story.

Hersh’s account rings most true when he explains that top Pakistani officials were privy to details of the operation (although that story has been claimed before). Some of the rest — like the image of Navy SEALs dropping OBL body parts as they flew over the Hindu Kush — does not.

Already, readers are pointing critically to Hersh’s described sourcing for the story, which relies on “a retired senior [US] intelligence official” and two “longtime consultants to the Special Operations Command.” But Hersh claims to have one named person corroborating the story: Asad Durrani, a retired Pakistani general. Durrani heard a similar story from Pakistani officials investigating the operation, according to the story.

Concerns about Hersh’s sourcing may well be correct. But what is true about Hersh’s story is that, in the aftermath of the raid, the administration very quickly starting boasting. John Brennan, then Homeland Security Advisor and now the director of the CIA, gave a press conference that almost immediately fell apart; basic details of the story — such as details of Bin Laden’s burial — have been obfuscated behind seemingly frivolous FOIA obstruction.

Indeed, we’ve been told cover story after cover story after cover story. Does that mean that CIA torture dead-enders invented details that could conveniently attach to Bin Laden’s death? That’s what evidence from CIA’s own records, cited in the Senate Torture report, shows. Does that mean the SEALs never considered capturing, rather than killing, Bin Laden? That’s what evolving stories from SEAL participants suggest.

When Hersh brought and confirmed his story to Durrani, the retired Pakistani General, the General said the Pakistani public would be “grateful” when his story came out because “people like to be told the truth.”

But that’s not actually right. People like to be told stories. Whether they’re true or not is of little import, if they hang together and serve certain purposes.

We — neither the American, nor the Pakistani public — has ever been told a true story about Bin Laden’s death. Or even one that hangs together.

This is yet another version, no more convincing than John Brennan’s tale that Bin Laden hid behind one of his wives.

Which is perhaps evidence that the key players in this story intend to keep spinning cover story after cover story to hide the real details of what happened in Pakistan the night Osama Bin Laden was killed.

Everything You Thought You Knew About the Death of Osama Bin Laden Is Wrong

Indonesia urged to ban virginity tests for fiancées of officers, female recruits

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ndonesian authorities have been urged to cease the “invasive” and “discriminatory” practice of “virginity tests” for female recruits and fiancées of military officers in the country’s armed forces.

International military physicians are set to gather in Bali, Indonesia on May 17-22, 2015, to urge the country’s president, Joko Widodo, to stop the practice, according to Human Rights Watch.

“The Indonesian armed forces should recognize that harmful and humiliating ‘virginity tests’ on women recruits does nothing to strengthen national security,” Nisha Varia, women’s rights advocacy director at the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), said.

“President Joko Widodo should set the military straight and immediately abolish the requirement and prevent all military hospitals from administering it,” she added.

Indonesia urged to ban virginity tests for fiancées of officers, female recruits

Doctors can now inject drugs straight into brains…

Brains-in-jars Doctors can now inject drugs straight into brains...
Doctors can now inject drugs straight into people’s brains, after making a major discovery in breaking through the barrier that keeps the nervous and circulatory systems apart.

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) keeps us safe by ensuring that chemicals and microbes can’t get through to our clean brain and cause it problems. But it filters out good and intentional molecules too, and has proven a stumbling block for doctors’ aim to get drugs straight to where they are needed.

But new research claims to have found a way through the lock, developing special molecules that can trick the BBB into think that they should be let through by exploiting the mechanism that let nutrients into the brain. A team from the Canadian National Research Council has made carrier molecules that help disease-fighting ones break through, where they can then release the therapeutics they need, straight into the nervous system.
Doctors can now put drugs straight into brains