Breast Cancer is Already Solved so Don’t Donate to Cancer Research

Don’t support breast cancer research – the problem is already solved.

Comment by WO: We have known for years that “chemicals cause cancer” so the solution, at least for starters, is not to be exposed. Here is the latest in the battle to stop a few of these poisons.
Note also that with a Republican Congress one can expect the chemical pollution to get worse. Republicans apparently don’t get breast cancer. Continue Reading →

CONSIDER THE ANT AND BE WISE

CONSIDER THE ANT AND BE WISE

by William Olkowski

republished again today 11.21.14 previously 2.1.12

“Consider the Ant” is good advice. After all, as social experiments go, ant colony life looks robust. Ants go back, way back, when Insects started in or before the Cambrian Geological period almost 400 million years ago (mya). So they must have experimented and learned a bunch over the million of years, right? Well, from my view it’s a heartless social organization, not worth emulating. But one can learn from almost any bad idea. But then again their survival over this long period tells something we may want to learn from. Continue Reading →

Reason, Religion and Ecology

Reason, Religion and Ecology
republished 11/15/14, originally published in Oct 2012

Reason is based on linking evidence to form a valid explanation. There is no evidence that a god exists. There are no answers to prayers, there is no supreme being ever seen or heard. The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but it’s much greater than any religion ever said. The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created, but its based on evidence. Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations. That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory. Science is a continuous discovery process. Religion, in contrast, offers no evidence, and assumes mythical beings exists who no one has ever seen or perceived. It’s a static view which cannot be challenged. Continue Reading →

UPDATE 11.29-12.1.13 Pope, Triclosan, Saturday Night Live, Laundry Gases

UPDATE 11.29-12.1.13
Contents
The Pope Speaks Some Sense
Triclosan finally gone after 35 years
OLD SATURDAY NIGHT SKITS
Watch out for Laundry Gases
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The Pope Speaks Some Sense
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE IN POWER PROCLAIMING A TRUTH AND A WAY FOR ACTION BASED ON THAT TRUTH, but alas its from the head of an organization that teaches fear where there is no fear, and hope where there is no hope. The fear that it teaches is fear of god, when there is no god. The hope that it teaches is life after death, when there is no such life. Still I welcome anyone who can say a bit of truth to a world gone crazy with greed, violence, stupidity, and religiosity. God will not get us out of our mess, we must do it ourselves.

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Update 11.23-26.13 Zeitgeist, GMO, Nuclear, Monarch and Bees

 

Contents:

GMO LINKED TO GUT PROBLEMS

ZEITGEIST: TIME FOR A CHANGE

GMO’S RESTRICTED IN HAWAII

NUCLEAR POLLUTION CONCENTRATES IN THE OCEAN FOOD CHAINS

INSECTS LIKE THE MONARCH AND WILD BEES are going down.

 

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UPDATE 11.20.13: CO2, Evolution, Bugs, Aliens, Statins

 

UPDATE 11.20.13: CO2, Evolution, Bugs, Aliens, Statins

Contents:

CO2 Rising

Human Evolution

Fukushima

Bug of the Month

Alien Life?

Statins

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Global Carbon Emissions Rise to New Record in 2013
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NOTES FOR A LECTURE: POPULATION, PESTICIDE, PEOPLE AND POLITICS

 

POPULATION, PESTICIDES AND POLITICS

BY William Olkowski, PhD.

8/12/13

Can We Survive Ourselves?

Outline:

I am a biologist who specialized in the study of insects, more specifically how to control insects using other insects.  Such people are called entomologists, more specifically Biological Control Specialist.  Those who study and work with “pest insects” are usually called economic entomologists.  I am one of a small minority within this group, called a pest management specialist.

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Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in Oregon

Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in
Oregon 
http://shar.es/xDqBL

Source: ecowatch.com

An estimated 50,000 bumblebees, likely representing more than 300 colonies, were found dead or dying in a shopping mall parking lot in Wilsonville, OR. Authorities confirmed Friday the massive bee die-off.

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NEWS UPDATE 5.29.13-30

NEWS UPDATE  5.29.13-30

CONTENTS OF THIS UPDATE:

EARTHQUAKE IN Santa Barbara, CA

The Truth About Grassfed Beef

Japan suspends wheat imports from Pacific Northwest after modified wheat discovered in Oregon

New Effective Ways to Fight MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

IRS ATTACKS POT DISPENSORIES WHILE CITIZENS FAVOR LEGALIZATION

 

Cicada cam gives users frightening glimpse of ‘swarmageddon’

JON RAPPOPORT RANTS AGAINST COLLECTIVISM, E.G., SOME EXERPTS

RELIGION IN ENGLAND

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SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS

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PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

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* MAGNITUDE      5.3

* ORIGIN TIME    0638 AKDT MAY 29 2013

0738  PDT MAY 29 2013

1438  UTC MAY 29 2013

* COORDINATES    34.4 NORTH 119.9 WEST

* DEPTH          6 MILES

* LOCATION       85 MILES SW OF BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA

100 MILES NW OF LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA

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The Truth About Grassfed Beef

Published December 19, 2012 | By John Robbins

http://www.foodrevolution.org/blog/the-truth-about-grassfed-beef/

 

If you read on, you’ll see why I’ve concluded that grassfed is indeed better.  But then, almost anything would be.  Putting beef cattle in feedlots and feeding them grain may actually be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization.

Cattle (like sheep, deer and other grazing animals) are endowed with the ability to convert grasses, which we humans cannot digest, into flesh that we are able to digest. They can do this because unlike humans, who possess only one stomach, they are ruminants, which is to say that they possess a rumen, a 45 or so gallon fermentation tank in which resident bacteria convert cellulose into protein and fats.

It’s not widely known, but E. coli 0157:H7 has only recently appeared on the scene.  It was first identified in the 1980s, but now this pathogen can be found in the intestines of almost all feedlot cattle in the U.S.  Even less widely recognized is that the practice of feeding corn and other grains to cattle has created the perfect conditions for forms of E. Coli and other microbes to come into being that can, and do, kill us.

Grassfed or organic?

It’s important to remember that organic is not the same as grassfed. Natural food stores often sell organic beef and dairy products that are hormone- and antibiotic- free.  These products come from animals who were fed organically grown grain, but who typically still spent most of their lives (or in the case of dairy cows perhaps their whole lives) in feedlots.  The sad reality is that almost all the organic beef and organic dairy products sold in the U.S. today comes from feedlots.

 

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Japan suspends wheat imports from Pacific Northwest after modified wheat discovered in Oregon

 

By Associated PressUpdated: Thursday, M  3:19 PM

WASHINGTON — Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.

The Agriculture Department announced the discovery of the modified wheat on Wednesday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming.

Many countries around the world will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the United States exports about half of its wheat crop.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/usda-says-unapproved-genetically-engineered-wheat-discovered-in-oregon-field/2013/05/30/2975da22-c902-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html

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New Effective Ways to Fight MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

 

MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of more than 74,000 patients

new study on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals shows that using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Patients who have MRSA present on their bodies are at increased risk of developing a MRSA infection and can spread the germ to other patients. 

Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of three MRSA prevention practices: routine care, providing germ-killing soap and ointment only to patients with MRSA , and providing germ-killing soap and ointment to all ICU patients.   The study found:

  • ·         Routine care did not significantly reduce MRSA or bloodstream infections.
  • ·         Providing germ-killing soap and ointment only to patients with MRSA reduced bloodstream infections by any germ by 23 percent.
  • ·         Providing germ-killing soap and ointment to all ICU patients reduced MRSA by 37 percent and bloodstream infections by any germ by 44 percent.

The study, REDUCE MRSA trial, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/media/DPK/2013/dpk-MRSA-study.html

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IRS ATTACKS POT DISPENSORIES WHILE CITIZENS FAVOR LEGALIZATION


The tea party has company. For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service has been systematically targeting medical marijuana establishments, relying on an obscure statute that gives the taxing agency unintended power. The IRS has been functioning as an arm of justice, employing the U.S. tax code as a weapon in the federal government’s ongoing war against legal cannabis.

The majority of Americans favor legalization of marijuana, while 18 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical marijuana. But pot businesses in those states are vulnerable to the federal government’s strategic application of IRS Code Section 280E, a law enacted in 1982 after a drug dealer claimed his yacht and weapons purchases as legitimate business expenses — and long before medical marijuana was first legalized in California in 1996.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/irs-medical-marijuana_n_3346801.html?icid=hp_front_top_art

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Cicada cam gives users frightening glimpse of ‘swarmageddon’

 

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News May 29, 2013The Sideshow

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The cicada cam (Discovery.com)

The great cicada invasion of 2013 has begun in earnest on the East Coast, with hundreds of thousands of the noisy, sex-crazed insects popping up from Georgia to Connecticut. Discovery.com is looking to capitalize on the peculiar craze with a cicada cam, providing live, streaming video of the Brood II cicadas covering a replica of the U.S. Capitol.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/cicada-cam-live-video-171123032.html

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The rebel against the controlled world

 

 

JON RAPPOPORT RANTS AGAINST COLLECTIVISM, E.G., SOME EXERPTS:

 

The psychiatric State operates hand-in-glove with sociology, in the sense that it promotes some 300 officially certified mental disorders that are the same in all people.  Psychiatry is a collectivism of the mind.

I’ve established, in many articles, that psychiatric diagnosis is a complete fraud. There are no physical tests of any kind for any so-called disorder.

 

The 20th century saw the rise of systems-thinkers, who applied their ideas to society
as a whole.  They gained power because global elites were pushing forward a systems-program of their own: planetary management.

The Globalist program was (and is) all about central planning and distribution of goods and services, under the cynical rubric of “greatest good for the greatest number.”  This is collectivism, plain and simple.  It camouflages a leading prow of brute force, Soviet style, with more subtle forms of brutality.

 

Like any fairy tale, myth, legend, story, collectivism began as the idea in the
mind of one person.  Somewhere in the mists of the past, that person dreamed it
up.  It was his notion.  It was his perverse “work of art.”

He sold it to his friends as a way they could control the mass, the populace, the audience.  He said, “Do you see how this works?  We can subscribe to the most wonderful sentiments, we can appear to be servants of the Good, we can hide behind all that while we destroy freedom.  It’s a winner.”

Collectivism isn’t a mass outpouring of share and care.  It’s coming down from the top of the ladder.

The rebel understands these things.  He knows someone, somewhere, cooked up the whole idea and promoted it, like flatware or recliner chairs or rhinestones.

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13ef33161334dc8e

Rply

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RELIGION IN ENGLAND

 

Set aside the fact that our Queen is the Defender of the Christian Faith. Ignore the 26 Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords. 

Pay no attention to the 2011 Census that told us 33.2million people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christians.

For if you want a more telling insight into religion in the United Kingdom today, just look at these photographs. The story they tell is more revealing than any survey.

The photo on the left shows St Mary’s Church in Cable Street while the photo on the right shows worshippers gathered for Friday midday prayers outside a nearby mosque in Spitalfields, both in East London

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332998/One-country-religions-telling-pictures-The-pews-churches-just-yards-overcrowded-mosque.html#ixzz2UprX4T9B
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Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen plus one. 5.28.13

Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto

BY FRACTURED PARADIGM

 – APRIL 15, 2013 POSTED IN: FEATUREDGMOSPESTICIDES & HERBICIDESPOPULATION CONTROL

When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find? Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

#1 – Saccharin

Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal of producing saccharin[1] for Coca-Cola. In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s[2],* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980[3], showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats[4] and mice.

After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council[5], and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies[6] (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List. A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting[7]; the official document includes the following wording[8] to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.” (*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin[9] here.)

#2 – PCBs

During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Fifty years later, toxicity tests[10] began reporting serious health effects[11] from PCBs in laboratory rats exposed to the chemical.

After another decade of studies, the truth could no longer be contained: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report[12] citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Additional peer-reviewed health studies showed a causal link between exposure to PCBs and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a frequently fatal form of cancer.

In 1979, the United States Congress recognized PCBs as a significant environmental toxin and persistent organic pollutant, and banned its production in the U.S.  By then Monsanto already had manufacturing plants abroad, so they weren’t entirely stopped until the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banned PCBs globally in 2001.

And that’s when Monsanto’s duplicity was uncovered: internal company memos[13] from 1956 surfaced, proving that Monsanto had known about dangers of PCBs from early on.

In 2003, Monsanto paid out over $600 million to residents of Anniston, Alabama, who experienced severe health problems including liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer[14] after being exposed to PCBs — more than double the payoff that was awarded in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

And yet the damage persists: nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study[15] by the University of California San Francisco.

#3 – Polystyrene

In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicals[16] whose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

#4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons

Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department[17]. Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project[18]—including plutonium purification and production and, as part of the Manhattan Project’s Dayton Project[19], techniques to refine chemicals used as triggers for atomic weapons (an era of U.S. history that sadly included the deadliest industrial accident[20]).

#5 – DDT

In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Despite decades of Monsanto propaganda insisting that DDT was safe, the true effects of DDT’s toxicity were at last confirmed through outside research and in 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.

#6 – Dioxin

In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), containing dioxin. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that since become known as one of the “Dirty Dozen[21]” — persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. In the decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of covering up or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.

#7 – Agent Orange

During the early 1960s, Monsanto was one of the two primary manufacturers of Agent Orange, an herbicide / defoliant used for chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. Except Monsanto’s formula had dioxin levels many times higher than the Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States).

(Pictured at left, Anh and Trang Nhan, with their father, when they first arrived at the Hoi An Orphanage; below are the same brothers shortly before Trang’s death. Source: Kianh Foundation Newsletter, Dec. 2011[22])

As a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that over 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and up to 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems—not to mention the far-reaching impact it had on the health of over 3 million American troops and their offspring.

Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam. Despite the widespread health impact, Monsanto and Dow were allowed to appeal for and receive financial protection from the U.S. government against veterans seeking compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.

In 2012, a long 50 years after Agent Orange was deployed, the clean-up effort has finally begun[23]. Yet the legacy of Agent Orange, and successive generations of body deformities[24], will remain in orphanages[25] throughout VietNam for decades to come.

(Think that can’t happen here? Two crops were recently genetically engineered[26] to withstand a weedkiller made with one of the major components of Agent Orange, 2,4-D[27], in order to combat “super weeds” that evolved due to the excessive use of RoundUp.)

8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer

In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based fertilizer after purchasing a major oil refinery. Petroleum-based fertilizers can kill beneficial soil micro-organisms[28], sterilizing the soil and creating a dependence, like an addiction, to the synthetic replacements. Not the best addiction to have, considering the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil…

#9 – RoundUp

During the early 1970s, Monsanto founded their Agricultural Chemicals division with a focus on herbicides, and one herbicide in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Because of its ability to eradicate weeds literally overnight, RoundUp was quickly adopted by farmers. Its use increased even more when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) crops, enabling farmers to saturate the entire field with weedkiller without killing the crops.

While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist. RoundUp has been found in samples of groundwater[29], as well as soil[30], and even in streams and air[31] throughout the Midwest U.S., and increasingly in food. It has been linked to butterfly[32] mortality, and the proliferation of superweeds[33]. Studies in rats have shown consistently negative health impacts ranging from tumors, altered organ function, and infertility, to cancer and premature death. Reference the above “GMO Risks[34]” page which includes countless references to support these statements.

#10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)

An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974. In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues[35] caused by aspartame.

#11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to produce more milk. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis[36], and the pus[37] from the resulting infection enters the milk supply[38] requiring the use of additional antibiotics. rBGH milk has been linked to breast cancer[39], colon cancer[40], and prostate cancer[41] in humans.

#12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs

In the early 1990s, Monsanto began gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source to achieve one of two traits: an internally-generated pesticide, or an internal resistance to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp. Despite decades of promises that genetically engineered crops would feed the world with more nutrients, drought resistance, or yield, the majority of Monsanto’s profits[42] are from seeds that are engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp—an ever-rising, dual income stream as weeds continue to evolve resistance to RoundUp[43].

Most sobering however, is that the world is once again buying into Monsanto’s “safe” claims.

Just like the early days of PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully fooled the general public and regulatory agencies into believing that RoundUp, and the genetically modified crops that help sell RoundUp, are “safe.”

Except Monsanto has learned a thing or two in the past 100+ years of defending its dirty products: these days, when a new study proving the negative health or environmental impacts of GMOs emerges, Monsanto attacks the study and its scientist(s) by flooding the media with counter claims from “independent” organizations, scientists, industry associations, blogs, sponsored social media, and articles by “private” public relations firms—frequently founded, funded and maintained by Monsanto.

Unfortunately, few of us take the time to trace the members, founders, and relationships of these seemingly valid sources back to their little Monsanto secret.

Fooling the FDA[44] required a slightly different approach: click on the below chart compiled by Millions Against Monsanto[45] to see how many former Monsanto VPs and legal counsel are now holding positions with the FDA. And don’t forget Clarence Thomas, former Monsanto attorney who is now a Supreme Court Justice, ruling in favor of Monsanto in every case brought before him.

 

 

 

A Baker’s Dozen: #13 – Terminator Seeds

In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed the technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. These “Terminator Seeds[46]” would force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto year after year, rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest as they’ve been doing throughout centuries. Fortunately this technology never came to market. Instead, Monsanto chose to require farmers to sign a contract agreeing that they will not save or sell seeds from year to year, which forces them to buy new seeds and preempts the need for a “terminator gene.” Lucky for us… since the terminator seeds were capable of cross-pollination and could have contaminated local non-sterile crops.

What’s the Result of our Monsanto Legacy?

Between 75% to 80% of the processed food[47] you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn[48] is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.

How is it that Monsanto is allowed to manipulate our food after such a dark product history? How is it they are allowed to cause such detrimental impact to our environment and our health?

According to the Organic Consumers Association[49], “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—backed by farm subsidies[50]—while organic farmers receive no such subsidies.

Monsanto’s history reflects a consistent pattern of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and manipulated science. Is this the kind of company we want controlling our world’s food supply?

P.S. Monsanto’s not alone. Other companies in the “Big Six” include Pioneer Hi-Bred International[51] (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AG[52], Dow Agrosciences[53] (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF[54] (which is primarily a chemical company that is rapidly expanding their biotechnology division, and Bayer Cropscience[55] (a subsidiary of Bayer).

 

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News Update for Saturaday 5.24.13

News Update Saturday 5.24.13

 CLIMATE CHANGE, MONSANTO, EARTHQUAKE NEAR SF, TANNING, NAKED PAINTING PARTY, STOP KILLING WALES, SKIN CANCER ON THE FOOT, GUATEMALA LEADS EFFORT TO ELIMINATE RIVER BLINDNESS, WORD FOR TODAY.

News Update Saturday 5.24.13

 

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

We’ve been talking about climate change as if it’s something that’s going to happen in the distant future — our study shows that it has been affecting our fisheries and oceans for decades. These global changes have implications for everyone in every part of the planet.

 

 

But now a new study in Nature makes the case that climate change — including the warming of the oceans — is already having a direct impact on global fisheries.

Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULqgYIUv
Read more: 
http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULq9dIW5

 

 

 

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Climate Change Webinar on Health Effects of Climate Change

 

 

 

Dear William,When we think about the cost of climate change, we tend to think about damage to homes and businesses. And for good reason: it’s expensive. But these billion-dollar figures often overlook one crucial question: how does climate change impact our health and our well-being?Please join us for a special webinar on May 30 t

 

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SEND A LETTER TO STOP MONSANTO

 

 

 

 

 

I belong to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want what consumers in more than 60 other countries already have: mandatory GMO labeling laws.

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION: Ask your Congress member to reject the King Amendment and any other rider or amendment to the Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to label GMOs!

 

 

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13ed1e0f000a2b82

 

 

 

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REPEAL THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT

 

 

 

Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and Save States’ Rights to Label GMOs

Organic Bytes #380, May 23, 2013

Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

(View this on the web right here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob380.html)

 

 

 

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INDOOR TANNING is bad for you

 

 

 

 

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EVALUATION

 

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* AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED – A TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED.

 

 

 

 

 

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

 

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* MAGNITUDE      5.6

 

* ORIGIN TIME    1947 AKDT MAY 23 2013

 

2047  PDT MAY 23 2013

 

0347  UTC MAY 24 2013

 

* COORDINATES    40.1 NORTH 121.2 WEST

 

* DEPTH          6 MILES

 

* LOCATION       85 MILES NW OF RENO NEVADA

 

175 MILES NE OF SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

* FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES

 

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV - OR THE APPROPRIATE

 

REGIONAL SEISMIC NETWORK.

 

 

 

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Naked Painting Party in New York City – New Yorkers strip down for Naked Painting Party – NY Daily News

 

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Friends

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-yorkers-strip-naked-painting-party-gallery-1.1353869

 

 

 

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The Center for Biological Diversity already won the first battle against this deadly gillnet fishery to reduce the number of endangered sea turtles it kills — but whales are still being cruelly caught and killed.

Please take action now: Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered sea mammals, reject the permit, and shut down this deadly, inhumane California fishery.

 

 

Click here to take action and get more information.

 

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Skin cancer can be found in the most unlikely place — your foot

 

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer might be well-known to some, perhaps as easy as your ABCs … and Ds.

 

Any mole on the body that is Asymmetrical, has an uneven Border, an irregular Color or a large Diameter should be cause for concern.

 

But this May — Skin Cancer Awareness Month — the New York State Podiatric Medical Association suggests that people should look in an unlikely location for potentially cancerous spots on the skin: under and on top of your feet.

 

Melanoma on the foot is not all that common compared to other areas of the body, particularly those that get heavy exposure to the sun like the face, arms and shoulders, 

 

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River Blindness Progress at Elimination

 

Guatemala leads

 

 

 

Progress Toward Elimination of Onchocerciasis in the Americas —
1993–2012 

full text

 

 

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A.Word.A.Day

 

with Anu Garg

 

 

chartreuse

 

PRONUNCIATION:

 

(shahr-TROOZ, -TROOS) 

 

 

 

MEANING:

 

noun: 1. A light, yellowish green. 2. An aromatic, usually yellow or green liqueur, originally made by Carthusian monks in Grenoble, France.
adjective: Having a light, yellowish green color.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE

 

We’ve been talking about climate change as if it’s something that’s going to happen in the distant future — our study shows that it has been affecting our fisheries and oceans for decades. These global changes have implications for everyone in every part of the planet.

 

But now a new study in Nature makes the case that climate change — including the warming of the oceans — is already having a direct impact on global fisheries.

Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULqgYIUv
Read more: 
http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULq9dIW5

 

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Climate Change Webinar on Health Effects of Climate Change

 

Dear William,When we think about the cost of climate change, we tend to think about damage to homes and businesses. And for good reason: it’s expensive. But these billion-dollar figures often overlook one crucial question: how does climate change impact our health and our well-being?Please join us for a special webinar on May 30 t

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SEND A LETTER TO STOP MONSANTO

 

 

I belong to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want what consumers in more than 60 other countries already have: mandatory GMO labeling laws.

 

TAKE ACTION: Ask your Congress member to reject the King Amendment and any other rider or amendment to the Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to label GMOs!

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13ed1e0f000a2b82

 

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REPEAL THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT

 

Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and Save States’ Rights to Label GMOs

Organic Bytes #380, May 23, 2013

Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

(View this on the web right here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob380.html)

 

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INDOOR TANNING is bad for you

 

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EVALUATION

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* AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED – A TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED.

 

 

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

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* MAGNITUDE      5.6

* ORIGIN TIME    1947 AKDT MAY 23 2013

2047  PDT MAY 23 2013

0347  UTC MAY 24 2013

* COORDINATES    40.1 NORTH 121.2 WEST

* DEPTH          6 MILES

* LOCATION       85 MILES NW OF RENO NEVADA

175 MILES NE OF SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA

 

* FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV - OR THE APPROPRIATE
REGIONAL SEISMIC NETWORK.

 

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Naked Painting Party in New York City – New Yorkers strip down for Naked Painting Party – NY Daily News

Inbox x

 

Friends

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-yorkers-strip-naked-painting-party-gallery-1.1353869

 

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The Center for Biological Diversity already won the first battle against this deadly gillnet fishery to reduce the number of endangered sea turtles it kills — but whales are still being cruelly caught and killed.

Please take action now: Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered sea mammals, reject the permit, and shut down this deadly, inhumane California fishery.

 

Click here to take action and get more information.

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Skin cancer can be found in the most unlikely place — your foot

Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer might be well-known to some, perhaps as easy as your ABCs … and Ds.

Any mole on the body that is Asymmetrical, has an uneven Border, an irregular Color or a large Diameter should be cause for concern.

But this May — Skin Cancer Awareness Month — the New York State Podiatric Medical Association suggests that people should look in an unlikely location for potentially cancerous spots on the skin: under and on top of your feet.

Melanoma on the foot is not all that common compared to other areas of the body, particularly those that get heavy exposure to the sun like the face, arms and shoulders, 

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River Blindness Progress at Elimination

Guatemala leads

 

Progress Toward Elimination of Onchocerciasis in the Americas —
1993–2012 

full text

 

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A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

 

chartreuse

PRONUNCIATION:

(shahr-TROOZ, -TROOS) 

 

MEANING:

noun: 1. A light, yellowish green. 2. An aromatic, usually yellow or green liqueur, originally made by Carthusian monks in Grenoble, France.
adjective: Having a light, yellowish green color.

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Lead Free Garden Hose

Buy a Lead-free hose: One easy way to cut down on the amount of lead in your immediate environment is to get a lead-free garden hose. Not only will it drastically reduce the amount of lead being deposited in your yard, it will also virtually eliminate direct exposure when watering by hand or tending to the garden. A lead-free garden hose is also safe for children to get a much-needed drink or play in the sprinklers, and pets will also be spared of potential lead poisoning from water bowls filled from the hose. The hoses are often white with a thin blue stripe, and are commonly sold in marine and recreational vehicle (RV) stores. An RV lead-free garden hose can also come in a beige color with blue stripe, to match the beige paint of many RVs. Although sold for RV and marine use, these hoses serve as great lead-free garden hoses.

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Extreme Weather and the Continuing Bush Legacy.

 

THE BUSH LEGACY CONTINUES

by William Olkowski, PhD, 11.16.12

I knew it would take decades to reverse and repair the damage to our constitution, our national reputation, and our environment from the Reagen-Bush disasters.  It’s like the saying:

‘Whom the gods destroy they first make mad.’

I knew it was madness when the second election also showed G.W. Bush a winner.  The first 4 years got us into an unnecessary war, let the real terrorists off the hook by not pursuing them, and increased our national debt by trillions of dollars.  And then the drop in the taxes for the rich.  The democracy looks lost.  But maybe there’s still hope?  Check out this recent summary of extreme weather events, which should put a quash on whatever remains of those who think climate chaos is not happening.

From: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/report/2012/11/16/45135/heavy-weather-how-climate-destruction-harms-middle-and-lower-income-americans/

 

Scientists and government agencies documented the devastating extreme weather events in 2011 and 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 14 weather events that caused at least $1 billion in damages each in 2011. By our estimates, from January through October 2012, there were at least seven additional extreme weather events with more than $1 billion in damages each, with total damages from the two years combined topping $126 billion. In addition to these events, economists predict that the 2012 drought will cause between $28 billion and $77 billion in damages, potentially bringing the two-year total to $174 billion.

The events during this time affected all but 4 of the lower 48 states. A recent study by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm, found that North America is experiencing a tremendous rise in extreme weather disasters-a nearly fivefold increase over the past three decades. The firm concluded that this is due to climate change and that this trend will continue in the future.

 

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See also: Interactive Map: Counties Hit by Extreme Weather Events in 2011 and 2012 that Each Cost More than $1 Billion

Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF version of this report.

The devastating and tragic Hurricane Sandy and its connected storms caused a huge swath of destruction in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States on October 29, before then dumping vast quantities of snow in the Midwest. The storm is responsible for at least 110 fatalities in the United States and preliminary estimates indicate that it caused $30 billion in damages, with only one-quarter to one-half covered by

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More on Fukushima Ongoing Disaster 11.15.12

In the Wake of the recent Superhurricane Sandy disaster note the following quote:

“the vagaries of the future have a way of confounding the comforts of the past.”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2012/11/sandy-fukushima-and-the-nuclear-industry.html#ixzz2BGx4oPFT

This report is important for those interested in the nuclear industry and are following the Fukushima disaster and want to see nuclear power eliminated throughout the world.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE UPDATE FROM CDC 2012.05.18

Infectious Disease Update – from CDC newsletters, 5.18.12

MRSA News – for Background see my book review on blog: search for MRSA.

More: http://www.uncoverthenet.com/search/?q=mrsa%20treatment

New article from CDC newsletter: Some trends show decreases but its still present and serious and now the learning edge is the community acquired infections.

Trends in Invasive Infection with Methicillin-ResistantStaphylococcus aureus, Connecticut,USA, 2001–2010

A summary of data from 2005, the first full year of EIP invasive disease surveillance, was published in 2007 and revealed the full magnitude of invasive MRSA in the United States: ≈94,360 persons had invasive infections in 2005, and 18,650 patients died while hospitalized (12). This study also demonstrated that most MRSA infections (85%) were health care–associated, with 69% occurring in the community rather than in the hospital.

Excerpts from: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/12-0182_article.htm

In contrast, controlling community strains that occur outside the hospital is not as easy. Although proactive control efforts in institutions, including correctional facilities and sports facilities, should minimize the potential for institutional outbreaks, much community transmission occurs outside such settings. Thus, one could expect the sustained prevalence and continued transmission of community strains in the community with regular introduction in proportion to their incidence into health care settings and that their proportion of all MRSA infections would increase.

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Report on Rhickettsia in dogs inLouisiana

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/12-0165_article.htm

 

Abstract

The association between companion animals and tick-borne rickettsial disease has long been recognized and can be essential to the emergence of rickettsioses. We tested whole blood from dogs in temporary shelters by using PCR for rickettsial infections. Of 93 dogs, 12 (13%) were positive for Rickettsia parkeri, an emerging tick-borne rickettsiosis.

Tick-borne spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses are maintained in tick populations through vertical transmission of the rickettsial agent and horizontal transmission among vectors by a vertebrate host. Companion animals, specifically dogs, can serve as vertebrate hosts for arthropod vectors and SFG rickettsia (1), as shown by a report of a Rickettsia parkeri–infected dog in South America (2). Likewise, cases of rickettsioses in humans have been associated with cases in companion animals (3). Because of a substantial increase in tick-borne rickettsial diseases in the past decade, much effort has been directed to identifying the rickettsial agents present in ticks (4). On the basis of findings from field surveys of rickettsial infections in ticks and characterization of rickettsioses in humans, most cases of what is considered Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a disease caused by R. rickettsii, are likely caused by infections with rickettsial species other than R. rickettsii (5).

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Info on Whooping cough

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/12-0091_article.htm

 

Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, continues to circulate among children and adolescents even in regions with high vaccine coverage. Antimicrobial drug treatment contributes substantially to controlling transmission of the disease. In France, the treatment of choice is clarithromycin or azithromycin, which eliminate the bacterium from the respiratory tract of the infected patient and their close contacts (1). To date, erythromycin resistance in B. pertussis has been described only in the United States (24). The erythromycin-resistant B. pertussis isolates in theUnited States carry an A-to-G transition at nucleotide position 2047 of the 23S rRNA gene, in a region critical for erythromycin binding.

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Iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Final Assessment

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/12-0116_article.htm

Abstract

The era of iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has nearly closed; only occasional cases with exceptionally long incubation periods are still appearing. The principal sources of these outbreaks are contaminated growth hormone (226 cases) and dura mater grafts (228 cases) derived from human cadavers with undiagnosed CJD infections; a small number of additional cases are caused by neurosurgical instrument contamination, corneal grafts, gonadotrophic hormone, and secondary infection with variant CJD transmitted by transfusion of blood products. No new sources of disease have been identified, and current practices, which combine improved recognition of potentially infected persons with new disinfection methods for fragile surgical instruments and biological products, should continue to minimize the risk for iatrogenic disease until a blood screening test for the detection of preclinical infection is validated for human use.

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Detection of European Strain of Echinococcus multilocularis in North America

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/11-1420_article.htm

To the Editor: In 2009, an alveolar hydatid cyst, the intermediate stage of the cestode Echinococcus multilocularis, was detected in the liver of a dog from Quesnel, British Columbia (BC), Canada (1), 600 km west of the nearest known record of this parasite in central North America (Figure). Alveolar hydatid cysts normally occur in rodent intermediate hosts. However, humans can serve as aberrant intermediate hosts; cysts generally originate in the liver and, in about one third of cases, metastasize throughout the body (2). Detection of the larval stage of this pathogen in an unusual host in a new geographic region required application of multiple molecular epidemiologic techniques to determine if this was range expansion of a native strain or introduction of a new strain of veterinary and public health concern. end

 

Reason, Religion and Ecology

Reason, Religion and Ecology

by William Olkowski, 10.25.12

Reason is based on linking evidence to form an explanation.  There is no evidence that a god exists.  There are no answers to prayers, there is no being ever seen or heard.  The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but its much greater than any religion ever said.  The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created.  Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations.  That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory.  Science is a continuous discovery process.  Religion, in contrast, offers no evidence, and assumes mythical beings exists who no one has ever seen or perceived.  Its a static view which cannot be challenged.

There may be new explanations for the construction of the Universe, but they will not ever be supernatural as claimed by religion.  Religion and science cannot coexist in explaining natural phenomena, with one exception, the study of hallucinations induced by propaganda and repetition, particularly on young forming individuals before they have the capacity for critical thinking.  And no church teaches critical thinking.

So Where Does Religion Improve Civilization?

So far religions of the world, the traditional religions, for example, Christianity, Jewdacism, Islam, Hinduism, seem just ways to divide up humanity for competition and yet they carry useful historical information and all have their different, but overlapping, rules for living.  Even the schisms within the particular religions have led to competition which easily escalates into violence.  Scientific cosmology differs significantly with all these religions so could unite humanity by providing a common cosmology.   But this idea is resisted almost universally by those who carry past traditions as a prerequisite for their particular constellation of  beliefs and myths.

Science does not care directly for the poor as do many religions, yet is this not just a recruitment strategy.  Feed them and convert them to my belief system.  Still, there is some relief to misery and suffering, which should be the goal of all belief systems, right?  I wish it were so stated but alas, this idea does not resonate in any religion unless one sees Buddhism as a religion.  It, however, seems a bridge between philosophy and a religion, rather than just a religion.  Maybe my definition of a religion is limited by the nature of my knowledge of the major religions.

This could be so as I grew out of Catholicism into science as a belief system.

The pageantry, songs, myths, art, and architecture derived from the religions seem a statement of belief adorned by the imagination, which is truly amazing with one exception.  The exception is major, however.  Does art serve recruitment and maintenance of control over people, or does it truly elevate people to perform noble deeds?  Does science do this, in contrast?  At times I wonder, considering how scientists serve the military, giant corporations who ruin the biosphere and exploit natural resources without consideration of the future.

Maybe science and religion both carry reflections of the good and the bad of human nature and what we as humans must do is evolve first in our knowledge and place our history in perspective to this knowledge.

What Kind of Knowledge Could Unite Humanity?

Humans are animals and share many characteristics with animals, plants and microbes.  To deny this is to deny our senses, our historical record and all the recent knowledge derived from the last 100 or so years of biological knowledge.  Science is broad and encompasses biological information, but biological knowledge goes beyond just science in the traditional meanings of science.  The growth of scientific knowledge has arisen from the physical to the biological which truly dominates all knowledge now as we have come to understand how the Biosphere functions and how we fit into the Biosphere.

Ecological Awareness Could Unite Humanity

Ecology is the study of how life interrelates with non-life.  The Biosphere encompasses all life, for this discussion, life on Earth.  This life is derived from the non-living components of the planet with some regular inputs from the cosmos.  We are really made of star dust as Neal Tyson so poetically portrays humans.  We are made of the same elements we find in stars as judged by our knowledge of how different elements affect light which reaches us across immense distances and time. This awareness is the output of human discoveries in astronomy, which incidentally, has been obtained by the devoted and expenditure of lives of scientific saints like Galileo who risked their lives and actually gave their lives up for their discovered truths.  This parallels the saints of the traditional religions.

Bismark, the famous German leader, said to unity humans one must influence them to acknowledge a common enemy.  We have this enemy and He is us.  This was the theme of the famous book, Lord of the Flies which was also made into a movie of the same title.

The Enemy is US

Us here is not an abbreviation for the United States as many in the world believe to the point of sacrifice of lives, although they may be justified in this belief by our political/industrial/religious behavior.  We project a violence in all these realms which the world recognizes but which we fail to recognize ourselves.

In the broadest sense the enemy is humanity in its relentless, mindless exploitation of the planets resources to the point of threatening human existence.

Merely  the nuclear arsenals of the world, particularly the arsenal of the United States, threatens the Biosphere.  A mere 100 nuclear bombs could vaporize the living world by shutting out the sun with dirty particles in the atmosphere.  This scenario was developed over 50 years ago and has not yet been internalized into national policies to limit and eliminate nuclear weapons and their supporting electric power generation systems, which number in the hundreds.  Nuclear power is the most dirty of all the power sources available for electric generation, by far.  Just the major waste product, plutonium, with a half life of 24,000 years tells that story.

 

Population Control is Taboo

Have you recognized that no politician has endorsed any measures to limit  population, with only one exception: China.  China has had a one-child policy for decades now.  Maybe this is because it is not a democracy.  China is a modern day oligarchy, which is defined by rule by an elite.

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Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “a few”, and ἄρχω (archo), meaning “to rule or to command”)[1][2][3]is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next.[citation needed]

Throughout history, oligarchies have been tyrannical (relying on public servitude to exist) or relatively benign. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which the exact term is plutocracy, but oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy.

From Wikipedia

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The United States, in contrast to China, is evolving toward an Plutocracy.  Economic power is concentrated in fewer and fewer, almost unknown hands.  The plutocrats are basically unknown.  They exert their power by domination of the political system through public media, with one exception so far: the internet.

If the democracy of the United States’ can be saved from its slide into plutocracy it will be through the internet as the main media sources, TV, newspapers and publishing are all now dominated by personal and corporate bodies.  These, in turn, manipulate the government through political appointments over the civil service, judicial and executive branches, even the military, now transformed into a mercenary institution.  This is, and was, done by domination of the electoral processes, including districting, methods of voting, methods of debating issues and policies, electoral college, and advertizing expenditures.  This has created a military/industrial complex previously warned about by D.W. Eisenhower in his parting speech.

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Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

The term originates from the Greek: δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (kratos) “power”, around 400 BCE, to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens.

A democratic government contrasts to forms of government where power is either held by one, as in a monarchy, or where power is held by a small number of individuals, as in an oligarchy or aristocracy.  Nevertheless, these oppositions, inherited from Greek philosophy, are now ambiguous because contemporary governments have mixed democratic, oligarchic, and monarchic elements. Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to control their leaders and to oust them without the need for a revolution.[2]

Several variants of democracy exist, but there are two basic forms, both of which concern how the whole body of citizens executes its will. One form of democracy is direct democracy, in which citizens have direct and active participation in the decision making of the government. In most modern democracies, the whole body of citizens remain the sovereign power but political power is exercised indirectly through elected representatives; this is called representative democracy. The concept of representative democracy arose largely from ideas and institutions that developed during the European Middle Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, and the American and French Revolutions.[3]

From Wikipedia

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The Hope of the Internet

It could all be different, however, if there were a deep and comprehensive attempt at moving toward a true democracy, which could be facilitated by communications across the internet.  But democracy demands a good public educational system as alone, public elections can be dominated by demigods.  G.W. Bush is a good example, with his cadre of psychopaths.

An imagination experiment carries this idea by a universal voting scenario example.  Today it is possible to have all candidates for all elections listed by name and governmental organization.  All funding measures and legal proceedings could be similarly listed with votes tabulated via independent computer systems.  We can, for the most part, now assure most people that voting systems can be made secure, as financial systems make this claim every day.  Sure there will be cheaters but the possibilities are good for universal participation.  All ballots could be available on public and private computer screens, for example, along with a voting system to track votes.

 

No country has yet instituted such a system but nescient voting and listing systems are in effect, but they are not yet integrated.  The debacle of compromised voting demonstrated so aptly by the plutocratic manipulations which brought us G.W. Bush and the now incessant wars should never be forgotten in pursuit of such a universal voting and electing system.

 

I still have hopes, although they are tarnished by the presidential election debacle.  How much does your politician cost?

 

William Olkowski, PhD.

 

Dr. William Olkowski is a specialist in Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control of Insects and an active Environmentalist, gardener, teacher and perpetual student.

His books include “Common Sense Pest Control” and “The Gardeners Guide to Least Toxic Pest Control” and the Integral Urban House, among others.  His publications include other books, scientific papers, government reports, book reviews, technical pest control manuals, and more extensively, articles in the “IPM Practitioner” and “Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly for over 25 years.” His blog covers book reviews on health, ecology, parasitology, medical entomology, among others, essays, movie reviews, personal poems and rants.  A website includes many of his published scientific papers, paintings, poems, and project reports.   He has consulted with the EPA, NPS, AID, NIH, private businesses and city, county and state agencies about least toxic pest control.  He is familiar with various ecological social organizations from starting non-profit organizations, and is proud of helping to start the first recycling centers in the US, the first ecology center (in Berkeley), and the Farallones Institute, Antioch College West, and a small farm based school for educating disadvantaged young women.  Now based in Santa Barbara, CA, at  wo1615@gmail.com.

 

BRAVE NEW WORLD ON THE WAY THE POPULATION PROBLEM REDUX

BRAVE NEW WORLD ON THE WAY

THE POPULATION PROBLEM REDUX

by William Olkowski, PhD 10.25.12

Globally, assisted reproductive techniques result in 350,000 babies a year, research shows.

5 million artificial matings worldwide since the first in 1978.  This is a travesty.  When we should be trying to stop unnecessary births we are encouraging people who can’t have a normal fertilization occur to have children.  We should be encouraging people, instead, to adopt children.  And take the resources from the fertility clinics, and put it into contraception aids of all sorts, and aid for people who adopt so they can be better parents.

But I don’t run the world.  I guess it’s not a rational world after all.  But that will not stop me from pushing along what rationality I can muster.

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MRSA and GMOs: is There a Connection?

MRSA and GMOs: is There a Connection?

by William Olkowski, PhD

10.13.12

This is a note presenting a hypothesis for further testing and confirmation: that MRSA and GMO’s are linked.

Staphylococcus. aureus is a commensal bacteria found in most people, but with some it gains entry to the blood stream and causes first flu-like symptoms and later full blown fresh eating disease of horrible consequences.  When antibiotics fail to eliminate it the infection it  is called MRSA.  MRSA is short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus  Aureus (see Wikipedia for history and background).  Although MRSA was first widely connected to hospitals later it was also found in the community.  Which came first is unknown.  See my book review on MRSA on my blog (entomologicalPhilosopher.com).

For background information in addition to Wikepedia, check the online textbook of bacteriology at: http://textbookofbacteriology.net/staph.html.   Each year, some 500,000 patients in American hospitals contract a staphylococcal infection (1).

I think SA  gains entry to the blood stream regularly through the skin, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, and the alimentary tract but in most people, who are healthier,  it is eliminated by their  immune system.  The standard treatment is a short coarse of antibiotics (ABs) but this does not help many people who have long term infections. Others are treated with ABs and eliminate the infection.  When MRSA was found in the US a few years back, in Europe where all people admitted to hospitals are tested the problem was not as severe..  This occurred because the insurance companies in the US did not want to pay for these simple nose swab and culturing tests.  Consequently the problem became prominent and deadly for many people, surely unnecessary.  Hurrah for the almighty buck and our for-profit health care system.

So there might be some basis for the snake oil treatments of all sorts when faced with an incurable MRSA case.  I don’t know and am not pushing any treatments one way or the other.  I am interested in how the bacteria gains entry to the blood stream.  I learned some valuable lessons when caring for my wife Helga who experienced a stroke which eventually killed her.  Stroke victims are universally susceptible to infections.  With her as my patient I learned  that there is something called Leaky Gut. I learned this by reading and by sending saliva samples for antibody analysis.  Lab results come back showing  she was carrying a wide range of anti bodies to most foods.  I did not believe the results at first, but by rotating diet components and repeated saliva samples and other diet changes we got it under better control – meaning fewer and fewer reactive antibodies where previously there was a reaction.  The number of foods she was allergic to went down slowly, but became greatly reduced.

Enter Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Now comes my latest AHA experience.  Since her death I have become very active in passing Proposition 37 here in CA.  My interest was peaked by Jeffrey Smith’s book: Genetic Roulette.  It’s a great book (see book review on blog) summarizing a huge range of studies implicating GMO altered crops in many maladies.  Now I used Bt for many years and know how it kills certain groups of insects: by disruption of the gut walls which allow a bacterial spore to sporulate, and the combination of the proteinaceous toxin and the sporulating microbe kills the bug.  The protein toxin opens the gut so the spore can gain entry to the blood system.  Used an a traditional spray on insecticide it is a superior product because it is highly selective, not killing natural enemies as most other insecticides and  showed no reactions in human feeding tests.  I treated it as virtually harmless solution.  And it was most helpful in reducing unecessary pesticides.

Now that Bt corn has been secretly introduced into the world’s diet by Monsanto et al, blessed by a dysfunctional and compromised regulatory system (gift from Reagan-Bush), we have been eating Bt toxins for many years.  That is if we were eating the altered foods.  And since we don’t know if we are eating them because they are not labeled it is likely to affect most people.

Monsanto is  the same corporation who gave us agent orange, DDT, the herbicide 2,4-D and now the universal contaminant herbicide glyphosate.  All were declared safe and if not banned contaminate all our bodies, air, water, soils and wildlife.  DDT, for example, banned in 1972 still shows up in large samples of human tissues in the US, particularly in umbilicord samples.  Such umbilicord samples mean the embryo, so sacred to our Republican friends, are subject to its carcinogenetic, teratorgenic, mutagenic and hormone disruptors at very low dosages when the new human is just a single cell or just a bunch of cells.  Its better to be borne crippled than to die in utero, right?  Any takers?

Even a few meals of Bt corn, soybeans, sugar (fr. beets), canola oil, and a few other less common foods, can transfer the Bt genes to human gut flora.  Then the gut flora produces Bt toxins on a continuous basis.  This is not the same thing as spraying a Bt insecticide, no way.

An AHA FLASH?

Now comes the flash: Leaky gut in humans may be caused by GMO foods.  If not the principle causes they  can certainly make a bad situation worse.  And that can account for the invasion of a normal commensal,  S. aureus, into the blood stream by gut disruption, the very same method the microbe uses against pest insects.  Most people are healthy enough to regularly round up these critters, but the oldies and compromised don’t have this sort of protection any more.

And the kicker is that we don’t need Bt corn, nor any other GMO foods.  These crops are not higher producers but lead to resistance as pollens carried by the wind distribute them across huge sections of the Biosphere.

Now what do you think of that?  Scares me no end.  We already have many epidemics of flu, other viruses like West Nile Virus,  food borne illness caused by mirobial contamination, neurological problems, the key one of which is electing Reagan, Bush and now Romney is on the way.  I am sad for our country.  And note that 50 other countries have labeling laws and once labeled the foods are not selected and consequently are not grown.  Our agricultural policy goes along with our military policy, and our belief’s in a mythical god who will protect us and save us from ourselves.  I wish it were true.  No wonder much of the world hates us.  Can you connect the dots?

Reference cited:

1)  Bowersox, J.  1999.  “Experimental Staph Vaccine Broadly Protective in Animal Studies”. NIH. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007. (from wikipedia).

 

 

LABEL GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS – YES ON PROPOSITION 37

LABEL GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS – YES ON PROPOSITION 37

Labeling is a choice for life.

The argument that labeling 80% of processed food already genetically contaminated is too costly is also full of holes.  If California labels; the country will follow.  That pattern is already a fact with other issues.  Waiting for this Congress and others like it — to do the right thing — can take decades, if ever.  How long has it taken the government to ascertain that the climate is in chaos, tobacco is deadly, and toxins in air, water, soil and food are precursors to dangerous diseases?  Just last month, a 59-year old Denver man diagnosed with lung cancer won a quick jury-verdict of  $7M, not from smoking but from inhaling the diacetyl fumes of microwave popcorn for years (CBSNews.com).

So a little poison every day will kill you sooner than later.  We don’t have the time to wait for tumors.   Who would eat rotten food?  Today labels on dairy products have expiration dates to prevent this and such requirements did not put any dairy producer or grocery store out of business.

Labeling gives us a choice.  So why have we have been eating genetically contaminated food for years— caused by dysfunctional regulations poisoned by the very companies seeking Federal registrations.  Monsanto scored a billion-dollar profit last year by monopolizing the market on world seeds.  A few companies own most of the world’s seeds, threatening all food security.

This is not a political but a human-health issue.  Products should be tested for safety before being registered, right?.  The first GMO crops were supposedly considered safe and no tests were required.  This was false and we are paying the price in neurological, immunological, and other diseases.

We have a choice between Monsanto profits versus poisoning the biosphere.  Genetic pollution exceeds even nuclear pollution — easily a few hundred thousand years.  Genetic pollution is forever from its transmission to future generations. Scientific evidence supports suspending all genetically modified products until further testing.  This is what the European Union has chosen decades ahead of us.  And so have 50 other countries, except US.

There is no way to stop the wind from blowing, and that is how genetically modified foods contaminate the biosphere.  Monsanto even uses this aspect to sue farmers whose border crops are near their own GMO crops for patent infringement.  Pollens from GMO crops fertilize non-GMO crops and other plants.  With former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, we are not safe for choice of life even there.

WE NEED A MORATORIUM ON ALL GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS.

If you are pro-life and pro-choice on non-GMO,

vote YES on 37.

Dr. Olkowski is a specialist in integrated pest management and biological control of insects.  His books include “Common Sense Pest Control” and “The Gardeners Guide to Least Toxic Pest Control.” His publications include scientific papers, reports, book reviews, articles in the “IPM Practitioner” and “Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly.” He consults with the EPA, NPS, and private businesses. 

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THE GMO HEALTH DEBATE: War of the Blogs

THE GMO HEALTH DEBATE: War of the Blogs by William Olkowski, PhD. 10.1.12

This so called GMO health debate is shaping up to be another David and Goliath Story, with the prize – all life. We have on the Right, Big Ole Goliath paid for by the well heeled Monsanto Group (Monsanto and Nine Others, Including DuPont). They have already started the cascade of lies, twisted reasoning, ad hominum attacks, reinterpretation and critiques of poorly funded studies, Jeffrey Smith warns us about in the book Genetic Roulette. But now I see an actual gas-type attack starting and the fog is coming our way. I call this a reasoning fog, the most deadly weapon in their arsenal. The poorly funded Academics are now certainly hard to see. And then there are people like me, volunteers, who can think critically and are able to connect the dots. They don’t know I am here.

David and Goliath Are Made Up of People There’s similarity in structure between the protagonists but the Giant has bad feet, the ground is quaking. But the beast will fight back fiercely. It’s now and it’s for all life, including us humans, a most vulnerable species, VS the thousands or so employees (of the Monsantoes and their untold numbers of stock holders).

Here is a Weak Blast from the PRO CROWD?

The blast comes from discovery magazine, no author is specified in the reference my Google Search Engine creates which delivers my GMO mail each day. Normally this survey tool documents a ground swell of great proportions for Yes on 37 the California proposition to label genetically modified foods. Plus, my recent sampling of an old rocker crowd of 5,000 here at the Santa Barbara bowl (Led Zeplin was playing) of 5,000 at least 1,000 gave me the thumb up sign, mostly women. The seats were selling for over $80 bucks on average. Some were going for $125, so a guard tells me.

Here is the citation, check it out yourself.

News 13 new results for Genetically Modified Organisms Under Controlled: Why the New GMO Panic Is More Sensational Than Sense Discover Magazine (blog). Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have always been a controversial topic. On the one hand are the many benefits: the higher crop yields from pesticide- and insect-resistant crops, and the nutritional modifications that can make such a difference in … See all stories on this topic.

Read the above announcement and then read the review with a critical eye, at least with the same level of scrutiny the author displays in her critique. She is saying yes there is a problem but your proof needs further work and better descriptions. No argument there. The conclusion stands, however, until another study confirms or challenges the conclusion with evidence. That’s real science at work. Evidence needs confirmation. At least the study shows a potential exposure route and really bad physiological effects. And there are many other studies showing potential harm in animal tests. These are not mentioned by this author neither is Jeffrey Smith’s book, Genetic Roulette. And the announcement implies great yield improvements are happening, something debatable, for sure.

She does not take the conclusions of the study that GMO foods are causing tumors, but weakens the conclusion by saying its a small study of 200 rats, even though it ran for two years. Aparently its the longest known feeding study (from France). Note that our science establishment did not do the longest study so far.

BACK TO THE BATTLE FIELD

It’s us good guys, outnumbered and outgunned against the giant with all the money, over $30 million so far poured into the No on 37 campaign. The fear that labelling, already done in 50 other countries will reduce purchase and use of such foods is the source of this money. We have a pittance in comparison. But remember the Giant has only one EYE, did you notice it? He sees movement like we do, but he has a haze around his head. The haze is created by money, and he must see through this haze to move around.

These Monsantoes are very smart, experienced, well paid mix of business types, and even scientists who have swallowed the business hook. The hook is this twisted sharp tool called money, one of the main roots of all evil. These Monsantoes, if they think, think that money is how you keep score in life. They think the profit motive is untouchable, and its the only reason one has for living.

We have Right and Truth on our side, however, and ultimately these helpers will win the battle. We have brains that are connected to our ethics, certainly our politics. As for behavior, I think GMOs are criminal and the whole lot of 10 Genetic Modifying Companies should be bought by the all the governments where the Monsantoes have property; bought at cost, and run as an interim non-profit, and phased out. We don’t need GMOs and never have. We all ate before GMOs and will do so again. The existence of organic farmers, who demand a higher price for their products should be proof enough that good food is great and possible. But this requires people who could think clearly.

If corporations are people lets use the death penalty, after all when the dust settles and I am right many people have and will suffer needless painful deaths from the poison these poison peddlers are peddling. Close the businesses is the equivalent of the personal death penalty, no need to actually hang, or inject the CEOs, etc.

And we will not demand an apology for contaminating us and the biosphere with corrupted genetic material. No, just get out of the business, retire everybody, let an international UN committee run the 10 corporation as a public corporation and wind down the stock of contaminated seeds. Go out of business, go away.

I wish it were that easy. And I hope I am wrong, but right now there is a stink so bad it dwarfs even Fukushima, certainly one of the biggest stinkers of all times. How many stinkers do we need to change things? Apparently we need too many.

BIOSPHERE CONTAMINATION IS FOREVER

There is also concern for contaminating the biosphere, including our gut fauna. A contaminated gut fauna will convert other normal gut bacteria to producing Bt poisons, proteinacious poisons, on a continuous basis. Round Up Ready corn has the herbicide in the corn. This happens when the herbicide is sprayed over the plants since the plants are resistance to herbicide damage. Don’t worry we will breed a human tolerant strain like the microbes do, by selection. Selection here means no reproduction process is safe from exposure to these microbial poisons and “cides”. And we also have the herbicide glyphosate offering synergistic effects in combination with Bt genes in the same corn plant. This adds fuel on a hot fire already. Let’s throw the fire back at that eye.

HOW MUCH DOES A SCIENTIST COST

Cheaper than a bought-politician. Cardiologists start at least at $100 grand per year with benefits, a little above an entry policeman. My bet is that’s the salary level of a bench scientist in these companies. But I could be wrong. This group buys scientists by the bucket full, why they can even buy movies, certainly a science writer or two.

ON THE MOVIE FRONT

On this front however, surely the first effective blow was delivered by Jeffrey Smith in his book and movie, Genetic Roulette. Before that it was the Seeds of Deception. This Roulette movie could by itself take down the giant. He tells of test animals dying with disrupted guts, infections, tumors, a panoply of altered molecules producing organ changes and certainly not dying the best way, quick and fast, but slow and painfully.

The microbial poisons in Bt corn, for example, kill slowly acting like chronic poisons, like the blood thinner poison and medicine called Warfarin. This analogy is strong. To use warfarin against a rat, for example, the animals must be baited first to establish a habituary gustatory exposure route. Then after a day or two, the poison is introduced. Warfarin works very slowly, a few days after an effective dose is built up. With repeated ingestion the animal bleeds to death and dies from dehydration. During this time they wander and search frantically for water. After a “baiting” session or two dried carcasses, not picked up by the poisoner, can be found as the dying animals crawl deeper into their runways, die and dry up.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE SO FAR

The biological issues Genetic Roulette alone raises, point to the need for a make over in FDA, EPA and USDA regulatory systems. Certainly a human health disaster OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS is a potential outcome. It may dwarf Chernobyl reactor mortality cases, set at ONE MILLION. But genetic pollution is worse than even nuclear pollution. Genetic pollution is forever, while nuclear pollution is just a few hundred thousand years, for example. That makes genetic pollution potentially greater than nuclear pollution.

ON THE RELIGIOUS FRONT

I take it that Gaia is doing some furniture moving. She could be working on chopping off a chunk of humanity. However, beneficial in any case this will certainly lead to another financial fiasco with its old shell game: The rich getting richer, the poor, poorer. That’s two positive feedback mechanisms going in opposite directions. But the medical industry loves disease, after all, they cannot make money when someone just ups and dies. They must suffer so at least can get pain medications.

If I had any stock in these companies I would sell it now, for they are going to loose. Even with surely some multiple of the pennies in our war chest they will loose. “You can’t fool all the people all the time.” But we have the TRUTH. With the Truth as David we will damage the giant. Even the $30 million that the Monsantoes are using to fight the Yes on 37 campaign is chicken feed with these companies PROFITTING billions, every year. More is needed to cure ourselves.

WOMEN WAKE UP YOUR GUYS

Are women smarter? I wonder how many women work for the Monsantoes? Employees for Monsantoes probably number in the high 3 orders of magnitude, but I bet a maximum of only 5 % are women. And they have the lower incomes of course. That figure will tell a lot. The upper income levels in these companies are probably all males. Competition and battle is what males do, females are responsible for the next generation. So ladies, wake up your guys. Your kids are being damaged by GMO foods and have been so for almost 15 yrs, now. We are now discovering we are all contaminated with a microbial toxin, it’s the new generation’s DDT coming around again.

THE BIOSPHERE IS UP ON THE SELLERS BLOCK

What is at stake in this battle is not just WHO WINS THE battle, but all life for all future time. The GMO stuff is another set of world wide contaminants yes, but this poison in a new kid on the block. This one makes poison, like a small scale factory, you just have to get it out there into human guts. These inserted gene collections are molecule makers. These excrete proteins that are altering the genetics of the biosphere, BIGTIME.

Toxicants, like those produced by Bt destroy other molecules and tissues, certainly as they penetrate cell walls in insects, test animals and most probably any human who eats GMO contaminated foods. But it’s a slow acting poisoning process hard to detect. The food chains of the world are already contaminated by numerous pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, metals, and medicines. So are all the waterways, great areas of fertile soils, and air masses, ALL have their doses, like ours. Nobody is adding it all up. Nobody keeps tract of all the poisons. If they do, it should be public information, forget the patent laws.

We are not same people who fought Goliaths before, like Nazi Germany. We are distracted and poisoned to some degree, sometimes I think actually neurologically impaired. That’s how I account for the closeness of the political poll results. A lot of people even look neurologically impaired and can’t reason logically. I think neurological damage and political belief are connected but I am willing to learn differently. Please tell me that there is some brain power left in enough people to swing a moratorium. That’s what is needed now, stop all creation and production of GMO foods. We don’t know what we are doing with this technology.

This would not be the first time a halt was made in technological development. We have the stupid stop or brakes put on researching stem cells which was a big mistake. Before that the Supersonic Transport was stopped which was good. Now we must stop genetic food tampering.

SOME SPECULATIONS: What to do Now? DONT EAT PROCESSED FOODS

Eat Organic Pay more now so you don’t pay later to the Medical Industry.

By processed foods I mean anything with corn, soybeans, sugar, canola oil, cotonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash, for starters. GM alfalfa is fed to livestock and that includes hamburgers, milk and milk products.. Eat organic foods because they are subject to third party verification.

HYPOTHESIZING that people are being exposed to nerve poisons is not just a speculation, many pesticides are derived from poison gases used in WWII. Organochlorines and organophosphates are all nerve poisons, and now many have been found to be hormone mimics. Nerve poisons are among the worst poisons as they kill nerve cells. So one should examine nerve diseases for rate changes, or frequency changes correlated in time to about 15 years ago when the first genetically engineered (GE) crops were approved (First Bush to G.W. Bush, etc). I will begin a search but can someone help me here?

Further, I would check the rosters of all the advisory committees at EPA, FDA, and USDA appointments for former employees of these companies. Those are the generals for the Other side, the Monsantoes. Lets get them out. Establish citizen advisors and pay them for their time and representation. Select from the Sierra Club, for example. Why not, we select from Monsantoes now, why not plain old citizens?

WHO WILL WIN? LIFE OR DEATH? AT WHAT COST?

I am rooting for David who is supported by volunteers like me. But Goliath is much bigger being supported by the Monsanto Group. The David and Goliath analogy is applicable here because a classic RESOURCE mismatch of epic proportions has started. This is certainly true if you count up the millions being poured into the impending misinformation campaign courtesy of the Monsantoe Group. Remember now, there are many scientists, certainly agronomists, horticulturalists, entomologists, physiologists, medical researchers, statisticians, and microbiologists working for the Monsantoes of the world. Some will lose their jobs if Yes on 37 passes and it cascades across the US. The strategy of the intricate defense can create a mental fog, in which the evidence gets obscured, all by design. Then our lawyers in Washington will all have a field day, talking to each other until millions more are threatened. Lawyers are not scientists, nor are all scientists biologists. Lawyers don’t examine biological data so just follow the authority they like. This is a risky way to make decisions affecting the whole Biosphere. 15-20 years of virtually constant human exposures to microbial proteinacious toxins and herbicides via the alimentary tract are turning up health problems in the simplest association, which is correlation. Even I can see the patterns after a few minutes of movie exposure watching Genetic Roulette. Percentages can be compared also. Even percentage comparison as indicators might show patterns for further examination.

And there are excellent theoretical indicators that physiological damage is very likely upon toxic exposure of living cells to Bt toxins, certainly those in the human gut. After all, Bt was discovered by insect pathologists and later showed great selectivity. There were different strains more effective in a pest control sense with different species, i.e., larval flies, Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. The toxin kills by disrupting the cell wall in the insect stomach, or at least somewhere along the alimentary tract. A tissue study can be done rapidly and monitored on a daily basis with chromatograph sampling and X-Ray diffraction (or whatever is now state of the art) studies to determine molecular structure. Toxicity evaluations based on low dose exposures with ability to detect genetic damage are vitally needed.

Consider a molecule able to tear through the alimentary tract in a wide range of insects. Consider the number of cells which would be needed to be killed to allow sporulation in the hemolymph of other insect species, mice and rats. An Ames Test would be low cost and can be used to evaluate if this toxic can destroy the same type of cells, i.e., to at least damage or kill the same number of cells damaged in an insect, in their guts. Now, proteinacious toxins able to kill insects, including hundreds of species are not innocuous. Just because feeding studies done with commercial Bt products show good safety margins, does not mean they are innocuous. The Bt spore and crystal protein toxin level required for ingestion by immature insects should be acknowledged as a poor indicator of safety when millions of people are eating the toxins.

Pregnant women and those just pregnant must be alerted to the potential teratogentic hazard. Proteinacious toxins can be expected to elicit immune responses. Opening gut tissues allows incompletely digested materials into the blood stream where they elicit an immune response, leading to inflammation, already associated with numerous aging diseases, like arthritis, heart disease, and even cancers. A real epidemiological study would have to compile all diseases associated with an immune response, so all microbial infections, especially West Nile Virus is a target, being so much in the news recently. Since 36,000 die each year from influenza, even an examination of changes in influenza cases might be useful. To this formidable list must be added allergies, attention deficit disorder, depression, mental diseases, liver and kidney diseases. These should also be evaluated individually and in combinations using multiple correlation analysis. Let’s use our big computers for such studies rather than collecting all the emails of the US into some huge building. Imagine now they will have robots reading our mail, including this message. I wonder what a machine would make of our stupidity.

Positive indicators in epidemiology indicate the need for emergency study of causes. So we must demand further study, but also demand a moratorium on new genetic food products while the issue gets examined. All sales of GMO products should cease.

TO THE GOVERNMENTAL WORKERS at EPA, FDA, AND USDA

Our government regulators are contaminated by former employees of the very companies they are tasked to regulate, and so is our government, right up to the not so Surpreme Court. From this sort of government impartiality we are told such genetically modified products are safe. Is it true that, THESE GMO PRODUCTS were approved with no evaluations, just assumptions? Nobody has told me other wise. It would be interesting to have a justice probe to understand the financial relationships of these companies to our elected officials and our civil servants, also.

RESEARCH COSTS BIG MONEY and, SO DOES ADVERTISING.

Independent research costs money and whatever publically supported scientists are able to assemble by way evidence has already alerted us to a pending acknowledged health epidemic OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS. Early results are important as they point in dark directions for millions of people who have been eating these poisoned foods.

Some FACTs for Review.

Millions of People Have been Eating a Tiny Bit of Pertinacious Poison for about 15 years since the first GMO product was approved. This poison is produced by some kind of mix of genetic material forced in the genomes of crop plants which are eaten directly, or as a processed food. Corn and soybeans are fed to cows, so beef, milk and milk products are worth examinations. Other genetic alterations are occurring on various animals (mosquitoes, pigs, some other domestic animals) as well. This should be stopped on logical grounds alone. These poisons will effect all future generations once released, because they do not stay in the plant, they move with the wind in pollens. I bet no one cleared the pollens of GMO crops for air contamination. I would hate to breathe on any GMO farm.

The potential is there for tragedy, so I would like to be shown evidence to prove me wrong. Prove to me that Bt toxin is safe for realistic exposure levels for the life of test mice, and rats, for starters. More study would be helpful. Who will fund this? Not the biggest research institutions in the world, certainly not the pharmaceutical industry. Public sources like CDC, NIH, USDA, EPA, FDA will fund such studies? Can we believe them now? I would also like tests done on fungi, bacteria, viruses, worms, in vitro. This could be a tiered test system, moving up to more complex forms of life once and if damage levels are detected in the lower forms. We are already ready for upper level testing. But why go on?

A moratorium now may be most critical. Since adequate testing was not done before registration, let’ s stop sales, and test. Such studies should not be held up to the best studies money can buy at this moment. Risks based on lower than the 95% level can be correct and aid preventative strategies as they can lead to prevention of further genetic contamination. Such strategies are not subject to the 95% rule when the stakes are so high. Even a 70% level in such a regulatory context should be enough to stop further registrations, certainly further sales. Stopping the production of more genetic modified seeds until evidence shows they are safe is rational.

Our Toxic Substances Control Act needs a drastic overhaul.

MONEY- MONEY-MONEY – MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND

Of course we all know where all the money is, it’s in the military and in the chemical industry, Monsanto and their ilk. We must get over money as the way to keep score. How about a Nobel Prize for Compassion and Pain relief? How exactly was those first GMO products released? Who was paid off? Lets retire them to Lompoc Prison. =========== end