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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The FED's New MILK POLICE: Bust Amish Farmer to Set Example

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Ron Paul: The Milk Police

 Ron Paul
Infowars.com
May 17, 2011
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On April 20th, after a year-long undercover sting operation, armed federal agents acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer to prevent him from selling his unpasteurized milk to willing, fully-informed customers in Maryland. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to catch Allgyer committing the “crime” of selling his milk. He was not tricking people into buying it, he was not forcing people to purchase it, and there had been no complaints about his product. These were completely voluntary transactions, but ones that our nanny-state federal government did not approve of, and so they shut down his business. The arrogance of the FDA and so many other federal agencies is simply appalling. These types of police state raids on peaceful businessmen, so reminiscent of our tyrannical federal drug war, have no place in a free society.
As we have seen, if the executive branch feels hamstrung by the fact that our framers placed lawmaking authority in the Legislative Branch, they simply make their own laws and call them “regulations.” We all know how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses such bogus regulation authority to harass, hinder, and shut down countless other legitimate businesses. Sadly, Congress has been far too lax for far too long as the executive branch continues to encroach on its areas of responsibility and thereby undermines our system of government.
Most Americans understand that if you don’t want to drink unpasteurized milk you simply do not buy it. But the federal government solution is pre-dawn raids which destroy the livelihoods of honest, hardworking families in this time of continued economic hardship.
I am outraged by this raid and the many others like it, and that is why last week I introduced HR 1830, a bill to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes the unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.
Many Americans have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the federal government second-guess their judgment or thwart their wishes. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.
I am hoping my colleagues in the House will join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring this legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.
If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?


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SATELLITE DISH ADDED TO 'OSAMA' COMPOUND AFTER U.S. RAID ?

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SATELLITE DISH ADDED TO 'OSAMA' COMPOUND?

Aangirfan Blog
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House?
No satellite dish?
Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House? 00%2BAbbottabad
No satellite dish?
Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House? 000%2BAbbottabad
No satellite dish?
Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House? 0%2Babbotabad
Satellite dish.
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Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House? 0%2BOsama
Osama Bin Laden’s squalid hideaway in pictures Mail Online

Allegedly, this photo shows Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad in Pakistan, using a remote control to flick between satellite video coverage of himself on a television screen.”
On the right there is a modern computer.
YET, The Guardian reported that “the residence had no phone or internet connection.” (Osama bin Pakistan hideout.)
The Telegraph reported that “there were no telephones in the house, and no internet…
“As well as lacking phone or internet connections, the house did not even have satellite TV.”
The satellite dish only appeared at Bin Laden’s alleged compound after the White House released dubious video showing “Osama” flicking through satellite TV channels. Before this time, media reports stated that the compound did not have satellite TV.
(Osama bin Laden dead.)
Satellite Dish Added To Bin Laden Compound After Dubious Videos Released by White House? 0%2Babbotabad
This would appear to be a photo of a satellite dish at the Abbottabad compound.
Was the satellite dish added after the raid?
Greg Bacon said…
“Another curiosity was that early Monday morning after Obama Bin Lying made his announcement, the Zionist MSM cable news channels were proclaiming that a Blackhawk helicopter had been downed and they showed the compound’s wall and just beyond, you could see the wreckage of something, but there was NO signs of a stealth helicopter.
“That pic didn’t appear until at least one day later, when we were told it was a secret stealth helicopter used by the SEAL’s.
“That’s when all the Rah, Rah Rah, Go SEAL’s BS started polluting the media.”






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Is Roundup Killing the Farm: Glyphosate “gives a plant AIDS” claims Scientist


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Mystery Science: More Details on the Strange Organism That Could Destroy Monsanto

By Melanie Warner 
May 15, 2011
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 Back in January, a noted plant scientist who spent much of his career at Purdue University sent a letter to the USDA informing the agency that he’d discovered a mysterious new disease-causing organism in Monsanto’s (MON) genetically engineered Roundup Ready corn and soybeans. Now, that scientist — Don Huber — has written a follow-up letter to the USDA and appears in a videotaped interview where he presents an even scarier picture of the damage he claims Monsanto’s herbicide chemical glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup) is doing to both plants and the animals who eat them.
In the 20-minute interview, which was conducted by Food Democracy Now’s Dave Murphy, Huber makes a strong case for his own credibility, appearing as a droll, erudite Midwestern scientist with deep connections to corn and soybean growers and livestock farmers. Although Huber’s findings have not yet been verified by outside scientists or published in a peer reviewed journal, the severity of his claims is such that the USDA ought to give them immediate attention.
It’s not the genes, it’s the herbicide
Huber’s issue is not with genetic engineering per se, but with the huge amounts of glyphosate (185 million pounds in 2007) in herbicide now used on America’s farms. Use of glyphosate has soared thanks to widespread use of Monsanto’s soy and corn seeds, which are genetically modified to survive its effects.
The problem with glyphosate, Huber says, is that it effectively “gives a plant AIDS,” weakening its defenses and making it more susceptible to pathogens, such as the one his team discovered. The scientists have taken to calling the bug “the electron microscope (EM) organism,” since it can only be seen with an electron microscope.
A big part of the problem, Huber says, lies with the way glyphosate prevents plants from absorbing vital nutrients, particularly the mineral manganese. In the Food Democracy interview, Huber says some studies have shown that Roundup Ready soybeans and corn have up to 50% less manganese than conventional varieties. Huber claims that the double whammy of weakened defenses and the new EM organism have contributed to “unexplained epidemics” of disease on farms — sudden death syndrome of soybean crops and Goss’ wilt on corn.
The problem in pictures
Here are photos he included with his follow-up letter, which was also sent to EU and UK officials at their request, showing dead or dying Roundup Ready corn and RR soybeans planted side by side with their thriving non-GE brethren:

Huber says the same thing has happened in animals. He’s heard from cattle farmers who are struggling because they’re experiencing a 15% infertility rate and 35% rate of spontaneous abortions among their herds. When the farmers switch to non-GE soy and corn for feed, the problems decline dramatically. Huber has talked to other animal vets who’ve experienced high death rates and have found that their GE-fed animals are severely deficient in manganese.
And whenever Huber has worked with vets to analyze tissue samples from GE-fed animals that were inexplicably sick or had fertility problems, the tests always come back positive for the EM organism.
It’s anecdotal, not data — but it’s still scary
Of course, all this is merely anecdotal. Whether it can be scientifically proven that farm animals are suffering because they’re eating Roundup Ready soy and corn is another story. But since GE food crops are such a fundamentally new part of agriculture (first planted in 1996) and Huber’s account — if accurate — spells disaster for American agriculture, it’s worth finding out what’s going on before allowing more of Monsanto’s RR crops onto the market.
But that’s not what the USDA did. A week and a half after Huber had his letter hand delivered to secretary Tom Vilsack, the agency gave the greenlight for Roundup Ready alfalfa. Huber was deeply disappointed:
I would have hoped that there would have been a delay and the resources allocated to answer the questions, to verify that we’re not going to further increase the severity of this organism…. Can we afford to just open the floodgates wide open before we have the answers. What’s the urgency?
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Dr. Huber Explains Science Behind New Organism and Threat from Monsanto's Roundup, GMOs to Disease and Infertility from Food Democracy Now! on Vimeo.
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On January 17, internationally recognized plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber, wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack warning of the discovery of a new pathogen and a possible link between Roundup Ready® (GMO) corn and soybeans and severe reproductive problems in livestock as well as widespread crop failure.
Less than 3 weeks later, the Obama administration approved 2 new Roundup Ready® GMO crops, set to be planted this spring... Read on about Dr. Huber's discovery. If it gives you pause, sign our petition to ask Sec. Vilsack to stop these seeds from being planted until further research is done.
Understand the Research Watch Interview with Dr. Huber Sign the Leter
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Roundup Ready® seeds are genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s top selling weed killer Roundup, which is made up of Glyphosate and a trademarked formula  [+]
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Recently a team of top U.S. scientists discovered an organism associated with this rise in plant diseases in Roundup Ready® corn and soybeans which form the foundation  [+]
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In response to the published and emerging science, Dr. Huber wrote a letter to Secretary Vilsack asking him to delay his decision to approve Roundup Ready® alfalfa  [+]
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A growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the overuse of Roundup and Glyphosate has created severe micronutrient deficiencies in the soil  [+]
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This new organism, along with nutritional deficiencies in the Roundup Ready GMO corn and soybean feed, has been associated with a sharp rise in animal infertility  [+]

Who is dr. don M. Huber?

For 50 years, he's been a scientist studying plant diseases in the U.S. and around the world and spent 35 years at Purdue University as Professor Emeritus of plant pathology.
He has a 41-year military career as a retired Colonel, evaluating natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks.
He coordinates the “Emergent Diseases and Pathogens Committee” as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System under Homeland Security.

Did you know...

In 2010, more than 365 million acres were planted worldwide with genetically engineered (GMO) seeds.
The U.S. leads the world with more than 165 million acres of GMO crops, mostly Roundup Ready® crops.
Monsanto owns patents on the genes of more than 93% of soybeans, 80% of corn, and 95% of sugar beets planted in the U.S. -- all genetically modified to be resistant to the weed killer Roundup.
In 2007, more than 185,000,000 lbs. of Roundup were applied to U.S. crops, the year the Bush administration halted reporting of the herbicide's application rates.
In 1992, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle announced that GMO foods would not be "hampered by unnecessary regulation", freeing Monsanto of the burden of independent testing or labeling of GMO foods for the American public.
Are you eating GMOs?


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U.S. 'Disaster' Declarations on The Rise: Missouri Ranks Ninth since 1957

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Number of 'disaster' declarations picks up
By Robert Koenig, Beacon Washington correspondent
May 17, 2011
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WASHINGTON - After a tornado cut a destructive swath through St. Louis County and floods inundated southeast Missouri this spring, the state applied for -- and last week received -- a "major disaster" declaration from President Barack Obama.
It was the second such declaration for Missouri counties so far this year -- the first came in March, for the severe winter storms that struck in early February -- and those two were in addition to a federal emergency declaration in February for snowstorm damages.
This year's early declarations in Missouri -- which ranks ninth highest among states in the number of federal disasters decreed since 1957 -- are adding to a national trend of more disaster declarations in recent years, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency statistics analyzed by the Beacon. (Story continues after graphic.)
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Nationwide, there were already 34 presidential disaster declarations by mid-May, which -- if disasters strike at the same pace for the rest of the year -- means that the 2011 total might exceed last year's record of 81 such declarations. Here is a list of FEMA disaster declarations.
In fact, since 2005 -- the year that Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, causing more than $81 billion in damage and sparking an outcry against FEMA's relief efforts -- the number of disaster declarations has been on the rise. Between 2001 and the end of 2005, there were 267 such declarations; in the following five years, there were 330.
The trend is even more pronounced in Missouri. Since 2006, there have been 19 disaster declarations and four "emergency declarations" in the state -- a whopping increase from the total of five disaster declarations and one emergency declaration from 2000-2005.
In all, Missouri has received 52 federal "major disaster" declarations since 1957, as well as seven "emergency declarations," according to FEMA's database. That ranks Missouri as the ninth highest among states in declared disasters since the late 1950s.
Illinois also has seen an increase in disaster declarations in recent years -- with 13 such declarations since 2006, versus seven declarations from 2000-2005. Overall, Illinois ranks 12th highest among the states, with 50 disaster declarations since 1957.
Defining disasters
Is the increase in declared disasters related more to changes in severe weather patterns or to a relaxation of FEMA policies in defining what represents a disaster? Or is it simply a matter of happenstance?
A spokesman for FEMA in Washington said the increase in the number of disaster declarations does not reflect a change in FEMA policy but rather has to do with the number of natural disasters striking the country -- as well as the resources of states to handle those events.
"It doesn't have anything to do with a change in policy," the spokesman told the Beacon. He explained that disaster declarations are defined by the severity of the natural disaster, the impact on the state or county, and whether states or local governments have exceeded their resources of recovery.
He said FEMA's criteria in assessing and declaring disasters or emergencies is outlined in this document. In requesting supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act, governors must confirm that their state's emergency plan has been implemented and also certify that:
  • The severity and magnitude of the disaster exceed state and local capabilities.
  • Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state and local governments, disaster relief organizations and insurance compensation.
  • The state and local governments will meet federal cost-sharing requirements.
The most recent disaster declaration for Missouri, which came last week applied to St. Louis County for the tornadoes that struck on Good Friday in April as well as to four Missouri counties -- Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid and Taney -- hit by recent flooding resulting from torrential rain.
The previous Missouri disaster declaration this year, issued in March, was for the "winter storm and snowstorm during the period of Jan. 31 to Feb. 5," and covered 59 of the state's counties. And the emergency declaration, on Feb. 3, also applied to that winter storm.
The most recent Illinois disaster was declared in March for the severe winter storms that struck the state the previous month.
A map of presidential disaster declarations from 2000-2010 shows the darkest red areas receiving the most declarations. In comparison to a map showing declarations from 1964-2007, it's clear from those maps that Missouri became a "redder" state in the first decade of the 2000s, in terms of the frequency of declared disasters. Greene and Webster counties in southwest Missouri got the most disaster declarations between 2000 and 2010. In Illinois, Greene County led all other counties during that same decade.
"Severe storms" was listed as a factor in nearly every Missouri disaster declaration, with "flooding" listed in 38 of Missouri's and "tornado" listed in 20 of the state's 52 disaster declarations. Most of the disasters struck in the spring (26) with winter storms ranking second (12) and summer and fall disasters less common.

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