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Updated: 1 August 2014.
“More people have died because of chemicals than during
World War II” (Ollivry 2013).
2.0 ERRONEOUS INDUSTRIAL & INSTITUTIONAL IMPERATIVES
a/ long-term TOXIC outcomes and
3.1 WE (THE PEOPLE) DIDN’T THOROUGHLY KNOW
• lead in paint;
• Agent Orange;
• flouride (see: http://dianabuckland.webs.com/);
• mercury fillings
• NSAIDs or Advil/Aleve/Ibuprofen/Naproxen, Cox-2 Inhibitors or Celebrex/Celecoxib (Collins 2011);
• Vioxx, etc.
For example, the European Union recommends the use of a commonly-used safety factor of 100.
But, says Kefford, the latest evidence suggests that this safety factor is too small (Salleh 2012).
* decreased short term memory,
* poor concentration,
* altered emotional states (emotional lability, often oscillating between anxiety and depression).
3.2 WE DON’T WANT TO KNOW
3.2.1 BURIED PROBLEMS
Why did the discipline of toxicology have to change in recent years?
The next part of this same quote is wrong:
The new toxicology regime will involve:
Or, in more detail:
In the US:
In Tasmania (Australia):
Small wonder that the following is typical of our chemical experience:
Clearly, the armchair idealogues working with the FSC have bastardized the science (Tomkins 2013).
Or, put slightly differently, the Precautionary Principle:
So, how does Big Biotech manage to sideline the Principle?
“There’s no conclusive link” means… We don’t want to know, we don’t want YOU to know.
3.3 THE SLOW, CONSISTENT DEATH PLAN/STRATEGY IN IT’S MANY FORMS
3.3.1 META TREND: BACKGROUNDER
3.3.2 META TREND: TOXIC AG’S BAD SCIENCE & BAD BEHAVIOR
Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults. [p.2167]
And the failures have not just occurred in India:
compromised by the introduction of GM crops. Now, the Government wants to find out what levels of contamination are acceptable.
And from the actual report, this:
And when farmers and farms fail, it is easier to come in and grab the land:
Corporate fangs dripping blood… And, even more to the GMO point:
And, even MORE to the utterly irresponsible and corrupt conflicts of interest GMO dynamic:
Continuing the above quote:
And, even MORE to THE health authority and corporate link theme:
And the wider environment consideration:
AND, EVEN MORE TO THE GMO POINT:
3.3.3 META TREND: INDUSTRIAL TOTALITARIANISM
And, in consideration of how fascist the new Biotech is becoming:
Shell and Chevron are in the spotlight this week, with shareholder meetings and a historic trial.
What does Monsanto DO? What are its characteristics, it’s ‘legacy’?
• Aspartame or NutraSweet, Equal (causes 94 health issues)
• Roundup (toxic) • Petroleum-Based Fertilizer (destroys soil integrity)
• Polystyrene (5th worst generator of hazardous waste)
• Saccharin (carcinogenic)
• PCBs (Cancer: Monsanto knew about PCB dangers from 1956 on…)
• DDT (toxic) • Dioxin (toxic)
3.3.4 META TREND REFORMATION?
3.3.5 CAN A BAD META TREND PRODUCE ANYTHING OTHER THAN BAD THINGS?
Despite the above, isn’t GMO technology just simply somehow “better” in some way?
Lower yields not a problem for you on your farm? Look at your children, and then read this:
3.3.6 THE DEATH PLAN SPREADS… DEATH!
3.3.7 A BRIEF CURE
What type of farming should we ultimately strive for?
3.4 A NEEDED SAVING FAST CHANGE EVENT (THE MEANING OF EVIL)
The math is straight forward. One in four will perish.
Could it get any worse? What about an ‘enhancement’ of the current global HIV pandemic storm?
for one with its destruction of the ecosystem, chemical intoxication of the population and
reliance on immune-suppressing medications and food additives.
creates a “perfect storm” for the spread of infectious disease. (Adams 2014)
4.0 GOOD CONNECTIONS USED BADLY BY PESTICIDE TECHNOLOGIES
Ultimately, pesticide/herbicide use:
6. Creates monstrous disease scenarios via increased use through herbicide tolerant GMOs:
5.1 NATURE INVASION, GENETIC ‘ENHANCEMENT’, PATHOGEN/TOXIN RELEASE & EXPOSURE, & ACCIDENTS
5.1.1 NATURE INVASION
And, please slowly absorb this quite spectacular assessment:
As a preface:
engineered eucalyptus tree.
gum. Each “transgenic” cell has already re-generated into a young river red gum, growing
in sterile conditions in a laboratory.
scientifically confirmed genetic transfer into the river red gum.
Forestry and Plant Industry is simply a “marker” to show that the technology works.
(Eucalyptus nitens and globulus) both of which are important commercial plantation trees
in Australia. (Keating 1992)
5.1.2 GMO ATTACK
On the third point above, please note:
If the above is bad, then this is much worse because numerous experts:
Now, let us contrast GMO transgene escapes to pesticide:
5.1.3 EXTENDED GMO SPECIFICS: ENDOTOXIN & OTHER ATTACKS
22.214.171.124 ENDOTOXIN, PARTICULATE/POLLEN, GASEOUS & FUNGAL BIOAEROSOLS
The analogue of the above occupational exposures in an open/external environment could be:
• Storms and high winds (including trees blown down or branches snapped off)
• Harvesting operations
• Post harvesting cleanup
In regard to the last point, please note:
…stomatal opening also influences the emissions of a range of terpenes…
And, by extension, the above particulates will contain GMO endotoxin that will escape AND pollute:
crops are currently practised to control infestations of crop-eating insects. The
increasing use of these biopesticides could lead to an increase in Cry1Ab endotoxin in
both terrestrial and aquatic environments (Douville, et. al. 2005).
endotoxin represent an increasing health problem (Togbe, et.al. 2007:768).
Note further GMO Accident #2:
1.Horizontal gene transfer at plant-surface sites
Comment by Ignacio Chapela, Berkeley/TromsÃ¸
And here is an EXTREMELY interesting comment:
How widespread are industry exposures?
Why should we really worry?
Further, in terms of ecological attacks, it is known that:
Thirdly, and a little more specifically:
Put another way:
And in terms of tree plantations:
All the above means nothing less than mass transgene ESCAPE:
And here’s an indication of toxicity to Multiple Chemical Sensitive individuals (like me):
I am one of the MCS “some people”.
126.96.36.199 POLLEN INCLUSIONS
188.8.131.52 PESTICIDE INCLUSIONS
And a little more specifically:
184.108.40.206 BIOSOLIDS, RUNOFF, DUST & HUMAN EXPOSURES
220.127.116.11 HORIZONTAL Bt GENE TRANSFER ON THE HEELS OF TRANSGENIC MANIPULATION
Bt and CpT I genes can result in persistence of Cry1Ac and CpT I proteins and
negatively affect soil microbial and biochemical properties (Chen, et. al. 2011:67).
5.1.4 EXTENDED GMO GENERALITIES: BROAD PANDEMIC POTENTIAL & MASTER CONSPIRACIES
18.104.22.168 PANDEMIC POTENTIAL
And, in terms of GE trees:
22.214.171.124 MY SYMPTOMS
including sensitivities to a broad range of environmental chemicals such as solvents,
paints, terpenes, glues, cleaning chemicals, chlorine and chlorinated products, plasticisers,
fragrances and more. Of particular concern at present is Mr Thompson’s adverse
reactions to the specific terpenes found in Eucalyptus nitens plantations and the surrounding
area. His health has deteriorated markedly with worsening of his respiratory
and joint/muscle inflammation and pain. (Donohoe, Medical Letter, May 12, 2014)
126.96.36.199 COMMERCIAL CONTRIVANCES & PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES
deaths] there had been a helicopter crash carrying pesticides and herbicides in the
upper catchment, apparently aerial spraying trees. And this was the first that
Id heard about plantations in that area. When we started to look at the size of the
plantations it became apparent that here was a very large source of potential toxic
chemical (Scammell 2010).
188.8.131.52 THE HUMAN HEALTH BIO-TERRORISM EXPERIMENT: GMO MASTER CONSPIRACIES
184.108.40.206 BACTERIAL-ENDOTOXIN TESTING
1. be inhaled by animals and humans,
2. be underestimated in enumeration,
None of this is good news for GMO .
220.127.116.11 BRIEF: PLANTATIONS & ASTHMA
New Zealand’s incidence of asthma is similar to Australia’s…
Figure 6.01 shows a map of high asthma areas…
The areas in the North Island correspond with the forestry areas especially (Gibbs 2006:267-268).
2. the additional monumentally ignorant rush for assumed genetic superiority…
5.2 ECOLOGICAL RAPE & POLITICS
The politics of the matter:
pesticides: the Duck, Inglis, Bird, Jordan, Montagu, Prosser, Rubicon, South Esk,
George, Little Swanport, Macquarie, Great Forrester, Brumby Creek, Derwent and Liffey …forestry plantations are now growing in 44 of the States 48 water catchments. …Water testing by our state government is done sporadically and pesticide detections
rarely result in investigations to find their source
6.0 PESTICIDES’ MISAPPROPRIATED DESTINATIONS: SPRAY DRIFT & MIGRATION
Also, from Australia:
And following up after the above comment, an email:
Spray drift damaging a neighbor’s crops?
Drift and migration?
The source of phenoxy herbicides at control sites is unclear… (ibid.:49).
6.2 CHEMICAL MIGRATION INTO WATER PIPES
6.3 CHEMICAL MIGRATION INTO & THROUGH BUILDINGS
7.0 HERBICIDE RESISTANT WEEDS
8.1.1 CHEMICAL TOXICITY & PANDEMICS
And, more generally:
• multiple individual exposures to different chemicals (additive effects),
• exposures occurring over extended time,
• Tiny exposures adversely affecting those with MCS.
• Genetic AND epigentic effects from exposure
On the last point, note:
Back to glyphosate generally:
It is the human slate-wiper, the invisible ultimate death, the filovirus named Ebola…
And, what happens when superbugs are already resident in the hospital that you need to visit?
8.1.2 CHEMICAL PERSISTENCE & MOBILITY
Note the literature on glyphosate persistence and mobility:
The PERSISTENCE of glyphosate (and its consequent buildup over repeated sprayings) is supported:
8.1.3 OTHER HERBICIDES: PESTICIDE TOXICITY, MOBILITY & CONTAMINATION
Note the following:
18.104.22.168 Haloxyfop-R methyl ester in Verdict 520 Herbicide
Basic Tox of Haloxyfop: Risk of Serious Damage To Eyes
or haloxyfop-P methyl ester or with neat substances. The toxicokinetic studies
indicate that absorbed methyl ester will rapidly be hydrolysed to the parent acid and
the S-form haloxyfop present in racemic haloxyfop will instantaneously undergo
stereochemical inversion to haloxyfop-P. Therefore, the various compounds used for
testing are assumed to elicit the same systemic effects following administration and
these effects can be attributed to haloxyfop-P. The absorption is rapid (> 80%) and
the excretion extensive. The acute oral toxicity is moderate i.e. LD50 is around 300
mg/kg bw and the dermal toxicity low LD50> 2000 mg/kg bw, proposed classification of
Xn, R22 “Harmful if swallowed”. No acute inhalation toxicity studies are available.
Neither racemic haloxyfop nor haloxyfop-P methyl ester was irritating to skin and
haloxyfop-P methyl ester was not a sensitizer. Haloxyfop-P methyl ester is not
irritating to the eye whereas racemic haloxyfop induced signs of irritation in the
conjunctival sacs and iris and caused corneal opacity covering up to 100% of the
cornea in all animals. Signs of irritation (corneal opacity) persisted for 21 days in
un-rinsed eyes racemic haloxyfop is therefore irritating to the eye and the
classification of Xi; R41 “Risk of serious damage to eyes” is proposed. The relevant
short term NOAEL is 0.5 mg/kg bw/day based on the 1-year dog study which would also be
said to cover the effects observed in the 90-day studies in the dog and monkey at 2
mg/kg bw/day (EFSA Journal 2009:3).
AOEL (Acceptable Operator Exposure Level)
respectively. The AOEL is exceeded (169%) according to the UK-POEM even with PPE
(coverall) but is below according to the German model if PPE (coverall and gloves) is
applied (12%). The estimated worker and bystander exposure is below the AOEL (ibid.).
Risk Assessment for Herbivorous and Insectivorous Birds and Mammals
values above the Annex VI trigger indicating a low risk. For medium herbivorous and
insectivorous mammals the acute risk is considered to be low, while a first tier high
long-term risk was identified. The Member State experts in EPCO 22 did not accept a
proposed refinement using a higher endpoint from a 16-week dietary study. It was
agreed to use the endpoint of 1 mg/kg bw/day from a 2-generation reproduction study.
Furthermore, since the half-life for residues in vegetation was observed to be longer
than the default value, residue decline data for each crop should be used in the risk
assessment. The resulting TER values were foreseen to be below the Annex VI trigger
indicating a high risk… (ibid:5).
They may also cause liver and kidney damage…
ethoxyethyl from days 6 to 16 of pregnancy reduced the number of live offspring per
litter and caused vaginal bleeding in the mother…
between days 6 and 16 of pregnancy caused developmental abnormalities in the
offspring’s urogenital system and death to the fetus…
pregnancy caused delayed bone formation in the offspring…
adult rats (8). Doses of 0.6 mg/kg/day for 2 years in mice caused reduced body weight
gains and increased liver weights in mice. In dogs, 5 mg/kg/day causes a significant
decrease in serum cholesterol, as well as a decrease in thyroid weight… (Extoxnet
The USEPA put it this way:
F1/F2b generation (USEPA 2012).
Aquatic Organisms Risk
sensitive group of organisms (EFSA Journal 2009:6).
0.54 mg/l for fathead minnows, 0.28 mg/l for bluegill sunfish, and 1.8 mg/l for
rainbow trout. The LC50 (48 hours) for Daphnia is 4.64 mg/l (6) (Extoxnet 1996).
22.214.171.124 Clopyralid 750g/kg (Group I) in Clomac Forestry Herbicide and Other Products
Environmental Efects: Toxic to some beneﬁcial insects. It is very persistent and
moves quickly through soil…
…is slightly toxic to birds…
Changes to liver and kidney weights as well as, hyperplasia of the stomach lining were
found in rats fed moderate to high doses in a 2-year study… A one year study with
dogs showed increased liver weights and decreased red blood cell count at all but the
lowest dose tested… Another study found that weights of rabbit fetuses decreased at
both low and high doses of clopyralid. Skeletal abnormalities were also observed in
these fetuses at all doses and at the highest dose, accumulation of excess fluid
around the brain was evident, which resulted in small brain and enlarged skulls…
species that are vulnerable to clopyralid, including five species of rare cactus…
not readily bind to soil and is highly soluble in water. As a result, it is very
mobile in soil and has the potential to move towards groundwater and contaminate
surface water. Clopyralid has even been found in soil water samples taken at depths of
6 feet, up to 30 days after initial surface treatment… Since microbial activity
decreases with depth, clopyralid has the potential to persist longer at lower soil
depths. Persistence of clopyralid in vegetation was evidenced by the contamination of
composts from harvested lawn and grass clipping sprayed with clopyralid. Clopyralid
has been detected in vegetation 365 days after initial treatments…
compost and manure in Spokane, Washington. Upon investigation it was found that high
concentrations of clopyralid were present in composts made from lawn clippings,
straw, and leaves collected by curbside programs… The Spokane area had a large
residential population that utilized lawn care services, most of whom applied
clopyralid as part of their weed control scheme. Clopyralid, which does not breakdown
during the composting process, stunts the growth of crops such as potatoes, tomatoes,
peas, beans, leuce, pepper, alfalfa and sunflowers at very low levels- even as low
as 1ppb… Organic farmers were also severely affected since they rely of manure and
composts to supply soil fertility. In 2002, the state of Washington banned the use of
clopyralid on lawns and turf in order to keep the chemical from contaminating compost
supplies… That same year, California found that 65% of the composts samples tested
positive for clopyralid, which led to the cancellation of residential uses for
clopyralid in the state (Beyond Pesticides / NCAMP, no date).
inhalation of ambient air, and ingestion of drinking water (Toxnet 2013).
8.2.2 STEAM & FLAME
8.2.3 CORN GLUTEN MEAL (CGM)
For excellent research on CGM, see: http://www.hort.iastate.edu/research/gluten.
8.2.4 KITCHEN RECIPES
8.2.5 ORGANIC HERBICIDES 1: OIL-BASED HERBICIDES
8.2.6 ORGANIC HERBICIDES 2: INCLUDING CLOVE, CINNAMON & COTTONSEED OIL
8.2.8 STEAM ON STEROIDS
9.0 TRUE SCIENCE
We cannot coexist with PESTICIDES and GMOs!
We’re fighting for our right to live! (Emmerich & Devlin 1996)
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1. The amazing power of Chemical Diffusion:
2. Note the article: “Monsanto’s Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers”:
Bacteria were reduced by 14%. The total microbial biomass was reduced by 8.9%.
3. Note, in terms of a urine and water test for glyphosate:
4. How uncontaminated is your water?
Pesticides’ Misappropriated Destinations (Our Chemicals Predestine Our Future Pandemics)
by Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Honors I Social Ecology 1999; Ex Sociology PhD Student; University of Western Sydney)
WEBSITES: http://poisonedpeople.com; http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au; https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/
“95% – 98% of applied pesticides miss their target, reaching nearby people and wildlife, waterways, soil
and air.” (Miller G.T., 2004)
“”Atrazine can be transported more than 1,000 km (621 miles) from the point of application via rainfall
and, as a result, contaminates otherwise pristine habitats, even in remote areas where it is not used,”
they [researchers and colleagues from the University of California Berkeley] added, citing other
“”In fact, more than a half million pounds (227 tonnes) of atrazine are precipitated in rainfall each year
in the United States”” (Fox 2010).
And, as an aside, and in terms of the invasion of habitats, it’s not just our chemicals (going on before us) spreading into pristine habitats and upsetting eco-dynamics (and this includes our pollution remotely funding pathogenic alterations: arm’s length drug/pesticide resistance waiting for a physical release, waiting for the bulldozers to come in), it’s US physically entering environments and becoming subject to CLOSETED PATHOGENS that introduce new diseases to the human race: “…this might be because we disrupt habitats and come into contact with animals we haven’t been in contact with before” (Smith quote: Jha 2013). Also: “We like to think we discover viruses, but it’s also the viruses discovering us” (Woolhouse quote: Jha 2013).
This Essay represents an extended quote from my new essay (out soon) titled: “INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION/FASCISM, PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL POLLUTION, & HUMAN HEALTH/BEHAVIOR META-IMPLICATIONS: RESEARCH CONSENSUS ON PESTICIDE MOBILITY, EXPOSURES & TOXICITY, ENVIRONMENTAL INSULTS & PANDEMIC RAMIFICATIONS (EXTINCTION POTENTIAL), INNOVATIVE NON OR LOW-TOXIC HERBICIDE ALTERNATIVES FOR PLANTATIONS & CROPS, & OUR CHILDREN”
THE DIMINISHING RETURNS OF COMPLEXITY: THE DESTRUCTION OF PEACE, HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT
FOCUS: THE ADVERSARIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM – AN ABERRANT HEALTH,
HUMAN RIGHTS & WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
PO Box 605
New Norfolk TAS 7140
2 August, 2010
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
How far along a path do we proceed as a species, culture and civilization before it is conceded that we are not advancing and are, rather, engaged in an embrace with degenerative and fatal processes? This Essay examines the adversarial justice system and its contribution to compounding world problems.
A previous letter/essay I authored was titled: ESSAY 2: EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY LEGAL PROCESS. That essay has been developed further and can be found at: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay2-legal-process-abuse.pdf. In this earlier essay I introduce myself and my then 8-year old son as duel victims of severe pesticide poisoning that occurred in 2000/2001 in my current NSW Dept. of Housing (DOH) unit. This arose when two highly toxic termite pesticide treatments that I had specifically prohibited were forced upon me. The termiticide is called Biflex, a synthetic pyrethroid termiticide containing Bifenthrin. I described my utter exhaustion through multiple negative health impacts that followed the pesticide applications.[i] As well, I emphasized the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH utterly unwilling to admit to any level of negligence. I understand my case will likely be extended by 1-2 years through appeals if I win my 2 week trial set for 15th November 2010 in the Supreme Court in Sydney, Civil List.
Justice Mark Weinberg: “Whatever else can be said, no case, no matter how complex it may seem, should be allowed to run for months and sometimes years”
(Justice Weinberg 2008:17).
I received a response to that essay from the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner. The Commissioner’s sympathetic reply noted my concerns regarding litigation being used as a weapon, and the need for legal cases to be independently monitored. The Commissioner’s letter included an eye-opening and blunt FACT SHEET #18 titled: OPPOSING LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005). Thus began my education in the adversarial system of justice. I have evaluated this FACT SHEET, added my personal observations, and arrived at a constellation of ‘weird science’ concepts expressed by the civil and criminal adversarial justice systems.
According to the Hon Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of Western Australia, “the Australian legal system is generally perceived to be out of touch, expensive, slow, technical, complex, and in many respects incomprehensible”
(Justice Martin 2008:3).
I see the FACT SHEET as briefly and clearly outlining major dysfunctions in our adversarial system of justice, with the implications of these problems deepening further into a hodgepodge of extremes and contradictions. It says (my emphasis):
- your legal representative can be expected to say or do things which go against the interests of other parties, and
- other parties’ legal representatives can be expected to say or do things which go against your interests.
You cannot interfere in the professional relationship between another party and their legal representative…
You can only complain about an opposing legal representative’s course of action if you have evidence that they are not acting on instructions, or are acting on instructions that they know are untrue or unethical (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005).
Firstly, I wish to assert that the two bulleted points above represent a massive, in situ and accepted dysfunction. That is, the framing of a monumental waste of time and resources via sets of Plaintiff-Defendant dichotomies at war. This institutionalized combat should not exist in a truly enlightened society. They represent a ridiculously complex and immature striving for supremacy inside a commercial system carrying the taint of vested interests. They also signify stitched-up and prejudiced rules coddling precious corporate egos and greedy attitudes obsessed with an endless summer harvesting of legal fees: the expanding legal task and elastic accounting (Justice Allsop, 2008:2) of the legal system. How did the legal system configure for itself so much benefit? This formalized schoolyard scrap and grab mentality generates a long-winded and exhausting process that conveniently maintains a profitable rage while dancing away from the genuine responsibilities that are demanded by the succinct elucidation of simple truth.
“…truth should be the objective of the system”
(Justice McClellan 2008:4).
Secondly, my legal case has been purposely extended leaving me exhausted, sicker and poorer. If a moneyed opponent plays with you using unethical and abusive tactics, then where does that ‘legal’ system stand in terms of truth and error, good and evil?
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
(Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd American President).
“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”
(Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)
My personal WW2 of litigation against the DOH leaves me with the distinct impression of “a failure of the system” (Justice Allsop 2008:3) and leads me now to question competence and ethics in both government and the legal system.[ii] I do not see any evidence of the mythical “THERAPEUTIC JURISPRUDENCE” inside an adversarial legal workplace that continues to abuse me to a point where I have considered suicide!
The FACT SHEET hints at a compound series of flawed premises upon which the legal process appears to be based. I offer below simple points of contention drawing out the defective nature of these premises, along with disturbing additional material:
- 1. Generally: while theoretically harnessing “the power of self-interest on each side to unearth the best evidence” (Law Reform Commission of WA, no date:25), legal teams, in seeking to establish protection for their clients, may ultimately generate an unavoidable and powerful investment in skewed bias in terms of the essential nature of the argument put forth. For example, we may be left with “perceptions of bias in experts who give evidence” (Justice McClellan 2008:18). This manipulation of knowledge and interpretation can occur to a point where the argument structures a fabricated story, a picture of events and analyses that may not even manage to resemble the somewhat disappointing “approximate truth” (Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, no date:25) that seems to be the rather mediocre goal of the adversarial system. But there is no need for protection and bias if we view the unencumbered truth as being most important. In my case, there exists an abject denial that one can be poisoned from a termiticide application, even though the generation of my symptoms was almost immediate upon exposure to the pesticide vapours entering my unit. You have to wonder at what level intellect is operating when so-called scientific professionals don’t even seem to recognize the easy mobility and toxicity of solvents as a component of some pesticides. Points 3. c. and d. provide ideas here.
- 2. Put another way, and looking toward a more ideal concept of resolving the issue of lying conflict[iii], legal teams should not be bound to protect their clients vigorously. This is because protection at all costs automatically invests in an institutionalized form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This disorder ultimately frames the compulsion to protect the client-investment from the unpalatable or difficult historical truth of a matter, while enhancing the reputation of the legal firm via a status-enhancing win. However, if we were to imagine a more efficient and less deceitful legal workplace environment in which to settle disputes, there would be no investment on any level to protect and no corporate profile to defend, advance and polish. There would be no compulsion to win because there would be no schizophrenic and antagonistic legal dichotomy creating opposing realities. The very existence of separate law firms “seeing themselves predominantly as part of big business” (Justice Weinberg 2008:23; quote taken slightly out of context), and exposed to the temptations of “volume litigation” (Justice Allsop 2008:2) is, in the very first instance, a formative insult to what should be the comparatively neutral and incorruptible process of uncovering the unencumbered truth within a simple composite (non-dualistic) format.
- 3. Further toward addressing this profound error, the OCD and income imperatives to protect clients, generate fees, and win the legal brawl ensures that ethical abuses will be accepted and perpetuated inside the legal process:
- a. The Defendant wastes time and resources attacking the injury victim’s character, minimizing or denying documented and measurable injury, and serving, sometimes, pointless subpoenas that do not even remotely relate to the litigation issue.
- b. Experts’ current and beneficial evidence can be destroyed inside a trial in an infantile attack by the opposing side. Lies can win if the attack is dexterously waged (see Justice McClellan’s take on this[iv]). Today, this is especially apparent in terms of “a system that requires us to treat others as adversaries and to battle each other in ineffective dehumanizing formalized forums… [where] we all become casualties of the system and each other” (Redgwell 2009). The degenerative trend of today’s (legal) “declining standards” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:1) is obvious here, along with an inevitable and almost universal ““erosion of faith” in the adversarial system” (Justice McClellan 2008:6)[v].
- c. Further, the Defendant in a chemical injury case might hire bias: medical/science professionals who suspiciously declare that chemicals or chemical applications cannot poison people.[vi] More smoke, mirrors and bad science wasting time and failing to address the horrible truth of major issues (such as the growing worldwide tsunami pandemic of pesticide-induced diseases[vii]).
- d. More specifically in terms of the dumbing down of knowledge in my legal case, medical/science experts can lazily appeal to strange forms of amazingly inclusive ‘scientific’ logic that interprets unmonitored chemical/pesticide behaviour as magically acting precisely according to inflexible chemical doctrines of remarkable immobility in soil and impossibility in terms of human poisoning. This magic excludes current research showing clearly that chemicals or their extended vapours move[viii] and that termite chemical barrier applications kill termites beyond the physical placement of the pesticide.[ix] These ‘experts’ fail to recognize what a Google search can uncover: that pesticides penetrated my unit’s highly porous concrete slab underlying two joined units[x] (this being why my elderly neighbour almost died in 2001 with numerous bouts of bronchitis and double pneumonia requiring hospitalization). “The possibility of gaps or cracks in the slab that may have allowed penetration of the product or its vapours into the interior of your unit cannot be discounted…” (APVMA Adverse Experience Reporting Program Letter/Report, 28 July 2004). My legal team and associated science/medical professionals are steadfastly attempting to elucidate this INCONVENIENT TRUTH, not repudiate it with magical fantasies based in unscientific bias.
- 4. Ever noticed? Within any adversarial system or framework institutionalized OCD engineers a massive and wasteful paper shuffling exercise on two ridiculously opposing and combative fronts. In politics two main parties shuffle advertising and waste precious dollars. In the legal system we first notice uncooperative “discovery and preliminary matters” (Chief Magistrate Judge Grimm [USA], 2008:2)[xi] resulting in years where arguments and positions are advertised. Interestingly, very deep sociological aspects of this fanaticism may be viewed subliminally and ontologically as a neurotic and inadequate ‘purification’ device: a religious-like obsession with scrupulosity framed inside detailed and burdensome activity ultimately generated as a function of almost primal guilt. This unavoidable and unresolvable guilt springs from an uncomfortable awareness of a cascade of formative, developmental and normalized inadequacies within a toxic legal framework. This type of phenomenon is a widespread occurrence within human society.
- 5. My injured health status (pesticide poisoning) was not immediately and intelligently factored into the genesis and functionality of the legal inquiry process in my case when it started. Nor does the legal system appear to be capable of therapeutically doing so. As a result, the original problem of the Defendant’s indifference, negligence and failure of Duty of Care (not acting appropriately on the basis of repeated health alerts), the subsequent negligent deployment of pesticide on two occasions, my mounting shock as a result of these ‘invasions’, and the consequent generation of a raft of compounding physical and psychological injuries all became synergized and absorbed by a further insult, this being MY DEATHLY ENSHROUDING AS A POISONING AND BRAIN DAMAGED VICTIM INSIDE A PROCESS THAT NOW FAILS TO RECOGNISE AND COMPENSATE FOR AN AGGRAVATED AND LAYERED HEALTH EVENT: LEGAL STRESS AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SHOCK LAYERED OVER THE STRESS OF POISONING AND SHOCK AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS. When bureaucracy attacks! Error overlays error, insult binds to insult, incomprehension follows incomprehension, and scrambled complexity builds on scrambled complexity. A dynamically flawed legal system takes an injury, and then magnifies it further via stupidly mandated argument and ‘protection’ inside an exhausting and insanely expensive fee-harvesting process x 2. Shades of Bleak House and justice delayed and denied[xii], while I have also suffered a ‘minor’ stroke on top of all my poisoning symptoms and outcomes (and been prescribed Aspro Protect)! But, who cares if the litigant is that compromised? Certainly not a legal system that blunders monstrously and monolithically toward its light at the end of the black tunnel imposed upon me. At least I still have half a brain to think with and help rationalize the unending trauma.
- 6. Almost anything can be justified within a precious legal framework because the “professional relationship” between each client and their legal representatives has in real terms been placed above ethics and health. What the legal process accepts as normal, and what the combatants can potentially do, has established as a format superior to basic ethics, human rights and a form of Duty of Care that appears all but invisible to the process. What is apparent here is an in-built dispensation for the ‘holy’ professional relationship and elongated litigation process. This is not dissimilar to stating that God is on your side… Therefore, if a legal system is dependent upon justifying itself, then that system will tend to disregard most other concerns. It wants what it wants because it sees itself as being more important than anything else. Elevated. Worse still, pathological justification within authority structures leads ultimately to forms of fascism.[xiii]
- 7. Further, the formative design flaws in the adversarial legal process have ultimately made possible and legal: PROTECTED (even required) psychological abuse or bullying of the opponent across the inflamed legal divide. This dangerously verges on PROTECTED assault and a repudiation of essential human rights. SUICIDES ARISE OUT OF THIS ADVERSARIAL PERVERSITY![xiv] What if a legal team actually hoped for a suicide in order to make their opposition go away? That these gross dysfunctions exist as realities or potentials and are, at least in part, encouraged and used by the adversarial justice system, should be a source of absolute outrage amongst all thinking persons. This demonstrates the dysfunctional realities and pathological potential of a negative and destructive system reliant upon the establishment and preservation of conflict.
- 8. If you know that a chemical or other injury makes a person suicidal, and if you hide behind a legal process that allows you to call a Plaintiff a liar, a miscreant or worse; and if you prolong legal action (thus making the extended process into an abusive prison sentence) because a government department’s bottom line is more important than human physical or mental health, or life; then how can this not be called fascism? ‘Professional’ fascism? This is just one way in which complexity falls over itself.
- 9. More generally, the adversarial legal system enables too many to participate in bad character: legal dummy spitting over minor or inappropriately amplified issues, comments and insults resulting in too many suing too many.[xv] Add to this the prominent catastrophe of the well funded stifling of opinion and activism through suing opponents. Then arises the consequent exhausting, bankrupting and destruction of those sued.[xvi] What we are witnessing in the above and other general examples of litigant immaturity and fascism is the wrecking of the ‘democratic’ fabric of society and a disturbing contribution to a growing environmental holocaust. This pathological burden of fractious and totalitarian corporate litigation ultimately establishes the repudiation of truth[xvii] by suppressing information, education, freedom of speech, and environmental recovery (especially when truth is cocooned inside a settlement). In other words, “legal gamesmanship in tricks of discovery and trial tactics that weaken the prospects of getting to the truth” (Justice Rudolph J. Gerber, no date). The legal process, then, has become so warped and loaded that it has misrepresented denial and repudiation as discovery, and turned inquiry and true justice into a TV power-play money game. It has made the defamation of medical professionals, corporate sponsorship and bias in science and medicine, the failure of legal process Duty of Care, litigation fascism and human rights abuses, the suppression of PEACE, and prevention from education… legal. “The abnormal has become normal” (McGraw, P. 2010).
What a monumental internal contradiction for a society that espouses, today, so much aversion for racism, totalitarianism, environmental damage, bad sports behaviour, vandalism, inordinate bank profits, golden handshakes, and paedophilia! Hiding contextual truth from an argument is fraud. Repudiating truth is book burning. Promoting arguments and conflict for the sake of making money… is industrial and political[xviii]. How did the legal system manage to abrogate Duty of Care on all levels? This obscene encumbrance that denies medical context and essential human rights means that:
THE LEGAL SYSTEM HAS ASSUMED AUTHORITY OVER NATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN BECOMING A VAST WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT THAT CHOREOGRAPHS THE ABUSE OF HUMAN DEMOCRATIC, EDUCATIONAL, ETHICAL, FINANCIAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH!
Therefore, our adversarial system is ultimately a functionally illegal, incomprehensible, unethical, inhumane, inefficient and destructive way of conducting an investigation. The imperatives to advance and extend conflict, and create and substantiate stories, makes justice a game[xix] resulting in the stripping of real context from real situations and issues. Games delude and destroy. We are paying the burdensome price of “a highly regulated and complex society [that] cannot function without a capacity to obtain quality legal advice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:9; footnote 2). HOWEVER, if our society is complex and degenerate (typical features of most empires before they implode[xx]), and if the legal process is likewise overly “complex” (as Justice Martin noted previously) and corrupted from the obsessive and unmanaged “diminishing returns to complexity [that] have made societies vulnerable to collapse” (Tainter 2006:94, citing Tainter, 1988, 1999), then WHERE IS THIS “QUALITY” EXPECTED TO BE FOUND?
“We can’t avoid the fact that the adversary system of jury trial does make justice a game, in which sometimes the worst team wins, because it has a dream team of lawyers, or because there’s something gone wrong in the jury room, or because the judge is biased”
(Geoffrey Robertson QC, 1998).
Danger to all is perpetuated because we are internally culturally embattled and conflicted via legal, political and economic adversarialism.[xxi] We are unable to learn from error because adversarial conflict ‘protects’, repudiates and hides truth. This general political child of the human condition has typically established as cycles of historical degeneracy leading to collapses of whole civilizations. Because we can’t incontrovertibly learn across generations, we are now immersed inside a miasma of critical and compounding civilisation-scale problems.
“…we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems” (Emeritus Professor Valerie Brown AO, BSc MEd PhD 2010).
We are under siege by a plague of modern physical and psychiatric disorders arising out of displaced and shattered natural environments. Public health on a planetary scale is threatened. We are now toxicologically and psychiatrically handicapped through destructive human activities, including worldwide chemical poisoning[xxii] and insane adversarial systems attacking employment, freedom of thought, knowledge and generational learning. We are “monitoring our own extinction” (Professor Stuart Hill, 1999, pers. comm.) because locking up knowledge about chemical toxicity inside legal settlements (or by way of threats) is advancing generational amnesia. KNOWLEDGE THAT COULD SAVE LIVES AND REPAIR AND ADVANCE CIVILIZATION IS BEING LOCKED AND LOST INSIDE COMBATIVE LITIGATION. THIS REPRESENTS A SOCIOLOGICAL EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT AND MORE…
“…in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health”
There is more at stake inside this legal issue than we can possibly imagine. We need a better way to discover fuller, context-dependent truth.[xxiii] TRUTH is what matters, not protecting clients, winning arguments, establishing careers, or multiplying fees on the crucible of an injured litigant’s misery. We need to be thinking INTEGRATIVELY on deep ontological levels. We should be aiming for a global society with more peaceful systems of politics, economics and justice, and a better prospect of truth, understanding, health and sustainability: “mutualism replac[ing] adversarialism.” (Karlberg & Ronald 2004)
We cannot continue to fight – legally and in any other domain – the way we do now, and somehow expect to prosper and survive as a species.
Please write or email me should you wish to offer any advice or comments regarding my manifold concerns.
Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Current Sociology PhD Postgraduate Student: University of Western Sydney
NOTE: This essay or a notification of the online location of this essay has been sent to numerous other recipients (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/letters/essay3complexity-letter-recipients.htm).
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[i] Body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); incoordination; massive fatigue; dizziness; muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; considerable heat sensitivity and intolerance; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage (defined in brain MRI and Ceretec/SPECT scans) and memory/organization/sequencing dysfunctions that destroyed my University of Western Sydney Sociology PhD thesis’ progress, and which have made me largely incompetent, work-wise. I am slow, inefficient, and prone to considerable errors in all manner of judgements. The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear and anger) has been catastrophic. Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours and medications (including vaccinations).
[ii] “The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth”. Peter Abelard, French philosopher, priest; 1079-1142).
[iii] “In an adversarial system creating business is best done by creating + maintaining conflict and unfortunately in our society this appears to be supporting the liar” (The Richard Hillman Foundation, 2008 [online]. Article: Only VICTIMS Cry Out! Source: http://www.rhfinc.org.au/article/familylaw.html. Accessed: 18th March, 2010).
[iv] “I have previously written of the reluctance and, for many, the complete refusal of experts to give evidence in an adversarial trial where as they perceive it, probably correctly, the objective of the parties, or perhaps one of them, is not to identify the true position but to reward a winner in a contest. They refuse to subject themselves to a process where a skilful advocate is briefed to destroy the expert’s opinion, who is confined to answering the advocate’s questions which have been carefully crafted to expose the client’s case and obfuscate or deny the opponent’s position. Whatever be the benefits of the adversary process, we ignore the response of contemporary experts at the risk of the loss of public confidence in the civil justice process.” (Justice McClellan 2008:19)
[v] Citing himself in an earlier article: “ADR – An Introduction”, Speech delivered to the Chinese National Judges’ Conference, China, in April 2008, wherein he cited Sir Anthony Mason (the former Chief Justice of the Australian High Court), “The Future of Adversarial Justice”, a paper given at the 17th AIJA Annual Conference on 6-8 August 1999.
[vi] Of interest here: “Helen Seabrook, of Unisearch, an offshoot of the University of NSW, says it is part of her job to negotiate with lawyers who pressure an expert to “modify a choice of phrase and emphasis in the report”. She does not find lawyers’ manoeuvres unethical. “It is very rare that you can’t find a solution that the expert will find ethically acceptable.”” (Bacon 2003)
Also see: 1. http://www.secretariat.unsw.edu.au/acboardcom/minutes/cor/CORm8_04.pdf [p. 3];
3. http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/Committee/EET_CTTE/completed_inquiries/2002-04/research_agencies/report/d01.htm (do word search on: “conflict of interest”; and
4. http://www.auqa.edu.au/qualityaudit/reports/auditreport_unsw_2006.doc [p. 16]. This document is no longer available online. My downloaded copy of this document states on page 16: “The Audit Panel notes the introduction of a University Conflict of Interest Policy, a revised Protected Disclosures Policy and revised grievance procedures as evidence of organisational follow-up from issues raised by the investigation of allegations of research misconduct, including a recommendation for the appointment of a University Grievance Manager. While the matter in relation to research misconduct has been finalised, the University is awaiting a report from the NSW Ombudsman on its management of complaints prompted by the particular case.” All accessed: August 2009.
[vii] “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, van der Hoek, Cole, Hutchinson, Daisley, Singh & Eddleston 2003:249-261).
“Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults [p.2167]… Solvent neurotoxicity in adults is well known from acute poisoning cases and from occupational studies [p.2172]… The five substances recognised as causes of developmental neurotoxicity show similar patterns in the development of scientific documentation of their risks. This pattern of discovery started in each instance with recognition of adult neurotoxicity, typically in people with occupational exposure, and of episodes of acute, high-dose poisoning in children.
The consequences of a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity extend beyond descriptive data for incidence and prevalence of clinically diagnosed disorders.1,3 Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease97 or other neurodegenerative diseases98 is a further potential consequence of the pandemic” [p.2174] (Grandjean & Landrigan 2006).
[viii] “…it is only recently that it has been generally recognized that there is a second contaminant transport process which will occur even through a very low hydraulic conductivity clay liner: that process is chemical diffusion… diffusion may be the dominant contaminant transport mechanism in a well-constructed clay liner. Furthermore, contaminants can escape from a waste disposal site, by diffusion through a liner, even if water flow in the liner is into the landfill” (Rowe, R.K. 1994).
[ix] “Termites were killed in bifenthrin treatments, and this suggested the movement of the chemical from treated into untreated sections. Su & Scheffrahn (1990) reported the movement of a pyrethroid (tralomethrin) from treated sand to the agar layer in their experiment against R. flavipes, causing high mortalities even though the termites did not reach the treated area. Many other researchers also reported the role of vapour phase in their experiments. Ebeling & Pence (1958) noticed that the vapour phase of chlorinated hydrocarbons had penetrated into areas beyond the treated soil and was killing the termites… Although bifenthrin has low volatility when applied on dry soil, it possesses a higher migration potential in wetter conditions (Fecko 1999). The movement of the termiticide (and emulsifier) was probably facilitated by water solubility (Smith & Rust 1990; 1991) and vapor pressure (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1990; 1991). When the vapor pressure is high enough, some of the termites might have satisfactory amounts of toxicant deposited on the cuticle. Penetration of the toxicant through the cuticle will slowly affect the termites without direct termiticide contact (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1991). This may explain the death of the termites in the untreated section.” (Yeoh & Lee 2007)
[x] “Though fairly impervious to water movement, concrete is easily penetrated by vapors and solvents. It is also prone to cracking. For these reasons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that concrete alone may not provide an effective barrier to pesticide movement and has proposed that concrete in pesticide secondary containment structures be sealed or coated to reduce its permeability.” (Broder & Nguyen 1995)
[xi] Note also: “It has recently been estimated that in one case currently being brought in the Federal Court, the cost of discovery alone will exceed $20 million. That is both outrageous and intolerable. It matters not in the least that the parties to that litigation are large corporate entities, presumably able and willing to ensure that they leave no stone unturned in pursuing their interests.” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:10).
[xii] “The phrase ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ applies to all aspects of the legal system…” (P. Dodd [solicitor] 2009.
[xiii] “In very broad terms, there can be said to be two main concerns that have been debated in this journal: the “what” and the “how” of lawyers’ ethics. The first of these focuses on the content of lawyers’ ethics, both empirically and normatively, examining issues such as whether lawyers should act for any client irrespective of the morality of their objectives, …how far lawyers should go in pursuing client interests, …how to reconcile conflicts of interest, …whether there should be limits to the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, …how to safeguard clients’ money …and how best to ensure access to justice… The second concern of legal ethics raises the question of how to ensure that lawyers actually uphold whatever norms are regarded as appropriate; or, for those who recognise that there are no categorically correct answers to ethical dilemmas, with the question of how to ensure that lawyers at least care about and are committed to acting morally.” (Nicolson, D. & Webb, J. 2004)
[xiv] For example, the Canadian “government has already been presented with studies linking the adversarial system of justice to suicides by parents going through it” (Eckert, T., 2003). Also: “The Equal Parenting Network estimates that as many as 100 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as a direct result, and another 200 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as an indirect result, of the injustice and prejudice against fathers, and against non-custodial parents due to the Family Court system and the Child Support Agency regime… These factors together with the lies and distortions of truth generated in an adversarial system, not to mention the huge legal fees and the extended period of stress and uncertainty, constitute a powerful driver of suicide and murder-suicide” (Equal Parenting Network, 2007).
[xv] See: http://www.dallasfortworthinjurylawyer.com/2009/01/california_to_rescue_good_sama.html#more in terms of rescuers being sued (Malik, S. 2009).
Also: “On 14 December 2004, Gunns filed a 216-page, $6.3-million claim against a group of conservationists and organisations who became known as the Gunns 20. The writ was an extraordinary document that sought to sue a penniless grandmother who had opposed logging in her district; a national political leader, Senator Bob Brown; a doctor who had raised public-health concerns about woodchip piles; prominent conservationists; Australia’s leading wilderness-conservation organisation, the Wilderness Society; a film-maker; and several day protesters.” (Flanagan, R. 2007).
Is this not an example of disguising motives “by the formalities of justice” (Gibbon, E. 1776); ‘justice’ used as a litigation weapon in favour of corporate fascism?
[xvi] How do we arrive at “a fair process between parties who may have unequal resources”? (Justice McClellan 2008:14). Also: “despite strenuous efforts currently being undertaken, there will be little, if any, improvement in access to justice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:4). “Questions of access to justice and fairness may be mentioned and inadequacies lamented but the identified problems are accepted as incapable of an effective response” (McClellan 2008:6).
[xvii] “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods” (Arendt, H. 1969).
[xviii] See: Keen, no date: “trade may also fuel war by providing incentives for violence and the means of carrying out violence.”
[xix] “This highly paid, upstanding member of the community said “if I am defending a bloke I want to make life difficult for their witnesses”. He went on to argue “I’m not there to find the truth … no one’s there to find the truth”. An adversarial legal system is never going to force people to behave well” (Biggs, 2009).
[xx] Like “the Western Roman Empire [that] could no longer afford the problem of its own Existence” (Tainter, 2006:97). Also see: An Eruption Of Reality: Has our society become too complex to sustain? (Monbiot, 2010).
[xxi] “Robert Kagan has described the American approach to regulation as “adversarial legalism” to reflect a legal style that is more complex, formal, adversarial and costly than that of other countries. He attributes adversarial legalism to a “vicious cycle.” While “Americans want government to do more,” government is also “mistrusted.” Thus, “Americans seek to achieve their goals by demanding more of government while controlling it still further.” Bureaucracies, as a result, are “constrained by formal requirements and buffered by threats of litigation and judicial review.”2” (Shapiro, 2002)
[xxii] “Pollution causes some people to commit violent crimes: In our myopia, we’ve neglected this obvious possibility. Yet a rapidly expanding body of research shows that heavy metals such as lead and pesticides decrease mental ability and increase aggressiveness“ (Hatherill, 1999).
[xxiii] “Rosenbaum calls for a “morally inspired transformation of the legal system,” a “massive attitude adjustment” that would replace the sterile formality of the law with conscience and spirituality.” (Reed Business Information, no date).
EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS
PO Box 605, New Norfolk, TAS 7140 Australia
8 July, 2010
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
The legal system can be viewed as a negligent regime when it fails to recognize and accommodate injury victims. Further, when that system adds extra layers of abuse and magnifies the injuries already suffered by the victim, the system can be viewed as fascist. This Essay examines my loss of innocence within the adversarial justice system.
My name is Murray Thompson. I am a 54-year old professional artist and Sociology PhD student at the University of Western Sydney. My Degree is in Applied Science, Environmental Health. Unfortunately, I am also a 12-year Dept. of Housing (DOH) tenant. I would like to bring to your attention an extensive public health, ethics, human rights and environmental issue regarding pesticide toxicity. I wish to specifically address the issue of the severe pesticide poisoning of myself and my then 8 year-old son in 2000/2001 in my current Bligh Park DOH unit, and my utter exhaustion via the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH.
When I moved into my DOH ground floor unit in 1998 I noticed that the wooden fences throughout this block of 16 DOH units were infested with termites. A number of tenants (including myself) brought this to the DOH’s attention. However:
1. Despite having advised the DOH in writing for at least 3 years prior to accepting this unit that I suffered from chemical-sensitive asthma;
2. Despite having written to the DOH declaring that I did not want my DOH property treated with orthodox chemical treatments for termites (and that safer, alternative treatments were available);
3. Despite having phoned the DOH declaring the same as the above;
4. And despite having informed the very first pest technician contractor (who only inspected and reported on my DOH property) that I did not want a chemicalized treatment of my unit…
despite all the above, on Dec. 7th 2000, just one year into my now almost destroyed PhD studies, an external chemical barrier pyrethroid pesticide treatment was forced on me by a second pest contractor, at the behest of the DOH. My profound decline into never-ending health problems started just 10 minutes after the pesticide was applied.
With the impact of the pesticide’s strong odour forcing its way indoors, I became very ill with headache, incoordination (dizziness/stumbling) and massive fatigue. Within around 2 weeks after this acute episode I began an intimate relationship with a developing kaleidoscope of symptoms: body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; heat sensitivity; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage and memory dysfunction that destroyed my PhD thesis’ progress, and which has made me largely incompetent, work-wise. Then, a second pest treatment! The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear) has been catastrophic. Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours. And yet, I look normal. But, normal and pesticide-poisoned can produce children with birth-defects and lymphoma (Montague, 2001), so where does that leave my potential future offspring?
I have medical reports substantiating my most prominent symptoms: x-rays showing joint impacts and kidney stones; blood tests: pesticide impact on my liver; ultrasound: echogenic liver; sperm test (Sydney Andrology): unusual sperm problems (Perry, et. al., 2006:114; Bian, et. al., 2004:999); psychiatric reports: depression/suicidal ideation (Parron, et. al., 1995:54); MRI and RPAH SPECT/Ceretec scans: physical brain impact (Heuser, G. et. al., 2003); neuropsych tests: cognitive abnormalities (memory, adaptive ability & info processing speed) leading to the abandonment of my studies; and an industrial hygienist report: MCS. Literature links psychiatric/memory/intellectual/suicidal problems to pesticides and their solvents (Müller-Mohnssen, 1999:161; Wood & Liossi, 2005:663; Parron, et. al., 1995:60-62). This is a PUBLIC HEALTH issue.
It took a great deal of time and expense to professionally validate both poisoning events (the poor can’t afford to prove their injuries). While I slowly gathered this information, my then 8 year-old son became wracked with abdominal pains every morning after sleep. This was confirmed by a pharmacologist as a classic symptom of pesticide poisoning in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.). The kerosene-like odour of the pesticide was inside my unit 24/7 for 15 months after the unit’s slab was saturated by the chemical barrier application, just long enough for the DOH to finally answer 20 months of complaints with an absolute refusal of culpability. The odour was now gone, but the damage was done. My son then later became extremely withdrawn and aggressive after a further exposure to herbicide from a neighbouring golf club.
About 3 years after the pest treatments (after I gave up on study because my brain didn’t work properly anymore), I began work on a poisoning web site and started legal action. And despite knowing from my medical reports that:
1. Pesticide exposure “is a significant causative and contributing factor to Mr. Thompson’s current condition” (Dr. B. Grabau 2005, Medical Report);
2. Stress amplifies all symptoms, which then generate depression (Dr. M. Donohoe 2004, Medical Report)…
my solicitor said the DOH’s legal team was told to promote the length of my legal case… until the economy improves.
Why must an injury victim suffer 9+ years of illness and misery (6+ years inside legal action) to still not see a legal matter resolved? Why would the DOH’s legal team serve an abusive and irrelevant subpoena, one described by my solicitor’s senior assistant as stupid? Why would the DOH leave an argument with their former insurer (in terms of who covers a compensation payout) to the sixth year of legal action? This has added many more months and a separate court hearing to my issue, further delaying an outcome! If repeated actions amplify injury to a person, does that create an ETHICS and a VICTIMS OF CRIME issue? Do I have a basic human right to not be treated this way? Do any of us? This now becomes an extended HUMAN RIGHTS issue because my GP has also just confirmed the possibility that I have had a stroke! How much time and ‘health’ and life must I be forced to surrender to an unending and abusive legal process in love with itself?
Is litigation used as a weapon of psychological assault to generate a desired ‘failure’ of the legal process through the exhausted capitulation of the injury victim and complainant? If so, what if the injured complainant’s reaction manifests as a stroke, or heart attack, or suicide? If bullying in schools is an issue, then why not this ‘legal’ cause and effect? These dynamics embody vast ethical deficiencies within the legal system. It is imperative that an entirely independent body monitor the course of legal action in the context of the kind of injury suffered by a plaintiff. This form of management or oversight is also needed to see if the extraction of extra legal fees is being indulged via excessive paper shuffling. The legal system obviously enjoys far too much freedom. How did the legal profession and process become so abusive, unethical, perverse and sacrosanct? What is untouchable and unaccountable automatically becomes fascist.
I have never been offered within the legal system ongoing support from an independent legal advocate or an independent medical professional informing the legal process with the power to force changes. What an innovative concept! And yet, various trauma victims in other circumstances will get needed support. I have never been specifically instructed in how to mentally address the dog-eat-dog nature of the legal process. My injuries have severely affected my personality and emotions, leaving me with a stress load I cannot sustain. All this from two pesticide treatments I specifically didn’t ask for! And, I get regular emails from DOH tenants who complain of similar problems.
The pesticide poisoning issue is so universal that I originally sent out a 12-page letter to 250 recipients worldwide. The vast potential for poisoning symptoms to be misdiagnosed as having other causes (Reeves, et. al., 1999:17-18, citing Solomon & Mott, 1998 and Zweinerd & Ginsburg, 1988; Reeves, et. al., 2002:14, citing Goldman, 1998) means this is a GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE. Below are details of professional responses to that letter.
1. Professor Wai-on Phoon, A.M., M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.,(London, Edin. & Glasgow), F.F.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.F.O.M., Hon.F.A.C.O.M., Hon.F.A.F.O.M., D.I.H., D.C.H., D.I.H.S.A., F.R.F.P.S., F.A.F.R.M., F.A.M.S., Occupational & Rehabilitation Consultant, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health, described my letter as “well-researched and interesting”, and the problem addressed by my letter as one of “an appalling nonchalance about the possible ill effects on human health from toxic exposures in the general and work environments” (Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Letter, 12 December 2008).
2. Dr. Chris M. Reading, B.Sc., Dip.Agr.Sc., M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., F.A.C.N.E.M., Environmental & Orthomolecular Psychiatrist, described my letter as an “excellent article” (Dr. Chris Reading, Letter, 31 December 2008).
3. The SOMA Health Association of Australia Newsletter stated in response to my letter: “We have received a most impressive set of papers describing the predicament a family find themselves in as a result of environmental contamination… As Murray Thompson’s research wisely points out – chemical contamination targets the brain… If the brain is not centred or balanced correctly, then behaviour is out of kilter” (SOMA Newsletter: Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, SOMA Health Association of Australia, Vol. 30, Number 3, April 2009).
Feel free to write or email me should you wish to follow up on this issue.
NEW SOUTH WALES CO-COORDINATOR, MCS-GLOBAL WEBSITE: www.mcs-global.org
This letter has been sent to:
David Bradbury M.P., Federal Member for Lindsay, PO Box 712 Penrith, NSW 2751
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP – Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT, 2601
NSW Department of Health, LOCKED BAG 961, North Sydney NSW 2059
Ian Cohen MLC (NSW Legislative Council), Parliament House Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000
Ms. Sylvia Hale (Greens MP), NSW Parliament, Macquarie St. Sydney, 2000
Ms. Lee Rhiannon MLC, (NSW Legislative Council) Parliament House Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000
Senator Bob Brown, GPO Box 404, Hobart, TASMANIA 7001
AHEC – Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC, GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601
NSW Department of Health – Justice Health, PO Box 150, Matraville NSW 2036
Environmental Defender’s Office New South Wales (Ltd), Level 1, 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The Executive Director, Australian Law Reform Commission, GPO Box 3708, Sydney NSW 2001
New South Wales Bar Association, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney NSW 2000
ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of NSW Inc., Suite 204, 10 Help Street Chatswood NSW 2067
The Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance Inc., 309 East Bonville Road, Bonville NSW 2441
Legal Aid NSW (Civil & Family), 91 Philip St., Parramatta NSW 2150
NSW Ombudsman, Level 24, 580 George St., Sydney NSW 2000
Rural Press Limited, Bells Line of Road, Nth. Richmond NSW 2754
60 Minutes, PO Box 27, Willoughby NSW 2068
Hawkesbury Gazette, 291 Windsor Street, Richmond, NSW 2753
Penrith Press, 407 High Street Penrith NSW 2750
The Sydney Morning Herald, GPO Box 506 SYDNEY NSW 2001
The Daily Telegraph, 2 Holt Street Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
702 ABC RADIO NATIONAL SYDNEY, GPO Box 9994, Sydney NSW 2001
2UE 954 NEWSTALK, PO Box 954, St. Leonards NSW 1590
Mr. Ray Hadley, The Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001
Mr. Alan Jones, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001
Hawkesbury Radio, 11 Fitzgerald Street, Windsor, NSW, 2756
Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Victims Services NSW, Victims of Crime Bureau, LOCKED BAG 5118, Parramatta NSW 2124
Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, GPO Box 4460, Sydney NSW 2001
The Hon. John Della Bosca, BA MLC, Minister for Health, Level 30 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Civil Liberties Australia, PO Box 7438 Fisher ACT 2611
Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Pymble Medical Consultants P/L, PO Box 818, Pymble NSW 2073
Dr Chris Reading, PO Box 587, Dee Why NSW 2099
Dr. Brendan J. Grabau, Centre Manager and Course Leader for Biotechnology and Animal Sciences, Box Hill Institute of Technical and Further Education, Private Bag 2014, Box Hill VIC 3128
Dr. Mark Donohoe, PO Box 328, Mosman NSW 2088
The Human Rights Council of Australia, PO Box 1071 North Sydney NSW 2059
SOMA Health Association of Australia, PO 915, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Diana Buckland, Founder & Global Coordinator, Global Campaign for Recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, 4 Mia St. Kallangur QLD 4503
Mr Sam Albassit, Psychologist, Yagoona Medical Centre, 552 Hume Hwy, YagoonaNSW 2199
Dr. Nagwa Morris, South Windsor Medical Practice, 508a George St, South Windsor NSW 2756
 Montague, P. (National Writers Union) 2001, ‘#726 – Science, Precaution and Pesticides, 06-Jun-2001’, in http://www.rachel.org/en/node/5340; accessed: 16 July 2008. Reference  cited: Susan Osburn, RESEARCH REPORT: DO PESTICIDES CAUSE LYMPHOMA? Available by U.S. mail from Lymphoma Foundation of America, P.O. Box 15335, Chevy Chase, MD 20825. Tel. (202) 223-6181. ISBN 0-9705127-0-8. Available at: http://www.lymphomahelp.org/docs/research/researchreport/rr_2000.pdf. Reference  cited: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the U.S. in 1948, says (Article 3), “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution obligates the federal government to protect the citizenry against “domestic violence” which arguably includes modern forms of domestic violence such as toxic assault. See http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/Constitution/article04/, or http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A4Sec4.
 Perry, M.J., Venners, S.A., Barr, D.B., Xu, X., 2006, ‘Environmental pyrethroid and organophosphorus insecticide exposures and sperm concentration’, Reproductive Toxicology 23 (2007) 113–118, Elsevier Ltd.
 Bian, Q., Xu, L.C., Wang, S.L., Xia, Y.K., Tan, L.F., Chen, J.F., Song, L., Chang, H.C., Wang, .XR., 2004, ‘Study on the relation between occupational fenvalerate exposure and spermatozoa DNA damage of pesticide factory workers’, Occup Environ Med 2004;61:999–1005, Elsevier Ltd.
 Parron, T., Hernandez, A.F. & Villanueva, E., 1995, ‘Increased risk of suicide with exposure to pesticides in an intensive agricultural area. A 12- year retrospective study’, Forensic Science International 79 (1996) 53-63, Elsevier Ltd.
 Heuser, G., Axelrod, P. & Heuser, S., 2003, Defining Chemical Injury: A Diagnostic Protocol and Profile of Chemically Injured Civilians, Industrial Workers and Gulf War (IPPH, Volume 13, Fall 2000; Pages 1-16 [ISSN # 8755-5328]), International Institute of Concern for Public Health, http://iicph.org/ipph_Defining_Chemical_Injury; accessed: 16th Feb. 2010.
 Müller-Mohnssen, H., 1999, ‘Chronic sequelae and irreversible injuries following acute pyrethroid intoxication’, Toxicology Letters 107 (1999) 161–175, Elsevier Ltd.
 Wood, R. & Liossi, C., 2005, ‘Long-term neuropsychological impact of brief occupational exposure to organic solvents’, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 20 (2005) 655–665, Elsevier Ltd.
 Reeves, M., Schafer, K., Hallward, K. & Katten, A., 1999, Fields of Poison: California Farmworkers and Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) Regional Center, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, United Farm Workers of America and Californians for Pesticide Reform (Publishers), http://www.panna.org/files/fields.pdf; accessed: 15th Feb. 2010; citing Solomon, G.M. & Mott, L.M. 1998, Trouble On The Farm: Growing Up With Pesticides In Agricultural Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY, USA; also citing Zweiner, R. & Ginsburg, C. 1988, ‘Organophosphate and carbamate poisoning in infants and children’, Pediatrics 81:121-126.
 Reeves, M., Katten, A. & Guzmán, M., 2002 [update of 1999 original version], Fields of Poison 2002 California Farmworkers and Pesticides, Californians for Pesticide Reform, http://www.ufw.org/white_papers/report.pdf; accessed: 15th Feb. 2010; citing Goldman, L. 1998. ‘Health care workers need training to recognize pesticide illness’. Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News 4.
MY CHILD & I ARE SICK
AND YET TOXIC CHEMICALS ARE STILL FREELY SPRAYED
WORLDWIDE DISEASE PANDEMICS FROM PESTICIDE
PO Box 605
New Norfolk TAS 7140
8 April 2012
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
And, on a Chernobyl and Iraq nuclear note:
§10. Whereas children are the most vulnerable and exposed to contamination by these pollutants…
PESTICIDE DELETES POTENTIAL ON ALL FRONTS
THE TARGET ORGAN FOR PESTICIDES IS
(Dr. Mark Donohoe, 2001, pers. comm.).
I AM JUST TRYING TO PROTECT MY CHILD. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE WRONG WITH THAT!?
WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO MAKE THESE SPECIAL LITTLE PEOPLE SAFE?
WHAT IS ILLEGAL IN WAR MUST BECOME ILLEGAL IN PEACETIME!
 (Royal Society of Chemistry 2009).
ROUNDUP, THE MAJOR CAUSE OF, NOW, THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR CANCER!!?
WHAT’S CHILDHOOD ASTHMA WORTH?
WHAT’S ADHD WORTH?
WHAT’S CANCER WORTH?
WHAT ARE MISCARRIAGES WORTH?
What rate increases IN DISEASES (or behavioural problems) might we find in McQuade Avenue?
QUITE THE CONTRARY [xliii]
Back to The Paris Appeal:
Measure # 1
Measure # 2
Measure # 3
Measure # 4
Politicians of Australia & world leaders alike, WE NEED THOSE LAWS. FIFTY YEARS AGO.
Feel free to write or email me should you wish to follow up on this issue.
NEW SOUTH WALES CO-COORDINATOR, MCS-GLOBAL WEBSITE: www.mcs-global.org
THIS LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO:
Ford, J., 2008, Dr. Judy Ford Interview, Channel 10 News, Monday 29th December 2008.
Grabau, B.J. (Dr. Brendan), 2005, Toxicology Report: Mr. Murray Thompson.
Kerr, P., 1995, ‘Toxic tip to close’, Penrith Press, April 25, 407 High Street PENRITH NSW 2750.
Liedloff, J. 1986, The Continuum Concept, Penguin Arkana, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England.
AN ENTIRE PLANET IN EXTREMIS.
 All employees have a right to “work in an environment that is safe” (ACTU, 2008).
 Synthetic pyrethroids are used for termite control in public housing.
 Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001; my emphasis.
 DirectGov, 2007.
 American Cancer Society, 2008.
 National Center for Health Statistics, 2008.
 CureResearch.com, 2007.
 NKDEP, 2005.
 Mindfully.org, 2007.
 Bio-Medicine.org, 2008.
 Yb Dato Liow Tiong Lai, 2008.
 Clennell, 2004.
 “Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults. [p.2167]
 A “continuum of expectations” (Liedloff 1986).
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, University of Western Sydney)
1.0 HUMAN HEALTH IMPACTS
Pesticides promote the classic symptom of abdominal pain in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.), or, “non-specific abdominal gastric pain” (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, Private Medical Report). This means that many aches and pains children get may not simply just be “normal”.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, et al., 2003).
“Doctors at a weekend conference in Winnipeg say there is a disturbing trend when it comes to the rising rate of certain cancers. They say pesticides are to blame for the increase – especially in childhood cancers” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Winnipeg CBC News – June 7, 2004).
A “study showed there was approximately [a] 2-fold greater risk of having a
stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used
organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001).
workers recovering from organophosphate poisoning… Among workers who apply organophosphates but have not suffered poisoning episodes, some studies have shown similar types of subclinical neurobehavioural deficits and subclinical electroencephalographic abnormalities…” (O’Malley 1997).
2.0 ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL-DISEASE IMPACTS
“Glyphosate spray drift from both ground and aerial applications has been measured from 400 to 800 meters from the target site… Drift that is one thousand times less than the usual application rates has been shown to damage surrounding vegetation, including the killing of wild plants. This is an important reason why it should not be used in national parks and environmentally sensitive areas for weed control” (Leu 2007).
Glyphosate [Roundup] is persistent (NCAP, 2000:2, citing US EPA, 1993-2) and may last up to 3 years (NCAP, 2000:2, citing Torstensson et al., 1989), while its metabolite, AMPA [aminomethylphosphonic acid], may persist even longer, “with a half life in soil between 119 and 958 days” (Buffin & Jewell, 2001, citing WHO, 1994).
Roundup has been heavily implicated in thyroid, liver and pancreatic tumours in test animals (Cox, 1993:4, citing Dykstra & Ghali, 1991). Roundup is also now shockingly linked to Mad Cow’s Disease (Rotella 2003), and to an increase in plant diseases (gmwatch.org 2010).
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/schools/sepa/SEPA_fact&figures.htm; accessed: 18 July 2008.
http://www.cell.com/AJHG/abstract/S0002-9297(08)00143-2; accessed: 26 June 2009.
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20082608?17859?2.html; accessed: 20 Sept. 2008.
http://oncolink.org/types/article.cfm?C=10&s=36&ss=820&id =9539; accessed: 16 June 2008.
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, University of Western Sydney)
Essay URL: https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/
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And the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform disaster.
And the “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City” in 1911 (more than 100 died).
And the “Kader Toy Factory fire” in Thailand in 1993 (188 workers died, mostly young women).
And the 1906 “Courrières mine disaster in Courrières, France” which killed 1,099 workers.
And the “Benxihu Colliery disaster in Benxi, Liaoning, China” which killed 1,549 workers.
And the Port Chicago munitions explosion of 1944.
And the 1962 Centralia, Pennsylvania coal mine fire (still burning today!).
And… my son’s and my (http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people) pesticide poisoning.
25th April 2010.
TITLE (Note: This is an online Campaign)
The Human Right To NO PESTICIDE POISONING!
Short link: http://wp.me/p2DVqC-3o
Note: “Most tragically, suffering, illness and disease surround us today in a way we would not have imagined a half century ago. We have banished some diseases only to have them replaced by a grumbling yet profound toxicity which is stripping our children of their rightful future” (Donohoe, 1998:38).
My Son & I Poisoned
My son (at age 8) and I were both poisoned (me severely) when we had two pesticide treatments forced on us by the New South Wales Department of Housing (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au). I, the pesticide injury victim, was blamed wholly by Housing’s Barrister in my trial for our poisoning! See: http://www.indiegogo.com/poisoned-people.
What Do We Need To Do?
We, the people, need to demonstrate true character and tell our politicians that we fiercely object to the present corruption of our legal and political systems in their protection of authorities and government departments from claims of negligence. We want fairness in the assessment of such claims, and we want our basic Human Rights back.
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/Constitution/article04/, or http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A4Sec4.
The Paris Appeal
“We call upon national decision-makers, European Authorities, international organizations, and specifically the United Nations Organization (UNO), to take the following measures:
Banning all products that are certainly or probably carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMRs) for human beings, as specified by competent international scientific authorities and organizations, and therefore applying to these products the principle of substitution; exceptionally, whenever implementation of this principle is not feasible and the use of the product concerned is considered unavoidable, limiting its use to a minimum with particularly stringent measures of fixed quotas,
Applying the precautionary principle to all chemicals that, regardless of toxicity characteristics specified in Measure # 1 (refer to §9 and §13), and because they are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), constitute an allegedly serious and/or irreversible danger for human and/or animal health, and more generally the environment, without waiting for the definite proof of an epidemiological link, so as to anticipate and avoid serious and/or irreversible sanitary or ecological damage,
Promoting the adoption of toxicological standards or international thresholds to protect people, based on the assessment of risks for the most vulnerable, i.e. mostly children and the embryo.
With respect to the precautionary principle, adopting programs with scheduled deadlines and targets in precise figures so as to achieve elimination or strictly regulated reduction in polluting substances emissions and in the utilization of marketed chemicals, such as pesticides, modeling the reduction in use implemented in Sweden, Denmark or Norway…” (IDEA, 2006).
What Do We Really Want? Health & Perpetuity!
We want our children to be safe from the transnational chemical giants-sponsored, anti-Duty of Care, anti-Precautionary Principle, unexamined and utterly irresponsible, CRIMINAL and worldwide love-affair with toxic and reproductive capacity (fertility)-destroying chemicals. We want this Extinction Level Event stopped! Think this statement is too crazy? Note:
the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, et al., 2003).
stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001).
§10. Whereas children are the most vulnerable and exposed to contamination by these pollutants…
§11. Whereas these polluting substances or products can induce diseases in children population, such as those listed in §9; whereas one out of seven children in Europe suffers from asthma, whereas asthma is made worse by city and home pollution; whereas incidence in pediatric cancers has been on the rise for the last 20 years in some industrialized countries; and whereas these considerations all lead to the fact that Children are now in serious danger…” (IDEA 2006).
(NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004).
http://web.mac.com/doctormark/DoctorMark/KUS.html; accessed: 13/12/2008.
http://www.ideaireland.org; accessed: 10th October 2007.