A flood myth or deluge myth is a narrative in which a great flood, usually sent by a deity or deities, destroys civilization, often in an act of divine retribution. Parallels are often drawn between the flood waters of these myths and the primeval waters found in certain creation myths, as the flood waters are described as a measure for the cleansing of humanity, in preparation for rebirth. Most flood myths also contain a culture hero, who “represents the human craving for life”.
The flood myth motif is widespread among many cultures as seen in the Mesopotamian flood stories, the Hindu texts from India, Deucalion in Greek mythology, the Genesis flood narrative, Bergelmir in Norse Mythology, and in the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of Native Americans in North America, the Muisca people, and Cañari Confederation, in South America.
The newly-released national security document, unveiled by US President Donald Trump on Monday, lists China and Russia as “revisionist powers” attempting to “erode American security and prosperity.” As Trump introduced the strategy, he branded the above-mentioned states “rival powers” that “challenge American influence, values and wealth.” All the same, Trump promised to work with the two countries while putting American interests first.
It did not take Beijing long to hit back at the statement. Commenting on the move, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it has never developed at the expense of other states’ interests, but vowed to protect its own.
“We urge the United States to stop deliberately distorting China’s strategic intentions, and abandon outdated concepts such as a Cold War mentality and a zero-sum game, otherwise it will only harm everyone,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in the US said it is “completely selfish” for Washington to put its interest above others, warning that such an approach “will only lead to isolation.” The Chinese mission also accused the US of “self-contradictory rhetoric” that diminishes the countries’ cooperation.
“On the one hand, the US government claims that it is attempting to build a great partnership with China. On the other hand, it labels China as a rival. The self-contradictory rhetoric of the US betrays the truth that China and the US are becoming increasingly interdependent and have growing intertwined interests,” the embassy said in a statement.
“For China and the United States, cooperation leads to win-win outcomes, while confrontation can only lead to a lose-lose situation,” the diplomatic mission added, calling the US “to abandon its outdated zero-sum thinking” and “engage in win-win cooperation.”
A commentary published by Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua says that such rhetoric “would only widen the gap of distrust” and set up “more hurdles” between Russia, China and the US, while stressing the necessity of cooperation on global issues between them. The article also cited Trump’s recent Jerusalem move and pulling out from the Paris climate change accord as examples of Washington’s other harmful, unilateral approaches.
“The attempt to preserve one’s own national interests without being mindful of other parties is not only impossible but also could boomerang,” the article said, advising the US “to have a fresh mindset that fits this new era and commit itself to a more constructive engagement with the world.”
Dec 19, 2017
was a year of infamy in terms of the New World Order agenda. 1947 was the time when profound events were taking place: the birth of the horrible US MIC (Military Intelligence Complex), the probable continuation of the Nazi regime and likely ET visitation. As the year 2017 comes to an end, and we close out the 70 year anniversary of the year of 1947, it is worth briefly looking back on that momentous year at some of the events that transpired then which still have a profound effect on our world today.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water … no, I’m not referring to Jaws, but rather the US-UK-Australian military expedition led by Admiral Richard Byrd in January and February of 1947. He thought it would be safe to go down to Antarctica, but he was overpowered and beat a hasty retreat. Byrd led around 4,700 troops in an invasion of Antarctica, but his forces encountered heavy resistance to their Antarctic venture from “flying saucers.” The mission that was meant to be many months long ended abruptly after just 8 weeks! Some have speculated Byrd ran into ETs. However, given all the information we now have about the Nazis, it may be more likely he ran into the Nazis themselves. Was Byrd stalking the Nazis?
This is an excerpt from a report in a local Chilean newspaper El Mercurio on Wednesday, March 5, 1947:
“Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions. The admiral explained that he was not trying to scare anyone, but the cruel reality is that in case of a new war, the United States could be attacked by planes flying over one or both poles.”
This is what Byrd is said to have testified before Congress:
“In case of a new war the US would be attacked by fighters that are able to fly from one pole to the other with incredible speed.”
Those interested in further reading may like to delve into Genesis for the New Space Age by John Leith.
The theme of flying saucers, UFOs and antigravity craft, and whether they were of terrestrial (German) or extraterrestrial origin, was brought up once again in 1947 with the infamous Roswell incident or Roswell crash. On 7th July 1947, at least one (but perhaps 2 or 3) UFOs reportedly crashed in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, USA. The military put out a bogus cover story of a crashed weather balloon. In 1978, UFO expert Stanton Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel who was involved with the original recovery of the debris. Marcel stated that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft, as well as alien lifeforms. Retired military officer Chuck Wade painstakingly compiled compelling evidence of multiple crashed UFOs in the New Mexico area. He believed there was not just 1 UFO in the Roswell crash, but rather multiple craft and multiple crash sites!
Philip Corso Jr. was a person very close to the situation as it was unfolding in 1947 and afterwards. He knew about the reality of advanced extraterrestrial technology. After the Roswell incident, Corso was put in charge of figuring out what to do. He claims that Nazi scientists (via CIA Project Paperclip) worked for him, that Majestic 12 (see below) reported to him (and he reported to then President Eisenhower), and that later President Reagan often consulted him. He also claims that humans cannot go into space, biologically, and that NASA knows this; that he was contacted by at least 2 ET groups through telepathy; that the Cold War was mainly a war of UFOs, with Russia/US aligned against some groups of ETs; that the Roswell UFO coverup is a time travel coverup; and that there would be a time capsule opened in Roswell in 2047.
Of course, there has been much speculation and theorizing about what really happened at Roswell on that fateful day. Some such as Corso believe the most important piece of the puzzle was the military trying to cover up time travel, and even that the pilots and passengers of those craft were not necessarily Grey ETs but future humans. Another theory is described in the account of Matilda O’Donnell MacElroy (e.g. as found in the book Alien Interview by Lawrence Spencer), a female Army officer (nurse) who was purportedly brought in to communicate with the pilots of the crashed craft. She reveals her conversation with an alien, which called itself Airl, who was asexual, looked like a typical gray alien and operated by telepathy. Its body was not exactly biological or mechanical. It seemed its spacecraft and body was connected directly to it through some kind of electrical “nervous system” that it controlled with its thoughts.
One way or another, Operation Highjump and the Roswell incident must have had a huge psychological impact upon Truman and the US ruling cabal, because later that year, Truman signed legislation that gave birth to what would become a domestic and international Monster: the US MIC (Military Intelligence Complex). The National Security Act took effect September 18th, 1947 and reorganized the US defense and intelligence agencies. The Act and its subsequent amendments restructured the Intelligence Community, reorganized the Department of Defense, established the NSC (National Security Council), established the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) (see below), split the Department of War into the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force (the American air force used to be part of the army), established the NME (National Military Establishment), established the position of DNI (Director of National Intelligence) who is the director of the entire Intelligence Community and the principal advisor to the President. It was later amended in 1949 to further consolidate and centralize control of the military, by making the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force subordinate to the Secretary of Defense in the chain of command, and renaming the NME as the Department of Defense.
As stated above, with the signing of the National Security Act, the CIA came into being on September 18th, 1947, arising out of the ashes of its forerunner the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The OSS, run by “Wild” Bill Donovan, was a wartime intelligence agency during WWII which engaged in espionage, propaganda, subversion and post-war planning.
It is difficult to aptly summarize just how nefarious, morally bankrupt, wicked and murderous the CIA has been since its 1947 inception. It quickly became an out-of-control agency, so much so that by the time Kennedy assumed office at the start of 1961, Eisenhower was already warning him that he better be careful of both the CIA and the entire MIC. JFK was the last person to seriously challenge the agency, and it is no coincidence he ended up dead just a few years later (for details on how the CIA was centrally involved in his murder, see my series on the JFK assassination).
The CIA is the “Company”, responsible for countless assassinations and instances of gun-and-drug running. Ex-CIA agents such as Victor Marchetti who have worked there talk about the CIA as a Cult of Intelligence, such as former CIA chief William Colby, who said:
“They cliqued together, forming a sealed fraternity … they developed a rather skewed view of that world … they looked down on the life of the rest of the citizenry … an inbred, distorted, elitist view of intelligence that held itself to be … beyond the restraints of the Constitution.”
The CIA spies, relentlessly and invasively, on all Americans and beyond. Wikileaks published the Vault 7 CIA documents (the biggest leak in CIA history) which were a shocking and damning collection proving that the CIA hacks all US electronic devices (phones, computers, smart TVs) to listen to conversations anywhere. Vault 7 also proved the CIA hacks vehicles to remotely control them, in order to carry out undetectable assassinations.
The CIA’s primary activities (aside from doing the job it’s supposed to be doing, i.e. gathering foreign intelligence to help defend the US) can be boiled down to these 5 things: 1. arms/drug running, 2. mind control, 3. installation/assassination, 4. subversion/propaganda, and 5. terrorist creating, arming, funding and training. Let’s take a brief look at each of these.
Arms and drugs have been a mainstay of the CIA since its 1947 inception. The White House has always condoned the operations since it allowed the CIA to raise funds off the books for its “extracurricular” and “extrajudicial” activities (i.e. assassination, subversion, foreign meddling, etc.). Whether it’s cocaine from South America or heroin from the poppy fields of Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle (Vietnam and other areas of SE Asia), the CIA are master drug runners. Former narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert was forced out of the LAPD in 1977 when he exposed evidence of drug trafficking by the CIA. Many ex-CIA agents have blown the whistle on CIA drug running. For instance, Chip Tatum, who worked in Black Operations, was involved in the drug smuggling trade between the US and Central American countries. He personally flew a plane with cargo which, he later discovered, turned out to be cocaine. Tatum was threatened not to speak out but despite that he exposed the lurid details of the Mena Arkansas cocaine smuggling ring, Bill Clinton’s involvement, and how George H. W. Bush had Barry Seal and Manuel Noriega assassinated. Los Angeles was chosen as the distribution point for flooding the American streets with crack cocaine
The early forerunner of the CIA (the OSS) began to investigate the use of mind-altering substances like mescaline, scopolamine and marijuana. It then famously moved into experimenting with psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) and Lysergic acid Diethylamide (LSD). The CIA was also behind the introduction of LSD to the American public in the 1960s, partly as a giant experiment, partly as an offshoot of its MKUltra/mind control programs (see below), and partly to weaken the population.
CIA arms running or gun running has also been a consistent theme through the agency’s history, including the Iran Contra affair or even Benghazi in 2012, when the CIA was using an American diplomatic compound in Libya to run guns to “moderate” Syrian rebels trying to destabilize the legitimately elected government of Bashar Al Assad.
The CIA pioneered invasive mind control. In the 1940s, it absorbed Nazi war criminals into its structure via Operation Paperclip. It then conducted operations such as Project Bluebird and Project Artichoke. Artichoke became Project MKULTRA on April 13, 1953. The “MK” stood for mind control using the German word (kontrolle) in deference to the Nazis scientists at the CIA who helped develop the program. CIA agent Richard Helms chose Dr. Sidney Gottlieb to run the TSS (Technical Service Staff) to develop what became MKUltra, with truth serum drugs and hypnotic techniques. Some of the techniques involved trauma to make the victim disassociate (split off) into multiple personalities (altars). The CIA killed biological warfare scientist Frank Olson, using drugs and chemicals to produce altered and vulnerable states in subjects – who they could mind control for various purposes.
The CIA has become synonymous with installation of foreign puppet regimes and assassination – and the list is far too long to spell out, but it includes Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Vietnam 1954-58, Hungary 1956, Laos 1957-1973, Haiti 1959, Cuba 1961, Ecuador 1963, Brazil 1964, Indonesia 1965, Greece 1967, Bolivia 1968, Uruguay 1969, Cambodia 1970, Chile 1973, Australia 1975, Afghanistan 1979, El Salvador 1980, Nicaragua 1981, Panama 1980 and more up to the modern examples of Libya 2011, Syria 2011 and Ukraine 2014.
Additionally, in the late 1950s, President Eisenhower and VP Nixon created a super-secret team of assassins composed of around 40 crack CIA agents. Operation 40 as it came to be known was behind many of the most famous high-profile assassinations of the last 6 decades, including JFK, MLK, RFK, John Lennon, Che Guervera, Bob Marley and more. This assassination template is still used today, carried out against innocent citizens and peacemakers.
The CIA had a hand in the infamous Operation Gladio, a US-NATO “stay-behind” military force in Europe which was there to allegedly stop the spread of communism. Horrific false flag attacks were carried out by Gladio operatives, who would bomb places such as train stations and make it look like far-left communists were the villains.
William Blum describes the CIA’s murderous activities as an American Holocaust:
“This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious “School of the Americas.” (It opened in Panama but later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia.) Critics have nicknamed it the “School of the Dictators” and “School of the Assassins.” Here, the CIA trains Latin American military officers how to conduct coups, including the use of interrogation, torture and murder. The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an “American Holocaust.””
The CIA has become a master at subversion and propaganda, both within and outside of the US. It took over the media in the 1960s and 1970s with Operation Mockingbird, a now declassified project whereby the CIA infiltrated the mainstream media and had its pieces inserted into TV, newspapers and journals everywhere as “news” when they were nothing more than lies and propaganda. The late German journalist Ufo Ulfkotte admitted that many European journalists were on the CIA payroll, and have been ever since the CIA rolled out its first European propaganda station, Radio Free Europe in 1949.
Ex-CIA case officer Philip Agee worked in the CIA during the 1950s and finally left in 1968. He knew firsthand the CIA’s subversive activities and terrorism in Central and South America. He became a whistleblower and author of several books exposing the agency. When the US revoked his passport in 1979, he first lived in Grenada in 1980 until Bishop was overthrown by the US, then in Nicaragua until 1990 when the Sandanistas were overthrown by the US, then Germany and Cuba.
The CIA created the CCF (Congress for Cultural Freedom) in 1950 to counter Soviet influence. The CCF was the hidden weapon in the US Cold War arsenal. Whether they liked it or not, whether they knew it or not, there were few scientists, writers and historians in both Europe and America whose names were not in some way linked to this covert enterprise. The US Establishment operated a sophisticated spying program in the name of freedom of expression. All those things (including music and art) that you thought were just spontaneous were actually part of a hidden agenda.
The CIA has long gotten mercenaries to do its dirty work. For a fuller history of the long and close relationship between the CIA and Islamic terrorism, see my article Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy. Whether they’re called mujahideen, Al Qaeda (“the database”), the FSA (Free Syrian Army) or ISIS, the CIA has created them, armed them, funded them and trained them. The CIA trained Osama Bin Laden in the 80s and the US Government allowed a fundamentalist Islamic network to develop in America prior to 2001. Both Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were the convenient bogeymen after the false flag attack on 9/11. Here is a list of the top 10 connections between the US and ISIS.
Even all of this doesn’t fully outline the extent of the CIA’s crimes, for it has also been involved in various NWO agendas such as geoengineering. Evergreen was/is a CIA front company used to disseminate chemtrails.
On what some researchers claim was September 24th, 1947 (although there is a lack of clarity over the exact date), another hugely significant event happened. Truman created a secret governmental group that had never before existed, which was deliberately set up to be above and beyond the law. Known as Majestic, Majestic 12 or MJ 12 / MJ-12, it was an ultra secretive group who was entrusted with guarding the knowledge of the reality of the ET presence of Earth. It was so undercover that Congress didn’t even know of its existence, let alone be empowered to subject it to oversight or accountability.
UFO researchers Robert (Bob) Wood and his son Ryan Wood have put together the website MajesticDocuments.com which contains a collection of alleged MJ 12 documents over the decades. They rate each one on their authenticity scale. On one such MJ 12 document, Truman wrote to then Secretary of Defense Forrestal:
“… you are hereby authorized to proceed with all due speed and caution upon your undertaking. Hereafter this matter shall be referred to only as Operation Majestic Twelve … any future considerations relative to the ultimate disposition of this matter should rest solely with the Office of the President following appropriate discussion with yourself, Dr. Bush and the Director of Central Intelligence.”
MJ 12 certainly, at one point, could have been considered to be the most powerful organization in Earth, in the sense that they were tasked with handling the alien affair, an issue of life0changing import that no one else was allowed to know. It is unknown exactly in what form Majestic 12 exists today. According to the testimony of Dan Burisch, MJ 12 are working for the Committee of the Majority, a Freemasonic organization which is coordinating alien contact with earth and furthering the agenda of the New World Order.
1947 truly was an incredible year, with so many incidents happening and groups being created, that it changed the course of the future of humanity. 70 years later, we are still shaped by what went on in that fateful year. We are just on the verge of discovering, collectively, the shocking reality of a breakaway civilization, of a Secret Space Program (see William Tompkins and other whistleblowers for more details), that has been carried on behind our backs with our resources.
The difference is that now the truth has leaked out, and there is a critical mass of people prepared to investigate these occurrences and confront their implications. MJ 12 was set up in an era where the authorities were terrified of sharing the truth in the belief that it would cause social upheaval and chaos. Now, things have changed; if our so-called rulers cannot reveal the truth to us, we will bypass them, find it out anyway and continue on a course of rendering them irrelevant.
Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.
Russia has censured the “imperialist character” of the US national “security strategy,” recently laid out in a document by US President Donald Trump, accusing Washington of sticking to an anachronistic “unipolar” mindset.
“The imperialist character of this document is obvious, as is the refusal to renounce a unipolar world, an insistent refusal,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov during a Tuesday press briefing. “There is a persistent unwillingness, rejection of a multi-polar world.”
He further underlined that Russian authorities “cannot accept [the notion] that the country is treated as a threat to the security of the United States,” as the US document purports.
Peskov, however, also pointed to what he called the positive aspects of the report, such as the readiness for cooperation with Moscow in the areas of interest to the US side.
“This [position] is absolutely in line with our approach, voiced by the president [of Russia Vladimir Putin], because Moscow is also looking for cooperation with the US where it is beneficial to us, and as far as our American colleagues are ready to go,” added the Russian official.
The document was released by the Trump administration on Monday before the hawkish American president delivered a speech at Washington DC’s Ronald Reagan Building to lay out his so-called “America First” vision.
Censuring rival powers, Trump said, “China and Russia challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity. They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”
During his speech, Trump further accused Russia of meddling in the political affairs of other nations but failed to mention allegations across the US regarding his own collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election.
He also repeated recent reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked him, asserting that the collaboration was “the way it’s supposed to work.”
Trump went on to repeat allegations against Iran and North Korea, claiming that they were trying to “destabilize regions, threaten Americans and our allies, and brutalize their own people.”
This is while the US maintains massive military installations across the world and has engaged in military invasion of countries or supporting militants to help overthrow governments not subservient to Washington.
Meanwhile, China also hit back at Trump’s remarks that Beijing was determined to challenge American power, insisting that Washington should “abandon outdated notions such as a Cold War mentality.”
“Any country, or any report, which distorts the facts, or maliciously slanders will only do so in vain,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a regular news briefing on Tuesday.
Trump, perceived to lack personal political acumen, is often guided by hawkish advisers around him, particularly on matters of “strategy.”
“Sixty percent (60%) of Americans with a chronic condition is almost impossible to grasp because it’s a mind-boggling statistic. How is this possible? And, why so many?”
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December 18, 2017
Pesticide suicide refers to toxic chemicals mucking up the health of animals, plants and insects. This worldwide causatum may be totally out of control or maybe not; nobody knows for sure. Therein lies the scary part.
However, what is known is not encouraging: “Industrial toxins are now routinely found in new-born babies, in mother’s milk, in the food chain, in domestic drinking water worldwide… Humans emit more than 250 billion tonnes of chemical substances a year, in a toxic avalanche that is harming people and life everywhere on the planet.” (Source: Scientist Categorize Earth as a Toxic Planet, Phys Org, February 7th 2017) For obvious reasons, it is not at all comforting to hear Earth referred to as a “toxic planet.” Indeed, it would be insulting, if not true.
In that regard, there may be connecting dots around “toxic planet.” A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States over the last 20 years during the same time frame as pesticide/chemical usage has become ubiquitous. (Journal of Organic Systems) At the beginning of the 20th century infectious diseases like tuberculosis, pneumonia, and diarrheal disease were the leading causes of death. By the 21st century mortality by infectious diseases was replaced by chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Regrettably, there is a pronounced trend in America. A Rand Corporation study states that 60% of Americans have one and 40% have multiple chronic conditions. (Source: Incidence and Prevalence of Chronic Disease, Autoimmunity Research Foundation)
Sixty percent (60%) of Americans with a chronic condition is almost impossible to grasp because it’s a mind-boggling statistic. How is this possible? And, why so many?
Whether pesticide suicide (inclusive of all chemicals) is reality is not known 100% certain. But, the indicators aren’t hopeful. The rate of growth of chronic problems increasingly suggests serious problems exist within ecosystems, border-to-border from Maine-to-California and Canada-to-Mexico. Of course, given enough time, truth is revealed via ecosystem breakdowns (already starting) and/or advancing cases of autism, gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis, Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, or none of above, which would, in part, be indicative of no ecosystem toxicity.
Further to the point, Jennifer Hsaio’s article, “GMOs and Pesticides: Helpful or Harmful,” Harvard University, August 19, 2015: “According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the health effects of pesticides are not well understood, but their use has been associated with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and neurological effects.”
Once again, the phrase “pesticides are not well understood.” Yet sprayed coast-to-coast to kill things. “Health effects of pesticides not well understood,” prompts a logical response: Is society totally delusional, deranged, crazed? Answer: Yes, it probably is! How can a well-adjusted society permit use of chemicals manufactured to kill things helter skelter throughout the countryside when… “Health effects of pesticides are not well understood?”
The following quote from Julian Cribb’s Surviving the 21st Century (Springer Int’l Publishing, Switzerland 2017) likely tells the story:
“The evidence that we ourselves— along with our descendants, potentially for the rest of history— are at risk from the toxic flood we have unleashed is piling up in literally tens of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific research reports. Despite this mass of evidence, the public in most countries is only dimly aware, or even largely unaware of what is being done to them. The reason is twofold: First, most of these reports are buried in scientific journals, written in the arcane and inaccessible language used by specialists. The public may hear a little about certain chemical categories of concern, like pesticides and food additives, or the ‘dirty dozen’ (Stockholm C0nvention 2013) industrial super-poisons, or ‘air pollution’ in general. However, these represent only a scant few pixels in a much larger image now amassing in the scientific literature of tens of thousands of potentially harmful substances which are disseminating worldwide. Second, the proportion of chemicals which have been well-tested for human safety is quite small…” (Page 108)
In short, humanity is poisoning itself with a massive flood of chemicals all across the world, dripping wet with toxicity, and shockingly, nobody is really sure of the impact! Yet, there are dizzying numbers of academic research papers, literally tens of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific research that discuss the issue. Duh!
Still, by all appearances, in the public domain, absolutely nobody knows for sure what’s going on, which is a national tragedy, as well as a facsimile of the “unknown” world at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Yet, chemicals may be more ubiquitous worldwide than Fukushima Daiichi, who knows for sure? Could be a tie.
One of the chemicals that is most newsworthy, most discussed, and most entangled in controversy is glyphosate, which is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. for agriculture, forestry, lawns, gardens, and industrial weed areas. In fact, since 1974, glyphosate usage has increased by leaps and bounds. Two-thirds of the total volume applied from 1974 to 2014 has been sprayed in the past 10 years alone. Glyphosate agricultural usage in the U.S. in 1974 was 1400 (1000 lb) growing to 249,906 (1000 lb) by 2014.
“Genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant crops now account for about 56% of global glyphosate use. In the U.S., no pesticide has come remotely close to such intensive and widespread use. This is likely the case globally, but published global pesticide use data are sparse. Glyphosate will likely remain the most widely applied pesticide worldwide for years to come, and interest will grow in quantifying ecological and human health impacts. Accurate, accessible time-series data on glyphosate use will accelerate research progress.” (Source: Charles M Benbrook, Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally, Environmental Sciences Europe, 28:3 January 2016)
Monsanto sold the first commercial glyphosate product in the U.S. in 1974. The brand name is Roundup. Subsequently, many crops have been genetically engineered to be herbicide-tolerant or GE-HT. But, does GE-HT herbicide-tolerance really work?
It was only a few weeks ago that the EU granted glyphosate a new five-year lease throughout Europe, closing one of the most bitterly fought pesticide relicensing battles ever, as 1.3 million EU citizens endorsed a petition to ban the product. “But the enzyme-blocking chemical has also become a mainstay of modern agricultural techniques that farmer’s unions see as environmentally friendly, even as critics condemn it as a ‘pesticide treadmill’ of danger to plants, animals, and people.” (Source: Arthur Neslen, Controversial Glyphosate Weedkiller Wins New Five-Year Lease in Europe, The Guardian, Nov. 27, 2017) Are farmer’s unions correct or are 1.3 million petitioners correct?
Still, there may be serious problems with GE-HT: According to the following article: Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America, Journal of Organic Systems, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2014: “A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops. Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.”
“The World Health Organization recently announced that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen… Although studies have shown conflicting conclusions about the link between glyphosate and cancer in humans, glyphosate has been linked to cancer in rats and mice and experiments in human cells have shown that exposure to glyphosate can cause DNA damage,” Ibid.
GE crops are typically far more contaminated with glyphosate than conventional crops, courtesy of the fact that they’re engineered to withstand extremely high levels of Roundup without perishing along with the weed. “Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway is present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals,” (Source: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease, Mercola, June 9, 2013)
According to The Institute of Responsible Technology d/d May 10, 2013: “It was ‘supposed’ to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly ‘the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies. That’s right. The herbicide sprayed on most of the world’s genetically engineered crops—and which gets soaked into the food portion—is now linked to autism … gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others.” Prompting the logical question: What chronic health-related problems are not listed?
For more details about pesticide issues as discovered by The Institute of Responsible Technology, Jeffrey Smith interviewed Stephanie Seneff, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at MIT. Dr. Seneff has been involved in research at MIT for over three decades. A video by The Institute of Responsible Technology follows:
According to Dr. Seneff: Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway is present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals. The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!
Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle and glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease.
According to The Detox Project: Anresco Laboratories has found glyphosate in a range of U.S. food products, and the chemical also tested positive in urine, conducted by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), using validated LC-MS/MS method.
Here’s the problem, as stated by The Detox Project: “The cultivation of Roundup Ready GMOs has considerably increased food contamination by glyphosate. Roundup Ready plants do not degrade glyphosate but tolerate it, so they accumulate Roundup residues during their growth. As a consequence, glyphosate has among the highest maximum residue limits for pesticides with up to 500,000 parts per billion authorized in some GM feed. A recent study on 10 batches of GM soybeans from Iowa found glyphosate at an average concentration of 11,900 ppb (maximum of 20,100 ppb). According to Monsanto, residues levels of up to 5,600 ppb in GM soy represent ‘extreme levels.”
In the main, this article has dealt with one chemical, i.e., glyphosate, at the expense of further investigation of the entire complex of chemicals. That’s an encyclopedic task over decades just to get to the bottom of whether pesticide suicide is truly a reality. Therein lies the horrifying, frightening aspect of a world ubiquitously covered with chemicals. By the time you know for sure, it’s late.
Meanwhile, a Rand Corporation study states that 60% of Americans have one and 40% have multiple chronic conditions: “Nearly 150 million Americans are living with at least one chronic condition; around 100 million of them have more than one. And nearly 30 million are living, day in and day out, with five chronic conditions or more. (Source: Chronic Conditions in America: Price and Prevalence, Rand Review, July 2017)
A colossal crisis? Answer: Without doubt, yes!
When he last spoke with Reason in 1973, Daniel Ellsberg was on trial for leaking the Pentagon Papers. The Harvard-educated military analyst at the RAND Corporation had long wrestled with many of the moral quandaries of war, but was a consummate Washington insider up until the moment he decided to release a classified Department of Defense study of the Vietnam War, with its damning proof that President Lyndon Johnson had misled Congress and the public about the conflict.
While it looked like Ellsberg might spend the rest of his life behind bars, he was saved—ironically—by Richard Nixon’s paranoid dealings, which included sending goons to break into Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist’s office and allegedly plotting to have him killed.
If the original leaking plan had gone Ellsberg’s way, he suspects he might be in prison still. As he relates in his new book, Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (Bloomsbury), along with the now-familiar thousands of pages on Vietnam, he had unprecedented civilian access to nuclear planning documents in the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. He swiped and copied them as well. Unfortunately, Ellsberg gave the nuclear documents to his brother, who buried them for safekeeping until the Pentagon Papers trial was over. A hurricane collapsed the hill where they were hidden, and they were lost to history. Ellsberg has had 45 years to wonder what would have happened if they hadn’t been, and more than 60 years to be unnerved by the recklessness, poor planning, and misinformation rampant in an area of policy with the highest possible stakes.
Reason spoke with Ellsberg by phone in October about his new book, his belief that nobody needs more nuclear weapons than Kim Jong Un has, and why the Cold War’s apocalyptic threats still hang over us.
Reason: Do you still get people calling you a traitor, and do you anticipate getting more of that on Twitter, now that you have a presence there?
Daniel Ellsberg: For decades I used to say that being called “traitor” is something you never get used to. But the truth is, for humans, you get used to anything. After 40 years, it doesn’t get a big rise out of me anymore.
It did very much at first. As a person whose identification was patriotism in a very conventional way—after all, I did go into the Marines, and I volunteered to go to Vietnam—the idea of being called traitor was very, very painful. But even at the beginning, I felt that people who would use that term didn’t understand our country very well, or our Constitution.
In many other countries, you work for a führer, to use the German word: a leader. And the leader is the government. You can’t criticize the administration without being regarded as treasonous. That’s one of the reasons that a revolution was fought over here, a war of independence.
In my case, the loyalty was to the Constitution and to the country rather than to the administration. Every officer in all the armed services and every member of the Congress and every official in the executive branch all take the same oath. The president’s is a little bit different, but everybody else has the same one, and it’s not to a leader, and it’s not to secrecy. It’s to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I had been violating that oath, I would say, when I knew that a president was violating the Constitution and waging war under false pretenses. In the end, I felt that the right thing to do, definitely, was to tell the Congress and the public what was being done in their name. That certainly seemed to me like being a better patriot than I had been.
When you last spoke to Reason more than 40 years ago, you said you were a former Cold War Democrat who was “in transition” and “very influenced by the people who are radical pacifists and anarchists.” I’m curious about how you would describe your politics since then.
I was influenced really by nonviolent activists in the Gandhian tradition and the Martin Luther King tradition. Giving the Pentagon Papers was a radical action. It involved truth telling and risk to myself. I expected to go to prison for life.
I still want to live up to that tradition. But I never became a total pacifist. I don’t agree with those of my friends who are critical of all wars. The truth is, though, that there hasn’t been one since the Second World War that I could really recognize on our part as having been justified or worthwhile. So I remain very much anti-imperial and very skeptical of intervention.
I found it interesting that you use World War II as an example of a justified war. In your recent book, there’s some mention of your dislike of the tactics the Allies used.
Well, look, to say that I thought the war was just and even necessary against Hitler does not mean that I would endorse our tactics. I thought that the firebombing of Germany toward the later stages, and the entire bombing of Japan, which consisted of trying to kill as many Japanese civilians as possible, was a clear-cut war crime from beginning to end. Indeed, if you’re really to take the idea of war crimes seriously, no question, it should have been prosecuted.
I don’t think you can understand the nuclear age and how it came to be if you don’t know the history of World War II. Most people don’t know—they bought the government line that our effort was only to hit military targets in a narrow sense, and that other people were being hit only by accident, in what we now call collateral damage. That was a flat-out lie from ’42 on. They were imitating the Nazi tactics in the blitz. That departed entirely from the notion of “just practice” in war, as opposed to “just cause.” Unfortunately, that precedent worked itself out in the worst possible way. The legitimation [of using nuclear weapons] really came before Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which in turn simply reflected what our Air Force had been doing for the previous year.
By the way, are you asking these questions from the point of view of a total pacifist?
I’m OK with self-defense, but I think it’s hard to find a justified war even if you think some conflicts within that war were justified.
The occasional somewhat violent uprising is successful, but it’s very few. That’s why I’m much more committed to the idea of nonviolent resistance efforts of various kinds. But in the case of [justified tactics during] World War II, I would point to the British actions in the Battle of Britain. The dogfights in the air, but also anti-aircraft [attacks] against bombers. I not only see that as justified—or as some pacifists will say, “I don’t condemn that”—I think they were doing the right thing. They did prevent the invasion of Britain. And I don’t think that nonviolent tactics against those bomber planes would have been as effective at all.
I agree. But there are people who slide from that into “and therefore every Allied tactic was justified because they had to win, and they did win, and therefore they had to do all that in order to win.”
Yeah. But that’s based just on an assumption. It doesn’t bear up to real historical analysis of what exactly happened and whether it was necessary or not. Sure, people will say that at the time they thought the bombing of cities was not only effective but necessary. But that turned out to be untrue. There remains no justification, and that was fairly clear as the war was going on. It had to be kept from the public in both Britain and America because the leaders knew that it did not stand up morally.
“In the end, I felt that the right thing to do, definitely, was to tell the Congress and the public what was being done in their name.”
The Russians were fighting under Stalin for a terrible regime, and many of them knew it—but they were fighting against Nazi invaders. A pacifist friend of mine recently said, “Look, they lost 20 million people. What could be worse than that?” A fair question, except that if one was to look into the German plans you’d see that what they had in mind was depopulating Russia to the point of killing by starvation 30–40 million people.
So even under the terrible conditions of the Russian front, they were fighting for their lives, and I think justifiably.
Let’s talk about your new book. Could you sum up the bizarre circumstances by which you lost the other papers?
I decided in 1969 when I started copying the Pentagon Papers that, since I’m doing this, I should really put out information far more significant than the information on Vietnam, and that was the dangers for human existence that we have been building up and which the Russians have been imitating now for some years.
I copied everything in my top-secret safe, much of which dealt with nuclear matters. Not operational details, but the fact that we were contemplating first use and first strike—disarming attacks on the Soviet Union—and this resulted in a very dangerous situation, especially because the Russians were doing the same.
I was influenced by the example of draft resisters like Randy Kehler, who were on their way to prison for nonviolent resistance to the draft. I concluded that if that was the right thing for these young men to do, I could and should do that also, by telling the truth. I saw Randy Kehler just before he was due to go to prison in San Francisco, and I told him what I was doing at that very moment in the way of copying. He thought it wasn’t important to put out the Pentagon Papers, because enough about Vietnam had come out already. What was really new and important was the nuclear material. I said, “Well, I agree with him on the importance, but Vietnam is where the bombs are falling right now, and I want to do what I can to shorten that war by informing people what was being done in their name.” My plan really was to go through my trial—maybe a couple of trials, for distribution as well as copying—and then put out the nuclear papers.
That didn’t happen because I gave them to my brother who, to shorten the story, hid them in a town dump, and a hurricane actually came through and disturbed the trash field that he’d buried them in, including moving the stove that he’d used to mark the location. It’s just impossible to find the box containing the nuclear papers anymore.