Monday, April 14, 2008

More Gruel?

The World According to Monsanto

Monsanto, founding member of the evil empire of genetically altered food, (EEGAF).

I will let the video speak for itself, it is quite long 1 hour, 54 minutes, but a must see anyway.



DEN said...

My most humble apologizes, I forgot to bring in popcorn for the movie.

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carey said...

Thanks Den. I'll come back to watch the movie--dentist appointment.

DEN said...

Shorter video but bigger in sooooo many ways

micki said...


When ya get sick from eating food made from crops grown with Round-up Ready Seeds, try buying the drug your doc prescribes.

micki said...


High co-pays for pricey drugs.....

micki said...

As an adjunct to DEN's video link, check out STUFFED & STARVED on Monsanto's Harvest of Fear.

micki said...

Author of the just-released book "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System," Raj Patel said: "What's happening in Haiti is an augury to the rest of the developing world. Haiti is the poster child of an economy that liberalized its agricultural economy and removed the social safety nets for the poor, despite the protests of the majority of its people. Food riots
throughout history have happened when two conditions have been fulfilled. First, there has always been a sudden and rapid discrepancy between what people expect to be able to eat, and what they can actually feed their families. The price shocks around the world have introduced this discrepancy, and the politics that might have dampened them -- grain reserves, tariffs, support for sustainable farmers -- have been eroded by modern development policies.

    "But the second feature of food riots in history is that riots happen when there are no other ways of making powerful people listen. Like many other countries in the developing world, Haiti has been forced to liberalize its economy despite popular opposition -- in other words, modern development policy has been forced to be anti-democratic. And since there has been no effective way for the people to hold their leaders accountable, we're seeing riots not just in Haiti, but in places as diverse as Mexico, India, Egypt, Senegal and even Italy. It's something to expect to see with increasing frequency, until governments realize that food isn't a mere commodity, it's a human right."

Saladin said...

DEN, I think we have GMO crops to thank for our bee decline, the evidence is overwhelming and they've known the dangers for almost 10 years, that I know of. If population reduction is the goal, this is a good way to get it done.
On another note, here is an essay I thought you may like:

By Carolyn Baker

13/04/08 "ICH" -- - Interesting, isn't it, that mainstream economists need a so-called economic guru like Alan Greenspan to confirm that the U.S. economy is in recession? If the maestro says it is so, then it is. If he doesn't, then the "downturn" has a silver lining. And now we have the Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, stating what the American public has known all too well during the past year: "The economy has taken a sharp downturn." Gee, Mr. Paulson, you get the understatement of the year award because what Americans have also discovered is that the middle class is now almost extinct after only a few decades of having one-thanks to you and your friends at Goldman Sachs.

No one walking away from a foreclosed home, no one declaring bankruptcy, no uninsured person staring in the face tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills needs a maestro or any other member of the ruling elite to tell them that not only are we in a recession, but we are on a fast-track to a depression that is going to make 1929 look like living in the lap of luxury. It's called the collapse of Western civilization, and it is well underway.

Oh, you don't like my use of the word "collapse"? Then please listen up.

One of the most inspiring but also heart-wrenching stories I've seen this past week when Truth To Power was in the midst of its spring fundraiser and was not reporting much news was the CBS report on Tennessee-based Remote Area Medical's efforts to bring health and dental care to the uninsured or underinsured not only throughout the world, but now more than ever, in the U.S. As I watched this must-see video clip, my heart soared, even as I wept. What was confirmed in every cell of my body was that the American healthcare system has already collapsed, and that every other institution in this nation is rapidly succumbing to the domino effect of empire's unequivocal unraveling. Watch the CBS report for yourself, and I'm certain you will agree.

In looking honestly at these realities, it is impossible not to feel fearful, and some may once again accuse me of fear-mongering. However, I argue that fear is not necessarily a negative emotion or an unproductive waste of energy. I'm not talking about fear for the sake of fear, but rather, fear as a motivator-fear as a force that compels us to act.

Recession, Depression, Collapse: What's Fear Got To Do With It?

DEN said...

Monsanto is the textbook description of a fascist element on e of many corporates willing to sacrifice American citizens to fill their coffers with more money.

Blood sucking corporate leeches!

Maybe if a few farmers plowed the companies' snoops under, they would not be so willing to act so bold.

David B. Benson said...

In case Den, Saladin and Carey didn't already know:

Major quake almost inevitable for California

Of course, the same is true for Bellingham. Just less clear when there...

DEN said...

Doc, real soon. Lots of crust moving around right now at the 6 mile level.

ò¿óarol said...

I was happy to read the health insurance article you posted, Micki My favorite subject! BASTARDS! Grrrrrrr.

This government of ours has no problem with sentencing people to death by bad health. So many people that have health insurance and have been brainwashed into believing national health care is a bad thing might end up changing their minds when they can't afford life saving drugs. Idiots!

The crap in that article has already happened to Bob a couple times now on cheap drugs! Like that blood pressure pill that his carrier had to be talked into allowing. They told him he had to pay $50 and the drug turned out to be only $57! If we would have known that we would have just bought the stuff and not bothered the doctor or insurance company.

I'm so sick of the health care here I could scream. Bob will be retiring soon because of HIS health and there won't be any insurance on me until I hit Medicare age. Oh, well. Who the fuck cares if I get sick and die. I certainly don't. It will be a pleasure to get the hell out of Dodge. I'm tired of this stupid country.

Saladin said...

Dear Mr. Benson, my husband is a geologist, earthquake faults are one of his specialties, he gets hired to map them and determine safe distances for building. We live on the southern tip of the Long Valley Caldera. I am WELL aware, believe me! We have dozens of mini quakes every month, I actually find them exciting. Mother Earth at her best, IMHO! Not a damn thing we can do about it either.

My goodness Carol, you're sounding awful negative!

ò¿óarol said...

You bet!

Hajji said...

Speaking of "UnHealthCare"...

Tomorrow Night on FRONTLINE


FRONTLINE presents
Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS


FRONTLINE teams up with T.R. Reid, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, to find out how five other capitalist democracies--United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland--deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures. In Sick Around the World, airing Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), Reid turns up remarkable differences in how these countries handle health care--from Japan, where a night in a hospital can cost as little as $10, to Switzerland, where the president of the country tells Reid it would be a "huge scandal" if someone were to go bankrupt from medical bills.

Reid's first stop is the U.K.--a system very different from ours, where the government-run National Health Service is funded through taxes. According to Whittington Hospital CEO David Sloman, "Every single person who's born in the U.K. will use the NHS ... and none of them will be presented a bill at any point during that time." Reid is surprised to find the system often dismissed as "socialized medicine." The U.K. is now trying free-market tactics like "pay-for-performance," where some doctors are paid more if they get good results controlling chronic diseases like diabetes, and patient choice, in which hospitals compete head to head. While such initiatives have helped reduce waiting times for elective surgeries, the London Times' medical correspondent Nigel Hawkes tells Reid the NHS hasn't made enough progress. "We're now in a world in which people are much more demanding, and I think that the NHS is not very effective at delivering in that modern, market-orientated world."

Reid reports next from Japan, the world's second largest economy and the country boasting the best health statistics. The Japanese go to the doctor three times as often as Americans, have more than twice as many MRIs, use more drugs, and spend more days in the hospital, yet Japan spends about half as much per capita as the United States. Reid finds out the secrets of the nation's success: By law, everyone must buy health insurance--either through an employer or a community plan--and unlike in the U.S., insurers cannot turn down a patient for a pre-existing illness, nor are they allowed to make a profit.

Reid's journey then takes him to Germany, the country that invented the concept of a national health care system. For it's 80 million people, Germany offers universal health care, including medical, dental, mental health, homeopathy and spa treatment. Professor Karl Lauterbach, M.D., a member of the German parliament, describes it as "a system where the rich pay for the poor and where the ill are covered by the healthy. It is ... highly accepted by the population." As they do in Japan, medical providers must charge standard prices which are negotiated with the government every year. As a consequence, physicians in Germany earn between half and two-thirds as much as their U.S. counterparts.

Taiwan researched many health care systems before settling on one where the government runs the financing, but Reid finds the delivery of health care is left to the market. Taiwanese health care offers medical, dental, mental and Chinese medicine, with no waiting time and for less that half of what we pay in the United States. Every person in Taiwan has a "smart card" containing all of his or her relevant health information, and bills are paid automatically. But what Reid finds is that the Taiwanese spend too little to sustain their health care system. According to Princeton's Tsung-Mei Cheng, who advised the Taiwanese government, "As we speak, the government is borrowing from banks to pay what there isn't enough to pay the providers."

Reid's final destination is Switzerland, a country whose health care system suffered from some America's problems until, in 1994, the country attempted a major reform. Despite a huge private insurance business, a law called LAMal was passed, which set up a universal health care system that, among other things, restricted insurance companies from making a profit on basic medical care. Today, Swiss politicians from the political right and left enthusiastically support universal health care. Pascal Couchepin, the president of the Swiss Federation, argues: "Everybody has a right to health care. ... It is a profound need for people to be sure that if they are struck by destiny ... they can have a good health system."
________________ least we still have PBS...

"Can you tell me how d'ya d'ya get to Sesame St?


DEN said...

Carol, hunt around for a good doctor that will cut a deal with self pay people like you, visit their offices to check them out, If they are a designer furnitured out skip them.

I had a decent doc that charged $40 for an office visit, local guy, and find a good on-line pharmacy, research takes time to turn up a deal but might pay to check out. Target pharmacy was the cheapest here, shop around.

Buy a blood pressure monitor or use the free ones at the drug store to keep an eye on Bob without having to see a doctor to get the readings.

Just some suggestions.

Getting old sux!

micki said...

Carol -- you are a sturdy soul. I doubt if you'll get sick and die before Medicare age, especially since you've had pretty damned good health so far in life.

No wonder you're feeling so down about the whole mess, with Bob's deteriorating health and all, but keep working in your garden, having fun, laughing a lot, eating right, getting your vitamin D through your skin, walking Izzy, talking with Izzy, and telling the "system" you can make it in spite of their cold indifference.

You can do it. I know you can.