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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

30 May - Morning Muse

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  New York City Pol...NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: New York City Police face off with Occupy Wall Street protesters after the police in riot gear removed the protesters early today from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. The evacuation followed similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September. 17 in Zuccotti Park, which became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
leLeg bands from Michigan DNRE attached to bir...leLeg bands from Michigan DNRE attached to birds from the Enbridge Kalamazoo River oil spill prior to their release. (Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region)
CIMG0174 Diving with a Brown Fur SealCIMG0174 Diving with a Brown Fur Seal (Photo credit: Tim Sheerman-Chase)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Occupy Wall Stree...NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street protesters walk towards Foley Square after New York City police in riot gear removed Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zucotti Park early on November 15, 2011 in New York City. The evacuation followed similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September. 17 in Zuccotti Park, which became the epicenter of the global Occupy Wall Street movement. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Greg Palast | Islamic Republic of BP
BP oil rigs in Azerbaijan. (photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA/Corbis)
Greg Palast, Left Foot Forward
Palast writes: "Will 'Beyond Petroleum' oil giant BP pick the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest today in Baku, Azerbaijan? If so, I wouldn't be surprised."
Study: One in 10 US Veterans Has No Health Insurance
Peter Schurmann, New American Media
Schurmann reports: "One in 10 veterans under the age of 65 is currently living without health insurance and reports not using Veterans Affairs (VA) health care, according to a new study examining health care access for retired service members."
John Heilemann | Hope: The Sequel
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Heilemann writes: "Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago - running more negative ads than any campaign in history - what they intend to do to Romney is more savage."
Europe's Biggest Fear: A Run They Cannot Stop
A.P., The Economist
Excerpt: "The possibility of a deposit run in Europe's peripheral states is still very much alive. It is also the thing that policymakers are least prepared for."
US Winds Down Longer Benefits for the Unemployed
Shaila Dewan, The New York Times
Dewan writes: "Hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Americans are receiving their final unemployment checks sooner than they expected, even though Congress renewed extended benefits until the end of the year."
Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide
Reader Supported News Special Coverage
The seed planted on September 17th in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.

The Namibian Cape Fur Seal Slaughter

The slaughter of these seal pups on the beaches of Namibia is only one part of the equation of extermination of the species. Another part is the historic removal of the seal colonies from their offshore island breeding grounds by the South African government, leaving them to breed on small rocky islands with insufficient barriers to large Cape waves and stormy seas. When the Cape fur seal pups are born, they, like harp seal pups, cannot yet swim. The storms, with their high winds and large waves, wash seal pups off these rocks and into the sea, where they drown by the tens of thousands each year. The South African government no longer permits sealing, but it has done nothing to restore the colonies to the islands they used to inhabit.

Enbridge Inc. said Tuesday it is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in British Columbia promoting its Northern Gateway pipeline project in response to stiffer opposition than it anticipated over the $5.5-billion Alberta-to-Kitimat proposal.
A ruptured pipeline near Michigan's Kalamazoo River leaked oil for more than 17 hours, even as 16 high-priority alarms sounded in the operator's control room in Canada. Control room workers restarted the pipeline twice during that period—and were preparing for a third restart—when they learned from an outside party about the massive spill in 2010.
A ruptured pipeline near Michigan's Kalamazoo River leaked oil for more than 17 hours, even as 16 high-priority alarms sounded in the operator's control room in Canada. Control room workers restarted the pipeline twice during that period—and were preparing for a third restart—when they learned from ...
In one of the worst planning decisions ever made, the industry sited the Drift River Terminal at the base of an active volcano, Mount Redoubt. In 1989, when the Exxon Valdez consumed the nation’s attention, Mt. Redoubt blew ferociously. Volcanic flows inundated the facility, threatening prized fisheries with tens of millions of gallons of oil.
OPINION: If the Hilcorp Corporation has any corporate values at all, it won't store crude oil at the base of an active volcano, and will instead build a safer and more efficient pipeline across Cook Inlet.
The end of oil hostilities in the Niger Delta since October 2009, has since thrown up a new but frightening wave of illegal oil attacks in the Niger Delta, with more than $5 billion lost annually to the illegal business, while over 150,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bbls/d) are lost daily.
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Richmond council has passed a motion banning genetically modified plants and crops from being grown in the city, the first predominantly agricultural jurisdiction in B.C. to enact such a ban.


Enjoy Jeffrey Smith's latest radio interview!
May 29, 2012 How deep does the GMO corn hole go? Monsanto and other biotechnology firm continue to claim that their products are perfectly safe and even nece...
 Eating This Could Turn Your Gut into a Living Pesticide Factory   
Found in the blood of 67% of women (and 93% of pregnant women), this "harmless" substance (that ruptures the stomach of insects, causing them to die) may cause gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disorders, food allergies and learning disorders...

The Propaganda Supporting Fluoride and Why They Are Lies   The Propaganda Supporting Fluoride and Why They Are Lies
You may have heard these two widely used statements that "prove" water fluoridation is a wonderful achievement... but read this before you believe them.

Depending on whom you ask, the Obama administration has either executed hundreds of civilians abroad with poorly planned drone strikes or none at all. A new report, however, finally offers insight into those conflicting conclusions.
A Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was imprisoned for aiding fighters and not for links to the CIA, as Pakistani officials had said, according to a court document. http://aje.me/Kxfwgg
Court documents reveal Shakil Afridi jailed for aiding Lashkar-e-Islam, not for helping CIA to find al-Qaeda chief.
Russia is firmly dedicated not to let pass an initiative of foreign military intervention into Syria in the UN Security Council.
‎(CNN) -- The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Rep. Tom McMillin, a very conservative Republican, has submitted a bill that would bring greater transparency to the use of SWAT teams in the state of Michigan. The bill would force law enforcement agencies to detail how and why they have used SWAT teams in every instance: Introduced by Rep. Tom...

US hypocrisy in admitting Mossad/MKO behind assassinations in Iran

The MKO is designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, this organisation operates freely in the US, under various names such as NCRI, MEK and known front groups such as IranFocus and IranTerror, and leading members of US political establishment, such as former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani regularly give speeches at meetings organised by the MKO and its affiliated fronts.

 The US government itself has been supporting the MKO to destabilise Iran. In 2008, the renowned investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh revealed that the US had invested 400 million dollars for regime change in Iran and that large portions of this money was given to the MKO. In 2010, the NY Times revealed that a secret directive signed by General David Petraeus “appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive.”

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“The relation is very intricate and close,” said Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, speaking of the MEK and Israel.  “They (Israelis) are paying … the Mujahedin. Some of their (MEK) agents … (are) providing Israel with information.  And they recruit and also manage logistical support.”
Moreover, he said, the Mossad, the Israeli secret service, is training MEK members in Israel on the use of motorcycles and small bombs.  In one case, he said, Mossad agents built a replica of the home of an Iranian nuclear scientist so that the assassins could familiarize themselves with the layout prior to the attack.

‎"Each NATO military operation over the past 17 years, in Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya, has provided the alliance with bases, centers, troops and logistics for later and for future wars. Air bases in Bulgaria and Romania were employed for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and, as noted above, every Balkan nation but Serbia has supplied troops for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
by Rick Rozoff: The U.S. and its NATO allies are expanding their military presence and infrastructure ever closer to new theaters of war.

Obama's Re-election May Force a War with Iran an 'October Surprise.'

Nice info. There is nothing that Iran can do that would satisfy the US. It continually dreams up new offenses which relate to reality not in the least. How does one fix a chimera ?  http://www.campaigniran.org/ca...

Sidebar. I regard ideas of Obama's alleged narcissism with the same cynicism that I take to GW Bush's "I'm stupid" act - a jet jockey who survived a widowmaker fighter. Smoke and Mirrors about presidents diverting attention away from continuity of purpose between succeeding administrations.

One of the features at Breitbart.com these days is something they call “the vetting.” It’s a series of articles purporting to show the real Obama by digging up obscure pictures and statements from decades ago that show that he’s really a Muslim, communist, socialist, atheist or whatever bugaboo...
If corporations can do it, why not aliens?
Watch in HD! Monitoring of unidentified objects (UFO) near the Sun for May 29, 2012 For more exclusive information on UFOs, visit: http://x-u-f-o.blogspot.co/
THRIVE is now FREE to watch online in 14 languages! http://www.thrivemovement.com/the_movie

Mohammed Abdel-Mawla al-Hariri is a Syrian activist who, like many others before him, gave an interview to Al Jazeera's Arabic news channel to denounce the al-Assad regime. But the interview looks set to be his last. Shortly after giving it, he was reportedly taken from his home, tortured and charged with 'high treason and contacts with foreign parties'. The Syrian government allegedly sentenced him to death.
The chilling story of the social media activist who dared to denounce the Syrian regime to a foreign media outlet.
I got quite a bit of traffic from Reddit over the weekend for my post about excuses for homophobia vs. excuses for racism, but it didn’t come from /r/atheism but from /r/lgbt. That’s great! But there was one comment in the Reddit thread complaining about “appropriationism,” linking to a post...
A Thai court has convicted a a web editor for publishing posts critical of the monarchy on her website, but suspended her jail sentence amid calls to reform the country's lese majeste law. Chiranuch Premchaiporn was found guilty on Wednesday of failing to speedily delete comments by other people deemed insulting to the royal family from her popular news website, Prachatai.
Chiranuch Premchaiporn given suspended jail term amid calls to change laws limiting comments about royal family.
With the Vietnamese government now announcing a nationwide push for export labour, and the increasing demand for home-grown cannabis in the UK, the exploitation of Vietnamese children for criminal profit in the drugs industry is a disturbing trend that shows no signs of abating.
An investigation into how Vietnamese children trafficked to work in the UK's cannabis trade are prosecuted as criminals.
Cybersecurity expert Christopher Parsons, who has written extensively about the online spying bill, has dug through hundreds of pages of documents to confirm: Online spying bill C-30 will erode online anonymity and sweep up innocent people, all without appropriate oversight.

Take a stand against this invasive online spying scheme by sharing this today: http://openmedia.ca/stand
Our intrepid academic friend Christopher Parsons isn’t one to sit idly by while the future of the online spying bill remains unclear. After the Globe and Mail reported that this bill, C-30, was dead, 
In the light of the fallout from the fuel subsidy scandal, the Federal Ministry of Finance yesterday expressed its determination to put in place a strong framework for importation payments that is transparent and sustainable.
Sesame (Sesamun indicum) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, prized as an oilseed for at least 5,000 years. While it is beginning to regain favor due to its exceptionally high calcium and magnesium content, few realize it is also one of the most potent medicinal foods still commonly...
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reports that an estimated one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is wasted annually. In the United States, an estimated 40 percent of edible food is thrown away by retailers and households. In the United Kingdom, 8.3...
The superfood power of goji berries
 Non GMO Shopping Guide

Eating This Could Turn Your Gut into a Living Pesticide Factory 

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests.  The failure of Monsanto's genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.
And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.
Last year, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood of:
  • 93 percent of pregnant women tested
  • 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies, and
  • 67 percent of non-pregnant women 
  • Is it then also possible that the Bt-toxin might damage the integrity of your digestive tract in the same way it damages insects? Remember, the toxin actually ruptures the stomach of insects, causing them to die. The biotech industry has insisted that the Bt-toxin doesn't bind or interact with the intestinal walls of mammals (which would include humans). But again, there are peer-reviewed published research showing that Bt-toxin does bind with mouse small intestines and with intestinal tissue from rhesus monkeys. 
  • Did you know that two years ago, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients?
  • There are currently eight genetically modified food crops on the market:
    Soy Sugar from sugar beets
    Corn Hawaiian papaya
    Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils) Some varieties of zucchini
    Canola (canola oil) Crookneck squash
    This means you should avoid products with corn, soy, canola, and any of their derivatives listed as an ingredient, unless it's labeled USDA 100% Organic. As of late last year, this also includes sweet corn, as Monsanto introduced a brand new genetically engineered sweet corn called Seminis®, which contains not just one but TWO types of Bt-toxin, PLUS the Roundup Ready gene for weed control! So besides containing the insecticide, their toxic Roundup herbicide will also accumulate in the kernels.
    For a helpful, straightforward guide to shopping Non-GMO, see the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, created by the Institute for Responsible Technology.
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    Big Food's 9 dirty secrets you should know about

While the FDA marches on with their plans to take away your right to health and nutrition, this documentary threatens to blow their tyrannical rule apart. Ne...
Occupy Monsanto and Institute for Responsible Technology shared a link.
Gerber, Abbott Nutrition Labs, Mead Johnson, Walmart, Kellogg's and the Federal Government are...

America cares about your infant as long as it's inside of you. After that? Eh, figure it out yourself.
‎"Back in 2005, ALEC's Education Task Force started pushing a concept called "virtual schools".... Virtual schools are great at making money, but they can't seem to educate kids."
Virtual schools are great at making money, but they can't seem to educate kids. Everywhere they've been tried -- Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas -- they've failed to meet minimum standards and done worse than the real-world public schools that most kids attend.

What does 12-year-old Victoria Grant know about banking that has millions of people listening? Find out by watching her recent speech at the conference of the Public Banking Institute. Like it, share it ... and maybe the wisdom of this young woman will trickle up to those who constantly defend the supremacy of the private banking industry.

"Basically, her message was that banks create money 'out of thin air' and lend it to people and governments at interest. If governments borrowed from their own banks, they could keep the interest and save a lot of money for the taxpayers."
The youtube video of 12 year old Victoria Grant speaking at the Public Banking in America conference last month has gone viral, topping a million views on various websites.
When we first met Lynn Szymoniak on 60 Minutes, she was losing her home. She blew the whistle on bank fraud, and now she's walking away with $18 million Read more by 60 Minutes Overtime Staff on CBS News' 60 Minutes Overtime.


Oil and natural gas companies in Oklahoma will have to, as of July 1, disclose of the chemicals used when hydraulically fracturing rock for oil or natural gas.

The Propaganda Supporting Fluoride and Why They Are Lies 

The CDC calls fluoridation one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, but this “authoritative” statement comes from material written by a dentist who had not published any papers on fluoride before, and an economist – neither of whom had any credentials in toxicology, which is what would be required for a credible evaluation of fluoride’s toxic effects

Former El Paso city councilman Beto O'Rourke has defeated US Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the battle for the Democratic Party nomination for the seat Reyes has held since 1996. According to election results from the Texas Secretary of State's office early Wednesday morning, O'Rourke had picked up 51.3% o...
Tropical reservoirs are a "methane factory, continuously removing carbon from the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and returning it as methane, with a much greater impact on global warming."
The non-partisan group, Women of the Storm, Is using technology to put their support behind legislation to aid the Gulf Coast.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is closing three of its offices in Nova Scotia — in Port Hood, Baddeck and Wallace. Fisheries and Oceans Canada also confirmed Tuesday that a prominent Nova Scotia-based oil spill expert is one of the casualties of department cutbacks, but said only part of his research group is being eliminated.
Praised by Barack Obama as a model for the world, Australia’s highly unpopular carbon tax, set to take effect from July 1st, is set to be policed by laws which forbid business owners from criticizing it for causing price rises – with thought criminals who do so under threat of being hit with huge fi...
A world record is shattered, and the path made clearer for nations seeking to switch to renewable energy.
Radioactive cesium equalling 10 times released by Chernobyl still sits in a pool at reactor 4 of Fukushima Daiichi. This requires immediate attention but our government has not acted -- sign the petition to ask the United Nations to send an independent team of experts before it’s too late!
Ancient Atomic Warfare or Climate Change?: http://dad2059.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/ancient-atomic-warfare-or-climate-change/
When the atom bomb was exploded in the Nevada desert in 1945 the world changed forever. The bombs co-creator, J. Robert Oppenheimer while witnessing the event quoted something out of an ancient Ind...
A new report by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) circulating in the Kremlin today on this past weeks violent shaking of the Norwegian Sea floor after it was hit by a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake at the shallow depth of 8.8 km (5.5 miles) states that this event also caused an “unexpected an...
Terence McKenna and Gregory Stock speak about the epic transition we face in the very near future called the Singularity. This shift will be the result of th...
Kymatica focuses on human and universal consciousness and goes deeper into the metaphysical aspects of reality. This is the sequel to Esoteric Agenda which b...
The nuclear industry claims to be clean and green. Pro Surfer Kyle Thiermann @surfingforchange says it's the "stupidest one to pick." We agree. What do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMntcKiDWjA
‎'The IMF boss who caused international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay their taxes earns a tax-free salary.' Kim Willsher, Guardian UK
Mean, ignorant EI changes undermine seasonal workers and employers' plans.

‎'As faded memories become urban myths no one seems to remember that these methods don't work and often kill.' Dr. Jen Gunter, Wielding the Lasso of Truth

Everything is as is should be. There is no cause for alarm. Continue watching the government and corporate controlled media, which tells you this is "normal". Do not use your own common sense, nor rely on your memories of the skies as you remembered growing up. Believe the lies of those paid to deceive you. Do not speak out about this, as your "reputation" is at stake. One must never speak out contrary to what the sheep believe, You must obey and submit. People will laugh at you if you imply we're all in danger. Keep your head buried in the sand and laugh at those who are trying to warn you. Be good little slaves, as you and your children are slowly poisoned and your immune systems are weakened. ♥ 
MSNBC’s JoNel Aleccia reported this morning “Testing for new E. coli strains in beef finally to begin.” The move implements long-delayed federal regulations aimed at a group of E. coli bacteria collectively known as “the Big Six,” bugs capable of causing severe infection and death. Under the new rules, the six additional strains of E. coli will be classified as adulterants on par with the better-known E. coli O157:H7, which is often linked to serious illnesses tied to hamburger. The new strains include E. coli O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145. Beginning Monday, it will be illegal to sell raw beef trimmings and non-intact beef products, such as tenderized steaks, if they’re contaminated with any of the six new strains of E. coli, according to documents from the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency indicated it plans in the future to expand routine testing for those strains to additional raw beef products, including ground beef. Like E. coli O157:H7, the six new strains are capable of producing bloody diarrheal illness that can lead to kidney failure and death. In 2010, for the first time, the non-O157 strains of what are known as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STECs, were responsible for more infections in the U.S. than E. coli O157:H7, according to federal health officials. The non-O157 STECs caused 451 confirmed infections that year, including 69 people who were hospitalized and one death. E. coli O157:H7 caused 442 infections, 184 hospitalizations and two deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many illnesses are never reported, however, and the agency estimates that non-O157 E. coli strains cause an estimated 113,000 illnesses and 300 hospitalizations a year. The new testing requirement is a victory for Bill Marler, a Seattle food safety lawyer who petitioned FSIS to have the “Big Six” strains declared adulterants and then threatened to sue the USDA when the agency didn’t respond promptly. He pointed to the 1994 classification of E. coli O157:H7 as an adulterant as a turning point for food safety in U.S. and said the new rules would have a similar effect. “(It) dramatically changed the landscape of how safe our meat supply is for the better,” he said. “This is another step in getting this done correctly.”
Source: Marler Blog
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