Friday, April 09, 2010

Control the Food, Control the People! (Part 2)

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The starvation of America continues with the passing of S510
Puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense
By Dr. Laurie Roth
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Senate just passed S510 The Food Safety Modernization Act, which will give ‘King Kong’-like powers to the FDA to dictate how farmers grow everything, where they grow it, when they grow it and what is added to it or not. Thank God, this latest overreach from hell from the Obama administration and progressive left goes now to the House. Pray we can crush it there or the new House coming in January will have another one of many shredding tasks as this progressive ship of fools and Un American President try to steal, rob and destroy America…..now, starve her.
The shameful Senators who voted for this have managed, ( if passed in the House) to put a rope around the necks of the 2.2 million farms in America….hark, our very food supply. Farmers would now have numerous unannounced inspections, increased 7 times in just the next 7 years, while buried in mountains of paperwork and forms to fill out. They would
experience psychotic regulations dictating how the farmers grow all kinds of food, what to do with their soil and when, hygiene, packing, even dictating when and where animals can go into their fields.
The FDA and this administration are as usual hiding behind contrived made up crisis regarding our food supply and safety. What is the big emergency and need to add billions more debt and more authority to the FDA? There is none! Food-borne illnesses have always happened. Our technology and advances in food safety have and continue to lead in the world. Food providers and farmers already pasteurize, disinfect, clean and take all kinds of steps to protect our food supply. By making Farming and the Food industry more expensive, regulated and paperwork heavy it does only one thing, bankrupts America’s farmers and food supply! It has nothing to do with real safety. It has only to do with stealing from, starving and controlling the American people even more.
It is time to hit back hard in the House and contact our Representatives. Tell them to vote NO on this. Go to Healthfreedomusa.org and click on their action items.
Here are just a few points contained in this bill, thankfully provided by Health Freedom USA. Just think about what is in this bill and then go throw up as I have.
It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency. It resembles the Kissinger Plan.
It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security.
It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce
(even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.”
It imposes Codex Alimentarious on the US. A global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations, World Health Organization and Agriculture Organization to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements.
It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security.
It includes NAIS, an animal tractability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease.
It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsens food safety.
It deconstructs what is left of the American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economics, out of the hands of the citizenry and puts them in total control of multinational corporations.
It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs.
It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the
regulations to be imposed; postponed defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied. It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review.
Just as the ‘kabuki theatre TSA’ has nothing to do with real airline security, the S510 Food safety bill has nothing to do with protecting the American people and food safety. This is simply one of many attacks on our freedoms, Health care, False Airport security, Stimulus bills that only pay big dog sell outs and now a full court press to take over and gut our food supply. Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama Senior would be proud!
The attacks continue by Obama and the progressives. Our new congress will have mountains of shredding to do in January. American people continue to stand. We will get our country back!
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Urgent call for action, last chance to defeat S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act
by Mike Adams
Monday, November 29, 2010
(NaturalNews) "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious -- makes you so sick at heart -- that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!" - Mario Savio, December 2, 1964
Although Mario Savio's speech was about political activism and the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_...), it could have very well been about Senate Bill 510, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act.
This bill, which is now coming to a vote the evening of Monday, November 29, 2010, is the most "odious" food tyranny bill to have ever been crafted in the history of our nation. S 510 is to food freedom what the Patriot Act is to the Bill of Rights.
If passed, it will criminalize entire ranks of organic gardeners and small farmers while giving rise to a new wave of tyrants -- the food safety Gestapo who will rule over the production of food and the saving of seeds in the same way the TSA now rules over your security at the airport.
Watch my 5 minute video on this important topic right now at http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4DE6C...
The intentions behind S 510 are well-meaning, of course: Lawmakers want to do something about e.coli and salmonella contamination of fresh produce. No US Senator wants to face their constituents without being able to claim they "voted for safer food."
They all have good intentions. But of course that's exactly what the road to hell is paved with. The Patriot Act was passed with good intentions, too, in a desperate hour when fearful Americans were grasping at solutions -- anything that could calm their fears even if it meant giving up their freedoms in the process. And now we are paying the price for that: Obscene TSA pat-downs at the airport, naked body scanners taking photos of your children's bodies, anti-terrorism laws being used to prosecute animal rights activists, and other such transgressions that were unimaginable in 2001 when it was first passed.
What will the next decade bring us if S.510 becomes law?
If passed into law, S.510 will become the Patriot Act of the food industry, turning raw milk producers into
felons and small organic farmers into "seed smugglers." It will all but ensure the demise of small, local farmers and thereby hand a government-protected monopoly to the large industrial farmers who use GMOs, chemical pesticides and cruel, inhumane practices throughout their factory animal farms.
It will destroy small dairy farmers and devastate family food producers. And while it's doing all this, it will also give the FDA -- the most dangerous federal agency in the history of our nation -- the power to regulate what you grow, what you harvest, what seeds you save and what paperwork you must file in order to comply with Big Brother's food schemes. It will give the FDA the right to conduct surprise inspections of your greenhouse, to seize your plants and to arrest you as a common criminal merely for milking a cow and offering that fresh milk for sale to a neighbor.
This is food tyranny, and this is what we must stop. S. 510 is the machine upon which we must now throw ourselves -- upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and we've got to make it stop.
You can help. Here's how:
Join our barrage of phone calls to your U.S. Senator's office
As soon as you read this, if it's before 5pm Monday, I urge you to pick up the phone and CALL your U.S. Senator's offices and voice your opposition to Senate Bill 510.
Don't know your Senator's phone number? Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator's office: 202-224-3121.
You can find other contact information for your US Senator at http://senate.gov/general/contact_i...
Also, please share this article on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks so that people may join us in this grassroots effort to defeat the next great tyranny in America BEFORE it can be unleashed. This is our final hour on S 510, and every call counts!
Please also watch my call-to-action video at http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4DE6C...
... and then share this grassroots video with others. Let them know what's at stake and urge them to take action Monday, November 29th, before 5pm Eastern.
Here are two other sources where you can sign an online petition and get more information about the S.510 tyranny:
Citizens for Health
Natural Solutions Foundation
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/...
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The backlash begins against the world landgrab
The neo-colonial rush for global farmland has gone exponential since the food scare of 2007-2008
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
12 Sep 2010
Last week's long-delayed report by the World Bank suggests that purchases in developing countries rose to 45m hectares in 2009, a ten-fold jump from levels of the last decade. Two thirds have been in Africa, where institutions offer weak defence.
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"Madagascar's land is neither for sale nor for rent," said its new president
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As is by now well-known, sovereign wealth funds from the Mid-East, as well as state-entities from China, the Pacific Rim, and even India are trying to lock up chunks of the world's future food supply. Western agribusiness is trying to beat them to it. Western funds - many listed on London's AIM exchange - are in turn trying to beat them. The NGO GRAIN, and farmlandgrab.com, have both documented the stampede in detail.
Hedge funds that struck rich 'shorting' US sub-prime have rotated into the next great play of our era: 'long’ soil. "Productive agricultural land with water on site, will be very valuable in the future. And I've put a good amount of money into that," said Michael Burry, star of 'The Big Short'.
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"We do not need foreigners to produce food in Brazil," Cassel told the business newspaper Valor Economico. "This is the policy of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva."
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Needless to say, this has set off a fierce backlash. Brazil has passed a decree limiting acreage held by foreign-owned companies, the latest evidence that our half-century era of globalisation may be drawing to a close.
Authorities are probing whether firms are using local fronts to disguise investment in Mato Grosso and Amazonia. "Brazilian land must stay in the hands of Brazilians," said the farm development minister, Guilherme Cassel. It is starting to feel like the early 1970s when the military regime more or less froze out foreign buyers.
Where will this leave the plans of SinoLatin Capital, Goldman Sachs, Harvest Capital, or Berkshire Hathaway? Warren Buffett, wisely, is exploring his $400m venture in soya and sugar with a Brazilian partner.
Argentina is drawing up its own law, pressed by the country's bishops. More than 7pc of national territory is owned by foreigners. The Benetton brothers have 900,000 hectares of Patagonia, some on disputed Mapuche tribal land. George Soros has holdings, so does CNN's Ted Turner, and currency trader Joe Lewis, who made himself a public enemy by blocking public access to the majestic Hidden Lake.
"There are many foreigners who don’t buy to produce, but rather to position themselves in places with water, mineral resources and hydrocarbons," said Pablo Orsolini, a sponsor of the legislation.
In Madasgascar, a deal with Korea's Daiwoo Logistics to plant corn on territory half the size of Belgium led to the downfall of the government in 2008. The lease was revoked. "Madagascar's land is neither for sale nor for rent," said the new president. Even Australia's senate has called for an audit of foreign-owned land and water projects.
The allure of global land is obvious. The World Bank says industrial and “transition” countries are losing 2.9m hectares of cultivated farmland each year. China is paving over its fertile belt on the Eastern seabord, and depleting the water basin of the North China Plain for crop irrigation.
Cheng Siwei, head of China's green energy drive, told me last week that eco-damage of 13.5pc of GDP each year outstrips China’s growth rate of 10pc. National wealth is contracting. "We have an intangible environmental debt that we are leaving to our children," he said. So does India. Much of the globe is stealing food from the future.
The World Bank said we must lift production 70pc by 2050 to meet a triad of converging demands: extra mouths; rising use of animal feed from grains as Asia moves up the affluence ladder to meat-based diets; and the biofuel drive.
This will not be easy. The great leap forward in crop yields is fading. The Bank said rises in wheat and soya yields have declined from 2pc a year to zero since the 1970s in the West. Yield growth for rice and soya in emerging economies has fallen from 3pc to 1pc.
"With few break-through technologies on the horizon, the scope for yield gains seems lower than in the past. Irrigation has contributed to past growth in crop yields, but water scarcity in many regions is now a major constraint," it said. The Green Revolution is "exhausted".
There is plenty of land in the former Soviet Union, where crop planting has fallen by 30m hectares since the sovkhoz collectives of the Khruschev era. Yields are still barely half Western levels on many Russian farms.
Untapped hinterlands lie in Africa (Congo and Sudan) and Latin America. Developing countries are freeing up 5.5m hectares a year. There is a theoretical reservoir of 445m hectares of unforested cropland in the world, on top of the 1.5bn hectares in production.
Rich countries do not face a Malthusian crisis. They face a shift in the terms of trade between country and city, a reversal of urban dominance since the industrial revolution. We are on a thinner margin of food security, just as we are on a thinner margin of oil security.
But those who live in poor countries that rely on food imports most certainly did have a Malthusian moment in 2008 when bread riots swept Egypt, Indonesia, and a string of states in Africa.
Last week, 10 people died in riots in Mozambique, set off by Russia's grain export ban. Wheat prices have doubled since June. The World Bank said the number of people who go to bed hungry each night has risen from 830m to more than 1bn over the past three years.
The morality of the global land rush is finely balanced. Good projects are exactly what we need to solve the food crisis. They bring investment, know-how, and transport links. They create jobs. Peru's auction scheme on the Pacific Coast has been a success.
Yet the World Bank appears deeply torn. While the report endorses the Bank's open-door globalisation agenda, the sub-text dissents on every page. "Large land acquisitions come at a high cost. The veil of secrecy that often surrounds these deals must be lifted," it said.
It warns of a "resource curse" that may enrich a small elite, leaving wreckage behind. Proposals are not properly screened. Peasants are forcibly displaced. Communal grazing lands are closed off. Some investors manipulate opinion with a media blitz of false promises. Nothing has been produced so far on almost 80pc of the land purchased. Benefits are often minimal, "even non-existent". In Africa, the land rush is diverting effort from the core task of helping small farmers raise yields.
The Bank implicitly questions whether it is wise to divert half of the world's increased output of maize and wheat over the next decade into biofuels to meet government “mandates". It will be another decade before the stalks and other inedible parts of plants can be used in bulk.
Personally, I am coming to the conclusion that the biofuel drive is misguided, given that mass solar power and throrium-based nuclear reactors – coupled with electric cars - could step into the energy breach with less destructive effects. All it takes is global leadership. As Friends of the Earth reproaches us, every time we make a frivolous journey in an over-powered car we are hurting somebody.
Land is not a commodity. It has an atavistic pull in most cultures, and is semi-sacred everywhere. Absentee landlords who amass chunks of the earth – however well-intentioned - will be expropriated. Politics always prevails.
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County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops
September 13, 2010
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.”
Fig trees, broccoli and cabbages are among the many greens that line the soil on Steve Miller’s more than two acres in Clarkston, who said he has spent fifteen years growing crops to give away and sell at local farmers markets.
“It's a way of life, like it's something in my blood,” said Miller.
In January, Dekalb County code enforcement officers began ticketing him for growing too many crops for the zoning and having unpermitted employees on site.
Miller stopped growing vegetables this summer and the charges were put on hold as he got the property rezoned.
Two weeks after approval, however, his attorney said the county began prosecuting the old charges, saying he was technically in violation before the rezoning.
“It should go away. I think it borders on harassment,” said Miller’s attorney Doug Dillard.
Miller faces nearly $5,000 in fines, but he said he plans to fight those citations in recorders court later this month.
A county spokesperson said officials can’t discuss the matter while it is in court, but neighbors were quick to come to his defense.
“When he moved here and I found out what he was doing I said, ‘Steve, you’re the best thing that ever happened to Cimarron Drive. And I still say that,” said neighbor Britt Fayssoux.
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NIA food shortages on the horizon
The National Inflation Association today issued a warning to all Americans that empty store shelves will likely be coming to America as a result of government price controls during the upcoming hyperinflationary crisis. This morning, NIA released a video preview of what hyperinflation will look like in the U.S. This extremely important must see video is now available on NIA's video page at: http://inflation.us/videos.html
NIA's six-minute video released today goes into detail about an event that took place just outside of Boston, Massachusetts in May of this year. This story was widely ignored by the nationwide mainstream media, but NIA believes it was one of the most important news events of the first half of 2010. Although this particular crisis in Boston was due to decaying infrastructure, NIA believes a currency crisis will lead to the same type of panic on a nationwide basis.
NIA hopes that this video serves as a wake-up call for Americans to take the necessary steps to prepare for hyperinflation and become educated about the U.S. economy. In Zimbabwe during hyperinflation, Zimbabweans were forced to transact in gold and silver.
It's only a matter of time before the U.S. dollar becomes worthless and the only Americans with wealth will be those who own gold and silver.
Citizens of Boston were able to survive their recent crisis with the help of the National Guard, but the National Guard won't be there for Americans during hyperinflation. 40.2 million Americans are currently living off of food stamps, but food stamps won't have any purchasing power during hyperinflation. The United States' day of reckoning is ahead. We cannot go on living with record budget deficits and accelerating national debt growth forever.
Just yesterday it was announced that for the first time ever, a major credit ratings agency has given China a higher credit rating than the U.S. While most credit ratings agencies including Moody's, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings still rate U.S. debt as AAA, NIA believes the real credit rating of the U.S. should be junk. The only way one could possibly justify a U.S. credit rating of AAA is by taking into account the Federal Reserve's ability to monetize our debt through inflation. However, printing money to pay off debt is a lot worse than defaulting on it. Inflation is very deceptive, it destroys the value of savings while transferring wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich.
The U.S. has a budget deficit just from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone. NIA urges President Obama to implement dramatic cuts to these entitlement programs immediately, while simultaneously reducing the size of government across the board. Time is growing short for Obama to rein in government spending. The longer Obama waits to reverse course, the harder it will be for the U.S. to recover from the calamity that is about to unfold.
Please forward this message to everybody you know. It is essential to the well-being of all your family members and friends that they watch our new video entitled "Empty Store Shelves Coming to America" by going to: http://inflation.us/videos.html
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The Sick Care Economy
Thursday, April 15, 2010
by Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) This CounterThink cartoon was originally published in 2006, and at the time it seemed almost outlandish to suppose that virtually an entire economy could be run on junk foods, sickness, disease and health care. And yet in the years since, this scenario has become more of a reality in the United States of America, where politicians are announcing "The economy is good" even while an increasingly large portion of that economy is based on disease-causing products and sick-care maintenance of the population (the "health care" system).
Now that the new health care law has been passed by the Congress and signed by the President, it seemed like an especially good time to revisit this cartoon which turns out to be eerily accurate in predicting the future emphasis of the U.S. economy. When looking at this, remember that this cartoon stemmed from what I knew four years ago... long before the Wall Street bailout or health care reform. Yet even then it was obvious that the economy was headed in the direction of the "business is booming" proclamation made by the mayor in this cartoon.
What follows is the full text of a recent article I posted called, "America does not have a shortage of doctors, it has an excess of disease." This article is particular relevant to the message of this cartoon, so I'm including it below.
America does not have a shortage of doctors, it has an excess of disease
Now that health reform relying on monopolized pharmaceutical medicine has become the law of the land across America, the mainstream media is reporting on a sudden shortage of doctors. The nearly one million doctors who already treat a sick, diseased population is no longer enough, it seems, and medical schools are ramping up to churn out more doctors to treat yet more disease. There are never enough doctors to go around when everybody's sick, it seems...
What we're witnessing here is a massive expansion of the sick-care industry which already swallows 20 percent of the U.S. economy. Over the next few years, that percentage will rise to 25 percent, then 30 percent, and this financial sinkhole called "mainstream medicine" may even hit one-third of the entire national economy.
That puts the U.S. in a dire financial situation. If a third of the economic productivity is being spent on sickness and disease, and another third (or so) is being spent on war and imperialism, and another third is spent on debt interest and social security, then where do you get the money to actually build roads and schools, pay government employees or administer the business of government?
The answer, of course, is that you simply print more money and keep on spending -- a sure path to currency hyperinflation.
But that's another story. The topic of today is how to solve the doctor shortage. And the answer to that is quite simple: Unleash the power of nutrition to prevent and reverse disease.
Nutrition ends the doctor shortage
We already know that vitamin D, all by itself, can prevent nearly 4 out of 5 cancers (http://www.naturalnews.com/021892.html). It also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression, seasonal flu and kidney disease. Distribute free vitamin D supplements across the entire population and you solve the doctor shortage problem in one year as the public gets healthier and reduces doctor visits.
It's a simple, cost-effective solution that any intelligent nation would embrace without a second thought: Invest a few pennies in the health of the population and save yourself many dollars in reduced health care costs. Regular vitamin D supplementation has no negative side effects and requires no prescriptions, no injections and no visits to the doctor. What's not to like about that?
Except the sick care industry doesn't like it at all. Drug companies, hospitals, conventional doctors, med schools, medical journals and now even the mainstream media all generate extreme profits from the ongoing business of sickness and disease. Vitamin D would disrupt their profit agenda and send people home healthy and well instead of bringing them back into the hospital sick and diseased.
America, you see, does not have a shortage of doctors... it has an excess of disease. And that's an excess that the sick-care system seems determined to continue.
America must decide: Sickness or health?
Faced with such a situation, the nation can make one of two choices:
Choice #1) Invest in more doctors and expand the business of disease to ensnare the entire population in a cycle of pharmaceutical dependence, nutritional ignorance and accelerated disease.
Choice #2) Invest in nutrition and shrink the sick-care industry by showing people how to stay healthy, fit and free of disease. Downsize sick care, in other words, by unleashing health.
Which choice has America made? It's obvious, isn't it? With the recent health care reform legislation, the country has invested heavily in choice #1: More sickness, more pharmaceuticals, more hospitals and more doctors.
The business of disease is booming!
I first wrote about this in a tale called The Town of Allopath (http://www.naturalnews.com/008674.html), a fable that has been featured on Mercola's website for several years now. In that tale, I wrote about a society that believed it was experiencing economic abundance because it kept spending more and more money repairing car crashes and hospitalizing victims of automobile accidents. The town removed all stop signs and traffic lights to make sure more traffic accidents occurred, thereby ensuring jobs for the local car repair shops, hospitals and doctors.
I also depicted a similar scenario in a CounterThink Cartoon published in 2006 called Business is Booming! (http://www.naturalnews.com/021218_d...)
This cartoon shows a town mayor announcing "Business is booming" while, in the background, the cityscape features chemical companies, fast food restaurants, hospitals, cancer centers and funeral homes. Sure, business is booming for all the companies that create disease and treat disease, but is the quality of life for that society getting any better? Not by a long shot.
What's really interesting about all this is that today, just four years later, the "Business is Booming" cartoon has become reality in America! The Town of Allopath is now the country of America. This country has decided to expand the business of disease, and this is what has created an artificial "shortage of doctors."
This shortage of doctors is an entirely manufactured shortage. America already has nearly one million doctors. If anything, we have way too many doctors. We'd actually be better off with far fewer doctors combined with a Health Freedom Protection Act that would allow naturopathic physicians to practice medicine alongside Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, chiropractors and other holistic practitioners.
And if we could roll back the FDA censorship of nutritional supplements and superfoods, then we could finally start to educate people about how to prevent disease using supplements, herbal remedies and nutritional therapies. All of a sudden we would find ourselves with far too many doctors -- and too many cancer centers, hospitals and clinics, too.
This should be the goal of any intelligent nation: To protect and enhance the health of its people. But America's leaders (if you can call them that) have chosen a different path for the People: A lifetime of nutritional ignorance, medical enslavement, vaccinations, mammograms, chemotherapy, psychiatric drugs and an endless assortment of other dangerous medications.
It makes you wonder... why?
Why America's government needs you to die sooner
If you do the math on this, you'll discover that the federal government cannot afford to have people live very long. If people live too many years past retirement, they keep collecting social security benefits. But social security is broke. It has no real money and only operates on a system of IOUs from the U.S. Treasury.
Social security is one of the largest outlays of cash from the U.S. government -- cash the country simply doesn't have and therefore must borrow or print.
From a financial point of view, the U.S. government sees retired people as purely a financial burden: They pay no taxes, they produce very little work, and they drain cash for every month they stay alive. It sounds cruel, but it's true: The government of the United States of America cannot afford for retired people to stay alive for very long.
The more quickly you die, the more money the government saves. Kinda sick, huh?
Now, imagine the financial burden on the Treasury if all of a sudden 70 million elderly Americans were taught the truth about vitamin D and nutritional therapies. Imagine people living just ten years longer than they currently do. The cost to the Treasury would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year! And yet the federal government doesn't have hundreds of billions of extra dollars. It's already spending such a fortune on disease, war and debt that it don't have a dime to spare.
See The New Mr. America: Bankrupt, Diseased and Running Out of Options
Help reverse the national debt... die sooner!
And this bring us to the health care reform legislation which, depending on whom you ask, contains "death panel" provisions or "taxpayer-funded assisted suicide" support. Whether such provisions actually exist under current reform legislation is hotly debated, of course, but the way they theoretically work is simple: Bureaucrats get to decide who lives and who dies based on how much money the state can afford to spend on them.
Well, I can tell you this right now: If you're retired, the state believes it can't afford you at all! From a purely fiscal point of view, the state wants you dead, not alive and collecting money from social security while spending even more money via Medicare. This is truly a case where if you're retired, you're worth more DEAD than ALIVE (to the state, that is).
Could our sick-care system actually be designed to "expire the taxpayers" right around retirement age?
Every few years, the government raises the age qualifications for collecting social security (http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/agereduc...). At the same time, they keep increasing the toxicity of mainstream medicine by pushing more chemicals and radiation onto more people. The result is inescapable: Fewer and fewer people will ever live long enough to ever collect social security.
Do you think this is coincidence?
America's leaders, you see, aren't necessarily trying to reduce the population per se. But they don't want you to live a day beyond retirement because that's when you stop paying taxes and start collecting money from the state. That's unaffordable, so the "perfect system" (in their eyes) is one that causes your death somewhere between the ages of 55 and 70. They don't want medicine to kill you in your twenties or thirties because that's when you're working hard and paying taxes. What they really want is a system of medicine the offers accumulated toxicity that catches up with you in your late 50's and kills you before age 65.
And isn't that exactly what mammograms, vaccines and pharmaceuticals do? CT scans catch up with you, too, and the combined toxicity of all these medications hit your liver and kidneys in your 50's, usually. By age 67 when full social security benefits are supposed to kick in, most people are either pumped up full of medications or they're dead.
Cancer doesn't just happen overnight, you know. It takes many years (decades, usually) for a tumor to grow to the size where it can be detected on a mammogram. Meanwhile, doctors and medical staff are bombarding your breasts with radiation every year, practically guaranteeing that you'll end up with breast cancer in your 60's if you don't die from something else first.
Am I saying that government-run health care is out to kill you? Not exactly. But they sure aren't trying to keep you alive, either...
Mainstream medicine is the real killer
You know what the No. 1 killer in America is? It's not cancer. Not heart disease. Not strokes, accidents or terrorism. The No. 1 cause of death in America is mainstream medicine, which kills anywhere from 250,000 to over 750,000 people a year, depending on whose statistics you believe.
These deaths are called iatrogenic deaths, which means "deaths caused by doctors." You might just call it iatrogenocide, though, given how little regard the mainstream medical system has for protecting human life.
So, getting back to the title of this article... if doctors are already killing over half a million people a year in America, and if we now have a "shortage" of doctors that will result in hundreds of thousands more doctors practicing the same backward system of drugs-and-surgery medicine that's killing people right now, can you guess what will happen to the iatrogenic death rate in America?
You guessed it: It's heading skyward. Expect to see over a million Americans a year killed by mainstream medicine within the next decade.
And why will a million Americans needlessly die each year from a monopoly medical system run by a bankrupt government? Perhaps because it's easier and more profitable to just watch Americans die before they collect social security than to teach them how to stay alive and healthy.
The game is rigged, folks. And it's even more severely rigged if you're black, by the way. The vitamin D deficiencies suffered by black Americans today practically guarantee most middle-aged African American men will never live to collect social security. So you actually have a country full of hard-working black Americans paying taxes into a social security system that disproportionately pays out to white folks.
Check it out: The average life expectancy of a black American male is about 67 years.
You collect social security, if you're still alive, only after reaching -- guess what? -- age 67 (http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/agereduc...).
Meanwhile, the average life expectancy of a white American male is 74 years.
So that means white males are collecting social security for 7 years longer than black males. So working black men are actually subsidizing retired white men. At the same time, the sick-care system seems to be trying to kill us all before we reach retirement age because that saves more money for a bankrupt government that's bowing to the Chinese and Japanese governments to keep lending it more money.
How many dead Americans does it take to eliminate the national debt? I don't know, but you can bet some pencil pusher in Washington has already done the math on that, and the answer is not one that prioritizes your personal health.
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Brooklyn Dem Felix Ortiz wants to ban use of salt in New York restaurants
BY Samuel Goldsmith
Daily News Staff Writer
Thursday, March 11th 2010
If State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has his way, the only salt added to your meal will come from the chef's tears.
The Brooklyn Democrat has introduced a bill that would ban the use of salt in New York restaurants - and violators would be smacked with a $1,000 fine for every salty dish.
"No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food," the bill reads.
Some of Manhattan's top cooks blasted the idea, saying the legislation lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.
"New York City is considered the restaurant capital of the world. If they banned salt, nobody would come here anymore," said Tom Colicchio, star of "Top Chef" and owner of Craft.
"Anybody who wants to taste food with no salt, go to a hospital and taste that," he said.
Ortiz says his bill is designed to save lives, just like laws that ban the use of trans fats and require chain restaurants to post nutrition information.
"It's time for us to take a giant step," Ortiz said yesterday. "We need to talk about two ingredients of salt: health care costs and deaths."
He claims billions of dollars and thousands of lives would be saved if salt was taken off the menu altogether.
There's little argument that too much salt causes high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks - but even hardcore salt haters say banning it outright is a pinch too much.
"You can live with salt in your diet. The problem in our society is excess salt," said Sonia Angell, director of the cardiovascular disease and prevention program for the Health Department.
Angell is behind the city's new push to get food producers and restaurants to cut sodium content by 25% over the next five years. That includes prepared foods like canned soups and frozen dinners, as well as fast-food meals that can have twice the recommended amount of salt for an entire day.
"Fast food is loaded with sodium, but in a kitchen that's doing fine dining, the use of salt is moderate," said John DeLucie, chef at The Waverly Inn and the soon-to-be opened Lion.
"There's a ridiculous amount of salt in processed foods, but what I use is not a salt bomb like that. It's to taste."
"I have zero problems with blood pressure, zero problems with my health, and I have eaten salt all my life," said Eric Ripert, chef at world-famous Manhattan restaurant Le Bernardin.
"Cooked food tastes good with salt and it's bland without it," said Ripert. "I believe very much that processed food is not good for you. But salt - salt is different. There are zero dishes I prepare that have no salt at all.
"[Ortiz] does not have my vote," Ripert said.
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Michelle Obama's Anti-Obesity Plan
First Lady decries rapid spread of childhood obesity
Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune Staff Writer
January 20, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.Saying childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years, first lady Michelle Obama asked the nation's mayors to help her battle an epidemic that could see today's kids lead shorter lives than their parents.
Obama, speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said no matter how much she'd read and thought about the problem of obesity among young people, the pertinent statistics "never fail to take my breath away."
She said nearly one-third of U.S. children now are overweight or obese. She said one-third of today's children eventually will suffer from diabetes, and, in the African American and Latino communities, the proportion will be almost half.
Obesity, she said, "could now be an even greater threat to America's health than smoking." And if the nation stays on its current path, nearly 50 percent of all Americans will be obese in 10 years - "not just overweight, but obese."
"This isn't the kind of problem that can be solved in one year, or even one administration," according to Obama, who is expected to unveil an anti-obesity initiative next month. "But make no mistake about it, this is a problem that can be solved."
Obama said a host of factors were contributing to the problem, from time-pressed parents with less time to prepare home-cooked meals to kids sitting for hours in front of televisions or playing video games.
She said as a busy working mom she turned too often to pizza or to a drive-through for food, until a nudge from her daughters' pediatrician, who suggested she modify their diets.
Obama heralded what mayors across the country already are doing to fight fat and promote fitness. She singled out Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who challenged residents to lose a million pounds and created a Web site, thiscityisgoingonadiet.com, for people to track their progress and share tips.
"So far, 40,000 people have signed up - and together, they've lost more than half a million pounds," she said.
Forty of those pounds lost were Cornett's, she noted.
Obama said she understands that when he dines out now, everyone watches what he orders. "I can relate," she said to laughter.
Obama also noted that the Arlington, Texas, mayor, who is a physician, gave children pedometers at the end of the school year; in Columbia, Mo., the mayor is building walkways and bikeways; in Bowling Green, Ky., the mayor launched a Web site to encourage exercise, find parks and trail maps and learn about upcoming races; and in Minneapolis, the mayor brought in farmers' markets to bring fresh produce to underserved areas.
Obama said she wants "ideas and input" from mayors -- and their leadership. "We're looking to you to be the leaders on the frontlines of this effort across the country," she said.
She told them that when she tucks her girls into bed at night, she thinks about wanting them to happy and healthy and to "have every chance to follow their aspirations and ambitions."
She said she wants them to have the tools for success, not just "education and opportunities, but the physical and emotional strength to seize those opportunities."
"I want them to be able to engage in life with the energy, endurance, and focus," she said, "because we all know they're going need it to meet the challenges they'll face along the way."
She added: "And I want them to have the blessing that my husband and I have, and that my mother has, of being there to see their own children and grandchildren grown up-and, God willing, their great grandchildren too."
Obama said what she wanted for her daughters she wants "for every single child in this country."
The conference, meeting in the Capital Hilton, runs through Friday.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, for whom Obama once worked, is among about 220 mayors attending the conference.
Daley praised the speech as "very good," and said cities are talking about the issues Obama raised, including increasing access to quality foods and grocery stores and promoting exercise.
And he said, in answer to a question, that he thinks mayors will heed Obama's call to get involved in the fight since "it's an issue that strikes all families."
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Fury as NHS spends thousands on 40ft effigy of boy eating burger which will be burned as part of healthy eating drive
By Paul Harris
9th April 2010
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264840/Fury-NHS-spends-thousands-40ft-effigy-boy-eating-burger-healthy-eating-drive.html
As the latest weapon in the war on obesity it may seem a little extreme.
But after fat camps, intense diets and gastrobands meet the 'Bye Bye Burger Boy'.
The 40ft giant effigy - which will cost several thousands to make - is to be paraded through the streets of Barnsley as part of a healthy eating drive.
It will form part of the mayor's parade and summer gala in July before finally being set alight to symbolise 'the shedding of unhealthy elements of our lifestyles'.
The controversial idea was dreamt up by NHS and council bosses in the town to fight some of the highest obesity rates in the UK.
But residents and campaign groups have reacted with fury and condemned the effigy.
Local Slimming World co-ordinator Christine Meluish, who runs weight loss groups for 11 to 15-year-olds, branded it 'a disgrace'.
'It's humiliating for anyone who is overweight,' she said yesterday. 'I was a fat kid and it's hard enough.
'If I was still the size I used to be I wouldn't go to the carnival because I would think people were laughing at me.
'I know there is a message to get across in terms of eating healthily but if they are going to burn something can't it just be burgers?
'I don't think they've considered it could be taken the other way and have people picking on overweight kids.
'It will be like Guy Fawkes and leave bigger kids wondering what they have done wrong.'
Andrea O'Connell, who runs a local farm shop, said it was irresponsible to label burgers as a health risk.
'What's next, 'Bye bye Cake Boy? Bye Bye Crisp Boy? Because they all have more fat in the than a burger,' she said.
'It is sending out completely the wrong message because the burger itself is not fattening.
'The problem is more to do with junk food from fast food places and what kids are having there with their burger such as chips, pop and ice cream.'
The giant sculpture - of an obese boy standing in an ash tray beneath a mountain of fast food - was designed by theatre company Dodgy Clutch.
The Newcastle-based company said it was recruited by Barnsley County Council and the NHS to 'explore the role that the arts can play in healthy living and encouraging a healthier lifestyle'.
Its effigy will be made in the weeks before the parade on July 10 and members of the public will be asked to make clay moulds for the pieces of the totem-pole like effigy.
The effigy will then be burnt as a finale to the parade which forms part of the three-month long 'Heart of Barnsley' celebrations this summer
The row comes just 18 months after Barnsley was branded England's biggest obesity hotspot.
A 'fat map' of the UK, based on statistics from GP practices, showed that more than one in ten (10.8%) of patients registered with GPs in the town were obese.
Figures also showed that obesity costs the town's economy £16 million a year of which £6 million is from lost earnings caused by illness due to being overweight.
NHS Barnsley and Barnsley Council today defended the design.
An NHS Barnsley spokesman refused to say how much the sculpture would cost but insisted it was 'within the budget to promote active lifestyles'.
Elaine Ogden, Fit for the Future Co-ordinator for NHS Barnsley, added: 'One of the biggest health issues we face in Barnsley is cardiovascular disease.
'The Heart of Barnsley festival is one way in which NHS Barnsley will engage with local people to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with heart disease.
'Bye Bye Burger Boy is just one element of this event.'
Helen Ball, head of culture and creative industries for the council, said: 'It is a culmination of a programme of events to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.'
Comments
You know this has nothing to do with healthy eating or being overweight. It is merely the attempt at controlling what people eat in order to eliminate competition in where we get our food, or the way food is processed and who is allowed to process it. If it were truly about weight and caring for the masses, then it would focus on an individual's body, diet, lifestyle, etc. Thyroid problems (and some thyroid problems are inherited) cause weight problems. Menopause also affects thyroid function and can cause weight problems. All this idiocy propaganda is just that, idiotic propaganda, go-alongs, do-gooders, hate-mongers, ugly collective thinking. First it was the Americans who were lazy and fat (hate-mongering) because of their culture, now it's Europe, next it will be....pick a place. Where's the PC police when you need them? This display truly does make people feel bad about themselves.
- Linda Anthony, NY, USA
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I don't think your suggestion goes far enough. I would add the person(s) who dreamt up the idea should be got rid of too. In that way you will not have another idiotic idea and save on the salaries of the perpetrators. You also send out a clear message that similar events wil not be tolerated. The public purse saves all round, hopefully.
It's a farce but without the laughter. The authors of 'Yes, Prime Minister' couldn't have written this.
To much money is being wasted on bureaucrats who have nothing better to do than come up with this sort of hairbrained scheme. All to meet targets set at Broon's behest. The 'Target' culture was, I'm sorry to say the brain child of Mr. Major. Much of the present NHS administration appears to be tasked to prove that targets are met and savings made.
Failed in Barnsley then
- Graham, Evesham, UK
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Also See:
Control the Food, Control the People! (Part 1)
17 March 2009
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