13 August 2009

Bark Bark Woof Woof: An Informed Public

Bark Bark Woof Woof: An Informed Public

Just discovered this blogger and it's a video with brief text. He has a valid point: taking the U.S. back to where the founding fathers were means that the gentlelady speaking would not be allowed to speak. She would certainly not be taking part in a debate. Black folks would still be slaves, many native Americans would still have their land...etc., etc., you get the picture.

And from whom are we taking our country back, pray tell? If everyone is so incensed, then where were they the last eight years, because President Obama has only been in office for a couple days over 200 - can he possibly be responsible for everything???

Or...is this about more than Health Care? Could it be about the fact that President Obama has a black father and a white mother (one with more amino acid in his skin that the other? Hmmmm... Could this explain the rise in Hate groups? Swastikas on a black congressman's office sign? Hate letters calling him nigga, with our President in a hate-filled caricature?

And why aren't the Republicans decrying this? The talking heads bobbing right? Nope. The Right has Sarah Palin using her special needs child as a foil for her remark (read: Lie) about the president having "Death Panels" to pull the plug on people.

No one does the research. It's all there to read. The fact is that it is still being written. I watch TV and just can see how the Germans (bless them, they've been living with the terrible days of WWII and Hitler so long - and we won't let them forget, even though many weren't even born then - but the horror should never be forgotten.)

What else should never be forgotten is this: that if you believe the hype; the mis and half truths, spun to suit an agenda, then you have the potential to be sheep - just as those folks who were hurting were so easily led by Hitler into blaming other people for their problems.

If you only get up off the couch to scream at others, then sit down again. It's were you're most comfortable. Turn on the boob tube and listen to those screamers and spinners. Don't do any other research. It's easier to believe the hate and vitriol.

Going back to the founding fathers. Everyone except white, monied, propertied men can stay seated and do as they're told.

Peace. We are the co-creators of everything we do - by inaction or action; unawareness or knowledge; arrogance of ignorance.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities...Voltaire.

10 August 2009

GM Watch - a Project of Organic Consumers Association

After having to make a new website for GM Watch, because (oh surprise) somehow someone or ones kept cyber-attacking the last one, it is up, running, and really, really informative (as all things Organic Consumers Association does are). Here is some of the article, and the link is above.

Thanks for reading. Get Up. Stand up - as One. We're in this together - along with our children and grandchildren. May they one day look back and thank us for allowing them to have an healthy earth to live on and healthy bodies to thrive in.

GM Firms

The GM firms present themselves as operating out of futuristic laboratories and hi-tech greenhouses in order to provide farmers with innovative crops with valuable new traits. But in reality, all the leading GM firms developed out of the chemical industry and they remain the world's biggest manufacturers of agrochemicals. The leading GM corporations together control nearly 75% of the global pesticide market.

Syngenta, for instance, is not only the world's third largest seed company, it's also the world's second largest agrochemical manufacturer. Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, is the world's fifth largest agrochemical company. That is why around 80% of GM seeds have been engineered to be resistant to weed killers (herbicides). Monsanto’s main GM product is crops resistant to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup), creating a near-monopoly for Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, which is now off patent.

Having operated for many decades as major chemical corporations, and in the last 20 years additionally as biotechnology companies, the leading GM firms have a significant historical legacy. This makes it possible to examine their records when it comes to issues of public and employee safety and protection, regulatory compliance, customer care, etc.

This is particularly relevant to the regulation of GM crops, as it is almost entirely dependent on trust, with regulators normally basing their assessments of environmental risk and food safety on data from unpublished studies provided to them in confidence by the GM firms that developed the crop.
Below we look at the corporate character and record to date of the major GM firms.

(this links are in the article online - click the title link to go there - thanks!)

Monsanto: a history
How one of the top 10 US chemical companies used the world's biggest selling pesticide to turn itself into a GM giant in order to try and escape its past.

Read more: Monsanto: a history

Monsanto: resources
Key websites, films, books, articles and other resources

Read more: Monsanto: resources

Bayer: a history
How a chemical and pharmaceutical giant with an appalling record of corporate crimes became a key player in the development, commercialization and sale of GM crops.

Read more: Bayer: a history

Bayer: resources
Key websites, films, books, articles and other resources

Read more: Bayer: resources