Tuesday, June 18, 2013
June 18, 2013
The results are in: virtually no one trusts the scripted mainstream media. We’ve known it for years, but a new Gallup poll shows that a whopping 77% of Americans distrust mainstream media television.
Only a bit more ‘trustworthy’ than Congress, which scored in at a record low of 90% saying they do not trust the government body, the Gallup poll details that only 23% of viewers actually trust the mainstream media television news. A reality that has been clear as day in light of blatant mainstream media blackouts on key events like the outrageous DHS ‘Fourth Amendment free‘ zones that stretch up to 100 miles out from every single border of the US, to the blackout over eyewitness reports at the Boston Marathon.
Residents of 18 European states have been tested positively to traces of glyphosate, a globally used weed killer, the study says. It remains unclear how the chemical used on Monsanto GMO crops got in people’s bodies.
It turns out that 44 per cent of volunteers had it in their urine, but it is yet unclear how the herbicide got into their systems.
“These results suggest we are being exposed to glyphosate in our everyday lives,” Adrian Bebb, spokesperson of environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) said in a statement.
The study, carried out between March and May 2013, showed that proportions of positive samples varies between countries, with Malta (90 per cent) , Germany (70 per cent), UK (70 per cent) and Poland being“the most positive samples” and Macedonia and Switzerland – “the lowest”.
"Our testing highlights a serious lack of action by public authorities across Europe and indicates that this weed killer is being widely overused,” the group said.
Glyphosate is essentially used on plants including grasses, sedges, broad-leaved weeds and woody plants as well as great variety of genetically modified crops. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, which is sprayed in large amounts on genetically engineered, so-called "Roundup Ready," crops.
“It is crucial for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, many of which are modified to withstand glyphosate,” FoE said.
All volunteers, who provided their urine samples, are people from European cities; they had no contact with glyphosate or used products containing it in the run-up to the tests.
However, after testing volunteers’ samples the group still cannot say “where it is coming from, how widespread it is in the environment, or what it is doing to our health.”
This study is the first of its kind because despite being widely used in farming and gardening, there is little monitoring of glyphosate in food, water or the wider environment. Commonly tests with glyphosate are conducted with rats, dogs, mice, and rabbits in studies lasting from 21 days to two years.
The FoE members are concerned that the problem many increase as “14 new GM crops designed to be cultivated with glyphosate are currently waiting for approval to be grown in Europe.”
“Approval of these crops would inevitably lead to a further increase of glyphosate spraying in the EU,” the group concluded.
Despite considered relatively non-toxic, there are groups of scientists concerned that glyphosate may disrupt the human hormone system, be an 'endocrine disruptor', cause DNA damage and even cancer. One of the recent reviews, conducted by MIT, also highlighted dangerous health effects of glyphosate, including increased cancer risk, neurotoxicity, and birth defects, as well as eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, but still said that more independent research is needed to prove their findings.
We “have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated,”Stephanie Seneff, PhD, lead author and research scientist at MIT, told Reuters in May, shortly after the review was made.
I started this blog in 2008 and now, 5 years later I am amazed that war in the Middle east has not erupted. I have posted many stories here concerning the coming war and so far it hasn’t happened, yet. My colleague, Bill Salus believes that the Psalm 83 war is looming ever closer. Other’s who keep a finger on the pulse of the Middle East, believe war is inevitable. However, day after day slips by, and days turn into weeks, then months and nothing major happens.
Over two years ago the Arab Spring erupted in the Middle East and toppled the old regimes in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and now has “stalled” in Syria, where upwards of 90,000 men women and children have lost their lives in the bloody civil war which is ongoing. We see Russia, Iran and Hezbollah on one side of the conflict backing Assad, while the US and our allies backing the rebels. However, the buildup of troops and arms only escalates the tension in the region. Will Syria become the staging ground for WWIII?
In closing todays short post: I don’t have a crystal ball and I’m not a prophet. I don’t know what the final outcome of the conflict Syrian will be. I only hope and pray cool heads will prevail. I have read reports of a mass exodus of Christians from the region. I have also heard stories of Christian villages being raided and men, women and children killed. Life in the Middle East is anything but normal. War and the ever-present suicide bomber seems to be the status quo. The hatred of Israel and the Jews inpaticular, is reaching a boiling point. Prophecy written thousands of years ago points to a final conflict in this area of the world. As we wait and watch let us remember this: What was written will come to pass. What was foretold will unfold.
L.A MARZULLI's Blog
A top world economic group has called for the creation of a global system to automatically funnel financial information about individuals and companies from countries where their earnings and investments are located to jurisdictions where they might owe taxes.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is spearheading an effort to curb tax evasion by individuals and close some controversial tax loopholes for corporations, said that the foundation of such a system is already emerging because of reporting requirements newly imposed by the United States.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Actrequires overseas financial institutions to send the Internal Revenue Service information about accounts held by Americans in an effort to curb the use of foreign tax havens.
Though overseas banks have complained about the regulatory burden, major financial centers such as the United Kingdom already have reached data-sharing agreements with the United States. What’s more, the OECD said, the U.S. requirement is prompting other nations to consider sharing the information they will already have to send to the United States.
In a paper submitted to the Group of 8 top economic powers meeting in Ireland this week, the OECD said that such a system should be made automatic and go global — with data flowing freely from banks, investment houses and other financial institutions to governments around the world.
The resulting network of information, the OECD said, would curb what it characterized as a global problem as governments fight for revenue in a time of budget constraints throughout the industrialized world.
“Vast amounts of money are kept offshore and go untaxed,” the organization said in its report. “Tax evasion is a global issue requiring global solutions — otherwise the issue is simply relocated, rather than resolved.”
Major European nations in April said they would begin a data exchange, and the list of nations that have signed on is growing. Significantly, the U.K. has struck a data-sharing agreement with commonwealth territories such as the Cayman Islands that are among the world’s acknowledged tax havens.
The OECD is a group of 34 mostly developed nations that work together on a range of economic policy and development issues. It does not include major developing nations such as China, India and Brazil, but it does collect statistics on the global economy and is an important forum on issues such as cross-border taxation.
The Washington Post
BEIRUT (TheBlaze/AP) — Syria’s president warned that Europe “will pay a price” if it delivers weapons to the rebels fighting him, saying in an interview published Monday that arming them would backfire as the “terrorists” return to their countries with extremist ideologies.
Assad further warned that as the conflict spills into neighboring countries, blurring borders, it will set off a domino effect.
“Nobody can imagine how the region would look like in case of a redrawing of the map. That will be a map for uncounted wars in the Middle East and possibly elsewhere, that nobody can stop,” he said.
Assad’s comments were his first since last week’s decision by President Barack Obama to authorize weapons and ammunition shipments to Syrian rebels, after confirming that Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against them.
The European Union has also allowed a weapons embargo against Syria to expire, allowing members of the 27-nation bloc to arm the rebels. France and Britain are moving in that direction, but the German government opposes such a move.
Assad’s interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Runschau appeared aimed at reinforcing German skepticism.
“If the Europeans ship weapons, Europe’s backyard becomes a terrorists’ place, and Europe will pay a price for it,” Assad threatened in Arabic comments translated into German.
Chaos in Syria would result in “the direct export of terrorism to Europe,” he warned. “Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies.”
Glenn Beck asserted on his weekday television program Monday that “we are moving in the wrong direction [as] a country,” particularly with regard to the Middle East, and that that “we will all be destroyed because of it.”
Speaking about the U.S. government’s recent decision to arm the rebels in Syria, Beck said lawmakers in both parties are “dragging” us into yet another war.
“We are worn out and we do not [want to be] in anybody’s business,” Beck said, pointing out that polls indicate the American people overwhelmingly disagree with intervening in the Syrian conflict.