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Spank a Vet with a warm fuzzy Attaboy

For those who think that the Peace people dishonor the veterans, think a bit on what the most prominent campaigns has to offer in the way of humiliation. One of the "new and improved" corporate motivational methods is called "peer recognition" because research showed that workers don't want to actually be, you know, adequately paid for our labor which enriches our bosses and impoverishes us. No, we want the empowerment of "recognition" for our good deeds. Say (and this happens far too often to be hypothetical) you have an innovation that saves your company many times your annual salary. What does the boss do to reward you?   First he patents your innovation and declares it corporate intellectual property, then gives you an award ceremony where he more or less pats your head and tells you "Attaboy!" which those English speakers who own dogs might recognize. There's even an award letter, usually hand-written by your supervisor, saying "Attaboy!" and sometimes a Warm Fuzzy, which is a recognition pin that looks kind of like a piece of pocket lint or a dust-bunny from under a desk. How special, right? Your peers get to recognize that your contribution made the boss wealthier and as a reward you get treated like a dog in front of God and everybody. In the Military, the ultimate enforcement arm of the Corporate Empire, you get something called a "medal" or a "service ribbon" and there's even a medal for not getting arrested for a year. Seriously. This type of manipulative behavior is as old as the idea of organized military. A pay and benefits raise would be a lot more meaningful than a piece of brass or maybe silver with a recycling value of maybe a buck. But gosh darn it, that would be Too Expensive. So the Corporates, the sole beneficiaries of Military Action, get to go even further with the "Thank A Vet" campaign, they get their publicly subsidized (corporate welfare) non-employees to do a really dangerous job, people who are being robbed of THEIR essential rights and freedoms in the name of making Americans (or at least their corporate owners) Free (to take all the resources of the subjugated nations and kill anybody who resists) tend to fight back. Throw airplanes at "our" buildings and such. Add in that the equipment the military uses, at great public expense and huge private profits to the Corporates, is usually dangerous in itself. Take Depleted Uranium, (please) which makes a steel shell more massive in less space. Those of you who understand ballistics would appreciate that and those who don't, study it. It's simple Newtonian physics. With a titanium tip and an explosive charge it can go through any armor. "Terror" groups who are targeted by, say, American or British tanks realize this and if they can obtain an intact round (one that didn't get smashed or exploded) will re-load it and send it back. The uranium, the heaviest naturally occurring element, has value especially in small pieces to be

Recent rally against Monsanto and a little not-so-very-recent

At a recent rally in Downtown Colorado Springs... Mark made some good points about Monsanto. Here's some more. You remember, as do I, how exactly Monsanto got busted back in the late 70s with the Paraquat Pot? Paraquat is one of their signature lines of "weed" killers, herbicides, such as Agent Orange and Roundup. The company li(n)e is and was that there was no evidence that soldiers exposed directly to Agent Orange had (significantly) higher incidence of cancer than soldiers not exposed to it. Denial because they were being sued. Well, other herbicides they make, RoundUp and Paraquat, contain the same type of chemical, not the active ingredient, but a side-product of the chemical reactions to manufacture the "goodies". A class of chemicals called Dioxins. Their harmful nature ranges from damn that's freakin' scary to OhMyGod we've kicked open the doors of Hell and those are esoteric chemical-talk terms. If you don't recognise them then you're not a chemist. At the high end of the spectrum is where the product was burned. As in, soldiers usually on punishment detail raking up the dead plants and burning them. Monsanto didn't out themselves, nor did the Army. The DEA did instead, by publishing a warning that they had been spraying Paraquat JUST LIKE AGENT ORANGE and J.L.A.O, if you inhaled the burning product it could cause you to die and cited an Army Agent Orange study. The one the Army and Monsanto and Dow and Dupont were denying ever existed. So, the Army stopped using Agent Orange. Big deal, they still use the other chemicals that have that same nasty little add-on, the part they can't get rid of without destroying the goodies, the Dioxins. Now how much would you pay? Monsanto and the U.S. (taxpayers) government paid a settlement in 1983 that equalled about a weeks worth of hospitalization for each veteran who was diagnosed before then. NONE for anybody diagnosed afterward and certainly none for the South VietNamese, Filipino, Thai or other allies who were also sprayed with the shit. They sprayed it around U.S. bases so the native vegetation wouldn't be so overgrown that people could walk right up to the fence. They Still Do. Then there's the Monsanto and Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds connection, tobacco bred to be resistant to A.O. or more specifically, RoundUp. Yep, there was a video article on the NOVA television program in 1990 describing Genetically Modified Organisms and of course, Monsanto was the star of the show. One of their projects was with Big Tobacco growing successively more resistant plants. See, with the herbicides, they only work when the plant is above ground, sprouted. After the cash crop, in this case tobacco, WHICH IS TYPICALLY USED BY LIGHTING IT ON FIRE and inhaling the toxic smoke, has sprouted, no more Agent Ora RoundUp. So they have to kill the weeds before the cash crop sprouts. Doesn't, however, kill the seeds of the weeds like the farmer needs. But at the end of the show, there were tobacco plants being sprayed

Autism and Mercury

So they "laid that myth to rest", right? Actually, no. The entire focus of Autism in re Toxic Metals got sidetracked onto vaccines with a mercury preservative. Which, some pointed out, CONTAINED FAR LESS MERCURY THAN THE AMOUNT PRESENTLY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES and that has to be emphasized because the ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES somehow dropped out of the equation. Chemical industry, M.I. C., anybody? Like mercury released into the environment from metals refining, or perhaps from the manufacture AND USE of ammunition? Like the mercury fulminate, which is a water-soluble mercury compound, nitrated mercury, explosive, used as a detonator/primer compound. When it burns, combusts explosively, does exactly what the product is designed to do, it kills one way quickly. Tosses a somewhat more massive chunk of metal in the general direction of a "target". Meaning, in the case of Wars and Police actions, the primary intent of firearms, A Human Being Whose Life Is Considered To Be Worth Less Than The Life Of The Person Shooting At Him/Her. When it burns that way, the mercury fulminate isn't destroyed, it's vaporized. If you took a two pound brick, broke it, smashed it, turned it into two pounds of dust, it's still two pounds of the original components of the brick. It didn't go away. If you dissolve it in water, not as completely as mercury fulminate does, it's now polluting a larger mass of water and people, other animals and plants can now ingest it. So, is the prevalence of documented Autism cases around military installations ONLY a result of more accurate reporting, more accurate testing available to Military Dependents? It WAS described that way about the Vaccines connection. It minimizes the high probability of modern firearms, concentrated in Military Bases, firing ranges etc. being a cause. Just like the "higher reporting and diagnosis level" was put forth about military dependents and the use of Vaccines. Also in ammunition are other metals, copper and lead being significant. Would YOU willingly drink water with copper sulfate dissolved into it? Seriously, would you? Before you answer consider this information about the use of Copper Sulfate in pesticides. Military bases use shitloads of Pesticides. "Shitload" is an esoteric eco-science term which, if you don't recognize its validity you're probably not an eco-scientist. Military bases kill native vegetation, insects, mammals, birds... yeah, birds. Birds cause extreme damage to military aircraft and also are the hosts for lice and fleas which are in turn the hosts for some really deadly diseases like Leishmaniasis Donovani, caused by a flagellate paramecium that's freaking huge by germ standards, a half-micron long. So they poison the whole place. That's what Agent Orange is, a weed-killer. The part of Agent Orange that causes human deaths due to absolute devastation of the endocrine system, isn't even the active ingredient, it's a dioxin, a chemical that is produced along with the active ingredient but which they can't remove from the finished product without destroying the finished product. Can't do that, now can we? Human lives are cheaper and worth less

Contaminants in the runoff water

Seems they predate the Homeless Camping debate by at least a decade. One of the problems that was present when the City and County of Pueblo sued Colorado Springs for fouling their water, e-coli. Seems Colorado Springs and Springs Utilities reached a plea-bargain mitigating the judgment against the Springs by making necessary repairs to the sewage system. This includes that bad ol' StormWater that the right wingsters keep whining about. The wastewater treatment facilities were overwhelmed on several levels, not the least of which were the BlowHard Extremists like Douglas Bruce not wanting to pay their bills. Have their cake, eat it too, and then have somebody else pay for the cake. The sewer system including the Storm Drains, which funnel water off the streets, which in turn are coated with an oily residue from the exhaust fumes. More cars, more pavement, more pollution and all of it running into a sewage treatment system last upgraded in the early 1960s. 50 years ago. More streets, more infrastructure added on, and each year the cost of the labor and the materials needed to build and maintain that infrastructure increasing, yet Doug Bruce and his dumbass Zombie Followers insist on only paying the bills in 1972 dollars. And screaming that increasing the fees necessary to maintain that infrastructure and build new infrastructure to accommodate those victims of the Real Estate Scam of "Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water" moving to town and making the water somewhat less pure. Lethally less pure. Some of the impurities in Fountain Creek before the confluence with Monument Creek keep the smelly algae that makes Monument stink so bad from growing. Also any other algae, insect larvae, and amphibian newts, efts and tadpoles. N-Nitrosodimethylamine, likely sources:Industry, cosmetics, toiletry products, cleansers; by-product of natural chemical reactions. That's the one Springs Utilities admits is beyond EPA and drinking water safety bounds. Chemicals they say are in "safe amounts" Barium, Bromodichloromethane Chlorodibromomethane Chloroform Fluoride Hexachlorocyclopentadiene Nitrates Radium, Combined 226 228 Sodium, Turbidity (muddiness) Uranium Chlorine Maloacetic Acids Trihalomethanes Coliform (bacteria) E-Coli (the coliform bacteria they're blaming on the Homeless People, before that it was the pigeons in Manitou Springs) Copper Lead A lot of the "possible sources of contamination" listed are Erosion of native deposits. Erosion hastened by destroying topsoil, uprooting native plants, GRADING FOR ROADS, COMMERCIAL AND HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, MINING, QUARRYING, DRILLING, TIMBER CLEARING, OFF-ROAD "RECREATIONAL" VEHICLE USE For instance, there's at least one defunct copper mine just outside Manitou Springs city limits that drains directly into Fountain Creek. When you pull ONE metal out of the earth, it's not in pure form, ever, is it, O Right Wing Mining Geniuses Who Think I Can't Possibly Know Anything? Nay verily. It is NOT pure and some of those impurities are other metals. Toxic metals like Uranium, White Arsenic, Sodium in many forms including Sodium Cyanide, Mercury, Lead, Copper, ooops that's one they INTENDED to pull out oopsie my bad. Petrochemicals, mountaintop removal for extracting ANY mineral including coal releases chemicals into the waters that have recently been shown to cause a hormonal mutation in small-mouth bass where the male fish develop with

An anti-recruitment message especially for military families…

Because whenever the subject of recruitment comes up around certain members of my own family, many of whom were active duty military, the mantra of "But the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines support the troops' FAMILIES." So, quiz time... Every base has a Base Veterinarian and one of the divisions of that office is Exterminator. You know that the exterminators will inspect your homes for roaches, mice, rats, correct? And will from time to time make a special announcement about having your housing unit ready for the Bug Spray Squad. How many times do they tell you when they're going to spray defoliants? That's Weed Killers. Roundup is a lower strength of what they usually spray, but the Monsanto Corporation sells the Pentagon some heavy duty versions of that, up to and STILL INCLUDING Agent Orange. Because every base is a "secured area" and there's a lot of cleared ground, and the housing and other buildings arranged in rows and squares... did you notice? No tree lines, no areas of tall brush... part of it is to prevent fire, the other half to enable fire, do you know the meaning of that? By the way, any question answered with any version of "I don't know" is a Red Flag. How much did the Military tell you or your spouse about that? How often do they put out poison for the birds on the flight line? How often do they warn you about "sick" birds? How do they word those warnings? How do they warn you about your pets, to look for certain symptoms? Do they teach your kids to not pick up sick or dead birds or other animals? Do they routinely screen you, and your kids, for a genetic disorder called "Fragile X"? Or ANY of a short list of genetic tags that would demonstrate exposures to radiation or toxins? Do they tell you, educate you AND your families, especially your kids... about a class of chemicals called Dioxins? They DO poison the birds, rodents, skunks, coyotes, feral cats, foxes, etc. If they don't tell you when, Red Flag. If they NEVER told you, RED FLAGS!!! The Fragile X chromosome damage causes a wide variety of disorders especially in children, Pervasive Development Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asbergers, other neuro-motor disorders... The weed killers ALL have a chemical in them, one or more dioxins. These aren't the active ingredients, they're a residual from the manufacture of the active ingredients, but they can't take them out without destroying the "good" chemicals. The active ingredients themselves, supposedly harmless to animals including humans, act on the leaves and any other green surfaces of the plants. The cells that transfer water, carbon dioxide (what the plants breathe in) and oxygen (what they exhale and we inhale) basically giving them the vegetable equivalent of emphysema. They can't breathe and they die. The dioxins can enter the human and other animals' bodies through the water, mostly, eating contaminated food, or breathing the smoke from when the chemicals are burned. The Army and Air Force "buried" the investigation of their use of Agent Orange along

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Statistical Manipulation

This has a two part trigger, for me, I saw a bus stop sign saying that 1 in 5 returning soldiers have TBI and a BBC headline about "stocks fall on manufacturing data", the last being a poorly constructed sentence that can be read two ways, manufacturing as a noun or as a verb transformed to adjective. Either way it would be accurate, recent events on Wall Street show they've been manufacturing the data for a long long time. But with the TBI example, we get some really complex thought-lines from the one sentence. Is that perhaps 20% of ALL returning military personnel? Even with that 20% being limited to Combat Infantry personnel that would be a shocker. And you KNOW the Army would make it minimal. They've been treating (and getting busted doing it) TBI as "underlying personality disorders with onset prior to service" which means the Pentagoons are Covering Their Collective Poopy Butt. That gives them the opportunity to give the soldiers thus affected anywhere from an "Unfit for Service - Psychiatric" Honorable Discharge BUT, since it's not officially service connected, they don't have to pay a dime to the broken soldiers. Just throw them away and holler "NEXT!"... To Bad Conduct or Dishonorable discharges complete with Prison Time if their injuries, or battlefield-induced psychoses caused by an overdose of combined Conscience and Unconscionable Deeds they're ordered to commit, cause them to commit "crimes" like telling their Commanding Officer to fuck himself and go kill the "enemy" civilians himself if he wants them dead so damn bad. That's called "mutiny" and punishable by death at the highest level or "insubordination" and punishable as a Federal felony at the lowest. By denying TBI and PTSD claims the Pentagoons can handle a lot of the symptoms of both as crimes, to be punished, rather than as symptoms of damages caused by the Pentagon Mission. They can also punish the soldiers for "malingering" - faking illness to get out of performance of their duties... if they report the symptoms to Medical Personnel and Medical, who are under orders from their "superiors" (which would make themselves "inferiors", something the military discourages you mentioning) and if those orders pointedly Exclude diagnosing PTSD or TBI, that means the Medical Personnel themselves would be required to report the soldier for "malingering". They did that crap with Agent Orange victims too, and still do. File an A.O. claim and they'll investigate YOU as a criminal rather than Monsanto, Dow and Union Carbide... That leads to the Other Interpretation of the statistic. If "Soldiers" is limited to the Army, possibly the Marines, that's still the largest chunk of Military personnel and would mean possibly 37% of returning Army and Marine Corps being affected. That's one in three instead of one in five. Be All That You Can Be, as the lying ass recruiter slogan used to say.