This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein and You

Margaret Thatcher famously said “there is no such thing as society”.  Naomi Klein seems to have the carbonazis quivering in their boots by proclaiming the exact opposite.

This Canadian mom has become one of the most astute commentators of our time, enduring being called “Marx in a skirt” and much worse.   Her take on the corporatocracy that is ruling our world is concise and to the point – they have got to go.  Their business model does not include paying for cleaning up the mess they are creating.  Her vision of Solar warriors rising up and giving them the old heave-ho world wide is great. Real change versus the apparency of change almost always comes from the ground up.  Myself, I thought it would come to a black cloud of destructive pollution roiling about the planet before there would ever be a change.  But now I can see it her way, a more positive push comes to shove by the mothers that be.

Go to see her if you can, buy her books if you can afford them, watch her on youtube if you can’t, but make an effort to follow her example and pray to the Gods to give her strength as if your grandkids lives depended on her success.  Because they do.

Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

scorched earthTake it however you want, the numbers are alarming.

December 23, 2014

Close up of tractor spraying pesticides on cropWhy? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food.

For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.”

Dr. Seneff noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food as Americans eat) could be devastating. A recent study shows that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder.

Other toxic substances may also be autism-inducing. You may recall our story on the CDC whistleblower who revealed the government’s deliberate concealment of the link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) and a sharply increased risk of autism, particularly in African American boys. Other studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism. Children whose mothers smoked were also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.

This month, the USDA released a study finding that although there were detectable levels of pesticide residue in more than half of food tested by the agency, 99% of samples taken were found to be within levels the government deems safe, and 40% were found to have no detectable trace of pesticides at all. The USDA added, however, that due to “cost concerns,” it did not test for residues of glyphosate. Let’s repeat that: they never tested for the active ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world. “Cost concerns”? How absurd—unless they mean it will cost them too much in terms of the special relationship between the USDA and Monsanto. You may recall the revolving door between Monsanto and the federal government, with agency officials becoming high-paying executives—and vice versa! Money, power, prestige: it’s all there. Monsanto and the USDA love to scratch each others’ backs. Clearly this omission was purposeful.

In addition, as we have previously reported, the number of adverse reactions from vaccines can be correlated as well with autism, though Seneff says it doesn’t correlate quite as closely as with Roundup. The same correlations between applications of glyphosate and autism show up in deaths from senility.

Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes. Dr. Seneff’s data, however, is particularly important considering how close the correlation is—and because it is coming from a scientist with impeccable credentials. Earlier this year, she spoke at the Autism One conference and presented many of the same facts; that presentation is available on YouTube.

Monsanto claims that Roundup is harmless to humans. Bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites, and plants use a seven-step metabolic route known as the shikimate pathway for the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids; glyphosate inhibits this pathway, causing the plant to die, which is why it’s so effective as an herbicide. Monsanto says humans don’t have this shikimate pathway, so it’s perfectly safe.

Dr. Seneff points out, however, that our gut bacteria do have this pathway, and that’s crucial because these bacteria supply our body with crucial amino acids. Roundup thus kills beneficial gut bacteria, allowing pathogens to grow; interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt and manganese; and much more.

Even worse, she notes, additional chemicals in Roundup are untested because they’re classified as “inert,” yet according to a 2014 study in BioMed Research International, these chemicals are capable of amplifying the toxic effects of Roundup hundreds of times over.

Glyphosate is present in unusually high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, at anywhere from 760 to 1,600 times the allowable limits in European drinking water. Urine testing shows Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans.

“In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Dr. Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic.”

– See more at: http://www.anh-usa.org/half-of-all-children-will-be-autistic-by-2025-warns-senior-research-scientist-at-mit/#sthash.HpWxRpb2.dpuf

Move Over Rover, Let Solar Take Over!

Solar Power Costs Lowering

It is ironic that the same day that Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline and all the carbon fans were up in arms raging against such foolishness, that this report should come out showing the inevitable triumph of solar power. This report was first linked in the Australian news, but then quickly pulled down, reflecting no doubt the Aussies embarrassment at their gung ho coal plans and the official lack of solar development. Move over Rover , let solar take over!

The full story…

Solar energy will be cheapest energy source for many within 10yrs: German think-tank report

Annie White reported this story on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:29:00

ELEANOR HALL: A German think-tank has released a report today showing that solar energy will be the cheapest source of electricity in many regions of the world within the next 10 years.

Agora Energiewende is independently funded to help the German government achieve its 80 per cent renewable energy target.

Its CEO Dr Patrick Graichen spoke earlier to Annie White.

PATRICK GRAICHEN: We’ve seen a lot of cost decline in the photovoltaics technology in the last five years, and the question was: is that going to come to an end, or will we see further cost declines in the next 10-20 years.

ANNIE WHITE: And what was the finding?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: The finding is there’s no end to the cost decline in photovoltaics. The technology has still further improvement, so that we expect that within the next 10 years, photovoltaics will become, in many regions of the world, the most cheapest source of electricity.

ANNIE WHITE: In our part of the world, there’s arguably a view that solar is still a fringe technology, if you like, that it is useful on the side, but that it could never replace fossil fuel power. What’s your feeling about that compared to what you know now in this study?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: That notion was true in the past, but today we see that photovoltaics will become so cheap that, especially of your part of the world, it will be cheaper than burning fossil fuels.

ANNIE WHITE: What has led to the decline in cost?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: It’s the sum of the parts. It’s the technology itself; the modules have become cheaper because China is now producing them on very large scale, so we have the effect of the mature technology with a global market, where prices decline, and second, we’ve got to know better how to integrate it into the systems during the past five-six years.

We will see prices like AUD$5 then for electricity from photovoltaics in Australia within the next five years.

ANNIE WHITE: How big is the uptake in solar in your part of the world, in Germany?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: Well we have in Germany an extensive program on photovoltaics in the past years, and that has led to now about 40 gigawatts being installed. That is still only six per cent of our electricity production, but still, it is already six per cent, and we’ve seen how that already impacts on our electricity system in the sense that we don’t need peak power of gas-fired power plants in the summer anymore.

ANNIE WHITE: Are you surprised that countries with more, arguably, sunshine even than Germany, like Australia, haven’t reached that kind of uptake?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: Indeed, I do find it very surprising. Because, if you look at that technology and you ask yourself the question: where in the future will we have cheap and clean energy? It’ll be those countries in the world with a lot of sun and with stable investment conditions.

And it should be Australia.

You see a lot of solar projects are now coming up in the Gulf, are coming up in New Mexico, California, Texas, but Australia is lacking in that concept.

ANNIE WHITE: Why do you think that is?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: All those countries that have strong tradition on fossil fuels, like also Germany, that do have coal mines, we all have this culture that energy traditionally comes from below the ground, and it does take its time to overcome that old notion that we need to dig into the ground to find energy.

ANNIE WHITE: What about the problems with solar that are raised here, for example, collection, of feeding back into the grid, of retaining, of transporting that power, as it were. Have those things been addressed yet?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: Of course you have to take care of the issue, you need good enforcement when you install solar PV. You can combine basically the question, where to put solar with the question, where is the grid the strongest.

So if you have your solar power plant close to where there’s already a strong grid infrastructure, then there’s no extra cost coming from that first issue.

ANNIE WHITE: And what sort of resistance do you think you’d see from the fossil fuel industry?

PATRICK GRAICHEN: Well yes, I mean, obviously this is a threat to all those that are betting on coal, but there has always been structural changes, major structural changes to economies. Those that were building railroads weren’t happy about cars either, but in the end the cars came because the technology was better suited to the needs of the 20th century.

And, I would say that’s the same case now here with the 21st century. Our need is cheap and clean energy, and that’s something solar and probably also wind will deliver and coal can’t.

ELEANOR HALL: CEO of Agora Energiewende Dr Patrick Graichen, speaking to Annie White.