THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: THE ONGOING INTEGRATION (RE-COLONIZATION)OF AFRICA ...
Our friends at the Daily Bell recently composed a thought-provoking piece on the integration - I call it "re-colonization" of Africa - into the Western Anglosphere, an effort that, as I have argued in previous blogs, is not without its own deep connections to the current ebola hysteria and evidences from Liberian and Ghanese doctors, who are noticing correlations between outbreaks and vaccination "tests." Here's the larger picture as The Daily Bell sees it:
Crash & Clash: Sustainable Farming vs. Big Ag
Here's the basics of how it works:
"Our analysis rests on a trade mechanism that was tried in Japan in the mid-1980s and then possibly repeated with China. The idea with first China and then Japan, apparently, was to generate massive amounts of central bank money printing that would then be used to purchase US Treasuries.
"The Asian money would in turn allow the US to continue subsidizing consumers throughout the US who would be directed toward overseas goods and services. Money revolved circularly, in other words.
"The same sort of thing is now taking place, from what we can tell, in Africa. It has many facets, including a good deal of promotional material – articles and special features in mainstream media – plus considerable exposure on global media including facilities like the BBC.
"The idea is to portray Africa as a single nation with vast untapped opportunities. As hundreds of billions pour into Africa in "aid" money and from Western hedge funds and mutual funds, etc., the next stage of the process takes place, which is full-on Westernization to the degree it can be accomplished.
"The Westernization of Africa runs along the same lines as the installation of various Western financial systems and companies in China and Japan. Multinationals relocate offices, Western sociopolitical and economic processes are pursued and in the case of Africa, military conflict is engaged.
"The result, over time, is to be an Africa, on the surface anyway, that resembles Western societies. The nation-states of Africa will come to resemble the "states" of the US while a federal monetary and fiscal strata is grafted onto an emergent federal technocracy."
You'll note that here as in India and Latin America, however, the camel's nose in the tent is the Western "big Agriculture" model, a model once again being pursued at the expense of normal heirloom - and hence non-patentable - seeds:
"In this article, excerpted above, we notice that Africa's farming culture is forcibly manipulated to create a model that is similar to Western "big agriculture" models.
"Here's more from the article:
"Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety in South Africa says that many countries are subsidizing farmers to buy fertilizer as part of the chemical-industrial model of agriculture, but that takes money away from public crop-breeding programmes that provide improved seeds to farmers at low cost. The Seattle Times quoted her as saying: "It's a system designed to benefit agribusinesses and not small-scale farmers." She added that so many institutions, from African governments to the World Bank, have 'embraced' the 'green revolution' that alternative farming methods are getting short shrift.
"... Anna Goren of The Seattle Globalist reported that panelists at the Summit discussed the loss of traditional diets and ways of life and were also concerned about the increased reliance on expensive inputs and the dramatic drop in price of crops. This has resulted in poverty for the small farmer.
Goren quoted Daniel Maingi as saying:
"What the World Bank has done, the International Monetary fund, what AGRA and Bill Gates are doing, it's actually pretty wrong. The farmer himself should not be starving".
He added that what AGRA is doing is "out of sync with the natural process" by bringing in imported seeds, which are not adapted to the land and require excessive fertilizer and pesticides.. AGRA is part of a global trend that is being driven by big agritech that seeks to eradicate the small farmer and undermine local economies and food sovereignty by subjecting countries to the vagaries of rigged global markets.
Giant agritech corporations like Monsanto with their patented seeds and associated chemical inputs are working to ensure a shift away from diversified agriculture that guarantees balanced local food production, the protection of people's livelihoods and environmental sustainability.
... The Gates Foundation, Monsanto and Western governments are placing African agriculture it in the hands of big agritech for private profit and strategic control under the pretext of helping the poor."
Of course, the ebola scare has provided the convenient mechanism and vehicle for a projection of the American military into the strategically important region of west central Africa, and we suspect, not without a long-term geopolitical target, indeed, the "fly in the African ointment": China.
China, as many here are already aware, has been targeting Africa as a region it wishes to cultivate, and indeed, with the admission of South Africa into the BRICSA bloc of nations, and the recent opening of the BRICSA development bank, Africa is in the crosshairs of the world's powers once again as a market to be cultivated and developed. In this respect, it will, we argue, become a testbed of which model will ultimately prevail: the US-Anglosphere model, whose psychopathological GMO-military-agricbusiness pattern basis we've seen in action in India, or China's "soft power" approach. Here, China's approach in Africa seems like a page out of John F. Kennedy's "Peace Corps" playbook, on steroids. China has been doing what the West claimed to do: invest in roads, infrastructure, hospitals, and schools. And with the recent Chinese rejections and restrictions of American GMO products, once again as I have been arguing, GMOs could easily become a geopolitical hotbed issue if the BRICSA bloc nations appear to make them such. Each of the BRICSA bloc nations - Brazil, India, China, Russia, South Africa, and particularly the latter four - have all expressed strong misgivings about GMOs.
So another prediction: it could be that Africa will become the testbed case, not only for the hard power approach of the West versus China's soft power approach, but also for the GMO issue at large, and China could easily leverage its position, and world opinion, on the GMO issue in the region by pointing out the long term lack of benefit of the big agribusiness approach to Africa's agriculture and poor farmers. The Daily Bell is understandably reluctant to offer an opinion as to who will win in the very long term on this one. But I am not; as the stench coming from the billionaire busybodies and big agribusiness continues to grow, so will the world opinion against it, and against the American unipolarism driving it, or as the old adage has it, you attract more honey bees with honey, than with horse puckey.
This is yet another one to watch folks.
See you on the flip side.
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Is this article part of the GMO scrapbook with African water or is it a different issue?
Yahoo Business Insider website reviewed 10/30/2014
Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 12:43pm EDT –
A Virus Found In Lakes May Be Literally Changing The Way People Think
Márcio Cabral de Moura/flickr Could something in this water change your brain?
While conducting a totally separate experiment, a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska accidentally discovered something unexpected and potentially disturbing.
A virus was living in the mouths and throats of a good portion of the people in the study, a virus that the researchers didn’t think was capable of infecting humans. Worse still, it seemed to be slowing some of the subjects’ mental abilities, especially their ability to process visual information.
The surprising part about this for researchers was that a microscopic organism that we thought could only infect algae — plants — was living in about 40% of the small number of people tested.
For the rest of us, the bigger surprise may be that this virus could join the ranks of microorganisms that live inside and on us, changing the way we think.
In a way, this is less crazy than it seems. Microscopic organisms live all over people and have all kinds of effects on our health, brain, and behavior.
There are far more microorganisms in and on a “person” than there are “human cells.” Along with a few pounds of bacteria — trillions of microbes — an even larger number of viruses live in and on the human body. And we know that some of these other creatures may change the way we think, feel, and even the way we interact with others.
“We’re really just starting to find out what some of these agents that we’re carrying around might actually do,” study co-author Dr. Robert Yolken, a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Healthline.
Kit Lee and Angie Fox, UNL A similar sort of algae-infecting virus. Here’s What Scientists Discovered
During the original study, published Oct. 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers were testing 33 healthy people (a very small number) on a variety of different measures, some of which were mental tests.
But they also swabbed the throats of the participants and did a genetic analysis of what was there. In 14 of the 33 people, they found genes from a virus that until now had never been found in living people (researchers had found it once before in someone’s brain during an autopsy, but they didn’t know if it had been there when the person was alive).
The virus itself is called ATCV-1 and it’s a chlorovirus, a family of viruses that infect plants. This one affects algae — that green stuff that grows on water — in lakes all over the world. But as far as researchers knew before this, viruses like this very rarely cross from one kingdom like plants to another, such as animals. And even when they do, it’s more likely that they’d go from plants to some type of invertebrate, not all the way to a complex animal like a human.
Here’s the most interesting part (for most of us): Since the original study included cognitive tests, the scientists compared the data and saw that people with the virus living in their throats processed visual information about 10% slower than people without the virus — and this difference couldn’t be explained by other factors like age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, education, place of birth, or smoking status.
The specific visual information tests where a difference was shown included things like drawing a line that connected numbers in sequence that had been scattered on a page. People with the virus also seemed to have a shorter attention span.
To check if this group was somehow different from the general population, the team checked another 59 people for the virus. Out of the final 92, it was present in 40, about the same rate as in the initial, smaller group.
To investigate whether the virus might be the cause of that change in visual processing and attention, the researchers then injected mice with the same virus.
Six weeks later, the group of mice with ATCV-1 took about 10% longer to navigate a maze, and they also spent about 20% less time exploring new environments.
The infected mice also showed more than 1,000 gene changes in the parts of the brain that are usually considered essential for memory and learning. The researchers could observe these gene changes in mice because they analyzed the mice before and after they were infected with the virus. This shows some of the effects the virus could have on people, but since mice aren’t humans we don’t know that humans would show the same changes — and it would be unethical to conduct the same experiment on people.
Don’t Go In The Water?
While this study presents some new and fascinating information, it isn’t nearly comprehensive enough to say what it all means.
“The thing that’s different about what we found is that [the virus] is something that we wouldn’t have suspected would actually have any effect on humans or animals,” Yolken told Healthline.
The whole group of people tested was from Baltimore, so we don’t know how common this virus is in the rest of the world — or even in the rest of Baltimore, as 92 people is still a small number. And while the information from the mice is interesting, there’s no way to say that genes in human brains necessarily change the same way.
And even then, this is a very small effect — and just one of many brain and behavioral changes that may be caused by the trillions of creatures that live in and on us. Others that we know about make people more or less social, and may be connected to mental health issues like depression and anxiety, all of which cause cognitive changes.
Still, something microscopic that we didn’t even know existed in humans is changing the way some of us think and see. That’s pretty crazy.
“There’s more and more studies showing that microorganisms in your body have a bigger influence than anything anyone would have predicted,” the paper’s senior author, James Van Etten, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln plant pathologist, told Healthline.
Uh, a small dose of perspective is good, however regular doses of solution is vital.
This is no more than America covertly taken over after the civil war. The infiltrators give corporations the rights of individuals, create mass media to germinate a dumbed down consumer culture, proliferate corporations with its empire tentacles, the WTO, then proceed to convert the world to a colony.
Done with perspective!
Solution is found in the peoples awareness and use of natural las principles which can be derived from one of the worlds best collections, covertly abandoned after the civil war, the 1787 constitution for the United States of America. Largely in its philosophical basis, indigenous law of American people (Six Nations Iroquois) and the Druid/Celtic who comprised the Freemen of the forests that forced king john and the barons to the table of the peace treaty, the Magnate Carta.
A lawful peaceful revolution is needed. Unity IS required. For this we shall have use our right to free speech WITH our spirit of freedom. That means no empire bullshit. Unity is found in a simple natural law agreement upon a definition of purpose that happens to be the 2nd prime natural law of America.
The ultimate root purpose of free speech is to assure information vital to survival is shared and understood. The first prime right is to “alter or abolish” government abusive to the unalienable rights stated in the Declaration of Independence. Article V is “alter or abolish” codified. When 3/4 of the states are proposing and ratifying amendments, congress and the courts have no authority, nor do the pres and senate have any over amendment.
Article C is deficient in that it does not require the people be prepared to define constitutional intent as Article V requires. By the people testing and impeaching ANY stare legislators which do not accept the 4 mist prime rights in 3/4 of the states, then having conventions in those states amending FIRST, Article with one sentence bear the middle which requires he people be prepared to define constitutional intent. Then END THE ABRIDGING of free speech, then secure the vote, then reform campaign finance; the scourge of corporatism destroying small, decentralized agriculture over the globe can be stopped.
The spread of satans salve, petroleum dependence and destruction of environment can BEGIN to end.
Search my name and Article V with preparatory amendment to find me on forums. We can agree and begin unity upon solution.
Old story…about 500 years old….the slave trade anyone!
Well what we have is an emergent new phase that has only become
critical because the Chinese have come on to the continent and that
means not only competition, but perhaps a different way of development of the continent other than the imperial style which was about wealth extraction and not a true development of the people and resources for the people. Note the colonial rail lines were about moving raw goods from the interior to the coast and not about linking various areas of a country or between countries such as to develop that region.
Of course America will want to lay claim to Africa upon
ancestoral perogative of the former slaves…and the same will be true of other European nations, whose demographics have changed since the fall of colonial occupation, where then their new citizenry provides the means of keeping the door open to corporate interaction.
Bottom line is that things will get uglier and uglier….but maybe
the Chinese will be prevented from killing every rhino for its horn and perhaps a few elephants will survive a few more years…but in reality the ugly domination development will strip the continent even faster and hurt the people there as perhaps never before.
It is good that this topic is being discussed, as always with a number of interesting perspectives on this site.
There were some good guys during those colonial days that were working for a higher cause. The rule of French colonists were sorely missed by the people once the Russian communists took over. It is the same every time, everywhere they show up.
There a science fiction book from the mid twenty century No Blade Of Grass original English title The Death Of Grass. Unfortunately I never read it but I think it gave a prescient prediction of these ghouls dreams with their GMO (foods)poisons will do to us and the rest of biosphere (green revolution)death machine right on track to doom.
I disagree and believe the West has the upper hand in Africa because they have no shortage of African-American athletes, entertainers and politicians to sell this Detroit lifestyle to the hapless Africans. These compliant minstrels could easily be used to lull the Africans into choosing the American style plantation rather than the Chinese one. How easy it would be to paint the romantic picture of easy living with credit cards and government checks to pay for electronic gadgets and foot apparel along with universal obammacare versus the specter of Chinese factory enslavement, pollution and ultimately a Chinese invasion of immigrants to supplant the indigenous dark skinned people. Even I could write this yellow scare propaganda into a rap song. Also, the west is unmatched when it comes to overthrowing regimes and corrupting leaders, and in the end this is what it will come down to: the US buying off or coercing the African leaders to tip their hat in favor of western style enslavement. Possibly the US will be able to placate the Chinese by giving them a continent of enthusiastic credit card holders to buy their factory goods. Maybe the west will even let the Chinese sell their toxic meat products like antibiotic rich pork and factory farmed shellfish for the Africans to eat along side their GMO grains and vegetables. Just one more African mammal doomed for extinction.
My advise to the western oligarchs: if you wish to better facilitate the spread and public acceptance of GMO food, why not link the healthy ingesting of GMO food to the bible? Surely there must be some biblical story about selective plant breeding and if there isn’t, make one up and slip it into the next bible set to be published for evangelicals. The zionists have used this tactic with great aplomb and it has paid out huge dividends. They now have an army of millions of American evangelical dupes to answer to their beck and call. So what I am suggesting is a similar marriage but this time between agribusiness and evangelicalism in order push the sinister GMO agenda. Why not Monsanto sponsored evangelical colleges and scholarships and even internships at Monsanto for evangelical seminarians? Corrupt the leadership and the sheep will follow. Monsanto could even write the next bible themselves. Put pro-GMO propaganda in the bible and you will have them hook, line and sinker. And as the evangelicals have tremendous oversee presence through their missionaries, American agribusiness will have a seemingly well intentioned third party to push their dangerous product in oversea markets.
Domestically, if agribusiness can trick millions of Americans into eating GMO because it is god’s will, then agribusiness would also ensure a sizable market share in the US… although it would be a dwindling market share as their GMO poison would ensure an abundance of premature death for their evangelical product consumers. This then would have to be rectified in some other manner– possibly more deadly vaccines for non-evangelicals to balance the numbers or maybe even giving the evangelicals a pass on vaccines altogether. This may be a tough pill for the western oligarchs to swallow and would probably require another version of the bible. This time one which is anti-vaccination. Rewriting bibles could ultimately prove to be a slippery slope and their would be no end to adjusting biblical propaganda in order to advance the western oligarchy’s agenda.
Loved the bit about the bible!
there is only 2 stories or themes of the bible, or rather in the bible that interest me..
the creation of earth and its inhabitants, and the murder/ sacrifice of the creators physical self in his creation and its inhabitants.
everything is politics..ie dividing up creation by the winners.
Don’t give them ideeas
The anvil in the ointment is this new & deadly form of technocapitalism; this degradation of human values that is grounded in technology, in & of itself. It is grafting to the system’s roots characteristics of its authoritarian control over technology. It is more clever , rapacious, & invasive than any previous form and is imperial in its quest for power & profit. Corporate power & profit inevitably depend on the commodification of creativity through research regimes that must generate new inventions & innovations(or find the means to graft “discovered ” technologies into this new version of technocratic capitalism). These new regimes and the corporate apparatus in which they are being embedded are to technocapitalism what the factory system and its productive regimes were to industrial capitalism(old colonialism).
Thus the review of critical scholarship nowadays reveals, all too often, a vested interest, a topic-based biases, coupled with secrecy, and more common than most academics are willing to acknowledge.
Because of the grafted short-term profit protocols, the necessity for the patented technologies to be systematic, an advance of experimentation threatens to turn society into a laboratory of technocapitalism, as experimentation has become the driving force of technocapitalism. Experimentation has the capacity to define reality for all society, its scale is “mega”, meant to be all encompassing & deeply entwined with corruption, to serve the latter – sets agendas for entire societies.
For example, genetic engineering; GMOs; or that time when human behavior is engineered to be “better adjusted” to corporate need; or behavior modification drugs.
This is directly related to the growth of private power using the corporation as its tool. But beware that the tool does not become the master. As money was to be a tool, but then became a unremitting & merciless master. Now, thanks to private power society has a private dynamic duo as their master.
But as Ralph Nader said in a quip about Master Card, “They may be your master, but they’re certainly NOT Mine”.
lol, if the west fall for this nonsense again, and they will, auvoir, just like the imperial french in viet nam.
Once you train them, they will turn there training on you….mono. puma glitch in the matrix….dumo dumo mari got cho….or as Elvis crooned before he left the building, thank you very much.
It is interesting that pyramids in south america when viewed from above resemble a computer circuit board.
Get ready for some strange behavior….enter head clean program…enter basic instinct program….run
So, Dr Farrell, what if anything do you think China’s aims are in all this?
The idea of the architects of the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square doing “soft power” strikes me as rather incongruous.
I’m all for differing points of view but you do seem inclined to give China and Putin’s Russia something of a free pass on here (not that I don’t understand why he did what he did in Crimea).
Not trying to offend or pick and argument with you, it’s just that I don’t hold with a lot of your geopolitical views, which seem to be a more and more dominant theme of your posts.
Suffice to say, there’s always plenty of interest in your posts in other fields that keep me coming back.
All the best.
The chinese elites rather enjoy unlimited slaves, and lavish lifestyles. like all elites.
There is 2 types of people, those who govern by consent, and then there are those who govern by deceit….of course the deciet pretend to govern by consent….pretend is another word for acting.
now before you startr humping a leg, like pavlovs dog, and stain it with semen… there is a 3rd type….like all electrical systems, you need to have neutral.
Such intolerance of someone who doesn’t share your worldview…
one such view does not share in your world of tolerance of some who…..are you a buddist?
…did you know the vietnam language can be written down in roman numerals, rather than Chinese script……it is still popular today…imagine that a language of numbers when god leaves..
Well we need to keep in mind the Doc’s background. But for me I tend to rely on instinct and intuition when it comes to judgement calls like this where it’s impossible for us plebs to have all the facts. I’m not too sure about China, but as far as Putin goes I get a genuine good vibe from him, I think he has well meaning intentions for the world as a whole, not just his country or the small group at the top of his country. Plus he’s intelligent, wayyyy more intelligent than the puppets we have in America. I’ve always been impressed at the fact that he’s a chess grand master, Obozo probably couldn’t tell you what the pieces even do.
“Naturally the king is the most powerful piece, because I’m the king of America…ummmm ummm oh wait that’s not right…ummm I told you I’d bring change right? My next executive decree is going to change the game of chess umm for the benefit of my um fellow Americans.”
I think another area where our government differs from others is that they pretend to be honest and good but they are so not either of those things. Putin doesn’t hide his KGB past, Obama we still don’t even know if he’s a citizen. (why else would he still refuse to release birth certificate?) Given the fact that he has done more to hurt black Americans than help them it wouldn’t surprise me if he actually was a white man with a nice tan. It’s of my opinion that the PTB have used him to ensure never again, or at least not in the near future, will there be another black president or any minority for that matter. We all know Obama is a puppet monkey (that’s not a racial remark, he just seriously looks like a monkey with those ears) I believe Putin may be considerably less of puppet, I think he has real power. Especially because of his KGB past he knows all the secrets from ufos and scalar weapons to the US’s black ops activities. But I guess take all this with a grain of salt because I still haven’t got around to reading Putin’s biography. But regardless who can resist those ultra manly shots of Putin hunting?
You get a good vibe from Putin? wow. Warrior priest KGB marshall Judo expert not enough to put the shits up you? Im happy to watch the chess game. Vibing with one or the other….common surfaces.