Archive | July 20, 2014

Monsanto Must Pay $93 Million after Poisoning Town*

Monsanto Must Pay $93 Million after Poisoning Town*

By Daniel Jennings

West Virginia’s state Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory to opponents of Monsanto, and citizens who were impacted by the company’s pollution are now receiving big payouts.

The court approved a settlement last year that will require the agribusiness giant to spend $93 million to clean up toxic contamination created by the production of herbicides and other products in the small town of Nitro, West Virginia, and this month, the settlement was finalized.

The toxic herbicides Monsanto produced in Nitro included Agent Orange, the notorious herbicide used during the Vietnam War. Dioxin, a chemical byproduct from Agent Orange, is believed to cause serious health problems.

Monsanto operated a herbicide factory in Nitro from 1948 to 2004.

“It’s been a real long haul,” attorney Stuart Calwell told The Charleston Gazette. Calwell represented Nitro area residents in a class action suit that prompted Monsanto to make the settlement.

“The politics of dioxin has been bitterly debated since the Vietnam War, but … we know that there is a health issue there and hopefully people will get their houses cleaned and the risk will come to an end and those exposed in the past will have the benefit of keeping an eye on their health.”

Monsanto’s Nitro plant was open from 1925 to 1995. In 1957, an explosion at a Monsanto Chemical plant leveled a three-story building Tuesday killing five workmen, injuring four others and unleashing chlorine fumes which forced 1,500 persons to leave their homes.

What Monsanto Agreed To In Settlement

“After years of litigation, now the benefits exist,” Calwell’s associate, David Carriger, said of the settlement. “However, we have a small hurdle. We need people to fill out the registration in order to get those benefits.”

Here is what the settlement will require Monsanto to do:

  • Spend $9 million to clean 4,500 homes around Nitro in order to remove dioxin contaminated dust.
  • Spend $21 million on testing of people for dioxin.
  • Set up a system that will monitor citizens for dioxin for 30 years.
  • Spend another $63 million on additional tests if necessary.
  • Conduct medical testing on anybody who lived in the Nitro area between Jan. 1, 1948, and Sept. 3, 2010. Persons will have to present evidence that they lived in the Nitro area to be eligible to participate in the program.
  • Set up an office in Nitro to help residents register for the program. The program will be administered by Charleston attorney Thomas Flaherty, who was appointed by the court.
  • Residents will still have the right to file their own lawsuits against Monsanto if medical tests show harm. Current and former Monsanto employees will not be able to participate in the settlement.

The US Supreme Court cleared the way this year for the settlement to take effect by refusing to hear a challenge brought by some Nitro area residents who disagree with the settlement. Monsanto agreed to the settlement in 2012 to prevent a costly six month trial in West Virginia state courts.

This case did not involve glyphosate, another controversial toxin used in Monsanto herbicides such as Roundup.


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Monsanto’s Legacy to the Vietnamese

Pakistan Death by GM Contamination*

GMO Technology Brought Soaring Cancer, Birth Defects and Failing Farms to Argentina*

GM Caused Crop Failure in India and Bangladesh*

Philippine Farmers Uproot Monsanto’s GM Golden Rice*

GM Crops Entrench U.S. Drought

Six Companies Have Patented 76% of the Global Seed Market*

Is South Africa Waking Up to the Innate Poison of GM Technology?*

GMOs Are Mutating Microorganisms and Spawning Deadly New Life Forms‏

Genetically Engineered Bt Cotton in Ghana: The hidden Agenda Exposed

Coca-Cola Forced to Shut Bottling Plant in India*

PepsiCo’s Naked Juice Laced with Synthetic and GMO Ingredients

Ukraine: Military Shot Down Boeing #MH17 Says Air Controller*

Ukraine: Military Shot Down Boeing #MH17 Says Air Controller*

Remember, Radar protocol redirected civilian plane MH17 into a war zone….

Translated from Spanish by Luis Lopez

ETN received information from an air traffic controller in Kiev on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

This Kiev air traffic controller is a citizen of Spain and was working in the Ukraine. He was taken off duty as a civil air-traffic controller along with other foreigners immediately after a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down over the Eastern Ukraine killing 295 passengers and crew on board.

The air traffic controller suggested in a private evaluation and basing it on military sources in Kiev, that the Ukrainian military was behind this shoot down. Radar records were immediately confiscated after it became clear a passenger jet was shot down.

Military air traffic controllers in internal communication acknowledged the military was involved, and some military chatter said they did not know where the order to shoot down the plane originated from.

Obviously it happened after a series of errors, since the very same plane was escorted by two Ukrainian fighter jets until 3 minutes before it disappeared from radar.

Radar screen shots also show an unexplained change of course of the Malaysian Boeing. The change of course took the aircraft directly over the Eastern Ukraine conflict region.

Some tweets received suggest this may have been a secret military uprising against the current Ukrainian president under the direction of formerly-jailed Prime Minister Timoshenko.

According to other rumors, the black box for this crashed Malaysian Airlines flight was taken by Donetsk separatists. A spokesperson for the rebel group said this black box would be sent to the Interstate Aviation Committee headquartered in Moscow.

The First Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, Andrew Purgin, stated that the flight recorders of the crashed aircraft will be transferred to Moscow for examination.

Sources say the Rebel group leadership hopes this would confirm the Ukrainian military actually shot down this aircraft. This was reported by the news agency Interfax-Ukraine.

ETN statement: The information in this article is independently confirmed and based on the statement of one airline controller and other tweets received.


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Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH-17*

Ukraine Kidnapping and Executing Protestors*

Ukraine: Europe’s Israel*

Sacred Activism and the Lighting of the Third Fire*

Sacred Activism and the Lighting of the Third Fire*

By Gary Z McGee

The Atheist“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice — creating a third fire, which is the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve, and nurture every living thing.” –Andrew Harvey

In a world of unholy wars dubbed holy wars and media claptrap passed as truth, there has never been a more important time to rise above the hogwash of the status quo.

We are everywhere surrounded by fraudulence. We are immersed in the pink goop of the Matrix to such an extent that we can’t even see the forest for the trees.

What’s needed is a self-inflicted rude awakening.

What’s needed is a wake-up call of the first order.

What’s needed is a tapping of the cornerstone of the human condition itself. And the music resonating from such a tapping is a song of freedom, and sacred activism is its magnificent dance.

As it stands, we need to relearn how to dance this particular unpopular dance lest the music stop forever.

Sacred activism is unpopular because it’s uncomfortable. It’s unpopular because it takes courage. It’s unpopular because it requires us getting off our butts and questioning everyone and everything, especially so-called “fixed” laws and “entrenched” power structures. That which is deep-rooted must be un-rooted in order for healthy roots to grow. That which is well-established must be reestablished in order for healthy establishment to occur. That which is preconditioned must be reconditioned in order that healthy conditions may arise.

This requires activism. This requires insurgency. This requires rebellion. Like Rainer Maria Rilke said,

“Everywhere transience is plunging into the depths of being… It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again, “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.”

I often tell people, “I’m a force of nature first, a man second.” And they scratch their heads wondering what on earth I could mean by such a strange statement. I mean exactly what Rainer Maria Rilke said in his quote. The essence of the earth has indeed risen again. It has risen inside me. It has the potential to rise inside you, as it resides within us all. And it must be unleashed, “painfully and passionately” lest things – bees; oceans; monarch butterflies; us – collapse into an unhealthy state of existence.

This is the essence of sacred activism. This is the lighting of the third fire: each of us realizing that we are a force of nature first and a person second. Once we get the “cart in front of the horse” then we can begin the difficult task of figuring out who we are as a person and what our unique (as unique as our fingerprint) contribution to nature really is. Like David Spangler said,

“The spirituality of the earth is more than a slogan. It is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new.”

But, figuring out who we truly are is no walk in the park. It requires practicing self-interrogation. It requires a particular flavor of ruthlessness toward ideals that most people fear. The more we question ourselves, the more we discover exactly how limiting our worldview is. But once we’re able to question ourselves to the nth degree, then we liberate ourselves from our own self-stagnation and we then free ourselves to question the world.

Like Rob Brezsny wrote in his book Pronoia,

“The revolution begins at home. If you overthrow yourself again and again, you might earn the right to overthrow the rest of us.”

depressionAs such, we need to get in each other’s faces (just be sincere). We need to stir any and all unstirred pots. For every ointment we come across without a fly in it, we need to BE that fly –a gadfly, perhaps.

Whatever our medium may be –writing, acting, directing, painting, sculpting, comedy, or just plain activism– we need to get in the face of entrenched power structures, growling and snarling, and show them that the third fire has indeed been lit. Like George Santayana said,

“A man is morally free when he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.” And this should not just be an aim, but an obligation to truth and justice the world over.

Authentic sincerity does not imply seriousness. In order to be genuine we need to be sincere rather than serious with each other. This requires elegance in the handling of our fragile human condition, but also an understanding of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s antifragility and how many things in life benefit from disorder, volatility, and turmoil. From the deepest wounds can arise the greatest wisdom. Through our mistakes we can become wise, but first we have to learn from them. We only learn from our mistakes by keeping each other accountable, and for that we need sincerity through activism, otherwise we doom ourselves to repeating the mistakes of our forefathers. Like Mark Twain said, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

AscensionThe lighting of the third fire is the awakening of our own sacred activism. It is a switch inside us all. It’s a potential bonfire inside every heart. A few of us have already collected the kindling necessary for this sacred fire to burn, but many of us have not. It is the duty of those who already have the capacity to light fires, to light the fire of others.

That’s what Albert Camus meant when he said, “I rebel; therefore we exist.” Each and every act of sacred activism is a lighting of another fire. We’re all candles in the wind. Most of us aren’t strong enough to keep our fires lit in the current maelstrom. Some of us are. And those of us who are should be blocking the wind at least long enough for others to light their fire and to keep it lit, because the wind is only going to get stronger. It is my conceit that this article is just such a windbreaker. Like the immortal Tolstoy brilliantly opined,

“Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.”

Apocaloptimists everywhere, may your heart forever be illuminated.


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Who or What Gave You Life?

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Society Says Your Body Not Your Mind!

Taking Control of Your Family Home

Climbing the Mountain

The Law of Three: Concealment and Attraction

From the Symbolic Ascension to the Ascension of Our Lives

Can You Just Change Your Mind Just Like That!

Avoiding the Silence!

The Lesson That Cannot Be Taught!

The Triple Filter Test

The Blame Game

Fasting for Change

What Frequency Am I Traveling on Right Now?

Intelligence Agents amidst UAE ‘Aid Convoy’ to Gaza*

Intelligence Agents amidst UAE ‘Aid Convoy’ to Gaza*

Forty members of the UAE “aid convoy” which entered the Gaza Strip last week have been revealed as intelligence agents. They were, it is believed, trying to collect information about Hamas and its infrastructure in the besieged territory.

Fatah official Mohamed Dahlan, who now lives in and is sponsored by the UAE government, to try to secure a safe and swift exit for the agents

Fatah official Mohamed Dahlan, who now lives in and is sponsored by the UAE government, to try to secure a safe and swift exit for the agents

According to one informed source, a local Palestinian recognised one of the agents as a soldier in the UAE armed forces. He contacted the security forces in Gaza who took the agent in for questioning.

Other members of the “aid convoy” then made contact with officials in the United Arab Emirates. In turn, they asked disgraced Fatah official Mohamed Dahlan, who now lives in and is sponsored by the UAE government, to try to secure a safe and swift exit for the agents.

“Dahlan called one of his followers from Fatah who spoke with Hamas officials and they agreed to let the convoy leave immediately,” the source said.

Palestinians in Gaza were surprised by the sudden exit of the UAE personnel on Saturday. The field hospital that they had ostensibly arrived to set-up was left uncompleted.

Commentators say that suspicions should have been aroused when the convoy was allowed by the Egyptians to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, as no other convoys have been allowed to enter since the start of the Israeli attack and invasion. Media reports on Saturday said that the Egyptian army has banned and attacked three international aid convoys trying to enter the enclave.

Egypt has closed Rafah and does not allow wounded Palestinians to travel abroad for treatment or let much-needed medicine and medical equipment to be taken into Gaza.


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While U.N. Remains Silent to the Palestinian Holocaust 100,000 Brits march in Support of Palestine*

While U.N. Remains Silent to the Palestinian Holocaust 100,000 Brits march in Support of Palestine*

About 100,000 protestors from across Britain have rallied in London to protest against Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, according to demonstration organizers Stop the War coalition.

Demonstrators of mixed ethnicities race and color from across Britain including grandmothers and children, Jews and Muslims, began their march from Downing Street on Saturday amid bright sunshine.

Protestors chanted:

“David Cameron shame on you!”

“Free Palestine!”

… as they marched under the watch of police officers lining the streets and hovering in helicopters in the skies above the British capital.

As the march started, about 10 members of London’s Hasidic Jewish community posed beneath a banner emblazoned with anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela’s words:

“South Africans cannot feel free until the Palestinians are free.”

Stop the War rally organizer Lindsey German told the crowds:

“We will demonstrate until Gaza is free,” as she stood on a stage outside the Israeli embassy.

‘Stop Arms Sales’

Peace activist Kate Hudson asked demonstrators:

“Who actually has weapons of mass destruction?”

“Israel!” the crowds shouted back.

Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn declared:

“The very least the UK can do is stop the arms sales to Israel.”

Another demonstrator, 28-year-old Dominic, told Anadolu Agency:

“I want Israel to know that killing children is unacceptable, and that we will oppose them every step of the way.”

Police barricades prevented the marchers from reaching the Israeli embassy, where one eight-year-old boy posed on a side street with his face daubed in fake blood next to a poster stating: “Freedom for Palestine.”

‘Joyous Disbelief’

The British media has come under attack for its coverage of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, with several demonstrations behind held outside BBC offices around the country over the past week amid criticism the broadcaster’s reportage of the onslaught was biased in favour of Israel.

Channel 4 Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller tweeted from Gaza:

“This London protest pic greeted with joyous disbelief here.”

Crispian Balmer, Reuters bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, tweeted:

“Much larger protest over Gaza in London than anywhere in the Arab world.”

One marcher said, as he tweeted a picture of the crowds:

 “It’ll embarrass Arab countries!”

Londoner Michelle said:

“We can’t let this continue, we have to stand against oppression, and it looks like tens of thousands of people think the same because just look at the massive turn out.”

‘Free Palestine’ Call

Observers said the demonstration would reinforce the reputation of London as a pro-Palestinian activist base.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said:

“The British capital has indeed become the most active center of pro-Palestinian groups, especially those of the BDS (broad pro-Palestinian campaign group) strand.”

All the demonstrators had one message for Israel and the British government: “Free Palestine.”

Police said three people were arrested.

Offensive stepped up

At least 339 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,390 injured, according to Palestinian health officials, since Israel launched its offensive on 7 July with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from Gaza.

One Israeli has been killed as a result of Palestinian rocket fire during the same period.

The Israeli army stepped up its offensive on Thursday, sending troops into the Gaza Strip.

The ongoing offensive, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” is the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s third major assault on the embattled coastal enclave – which is home to 1.8 million Palestinians – in the last six years.



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Report from Gaza and Israel… Evacuate to Where!*

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A Zionist General’s Son Speaks Out!*

Egyptian Ceasefire Initiative a U.S.- Blair Plot!*

Ceasefire Initiative Aims to Dismantle the Palestinian Resistance*

President Bashar al-Assad’s Inauguration Speech*

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A Zionist General’s Son Speaks Out!*

A Zionist General’s Son Speaks Out!*

If the state in which you live applied Agenda 21 and claim all your property what would you do?

By Allen L Roland

On Wednesday, Gaza’s health ministry, which keeps casualty figures, said 209 Palestinians had been killed and 1,560 were injured as the fighting continued for a ninth day. At least 39 children and 24 women were among the dead, officials said. In actuality, 80% of the killed and injured are civilians. Remember, there is no Israeli Iron Dome to protect Palestinian civilians and children ~ this is not war, its genocide.

This is a photograph of the anguished wail of a grieving father of one of the four young boys who was killed by an Israeli strike in Gaza on Wednesday. The boys, all cousins and under the age of 12, had been playing soccer on the beach when the Israeli attack occurred. The man’s picture, by photographer Hosam Salem, was taken during the boys’ funeral.

Anguished father at son’s Gaza funeral

The open sore of man’s brutal inhumanity to man continues unabated in Gaza despite the cries of many of the world’s humanitarian leaders to end this Zionist and American sanctioned slaughter of occupied and oppressed civilians and their rightful defenders. This ongoing atrocity is paying a psychic toll on the world’s conscience and can no longer go on unabated without severe consequences.

In December of 2013, I summarized my outraged feelings which also included a 4 minute video clip of former president Jimmy Carter commenting on Hard Ball regarding the truth about Israel. See article and video ~

Here’s Carter’s Hardball 5 minute TV appearance by itself ~ and note how it is abruptly ended as Carter’s talking points take effect:

But now we have an honest Israeli Jew, Miko Peled, the son of a Zionist General, telling the Real Truth about Israel and the ravages of unchecked Zionism.

Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem into a famous and influential Israeli Zionist family. His father was a famous General in the Israeli Army, of which Miko also served his time. When Miko’s niece was killed by Palestinian suicide bombers, you may have expected the family to put Palestinians at fault, but surprisingly they blamed the state of Israel, and their violent torturing and persecution for driving people to such sadness that they would take their own lives.

Through his father’s deep knowledge of the Israeli war of terror, together with his own research, Miko Peled peals away the myths surrounding the Israel and Palestine situation, and delivers a truth so damning that many Jews and Israel supporters will not be able to bear it. He reveals facts such as the original expelled Jews are not the ones returning, and they are not their descendants either, covers the double standards regarding the right of return, which doesn’t apply to Palestinians, and dispels the myth that there has been a conflict for ages by producing proof that it was peaceful up until 1947 when Israel launched their illegal attacks.

Miko is just one of the many modern day Jews against Zionism and the state of Israel, and with the information he delivers in this astounding talk, it is not difficult to see why more and more Jews are rejecting Zionism and calling for the dismantling of Israel. It is a true eye-opener for anyone who has for too long been blinded by the fake misinformation given by the mainstream media, and the truths come straight from the heartland where he has spent many years documenting the real story.

The last 20 minutes of this riveting 65 minute video are spontaneous questions and answers where Miko shares that the current preoccupation of Israel with Iran is a smokescreen to cover up apartheid with Palestine, that the only law that applies to Palestinians is Israeli military law and that only a bottom up American demand for human rights and democracy can change or break the Israeli garrison apartheid state and its AIPAC supporters.

As Margaret Kimberley correctly writes in ICH ~ “Of all the partners in international crime in existence right now, the United States and Israel are the worst. Along with their less powerful cohorts like Saudi Arabia they have instigated occupations and carnage on a mass scale. Yet while one hand washes the other, it isn’t always clear who controls whom. Israel uses the political and economic muscle of its supporters to keep American politicians in line, but it also doesn’t have to work very hard to find a receptive ear in Washington.”

In a time of universal deceit ~ telling the truth is a revolutionary act: George Orwell.


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Jews Protest against the State of Israel

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