Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vandana Shiva: It Is Not an Investment If It Is Destroying the Planet

I think the American people should see that the corporations abandoned them long ago. That people will have to build their own economies and rebuild democracy as a living democracy. The corporations belong to no land, no country, no people. They have no loyalty to anything apart from their profits. And the profits today are on an unimaginable scale; it has become illegitimate, criminal profit — profits extracted at the cost of life.

- Vandana Shiva

Longstanding Hillary Clinton Ties to Monsanto

by Stephen Lendman

Her presidency would be nightmarish for world peace, popular interests and what remains of fundamental freedoms, a disaster risking full-blown tyranny and global war - vital to go all-out to oppose.

Her biotech/agribusiness ties began during the 1980s as a Rose Law firm lawyer. Monsanto and Tyson Foods were clients.

During her years as first lady in the 1990s, she supported harmful to health genetically modified foods and ingredients - while banning them from White House menus.

The Clinton and Bush II families ate organic foods, free from genetic manipulation and toxic pesticides.

As Obama’s secretary of state, she heavily pressured other countries to use and import GMOs. US taxpayer money continues promoting them worldwide, ignoring food safety.

Monsanto gave the Clinton Foundation up to a million dollars - dirty money buying influence. Last year, she hired former Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford to run her campaign.

Environmentalists justifiably call her the “Bride of Frankenfood.” Throughout her legal and political careers, she consistently supported corporate interests at the expense of popular ones.

It’s unsurprising she and husband Bill are multi-millionaires. As of late 2015, their estimated net worth exceeds $110 million.

During her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Monsanto’s Washington law firm sponsored a fundraiser, titled “Rural Americans for Hillary.”

It emblazoned a large “Welcome Hillary” sign on a toxic Monsanto Roundup sprayer. The company is involved in raising millions of dollars from donors to elect her president.

In late June 2014, she keynoted the BIO International Convention, attended by 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEOs from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries - endorsing GMO foods and ingredients, saying:

“I stand in favor of using (GMO) seed and products that have a proven track record. There’s a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are.”

She charges around $200,000 per speech. Wall Street paid her millions. The major banks are her largest campaign contributors.

Disturbing facts belie her GMO support, wanting ordinary people worldwide consuming what she and husband Bill shun.

Food Democracy Now! (FDN) calls her “another Monsanto-loving president in the White House” if elected. Her longstanding ties to “the most hated corporation on the planet” give millions of Americans cause for concern.

FDN calls for “end(ing) Monsanto’s hold on the White House and American policy once and for all.”

Hillary’s toxic pro-war, pro-corporate, anti-democratic, anti-populist agenda is polar opposite what’s vitally needed.

Monsanto to Be Put on Trial for ‘Crimes Against Nature and Humanity’

The Organic Consumers Association, IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI) and Millions Against Monsanto, joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced last week that they will put Monsanto, a U.S.-based transnational corporation, on trial for crimes against nature and humanity and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, Oct. 16, 2016.
The announcement was made at a press conference held in conjunction with the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment,” Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and Via Organica, said. “We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption. Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth’s living soil.”
Vandana Shiva, physicist, author, activist and founder of Navdanya agrees. “Monsanto has pushed GMOs in order to collect royalties from poor farmers, trapping them in unpayable debt and pushing them to suicide,” she said. “Monsanto promotes an agro-industrial model that contributes at least 50 percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Monsanto is also largely responsible for the depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction and declining biodiversity and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.”
Please continue this article here: http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/07/monsanto-put-on-trial/

Hāfez: I Know the Way You Can Get


I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love:

Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About a strange look that appears in your eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
And nose.

Squirrels and birds sense your sadness
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help your mind and soul.

Even angels fear that brand of madness
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into
The innocent
And into one's self.

O I know the way you can get
If you have not been drinking Love:

You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden clauses.

You might weigh every word on a scale
Like a dead fish.

You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once

I know the way you can get
If you have not had a drink from Love's

That is why all the Great Ones speak of
The vital need
To keep remembering God,
So you will come to know and see Him
As being so Playful
And Wanting,
Just Wanting to help.

That is why Hafiz says:
Bring your cup near me.
For all I care about
Is quenching your thirst for freedom!

All a Sane man can ever care about
Is giving Love!” 

Wiliam Stafford - Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron

Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron
Out of their loneliness for each other
two reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurch
forward and become suddenly a life
lifted from dawn or the rain.  It is
the wilderness come back again, a lagoon
with our city reflected in its eye.
We live by faith in such presences.
It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
"If you keep faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is."
- William Stafford

Monday, May 23, 2016

Michael Meade: The Greater Self Within

Nature loves a mystery and each soul born is a mystery waiting to be revealed, a meaningful story waiting to unfold. No one can prove it, nor can it be simply disproven. But all the old stories depict it and our dreams hint at it and life at critical times requires that we act as if it were true. The awakened individual has always been an agent of change and an assistant to creation ongoing. Human beings are both a genius production of nature and the genius producers of culture. The awakening of our genius self allows us to deliver the gifts we have been given and contribute meaning as well as beauty too the world. An old idea found in many traditions holds that each person comes to this world of change at a time when they have something meaningful to offer. Meaningful solutions to the overwhelming problems of the world would be closer at hand if it was better understood that each person born bears within them a gift that the world might need.

Great crisis and impossible tasks can uncover hidden resources and reveal veins of genius that can alter the course of history. The threat of collapse and utter loss can also serve to awaken genius qualities and radical solutions. Each soul desires to be part of something greater, something "larger than life," for we each harbor within ourselves a larger life and a greater self waiting to become known. Everyone intuits the possibility of a greater life; yet this greatness now tends to be imagined as something outside ourselves. Most campaigns that promise liberation - be they political or spiritual, base advertising, or high-energy motivational programs - direct us toward outer goals. Meanwhile, there is a greater self within that tries to surface at each turning point in our lives.

The genius of human nature involves innate capacities for creation and invention that are important in the life of each individual and essential to the balance of the world. The true individual who, by virtue of being himself or herself, enters a state of partnership with the ongoing acts of creation and thereby adds something to life that was not there before. When the troubles are all around us, everyone can find some place where they are needed, where they can help all that is wounded and help protect all that is threatened.

To borrow from the genius of Emerson again: "This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." Yet, knowing what to do with the conditions of the world may depend more than ever on knowing how each of us is naturally threaded to the world.

- Michael Meade
Excerpted from The Genius Myth

Bernie Sanders Appoints Progressive Legends to Democratic Platform Committee

If Bernie Sanders’ committee appointees have their say, the 2016 Democratic Party platform may be the most progressive in history.
After it was announced Monday that the Vermont senator would get to appoint five out of the total fifteen members of this year’s platform drafting committee, Sen. Sanders appointed five progressive leaders advocating for a wide array of issues. Sen. Sanders’ picks are also incredibly diverse, with African American, Muslim, Native American, and female representation.
As The Hill reported, outspoken civil rights activist and professor Dr. Cornel West is the first pick to have a role in drafting this year’s Democratic Party platform. Joining him is U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a superdelegate supporting Sanders who is co-chair of the Progressive Caucus (founded by Sen. Sanders) and is one of only two Muslim members of Congress.
In addition to West and Ellison, Sanders appointed Deborah Parker, vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, to serve on the platform committee. Dr. James Zogby, head of the Arab-American Institute, and 350.org founder Bill McKibben will also help write this year’s platform.
The lineup suggests Sanders will not only focus on the kitchen table economic issues that have defined his campaign, like a $15/hour minimum wage and universal healthcare coverage, but will also emphasize rights for indigenous peoples, criminal justice reform, and a carbon tax to combat climate change as part of the Democratic Party’s official platform for the next four years.

Shaun King: Here’s Why I’m Leaving the Democratic Party After This Presidential Election and You Should Too

This is an excellent article!! ~ Molly

Many of you aren't religious, so please forgive me for recalling my roots as a preacher and starting us off with a simple verse of scripture.

"The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."
 - 1 Timothy 6:10, The New Testament of the Bible

While my practice and devotion to religion has waxed and waned across the past few years, I still very much believe that verse is true. When you find evil in the world, when you find corruption, when you find starvation and exploitation, when you find poverty and despair, when you find drugs, guns, and substandard housing, when you find evil — if you dig far enough, you will often discover the love of money at the root. Underneath so much of what is wrong in this country is the deep love of money and all that it brings. 

Sometimes the connection is obvious and undeniable - other times not so much, but like the huge glacier underneath the still water, it is there.

Right now, the Democratic Party, which I have called home my entire life, is deeply in love with money. Consequently, its leaders have supported and advanced all kinds of evil, big and small, in devotion to this love affair.