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Derry Brownfield
May 1, 2003

Back in January, carried a story under "HOMELAND SECURITY" Titled: "FBI agents say White House scripting hysterics for political effects." The article went on to say that Intelligence pros say the White House is manufacturing terrorist alerts to keep the issue alive and to keep President Bush's approval ratings high. Seems as though our government is trying to put fear into our hearts. The Bible tells us in numerous verses to :FEAR NOT." In Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural address he told Americans "The only thing to fear is fear itself." Then why is our government, through the news media trying to scare the waddlin' out of us? It has nothing to do with HOMELAND SECURITY but it is all about people control. Carl Pappert is a retired USAF, military, munitions and training expert and he says the media has decided to scare everyone with predictions of chemical and biological warfare. Because of this he wrote a paper to keep things in their proper perspective.

He said in the mid 1990's there were a series of nerve gas attacks on crowded Japanese subway stations. Given perfect conditions for an attack less then 10% of the people there were injured (the injured were better within a few hours) and only 1% of the injured died. 60-Minutes once had a fellow telling us that one drop of nerve gas could kill a thousand people. He didn't tell you the thousand dead people per drop was theoretical. Pappert goes on to say. "Forget everything you've ever seen on TV, in the movies or read in a novel about this it's all a lie. These weapons are about terror and if you remain calm you will probably not die. This is far less scary that the media and their "experts" make it sound.

Chemical weapons are categorized as nerve, blood, blister and incapacitating agents. They are NOT weapons of mass destruction. They are "area denial" and terror weapons that don't destroy anything. When you leave the area you almost always leave the risk. These are not gases; they are vapors and air borne particles. Since they are heavier than air they will seek low places like ditches, basements and underground garages. This stuff won't work when it's freezing, it doesn't last when it's hot and wind spreads it to thin to fast. They've got the get this stuff on you, or get you to inhale it. They also have to get the concentration high enough to kill or wound you. A chemical weapons attack that kills a lot of people is incredibly hard for terrorists to use.

The symptoms for nerve agent poisoning are sudden headache, dimness of vision, runny nose, excessive saliva or drooling, difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, nausea, stomach cramps, twitching of exposed skin where a liquid got on you. If you are in public and start experiencing these symptoms see if other people are also getting sick. If so, then calmly leave the area and head up wind, or outside. If you panic you breathe faster and inhale more of the poison. Fresh air is the best "right now" antidote.

Remember, the terrorists have to do all the work. They must get the concentration up and keep it up for several minutes while all you have to do is quit getting it on you. Put space between you and the attack. Soap, water, sunshine and fresh air are this stuffs enemy. The bottom line on chemical weapons is they are intended to make you panic, to terrorize you, to herd you like sheep to the wolves. If there is an attack, leave the area and go upwind, or to the sides of the wind stream. You're more likely to be hurt by a drunk driver on any given day than be hurt by one of these attacks. Your odds get better when you leave the area. Soap, water, time and fresh air really deal this stuff a knock-out-punch. Don't let fear of an isolated attack rule your life. The odds really are on your side.

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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.

Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.

In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.

Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site:









"Then why is our government, through the news media trying to scare the waddlin' out of us? It has nothing to do with HOMELAND SECURITY but it is all about people control."