The Week That Was
July 6, 2002

1. THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN ALERTING AND SCARING THE PUBLIC. Once there was a government announcement mentioning "dirty bombs," the media did the rest, feeding on the public's exaggerated fear of radiation -- with pictures of mushroom clouds! President Bush was shown on television explaining that "Muhajir is a bad guy." That much is probably true, but for the real scoop on RDDs (Radiological Dispersal Devices, aka "dirty bombs") read SEPP-associate Gordon Prather's account. Khidhir Hamza gives a somewhat different slant , while Fred Singer's Letter in the Washington Times (June 13) points to the technical difficulties of constructing an RDD.







2. Greenpeace Maps "On the Border of Treason:" In a recent op-ed in the Tulsa World, Amy Ridenour, President of the National Center for Public Policy Research, strongly criticized Greenpeace's decision to publicize "kill zone" maps of U.S. chemical facilities. "At best, Greenpeace's posting of the maps is a case of horrendously bad judgment. At worst, it borders on treason," she said. "Protesting a major U.S. corporation is a constitutional right. Showing terrorists how to attack a hazardous chemical plant is a far different matter. The U.S. Justice Department, the FBI and local law enforcement agencies should act quickly to make sure Greenpeace's latest stunt doesn't contribute to the next American tragedy."


3. Bush Signs Bill Requiring Drinking Water Threat Assessments: President Bush has signed a bioterrorism bill that will require drinking water systems to conduct vulnerability assessments for potential security threats. Completed assessments are to be filed with the Environmental Protection Agency, which must take strict measures to secure the information. Water systems also must file emergency response plans within six months of completing the vulnerability assessments. The law authorizes $160 million in fiscal year 2002 funds for the assessments and $15 million for research. According to BNA's Daily Environment Report, water utilities opposed releasing the vulnerability assessment provisions to the public because of the security concern. A compromise reached during the House-Senate conference exempts the assessments from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act.


4. Senate Approves EPA Funds for Drinking Water Security: Last week, the Senate approved a $31.6 billion supplemental spending bill that includes additional funds for EPA to assess vulnerabilities at drinking water facilities. BNA's Daily Environment Report notes that under the bill, EPA would receive $100 million in the current fiscal year for vulnerability assessments at drinking water treatment plants. The House approved its version of the funding bill May 23. The spending bill now will go to conference for finalization. The agency has already received some funding for the assessments under a separate emergency spending bill passed by Congress in December 2001. Last week, EPA also announced the first round of $53 million in grants to help large drinking water facilities conduct vulnerability assessments. Seven water systems in California, Florida, Illinois and Maryland received the first grants. To date, 384 grant applications have been received, EPA said. Each grant will be up to $115,0000, and any remaining funds will be directed to other security needs, according to the agency.


5. EPA Issues Draft Guidance on Bacteria in Recreational Water: The EPA has expanded draft guidelines for recreational water quality in order to include more information to help states make the transition from use of total coliform and fecal coliform counts to E. coli and enterococci as indicators of unhealthy levels of bacteria. The criteria for bacteria were first issued in 1986 for states to incorporate into their water quality standards for lakes and streams whose designated use is "contact recreation." According to BNA's Daily Environment Report, the criteria set out in the draft guidance are designed to protect swimmers and others who participate in water activities from illness.


6. Bread Kills!

1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.

2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.

3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.

4. Every piece of bread you eat brings you nearer to death.

5. Bread is associated with all the major diseases of the body. For example, nearly all sick people have eaten bread. The effects are obviously cumulative:
· 99.9% of all people who die from cancer have eaten bread.
· 100% of all soldiers have eaten bread.
· 96.9% of all Communist sympathizers have eaten bread.
· 99.7% of the people involved in air and auto accidents ate bread within 6 months preceding the accident.
· 93.1% of juvenile delinquents came from homes where bread is served frequently.

6. Evidence points to the long-term effects of bread eating: Of all the people born since 1839 who later dined on bread, there has been a 100% mortality rate.

7. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as a teaspoon of dough can be used to suffocate a lab rat. The average American eats more bread than that in one day!

8. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.

9. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.

10. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.

11. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.

12. Newborn babies can choke on bread.

13. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.

14. Most bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.

In light of these frightening statistics, we propose the following bread restrictions:

1. No sale of bread to minors.
2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.
3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.


Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there.

Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, bloating, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain. It:
--contributes to the "greenhouse effect".
--may cause severe burns.
--contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
--accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
--may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
--has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions! Significant quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the substance has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the Midwest, and recently California.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
--as an industrial solvent and coolant.
--in nuclear power plants.
--in the production of Styrofoam.
--as a fire retardant.
--in many forms of cruel animal research.
--in the distribution of pesticides. (Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.)
--as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this chemical compound due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." Worse, military organizations--- the Navy is the worst offender--- are developing weapons based on DHMO. Other branches of the military receive tons the substance through a highly sophisticated distribution network that's hidden underground, away from public scrutiny. Many military facilities store large quantities of DHMO for later use!

It's Not Too Late! Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don't know can hurt you and others throughout the world.

("Dihydrogen Monoxide" = H-two-O )



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