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SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE August 2004

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Re: In the Spirit of Walt Contreras Sheasby

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Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Sun, 22 Aug 2004 01:00:20 -0400

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Dear comrades,

Walt's life was most likely NOT ended by the West Nile Virus, which is a
framework being promoted by US bioterrorists and fear mongers. Jim West, a
researcher with the No Spray Coalition here in NYC,  wrote up the following
precis regarding the probable role of air pollution caused by oil
refineries in L.A. in Walt Sheasby's death (which the hospital attributes
to West Nile Virus).

As Jim writes, he (and I) views West Nile virus as a bio-marker for OTHER
events related to air pollution, and most likely NOT the cause of illness
itself. This thesis is receiving wider circulation, finally, breaking into
some mainstream outlets.

We need a full spectrum toxicological autopsy on Walt Sheasby, one that
will not stop when it finds antibodies to WNV in his blood, but that
searches for evidence of air pollution, particulates, and benzene-related
compounds in Walt's body.

When I saw Walt at the Greens' convention in Milwaukee, he appeared to me
to already be sick, difficulty walking and breathing, etc. If anyone can
fill me in on details of Walt's health situation prior to his entry to the
hospital on Aug. 10, that would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences to Peace and Freedom, to the California Greens, and to Walt's
family and friends.

Mitchel Cohen
www.nospray.org

From: Jim West <[log in to unmask]>
To:
Mitchel Cohen
Mike Feinstein
Donna Reilly
et al

In response to Mitch's request for an environmental analysis regarding the
death of LA Green Party leader Walter Sheasby, here is the environment in
which Walter's life came to an end at age 62, August 19, in a hospital in
Fontana, CA.  Diagnoses was West Nile virus. Fontana is part of metro LA,
ie., NE of LA central, and W of San Bernadino County.  Mike Feinstein
provided the articles that describe events, locations and dates.

This should be done because Walt spent his life as a Green, the
environmental party.  We cannot expect CDC and DOH ever to study the
environmental aspect of these epidemics.

For this analysis,
I'm using my thesis www.geocities.com/noxot, that
    Air pollution = WNV disease
    Dying birds = miner's canaries (air pollution assay tests)
    WNV is an adaptive gene, a micro-biomarker for pollution stress

------Analysis------------------
Counties and cases of recent Los Angeles WNV epidemic:
    "San Bernardino County, the epicenter of the epidemic, recorded 96 cases,
followed by Los Angeles County with 81 and Riverside County with 51."  -L.C.
Greene: www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203~21481~2349032,00.html

The article stated that the epidemic earlier began in the "Inland Empire",
which means San Bernardino county.

Prevailing wind:
    In terms of the prevailing wind, the air pollution movement is from the
west, LA to Riverside to San Bernardino, ie., the path of pollution from the
west, the LA refineries.

Regarding specific, localized air pollution sources, at the township of
Clarement, Walter's residence:
   There is to the west, a three-way intersection of U.S. 10, highway 71, and
highway 57.  He also lived earlier at Sierra Madre, which is north of U.S.
210. If he lived near these, those would be contributing factors.

Biomarkers for air pollution:
    a) "... the San Bernadino mountains of Southern California. Los Angeles
smog drifts eastward into the mountains where it damages pine trees."
www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Trees/airpollu.htm
    b) West Nile "virus" is a biomarker.

Pollution trends, August 2004
   For the summer, there are two highest rising air pollution trends:
   #1, Aug 3 to Aug 11.  Walter entered the hospital on Aug 10.
   #2, Aug 12 through Aug 19.  Walter died in the hospital on 8/19/04,
5:49pm.
   #2b Time of death was at the end of the usual daily pollution apex
(3-5pm).

Pollution Sources:
    Because all West Nile virus epidemics are adjacent and downwind from oil
refineries, I'm looking for oil refineries in the region.

   The LA counties contain 10 oil refineries. (ugh)
   Most of the refineries are located in west and southwest LA.
   "Los Angeles County provides 51.85% of California's total oil refinery
capacity."
   www.losangelesalmanac.com/topics/Energy/en16.htm

(Aside:  Now I realize what that acidic eye-stinging smog was when I visited
LA decades ago.  It was mainly sulfuric acid, which is the workhorse
chemical for refineries.  The media image of LA smog has always been
promoted as mainly automobile emissions.  Scrubber towers were obviously
added to those refineries, and that must be what accounts for the visual
improvement of LA air during the decades hence.  Refineries are always
downplayed in the media and elsewhere, low profile, my WNV studies
indicate.)

The prevailing wind is west from the ocean.
July and August are the worst seasons for air pollution due to heat
defeating upward exhaust convection currents.

Thus the refinery pollution moves to the east, across Los Angeles, and
across each of the WNV epidemic counties mentioned, moving towards San
Bernadino.  Mobile refinery pollution (vehicles/expressways/LAX) also moves
in the same direction.

"San Bernardino ranked first as having the worst ozone air pollution of all
counties in the U.S."
www.californialung.org/press/000523cleanairtest.html
(Note:  We environmentalists should hesitate before inculcating ozone, as it
is an indicator of air pollution, a natural response to air pollution.
Industry prefers that ozone be the culprit.  Ozone studies are based on
unrealistic overdosages, but that's enough for ozone to be blamed, like West
Nile virus, for air pollution epidemics.)

"One study found that in San Bernardino County alone, 486 deaths per year
are attributable to the elevated levels of particulate pollution."
www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/press/forests5-28-04.html

As expected, that is the WNV epicenter, another region vying for "worst...
air pollution... in the U.S."

Today, however, no person or bird is tested for "air pollution disease".
All attention and funding goes to a pathogenic West Nile virus, which is
admitted to be flawed science.  Environmental groups might want to
consider lobbying the Audubon Society and the DEC for avian air pollution
testing at the state wildlife labs.

After comments, we could send this to L.C. Greene, the journalist.

-Jim West
NoSpray Coalition
www.nospray.org
www.geocities.com/noxot


At 12:07 AM 8/22/2004, you wrote:
>For those of you who knew him only as a "left Green" polemicist, it's
>worth noting that Walt Sheasby was the founder of the Peace & Freedom
>Party in Humboldt County, following up on his earlier work there with
>"Project Woodwork", building opposition to the Vietnam war on the North
>Coast. Thanks to Walt's good work, P&F regularly met in the Labor Temple
>there rather than some loathesome state office building, and achieved 25%
>of the voter registration on the Hupa Reservation for awhile.
>
>Walt began his political activity while still in high school in the early
>1960s. He was a member of the "Libertarian Socialist Tendency" in the
>Socialist Party and Young People's Socialist League. He worked closely
>with the National Farmworkers Association (one of the forerunners of the
>United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta) while it was
>still a semi-underground organization and introduced the term
>"agribusiness" into the socialist movement.
>
>He later served as a staff member in the Northern California Regional
>Office of Students for a Democratic Society, where he began his work in
>Humboldt County with a grant from the American Friends Service Committee.
>
>At some point later he was a staffer for the Los Angeles Central Labor
>Council.
>
>Tom Condit
>
>>Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 14:37:41 -0400
>>From: Paul Burton <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: In the Spirit of Walt Contreras Sheasby
>>Sender: Paul Burton <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: Bob Spivey <[log in to unmask]>, Ed Pearl <[log in to unmask]>,
>>         Tom Condit <[log in to unmask]>
>>
>>
>>Sorry to pass along this bad news, found on the SF Indymedia website. Don't
>>know if you knew him but I remember he was active in early 1990s trying to
>>build alliances with P&F Party and Greens; recently wrote about P&F
>>convention's decision not to nominate Nader for Pres.
>>
>>  - PB
>>
>> From SF Independent Media website:
>>
>>
>>Walt Contreras Sheasby, an outstanding Red/Green activist and theorist,
>>died. His life was tragically cut short by the West Nile virus, the rise of
>>which has been associated with climate change exacerbated by capitalism.
>>
>>Here is a bibliography of recent works (both theoretical inquiries and
>>occasional polemics) by Walt:
>>http://montages.blogspot.com/2004/08/in-spirit-of-walt-contreras-sheasby.ht
>>ml.
>
>Tom Condit
>[log in to unmask]
>
><http://www.peaceandfreedom.org>

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