Professional Scam Artists – part 61

Howard Heavner

“According to NYT, ‘Relentless Flooding’ in Midwest Just Happens” by Joshua Cho (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The New York Times’ 2,400+ word report (6/3/19) by Julie Bosman, Julie Turkewitz and Timothy Williams on the historic flooding in the Midwest—amidst the wettest 12 months ever since recording began 124 years ago—is an illustrative example of how not to do disaster coverage.

Recalling the Great Flood of 1993 and focusing on the four inundated towns of Davenport, Iowa; Valmeyer and Prairie du Rocher, Illinois; and Clarksville, Missouri, along the Mississippi River, the Times provided yet another example of a major news outlet covering the catastrophic effects of the ongoing climate crisis without ever mentioning that crisis—among other human contributions to the disaster that go unacknowledged—leading readers to think that there are no solutions to mitigate or prevent these disasters (FAIR.org, 1/18/13)…

The Times’ previous reporting (1/6/16) on Valmeyer’s response to flooding noted that “nearly everyone” who moved to what’s called New Valmeyer agreed that “they had no choice.” So why would people “choose” to stay behind in a mostly uninhabitable and hazardous location?

The current report hints at an answer from the only other source cited to explain this, [Howard] Heavner’s own father Robert, but doesn’t expand on its significance, instead framing his being too poor to move as a personal choice or failing. It quotes him as saying that staying in the bottom area was “the most economical way to do what I did,” with his son the mayor claiming that he couldn’t force poor people to leave because they “chose their own path.”

Even when cities like Davenport pursued praiseworthy alternatives to levees, like buying out land on the floodplain to embrace the river—which was successful from 1993 until 2019—the Times failed to link the floods overwhelming the city with a changing climate. This is the most glaring omission in the lengthy report’s failure to ever mention the worsening climate crisis, along with its neglecting to cite any climate scientist.
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It’s like the way health care systems operate. Doctors know all about what causes illness and how to deal with it – but not really and that has to do with power and politics. Mainstream doctors aren’t going to be found suggesting that the cure for cancer, which everyone is running (insanely) for, is to not cause it in the first place. How can we ‘not’ have such diseases in the kind of world we have? Look at our de-natured food system. Industrial food, which destroys soils, can’t possibly be good for us. The chemical cartel gave us bee-killing neonics! Without bees, there’s no food! Not to mention the fact that we are being experimented on by capitalist scientists pushing GMOs on us. (And the repercussions include a vaccine industry that has taken what is probably a good scientific innovation and squeezed into a profit-making mould, making it unsafe. Thimerosal, used to deliver vaccines, includes mercury and there’s NO safe level of mercury for humans to ingest.) Neoliberal capitalism means industries freed from rules. Hello pollution. Does your doctor (whether or not he is a nice person and otherwise caring) talk about any of that? I didn’t think so.

From FAIR:
A photograph of a Venezuelan hospital—edited to remove the underexposure and sickly green tint added by the New York Times. (photo: Meridith Kohut/New York Times.

“Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela’s Cuban Doctors” by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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After debunking Washington’s lies about the burning of “humanitarian aid” trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined “‘It is Unspeakable’: How Maduro Used Cuban Doctors to Coerce Voters” (3/17/19).

As the title not-so-subtly suggests, Casey claimed to present bombshell revelations regarding the Nicolás Maduro government’s alleged weaponization of Cuban medical personnel as a means of holding on to power. On closer inspection, however, the article is riddled with factual inaccuracies, omissions and misrepresentations.

Dubious claims of politicized healthcare

Relying on the testimony of three Cuban doctors who have defected from the Venezuelan/Cuban health mission and taken up residence in other countries, as well as 16 anonymous sources within Venezuela, Casey provides the reader with shocking vignettes of how Cuban medical personnel have supposedly been used to manipulate Venezuelan politics.

One central allegation is that the Barrio Adentro healthcare mission staff, most of them Cuban doctors, are denying patients care on the basis of political affiliations. One Cuban doctor currently residing in Chile told the Times that one patient was refused treatment “because she was from the opposition.” The only other evidence to substantiate this grave accusation is the account of an opposition mayor who claims he was “denied medication.”

As has been widely documented (Guardian, 10/13/15), defector testimonies are often unreliable, given the political stakes involved. Similar reservations apply to a politician aligned with an opposition spearheading a foreign-backed coup in Venezuela.

Likewise worthy of skepticism is Human Rights Watch Americas director Jose Miguel Vivanco, whose quote, “it is unspeakable,” gives the piece its headline, though a reader might assume these were the words of an actual doctor. Human Rights Watch, whose revolving door with the US national security state is now notorious, can always be counted on to attack the Venezuelan government, though its charges have been debunked on several occasions…

One unnamed source accused the Chavista government of “blackmail[ing]” voters that the opposition would eliminate the Barrio Adentro medical mission if Capriles won. [Nicholas] Casey did not inform readers that the Venezuelan opposition has long vowed to suspend bilateral cooperation agreements with Havana should it come to power.

Nor did Casey mention the opposition’s repeated acts of violence against Cuban health professionals and clinics. Following Capriles’ US-sanctioned refusal to recognize the indisputable 2013 election results, and his call for his supporters to “discharge that anger” in the streets, seven people were killed in the ensuing street violence that saw 18 Cuban-staffed neighborhood health clinics set ablaze. The violent anti-government protests of 2014 likewise featured no less than 162 attacks against Cuban doctors, who were prominently lynched in effigy. In omitting these rather important details, Casey succeeded in inverting reality: He presented Cuban medical staff as witting or unwitting gendarmes of a brutal regime, rather than frequent victims of opposition violence…

In an article explicitly dedicated to uncovering alleged foreign interference in Venezuelan state and society, it is ironic that Casey entirely omitted the most egregious form of external intervention: US sanctions.
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From RT News:
People attend the “Venezuela Aid Live” concert in Cucuta, Colombia, February 22, 2019. © REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

“US-backed Venezuela opposition caught embezzling ‘humanitarian aid’ cash” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Millions of dollars raised for “freedom and democracy” in Venezuela ended up spent in Colombia by the aides of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, and were exposed by Colombian spies in yet another blow to his cause.

Guaido declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela in January and was recognized by the US and many of its Latin American allies, but has repeatedly failed to seize power from President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.

Now he seems farther from that goal than ever, as several of his aides have been named by Colombian intelligence in a leak revealing the embezzlement of US funds intended for paying Venezuelan army defectors. The funds were raised by a Live Aid-style concert, organized by billionaire philanthropist Richard Branson in February, and intended to coincide with Guaido’s followers forcing open the border with Colombia to US “humanitarian aid.”

In addition to the embezzled funds, Guaido’s staff botched the distribution of aid sent by the US, with an estimated 60 percent rotting in the warehouses and having to be thrown away. The full extent of the scandal is yet to be revealed, as the PanAm Post has more unpublished documents in its possession.
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“Assange judge refuses to step down, despite evidence of intelligence and defence links” by Tom Coburg (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Accusations of a conflict of interest have emerged regarding the judge presiding over the pre-extradition hearings of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Indeed, there appears to be overwhelming evidence of family links to the defence industry, to a vocal critic of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and to a former head of MI6 who oversaw the ‘sexed-up’ dossier that led to the Iraq War…

The Chief Magistrate, Lady Emma Arbuthnot, is presiding over the initial extradition proceedings of Assange…

Digging deeper

Arbuthnot is married to Lord James Norwich Arbuthnot, a Conservative peer, known as Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom. Lord Arbuthnot was a Tory MP for 28 years and was chair of the Defence Select Committee between 2005 and 2014. He was elevated to the peerage in October 2015. He’s also a member of the advisory board of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). And he is chair of the advisory board of the UK division of multinational defence manufacturer Thales.

Lord Arbuthnot is also listed as a senior consultant to SC Security. Company records, however, show that Arbuthnot was a former director of SC Security, along with Lord Carlile and Sir John Scarlett, who remain as active directors.

Lord Carlile

Lord Carlile reportedly received £400,000 from SC Security, whose “only known client” appears to be sovereign wealth fund the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

According to the Guardian, in October 2013 Carlile argued that the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations about mass surveillance “amounted to a criminal act”. Carlile oversaw UK anti-terrorism laws and subsequently took on the role of “independent reviewer of national security” in Northern Ireland.

He is also a vocal defender of MI5…

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer told US journalist Chris Hedges that Lady Arbuthnot “has a strong conflict of interest” and that “her husband had been exposed by WikiLeaks”. Hedges adds that Assange’s lawyers have asked the judge “to recuse herself”, but that “she has refused”…

The judge presiding over the pre-extradition hearings against Assange has family links, past and present, to people and organisations that are diametrically opposed to the publishing work of WikiLeaks. Such work included exposing war crimes committed during the Iraq War, and providing assistance to Edward Snowden when trying to escape US authorities.
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“This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria” by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton (The Grayzone)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In this installment, we will probe a group that has not only helped shaped Western media reporting on Syria, but which is at the forefront of an emerging strategy to bleed the Syrian government even as the war comes to a close. It is called the Commission for International Justice and Accountability, or CIJA.

CIJA is often presented as an “independent” legal group committed to dispensing justice for war crimes. Its work has been the subject of glowing profiles in The New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.

A shocking report in May on “Syria’s secret torture prisons,” by the New York Times’ former Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard, was based heavily on documents and research provided by CIJA. Barnard described the organization simply as a “nonprofit,” with no further information.

In reality, CIJA is bankrolled by the very same Western governments that have fueled the proxy war against Syria, and was founded to supplement the regime-change operation that those states initiated in 2011.

CIJA’s investigators in Syria collaborated with and even paid foreign-backed Salafi-jihadist militias – including members of the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra – to steal files from Syrian government buildings in areas that had been taken over by armed militants. These stolen documents are what lawyers hope to use in prosecutions of Syrian officials.

Indeed, top corporate media outlets like The New York Times have published major reports based on leaked Syrian government documents without disclosing the fact that these files were first stolen by Syrian al-Qaeda militants, and then handed over to a Western government-funded group committed to regime change…

Despite billions of dollars poured into a cataclysmic proxy war, this monumental effort failed: Syria has largely been stabilized, and refugees are slowly trickling back in. In frustration, a motley crew of veteran regime-change warriors and lawyers are resorting to a new and largely untested strategy.

Their efforts amount to legal warfare, or lawfare, and the Commission for International Justice and Accountability is a key player in the new campaign.
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related: “Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor” by Max Blumenthal (The Grayzone)

“US Media Hostility Toward Iran Increases Possibility of War” by Stephen Lendman (Stephen Lendman)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Establishment media are willing US imperial accomplices, marching in lockstep with its wars of aggression against nonbelligerent countries and other hostile actions.

Serving as press agents for wealth, power, and privilege, they long ago abandoned what journalism the way it should be is all about — providing propaganda services, suppressing hard truths on major issues, especially geopolitical ones.

Trump regime extremists are recklessly heading for possible war on Iran based on Big Lies and deception. Truth-telling about the country would destroy their pretext. The same goes for all US wars of aggression waged in the post-WW II era.

Headlines are attention-grabbers. In its latest edition, the NYT headlined: “With a New Threat (sic), Iran Tests the Resolve of the US and Its Allies (sic),” saying:

On Monday, Iran said “it expects within 10 days to (exceed) the limits on how much nuclear fuel it can stockpile” under JCPOA nuclear deal provisions, “open(ing) a new and perilous phase of its confrontation with the West (sic).”

Fact: The Times got it backwards, falsely blamed Iran for US/NATO/Israeli/Saudi confrontational actions.

Pushed by Israel and his regime hardliners, Trump illegally withdrew from the JCPOA. Brussels failed to fulfill its commitments under the deal, betraying Iran.

The Times turned reality on its head, pushing the Big Lie about the Islamic Republic “a year (or more) away from being able to build a (nuclear) weapon” it never sought before and doesn’t now, adding:

“Now Mr. Trump faces two immediate challenges when it comes to Iran (sic): making the Persian Gulf safe for oil shipments (sic) and keeping Iran from edging toward the bomb-making capability that incited the crisis of a decade ago (sic). Neither will be easy.”
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Some people use ‘sic’ to mean anything they disagree with. Without looking into its proper use, I will just point out that I myself do not use the device that way. I use ‘sic’ to signal that a garbled piece of text, or spelling or grammar error exists. Using ‘sic’ to signify something that ‘you’ think about your quote, can be addressed by you separately from the quote, which, to the greatest extent possible, shouldn’t be messed with. I might use square brackets to include something, usually part of a person’s name, within a quote, but that’s about it. For example, Someone might write an article about John Smith, and I might choose to quote a small part of that article, but the part I’m quoting only refers to Smith, not an unusual thing to do and everyone does it. Since the reader of my blog post is only getting my quote, initially, the reference to Smith isn’t very illuminating. Therefore, I will also add in the first part of Smith’s name, which is [John]. That’s minimal deviation from the quote and, I think, acceptable.

“With the new NAFTA, “there is no Alternative”” by Sujata Dey (The Council of Canadians)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Today, the Mexican senate ratified the new NAFTA, after examining it yesterday. It seems that two days is all it takes to debate and analyze the 38 chapters

Canada is also trying to rush through parliamentary committee hearings on the new NAFTA. The government jumpstarted the process of hearing witnesses before second reading was even completed, and limited it to 12 witnesses. I was among them, and I stood out from my fellow witnesses representing industry groups…

Mexico is showing intense capitulation to President Trump’s threats. Even with looming tariff threats, Mexico steadfastly proceeded with its ratification process. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned against neoliberal economics and for the restoration of farm life, is now swallowing a trade agreement that will undermine his agricultural programs, including price supports for farmers, and that will impose economic deregulation.

While AMLO, as he is commonly known, regards Central American migrants as brothers, saying the solution to the migration problem is not repression but economic development in those countries, he has now been forced to accept that Mexico is a safe third country. This means that refugees crossing Mexico to the U.S. will be forced to apply in Mexico and not the United States. A similar arrangement prevails between the U.S. and Canada. Mexican NGOs have indicated that this will result in a humanitarian crisis.

In the 1990s, Margaret Thatcher coined the phrase There is no Alternative, or TINA, saying that corporate globalization, economic deregulation and unbridled free markets were inevitable. In this NAFTA negotiation, the appeasement of Emperor Trump seems to be a matter of national security. And there is nothing we can do but succumb.
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Hazeltine Creek after the Mount Polley disaster. © Bonnie Glambeck

“Mount Polley Mine is Still Pumping Waste Into Quesnel Lake” by ? (Watershed Sentinel)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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August 4 will mark the day, five years ago, when the tailings pond of the Mount Polley mine breached, dumping the equivalent of 10,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools-worth of copper and gold mining wastewater into nearby Quesnel Lake.

The remote, glacially fed lake – the deepest in BC and claimed to be the ninth deepest in the world – sits nearly centred and slightly east of a line drawn between Prince George and Kamloops. The lake is an important nursery for Pacific salmon and home to trophy-size rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden.

“Approximately four million salmon annually move through the Fraser River watershed, and 30% of those come from Quesnel Lake,” said Judith Pringle of the group Concerned Citizens of Quesnel Lake, in a webinar presentation in May.

Imperial Metals, the owner of Mount Polley mine, has faced no fines, no penalties, and no charges in connection with the disaster. On the contrary, Imperial Metals was granted a permit to forego a tailings dam altogether…

Twin two-foot diameter pipes now discharge mine wastewater at a rate of up to 52 million litres per day.

“Other mines can remove copper and various other metals,” said Pringle. “It’s not a difficult process, it is not expensive, but the Ministry of Environment continues to treat Polley as a special case.”

Frustrated with the discharge permit, Concerned Citizens of Quesnel Lake recently launched an appeal of the MOE decision, and through the appeal process learned of a pattern of leniency by the MOE toward the Mount Polley mine…

The mine and MOE are on such good terms, Pringle has seen MOE and Mount Polley mine staff drawing samples to monitor drinking water together from the same boat…

Concerned Citizens of Quesnel Lake are part of the BC Mining Reform Network, a group of 30 environmental, Indigenous, and community groups calling for sweeping reforms of BC’s mining governance.

In a report released May 15 by the Network, the Mount Polley disaster and other “systemic failures” of BC’s mining regime, causing “devastating” impacts on wildlife and Indigenous cultures, are showcased as impetus for the reforms.

“Antiquated colonial thinking” still guides mining laws in BC, the report said, with mining companies and prospectors allowed to stake mining claims in environmentally sensitive areas, on private land without landowner permission, and in First Nations’ traditional territories without their free, prior, and informed consent.
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Todd Gordon is the author of “Imperialist Canada,” a very good and important book. In it, he talks about capitalist expansion, pointing out that it goes outward (from the standpoint of corporations’ home territories) and inward. In all cases, it’s vulnerable communities that are impacted negatively by the rampaging capitalists. That’s predominantly First Nations abroad and at home. With capitalism failing and the pressure of greedy capitalists to find markets wherever they can, a pressure meant to be relieved by neoliberalism (the liberation of capital – from all restraints and rules), vulnerable communities everywhere are getting harsher and harsher treatment from Coroporatocracy’s war-making States. And (genuine) human rights activists trying to deal with that face an almost impossible task and probably await being labelled terrorists for their efforts. That’s how it is in this upside down, Godless world.

From EARTHJUSTICE:
Lisa Wilson of the Lummi Nation speaks at a press conference held before First Nations and the U.S. Coast Salish Tribes addressing the Canadian National Energy Board in Victoria, British Columbia.

“U.S. Tribes Decry Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Approval” by ? (EARTHJUSTICE)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Seattle, WA —

Today, the Canadian government formally approved the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. This is the latest move since February, when a Canadian federal agency recommended approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a move strongly condemned by Coast Salish Tribes and conservation groups on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

The proposed tar sands pipeline expansion would triple oil tanker traffic through the Salish Sea, with the most serious documented consequences of imperiling endangered orcas, increasing navigation hazards for fishermen, and increasing the risk of a major oil spill.

“The orca and salmon know no border, and the risks to indigenous peoples in both Canada and the US also cross borders,” stated Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman. “The Trudeau government failed to do the right thing.”
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Make no mistake about it; Trudeau’s ‘failure’ is absolutely the norm in politics in most places and it is the approach expected of him by those (seemingly, Canadian voters, but actually powerful special interests) put him in his position of authority. The guy is a tool. And a fascist.

From Times Colonist:
An aerial photo of the old-growth forests where B.C. Timber Sales has seven pending cutblocks totalling 109 hectares. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is along the coast and the town of Port Renfrew in the background.
Photograph By TJ Watt

“Port Renfrew chamber decries logging plan” by Lindsay Kines (Times Colonist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce has joined a growing outcry against B.C. government plans to log old-growth forests near Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

President Dan Hager said Friday that clearcutting the ancient trees will hurt tourism and damage a regional economy already hard hit by chinook fishing restrictions.

“Right now, we tell everybody that Port Renfrew is Canada’s tall tree capital,” he said in an interview. “It’s on our website. It works.

“I’m in the accommodation business in Renfrew. People ask about it. I’m the one that responds to all the inquiries that come in off the chamber email and people are asking about the trees.”

Hager said that will be put in jeopardy if B.C. Timber Sales proceeds with plans to sell off 109 hectares of the region’s old-growth forest in seven cutblocks — including two that come within 50 metres of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

“If I was an editor of a newspaper, I would say: ‘Canada’s tall tree capital is now Canada’s clearcut capital,’ ” Hager said…

“Mostly, that cedar is going to be sent to China,” he [Al Jones] said. “There’s not going to be the jobs that they say that there is.”
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I guess chambers of commerce are not going to disappear while we have a global capitalist system, but they are usually part of the problem, not part of the solution. In this one tiny instance, a chamber of commerce is acting like a part of the solution. But if I could snap my fingers and make every single chamber of commerce on the planet disappear, I’d do it. Of course, if I had that power, I wouldn’t need to do it, because I’d snap my fingers and disappear capitalism and chambers of commerce would disappear along with the exploitative and oppressive system known as capitalism.

“Bayer Pending Charm Campaign Too Little Too Late” by ? (Friends Of The Earth)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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I just received a copy of an internal Bayer memo to its employees dated today. It explains that tomorrow, June 14th Bayer is launching a major ad campaign to tell the world they’ve listened and learned. They say they’re “setting off on a journey to elevate their efforts in transparency, sustainability and how we engage with our stakeholders”.

Well, when you get caught ghost writing science, manipulating public servants and blacklisting reporters and activists, yes, Bayer, you need to change.

When your flagship product, Roundup, with active ingredient glyphosate is considered carcinogenic but you never tell people to take care in its use, well, yes Bayer folks, you need to change…

But what did I read? Bayer talks to its employees around the world about piloting a program for the upcoming EU glyphosate re-registration process in which they will invite scientists, journalist and NGOs to participate.

The arrogance of this message is astounding.
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Junior agricultural scientists researching plants and diseases in greenhouse with parsley

“What is My Certifier Hiding?” by ? (The Cornucopia Institute)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Neal Laferriere, owner of Blackberry Botanicals, walks his organic farm in rural West Virginia. When Laferriere walks, he thinks…

When Laferriere received a letter from his certifier, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), saying they weren’t going to respond to a survey sent by Cornucopia asking about the types of operations they certify, he started walking…

Congress charged the USDA with establishing standards and making sure they were universally applied. But, unfortunately, the NOP has been allowing certifiers to interpret the law on their own, which has resulted in varying applications of the organic regulations.

“Why didn’t my certifier just respond to the survey? What don’t they want me to know?” asked Laferriere.

He has since learned several certifiers sent a similar letter to their clients as a coordinated effort to “circle the wagons,” ignoring and/or attempting to discredit the project.

“Subversion tactics aren’t going to work,” says Laferriere. “Farmers want answers. Certifiers are the gatekeepers to organic production. We want to know who and what they’re letting through the door.”

Why would organic farmers who are committed to growing fruits and vegetables in the soil, as the law intends, pay a certifier that also certifies massive hydroponic operations with whom they are unfairly competing?

Why would organic farmers who are committed to providing their hens and livestock ample outdoor access and grazing time hire a certifier that also certifies industrial-scale operations that look more conventional than organic?

“They shouldn’t,” says Laferriere. “It’s self-defeating, but you’ve got to know the facts to make an educated choice. If a certifier won’t tell you the facts, somebody better ask why.”

Because some certifiers are intent on securing profits generated from the industrial-scale clients, they will endorse the production practices that keep their clients in business.
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Michael Laney

“Disgraced Vice President of Walt Disney Convicted of Child Rape, Gets 6 Years” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Portland, OR — A former top level Walt Disney executive was sentenced to prison this month for nearly seven years for child rape. Michael Laney, 73, who was the Vice President of Walt Disney was found guilty of four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and sentenced to 81 months in prison.

After the sentencing, Laney’s attorneys pleaded with the judge to suspend the sentence, claiming that Laney’s wife would suffer if her husband goes to jail.

According to Oregon Live, Laney’s wife’s doctor, Blain Crandell, submitted a letter on Laney’s behalf, saying his wife “could be expected to suffer serious consequences to her health and well-being” without an in-home caregiver, a role her husband had been filling.

Thankfully, the judge and district attorney did not see it that way. In response to this request, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Charles Mickley called the claims “peculiarly offensive and insulting.”

“Defendant wholly ignores the compelling evidence of his guilt presented at trial, including the evidence of his longstanding sexual interest in children,” Mickley wrote.
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“Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food” by Vandana Shiva (Independent Science News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Industrial food systems have reduced food to a commodity, to “stuff” that can then be constituted in the lab. In the process both the planet’s health and our health has been nearly destroyed…

The mad rush for Fake Food and Fake Meat, ignorant of the diversity of our foods and food cultures, and the role of biodiversity in maintaining the our health, is a recipe for accelerating the destruction of the planet and our health…

In a recent article “How our commitment to consumers and our planet led us to use GM soy” Pat Brown, CEO & Founder of Impossible Foods states that:

“We sought the safest and most environmentally responsible option that would allow us to scale our production and provide the Impossible Burger to consumers at a reasonable cost”.

Given the fact that 90% of the monarch butterflies have disappeared due to Roundup Ready Crops, and we are living through what scientists have called an “insectageddon”, using GMO soya is hardly an “environmentally responsible option”.

In writing this, Pat Brown reveals his total ignorance that weeds have evolved resistance to Roundup and have become “superweeds” now requiring more and more lethal herbicides. Bill Gates and DARPA are even calling for the use of gene drives to exterminate amaranth, a sacred and nutritious food in India, because the Palmer Amaranth has become a superweed in the Roundup Ready soya fields of the USA…

The “Impossible Burger “ based on GMO, Roundup sprayed soya is not a “safe” option, as Zen Honeycutt and Moms across America just announced:

“that the Impossible Burger tested positive for glyphosate. The levels of glyphosate detected in the Impossible Burger by Health Research Institute Laboratories were 11 X higher than the Beyond Meat Burger. The total result (glyphosate and it’s break down AMPA) was 11.3 ppb. Moms Across America also tested the Beyond Meat Burger and the results were 1 ppb.

“We are shocked to find that the Impossible Burger can have up to 11X higher levels of glyphosate residues than the Beyond Meat Burger according to these samples tested. This new product is being marketed as a solution for “healthy” eating, when in fact 11 ppb of glyphosate herbicide consumption can be highly dangerous. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is where the stronghold of the immune system lies. I am gravely concerned that consumers are being misled to believe the Impossible Burger is healthy.”

Recent court cases have showcased the links of Roundup to cancer. With the build up of liabilities related to cancer cases, the investments in Roundup Ready GMO soya is blindness to the market.

Or the hope that fooling consumers can rescue Bayer/Monsanto…

Fake food is thus building on a century and a half of food imperialism and food colonisation of our diverse food knowledges and food cultures.

Big Food and Big Money is behind the Fake Food Industry. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are funding startups
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related: “Beyond Meat Is Beyond Unhealthy” by Danielle Andrews (Ancestral Nutrition)

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