News-in-Transition

11 April 2013

- It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.

Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles. They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources. You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.

Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.

Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto.

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10 April 2013

There is a secretive network of astrologers who work for the banksters and others in the upper echelons of the global power pyramid.

They are hired by politicians, royalty, celebrities and seemingly conservative institutions such as high street banks, investment funds and retailers desperate to avoid financial meltdown in the ongoing ‘credit crunch’ and to spot fashions and consumer trends before they start.

For believers in heliocentric astrology, the branch of the discipline currently in vogue, it is the planets that appear to have an influence over global financial and political affairs, rather than the stars.

For example, Mercury’s potential to wreak havoc when in retrograde has led many world leaders and military figures to plan their lives and campaigns to avoid its influence. Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin would only travel and hold press conferences when the planets, specifically Mercury, dictated.

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9 April 2013

 - In the recent outrage over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple list of companies that use Monsanto products.

By staying away from products made by these companies on the list below, you can make sure your money is not going to support 'Monsanto' and at the same time watch out for the health of your family and your loved ones.

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7 April 2013

 - “How come it doesn’t say “imitation” on the menu?” I was puzzled.

“If it was real, we would say ‘Not Imitation.’”

“Logical enough. So this is fake crab. Can I pay with fake money?”

She turned cold. “Counterfeit money is illegal, sir.”

I got it. Two lessons learned: One, fake food is legal, but fake money is not. Second, fake food is the default — if it’s real, they will tell us.

The next day, as if by the Law of Attraction, I read an article that said 84 percent of white tuna in sushi restaurants is actually escolar, the snake mackerel fish that causes – sorry for being graphic – oily anal leakage, and was banned by the FDA until 1992. It is still banned in Japan, Italy, and requires warning labels regarding the leaky discharge in Canada, Sweden and Denmark.

And it’s not just fish. Fakeness has become epidemic.

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6 April 2013

 - Here is the beautiful Comet PANSTARRS as it appeared near the Andromeda Galaxy on April 4, 2013.

Andromeda Galaxy, left, and Comet PANSTARRS as they appeared on the night of April 4, 2013. Photo by Maciej Winiarczyk. View larger.

Source: Earth Sky

5 April 2013

 - Money separates us from what we consume and hides us from the impacts of our behaviour. But there is a booming economic model that can bring us closer to each other and to the effects of how we live, says Mark Boyle.

While some alternative economists argue for ‘de-growth’, a more positive approach would be to pursue the growth of another, more tried-and-trusted system, which he calls the localised gift economy. If economic analysts could wrench their spellbound gaze from the London Stock Exchange, they would notice that this widely unreported gift economy was absolutely booming.

In response to the global financial crisis, people are preparing themselves for a new economy by participating in ways of providing and accessing the goods and services that we require, without the need for money.

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5 April 2013

Cowpea Seeds photo courtesy of IITA

- The Seed Underground is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.

Janisse Ray celebrates the local, organic food movement but fears we’re forgetting something elemental: the seeds. According to Ray, ninety-four percent of vintage open-pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished over the last century.

Ray outlines the basics of seed saving in The Seed Underground, but it is not a how-to book. It’s a call to action, which often reads like a lyrical love letter to the land and to varieties of squash and peas most of us have never tasted.

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4 April 2013

 - Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian village in southern Spain that is prosperous, thanks to its farming cooperative. In a country in the grip of austerity, the village mayor, Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, heads a grassroots resistance movement.

In Marinaleda, there is no crime and no police force and political decisions are taken by an assembly in which all citizens are asked to participate.

They grow beans, artichokes, peppers and produce high-quality olive oil. The workers themselves control each phase of the production while the land belongs to "the community as a whole". The farm includes a canning facility, an olive mill, facilities for livestock and a farm store. No matter what their position, the workers all get a salary of € 47 per day.

They work a 35-hour work week over six days and earn a monthly salary of €1,128, at a time when the minimum wage in Spain is €641 per month.

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3 April 2013

 - The biggest emerging markets are uniting to tackle under-development and currency volatility by dumping the Euro and setting up institutions that encroach on the roles of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

The leaders of the so-called BRICS nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- are set to approve the establishment of a new development bank during an annual summit that began today in the eastern South African city of Durban. They will also discuss pooling foreign-currency reserves to ward off balance of payments or currency crises.

“There’s a shift in power from the traditional to the emerging world. There is a lot of geo-political concern about this shift in the western world.”

The BRICS nations have combined foreign-currency reserves of $4.4 trillion and account for 43 percent of the world’s population.

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2 April 2013

- Man-made depopulation of the earth is a ridiculous concept since Mother Nature knows exactly what to do with the planet and its inhabitants to maintain balance at anytime.

Overpopulation is a radical and dangerous myth promoted by elite and international societies. The unproven notion, as Malthus believed, that higher wages and welfare should be withheld from the great unwashed because he believed that these two factors would allow the poor to survive and exponentially breed, thus compounding the overpopulation problem.

Overpopulation is a misnomer. A problem that exists only in dramatically erroneous theories that are not mathematically based. It is simply one of the most flawed concepts right up there with global warming. The theories are based on myths, not science or accurate statistical correlations or causation principles.

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2 April 2013

 - There has been an ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity.

Since late 2010, nearly 1,000 earthquakes have rattled Arkansas and the area around the New Madrid Fault Line. Previous to this, Arkansas had a total of 38 quakes in 2009. Yet two cities, Greenbrier and Guy had a swarm of 30 small earthquakes in a four-day period in early 2011, which paralleled fracking activity in the same area.

This uptick was echoed next-door in Oklahoma, where during roughly the same period, the state saw an increase in earthquakes from 50 per year to over 1,000 in 2010. The accumulating present-day data is also mirrored by earlier government research, as you will see below.

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2 April 2013

 - To use a familiar quote of mine, “The metaphysical always precedes the physical.” To choose to do something carries a very different energy from having to do it. In many ways it boils down to either you choose to do it, or you are forced to do it. To choose to do something is a response to life, but if you are forced to do it, there will be a reaction within you.

Choosing and responding come from the moment and are in harmony with life. Choosing creates a positive responsive factor, invoking willingness and enthusiasm, so that whatever it is that you are doing will go easily and well.

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2 April 2016

 - To ensure fresh produce is not a privilege reserved for the rich, farmers markets need to accept SNAP benefits.

Amidst the spinach, eggs, cheese and kimchi on offer on a recent Saturday morning at the Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market in Louisville, Kentucky, Laina Brown was doing a brisk trade in wooden tokens. The tokens are a substitute for cash and market patrons can buy them with a regular debit or credit card, or with the card that links to a SNAP account (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program), better known in the U.S. as food stamps.

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