… Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven…
… Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven…
Rick Perry’s presidential campaign imploding in wake of Gardasil scandal
Friday, September 30, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Many media pundits have been working overtime to defend Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s detestable 2007 executive order mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil for all young girls in the Lone Star State. Far from saving his campaign, however, such desperate efforts to spin one of the most disturbing political scandals in recent history will more than likely quicken the complete debacle of Mr. Perry’s presidential campaign.
After Mr. Perry exposed himself as a blatant liar during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Orlando, Fla., claiming that a woman he met after issuing his executive order was partially responsible for spurring his decision to issue it, many in the media downplayed his answer as a “misstatement.” They then proceeded to provide excess media coverage of his sappy “err on the side of life” rhetorical spiel, which ultimately failed to vindicate the decision as was intended.
The media then decided to go on the offensive against Rep. Michelle Bachmann, the candidate at the debate who brought up the issue of Gardasil in the first place, and who spoke the truth about the vaccine’s link to causing brain problems. Some pundits went so far as to claim that Bachmann’s statements about Gardasil’s dangers were “shameful” and “dangerous.”
But what is truly shameful and dangerous is the media’s unscrupulous handling of the whole situation, as it continually denies the very real dangers associated with a vaccine that is being heavily pushed on the nation’s youth, and coddles a supposed presidential “frontrunner” who tried to force preteen girls in Texas to be jabbed with it. After all, Gardasil is linked to causing migraine headaches, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, paralysis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, seizures, blindness, hearing loss, memory loss, and death (http://truthaboutgardasil.org).
The good news is that an increasing number of Americans simply are not buying what the media and its political darlings are trying to sell them. The Great Texas Gardasil Scandal of 2007 is not going away any time soon, and as more and more people learn the truth about the vaccine and Mr. Perry’s role in promoting Gardasil, his campaign will self-destruct faster than the time it took the Texas State legislature to annul his executive order.
Matthew 13:28 (Only an enemy sows bad seed in with the good)
… and he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
India files biopiracy lawsuit against Monsanto, says biotech giant is stealing nature for corporate gain
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recent France 24 report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for “biopiracy,” accusing the company of stealing India’s indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.
Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world’s overall supply of the vegetable.
And in an attempt to capitalize on this popular crop, Monsanto has repeatedly tried to commercially market its own GM variety of brinjal called Bt brinjal. But massive public outcry against planned commercial approval of Monsanto’s “frankencrop” variety in 2010 led to the government banning it for an indefinite period of time.
But Monsanto is still stealing native crops, including brinjal, and quietly working on GM varieties of them in test fields, which is a clear violation of India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). So at the prompting of various farmers and activists in India, the Indian government, representing the first time in history a nation that has taken such action, has decided to sue Monsanto.
“This can send a different message to the big companies for violating the laws of the nation,” said K.S. Sugara, Member Secretary of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board, to France 24 concerning the lawsuit. “It is not acceptable … that the farmers in our communities are robbed of the advantage they should get from the indigenous varieties.”
You can watch the full France 24 video report of India’s lawsuit against Monsanto here:
Farmers and active members of the public in India have been some of the world’s most outspoken opponents of Monsanto’s attempted GM takeover of agriculture. Besides successfully overturning the attempted approval of Bt brinjal, these freedom fighters have also successfully destroyed several attempted Monsanto GM test fields.
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues…
Doer says ‘no indication’ U.S. putting up border fence
Canada’s ambassador to the United States says despite a leaked report that suggests U.S. officials are considering erecting a security fence along the Canadian border, there is “no indication” that such a plan will go ahead.
Building fences along the Canadian border is one of the options the U.S. government is considering as it mulls how to handle “trouble spots” and keep out criminals and other threats.
In a new draft report, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency includes among its proposals “fencing and other barriers” at the Canadian border to get a handle on “trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control.”
Gary Doer cautioned against looking at what amounts to an environmental assessment as a done deal, given that it’s not the same as a fully costed construction proposal.
“The reports come out every day in the United States about this option or that option,” Doer said. “But there’s no indication that that’s what the U.S. is going to do.”
Doer said both the U.S. and Canada have to be vigilant in dealing with border security issues, such as guns and drugs being smuggled each way.
But the two sides are working together on programs such as ships patrolling the Great Lakes in an effort “to work together.”
The report does outline the possibility of ramping up other, high-tech border-patrol measures, including radiation detectors, cameras and drones. However, it rejects the idea of hiring “significantly more” border patrol agents, citing a recent hiring boom.
The report is essentially an environmental assessment of the potential impacts of increased security measures along the border. The agency will hold public consultations in Washington and in U.S. border cities next month before implementing a plan.
A report issued recently by the U.S. Government Accountability Office warned that only a small portion of the border with Canada is adequately secured, pointing out that border officers control just 50 kilometres of the 6,400-kilometre boundary.
Unmanned U.S. aircraft patrol about 1,800 kilometres along the border around Washington State, Minnesota and New York State.
However, officials have questioned whether fencing would turn out to be much of a deterrent along such a vast terrain that ranges from dense forest to Prairie plain.
The report says that in addition to fencing, trenches and other barriers could be put in place to restrict movement across the border. Whatever the plans, the report says infrastructure, such as roads and trails, along the border would also have to be improved.
Elinor Sloan, an international relations expert at Carleton University, said initial public consultations for the report began about a year ago, so the proposals have been under consideration for some time.
Sloan said it is difficult to know if ideas such as a security fence are being considered in response to a specific threat.
“It’s probably driven by a perceived increase in threat along the border, but not just in the last few months,” Sloan told CTV News Channel Thursday afternoon in an interview from Ottawa.
Sloan pointed out that U.S. officials were obviously concerned about potential threats posed by the so-called “Toronto 18,” as well as the “Millennium Bomber,” who was stopped at the B.C.-Washington State border in 1999 as he tried to make his way to the Los Angeles Airport.
“Apparently there are many other (threats),” Sloan said. “Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano has indicated that there are other ones that simply can’t be released for security reasons.”
The report comes out as Canadian and U.S. officials hammer out a deal on perimeter security designed to keep goods and people moving across the border, where congestion has worsened in the years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The Canada Border Services Agency issued a statement in response to the report Thursday, saying that “policy options in the draft report have not been part of the discussions between the CBSA and U.S. CBP on ways to improve border management.”
NDP justice critic Joe Comartin blasted the report as fear-mongering by U.S. bureaucrats, saying Americans don’t view Canadians as a threat.
“When you get their security agencies just going off on this kind of a tangent … well, quite frankly, it just makes me angry,” Comartin told The Canadian Press.
“We had quite an open border prior to 9-11, and just every year it just gets tighter and tighter.”
With files from Ken Gousseau in Winnipeg and The Canadian Press
Related article from 12 Sept 2011…
Like a flood…
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him…
OBAMA POISED TO CLOSE NINE BORDER PATROL STATIONS
By Michael Cutler July 31, 2011 NewsWithViews.com
Just when you think things cannot get worse, our government proves us wrong!
I was sent the disturbing information about the administration’s proposed closing of nine Border Patrol stations with an additional 4 stations being reviewed with an eye to closing them as well, by a former colleague and old friend who served in the U.S. Border Patrol as well as an INS Special Agent.
It is impossible to imagine justification for closing Border Patrol stations. The further apart stations are located, the more agents will have to travel when they make arrests and the more that our beleaguered agents will have to travel to get to their assigned sectors when they are on duty. This also has serious safety implications for our agents!
Clearly the administration is determined to make it increasingly difficult for our Border Patrol agents to carry out their duties to secure our nation’s borders. The efforts of the valiant Border Patrol agents is also, of course, being undermined by the policy statements issued by the President and members of the administration to terminate removal (deportation) hearings involving hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and providing employment authorization to many of those illegal aliens. These decisions amount to the firing of a starter’s pistol along our nation’s borders to encourage many more aliens to run our borders and head to cities across this nation, from coast to coast and border to border!
Meanwhile yesterday, the President went before an unusual joint session of Congress that, as the reporters noted, resembled a State of the Union Address to advocate the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars to create new jobs! Nearly every unemployed American could have a job to go to without having a single new job created if the administration enforced the immigration laws and conducted investigations into fraud and abuses in the various categories of “temporary” work visa programs such as the H1b visas that enable foreign high-tech workers such as computer programmers to come to the United States to take jobs as programmers even while large numbers of American programmers are unemployed or underemployed doing jobs that have no relationship to programming- a profession for which they attended college and developed a high level of experience and expertise.
Yet not a single GOP candidate for the Presidency has talked about this. Incredibly, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, talked about the lessons learned by the Amnesty of 1986 but limited his remarks to the failure to aggressively implement worksite enforcement to go after illegal aliens and their employers. Mr. Gingrich did not talk about the rampant fraud that permeated that ill-conceived amnesty program and joined the most of the other candidates who said that if an illegal alien was present in the United States for a number of years that he should be provided with lawful status. He should certainly know better! There is no quick or easy way to determine how long an illegal alien who ran our borders has been present in the United States. It becomes even more difficult if the alien in question uses multiple false identities- and I can tell you from my 30 years of experience with the INS that the majority of illegal aliens routinely use many false names!
The policies of the administration and the speeches made by so many politicians, including those who would replace President Obama in the Oval Office in 2012 provide clear incentives and encouragement to people around the world who are contemplating entering the United States in violation of law that if they can run our borders they will be treated as lawful immigrants!
This also provides terrorists who desire to enter the United States to attack our nation and our citizens with a strategy to enter our country and easily embed themselves in our country provided that they can make their way into the interior of the United States. Furthermore, if an alien is granted employment authorization, that alien would likely be able to obtain a driver’s license and a Social Security card along with credit cards and bank accounts in whatever false name they provide ICE enforcement personnel.
By eliminating Border Patrol stations, in my judgement, it will make it easier for illegal aliens to succeed in running our nation’s borders as agents are being made to waste more time getting to their assigned sectors and back to their stations when they go off duty or make arrests.
This is lunacy!
Meanwhile here we are, just two days before the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 with New York and Washington, DC on high alert over credible information about a possible imminent terrorist attack!
Once again I am compelled to say that the DHS should henceforth be known as the Department of Homeland Surrender!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes…
Rare Earths Fall as Toyota Develops Alternatives: Commodities
By Sonja Elmquist – Sep 29, 2011 3:34 PM CT
Rare-earth prices are set to extend their decline from records this year as buyers including Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) and General Electric Co. (GE) scale back using the materials in their cars and windmills.
Prices for cerium and lanthanum, the most abundant rare- earth elements, will drop by 50 percent in 12 months, Christopher Ecclestone, an analyst at Hallgarten & Co. in New York, has forecast. Neodymium and praseodymium, metals used in permanent rare-earth magnets, may fall as much as 15 percent, he said.
Makers of electric cars, wind turbines and oil-refining catalysts have sought to reduce use of the metals after China, which supplies more than 90 percent of the market, said in July 2010 that it would cut exports and clamp down on the industry. That boosted prices, encouraging mining companies to develop new prospects and buyers to find alternatives.
“If you think you can keep raising the prices for those materials and still keep your customers, you’re crazy,” Jack Lifton, co-founder of Technology Metals Research, said in a telephone interview. “The principal customer for rare-earth metals is a global automotive industry using rare-earth permanent magnets. That industry will engineer this stuff out.”
Declines in August and September pared a five-month, fourfold surge that brought the average price for eight of the most widely used rare-earth oxides to a record 396,850 yuan ($62,025) a metric ton in July, data from consultant Shanghai Steelhome Information show. The average price declined 13 percent from its July peak as of Sept. 27.
The Bloomberg Rare Earth Mineral Resources Index dropped 43 percent in the past three months, led by a 61 percent decline in Montreal-based Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (QRM) Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., which explores in North America, climbed 3.1 percent in the period and is the only gainer on the 17-member benchmark.
Rare earths have been pushed lower because of selling by speculators, Michael Gambardella, a New York-based analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co., said in a report last week. Tsunami- related disruptions in Japan and dumping of unpermitted material in China have undercut prices, while industrial substitution has driven “demand destruction,” said Sam Berridge, a Sydney-based analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.
“A greater focus on recycling and substitution, particularly by Japanese consumers, has resulted in tightness of demand easing somewhat for the lighter rare earths,” Berridge said by phone.
Rising prices for the so-called light metals, such as neodymium and lanthanum, have prompted automakers including Toyota, Asia’s biggest automaker, to look at reducing the use of relatively powerful and expensive rare-earth magnets in their vehicles. Some Toyota vehicles will be built with an induction motor, which doesn’t use rare-earth magnets, said John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman in Torrance, California.
“Moving from a fixed-magnet motor to an induction motor is a huge savings with regard to rare-earth metals,” Hanson said by phone.
“The Japanese are leading the push to replace, reduce and recycle their rare-earths consumption,” said Dudley Kingsnorth, chief executive officer of Perth-based advisory Industrial Minerals Co. of Australia. “Users are recycling rare earths wherever they can, using them more efficiently, particularly in the magnet industry where they are producing powerful magnets with smaller volumes.”
General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, plans to sell a Chevrolet Malibu Eco next year that uses an induction motor, and otherwise cut down on magnets that use a lot of rare earths.
“The magnets are like God’s gift to electric motors,” Pete Savagian, GM’s chief engineer for electric motors, said in a telephone interview. “But we don’t always need that level of magnet. Even at prices we saw three and four years ago, there’s a more economic alternative, albeit at slightly less efficient outcome.”
The largest portion of demand for rare earths, one third, comes from generating electricity, according to Bloomberg Industries.
In August, GE announced the development of wind-turbine generators that will reduce dependence on the rare-earth materials prevalent in so-called permanent-magnet machines. Some current offshore wind turbines may contain as much as half a ton of the metals, according to Bloomberg Industries analysis.
“Everybody is going back to the drawing board and trying to redesign their generators to minimize the usage of permanent magnets,” said Steve Duclos, chief scientist and manager of material sustainability for GE Global Research. “In all of our businesses we’re looking to reduce our usage.”
Companies that use cerium to polish glass, such as manufacturers of liquid crystal displays, will reduce their reliance on the element by as much as 70 percent this year by installing new polishing machines, said Jonathan Hykawy, an analyst with Byron Capital Markets in Toronto.
“They made the decision to substitute operational expenditure with capital expenditure,” Hykawy said. “Even if the price of cerium goes back to $5 a kilo, they will continue to buy less cerium because the machines are there and they’ll save a little bit of money. That’s a quasi-permanent demand destruction for cerium.”
W.R. Grace & Co. this year began selling an oil-refining catalyst with reduced lanthanum, a rare earth that has increased in price more than fourfold in the past year. Lanthanum improves the amount of gasoline refiners can extract from crude oil and is also used in hybrid-car batteries.
Half of the company’s customers had switched to the new formula, which offers the same performance and gives them “double-digit type percent decreases in their cost,” Grace Chief Financial Officer Hudson La Force III said on a conference call this month.
The development doesn’t worry Mark Smith, CEO of Molycorp Inc. (MCP), owner of the largest rare-earth deposit outside China.
Fluid-cracking catalysts have “always been one of the largest single markets for any of the individual rare earths,” Smith said in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “We don’t see that deteriorating in any significant form.”
While rare-earth prices have fallen, demand will outpace supplies even with new mines in California and Australia expected to come online in 2014, Smith said.
“Like any market, you’re going to see up and down in the course of a month or two,” Smith said. “But the overall trend remains short supply, heavy demand.”
The ability to substitute many rare-earth applications will be limited, said Constantine Karayannopoulos, CEO of Neo Material Technologies Inc. (NEM), a Toronto-based producer of rare- earths, magnetic powders and rare metals.
“All kinds of folks are trying to use alternative technologies,” he said by phone. “Longer-term, don’t expect these technologies to be in place this quarter or the next.”
Molycorp fell $1.22, or 3.5 percent to $34.06 as of 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, extending its decline this year to 32 percent. Neo Material Technologies dropped 63 cents, or 8.9 percent, to C$6.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its shares have tumbled 17 percent this year.
GE’s Duclos says he has little doubt companies will find substitutes, sooner or later.
“It will depend on the element, it will depend on the usage, but getting 10-20 percent efficiencies out of the usage of an element is not that terribly difficult,” Duclos said. “What I don’t subscribe to is this idea that there’s nothing we can do.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Sonja Elmquist in New York at Selmquist1@bloomberg.net.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
II Samuel 22:47
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Credit downgrade: I didn’t see it coming – English
Updated 9:30 AM Friday Sep 30, 2011
Fitch ratings agency has lowered New Zealand’s credit rating by one notch to “AA” and expressed concern over its high external debt.
“New Zealand’s high level of net external debt is an outlier among rated peers – a key vulnerability that is likely to persist as the current account deficit is projected to widen again,” Andrew Colquhoun, Fitch’s head of Asia-Pacific sovereigns said overnight.
The country’s net external debt hit 70 per cent of annual gross domestic product (GDP) in June.
Fitch said New Zealand’s current account deficit, which reflects a structural imbalance between savings and investment, is set to climb to 4.9 per cent of GDP next year and 5.5 per cent in 2013.
Fitch also downgraded by one notch New Zealand’s local currency rating from the top “AAA” rating to “AA+”.
It noted that New Zealand had one of the highest levels of household indebtedness among developed countries at 150 per cent of disposable revenue, which hasn’t declined significantly since 2008.
“Nonetheless, New Zealand remains well placed among the world’s highly rated sovereign credits, with its creditworthiness supported by moderate public indebtedness, fiscal prudence, and strong public institutions,” said Fitch.
Finance Minister Bill English met with representatives from Fitch last week in Washington, D.C.
“They didn’t talk much specifically about New Zealand,” English told Newstalk ZB.
“They made it clear they weren’t going to tell us what their view was on the day, because were considering New Zealand’s position.”
English would not say he saw the downgrade was coming, but said Fitch are “going through a cycle, with a number of countries downgrade”.
“We’ve always known what the issues are and that’s why we’ve been working pretty hard over the last couple of years on getting the Government’s debt under control, because that is an important part of this, but also trying to pull some of the indirect levers to influence our household debt.”
English said Moody’s and Standards & Poor’s will also be assessing their ratings of countries.
Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens said it was “difficult to know what new information provided the catalyst for Fitch to shift from negative outlook to take the decision to downgrade”.
“There has been speculation that the trigger was the recent weaker than expected GDP print for the June quarter, combined with increased cost estimates for the Christchurch earthquake.”
While Fitch’s news release didn’t point to this specifically, it did note that while New Zealand’s ratings remain supported by “fiscal prudence”, and public finances were typically a point of strength for New Zealand relative to its peers, upward revisions to the damage estimates from the Christchurch earthquake and consequent fiscal costs, or fiscal slippage driven by other causes, could set back the Government’s current forecast of returning to budget surplus by 2014/15.
Stephens said the high net external indebtedness, in part due to low household savings, was viewed as the key vulnerability, particularly in the volatile global environment.
“But this has long been a theme of Fitch’s. In its 2009 report which downgraded NZ’s credit outlook to negative, it warned that net debt would be likely to rise above 100 per cent by 2011.”
New Zealand’s net international investment position had improved substantially in recent years, said Stephens and was now at 70 per cent of GDP, down from a revised peak of 85 per cent.
“Fitch is presumably sceptical about the extent of structural improvement in this outlook noting that “changing deep-seated behaviour is likely to be difficult” (in relation to domestic savings behaviour).”
Stephens said that theoretically a lower credit rating would increase the cost of funds for the New Zealand economy and the New Zealand government.
– AFP/ NZ HERALD STAFF