Justice Antonin Scalia says World War II-style internment camps could happen again

Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told the University of Hawaii law school while discussingKorematsu v. United States, the ruling in which the court gave its imprimatur to the internment camps.

The local Associated Press report quotes Scalia as using a Latin phrase that means “in times of war, the laws fall silent,” to explain why the court erred in that decision and will do so again.

“That’s what was going on — the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot,” Scalia said. “That’s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It’s no justification but it is the reality.”

The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who was Japanese-American, was not among those sent to the camps but was declared an “enemy alien.” When he got the chance to fight for his country in World War II, he jumped at it, eventually earning a Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry” near San Terenzo, Italy, in 1945. “I was angered to realize that my government thought that I was disloyal and part of the enemy, and I wanted to be able to demonstrate not only to my government but to my neighbors that I was a good American,” Inouye told Ken Burns in “The War,”as quoted by Reuters.

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Sudden collapse of Harappan civilization may foreshadow superbug threat to modern humans

(NaturalNews) The mystery surrounding the sudden collapse of the ancient city of Harappa, a major urban center that was a prominent feature of the now defunct Indus civilization, recently became a little bit less mysterious thanks to new research out of Appalachian State University. An international team of climatologists, archaeologists and biologists found that rampant disease, among other things, played a major role in the swift decline of this primordial people group — and the same thing could happen to modern humanity as a result of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” believe some.

What exists from the historical record shows that Harappa flourished even before the Indus civilization as a whole reached its peak, spanning 1 million square kilometers in what is now Pakistan and India. Scholars say the city thrived primarily between the years of 2600 and 1700 B.C. but suddenly collapsed for reasons that up until now have remained elusive due to a lack of reliable records and other concrete evidence.

But we now know that the uncontrolled spread of disease played a significant role in the downfall of Harappa, as did the violence and chaos that erupted as a result of a widening social hierarchy. Specifically, the new research found that a combination of socioeconomic inequality and disease — tuberculosis and leprosy, which were new at the time, are believed to have spread quickly during the final days before the collapse — were largely to blame for the city’s ultimate demise.

“In this case, it appears that the rapid urbanization process in Indus cities, and the increasingly large amount of culture contact, brought new challenges to the human population,” says Gwen Robbins Schug, one of the lead researchers involved with the project. “Infectious diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis were probably transmitted across an interaction sphere that spanned Middle and South Asia.”

Rapid urbanization spawned disease spread that killed off entire civilization

A recent exhumation of remains from Harappa revealed that, toward the end of the city’s existence, violence and disease had reached epic proportions. Because of this, Harappa was essentially being evacuated in droves by its residents during the final days leading up to its collapse, a previously unknown fact about the civilization that came as a surprise to historians.

“The collapse of the Indus civilization and the reorganization of its human population has been controversial for a long time,” says Schug.

Though the exact cause of all the violence and corresponding disease that ravished Harappa is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, experts now know that a period of rapid urbanization definitely precluded its undoing. Much like what appears to be occurring in modern society, Harappa “advanced” too quickly and eventually imploded on itself.

“The evidence from Harappa offers insights into how social and biological challenges impacted past societies facing rapid population growth, climate change and environmental degradation,” adds Schug, as quoted by Science Daily. “Unfortunately, in this case, increasing levels of violence and disease accompanied massive levels of migration and resource stress and disproportionate impacts were felt by the most vulnerable members of society.”

Drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ threaten to kill off modern civilization

There is a tendency when looking at ancient history through the lens of today to assume that what happened to them could never happen to us. Modern humanity is simply far too advanced to ever just collapse in on itself, goes the assumption. And yet history also has a seemingly sinister way of repeating itself when you least expect it, in modern times with the threat of drug-resistant “superbugs” brought about as a result of so-called advancements in medicine.

“There are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance,” says U.K. chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, as quoted by The Guardian. “It means we are at increasing risk of developing infections that cannot be treated.”

Though admittedly different from what the ancient Harappans faced, the problem of antibiotic overuse in today’s society — or what can more accurately be described as an unrealistic reliance on antibiotics as some type of cure-all for disease — is culminating into an “apocalyptic” threat, to borrow the words of Dame Davies, for modern civilizations.

“We are becoming increasingly reliant on antibiotics in a whole range of areas of medicine,” adds Alan Johnson, consultant clinical scientist at the U.K.’s Health Protection Agency, to The Guardian. “If we don’t have new antibiotics to deal with the problems of resistance we see, we are going to be in serious trouble.”

Sources for this article include:

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://library.thinkquest.org

http://www.theguardian.com

http://www.newswise.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Click to http://www.naturalnews.com/043757_Harappan_civilization_superbugs_antibiotic_resistance.html

 

Media ignores Fukushima as probable cause of declining West Coast marine populations

(NaturalNews) Scientists are warning about an alarming decline of marine life along the western coast of North America, with bizarre episodes of malnourished sea lions, starving brown pelicans, whales and dolphins migrating out of season – and a rapidly and drastically declining sardine population.

The disappearance of the sardines, a major food source for mammals and seabirds, as well as farmed fish and humans, has become a major topic of discussion – as fishery operations for this small, oily and important forage fish faces sudden collapse.

A collapse of sardine populations

Commercial fishing for sardines off of Canada’s West Coast is worth an estimated $32 million – but now they are suddenly gone. Back in October,fisherman reported that they came back empty-handed without a single fish after 12 hours of trolling and some $1000 spent on fuel.

Sandy Mazza, for the Daily Breeze, reported a similar phenomenon in central California: “[T]he fickle sardines have been so abundant for so many years – sometimes holding court as the most plentiful fish in coastal waters – that it was a shock when he couldn’t find one of the shiny silver-blue coastal fish all summer, even though this isn’t the first time they’ve vanished.” [emphasis added]

It is not only the commercial value of sardines but their importance as a high-energy staple for whales, dolphins, sea lions, bluefin tuna, pelicans and other sea birds that makes this so significant. Steve Marx, a policy analyst for the Pew Charitable Trust, commented that the shortage “does not bode well for everything in the ocean that relies on sardines to get big and fat and healthy.”

Contaminated water from Fukushima has arrived on the West Coast

While the reasons for these changes may be as complex as the ecological food web that connects them, no one is discussing the elephant in the room – Fukushima.

Admittedly, the contaminated radioactive water being dumped into the Pacific Ocean from the Japanese Fukushima plant has been circulating towards the West since the March 2011 nuclear accident.

The research community knew months before the public was told that high concentrations of cesium-137 had reached the shores of Alaska, British Columbia and California, and will soon reach Mexico. This bombardment of contaminated radioactive water will continue for years to come, with the best estimates showing that the levels will not peak for several years.

Cold-water sardines shifting with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation cycle

The likely impact of Fukushima on marine life throughout the Pacific is compounded by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation – which science only discovered as of 1997 but now believes is a major factor in shifting sardine populations and replacing them with anchovies. This cycle shifts the temperature of Pacific water over the course of decades, replacing warmer water with colder and vice versa, according to the North Pacific gyre’s circular clockwise motion.

Only now, the cycling Pacific waters are also carrying with these shifting temperatures the contaminated radioactive waters flowing from Fukushima toward the West Coast – along with the cool water phase that makes high sardine populations less likely.

Earlier last century, the sardine fishery created a huge boom in Monterey, California’s “Cannery Row,” where enormous amounts of the fish were canned, before the population declined sharply to base levels in the late 50s, where they remained until they began rebounding in the mid-1980s, again driving a boom industry and peaking in about 1999. The sardines recovered again starting about 2003 but have since headed straight for the bottom again after peak numbers at nearly the same time as the Fukushima disaster.

How it is impacting whales and other marine life

The shortage of sardines and other prey is being blamed for some 1,600 sea lion pups that have been diagnosed as “malnourished” by marine biologists working along the West Coast. It is believed that the mother seals didn’t produce enough milk to sustain their young. The same was found with brown pelicans, who’ve demonstrated tell-tale signs of starvation and produced fewer babies.

The quota for the sardine catch was lowered back in November by the Pacific Fishery Management Council after confirmation of severely dwindling population numbers; environmental groups like Oceana have demanded a complete halt to sardine fishing to prevent collapse.

“Is it El Nino? Pacific Decadal Oscillation? [La] Nina? Long-term climate change? More marine mammals eating sardines? Did they all go to Mexico or farther offshore? We don’t know. We’re pretty sure the overall population has declined. We manage them pretty conservatively because we don’t want to end up with another Cannery Row so, as the population declines, we curb fishing.” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official Kerry Griffin.

The Monterey County Weekly, a regional publication, highlighted some of the majesty of humpback whale watching ahead of its feature article on the decline of sardines, in part due to over-fishing.

Author David Schmalz wrote, “There’s so much poetry in motion that it’s hard to resist the idea that you are witnessing something historic, that these humpback whales – nearly all of whom normally migrate to Mexico some time in the fall – are trying to tell us something. And they are, if we listen.”

The message is that anchovies have replaced much of the missing sardines as a major marine food source, which may explain the early migration of huge populations of whales.

Yet some fisherman have also turned up a zero-catch on anchovies, just after pulling in giant hauls that many have been relying upon to replace their usual sardine catch. Others have increasingly turned to market squid.

There are other signs, too, of things out of the ordinary: the first ever documented, photographed case of conjoined twin Gray whales washed up on shores in Baja California, Mexico – underdeveloped and apparently miscarried. There is no immediate explanation for the abnormal occurrence.

Sources for this article include:

http://enenews.com

http://www.presstelegram.com

http://enenews.com

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com

http://www.latimes.com

http://www.takepart.com

http://link.springer.com

http://www.pices.int

http://www.theepochtimes.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Click to http://www.naturalnews.com/043675_Fukushima_marine_populations_West_Coast.html

More young adults skipping the flu vaccine

(NaturalNews) Either the truth about vaccines is finally reaching the masses or Americans in general have simply lost trust in the government and the pharmaceutical industry, because this year many young Americans skipped the strongly pushed flu shot altogether. This act has hardly gone unnoticed, with numerous media outlets warning young adults that they’re this year’s target of H1N1, also known as “swine flu.”

Statistics

A recently released report by Trust for America’s Health shows that only just over one-third of American adults between the ages of 18 and 64 received the flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season. Statistics show for the same season that 56.6 percent of children aged 6 months to 17 years received the flu shot, and 66.2 percent of seniors 65 and older also received flu vaccinations. Last season, the most vaccines were administered in Massachusetts, with a 57.5 percent vaccination rate, compared with just 34.1 percent in Florida. Only 12 states showed vaccination rates higher than 50 percent: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Tennessee.

The mainstream media has been relentless in their attempts to scare Americans who have utilized their right to opt out and skip the flu shot. However, the flu propaganda failed to work on 35.7 percent of young adults last season.

What your doctor isn’t telling you 

Dr. Susan Rehm, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, claimed that this year’s primary disease-causing strain is H1N1 and can easily take the life of young people. Dr. Luis Ostrosky, the medical director of epidemiology at a Houston-area hospital said, “The groups at risk for complications from influenza historically have been … the very young and very old, but for H1N1 – even in 2009 – we saw it really affecting young adults, for reasons we don’t really know yet.”

Mike Adams recently pointed out in his report entitled “Scientist exposes flu shots lies and doom-and-gloom media propaganda” how doctors repeatedly warn of the risks associated with catching the flu but almost never discuss the dangerous and sometimes deadly risks connected with the vaccine.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website lists the harmful ingredients, which include formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aluminum, egg proteins, thimerosal (a methylmercury compound) and antibiotics (which fuel the development of superbugs).

Side effects 

Many studies have proven that the flu shot can wreak horrible havoc on humans, causing serious health problems such as miscarriages, narcolepsy, immunosuppression, Alzheimer’s disease, neurological disorders, anaphylactic shock and even death.

In 2009, outrage was sparked after the insert for the H1N1 vaccine manufactured by Novartis became public and listed side effects such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, vasculitis, anaphylactic shock and, again, death. The insert also admitted to a plethora of other nasty side effects like hot flashes, vomiting, nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disorders and so forth. (Click here for the lengthy list of side effects).

Just one year later, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a possible link between the monovalent H1N1 vaccine called Pandemrix and the development of narcolepsy in 12 countries. Narcolepsy is a chronic nervous system disorder that causes people to uncontrollably fall asleep. Finland, one of the countries involved, openly acknowledged the link between the two and promised to pay for a “lifetime of medical care” for the 79 children who were affected. Also, even more shockingly, 76 of the 79 children affected also developed hallucinations and “paralyzing physical collapses.” The CDC admits to the link but claims Pandemrix, which was produced in Europe, wasn’t licensed for use in the US.

The CDC claims that the flu is widespread in 35 states this year but particularly high in the following 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

While getting the flu is never fun, suffering from a lifelong debilitating condition, or even worse, death, is far more to be feared. If you do end up becoming a victim of the flu shot, or any other vaccine gone wrong, due to a 1986 law passed by Congress, the pharmaceutical company maintains no liability whatsoever. Victims of harmful vaccines are sent to a separate court referred to as the “vaccine court,” where the families of victims lose power and Big Pharma remains protected.

Other sources include:

http://healthyamericans.org

http://www.cdc.gov

http://www.ourcivilisation.com

http://ca.news.yahoo.com

http://www.post-gazette.com

http://www.chron.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Click to http://www.naturalnews.com/043680_flu_vaccine_young_adults_H1N1.html

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Egyptian GM maize study shows toxic effects after just 91 days

(NaturalNews) A new study by Egyptian researchers has found that Bt corn is not substantially equal to non-genetically modified parent corn and is actually toxic to rats after barely three months.

Meanwhile, a second study, which examined the effects on rats on a diet containing the GM corn, found that it caused untoward changes in body organ function and weight, as well as blood biochemistry which indicated possible toxicity, according to a summary by GMWatch.org.

The site also reported that a third study, a histopathological examination, was carried out on the rats fed the genetically modified corn. Researchers found clear signs of organ pathology in the group fed GM corn versus a group fed with non-GM maize. This study found obvious signs of pathology, especially in the liver, kidney and small intestine. Also, an examination of the testes revealed tissue necrosis (death) and desquamation (shedding) of the spermatogonial cells, which form the foundation of sperm cells and, as such, male fertility, and only after 91 days of feeding.

In particular, researchers tested Monsanto’s Ajeeb YG (YieldGuard), which was genetically modified to be insect-resistant. According to an abstract of the studies:

For the last decades there has been a growing interest from the food crop industry to construct and produce genetically modified (GM) crops with the primary goal to significantly increase the yield and avoid the use of pesticides. At present, GM crops are grown and consumed by humans in many countries, for example corn expressing the insecticidal gene.

Organ weight, function, blood serum all affected

Scientists note that an important requirement in any toxicological experiment involving GM crops is the ability to assess the effects of “xenobiotics,” which is a chemical found in an organism that is not normally produced or expected to be present in that organism. For many organs, this testing is done through macroscopic examination of the organs – measuring organ weight, as well as conducting a histopathological examination of the tissue.

“Organ weight can be the most sensitive indicator of an effect of an experimental compound, as significant differences in organ weight between treated and untreated (control) animals may occur in the absence of any morphological changes,” said the abstract. “Biochemical analyses are useful in chronic toxicity studies because in-vivo effects of clinical treatments are reported. When certain types of cells are damaged, they may leak enzymes into the blood, where they can be measured as indicators of cell damage.”

Researchers say that clinical pathological evaluation is one method utilized to gauge the efficacy and safety of “novel food sources” when they must be examined to determine whether they are safe ingredients for human consumption. In this vein, liver and kidney function tests, along with serum blood contents, were utilized to evaluate safety. Serum protein and albumin are also used often to evaluate toxicity and such.

GM corn caused quick damage

In the first study:

Obviously, the genetic modification of Bt corn showed significant differences from the conventional counterpart, where, the total protein, crude fat, crude fiber & total saccharides showed significant increase in Bt corn as compared to non-Bt corn. Whereas, the starch content showed significant decreased compared to non-Bt. The mineral content were also affected, where calcium & sodium were significantly decreased in Bt corn, while phosphorous increased dramatically in Bt corn.

Researchers went on to say that all fatty acids were detected using various values in Bt corn, as compared to non-Bt corn, with the exception of palmitoleic acid and octadecenoic acids.

“Thus, it may be concluded that the genetic modification process caused several alternation in the chemical composition in corn that may be toxic to the human food and the animals feed.”

Sources:

http://www.gmwatch.org

http://www.academia.edu

http://www.academia.edu

Click to http://www.naturalnews.com/043678_GM_maize_toxic_effects_Egypt.html

Turkish Prime Minister Delivers Speech As a Hologram

On January 26, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan addressed the ruling Justice and Development Party at a meeting in Izmir…as a hologram.

With the help of Turkish special effects company Polyvision, Erdogan was beamed into the meeting after being shot against a green screen.

The avatar version of the PM told the meeting, “We are going to the elections in the shadow of attacks prepared by treasonous networks. I urge all my mayoral candidates to not waste any of their time.”

Erdogan is currently embroiled in a massive corruption scandal which has already resulted in the resignation of several high ranking officials.

In November of 2012, Indian politician Nerendra Modi pioneered the use ofpolitical holograms during his election campaign.

Click to http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/01/27/Turkish-Prime-Minister-Delivers-Speech-As-a-Hologram

Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Overtakes Monsanto as “Most Evil Corporation on the Planet”

By Dr. Mercola

The addictive and health-harming nature of sugar and processed food has been repeatedly confirmed through the years, and genetically engineered foods rank equally high on the list when it comes to foods that do more harm than good.

Monsanto, as most of you may already know, has long been referred to by those in the know as “the most evil company on the planet.” But it has stiff competition. Before there was Monsanto, junk food companies were already hard at work influencing American politics to further their own agenda.

The processed food industry has a lot to answer for when it comes to the general health of Americans, who spend upwards of 90 percent of all their food dollars on processed convenience foods.

The latest developments in the fight for GMO labeling actually makes a strong case for giving the title of “Most Evil Organization on the Planet” to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association of America (GMA), which represents the processed food leaders, including Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg’s, and General Mills.

The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association also lists Monsanto as a member, so it would make sense that the sum would be greater than the parts.

This organization is no stranger to stooping way down low to protect their members’ interests—your health and human rights be damned. And that is, in my opinion, evil.

GMA Caught in Money Laundering Scheme

But before I get into the latest developments, let me backtrack for a moment. During last year’s I-522 ballot campaign to label GMOs in Washington State, the GMA came up with an ingenious, and illegal, money laundering scheme to protect the identity of members who donated funds to the opposing campaign.1

Several major food companies experienced massive backlash and consumer boycotts once their contributions to the anti-labeling campaign in California (Prop. 37) in 2012 became widely known. This was a fate they all wanted to avoid, no doubt, and to prevent you from knowing which companies funded the anti-labeling campaign in Washington State, the GMA create a “brand defense” account, which paid for the campaign’s propaganda without disclosing where the money came from.

This illegal move helped them defeat I-522 by a mere one percent margin. The scheme fell apart however, and the GMA was sued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson,2 who accused them of intentional money laundering and violating state campaign disclosure laws.

As a result, the identities of the companies paying to defeat I-522 were released.3Not surprisingly it contained the usual suspects: Pepsi, Coke, General Mills, and Nestle – all primary purveyors of chronic disease.

Documents Unearthed in GMA Money Laundering Scandal Reveal Long-Term Plans to Combat GMO Labeling

Lawbreakers or not, the GMA’s work continues unabated, and job number one is to keep you as uninformed about GMOs as possible. This was clearly evidenced in heavily redacted documents4 released through the Attorney General’s investigation of the GMA money laundering scheme.

A previous Politico report5 revealed that a key aspect of the GMA’s plan for combating GMO labeling efforts across the US included the pursuit of statutory federal preemption—a law that prevents a labeling requirement.

This is one part of a detailed, five-pronged strategic plan to keep its members from having to reveal what their foods are made of. The documents6 released through the Attorney General also reveal quite a bit about the GMA’s strategic plan by what they hide. Large sections of the documents are redacted, including:

  • A portion under the heading “Industry Image Efforts,” which appears to be related to the GMA’s plan for addressing “attackers,” i.e. people and organizations working toward letting you know what’s in your food
  • Under the subhead “Industry Image Campaign,” it is revealed that a PR firm, the name of which is redacted, “has been retained to help develop a comprehensive program for execution in 2014.” The details relating to this plan are redacted
  • A section redacted in its entirety is titled, “Examining Options for Conveying Information to Consumers”
  • Also redacted is the name of an entity that “understands the need for continued opposition to efforts at the state level to impose mandatory labels and has directed GMA staff to continue to oppose such efforts.” I for one am curious as to who this mysterious entity is that has “directed” the GMA to oppose labeling in the face of public demand for disclosure and transparency…
  • Also redacted are several pages-worth relating to the Association’s long-term plans to quench GMO transparency issues

GMA Now Pushing for Industry-Friendly GMO Labeling

As reported in the featured article7 and elsewhere,8 the GMA’s preemptive attempts are now in full swing. As stated earlier, a major part of the GMA’s plan is to prevent states from creating their own labeling laws by pushing for an industry-friendly, voluntary labeling law at the federal level.

“The push for a softer national standard on GMO labeling comes as consumer interest in biotech foods has blown up into an intense national conversation, and the food industry is clearly trying to get out ahead of a strong, vocal movement pushing strict labeling requirements in multiple states around the country,” Politico writes.“GMA’s proposal is aimed at protecting its members from having to fight a series of state labeling efforts as several states…”

On December 5, 2013, the GMA sent a letter 10 to Elizabeth Dickinson, Chief Counsel of the FDA, informing her that “GMA will be filing a Citizen Petition early in 2014 that asks FDA to issue a regulation authorizing foods containing ingredients derived from biotechnology to be labeled “natural.”

According to the letter, 26 state legislatures are currently considering whether GMOs should be permitted in products bearing a “natural” label, and some 65 class action lawsuits have been filed against food manufacturers who use GMO ingredients in their “natural” products. The GMA essentially wants the FDA to settle the dispute and close the door on future lawsuits. The letter reads, in part:

“Consumers and the food industry would all benefit from uniform legal requirements and the consistent outcomes that result from federal regulations, rather than state-by-state dictates… As such, federal rulemaking is needed here so that the issue of whether foods that contain ingredients derived from biotechnology can be labeled “natural” is removed from judicial or state interpretation…”

The Center for Food Safety has previously urged the FDA to reject such petitions.11 Clearly, genetically engineered foods are far from natural. It is the very epitome of unnatural.

GMA Sues Washington State for Right to Hide Corporate Funding!

But the GMA has more dirty tricks up its sleeve. On January 13, the Washington State Office of the Attorney General announced that the GMA has countersued the state, challenging its campaign finance laws.12 Essentially, the Association is suing for the right to hide corporate campaign funds—a move that threatens the transparency of the state’s elections on every issue! What’s more, the GMA has also filed a civil rights complaint against the Attorney General himself, claiming that he acted unconstitutionally when he enforced the state’s laws! According to the press release:

In its counterclaim and civil rights suit, the GMA claims the following are unconstitutional as they have been applied in this case:

  • Washington’s law requiring the GMA to file a political committee before collecting funds from its members for specific political activity in Washington;
  • Washington’s law requiring the GMA to disclose the organizations who contributed to its special political fund and how much they donated; and
  • Washington’s law requiring the GMA to secure $10 in donations from 10 separate registered Washington voters as part of its political committee before donating to another political committee”

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. This is bullying at its finest. The GMA wants to send a message to any individual who thinks he has the power to stand in its way, and to any state who tries to protect the rights of its people, that it’s going to cost you. Fortunately, Attorney General Ferguson is no wuss, boldly declaring:

“After breaking our state’s campaign finance disclosure laws, the GMA now seeks to have them declared unconstitutional. I look forward to defending transparency in Washington elections.”

A GMA document also lays out a clear-cut strategy for addressing any state that successfully implements a GMO labeling law, stating that, The first state to implement a GMO labeling law will be sued on the constitutional grounds seen in IDFA v. Amestoy.” Costly litigation is clearly part of the GMA’s overall master plan to protect industry profits in the face of growing consumer awareness about the many problems inherent with genetically engineered and grossly adulterated, processed foods….

GMA Litigation Conference

The GMA also holds an annual Litigation Conference,13 where its members are taught to push for more mandatory vaccines to circumvent lawsuits against tainted CAFO products, and how to squash consumer groups seeking to rid the industry of hazardous ingredients . Here are just a couple of the presentations scheduled for the 2014 event:

  • Preventing Foodborne Illness through Vaccinations. Vaccinations and inoculations can be an effective tool for preventing foodborne illness outbreaks, however employment and labor laws create a significant hurdle to this approach. For example, Hepatitis A is the cause of numerous outbreaks every year. A simple vaccination for food service employees would greatly reduce this risk, however current labor laws prevent employers from forcing the vaccination on employees. This session will explore this and other methods for preventing foodborne illness outbreaks, and how these approaches are impacted by employment and labor laws.
  • Trans Fats and Beyond: Anticipating the Next Generation of Industry Risks. The FDA’s recent decision regarding GRAS status for partially-hydrogenated oils (PHO) containing trans fats may be just the tip of the iceberg if consumer groups and plaintiff’s attorneys have their way.  This presentation will discuss the litigation and regulatory implications of FDA’s PHO decision, the increasing power and tactics of CSPI and other consumer groups, and the next generation of risks to face the food industry, such as the Pew Food Additives Project, challenges to GRAS self-affirmation, nanotechnology, pesticide residues, and involvement by state attorneys general in false labeling cases.

Junk Food Industry Has Had Full Control Over Federal Food Policy for More Than 60 Years

Pesticide producers and junk food manufacturers have been allowed to create terrifyingly ignorant policies for health, in exchange for a rather lucrative business model that benefits their own bottom lines.

The GMA has not only resorted to illegal means to further the agenda of its junk food-producing members—some 300 of them in all—the organization is also trying to muscle its way out of its legal conundrums by filing countersuits at the expense of state governments.

An article written in 1950, titled “The Battlefront for Better Nutrition,”14 clearly shows just how little has changed in the past 60 years, and how the junk food industry has had full control of our federal food policy this entire time. As you can see by the following excerpt, the corruption was already well-recognized 60 years ago, yet has been allowed to continue to flourish and grow with each passing year.

“… [T]here is a battle going on between those who are trying to promote better nutrition, and the food manufacturers who insist on making products ‘worse so that they can be sold for less,’ thereby eliminating the competition of more honest and self-respecting producers who would prefer to apply in business the Golden Rule…

These commercial interests have the United States Government on their side, ever since they ousted Dr. Harvey W. Wiley from his job as head of the Food & Drug Administration in 1912. The present head of the Food & Drug Division of Nutrition, Dr. Elmer M. Nelson in a special Constitutional Court in Washington… testified that: ‘It is wholly unscientific to state that a well fed body is more able to resist disease than a less well-fed body. My overall opinion is that there hasn’t been enough experimentation to prove dietary deficiencies make one more susceptible to disease.’ (Washington Post,October 26, 1949.)

This is nothing new for Dr. Nelson. Ten years ago he, with his group of experts, testified in a similar court, that neither degenerative disease, infectious disease, nor functional disease could result from any nutritional deficiency. For all these years, he has battled for the maker of devitalized foods, tried to stem the tide of public opinion against the use of white flour, refined sugar, pasteurized milk and imitation butter by vigorous prosecution of any maker of any dietary supplement designed to abate the consequences of using such devitalized food, basing his arguments on the thesis that there were no such things as deficiency diseases.

Truly, as Dr. Wiley sadly remarked in his book The History of a Crime Against the Pure Food Law (1930) the makers of unfit foods have taken possession of Food & Drug enforcement, and have reversed the effect of the law, protecting the criminals that adulterate foods, instead of protecting the public health.”

Take Control of Your Diet and Your Health

It’s time we started to make real change, and we need to take that upon ourselves first and foremost.

You don’t have to be a victim of corrupted food and health policy. Your diet is foundational for optimal health, and healthy eating is actually less complicated than most people think. Here’s a quick and dirty summary. For a comprehensive, step-by-step program, please see my free optimized nutrition plan. If you’re new to healthful living, these four basic steps alone can put you on the right path toward vastly improved health, regardless of how corrupted our government is:

  • Focus on raw, fresh foods, and avoid as many processed foods as possible (for those who still have trouble understanding what “processed food” is: if it comes in a can, bottle, or package, and has a list of ingredients, it’s processed)
  • Avoid foods that contain fructose (check the label for ingredients like corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup.) Not only is excessive fructose consumption responsible for obesity and chronic disease, most processed fructose is made from genetically engineered corn
  • Limit or eliminate grain carbohydrates, and replace them with healthful fats, such as avocados, butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, grass-fed meats and organic pastured eggs, coconuts and coconut oil, and raw nuts such as macadamia
  • Replace sodas and other sweetened beverages (whether diet or regular) with clean, pure water

Vote with Your Pocketbook, Every Day

The food companies on the left of this graphic spent tens of millions of dollars in the last two labeling campaigns—in California and Washington State—to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food. You can send a message right back to the GMA and its members who tried to deceive you by illegally hiding their campaign contributions by switching to the brands on the right; all of whom stood behind the I-522 Right to Know campaign. Voting with your pocketbook, at every meal, matters. It makes a huge difference.

I also encourage you to continue educating yourself about our agriculture and food policies, and to share what you’ve learned with family and friends.

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As Drought Continues, Farmers Fear Feds Could Seize Water

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – With no end in sight to California’s drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops.

The Fresno Bee says dropping reservoir levels across the state are leading to struggles over water set aside via the Central Valley Project, a federally-run network of reservoirs, pumping plants and canals.

That includes about 340,000 acre-feet of water stored at San Luis Reservoir.

As federal officials consider the lingering drought, they have declined to rule out the possibility of taking the carried-over water for other purposes outlined by the CVP.

Farmers and lawmakers of both parties are urging the Interior Department not to redirect the water.

The Bureau of Reclamation is set to announce its initial water allocations in late February.

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Our Daily Bread — Better Than Planned – January 28, 2014

Giving thanks always for all things. —Ephesians 5:20

Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned.

Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions. Rudeness. Laziness. Impatience. Incompetence.

What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has no purpose other than to discourage us, make life more difficult, and thwart our plans. However, inconvenience could be God’s way of protecting us from some unseen danger, or it could be an opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace and forgiveness. It might be the start of something even better than we had planned. Or it could be a test to see how we respond to adversity. Whatever it is, even though we may not know God’s reason, we can be assured of His motive—to make us more like Jesus and to further His kingdom on earth.

To say that God’s followers throughout history have been “inconvenienced” would be an understatement. But God had a purpose. Knowing this, we can thank Him, being confident that He is giving us an opportunity to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16,20). —Julie Ackerman Link

Lord, so often it’s the little things in life that get
to me, and there seem to be so many of them.
Whenever I’m tempted to lose my temper, blame
someone, or just give up, help me see You.

What happens to us is not nearly as important as what God does in us and through us.

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Dead Sea Life Covers 98% of Ocean Floor After Fukushima

Sea life in the Pacific Ocean is dying off at an alarming rate, and the peak of all this death and destruction coincides with a certain nuclear disaster that ironically occurred on the Pacific coast of Japan. Still, scientists analyzing what’s referred to as “sea snot” point their finger at global warming, refusing to even mention the radiation from Fukushima. Normally, this snot covers about 1% of the floor. Now, it seems to be covering about 98% of it.

According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, life at the sea floor 145 miles out from the California coast has been analyzed for a total of 24 years now. There, the researchers measure the amount of ‘sea snot’ on the ocean floor. Sea snot is the highly technical term they use to describe dead sea life including fish, plankton, feces, and other organic oceanic matter. As mentioned, this snot covers about 1% of the floor, but now it seems to be covering about 98% of it.

“In the 24 years of this study, the past two years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,” said marine biologist Christine Huffard, who works at the research station off of California. Multiple other stations throughout the Pacific have seen similarly alarming increases.

Throughout the study and the National Geographic coverage of it, climate change is blamed. Never mind the fact that the astronomical increase in sea snot occurred in conjunction with the Fukushima nuclear disaster—they don’t even bother to mention that.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred when an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the area on March 11, 2011. To this day, the amount of damage is unclear as the Japanese government along with TEPCO (the power company that owns the nuclear power plant) seem to be content to hide the truth.

Measurements taken in March 2012 show sea snot levels to be at about 1%. Just a few months later, they had grown to 98%.

After 24 years of measuring the dead sea life and recognizing that global warming is a slow-moving and ongoing effect, the scientists would have us believe the “explosion” of sea snot that occurred in just a few months’ time was a normal effect of climate change. Yeah, right.

The sheer fact that the effects of Fukushima were not even considered make the study and its findings all the more suspicious. One would think if climate change could dramatically change the volume of sea snot in a few short months, it would have had other similarly troubling effects on other aspects of the environment during the same period—effects we would notice. But it didn’t. Fukushima did.

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