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Tyranny = Raw Milk Producers Being Arrested

11 Sep

Tyranny is all around us – including our food supply and our choice to use natural foods and medicines in our bodies.

Rawsome Foods – a private members-only (co-op) market in Venice, California, is home to place where local community members can purchase raw milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir.  Apparently the federal government does not have enough to be worried about with the upcoming collapse of the economic system, they have to “protect” consumers from purchasing raw food products that humans have consumed for thousands of years.

The owner, James Stewart, along with two others (Sharon Palmer (of Healthy Family Farms), and Victoria Bloch (local L.A. co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation)), were taken away in handcuffs. “The raid was carried out by gun carrying officers of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control“.

The charge?  Conspiracy to sell unpasteurized milk products.  

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND.

First of all, it cannot be a conspiracy if it is a private group of knowing citizens deciding for themselves to purchase and consume these products.  Secondly, I cannot believe that our tax-payer money goes towards arresting innocent people who are actually doing good things for their local communities and economies.

I have consumed raw milk (both cow and goat) for over 4 years, and know for a fact that it is actually healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than pasteurized milk.  It really doesn’t matter what I think though, because each of us should have the right to CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES – that is what liberty is – and that is why the government should get its nose out of our choice to consume raw milk.

RESOURCES:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/aug/6/rawsome-foods-raided-sad-day-america/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/rawsome-foods-raided-again-by-swat/


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/rawsome-raid-_n_917540.html

If We Are Eating this $#**, then Can We At Least Have it Labeled?

12 Jun

Trans-fats, artificial chemical sugars, and genetically modified foods are three of my least favorite components of our food supply.  The reason is that, in my opinion, they are not real food and are therefore subject to special labeling requirements so as to warn consumers that they are a part of what one is consuming.  By special, I mean that there should be indication that they are actually there.

As I have talked about before, trans-fats are now required to be labeled, but they allow “.5 grams or less” per serving to be equivalent to “zero grams per serving”.  This is incredibly deceptive – and should not be allowed.  If there are “.5 grams” or “.47 grams”, then, tell people that.  Is that asking too much?

Artificial chemical sugars are continually touted as “safe” by various lobbying groups and governmental agencies.  I believe that other evidence begs to differ, and it seems like slowly but surely more people, scientists, and medical professionals are starting to see an unfortunate correlation between diet sodas and severe health problems.  Thankfully, at least we can see these sugars on most labels.  Sans various bubblegum brands (WHICH OUR KIDS EAT), that now have “Phenylketonurics” in them – but you would never think that.  Take a look – this substance is labeled as being in there, but would you ever think to look in the first place?  Again, this is incredibly deceptive to the consumer.

Lastly, and this is the real kicker – genetically modified substances have been and will continue to be a part of our food supply.  Oh, wait, you didn’t want that?  Well, too late – the people “watching out for us” have already allowed copious amounts of these products into the food supply and into agricultural lands.  I am confidant that the majority of people would not want to consume food where its genetic structure has been altered or spliced with genetic components of other foods, animals, even bacteria.   But, how about we put this to the test – how about we allow people TO CHOOSE for themselves?  How about we label products that have genetically-modified components?  Then if people wanted to eat them they could, and if they didn’t want to, they could CHOOSE NOT TO.

I don’t want to stop these industries and lobbying organizations from doing business and continuing to create products that harm or potentially harm the nation’s food supply – let them try.  What I do want is for people to have the ability to choose for themselves what they are putting into their bodies – and that means labeling and truth in labeling.  Isn’t that a win-win?  Let the big businesses continue to create these awful things, and let people choose whether they want it or not – that is the whole theory of a free market – where the consumer has information to decide for himself or herself what they put into their body, can make their purchase, and can show the market what they like or don’t like.  Or perhaps better yet, show which companies they like or don’t like.

It’s the American way – all I am asking for is a little bit of that thing called “the truth”.

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Trans-Fats: A Synopsis

30 May

Trans-fats, which generally come from partially hydrogenated oils, are created when the molecular structure of oil is changed (they do this using a metal catalyst).  Trans-fats have been “proven” to be very bad for one’s cholesterol – it actually lowers your good cholesterol while increasing your bad cholesterol.  In addition to this, since it is a chemically-altered fat, there may be additional repercussions on the human body that take a period of time to recognize.  Now, I am not suggesting the scientists who have tested this don’t know everything, but I am hinting that they probably don’t know as much as we would like to think.  Here’s the interesting fact for us to consider – once it once discovered how bad these trans-fats were and there were instituted labeling requirements, all of the foods with trans-fats suddenly had “zero grams trans fats”.  There was no change in price, no change in consistency, no change in anything (including in MARGARINE which is almost pure hydrogenated oils) – but now all of these products which were supposed to be labeled with “trans-fats” no longer had any trans-fats.  Hmmmm.

So, I did some investigating.  It is suggested that someone should not eat no more than 2 grams of trans fats in a day – really, we should not eat any of them, they are not natural and are bad for your body, but let’s pretend we do the minimum.  A serving size, generally NOT what people eat in a day, is extremely small – check out the serving size on a pint of ice cream to see what I mean (most people eat more than the serving size).  The FDA requirements say that if there is LESS THAN .5 GRAMS OF TRANS FAT IN A SERVING SIZE THAT THE LABEL CAN SAY THAT IT HAS ZERO GRAMS OF TRANS FATS.

Do the math.

That means that if it has less than .5 grams per serving, in a small serving size, one can say “zero grams” even though there may be .5 grams per serving.  Now, .5 grams per serving, if eating 2-4 servings, quickly adds up – pretty soon you are at the 3-4 grams PER DAY.

Really, there is no way of really knowing how much we consume because the FDA has now made ‘.5 grams or less’ equal to zero.  This is incredibly unfair to consumers who depend on reading labels to figure out whether or not what they are eating is healthy.

I am not asking us to ban foods with hydrogenated oils, I am not asking that we end the manufacturing of products with trans-fats – all I am asking for is for our accounting of a number to be true – if there are .5 grams, or .4 grams, or .3 grams, etc. – then this should not be equivalent to zero!  The fact that the minimum suggested amount of trans fats is so small – these smaller quantities quickly add up and can have negative impacts on one’s health.

The truth is an important thing – and if we have labeling requirements, then those labels should have the truth on them.

To Stop Acting in Fear

29 Apr

Many civilizations have acted in fear and many people in positions of power have used fear to get what they want.

The very proposition that fear should be a part of making a decision is against human nature.  We, as humans, are not born with any sense of fear, our sense of fear is understood as we grow, mature, and learn.

What do decisions made in fear do?  I would argue that they cause us to make irrational decisions – against what is best for our own well-being as well as society as a whole.  Just imagine, if you weren’t scared of anything – what would you do?

I don’t want to be scared of our money supply.  I don’t want to be scared that I won’t have health care, social security, a retirement, a job, a life.  I don’t want to act in fear and I don’t want people in positions of power, whether corporations, insurance agencies, or our own federal government, to try to scare me into having them make decisions for me.  Acting in fear creates bad decisions.  If I was not fearful of my life in 20-30 years, and if I knew I had a sound money supply to work with, then anyone at any level “taking care of me” would seem obtuse.  It was not a hundred years ago that we were not too far from being relatively self-reliant souls and about 200 years ago that fought off an empire that was attempting to keep people in serfdom via their money supply and taxes.  So why should I be so scared now?

To the great people of this great country, we should not act in fear.  I know there are plenty of people who have faith, who have love, who have hope, who can say that they believe in the betterment of mankind – starting with themselves, their families, and their communities.  We can do this by not acting in fear.  Do not be afraid of the problems that we face – each of us, as individuals and each of us united with our fellow statesmen – have the power to create our destiny.  We will not be afraid and we will find solutions that work, that create peace and prosperity for generations to come.

Transparency, Accountability, Responsibility

8 Apr

With the various problems persisting at the federal government, and watching the impact of the economy upon producers and small business owners, I believe that it is time that we acknowledge that we must take steps towards transparency, accountability, and responsibility.

The budget battle which is far from over, has to do with choices that men and women in Congress and the Senate made.  Our representatives, whether they were Republican, Democrat, or Independent – made choices that affected how we got here today.   They were and are in the People’s House – and should be doing our business for us.  That business is to protect the Constitution of the United States and our natural and individual rights.  We are far from that now, but we can certainly get back.

Being an advocate for sustainable farming and a prosperous/healthy food supply, the current issue of genetic modification of seeds (that becomes the products that we consume) has me concerned.  The static nature of the federal agencies that are supposedly “protecting” us, has already allowed these substances into our food supply, without our consent, and without our knowledge.  Since there is no way to really know or test the products because of the amount of time it would take, WE are in fact the guinea pigs.  This is unnerving and enraging.  Transparency – we should know what we are eating.  Accountability: The federal agencies that are set up to put a check on what enters our food supply and environment should be doing their job or out of business.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent us in a constitutional republic (not a democracy), should be doing the people’s business.

Being an advocate for a sustainable fiscal and monetary policy as well as a sound currency, the existence of the Federal Reserve’s power and actions is of grave concern.  Conspicuously in existence for 98 years, their “control” of the money supply is arguably the reason that we are in the economic conundrum that we are in.  Their names for creating inflationary situations (QE2), not to mention complete lack of over-sight, creates confusion and false actions in the marketplace.  No one really knows what to expect because no one really knows what is going on.  Or maybe we do, and if we do, it is scary how much of a bad situation that we are in.  Transparency – we should know what the Federal Reserve is doing – if it is conducting actions that affect the American people as ordered by Congress and the federal government.  Accountability: We should not have an entity that causes inflation supposedly fixing inflation.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent our interests as the American people should be making sure that upon the renewal of this entity’s charter, that the people’s business is taken care of and that the interests of the people’s currency is protected against internal and external threats.

We must do each of these things ourselves, and to find actionable solutions, we must face up to the positions that each of us are in.  Sometimes that is difficult and painful, however, each of us must take a stand and use our own personal responsibility to create an environment where we can once again have prosperity, liberty, and peace.

Common Ground – End of March Issues

26 Mar

In an email alert, forwarded to me by a friend, I just saw the following issues:

Millions Against Monsanto

The Organic Consumers Association will bring its Millions Against Monsanto campaign.  Meet in the park with signs and help hand out “10 Things Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know” fliers and “Oh No, Is It GMO?” labels.

Rep. Doug Lamborn – end subsidies to the coal, nuclear, and oil & gas industries

The Checks & Balances Project wants Congressman Lamborn to sign a cost-cutting pledge to end subsidies to the coal, oil & gas and nuclear industries, noting his recent statement (in reference to NPR) that Americans should “stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet.”

So, we have people who are against genetically modified foods and against subsidies to certain energy industries.  What is the underlying issue that is a part of each of these?

Individuals and their right to individual liberties as not tromped on by anyone or any government.

For GMO food – I, personally, think this s#*t is terrible – bad for the environment and bad for people’s health – how can we stop it?  ONLY PURCHASE FOOD ITEMS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM – this would signal the market that you are aware and producers would seek to become anti-GMO.  We should know what we are eating and we should decide for ourselves what we put into our body.

For SUBSIDIES – I agree that there should not be subsidies coming from the federal government because it messes with the market and causes prices to mimic what consumers (you and me) really want.  I think we can agree that taxpayer money should go for things that protect all taxpayers equally – NATIONAL DEFENSE (and that’s about it).

The only “thing” that will fix the “evils” that we face is allowing people to make their own individuals choices about what they want or don’t want.  That is the essence of free markets and individual rights.  Granted, there should be a system of regulations, but more that anything, you and I as consumers and constituents MUST be resilient and send our vote via our feet and our dollar.  Go where you want and buy what you believe in.

I will say it over and over again.  Most Americans can agree that we want peace, we want to keep our hard-earned money, and we want the government out of our bedrooms.  If we recognize we want these same things, we can be civil and discover systems that work – the system that we have now and have had is not working, so let’s try something else.

TishaTCasida.com

Menthol Cigarettes – Profound Study & Regulation

20 Mar

There is a new study that shows that exposure to menthol cigarettes increases the likelihood that people will smoke cigarettes.

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There is also a study that shows when people are exposed to drinking alcohol, that people will likely continue drinking alcohol. In addition to these profound findings that show that people like products that act as drugs and increase their sense of peace and well-being, there are numerous other consumer-products that appear to warrant the same effect on the psyche of people – these can include: coffee, delicious sweet treats of various natures (basically anything with sucrose (C12H22O11 ) (sugar)), Doritos, and bacon. Because of the likelihood of menthol cigarettes increasing people’s probability to smoke, these types of cigarettes are being urged to be taken off the market via our fabulous protector of health, well-being and consumer choice – the FDA.

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I, for one, who enjoys the emotional well-being offered by bacon, Doritos, cupcakes, coffee, red wine, and the occasional menthol cigarette, am eternally grateful to the federal government for conducting studies that show that products that change the chemical make-up of one’s brain and cause pleasure are addictive and therefore dangerous and therefore should not be available for purchase.

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Awesome.

Published at TishaTCasida.com

Did You Know?

19 Feb

As of right now, there are 373 bills in the Senate, 719 bills in the House, 6 joint resolutions in the Senate, 36 joint resolutions in the House, 6 concurrent resolutions in the Senate, 18 concurrent resolutions in the House, 58 resolutions in the Senate, and 94 resolutions in the House.

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If each of these bills, resolutions, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions contain 2,000 words each (a conservative estimate), and the 435 members of the Senate and House are reading the bills that are going through both legislative chambers at approximately 250 words per minute (an average of what most people can read), then each person would have to be able to have 174.67 hours to be able to read the legislation (and that’s at 2,000 words for each piece – the recent health care legislation is nearly 185,000 words).

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That is equivalent to 5 weeks of time if they were able to dedicate 30 hours per week to the task. Event this estimate of time for reading is unlikely given the amount of time our representatives have to discuss, lobby, be lobbied to, and engage in the normal activities of eating, drinking, etc. The lesson? How about getting rid of some versus adding more legislation?

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View the bills at OpenCongress.org

The Beauty of New Faces in Congress

10 Feb

The best thing to fight corruption in government is to make sure to get new faces to vote in the House and Senate.  Lobbyists and the like “face a daunting task as they swarm Capitol Hill — simply because many of the freshmen are a mystery to the lobbying world” (Samuelsohn, 2011). All of the new representatives (90 house members and 15 senators), are making it more challenging for lobbying interests to reach them all with their message.  This challenge and new hurdle is what out country is all about.

Our system of governance has checks and balances – when those fail, the best thing that we can do is vote in or vote out representatives.  If your district or state has someone in office that could be considered a “career politician”, get them out of there!  If your district or state has someone that is “not experience” as a politician and instead is a hard-working American, get them in there!

In 2012, our country again has the opportunity to choose representatives that listen to ‘we the people’, as well as stand a chance at being an “honest” and transparent citizen who actually represents the interests of the American people and not the lobbying efforts of countless groups and corporations.

Get new faces in congress – visit goooh.com for more information on how to do that.

Reference:

Samuelsohn, D. (2011, February). K Street takes lawmakers to school. Politico. Retrieved on February 10, 2011 from http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49208.html.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49208.html#ixzz1DYvXGZvs