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genetically modified food will cause a global humanitarian disaster

February 17, 2010 22 comments

By Adam
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Editor’s Note: Radio Bikini tells a story of US atomic bomb testing. Archival footage shows soldiers pegging the geiger counter after venturing into the blast zone to do reconissance.  Now 50 years later those who are still alive show the grotesque effects of radioactive isotope exposure. This article will argue that in the same way the effects of this new nuclear technology were not well understood 50 years ago, we face a similar issue today with the pervasiveness of GMO food. This article will present a case that we are poisioning ourselves and the planet, and that it may become both catastrophic and irreversible 50 years from now. Maybe sooner.

At this point in time, there can be no remaining doubt regarding the presumed safety of genetically modified food.

You are a mammal.

A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health
The International Journal of Biological Sciences
Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1, François Roullier1, Dominique Cellier1,2, Gilles-Eric Séralini1,3
Abstract
We present for the first time a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data from trials with rats fed three main commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize (NK 603, MON 810, MON 863), which are present in food and feed in the world. NK 603 has been modified to be tolerant to the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup and thus contains residues of this formulation. MON 810 and MON 863 are engineered to synthesize two different Bt toxins used as insecticides. Approximately 60 different biochemical parameters were classified per organ and measured in serum and urine after 5 and 14 weeks of feeding. GM maize-fed rats were compared first to their respective isogenic or parental non-GM equivalent control groups. This was followed by comparison to six reference groups, which had consumed various other non-GM maize varieties. We applied nonparametric methods, including multiple pairwise comparisons with a False Discovery Rate approach. Principal Component Analysis allowed the investigation of scattering of different factors (sex, weeks of feeding, diet, dose and group). Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded.

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Please note that the study above considers only three varieties of genetically modified corn, all which were proven in the study to cause varying degrees of damage to mammalian health.

The study shows damage to major organ systems of the animals in the trials. Why would we expect the long term result to be any different in  humans?

The most fundamental issue here is an implied assumption that any form of genetic modification to food is presumed to be safe, and therefore does not need to undergo decades of animal and human trials.

Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications

Monsanto’s Government Ties

Other scientific studies continue to roll in documenting adverse health effects from GM food. In the study below, hamsters fed a variety of GMO soybeans lost their reproductive capacity and had hair growing out of their mouths within three generations.

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters

So the presumption of safety, the presumption that any kind of tweak will be safe, is now known to be false. This has the weighty implication that every type of modification that can be made could have a different effect on any organism that consumes it or any ecosystem it exists in.

Even more worrisome are recent studies that show consumption of genetically modified food by mammals causes DNA mutations and alterations in the consuming organism. This is cause for grave concern due to the entirely unpredictable results of man made life forms altering the dna of consuming organisms.

On the environmental side, pesticides from corn genetically modified to produce it’s own pesticides are showing up in fresh water bodies. This is proof that genetic modifications affect the entire ecosystem whether intended or not.

So we have a situation where food which has now proven to be dangerous is being developed with a caviler, careless  attitude by chemical corporations. It is then rubber stamped and immediately released into the global food chain without any long term analysis or testing. The party responsible for oversight and testing  (the FDA) is entirely funded by guess who? The chemical companies and the big pharma oligarchy themselves.

Former Monsanto Exec. Appointed to the Head of the F.D.A.!

While not specifically related to GM food, this article below highlights the actions of the agency which was ostensibly chartered to  protect the consumer. It is arguable that the FDA is an organization which has been entirely corrupted by money and the entities that fund their continued existence. Protecting the consumer is a mission in name only and therefore cannot be relied upon in any way to protect the genetically modified food consuming public.

If You Liked Bovine Growth Hormone, You’ll love Beta Agonists
While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of our diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer. The beta agonist ractopamine, a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis, was recruited for livestock use when researchers found the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular says Beef magazine. But unlike the growth promoting antibiotics and hormones used in livestock which are withdrawn as the animal nears slaughter, ractopamine is started as the animal nears slaughter. As much as twenty percent of Paylean, given to pigs for their last 28 days, Optaflexx, given to cattle their last 28 to 42 days and Tomax, given to turkeys their last 7 to 14 days, remains in consumer meat says author and well known veterinarian Michael W. Fox. Though banned in Europe, Taiwan and China–more than 1,700 people were “poisoned” from eating Paylean-fed pigs since 1998 says the Sichuan Pork Trade Chamber of Commerce– ractopamine is used in 45 percent of US pigs says Elanco Animal Health which manufactures all three products. How does a drug marked, “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask” become “safe” in human food? With no washout period?

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Importantly, there is no distinction being made regarding the type of genetic modification.

One type of genetic modification causes plants to internally produce pharmaceutical products (drugs). The DNA of the plants is altered so the plant becomes a miniature and cost effective pharmaceutical producing laboratory.  The obvious problem with this type of genetic modification has already happened. There have already been cases where these pharmaceutical producing crops have unintentionally cross pollinated natural crops, causing formerly natural grains to become drug manufacturing laboratories. This would be entirely unknown to a farmer or consumer, and could only be determined by DNA analysis or other testing of the plant. Once in the wild, genetic fragments of drug producing plants could end up contaminating everything else.

Since we now know that the GM foods tested have strange and unpredictable effects (like hair growing out of the mouth in hamsters), it is quite reasonable to assume that every single type of genetic tweak to nature may have entirely different, unknown and unpredictable consequences.  Editorially speaking, if there ever was a case of monkeys playing with razor blades, this is it. Chemical companies are playing Russian roulette with people’s health and lives, and indeed, the entire planetary ecosystem.

We are now rapidly headed to a situation where “wild” or “natural” crops carry a wide variety of non intentioned, engineered genes as a result of unintentional cross pollination via bees, butterflies, wind and other pollination sources. Since it has been shown that organisms which consume GMO food have alterations in their own DNA, these changes will become ubiquitous and systemic. Everything affects everything.

What is the effect of healthy humans unknowingly eating plants that contain pharmaceutical drugs and other engineered products?

Further compounding this problem for consumers is that the large chemical companies who are pushing these products on the people of the world have lobbies that are so large and so strong, they own the political body.

Despite these long-term and wide-ranging risks, Congress has yet to pass a single law intended to address chemical companies and their GMO tinkering. The chemical companies retain junk scientists to claim their products are safe and run interference. As a result these global multinational chemical companies have a free hand to spread their untested lab creations worldwide, with entirely unknown and dangerous effects. Who will be held responsible 50 years from now when these companies have long since gone out of business and we are left with a problem which has no solution?

Their lobby has proven so powerful that their genetically modified products may show up throughout the food chain, without consumers even being aware this is the case. There are effectively no labeling requirements and GM grains are being used by virtually all major food producers. You are consuming these products,  NOW. Currently, up to 45 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as is 85 percent of soybeans. It has been estimated that 70-75 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Is that enough to damage your health or kill you? How much of your DNA can be altered without cause for concern? How will this GMO consumption affect your own offspring? What will the long ranging effects be on the planet and the food chain?  N o   o n e   k n o w s.

So we are risking the health of the entire planet, for what potential benefit? The benefit is that a few ultra rich oligarchs will be able to reap enormous profits from endeavoring to own patents on nature. GMO products have already proven to create more problems than they solve.

The people developing these products are interested in only one thing, maximizing corporate profits,  money and power. Your health, and the fitness of the planet for human habitation has taken a back seat to unmitigated greed and corruption with effectively no oversight and a free hand to inflict their damage on you and the planet. No one speaks for earth.

Summarizing, with each passing day, new untested GMO products are being released into the wild. There is effectively no testing, regulation or oversight. This is a recipe for a future global disaster or more correctly, a disaster in process. Once these engineered organisms have cross pollinated into nature as they are doing right now, there is no effective recall. The damage is done and there is no recourse. Natural, or non genetically altered grains will cease to exist. The DNA of consuming organisms is forever altered. For this reason, we can be assured that the global food chain is becoming toxic. At some point in the future, a global humanitarian catastrophe will result.

  • the products have already been proven dangerous while the assumption is that they are safe
  • new products are being released into the wild and rapidly spreading across the globe, passing their engineered genes to natural crops
  • there is effectively no oversight or testing. The consumer advocate has been corrupted by money
  • the long term effects, side effects and potential undesired effects upon the entire food chain and the planet itself have not even been considered and are entirely unknown

A criminal investigation is warranted.  A trial should be convened for crimes against humanity.

Filed under: GM Food

GM Food Safety: Whose Job Is It?
It’s not Monsanto’s job:
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications, in “Playing God In The Garden,” by Michael Pollan, NYTs Magazine, 1998.
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Why Has the FDA Allowed a Drug Marked ‘Not Safe for Use in Humans’ to Be Fed to Livestock Right Before Slaughter?
There’s a good chance you may be eating a livestock drug banned in 160 nations.
February 2, 2010
While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of our diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer.
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Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food
By Jeffrey M. Smith
On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.”[1] They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”
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Is Monsanto playing fast and loose with Roundup Ready Soybeans in Argentina?

Crying not for Argentina but for lost patent fees, Monsanto’s legal hacks are in European courts suing to block millions of tons of Argentine soybean meal from docking on the continent. Monsanto says that much of the meal crossing the Atlantic to feed Europe’s cows and pigs contains traces of its genetically modified Roundup Ready Soybeans. Known as RR, the soybeans are tweaked to withstand the company’s Roundup herbicide. This resistance lets farmers blanket entire fields with the chemical mixture rather than surgically applying it to kill off weeds. Monsanto holds a patent for the seed in Europe, but not in Argentina, where a dispute over technology rights keeps the U.S.-based agri-giant from collecting technology fees on RR seed sales. By using its European patent to disrupt Argentina’s lucrative soy-meal trade with Europe, the company hopes to strong-arm Argentine farmers into paying up.
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Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America?
March 20, 2009
Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So) Mar. 20, 2009
From: John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF)
Rosa DeLauro (The Bride of Satan?) Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro (Whose Husband Works for Monsanto)
IAHF List: Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape….
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Farmers fight introduction of Roundup Ready wheat in Canada

Roundup Ready Superweeds destroy US cotton crops and ABC reports without saying Monsanto or Roundup!

Research Shows Roundup Ready Soybeans Yield Less

Scientists Finding Many Negative Impacts of Roundup Ready GM Crops

Farmers, Others Sue USDA Over Monsanto GMO Alfalfa
Date: 17-Feb-06
Author: Carey Gillam
Opening another front in the battle over genetically modified crops, the lawsuit contends that the US Department of Agriculture improperly is allowing Monsanto Co to sell an herbicide-resistant alfalfa seed while failing to analyse the public health, environmental, and economic consequences of that action. “The USDA failed to do a full environmental review when they deregulated this genetically engineered alfalfa,” said Will Rastov, an attorney for Center for Food Safety, one of the plaintiffs. “They’re going to wreak untold dangers into the environment.” The lawsuit asks the federal court in San Francisco to rescind the USDA’s decision until a full environmental review has been completed. The suit asserts that the genetically modified alfalfa will probably contaminate conventionally grown alfalfa at a fast pace, ultimately forcing farmers to pay for Monsanto’s patented gene technology whether they want the technology or not.
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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Immediate Moratorium on All Genetically Modified Foods
by Jeffrey M. Smith
AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal systemThey conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”
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Fox News Exposed – Florida Supreme Court Approves Lying to Public
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Obama Gives Key Agriculture Post to Monsanto Man
by Gary Ruskin
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Monsanto Under Investigation by Seven U.S. States
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Bayer admits GMO contamination out of control
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You’re Appointing Who? Please Obama, Say It’s Not So!
The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.
Here’s the back story.
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Russia Says Genetically Modified Foods are Harmful
Salem-News.com
Apr-23-2010
Concerning the experiment carried out jointly by the National Association for Gene Security and the Institute of Ecological and Evolutional Problems, Dr. Alexei Surov had this to say. “We selected several groups of hamsters, kept them in pairs in cells and gave them ordinary food as always,” says Alexei Surov. “We did not add anything for one group but the other was fed with soya that contained no GM components, while the third group with some content of Genetically Modified Organisms and the fourth one with increased amount of GMO. We monitored their behavior and how they gain weight and when they give birth to their cubs. Originally, everything went smoothly. However, we noticed quite a serious effect when we selected new pairs from their cubs and continued to feed them as before. These pairs’ growth rate was slower and they reached their sexual maturity more slowly. When we got some of their cubs we formed the new pairs of the third generation. We failed to get cubs from these pairs, which were fed with GM foodstuffs. It was proved that these pairs lost their ability to give birth to their cubs,” Dr. Alexei Surov said. Another surprise was discovered by scientists in hamsters of the third generation. Hair grew in the mouth of the animals that took part in the experiment. It’s unclear why this happened. The researchers cannot understand why a programme of destruction is launched when animals take GMO foodstuffs. They say that this can be neutralized only by ceasing to use these foods.
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GM Crops Go to US High Court, Environmental Laws on the Line
Monday 26 April 2010
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Conflict of Interest: Ex Monsanto Lawyer Clarence Thomas to Hear Major Monsanto Case
Clarence Thomas Fox, meet henhouse…
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Monsanto Sues More Small Family Farmers
Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsanto says it doesn’t matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsanto’s genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, “I never had anything to do with Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a contract. If I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto Headquarters) and contaminate their plots – destroy what they have worked on for 40 years – I think I would be put in jail and the key thrown away.” Rodney Nelson’s family farm is being forced into a similar lawsuit by Monsanto.
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GM maize has polluted rivers across the United States
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Bloomberg: Genetically Modified Corn Polluting Streams, Rivers and Lakes With Insecticides
by Alexander Higgins
October 3, 2010
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GMO Study: You’re Eating Insecticide…
May 29, 2011
By Matt Spaeth – FIN
Most Americans remain blissfully unaware (or don’t care) they are eating genetically-modified (GM) organisms every day. Passivity and blind faith in the USDA, FDA and EPA have largely contributed to this attitude. Perhaps that will change now that a new study reveals an insecticide produced in GM corn actually gets absorbed into the human body.
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Genetically modified canola found growing wild in Dakota
By Stephanie Dearing
Digital Journal
Pittsburgh – A University of Arkansas researcher has found genetically modified canola growing wild in Dakota — in addition, she found two different GM varieties had interbred to produce a completely new GM canola.
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Scientists Create GM Corn Which Prevents Human Conception
Robin McKie
Science Editor
The Observer – London
September 9, 2001
Scientists have created the ultimate GM crop: contraceptive corn. Waiving fields of maize may one day save the world from overpopulation.
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Scientist: GM food safety testing is “woefully inadequate”
What are the challenges of doing this type of research?
There are two major challenges. First, it is very hard to get GM seed to conduct the research. In order to buy GM seed, you have to go to a licensed seed dealer, and sign a technology licensing agreement, which states that you won’t do any research on the seed, which includes agronomic, health, and environmental research. Also, scientists who try to research health impacts of GM food get harassed and intimidated by people with vested interests in GM technology. I’ve had 10 years of abuse from such people who’ve defamed me, driven me out of a university, and tried to get me fired from jobs. With that kind of intimidation, scientists often decide not to do any research. Vested interests have been trying to find out about research I’m doing. They filed a freedom of information request with the Western Australian government to find out. The government denied their request. It could have ended up in court. My research protocol could have been stolen.
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BREAKING NEWS: Alarm on Gene GM Crops: A Previously Unrecognised Effect on GM Plant Development  
Global Research, June 3, 2011
telegraphindia.com
New Delhi, June 2: Indian scientists have discovered that the genetic modification of plants with a gene already used in crops worldwide may severely damage the plants, a surprising finding that may stir a debate on current crop biotechnology science. The scientists at the University of Delhi have shown that inserting a bacterial gene that makes a protein named Cry1Ac into genomes of plants appears to cause developmental defects, growth retardation and sterility in the plants. Several experimental and commercial genetically-modified plants, including GM cotton cultivated in India and other countries, make the Cry1Ac protein which is toxic to some insects. The insects die when they try to eat parts of these GM crops.
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Toxic pollen from genetically modified corn kills monarch butterflies, researchers find in lab tests
By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.
An increasingly popular commercial corn, genetically engineered to produce a bacterial toxin to protect against corn pests, has an unwanted side effect: Its pollen kills monarch butterfly larvae in laboratory tests, according to a report by Cornell researchers.
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Toxin from GM crops found in human blood: Study
Dinesh C. Sharma
New Delhi, May 11, 2011
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France orders probe after rat study links GM corn, cancer
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A variety of genetically modified maize (corn). France’s government asked a health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU suspension of a genetically-modified corn, after a study in rats linked the grain to cancer.
AFP – France’s government on Wednesday asked a health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU suspension of a genetically-modified corn, after a study in rats linked the grain to cancer.
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Experts discuss the shocking findings of the peer-reviewed GMO cancer trial

Activist Post
The recent study undeniably linking genetically modified foods (GMOs) to cancer should shock the health world, especially in the United States where the overwhelming majority of grocery store food is derived from GMO-based crops.
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New Study Finds GM Corn and Roundup Causes Cancer In Rats
Sayer Ji, Contributor
Activist Post
In an alarming new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, researchers from The Committee for Research & Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) reported on the results of a 2-year feeding study in rats given either NK603 Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize, cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone, at levels permitted in drinking water and GM crops in the United States.
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Monsanto Apologists Attempt to Spin Shocking GMO Study

Establishment trots out “experts” in desperate bid to debunk fact that genetically-engineered food is a threat to humanity
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
September 21, 2012
A shocking new study conducted by French scientists which shows that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn suffered cancer and premature death has been met with a furious response from GMO apologists, who are desperately trying to cast doubt on the the study in an effort to discredit its findings.
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GM crops must be immediately outlawed; Monsanto halted from threatening humanity
The GMO debate is over
Mike Adams
Natural News
September 21, 2012
(NaturalNews) The GMO debate is over. There is no longer any legitimate, scientific defense of growing GM crops for human consumption. The only people still clinging to the outmoded myth that “GMOs are safe” are scientific mercenaries with financial ties to Monsanto and the biotech industry
Address : <http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-gmo-debate-is-over-gm-crops-must-be-immediately-outlawed-monsanto-halted-from-threatening-humanity.html>

Monsanto, pesticide companies have now spent more than $19 million to kill Prop. 37

Ethan A. Huff
Natural News
September 21, 2012
(NaturalNews) The latest campaign finance disclosure records released by California’s Secretary of State reveal that the most evil corporation in the world, Monsanto, has forked over another $2.89 million to kill Proposition 37, the historic bill that, if passed, will require genetically-modified (GM) foods and food ingredients to be labeled at the retail level in California.
Address : <http://www.prisonplanet.com/monsanto-pesticide-companies-have-now-spent-more-than-19-million-to-kill-prop-37.html>

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why do the worlds central banks manipulate the price of gold?

February 14, 2010 5 comments

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There is a social theory called reflexivity which refers to the circular relationship between cause and effect. A reflexive relationship is bidirectional where both the cause and the effect affect one another in a situation that renders both functions causes and effects.

The principle of reflexivity was first introduced by the sociologist William Thomas as the Thomas theorem, but more importantly it was later popularized and applied to the financial markets by George Soros.  Soros restated the social theory of reflexivity eloquently and simply, as follows:

markets influence events they anticipate” – George Soros

This theorem has become a basic tenet of modern central banking. The idea is that manipulation of the psychology of market participants affects the markets themselves. Therefore, if you artificially suppress the price of gold, you reduce inflationary expectations and reduce inflation itself…so the theory goes.

This same idea is applied to other markets as well. In 2010 the Federal Reserve is printing money…monetizing debt; selling debt and then buying it themselves. This has the effect of reducing long term interest rates to levels lower than they would otherwise be, leading market participants to believe that the currency is sound when it isn’t. “How can we be printing too much money if interest rates are low and the price of gold is not soaring?”. The answer is of course, they are manipulating both markets. When combined with government data showing a rate of inflation substantially lower than the real increase in the cost of living, this presents a plausible explanation to a casual observer.

You could further distill this entire idea down to lying in order to achieve a policy objective. The worlds central banks routinely manipulate markets, from the equity markets to the interest rate markets to the currency markets to the physical markets in order to influence investor psychology and achieve policy goals.

The US government is also complicit in the effort by distorting, manipulating and fudging important economic data. All of this is done under the guise of “free markets”, when the reality is that the worlds central banks are at this point engaged in a massive fraud, and endeavor to cover it up by covertly manipulating the markets using high leverage derivatives and what amounts to an infinite fiat bank account.

From the time when currencies were de linked from gold, central banks have enjoyed the freedom to print as much money as they wish, subject only to inflationary concerns (a loss of purchasing power). In other words, the freedom to print money is limited only by indicators and attitudes about inflation, which then feed inflation itself. The money has no actual value, it is redeemable only for more notes which can be printed in unlimited quantity subject only to inflationary concerns. In other words, in a perfect world, (according to the central banks) they would be unrestrained by any inflationary effects of unlimited money printing; they could simply print as much as they want. This is why manipulation of the gold market is critical to the con. If the price of gold were soaring at the same time they were trying to convince the markets that the currency was sound and inflation was low, that story line wouldn’t make any sense. How often have we all heard the commentary “gold is going down so there must not be any inflation?”

It is noteworthy that since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the US dollar has lost 95% of it’s value. So while in the short term manipulation of the markets may seem like a reasonable approach, the policies of market manipulation have clearly failed in the longer term.

The complicit corporate media are also involved in the fraud through advanced propaganda techniques which portray anyone who favors gold over notes to be somewhat unstable. The term “gold bug” is used with a carefully crafted negative connotation. FED shills who may be employed at prestigious universities are called out to dismiss the notion that the central banks could possibly not be telling the truth in spite of the fact that all of the established players have been caught lying over and over again. The current head of the US Treasury, supposedly a credible figure…a former head of the NY Federal Reserve, got caught cheating on his taxes which didn’t slow down his nomination for the position by the people’s representatives at all. He could have shown up to the hearings with a head in a basket and it wouldn’t have mattered. So this corporate media festival of lies attempts to portray criminals as godlike figures and maligns anyone who might not trust their “money” to be sound. The FED’s fiat money is debt. Fiat money is debt and the two terms are interchangeable.

I will leave you with this, which supports what I have said above.

Exclusive: The Bank Of England Engaged In Flagrant Gold Manipulation In The Interwar Period Via The New York Fed; Does History Repeat Itself?
by Tyler Durden
Zerohedge
02/13/2010
An article written by University of Tennessee professor John R Garrett, “Monetary Policy and Expectations: Market-Control Techniques and the Bank of England, 1925-1931”, which describes in exquisite detail the gold falsification measures undertaken by the Bank of England in the interwar period in order to impact interest rates in a favorable direction, performed with the full criminal complicity of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, may mean paranoid “gold bugs” could soon be forever absolved of their “tin hat” wearing status as outright gold, and other data, manipulation by a major central bank is now proven beyond doubt. The implications regarding the possibility of comparable deceitful and treasonous acts by modern central bankers are staggering.
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For extra credit, I have this.

TrimTabs and the Plunge Protection Team
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
We haven’t heard too much about the Plunge Protection Team lately, that is, until the folks at TrimTabs talked to the folks at Marketwatch yesterday and this report was filed: The unusual circumstances that led the U.S. market to rally powerfully in 2009 might be explained by secret government moves to buy stocks, according to Charles Biderman, the founder and chief executive of TrimTabs, a research firm that tracks liquidity flows in the market.
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and finally we have Mr Alan Greenspan who by authoring this back in 1966 has clearly established himself today as the king of fraud.

Gold and Economic Freedom
by Alan Greenspan
1966
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good, and thereafter declined to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as a claim on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.
more at 321gold

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“The last duty of a central banker is to tell the public the truth” – former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Blinder (PBS’s Nightly Business Report, 1994)

We looked into the abyss if the gold price rose further.  A further rise would have taken down one or several trading houses, which might have taken down all the rest in their wake.  Therefore at any price, at any cost, the central banks had to quell the gold price, manage it.  It was very difficult to get the gold price under control but we have now succeeded.  The U.S. Fed was very active in getting the gold price down.  So was the U.K.” – Eddie George, then Governor of the Bank of England and a director of the BIS

In Deception and Abuse at the Fed, Robert Auerbach, a former banking committee investigator, recounts major instances of Fed mismanagement and abuse of power that were exposed by Rep. Gonzalez, including:
* Blocking Congress and the public from holding powerful Fed officials accountable by falsely declaring–for 17 years–it had no transcripts of its meetings;
* Manipulating the stock and bond markets in 1994 under cover of a preemptive strike against inflation;
* Allowing 5.5 billion to be sent to Saddam Hussein from a small Atlanta branch of a foreign bank–the result of faulty bank examination practices by the Fed;
* Stonewalling Congressional investigations and misleading the Washington Post about the 6,300 found on the Watergate burglars.
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King World News Interviews Metals Trader Andrew Maguire
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A London trader walks the CFTC through a silver manipulation in advance
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BOMBSHELL – Whistle Blower Comes Forward With Solid Proof The Price Of Gold And Silver Is Being Manipulated By Major Financial Institutions
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absolute proof of the controlled demolition of WTC7

February 14, 2010 29 comments

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Editors note: WTC7 – a 47 story steel building, collapsed into it’s own footprint at the freefall speed of gravity at 22:20 GMT on  9/11/2001. The collapse, along with the cause of the collapse, was announced 26 minutes prior to the actual collapse at 21:54 GMT live on air by the BBC News. WTC7 was not hit by a plane, and the collapse of wtc7 was not mentioned in the 911 commission report. A steel framed skyscraper has never in history collapsed in this way due to fire or by any cause other than controlled demolition.

Carl Sagan famously said “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.  I present to you extraordinary evidence in the form of science. Amid all the endless talk and political posturing regarding what happened in NYC on 911, no one had the ability to change or alter the laws of physics on that day.

All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed.  Second, it is violently opposed.  Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher

Conspiracy theories? Meet me, a skeptic. It takes a lot of evidence to convince me of anything. I have a background in engineering and science, and I graduated with high honors from a prestigious university. I spent 10 years of my life working among engineers, scientists and software engineers at IBM. I understand, and have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of  science and engineering. For those of you without advanced degrees in math or physics, I would like to state something very simply. A multi level structure cannot collapse at the free fall speed of gravity without first having the underlying support structure removed faster than the freefall speed of gravity.

The physical laws of nature cannot be changed, altered or suspended. They prevent any structure from collapsing upon itself at the freefall speed of gravity and indeed, in the history of the world there has never been a case of it. Furthermore, buildings do not, and have never collapsed exactly into their own footprint without a tremendous amount of skill and engineering to precisely size, coordinate and time the synchronized explosions down to the microsecond. The analysis I provide via this youtube video below, offers conclusive proof that wtc7 was demolished.

That opens a whole can of worms.

EarthBlog News will now join Isaac Newton, the majority of the US population, 1000 Engineers and Architects for 911 truth, NYC Firefighters for 911 Truth, Pilots for 911 Truth, Senior Military Intelligence Service Law Enforcement and Government Officials, a growing list of US congressmen and many other public figures in the US and outside the US in calling for a new, independent investigation to find out what really happened on 911 and who was responsible for the controlled demolition of WTC7.

WTC7 in Freefall–No Longer Controversial

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Richard Gage on KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, CA (Video – Richard Gage shows a side by side comparison of  WTC7 to a known controlled demolition)

Seven is Exploding (Video – Aired on the largest TV Network in Italy – controlled demolition experts interviewed)

BBC Reports on WTC7 collapse 20 minutes early + extras (Video – The BBC Reported the collapse, and the cause of the collapse,  20 minutes before the collapse)

911 First Responder says WTC7 was a controlled demolition (Video – 911 First Responder Interviewed)

The BBC’s ‘WTC 7 Collapsed At 4:54 p.m.’ Videos
At 21:54 GMT on 9/11/2001 the BBC announced that WTC 7 had collapsed. There was just one problem with this news: WTC 7 did not collapse until 22:20 GMT. The videos below show the BBC World broadcast.
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WTC 7 Demolition Countdown Witness (Video – Witness to demolition countdown and more)

Building 7 – Experts Explain It Was Controlled Demolition! (Video – experts interviewed)

“Amazing, incredible, pick your word. For the third time today, it’s reminiscent of those pictures we’ve all seen too much on television before, where a building was deliberately destroyed by well placed dynamite to knock it down.”- CBS News anchor Dan Rather commenting on the collapse of Building 7 – September 11, 2001 at approx 5:30pm EST.

THE CONTROLLED COLLAPSE OF WTC 7
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Yet Another Congressman Questions 9/11 (The list is already quite long and growing)
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Highly-Credible People Question 9/11
The following people question the government’s version of 9/11, or the government’s openness in providing information about the September 11 attacks.
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Catholic Church-9/11 Was An Inside Job (subtitulado video)
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Pilots for 9/11 Truth
An organization of aviation professionals and pilots throughout the globe who have gathered together for one purpose. We are committed to seeking the truth surrounding the events of the 11th of September 2001.
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1,000 Architects & Engineers Call for New 9/11 Investigation
Fri Feb 19 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Richard Gage, AIA, architect and founder of the non-profit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc. (AE911Truth), will announce a decisive milestone today at a press conference in San Francisco, as more than 1,000 worldwide architects and engineers now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. After careful examination of the official explanation, along with the forensic data omitted from official reports, these professionals have concluded that a new independent investigation into these mysterious collapses is needed.
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Twelve New England towns demand 9/11 reinvestigation
04 March, 2010
A new movement to reinvestigate the 9/11 attacks is gaining pace in the US. With major public support, 12 towns are set to decide whether to ask the federal government for a new independent probe.
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9/11 Probe: Americans vote for answers (video)
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A leading Japanese politician espouses a 9/11 fantasy
Monday, March 8, 2010
The Washington Post
YUKIHISA FUJITA is an influential member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. As chief of the DPJ’s international department and head of the Research Committee on Foreign Affairs in the upper house of Japan’s parliament, to which he was elected in 2007, he is a Brahmin in the foreign policy establishment of Washington’s most important East Asian ally. He also seems to think that America’s rendering of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, is a gigantic hoax.
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Senior Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials Question the 9/11 Commission Report
200+ Senior Military, Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials
1,060+ Engineers and Architects
250+ Pilots and Aviation Professionals
400+ Professors Question 9/11
300+ 9/11 Survivors and Family Members
200+ Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals
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Eight U.S. State Department Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11
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German Intelligence Experts: 9-11 is Hollywood Deception
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Proof that 9/11 Truthers Are Dangerous (long list of high profile former CIA and military officers)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Lawmaker takes 9/11 doubts global
By JOHN SPIRI
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Pentagon: The internet needs to be dealt with as if it were an enemy “weapons system”
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US plans to ‘fight the net’ revealed
By Adam Brookes
BBC Pentagon correspondent
A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military’s plans for “information operations” – from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.
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The Pentagon’s War on the Internet
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Rummy Resurfaces, Calls for U.S. Propaganda Agency
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Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups
By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.
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a citizens guide to understanding corporate media propaganda techniques
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False flag
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
False flag operations are covert operations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time
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Governments ADMIT  That They Carry Out False Flag Terror
Forget the claims and allegations that false flag terror – governments attacking people and then blaming others in order to create animosity towards those blamed – has been used throughout history. This essay will solely discuss GOVERNMENT ADMISSIONS to the use of false flag terror.
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Nine Months Before Operation Northwoods, Government Leaders Suggested False Flag Terror in the Dominican Republic
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Ridicule of Conspiracy Theories Focuses On Diffusing Criticism of the Powerful
The label “conspiracy theory” is commonly used to try to discredit criticism of the powerful in government or business.
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Visibility 9-11 welcomes David Chandler, American Association of Physics Teachers and member of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth.
David has a BS from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA (IPS major–independent program of studies with emphasis in physics and engineering); MA in education from Claremont Graduate University; MS in mathematics from Cal Poly, Pomona and has taught Physics/Mathematics/Astronomy at K-12 and Jr. college levels. He is also and author and served formerly on the editorial board of The Physics Teacher, an AAPT journal. David is also an active designer and inventor of educational materials emphasizing quantitative visualization. David’s recent article, WTC7: NIST Admits Freefall focuses on some of the significant errors and descepancies in the final NIST report on the collapse of tower 7 and includes exerpts from a tehnical briefing held by NIST on August 26, 2008. During this briefing, questions were put to the panel by David Chandler as well as Dr. Steven Jones.
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Conspiracy theory or hidden truth? The 9/11 enigmas…
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Eyewitness Accounts of Foreknowledge of WTC 7’s Collapse
Dozens of responders who were in the vicinity of WTC 7 in the afternoon of the attack reported receiving warnings that the building would collapse. Several describe the evacuation of a zone around the building about a half hour before the 5:20 PM collapse.
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Entire February 2010 Issue of the American Behavioral Scientist Devoted to State Crimes Against Democracy: The Case of September 11, 2001
Elizabeth Woodworth, Professional Librarian
Mar 3, 2010
For 50 years the American Behavioral Scientist has been a leading source of behavioral research for the academic world. Its influence is shown by the fact that it is indexed by an extraordinary 67 major database services, causing its papers to be widely exposed on the international scene. The publisher, Sage, is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington DC. Each issue offers comprehensive analysis of a single topic. The six papers in the February 2010 issue are devoted to the recent concept of “State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD’s),” with emphasis on 9/11 and on how human behavior has failed to recognize its reality. [Ref. abs.sagepub.com/content/vol53/issue6 ]
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Outfoxing the 9/11 Coverup
By Gordon Duff
VeteransToday.com
With the 9/11 Commission rescinding their own report, 9/11 debunking machine is now our “smoking gun”.
(CINCINNATTI, Ohio) – When 9/11 Commission Chief Counsel, John Farmer, released his book, The Ground Truth, debunking his own 9/11 commission report and was supported by Chairman Thomas Kean and commission member Senator Bob Kerrey with no dissent, the cover story of 9/11 died.
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The Truth that ‘Truthers’ Are Seeking
By Mac Slavo
February 24th, 2010
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Finally, a Fire Fighter for 911 Truth
March 3, 2010
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CrossTalk on 9/11: Whodunit? (Video: Russia Today)
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Pre-9/11 Put Options on Companies Hurt by Attack Indicates Foreknowledge
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The Project for the New American Century
June 3, 1997
Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett,  Jeb Bush,  Dick Cheney,  Eliot A. Cohen,  Midge Decter,  Paula Dobriansky,  Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg,  Francis Fukuyama,  Frank Gaffney,  Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan,   Zalmay Khalilzad,   I. Lewis Libby,   Norman Podhoretz,  Dan Quayle,  Peter W. Rodman,  Stephen P. Rosen    Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld,   Vin Weber,   George Weigel,   Paul Wolfowitz
Statement of Principles:
American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America’s role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.
Rebuilding America’s Defenses pdf
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Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.” – Sept 2000
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At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks Wtc7 had the following tenants:

  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission
  • The Internal Revenue Service Regional Council
  • The United States Secret Service
  • The New York City Office of Emergency Management
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners
  • Salomon Smith Barney
  • ITT Hartford Insurance Group
  • American Express Bank International
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Federal Home Loan Bank
  • First State Management Group Inc.
  • Provident Financial Management
  • The Immigration and Naturalization Service

WTC7 Owner at time of demolition: Larry Silverstein

WTC7 Address: 250 Greenwich Street
New York City, New York, United States

In February of 2002, Silverstein Properties won $861 million from Industrial Risk Insurers to rebuild on the site of WTC 7. Silverstein Properties’ estimated investment in WTC 7 was $386 million. So: This building’s collapse resulted in a profit of about $500 million.
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“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. Therefore, to the same natural effects we must, so far as possible, assign the same causes.” – Isaac Newton

“At some level of government, at some point in time, there was an agreement not to tell the people the truth about what happened.” John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9-11 Commission in his book The Ground Truth.

America’s Broken Media And The Collapse Of World Trade Center 7

by Eric deCarbonnel
Thursday, May 20, 2010
When reading the articles below, keep one question in mind: Do you find these allegations credible and serious enough to deserve media coverage? This question is crucial because the mainstream media has been ignoring (and in some cases actively trying to discredit) the facts and arguments below for years now. It is the job of a properly functioning media to investigate credible allegations about issues important to the people and determine their validity. America’s media appears to have failed so completely here that it should be considered completely broken, if not dead.
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the life cycle of capitalism

February 13, 2010 10 comments

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This discussion about capitalism will argue that the economic law of economies of scale MUST result in ever fewer, ever larger corporations over time. Furthermore it will be argued that this is in fact what has happened in America over the course of the past 200 years.

Capitalism, has a natural cycle due to economies of scale.

We are told today by the people in charge, that the success of America is due to the long term embrace of laissez-faire free market capitalism.   The phrase is French, and it literally means to “let do” and more broadly it implies “let it be” or “leave it alone”.  According to the origins of the words, it means “allowing industry to be free from state intervention”.  M. Le Gendre famously replied when the mercantilist minister asked how the French state could be of service to the merchants,  “Laissez-nous faire” (‘Leave us be’, lit. ‘Let us do’).

Yet today, the US government owns the majority of the housing in the United States through the ownership of the largest mortgage institutions. The Government is the largest US employer. The Government owns the automakers.  It bails out large so called “too big to fail” corporate entities with the citizens money. So this is not “hands off” or “let it be”, this is the exact opposite of that which is direct ownership or financial interest while being financed by the taxpaying citizens.

“And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.” – Senator Dick Durbin 2009

According to the literal definitions of words, what has happened over the course of the past 200 years in America is that the United States used to be laissez-faire free market capitalism, but it has moved far from that, almost to the other extreme which is in this case fascism or a corporate/government merger. A very few, very large corporations, banking interests and powerful special interest groups are in control. It is however still being called today what it used to be, in a convolution of  terms.

People in America today all shop at the same mega retailers, they consume their media from a handful of corporations,  satellite radio beams from coast to coast instead of local programming, shopping malls look exactly the same anywhere in the US,  mega global restaurant chains span the globe.

This mincing of words has left a lot of people confused.  Capitalism means competition but more importantly it means hands off. It means letting large bankrupt entities fail.  Many US citizens would gasp at the notion that the US has decayed into Fascism and yet do not understand the fundamental definitions and concepts behind the words.  Recent polls have shown that when the public et al is asked how they feel about capitalism, they say they don’t like it. What they are really saying however is that they don’t like what this is. What this is, is fascism. It is exactly the opposite of what it is called using the definitions of the words, and the definitions of words are the only thing we have to go by.

What a mess.

So how did we arrive at this point? The economic law of economies of scale states that if you are a larger entity, and if you can buy and produce in larger quantities, then your marginal cost of production will be lower.  Simply stated it means the larger you are, the lower your cost of production and the more competitive you are.

Because of this economic law, what happens over time is that competition favors the larger entity. You didn’t see mom and pop hardware stores invading the landscape in the US and putting out of business Home Depot and Lowes, did you? In fact,  it was quite the opposite, wasn’t it? The fact is that in every avenue of competition, there have become ever fewer, ever larger players over time.  As they have grown in size, they have bought increasing influence and political power and have erected barriers to entry to new competition. The banking institutions have  become so large and powerful that they are immune from failure. They now have the ability to draw on the people’s future labor to meet their margin calls from speculation. The corporations have bought so much power that the US Supreme court ruled in 2010 US corporations can now make unlimited political contributions. Now the few large remaining corporations have nearly unlimited power because they fund and control the political body directly.

So the fact is that what started out in America as laissez-faire free market capitalism and is still called that today by the people in charge,has  slowly and continusouly decayed into something else.  The larger corporations have consumed the smaller corporations because of the law of economies of scale. They have bought more power and influence and thrown up new barriers against smaller competition and new market entrants.  Now, we are at such an advanced stage in this process that in many areas of competiion there are only two or three players left. In some there are only one.  The government, the ultimate corporation, has become the largest.

So, the point of this essay is to say that because of the economic law of economies of scale, capitalism has a natural cycle. It goes from capitalism to fascism. In fact, this was known to be the case over 100 years ago.

“Fascism is capitalism in decay” – Vladimir Lenin – Founder of the Russian Communist Party

To conclude this set of words, stated as a theorem: “Capitalism has a natural cycle and continuously decays into Fascism due to the economic law of economies of scale.”  – Craig Harris

Monopolies Everywhere
By James Kwak
Thomas Frank has a review in the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, but Mark Thoma has an excerpt) of Barry Lynn’s new book Cornered, which apparently documents the prevalence and power of monopolies and oligopolies in lots and lots of industries, not just finance.
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the republic is dead

February 13, 2010 21 comments

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Editors Note: This article represents a fact based analytical analysis regarding the current state of the republic in the USA along with an opinion why it is beyond the point of self correction.

The people’s representatives no longer represent the people

In order for a democracy or a republic to function, the citizens must have a voice. This essay will argue that the people have lost their voice, and will be fundamentally unable to regain that voice regardless of who is sitting in the political seats. Even the president is powerless to affect change, and is wholly subservient to the money interests who put him there.

Over the past decade, polling has shown that the American public is extremely dissatisfied with their representation in Washington. During the 8 year dominion of the self proclaimed “great decider”, public approval of congress ranged from 20% down to 12% by the end of his reign. Arguably, the approval ratings could not under any circumstances fall much lower. In fact, even among the most miserable and totalitarian regimes across the world and at any time in history, public approval ratings of the leadership were higher than in the US over the past decade.

Voters demanded a change.

The problem is that there has been no change.  Mr Barak Obama, elected on a platform of change, is currently leading the effort in change=no change. At the present time Mr Obama is registering record low public approval ratings, and the latest polls are showing only 8 percent believe that Congress represents the interests of the people. Even more telling and worrisome is the data showing only 21 percent of the population feel the government has the authority to govern. So once again, we are back to great decider levels and arguably as low as possible.

Few Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds
By Jonathan D. Salant
Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Just 8 percent of Americans want the members of Congress re-elected, according to a CBS News-New York Times poll taken nine months before roughly one-third of the Senate and the entire House face voters. The Feb. 5-10 survey found 81 percent of respondents saying the lawmakers shouldn’t receive another term. By 80 percent to 13 percent, Americans said members of Congress are more interested in serving special interests than the people they represent.
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Only 21% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.
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So think about that for a minute. For the past decade, under the leadership of both political parties, public dissatisfaction with their representation in congress is arguably as low as it could possibly be.  How is that possible?

Lobbyists didn’t suffer a slowdown in 2009
Health industry spent $544m
By Jonathan D. Salant
Bloomberg News / February 13, 2010
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The obvious problem is that the politicians in Washington, regardless of whether they call themselves Democrats or Republicans, are all bought and paid for by lobbyists and special interests. Their hands are tied. While seeming powerful, their only power lies in determining which lobbyists and special interest groups are going to buy them first. When Mr Obama was campaigning, he made a point that if elected he would address this situation, and yet a year after he was elected, lobbyists and special interest groups are two of the only thriving industries amid 20% real unemployment among the general public.

What we have now is not a democracy and not a republic.

When the people have no representation, they have no voice. We have a government today whose policies are dictated by a small group of very powerful corporations and special interest groups represented by lobbyists who lavish gifts and cold hard cash for votes on issues. These corporations and special interests throw billions of dollars annually at approximately 500 people for the express purpose of buying  a vote.

It is bribery, and it is unfortunately all legal.

The reason it is legal is because these lobbyists and special interest groups are so powerful they made it legal. In a disgusting display here in 2010, these lobbyists are now so powerful they bought the Supreme Court with an unprecedented ruling that allows unlimited political contributions by corporations. Now the corporations can not only influence the vote, they can also pick the candidates.

“And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.” – Senator Dick Durbin 2009

Where is the press?

The media in the United States has undergone a rapid consolidation and transformation. Two decades ago there were thousands of independently owned media outlets, and guess what happened? The largest of these operators lobbied the people’s representatives to relax important rules regarding the media and monopoly behavior. As a result, instead of thousands of independent media outlets, in 2010 six mega corporations control 96% of what Americans, read, hear on the radio and see on Television. Journalists are the watchdog of a democracy. When media becomes one with the government, the people become disinformed and uninformed and a democracy cannot function.

While you were sleeping…

The people have lost their voice. The power has been transferred to the few. This is corporatism by the elite money interests. It’s not democracy. It’s not a republic. Using the correct definitions of words, it’s corporatism (fascism) or to be more correct in this case, a fascist oligarchy or plutocracy. The will of the people is of no consequence. The people are to be placated, manipulated, disinformed and entertained while less than 0.1 percent of the population make the rules and rule over them like kings. The government and big corporations are joined at the hip. The banking system controls the money and the power. The media is in their pocket. The people have lost their voice and they are not going to get it back.

The republic is dead.

I will now join good company with Thomas Jefferson, the primary architect of the US constitution who stated:

“When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.” -Thomas Jefferson

The fundamental issue is that once power has been transferred to the few, they are not going to willingly relinquish that power. In the past decade, that has become painfully obvious and there is no one person who can stop the progression.

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15 Years Ago, the Combined Assets of the 6 Biggest Banks Totaled 17% of GDP… By 2006, 55% … Now, 63%
Monday, March 1, 2010
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Ron Paul: The US Government’s Debt Can Never Be Repaid
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Rasmussen: Mere 4% Support Establishment Political Class
Rasmussen Reports
April 14, 2010
Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters nationwide now hold populist, or Mainstream, views of government. That’s up from 62% last September and 55% last March. Mainstream Americans tend to trust the wisdom of the crowd more than their political leaders and are skeptical of both big government and big business (see crosstabs). While Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to hold Mainstream views than Democrats, a majority of those in the president’s party (51%) hold such views. Only four percent (4%) now support the Political Class. These voters tend to trust political leaders more than the public at large and are far less skeptical about government.
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Radical Concentration of Wealth is Destroying Both Capitalism and Democracy

Sunday, April 11, 2010
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two possible paths with the same endpoint

February 12, 2010 25 comments

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As we move forward into 2010, it is becoming increasingly apparent to many observers that the financial breakdown which started in 2008 is by no means over.  We are seeing increasing investor concerns regarding the solvency of not just individual corporations, but entire countries. In 2009 Iceland went bankrupt and in 2010 concerns are emerging regarding Greece, Spain and spreading across all of Europe. The long term viability of the Euro is even being called into question as I write this essay today.

What we are seeing is the result of an ever increasing and now unpayable amount of debt which is spreading like a terminal cancer across the entire western world. There have been many fiat currency systems devised throughout history, and they all have one thing in common. They all eventually went bust, because it is human nature to want something for nothing and spend money you don’t have to spend when there is no restraint or restriction against doing so. The total amount of debt has now exceeded the capacity to finance the debt except by creating ever more debt.

The entire western world has been financially controlled and mismanaged by an international syndicate of central bankers for the past several decades. This, along with unrestrained government spending has brought us to a terminal stage of collective bankruptcy as the power and control has shifted from the many, to the few who are now desperately attempting to maintain the status quo with various financial band aids,  shell games,  and smoke and mirrors “solutions”.

The worlds financial markets are now gyrating day by day as market participants move like a flock of sheep or school of fish seeking safety by abandoning one currency after another depending on the day.  The fact is however that in almost if not every Western G7 economy, the government is technically bankrupt, with orders of magnitude more debt than can ever be repaid in constant dollars. Even moreover, there is also massive insolvency among the corporations and the populations of these countries.

Where do we go from here? There are only two possible paths, and they both have the same endpoint which is systemic breakdown and failure.

The worlds central banks can continue printing money (monetizing the debt) in an attempt to keep the western banks solvent and inflate away the unpayable debt, or they can stop monetizing the debt and watch the entire western world collapse into a complete systemic breakdown of insolvency and deflationary collapse. If there was no printing press, if we were not all on a fiat money system, this would be the only choice. With a printing press, which is the only tool they have to attempt to “solve” this problem and save themselves from collapse and insolvency, they are going to keep using it.

The point of this essay however is to argue that whichever path is taken, the end result is going to feel the same for most of the worlds citizens. Whether by deflationary collapse or inflationary depression, the citizens of the western economies are going to experience a rapid decline in their standard of living either because the money they have won’t have the same purchasing power (an inflationary depression) or because they have no money to spend (a deflationary collapse). This will come amid sustained high levels of unemployment, and increasing government authoritarianism to combat increasing social unrest and decay.  It’s not much of a prognostication, because it’s already happening right now in countries like Greece.

I feel strongly that the G7 central banks will continue to take the path they have already embarked on, which is to save themselves by printing money, exacerbating the existing issue which is too much debt. The larger point however is that regardless of the path they take, the Western World is bankrupt from a decades long party of borrowing to spend money they didn’t have to spend. I’m taking cover as the house of cards comes down.

Google censors free speech

February 11, 2010 3 comments

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See what content Google found objectionable (and deleted without warning) here.

EarthBlog News has been inundated with inquiries regarding the Daily Citizen, which was deleted by Google on Feb 3, 2010. A decision was made in Jan. 2010 to provide this news stream as a public service to educate the public regarding what is really going on in the world. Public hunger for this free reality based news flow had Daily Citizen readership climbing by 30% per day and reaching into the thousands of unique IP hits per day in only one month prior to it’s deletion by Google.

The Daily Citizen news was the same news flow published in the EarthBlog News subscription newsletter. As of now, there is no way to get the Daily Citizen news except to subscribe to EarthBlog News.  At the top of this blog you will find a sample copy of the EarthBlog News and subscription information. There are no concrete plans at this time to attempt to re establish the Daily Citizen.

Censorship is ugly, and it’s even uglier when a supposed proponent of free speech is engaged in it.

In 2010, censorship is increasing around the world.  At this point, even the EarthBlog news is being occasionally censored (bounced) by several large ISP’s. The primary mechanism of internet censorship is not usually as overt and draconian as a blog deletion, and usually takes place in the form of  so called “standard filter sets”, where various special interests lobby to have certain web domains blocked. These so called “standard filter sets” are then passed around and pushed on ISP’s, resulting in blockage of any transmission including them.

The US corporate media would have you believe this occurs only in places like China and Iran, when the fact is that the US is becoming heavily censored based on nefarious and underhanded means like blocking web domains, altering hit counters on popular youtube videos so as to create an illusion of low viewership and lower visibility in the rankings and so on.

The bottom line….the only conclusion I can reach, is that the truth has become the enemy of the state and we are living in an increasingly dangerous and Orwellian world where the idea of a Democracy or a Constitutional Republic has been replaced with the idea of pacifying and placating a disinformed and uninformed population in a cooperation between big media, big corporations and government. Mussolini called that Fascism.

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Google Censorship: Bans Sale of DVDs Critical of Obama Administration
Author: Mac Slavo
February 16th, 2010
SHTFplan


Controlling the Ability of People and Organizations to Access the Internet
by Bob Chapman
Global Research, February 14, 2010
The International Forecaster
Under the guise of “protecting Americans” and choosing itself in so-called “national security,” the current Obama administration wants to be able to control the ability of people and organizations to access the Internet. This concept on its face seems very harmless and in the best interest of the country, however, having the ability to “turn the Internet off or shutting down sites that Obama considers “dangerous” including particular political groups, individuals or organizations who espouse differing views has far reaching political, financial, moral and legal implications. Such a policy imposed under Executive Order to control what enters Internet sites and what is shared daily would stifle free speech in direct violation of the First Amendment rights of all Americans.
Global Research

Australia censorship debate censored on Communications minister’s website
It’s all kind of ironic when you think about it
By John Ozimek
If you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet, what better approach to take than to, er, censor debate about how you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet? Brilliant. That, according to one sharp-eyed Register reader, is the game being played by Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, whose ministerial website is currently set up so as not to show searches on embarrassing terms such as “ISP filtering”.
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