Johnson & Johnson knew its baby talcum powder contained asbestos

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Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company founded in 1886. With worldwide sales of $70.1 billion in 2015, J&J is headquartered in New Brunswick, NJ, and includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in 60 countries and products sold in over 175 countries.

Among J&J’s well-known consumer products are Band-Aid bandages, Tylenol, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, Acuvue contact lenses, and Johnson’s baby products, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, 70% of which is used by adults, according to the company.

Johnson’s Baby Powder grew out of a line of medicated plasters — sticky rubber strips loaded with mustard and other home remedies. When customers complained of skin irritation, J&J’s founding brothers sent packets of talc. Soon, mothers began applying the talc to infants’ diaper-chafed skin. The Johnsons took note. They sifted the talc into tin boxes and added a fragrance that would become one of the most recognizable in the world. In 1893, they began selling it as Johnson’s Baby Powder.

J&J has dominated the talc powder market for more than 100 years, its sales outpacing those of all competitors combined, according to Euromonitor International data. And while talc products contributed just $420 million to J&J’s $76.5 billion in revenue last year, Baby Powder is considered an essential facet of J&J’s carefully tended image as a caring company – a “sacred cow,” as one 2003 internal email put it. (Reuters)

Decades of solid science show that asbestos, a naturally-occurring silicate mineral, causes mesothelioma and is associated with ovarian and other cancers.  Talc can sometimes be contaminated with asbestos due to the proximity of asbestos ore (usually tremolite) in underground talc deposits.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other authorities recognize no safe level of exposure to asbestos. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans.” While most people exposed never develop cancer, for some, even small amounts of asbestos are enough to trigger the disease years later. Just how small hasn’t been established.

There are many lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claiming that its talcum powder products, like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, gave users cancer. Most of the talc cases have been brought by women with ovarian cancer who say they regularly used J&J talc products as a perineal antiperspirant and deodorant. As examples:

  • In February 2016, J&J was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of 62-year-old Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer in 2015.
  • By March 2017, over 1,000 U.S. women had sued J&J for covering up the possible cancer risk of its Baby Powder product.
  • In August 2017, a California jury ordered J&J to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.
  • In July 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded nearly US$4.7 billion in damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in J&J talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer.
  • By December 2018, some 11,700 people have sued J&J over cancers allegedly caused by its baby powder.

Lisa Girion reports for Reuters, Dec. 14, 2018, that internal J&J documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J concealed that information from government regulators and the public.

And yet, we are constantly being told there are no conspiracies and that “conspiracy theorists” are loony.

After avoiding to hand over talc test results and other internal company records for decades, J&J finally was compelled to share thousands of pages of company memos, internal reports and other confidential documents with lawyers for some of the 11,700 plaintiffs suing the company, including thousands of women with ovarian cancer.

A Reuters examination of many of those documents, as well as deposition and trial testimony, shows that:

  • From at least 1971 to the early 2000s, J&J’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.
  • J&J successfully influenced U.S. regulators’ plans to limit asbestos in cosmetic talc products and scientific research on the health effects of talc.
  • Many of the documents were shielded from public view by court orders that allowed J&J to turn over thousands of documents it designated as confidential.
  • The earliest mentions of tainted J&J talc are in 1957 and 1958 reports by a consulting lab, describing contaminants in talc from J&J’s Italian supplier as fibrous and “acicular” needle-like  tremolite. Tremolite is one of the six minerals that in their naturally occurring fibrous form are classified as asbestos.
  • From 1957 to the early 2000s, reports by J&J’s scientists, supplier and outside labs yielded similar findings, describing contaminants in J&J talc and finished powder products as asbestos or “fiberform” and “rods” — terms that typically apply to asbestos.
  • In 1971, New York City’s environmental protection chief, Jerome Kretchmer, informed the Nixon administration and called a press conference to announce that two unidentified brands of cosmetic talc appeared to contain asbestos. The FDA opened an inquiry. J&J issued a statement: “Our fifty years of research knowledge in this area indicates that there is no asbestos contained in the powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
  • In 1976, J&J assured the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that no asbestos was “detected in any sample” of talc produced between December 1972 and October 1973 when, in fact, at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 had found asbestos in its talc – in one case at levels reported as “rather high.”

J&J, through its outside litigation counsel Peter Bicks, rejected Reuters’ findings as “false and misleading.” Bicks wrote in email: “The scientific consensus is that the talc used in talc-based body powders does not cause cancer, regardless of what is in that talc. This is true even if – and it does not – Johnson & Johnson’s cosmetic talc had ever contained minute, undetectable amounts of asbestos.”

In 1980, J&J began offering a cornstarch version of Baby Powder – to expand its customer base to people who prefer cornstarch, the company says.

Since 2003, talc in Baby Powder sold in the United States has come from China through supplier Imerys Talc America, a unit of Paris-based Imerys SA and a co-defendant in most of the talc litigation. Imerys and J&J said the Chinese talc is safe. An Imerys spokesman said the company’s tests “consistently show no asbestos. Talc’s safe use has been confirmed by multiple regulatory and scientific bodies.”

In 2009, the FDA, responding to growing public concern about talc, commissioned tests on 34 samples, including a bottle of J&J Baby Powder and samples of Imerys talc from China. No asbestos was detected.

In August 2018, J&J said that it removed several chemicals from baby powder products and re-engineered them to make consumers more confident that products were safer for children.

The mounting controversy surrounding J&J talc hasn’t shaken investors. J&J’s share price is up about 6% so far this year. Talc cases make up fewer than 10% of all personal injury lawsuits pending against J&J, based on the company’s Aug. 2 quarterly report, in which the company said it believed it had “strong grounds on appeal.”

J&J Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky has pledged to fight on, telling analysts in July: “We remain confident that our products do not contain asbestos.” Gorsky’s comment, echoed in countless J&J statements, misses a crucial point. Asbestos, like many environmental carcinogens, has a long latency period. Diagnosis usually comes years after initial exposure – 20 years or longer for mesothelioma. J&J talc products today may be safe, but the talc at issue in thousands of lawsuits was sold and used over the past 60 years.

On Wednesday, December 19, Johnson & Johnson failed to persuade Missouri trial Judge Rex Burlison to set aside a verdict awarding a record $4.69 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to 22 women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in the company’s Baby Powder and other talc products.

J&J shares were off about 1% at $128.93 in afternoon trading. The company in a statement said J&J would appeal. (Reuters)

~Eowyn

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27 responses to “Johnson & Johnson knew its baby talcum powder contained asbestos

  1. In the late 1980s, a large landscape design-build firm out of Trenton, New Jersey, which I directed, built a new combined drainage pond & irrigation system for J&J company’s headquarters, a 40-acre property. A very impressive corporate property to me, used to seeing much smaller scaled headquarters. A LOT of money there!

    And as I’ve said over and over for at least 35 years, we must stop using the phrase “conspiracies” and accept these as long-term business arrangements. I will give just two recent classics from US history:

    1. For decades the Tennessee Valley Authority put out a request for bids to replace turbines on its numerous dams; at the time, only Westinghouse or General Electric were large enough to undertake their manufacture. The bids were sealed in envelopes and the lower of the two bids would be accepted. But by some strange “coincidence” the Bids would be identical, down to a single cent! After this happened several times, the TVA gave up; now it simply awards the contract to them alternatively. Altruism at its highest and best?

    What happened next was a long time ago (I think I’d just left HS), so we’re talking 50+ years ago.

    2. A US gubbmint regulator brought a lawsuit against seven manufacturers of electric lamps in the US, due to tens of thousands of complaints from all parts of the USA that lamp prices were the same everywhere! If I recall correctly, in the end the price-fixing scandal was settled by a token fine against each company, say $50,000.

    Is this a great country, or what?

     
  2. Just to try to understand this in a different way, “asbestos”, per se, is not a toxic substance. It is, like most things, a matter of exposure and use. It IS dangerous if inhaled or ingested.

    The property of asbestos that makes it dangerous is its shape. It is like a dart. It is difficult to dislodge and the body has to try to reject it. That is where the “cancer” comes in. Because the normal processes of rejection can’t dislodge it the body continues to try and then usually encapsulates it. This causes cell damage over time.

    The best argument for oversight of business are episodes like this. Once they became aware that it was dangerous they had an obligation to discontinue use and inform the public. But, being a business they put profit ahead of any other consideration.

    As has been shown countless times over centuries, businesses, especially corporations, will ALWAYS opt for profit over civic obligations. They have no morals. That is one reason they are legal fictions. They are not persons.

    The only control we have is through the charter system. If they violate rules they should be disbanded.

     
    • As a “Watertender” I have worked around asbestos all my working life. It is the best insulation material ever but with signifigant health risks from the loose or friable fibers… Encapsulated it poses little or no risk. It’s when the fibers are airborne… I have had signifigant exposure but being a non smoker has helped. I have had cancers but not mesothelioma… It’s terrible that asbestos was in the J&J baby powder and that people were exposed in that manner… The worse crime is the cover up….

       
      • That was my whole point. They have screamed about it so much that many are terrified of the word. When I was in high school I got a summer job relining truck clutch plates. I worked at a place called Capitol Relining that took up a whole city block.

        You couldn’t see more than fifty feet in the building for the dust. I’m fine. I don’t recommend it, but it doesn’t panic me either.

        The point I was trying to make is that it really isn’t so much the material as its improper use and why. I agree that, if they knew it was a health hazard, they should have stopped selling it.

        It had many applications that are still valid and useful but nobody will touch it because of all the commotion. It isn’t like “radioactivity”.

        It would be better not to breath or ingest it, enough said.

         
    • I would like to add that ASBESTOS is 100% NATURALLY OCCURRING.

      Literally dug out of the ground. It is classified basically as a rock – and there are many different forms of it, some highly dangerous to the lungs, other forms less dangerous.

      In studies looking at corpses – scientists analyzed asbestos concentrations in the lungs… NOT ONE sample came up negative. Every single lung they tested had asbestos in it – and rather significant amounts as asbestos does not breakdown easily in the body. – All positives, from the very old to the rather young. Generic study, random samples, no focus on asbestos workers or asbestos areas etc. The result was surprising.

      Second, air samples taken for natural background analysis testing, when done properly will almost always show ‘some concentration’ of asbestos. Minimal workman tests, like for OSHA safety – don’t always show a positive result, but those are often controlled short term samples and controlled sites, interiors etc.

      The ‘structure of some asbestos fibers’ allows it to almost float in the air like dust particles you might see in a sun beam… and as it is naturally occurring – it is likely part of the air where ever you are.

       
      • I think that’s what I was trying to get at. It isn’t some “monster compound” manufactured by evil cretins. We know now that it can be harmful if breathed or ingested in sufficient quantities to cause problems.

        Why it would be in baby powder is a little mysterious unless it is a constituent of talc, or more likely coexists with talc. I have handled a lot of it. I agree that its good they know now to avoid breathing friable asbestos. Most asbestos isn’t encountered in friable form, but one should be careful with it.

        There are many, many things like this that haven’t gotten the publicity that asbestos has. I’m not diminishing its danger, I’m trying to put some balance to the subject. I am absolutely certain, for example, that breathing carbon monoxide is deadly over time. About the only place you could go to get away from it would be the arctic.

         
  3. I wonder if Bicks and Gorsky allowed their children or wives to be doused in J&J baby powder? I’m guessing not.

    Shame on these people, shame on them.

     
    • Amen, shame is good, but large corporate fines would be far, far more effective. As Lophatt points out above, corporations are soulless entities w/only one master, and that is the lust for wealth. For, as we were told more 2000 years ago, it is greed that is the progenitor of evils.

       
      • If they can prove that they knew that it was harmful in that application I’m all for suing them. There are more things in the world than we can count that are harmful in certain applications and doses. Mother’s milk could poison you if you took enough of it.

        I think we both grew up in a time when we were definitely less coddled. I’ve learned quite a bit over the years that I shouldn’t have done, but its all water under the bridge. Most of it wasn’t done to me deliberately.

        With health care or “personal care” products I would expect a higher standard of care. We have found that that is an unrealistic expectation. THAT is what needs to change. We have organizations like the FDA that most think are checking these things. They’re not.

         
        • What you said: that’s what I was trying to say…or should have been trying to say.

          To clarify: I’m not against holding fraudulent, neglectful, or intentionally harmful companies criminally and civilly liable; however we consumers must absorb some of the risk—and we bear at least some burden of due diligence (the J&J case aside). And I think we can all agree that there’s a terrible and widespread misuse of the court system…with plenty of blame to go around.

          A good example of all we’re discussing is currently being played out in the newly-emerging CBD market. It will be interesting to watch. But remember: buyer beware!

           
          • I agree. I suppose I’m saying at least a couple of things. One is that most material items are just that….material. In and of itself it isn’t good or bad, it just is.

            In terms of manufactured items, like “Roundup”, it’s Glyphosate. That is simply highly concentrated salt. They add surfactant (soap) and viola, “Roundup”. Now they say its a carcinogen. I don’t know. I know that as a class of material (herbicides) its extremely safe. I also know that if you contact too much, you could get sick.

            Now, that’s pretty simplistic, but its also realistic. No matter what we use we should be aware that companies want profit not our health. Also, for a lot of things there are safeguards to use that makes the risk acceptable. That, of course, depends on how important the objective is.

            In the case of either “Roundup” or asbestos, they have valuable uses. Used properly they are safe (at least acceptably safe). I wouldn’t be so sure that whatever they’ve replaced asbestos with is any safer.

            Now, making baby powder out of it is ridiculous but I suspect it is more due to incompetence than malice. I used the “Roundup” example because, pharmaceuticals and personal care products are labeled just like herbicides. To get approval they are supposed to have gone through a testing protocol.

            So, the lawsuit end of things depends on the honesty and forthrightness of the company. As a general rule, I don’t think any of them do anything that costs money unless they HAVE to. Even then, I wouldn’t bet my life on government doing their job either.

             
  4. I am no lover of multinational corporations, but I’m more afraid of globalist entities like the UN or WHO. Nestled within Agenda 21 is something called the Precautionary Principal, which essentially holds that until a product is *proven* safe, it cannot be released for public consumption. While that might SOUND like a good idea, how does one prove that something is harmless? That’s tantamount to proving a negative. And just think of how the PP would stifle innovation!

    Why do we assume we can douse ourselves in ANYTHING day after day without effect? Whether it’s baby powder, shampoo, deodorant, perfume, or olive oil, it’s not natural to do so. There’s also moderation: I’ve seen people use half a can of hairspray per use, or go through bottles of baby powder like it’s going out of style. That CAN’T be healthy. Any element (or chemical, or substance, or food/liquid) that’s reasonably safe in small doses can be deadly at greater exposure. Come on, now.

    The thing about corporations is that we know where they’re coming from, what they’re about: PROFIT. There’s nothing wrong with that. If a product starts killing consumers, it hurts their bottom line, so (intentional) harm is necessarily limited….until the government steps in. Think vaccines.

    Government always seems to be involved wherever there’s corporate corruption/cover up. The government has proven that it sucks at keeping us safe (if that’s its intention at all). Why don’t we let the market sort it out for once? And for heaven’s sakes, stop suing!

     
    • Amen and amen again. ANYTHING used constantly is not good. From mouthwash to BO Blow, our bodies are not designed for full-immersion sweetness.

      It might be helpful to realize that expecting these outfits to look out for us is a bridge too far.

       
    • “If a product starts killing consumers, it hurts their bottom line, so (intentional) harm is necessarily limited…”

      Mmmm, I would not give corporations that much “benefit of the doubt.” They are not “benevolent entities.”

      I’ll ad-lib-quote Barrie Trower again (as I’ve shared in the past) who says re corporations:

      “Corporate heads KNOW that it takes SOCIETY at least 50 YEARS to wake up en masse to harm that corporations wilfully cause, so their thinking is: ‘We will get sued here & there, a few lawsuits along the way before Society fully wakes up, BUT we can make TONS & TONS of $$$ over those 50 years which more than makes up for a few lawsuits by early-wakers.'”

      Trower (former British Royal Navy, Microwave Weapons expert, Cold War Spy Debriefer, PhD + a few other lesser degrees) says THAT is how corporations think & that they PLAN for & EXPECT to get sued along the way for their not-yet-widely-known evils. When Society-as-a-whole finally catches on & demands changes (whether by massive lawsuits, media exposure, whistleblowers, govt. intervention, etc.), only THEN will they BEGIN to change their ways (or their harmful products &/or practices).

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      “And for heaven’s sakes, stop suing!”

      Why? I say sue more & more & more! They deserve it. Bankrupt the b*****ds.

      (In my latter 20’s [decades ago] when I first began working for an attorney, I thought suing was some kind of ungodly thing to do … until working there long enough to learn how corrupt insurance companies were/are. They will try to get out of paying for anything, even blaming God Himself: “It was an ‘Act of God,’ not our client’s fault.” Needless to say, I changed my mind 180 degrees re lawsuits ever since then.)

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      Re: Vaccines, maybe I misunderstand your statement, but they did not only become harmful once govt. stepped in. Vaccines have been crap from day one. Early on they purposefully caused infections in animals, cows, etc., creating festering sores. Then they would scrape some PUS from those sores & put that crap in their vaccines. “We will give you a disease to force your body to become immune to said disease.” What demonic arse-backward thinking!

      See also Protocol 10:19 (first translated/published 1903/1905) which says in part, that it is beneficial for “them” to “EXHAUST HUMANITY” by various means which “they” list, including via “INOCULATION OF DISEASE.”

       
      • I’m not suggesting that companies are wholesome or moral. They are amoral, and I prefer it that way.

        I am a cynic by nature, but even I am not so cynical as to believe that corporations don’t care if they kill their customers, as long as it’s 50 years down the line. I DO understand profit motive…and killing customers hurts the bottom line.

        Re: suing—yes, sometimes it’s necessary, but there is a LOT of unnecessary lawsuits being brought, and that’s hurting everyone. I’ve been in the legal field for most of my adult life (legal secretary/assistant); civil court is a necessity, but it has been weaponized. I’m VERY familiar with how insurance companies operate, and they have incredibly deep pockets, which works both for and against them. I don’t want legal (legislated) lawsuit reform, but I would like people (and corporations) to stop abusing the system.

        I’m not for or against vaccines, I’m against MANDATORY vaccines.

        I usually comment using my phone so I’m stuck thumb-typing, so I don’t always flash out my arguments well. A wee bit of latitude/wiggle room is always appreciated.

        Merry Christmas, all!

         
        • “…I am not so cynical as to believe that corporations don’t care if they kill their customers, as long as it’s 50 years down the line…”

          __That’s because you’re thinking like a normal person & not like the soul-less corporate heads & their boards.

          __I wouldn’t call it cynical to have one’s eyes wide open to the historical evidence of numerous evil deeds of corporations like J&J above, plus Big Chem & their toxic dumping; Big Pharma & its continuous toxic druggery; Big Telecom & their continuous radiating of people, plants, animals after burying/ignoring research studies they don’t like; Big Ag & their toxic pesticides & GMO seeds; Big Med & their unnecessary surgeries, toxic radiation & chemos & druggeries; Big Tobacco, etc. etc.

          __Slow-Kill doesn’t bother them one bit. With 8.5 billion people on the planet, they know they will always have enough customers to keep their coffers overflowing. Slow-Kill is how they get away with it for 50 years.

          __Do/did you work for (Corporate) Defense Attorneys or Plaintiffs Attorneys? I will guess the former as they were the ones who used to complain re too many Plaintiffs’ lawsuits. 😀

           
          • I worked for a pot-smoking, under-charging sole practitioner with a heart of gold who mainly worked on behalf of small businesses, but also specialized in construction law, insurance law, and other incredibly boring areas.

            I don’t hide my political proclivities: I am a free-market Voluntaryist (“anarchist”); the only “law” that I expect everyone to adhere to is the non-aggression principle (NAP), though, as a follower of Christ, I hold myself to a higher standard.

            If it wasn’t for government, there wouldn’t be corporations: they are a legal fiction. In that regard I agree with you: corporations have the benefit of profit, with no real liability (especially if it’s “too big to fail”). Government created the problem of corporations.

             
  5. Shocker, Not: I’m surprised it took this long to find this out. But at least J & J is not like Nabisco, which sold bad baby formula to Africa for decades. (Or that said formula had to be mixed with clean water, a rarity in Africa.)

    The corporations will cut corners and break the law with glee, because they know the members of the Board will never spend a day in jail. After all, fine a corporation a million dollars, and they have already computed how many more units of their product they have to sell to pay the fine. How many hours is that—three? Four? Six??

    And it reminds me of Kent cigarettes back in the 1960’s, the brand that likely gave my late grandmother emphysema: “Kent, the cigarette with the famous micronite filter!” Yes, asbestos-filtered cigarettes—“just what the doctor ordered!”

     
  6. Excellent facts-based report & educational, too!

    When we were little kid (1950s), there always was the infamous round baby-blue-plastic container full of white-talcum-powder with its big round “powder puff” in the bathroom which each kid got doused with said powder after baths. I’m not sure why/where that habit came from … whether from prior generations passing down the idea, or whether from “advertising persuasion,” or whether because there was no A/C in those days & in hot humid FLA, you’d begin to sweat again in short measure after a bath. (FLA: “The Sweaty State,” ugh!)

    Thankfully, I did not continue the talcum powder habit after growing up (there was A/C everywhere by then!).

    A great harmless substitute for anyone who likes powder is Calcium Bentonite Green Clay, which is ground into a very fine powder. It is not polluted with fake fragrance/chems either. It can be used externally to keep dry &/or as a paste (mixed w/a little bit of water) to absorb toxins, &/or drink it (mix w/ a lot of water) to absorb internal toxins, or gut problems/nausea, or elimination problems, etc. It’s great stuff, an all-around natural home remedy. A brand I have used & liked is “Living Clay.”

     
  7. Forgot to add (which I have also shared in the past, so this is a repeat):

    Trump, as a builder, LOVES asbestos, per older articles online. He said it’s THE BEST fire-retardant ever invented/discovered, & that it was “Asbestos-Removal Companies” who purposely created the asbestos “danger/panic” to keep themselves in business, lol (we love our fellow “conspiracy-theorist” president!).

    He said his buildings, the older ones at least, have asbestos, but that if any unit-buyer or tenant wants it removed, they set it up to remove it & that it only takes 2-3 days & that it’s no big deal.

     
  8. Johnson and Johnson doesn’t care how much you suffer as their product slowly kills you. As long as they still turn a profit on the product.

    Their cancerous baby powder as well as their toxic DePuy hip replacements that have poisoned, maimed and crippled hundreds of thousands of people. Can you imagine getting informed that your artificial hip has been “recalled”?

    J&J knew their hips were maiming and disfiguring people in Europe, but decided to sell it in the USA anyway.

    Don’t buy anything from Johnson and Johnson…if they could get away with putting PCBs in their plastic bandaids they would.

     
    • Wow, I had not heard re the J&J toxic hip replacements. What are/were they made out of? Hard plastic? Did they stop using them yet?

      (My younger sister had a hip replacement within the past year; I think hers is some type of metal, which I wouldn’t want either > metal becomes a radiating Antenna in your body when in the presence of EMFs such as Smart Meters & WiFi, etc.)

       
  9. There must have been a Johnson & Johnson troll who visited this article as almost every comment has at least 1 “Dislike” vote. Who in their right mind would Down-Vote Truth backed up by Facts? Tsk Tsk!

     
  10. Not a user…. BUT! some people are going to contract cancer sometimes killing them.

    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

     
  11. This is typical and completely disgusting. Johnson & Johnson is no longer trusted by me.

     
  12. Walter Burien, the Truther behind bringing CAFRs to public attention, posted this comment on Clint Richardson’s blog. I thought it important, and tangentially related to this topic. I am re-posting it as it was written (minus a completely unrelated opening paragraph comprised of a single sentence).
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    (Following is written by Walter Burien)
    Recently (The last 5-years), one thing kept tearing severely at me, the several very large elephants in the room that were going seemingly totally unnoticed by 99.999% of the population.

    I kept asking myself: “How could the mention of the CAFR (our local Government’s Statement of Net Worth) be so effectively held back from simple mention on ANY syndicated news media outlet for the last several decades. Also, how could the 5%+ of the population who got the word about the government’s takeover of the wealth, who passed on that suppressed news to all of their associates from 1999 till 2010 as to what was taking place, and then with the effective blackout of mention by the syndicate, after a few years that 5% come 2018 misses the importance of what that caught a glimpse of in the 1st place?

    After chewing on this for several years, I finally caught the complete cognitive picture of what is taking place, and why I and many others where having such a very hard time in wrapping our minds around what was actually taking place as the primary controlling and driving point.

    Well, the simple answer and all of those elephants in the room this month came into clear and obvious sight. The answer revolved around two issues:

    1. For Government to consistently expand in the taking, managing, and securing of the massive collective wealth of the USA over the last 80-years to where virtually 100% of the wealth, productivity value, and secured debt of the population AND all corporations was then locked in by Government, it REQUIRED the masterful and absolute entertainment of the population into designed and well directed distraction and control. We are talking the primary; enforced; and massive effort of no equal taking place as of the end of WWII and the organized plan to put the greatest wealth the World has ever known under a complete consolidation and under the absolute control of our own Government.

    Done so on this massive scale while maintaining with great effort applied, no cognitive though to any consequence that would halt or impede the takeover of the wealth ongoing and moving forward for absolute securing by Government.

    To do so required locking in control of any entity that had the ability to reach the masses quickly and efficiently. That was done.

    The hard part for myself and others to get a grip on was how could this be possible? To maintain a complete blackout for so many decades, it would require such an effort, resources, and cooperation of so many, again how could it be possible?

    The answer came to me after digesting a discretely presented report the Federal Reserve puts out each year called the Z.1. report. The Z.1. report, and most importantly of all; The raw data in which the Z.1. report is compiled from, shows the “collective” wealth of Federal Government; Local Government; The private Sector; Insurance; Brokerage; and Banks.

    Let me not mix any words here, the Z.1. report raw data is the MOST IMPORTANT information that you or any other individual will ever get their hands on. Digesting and then understanding the raw data as to ownership established and investment capital utilized by collective government, flips the minds and comprehension of the US population to establish what has developed in the USA, is almost exactly opposite to what we were told our government was and the intent of what our Government implied it was doing.

    Here is a link to the 2015, Z.1. report raw data – http://CAFR1.com/STATES/007-Total-Wealth-2015-z1r-4.pdf

    The numbers are in trillions of dollars so add the zero’s to the numbers shown. An example of collective wealth data numbers shown, for Local and Federal Government is Government’s Retirement funds totals. The total there is 16.4 trillion dollars as of 2015.

    Here is the nuclear bomb aspect of no equal after the data is digested, and how collective Government’s investment capital is utilized: Collective government has structured itself to fund by their investment capital utilized and ever growing funding as an investment, the majority (85%+) of the population’s debt (mortgages, loans, credit cards); the primary Corporation’s debt (corporate bonds, equity ownership, cash loans); and the availability of Government’s primary investment capital held, to be utilized by the Insurance, Bank, and Brokerage entities (70%+ held by those industry groups is Government’s investment capital).

    Here is a very important bit of information to take note of: The extensive raw data shown in the tables of the Z.1. report after being digested, establishes the complete takeover by government of the wealth of this country.

    The tactic used by government, to in so many words, wash the showing of total wealth accumulated and currently held by government, is to then project 45-years + down the road per anticipated liabilities to “wash” the showing of “standing” wealth held today by government.

    So, keep in mind now, that almost the entire standing wealth of the country is, has, and as it appears will continue to be managed, controlled, and owned by our own collective government. Additionally, the debt owed by the population AND most large corporations, a debt that locks in the securing of the productivity value ongoing from the population and those corporations is in its largest part under the control of and for the benefit thereto of Government through the utilization of Government’s massive institutional investment capital.

    All that we do, the population, our businesses, our net ownership, our standing wealth when compared to collective government’s wealth, what clearly comes to mind, with myself being the age of 63-years old, is what I was taught about Russia and Communism back in grade school per; under communism, the government owned everything, including the people. With that sated, that brings into play number two.

    2. Absolute control and enforcement. Do most law enforcement officials know this is going on? No, they do not. They are in the same boat as the general population and just have their own specific job guidelines they are trained to follow. In fact, most have never looked at the massive amount of wealth their own departments generate both directly and indirectly.

    The court systems, they on the other hand have a pretty good idea as to Government’s behind the scenes wealth generation and systematic takeover. Here corruption is allowed if not openly promoted. The legal system in this country has devolved into nothing other than racketeering in almost every aspect and with ever increasing reach. Many individuals in the USA who were adversaries to what has been taking place within Government over the last several decades, have been targeted on many occasions for in so many words, elimination and were.

    I am a very strong believer that more severe crimes take place from courts than are committed by the population.

    One aspect of absolute control and enforcement towards and on a population is to promote an illusion and fallacy as to what to expect from courts and legal systems, thus the targeted victims can be fleeced of eliminated more efficiently. Our syndicated media takes care of that job by shows and network programs that are so far from the truth as to how things operate, but extremely effective in creating the illusion of some sort of fair play when in reality there is none.

    We are all controlled; managed; and systematically conditioned 24/7, from all directions and with specific design intent masterfully applied. We think there is randomness in our choices. This is far from the truth. In reality we are maintained on a programmed loop that takes place each and every year with very little change. Only the promoted illusion that things are progressing and new events are taking place when in fact it all is a designed presentation of control and reflex conditioning.

    So in ending here, the scope and size of it all is the hardest thing to let sink in. The conditioning we are saturated with, if we actually grasped the scope and size of what is taking place right in front of us, it in so many words triggers a self destruct short circuit mode in our brains based on the implied normalcy we are saturated with when in fact there is nothing normal within the programing loop we are saturated with to accept..

    The foundation block we all need to hold closely on to? Well, government needed to keep track of their own takeover and collective wealth amassing.

    The raw data from the Z.1. report is right there. No speculation; conspiracy theories; tin-foil hats, just THEIR OWN, Government’s own accounting passed on to the Federal Reserve to keep track of it all. But just as is the case with the CAFR – http://cafr1.com/CAFR-Examples.html and never a mention by the syndicate, the same applies to the Z.1. report.

    So, it is up to you, all of those you’s out there to share with one another

     

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