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Methyl Iodide for California’s Crops

No Methyl iodideMethyl iodide is so reliably carcinogenic that it’s used to induce cancer in the lab. Even so, Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience Corporation is pushing for its use. Arysta seeks approval for the use of methyl iodide as a soil fumigant – injected as a gas into the fields of communities across California and the U.S.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first registered methyl iodide as a pesticide on October 5th, 2007, despite a letter from dozens of distinguished chemists saying that it is “astonishing” that the EPA is considering “broadcast releases of one of the more toxic chemicals used in manufacturing into the environment.” EPA initially limited its approval, registering methyl iodide for only one year. Then, during the final months of the Bush Administration, EPA quietly removed the time limits on its decision, effectively giving Arysta a green light for entry into the United States’ market.
However, on September 25, 2009, U.S. EPA agreed to reopen its decision on methyl iodide, pending results of a California Scientific Review Committee. The science is in. The Committee’s final report (PDF), which found (PDF) that “any anticipated scenario for the agricultural…use of this agent would…have a significant adverse impact on the public health,” was posted on DPR’s website on February 11, 2010. On March 31, groups from around the country submitted a petition to U.S. EPA to reopen their decision.
Despite scientist concerns, on April 30, 2010, California proposed using methyl iodide in agriculture.
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New 9/11 Investigation: A call to thought?

Hungover, tired, not understanding how/what to feel regarding love lives, asking your forgiveness for the crummy metaphors and incoherence and length and attached emotion to the contents of this post that I beg you all to read; yet happy– Yahoo! News reports to us some encouraging news:

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Richard Gage, AIA, architect and founder of the non-profit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc. (AE911Truth), will announce a decisive milestone today at a press conference in San Francisco, as more than 1,000 worldwide architects and engineers now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. After careful examination of the official explanation, along with the forensic data omitted from official reports, these professionals have concluded that a new independent investigation into these mysterious collapses is needed.Mr. Gage will deliver the news around this major development, accompanied by signers of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth petition. The press conference will be held concurrently in 38 cities in 6 countries.http://www.ae911truth.org/info/160

These prominent architectural and engineering professionals will discuss the organization’s findings and concerns. A brief presentation of the explosive evidence they have compiled will be followed by Q & A. The presentation is an important update of “9/11: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction,” the DVD produced by the organization, and available on their website AE911Truth.org, which analyzes the scientific forensic evidence concluding that the three skyscrapers in New York City were demolished with explosives on 9/11.  The petition will be delivered today to every congressional representative by AE911Truth petition signers throughout the country.  Government officials will be notified that “Misprision of Treason”, US Code 18 (Sec. 2382), is a serious federal offense which requires those with evidence of treason to act…

If you have two hours, you can watch the talk (or just start it, but it’s actually really interesting and mouthwatering and scary. Skip to minute 21, or minute 46, or minute 70, or minute 76, or minute 91, or minute 94, or minute 103, or minute 110, to get disturbed with irrefutable truth). I’m a bit disappointed in the theme/design of his PowerPoint, as our society needs flashiness and class to be won, but whatever: this will make you nervous. This is not Zeitgeist, this is science. This is an example of how we’re only told what we need to be to believe. False consciousness.

On the other hand, it’s inspiring that non-conspirical (well, almost, maybe) groups are taking action: smart people! Humans are thinking!! And asking us why we’re so passive! Thank you TED (and I apologize for not attending even though Long Beach is your regional home at the moment)! How ironic this surfaces from the depths of the news at the same time it’s reported that Obama will make the final call on the “guilty suspects” of 9/11: by closing the case, could this render this independent research illegal, irrelevant? How ironic and sad that no one will listen to any source of information but those sponsored to reach their eyes. I’ll relate this with a rough draft bit from my academic mind right now (almost done being translated into English, I promise):

Throughout the duration of any type of occupation, we see collaboration above all else. Collaboration begins with a government, where a people is always seen under its direction, despite its own ideologies, perhaps stating that the government itself is merely an extension of the hand of the public. The Fourth Republic of France never tried to escape nor hide the fact that it wanted to simplify its people: the country’s new Tryptique stressed work, family, and patriotism, preaching the return to the earth.  This retour à la terre is more often than not perceived as the return to working with the earth to form communities, more sustainable and less dependent on external sources of nourishment or work. Such memorandum is easy to understand and does not threat with harsh implications to the public; thus from where could the complaints of the complacent come? This Révolution Nationale is a prime example of a government controlling the attitudes and mindsets of its people: to reconstruct the national soul is to rotate the perceptions of the individual.

Please understand the base of Marx’ theory of false consciousness: the material and institutional processes in capitalist society are misleading to the proletariat. To make sure the proletariat is complacent, happy, stupid. Let’s continue with the essay:

One has to look no further than our own war/revolution against terrorism and the post 9/11 battles against whomever we could conjure up reason. Look no further than the influence of the mass media in our lives: from that day on we have been constantly bombarded with advertisements for fear, to be wary of the turban and any spoken Arabic. Generally, with a television in almost every household being used almost daily, the average citizen watches the “news,” listens to it on the radio, or keeps “informed” via an online or print publication. Attributed to an obscure status quo developed by to what we unrealizingly expose ourselves daily, the norm of material desire can be simplified to nothing more than a comfortable amount of money and love, and everything that manifests itself with these: a house, a family, and entertainment. The adventure of travel or goals to change the world seem to have disappeared. “Cultural studies, drawing on a Marxist view of the production of reality, draw attention to the essential role of mass-mediated messages in sustaining the status quo, including the interests and perspectives of media managers and the interests they serve, which often are at odds with the everyday life experiences of audiences who use this popular culture content” **. While this is not a government telling us to “return to the earth,” this occupational symptom is unquestionably of the same psychological nature, affecting how a people believe they should be spending their time, living their lives.

**Altheide, David and R. Sam Michalowski. “Fear in the News: A Discourse of Control.” The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Summer, 1999), pp. 475-503.

This actually really makes me want to continue writing the paper… This really makes me want to flee to France and finish Summer in a Prologue with my amazing new narrator character I’ve created and can live my life vicariously through as I type him out. What a bummer that school has to get in the way of everything. There’s so much to comment on regarding these subjects, but I ask one question (or rather, a handful):

What would the exposure of the truth behind 9/11 do? On whom would the blame be placed, assuming all evidence will have been well & destroyed, and the public doesn’t care to believe anything outside of corporate news? It doesn’t matter who did it nor why–though I do think the concept of capitalism could quite perfectly explain that. We’re discussing the French Revolution in my European History of the 19th century class. It was spurred and essentially passed by the bourgeoisie, the upper middle class. Napoleon needed to keep their interests in the forefront of his mind, keeping them happy so economy and society could continue/flourish so he could spread his modernism. Without their economic/power/etc issues regarding the aristocracy, no revolution would have passed. Sure, he played a big physical part in the revolution, but the truth was that no one gave a fuck about the proletariat. A flying fuck. That’s why the church could keep a part of its power under Napoleon, so the people could remain controlled. The bourg are into that shit. Yes, a mere fifteen years after the United States secedes from Britain (by the way, we’re the only ones who call it a “revolution”), France goes through the same shit we might reach in the upcoming years. Imagine what conspiracy theorists would have had to say back then.

Could this possibly make us realize we’re allowed to think? That the truth isn’t always on television? Could this instigate revolution? People say we need reform, what with the economy and bullshit “two party” system, but reform implies keeping the fundamentals the same. We are people with thought & passion, capable of so much. Why do we not realize this? Why must life be as we’re told? I need to finish this goddam paper. Getting a little too worked up, and my thoughts are hardly coherent.

Keep yourself busy with some articles:

We are complacent, passive tools.

FBI wants to keep records of our internet usage. The NSA is teaming  up with Google. Another terrorist attack is scheduled for anytime within 3-6 months. It could kill, or it could destroy infrastructure (economic?), or both. It’s so fucking succinct, I’m surprised they haven’t told us who we’ll kick the shit out of after. Obama already got that extra money for the military. I’m scaaaarredd!!! cry the Dada-toting little girls, running to hide behind commercial rap artist sunglasses.

Cognitive Infiltration. If the words alone don’t draw you with their delicious tones, the concept will: Obama advisors want to infiltrate conspiracy groups, labelled “extremists,” in efforts to disband them. What the fuck? Got fascism? Got a stupid fucking dumbass population that won’t give a shit if Britney Spears’ mental state isn’t involved? Yes. Some more from my paper:

In the United States, we choose not to look at our government like each powerful empire that proceeded it: a struggle for power. “No more fearsome research frontier exists than the secret and covert foreign operations of governments in war and peace. Fearsome, because hard evidence is elusive… [T]ens of thousands of persons have been engaged in a variety of secret activities costing billions of dollars. Most of this activity has occurred beyond public scrutiny. Indeed much of it has gone forward beyond the span of control of executive, let alone legislative authority.”* Perhaps this is not the subject of this article, nor relevant, nor confirmed true; but could one say that he has never heard the simple idea that the United States invaded Iraq for the oil? I would say, despite the truth that rests below everything, that every North American has heard this accusation, if not believed it. This thought alone creates a feeling of fear from any side that the truth may find itself. What Benito Mussolini had said of Fascist Italy of the early twentieth century of his own fascism, il corporativismo, corporativism, has been compared by economists of our own society to the contracts of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal: “’corporativism,’ an ill-defined industrial policy involving official state sponsorship of industry cartels and labor unions, remained something of a taboo topic… Finally, to the extent that a government systematically delegates such licensing or compelling power to private organizations, it is a corporatist government.”*** Putting aside the United States government’s hiring of private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide to assist in the situation in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina relief (through which, among others, the government has paid over $1 billion dollars in less than two decades), let us pose a hypothetical question: imagine China wanted to buy Boeing, a sizeable supplier of our country’s arms. How would the United States government, knowing this acquisition represents a direct threat to the armed forces of the country, act? As ambiguous at the moment as in Occupied France, such situations cannot be properly defined because it is not possible; therefore, all we can do is ask the question.

Stemming from the events following 9/11, Northern Arizona University’s sociology professor Kathleen Ferraro makes a direct, and thought-provoking, comparison of George W. Bush to Hitler: “Once in office, [both] passed laws suspending constitutional rights: the Enabling Act for Hitler, the Patriot Acts for Bush. Both men generated support for military aggression by control of the media and inaccurate portrayals of threats to national security.”** All the average proletariat knows of terrorism is that it is bad; the word inflicts fear, and the images we see concerning the subject are never short of horrifying. Consequently, this is not so strange to affirm that the media—the news, the cinema, advertisements: our daily exposure—reinforces the government’s regime.  Ferraro continues:

“And both men promoted images of a mythical past of harmony and unity of people that they would restore through purging of both polluting foreign and degenerate domestic elements… It includes the uses of language, film, music, photographs, stories and myths, and the spectacular physical landscapes that influence the kinds of questions and answers that people are able to articulate.” **

James Fallows, news analyst of the National Public Radio and regular contributor to The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, observes that “all countries fall into two categories: those that are so messed up we shouldn’t waste time thinking about them, and those that are messed up in a way that threatens our security […] We have a system of news media that tells people constantly that the world is out of control, that they will always be government by crooks, that their fellow citizens are about to kill them.”**** Today’s administration has succeeded in instilling fear, not only because we choose not to disbelieve it, but because this invisible status quo has disabled the development of the instinct to see the ambiguous gray within the good white and the evil black.

*“Untitled Review: Gehlen, Spy of the Century by E. H. Cookridge The Game of the Foxes: The Untold Story of German Espionage in the United States and Great Britain During World War II by Ladislas Farago, Project Paperclip: German Scientists and the Cold War by Clarence G. Lasby The Double Cross System in the War of 1939 to 1945 by J. C. Masterman.” The American Political Science Review Vol. 67, No. 4 (Dec., 1973), pp. 1436-1438.

**Ferraro, Kathleen J. “The Culture of Social Problems: Observations of the Third Reich, the Cold War, and Vietnam.” Social Problems Vol. 52 No. 1 (Feb., 2005):  pp 1-14.

***Whitman, James Q. “Of Corporatism, Fascism, and the First New Deal.” The American Journal of Comparative Law Vol. 39, No. 4 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 747-778.

****Held, Virginia.  “The Media and Political Violence.” The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1997), pp. 187-202

I could give a shit about whatever whoever is trying to do however, wherever. I have my own agenda, I have my own passions to fulfill. I do give a shit about, however, being taught to lack thought. Like mice, ready for testing. We have shitty vocabularies that do nothing but slow down our thought, preventing it from reaching new levels. We are human beings that need to be encouraged to live, to create, to fulfill. Okay, I have to go do homework. If you read this, please post your thoughts. Call my bullshit.

Oh yeah, and above all, I’ll still blame everything on the church:

Some Videos

I have a huge let’s-put-some-pieces-together video/article/observation post coming up soon, but I do feel that it’s time to share some of my cyber life. I hope these get you thinking:

Gotta love them Brits. It is rather ridiculous how much we decide to believe unconsciously, just as emotional movies with slow motion montages affect us emotionally.

And those onions:

Sorry, but fuck sports. Find something productive to do. I watch half an hour of the Superbowl and it turned into us creating literary teams against eachother (the ex-Patriots versus the ex-tistentialists: Rousseau’s going on long on the Hail Mary but WAIT! Sartre picks it off). Is the 9/11 conspiracy thing even hypothesis anymore? It’s like everyone and their mother’s favorite jokes. Interesting how “much” is going on regarding “the terrorists” behind the attack so recently…

A good overview on the war on drugs, from comedian sketches:

Funny as hell yet strangely eye-opening? And of course, more movies we want to see but won’t. I like the wheels under the sheets (make sure you check out his Tetris: The Movie trailer):

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWB7Ub21c1U]

And in case you forgot (or never knew) that other country-ians could comment on US like we can, here’s some more Jon LaJoie (wait, Canada is like this too???):

Until soon (rather, until my paper is translated to English and I have something to post again): ciao!

A New Semester

Let’s see the agenda:

Marine Biology (100 level): another $XXX toward the university régime making us take classes that mean nothing to my development, as we are threatened by a “harder quiz” if we are absent and need to make up the daily attendance quiz

Linguistics 170 Introduction to Language: Cool, except phonetics is tough. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I thought being essentially-tr-lingual would make things easy.

French 337 Overview of 20th century French literature: Gide (asthmatic homosexual momma’s boy who wrote a L’immoraliste–essentially a huge social commentary–from his dark bedroom, apparently due to his social insecurities), Céline (the first French guy to use spoken slang and dialogue in a novel, in 1921?? Come on, France), Colette, Apollinaire (this poet died of swine flu in 1917, motherfuckers), Eluard (surrealist turned resistant, poetry eeeh), and lots of Sartre (just got my Jean Paul shirt from Hirsute History) and Camus (I’d picked up L’Étranger in a foreign language bookstore in Nicaragua, seeing that it was pretty simple and would be suitable for an intermediate Francophone like me to read while traveling in the developing world without a dictionary; little did I realize what that novel meant, nor what it means to my own writing): yay! I get to read Sartre’s La Nausée for a presentation and couldn’t be any more inspired towards my own writing with it. Starting on the excerpts from Céline right now, so far so good…

French 440 Sense & Sensuality throughout France’s history: Just awesome, in theory: the readings are rather extensive but I’m sure one day I’ll be glad to say I read Rabelais in depth, next to Balzac and Voltaire. I’m sure I’ll have more to comment on this later…

History 337 Europe of the 19th Century: this class made me realize how bummed I am at what could have been my college education, if it’d been taught in English. I can participate with more confidence in class discussions, I can do the readings for fun, and I’m more INTERESTED. Maybe I really do like history more than I’d ever thought, I’m actually stoked on the assigned essays and all the content matter. It doesn’t hurt that our professor lives in Silver Lake and looks like a younger Keith Richards except with a degree in history and 2 or 3 books under his belt and is VERY liberal who refuses to call the American War of Independence the American Revolution and will not refrain from throwing in jokes and hints to how amazingly similar our society is to the fucked up, hypocritical, bourgeois pre/mid-Napoleonic society of the early 1800s…. Maybe that’s my skewed viewpoint, but it’s a great class.

I have so much to say about where we are thus far with these classes (as well as my social dynamics, how stoked I am that I’m finally surrounded only by people that stimulate me, etc), and I only hope I can make the time to elaborate further [here on the blog] on the subject matter we’re learning, and how I feel about it all in relation to my goals/writing.. Got the Novation ReMote MKII waiting for me at Sam Ash, got a new house lounge mixtape finishing up, and trying to refrain myself from WRITING, since I’m so excited on it… I feel I should bottle it up till summer and just let it loose like the anger that’s always en queue…

A la prochaine…

Three Interesting Facts

Hey zero readers, sorry things have been slow. My life’s been consumed by research for a paper I’m writing and turning in a month and a half late, based on how the Nazi occupation of France parallels our lives today in the United States. Interesting shit.

I’d thought I’d share some facts I came about, since that’s what’s up in my life:

Fluoride in our water makes us stupider:

Fluoride can produce detrimental biochemical and functional changes in the developing human brain. Exposure may commence with fluoride in the maternal blood passing through the placenta to the fetus and continues during childhood from fluoride in food and drinking water. In the present study, a High-fluoride level in drinking water resulted in a greater intake of fluoride which was confirmed by higher urinary fluoride levels. Intelligence was, in turn, inversely related to the level of fluoride in both drinking water and urine. No confounding factors such as population size or differences in social, educational, or economic background explained the relationship.” (http://www.fluoride-journal.com/00-33-2/332-74.pdf)

There is fluoride in our water, in all our toothpaste. We’re told its good for our tooth strength; this may be true, however that development ends essentially with adolescence. After that, it just deteriorates our bodies. And our minds, apparently. Also funny? Fluoride-infested water exists primarily in the English speaking world. Interesting.

France was ready to blame the Jews anyway

“…the defeat of June 1940 provided them with an historical opportunity to eliminate the republican system, which many of them had always opposed. The president of the republic was replaced by a chief of state. All political organizations were banned, as were the freemasonic lodges. The new rulers did not wait long to name those they had long held to be the enemies of ‘traditional’ France and present them as responsible for the catastrophic defeat. Foremost among those considered guilty were the communists, the socialists, the trade unions, the freemasons, and, of course, their bête noire: the Jews. Believing that a majority of French were anti-Semites, and that they would support the restrictive measures, the Vichy authorities blamed the defeat on the Jews.” (http://www.jstor.org/pss/3133551)

Pre Nazi-occupied France had a lot to take care of, including restricting immigration of foreigners (who we can guess are Jews, given that no one seemed to like them all over Europe). The Nazi invasion took care of more than we realize not just for anti-Semitic France but for the United States too; when you think about our fear of communism, we liked the ideas of the Third Reich…

There is no longer such thing as [American] public broadcasting… Basically.

“A comparison between spending on public broadcasting in the US and several other countries shows how marginalized everything but the commercial media are in the US. In the late 1980’s, Japan was spending $14 per person per year on public broadcasting, Canada $23.60, Great Britain $24.52, while the US was spending only 77 cents.  And the near total commercialization of the media is in no way confined to television. Newspapers’ practices and coverage have become more and more driven by commercial considerations, as has the publishing industry’s decisions. To take just one example, the Book-of-the-Month Club, which used to make its choices of which books to promote on the basis of at least some level of merit, now considers only potential profit. What can be concluded is that unless it would be commercially advantageous to address issues of political violence, there is no reason to suppose that the media will do so.” (http://philpapers.org/rec/HELTMA)

The media and news is run by corporations. Tell us something we don’t know, jayurbzz. Sorry, I just found this little statistic really fucking interesting. 77 cents? Really? We’re that consumed by consumerism and consumption and advertising… Wow.

My mom just arrived at the coffeeshop, so I’ll post more soon. Wow, I’m so stimulated by research I’m doing! How exciting! Stay tuned.


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