The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is one the most prestigious mainstream groups in America. Quoting from its website:
“NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.”
You’d think the major media would dutifully parrot every NAS pronouncement. And with few exceptions, you’d be right.
Here is an exception. In May, the NAS issued a comprehensive report: “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects.”The report’s key finding takes in the entire period of US cultivation of GMO crops:
“The nation-wide data on maize, cotton, or soybean in the United States do not show a significant signature of genetic-technology on the rate of yield increase.” — Chapter 6, Page 66.
A less ponderous translation: the genetic engineering of crops hasn’t resulted in rising output.
I compare a patent application with what at least one company can deliver to the unknowing public now.
Thanks to researcher Mary Baker for showing me an explosive patent application and its implications.
Before getting to the details, the overview is this: a technology exists to embed tiny invisible particles in food products, and these particles can deliver nutrients and drugs and vaccines. Apparently, the technology has existed for at least 10 years. Yet, as Baker states, when have you seen a food label that mentions such particles? Read the rest of this entry »
Barbara H. Peterson
A hypothetical story about one middle class American caught in the crossfire of a crashing economy and false belief system.
Just when did I get here, and how? As I look out to see the chaos surrounding me, food lines circling the block, and rats scampering for scraps across the feet of those waiting patiently for a partially full belly, I remember what it was like before the crash. Before everything that I knew turned to dust and was carried away by the wind of change. A change so drastic that I didn’t even realize it was happening until it was too late to do anything about it. And I wonder… Just what was I thinking?
I worked hard most of my life and thought that I had it made. A good job, house of my own, brand new car, friends with whom I could grab a beer at the local hangout every now and then, and enough cash to make things comfortable. The American Dream. And then it happened… Read the rest of this entry »
Barbara H. Peterson
Once again, the federal government proves itself as trustworthy as a two-headed rattler on methamphetamine.
“Yucca Mountain and surrounding lands were central in the lives of the Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute peoples, who shared them for religious ceremonies, resource uses, and social events; Yucca Mountain continues to be considered sacred by the Shoshone people living today.” (Wikipedia)
So sacred in fact, that the U.S. Government wants to place a nuclear waste dump smack dab in the middle of it. Yep. You heard me. Land sacred to the tribes, chock full of spent nuclear waste. How does that grab you?
“There is ongoing debate about whether Yucca Mountain is the nation’s best place for a nuclear waste repository. The DOE maintains that Yucca Mountain was selected because it was consistently ranked as the site that possessed the best technical and scientific characteristics to serve as a repository. The Department says that Yucca Mountain is a good place to store waste because the repository would be:
- In a desert location
- Isolated away from population centers (Las Vegas, the nearest metropolitan area, is 90 miles away)
- Secured 1,000 feet under the surface
- In a closed hydrologic basin
- Surrounded by federal land
- Protected by natural geologic barriers
- Protected by robust engineered barriers and a flexible design”
What could possibly go wrong? Let me count the ways:
- It is in an active earthquake area with at least 33 earthquake faults in and around the site.
- There are volcanic cinder cones near the site.
- It is above the aquifer, and any faults and fractures could cause that water to be contaminated with nuclear waste.
- There is hydrothermal activity at the site.
And this is the best site that they could think of? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hasn’t made a final decision yet, but this site is the only player in contention. Read the rest of this entry »