Saturday, November 22, 2014

Noam Chomsky (2014) "Advice To Intellectuals"

The Chomsky Videos | Nov 22, 2014


Full Interview -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxab6...
Date -- June 4, 2014

It's Worse Than Imagined: Study Shows Dramatic Correlation Between GMOs And 22 Diseases

Alternet | Nov 18, 2014 | Margaret Flowers MD and Kevin Zeese

As GMO crops that use the herbicide glyphosate rise, so do a wide range of diseases.

There is a growing movement for labeling of GMO crops, and many would go further and ban GMOs completely. Currently there is a close vote in Oregon on a GMO labeling initiative, with advocates for labeling 0.3% behind and raising money to check ballots (we urge your support). Those who profit from GMOs spent $20 million to prevent labeling in Oregon. Several states in the Northeast have put in place laws that will require labeling.

Vermont is about to be sued to prevent GMO labeling. GMO profiteers have an unusual marketing strategy. While most companies brag about their product, the GMO industry spends hundreds of millions to hide their product. The US does not requiring labeling of GMOs despite the fact that 64 countries around the world label GMO foods.

Millions have marched against Monsanto urging labeling or the banning of GMO products. There is a national consensus in favor of labeling but the government has been unable to respond. Indeed, President Obama's food czar is a former Monsanto executive. The deep corruption of government is putting the health of the American people at serious risk.

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"Robbed of Their Womanhood" - Teens After Gardasil Shot

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Activist Post | Nov 20, 2014 | Heather Callaghan

Sweet 16 with menopause...

Olivia and Madelyne Meylor are in their early 20s. They still want the world to know what happened to them as teens after they received three Gardasil shots - an HPV vaccine marketed as a way to prevent cervical cancer.

Diagnoses of Premature or Primary Ovarian Failure (POF) followed leaving only 5 percent chance one of them could ever get pregnant.



In this story about a pending federal court case they were involved in last year, they reported that not only did their ovaries stop producing eggs, but they also have insomnia, night sweats and headaches. They say they can not get pregnant, but might be able to carry a baby. As teenagers, it would appear that they both entered into full-blown menopause.

Coincidence? Genetic predisposition tests ruled out genetics for the disorder which is rare in teenagers. Their mother says all roads lead back to the fateful shots in 2007. You can see from the local news report that Merck denies any correlation to the vaccine, upholds the results in its clinical trials, and claims that similar adverse were found in placebo studies. Yet, this study in 2013 shows that POF does indeed follow Gardasil shots, and stems from adjuvants in the vaccine causing the body to attack the reproductive system, as well as cause cognitive and psychiatric disturbances.

Imagine if a toy or candy created tens of thousands of adverse health reports and over a hundred deaths? Would there not be some kind of outcry or intervention? It's interesting that legal scrutiny is aimed at energy drink manufacturers, but not for injections given out by doctors.

Could that be because the U.S. Government receives royalties on Merck's Gardasil sales? The NIH does not wish to reveal those figures. In the report on the pending court case last year, the government would be defending Merck, arguing that the POF was not related in any way to the vaccine. However, Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, from Israel, planned to testify that their disease was autoimmune and brought on by the adjuvant substances. That is, Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, or ASIA.

Read more on the topic at Health Impact News 

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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook. 

Scientific basis for GMO crops is false

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Farm Wars | Nov 16, 2014 | Jon Rappoport

Unpredictable effects. Unknown outcomes. Potential health consequences. Uncertain gene technology.

These aren’t phrases biotech giants like to hear.

They prefer:

“One gene produces one protein.”

“Each gene has a specific function.”

This is the basis for the modern biotech industry, and it applies most definitely to GMO crops.

And it is false.

So for example, when Monsanto says the genes they insert in plants only serve to protect the plants from the herbicide Roundup and have no other function, they’re making it up.
For a brief summary of the situation, see Denise Caruso’s NY Times piece, “A Challenge to Gene Theory, a Tougher Look at Biotech,” July 1, 2007.

Caruso reports on the findings of an “exhaustive four-year effort…organized by the United States National Human Genome Research Institute and carried out by 35 groups from 80 organizations around the world.”
“…genes appear to operate in a complex network, and interact and overlap with one another and with other components in ways not yet fully understood.”

“Evidence of a networked [interacting] genome shatters the scientific basis for virtually every official risk [safety] assessment of today’s commercial biotech products, from genetically engineered crops to pharmaceuticals.”

In other words, each gene inserted in GMO food crops cannot be said to have only one function. There is reason to believe the inserted genes interact with genes already in the plants, and produce unknown effects.

Therefore, bland assurances of safety are smoke blowing in the wind.

“Jack Heinemann, a professor of molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and director of its Center for Integrated Research in Biosafety”: ‘The real worry for us has always been that the commercial agenda for biotech may be premature, based on what we have long known was an incomplete understanding of genetics…’

Heinemann: “Because gene patents and the genetic engineering process itself are both defined in terms of genes acting independently, [government] regulators may be unaware of the potential impacts arising from these network [interacting] effects.”

Biotech companies like Monsanto are, to be sure, aware of this gaping hole in their “science” of gene-function. In fact, according to Heinemann, “Many biotech companies already conduct detailed genetic studies of their products that profile the expression of proteins and other elements. But they are not required to report most of this data to regulators, so they do not. Thus vast stores of important research information sit idle.”

This means that Monsanto or Dow can conceal what they’ve discovered about GMO hazards. They can hide findings that show unpredicted effects, when inserted genes meet and network with natural genes in the food crops.

If we were merely talking about studies done in labs and abstract articles in journals, that would be one thing. But of course, we are talking about millions of acres planted with GMO crops—and vast populations eating GMO food.

It’s all based on a simplistic and false notion about how genes function.
The biotech giants know this, government regulators know this, and many scientists know this.
But they hide what they know.
And all this dangerous fakery doesn’t even touch on the highly toxic effects of Roundup and other herbicides necessary to manage GMO crops.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

Friday, November 21, 2014

If “The Economy is Recovering” Why Is There a Surge in Homeless Children?


Global Research | Nov 19, 2014 | Bruce A. Dixon

For the last three elections now, 2010, 2012 and 2015, corporate media and corporate politicians have ceaselessly assured us that “the economy” whatever that is, is “back on track”, wherever that is.
Despite what corporate media and politicians tell us, the positive indicators of soaring stock market valuations, rising real estate prices and the rigged unemployment figures that don’t count the jailed, the recently released from jails and prisons, and those who’ve given up on finding work or those working part time who desperately want full time hours real life for most real people hasn’t got any better since 2008 or 2009.

Last week an extraordinary and shameful study emerged from the National Center on Family Homelessness confirmed it by demonstrating that almost 2.5 million children in the US were homeless at some point during 2013. That’s one child in every thirty, in what we’re accustomed to thinking of as the richest nation on earth. In the most recent months for which statistics exist, the rate of homelessness among children is spiking, increased 8% nationally from 2012 to 2013, and by 10% or more in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In 2006 one in 50 children were homeless. In 2010 it was one in 45. Now, in the age of Obama, the 2013 number is 1 in 30.

The causes of homelessness among children are not your comforting stereotypes of drug use and mental illness. These are “comforting” because they encourage us to blame the drug-addicted, and pity the mentally ill, and our comfort keeps us from questioning the capitalist system which declares that we must have poverty in the midst of plenty, or wondering why we ourselves are no more than a month or two from homelessness.

America’s shameful surge in homeless children is caused by the fact that wages are NOT rising, low income housing is NOT being built, and the stock of available housing is being demolished or cannibalized by gentrifying speculators. Speculators can’t make money off stable neighborhoods, so the poorest have to leave wherever they are to make room for something else.

In California, the nation’s most populous state 34% of households are paying more than half their annual income for rent, and while the state’s minimum wage is $8 an hour, a 2 bedroom apartment at a third of annual income would require tripling the minimum wage to $25.78 an hour. The issue then, is poverty.

Millions of children are not suffering because their parents have suddenly become addicted, or neglectful or lazy or stupid. Their parents, many of whom are working as hard as they can, are simply not able to afford a roof over their heads. This is just capitalism. It may be a scandal, but it’s no surprise.

This happens to be just the way that “the economy” works when it’s “back on track.” It’s time to tear up those tracks.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report. He lives and works in Marietta GA and can be reached via this site’s contact page, or at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com.

Source: Black Agenda Report

McDonald’s Transparency Campaign Backfires. Prepare To Be Shocked!

Image Credit: Flickr / Katy Warner
Natural Blaze | Nov 20, 2014

It would be fair to assume that there are three ingredients in McDonald’s French fries: potatoes, oil, and salt. But if you assumed that you’d be far from correct

McDonald’s began a transparency campaign which was intended to market a more health conscious image of McDonald’s Corp. and utilize social media more effectively. However, instead of talking about their love for the brand, the hashtag became a forum for people to talk about how disgusting the food is.

(Make sure you don’t miss the video at the end of this article and share this with your friends and family who still eat this stuff to wake them up!)

McDonald’s recently released a McRib video attempting to convince consumers that it’s not as bad for you as it seems, but they failed to talk about the toxic ingredients discussed in this article.

Furthermore, it turns out that there are 17 ingredients in MickeyD’s French fries! They contain:

-Potatoes: (So far so good…until you watch the eye-opening video below)

-Canola oil: Genetically Modified (GMO)

-Hydrogenated soybean oil: Again, GMO! Plus the hydrogenation process makes the oil even more unhealthy than it would be in its natural form.

-Safflower oil: The root cause of most diseases is inflammation. One of the quickest ways to become inflamed is by eating too much Omega-6 fatty acids and not enough Omega-3’s. Safflower oil contains a high level of Omega-6’s (10073 mg per tbsp) and absolutely no Omega-3’s! Learn more by following this link.


-”Natural flavor”: McDonald’s natural flavor is apparently obtained from a vegetable source, but the “natural” moniker means nothing since it can even potentially contain the nerve- and brain-toxin monosodium glutamate (MSG).

-Dextrose: a type of sugar. [GMO corn-based]

-Sodium acid pyrophosphate: This ingredient is apparently used to maintain the color of the fries. On the chemical industry’s own safety data sheets it is listed as hazardous for ingestion. It causes inflammation and over-consumption leads to elevated blood phosphorus levels, which may contribute to osteoporosis.

-Citric acid: Does that mean they’re using lemon juice? Perhaps in a perfect world, but it’s likely that they’re taking the more profitable road like their corporate brothers and using GMO black mold. Follow this link to learn more.

-Dimethylpolysiloxane: You’ll find this in almost any fried fast food menu item and also in silly putty, contact lenses, caulking, shampoo and conditioners, cosmetics, polishes, heat resistant tiles, and the list goes on… Learn more about Dimethylpolysiloxane by following this link.

-Vegetable oil for frying: which is a blend of 7 ingredients, including: canola oil (GMO), corn oil (GMO), soybean oil (GMO), hydrogenated soybean oil with tert-butylhydroquinone (GMO), citric acid (GMO), and dimethylpolysiloxane. We discussed most of these ingredients above.

-TBHQ: A petroleum-based preservative. It has been linked to asthma, skin conditions, hormone disruption, and in long-term animal studies to cancer and damage to DNA. This additive can be found in 18 McDonald’s menu items. It’s potentially lethal, but don’t worry, the FDA says it’s generally regarded as safe (GRAS). Learn more about TBHQ here: The Petroleum Byproduct You Are Most Likely Eating.

Contrary to what McDonald’s may claim in its slogan, I’m NOT lovin’ it!

In the video below, Michael Pollan, author of the The New York Times top five bestselling book, Cooked, tells a horrifying story about how McDonald’s French fries are made. If you don’t have much time skip ahead to 3:10 in the video and prepare to be shocked.


Sources:
bmj.com
realfarmacy.com
nutritiondata.self.com
livestrong.com
michaelpollan.com
care2.com

Image:
flickr/Katy Warner

Credits:
realfarmacy.com and trueactivist.com