Posts Tagged ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

Your Voice Matters

I see no positive purpose in signing “White House” petitions, but I want to take a moment here to say that Congressional petitions, phone calls and letters do sometimes work. Case in point: after overwhelming public outcry, the Senate has rejected continuation of the Monsanto Protection Act! The House of “Representatives” is another story, but this now marks two victories in a not very long span of time. No Congress approval for war on Syria (yet), and now no free pass for biotech companies to continue planting GMO crops after a court has found them harmful.

How did this happen? IMHO, it happened through the relentless hounding of Congress to represent the people they claim to represent. Ya snooze, ya lose, so we need to keep on top of these folks. Whether you’re chanting for peace, planting for peace, spell weaving for peace and natural foods, or sending multiple petitions and phone calls per week, it is possible to make your voice heard. We vote in many ways besides the ballot box (or Diebold machine).

The cynicism of our times says no votes matter. At the presidential level, I agree. Presidents are selected way ahead of time, with support of corrupt vote counting machines and centers, media filtering and Citizens United contributions. At this point, selected presidents are so groomed and brainwashed to push a common agenda that it matters not which party they “represent.” To some extent, we find the same entrenched corruption and arrogance in Congress. A key difference, though? These people do need to spend some time in their own state.

At a recent Town Hall meeting, a citizen publicly and repeatedly accused Senator John McCain of treason. This citizen included many supportive and publicly verifiable facts in his accusation. Although McCain tried to laugh it off, applause showed that some listeners publicly agreed with this citizens’ assessment. Another woman — a former McCain supporter and native of Syria — publicly took McCain to task for his war mongering and lies. Her personal story touched the hearts of listeners, and she did not back down. McCain looked like a speechless turtle who couldn’t find his shell. No offense to turtles intended.

These cushy jobs with their free hair care, copious bribes, extravagant pensions and free Cadillac health insurance ultimately do derive from “We The People.” Increasingly, “We The People” have begun to remind Members of Congress of their rather precarious position. Treason holds a very harsh, humiliating and corporal public punishment in this country. At the very least, “We The People” have reminded some Members that they don’t get a permanent free pass to abuse us. Reelections may very well mean “Buh-bye, parasite,” even if no one decides to pursue formal charges of treason.

So keep it up! Whatever your method or mode of action, when you combine powerful intentions, Imagination and Creativity with tangible actions in “real time,” then you will see manifestations. We live in a participatory Universe. When you learn to vote with your intention and your actions … when you learn to make your voice heard in whatever pure and passionate expression that entails, you continue to amplify the creation process. “In the beginning was the Word …” . Voice that preferred world into being!

Woohoo and Blessed Be!

Example of Why Senators Continue the Monsanto Protection Act

I’ve been an annoying little constituent lately and have been calling and emailing my Representatives and Senators about two main issues: the sneaky War on Syria and the continuation of the Monsanto Protection Act. Since one of these Reps and my Senator required me to use an online form to contact them instead of just sending the petition electronically, I decided to click “yes” when asked if I wanted a response, in part as tit for tat, but also because really, I want to know what in the world these people are thinking!!

I received a letter from Rep. Jackie Walorski saying that she’s “not on the committee” but would “keep your thoughts in mind” should it ever come to a House vote again. The letter very carefully does not reveal any indication of her stance on GMO’s, stating instead “it’s a complicated issue.” Um, yeah! Runaway, poisonous genes in plants that have been shown to cause cancer, endocrine disruption, colony collapse disorder, exploding cow stomachs, and severely impaired human digestion … vs. ??? Money? Yep, pretty complicated. But I digress …

Today, I received an email from Senator Joe Donnelly respectfully indicating why he would (presumably) continue to support the Monsanto Protection Act whenever it comes to vote. I understand his concerns in that he doesn’t want Indiana farmers to be forced to destroy their crops should a court determine a crop is toxic or dangerous.

Sort of. I get that it’s money, and a farmer’s livelihood, and we have a lot of farmers in Indiana.

On the other hand, if a company wanted to release a chemical or biological weapon and call it “aspartame” and that substance appeared in everything from say, children’s food to “health” foods until people wised up enough to try to avoid it, causing a movement to try to change the definition of “milk” so that customers of that company could secretly include it without putting it on a label, even though many, many studies have proven how toxic that substance is, hypothetically speaking … oh, wait! That scenario’s already happened… Pardon me for not having much faith in the USDA.

Long term effects of GMO’s are unknown, but the actual independent studies (as opposed to the self regulatory “assurances” of Monsatan, et. al.) show shocking tumors, pesticide and herbicide residues in people who eat “Roundup resistant” crops, as well as GMO DNA appearing in newborns. To me, the future of the human species and the health of the planet are a wee bit more important than whether a farmer might be forced to destroy a crop found to kill, cause cancer or destroy agriculture by destroying bees. I mean, doesn’t the US government try to orchestrate WW3 over “chemical weapons”?

Anyway, I’m posting Senator Donnelly’s response, because it gives some insight into what we’re dealing with. Perhaps we need to educate farmers or appeal to their conscience. Do they really want to be personally responsible for poisoning humanity and causing an international refusal to buy US agricultural products, as happened when illegal GMO wheat grew in fields where it was never planted? Are they morally comfortable with protecting their income at the expense of possibly giving hundreds of thousands of consumers cancer? Are they morally comfortable with ruining organic farmers’ livelihoods due to uncontrolled genetic drift?

Maybe they are. I’ve read that most GMO farmers won’t consume their own “food.” I don’t know the answer to this issue. I support labeling actions but fear they may be too little, too late. How do we get to farmers other than boycotting their toxic crops and growing our own? How do we get lawmakers to recognize the sanctity of human DNA and health over the almighty dollar?

September 24, 2013

Dear Ms. Bruno,

I appreciate the time you took to contact me about the “Farmer Assurance Provision” in H.J. Res. 59, the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2014. Like you, I believe that consumers should have complete confidence in the food they purchase.

As you may know, H.R. 933, or the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2013, was passed into law on March 26, 2013. In H.R. 933, the section referred to as the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” gives the USDA the ability to temporarily allow farmers to continue producing previously approved crops should the crop’s approval be invalidated in court. The temporary allowance is only applicable during the period necessary for either the USDA to complete any court required analysis, or for the court challenges to be resolved. After the USDA completes its review, production of the challenged crop could only continue according to the conditions established in the additional review.

This provision ensures that farmers who decide to plant an approved crop are not ordered to destroy their fields and left without a year’s income in the event that one court disagrees with the USDA’s approval decision.

H.R. 933 extended the continuing resolution temporarily. It is set to expire on September 30, 2013. On September 19, 2013, the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 59, which contains the same “Farmer Assurance Provision” included in H.R. 933. Should this legislation come before the full Senate for a vote, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.
It is a privilege to represent you and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate. Your continued correspondence is welcome and helps me to better represent our state. I encourage you to write, call, or email if my office can ever be of assistance. You can also check out my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter by visiting my website .

Unapproved Monsanto crop found growing in Oregon

I have privately been warning clients that although I had no proof of it, I felt certain some kind of genetically engineered wheat was already growing in the US. Let’s hope it’s not the one they’re trying to get into Australia — the one that just turns random genes off or on at unpredictable, unnatural times. The one that could potentially kill you at some random moment by shutting down important DNA functions or ramping up growth hormones for things like cancer. You know … that one. Perfectly safe to grow until proven otherwise according to the Monsanto Protection Act, right?

Anyway, this little tidbit on Lucas’ blog came as a strong affirmation of that icky feeling I’ve had.

Ohhh, Monsanto! You are so busted. Here’s the deal … as someone who’s actively trying to work with an incredibly wild yard to turn it into some combination of a French Garden, permaculture heaven on Earth … in the middle of a run down neighborhood, with thousands of weeds, pretty much everywhere, I’ve learned a few things:

Once I’ve identified a weed that I don’t want to eat, a weed that really doesn’t serve any cooperative purpose in this quite daunting creation process, I can spot that weed from very far away. This past winter, some weird things happened with my vision to the point that I had almost zero long distance sight for awhile. That’s no longer a problem. I can spot those unwanted, destructive weeds from a half acre away, no matter how tiny. It’s like I hone in on their energy and silhouette and boom! They are coming out by the root.

Guess what, Monsanto? You’re the invasive, unwanted (according to six continents and over two million marchers just this past weekend) weed. There are good weeds, like nettles, dandelions, burdock –weeds that boast superior nutrition and soil benefits. You’re not one of them. You’re just a mutant freakshow trying to take over our planet. Well, we’re onto you now. We can spot you from a mile away. We know your tricks, and we don’t need your crappy toxic Roundup to get rid of you. We will pull you out by the roots and destroy your sicko, life-corrupting seeds.

There are millions of us watching, pulling, yanking you out of our lives, and so help us, Gaia, we will free ourselves from you and your toxic sludge, and we will “get ourselves back to the Garden,” even if it takes every last farmer and consumer to have the vigilance to eradicate you and then plant and nurture those things that we prefer. Expect more of these revelations as more and more people develop “the eye” to weed out Monsanto and all the other GMO companies from this planet.

Here’s the article:

Don't Eat Wheat

Unapproved Monsanto crop found growing in Oregon
via http://www.facebook.com/Citizens.Action.Network

A genetically-modified strain of wheat that was never approved by the United States Department of Agriculture as been discovered growing in Oregon, triggering a federal probe that is now spanning several states.

Investigators with the USDA want to know why the GMO crop, made by biotech company Monsanto but never approved for use, sprouted up in a field in the Pacific Northwest.

America’s wheat trade could be jeopardized if concerns grow among foreign consumers already weary of genetically engineered and modified organisms. Several countries across the European Union have banned the cultivation of GMO crops, and last weekend anti-Monsanto demonstrations were attended by millions of protesters on six continents.

The USDA has yet to approve any GMO strain of wheat to be grown in the US, but Monsanto field tested a genetically engineered variety from 1998 through 2005 before withdrawing their application from the agency’s regulatory approval process.

The wheat, resistant to Monsanto’s patented pesticide Roundup, is one of many GMO crops in the company’s line of “Roundup Ready” products. After a farmer in Oregon noticed that wheat plants on his property were still growing despite dousing his field with the pesticide, he alerted Michael Firko, the deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Firko said. “We have a very active investigation going on in several states in the western US.”

According to a 2003 article in the Billings, Montana Gazette, Monsanto pledged that its GMO wheat crop resistant to strong pesticides would not be introduced commercially until proven complete safe and approved in the US, Canada and Japan.

“We have to prove the safety of the gene, the food, the animal feed and the environment. That it is as safe as unmodified varieties and (nutritionally) is substantially equivalent to commercial varieties,” Monsanto’s then director of industry affairs, Michael Doane, told the Gazette at the time.

So far, the USDA has determined that the wheat crop in question was the same variety tested by Monsanto up until eight years ago. The US Food and Drug Administration found no safety concerns with the crop after completing a test in 2004, but Monsanto suspended plans to follow through with the product the following year without receiving the USDA’s stamp of approval.

Despite growing criticism from agriculturalists, environmentalists and consumers over potential health risks, Monsanto continues to attest that GMOs could change the world’s food landscape for the better.

“There is space in the supermarket shelf for all of us,” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told a reporter for Bloomberg earlier this month.

USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse confirmed to Agri-Pulse that state agriculture directors in Oregon, Washington and Idaho are now coordinating a multi-state investigation, and foreign trade representatives in Canada, Mexico and Asia have been contacted.

“Hopefully our trading partners will be very understanding,” Scuse said, emphasizing “this is not a food or feed issue.”

Original article : http://www.rt.com/usa/growing-oregon-wheat-monsanto-968

UPDATE: Check out this video from the UK showing that Kraft Mac n Cheese is labeled as containing geneticaly modified wheat, keeping in mind that GMO wheat is illegal in the US and that Kraft is a US company:

“Emotional Blindness” and the Sociopath

Today I’m sharing a blog post from LoveFraud.com, called “‘Emotional Blindness’ and the Sociopath.” I understand that some people are reeling from certain personal and/or political events right now, so I thought I’d point to an “As Within, So Without” kind of resource. In the past, I’ve also posted on healing from betrayal by narcissists. Since the charm and focus of sociopaths and narcissists tend to skyrocket them into positions of political, economic and religious power, learning to recognize some of the “why’s” and “how’s” that led to our personal (and systemically global) predicaments may help those who are ready to heal themselves and thus our world.

“Emotional Blindness” and the Sociopath

Editor’s note: The following article was submitted by the Lovefraud reader who comments as “Pearl.”

By Pearl

Someone on this blog once mentioned a book by Alice Miller and Andrew Jenkins, and it caught my attention. So now I’m reading The Truth Will Set You Free—Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self.

Even though I’m only about halfway through the book, I wanted to share parts of it because it is so important to what a lot of us are working on — forgiving ourselves and trying to understand why this (fraud) happened to us. I know this won’t apply or appeal to everyone, but it might help some of you as it has me. Miller’s ideas help me understand why I was susceptible and forgive myself for my blindness — my inability to spot a “bad guy.”

Miller focuses on childhood — on how corporal punishment (spanking/whipping) and humiliation — cause a type of blindness in adulthood that can lead to being manipulated and UNABLE TO SEE THROUGH LIES. She emphasizes that the kind of parenting and education aimed at breaking a child’s will and making that child into an obedient subject by means of overt or covert coercion, manipulation and emotional blackmail leaves long-lasting imprints on the way we think and relate to one another as adults.

Here is the cycle as she sees it:

“Traditional methods of upbringing, which have included corporal punishment, lead a child to DENY suffering and humiliation. (Can anyone related to having a high pain threshold? Where did I get that bruise or cut—I don’t remember getting it? Ever feel humiliated at being spanked, paddled or whipped as a child? Ever experience a parent being insensitive to suffering?)

“This denial, although essential if the child is to SURVIVE, will later cause emotional blindness.

“Emotional blindness produces “barriers in the mind” erected to guard against dangers. This means that early denied traumas become encoded in the brain, and even though they no longer pose a threat, they continue to have a subtle, destructive impact. (The memory of how to respond to such crappy behavior from our parents and authority figures is still there.)

“Barriers in the mind keep us from learning new information, putting it to good use, and shedding old, outdated behaviors.

“Our bodies retain a complete memory of the humiliations we suffered, driving us to inflict unconsciously on the next generation what we endured in childhood, unless we become aware of the cause of our behavior, which is embedded in the history of our own childhoods.”

As children, some of us learned to suppress and deny natural feelings. Some of us lived in a world where our feelings were ignored and denied.

All the beaten child remembers is FEAR and the face of the ANGRY parent, not why the beating was taking place. The child may even assume he had been naughty and deserved the punishment. Miller writes that in the absence of a witness who can empathize with us in childhood and genuinely listen to us, we have no other way of protecting ourselves from the pain but to close our minds to it.

In a bid to blot the fear and pain of our abused younger self, we erase what we know can help us, we can fall prey to the seductiveness of sects and cults, and FAIL TO SEE THROUGH ALL KINDS OF LIES.

Having this information helps me understand why I was “ripe for the picking.” It also goes a long way toward helping me forgive myself and move on in the healing process.

Link to original article.

Jon Rappoport ~ Monsanto proves that corporations don’t run the government

Oh, the poor, poor government. 😦 All those politicians are such victims! I’ve always said that if the job’s just too difficult to keep one’s integrity, then one has an obligation to resign. If they can’t do the job, then get out of the way for people who do have integrity and courage. Move over for the fringe ones who do have admirable records of voting their conscience and calling a spade a spade. And We the People? Stop funding the Koch Brothers, big banks, big pharma and the Monsanto’s of this world. Remove your money from their coffers. Find substitutes. There are alternatives. And if you don’t see one, invent one. Companies use planned obsolescence for products … it’s time to upgrade oh so many things, including those very companies and their whining bedfellows…

Monsanto proves that corporations don’t run the government

by Jon Rappoport

March 27, 2013

http://www.nomorefakenews.com

Collectivists have a favorite target. Big bad corporations. This is a complete scam. Why did Goldman Sachs turn out to be the biggest funder of Obama’s 2008 election bid? Why weren’t the corporate banksters who demanded and received those enormous bailouts, under both Bush and Obama, prosecuted for crimes?

Collectivists actually love big corporations. Collectivists just want to distract us from their real goals. And in order to enact those goals, they need banks, they need the military-industrial complex, they need Big Pharma and Big Oil.

They especially need somebody to control the world’s food supply, because that’s one of the ultimate squeeze plays on the global population. So who do they bow down to, in that arena? Monsanto, Dow, DuPont.

Washington politicians aren’t victims who can’t fight off big bad corporations. They aren’t at the mercy of those corporations. That’s a load of nonsense. That’s Politics 101 for brainwashed college students.

O poor little politicians! No power. No way to win against the big boys. No chance.

If you buy that, you’re ready to buy condos on Mars.

Politicians play the victim tune because it diverts attention away from them. It shifts the blame and responsibility.

Asking Congress to pass laws canceling corporate donations to their election campaigns, and instituting instead “public funding,” is a joke. That’s not going to happen, and even if it did, politicians would find back doors.

Bottom line: the politicians want to be in bed with corporations. To say that our elected representatives can’t resist corporate money is like saying people aren’t responsible for their own corrupt practices. It may be fashionable to assume that everyone is a pawn and a victim, but it doesn’t hold water.

So we come to the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, the rider to a funding bill that just sailed through the Senate, and is awaiting Obama’s signature. This sneak measure will nullify court decisions to ban GMO crops while those crops are under review for being “potentially dangerous.”

Here, again, we hear excuses made for the politicians. They didn’t know the rider was in the bill, they didn’t read it, they didn’t understand the consequences, they were played by Monsanto and other biotech giants.

If you sit in the Senate and vote yes on a bill, and you didn’t read the bill, whose fault is that? If you allow one of these thousand-page monstrosities to pass into law, and you don’t know the full meaning of it, and you don’t make a huge stink about it in public, what good are you?

If you allow Monsanto to take over your vote, is whining and complaining after the fact of any use?

Of course Monsanto is a crime boss. Of course it’s in the process of degrading life on planet Earth. Yes, we know that. But to say it can’t be stopped because the politicians are “under its sway” is an egregious lie.

“Oh, the big corporations own America.” I’ve heard that just as you have, for decades. And it’s a true statement because the people in government who could resist the takeover don’t. They surrender. They sit there. They take money. They lie. They participate in their own corruption.

The victim mindset always blames somebody else. That’s the way it works. So the people who love big government and support a collectivist state are going to exonerate government and accuse corporations of stealing the country.

Corporations have stolen the country, side by side with the politicians who have sold their own principles and their own souls.

The theft is a team operation. It always has been.

Robert Anton Wilson once wrote: The political left hates big corporations; the political right hates big government; and they’re both correct.

But as long as the hatred is split down the middle and channeled into two separate beds of foul festering crime, the divide-and-conquer operation succeeds.

GMOs have spread across the world. Who forwarded that agenda? Presidents, legislators, and the biotech giants. Together.

Who stacked his administration with ex-Monsanto people? The current sitting president.

Again, it’s fashionable to say the juggernaut of corporations is too powerful for government to resist. That’s absurd. The government has multiple agencies that could cause lethal trouble for mega-corporations. But it doesn’t happen.

When Eisenhower left the presidency, he famously warned against the growing power of the military-industrial complex. The military is part of the government. Eisenhower wasn’t just accusing corporations.

Since its inception, the CIA, a government agency, has run interference for corporations in foreign lands, subverting and even overthrowing governments that were unfriendly to these corporations’ agendas.

Is Monsanto clever and relentless? Of course. But they don’t win alone. They have political partners in America at every level.

This latest fiasco, the Monsanto Protection Act, isn’t written in stone. It could be repealed, even after passage, by a new piece of legislation. The Congress could do it. The fact that they won’t speaks volumes about their character.

Once you realize the global Monsanto takeover is an operation deploying both corporate and government forces, the idea that the federal government is “here to help us,” a notion that has gained much currency during Obama’s reign, goes into the garbage can.

Many people can’t handle that. One way or another, through one ideological lens or another, they have to see Washington DC as a shining city on the hill. It’s a prime feature of their religion.

Washington is also a source of financial aid. Whether we’re talking about a small welfare check or massive contracts let out to companies, the federal government is in the business of buying friends.

This largesse contains its own buried rider: don’t resist what the government’s corporate allies are doing. If the federal government says or implies that Monsanto is good, it’s good.

“Well,” Clinton supporters and Bush supporters and Obama supporters say, “the government does make mistakes. They do let big corporations slide and skate and gain certain advantages. You see, politics is a gray area. It’s confusing. There are all sorts of conflicts and partnerships and deals, because that’s the way of the world. You can’t fight that. A compromise is made here in order to do something good over there…”

No, Virginia, it’s a lot worse than that. Government and corporations march and dance together to their own music, shredding the law and the Constitution as they go.

These partners have made sure that GMOs spread everywhere. These partners make sure Big Pharma is protected against prosecution for heinous crimes. It’s business as usual, and it takes two to tango.

The Monsanto Protection Act isn’t just a slimy move by a huge corporation. It’s a collaborative effort.

All those corporate lobbyists who infect Washington with their machinations and their money? Are they really imposing their will on politicians because those pols are at their mercy? In a victim’s dream, yes. But in reality, any legislator who tells himself he can’t get reelected unless he takes corporate money is really saying he won’t stand up on his two hind legs and blow the whistle on the whole stinking system.

If one, five, 10, 20 Congressmen started exposing the real government-corporate game, loudly and passionately and eloquently, we’d see a crisis that would make the fiscal cliff and sequestration look like a child’s birthday party.

Names would be named. Crimes would be detailed. Endemic corruption would float to the surface and sit there steaming, for all to see.

People who view themselves as chronic victims view the world in those terms. They see government as the victim of corporations. They forward and promote this big lie. They make endless excuses and spin endless fairy tales.

Let’s opt instead for a more stark approach: Congressional scum just passed a rider protecting Monsanto from getting the justice it deserves. It’s never too late to reverse that decision.

That’s more realistic.

How many times have legislators been “duped” by sneaky bills passing through their hands? At what point are they supposed to wake up and do something about it?

When you’ve had the farm stolen from you a few thousand times, and you’ve done nothing about it, there’s only one conclusion possible: you like it that way.

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. 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 http://www.nomorefakenews.com