very interesting article on addiction and worth contemplating

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned, and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction, by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my book Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong. There is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.

If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves.

I learned it from an extraordinary mixture of people I met on my travels: From the surviving friends of Billie Holiday, who helped me to learn how the founder of the war on drugs stalked and helped to kill her; from a Jewish doctor who was smuggled out of the Budapest ghetto as a baby, only to unlock the secrets of addiction as a grown man; from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who was conceived when his mother, a crack-addict, was raped by his father, an NYPD officer; from a man who was kept at the bottom of a well for two years by a torturing dictatorship, only to emerge to be elected president of Uruguay and begin the last days of the war on drugs.

I had a personal reason to search for these answers. One of my earliest memories as a kid is trying to wake up one of my relatives, and not being able to. Ever since then, I have been turning over the essential mystery of addiction in my mind. What causes some people to become fixated on a drug or a behavior until they can’t stop? How do we help those people to come back to us? As I got older, another of my close relatives developed a cocaine addiction, and I fell into a relationship with a heroin addict. I guess addiction felt like home to me.

If you had asked me what causes drug addiction at the start, I would have said, “Drugs. Duh.” It’s not difficult to grasp. I thought I had seen it in my own life. We can all explain it. Imagine if you and I and the next 20 people to pass us on the street take a really potent drug for 20 days. There are strong chemical hooks in these drugs, so if we stopped on day 21, our bodies would need the chemical. We would have a ferocious craving. We would be addicted. That’s what addiction means.

One of the ways this theory was first established is through rat experiments which were injected into the American psyche in the 1980s, in a famous advert by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. You may remember it. The experiment is simple. Put a rat in a cage, alone, with two water bottles. One is water. The other is water laced with heroin or cocaine. Almost every time you run this experiment, the rat will become obsessed with the drugged water, and keep coming back for more, until it kills itself.

The advert explains: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of 10 laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.”

But in the 1970s, Vancouver psychology professor Bruce Alexander noticed something odd about this experiment. The rat is put in the cage all alone. It has nothing to do but take the drugs. What would happen, he wondered, if we tried this differently? So Alexander built Rat Park, a lush cage where the rats had colored balls and the best rat food and tunnels to scamper down and plenty of friends: everything a rat could want. What, Alexander wanted to know, would happen then?

In Rat Park, all the rats obviously tried both water bottles, because they didn’t know what was in them. But what happened next was startling.

The rats with good lives didn’t like the drugged water. They mostly shunned it, consuming less than a quarter of the drugs the isolated rats had used. None of them died. While all the rats who were alone and unhappy became heavy users, none of the rats who had a happy environment did.

At first, I thought this was merely a quirk of rats, until I discovered that at the same time as the Rat Park experiment there was a helpful human equivalent taking place. It was called the Vietnam War. Time magazine reported heroin was “as common as chewing gum” among U.S. soldiers, and there is solid evidence to back this up: some 20 percent of U.S. soldiers became addicted to heroin there, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Many people were understandably terrified: they believed a huge number of addicts were about to head home when the war ended.

But in fact, some 95 percent of the addicted soldiers, according to the same study, simply stopped using. Very few had rehab. They shifted from a terrifying cage back to a pleasant one, so they didn’t want the drug anymore.

Bruce Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you: It’s your cage.

After the first phase of Rat Park, Alexander took the test further. He repeated the early experiments, where the rats were left alone and became compulsive users of the drug. He let them use for 57 days; if anything can hook you, it’s that. Then he took them out of isolation, and placed them in Rat Park. He wanted to know, if you fall into that state of addiction, is your brain hijacked so you can’t recover? Do the drugs take over? What happened is striking. The rats seemed to have a few twitches of withdrawal, but they soon stopped their heavy use, and went back to having a normal life. The good cage saved them. (The full references to all the studies I am discussing are in the book.)

This new theory is such a radical assault on what we have been told it felt like it could not be true. But the more scientists I interviewed, and the more I looked at their studies, the more I discovered things that don’t seem to make sense—unless you take into account this new approach.

Here’s one example of an experiment that is happening all around you, and may well happen to you one day. If you get run over today and you break your hip, you will probably be given diamorphine, the medical name for heroin. In the hospital around you, there will be plenty of people also given heroin for long periods, for pain relief. The heroin you get from your doctor will have a much higher purity and potency than the heroin being used by street addicts, who have to buy from criminals who adulterate it. So if the old theory of addiction is right—it’s the drugs that cause it; they make your body need them—it’s obvious what should happen. Loads of people should leave the hospital and try to score smack on the streets, to meet their habits.

But here’s the strange thing. It virtually never happens. As the Canadian doctor Gabor Mate was the first to explain to me, medical users just stop, despite months of use. The same drug, used for the same length of time, turns street users into desperate addicts—and leaves medical patients unaffected.

If you still believe, as I used to, that addiction is caused by chemical hooks, this makes no sense. But if you believe Bruce Alexander‘s theory, the picture falls into place. The street addict is like a rat in the first cage: isolated and alone, with only one source of solace to turn to. The medical patient is like a rat in the second cage: going home to a life where she is surrounded by the people she loves. The drug is the same, but the environment is different.

This gives us an insight that goes much deeper than the need to understand addicts. Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find—the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe. He says we should stop talking about “addiction” altogether and instead call it “bonding.” A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn’t bond as fully with anything else.

So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.

I still couldn’t shake off a nagging doubt. Are these scientists saying chemical hooks make no difference? It was explained to me: you can become addicted to gambling, and nobody thinks you inject a pack of cards into your veins. You can have all the addiction and none of the chemical hooks. I went to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Las Vegas and they were as plainly addicted as the cocaine and heroin addicts I have known. Yet there are no chemical hooks on a craps table.

But surely, I asked, there is some role for the chemicals? It turns out there is an experiment which gives us the answer to this in precise terms, which I learned about in Richard DeGrandpre’s book The Cult of Pharmacology.

Everyone agrees cigarette smoking is one of the most addictive processes around. The chemical hooks in tobacco come from a drug called nicotine. So when nicotine patches were developed in the early 1990s, there was a huge surge of optimism—cigarette smokers could get all of their chemical hooks, without the other filthy, and deadly, effects of cigarette smoking. They would be freed.

But the Office of the Surgeon General has found that just 17.7 percent of cigarette smokers are able to stop using nicotine patches. That’s not nothing. If the chemicals drive 17.7 percent of addiction, as this shows, that’s still millions of lives ruined globally. But what it reveals again is that the story we have been taught about the cause of addiction being chemical hooks is real, but it’s only a minor part of a much bigger picture.

This has huge implications for the 100-year-old war on drugs. This massive war, which kills people from the plazas of Mexico to the streets of Liverpool, is based on the claim that we need to physically eradicate a whole array of chemicals because they hijack people’s brains and cause addiction. But if drugs aren’t the driver of addiction— if, in fact, it is disconnection that drives addiction—then this makes no sense.

Ironically, the war on drugs actually increases all those larger drivers of addiction. I visited a prison in Arizona, Tent City, where inmates are detained in tiny stone isolation cages (the Hole) for weeks on end, to punish them for drug use. It is as close to a human re-creation of the cages that guaranteed deadly addiction in rats as I can imagine. When those prisoners get out of prison, they will be unemployable because of their criminal record, guaranteeing they will be cut off even more.

There is an alternative. We can build a system that is designed to help drug addicts reconnect with the world and leave behind their addictions.

This isn’t theoretical. It is happening. Nearly 15 years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs, and take all the money they once spent on arresting and jailing drug addicts, and spend it instead on reconnecting them—to their own feelings, and to the wider society. The most crucial step was to get them secure housing and subsidized jobs, so they had a purpose in life, and something to get out of bed for. In warm and welcoming clinics, addicts are taught how to reconnect with their feelings, after years of trauma. One group of addicts was given a loan to set up a removals firm. Suddenly, they were a group, all bonded to each other and to society, and responsible for each others care.

An independent study by the British Journal of Criminology found that since total decriminalization, addiction has fallen, and intravenous drug use is down by 50 percent. Decriminalization has been such a success that very few people in Portugal want to go back to the old system. The main campaigner against the decriminalization back in 2000 was Joao Figueira, the country’s top drug cop. He offered all the dire warnings we would expect from the Daily Mail or Fox News. But when we sat together in Lisbon, he told me that everything he predicted had not come to pass—and he now hopes the whole world will follow Portugal’s example.

This isn’t only relevant to the addicts I love. It is relevant to all of us, because it forces us to think differently about ourselves. Human beings are bonding animals. We need to connect and love. The wisest sentence of the 20th century was E.M. Forster’s, “Only connect.” But we have created an environment and a culture that cut us off from connection. The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live, constantly directing our gaze toward the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us.

The writer George Monbiot has called this the “age of loneliness.” We have created human societies where it is easier for people to become cut off from all human connection. The Internet offers only a parody of connection. Bruce Alexander, the creator of Rat Park, told me that for too long, we have talked exclusively about individual recovery from addiction. We need now to talk about social recovery; how we all recover, together, from the sickness of isolation.

But this new evidence isn’t just a challenge to us politically. It doesn’t just force us to change our minds; it forces us to change our hearts.

Loving an addict is really hard. When I looked at the addicts I love, it was always tempting to follow the tough love advice doled out by reality shows like “Intervention”: Tell the addict to shape up, or cut them off. Their message is that an addict who won’t stop should be shunned. It’s the logic of the drug war, imported into our private lives. But that will only deepen their addiction, and you may lose them all together. I came home determined to bind the addicts in my life closer to me than ever, to let them know I love them unconditionally, whether they stop, or whether they can’t.

When I returned from my long journey, I looked at my ex-boyfriend, in withdrawal, trembling on my spare bed, and I thought about him differently. For a century now, we have been singing war songs about addicts. It occurred to me that we should have been singing love songs to them all along.

Johann Hari will be discussing his book at Politics and Prose in Washington DC, 7pm, January 29; at 92nd Street Y in New York City, noon, January 30; and at Red Emma’s in Baltimore, on February 4.

Johann Hari is the author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (Bloomsbury).

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Please watch this and pass it on, has to do with the weather and truth

http://www.weatherbell.com/saturday-summary-february-21-2015

please leave a like if you thought this was worth watching!!

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WATCH MONDAY FOR A TREND CHANGE, THINGS ARE CRAZY HERE

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I have a minor  CIT  on Monday so be careful. Look at  the 11/3  trend change line and see how it actually  catapulted the market up from this. This can happen  quite often in strong moving markets thus when it doesn’t work it actually works as a  catapult. I do not argue with the trend changes , they just happen and when they happen and I go by the math that predicts them.

I think it is possible we are doing a sideways ABCDE into the 8th but this is only a guess on my part. But if this takes place it could be the start of another big rally  , time will tell. Also the 8th could be a high  with a nice retracement after it but I am leaning toward the former.

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Why war on drugs is immoral by Milton Friedman


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Looks like a possible CIT here

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in economics , actually what is urban legend and what is reality

This video is worth watching and if one listens closely , one will understand how propaganda creates the myth and it can help one see the reality behind the myth.

Come on people educate yourself, find more than one way to look at a problem and learn how to follow the money.

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Global Warming.. one of the biggest scientific scandals of all time.

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognized by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.

Read the rest at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/globalwarming/11395516/The-fiddling-with-temperature-data-is-the-biggest-science-scandal-ever.html

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Economics even a moron can understand.

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This is a must read on economics

You have really added dimensions to my thinking. Thank you very much.

One thing that continues to puzzle me is how empire’s die and inflation/deflation.

I get the part about the deflationary aspects of killing the economy via regulation and taxation. It is right in front of us every day. I get the part about that will not allow hyperinflation ala Germany and Zimbabwe.

What I do not get is how you can debase the currency such as you show in various Roman currency charts and not have significant levels of inflation [to me that is 10%+ per year]. If you debase the currency does not the person using that currency suffer a wealth reduction in their capital and therefore require more of the same currency to buy the same amount of goods [inflation?]? Seems like ‘stagflation’ at best.

Thanks for your continued help.

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3FACESn of Inflation

ANSWER: We are all victims of how we were taught to think in a linear fashion. It is a difficult thing to let go of this archaic thinking process and many people simply cannot make that step forward to see the dynamic world that exists around them. They will forever remain captive of their linear world trapped in a paradox they cannot escape. Those linear people tend to be people who gravitate toward government. If you grasp what I am talking about no doubt you are nearly there or you would not read this blog since it is not for the fainthearted nor the linear thinker.

read the rest here!!!!

http://armstrongeconomics.com/2015/01/29/the-paradox-of-inflationdeflation/

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Just for Tesla.

SEE    HAS  DROPPED FROM 97% TO 95%

See  has dropped from 97% to 95%

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Just from turning to the left, we will return to the dark ages.

Putting security ahead of freedom provides neither.

And 50 years later we are almost there.

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A rebuttal to Dr. Rowen’s article on GMO from facebook

I am answering this post by Dr. Rowen in bold print. First I am not happy with much of the GMO because we have no idea what the environmental impact will be in 50  years, but lets stick to the facts and not someone’s assumption that has yet to be proven true. There are way too many scare tactics in the news already without adding more bs to it. People in the know,  after reading much of the following, will wonder what kind of scientific education this doctor has. It is obvious that he has not done his research but it is just taking for gospel what he has read on undocumented sites.  Just the facts please, just the facts for the truth shall set you  free.

GMO FRANKENFOODS LABELED IN RUSSIA – WHAT ABOUT US?
I am not a fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But this page is medical, not political (unless related to medicine). So, I want to hand it to Mr. Putin on a major subject you should know about. He’s got some real smarts that our alleged government leaders do not when it comes to health. While Candidate Obama, before he was elected President promised transparency in GMO labeling, he not only has not delivered, but the situation has gotten far more worse during his tenure.

Candidate Obama – 2007: “Here’s what I’ll do if elected. I’ll immediately implement country or origin labeling because Americans should know where their food comes from. We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified, because Americans should know what they’re buying. “ Yes, I’ve seen that many if not most foods list country of origin. But GMO labeling? The first thing regarding Obama’s “immediate” promise was to pick Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack had a very intimate relationship with GMO promoting groups, appearing to me to be a virtual spokesman for Monsanto. (Obama’s speech is posted on you tube).

So, here’s what you got with Obama and Vilsack – an agriculture system where nearly all corn and soy grown in America is GMO. Vast swaths of our rich farm belt are so overgrown with GMO crops that Monarch butterflies are now endangered.
Corn is engineered to produce a pesticide, Bt, which literally punches microscopic holes in your intestinal lining. And if not Bt, then engineered to be resistant to Roundup herbicide, which is literally drenched on Roundup Ready soy. These crops are genetically engineered to be resistant to this dangerous chemical, which is systemically taken up by the plant, so there is NO WAY to wash it out. Eat Roundup Ready crops and you are getting a huge load of this poison.

Monarch butterflies do not live off or even touch corn or soybeans for their food.  They strictly live off of milkweed, a  broad-leaf plant that grows where nothing is mowed like on the sides of roads or in peoples back lots.  There is no way Bt corn can be affecting their existence.  If anything is affecting the decline in the monarch population it is that more land is kept mowed so milkweed doesn’t grow as abundantly as it once was.

Drenched?   Is that like 5″ of rain? What does “drenched” mean?  Roundup is used at around 2 pints per acre, that would be .0007 oz. per square foot. That is really  a  very small amount.  35 years ago I accidentally drank about 2 oz. of roundup  with the only side affect I had to  date was  loose stools for 2  days afterwards.  Maybe I am now genetically modified?  I am very sure this is much more than 100 people  would ingest  in a lifetime from  crops if the roundup is  even still present  when eating one of these crops

Now I don’t expect you to believe just me on the horrors of GMO Frankenfood. Nor Jeffrey Smith, author of the exceptional book “Seed of Deception”. How about believing a Russian Health official who likely is not bought off by the chemical giants, as are our politicians. Yes, this is one time I would believe the Russians, not our rulers.

“It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. While GMOs will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed. It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMOs are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous. Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals. Bio-technologies certainly should be developed, but GMOs should be stopped. We should stop it from spreading. ” – Irina Ermakova,VP of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety. (Rowen note – an excellent short summary. But it doesn’t include growing evidence for many other damages now linked to GMO foods seen in animals and even humans.)

I am under the opinion that one will find the biggest reason for obesity is HFCS. This is my opinion, not a fact, but we are not seeing an increase in cancers in cattle that are being fed GMO corn or soy. My brother, a dairy scientist , has been monitoring this for years and if their was a correlation he would know it.  Some say birth rates for calves have gone down but his data  has not seen it. If this was the case, dairy farmers would be much more careful about what they feed their animals.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that Russia will no longer import GMO products, stating that the nation has enough space, and enough resources to produce organic food.
“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

Ok… let me talk about organic produce (whatever that means, man has been using pesticides for thousands of years) . How does organic produce protect itself?  It is by building up pesticides in their system to fend off the attacks of insect, fungus or even extruding a herbicide to protect their growth space.  Read  the following…..https://ketchemandfleezem.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/unsprayed-produce-creates-natural-carcinogens-to-protect-itself-or-why-do-people-ignore-the-scienice-on-how-dangrous-organic-vegetables-can-be/

I frequent restaurants less because I don’t know what kind of poisonous foods they have. I refuse service of any corn products (inclusive of tortillas) that are not organic, and will rarely eat their soy either. It is quite possible that eating Monsanto Frankencorn could turn your intestinal bacteria into Bt pesticide producing factories by picking up the loose gene from the corn. And, of course, you’ll be getting reamed with Roundup plant poison, which toxic effects are not limited to plants, but to you as well. My friend Joe Mercola has referred to Monsanto as the “most evil” corporation on the planet. I agree. I called several California legislators to request GMO labeling. I was told that Monsanto owned the legislature and to forget the thought.

Using the word “frankencorn” in order to get an emotional response is not logical. Call it GMO please!

It saddens me to look to Russia for leadership on issues like this. But at least it is a sovereign government of a large country that is placing the food welfare of its people above the bottom line of a multinational evil corporation. President Putin has just signed a law requiring labeling of GMO foods imposing stiff fines for violations.

The horror in America is that in every state (mine included) that has attempted to mandate labeling of GMO food, Monsanto has stepped in with its blood money to sack the measure. Hence, stores are denied freedom of speech and you are denied a fundamental right to know if the “devil” has altered the genes in your food. How might you like to be an orthodox Jew, who eschews non-fish seafood, to discover that your salmon has been genetically modified to include the genes of eels? Could forcibly being denied the right to know be a violation of your right to the free exercise of your religion under the 1st amendment.

I believe Vermont has required labeling.

Why just Monsanto?  There are other companies also doing and working on GMO.  It is not just Monsanto!  There are others as big as Monsanto and now even a famous beverage company is getting into the act looking to create that weight reducing tomato or cucumber.

Please do everything possible to avoid buying and eating GMO food. Vote with your wallet and protect your body at the same time.

http://russia-insider.com/…/07-…/russia_completely_bans_gmos

FYI… Insulin was the first ever GMO .

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It does not get any better than this!!!

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right on the money

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hard to get any better than this!!

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precisely nailing the eur/usd

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Who Is Steven Goddard?

Who Is Steven Goddard?.

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new CIT’S on Dow industrial

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destiny

to turn my cheek as christ would do
to walk that extra mile with you
to help whatever there need be
this is my goal my destiny

to keep my ego from the fore
to give and give and give some more
to calm the cries of misery
this is my goal, my destiny

to serve my lord and man alike
to stand for truth, though i must fight
to strive for world wide harmony
this is my goal, my destiny

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Governments greed for money.

The following came out of the WSJ and  when the government needs money they will find anyway they can to get it. No one is safe.
Prosecutors Burn Down the Law

Jan. 2, 2015 6:45 p.m. ET
Prosecutorial misconduct has become an ugly commonplace of modern government, manipulating the legal system to attack easy political targets. So some good news: The courts may dismantle a California settlement that was a product of fraud by prosecutors.

The story began in 2007 with the Moonlight Fire in California that burned some 65,000 acres, about two-thirds on federal land. Within 48 hours and while the flames were still burning, the state’s department of forestry and fire protection, known as Cal Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service blamed the disaster on Sierra Pacific, a Redding-based company that owns some 1.2 million acres of timberland.

In 2009 a federal-state task force brought official complaints against the company and nearby landowners. California officials filed an action in state court while prosecutors sued for $1 billion in federal court. Sierra Pacific has insisted it didn’t start the fire but, faced with an open-ended legal fight, the company in 2012 settled the federal case for $55 million and a deed of some 22,500 acres to the U.S. government.

But the state case continued, and it has exposed a fiasco of fraud and corruption so significant that the company is seeking to have the federal settlement overturned. Among other problems, government investigators and prosecutors doctored reports, misrepresented facts and retaliated against employees whose questions threatened their strategy.

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According to the theory implicating the company, the fire started when the blade of a Sierra Pacific bulldozer hit a rock and created a spark. Government investigators pinpointed a location and claimed they had confirmation from a bulldozer driver. Problem was, both the fire’s alleged point of origin and the scenario to buttress it were fraudulent. When the company questioned the bulldozer driver, he denied having made the statement and admitted he couldn’t have confirmed the statement prosecutors had him sign because he didn’t know how to read.

Prosecutors were also dishonest about where the fire started. Overhead videos have shown that the point of origin marked by the government was well outside the visual boundaries of the burning forest nearly an hour after the fire started.

Leading the federal fire investigation was then-head of the Eastern District of California’s Affirmative Fire Litigation Team, Robert Wright. A specialist in fire litigation, Mr, Wright says in a 15-page declaration in federal court that prosecutors withheld material information in the case, including a change in the fire’s stated point of origin.

Mr. Wright says he also discovered an error in calculating the damage of part of a separate wildfire, which reduced the potential liability to $15 million from $25 million. Mr. Wright felt he was under a professional obligation to disclose the document, and he confirmed this with the Justice Department’s Professional Responsibility Advisory Office. But he says his boss, Civil Chief David Shelledy, pushed back, saying, “That’s a beginning. Now what can you do to avoid creating an ethical obligation to volunteer a harmful document.”

When Mr. Wright disclosed it anyway, he says he was kicked off the Moonlight Fire case by Mr. Shelledy, days after he received a commendation for his performance on another case by U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. Mr. Shelledy declined to comment, but Mr. Wagner told us that “we very strongly disagree with the assertions” made by Mr. Wright, “particularly insofar as they allege misconduct by individual AUSAs and retaliation by our office against a former employee.”

Mr. Wagner adds that Mr. Shelledy was “recently awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service from Attorney General Holder. ”

A second federal prosecutor, Eric Overby, joined the case in 2011, only to withdraw promptly on discovering what he called prosecutorial abuse directed squarely at raising revenue. He told defense counsel that in “my entire career, I have never seen anything like this. Never.”

In February 2014, California state Judge Leslie Nichols assailed the federal and state government for abuses of discovery so “reprehensible” and “egregious” that they “threatened the integrity of the judicial process.” He threw out the case and awarded Sierra Pacific $30 million in sanctions against Cal Fire.

If that seems like a large number, the judge noted, the prosecutors were out to “win at any cost.” Defendants had to uncover layers of governmental corruption, Judge Nichols continued. “The cost of Plaintiff Cal Fire’s conduct is too much for the administration of justice to bear.”

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The case is growing in infamy. In October, Sierra Pacific filed a motion before federal judge Kimberly Mueller under rule 60(d) to vacate the settlement on grounds that it had been reached as the result of fraud on the court. The case was then removed from Judge Mueller and reassigned to a new judge, William Shubb, who will hear the next phase of the case.

That move acknowledges a legal fraud that could burn down the courthouse, not to mention the reputation of the government’s fire investigators and the federal prosecutors pursuing a payday. Judge Shubb has an obligation to sanction these legal abuses with enough force that prosecutors across the country get the message.

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Happy birthday Judy where ever you may be

big big  hugs

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my Answer to Tom Boinger on being right wing

If being like the people that wrote the Declaration of Independence is extreme right wing , than I must be.
If being like the people who fought against oppressive taxes and unwarranted seizures were extreme right wing , than I must be too.
If being like the people who wrote the Bill of Rights in order to protect the people from oppressive government is extreme right wing than also include me.
If being like the people who wrote the Constitution in a way to limit all that the federal government can do is extreme right wing , than this is me.
But on the other hand wanting a police state where government can do no wrong with no rules and plenty of hand outs to keep people in line than I would be like you.
Using the term “liberal” is an oxymoron for by it you mean everyone must think the same and if they do not they must be punished.
Life, liberty and justice in our United States of America has completely disappeared because of selfish people like you demanding that “live and let live” is not a good thing..

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more ovals on euro

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Waiting to see if it breaks below oval.

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top of bottom oval  could become support.

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The use of ovals.

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Dow Jones indu top 4 points

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There are 3 lnes the  chart is banging it’s head against plus I have a change in trend time period here , for that reason we should be at a top. Notice my CIT  line on 11/3 because it did not work as a CIT  it seems to have execrated the up move. Nex  CIT  is labeled on the chart.

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