Jury Says Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $8-Billion in a Blow-Out Verdict Over Male Breast Growth Linked to the Drug, Risperdal

A Philadelphia jury awarded a plaintiff, Nicholas Murray, $8-billion in punitive fines that were leveled against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of anti-psychotic drug, Risperidal, after he claimed that the the drug company failed to warn that young men could grow enlarged breasts from using the product. Murray, now 26, alleged that he developed breasts after his doctors began prescribing him Risperdal off-label in 2003 after a psychologist diagnosed him with autism spectrum disorder. Doctors are allowed to prescribe medicines as they see fit, while companies are only allowed to promote their drugs for approved uses. There are thousands more Risperdal cases pending in the state. It is likely that the award will be reduced on appeal. -GEG

(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson must pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a man who previously won $680,000 over his claims that it failed to warn that young men using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts, a Philadelphia jury said on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury’s verdict in favor of Nicholas Murray came in the first case in which a Pennsylvania jury had been able to consider awarding punitive damages in one of thousands of Risperdal cases pending in the state.

“This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients,” Murray’s lawyers, Tom Kline and Jason Itkin, said in a joint statement. “Johnson & Johnson and (subsidiary) Janssen chose billions over children.”

J&J said the award was “grossly disproportionate with the initial compensatory award in this case, and the company is confident it will be overturned.” It added that the jury in the case had not been allowed to hear evidence of Risperdal’s benefits.

Professor Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law said he expects the punitive damages to be lowered on appeal, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision which found that “few awards exceeding a single-digit ratio between punitive and compensatory damages, to a significant degree, will satisfy due process.”

Tobias said the verdict was about sending a message.

 

“A jury, if it’s outrageous enough conduct, will award a big number and let the lawyers and judges work it out,” he said.

Tobias added that the verdict could be a sign that J&J will face more large damages awards in other Risperdal cases.

“The kind of evidence in this trial may persuade another jury or judge to do something similar,” he said.

Murray, like other male plaintiffs in the mass tort litigation over Risperdal, alleges that he developed breasts after being prescribed the medicine when he was a minor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in late 1993 for treating schizophrenia and episodes of bipolar mania in adults.

Plaintiffs claim that J&J failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia, the development of enlarged breasts in males, associated with Risperdal, which they say the company marketed for unapproved uses with children.

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California: Up To 3-Million People To Lose Power As PG&E Begins “Unprecedented” Blackouts

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, began shutting off power Wednesday to an unprecedented 3-million people in Northern California in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires sparking blazes on power lines. More than half-million households have already been affected by the power shut down that could last up to a week. PG&E is hoping to prevent a repeat of a catastrophe last November in which faulty power lines it owned were determined to have ignited California’s deadliest wildfire that killed 86 people. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric warned that they may also shut down power to urban areas. -GEG

As previewed last night, PG&E Corp., California’s largest (bankrupt) utility, began shutting off power Wednesday to an unprecedented 3 million people in Northern California in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires. While the high winds are forecast to subside by late Thursday, the company will undertake extensive inspections of its equipment before turning electricity back on, meaning outages could persist into next week. More than 3 million people may be eventually affected, based on city estimates and the average household size. The economic impact may reach $2.6 billion.

Half a million homes and businesses in Northern California have already lost power as PG&E orchestrates the biggest-ever intentional power shutoff to keep its lines from sparking blazes. The company was scheduled to shut service to another 234,000 customers in cities including Berkeley and Oakland at noon local time, but told city and county officials that those cutoffs will instead start Wednesday evening. Strong, dry winds that heighten the risk of wildfires are picking up later than forecast, the company said

According to Bloomberg, never before have California utilities intentionally cut power to so many people for their own safety – and never has a shutoff affected such major metropolitan areas, even as the city of San Francisco and Silicon Valley appear spared. The undertaking is key to fairly new strategy by PG&E for preventing power lines from sparking another deadly – and costly – conflagration.

 

“This is unprecedented in terms of what all of us are facing as a community,” PG&E Vice President Sumeet Singh said at a media briefing Tuesday night. “We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on our customers’ lives.”

The shutoff was scheduled to occur in three phases, eventually affecting almost 800,000 homes and businesses, including in the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa County. The next phase will include parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, among others. The utility will also turn off 21,800 customers in Mendocino and Calaveras counties who didn’t lose power during the first stage.

After that, PG&E will weigh a third one for the southernmost portions of its service area, affecting 42,000. In all, about 15% of the utility’s customers may go dark.

The bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric, which announced the deliberate outage, is working to prevent a repeat of a catastrophe last November in which faulty power lines it owned were determined to have sparked California’s deadliest wildfire in modern history. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the “frustration that Californians feel as they deal with the impacts of these power outages is warranted,” but that safety was the main concern.

“The biggest threat looks to be today and continuing into the day tomorrow,” Marc Chenard, a senior branch forecaster with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said of the fire risk.

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The Next Generation Vaccines Will Permanently Alter Your DNA with Synthetic Genes

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is seeking to create a vaccine that, theoretically, would protect people from most flu strains with a single shot of a universal vaccine. Senator Ed Markey introduced a bill that would funnel no less than a billion tax dollars toward the project. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases researchers are working on a DNA vaccine that, instead of injecting a piece of virus into a person to stimulate an immune response, would inject synthesized genes. [No matter what the promoters (who will be given the money) say, if genes are edited, deleted, or added, there inevitably will be unintended consequences. These unintended traits can never be removed from the human gene pool. Once monsters are created – even accidentally – they will be with us forever.] -GEG

Children’s Health Defense Note: CHD has internal documents in which the FDA acknowledges that technology that allows for the creation of these new vaccines has outpaced their ability to predict adverse events. Shouldn’t our federal agencies be calling for a moratorium until we have that knowledge—especially since it is heavily reported that the CDC/FDA post-marketing surveillance systems are inadequate to pick up problems after licensure?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched efforts to create a vaccine that would protect people from most flu strains, all at once, with a single shot.

Over the years, I’ve written many articles refuting claims that vaccines are safe and effective, but we’ll put all that aside for the moment and follow the bouncing ball.

Massachusetts Senator and big spender, Ed Markey, has introduced a bill that would shovel no less than a billion dollars toward the universal flu-vaccine project.

Here is a sentence from an NIAID press release that mentions one of several research approaches:

“NIAID Vaccine Research Center scientists have initiated Phase 1/2 studies of a universal flu vaccine strategy that includes an investigational DNA-based vaccine (called a DNA ‘prime’)…”

This is quite troubling, if you know what the phrase “DNA vaccine” means. It refers to what the experts are touting as the next generation of immunizations.

Instead of injecting a piece of a virus into a person, in order to stimulate the immune system, synthesized genes would be shot into the body. This isn’t traditional vaccination anymore. It’s gene therapy.

In any such method, where genes are edited, deleted, added, no matter what the pros say, there are always “unintended consequences,” to use their polite phrase. The ripple effects scramble the genetic structure in numerous unknown ways.

This is genetic roulette with a loaded gun. Anyone and everyone on Earth injected with a DNA vaccine will undergo permanent and unknown genetic changes…

Here is the inconvenient truth about DNA vaccines—

They will permanently alter your DNA.

The reference is the New York Times, 3/15/15, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research—the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction:

“By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.”

“’The sky’s the limit,’ said Michael Farzan, an immunologist at Scripps and lead author of the new study.”

“The first human trial based on this strategy — called immunoprophylaxis by gene transfer, or I.G.T. — is underway, and several new ones are planned.” [That was three years ago.]

“I.G.T. is altogether different from traditional vaccination. It is instead a form of gene therapy. Scientists isolate the genes that produce powerful antibodies against certain diseases and then synthesize artificial versions. The genes are placed into viruses and injected into human tissue, usually muscle.”

Here is the punchline:

“The viruses invade human cells with their DNA payloads, and the synthetic gene is incorporated into the recipient’s own DNA. If all goes well, the new genes instruct the cells to begin manufacturing powerful antibodies.”

Read that again: “the synthetic gene is incorporated into the recipient’s own DNA.”

Alteration of the human genetic makeup.

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California’s New Vaccine Law Against Medical Exemptions Puts Vulnerable Children in Danger

A new law in California bans medical exemptions for vaccines, putting thousands of vulnerable children in harms way. The law prevents doctors from exempting children who are at risk of life-threatening reactions to vaccines. California is one of three states, including West Virginia and Mississippi, that reject exemptions for religious and philosophical reasons. Three women are seeking to place a referendum to repeal the new law on the next ballot. They need 623,000 signatures on a petition within 90 days of the bill being enacted to have their repeal put on the 2020 ballot. -GEG




Health Fears Prompt Swiss 5G Revolt. Citizens May Call Referendum to Stop Roll Out.

Switzerland was among the first countries to begin rapidly deploying 5G wireless technology, but health fears over radiation from the antennas have sparked a nationwide revolt, and citizens are calling for a referendum on the issue in the country famous for its direct democratic system. A group of experts was appointed by the Swiss government last year to probe the risks involved with 5G, but their findings won’t be published until the end of the year.

By early July, 334 antennae stations for 5G were operational across the country. But several cantons have demanded a halt to construction. Operators are still converting existing 4G antennae for 5G use — something they can do without authorization. National carrier Swisscom says it expects 90% of the population to have 5G access by the end of the year – whether they want it or not. -GEG

Switzerland was among the first countries to begin deploying 5G, but health fears over radiation from the antennas that carry the next-generation mobile technology have sparked a nationwide revolt.

Demonstrators against the technology are due to fill the streets of Bern later this month, but already a number of cantons have been pressured to put planned constructions of 5G-compatible antennae on ice.

The technology has been swept up in the deepening trade war between China and the United States, which has tried to rein in Chinese giant Huawei — the world’s leader in superfast 5G equipment — over fears it will allow Beijing to spy on communications from countries that use its products and services.

But far from the clash of the titans, a growing number of Swiss are voicing alarm at possible health effects from exposure to the electromagnetic rays radiating from the new antennae, and are threatening to put the issue to a referendum in the country famous for its direct democratic system.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

In February, Switzerland took a big step towards deployment when it attributed 5G frequencies to three major operators, Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt, allowing the country to rake in revenues of nearly 380 million Swiss francs ($384 million, 350 million euros).

High on their success, the operators raced to trumpet on television advertisements and billboards that the cutting-edge technology would be available this year in cities, in the countryside and even in mountainous regions.

By early July, 334 antennae stations for 5G were operational across the country, authorities told AFP.

– Referendum? –
But the rollout has run into some serious hurdles.

Several cantons including Geneva have buckled to pressure from online petitioners demanding a halt to construction of the 5G infrastructure.

But while no new antennae are being built in parts of the country, the operators are still converting existing 4G antennae for 5G use — something they can do without authorisation.

National carrier Swisscom thus says it expects 90 percent of the population to have 5G access by the end of the year.

Opponents meanwhile warn that 5G poses unprecedented health and environmental risks compared to previous generations of mobile technology, and are urging authorities to place a full-fledged moratorium on the rollout.

They will organise a large protest on September 21 in front of the government buildings in Bern, and are also working towards putting the issue to a popular vote.

“I think we have most citizens on our side,” Coco Tache-Berther, of the organisation Fequencia, told AFP, saying Switzerland’s rapid roll-out of 5G was “ultra-shocking”.

Olivier Pahud, who regularly demonstrates against 5G in front of the UN in Geneva, agreed, insisting the technology will have “impacts on health, on the environment, on people’s capacity to think.”

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California Passes Law to Monitor Super-Harmful Chemicals in Drinking Water But Has No Plan to Remove Those Chemicals

California passed a law requiring local water districts to monitor the levels of chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS, that are used in grease and stain-resistant non-stick coatings like food paper packaging, cookware, furniture and carpet, and sometimes used in firefighting foams. If these chemicals reach 5.1 parts per trillion for PFOA and 6.5 parts per trillion for PFOS they can damage the immune system, thyroid, and liver, harm fetuses and infants, and cause cancer. PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl Substances) have been found in the blood of 98% of people 12 and older, and they never leave the body. Consumer-grade water filters are capable of filtering out these chemicals, but they are not required by law. -GEG

The city will soon be sending notices to all residents about high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, more commonly referred to as PFOA and PFOS.

Dubbed “forever chemicals,” the two are “readily absorbed, but not readily eliminated from the human body,” according to the state’s Water Resources Control Board. Long-term exposure can damage an individual’s immune system, thyroid and liver. It can also cause cancer and harm developing fetuses and infants alike.

A certain level of PFOA and PFOS is acceptable in drinking water, according to the board, but any level of exposure to the chemicals can harm you.

“PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl Substances) is the climate change of toxic chemicals,” said Andria Ventura, toxics program manager for the advocacy group Clean Water Action. “They never go away. Virtually all Americans have them in their blood. Babies are born with them. … They’re some of the scariest things I’ve worked on.”

The Center for Disease Control has found PFAS in the blood of 98% of people 12 and older who were tested for the chemicals.

A spokeswoman for the State Water Quality Control Board said consumer-grade water filters are typically capable of filtering out both of the harmful chemicals.

Under the current legislation, local water districts are required to report to the state board if PFOA levels are above 14 parts per trillion. With PFOS, agencies only have to report if it’s above 13 parts per trillion.

But that doesn’t mean consumers would necessarily find out; local water suppliers are required only to inform consumers about the chemicals if combined they reach a threshold of 70 parts per trillion. That’s also when they’re required to turn off the water supply, provided it doesn’t disrupt customers’ service.

In updated guidelines from the State Water Resources Control Board, passed Aug. 23, the agency substantially lowered the threshold to notify both customers and the state.

Beginning Jan. 1, when the new law comes into effect, the acceptable threshold will only be 5.1 parts per trillion for PFOA, and 6.5 parts per trillion for PFOS. Additionally, when agencies notify the state’s governing board about the chemicals, each agency must also notify consumers.

The Pico Rivera Water Department, which the city owns and manages, supplies water to a little more than half its local residents. The state ordered the city to test nine out of its 10 active wells — and all nine had levels exceeding both the new and old thresholds.

On average, its PFOA levels were 15 parts per trillion; its PFOS levels were 36 parts per trillion.

The Pico Water District, which supplies about 45% of all drinking water to the city, also found contaminants in three out of four of its wells, according district Director Mark Grajeda.

PFOA levels ranged from 12 to 15 parts per trillion, although the chemical wasn’t detected at all in the third well.

PFOS levels for the same wells ranged from 16 to 25 parts per trillion; all of the wells had this chemical present.

A very small portion of the city has its water supplied by the San Gabriel Valley Water Company, which was ordered to test five of its wells, but neither chemical was detected.

The Central Basin Municipal Water District wholesales water to many retail districts across southeast Los Angeles County, including Pico Rivera. It was ordered to test two of its wells and both were found to be contaminated with 6.5 parts per trillion of PFOA and 28 parts per trillion of PFOS.

While the state has lowered the threshold for notification, officials haven’t changed yet the standards that determine when an agency must be ordered to stop using a contaminated well as a water source.

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UK: Teenager Goes Blind after Limited Diet limited to French Fries, Pringles, White Bread, and Ham

Scientists from the University of Bristol examined the case of a young patient who was an extremely picky eater and showed symptoms of poor health at age 14, which led to hearing loss and blindness at age 17. The youth told doctors he had only eaten fries, Pringles potato chips, white bread, slices of processed ham, and sausage since elementary school, and he avoided foods with certain textures. Doctors identified vitamin B12 deficiency, low copper, and selenium levels, a high zinc level, reduced vitamin D level, anemia, and low bone density. The researchers say that poor diet and reduced intake of minerals caused vision loss in this case, and warn that nutritional optic neuropathy could become more common due to the rise in consumption of junk food. -GEG

Eating a diet of french fries, Pringles and white bread was enough to make one teenage boy lose his sight, according to a case study published in a medical journal.

Scientists from the University of Bristol examined the case of a young patient whose extremely picky eating led to blindness, and have warned of the dangers of a poor diet.

The unidentified patient told doctors he had only eaten fries from the fish and chip shop, Pringles potato chips, white bread, slices of processed ham and sausage since elementary school, and he avoided foods with certain textures. He first visited a doctor at age 14, complaining of tiredness, according to a case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.
He wasn’t taking any medication, had a normal BMI and height, and showed no visible signs of malnutrition.
Doctors discovered low vitamin B12 levels and anemia, treating the patient with vitamin B12 injections and offering dietary advice.
One year later there were signs of hearing loss and vision symptoms, but doctors did not find the cause.

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Tucker Carlson Lambasts the Sackler Family that Promoted Addictive Opioids. He also Criticizes the Justice System that Allows Elites to Get Away with Murder

Tucker Carlson reports that Purdue drug manufacturer, owned by the Sackler family, profited $12-billion from pushing opioids, and that they knew the drugs were addictive and would kill hundreds of thousands of people. From 1999 to 2017, an estimated 218,000 people in the US died from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Purdue Pharma has offered to pay $12-billion to settle thousands of outstanding lawsuits. The Sackler family would pay $3-billion of that. Carlson railed against the ruling class, saying they become incredibly rich by wrecking our country and killing people. When they get caught, politicians and celebrities pretend to be concerned for a week and then nothing happens. None of these people ever are sent to prison. -GEG

 

 

 




Sacramento: Democrats Unanimously Pass Mandatory Vaccine Bill Eliminating Exemptions in Committee to Final Vote!

California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan who in 2012 authored a mandatory vaccine bill for children, faced opposition with his new bill that would eliminate almost all vaccine medical exemptions. State bureaucrats, not physicians, would be in charge of deciding whether children may receive medical exemptions. Pan received $432K from healthcare/medical interests, yet he claims the contributions did not influence his votes.
Senator Pan argued that, in the first four months of 2019, 465 measles cases had been reported across 19 states, a number far surpassing last year’s number of cases. However, the parent-opponents of SB 276 did their homework and found that more than half of the adult measles cases in California were vaccinated! -GEG

Despite threats of arrests by the California Highway Patrol, opponents of SB 276 by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) who attended the Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing Friday at the California State Capitol, stood on chairs and voiced their opposition to the bill which will end all medical exemptions to state mandated childhood vaccinations.

Most of the parents protesting already have “vaccine-injured” children, and want the medical exemption for their other children.

Committee Chairwoman Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez opened the hearing Friday announcing that she would take SB 276 out of the order of bills scheduled “for the people who traveled.” And then she announced that the bill was passed out of the committee “on a ‘B’ roll call,” meaning all committee Democrats voted “yes” to pass it out, and all Republicans voted “no.”

That’s when the shouting and chanting started.

“You have not represented California for all,” the SB 276 opponents chanted, and chanted and chanted, while Gonzalez carried on with her hearing.

In prior hearings on SB 276, Sen. Pan said, “I want to make sure that every child who needs a medical exemption gets one. That is part of the purpose of this bill.”

But it hasn’t worked out that way.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Has Third Bout with Cancer, Second in 8 Months

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) had the lower lobe of her left lung removed in December because it contained two malignant cancer nodules. Less than eight months later, at the beginning of this month, she completed three weeks of radiation therapy to treat a tumor on her pancreas. -GEG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is no friend of the Second Amendment. Justice Ginsburg voted against the Heller decision. She voted against the McDonald decision. Her opinion on the Second Amendment is clear.   From armsandthelaw.com:

“If the court had properly interpreted the Second Amendment, the Court would have said that amendment was very important when the nation was new,” she said. “It gave a qualified right to keep and bear arms, but it was for one purpose only — and that was the purpose of having militiamen who were able to fight to preserve the nation.””

Ruth’s position is to define the Second Amendment out of existence, without any argument, because she believes it has no purpose in modern society.  Her position has been: The Second Amendment is old. Therefore we can ignore it. That is the Progressive position about the Constitution. It is old, therefore we can ignore it.

On 21 December of 2018, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the lower lobe of her left lung removed because it contained two malignant cancer nodules.  From theatlantic.com:

On Friday, surgeons in New York removed the lower lobe of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s left lung. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, two nodules—which had been discovered in a CT scan after Ginsburg broke three ribs last month—were determined to be malignant.

Images before the surgery showed no evidence of cancer elsewhere in her body, and doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reported that there was “no evidence of any remaining disease” after the procedure. According to the statement, no further treatment is planned.

On 23 August, 2019, the Supreme Court released information indicating Justice Ginsburg had completed three weeks of radiation therapy to treat a tumor on her pancreas. This treatment occurred less than eight months after the surgery to remove a lobe of her lung.

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Seattle Can’t Clean Human Feces Off Sidewalks Because Democrat Councilman Says Hoses Are Racist

Seattle, Washington is having trouble deciding how to remove human feces from their sidewalks thanks to Democrat city councilman, Larry Gossett, who claims pressure washers are racist. He says they bring back images of hoses being used against civil-rights activists. -GEG

Seattle, Washington, one of the most liberal cities in America, is having trouble deciding how to get human feces removed from their sidewalks thanks to a Democrat city councilman who claims pressure washers are racist.

King County Superior Court judges Laura Inveen and Jim Rogers recently asked the county to clean and patrol the area outside a local courthouse, but they’re being stonewalled by Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett.

The Seattle Times reports:

“Inveen told the committee about two incidents, one in late May and one in June, in which jurors were attacked in separate incidents outside the courthouse’s Third Avenue entrance. On other occasions, Inveen said, employees have been spat upon, slammed against a wall or punched.

Although cleaning and patrolling the area immediately surrounding the courthouse would not address some of the deep-seated issues faced by denizens of the space, it would send a signal that somebody was paying attention, she said.

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At least 40 Babies Were Born Last Year But Allowed to Die. Why? Because They Survived Botched Abortions.

The Born Alive Protection Act would require that babies born alive following botched abortion receive medical care to save them, but the bill is opposed by Democrats in the House and Senate. State health data shows that 40 babies were born alive following botched abortions, but this number is unrealistically low because most states do not retain that data. -GEG