Thanks @SenSanders No truer words spoken. Big donations from these corps. are buying our elected, vote against them! @SusanMaylone
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014).
Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player).
To Be Takei documentary official website.
- Mod Dawes Sr.
I was surprised to learn that some companies are playing both sides of the issue, but it all comes down to a simple equation.
I’m not a huge fan of genetically modified organisms (GMO). I’m not convinced that they are safe for our food supply. I’m concerned that they can cross pollinate nearby fields, and am concerned that so many other countries have banned them (which can put our farmers’ exports at risk if their crops become contaminated with GMOs as happened to some Oregon farmers last year).
Those are just some of the reasons I support companies committed to phasing out genetically modified ingredients, and support the labeling of GMOs. I find it unsurprising that many large companies are fighting tooth-and-nail against such legislation, pouring large amounts of money into the fight against states that are attempting to require such labeling. What a lot of people don’t know is that a large percentage of foods in our supermarkets contain GMO foods. Much of the food fed to livestock is also genetically modified.
For any large company, dropping GMO ingredients is a significant choice, so I was surprised to hear that some companies are quietly phasing out GMO ingredients, even while they continue to pour money into fighting the GMO labeling movement. I was surprised to learn that even the original Cheerios is GMO-free now. So why are companies dumping GMO ingredients while they continue to fight against anti-GMO legislation?
It’s all about demand.
I thought this quote from Nathan Hendricks, an agricultural economist from Kansas State University, was interesting, “Ultimately, these big companies aren’t just friends with Monsanto or something. They want to make a profit, and they want to be able to do what’s going to make them money.”
Since GMO labeling would not be beneficial to these companies, they are willing to fight such legislation. But because consumers are starting to demand GMO-free foods, they are also working to meet that demand.
It’s a great example of the power of the consumer. In the end, it is us, the consumers, who can sway big companies. Companies may be fine with GMOs, but if the consumer wants GMO-free food, they will provide it.
Many of these companies aren’t making many public statements about these quiet changes they are making behind the scenes. It looks like they are still waiting to see which way the wind blows on this issue. My hope is that it continues to blow against GMOs in our food supply.
It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on this earth as though I had a right to be here.
Anonymous said: I know that we should focus on the good and light in this world, particularly when it comes to global conflict and human crises. But my heart still aches, and I've been unhappy for several months. There are countless people in unimaginable pain who I can't help, and I just feel totally useless - I don't know what to do. Do you have any words of advice or thoughts to share?
Hi sweetheart. <3
I understand, love. The world goes through waves of different kinds of energy - and we are all connected and experience at some level those fluctuations whether we are aware of it or not. We can take it all in and identify with it, or we can step back, witness it, and have the energy and discernment to know how and what we might be able to do to help, and where our personal ‘responsibility’ lies.
We can worry, focus on, and turn over in our minds the things that are wrong, or we can educate ourselves enough to know what’s going on, and impact the world in the ways we can by spreading light and helpful information so that others become aware. We will not have anything to give if we are drowning because we think we are responsible for fixing it all. When you feel that way, offer love and light and then move on with your immediate surroundings and the needs of those around you, including yourself. Meditate every day. Practice mindfulness and you will spread Light.
Please read this for more of my thoughts, my beautiful-hearted friend:
Let’s all take a minute now and send Light to those areas of the world that are on our minds and in our hearts… Love spreads far and your intentions to offer good energy yield real results…
Sending you love, from my heart to yours. <3
Namaste, beautiful spirit.
Sometimes you cannot know the misery in one’s life, but you should always work to treat others with compassion and patience. You will add beauty to people’s lives in ways that you’ll never hear about or see
As it happened, she didn’t actually know what the IMF was, so I offered that the International Monetary Fund basically acted as the world’s debt enforcers — “You might say, the high-finance equivalent of the guys who come to break your legs.” I launched into historical background, explaining how, during the ’70s oil crisis, OPEC countries ended up pouring so much of their newfound riches into Western banks that the banks couldn’t figure out where to invest the money; how Citibank and Chase therefore began sending agents around the world trying to convince Third World dictators and politicians to take out loans (at the time, this was called “go-go banking”); how they started out at extremely low rates of interest that almost immediately skyrocketed to 20 percent or so due to tight U.S. money policies in the early ’80s; how, during the ’80s and ’90s, this led to the Third World debt crisis; how the IMF then stepped in to insist that, in order to obtain refinancing, poor countries would be obliged to abandon price supports on basic foodstuffs, or even policies of keeping strategic food reserves, and abandon free health care and free education, how all of this had led to the collapse of all the most basic supports for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. I spoke of poverty, of the looting of public resources, the collapse of societies, endemic violence, malnutrition, hopelessness, and broken lives.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Neil’s words from the last episode of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”
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