NAIVE DEMS, NAIVE REPUBLICANS,
What the Experts Have Found
[Note: This post is updated regularly as I discover relevant old or new material.]
“Regulatory capture” occurs when special interests co-opt policymakers or political bodies — regulatory agencies, in particular — to further their own ends. Capture theory is closely related to the “rent-seeking” and “political failure” theories developed by the public choice school of economics. Another term for regulatory capture is “client politics,” which according to James Q. Wilson, “occurs when most or all of the benefits of a program go to some single, reasonably small interest (and industry, profession, or locality) but most or all of the costs will be borne by a large number of people (for example, all taxpayers).” (James Q. Wilson, Bureaucracy, 1989, at 76).
In March 2015, WHO published a new sugar guideline that specifically targeted sugary beverages, calling them out as a primary cause for childhood obesity around the world, especially in developing nations, where the soda industry is now aggressively expanding its reach.
Recent media reports have now revealed devastating evidence showing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executive aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.1
to Destroy a Small Business
Documents released last year under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the American Egg Board, a compulsory cartel of egg producers supervised by the USDA, attempted to destroy small start-up Hampton Creek, producer of Just Mayo.
How the Federal Communications Commission
Is Dominated by the Industries
It Presumably Regulates
Ever wonder who really runs Washington? Ever have the sense that the agencies which are supposed to regulate industry actually report to it? Ever get angry that Washington lawmakers and regulators seem more interested in protecting corporations than in protecting public health?
If so, you will want to read this fascinating account of how corporate technology interests have won inordinate access to—and power over—a major regulatory agency. The Federal Communications Commission sits at the heart of a bipartisan Washington web of institutional corruption that has for many years championed corporate interests, typically at public expense.
According to ProPublica, Sujata Narayan, a family medicine doctor practicing in Stanford, CA earned an astounding $43.9 million promoting drugs for Pharma. Karen Underwood, a pediatric critical care doctor in Scottsdale, AZ received a walloping $28 million. Moreover, hospitals are also awash in Pharma money with the City Of Hope National Medical Center receiving $361 million and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation $22 million.
Pharma also pays doctors to conduct studies of its drugs often paying them for each subject they recruit and winning their loyalty because they are then familiar with the drug after monitoring subjects on it.
AND MOST REPUBLICANS
SUBSERVIENT TO CORPORATE INTERESTS,
APPOINT INDUSTRY LACKEYS TO AGENCIES
The Wall Street Democrats believed they needed to raise large amounts of money to complete with the Republicans. To do so they chose to cozy up to corporate players – banking and pharmaceutical corporate players – who were slightly more enlightened corporate players than the players the Republicans cozy up to. The Wall Street Democrats believed they had a formula for success: lots of campaign money, the votes of wealthy professionals, plus the votes of progressives who had nowhere else to go.
Obama failed to prosecute any of the banksters that brought down the financial system. Obama signed the Republicans’ Dark Act, which prohibited the states from requiring GMO labeling.
Emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official colluded with Monsanto to manipulate and prevent key investigations into glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential
Taxpayers’ money has essentially been used to help shield chemical companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages
Emails also show EPA official stopped a glyphosate investigation by a Department of Health and Human Services office on Monsanto’s behalf — a feat he bragged should earn him a medal.
of Corporate and Political Interests
There was a stunning story published on October 17, 2016 in The Hill entitled,“The CDC is being being influenced by corporate and political interests,” by Carey Gilam.
Concerns about the inner workings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been mounting in recent months amid disclosures of cozy corporate alliances. Now a group of more than a dozen senior scientists have reportedly lodged an ethics complaint alleging the federal agency is being influenced by corporate and political interests in ways that shortchange taxpayers.
The Rise and Fall of Wikipedia
Ever venture into natural healing or alternative medicine on Wikipedia and find the answers become totally skewed in favor of corporate medicine?
(OMNS, Feb 8, 2016) Anyone who uses the Internet to search for information is very likely to be familiar with the Wikipedia site. Wikipedia is very often among the first results that pop up on queries like, “What is the population of Kazakhstan?” or “How many French speakers are there in the United States?” To questions like this, with little or no commercial impact, and no scientific or political controversy surrounding them, Wikipedia sometimes offers decent answers.
But venture into natural healing or alternative medicine and the answers become totally skewed in favor of corporate medicine. Naturally, Big Pharma is one of those entities willing to pay to control the flow of information. Those pages are not identified as being advertising or propaganda.
This phenomenon is not limited to health topics. Here is a link to one of the “Pay for Play” controversies: https://www.cnet.com/news/corruption-in-wikiland-paid-pr-scandal-erupts-at-wikipedia/
There are CDC patents applicable to vaccines for Flu, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, HIV, Anthrax, Rabies, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Group A Strep, Pneumococcal disease, Meningococcal disease, RSV, Gastroenteritis, Japanese encephalitis, SARS, Rift Valley Fever, and chlamydophila pneumoniae.
The CDC licenses the major pharmaceutical companies to produce these and brings in $4.1 billion according to Robert Kennedy Jr.
THAT FLUORIDE IS A NEUROTOXIN
FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK TO SUE
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their response to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 21 petition submitted by the Fluoride Action Network and a coalition including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Food & Water Watch, the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation, and the Organic Consumers Association. The full TSCA petition can be accessed here, a shorter 8-page summary here, and our press release here.
Click here to read more.