Category Archives: Mass Media Propoganda

Please help save the future of our food!!!

From the Organic Consumers Association:

 

10 Reasons to Label GMOs Tell Your Friends, Food Companies, & Politicians!

World Food Day is October 16, 2011. That means there are only 4 months left to get 1,000,000 people to sign our petition to label GMO foods and organize 435 Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations nationwide.

Download the petition

Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto campaign should be easy – upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled – but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons to label GMOs:

#1 Monsanto’s Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.

#2 The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin through a “normal” non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called “natural” and “conventional”) meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.

#3 Monsanto’s GMO “Bt” corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.

#4 Mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig’s disease, autoimmune disease, and colitis.

#5 Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

#6 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known allergens – it actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.

#7 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.

#8 In addition to its GMO “Bt” crops which are engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO “RoundUp Ready” crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.

#9 In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto’s GMO “RoundUp Ready” soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto’s “RoundUp Ready” DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.

#10 According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto’s GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a “living pesticide factory” that could be responsible for the “increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders – since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market.”

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And while we are on the facebook topic…


Facebook is requiring a form with my “real name”…

Sit down.

And don’t poop your self when you read on 😉

Remember back when I first started this blog and my first rant on facebook??

Facebook actually finally contacted me back! Here is the email…

Hi,

We apologize for our delayed response. Unfortunately, due to high contact rates, we haven’t been able to investigate your report. Please ignore this email if you resolved this issue on your own or created a new account.

Your account was temporarily suspended because your name appears to be false or misleading. Facebook requires all users to provide their real first and last names:

• Fake names are not allowed.
• Nicknames are ok as long as they’re a variation of your real first or last name (like Bob instead of Robert).
• You can’t use initials instead of your full name.
• Your name can only include characters from one language.
• Your name can’t include professional or religious titles.
• Your name should not include symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, or punctuation.
• Only one person’s name should be listed on the account – profiles are for individual use only.
• Pretending to be anyone or anything is not allowed.

If you’re worried about your privacy, you can restrict who can find you in searches from the “Connecting on Facebook” page. You can get to this page by choosing “Privacy Settings” from the Account menu at the top of every Facebook page.

If you would like to regain access to this account, please fill out the following form and include your real first and last name:

(link to my account)

For more information on our name policies, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=12964

Thanks for your patience,

The Facebook Team

Ha! Six months later!!!

So, a little poll here, help me out folks…should I re-activate?? Tell me your thoughts!

This whole situation has unnerved me about what Facebook is really about as opposed to what they claim to be for.

BUT on the other hand, I really want my writing and pictures off of there, ect.

What you y’all think?


Another great post from Organic Bytes

Alert OF THE WEEK

Don’t Let Monsanto Buy Out Public Radio!

If you listen to NPR, you might have been surprised to hear a story that ran last week on the program Marketplace that sounded as if it were written by Monsanto itself.

The report, entitled “The Non-Organic Future,” claimed that the only way to feed the world is to give poor farmers fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified seeds.

Pedro Sanchez, a proponent of industrial agriculture who works as a soil scientist at Columbia University, is the mouthpiece for the absurd proposition that soil is “like a bank account, you’ve got to have a positive balance, and if you deposit only organics, you’re going to go broke.”

In a comment posted at Marketplace’s website, Anna Lappé, author of Diet for a Hot Planet, pointed to a gaping hole in their reporting: the failure to acknowledge the 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) Report, a joint project of the U.N. and the World Bank, among other agencies. Here’s Anna’s apt description of the report:

“The groundbreaking study brought together 400 experts who worked for 4.5 years to explore the most efficient, productive, and sustainable strategy for feeding the world. The conclusion – quite the opposite of the one reached by those quoted in this segment – stated in no uncertain terms that we must move away from chemical- and fossil[-fuel]-dependent agriculture, which by the way includes biotech.

“Business as usual is not an option, was the radical consensus. Instead, small-scale and mid-scale agroecological farming holds our best hope for feeding the world safe, healthy food, all without undermining our natural capital.”

As the IAASTD report shows, Sanchez’s view is hardly the only or even the dominant view among development experts about how to “feed the world.” Indeed, if there is a consensus, Sanchez’s views are in the minority.

Listeners might chalk the whole thing up to sloppy reporting, if it weren’t for the fact that over the last couple of years, Marketplace has been underwritten by Monsanto, and the program’s been running ads that tout Monsanto as a sustainable agriculture innovator! Rather than being sloppy, it turns out that the reporting is actually a carefully constructed thank-you gift for a prized advertiser!

If you find this type of corporate influence and media bias unacceptable, please ask American Public Media, producers of Marketplace, to stop spreading Monsanto’s lies.

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Impersonating Myself on Facebook

You must use your real name on your Facebook account or you will have your account deleted.  No matter what you are known by in the community or by your friends and family.  What is on your birth certificate is what you must put on your Facebook page.  Though they are gracious enough to allow, say a Robert to go by Bob or a William by Bill.

I, however, was an Apple Juice. So therefore, I was deleted for “using a fake name”. It doesn’t matter that I have been called Apple Juice by many friends for half a decade now and if you called it out in a room I would instinctively turn to answer. Yes, it may seem silly, especially considering the nickname but I really do in fact go by AJ on a daily basis and that is not allowed either. In order to have a Facebook account I must use my birth name, Amy. A name that I barely identify with and only some of my family or lifetime friends still call me by.

What does a transgender person do? This seems like a large violation of some kind…

So what is not silly is the questions this action brings up.

Who is really behind Facebook forcing users to use their birth names or be deleted? It is kinda disturbing when you really stop and think about it.  I have never misused Facebook so unless the site is there to track citizens, why force me to only put what is on my birth certificate on my account. The site is for social networking??? Isn’t that correct? How can I socially network when no one I meet knows me as Amy but Facebook declares that I can only use that name? Facebook gets to decide my identity in order for me to use it?

Most people have heard that employers will look up potential hires to see their private life on Facebook before making their hiring decisions, but that can’t be the motivation for this strict and strange rule.  So is it also used for government purposes or are there behind the scenes deals with corporations?

http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=46

Why doesn’t Facebook allow fake names? Facebook is built around real world interactions. Operating under an alias detracts from the value of the system as a whole.
If it is built around real world interactions then I would be allowed to be myself, AJ.  How real people in the real world know me.

Facebook requires users to provide their real first and last names. Your account must comply with all of the following authenticity standards:

  • Fake names are not permitted.
  • Initials cannot stand in place of your full name.
  • Nicknames can be used, but only if they are a variation on your real first or last name, such as ‘Bob’ instead of ‘Robert.'”

Oh, right, I guess going by my initials is impersonating myself and degrading the value of the site, but Bob wouldn’t be. Is that because Bob shows up on government files, credit report sites and search engines but AJ would not?

…Well, off to send yet another request to get back my account…at least long enough to recover hundreds of my photos and many writings I only have on that page. But who am I to ask to get those things of mine recovered from the site, after all I was impersonating myself.