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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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

24 July - Morning Musings

KoreaKorea (Photo credit: watchsmart)panel discussion on web standards in Koreapanel discussion on web standards in Korea (Photo credit: Gen Kanai)US faces sanctions dilemma in East Asia
In June, on top of pressure from Washington to import less oil from Iran, South Korea reduced exports to Iran to avoid payment defaults resulting from an overall deficit in the Iranian export market. [3] Therefore, even if South Korea were not participating in the sanctions regime, a significant loss of faith in Iran's ability to pay for imports would have facilitated Washington's desired objective of isolating Tehran from the international market.
( There's irony for you. Iran loses its ability to pay for imports as Washington and London continue to selectively dishonour IOUs on deposit or any financial budgetary constraint....except when screwing their young and poor. )
Considering how the dispute between Iran and the United States is destabilizing the international oil market, the sanctions come as an unwelcome obstacle to South Korea and Japan's (and many others') drive towards economic recovery and growth. At the same time, Seoul and Tokyo's willingness to find ways to continue purchasing oil and transacting goods with Iran undermines Washington's sanctions-based approach towards denuclearizing the Middle East country.

To top it off, it is not clear whether Iran would actually surrender its nuclear program because it faces increasing economic pressure. As the New York Times has noted, this may be the most comprehensive economic sanctions regime that the US initiated since imposing sanctions on raw materials going to Imperial Japan in the 1930s and '40s, which of course hastened the start of the Pacific War. 
( Consider 'it isn't a bug but a feature' as the driver behind this policy )

The United States has seized more than 3 million dollars of the assets belonging to former Delta State governor James Ibori.

A credible referendum on Zimbabwe's new constitution will be "an important milestone" toward the suspension of sanctions targeting many leaders and businesses linked to long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, the European Union said.

EU "encouraged" by Zimbabwe's reforms and says a credible referendum will be big step toward suspending sanctions.
‎"We can all rant, rave and pen diatribes against the federal government for its corruption, extravagance and theft of public funds..but State and local governments are all equally culpable of the same offenses."

New Research Casts Doubt on Pasteurization Techniques For Milk
Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishesvitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children,osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
The primary claim by the food industry: As the world's population climbs past 7 billion, the sustainable production and distribution of food is balanced against the need to ensure its chemical and microbiological safety. Scientists believe they must irradiate, pasteurize and sterilize all foods to keep the public safe.
( Let's not do what works - but deprive the world of nutrition....which is not only not an added feature...but is removed so as to create Not Food )

Motion Notion 2012 at the Beaverfoot lodge; Clawson Peak

Media advisory — Michael Schmidt at Court of Appeal on July 26, 9:30 a.m.

From the Canadian Constitution Foundation:
TORONTO: Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt will return to court on Thursday, July 26, 2012 seeking leave from the Ontario Court of Appeal to appeal his convictions on 13 counts relating to the sale and distribution of raw (unpasteurized) milk.

Were the contracts between Michael Schmidt and the cow-share members shams or valid contracts of agistment

I read the Milk Industry Act  of British Columbia, as it stood from 1955 'til 1996.   Turns out the original Act had sections by which a farm could be certified to sell raw milk to the Public.    In his  Royal Commission in to the marketing of milk   Commissioner J V Clyne touched on the controversy over the health aspects of raw milk versus Pasteur-ized.   He recommended that all milk which was to be offered for sale  be pasteurized.   But he said that there must always be a way for those who want raw milk to get it.  Twice I've asked the Milk Marketing Board for the protocol to apply for such Certification.  They just blew me off

Raw milk can be obtained just over the US border and brought back into Canada, quite legally.
When I spoke with the Canada Customs Agency a while ago about regulations, I was told that one may bring $20 worth or twenty kilograms of dairy products per day in to Canada unrestricted, as 'groceries'.  No duty  

Bovinty - scientific evidence

your website @www.hlth.gov.bc.calhlthfile/hfileO3.html. states
"There is absolutely no evidence to support the contention that raw milk is more nutritious than pasteurized milk." "There is no scientific evidence that raw milk makes you more resistant to disease."
"There is no scientific evidence that raw milk better promotes the development of teeth."
Each of those is demonstrably false. I find it appalling that government "experts" on health are unaware of the work of Weston A. Price, Pottinger and Steinman who did some of the basic research in human nutrition, particularly, teeth. In light of their work, and many more scientific studies since, your official statments are utter nonsense.
Herbert Spencer said
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is condemnation without investigation. "
Enclosed find a copy of The Milk Book How Science is Destroying Nature's Nearly Perfect Food" by Dr. Wm. Campbell Douglass; ISBN # 1-885236-04-2. Anyone with intellectual integrity who reads it will find out how stupid your ministry's statements about raw milk are. With this book now in hand, your Ministry has the duty of care to correct the false advertising I bring to your attention.
As explained below, unless the law is changed so that British Columbians choose their own food without interference from an ill-informed, meddling government, there is the distinct possibility of a Constitutional Challenge to the law which outlaws commerce in raw milk. To prepare for that eventuality, and pursuant to the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act Revised Statutes of British Columbia, I require and hereby demand copies of the following; all material in the possession of your Ministry concerning the assertions on the above-mentioned website

Bacteria is not the Problem  
Calling bacteria the food problem is an intentional misdirection and a way for government/industry to gain control of our food. 
the CDC and health departments base their statistics about raw-milk borne disease on surveys not science. That should have been obvious when it could have been verified that Organic Pasture's milk did not cause those children's illnesses because there was none of that bacteria in the milk. Bacteria in a calf that does not produce milk, and the fact that that bacteria does not survive airborne, should be enough facts to demonstrate that the illnesses were not caused by the raw milk they consumed but something else
Raw milk is condemned by accusations - not science but surveys and statistics. 

( Does any of this remind you of 'bad science' being used to sell anything from poisons - drugs are poisons by nature - to scaremonger nuclear power generation in Iran or 'validate' predictions about climate crisis ?  Meanwhile use of toxins - dilute poisons - are presented as an alternative to natural process in which we evolved to survive via killing wildlife advertised as 'germs'. Um. Toxins are regulated hazards - not health improvement measures. That's some 'alternative.' )  

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Are Americans too stuck up to listen to what works?

According to Dayton Daily News, one of the victims, 73-year old man, of an E. coli outbreak linked to a July 3 picnic in Germantown has died, health officials said this morning. As a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, at least 75 individuals have become ill. Of those, 14 have been hosp...

Celery and parsley as a treatment for breast cancer?

More than 30 states have enacted some version of voter ID law in recent years. How much do these laws change voting rules and what impact could they have on the general election? A helpful roundup by ProPublica.

WASHINGTON -- James Holmes, the 24-year old suspect in the mass shooting of Batman "The Dark Knight Rises" movie

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The Batman shootout in Denver and its root causes


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President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has friends in the region poised “to strike out” in the event of an intervention 

As NATO`s proxy terrorists collapse in both Damascus and now the northern city of Aleppo, Israel and Turkey prepare impending attack. ...read more: MEMBERS | FREE version.
An intensifying row over the South China Sea - the site of key shipping routes and thought to have vast oil and gas reserves - has seen a barrage of diplomatic moves between the countries with competing territorial claims.

Vietnam and Philippines say plan to station troops in disputed island in South China Sea "violates international law".
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The brutal killings of Junior and Brisenia Flores highlighted 
‎"AT&T is asking the California legislature for a big favor. A new bill -- based on model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) would remove all regulations on voice-over-Internet services (VOIP) -- meaning that, as one progressive group put it, 'just as most Americans are moving to new technologies, the state might pull out the rug on any rules to protect consumers who use it.'"

An Iraqi appeals court refused on Tuesday to allow Talabani testify in a terror trial against the nation's Sunni vice president, a case that has deepened the rift between the country's largely sectarian-based political factions.

An Iraqi court refuses to allow president Jalal Talabani testify in vice-president Tariq al-Hashemi's trial.
"Jail the Bankers or Abolish the Jails?" - Truthout Presents a Conversation on American Justice
Will we ever know the true radiation released by Fukushima?
Claus Boning, co-author of a study, states: "The levels of radiation that hit the U.S. coast will be small relative to the levels released by Fukushima. But we cannot accurately estimate what those levels will be because we do not know for certain what was released by Fukushima."

Dangerous levels of Fukushima radiation headed for West Coast, say scientists

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GMO Free USA Launches! Campaign #1: Boycott Kelloggs

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Mongabay.com Conservation success: markhor population climbing http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0724-lloyd-markhor.html Pakistan's national mammal, the markhor, is making a remarkable comeback in the country as a result of community conservation efforts, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). 
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