I can wish you peace because we have contributed to its happening!
Thank-you for the joy I feel. Sometimes our condition seems tragic, but when you take an overview, maybe it’s not-so-bad, and against the odds of money and organized white-collar death crimes.
The invisible bonds between us are exercised – – wow! look at those biceps!
Notes on a small sample of recent developments, the seeds for which were planted a long time ago, the roots for which have been growing steadily underground, before emerging into today’s healthy and fast growth watered by electronic communications. The death corporations had better watch out. Santa Claus is watching who has been naughty and who has been nice!
- You probably heard Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB pollution (Dec 9).
Spokane, Washington, . . . Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Long Beach and San Diego, California – have also sued Monsanto over PCB pollution,. . .those cases are ongoing.
Monsanto’s PCB and Agent Orange stories are “old”. They should never have happened. I always remember the 2002 Washington Post article – a “company town” in Alabama – – it is so incomprehensible that Monsanto would do to their own employees what they did. The haunting words, “No one was ever told”. In spite of what Monsanto’s top gunners knew,
Nevertheless, Monsanto told officials around the country the contrary. In a letter to New Jersey’s Department of Conservation that year, Monsanto wrote, “Based on available data, manufacturing and use experience, we do not believe PCBs to be seriously toxic.”
- 2002-01-01 Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, Washington Post (PCB’s, Anniston, Alabama. “No one was ever told”)
(Who would have ever thought that the Washington Post would have published the story?!)
I associate Monsanto with violence against people and the planet through
- their known poisons,
- knowingly used in chemical warfare by the U.S. (VietNam),
- knowingly applied in larger and larger quantities on agricultural lands and food crops
- with the concomitant poisoning of water.
As with the PCB’s, Monsanto knows.
It took decades of work by Veterans, activists, people who live adjacent to areas of aerial spraying, and Moms, sharing information and Marches to get to the point where a State in the U.S. is suing Monsanto.
After years of fighting them on numerous fronts, electronic communications collapsed the time it takes:
You probably know that Bayer (as in Bayer Crop Science and Bayer aspirin) WAS GOING TO purchase Monsanto for US$ 66 billion.
What a hoot! There is now a “social disclaimer” on the celebrated “Advancing Together” as one company. There is no date on the disclaimer; it would be Fall 2016 given this statement in the Disclaimer:
factors detailed in Monsanto’s Annual Report … filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016 . . .
THE DISCLAIMER is at: https://www.advancingtogether.com/en/social-disclaimer-b/
I had to laugh when I read it. Sounds more like going down the toilet together.
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- You probably heard that the Federal Government (Canada) has banned asbestos. It took decades. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, too. Our network didn’t focus on it; others certainly put in their time in the trenches battling to keep it in the ground.
I am greatly encouraged by actions that address CAUSES – – even if they are in ways too late (the asbestos mines in Canada stopped producing in 2011).
Address the cause . . . address the cause . . .
lead in gasoline, smoking, PCBs, asbestos (more coming and faster because of our participation)
mental health, a culture that lacks meaning, has no raison d’etre, that destroys life
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- You probably heard that the Standing Rock Sioux were joined by multitudes; it became impossible for the police/military forces to use the assembled violence against them.
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Here is a little victory I think we scored. IF I am right, it means there is a level of awareness: what is happening to Monsanto will happen to Lockheed Martin.
Monsanto is not, of course, the whole of its industry, anymore than Lockheed is the whole of its industry. The point is that we know how to give the boot to the corruptors.
Let me start here, from 2002-11-21:
. . . Gandhi taught us non-violent resistance. Bill Gates gave us “business at the speed of thought” – rapid communications to thousands. Oprah Winfrey on her television show is teaching empowerment to millions of people, women in particular.
Look at the history of war. War, “a contest or conflict”. Hand-to-hand combat. Mounted on horses. Bows and arrows. Guns. Cannons. Poison gas. Atomic bombs. Nuclear devices. Chemical warfare. Napoleonic wars, World War 1, World War 2, Kuwait, Afghanistan …
Aaah, but how one-sided the view is! That history comes from the vested powers. Seldom are we reminded of the triumphant history of wars won by empowered ordinary citizens who prevailed over the vested powers:
– Gandhi and his march of defiance which asserted that India would be run for the benefit of Indians, not the colonial power. That was a war as great as any. What was the ammunition and the weapon?
– the people in East Germany who gathered on Sunday mornings in village squares, all wearing a white shirt. They formed a circle and held hands. The movement spread quickly from town-to-town and bamboozled the guns of the East German military, who understood it was an act of defiance, but were powerless: how would they be able to explain the gunning down of people for standing in a circle and holding hands?!
We are seldom reminded that the “Iron Curtain”, the Berlin Wall came down through non-violent resistance. That was a feat as great as Gandhi’s. There was no massive loss of life. What was the ammunition and the weapon?
– it took a war inside America to get the United States out of the Vietnam war. It was a long and hard battle, but once again, victory was achieved without large-scale bloodshed in that internal conflict (civil war). It was ordinary people in the communities of America that stopped the Pentagon. Have we forgotten that? What was the ammunition and the weapon?
– Martin Luther King Junior, a general who led masses to over-power a culture that was killing.
It’s all war – – but the weaponry is different.
Today, the internet, information and e-communications compress time. It no longer takes decades to accomplish what needs to be done.
Enough for today – – I will tell you the little victory I think we scored, later.
May you and your family find joy in the struggle for more peace.