GE Mosquitoes? Tell FDA NO! Comment Period Ends May 13, 2016

Imagine a company releasing millions of experimental, genetically engineered, biting insects into a populated island environment. Sounds like the plot to a new “Jurassic Park,” doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this plot is very real, and it will happen unless we stop it. Please join us in calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to say our environment should not be a testing ground for experimental, genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes?

You can comment to the FDA docket, here:

https://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-2235-1005

Alternatively, the Center For Food Safety has generated an auto-form (see below) which will submit your comment to FDA.

Center for Food Safety’s backgrounder, plus their auto-form, is here:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18689

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GE Mosquitoes? Tell FDA NO!

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18689

This comment period has been extended to May 13, 2016

Imagine a company releasing millions of experimental, genetically engineered, biting insects into a populated island environment. Sounds like the plot to a new Jurassic Park, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this plot is very real, and it will happen unless we stop it.

Our environment should not be a testing ground for experimental genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes. But if approved, millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes could be released into the Florida Keys, for the first time in the U.S.

Why would anyone want to do this? Oxitec—the creator of the GE mosquitoes—claims that their GE mosquitoes might help reduce the spread of diseases like zika and dengue by reducing mosquito populations. Reducing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is important, but independent scientists have critiqued the GE mosquito as a potentially ineffective and risky attempt to address dengue. There are flaws in Oxitec’s experimental logic; for example, there have been no dengue fever cases in the Florida Keys since 20091 and the Center for Disease Control notes that there is not data from any of Oxitec’s other trials that show a reduction in diseases.2 Even a great reduction in these mosquitoes still leaves enough mosquitoes in peoples’ homes and backyards to spread disease.

Oxitec, owned by synthetic biology giant Intrexon, which also owns the GE apple and GE salmon, has proposed moving this experiment from the lab into the Florida Keys, without adequate understanding of the impacts. We need to tell FDA that it should not approve this risky experiment.  We need independent environmental and health safety assessments and strong regulations to protect people and the environment before these, and other, GE insects are released into living ecosystems.

Scientists have significant concerns about how GE mosquitoes could impact the health of people and of critical ecosystems. Once released into the environment, this new, living engineered organism cannot be “recalled”; GE mosquitoes could reproduce and cause unintended changes in the ecosystem.

Despite being a brand new type of invention that poses new types of risk, the U.S. has not created new regulations for these genetically engineered insects; the government is using existing regulations meant for “new animal drugs” like cow vaccines.3 The FDA needs to establish strong, updated regulations before any GE mosquitoes swarm our environment.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. If Oxitec is allowed to release its experimental GE mosquitoes without responsible oversight and understanding of impacts on human health and the environment, it will set a dangerous precedent for other GE insects in the pipeline, including moths and flies.

The environment, including our homes, should not be a testing ground for risky new GE technologies. Our government agencies must not rely on companies that would profit from genetically engineered organisms to decide what information the public and regulators should know. We must demand independent, transparent safety assessments, answers to our questions about impacts to the environment and health, and a regulatory system equipped to deal with the novel risks from these experimental mosquitoes before they are released from labs into our environment.

Tell the FDA to not approve this experiment!

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References:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally acquired dengue—Key West, Florida, 2009–2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2010;59:577.

2. See testimony of CDC’s Dr. Tom Frieden to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF02/20160302/104594/HHRG-114-IF02-Transcript-20160302.pdf   see page 43 where Frieden says: “ The other thing that’s very important to understand is, this mosquito is so tricky that even when we’ve seen very large knockdowns in mosquito populations, we haven’t necessarily seen commensurate reductions in human infections, so it’ll be important to look at both of those factors.”  Even Oxitec does not say that the trial is to reduce disease, but rather to see if they can reduce populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

3. See http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/GuidanceComplianceEnforcement/GuidanceforIndustry/UCM113903.pdf  Note that in June 2015, the FDA eliminated from this guidance the requirement for a public hearing before approval of a new GE animal or insect.


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Vaccine injury denialism will get clobbered by the tipping point

Original here: https://leviquackenboss.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/vaccine-injury-denialism-will-get-clobbered-by-the-tipping-point/

Fox and Friends Wakefield Tommey

Well, well, well, well, well.  What do we have here? A mainstream news outlet hosted rock star autism mom Polly Tommey and Dr. Andrew Wakefield this morning and guess what they didn’t say?

None of the D-words: debunked, disproven, discredited, dangerous.

And definitely not the F-word: fraud.

Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy (shoot him a tweet of thanks) introduced VAXXED by… actually stating the premise of the movie!  He looked straight into the camera said, “VAXXED claims that the CDC manipulated and hid data that proves that there is a link between vaccines and autism.”

Then he turned to Wakefield and said, “You are talking about the corruption behind the scenes at the CDC.”

The word “anti-vaccine” was nowhere to be found, what?

He then introduced Polly Tommey and spoke the truth of tens of thousands of parents of vaccine-injured children:

You were, once upon a time, pro-vaccine.

Yes.  Yaaaaaaaaas, Steve Doocy.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

Hallelujah, sweet baby Jesus.

Polly Tommey

Polly, you were a force, sister. Beams of pride were streaming from my eyes, lighting up the room before the sun had risen. “Everyday that the media says that vaccines do not cause autism, that injection is going into children and damaging more and more babies.”

Your anger was palpable, and it should be.  Parents need to hear you.  You need to scare the shit out of them so that they educate themselves, ask questions, and demand better from their Congressmen and the public health policies that their taxes pay for.

This is it, friends.  The tipping point is happening.  I wrote about how Robert De Niro’s deselection of VAXXED under duress and, in the words of one of my readers, the beautiful PR disaster that followed, was the critical mass necessary to set off a nuclear chain reaction in the media. They had no choice but to cover this story nonstop.

But this!  This is different.  Fox News jumping in as the first mainstream outlet promoting the story of the dark side of the CDC– and validating autism parents everywhere– is the first step to achieving the tipping point we’ve all been waiting for.

There are organizations that attempt to change laws through drafting legislation or getting voter initiatives onto ballots, but more often than not, they fail.  Why?  Because our government and elected leaders are in bed with Monsanto, Pfizer, Merck and all of their incestuous siblings, and they will outmatch every dollar we raise for our cause 10,000-to-1.

But there’s another way to achieve change, and that’s grassroots consumer education to reject the product we can’t seem to legislate.  The success of consumer education and tipping points has resulted in growth hormone being pulled from milk and non-GMO labels going onto prepackaged food.

And we’re going to reach that tipping point with vaccines. The consumers of vaccines are about to wake from a deep, trusting slumber.  Bob Wright, founder of Autism Speaks, is on a mission.  Robert De Niro is a man on fire.  Andrew Wakefield is the unshakable robocop of vaccine whistleblowing and Fox News decided today to act like actual journalists and report what pharmaceutical companies don’t want reported.

But more is coming.  Perhaps you noticed the hint from the CDC’s Dr. Bill Thompson that was released in the Ben Swann coverage in January:  we are finally going to have a conversation about the synergy between multiple vaccines in the childhood schedule.

In the CDC’s MMR study they intentionally avoided analyzing data about children’s early exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) but Dr. Thompson knows better.  He knows that those old Hep B and DTaP vaccines were loading the gun for vaccine damage, and that the MMR was pulling the trigger. He knows, today, that vaccinating a pregnant mother with a mercury-containing flu vaccine is absolute insanity.  “A pregnant woman is the last person I would give mercury to,” he said.

Dr. Thompson is adamant:

Thimerosal causes autism-like features.

I want a million parents to rise up together in anger and demand answers.  I want a million parents to speak with their votes.  I want there to be investigations, hearings, and changes to the CDC schedule.

I want the practice of vaccinating pregnant women to come to an end.  I want the first-day-of-life vaccinating of newborns for a sexually transmitted disease to finally be seen as the bizarre approach to public health that it is.  I want honesty about how unnecessary the flu vaccine is because the vast majority people who “die from the flu” are the elderly who died of pneumonia, not the flu, and a horrifying portion of the remainder are children who were recently vaccinated for the flu. I want parents of college students to know that the risk of their child being injured by the meningitis vaccine outnumbers the risk of them contracting meningitis 4,000 to 1. I want open conversations about how the DTaP and Tdap are total failures that don’t have the ability to protect another person from infection.  I want parents to know, before vaccinating for polio, that the polio vaccine does not stop the transmission of polio.

I want change.  And I’m telling you, change is coming. Officials will hear us and make change, or vaccine consumers will hear us and reject the product until they get answers, which forces the change. Keep doing what you’re doing, exactly how you’re doing it.

VAXXED News – Fox and Friends and More

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Original here:

http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=77a404aee795dad0920b7556e&id=c131f199fd&e=06cd54f3c0

Hello Friends,

Another hectic week! Much gratitude to those of you who turned out in Los Angeles and Pasadena and continued go to the theatre in NYC, including those who drove down and flew in from out of state!

This morning, Dr. Wakefield and Polly Tommey were on Fox & Friends…we think the tide might be turning! Watch it here. (Check out Levi Quakenboss’  analysis.)

Lot’s of new and exciting theatre/city add’s see below.

THE GANG IS BACK IN NEW YORK

NY Festival Premiere—

Thanks to Philip Nelson of  the Manhattan Film Festival for programming Vaxxed as the closing night film and providing a forum for a reprise of the original Tribeca Film Festival panel on Sunday, April 24th at 2:00pm.  Friends from far and wide will be joining us there.

There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening with Dr. Andrew Wakefield (Director), Del Bigtree (Producer), Polly Tommey (Producer, co-founder Autism Media Channel), Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, and Mark Blaxill. Moderated by Sharyl Attkisson (Emmy Award winning investigative journalist).

The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal St, NY, NY 10012).  Tickets on sale now!

..there’s also a rumor that t-shirts will be on sale around the festival (they will be added to the vaxxedthemovie.com website in a week or two!)
Continues here: 

http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=77a404aee795dad0920b7556e&id=c131f199fd&e=06cd54f3c0

Censorship of ‘VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe’ Continues to FAIL

Original here: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=77a404aee795dad0920b7556e&id=bb4c78af3e&e=06cd54f3c0

Excerpt: 

Thom Hartmann interviews ‘Vaxxed’ Director…
Robert DeNiro: “Everyone Should See Vaxxed”

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MORE CENSORSHIP!

On SaturdayLance Simmens, who has written over 180 articles for Huffington Post over the last 8 years, was blocked out of his account after posting this article (which was later posted to laprogressive.com):

Why Our Kids Should Hate Us

Celia Farber, with Truthbarrier.com relays how it played out: HuffPo Pulls VAXXED review From Veteran Columnist, Blocks His Account, as Vaxxed-Fever Spreads

“I saw a premiere of VAXXED…and was so moved by the presentation and discussion…that I felt compelled to write a piece…

Turns out that they pulled down the original piece and when I tried to rewrite it I was alerted that permission was denied to my account.

I have made at least a half dozen attempts to reach someone at HuffPo to alert them…and over the course of the last two days have not received one response.”

-Lance Simmens