Year - I hope that your holidays were joyous.
We are about to enter a new year - 2013.
Why not make this the beginning of a new paradigm?
Let's begin a new age of accountability and responsibility.
One step is to right those wrongs that are blatant and in your face.
I've written before that John O'Hara has a new petition - but many of you haven't signed. This is a wholly new effort, and the older signatures do not count, so please check it out and add your name to get justice for John. Click on this hyperlinked text to sign John's petition.
Not only are you doing this for John O'Hara - you're doing this in the memory of the Kung-Fu Judge, the dearly departed John Phillips. All of these wrongs come from the same source - a source who may be on the unemployment line come November of 2013 (Update - Breezy Point Joe got his ass booted out of the KCDA office).
I found this just a while ago - I am reposting it in its entirety, in the hopes that some of you out there will take this seriously and stop poisoning your families with FrankenFood:
19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption
A new paper demonstrates that consuming genetically modified (GM) food leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice. Researchers reviewed data from 19 studies and found that parameters including blood and urine biochemistry and organ weights were significantly disrupted in the GM-fed animals.
The kidneys of males were the most affected, experiencing 43.5 percent of all the changes. The livers of females followed at more than 30 percent. Other organs may have been affected too, including the heart and spleen, and blood cells.
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology:
"The GM soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials 'constitute 83 percent of the commercialized GMOs' that are currently consumed by billions of people. While the findings may have serious ramifications for the human population, the authors demonstrate how a multitude of GMO-related health problems could easily pass undetected through the superficial and largely incompetent safety assessments that are used around the world."Further, the biotechnology firm Monsanto is only an FDA approval away from its latest monstrosity -- soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce omega-3 fats. That FDA approval is expected this year.
Monsanto plans to include GM soybean oil in every product it can -- baked goods, baking mixes, breakfast cereals, cheeses, frozen dairy desserts, pasta, gravies and sauces, fruit juices, snack foods, candy, soups, and more.
According to Forbes:
"Monsanto is so despised by environmentalists that Google's first suggested search term for the St. Louis company is 'Monsanto evil.' Readers ... voted Monsanto the world's most evil corporation in a January poll, giving the corporation a whopping 51 percent of the vote."Scientists have also introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows in a process that they say will cause the cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. They believe that this could provide an alternative to formula milk for babies.
Critics of GM technology questioned the safety of milk from genetically modified animals, and also its potential effect on the cattle's health.
According to the Telegraph:
"The researchers used cloning technology to introduce human genes into the DNA of Holstein dairy cows before the genetically modified embryos were implanted into surrogate cows ... [T]he researchers said they were able to create cows that produced milk containing a human protein called lysozyme."Dr. Mercola's Comments:
In the latest review of genetically modified organisms (GMO) -- an analysis of 19 animal studies -- it was revealed that nearly 10 percent of blood, urine, organ and other parameters tested were significantly influenced by GMOs, with the liver and kidneys faring the worst.
The studies involved animals fed GM soy and corn, which comprise more than 80 percent of all GMOs cultivated on a large scale, and exist in virtually every processed food sold in the United States.
Clearly the danger posed by GM crops is no longer theoretical, yet because GM foods are patented inventions that are protected under copyright and proprietary information laws, the corporations controlling the seeds only allow them to be studied under very limited conditions.
Rarely (if ever) do they permit them to be studied for safety by anyone but the USDA (who hasn't yet seen the need to conduct rigorous long-term studies), and rarely are they studied beyond 30 or 90 days.
The GM Foods You're Eating Have Only Been Studied for 90 Days – at Most!
As Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology states:
"Only two studies reviewed in this new publication were over 90 days—both were non-industry research."In order to obtain the raw data from the 90-day studies, the researchers had to take court actions and make official requests, and the results suggested that the beginnings of chronic disease may have been starting in the animals' liver and kidneys. What would have occurred in six months, a year or five years down the line remains unknown, as the studies have never been done.
The researchers noted:
"The 90-day-long tests are insufficient to evaluate chronic toxicity, and the signs highlighted in the kidneys and livers could be the onset of chronic diseases. However, no minimal length for the tests is yet obligatory for any of the GMOs cultivated on a large scale, and this is socially unacceptable in terms of consumer health protection."Further, when the data was reviewed in its entirety, the researchers found serious cause for concern that appeared to be overlooked by regulatory authorities:
"Some of these tests used controversial protocols which are discussed and statistically significant results that were considered as not being biologically meaningful by regulatory authorities, thus raising the question of their interpretations."Given the obvious organ disruption that occurred in animals fed GM corn and soy for just 30-90 days, it is downright terrifying to think about what might happen to humans who eat these foods for a lifetime. The researchers state outright what the regulatory agencies have failed to acknowledge:
"We can conclude, from the regulatory tests performed today, that it is unacceptable to submit 500 million Europeans and several billions of consumers worldwide to the new pesticide GM-derived foods or feed, this being done without more controls (if any) than the only 3-month-long toxicological tests and using only one mammalian species, especially since there is growing evidence of concern.
This is why we propose to improve the protocol of the 90-day studies to 2-year studies with mature rats."
Why You Need to Think Twice Before Eating GMOs
There's very convincing evidence that genetically modified foods spell nothing but trouble for your health. As Smith discusses in this interview, scientists have discovered a number of health problems related to genetically modified foods in general, however, these studies have been repeatedly ignored by both the European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In the only human feeding study ever published on genetically modified foods, seven volunteers ate Roundup-ready soybeans. These are soybeans that have herbicide-resistant genes inserted into them in order to survive being sprayed with otherwise deadly doses of Roundup herbicide.
In three of the seven volunteers, the gene inserted into the soy transferred into the DNA of their intestinal bacteria, and continued to function long after they stopped eating the GM soy!
There are serious medical implications to this finding.
However, the GM-friendly UK government, who funded the study, chose not to fund any follow up research to see if GM corn -- which is engineered to produce an insecticide called BT toxin -- might also transfer and continue to create insecticide inside your intestines.
These kinds of studies are sorely needed, and fast, because as of right now, about 85 percent of the corn grown in the US is genetically engineered to either produce an insecticide, or to survive the application of herbicide. And about 91-93 percent of all soybeans are genetically engineered to survive massive doses of Roundup herbicide.
What this means is that nearly ALL foods you buy that contain either corn or soy, in any form, will contain GMO unless it's certified organic by the USDA.
In this interview, Smith also mentions an Italian study where they fed BT corn to mice. As a result, the mice expressed a wide variety of immune responses commonly associated with diseases such as:
|Rheumatoid arthritis||Inflammatory bowel disease||Osteoporosis|
|Atherosclerosis||Various types of cancer||Allergies|
|Lou Gehrig's disease|
In addition, Smith has documented at least 65 serious health risks from GM products of all kinds. Among them:
- Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce
- Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells
- The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning
- Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties
- Investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products
Beware of New GMO Products: Omega-3 Soybean Oil
GM crops have already invaded our food supply, and more GM –foods are in the pipeline, but you'd never know it because GM foods are unlabeled.
One of the latest creations from GM giant Monsanto is a genetically modified soybean that produces omega-3 fats. " Stearidonic acid (SDA) soybean oil, as the new product is called, is only one FDA approval away from becoming a reality, but although omega-3 fats are clearly healthy, omega-3 from GM soybean oil most likely certainly is not.
Not only do you need to get animal-based omega-3 fats in your diet for the most benefits, but also soybean oil is not a food you want to consume, especially if it has been manipulated to contain omega-3 fats. GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies, as well as has the potential to cause infertility in future generations, It's also one of the polyunsaturated vegetable oils you need to cut down on in your diet if you want better health.
Unfortunately, as Forbes reported;"Monsanto plans to include SDA soybean oil in just about everything: "baked goods and baking mixes, breakfast cereals and grains, cheeses, dairy product analogs, fats and oils, fish products, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, grain products and pastas, gravies and sauces, meat products,It's unclear whether the new SDA soybean oil will be listed on labels, but if you see "stearidonic acid (SDA) soybean oil" on a label, now you'll know what it is so you can avoid it.
… milk products, nuts and nut products, poultry products, processed fruit juices, processed vegetable products, puddings and fillings, snack foods, soft candy, and soups and soup mixes, at levels that will provide 375 milligrams (mg) of SDA per serving."
The Latest Creation: GM "Breast Milk" From Cows
Researchers are also trying to produce "human" breast milk using genetically modified cows.
Scientists used cloning technology to introduce human genes into dairy cows to produce milk they say has the same properties as human breast milk and could provide an alternative to formula or human breast milk for babies in about 10 years.
Producing GM food for babies is alarming, as the process of moving genes around carries unpredictable risks. One study that looked at the insertion of a single gene into a human cell found that up to 5 percent of the genes had significantly changed their level of output.
This means that hundreds or thousands of genes could change their levels of protein expression when a single gene is inserted -- and even one change can be dangerous. As The Telegraph reported, already there were signs of trouble with the GM "human" cow milk studies:
" … During two experiments by the Chinese researchers, which resulted in 42 transgenic calves being born, just 26 of the animals survived after ten died shortly after birth, most with gastrointestinal disease, and a further six died within six months of birth."
Do You Know … You're Probably Eating GMOs?
I've gone on record saying that due to the amount of GM crops now grown in the United States (over 90 percent of all corn is GM corn and over 95 percent all soy is GM soy) EVERY processed food you encounter at your local supermarket that does not bear the "USDA Organic" label is filled with GM components.
So you're eating GM foods, and you have been for the last decade, whether you knew it or not. You can thank Congress for this, and the USDA and Monsanto. What ultimate impact these GM foods will have on your health is still unknown, but increased disease, infertility and birth defects appear to be on the top of the list of most likely side effects.
As was recently stated in the NY Times:
"A majority of our foods already contain GMOs and there's little reason to think more isn't on the way. It seems our "regulators" are using us and the environment as guinea pigs, rather than demanding conclusive tests. And without labeling, we have no say in the matter whatsoever."
Are You Ready to Avoid GMOs?
If you don't already have a copy of the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, please print one out and refer to it often. It can help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Also remember to look for products (including organic products) that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content.Original URL: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/27/19-studies-link-gmo-foods-to-organ-disruption.aspx
You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
If you're feeling more ambitious, you can also order the Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure from the Institute of Responsible Technology in bulk and give it to your family and friends.
When possible, buy your fresh produce and meat from local farmers who have committed to using non-GM seeds and avoid non-organic processed foods as much as possible, as again these are virtually 100-percent guaranteed to contain GM ingredients.
Genetically modified foods are, from my perception, one of the most significant threats that we have against the very sustainability of the human race, so everything you can do to avoid them is a step in the right direction for humankind.
Being a Republican sure doesn't come with its good moments:
House Republicans Have Created Most Unproductive Congress Since Records Have Been Kept
For a chart – click HERE. I put this chart above together to highlight productivity by Congressional session (every 2 years) and color coded by the majorities in the House and Senate as well as the Executive branch. The bar graph on the right is coded to represent control: blue = Dem control, red = GOP control and purple = Divided Control. Since the days of Reagan – you can see there has not been another Congress that has done so little. The 239 “bills passed” includes 219 bills actually signed by Obama and another 20 waiting on his desk (source). And if you go back all the way to 1947 since the House Clerk’s office has been tracking this – you’ll see that there has never been a more unproductive Congress in modern history (source).
It isn’t an accident that the last two years of Congress have been the most unproductive in history. In 2010 – Republicans decided to rebrand themselves “Tea Party” Republicans to highlight just how “conservative” they really were. I make it a point never to refer to anyone as being a member of the “Tea Party” because it is a figment of our imagination just like supply-side, concealed carry Jesus; there is not one single “Tea Party” person that doesn’t have an R next to their name. Not one. Within this revolution – these newly elected officials promised to go to Washington and “shut it down”. And that’s what they did.
It’s interesting though – in these last two years … the Republican led House of Representatives had no problem passing a bill to privatize Social Security and Medicare (twice); they were considered persona non-gratis in the Senate and didn’t even come up for a vote. Republicans had no problems passing tax cuts for millionaires or bills to limit a woman’s availability to abortion services. House Republicans had no problem passing a bill to make it legal for a woman’s employer to decide whether or not she should have access to contraception. House Republicans had no problem cutting Medicaid, cutting funding for free lunch programs and rape crisis centers, pushing for anti-union laws, trying to neuter regulators that hold banks accountable like the CFTC, passing tax cuts for oil companies, expanding loopholes for multinational corporations, and eliminating capital gains taxes which would be a huge windfall to the rich.
It isn’t that conservatives couldn’t pass legislation – it’s that the legislation they passed was so horrific and they were so unwilling to compromise that everything ground to a halt. Grover Norquist recently said if Obama didn’t like the original Tea Party’s conversatism then he’d really hate Tea Party 2.0 should he win re-election. Except – we’ve seen Tea Party 2.0 out on the shelves. The Christine O’Donnells and Richard Mourdocks and Todd Akins and Joe Millers of the world – they keep losing. And that’s why the Republican party can’t win state wide races at the national level in large numbers; the only reason they even exist as a party right now is because they were able to gerrymander congressional districts with their temporary majorities from the 2010 Republican wave.
Americans are rejecting conservatism and they will continue to for the next generation if you look at what’s on the calendar for 2013. House Republicans can’t even pass tax cuts for 99% of Americans because it would result in raising taxes on the rich. House Republicans can’t take action on avoiding ruining the full faith and credit of the American treasury by increasing or eliminating the debt ceiling. House Republicans can’t pass a farm bill that would prevent milk prices from going to $8 a gallon. They can’t pass an extension of unemployment benefits. They can’t stop the Post Office from being held hostage by Congress’s own ridiculous laws that no other government agency is held to the same standard.
And it’s intentional. And it’s a scandal. And every American should punish this party for its obstruction, its cowardice, its sabotage.
Is there any good news out there? Oh, yes indeed:
Icelandic bankers jailed for reckless loans made before crash
Two of Iceland's most senior former bankers have been jailed for making reckless business loans, following investigations stemming from the collapse of the country's banks in 2008.Original URL: http://www.independent.ie/business/world/icelandic-bankers-jailed-for-reckless-loans-made-before-crash-3338474.html
Larus Welding, the former chief executive officer of failed Icelandic bank Glitnir, and Gudmundur Hjaltason, a former director at the bank, have each been sentenced to nine months in jail for fraud, a court ruled.
They were sentenced by the Reykjavik District Court after the two men were indicted a year ago on charges that they had "misused their position and grossly endangered the bank's funds" by lending €102m to a company called Milestone ehf without guarantees or collateral, the prosecutor said. At the time Milestone was a shareholder in the bank.
They are the first bankers from Iceland's three largest lenders to be sentenced to jail for activities linked to the country's financial and economic collapse in 2008.
In 2008 Glitnir became the first of Iceland's big banks to fail, an event that triggered the biggest recession in six decades and led to an 80pc collapse in the value of the Icelandic currency (Krona) against the euro.
The scale of the country's banking collapse made it impossible to prevent. The domestic parts of the country's three biggest banks were saved, while their international arms were liquidated. Bondholders who had lent money to Iceland were "burned" with significant losses, but given control of the remains of the banks.
Mr Welding has been indicted on separate charges for his role in approving a smaller business loan to holding company FS38 ehf, a company linked to the former high-profile former chief executive of the Baugur Group, Jon Asgeir Johannesson.
Mr Johannesson, who has also been indicted in relation to the loan, became famous in business circles around the world in the years before the Icelandic crash for a debt-fuelled acquisition spree that included a string of high-profile retailers including department store chain House of Fraser, Hamleys toy shops, , frozen food chain Iceland, fashion chain All Saints and Woolworths.
Iceland's special prosecutor indicted the two former chief executives for their roles in approving the €35m loan just three months before the collapse of the bank. (Bloomberg)
Piers Morgan is sure getting slapped over his stance on Americans' ownership of guns. Guess what, gun grabbers - Operation: American Gladio isn't working. I'd advise you to stop the shenanigans right now.
Anti-gun is PRO-CRIME.
That's just the facts, jack. Everywhere gun control has been enacted, crime runs rampant. Conversely, any place where the citizenry has been made responsible for their firearms, crime doesn't prosper. Gun-free zones are target practice for the maniacs. Now, of course, when I got off the train at Union Square not long after the events of September 11th, 2001, I was a bit put-off to see guys in fatigues with assault weapons at the ready - I mean, were people hopscotching over turnstiles that boldly?
Do I want that kind of presence in our schools?
I don't think that's a great answer. Let's put our noses to the grindstones and really think about this.
What kind of future do you want for your children?
Do you want them to suffer fools who lie to them?
Do you want them to admire material worth, and to shun truth?
Do you want them to lead lives utterly bereft of poetry?
That way lies madness.