Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Clueless Obama

OMFG! Cut spending?!!! What a fucking retard!

Here's what Sirota said:

Yes, cutting social safety-net programs during a recession, while increasing spending on wars, underwriting a no-strings-attached bank bailout and pushing a health care bill that is a massive giveaway to the insurance and drug companies.

Jesus, what could I possibly add to that? We've been utterly hijacked.

And Obama is all over the news claiming how he's willing to be a good one-term president. He's got that half right: one-term. Good? Not so much...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Future of Our Republic

Is voting with your libido! Scott Brown ascends the public stage:

I wish I were kidding...!

The Prez One Year On...

Shit, does it have to be said?

Obama is toast on every front. Everything he promised is gone. Yes, we have some few incremental victories for which we can congratulate ourselves - as if those small successes even matter when we are losing the thread of any real, substantive "change."

Progressives are of one mind on this matter. Everyone is noting how weak the President has been on every issue of substance. The 1% are getting bailed out while the average citizen can't even get the same safety net enjoyed by every other western nation in the form of a single-payer or national health care system.

The bailout is particularly shameful. Not only are those corporations NOT too big to fail, but the idiots running the show by their own admissions this last week are know-nothing, brain-dead zombies to a man. Why in the fuck are we saving these bastards from the trash-heap of failed business men? We should be setting fire to those motherfuckers and their institutions!

Obama's message remains "hope." That's all you're gonna get from Obama: hope, but no change. A vain fantasy from a smooth-talking snake.

Go Team America!

Pardon me while the powers that be squeeze every last drop of blood from this turnip.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monsanto's GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure

A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health

...in the three GM maize varieties that formed the basis of this investigation, new side effects linked to the consumption of these cereals were revealed, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others [4]. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity. This can be due to the new pesticides (herbicide or insecticide) present specifically in each type of GM maize, although unintended metabolic effects due to the mutagenic properties of the GM transformation process cannot be excluded [42]. All three GM maize varieties contain a distinctly different pesticide residue associated with their particular GM event (glyphosate and AMPA in NK 603, modified Cry1Ab in MON 810, modified Cry3Bb1 in MON 863). These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown.



Monsanto has immediately responded to the study, stating that the research is "based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products."

The IJBS study's author Gilles-Eric Séralini responded to the Monsanto statement on the blog, Food Freedom, "Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data."


HuffPo commenter "pontesisto" said:
What I have a problem with is that we are all being forced to be part of Monsanto's great food experiment. I understand that respected and well meaning scientists claims these foods are perfectly safe to eat and that they will prevent future food shortage problems but I do not think it is right that they are forcing us to eat them. We should have a choice and these foods should be labeled.

That's an even-handed statement.

Why doesn't the U.S. government, and more particularly the FDA, understand that many of us do not want to participate in a toxicity experiment that enriches the truly evil Monsanto corporation. This GMO corn shit is all over the food supply. Growers of traditional corn varieties are being forced out of business by Monsanto's insane food patents and market force thuggery.

You want nutrition. You may be getting poison instead. Isn't it getting pretty hard to swallow?

Calories: Margin of Error

Restaurant Food Has Up To 200% More Calories Than Advertised

Dieters can't believe everything they read: The food at many popular chain restaurants and in the freezer section of the supermarket may contain a lot more calories than advertised.

A study of 10 chain restaurants, including Wendy's and Ruby Tuesday, found that the number of calories in 29 meals or other menu items was an average of 18 percent higher than listed.
Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University who was not involved in the study, said she was not surprised by the findings. People might think nutrition labels are scientifically precise, but they are mostly ballpark figures, she said.
The study said most of the packaged food tested fell within the 20 percent margin of error allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.
Chang's large Sichuan-style asparagus had more than double the 200 calories it was supposed to have.


While the legally allowed 20% deviation is quite bad, 200% isn't even close. The U.S. Food Industrial Complex surely knows this guideline is poorly enforced and then targets you as a consumer of their "bliss point" foods loaded in fat, salt, and sugars.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

An Eye For An Eye

Individual liberty is often discussed in terms of having the freedom to swing one's fist right up to the tip of someone else's nose. Ideally, no one else cares what one may doing as long as it doesn't harm others. So far so good...

In the real world. the mischief lies in the fact that we do violate each others' rights all the time, even if only accidentally. Accidents are occasionally but not always forgiven. Things that are done on purpose have a way of rarely or never being forgiven.

For the reasons discussed above life often seems like a very complicated game of retaliatory moves. There's a lot of talk about "turning one's cheek" from our supposed spiritual leaders, but down here on earth most people at least defend themselves if not actually take the fight right back to their enemies. Americans seem to forget that even if there may be no such things as "instant karma" there is the reality of retaliatory acts on the part of others. How long can we - as Americans - expect to piss in everyone else's soup and not be taken to task for it? It's not an idle question. Because I am a man of peace and wish to tread softly upon the earth I try to behave as to do injury to no one and no thing unless I must. but as a nation we are doing harm all over the planet. Where we do no actual harm we behave intrusively as if we had every right to do so. We act like bullies and every other nation on earth knows this about us.

We need to start behaving in a manner more consistent with keeping the peace. I write that as if there were a peace to be maintained when in reality the U.S. is at war or engaged in aggressive acts all over the world, just as it has been for several decades.

We pretend one thing while we do another. It's not hard to imagine that the people of other nations have caught us out for the hypocrites that we obviously are.

So, what do we suppose they will do in return?