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Adieu, Grenouilles, Adieu – The Great Buzz-Kill

Following the bees in a steep nose dive to oblivion, frogs and other amphibians. This one appears to be death by fungus, much like our own beloved “athletes’ foot”. Except amphibians have yet another use for their skin. They have both gills and lungs, but neither suffice for breathing. A toad stores water, a frog cannot. A chemical called bufotenin highly prized by connoisseurs of quality recreational psycho-pharmaceuticals (Toke a toad, go to Jail) is the chemical part of a toad which makes that possible. Toads can survive dry conditions, but a dry frog is, to use and esoteric medical term, dead. Enter The Fungus. (They breathe through their skins)

Irish “lumper” potatoes and European grapevines suffered a similar plague, the lumper fed an entire nation, until suddenly it didn’t, (The bees come into play shortly, have patience, gentle reader) and the Franco-Italian wine industry was saved, according to The Only Approved Texas History Curriculum, by Texas “Mustang” grapes, the roots of which are resistant to the Fungal Plague. Grapevines are very easy to graft, you can get several varieties growing on one root. This technique is mentioned in The Bible at least once as a metaphor for Gentiles becoming Christian and, by extension Jewish. More on that soon.

So what unleashes, historically, such plagues? Lack of fallow, which is wild lands, separating one field from the other. The Bible, which many Christians consult when they want an excuse to Kill other Children of the Living God. (“God Hates Fags”, etc…) calls for “Crop Rotation”, plant X number of fields with a different crop, never the same crop 2 years in a row, each field to “have its Sabbath” and lie fallow every seventh year. The books of Kings and Chronicles, 1st and 2nd of each (in Christian Bibles, the Jewish scriptures keep them on meghillahs or scrolls) and the Prophets will say one or more Kings “did evil before the LORD, and did not give the land her Sabbaths”, usually just before a plague, drought or famine.

THE BEES

Weeds, or “fallow” have been described as “the flowers God plants in His won Garden”, and while you don’t want them growing in your spinach, wheat, grazing land, etc…, feed the butterflies, bees, other insects, birds, bats, frogs… but don’t feed way too many of any single life form. Some anthrax keeps the fields fertile, overgrazing puts the anthrax at a level where large mammals like sheep, goats, cattle, humans… get it in their bodies.

Milkweed, poisonous to just about everything else, feeds the larvae of the Monarch butterfly, but not grasshoppers. Mosquitoes feed the birds, bats and frogs which also feed on flies, grasshoppers, (locusts) and other insects which become dangerous when they are the dominant life form. Shoot off all the Bison, plow up the prairie “weeds” and plant eleventy-eight bazillian acres of corn or wheat and you get The Dust Bowl.

DDT “only kills insects”? WRONG ANSWER, COWBOY!!

Bees, in their wild state, eat many kinds of nectar (not pollen) and by getting pollen on their bodies which then gets transferred to the female flowers which promotes genetic diversity. And gives Bees a diverse diet, unlike the artificially contrived one the get for weeks on end fertilizing the Megacrops.

The “Mega-Crop-oration” which makes Roundup and its Ugly Stepsisters paraquat and Agent Orange, Monsanto, makes a synthetic version of the plants which feed the earth including the one truly parasitic species. Corn, for instance, the McDonald’s Potato, soybeans, tobacco that is resistant to “weed” killers like Paraquat, (extremely toxic to humans when burned and the fumes inhaled), genetically modified at the cost of Billions of dollars per species, and Bio-diversity? The Squid-corn hybrid, each plant is closer, genetically, than human siblings. Either develop each crop anew or have inbreeding worse than brother-sister incest.

Something the Bee and the complex ecosystem supporting her do for free.

Roundup “only” kills Weeds? WRONG

Somewhere in the former-rainforest-now-beef-pasture-and-GM-Soy-Megacrop WAS a bacteria or insect or combined web of many species which contained and confined the fungus which is now driving frogs to extinction. Some “weed” that ConAgra (Monsanto accomplice) deemed “expendable”.

A Work (Bee) man is Worth of Her Hire.

So, the Bee, which does so much of the work of Agriculture, has been vastly underpaid the past two centuries, forced to eat the nectars of a diminishing number of more and more inbred plants, and then only one species at a time. Now, it gets sicker.

You know High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which ConArga, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and the other MeCorporations have been pushing as REAL FOOD.

“Your body can’t tell the difference” (lies that advertisers tell you) but your pancreas tries anyway, creating the insulin and other endocrines designed to process NORMAL levels of proteins, fats and carbs but keyed to a not-really ancient-by-evolution-standards diet that got more protein from insects then “red meat” and got sugars in lower concentrations, far less sucrose, glucose, lactose and fructose, AND the amino acids an other chemicals needed to digest them. The recent ancestors of the Modern “food”” industry pushed “meat at every Meal” and cane sugar and sodium until the “consumers” (who are treated every bit as much a “resource” as the other crops, herds, timber and minerals) accepted them as a “normal diet”.

The natural sweetener, for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years of years, Honey… you know, the stuff made by a few species of insects? Already corrupted and weakened by the restricted Bee-diet of a very tiny-not even on percent-micro-or nano or pico-fraction of the total plant species they’re used to eating… Are now being fed HFCS to force them to produce more Honey.

So the Bees are disappearing. OOPS!!!! There aren’t enough human workers available to do the work. “Never fear”, sayeth the McCorporate Empire, “we’ll feed you a diet every bit as adequate as we’ve given the Bees!! And Bio-engineer you to the point you’ll still be as productive a workforce/consumer-base as we need you to be!”

Meanwhile they’ll Archive as many of the species of frogs, toads and newts as they can identify ahead of the Amphibian Apocalypse, and create a new ecology from the remnants of the Old, without all those silly restrictions God placed on us, like smaller herds, crop rotations, don’t poison you neighbor’s well…

SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE

and don’t forget to vote for the Corporate State.
because We Know What’s Good for YOU.

Frogs Breathe Through Their Skins
Leviticus only applies when The Leaders say so.

Border wars of the drug cartels, ours

So, on Telemundo the “Border War” rhetoric took some serious hits which I cheerlessly predict the Minutemen, Tea Party and other klan groups are going to spend a lot of time, corporate money and hot air trying to patch.

La Migra admitted that they are losing the border, contrary to what the Republican puppet Partido Accion Nacional predicted when they  sold the Socialist economy of Mexico, and the future of the people to Anglo-American Cartels.  Two decades of capitalist “reform” have left the land and water poisoned, a lab-created mutant corn displacing the native strains which have existed thousands of years before the English existed as an organized society, the price of food, fuel, medical care have skyrocketed….

They WERE subsidized by the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) national oil company.  “Oh NO!!” scream the “Free” marketeers… “Socialism must fail, partly because we spent so much other People’s Money and Military Power (composed of Other People’s Sons) pressuring it to fail!!

So now, those fleeing the newly created Capitalist Wasteland to feed their families are forced into a system of Immigration Control led and mandated by Racist hate groups.  Who also happen to be funded by the same foaming at the mouth capitalists who ruined their homeland.  And who feed their hate filled minions on the rage of people whose lives Here were torn down by the “Capital Cartel,” who sell the most dangerous and lethal drugs know to man, and the worst of the all is Greed.

The delusion that through faithful, arduous and low-wage servitude to the Cartel, and investing those wages back, they, too, might aspire to wealth.

They sold the same line of shit to the Mexicans.  In the two decades of NAFTA privatization, Poverty has grown, hugely, in both the U.S. and Mexico.  So has “illegal” immigration, and the poisonous hatred of murderous Terrorist groups like the Minutemen.

Thus to the next area of the web of Right-Wingnut Lies.

Drug Cartels.  Here we have a people whose subsistence Crops, corn for instance, have been displaced by plantations owned by the corporate partners Accomplices of British Petroleum, Exxon-Mobile, Monsanto…  Mutant corn with genetic material from squid spliced in, to feed the chemically altered cattle, hogs and chickens, which make up the unhealthy American McDiet.

To make “High Fructose Corn Syrup” which doesn’t chemically match the equally lethal processed cane sugar, but Provides the human body the signal to store calories as fat.  And the signals to make more insulin, which is chemically geared through the two million years of normal diet to carbohydrates such as in honey.

The people of Mexico eat corn.  No, no, I mean they EAT corn.  And all the indigenous peoples from Canada to Tierra del Fuego having their dietary staples being displaced by the U.S. led McFake-food corporate McDiet.  Poisoning other nations to enable poisoning us.  John the Baptist’s diet of locust and honey was much healthier than ours.

So they run to other crops, local favorites like hemp and coca, introduced crops like opium.  What they can grow in the land not deemed suitable for the Corporate Plantation.

Incidental note: More opium and coca is produced LEGALLY for Big Pharma, Codeine (Vicodin is the most prescribed drug in America), Morphine, Dermerol, Methadone, Lidocaine, Novocain… Lidocaine is in toothache remedies (we start “coking up” when we’re infants), skin creams, sunburn lotions…

One word for Hemp is “weed” and is very apt.

Unregulated dope would put legalized dope dealers out of business, must protect capitalism at all costs.

Bring that back down, remember Monsanto and the Mutant plants?  They have the patent on the McPotato, developed for the McFat food corporations French fries.  THE most common potato in the U.S. market.  It gets weird from there.

They teamed up with R.J Reynolds and Liggett-Morris, the freakin’ biggest drug dealers in the WORLD, mon…  Sellers of the single deadliest product, very addictive and even Kills people who don’t voluntarily “partake” (like unborn children).  Add in their top shareholders own gun companies, Alcohol brewers and distillers, oil companies, Mc”Food”, the Republiklan and Tea Parties, Auto makers, mortgage bankers and other death-dealing organizations…

…and the “Right to Life” organization.

Quite the murderous lot o’ sodding gits, they are.

Monsanto was developing tobacco which would be resistant to some of their other products…  Round-up, Paraquat and Agent Orange.  Chemically they’re closer than beer is to brandy.

And they kill every plant already sprouted.

The resistant mutant could be planted and the “farmer” could still spray for weed control.

Now how much would you pay?  But wait, THERE’S MORE!!

This “Team Effort” to make cigarettes MORE deadly came less than a decade after Monsanto “settled” a lawsuit in a Reagan appointed court for less than a tenth of the med expenses of Vietnam vets who were sickened, even killed, by Agent Orange, and all who hadn’t been diagnosed yet cut completely off.  Monsanto had insisted A.O. was harmless, until the DEA ratted them out.  They were using the chemical twin, Paraquat to spray hemp crops and warned U.S. smokers that Army documents had shown that inhaling the smoke of burning A.O causes cancer of the lungs, kidneys, and liver.

So, how’s that cool, refreshing full-flavor ciggie taste right now?

Yet, their political Shock Troops in the Tea Party condemn the violence of what is really a revolution, in Mexico, especially, against their Corporate Whore-Lords.  While promoting a similar “Revolution” here in favor of maintaining the power of their Racist establishment.  

And selling the Guns to both sides.

Organic corn soon unavailable to you

organic-corn-flakesI was shopping the other day for organic corn flakes, thinking that of all the cereals, Dr. Kellogg’s first processed food breakfast would similarly be predominant among the organic breakfast cereal offerings. I found exactly none; neither at the supermarket, nor the health food store. I found plenty of organic bran, wheat, oat and Kashi –whatever that is, but nothing made of corn. Would you say that’s something to find curious, or alarming?

I became acutely reminded of a detail from a documentary I’d just seen, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. There’s a fleeting scene where farmer John Peterson is telling his Angelic Organics CSA customers (Community Supported Agriculture) about that year’s successful crop of corn. He’s enthusiastic, he explains, because a harvest of organic corn has become a very difficult accomplishment.

Does that give you pause, when you consider the prevalence of corn in the American diet? Before genetically modified corn, before High Fructose Corn, before Yellow Dent No. 2 which is so inedible it can be stored in piles outside (farmers used to build silos to store corn), and before corn became ethonol, corn was sweetcorn was corn.

From King Corn viewers learned about Monsanto and Cargill’s present stranglehold on the corn seed market, all of it GMO. And sporadically American farmers make the news for discovering that a neighbor’s GMO crops have overtaken theirs.

cornfield cargill nebraskaI had occasion this summer to drive through several corn-producing states. On the side of so many fields were logos designating which commercial seeds had been used. I scarcely remember a single field that did not have a sign. Some bore lot numbers, representing test samples.

Is it possible that organic corn production has begun coming up short?

Have organic corn crops become too expensive to supply the breakfast cereal makers? Organic corn flakes are still available online, manufactured by Barbara’s or Nature’s Path, but they are priced far above the average box of breakfast cereal.

Eventually all cream rises to the top. The best Bordeaux are only accessible to the super-rich, not simply because of price, but because the upscale marketers corner the supply. The same can be said of many food delicacies and nature products. Some woods for example, available for centuries to ordinary luthiers, have been purchased lock, stock and by the full forest growth, monopolized to supply only specialists. What we think of as ordinary corn may soon be available only to the affluent customer, who wouldn’t be caught dead feeding their children genetically modified foods.

Coming at this development from a completely diametric angle, Kellogg’s has decided it needs to protect its brand of conventional genetically modified corn flakes by laser-etching their logo across each one. Instead of suffering the stigma of accusations that its corn product is tainted, Kellogg’s wants its dupes to feel they’re getting value added with their balanced breakfast.

In fact, the laser process will toast the already toasted product just a little bit more, robbing it of further nutrition and resistance to carcinogens.

But the patented technology could be a welcome development. When FDA regulators decide to advocate for consumer health, as perhaps a universal health care system might mandate it, if the national diabetes or allergy epidemics don’t force the issue, the FDA can decide to make the food giants mark all their GMO products with a laser brand. Wouldn’t that restore the original meaning to the concept we know as “branding?”

UPDATE:
I had the usual Organic Corn Chips on my shopping list, but that product is gone too, both white and yellow corn varieties.