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Mainstream Media Missed The Mark, or give me another helping of Monsanto GMO potatoes and corn and pass me the latest comic book

March against Monsanto, Denver, May 23, 2015:
Once again the main stream media failed to show up when one of their corporate paymasters tells them to go sit in the corner and be quiet. All mainstream media were noticeably absent. However they could be found at the Colorado Convention Center where the fourth annual COMIC CON event was held. The message we can all take away from this; when it comes to the health of human beings, watching your local news or reading the Denver Post is akin to reading the funny papers or watching cartoons.
 
KGNU sent the only newsperson to the Monsanto Protest

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.

What percentage of a partially eaten donut would YOU bet…

That the chemical spill which has currently gotten Monument evacuated… is going to be neatly and safely taken care of and that you’re not going to be in any danger from it?
Because the Chemical Industry, especially those divisions most closely tied to the Military, are betting a hundred percent of Your Ass that if they have a Chernobyl or Fukushima or Bhopal or Texas City happen say, in Downtown Colorado Springs, they’ll be able to cover it up as neatly as they have their other little boo-boos.
What’s that? Texas City? Oh, yeah. Not only were they experiencing a chemical spill, and arresting people for taking pictures, draining the equivalent of the weeks worth of water used in Texas City, Galveston Co Texas in sheer liquid volume of volatile petrochemicals. Volatile means they react with other chemicals very quickly, sometimes explosively. The volatility of some, like Raid and Black Flag insectides, is such that they even kill (most of) the roaches in any given area. Oh, that volatile. This was done by BP at the same time their little boo-boo Earth Day present from last year was going full blast. Still is, but reporting on the damage is being covered up like cat droppings in the litter box. On the scene police brutality to keep nosy citizens from seeing first hand what’s killing them, to a neat little YouTube channel where soothing music and deep mellow voices assure us that all is well, no need to worry, the Smart People are working on it, nothing to see here, citizen, all is Hell…

But that’s not the boo-boo I’m talking about. Some people still think about that and are still trying to get answers and get those answers to US.

No, children, The Boo-Boo in question was a long time ago. End of World War 2 long time.
A cargo ship being loaded at Texas City (Oh, did I mention also that that volatile chemical leak went directly to the Gulf too? No? Bad Me, very Naughty)
But there was a huge stack of fertilizer on the pier. The fertilizer is Ammonia Nitrate.
One of the most nitrogen rich naturally occuring chemicals. Nitrogen increases volatility as well. Plants need nitrogen in the soil to metabolize other chemicals like Oxygen, Water, carbon dioxide, sugars, starches, fiber and proteins. One way to increase nitrogen is to use legume crops on a rotation basis, beans, peas, peanuts, clover…
Another is to add Anhydrous Ammonia. Much like Ammonia Nitrate it has a higher percentage of its mass in Nitrogen. Difference being Ammonia Nitrate has one extra nitrogen atom in the molecule and Anhydrous has one less hydrogen atom than the ammonia you’re accustomed to using to clean your glass.
And then there’s Nitric Acid. Used in, among other things, production of fertilizer, refining metals, making Explosives ooooo…

Bet some of the smarter readers were wondering when I was going to bring it back to all that Ammonia Nitrate, just a’ sittin’ on the dock of the bay, in the very Hot Texas Sunshine, high explosive Ammonia Nitrate, just heating up…

Now, children, what do YOU think happened on that fateful day?

From Wikipedia:

The Texas City Disaster is the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. The incident took place on April 16, 1947, and began with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp which was docked in the Port of Texas City. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate[1] and the resulting chain reaction of fires and explosions killed at least 581 people.[2] These events also triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims

Oh NO! Not the Class Action Lawsuit! OMG that paved the way for all those Indian peasants who were the survivors of the Bhopal chemical leak from a Union Carbide plant to Oppress the Poor, poor victimized by a lawsuit (where they had to pay an outrageous sum of less than three hundred dollars apiece for Dead Children) Corporate Sucks! Wicked, Bad, Naughty Tort Laws, assuming that People had the same right to petition the government for redress of grievances as the Corporation does!
And, to further PISS OFF the Tort Reform faction of the Tea Party, it was at a time when safety regulations were blatantly ignored.

Note the date, (of the Texas City disasters, both of them) April 16th. Let’s go to the Terrorist Wing of the TeaParty/Millitia/Minutemen Republicans. On April 19th 1995 Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and an unidentified Third Murderer detonated a truck full of Ammonia Nitrate mixed with diesel fuel in front of a federal building in Oklahoma City, aiming for the IRS and BATF offices. Which were virtually untouched.
What WAS “touched” were the buildings across the street, and the offices facing the explosion on either side. One of which was a Day Care Center.

WHY do Right Wing Terrorist Freaks hate American Children?

But they were loading the ship, not unloading. The Ammonia Nitrate had come down from Nebraska on a rail line very similar to the one that passes through both Downtown and Monument. Like the one where a chemical train made a boo-boo today in Monument and could just as easily have been Denver, or Pueblo, or El Paso Texas.
Accidents happen, sure. And the more you push your luck, the more times the accidents happen.
This one just happened to happen, at at time when Republican TeaBag Fanatics are screaming that they should be allowed to slash safety and environmental regulations even further, that they have a God-Given RIGHT to poison our water land and air, a RIGHT to risk and sometimes accomplish Killing us and our children, and that we, in contrast, have a Right To Shut the Hell Up About It. And we’d better not dare file a claim for compensation when they do it to us and our kids either. They are the Royal Corporations, Bow Before Them, O Ye Peasants!

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 directly with RoundUp and living.
Tobacco is stupidly poisonous just by itself. What Monsanto isn’t telling anybody, you won’t see it in that warning label the Big Corporations like to whine and snivel about when they say how badly picked upon they are at the hands of liberal judges and juries waa waaa tort reform waa waa waaa had to pay a couple hundred bucks for every dead person in Bhopal waaa waaa waaa..

You won’t see that warning label saying “Warning: this product probably contains Dioxins from herbicide spraying”.
Monsanto was also doing something with Genetically Modified Organism potatoes. Who’s the biggest single market for potatoes? McDonalds. Think about that the next time you’re chewing those fries.
Go ahead and smoke you a ciggie afterwards, it’ll help you to not think about it.

the food revolution starts here. only the healthy will survive.

food incThere is a spate of recent films spilling the beans about the corporate takeover of the global food economy. Many are available online or through Amazon and Netflix.
 
Please watch some of these. Show your kids. Host a screening in your community. Donate a copy or two to the local library or public school system. Encourage teachers to show the films. Spread the word! Subvert the dominant food paradigm! Refuse to play along anymore!

Food, Inc., the first enviro-food movie to be screened in major theaters across the country, has brought food consciousness in the United States to a new level.

Fresh: The Movie is the perfect follow-up screening to Food, Inc. because it shows the flip side—positive change being created by farmers, students, thinkers, and business people in the U.S. today.

French Fries to Go documents Telluride, Colorado’s quest to run city buses on recycled fryer oil.

Garden Cycles: Faces From the New Farm is the story of three women on a three-month bicycle-powered tour of urban gardens throughout the Northeast.

Polycultures: Food Where We Live looks at communities in Northeast Ohio that are coming together to grow a more sustainable, just, and local food system.

The Greening of Southie is about Boston’s first LEED-certified residential green building and the way it affected a community.

Eating Alaska is a documentary by a vegetarian filmmaker who moves to Alaska and marries a hunter. The film looks at the ethics behind food choices and how politics, society, religion, and taste all play a role.

Sustainable Table: What’s on Your Plate? traces West Coast food production from field to table.

To Market to Market to Buy a Fat Pig tours outstanding farmers’ markets from Baltimore to Hawaii.

The Real Dirt of Farmer John looks at one man and his family farm. Farmer John and his story will have you reconsidering stereotypes about farmers.

The Garden examines the largest community garden in the U.S., 14 acres of green in South Central Los Angeles, and the fight to keep it there.

The World According to Monsanto looks at this behemoth of a multinational agricultural biotech corporation and their dominance of patents on genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.

Seeds of Deception focuses on how genetically engineered food is making its way into our daily diets.

Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food looks at who is controlling the world’s food supply and the consequences of genetically modified food on health.

The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that affect what we eat and what we will eat in the future.

Food Matters takes a look at the often overlooked connection between food and our nation’s current state of health. With the health-care debate raging, watching this film feels extra-timely and important.

King Corn investigates the staggering scale of the corn related food economy in the U.S. in an entertaining way. While you’re at it check out Carey’s two part quest to go corn free.

Two Angry Moms shows two angry (and awesome) moms striving to improve school lunch with simple changes, like having fresh fruits and vegetables included on cafeteria trays.

Our Daily Bread is shot like a high end art-house film sand hows minute after minute of shocking footage of industrial food production and high-tech farming.

Super Size Me now feels like a classic among all these newer films. Watch as Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonald’s while investigating the companies’ extremely long reach into school cafeterias and countries around the world.

Media That Matters: Good Food is a collection of 16 short films on food and sustainability.

The Greenhorns is an upcoming film on enterprising, hopeful, and young farmers that are bringing an infusion of youth and a wave of excitement to the one of the oldest professions of all.

The End of the Line chronicles how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations and how farmed fish as a solution is a myth.

Mondovino explores the impact of globalization on the various wine-producing regions. It pits the ambitions of large, multinational wine producers, in particular Robert Mondavi, against the small, single estate wineries who have traditionally boasted wines with individual character driven by their terroir.

We Feed the World is a film by Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer about food and globalization, fishermen and farmers, long-distance truck drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow – a film about scarcity amid plenty.

McLibel is a story of two activists who took on McDonald’s in the longest trial in English history. They won.

The Cove follows a team of activists and filmmakers as they infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan where more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil tells the story of the Cuban people’s efforts to feed the population and create a low-energy society after losing access to Soviet oil in the 1990s.

Information from the Serious Eats website. Thank you, Serious Eats!