Thursday, 31 December 2015

‘Free Basics’ will take away more than our right to the internet

Free Basics : Corporate freedom to privatise India’s Basic Economy
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By Dr Vandana Shiva – |, 29 December 2015

As the TRAI decides the fate of Free Basics, Mark Zuckerberg is in India with ₹100 crore, in pocket change, for advertising. Facebook’s Free Basics is a repackaged, or in other words, a system where Facebook decides what parts of the internet are important to users.
Reliance, Facebook’s Indian partner in the Free Basics venture, is an Indian mega-corporation with interests in telecom, energy, food, retail, infrastructure and, of course, land. Reliance obtained land for its rural cell phone towers from the government of India and grabbed land from farmers for SEZ’s through violence and deceit. As a result and at no cost, Reliance has a huge rural, semi-urban and suburban user base — especially farmers. Although Free Basics has been banned (for the time being), Reliance continues to offer the service across its networks.

A collective corporate assault is underway globally. Having lined up all their ducks, veterans of corporate America such as Bill Gates are being joined by the next wave of philanthro-corporate Imperialists, including Mark Zuckerberg. The similarities in Gates and Zuckerberg’s perfectly rehearsed, PR firm-managed announcements of giving away’ their fortunes is uncanny. Whatever entity the Zuckerbergs form to handle the US$45 billion they will be investing will most likely end up looking a lot like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ie: powerful enough to influence the climate negotiations, responsible for nothing.

What could Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have to gain from dictating terms to governments during the climate summit? “The Breakthrough Energy Coalition will invest in ideas that have the potential to transform the way we all produce and consume energy,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. It was an announcement of Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Coalition, the combined wealth of hundreds of billions of dollars of 28 private investors who will influence how the world produces and consumes energy.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Genetically Modified Seeds: Women in India take on Monsanto

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                      The way to food security                                             
In memory of Arun Shrivastava  who passed away on 19th Dec 2015.

This article was first published in 2006.
“We do not buy seeds from the market because we suspect they may be contaminated with genetically engineered or terminator seeds,” says Pavamma, a Dalit woman in village Palarum, near the town of Zaheerabad, about 110 kms north-west of the high-tech city of Hyderabad.
George W Bush signed “Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture” [KIA] with Manmohan Singh [the Indian Prime Minister] in March 2006, cheered by representatives of Monsanto and Wal-Mart, in the same city. Pavamma does not know about KIA. .

Pavamma looks after a household of 14 members, from 2 year old infants to 80 year old grandparents. She owns nine acres of land in semi arid Deccan plateau. One acre, she says, is sufficient to feed her household highly nutritious three full meals every day all year round. The surplus from eight is sold or stored in the household food bank. I spent about two hours with her and learnt that she has a bank of fifty different seeds that she says she needs “to feed her household properly.”

Palarum is a habitation of about thirty households and is part of Village Council of Devrampalli in district Medak. Each village has its own “sangham,” comprising of all households, of all castes and religion. A Village Council is a Constitutional body whereas the sangham is a community-based organization. The seventy-two Sanghams are part of a regional federation welded together by Deccan Development Society, nominally headed by PV Satheesh, that won the COG Award for “Best People’s Defense” on 25th March 2006. [See See also ETC Group website.]

Women manage seed bank
Earlier men managed the household seed stock. Now, it is women. “Men wanted to store fewer seeds and preferred to buy from the market. We want all sorts of seeds for all sorts of food that we eat,” said the women, while men stood nearby smoking local cigarillos.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Famine As Commerce

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Devinder Sharma

"Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize"
- Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Program.

Some years back, a keynote speaker at the International Famine Centre at Cork, Ireland, detailed how maize was loaded on ships bound for Britain at the height of the great Irish potato famine that killed some 1.5 million people more than 150 years ago. He paused and then lamented: "I wonder what kind of people lived at that time who were not even remotely offended at the sight of millions dying of hunger in the same village where the ships were being loaded."

A hundred years later, the same class of people were largely responsible for the great Bengal Famine in 1943, in which an estimated 1.5 million to 3 million people perished. As Nobel laureate Amartya Sen explains in his now well-known theory of entitlements, the Bengal famine was not the result of a drastic slump in food production but because the colonial masters had diverted food for other commercial purposes. And if you are wondering whether the same evil class of the elite decision-makers has perished with the collapse of the erstwhile colonies, hold your breadth. In the last 60 years or so, following the great human tragedy of the Bengal famine, food aid was conveniently used as a political weapon. But what is arguably one of the most blatantly anti-humanitarian act, seen as morally repugnant, is the decision of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to offer US $50 million in food aid to famine-stricken Zimbabwe provided that it is used to purchase genetically modified maize. Food aid therefore is no longer an instrument of foreign policy. It has now become a major commercial activity, even if it means exploiting the famine victims and starving millions.

That is the official line at the USAID about the corn it has offered to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Malawi, where an estimated 13 million people face severe hunger and possibly live under the spectre of an impending famine after two years of drought and floods.

For the genetically modified food industry, reeling under a growing rejection of its untested and harmful food products, there is money in hunger, starvation and death. Spearheaded by USAID, the industry has made it abundantly clear that it has only genetically modified maize to offer and was not willing to segregate. The WFP, which over the past few decades has for all practical purposes become an extension of USAID, was quick to put its rubber stamp. It had earlier helped the United States to reduce its grain surpluses by taking the genetically modified food for a mid-day meal programme for school children in Africa.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Paris Stunned as Scientists Debunk Climate Change Hysteria

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The scientists say that while the science refutes the UN’s claim that man-made carbon emissions are to blame for global warming, they claim that the UN is pressing ahead with its sinister ‘climate regime’ agenda, which includes: destroying industrial civilization, propping up kleptocrats with Western tax funds, and seizing control of the global economy under the guise of regulating the immensely beneficial “gas of life,” also known as carbon dioxide. 

The reports:
Dubbed “Day of Examining the Data,” the conference featured numerous presentations, each one debunking multiple elements of the increasingly discredited anthropogenic (man-made) global-warming theory (AGW). From explaining the myriad benefits of carbon dioxide to the environment and mankind to highlighting the ongoing 19-year pause in warming, no intellectually honest attendee could have left the summit still believing the “climate” hysteria pushed by various governments and international outfits. Indeed, practically every fear-mongering narrative pushed at the nearby UN climate summit was mercilessly debunked with facts, data, logic, and common sense. Later in the day, the film Climate Hustle brutally exposing the climate alarmism premiered at a nearby cinema in Paris, earning nothing but profuse praise from attendees.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Vaccine Autism Cover-up: How One Doctor’s Career was Destroyed for Telling the Truth


In what was perhaps the biggest news event of 2014 (that the mainstream media does not want to cover), the full ramifications of Dr. William Thompson of the CDC coming forward as a whistleblower to confess that the CDC has covered up data linking vaccines to autism are yet to be seen. (See: CDC Whistleblower: CDC Covered Up MMR Vaccine Link to Autism in African American Boys)

However, while blame and (hopefully) criminal complaints more than likely await many people who participated in this cover-up, there is one man who deserves honor, and to whom the mainstream media owes a huge apology: Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

Dr. Wakefield is the world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon and researcher who has been accused of fraud and fabricating studies that show a link between the MMR vaccine and bowel disease, present in many children with autism. Dr. Wakefield was not an anti-vaccine doctor. Rather, he was a doctor interested in vaccine safety, and his studies led him (and many other researchers) to believe that there were problems with the three-combo vaccine of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). He did not advise his patients to stop vaccinating, but instead to vaccinate for these three diseases with single vaccines, rather than the combo.

There was just one problem with this advice. While this advice was in the best interest of parents seeking vaccine safety, it was not in the best interest of the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine (Merck), which saw a decline in its sales in the UK (although there was initially an increase in the sale of single-dose vaccines).

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

मोन्सान्टो की भयावह योजना - भारतीय किसानों का नियोजित खात्मा

कॉलिन टॉडहन्टर के लेख  का हिन्दी अनुवाद 

वैश्विक कृषि व्यवसाय वाले हमेशा यही कहते हैं कि उन्हें विश्व भर के किसान और मानवजाति की चिन्ता है इसलिये जीएम खाद्य फसलों की खेती से वह बढ़ती अबादी की भूख और किसानों को पर्याप्त आमदनी दिलाने की समस्याओं का हल करना चाहते हैं । मगर क्या यह सच है ? आइये देखते हैं ।

अपनी कंपनी और उत्पाद को बढ़ावा देने के लिये अमेरिकी बहुराष्ट्रीय कंपनी यूनियन कार्बाइड ने १९५० और १९६० के दशक में विज्ञापनों की शृंखला बनाई थी । उनमें से एक था जिसमें एक विशाल हाथ एक प्रयोगशाला कुप्पी से भारतीय मिट्टी पर रसायन डालता नजर आता है  मानो भगवान के हाथ के रूप में यूनियन कार्बाइड  पिछड़े और गरीब भारतीय किसानों की मदद कर रहा हो ।  

लेकिन भोपाल की भयानक दुर्घटना, अनगिनत लोगों की मौत , उस कंपनी द्वारा न्याय को चकमा देना और भोपाल पीड़ितों के लिये कुछ भी नहीं करने से साफ जाहिर है कि उन्हें इन्सानों की बिल्कुल परवाह नहीं बस मुनाफे की चिन्ता है । अगर उन्हें चिन्ता होती तो उन आर्थिक और सामाजिक स्थितियों को सुधारने की कोशिश करते जिससे गरीबी और भुखमरी बढ़ती है। उसमें उनकी अपनी भूमिका भी शामिल है जैसे कि `कृषि पर ज्ञान पहल' और ट्रान्सऐटलांटिक ट्रेड ऐंड इन्वेस्टमेंट पार्ट्नर्शिप (टीटीआईपी) जो उन्हें विश्व भर की खेती का अपनी इच्छा स्वरूप पुनर्निर्माण करने की इजाजत देता है।

सच तो यह है कि अमेरिकी वैश्विक शक्ति का विकास अमेरिकी कृषि व्यवसाय द्वारा दुनिया के खाद्य समृद्ध देशों को मुहताज देशों में बदल देने से हुआ है | खेती में सुधार लाने का बहाना उनके लिये द्वार खोलता है, वह अन्दर आते हैं, अपनी जहरीली रसायनिक खेती से फसलों, खेतों और किसानों को बर्बाद करते हैं और फिर इस बर्बादी को सुधारने के बहाने खेती पर अधिकार जमा लेते हैं ।  याद रखें देश का खाद्य भंडार जिसके हाथ में होता है देश की जनता उसपर आश्रित होती है । इनके कपटी तरीके बेचारे किसान समझ नहीं पाते हैं । मोन्सान्टो ने पिछले दस वर्षों में गरीब भारतीय किसानों से करीब ९०० मिलियन अमेरिकन डालर ( ९० करोड़ रुपये) गैरकानूनी ढंग से कमाया है ।

Saturday, 7 November 2015

भ्रष्टाचार के बीज - भारत में खतरनाक अनावश्यक जीएम सरसों का प्रवेश

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कौलिन टौडहन्टर के लेख -  का हिन्दी अनुवाद

भारत के वाणिज्यिक बाजार में प्रथम स्वीकृत जीएम खादय फसल के रूप में जीनांतरित (जीएम) सरसों के आने की संभावना बहुत नजदीक आ गई है । कई आधिकारिक रिपोर्टों द्वारा इसकी मनाही के बावजूद यह कार्यक्रम आगे बढ़ रहा है । तकनीकी विशेषज्ञ समिति (TEC) की रिपोर्ट चौथी आधिकारिक रिपोर्ट है जिसमें जीएम खाद्य फसलों के जोखिम का आकलन करने में बेइमानी, स्वतंत्रता और वैज्ञानिक विशेषज्ञता की कमी की बात कही गयी है ।

जीएम फसलों के खिलाफ चार रिपोर्ट इस प्रकार हैं -
-- फरवरी २०१० की `जयराम रमेश रिपोर्ट' जिसके द्वारा व्यवसायीकरण के लिये सर्वोच्च नियंत्रक की मंजूरी को पराजित कर बीटी बैगन पर अनिश्चितकालीन रोक लगा
-- अगस्त २०१२ की सोपोरी कमीटी रिपोर्ट
-- अगस्त २०१२ की स्थायी संसद समिति (पीएससी) की जीएम फसलों पर रिपोर्ट और
-- जून-जुलाई २०१३ की टीईसी की आखरी रिपोर्ट

टीईसी की सलाह है कि जब तक सरकार उचित नियामक और सुरक्षित क्रियाविधि का बंदोबस्त नहीं कर लेती है तब तक जीएम फसलों के क्षेत्र परीक्षण पर अनिश्चितकालीन रोक जारी रहना चाहिये।

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Humanity’s Big Fight: The Corporate Ownership of Food and Water


Christina Sarich

Privatization and corporate ownership of our food and water is what is at stake. The greed that has allowed companies to create patents on food and to siphon off water and sell it back to the world is as disturbing as ever. Following are ways which a cabal is trying to control 2 of our most basic needs – food and water.

The Overtaking of the Food Supply

A cabal controls our food supply. If you haven’t heard about the massive Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed bank that individuals and companies like Bill Gates, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation, and the Government of Norway have created, then you might want to check it out. The Svalbard seed bank seems to foreshadow a massive food crisis on this planet.
By infiltrating our government regulatory agencies and lying about the safety of genetically modified foods, our world’s food supply is now in critical danger. Obama has passed Monsanto-friendly legislation, and with the Trans Pacific Partnership being negotiated behind closed doors, it is likely our ability to decide against GMO labeling or bans as states will be retracted by the federal government.
GMOs have been linked to cancer, with the World Health Organization now finally admitting that glyphosate, the main herbicide manufactured to be used in concert with these crops, is ‘probably carcinogenic.’
The Institute for Responsible Technology reports how GMOs pose a reproductive risk, accelerated aging, and problems with our digestive system by damaging our healthy gut flora.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Medical Doctor Sells Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine


By Justin Gardner on October 18, 2015
The Free Thought Project

Dr. Robert Weiss believes that a change is coming about in the way we approach health and medicine, or rather a reconnection with knowledge that was shunned with the onset of big pharma.
He sold his practice in New York and built the first farm-based medical practice on a 348-acre farm in Long Valley, New Jersey. It can be called a “farmacy,” a place that explores and utilizes plant-based “food as medicine.”
“Plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease-modifying tools available to practitioners — more powerful than any drugs or surgeries,” said Weiss, a doctor of 25 years in Hudson County.
Untold billions have been put into the production of synthetic chemicals to treat the symptoms of disease, yet the research of plant-based medicine has taken a back seat, despite its ancient history and already known potential.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Wi-Fi radiation warning by Lloyd’s of London, one of the largest insurance companies in the world

Wi-Fi alert: School officials may be personally liable for exposing children to wireless radiation

School districts, school boards and school medical health officers in Canada have been notified that Lloyd’s of London has now excluded any liability coverage for injuries, “directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” This includes the radio frequency radiation emitting from Wi-Fi and other wireless devices in schools.
On February 18, 2015, the UK agent for Lloyd’s stated, “the Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionizing radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage.”

This decision is important because Lloyd’s of London, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, often leads the way in protection by taking on risks that no one else will. But, the decision is not surprising because Lloyd’s refused to cover mobile phone manufacturers against risks to users’ health more than a decade ago in 1999.

What (exactly) are the risks associated with Wi-Fi radiation?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

WiFi – The Invisible Killing Fields

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Waking Times

“There are no safe levels of radiation.”
 -Barrie Trower, Physicist and former Military expert on Microwave Radiation

The mass rollout of Wifi over the past decade has been phenomenal as to how integrated it has become in all facets of our society and our personal lives. Yet few have asked the most important of all questions, ‘Is it Safe?’ At what levels does ever increasing Wifi become dangerous to human health? Can it, or, is it affecting our electronic bodies, our well being and our abilities to think? And to what degree, if any, do invisible radio and microwave frequencies begin to affect our own DNA structures?
Over the past few years, and secretly for decades, scientific and medical evidence has shown conclusively that the low frequency pulsed radio and microwave frequencies are causing significant damage to our cells resulting in extreme increases in autism, heart irregularities, brain wave changes, cancer and generational fertility destruction in males but even more significantly in females. The most prominent changes due to WiFi radiation though is with our children and teenagers due to their developing immune systems and thinner skeletal structures:

Saturday, 9 May 2015

New Study Confirms Climate Engineering Is Contributing To The Planetary Meltdown


The entire premise of "solar radiation management" (SRM, a form of geoengineering) is to create artificial cloud cover by spraying reflective aerosols into the atmosphere. This incredibly insane tunnel visioned "human intervention" approach to cooling planet Earth is so packed with pitfalls that they are impossible to quantify. But what is the bottom line? Covering the planet with artificial aerosol cloud cover contributes to the overall warming of the planet. Why would this be a surprise? The same materials that deflect some of the sun's incoming thermal energy also traps heat.  

Cloud forcing

This is the tip of the known negative climate engineering effects. The ozone layer is being shredded, the hydrological cycle has been completely derailed, and the entire planet has now been heavily contaminated, this is what climate engineering has given us.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Empire and Colonialism: Rich Men in London Still Deciding Africa’s Future


Colin Todhunter 
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Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.
Last year, Director of the Global Justice Now Nick Dearden said:
“It’s scandalous that UK aid money is being used to carve up Africa in the interests of big business. This is the exact opposite of what is needed, which is support to small-scale farmers and fairer distribution of land and resources to give African countries more control over their food systems. Africa can produce enough food to feed its people. The problem is that our food system is geared to the luxury tastes of the richest, not the needs of ordinary people. Here the British government is using aid money to make the problem even worse.”
Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Benin, Malawi and Senegal are all involved in the New Alliance.
In a January 2015 piece in The Guardian, Dearden continued by saying that development was once regarded as a process of breaking with colonial exploitation and transferring power over resources from the ‘first’ to the ‘third world’, involving a revolutionary struggle over the world’s resources. However, the current paradigm is based on the assumption that developing countries need to adopt neo-liberal policies and that public money in the guise of aid should facilitate this. The notion of ‘development’ has become hijacked by rich corporations and the concept of poverty depoliticised and separated from structurally embedded power relations.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Yet More Scientists Blame Fluoride for Underactive Thyroid Issues, Depression, Weight Gain, and More

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Melissa Melton

A new study out of the UK shows once again just how dangerous water fluoridation is.
This time, a look at 98 percent of GP practices found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 percent more likely to show up in areas with, surprise surprise, the greatest degree of water fluoridation.
[The study] found a relatively strong and statistically significant effect, with General Practice (GP) areas being 62% more likely to have high rates of diagnosed hypothyroidism if their drinking water fluoride levels were above 0.7ppm compared to areas with fluoride levels below 0.3ppm.  This was after researchers had accounted for key confounders, which are other factors that influence hypothyroid rates.
…new research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England…
It could mean that up to 15,000 people are suffering needlessly from thyroid problems which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.
And that, of course, is just the number of people in those areas studied.

Obviously, artificial water fluoridation is a dangerous and underestimated practice.
If weight gain and depression fit the bill, it might help to explain why the United States – the most fluoridated nation on the planet – is also the world’s most obese as well as the world’s most medicated country, with anti-depressants prescribed more than any other drug. Of course, there are many other factors at play as well.

Underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is a condition where your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormone. Your thyroid regulates all sorts of processes in your body, including your metabolism, your body temperature, and even your heartbeat. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, your whole body slows down, resulting in a bevy of other health problems the least of which is actually weight gain and and fatigue.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Proof That Organic Crops Can do Better than GMOs: India's Poorest State Grows World Record Amount of Rice Without GM or Herbicide
India's Rice Revolution

Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk he cut on his paddy field near the bank of the Sakri river seemed to weigh heavier than usual, every grain of rice was bigger and when his crop was weighed on the old village scales, even Kumar was shocked.

This was not six or even 10 or 20 tonnes. Kumar, a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar, had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land. This was a world record and with rice the staple food of more than half the world’s population of seven billion, big news.

It beat not just the 19.4 tonnes achieved by the “father of rice”, the Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, but the World Bank-funded scientists at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and anything achieved by the biggest European and American seed and GM companies. And it was not just Sumant Kumar. Krishna, Nitish, Sanjay and Bijay, his friends and rivals in Darveshpura, all recorded over 17 tonnes, and many others in the villages around claimed to have more than doubled their usual yields.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Paris Terror Attack: The Extremely Dark and Unexamined Underside of the Charlie Hebdo Affair


John Chuckman
RINF Alternative News

We hear much about bloody events in Paris being an attack upon western traditions and freedom of the press, and I am sorry but such claims are close to laughable, even though there is nothing remotely funny about mass murder. It certainly is not part of the best western tradition to insult the revered figures of major religions. You are, of course, technically free to do so in many western countries – always remembering that in many of them, a wrong target for your satire will get you a prison term for “hate crimes” – but it does represent little more than poor judgement and extremely bad taste to exercise that particular freedom. What Charlie Hebdo does is not journalism, it is sophomoric jokes and thinly disguised propaganda. Hebdo’s general tone and themes place it completely outside the mythic tableau of heroic defender of free speech or daring journalism, it being very much a vehicle for the interests of American imperialism through NATO.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

MIT Researcher Dr Seneff Says By 2025 Every Second Child Will Be Autistic Thanks to Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicide

[My note : There are many factors contriibuting to autism such as pesticides, herbicides and other toxins in the environment, vaccines, additives in foods etc. Anything that poisons the body directly and /or hinders body functions and process of digestion and absorption of nutrients is likely to hinder development of children and will cause disease in people of all ages. Glyphosate is one of the major contributors to autism alongside vaccines and is also indicated in other health problems such as kidney disease occurring in the general population. El Savador has banned this herbicide as has Sri Lanka ]

By 2025, half the children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism, says Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “Is there a toxic substance that is currently in our environment on the rise in step with increasing rates of autism that could explain this?” She asks in a 2013 presentation (video below) sponsored by Wellesley League of Women Voters. “The answer is yes, I’m quite sure that I’m right, and the answer is glyphosate.”

Dr. Stephenie Seneff

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is a herbicide registered for use on a variety of fruit, vegetable, and field crops and widely used to control weeds. It is the active ingredient in RoundUp, a product made by Monsanto, which ranks as the number one herbicide worldwide. On the rise in China, RoundUp is a particular favorite in America, where genetically modified (GM) crops are bred to resist damage from the product — it kills the weeds, essentially, without hurting the GM plants.

Monday, 5 January 2015

The Future Is Local, The Future Is Not Monsanto


The US as a nation consumes more than anyone else, virtually at the expense of everyone else. The petrodollar system has ensured that imports into the US have been cheap and readily available. Post 1945, Washington has been able to take full advantage of the labour and the material resources of poor countries.
Consider that ‘developing’ nations account for more than 80 percent of world population but consume only about a third of the world’s energy. Also bear in mind that US citizens constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of the world’s energy. On average, one American consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians and 370 Ethiopians [1].

The US is able to consume the way it does because of high demand for the US dollar: it is the world reserve currency. This demand for the dollar is guaranteed as most international trade is carried out using it. The international monetary system that emerged from the Bretton Woods Conference near the end of the Second World War was based on the US being the dominant economic power and the main creditor nation, with institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund eventually being created to serve US interests.

Little old lady in the park

l 17.10.2017 Yesterday while walking my dog in the park nearby I overtook a little old lady. She muttered something and I slow...