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During Prohibition Government Poisoned Alcohol Killed as Many as 10,000 Americans

The U.S. government has a long and despicable history of experimentation on the public, often causing extreme harm and even the deaths of unsuspecting citizens. Even as recently as this year it was revealed that the government is still conducting classified experiments on people. It has been proven time and again that the feds can be ruthless out outright evil in the pursuit of their goals.

Rewind now to the prohibition era of the early 20th century when the feds waged a pitiless battle against the sale, transport and consumption of alcohol from 1920-1933. During this time, alcohol was removed from store shelves and it was rather common for individuals who wanted to drink to refine industrial alcohol, which was still legal for use in manufacturing and the development of industrial and cleaning products.

“The U.S. government took drastic steps to keep people from drinking during Prohibition, the 13-year period when it was illegal to buy, sell, manufacture, or distribute alcohol in the U.S. More enforcement was the government’s answer to smuggled booze and moonshine. But for one source of illegal booze, the government reverted to poison: redistilled industrial-grade alcohol. That’s liquor that was initially produced for things like cleaning supplies and paint, which then has unpleasant chemicals added so that people wont drink it. The government started requiring this “denaturing” process — adding toxic or foul-tasting substances — back in 1906 for manufacturers who wanted to avoid taxes on potable spirits…” [Source]

Once the government realized that industrial alcohol was being repurposed for human consumption during prohibition, they decided to infuse it with more toxic chemicals, hoping to frighten people away from taking this risk.

“…in 1926, the Calvin Coolidge Administration decided to make it more toxic in the hopes that this would deter people from drinking the stuff. The government ordered companies to add even more additives to industrial alcohol, making it actually lethal. “The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking.” [Source]

Regarding the chemicals used, the list is long and quite frightening indeed, including the following:

Industrial alcohol itself became a deadline cocktail of chemicals. A short list of the additives that were listed in studies done by the New York City medical examiner in 1928 included the following:

Kerosene: A fuel made of distilled petroleum used today in jet engines, lamps, and cleaning solvent.

Brucine: A bitter and extremely poisonous alkaloid found in the seeds of the nux vomica plant that is used as an additive in lubricants and local anesthetics.

Gasoline: Refined petroleum used for internal combustion engines.

Benzene: A liquid from coal tar and petroleum that used to be in solvents, but is no longer used because it’s extremely carcinogenic.

Cadmium: A metal that resembles tin that’s used in plating, metal alloys, batteries, and pigments.

Zinc: A metal found in brass and used to galvanize iron and steel to protect against corrosion.

Mercury salts: A chemical compound of mercury and chlorine.

Nicotine: The chief active ingredient of tobacco that is also used in insecticides.

Ether: A highly flammable liquid used as an anesthetic and as a solvent.

Formaldehyde: A compound made from oxidized methyl alcohol that’s used as a disinfectant and preservative in resins and plastics.

Chloroform: A liquid used as a solvent that used to also be used as a general anesthetic.

Camphor: A crystalline compound used in insect repellent, as well as plastic and explosive production.

Carbolic acid: Also known as phenol, carbolic acid is a highly poisonous compound in antimicrobial and anesthetic solutions.

Quinine: A bitter alkaloid used to treat forms of malaria.

Acetone: A liquid made from oxidized isopropanol used as a solvent.

While the process of intentionally poisoning industrial alcohol in order to dissuade people from using it as a source of bootleg alcohol was intended to keep people from drinking industrial alcohol, the real effects were immediate and quite different. According to Time Magazine:

“It wasn’t just the violent Prohibition-era gang wars that were dangerous to Americans drinking homemade moonshine and bathtub gin. According to the Dec. 26, 1922 edition of the New York Times, five people were killed in the city on Christmas Day from drinking “poisoned rum.” That was only the beginning. By 1926, according to Prohibition, by Edward Behr, 750 New Yorkers perished from such poisoning and hundreds of thousands more suffered irreversible injuries including blindness and paralysis. On New Year’s Day 1927, 41 people died at New York’s Bellevue Hospital from alcohol-related poisonings. Oftentimes, they were drinking industrial methanol, otherwise known as wood alcohol, which was a legal but extremely dangerous poison. One government report said that of 480,000 gallons of liquor confiscated in New York in 1927, nearly all contained poisons.”

By some estimates, up to 10,000 died during prohibition years as a result of drinking poisoned alcohol, and this bit of dark history is noted in the book, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age, by Deborah Blum.

About the Author

Isaac Davis is a staff writer for and Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and of a voluntary society. He is an avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.

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Yes, fear is the power of control

“… The young devil to the old:

– How did you manage to send so many souls to hell?

Old devil:

– Through fear!


– Well done! And what were they afraid of? Wars? Hunger?


– No … Disease!


– They weren’t sick? Weren’t they dying? Wasn’t there a medicine?


-….. got sick. They died. There was a cure …


– I do not understand…


– We accidentally decided that the only thing that needs to be preserved at any cost is LIFE !!!

They stopped hugging … They stopped greeting each other !!! They left all human contact …. They left everything that made a person human!

They were left without money. They lost their jobs.

But they chose to fear for their lives, even if they didn’t have bread to eat.

They believed what they heard, read the newspapers and blindly believed everything they read.

They gave up freedom.

They never left the house again. They never went anywhere. We never visited friends and family again. The whole world has turned into a huge prison with convicts – volunteers.

They accepted everything !!! All this to live another miserable day …

They didn’t live, they died every day!

It was too easy to take their pitiful soul … “

Clive Lewis “Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil”.

From the book “Balamut’s Letters” (1941)

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Havana Syndrome again? CIA officers are mowed down by a mysterious disease

A CIA officer in Moscow experienced symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome” in 2017. This became known to The New York Times with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.

CIA officer Mark Polimepulos, who helped lead covert operations in Russia and Europe, complained about the manifestation of mysterious symptoms. According to the newspaper, in December 2017, he felt severe dizziness, which later developed into a prolonged migraine, forcing him to retire. At that time, Polymerpoulos was 48 years old.

It is noted that such a case was not the only one. Similar symptoms were experienced by the staff of the American ambassadors in Cuba and China in 2016-2018. However, the exact number of cases and the place where this happened is not named. It is alleged that the US diplomats have tried to influence in a similar way around the world.

At the same time, the US State Department was unable to establish an unambiguous reason that caused the “Havana syndrome.” Among other things, it was assumed that the diplomats may have been exposed to an unidentified sound effect.

In 2017, it was reported that, beginning in late 2016, American diplomatic officials and their relatives in Cuba began to complain of symptoms such as hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorder. 

The Associated Press received audio footage of the attack and described the harassing sounds as “the high-pitched sound of crickets combined with fingernails scratching on a board.” Then the American government suggested that Russia or China could be the culprit.

Many victims are still undergoing rehabilitation. Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania performed magnetic resonance imaging and revealed visible changes in the structure of the brain in the diplomatic missions.

Differences were found in 23 men and 17 women who complained of health problems while on diplomatic duties in Havana. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes the unusual symptoms.

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How Russia and the United States nearly started a nuclear war in 1995

The Norwegian meteorological rocket incident remains the only time in history that the Russian president has activated his nuclear briefcase.

On January 25, 1995, Doomsday could have come in the world: the Russian Federation was preparing to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. How did it come about that the states that left the confrontation of the Cold War in the past and had just normalized relations with each other found themselves on the verge of mutual destruction?

The beginning of the war?

The cause of the crisis was an ordinary Norwegian meteorological rocket. Its launch from the small island of Anneia at 7 am local time (10 am Moscow time) towards Spitsbergen caused a stir in Russia. 

Black Brant XII.

Black Brant XII. Legion Media / ZUMA Press

Equipped with scientific equipment to study the aurora borealis, the Black Brant XII was similar in size to the nuclear-powered American Trident D-5 ballistic missile, intended for launch from submarines. In addition, it flew along a trajectory along which, as the Russian Defense Ministry believed, American missiles would fly in the event of a nuclear war. 

In December 1994, Norway informed 28 states, including Russia, about the planned launch, but did not give a specific date, limiting itself to specifying the period: from January 15 to February 10 of the next year. Due to bureaucratic delays, this information did not reach the Russian Missile Warning System, which sounded the alarm.

Decisive minutes

An emergency meeting with the country’s top political and military leadership was convened in the Kremlin. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Kolesnikov and President of the Russian Federation (as Supreme Commander-in-Chief) Boris Yeltsin had three strategic missile forces control terminals activated – the so-called nuclear suitcases.

Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

The military believed the lone missile could have been fired to create an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out Russian radars and communications systems. Following it, a massive blow could be expected.

For several tense minutes, as leaders watched it flight, it was decided whether Russia would launch a nuclear strike against the United States. 

“Little is known today about what Yeltsin said at the time, given that it could have been some of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the nuclear era,” The Washington Post journalist, David Hoffman wrote three years after the incident : “They make it clear that the Cold War nuclear readiness system continues to operate, and how catastrophic its consequences could be, despite the fact that the feud between the great powers is already over.”   

The situation was discharged only when it became clear that the rocket had gone towards Spitsbergen (not far from which it fell into the ocean). The nuclear cases have been deactivated. Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right). Igor Mikhalev / Sputnik

The incident with bringing Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces to combat readiness, soon became the property of the world community. When, four years later, the Norwegians were about to repeat their launch of Black Brant XII and reported this to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US additionally warned all key Russian military departments about it through their channels. As a result, this time there were no unpleasant surprises. 


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