Thursday, May 30, 2013

ANONYMOUS HACKS MONSANTO AFTER MONSANTO HACKS CT



BACKROOM DEAL EXPOSES POLITICS REALITY SHOW

Temecula, CA – Occurring in only 5 days after the 436 city March Against Monsanto in 52 countries around
the world and just a day after the Monsanto backroom sellout of Connecticut voters, children, and activists
by the state’s Governor and House Speaker, Hackers from the Anonymous collective claimed to have infiltrated the website for the biotech giant Monsanto, which has been the subject of recent international protests.

The cyber-attack was carried out as part of #OpMonsanto, an attempt to demonstrate against Monsanto’s reach into every aspect of America, from nature to farmers to consumers to corrupt government public servants, like governors. The corporation’s main website, Monstanto.com, appeared to have been briefly disabled Wednesday night. Why this action was called for, follows after the jump.

Last week, we watched in amazement as the Connecticut Senate heroically passed a strong GMO labeling bill by a vote of 35 to 1. Rather than passing the same version of that bill, the House was forced into a devious compromise by Governor Malloy's office and Speaker Sharkey who gutted a bill that would label GMO baby food in an effort to kill the Senate bill and make it look like on paper that they supported GMO labeling.

Sharkey and Malloy intentionally added an amendment that is so broad and twisted in its logic that it would make enforcement of GMO labeling nearly impossible.

According to advocates at GMO Free CT, who have been working hard on the ground to pass GMO labeling for over 2 years, a backroom deal was brokered at midnightbetween Governor Malloy's office and Speaker Sharkey that gutted the bill.

The story of how the deal was struck is a classic tale of cowardice and compromise in the face of special
interest pressure from Monsanto and other biotech giants who believe their right to corporate profits as they poison you and future generations is greater that your democratic rights. This line of twisted logic falls in line with Agenda 21.

A letter from GMO Free CT to their supporters tells the story of how Connecticut House members had worked through the night for 3 days in a row and were forced to stay on the House floor, while "the amendment was being drafted behind closed doors". And after 4 hours of intense negotiations with the Governor's office, all communications were cut and hours later a toothless amendment was added to the bill, which House members did not have time to read. This is classic behind the scenes shenanigans of Monsanto and the biotech industry that we have all watched for years, and most recently with the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act.

According GMO Free CT, Sharkey and Malloy's Amendment to the House bill:

"(1) will excuse many US farmers (those who gross under 1.5 million dollars per year for a single crop). When these crops are sold to manufacturers, who put the crops into their corn chips, crackers, ice cream, and breads, labeling of those products would not be required.  That means an unlabeled bag of tortilla chips may still have GMOs in it, if the corn came from a farmer who grosses less than 1.5 million dollars.  As a consumer, how are you ever supposed to know that?  Why even bother having a food labeling law if you still have no clue what is in the food?   This exemption undermines the entire intent of the bill - food transparency, and because of this exemption, the bill would most likely be overturned in a court because of being too vague"

"(2) The trigger clause placed in this bill is not a reasonable trigger connected with any reasonable rationale.  The law will only take effect if the following conditions are all met:  Five additional states AND an aggregate population of more than 25 million people, AND two of those states will have to be touching CT (NY, MA, RI) OR New York  AND New Jersey.  These conditions were not meant to be a meaningful trigger clause, but a roadblock and they know it.  If VT, ME, RI, MA and WA pass a GMO labeling law, the bill would still not trigger.  And, if NY passes a law, shouldn’t our law automatically trigger regardless of how many other states have passed a law? But it won’t, until four other states pass a law.  Why should 25 million residents of other states get the right to know what’s in their food before a single Connecticut resident is granted such a right?"

If you are not tech savvy or a part of #opMonsanto but would still like to tell Governor Malloy what a douche bag he is for selling out mothers and babies in Connecticut, go (here*) with my blessings. * Link hacked day story was released. Guess the Gov'ner didn't want any voter input.


LIVING IN A MIRROR – A NEW CALENDAR SERIES



THE PARALLEL LIFE OF AMERICA TODAY, AND 50 YEARS AGO

Temecula, CA – As regular readers know, my 50-year class reunion is coming up. I graduated in 1963, the
only year of Camelot for my generation. Shortly after I entered college the following September of the same year, President John Kennedy was assassinated. I’m sure soon the history books of the future will only say ‘that “Kennedy died while in office”, end of story. ‘Moving on to LBJ, yada, yada, yada.’

Why do I say this? Because events of the last week or so have illustrated a general scrubbing of history by ‘the powers that be’ for the general population just as they did 50 years ago. I can say this because I was around fifty years ago. You see, 50 years ago the FBI worked hard to discredit/disrupt Dr. Martin Luther King’s mission statement to the world. Now it turns out that Hoover’s old agency is still the same. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. must be spinning in his grave.

‘The FBI worked in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, US military, private corporations and law enforcement agencies in a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least twomonths before the firstoccupation movement against social injustice began in September 2011.


Recently disclosed FBI documents received by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund(PCJF) indicate that the bureau had known of a plan by a mysterious group in October 2011 — the name of which was blacked out in the released document — to identify the leaders of the movement in Houstonand then assassinate them.

PCJF executive director Maya Verheyden-Hilliard said the report proves that federal agencies are “functioning as a de factointelligence arm of the Wall Streetand corporate America…against people who are engaged in First Amendment-protected free speechactivities.”


The official report said well before Zuccotti Park was occupied and beforethe first protest began on Wall Street, there was an “FBI meeting with leaders of the New York Stock Exchange and with the security organizations of the Wall Street banks to develop a coordinated strategy for dealing with the Occupy protests.”


The report further revealed that the FBI considered the Occupymovement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledged that organizers explicitly called for peaceful demonstrations and “did not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests; again just like in the days of Martin Luther King.


FBI records were reportedly obtained by the PCJF through a Freedom of Information Act request to the agency, with many parts of the documents censored by the bureau. (News source – Mr. Z; *- first of the Living In A Mirror Series articles)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

TEMECULA JOINS TWO MILLION IN MONSANTO PROTEST



PRETTY IN RED MEANS Get Monsanto Out AND Grow My Own

Temecula, CA – Checking the wire services about yesterday’s March Against Monsanto allows me to
culminate the meat from various sources which range from half fluff to mostly fluff as content goes.

To fill in the blanks, the use of the word ‘hijack’ in previous stories about this latest anti-GMO wave, referred to the ‘cause’ outgrowing the previous organizational confines spontaneously. 

In other news, the U.S. Senatethis week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization, a lobbying group that represents Monsanto, DuPont & Co. and other makers of genetically modified seeds, has said that it supports voluntary labeling for people who seek out such products. But it says that mandatory labeling would only mislead or confuse consumers into thinking the products aren't safe, even though the GMO'd FDA has said there's no difference between GMO and organic, non-GMO foods.


However, state legislatures in Vermont and Connecticut moved ahead this month with votes to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.

Under perfect skies, a growing group of citizens from Temecula and Murrieta, gathered to disseminate knowledge and information onto a population that x-Orange County folk call conservative. To gain attention from passing motorists, most of the people that were parents, were dressed in matching but individually numbered almost fire engine red tee shirts from the ‘We Count’ POD [Print On Demand] company.


Though mostly moms and families, people as varied as an inventor, a dietician, a woman with intestine leakage due to GMO foods, and even a scientist who just wanted the choice relative to 64 other countries [up from 61 at the time of Prop 37], showed up at the Temecula Duck Pond. When the ranks had grown to about two-hundred plus, Jackie and Momo, started the main event, which was a march from the duck pond to City Hall in Old Town.
At City Hall, on the steps of T-town’s council splendor, a structure that impressed a number of first time visitors who hadn’t seen the place close up, several people delivered speeches that could be summed up with the following statement. ‘The truth may set you free, but first it will piss you off’. After that it was a photo op to capture the moment in Temecula history and Riverside County activism since no mainstream* or local independent news sources** save the Calendar were around.


Flyers containing info about GMOs, Monsanto, products, ingredients, companies against Prop 37 to boycott [endorsed here], MAAM, and a list of documentaries to watch for free education (at end of this article) were
available and passed out to all who attended Saturday’s March. Though aware of the issue in varying degrees, this new demo, especially local, was a welcome ray of hope.

Unlike the MAAM (Moms Across America March, see back pages) which is still scheduled for July 4th, the 'March Against Monsanto' movement began just a few months ago, when Tami Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company's practices.

"If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success," she said Saturday. Instead, 2,000,000 responded to her message.

Together with Seattle blogger and activist Emilie Rensink and Nick Bernabe of Anti-Media.org, Canal worked with A Revolt.org digital anarchy to promote internationalawareness of the event. She called the turnout of 436 Marches in 52 countries "incredible," and credited social media for being a vehicle for furthering opportunities for activism. Despite the size of the gatherings, Canal said she was grateful that the marches were uniformly peaceful and no arrests have been reported.

"It was empowering and inspiring to see so many people, from different walks of life, put aside their differences and come together today," she said. The group plans to harness the success of the event to continue its anti-GMO cause. "We will continue until Monsanto complies with consumer demand. They are poisoning our children, poisoning our planet," she said. "If we don't act, who's going to?"


Because of the no-show by the 'press' (*- no PE.com, no SD Trib; **- no Neighbors, SWNS, no city  online/print editions, and nary a Patch for these troubles in sight though the Valley News had a photographer onsite. Also no Examiners to examine Monsanto), a new march, March Against Mainstream Media has been launched for June 29th, 2013, as the summer begins to heat up like the box office. 


Join us here when we, the ONLY free press that cares, bring you, Here Comes The MAMM.

For your perusal


“GMO Truths and Myths” –
www.eathopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMOMythsandTruths/GMOMythsandTruths1.3b.pdf (Scrubbed by Monsanto?)

          “GMO Crops – Prospects and Effects” (2012)
www.gmwatch.org/files/IndiaGMReport.pdf (Scrubbed by Monsanto?)

          “The Honeybee ?”
www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/pubmed/22292570 (Scrubbed by Monsanto?)

          Documentaries
  
The World According To Monsanto http://bit.ly/r9lY0k
(Redirected by Monsanto?)

Genetic Roulette http://bit.ly/17mRXRw (Scrubbed by
copyright owner)

Scientists Under Attack http://bit.ly/XMsxJa

Saturday, May 25, 2013

NOTHING NEW FROM YOU

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO HERE AND WORLDWIDE HAPPENS  TODAY






Today those who fight Evil will educate others through the March Against Monsanto happening at Oscar's duck pond, Temecula, and at hundreds of other locations in the state and around the world. Since there is, so far, a news blackout, check back here after the holiday for complete coverage. Also after the March or if you couldn't attend, remember Martin Luther King's economic strategy ["Nothing New For Easter" now being honored in Louisville, KY] and boycott these companies:

Friday, May 17, 2013

THE CLASS OF 63



OMELETS OF HISTORY

Temecula, CA – Though the major fluff news may be The Rolling Stones doing their ‘50 and Counting’ concert tour, high schools all across the country are also celebrating their 50-year high school class reunions. Today 18-year olds may have mansions on MTV Cribz but 50 years ago things were a lot different, for everybody. Men, women, and children all knew they place and what was expected of them. Like eggs at the grocery store, people had their own container and came in white or brown groupings, one egg carton a pale tan reflection of the white sun.


As I open Memoirsby saying that 1963 was the end of the Dragnet generation, that year also marked a time after decades of law-enforced racial segregation ended but before ‘Black Power’ started. For Louisville, Kentucky, desegregation in public schools started the summer before I entered the sixth grade. By the time I graduated 6 years later, the Class of ’63, would be the last class of Camelot, and a lot of eggs, or traditions, be turned into omelets. In November of that year, the President’s Secret Service driver would turn and end Camelot forever with a .45 slug.

In that all too brief time, Male High, to me, was the brightest beacon of ‘the right thing to do.’
For my readers who don’t know Male High it was like this. We are talking Southern Tradition even though Indiana and ‘the North’ were just across the Ohio River. Male High was so old, how old was it? – They built the ‘Old High School’ when just boys, cough, white boys, were the only ones allowed a formal education. They didn’t even have black janitors there at Old High School. Trust me when I say that the debate about letting girls attend ‘old high school’ was still going on when I went there in the tenth grade.
But it’s funny, the building’s essence that you could sense if you walked the halls after school, was like a colorblind mom. The staff seemed to echo that sentiment though there were ‘limits’ to being number one or equal. Looking back now, the gains we made as a group [of black students] in mainstreaming ourselves, becoming a piece of a culture instead of mirroring it, were lost in the coming backlash, another casualty of the assassination.

At Male, which attracted the middle and upper middle class Protestant crowd along with sons/grandsons of Male grads, came the cream of the crop, aka upwardly mobile, black youth, along with black youth who wanted a better education than was perceived available at the previously ‘all-black’ Central High School. And you had the same class mindset for neighborhood whites who lived around the school. From this mix, the two cultures seemed to each generally put on their best manners to dispel the boogeyman stories the other had heard [all their lives growing up].
Another aspect to Male was the large, by comparison, minority class membership. At West End rival Shawnee High, the 16 black youth were waxed out because the school held the official Senior Breakfast at a ‘White-Only’ country club. This was after a seemingly smooth integration transformation. The black youth would hold their own breakfast but the hurt was there, a reminder that not everyone had a good time at every high school in 1963.
I cannot recall the official breakfast Male had but I am pretty sure it was for all the class as a group. I do remember all the black ‘in crowd’, of which I was a part, being on a boat someone’s parent rented, talking about the future like I knew what that meant. Personally I was ready to get out of school and pursue my summer in a theme that would later become the hit movie, American Pie.

Looking back now you can only marvel at what kind of life we might have had with no social mingling barriers. Life is really not like Hollywood portrays it.
In Louisville in those days, pretty much all the whites were in a close range of skin tone running from Irish [freckles, red hair] to French, German w/Moor blood that tan. Black culture consisted of every skin tone and complexion, having various Native American mixtures, West Indian mixtures, European mixtures (from various reasons including rape), and there may have been others. The girls in both groups were complementary not competitive since each had their own perspective captive market of boys.
While it wasn’t a new visual experience for the two dominant city cultures, it was a new social experience. For the real ‘in crowd’ to reign Supreme In The Scene, a gang was formed, but they were cool. It was called ‘a club’. A social club and the brainchild of Ellis, Alphonso, and Paul, Ronald Logan and I were asked to join after a successful Christmas house party engineered by my mother and aunt. I played the breaking hit Shop Around.
It was fun being popular. We threw parties that made the [black] newspaper, set dress-for-the-day trends [Clueless but male], had a stately clubhouse with adult sponsorship, and a celeb member, Derring King, a nephew to Martin Luther King. Even the rich/privileged white kids didn’t have the Royal Dukestype of swagger. I would have liked to have had one big party and brought the music that rocked their socks off. I did break some eggs though, at first by accident.

Coming along at that particular time in history, the first natural reaction is curiosity. Kid curiosity about your cultural counterpart rather than skin complexion. In the black circles, a certain superiority was felt at not having to get a tan by light and medium brown skinned kids. Still, a curiosity remained about sitting in the sun, chatting in a group, and tanning. The summer of sixth grade answered those questions for me and I returned from church camp in Michigan with a pair of girls’ jeans. Being an only child meant I didn’t unpack my own bag, so I got just a quick touch of the mysterious extra pair before they were whisked out of my sight forever.
Given the recent ‘integrated prom’ news from a Georgia high school, perhaps the biggest egg cracked, again, by accident was interracially dancing my last summer at Band Camp, a practice called ‘breaking the dance floor’.
In school, you had friends but you didn’t socialize publicly in mixed company so there were no interracial couples dancing. Couples danced as a cultural couple. Dancing with the stars was dancing with your race.
Junior year going into senior year I had become close Drill Team [ROTC] friends with Doug Cessna, a rock ‘n’ roll Grease 3rd Street type. Fellow black Drill Team member Vic Hardin had unpacked his bag at camp to the tune of ‘somebody’s breaking the dance floor this year’ while he looked directly at me. I expressly denied the possibility of such a thing happening, but in the end, Vic wasright and I did break the dance floor.
Cessna and I were talking to two blond Indiana high school cheerleaders with a band during a crossover week there on the dance floor. Doug asked one of them to dance, and with a natural reflex and nary a care to the world or a thought in my head, I asked the other cheerleader to dance. Being from Indiana and not a Kentucky school, she said ‘yes’ as natural as can be. It was a slow dance and two beats in, I mentally said, ‘Uh Oh’, and then finished the dance.
We, the Drill Team members there and myself, left the dance and after a stressful but bonding night with the Drill Team as a unit should any shit go down, the whole incident blew over with the next year’s band session saying, ‘well, they did it last year’.

Now 50 years later the city of Louisville is celebrating another ‘omelet’ milestone, the desegregation of the city’s restaurants and lunch counters, due entirelyto the black high school youth who lived in Louisville. Upon talking to several others involved in Martin Luther King’s Nothing New For Easter economical boycott that broke the back of the Jim Crow law, it seems I wasn’t the only one who flim-flamed the folks about their after school participation. Though I won’t see my name on any plaque or in a newspaper photo, it is nice to know the recognition is taking place. I am so glad I went over that day and shook Dr. King’s hand personally. His words about the youth have never left me and just yesterday I shared those words with a member of another group of political do-gooders, the 420Nurses.
This courageous band of models, hitherto exclusively about the cannabis culture, have thrown their Lilithenergy into the fray with Moms against Monsanto, the Humpty Dumpty of today who sits high upon the wall of government.


See The Cannabis Calvary Cometh – 25 Days In May, Marching Against Monsanto