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09/13/2002

Discover how big brother is looking out for your interests: health, money, welfare, etc... 

If you are on this page, you are curious,  and I hope open-minded to truths that some won't accept - they wont even read or consider anything beyond their narrow beliefs. These people are the ones who allow our freedom to slip by. Don't be one of the sheep, discover the truths for yourself.

Lest we forget: The Bush Family and the Savings & Loan scandal

About GMOs

About Leaf Blowers

Find out about Codex - an organization set up to take away the free people's rights to herbs and health supplements. Why? So that the pharmaceutical industry can profit even more from illness and disease.

If you have any comments or complaints submit them and we will post them here. 

GMOs

These articles about GMOs are from the, BULLHORN, a Mendocino newspaper.
Note: On March 2, Mendocino County voters approved  to ban the growing of genetically altered crops and animals within the county (by a 57 to 43 margin of victory) . 

 What are GMOs?

A GMO, a Genetically Modified Organism, is a man-made, patented, organism created in a laboratory through genetic engineering.

We've all heard of hybrids - crossing a broccoli and a cauliflower, or two varieties of roses, or two breeds of dogs. Sometimes this occurs in nature as a product of traditional breeding, including hybridization.

A GMO is completely different. It is created when a gene from a totally unrelated species is shot into the genetic material of another species.
Here are a few examples of GMOs

∑ Trout with rat and human genes

∑ Goats with spider genes

∑ Corn or rice with human genes

∑ Potatoes with mice and human genes

∑ Tomatoes with fish genes

∑ Salmon with cow or human genes

These combinations never occur in nature.
Scientists worldwide now admit that the rush to sell genetically engineered products has put people's health, property and the environment at risk. That is why 30 countries have banned, or propose to ban GMOs, including many European countries. In the U.S., Gerber baby foods, Trader Joe's, even McDonalds and Burger king are now refusing GMO corn, potatoes and other ingredients.

What is Measure H and how does it affect Mendocino County?

Measure H simply bans the growing of GMO plants and animals in the County. There are no GMOs growing in Mendocino County now.

Agricultural Commissioner Dave Bengston, who is responsible for enforcing Measure H, says there will be no backyard inspections.

Measure H will protect Mendocino County's farms and wineries and the clean" reputation of our agricultural products.

Measure H protects the County's fisheries and forests from contamination by GMO salmon or redwood trees.

Measure H protects private property from GMO pollen contamination and safeguards home vegetable gardens

Measure H will give you and your family the option of buying locally grown foods free of GMO contamination

Measure H will still allow consumers to buy foods containing GMOs at the supermarkets.

Measure H is the right choice for our County's economy.

∑ GMO pollen drift could contaminate Mendocino County's farms.

∑ GMO contamination is permanent and irreversible.

Measure H will maintain our multi-million dollar business of wine exports to Europe and other markets that won't accept GMOs

∑ Measure H gives Mendocino County an economic advantage.

Debunking the myths...

Won't GMOs reduce pesticide use?

NO. A comprehensive 2003 study shows that GMO crops planted in the U.S. since 1996 have increased pesticide use by 50 million pounds.

Won't GMOs solve world hunger?

NO. University studies show that GMO crops produce significantly lower yields than natural varieties. Also, GMOs are patented and make it a crime for farmers to save seed as they have done for thousands of years.

Won't Measure H increase taxes and bureaucracy?

NO. Measure H will not create additional costs for enforcement because the Agricultural Commissioner already inspects every shipment of agricultural products that enter Mendocino County. Only Mendocino County voters can increase taxes.

Measure H is good for our health.

GMOs are so new and untested on humans that no one knows for sure how they affect our health. - .

Here are the concerns raised by scientists:

. GMOs may trigger allergies in people

. GMOs may create new toxins harmful to human health GMOs may lead to antibiotic resistance

. GMOs may be linked with a resurgence of infectious diseases

Just as the USDA has not enforced regulations that would have prevented Mad Cow disease, it can't protect us from the health risks of GMOs. Nor can it prevent the accidental release of untested GMOs into the environment.

GMOs have never been tested adequately to determine their effect on human health. - Dr. Marvin Trotte

3/15/2004 - More to come. From the BULLHORN, a Mendocino newspaper. I am asking permission to post some of their stories on this site and to link to their site. Check back in a few days.

3/16/2004
Dear Sam:
Please post away! We'd be delighted to share our stories with your website visitors. The more we educate ourselves about GMOS, the more motivated we are to take back control of our local food supply. By the way, Mendocino County, voters by a (57 to 43 margin of victory) approved March 2, to ban the growing of genetically altered crops and animals within the county. This makes Mendocino the first county in the nation to implement such a ban. The victory has sparked a grassroots fire across the state, with now more than 13 counties launching their own similar initiatives. For more info, check out: www.gmofreemendo.com

Good luck in your ventures, Sam.

Very Best,
Laura

Laura Hamburg
Measure H Media
Editor, The Bullhorn (707) 462-5699

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LEAF BLOWERS

This and more information can be found at www.zapla.org/health/h1.html

"Thermal inversions act like a lid over the basin. Bright sunshine and warm temperatures cause some pollutants to react with each other, forming even more pollution. Different types and levels of air pollution can cause everything from watery eyes and fatigue to respiratory disease, lung damage--even cancer."

"Fine particles (GMOs for example.) remain suspended in the air for long periods and can travel great distances. PM10 may remain suspended for hours to days in the atmosphere. These are emissions to which persons in the near-downwind-vicinity would be exposed, for example, residents whose lawns are being serviced and their neighbors, persons in commercial buildings whose landscapes are being maintained or serviced, and persons within a few blocks of the source."

The following general physical reactions and discomforts associated with the use of blowers may be created or intensified by the cumulative amount of blower emissions, fuel spills, fugitive dust and noise

General Physical Reactions and Discomfort

Headaches, dizziness, weakness and nausea, constriction of airways, coughing, sore throat, reduction of capacity of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body, upset stomach or ulcers, difficulty sleeping.

Noise can cause an upset stomach or ulcer, contribute to premature birth of babies and to indifference. In one study, when a lawnmower was running, no one stopped for a woman needing help. When it was shut off, people hastened to help her.

And: Nasal allergy symptoms include sneezing, itchy nose, eyes, ears and throat, clear, runny nasal discharge, stuffy nose, red, watery eyes, and sore throats, coughing, tiredness, stomachaches, headaches, and tenderness in cheeks and forehead.

Related problems stemming from allergies may be sinus infections (sinusitis), eye inflammation (conjunctivitis) nasal polyps, ear infections (otitis media), asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

All of these, individually or together, can bring about irritability and, therefore, behavior changes.

Asthma can be triggered by mold, pollen, dust, pets, cold weather, and/or smoke, which cause the lining of air passages in lungs to become inflamed and swollen. Symptoms can be chest tightness, coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or wheezing. The Childrenís Environmental Health Network calls attention to the fact that asthma "Affects 4.8 million people below age 18 in the U.S. . . .Accounted for 198,000 hospitalizations under age 25 (in 1993)."

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), asthma is the most common chronic illness in childhood. The annual hospitalization rate for asthma among those under age 25 increased 28% (from 16.8 to 21.4 per 10,000 population) between 1980 and 1993. The annual age-specific asthma death rate increased 118% (from 1.7 to 3.7 per million population) between 1980 and 1993. (G6)

An "Asthma in America" survey in 1998 showed that, in Los Angeles itself, 46% of asthmatic children went to emergency rooms for asthma attacks in "the past year". 44% of those surveyed in Los Angeles said attacks forced them to miss school or work, compared w/ national average of 25%. (Asthma in America) and (98.12.1)

50% of Los Angeles asthmatics are limited in sports and recreation, 36% in normal physical exertion, and 29% are limited in social activities.

Pollens, dust, molds which have fallen to or reside on the ground can be blown up and re-suspended over and over again for periods long enough and for distances far enough to carry them into homes and lungs of asthmatics.

11.8 million people in America are affected by allergies that result in symptoms, which may be severe enough to disrupt life. They make it difficult to concentrate and to work. Allergies tend to run in families, and one in five children who visit pediatricians has a major allergic disorder.

People who have never been allergic may still develop symptoms after their own, individual tolerance level for a particular allergen (commonly dust, mold, animal dander or bee stings) or fumes such as perfume, has been exceeded at some point in their life. (Note: Reactions to fumes such as perfume may be considered as a "sensitivity" rather than a true "allergic" body response.)

Type 2 allergies cause cerebral and behavioral reactions, and can be caused by foods and odors from inhalants or chemicals (including perfume, car exhaust, smoke), which can cause or intensify brain malfunctions. An excess of exposure can cause dizziness, confusion, irritability, frustration, fatigue, anger, indifference, decreased concentration, lack of motivation, memory loss, unusual sensitivity to sounds and odors, a feeling of spaciness, slurred speech, difficulty in concentration, and minor personality changes." Or more extreme reactions such as "Depression, paranoia, extreme fatigue, hyperactivity, delusions, hallucinations, panic, amnesia, blackouts, manic, phobic and violent responses." House dust and house dust mites, microscopic molds, animal dander, fur or feathers, tree, weed, and grass pollens and molds cause most common Type 1 allergies. Blowers may distribute even mushroom spores through a neighborhood. (Allergy Relief Program p.42)

Mold can cause both acute and long-term serious effects. Stachybotrys fungus is one of hundreds of thousands of outdoor fungi that can cause serious health problems, such as migraine headaches, coughing, swollen eyes and fatigue when it moves indoors, and reactions that can develop into asthma. (99.10.3) It gives off toxic spores that can be inhaled, grows quickly in damp, poorly ventilated places like heating ducts, sheet rock and crawl spaces; In 1994, a link was found, with unusually high exposure, between Stachybotrys atra and infant deaths from pulmonary hemorrahage - hemosiderosis, or lung bleeding. (99.10.3) Blowers may introduce these molds, along with dust and odors, into homes where damp conditions could cause them to proliferate.

Eczema (rash, dry, or itchy skin) can result from an allergic reaction to exposure to dust, pollens, molds and animal dander, or from indoor and outdoor air pollution. It can lead to serious skin lesions.

One researcher said, "Natural environmental toxins have received little attention in the United States. Now we have evidence these toxins can and do produce a serious, sometimes deadly, illness in vulnerable infants." (99.10.3)

Again, pollens, dust, molds and animal dander which have fallen to or reside on the ground can be blown up and re-suspended over and over again for periods long enough and for distances far enough to create allergic reactions in people who are far from blower activity, even bringing these allergens into nearby homes. In addition, gasoline fumes may be so strong to passers-by and neighbors as to be nauseating.

Nearly 6,000 Los Angeles residents a year may die from lung or heart problems "aggravated by breathing the gritty air pollution. . ." ". . More than die from auto accidents, as well as AIDS and breast cancer, combined." Particulates "are small enough to lodge in lungs and aggravate respiratory and heart disease."

The above L.A. Times information from environmental reporter Marla Cone stem from research by the Natural Resources Defense Council, quoted below. (97.6.2)

The Natural Resources Defense Council defines Particulate matter as the deadliest air pollutant. They used research by Harvard and the American Cancer Society, and pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency for their report.

"Approximately 65,000 premature deaths from cardiopulmonary cause may be attributable to particulate air pollution each year." Estimated Annual Cardiopulmonary Deaths Attributable to Particulate Air Pollution in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area in 1989 was 33,825 vs 1,458 deaths from auto accidents. These rates are the highest in the nation! (NRDC, APO.3) Both air pollution and noise can increase blood pressure. In turn, the heart rate and the rate of breathing are changed.

"Studies show that particulate matter causes respiratory symptoms, changes in lung function. . .and pulmonary inflammation. . .might precipitate fluid in the lungs in people with heart disease. . .mediators released during an inflammatory response could increase the risk of blood clot formation and strokes." and PM10 exposure ". . .might also increase susceptibility to bacterial or viral respiratory infections, leading to an increased incidence of pneumonia. . . .In the presence of preexisting heart disease, acute bronchiolitis or pneumonia induced by air pollutants might precipitate congestive heart failure." (NRDC, APO.4)

"Elevated concentrations of ambient particulate air pollution have been associated with increased hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.. . . risk of MI [myocardial infarction] onset increased in association with elevated concentrations of fine particles in the previous 2-hour period. In addition, a delayed response associated with 24-hour average exposure 1 day before the onset of symptoms was observed" American Heart Association Abstract and (01.6.1).

Higher Mortality Rates: sudden infant death syndrome: higher infant mortality rates. birth defects, genetic mutations, premature birth, cancer, leukemia, have all been linked to air pollution.

Among the basic human needs are rest, silence, solitude (privacy). People need rest, silence and/or solitude for relaxation, which is needed to become refreshed. All of these are required in some degree in order to feel satisfaction and happiness. (Human Factors)

Sleep is disturbed by blower noise, long after the noise ceases. Rest and solitude, whether indoors or outdoors, are interrupted by the need to move away from the fumes, dust and noise of blowers. The resultant distress, frustration, fatigue, and anger ". . .may seriously affect moods, attitudes and eventual response to the environment. .." (Human Factors)

"Thereís little doubt that noise makes some people aggressive and less able to handle frustration. . ." (01.6.2) Behavioral allergic reactions to fumes and dust, mold and animal dander produced and/or spread by blowers are noted above, under Allergies.

The highest incidence of failure to wear protective gear in any workplace is by landscape and yard maintenance workers. Even where some semblance of gear is worn, it seldom meets the minimum standard recommended by manufacturers and OSHA.

A handkerchief, scarf or painterís mask may not protect workers from fugitive dust and its Particulate matter. Respirator masks that have a secure fit, with no leakage where dust can enter, are recommended.

Sunglasses do not offer the coverage or strength of recommended wrap-around protective glasses or goggles.

The headset of a portable radio will not protect hearing. Good earplugs, and/or ear-muff type protection that fits correctly are recommended for the noise which may be as loud as 100 decibels near the operatorís ears, even if the machine boasts a much lower dB level "at 50 feet."

Leaf blower operators, themselves, are the first, most frequently, and most highly exposed, to blower and fuel pollution.

What is the answer? Simple, ban the manufacturing and use of leaf blowers. Other intelligent communities and cities are doing it. Are we smarter than they are? Or dumber?

BIG BROTHER PROTECTS US?

How we are protected from ourselves.

The Government deems, through scientific research  (paid for by the Government), whether a product is safe for us. If they find it harmful and they wont lose any money, they make a law about it. (Sometimes the law is more harmful than the product.)

Government stamp of approval.

Tobacco:
Causes lung cancer. 
Is addictive. 
Supposedly, makes you - LOOK MORE MASCULINE IF YOU ARE A MALE - LOOK MORE FEMININE IF YOU ARE A FEMALE and makes you feel better, after a puff or two. (Well, that's what all of the ads say.)
Researched and found by the Surgeon General, to be harmful to your health. See the lung cancer wards for affirmation. No law against growing, reselling, manufacturing,  (if licensed) and no law against using it.
No reason given for failing to make laws against it. Don't we all know why? $$$ talks. 

Alcohol:
Mothers shouldn't drink while pregnant!
Don't drive while under the influence!
You can become an alcoholic.
No law against it. Same reasons.

GMO, Genetically Modified Organism, is a man-made, patented, organism created in a laboratory through genetic engineering.
        We've all heard of hybrids - crossing a broccoli and a cauliflower, or two varieties of roses, or two breeds of dogs. Sometimes this occurs in nature as a product of traditional breeding, including hybridization.
         A GMO is completely different. It is created when a gene from a totally unrelated species is shot into the genetic material of another species.
Here are a few examples of GMOs
∑ Trout with rat and human genes
∑ Goats with spider genes
∑ Corn or rice with human genes
∑ Potatoes with mice and human genes
∑ Tomatoes with fish genes
∑ Salmon with cow or human genes
       These combinations never occur in nature.
Scientists worldwide now admit that the rush to sell genetically engineered products has put people's health, property and the environment at risk. That is why 30 countries have banned, or propose to ban GMOs, including many European countries. In the U.S., Gerber baby foods Trader Joe's, even McDonalds and Burger king are now refusing GMO corn, potatoes and other ingredients. Copied and edited from Bullhorn Newspaper

Government Laws against:

Marijuana: 
∑ Too much can cause coughing.
∑ Creates a Euphoric feeling. 
∑ Relaxes and subdues aggressiveness (Not good for soldiers.)
∑ Some questionable research (no valid proof of addiction). 
∑ Supposedly harmful to your health. (No valid proof.) 
∑ Big laws against it. False claims and myths abound about it. You can be put in jail with hardened criminals for growing, manufacturing, reselling or using it.
∑ The real reason it is against the law is that "big business (the controllers of our government)" haven't found a way to make $$$ from it. Had the pharmaceutical industry found a way to make money selling marijuana, it would have been legalized years ago. The problem is that it grows wild and is easy to grow. If it were legal, the sales of alcohol and tobacco might decline.
∑ The government says that it is harmful to your health. Jail is harmful to your life!

  Ignorance, greed and selfishness rule.
The Comedy
: We believe we are so righteous.
The Tragedy:
We are still living in the dark ages. 
 

Big Brother watches over us, and protects us from education.

 

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