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Flu Vaccines and the Risk of Cancer

ISIS Report 07/10/09

Flu vaccines are increasingly manufactured in cell lines that are actually or potentially oncogenic, and FDA guidelines allow high levels of contamination and no spot checks are carried out Dr. Sherri J Tenpenny

Much concern has been generated over the new swine flu H1N1 vaccines that are being rushed to market. Clinical trials have been short – less than three weeks – and there is also the possibility of adding toxic oil-in-water adjuvants at the last minute to stretch the vaccine supply (see [1] Fast- tracked Swine Flu Vaccine under Fire, SiS 43). Those are not the only concerns. The new manufacturing process for flu shots, called cell-line technologies, are little understood and have the potential for serious, long term consequences.

Manufacturing the “regular,” annual flu shot

Each year, between January and March, an FDA advisory panel selects the three influenza strains expected to be in circulation during the upcoming flu season. Admitting that the process is an “educated guess,” the CDC sends the selected seed virus to the FDA for approval, and is then distributed to manufacturers for vaccine production.

The annual flu shot contains three viral strains: two type influenza A viruses and one type influenza B. Most commonly, two of the viruses are the same viruses included in the preceding year’s shot. The third virus is typically a new strain in circulation. This is the purported reason for giving the shot each year. The new strain is modified through a laboratory process called reassortment to ensure that it can readily grow in eggs. Once the modification is complete, all three viruses proceed through tricky manufacturing steps for what goes in that vial.

The cumbersome flu shot production process uses up to 500 000 fertilized chicken eggs per day for up to eight months. Hundreds of millions of fertilized eggs become “mini- incubators” for cultured viruses. When the chick embryos are 11-days old, the amniotic membrane (the egg white) is manually injected with a drop of viral-containing solution. Several days later, the gooey viral suspension is centrifuged to remove as much chicken blood and tissue from the solution as possible. Residual egg protein remains within the final vaccine solution and is the reason why persons with an egg allergy are advised against receiving the flu shot.

The entire process, from viral selection to viral harvest, can take up to nine months [2]. With the potential for a pandemic and the Director General of the WHO, Margaret Chan, requesting up to 4.9 billion of flu shots to vaccinate the world [3], the slow lead time and labor-intensive production process cannot meet the demand for massive quantities of pandemic flu vaccine.

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The bailout in under ten minutes

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by Chris Hayes


The Nation’s DC editor, Chris Hayes, provides a quick run-down of the bailout, its limited trajectory, and what its limitations mean for the Obama administration. Although Hayes’ explanation is easy to understand, the continued profits that the bailout is providing for Wall Street — and no one else — are more difficult to swallow. Because of the staggering 17.5 trillion dollars being pumped, basically for free, into the banks, they’re making profits — but the bucks stop there. If that’s the only silver lining, Hayes explains, this misdirected spending is a ‘ticking time bomb’ for Obama...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Children With Bombs

Fault Lines - Al Jazeera Video Report

Fault Lines revisits Obamas policies on torture, the California budget crisis, the war in Afghanistan and Evangelism in the US military.

There Is No Recovery

Video Interview With Peter Schiff

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Dow Will Fall To 6,300 By Year End: Portfolio Manager


"I think we go below the double dip," Lekas told CNBC. "By year-end, we drop below 6,300 on the Dow and by 2011, we're at 4,200."

Court Documents Reveal Existence of New Torture Tapes

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "A federal court judge on Monday revealed that the brutal interrogation of an alleged 'war on terror' detainee imprisoned at Guantanamo for more than seven years was videotaped and she ordered the government to turn over the materials to the prisoner's lawyers."

Lawyers Scarce for Poor Facing Foreclosure

US Push to Expand in Pakistan Meets Resistance

'Rethink Afghanistan' Destroys Failed Logic of War

Obama Should Meet 'Rethink Afghanistan' Caucus

Peace Action West: Eight Years of War in Afghanistan: Peace Group Conducts a "Friendly Takeover" of White House Facebook Page

National Priorities Project : Eight Years of US War in Afghanistan: The Dollars Add Up


500,000 Troops to Pashtunistan

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, talks of winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. He sees the need to get beyond standard military thinking and understand the political, religious, social and economic context. He also knows that kicking down doors, destroying homes and killing civilians turns the Afghans against us and creates more insurgents than we could ever kill."

Pentagon weapons funding requests indicate US preparing to bomb Iran

Claims Iran knows how to make nukes are based on flimsy evidence


Leaked Iran Paper Based on Intel that Split IAEA


Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment: It's the Iranians, Stupid

Ira Chernus, Tom "...As it turns out, the same phrase plays quite a different role in the Middle East, where Obama seems to have no intention of changing it at all. Successive administrations have adhered to a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy when it comes to Israel's sizeable arsenal of nuclear weapons. That country has never acknowledged their existence, adhering instead to another arcane formula: 'We will not introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East.'"

Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

U.S. officials: We're ready to take action on Iran

Administration officials told impatient lawmakers Tuesday that they are ready to take swift and substantial action against Iran if it disregards current diplomatic efforts to stop its alleged nuclear weapons program.

Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?


Based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes.

Public Skeptical and Hawkish on Iran

By Jim Lobe

Despite strong support for diplomatic engagement with Iran, most U.S. citizens believe such efforts will ultimately fail and that Washington should be prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to a new poll released here Tuesday.

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Don’t assume the worst about Iran

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway


’Confront Tehran now,’ demands former Pentagon official Paul Wolfowitz. ‘There are only two choices left on Iran,’ warns former State Department counselor Eliot Cohen. But these voices from the black lagoon of the Bush-Cheney era aren’t the only ones crying out in alarm. We seem to be painting ourselves into a corner of worst-case scenarios when it comes to Iran. But the underlying assumptions need to be questioned more thoroughly. Why would a nuclear Iran necessarily set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East? The conventional wisdom is that the Sunni Arab powers fear the power of Shiite Persia, and would immediately reach for their own bomb should Iran produce one. But Israel’s Arab neighbors did not rush to get their own bomb when Israel was building up a nuclear arsenal. It’s because the Arabs don’t fear Israel, I am told. That was not always so...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Nations Seek to Dump Dollar as Oil Currency

Truthout, NewsWire: "Robert Fisk, writing on Tuesday for The Independent UK, has reported that a number of Arab states, along with several major world powers, have been holding secret meetings to formulate a plan that would eliminate the US dollar as the main form of currency in international oil transactions."


UN Calls For New Reserve Currency


The United Nations called on Tuesday for a new global reserve currency to end dollar supremacy which has allowed the United States the "privilege" of building a huge trade deficit.


The Demise of the Dollar

By Robert Fisk

In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading.


Ditching the Dollar

An Interview With Robert Fisk

Al Jazeera has this exclusive interview with Robert Fisk and Steven King, chief economist from the HSBC Group.


Dollar Hysteria

By Mike Whitney

Yes, the dollar will fall, (eventually) but not for the reasons that most people think.

The War-Losing Losses of the U.S. in Afpak Are Rarely Noted in the U.S. Media

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