Small Farms Under Attack

Government efforts to do away with the small family farm in the United States to make the populace dependent on large corporate-and-bureaucratic-controlled farming operations for food are becoming increasingly successful.

Last week, the website The Economic Collapse outlined an alarming trend in the Nation: the complete wiping out of the family farm.

From the article:

An entire way of life is rapidly dying right in front of our eyes.  The family farm is being systematically wiped out of existence in America, and big agribusiness and the federal government both have blood all over their hands.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today.  That doesn’t mean that there is less farming going on.  U.S. farms are producing more than ever.  But what it does mean is that farming is increasingly becoming dominated by the big boys.  The rules of the game have been tilted in favor of big agribusiness so dramatically that most small farmers find that they simply cannot compete anymore… Big agribusiness, the food processing conglomerates, and big seed companies such as Monsanto completely dominate the industry.  Unless something dramatic is done, the family farm is going to continue to be wiped out of existence.  Unfortunately, it does not look like things are going to turn around any time soon.

The article is backed up by recent news stories about government regulatory assaults on small farming operations initiated by well-funded corporate lobbies. It is estimated that about 80 percent of food grown in the Nation is linked to Monsanto Co.

In Michigan, farmers have been told that they are not allowed to raise hogs on small family farms that do not meet the State’s approval.

Raw milk farmers are attacked repeatedly by Federal Food and Drug Administration jackboots for peddling their pure products.

Government, in the name of safety (surprise), is working feverishly to make it illegal for children to do certain farm work. They have backed down for now amid public backlash, but probably not for long.

Small food operations throughout the country are under attack from the corporately corrupted FDA.

The results of allowing corporate control to take over the U.S. agriculture industry are lower-quality food and the ruination of naturally occurring crops as genetically modified varieties take over. Another result: communities that lack the ability to produce foodstuffs on their own, making them wholly dependent on the State in the event of societal distress and the disruption of modern food supply.

As government continues in its effort to control every aspect of American life, a statement made by Henry Kissinger in 1970 sums up the reasoning behind taking food production out of the hands of small farms, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

The 5 Things You’d Better Have in Your Bug Out Bag, But Probably Don’t

When you are preparing for the worst, it becomes very easy to overlook simple items that you’ll need to survive. Sure, you’ll have your basic first aid kits and rations of food, but there are a few items that you should always remember to have with you — items that might be so commonsense that they can be easily overlooked.

I wanted to share with you five items that you should definitely have in your bug out bag that most people won’t. And if you think that you have an upper hand being prepared now, then ensuring that you have these will solidify your survival when the stuff hits the fan.

1. Energy: What are you going to need most in an emergency? What’s the thing that’s going to pull you through? Energy. I know what you’re thinking: I can’t pack energy. Yes, you can. Some good items to pack for this would be NoDoz® pills or 5-hour ENERGY® shots.

You’re going to need to hustle to get to a safe place, whether that is away from a natural disaster or a stampeding human herd. You will have to keep yourself going in those crucial first 24 hours; you will need all the edge you can get. It would be great to say that you could have a fresh start in the morning after eight full hours of sleep, but we all know that’s probably not going to happen. You’ll need to wake up quickly and maintain that energy. The way to do that is by literally packing energy.

2. A flask of whiskey or alcohol: As much as I’d like to say that this is to make an emergency more entertaining, it isn’t. You won’t be partying when a crisis hits. A flask of alcohol can be used for a lot of things, whether it be cleaning wounds or relaxing you if you need some type of medical treatment.

Throughout history, when troops have been hurt on the battlefield, alcohol has been used for just about every surgical procedure. Having whiskey in your bug out bag can make your life so much more comfortable when you’re in a world of pain.

3. A weapon: Common sense, right? Well, it may not be for a lot of people. If a crisis hits, you as well as I know that it’s going to be every man for himself and his family. You want to be able to protect yourself and what you have. A small, concealable weapon can accomplish this.

Don’t pack something that can be found in nature. A rock is not a weapon. A baseball bat could be good, but you can find sticks and branches and make that yourself later on.

You’re going to want to pack a quality knife or a small gun. Both will fit in your bag and both will protect and provide for you. A knife, as you know, has multiple functions and can be used for surgery, starting fires, hunting and defense — just to name a few uses. A gun can be used for protection, hunting and signaling. Protection will be paramount in a crisis.

The choice is yours as to what to pack, maybe even both items. But if you can choose only one weapon, a good knife is best.

4. Vitamin supplements: You know what your mother used to say, “Eat your vegetables.” Why is that? She wasn’t working for the Department of Agriculture, so it wasn’t to promote the sales of vegetables or a government function — it was to keep you healthy.

Vegetables and fruits have vitamins in them that keep your body’s defenses up and keep you healthier for longer periods of time. When you’re out on your own, you may not have a lot of options for food. Taking a good vitamin supplement will keep you kicking longer. It will prevent you from catching colds and allow your body to heal faster if you get hurt.

Vitamins are critical to your survival, especially when you don’t know what kind of attack you may be avoiding. They will also provide you the long-term energy that you need that can’t be provided by the energy resources above.

5. Duct tape:  I mentioned your mom, so let’s talk about your Dad. Remember how he could fix anything with duct tape? Guess what? So can you.

Think about the functionality of Duct Tape. You can hold things together, whether it’s a splint for a broken bone, torn skin or the bumper of your truck. You can fix holes in tents and shoes, and hang things in trees if need be. Duct tape fixes literally anything. In a worst-case scenario, you can even make a belt out of it.

These five items will make a major difference in your life if you remember to pack them in your bug out bag. Sadly, not many people will know to pack them, but you will, and that may make the ultimate difference in your life in a crisis situation.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Michelle Obama Shares Her Secret Service Fantasy

Michelle Obama took questions from children on the 20-year anniversary of the White House’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day.

The first lady has no plans of occupying the Oval Office. When asked, “Will you ever run for president?” Obama responded: “Absolutely not.”

She also revealed her “fantasy.”

When another tyke asked Obama what she would change about “the first lady job,” she said:

It’s hard to sneak around and do what you want. … If I could change something, I’d be able to sneak around a little more. …I have done it a couple of times. But you know one fantasy I have, and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking.

First Lady’s Trip To Spain Cost Taxpayers $467,585

Following the first lady’s lavish getaway to Spain in 2010, the White House assured American citizens that the Obamas would pay for any personal expenses. But Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates government corruption, has announced that government documents suggest it was on taxpayers’ dime — to the tune of $467,585.

U.S Airport records indicate that the cost of flying Michelle Obama round-trip to Spain was $199,323.75. Lodging the flight crew cost $10,290.60, car rental cost $2,633.50 and food cost $876.30 (which included $57.68 for maple syrup and pancake mix).

In addition, the trip cost the Secret Service $254,461.20.

The hefty bill also included lodging for a dog.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:

The American people can ill afford to keep sending the First Family on vacations around the globe. There needs to be greater sensitivity to the costs borne by taxpayers for these personal trips. It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. No wonder it took two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.

Tampa Seeks Gun Ban During RNC

Many Republicans are ardent supporters of 2nd Amendment rights, but those who are planning to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., may have to leave their guns at home despite State laws favorable to concealed carry.

Tampa officials are worried about people toting guns to the RNC, and they want to eliminate their fears by executive order. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Governor Rick Scott to help them temporarily ban concealed weapons during the event.

The city leaders have already proposed a host of banned items including lumber, hatchets, gas masks, chains and “super soaker” water cannons but are prevented from outlawing concealed guns because of State concealed carry laws. They say guns must not be allowed because of the political volatility of the event and the chance of large protests.

Charlotte, N.C., is expected to pursue similar anti-gun initiatives for the Democratic National Convention in spite of that State’s laws that allow for concealed carry.

Buffett Awakens PSA Test Controversy

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Warren Buffett’s decision to get two months of radiation for stage 1 prostate cancer highlights questions about prostate screenings, U.S. health officials say.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which issues recommendations on medical testing and treatment, said in 2008 men age 75 and older should not receive the prostate specific antigen test, which measures blood levels of a protein secreted by the prostate gland.

Elevated levels in younger men are usually a sign a biopsy needs to be performed to detect cancer but most prostate cancers are slow growing and 80 percent of men age 80 and older are not apparently harmed by the cancer and will most likely of some other cause, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The task force said “there is moderate or high certainty the service has no net benefit or that the harm outweighs the benefits.” Side effects from treatment of a prostate tumor can include incontinence, impotence, rectal bleeding and many other complications.

Nonetheless, last year Dr. Scott E. Eggener of the University of Chicago Medical Center, found many older men getting unnecessary PSA screening.

Eggener and colleagues used data from the 2005 and 2010 National Health Interview Surveys and found in 2005, before the recommendations, 43 percent of men age 75 and older received the PSA test. In 2010, two years after the guidelines were released, the percentage had grown to 43.9 percent.

In both years, the researchers excluded men who had a test because of a specific prostate complaint, restricting it only to those who received the test as part of routine screening. Only 12.5 percent of men in their 40s and 33.2 percent of men in their 50s — both groups that could benefit from early diagnosis and treatment — received the test.

 

G-Spot Found In Dead Women Who Was 83

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida gynecologist said he discovered the G-spot last fall during a post-mortem on an 83-year-old woman at a university in Poland.

Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, a semi-retired gynecologist in St. Petersburg, Fla., said he performed his research on the dead woman because dissection of human remains is permitted in Poland soon after death, when it’s easier to see fine distinctions in tissue, The Miami Herald reported.

Ostrzenski, who performed reconstructive and cosmetic gynecological procedures at the the Institute of Gynecology, developed seven new techniques for vaginal rejuvenation.

He said he peeled back the six layers of the cadaver’s vaginal wall and found a sac structure between the fifth and sixth layers that housed grape-like clusters of erectile tissue, which is supposed to boost women’s orgasmic sensation. The dissection took 7 hours.

Ostrzenski said he was inspired by the first principles of medicine “first establish the anatomy.”

If the finding, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, is confirmed by further investigation, Ostrzenski said he hoped his work will help rewrite anatomy books.

However, Beverly Whipple, a Rutgers University nursing school professor who popularized the G-spot when she co-authored the 1982 book “The G Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality,” said Ostrzenski’s discovery is not the G-spot because the G-spot is not one entity.

4,500 U.S. Employees Killed On Job In 2010

WASHINGTON (UPI) — More than 4,500 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries and approximately 49,000 deaths were attributed to work-related illnesses in 2010, officials say.

In 2010, 4,547 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries and approximately 49,000 deaths were attributed to work-related illnesses, officials say.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported approximately 3.1 million workers in private industry and 820,000 in state and local government had a non-fatal occupational injury or illness.

An estimated 2.7 million workers were treated in emergency departments for occupational injuries and illnesses, and approximately 110,000 were hospitalized, said a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Recent research estimated the cost of fatal U.S. worker injuries at $6 billion and the cost of fatal illnesses at $46 billion, but economists are working to calculate the costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States.

Non-fatal injuries and illnesses were estimated to cost $186 billion and $12 billion annually, a study in the Milbank Quarterly reported.

Workers Memorial Day, set for Saturday, recognizes workers who died or sustained work-related injuries or illnesses.

 

U.S. Workers Not Getting Enough Sleep

ATLANTA (UPI) — An estimated 20 percent of the more than 42,500 U.S. vehicle crashes a year are linked to drowsy driving, federal health officials said.

A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said insufficient sleep can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences for fatigued workers and those around them.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends healthy U.S. adults sleep 7-9 hours per day, but 30 percent of civilian-employed U.S. adults — about 40.6 million workers — reported getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep per day on average, the report said.

“The prevalence of short sleep duration fewer than 6 hours per day varied by industry of employment with a significantly higher rate of short sleep duration among workers in manufacturing — 34.1 percent — compared with all workers combined,” the report said.

“Among all workers, those who usually worked the night shift had a much higher prevalence of short sleep duration — 44 percent representing approximately 2.2 million night-shift workers — than those who worked the day shift at 28.8 percent, representing approximately 28.3 million day-shift workers.”

There was high prevalence of short sleep duration among night shift workers in the transportation and warehousing industries at 69.7 percent, and 52 percent in the healthcare and social assistance fields, the report said.