For decades, top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (PEA) were aware that a compound approved for agricultural use in the United States was wiping out the honeybee population, but they chose to ignore the compound’s effects in deference to pressure from agri-giant corporations.
Worse, the agency reacted harshly to anyone within the EPA who attempted to bring the issue to light, including through firings, forced reassignments and other actions.
According to a scholarly 2014 study [PDF] compiled by researcher Rosemary Mason, “on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists,” and published on the website of MIT, “We have found historical and chronological evidence to show that the herbicide glyphosate (or other herbicides that are used as alternatives) is responsible for the transformation of garden escapes into super-weeds (in the UK these are termed ‘invasive species’).”
Further, Mason and her team noted that glyphosate — the primary substance found in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide — was introduced in Europe in 1974 “and became a global best-selling herbicide because the public was told by industry and the regulators that it was ‘safe.'”
The results have been disastrous. For one, the heavy use of glyphosate has led to the rise of so-called “superweeds” that are resistant to the herbicide. But there is another compound that was approved by the EPA — over the objections of scientists — that has had a devastating effect on the nation’s honeybee population: clothianidin, which is used for seed treatment on corn and canola, by Bayer.
‘Honeybees are going extinct’
According to this EPA document describing clothianidin [PDF], it “is highly toxic to honey bees on an acute contact basis,” and “has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other nontarget pollinators, through the translocation of clothianidin residues in nectar and pollen.”
“In honey bees, the effects of this toxic chronic exposure may include lethal and/or sub-lethal effects in the larvae and reproductive effects in the queen,” the document further states.
Mason and her research team found additional evidence of corporate/EPA cover-up regarding the effects of clothianidin. This 99-page EPA memorandum dated November 2, 2010, [PDF] noted, in part:
The major risk concerns are with aquatic free-swimming and benthic invertebrates, terrestrial invertebrates, birds and mammals. …
Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to non-target insects (that is, honey bees). Clothianidin is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis. … [I]nformation from standard tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides (e.g., imidacloprid) suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects.
A number of EPA scientists — those with integrity, anyway — have tried along the way to sound the alarm — over both glyphosate and clothianidin. In a piece for The Huffington Post, former EPA scientist Evaggelos Vallianatos wrote that honeybees were on the verge of extinction.
He further noted:
In my 25-year experience at the US EPA, nothing illustrated the deleterious nature of “pesticides” and “regulation” better than the plight of honeybees.
Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America’s crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank it with stupefying killing.
Poisoning of honeybees became routine in the mid-1970s with the EPA’s approval of neurotoxins encapsulated in dust-size particles that took days to release their deadly gas.
He further noted that some of his colleagues have tried to denounce the EPA actions, but the agency reacted “with fury” after one EPA ecologists discovered neurotoxic plastic spheres in the gut of a queen honeybee, which “meant poison in the honey.”
“It forced the scientist out of his laboratory and into paper pushing in Washington. Approval of the industry’s neurotoxins expanded to cover most major crops. This meant honeybees had less and less space to search for food without dying,” Villianatos wrote.
Read the entire Mason report here [PDF].
The story is ISIS shot this video and made it available to the “news media” (i.e. Ministry of Loony Propaganda)
It purportedly shows Allied Forces (the good guys) bombing an artillery piece of ISIS (the bad guys.)
The problem is there seems to be an awful lot of cooperation between the good guys and the bad guys in this video.
1. The first segment shows lots of bad guys milling around the target, but then with a quick cut they’re all gone – except for one guy in the foreground.
2. This one combatant (actor) seems to know something is about to happen well before it happens and covers his ears.
3. The “missile” appears to fall straight from the sky and hit the target, the artillery piece, perfectly and “luckily” the guy covering his ears and the cameraman (and crew) are far enough away to be uninjured.
Do you see the total ludicrousness of this scenario?
Some basic questions:
How did the bad guys know to leave the scene before the explosion?
Why was the video edited the way it was?
How did the one guy who remained – far away – know to cover his ears well in advance of the “strike”?
Who says the artillery piece wasn’t blown up by a charge placed on it?
Who says that “missile” wasn’t added later in post-production?
Sloppy, careless BS because they think no one is looking and/or has the sense to call nonsense what it is.
It seems the fascist aristocrats in control of the “government” are having problems gaining the loyalty of american soldiers in their ongoing takeover of the country. What better source of the mercenary power they need than foreign refugees, unfettered with pre-existing (community inculcated) notions of patriotism and historical perspective. Eventually when the breakdown of the family is complete and parents no longer pass knowledge and love to their offspring, such projects will be unnecessary. (see http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/02/the-war-on-empathy-love-and-family/. It’s frustrating to see that netizens are still largely clueless about the medicalization of mind control via obstetrical abuse in this country).
The Pentagon is to start recruiting undocumented immigrants who came into the US as minors and possess valuable skills like speaking Persian and Chinese. The program offering the opportunity is capped at 1,500 recruits per year.
The new policy revealed by the DoD on Thursday expands the existing pilot program called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. It has been tried since 2008, offering positions in the US armed forces to foreigners living in America legally as refugees or under a temporary visa.
Starting next fiscal year, MAVNI will also apply to illegal residents who came to US with their parents before age 16, reports the Military Times. The potential recruits would be selected from those eligible for the 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Getting a DACA illegal immigrant status involves a background check by the Homeland Security Department.
The Pentagon recruits some 5,000 foreigners each year, most of them ‘green card’ holders. The MAVNI program may account for up to 1,500 recruits annually, although the military services are not required to accept them. In practice the Army has been the only service to accept a significant number, while the Navy and Marine Corps are not seeking applicants under it.
A recruit must meet higher-than-usual standards and have certain skills valued by the US military to get a position. Those include medical training and language expertise. Speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Pushtu, Korean, Russian, Urdu, Hindi and Hungarian are among those in demand.
The expansion of the program to illegal residents adds between 1.2 million and 2.1 million children, teenagers and young adults to the potential talent pool. The recruits would be offered an expedited path to US citizenship as an extra incentive to serve. …
Clearly latin american collaborators from US-sponsored death squad regimes will be a large fraction of the pool of new recruits. One can imagine the kinds of specialized skills such people would have. I can’t stress this enough: IT ALL COMES DOWN TO STATE-SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE. This is how societies can be molded into self-perpetuating nightmares and tools of the elite. See http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/04/child-abuse-as-a-tool-of-social-control/. We absolutely need to get the state (medicine) out of the lives of babies and children. NOW.
It’s about social control by imposing poverty, dissolution of families, child abuse and drugs to undermine stable communities and force mass migrations and social balkanization along racial, ethnic and language fault lines. Anything that impairs human bonding and grassroots solidarity and organizing fosters mass alienation and dependency and facilitates mass centralized management by immortal entities called governments and corporations, which have long been sucking up all available resources for their own use. A social phase transition from lumpy semi-crystalline goo to easily manipulable fluid flowing around mountains of permanent hierarchies. It’s modern fascism, with democide of the economically “unfit” being the logical conclusion, since meaningful human empowerment is becoming nearly impossible. Continuous war will be essential to maintaining domestic order.
In his new book “The 2001 Anthrax Deception,” Dr. Graeme MacQueen, co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, lays out the case for a domestic conspiracy in the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US. In this conversation, James and Graeme discuss the context in which these attacks happened, the way they were portrayed by the government and the mainstream media, their ultimate effect, and the voluminous evidence that disproves the FBI’s assertion that the attacks were the work of Dr. Bruce Ivins.
Visit the book’s website: http://www.claritypress.com/MacQueen.html
Interview by James Corbett:
This is a visiting author’s thoughtful response to the post “Unhinged” from September 19, 2014. He prefers to remain mysterious, anonymous. I hope he will return often to share his thoughts.
Richard Schwartzman is the father of Rebecca Wald, an American Jewish mother who is outspoken against brit milah. She founded the blog and Facebook group, Beyond The Bris, which is my favourite place for Jewish intactivism. Schwartzman is highly critical of circumcision because of his sense of humanity, and because he is a secular Jew. But he also reveals that he is a disciple of Wilhelm Reich. Reich was a secular Hungarian Jew who was a disciple of Freud. His thinking was a curious mix of common sense and mystical blather. He was quite critical of Jewish circumcision. I do not know if he ever knew that American gentile men are often circumcised. Reich died in Federal prison in 1957, after having been convicted of practicing medicine using methods not approved by the FDA.
A remarkable fact about the rise of male circumcision in USA hospitals 1880-1960, is how little it was talked about. I cannot think of a single American novel or memoir that lingered over this change in the American penis. I saw this change vividly 40 years ago, when I worked in a Pennsylvania steel mill. We had 20 minutes of paid time after every shift, to shower and change into clean clothes. In the showers, I saw that every coworker born before WWII was intact, and that I was one of two intact baby boomers. There was a big change around WWII, and I suspect that the change was driven by military doctors, who were convinced that circumcised men were less likely to catch “VD” while visiting prostitutes during weekend leave.