Archive | February 15, 2014

Consumer Activism Bringing down Monsanto and the Likes*

Consumer Activism Bringing down Monsanto and the Likes*

By Antonio Gucciardi

In just the past few weeks and months, we have generated powerful traction in the fight against corrupt mega corporations like Monsanto and others — and it all comes down to consumers refusing to purchase additive-loaded food products, deposit cash with banks that are spying on them, or tune into the latest propaganda news hour on MSNBC.

Ultimately, we are all no longer ‘consumers’ but ‘activists’ in the sense that we can no longer sit by and watch as our food supply and freedoms are tarnished at the same time by a merger of corporate and government corruption. A merger that is historically fatal to the heartbeat of any nation that allows itself to be swallowed by the bloodthirsty psychopaths who currently hold many high level positions in both of these sectors.

And our activism is paying off.

On the food freedom front, we have already seen major corporations like Kraft and Subway make a 180 degree shift towards removing toxic substances from their food following major outcry from activist consumers. In fact, Kraft’s act to remove artificial preservatives from their highly popular ‘cheese singles’ signifies the reality that these corporations know that they are quickly going to lose their entire customer base if they do not start removing the synthetic garbage from their food.

Even larger in scope, it was Subway that announced it would be removing a rubber chemical from its bread just 24 hours after the issue was brought up on The Alex Jones Show with a food activist. And that is just on the food front.

We have been contacted by legislators who have revealed that thanks to exclusive information leaked via Storyleak, such as the reality that Bank of America is actually spying on ‘anti-government’ protesters for the feds, legislation has been launched to protect our privacy in an entirely new way on statewide levels — and it’s expected to pass. We have seen the same sentiments in exclusive interviews regarding anti-drone spying legislation, which is yet another reminder of how simple it can be to spring real action from truth.

This is how real change is made, and this is how reality is broadcast around the world through the domination of media headlines.

Altogether, 2014 is shaping up to be a true year of reality, and in just a few short months we have already been highly successful in enhancing the message of reality through resisting corporations like Monsanto and Bank of America. As long as we continue the proverbial charge, nothing can stop a calvary rush of truth.

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Transition to a More Creative Life

Tools of Israeli Torture of Palestinian Children*

Gaza-Rafah Border2Tools of Israeli Torture of Palestinian Children*

The Israeli Security Services are forcing Palestinian children into making false confessions through intimidation and torture, according to ABC’s Four Corners programme, broadcast this week.

“Imagine in…(your city): regular late night raids on family homes, by heavily armed soldiers, to take away children in blindfolds and handcuffs for interrogation.  Imagine a military prison where the inmates include children as young as 12, in shackles.”

This is the reality of life for Palestinian families across the West Bank and Gaza, as footage and witness testimony reveals in the documentary Stone Cold Justice (full programme below).  More than 720,000 Palestinian men, women and children have been through the system since Israel began occupying the Palestinian Territories in 1967.

A Unicef report last October, reported that during interrogation by Israeli Security Forces, Palestinian children had been “threatened with death, physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault, against themselves or a family member” in efforts to gain confessions for alleged offenses, most commonly for throwing stones.

The ABC report has put faces to these Palestinian children and families.

Electrocution

Fourteen year old Qsai Zamara says he was taken from his bed, in the middle of the night by the Israeli Army and transported to an Israeli prison.

“There was this big machine with all the electric wires in it, connected to the electricity. He wanted to give me electric shock with it,” he said

Fifteen year old Fathi Mahfouz says he was arrested under false pretenses and taken to an Israeli prison where he also received electric shocks.

“Because I didn’t confess he sent me to a room that has a cross in it, and hung me on it. I was hung and he kept hitting me,” he said.

These stories have become achingly familiar to Australian barrister Gerard Horton, who has interviewed hundreds of Palestinian children through his organisation Military Court Watch.  He says these ordeals are a regular occurrence across the West Bank.

“[In one incident] someone put food on his genitals and the dog was then made to eat the food off that part of his trousers,” Mr Horton said.

“[One] particular interrogator specialises in threatening children with rape, and he makes very specific allegations.

“He will name someone who apparently is waiting outside the interrogation room who will, if the child doesn’t confess, will come in and rape that child.”

Informants and Intelligence Gatherers

It is not just Unicef and the Palestinians themselves who are providing evidence and testimony against the Israeli Security Forces, but voices within Israeli society itself.  Prominent Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky, who specialises in cases of Palestinian children in the Israeli justice system argues that as part of its intelligence gathering process, Israel has begun ‘mapping’ children.

This means waking children up in the dark of night to take their fingerprints, identification and even documenting the beds they sleep in.  The documentary contains footage of Israeli soliders partaking in this mapping exercise.

Both Ms Lasky and he director of the YMCA near Bethlehem, Nader Abu Amsha, who deals with many of the 700 Palestinian children detained each year by the Israeli army – attest to Palestinian children also being recruited as informants by Israeli Security forces. He said children were being used to gather intelligence and that this was “breaking children forever”.

Mr Horton also asserts this to be true. Having taken hundreds of affidavits from Palestinian children, he said in some cases attempts were made to recruit children to be informants.  He reports that while under arrest for alleged throwing of stones, children are faced with this undetermined stretch of prison, threat and torture, while the solider promise immediate release “if you just from time to time provide us with a little bit of information about who the troublemakers in the village are”.

Spokesperson for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Yigal Palmor was unrepentant on the matter, saying in his interview for the Stone Cold Justice programme:

“There has to be a pattern because the interrogators will want to gather information about possible violence emerging from a certain area or from certain people,”

“And I think that’s perfectly legitimate to ask people who are arrested for being involved in violent actions, to ask them where they come from, why they have been involved in such violent actions, who sent them and whether there are more people coming from the same place with the same intent.”

The Devastating Impact on the Children

The YMCA’s Nader Abu Amsha said questioning children about their communities was causing psychological damage to children.

“They (Israeli security services) are trying to know information about the village and about the life of people, the families, the attitudes of the community,”

“The most vicious and the most horrible thing [is] to push people to collaborate as collaborators with occupiers, to put them under the stick and carrot process. If you reject this, if you are [to] refuse this, you will be punished, you will stay longer in prison and if you accept being a collaborator… you will receive some kind of rewards and you will be dealt with differently and you will be happy.”

“So this kind of converting a child who’s not responsible for his act to be a collaborator is not just helping in information gathering for the Israelis it’s breaking this child forever.”

The Unicef Report last year found that:

“the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and
sentencing.
It is understood that in no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights.”

It is inconceivable that a generation of children, broken and traumatised by Israeli Security forces throughout their childhoods, will likely grow into a generation of adults who see peace and co-existence with such brutal an occupier as either possible or desirable.  With its brutalization of children, Israel is sowing the seeds for a bloody and hate filled future.

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European Arrest Warrant Above Sovereignty*

European Arrest Warrant Above Sovereignty*

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) allows for foreign police to summon Britons, and detectives in Britain to extradite suspects from the Continent. Conservative critics say it gives other countries’ legal systems unacceptable power. Whether Conservative rebellion is just a noisy stint in PR or not, it raises what is a very serious issue.

By James Kirkup

Senior Conservatives are threatening a major rebellion over Europe.

Scores of MPs plan to defy the Government over the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

Conservative whips have warned Downing St that up to 60 back-bench MPs are prepared to vote against the decision to remain part of the EAW scheme and more than 30 other European Union justice rules.

The rebellion could erupt before the European Parliament elections in May, exposing Conservative tensions just as they face a serious threat from the UK Independence Party.

Supporters, who include British police chiefs, say it is a vital tool for bringing serious criminals to justice. In one miscarriage of justice case highlighted by critics, Andrew Symeou, a British citizen, was extradited to Greece on homicide charges under the system and spent 11 months in jail before being cleared.

In another case, two men from Derby accused of attacking a police officer in Latvia were extradited to Riga and spent two months in an “appalling” prison before being acquitted.

One was later fined at a retrial for resisting arrest.

The system also puts a huge strain on British courts, critics say. In 2011 Britain received 6,760 warrants from other countries and handed over 999 people, at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £20,000 per case.

The prospect of a fresh European row over the issue has forced ministers to consider a move to delay a vote until later in the year. The dispute centres on a complex parliamentary process.

The last Labour government agreed that Britain could opt out of the EAW among 133 EU home affairs rules. Last July, ministers risked Conservative back-bench anger after saying that Britain should continue to apply 35 of those rules, including those around the warrant.

The EU agreement means that Britain must formally opt out of all 133 measures, then opt back into the 35 chosen by ministers.

A formal decision on the opt-ins is required by May 31, raising the prospect of a vote in the Commons before the European elections on May 22.

The Liberal Democrats are supporters of the EAW, adding to Conservative back-bench opposition.

Ministers said last year that they would seek modifications to stop citizens being extradited for minor crimes. However, this has not been enough to placate back-bench Conservatives.

Party sources have told The Daily Telegraph that between 50 and 60 of the 303 Conservative MPs are prepared to defy ministers when the opt-ins come to Parliament.

Whitehall sources said ministers are considering a legal manoeuvre to delay a Commons vote on the opt-ins until after the European elections.

–The right of European Union migrants to move among member states is the “greatest progress in human civilisation”, Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said on Friday.

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It is a right that allowed for Celts, Huns, Slavs, and other European tribes to travel, invade and occupy the European countries that have since been constituted…

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Rebellion against Common Core Hits the Higher Education Fan*

Rebellion against Common Core Hits the Higher Education Fan*                                                     

A dangerous argument is ensuing that has little to do with helping a child fulfill their true potential, which in turn would lead to achieving a happier and more productive life (in turn benefiting society), and more to do with the failures of American education, and the failing GDP.

Schooling By David Dees

By Stephanie Simon

Florida students no longer need chemistry, physics or Algebra II to graduate from high school. Texas just scrapped its Algebra II requirement. And Washington State has dropped its foreign language mandate.

A standards rebellion — or in the eyes of the opponents, the dumbing down of America — is sweeping red states and blue, promoted by both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama has called for a rigorous college-prep curriculum for all students. States, however, are responding with defiance: They’re letting teens study welding instead of Spanish, take greenhouse management in place of physics and learn car repair instead of muddling over imaginary numbers.

The backlash stems, in part, from anger over the Common Core, a set of standards that Obama has promoted as a way to guide students through a demanding college-prep curriculum from kindergarten through high school. But it’s more than that. It’s pushback against the idea that all students must be ready for college — even if they have no interest in going.

Manufacturing associations, trade groups and farm lobbies have fueled the resentment at universal college prep, arguing that it’s elitist, that it demeans blue-collar workers — and, not incidentally, that it’s cutting off their pipeline of new workers.

“We need pipefitters and welders just as much as we need folks who want to pursue a four-year degree,” said Rebecca Park, legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau, which wants more vocational classes to count as science and math.

The counterargument: Those pipefitters and welders will need strong academic skills to turn entry-level jobs into meaningful careers. “We want them to come out qualified for the workforce, not just ram them through school as fast as possible,” said Derek Redelman, a vice president at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which is fighting a legislative proposal to create a career-track diploma.

The administration is watching the backlash warily.

Both Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have lately talked up the virtues of vocational education — but both have also noted, pointedly, that such classes must not be a substitute for college-prep academics. Not every child need aspire to a four-year degree, they say — but all ought to have college-level skills, so they can succeed at whatever path they take. Otherwise, the fast-moving economy will leave them behind, and they’ll be stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs.

Especially worrisome: The risk that low-income and minority students, as well as children with disabilities, could be pushed into the vocational tracks.

“We need to make sure we’re graduating students who are ready for college and a career,” Obama said in a 2011 address that framed his vision for raising the bar. “In the 21st century, it’s not enough to leave no child behind. We need to help every child get ahead. We need to get every child on a path to academic excellence.”

That message rankles New Mexico state Rep. Mimi Stewart, a Democrat. She’s introduced a bill to let students earn a high school diploma without taking Algebra II — and without passing state exams. “We are supposed to be doing college and career readiness, not college and college readiness,” Stewart said.

State Rep. Wendy McNamara, a Republican, is making the same argument in Indiana. She’s not proposing dropping all traditional high-school academics. “’Romeo and Juliet’ does have a place,” she said. But she’d like students to be able to earn a diploma by taking a heavy rotation of vocational classes designed with input from local employers. “I see only great things for economic development,” McNamara said.

The backlash against college prep for all has grown so strong that even states fully committed to the goal are taking it slow. New York announced this week that it wouldn’t expect students to meet new college-ready benchmarks until 2022. Louisiana declared it’s aiming for 2025.

The new direction is troubling to those who have endorsed the president’s vision, including CEOs of the nation’s biggest companies, plus many local Chambers of Commerce.

“The dream that we could get to where all American children were educated to a high, common level is in deep jeopardy,” said Sandy Kress, a longtime advocate for tough standards and an architect of the No Child Left Behind law, which required — unrealistically, as it turned out — every student in the U.S. to be proficient in math and reading by this year.

“A lot of really goofy things are happening,” said Kress, now a lobbyist for global publishing company Pearson. “It worries me a lot.”

The roots of the controversy stretch back decades.

For years, many states had only bare-bones graduation requirements, often mandating little more than a year of physical education and a civics class. Then came “A Nation at Risk,” the 1983 report that warned of “a rising tide of mediocrity” in the public schools “that threatens our very future as a nation and a people.”

States began laying out strict requirements for high school diplomas. Some ratcheted them up further in the past decade, as international testing showed U.S. kids far behind global rivals.

President George W. Bush highlighted the need for universal high standards with his call to end the “soft bigotry of low expectations” for low-income and minority students.

Obama has amplified the theme with his heavy promotion of the Common Core, which is built on the assumption that students will at get at least through Algebra II in math and through four years of English heavy on close reading and critical analysis.

“You ought to make sure that when you hand kids a diploma … they are prepared not just for the first thing they’re going to do out of high school, but for other choices later on,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, a nonprofit that helped write the Common Core standards.

It’s unclear whether higher standards prompt teens to drop out of school; a study published this summer by the National Bureau of Economic Research found a connection, but the national graduation rate has been rising steadily, despite increasing demands in many states.

There’s widespread agreement that college matters. In 1979, a typical young adult with a high school diploma could expect to earn 77 percent as much as a peer with a bachelor’s degree. Today, that person would earn just 62 percent as much. College graduates also are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and to believe they have the skills to get ahead, according to a Pew Research report released this week.

what education?Given those statistics, letting kids opt out of Algebra II and other college-prep courses is irresponsible, said Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business. He sees the trend as a cop-out by educators who don’t want to do the hard work of helping all students achieve their true potential. “The tragedy of it is, more kids born in poverty will now remain in poverty,” he said.

Hammond rallied a few major companies in the state — including Texas Instruments and ExxonMobil — to fight against watering down graduation requirements.

But they were up against a tidal wave.

Parents furious about the state’s heavy focus on standardized testing teamed up with educators irate at the one-size-fits-all curriculum. Then an even more powerful ally stepped aboard: The Jobs for Texas Coalition, representing trade groups and businesses that collectively employ 6 million Texans, a third of the state’s workforce.

The coalition argued that the college prep curriculum eats up so many hours — especially when kids fail a required class and must retake it — that students have no time for vocational courses that introduce them to skilled trades. That’s led to fewer students seeking out jobs in construction and manufacturing. Those who do apply lack the technical training and the soft skills — such as on-the-fly problem solving — such classes nurture.

“For 20 years, we’ve been ratcheting up the rigor required to get out of high school, and we started to see unintended consequences,” said Mike Meroney, a spokesman for the coalition.

Letting kids opt out of college prep doesn’t mean they’ll spend a lifetime flipping burgers, Meroney said. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists two dozen fast-growing occupations that don’t require higher education and pay $35,000 to $55,000 a year, including heavy equipment operator and car mechanic. “What is the real purpose of education if not to prepare your students for jobs?” Meroney said. “Seriously. That’s what we keep asking.”

The pressure from parents, teachers, superintendents and the jobs coalition culminated in a landmark legislative vote last spring to cut the number of required exit exams from 15 to five and to scrap Algebra II as a requirement for a mainstream diploma. The Texas Board of Education recently finalized the new rules.

To be sure, not all states are going easy on students. Maryland added a high school civics exam to its testing battery. Minnesota and Connecticut are phasing in Algebra II mandates.

But many statehouses are ringing with conversations like those Michigan state Rep. Ed McBroom has been having with his colleagues as he pushes to relax the state’s college-prep requirements.

McBroom, a Republican, says he appreciates the benefits of learning a foreign language, but points out that welding could also be considered a form of expressive communication — so why not let kids study that, instead? Chemistry and physics are great, he says, but what makes them inherently more valuable than agricultural science or anatomy or auto collision repair?

As for math, McBroom says he took Algebra II as a student and enjoyed it. “But I don’t see much use for it in my everyday life,” said McBroom, who trained to become a teacher but now splits his time between the Legislature and his family dairy farm. “If I had taken some welding classes,” he said, “I’d be a lot better off.”

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