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July 31, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

CONSPIRACIES....According to a poll done to publicize the new X-Files movie, the #1 conspiracy theory (in Britain, anyway) is the belief that Area 51 exists to investigate aliens. I don't buy their claim that a full 48% of Britons believe this, but whatever. All in good fun etc. etc.

But down at #10, we get this: "The world is run by dinosaur-like reptiles." What the hell kind of conspiracy theory is that? Dick Cheney doesn't look anything like a dinosaur.

UPDATE: And of course there's this too, explaining why the government is so uninterested in investigating UFOs: "Drawing on the work of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, the puzzle is explained by the functional imperatives of anthropocentric sovereignty, which cannot decide a UFO exception to anthropocentrism while preserving the ability to make such a decision. The UFO can be 'known' only by not asking what it is." Uh huh.

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The lizard thing is a conspiracy theory put forth by David Icke.

Posted by: Remi on July 31, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

And was exposed by Marc "Beastmaster" Singer in the miniseries V.

Posted by: norbizness on July 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Jeebus. Obviously I don't get out enough. Or maybe I get out too much. Or something.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on July 31, 2008 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

"The UFO can be 'known' only by not asking what it is."

How Rumsfeldian. Now a lot of things make sense...

Posted by: JM on July 31, 2008 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

"#6 Scientologists rule Hollywood"

Reverse the nouns and I think I'd agree.

Posted by: Chris O. on July 31, 2008 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

Rather than abusing a bunch of dead philosophers who can't defend themselves, isn't a much better explanation for the lack of UFO investigations simply that scientific investigators have better things to do than shoveling mountains of manure looking for magic ponies?

As Kant proved, pure reason makes you stupid.

Posted by: Downpuppy on July 31, 2008 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Ixnay on the izardlays.

You've been warned.

Posted by: Catpain Haddock on July 31, 2008 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Here's the conspiracy. Us(humans) investigating ufos,aliens,ets,etc. would be the same as squirrels writing classical music and playing electric guitars like Hendrix.

Posted by: Gandalf on July 31, 2008 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

OK people. Nothing to see here. Move along now.

Posted by: Xorg from the Planet Tau Epsilo -- er, I mean "Jerry" on July 31, 2008 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

OK, we all know where squirrel guitarists
end up

Posted by: Downpuppy on July 31, 2008 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Oh come on, everyone in the galatic community knows that terra firma is under Galatic interdict, and is off limits to all tourists and commercial interests till further notice. The reason we have "ufo's" is because some of the galatic community get a kick buzzing the planet.
You know, roust the locals, scare the dogs, and scatter the chickens...all in good fun, don't cha'know.

Posted by: sheerahkahn on July 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Honestly, I'm surprised the "9/11 Inside Job" conspiracy theory wasn't on the top of the list.

I wasn't surprised to see that the Illuminati were in the top five--I'm consistently amazed how many bar-room chatters bring this up to me. It would be charmingly old-fashioned, except I know that they're all getting it from stupid Dan Brown.

As far as the "anthrocentrism," I'm assuming that it has something to do with the way that people seem incapable of imagining aliens on UFO's as being anything other than a slightly altered human. At least, it's one of my pet peeves.

Posted by: AMP on July 31, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, I know the lizard one. It's pretty British-specific.

It's based on the theories of a guy named David Icke, who used to be a soccer presenter or something. The particualr conspiracy theory is rather complicated, but it's essentially a further elaboration of Lyndon LaRouche's political philosophy. In essence:

The Queen of England, George W. Bush, and most Jews are drug-dealing, shape-shifting alien reptiles. They conduct a lot of abductions.

-- ACS

Posted by: ACS on July 31, 2008 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

I can totally believe that 48% of Britons think that the Americans are investigating space aliens at Area 51. Not that they think we have any good reason to, just that we are looking for them. :) I mean, the CIA did research into telepathy, too, in spite of that being equally silly.

Why wouldn't the Brits believe that Americans do silly things? Why is the percentage as low as 48%?

Posted by: DH Walker on July 31, 2008 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Area 51 is just a decoy.

Posted by: Dave on July 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Well no. THAT's because the dinosaurs have people suits. Dick Cheney looks EXACTLY like a dinosaur in a people suit, now doesn't he?

In fact, nearly all Republicans are dinosaurs in people suits. The suits have to come off in order for them to have sex, which is the real reason why Republicans are against sex. They think the rest of us don't know they are dinosaurs in people suits, when we have, in fact, been wise for some time. Except the media. They could see the dinosaur that is Dick Cheney coming out of the neck of his people suit, and still not have a clue (Look over there! Barack Obama is black! And scary!)

It also answers the question of whether Republicans grow, or are just hatched pretty resoundingly.

No clue why they think gay sex is so much worse than other sex, though you must admit the similarity of their pronouncements on the subject to bull alligators roaring at the edges of their territory. Also, have you noticed that alligators have very wide stances?

Posted by: bluewave on July 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Alligators wide knees are a big reason they aren't dinosaurs. Straight legs are why dinosaurs could get big.

Those stupid skink legs that critter had in the last Godzilla are what ruined my career.

Posted by: Gojira on July 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Dick Cheney doesn't look anything like a dinosaur.

Wait a few years.

Posted by: tomeck on July 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Squirrels writing classical music and playing electric guitars like Hendrix?
Cool! :-)

Posted by: on July 31, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe more important is that an idea shouldn't be rejected just because it sounds like "a conspiracy theory." Sometimes creepy people do get together and plan things, you know?

BTW, what does anyone think of that new X-Files movie? I thought it was decent acting and a relevant human interest story, and not to be too hard on it for lacking big gee-whiz weirdness this time.

Posted by: Neil B. ♫ on July 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Oh BTW, for those making fun of the icky Icke stuff:
That preppie aristocreep PJ O'Rourke did refer to himself and similars as "Republican reptiles"! (He pretends it was sarcastic ,,,)
Really, it isn't hard to think of them as lizards, but they are quite terrestriogenic (is that a word?)

See the great pic at this link:


There's lots of other weird and offensive stuff there.

Posted by: Neil B. ☼ on July 31, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

I mean, the CIA did research into telepathy, too, in spite of that being equally silly.

I knew you were going to say that.

Gazing into the ethers I see also that you've been to a book signing, you're interested in Perlstein's Nixonland, and...and -- and there is a McDonald's within a five mile radius of your home.

Behold the awesome powers of the Mind!

Posted by: Mentat the Inscrutable on July 31, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

DH Walker wrote: "I mean, the CIA did research into telepathy, too, in spite of that being equally silly."

There is nothing "silly" about telepathy. Parapsychology is a legitimate field of scientific inquiry and research into telepathy, psychokinesis and related phenomena is ongoing at universities all over the world. "Telepathy" or anomalous information acquisition has been repeatedly demonstrated in laboratory experiments. I recommend Dean Radin's excellent book "The Conscious Universe" for a good overview of the actual status of modern parapsychology research. It has nothing to do with Uri Geller bending spoons, or carnival "mind readers", and everything to do with careful scientific research conducted according to the highest standards that apply to any other field of research.

Kevin wrote: "... explaining why the government is so uninterested in investigating UFOs ..."

It is not true that "the government" is "uninterested" in investigating UFOs. Information released pursuant to FOIA requests has demonstrated that the US government was actively investigating UFO sightings at times when they claimed they were not. Whatever may be the "truth" about UFOs themselves, it is certainly true that the US government has lied about and covered up its very active interest in investigating UFO sightings.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 31, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

If the 'reptilians' are people whose animal soul or aspect can be characterized by fear and other primal emotions, then it might be a fair assessment of Cheney Inc.

And I say that with the sneer of a competing reptile.

Posted by: rich on July 31, 2008 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

If the 'reptilians' are people whose animal soul or aspect can be characterized by fear and other primal emotions, then it might be a fair assessment of Cheney Inc.

And I say that with the sneer of a competing reptile -- or at least with the reptile part of my triune brain.

Posted by: rich on July 31, 2008 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK

Parapsychology is a legitimate field of scientific inquiry and research into telepathy, psychokinesis and related phenomena is ongoing at universities all over the world. "Telepathy" or anomalous information acquisition has been repeatedly demonstrated in laboratory experiments.

If you say so. I myself wonder why parapsychology is the only 'scientific' field where all 'results' represent only slight statistical fluctuations from purely chance levels, which other researchers typically are unable to replicate.

This, despite decades of research. I cannot think of another field where scientists have been so spectacularly unsuccessful in refining their experimental techniques to produce clear results. At some point you have to ask whether it's all statistical false positives. Flip a coin 1000 times, you'll get some nice looking runs of heads.

The only reason I'd wait for clearer results is if there were a coherent theory explaining what is supposed to be happening (and why we would expect it to be hard to detect). But there's still no theory behind parapsychology, despite the massive theoretical advances in brain research that have occurred over the last 50 years.

For parapsychology, 50 years of failure is enough.

Posted by: theo on July 31, 2008 at 7:00 PM | PERMALINK

theo wrote: "I myself wonder why parapsychology is the only 'scientific' field where all 'results' represent only slight statistical fluctuations from purely chance levels ..."

It isn't. There are other fields of natural science which also rely to a similar degree on small statistical variations, including biomedical research. Studies of the efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs that have achieved statistical results comparable in significance to those of parapsychology have been used to justify the approval, or disapproval, of those drugs for public use.

Nor is it true that all the positive results of parapsychology are of that nature.

theo wrote: "... which other researchers typically are unable to replicate."

That's false, other researchers are able to replicate the results.

theo wrote: "I cannot think of another field where scientists have been so spectacularly unsuccessful in refining their experimental techniques to produce clear results."

Parapsychologists have been successful at refining their techniques to produce clear results.

theo wrote: "For parapsychology, 50 years of failure is enough."

It's fifty years of success. Rhine successfully demonstrated the existence of ESP decades ago, and his experiments have been replicated many times since then, with ever-increasing refinement, and continue to demonstrate the reality of psi phenomena.

You sound like you don't really know much about parapsychology, except that you have an a priori certainty that the phenomena it studies cannot possibly be real. With all due respect, your statements sound like rote recital of CSICOP talking points, and they have no relation to the reality of modern parapsychological research.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

They watch a lot of Doctor Who. And the special effects are amazing. Impossible to differentiate from reality television.

Anyway, I understand their confusion.

Posted by: B on July 31, 2008 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Area 51 exists to test aircraft. Tom Tancredo exists to investigate aliens.

Posted by: Pat on July 31, 2008 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

Just how often did the members of Monty Python get laid?

Posted by: Paul Camp on July 31, 2008 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Britain eah ?

Well, I guess that explains Tony Blair.

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

Posted by: daCascadian on July 31, 2008 at 11:52 PM | PERMALINK

Most people don't know dinosaurs were warm-blooded, which is enough to establish that Dick Cheney isn't one.

Posted by: Steven desJardins on August 1, 2008 at 12:18 AM | PERMALINK

Guys, is it just a coincidence that today's NASA Photo of the Day (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1140a.html) looks so much like a flying saucer? If you want a conspiracy theory, how about the idea that somebody leaked an Area 51 photo and NASA then decided to intentionally publish it with the lame explanation that it's a heat shield being built by Boeing?

Posted by: Paul Harder on August 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM | PERMALINK

Off the top of my head, I would think the dinosaur-reptile thing might be coming from Scientologists who can't seem to dismiss Hubbard's more kooky writings, and/or psychedelic hobbyists familiar with some of Terence McKenna's more memorable DMT-inspired hallucinations.

I won't go into any more detail, but that should be enough detail for anyone who cares to follow up.

Posted by: Jimm on August 1, 2008 at 4:03 AM | PERMALINK

Then again, this David Icke thing is somewhat fascinating, not familiar with him, and there are plenty of theories going around about the "reptilian brain", some brilliantly interweaved with gratuitous illuminati stories by Robert Anton Wilson.

For me, the best antidote against Illuminati conspiracies was Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Just in the course of reading that book, I transformed from enthralled with the mystery and conspiracy of Illuminati and freemasonry to absurdist bemusement at the whole thing (in a similar vein to the revelations of Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

Posted by: Jimm on August 1, 2008 at 4:09 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe, the TV miniseries "V" from the early 1980's was closer to the truth after all....

Posted by: John on August 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

The sci-fi movie "They Live" was a great metaphorical portrayal of Republican rule.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on August 1, 2008 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

Montes Orthopedic
Steven Montes
9000 E. Indian Canyon
Tucson, AZ 85749

April 11, 2007

4-Generations of Women Killed by City of Tucson Water Department Employee
Cover up Story

It is common knowledge, that the State of Arizona is the worst offender of its Citizen Civil Rights, as it is also common knowledge that the City of Tucson is the greatest offender of its Citizens Civil Rights

I have a powerful story to tell, I would like to talk to you about the deaths of three generations of women in Tucson, Arizona. This car accident accrued at the hands of a reckless City of Tucson Water employee, while on the job in his City of Tucson Water Department vehicle.
This accident was sure to have bankrupt the City of Tucson due to the over whelming evidence of neglence against the City of Tucson.
If it hadnt been for a major cover up conducted by high ranking officials with the City Water Department, powerful City, and State politicians that control the Arizona State Motor Vehicle Division, the Tucson Police Department, and the Tucson newspapers, TV stations, and all media concerns. There was just a small morning article that appeared in the back of the newspaper, and nothing else was covered in the news anywhere after that article appeared.
It all started with a man named James D. Wile who everyone called Red, because of his red hair. He was an exceptional employee, he was well liked by all of water department supervisors, in the field, and all Water Department officials.
He was well liked because he was a Johnnie On The Spot or Speedy Gonzales he did every thing that was asked of him very quickly. He did not argue with his bosses about a particular job being to hard, or too strenuous to accomplish. He did what was asked, and he was very quick at what he did, as well as reckless. Page 1
His motivation stemmed from his medical condition called ADHD, which refers to the extreme hyperrness, and anxiety that is associated with his condition.
Although he was well liked by his bosses, he had an extensive history of traffic citations for speeding before working for the City of Tucson, being involved in minor accidents with his City truck in the yard, and numerous accidents involving damage to City equipment as well.
All of his reported accidents over the years were the common knowledge of his fellow workers, and every supervisor at the Water Department. There was a look the other way policy, when it came to this employee reckless behavior.
While on his way to a job site that required his immediate attention, at a high speed that is sometimes associated with emergency vehicles, he went over a hill, saw that traffic was backed up at the street light, and could not stop his vehicle in time due to the speed he was traveling at. so to avoid a major accident with cars in front of him, he drove his City truck over a concrete medium to avoid hitting the cars in front of him, and slammed into on coming traffic. Killing three generations of women, an infant baby girl, young mother of baby girl, the mother of daughter of the baby girl.
An investigation had begun immediately with a cover up. It was decided that the damaged City truck driven by Mr. Wile would be taken to a location, other than where the truck had originated from originally.
This diversion was to prevent all City employees from divulging any first hand knowledge to Police Detectives, OSHA, and any other investigating agency involved in this accident. As to the numerous accidents that James D. Wile had been involved in while he was employed with the City of Tucson.
At the location where the truck was taken for further investigation, City employees working on the vehicle had taken the brakes off the vehicle, and had replaced them with worn out brakes to prove that it was break failure that had caused the accident. It was break failure that caused this accident, but only because Mr. Red was speeding at such a high rate of speed to stop his vehicle in time to prevent this accident.
Later all accident reports within the Water Department concerning Red were destroyed. As well as other records listed with the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle, and Public Safety.
Mr. Wile was given monies by high ranking officials in a meeting, to keep quiet, and to start a new life else where. He was given a high recommendation for his performance with the City of Tucson to aid him in finding other work else where as well.
Because the familys of these unfortunate victims were very poor, it was easy to give them an $800,000 settlement for the lives of their loved ones, from the insurance policy that covered the City of Tucson truck. Of this $ 800,000 the attorney got half the monies to misrepresent the familys in court, leaving the family with only $ 100,000 per lost victim.
* This next incident involved the cover up in the death of City of Tucson Water Department employee, which lends proof that this City Department is capable, and quite skilled at covering up the facts.

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This story involves the death of a City of Tucson Water employee, his name is Mr. Valenzuela. As proof of the City of Tucson corrupt Politicians, and Department heads ability to cover up the facts.
One day Mr. Valenzuela was working on the small power hand tools, weed eaters, gas mowers, gas operated hedge trimmers, and other hand tools that he was responsible for the maintaining.
These tools were then issued to the crews to maintained the surrounding vegetation around the different water wells located in and outside the City of Tucson.
He had worked at his job, day in and day out for many, many years doing the same thing over and over daily. He was in charge of the small hand tools that he issued from the small tool shed that he worked out of. Everyone at the Water Department knew what his job was.
One day his immediate supervisor, came out in a panic looking for some one to drive the broken down hazardous front end loader out to a job site. I turned out that some kids had fallen into a hole that was not secured, and the kids had bee injured. In an attempt to cover up the hole immediately, so the evidence would not be available to investigators, and to prevent a law suit involving the injury to the children.
Because Mr. Valenzuela, was the only one that was available in the compound, his supervisor ordered him to drive the front end loader tractor out to the site to cover up the hole. Mr. Valenzuela protested for several moments, stating that he was not qualified to drive the tractor, and then stated that he was afraid to drive the tractor, because he did not know how to operate the tractor. He also stated that the he did not have a valid licence to drive the heavy duty equipment.
After being threatened with his job by his supervisor, he began looking for someone else to operate the front-end loader. At which time Mr. Valenzuela approached my father, Manuel Montes who was a welder for the City of Tucson Water Department at that time. He begged my father to please take his place, but my father had just witnessed the argument and answered that he did not know how to drive the tractor either. My father told Mr. Valenzuela to continue to look for some one to take his place.
So Mr. Valenzuela, got on the tractor, after a long search to find some one that could operate the tractor. As Mr. Valenzuela, approached the site, the hole was across a huge ravine that was at a speep downward incline. As Mr. Valenzuela started to go down the incline or the ditch, the tractor flipped over, on top of him, and had crushed him to death.
Within two hours of the report of Mr. Valenzuela death to the Water Department Office of the accident, high ranking officials with the Water Department, went and forged documents, tests, proving that Mr. Valenzuela was fully qualified to operate the equipment, had prepared and passed tests that certified him to operate the tractor.
The City of Tucson claimed that Mr. Valenzuela was neglect in the operation of the heavy Duty Equipment. The City maintained that because he was at fault, his family would have to settle for the small amount of insurance monies offered by the City of Tucson.
Later Mr. Valenzuelas wife had learned the truth about he husband from other employees that he worked with. When she complained, she was threatened by high ranking City of Tucson Officials, which threatened the jobs of her relatives that were also working in other positions with the City of Tucson. Page 3
Please note that I have a eyewitness to both incidents that occurred in the stories listed above
* This story is more about my direct involvement in the dumping of tens of thousands of gallons of the EPAs 2nd hottest Hazardous Chemical called Malathion.
When I work for the City of Tucson Parks & Recreations Department in 1974, I was directly responsible for the dumping of tens of Thousands of this highly toxic carcinegient known as Malathion.
As owner of Montes Orthopedic for over 20 years, I would ask my clients what kind of work they are involved in. This information was very helpful in determining what lead to their foot problems, so I could make a foot appliance based on their needs.
In November of 1997, I had an elderly client come in to my office so I could make him a pair of my foot orthotics. As standard practice, I asked him what type of work he was doing. He remarked that he had just resigned from his job a couple of weeks ago. He stated the he was a Hydrologist working for a small company that does testing on the numerous water wells that are located around the City of Tucson. Then his company reports his findings to the City of Tucson Environment Control Department, who in turn report these findings to the Federal EPA, on a regular bases.
He stated that it was ironic that I should ask what it is that he does for a job. He stated that he had just resigned from his job because his boss was putting pressure on him to falsify his samples. He stated that the City of Tucson was putting pressure on his boss, so in turn his boss was putting pressure on him. As a result, he had to quit his job.
He then started to educate me on what carsinigantes are, he stated that they are chemicals that are known to cause cancer in people. He stated that these carcinogens are measured in parts per million, and some chemicals are measured in parts per billion. He state that as he collected the samples, his boss wanted him to add pure water to the samples to show that the samples are within EPA standards.
He stated that the levels of contaminates that were in our water supply were so great that they were way beyond Federal standards with the EPA.
It was then he asked me if I was drinking tap water, or bottled water. I answered that I was drinking bottled water. He then informed me that the water I was using to shower with was not safe, because of the high levels of carcinogens that were in the Citys water supply. He stated that I should be wearing swimming goggles to protect me from the harmful chemicals that are being absorbed through my eyes.
He also stated that the chemicals were still a great hazzard to the population of Tucson because of the chemicals becoming airborne He stated that when people water their lawns, the chemicals dry out on the lawn and are then picked up by the wind, and then are breathed in to cause us harm.
I then asked him how hazardous Malathion was, his eyes light up and said that Malathion is the 2nd Hazardous chemical on the EPA most hazardous list. I then began to tell him of my involvement with large quantities of Malathion that I had dumped for years while working for City of Tucson Parks & Recreations. I told him that Parks & Recreations had taken a 1400 gallon water buffalo used to spray water on dirt in back of a road grader, to keep the dust under Page 4
control. We placed a pump on the tanker, so we could pressurize the tank.
The Malathion we sprayed was used to control flies in the parks where we sprayed 6 days a week for years, and was also used to kill aphids on the medians located all around the city. When we sprayed, the wind through the chemical into our eyes and faces. It got on our cloths, hair, and skin. We had no Idea that the chemical I was using would be so dangerous to our health.
I also explained to him that the first time that I was asked to dump such a huge load of this chemical, I asked my supervisor, why we were wasting so much chemical, just pouring it out into the dump. I was told that we had to dump the load everyday because if we didnt do this, the pressure in the tanker would weaken the rubber gaskets that held the pressure in. That the
gaskets would blow out over night do to the excessive pressure in the tank and that it would take months to replace the gaskets.
Well in the latter part of 1997, I reported this information of my evolvement to the City of Tucson Mayors Office. I was following the progress of my reporting, thinking that the City would respond to my complaint. I was told that my complaint was on the agenda for a vote to get funds before the City Council to investigate my complaint.
Well thinking that my complaint might not pass for a vote to get the funds to check to see if the chemicals were indeed there like I had reported they were, I could see that the red tape would get the best of me, and with no assurances that the vote would pass, I reported this matter to the Tucson Newspapers, and other media sources, which sided with the City of Tucson who was stating that the chemicals were found, but they were well within Federal standards.
Since the City of Tucson had only 5 holes drilled using Arial maps of the area, and log books that stated where the chemicals were, was at best substandard. I had also disclosed that I knew of 4 other locations that contained hazardous chemicals.
The City of Tucson Environmental Services claimed that the Malathion Chemical had been mixed with tree cuttings, grass, saw dust, and other plant matter that was designed to create a biodegradable condition for the Malathion Chemical, rendering it safe.
A taped conversation with a University of Arizona Professor concluded that Malathion Chemical was not Biodegradable, and will remain in the ground until it is taken out. He stated that, the way we know this, is that Malathion had been used in the forests along the great lakes to kill a parasite beetle that was killing off the pine trees. 15 years later the Malathion was leaching in to the great lakes, where it was killing some of the fish. 20 years later the chemical was killing a lot of fish, and the animals that ate the fish. 25 years later it was a hazardous biochemical disaster.
This professor was rebutting the testimony of the what the City of Tucson had issued in their reports of this chemical.
As a result of me coming forward, the City of Tucson has closed most, if not all of the wells surrounding the area where I had dumped the chemicals into a unlined waste dump.
I was also aware of the City of Tucson dumping solvents, paints, and contaminated oil, dead carcases of animals that died at the zoo, into this dump since 1963. I had been told that these chemicals would effect infant children, and older adults. I was told that infant children near this site would manifest it self in the form of birth defects, and still borne.
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As a result of my battle to make things right with what I had done, I became more out spoken in the protection of my fellow citizens safety from these chemicals. I was forced out of business in the latter part of 1998, as a result of my concerns for peoples health.
* I was responsible for a Judicial Judge being forced to resign his position from the Pima County Juvenile Court Center. At this correctional detention center this Judge sat in judgement of young children up to age 17, for many years. His job was to sentence children to the correctional facility there for verity of crimes including drugs for sale, the use of drugs, and the manufacturing of drugs. Well I found out that this same Judge was arrested for "Cocaine use, and Possession", In a cover up by City, and County officials was never made to answer for his crimes. He never went to court for his crimes, and the cases he had heard and ruled over for the many years while he sat on the bench were never retried. Only because of the monies that it
would have costed both the City of Tucson, and Pima County to retry each case. When I had heard of his arrest, I was shocked that he was on leave with administrative pay. I protested to a local TV News Reporter, to complain about him being payed to wait and see what happen to him. I told the reporter that if it was you or I that got caught using "Cocaine", in a parking lot in the center of town, we would have lost our jobs, and would have been fired for our crimes. But special treatment was given to this individual, by City, and County politicians that hold them selves above the law. And are quite skilled at providing two types of law. One for the common people, and one for politicians, and high ranking officials that are allowed to act above the law.
* In August of 2005, I received a phone call from the City of Tucson Revenue Division. Asking me to come in to there office. After arriving, I was lead to a small office where I meet with a Revenue Agent, who wanted to change my taxing structure of my office, in an attempt to create new revenues for her department. I disagreed, stating that I was not in business from 1999 to 2005. As a result, the City Revenue Department, prepared tax returns for me that stated that I owed the City of Tucson over $76,000.000, and that from 1999 to 2005 I had grossed over $ 2.4
million dollars. Enclosed are fictitious copies of my tax returns made by the City of Tucson, and the decision the tax hearing officer made in my case.. Also at my tax hearing the deck was stacked against me, I was not told that I could have my own attorney present at this hearing. But the City of Tucson had their City of Tucson Attorney there who aided the City Revenue Department. This fraudulent tax is in retaliation for my efforts to make everyone accountable for their crimes, no matter who you are.
While in the Military, I had received several letters of appreciation, and accommodation for my performance, while stationed at Fort Hood Texas.
I was retired from active duty because of a disability that I sustained while in the Military, in 1979.
I have been using my Disability Veterans Check that I get monthly from the VA to fight the City of Tucson in my defense. It has been hard, since it is the only income I have.
Mission Statement:
When I first enlisted into the ARMY, I swore an oath under God to protect America form its enemies, both foreign , and domestic. An oath that I have lived by since I first gave that oath.
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Enclosed, are copies of the Newspaper article that was the only coverage that was covered in Tucson.
If I can be of further assistance in convincing the City of Tucson and City officials that they are not above the law, please feel free to call me.


Steven Montes

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Posted by: Steven Montes | April 11, 2007 at 12:35 AM

Look Where They Are Dumping Their Hazardous Chemicals Now?

By Steven Montes,

I was busy just doing my art while listening to the 5 Oclock news on TV KVOA Channel-4 in Tucson. When a story I was watching jolted me out of my seat. There was a news story about how Biosphere II located in Pima County near the small towns Tucson, Catalina, and Oro Valley, Arizona had been bought by Fairfield Homes, a well known national home building company specialized in the building of retirement communities.

Normally this news story being reported would not have bothered anyone else but me. But because I had prior first hand knowledge about the University of Arizona owning a Nuclear Plant directly on its campus, and had been illegally dumping its Nuclear waste for years in the ground on a parcel of land owned by the University of Arizona just located behind Biosphere II I was outraged.

The information I received first hand was form a former patient that had come into my Orthopedic office called Montes Orthopedic. I have worked at this office for over 20 years as a foot specialist.

As a rule I have the habit of asking people what kind of work do they do. By asking this question I am trying to determine if their foot problems are related to their job. So one day in 1998 I ask this man who had foot problems this very question. He responded that he was a scientist in Biology who researched cancer at the University of Arizona.

He started to explain to me just how cancer cells spread all over your body. He stated that the cancer cell will form in the blood when it is damaged, and is then carried through the blood until it randomly attaches to the thin membrane that separates the various organs in the body like in stake at the grocery store. Once cancer cell attaches itself, the cancer cell will secrete an enzyme that will eat into the white tissue of the thin membrane and spread to the organ that it has chosen.
So I told him that when I worked for the City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department in 1974, I was responsible for having dumped thousands of gallons of Malathion used to kill, flies, aphids, and other bugs in the City Parks, and road medians all around the City of Tucson. I also told him that I had been asked for years to dump the 1400 gallon water buffalo that we had converted into a giant chemical sprayer filled with the second hottest chemical listed on the EPA website. Every day for years I had dumped 8 gallons of Malathion daily 6 days a week into that tanker. The first time I was instructed to dump this hazardous chemical into the unlined dump that the City of Tucson built in 1963, I asked my supervisor why we had to dump such an expensive chemical. Which seemed to be at the time such a waste of so much chemical. My supervisor stated, that the reason for dumping the chemical was so the tanker would not have any pressure in it over night, because if we did not release the pressure the tanker would break the seals and it would take about 4 months to replace them.

After telling him this story, I asked him what type of health problems should I expect to have as I get older in life. He stated that most of my problems would be neurological. It was then that he had told me how the University of Arizona had built a Nuclear Reactor Plant several yeas ago on campus and was dumping the Nuclear waste just behind Biosphere II. I was in shock and did not tell authorities about what I had just learned about the U of A dumping its Nuclear waste on barren desert.

But when I witnessed the 5 Oclock news story on channel 4, how Biosphere II had been sold to Fairfield Homes who is the biggest developer of retirement communities in Yucson, I was so shocked to learn that this company was about to build homes over e toxic waste dump where hundreds of new families coming to Tucson would be harmed by the high levels of radiation coming from the ground where the Nuclear waste is buried.

So I got on line at my computer, and researched Fairfield Homes at;

There it was in black and white, the bigger picture of what I will call the biggest conspiracy ever in the history of our country against its elderly citizens. Paul Oreffice, the former chairman of Dow Chemical Co, purchased the company out of bankruptcy and gave the builder a new direction.

I feel that this new direction is in the illegal dumping of chemicals for Dow Chemical Companies clients that use more chemicals than they have storage space for.

It is my highly educated opinion that since Fairfield Home Builders is the greatest builder of retirement communities, that is owned by Paul Oreffice, the former chairman of Dow Chemical Co. I wouldnt be surprised if Paul Oreffice is still dumping illegal chemicals under the very homes in the retirement communities where his Fairfield Homes are being built.

I also feel that these illegal chemicals are being dumped under the concrete slabs before they are poured. I also believe that the chemical being used is being dumped as termite type of control before the concrete flooring is poured hiding all evidence.

It is also my educated opinion that this conspiracy is only aimed at only the elderly, since it is their old age of the elderly that will ultimately be the blame of there deaths or sicknesses from these chemicals that seep up from the concrete flooring of their homes.

I do believe that this conspiracy was also designed to counteract the growth of baby boomers as they get older, and to save what is left of Social Security. I also believe that since Arizona is a medical State that these man caused illnesses are deliberate and only serve the needs of medical community.

Up Date as of 8/4/08

Montes Orthopedic
Steven Montes
5401 E. 30th Street
Tucson, Az 85711
August 4, 2008

This action is an attempt by the City of Tucson, to further crush my business, my family, and myself. While causing further financial damage to me through this absurd, and unjustified tax assessment.

I can prove that I was not in business during the audit period located at 5401 E, 30th Street, Tucson, Arizona, 85711. In addition that I was medically, and finically unfit to preform my business at Montes Orthopedic, during the audit period, as maintained by the City of Tucson Revenue Department.

So in 1999, I left Tucson, to pursue my art in San Francisco, California making my tin can art candle holders for the tourists there at Fishermans Wharf in front of the Anchorage Shopping Center that was next door to the well known tourist attraction known as the Cannery.

But after being unable to do this type of work, do to my physical impairment, I returned back to Tucson, to help my elderly parents out because of their old age, and their disabilities that they have themselves.

As a disabled Veteran, my disability payment that I get once a month is $ 728.00 per month, which was a God send in being able to help my parents with the cooking, and other day to day tasks, but also being able to help them out financially with my disability check.

My business was under attack through the City of Tucsons Consumers Affairs Division. A branch of the City of Tucson Attorneys Office.

Mike Anderson, was directly in charge of overseeing my case. As a result of illegally holding fraudulent depositions, Mike had requested that I turn all my

records over to him, so he could investigate whether or not I had 68 Doctors that were sending their patients to me for the service I preformed on a daily bases. In addition he was also investigating me for claims that I had been doing business with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, The VA hospital in Tucson, Industrial Commission of Arizona, State Compression Fund, State Special Fund, and many other agencies that I held contracts with.

In order to get me out of business, the record will show that Mike Anderson, systematically called all of the above agencies that I have listed above, and during his investigation, announced that he was with The City of Tucson Consumer Affairs Department, a branch of the City of
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Tucson Attorneys Office, and that he was a Special Deputy for the Pima County Attorneys Office, and he was investigating Mr. Steven Montes, and Montes Orthopedic for fraud.

Well I lost all of my business over a 4 month period, as word got around town as to my alleged crimes.

Mike had made arrangements with the Better Business Bureau, that responded incoming calls from perspective clients, and the public, that any calls about Steven Montes, and Montes Orthopedic, were being referred to Mike Anderson, with the Consumer Fraud Division.

Mike Anderson was also responsible for the closure of thousands of little business during his Raine in power. In order to create a Cash Cow, for the Courts, City of Tucson Attorneys Office, private attorneys, and to justify his existence in the position he held.

As a result of so many closures fo small business, in Tucson, Arizona, A Senate Investigation was conducted. As to why, Tucson, Arizona lead the Nation in having the most bankruptcies in the nation. History, also will show that because of these closures of thousands of these small mom & pop stores, that were still buying goods, merchandise, and other services that were vital to the success of Tucsons economy, have now caused the City of Tucson to be on the edge of being bankrupted.

It is reported that all of the vendors doing business with the City of Tucson, have now demanded that the City of Tucson pay their past due bills, and have now started demanding cash for their services. All equipment that breaks down is now

being stored at Plant-II of the City of Tucsons Water Department. Until the City can get the funds to fix their equipment.

I had learned about Mike Anderson, activities from the members at my Sunshine Kiwanis Club members. It was several members that were able to shed light on my problems with Mike Anderson. I was told that Mike was not picking on me directly, that he was using the Better Business Bureau to pick on business that had bad reports with them, and that it was just my turn to get screwed.

When my clients in town, had heard about my problem, and wanted there monies back, I referred them back to Mike Anderson, for their funds, because their confidence, had been shaken by Mike and his Department, and I felt, since it was him that caused their mistrust in me and my company, that it was on him to pay them back for their losses.

I had told these several clients, that I had hired a private investigator, to record Mike Anderson, and the Better Business Bureau, and that I was going to sue the City of Tucson, and prevail in court over the City of Tucson.
Shortly within days of this incident, Mike Anderson, and his Department closed up, although Mike Anderson, is still on the payroll with the City of Tucson.
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An investigation in to Mike Andersons claim to being an Attorney, raveled that Mike Anderson has never been an Attorney, nor has he passed the Bar Exam with the Arizona Bar Association, to date.

I had learned later that Mike was not an attorney, as he so represented himself to be on many occasions while dealing with him. He was always threatening to pull me into court, had held many depositions, at my expense, I had to hire several lawyers to fight every one of Mikes frivolous accusations, again at my expense.

The City attorneys office had full knowledge of Mikes involvement in the closure of these small business. It is well-known by several members at my Kiwanis Club, that Mike was being used by the City of Tucsons Attorneys Office, so as to avoid responsibility for the vast amount of damage that Mike caused while working with the City of Tucson Consumers Affairs Division.

Me being forced to resign from the Sunshine Kiwanis Club, was a result of Mike finding out that the members there were helping me in my fight against the City of Tucson.

A complaint form was sent for me to file with the Arizona Bar Association, years ago, but since he still works for the City of Tucsons Attorneys Office, and has their full support, I feel that the filing of this complaint would be a waist of time, or just a slap on the wriest for Mike Anderson, for all the harm he has done.

The record will show that Mike was prejudice towards a majority of the business that were falsely under attack, only picking on Hispanics, and Black businesses.

As proof of my conflict I have posted my story on a website that cover the corruption in the City of Tucson, as it exists.
See: http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/government_by_c.html Scroll down towards the bottom of the page on this site, and you will be able to read more of the corruption that still exists in the City of Tucson.

I have published these complaints, on other sites as well, and have sent this link to tourist sites warning of the corruption going on in the City of Tucson.
For more information on this, call me at 520-512-0228

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