The science, technology and innovation minster, Mr. Ongkili, said the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) sealed the company after four employees set off radiation monitors when visiting the AELB's offices on June 2.
Why did the AELB call the employees to come in? Surely there must have been a reason.
One of the workers had readings greater than 400X normal, normal being 0.5 microsieverts/hour.
Nothing like being called to the office and setting off all the alarms. So evidently, there was a tip to call some people in for questioning, and it was a good tip?
The authorities closed the pharma premises the same day, finding readings there 100X normal. The workers were decontaminated. The one with the very high readings had been "directly involved in the radiopharmaceutical leakage."
The official DECLINED TO IDENTIFY the pharmaceutical company or what they were doing.
This Frost & Sullivan 2008 report outlines the reasons why pharmaceuticals represented a growth industry in that country:
Biotechnology is expected to generate revenue of $71 billion by 2020, and it is anticipated that 100 reputable biotech companies will be established in Malaysia. Malaysia's shortage of technological expertise creates many new investment opportunities for the U.S. companies.
Lots of biodiversity in Malaysia makes for happy big-pharma investors. BUT WHAT do these pharma companies need radioactive bits and pieces for? AND WHY don't they have adequate protections in place?
WHAT might they be doing? Radiating things to cause mutations perhaps? Things like cells, viruses, bacterias?
One would think, given the many decades that scientists have been studying radiation, that they would know how to take care with it.
But one would be WRONG if one thought like that.
In Iraq, the US Army Corps of Engineers discovered that 85 clinics, US BUILT PUBLIC HEALTH CLINICS, have been leaking low level radiation for FOUR YEARS.
Oopsie. REGRETTABLE, huh? For sure. It wasn't Iraqi contractors who built those clinics, it was US contractors. SURELY they would know how to do something like build run-of-the-mill health clinics? How long has X-ray technology been in use? How many decades? What could possibly be the EXCUSE for getting it wrong 85 times?
Bring on the emergency procedures.
"After the fact Justificatino & Approval to request approval to definitize 3 sole source letter contracts. The purpose is the urgent and compelling need to quickly repair X-ray radiation leakage at Public Health Clinics, Iraq-wide."
How does this happen 85 times? The only rational explanation is: BY NOT GIVING A SHIT.
It goes right along with the $6 billion dollars regrettably lost or stolen under the watch of Paul Bremer.
Theft of such a staggering sum might seem unlikely, but U.S. officials aren't ruling it out. Some U.S. contractors were accused of siphoning off tens of millions in kickbacks and graft during the post-invasion period, especially in its chaotic early days. But Iraqi officials were viewed as prime offenders.
Actually, it does not seem unlikely at all. Actually, that sounds like pocket change given the scale of organized crime in this world. Actually, to point the finger at Iraqi officials is de rigueur at this party.
Anyway, "some" of those contractors might also be the ones who built health clinics for Iraqi citizens and neglected to include the radiation safety features. The company in question is Parsons Global, tasked to build 150 clinics using standard designs. Nothing too fancy for our good friends in Iraq.
The work was performed 6/2005-5/2007. Later inspections found the following safety precautions done incorrectly:
- walls lead shielding, 3
- X-ray operators partition, 21
- door jambs lead shielding, 84
- X-ray machine room, 2
- X-ray operator's window, 25
These errors in lead shielding led to low level radiation leaks in these health clinics.
It just so happens that low level radiation is extremely damaging to CELL MEMBRANES.
It just so happens that low level radiation is extremely damaging to CELL MEMBRANES.
For scientists, the Petkau Effect may be illustrated as follows:
A long term exposure of extremely low radiation (i.e., one-ten millionth of a rad per minute) was found to be 100 BILLION times MORE lethal than a short term exposure to exceedingly high level radiation (i.e., 10,000 rads per minute). As it turns out, Petkau discovered that at exceedingly high radiation levels, the abundant free radicals generated in tissues tended to cancel each other out before they could do cellular damage. But at extremely low levels of radiation, these same free radicals - produced in minuscule quantities - remain unchecked. And any steady stream of unchecked free-radicals will efficiently and lethally cleave lipid cellular membranes like a hot knife slicing through butter once they overwhelm and exhaust cellular antioxidant defenses. This dramatically illustrates the non-linear aspects of dose (rads) to lethality. Most scientists specializing in the field of nuclear medicine are unaware of this fact. And most think strictly in terms of genetic damage, while the above presents its lethal affects upon cell membranes and only secondarily to the genetic core.
We note again the CELL MEMBRANES. In the post something is missing we noted the drug company Alexion and their involvement in the latest e coli troubles.
A13 uncovered that this is the company that picked the super-high-risk strategy of focusing on a single, ultra-rare disease, and developed the most expensive drug in the world, and then gave it away to the German authorities as a goodwill gesture. And we looked into this disease:
So this disease that Alexion started with, Paroxysmal Noctural Hemoglobinuria, means that red blood cells are destroyed and turn the person's urine red or dark colored. A form of anemia. People who develop this disease have blood cells missing a gene called PIG-A.
Without PIG-A, important proteins cannot connect to the cell surface and protect the cell from destructive substances in the blood. As a result, blood cells break down too early. The cells leak hemoglobin into the blood, which can pass into the urine.An ACQUIRED disease. No one knows how it happens, what the risk factors are, or how to prevent it. Just a total mystery how some people start making blood cells missing a gene...?
PNH is the only hemolytic anemia caused by an acquired (rather than inherited) intrinsic defect in the cell membrane (deficiency of glycophosphatidylinositol leading to absence of protective proteins on the membrane).
So an AQUIRED disease of the CELL MEMBRANE, a form of ANEMIA.
Also see this explanation of the Petkau Effect:
Discovered by Abraham Petkau, 1972, Whitshell at the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (web).
that 26 RAD per Minute (fast radiation rate) need a total dose of 3500 RAD to harm a cell membrane.
with 0,001 RAD per Minute (slow dose) only 0,7 RAD are needed to harm a cell membrane.
The Mechanism behind it:
The production of free radicals of Oxygen (O² with a negative electric charge) caused by ionising effect of the radiation.
The free radicals caused by the slow dose (0,001) are sparsely distributed radicals do have a higher chance to reach the cell membranes.
The free radicals of the fast radiation rate (26) are tight together and so they react faster with each other.
The low electric charge of the cell membranes attract the free radicals in the early state of the reaction (minor total dose).
If the harmed cells are monocytes this will cause:Anemia, because the monocytes recycle 37 – 40 % of the iron of dying red blood cells.Weakened immune system in the cells, because the monocytes generate the substance which activates the immune system of the lymphocytes.
This is the so called “Bura Bura” – of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors.
THIS IS IGNORED BY THE IAEA AND THE WHO
They only accept linear dose-effects, but the effect is bimodal.
So, we are thinking that some people know exactly what is going on, and they are using the people of the world as a big, giant laboratory, and we are the lab rats.
Next up: FREE FLU SHOTS for the good people of Iraq?
MEAHWHILE, in other news:
WHO study reveals new Swine Flu strain is resistant to drugs!!!!!!!
Imagine our shock!
A recent research by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, has revealed a unique gene mutation of swine flu which seems to be immunized to anti-viral drugs.
With this news hitting the headlines of leading newspapers, makers of the questioned anti-viral drugs, including Relenza, made by GlaxoSmithKline, and Tamiflu, made by Roche and Gilead Sciences, have come under the scanner.
Confirming the results, WHO‘s Dr. Ian Barr claimed, "This mutation wouldn't change the treatment a doctor might give those people. So really it's just steady as she goes and really I wouldn't be too concerned about this new mutation”.
Supposedly, shares of Durham, North Carolina-based BioCryst Pharmaceuticals moved up by 15% on Monday, as the new strain is found to be effective for swine flu. Apparently, this report has pushed research work in the field of flu vaccine. To start with it, BioCryst is reported to be working on successful experimentation of developing Peramivir, funded by the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, there are confirmed reports that GlaxoSmithKline is escalating investment by $39 million to acquire 51% stake in Shenzhen Neptunus Interlong Bio-Technique Co to make flu vaccines in China.
And there's a new product in the pipeline. You will never believe what they call it.
By NanoViricides, Inc.
We think they have gone completely tone deaf.
Suicide, fluicide. Whatever.
And not to be outdone, BiondVax has a new product too, a UNIVERSAL FLU VACCINE.
And BiondVax rang a little bell for us. We remember that name.
We have THREE POSTS for you:
dress rehearsal, 4/26/2009
rara avis, 4/28/09
Now, rather than waiting to see if nature spawns such a hybrid, US scientists are planning to try to breed one themselves—in the name of preparedness.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals. The goal is to assess the chances that such a "reassortant" virus will emerge and how dangerous it might be. [Jan 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News), see here for more info.]
Is that a Stupid Fucking Idea, or what? Let's play with matches. Let's run with scissors. Let's pour lighter fluid on a blazing fire. Oh wait I know...let's create in a laboratory a killer mutant virus that nature would probably never generate on its own.
...I'm sure we can all agree that this is very unfortunate and regrettable, this incident with Baxter and Avir Green Hills. Somebody should really be held accountable, but don't hold your breath. But the "Good News" is that BiondVax's stock is just through the roof! As the Once-ler once said, "Oh baby oh! How my business did grow!" You know, because they were Lucky to be the company with a SOLUTION to the PROBLEM.
And, appropriately, bringing home the bacon, 11/28/09.
In the past, people who are paid to know things have claimed not to know them. Then "terrorists" struck. From their position of faux-ignorance, the authorities then expressed "regret." They are only human, after all, and so they make mistakes. Anyway, who could have imagined blah blah blah...Click through to see them all.
But should a bioterrorism agent be dispersed, I am here to tell you, there's no way the authorities can claim ignorance. There are so many authorities in on this you can't even believe how many.
....I will just call your attention to one name in particular, Ruth Arnon.
In 2004, BiondVax, an Israeli company, developed a "quantum leap in technology" for influenza vaccines. [link now defunct - ed.] The key players are Isaac Devash, Chairman, Ron Babecoff, Founder and CEO, and Ruth Arnon, Weizmann Institute of Science Professor.Well it turns out BiondVax enjoyed tremendous success. The stock price went right through the roof this year.
"It's a quantum leap in technology," he told ISRAEL21c. "It's a totally different concept from other vaccinations. What generally happens today is that there are 120 monitoring stations globally that look for new strains of virus around the world. Once it shows up, they identify the surface of the virus and develop a vaccine to combat it."
"Professor Arnon said 'I don't want to play that game'. It's tedious work identifying new strains of the virus and there are always new ones coming up. She said let's look conceptually at the virus - beneath the surface - to see if there are particular elements that don't change. And then let's make a vaccine out of those parts which are universal in all viruses," explained Devash.
LIFE EXPECTANCY DECLINING IN MANY PARTS OF US
Average life expectancy is falling in many parts of the United States and for many demographic groups, most notably women, according to a study being published Wednesday in the journal Population Health Metrics, and conducted by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The results of the study are particularly striking in terms of women’s health. One quarter of all US counties saw an actual reduction in life expectancy for women between 1997 and 2007, meaning that girls born today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. As the Los Angeles Times wrote, “For life expectancy to decline in a developed nation is rare. Setbacks on this scale have not been seen in the U.S. since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, according to demographers.”
Oh just wait. We bet they have some "setbacks" all queued up.