Sunday, February 12, 2017
PNN News Brief
1. WONDERFUL NEWS - ROGG has been canceled
Collier County unanimously votes to rescind ROGG and remove from their maps!!!!
1a. Protests erupt across the country - in the streets of thousands of American Cities
1b. It seems not only do Americans disagree with TRUMPIAN EDICTS on Women's Rights
Americans are getting Impatient to discover how the republican control of GOVERNMENT will help the CITIES, JOBS, The Environment, and Health Care for Americans
2. AFTER 9 Years of OBSTRUCTIONISM, the REPUBLICANS
are called upon to PRODUCE THE BODY.
Exactly WHAT IS THEIR better Health Plan? ..... That's not crickets -
IT'S the Sound of FEET DRAGGING
3. At republican town halls across AMERICA - Voters are asking REPUBLICANS what's the PLAN?
And a young girl dared to ask her CONGRESSMAN - Did he believe in SCIENCE????????
of course NOT ONLY did her refuse to ANSWER - He asserted that SHE WAS A MIDGET ACTOR on a PAYROLL - Paid to ask him Intimidating QUESTIONS - that would embarrass him. Imagine asking him:
Did he believe in SCIENCE????????
HOW WOULD HE KNOW - No one gave him the answer to that one - It wasn't on his talking points
4. A NEW SALES CAMPAIGN to SELL TRUMPIAN PRODUCTS from the WHITE HOUSE LAWN was rolled out this week to mixed results!
5. Mitch McConnell - got his wish,
When he ordered the Senate's lil' woman (Senator Warren) , to SIT DOWN AND TAKE HER SEAT - there is a TIME & PLACE for Everything, even reading that letter from Coretta Scott King - So his constituents came to his house last night to READ IT him, as he got ready for bed in his Superman Pajamas
6. In our special report - FROM: OUT of the Closets and Under the Rocks - WHERE EACH WEEK, Republicans REVEAL THEMSELVES for the REPREHENSIBLE CREATURES THEY REALLY ARE - In this week's Episode.
A Republican County Official weighed in with this THOUGHTFUL REMARK -
"With all these damn protestors its about time for ANOTHER KENT STATE FIRING SQUAD - AMMY RIGHT?" He was forced to resign, He hadn't used the PRODUCT PLACEMENT COUPON He'd been Given
7. A Leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. - JUST IN TIME for the Crusades 2.0
TRUMPEAN OFFICIALS REMIND Americans almost daily :
Its not a MUSLIN BAND - Its too stretchy
8. AS a PUBLIC SERVICE WE OFFER THIS MESSAGE ON BEHALF of the Trumpestian White House
WHENEVER ADVERTISEMENTS are produced by SPOKESMODELS on the GROUNDS of the WHITEHOUSE, or in the ROSE GARDEN at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or High Atop the Lincoln Bedroom -
Its IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER - Even when they announce that this AD is to Promote a TRUMP PRODUCT or SERVICE - it is to be UNDERSTOOD, that this is specifically NOT PROFITING from their GOVERNMENT POSITION - Not a Conflict of Interest, AND by definition does not CONFLICT with the EMOLUMENT CLAUSE.
And finally, the Ad that is Announced is EXACTLY and precisely not an AD.
9. Former CIA Analyst Sues Defense Department to Vindicate NSA Whistleblowers
IN 2010, THOMAS DRAKE, a former senior employee at the National Security Agency, was charged with espionage for speaking to a reporter from the Baltimore Sun about a bloated, dysfunctional intelligence program he believed would violate Americans’ privacy. The case against him eventually fell apart, and he pled guilty to a single misdemeanor, but his career in the NSA was over.
Though Drake was largely vindicated, the central question he raised about technology and privacy has never been resolved. Almost seven years have passed now, but Pat Eddington, a former CIA analyst, is still trying to prove that Drake was right.
While working for Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., Eddington had the unique opportunity to comb through still-classified documents that outline the history of two competing NSA programs known as ThinThread and Trailblazer. He’s seen an unredacted version of the Pentagon inspector general’s 2004 audit of the NSA’s failures during that time, and has filed Freedom of Information Act requests.
In January, Eddington decided to take those efforts a step further by suing the Department of Defense to obtain the material, he tells The Intercept. “Those documents completely vindicate” those who advocated for ThinThread at personal risk, says Eddington.
The controversy dates back to 1996, when Ed Loomis, then a computer systems designer for the NSA, along with his team worked to move the NSA’s collection capabilities from the analog to the digital world. The shift would allow the NSA to scoop up internet packets, stringing them together into legible communications, and automating a process to instantly decide which communications were most interesting, while masking anything from Americans. The prototype, called GrandMaster, would need to ingest vast amounts of data, but only spit out what was most valuable, deleting or encrypting everything else.
Then in the fall of 2001, four passenger airliners were hijacked by terrorists as part of a suicide plot against Washington, D.C., and New York City. The U.S. intelligence community faced a disturbing wakeup call: its vast collection systems had failed to prevent the attacks.
Yet, in response, the NSA simply started collecting more data.
The NSA sent out a bid to multiple defense contractors, seeking a program that could collect and analyze communications from phones and the internet. Science Applications Internal Corporation, or SAIC, won the contract, known as Trailblazer. Meanwhile, internally, NSA employees were developing a similar, less costly alternative called ThinThread, a follow-on to GrandMaster. ThinThread would collect online communications, sort them, and mask data belonging to Americans.
Those involved in ThinThread argue that their approach was better than a collect-it-all approach taken by NSA.
“Bulk collection kills people,” says Bill Binney, a former NSA analyst, who rose to be a senior technical official with a dream of automating the agency’s espionage. “You collect everything, dump it on the analyst, and they can’t see the threat coming, can’t stop it,” he says.
Binney built a back-end system — a processor that would draw on data collected by ThinThread, analyze it, look at whether or not the traffic was involves American citizens, and pass on what was valuable for foreign intelligence.
“Bulk acquisition doesn’t work,” agrees Kirk Wiebe, a former NSA senior analyst, who was trying to help convince NSA of ThinThread’s value at the time.
The analysts are drowning in data, and Binney and Wiebe believe ThinThread would have solved the problem by helping the NSA sort through the deluge automatically while protecting privacy using encryption.
But Binney and Wiebe say advocates of ThinThread hit every possible bureaucratic roadblock on the way, sitting in dozens of meetings with lawyers and lawmakers. In the meantime, Gen. Michael Hayden, the director of the NSA at the time, said he decided to fund an outside contract for a larger effort, focused on gathering all communications, not just those over the internet, as ThinThread was designed to do.
Additionally, while ThinThread masked American communications, Hayden’s legal and technical advisors were concerned the collection itself would be a problem. Some of Hayden’s senior officials at the NSA came from SAIC, the company that won contract to design a proof of concept for Trailblazer.
“A tiny group of people at NSA had developed a capability for next to no money at all to give the government an unprecedented level of access to any number of foreign terrorists,” Eddington says. “Instead that system was shut down in favor of an SAIC boondoggle that cost taxpayers, by my last count, close to a billion dollars.”
He argues the contract, and the “incestuous” relationship between the NSA chief and the contractor never received the scrutiny it deserved. “It was clearly an ethical problem,” Loomis said.
Ultimately, however, the NSA went with Trailblazer. Hayden rejected the ThinThread proposal because the intelligence community’s lawyers were concerned it wouldn’t work on a global scale, and that it would vacuum up too much American data. Hayden has continued dismissing concerns years later as the grumblings of disgruntled employees. Hayden told PBS Frontline ThinThread “was not the answer to the problems we were facing, with regard to the volume, variety and velocity of modern communications.”
In 2002, Wiebe, Binney, Loomis, Drake, and Diane Roark, a Republican staffer on the House Intelligence Committee who had been advocating for ThinThread, united to complain to the Defense Department’s inspector general, arguing that ThinThread, while still a prototype, would be the best surveillance system. The oversight body completed its report in 2004, which included major concerns about Trailblazer.
“We talked about going for the nuclear option,” Wiebe said, referring to discussions at the time about contacting the press.
But Drake went it alone, however, never telling his colleagues what he planned to do. Stories about the disagreements started showing up in news headlines based on leaks. The Bush administration in 2007 sent the FBI after the whistleblowers, raiding each of the whistleblowers’ homes who raised complaints to the Pentagon inspector general. Drake faced espionage charges after speaking to a reporter from the Baltimore Sun about the alleged mismanagement and waste in the NSA.
Though Drake wasn’t sent to prison, he lost his career in government, and now works at an Apple store. The question of whether ThinThread would have provided a better capability than Trailblazer was never resolved.
While ThinThread never made it to production, some of the analytic elements, minus the privacy protections, made it into Fort Meade as part of a massive surveillance program now known as Stellar Wind.
But there may be a way to settle the debate. The watchdog agency tasked with oversight of the Department of Defense completed a full investigation into the battle between ThinThread and the Trailblazer. The Pentagon inspector general published a heavily redacted version of that investigation in 2011; that report is now the only public record available, aside from the account of the whistleblowers who exposed it.
Despite everything that’s come out about its surveillance programs, the NSA still won’t release the full ThinThread investigation. “I don’t really know what they’re trying to hide,” said Loomis.
Loomis says he thinks those redactions were more for the sake of Hayden’s reputation than protecting real classified information. He eventually documented the saga in a self-published book called “NSA’s Transformation: An Executive Branch Black Eye.”
Drake told The Intercept in an email that efforts to uncover the Pentagon inspector general’s ThinThread investigation were a large part of his defense. Since then, the Office of Special Counsel concluded last March that the Department of Justice may have destroyed evidence that might have helped exonerate him.
In the meantime, however, hope is fading that the entire story of ThinThread will emerge from behind the government door of secrecy. “We’ve been trying for 15 or 16 years now to bring the U.S. government the technical solution to save lives, but they fight us left and right,” said Wiebe.
Eddington says the ThinThread controversy demonstrates the lack of oversight of the intelligence community. “The mentality that gave us this system is still in place,” he says. “We could see this become de facto permanent,” he said.
10. Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rubberstamped Monsanto’s newest formulation of the herbicide dicamba for use on the corporation’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton seeds. Expecting that this approval will lead to a dramatic increase in use of the herbicide dicamba, PAN and partners just filed a federal lawsuit challenging the agency's decision to risk farmer livelihoods, community health and the environment.
The original version of dicamba, which is still on the market, has been around for over 45 years and is responsible for the third highest number of drift-related crop damage incidents in the U.S. Monsanto claims that its new formulation, ”XtendiMax," is less likely to drift from the fields where it's applied — although there is no guarantee that this newer, more expensive formulation will be used in place of the older, cheaper option.
Last season, the first planting of Monsanto's new GE seeds resulted in unprecedented drift damage from dicamba across the country. Even before EPA had approved the new formulation of dicamba, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allowed Monsanto’s corresponding “Xtend” dicamba-resistant soybean seeds onto the market in 2015. It was technically illegal to apply the old formulation of the herbicide on the new GE seeds, but growers did it anyway — looking for the increased yields Monsanto promised with the Xtend seed line.
Across 10 states, farmers reported that the increased dicamba spray caused widespread damage to thousands of acres of neighboring non-GE crops. And last fall, a dispute between an Arkansas farmer and a Missouri farmer even resulted in a fatal shooting.
In addition to crop damage and impacts on rural communities, conservationists are deeply concerned about dicamba drift damaging biodiversity, as the herbicide threatens plants that provide nectar for pollinators and habitat for animals. Additionally, it is frequently detected in surface water.
A short-sighted tool
Monsanto’s new, supposedly less drift-prone version of dicamba is not likely to be an effective tool in the long run. We know from watching the use of glyphosate — the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp — that the strategy of stacking seeds with herbicide resistance is deeply flawed and hard to control. Thanks to widespread planting of RoundUp Ready seeds, an epidemic of glyphosate-resistant "superweeds" now plagues farmers. Weeds develop herbicide resistance quickly.
Jason Norsworthy, a weed expert at the University of Arkansas, recently conducted a study to test how quickly pigweed — the main weed of concern in soybean fields — develops resistance to dicamba. He found that after just three generations of heavy dicamba exposure, pigweeds were no longer susceptible to the herbicide. With increased use of dicamba on Monsanto’s GE crops, a new generation of superweeds is just around the corner.
Posted by Rick Spisak at 4:30 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2017
PNN - For 1/15/17
Morality of Boycotts - (The Inaugural / Israel?)
Boycotts and strikes part of a limited toolset to confront and confound the economically powerful:
Every boycott has some collateral damage, like every strike, which is why it is a powerful tool used selectively.
BP's egregious behavior in the Gulf of Mexico. Was it the callous behavior of a clerk? Of a secretary? of each poor gas station sales staff -
Certainly the unsafe conditions that killed platform workers ordered by higher ups to cut corners, which endangered their own lives. They were not to blame for BP's misdeeds. They were victimized, and forced by decisions by a higher ups that cost them their very lives.
But the tools at the disposal of the consumer, of the green advocate are few.
Another example: a miner who dares go on strike for safer conditions.
Does his family suffer? YES!
Would he feel terrible if a fellow miner, whose family cannot afford to strike, dies in an unsafe condition which (might have benefited from his striking brothers presence?)
Yes unlike the mine owner, he feels that danger to his fellows as an additional burden.
But the striking worker, the boycotting consumer has a limited set of tools to confront the robber baron, the arrogant petroleum executive.
Or in the case the LL BEAN exec who uses their economic strength against the interests of the majority of Americans who are deeply wounded by REPUBLICAN ECONOMICS.
You mentioned that I used words, that much you got right. When you pretend that my point about life and death is unrelated that is simply inaccurate.
When you again mention that workers pay a price, it leads me to suggest you might read my earlier response a little closer, because you not have grasped its complexity.
As to irrelevant comments, I articulated quite carefully the purpose of both boycotts and strikes. You might want to read some history to better understand the purposes and impacts of boycotts and strikes.
And yes, I did ask you about the massive Empathy deficit on display in republican discourse but far more important in REPUBLICAN POLICY!
- Bernie's Drug Price Amendment
The democrats must have no leadership they couldn't hold together DEMs 13 defected to protect Americans from soaring drug prices.
Everyone was talking about the 6 FIGURE Bribes - I mean "support" from Big Pharma for these Betrayers. I propose - Lets start a NEW PROGRESSIVE bidding war to RE-Purchase the affections of the so called PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS?
Just call it what it is, sold votes, bribes paid, plain and simple.
They said they were protecting us, from the drug companies that sell the same drugs in Canada! Let's see hands who thinks that's the real answer?
3 Thank goodness the Florida Democratic Party has safely passed to the highest bidder. Next time the republican promises to brings the real checkbook and bid for the sky - Senior Democratic Party Officials were heard, licking their lips
4 To lead the transition of the Environmental Protection Agency, President-elect Donald Trump settled on notorious climate change denier Myron Ebell. The decision rattled climate activists—see Julia Lurie's interview with Bill McKibben and David Roberts and Brad Plumer on Vox. But it isn't just greenhouse gas emissions that are likely to get a free ride under an Ebell-influenced EPA. Farm chemicals, too, would likely flow unabated if Ebell's agenda comes to dominate Trump's EPA.
Ebell directs the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The group runs a website, SafeChemicalPolicy.org, that exists to downplay the health and ecological impacts of chemicals.
If the incoming EPA takes its cues from Ebell's group, the agency's coming decisions on some widely used farm chemicals won't be hard to predict. - Hey "everything's a chemical man, and if humans made it- it's got an organic source ?"
5 AT-LAST AT-LAST - The Humble Bunble Bee - gets its day in the setting sun
bumble bee's placed on the FEDERAL endangered species list -
republicants VOW to redouble efforts!
6 potential CIA director Mike Pompeo wants to track your Facebook
The Senate intelligence committee asked potential CIA director Mike Pompeo what limits he'd have for mass surveillance.
If your Facebook profile is public, it'll be an open invitation for the CIA.
The Central Intelligence Agency is obligated to follow up on information that's on a public website, including on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick for the next CIA boss, said during his confirmation hearing Thursday.
"If someone is out there on their Facebook, talking about an attack or plotting an attack against America, I think you would find the director of the CIA grossly negligent if they didn't pursue that information," Pompeo said.
During the hearing, lawmakers hit the Republican congressman from Kansas on privacy issues. In 2015, Pompeo pushed to give mass surveillance tools back to the National Security Agency through the "Liberty Through Strength Act II." The NSA's mass data surveillance program had been defanged after whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations.
Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, was concerned with Pompeo's drive to make mass surveillance more powerful through that bill, which went so far as to propose collecting financial and "lifestyle" information in a "comprehensive, searchable database." Wyden wanted to know what limits Pompeo's rejected bill would have had.
"You would be in favor of a new law collecting all of this data about the personal lives of our people," Wyden asked at the hearing.
Pompeo, who has called for Snowden's death, said the US needed to collect publicly available information to "keep Americans safe." (RIGHT AFTER A KIND OF A TRIAL)
The Orlando nightclub gunman posted a cryptic warning on his Facebook page before committing his murders last June. A student at Ohio State in November reportedly did the sameon Facebook before carrying out a knife attack on campus.
Pompeo said public social media profiles such as those on Facebook could be useful in the CIA's counterterrorism efforts. He promised the Senate intelligence committee that the CIA wouldn't unlawfully spy on US citizens, reminding the lawmakers that he's voted for legislation protecting privacy.
He stressed that he was specifically talking about information available to the public, including Facebook posts. Facebook declined comment. The social network already scans people's posts and chats for any criminal activity, according to a 2012 interview.
The committee also challenged Pompeo on his social media history. After Pompeo said he's "never believed that WikiLeaks is a credible source of information," Sen. Angus King, an Independent from Maine, asked, "Well, how do you explain your Twitter?"
The senator brought up a tweet from July 24, 2016, in which Pompeo posted a WikiLeaks story as "proof that the fix was in from" President Barack Obama.
Posted by Rick Spisak at 3:49 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Frosting on the Cake of State
It is a matter of "faith" among many in the working class, that if you give the keys to political office to a rich man, since he's already rich. He will concentrate on handling the people's work since graft and corruption aren't going to be "his" first concern ( Carly Fiorini I know you're out there).
But what this homey faith fails to grasp unlike the rich guy in office (who grasps a lot) what it fails to consider, is that the guy got RICH, in the first place, by grasping eight cents of every dime that walked by (if not eleven cents).
So here we have "elected" (debatable) a rich guy The Drumpft, the Anti-FDR, whose "New Deal" deals you out. And what craziness rises first, among the first (of many we imagine) Constitutional Crises yet to arise? (Before I must add, he even gets his gold-plated fingers on the wheel of State) is the EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE.
Not the Claus we were hoping to have in mind this December to remember. The Emoluments Clause, the clause dealing with self dealing, the warning of financial enrichment while serving the public. Yet we find ourselves collectively considering not just corruption, but the installation of a crime family.
It's the seldom needed clause of our Constitutional Compact that deals with using those infidels (non-believers) who would take Public Service Office and make it about personal enrichment. Boy, Oh Boy, there's some frosting on the Cake of State!
So here we have the rich guy, not exactly on the verge of economic collapse ( hey you seen his tax bill, I dunno). Ready to lead... we know not where.
Not even in office yet, and they gotta read him the riot act, that you can't use "public service" to enrich yourself FURTHER! It is my opinion, that if the people get ANY PUBLIC SERVICE OUTTA THIS GUY- I'll dine on Jelly Donuts in the Public Square.
But John, Jane, Juan and Juanita are staring into their thin soup on this one. Please pass me another general, for this next job, if we can tear him away from the golf course and the secretary pool. Get me another billionaire for that post, if his secretary can lend him car fare. And please, find me one who hates the PROJECT and can be counted on, to count it down. With Grover NorTWIST, as his TAXING GUIDE guide and Duterte (of the Philippines as his moral guide) he IS READY to have the servants drag his poisonous platinum piston out onto the Washington Mall to show us exactly what he means by AIMING TO PLEASE and Being Number One ... with a bullet.
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Posted by Rick Spisak at 2:41 PM
BRING OUT YER DEAD
(How did it Happen?)
A well and carefully cultivated political ignorance.
Solid media performances as Les Moonves of CBS said, he's great for us, regardless of how it works out for the country.
Solid media performances as Les Moonves of CBS said, he's great for us, regardless of how it works out for the country.
A special naïveté that equated "a different" leader with a "better" leader.
A disgust among many, a near universal dissatisfaction with a completely coopted political system that they mistook for deadlocked when it was simply a system slowly shaking off the final restraints holding back corporate governance that serves the one percent openly.
The question that remains is, will those of us aware of what has transpired find adequate footing to reclaim the noble experiment in self-government and equality.
Or will it be instead, too difficult, our allies too divided. And finally once and for all will the Bill of Rights slip completely from our grasp.
Will the children of tomorrow be trained only as serfs and servants. And literacy recede further while access to healthcare becomes a memory and a special "condition" granted only to the blood royal.
And like the peasant said to the collector of the dead - We're not Dead Yet!
Posted by Rick Spisak at 10:28 AM
GOD Please protect and carefor the very richest amongst us, of course you needn't waste time on mere piker millionaires, I mean really what's the point.
Even simple billionaires, you shouldn't waste your valuable time. Don't bother. So it's settled, we're clear, just the really really biggest and the filthiest rich among the multi-billionaires are seriously worth your time, or effort.
So we the great messy stinking masses of the working poor, forgive you!
We absolve you and free you from wasting any of your time (albeit infinite) of any cares at all for the poor, I mean really.
Posted by Rick Spisak at 10:09 AM
Sunday, December 04, 2016
PNN - PROGRESSIVE-JOURNO-CIRCLE
and an Interview with Margaret Flowers
We have invited a fine thoughtful group of Progressive Activists and Journalists to come together to talk about the challenges ahead. (LISTEN)
Some of our topics:
We'll chat TRUMP Choices
Pipes leaking and Yet to be installed
Treaties Lost and Found
Swamp Drainage + the persistent gardens of Goldman Sachs
Flag Burning and other Distractions
Israeli Peace Plans "heating up"
CHINA's TIP ' of the Hat
Native American Massacres - Ancient and Modern
Redneck of the Week
Schumer & Pelosi a new BROOM SWEEPS under the RUG
Uteri and other Noble Causes
Preparing for the first TRUMPEAN VOLLIES -
Betting pool for the first Journalist Law Suit / Arrest
Has America's Free Speech Zone been merely Shrunk or Electrified?
Should we expect a Smaller but far more posh Inaugural
And we will talk with Margaret Flowers TPP and Human Rights Activist as she heads west to Standing Rock
TUNE IN LIVE: Sundays 7pm (Eastern) 4pm (Pacific) (LISTEN)
ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL + ANTI-PUBLIC EDUCATION WHEEEEEE!
1. Principles of Academic Freedom in the face of Tyranny
I will not aid in the registering, rounding-up, or internment of students and colleagues on the basis of their religious beliefs.
I will not aid in the marginalization, exclusion, or deportation of my undocumented students and colleagues.
I will, as my capacities allow, discourage and defend against the bullying and harassment of vulnerable students and colleagues targeted for important aspects of their identity (such as race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, etc.).
I will not aid government or law enforcement in activities which violate the U.S. Constitution or other U.S. law.
I will not aid in government surveillance.
I will not inform. As a teacher and researcher, I will not be bought or intimidated.
I will present the state of research in my field accurately, whether or not it is what the government wants to hear.
I will challenge others when they lie.
I will not be shy about my commitment to academic values: truth, objectivity, free inquiry, and rational debate.
I will challenge others when they engage in behavior contrary to these values. As an administrator, I will defend my students, faculty, and non-academic staff.
I will not allow the expulsion, firing, disciplining, harassment, or marginalization of individuals targeted for being members of disfavoured groups or for expressing dangerous opinions.
I will speak up for academic freedom.
I will insist on the autonomy of my institution.
I will stand with my colleagues at other institutions, and defend their rights and freedoms.
I will be fair and unbiased in the classroom, in grading, and in all my dealings with all my students, including those who disagree with me politically.
Sweeter than Honey
2. Time and again we have heard about the pesticide, glyphosate, making its way into our food chain, our medical treatments – children’s vaccines – and impacting on our life. Monsanto’s attempts to debunk WHO claims that the pesticide is indeed, a “probable carcinogen,” has generally, fallen on deaf ears.
However, irrespective if we believe the Agricultural giant’s claims or not, yet again, glyphosate has headed the discussions of eco-awareness, this time in the form of honey. Yes, that’s right, honey.
Over the last year, we here at the Anon media faction have highlighted the plight of bees and their necessity in the ecochain, for our livelihoods. Quite simply, without the bee to pollinate, we would very quickly discover the devastating impact on our food supply.
Now, public interest group Right to Know has declared that they have documents proving the FDA has discovered traces of glyphosate in samples of American honey. The Roundup herbicide, which is popular among farmers, particularly for GMO crops nowadays, is slowly leaching further into our food supplies.
One scientist, in a leaked document stated that it is more difficult to find honey that is not tainted with the carcinogenic glyphosate. “It is difficult to find blank honey that does not contain residue,” he says. “I collect about 10 samples of honey in the market and they all contain glyphosate.” He further states that organic mountain honey, though still contains the chemicals, contains the lowest traces.
And it isn’t surprising.
Not long ago, we reported on Colony Collapse Disorder – a dying off of up to 40 percent of bee colonies. The record number of deaths have, by some, been attributed to the use of pesticides, one of them being glyphosate.
Common sense from here, tells you that those bees which survive the pesticide spraying will naturally carry the chemicals with them as they harvest pollen. As with all things, a process such as this, where the bee and the flower are tainted, naturally, the taint will progress into the end product – in this case, the honey we consume.
The concerning angle to this story is the inability for the FDA to accept the risks posed.
“In recent re-evaluations of glyphosate exposure and toxicity, [the Environmental Protection Agency] has confirmed that glyphosate is almost non-toxic to humans and animals. So, while the presence of glyphosate in honey is technically a violation, it is not a safety issue,” states Chris Sack, a scientist with the FDA in a leaked email. Further on he states, acknowledging glyphosate as a pesticide “most likely [be] introduced by the bees themselves.”
Posted by Rick Spisak at 11:42 AM
Sunday, November 27, 2016
PNN - Ground Truth, Native News,
JOIN US and these special guests:
Water Blues, Trumps New Choose
Dezeray - On Standing Rock and Palestinian Rights
Jeannie Economos, of the FARMWORKERS ASSOCIATION and her colleague Antonio will discuss the effects of Agricultural Chemicals on Farm Workers and their families
Scott Smith Chief Scientist of Water Defense will discuss the Phosphate Mine leak and FLINT Michigans' continuing poisonous waters.
Brook Hines Senior Political Commentator will address the feints, foibles, and folderol of the INCOMING IDIOCRACY and their visible magnificent and mendacious minions.
Ms. Stapleton from Adelaide has unfortunately succumbed and is under the weather she'll join us in the weeks ahead!
We may have some good news in the near FUTURE - the Florida Media Labs maybe expanding our offerings in the coming weeks ahead!
Solidarity & Peace
Rick Spisak News Director PNN
Posted by Rick Spisak at 2:05 PM