“Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).
Since 2007, Beeologics has been studying CCD, as well as Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), for the purpose of coming up with intervention-based ways to mitigate these conditions. And based on the way the company describes both CCD and IAPV on its website, Beeologics has largely taken the approach that intervention, rather than prevention, is the key to solving the global bee crisis.
Now that Beeologics is owned and controlled by Monsanto, the company is sure to completely avoid dealing with the true causes of CCD and IAPV as they pertain to Monsanto’s crop technologies — GMOs and their chemical counterparts. So going into the future, it seems expected that Beeologics will come up with “scientific breakthroughs” that deny any link between CCD and GMO technologies, and instead blame mystery pathogens and other factors that require more chemicals to eliminate.”
Via Alt Market
“Less than two weeks ago I wrote “Crash Warning.” It outlined the current economic parameters of the global economy and explained that we were careening toward a particular form of economic Armageddon which I believe was first described by John Williams of Shadowstats.com, when he coined the phrase “hyperinflationary depression” nearly a decade ago.
The debt-laden, fraud-saturated paper Ponzi-schemes of Western bankers are now all about to implode in a deflationary (debt-default) collapse – most notably all their fraud-bonds. Simultaneously, the rabidly excessive money-printing of these reckless gamblers is causing (and will cause) the prices for hard assets (i.e. assets which actually have value) to spiral upward, with the most likely final destination being hyperinflation.
Because that previous commentary was describing a global economic paradigm, my analysis was necessarily abbreviated with respect to the apex of all economic ills: the United States. In particular, I spent less than a paragraph discussing the collapse of the retail sector in the world’s largest economy — a consumer economy.
Before we examine this train-wreck directly, let’s take a moment to define the backbone of this consumer economy: the American consumer. The two charts below should be very familiar to regular readers, and describe the American consumer in stark but precise terms: poor and/or unemployed.”
Via Lew Rockwell
“A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-burning power plants, sparking a rally in coal company shares and relief among utility firms.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its mandate with the rule, which was to limit sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 28 mostly Eastern states and Texas.
In the latest setback for the EPA, the court sent the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule back for revision, telling the agency to administer its existing Clean Air Interstate Rule – the Bush-era regulation that it was updating – in the interim. The EPA said it was reviewing the ruling.
The decision was cheered by some Republicans, who have made the EPA and President Barack Obama’s environmental policies a major campaign theme ahead of November elections.
The agency is endangering a fragile economic recovery by saddling U.S. industries with costly new rules, Republicans say.”
Via Yahoo News
“The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two MSNBC cable shows, records show.
The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records reviewed recently by The Washington Times.
Spending reports under the federal Recovery Act show $495,000 paid to McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC, which the Labor Department hired to raise awareness “among employers and influencers about the [Job Corps] program’s existing and new training initiatives in high growth and environmentally friendly career areas” as well as spreading the word to prospective Job Corps enrollees.”
Via Washington Times
“Don’t worry, the ‘fiscal cliff’ will all be taken care of; have no fear, the market AAPL will hold up into the election to sustain Obama’s hope-and-change; and, as The Heritage Foundry blog reports, in that change, there are 18 new tax hikes on their way via Obamacare.
Not only did the President and his partners in Congress take $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, but they also raise taxes by $836.3 billion to pay for it, with $36.3 billion hitting Americans in 2013 alone. Here’s the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation‘s (JCT) updated cost of the Obamacare tax hikes and penalties.”
Via Zero Hedge
“While economists, government officials, and mainstream media experts argue about whether a recovery is finally taking hold, the evidence on the ground provides a clear insight about where the country is headed.
A nationwide Gallup survey involving 177,000 U.S. adults proves what many contrarians have been screaming for some time: For most Americans there is no recovery.
After having lost 40% of their wealth, millions of jobs, their homes, and with prices in all key commodity groups like food and energy rising consistently, our current economic conditions feel more like a depression than anything remotely resembling a recovery.
According to the new survey, nearly one in five Americans report that there has been at least one time in the last 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy the food they or their families needed. In some parts of the country it’s even worse.”
Via SHTF Plan
“Mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the most powerful tools for surveillance evidenced by the breakthroughs in ultra-precise location tracking technology, enabling citizen spying through so-called “soft control” techniques and even microchips capable of seeing through walls.
Considering these technologies together with the astounding amount of requests for subscriber information responded to by U.S. mobile phone companies and built-in technologies like Carrier IQ, a quite troubling picture begins to emerge.
It just gets worse when one considers the new research conducted by a team at the University of Birmingham which demonstrated the ability to predict future movements of users with an unbelievable margin of error of a mere 60 feet, according to the British Daily Mail.
While some say that this would be used for highly personalized marketing – like the creepy patent awarded to Google not too long ago – others rightly point to the massive invasion of privacy this represents.
Based on location data already collected by mobile phones, the researchers were able to create an algorithm to forecast the future movements of users with mind-bending accuracy.”
Via Activist Post
“In my last article entitled, “As Above, So Below: The Globalist Agenda Reflected in Local Politics Through ‘Council of Governments,’” I highlighted how COG have been embedded in virtually every state and every local community inside the United States. I described how the COG works within their own structure in order to implement UN-based plans at the national, state, and local levels. I attempted to provide an example of how the COG accomplish their various initiatives through initiatives such as the Penny Sales Tax program that is being introduced all across the state of South Carolina.
Clearly, anyone who studies the COG, even briefly, can understand that decisions are being made outside of the normal democratic process. However, a direct connection between the COG and Agenda 21, UN-style programs is somewhat harder to find . . . at least at first glance.
Nevertheless, the COG and the concept of UN-based “sustainable development” are indeed closely linked.
In this regard, the California State COG, the California Association for Councils of Governments (CALCOG), provides us with the most easily accessible information.”
Via Activist Post
“As the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement it may find one of its most needed surgeries will cost a lot more. Beginning in 2013, due to President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, medical-device manufacturers will pay a 2.3 percent tax on sales of products needed for hip and knee replacements.
The tax is designed to raise funds needed to cover the uninsured and affects everything from wheelchairs, to oxygen tanks, to surgical tools. Experts say the tax will have a disproportionately high impact on joint replacements. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, such procedures rose by 26% from 2005 to and 2010. With the number of Americans reaching retirement age in record numbers, the demand for such surgeries is expected to increase by 673 percent before 2030.
Critics of the health care bill have already noted that the tax would add hundreds of dollars to the cost of each joint-replacement procedure. Dave Blaszczak, senior health policy analyst at the nonpartisan Potomac Research Group, notes, “By having taxes that go into effect for health care companies, you’re actually increasing the cost of health care in the country.”
Medical-device manufacturers see problems running much deeper than the 2.3 percent tax. The initial tax would amount to $230 on the cost of a $10,000 medical device. But several medical companies say the added fees would take a bite not only out of profitability but their research and development budgets. Orthopedic device maker Stryker, for example, says that it plans to cut more than $100 million from its annual pretax operating costs next year.”
“We all seem to know that diet and exercise are the way to a healthy lifestyle. Fasting, fad diets, and miracle foods often result in yo-yo dieting in which we initially loose weight, then after a few weeks gain it all back, and sometimes more than we started with. The truth of the matter is, there isn’t a way to miraculously lose weight fast and still remain healthy. Instead, the ultimate goal is to strive for a healthy lifestyle, as we’ve heard countless times from both our mothers and Dr. Oz. By setting a healthy lifestyle as your ultimate goal instead of hoping to lose weight or gain muscle mass, we can apply improvements to every area of our lives rather than just diet and exercise. Although these two things are very important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it’s essential that the rest of your habits follow suit.”