Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry: Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agriculture
“I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle” – Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Monsanto chairman, 1943-63, “The Spirit of Enterprise”, 1934.
When rich companies with politically-connected lobbyists and seats on government-appointed bodies bend policies for their own ends, we are in serious trouble. It is then that our democratic institutions become hijacked and our choices, freedoms and rights are destroyed. Corporate interests have too often used their dubious ‘science’, lobbyists, political connections and presence within the heart of governments, in conjunction with their public relations machines, to subvert democratic machinery for their own benefit. Once their power has been established, anyone who questions them or who stands in their way can expect a very bumpy ride.
F. William Engdahl – Centre for Reseaerch on Globilization
Here is the latest on the GMO trend. It is not a happy story.
The study was also done with the highest number of rats ever measured in a standard GMO diet study. They tested also ‘for the first time 3 doses (rather than two in the usual 90 day long protocols) of the Roundup-tolerant NK603 GMO maize alone, the GMO maize treated with Roundup, and Roundup alone at very low environmentally relevant doses starting below the range of levels permitted by regulatory authorities in drinking water and in GM feed.” 
Their findings were more than alarming. The Seralini study concluded, ‘In females, all treated groups died 2–3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3 male groups fed GMOs…Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls; the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5–5.5 times higher. This pathology was confirmed by optic and transmission electron microscopy. Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3–2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls…” 
Phi Beta Iota: At root this website is dedicated to one general and two specific propositions. General: the truth at any cost lowers all others costs. Specific: there is a market for the truth; and the five billion poor are the center of gravity for the truth as a public good.
My good good buddy Dr. Newk Mindshaftgap has written a juicy little report, attached below, in which he politely exposes the emptiness of the fact-free fiscal debate that is now electrifying the synapses of the pols, pundits, and courtiers in Versailles on the Potomac. To be sure, our nation has a debt problem, but, as the chart the below shows, the big elephant in the room is private debt, which must be paid off, or written off, or repudiated. This is not the case with federal debt, which can be rolled over in perpetuity, as long as the U.S. has a sovereign currency. The reality of the private debt bomb, particularly that of the financial institutions, may well explain why the Federal Reserve is busily struggling to dump private debt, especially the shakey debts undermining the balance sheets in the financial sector, onto the Federal Gov’t (that is, on you, the public) via its policy of quantitative easing. Such is the nature of welfare in the neoliberal world where the mentality of Citizens United reigns supreme.
President Obama is on the verge of selling out Medicare and Social Security, punting on tax increases to the top 1 percent, while protecting huge and wasteful defense budgets — all to avoid the non-existent cliff. Maybe someone ought to show him Newk’s handiwork. That won’t happen, of course, but I nevertheless urge you to carefully read Newk’s handiwork.
The History of Budget Deficits and Economic Growth in Relation to Taxes and Unemployment
by NEWK MINDSHAFTGAP, Counterpunch, 19 December 2012
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
— George Santanyana
Over the course of the last few years, there has been much propaganda from politicians of all persuasions on what factors are conducive to economic growth and/or the emergence of budget deficits or surpluses. Regardless of the political viewpoint being represented, these claims have usually been supported by essentially no facts, and this absence of facts implies a lack of analysis in a political debate that has displaced by competing ideologies. The breakdown of reason is taking on great importance as the so-called fiscal cliff approaches, and with it, the increasing possibility of a full-blown constitutional crisis. My aim is to identify factors that have been associated with budget surpluses and/or solid economic growth (as measured by annual growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal year (FY) 1931 through FY 2012 and to relate them to the emotionally-charged question of taxes.
In my “quickie” article published less than an hour after the news broke about the Connecticut school shooting, I tried to inject some historical context into the discussion – and do it as fast as possible. Since we know that many if not most “lone nut” massacres are actually false-flag operations, we might as well assume that this one is too. Getting that message out early, in order to shape public opinion while it is still malleable, should be a top priority of everyone who wants to put the real terrorists out of business.
THEN we can get around to picking apart the details. Enter Lori Price and Clare Kuehn.
Lori Price of Citizens for Legitimate Government quickly and brilliantly deconstructs false-flag massacres. If you are going to subscribe to one email news service, other than VT, it should be CLG News.
Lori asks a very good question here: Was Adam Lanza’s internet record scrubbed?
The “fiscal cliff” is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if any, from huge problems to small ones. The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit by an insignificant amount over ten years if Congress takes no action…
An investigation into the relationship between environmental poisons and human health is riveting — and terrifying.
If horror is your genre, environmental writer Brita Belli’s The Autism Puzzle, is the book for you. Her terrifying look at the chemicals we eat, drink and breathe is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.
We should thank her for it.
Statistics released earlier this spring by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that one in 88 U.S. born toddlers has an autism spectral disorder—from the less severe Asperger’s Syndrome to the so-called classical form of the ailment. Worse, it’s not just a North American phenomenon; Belli also reports a 57 percent spike in Asia and Europe.