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10 Thursday, September 18, 1997 Pahrmnp Valley Gazette Blood on all 0ur hands The vast majority of my life was spent in the employ of the "media." I worked for the Associated Press for 15 years and the GannetCorporation for 10 years. I went into management positions for both companies and had a prosperous career until I burned out. My last position was such that the pressure of daily deaines had my blood pressure on such a wild swing that I had to visit a doctor daily for monitoring. At that point I r that the job was going to kill me if I didn't do something about it. So, here I am. I quit the newspaper business and threw my entire career out the window. I don't regret the decision -- although I will admit that I miss the business. My primary job with the media was technical. I ran the vast communications systems and computers that brought an entire newspaper together --- or, in the case of AP, the wire together. I set up a national communications system for the National Election Service in the '70s. They're the people that count all the votes in the elections. Being an involved person,I also backed up the "report" by assisting in the gathering of news. I've covered such things as the Detroit riots  was almost murdered there but for the quick thinking and reaetiun of a police officer), a terrible collision of two passenger jets at Chicago's O'Hare airport (for which I received a personal letter from the general manager of AP because I was the only photographer to get access to the crash site), and, well, you get the message. I loved working for the media. I have defended the media in nearly every conversation about it. The Associated Press was the best company I ever worked for. I still defend them and if I ever come across something they could use -- it's there for them --free of charge. I'm telling you this to establish my qualifications to discuss the media. From the big time of the world's largest news service to the little time of a local weekly newspaper. Been there, done that. Media and paparazzi I wish to make a statement: The media killed Princess Diana. I don't care if the driver was so drunk he couldn't walk. I don't care if she herself ordered the driver to speed up. I don't care if the front tire blew out in the middle of an earthquake. II NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing Diana and her entourage were located pre- cisely where they were because they were being chased by the paparazzi. The big question that needs to be an- swered is: Are the media and the paparazzi one and the same? I'm afraid there are too many examples that shows a similarity, at the least, between the two. The mainstream media are doing their utmost to separate themselves from the paparazzi. The news programs keep pointing fingers at the tabloids in such a manner as to distinguish themselves from this so-called trash. It's fair enough to distinguish themselves from it to some degree. Most mainstream news reporters and photographers are certainly credible. They believe they are bringing you the news of the day in an intelligent and unbiased manner. And, for the most part, they are. However, one need look no further than the O.J. trial to see similarities between the mainstream media and the tabloid media. That feeding frenzy was a debacle that was offensive to everyone involved. I remember a senator that had the mainstream media camped out in front of his house. Cameras were set up all over his place and also intruded unto his private property. Trying to get to his home he tripped over a tripod whereupon he demanded the media get off his property. I remember the prestigious CBS 60 Minutes program where a reporter would approach a person, who was the subject of some alleged illegal activity, and the person would start to run from the reporter. The reporter would begin to run after the subject screaming questions at him. Where is the difference between mainstream and tabloid here? What if the subject had tripped while running from the obnoxious re- porter and been seriously injured, or killed? Where would the responsibility lie? Poll after poll shows that media are held in poor regard by the general public. Reporters rank very low on the list of respect. Shouldn't that show us something? Can't the main- stream media realize that something is very wrong here? Blood, guts and sleaze are the subjects we're reading more and more about. It's the primary news on local television stations. The Ramsey family from Colorado who are under suspi- cion of murdering their daughter. Is so much attention to that case justified? Yes, it's news. Yes, it should he covered. But need we stalk this couple into oblivion? Maybe they didn't do it. They're not even charged with a crime. But the media has already tried them and found them guilty. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are critical to our democratic society. However, these freedoms must be used responsibly. You cannot scream "Fire! "in a theater. I have seen the media, in the past several decades, sink into a cesspool that's held up under the guise of journalism. It is not the journalism that I know and love. On the other hand, ladies and gentlemen, there's a reason that journalism has sunk to these lows. It sells. And that is where you and I have to accept blame. I support a boycott of the tabloids. Stop buying this garbage. If we can put them out of business m imagine the message that will be sent to the mainstream media. Now, that's really exercising your freedom. More information on the Gulf War Syndrome viewed. One anonymous official said: "I just got fed up with the lies and deceit...Instead of doing their jobs and finding out what was medically wrong, the government is letting them go or forcing them out by saying it's all in ther heads or they are making it up." It is clear that those in government service who have spoken out- either publicly or through the chain of com'nand - have been censured or punished. The General Accounting Office (GAO), a Congressional watchdog, has been extremely critical of the DoD, the VA and the President's Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses. The GAO says the government investigators never checked out many promising theories. One Army doctor who is sick but continues to search for answers on behalf of his patients and comrades says bit- terly: "I just keep getting the same non-answers. I'm told to go away. I'm told to shut up. Fm told Iql ruin my career. What the hell difference does it make to me? I'm dying!" The DoD and the VA officials say that squalene was never used as an adjuvent but are unable to account for the presence of related antibodies in sick veterans. They refuse to say what was used in the secret injections. Congressional committees, alerted to the "Insight" article, are planning extensive hearings. Hopefully the truth will come out! that only in the most careful experimental tests may squalene be used on human subjects. It is significant that undeployed military personnel, who were never exposed to conditions in Iraq, have developed GWS. However they had received the secret shots and had by Richard Reul RecewJy "Insight Magazine" mounted an in-depth inves- tigation of Gulf War Syndrome. It centered on 700,000 immunization shots received by military personnel. Why have thousands of Gulf War veterans told investigators they had been administered shots, the contents of which had not been identified? Why have hundreds of military doctors, nurses and medics informed investigators that they were ordered to administer shots of secret contents to soldiers and then  to destroy the records? Where are the hundreds of thousands of pages of shot records - and invoices for the secret contents - that must he kept and maintained by the military as a matter of law? An adjuvant is a substance added to a drug to assist in its effective use.  only U.S. approved adjuvant is alum- based. Yet hundreds of blood tests conducted on Gulf War ve show peculiar antibody levels for an experimental adjuvant compound known as squalene. This  is known to affect the human immune system. It has been used, in carefully controlled tests, as a potential tlapy for AIDS and  sexually transmitted diseases. Squalealc can trigger immune responses that go OUt of control or generate immune reactions that attack the patient from within. Accordingly, it has been determined Changing Patterns by Richard Reul iIIii!11111111 iiiiiiiiiiiIii iiiIiiiiIiiill iiiiiiiiilllll i1|11,1111|111 high levels of squalene antibodies in their blood. The squalene theory was first publicly advanced by Dr. Pamela Asa, a Tennessee immunologist. She has treated hundreds of Gulf War veterans showing signs of auto-im- mune-like diseases. Why neither the Department of Defense or the Veterans Administration took the initiative to explore this theory, advanced by Dr. Asa and several other well-known specialists, is difficult to determine. The" Insight" investigators reported a vast frustration among the military and civilian health care professionals they inter- Art in the Redwoods nets a first August was a kinda busy month for me. On the 16 and 1 7 I was over in Gualala Calif., for their "Art in the Redwoods" affair. Where, by the way one of my entrees in the sculpture division got a first place. It was kind of a kick that some of aluminum recycled nonsense beat out some pretty huge priced entries. I really lucked out on this deal asI had to be there on Aug. 10 to enter my art work. Which left me six days to just plain goof around and see things there on the coast. Better yet was that my stay didn't cost me anything except for food as there was a need for night security, a post for which I volunteered. So I ended up camping on the grounds of their new art center located in the heart of a beautiful grove of red- woods. Waking up to the sight of deer grazing within 10 feet of my camper door and flocks of quail pigging out on rumbs left over from my last camping trip several months ago. Bread gets a little stale after several months and don't toast up well. Another plus was being surrounded by people who were doing things. This new art center was financed and con- strutted by all volunteer labor and donations and the area has something to he justly proud of and that will be a boom Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes to the area for future generations to enjoy. Goldfield is starting to experi- ence much the same thing. Some of those "dooer" types are preserving the past and Goldfield's future will be insured. Something to think about. Had a good trip traveling almost 33 miles according to my speedometer which started goofing up as I was leaving Goldfield. But this was no big deal as long as the gas gauges kept working and now that I'm back, it's working again. Camped one night at Clear Lake where as some of you may recall, we camped last year while they were having their bad fires. I wrote about the water tankers and helicopters filling up from the lake's surface and how they never did this in the same place to avoid leaving holes and ruts. Even as careful as they were, there was some damage to the lake's surface according to the park ranger I was talking to. But he said'fortunately they had a wet winter and all the holes and ruts were filled in now. A lot more stuff happened on this trip that I will be relating as time goes on. But, as I said at the start, this August was a busy month and this was just one of the highlights. Now I got to try and think how to describe "The Burning Man" event held up in the Black Rock Desert. This was really a blast and I'm still suffering from overload. Have a good one.