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Disgusting Treatment of We The People!

Debbie Lewis, September 5, 2016

While researching for an article I was preparing to write regarding the recent Nestle’ travesty involving the loss water rights to the community of Fryeburg, ME, my research took a turn into a ten year summation of Monsanto Lobby activity.  As we fight for our right to clean water, we’ve lost our right to know what’s in our food…As anyone who has taken any amount of science in grade school knows, good food and clean water are vital to our health and survival.  As anyone who has taken any manner of REAL history knows, we have a unalienable right to LIFE.  I’d say that includes good food and clean water.  Apparently Nestle’s nor Monsanto think so.

First, let me say the appalling stance taken by Nestle’ Chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is simple unconscionable.  To actually think a corporation could deprive a community of its water supply is criminal…to actually do it is…well, unthinkable, and yet that’s just what Brabeck-Letmathe want’s to do.  he has gone so far as to propose that clean fresh water is not a human right!  Later, though, in full damage-control mode, Nestle’ posted on it’s website that Brabeck-Letmathe was NOT against clean water for communities…Maybe Nestle’s and its Chair don’t remember that once something is out there, it’s there:

“The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.

As you can see, Brabeck-Letmathe’s opinion is that water isn’t a public right.

But, as I said, I stumbled on some disturbing figures concerning Monsanto Lobbying activity.  The ongoing fight for GMO labeling may have been doomed from the start.  Why, you may ask?  Well…money, of course!

Lobbyists are prevalent in Washington, D.C., and where are our representatives?  Yeah, in Washington, D.C.!!!  Over the past 19 years, lobbyists averaged 12,600 in D.C. spending, on average, $2.37 Billion PER YEAR to peddle their particular legislative wishes to OUR representatives.  Now, you and I have nowhere NEAR that amount of money, so do you think our representatives are listening to us?  Apparently not, as congress passed the Dark Act, basically shunning the wishes of their constituency for their apparent benefactors!

Monsanto is the main company pushing GMO’s on the market, and the people, and therefore it stands to reason they would be against labeling.  They aren’t the only one.  BUT, a ten-year analysis on Monsanto lobbying spending habit sheds some much needed light into just how far a company will go to get their way.  Let’s take a look.

In the industry of Agricultural Services/Products, Monsanto has held the Number 1 spot for spending, followed closely by CropLife America, The American Farm Bureau, and Archer Daniels Midland (CropLife America and the American Farm Bureau jockeyed for 2nd and 3rd place 8 of the past 10 yrs.  ADM held the 4th spot for 6 of the past 10 yrs).  Are you ready for this?  Monsanto spent an average of $6-plus MILLION averaging 19% of the total spending in this industry!  We have 535 representatives in D.C. and that totals a whopping $11,000-plus spent to lobby on behalf of their sinister agenda. It’s purely disgusting!

What adds to the disgust is the government’s all-out attack on the First Nation people in North Dakota over the Dakota Pipeline.  That pipeline is coming over Sacred Land AND will contaminate the drinking water there (maybe why Nestle’ is taking water from the East Coast!).  Doesn’t anyone care about that?  The Mainstream Media is not properly covering that…why?  The protests have been nothing but peaceful, yet recently, the protesters have been attacked by what appear to be mercenaries.  Wonder why?  could it be the government doesn’t want to get its hands dirty?

If you’re not outraged, you aren’t paying attention.  So, maybe these problem don’t affect you personally, yet.  Believe me, though, if you aren’t taking a stand, they will, and heaven help us all if we aren’t willing to stand up to this corruption!

What Bothers YOU Most?

Debbie Lewis, August 22, 2016

“Out of everything going on today, what bothers you the most?” a friend at asked.  You see, I am fortunate.  At least some of my friends are interested in what’s going on in the world.  It’s a hard question to answer, to be sure, because there are SO many things that SHOULD be bothering us.

It took a couple of minutes to mull over all the topics that could be bothersome to nail it down to one…the utter complacency of the American population…in ALL things.  Yep!  That’s the one!

Most people who know me well would have guessed I would have said our political system.  Those who would not have surmised that would have said either the upcoming election, our education system or our healthcare system…all good answers, as well!  Why?

There are people out there who are so busy in their lives, they fail to see what is going on of importance around them.  Out of some sort of societal code, we, as a population, feel we need to be entertained and busy all the time.  If our children have any free time whatsoever, we feel the need to fill it.  We enroll our children in every imaginable sport all year long.  Whether it’s through school, recreational or competitive leagues, most kids today participate in some sort of sport back to back without a break.  Some of these sports take families away during holidays and weekends.  Also, rather than interact with and discipline our children, today we slam them with so many forms of entertainment, they can barely communicate anymore.  Kids as young as 3 can use their parent’s tablets and cell phones better than I can use mine!  I see it every day…multiple times a day.  Then there is television…the ultimate baby sitter!!!

We meet ourselves coming and going; working all day (or night!), getting our children to and from their respective functions (if you have more than one child, you KNOW what I mean!), household chores.  If we are single, we want to live life to the fullest, and we should, so we are always looking for something to do, before we get too bored…it never ends!

Rather than look into something that sounds a bit odd, we take the word of the mainstream media, even though trust in the media is nearly at its lowest.  The last two presidential election cycles were rife with outright manipulation of the would be candidates running for president.  This one is shaping up to be the same.  And even though we don’t, overall, trust the media, we allow this to happen without checking into the information for ourselves.  Ever heard of the phrase, knowledge is power?

The media has been caught either lying to or withholding information about other subjects from the general population, and yet we still continue this love/hate relationship without holding them accountable for their blatant misrepresentation of the facts. Why don’t we seem to care?

We trust one political party or the other to take care to things, but when business as usual occurs, we don’t seem so surprised.  Next election, we elect the other party, hoping things will change.  We continue playing a game of musical chairs, of sorts, with our elected officials, back and forth, and everything pretty much stays the same.  Rather than taking it upon ourselves to throw them out, we wait for a regime change.  And the cycle starts all over again.  Why just this year, the Democrats were caught outright blackballing Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, and yet we’ve turned a blind eye.  Is it easier to just buy into the lie?

I wonder how many people realize, or even think about history, in general?  Do you realize history is written by the winners?  Which means there was another side.  And, just because one side won, doesn’t mean it was right.  But we don’t ask questions.  Maybe we don’t realize the need!  And yet there are whole scores of historical information that we do not know anything about, because that stuff didn’t make the front page.  That stuff wasn’t important.  That stuff didn’t belong to the winners.  But, to learn from our mistakes, we have to know the whole story…don’t we?

What about modern medicine?  For an industrialized nation, our country is extremely ill.  Also, I have to wonder how many people realize what the term Iatrogenic Illness means?  How many have even heard of it?  And yet, that particular illness is a leading cause of injury and death in the United States.  On top of that, we have been forced to insurance, but I know many people who have insurance, and still cannot afford to go to the doctor when the need arises.  Yet they continue to pay a bill from which they cannot hope to benefit.  Still, what about those of us who do our own research and use alternatives, with great success, but our our preferred method of healthcare is frowned upon by nearly every person who doesn’t question modern medicine?

We have access to information from every corner of the planet, but we are so busy, we never ask questions.  We never bother to look into things that need our attention.  We are bombarded day after day with programing that tells us what to think, how to dress, what to do, and we never bother to look into any of it.  Instead we get offended if someone challenges what we believe, and as the stubborn fools we are, we never consider what’s been offered.

Combine everything, and maybe it isn’t fair of me to say “complacency of the American population” as the one thing, above all else, that bothers me.  But it is…because if we, as a population, do not pay attention, our children will not have a future in which to participate, learn and grow…they will be slaves to a society that cares nothing about them!  If we cannot fight the wretched tyranny on all levels, our children will pay a dear price.  Is that what we really want…to shirk what is ours to watch over?  To pass a colossal mess over to our children to sort out?  I know I don’t.  So, yes, I stand by my answer.  Complacency is the MOST exasperating thing…

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