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Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Issued on: December 21, 2017



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)) (INA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.

I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.

I hereby determine and order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;

(ii) any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:

(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;

(B) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:

(1) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or

(2) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption;

(C) to be or have been a leader or official of:

(1) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section relating to the leader’s or official’s tenure; or

(2) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order as a result of activities related to the leader’s or official’s tenure; or

(D) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section; and

(iii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:

(A) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

(1) any activity described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section that is conducted by a foreign person;

(2) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(3) any entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in subsections (ii)(A), (ii)(B)(1), or (ii)(B)(2) of this section, where the activity is conducted by a foreign person;

(B) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(C) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (iii)(A) or (B) of this section.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.

Sec. 2. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1 of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

Sec. 3. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 4. The prohibitions in section 1 include:

(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 5. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:

(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and

(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to this order.

Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA and the Act as may be necessary to implement this order and section 1263(a) of the Act with respect to the determinations provided for therein. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States. All agencies shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

Sec. 9. The Secretary of State is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA, the INA, and the Act as may be necessary to carry out section 2 of this order and, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the reporting requirement in section 1264(a) of the Act with respect to the reports provided for in section 1264(b)(2) of that Act. The Secretary of State may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States consistent with applicable law.

Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, is hereby authorized to determine that circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of the property and interests in property of a person listed in the Annex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effect to that determination.

Sec. 11. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order, consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).

Sec. 12. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, December 21, 2017.

Sec. 13. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 20, 2017.

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Robert Mugabe ‘preparing to quit’ as military takes over Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has been taken into custody in what the military is describing as a ‘bloodless correction’ (Picture: Getty)

Zimbabwe’s military has taken control of the capital and the state broadcaster, with President Robert Mugabe being held under house arrest. 

In what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe – the world’s oldest head of state – the military insisted it had not staged a takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore the country’s democracy.

It comes after a power struggle over who would replace the aging leader, with his wife Grace seen as the most likely successor.

Her current whereabouts are unclear, although the military claims she is also under house arrest.

South African president Jacob Zuma said his country’s ministers of defence and state security are being sent to Zimbabwe to meet with Mr Mugabe and the military.

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Grace Mugabe is said to have fled the country and is currently in Namibia (Picture: Getty)
Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe
Soldiers surrounded the country’s parliament and government buildings (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The night’s action triggered speculation of a coup but the military’s supporters praised it as a ‘bloodless correction’.

For the first time, the southern African nation is seeing the military oppose Mr Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state and one of the longest-serving authoritarian rulers.

Mr Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from white minority rule in 1980.

The move comes after Mr Mugabe last week fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mr Mnangagwa – who enjoyed the military’s backing – fled Zimbabwe last week but said he would return to lead the country.

More than 100 senior officials allegedly supporting him have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace.

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There is said to have been a rush on the banks following the apparent coup (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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There is unrest on the streets following the military intervention last night (AP Photo)
Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe
Armed police patrol the streets of Harare after the military took over state broadcaster (AP Photo)

The first lady appeared positioned to replace Mr Mnangagwa as one of the country’s two vice presidents at a special conference of the ruling party in December, leading many in Zimbabwe to suspect she could succeed her husband.

Grace Mugabe is unpopular with some Zimbabweans because of lavish spending as many struggle and four people accused of booing her at a recent rally were arrested.

Armed soldiers in armoured personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in capital Harare while Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks in order to draw the limited cash available, a routine chore in the country’s ongoing financial crisis.

In an address to the nation after taking control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Major General Sibusiso Moyo said early on Wednesday that the military is targeting ‘criminals’ around Mr Mugabe and sought to reassure the country that order will be restored.

It was not clear where Mr Mugabe, 93, and his wife were on Wednesday but it seems they are in the custody of the military. ‘Their security is guaranteed,’ Gen Moyo said.

‘We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,’ he said.

Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe
It is not currently known where Mugabe and wife are being held (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

‘We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.’

Mr Moyo added ‘as soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy’.

The army spokesman called on churches to pray for the nation.

He urged other security forces to ‘co-operate for the good of our country,’ warning ‘any provocation will be met with an appropriate response’.

All troops were ordered to return to barracks immediately, with all leave cancelled, said Mr Moyo. The broadcast was sent out from the ZBC headquarters in Pocket’s Hill near Harare’s Borrowdale suburb.

Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, and military vehicles were seen in the streets.

Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe
Armed soldiers in armored personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in Harare (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Robert Mugabe 'preparing to quit' as military takes over Zimbabwe
The night’s action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a ‘bloodless correction’. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The military actions appear to put the army in control of the country.

Army commander Constantino Chiwenga had threatened on Monday to ‘step in’ to calm political tensions.

Mr Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party responded by accusing the general of ‘treasonable conduct’. But now Mr Chiwenga appears to be in control.

The US Embassy closed to the public on Wednesday and encouraged citizens to shelter in place, citing ‘the ongoing political uncertainty through the night’.

The British Embassy issued a similar warning, citing ‘reports of unusual military activity’.

Russian man takes legal action against prostitute who refused to satisfy him orally

In Yekaterinburg, a man went to police after a prostitute refused to satisfy him orally, reports E1.ru. The man, named only as Andrei, filed a police report about his misfortune to the municipal department of the Ministry for Internal Affairs.

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The man invited a prostitute to Aist Hotel on Darwin Street on October 29. In his report, the man wrote that the prostitute took the money, but said that she would not satisfy the man orally. The photo of the report appeared on VK social network.

Law-enforcement officers said that the report was accepted.

According to the Russian law, prostitution is punishable with a fine up to 2,000 rubles ($35) under administrative clause 6.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Turning to services of prostitutes is not punishable in the Russian Federation

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Takes Manhattan by Storm

On the panoramic 34th floor of One World Trade Center, with a phalanx of 2018 S-Class sedans parked below, Mercedes kicked off a press drive with what could only be described as homesickness. The German brand may have packed up its U.S. headquarters in the Tri-State area and moved to money-saving Atlanta back in 2015, but executives still cite New York as its spiritual home. It’s the city where Mercedes-Benzes were sold between 1957 and 2012 in a Park Avenue showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, its spiral rotunda an inspiration for his Guggenheim Museum. Its replacement, the showpiece Mercedes of Manhattan—the only Mercedes-owned dealership in America—fulfills 41,000 repair orders a year, their owners driving from the below-ground service center, up another winding ramp, to emerge gleaming onto 11th Avenue.

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Who said New Yorkers don’t drive? S-Class is a perennial local favorite

New Yorkers have returned the favor. 20 percent of America’s S-Classes are sold in New York and its satellite regions of New Jersey and Connecticut. From Berlin to Beijing, the world’s most popular large luxury sedan helps keep the carmaker flush with profits—as well as helping widen Mercedes’s lead in America’s closely-watched luxury sales rankings, with just over 340,000 total brand sales last year. According to J.D. Power, if you tally up every buyer of a six-figure automobile—sedans, SUVs, sports cars, you name it—one in three drives home in a Benz. This 2018 model is only a mid-cycle refresh, but with as many as 6,500 new parts aboard, the S-Class seems bound to defend that position.

After a speedy elevator descent from One World Trade, I walk past solemn tourists at the 9/11 Memorial and into the driver’s seat of the utmost S-Class: An emerald-green Mercedes-AMG S65, whose bi-turbo V-12 chucks out 621 horses and 738 pound-feet of torque. From its Nappa leather headliner and night vision system to its $8,950 AMG carbon-ceramic brakes, the S65 is the definition of “too much is not enough.” But you don’t really want that one, unless you’re among the few hundred Americans a year who will happily fork over $230,495 for a single car when they could have his-and-hers S-Classes for the same price. An inside joke at Mercedes: Why do people buy the S65? Because there’s no S75.

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It’s easy being green in the S-Class

At the other end of that price-no-object scale—and our row of cars—lies the new S450. America’s first six-cylinder, non-hybrid gasoline S-Class since the poorly received S350 of 2006, the S450 coaxes 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet from a 3.0-liter, bi-turbo V-6. You don’t want that one, either, unless you’re shopping strictly on price. Americans are denied the better six-cylinder version anyway: Europe’s mild-hybrid S500 that makes a lusty 429 horses from a 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a cutting-edge 48-volt electrical system.

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Mercedes-Maybach S560, in all its pillowy goodness

As for the Mercedes-Maybach—with its eight-inch wheelbase stretch and airliner-style rear seats—I slid into the back, snuggled the Maybach-embroidered pillows and wondered how much one would cost to replace if it fell out of the car, perhaps during a pillow fight with club-hopping socialites. That limo-length Maybach S560 starts at just $169,595, or just under $200,000 for the more-powerful, V-12-powered Maybach S650. But people who enjoy driving over snuggling pillows or barking orders at the chauffeur can cross the Maybach off their list as well.

That leaves the S-Classes you do want, the middle children of a six-model sedan lineup (not counting all-wheel-drive 4Matic variants) that spans a breathtaking price range, from that V-6 S450 at $90,895 to the aforementioned S65 at $230K.

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With new, downsized bi-turbo V-8, S560 model is the smart choice

Quite rightly, the bulk of buyers will empty their bulky wallets for the new S560, which adopts the lusty bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that’s familiar from the AMG GT sports car. It makes 463 horsepower, up 14 from last year’s S550 and its 4.7-liter bi-turbo. Torque stays at an identical 516 pound-feet, but the downsized engine has a flatter torque curve and is more fuel-efficient, thanks in part to the excellent new nine-speed automatic transmission. We’re talking a power yacht that kicks up a 0-to-60-mile-per-hour wake in 4.5 seconds with AWD (or 4.6 for rear-drive models), yet earns an impressive EPA rating of 17/27 mpg in city and highway, respectively.

 

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603-horsepower AMG S63 looks to inhale pedestrians, crush 60 mph in 3.4 seconds

And if you’re determined to spill rich blood on the streets like some plastic-wrapped Patrick Bateman, the AMG S63 squeezes 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet from AMG’s handcrafted version of that same 4.0-liter V-8. That one starts from $148,495, and it’s good for 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds—nearly as quick as the McLaren F1 of the Nineties, then the world’s fastest supercar. It’s also a perfect stoplight match for another big ’un that has no business going that fast, the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

For the S-Class, however, a steroid injection from the mad doctors of AMG has always struck me as beside the point; that 603-hp V-8 actually makes more sense in the smaller AMG E63 sedan. Stretching nearly 207 inches in length, the S-Class will never be a sport sedan, no matter how impressively flat the AMG’s S65’s body stays when I fling it around backroads near Greenwich, Connecticut, or how often I roast the rear tires after shutting off traction and stability control. In this gloriously silent and cosseting car, such antics seem silly, like downing a double Wild Turkey for high tea at the Plaza Hotel.

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A little AMG action, with new, conjoined 12.3-inch display screens

My opening stint in the S65 does underline perhaps the S-Class’s biggest competitive advantage versus the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, et al: A luxury cabin that weakens knees nearly as well as a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, but with technology and features that those bespoke British brands can’t match. That includes a pair of dazzling, 12.3-inch, high-resolution display screens, integrated into a single panel that makes them look like a wide-screen TV splayed across the dash.

I spent a few minutes goofing with 64 colors of adjustable ambient lighting that seem to glow from every pore of the Benz, now hooked into a new system called “Energizing Comfort Control.” Think of a giant Seventies mood ring (look it up) crossed with a Napa Valley spa. The Benz coordinates and adjusts its massaging seats, ambient lighting, climate control, audio, and in-cabin fragrances into roughly 10-minute-long programs called Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Training. You can select pre-programmed music—or the system will analyze your own media, based on its beats-per-minute, to select tunes for the chosen mood. “Ride of the Valkyries,” perhaps, for the CEO who just acquired a new company. A gimmicky feature? You bet, especially when awful, New Age-y music starts wafting through the cabin along with the onboard fragrance. But the individual elements are terrific, from the endlessly adjustable, power-massaging thrones to the sparkling Burmester 3D audio system with 24 speakers and 24 separate amplifier channels, whose beautifully perforated metal speaker grilles are being shamelessly copied by even mainstream brands.

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Burmester’s lovely, ambient-lit, pop-out tweeters

It’s hard to fault the car’s style, be it inside or out. To go along with the subtle exterior changes front-and-rear—including “triple torch” headlamps with stripes of LEDs—the interior brings two new natural grain ash wood treatments and three new upholstery color combos. The only exterior wart is a piece of transparent plastic set into the grille, part of the car’s radar array, that looks as tacky and jarring as a beer-pong cup on a luxurious banquet table.

I know exactly which interior I’d spend my lottery winnings on: The tri-tone “Mahogany Silk Beige” that blends cream- and nougat-colored Nappa leather, here paired with pinstriped black lacquer wood from Benz’s Designo collection. The effect was like being wrapped inside an expensive Swiss confection, and this interior does look good enough to eat. At one point, I randomly dialed up a pink shade of ambient lighting (perhaps closer to salmon)…and even as I joked about it, I realized it actually looked great with the surrounding colors.

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We’ll take it: New “Mahogany Silk Beige” interior with pinstriped lacquered wood

After years of complaints, Mercedes has finally ditched the clunky, annoying cruise-control stalk that drivers would reliably confuse with the turn signal, and vice-versa. For 2018, the Distronic adaptive cruise control (and many other vehicle functions) can now be controlled via a pair of lozenge-like buttons on the steering wheel. Said Distronic now uses onboard maps to automatically adjust its speed when approaching curves and intersections, somewhat like Porsche’s new InnoDrive; owners get three years of free updates to the Comand system’s maps.

That super-smart adaptive cruising is tied into roughly a zillion other safety and semi-autonomous functions. This S-Class is born for semi-autonomous operation, since you’re basically driving it with two fingertips anyway. Active lane changes may be a parlor trick for now—is it really that difficult to move the wheel two inches?—but the Mercedes can indeed switch lanes on its own at the flick of a turn signal, as long as the coast is clear. Ignore warnings to get your mitts back on the wheel, and the Mercedes will eventually roll itself to a safe stop, unlock the car, turn on the hazard lights, and send an SOS for help.

The Benz’s “sensor fusion” wraps the car in a protective cocoon—including stereo cameras that can peer up to 250 meters ahead with 3D “vision” extending 90 meters to the sides—allowing the Benz to perform all manner of evasive maneuvers or safety activations if you do get hit. Including, by the way, saving occupants’ eardrums from collision noise damage by emitting a “pink noise” interference signal that triggers a protective reflex in the ear’s stapedius muscle.

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So go ahead, speed toward a car or pedestrian, then fire off a few text messages. (I’m kidding, this is theoretical behavior. Or not.) The S-Class’s automated stoppers will prevent a frontal collision at speeds up to 62 mph, even if the driver takes no action whatsoever. Road Surface Scan uses a camera to search for bumps on the road ahead and soften the Active Body Control suspension accordingly, and now has more ability to operate in dusk and at higher speeds.

The “Curve” function, introduced on the swanky S-Class Coupe, now comes to rear-drive sedans only. (AWD models have too little space to package the hardware). That system actually pivots the Benz’s body to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65 degrees, which subtly-but-noticeably reduces lateral centrifugal forces that might upset pampered occupants. It’s the difference between a car zinging around a banked oval, versus a flat road. The stereoscopic camera looks for curves and surface changes, its chip-based controller linked to suspension struts at four corners. Hydraulic plungers and springs incline the body within fractions of a second, based on the car’s speed and the radius of the turn. Passengers are held straighter and tighter in their seats.

You’re probably getting the picture: If something is available in the world of automobiles, it’s on this Benz, whether standard or as an option.

Now, that bi-turbo six-cylinder engine is available as well. It escorts the S450 version from a stop to 60 mph in a reasonable 5.4 seconds. It’s the perfect engine for, say, the compact C-Class sedan or AMG GLC 43 SUV, and it’s adequate here. But who’s looking for “adequate” in an S-Class? After an hour of driving the S450, I decided the V-6 isn’t the best soldier for the S-Class’s missions, whether it’s blissful cabin isolation or effortless forward progress. If I wanted to hear an engine at work, I’d get an AMG. (Or a Mustang.) And if I’m looking to cheap out, and losing sleep over a $10,000 premium for the V-8, then I probably shouldn’t be buying (or leasing) an S-Class at all.

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S-Class in sun-dappled Greenwich, CT, where Benzes sprout like weeds

After some excellent homemade gelato at celebrity chef Jean-George Vongerichten’s rustic locavore inn in Pound Ridge, Connecticut, I find the lineup’s own sweet spot in the S560 4Matic. With its bi-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, the S560 (replacing the previous S550) is the bread-and-butter model that’s best suited to wealthy palates. 4Matic AWD, which Mercedes once resisted applying to sedans—until it realized it was getting killed by competitors equipped with four-wheel traction in the Northeast and other snowy markets—helps the S560 boost grip and lay down serious force.

Swinging onto a Connecticut country lane, I roll onto the throttle. The Benz surges ahead, flaunting the magisterial power. Ah, that’s more like it. The V-8’s sound—cranked up for industrial-rock menace in the AMG GT—is swaddled in the S560, but still impressive. It’s the rock star locked in your expensive wine cellar, his smoky baritone barely audible through the floor.

The price? $103,895, though an options splurge can boot even this S-Class into pre-owned Bentley territory. My stuffed S560 rang (or broke) the register at $149,805, packing everything from a refrigerated rear console for $4,950, to the Burmester “High End” audio for a high-end $6,400, to a $5,900 AMG body kit and wheels. Ah, but what the hell: If you fall short on payments, the S-Class is stealthy and powerful enough to ditch any repo man. Crack open a chilled champagne, dial up a soothing massage, music, scent and light show, and all will be well.

Lawrence Ulrich, The Drive’s chief auto critic, is an award-winning auto journalist and former chief auto critic for The New York Times and Detroit Free Press. The Detroit native and Brooklyn gentrifier owns a troubled ’93 Mazda RX-7 R1, but may want to give it a good home. Email him at Lawrence@thedrive.com.

Book of Enoch: God Takes Enoch to Heaven and Makes Him, Metatron – Angel and Ruler of All Princes (Video)

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From giants, nephilim, demons, and watchers — all the way to messengers, fallen ones, and the mysteries behind the world and even the worlds above and below, The Book Of Enoch tells it all! So why has this Book been hidden and concealed for so long?

Could there be even DEEPER TRUTHS behind this Book that your elite don’t want you to know?! Deeper Truths including the TRUTH about giants, dinosaurs, aliens, flat earth, and Future Prophecies? Is there a Secret Agenda behind hiding such a Book, and hiding TRUTH?!?!

Enoch. /ˈiːnɒk/ noun (Old Testament) 1. … proper name, in Old Testament eldest son of Cain, father of Methuselah, from Latin Enoch, from Greek Enokh, from Hebrew Hanokh, literally “dedicated, consecrated,” from hanakh “he dedicated,” whence also Hanukkah.

What do you think about the Enoch videos? Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more BIN prophecy!

 

CONFIRMED: Syrian Arab Army takes control of Jordanian border

Fierce fighting with ISIS and US backed jihadists in southern Syria has been ongoing for months. In June, two convoys of Syrian and allied soldiers came under fire from US forces illegally operating in the desert areas of southern Syria near the borders with Iraq and Jordan.

Today, the Russian General Staff announced that Syrian forces are now in full control of 105 kilometres of the border with Jordan. Jordan which for decades has been hostile to Syria has been an important passage for terrorists and illegal armed forces entering Syria.

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The Russian General Staff who work closely with the Syrian Arab Army as part of the anti-terrorist coalition in the country issued the following statement as offered by Russian Colonel General Sergey Surovikin,

“As part of the advance of the Syrian army and militia on Daesh’s (ISIS) positions, the control over 105 kilometres of the Syrian-Jordanian border has been restored

The efforts of the government forces on establishing full control over the Syrian-Jordanian border and the border with Iraq continue”.

This not only will help seal off areas where militants can enter Syria but crucially it will send a clear message to the Jordanian armed forces that their presence will not be allowed nor tolerated in Syria.

This comes as Russia offers further condemnation to American acts of aggression against Syrian troops fighting terrorists.

Colonel General Sergey Surovikin spoke of Russia’s view saying,

“The coalition (US) air forces and the strongholds of the forces of New Syrian Army (now known as the Revolutionary Commando Army) have blocked the way of the government forces, tasked with defeating IS (ISIS) groups”.

He further encouraged the United States to commit to an actual fight against terrorism by helping rather than hindering efforts of the legitimate Syrian led coalition.

Further unconfirmed reports suggest that the Syrian Arab Army and allied forces have pushed closer to the Iraqi border where they rendezvoused with allied Iraqi troops and Iraqi Shi’a volunteers.

The overall effect of these recent developments means that the Syrian Arab Army now has more or less a clear path to Deir ez-Zor, one of the last major ISIS strongholds in Syria.

Germany Takes First Step Towards Legalizing Rape Committed By Muslim Men

Recently, a German judge has acquitted a Turkish drug dealer, fully understanding that he forcibly and undeniably violated a woman for four hours to the point of incapacitation. The reason for lack of conviction was that the perpetrator was presumed to not culturally understand what rape was. As described, due to the “mentality of the Turkish cultural circle” (note Turkey is more than 95% Muslim), the Turk was simply participating, in his opinion, “wild sex”. In the justice’s words, “A conviction is not possible, because no intention is demonstrable.”

The defendant maintained that he would never do such a thing because he himself had female relatives. The victim herself, who personally described her direct refusal and the subsequent brutality, when asked “Could it be that the defendant thought you were in agreement?”, agreed. Acknowledged as a “heavy blow” for the injured party, the violent sex was not considered rape and the charge dropped..

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Europe’s Rape Crisis

This is not a unique event. Rape waves have been reported everywhere Muslim refugees have been allowed, and mainstream media always remains silent, if not attempting to defend or falsify the offenses when forced to. However, the particular incident is notable as an official declaration of the German, and likely all Western European, government.

Let them come, and let them rape without consequence.

The leftist narrative has indoctrinated German natives so strongly that their inclusive multicultural respect and bureaucratic conformism is even able to warp what is beyond doubt rape into an offensive cultural question, a question both a legal authority and the sexually assaulted woman answered yes to.

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Nothing was hidden, nothing concealed; all evidence was confirmed and understood, only to be disregarded as an ethnic misunderstanding.

After importing real rape culture into their societies, the people of Germany are rarely successful at reporting cases against Muslim miscreants, and even more rarely at winning them.

Police would rather cover up these crimes, including rapes of their own women, than risk their careers and income, for fear of being branded an Islamophobe in a multicultural society.. One national study showed that less than ten percent of men that are accused of rape are convicted (expectedly, religious and ethnic background were not distinguished)

Where is the national outcry?

Despite the liberal media’s best efforts to eliminate accusations and convictions of migrant crime, the engines of truth render such information indestructible and available to all those who search for it. Those who do know, though they may personally defend their friends and family, lack the political influence and population to change their crumbling society. Some leave, knowing they are unable to eliminate the newfound threats of their ancestral home, becoming refugees themselves of their invaded nation.

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Enraged German men protest against police for their incompetency against combatting Muslim rape

As the Islamic state is given free reign to accomplish cultural dominance, the useful majority continue with their lives, unconcerned about the very existence of their people. The harsh fact remains that the patients offered the red pill have always been in the minority. There is no outcry because the people who are capable of action, the men, have been raised from birth along with their women in pacifist, draining environments, and indoctrinated in multicultural acceptance and enthusiasm.

How does the liberal institution portray these events?

The issue with promoting a narrative of lies is that you must handle the flagrant inconsistencies your followers see.

Silence is a simple tactic to to allow your pawns to never even notice events they would otherwise be outraged at. It is for those who lived pampered lives and would never deign to search for anything beyond their popular “news”, who would readily deny and attack the existence of anything beyond the institution’s instruction.

However, hiding the violent realities of multiculturalism is impossible. There is one far more powerful strategy, one heavily evident in this case: distortion. Warp the mind of the culture, and you are able to do anything, even the most heinous acts out in the open and in front of the faces of those you control.

Leftist schooling appears to explain away all events as ludicrous, an exceptionally rare accident, a racist misunderstanding, or a complete fabrication entirely. Few escape the system, and most who do are directly scarred from personal attacks.

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The culture war is a fight for truth, and the innately arduous conversion process takes decades to enlighten a significant portion of men. But as the years pass in decline, does the process hasten in immediate realization or stagnate as the nation falls deeper into institutionalized ignorance? The choice is yours, Germany.

Canada’s overdose crisis (Part 1): ‘This drug takes over your life’

Canada is grappling with a “serious and growing opioid crisis” across the country that has caused an unprecedented rise in overdose deaths. With authorities slow to respond, some people are opening their own pop-up safe injection sites. Here’s the first of our two-part article looking into the overdose crisis.

A crisis that began at home

The overdose crisis ravaging the country is primarily associated with the drug fentanyl (an opioid that can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

A photo published by the New Hampshire State Police in the United States shows a fatal dose of heroin in the left vial, and a fatal dose of fentanyl in the right.

Opioids are a type of drug that work by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system and essentially blocking or reducing the feeling of pain. Fentanyl can be smoked or injected, or patches with gel inside can be chewed or worn on the skin. To understand why fentanyl is at the heart of the drugs crisis, we have to go back to another opioid called OxyContin, the main ingredient of which is oxycodone — and the doctors that prescribed it.

Graffiti on a wall in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

OxyContin, the game changer

Opioids have traditionally been used to treat acute, severe pain such as in terminally ill cancer patients, but when OxyContin came on the market in 1996, it was a game changer. Pharmaceutical reps and pharma-sponsored medical conventions told doctors that because OxyContin had a slow-release component (it releases oxycodone more slowly over a longer period of time, so patients do not have to take it as often), it could be used to treat chronic pain. Doctors began to prescribe it for things like chronic back pain or headaches. What wasn’t known then was that it was both highly addictive, and lethal.

But soon reports were coming in of a huge spike in addiction and overdoses across Canada. When the effects of OxyContin began to be known, Canadian provinces delisted the drug, making it not covered by provincial health plans and harder to be prescribed by physicians. OxyContin was pulled from the market by its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, in 2012, and replaced with another oxycodone drug called OxyNEO that was harder to abuse by snorting, crushing or injecting. This meant that addicts needed to seek that strong high elsewhere — which is where fentanyl comes in.

“If you were to drive through my town, you wouldn’t realise. But all of my friends are users”

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Keera Roberts, 27, lives in Castlegar in British Columbia. She became addicted to oxycodone after a doctor prescribed OxyContin after an injury at work. Her prescription was cut off when the province delisted the drug in 2012. She then started chasing her high elsewhere, turning to buying illicit drugs on the street and eventually becoming dependent on fentanyl.

About two years ago is when it really came on the market. When I was younger and went to parties you didn’t find opiates, you found ecstasy or mushrooms – now it’s fentanyl. When it first came out people didn’t want it, but now they don’t want anything else.

I like the high from fentanyl; it’s way stronger [than OxyContin]. I have to take a lot less of it, a quarter of what I would normally take, and it knocks me out. That is why people are overdosing because they go to take the original amount. I inject it daily every four hours. I’m now studying for a diploma and have missed a few days due to withdrawal sickness. It really does control your life.

Just in the area where I live, I’ve had three friends die in the past year. When it was just regular opiates on the market I didn’t see any overdoses, and now I’m hitting friends with Narcan [the brand name for naloxone, an opioid antidote that can reverse an overdose], and watching people get buried.

Vials of naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opiate overdose.

I was selling it at one point, but when I saw people were dying from it I stopped. When friends would ask me for it I wouldn’t get it for them because I didn’t want to cause their deaths.

There’s a hidden drug scene in my city, you don’t see people sleeping or shooting up on the streets like you do in Vancouver. It’s a nice town: if you were to drive through you wouldn’t realise. But it’s really rampant here. All of my friends are users. Everyone I know owns a Narcan kit.

Drugs coming from Chinese labs

After OxyContin was delisted, users would try to buy pills on the black market that were sold as OxyContin, but were actually fentanyl. Users buying heroin or even cocaine to allay their withdrawal were often unknowingly buying drugs that were heavily laced with fentanyl, because it is so cheap and potent.

And as demand for opioids increased, dealers began to source it as cheaply as possible, which meant it getting smuggled over the border from illicit labs as far afield as China.

An overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

This is what an injection naloxone kit looks like. There is also a nasal spray, which is easier to administer.

3.6 deaths every day in British Columbia

British Columbia is the province that is the hardest-hit, and was the first to declare a public health emergency in April 2016. There were the equivalent of 3.6 deaths every day in British Columbia in February 2017 alone: a year-on-year increase of 72.9 per cent.

It’s difficult to get a national picture of the crisis because death reporting and data-gathering amongst different public services like firemen and hospitals is organised at a provincial level.

On February 17, 2017, the Canadian government announced that it would disburse 65 million Canadian dollars over the next five years to implement national measures to tackle the opioid crisis. Ten million of that amount will be going directly to British Columbia emergency services.

But some community activists are sick of waiting for bureaucratic measures to pass, and have created their own pop-up medical tents to deal with the wave of overdoses happening on the street. Read more in ‘Canada’s overdose crisis (Part 2): ‘Pop-up’ injection sites‘.

Canada’s overdose crisis (Part 2): ‘Pop-up’ injection sites

Over the course of 2016, the opioid crisis in the Canadian province of British Columbia began to snowball. In that year, 922 people died of an overdose of an illicit drug — marking a huge jump from 2015, when 513 people died. Frustrated with authorities’ slowness to get measures in place, some residents have taken matters into their own hands.

Government advertising warning of the signs of an overdose and what to do next.

A community response

Supervised injection sites are places where drug users can go to use drugs, in a safe, sanitary, and monitored environment. Users need only bring their drug of choice – the site provides clean needles, tourniquets, cookers and other equipment they may need. The presence of trained staff means that in the event of an overdose, users can immediately be administered naloxone, an antidote that can reverse an overdose. And the stats show it works: at one supervised injection site, Insite, there were 4,922 overdoses in the 2015-2016 period, and no deaths because staff were there to intervene.

The tent is a makeshift supervised injection site in an alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Photo by Travis Lupick.

Insite is sanctioned and funded by Vancouver Coastal Health services. Local community activists have followed suit in launching their own supervised injection sites, but without official authorisation. Sarah Blyth and Ann Livingstone founded the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside simply in response to what they saw as a pressing need to have a space where people could shoot up under supervision.

Outside the OPS. Photo from OPS Facebook page.

“We’re not going to stand around and watch people die”

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Sarah Blyth is a former parks commissioner who works at the Downtown Eastside market nearby.

Behind the market is an alley popular with druggies. I’ve worked at safe injection sites before, and we were seeing so many overdoses, so we just decided to throw up a small medic tent with some Narcan [the brand name for naloxone, an antidote]. People would come and we would watch them using, and if they had an overdose we could help them straight away. We didn’t have a choice. It was happening on our doorstep, right next to the market, and it was happening to people we know and love.

Local community activists and residents protest against the government’s inaction against the drugs crisis on February  21, 2017. Photo sent by our Observer.

The government wasn’t doing anything. We can’t wait for red tape, or a taskforce, or a bureaucratic process. We’re not going to stand around and watch people die in front of us. We put a guy with a cellphone in a tent with a Narcan kit, a chair and a table and we said here you go, if anyone comes round, we’re ready to save lives. Now the site sees 300 people a day.

Volunteers working at the Overdose Prevention Society. Photo sent by our Observer.

Obviously, you can’t just set up a medic tent without a permit. Authorities became aware of what we were doing a couple of weeks after we started. Even though it was illegal, they realised that it’s better than letting people die. [OPS was running for about three and a half months before authorities officially gave it the green light on December 23, 2016.]

Safe injection areas are not where people are dying. People are dying in their houses, where they’re unsupervised. We’re trying to get people to come out of their houses and use in a safe space.

Inside the OPS, with a volunteer monitoring users taking drugs. Photo from OPS Facebook page.

The government is in the process of passing a new bill that will make it easier for these community-run sites to be authorised quickly, and to continue doing the work that saves lives.

“We are running out of space in the morgues”

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Lisa Lapointe is the chief coroner for British Columbia. She told France 24 that fentanyl is being manufactured in China and smuggled through the country’s ports – hitting British Columbia first because of its coastal position. She says that regional services are struggling to keep up with the crisis.

Fentanyl is a chemical preparation in kitchen labs. The amount needed to get high and to kill people is so tiny that it’s easy to smuggle into the country. I don’t think traffickers are trying to kill their clients, but the drug is so volatile. It’s impossible to have quality control. We have so many people dying in a day. And these deaths are on top of all of the other deaths we investigate. It has put a lot of pressure on our infrastructure. We have had to find additional space to store the deceased because the morgues are full.

This graph from British Columbia’s Coroners Service shows how dangerous fentanyl is in comparison with other drugs.

Scenes from inside one of the government-sanctioned overdose protection sites. Photo by Travis Lupick.

“No one saw this crisis coming”

There are people from all walks of life who are affected. There is what we call the ‘drug-entrenched street population’: those are people with challenging lives, who are living hand-to-mouth in temporary accommodation. But it’s not just them. We’ve seen nurses, teachers, professors, stay-at-home mums die. These people lead productive lives but they have a drug dependency and haven’t been able to stop. We are trying to get a comprehensive profile of the people who are dying in this province.

A sign in the street directing drug users to a safe injection site in Vancouver.

We have had to establish a drug death investigation team focused solely on illicit drugs deaths. One of the challenging things is that nobody saw this crisis coming. We’re trying to keep ahead of it.

Breast Implant Industry Takes No Prisoners

The recent FDA confirmation of the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare version of non-Hodgkins lymph cancer, is the latest volley from the arsenal of manufacturer-health provider-regulatory agency collusion. Unwitting females around the world continue to sign up for breast enlargement and reconstruction in record numbers despite the checkered history of the procedure.

Breast Implant Industry Takes No Prisoners

Here’s what we know: As of February of this year, the FDA database for BIA-ALCL includes 359 cases including 9 deaths, joining 46 cases in Australia, with 3 confirmed deaths. Spotty and variable reporting practices and the absence of worldwide implant sales data make global statistics unreliable, so it’s safe to assume the problem occurs more frequently than disclosed. The cancer and death risk occur with all versions of implants, whether saline or silicone, smooth or textured. Most cases have been reported for silicone implants, which may reflect that fact that silicone implants are far and away preferred over saline. In 2015, U.S. surgeons performed 255,060 silicone implant surgeries versus only 36,140 for saline implants. Textured implants are implicated more often than the smooth variety, and a low grade bacterial infection associated with the implant is present in all cancer cases. The most common BIA-ALCL finding is seroma, a fluid collection that develops on average, ten years after the implant is placed. Swelling, hardness, tenderness and/or redness near the implant are other telltale signs. If the implant and surrounding tissue are removed early enough in the course of the cancer, no further treatment is necessary. In cases with spread through the lymph system to other organs, radiation and/or chemotherapy would be advised. The FDA does not recommend any change in the routine medical care and follow up of women with breast implants, nor does it recommend implant removal in the absence of symptoms or physical changes. For silicone implants, screening for rupture is recommended beginning three years after surgery and every two years thereafter.

FDA “news” of the implant-cancer link isn’t news at all. In fact, worrisome information surfaced twenty one years ago. BIA-ALCL was first reported in 1996, red flagged by the FDA as worthy of further study in 2011, recognized by the World Health Organization as a distinct entity in 2016, and finally, in 2017, granted an FDA warning. The “news” is just the latest installment in the undistinguished legacy of breast implantation.

The story of modern breast implants began in 1961, when Texas doctor Frank Gerow squeezed a plastic transfusion bag full of blood and commented that it felt quite like a female breast. In short order, with the support of Dow Corning, that aha moment led to a test silicone implant surgery on Esmerelda, a dog who chewed open her stitches, forcing removal of the implants two weeks after they were placed. With a total animal experience of one, and absolutely no long term follow up, the operation was declared a success and Dr. Gerow announced the procedure was as “harmless as water.” Next, he and a colleague convinced a women to undergo the operation in return for which they performed the cosmetic procedure she really wanted: having her prominent ears pinned back. The team continued performing silicone breast implants, through which they learned the other complications include infection, swelling from clotted blood, and capsular contracture, the immune system’s reaction to the presence of a foreign body, walling it off with fibrous scar tissue which deforms, hardens and shrinks the implant and the host breast. If these reactions sound familiar, that’s because they remain common surgical risks to this day.

Breast implant surgery continued, unregulated until 1976, when the FDA deemed implants a class 2 medical device, placing them in the same, relatively harmless category as surgical drapes, powered wheelchairs, and air purifiers. Thereafter, with widening use, a steady stream of reports of adverse health effects and emerging safety concerns appeared in the medical literature and in the courts. Finally, in 1988, twelve years after the initial FDA classification and twenty six years after the first human surgery for silicone implants, indisputable data convinced FDA to reassign them to medical device class 3, the highest risk category, which includes implantable pacemakers and external cardiac defibrillators. By definition, class 3 devices support life, or substantially prevent the impairment of human health, or pose a potential, unreasonable risk of illness or injury. Breast implants clearly meet the latter condition. Class 3 status mandates that manufacturers submit safety and effectiveness data for the device, but, despite an FDA panel concluding this was never done, they voted unanimously to allow the implants to continue to be marketed. Almost four years after that, at the end of 1991, the FDA concluded that silicone implant manufacturers still had not provided safety and efficacy data, yet again, unanimously voted to allow marketing of the implants.

It gets worse. One month after the 1991 FDA ruling allowing a high risk medical device with no scientific safety and effectiveness data to be implanted in women, Mariann Hopkins, age 48, was awarded 7.3 million dollars in her lawsuit against Dow Corning. After surviving breast cancer and double mastectomies, she developed mixed connective tissue disease, an autoimmune disorder the jury related to repeated ruptured implants seeding silicone throughout her body. Confidential Dow Corning communications released at trial showed that at the same time the company reassured the public about implant safety, its scientists had no long term data to actually support the claims. The Hopkins lawsuit was one of many, and in January, 1992, one month after her jury award, the FDA announced a voluntary moratorium on silicone implants, followed in another month, February, 1992, by a ban which took them off the market pending further review.

In April of 1992, the FDA declared that no manufacturer of silicone implants had submitted enough information to warrant approval based on demonstrated safety and effectiveness, and advised they should only be used for breast reconstruction or replacement of existing implants. With 19,000 implant-related lawsuits pending, Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy in 1995. In 2000, the FDA approved saline implants for reconstruction at any age, and for augmentation at age 18 and up. In 2006, fourteen years after they were removed from the market, silicone implants were re-approved for augmentation in women ages 22 and older, and for reconstruction at all ages. Five years later, in 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Communication indicating that based on a review of the scientific literature, BIA-ALCL is a small but real cancer risk to implant users. Since then, three more silicone implant devices have been FDA approved.

History repeats. Shoddy regulatory oversight of female health is not new. U.S. physicians prescribed DES to pregnant women starting in 1938, a full nine years before it was granted FDA approval to prevent miscarriage. Despite a rigorous scientific study published in 1953 showing DES to be ineffective, and a 1971 report of rare vaginal cancer in girls whose moms had taken DES, the FDA did not ban it. DES continued to be prescribed until the 1980s, finally having its FDA approval withdrawn in 2000. In 2011, the same year the FDA conceded there is a lymph cancer risk associated with breast implants, it acknowledged the DES tragedy but refused to apologize for it.

Then there’s Premarin, produced from horse urine, a form of menopausal hormone replacement therapy first marketed in 1941, in use for thirty one years before its manufacturer submitted effectiveness data to the FDA. In 1997, the widely used drug became a blockbuster, reaching 1 billion dollars in sales. Flash forward to 2001, when the Women’s Health Initiative reported it carries an increase risk for breast cancer, stroke, heart attack and blood clots in the legs and lungs, confirming what many other studies had already previously reported. Premarin continues to be prescribed.

Contrast these examples to the unique case of Thalidomide, a drug sold in Europe, Canada and the Middle East, said to be safe for treating morning sickness during pregnancy. When the application for its approval arrived at the FDA in 1960, it landed on the desk of Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, who expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of safety evidence presented. This led to a war of wills between Dr. Kelsey and the manufacturer, but she stood her ground demanding scientific rigor, and in so doing saved American women from the heartache of giving birth to babies with a characteristic birth defect, foreshortened, flipper-like limbs.

Which brings us full circle to breast implants. Since 2011, the first time the FDA officially recognized the association between lymph cancer and breast implants, 1.7 million implant surgeries have been performed in the U.S. Of the nearly 300,000 breast implant operations performed in 2016, one third were for reconstruction and two thirds were for breast enlargement. The trend for this wildly popular procedure is to perform it at younger and younger ages because, while not officially approved for young teens, it is legal. In 2014, eight thousand teenagers had breast augmentation, and it has become a commonly requested high school graduation gift. There are no long term studies on the implantation risks in still-developing breasts but, with BIA-ALCL occurring on average ten years after implant placement, teens can expect this preventable cancer to occur when they are in their twenties.

Females should think hard and educate themselves fully before deciding to sign up for breast implant surgery. The short and long term considerations should include, but not be limited to:

  • risk of surgery and anesthesia
  • pain
  • change in the shape, consistency and movement of the breast(s)
  • tenderness and lumpiness around the implant
  • unsatisfactory sexual response related to decreased sensitivity, numbness and deformity
  • inadequate milk supply for breast feeding
  • potential transfer of silicone, platinum and other toxic implant ingredients to breastfed offspring
  • implant recipients 3 – 4 times more likely to commit suicide, 2X more likely to die of brain cancer, 3X more likely to die of lung cancer, overall 21% increased cancer risk
  • ruptured implants associated with chronic, debilitating, potentially fatal autoimmune disorders
  • brain fog, trouble concentrating, memory loss
  • implants’ limited shelf life insures more surgery will follow (50% rupture by 10 years, 90% rupture by 15-20 years)
  • mammograms less reliable for detecting cancer, can rupture the implant
  • implant removal surgery is difficult, risky, can cause further breast deformity
  • valved saline implants associated with serious bacterial and fungal infections
  • BIA-ALCL

Breast implantation is a multibillion dollar windfall for participating manufacturers and doctors; for women, it’s a potential, scientifically proven nightmare. Interestingly, the FDA has not approved a silicone testicular implant due to inadequate testing.

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