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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A New Breakthrough from Europe May Blow the Cancer World Wide Open by Andrew Scholberg

A New Breakthrough
from Europe May Blow the
Cancer World Wide Open

by Andrew Scholberg, Author of German Cancer Breakthrough
and co-author of The Amish Cancer Secret and
Cancer Breakthrough USA
(The first of two articles about the 2014 Annie Appleseed cancer conference in West Palm Beach, Florida)
The founder of the Annie Appleseed cancer conferences -- Ann Fonfa -- is like the folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Whereas Johnny Appleseed planted apple seeds wherever he went, Ann plants informational seeds about the best way to get rid of cancer.
One of the informational seeds at this year’s conference in Palm Beach, Florida, is perhaps the biggest new cancer breakthrough we’ve seen in a while. Keep reading. . .
Continued below…

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Anne Fonfa endured surgery for her own breast cancer but avoided toxic radiation and chemotherapy. Instead, she overcame her cancer with a variety of natural, alternative, and holistic methods. The same way Anne used to be, many people who attend the Annie Appleseed conferences are seriously ill with cancer. What they learn at the conference gives them a bright ray of hope.
One of the world’s leading holistic cancer doctors, Tony Jimenez, M.D., was a featured speaker at the 2014 conference. He revealed a breakthrough in virotherapy, telling the audience: “You are the first people in the United States who are hearing this! This will blow your mind. I’ve never seen anything that produces results like this!”
The breakthrough is a “virotherapy” called Rigvir. It’s was developed in Latvia, where it has passed all phases of clinical trials on almost 2,000 patients. The results of the clinical trials are convincing and impressive. For example, stomach cancer patients in the control group had a 24 percent survival rate. The patients treated with Rigvir survived at double that rate –48 percent.
Rigvir was registered in Latvia in 2004 as an anti-cancer drug. A prominent Latvian oncologist disparaged Rigvir until he got cancer. After he used it to get rid of his cancer, he became one of Rigvir’s biggest cheerleaders.
Rigvir works on a wide variety of cancers including melanoma, colorectal, pancreatic, bladder, kidney, prostate, lung, uterine, lymphosarcoma, etc. It triggers an immune response and seeks and destroys cancer cells.
A virus that heals?
Viruses are harmful, right? Not always! Surprisingly, the Rigvir virus is found in the gut of healthy children. Rigvir is short for “Riga virus” -- Riga being the capital of Latvia. Rigvir is a microscopic living organism with unique properties that kill tumors without hurting healthy cells.
After Rigvir invades the tumor cell, the virus replicates, causing the tumor cell to rupture and die. Rigvir breaks down cancer cells, stimulates the immune system to reject the tumor, and promotes apoptosis (programmed cell death, i.e., cancer cell suicide).
This is the polar opposite of chemotherapy drugs. Chemo impairs or destroys the immune system, while Rigvir boosts it.
Dr. Jimenez remarked, “I’ve been to 70 countries, and I’ve never seen a medicine that’s not a chemo drug that has so much research behind it. You can tell I’m pretty excited about Rigvir.”
Rigvir has none of the side effects of chemo. The only side effect that some people feel is a temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit that might last for three days. Concerning that side effect, Dr. Jimenez said, “Big deal.”
Dr. Jimenez decided to take Rigvir therapy for himself because it’s not harmful and because he thought it could benefit his health. He was already the picture of health and vitality before taking Rigvir. He said, “Within three days, tests showed a significant improvement in my immune system, which I thought was pretty good [in the first place]. This shows that we all have room for improvement in our immune system.” He didn’t get the mild, temporary fever side-effect.
Dr. Jimenez said, “Rigvir is a cancer medicine -- a medication approved for cancer. It’s bionanotechnology -- not an alternative, complementary medicine. It’s the most potent immune modulator I’ve ever seen.”
At this writing, Rigvir is unavailable anywhere in the United States. You can get it in Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, the United Arab Ermirates, and a few other places in that part of the world. There’s only one place you can get it in the Western Hemisphere: at Dr. Jimenez’s Hope 4 Cancer clinic in Tijuana (
Rigvir is only one treatment among many that Dr. Jimenez offers at Hope 4 Cancer. He has used laetrile since 1988 without seeing a single case of the cyanide toxicity that critics claim is a hazard of ths remedy. He says it’s “very, very difficult to have cyanide toxicity with laetrile.”
He also uses an intravenous form of artemisinin (see Issue #382 for more), intravenous curcumin, nutritional therapies, and detoxification -- especially cleansing the gut, which he calls “Job One.” Some patients come to Dr. Jimenez in such a toxic condition that it’s first necessary to open up the channels of elimination before attacking the cancer cells.
Conventional doctor shuts his ears to the truth
Dr. Jimenez talked about one case in which a woman with metastasized liver cancer came to him for help. Her doctor at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles had given her just two months to live. After she got rid of her cancer in Tijuana, she returned to Los Angeles, where doctors declared her “cancer free.”
She asked them, “Would you like to know what I’m doing?”
They replied, “No, but whatever you’re doing is working. Keep on doing it.”
Concerning the reaction of those Los Angeles doctors, conference organizer Ann Fonfa remarked, “That’s good, and it’s also stupid.” It is indeed good that the Los Angeles doctors urged a patient to keep on doing whatever was working, but it’s stupid to remain deliberately ignorant of holistic therapies that obviously work.
Another speaker, Chris Wark, told the story of his recovery from cancer. He began his speech by saying, “I have nothing to sell you. I paid my own way to be here. I’m here to share my story with you in person and to share the information that saved my life.” Chris is the author of a blog called “Chris Beat Cancer” (
At the age of 26, newlywed Chris got the bad news that he had Stage Three colon cancer. He’d felt low energy and got strange abdominal aches that would come and go, but it was hard for him to tell exactly where the pain was coming from.
Doctors found a tumor the size of a golf ball in his intestine. They rushed him onto the operating table and took out a third of his large intestine, after which they told him, “We took out everything we could see, but you need months of chemo.”
Hospital meal after colon cancer surgery:
a sloppy joe!
Right after surgery the first meal the hospital fed Chris was a sloppy joe. He didn’t know much about nutrition at the time, but he thought to himself: “This doesn’t seem like the best meal for me right now. Maybe some applesauce or soup or something.” Nevertheless, he ate the sloppy joe because he hadn’t eaten for a couple days and was hungry.
Chris said he has heard many cancer patients tell him about their regrets after undergoing conventional treatment. They tell him, “I knew I shouldn’t have done it.” He believes it’s crucial for cancer patients to listen to their inner voice and to have the courage to follow it.
Chris prayed, “God, show me what to do. If there’s another way, show me.” Two days later he received a book in the mail out of the blue. The title of the book was God’s Ultimate Way to Health. It tells the story of a man who beat colon cancer without any conventional therapy whatsoever -- natural methods only.
Chris knew the book was an answer to his prayer. He radically changed his diet, threw out all of his junk food, juiced, and went raw vegan. He said, “When you do alternatives, you’re swimming against the current. Cancer isn’t a physical battle. It’s a mental battle. I stayed the course. I found a naturopath and took every supplement I could afford.” He also did high dose vitamin C by IV.
After working with the naturopath for 90 days, Chris added some cooked food to his diet, including three servings of animal protein per week. The food and supplement regimen changed his bioterrain so that it became inhospitable to cancer cells. He also dealt with a hidden cause of cancer: stress. Chris told the audience, “You have to create a peaceful, quiet life, and forgive everyone who has ever hurt you. Grudges give you a sick heart, which will give you a sick body. You have to heal your heart!”
Another speaker, psychotherapist Daniel Weber, Ph.D., also addressed the issue of stress. The title of his talk was “Stress, Inflammation, and Cancer.” There’s a link between cancer and unmanaged stress, which can rip the immune system to shreds. To make matters worse, a cancer diagnosis adds to a patient’s stress.
Dr. Weber said that stress is only pressure. It’s how we react to that pressure that determines whether good or bad things will happen. Stress tells us that something needs to change -- that what we’ve been doing may not be in line with what we should be doing.
Dr. Weber firmly believes that cancer patients and others should learn from stress because “cancer is an opportunity to change. That’s all it is. It’s another stressor that gives us an opportunity to change our lives.”
That’s a profound insight! If the cancer patient changes nothing or chooses the wrong kind of change, a successful outcome is doubtful. Dr. Weber strongly urges stressed out people to resolve the stress. Don’t self-medicate. Change!
Stress often goes together with depression, which Dr. Weber said “isn’t a single disease but many. It’s a physiological problem. What goes on in your gut affects your psyche 100 percent. Do emotions cause cancer? No. A failure to learn from emotions can cause cancer. Malice is destructive. But standing up for yourself and arguing can be healthy.”
Bringing stress under management is essential for any cancer patient trying to recover from the disease. Granted, that’s easier said than done. He suggested several ways, including exercise, yoga, tai chi, and qigong.
Stress is a two-edged sword. Dr. Weber asserted: “When stress is too much, we break. When there’s not enough stress, we wither.” He explained it this way: “If your challenge is greater than your skill, that causes stress. If your skill is greater than your challenge, that also causes stress. (For example, brilliant people staring at a TV in a retirement home.) Bring your skill and challenge into balance.”
Words of wisdom
Dr. Weber concluded his remarks with this meditation: “Be like water: empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. When you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Water flows, dissolves, dances, falls, rises, is one with everything. In the river it’s never the same. Water can flow or it can surge. Water can be still or can pour from the heavens. Water is benign or passionate. Be water, my friends.”
Another speaker, Dr. Ashwin Mehta, M.D., addressed the topic of stress indirectly in his talk about “Optimum Sleep During Cancer Treatment and Beyond.” His subspecialty is sleep medicine. Stress can ruin the quality of sleep -- and good quality sleep is essential for recovery from disease. Deep sleep is a time when the immune system rebuilds itself.
How your brain “defrags its hard drive”
Here’s another way to look at it. Dr. Mehta said that the deep state of sleep known as REM (for Rapid Eye Movement -- the eyes move rapidly beneath the closed eyelids) is like “defragging the hard drive.” If you’ve ever watched a computer screen when a hard drive is defragged, you’ve seen the chaotic jumble of file fragments on the hard-drive as they’re put into good order. Something like that apparently happens during REM sleep.
Dr. Mehta remarked that chronic pain and poor sleep are linked. People who suffer from chronic pain and negative moods generally aren’t satisfied with the quality of their sleep, which can lead to a downward spiral. That being the case, pain management and a change of attitude are crucial.
He offered many tips to improve the quality of sleep and warned, “Don’t watch TV just before you go to sleep.” Instead, he suggested a bedtime ritual that might include breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and chamomile or passion flower tea. For general stress relief, he recommends such things as meditation, yoga (but not “hot yoga”), acupuncture, massage, and tai chi.
Dr. Mehta’s grandmother once gave him a piece of homespun advice: “After lunch, rest a while. After dinner, walk a mile.” He explained that afternoon naps are important and helpful unless you’re having poor quality sleep at night. He added that mild exercise in the evening can be part of a winding-down ritual that leads to a good night’s sleep.
What if you wake up in the middle of the night? Dr. Mehta says not to worry about that because it’s normal. Just as it’s o.k. to have a nap in the afternoon, it’s also o.k. to be awake during part of the night. He said, “Don’t try willfully to fall asleep. Sleep is a surrender, a letting go. What’s needed is serenity, contentment, gratitude, and tranquility to get you in the mood for the surrender that leads you to drift into sleep.”
What if you just plain can’t get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? In that case, Dr. Mehta said it’s not good to spend too much time in bed when you’re not sleeping. It’s better to get up for a while and go back to bed when you’re calm, relaxed, and serene.
Dr. Mehta said that wearable tech devices like FitBit are making older techniques like a sleep log obsolete. As for melatonin, the popular sleep remedy, he said he uses it only for jet lag.
Next week, we’ll give you Part II of our report on this important meeting.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Soros Put $80 Million Into Pot Battle

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 01:03 PM
By Melissa Clyne

Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros has funneled at least $80 million over the last 20 years to advocacy groups trying to legalize marijuana, The Washington Times reports.

Through donations to the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance and others, Soros, 83, may be the cannabis crusade’s biggest supporter, along with the late Progressive Insurance Co. chairman, Peter B. Lewis, who reportedly contributed $40 million to the cause, according to the Times.

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Soros also contributes to the ACLU and the Marijuana Policy Project, both of which fund legalization efforts. In 2013, the latter ranked Soros ninth on its list of most influential marijuana users, between No. 8 John Kerry and No. 10 Bill Maher, a proud pot smoker who once said he never made a secret he had tried pot, “about 50,000 times.”

"He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years,'” the MPP quotes Soros as saying.

His funding helped legalize recreational pot use in Colorado and Washington state and organizations benefitting from his contributions are working to get the issue on Florida’s ballot as well as similar legislation passed in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to the Times.

In a 2010 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Soros spelled out his reasons for supporting legal pot.

“Like many parents and grandparents, I am worried about young people getting into trouble with marijuana and other drugs,” he wrote.

“The best solution, however, is honest and effective drug education. One survey after another indicates that teenagers have better access than most adults to marijuana—and often other drugs as well—and find it easier to buy marijuana than alcohol. Legalizing marijuana may make it easier for adults to buy marijuana, but it can hardly make it any more accessible to young people. I'd much rather invest in effective education than ineffective arrest and incarceration."

He also cited the billions in taxpayer dollars spent on criminalizing marijuana -- 40 percent of all drug arrests are marijuana related, according to Soros -- the root of which he said was to punish Mexican immigrants who purportedly "smoked the killer weed."

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats – 67 percent and 71 percent, respectively – say the federal enforcement of marijuana laws is not worth the cost, though 59 percent of Democrats favor legal pot compared with just 37 percent of Republicans, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center poll. The same poll indicated that for the first time ever, a majority of Americans, 52 percent, favor legalizing marijuana, an 11-point gain from a 2010 survey.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tell John Boehner: 200,000 veterans deserve a vote

Republicans talk a big game about "supporting the troops," but over 200,000 veterans have lost their unemployment benefits due to Congressional Republican inaction. The Senate has advanced an extension, with bipartisan support -- but Speaker Boehner is refusing to even hold a vote.
Join with Senator Cory Booker & VoteVets (a veteran's organization fighting for progressive causes), and tell Boehner to hold an up-or-down vote(Already took this action? Forward this email to spread the word!)

John Hlinko, Left Action
When his country called, Rick Hall went to Vietnam.
He served and sacrificed, but now that he finds himself out of work — for the first time in over fifty years — all he can do is wait for Congress restore the unemployment benefits he lost late last year.
Last month, almost 40,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters signed our petition calling on Congress to act on this important issue. And the good news is, the Senate is set to vote on bipartisan, compromise legislation this week that will restore unemployment benefits for over two million Americans who have lost them since December.
Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner and his Tea Party Caucus refuse to hold vote on the bill in the House, despite the fact that over 200,000 veterans have lost their benefits since Congress failed to act last year.
They deserve a vote.
Please join VoteVets, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator Chris Murphy and sign our joint petition calling on Speaker Boehner to bring an unemployment insurance extension up for a vote.
As Rick Hall says, "I have never asked for anything that I have not worked for, but after paying into the system for 55 years and fighting for our country in Vietnam, I believe that I have more than paid my fair share in unemployment insurance … It's not a handout."
We received messages and notes from hundreds of veterans like Rick who have lost their benefits since December. Their stories deserve to be heard, and their service to country acknowledged in this debate.
Sign our petition and tell Speaker Boehner that Rick Hall and the 200,000 veterans who have lost unemployment insurance deserve a vote in the House.
This is an issue of fairness to those who sacrificed so much to serve. They deserve a vote, and we intend to make our voices heard until they get one.
All the best,
Jon Soltz
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Breaking: Supreme Court Backs Big Coal Over People

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The Supreme Court just issued its ruling on McCutcheon V. FEC and it's a disaster for our democracy. Five justices sided with Shaun McCutcheon, the climate-denying coal baron, opening the door for near-unlimited campaign contributions from individuals.
We're still figuring out all the implications of this decision – and ways to fight it – but in the meantime, one thing is clear: it's time to get organized.
Will you join us TODAY at one of the "Money Out, Voters In" events happening around the country?
This is a dark day for anyone who cares about democracy, clean energy, or climate.
Money isn't everything though. Tens of millions of dollars were spent in the last election by the fossil fuel industry to target candidates who oppose the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline, and who support clean energy and a safe climate. All of those candidates won, despite the mountains of money thrown against them.
Despite this cynical and reactionary decision, we'll keep our faith in the only force that has consistently rallied against greed throughout our nation's history - the American people.
That’s why all of us need to step up.  You can help by forwarding this alert to anybody who might be interested and by bringing your family and friends to the rally in your area. If you don't see an event near you, it's easy to set one up.
Corporate interests may have won this court case, but we can’t let them beat us down. Together we can take back our democracy.
See you in the streets,
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Crisis in Ukraine Prompts Renewed Focus on U.S. Nuclear Posture

National Defense - 3/21/2014

By Valerie Insinna

As tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalate, U.S. foreign policy hawks contend that Russian aggression merits a second look at the U.S. military's uncertain nuclear modernization plans.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has become increasingly anti-democratic and hostile to the United States, said Mark Schneider, senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy. For the United States, this should stir concerns about Russia's nuclear intentions.

"U.S. nuclear modernization programs are minimal. We are basically replacing systems only when they're 40 to 80 years of age," he said March 19 on Capitol Hill. "Assuming everything went perfectly [with future budgets], and we actually had the funding, nothing [new] will be operational before 2020."

Putin announced Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea on Tuesday. Since then, Russian forces have seized Crimean bases and pushed out Ukrainian forces, according to reports.

During Putin's two presidencies, Russia has invaded two countries -- Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine. Putin previously held the presidency from 2000 to 2008.

"In both the Russian actions in Georgia and the Ukraine, the U.S. unfortunately made no significant effort to deter the events before they happened, and no real penalty was imposed on Russia for what it did in these situations," Schneider said.

President Barack Obama on March 20 announced sanctions against Russian officials and Putin allies.

The U.S. nuclear triad -- comprised of land-based ballistic missiles, long-range bombers and submarines that can launch ballistic missiles -- is aging and in need of modernization or replacement. Russia's military activities in Ukraine may push the U.S. government to move forward with procuring new weapons, said Loren Thompson, an analyst at the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based think tank.

The most expensive leg of the triad to modernize is the Ohio-class submarine replacement, which the Navy wants to begin building in 2021. At about $6 billion per copy, the service will likely struggle to fit procurement costs into its shipbuilding budget, which is about $15 billion per year.

The Air Force also intends to purchase a long-range strike bomber at $550 million per aircraft to replace the B-2 and B-52, Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning said earlier in March. He indicated that the price of the aircraft is causing the service to cut back on desired capabilities.

Although the Air Force plans to start building the new bombers in the mid 2020s, officials want to delay certification for nuclear operation until the 2040s, Thompson said. "If concern about a resurgent Russian threat persists, though, it may move up the date when the new bomber can contribute to nuclear deterrence," he wrote in a March 20 editorial for Forbes.

The service soon must also decide whether to upgrade its collection of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles or pursue new delivery vehicles. It is conducting an analysis of alternatives due later this year.

"The most important military consideration that Vladimir Putin overlooked in mounting his annexation of Crimea is how it would bolster the resolve of western nations to maintain their defenses. ... Many people in Washington might have been prepared to forego spending money on a new generation of nuclear weapons before Putin made his move, but he has now changed the strategic calculation," Thompson said.

Meanwhile, Russia is building its next-generation nuclear fleet. The first of the country's new Yasen-class attack submarine was delivered last year.

"The announced program involves modernization of about 98 percent of the ground-based ICBM force by 2021. They have announced a new heavy bomber which would be deployed somewhere around 2025 if they're successful," Schneider said. "The current pattern of modernization basically is one [in which] we will see complete modernization of Russia's nuclear portfolio before we modernize anything."

Schneider argued that the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty had the opposite effect on Russia than was intended. Instead of decreasing the number of nuclear weapons the country is allowed to have, the treaty contains loopholes that could allow Russia to expand its arsenal, he said.

"For example, the New START treaty does not mention ground mobile ICBMs, and all definitions in the treaty were changed to exclude coverage of ground mobile ICBMs. And they also eliminated the START treaty prohibitions on air-launched ICBMs or surface ship-launched ICBMS," he said. "Together those are very large loopholes that can be exploited to achieve capabilities far in excess of what's notionally permissible under the New START treaty."

Since that treaty was signed in 2010, Russia has announced increases to its intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missile fleets, he said. It plans to produce 400 new ICBM and SLBMs before 2020.

Schneider believes one of those new weapons, the RS-26, is an intermediate-range missile that would be illegal under the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty.

Because the Obama administration has not called attention to Russian nuclear treaty violations, Congress should press executive branch officials to respond publicly to questions on arms control issues, said Paula DeSutter, former assistant secretary of state for verification, compliance, and implementation during the George W. Bush administration.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Enabling The Illusion of Political Change: Bush, Obama, Brennan, Geithner, and Gates

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We're six years into the Obama administration and nothing much has changed concerning the most fundamental challenges facing the citizens of the United States.   Those challenges are:
  • Reviving and reforming an economy that is rigged for only the very wealthiest interests;
  • Ending the usurpation of individual rights by the national intelligence cabal; and
  • Freeing the nation and the world from the endless insertion of U.S. intelligence and military operations throughout the world.
We have the same lousy economy with the same greedy interests in charge of the same too big to fail institutions making sure that they alone prosper.  Tax incentives and government supports are for the very few in the top 0.001%.  It is all about Wall Street at the expense of working people and Main Street.
Thanks to Snowden's revelations, we know that domestic spying capabilities and activities have expanded considerably since the Bush administration.
While the death count is lower, U.S. sponsored subversive activities and military interventions overseas are a constant.  The destruction of Libya under the guise of humanitarian relief, the open source conspiracy to destroy Syria, and the fantasies about the Ukraine having anything to do with our national security are just three of many morally repugnant, profit-generating projections of power around the world conducted in our name.  PNAC prevails.
Why and How Did this Happen?
There's an obvious answer to the why part of the question.  Those very few individuals and interests in control are not willing to share any of their wealth.
Even if they were willing to share, their fear of retribution for their massive crimes against the people is so profound; the super elite seek safety through full spectrum surveillance and control.  They see their clumsy efforts as somehow controlling the populace and offering protection from the imagined wrath of their victims.
Endless war in Asia and serious subterfuge everywhere else provides a level of public distraction that those in charge hope will substitute reactive hysteria for a critical examination of the grand scam that the power elite use as the basis for their wealth and power.
How the seamless transition of policies between Bush and Obama occurred is a bit subtler although fairly simple in principle.  You change parties, creating the illusion of change.  At the same time, keep key figures from the previous administration are retained to sustain old policies under the mantle of a new party.
Bush becomes Obama on a substantive level while social issues are used to make people think that there's a real difference between the parties.  For example, the Obama administration is supportive of gay rights issues but both gay Americans and those who oppose gay rights all suffer the consequences of a locked down economy in which resources are funneled to the super wealthy, domestic spying, and foreign adventures.
The careful placement high-level Bush operatives and a Wall Street shill in charge of critical elements of the government assured the preservation of right wing, neoconservative economic and foreign policies.  Nothing of substance changed in 2008 or 2012.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the liberal hope, as candidate Obama  presented himself, indicated that he'd like Bush Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to remain in that position for the Obama administration.  Gates said yes.  It took five years to get out of Iraq, we're still in Afghanistan, and the policy of no defense system left behind is still in place bleeding billions from the Treasury every single day.  Mission accomplished.
Just before the 2008 inauguration, president elect Obama announced his choice of Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary.  Geithner was head of the powerful New York Federal Reserve Bank during the critical period leading up to the 2008 financial collapse.  As one of Wall Street's chief regulators, he told the world, it's all good, no problems here.  We know how that worked out.  Dutifully, Geithner assumed the role of Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and carried out the biggest bailout in the history of the world.   Despite the efforts of honest bankers and others like Elizabeth Warren, the wholesale looting of the Treasury by Wall Street continued.  Socialism for the extremely rich and survival of the fittest for the rest of us is the motto.
The expansion of domestic spying and continuation of secret operations around the world shows that a nominal Democrat can do just as much damage to the Constitution as a right wing Republican.   A carryover from the Bush administration, John Brennan, made happen.  Brennan latest work for Obama is Director of the CIA.  As Robert Parry pointed out in a recent article, Brennan was at the center of 1984 like activities under Bush.  Under Brennan, the CIA stands accused of cyber sabotage against congressional committees to block, of all things, an investigation into CIA prisoner abused by the Bush administration.
As the saying goes, people can have differing beliefs but not different facts.  The roles and products of Obama, Brennan, Geithner, and Gates are indisputable facts.
There is no Democratic Party, no Republican Party.  There's just The Money Party.  It's the real power behind the theatrics referred to as a two party political system.   The party has no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests; preserved at any cost as long as the costs and suffering are borne by the people.