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What’s twisting our antenna today,

November 30, 2011?

The light bulb; we maybe getting screwed and we’re going on a rant.

Who will light up your life now that the standard incandescent light bulb is all but extinct?  Energy efficiency standards for light bulbs will begin to phase in on Jan. 1, 2012.  Readers might want to hope for light bulbs in their stockings this year. 

We hope Santa’s sled can land with the news that the Present Global Cooling Rate is  .09 C / month.  Are we sure we want cooler?? Via


Tim Kelley NECN November 30, 2011  

We could blame President Obama with all his global warming, tree hugging pandering to General Electric.  One can even go back to the Bush era with Congress passing an energy conservation measure that set standards to ban most ordinary incandescent bulbs.  But you know what? It is you and I that are to blame.  We voted them into office.  Some of them bought into global warming.  My vote may have canceled yours out, and the lefts effort to save the planet and some money in the process, has back fired.  Talk about being dim witted.

When a government can regulates what kind of light bulb you can buy, it becomes rather apparent just exactly how much might and power it has over its people.  The government also regulates what kind of toilet and shower faucet you use in an effort to save water.  For more than a hundred years,  incandescent light bulbs have lit up our homes and business just fine.

Since 1901, this incandescent bulb has been burning in a fire station in Livermore, California. http://www.snopes.com/science/lightbulb.asp 

There is some debate on who invented the light bulb, but it wasn’t Thomas Edison.  He just got the patent. http://whatthefluffy.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/who-invented-the-light-bulb-wrong/

In September 2010-The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States closed marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison’s innovations in the 1870s.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090706933.html

Are you still relying on General Electric, GE bringing good things to life? 

G.E. CEO Jeffrey Immelt leads Obama’s new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The panel replaces the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker….

Forget about ethics challenges in having a CEO whose income is determined by stock performance leading a panel designed to recommend government policies. G.E. (2009 revenue: $157 billion) is a huge government contractor and is always in the market for new subsidies and incentives. via http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/21/obama-teams-ge-iran-palaver-peters-arrives-white-house/
The Jobs Council’s October report to the President-http://www.jobs-council.com/2011/10/10/jobs-council-releases-taking-action-building-confidence-interim-report-to-the-president/  

The report includes five major initiatives to increase employment while improving competitiveness:

  1. Measures to accelerate investment into job-rich projects in infrastructure and energy development;…

Plug into reality here.  American jobs have left for China to produce mercury laden light bulbs to bring good things to life back here in America.  You see those mercury-containing CFLs will never be made here under strict environmental regulations and the unions. CFLs made in India and China have environmental standards that are virtually non-existent. https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/obamas-cold-day-in-hell/
The Jobs Council guru has moved even more GE infrastructure to China.  
…is all part of a “plan to invest about $2 billion across China” over the next few years.  But moving core pieces of its business overseas is nothing new for GE.  Under Immelt, GE has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States.  Perhaps GE should change its slogan to “Imagination At Work (In China)”.  http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ge-ceo-jeffrey-immelt-the-head-of-obamas-jobs-council-is-moving-jobs-and-economic-infrastructure-to-china-at-a-blistering-pace
Are the very people that have been entrusted with solving the unemployment crisis shipping jobs out of the country? In a New World Order, is America going to be last and sit in the dark with these crap light bulbs, with our new lamps designed to fit the funky base sizes and with proper ventilation?
The constituent materials in a typical CFL vary widely, because there are many technologies that can achieve the same (or at least similar) results. In general though, the basic ingredients are …http://sound.westhost.com/articles/incandescent.htm
  • glass
  • steel
  • silicon (in ICs, transistors, MOSFETs, diodes, etc.) *
  • mercury + mercury vapour **
  • fibreglass and epoxy resins (PCB, semiconductor cases) *
  • aluminium (electrolytic capacitor) *
  • various plastics (main housing, film capacitors) *
  • ferrites / ceramics (resistor bodies, choke cores) *
  • copper wire and PCB traces *
  • phosphors **
  • a small amount of high temperature plastic insulation
  • (lead free?) solder
  • plating material for exposed metal, probably nickel
You can’t just throw away an CFL bulb.  Because mercury is cumulative, you have to dispose of it in a toxic waste depot.  Right.  Got one right next door.  If you happen to break a bulb, look out for the mercury vapor and mercury containing phosphor powder.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a HAZMAT sheet for instructions,   http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf
The EPA claims the new CFL use less energy than incandescent bulbs, and will actually result in less mercury being released because the power plants won’t have to make as much energy.  We’re pretty sure we only pay for actual energy used, but power companies still have to provide the full voltage and current.  Coal supplies around 50% of the electricity in the U.S., but  there is no mention of clean coal, instead focusing on an award winning new light bulb and five million smart meters. 
Why is it the governments job to install smart meters on our power grids?  Wouldn’t the private sector do just as good of job and create private sector jobs?  So help me…are those smart grids manufactured in China? At least not all of them are–

Obama Solyndra: Corporate Crony Capitalism

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Like Solyndra, a number of “smart grid” companies have received taxpayer backing. But federal financing was not enough to keep Beacon Power, a manufacture of flywheel energy storage technology, from going bankrupt. They may not be the last smart-grid company consigned to that fate.

Beacon received a $43 million loan guarantee from the same stimulus-funded Energy Department program that financed Solyndra. Late last month the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

Ener1, which, with subsidiary EnerDel, has received more than $120 million in federal grants, announced early last week that it had replaced its president, its chief executive, and its top financial officer. The company manufactures lithium-ion batteries for smart-grid energy storage.

That move came about a week after NASDAQ delisted Ener1 for a failure to comply with SEC filing requirements.  http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/17/smart-grid-manufacturers-the-next-green-sector-under-fire/

  Meanwhile from energy dot gov-
…the President’s goals of generating 80 percent of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035 and putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.  http://energy.gov/articles/five-million-smart-meters-installed-nationwide-just-beginning-smart-grid-progress 
The Coal Industry has gotten better in the U.S. Is it a perfect means of energy production? No.  Obviously some smart grids are in trouble and some are smarter than others.  Oil, gas and the recent shale and sands drilling have there own drawbacks.  Still politicians have no problem accepting money. http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/induscode.php?id=E1210&year=
Total For Coal mining: $13,482,214

Total For Alternate energy production & services: $22,655,301

The taxpayer is footing the bill to the green economy, companies, lobbyists and light bulbs that don’t work very well.  No wonder we’re going broke.
At least Ron Paul, “railed against government plans to transition from the incandescent light bulb to more energy saving light bulbs, citing Rand’s 1937 novel Anthem.  The similarity, according to Paul, is that “individual choice is banned and the collective basically runs society.” http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/ad-lib/2011/nov/29/legacy-ayn-rand-rand-and-ron-paul-and-paul-ryan/
So if we pull out our tin foil hat.  Why are we being mandated into buying these new light bulbs?  Is it not only because it hurts the U.S.  industry as they emit light, but maybe to track your habits and internet connections? 
Think Nicola Tesla for a minute.
Did Tesla lay the ground work for Wifi through a light bulb with this patent? 
 U.S. Patent 454622 (G.patent; PDF)System of Electric Lighting – 1891 June 23 – Apparatus devised for the purpose of converting and supplying electrical energy in a form suited for the production of certain novel electrical phenomena, which require currents of higher frequency and potential. It specifies an energy storage capacitor and discharger mechanism on the primary side of a radio-frequency transformer.    https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/haarp-wifi-lightbubls-teslatechnology-wifi-through-led-lamps/
So Tesla is long dead and while he had a lot of patents, he died with little money.  Fathom this little dose of reality from companies looking to harness similar technology.
The outlook for piping music into office space or the shop floor is about to get a lot brighter. Lighting solutions company Osram Sylvania and audio innovator Artisan have teamed up to produce the MusicLites system – a 10W LED light bulb with a 70mm full range hi-fi audio speaker built in. The inclusion of a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver means that compatible audio devices can send music sound signals to the unit, which then pumps out both sound and light. http://www.gizmag.com/musiclites-led-speaker-wifi-lighting/15112/
Emits sound and light? Cool!
Four years ago:   WiTricity Corp. http://www.witricity.com/ 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers announced  they had made a 60-watt light bulb. The breakthrough, disclosed in Science Express, an online publication of the journal Science, is being called “WiTricity” by the scientists glow by sending it energy wirelessly, potentially previewing a future in which cell phones and other gadgets get juice without having to be plugged in. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2007-06-08-mit-wireless-power_N.htm

Guess who invests in WiTricity?

  General Electric


…WiTricity Corp were also winners. GE didn’t disclose the amount of the funds that came from its venture-capital partners. When GE announced winners of the first contest, with a prize pool of $55 million, it planned to contribute about half the total. GE projects the power grid technology market will reach $20 billion by 2015.

Who else invested?


As the exclusive licensee of this MIT intellectual property, WiTricity Corp. was founded by Prof. Soljačić and several colleagues from MIT.  WiTricity Corp. received its initial venture capital funding in November of 2007 from Stata Ventures and Argonaut Private Equity.  Stata Ventures is a technology investment firm managed by Ray Stata, the founder, Chairman, and former CEO of Analog Devices.

Still got your tin foil hat on? 

Watch TeraDiode company. TeraDiode’s ultra-high brightness, direct-diode lasers enable many defense applications, including infrared countermeasures, target designators and directed energy weapons. http://teradiode.com/applications/defense/


Who may have invested in TeraDiode? On November 21, 2011 http://optics.org/news/2/11/19

The round was led by Argonaut Ventures – the same private equity firm owned by the George Kaiser Family Foundation that invested heavily in bankrupt solar firm Solyndra – while Stata Venture Partners, which invested $4 million through TeraDiode’s series A round in 2009, also took part. Camros Capital and others made smaller contributions to the latest financing.

The joint venture of Comcast and General Electric formed NBC Universal.  Imagine the company that sells a light bulb that delivers Wifi and TV, Radio, Internet, content.  Talk about an IPO.  Where is Apple?

And check out this old news- July 11, 2011- MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions and WiTricity, the technology leader in wireless power, today jointly announced that has entered into a technology transfer and license agreement. http://www.mediatek.com/en/News/news_content.php?sn=80

Sadly regarding patents-  according to John Hennessy, president of Stanford University

We need to get the money. I mean, the backlog is over 600,000 [sic, patent]applications. Now, not all those patents were grant, but that’s three years worth of patents just to put it in perspective.  So we’ve got to invest in order to make this process work faster and that’s an American competitiveness issue for us….http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-07/patent-office-must-control-funds-mit-leader-says-transcript-.html

Wow. more than a half a million patents in backlog.  Wonder what the backlog looks like on those patents being stolen?  Have fun reading them by a CFL lamp.

For our readers in liberal land who are convinced that the lights aren’t going out http://mediamatters.org/research/201111280004

Will the last one out shut off the lights?

(copyrights by respective owners.  WiTricity is a proprietary technology of WiTricity Corporation, and should not be used to refer to wireless electricity in a generic sense.)

In keeping with full disclosure- some of the writers have and may own stock in Cisco, Western Digital and NBC Universal; not in the other above aforementioned companies-at least not yet! 

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The multi billion merger pending from pharmaceutical companies Merck with a $41.1 billion purchase of Schering-Plough Corp. probably won’t be the last big drug-industry merger.  The amount of money is staggering and the lack of regulation apparent.

The deal, which comes on the heels of Pfizer Inc.’s $68 billion bid for Wyeth in January and Roche Holding AG’s $45.7 billion offer for U.S. partner Genentech Inc. last week, will spur other drug makers fearful of falling behind into action…Sanofi-Aventis SA may next target Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which sells the French company’s Plavix blood-thinner and the Avapro hypertension treatment in the U.S. Alternatively, Bristol- Myers may be a potential merger partner for U.K. diabetes drug partner AstraZeneca Plc.  Johnson & Johnson may make a counter bid for Schering-Plough.  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a.JuaqqzcDMY&refer=home

There is money to be made and lives to be saved, but human drug testing in the highest expense to bringing new drugs to market.  Many trade their bodies for the cash drug trial offers. More than 800 drug tests are taking place in India alone.  The FDA has only checked into 8 of them according to a special report http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2008/reports/india/ .

For every 5000 drugs tested in the lab, only 5 will make it to clinical trials and only 1 will pass and make it to the shelves.  It is expensive and America bears the brunt tangible costs with big pharma passing along the costs to her citizens with our disastrous medical system that by some accounts, is still the best in the world.  

In New Zealand, the use of human subjects including children as young as 6 years old, in trials of a novel GE {Genetically Engineered} food is being condemned by scientists internationally and by GE Free NZ (in food and environment).  GE ‘golden rice’ has been promoted as a solution to malnutrition, despite other readily-available sources of vitamin A.  Deficiencies of the vitamin are a cause of blindness among the poor.

“‘Pharming’ will blur the distinction between food and chemicals, disrupting our brand image far more significantly than the recent melamine contamination in milk powder in China.  Allowing human feeding trials of this experimental rice is highly concerning and  a frightening breach of human rights,” says Jon Carapiet from GE-Free New Zealand.  http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0902/S00328.htm

No where in mainstream media, is this report out about American pharmaceutical company Baxter- sending to Chech Republic, Slovenia and Germany bird flu vaccines that were found to contain actual deadly flu virus instead of the vaccine!  Baxter flu vaccines contaminated with H5N1 – otherwise known as the human form of avian flu, one of the most deadly biological weapons on earth with a 60% kill rate – were received by labs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Sloveniahttp://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/27/8560781.html
Of course, Baxter invoked trade secrets and refused to reveal how the vaccines were contaminated with H5N1, finally admitting that pure H5N1 batches were sent by accident.  On Friday {March 6, 2009}, the company’s director of global bioscience communications confirmed what scientists have suspected. “It was live,” Christopher Bona said in an email.   The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material,” was made at the Orth-Donau  research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine — including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a license is expected shortly — at a facility in the Czech Republic. 

People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.   Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences. Ya think?  Did they send it regular mail or on an airplane with 200 happy people going on vacation?  Was it labeled as hazardous medical so a terrorist could know what to steal?  Mind numbing ignorance.

While H5N1 doesn’t easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hazardous mixed virus able to transmit easily to and among people.   That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created. 
“This was seemingly an attempt to quickly change the story and hide the fact that the accidental contamination of a vaccine with a deadly biological agent like avian flu is virtually impossible and the only way it could have happened was by willful gross criminal negligence,” said Dr. Orly Taitz at http://defendourfreedoms.us/2009/03/10/meeting-with-scalia-and-coordinated-cyber-attack.aspx

The contamination incident came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn’t die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses.  Imagine if they had inoculated infants rather than ferrets.

Baxter International Inc.(NYSE: BAX)  “develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. http://www.baxter.com/  The company has no mention of this mistake of epic proportion on their website.

According to the Baxter site they have two products on the market: a vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and a vaccine against group C meningococcal meningitishttp://www.baxtervaccines.com/?node_id=312 I think we can all agree how happy we are that this “mixing process,” didn’t affect these two vaccines already widely in use. 

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) three virus strains, usually two type A and one type B, are selected each year before flu vaccine production starts. This is done after a careful investigation of the circulating strains and their mutations and they pick and choose the most likely to populate. 

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated now to protect against late-circulating flu viruses and provides state pandemic Web site information at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/whereyoulive/index.html.  From all accounts the last time it was updated for the heavily populated state of New York was in 2006. http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/influenza/pandemic/docs/pandemic_influenza_plan.pdf  Check your state here http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/stateplans.html.

I wonder if pandemic planning activities include all the FEMA camps and train rides? 

The CDC has a list of the number of vaccines recommended for children and adults from the eradicated Polio to the newly identified diseases like Cervical Cancer who’s prevention for a few of the strains lies in the vaccine Gardasil; which is now mandated by the U.S. Government for all female immigrants.  http://www.cispimmunize.org/ 

The alleged link between thimerosal and autism has spawned numerous investigations, including a fantastic Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that claims that the government was/is engaged in a medical cover-up. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/7395411/deadly_immunity/

“All parents and patients should be informed about the risks and benefits of preventive and therapeutic procedures, including vaccination. In the case of vaccination, federal law mandates this discussion.”  http://www.cispimmunize.org/pro/pdf/RefusaltoVaccinate.pdf Physicians are also mandated to keep records of patients who refuse.  If you refuse to vaccinate your children, will your doctor enforce the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which gives states the right to literally steal your children for up to 48 hours — the time they have to prove child neglect OR abuse and then vaccinate them?

Does big pharma operate with the morals to prevent mortality? 

Someday, you will die.

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