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April 17, 2017

Berkshire Targets Wealthy Chinese Buyers for U.S. Homes

Source: Bloomberg

by Katherine Chiglinsky
April 17, 2017, 8:13 AM PDT

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s real estate brokerage, acquired as an afterthought when billionaire Chairman Warren Buffett bought an energy business, is expanding its global reach with a push to attract wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase homes in the U.S.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced an agreement to advertise its U.S. homes on Juwai.com, which attracts about 2 million visitors a month. The portal hosts sites on both sides of China’s “great firewall,” meaning consumers can access the information inside the nation from more than 400 cities and also from more than 160 other countries, according to a statement Monday.

HomeServices has been expanding under Buffett by opening new locations, forming a 2012 venture to expand licensing operations and then working to capitalize on demand from non-U.S. buyers. The unit hired Realogy Holdings Corp.’s Peter Turtzo in 2015 to push into international markets and recruited Mitchell Lewis from Christie’s International Real Estate in September to build operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“The Chinese have overtaken all nationalities besides Americans as the leading buyers of property in the U.S.,” Gino Blefari, chief executive officer of Irvine, California-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, said in the statement. The Juwai.com accord and other efforts overseas “make it much easier for Chinese real estate buyers to find and shop our property listings.”

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-17/berkshire-broker-seeks-wealthy-chinese-buyers-for-u-s-houses

Related: https://www.bloomberg.com/search?query=homeservices+juwai.com
February 20, 2017




Los Angeles (February 13, 2017) – Filmmakers Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico, along with Executive Producer Pierce Brosnan, will screen their award-winning documentary Poisoning Paradise at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival on Friday, February 17th.

Poisoning Paradise takes audiences on a journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn. The film explores the devastating repercussions caused by chemical cocktails comprised of restricted-use and general-use pesticides that are sprayed 250 to 300 days a year, 10 to 16 times a day near schools, homes, hospitals, and environmentally sensitive shorelines. Poisoning Paradise features local residents, world-renowned scientists, healthcare professionals, and other experts while detailing the imminent dangers for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The film follows local activists striving to pass Kauai County Bill 2491 into law. If passed, Bill 2491 would require multinational agrochemical corporations who experiment with pesticides and genetically modified crops to disclose their use of pesticides, comply with modest buffer zones, and conduct an environmental impact study. Poisoning Paradise also delves into the alliance between local, state, and federal politics and the agrochemical industry.

“Each of us has a responsibility to protect our land, our water, our oceans and the air we breathe for future generations.” — Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico

Poisoning Paradise encourages audiences to join the international debate about GMO’s and pesticides which is raging around the world. It invites people to speak up about their “rights to know,” the necessity of “informed consent,” while also holding corporations accountable for poisoning planet Earth.

[center]UPDATE: Poisoning Paradise wins “Best Documentary” at the 2017 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival


October 21, 2016

French documentary "Toxic Chemicals: Kids in Danger"


Toxic Chemicals: Kids in Danger

6th Life Sciences Film Festival
International Festival of Documentary Films on Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Sustainable Development
Prague, October 17–23, 2016

All around the world, scientists and doctors raise the flag. Increase of child cancers, multiplication of birth defects or hormonal disruptions, explosion of autism. After a year of investigation in France, Germany, Belgium and USA, this documentary reveals how some chemical corporations endanger the health of our children.

More: http://lsff.cz/toxic-chemicals-kids-in-danger/?lang=en


Includes interview with Harvard scientist, unnamed, among others.

October 20, 2016

BizJournals, PR Newswire, EcoWatch (10/19/16): WHOA

Biz Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2016/10/19/CL20840


News provided by World Mercury Project
Oct 19, 2016, 09:56 ET

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, has sent a letter blocking CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying in a Tennessee court case involving a 16 year old boy who claims his autism is caused by vaccine injuries.

The boy's attorneys, Bryan Smith and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., both of Morgan & Morgan, sought to have Dr. Thompson testify to explain his charges that the CDC committed data manipulation in a series of studies that found no link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Thompson has publically stated to Congressman William Posey and others that he and his colleagues in the CDC Vaccine Safety Branch were ordered to commit scientific fraud, destroy evidence and manipulate data to conceal the link between autism and vaccines.

William Acree, Tennessee State Circuit Judge, had ordered the trial extended so that Thompson could be subpoenaed to testify. In a recent letter to the court, Dr. Frieden denied the request to allow Dr. Thompson to testify stating that "Dr. William Thompson's deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS."



Oct. 19, 2016 11:29AM EST
CDC Blocks Testimony by Vaccine Whistleblower in Medical Malpractice Case

by World Mercury Project World Mercury Project

Thomas Frieden, the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has blocked CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying on scientific fraud and destruction of evidence by senior CDC officials in critical vaccine safety studies regarding the causative relationship between childhood vaccines and autism.


Dr. Thompson, a 19-year veteran at the CDC and former senior vaccine safety scientist at the agency's Immunology Safety Office, is the co-author of four key studies that the CDC widely touts to exonerate the MMR vaccine and vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, from being linked to autism. Thompson is currently employed at the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.


Dr. Thompson wants to reveal the scientific fraud and destruction of evidence that took place in the studies that he co-authored. However, in accordance with the Whistle Blower Protection Act and other federal regulations, Dr. Thompson can not testify under oath without the permission of the director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden.


2014: http://morganverkamp.com/statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/

Related: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-mercury-market-review-20152016-with-industry-prospects-to-2020---research-and-markets-300287255.html

October 19, 2016

Mark Blaxill via The Wallet Hub: Should Vaccines Be Mandatory? Experts Pick Sides


Should Vaccines Be Mandatory? Experts Pick Sides
by John S Kiernan | Oct 17, 2016

Awful framing/set-up for interviews, except: "We invited a panel of leading experts in healthcare, biotechnology and public policy to tell us what they think."

RECOMMENDED: https://wallethub.com/blog/should-vaccines-be-mandatory/27624/#mark-blaxill

Click on photo or bio for each essay. Does not cut and paste.
October 19, 2016

THE HILL: The CDC is being being influenced by corporate and political interests


10/17/2016 06:35 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

By Carey Gillam

Veteran journalist; Research Director for U.S. Right to Know, a non-profit consumer education group
Follow Carey Gillam on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/careygillam


The CDC is being being influenced by corporate and political interests
October 17, 2016, 06:00 pm

By Carey Gilam, contributor

Concerns about the inner workings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been mounting in recent months amid disclosures of cozy corporate alliances. Now a group of more than a dozen senior scientists have reportedly lodged an ethics complaint alleging the federal agency is being influenced by corporate and political interests in ways that shortchange taxpayers.

A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or (CDC SPIDER), put a list of complaints in writing in a letter to CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). The members of the group have elected to file the complaint anonymously for fear of retribution.

“It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests… and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception,” the letter states. “These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”

The complaint cites among other things a “cover up” of the poor performance of a women’s health program called the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Woman Across the Nation, or WISEWOMAN. The program provides standard preventive services to help 40- to 64-year-old women reduce their risks for heart disease, and promote healthy lifestyles. CDC currently funds 21 WISEWOMAN programs through states and tribal organizations. The complaint says there was a coordinated effort within the CDC to misrepresent data given to Congress so that it appeared the program was involving more women than it actually was.

“Definitions were changed and data ‘cooked’ to make the results look better than they were,” the complaint states. “An ‘internal review’ that involved staff across CDC occurred and its findings were essentially suppressed so media and/or Congressional staff would not become aware of the problems.”


Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, formerly with Reuters, who directs research for U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer education group focused on food safety and policy matters.

October 9, 2016

The Guardian: Inside San Diego's $810m human trafficking industry video


Inside San Diego's $810m human trafficking industry – video

Considered among the best cities to work and live in the US, San Diego also ranks in the FBI’s 13 highest-intensity trafficking areas in the country. Sex trafficking generates $810m in annual revenue for local pimps and gangs, making it the county’s second-largest underground economy after drugs.

But findings of a groundbreaking three-year study on gang-involved sex trafficking, funded by the Department of Justice and released last October, have prompted local government to act, creating a unique precedent for collaborative action

Laurence Mathieu-Léger, Source: The Guardian
Tuesday 21 June 2016 06.30 EDT

October 7, 2016

NACCHO: Drive-Thru Point of Dispensing Planning Guide

ABOUT THIS GUIDE: http://www.rescuepost.com/files/drive-thrupodplanningguide_8-25-10.pdf
GUIDE: http://www.rescuepost.com/files/drive-thrupodplanningguide_8-25-10.pdf

From p. 4:

"Plan Distribution Recommendations

In order to increase the security of drive-thru POD sites after initial drive-thru POD planning is complete, it is important to limit access to the electronic version of the SNS plan or Emergency Operation Plan to active participants and to count and track hard copy versions of the plan. "


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