Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 31, 2020

Balm for the Soul & Comfort for the Hard Times up ahead…

Having known the duplicity of China’s ruling party and their intolerance towards Liberty, Truth and Transparency — I can safely tell you that the Death toll of Chinese people due to Covid-19 is in the many hundreds of thousands, if not in the millions already.

Knowing all that — I now must say that our country needs to brace itself for the worst to come.

Because it is now, that our country needs to wake up act fiercely. We need to dig in. We need to prepare ourselves to go into full and severe hibernation for quite a while, and we must produce the necessary medicines — because the coronavirus outbreak and its consequences are going to get really ugly up in here, really soon.

Indeed it is going to be really bad for the next few months and not just for the next few weeks or so, mainly because we know that official China is lying wholesale and shamelessly about the Death Toll of this evil disease that they unleashed against the world and it turned up to be against their own people too…

So to find out the Truth, we simply have to make highly accurate educated guesses as to how bad the truth of China’s death toll due to Covid-19 really is.

Let us then follow the breadcrumbs…

Because only by knowing that, we can extrapolate how bad it will be for us too, and then we can decide what it is that we can safely do here and now.

So let us assemble the data that will open up the bamboo curtain and thus we can get a glimpse of how ugly this thing is across the Pacific and how bad it is going to get right here in the United States too.

We’ve got to do this because the next few weeks are rather crucial for the battle against the epidemic, as they will be the timeline that will determine if we are going or have millions of dead people, or just a few hundred thousands of lost souls…

Brace Yourselves, because we are likely to hit 10,000 dead in a matter of days in New York alone, and then we will hit 100,000 deaths nationwide in short order, and the final death toll is probably going to be measured well past 500,000, and maybe even past a million or two lost souls…

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Mind you — I don’t say this to depress anyone or frighten anyone, but to simply prepare people for the inevitable national toll and the resultant mourning that we shall all endure.

And God willing — maybe we will see that hockey stick of the upwards pointing curve of death statistics, slow down, and maybe even flatten, but don’t hold your breath for it.

I for one, certainly hope the curve flattens before it claims any more people — yet I doubt it, because everything that we are seeing right now indicates that the coming five weeks or so, are going to be brutal since a maximum number of people will be gone…

But we have to persist and also realize that the indicators for the deadliness of this disease, are hinging upon these seven factors:

1) How strong are the immune systems of those currently infected?
2) How well will the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin treatments work?
3) How well are health authorities keeping the virus out of nursing homes and retirement communities?
4) How much are people practicing social & personal distancing?
5) How accurately are the Statistical analyses even compiled?
6) How are the deaths attributed to Covid-19 are tabulated?
7) Could there be relatable deaths from this disease as it is from SARS, and from the seasonal Flu that are all thrown together with this illness?

This is the way they built the fancy prognostications and the various projections that are turned into colorful diagrams and eye-popping charts out there, that keep you all in stress panic mode and rob you of your nightly sleep…

Of course, we are hoping that the worst projections are wrong, yet perhaps because these projections are so scary — they might actually serve us well, that is if they only spur people to take the additional steps necessary in order to stop the spread of the disease, and thus prevent the terrible outcomes that these statistical projections reflect for all of us.

But aside form projections, here’s what we know for sure:

This last week, the number of new cases was constantly increasing, anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 new infections each day, spread out throughout all of America. However we must take into account that some of that increase reflects easier access to, and more widespread testing, along with self reporting…

And of course, most of those people will recover without needing any hospitalization.

However, more cases overall, means more people will need hospitalization, and more Covid-19 cases inevitably means more deaths amongst our fellow Americans.

And these are not some faceless and nameless people, but people that we all know, such as what we see in the obituaries of today, where we are starting to see familiar names and faces attached to the statistical numbers:

1) Isaac Robinson, a Michigan state representative, age 44.
2) Maria Mercader, CBS News correspondent, age 54.
3) Chef Floyd Cordroz, age 59.
4) Country musician Joe Diffie, age 61.
5) Western Michigan University student Bassey Offiong, age 25.
6) A Chicago infant, less than one year old.
7) April Dunn, advisor to the governor of Louisiana, age 33.
8) Joseph Lewinger, Queens Catholic high school girls’ basketball coach, age 42. 9) Songwriter and musician Alan Merrill, age 69.
10) Cedric Dixon, NYPD detective, age 48.

You notice how very few of those names of the dead, listed above, would be considered “senior citizens.”

We all know the drill:

1) Wash your hands always.

2) Stay home unless you absolutely need to go out.

3) And when you go out, try to stay six feet away from people.

4) Don’t gather in groups.

5) Wash your hands.

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Right now, America’s manufacturers are rolling out masks and ventilators as fast as they can. Health officials and local and state governments are expanding hospital capacities as fast as they can.

An emergency field hospital is being built in Central Park in New York City, while a couple of Naval Ships that are full scale XL Nay field hospitals fully staffed with medical personnel, and are now steaming into Manhattan inside the harbor of New York City from both sides.

As for myself — I am building a manufacturing facility in Richmond CA, in order to produce HudroChloroQuine, because we do not have any manufacturing facility of this generic drug within the United States at the moment and we cannot rely o the Chinese supply of it to be untainted of the very virus we are fighting against…

Not that China would be willing to send us any hydrochloroquine, and yet if they were, we could not trust it to not be adulterated with the various viruses and bacteria or other useless fillers within, as  most substandard generic drugs that come over here from China happen to be…

Or even with Fentanyl, that the Chinese tend to send over by the boatload to cure our young from any illusions that they might have about life and to surrender that very life itself to the Chinese Drug lords, that work for the State itself, and want to take revenge for thew opium wars of the 18th century upon America’s youth today.

Go Figure.

At least now that the Covid-19 epidemic has arrived — we tend to forget about the Opioid epidemic that cheap Chinese made Fentanyl and Car-Fentanyl has ben causing to all of America’s hopeful and optimistic youth, and that kills the young ones through overdoses in such extreme numbers, that the National Life Expectancy Average of Americans has been going down for the past five years in a row, and is expected to continue the downwards slope for another fifteen years if not more…

Yet Comfort is in sight.

And Thank God for that and the United States Navy.

God Bless

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All around the world, medical researchers are looking for ways to treat the infected and to develop a vaccine. Hang on, hang tough, try to stay out of a hospital if you don’t need emergency treatment.

If we can get through the next five weeks, the worst will probably be behind us.

1) Do this now and worry about all other things later.

2) Trust in God.

3) Follow Science and all Medical isolation protocols.

4) Always seek and speak the Truth.

5) Support all others.

We all know that the Chinese government is always lying, and yet in order to extrapolate what we are facing here — we have to find out just how bad the truth about Coronavirus deaths in China might be…

Perhaps the most significant and underdiscussed aspect of the biggest story in the world right now is the real status of the coronavirus inside mainland China.

Right now, the Chinese government insists they have defeated the coronavirus and provided a role model to the rest of the world.

And since all the dead Chinese people cannot speak now anymore than the dead students of the Tiananmen square could ever speak — the Chinese officials contend that there are almost no cases of Chinese people spreading the Covid-19 disease to other Chinese people, and that all new cases of infection, are Chinese citizens returning from their travels away from China and all from abroad in other parts of the world…

It also appears as if Wuhan’s bus and subway service has resumed and the train stations have reopened, but travel is still restricted.

Students are returning to school in Xinjiang. Chinese government officials say the country’s major industrial provinces fully resumed production today. “China’s National Health Commission reported 31 new infections Monday, almost all of which were among people who were recently abroad, taking the country’s total to 81,470.”

Those numbers are extremely likely to be false. There are several pieces of evidence suggesting that the death toll from the coronavirus was significantly higher than the official numbers.

The official death toll in Wuhan was 2,535 people.

Yet, the Real Truth must be significantly different:

As a matter of fact, all Wuhan residents are increasingly skeptical of the Chinese Communist Party’s reported coronavirus death count of approximately 2,500 deaths in the city to date, with most people believing the actual number is at least 400,000.

“Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality,” a Wuhan resident, who gave only his surname as Mao, told Radio Free Asia.

A city source added that based on the aggregation of funeral and cremation numbers, authorities likely know the real number and yet are keeping it under wraps.

“Every funeral home reports data on cremations directly to the authorities twice daily,” the source said. “This means that each funeral home only knows how many cremations it has conducted, but not the situation at the other funeral homes.”

The city began lifting its lockdown on Saturday after two months of mandatory shutdown, with a complete lift of restrictions set for April 8. Funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains to families every day, but rumors began circulating after one funeral home received two shipments of 5,000 urns over the course of two days, according to photos reported by Chinese media outlet Caixin, which were later censored.

Reports of the funeral’s crematoriums working nonstop also raised questions.

“It can’t be right … because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?” a man surnamed Zhang told RFA.

Wuhan residents said the government was paying families 3,000 yuan for “funeral allowances” in exchange for silence.

“There have been a lot of funerals in the past few days, and the authorities are handing out 3,000 yuan in hush money to families who get their loved ones’ remains laid to rest ahead of Qing Ming,” Wuhan resident Chen Yaohui said, in a reference to the traditional grave tending festival on April 5.

“During the epidemic, they transferred cremation workers from around China to Wuhan keep cremate bodies around the clock,” he added.

China has used state propaganda in an attempt to avoid blame for the spreading of COVID-19, despite reports showing how the government suppressed initial reports of human-to-human transmission and gagged Wuhan labs that discovered the novel virus resembled the deadly SARS virus of 2002-2003.

Radio Free Asia: “Seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of around 500 people to their families every day, suggesting that far more people died than ever made the official statistics.”

Bloomberg: “Outside one funeral home, trucks shipped in about 2,500 urns on both Wednesday and Thursday, according to Chinese media outlet Caixin. Another picture published by Caixin showed 3,500 urns stacked on the ground inside. It’s unclear how many of the urns had been filled.”

Bloomberg: “China Mobile subscriptions fell by more than 8 million over January and February, data on the company’s website show. China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. subscribers fell by 7.8 million in the period, while China Telecom Corp. has said it lost 5.6 million users last month.” That comes out to 21.4 million subscribers that stopped service. Some chunk of that number probably represents workers who were laid off or sent home and who stopped service because they couldn’t pay their bills. But what percentage of that number . . . simply passed away from the virus?

It appears that local officials in other parts of China simply do not believe the central government’s assurances that residents of Wuhan and Hubei province that constitutes the surrounding state, are no longer potential carriers of the virus.

The Financial Times: “A strict lockdown of [Hubei] province ended on Wednesday, but many of its 6 million residents who work in other parts of China are finding it impossible to leave as other local authorities defy central government orders and refuse to lift travel restrictions. On Friday that opposition erupted into violence as thousands of Hubei migrant workers tried to cross over a bridge linking Huangmei in Hubei to Jiujiang in neighbouring Jiangxi province. Video footage posted online showed police officers from Jiujiang and Huangmei wrestling with each other and hundreds of people attacking police and overturning their vehicles. Hours after the incident took place, police from Jiujiang and Huangmei issued statements online, which were deleted shortly afterwards, accusing each other of causing trouble.”

The Daily Mail: Prime Minister Boris Johnson “has been warned by scientific advisers that China’s officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus could be ‘downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times’.”

60 Minutes Australia: “Two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world. She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown.”

China’s official numbers point to a recovery rate of 93 percent. Overall, 21 percent of the world’s cases are classified as “recovered.” In Italy, 13 percent of cases have recovered so far; in Spain, 19.6 percent; in Germany, 14.7 percent; in France, 17.9 percent; in the United Kingdom, six-tenths of one percent; and in the United States, 3.1 percent.

The Chinese ambassador to Ghana declared at a ceremony in that country that although the COVID-19 first broke out in China, it “does not mean that the origin of the virus is China.”

I realize complaining about President Trump’s Twittering and bickering with random folks, is like complaining about the existence of rain in Seattle.

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But in recent days, as the country has faced a worsening viral epidemic that has claimed an increasing number of lives and brought commerce to a halt, the president has found time to repeatedly tweet about how great the television ratings of his briefings are, made up a new nickname for the governor of Michigan, retweeted Gateway Pundit’s claim that ‘Fox News fired Trish Regan for telling the truth about President Trump,” (this was over her “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam” segment), boasted about how high his poll numbers are, and how the Washington Post is understating his public support, declared that the U.S. government would not pay for the security protection of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and also retweeted a two-year-old tweet from Florida governor Ron DeSantis about Andrew McCabe, fired assistant Director of FBI.

He later also tweeted that he was thinking about instituting a quarantine of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, which is probably the perfect way to get people to leave a particular area in expectation of a quarantine.

A few hours later Trump announced, via Twitter, that a travel advisory was sufficient.

Perhaps most egregiously, President Trump tweeted that he had “much respect” for Chinese president Xi, who is probably more responsible for this worldwide pandemic than any other human being on earth…

Please Mr President — now is the time to give people the Truth and a measure of Hope.

Show them signs of progress.

Remind us of how strong we can be.

Reassure our people in this country and all the people across the world that we can get through this.

Please do this now, because we are going to need all the reassurance we can get.

Thank You Mr President.

Dr Churchill

PS:

Sadly our President only cares about what he prioritizes, even amidst a global pandemic that is killing several hundred Americans each day and culls indiscriminately young and old, as the greatest challenge to this country’s future in the last hundred years, if not forever…

Our President may not get it — but we have to stand behind him because he is the only one we’ve got for the moment, and we need to assist him in delivering Good Policy, and Wise Decision making, even if we have to explain things gingerly and repeatedly as in the third grade of grammar school.

Yet, we will have to get through this, and do it with our Supreme Leader of a President at the helm of the ship of state, even though our President is the kind of person that simply cannot stop obsessing over television ratings, about what’s being said about him on the television, about the Fox News personnel moves, and about whether governors are giving him sufficient praise, and about the moves of the minor royal family members of the UK, and about the Saudi friendly to the US tyrants, and of course he cares about how nice the fake hair on top of the head of the lifetime Dictator of China looks…

Maybe he should ask what special Chinese product is lifetime dictator Mr Xi Jinping using for his toupee, and ask him to send some over to Mr Trump too.

So, that’s where we are today with the deaths of Americans surpassing the 10,000 mark soonest, and heading for the Million mark in the next few weeks or months.

Please…

Brace yourselves and take care out there.

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PPS:

There is a silver lining in every cloud, and thus in obviously “unrelated” news, the terrorist organization ISIS advises its members to NOT travel to Europe, the US, or China because of the COvid-19 illness.

They further advise their membership to wash their hands before they put them in the common drinking vessels and in the serving food platers, from where they all eat communally…

PPPS:

Must admit, that I can’t quite make up my mind where to laugh or to cry about this news item above….

Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 29, 2020

The Lazarus effect…

We now know that the US president Donald J. Trump, was aware of the danger from the coronavirus epidemic far ahead of any meaningful action – since late November of 2019 — and yet he showed a serious lack of leadership from the get-go, playing dead mouse.

And when the proverbial “shitte” hit the fan — he still prevaricated for six whole weeks after that…

And that gap-time between analysis, paralysis and eventually action is the reason that we now have an emergency of incredible proportions in our hands in all of our major cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, San Jose, Detroit, Dearborn and many other urban places in between…

And today being the fifth Sunday in Lent, and this week’s Gospel Truth being about our reflections on Jesus saying: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” it much more prescient for us to fathom the tenets of faith and science together and act with compassionate care for ourselves and for all others…

So I hear and feel what our People are saying, and I now ask for the millionth time to put your faith squarely upon Science and the good Lord, because Good Science is the ticket to our salvation and resurrection from this dead state of our lives at the moment.

And indeed the work that You need to do, is an article of faith, by self testing yourself for the Wuhan Coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease on humans, because all good things will come to those who serve the Lord and believe in science at the same time.

And finally after my intense lobbying of the President and the Vice President — they woke up to reality and will now advise the people to self test so the American public is not  exposed to the virus infested places where the tests have been administered up till now.

Well done Mr President.

After having exhausted all other avenues of escapism from your responsibility to let people know the exact state of the Nation’s overall health condition and the accurate number of people sickened by this awful disease — our Supreme Leader has endorsed my simple medical innovation and invention of a common sense approach to Self Testing.

After two and a half months of course — but better late than never.

Yet, because as Americans we are a people of faith, and thus we have in all of our churches, inside our mosques & inside our synagogues throughout our incredibly resilient country we call America, a predominantly elder population that naturally suffers the most at this time of the Wuhan Coronavirus epidemic — I beseech you to advise all of our people who feel the symptoms of Covid-19 in their bodies, to self test, by following the directions spelled out here, (https://beb.mobi/2020/03/15/diy-coronavirus-testing-be-fearless/)

Let us democratize our Health and take matters in our own hands, because our Government has decided to create an artificial bottleneck in Testing, in order to keep the numbers of the victims of this disease far lower than what they really are…

Apparently for some people in our Administration, the optics of the statistical analysis of the numbers of dead and critically ill people throughout our country are just a peculiar form of Triage, where the importance of the People’s life and death is only measured against the Optics that support the probability of the current incumbent President being re-elected…

Since we are only interested in All the People’s Health — I hope that you will self test by following this method prescribed within, and thus truly know if they suffer from Covid-19 and then take appropriate action. Because this way they do not expose themselves to the virus by going to the hospitals or clinics, pharmacies and all the other test sites where they are much more likely to catch the virus, even if they do not already have it.

(https://beb.mobi/2020/03/15/diy-coronavirus-testing-be-fearless/)

Keep in mind that soon after Jesus spoke the words “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” — he raised Lazarus, up from the dead and glorified the name of God through the life saving divine miracle, of the Resurrection.

Having heard and having studied this Gospel passage many times over the years, as I am sure you have also done — we recognize that we have the power and the agency to help each other help our people get healthy and depart from this horrific exile into isolation and despair.

Do you not then believe that God has ordained us to carry on his work and save the lives of our people through Self-Testing, and through our combined efforts at distribution of this miracle giving anti-malarial drug that also works against todays’ plague and pestilence should be justified?

Believe and you shall be saved he said, and thus we can let our people heal…

God Bless you brothers and please keep up the Faith.

So to take matters in our own hands — we recommend self-testing at home in order to find out whether somebody has had Covid-19 or not. And You can do that by sending your won biological sample to the closest public laboratory that processes tests for Covid-19 in your city or state…

(https://beb.mobi/2020/03/15/diy-coronavirus-testing-be-fearless/)

Indeed this is an efficient way to find out if you are “safe” to hang out with other “safe” people, or even if you are “safe” in order to return to work.

Today that is the best we have. Yet tomorrow, and that is perhaps a long time from now tomorrow, finger-prick home tests could become available…

As a matter of fact, we expect those types of tests to come within a few weeks, because it is very important for people to know what is going on with their health, and also in order to allow the healthy folks and other people unaffected by this disease, to return to work.

Self-testing is not new, and thus it is well understood by the public, with routine tests available on the pharmacy selves, such as the commonly used pregnancy test, and other assays.

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You know that the intention of the self test is to allow people to do as much of this as they can, in order to avoid going to the germ factories that our hospitals, our clinic wards, and our GP Doctors’ offices have now become…

Indeed, going to those places is by far the best way to catch the disease if you not already have it, and if you have it to become re-infected…

So for those reasons and many others — self testing is the most efficient way of utilizing technology, against this deadly epidemic disease.

A home test to detect antibodies indicating somebody has had Covid-19 was being evaluated this week in Oxford University Medical Laboratory, in order to make sure it worked as well as is claimed, and the results will be available next week.

The UK’s health secretary, Mr Matt Hancock, has said that the UK government has bought 3.5m antibody tests and will buy more.

Governments around the world are all seeking better and faster tests to show whether people have the disease or have had had it and recovered.

Singapore developed an antibody test as early as February. The US Covid-19 co-ordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, has said the US government is interested in it, and private US companies are also developing antibody tests. They include California-based Biomerica, which is selling to Europe and the Middle East, and New York-based Chembio Diagnostics, which is selling to Brazil.

“Some are developed now. We are looking at the ones in Singapore,” Birx said on Monday at a White House press briefing. “We are very quality-oriented. We don’t want false positives.”

UK firms and academics have also developed self-test kits for Covid-19 that are expected to be available to buy in the coming weeks or months.

One cheap test is made by Mologic, a diagnostic test firm based in Bedford. Another kit has been developed by researchers at three UK universities led by Brunel University.

Mologic has produced the first prototypes of an antibody test for Covid-19, building on its experience of developing a rapid test kit for Ebola. Assessment and validation of the test began this week at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and St George’s, University of London.

The company said it would take three to four months before the test is available in the UK and other countries. It will cost £1 in the UK and will be as simple to use as a home pregnancy test but will use saliva or blood rather than urine, with results ready in 10 minutes.

Mologic, which received £1m from the UK government to develop the test, will be able to make 8m kits a year at facilities in the UK and Senegal. In Senegal it will be sold for less than $1.

“These tests could be a game-changer for diagnosis and follow-up of patients both in hospital and in the community, allowing us to detect cases early and isolate patients and their families rapidly,” said Dr Emily Adams, a senior lecturer in diagnostics for infectious disease at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The test kit developed by researchers at Brunel University London, Lancaster University and the University of Surrey is based on science evaluated in the Philippines to check chickens for viral infections.

The battery-operated handheld device processes nasal or throat swabs that are inserted into it, and delivers the results within 30 to 45 minutes via a smartphone app. The team has approached UK, US and European regulators for approval and is in talks with 60 manufacturers. It could be available to the public within a few weeks.

The device will be priced at £100 and can test six people at once. The test can detect the virus in individuals who show no symptoms because it recognises the DNA structure of the virus in the samples.

Dr Churchill

PS:

It is not only that our President has delayed any meaningful action for six weeks — he has also delayed Self Testing against this virus, for a whole of two and a half months.

Ten whole weeks went by, that could have been used to combat this disease and stop the epidemic in its tracks…

But that’s water under the bridge and we have to stand by this President of ours no matter how imperfect he might be.

Yet the President has to become more truthful with the American public if he does not want to be voted out of office come November…

Am only saying this because our Supreme Leader has been caught fibbing far too many times and he does not seem to want, or perhaps being able to stop lying about reality that is much like gravity — indisputable and self evident.

As an example here is a small list of his latest gaffes: For starters, and completely without any basis in reality, President Trump has claimed that the US has done an excellent job in testing people for the coronavirus.

Quite the opposite is true because he wasted ten weeks prevaricating once the epidemic was already here and four months from when he was briefed about the seriousness of the “Chinese Virus” epidemic, as he always calls it to entertain his base…

Further: As early as January 20th, our president said that the situation was “totally under control”.

Just six weeks later the US had emerged as the new global center of the pandemic.

In reality, healthcare providers faced a severe shortage of testing kits as coronavirus hit the US, with the situation exacerbated by faults in the testing system and restrictions on who could actually take a test. A big disparity opened up whereby rich or famous people were able to get tested immediately, while all others including medical personnel, front line EMS workers and Police as well as nurses of the Emergency wards of our hospitals, and many critically ill Americans — were denied testing, or had to really really struggle and hustle, in order for their families to cast a wide net, and maybe then find a test so that they can be screened for Covid-19.

As for the vice-president Mike Pence — he has admitted that: “we don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand”.

The National Health Co-ordinator fro Covid-19, Dr Fauci has just told a congressional hearing, that the US health care system was “not really geared to what we need right now” regarding the test kits.

He added: “That is a failing. Let’s admit it.”

Now the Donald is unperturbed by reality and he kept saying that “I’ve always known this is a real – this is a pandemic.”

President Trump kept up the banter by saying: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. I’ve always viewed it as very serious.”

Yet, as is the case with many of Trump’s statements — his claim he has always taken the pandemic seriously deviates wildly from his previous comments.

Because and perhaps most infamously, President Donald J Trump had earlier said: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

He actually said that, when he was asked by reporters about the faltering US response to Covid-19 pandemic and the deaths in New York city, when he said: “This thing is real, because there are people dying that have never died before.”

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Duhhhh…

Yet, the president even after that rather important scientific pronouncement about the undead dying — Donald J Trump continued to downplay the threat posed by Covid-19, repeatedly, even going as far as criticizing the global public concern over this Pandemic crisis as a “hoax.”

He was found dithering and fretting that letting infected Americans off a cruise ship would increase the number of confirmed cases and the optics for his administration wouldn’t look that good, so he claimed publicly, that only a couple of Americans had been infected onboard the cruise ship, and all over the country, at the time that new cases of Coronavirus infections had began to soar by the thousands, all across these United States of America.

Sadly, President Donald Trump went further afield from the reservation and continually compounded his errors, by suggesting social distancing restrictions should be lifted before Easter Sunday.

This statement caused an uproar amongst medical experts and public health professionals, because this timeline would place us squarely on the path of a catastrophe, and it made the President look as being wildly out of synch with the Adminstration’s own medical and public health experts like Dr Fauchi, who have repeatedly warned the Supreme Leader, that Easter Sunday congregations would cause a resurgence of the disease and thus drive people to the hospitals right after church services are over…

Hospitals that are already working beyond their capacity and can not even cope with the patient load today — could not even contemplate absorbing the fairly certainly expected Easter overflow of sick and dying patients from the Easter Sunday Church services’ new infections, and massive numbers of re-infections.

Still on the moron path, President Trump went on to say that: “All Americans will have access to vaccines, I think, relatively soon.”

As a matter of fact, during a White House meeting with pharmaceutical company bosses and public health officials, our own President, Donald J Trump suggested a vaccine for Covid-19 will be available “ in the next few weeks”.

He was contradicted by Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, who pointed out: “You won’t have a vaccine. You’ll maybe have a vaccine to go into testing.”

Dr Fauci and others at the meeting confirmed that clinical trials – standard for any new vaccine – would have to take place first.

In all probability, a Wuhan Novel Coronavirus vaccine, is more likely to be a year or 18 months away. from today, but that Gospel Truth has not penetrated the gray matter of our Supreme Leader due to the impervious nature of the titanium oxide armature of his flying buttresses of orange colored hairnet that his hairdo is truly made of…

Despite being told the truth about all of this and the timelines of vaccine production — our President Donald J Trump, went ahead with his errant ways and unstoppable fibbing  and told a rally in North Carolina on the 2nd of March 2020, that there will be a vaccine against the Chinese Virus really really soon.

It is surprising to me that the man who claims to like my grandfather Winston Churchill, is so far away from the Churchillian model of leadership that requires telling the absolute truth to your people and letting them make the difficult decisions for themselves sop that they are aware of the risks and the potential rewards of fighting this unseen enemy for themselves, but not by themselves.

This lesson and the required Memo has obviously not arrived at the desk of our Supreme Leader and perhaps, methinks that I should personally hand deliver it or send a carrier pigeon to his desk… lest I get infected with the terrible illness of stupidity and moronic madness.

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But at least now the incredible engine of our brilliant and stoic people, and indeed of our whole Nation has been mobilized and seems that finally, now, we have been resurrected from the long lethargic slumber of our leadership.

A leadership emanating form a Micromanager who was playing dead, or asleep at the switch, or perhaps playing golf with his biggest donors at Mar-A-Lago, while this epidemic ravaged our Health Care System, whose response was very much flat-lined in the face of this epidemic.

So let’s face reality, and let’s rally forth and expend all of the resources required to fight this sickness, and test all of our people through this method of Self-Testing that yours truly, Dr Churchill has discovered, in order to test all of us, and thus clearly “take the temperature” of our whole nation, in order to see where we stand.

And because we are waking up suddenly to this deadly epidemic, that is what I like to call the Lazarus effect, because much like Lazarus woke up after four days of dead “sleep” to the clarion call of Jesus Christ — so has our leader woken up to my clarion call about self testing our people in order to save a million lives or more of our fellow Americans.

Am glad that our President has woken up to reality — finally.

And I am only saying this, because our President Donald J Trump was full informed about this awful epidemic coming to our shores from China, as of late November of 2019, and from all factors it appears that our National response against this beast of a virus, has been to play dead for Four whole months.

History will not be kind to the morons in leadership, but that’s what we’ve got to deal with today.

Good luck to us and may God Bless the Moron in Chief, and perhaps God will choose to spare us the most difficult parts of this poison chalice that we’ve got to drink for Passover along with the Seder to eat — because it seems to me that this disease represents our exile in isolation and our wish for liberation in order to return to our lives of old…

But to even do just that — we all have to walk through the valley of death.

Unafraid because the Lord our Protector is not only with us, but he walks besides us and suffers for all of us to take aways the sin of the world, as the upcoming passion week of the Christian calendar represents, culminating with the everlasting Miracle of the Resurrection.

Could that be the time to end all of this?

Let us pray … and let us now offer a prayer for all of our neighbors, and for our country, as well as for all the people around this world, to be delivered from this awful epidemic.

Two days after the first diagnosis in Washington state, Donald Trump went on air on CNBC and bragged:

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

It is clear now that when the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently.

It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.

On the very same day, 5,000 miles away in Asia, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in South Korea.

Timing was uncanny, and indeed the confluence of same viral infections being uncovered n the two countries at the same time was striking, but that is where all the similarities had ended, because from then on, the US failed to act quickly, and to this day it remains seriously behind South Korea, which has conducted more than five times as many Covid-19 tests per capita, and has acted accordingly and thus managed to curtail the new infections and place the virus under control.

By contrast that United States, has remained blissfully unaware of the extent of the epidemic thus giving time for this beast of a disease to grow wings and ravage our population as it spreads from one undiagnosed, uncared for and un-isolated person, to another — and that not only makes the US death rates go up drastically, as it causes a run to the hospitals when these people are about to die and are found critically ill, but it also makes predicting where the next hotspot will pop up, after Seattle, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans etc, rather impossible…

In the two months since that fateful day of January 20th, the variance between the responses to coronavirus as displayed by the United States, and the response to the virus as exhibited by the Herculean labors of South Korea, have been exact polar opposites.

Because South Korea took proper leadership steps and acted stoutly, swiftly and aggressively, in order to test, detect and isolate the virus, and by doing so as of today — we can claim that South Korea first amongst all countries, it has largely contained the crisis.

Contrast that to the lack of any vigorous response by the leader of the Federal government of the United States, President Trump who has made light of the epidemic, joked about it, dithered, procrastinated, and eventually became mired in chaos and confusion.

Indeed the whole of America was distracted by the individual whims of our supreme leader, and thus we are now confronted by a health emergency of daunting proportions that is breaking both the health Care system and the Country as a whole.

Looking at this epidemic through unfettered eyes, we see clearly that South Korea acted strongly within the week of its first confirmed case, because South Korea’s disease control agency immediately summoned the Top 20 private companies and coerced them to participate in the medical equivalent of a war-planning summit, where they were told to develop a test for the virus at lightning speed.

A week after that, the first South Korean diagnostic tests were approved and were sent into battle against the disease, helping the front line fighter, the diligent Korean Medical professionals by identifying most all of the infected individuals who could then be quarantined, in order to halt the advance of the disease in the rest of the Korean population…

Within that time frame of US inactivity, the South Koreans performed 357,896 tests, and they have succeeded so far, that we are now forced to acknowledge that this progressive and forward thinking country, has more or less won the coronavirus war.

True to that, this past Friday, there were only 91 new cases reported in this country of more than 50 million people, and their health care system is alive and well, without any of their hospitals being overwhelmed, and certainly no clinic rural or urban, reporting that they were lacking protective equipment, ventilators, or medical staff, and thus were unable to cope with the disease…

Contrast that to the US response of these past weeks, and you start seeing a completely different picture.

Because just two days after the first diagnosis in Washington state, Donald Trump went on air on CNBC and bragged: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

Nothing more happened under the command of the White House then…

A week after that, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion article by two former top health policy officials within the Trump administration under the headline “Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic” where Ms Luciana Borio and Mr Scott Gottlieb laid out a simple practical menu of actions that had to be undertaken by the US authorities instantly, if we were to avert a massive health disaster in our country, the likes of which we haven’t seen in ages immemorial.

Top of these Health Experts’ list was the South Korean response, and specifically, that the United States Federal Government had to work with private industry in order to develop an “easy-to-use, rapid diagnostic test.”

In other words, both Ms Luciana Borio and Mr Scott Gottlieb laid out a simple plan and that plan was to do just what South Korea was already doing, because apparently it seemed to be working well at the time.

And they were correct…

Yet, it took a long time for our prevaricating President to wake up from his slumber, and thus it was not until the 29th of February — more than a month after the Journal article and about six weeks after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed inside these United States — that the Trump administration even thought about starting to put that practical & fairly benign scientific advice into practice.

Only after much public outcry, and helpful intervention by the World Health Organization and many others — the CDC relented and ordered that State Public Laboratories and certain research hospitals were finally to be allowed to conduct their own Covid-19 tests in order to unclog the bottleneck and thus speed up the process.

And from what we now know — we still do not have an adequate supply of tests to this very day of March 28th, at the end of the third month since the first reported case in the US, and yet as of today, we have discovered through limited testing (estimate is that is only one fifth of the actual cases), upwards of 86,012 cases of Wuhan Coronavirus infections that have been confirmed within these Untied States — that are now pushing our nation to the top of the world’s coronavirus epidemic, above even China, where this virus escaped from the Wuhan Virological Institute, in late November of this past year 2019.

Yet the next year, that of 2020 proved the handicap of our ineffective Health Care system — the most expensive system in the world, as we are unable to effectively deal with this Humanitarian Existential crisis in our exceptionally successful nation…

The six weeks that the US delayed any meaningful action, shows a complete lack of leadership, followed by the consequent lack of vigorous preparations, massive derelictions of duty, desertion of leadership and complete absence of any stout defense, against the Wuhan Coronavirus and the deadly Covid-19 illness that it brings upon us all.

Indeed this anemic response from our leaders, will be notched in the annals of History right in there, with prime Minister Chamberlain and his merry band of the appeasing “Men of Munich” who specialized in the appeasement of the vulgar NAZI enemy during the Second World War, instead of opening up their eyes to the reality of the attack against our Democracies, and choosing to FIGHT and if necessary DIE in order to earn their wreath of honor…

Instead they chose to appease the enemy and thus ear their place of infamy and dishonor for ever and ever, same like Donald Trump is now earning, due to this disastrous delay of action and dereliction of duty while in command.

Because this viral epidemic as it unfolds now in the United States — is likely to go down in history as a cautionary tale of the potentially devastating consequences of failed political leadership.

And since as of today, 86,012 cases have been confirmed through the erroneously suppressed bottleneck of the intentionally limited testing across the US, we have to assume a far more grim statistical number of cases that are pushing our American nation of these United States to the top of the world’s coronavirus epidemic.

Sadly folks, we are at this point far above China’s epidemic in real numbers, even though we have only a fifth of the population of China and her territories and dependencies.

Think about that for a moment…

As more and more cases are uncovered each and every day — more than a quarter of Covid-19 cases within the US are to be found in New York City, which is now the official global center of the coronavirus infections and thus the sad center of this global Pandemic.

Indeed as of today upwards of 1,301 people have died within the US and many more are soon to follow because we failed to properly respond to this epidemic for six weeks and that makes all the difference between Life and Death for people that we all know, and for our Health Care System that proved to be unable to cope…

Most worryingly, the curve of cases continues to rise precipitously, with no sign of the effective testing and treatment “plateau” that has spared South Korea from becoming a basket case of a ruined Health Care system, like the US is threatening to become…

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

Ron Klain, who spearheaded the fight against Ebola in 2014, told a Georgetown university panel recently: “The US response will be studied for generations as a textbook example of a disastrous, failed effort. What’s happened in Washington DC, has been a fiasco of incredible proportions as far as leadership is concerned…”

Jeremy Konyndyk, who led the US government’s response to international disasters at US-Aid from 2013 to 2017, frames the past six weeks in strikingly similar terms: “We are witnessing in the United States one of the greatest failures of basic governance and basic leadership in modern times.”

In Konyndyk’s analysis, the White House had all the information it needed by the end of January to act decisively.

Instead, President Trump repeatedly played down the severity of the threat, blaming China for what he called the “Chinese virus” and insisting falsely that his partial travel bans on China and Europe were all it would take to contain the crisis.

He doubled down on that sentiment by claiming later, that the social isolation and personal distancing will all go away, quickly, so that all Americans will celebrate Easter together in the packed churches after all this is over…

Methinks, we need better leadership than that…

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“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.”

Dear Friend,

As Congress negotiates what looks to be a huge corporate bailout — and a modest economic stimulus package — coronavirus cases continue to increase exponentially.

And lucky us — we are all looking ahead to a dimly lit future of an economic and a public health catastrophe.

Yet at the moment we are all Survivors and we need to give as well as to get help, the same way like we pulled together and helped each other after the 9/11 Saudi terrorist strikes at the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Back then New York City and the rest of the country came together and we need to do the same today. Because, today, once again, we need to mobilize all sectors of our society and all of our Emergency Services and the Military, in order to respond effectively to this virological attack and to all of the many crises that are expected to come forth from this.

What else might be coming down the pike, and what would our response look like?

For starters, at this phase of the epidemic — we need to stop rationing healthcare.

In the longer term we need much bigger changes, like Medicare for All.

Because if you’re worried about health care rationalizing, just look at us today, when we have shut down our entire economy to ration the for-profit health care from the richest sector of our Economy…

Now, much like many others — I call on you to come aboard because we all need to come together to beat this bug.

And indeed, we absolutely need to help each other, because we don’t have time for politics as usual.

Yet, I also know that in times like these, and in the midst of a crisis like the pandemic we are facing because of the current coronavirus — these sorts of calls for cooperation become the trite drumbeat in the midst of the cacophony of our daily lives, emanating from our radios and televisions ad nauseam.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, no centralized drumbeat ever gets everybody marching in sync in America and methinks that this is a good thing. Because fascism would have a difficult time catching roots here, since nobody wants to salute together in unison any Supreme leader, and certainly nobody is willing to walk in lockstep goose style amongst all the people that I know…

Yet, in deeply unequal societies like our own, a wealthy few can surely exploit such catastrophes to make themselves even wealthier.

Back in 2007, the economic meltdown amply showed how corporate elites worldwide have repeatedly and brutally used the public disorientation following a collective disaster, like the Covid-19 today, or the wars of the past, the various suspected and expected Coup D’Etat, the 9-11 Saudi terrorist attacks, our frequent market crashes, the natural disasters, Climate Change, and all manner of dislocations and shocks to the system — in order to push through radical wealth transfers that benefited largely the wealthy corporate owners.

Indeed nothing demonstrates this better, that the 2008 financial collapse, that vividly illustrated the bail out of the Wall Street giant banks and Investment Houses, whose recklessly criminal behavior brought about the financial collapse.

Indeed after that 2007 crisis, all the usual suspects, the big banks especially and their uber-wealthy shareholders — all ended up far bigger and far more powerful than before the crisis began, and certainly they outdistanced themselves from the rest of America.

Today, those same dynamics of wealth inequity, and social separation, if not social distancing ad infinitum — are all now resurfacing during the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis.

Indeed, we are seeing, this very predictable process that we see in the midst of every economic crisis, which is extreme corporate opportunism ripping away at the economic fabric of our Society because they have a compliant government that they pretty much own, and in their pocket…

In response to this Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic, Prez Trump is dusting off the Wall Street wishlist on everything from cutting and privatizing Social Security — by undermining its payroll tax revenue stream — to enriching the fossil fuel industry and its’ relations, airlines, hotels, and automobile industries, with huge bailouts.

So how can we prevent a repeat of the disastrously slow recovery of 2007-8 crisis?

For starters, we need to provide immediate support for those the coronavirus is hitting the hardest: the sick and those who care for them, as well as the workers who lose jobs and income.
But we can’t afford to stop there. We need, in effect, a “shock doctrine” in reverse. We need to seize the openings for change the coronavirus presents — and challenge the capacity of our rich and powerful to become ever richer and more powerful at the expense of everyone else.

One example: Within our increasingly coronavirus-ravaged economy, more and more families will be facing evictions. Progressive activists and officials are now quite rightfully calling for a coronavirus moratorium on evictions. And some officials are ready to listen, but not quite yet, like the governor Gavin Newsom — who is hedging his bets with his big Real Estate developers who are his basic funders, by not committing to a statewide ban.

But aside from the Governor of California and the other less forthcoming leaders out there — we have President Trump to Thank for some of the difficulties that we are now facing with this pandemic beast of a bug…

To be sure, the president isn’t responsible for either the onslaught of the Wuhan Coronavirus or the deaths and critically ill people that it causes, because no matter what President Trump couldn’t have stopped COVID-19 from hitting our shores, even if he had done everything right.

Nor is it the case that the president hasn’t done anything right. In fact, his decision to implement a travel ban on China was rather prudent early on.

So, any narrative that attempts to pin all of the blame on President Trump for the coronavirus epidemic, is simply unfair, and the temptation amongst the president’s critics to use the pandemic to get back at Trump for every bad thing he’s done, should be resisted, because if there is a time that we all need to get together, that time is now.

That said, the current leadership, including the President and the White House along with his administration, are responsible for the grave, costly and catastrophic errors committed early on when we started the fight against this beast of a bug.

Especially important setback, is the Trump administrations’ epic manufacturing failure in producing and distributing diagnostic testing kits.

Second major catastrophe, is their decision to test too few people.

Third, is the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control.

Fourth is the general laxity about the well known problems with hoarding and profiteering in the supply chain for critically needed masks, medical protective equipment, respirators, oxygen, hand sanitizers, and for all the needs of the front line health care workers, that are sorely needed in order to keep them safe to be able to continue the battle against this monster disease.

And fifth is the jocular way that President Trump approached this epidemic from the get-go, and failed to place his serious face on this.

Now, because these mistakes have left us poor, blind and badly shaken, keeping us all far behind the curve — in aggregate, our President’s errors, have created a false sense of security in the mind of the public that has lulled us all to sleep for a few crucial weeks, and it is because of that we now pay the price…

Because what we now know, is that the coronavirus spread unfettered and silent, hiding under the table, amongst all of us, for several weeks, wrecking havoc to all Americans, and hijacking our health with us being unawares all the while doing jack-shit nothing, to stop it.

Instead, if we were aware earlier on — our containment and mitigation efforts could have been far more effective and thus we could have significantly slowed down the viral spread of COVID-19 at a far earlier, and far more easier to deal with critical point.

We lost that opportunity, due to the President’s power of positive thinking dog eared manual of how to be a presidential president.

This lost time can’t be retrieved anymore than the President’s errors can be retroactively corrected, because we cannot get back six weeks of inactivity and runaway infections. So, to the extent that there’s someone to blame here, the blame is on the chaotic management emanating from the White House and the failure of the President to acknowledge the seriousness of the disease and to see the big picture — all the while himself made light of the situation.

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Earlier this week, Anthony Fauci, the widely respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases whose reputation for honesty and integrity has been only enhanced during this crisis, admitted in congressional testimony that the United States is still not providing adequate testing for the coronavirus. “It is failing. Let’s admit it.” He added, “The idea of anybody getting testing easily, the way people in other countries are doing it, we’re not set up for that. I think we should be, but we’re not.”

We also know the World Health Organization had working Wuhan Coronavirus tests that the United States refused, and researchers at a project in Seattle tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but were prevented from doing so by federal officials. Eventually, the Seattle Doctors at the research project, decided to perform all the coronavirus tests they had, without federal approval.

But that’s not all.

The president reportedly ignored early warnings of the severity of the virus and grew angry at a CDC official who in February warned that an outbreak was inevitable.

The Trump administration dismantled the National Security Council’s global-health office, whose purpose was to address global pandemics, and naturally now, we’re paying the price for that.

“We had worked very well with that office,” Dr Fauci told Congress.

“It would be nice if the office was still there” according to Dr Fauci…

“We may face a shortage of ventilators and medical supplies, and hospitals may soon be overwhelmed, certainly if the number of coronavirus cases increases at a rate anything like that in countries such as Italy. This would cause not only needless coronavirus-related deaths, but deaths from those suffering from other ailments who won’t have ready access to hospital care.”

Some of these mistakes are less serious and more understandable than others, because we always have to take into account that in government, when people are forced to make important decisions based on incomplete information in a compressed period of time — things could and usually do go wrong.

Yet in some respects, the avalanche of false information from the president has been most alarming of all.

It’s been one rock slide after another, the likes of which we have never seen.

Day after day after day he brazenly denied reality, in an effort to blunt the economic and political harm he faced.

Yet with this virus, President Trump is in the process of discovering that he can’t spin or tweet his way out of this killer pandemic, since there is no one who can do that to the coronavirus (lie about it) and get away with it for long…

Because it appears that the president’s misinformation and mendacity about the coronavirus are head-snapping, as he claimed that it was contained in America when it was actually spreading, and then he went on to claim that we had “shut it down” when we obviously never had…

The Prez, claimed that testing was available when it wasn’t.

He claimed that the coronavirus will one day disappear “like a miracle” yet anyone with medical knowledge can tell him that this will not happen overnight, or in a miraculous form. Simply this virus will not away quietly into the night.

Still the President doubled down, as he claimed that a vaccine would be available within weeks if not a couple of months…

Dr Fauci says it will not be available for more than a year or even far more.

President Trump, also falsely blamed the Obama administration for impeding coronavirus testing.

He stated that the coronavirus first hit the United States later than it actually did. He said that it was three weeks prior to the point at which he spoke, whereas the actual figure was more than double that.

The president claimed that the number of cases in Italy was getting “much better” when it was getting much worse. And in one of the more stunning statements an American president has ever made, Trump admitted that his preference was to keep a cruise ship off the California coast rather than allow it to dock, because he wanted to keep the number of reported cases of the coronavirus artificially low.

“I like the numbers,” Trump said. “I would rather have the numbers stay where they are. But if they want to take them off, they’ll take them off. But if that happens, all of a sudden your 240 [cases] is obviously going to be a much higher number, and probably the 11 [deaths] will be a higher number too.”

Thank God, cooler heads prevailed, and over the president’s objections, the Grand Princess was allowed to dock at the Port of Oakland and the paying passengers allowed to disembark and were sequestered in Miramar in San Diego, whereas the crew was shunted inside the stricken ship and ordered back out to sea…

And thus the saga of the President’s gaffes go on and on… and apparently will continue to surprise exactly no one as the Epidemic spreads far and deep within the human fabric of our country.

Yet, to make matters worse, the president delivered an Oval Office address that was meant to reassure the nation and the markets but instead shook both.

The president’s delivery was awkward and stilted. Worse yet, because at several points, the president, who decided to ad-lib the teleprompter speech, misstated his administration’s own policies, which the administration had to correct.

Stock futures plunged even as the president was still delivering his speech. In his address, the president called for Americans to “unify together as one nation and one family,” despite having referred to Washington Governor Jay Inslee as a “snake” days before the speech and attacking Democrats the morning after it.

All of this taken together, represents a massive failure in leadership that stems from a massive defect in character of an egomaniac President Trump who is such a habitual hyperbolic liar, that is seemingly incapable of being honest, even when being honest would serve his own personal and political interests.

Sadly because of the stresses of the Wuhan Coronavirus Epidemic, President Trump has revealed himself to be impulsive, shortsighted, and undisciplined, to the extent that he seems unable to discipline his mind in order to plan or even think beyond the current moment.

Seems to me that President Trump is always extemporizing and improvising his response in a reactive manner, and not in a disciplined putting way that the Ship of State requires in order to make the U-turns necessary to solve this.

And his feisty, fighting and pugilistic personality further undermines him, because he is presented as such a divisive and polarizing figure that has lost the ability to unite the nation under any circumstances and for any cause.

And if President Trump is so narcissistic and unreflective that he is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes, then the president’s disordered personality makes him as ill-equipped to deal with a crisis as any president has ever been.

Sadly now, I’ve come to the conclusion, that with few exceptions, whatever President Trump has said about the Coronavirus epidemic — is not just useless, but it is downright injurious.

Still, the nation is recognizing this, and treating him as an innocent bystander, as school superintendents, sports commissioners, college presidents, governors and business owners across the country take it upon themselves to shut down much of American life without clear guidance from the president, and that makes our Leader, President Donald Trump to start shrinking before our very eyes.

Thus the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic, is quite likely to be the Trump presidency’s inflection point, when everything changed, when the bluster, the ignorance and the shallowness of America’s 45th president became undeniable, as an empirical reality, and as indisputable as the laws of Gravity, and as self evident, as the Pythagorean theorem.

So, now it is up to us.

As I said many times before we ought to democratize medicine for ourselves.

Get tested.

Do the self test as I have advocated and send the Q-tip swab to the nearest public or private laboratory operating for this epidemic in your immediate vicinity.

Now, we, the people, have to do this, and we have to use this crisis as the once in a lifetime chance, to go much further.

Medicare for all has arrived.

Let’s not backstep on this.

Instead let us bookend it with buttressing laws and regulations that will easily be passed now in the midst of this epidemic the same way that my grandfather WINSTON CHURCHILL built the UK’s National Health Care System by inviting the noted Cambridge Economist William Beveridge, to produce this report in the midst of the existential Second Words War during 1942 for how to keep all the military hospitals and war time clinics and auxiliary convalescence centers open even after the war. This was the basis of the report Social Insurance and Allied Services that served as the basis for the post-World War II National Healthcare System of England and the UK that has been declared as the best Health Care System in the World for the last 70 years running…

That is not welfare state policy but a simple National Security policy of Winston Churchill that sought to keep his population healthy and in good fighting spirits…

So, I ask you this: Why not use this current crisis, as a tool in order to rewrite the statutes that let corporate insurance companies and health care providers get aways with murder and enrich themselves at the expense of all of the American people and especially the vulnerable families in the first place, as we’ve seen that we pay as a nation upwards of 19% of our GDP for health care services that do not even cover 60% of our population?

This epidemic of the Coronavirus crisis, also gives us an opportunity to use the public purse to shift our economy towards greater equity and sustainability. The core of this mechanism ought to be a massive public investment program designed to create good jobs, with a premium on projects that better position our economy to address health care epidemics like this one, or even bigger things like climate change, and the looming Third World War…

Yet we could also use these funds to reverse some of the inequality that makes economic crises so dangerous to begin with.

Various industries are already clamoring for federal loan guarantees and other bailouts to get them past the coronavirus crisis, yet for immediate bailout funds, policymakers should consider attaching pro-worker strings and family bailouts, and not just fat cat bailouts.

We could deny, for instance, tax-dollar support to private companies that pay their CEOs over 50 or 100 times what they pay their most typical workers. Moves in that direction would give top execs an incentive to pay workers more — and exploit them less.

Back in the early to mid-20th century America, a time of much greater equality than we have now, corporate top execs only averaged 30 times more pay than their workers. That more equal America proved resilient enough to overcome a fearsome polio epidemic and prosper.

That more equal America, let’s remember, also emerged out of the back-to-back crises of the First World War, the 1929 Great Depression and the Second World War against fascism.

And it was in the midst of all that when the progressive people of America seized the opportunity those crises had created and changed the face of American society.

So tell me again, why we can’t do it now…

Now, if you feel angry about all this — well, you should, because the people at the top screwed things up, really really badly. But along the way they also screwed all of us too. And now, methinks that this crisis might actually be the opportunity that we’ve been waiting for and we need to grab it before it gets wasted and built Medicare for All regardless of any cost considerations because we se it working now and Thanks God for the Coronavirus, since it will serve as the divine tool that will bring us finally all together again.

And He knows that we need to get together again, after all these ages and ages that we’ve been drifting apart.

So, in conclusion — please stay safe out there, or in there, wherever it is that you are sheltering in place.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Allen Ginsberg’s beat poem “Howl” booklets, were confiscated by U.S. Customs agents who deemed the work obscene.

This I still do not understand because the poem begins simply like this:

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.”

–Allen Ginsberg

Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 24, 2020

The Ides of March…

Dear Friends,

May the Good Lord have Mercy upon us…

Just few weeks ago, life in Washington state, in the Northwestern Pacific region, in California, and then in the whole of the Western states and in the rest of our country — began to change for all of us, when we learned that COVID-19 the Wuhan Coronavirus, was spreading like wildfire through community transmission, and killing people in an indiscriminate fashion…

As of today we have throughout America more than fifty thousand certified infections and about a thousand deaths from this disease whose surface we haven’t even started exploring.

Hard times up ahead, and many people will lose their lives — yet now it is not time for despair, because our destiny offers not the cup of despair, but the chalice of challenge and perhaps even opportunity to learn doing things differently…

Everyone is now sequestered at home, and a lot of people are experiencing social isolation and suffering from cabin fever, but that too shall pass as we seem to be increasingly connected via the internet and our screens. Our virtual presence makes it actually easy to reach people, because everyone is looking for social connection.

This telepresence feels like a watershed moment for a lot of folks who haven’t tried it and are trying it for the first time now, and in many use cases, this becomes a new habit and an appropriate way to do more communicathings going forward.

Of course, not everything will or should shift to online/video. But for many activities, it’s a totally fine way to do things, and can have other potential benefits, especially compared with long-distance travel for work (time away from home, carbon footprint, etc).

This is a terribly hard time, and it’s hard to even contemplate the economic consequences that will come from it. But it is also encouraging to see people learn new behaviors that could be really beneficial in the long run.
Surely many people will perish, and our numbers will be greatly diminished.

For the time being, I wish to say this: our nation will get by this.

China has seen a leveling off of recent circumstances, however they’re a number of weeks forward of us they usually additionally took drastic measures that we in the US are solely simply starting to take, however we’ll ultimately get by it.

Till then, we’re going to rely on each other to assist, so reach out to your folks and see what you are able to do for them in order to assist others who are sequestered and unable to meet their needs by themselves.

Why don’t you ask your aged neighbors if they want something. Ask folks who live alone and don’t have the ability to speak about what’s happening on their neighborhood. If you live alone — then grab the opportunity to do some spring cleansing, begin a blog or take the naps you never have time for.

As for earnings, I simply don’t know. None of us do. I fear about individuals having to decide on between paying their rental payments, or their lease payments or their children’s school fees, and their home mortgage and I hope that our authorities acknowledges this dire scenario and relax the tax deadlines or possibly even forgive some debt.

How about a National Debt Jubilee because of the Wuhan Coronavirus?

Regardless — I’ll be right here doing my greatest to inform all of you who’re struggling to get by during this most difficult of times.

The one consolation we are able to take is that we aren’t alone.

Perhaps in spite of everything that is mentioned and achieved — we will understand that our world is a lot smaller than we thought and we’ll have the ability to admire life and each other in a completely new way.

And as soon as the world has the coronavirus under management, our eating places and bars will roar again to life, with a ferocity we have not yet seen. Glasses will be clinking, tables will be turning and everybody will once more relish the chance to be social.

Till then, be sturdy, love your folks and wash your palms.

Still, its hard to fathom what has happened, and yet we have to accept that for what it is.

Because as people living in society — we drink from the common communion cup and we go on living on borrowed time as we have always done.

Especially now, in this time of a new sickness culling a great number of our loved ones while we watch them helplessly crying for mercy…

Still I hope and pray, that you and your loved ones are well, and will go on to survive this one, unscathed.

As of today, hundreds of people have died in America, and my heart goes out to their families.

Our public health experts and countless health-care professionals are leading heroic efforts locally and around the globe to fight COVID-19, in order to save lives, prevent the disease’s spread and find the vaccine and treatments that will vanquish it from our communities.

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At the same time of loss, we are determined to use our stores of innovation and compassion, to focus on the important work as public health professionals that always search for critically important medicines from all other disciplines and diseases.

For all of us — near and far — the world has changed quickly and forever.

We have learned our daily routines and responsibilities can be disrupted almost overnight.

We have new phrases that define our reality, such as “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”

All of our regular events and even church services have been cancelled.

Jobs have been lost.

Retirements have been delayed.

Storefronts have been shuttered.

People we know have died.

We are gobsmacked.

Yet, we are resilient and far from helpless.

And as we are reminded how much we all rely on each other and how — it is through our decisions that we can protect our neighbors, our families, our children, our older adults and especially those that are most susceptible to this virus.

At the same time, that we are learning that feelings of isolation and uncertainty when we’re stuck at home can take their toll — we retain a strong sense of community, and the need to love and be loved, to work and to be productive and to find security in the small things, as we are acutely aware of the need to extend grace to one another as we adjust and make do in these most difficult of times.

Because we are learning other things too, and especially that in these worst of times — sometimes we can show our best selves by helping others overcome the impossible.

Reaching out to our community is an optimistic way of facing life with Covid-19, in this “Age of Cholera” epidemic.

And while the Plague is raging — our still life continues…

There is a reason we are ranked as the most innovative people in the world, and to prove that — we are innovating quickly.

Our virtual connections reduce feelings of disconnection and isolation.

Our people whose lives have been disrupted — have demonstrated incredible resilience, kindness and leadership.

Our world-changing research continues, as labs and clinics work to modify operations to protect their employees but also carry forward decades of work with the potential to prevent future crises.

We also continue to provide the critical clinical services in multiple fields that so many people depend on.

We have weathered plagues, wars, death & crises before, and we shall do so again.

Generations of Americans have built, through good times and bad, the foundation of our response to this virus today, and thus within this rapidly changing environment, we will continue to be transformed as a People, as we prioritize the health and safety of all others by focusing on our own, and thus helping heal the broader community.

Thank you for the outpouring of support, friendship and offers of help that have come from so many of you.

This crisis has illustrated what a profoundly generous and courageous community our virtual family is.

You truly inspire and invigorate me to continue fighting on the front lines of this crisis along with all of us, making decisions on behalf of you.

Above all, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and I hope and pray for the best outcome because in this new and uncertain landscape, I can only say how grateful I am for our community.

The ties that unite us make our virtual family strong, and together we will care for and lead our people, our nation, and our community, along with the world forever forward.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And let us share a common prayer for all of us:

“Like the mountains that surround Jerusalem, surround us, O Lord, in moments of weakness and vulnerability.
Be with us always that we may never be shaken.
Protect and comfort us with the assurance of your presence in times of deepest need. “

Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 15, 2020

DIY Coronavirus Testing — Be Fearless…

“Each of you will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no One to make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.” –Micah 4:4

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As Americans we are a pioneering breed, frontiersmen & fierce women, unafraid of taking control of our lives and doing our thing…

So its time to take the matter of our persona health in our own hands and perform our own Coronavirus test, because at this moment of fear and uncertainty — our own government is failing us, claiming falsely that they have run out of tests, and blocking people who want to be tested from getting tested.

Therefore – we need to do our own testing.

Ergo, I invite you to do your own Wuhan Coronavirus testing if you are feeling that your symptoms are not a simple flu but something more…

It is as simple as one, two, three, and presto you’ve got your results.

Follow my lead here and self-test yourself without wanting for the government to do it for you, and without visiting the hospitals and the clinics that are now veritable germ factories, because such places must be avoided at any cost if you do not want to be infected and reinfected ad infinitum…

Simply put a Q-tip deep into both of your nostrils and give it a round rub, till the end gets wet…

Do this right after you wake up, early in the morning and before you rinse or blow your nose, right when your nostrils are wet and filled with mucus, and rub the Q-tip deeply up the nostrils on both sides.

Then drop the Q-tip into a ziplock bag and close it tightly. Fold that ziplock bag into a tight little package and fix it into that position with some scotch tape or a rubber band, to keep it folded.

Immediately wash your hands carefully, and dry them.

Then get a second ziplock bag and place inside it the first one with the Q-tip carrying your biological sample, and seal it securely.

Place this package into an envelope and mail it to the closest Public Health laboratory that is testing for Coronavirus in your City and State.

Make sure the envelope contains your return address, your telephone and your email address, so that you can get notified immediately, if you are positive or negative for the disease.

Do not forget to address it properly for the Public Health lab and to write outside that it contains Biological specimen inside.

That is all.

This below is a good address for the Northern California region, but you have to search and find your own regional laboratory for expedited self-test service near your home and in your State … by asking Google to give you the address of the laboratory nearest to you.

Public Health Laboratory
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Bldg P, 1st Floor
Richmond, CA 94804-6403​

If you are located in Washington State — the best address to send your self-testing biological sample fro be tested for the Wuhan Coronavirus is this one below:

Public Health Laboratories — 1610 N.E. 150th Street, Shoreline, WA, 98155

In all other states follow the Google search directions to find the local address so that the Post Office delivers these soonest to the closest field laboratory without delays.

Good Luck

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Do it.

Because as our old friend Seneca reminds us:

“We are more frightened than hurt, and we suffer more in imagination that in reality”

PPS:

Also for your health and protection — please consider obtaining this Hydroxychloroquine (Old medicine, tested, tried & true) for your personal arsenal, and for the apothecary of your loved ones, in order to be able to safeguard your and yours, Health and Wellbeing, in these trying times.

Hydroxychloroquine: A limited but rigorous study found that hydroxychloroquine, dramatically reduces the severity of the illness in the high-risk population and is also suspected to have prophylactic benefits that may lower R0<1.0

And then, there is also the antiretroviral study in Australia that supports using this medicine (hydroxychloroquine,) by taking at least 900mg 3x a day, when infected with this virus — claiming to be of significant help, if not a complete cure.

Of course if someone is fully infected with Covid-19 in their lungs, and unable to breath properly on their own — front line doctors recommend taking at least 3,000mg 3x a day because desperate times necessitate strong measures, and this seems to be efficacious response.

Good Luck and God Bless.

PPPS:

Fist order of business in order to beat this bug is for all of us to boost our Immunity, and that means to help our Auto-Immune system rise up and fight.

Prophylactic medications as written up above are highly recommended at a small dose of Hydroxychloroquine of 200mg 3x daily is a good start.

Please keep in mind that 99% of people who get coronavirus won’t need hospitalization, and to help you out with overcoming this beast — here are directions on how to manage for the symptoms and prepare for your own, and for your family’s recovery, if you need to sequester and self quarantine yourself, by stay in place inside your home.

Practice good hygiene and take all the precautionary measures, in order to try to avoid getting the Wuhan Coronavirus in the first place, through good hand washing, observing all rules for complete hygiene in your person, family and home, and observe social distancing — yet be knowledgeable about what happens if you actually get infected and start having symptoms, which many of us will certainly experience in the coming days, weeks, and months.

To that end, please let me make some helpful suggestions:

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You ought to have the foresight to know that since this bug might come your way — be a good boycott and be ever prepared…

A few things you should actually do and buy ahead of time, are these easily procured products: Kleenex, Paracetamol, generic mucus thinning cough medicine, (check the label and make sure you’re not doubling up on Paracetamol), cough drops, vitamin C, Honey ginger and lemon tea, can work just as well. Any kind of vapor tablets, balms, and eucalyptus oils, as well as Vicks Vaporub are good decongestants, as are the leaves and bark of the eucalyptus tree itself, and please use the Vicks Vaporub for rubbing your respiratory area, put some in your nostril endings & rub your children’s chest at night just before bedtime.

If you feel that you need more oxygen than what you are receiving from your simple deep breathing, and don’t have an oxygen bottle — please use a good humidifier as you go to bed overnight. You can also just turn the shower all the way on to the hot water, and sit in the bathtub breathing in the steam, or heat up some water in a pot, and then place it on the kitchen table, and sit above it with your head covered with a towel and breath-in deeply, the steam from the steaming water for 15 minutes.

However, if you have a history of asthma, COPD, and bronchitis or pneumonia, and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it immediately, or get a new one if necessary.

This is also a good time to make long term meal preparations, like cooking up a big batch of your favorite soup, and then freezing it, and thus have it available on hand as needed.

Drink a tremendous amount of hot water with a wedge of lemon, or tea. And of course tap water all the time to keep you hydrated. Also you might want to stock up on whatever favorite juices and clear fluids your children like to drink (not too much sugar), although tap water is best — they might appreciate some variety, and flavorful juices will do just that.

If you get the symptoms of this disease coming on — or you want to be using a prophylaxis, and care to start symptom management after having a fever over 38°c, start taking Paracetamol and aspirin, rather than Ibuprofen.

Hydrate — hydrate — hydrate!

Rest. Rest and take a lot of restful breaks from whatever you normally do.

Bathe.

Soap your hands and your body all over.

Use bathing salts in your bathtub and keep the water as hot, as you can bear it, soaking yourself in it, for at least half an hour.

Take this war against the infectious epidemic seriously.

Take your bath daily.

Treat yourself with kindness.

You should not be leaving your house!

Even if you are feeling better you may will still be infectious for fourteen days and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided!

Ask friends and family to shop or even cook for you, and then leave these supplies outside your door after ringing the bell or texting your phone, or calling you, so that you can pick it up, after they leave — in order to avoid contact.

You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL, because the hospitals today are germ factories, as seen by how many Doctors of the Emergency rooms are getting critically ill and dying from this new Wuhan Coronavirus.

Avoid calling the EMS, unless you are having great trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 39°C) and your symptoms seem unmanageable with the home medications we discuss up above.

Keep in mind that over 99% of all healthy adult cases thus far, have been managed at home, with basic rest, sequestration, plenty of hydration, steaming open the airways, and these over-the-counter medications.

However, in the event of extreme stress under the influence of this virus, and only if you are terribly worried, or in dire distress and you feel your symptoms are getting worse and worse — go ahead and call, 911 and they will advise you further if you need to go to hospital or if an EMS crew can transport you to the Emergency Room, or if you can still mange things and drive yourself to the Doctors.

Please do keep in mind that all the hospital beds will be used for people who are critically ill, and in acute need of oxygen and breathing apparatus, as well as active infusion treatments, and IV fluids, and thus the hospital is a hive of infections and best be avoided at almost any cost…

However, in the event that you already have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants for any reason — now is a great time to talk to your Doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.

One major relief to all the parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, although they will still be infectious.

For their medications — please use pediatric dosing…

Hug each other. (I know — not permissible, but do it anyway because it boost your immune system)

Hug your children often.

Kiss them too…

Be calm.

Hydrate.

Pray.

Meditate.

Love.

Care for others.

Care for your children and your spouse.

Care for yourself.

Cuddle, pet and walk your dogs often, because our furry friends are immune to this beast.

Yet above all else — please wash your hands often, don’t pick your nose, and prepare yourself rationally and everything will be fine.

Love each other even if social distancing is required, because Love and its resultant endorphin releases in your brain — boost your immunity system greatly and thus can keep you healthy by outweighing any other risks.

Love all.

Love each other abundantly…

Be Smart about all this, because this too shall pass…

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 12, 2020

Failure of Humanity

Thousands of anxious people were confined until yesterday into the cruise ship circling in international waters off the San Francisco Bay Area, after 21 passengers and crew members tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The “Grand Princess” cruise ship was forbidden to dock in San Francisco amid evidence that the vessel had been the breeding ground for a cluster of nearly 20 cases that resulted in at least one death after its previous voyage.

Sadly, I have come to discover that the spirit of Wuhan is not strong on this other side of the Pacific ocean… in the City by the Bay.

Nor is there any compassion for those lesser ones, the strangers, the people who serve us, the crew of this fancy Cruise Ship named “Grand Princess” …

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Namely here in the uber-progressive state of California the governing liberal elites are made up of sad NIMBY limousine liberals who espouse Stalin’s socialism for all others but a strangely virulent form of protective Statism for themselves and their apparatchik friends.

Those Rolls Royce communists like our governor Gavin No-news-is-good-news Newsom, and the ultra liberal mayors of the twin cities of San Francisco and Oakland conspired to block the local hosting and treatment of all the cruise ship passengers, regardless of whether they were California residents and United States citizens, but also they blocked the 1,100 human beings that serve on the ship from disembarking and getting any kind of treatment.

Sad day for humanity that will surely live in infamy for a very long time — but that is the naked face of hate, fascism and incivility that these so called liberal leadership of Northern California exhibits towards all other people.

Confining the crew of this ship a total of 1,100 people in this floating virus palace, is a real public-health failure, with this cruise ship essentially becoming a floating concentration camp for the doomed to perish, away from the prying eyes…

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Where is the Spirit of Wuhan and cooperation and the rest of those saucy slogans that the liberals of San Francisco have been spouting for weeks now?

And why do we disembark and attempt to test and perhaps treat, yet at least quarantine all the passengers of this cruise ship, but not one person amongst the crew, although we know that many of them are very sick and infected?

Where is out humanity in this?

We now need to rethink our position, and arrive at an understanding, with a spirit of forgiveness, in order to avoid condemnation, complaint and blame games, against each other, because it is now time that we let go of the old separations, and thus if we want to be help each other — we need to be close to one another, because we need not only abide by the rules, but we need to transform our world from this evil doings, to each one of us, being the cure for one another.

Perhaps now is the time for Love, Unity and the Spirit of Wuhan  —   加油武汉

God Bless

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

My philanthropic organization, People’s Health International, is doing airdrops of medicine via helicopter to help the crew survive this epidemic, but a lot more help is needed.

If anyone wants to help — please volunteer herewith.

Remember: We either survive together or we perish separately…

That is the Spirit of Solidarity and the spirit of Wuhan.

Thank You

Posted by: Dr Churchill | March 3, 2020

They shoot whistleblowers, don’t they?

Please don’t shoot the Messenger…

Its bad form, bad luck, bad karma, and ungentlemanly to the extreme.

And please do not shoot the truth teller because there will be nobody to tell us that the Emperor is truly buck naked…

Don’t shoot the whistleblower, because those are the people that keep our government, our business and our society honest.

And if you are the head of this government — please don’t behave like another despotic tyrant lording it over his slaves, because that not who we are.

Really now. Time to wake the fvck up.

Because what’s up with this hastiness of tyrannical governments all over the World, to get all the truth tellers, the seekers of justice, the anti-corruption activists and the whistleblowers, arrested, jailed, shut down, and even shot dead?

And why is the United States government doing the same thing today?

There is a long list of whistleblower gaslighting and witch hunting prosecution going on, right here in our own country, that we need to be aware of…

People like W. Mark Felt (Federal Bureau of Investigation 1972), Stanley Adams (Hoffmann-LaRoche 1973), A. Ernest Fitzgerald (United States Department of Defense 1973) or Edward Snowden (National Security Agency 2013) or Chelsea Manning (US Army & DoD 2010) and so many others, and currently the case against Julian Assange, who is now on the same path as countless others, and he is going to be extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom, for exposing the American War crimes in Iraq.

Nothing else.

He is a journalist for fvck’s case — what’s wrong with our government?

Can’t they take the heat for crimes committed by their own people and have to literally “shoot” the messenger instead of correcting the wrongs that cause us to fail in our duty to lead the world honestly, transparently and with a measure of civilized humility?

Bloody shame.

That’s all I have to say on this matter.

Now off to a more personal matter… where my beloved got shot out of the sky and left me bereft of any goodness of human companionship.

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And to make matter even worse — just recently the Mullah regime of head-diaper wearing Ayatollahs of Iran arrested the innocent “bystander” who took the video of the missile downing the passenger airliner leaving Teheran Iran, just before dawn, in the darkness of the Persian sky this eigtth day of January.

This innocent person was just saying Goodbye to his lover taking off in the doomed flight of Ukrainian Airlines full of young people “escaping” Teheran, just before the expected war with the United States got started in earnest.

And that is when an act of mass murder took place.

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This official government sanctioned mass murder took place above the skies of Teheran, and under the evil orders of the Supreme Ayatollah, who wanted to bring down this airplane full of Persian citizens, in order to blame the United States, the “Great Satan” and thus garner some measure of the international community’s sympathy from nations all around the world, for his evil regime.

And of course the Ayatollah wants to rally his own people to a bloody froth of a climax — if they are going to go to war with the martial spirit of revenge against the Great Satan that they perceive the United Sates to be.

But this sad Despot’s dreams were dashed when the “innocent bystander” took the video clearly showing where the two missiles that downed the stricken airline jet, came from.

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Because just as the airplane was taking off last month from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, two Iranian military missiles were fired from the Sam-antiaircraft batteries surrounding the airport.

The video of the whistleblower shows clearly the two missiles rising up and meeting with the plane in twin explosions as the airplane jet was lifting off, and causing complete gore and destruction within a couple of minutes.

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It is that one video, and the fact that it clearly showed where the real missiles came from, as it was shared with foreign media — that spoiled the plans of the Ayatollahs to use this “false flag attack” against the United States, and to rally the Iranian people against us.

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Obviously, after this revelatory video — the opposite effect took place. Now the Iranian people are revolting and hope to take the Mullahs and the Ayatollahs to the task and string them up, on the “Gallows of Haman” to hang for a while…

Yet the whistleblower who showed us the video and thus fully deflated this hot air balloon of the Iranian “false flag attack red herring” — is now being tortured inside the infamous Evian prison of Iran where all the top anti-regime activists are held.

But ordinary justice has already been served by the very actions of this person who shared the truth with an expectant and deeply hurt world.

Because in an instant the hopes and the lives of 176 people and their families and friends were dashed by the silent hiss of the two SAM missiles causing in the night sky, as the Ukraine International Airlines plane, was torn open like a can of sardines hit by a high powered bullet, tearing apart the flesh, the bones and the sinew of all 176 passengers and crew aboard this flight.

 

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The fact is that we now know, that the Iranian officials had ordered the hit ahead of time and it was a well planned military operation by Iran to target their own people inside the Ukrainian Airlines flight — only because they wanted to give the world a red herring… and blame the United States for starting the War.

Yet, now that the mass murder crime committed by the Ayatollah government has been exposed and their dastardly deed has been uncovered — they go ahead and add insult to injury by this predictable and cowardly move to round up the usual suspects: The whistleblowers.

Does it always have to be the piper that pays the price?

Arresting the messenger is always a clear sign that a dictatorship is at work…

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But we are not a dictatorship.

So why we are arresting Julian Assange?

Murder also took place in another location as a vintage Air France airplane was lifting off the runway right in the middle of the Second World War, when a lethal shot rang in the classic black & white movie, “Casablanca” where Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)  pulled the trigger and killed the Nazi in front of the Vichy regime’s French police Prefect,  Captain Renault.

At this moment, the French Vichy official and prefect of the local police — shrugged his shoulders and moved away, because he not only witnessed the murder, but encouraged it…

And it is exactly then, that Renault uttered those infamous words that said everything about the movie, but meant nothing specially different than what it goes on today, as he turned & said to his aide-de-camp: “Round up the usual suspects.”

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So today, Iran’s government is the latest authority arresting the Messenger and the “usual suspects” and preparing a show trial, that is not intended to bring Justice to anyone — but perhaps to appease the Persian people and maybe bring some measure of peace to the streets of Teheran and the other major cities of Iran where friends and relatives along with ordinary civilians are screaming bloody murder.

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But there is no Justice and certainly no Peace for the murdered victims of Ukraine flight PS 752, except the justice that comes from the flowers carried by the ordinary street protesters of Tehran who took to the streets shortly after the commercial Boeing 737 was felled from the sky by the twin salvo from the land-based SAM missile batteries as ordered by the Iranian authorities, who after seeing their scheme to blame America — The Great Satan — fell like a lead balloon, eventually suggested that some errant, on-edge, or foreign powers influenced military SAM missile battery Iranian operators, brought down the jet at a moment of high military alertness amid high tensions, resulting from an anticipated American missile attack against Teheran airport.

Now, the video shooter, the citizen journalist, the whistleblower, has gone to jail to be tortured in order confess that he is a foreign agent, and then to be led to the gallows for hanging…

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This while the real guilty parties, remain blameless, and fully vested in power, as they escape justice, for their bloody mass murder crimes. And instead the arrest and the already decided conviction hits the whistleblower sho shot the video that showed the missiles that shot down the plane for the sky.

What kind of world so we inhabit, when the high offices and low politics of a theocratic regime, of the Islamic Republic of Iran can even hold the idea, that the Supreme Leader can do no wrong, and that its high-ranking military officers operate in an accountability-free chain of command.

I understand that with Iran, but I do not understand that with these United States in the case of this other whistleblower named Julian Assange…

We are not Evil.

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So why do we practice Evil deeds like this?

Why do we want to attack the whistleblower, who has served us quite well by showing us that we do massive wrong and committed mass murder — when we hold our military forces and their commanders unaccountable, and when we try to cover up our own mass murder of Iraqi civilians and children in our pursuit to get more oil out of this earth?

Sadly, the fall guys are always the Truth tellers…

It is always those poor sods, the bastards who claim that they just carry out the policy of their government, or that they follow orders, and that they just serve their country in times of war — who always end up paying the price, but never their superiors.

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And it always is that the military’s and our government’s mistakes result in dead innocent civilians and a global call for justice that results in unjust outcomes.

Much like in Iran where President Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will not be held accountable; the American military officials and the Chenney/Bush administration, will not be held accountable for their crimes in Iraq, where a million people have died as collateral damage casualties…

Go figure.

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Today, back on the southern side of the Persian Gulf, within the nasty evil Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — five men have been sentenced to death for the murder, for the dismemberment, and for the disappearance of the body parts of the Washington Post American journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

R.I.P.

These five will surely get decapitated with a sharp curved Saudi executioner’s yiatayan, as per the usual custom of Saudi primitive justice — yet, pinning the death on these five minions, is nice, but not justice served.

Because the Saudi kingdom’s response to the international cry for justice for the brazen murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post’s American journalist and for journalistic freedom within Saudi, has not been heard within that errant country of diaper-headgear wearing leaders, whom the CIA and the MI5, along with all other global intelligence agencies — blame for the murder.

As it turns out — all the agencies lay the blame squarely at the feet of one man and his orders alone: MBS. The tyrannical crown prince of Saudi Arabia MBS that rules the Kingdom like Saddam Husein ruled Iraq with his socialistic principles, but in MBS’ case it is only the kleptocratic style of the old so damn Sadamm…

And yet, since this bloodthirsty tyrant MBS — the one man that the CIA has clearly fingered as the murderer, is the sovereign who exists above the law, the Saudi officials instead arrested and convicted only a few of the many individuals who took part in this errant, and who could talk and tell the world, who the real murderer is. Silencing those five who might or might not have carried out this gruesome and evil deed, also silences all others who had received the order to kill Kashoghi, but have not been charged…

Obviously here again, the authorities went after the usual suspects, and by decapitating them swiftly — they also shut down their mouths, and chopped off their fingers who could finger this person MBS as the prince of shit, and as a real life mini-me kind of dude, who is suffering from a serious case of Napoleon syndrome, and is hell-bent on World Conquest via Islamic jihad terrorism, and who is the one person that gave the order to murder the American Journalist Jamal Kassoghi of Washington Post.

But this is not entirely unusual or unprecedented, because in nearly every country, the usual suspects are the whistleblowers, the messengers, and the citizens, and in some rare cases, the low level functionaries, the executioners, the bottom tier intermediaries, the hastily chosen fall guys and all the other fools who like the moths that get too close to a flame, get burned.

The Messenger, is always the one who gets caught first.
The Whistleblower always suffers and the Truth teller gets killed.
Because these are “the usual suspects.”

These whistleblowers, real, potential or imaginary, are the usual suspects and ultimately they are the “real losers” in every sense of the word.

The usual suspects are everywhere:

They are to be found in Iran.

They are in Saudi Arabia.

They are found often in Russia.

They are in Zimbabwe.

They are in Egypt.

They are in Turkey.

They are in Syria.

Their plight is legendary and they cannot seem to escape it…

But why are they in America?

Aren’t we different?

Aren’t we exceptional?

Aren’t we a land of Justice?

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Play it again Sam…

Play it again in the case of Julian Assange, because he will inevitably be extradited to the United Stats where he will be charged, found guilty and imprisoned, in quick succession for revealing our own crimes to the world.

And perhaps he might be hanged in his sleep like Jeffrey Epstein and others as it happens in all of the above tyrannical regimes.

But we are better than that, aren’t we?

Perhaps…

Or maybe not.

Because, for us, truth tellers, whistleblowers, messengers of justice — the sword of Damocles is always hanging above our heads, while, the autocrats, the tyrants, and the powerful privileged princes — do the Michael Jackson moonwalk in their shinning new patent leather shoes, absolving themselves of all their crimes.

PPS:

And here is a long list of Whistleblowers honored posthumously for their service to Humanity.

So let them rest in peace and lets just remember them if we are to follow their lead in making our Society a better place to live in.

1777 Samuel Shaw United States Continental Navy Along with Third Lieutenant Richard Marven, midshipman Shaw was a key figure in the passage of the first whistleblower law passed in the United States by the Continental Congress.[1] During the Revolutionary War, the two naval officers blew the whistle on the torturing of British POWs by Commodore Esek Hopkins, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy.[2] The Continental Congress enacted the whistleblower protection law on July 30, 1778, by a unanimous vote.[3] In addition, it declared that the United States would defend the two against a libel suit filed against them by Hopkins.[4]
1893 E.D. Morel.jpg Edmund Dene Morel Congo Free State English shipping clerk turned journalist who reported on the atrocities in the Congo Free State in Africa and became an anti-slavery campaigner. His revelations led to a strong campaign against Belgian King Leopold II’s autocratic regime in his African territory, where the rubber plantations brutally exploited slave labor.[5]
1930 Boris Bazhanov CPSU Secretariat Stalin’s personal secretary, who fled abroad in 1928, and while living in the Western countries, exposed lots of secrets concerning Stalin’s rise to power and the Stalin regime. First book of his memoirs was published in Paris in 1930.
1931 Yardley pic.jpg Herbert Yardley United States Cipher Bureau Cryptologist and Head of the Cipher Bureau, the first U.S. SIGINT agency better known as “The Black Chamber”, who exposed the inner workings of the organization and its surveillance policies in his eponymous 1931 book, The American Black Chamber, after the United States Department of State withdrew funding from the organization’s activities in 1929, citing ethical concerns. However, while “The Black Chamber” ceased operations following the withdrawal of funding, the publication of Yardley’s book two years later and its resultant controversy in government circles caused the amendment of the Espionage Act of 1917 to prohibit the disclosure of foreign code or any communication transmitted through code. Though Yardley remains a controversial figure in the intelligence community, he was honored by the National Security Agency in 1999.[6][7]
1933 SmedleyButler.jpeg Smedley Butler United States Marine Corps Retired U.S. Marines Corps Major General, a two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor, who alleged to the McCormack-Dickstein Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that business leaders had plotted a fascist coup d’état against the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration in what became known as the Business Plot. In his book War Is a Racket, Butler listed well-known U.S. military operations that he alleged were not about protecting democracy as was told to the public but in furthering the business interests of U.S. banks and corporations.
1933/ 1934 H.Bose.jpg Herbert von Bose Press Chief of Adolf Hitler’s conservative Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen. He used his position inside the government apparatus to pass on information about secret atrocities and malfeasances committed by the Nazi Government and Part organizations (especially the SA and SS) to the foreign press – especially to Claud Cockburn, editor of the London-based muckracking journal The Week – in order to alarm the world public about those goings-on. On June 30, 1934, he was murdered by a squad of SS-men dispatched to his office by Heinrich Himmler, who shot him in the back of the head. Jessica Mitford dubbed him “Deep Throat of the Third Reich”[8]
1942 Jan Karski – Instytut w Rudzie Śląskiej.jpg Jan Karski Polish Home Army Polish resistance fighter, who during World War II twice visited the Warsaw ghetto, and met with United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with the UK Foreign Secretary, and with the Polish shadow government in London, to report what he had witnessed concerning conditions for Jewish people, and the extermination camps. His report was not taken seriously by any authority.[9][10]
1960s–1970s[edit]
Year Image Name Organization Action
1963 John Paul Vann and his staff at their Pleiku headquarters.jpg John Paul Vann United States Army American colonel, who, during the Vietnam War, reported to his superiors that American policy and tactics were seriously flawed, and later went to the media with his concerns. Vann was asked to resign his commission, did so, but later returned to Vietnam.[11]
1965 Meier 19 [de] Swiss Police
1966 Peter Buxtun.jpg Peter Buxtun United States Public Health Service Exposed the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.[12]
1967 John White United States Navy U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jg, White wrote this letter to the editor of the New Haven (Conn.) Register. He asserted that U.S. President Lyndon Johnson lied to Congress about faulty sonar reports used to justify the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. White continued his whistleblowing activities by appearing in the 1968 documentary In the Year of the Pig. In 2014, he published his post-mortem entitled The Gulf of Tonkin Events: Fifty Years Later (A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War).
1971 Daniel Ellsberg 2006.jpg Daniel Ellsberg United States State Department Ellsberg was a former RAND Corp. military analyst who, along with Anthony Russo, leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret account of the Vietnam War to The New York Times. The Pentagon Papers revealed endemic practices of deception by previous administrations, and contributed to the erosion of public support for the war. The release triggered a legal case concerning government efforts to prevent the publication of classified information that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court (New York Times Co. v. United States (403 U.S. 713)). Ellsberg himself was the subject of retaliation by the Nixon Administration.
1971 Lorenzo Tartamella interviewing Frank Serpico.JPG Frank Serpico New York Police Department Former New York City police officer who reported several of his fellow officers for bribery and related charges in front of the Knapp Commission probing police corruption in the NYPD. Serpico was the first police officer in the history of the NYPD to step forward to report and subsequently testify openly about widespread, systemic corruption payoffs amounting to millions of dollars.[13] The 1973 film Serpico is an account of his story.
1971 Perryfellwock.jpg Perry Fellwock National Security Agency Former NSA analyst who revealed the existence of the NSA and its worldwide covert surveillance network in Ramparts magazine in 1971.[14] At the time, the NSA was an ultra secretive scarcely known organization. Because of the Fellwock revelations, the U.S. Senate Church Committee introduced successful legislation to stop NSA spying on American citizens. Fellwock was motivated by Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers.[15][16]
1971 Boekovski1987.jpg Vladimir Bukovsky Soviet abuse of psychiatry In the Soviet Union, during the leadership of general secretary Leonid Brezhnev, psychiatry was used as a tool to eliminate political dissidents.[17] In 1971, Vladimir Bukovsky smuggled to the West a file of 150 pages documenting the political abuse of psychiatry, which he sent to The Times.[18] The documents were photocopies of forensic reports on prominent Soviet dissidents.[19] In January 1972, Bukovsky was convicted of spreading anti-Soviet propaganda under Criminal Code, mainly on the ground that he had, with anti-Soviet intention, circulated false reports about political dissenters confined in mental hospitals.[20] Political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union was denounced in the course of the Congresses of the World Psychiatric Association in Mexico City (1971), Hawaii (1977), Vienna (1983) and Athens (1989).[21]
1972 MarkFelt.jpg W. Mark Felt Federal Bureau of Investigation Known only as Deep Throat until 2005, Felt was Associate Director of the FBI, the number-two job in the Bureau, when he leaked information about President Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal.[22] The scandal would eventually lead to the resignation of the president, and prison terms for White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman and presidential adviser John Ehrlichman.
1973 Stanley Adams Hoffmann-LaRoche A senior executive at Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-LaRoche, Adams supplied evidence to European Economic Community regulators on the company’s price fixing in the international vitamin market.[23] The EEC revealed his name during the resulting investigation and Adams was arrested for industrial espionage by the Swiss government and spent six months in jail. He fought for ten years to clear his name and receive compensation from the EEC.
1973 E. Fitzgerald.jpg A. Ernest Fitzgerald United States Department of Defense U.S. Air Force auditor who exposed to Congress a $2 billion cost overrun associated with Lockheed’s C-5A cargo plane. Fitzgerald retired from the Defense Department in 2006.[24]
1973–1997 Henri Pezerat French National Centre for Scientific Research Henri Pezerat, working on the Jussieu Campus, detected asbestos fibres falling from the ceiling and created a committee to study and inform people about the dangers of asbestos.
1974 Karen Silkwood Kerr-McGee There have been a number of nuclear power whistleblowers who have identified safety concerns at nuclear power plants. The first prominent nuclear power whistleblower was Karen Silkwood, who worked as a chemical technician at a Kerr-McGee nuclear plant. Silkwood became an activist in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union in order to protest health and safety issues. In 1974, she testified to the United States Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns. The 1983 film Silkwood is an account of this story.
1976 Gregory C. Minor, Richard B. Hubbard, and Dale G. Bridenbaugh General Electric Nuclear power whistleblowers. On February 2, 1976, Gregory C. Minor, Richard B. Hubbard, and Dale G. Bridenbaugh (known as the GE Three) “blew the whistle” on safety problems at nuclear power plants, and their action has been called “an exemplary instance of whistleblowing”.[25] The three engineers gained the attention of journalists and their disclosures about the threats of nuclear power had a significant impact. They timed their statements to coincide with their resignations from responsible positions in General Electric’s nuclear energy division, and later established themselves as consultants on the nuclear power industry for state governments, federal agencies, and overseas governments. The consulting firm they formed, MHB Technical Associates, was technical advisor for the movie, The China Syndrome. The three engineers participated in Congressional hearings which their disclosures precipitated.[25][26][27][28]
1977 Frank Snepp Central Intelligence Agency CIA analyst at the US Embassy, Saigon who published Decent Interval in 1977 about Operation Frequent Wind and the failures of the CIA and other American entities to properly prepare for the Fall of Saigon. Although he redacted all names, methods, and sources from the book, after it was published, CIA Director Stansfield Turner had Snepp successfully prosecuted for breach of contract for violating his non-disclosure agreement.[29] Snepp lost all income, including royalties, from publication of the book, a verdict upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1980s[edit]
Year Image Name Organization Action
1981 Ralph McGehee Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Ralph Walter McGehee (born 1928) served for 25 years in American intelligence, being a former case officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From 1953 to 1972, his assignments were in East Asia and Southeast Asia, where he held administrative posts. After leaving the Central Intelligence Agency, McGehee brought to the public his highly critical views, based on his experience. He has discussed and illustrated how the CIA’s covert actions and interventionist policies can produce unfavorable outcomes. A 1981 allegation by McGehee about CIA involvement in the Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 was censored by the CIA, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to sue on his behalf. The CIA prevailed.
Suworow Wiktor.jpg Viktor Suvorov GRU Former Soviet military intelligence officer, who after his defection to the West in 1978, exposed in his books various secrets related to the Soviet military and foreign intelligence. The first book of his memoirs was published in 1981.
1984 Clive Ponting United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Senior civil servant in the UK Ministry of Defence who leaked classified documents to Labour Member of Parliament Tam Dalyell confirming that the General Belgrano was sunk by British forces during the Falklands War while outside the total exclusion zone, contradicting statements by the Thatcher Government.
1984 John Michael Gravitt General Electric Became the first individual in 40 years to file a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act after the statute had been weakened in 1943.[30] Gravitt, a machinist foreman, sued GE for defrauding the United States Department of Defense when GE began falsely billing for work on the B1 Lancer bomber. Gravitt was laid off following his complaints to supervisors about the discrepancies. The case of Gravitt v. General Electric and Gravitt’s deposition to Congress led to federal legislation bolstering the False Claims Act in 1986.[31][32] The amended Act made it easier for whistleblowers to collect damages. Gravitt’s suit proceeded under the 1986 amendments and GE settled the case for a then record $3.5 million.[33]
1984 Duncan Edmonds Canadian Government Canadian civil servant who reported to his chief, the top Canadian civil servant, that Minister of Defence Robert Coates had visited a West German strip club while on an official mission, with NATO documents in his possession, creating a security risk. Coates was asked to resign from Cabinet by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who also fired Edmonds and made him persona non grata in government circles.[34]
1984(?) Ingvar Bratt Bofors Engineer who revealed himself as the anonymous source in the Bofors Scandal about illegal weapon exports.[35] An act that led to a new Swedish law[36] concerning company secrets which commonly is referred to as Lex Bratt.
1985 Cathy Massiter MI5 Former MI5 officer who accused the British security service of having over-zealously interpreted which groups qualified as subversive, thus justifying surveillance against them. Massiter revealed that MI5 had spied on trade unions, civil liberty organisations and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.[37][38]
1985 Ronald J. Goldstein EBASCO Constructors Inc. Nuclear power whistleblower Goldstein was a supervisor employed by EBASCO, which was a major contractor for the construction of Houston Lighting and Power Company’s South Texas Project (a complex of two nuclear power plants). In the summer of 1985, Goldstein identified safety problems to SAFETEAM, an internal compliance program established by EBASCO and Houston Lighting, including noncompliance with safety procedures, the failure to issue safety compliance reports, and quality control violations affecting the safety of the plant. SAFETEAM was promoted as an independent safe haven for employees to voice their safety concerns. The two companies did not inform their employees that they did not believe complaints reported to SAFETEAM had any legal protection. After he filed his report to SAFETEAM, Goldstein was fired. Subsequently, Goldstein filed suit under federal nuclear whistleblower statutes. The U.S. Department of Labor ruled that his submissions to SAFETEAM were protected and his dismissal was invalid, a finding upheld by Labor Secretary Lynn Martin. The ruling was appealed and overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that private programs offered no protection to whistleblowers. After Goldstein lost his case, Congress amended the federal nuclear whistleblower law to provide protection reports made to internal systems and prevent retaliation against whistleblowers.[39]
1986 Mordechai Vanunu Headshot.jpg Mordechai Vanunu Israeli nuclear weapons program Revealed Israel’s clandestine nuclear program to the British press. He spent seventeen and a half years in prison as a result, the first eleven of these in solitary confinement. After his release, sanctions were placed on him: among others, he was not allowed to leave Israel or speak to foreigners. The sanctions have been renewed every twelve months. At present, he is appealing a further six-month prison sentence imposed by an Israeli court for having spoken to foreigners and foreign press.[40][41]
1988 Peter Wright MI5 Former science officer of MI5 who claimed in his book, Spycatcher, that the UK Security Service plotted to remove Prime Minister Harold Wilson from office and the Director General of MI5 was a Soviet spy. After its publication in Australia, which the Thatcher government tried to block, the government attempted to ban the book in Britain under the Official Secrets Act. Through litigation, it succeeded in imposing a gag order on English newspapers to prevent them from publishing Wright’s allegations. The gag orders were upheld by the Law Lords.[42][43] Eventually, in 1988, the book was cleared for legitimate sale when the Law Lords acknowledged that overseas publication meant it contained no secrets.[44] However, Wright was barred from receiving royalties from the sale of the book in the United Kingdom. In November 1991, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the British government had breached the European Convention of Human Rights in gagging its own newspapers.[45][46] The British Government’s legal cost were estimated at £250,000 in 1987.[47]
1988 Harry Templeton The Mirror Group Harry Templeton worked as a printer on newspapers owned by Robert Maxwell’s Mirror Group. In 1985, Templeton was appointed as a trustee of the Mirror Group Pension Scheme, but was fired in 1988 after challenging Maxwell’s misuses of pension funds.[48] Only after Maxwell’s death a couple of years later was it revealed that Maxwell had stolen £400m of staff pension money.
1988 Roland Gibeault Genisco Technology Gibeault filed a qui tam lawsuit against defense subcontractor Genisco Technology Corp. after working undercover for 18 months with the FBI and DCIS to uncover the company’s fraudulent test methods that were used to pass key components for the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) missile. The FBI and DCIS case resulted in a plea-bargained $725,000 fine and three Genisco executives sent to federal prison.[49][50] Gibeault, who was fired from Genisco following revelation of whistleblowing, received $131,250 of the fine.[51] In 1989, Gibeault and fellow employee Inge Maudal also filed qui tam actions against Genisco’s parent company, Texas Instruments.[52]
1989 Douglas D. Keeth United Technologies Corporation Filed a qui tam lawsuit against United Technologies Corp. (UTX) where he held the title vice president of finance. Mr. Keeth and others had investigated billing practices at UTX’s Sikorsky Aircraft division, uncovering inflated progress billings going back at least as far as 1982. UTX offered Mr. Keeth a $1 million severance payment if he would keep quiet, but Keeth rejected the offer. In 1994, UTX paid $150 million to the government and Keeth was awarded a bounty of $22.5 million.[53]
1989 William Schumer Hughes Aircraft Filed a lawsuit January 1989 alleging fraud by Hughes Aircraft with respect to the B-2 bomber. In 1997 the Supreme Court held that the claim should have been dismissed as based on invalid retroactive legislation because the alleged fraud occurred in 1982–1984, before the 1986 amendments to the Fraudulent Claims Act which might have permitted it. The government did not support Schumer in his lawsuit as it had determined the alleged fraud had actually benefited the government by shifting costs from the cost-plus B-2 contract to the fixed-price F-15 contract.[54]
1989–1991 Myron Mehlman Mobil A toxicologist, he warned managers at Mobil that the company’s gasoline that was being sold in Japan contained benzene in excess of 5 percent, and that levels needed to be reduced. Upon his return to the United States, he was fired. He later successfully sued the company.[55]
1990s[edit]
Year Image Name Organization Action
1990 Arnold Gundersen Nuclear Energy Services Nuclear power whistleblower Arnold Gundersen discovered radioactive material in an accounting safe at Nuclear Energy Services (NES) in Danbury, Connecticut, the consulting firm where he held a $120,000-a-year job as senior vice president.[56] Three weeks after he notified the company president of what he believed to be radiation safety violations, Gundersen was fired. According to The New York Times, for three years, Gundersen “was awakened by harassing phone calls in the middle of the night” and he “became concerned about his family’s safety”. Gundersen believes he was blacklisted, harassed and fired for doing what he thought was right.[56] NES filed a $1.5 million defamation lawsuit against him that was settled out-of-court. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission report concluded that there had been irregularities at NES, and the Office of the Inspector General reported that the NRC had violated its own regulations by sending business to NES.
1992 Mark Whitacre (crop).jpg[57] Mark Whitacre Archer Daniels Midland PhD scientist and former Divisional President with Archer Daniels Midland, who worked with the FBI as a secret informant, to blow the whistle on price-fixing cartel in his company. This story is featured in the film The Informant![58][59] where Whitacre is portrayed by Matt Damon.
1992 Keith A. Schooley Keith A. Schooley Keith A. Schooley (born 1952) is an American author and former stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, who brought attention to fraud and corruption within the firm at the Oklahoma and Texas offices in 1992 as a whistleblower.[60] As a result, he was terminated from the firm,[61] and sued the corporation in a case that went to the Oklahoma Supreme Court,[62] and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.[63]
1994 André Cicolella French Institute for Research and Security André Cicolella showed that fetal malformations are associated with being exposed in utero to glycol ethers. The French Institute for Research and Security decided not to allow him to participate in a symposium that he was organizing on health risks linked with ether glycols, and fired him. In 1998 it was confirmed that he was right.
1994–95 William Sanjour United States Environmental Protection Agency Whistleblower at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over 20 years who also wrote on whistleblower protection issues.[64] He won a landmark lawsuit against the federal government which established the First Amendment rights of federal employees to “blow the whistle” on their employer.[Sanjour v. EPA,56 F.3d 85 (D.C. Cir. 1995)(en banc)]
1996 George Galatis Nuclear power industry Nuclear power whistleblower George Galatis was a senior nuclear engineer who reported safety problems at the Millstone 1 Nuclear Power Plant, relating to reactor refueling procedures, in 1996.[65][66] The unsafe procedures meant that spent fuel rod pools at Unit 1 had the potential to boil, possibly releasing radioactive steam.[67] Galatis eventually took his concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to find that they had “known about the unsafe procedures for years”. As a result of going to the NRC, Galatis experienced “subtle forms of harassment, retaliation, and intimidation”.[66][68] The NRC Office of Inspector General investigated this episode and essentially agreed with Galatis in Case Number 95-771, the report of which tells the whole story.[69] George Galatis was the subject of a Time magazine cover story on March 4, 1996.[68] Millstone 1 was permanently closed in July 1998.
1996 Jeffrey Wigand (178631094).jpg Jeffrey Wigand Brown & Williamson Jeffrey Wigand had been recently fired from his position as vice president of research and development at tobacco company Brown & Williamson when, on February 4, 1996, he stated on the CBS news program 60 Minutes that the company intentionally manipulated the level of nicotine in cigarette smoke to addict smokers. Wigand claims that he was subsequently harassed and received anonymous death threats. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 1999 film The Insider.
1996 Allan Cutler Canadian government The first whistleblower on the Canadian “AdScam” or sponsorship scandal. Without legal protection, he was fired by the Canadian government. As the case developed, federal legislation was passed to protect future whistleblowers in the Canadian civil service. Several convictions have been recorded to date with the case, with proceedings still in progress.
1996 David Franklin Parke-Davis Exposed illegal promotion of the epilepsy drug Neurontin for un-approved uses while withholding evidence that the drug was not effective for these conditions. Parke-Davis’s new owners Pfizer eventually pleaded guilty and paid criminal and civil fines of $430 million. The case had widespread effects including: establishing a new standards for pharmaceutical marketing practices; broadening the use of the False Claims Act to make fraudulent marketing claims criminal violations; exposing complicity and active participation in fraud by renowned physicians; and demonstrating how medical literature had been systematically adulterated by the pharmaceutical industry and its paid clinical consultants. Under the False Claims Act Dr Franklin receives $24.6m as part of the settlement agreement.[70]
1996 Michael Ruppert Los Angeles Police Department Former LAPD narcotics officer who contested the CIA director John Deutch’s assertions that the CIA was not complicit in drug trafficking during a town hall meeting at Los Angeles’ Locke High School on November 5, 1995. At the meeting, Ruppert publicly alleged the existence of classified CIA programs named “Amadeus”, “Pegasus”, and “Watchtower”, claiming to possess evidence for the programs including redacted documents from “Watchtower”, and stated that CIA officers had attempted to involve him in protecting these CIA operations during the late 1970s.[71] His account corresponds to similar allegations regarding Operation Watchtower.[72]
1996–1998 Nancy Olivieri Apotex Starting in 1996, Olivieri was part of a group conducting a clinical trial in order to evaluate the use of a drug of Apotex, deferiprone, in treating persons with a blood disorder, thalassaemia.[73] During the course of the trial, Olivieri became concerned about evidence that pointed to the toxicity of the study drug and to the drug being inefficacious. Olivieri informed both the research ethics board that was monitoring the study and Apotex, the drug maker. The research ethics board instructed Olivieri to inform participants about her concerns. Apotex responded by noting that Olivieri had signed a confidentiality agreement as part of the drug trial and that informing participants about her concerns, the validity of which Apotex disputed, would violate that confidentiality agreement. Apotex threatened to vigorously pursue all legal remedies against her if she disclosed her conclusions to patients. Olivieri disclosed her concerns to her patients and Apotex ended the portion of the study in which she was participating. In 1998, the New England Journal of Medicine published her paper suggesting that deferiprone led to progressive hepatic fibrosis.[74][75]
1997 Frederic Whitehurst Federal Bureau of Investigation A chemist at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation who was the FBI Laboratory’s foremost expert on explosives residue in the 1990s, and became the first modern-day FBI whistleblower. He reported a lack of scientific standards and serious flaws in the FBI Lab, including in the first World Trade Center bombing cases and the Oklahoma City bombing case. Whitehurst’s whistleblower disclosures triggered an overhaul of the FBI’s crime lab following a report by the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General in 1997. Dr. Whitehurst filed a federal lawsuit claiming whistleblower retaliation, and he reached a settlement with the FBI worth more than $1.16 million.[76] Whitehurst now directs the FBI Oversight Project of the National Whistleblower Center.
1997 David Shayler Axis for Peace 2005-11-18.jpg David Shayler MI5 Along with girlfriend Annie Machon, resigned from MI5 to expose alleged criminal acts by the UK Secret Services, including a failed assassination attempt on Muammar Gaddafi. Shayler also accused the Security Services of planting false stories in the press, substantiated in one example by a court.[77]
1997 Christoph Meili UBS A night guard at a Swiss bank, he discovered that his employer was destroying records of savings by Holocaust victims, which the bank was required to return to heirs of the victims. After the Swiss authorities sought to arrest Meili, he was given political asylum in the United States.[78][79]
1997 Alan Parkinson Australian Government Alan Parkinson is a mechanical and nuclear engineer who has written the 2007 book, Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up, about the clean-up of the British atomic bomb test site at Maralinga in South Australia.[80] In 1993, Parkinson became the key person on the Maralinga clean-up project, representing the then federal Labor government. By 1997, however, there was much cost-cutting involved which compromised the project, and personal differences about how the project should proceed, which led to the sacking of Parkinson by the new Howard government.[81] The clean-up was totally unsatisfactory according to Parkinson and he exposed the situation through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, provoking a strong rebuttal and personal abuse from the government.[81]
1998 Shiv Chopra Canadian government A microbiologist and activist who was involved in one of the first major whistleblowing incidents in the Canadian public service.
1998 Paul van Buitenen European Commission Accused European Commission members of corruption. (See Resignation of the Santer Commission).
1998 Marc Hodler.jpg Marc Hodler International Olympic Committee IOC member who blew the whistle on the Winter Olympic bid scandal for the 2002 Salt Lake City games.
1998 Linda Tripp Clinton Administration Former White House staff member who disclosed to the Office of Independent Counsel that Monica Lewinsky committed perjury and attempted to suborn perjury, and President Bill Clinton committed misconduct, by denying the Clinton-Lewinsky relationship in the Paula Jones federal civil rights suit. A victim of retaliation by the Clinton Administration, Tripp successfully sued the Department of Defense and the Justice Department for releasing information from her security file and employment file to the news media in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. In 2003, Tripp settled with the federal government for over $595,000. In addition, she received a retroactive promotion and retroactive pay for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000, a pension and was cleared to work for the federal government again.[82]
1999 Harry Markopolos Early whistleblower of suspected securities fraud by Bernard Madoff, tipping off the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) repeatedly.
1999 Youri Bandazhevsky In 1999, Youri Bandazhevsky released the results that he accumulated about the health problems of children in the contaminated area of Chernobyl. He is arrested in July 1999.
1990s–2000s Marlene Garcia-Esperat Philippines Department of Agriculture Former analytical chemist for the Philippines Department of Agriculture who became a journalist to expose departmental corruption, and was murdered in 2005. Her assailants later surrendered to police, and have testified that they were hired by officials in the Department of Agriculture.[83]
1990s–2000s Janet Howard, Tanya Ward Jordan and Joyce E. Megginson United States Department of Commerce Exposed widespread systemic racism and retaliation within the Department of Commerce against African-American employees.[84]
2000s[edit]
2000s Karen Kwiatkowski on the farm.jpg Karen Kwiatkowski United States Air Force Retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who worked as a desk officer in The Pentagon and in a number of roles in the National Security Agency. She has written a number of essays on corrupting political influences of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has said that she was the anonymous source for Seymour Hersh and Warren Strobel on their exposés of pre-war intelligence.[85]
2000s Stefan P Kruszewski MD.jpg Stefan P. Kruszewski Pharmaceutical companies Kruszewski is a whistleblower, with settlements from suits brought against Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, Pfizer, Inc., and AstraZeneca. Kruszewski became aware of inadequate care and the exploiting of state-committed mentally ill children through overmedication and physical and chemical restraints while working for the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Program Integrity for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When he refused to keep silent about his discoveries, he was fired from his position at the state.[86] Kruszewski won settlements for both a First Amendment case against the state of Pennsylvania[87] as well as his first Qui tam lawsuit against the hospital.[88] In the cases against pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer[89] and AstraZeneca,[90] Kruszewski highlighted clinical science that was misrepresented by the defendants in their marketing and promotion of certain drugs. He also demonstrated problems with off-label marketing (marketing that promotes uses, patients or doses that are not approved by the US FDA) which resulted in heightened, but often non-transparent, risk to the health of patients and exceptional costs to taxpayers and state and federal governments.[91][92][93]
2000s Guy Pearse Large fossil fuel companies in Australia According to the research of Pearse, lobby groups representing the largest fossil fuel producing or consuming industries in Australia referred to themselves as the Greenhouse Mafia. These groups are represented in Canberra by the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN). AIGN members boasted to Pearse in recorded interviews how they routinely gained access to what should be confidential information concerning government policy on energy and transport. Pearse cited recorded interviews with AIGN members and said that lobbyists had written cabinet submissions, ministerial briefings, and costings in two departments on at least half a dozen occasions over a decade.[94] According to Pearse, those within groups lobbying for unrestricted greenhouse gas emissions have been able to ensure that government ministers hear mostly matching advice from their own departmental officials. Pearse says that this influence is entrenched to such an extent that fossil fuel industry lobby groups have actually been writing Australia’s greenhouse policy at least since the Kyoto Protocol in 1998, and probably even before John Howard became Prime Minister in 1996.[94] Disillusioned, Pearse became a whistleblower, and in July 2007, Pearse released his book on the subject, High & Dry: John Howard, Climate Change and the Selling of Australia’s Future. In early 2007, Clive Hamilton wrote his book titled Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change, drawing heavily on Pearse’s research.
2000 Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.jpg Marsha Coleman-Adebayo United States Environmental Protection Agency Marsha Coleman-Adebayo was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She blew the whistle on the EPA for racial and gender discrimination in violation of Civil Rights Act of 1964 which began after she was removed from her position in South Africa where her “job was to essentially help the South African government to work on issues that impact public health”.[95] In South Africa she brought to the attention of the EPA the dangerous conditions an American company was exposing African workers who were mining to vanadium, a dangerous substance. Her case eventually led to the passing of the No-FEAR Act in 2002 that makes federal agencies more accountable for employee complaints.[95]
2001 Joseph Nacchio Qwest /National Security Agency Nacchio was chairperson and CEO of Qwest when it refused to participate in NSA spying on its customers in February 2001. Qwest was the only telecommunications company to require FISA court orders. Nacchio claims that in retaliation, Qwest subsequently was denied government contracts.[96]
2001 Pascal Diethelm.jpg
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Pascal Diethelm (see French Wikipedia), Jean-Charles Rielle (see French Wikipedia) Philip Morris USA and University of Geneva Swiss tobacco control advocates and alumni from the University of Geneva who revealed the secret ties of Ragnar Rylander (see French Wikipedia), professor of environmental health, to the tobacco industry. In a public statement made in 2001, Pascal Diethelm and Jean-Charles Rielle accused Rylander of being “secretly employed by Philip Morris” and qualified of “scientific fraud without precedent” the concealment of his links with the tobacco industry for a period of 30 years, during which he publicly presented himself as an independent scientist, while obeying orders given by Philip Morris executives and lawyers, publishing articles and organizing symposia which denied or trivialized the toxicity of secondhand smoke. After a long trial, which went up to the supreme court of Switzerland, all accusations were found to be true.[97] Following this judgment, the University of Geneva prohibited its members from soliciting research subsidies or direct or indirect consultancies with the tobacco industry.[98]
2001 J.Radack.jpg Jesselyn Radack United States Department of Justice Radack, a DOJ lawyer, told Newsweek that the DOJ both lied about and destroyed documents regarding John Walker Lindh’s interrogation and his parent’s attempts to get him a lawyer. The DOJ retaliated by pushing her out of the Department, getting her fired from her next job, trying to get her law licence revoked, and other means.
2002 Richard Maok Riaño Botina AKA “@hackerFiscalia” Attorney General’s Office – Technical Investigation Unit (CTI) “A former computer expert in the attorney general’s office, Richard Maok, has been transferred from his job after compiling data documenting that phone calls from inside the attorney general’s office had been made to the phones of presumed paramilitary members in northeast Colombia.”[99] “He took all the captured cell phones of the paramilitaries in the legal proceedings, made the crossing and discovered a huge amount of coincidences, that is, paramilitaries and many prosecutorial officials communicated permanently. Congressman Gustavo Petro presented that debate to Congress introduced Mr. Riaño and it was made public.”[100] In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, that infiltration would reach the national police, the army, the prison system, the intelligence agency, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Colombian Congress itself. The investigation took as a starting point the crossing of information referring to facts in which the violation of human rights occurred, which contained the names of the leaders of the most important paramilitary groups of the moment. That infiltration and the paramilitary actions were aimed at eliminating the political opposition, in order to definitely install the Uribe as the family in power. The hacker of the Prosecutor’s Office directly holds former president Álvaro Uribe responsible for that situation. The reprisals against the “Hacker” were swift: house raids and home searches, telephone interception, 24-hour surveillance, judicial complaint, and dismissal, took the situation to a limit that led to the request of refuge in Canada, where Maok Riaño resides 15 years ago.” [101]
2002 Kathryn Bolkovac United Nations International Police Originally hired by the U.S. company DynCorp as part of a $15 million UN contract to hire and train police officers for duty in Bosnia. She eventually reported that such officers were paying for prostitutes and participating in sex-trafficking.[102] Many of these were forced to resign under suspicion of illegal activity, but none have been prosecuted, as they also enjoy immunity from prosecution in Bosnia.[103] Bolkovac filed a lawsuit[104] in Great Britain against DynCorp for unfair dismissal due to a protected disclosure (whistleblowing), and on August 2, 2002, the tribunal unanimously found in her favor.[105]
2002 Cynthia Cooper Worldcom Exposed corporate financial scandal. Jointly named Time’s People of the Year in 2002.
2002 Sherron Watkins Enron Exposed corporate financial scandal. Jointly named Time’s People of the Year in 2002.
2002 Diann Shipione San Diego Diann Shipione, a former trustee of the San Diego City retirement board,[106] is credited with exposing unlawful underfunding of the city’s pension fund[107] and the omission of multiple billions of dollars of pension and retiree healthcare debt in the City of San Diego municipal bond offering[108] sales documents.[109]
She was, in her professional life, formerly a vice president at UBS Financial Services.[110]

City officials and pension board trustees created a multi-year smear campaign,[111] including filing ethics charges against her[112] and plotting to have her arrested by the San Diego City Police.[113]

The scandal caused widespread fallout in the city’s political and financial sectors.[114] Several city officials resigned, including the City Auditor, City Manager, City Treasurer[115] and the Mayor. The City became the target of two federal investigations[116] and in November 2006, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission entered an order sanctioning the City of San Diego for committing securities fraud.[116]

Shipione was eventually proven right about her concerns[117] and received public recognition for her pension system related services from many civic organizations in San Diego.

2002 Coleen Rowley 17 Sep 2006.jpg Coleen Rowley Federal Bureau of Investigation Outlined the FBI’s slow action before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Jointly named Time’s People of the Year in 2002.
2002 William Binney-IMG 9040.jpg William Binney
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Edward Loomis National Security Agency NSA officials initially joined House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staffer Diane Roark in asking U.S. Department of Defense inspector general to investigate wasteful spending on the Trailblazer Project and the NSA officials eventually went public when they were ignored and retaliated upon. They claim that Thinthread was more focused thus more effective and lower cost than Trailblazer and subsequent programs, which automatically collected trillions of domestic communications of Americans in deliberate violation of the U.S. Constitution.
2002 Marta Andreasen European Commission Argentine-born Spanish accountant, employed by the European Commission as Chief Accountant, and notable for raising concerns about fraud potential within EU, neglected by the Commission.
2002 Glenn Walp
Steven L. Doran University of California
Los Alamos National Laboratory Glenn Walp and Steven L. Doran were hired to investigate allegations of fraud at the University of California’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. They were fired after they exposed breaches of security as well as fraud and mismanagement to the Department of Energy. Their investigation resulted in congressional hearings. Walpo received a $930,000 settlement from the University of California (UC) for wrongful termination.[118] Doran accepted UC’s offer of a position as security consultant.[119]
2002 Sibel edmonds on RT.png Sibel Edmonds Federal Bureau of Investigation Former FBI translator naturalized American citizen of Turkish descent who was fired in 2002 by the FBI for attempting to report coverups of security issues, potential espionage, and incompetence. She has been gagged by the State Secrets Privilege in her efforts to go to court on these issues, including a rejection recently by the Supreme Court of the United States to hear her case without comment. She is now founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) that is looking to lobby congress and help other whistleblowers with legal and other forms of assistance.[120]
2003 Sgt. Frank “Greg” Ford U.S. Army Sgt. Frank “Greg” Ford is a retired counterintelligence agent with over 30 years of military service. He was stationed in Samarra, Iraq in June 2003 with the California National Guard’s 223rd Military Intelligence (M.I.) Battalion. After reporting to superiors systematic abuse of Iraqi detainees at Samarra, Sgt. Ford was judged mentally unstable by an Army psychiatrist and renditioned to Landstuhl, Germany to receive further psychological evaluation. In all following psychiatric assessments, Ford was determined to be of sound mind. In later interviews and press appearances, Ford also alleges he witnessed the diversion of U.S.-made weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria and suggests these munitions were deployed by the Syrian military against rebels and civilians during the Syrian civil war.
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2003 Courtland Kelley General Motors Courtland Kelley was the head of the General Motors inspection and quality assurance program for many years. He found faults in the Chevrolet Cavalier and the Chevrolet Cobalt, and repeatedly reported them, with little response. He thought his supervisors were more interested in maintaining sales and their own positions than with expensive recalls. In 2003, Kelley sued GM alleging that the company had been slow to address the dangers in its cars and trucks. Even though he lost the court case, Kelley thought that by blowing the whistle he had done the right and proper thing. Faulty ignition switches in the Cobalts, which cut power to the car while in motion, were eventually linked to many crashes resulting in fatalities, starting with a teenager in 2005 who drove her new Cobalt into a tree.[122] In May 2014 the NHTSA fined the company $35 million for failing to recall cars with faulty ignition switches for a decade, despite knowing there was a problem with the switches. Thirteen deaths were attributed to the faulty switches during the time the company failed to recall the cars.[123]
2003 Diane Urquhart Canadian Government Former senior securities industry executive who revealed to the Canadian House of Commons’s finance committee that Canadian frozen non-bank asset-backed commercial paper caused a loss of $7–$13 billion held primarily by government, corporation pension funds and treasuries.[124]
2003 Katharine Gun United Kingdom GCHQ Leaked top-secret information to the press concerning alleged illegal activities by the United States and the United Kingdom in their push for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
2003 Robert MacLean Federal Law Enforcement Training Center graduation oath.jpeg Robert MacLean United States Transportation Security Administration U.S. Federal Air Marshal who exposed the TSA’s agency-wide plan to remove Federal Air Marshals from nonstop, long distance flights for two months in order to avoid expenditures associated with air marshals lodging in hotels overnight. The plan was formulated in response to a budget shortfall due to overspending. The plan was formulated three days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Advisory that warned the airline industry and law enforcement of a suicide hijacking plot in which terrorists would exploit U.S. immigration and airport security loopholes. After outrage from U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton,[125] Charles Schumer,[126] Barbara Boxer,[127] and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,[128] TSA’s plan was rescinded before becoming operational. MacLean was fired after DHS discovered he disclosed the plan.[129] On January 27, 2014, the Obama administration appealed MacLean’s federal appeals court win to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court accepted DHS’ appeal for review and affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision in MacLean’s favor 7-2. The decision was written by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.[130]
2003 Joseph Wilson United States Government Former U.S. ambassador, whose editorial in The New York Times, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa”,[131] showed reasons for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
2003 Richard Convertino United States Department of Justice Former federal prosecutor who obtained the first conviction of a defendant in a terrorism case post-9/11. After Convertino testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in September 2003 about the lack of Bush Administration support of anti-terrorism prosecutions post-9/11, Convertino alleges the Justice Department leaked information and violated a court order to publicly smear him in retaliation for his whistleblowing. Additionally, the Justice Department indicted Convertino for obstruction of justice and lying, which Convertino alleges is further whistleblower retaliation.[citation needed]
2003 Satyendra Dubey India National Highways Authority Accused his employer NHAI of corruption in highway construction projects in India, in letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Assassinated on November 27, 2003. Enormous media coverage following his death may lead to Whistleblower Act in India.[citation needed]
2004 Joe Darby United States Army First alerted the U.S. military command of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison, in Abu Ghraib, Iraq.
2004 Neil Patrick Carrick Greater Grace World Outreeach A former member and staff member of Greater Grace World Outreach in Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A. who uncovered financial and sexual abuse by church leaders. Eventually, The Baltimore Sun would publish a front-page story uncovering a $500,000 payoff regarding a cover-up of an affair of a staff Pastor. Multiple articles across the United State and Internationally would follow. Following the split of the international organization hundreds of congregations, schools would change their affiliation with the organization. In the following years, several individuals would be convicted of sexual abuse related crimes including staff members from the Baltimore Church.
2004 Hans-Peter Martin European Parliament Accused Parliament members of invalid expense claims.[citation needed]
2004 Craig Murray United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office British Ambassador to Uzbekistan who opposed the Karimov regime’s use of torture and its other violations of human rights, and British Government support for the use of torture.
2004 Gerald w brown.jpg Gerald W. Brown Nuclear power industry Nuclear power whistleblower Gerald W. Brown was a former firestop contractor and consultant who uncovered the Thermo-lag circuit integrity scandal and silicone foam scandals in U.S. and Canadian nuclear power plants, which led to Congressional proceedings as well as Provincial proceedings in the Canadian Province of Ontario concerning deficiencies in passive fire protection.
2004 Sergeant Provance.jpg Samuel Provance United States Army System administrator for U.S. Army Military Intelligence at the Abu Ghraib prison who publicly revealed the role of interrogators in the abuses, as well the general effort to cover-up the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse itself.
2004 The A2.JPG Peter Rost Pfizer Former vice president at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Rost reported about accounting irregularities and other irregularities to his management. He was then transferred from Sweden to a position in New Jersey, a change that he characterized as a retaliatory demotion. He sued Wyeth, and the case was settled out of court on undisclosed terms.[132] He moved to Pharmacia, where he became concerned about off-market labeling of Genotropin. He reported this activity to his managers at Pfizer after Pfizer’s purchase of Pharmacia, and later filed a False Claims suit against the company. The Department of Justice declined to join the suit as Pfizer had already disclosed the violations.[133] While a highly paid executive at Pfizer, Rost publicly took positions opposed to those of Pfizer such as advocating drug reimportation and writing a glowing review of a book highly critical of the industry. He was exiled internally by Pfizer and removed from all responsibilities and decision making, a move which Rost says was due to his whistleblowing. In 2004, he testified in Congress as a private individual in favour of drug reimportation, a position strongly at odds with the official policy of the pharmaceutical industry. In December 2005, Rost was fired from Pfizer.[134] In September 2006 he published his experiences in the book “The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman.”[citation needed]
2005 Sandra Martinez Cam Philippines Jueteng (illegal numbers game) whistleblower
Sandra Martinez Cam, who is a native of Batuan, Masbate, Philippines rose to fame after exposing several scams involving public officials and agencies in the Philippine government. Among these are the “jueteng” (illegal numbers game) scandal, the presence of illegal drugs and high-powered firearms at the Bureau of Corrections, and the escape of the Reyes brothers via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). An advocate of women’s rights, she also uncovered the sex for flight scandal which victimized several female Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East. More recently, the fearless Masbatena said she has obtained information that would shed light on the infamous “tanim-bala” (planting of bullets) scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which has been going on since 2012.[135][136]

2005 Renee Dufault Food and Drug Administration
Dufault presented research finding to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 that showed caustic soda (lye) used in the production and manufacturing of High Fructose Corn Syrup, left trace amounts of mercury in foods containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. After independent testing verified her finding,[137] she attempted to publish her research and was denied usage of Federal extramural data. She left the FDA in 2008 to make her research public.[138][139]

2005 Richard Levernier United States Department of Energy
Richard Levernier is an American nuclear power whistleblower. Levernier worked for 23 years as a nuclear security professional, and identified security problems at U.S. nuclear facilities as part of his job. Specifically, after 9/11, he identified problems with contingency planning to protect U.S. nuclear plants from terrorist attacks. He said that the assumption that attackers would both enter and exit from facilities was not valid, since suicide terrorists would not need to exit. In response to this complaint, the U.S. Department of Energy withdrew Levernier’s security clearance and he was assigned to clerical work. Levernier approached the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which handles U.S. federal whistleblower matters. It took the OSC four years to vindicate Levernier, ruling that the Department’s retaliation was illegal – but the OSC could not reinstate Levernier’s security clearance, so he was unable to regain work in nuclear security.[140][141]

2005 Toni Hoffman Queensland Health, Australia Toni Hoffman is a senior Australian nurse who exposed the medical malpractice of surgeon Jayant Patel. She originally began to raise doubts about the ability of Patel with hospital management and other staff. Both doctors and surgeons who were familiar with his work were also deeply concerned. Patel became the subject of the Morris Inquiry and later the Davies Commission. Eventually the matter was raised in the Queensland Parliament. Hoffman received the 2006 Australian of the Year Local Hero Award and an Order of Australia Medal, for her role as a whistleblower.[142][143]
2005 Russ Tice 2009.jpg Russ Tice United States Government Former intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. Air Force, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Tice first approached Congress and eventually the media about the warrantless surveillance of the U.S. population by the NSA. Tice was a major source for the 2005 New York Times exposé and spoke out widely following subsequent disclosures by other NSA whistleblowers. He was the first to speak publicly and openly with allegations during the era beginning with the George W. Bush administration (which continues into the Obama administration). He had earlier been known for reporting suspicions that a DIA colleague of his might be a Chinese spy.[144]
2005 Maria do Rosàrio Veiga World Meteorological Organization Enquired about a fraud, wrote a final report in 2005. Chief IAIS 2002/nov2006, terminated by the WMO.[145][146][147]
2005–2011 Thomas Andrews Drake National Security Agency Thomas Drake worked at the NSA in various analyst and management positions. He blew the whistle on the NSA’s Trailblazer Project that he felt was a violation of the Fourth Amendment and other laws and regulations. He contacted The Baltimore Sun which published articles about waste, fraud, and abuse at the NSA, including stories about Trailblazer. In April 2010, Drake was indicted by a grand jury on various charges, including obstructing justice and making false statements. After the May 22, 2011 broadcast of a 60 Minutes episode on the Drake case, the government dropped all of the charges against Drake and agreed not to seek any jail time in return for Drake’s agreement to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of misusing the agency’s computer system. Drake was sentenced to one year of probation and community service.
2005 Bunnatine “Bunny” H. Greenhouse Halliburton Former chief civilian contracting officer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers who exposed illegality in the no-bid contracts for reconstruction in Iraq by a Halliburton subsidiary.[148]
2005–2009 Brad Birkenfeld UBS An American banker who formerly worked for UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, he was the first person who exposed what has become a multibillion-dollar international tax fraud scandal over Swiss private banking.[149][150] He provided extensive and voluntary cooperation with the U.S. government, registering as an IRS whistleblower, Birkenfeld is the only U.S. citizen to be sentenced to prison as a result of the scandal.[91]
2005 Thomas Tamm United States Department of Justice Attorney for the DOJ’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review who initially informed The New York Times for the story that became a 2005 exposé on mass warrantless surveillance. His home was raided in 2007 during FBI investigation of the leaks and he began to openly speak out publicly in 2008.
2005 Shawn Carpenter Sandia National Laboratories Discovered that a sophisticated group of hackers were systematically penetrating hundreds of computer networks at major U.S. defense contractors, military installations and government agencies to access sensitive information. After informing his superiors at Sandia, he was directed not to share the information with anyone, because management cared only about Sandia’s computers. He, however, went on to voluntarily work with the U.S. Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to address the problem. When Sandia discovered his actions, they terminated his employment and revoked his security clearance. His story was first reported in the September 5, 2005, issue of Time. On February 13, 2007, a New Mexico State Court awarded him $4.7 million in damages from Sandia Corporation for firing him. The jury found Sandia Corporation’s handling of Mr. Carpenter’s firing was “malicious, willful, reckless, wanton, fraudulent, or in bad faith.”
2005 Rick S. Piltz National Aeronautics and Space Administration Exposed Philip Cooney, a White House official who edited a climate change report to reflect the administration’s views without having any scientific background.[citation needed]
2005 Shanmughan Manjunath Indian Oil Corporation Former manager at Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), and spoke against adulteration of petrol. He was shot dead on November 19, 2005, allegedly by a petrol pump owner from Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed]
2005 Paul Moore HBOS Executive at the UK bank HBOS who in 2005 was fired, allegedly after warning his senior colleagues that the company’s sales strategy was at odds with prudent management. In 2009 Moore spoke out about his warnings to the Treasury Select Committee of parliament during its investigation into the turmoil in the UK banking system.[151]
2006 Gary J. Aguirre United States Securities and Exchange Commission Exposed the SEC’s failure to pursue investigation of John Mack in insider trading case involving Pequot Capital Management and Arthur J. Samberg. Aguirre was fired for complaining about special treatment for Mack, which prompted investigations by the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, culminating in a joint report vindicating Aguirre. Through his FOIA request filed to learn more about his wrongful termination, he uncovered the “smoking gun” that forced the SEC to reopen its case against Pequot, leading to a settlement of $28 million in 2009. A month later, the SEC settled Aguirre’s lawsuit for wrongful termination, paying $755,000. Aguirre also won a lawsuit against the SEC filed in District Court.[152][153]
2006 Rosemary Johann-Liang U.S. FDA In 2006, Rosemary Johann-Liang, deputy director of the Division of Drug Risk Evaluation, in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recommended that the product label for the diabetes drug Avandia include a strong warning that the use of the drug could result in congestive heart failure. She was reprimanded by FDA managers, who transferred the Avandia safety review work to her supervisor. Johann-Liang was vindicated in May 2007, when the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine aired similar concerns about problems with Avandia, and the FDA finally requested a “Black Box” warning label for the product. Johann-Liang ended up resigning from the FDA.[154][155]
2006 2008 IEEE-SSIT Barus Award Presenation.jpg Michael DeKort United States Department of Homeland Security – United States Coast Guard Michael DeKort was an American systems engineer and project manager at Lockheed Martin who posted a whistleblowing video on YouTube.com about the Lockheed Integrated Deepwater System Program.[156] In 2008, DeKort was awarded the Society on Social Implications of Technology’s public service award.[157] As well as the Barus Ethics Award from the IEEE for his efforts to ensure accountability and whistleblowing video.[158]
2006 Walter DeNino Student and lab technician who questioned Eric Poehlman’s integrity.[159]
2006 Marco Pautasso World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Senior Auditor blew the whistle on fraud and attempted fraud committed by WIPO Director-General Kamil Idris in November 2006[160][failed verification].[161] Worked at WIPO from 2003 to 11/2006; now consultant.
2006 Mark Klein AT&T.jpg Mark Klein AT&T, National Security Agency Retired communications technician for AT&T who revealed the details of the secret 2003 construction of a monitoring facility in Room 641A of 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco, the site of a large SBC phone building, three floors of which are occupied by AT&T. The facility is alleged to be one of several operated by the National Security Agency as part of the warrantless surveillance undertaken by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[162]
2006 Cate Jenkins United States Environmental Protection Agency Wrote memos to the EPA Inspector General, U.S. Congress, and FBI detailing the chemical composition of dust from the September 11 attacks and its hazards to responders. She alerted The New York Times in 2006[163] and said in a 2009 CBS interview[164] that the EPA explicitly lied about the danger of the dust which caused chemical burns in the lungs of responders, debilitating illnesses in many that included fatalities, and that it could have been prevented with proper safety equipment. Jenkins claims that the EPA has been misleading about evidence of debris inhalation hazards since the 1980s. She was fired and in 2012 successfully sued to be reinstated,[165][166]
2006 Michael G. Winston Countrywide former executive at the Countrywide Financial Corporation.[167]
2006–07 Richard M. Bowen III Citigroup Starting in June 2006, Senior Vice President Richard M. Bowen III, the chief underwriter of Citigroup’s Consumer Lending Group, began warning the board of directors about the extreme risks being taken on by the mortgage operation that could potentially result in massive losses. When Bowen first blew the whistle in 2006, 60% of the mortgages were defective. The amount of bad mortgages began increasing throughout 2007 and eventually exceeded 80% of the volume. Many of the mortgages were not only defective, but were fraudulent. Bowen attempted to rouse the board via weekly reports and other communications. On November 3, 2007, Bowen emailed Citigroup chairman Robert Rubin and the bank’s chief financial officer, chief auditor and the chief risk management officer to again expose the risk and potential losses, and claiming that the group’s internal controls had broken down. He requested an outside investigation of his business unit that eventually confirmed his charges. In retaliation, Citigroup stripped Bowen of most of his responsibilities and informing him that his physical presence was no longer required at the bank.[168][169]
2006–13 Adam B. Resnick Omnicare Starting in 2006, Resnick sued the pharmaceutical company Omnicare, a major supplier of drugs to nursing homes, under federal whistleblower law, as well as the parties to the company’s illegal kickback schemes. Omnicare allegedly paid kickbacks to nursing home operators in order to secure business, which constitutes Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In 2010, Omnicare settled a False Claims Act suit filed by Resnick and taken up by the U.S. Department of Justice by paying $19.8 million to the federal government, while the two nursing homes involved in the scheme settled for $14 million.[170][171] A second whistleblower lawsuit filed against Omnicare it by Resnick and Total Pharmacy Services V.P. Maureen Nehls related to kickbacks that were part of its 2004 acquisition of Total Pharmacy Services was settled for $17.2 million by Omnicare and $5 million by the Total Pharmacy owners.[172][173]
2007 Whistle-blower and Award Winning Author, Justin Hopson.jpg Justin Hopson New Jersey State Police During his first few days as a rookie New Jersey State Trooper, Hopson witnessed an unlawful arrest and false report made by his training officer. When he refused to testify in support of the illegal arrest, he was subjected to hazing and harassment by his fellow troopers. He uncovered evidence of a secret society within the State Police known as the Lords of Discipline, whose mission it was to keep fellow troopers in line. Trooper Hopson blew the whistle on the Lords of Discipline, which sparked the largest internal investigation in State Police history. Hopson filed a federal lawsuit alleging that after he refused to support the arrest, Hopson was physically assaulted, received threatening notes, and his car was vandalized while on duty. In 2007, the State of New Jersey agreed to a $400,000 settlement with Hopson. Justin Hopson and his book were featured on ABC News 20/20 “Confessions of a Cop” in 2012 and “Crossing the Line” in 2014.
2007–2009 Sergei Magnitsky.jpg Sergei Magnitsky Russian accountant and auditor Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky (Russian: Серге́й Леонидович Магнитский; April 8, 1972 – November 16, 2009) was a Russian accountant and auditor whose arrest and subsequent death in custody generated international media attention and triggered both official and unofficial inquiries into allegations of fraud, theft and human rights violations. Magnitsky had alleged there had been a large-scale theft from the Russian state sanctioned and carried out by Russian officials. He was arrested and eventually died in prison seven days before the expiration of the one-year term during which he could be legally held without trial. In total, Magnitsky served 358 days in Moscow’s notorious Butyrka prison. He developed gallstones, pancreatitis and a blocked gallbladder and received inadequate medical care. A human rights council set up by the Kremlin found that he was beaten up just before he died. In 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, obtained records of companies and trusts created by two offshore companies which included information on at least 23 companies linked to an alleged $230 million tax fraud in Russia, a case that was being investigated by Sergei Magnitsky. The ICIJ investigation also revealed that the husband of one of the Russian tax officials deposited millions in a Swiss bank account set up by one of the offshore companies.
2007 John Kiriakou Central Intelligence Agency In an interview to ABC News on December 10, CIA officer Kiriakou disclosed that the agency waterboarded detainees and that this constituted torture. In the months following, Kiriakou passed the identity of a covert CIA operative to a reporter. He was convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and sentenced, on January 25, 2013, to 30 months imprisonment. Having served the first months of his service he wrote an open letter describing the inhuman circumstances at the correction facility.[174]
2007 Anthony D’Armiento U.S. Coast Guard Disclosed to a fellow whistleblower unclassified information which showed deficiencies in the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System program and that contractors were failing to meet contractual requirements with apparent U.S. Coast Guard complicity. Was placed on administrative leave, threatened with criminal prosecution, subjected to a retaliatory investigation by Coast Guard Investigative Service, ordered to “cooperate” and had a weapon pulled on him in the office of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.[175]
2008 Anat Kamm 9.jpg Anat Kamm Israeli Defense Force Leaked documents to the media that revealed the IDF had been engaging in extrajudicial killings.[176] While serving as an assistant in the Central Command bureau, Kamm secretly copied classified documents that she leaked to the Israeli Haaretz journalist Uri Blau after her military service was over. The leak suggested that the IDF had defied a court ruling against assassinating wanted militants in the West Bank who could potentially be arrested safely.[177][178] Kamm was convicted of espionage and providing confidential information without authorization.
2008 Rudolf Elmer Julius Bär A long-term employee of the Swiss bank whose final position entailed overseeing its Caribbean operations until he was terminated in 2002, Elmer blew the whistle on Julius Bär in 2008 when he gave secret documents to WikiLeaks. The documents detailed Julius Bär’s activities in the Cayman Islands and alleged tax evasion. Convicted in Switzerland in January 2011, he was rearrested immediately for having distributed illegally obtained data to WikiLeaks. Julius Bär alleges that Elmer has doctored evidence to suggest the tax evasion.[179][180][181][182][183]
2008–2012 Macoffice2.jpg Robert J. McCarthy United States Government Robert J. McCarthy served as Field Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as General Counsel, U.S. Section, International Boundary and Water Commission. The Oklahoma Bar Association honored him in 2008 with its Fern Holland Courageous Lawyer Award for helping to expose the Interior Department’s mismanagement of $3.5 billion in Indian trust resources. In 2009, McCarthy disclosed massive fraud, waste and abuse by the IBWC, that imperiled the health and safety of millions of people on both sides of the U.S.- Mexico border and seriously damaged the border ecosystem. In both cases he was forced from government service, but continued to advocate for the victims of government abuse. In addition, his scholarly publications have revealed the fatal flaws in whistleblower protection laws, as well as the need for radical reform of specific government agencies.[184]
2009 Hervé Falciani HSBC’s Swiss subsidiary HSBC Private Bank Since 2009 he has been collaborating with numerous European nations by providing information relating to more than 130,000 suspected tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts—specifically those with accounts in HSBC’s Swiss subsidiary HSBC Private Bank
2009 Wendell Potter – Montrose Street – cropped.jpg Wendell Potter CIGNA Former head of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies. He testified against the HMO industry in the U.S. Senate as a whistleblower.[185][186]
Cathy Harris United States Customs Service A former United States Customs Service employee who exposed rampant racial profiling against Black travellers while working at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Harris’s book, Flying While Black: A Whistleblower’s Story, she personally observed numerous incidents of Black travellers being stopped, frisked, body-cavity-searched, detained for hours at local hospitals, forced to take laxatives, bowel-monitored and subjected to public and private racist/colorist humiliation. The book also details her allegations of mismanagement, abuses of authority, prohibited personnel practices, waste, fraud, violation of laws, rules and regulations, corruption, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, workplace violence, racial and sexual harassment, sexism, intimidation, on and off the job stalking, etc., and other illegal acts that occurs daily to federal employees especially female federal employees at U.S. Customs and other federal agencies.
2009 Ramin Pourandarjani Iranian Government An Iranian physician who reported on the state use of torture on political prisoners. He died of poisoning shortly thereafter.[187]
2009 John Kopchinski Pfizer Former Pfizer sales representative and West Point graduate[188] whose whistleblower (“qui tam”) lawsuit launched a massive government investigation into Pfizer’s illegal and dangerous marketing of Bextra, a prescription painkiller. Pfizer paid $1.8 billion to the government to settle the case, including a $1.3 billion criminal fine, which was the largest criminal fine ever imposed for any matter.[189] The Bextra settlement was part of a $2.3 billion global settlement – the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history.[190]
2009 Jim Wetta,
Joseph Faltaous,
Steven Woodward,
Jaydeen Vincente,
Robert Rudolph,
Hector Rosado,
Robert Evan Dawitt,
William Lofing,
Bradly Lutz Eli Lilly Nine sales representatives for Eli Lilly filed separate qui tam lawsuits against the company for illegally marketing the drug Zyprexa for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.[191] According to the settlement, the drug was marketed for other medical conditions not approved by the FDA, known as off-label use. The Government’s investigation was triggered by a lawsuit filed by nine sales representatives (Realtors).
[192] Eli Lilly pleaded guilty to actively promoting Zyprexa for off-label uses, particularly for the treatment of dementia in the elderly. The $1.415 billion penalty included an $800 million civil settlement and a $515 million criminal fine—the largest criminal fine for an individual corporation in United States history.[193] Contingent upon the United States receiving the Federal Settlement amount, the nine whistle blowers shared $78,870,877, of the federal share of the civil settlement.[194]

2009 Alexander Barankov Belarus Ministry of Internal Affairs Claimed corruption among Belarusian police; charged with bribery and fraud in 2009; became a political refugee in Ecuador in 2010; as of August 2012, faces extradition back to Belarus.[195]
2009 Linda Almonte, Wall Street Whistleblower. Florida.png Linda Almonte JP Morgan Chase Filed suit under the Dodd Frank Act whistleblower program regarding alleged corrupt practices including robosigning at JP Morgan.[196]
2010s[edit]
Year Image Name Organization Action
2010 Andrew Maguire (whistleblower) Andrew Maguire is a British commodities trader and whistleblower. He presented evidence to United States regulators alleging that fraud had been committed, and that prices in the international gold and silver markets had been manipulated. He went public in April 2010 with assertions of market manipulation by JPMorgan Chase and HSBC of the gold and silver markets.[197]
2010 Chelsea Manning on 18 May 2017.jpg Chelsea Manning United States Army U.S. Army intelligence analyst who released the largest set of classified documents ever, mostly published by WikiLeaks and their media partners. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007, Baghdad airstrike and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 250,000 United States diplomatic cables; and 500,000 army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War logs and Afghan War logs.[198] Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and other offenses and sentenced to 35 years in prison.[199]
2002–2010 Cheryl D. Eckard GlaxoSmithKline GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) whistleblower Cheryl D. Eckard exposed contamination problems at GSK’s pharmaceutical manufacturing operations, which led to a $750 million settlement with the U.S. government related to civil and criminal charges that the firm manufactured and sold adulterated pharmaceutical products. Eckard was awarded $96 million in 2010, a record for an individual whistleblower, since surpassed by UBS AG whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld’s $104 million award.[200]
2010 Jennifer Bond Boeing Project on Government Oversight Page.
In July 2007, Boeing manager Dave Draffin, who managed Ms. Bond in her prior work as contractor, began efforts to recruit Ms. Bond back to Boeing to assist with the BEST SOX compliance due to her effectiveness in 2006. He contacted her again in October 2007 to recruit her as a permanent employee. Ms. Bond became a contractor employee again in November 2007 and immediately resumed her SOX compliance efforts while Managers Draffin and Bruce Warr continued to lobby Ms. Bond to be a permanent Boeing employee based on her knowledge and skills and prior performance achievements (as well as her ability to hit the ground running). She became a permanent employee of Boeing effective February 22, 2008.

Indeed, Ms. Bond had a very difficult assignment that by its nature often put her in conflict with the individuals and processes that she was required to police. Ms. Bond’s advanced knowledge of SOX as well as her ethical obligations as a certified auditor led her to raise and escalate a number of important concerns in 2009 and 2010 involving the lack of internal controls, improper attempts to subvert existing internal controls, as well as other staffing and process complaints.

Instead of informing Ms. Bond of the positive outcome and changes Boeing would be implementing as a result of her protected disclosure, her managers chastised her for raising those concerns at all, never confirming for her the obvious value of what she had disclosed.

In a meeting with Managers Draffin and Wright, Ms. Bond was instructed by Manager Wright to not report any findings prior to discussing them with Mr. Draffin and reprimanded by Mr. Wright for causing him trouble. Additionally, Ms. Bond filed and pursued her SOX complaints, including each of those concerns articulated above, with OSHA a month before she was even identified as a candidate for layoff. On January 15, 2010, Ms. Bond contacted OSHA with her SOX concerns and told them she would like to file a complaint. Ms. Bond filed a formal complaint on January 19, 2010.

After raising and pursuing her protected disclosures, Boeing began to subject Ms. Bond to a series of hostile actions, including harassment, giving her Corrective Action Memos, initiating an “investigation”, downgrading her performance without justification, and ultimately causing her layoff. Not only were these actions suspect in their timing, immediately following Ms. Bond’s disclosures and escalations of these disclosures, they were unjustified.On September 29, 2009, just a few months after escalating her SOX concerns, Boeing Manager Joel Wright issued her two Employee Corrective Action memos, for “failure to follow management directives” and for “not respecting a co-worker”.

2010 Jim Wetta Corporate Wistleblower.jpg Jim Wetta AstraZeneca AstraZeneca (AZ) whistleblower Jim (James) Wetta filed a False Claims qui-tam case that triggered the United States Department of Justice investigation into AstraZeneca violating the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and promoting the unapproved use of the (anti-psychotic) drug Seroquel.[201]
In September 2000, the drug Seroquel received FDA approval for the short-term treatment of schizophrenia, then in 2004, for bipolar depression. James Wetta exposed the company’s alleged fraud, where sales reps were promoting the drug for a wide range of less serious disorders which included aggression, Alzheimer’s disease, anger management, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar maintenance, dementia, depression, mood disorder, sleeplessness and post-traumatic stress disorder. Promoting drugs off-label amounts to fraud under the False Claims Act, as the unapproved uses were not medically accepted indications for which the federal and state Medicaid programs provided coverage. Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, a company must specify the intended use of a product in its new drug application to the FDA. Once the drug is approved by the FDA, the drug may not be marketed or promoted for off-label uses.[202] The civil settlement agreement required AstraZeneca to pay $520 million to the federal government to resolve civil settlements. Jim Wetta provided the information which proved the drug was promoted for conditions other than the FDA medical indication.[203]

2011 Michael Woodford Olympus Corporation Corporate president, revealed past losses concealed and written off via excessive fee payments[204]
2011 Clare Rewcastle Brown Sarawak Report Operated and founded the radio network Radio Free Sarawak and whistleblowing site Sarawak Report. Before February 2011, Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak operated anonymously. However, Rewcastle Brown and Radio Free Sarawak’s DJ is Peter John Jaban decided to go public after one of her informants, a former Taib aide, was found dead.[205] Ross Boyert, who used to head Taib’s supposed real estate arm in the United States, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room with a plastic bag around his head in September 2011.[206] Boyert had claimed that he and his family had been harassed since he filed a lawsuit against the real estate company in 2007.[206] Sarawak Report later revealed a barrage of exposés including the April 2011 Sarawak election’s fraud, FBC Media’s scandal, Musa Aman timber corruption, Red Granite Pictures’ controversy and with her latest being the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.
2011 M. N. Vijayakumar Indian Administrative Service Exposed serious corrupt practices at high levels.[207][208]
2011 Blake Percival (26852455303).jpg Blake Percival USIS Percival filed a Qui Tam Whistleblower claim under seal in 7/2011 alleging that USIS had defrauded the U.S. Government by submitting unfinished background investigations to the government for payment.[209] USIS has been under scrutiny since it was revealed that they had performed the background investigation of Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis.[210]
2011 Everett Stern HSBC AML compliance officer for HSBC who uncovered billions of dollars of illegal money laundering transactions that he began reporting to the FBI and the CIA in 2011, which led to an SEC investigation and a $1.92 billion fine against HSBC the following year. These encompassed charges of money laundering for drug traffickers, terrorist financiers, and nations under U.S. and international sanctions.[211]
2011 Manasse Nzobonimpa
EALA In 2011, Manasse Nzobonimpa made allegations accusing a group of officials of the Burundi Government (including the President Pierre Nkurunziza) of corruption and human rights violations. He was then forced into exile with his family[212]
2012 Ted Siska Ward Diesel Filter Systems, Inc. of New York Ward Diesel Filter Systems Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $628,000 to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims to federal agencies under a contract to provide diesel exhaust filtering systems for fire engines through the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule program, the Justice Department announced on June 26, 2012. The government’s investigation was initiated by a lawsuit, U.S. ex rel. Siska v. Ward Diesel Filter Systems, Inc., filed under the False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions, which permit private parties to sue for false claims on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. The whistleblower, Ted Siska, will receive $94,200 of the settlement.[213]
2012 Vijay Pandhare Chief Engineer, Irrigation Department, Government of Maharashtra Pandhare was a bureaucrat belonging to the Irrigation Department in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He blew the whistle on the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam of 2012 that led to the resignation of Maharashtra Deputy Chief MinisterAjit Pawar.[214]
2012 Joshua Wilson Captain, United States Air Force Wilson and Major Jeremy Gordon exposed the malfunctioning oxygen system on board the F-22 Raptor systems that were causing pilots to become disoriented, first to superior officers and then to CBS 60 Minutes. As a result, Wilson’s superiors cancelled his promotion to Major, took him off flying duty and threatened to take away his wings. Wilson was also forced out of his desk job at Air Combat Command. No such actions faced Major Gordon.[215]
2012 Carmen Segarra U.S. New York Federal Reserve’s appointed regulator to Goldman Sachs Carmen Segarra discovered that Goldman Sachs did not have a conflict of interest policy when it advised El Paso Corp. on selling itself to Kinder Morgan, a company which Goldman Sachs owned a $4 billion stake. She was forced by her superiors at the Federal Reserve to falsify her report, but stated that her professional view of the situation had not changed. She was shortly thereafter fired.[216] The New York Federal Reserve disputes that she was fired in retaliation.[217]
2012 Silver Meikar – Saeima 2012.jpg Silver Meikar Estonian Reform Party In May 2012 Meikar published an article, admitting that he had donated cash to Estonian Reform Party in 2009 and 2010, coming from unknown sources and given him by co-politician Kalev Lillo, according to a proposition made by Kristen Michal, Reform Party’s secretary general.[218] The scandal became known as Silvergate. Lillo and Michal were presented with criminal charges. After a long and heated discussion in media, charges were dropped, as it was not possible to gather enough evidence. On October 24, 2012, Meikar was expelled from the party.[219] Consequently, Kristen Michal stepped down as the minister of justice.
2012 Antoine Deltour PricewaterhouseCoopers In 2012 Deltour’s leaking of 28,000 pages of confidential documents revealing how multinational companies routed funds to lower corporate tax bills, gave rise to the Luxembourg Leaks journalistic investigation and attracted international attention to tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg and elsewhere.[220] There was no suggestion that the arrangements were illegal under Luxembourg law, but the disclosures prompted wider public debate on corporate tax avoidance schemes and criminal charges against Deltour.
2013 David P. Weber United States Securities and Exchange Commission Weber, an attorney and Certified Fraud Examiner, was the assistant inspector general of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He learned of misconduct in the Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford investigations, and of suspected hacking by a unit of the Chinese military.[221][222] He insisted that agency management report the misconduct and hacking to Congressional Oversight Committees, but instead was terminated for supposedly unrelated reasons. Shortly after his lawsuit became public, news stories broke that the People’s Liberation Army compromised information technology at 160 U.S. corporations and government agencies.[223][224]
2013 Edward Snowden-2.jpg Edward Snowden National Security Agency Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Snowden released classified material on top-secret NSA programs including the PRISM surveillance program to The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013.[225][226]
2013 Laurence do Rego Executive Director in Charge of Risk and Finance Ecobank Transnational In a letter to the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission highlighted attempts by the bank’s chairman and Executive Director to sell off assets well below the market value, write off debt, manipulate financial results and award the incoming chief executive an unapproved bonus of US$1.14 million.[227] As a result, do Rego was suspended from her role in the bank. After a nine-month battle over allegations of mismanagement, the Ecobank board decided to unanimously remove the controversial chief executive and reinstate do Rego to her post.[228]
2013 John Crane Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense Crane built up the DoD IG office over his 25 years there to become the “gold standard” within the government but had his career destroyed for his support of government whistleblowers. Edward Snowden went public rather than reporting within the system due to severe reprisal against earlier NSA whistleblowers.[229]
2013–present J. Kirk McGill – 2005 Business Photo.jpg J. Kirk McGill United States Department of Defense – Defense Contract Audit Agency DCAA McGill was the Auditor-in-Charge of a 2013 audit of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) conducted on behalf of the Office of the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The audit concluded that NEON and the NSF had conspired to evade the prohibition against payment of certain costs to Government grantees including lobbying, parties, luxury foreign travel, and alcohol. The audit was later overruled by top DCAA management. McGill reported the improper overruling of the audit, which violated Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, to the Office of the Inspector General, United States Department of Defense and DCAA’s Internal Review Directorate (later the DCAA Inspector General). Neither watchdog took any action to address McGill’s concerns, despite being notified as early as January 2014 of the problem. McGill then reported the findings and the alleged cover up to Congress. On December 11, 2015, NEON was fired from the multibillion-dollar project.[230] McGill’s primary disclosure was published online on January 5, 2015. McGill’s allegations of retaliation remain under investigation by the United States Office of Special Counsel.
2014 CDR Benjamin F. Strickland II, USCG.png Ben Strickland U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CDR) Ben Strickland, alleged multiple acts of retaliation in violation of the Military Whistleblower Protection Act by Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and senior Coast Guard Officials after he reported a sexual assault onboard USCGC Munro in May 2013. The Coast Guard denied retaliation on their part and claimed he was not eligible for whistleblower protection. CDR Strickland alleged that he became an unlawful target of the very investigations which stemmed from his report of a sexual assault and filed a formal complaint which was accepted for investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and pends administrative review by the Board for Correction of Military Records.[231]
2014 John Tye U.S. State Department Former State Department official John Tye released an editorial in The Washington Post in July 2014, highlighting concerns over data collection under Executive Order 12333. While Tye’s concerns are rooted in classified material he had access to through the State Department, he has not publicly released any classified materials.[232]
2014 Joseph Y. Ting Florida Radiation Oncology Joseph Y. Ting Ph.D worked as a Medical physicist in Florida Radiation Oncology. In 2014, Dr. Ting filed a False Claims Act lawsuit challenging 21st Century Oncology’s practices, and accusing the company of ripping off Medicare.[233] The cancer-care giant; 21st Century Oncology took over South Florida Radiation Oncology where Dr. Ting was working as a medical physicist.[234]
Dr. Ting liaised with the office of the U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Florida regarding the issue. At the end, 21st Century Oncology settled with the U.S. Department of Justice and agreed to pay $34.7 million back to the U.S. Treasury.[233][235] On March 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an award of more than $7 million to Dr. Ting and his legal team for his role in the settlement.[236][237]

2015 John Doe Mossack Fonseca John Doe is the pseudonym used by the anonymous whistleblower in the 2015 Panama Papers leak, who disclosed 11.5 million documents detailing financial and attorney–client information from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.[238]
2015 635654110417159142-NAV-CO-Steadfast.JPG John Bitterman U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CDR) John Bitterman, self-identified as a whistleblower and alleged retaliation in violation Military Whistleblower Protection Act by Coast Guard Pacific Area officials after he complained about poor material conditions onboard his 47-year-old cutter and requested additional funding shortly after taking command. The Coast Guard stated they had conducted an investigation and decided to relieve CDR Bitterman for “loss of confidence”, but refused to release details regarding the investigation claiming as a reason it was administrative in nature. CDR Bitterman has vowed to fight the relief including filing a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for investigation.[239][240]
2015–present James S. Pars Central Intelligence Agency James S. Pars, an undercover 16-year-plus CIA officer, filed a federal lawsuit charging a high-ranking spymaster and others at the Agency’s elite Directorate of Operations with illegal retaliation against him. Mr. Pars made serious allegations of official misconduct that received no response from CIA or its Office of Inspector General. The lawsuit claims that, in 2015, the CIA’s Chief of Base at a U.S. military facility routinely required subordinates to risk their lives by passing through an area of hostile fire without any operational need to do so. The Chief of Base who did this, the lawsuit says, was an officer with “limited to no” previous experience operating in a conflict zone. For reporting the misconduct to his superiors, the lawsuit says Pars was sent home in an act of unlawful retaliation, directed by the Chief of Station, the highest-ranking CIA official in the unnamed country which, given details in the complaint, appears to be Afghanistan. Since the alleged reprisal more than two years ago, the lawsuit says Pars, his career in shambles, has made dozens of unsuccessful attempts to get a new assignment. Meanwhile, there is no public record of any accountability for the Chief of Station or other CIA officials allegedly involved. The CIA declined to comment.[241]
2016 Paul Stevenson PsyCare Australian Paul Stevenson worked as a clinical psychologist at the Manus Regional Processing Centre and the Nauru Detention Centre, providing support to both staff and detainees.[242] In June 2016, he publicly maintained that the levels of psychological trauma at these Centres are the worst he has ever seen and that Australia has an ethical responsibility to ensure these Centres are closed down.[242] As a result of speaking out, Stevenson had his contract to work on Nauru summarily terminated by PsyCare.[243]
2016 Edgar Matobato Davao Death Squad Edgar Matobato (born Edgar Matobato y Bernal) is a self-confessed professional hitman and serial killer who claims to be a former member of the Davao Death Squad or the “DDS”, an alleged vigilante group organized by former Davao City Mayor now Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tasked to summarily execute suspected criminals.
He appeared before the Philippine Senate on September 15, 2016[244] during a hearing on extra-judicial killings. At the hearing, Matobato recounted his experiences as a killer and narrated how he killed his victims. He revealed that Duterte once killed a certain Hamizola using an Uzi, emptying the gun on the victim. On October 7, 2016, Edgar Matobato was turned over by Senator Antonio Trillanes to the Philippine National Police after an arrest warrant was issued to him.[245]

2016 Keith Osmund-Smith West Mercia Police Reverend Keith Osmund-Smith served as a chaplain with West Mercia Police who passed reports to media about hundreds of young British girls in Telford being groomed by British Pakistani gangs in the Telford child sex abuse ring. The reports stated that Telford and Wrekin Council as well as local police knew about the abuse yet did not act to protect the victims. He was suspended in November 2016 from police.[246][247] In January 2017 he was reinstated.[248]
2017 Reality Winner Reality Leigh Winner (born December 4, 1991) is an American whistleblower and former intelligence specialist. In 2017, she was charged with “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.” The material in question originated with the National Security Agency (NSA).[249] On August 23, 2018, Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison as part of a plea deal.[250] She now resides in the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Ft. Worth, Texas.[251]
2019-2020 Li Wenliang Wuhan Central Hospital

President of China Mr Xi-Jinping, had some rather strong words to share today, as he brought forth the fact that the United States of America depends more on China than what China depends on America.

Indeed, China’s president Mr Xi Jinping sent out a strong message to the world when he emphasized that the strength of the Chinese governance system and the will of its people would overcome the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, according to analysts and experts.

They were reacting to his speech on Sunday in which he declared that crises in the past had only made the Chinese people “more and more courageous, growing up and rising up from the hardships”.

Mario Cavolo, a corporate communications adviser based in China, said Xi conjured up the fighting spirit of the Chinese people in his address.

“He was saying this is our country, what we are going through now is tough, but what we are doing is succeeding and we will win out,” he said.

“He was also spelling out that a government system such as China’s is stable and efficient and when you want a response like this one, it can be quickly and impressively executed.”

President Xi sent a very powerful message to Washington and to China’s perceived enemies & competitors abroad…

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His speech epitomized both the Party’s ability to respond effectively to challenges by mobilizing every sector of society and also made clear to the world the Chinese people’s confidence in the country’s political leadership and its ability to rally together to face difficulties with determination and resourcefulness.

Prez Xi also made clear that this was no time for complacency, stating that “no victory should be lightly announced until there is a complete win.”

He set out in detail the steps the government had taken in terms of preventing the spread of the virus and said scientific research needed to be accelerated so drugs and a vaccine could be developed.

The Chinese lifetime unchallenged president/dictator, also stressed the need for regional and international cooperation and working with the World Health Organization.

Dr Bruce Aylward, an epidemiologist who led an advance team from the World Health Organization to Wuhan, Hubei province, said at a news conference in Beijing on Monday that China’s response to the virus was “probably the most ambitious and agile” in history, adding China was the only country that has turned around such a serious and large-scale outbreak.

Alistair Michie, chairman of the international board at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing-based independent think tank, said Premiere Xi-Jinping, had set out the huge scale of China’s response in his speech, and has won the audience both locally & globally.

He also said that a trend is emerging where Europe and North America have closed their minds to what could be learned from China on how to minimize the impact of the global virus outbreak.

Michael Levitt, a Nobel prizewinner and professor of structural biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been supportive of China’s efforts to combat the disease.

He believes President Mr Xi-Jinping, was right to stress international cooperation in his speech. Throughout the outbreak, the molecular biologist has been using Chinese and WHO data to make forecasts about the progression of the virus.

“The fact that early analysis of the data has held up so well is a tribute to Chinese data transparency. The figures have been consistent throughout. It is encouraging that many others started to do their own analysis and were calmed by the message in the numbers that the virus was being controlled,” he said.

Indeed, President/Dictator Mr Xi Jinping, was right to highlight the impressive measures that China has taken, because there are now relatively few new cases every day and this in a country of 1.4 billion people. China’s response to the crisis is going to be seen as a remarkable case study in universities and institutions in how governments respond to a health crisis or emergency…

Further President Xi-Jinping, said in his speech that the outbreak was the most extensive infection and the most difficult to contain in the country since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

He stressed that the prevention and control work has demonstrated the notable advantages of the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

His speech may be seen as a watershed moment in the control of the virus. Given the unremitting efforts and tremendous achievements over the past two months, I dare to say that no other governance system could have dealt with this the same as China.

Yet, he further cautioned and urged the Communist party apparatchiks and the government socialist “cadres” and the Red Guards, the Army and the Police, to improve their risk awareness and professional competence in terms of epidemic prevention and control, which were factors exposed in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan when some steps were not taken.

Xi Jinping, also made reference in his speech to the economy and said there was a need to continue to take steps to control the virus while at the same time resuming work and production in an orderly manner.

He said that while the outbreak was a setback, it was still important to strive to achieve the goals and tasks for economic and social development this year. China aims to become a “moderately prosperous society” by the end of this year, defined by a doubling of the country’s 2010 per capita GDP, and to eliminate all extreme poverty in time for the 100th anniversary of the CPC next year. Indeed President Xi Jinping, made it quite clear China would not be deflected from meeting those goals.

Because in the past 40-plus years, China has modernized at a scale and speed that is unprecedented in human history. Every year in those four decades, many pundits outside China have predicted the Chinese economic miracle was going to burst, but it has not done that and if anything China has been made stronger continuously.

“Now America needs China more than China needs America,” he said, and as an example, he opined that America needs China’s help for thousands of chemicals needed to make prescription drugs, and in fact, we depend on China for 80% of the core components to make any of our generic medicines.

And he is right, because he obviously knows that American had serious lapses in our pharmaceutical manufacturing and we have outsourced everything to China, and thus today, Chinese imported generic medicines represent some 90% of all medical prescriptions dispensed within our country, here in the United States of America.

Yet with China in “lockdown mode” to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus disease — industrial production to supply America’s pharmacies and medicine cabinets is at great risk of interruption.

And with just-in-time inventories, drug shortages and a lack of availability in the coming months are very real prospects, now that the US dependence for medicine to treat the coronavirus is really dependent on Chinese suppliers since the medical care of those who contract COVID-19 virus and have to be hospitalized — requires several medicines sourced from China.

Medicines like sedatives such as fentanyl and propofol, which are administered to people placed on ventilators to help them breathe, are made with core ingredients from China, as are medicines to treat shock, such as epinephrine and dopamine which are also made with chemical components from China, and antibiotics to treat sepsis, a life-threatening bloodstream infection whose raw materials are also supplied by China.

Indeed with China going bananas now, over this isolation due to the Wuhan Coronavirus viral epidemic, and as its lifetime dictator leader explained at length — it would seem that war is imminent because, once again, the tail wags the dog…

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Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

President Xi seems to mention all of those instances where America needs China, not in order to alarm Americans, although the stock market already took care of that, but he simply put out the “message” of all that was not mentioned…

And what I heard in the well scripted and carefully nuanced background of this story, from the mouth of the lion, Mr Xi Zi Ping, is that the Chinese people felt like they were being mobilized for war.

It therefore is quite interesting to see what they can do and what they will do, and if this is a real war situation unfolding in front of our own very eyes…

Exporting the native problem via war will not be the first time a Lifetime Dictator tried to solve his problems, as we might recall another lifetime Dictator named Adolf Hitler also tried to do eight decades ago…

Posted by: Dr Churchill | February 28, 2020

Cult of Ignorance

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Issac Asimov

Us public health professionals, medical science communicators and even skeptics — we are constantly trying to understand the phenomenon of rejection of evidence, logic, and the consensus of expert scientific opinion.

Why are people so ornery and such

There is, of course, one logical explanation and many illogical ones because many decades ago the blame was placed mostly on scientific illiteracy, a knowledge deficit problem, and the cure was considered to be a decent scientific education for all.

However now, many observational and educational studies over the last thirty to forty years, have found a host of contributing factors to the process of anti-science thinking, and the flat earth society — including moral purity, religious identity, ideology, political identity, intuitive as opposed to analytical thinking, and a sad tendency toward conspiratorial thinking…

And yes, knowledge deficit and a lack of proper scientific education also plays a large role — but its not a real contributor to today’s anti-science and anti-vaccine, or anti-intellectual thinking.

Yet, all these factors contribute to varying degrees on different issues and with different groups. They are also not independent variables, as they interact with each other, since tribal, religious and political identity may be partially linked, and may contribute to a desire for the mirage of moral purity.

Also, all this is just one layer, mostly focused on explaining the motivation for rejecting science. The process of rejection involves motivated reasoning, the Dunning-Kruger effect, and a host of self-reinforcing cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias.

There is also a clear motive of moronic conspiracy thinking, because as I always say there are far more Morons in the Universe than successful Conspirators. And aside from that — the evidence here shows that some people believe in most or all conspiracies because they are themselves accustomed to play the role of conspiracy theorists, whereas some others believe only in some conspiracies opportunistically, because it’s necessary to maintain a position they hold for other reasons. There is therefore bound to be a lot of overlap between anti-science and being a full blown conspiracist, but these two kinds of people, are not the same thing.

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Today, there is ample evidence of a strong association between the flat earth society fans, the anti-science and anti-vaccine brigade, and all those who exhibit strong opposition to climate change, vaccines, GMOs, and water fluoridation — particularly amongst the survey-respondents who have the highest levels of political interest.

Secondly, a survey experiment shows that anti-scientific thought, moderates the acceptance of expert consensus cues, such that respondents with high levels of anti-science preponderance — actually increase their opposition to these positions in response.

And thirdly, evidence shows anti-scientific thinking is connected to populism, a worldview that sees political conflict as primarily between ordinary citizens and a privileged societal elite.

In conclusion, the anti-science hipsterism in today’s fads & fashions, affect how we process information, because anti-intellectualism is a real thing, and it is not just a label placed on those who reject consensus scientific views for perfectly valid reasons, since it reflects a style of thinking that leads to out and out rejection of science, despite the evidence.

For example, someone may be motivated by their political ideology, world view, and tribal allegiance to reject the strong scientific consensus that existing GMO crops are safe. This is likely to set up some cognitive dissonance, with the political motivations on one side of the scale, and the scientific evidence on the other. A host of factors are then piled onto each side of the scale, and one side typically “wins.” If you have a strong dedication to objective expert opinion, that will weigh heavily on the GMO side. If you are a conspiracy theorist or an anti-intellectual, you may have no problem rejecting that consensus, and in fact may prefer it.

Again, the evidence shows this is largely a two-step process. The first step is sorting out your motivation, and this is mostly a subconscious process that details which side do you want to believe, and the second one is that which makes you feel better. The lasts step is rationalizing the previous steps thus justifying whatever choice you already hold, which is largely based on feelings and intuition. And this is where it gets complicated, because some of the factors listed above may contribute to these steps.

Conspiracies, again, are the most dramatic example of an idiomatic mind…

For some people who are motivated to believe in conspiracies due to mistrust and misapprehensions — there is no hope.

Yet for all others, they are simply a convenient justification for beliefs they already hold for other reasons.

Other studies on the subject — imply that anti-intellectualism, is mostly about motivation – having anti-intellectual world views means that they want to reject scientific consensus for their own sake. In fact, having anti-science and anti-intellectual views correlates with rejecting expert opinion, even if it is unrelated to existing ideological views, to the point that there is a backfire effect, because not only did those with anti-intellectual and anti-science views reject the scientific consensus — but they were actually motivated to move further away from the prevalent and prevailing scientific consensus.

Other studies have implications for our political environment, such as populism which is a view that includes the notion that the main conflict in the world is between ordinary citizens and a villainous elite. This becomes a war against elitism and expertise itself, since populism is both motivation and justification – because once you wholesale reject scientific expertise — you can believe anything you want.

We see this on both sides of the political spectrum and the point of this writing, is not to be political or to imply any equivalency, but just to highlight this current & strong phenomenon.

Donald Trump, for example, rejects the consensus on vaccines and global warming, whereas Bernie Sanders rejects the consensus on nuclear power, GMOs and guns, and is a rather favorable candidate towards quackery and alternative non-scientific medicinal cures.

And as with many things, you can often find a kernel of truth to any position.

Because people are generally good at reasoning, which includes finding those kernels of truth they hold dear, and then magnifying them into a full on justification for whatever position they want to hold. And since scientific experts and science elites do make many mistakes, since they are also people with their own motivations, and any power will be abused to some extent by someone — that is precisely why we have institutions and regulations to prevent this kind of abuse of power…

Yet, we must keep in mind that we do not have a tyrannical rule, or a leadership class made up of terminally flawed people, but we live under the rule of law, and we all know tha both the law and the people view science as institution, not just about individual researchers, but about elaborate positions that are being supervised and policed by the whole community.

Since our complex society requires multiple overlapping institutions to keep each other transparent and honest. It’s messy and imperfect, but the alternative is too horrific, to contemplate, because that alternative is populist rejection of not only the scientific expertise, but the very institutions of science expertise and the concept of expertise itself.

And since this leads to intellectual anarchy, often justified by portraying it as intellectual freedom — the populist view is mostly about believing what feels good, going along with an explanatory narrative that makes some kind of sense out of a complex and scary world, and thus organizes that understanding around vilifying an enemy, who is the only one to be blamed fully for our problems.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And what is the damndest thing today, is that both our political and our communications media, along with our popular journalistic media, favor such simplistic and appealing populist narratives, and disadvantage the more nuanced and certainly the precious well thought out scientific approaches…

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