Jerry Garcia, 1989.
This is important.
CRIIGEN - Genetically engineered maize: New indication of health risks - January 2012Bt protein toxic to human cells Caen/ München. Insecticidal Bt toxins such as those produced in genetically engineered plants can be detrimental to human cells. This is a result of recent research led by researchers at the University of Caen (France).
European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The ‘Masquerade’ Behind ACTA from the wow dept
This is interesting. Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. A rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.” However, it appears his investigation of ACTA didn’t make him very pleased:
I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.
As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens’ legitimate demands.”
Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications.
This agreement might have major consequences on citizens’ lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.
Media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul of ASTV, a popular news and media outlet in Thailand, gave a 2-hour talk on Friday night (in Thai) regarding the corporate-funded Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID, Human Rights Watch (HRW), and Amnesty International amongst others and their role in destabilizing nation states around the world and in particular their unfolding plot in Thailand itself.
Image: Sondhi Limthongkul - media mogul turned infowarrior - goes from rallying crowds to informing them. Malaysia has used this tactic to great effect against globalist meddling in their sovereign affairs - one can only hope Thailand is starting down a similar path.
No punches were pulled, and the talk was accompanied by a news story on the ASTV website, Manager.co.th (in Thai), complete with graphics illustrating the documented ties between foreign corporate-financier interests and seditious elements within Thailand working with them.
“The inherent principles of human existence are summed up in the single law of solidarity. This is the golden rule of humanity, and may be formulated thus: no person can recognise or realise his or her own humanity except by recognising it in others and so cooperating for its realisation by each and all. No man can emancipate himself save by emancipating with him all the men about him.”
— Mikhail Bakunin
The Declaration of Independence for what became the United States holds, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it… .” It would be more precise, however, to say that it is not the Right of the People, nor even their responsibility, but instead something more like breathing — something that if we fail to do we die.
If we as a People fail to rid our community of destructive institutions, they will destroy our community. If we as a community cannot provide meaningful and non-destructive ways for people to gain food, clothing, and shelter, then we must recognize it’s not just destructive institutions but the entire economic system pushing the natural world past breaking points. Once we’ve recognized the destructiveness of this economic system we’ve no choice, unless we wish to sign our own and our children’s death warrants, but to fight for all we’re worth and in every way we can to overturn it. There is nothing else to do.
You can ask: by quoting the Declaration of Independence am I calling for revolution, to which I will respond that the answer should be clear. You can ask, then, if this means that I am calling for the overthrow of the United States and other governments, to which I will respond that this question comes far, far, far too late. For the governments were long since overthrown, and those who overthrew them are known as ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, Halliburton, Monsanto, ADM, Wal-Mart, Massey Coal, Goldman Sachs, Citibank. They are the real governors, and the United States and other governments are wholly-owned subsidiaries, brought to you by McDonald’s, Pfizer, and Lockheed Martin.
So then you can ask, am I advocating the overthrow of governments that are by, for, and of corporations, advocating the overthrow of corporate states, to which I will say, “Hell, yes.”
- Derrick Jensen, speech at Occupy DC
Cold Plasma Flourishes In Earth’s Upper AtmosphereThousands of miles above Earth, space weather rules. Here storms of high-energy particles mix the atmosphere, create auroras, challenge satellites and even cause disturbances with electric grids and electronic devices below. It’s a seemingly empty and lonely place - one where a mystery called “cold plasma” has been found in abundance and may well have implications with our connection to the Sun.
A “former Apple executive” speaking to the New York Times about working conditions at suppliers’ plants in China. (via officialssay)
This says it all.
We need pictures of this.
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If you notice a heavy military presence around downtown Los Angeles this week, don’t be alarmed — it’s only a drill.
Joint military training exercises will be held evenings through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said.
Training sites “have been carefully selected to ensure the event does not negatively impact the citizens of Los Angeles and their daily routine,” a department official said.
The training, which a department official said would involve helicopters, has been coordinated with local authorities and owners of the
training sites, police said.
Police said safety precautions have been taken to prevent risk to the general public and military personnel involved.
The exercises are closed to the public, police said.
The exercises are designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements, police said.
These institutions are about managing docile, apathetic, idiotic, domesticated resources. So, when these resources go out and scream “we’re going to occupy Wall street”, they are not even questioning the fact that their bodies, their minds, their desires, their purpose have already been occupied. If we go back to Mary Douglas’s notion of the institution — these institutions need bodies to live through these bodies. Everybody is an atom of the institution of civilization. And institutions are in civilization, because wilderness is about diversity. Wilderness is about communion, you always tune in, you dance together. But in monoculturalism, which is civilization, you only have one way…
So, the problem then is that since people are born in this system – they end up being educated and domesticated by the system. They are domesticated by the fact that their parents put them in schools and tell them – “You won’t be able to survive, you won’t live, you will die, my child, if don’t get good grades, if you don’t do what the teacher tells you; if you don’t come out into the world and get a job, and vote, and vote, and vote!”
This becomes natural for us – this is where we start reenacting the institution, just like Mary Douglas tells us, even though the institution – the institution of civilization – is the real Alien, who occupies our dreams, our minds, our purpose, and starts reenacting its own interests through us. So, when these people go out and all they want is a slightly bigger piece of the cake, which is not meant for them. The cake only gets devalued, because civilization is unsustainable. It’s not meant to be sustainable, because it always needs to occupy more minds, more bodies, more territory. It needs to exterminate more species, more living beings, more variety.
So, from the very beginning, ontologically, from its conception, civilization and domestication are not viable systems. They are not sustainable, they are not viable and so, when these people believe that by simply going out and asking the 1% to share with them, they are not questioning the basis on which their knowledge is built on… They come out on the streets to say “We are the 99% and we want more cake”. But there is no cake! Marie Antoinette lied!” —
Anonymous (via f-e-r-a-l)
It’s not Anonymous, it’s by Leila Abdel Rahim
This new type of man turns his interest away from life, persons, nature, ideas—in short from everything that is alive; he transforms all life into things, including himself and the manifestations of his human faculties of reason, seeing, hearing, tasting, loving.
Sexuality becomes a technical skill, feelings are flattened and sometimes substituted for by sentimentality; joy, the expression of intense aliveness, is replaced by “fun” or excitement; and whatever love and tenderness man has is directed toward machines and gadgets. The world becomes a sum of lifeless artifacts; from synthetic food to synthetic organs, the whole man becomes part of the total machinery that he controls and is simultaneously controlled by.
He has no plan, no goal for life, except doing what the logic of technique determines him to do. He aspires to make robots as one of the greatest achievements of his technical mind, and some specialists assure us that the robot will hardly be distinguished from living men. This achievement will not seem so astonishing when man himself is hardly distinguishable from a robot.” —Erich Fromm (via cultureofresistance)