CONTENTS JULY 19, 2000
Click. On the Philadelphia Beating....That Wasn't.
Click. LOS ANGELES D.A. GAVE DETECTIVE "BOOM-BOOM" A PHOTO OF MAN HE WANTED ID'D TO GIVE TO WITNESS BEFORE THE WITNESS VIEWED THE SIX-PACK OF PHOTOS. WITNESS THEN ID'D MAN D.A. WANTED!
Click. What you reveal when on Net using Windows by Jon Roland.
Click. Giuliani says let the poison spraying begin by Robert Lederman.
On the Philadelphia Beating....That Wasn't.
by Ronn D. Futuresource © 7/18/00
Here it seems it's not what we see, it's what "experts" tell us we have seen. Most of us saw a gang of thugs kicking a down and out victim. However we are now cautioned that we were mistaken. It was just professional "peace officers" hard at work. It turns out a gang kicking a downed man is not always what it looks like. Not if it's the "cops" who are doing the kicking. Not when the "cops" are the gang.
THE MEDIACRACY (and Info Cleansing)
From Undernews/Progressive Review 7/18/00 © 2000
Increasingly, journalistic objectivity has come to mean making sure the government's side of the story comes first. Then, if there is any room left on the jump page, one can add a short paragraph typically beginning with "Critics allege. . . "
This works most of the time, but under the pressure of a fast-breaking story, pimping for the authorities can look a bit ridiculous. For example, the morning after much of America had seen the video of a bunch of Philadelphia cops kicking a downed suspect, the NY Times and the Washington Post did their surreal best to put the official spin on the story:
NY TIMES: . . . That is no surprise, prosecutors, defense lawyers and other legal experts say, since bystander videotapes rarely present a complete picture of an incident, often capturing only the last few seconds of a violent chase or confrontation. Additionally, hurried amateur tapes of violent attacks that last seconds rarely provide clear views of precisely who is doing what, making it hard even to tell which officer struck a particular blow. For example, in the Philadelphia case, a frame-by-frame analysis of the videotape by The Philadelphia Inquirer showed that the victim was punched and kicked 59 times in 28 seconds before a supervisor rushed in and backed the officers away [Note that the task of figuring out what was going on proved quite surmountable by the Philadelphia Inquirer, which approached the matter as journalists rather than apologists]
WASHINGTON POST: Once again, a piece of videotape seems to show everything. Or so it would appear. It's what you don't see that could prove as important as what you do. As a federal investigation into the incident begins, the pictures may only be part of a larger context. "TV always gives you the impression that you've seen it with your own eyes," said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism [sic]. "In this case . . . there's a whole set of facts that don't have a fair fight because they haven't been played 27 times on national TV." In the Philadelphia arrest, it's not clear how much resistance Jones--who police said is 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds--is giving because he is obscured in the video by police. One eyewitness told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Jones struggled with arresting officers. Another witness said Jones refused orders to get out of the police cruiser he had commandeered earlier. Both may have been factors in the police response.
LOS ANGELES D.A. GAVE DETECTIVE "BOOM-BOOM" A PHOTO OF MAN HE WANTED ID'D TO GIVE TO WITNESS BEFORE THE WITNESS VIEWED THE SIX-PACK OF PHOTOS. WITNESS THEN ID'D MAN D.A. WANTED!
Role of Officer, D.A. Official Questioned
A former high-profile member of the district attorney's Rampart corruption task force and a veteran detective from the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division are accused of improperly influencing the identification of suspects in armed-robbery cases, according to court documents and interviews.
Judges have dismissed three cases, which were investigated by Det. Ray Hernandez and prosecuted by ex-Deputy Dist. Atty. George Rosenstock. Rosenstock and Hernandez deny any wrongdoing.
The two are accused of allowing robbery victims to study and keep photos of their alleged assailants before attempting to pick the attackers out in live lineups or in court, a practice that some legal experts say corrupts the identification process. Two victims said in interviews with The Times that they felt pressured to make positive identifications in their cases, regardless of whether they believed the suspects had actually committed the crimes.
Questions about cases handled by Rosenstock and Hernandez come from a judge, a defense lawyer, prosecutors and crime victims, and they surface amid a law enforcement scandal that has preoccupied city leaders and others for months. If true, the new misconduct charges are particularly stinging because they involve a detective from the Los Angeles Police Department's vaunted investigative group that probes high-profile crimes and from a onetime member of the special prosecution team charged with ferreting out police corruption.
Rosenstock, who resigned from the district attorney's office last month, had been removed from the D.A.'s corruption task force in February.
He made headlines two months later when he publicly accused Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti and Garcetti's handpicked team of prosecutors of being too slow to file charges against LAPD officers implicated in the corruption probe. Rosenstock says that his transfer to the D.A.'s Long Beach office was punishment for his hard-charging ways, and that he has been harassed ever since.
"I'm public enemy No. 1," the former prosecutor said. The new allegations, he said, are merely a continuation of an ongoing campaign to discredit him.
District attorney sources said Rosenstock was transferred from the task force because he improperly released confidential investigative material to another prosecutorial agency. They denied any harassment.
Judge Dismisses Robbery Charges
The cases now under scrutiny are unrelated to Rosenstock's role in the corruption probe. They are cases he prosecuted while assigned to the district attorney's career criminal division.
In the most recent case, a judge dismissed robbery charges against defendant Patrick Williams last month when it was disclosed that a victim in the case had been given a photo of Williams before attending a live lineup in which he identified the suspect.
Deputy Dist. Atty. George Castello, who inherited the case from Rosenstock when Rosenstock was transferred to the corruption task force, asked the judge to dismiss the case because he believed it was fatally flawed by the identification procedure.
Superior Court Judge Judith L. Champagne agreed.
"There has been a lot of time wasted, a lot of expense, because of very poor tactics," Champagne told Castello. "I hope your office will take some action."
John K. Spillane, director of the district attorney's bureau of special operations, confirmed that he is heading an internal investigation of the allegations. He said the matter has also been referred to the LAPD.
Spillane declined further comment, citing confidentiality laws regarding personnel matters.
Hernandez, who is highly regarded by his colleagues in the LAPD and by many prosecutors as well, declined to comment for this article.
A police official familiar with the case said the allegations against Hernandez are the subject of an internal inquiry. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also defended the 25-year veteran of the LAPD, noting that Hernandez was with a partner when the alleged misconduct occurred and emphasizing that the defendants in each of the cases had long criminal records and may have committed the crimes, even though their cases were dismissed.
Williams, in fact, is serving a 15-year sentence for an unrelated robbery in which police who had him under surveillance from a helicopter watched as he knocked a woman to the ground and snatched her purse.
According to several sources in both the district attorney's office and the LAPD, Hernandez acknowledged giving two robbery victims photos of their alleged assailants in advance of live lineups or preliminary hearings in which identifications were expected to be made.
Hernandez said he felt uneasy about this procedure, and provided the photos only on instructions from Rosenstock, the sources said. Hernandez said Rosenstock told him that the practice would later be revealed to the defense in court, but that never happened, the sources said.
Rosenstock, in an interview with The Times, flatly denied having issued any such instructions to Hernandez, whom he referred to by the nickname "Boom Boom."
"You don't tell Boom Boom anything," Rosenstock said. "Boom Boom is very much his own detective."
The former prosecutor also pointed to a case last year in which he exposed the alleged coaching of a witness by another LAPD detective. In that case, Rosenstock brought to the court's attention that the detective allegedly had pointed out the suspect for the victim to pick in a "six-pack," a display of six photographs of different people used to establish the identity of a suspect.
"The judge heard that and dismissed it outright," Rosenstock said. "I think that shows I don't really play the identification game."
Rosenstock, however, defended the practice of showing crime victims, before lineups or preliminary hearings, photo spreads that include pictures of their alleged assailants to refresh their memories.
"In my opinion, absent a court order saying you should not show a six-pack to a witness to refresh their recollection, it is not inappropriate," Rosenstock said. "It's been my practice for years."
He added, "It may be the better practice not to do that, or to disclose it if you do so. But it's not a legal requirement."
Spillane, the district attorney official, while refusing to comment specifically on Rosenstock's case, said the practice in question is not sanctioned by his office.
"This is not something we encourage or condone, because it raises the question of impropriety," he said.
Others seized on the risk associated with such a practice.
"Erroneous eyewitness identification is the most common cause of wrongful convictions of innocent people in this country," said Los Angeles County Public Defender Michael P. Judge. "For the prosecutor and the police to engage in such a suggestive process taints the identification and corrupts the criminal justice system."
Giving the photographic six-pack to the witness "can make it look as if the witness is being trained to pick the right person in a lineup," said John Shepard Wiley Jr., a former federal prosecutor and law professor at UCLA. "It is very important to avoid suggestive taints when it comes to identifications."
Attorney Cites Other Cases
The allegations against Rosenstock and Hernandez were lodged in court papers filed by Williams' attorney in the robbery case that was dismissed last month.
Attorney Arna H. Zlotnik wrote in a sworn declaration that Rosenstock "is willing and has the propensity to accept less than truthful representations, including suggestive identification techniques."
Zlotnik said she and her investigator uncovered similar alleged abuses in the handling of victims in other robbery cases investigated by Hernandez and prosecuted by Rosenstock.
The first case Zlotnik referred to in her court papers stemmed from the Feb. 3, 1999, strong-arm robbery of 79-year-old Ethel Austin.
Austin, who provided Zlotnik with a sworn declaration, had just returned home from a trip to the bank and was unlocking her front door when a man ripped her purse from her arm, escaping with more than $200.
After the robbery, Austin said, Hernandez came to her house and showed her several photos of potential suspects. Austin said she was unable to identify anyone as her assailant.
More than two months after the robbery, on April 19, Hernandez returned with more photos. This time, Austin said, she made a tentative identification of one suspect, based on his having a hair style and a complexion similar to those of the man who robbed her.
As soon as she made the identification, Austin said, Hernandez stated, "That person is wanted for other crimes."
Austin said she cautioned Hernandez that she had doubts about the identification, but she said he instructed her to sign the photo identification report anyway.
Austin said Hernandez returned to her house several days later and assured her that police would get the man she had identified and recover her purse as well. She said Hernandez then handed her a four-page report, including a color copy of the six-pack photo card containing a photo of the alleged suspect, "to keep for my records."
The next time Austin heard from Hernandez, she said, he was calling to inform her that police "had the guy [who] took my purse" and that she had to testify in court. During the phone call, she said Hernandez told her that the suspect had committed many robberies and that "they were going to put him away for a long time."
But when Austin took the witness stand at the preliminary hearing Aug. 18, she looked across the courtroom at the defendant and testified that he was not the man who had robbed her, resulting in the dismissal of the case.
In a recent interview with The Times, Austin confirmed the allegations contained in the declaration she had provided to Zlotnik. She added that Hernandez had seemed angered by her failure to identify the defendant in court.
"He kept pressuring me and asking if I was sure and I said, 'It's not the guy,' " Austin recalled.
Roosevelt Gordon, another robbery victim, said he was similarly troubled by his dealings with Hernandez.
Gordon was held up at gunpoint outside his home in South-Central Los Angeles after a trip to the bank. He told police on the day of the robbery, Jan. 9, 1999, that one man pointed a gun at him while another pulled his wallet from his pocket, took his keys and ransacked his car.
About two months after he was robbed, Gordon was at a neighborhood gas station when he saw a man who he believed had held him up. As the man pumped gas, Gordon scribbled down his car's license plate number. He then hurried home and called police.
Later that day, two LAPD detectives came to his home and showed him six-pack photo arrays of potential suspects. Gordon tentatively identified one of the men pictured as the man who had pointed a gun at him during the robbery.
The next day, March 19, Hernandez went to Gordon's house. After showing Gordon some pictures of potential suspects, the detective allegedly filled out a photo identification report in which he wrote: "Photograph (3) in card (C) looks similar to the robber who also had a gun pointed at me. . . . I will be able to make a positive identification if I see him in person."
The photo was circled, with Gordon's signature alongside it.
"I do not recall signing an inaccurate and untrue statement like this," Gordon said in a sworn declaration he provided to Zlotnik. "I did not see [the second suspect] sufficiently to make an identification and I recall seeing only one gun."
According to his declaration, Hernandez called him "some time later" and told him it was time to come to court. Gordon said police had earlier promised him the opportunity to view in a live lineup the suspect he had tentatively identified as the man who had held him at gunpoint, so he could be sure he had the right man. Because he had not been given that opportunity, Gordon refused to go to court.
"It would be a waste of time," he said in his declaration.
As it turned out, Gordon was right.
The man police said he had picked out as the second robber--Samuel Davis--was behind bars the day the crime was committed, and therefore could not have been involved.
The charges against both defendants were dismissed.
In a recent interview with The Times, in which he was shown a copy of the photo card on which he allegedly identified Davis as one of his assailants, Gordon appeared perplexed. "That's my signature," he said, shaking his head.
But he said he had told Hernandez repeatedly that none of the men in the photos he had been shown was the second robber. At Hernandez's request, Gordon said, he eventually agreed to point out the man who looked most like the robber--even though, he said, he made clear that the man only resembled the suspect but was not actually the person who robbed him.
Despite his concern, Gordon said he never set out to challenge authorities in the case. In fact, he said, he tried time and again to assist the investigation. "I wanted [the police] to get this guy," he said.
WHAT YOU REVEAL WHEN ON NET USING WINDOWS.
By Jon Roland © 2000
For those of you who do not recognize the danger to your privacy when
surfing on the Net, especially when using Microsoft Windows, please go to
http://innet.com/~tch/private.html . When the page comes up, scroll down about halfway until you see the message, "This Is What's On Your Hard
You will then see this listing:
C:\ or C:\
D:\ or D:\
H:\ or H:\
E:\ or E:\
Click on the hard drive letters in the right column. You can read the contents
of your hard drives. Not a surprise, since you can do that yourself from your
browser. The problem is that a remote site can hijack your browser to do the
same, especially when you are using Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.
You don't even have to be visiting that remote site. You only have to be
connected to the Net.
If you are still unconvinced, try installing Microsoft software registered to more than one person on the same machine. Microsoft will detect it, delete the files, and leave a warning message that will come up the next time you boot
When it comes to privacy... BEWARE!
Note that this kind of invasion of privacy can be blocked using Linux or other Unix-type operating systems.
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Giuliani Says, Let The Poison Spraying Begin!
Biowarfare 2000-NYC-West Nile Virus
By Robert Lederman © 2000
Not content to have given himself and NYPD Commissioner
Safir prostate cancer from repeated doses of Malathion, Rudy
Giuliani, aka the Manhattan Mengele, has announced round two
in his biowarfare/eugenics experiment involving 8 million men,
women and children considered expendable now that he is not
running for office. Pesticide spraying will begin on 7/19.
Once again we are going to be covered with toxic insecticides
known to cause short term health effects, long term chronic
disease and massive environmental destruction in order to fight a
1. the NYC Department of Health and the CDC admits is usually
not dangerous and is very rarely fatal
2. may not exist in NYC outside of government laboratories
3. is likely to be a genetically-altered strain created by the U.S.
Army bio-warfare lab at Ft. Dietrick Md. in 1996
4. was being experimented with at the Plum Island Animal
disease/bio-warfare lab off Long Island, Rockefeller University
in Manhattan and Sloan-Kettering Hospital for years before the
1999 so-called epidemic.
5. cannot be confirmed to have killed a single person in NYC
Because anti-spray activists-whom the Mayor called
environmental terrorists-were successful last year in exposing the
Giuliani administrations indefensible use of the bio-warfare
agent Malathion, we will be exposed this year to a cocktail of
three other toxic insecticides. Once again the Mayor, his puppet
health commissioner, Psychiatrist Dr. Neal Cohen, and their
CDC, EPA overbosses are lying to the media and the public
about the negative health effects associated with exposure to
At least this time the media is prefacing their hyped-up National
Enquirer type reports on the DEADLY VIRUS!!!! with the
admission that West Nile Virus is actually a mild and very rarely
fatal disease which the vast majority of those infected will
recover from with no symptoms whatsoever. Then why are they
spraying??? Unfortunately, the public will again be left to do its
own research to find any detailed facts. Here is a preview of what
anyone who invests even an hour on the Internet will discover.
If you want to protect yourself from mosquitoes generally there is
an effective, totally safe and health-enhancing way to do so. Eat
at least one clove of raw garlic each day and smear a bit of raw
garlic on your skin or clothing before going outside. Cooked,
pickled or otherwise processed garlic will not give you any
protection. The garlic will also significantly enhance your
immune system, improve your sex life and keep vampires like the
Mayor at a distance.
Avoid ANY exposure to the spray. Especially avoid letting
children, pets, the elderly or anyone with asthma or other
immune diseases be exposed. Wash or throw away your
airconditioner filter after spraying otherwise you will be
From: ANVIL LABEL
Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Do not induce vomiting
because of aspiration pneumonia hazard. Avoid contact with
skin, eyes or clothing. Do not apply directly to water, or to areas
where surface water is present. It is a violation of Federal law to
use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Daily News 718/2000
"It will be done in a very, very careful way, but it's absolutely
necessary that we do this," Mayor Giuliani said yesterday at a
news conference on Staten Island. "Don't panic. This does not
mean that there's an outbreak, but it does mean that there's some
serious action that we have to take in order to avoid it spreading
any further," the mayor said...Health Commissioner Neal Cohen
said the city will spray Anvil, a pyrethroid-based pesticide with
the active ingredient Sumithrin. For the time being, Anvil will be
sprayed from trucks, not helicopters....The mosquitoes that
showed evidence of the virus in Westchester included a
previously unknown carrier, Aedes japonicus, an Asian mosquito
believed to have found its way to the United States in tire
shipments. Unlike the mosquito most associated with West Nile
— the night-feeding Culex pipiens — the Asian mosquito bites
around the clock. Its role in transmitting the virus is unknown at
this time, officials said.
Rockland Journal News 7/17/2000
Lauri Evans, director of the Westchester chapter of Seeking
Alternatives For the Environment, or SAFE, and a member of
Westchester For Alternatives to Pesticides, thinks Anvil is far
more trouble than its worth. "The spraying is ineffective and
counterproductive because those most at risk for West Nile -- the
elderly -- are also most at risk for adverse reaction to the
chemical," the Katonah woman said. She also pointed out that
the spray reaches predators that normally help keep the mosquito
population at bay. Residents last year reported rashes, breathing
difficulty and tingling in their hands after aerial spraying of the
pesticide. But federal officials who regulate pesticides say the
exposure involved in any kind of spraying is so minimal, it is
From a medical website: (Anvil) Sumithrin disrupts the
endocrine system by mimicking the effects of estrogen, the
female sex hormone. In men, endocrine disrupters can lower the
sperm count;in women they can cause the growth of abnormal
breast cells. Piperonyl butoxide, added to sumithrin to enhance
its lethal properties, has been classified by the Environmental
Protection Agency as a possible human carcinogen. Sumithrin is
especially ethal for aquatic life and bees.
From the Promed website
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WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE. 1950'S EXPERIMENTS USING
WEST NILE VIRUS AT SLOAN KETTERING, NYC
In the 1950's, experiments with WNV were carried out on human
volunteers at the Sloan- Kettering Institute of the Memorial
Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York. A total of 95
patients with neoplastic disease were inoculated intramuscularly
with the WNV topotype strain Eg-101 in an effort to achieve
therapeutic pyrexia and oncolysis in them. Viremia persisted in
a majority of them 6-12 days post-inoculation, in eight patients
even more than 12 days p.i.(maximum, 28 days p.i. in one
patient), and titers were 2-5 logs mouse i.c. LD50 (per 0.1 ml?)
blood. No special precautions against mosquitoes were
mentioned in the papers.
Moreover, it is possible that WNV circulated in the New York
area without marked signs of its presence at least since the
mid-summer 1999 or even (a year?) before. Theoretically, WNV
was for the first time detected in the U.S.A. in 1999 simply
because of the extent of the outbreak.
NYC Dept of Health Press Release
Office of Public Affairs June 15, 2000 (212) 788-5290
If spraying is required, the City will use Scourge, a
pyrethroid-based pesticide effective for controlling mosquitoes,
that is registered for use in mosquito control by the
Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation. The active
ingredient in Scourge is Resmethrin, a synthetic pesticide similar
to a natural pesticide produced by chrysanthemum
flowers....during spraying, children or adults who have asthma or
a respiratory condition should stay inside. In addition, windows
and doors should be closed, and air conditioners should be shut
From: Dr. Robert Simon (ETI ), noted
toxicologist and expert on the effects of pesticides:
For those who are concerned about the use of pyrethrins
(pyrethroids) you can read my brief review on our webpage at
www.toxint.com. I did not go into the cancer aspects in this first
article, but I did compare pyrethrins I/II to the synthetic
pryethroids and have listed LD50s (Iethal dose that kills 1/2 of
population tested). The LD50 of resmethrin is surprising low
(high tox) compared to sumithrin. This review can provide the
basis for asking that pyrethrin selection should be based upon
comparative toxicity of the agents available, not just because an
agent is "EPA registered". Another key point is to select a
pyrethroid with the lowest or no piperonyl butoxide (PBO).
Scourge contains 18% resmethrin and 54% PBO, a very potent
and toxic mixture. Anvil 10 + 10 contains 10% sumithrin and
10% PBO. While Anvil 10+ 10 is still toxic, it is far less toxic
than Scourge. Scourge should not be used at all due to its very
high aquatic tox and its significant human tox. None of the
pyrethrins should be aerial or truck sprayed since allergic
reactions can lead to serious impact on asthmatics and generate
immune dysfunction. Also Scourge yields long lasting residues
as filter tests have shown in NYC. Sumithrin is more readily
broken down by sunlight. Another alternative to mention is
Spinosad (Dow Agro Sciences) which now has a preliminary
EPA label. It is a biological agent that has tox, but is less toxic
than chemical agents. At the most any of the agents should be
applied sparingly near mosquito nests and not applied to large
populations. None of these agents should be used near children.
From: Newsday 4/14/2000 City Nixes Malathion Spraying
Dr. Neal Cohen testified yesterday that if aerial or truck spraying
is needed at all this year, the products will be Scourge, known
chemically as resmethrin and used last year; Anvil, which is
sumethrin, and Agreo Permanone, or permethrin.
Permethrin, like all synthetic pyrethroids, is a neurotoxin.
Symptoms include tremors, incoordination, elevated body
temperature, increased aggressive behavior, and disruption of
learning. Laboratory tests suggest that permethrin is more acutely
toxic to children than to adults.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified
permethrin as a carcinogen because it causes lung tumors in
female mice and liver tumors in mice of both sexes. Permethrin
inhibits the activity of the immune system in laboratory tests, and
also binds to the receptors for a male sex hormone. It causes
chromosome aberrations in human and hamster cells.
Effects on Reproduction
Permethrin affects both male and female reproductive systems.
It binds to receptors for androgen, a male sex hormone, in skin
cells from human males, causing researchers to “advise
protection from any form of contact or ingestion of the
pyrethroids.” 22 Permethrin also binds to a different receptor,
called the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor, that stimulates
production of the male sex hormone testosterone.23 In addition,
permethrin caused reduced testes weights in a long-term feeding
study of mice.24 In females, permethrin exposure has caused
embryo loss in pregnant rabbits24 and in pregnant rats.25
Synergy occurs between two or more chemicals when their
combined exposure causes more adverse effects than the sum of
their individual effects. A possible cause of the health problems
reported by 30,000 veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War
is exposure to a combination of chemicals, including permethrin.
The combination of permethrin, the anti-nerve gas drug
pyridostigmine bromide, and the insect repellent DEET has been
tested in laboratory animals. Neurotoxic symptoms, including
decreased activity, diarrhea, shortness of breath, tremors,
inability to walk, and damage to nerves, were observed in hens
exposed to all three chemicals, but not in hens exposed to
permethrin alone. Permethrin with just pyridostigmine bromide
or just DEET also caused tremors and inability to walk, but
symptoms were not as severe.35 Other pesticides interact
synergistically with permethrin with in other species. Permethrin
and the herbicide atrazine synergistically induce growth of the
soil fungus Pythium ultimum, 36 and permethrin and the
insecticide amitraz are synergistically toxic to the bollworm.37
•Based on tests with laboratory animals, it appears children may
be more sensitive to permethrin than adults. Permethrin is almost
5 times more acutely toxic to 8-day-old rats than it is to adult
rats.38(See Figure 4.)
•Since sulfates are involved in one of the major pathways by
which permethrin is broken down in humans, individuals with
defects in sulfate-related enzymes may be unable to easily break
down permethrin, leading to increased susceptibility to motor
neuron disease.39,40 •Individuals with genetic variants of the
enzyme pseudocholinesterase that have reduced activity are at
higher risk of adverse effects from exposure to certain chemicals,
including the permethrin combination implicated in symptoms
seen in Gulf War veterans.35
The pesticide containing resmethrin being used in NY City is
called Scourge (TM). It is 18% resmethrin, 54% piperonyl
butoxide and 28% inert ingredients. Piperonyl butoxide makes
the pesticide more effective by preventing insects from
detoxifying resmethrin....Piperonyl butoxide has been classified
by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible human
carcinogen. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the inert
ingredients, although they may be toxic also.
SCOURGE LABEL 1
SCOURGE LABEL 2
SCOURGE LABEL 3
The phone number for Staten Island Borough President Guy
Molinari is 718.816.2200. Give him a call and suggest that he
and the Mayor publicly directly spray themselves, their families
and their residences on TV the day before they spray Staten
Island. Hey, its harmless, right?
[See: http://www.gvny.com/ for an extensive archive of Lederman
Robert Lederman, President of A.R.T.I.S.T.
(Artists’ Response To Illegal State Tactics)
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