Dropping bee population spells famine for humanity
“Commercial beehives pollinate over a third of America’s crops and that web of nourishment encompasses everything from fruits like peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries and more, to nuts like California almonds, 90 percent of which are helped along by the honey bees. Without this pollination, you could kiss those crops goodbye, to say nothing of the honey bees produce or the flowers they also fertilize.”
A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”
The following article should take on an increased significance given the Obama administration’s current desperate and aggressive push to receive “fast-track” authority to pass the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. If you aren’t up to speed on the topic, see:
Meanwhile, finding out where the meat you buy at the grocery store was born, raised and slaughtered might become a lot more difficult thanks to Congress. The Washington Post reports that:
WASHINGTON — A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law.The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”
The WTO ruled Monday that the U.S. labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage, rejecting a U.S. appeal after a similar WTO decision last year.
The law was initially written at the behest of northern U.S. ranchers who compete with the Canadian cattle industry. It also was backed by some consumer advocates who say it helps shoppers know where their food comes from. The supporters have called on the U.S. government to negotiate with Canada and Mexico to find labels acceptable to all countries.
But many in the U.S. meat industry — including meat processors who buy animals from abroad — have called for a repeal of the law, which they have fought for years, including unsuccessfully in federal court.
The bill would go beyond just the muscle cuts of red meat that were covered under the WTO case, also repealing country-of-origin labeling for poultry, ground beef and ground pork. Conaway said the poultry industry asked to be included after facing “high costs and little if any quantifiable benefits” from the labeling law.
Debbie Barker of the Center for Food Safety said the WTO’s ruling, and the House’s action, show no regard for shoppers who want to know where their meat comes from.
“It’s stunning that some members of Congress are so quick to respond to a closed-door, international trade body with no apparent regard for the wishes of American consumers,” Barker said.
On the Senate side, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas also has said he will move quickly to respond to the WTO ruling, but he has yet to introduce a bill.
Congress. It supposedly “can’t get anything done,” but when it comes to reducing choices for consumers, helping boost corporate profits and reducing citizens’ civil liberties, it has an uncanny ability to act with a remarkable quickness.
Just another day in the corporate-statist oligarchy.
You can look forward to a lot more headlines like these in the years ahead:
Have you noticed that severe drought seems to be gripping much of the planet right now? You probably have.
But why is this happening? Could it be possible that we are doing this to ourselves? Many want to try to link the rise and fall of precipitation levels to temperature variations, but there is something much more obvious that they are overlooking. Trees play an absolutely critical role in our water cycle, and every single minute the amount of land that is deforested around the globe is equivalent to 36 football fields. By extracting water from the soil and releasing it into the atmosphere, trees provide a critical link in the hydrologic cycle that we all depend upon. If there were no more trees, life on this planet would become exceedingly difficult for humanity. So the fact that we are literally ripping the lungs out of the planet is a very big deal.
NASA has updated its data from satellite readings, revealing that the planet’s polar ice caps have not retreated significantly since 1979, when measurements began.
Indeed, the polar ice has, for almost three years now, remained above the 35 year average.
The data shows that the ice caps remained at more or less the same level until 2005, when they slightly receded for a few years.
However, the 1979 measurements represented the tail end of a 30-year cooling period, meaning that a higher level of ice was taken as the baseline measurement. Everything since has been compared to those figures.
The figures show that by 2012, sea ice was down almost 10 percent from the figures measured in 1979. This was used by warming proponents to forecast disaster.
Those alarmists, however, ignored the fact that total polar ice had only receded by a modest amount, no where near ten percent.
Al Gore used the 10 percent figure and even warned that the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.
In reality, by 2012 ice quickly came back and even surpassed the 1979 readings, reaching a new record maximum in the Antarctic in 2014. Since that time it has remained above that previous baseline.
According to NASA’s latest data, it is now 5% above the mean average.
This is not to say that the ice will not retreat again at some point. It is generally considered that the Earth’s temperatures are still rising slowly since the so called ‘little ice age’ which ended in the mid 1800s. The rise is thought to be due to a combination of natural and, to a much lesser extent, human influence.
NASA is on it’s best behavior with regards to climate data, since it emerged recently that the agency may have altered weather station data to falsely indicate warming & sea rises.
Critics, or “deniers” as the mainstream media would call them, charge that the data that has been so relied upon to ‘prove’ global warming’s trend for years, has been in fact manipulated.
President Obama will today give a high profile speech on climate change as the biggest threat to national security, according to the New York Times.
Obama will tell those gathered that “Climate change, especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security — our economy, infrastructure, and the safety and health of the American people.”
In a report issued Wednesday, the White House said climate change would act as “an accelerant of instability around the world,” could escalate global tensions, and lead to overpopulation. The report also declared that a warming Earth will “change the nature of U.S. military missions.”
Thousands of vehicles across the country are being disabled while driving by Progressive Insurance’s “Snapshot” monitoring device, drivers claim.
One driver who acquired the device, which monitors driving habits to reward lowered insurance premiums, says he first noticed something amiss after his vehicle’s dashboard lights began malfunctioning.
“I’m a pretty safe driver, but I was driving even safer,” James Manning told WBZ-TV.
As his vehicle’s performance slowly deteriorated, Manning says the issue became dire when his vehicle unexpectedly shut off in the middle of traffic as he drove his daughter and nephew to school.
“It was pretty scary,” Manning said. “I had to yank the car to the right to safely pull it into a parking lot since it didn’t have any power steering or power brakes.”
After having his car towed to a nearby mechanic, Manning was told that the problem was a simple issue with the battery, easily remedied with a replacement and tune-up.
Despite following the mechanic’s advice, Manning became convinced the Snapshot was responsible after his vehicle and power steering failed once again.
“At that point, I’m thinking the Snapshot device was responsible,” Manning said.
Manning says his vehicle has returned to normal since removing the device.
According to court documents obtained by WBZ-TV, Progressive has received as many as 8,121 similar complaints from Snapshot users. Although Progressive denies its customers’ reports, the company has paid out $582,009 in claims since February 2014.
“Complaints around vehicles shutting down are extremely rare. And in our experience, there have been no causes in which the device was found to be the cause of a vehicle shutdown,” spokeswoman Amanda Lupica said. “Progressive continually tests and refines its devices to ensure customer safety and we are confident in the performance of our Snapshot device.”
Aside from what appears to be inherent safety issues, the Snapshot device has also been shown to be vulnerable to hackers. Last January security researcher Corey Thuen spoke with Forbes after bypassing security holes in the Snapshot.
“By hooking up his laptop directly to the device he says he would have been able to unlock doors, start the car and gather engine information, but he chose not to ‘weaponize’ his exploits…” Forbes wrote.
In reality, vehicles are becoming increasingly vulnerable due to on-board computers alone.
Security researchers showed off a multitude of attacks in 2013 that allowed a car’s breaks, horn, seat belt, GPS and countless other features to be controlled by an outside user.
Increased computing in the auto industry will not only continue to raise questions on safety, but on the amount of personal data being harvested by third parties and governments as well.
Will the U.S. Congress vote to approve “free trade” agreements that are, according to the agreements’ authors, “living agreements” that will constantly change and “evolve”? This mutational feature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should be of top concern to members of Congress — and their constituents. However, this critical aspect of the secretive agreements has received virtually no attention in the establishment media.
The final battles over the TPP and TTIP moved a giant step closer last week with the U.S. Senate’s flip-flop votes (seehere and here) on ending a filibuster of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, also known as “fast track”) bill. The Senate’s reversal on May 14 has now set up the TPA bill for a vote in the Senate and House of Representatives. Under expedited TPA/fast track rules, Congress surrenders its ability to amend trade agreements, drastically limits debate, and rushes the complex agreements through the legislative process for an “up or down” vote. President Obama has made passage of the TPP and TTIP twin “partnerships” a top priority of his second term, and the GOP’s top leadership in Congress has been assisting his ObamaTrade agenda at every crucial step along the way.
Of the two mammoth agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to be the one most likely to be completed and voted on first. Modeled after the deceptive, open-ended process of the European Union, the (TPP) claims to be a “living agreement” with “a structure, institutions, and processes that allow the agreement to evolve.” As such, it would initiate an ongoing demolition of American sovereignty and the step-by-step economic, political, and social integration of the United States with our Atlantic and Pacific “partners.”
The TPP currently includes 12 Pacific Rim member states (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam), but is expected to expand to include more nations, including Communist China. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposes to begin “deep and comprehensive” integration between the 28-member States of European Union and the United States.
Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.
The United States has been declared under martial law. All constitutional rights have been suspended. Anyone interfering with the collection of urine samples will be shot. Anyone failing to attend morning school prayer will be shot. The number one enemy of progress is questions. National security is more important than individual rights. Sports broadcasts will proceed as scheduled. Shut up, be happy, obey all orders without question. At last everything is done for you.
POLICE STATE USA
You learn that you either are going to have a police state where you don't have any freedom left, or you're going to build a world that doesn't create terrorists, and that means a whole different way of getting along.