The McGlynn: Stand together for a better world. Thank you Mr. Williams.
Amazing Autistic Girl
Little Girl With Autism Has an Amazing Voice
Emma was born with autism and has spent her entire life being unable to communicate with others… but God blessed her with an amazing voice, allowing her to speak through her amazing voice. You HAVE to listen to her perform the Whitney Houston classic “One Moment in Time.”
Thomas Paine's version of "you didn't build that":
"Separate an individual from society,and give him an island or a continent to possess,and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end,in all cases,that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore,of personal property,beyond what a man's own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice,of gratitude,and of civilization,a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came"
Submitted by Leah
Carpe diem, to seize the day,seize the moments, seize the hope, seize the grace, seize the gift of breath in the lung now.learn to carpe diem & number our days, number our blessings, number the small graces so we don’t go numb , to count all the ways that love is so we don’t lose count of the good and lose our brave way. The McGlynn
The McGlynn: I have hesitated to post this Autism News but, after following this news for a few weeks, I have decided to post this.
(I have twin grandsons who have autism and have followed this subject for many years.) Rest assured that I, along with many, do not know the cause or causes of Autism. I feel that this indictment of the CDC should be completely read, including the complete complaint at: http://www.autismmediachannel.com/#!cdcwhistleblower/cmmo
“…it’s the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper.”— CDC Whistleblower William Thompson, PhD
I suspect most of you haven’t been made aware, much less brought up to speed via msm, of what’s been going on concerning the recent exposure of the deliberate CDC altering of medical studies and intentional cover up of the truth that the MMR vaccine causes autism. Some may not even be interested? To each their own… But for those that are, here is an update. I encourage everyone today, as I have passionately done for decades, to research all available information for yourselves, concerning vaccines as well as the reasons behind the hostile vaccine debate that’s raging in America and all over the world.
The biotech people love to hate may generate even more antipathy by pushing ahead with chemically treated seeds that don’t help farmers increase yields — and may kill bees and birds. Photo: Flickr via Donna Cleveland.
Biotech giant Monsanto has a serious public relations image problem, one that’s increasing over time. And because it intends to keep selling seed that offers no benefit to crop yields — but has been treated with chemicals linked to the destruction of the honeybee population — its reputation will be further sullied.
With friends like this
A Harris Poll from Nielsen earlier this year found Monsanto’s reputation ranked third worst among 60 high-profile companies, behind only BP , which was responsible for the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and Bank of America , which played a leading role in the financial market meltdown.
That’s some ignominious company to keep, but Monsanto’s reputation might sink further: it remains steadfastly committed to selling soybean seeds treated with neonicotinoids, the nerve agents used to treat about one-third of the U.S.’s planted crops, which are thought to be a leading cause of honeybee colony collapse disorder, or CCD. This even though the Environmental Protection Agency just said that neonicotinoids do not improve crop yields.
According to the EPA, “in most cases there is no difference in soybean yield when soybean seed was treated with neonicotinoids versus not receiving any insect control treatment.” Moreover, the agency says there are foliar treatments — i.e., insecticide treatments sprayed on a plant’s leaves — that are at least as effective as treated seeds and typically cost farmers less to apply.
A witch’s brew
There are three main neonicotinoids used for insect control: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin. The first two are the primary agents used in soybean seed production, while the latter one has been registered but is rarely used.
Monsanto, though, doesn’t make the chemicals. Rather Bayer , Dow Chemical , and Syngenta are the primary manufacturers, with global conglomerates like Sumitomo , Mitsui , and Nippon Soda adding to their wider distribution.
And there is heated debate over whether their use actually causes CCD. While the European Food Safety Authority finds them to be an “unacceptable” danger to bee populations, the U.S. Agriculture Dept. does not, and calls into question the studies that have linked the pesticides to the harm the honeybees have suffered.
Honeybee populations have suffered significant declines, which studies indicate are a result of pesticide use. Photo: Flickr via Bob Peterson.
A calamity in the making
Colony collapse disorder is the lack of adult honeybees present in a hive, even one with a live queen. No dead honeybee bodies are found around such a hive, there’s still honey in the hive, and immature bees are present. Essentially, the bees just vanish.
The latest report from Agriculture shows that while honeybee losses have been less dramatic the past few years than they were between 2007 and 2008, when there was a 36% mortality rate in the managed bee population, the winter of 2012 to 2013 (the latest data available) still showed a 23% decline, well above the near-19% average that beekeepers believe is the threshold for economic viability.
With losses ranging from the mid-20% to mid-30% range every year since at least 2006, CCD remains a cataclysmic event that has apocalyptic ramifications, despite what skeptics say.
Why? Honeybees are the primary vehicle by which crops are pollinated, accounting for the pollination of 80% of all flowering plants and three-quarters of the country’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Equally problematic is the report appearing in the prestigious journal Nature this past August that said that Bayer’s imidacloprid, the most widely used insecticide, is also behind collapsing bird populations .
Considering the threat to birds and bees, and that there is little to no benefit to farmers, why would Monsanto, Dow, and Dupont all continue selling soybeans treated with these chemicals? Profit.
A bumper crop of profits
In Monsanto’s full fiscal year earnings report, issued earlier this month, the biotech recorded record results in its soybean seed business, notching a 27% gain over 2013 as sales hit $2.1 billion. Indeed, soybean revenues were up more than 125% in the fourth quarter alone — no other individual crop even came close. In fact, its largest division, corn seed, suffered a 3% decline in sales.
The U.S. is the leading producer and exporter soybeans, which comprise about 90% of the country’s oilseed production. Photo: Flickr via United Soybean Board.
At the same time, gross profits in soybeans soared 44% year over year, and Monsanto anticipates seeing double-digit growth in its seed business next year, with corn and soybeans accounting for three-quarters of the opportunity.
Where soybeans were responsible for 16% of Monsanto’s revenues in 2013, they account for almost 20% this year. And they’ve grown from 15% of gross profits a year ago to almost 21% of the total in 2014.
Similarly, Dow experienced record third quarter results in its seed business due primarily to soybeans and sunflowers, while Dupont was able to partially offset an 11% decline in its agriculture division earnings on the strength of higher soybean volumes.
In short, it’s just too profitable for the biotechs to give up on their soybean business.
It may be that the EPA’s pronouncement causes farmers to stop using the seed on their own as they realize they’re gaining no advantage from paying higher prices. But by not being proactive in halting their sale, Monsanto won’t be doing anything to help salvage its reputation.
Photographer Muhammed Muheisen took an impressive series of portraits of Afghan refugee children in Islamabad. Here is six-year-old Laiba Hazrat in a slum on the outskirts of the city.
Other Occupation News
Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
Reported security incidents
#1: A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul late Friday night after a rocket landed in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area of the city. There are no reports regarding the casualties so far.
#2: At least 37 Taliban militants were killed and 55 others were injured following military operations in the past 24 hours.
Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, of Northborough, Massachusetts, died Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire. Arsenault was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed…
In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world…
In the images of celebrating Iraqis, we have also seen the ageless appeal of human freedom…
The Battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001, and still goes on…
Our mission continues. Al-Qaida is wounded, not destroyed…
The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless.
From today’s vantage point, such rhetoric seems ludicrous, but it sounded good in the euphoria of the moment. Bush and his team made endless mistakes, proving time and again that flowery sentiments can’t stop a Sunni suicide bomber from blowing up a Shia mosque; even though both sides are Muslim. Removing Saddam from Iraq caused catastrophic upheaval and aroused a hornet’s nest of ancient hatreds. Also, Bush’s lofty nation building aspirations didn’t account for the fact that our soldiers would ultimately become targets of an unseen enemy.
Almost two-thirds of Americans killed or wounded in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan have been victims of IED’s. Ultimately, 4,487 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while 2,349 American soldiers have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. Including “non-fatal injuries,” which are often times life altering and debilitating, close to one million Americans (out of the 2.5 million Americans who served in both wars) have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Needless to say, the decision by Bush and his neocon advisors to play Stratego with the map of the world is one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in U.S. history.
Fast forward to 2014 and President Obama is quoted in The New Yorker as calling ISIS the “jayvee” squad of Al-Qaeda: In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy.
While President Obama and others have disputed he was actually referring to ISIS with this remark, Politifact.com has ruled that “…it’s pretty clear this is the group that was being referenced in the conversation. The transcript backs this up, as do news events from the time of the discussion.”
Not only did Obama grossly underestimate the threat posed by ISIS, but he’s on record in September as stating, “We don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria. U.S. weapons intended for Kurdish fighters recently ended up in the hands of ISIS and Syrian Kurds have stated recent U.S. airstrikes are not working. Bush’s initial debacle of invading Iraq has now turned into Obama’s inability to adequately address threats like ISIS in a timely and effective manner.
While Baghdad has yet to fall, Gen. Martin Dempsey states, “I have no doubt there will be days when they use indirect fire into Baghdad,” meaning ISIS mortars or artillery shells could hit the city. Baghdad is more heavily guarded than most other places in Iraq, but ISIS already commits terror attacks inside Baghdad and has claimed responsibility for the October 11 suicide booming that killed 43 people. Also, ISIS isn’t far from the Iraqi capital, controlling an estimated 80% of the Anbar Province. A quick glance at the map shows just how much territory Islamic State controls and how fragile Iraq looks in the face of imminent collapse. All this happened under Obama’s watch and although he isn’t Nostradamus, he nonetheless failed to accurately predict the capabilities of al-Qaeda’s jayvee team.
With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that’s simply a rebranding of the old one, there’s a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war. Whereas we are perhaps governed by intelligent people, these bureaucrats don’t necessarily possess the wisdom needed to put this country, and our soldiers, in a position to win against a word called “terror.” The days of presidents like Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower seem long gone, and instead we’re stuck with a generation of Bush’s and Obama’s; or the latest LBJs and Nixons.
Therefore, if and when Baghdad falls, President Obama should leave American troops out of any strategy to save Iraq.
A recent poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal finds that 41% of Americans believe the military campaign against ISIS should include “air strikes and combat troops.” This poll runs in striking contrast to The Military Times poll indicating 70% of troops say “no more boots on the ground.” Unlike the vast majority of American’s who’ve never been to Iraq, a Marine interviewed in the poll states, “It’s kind of futile in the end — regardless of how well we do our job, the Iraqi government isn’t going to be able to hold up.
This sentiment is backed up not only by recent events, but also the fundamental reason why both Bush and Obama were clueless in recognizing their leadership faults in regards to the Iraq War. While Bush was convinced in his prediction that liberty would reign in Iraq, Obama was focused solely on not being another Bush. As a result, both presidents ignored the biggest obstacle to any military endeavor in Iraq: the Shia and Sunni rivalry and the implications of this centuries old sectarian battle. The Council on Foreign Relations explains this bloody conflict in The Sunni-Shia Divide:
In Iraq, for instance, remnants of the Ba’athist regime employed Sunni rhetoric to mount a resistance to the rise of Shia power following the ouster of Saddam. Sunni fundamentalists, many inspired by al-Qaeda’s call to fight Americans, flocked to Iraq from Muslim countries, attacking coalition forces and many Shia civilians. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who founded al-Qaeda’s franchise in Iraq, evoked ancient anti-Shia fatwas, or religious rulings, to spark a civil war in hopes that the Shia majority would eventually capitulate in the face of Sunni extremist violence. Al-Qaeda in Iraq, decimated by the “Awakening” of Sunni Iraqis who joined the fight against extremists, the U.S.-led military surge, and the death of Zarqawi, found new purpose in exploiting the vacuum left by the receding Syrian state. It established its own transnational movement known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
No amount of American ground troops, or military might from other Western nations, will adequately address the hatred fostered by this Shia and Sunni rivalry. Consequently, any further involvement by U.S. soldiers will turn into another counterinsurgency war where the ally in the day turns into the enemy at night.
We’re still learning in Afghanistan (the longest war in U.S. history and a war that is still ongoing) the same lessons we’ve already learned in Iraq: counterinsurgency wars don’t put our soldiers and our military in a position to win or create a lasting political reality. We already learned this in Vietnam, but repeated the mistake with Iraq, and now might repeat the mistake once again because of ISIS. As stated by General Daniel Bolger regarding the lessons of the Iraq War, “This enemy wasn’t amenable to the type of war we’re good at fighting, which is a Desert Storm or a Kosovo.”
American soldiers have done enough in Iraq. Even if Bagdad falls, ISIS will never achieve the caliphate it desires; especially if both Saudi Arabia and Iran view them as heretics. In addition, with territorial gains comes the responsibility of holding this territory and that costs money, resources, and lives; something ISIS might not have in the long run. Most importantly, both Bush and Obama have proven that they’re not capable of using the U.S. Armed Forces for a war with decisive battles or a definite end date. So, until a war doesn’t involve religious rivalries and sectarian violence (or raiding houses in the middle of the night to capture insurgents), let’s keep our soldiers away from another Middle Eastern quagmire. Congress, as well as President Obama, should do everything possible to arm and fund the enemies of ISIS rather than send one more American to the Middle East.