29 March 2013 Thought
for the Week:
A Blessed 2013 Holy Week to our Readers
“What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat”.
‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world’.”
- - Gospel of John 6: 28-34
THE STATE OF THE 21st CENTURY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
by Betty Luks
The newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis has warned in his first Mass that the Catholic Church risks becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it fails to undergo renewal. Addressing the cardinals who elected him as Latin America's first pope, the 76-year-old Argentinian said the church could "end up a compassionate NGO", using an Italian word that can also mean "pitiful".
"I would like all of us after these days of grace to have the courage to walk in the presence of the Lord," Francis said, amid the splendour of the Sistine Chapel. He warned the cardinals against "the worldliness of the Devil". "Walking, building and confessing are not so easy. Sometimes there are tremors," the Pope said, in a homily that will be scrutinised for clues to the style of his leadership.
On the afternoon on the first full day of his pontificate, Pope Francis celebrated the “pro Ecclesia” Mass in the Sistine Chapel with the 114 Cardinal electors who participated in the Conclave and those who assisted with its functions. The first reading was a canticle from the Prophet Isaiah that begins with the words:
“In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain” and continues with the celebrated verses: “He shall judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.”
It is important that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sorry state of the Church at this time of its history. But it is not the Roman Catholic Church alone that is in deep trouble.
In 1948 – over sixty years ago - whilst writing of the sorry state of the Church of England at that time (it is worse now), Clifford Hugh Douglas noted in “The Realistic Position of the Church of England”:
“With some hesitation, I suggest that the question arising out of the Christian Church, is not the same, either in nature or degree, as that involved in the acceptance of what is vaguely called Christianity which for the most part is merely Liberal Judaism. It is the Doctrine of the Incarnation”.
In the same paper he wrote of a Christian civilization and the qualities of a Christian Knight:
“The civilization of Christianity was incompletely embodied in the culture of mediaeval Europe, and is exemplified in Magna Carta. Its essential characteristic is courage, allied to ‘love’, cf. “Perfect love casteth out fear” (a rather unsatisfactory translation). The knight of chivalry, the militant Christian ideal, watched his armour alone in the chapel through the night, and then went out to do battle alone for love against fear and oppression – a very complete allegory.
The mass is unsaveable, just as a mob is insane (“without health”); the object of Anti-Christ is to keep mankind in ever larger mobs, thus defeating the object of Christ, to permit the emergence of self-governing, self-conscious individuals, exercising free will, and choosing good because it is good…”
I once made notes from a paper that ‘quickened my interest’ at the time about St. John’s Gospel, but I didn’t record the source:
“In the mind of St. John eternal life is an antithesis, not an antithesis to the temporal, but to the unseen. The only consciousness of Reality is what we are actually experiencing in the present – in the here and now.
When we give the matter some thought we come to recognise that this fleeting time-and-space-bound glimpse of apparent Reality we experience comes to us through our physical senses.
The new and marvellous light John throws on the idea of eternity
St. John meant, not an endless life (though it is also endless), but a spiritual life, the life which is in God, and which was manifested by Christ to us. By calling it aionios, he meant to imply, not just its ethical quality. Eternal St. John alone defines it, and he makes it consist not in idle duration, but in progressive knowledge.
The eternal life is this – literally - “that they may be learning to know” – not so much the possession of a completed life as of a life which is advancing to completion.
I like what Rudolf Steiner once wrote about the dynamics of ‘organics’. “Organic life is not the product of matter but is the constant expression of spirit, as life and form, in the medium of matter.”
DOUGLAS CHRISTIE - A CHRISTIAN KNIGHT
Barrister and Solicitor, Freedom Fighter and Man of Honour
Arthur Topham of the Radical Free Press paid tribute to Douglas Christie in his columns:
God bless you Doug. Your life and your work and your love for humanity will live on
and inspire others to carry on the struggle for freedom of speech
and all the other freedoms that will follow in its wake.
Rest in Peace.
The following response came from Ian V. Macdonald of Ottawa, Canada:
https://www.radicalpress.com/?p=2288 March 13, 2013
Dear Arthur – your tribute is very moving. There is no doubt that Doug Christie was Divinely inspired and chosen for his gifted role in defending the ideals and high principles that our people have stood for over the centuries. Kipling’s poem “If” also applies.
He stood proudly head and shoulders above his contemptible, anti-Christian, anti-Canadian detractors and enemies, and will remain forever a beacon of truth and freedom of expression.
I called him BraveHeart since he demonstrated all the traits of character that made the like-minded William Wallace a super-hero.
He deserves wide recognition for his patriotism and sacrifice.
I asked Peter Milliken, former Speaker of the House of Commons, to nominate him for the Order of Canada but the award cannot be made posthumously, so, we shall have to find some other medium.
Little praise can be expected from the Mainline Media, and even less from self-serving politicians, unfortunately. Having known and admired Doug for many years, I am totally devastated by his sudden departure.
We must now redouble our efforts, in his honour.
Douglas Christie Funeral
Paul Fromm Director Canadian Association for Free Expression
Victoria, Canada March 15, 2013
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
According to Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission “The right to speak freely needs to be balanced against other freedoms” (The Australian 25 February 2013, p.12). The article goes on to defend the Racial Discrimination Act which applies to conduct likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person on grounds of race. Triggs says that this seems to set the “bar” low at the level of merely offending and insulting, but Triggs says that in race vilification cases courts have set the “bar” high.
She mentions Jones v Toben but doesn’t consider the Bolt case which more clearly illustrates the absurdity of this law. The threshold of “offence” is ridiculously low and courts don’t even seem to have a “bar” anymore. No one has ever successfully defended themselves against the race vilification thought police. The law of probability alone says that something must be wrong.
Freedom of speech is a more basic political right than the new class rights of not treating people offensively, insulting them, humiliating them, and even intimidating them. In the present racial-ethno-cultural war, Anglo-Australians who are being dispossessed and demographically replaced are frequently offended, insulted, humiliated and intimidated by the new class. The right of self-protection demands that they have free speech as a defence. Clearly race vilification laws are really designed to silence critics of the politically correct regime. Such laws are political weapons and have little to do with human rights.
We need a society without UN-inspired entities such as Human Rights Commissions. Australia, and all western countries need to leave the UN and repeal all UN-inspired law such as the Racial Discrimination Act.
WHEN THE BANKER.....
It was Frances Hutchinson, Chair of the Social Credit Secretariat who introduced we Aussies to the works of Peter Maurin (1877-1949) and Irishman Eimar O’Duffy (1893-1935).
Decades ago, Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, wrote:
“Modern society has made the bank account the standard of values,
When this happens, the banker has the power.
When the banker has the power, the technician has to supervise the making of profits.
When the banker has the power, the politician has to assure law and order in the profit-making system.
When the banker has the power, the clergyman is expected to bless the profit-making system or join the unemployed.
When the banker has the power, the Sermon on the Mount is declared impractical.
When the banker has the power, we have an acquisitive, not a functional society.”
Peter Maurin’s words ring as true today as they did in the 1940s. Corporate capitalism has commandeered all the institutions of the social order. As Felix Padel and Samarendra Das demonstrated in their remarkable study, Out of This Earth, we are using the earth’s natural resources as playing pieces. We are conducting a vast game of beggar-my-neighbour Monopoly, and the end product of this process is certainly not “a functional society”.
Source: The Social Crediter
King Capitalist! Eimar O’Duffy and Asses in Clover and Irish Television
Frances was influential in having Eimar O’Duffy’s 1933 science fiction fantasy “Asses in Clover” republished in 2003. We were delighted to learn recently of the Vimeo Video tribute to the works of Eimar O’Duffy now online. The link is to an item on Irish television about him. http://vimeo.com/40673989
As debt-finance-led production and consumption devour field and forest across the globe, rendering soils, seas, lakes, rivers and the very air itself stale and unwholesome, the human race is well on its way to the end as foretold by Eimar O'Duffy in Asses in Clover (1933).
The book is the final book of O'Duffy's Cuanduine Trilogy of satirical fantasy.
The first volume, "King Goshawk and the Birds" (1926), is set in a future world devastated by 'progress' and ruled by King Capitalists. King Goshawk, the supreme King Capitalist, decides to buy up all the flowers and birds, placing them in the theme parks for which an entrance fee is charged. Enraged at this desecration of nature and human rights, an ancient Dublin philosopher calls the mythical Cuchulain back to earth. He sires a son, Cuanduine, whose task is to right the wrongs perpetrated by the capitalists.
The second volume, “The Spacious Adventures of the Man in the Street” (I928), follows a Swiftean pattern, being set on the planet Rathe.
In “Asses in Clover”, O'Duffy continues his humorous tirade at the follies of twentieth-century politics and economics.
After destroying King Goshawk's International Air Force before it can devastate Ireland with deadly weapons of mass destruction, the demi-god Cuanduine is outflanked by Goshawk's economic advisor, the real power on earth. Finally despairing at the folly and wickedness of humanity, Cuanduine departs from this world.
In the final chapters world depression followed by a great war destroys civilization.
For O'Duffy, the 'Procrustean remedy' - the adaptation of society to the economic muddle through the paid employment system - lies at the root of the problem.
"Asses in Clover" is available from the Heritage Bookshop Services and Veritas Books online
THE GREAT RESEARCH GRANT MASSAGE
by James Reed
A university professor, an Asian, used research grants to pay for reflexology treatment, wine, cosmetics, tourist attraction tickets, a noodle-maker and massages (The Australian 26 February 2013, p.3). Now we all know how hard the precious darlings in the ivory towers work, and how stressed, tense and frustrated they get – so massages are essential. But a noodle-maker? A noodle-maker – I’m afraid that crosses the line!
The professor felt that intellectual freedom gave him the license to use these tax-payer supplied funds unhindered. The professor was dismissed from his university, but the Fair Work Commission found that his dismissal was “harsh” and that the spending did not constitute serious misconduct, defined as “engaged in willful and deliberate behaviour contrary to the lawful and reasonable direction of the university”.
Now I understand. The professor’s breaches were serious, but not intentionally, contrary to the normal direction of the university. In other words, guess what the rest of the mob are up to with our money!
FERTILITY DECLINE IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
by Brian Simpson
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is well aware of the demographic crisis facing the Muslim world: “negative population growth will cause the extinction of our identity and culture”. (The Australian 21 February, 2013, p.10). The average fertility rate of Iran is now below replacement at 1.7 and the average fertility rate of Turkey is a bit higher at 2.23, but that average is skewed by the high fertility in eastern Turkey, a Kurdish region.
Both the presidents of Iran and Turkey see this rapid drop in fertility, occurring over the past 50 years, as part of a conspiracy to destroy their races and cultures, all in the name of consumerism.
They blame the West, of course, but the West has been embracing the same fate.
What is of interest about all of this is that there is no questioning of the culture of consumerism and the modernist view of women’s role in our culture. There seems, among conservatives, and even those embracing Traditionalism, that this sacred cow is beyond challenge. But if the fate of most races and cultures is to be genocide of a self-infected kind, how rational is this attitude?
At a certain point civilization will break down, and given the principle “the higher they fly, the harder they fall” our world is going to collapse with a thump. In the “Mad Max” world that is to come, I doubt there will be much concern with the niceties of “liberation” and “rights”.
THE ASIA–PACIFIC POWDER KEG
by James Reed
You know the story: Asia is number one, this is the Asian century, get used to being dominated by them or starve (or both). But some times the elites get a little worried with their vision. Thus Kurt Campbell former US Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific, is a bit worried about the dispute between China and Japan over the islands known as the Diaoyu in China and Senkakus in Japan. Japan has been in possession of the islands for a century, but China claims them.
The two Asian tigers have come close to naval confrontations in the past. There is no mechanism, such as a Beijing/Tokyo hot line to stop a confrontation escalating. And 50 per cent of global trade by tonnage and 30 per cent by value passes through waters near China and Japan.
There is a real possibility of war occurring between the two countries. But this issue has not received any thought or comment in Canberra. It will be Asia all the way until the next big war, when the new world order that the rootless globalists have tried to build, falls apart. Where will your Asian century be then, Mr. and Ms. Asiaiasia?
POPULATION, FUEL STOCKS AND DOOMSDAY?
by Brian Simpson
The government’s last Inter-Generation Report, while celebrating our population surging past 35 million (now 40 million) in a “couple of years”, as Con the Fruiter might say, also as something of an after-thought said, excuse me, our oil will all be gone by 2020, too. At that time the price of oil is expected to reach US$200 a barrel.
The Australian 28 February 2013, “Doomsday Warning on Fuel Stock”, has reported on a NRMA-commissioned report, that has stated that 85 per cent of Australia’s transport fuel is from overseas crude oil or imported fuel.
There are no contingency plans to deal with fuel cuts arising from war, natural disasters or economic turmoil. The report said: “Almost 95 per cent of our road transport network relies on oil and it would be crippled within weeks if Australia’s liquid fuel supply was disrupted. We have about three weeks’ worth of fuel at our disposal before the country would come to a standstill.”
If this happened, shops would run out of most foods within 7 to 9 days, chemists would run out of medicine within a week and hospitals within three days. Oh, but don’t worry, she’ll be right mate, our multicultural diversity and infinitely expanding population will save us!
MY MONEY’S ON DEATH TO WIN
by Chris Knight
A lot of super rich are starting to get on in years and have come to realize that they can’t take their loot with them. Why, paper money will just fry up even faster than they will! So, they are pumping money into research to conquer mortality so that they can be rich forever. One researcher who is funded reckons that her research could lead to us living forever (The Australian 25 February, 2013 p.9).
I say: Good luck with that one. My money is on the Grim Reaper to win, in the end. And, in a way, it is fitting. In the end, death will make us all equal before God. It is humbling and the super rich, with their hubris, deserve it. What they don’t deserve is the fountain of youth. They may eat their rich desserts now, but at the end of days, they will get their just deserts.
US GUN BANNING NONSENSE
by John Steele
The US campaign to ban guns continues in full swing. Jewish Senator Diane Feinstein wants to ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than ten rounds. This will wipe out in one sweep most of the popular self defense weapons used by US citizens. These firearms, according to Feinstein, “tears the people’s bodies apart”. Well, so do all firearms and that is what they are designed to do.
Clearly the senator’s agenda is, by the Fabian strategy, to ultimately eliminate all firearms. I say – fine – but let the police and military be the first, to surrender their arms. When they have done that, citizens should be free to decide. Remember: those who beat their swords into ploughshares, will plough for those who have swords (guns).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PROPOSED REFERENDUM
Local Government: Source: Catallxy Files (a Libertarian and ‘centre-right’ blog).
"One should be extremely skeptical of any proposal from the present Government – it is likely to cost more and reduce freedom. So it was with great concern that I noted Simon Crean plans to hold a referendum for the Constitutional recognition of local government with the September 14 election. This follows a letter from Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, requesting a referendum on the topic.
Before going further, though, it should be noted that local government already has Constitutional recognition: see section 51 of the NSW Constitution; chapter 7 of the Queensland Constitution, Part IIA of the Victorian Constitution, Part 2A of the South Australian Constitution, Part IVA of the Tasmanian Constitution and Part IIIB of the Western Australian Constitution.
We are, after all, a Federation. That is, a union of self-governing states with their own sovereignty (hence each has a Governor representing the Queen). It is entirely appropriate for local government to be recognised in the Constitutions of each State and not in the Australian Constitution.
The United States Constitution does not mention local government. Yes, for example, Article XI of the Constitution of California covers local government. The Constitution of Canada does not mention local government (Canadian provinces have unwritten constitutions except British Columbia which is simply an Act of its Parliament).By contrast, the non-federal and highly centralised structure of France means that local government is part of La Constitution du 4 Octobre 1958 (Titre XII).
In other words, without re-examining the federal nature of Australia, why is there a prima facie case for local government to be recognised in the Australian Constitution? The desire for such recognition has long been an aim of the Australian Local Government Association, and was covered in the ‘expert panel’ report of September 2011.
That report gave the following reasons for the proposed change:
Including a reference to local government in the Constitution would formally recognise the role it plays in the Australian federal system as the third tier of government. This recognition would enhance the status of local government, in the community and in its dealings with the other two levels of government.
Local government would be better able to attract the support and resources it needs, and to develop the new capacities to fulfil its increasingly important role in our system of government. For example, a wider range of people might stand for election as councillors or apply for professional and management positions within local government, and career, trade, training, employment and retention opportunities at all levels might open up.
Recognition could also enhance the ability of local councils to advocate the interests of their communities through collaboration with other levels of government. It could thus make a practical difference to local government’s ability to deliver local services and infrastructure, and to its future development as an integral part of the Australian Federation.
These are weasel words.
Local government is formally recognised in the Australian federal system in every State Constitution. Do we really want ‘enhanced’ recognition to give our councillors a bigger ego, or to encourage them to ever higher salaries and conditions? Did we all agree to the expansion in the types of activities conducted by local government?
Then in March 2013, the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government handed down its final report. It is notable that it includes a section ‘the case for recognition’ but no section on the case against recognition. It argues that the recognition would ‘remove uncertainty’ in the funding of local government. Yet I haven’t observed any difficulty in local governments ripping off rate holders.
Most disturbingly, the report recommends:
The Preliminary Report supported the continued practice of Parliamentarians drafting and approving the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ cases for the official referendum pamphlet for financial recognition of local government. It further recommended that, in the event that there is no requirement for a ‘No’ case – that is, if no Parliamentarians vote against a Constitution Alteration bill – there should be an official ‘Yes’ case only.
In other words, the Committee would like the Referendum to be conducted without a ‘no’ case. Lobby your MP – and vote NO to this proposed referendum. Don’t give the bastards yet another option for taking more of your money.
MAKING SOUTH AUSTRALIA PART OF THE MIDDLE EAST
From Len, the - now unemployed - cleaner.
Just to bring you good folks in the east up-to-date about the sell-off of South Australia. Here, not only China buys us up, but now the Middle East is doing so (“Foreign Land Grab” The Advertiser 23 February 2013, p.1).
Prime agricultural land is being bought up by a Qatari government-owned company with the farmers signing confidentiality agreements.
A $9 million cattle station near Bordertown has been bought and prime cropping land is to be sold on Eyre Peninsula. All of this has been done in secret as the public register of foreign land ownership lists only very large sales.
Allowing any foreign land ownership is a disgrace; like immigration, it is a symbol of national dissolution in the service of rootless globalism.
Allowing parts of one’s nation to be owned by foreigners is functionally equivalent to bringing the foreigners here. Countries such as China and Thailand highly restrict it and so should Australia. Get some pride Australia and stop letting the elites treat you as a prostitute!
LOSING THE GROUND THAT FEEDS US
The way we farm conventionally is to plow the soil every year. This results in 1.9 billion tons of eroded topsoil annually. We have in fact consumed half the topsoil on the North American continent since we started plowing, 200-400 years ago.
This means the ground is literally washing away and not being regenerated. It's not able to retain even water distribution. The land becomes parched if there is too little rain, because moisture and nutrients are not retained, or flooded during heavy rains, also because the soil is turning to dust.
"That's our precious resource. That's the birthright of future generations and we're losing it because of the way we do annual agriculture which is turning the soil every year," says Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture.
The Permaculture philosophy does not include plowing (neither does Biodynamics…ed). The beauty of that system is that the topsoil stays where it belongs, nourishing the crops and distributing water evenly instead of being stripped by wind and rainfall. Not to mention no chemicals or pesticides are used to further bankrupt the soil.
One thing we can all do right now to put nutrients back into our ground wherever we are is to compost all organic matter, and at least create healthy soil in our own backyards or community gardens.
--Bibi Farber https://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/permaculture/topsoil-erosion.html
Australia’s Dr. Christine Jones’ “Amazing Carbon” website has excellent articles on the soil and its importance. Go to her website and enjoy!
POLLUTED USA: GMO MANMADE BIOLOGICAL THREATS, GERM WARFARE
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Global Research, February 26, 2013
Url of this article: https://www.globalresearch.ca/polluted-america-gmo-manmade-biological-threats-plant-diseases-germ-warfare/5324336
In the United States everything is polluted. Democracy is polluted with special interests and corrupt politicians. Accountability is polluted with executive branch exemptions from law and the Constitution and with special legal privileges for corporations, such as the Supreme Court given right to corporations to purchase American elections.
The Constitution is polluted with corrupt legal interpretations from the Bush and Obama regimes that have turned constitutional prohibitions into executive branch rights, transforming law from a shield of the people into a weapon in the hands of government.
Waters are polluted with toxic waste spills, oil spills, chemical fertilizer run-off with resulting red tides and dead zones, acid discharges from mining with resulting destructive algae such as prymnesium parvum, from toxic chemicals used in fracking and with methane that fracking releases into wells and aquifers, resulting in warnings to homeowners near to fracking operations to open their windows when showering.
The soil’s fertility is damaged, and crops require large quantities of chemical fertilizers. The soil is polluted with an endless array of toxic substances and now with glyphosate, the main element in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide with which GMO crops are sprayed.
Glyphosate now shows up in wells, streams and in rain.
Air is polluted with a variety of substances, and there are many large cities in which there are days when the young, the elderly, and those suffering with asthma are warned to remain indoors.
All of these costs are costs imposed on society and ordinary people by corporations that banked profits by not having to take the costs into account. This is the way in which unregulated capitalism works.
Our food itself is polluted with antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, and glyphosate.
Glyphosate might be the most dangerous development to date. Some scientists believe that glyphosate has the potential to wipe out our main grain crops and now that Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, has approved genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa, maintaining sustainable animal herds for milk and meat could become impossible.
Alfalfa is the main forage crop for dairy and beef herds. Genetically modified alfalfa could be unsafe for animal feed, and animal products such as milk and meat could become unsafe for human consumption.
On January 17, 2011, Dr. Don Huber outlined the dangers of approving Roundup Ready alfalfa in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack. Huber requested that approval be delayed until independent research could evaluate the risks. Vilsack ignored the letter and accommodated Monsanto’s desire for monopoly profits that come from the company’s drive to control the seed supply of US and world agriculture by approving Roundup Ready alfalfa.
Who is Don Huber, and why is his letter important?
Huber is professor emeritus at Purdue University. He has been a plant pathologist and soil microbiologist for a half century. He has an international reputation as a leading authority. In the US military, he evaluated natural and manmade biological threats, such as germ warfare and disease outbreaks and retired with the rank of Colonel. For the USDA he coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens Committee. In other words, he is high up in his scientific profession.
You can read online what Huber told the Secretary of Agriculture. Briefly, the outcome of many years of Roundup Ready GMO corn and soybeans has been a decline in nutritional value, the outbreak of new plant diseases resulting in widespread crop failures, and severe reproductive problems in livestock, with some herds having a spontaneous abortion rate that is too high to maintain a profitable business.
Glyphosate is a powerful biocide. It harms beneficial soil organisms, altering the natural balance in the soil and reducing the disease resistance of crops, thus unleashing diseases that devastate corn, soybean, and wheat crops, and giving rise to a new pathogen associated with premature animal aging and infertility. These developments, Huber told the Agriculture Secretary, “are threatening the economic viability of both crop and animal producers.” The evidence seems to be real that genetically modified crops have lost their genetic resistance to diseases that never previously were threats.
There is evidence that the new pathogen is related to a rise in human infertility and is likely having adverse effects on human health of which we are still uninformed. Like fluoride, glyphosate might enter our diet in a variety of ways. For example, the label on a bottle of Vitamin D says, “Other ingredients: soybean oil, corn oil.”
Monsanto disputes Huber’s claims and got support for its position from the agricultural extension services of Iowa State and Ohio State universities. However, the question is whether these are independently funded services or corporate supported, and there is always the element of professional rivalry, especially for funding, which comes mainly from agribusiness.
The Purdue University extension service was more circumspect.
On the one hand it admits that there is evidence that supports Huber’s claims: “The claim that herbicides, such as glyphosate, can make plants more susceptible to disease is not entirely without merit. Research has indicated that plants sprayed with glyphosate or other herbicides are more susceptible to many biological and physiological disorders (Babiker et al., 2011; Descalzo et al., 1996; Johal and Rahe, 1984; Larson et al., 2006; Means and Kremer, 2007; Sanogo et al., 2000; Smiley et al., 1992). . . . Although some research indicates there is an increase in disease severity on plants in the presence of glyphosate, it does NOT necessarily mean that there is an impact on yield.”
On the other hand, the Purdue extension service maintains its recommendation for “judicious glyphosate use for weed control.” However, one of Huber’s points is that weeds are developing Roundup resistance. Use has gone beyond the “judicious” level and as glyphosate builds up in soil, its adverse effects increase.
A submission to the Environmental Protection Agency by 26 university entomologists describes the constraints that agribusiness has put on the ability of independent scientists to conduct objective research. The submission, in which the scientists are afraid to reveal their names because of the threat of funding cutoffs, is included as an item in one of the bibliographical references below. Here is the statement:
“The names of the scientists have been withheld from the public docket because virtually all of us require cooperation from industry at some level to conduct our research. Statement: Technology/stewardship agreements required for the purchase of genetically modified seed explicitly prohibit research. These agreements inhibit public scientists from pursuing their mandated role on behalf of the public good unless the research is approved by industry. As a result of restricted access, no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the technology, its performance, its management implications, IRM, and its interactions with insect biology. Consequently, data flowing to an EPA Scientific Advisory Panel from the public sector is unduly limited.”
Monsanto is not only sufficiently powerful to prevent any research other than that which it purchases with its funding, but also Monsanto succeeded last year in blocking with money and propaganda the GMO labeling law in California. I would tell you to be careful what you eat as it can make you ill and infertile, but you can’t even find out what you are eating.
You live in America, which has “freedom and democracy” and “accountable” government and ”accountable” corporations. You don’t need to worry. The government and responsible corporations are taking good care of you. Especially Obama, Vilsack, and Monsanto.
LETTER IN THE PRESS
To the Editor Herald Sun:
We have two ostensibly opposing sides of politics vying for our votes, both expressing dismay at the rising cost of living and vowing to bring about reform. They have little hope.
The cost of living has been rising inexorably for decades through the terms of governments from both sides.
Inflation that is seen as rising prices is built into the system. John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics, called it controlled inflation. Its function is to camouflage the fact that the rules do not accommodate the increment that machinery and technology offer us.
The Menzies Government was elected in 1949 on the slogan of “Putting the pennies back into the pound”. They reneged. (Omitted from published letter)
Until some party tackles the real cause of the malady all the band-aids that economists can think up are futile.
- - Yours truly, Ron Fischer Sebastopol Vic. 3356