Wednesday, October 1, 2014

US Ebola Patient's Sister: Brother Told Hospital He Had Been to Liberia



US Ebola Patient's Sister: Brother Told Hospital He Had Been to Liberia
Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 01:17 PM
The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said.

On Wednesday, the patient's sister raised further questions by saying her brother says he told relatives he notified officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia, one of the worst-hit African nations by the disease.

Mai Wureh says her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and they sent him home with antibiotics. She says he said hospital officials asked for his Social Security number and he said that he didn't have one because he was visiting from Liberia.

Duncan arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20 to be with relatives in Dallas. He began to develop symptoms last Wednesday and sought care two days later. He was released and returned to the hospital and was admitted Sunday.

On the patient's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting "non-specific symptoms" and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. Edward Goodman, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital, told a news conference on Tuesday.

On the second visit two days later, the patient, who has not been identified, arrived by ambulance, potentially putting at risk the emergency responders who transported the patient that Sunday. They have been quarantined but so far have tested negative for the virus.

For months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been warning American hospitals that Ebola was just a plane ride away. The CDC has urged hospital emergency department staff to ask patients whether they have recently traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in a remote forest region of Guinea in March.

It was only on that second visit on Sunday, however, that the hospital learned that the patient had recently arrived in the United States from Liberia and admitted him to an isolation unit.

Dr. Goodman said the hospital is reviewing what they might have missed on the patient's initial visit. "Our staff is thoroughly trained on infectious disease protocols. We have been meeting literally for weeks in anticipation of such an event," he said.

In the early stages of infection, Ebola resembles many other viral illnesses, causing headache, fever, fatigue, muscle pain and sore throat, which is why health experts stress the need to ask about travel histories.

The two-day lag "is a critical point," said infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota. "It is going to be very important to go back and look at this and ask basic questions about what happened and could it have been handled differently" so the patient was not in the community and at home for two days while he was contagious.

If he appeared to have Ebola-like symptoms, asking about travel history should have been a tipoff to test for that disease, Osterholm said.

"Once someone hits a healthcare setting, asking about travel history should be a standard question today," he said.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a news conference that it is possible some people who came in contact with the man could become infected with Ebola, but it probably would only be a handful of people, mostly family members.

Osterholm was also struck by the fact that the man was apparently not a healthcare worker caring for Ebola patients in West Africa, as were five other patients exposed to the disease there and were airlifted back to the United States for treatment.

That raises questions about how the Texas patient contracted the disease.

"In any kind of emergency you wish things could have gone a little bit quicker," said Gerald Parker, vice president for Public Health Preparedness and Response at Texas A&M Health Science Center, referring to the two-day lag between when the patient sought treatment and when he was admitted to the hospital. "But I still give the hospital, state and federal officials high marks in this regard."

Parker said it is not a surprise to anyone in the public health community that the United States has a case of Ebola, "but it underscores that Ebola is a global and national security issue and that we need to double down on our efforts to help West Africa get this outbreak under control."

Epidemiologist Anne Rimoin of the University of California Los Angeles was not overly concerned about the time lag, given the fact that Ebola can only spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected patient.

"Until someone becomes very, very ill they are not very contagious," said Rimoin, who was flying to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday to conduct public health research there. The hospital "probably suspected typhoid or malaria, which is far more common."
Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of Liberia, and was a guest at George Soros’s 2013 wedding.

Note: Jim Yong Kim was a guest at George Soros’s 2013 wedding, and the director, HIV-AIDS department for the World Health Organization.
Thomas R. Frieden is the U.S. representative nominee for the World Health Organization, the director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Barack Obama administration, and was the commissioner for the New York City Health Department.
CDC Foundation is a foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the CDC Foundation.
Elaine L. Chao is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and a trustee at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
John J. Mack is the chairman for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety, and was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder for the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, was the New York (NY) mayor, and a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
Richard S. Fuld Jr. was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, and is a trustee at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
George Soros was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, married in 2013, a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and his daughter is Andrea Soros.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, the Human Rights Watch, and the Millennium Promise.
Robin Renee Sanders is a director at the Human Rights Watch, and was the
 U.S. ambassador for the Republic of the Congo.
Amy Robbins Towers is a director at the Human Rights Watch, a board member for the CDC Foundation, an advisory council member for the Acumen Fund, and was a director at the Millennium Promise.
CDC Foundation is a foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Andrea Soros is a director at the Acumen Fund, and George Soros’s daughter.

Maybe Merck & Co. should be renamed Merck/CDC & Co.



Maybe Merck & Co. should be renamed Merck/CDC & Co.
Employee of the year

If it were Wal-Mart, all the best parking spots at Merck would have signs saying “Reserved for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” In fact, at this point, the CDC might as well be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co.

As you’ve probably heard, the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee recently recommended that Gardasil become part of the routine schedule of vaccines for boys.

And on what did the committee base that recommendation?

It would almost be comical if it weren’t just more Merck/CDC & Co. business as usual.

Merck makes it rain

Earlier this year I told you about a study that created the first big push to include boys in the Gardasil fiasco. Results showed that the vaccine was somewhat effective in preventing genital warts.

But genital warts isn’t exactly a national emergency. So researchers went back to the drawing board and found an HPV link to anal cancer.

No doubt, this is a serious cancer that can be deadly. But HPV is not the only cause, and the number of anal cancer deaths each year is a tiny fraction of total cancer deaths. Again — not a national emergency. So is it enough reason for the CDC to recommend the vaccine for every young boy who turns 11?

Dr. Joel Palefsky believes it is. In a lab test, Dr. Palefsky showed that Gardasil can inhibit precancerous anal lesions. He told the LA Times, “I think this is a major step forward in prevention of HPV-related cancers.”

A “major step” from a lab test? Okay, if you say so.

But Dr. Palefsky’s glowing opinion of his own research is blunted by a major conflict of interest. The Times notes that Dr. Palefsky has been an advisor to Merck and received grants from the company.

Who’s shocked? Anyone? No. Merck has enough cash on hand to purchase as many researchers as necessary. In the genital warts study, seven of the authors were employees of Merck and owned Merck stock or stock options, and five authors received Merck grant support.

The worst part of this sorry CDC recommendation is that it carries plenty of clout. If the CDC gives Gardasil the green light as a routine shot for all young boys and girls, insurance coverage will follow. And as easy as that, this potentially dangerous vaccine will be folded in with the growing list of childhood shots that most parents never even question.

Congratulations, CDC. Move to the front of the parking lot. I believe you’re a strong contender to be named Merck’s employee of the year!

Sources:
“Routine HPV vaccine recommended for boys” Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times, 10/25/11, latimes.com
“Where the Boys Are: Merck, Gardasil and HPV” Ed Silverman, Pharmalot, 10/25/11, pharmalot.com

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
David Satcher was a director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the interim president for the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is a board member for the CDC Foundation.

Note: Raben Group was the lobby firm for the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is the lobby firm for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
Robert Raben is the president of the Raben Group, was the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, and a director at the American Constitution Society.
Eric H. Holder Jr. is a trustee at the Morehouse School of Medicine, the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice for the Barack Obama administration, was an intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, a board member at the American Constitution Society, and Merck was his client.
Louis W. Sullivan was the president of Morehouse School of Medicine, and is an
Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner, a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a senior director at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP was the lobby firm for Merck, and the Center for American Progress.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the Harlem Children's Zone, the Aspen Institute (think tank), the Center for American Progress, and the Committee for Economic Development.           
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a benefactor at the Harlem Children's Zone, a supporter for the Center for American Progress, and is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the American Constitution Society, the Center for American Progress, and the Committee for Economic Development.                              
Michael R. Bloomberg was a benefactor at the Harlem Children's Zone, and is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the CDC Foundation, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
CDC Foundation is a foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Anne M. Tatlock is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and was a director at Merck.
Stephen L. Carter is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), a director at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner.
Louis W. Sullivan is an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner, and was the president of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Raben Group was the lobby firm for the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is the lobby firm for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
Melody C. Barnes was a principal at the Raben Group, the EVP for the Center for American Progress, the domestic policy council, director for the Barack Obama administration, and is Barack Obama’s golf partner.                                          
Barack Obama is Melody C. Barnes’s golf partner, Obamacare is his signature policy initiative, and Charles J. Ogletree Jr. was his college mentor.
Charles J. Ogletree Jr. was Barack Obama’s college mentor, is a director at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner.
Ronald R. Davenport Sr. is an Oak Bluffs (MA) homeowner, and was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development.                                            
Donna S. Morea was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development, and the EVP for the CGI Group Inc.
CGI Group Inc. was the Obamacare contractor that developed Healthcare.gov web site.
Obamacare is Barack Obama’s signature policy initiative.

6 terrifying reasons why it’s time to stop eating meat



6 terrifying reasons why it’s time to stop eating meat
From disgusting slaughterhouse conditions to devastating health consequences, the evidence keeps piling up
Martha Rosenberg, Alternet
Salon.com
Monday, Sep 29, 2014 06:17 AM PST
Factory farming, the crowding together of livestock in factory-like conditions to cut down on production costs, is widely deplored for its harm to animals, workers, the environment and food consumers. It is hard to find a farm that crowds animals together in pens and cages that doesn’t also rely on antibiotics and growth chemicals, mistreat workers, spew manure into the environment and generate periodic safety questions about its products.

Meat giant Tyson dumps more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways each year, according to a recent report, even as it finalizes a merger with meat giant Hillshire. Tyson was served with a federal indictment in 2001 charging it with smuggling workers across the Rio Grande and supplying them with phony social security cards. “They cheat these workers out of pay and benefits, and then try to keep them quiet by threatening to send them back to Mexico,” declared Rev. Jim Lewis, an Episcopal minister in Arkansas.
                                                  
Meat mergers and the globalization of meat production have the potential for eroding U.S. food safety standards, say food experts. Few missed this summer’s scandal in which Starbucks, Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC were accused of using expired meat products in their China operations. But not as many people have noted the recent sale of Smithfield foods to Shuanghui International, China’s biggest takeover of a U.S. company to date. In 2008, dairy products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine in China sickened thousands and killed six infants. Last fall, the Obama administration approved the sale in the U.S. of chickens “processed” in China if they are raised and slaughtered in the U.S. or Canada. In 2007, an estimated 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs in the U.S. died from melamine-tainted food from China.

And let’s not forget that forty percent of the world’s land surface is now used for food, the vast majority to feed chickens, pigs and cattle, not people. Increasingly governments and environmental groups say such inefficient land use and extreme meat consumption is not sustainable. US factory farms largely elude pollution regulations yet hydrogen sulfide from manure lagoons is linked to respiratory problems, seizures and worse and nitrates, found in drinking water near hog factories, are linked to blue baby syndrome and spontaneous abortions.

As whistleblowers and undercover humane workers have exposed unwholesome and cruel meat production practices like a California slaughterhouse processing and selling cows with eye cancer, there has been a public call for transparency and better regulation of meat production. Yet this year has brought serious setbacks to food activists who seek to reform factory farms and ensure pure, humane and clearly labeled food. Here are some ongoing battles with Big Ag.

1. Slaughter Lines Are Increasing in Speed
Many welfare and sanitary objections concern the speed of the assembly line on the kill floor at the slaughterhouse. Workers, federal inspectors and reporters who have gone undercover have all noted that animals are “missed” and not stunned as they are supposed to be before slaughter. Ten years ago, federal meat inspector Lester Friedlander told the press that stopping the line cost about $5,000 a minute, so veterinarians are pressured “to look the other way” when violations happen. Nonetheless, in shocking privatization, the federal government is increasingly letting Big Meat self-police. In 2000, it instituted a kind of honor system called HACCP which 62 percent of meat inspectors said forced them to allow feces, vomit and metal shards in food on a daily or weekly basis.

And it gets worse. The USDA is now seeking to implement new slaughterhouse guidelines “that would allow poultry companies to accelerate their processing lines” and make “plants more efficient” reports the Washington Post. Is that even possible? In March, 68 members of Congress joined many food and public health activists in saying to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, you want to speed up WHAT?–noting the obvious humane and hygiene risks of more “efficiency” Similar concerns did not stop the implementation of HACCP fourteen years ago.

2. The Blight of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

Have you ever heard of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus? Big Pork in the U.S. hopes not. Even though one tenth of U.S. pork supplies have been decimated by the virus since May 2013, producing mountains of dead baby piglets, Big Pork doesn’t want to turn off or scare pork eaters so the virus has been downplayed. PEDv, a severe and usually fatal diarrhea disease, has killed seven million piglets in their first days of life in the U.S. since 2013, though it does not affect humans who eat pork or adult pigs. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) puts the blame for PEDv, which has spread to over half the states, on cramped factory farm conditions which spread misery and disease among animals.

Earlier this year, HSUS reported on a Kentucky farm that lost 900 piglets within a two-day period and was actually feeding the dead pigs to other pigs in an attempt to induce “immunity” in survivors. Footage from the Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Kentucky shows pigs whose legs had bound together to keep them standing when they otherwise would have collapsed.

In addressing PEDv, the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council defend “indoor facilities” which allow” security protocols [that] lead to healthier pigs and a safer food supply.” Except that they don’t.
Disposal of unwanted piglets on factory farms is by “manually applied blunt force trauma to the head” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association also known as bashing their heads against wall. Piglets are also gassed. A barn technician at Country View/Hatfield Quality Meats in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania described watching 39 unwanted pigs “left in the cart all day to trample each other, before being gassed all at once.” What an irony that PEDv may instill new respect for baby piglets on factory farms.

3. California Slaughterhouse Receives Criminal Indictment     

In March, we told you about a giant recall of beef from Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma, California because the slaughterhouse “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.” The recalled meat was found in Nestle’s Philly Steaks, Cheese Hot Pockets, Walmart Fatburgers, Kroger Ground Beef Mini Sliders and other well-known brands.

It turns out the “unsound activities” were criminal. While inspectors were on their lunch breaks, workers processed condemned and cancerous cows and put the heads of healthy cows next to their carcasses, charges a federal indictment. Employees were also directed to “carve out” USDA Condemned stamps from carcasses.

Like Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the slaughterhouse behind the school lunch recall in 2008, Rancho Feeding Corp. was a slaughterhouse where farmers could dump sick and dying dairy cows who could no longer walk, still making $400 per carcass. And like Agriprocessors, an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse charged with such serious worker abuse, it was forced to shut down, Rancho was back in business almost overnight, under a new name and with many of the same employees. We learned our lesson!
                                               
4. An Asthma-Like Growth Additive Worse Than Ractopamine

Last year, AlterNet reported on the controversial growth additive, ractopamine, which is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys in the U.S. Widely banned in other countries, the Center for Food Safety and Animal Legal Defense Fund have sought information from the FDA about ractopamine’s effects on animal or human “liver form and function, kidney form and function, thyroid form and function,” “tumor development” and urethral and prostate effects.

Now there is news about a related drug, Zilmax (zilpaterol hydrochloride), a growth enhancer that adds “24 to 33 pounds additional hot carcass weight,” according to Merck, its manufacturer. Merck says that Zilmax improves “cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean beef that is flavorful, tender and juicy,” but the drug’s destruction of cattle’s hooves is well documented.

Ten months ago, 17 Zilmax-fed heifers and steers were destroyed at a Tyson slaughterhouse in Washington state because they couldn’t walk, leading Tyson to tell its feedlot customers it would not accept Zilmax-fed cattle. After a video of hoof-less Zilmax-fed cattle was shown by meat giant JBS USA LLC at a trade meeting, Merck temporarily suspended Zilmax sales in the U.S. and Canada. “Maybe we found the point where we pushed the cattle just so hard in the sake of making a buck that we exceeded the biological limits of the cattle,” said Abe Turgeon, a prominent livestock nutritionist, who had previously recommended Zilmax.

Then, Texas Tech University and Kansas State University researchers reported that more than 3,800 cattle fed Zilmax in 10 feedlots died in 2011 and 2012, with “between 40 percent and 50 percent of the deaths likely attributable to Zilmax”– a far cry from the 285 Zilmax-related deaths Merck reported.

Undaunted by reports of animal harm, Merck wants to resume sales of Zilmax in the U.S. which brought in nearly $160 million annually. It proposes a “study” of Zilmax in 250,000 cattle, which meatpackers oppose for human and animal safety reasons. Meat retailers also have doubts. “We don’t want to fiddle with it as long as there’s a known animal-welfare issue,” said Costco VP Craig. A spokeswoman for Burger King also expressed reservations. Yes, the drug is even too extreme for meat processors and fast food outlets.

5. Factory Farm Fires

In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) addressed the sad and preventable scourge of farm fires by proposing an amendment requiring all newly constructed farmed animal housing facilities to be equipped with sprinklers and smoke control systems. But, a letter to NFPA from Michael Formica, chief environmental counsel for the National Pork Producers Council on behalf of the other Big Ag groups, said installing fire protection systems presented “staggering costs in the billions of dollars,” and that many operations lack “sufficient water supply available to service an automated sprinkler system.” This effectively killed the proposal, condemning millions more helpless animals to die in infernos.

In July, 65,000 hens burned to death in an Egg Innovations barn in Kosciusko County, Indiana, an egg operation whose website brags about “Letting Chickens Be Chickens.” Right. In January, 300,000 hens burned to death at an egg operation in La Grange, Wisconsin. More than 50 fire departments and 100 firefighters battled the blaze at S&R Egg Farm where the trapped hens perished in the worst manner any living being can endure.
                                                                                             
It is shocking that animals are worth less to Big Ag than the cost of a sprinkler system, even if they end up burning to death. But, according to Fire Prevention Contractor magazine, Big Ag’s cost objections are not even correct. “In truth, the existing water supply system serving the animals at any farm could double as a sprinkler system just by adding heat-sensitive sprinkler heads. No more water would be needed than the water already in the supply lines,” it writes.

6. Ag-Gag Laws

How do we know about these and other unethical practices on factory farms? Reporters, whistleblowers and undercover humane investigators tell us. That is why Big Ag has rolled out “Ag-Gag” laws which criminalize photographing farm practices, even by employees, and being hired under false pretenses. Killing the messenger rather than cleaning up farm operations may be a transparent ruse to continue cheap meat production, but it is working.
When Idaho lawmakers were confronted with grotesque undercover video from Bettencourt Dairies Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen, Idaho showing workers beating trapped cows and dragging a cow by a chain, they had a swift response: a law criminalizing videotaping of farms.

Needless to say, Animal Facility Interference laws, proposed or enacted in about a dozen states, are about freedom of speech and the First Amendment as much as animal welfare. “Extreme versions of ag-gag would make it illegal for me to write about it [farm abuse], or at least publish pictures,” wrote New York Times columnist Mark Bittman in a piece titled “Banned from the Barn.”

John P. Kibbie, a state senator from Emmetsburg and president of the Iowa State Senate says the bills “make producers feel more comfortable.” Yes, at the same time they tell food consumers how their food is produced is none of our business.

KFC
KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of the YUM! Brands, Inc.
                                                                                              
Note: Russell Group was the lobby firm for the YUM! Brands, Inc., and is the lobby firm for the National Pork Producers Council.
Bill Lesher is a partner at the Russell Group, and was the assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Randy Russell is a partner at the Russell Group, was the deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the chairman for the World Food Program USA.
Taco Bell Corp. is a subsidiary of the YUM! Brands, Inc.
Robert McKay is heir to the Taco Bell Corp., was a director at the Salon Media Group Inc., the chairman for the Democracy Alliance, and a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century.
Salon is a publication for the Salon Media Group Inc.  
George Soros was a member of the Democracy Alliance, a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, the chairman for the   Foundation to Promote Open Society, and is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the Brookings Institution (think tank), the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the American Constitution Society, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Kenneth G. Langone is a trustee at the Harlem Children's Zone, and was a director at the YUM! Brands, Inc.
Mirian M. Graddick-Weir is a director at the YUM! Brands, Inc., and the EVP for Merck.
Eric H. Holder Jr. was an intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, a board member for the American Constitution Society, Merck was his client, and is the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice for the Barack Obama administration.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP was the lobby firm for Merck.
Carlos E. Represas is a director at Merck, and was the EVP for Nestle S.A.
Jean-Pierre Meyers is a director at Nestle S.A., and the vice chairman for the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was a director at the Hillshire Brands Company, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Valerie B. Jarrett is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great niece, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
James S. Crown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a director at the Hillshire Brands Company.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory A-Z (Past Research)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Miles D. White is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a director at the McDonald's Corporation.
Andrew J. McKenna Sr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the chairman for the McDonald's Corporation.
Walter E. Massey is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a director at the McDonald's Corporation.
Cary D. McMillan is a director at the McDonald's Corporation, and was the EVP for the Hillshire Brands Company.
Tyson Foods Inc. acquired the Hillshire Brands Company.
Crandall C. Bowles was a director at the Hillshire Brands Company, and is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Lee H. Hamilton is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Kathleen M. Bader is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and a director at Tyson Foods Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. acquired the Hillshire Brands Company.
Hillshire Brands Company was an Edelman client.
Burger King Corporation was an Edelman client.   
Starbucks Corporation is an Edelman client.          
Mellody L. Hobson is a director at the Starbucks Corporation, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and her mentor is William W. Bradley.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Sheryl K. Sandberg is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and is a director at the Starbucks Corporation.
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is a fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and was the ambassador to China for the Barack Obama administration.
William W. Bradley is a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the Starbucks Corporation, and Mellody L. Hobson’s mentor.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Donald Kennedy was a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and a commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Margaret A. Hamburg is the VP for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and the commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Sam Nunn is a co-chairman & CEO for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and was the chairman for the Democratic Leadership Council.
Tom Vilsack was the chairman for the Democratic Leadership Council, and is the secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Barack Obama administration.
Paul Weinstein Jr. was a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council, and is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.
Progressive Policy Institute was an affiliated think tank for the Democratic Leadership Council, and is a project of Third Way Foundation Inc.
Alvin From was a co-founder for the Democratic Leadership Council, and is the chairman for the Third Way Foundation Inc.
Thomas R. Carper was the vice chairman for the Democratic Leadership Council, and is an honorary co-chair for the Third Way.
Nancy Jacobson was a national finance chair for the Democratic Leadership Council, the founder/senior adviser for the Third Way, and was Evan Bayh’s staff member.
William M. Daley is a trustee at the Third Way, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was the chief of staff for the Barack Obama administration.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Evan Bayh’s staff member was Nancy Jacobson, a chairman for the Democratic Leadership Council, and David F. Hamilton’s counsel.
David F. Hamilton’s counsel was[S1]  Evan Bayh, a canvasser for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and is Lee H. Hamilton’s nephew.
Lee H. Hamilton is David F. Hamilton’s uncle, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Kathleen M. Bader is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and a director at Tyson Foods Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. acquired the Hillshire Brands Company.
Sidley Austin LLP was the legal adviser for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP, and the attorney for ACORN vs. Illinois State Board of Elections.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was the plaintiff in ACORN vs. Illinois State Board of Elections.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
R. Eden Martin is counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.              
James S. Crown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a director at the Hillshire Brands Company.
Tyson Foods Inc. acquired the Hillshire Brands Company.







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