Pesticides or random coincidence? Mystery lingers over NEW CASES of babies born with hand and arm defects in Europe

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19-09-19 07:09:00,

Authorities are at a loss to explain why several babies born in a west German province have similar hand deformities. One hospital, where three such cases were seen, described the baffling phenomenon as “striking.”

With “no nationwide registry” to keep track of deformities, the St. Mary’s Hospital in Gelsenkirchen, near Dortmund, has admitted it is difficult to accurately monitor the situation or establish any kind of pattern.

Three babies were born at the hospital with undeveloped palms and fingers on one hand, between June and September this year. RT has twice contacted both the city administration of Gelsenkirchen and St Mary’s Hospital seeking more information on the situation, but has received no response.  

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In a public statement, the hospital said it had not seen deformities of this kind “for many years.” It left open the possibility that three cases so close together might simply be a “random accumulation,” but admitted that it found “the brief period in which we are now seeing these three cases” is “striking.”

Could there have been even more? 

It seems so. The defects in Gelsenkirchen were highlighted by midwife Sonja Ligget-Igelmund, who said she had been alerted to at least 30 other cases in Germany this year. Her claim prompted authorities in the North Rhine-Westphalia state to begin “very seriously” investigating the reports. 

What could be causing the string of unusual malformations? The hospital statement noted that there were no “ethnic, cultural or social similarities” between the three families at St. Mary’s Hospital. The one thing they did have in common, however, is that they all lived in the same locality. 

A mere coincidence, or is something else going on?

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Random Thoughts About Life, Politics, And Humanity

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09-09-19 08:26:00,

Make no mistake, maintaining narrative control is the single highest priority of the establishment. Not keeping taxes down, not keeping Bernie out of office, not even keeping the wars going. Without narrative control, their entire empire will crumble. Never lose sight of this.

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Most western news headlines about foreign conflicts and uprisings can simply be reduced to either “Something advantageous happened to the US-centralized power alliance, and that’s good” or “Something disadvantageous happened to the US-centralized power alliance, and that’s bad”. It’s basically the same as watching a group of sports fans comment on the behavior of their favorite team. Except instead of fans it’s paid propagandists, and instead of a game it’s a slow-moving third world war.

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People sometimes tell me that straying off the beaten path of conventional political commentary hurts my credibility. In my opinion what hurts my credibility is sticking to conventional political commentary at all times even when it’s not the most honest way to point at an important truth.

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Whoever wins the 2020 US presidential election will with absolute certainty continue advancing US imperialist bloodshed. It would be good to spend a little less energy talking about how US presidents might be different and more energy talking about why they’re all so similar.

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Russiagaters say “Read the Mueller report” and pretend it’s an argument, not because the report validates their position (it does the exact opposite), but because they know hardly anyone’s read it so they can just wave their hand at it and pretend it contains things it doesn’t.

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There’s nothing moderate about so-called “centrists”; they’re violent extremists and their ideology threatens our entire world. But even if they were moderates, moderation and incremental change isn’t what we need now; we need drastic changes. Even their stated position is bogus.

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Journalism is like art: if you do it with the goal of becoming rich and famous, it’s going to suck. Yet there are all sorts of mechanisms in place within news media to reward this precise mentality, and to ensure that these types of journalists are elevated above all the others.

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