Dr. Vandana Shiva

… if you  have never heard her or heard of her this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with her … she is truly brilliant …

 Dr. Vandana Shiva expresses her strong views about the problems of hunger in the developing world; the struggle of farmers in India; biotechnology, and her prescription for the type of farming model she believes the world needs.







… HFCS … Mon$anto … your health …

… HFCS … Mon$anto … your health …

If you live in the United States long enough, most of the carbon atoms in your body will be derived from corn, as demonstrated in the first scene of this clip.


As University of Virginia professor, Steve Macko explains, this carbon doesn’t come from eating corn-on-the-cob, it’s mostly from the many chemically-engineered, corn-based additives in the US food supply, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).


This is a segment from the ‘King Corn’ documentary, where two recent college graduates embark on a mission to see where America’s food comes from–by growing it. In the rural town of Greene, Iowa, the two friends plant a single acre of the nation’s most powerful crop, and then set out to follow it, from a seed to the dinner plate.



Truly great Video … http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/4187.html


do not want you to know…

…NRC and the “nuke” power industry do not want you to know…

75% of all nuclear reactors in the US 
are leaking one or more toxic substances. 

That bit of news quietly squeaked its way 
across news screens recently and disappeared 

In case you missed it, here are the 

Video:  http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/4170.html



… Simply amazing …

… Simply amazing …

The Captain of this German U-boat brags that it can maneuver "like a dolphin."

 It uses a quiet Diesel engine during routine runs but when it wants to be very quiet, it uses a silent, cold fusion engine.



Video:  http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/1695.html



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actual source of this magic purified elixir


… Yet in many cases the actual source of this magic purified elixir is tap water …  

You gotta love their ability to misdirect … to create a mirage … and so skillfully “we” believe …

Purified Bottled Water

Is Not Tap Water, Industry Argues



 The International Bottled Water Association on Wednesday took on what it described as a "a myth repeated by some anti-bottled water activists that bottled water which comes from municipal water sources is just tap water in a bottle."

At least one group opposed to bottled water, however, shrugged at the public-relations gambit, suggesting that no matter how much processing is involved, bottled water is, on its face, an unnecessary product.

The trade group’s new video, posted on YouTube, features an unnamed teenager who has appeared innumerous similar videos for the organization.

The young woman — who independently approached the organization as a fan of bottled water, according to IBWA spokesman Tom Lauria, and who has been paid a small stipend for her efforts — takes viewers on a guided tour of a plant belonging toPremium Waters, Inc. in Douglas, Ga.

Lauria said that the video was made in response to various claims — including one famously made by the comedy duo Penn & Teller for their Showtime series "Bullshit" — that consumers are being duped into buying, at a substantial markup, water they can get for pennies form their own taps.

"The real story here is how much work it takes to turn municipal tap water into a food product that can legally be labeled ‘purified water,’" Lauria said. "What you’re seeing is a huge effort at compliance with federal regulation."

Bottled water comes from a variety of sources, including springs, artesian wells, and yes, municipal water sources — that is to say, from the tap. But according to the video, it’s a long road from tap water to purified water — a road involving several stages of filtering, reverse osmosis, ultra-violet light purification and other processing and testing before the product is ready for market.

"Some people insist that bottled water that comes from public water systems is just the same as tap water in a bottle. They make it seem like it just comes from a hose, but that’s not true," explains the young video hostess, whose identity is not revealed, Lauria said, in deference to a request from her parents. "The process of producing bottled water using a public water system, is more complicated than people realize. The final product is quite different from regular tap water."



Whether being different means that purified water is better than tap water is an open question, and one that has repeatedly been raised by environmental groups. They say that — even setting aside the environmental footprint of millions of unnecessary plastic bottles going to landfills, or into waterways, or along sides of roads — regulation of the bottled water industry remains woefully inadequate.

The Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water, while the Environmental Protection Agency monitors public drinking water.

"I think this is just another example of them feeling the need to respond to some of the consumer backlash against the bottled water industry," said Emily Wurth, director of the water program at the group Food & Water Watch. "They’re not really dispelling too many myths."

Wurth pointed by way of example to a 2009 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Officethat found, among other things, that bottled water, which is governed as a food item by the FDA, is less strictly regulated, overall, than municipal drinking water overseen by the EPA.

"FDA’s bottled water standard of quality regulations generally mirror the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national primary drinking water regulations," the GAO noted. But the "FDA’s regulation of bottled water, particularly when compared with EPA’s regulation of tap water, reveal key differences in the agencies’ statutory authorities. Of particular note, FDA does not have the specific statutory authority to require bottlers to use certified laboratories for water quality tests or to report test results, even if violations of the standards are found."

"Among GAO’s other findings, the state requirements to safeguard bottled water often exceed FDA’s, but still are often less comprehensive than state requirements to safeguard tap water," the report said. "FDA and state bottled water labeling requirements are similar to labeling requirements for other foods, but the information provided to consumers is less than what EPA requires of public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act."

A report compiled by the Environmental Working Group in January was the latest to assess the transparency of bottled water makers on the sourcing, processing and purity testing of their products. In that analysis, the group found that 18 percent of brands do not reveal the geographic source of their water. Another 32 percent offer no information on purity tests, EWG found, while 13 percent "publish ‘water quality’ reports that lack any actual testing results."

The International Bottled Water Association responded to that report in detail, asserting among other things that the characterization of tap water being more tightly regulated than bottled water was false. The group noted that the GAO found that "no evidence that bottled water caused any illnesses during the previous five years."

"In contrast," the group further noted, "EPA scientists and researchers have estimated that tap water consumption is the cause of over 16 million cases of acute gastrointestinal illness (vomiting/diarrhea) in the United States each year."

Still, Wurth said the solution is to make sure that doesn’t happen, rather than create a market for disposable bottles of water. "The way we see it, we should be putting our efforts into protecting our water sources," Wurth added, "so people aren’t in a position where the feel they have to use bottled water."

Wurth also pointed to other long-standing issues with bottled water, including chemicals used in the manufacture of plastic bottles that are known to be endocrine disrupters.

Echoing the GAO report, Wurth also noted that 75 percent of water bottles produced U.S. are still discarded rather than recycled. And while those bottles represent less than 1 percent of the total municipal waste stream, according to government data, producing bottled water is far more energy intensive.

A number of college campuses have considered or implemented bottled water bans, and several cities have curtailed purchases of bottled water by city-owned facilities.

A ballot initiative in Concord, Mass., that would have made that city the first to issue a blanket ban on bottled water sales was narrowly defeated in April, although voters approved an educational initiative aimed at curbing bottled water use. The IBWA had threatened to sue if such a measure had passed.

Last month, the trade group reported that consumption of bottled water was up 3.5 percent in 2010, after two consecutive years of decline attributed to "poor economic conditions."

Total bottled water consumption hit 8.75 billion gallons last year, up from 8.45 billion gallons in 2009, while per-capita consumption increased 2.6 percent in 2010, according to the IBWA. That amounts, on average, to every person in America guzzling about 28.3 gallons of bottled water last year.


Toughest in the nation


WELL DONE … but … let’s take another look in five years and then make an assessment … in 2001 Arizona DEQ “bragged” it was the toughest … since then ADEQ is not “mighty-mouse” but corporate-stooge … clip_image002


Toughest in the nation

DEQ adopts new standards for toxic water pollution

Appeared in print: Saturday, June 25, 2011, page A10

Oregon is known for its pristine waters, and the state Department of Environmental Quality last week gave Oregonians new reason to take pride in that reputation.

The DEQ has adopted the nation’s most stringent standards for toxic water pollution.

The new standards for more than 100 pollutants, including mercury, flame retardants, PCBs, dioxins, plasticizers and pesticides, are good news for current and future generations of Oregonians.

The standards are the result of deliberations that began in 2004 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned Oregon that its water standards failed to adequately protect those who depend most on fish from the state’s waterways — Northwest Indian tribes.

Fish are barometers of rivers’ health. They’re near the top of the food chain, so mercury and other toxins accumulate in their flesh.

Humans are even higher on the food chain. Toxins that are concentrated in fish are concentrated once more in the humans that eat them. Mercury, for instance, accumulates in the brain and can impair the nervous system, as well as kidneys and lungs.

Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 400,000 babies are born every year in the United States with levels of mercury that can profoundly affect their health.

Oregon’s previous water standards were based on an estimate that people eat 17.5 grams of fish per day — about two servings a month. That may be about right for many Oregonians, but it vastly underestimates the amount of fish consumed by Northwest tribes. The Umatilla, Warm Springs, Nez Perce and Yakama tribes estimate that their members consume 175 grams per person daily — just under an 8-ounce meal. (The Umatilla estimate that its members consume more than 300 grams per day.)

Under pressure from the EPA and Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission, the DEQ proposed standards based on a fish consumption rate of 175 grams a day, 10 times the estimated national average.

The tighter standard, which will take effect as early as this fall, will protect Oregon’s tribal members. It will also enhance the long-term health of an estimated 100,000 Oregonians, including 20,000 children, who eat significant amounts of fish.

The rules drew opposition from industry interests, which warned that the cost of reducing toxic pollution could be prohibitive and could damage the state’s slowly recovering economy.

The DEQ addressed those concerns by agreeing, with the blessing of the EPA, to work with manufacturers, farmers, foresters, sewage treatment operators and others who have difficulty meeting the new deadlines for reducing pollution.

That’s fine — for the time being. But the Environmental Quality Commission should be prepared to lower the hammer and mandate changes if polluters fail to make serious progress in a reasonable amount of time.

After recently watching the state Legislature cave to industry pressure and fail to pass what would have been the nation’s first statewide ban on plastic grocery bags this session, it’s nice to see Oregon once again showing the rest of the nation the way in environmental protection.


Where’s the rest of the arrest warrants…


… When does this same tribunal issue similar arrest warrants for … George W Bush … Dick Cheney … Donald Rumsfeld … Condi Rice … Colin Powell … as they illegal and immoral actions were the cause for many innocent civilian deaths …

Gaddafi Arrest Warrant

Issued By International Criminal Court


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — International judges ordered the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi on Monday for murdering civilians, as NATO warplanes pounded his Tripoli compound and world leaders stepped up calls for the Libyan leader to end his four-decade rule.

The International Criminal Court said Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi are wanted for orchestrating the killing, injuring, arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of civilians during the first 12 days of an uprising to topple Gadhafi from power, and for trying to cover up the alleged crimes.

The warrants from the court in The Hague turn the three men into internationally wanted suspects, potentially complicating efforts to mediate an end to more than four months of intense fighting in the North African nation. The warrants will be sent to Libya, where Gadhafi remained defiantly entrenched.

Presiding judge Sanji Monageng of Botswana called Gadhafi the "undisputed leader of Libya" who had "absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control" over his country’s military and security forces. She said there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that Gadhafi and his son are both responsible for the murder and persecution of civilians.

Gadhafi’s regime did not immediately react Monday to the announcement, but rejected the court’s authority even before the decision was read, accusing the court of unfairly targeting Africans while ignoring what it called crimes committed by NATO in Afghanistan, Iraq "and in Libya now."

"The ICC has no legitimacy whatsoever … all of its activities are directed at African leaders," government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told reporters Sunday.

Mohammed al-Alaqi, the justice minister in the Libyan rebel administration, picked up a copy of the warrant from the court but cast doubt on rebels’ willingness to turn over Gadhafi if they did arrest him. He told reporters there was nothing to prevent the rebels from putting Gadhafi and his son on trial in Libya.

"If they prosecute them in Libya it would be under the standards of this court," he said. "Let’s decide later, after we arrest them, where we should prosecute them, here or there."

Al-Alaqi said he hoped the warrants would persuade Gadhafi’s forces to defect.

"Maybe this decision will make the military brigades change their minds, because Gadhafi and his son have no future at all," he said.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the court’s decision highlighted the increasing isolation of the Gadhafi’s regime.

"It reinforces the reason for NATO’s mission, to protect the Libyan people from Gadhafi’s forces," he said Monday, adding that the Libyan leader and his supporters need to realize that "time is rapidly running out for them."

NATO air forces have been conducting daily air strikes against military targets in Libya for the past 100 days – a bombing campaign that has drawn increasing international criticism.

In Tripoli, two loud explosions shook the area near Gadhafi’s compound Monday, setting off a chorus of emergency sirens in the Libyan capital. Libyan officials said NATO fired two missiles targeting Gadhafi’s personal bus, about 100 yards (meters) from the human shields the Libyan government keeps inside Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Journalists were taken to see a heavily damaged, burnt-out bus inside the compound two hours after the strike. It didn’t appear to have been struck recently, however, since it was cool to the touch. No one was reported killed in the strike, though officials said two people were slightly injured.

A coalition including France, Britain and the United States began striking Gadhafi’s forces under a United Nations resolution to protect civilians on March 19. NATO assumed control of the air campaign over Libya on March 31 and is joined by a number of Arab allies.

European nations praised the warrants.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said they "demonstrate why Gadhafi has lost all legitimacy and why he should go immediately. His forces continue to attack Libyans without mercy and this must stop."

In Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said "after 41 years of dictatorship, it is perhaps time to stop, for him to leave power."

The Foreign Ministry of Italy, Libya’s former colonial ruler, said the warrants confirmed that Gadhafi had "lost all legitimacy, political and moral" in both his own country and the international scene. "As such, he can have no role to play in Libya’s future," it said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, however, warned that military action alone won’t resolve the crisis in Libya, and said his nation backs attempts to reach a political solution in the North African nation.

"Foreign troops may be able to win war in a place, but they can hardly win peace. Hard lessons have been learned from what has happened in the Middle East and Afghanistan," Wen told reporters Monday in London.

Monageng said evidence presented by prosecutors showed that following popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Gadhafi and his inner circle plotted a "state policy … aimed at deterring and quelling by any means – including by the use of lethal force – the demonstrations by civilians against the regime."

Hundreds of civilians were killed, injured or arrested, she said.

Prosecutors said the three suspects should be arrested quickly "to prevent them covering up ongoing crimes and committing new crimes."

"This is the only way to protect civilians in Libya," said the statement from the office of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

It’s unclear how the warrant could restrict Gadhafi’s travels within Africa, since many African states are not ICC signatories and others have declined to act on an ICC arrest warrant for another African leader, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese leader was on his way to China at Beijing’s invitation when the warrant was announced for Gadhafi.

The African Union has said al-Bashir’s arrest would dangerously imperil the fragile peace process in Sudan and had asked the U.N. to defer the warrant for one year. The AU’s host country of Ethiopia is not an ICC member.

Gadhafi regularly attends AU summits. The AU will hold a summit later this week in Equatorial Guinea, which is also not an ICC member.


Adam Schreck in Tripoli, Libya contributed to this report