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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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I support where you are coming from, Robert Earl.

A trifecta of admissions from former CDC officials, who admitted over the summer that their work at the CDC on vaccines was less than honest and honorable.

Yet you will never hear that side of the story on the Major News Networks, as the continual ads for Big Pharma products basically have the TV stations enthralled with Big Pharma.

And here is something totallyscarey - there are not one but two peer-reviewed articles published in Journal of Pediatrics that indicate that mercury is beneficial to the development of an infant's brain.

Big Corporations now have enough economic control over "science" to publically announce that Up is now Down!

Why we are going back to Iraq, Round 3, in a nutshell.

Because the American people are totally willing to believe that this time it is different!

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

An article in The Guardian delineates the intent of 43 reservists to no longer continue to serve in Palestinian areas.

It is innocent people under military rule who are exposed to massive surveillance efforts by Israel, say 43 ex-members of Unit 8200, including reservists

The largest intelligence unit in the Israeli military, Unit 8200 intercepts electronic communications including email, phone calls and social media in addition to targeting military and diplomatic traffic.

The 43 signatories say, however, that a large part of their work was unrelated to Israel’s security or defence, but appeared designed to perpetuate the occupation by “infiltrating” and “controlling” all aspects of Palestinian life.

Written in uncompromising language the letter states: “We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.”

They add: “The Palestinian population under military rule is completely exposed to espionage and surveillance by Israeli intelligence. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself. In many cases, intelligence prevents defendants from receiving a fair trial in military courts, as the evidence against them is not revealed.”

Link for the article is here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israeli-intelligence-reservists-refuse-serve-palestinian-territories

There is this link to a video as well:

Question about ISIS - Part One -

Remember when the people in California were being foreclosed left and right, while the state and county governments had to lay off workers? (Some 36 or 37 other states of the union were in similar distress, sothis is not just about where I live.)

And so, end of summer, 2010, the governor of Calif. asked for a piddley 20 Billion dollar loan (Since we have 37 million people living in the state, it was not that big a figure.)

No, said the man whom Obama works for, (one Tim Geithner), no, you really cannot have that
loan, as it would contribute negatively to the budget situation. (And I call Geithner that, "the man whom Obama works for" as he has expresed that sentiment openly while meeting with foreign ministers at various foreign summits where their countries' economic situation is discussed. The WH has never denied that that is the case.)

Within the next thirteen months of that loan denial, some 55 billions of dollars of weaponry was outright GIVEN to Israel and members of UAE states.

And it is suspected that those UAE states have offered much of that weaponry to ISIS leaders! Now it has been pointed out to me that the USA apparently had no other choice, as other wsie we would have had to bring the weaponry home. Interesting way to think about it all - just give our weaponry to foreign governments that might or might not turn the weapons over to radical elements that will then use the weaponry to create a situation in which the USA has to again fight some more wars! (In former times, this sloppiness of weaponry might actually be called treason, but such thinking is so passe, these days.)

Did this happen because our "leaders" are stoopid, or by design?!?

Two major questions about ISIS --

Question One:

Where did all the high tech weaponry for ISIS come from?

Remember when the people in California were being foreclosed left and right, while the state and county governments had to lay off workers? (And the same situation was happening in 36 to 37 other states of the Union)

And so, realizing that only monetary capita would help us out, end of summer, 2010, the governor of Calif. asked for a piddley 20 Billion dollar loan (Since we have 37 million people living in the state, it was not that big a figure.)

No, said the man who Obama works for, (one Tim Geithner), no, you really cannot have that loan, as it would contribute negatively to the budget situation.

Within the next thirteen months of that loan denial, some 55 billions of dollars of weaponry was outright GIVEN to Israel and members of UAE states.

And it is suspected that those UAE states have offered much of that weaponry to ISIS leaders!

Did this happen because our "leaders" are stoopid, or by design?!?


Question Two:
How does ISIS fit into long term PNAC strategies, that were planned so they could be carried on and out by anyone sitting in the Oval Office over generations...

This was brought to my attention by Cynthia McKinney on her FB page (McKinney being of the few Democrats in Congress that did not go along with George W and PNAC's war plans)

Remember this? On September 10, 2001 the US Army wrote of Israel's MOSSAD: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act."
An elite U.S. Army study center has devised a plan for enforcing a major Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that would require about 20,000 well-armed troops stationed throughout Israel and a newly created Palestinian state.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2001/sep/10/20010910-025319-6906r/#ixzz3D0XCw4Gr
From the above link:
There are no plans by the Bush administration to put American soldiers into the Middle East to police an agreement forged by the longtime warring parties. In fact, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is searching for ways to reduce U.S. peacekeeping efforts abroad, rather than increasing such missions.
But a 68-page paper by the Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) does provide a look at the daunting task any international peacekeeping force would face if the United Nations authorized it, and Israel and the Palestinians ever reached a peace agreement.
Located at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the School for Advanced Military Studies is both a training ground and a think tank for some of the Army's brightest officers. Officials say the Army chief of staff, and sometimes the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ask SAMS to develop contingency plans for future military operations. During the 1991 Persian Gulf war, SAMS personnel helped plan the coalition ground attack that avoided a strike up the middle of Iraqi positions and instead executed a "left hook" that routed the enemy in 100 hours.
The cover page for the recent SAMS project said it was done for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But Maj. Chris Garver, a Fort Leavenworth spokesman, said the study was not requested by Washington.
"This was just an academic exercise," said Maj. Garver. "They were trying to take a current situation and get some training out of it."

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2001/sep/10/20010910-025319-6906r/#ixzz3D30QrteK
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

The Ukraine Civil War - First time ever the IMF loans out monies

To fund one side of the fight in a nation's civil war.

Of course, most of us here have figured out by now that the Big Banking crowd loves to have some war going on. How better to guarantee that entire nations will need bank loans, than by having continual self-perpetuating fights, here there and everywhere?

And the latest "everywhere" seems to be the Ukraine. Already one million people, in that nation of 44 million, have been displaced.

But now the public comes to find out that the IMF has brought about a drastic change in its policies: it is funding the pro-West Kiev side of the equation in this civil war. One reason that the IMF precludes itself from usually doing this is that the IMF 's own charter tells its directors to only make loans that are a sure thing in terms of being paid out. But war being war - just how can anyone know the outcome of the war, and if it will allow any monetary pay back whatsoever?

From a recent article at Naked Capitalism:

This loan demonstrates the degree to which the IMF is an arm of U.S. Cold War politics. The loan terms imposed the usual budget austerity, as if this would stabilize the war-torn country’s finances. The financings obviously were devoted mainly to rebuilding the army. The war-torn East can expect to receive nothing even though its basic infrastructure has been destroyed for power generation water, and hospitals. Civilian housing areas that bore the brunt of the attack are also unlikely to profit from the IMF’s uncharacteristic generosity.

A quarter of Ukraine’s exports normally are from eastern provinces and sold mainly to Russia. But Kiev has been bombing Donbas industry and left its coal mines without electricity. Nearly a million civilians are reported to have fled to Russia. Yet the IMF release announced: “The IMF praised the government’s commitment to economic reforms despite the ongoing conflict.” No wonder there was almost no comment in the news or even the business press!

The loan is bound to create even more infighting among IMF staff economists than broke out openly at their October 2013 annual meeting in Washington. Dissension over the disastrous IMF $47 billion loan to Greece – at that time the largest loan in IMF history – prompted a 50-page internal IMF document leaked to the Wall Street Journal. Acknowledging that the IMF had “badly underestimated the damage that its prescriptions of austerity would do to Greece’s economy,” IMF staff economists blamed pressure from eurozone countries protecting their own “banks held too much Greek government debt. … The IMF had originally projected Greece would lose 5.5% of its economic output between 2009 and 2012. The country has lost 17% in real gross domestic output instead. The plan predicted a 15% unemployment rate in 2012. It was 25%.

The IMF’s Articles of Agreement forbid it to make loans to countries that clearly cannot pay, prompting its economists to complain at their Washington meeting that their institution was violating its rules by making bad loans “to states unable to repay their debts.” One official called its Debt Sustainability Analysis, “‘a joke,’ a commission official described it ‘a fairy tale to put children to sleep’ and a Greek finance ministry official said it was ‘scientifically ridiculous.’” In practice the IMF simply advanced however much a country needed to pay its bankers and bondholders, pretending that more austerity would enhance the ability to pay, not worsen the debt trap, while Kiev also used the loan for military expenses to attack the Eastern provinces. So this, then, raises the question of whether the IMF’s loan is legally an “odious debt,” being made to a military junta and stolen by government insiders. John Helmer’s Dances with Bears calculates that “of the $3.2 billion disbursed to the Ukrainian treasury by the IMF at the start of May, $3.1 billion had disappeared offshore by the middle of August.”


The article goes on to state that should the pro-West forces prevail, then the loans that the nation of the Ukraine were set to pay abck to Russia will not be honored in any way shape or form. So there is that to add to the Cold War side of things in terms of further antagonizing Russia.

Full article can be read here:

First time ever - IMF monies to fund one side of Ukranian Civil War


Calif's Prop 45 will help keep insurance premiums lower.

So that is probably exactly why the Big Insurers are uniting with lots and lots of their moulah to defeat the proposition.

Yes, This November, Proposition 45 will be on the ballot in the state of California.

Should it pass, it will reinforce the ability of the state’s insurance regulators to reject any and all health insurance rate increases that they deem excessive.

However, naturally, this means that the various Big Insurance Companies that are operating inside Calif. have put together a huge war chest. Their monies are going to TV, and radio ads that will play non-stop in an effort to get Calif. voters to vote the measure down and out.

From the article at Public Integrity:

Of $37.9 million donated to CAHHCC as of August 22, $37.3 million came from those insurers and their PR and lobbying group, the California Association of Health Plans. The rest came from a small group of insurance brokers and their PR and lobbying groups, the California Association of Health Underwriters and the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The main argument cited by these groups’ opposition to Proposition 45 is that it might interfere with the efforts of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, to provide individuals and small businesses with affordable coverage options in a timely fashion.


California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is up for re-election this year, rejects that argument. In a letter to state lawmakers this summer, Jones wrote that if voters pass Proposition 45, his department — which has long had the ability to reject proposed rate increases from auto and property and casualty insurers — will work cooperatively with other state agencies “to ensure that rates are reviewed and approved to meet Covered California…deadlines.” Jones also pointed out that insurance regulators in 35 other states already have the ability to disapprove unreasonable rate increases, and he offered a point-by-point rebuttal of a report commissioned by the insurance industry that suggested Proposition 45 could undermine provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


The industry’s key message to scare liberals, communicated by its “coalition,” is showing up in media seldom seen by most conservatives. Some of that $38 million was spent last week on an ad in Salon.com featuring a large picture of President Barack Obama and this message: “Protect Obamacare from Legal Attacks. Prop 45’s Dirty Little Secret: More Attacks Against Obamacare. Vote No on 45!”


If you live in California please take the time to read the full article. It can be found here: (And when you vote, vote Yes! on Prop 45... )


Best Overview of Fracking Updates I Have Seen Recently:

KateCa has posted an amazing diary over at firedoglake.com that really is a complete tell-all on what is going on inside the world of fracking.

It mentions the Big Players in California, and Iowa,and Illinois and PA.
As well as giving details relating to the settlement that Halliburton was forced into down Louisiana way, due to that llttle eensy-teensie bit of destruction that BP and Halliburton are blamed for. (That is, the destruction of the eco- system formerly known as the Gulf of Mexico and now affectionately known as "The Big Sludgy," or "Dead Fishey.")


Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World

*US. Our Environmental Protection Agency is now “accepting public comments on whether or not to require fracking companies to disclose the toxic chemicals they use.” Hard to believe, isn’t it, that they are not required to list each and every one, to say nothing of in what amounts, in what combinations and where they are being used? You can add your support to such a requirement here. https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1535&s_src=sl&s_subsrc=0814#_ga=1.183394150.1770911334.1409532241

*CA. So, the feds plan to “resume oil and gas leasing in California” since a report has “found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.” What the scientist in charge of the research said is quite a bit different: “researchers . . . had no data on the quality of water near fracking sites We can’t tell you what we don’t know.” Doesn’t seem the US Bureau of Land Management is too interested in what we don’t know, does it? That could change. (URL for LA TImes article on the Feds leasing the land and water ways for fracking: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fracking-report-20140829-story.html

*CA. It’s cleared the Legislature and is on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. That would be a bill “requiring more disclosure about crude oil shipments” rolling through California cities, hills and dales on the way to refineries. The order requires railroads to “provide state and local emergency officials with information about oil and hazardous materials” on trains, and concentrates specifically on “the volume of oil and timing of the shipment beforehand” when it’s Bakken crude.


Very much worth the read. And all of it can be found by clicking the link at the top.

Video Goes Viral - How To Stop Police From Entering your Home


Notice how quick the police are to counter his resistance with the statement that "we will make you step out."

One reason you want to have officers identify themselves is that in the event of injury or property damge caused by the police, there is this statute, offering you the relief of suing them:

Title 42, §1983 US Code:

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any state or territory, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section,any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.
Also if you live in California, in any of many areas that are now being supposedly "governed" by Planning Commissions who are decreeing that growing cannabis is a nuisance, and that therefore the local ordinance allows police on your property to pull up the cannibis, that whole line of thought is Unconstitutional, under the provisions of the California law that states that whenever legal status has been given to an activity, that activity is immune from ever being considered a nuisance!

As far as the superweeds that you want to discuss, here are

Some considerations to take into account and can catch up on the subject:

In principle the new transgenic plants should pose the same environmental risks as new plants generated by traditional breeding.

In practice, it may prove that the risks from some transgenic novelties will considerably exceed the risks of the conventionally bred plants. Transgenes may be able to produce larger nd quicker jumps in adaptation

For instance, there is the possibility, whenever farmers employ the new GM seeds, there is a certain amount of risk of hybridization with trans gene infiltration into related weed and/or wild species of plants, that are occupying agricultural and /or disturbed sites and/or alteration of natural gene frequencies in these species.

Weeds that are presently inconsequential could become invigorated to the point that they become a more serious problem.

In the UK for example, Raybould and Gray 1993 examined the probability of introgression from crops into wild species, (both introduced wild weeds and indigenous species) and noted a range of probability from minimal to very high, depending on the particular crop and its wild relatives.

Weeds that are already very successful may become even more of a problem, once these changes occur.

So when you examine the Canadian farmers problem with the new superweeds, most of which I know of that came from the use of Gm rapeseed, then you realize that the fears of those early activists against Gm crops have been right all along.

Never forget for a minute that much of what constitutes the various methods and blueprints for creating Gm seeds came from e majoprity of researchers who were steeped in the mythology of the fact that a good deal of the DNA of a plant species is "empty DNA." That theory, of the junk-i-ness of the "empty" section of DNA, raged along all through the nineteen eighties and nineties. When it was finally discovered that the DNA portion considered to "be empty" actually contained no specific instructions for a specific part of a plant (or human being for that matter0 but instead, the vast "blank" DNA areas were all about the overall programming of the entity, then you realize why Gm seeds, crop and foodstuffs are such a terrible problem.
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