GALLUP: In Shocking Plunge, Only 1 in 4 Now Satisfied With State of USA

By E&P Staff

NEW YORK What’s going on? Gallup reports today a sudden plunge in its regular “satisfaction” index. Only 25% of Americans now say they satisfied with the state of their country — down 8% in just one month — and one of the lowest ever measured.

“The current 25% satisfaction level is very low by historical standards,” Gallup explained. “Since Gallup first asked this question in 1979, the average percentage of Americans saying they are satisfied with conditions in the country is 43%.”

Iraq continues to weigh the most on minds. “Even though skyrocketing gas prices may contribute to the public’s sour mood this month,” the organization revealed, “the issue is not mentioned by an especially high percentage of Americans as the nation’s top problem.”

The latest poll finds 45% of Republicans saying they are satisfied, compared with only 12% of Democrats. Over the past month, satisfaction fell more among Democrats, suggesting that some of them may be souring on their party’s actions or inactions in Congress.

The poll of 1,003 adults was taken May 10-13.

U.S. Senators Financially Enslave Americans As Indentured Servants To Big Pharma

by: Mike Adams

The facts found in the report are almost as astonishing as the source of the report itself: USA Today, a mainstream media giant in the United States, has revealed the apparent financial conflict of interest by U.S. Senators who voted against the infamous S.1082 reimportation amendment. That amendment would have ended Big Pharma’s monopoly over U.S. consumers and ultimately saved American citizens, businesses and governments tens of millions of dollars by allowing them to import medicines from other nations with approved safety records (such as Canada or Japan).

But 49 Senators voted against the amendment, defending the Big Pharma monopoly that continues to force Americans to pay the highest prices in the world, by far, for medicines. As I’ve documented in my book, Natural Health Solutions and the Conspiracy to Keep You From Knowing About Them, some pharmaceuticals are marked up 500,000% or more over the cost of their ingredients!

What could have prompted these 49 Senators to vote to protect the profits of drug companies? Follow the money and you’ll find your answer. As it turns out, nearly every one of the 49 Senators who voted against drug reimportation has accepted money from drug companies. USA Today reported the top offenders who voted against the bill, along with the dollars they’ve accepted from drug companies since 2001:

U.S. Senators’ Drug Money
Richard Burr, R-N.C.
$520,694

John Kerry, D-Mass.
$304,888

Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.
$281,040

Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
$259,699

Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
$241,850

Max Baucus, D-Mont.
$199,000

Tom Carper, D-Del.
$183,794

Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
$174,338

Notice that these Senators represent both major political parties, and there’s even one independent in the mix. Consumers should remember that no political party will defend the people against powerful corporations. Ultimately, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will sell out in order to protect their own power and reelection funds.

As Rima Laibow (www.HealthFreedomUSA.org) observed in a recent e-mail update to her readers, it’s amazing just how cheaply the U.S. Senators have been bought off! For a few hundred thousand dollars — the profits from only a couple hundred prescription drug users — these Senators appear to have been either strongly influenced or outright bribed to kill a measure that would have saved Americans tens of billions of dollars and finally freed the American people from the financial stranglehold of Big Pharma.

These Senators, of course, all insist they were voting to protect the “safety” of Americans, claiming that medicines imported from other countries are dangerous. But medicines bought right here in the United States are killing 100,000+ Americans each year! Do these Senators somehow imagine drugs bought in the U.S. are safer than the same medicines purchased somewhere else? Do they suffer under the illusion that paying more for prescription drugs somehow makes them safer?

When it comes down to it, none of the arguments against drug reimportation hold water. The killing of the amendment was done for one simple, uncomplicated reason: to protect the safety of Big Pharma profits by forcing Americans to pay monopoly prices for their medicines.

Modern-day Indentured Servants
The whole price fixing scam brings to mind a relevant term from American history: Indentured servants. These indentured servants were people who agreed to work a farm or plantation for a period of 4-7 years in exchange for passage to America. But dishonest plantation owners played a cruel trick on the indentured servants: They had to buy their farm tools and supplies from the plantation owner. But they couldn’t pay cash since they didn’t have any money, so they were forced to extend their work commitment in exchange for tools and supplies.

A shovel, for example, might cost you another month on the farm. A set of work clothes might cost you two months more. Little by little, the plantation owner enslaved the indentured servants in a never-ending cycle of debt that could only be repaid by a lifetime of work ending in death and bankruptcy.

Sound familiar? Americans are trapped in a lifetime of medical debt being paid to wealthy drug corporations. If you live in America and need medicine, the FDA and Big Pharma are doing everything in their power to make sure you have no choice but to buy it from “the company store” — the monopoly-controlled U.S. pharmaceutical market that’s basically in the business of ripping people off by selling them dangerous synthetic chemicals.

Need to control your blood sugar? That’s a few thousand dollars a year. Have high cholesterol? Another few thousand. Got cancer? Fork over several thousand dollars each month for yet more chemicals sold at monopoly prices to a nation of health consumers who have been financially enslaved as Indentured Servants. I once talked to a cancer patient who was about to fork over $14,000 per injection for an experimental cancer drug! That person’s life savings would have been wiped out in just one month while enriching the richest corporations in the world: drug companies.

Modern medicine is the new indentured servant plantation. Same scam, different crop. The American people are once again being worked to death by greedy businessmen who only wish to increase the size of their own profits, regardless of how many people have to be exploited or destroyed along the way. And 49 U.S. Senators seem to whole-heartedly approve of this financial enslavement of the American people. They voted, on the record, to propel a profiteering price scheme operated by a criminal conspiracy masterminded by the FDA and Big Pharma.

Republican Senators who voted for the financial enslavement of the American people
Lamar Alexander
Robert Bennett
Kit Bond
Jim Bunning
Richard Burr
Saxby Chambliss
Tom Coburn
Thad Cochran
Norm Coleman
Bob Corker
John Cornyn
Michael Crapo
Elizabeth Dole
Pete Domenici
Michael Enzi
Lindsey Graham
Judd Gregg
Chuck Hagel
Orrin Hatch
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Johnny Isakson
Jon Kyl
Richard Lugar
Mel Martinez
Mitch McConnell
Lisa Murkowski
Pat Roberts
Arlen Specter
Ted Stevens
John Sununu
Craig Thomas
George Voinovich
John Warner

Democratic Senators who voted for the financial enslavement of the American people
Max Baucus
Evan Bayh
Maria Cantwell
Thomas Carper
Edward Kennedy
John Kerry
Mary Landrieu
Frank Lautenberg
Blanche Lincoln
Robert Menéndez
Barbara Mikulski
Patty Murray
Ben Nelson
Jay Rockefeller
Kenneth Salazar

Corporate imperialism at work
One thing that these Senators have demonstrated quite convincingly is that the rich get richer in America, especially when rich Senators protect the rich drug companies at the expense of the increasingly impoverished American people.

In my opinion every one of the Senators listed here should be voted out of power at the next available opportunity. But of course, Big Pharma can buy off the replacements just as easily. There’s no end to the cash being generated by this illegal price fixing scheme that, by any sane standard, would have long ago been classified as an organized crime racket and prosecuted under the RICO Act.

The real problem, then, is not necessarily dishonest Senators who would sell out their countrymen (and women) for a few dollars from Big Pharma. The real problem is that corporations are allowed to financially influence lawmakers in the first place! The problem is the lobbying and campaign finance structure that allows virtually all lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to be so easily and cheaply bought off (or at least strongly influenced) by corporate interests. Lobbyists are far too influential in Washington, and in fact, the Corporation itself has become dangerous to the health, safety and future of the American people. (View the documentary: The Corporation at http://www.TheCorporation.com )

Even if these 49 Senators actually sold out the American people, and even if they resigned tomorrow (which they would never think of doing, of course), their replacements would be just as easily corrupted by a system of corporate control over U.S. lawmakers that has turned the United States into a Plutocracy — government by the wealthy elite, where the corporations and the government become one entity that exploits the productivity of the population to enrich the few.

As I pointed out in a previous article about this betrayal by U.S. Senators, many of our lawmakers have become adversaries of the people and are now openly fighting for the expansion of profits and power for mega-corporations while steamrolling the interests and freedoms of the American people. In a very real sense, they have openly betrayed the American people they claim to represent. They have devolved into corporate imperialists who aim to shore up their own power by sacrificing the interests of those they have sworn to protect — the voters who gullibly put them into power in the first place.

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About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health author and technology pioneer with a passion for sharing empowering information to help improve personal and planetary health He has authored and published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers guies, and books on topics like health and the environment, reaching millions of readers with information that is saving lives and improving personal health around the world. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies’ products. In 2007, Adams launched EcoLEDs, a maker of energy efficient LED lights that greatly reduce CO2 emissions. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He’s also the CEO of a highly successful email newsletter software company that develops software used to send permission email campaigns to subscribers. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and pursues hobbies such as Pilates, Capoeira, nature macrophotography and organic gardening.

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Are Disney and Comcast marketing evil?

Judith Reisman

On May 1, some thousands of New Jersey children were sadistically violated by Comcast’s screening of pornography on the Disney Playhouse cable channel.

How many thousands of innocent 3 to 6-year-old children were traumatized by the close-up groans and grinds of pornography in place of “Handy Manny”? The number is a well-guarded Disney and Comcast secret.

I received one cynical e-mail saying, “It was a sanctioned technology experiment as the parental controls were overridden. That’s why there’s no government action.” Who will be prosecuted for deliberately and/or recklessly brutalizing these wide-eyed youngsters?

Statistically speaking, some percentage of these small victims will eventually act out on themselves, on their siblings, neighbors, friends, or families and blame themselves!

The Children’s On Line Protection Act, or COPA, would have Internet sites require age identification cards for their content – just like store owners require to sell beer or cigarettes. Disney, an E! Playboy distributor until late 2006, has aggressively opposed COPA’s efforts to penalize sites that give minors access to harmful material.

Under the circumstances, I understand why my correspondent suspects that the May 1 “accident” was actually a test run by Comcast, Disney – or both – to induce small children into pornography addiction.

In effect, these media predators broke into private homes and force-fed children pornography. After irate parents complained that their children had just been assaulted by their pornographers, parents got a spry “sorry” from the Comcast sex traffickers.

“It was two people doing their thing, it was full-on and it was disgusting,” explained Paul Dunleavy to the New York Daily News. “My son was extremely upset because he thought he’d done something wrong. … We’re hoping what he saw doesn’t become an issue for him.”

Well, he may hope. “We try to do the right thing to protect our kids from this stuff, and then they broadcast it on children’s TV,” he said. “I wouldn’t have thought Disney would become one of them.” But Disney is indeed “one of them.”

Disney is pedophile-friendly at the highest echelons, brazenly hiring convicted pedophiles like Victor Salva to write and direct sexualized child films like “Powder.” Salva served 15 months for sodomizing at least one 12-year-old boy who had acted in Salva’s first teen horror film, “Clownhouse.” Entertainment Weekly reported that in “Powder,” Salva has a male teacher stroke the boy’s head and tell the child he’s “never had better sex” since being touched by the lad.

Disney kept this and other sexualized child scenes in “Powder” and warned no one of Salva’s criminal pedophile history. One press critic noted, “The movie studio participated in the secrecy and the cycle of abuse.” In fact, Salva joined another well-paid Disney predatory “talent.” Larry Clark, infamous for his naked photographs of young boys, directed “Kids” (1995) in graphic sex, violence and drug use. Ted Baehr’s Movieguide notes that this child-abusive film was so deviant that Disney distributed it under the Miramax label.

Newsweek said “The art-movie company Miramax has paid $3.5 million to distribute ‘Kids’ worldwide. Unfortunately, Miramax is owned by the Walt Disney Co. … The movie is called ‘Kids,’ but you’d better leave yours at home. New York photographer Larry Clark, known for his raw images of adolescent sexuality, has just debuted his first film at the Sundance Film Festival.”

Chicken hawks of a feather bring similar chicken hawks together.

Peter and Rochelle Schweizer provide a laundry list of Disney’s convicted pedophiles in their investigative report, “Disney: The Mouse Betrayed; Greed, Corruption, and Children at Risk” (1998). They write, “Some of Disney’s pedophiles … are positioned in high-profile jobs dealing with children.”

By 1999, Patrick Naughton, executive vice president of Disney’s Go Network, was convicted of possession of child pornography and of planning to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

In April this year, three men arrested in a pedophile sting revealed themselves as Disney employees. They planned to have sex with boys and girls, ages 13 and 14.

In February this year, Disney employee Matthew Wendland was arrested, charged with 51 counts of possessing child porn.

In 1998, the reporter’s reporter, Reed Irvine (now deceased), revealed that Michael Eisner, chairman of the Walt Disney Co, subtly warned ABC to censor any such bad news about Disney.

Irvine wrote, “Only days later, a story that was to air on ’20/20′ exposing Disney’s lax attitude toward employing pedophiles at its theme parks was killed” by ABC.

In the December 1998 issue of the now defunct Brill’s Content, Elizabeth Stevens reported, “Disney had a worse pedophile problem than the other theme parks that were examined.” Law-enforcement officials said Disney failed to “run criminal-background checks of new employees” and were less than helpful in “assisting their investigations of crimes on Disney property.”

“Disney was the only theme park that did not agree to work with the Central Florida Child Exploitation Task Force when it was established in 1995.”

Disney’s propagandistic marketing of “gay,” lesbian and transgendered picnics, parties, books, videos and the like sends a powerful message, as does its anti-Christian pulpiteering, its Miramax films of incest, sadosexuality, prostitution as well as – until recently – its E! Playboy gateway pornography.

Media critic L. Brent Bozell III wrote, “The Schweizers cover not just Disney’s appalling record on crime. There’s sexual harassment, child labor violations and how management allows Disney World to have twice the injury rate than the amusement park average. … Some of Disney [CEO Michael] Eisner’s moves might be explained as a image-be-damned search for profits, like Disney’s partnership in the pay-per-view programs of ‘Viewer’s Choice,’ which quickly spun off ‘Hot Choice,’ with new porn titles by smut queens like Marilyn Chambers. …”

The Schweizers note that inevitably Disney’s “own movies” and their pornography merge into one.

For example, Playboy’s plasticized 2006 Playmate of the Year was once a “Disney World Snow White and Cinderella.”

I’ve said elsewhere that Disney traffics pornography. Was the recent pornographic assault on the brains, minds, memories and actions of thousands of innocent toddlers a Comcast and/or Disney “glitch,” or a test?