Sunday, November 10, 2013
07.26.12 5:31 PM
The military wants to boost vaccine production for the deadly flu, and do so with tobacco plants like these, pictured at a Medicago greenhouse in North Carolina in May 2012. Photo: Darpa In the event of a global and highly lethal flu pandemic, we’ll need to churn out millions of vaccines as soon as humanly possible. Not easy to do considering a true vaccine can’t be developed until the pandemic has already arrived. So it’s not surprising the military wants better vaccines that can be produced at blazing speed. Preferably ones it can grow. The trick is to make lots of flu vaccines by growing tons of vegetables. That’s under exploration by researchers who hold $21 million worth of funding from the Pentagon’s mad scientists at Darpa — and Darpa has been pursuing veggie-based vaccine research, called Blue Angel, since 2005. This week, Darpa-funded vaccine firm Medicago announced it hit a key goal: producing 10 million doses of a plant-based H1N1 influenza vaccine within a month.
Read more at WIRED
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama,GMO Bill “Written By Monsanto” Signed Into Law
By Global Research News
The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things. The bill states that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales. There are of course arguments to be made that not enough research has been done yet to accurately determine the effects that GMOs have on human and animal health (though the research already done should make you stop and think). This bill sidesteps that completely though, and simply states that even if there are problems, that the federal courts can no longer do anything about it. And this bill is now law, thanks to President Obama and the U.S. Congress. Some other interesting things to keep in mind: - The bill was apparently written by freshman Sen. Roy Blunt in collusion with Monsanto, with them helping to craft the exact language of the document. - “The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Sen. Blunt received $64,250 from Monsanto to go towards his campaign committee between 2008 and 2012. The Money Monocle website adds that Blunt has been the largest Republican Party recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.” - Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” was a part of the spending bill that they were voting on. - Obama had no problem signing it into law (not really a surprise, he’s been rather soft on GMO policy). - The bill will only remain in effect for a limited time, but it’s a bad sign. With the ease that this bill passed, it’ll be interesting to see what future bills look like. As the Daily News asks, “Who’s more powerful, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified crops or the U.S. government?” “On Tuesday, Pres. Obama inked his name to H.R. 933, a continuing resolution spending bill approved in Congress days earlier. Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the Missouri-based Monsanto Company from litigation.” “In light of approval from the House and Senate, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on, an item that has since been widely referred to as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act.’” “But Obama ignored [the petition],” as the IB Times notes, “instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.” GMOs, while they may cause problems for human health, are primarily a problem for other reasons, mostly to do with crop/genetic diversity and overly complex industrial systems. And also the fact that they often don’t even work the way that they are “supposed” to. When taken in context though, GMOs are really just another in a long line of environmentally damaging practices that people have done for short term gain/profit. From the large-scale deforestation of the world’s old-growth forests, to sustenance farming, to modern imported-fertilizer/pesticide/herbicide/fossil-fuel dependent industrial agricultural, the trend has been consistent, GMOs are just another in that line of attempts to temporarily maintain/raise crop yields. Regardless of the type of agriculture or the location, there are limits to how long any land can remain productive, applying imported fertilizers, or utilizing GMOs, only provides, at best, a temporary halt to the land’s transition to non-productive “wasteland”, and to desertification.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sterling Financial paying millions to new chairman
Most board members have resigned
The Spokesman-Review August 31, 2010 in Business
Bert Caldwell The Spokesman-Review
New Sterling Financial Corp. Chairman Les Biller was paid $1.5 million to accept the position, and will receive a total $4.5 million by Dec. 31, 2012, unless he resigns.
Biller’s compensation was contained in a Monday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing also disclosed the resignation of all but four members of the Sterling board of directors following completion Thursday of a $730 million recapitalization.
The appointment of Biller, a former vice chairman of Wells Fargo, helped attract private investors who participated in the recapitalization. According to the letter offering Biller the chairman’s job, he invested between $4 million and $7 million of his own money in Sterling.
Biller succeeds William “Ike” Eisenhart, who became chairman when Sterling co-founder Harold Gilkey was forced out last October by regulators.
Eisenhart remains on the board along with other holdovers Ellen Boyer, Michael Reuling and Greg Seibly, Sterling’s chief executive officer.
In addition to Biller, the board added David Coulter, representing Thomas H. Lee Partners, and Scott Jaeckel, representing Warburg Pincus Private Equity X, L.P.
The private equity investment firms each invested $171 million in the Sterling recapitalization.
Creigh Agnew, Katherine Anderson, Ned Barnes, Rodney Barnett, Thomas Fugate and Kermit Houser resigned, as did Marcus Lampros, Robert Larrabee, Dianne Spires, William Wrigglesworth and William Zuppe, Sterling’s other co-founder.
Directors in 2009 received cash compensation of $48,000 to $57,597, plus stock awards.
Here is Mr. Billings at JVS Bankwork$
According to the following article, this bankster retired for a year or two in between Wells Fargo and PG&E. Is this normal practice for the corporate elite?
RESUME: Leslie S. Biller
February 18, 2004
ISSUED BY: Corporate Communications 1-800-743-6397
BANKING VETERAN, LES BILLER, NAMED DIRECTOR OF PG&E CORPORATION AND PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY BOARDS OF DIRECTORS
(San Francisco, CA) - PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) today announced the election of Leslie S. Biller to its Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of utility unit Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Biller, 55, served as an Advisory Director on both Boards over the past year.
As a 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Biller most recently served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo & Co. until his retirement in 2002.
Sterling Financial Corporation of Spokane, Wash., Announces Agreements to Raise $730 Million in
Company Release - 08/20/2010 06:30
SPOKANE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) (“Sterling”), the bank holding
company of Sterling Savings Bank, today announced agreements to raise a total of $730 million in new capital from
institutional, private equity and other accredited investors. The transaction is expected to close on or about August 26,
Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) and Warburg Pincus Private Equity X, L.P. (“WP”) have amended their agreements
to increase their investments in Sterling. Under the terms of the amendments, it is anticipated that THL and WP would
each purchase 68,366,000 shares of common stock and 1,709,150 shares of Series B preferred stock, for an aggregate
purchase price of approximately $171 million each. THL and WP also would receive warrants. Upon closing, THL and WP
would each own an aggregate of 22.6 percent of Sterling’s pro forma common stock on an as-converted basis and after
giving effect to the exercise of warrants.
Sterling has also entered into agreements with approximately 30 accredited investors for private placement of
155,268,000 shares of common stock and 3,881,700 shares of Series D preferred stock in exchange for aggregate gross
proceeds of approximately $388 million in cash. In addition, as previously announced, the U.S. Treasury will convert its
$303 million investment of preferred stock in Sterling into common shares. In aggregate, the transactions with THL, WP,
other accredited investors and U.S. Treasury will result in the issuance of 4.2 billion shares of Sterling common stock,
assuming the conversion of preferred stock and the exercise of warrants.
Sterling President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Seibly said, “This commitment of $730 million in new capital
represents a major milestone in our recovery plan, and one that will substantially strengthen our capital ratios and provide
a solid base for rebuilding long-term franchise value. The focused energies of many at Sterling have helped us to
preserve and grow our core banking franchise in support of our customers and communities across the Pacific Northwest.
Today’s announcement reflects the investment community’s recognition of this value.”
Following the closing of the transaction and contingent on regulatory approval, Les Biller, former vice chairman and chief
operating officer of Wells Fargo and Company, would serve as chairman of Sterling’s board of directors, and WP Managing Director David A. Coulter and THL Managing Director Scott Jaeckel would join Sterling’s board of directors.
Any connection with Daddy Warbucks is purely co-incidental.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
GM and Ford built nearly 90% of the armored 3-ton half-trucks and 70% of the Nazi medium and heavy-duty trucks used in WWII. Greame K. Howard, Vice President of General Motors, wrote and published “American and a New World Order” and argued that America should cooperate with the Nazis.
Old American Century
Fascism: Left Wing or Right Wing?
A very popular argument by the Right is say that the Nazis were Leftwing, when in fact they were Rightwing in both Germany and the United States.
The Nazis were pro-Christian, anti-communist, certainly anti-Marxist, imprisoned atheist and labor leaders--that sounds right-wing to me! So since the Nazis embraced the Catholic Church (and the Church embraced Hitler), should we call Christianity fascist? And why did the Nazis view "liberals" as their enemy?
In America, German Fascism dazzled many American leaders of capitalist industry. They were William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy(JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon(head of Alcoa, banker, and Secretary of Treasury), DuPont, General Motors, Standard Oil (now Exxon), Henry Ford, ITT, Allen Dulles (later head of the CIA), Prescott Bush (don’t forget him), National City Bank, and General Electric.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
By Gwynne Dyer March 19, 2012
Reporter: “What do you think of Western civilisation, Mr Gandhi?” Mohandas Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.” The quote is probably apocryphal, but if the Mahatma didn’t say it, he should have.
Now we have something close to a global civilisation: most of the world’s people work in similar economies, use the same machines, and live about as long. They even know most of the same things and have the same ambitions. So we need somebody to ask us the same question. Do we really think a global civilisation is a good idea? And if so, have we any plans for keeping it going beyond a few generations more?
Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday, 30. March 2012 by Sibel Edmonds
A Surreal Journey into the Heart of the Beast Called the Police State
CWIn this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11
Check out Sibel's book at her blog. boilingfrogspost.com