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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The United States Senate doesn't work for you...


On Thursday, June 21, the U.S. Senate said no to an amendment aimed at "permitting" states the ability to require the labeling of GMO's.  I'm afraid to tell you now that I was right; this whole charade is likely aimed at castrating momentum in the push for consumer rights regarding genetically modified ingredients.  If you look close enough the writing is between the lines, right there within the stated purpose;

"To permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient."

While I admire Senator Sanders, I don't need the federal government to affirm my damn rights.  This fundamental right, which we each have, supersedes any type of bullshit "authority" that may exist out there.  

Welcome to true fascism. 

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." - Mussolini (Enciclopedia Italiana, 1932)

How many of these "nay" voters are in bed with biotech firms (via campaign funding, vacations and gifts, etc.), or have even held positions with them???  Do any of these people have family or friends whom they have a shred of concern for and believe that they, if not us, have a right to know what they are eating and feeding their families?!?  

I just don't get it... at all really.  What I really wont understand is when I see these same names in Senate roll calls five years from now - why do we let these people make a career out of not representing us?  If we can't even demand our rights to know what is in the food we buy, to me, all is lost... if that is indeed the case, the world must really delve into chaos for any change to happen.

Californians better stand up and represent themselves come November.  As I mentioned in a previous post, other states are looking at us here in California to set the example, as well as anti-GMO groups in other states supplying resources in our efforts here.


Here is a list of the morons that think you shouldn't have a right to know what is in the products you purchase.  These people each believe a company should have the ability to toy around with something at the molecular level and sell it to you undisclosed.  These people think that our states should not have a right to autonomously determine policy within them; to them, the federal government, along with all the corrupt political whores within it, is the master... and yours (if you're an American, that is).  All seventy-three of these individuals should be kicked out of office and onto the curb NOW.  If they happen to be "representing" you in your state send them a letter letting them know how you feel... and for the love of all things good, remember who it is they serve when their name is on the ballot and bounce them.

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Moran (R-KS)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Friday, June 22, 2012

The CREDO "Action" Network...

 
So these tools just sent out an email to all sorts of people asking Americans to "Tell the EPA: We want stronger rules to fight climate change" and "Regulating greenhouse gas pollution from power plants to mitigate the disastrous impacts of climate change is one of the most urgent matters before the EPA.".  


These people, CREDO "Action" Network, in my book, are tools for the following reasons:

  1. They believe the EPA is out to actually protect the environment... when in reality it is chock full of industry insiders [many of which are likely globalists, so maybe they are on point here].
  2. They believe the cause of "global warming" to be human industry...  never mind past climate trends and changes when no industry was present, and never mind the fact that the sun has been heating up the entire solar system.
  3. They again cite CO2 as the evil greenhouse gas... when CO2 causes plant life to thrive (remember plants create the O2 you breath).

They go on to speak of "bold action"... always so self-righteous... always "bold action" that would further harm the United States or any other first-world country... bold action such as attacking the energy infrastructure we all depend on... "bold action" that would bring to fruition the "elites" agenda of destroying the U.S. economy to pave way for a true globalist system (under which their next dominoes will be China, Iran, N. Korea, and Russia).  Those that truly know me know I am a) no bullshit, and b) I am a real environmentalist that operates based on rational thought and logical deduction.  Of course the anti-CO2 camp never attacks or mentions the stanglehold corporations and their lobbies carry over technology in areas of transportation and energy (not to mention healthcare).  They never mention the utter wasteful practice of the meat industry and it's helping hand in the greenhouse gas arena; I guess they still want that steak raised on genetically modified corn, full of antibiotics and hormones, even if it's enjoyed in candle light.  They never talk about maybe having more localized economies; I mean really, do you HAVE TO HAVE that piece of fruit that was grown six thousand miles away and was shipped all the way to you [this is sort of practice completely and utterly trumps crying about coal plants - which unless you are the one mining the coal, is actually pretty clean and lacks the possibility of utter disaster that nuclear energy represent - I guess they are cool with that too]?  Do you have to have that cheap piece of sh*t product purchased at Walmart, was made in China, and then shipped all the way across the sea???


All this said, I believe the CREDO "Action" Network lacks any form of critical thinking.  I believe these guys jump on board issues without looking at the facts, and, especially in the case of this "global warming" issue, they take an angle that plays right into globalists agenda... globalists that include those control freaks that attend Bilderburg, the douches that infest the CFR, and the power hungry asshats in the Trilateral Commission.  They simply tout what mouthpieces have taught them to.

How is it that an organization such as this, one that opposes natural gas and GMO's, as well as addressing what is happening to bees, can be so wrong on such a crucial issue?  And it's a crucial issue only because of the type of control and the transfer of wealth that can emerge from the universal acceptance of "man-made" global warming.

Why not call it what it is?  STOP CARBON POLLUTION - STOP BREATHING.  After all, there is 7,000,000,000 and counting, mini-CO2 spewing, walking, talking, portable biped factories.  Why don't these "elite", both environmental and financial "elites", set the tone and cease breathing?

Carbon = Life

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tell the EPA: Ban the pesticide that's killing bees!



 In the next week, the EPA is expected to issue a decision on the pesticide Clothianidin -- which scientists believe is a major factor in the alarming decline in U.S honey bee populations, known as Colony Collapse Disorder. 

Since 2006, one third of U.S honey bee populations have been dying off. One third. Every year. That's a terrible rate of species destruction on its own, but it's also a serious threat to our food supply. Honey bees play a crucial role by pollinating 71 of the 100 most common crops, which account for 90% of the world's food supply.1
 
More than 125,000 CREDO Activists joined the Pesticide Action Network and other groups this March in urging the EPA to suspend its approval of Clothianidin.

The EPA will be issuing a decision soon. If the agency doesn't act, it won't review Clothianidin again until 2018 -- and by then it could be too late for the bees.
 
Tell the EPA: Bee die-offs are an emergency. Ban the pesticide that's killing bees. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

While the causes of Colony Collapse disorder are complex, studies are increasingly pointing to the role played by pesticides like Clothianidin.


Produced by the German corporation Bayer CropScience, it is used as a treatment on crop seeds, including corn and canola, and works by expressing itself in the plants' pollen and nectar. Not coincidentally, these are some of honey bees' favorite sources of food.

Shockingly, Clothianidin was approved without any independent study verifying its safety. The Pesticide was conditionally approved for use on corn -- the largest crop in the U.S. - in 2003, and then fully approved by the EPA in 2010, on the basis of only one test conducted by Bayer, which EPA scientists later said was unsound and not sufficient to be the basis of an unconditional approval of the pesticide.2

Tell the EPA: Ban the pesticide that's killing bees. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Clothianidin has already been banned in France, Italy, Slovenia, and Germany -- the home of Bayer -- but it continues to be applied to over 100 million acres here in the U.S., at the peril of bees and our ability to produce foods like apples, blueberries, almonds, pumpkins and dozens of other vital crops.
For the EPA to take action and suspend the use of Clothianidin it must declare bee die-offs to be an "imminent hazard." With massive continuing die-offs of the species that is a cornerstone of our crop production, it's clear that is the case.

Tell the EPA to protect honey bees and our food, not pesticide makers. It's time to ban Clothianidin and save the bees. 


1. "Pesticides and Honey Bees: State of the Science," Pesticide Action Network North America
2. "Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags," Grist, 12/10/10 


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You can also cease buying Bayer products... Bayer is the corporation that manufactures Clothianidin, the politicians represent Bayer, and we let them all get away with it.  So please, STOP BUYING BAYER PRODUCTS.
 

Another whooping cough epidemic...

 This child's immune system hasn't even had the ability to mature, nor is his blood/brain barrier fully developed... yet along with the actual vaccine he is receiving thimerosal (mercury), ethylene glycol, phenol, formaldehyde, and more.

Wait a second; this is (at least) the second whooping cough epidemic in the last two years!  I thought vaccines were the end-all, be-all.  I thought vaccines warded off disease and infection.  I suppose, that in the end, it is safe to say, that vaccines are always a day late... they are always playing catch-up.  Therefore, vaccines are pushing and encouraging the evolution of pathogens.

When you think about it, what better business model to have than one where your product creates the the "need" of your product tomorrow?  Between that sweet profit rolling in and the population being indoctrinated to believe the product you profit from absolutely necessary... holy shit.  Where do I buy some Merck shares???

The Sheep Police Themselves

With vaccines, if you do not vaccinate you are regarded as a bad parent.  Children face an uphill battle attending public school.  It is a classic example of groupthink

You can read about the current whooping cough epidemic here.

Enforce the labeling of GMO products...


Senate About to Vote on GMO Labels!

Senator Sanders (I-VT) has introduced an amendment (S. Amdt. 2310) that would allow states to adopt labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods.

The U.S. Senate is attempting to decide if states "have the right" to require labeling of genetically engineered foods...  This is absurd and something smells fishy to me... I mean we already have it slated for our November ballot in California.  It's almost as if, the federal officials, and possibly their biotech friends and benefactors, are attempting to wrangle back control of an issue which could easily escape their control should one state pass labeling requirements.  When politicians seek to make holding office a career that spans decades and whore themselves to the corporate sector to make their aspirations a reality, how the hell can any of them be trusted.

The states need to push forward regardless what is done at the federal level.  I'm not having a lot of middle-aged political prostitutes determine my right-to-know what I purchase to consume.  Do you think you can bake some food with unknown ingredients and people would want them???  Well, why not?  Yet we consume GMO corn syrup in our soda, bread, etc., etc., and so many other chemicals and GMO's.  Take MSG for example; like Coke and Pepsi and what they did regarding their 4-Mi ingredient, manufacturers and biotech corporations simply created new names for MSG to escape red flags should someone read the label.


All this said, you definitely SHOULD get off your ass and write your senator.  Write anyone and everyone that are obstacles and need to brushed aside.  And last, most importantly, you have a right to know what you are putting into your body.  Your kids have and their kids will have a right to know.  Are we going to sell them out by our inaction?  Don't you want ensure the next generation doesn't inherit a world completely run for greed and profit?

Click here to send a message to your Senators and DEMAND that they support YOUR individual rights versus protecting corporate interests.

At a later time I will be putting a comment below with titles of documentaries and films that speak about the evils of biotech and how it is a threat to the natural order of the world. For starters, go and watch The World According to Monsanto...





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In the end we hold all the power.  In the end, we have (part) what they (biotech) want... your money.  Labeling?  You don't need to force labeling right now to take a stand against GMO and the biotech industry; just buy organic foods; yeah it costs more but isn't what you put into your body what makes it anyways?  Ever hear the phrase "you are what you eat"?  Just like with animal testing, when I buy something and it doesn't say "not tested on animals" I know it has been tested on animals.  Therefore, if I buy something that doesn't specifically state that it is organic I know it has either seen pesticides, GMO's, or both.  They say don't eat stuff where the ingredients read like a chemistry potpourri - why would you want to I could never understand.  So, we can all make a point right now by ceasing the purchasing of the processed crap and buying organic while supporting the smaller, organic, and at times, local farms.  If you wanted to take it a step further you can also buy seasonal produce only.

While we can do things such as purchase organic crops now, the GMO seed and crops threaten organic farms.  A farmer growing Monsanto GMO seed cannot control cross pollination and contamination of natural crops (this is how Monsanto is waging war on organic and small growers growing natural crops).  We need to not only be standing up for our rights as consumers but also for protecting natural diversity (what more important area to protect than within agriculture???).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sailing the Seas of Cheese: In a sea of the mundane, music [definitely] worth your time...

I've been doing a lot lately, both looking for new music and ensuring my own has arrived on Spotify and places like iTunes properly.  During bouncing back and forth from revamping my reverbnation page to browsing bandcamp I found something that left me wanting more.


These guys really need to get off their ass and make at least a proper EP... they are far too good to be doing only one song per year.  Visit them at bandcamp, facebook, or soundcloud and yell at them.

Think dreampop (I guess - I'm not the authority of categories) with a bit of 60's thrown in.

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Also, do yourself a huge favor, and check out Echodrones new track on soundcloud:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Right to know of GMO ingredients...


I spoke with an out-of-state friend on the phone today and he mentioned the push in my state (California) to force the labeling of GMO products on store shelves.  He had attended a community conference led by known person in the fight against GMO and consumer rights and learned that the future actions, in relation to GMO, of fourteen states, rests on what happens here in California.  If Californians have the principles and will to demand to know what they buy to feed themselves and those they love, and a ballot is passed, those states (I guess too afraid of their own shadows to defend their own rights concurrently) will follow suit.

So, if you are in California, as I am, we have the ability to set the precedent in November.

Get involved!  Check out Label GMOs for more information.

What can you do to help bees?

I am going to assume that if you're reading this you are aware of the plight of bees in North America and Europe.  There are things all of us can do to become part of a solution... from writing letters and canvasing to stop government subsidizing of monoculture (and GMO) crops to voting with our money and buying organic fruits and vegetables.  Other things we can do is to cease utilizing pesticides on our properties, and if you live in a condo etc., urge the home owner association to stop (supported by evidence that their use only promotes adaptation by the "pests" while suppressing that which is supposed to be protected).  We can also plant flowers and plants that can provide for local bee populations year-round.  Stop buying honey; most honey is fake anyways.  Again, stop buying products where migratory, commercial bees are used (always monoculture crops which are toxic deserts).  And last, we can watch, share, and pirate/distribute films like Vanishing of the Bees and Queen of the Sun - social media and especially in personal conversations - TALK ABOUT IT (the message is paramount).  Just think about it for a moment; bees are responsible for 40% of our food... not to mention their contribution to flowers and other vegetation.

Where is Thom Yorke (the new Bono?), Al Gore, Obama, and all the other pro-planet people on this issue???  Guess you can't cultivate an image or create a tax Ponzi scheme borne from bees.  If I'm driving a car that is getting so overheated it could catch fire I wouldn't be looking to address a tire with a slow leak first.  That's just what all these people do environmentally (though, I agree with Yorke on plastic).


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We need to stop seeing ourselves as separate from each other and the rest of the world we live in and all the other beings in it (bees included)... everything is connected, and all of our actions have an effect.  Sadly the effect of much of human activity is negative.  I will never understand why someone would move into a semi-rural area, get upset that rabbits eat a little bit of their grass on their lawn, and want to kill those animals... as if that lawn is more precious than any life.  I would love to see rabbits, squirrels, bees, birds, etc. when I sit in my backyard much more than seeing blades of grass anyways (unfortunately my view consists of bricks and a vinyl fence).  It is very easy for me to view human beings as a sort of cancer or virus upon the planet, and I have said that to people in private conversations, to which they would say "we aren't all bad", and to which I'd respond, "all the cells within a cancer-ridden body aren't bad either, but that body is still terminal - those good cells just aren't enough".  Also, anyone that says the WWII generation is the "greatest generation" is narrow-minded (all of my grandparents were in WWII - I respect their service and them personally, but I don't hold their generation in blanketed, generalized high regard); out of that generation spawned realized globalization, destruction of natural habitat on an unheard of pace, the realization of corporate power, the military industrial complex, the suppression of advancement within energy and medicine, off-the-chart use of chemicals and pesticides, and on and on... only for their kids that protested in the '60's to "join the club".  I don't want to think we are akin to a cancer or virus, but the truth is right now, to me, in so many ways, we are terminal and asleep in the backseat (not even at the wheel - like that Radiohead video Karma Police).

The bee is like the canary in the coal mine as well as a sort of karma police.



We have such potential for good, I think I am clinging to that by tooth and nail... one of the reasons I blog the things I do.  Part of me wishes I was born in another time when the issues we face today, extinctions/pollution/vast corruption and greed, didn't exist... but then I realize how crucial this time is, especially for kids like my nieces and nephews (they will be the ones that will, if we teach them properly, have a chance to right our wrongs - but it must begin with us)... a time in which to have your identity and purpose dictated by how you punch a clock and earn money is spiritually hollow.  As sad as it is, it's an exciting time to be alive.

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More on how to help bees:



Monday, June 11, 2012

Last.FM is bad and getting worse...

First, my plays etc have bounced around all over the place.  Second, at one time as recent as last week I had twenty-five pages of "similar" (no, not really) artists on my page, now I only have four... which also includes some Russian hip-hop (yes, very similar).  And now, yes the worst yet, they have listed songs which aren't mine in my top tracks.  It really must be that their pretty little algorithm has caught a cold.

Yes, not one of those tracks are mine.  And yes, in my opinion not one of my similar artists are very similar.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sailing the Seas of Cheese: In a sea of the mundane, music [maybe] worth your time...

I'm back to share another find... and something, for the most part, that I enjoy to listen to at the moment.

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BLOUSE


It appears that they released a full-length back in November, but nothing on bandcamp right now.  It does look like it is available at itunes.  Aside from the tracks that sound like something found off a vintage KROQ torrent consisting of new wave from 1983 or so, I do like the rest... of what I've heard... obviously enough to blog it.

"Though it's got an unabashedly Reagan-era sound, it's the record's almost pathological obsession with the past that places it so squarely in the now. Any of its 10 tracks could sit comfortably on pretty much anyone's 2010s playlist: it broods like a lower-fi version of Charli XCX's Cold War-tinged tunes, it beams through cloudy dark like John Maus' murky pop, and it even boasts a song called "Videotapes" on which the synths sound like warping videotapes."

Visit their official site here.

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THE SOFT MOON

Up next is another that is hit or miss for me, but once more, the tracks I like, I really like.  It doesn't appear that they have an official site, but you can visit their bandcamp page here or hit them up on Facebook.


"The Soft Moon produces a post-punk sound that falls somewhere between Twin Shadow’s synth-aided bleakness and Editors’ shimmering riffs. The Soft Moon is arguably more atmospheric than either though, as Vasquez stays away from conventional vocal techniques within a fairly straightforward interpretation of post-punk rhythms, guitar progressions, and whirring synths."



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ron Paul will not abandon partisan politics...


"What do they give you, a choice between Pepsi and Coke?" - Couldn't be a better summary of American politics... except diet or regular Coke.

I stopped asking people to donate to RP when it was clear he was stuck with the idea of running as a stupid Republican... as if he would ever get the nomination of a party (like the Democrats) that is strictly controlled behind the scenes.  Now his son, possibly always a tool, I'm not sure on that, but it's clear at this point, after all the money and effort contributed by so many REAL patriots here, that he just simply sold us all out.  Period.  Pathetic... and I am, at this point, absolutely done with politics as far as voting for politicians goes.  Aside from Ron Paul, there isn't a single politician in the United States that can be trusted completely, especially when they are puppets with the hand of lobbies and bankers up their asses, and the whole thing is broken to high heaven.  The one problem with Ron Paul is he chooses to stay within the confines of control of those that he ultimately opposes, and therefore, will not win the seat he seeks.

Electing a single politician within a completely controlled and corrupt system will do nothing for change.  At this point I don't know what will... but we need to look at how we are staving off things like the NDAA and apply that strategy.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What is happening to the bees?


Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a 2010 documentary film directed by Taggart Siegel. The film investigates multiple angles of the recent bee epidemic colony collapse disorder. It also explores the historical and contemporary relationship between bees and humans. Featuring interviews from Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk, Vandana Shiva, Hugh Wilson, Michael Thiele (former bee keeper at Green Gulch Farm), May Berenbaum, Carlo Petrini and Raj Patel.