In politics, regulatory capture (also client politics) is a corruption of authority that occurs when a political entity, policymaker, or regulator is co-opted to serve the commercial, ideological, or political interests of a minor constituency, such as a particular geographic area, industry, profession, or ideological group.When regulatory capture occurs, a special interest is prioritized over the general interests of the public, leading to a net loss for society. The theory of client politics is related to that of rent-seeking and political failure; client politics "occurs when most or all of the benefits of a program go to some single, reasonably small interest (e.g., industry, profession, or locality) but most or all of the costs will be borne by a large number of people (for example, all taxpayers)".
The Death of Freedom@Ordieth3hReplying to @RWMaloneMDSadly this is how the game is played in DC at every level. In my own career, I've watched as corrupt bureaucrats that gave out shady IT contracts went on to become VP's at the very same companies. It's legalized bribery and everyone knows it but nothing is done about it
Please Teach Your Children About Corporate CriminalsToday's school children are engulfed by corporate apps, software, and textbooks biased toward the corporate definitions of an economy and myths about "free markets."RALPH NADERSeptember 25, 2021If you think elementary, middle, and high school students know too little history, geography, and government, try asking them about the corporations that command so many hours of their day, their attention, what they consume, and their personal horizons. ...I'd like to invite some open-minded educators to consider a six-hour curricula for late middle school through high school students on the modern global corporation. Hour One could be called "Big Corporations are Different from You and Me" illuminating this fast-dominating "artificial person" with all the rights of real humans yet structurally escaping from responsibility, a status of "privileges and immunities" under corporate law[lessness].Hour Two could be devoted to the history of corporate power so heavily characterized by the costs of their amassing wealth—costs to workers, communities, small businesses, voters, consumers, patients, our governing ways, and, yes, students. Having been told repeatedly about how companies "built America," students should learn about all the "NOs." Corporations were operationally entrenched against the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, union organizing, the minimum wage, universal health insurance, early solar energy, mass transit, public campaign financing, and governmental institutions accountable to the citizenry. The most recent big "NOs" are against consumer, labor, and environmental justice and, of course, waging peace instead of forever wars of mayhem and profit have filled volumes of documentation.Hour Three might run students through all the attempts and reforms by the American people to reign in the destructive, unjust excesses of large companies and their controlling ideology of corporatism. What were the results from all those widespread protests, regulatory actions, prosecutions, and electoral reforms? What are the successes of the peace movement, environmental groups and initiatives by workers, consumers, creators, and defenders of The Commons, (such as the public lands and public airwaves), investors and savers for justice and the common good? What happened to the corporate tax system, the drive for shareholder rights and corporate democracy and, most importantly, the rule of law over corporate power?Hour Four, Hour Five, and Hour Six – well, to be continued. That is, if we hear from people interested enough in having this proposal described further.
Want government accountable to the citizenry? Try voter ID, term limits,
There should be an Non-compete clause for Federal Regulators GS-13 or Lt. Colonel or higher, that they can't work in the Industry they regulated/military contractor for 5 years after leaving.
Since Boeing would just name him "Aircraft Contract Oversight" and pretend he's doing 737 when he's really looking at converted 737ERs for Patrol Craft and calling his buddies in the Pentagon about how great it is.
Try voter ID, term limits, full financial disclosures of people while in office, a ban on book deals, and heavy scrutiny of jobs offered to family members of politicians. Politicians selling their services on the side is corruption, not free trade.
It's going to take unity of both sides to get the corrupt out of office, which is why they keep dividing us to prevent it.
Our healthcare system is broken, a fact nobody would have disputed in pre-COVID times. Regulatory capture is a reality, and the pharmaceutical industry is fraught with examples. Yet we trusted private-public partnerships to find an optimal solution to a global pandemic, assuming a crisis would bring out the best in historically corrupt institutions.Here is a brief list of less-than-savory behavior demonstrated by our titans of healthcare: Pfizer and J&J plead guilty to “misbranding with the intent to defraud or mislead” and paying “kickbacks to health care providers to induce them to prescribe [their] drugs”, resulting in fines of $2.3 billion in 2009 and $2.2 billionin 2013, respectively. Pfizer settled another lawsuit for “manipulating studies” and “suppressing negative findings” just a few years later. Moderna has never developed an approved drug yet one of their board members was placed in charge of Operation Warp Speed. This certainly is unrelated to the fact that they received the most federal vaccine R&D funding and have received over $6 billion from our government since the start of the pandemic.Gilead Sciences paid $97 million in fines because it “illegally used a non-profit foundation as a conduit to pay the Medicare co-pays for its own drug”.In 2005, AstraZeneca’s drug Crestor was shown to be linked to a life-threatening muscle disease while the company withheld evidence of this and two dozen other effects from the public.In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion in fines as it “failed to include certain safety data” relating to their drug, since labeled to be connected to heart failure and attacks.Thankfully our public health guardians are in place to protect us from the greed and deceit of the private sector, right? Wrong. Another brief list:FDA worked behind the scenes with company Biogen to alter previously conducted trials of their $56,000 per year Alzheimer’s treatment, and “by removing the subset of people for whom the drug didn’t work, they found a slight statistical effect in favor of the drug.” Even after doing this, an advisory committee voted 10-0 against approving the drug. The FDA approved the drug anyways, causing three committee members to resign.In that case, the third-party advisors did the right thing. This is not always the case… A study by Science Magazine tracking 107 FDA advisors for four years, found that 62% received money from related drug makers with 25% receiving over $100k and 6% receiving over $1 million. It only takes a few corrupt advisors to fix a panel and feign medical consensus.The WHO has come to be dominated by China over the last 17 years by bribing poor nations and altering the organization’s voting structure to ensure their candidates obtain high positions (most notably director-general).WHO parroted false claims made by the CCP in Jan 2020 that COVID-19 had “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” (still on Twitter!), despite receiving contrary evidence from Taiwanese health monitors in December 2019 and during which time Chinese hospitals were overrun, requiring mass disinfections across villages (see this interesting thread on why the following photo may be CCP propaganda):A worker in a protective suit uses a large fogger to disinfect outdoor areas in a village in Qingdao, Shandong province, as the deadly new coronavirus continues to spread in China. ReutersIf you need more proof that the WHO is in China’s pocket, just watch this clip.In 2017, it was revealed that the CDC Director for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention had been secretly communicating with Coca-Cola, providing guidance on how “to influence world health authorities on sugar and beverage policy matters”.As for Fauci and the NIH, I can’t do any better than Dr. Chris Martenson in his video analyzing Fauci’s declassified emails. One thing is clear, the Wuhan research was gain-of-function.Why does this matter? As mentioned above, the WHO failed to warn the world of the magnitude of the threat. Here in the US, our public health ailments are a bit more complex. These systems are mired in good old-fashioned crony capitalism, fascism, corporatism, mercantilism, protectionism…. fancy words for when private companies work with governments to subvert the forces of competition. The suppression of research into off-patent drugs is a notable symptom of this problem.While there are countless drugs to which this applies, we will discuss ivermectin. First, addressing the drug’s dismissal by its own manufacturer, Merck, let it be known that ivermectin is no longer under patent. Merck no longer owns exclusive rights to it’s production. The forces of competition have been bestowed upon the drug, thus making it far cheaper. Merck is also currently rolling out an oral COVID treatment, which the US government is funding $1.2 billion to research. This would be under patent and explains their dismissal of ivermectin.While it’s important to note that ivermectin’s effectiveness is still up for debate, a signal that it could be effective against COVID-19 was discovered in early April 2020 through a study at the University of Monash in Australia. The drug is FDA-approved, has existed for 40 years, won a Nobel Prize, partly due to its extremely favorable safety profile when used at recommended levels. Given the crisis and ivermectin’s safety, it should have been used immediately in hospitals, so it could have been administered safely and its effectiveness been observed, especially given the fact that there were no recommended treatments at the time, eliminating the possibility of an adverse reaction to another medication. Instead, a week after the Australian study was published, the FDA advised against ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment, forcing desperate people to the black market and causing them to self-prescribe versions of the drug intended for animals. This decision surely had nothing to do with the $615 million in lobbying put forth by the health sector in 2020. Would love to see a FOIA on how that money was spent.The FDA noted subsequently that “additional testing is needed”. To date, there has not been a single completed, government-funded study on the effectiveness of ivermectin against COVID-19. Ivermectin is currently being studied in the NIH-funded ACTIV-6 trials, but it took the NIH well over a year since the start of the pandemic to grant the funding.Meanwhile, they have funneled billions towards research into vaccines and patented treatments. The NIH funded trials for remdesivir, still under patent with Gilead, despite being less effective and having more severe side effects than ivermectin. FDA approved remdesivir under EUA despite published trials later stating “remdesivir was not associated with statistically significant clinical benefits”. As long as a pharma giant stands to profit, it will lobby and our government will be there to provide funding.Hospitals are open to liability when the FDA does not approve a drug for a specific use, making doctors reluctant to prescribe. Funding randomized controlled trials to convince the FDA is immensely expensive, with the median cost being $19 million to achieve approval. Given ivermectin is off patent, the only way to raise these funds would be through a government grant or crowdfunding. The former option is hopeless as we’ve seen. The latter, while difficult, is possible when people can be educated and persuaded. This brings us to the final culprit, Big Tech.When cities are locked down and it is forbidden to gather in large groups, public discussion must take place primarily online. Crowdfunding requires the freedom to collaborate. However, discussion of ivermectin has been suppressed across social media:YouTube banned a congressional hearing on the topic.A member of Australia’s congress was banned from Facebook for discussing it. Twitter banned users for discussing the fact that Twitter was banning users for discussing ivermectin! I was banned from NextDoor for discussing it, which ironically motivated me to write this piece. People need to be able to work together to solve problems that our government clearly will not, but they cannot do this without open communication.The timeline is important to keep in mind in order to grasp the consequences brought on by this failure of our institutions. The pandemic was officially announced in March 2020. We have endured a year of lockdowns, over a third of small businesses closing for good, trillions of dollars diverted, an additional 14 million people facing famine due to lockdowns (some estimates much higher), diminished education from remote learning, mental health issues, rise in crime, the list goes on…All of this, when we may have had effective treatments as early as April 2020, which our government not only failed to investigate but actively suppressed? Our healthcare system isn’t just broken – it is actively working against public health interests. This version republished from the author’s Substack
As the Washington Times wrote about the important new Nature study, “Factor in natural immunity and a case could be made these vaccines are nearly worthless.”So why is the Administration pursuing this scorched earth policy on vaccine mandates? Maybe we should look at how many lobbyists Big Pharma has on Capitol Hill. Maybe look at the revolving door between the FDA, CDC, and Big Pharma. The word is “corruption,” and if the CDC’s own adverse reaction database is accurate it is killing thousands of Americans. Hold the line and resist the mandate!
Pharma now kills more Americans every year than the Axis powers did in all of World War IIThis is normalized, monetized, and usually publicly-fundedToby Rogers41 min agoLet’s talk about the big picture of Pharma’s war against humanity. It is happening throughout the developed world but for the purposes of this article I will focus on data from the U.S.🚩 FDA-approved drugs, when used as directed, kill about 100,000 Americans every year. (Gøtzsche, 2013, p. 259).🚩 Hospital errors kill another 100,000 to 150,000 Americans every year. (Makary & Daniel, 2016).🚩 Opioid overdoses killed 75,693 Americans last year (CDC, 2021).🚩 Coronavirus shots killed an estimated 150,000 Americans in 2021 (Kirsch, Rose, and Crawford, 2021).🚩 A gain-of-function virus created in a bioweapons lab in Wuhan, China funded by Tony Fauci killed 350,831 Americans in 2020 and another 615,387 Americans since the introduction of Covid-19 shots in Dec. 2020. About 90% of those fatalities could have been prevented with early treatment. But the regulatory agencies and the medical establishment blocked access to early treatment in order to create the market for deadly Covid-19 shots.To put this in perspective — in World War II, the Nazis, the Royal Italian Army, and the Imperial Japanese Army killed 405,399 Americans in the space of four years.In the last two years, Pharma, the corrupt medical establishment, and the captured regulatory agencies are killing about twice that many Americans each year.That’s what we are up against.So the problem is not a few bad actors (although there are plenty of those). The problem is that the entire system is rotten:🚩 The pharmaceutical industry makes terrible products. Political capture is more profitable than innovation, so that’s what they do. The captured regulatory agencies — FDA, CDC, NIAID, NIH — engage in data laundering to make pharmaceutical products appear better than they are. Iatrogenic fatalities are just the tip of the iceberg. Pharmaceutical products also cause cancer, disability, and chronic illness.🚩 Profit-driven hospitals with their military hierarchy and cult-like work practices are dangerous places.🚩 The pharmaceutical industry is committing genocide via opioids in economically depressed towns throughout the rust-belt and Appalachia — because it is profitable to do so and because they see poor people as undesirable and expendable.🚩 The pharmaceutical industry has engaged in genocide via the childhood vaccination schedule since they received liability protection in 1986 — because creating chronic illness in kids is their core business model.🚩 Under the guise of Covid, the pharmaceutical industry has expanded the genocide to all Americans and people throughout the developed world — by blocking access to effective treatments and injecting people with dangerous genetically modified substances.🚩 All of bourgeois society — academia, the media, the medical and scientific establishment, government, and Wall Street — conspire to cover up these crimes that now impact nearly every American family in some way.When we take power we must dismantle this system, prosecute those who created it, and build a decentralized alternative based on actual health.
03/24/22•BIG FOOD › NEWS95% of Committee Members Advising on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Had Ties to Big Pharma, Big FoodDescribing their findings as “particularly worrisome,” the authors of a study published Monday in Public Health Nutrition noted that in the U.S., the Dietary Guidelines for Americans form “the foundation for all national nutrition programs,” which amount to nearly $100 billion annually.
I can definitely tell that our water is much better after it goes through a Britta filter on the tap.
Some proposals for reforms include: Regulators must be freed from drug company funding. This includes the FDA funding -which must come directly from the government, as opposed to pharma fees, as now is the case. Tying employee salaries to pharma fees creates a huge conflict of interest within the FDA. The revolving door between regulators like the FDA, the CDC and big pharma (as well as tech/media) must stop. Employment contracts for regulatory government positions must have “non-compete” clauses whereby employment opportunities are limited upon leaving these regulatory agencies. Likewise, big pharma executives should not fill leadership positions at regulatory agencies. Taxation imposed on pharmaceutical companies to allow public funding of independent trials; and, perhaps most importantly, anonymised individual patient level trial data posted, along with study protocols. These data to be provided on suitably accessible websites so that third parties, self-nominated or commissioned by health technology agencies, could rigorously evaluate the methodology and trial results. Clinical trial data must be made public. Trial consent forms are easily changed to make this anonymized data freely available. Publication of data must be open and transparent. The government has a moral obligation to trial participants, real people who have been involved in risky treatment and have a right to expect that the results of their participation will be used in keeping with principles of scientific rigor. The government has a moral obligation to the public to conduct clinical trials in ways that are non-biased by industry. The Foundation for the CDC and the Foundation for the NIH, which runs clinical trials and studies for these organizations (while their boards are made up of pharma industry executives and employees) must be decommissioned. We have laws in this country whereby the government does not accept volunteer labor, or direct donations to influence government decisions. These NGOs are doing just that. These practices must be stopped. They are intentionally using these organizations to bypass federal laws concerning exertion of undue influence on federal decision making. Off label drugs must continue to be used by the medical community. The early treatment protocols, which have saved countless lives, have documented the important role that physicians have played in finding cheap and effective treatments for COVID as well as many other diseases. Let doctors be doctors. Scientific and medical journals must be stopped from taking monies from big pharma. This includes the sales of reprints, banner ads, print ads, etc. Government must stop interfering with the publishing of peer reviewed papers and social media. A free press must remain free from coercion from government. We all know countless examples, such as the Trusted News Initiative (TNI) and White House meetings with big tech to influence what is allowed to be printed. And the billion dollars spent by the US Government to promote these EUA/unlicensed “vaccine” products that do not prevent infection or transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is a direct assault on our first amendment rights. It also skews evidence based medicine. Informed consent, one of the foundations of modern medicine, has been stymied by the FDA, NIH, the CDC hospitalists, big tech and social media. They have been hiding data and skewing results. When people can not get the information they need to make an informed decision, evidence-based medicine can not function correctly. The government must stop picking winners and losers. Evidence-based medicine requires a non-biased playing field. Industry concerns about privacy and intellectual property rights should not hold sway.
Arnie1974@Arnie1974·17hRevolving Door: The Regulatory Agencies Are Captured—Just Follow the MoneyDr. Ryan Cole: "The NIH holds the patent to the spike protein and the sequence, and they license that to Moderna. Every billion that the Moderna coffers get, so does the NIH."
Political interference at Health and Human Services (NIH, CDC, FDA, ASPR)The U.S. General Accounting Office finds evidence of political interference and a lack of reporting mechanisms in the handling of the pandemicRobert W Malone MD, MSThe 37-page GAO report issued a warning that American federal agencies who have managed the pandemic public policy response (including vaccine and drug development) don’t have any mechanism to stop political interference. That they also don’t have reporting mechanisms for whistleblower allegations involving political interference. Furthermore, despite the leadership of these organizations (CDC, FDA, NIH and ASPR) asserting that there have been no political interference during the pandemic, an investigation by the GAO found multiple examples of such within the agencies.
Last summer, The Liberty Loft brought you the story of Amos Miller, an Amish farmer who operates Miller’s Organic Farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Miller has been a target of an ongoing campaign by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to destroy small family farms as the government agency acts as a protection racket for the corporate powers. Going through the government’s case and the corporate propogandist, you’ll find that there was no crime committed by Miller. His crime was having happy customers who want organic food. Not one customer had a complaint. There are no victims, except the corporate farms that don’t want to compete against local farmers who are independent. Still, Miller was ordered to pay $250,000 last summer by a federal judge, was threatened with arrest and prohibited from operating some of his farming as he was told not to slaughter animals at his farm. This, all despite Miller’s attempts to work with the USDA, willing to pay a $25,000 fine despite not committing a crime. Miller’s legal battle continues including a recent court appearance this month. Daily Newz 365 described Miller’s “crimes”: “Slaughtering and processing the meat he raises on his own farm and selling it fresh-frozen to members of his private food buying club, who’ve all signed contracts stating they understand the meat is not processed in USDA-inspected plants, or treated with USDA-required chemical preservatives… because that’s how they want it, and the very reason they are willing to go to such great lengths to get it. But the USDA thinks his customers are too stupid to think for themselves and need them to come in and protect them from themselves. You probably don’t know… that all USDA-licensed processing plants are required to treat ALL meat (even the local, grass-fed, organic variety) with synthetic preservatives.” Miller told Daily Newz 365: “Often they use citric acid, which you’d think comes from oranges or lemons, but it’s a modified substance made from corn… and they don’t even have to label it on the meat.” ...And the end of a small, independent farmer may just be what the government wants. Remember the strange rise in food processing facilities going up in flames as a food crisis worsens.
HeadSet saysTry voter ID, term limits, full financial disclosures of people while in office, a ban on book deals, and heavy scrutiny of jobs offered to family members of politicians. Politicians selling their services on the side is corruption, not free trade. True, the core problem is corruption.It's going to take unity of both sides to get the corrupt out of office, which is why the keep dividing us to prevent it.
Drug Cartel: Pfizer scores record profits via taxpayer funnel, on track for $100 billion in 2022 revenueMost of Pfizer's revenue comes via taxpayers subsidizing their junk products.Jordan Schachtel2 hr agoThe criminals and quacks who run Pfizer are getting filthy rich through the sale of their mRNA injection to governments, which, since 2020, have used taxpayer funds to place endless purchase orders for what was once described as a cure to the novel coronavirus, but is now quite clearly a failed product.