Monthly Archives: July 2011

Unamerican American Businesses Have No Shame Over Taking Jobs to China

??????????????With a straight face corporations tell us dispassionately about their massive pullouts from American shores. Nothing but profits matters. So shameless, …………………………

http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2011/07/29/boston_scientific_to_lay_off_1200_plus/

Excerpt:
Boston Scientific Corp. said yesterday that it plans to eliminate 1,200 to 1,400 jobs worldwide during the next 2 1/2 years to free money for new investments, the Natick medical device maker’s second major round of cuts since last year.

The company would not say how many jobs will be lost in Massachusetts, where fewer than 2,000 of its 25,000 employees are based. In February 2010, Boston Scientific said it would pare 1,300 jobs worldwide, but similarly did not say where.

Yesterday’s move, a day after Boston Scientific disclosed it was investing $150 million and hiring 1,000 people in China, raised fears that the company will gradually shift more work to foreign sites with less government oversight and lower costs than the United States.

“I’ve asked for information on where they are cutting jobs,’’ said state Senator James B. Eldridge, an Acton Democrat. He has proposed so-called clawback legislation that would allow the state to recover money from businesses that receive tax breaks here – including Boston Scientific – and then reduce their workforces.

“My sense is, sadly, that like many other American companies, they are shedding jobs in Massachusetts and adding jobs overseas,’’ Eldridge said. “And this is a company making greater profits, so it’s even more outrageous.’’
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Part Human/Part Animal Hybrid Monsters Are Being Created By Scientists All Over The Planet – BlackListedNews.com

Part Human/Part Animal Hybrid Monsters Are Being Created By Scientists All Over The Planet – BlackListedNews.com

The above article is a repulsive subject that I dearly wish was just a wild imagination, alas it is only too true that the Frankensteins of the world are loose upon God’s creation. The audacity, mendacity, and headlong foolishness of the scientists who have no boundaries is unfathomable to any loving human being.

Sick, sick, sick, ……………………………………. 

“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.” – Economist John Kenneth Galbraith

Washington’s Blog Explains Money

Finally someone has shined a little light upon the mystery of how money and credit work in the above linked article.

BUT

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It is indeed so simple that we mere honest bill and tax payers find it ludicrous, unbelievable, and impossible!

To quote:

“Banks create money. That is what they are for. . . . The manufacturing process to make money consists of making an entry in a book. That is all. . . . Each and every time a Bank makes a loan . . . new Bank credit is created — brand new money.”
– Graham Towers, Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1935 to 1955.

“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented.”
– Sir Josiah Stamp, president of the Bank of England and the second richest man in Britain in the 1920s.

“[W]hen a bank makes a loan, it simply adds to the borrower’s deposit account in the bank by the amount of the loan. The money is not taken from anyone else’s deposit; it was not previously paid in to the bank by anyone. It’s new money, created by the bank for the use of the borrower.”
– Robert B. Anderson, Secretary of the Treasury under Eisenhower, in an interview reported in the August 31, 1959 issue of U.S. News and World Report

If we can get our minds around this our next thoughts should lead us to questions:
1. Says who?
2. Why have our elected leaders co-operated in this through law?
3. Do we have an accountable governmental body under this paradigm?
4. Are we free citizens under this power of the purse?
5. How long can we live in the illusion that our representatives owe us or our flag allegiance?
6. In the Bible it is said that the debtor is servant to the lender, are we not the servants to our bankers?
7. Will we have to give our national treasures and resources to these debtors?
8. Then what?
9. Where and when did we lose our country?

I think the answer to 9. is Jekyll Island, November, 1910, when the Federal Reserve Bank was conspired into being. Here is a link to the centennial celebration observance, http://dailyreckoning.com/a-century-of-money-mischief/

Army Corps of Engineers leadership discusses this year’s releases, next year’s plans The Bismarck Tribune, of North Dakota reports.

 
Joe Herring on American Thinker here , has already written an indepth article on this subject.
In it he writes about, “The Purposeful Flooding of America’s Heartland”,

 Whether warned or not, the fact remains that had the Corps been true to its original mission of flood control, the dams would not have been full in preparation for a “spring pulse.” The dams could further have easily handled the additional runoff without the need to inundate a sizeable chunk of nine states. The Corps admits in the MWCM that they deliberately embrace this risk each year in order to maximize their re-ordered priorities.

it bears reviewing in light of the corps’ most recent meeting detailed by Mr. Bjorke in the Bismarck Tribune linked article below in which the Army Corps of Engineers leadership skirts around the responsibility for the flooding of the Missouri River system and then passes the responsibility for policy off to Congress.

I believe it is that policy of altering priority for flood control that put “natural pre-dam / pre-levee  system restoration”  above flood protection and economic development for the 10 million people in and affected by the Missouri River basin.

Several statements are cavalierly made in the latest article that do not indicate any remorse or concern for the results of following their policy for handling snowmelt  and rainfall releases.

Farhat said that leading up to this, spring releases from Garrison were higher than usual, but it is difficult to run releases high in the winter.


“There are are constraints on what Jody can release in the winter months,” said Brig. Gen. John McMahon, commander of the corps’ Northwestern Division.


Ice can cause dramatic rises while it is forming on the river, and the corps’ strategy is keep releases low until the freeze begins and then slowly step up releases as spring approaches, Farhat said.


The corps leadership also addressed how it handled its forecasting in late May when peak releases were repeatedly upped from 75,000 cubic feet per second to 150,000 cfs over the course of a few days.

How the corps manages its reservoirs is dictated by various congressionally authorized purposes, including irrigation, navigation, electricity generation, recreation and fish and wildlife management. Flood control has precedence over others, but its management of reservoirs must take other uses into account.

“I still believe there is a great public constituency behind each of these purchases,” Ruch said.

McMahon said the corps is authorized to adjust its yearly operating plans, but changes in its master manual must be authorized by Congress.

Even if the corps drastically overhauls its reservoir management system, there will still be risks posed by times of extreme weather, such as 2011’s record-breaking precipitation.

“You’ll never eliminate all the risk inherent in levees and dams,” McMahon said. “It’s very wicked problem set.”

Interesting that he puts it that way, “very wicked problem set.” Why did he use that phraseology, does it mean that he indeed sees what the policy is doing to the 10 million people in this zone?

Senator  Roy Blunt Missouri, called the management plan “flawed” and “poorly thought out”, so will he follow through and see that the policy is changed? Let’s hope the 70 appointed members of the Missouri River Commission will be pressured to make sure there is not a repeat of this preventable series of floods and damage to property and livelihoods.

Go to this link;
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011
for the article written by CHRISTOPHER BJORKE,  at Bismarck Tribune

 
Bottom line for me?

People take 1st place before any environmental restoration. 

We Don’t Know It All, Newly Discovered Deep Within the Earth, "Worms From Hell" & Hope for Radiation Clean Up

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/discovery-of-worms-from-hell-deep-beneath-earths-surface-raises-new-questions/2011/05/31/AGnzJTGH_story_1.html 
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Excerpt;……………….For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons.

Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa, where researchers have also made breakthrough discoveries about deep subterranean single-cell life.

At least one of the bacteria species discovered earlier by Onstott and Lisa Pratt of Indiana University lives entirely disconnected from anything on the Earth’s surface or produced by photosynthesis. It uses the radioactive decay of nearby rocks as the energy source to break apart molecules that it then feeds on.

Borgonie speculates that the nematodes, which feed on bacteria, traveled through the cracks and crevices of rock in search of food. While they were determined to have lived deep underground for 3,000 to 10,000 years, the bacteria discovered by Onstott was found to have lived at its great depth between 3 million and 40 million years. A major difference between the two appears to be that while the nematodes adapted, the bacteria have evolved.

Complete worms, up to one-third of an inch in length, were found in two mines, and DNA of another was found in a third. They were found in water flowing from boreholes in the rock of the mines at depths from two-thirds of a mile……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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Research into the distribution of underground microbes in recent decades has led scientists to conclude that more than half of the biological mass on Earth is below the surface…….End Excerpt.
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Below is another thought on these “new” discoveries, but first here is hope for radiation clean up for all the nuclear “crap” modern scientific knowledge has let loose upon the world since the start of the nuclear age.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/06/bioremediation-of-radiation-can-melanin.html
Excerpt;
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lifeforms Can Clean Up Radiation … Naturally

When BP spilled huge quantities of oil into the Gulf, the company and the government ignored natural ways to help clean up the mess, and instead dumped toxic dispersants into the Gulf which actually made things worse.

Likewise – believe it or not – there may be natural ways to help clean up radiation from Fukushima and elsewhere, and to reduce human and animal exposure to radioactive elements.

Scientific American points out:  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=radiation-helps-fungi-grow

Like plants that grow toward the sun, dark fungi, blackened by the skin pigment melanin, gravitate toward radiation in contaminated soil. Scientists have observed the organisms—somewhere between plants and animals—blackening the land around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in the years since its 1986 meltdown. “Organisms that make melanin have a growth advantage in this soil,” says microbiologist Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “In many commercial nuclear reactors, the radioactive water becomes contaminated with melanotic organisms. Nobody really knows what the hell they are doing there.”

***”Melanin is very good at absorbing energy and then dissipating it as quickly as possible,” says Jennifer Riesz, a biophysicist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. “It does this by very efficiently changing the energy into heat.”

 But Casadevall and his colleague Ekaterina Dadachova, a nuclear chemist at Einstein, speculate that the melanin in this case acts like a step-down electric transformer, weakening the energy until it is useable by the fungi. “The energy becomes … low [at] a certain point where it can already be used by a fungus as chemical energy,” Dadachova argues. “Protection doesn’t play a role here. It is real energy conversion.”

Cosmos Magazine notes: 

Sitting at the centre of the [Chernobyl] exclusion zone, the damaged reactor unit is encased in a steel and cement sarcophagus. It’s a deathly tomb that plays host to about 200 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel, and is swarming with radioactive dust.

***But it’s also the abode of some very hardy fungi which researchers believe aren’t just tolerating the severe radiation, but actually harnessing its energy to thrive.*****

The Washington Post notes:

At least one of the bacteria species discovered [miles underground] lives entirely disconnected from anything on the Earth’s surface or produced by photosynthesis. It uses the radioactive decay of nearby rocks as the energy source to break apart molecules that it then feeds on.

Mycologist Paul Stamets – writes:  http://coalitionforpositivechange.com/stamets-fallout-mycoremediation.pdf

Surprisingly, we learned from the Chernobyl disaster some species of melanin-producing fungi thrive, feeding on concrete, within the highly radioactive environment of the damaged containment vessel. At Chernobyl, some fungi’s growth was stimulated by severe radiation, even when exposed to >1,000,000 rads!

Read the entire article here.

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And now Materreads Commentary;

Scientists think their discovery of the worm organisims in the 1st article here, is an indicator that there may be life on other planets and moons.

OK, I’ll concede that,

BUT

there is another thought;

It may well be that instead of confirming that life is possible elsewhere than earth, it could be a confirmation of the Bible’s hell “where the worm drieth not up.”

Here is a link that leads to a study on the subject which is (WARNING!) very grim and serious; as I say in the explanation on the banner of this blog that I read and record many things here for my own future reference, so please don’t follow me into something you aren’t interested in already!

Here’s the link;

http://www.av1611.org/hell.html

Excerpt;

In Mark 9:46, Jesus Christ says about hell: “Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

Jesus said explicitly — THEIR worm — not a worm, or the worm — but THEIR worm. The Bible teaches that Christians will one day have a body like the Lord Jesus Christ. Could it be, as some Bible students teach — that men and women in hell take on the form of their father, Satan (John 8:44)? In Revelation 12:3, Satan is described as a red dragon. Could Jesus Christ be referring to the body lost men and women will have for eternity?

The earth’s crust on land is normally 50 miles thick. You’d have to go down 50 miles before the edge of the fire. But in parts of the ocean floor, the earth’s crust is less than a mile thick.

Scientists recently discovered cracks on the ocean floor where fire was leaking out. Do you know what they found around these fire-breathing vents in the crust? Eight-foot long worms, found no other place in the world! The book, The Deep Sea, by Joseph Wallace (p.39), reads, “Perhaps the strangest of ocean creatures recently discovered are Riftia, the giant tube WORMS. Measuring up to 8 feet in length, the worms are ONLY FOUND NEAR DEEP SEA VENTS.”

And Jesus Christ said, “Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

Have you read Isaiah 66 where the Lord Jesus Christ is quoting Mark 9:46?

Look at the context and time period of Isaiah 66:22-24:

Isaiah 66:22-24:

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

The “new heavens and new earth” of Isaiah 66:22 matches Revelation 21:1. This occurs AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement of Revelation 20:10-15! The references to “carcases”; “their worm”; “their fire” (vs 24) — is AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement of the LOST people! The reference to “. . the men that have transgressed. . .” are the LOST people AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement.

And at this point — they have received their NEW BODY! Notice what Isaiah says, the saved people shall “LOOK upon the CARCASES of the men that have transgressed. . .” It’s worth mentioning that a “carcase” is not always a “DEAD body”. For instance, two times the Bible specifically uses the term “dead carcase” (Deut. 14:8 and Ezek 6:5). If a carcase is ALWAYS a “dead” body, then why say “dead” carcase? And there’s NOTHING in the context of Isaiah to imply these “men that transgressed” are “dead”.

In fact, Isaiah clearly says, “their worm shall NOT DIE”. Even in our language, we refer to a living body as a “carcase”. For example, “Get your carcase [body] in here”. Why is that important? Because when the saved people in Isaiah 66:24 are “looking upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed” — And do you know what they are SEEING? “Their worm”! The “carcase” they are seeing is “their WORM that shall not die”. The end of Isaiah 66:24 is a frightening endorsement of this interpretation. What the saved people are viewing Isaiah says is , “. . . an abhorring unto all flesh”. End Excerpt.

OK! More Bible study needed.
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Here are National Geographic articles of interest which show that much has been researched on these forms of life.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/10/1028_021028_TVtubeworm.html

 Bijal P. Trivedi
for National Geographic Today
October 28, 2002

Along the Galápagos Rift, off the storied Galápagos Islands, is a hotbed of volcanoes and hydrothermal vents that spew boiling soups of metals, salts, and poisonous gas. These seemingly inhospitable vents are home to some of the toughest, most exotic life on Earth, including clams and mussels as big as dinner plates and bright-white tubeworms six feet long.

 The giant tubeworms, discovered during a pathbreaking exploration of the rift in 1977, forced a rethinking of life on the ocean floor. The rift lies 300 miles (500 kilometers) north of the Galápagos Islands, and the seafloor extends 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) below the waves. “The rule of thumb was that only small organisms could occupy the deep sea,” says Tim Shank, a biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and co-director of a recent expedition to the Galápagos Rift organized to mark the 25th anniversary of the hydrothermal vent discovery.

These worms live in pitch-black ocean depths in water laced with acid and toxic gas—harsh conditions that may resemble those in which life first evolved. Scientists want to decode the tubeworms’ survival skills.

 The pilot in the submersible maneuvered Alvin’s robotic arm to slide the probe into a worm, inch by inch. Every four seconds the probe measured the temperature, acidity, and concentration of two gases (hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide), all of which are critical to the survival of the tubeworms…………….
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“Actually, the tubeworm has no stomach, no gut, no eyes. It is basically a bag of bacteria with an aorta and gonads,” Shank says.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1208_041208_pompeii_worms.html

John Roach
for National Geographic News
December 8, 2004
…………………..Pompeii worms (Alvinella pompejana) thrive along hydrothermal vents found deep in the Pacific Ocean……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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Scientists say the water temperature at the base of the tubes is 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius). Only single-celled bacteria are known to survive hotter temperatures……………………………………….
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A team of French scientists first discovered the Pompeii worm at hydrothermal vents in the Galapagos Islands in the early 1980s.

Since then, scientists have labored to understand how the four-inch-long (ten-centimeter-long) worms thrive in their extreme environment.

Not only do they survive the scalding temperatures and toxic chemicals spewed by hydrothermal vents, but the worms also live in total darkness and under the crushing pressure of the deep ocean……………………………
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The worms are covered in a hairy, gray fleece composed of bacteria. The bacteria feed on mucus secreted by glands on the worms’ backs…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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………………………………………..The bacteria have long been the main interest of Cary and his research colleagues. The scientists believe the organisms may harbor enzymes useful for cleaning up oil wells, processing new drugs, and speeding up chemical reactions used in industry.

“Metagenomic” Survey

“Basically, we decided that rather than try to look at each member of the community individually, we would look at all of them at once using the same genomic tools used to look at the human genome,” Cary said.

 The Human Genome Project was an international research effort completed in 2003 to map and sequence all the human genes.

The scientists hope to then construct an array of these genes and test them at the hydrothermal vent environment.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/10/081007-super-worms.html

New varieties of the Lumbricus rubellus earthworm can eat hazardous waste, researchers reported in September 2008.

Above, the “reference” earthworms are normal, whereas the “stream” and “cottage” earthworms have evolved to survive in soils contaminated with high amounts of lead and zinc.

Photograph by Jane Andre
Heavy Metal-Eating “Superworms” Unearthed in U.K.
James Owen
for National Geographic News
October 7, 2008

Newly evolved “superworms” that feast on toxic waste could help cleanse polluted industrial land, a new study says.

These hardcore heavy metal fans, unearthed at disused mining sites in England and Wales, devour lead, zinc, arsenic, and copper. The earthworms excrete a slightly different version of the metals, making them easier for plants to suck up. Harvesting the plants would leave cleaner soil behind.

 “These worms seem to be able to tolerate incredibly high concentrations of heavy metals, and the metals seem to be driving their evolution,” said lead researcher Mark Hodson of the University of Reading in England…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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Hodson’s team’s investigation used x-rays to zap worms with intense light, allowing them to track metal particles a thousand times smaller than a grain of salt.

 The findings suggest the arsenic-tolerant population produces a special protein that “wraps up the metal and keeps it inert and safe so it doesn’t interact with the earthworms,” Hodson said……………..
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The lead-eating Welsh worms likewise use a protein to render the metal harmless inside their bodies, he added.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/12/081209-medusa-worm.html

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: “Medusa” Worms Found in Mud Volcano

December 9, 2008—These new, undersea worms don’t have eyes to turn you into stone.

But their resemblance to snake-haired Medusa (above) wasn’t lost on discoverer Ana Hilário, who plans to name at least one after the mythological Greek monster.

Hilário, of Portugal’s University of Aveiro, and colleagues recently found 20 species of the tiny worms, called frenulates, in mud volcanoes in the Gulf of Cádiz, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Spain.

Mud volcanoes are places where methane-filled fluids seep from the seafloor, providing energy for “exceptionally rich ecosystems,” Hilário said in an email.

 (Related: “Giant Deep-Sea Volcano With ‘Moat of Death’ Found” [April 14, 2006].)  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/04/0414_060414_volcano.html
 But scientists know little about the elusive frenulates, tube-dwelling worms that survive thanks to bacteria that live inside a special organ in their bodies.

The worms absorb chemicals such as methane from sediment and deliver the substances, via their blood, to the bacteria, which in turn produce organic carbon. The carbon nourishes both creatures.

Hilario has already named another genus from the expedition Bobmarleya—the worm’s “dreadlocked” appearance reminded her of the Jamaican singer, she said.

—Christine Dell’Amore
Photograph courtesy Ana Hilário

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101004-census-of-marine-life-new-species-oceans-science/

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 BACKGROUND LINKS
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History of Alvin
 The dream of building a manned deep ocean research submersible first started to move toward reality on February 29, 1956. Allyn Vine of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) attended a symposium in Washington, where participants drafted a resolution that the U.S. develop a national program for manned undersea vehicles.

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=10737

Giant tube worms;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_tube_worm

Mud volcanoes;
Marine Geotechnics
http://www.marum.de/en/Marine_Geotechnics.html

http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=33

http://www.marum.de/en/Participating_Research_Groups_Institutions.html

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WORM Research. Fascinating!  Too broad a subject, could go on and on and on!
Radiation mitigation?
Toxic waste disposal?
Methane disposal?
Alternative energy?
Medical applications?
Frankenstein results by intention or accident?

So much ties together in ways too complex to contain in this single blog entry. It makes the head spin!  The science always bears out the Bible, we just don’t always know how, maybe never this side of heaven. I think it is being revealed bit by bit, maybe soon?

Getting Used to Life Without Food, Part 1 | FINANCIAL SENSE

Getting Used to Life Without Food, Part 1 | FINANCIAL SENSE

By William Engdahl 06/29/2011
Excerpts, Emphases Mine;
Wall Street, BP, Bio-Ethanol and the Death of Millions

My late grandfather, a man of sturdy Norwegian-American farm stock, who later became a newspaper editor and political activist during the First World War, used to say, ‘A man can get used to pretty much anything with time, except dying…and even that with some practice.’ Well, as fate has it, it seems we, the vast majority of the human race, are about to test that adage in regard to the availability of our daily bread itself.

Food is one of those funny things it’s hard to live without. We all tend to take it for granted that our local supermarket will continue to offer whatever we wish, in abundance, at affordable prices or nearly so. Yet living without adequate food is the growing prospect facing hundreds of millions, if not billions, of us over the coming years.

In a sense it’s a genuine paradox. Our planet has everything we need to produce nutritious natural food to feed the entire world population many times over. This is the case, despite the ravages of industrialized agriculture over the past half century or more.

Then, how can it be that our world faces, according to some predictions, the prospect of a decade or more of famine on a global scale? The answer lies in the forces and interest groups that have decided to artificially create a scarcity of nutritious food. The problem has several important dimensions.

Eliminating Emergency Reserves

Up until the grain crisis of the mid-1970s there was no single “world price” for grain, the benchmark for the price of all foods and food products.

From the time of the earliest traces left by Sumerian civilization some two thousand years before Christ, in the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in today’s Iraq, almost every culture had the practice of storing a reserve stock of a grain harvest – right up to the most recent times. Wars, droughts and famines were the reason. When properly stored, grain can be safely stored over a period of about seven years, enabling reserve stocks in case of an emergency.

After the Second World War, Washington created a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to serve as a wedge to push free trade among major industrial nations,……………………………………..
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Henceforth, grain reserves were to be managed by the ‘free market,’ by private companies, greatest among them the US Grain Cartel giants, the behemoths of American agribusiness. The grain companies argued that they would be able to fill any emergency gaps more efficiently and save governments the cost. That ill-advised decision would open the floodgates to unprecedented grain market shenanigans and manipulations…….
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In 1985 D. Gale Johnson of the University of Chicago, a colleague of Milton Friedman, co-authored a seminal report for David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission that was the blueprint for what they called “market-oriented” agricultural reform. It provided the framework for the US position in the coming GATT Uruguay Round negotiations. The Rockefeller group and its think tanks were the architects of ‘agricultural reform,’ as with so much in our post-1945 world.

The process of eliminating government grain reserves in major producing countries took time, but with the passage of the 1996 Farm Bill, the US had virtually eliminated its grain reserves.
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The historic and unprecedented deregulation opened a massive hole in Government supervision of derivatives trading, a gaping hole that ultimately facilitated the derivatives games leading to the 2007 financial collapse. It also formed the deregulation free-for-all that is behind much of the recent explosion in grain prices……..
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 .For some two billion people in the world who spend more than half of their income on food, the effects have been horrifying. During the speculation-driven grain price explosion in 2008, more than a quarter billion people became what the UN terms “food insecure,” or a total of one billion human beings, a new record.

That need never have occurred had it not been for the diabolical consequences of the US Government deregulating grain speculation, with support from the US Congress over the past decade or more. By early 2008, upwards of 35% of all US arable land was being planted with corn to be burned as biofuel under the new Bush Administration incentives. In 2011 the total is more than 40%. Thus, the stage was set for the slightest minor market shock to detonate a massive speculative bubble in grain markets, as was then being done by the use of the same GSCI index games as are played with oil……………..End Excerpts.
Here is entire Part 1 http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/william-engdahl/2011/06/29/getting-used-to-life-without-food-part-1

Getting Used to Life Without Food, Part 2 | FINANCIAL SENSE

 Vital information for every human being is our food sources. Below  link to;

Getting Used to Life Without Food, Part 2 | FINANCIAL SENSE

William Engdahl
Author
info @ engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net
http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net./

Excerpts with my emphases;

The record rise in grain and food prices in recent years is not a mere Wall Street profit gimmick, although obscene profits are being made. Rather, it is apparently an integral part of a long-term strategy whose roots go back to the years just after World War Two when Nelson Rockefeller and his brothers tried to organize the global food chain along the same monopoly model they had used for world oil. Food would henceforth become just another commodity like oil or tin or silver whose scarcity and price could ultimately be controlled by a small group of powerful trading insiders…………………………………………………..
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the name ‘agribusiness,’ in order to differentiate it from traditional farmer-based agriculture — the cultivation of crops for human sustenance and nutrition. The push to place world national governments’ emergency grain reserves into private hands was merely a logical expansion of the original Rockefeller agribusiness strategy,…
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Agribusiness and the Green Revolution went hand-in-glove. They were part of a grandiose strategy which included Rockefeller Foundation financing of research for development of genetic alteration of plants a few years later…………………………………………………………………………………………………
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It wasn’t until the David Rockefeller-backed Presidency of Jimmy Carter in the late 1970’s that US multinational business was able to begin the rollback of decades of carefully constructed US Government regulations of health, food safety and consumer protection laws, and open the doors to a new wave of vertical integration of agriculture………………………………………………………………………………………..
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The war cry of the campaigners was ‘deregulation.’ Of course, de-regulation by government merely opened the door to private control – another form of regulation — by the largest and most powerful corporate groups in any given industry. That was certainly the case for agriculture — the big four grain cartel companies dominated world grain markets from the 1970s to today. They worked hand-in-glove with big Wall Street derivative players such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup…………………………………………………………………………..
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By the latter part of 2007, trading in food derivatives was fully deregulated by Washington, and US government grain reserves gone. The way was clear for dramatic food price rises.
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farmers and big agribusiness giants like ADM were given generous taxpayer subsidies to grow corn for fuel instead of for food. David Rockefeller’s corporate farms were one of the largest recipients of US Government agriculture subsidies. Currently ethanol producers in the US get a subsidy of 51 cents per gallon of ethanol. The subsidy is paid to the blender, usually an oil company, that blends it with gasoline for sale. In the 2011 harvest year, an estimated 40% of all corn acreage in the United States is expected to be grown for biofuel………………………………………………
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 the use of farmland worldwide for bio-ethanol and other biofuels—burning the food product rather than using it for human or animal feed—is being treated in Washington, the EU, Brazil and other major centers as a major new growth industry. The impact on human beings, however, is quite the opposite……………………………………………………………………………………………..
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What biofuels and their pushers—from BP to agribusiness, combined with the mad decisions of governments from Washington to Berlin to Paris and beyond – have accomplished is the elimination of grain security reserves worldwide. This has been vigorously mixed with a cocktail of deregulated free commodity derivatives trading to create the ingredients for the worst potential food crisis in human history.

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