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From Anthropocene to Trans-Anthropocene?

Facing the Unknown Unknowns

The late Donald Rumsfeld – Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY

“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” – Donald Rumsfeld – 1932 – 2021

“What the fourth industrial revolution will lead to is a fusion of our physical, digital and biological identity.”                                     – Klaus Schwab – World Economic Forum Founder

by James Heddle – EON 

[A version of this article is also posted Reader Supported News ]

The Man in the Revolving Door

The career of Donald Rumsfeld, who died June 29 at the age of 88, is emblematic – and eerily predictive in 2021 hindsight – of the current increasingly seamless merger of the Big Defense, Big Tech and Big Pharma sectors of our society now moving forward by the day.

That process is currently being perpetrated by technocratic totalitarians through medical marshal law, the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ and the Transhumanist Great Reset agenda.

Rule by technical experts, or ‘technocracy’ is an authoritarian vision of a “socially engineered” civilization first articulated by scientists and engineers at Columbia University in 1932. As author Patrick Wood explains, “Technocracy is to the transformation of society as Transhumanism is to the transformation of the human condition of people who would live in that society.”

Rumsfeld’s archetypal personal trajectory took him from being a Congressman, then U.S. Representative to NATO, then Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford, to Ford’s appointee as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977. He returned to that office from 2001 to 2006 under George W. Bush. In between stints as both the youngest and the oldest person to direct the DOD, Rumsfeld held chief executive positions at several corporations including the pharmaceutical firm G. D. Searle & Company, the technology company General Instrument Corporation and the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. 

Searle brought him in as CEO in 1977 when it was under fire from both the FDA and the Justice Department for fraudulent testing of the toxic artificial sweetener aspartame, which is now commonly used in such products as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, and a wide array of popular ‘non-fattening’ products and ‘diet soda’ drinks.

Adverse Effects

Aspartame is a genetically engineered substance containing methyl ester. Its amino acids are allegedly grown using genetically modified (GM) E. coli bacteria.

Food science professor Woodrow Monte, whose article “Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health” appeared in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, reported, “Methyl alcohol then converts to two other known toxins—formaldehyde and formic acid.”

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Those toxics in turn have been shown to interact in ways that lower the seizure threshold and trigger psychiatric and behavioral problems, in addition to other symptoms and diseases.

The FDA is Not Our Friend

Washington, DC attorney and FDA watchdog James Turner holds a record for successful litigation against the FDA. [ Disclosure: He is also a founding EON Board Member.]

In his revealing article The Aspartame / NutraSweet Fiasco, Turner tells of arguing a case brought against the FDA in which renowned brain researcher John Olney presented studies showing that aspartame triggered brain tumors in rats and reportedly caused epileptic seizures in monkeys, as well as possible eye damage. The evidence presented accused the agency of giving its approval on the basis of “sloppy science.”

Sound familiar?

Rumsfeld, The Fixer

Attorney Jim Turner reports, “Dr. Olney had already shown that aspartic acid (one aspartame component) caused microscopic holes in the brains of rats after each feeding. Aspartame also includes phenylalinine, which causes PKU in a small number of susceptible children, and methyl, or wood, alcohol, which is neurotoxic in large amounts.” [Phenylketonuria, or PKU is a metabolic disorder.]

In a current personal email exchange, Turner remembers,

“There was a public board of inquiry (a PBOI made up of three world class scientists) that ruled unanimously that Aspartame failed to meet legal requirements for safety under the food and drug law and should not be marketed. This was in October 1980. In the first quarter of 1981, a new Commissioner was appointed by Reagan.  That new commissioner had been a contract doctor at the Defense Department when Rumsfeld was secretary.  Senate investigators were never able to determine who put his name into contention for becoming commissioner.” 

Turner goes on to recall:

“Some consumer groups I represented had blocked the marketing of NutraSweet after its 1974 FDA approval. In mid 1977 Rumsfeld invited me to a meeting in a suite he was using at the Madison hotel here in DC.  It struck me that he knew he had a weak legal case and that he had an even weaker science case.  I proposed that we set up a joint scientific review panel sponsored by his company J.D. Searle and the consumer groups.  For the next six months we went back and forth until Searle finally broke off discussions.  It seemed to me that Rumsfeld calculated that since he might lose legally and scientifically he needed to win politically and, as he told his sales force, he set out to call in all his DC political IOUs.  In the entire encounter I had the sense that the amount of potential harm he might cause to people using his sweetener did not move him and he left it out of his calculation for getting the ulcer drug/food additive marketed. Aspartame was originally developed as an ulcer drug.  FDA regulators had grave doubts about its safety. Rumsfeld was a fixer.”

It’s worth remembering here that it was this same perfidious and corrupt FDA that infamously persecuted, pilloried and prosecuted pioneer researcher Wilhelm Reich, confiscated and burned his controversial, ground breaking energy research and sent him to prison on false charges, where he died. This is also the agency that, at this writing, is under pressure to grant full approval to the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 untested gene therapy products misleadingly and deceptively labeled ‘vaccines.’

According to another report published at the time of Turner’s case, the FDA had “…compiled a list of 92 symptoms from the more than 10,000 consumer complaints they received about aspartame. These included four kinds of seizures, blindness, memory loss, fatigue, change in heart rate, difficulty breathing, joint, bone and chest pain, speech impairment, tremors, change in body weight, lumps, blood and lymphatic problems, developmental retardation and problems with pregnancy, anemia, conjunctivitis, male sexual dysfunction,.. [as well as]… neurodegenerative disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and sudden cardiac death…”

A Recurring Pattern of Regulatory Dysfunction

This list of ‘adverse effects’ matches with troubling congruence those currently being widely reported in relation to the experimental gene modifying injections now being widely administered without adequate testing.

At the time of Searle’s aspartame problems with two government agencies – in part because of Turner’s litigation – Rumsfeld was part of the Reagan transition team.

Turner says that in January 1981, anticipating Reagan’s inauguration, Searle head and transition team member “Rumsfeld told a sales meeting, according to one attendee, that he would call in his chips and get aspartame approved by the end of the year. On January 25th, the day the new president took office, the previous FDA commissioner’s authority was suspended.

As he had predicted, Rumsfeld’s high crony connections in the Reagan Administration carried the day. FDA and DOJ opposition dissolved. Despite ‘the science,’ aspartame was approved, and countless lives have subsequently been ruined by consumption of the many toxic products it now pollutes.

When Monsanto later bought Searle, Rumsfeld was awarded a $12 million bonus. Robert Shapiro, the Searle lawyer who had coined the deceptive ‘NutraSweet’ brand name, was later named Monsanto president.

“The evil that men do lives after them…”these much-quoted words that Shakespeare put in the mouth of Marc Antony in his play Julius Caesar seem to apply with particular aptness to the late Donald Rumsfeld.



Blazing the Trail to Pharmaco-Phascism

Today the term ‘public-private partnership’ is used to denote a fusion of big government and big business that has previously been known by other names.

Rumsfeld was a harbinger and living avatar of what Zbigniew Brzezinski termed the “Technetronic Era,” which the then influential Brzezinski described in his 1970 book Between Two Ages as a looming ‘threat to liberal democracy.’ According to him, the technetronic era would involve,

“the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific knowhow. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control.”

Rumsfeld’s revolving door career charts a direct path to the present public-private partnership of pharmacological fascism. What we find ourselves in is a situation of cyber-assisted medical marshal law in which the ‘Warp Speed’ development and roll-out of untested, experimental, gene-altering injections is being overseen by the Department of Defense, ably assisted by the surveillance, censorship and thought police powers of Big Tech and Big Media and underwritten by the deep pockets of Big Finance and misanthropic, crypto-eugenicist ‘philanthropy’ outfits like the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

In what seems like an update of Brzezinski’s prescient description, Ronnie Cummins, co-author with Dr. Joseph Mercola of The Truth About Covid-19 – Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the new Normal, has this well-documented observation of the current situation:

Thus far, the pandemic has triggered or contributed to disease and death among the elderly and those with serious preexisting medical conditions, or co-morbidities…. It has triggered wide-spread panic and fear in the general population, on a scale not seen since WW II. Panic-mongering has enabled opportunistic politicians, out-of-control scientists and genetic engineers, public health bureaucrats, and large corporations, especially Big Pharma and the tech giants to consolidate wealth and power as never before.

The fact that the pandemic has been used to shift wealth from the poor and middle class to the ultra-wealthy is clear for anyone to see…. In December, 2020 the total wealth of U.S. billionaires reached $4 trillion, more than $1 trillion of which was gained since March 2020 when the pandemic began, according to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies.”

In his forward to Mercola and Cummins’ book, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. reminds us of Hermann Goering’s statement to the Nuremburg Tribunal:

…it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship…voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Unknown Sequelae for a Genetically Modified Population

But what if Goering was wrong? That was then. This is now. There are signs that the planetarian community of informed dissenters is rapidly growing in numbers.

Today’s aspiring neo-technocratic, totalitarian transhumanists would do well to seriously ponder Rummy’s oft-cited admission of executive ignorance.

According to the Medical Dictionary, the word sequelae refers to “morbid conditions following or occurring as a consequence of another condition or event.” What will be the unintended sequelae of turning much of the world’s population into GMOs by means of injections created by pharmaceutical corporations, entities which by law, collectively enjoy herd impunity?

The man who engineered the approval of neurotoxic aspartame, oversaw the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal – not to mention other disastrous follies – must have had, before he died, the opportunity to know well the impacts of the ‘unknown unknowns’ whereof he spoke.

Time for a Re-Meme-Change

The Anthropocene meme of ‘unintended, human-caused planet-scale damage’ seems to be morphing into a widening public recognition of the declared Transhumanist/Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda to cause intended modifications to the human genome itself on a planet-wide basis. (Didn’t that used to be called ‘eugenics?’)

Perhaps the term ‘Trans-Anthropocene’ may prove to be more accurate – unless enough of us informed dissenters say “NO!” and make it stick.

As Cummins puts it,

With the body politic divided, misinformed, censored, and living in panic, the globalists, the world economic elite, can consolidate their wealth and power beyond anything the world has ever seen, hiding behind the excuse that they are safeguarding public health, mitigating climate change and eliminating poverty and unemployment. In the shadow of the Big lie, our only hope is to spread the truth, resist, get organized, and stop this tyrannical New World Order.


James Heddle co-directs EON, the Ecological Options Network with Mary Beth Brangan, who contributed to this article. The forthcoming EON feature documentary The San Onofre Syndrome is heading for release next year.