Lance Armstrong Empire Explodes

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By: Mike Adams

The fall of Lance Armstrong needs to be understood not merely as the self destruction of one man, but as a betrayal of one of the most powerful and important fables of our time. Lance Armstrong taught us that a simple man, if dedicated to hard work, high integrity and the admirable pursuit of greatness, could achieve overwhelming victories against all odds. The mythology of Armstrong taught us that greatness is earned, not merely granted, and that there are no shortcuts to achieving the things that really matter in life.

But Lance Armstrong, we now know, was a cheat. A liar. A false prophet. He injected his body with banned, illegal substances. He intimidated and threatened teammates into silence. He bullied critics and even lied to his own sponsors (like NIKE) to keep the cash flowing into his own pockets. While presenting a public face of honesty, integrity and hard work, Lance Armstrong was cheating his way to victories he never deserved… and then he lied about it year after year, race after race, insulting not merely his millions of fans but the reputation of the entire sport of cycling.

Lance Armstrong, in other words, claimed to be a man of greatness and achievement but was secretly cheating his way to the finish line every single time. He betrayed the very belief system that he publicly claimed to espouse. He violated not just his own body with doping chemicals; he violated the public trust in a story of personal achievement that simply turned out to be too good to be true.

Massive evidence is conclusive: Lance Armstrong is a liar and a cheat

There is no question that Lance Armstrong is a confirmed liar of almost unbelievable magnitude. The evidence against him is overwhelming. Over two dozen of his former teammates testified against him, and USADA is releasing more evidence with each passing day. As USADA writes on its website:

The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.

Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy.

If you want to see the stunning magnitude of evidence against Lance Armstrong, take a look at this report from USADA.

Here’s a small taste of what’s being published about Lance Armstrong right now across the ‘net:

Lance Armstrong is “the greatest fraud in American sports.” – Yahoo Sports

“Lance Armstrong’s reputation lies in tatters after the United States Anti-Doping Agency labelled him a ‘serial’ cheat who led ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen’.” – the BBC

“USADA’s report on Lance Armstrong has opened the flood gates for humiliating instances for the disgraced star. Lance Armstrong was branded as a serial cheat by USADA after stripping him off his Tour de France titles. USADA report, an anthology of evidence of Armstrong’s doping habits was compiled with the help of the statements from the star’s former colleagues.” – Sports Bulletin

“Levi Leipheimer, one of the 11 former colleagues who gave evidence against Lance Armstrong, has been sacked by his team, Omega Pharma-QuickStep. In another development on Tuesday, International Olympic Committee vice-president Thomas Bach called for Armstrong to make a full admission of his doping history.” – The Telegraph

“The United States Anti-Doping agency’s report, which amounted to a damning depiction of Armstrong as a main conspirator in a vast doping scheme, contended that Armstrong repeatedly lied under oath. The antidoping agency said it found Armstrong committed perjury during the SCA hearings by making false statements about his doping activities. At the time, Armstrong attacked SCA and its founder, Bob Hamman, as well as witnesses, including some members of the cycling community, who testified for the company.”- New York Times

“In the months and years to come there is going to be a lot of stuff revealed. It’s going to be not just a black period for doping but it’s going to reflect on what others… He’s destroyed people and if you go against him, he tries to destroy you. He’s been trying that for ten years with me.” – cycling champion Greg LeMond, in CyclingNews

“He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and re-enforced it. Armstrong’s use of drugs was extensive and the doping programme on his team, designed in large part to benefit Armstrong, was massive and pervasive. Armstrong and his co-conspirators sought to achieve their ambitions through a massive fraud now more fully exposed. So ends one of the most sordid chapters in sports history.” – BBC Sports

Armstrong continues to lie to the world

Despite all the evidence against him, Armstrong continues to lie to the world, absurdly claiming he never doped and it’s all some evil government conspiracy set out to destroy him. He apparently wants us to believe that all his teammates and former employees and assistants have all formed a grand conspiracy against him for the purpose of… what, exactly? Creating a media circus that benefits no one and may very well destroy the credibility of the entire sport?

No, it’s now perfectly clear that Lance Armstrong is a serial liar. He lied to his fans, lied to his sponsors and lied to the world. He achieved his victories by cheating.

All those people who adored him by wearing those silly yellow Livestrong bracelets were, predictably, worshipping a world-class deceiver who has received millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the pharmaceutical companies. And today, Lance Armstrong has stepped down as the chairman of Livestrong.

At the same time, Nike has suddenly ended its contract with Lance Armstrong, too. Sponsorship contracts for Lance Armstrong are falling like dominoes, it seems. It’s no wonder: does any corporation want the face of a world-class cheater to represent its brand?

Big Pharma loved the guy, of course. What better spokesperson for the pharmaceutical industry than a “serial liar” who used banned chemicals to cheat? That sounds like the entire business model of Big Pharma, come to think of it.

“On a different but still relevant note, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was recently exposed for funding a Big Pharma-backed study that promotes an increase in the prescription of opiates and other pain reliever drugs, despite their growing and widespread abuse. The so-called PAINS Initiative study was also backed by the group Rx Action Alliance and drug giant Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the latter of which was fined more than half a billion dollars for misleading the public about the addictive nature of OxyContin (oxycodone).” – NaturalNews.com

Mike Anderson is shown inside his garage and makeshift bicycle shop in 2005.

Armstrong was a bully to anyone who questioned him

But Armstrong wasn’t merely a cheater, a liar, and a doper. He’s also a really nasty, mean person, according to people who have had dealings with him. He viciously attacked anyone who threatened his “empire.” Just ask Mike Anderson, a former friend of Armstrong who says he was betrayed by Armstrong.

“Armstrong’s aggressive attempts to ruin me, and their effectiveness, left me with a deepening sense of disappointment in the U.S. justice system, where the well-heeled often get away with things that ordinary citizens simply can’t,” writes Anderson, adding that Armstrong was never a victim, but often a victimizer of others.

See the original story on Mike Anderson at OutsideOnline.com

Lance Armstrong, of course, can easily afford highly-paid lawyers, and those lawyers were regularly dispatched to attack anyone who accused Armstrong of doping. In the case of Mike Anderson, Armstrong’s attorney responded with a scathing letter accusing Anderson of being a liar and calling him “AnderSatan!” We now know this legal response to be full of lies itself, but if you want to read it, here’s the text published in August of this year.

One of the subheads from that attack piece written by Lance Armstrong’s lawyer reads, “Mr. Anderson Falsely Accuses Lance Armstrong of Avoiding Taking a Drug Test.” It’s almost laughable now, isn’t it? Now the whole world knows Lance Armstrong was running a massive doping conspiracy while viciously attacking the people around him who tried to blow the whistle on his behavior!

Even Piers Morgan saw the truth about Armstrong, saying, “Nice guy that Lance Armstrong — a nasty, vengeful bully as well as the world’s biggest sporting cheat.” – Hollywood Reporter.

The Guardian writes, “Lance Armstrong case: The dope cheat, the bully and the cancer fighter – On the one hand he could be utterly charming, the inspiring cancer hero, on the other he would bully anyone who dared speak against him.”

The Herald Sun declares, “Lance Armstrong branded a liar, a cheat and a bully by his former teammates.” That story goes on to declare that Lance Armstrong:

SURROUNDED himself with drug runners and doping doctors;

BULLIED teammates into using his methods;

INTIMIDATED witnesses;

REPEATEDLY lied to investigators;

PULLED out of a race to avoid a test.

NIKE / Armstrong ad lies to the world – “I’m on my bike. What are you on?”

As part of the gross deception carried out by Lance Armstrong, NIKE funded a video ad that you can see on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxnqHvEbGnc

The ad shows Armstrong undergoing a blood draw, implying that he was “clean” from any doping. During the deceptive ad funded by NIKE, Armstrong narrates:

“This is my body. And I can do whatever I want to it.”

“Everybody wants to know what I’m on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, bustin’ my ass six hours a day. What are you on?”

Followed by “Just do it” and the NIKE swoosh.

But of course we now know exactly what he was on: Illegal doping substances. Which means Lance Armstrong was, and still is, full of complete sh#t. And NIKE helped pay for the ads that attempted to cover it all up.

Comments to the YouTube video lay it out with raw truth:

What am I on? EPO, steroids, human growth hormone, transfused blood… The question is, what aren’t I on?

This is my body, I can do whatever I want to it. I can dope it, inject it, fill it with some extra blood I have saved in Tyler’s freezer. What am I on? F#$k man, I’m on all kinds of mad sh%#!

With the release of the Usada report, Lance has been crushed under a mountain of evidence. He has been shown to be a cheat, a liar, a hypocrite, and a bully. I wish I could have back all those hours I spent rooting for him in the Tour. Once upon a time, I was a fan and I believed the guy. I loved this commercial, and I figured the Frenchies were just pissed off at Lance because he kept winning their Big Race. Of course, now I know better. I was a sucker.

Lance Armstrong is a symbol of everything that’s wrong with our modern world

At the end of the day, Lance Armstrong was more than just a serial liar, cheater, doper and ringleader of a massive international conspiracy. He was more than just a receiver of millions of dollars from big corporate sponsors like NIKE. He was the guy who told the world the way to rise to the top was to be honest and work hard. His victory was made out of pure dedication, integrity and a “just do it” attitude. That was his formula, he told us. And if we worked hard, followed the rules, and had the same kind of dedication that Armstrong did, we could achieve great things too, we were promised.

And yet, it was all a cruel lie. Armstrong didn’t get to the top through hard work and high integrity. He got there with a needle in his arm, a bully lawyer behind his back, and a network of wealthy corporate sponsors who winked and nodded and kept the cash flowing.

He won his victories by cheating, lying and intimidating others. He’s the mafia boss of cycling; the Satan of sport. He’s the guy who charmed everybody into a state of trust and even celebrity worship, while in the back room he was smacking a vein to find a ready injection point for another needle full of illegal chemicals.

Lance Armstrong, it turns out, is the anti-hero… and a despicable human being, to boot. He not only lied to the world, he has now crushed the hopes and dreams in the minds of millions of people who literally worshipped the guy. He has betrayed not merely his teammates, his fans and his sport, he has betrayed the very thing that gives us hope in a troubled world: the idea that a regular guy can achieve something great if he just dedicates himself to a goal and pursues it with honesty and effort.

And yet, Armstrong’s fakery isn’t unique. Much of the world around us is living in a dream state, believing countless other fictions like “the national debt doesn’t matter” or “vaccines are safe even though they still contain mercury, formaldehyde and MSG.” Or even the NIKE fiction of, “You’ll be cool and popular if you wear these tennis shoes made by low-wage workers sweating it out somewhere in Asia.”

Much of the world we see is a fiction… pure fakery and marketing hype. And so Lance Armstrong, being a man of hype and deception, may actually still be the perfect spokesperson for the corporations that dominate our world. The fact that he was lying to the world only makes him even more aligned with the corporations, it turns out. Maybe NIKE should change its slogan to, “Just Lie” and put Lance Armstrong back on contract.

Just Lie like Lance Armstrong, and you too can win Olympic medals and world sporting events. Just Lie and you too can receive millions of dollars in sponsorship contracts. Just Lie and you can be worshipped as a hero by millions, even as you are betraying them all with despicable dishonesty.

Just Lie… and you can follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong, a scammer and a cheat who fooled the world for more than a decade but ultimately destroyed himself out of sheer greed, arrogance and denial.

Japan’s Best DIY Restaurant Experience

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By SHANNON MURPHY

When we found out we were moving to Okinawa, Japan, we had friends give us a great list of recommended restaurants.  One of them was for a Korean BBQ place really close to where we live.  We loaded the kids up in the car and decided to venture out and try it.  Believe it or not, you can only eat so much sushi (although it is amazingly delicious here), and you really need to try something different every once in a while!

We followed the directions to the Korean BBQ restaurant, but when we arrived, the place had a different name – Horumon Tondou Yakinikuten. Just great.  We are hungry with two small kids in tow – and now we have to decide whether or not we should risk eating at this new place without any recommendations.

We step out of the car and are immediately welcomed by the delicious smell of chicken and lamb kabobs that a chef is cooking outside in front of the restaurant.  What a way to entice potential customers!  We walk inside and are shown to our table where there is a round grill sitting in the center of the table. I immediately look at my hubby and give him a look that says, “Oh, oh, what did we get ourselves into?”  But, you know, we are game and we are willing to stay and try it out.

Horumon Tondou Yakinikuten Restaurant in Okinawa, Japan

We are given menus with pictures of what we can order.  Honestly, none of it looked appetizing because it is filled with pictures of raw meats – chicken, lamb, pork and beef.  A vegetarian’s nightmare, for sure!  We are still not 100% sure what we are supposed to do, how we are supposed to order, etc.  At least I know the chicken kabobs that were being grilled outside are an option, and we are prepared to order at least 15 of them for our dinner just in case this adventure does not work!

The waiter arrives and we are immediately relieved to hear his amazing English.  He explains that we order the meats and vegetables that we want to eat, and we grill them ourselves on the grill located at our table.  This is called Yakiniku. 

  • Yaki means “grill”
  • Niku means “meat”

Yakiniku is the art of Japanese barbecue.  Traditionally, the meat is cooked over a shichirin grill heated over odorless Japanese charcoal called binchotan.  The charcoal leaves the food tasting fresh and free of any hint of charcoal taste or smoke.  The restaurant offers an “All You Can Eat” option for 60 (1,280 yen/person), 90 (1,780 yen/person), or 120 minutes (2,980 yen for men; 2,480 yen for women).  You can literally keep ordering food and stuff yourself silly within that time frame.

We have two small children with us, so we chose the short 60 minute option.  It includes soup, salad, all of the meat and vegetables you want to order within that time frame, and a drink.  We select chicken and beef, a variety of vegetables, which include mushrooms, cabbage, onions and carrots.  The thin, raw beef arrives in a delicious marinade and we begin to grill.  The smell is wonderful.  Our stomachs are growling like crazy!  In the meantime, we are eating a salad and we order several chicken kabobs that were prepared for us outside, so the children can eat their dinner while our beef is grilling.  Then the vegetables and chicken arrive.  The grilled chicken’s aroma is equally as amazing as the beef.

We are extremely pleased with the experience and super proud of ourselves for being adventurous in the face of uncertainty!  We are looking forward to returning for a date night, so we can stay a little longer and really have a chance to enjoy our Yakiniku experience.  Yakiniku would also be a lot of fun with a group of friends.

If you do not mind going to a restaurant where you end up cooking the meal yourself, it is an experience I greatly recommend.

Cartoon courtesty of: http://www.cheftaro.com

A Short History Lesson on Yakiniku

There is a perception of Yakiniku being the same as Korean barbecue.  Yakiniku originated in Osaka, Japan from Korean immigrants prior to World War II.  Below is a great cartoon that explains the origin of Yakiniku.

Cartoon courtesy: http://www.cheftaro.com

Why Can’t I Stop Eating?

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By: Vivien Veil

Many foreigners abiding in London share a stereotypical view of Americans – they believe Americans are fat, lazy, and gluttonous.  Sadly, those people are unaware of what is really going on in the United States food supply.   

In reality, Americans deserve more empathy from the rest of the world.  Giant American food corporations are waging a mental war against its fellow citizens.  Americans are the victims in this battle.  Companies like General Mills and PepsiCo covertly began attacking their brains, bodies and health.  (and no, I am not promoting a new zombie film)  These mega corporations are to blame for the raging food addiction sweeping the lives of countless Americans.

The average American is so addicted to processed food that the thought of giving it up makes them sweat.  99% of them would never give up their favorite comfort foods – that is how bad it has become.  It is not just Americans who are addicted – it is any country laden with fast food joints and cheap processed food.

The human population faces a very sinister and potentially life-threatening future.  Countless overweight and malnourished people walk the streets searching for junk food every day.  Obesity levels continue to rise.  Food addiction runs rampant like a ravenous wolf trying to kill its appetite.

Food industries across the world snatched our brains and hormones – tempting us to eat their highly addictive foods.  Disease and illness not only haunts the overweight, but it also attacks thin individuals. 

Do you know a thin person who regularly eats junk food and never gains weight?  That slim person most likely believes they are healthy.  Little do they know that they harbor dangerous internal fat caused by eating a particular man-made sweetener.  Do not believe me?  Go to your nearest hospital and ask your doctor for an MRI scan.  MRI machines can easily detect the fat hiding inside your body.  This visceral fat loves to hug organs, such as your kidneys.  A slender junk food loving person can carry 4-5 liters of fat on their poor kidneys!  Diabetes and cardiovascular disease attacks both fat and thin people. It does not discriminate.

What is this man-made sweetener?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

A host of other names also impersonate high fructose corn syrup – depending on which continent you live. 

Alternative Names:

  • Glucose Syrup
  • Fructose Syrup
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • High Fructose Maize Syrup
  • HFCS
  • Maize Syrup
  • Isoglucose
  • Corn Sugar
  • High Maltose Corn Syrup (High Fructose Corn Syrup’s Sneaky Cousin)

Presently, more and more people acknowledge the alarming side effects of ingesting high fructose corn syrup.  For this reason, The Corn Refiners Association pestered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to let them call their beloved money making ingredient corn sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup in 2010.  The FDA denied their plea to deceive the public this year.  Now if they can only ban HFCS altogether.

Former US President Richard Nixon chats with Earl Butz in the Oval Office at the White House

 History of High Fructose Corn Syrup in a Nutshell

“High fructose corn syrup has a sweet index of 120.  That is sweeter than sucrose.  Why do companies use more then?  The soft drink companies know that the sweeter they make it, the more people will buy their beverages.”

– Dr. Robert Lustig

High fructose corn syrup graced us with its presence in the early 1970s – back when the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon, ran the show.  Housewives and farmers staged a raucous protest against soaring food prices. Therefore, Nixon devised a plan to appease the masses.  He hired a snake by the name of Earl Butz to serve as Secretary of Agriculture in 1971.  

The world is still paying for that horrendous decision.  What do you expect with a surname like Butz.  He took those poor American housewives and farmers for a ride on the bamboozle train!  Yes, Butz answered their pleas for cheaper food, but at a big price – their health.

Farms turned into mass production fields, churning out low-cost food.  Butz went all out with his motto “get big or get out.” The birth of industrial farms owes its roots to Mr. Earl Butz.  Suddenly, farmers needed cheap food to feed their cattle.  What was their golden ticket? You guessed it – Corn!

Corn also occupies the hearts of many other countries, e.g. United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and Canada.  However, Americans seem to be more in love with corn.  The typical American meal consists of corn.  For example, let us examine the average meal combo: hamburger, chips (fries) and drink.  The farmers feed genetically modified (GM) corn to the cows (corn fed beef).  The bread contains high fructose corn syrup to extend its shelf life.  The chips are fried in corn oil.  The ketchup squirts out corn syrup.  The soft drink houses corn syrup.  Corn syrup is EVERYWHERE.

How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Make You Fat?

“Some sugar will be converted to fat and some will not be converted to fat.  Fructose is one sugar that is easily converted to fat.  You can find fructose in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.”

– Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz

We all possess an essential hormone named leptin. This hormone tells your brain when to stop eating.  That, in turn makes you refuse those extra helpings of fried chicken wings.  

Fructose blocks leptin from telling your brain that you are full.  It tricks your brain into thinking you are starving.  At the end, you are going through a brutal cycle of overeating, disease and addiction – which explains why the population is getting sicker and fatter.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

A cheap man-made sweetener and preservative.  Many of your favorite processed foods and even some so called “natural” foods contain this artificial ingredient.  High fructose corn syrup is derived from genetically modified corn and then transformed into a toxic elixir. 

Manufacturers love this addictive liquid because it is cheaper than table sugar – which means more profit for them!

How is this toxic elixir made?

Farmers create high fructose corn syrup by milling genetically modified corn to produce corn starch.  Next, they take the corn starch and convert it into corn syrup.  The farmers then transform the corn syrup’s glucose to fructose. Lastly, they mix the fructose with pure corn syrup.  The level of sweetness depends on how much fructose they utilize.

Who invented this stuff?

Richard O. Marshall and Earl R. Kooi introduced high fructose corn syrup in 1957.  However, their attempts to produce it on a grand scale proved futile. Enter Dr. Yoshiyuki Takasaki, a top-notch Japanese government scientist.  Dr. Takasaki magically concocted the HFCS poison in Japan from 1965-1970.

HFCS made its way into American processed foods and soft drinks by 1975.  By the 1980s, it emerged as the number one substitute for sugar.

The only benefit of eating this stuff is that you will one day be able to give a lot of money to the medical establishment.

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

“First off, high fructose corn syrup comes from genetically modified corn.  You can get chronic allergies from your apple sauce if it contains HFCS.  You give that to your child, and 20 minutes later, your child will be hungry again.  HFCS pushes your hormone leptin out of your body.  It confuses and tricks your brain into thinking you are hungry. It is causing an obesity epidemic.”

– Dr. Bob DeMaria

You’ve made me scared! Tell me which products have this toxin!

Do you hate cooking from scratch?  Love junk food?  Can’t get enough of sugar? If you answered yes to one of those questions,  you will be thrilled to know that many of your beloved items in your pantry and fridge contain this nasty chemical.

High fructose corn syrup lives in processed food, yogurt, drinks, candy, frozen foods, ice cream, processed meats, canned fruit, ketchup, salad dressing, syrup, cake mixes, canned vegetables, sauces, apple sauce, soups, baked goods, nutrition bars, breakfast cereals, candy bars, etc.  As you can see, it is everywhere.

Get in a habit of checking every food label when you go grocery shopping.  Try and cook most of your meals at home using fresh ingredients.  Yes, it is time consuming, but at least you will be feeding yourself and your loved ones non-toxic food.  Eat more natural whole foods instead of processed junk.  Most important tip: Please stay away from fast foods restaurants!

You will feel much better once you stop eating this poison.  Oh, and do not be surprised if you start losing weight once HFCS is out of your body.

Some Popular Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup