U.S. traders reject GMO crops that lack global approval

“Soybeans, once considered such a simple crop to grow and market, is becoming more complicated,’ ” Bayer said. It called the situation faced by growers ‘downright
confusing.’ ” (Reuters Technology, Tom Polansek and Karl Plume, Fri May 6, 2016 5:23pm EDT)

Confusing may be a mild term. What about “massively destructive?” Rightly or wrongly a vast number of farmers who rely on selling their GMO crops (and most do) may be put completely out of business. It’s not like they can magically turn things around. It takes roughly seven years to rehabilitate the soil in order to become a non-GMO or Organic concern and it’s doubtful many have the deep pockets necessary to make that happen.

So, without being judgemental toward those who were lulled into this trap by a vicious and persuasive industry, how will these potentially bankrupted farmers make an orderly transition?  While the government may provide financial aid to affected farmers, who exactly will cover the shortfall in food? I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see the dangers looming here.

“Across the U.S. Farm Belt, top grain handlers have banned genetically modified crops that are not approved in all major overseas markets, shaking up a decades-old system that used the world’s biggest exporting country as a launchpad for new seeds from companies like Monsanto Co.

“Bold yellow signs from global trader Bunge Ltd are posted at U.S. grain elevators barring 19 varieties of GMO corn and soybeans that lack approval in important markets.

“CHS Inc, the country’s largest farm cooperative, wants companies to keep seeds with new biotech traits off the market until they have full approval from major foreign buyers, Gary Anderson, a senior vice president for CHS, told Reuters.”

Continue reading the Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-gmo-crops-idUSKCN0XX2AV

The Fuss Over Zika and Mosquito Control (Updated!!)


All this is quite interesting to this writer (from an analytical point-of-view of course). The latest “HooRah,” WHO, Pandemic scare seems to be focused on this “insidious” Zika virus (with its purported “association” with Microcephaly) and the now, seeming hysterically driven, mosquito (vector) control programs along with an amazing amount of “emergency funding” ($1.8 B) (also to “encourage” BigPharma to “discover” a new vaccine). But, for the purpose of this examination, let’s just focus on vector control, which reportedly is using particular Larvicide products such as “VectoBac.” VectoBac 12AS Biological Larvicide Aqueous Suspension lists the following ingredients: https://drive.google.com/…/0B0vNY24fkkHTRmpTNWZ…/view… (1)

Okay, having clicked on the link and viewed the data, let’s now examine “Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a group of bacteria used as biological control agents for larvae stages of certain dipterans. Bti produces toxins which are effective in killing various species of mosquitoes, fungus gnats, and blackflies, while having ALMOST no effect on other organisms. Indeed, this is one of the major advantages of B. thuringiensis products in general is that THEY ARE THOUGHT to affect few nontarget species.” (2) (emphasis added)

Now, where have we heard this “bacillus thuringiensis” before? Oh! That’s right:

“When U.S. regulators approved Monsanto’s genetically modified ‘Bt’ corn, they knew it would add a deadly poison into our food supply. That’s what it was designed to do. The corn’s DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. It’s a pesticide; it breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.

“But Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt. The Bt-toxin, they claimed, would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and not have any impact on all of us trusting corn-eating consumers.

“Oops. A study just proved them wrong.

“Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corn’s Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women.(Specifically, the toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women.) The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.

“According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which ‘appears to blow a hole in’ safety claims, ‘has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.’ Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.” (3)

Next on the ingredient list, we find PROXEL GXL. Although listed amount as only .10% it’s still important to note: “Corrosive to eyes, skin and mucous membranes, Possible skin sensitizer” (4) Also, “Inhalation: Repeated inhalation exposure may cause impairment of lung function and permanent lung damage.” (5) It gets more interesting so please read the reference.

Then, finally, we come to the remaining 88.29% that is simply labeled, “Trade Secret – Other Ingredients – withheld as Trade Secret” (6) Please feel free to arrive at your own conclusion with respect to that while also bearing in mind that VectoBac is NOT a chemical product, it is a biological one.

So, why does this all seem quite suspicious? Well, the evidence seems to be “heating up” and we’ll continue to pull on this thread to see what else unravels.

(1) http://www.sccgov.org/sites/vector/Documents/VEC12ASm.pdf
(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/…/Bacillus_thuringiensis…
(3) http://articles.mercola.com/…/dangerous-toxins-from-gmo…
(4) http://formosa.msdssoftware.com/…/A3400760F10D40B9AF882…
(5) ibid
(6) http://www.sccgov.org/sites/vector/Documents/VEC12ASm.pdf


It appears that we were on the right track albeit perhaps in a slightly different direction:

“A report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.

“The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes.” (1)

So, it appears that they may have”rolled the dice” by putting Pyriproxyfen in the drinking water…

“Pyriproxyfen was not evaluated in the first edition of the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, published in 1984, in the second edition, published in 1993, or in the addendum to the second edition, published in 1998. In the third edition of the Guidelines, a guideline value of 0.3 mg/litre was established for pyriproxyfen in drinking-water.” (2)

(1) http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/doctors-name-monsantos-larvicide-as-cause-of-brazilian-microcephaly-outbreak/
(2) http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/Pyriproxyfensum.pdf

DNR (Department of Natural Resources) throws a Hail Mary

Familiarize yourself with the story outlined in the video playlist. This information transcends even the plight of all small farmers and extends to each of us desiring to live a rural lifestyle and have access to locally produced, organic food. If one looks closely within the state and local governments, (s)he will find the presence of ICLEI (search it). ICLEI is an arm of UN Agenda 21 (“global sustainability). As an NGO they produce “model legislation” and influence administrative rules with the purpose of implementing “equitable social justice” at the expense of individual choice and personal property.

It’s a huge, well-planned, and well executed operation that is best countered at the local level. Inform yourself of their methods so you can learn to identify them and their activities allowing you to counter them at every turn before they become anchored in your local rule-making.

Emergency Communications Preparedness

Attention Folks! This ARRL Letter gives emphasis to a number of vulnerabilities that most people share, the inavailability of an extreme emergency communication capability. While many are “wrapped around the axle” with cellular technology, they may be forgetting not only about coverage “dead spots” but, most especially, about how cellular became essentially unusable just after the 9/11 event for many reasons including the calling log-jam that exceeded traffic handling capabilities.

Additionally, complicating matters in a severe power-down scenario, cellular towers have a limited power backup capability:

“[T]he FCC imposes ‘specific mandates’ on wireless carriers including ‘backup electric power at most cell sites.’ Therefore, cell towers typically have battery backup arrangements that support operations for TWO TO FOUR HOURS, depending upon call traffic.” [emphasis added] (source: http://www.ehow.com/about_5397187_do-phones-work-power-outages.html)

One may want to strongly consider amateur radio as a key part of their communications planning. With today’s technology, one may acquire a good, hand-held radio for under $50. Also, the extensive networking of radio repeaters, their much more robust power backup capabilities, the ability to talk directly, radio to radio, the ability to link real-time GPS data to mobile mounted radios, the license exam fee of only $16.00, and a plethora of excellent free license study programs via the Internet all argue strongly in favor of adopting the “hobby.” Oh! And no monthly subscription costs either!

The story within this attached letter offers an excellent example of the extreme value of being prepared with the right communications abiity. http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-11-07

Due Process of Drones

Due Process of Drones

Now, how do YOU like it when the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government rattles its sabre at You? As America has been declared a part of the “battlefield,” we are all now potential “enemy combatants” without lawful protections. So, who’s the terrorist? Terrorism is variously defined as a system of government that rules by fear, intimidation, and dread.

Just so you “understand” the “legal” basis here, take a gander at the provisions of 42 USC 1981, which codified the 14th Amendment:

“All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and SHALL BE SUBJECT TO LIKE PUNISHMENT, PAINS, PENALTIES, TAXES, LICENSES, AND EXACTIONS OF EVERY KIND, AND NO OTHER.

Oh, and if you’re wondering the “legal” definition of EXACTION: “The wrongful act of an officer or other person in compelling payment of a fee or reward for his services, under color of his official authority, where no payment is due.” (see also: extortion)
{Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 557}

DHS Ammo Grab: No Longer “Conspiracy” But Plain Reality

DHS Ammo Grab: No Longer “Conspiracy” But Plain Reality

“The government may well be, however, deliberately attempting to restrict the supply of ammunition, thus the functionality of firearms, from the American people.”

If that could be shown to be the case then you could assert a prima facie case of treason by the willful subversion of Amendment Two. Settled law confirms that all the major components (e.g., parts, ammunition, bayonets, etc.) of “arms” fall under the constitutional definition of “arms.” Additionally, it is well settled that these “arms” described are of a substantially military type by the drafters’ intent.

“Infringement: A breaking into; a trespass or encroachment upon; a violation of a law, regulation, contract, or right….” Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition.

“Trespass” is one of the oldest and most serious violations in law. It directly relates to an inherent property right, which is the direct case in point vis-a-vis the Second Amendment. Your physical body and the direct protection thereof is a property right, therefore any willful infringement upon that property right is an unlawful trespass.

50 FREE Survival / Prepper Videos

Shared from “The Free Film Girl”  – An excellent compilation of training videos. Enjoy!

50 FREE Survival / Prepper Videos

OMG We’re All Going To Die!

(Yeah, eventually we will…but in the meantime our chances are better if we are prepared.)

These FREE films (courtesy of the United States government and the folks at Archive.org) seem like they’d sure be helpful in a homesteading or a SHTF survival situation. Most of these are gov’t films so your tax dollars already paid for them; you can watch them online or download each movie for viewing later on.

Here’s how to download: on each video’s page you’ll see a menu on the left hand side. Right-click your mouse on the link and choose SAVE AS to download it. MPEG4 (.MP4) is the most popular of the file types:

Archive.org Screen Shot

  1. Aircrew Survival: Cold Land Survival FAA.
  2. Aircrew Survival: Hot Land Survival FAA.
  3. Aircrew Survival: Survival Kits, Rafts, Accessories FAA.
  4. Aircrew Survival: Survival Medicine FAA.
  5. Aircrew Survival:Surviving on Open Water FAA.
  6. Aircrew Survival:Survival Signaling FAA.
  7. Aircrew Survival: Tropical Survival FAA.
  8. Aircrew Survival: The Will to Survive FAA.
  9. Anchoring Home Fuel Tanks “illustrates the importance of securing home fuel tanks to the structure to prevent damage during disasters. “
  10. Animals In Emergencies (2007) FEMA: “The video is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. It informs owners about the key points in developing a plan to evacuate animals or to shelter them in place and how to find resources in their community to assist them.
  11. Assembling a Can Sealer (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  12. An Ax To Grind – Pt 1 (1999) USDA film: “Hanging an Ax, Sharpening.”
  13. An Ax To Grind – Pt 2 (1999) USDA film: “Single and double bit, chopping, splitting axes, broad ax, broad ax hewing, adzes, hatchets.”
  14. Are You Ready? Another FEMA video; meh, but shows how to properly use a generator.
  15. A Better Way Program 149 USDA: “Program 149: How to grow good cucumbers; Home made toys; Pocket sandwiches; How to split wood and the tools to use; How to make pickles and relish at home; Tips on backpacking.”
  16. Canning Fish in Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  17. Canning Fish in Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  18. Canning Game Meat In Cans (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.”
  19. Canning Game Meat In Jars (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a thorough overview of the basic canning and preserving process for meat and fish in cans.” (I think they mean jars)
  20. Collecting and Using Alaska’s Wild Berries (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “this DVD will help you learn to identify the many species of edible Alaska wild berries and show you how to avoid poisonous species. You’ll also learn to identify habitats where your favorite berries grow and, once you’ve picked them, how to clean, freeze and can them for storage.”
  21. Crop Tree Management for the Landowner USDA: “Understanding that trees compete with each other for sunlight, moisture, and soil nutrients is a basic concept for understanding how to increase the growth rate of trees. Knowing the tree species, how each species provides desired benefits, and being able to assess the health of each tree provides the basis for selecting “crop trees.”
  22. Developing Self-Reliance (1951) Old, but I don’t think this is taught any longer
  23. Direction, Orientation, and Location with a Compass (1967) “features and use of lensatic compass in map orientation, in finding direction and location, and in land navigation, by day and night.”
  24. Drying Fruits (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”
  25. Drying Herbs (2009) Alaska Cooperative Extension Service/USDA: “This provides a step-by-step guide to drying your own foods. Included are comprehensive instructions for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs and making fruit leather.”

    Continued Here!