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I joined DU following the election melt down that produced the second George the Lesser Term of Office. I am outraged by war, by out-sourcing of jobs, by Corporate control of both parties, and enheartened by my fellow citizens who are bravely part of "Occupy!"

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Big huge Food Repression ALERT for all 37 million Californians!

As some here may be aware of, last summer a most repressive piece of legislation became law, courtesy of the California legislature.

JULY 1, 2015
Farmers and Consumers Unite!


In support of small farmers and consumers, the California Grange will sponsor Seed Freedom Day on July 1, 2015.

AB2470 was passed by the California State legislature last summer.

This legislation is super restrictive, and a bad law. It seriously impairs the right of farmers to share and sell their seeds, gives the Secretary of Agriculture authority to decide what foods we can and cannot grow in California's counties and cities, and supports the notion that corporations have the same rights as people.

The legislation makes it illegal for a farmer to distribute their seeds beyond three miles from their farm, unless they adhere to a strict and onerous packaging process. Under this law, a farmer is not allowed to share seeds at a swap meet that takes place more than three miles away, or make a gift of seeds to a friend who lives more than three miles down the road without jumping through the same hoops that a big commercial seed retailer does – like Monsanto.
Under AB2470, any ordinance adopted by a county or municipality after January 1, 2015 that would restrict the production of GMO crops is subject to approval by the Secretary of Agriculture.
“AB2470 was intended to be a weed abatement bill,” warns California Grange President Bob McFarland, “but in black & white the bill goes far beyond that purpose and becomes another set of onerous regulations that undermine the work of small farmers. Under this bill, agricultural freedoms that have been practiced by humankind for 10,000 years are aborted.”
On July 1, the California Grange will sponsor Seed Freedom Day. Farmers and consumers across the state will celebrate our agricultural heritage. In an act of civil disobedience, farmers will draw a white line exactly three miles from their farm and stand inside that line holding seeds they’ve produced. At exactly twelve noon, the farmers and supporters will simultaneously step across the three mile line with seeds in hand, in defiance of the unfair provisions of AB2470.
For more information and to participate in Seed Freedom Day, please go to www.californiagrange.org/seeds or phone the office of the California Grange at (916) 454-5805.

EPO therapy puts blood and oxygen to the brain - It gets

utilized by athletes in sports (although it is usually illegal to gain advantage in sporting competitions by using it.)

Is it being used in the USA to help elderly people? Is it being used for people with severe anemia, including cancer victims whose treatment leaves them anemic?

EPO stands for Erythropoietin. I know there have been tests on its use done in Europe, and I know this was one of the therapies Lance Armstrong utilized to win his Tour De France cycling adventures.

But is it getting to patients who need it? If not, why not?

Perhaps the most important, overheard political conversation ever:

Most here are probably unaware of one of our nation's first highly regarded women journalists, a lady named Dorothy Thompson.

Given that we are heading into contentious territory regarding the upcoming Democratic primary, I think her story bears repeating:

George Seldes, who was a Chicago Tribune correspondent during the late Nineteen teens and up until 1929 relates the following conversation that he had with Dorothy Thompson -another news reporter and the wife of Sinclair Lewis:

Thompson told Seldes in 1935 that while en route by ocean liner from France to NYC how a Mr. F. Sinclair, a Big Money Guy, took her away from the table where they were eating to talk privately with her.

"See those folks at the table who were eating with us?" F Sinclair asks Thompson?

"Yes," answers Dorothy.

"Well, all of us are the ones who decide who gets nominated to run for the Presidency and who gets to win that office."

Among those he indicated was an important associate of the Giannini family, who established Bank of America. (Giannini family headed up Bank of America.)

""We give money on both sides of the aisle, so that no matter what, one of our people is always in a place to do our bidding."

"What about FDR?" asked Dorothy.

"Our support for him was a major misjudgement on our part. We saw to it that he had money and of course, we fully expected for him to say the sort of things that he always said. We just didn't expect him to act on those statements."

Sinclair went on to state for the purpose of Thompson's enlightenment that the Inner Circle of Power Brokers was attempting to raise some five to twenty million to defeat FDR in 1936.
But the voting machinery during FDR's era was still non-hackable back in that era. And FDR had millions upon millions of everyday people to vote him back in.

How we progressives could ever get one of our own into office remains to be seen.

Here are the stats for how Americans died in 2014:

Ebola -- One
Snake Bites -- Two
Rabies -- Two
ISIS -- Three

Drone Strikes -- Five
Playing Football -- Twelve
Cow attacks -- Twenty

Police attacks -- One Thousand Plus!!

And Marijuana overdoses - Zero

No Elected Official can be for both ending the impact of humans on Global Climate Change & also for

The Trans Pacific Plan.

The President came out last week for the TPP. (No surprise there - he has been one of the major architects of getting it passed, and of getting it passed quickly.)

But then this week he is all about ending the human equation side of Global Climate Change?

What a bit of forked tongue tomfoolery!

Has no one explained to him that when American jobs in manufacturing go over to third world nations, those third world workers do not have any environmental regulations in place? (This is one of the cost saving reasons that America's One Percent so highly favor basing our needed manufacturing in those third world nations.)

Anyway, I suspect the Great Speechifier knows all of this full well, but he wants that Quid Pro Quo.

Visual Studio released for Linux users:


IN a very few words, Australian media explains why the rush to get the TPP

Passed as quickly as possible:

Sydney Morning Heralsd

Increasing the pace is the imminent US election season. If there isn't an agreement within the next few months before it starts, political positioning will prevent the US sealing a deal until 2017 when the new president is in place.


####The powers that be know that the election season for Nov 2016 will shed a lot of light on the darkness of this "Trade Act."

On my business website, we have a special button that people click

To obtain some of our services.

A lady in Europe claims that the email link provided never works for her, yet none of our American clients ever have any complaints.

So my question:
Is it more difficult for a European to get through to an American business using the business' standard link?

Any and all answers appreciated.

Will candidate Bernie Sanders recognize the dangers of medicinal cannabis?

Apparently vast segments of the American population, and this probably includes Mr Sanders, do not understand some of the previously unrecognized dangers of medicinal pot:


While some in the Utah Legislature are now seeking to legalize medicinal cannabis, the DEA is pointing to some unrecognized dangers of marijuana, and hoping Utah's legislators come to their senses.

What are these dangers? Here is one headline, and it sounds pretty "Saturday night at the Fright Night drive in" --

The attack of the Stoned Bunnies!

-----> Full article at above link.

So can Pres Obama succeed in answering Dean Baker's statements re: the TPP?

Dean Baker is a renowned economist who deals with both macro and micro economic matters.

Here is what he has to say about the Trans Pacific Plan:

"President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. This has included a press call where he apparently got testy over the charge by critics that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secret trade deal.

"Obama insisted the deal is not secret, but googling "TPP" will not get you a copy of the text. Apparently President Obama is using a different definition of "secret" than the ordinary English usage.

"But that wasn't the only fun in the last week. The administration got 13 former Democratic governors to sign a letter boasting about the jobs generated by the growth of exports. The letter noted that exports had added "$760 billion to our economy between 2009 and 2014 -- one-third of our total growth." It neglected to mention that imports had grown even faster, diverting $890 billion in demand away from the domestic economy to foreign economies.

"Contrary to what the governors were claiming in their letter, trade was a net negative to the tune of more than $130 billion over this five-year period. Instead of adding jobs, the growing trade deficit was drag on growth, slowing job creation and putting downward pressure on wages. The growth in the trade deficit over this period has the same impact on the economy as if people pulled $130 billion out of their paychecks each year and stuffed it under their mattress.

"Secretary of State John Kerry also got into the act with a speech that talked about the importance of the world economy. He told his audience that most of the growth in the future will be outside of the United States and that we will be missing huge markets if we don't have an open economy. This is true, but it has about as much relevance to the TPP and fast-track as an analysis of the Washington Wizards' playoff prospects. The United
United States already has almost $4 trillion in trade annually (at 23 percent of GDP). This figure has been rising rapidly. It will continue to rise rapidly whether or not Congress approves the TPP. The fact that trade is good has nothing to do with whether Congress should approve the TPP.

"This is a lesson that was apparently also lost on Harvard economist Greg Mankiw. In a New York Times column last week Mankiw argued for the congressional approval on fast-track authority based on the claim that all economists agree that free trade is good.

"In fact, not all economists agree that all reductions in trade barriers are good. But more importantly, the TPP is not primarily about reducing trade barriers. The TPP is essentially a pact in which the Obama administration invited industry representatives to get together a wish list and see what they could impose on the other parties to the deal.

"Since formal trade barriers are already low, very little time was spent on cutting tariffs or ending quotas. Most of the deal is about imposing a business-friendly regulatory structure. The rules in the TPP can be used to challenge any consumer, labor, or environmental regulation approved at the state, local or federal level. The enforcement powers will rest with an extra-judicial dispute settlement mechanism that will impose penalties that are
not subject to appeal.

"On this issue President Obama's assurance that the TPP will not challenge financial regulation or other types of regulation are worthless. He has no idea what sort of people will be appointed to these tribunals in future years. The tribunals are not bound by U.S. law or even the precedent of rulings from other tribunals. Does President Obama really want us to believe that he knows a President Bush or President Walker won't appoint people who will use the tribunals to undermine environmental and labor regulations?

"The absurdity of conflating the TPP with "free trade" is brought out by the fact that its biggest impact may well be from increasing the strength of patent protection, especially in the case of prescription drugs. Patents are government-granted monopolies. They are the opposite of free trade. The TPP will make them stronger and longer raising drug prices. This increase in protectionism is a drag on growth and will slow job creation.

"The Obama administration has punted in the one area where a trade deal may have had a major positive impact. The deal will not have any rules on currency. The main reason the United States continues to run large trade deficits is that our trading partners deliberately prop up the dollar against their currencies. This makes their goods relatively cheaper and ours more expensive.

"The Obama administration could have made currency rules front and center in a trade deal, but that would have only made sense if its main concern was jobs and workers. Instead we have a deal that is a prorata for the corporations who were at the table, and who the Democrats are counting on to give generously in the 2016 campaign.

"This doesn't look very pretty to the rest of us, which is why the Obama administration will have to play fast and loose with the truth to get the TPP through Congress."

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