Dead Dissidents: How We Were Wrong


Keep away old man, you won’t fool me You and your history won’t rule me You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed I’m not affected by your blackmail You won’t blackmail me. –Pete Townshend, Slip Kid                         There is an elephant […]

An Open Letter From Cheryl Nagel

Lindsey started ballet at age 4

                  Dec 1., 2015  I am writing this open letter to let everybody know that our daughter, Lindsey has passed away. She was 24 years old, and leaves behind her son Rico Martinez Nagel, who will be 3 in December.   The cause of death was a bacterial […]

Tranströmer Fragment

              “Listen to society’s mechanical self-reproaches the voice of the big fan like the artificial wind in mine tunnels six hundred metres down. Our eyes keep wide open under the bandages If I could at least make them realize that this trembling beneath us means we are on a […]

Tomas Tranströmer, Author Of “The Truth Barrier” Dies


    Our beloved poet Tomas Transtromer–from whose work we took our name– has gone on to “the real party,” as he once called it. Thank you Tomas, for insisting on mystery, magic, beauty, stillness, and majesty, while modernity and sterility raged all around us. You always reached across, with your quiet but warm modesty, […]

America (for John Powell)


        If you encounter the public language of America as an outsider, or somebody whose formative years were elsewhere (mine were in Sweden) you’re struck by a quality that is very difficult to identify. I think about it almost all the time. Just now I think I got it. I want to […]


Betrayal           I always thought I would wear that bracelet to my grave. I thought about it for a moment and then I heard myself say the words, “Yeah that’s for sale.”       –Celia Farber

R. Crumb Speaks Out On The Killings At Charlie Hedbo

Today The New York Observer published an interview I did with Robert Crumb, on Jan 9, about the massacre of 12 people in Paris, including two satirical cartoonists. Special thanks to the late, and greatly missed, Christine Maggiore, who connected me to Mr. Crumb many years ago. He is one of the most vast, patient, […]

How Wolves Bring Life: An Astonishing Short Film

Special thanks to R.A. Davis

Challenging Orac To Determine Authenticity Of Wakefield/Thompson Exchange: Were The Texts Fake?

To my readers: This link must be viewed first, to make sense of the text below, which I posted this evening at Respectful Insolence. It offers the context of this journalistic challenge.     Dr. Gorski, You and your readers have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy speculating about the veracity of the text message […]

CDC Whistleblower Thompson Text Exchange With Mrs. Wakefield: “..Your husband’s career was unjustly damaged…”


“…and this study would have supported his scientific opinion.” (This text was cited in a  previous post but now I offer the JPG of the full exchange.)        


Text message from Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Andy Wakefield

      “I apologize again for the price you paid for my dishonesty…” –CDC Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson     The last desperate effort when the CDC whistleblower story broke last week was for the vaccine establishment and media to drive a wedge between Dr. Thompson and Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose “fraud” (according to […]

CDC Whistleblower Statement Confirms Data Manipulation Around MMR

This statement was released by Dr. William Thompson through his attorney just now. It is being spun by both sides because it is a mixed bag, with some dog bones for the pro-vaccine set, such as a sudden, oddly placed lecture on how much Dr. Thompson believes in vaccines in general. It seems to me, […]

International Newspaper Dares Report on CDC Whistleblower

Today’s Epoch Times.   Breaking the sound barrier…

CNN Reinstates Two Deleted Stories on CDC Whistleblower After Verifying Veracity

In a remarkable turn of events, after a weekend that included a total of three reports on CDC Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson being deleted from CNN’s iReport page, the first two have been reinstated, presumably following review from CNN. You can see them here, and here. This means de facto that the mainstream media magic carpet […]

CDC Whistleblower Story Again on CNN’s iReport by new Citizen Reporter

UPDATE: It’s been taken down. It was apparently up for two hours, and had garnered 20,000 views and 5,000 shares, before it was deleted.   ‘iReport” at is an open, free form page that CNN normally does not vet, or take responsibility for, so this is strange indeed.   —-(Text below was posted a […]

CNN Complicity in Media Blackout of CDC MMR Vaccine Whistleblower Deepens

The Truth Barrier received the following message this evening, providing additional details about the CNN iReport story that was taken down on the morning of Aug 23. .   “I wrote the CNN iReport.  The producer contacted me and wanted to know how I know what I know.  I gave her contact info for Hooker, […]

CNN Complicit in Media Coverup of CDC Whistleblower

CNN is now overtly complicit in the mainstream media blackout of the developing story of CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, who stepped forward and revealed that he had partaken in cooking data attempting to minimize the truth about the toxicity of the MMR vaccine in infants and the increased risk of developing autism.   Yesterday, […]

Breaking News: CDC Whistleblower Escorted off Grounds, Life Believed In Danger

 The Ed Snowden of the Pharmaceutical/Petro-Chemical Industry is here and his name is William W. Thompson.   “A Study by Focus Autism Foundation Finds: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data and Top-Down Pressure on CDC Scientists to Support the Fraudulent Application of Government Policies on Vaccine Safety” —The Liberty Beacon Read more here. Thompson helped […]

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Hope Is The Thing With Feathers


                    I’d just gone in to look for my notepad.  “You can come in,” Rita said, “but this is not a happy time.” One of the sparrows was being lifted from his small cage. “His feet are dead,” Rita said, her sky blue eyes the color […]

Exiting The Trauma Cult: Reflections On The Emergence of Totalitarian Science


      “War against the “denialists.” Nothing more. When you’re in a war, there are no rules. This IS a war, there ARE no rules, and we WILL crush you, one at a time, completely and utterly (at least the most influential ones; foot soldiers like you aren’t worth bothering with. )”   —Weill […]

You Will Hear Thunder

    You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.       [From: You Will Hear Thunder, Anna Ahkmatova]  

Bounce (A Truer Story)


by Liam Scheff                     I’m almost human today, having reverted from whatever maudlin and darkly creative state the world usually extrudes me, into a more wide-open pose. Perhaps it was my intersection with a woman accelerating blindly into the intersection yesterday. I’ll restrain myself from a […]

Quite Simply The Greatest Cat Video Ever Made

My son Jeremy showed me this  sublime video last night. There are thousands of “funny” or even “hiilarious” animal videos on the Internet but few deserve to be called sublime. It could prevent suicides, if it were shown on emergency screens affixed to bridges. It could save marriages. It could replace 10 years of therapy. […]

The Secret (A very short play)

It’s 2018, late fall. Two friends meet in an enclave of Central Park known to contain a sonic dead spot, where conversation can’t be overheard. It’s dusk.    

Poetry: Sandra Cisneros (via Junot Diaz)

One Last Poem For Richard December 24th and we’re through again. This time for good I know because I didn’t throw you out — and anyway we waved. No shoes. No angry doors. We folded clothes and went our separate ways. You left behind that flannel shirt of yours I liked but remembered to take […]

What They Said: Junot Diaz

“The biggest megaphones want to talk about the person on top. They want to talk about the hero, the winner. But the little megaphones, you’re in a library with your librarian, you’re working at the church in the basement, helping folks out, you’re coming in to a home and reading to elderly. There are all […]



In church, today, an elderly couple sat two pews in front of me, a bit apart. They both had short, grey hair. He reached over and stroked the nape of her neck, tenderly. I quickly decided this was happening because they were Christian, so not overcome with the hatred that has consumed men and women. […]

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves

I turned to Lester Bangs today to ponder Lou Reed, the totally encrypted enigma of rock who just died, as you probably know. I tried to find the text of Bangs’ legendary interview with Lou Reed from Creem, Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves, , and I found it as a PDF, but WordPress […]

The Crystal


                          I don’t know if you can see the crystal yet. On clear nights when your heart has good reception, when you have managed to push aside your illusions, noise, static, your notions that you were not loved–you can begin to decipher the […]

Discovering The Diamonds of René Char


I am staying in a loft in Bushwick, Brooklyn that has many intriguing books I sometimes pull from the shelves. One that has pierced my heart is “Selected Poems” by renowned French poet René Char, who I never read before. Char is sometimes referred to as a “surrealist” which may be why I was phobic […]

What They Said: Theodore I. Rubin


“I must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also […]

A Child’s Heart In A Woman’s Body

“Do your thing,” he said, when she said she needed to do something. All of a sudden she did not know what she “needed” to do. She was thinking there was some email she needed to send regarding something she had not done, but she was confused. She wanted to talk to him and ask […]

Truth Barriers [Seed of Novel]

I can try to put it down more or less but you won’t believe a word of it. I want to counsel you to close your eyes, look the other way, or whatever you can to counter the filthy truth-seeking habit that landed me where I am. Forget the truth like you forget nightmares about […]



Anyway I had a goldfish, a common Woolworth’s goldfish, who I brought home in a water filled plastic bag, and somebody, a man named Rick I think, who worked for my father, said it would be safe to place him in a concrete planter on the terrace, filled with water. Everybody is always doing their […]

Touching Hunger–Fiction by Peter S. Kahrmann


Two weeks before she died Mary switched to day shift at Mookie’s Diner. She and Mickey Quinn wanted more time together. Mickey was the day chef. He’d taken the job fourteen months earlier after moving back to the neighborhood. He’d tired of life in the big city; thirteen years was enough.    Life had not been […]

Nushawn Williams Verdict

This afternoon I received this email from OMSJ’s Clark Baker, about the Nushawn Williams Civil Commitment verdict in Buffalo: Nushawn just called me – he said that the jury deliberated for 25 minutes before finding him guilty. I told him that there are a lot of constitutional problems with the law and that we will […]

Can Electron Microscopy Resolve The HIV Battle? An Exclusive Interview with EM Pioneer Dr. Étienne de Harven


I have known Belgian scientist (pathologist and electron microscopist) Dr.  Étienne de Harven since 1993, when he introduced himself to me at a conference, with characteristic graciousness and enthusiasm, clasped my hands, and said he had translated my 1992 SPIN article Fatal Distraction into French. I was of course delighted. I was writing about this […]

Update: Rico Enjoys First Drug Free Days Of His Life: Laughs

Rico and Lindsey

(Update is a copy of a Facebook Post) I spoke with Cheryl Nagel this evening and she updated me on the situation with her grandson Rico, and said I could share it. Rico was seen by several different doctors today. They are anxious to get him back on ARVs but not before he is tested […]

Thought Crime Trial Against Nagel/Martinez Family Adjourned

Courthouse, Austin, MN

Brownsdale, MN This is a short dispatch written to convey the essential facts of what happened on April 1 and 2, in the court case against John Martinez and Lindsey Nagel, parents of Rico Martinez Nagel.  It’s early morning in Brownsdale MN, a very small town near the Iowa border, about two hours from Minneapolis. […]

Indomitable Lynn

Lynn Margulis, Puffers Pond, 2010

Photo by Celia Farber

         By Dorion Sagan           Unlike many, perhaps, she continued to grow and learn until the end. One of the last projects she was involved in was the characterization of the symbiotic bryozoan, Pectinatella magnifica, who, like Lynn, loved to dwell in the possibility of Puffers Pond, the […]

For Profit HIV Forum Abuses, Threatens, and Bans HIV Positive Man Who Posts Naturopath Protocol


CENSORSHIP FROM POZ MAGAZINE – HIV STIGMA WITHIN THE HIV+ COMMUNITY By John Strangis After testing positive on an HIV antibody test, and taking medication for more than a year, I became aware of the dissident perspective on the matter. After carefully comparing the orthodox and dissident sides of the issue, I made the personal […]

Now It’s War: Crowd Fury Rises Against TED Elites For Pulling Sheldrake and Hancock Talks

The Discharge   The most important occurrence within the crowd is the discharge. Before this the crowd does not actually exist; it is the discharge which creates it. This is the moment when all who belong to the crowd get rid of their differences and feel equal.   Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power   The Dissolution […]


As I posted here, (old post at bottom) last week, I created a donation page for The Truth Barrier at GoFundMe, one of the major crowd funding sites. In the first day I raised $450. I was quite surprised to find, last night, that I was getting emails from GoFundMe telling me donors funds had […]

AIDS Industry Defeated As Rico Ends Media Blackout

Christian Fiala

 I want to speak clearly. In the evolution of democracy the first step is this: citizens outside the Party, including writers, should not have to applaud things with which they do not agree. To make anyone do so is unfair and unworthy of man. But to force a writer to do so is to make […]

Rico Home: Mirthless Bolsheviks Who Almost Killed Him Still In Command And Without Remorse


  We are all heartened and  grateful for all the good-hearted people who came here from all over the world this week, and are still coming, to support baby Rico, who as we reported earlier today is HOME. People have been asking:  Do his parents still have to medicate him? The answer is absolutely. It […]

Breaking News: Rico Has Been Released From Hospital


Text from Cheryl Nagel, 2:00 pm EDT, March 8, reads:   “Hey gals, Rico is almost home. ”   “I am standing outside the cafe waiting to get them on film when they arrive. They should be here any minute.”  

High Noon: Peter Duesberg on Rico Martinez Nagel and The Madness At Hand

Dear all – dissident and non-dissident Americans, This is “High Noon” for all of us to save a little baby. We have only time for facts now – the facts of life and biology. The clock is ticking for a little baby on DNA chain-terminators including AZT, just as it was in High Noon. Here […]

Radio Free Rico

Steve Nagel and his grandson, Rico

It has been the most astonishing week, experiencing the enormous reaction from around the world to the plight of little Rico Martinez Nagel, in what seems to be the death-throes of the rogue AIDS machine. Here at TTB,  other blogs,on Facebook, on Twitter, on radio, and even local TV, the outrage, sorrow, and commitment have formed […]

Light Of Corinthians

Lindsey and Rico

  If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give […]

War on Life: The Kidnapping And Torture of Rico Martinez Nagel


         “They aren’t gonna quit. It doesn’t end. There can’t be two of them. Can you imagine if Lindsey had a baby after 22 years and the baby lived? Can you imagine? It didn’t happen to Lindsey. It happened to Rico.” Steve Nagel, grandfather of Rico         We’ve kept […]

The Recoil: The Anxiety Of Command (Crowds and Power)

Small Heart


                                –for Jan Jozef Szczepanski       The bullet that I shot at the time of the great war made a circle around the globe and struck me in the back   at the least suitable moment when I […]



by Gary Ryan  

The Crucible: Dangerous and Primitive HIV Criminalization Laws Are Claiming More and More Victims: One Group Is Doing Something About It

Yvonne Nicole Andrews

After Yvonne Nicole Andrews left an ex-boyfriend who had repeatedly assaulted her, he turned around and falsely accused her of exposing a total of four men to HIV, none of whom she had ever met. [All four tested negative.] Soon, before she knew what was happening, Ms. Andrews found herself in a Florida prison cell facing a sixty-year sentence. Despite hospital records documenting the injuries, which included a badly sprained neck, severe concussions, and more, and despite overt statements that he planned to kill her, her ex used the laws to become make her the criminal. He was never charged.

The blond, soft-spoken mother of two had languished in county jail for several months when OMSJ contacted her attorney and prepared her defense.

Keep The Truth Barrier Running With A Small Donation

If we can raise even a small amount of money we can keep the site going and hopefully grow. Thank you for lending us your spirit and attention. We hope to grow big and strong in 2013. You can donate $1 or $5, and it will help a lot. You can use GoFundMe or the […]

Romanesque Arches

An Angel with no face embraced me and whispered through my whole body: ‘Don’t be ashamed of being human, be proud! Inside you vault open behind vault endlessly. You will never be complete, that’s how it’s meant to be.’ Blind with tears I was pushed out on the sun-seething piazza together with Mr. and Mrs. […]

Alice Miller’s Powerchord

The opening graph to Alice Miller’s classic, Prisoners of Childhood: The Search For The True Self, (original title) strikes like a bell. I never tire of reading it: “We live in a culture that encourages us not to take our own suffering seriously, but rather to make light of it or even to laugh about […]

My Father’s Dream


My father calls me every night, or almost every night, between 9:30 and 10:30 pm, after the show. He is now 82. I cherish our talks, and often take notes. This summer we talked many evenings about Normandy, and his theory that it should have happened somewhere else, but I’d have to find my notes […]

That Was All That Happened


Judging from her feet, she was no princess. Size 9, with toes that were long, one shaped like a tennis racket, bunions, bones adrift. They hurt, in all shoes except sneakers. She walked fast and hard, up and down the streets of Manhattan. She could clip 20 blocks in 15 minutes, easily. Thinking, thinking, thinking. […]

The Whale Is Behind You


The voice in my head said: “So. Would it be possible to document a family?” [Equally soundlessly I replied:] “This family?” The voice nodded. “The only way to do it honestly would be to melt the spoon. Jump in after them. Tell the whole truth. Otherwise you’d get too much power and that would be […]

Dorion Sagan on Lynn Margulis: An Evolutionary Eulogy

This morning I received this link from Dorion Sagan, and though I generally avoid publishing non-original material, this is, to my mind and ear, such an exceptional piece of writing and thinking that I wanted to share it. I wonder if any grieving grandchildren anywhere on earth have ever received such exquisite comfort as Dorion […]

The Sleeping Mouse

Ake Larsson, Runmaro, July 2012

We were sitting in the two easy chairs right outside the house, Åke and I and it was time to unpack a big box of Swedish history I was beginning to possibly misinterpret. I’d just returned to Runmarö after being away for a couple of weeks. All the guests (over 40) who’d descended on the […]

Great Photo of Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock, Rutland Road, Brooklyn early 1920s (not holding corn)

“She had never married, she had not, as an adult or as a child, ever pursued any of the goals that were conventional for women. She had never had any interest in what she called “decorating the torso.” …Barbara McClintock has lived most of her life alone–physically, emotionally, and intellectually. But no one who has […]

Why We Lack Courage


Why we lack courage * We lack courage because if we happen sometimes to be brave as individuals we know that we will for sure be undercut by committees (by managers).  Once this has happened, once some individual has done the right thing (what would strike any individual as the right thing – maybe just […]

What They Said: Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

“The artistic process, perhaps apart from ballet and Victorian theater, it doesn’t engage the physical form the way that rock does. And particularly not the kind of fighting cock, peacock male thing. It’s a kind of courtship. All that undermines what is really going on in rock, which is a deep, deep , awful and […]


  For three years I’ve been Emile Zola’s character Madame Raquin, already paralyzed and mute when I learn my only child, my son, was murdered by his wife, the niece I raised like a daughter, and her lover, now husband, my son’s friend and co-worker. She and he are now my caretakers. I gave them […]