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It is a shame that electoral fraud is happening in a developed country like US of A!
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I really appreciate your comment. Here is a reflection or two for what they may be worth.
Computers, the Internet, television, radio, newspapers are all wonderful tools. But they are only tools; we have often made them objects of uncritical worship. Each of these tools has been used by Monsanto and its California propagandists against Californians, and we have learned that a significant portion of Californians are very susceptible to propaganda—the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare are apparently particularly gullible for many reasons. Well, when we aren’t trained to be skeptical, when we aren’t trained to be aware of propaganda techniques, when we believe what third-rate scientists (and I am being all too kind) are trained to say, we will have problems. In his A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle writes on the grave dangers of television watching (pp. 230-233). I submit that his excellent observations also apply to the other “tools” listed above.
California’s media, newspapers, newspaper publishers, and “journalists” have utterly failed all of us. I really believe if we all cancel our newspaper subscriptions we will all be much better informed! Most corporate newspapers are a complete waste; communities need to start their OWN newspapers and take responsibility for the contents. If you don’t have a plan, you become part of someone else’s plan.
Again, I really appreciate your comment and I really appreciate this website for exchanges—which are no doubt being monitored and recorded by Monsanto as per their custom. Not to worry; their “success” contains the very seeds of their demise. Their empire, however imperceptible as it may seem, is crumbling at this moment.
I’m considering doing just that. Sitting in my front yard and working daily on a neighborhood newsletter. I like what I do, now, but the problem is I am beginning to think working on the computer all day is distorting my sense of place, reality, and belonging. I work among people who also work with their heads in the machines all day. We talk into the machines but not to each other about the most important issues. I sometimes feel almost desperate for a place where I can live in the full three-dimensional world again. Most workplaces do not allow this now, you have to work on computers.
Maybe that’s fine for most people but I am beginning to believe computers have convinced everyone that important things always happen somewhere else. At least when I look around that is what I see.
1) IT’S A FIRST STEP. Perhaps more has been accomplished than we think. We are only beginning. We don’t give up quite so easily, do we?
2) BUT ITS ALMOST BRAND NEW! GMOs are a relatively new technology. Many people do not even know they exist! Many of those who do know they exist often have a misplaced trust in the pseudoscience that has created these bizarre products. As I see it, one of our collective tasks is to educate our fellow citizens.
3) THE POWER OF PROPAGANDA. We have seen how quickly and easily the People of California are manipulated against their own interests and the interests of their children. This is a most complex issue and there are many reasons for this extraordinary gullibility, and I can’t presume to be able to analyze the problem in any depth. This I do know, concerned citizens need to learn much more about advertisement; they need to master “positive public relations” in synchronization with education. And we need to always anticipate Monsanto’s NEXT STEP, its next 10 steps, its next 100 steps.
4) CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPERS HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA. California’s newspapers overwhelmingly supported Monsanto. Californians, cancel your subscriptions! Newspapers waste your money, they waste paper, they destroy trees, they create very little more than waste. Your newspaper subscription supports publishers who publish waste, editors who can neither edit nor think clearly, writers who can’t write, and journalists who fail to conduct journalism. Please explored the superb CENSORED series for a shocking eye opener about your media. California State University is truly a world leader here.
Perhaps my words are a bit strong in the above paragraph, and I really am not quite ready to give up on newspapers. But what about COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS ENTIRELY OWNED, LOCALLY OWNED BY THE COMMUNITY, BEHOLDEN TO THE COMMUNITY, SERVING THE COMMUNITY? A radical idea in an age of corporate media subjugation, but it is an old idea that must return renewed.
5) CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENTISTS HAVE LARGELY FAILED THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA. California’s economy has been hit hard and education has consequently sufferedâperhaps a lot more than we can ever know. And I have about as much faith in the revolving door between academia and corporations such as Monsanto as I do the revolving door between Washington and Monsanto and that is no faith at all. Scientists have grants to write, careers to fulfill, papers to publish, families to feed, they want to survive like anyone else, they are human! But I fear that the system as it now exists is destroying critical inquiry, academic freedom, freedom of speech, and science itself. And it’s not just California!
There is much we are not being told about GMO technology. Patents, innumerable legal tactics and lawsuits, massive smear campaigns, expensive experiments, and much else prevent real science from being carried out. The system as it now exists is completely broken and universities at this point appear to be unwilling or unable to confront corporate corruption—after all, where do they get much of their money!
In the meantime, let us be highly skeptical of claims masquerading as “science” and corporate technicians masquerading as “scientists.” Taking a cue from Spinoza, may I suggest that true scientists may well be as rare as they are precious.
Still, even if it was legitimate I think that the right to know, natural and organic food industry can take solace in the fact that now A LOT MORE people are now aware of the GMOs issue. I believe that healthy foods will only grow as a result of the Prop 37 campaign.
One last thing that needs to be said, much thanks and appreciation to Stacy Makan and especially to Ronnie Cummins who has fought so long and hard all these years to inform people what the big agrochemical giants are doing to our food and thus to our health. If there is a heaven I’m sure you’ll be there.
GMO technology and the GMO industry is a truly twisted kind of corporate religion. It is all based on FAITH! We must not forget where this religion is based—in America’s extremely conservative, insular, anti-intellectual heartland where fundamentalism of many kinds is quite at home.
The scientific “priests” of the GMO religion practice proselyting, forcible conversion, and threats of damnation. The damnation is of several kinds, from lawsuits to universal catastrophe (“the world will starve if we don’t implement GMOs.”) Salvation, likewise, can be of several kinds: 1) for the short term there is much bribery money for the GMO shills, and 2) there is long-term, universal GMO salvation for all.
This isn’t science; this is corporate religion!
Whatever the outcome of tomorrow may be, we continue to move forward toward the goal. There may be delays, “bumps in the road,” and much else. But if we are right about GMOs—a quasi-messianic, megalomaniacal, long-obsolete corporate Holy Grail of the 20th century—the truth will become increasingly evident in the coming years.