I’m watching friends and FB acquaintances discuss politics and IMHO, speaking as an animal advocate and environmentalist for umpteen years, both parties have a MISERABLE track record. For me, the granite city is a prop. It is the visual effect to give people something to point to. It’s the unseen government that I’m interested in. The one that doesn’t align with any party … and lives on undisrupted in charter … for decades and decades and decades.
For all those who lavish praise, ad nauseum, on federal agencies such as the EPA … this is a department that is highly duplicitous – but people only know what is put in front of them and really don’t make time to do a “dive”. They think they are wonderful because of the Clean Air Act. Why?
The EPA is the enforcer. They didn’t write the act. Congress did. The first attempt in ’55 was the air pollution act – that languished because there was no regulation attached, the Clean Air Act of ’63, gave it the research and regulation funding and the ’70 amendment put some teeth behind it. It wasn’t driven by the EPA … it is enforced by the EPA, “which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.” That’s their job. They need to do it.
Which leads me to ask whether you know about that same agency being responsible for reducing the number of superfund sites that still remain in situ – for decades and decades or to enforce cleanup by companies who have been found guilty of contamination? Let me give you an example. GE. Did you know GE’s contamination of the Hudson River still has not been remediated for over 30 years?
But it gets better…
Did you see the number 40? How many administrations came and went … but for some reason, the EPA – responsible for ENFORCEMENT – permitted decades and decades and decades to pass. Regardless of who is sitting in WDC – the EPA’s mission doesn’t change … only the amount of money being thrown at it does. Their charter is not politically driven. They have their own agenda and it’s not what you think it is. They also haven’t been doing their job.
The EPA has an incestuous relationship (as in “excessively close and resistant to outside influence”), with the FDA and the USDA that is actually doing an ENORMOUS amount of harm to wildlife, land and flora – DAILY. Your government permits – literally and figuratively – companies like Monsanto, Dow, Merck, DuPont) to create poisons to disseminate across our lands. WTF is that all about. Create the health deterioration that relies on Pharma (FDA) to cure or at least manage the slow poisoning that seems to be happening. Our drinking water in La Mesa is only 2 points below ‘contaminated’. Really – and that’s a good thing? We permit toxic ingredients that will – in long term – affect the health of an individual. Why? The chemicals being applied to agriculture will invariably (unless guaranteed proof of it becoming inert in a “short span”) find the aquifer. It will permeate the ground and ground water. Animals and livestock ingest contaminated feed, also injected with antibiotics, that eventually is slaughtered, packaged and put on a plate. What I find staggering is most people don’t think of this kind of stuff – ever – unless it is in the news.
It’s like their concept of the US GOVERNMENT is strictly located in the zone of WDC and the puppets that hang out there. They are that, you know. It’s always good cop/bad cop – predictably. That is IMHO all for special effects. Keep the masses focused on the granite city … and they won’t even notice until its too late. Notice what? See … that’s what I’m talking about.
I listen to people lament the Obama Administration departure and I think… really?
And that’s just a smidgen. Where were the environmentalists then? It was a state department driven project from the get go. It could have been squashed anywhere along the way except — “Aug. 26, 2011: The State Department releases its final environmental assessment, which reiterates that the pipeline would have a limited environmental impact. “
More to come.
November 2017, the CDC, FDA issued an alert on an outbreak of a particularly robust, acid-resistant, strain of E.coli that is toxic, infectious, and was first identified in 1982.
A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef, hamburger, at McDonald’s Restaurant outlets in Oregon and Michigan. Escherichia coli 0157:H7, was isolated from 9 of 12 stools collected and from a beef patty from a suspected lot of meat in Michigan. This was the first time that E. coli O157:H7 was linked to an outbreak; at that time, this serotype was thought of as rare in occurrence. The only known previous isolation of E. coli O157:H7 was from a sporadic case of hemorrhagic colitis in 1975.
In a research paper (Epidemiologic Reviews by The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health) called Emerging Foodborne Pathogens: Escherichia coli O157:H7 as a Model of Entry of a New Pathogen into the Food Supply of the Developed World, “A bovine reservoir of E. coli O157:H7 has been suspected ever since the first human outbreak was linked with ground beef consumption in 1982. Prior to that time, neither the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Laboratories nor the Pennsylvania State University Veterinary Research Laboratory had ever detected this serotype in any of its samples”.
The most recent outbreak onsets were between November 5 and December 12, 2017. Among the 21 ill people for whom CDC has information, nine were hospitalized, including one person in California who died. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The outbreak occurred simultaneously in Canada and the United States . The source of contamination was identified as Romaine lettuce … and other “leafy vegetables”. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC was very careful not to implicate any specific point of origin, or source. To this day, they still have not identified a common cause that would link all the confirmed cases of contamination in the US and Canada.
However, a definitive conclusion of (a) where did this strain, E.coli O157:H7 come from, and (b) when, has been and continues to be, a challenge. “(1996) A Research Many of the questions that faced the investigators of the original outbreak in 1982 remain unanswered today. Prominent among these is the question of why this pathogen suddenly emerged as a public health problem. Is E. coli O157:H7 a completely new pathogen which suddenly appeared in the food supply or is this a pathogen which was present but unrecognized prior to 1982? If E. coli O157:H7 infection is truly increasing in incidence, what factors are promoting its emergence and, more importantly, what can be done to stop the spread of this microbe?
Despite the multiple federal, scientific and legal research papers on E.coli O157:H7 and its presence in our food chain – the – and the carrier is under the administration of the USDA. CATTLE. E.coli O157:h7 is naturally occurring in cattle. “Healthy cattle are a reservoir of E. coli O157:H7, and bovine food products and fresh produce contaminated with bovine waste are the most common sources for disease outbreaks in the United States. E. coli O157:H7 also survives well in the environment.
This is a very complex issue – because the strain O157:H7 is almost impossible to eliminate. The cattle that is warehoused right now in the U.S. (count approximately 98.8 million) are destined for slaughter. “E. coli O157:H7 naturally colonizes the gastrointestinal tracts of cattle.”
As a staunch animal and environmental advocate of more than 50 years … I am so damn angry at how little progress has been achieved here, and globally, in our re-evaluating how we collectively “do things”. What you are about to read may sound familiar … like the techno thriller “The Andromeda Strain” … and other such pieces. I’m sorry to tell you … it’s real. This is something we all need to be aware of – and make sure it is change. If I had children … I would be worried.
My most recent investigative research is on the E.coli O157:H7 strain. If I consumed meat (of any type) – I would never eat another piece just based on what I have learned in reading USDA, FDA, CDC, Johns Hopkins University research documents (that I am going to be posting on this blog for your casual enjoyment as attachments/links) as I quote their words – that clearly indicate the risk of self-inflicted disease on our population based on things we are doing to ourselves through our practices in agriculture. It’s staggering. The fact more haven’t died is a lucky thing. I am stunned at what I am reading that is hidden in plain sight. It also becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Population consumes very bad stuff every day in fast food joints, meat markets, and our vegetables and fruits. Wouldn’t you be alarmed to know that our food is contaminated by our very own agriculture department – the USDA – and the practices attached to raising cattle for slaughter. In fact, one of the papers clearly states that our slaughter practices INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF TRANSMISSION OF E.COLI O157:H7 INTO THE FOOD CHAIN BY THE THINGS WE INFLICT ON THE ANIMAL EN ROUTE TO SLAUGHTER. It’s in their own frigging words.
The reason this particular outbreak peaked my interest to pursue was because of my experience dealing with E.coli as an animal issue. I have enough knowledge about the virus and its properties that it came down to WHAT THEY WEREN’T SAYING that alarmed me. Claiming to be unable to identify point of origin or even distribution (when SoCal is the largest producer of Romaine in North America) shipping to Canada and US. Absolutely no mention of how did this particular ‘resistant’ strain – unlike any other E.coli strain, get on the vegetables … and how long has this been happening or was this a first. The CDC and FDA were very careful to say Romaine and other “leafy vegetables”) when Canada clearly said ROMAINE. All they kept saying was nothing of substance.
Everything that is going on in Washington DC, is theatre – in Congress, the Administration and Media. On one talk show this a.m., people were flinging terms around like principal, strategy, tactic… the difference of… the meaning of… and I’ve had it. As a professional planner- my life centered around objectives, strategy and tactics for many years. I lived to the “big objective”. I participated in strategy discussions and the tactical implementation plans to achieve the objectives and I personally was involved with implementation and execution.
This is what we get when we ask a bunch of litigators to solve a problem. They’ve made it bigger and worse and enough is enough. For all those who don’t get “the big picture” — here it is:
Here is what the American Taxpayer wants Congress and the President to do:
This is not about who is winning or losing in Congress or what party is winning or losing or is this a slight against the President. The American taxpayer is shouldering this — and Congress and the President — IT IS ALL ABOUT US — the ones footing the bill. NOT YOU. And we need you all to stop being friggin lawyers and demonstrate an ounce of common sense. All this lip beating about shutting down the government is bull. DO YOUR JOBS.
A message to Nancy Peolosi : You personally said “You have to pass it in order to know what’s in it”. Well, it was a stupid statement then, and it still is. That was forcing us to agree to and sign a contract without being allowed to read the fine print, make objections and changes, and refine the essence of the agreement and contract. That was a dark day in this country whether anyone realizes it or not.
What’s the legal expression? Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware). In a court of law — if someone used the defense of buying a TERRIBLE SERVICE CONTRACT and wanting to sue the entity they purchased it from, they could not use “I didn’t read the contract” as a legitimate complaint or rationale. It would be thrown out. Just as “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, the same applies to caveat emptor – it is up to the buyer to be knowledgeable about what they are getting for their money. It was wrong for Congress to force passage of a law that has financial implication and ramifications – without giving the American Taxpayer the opportunity to understand the short and long term implications and the right to REJECT IT OR REQUEST FURTHER DISTILLATION. That was wrong then, and it is wrong now. Period.
So we passed it, we read it and we don’t like all of it IN ITS ENTIRETY, That doesn’t mean trash the whole thing, and throw tantrums. That means pull out the stuff that reads bad, is bad, and may need a rewrite and put in motion the stuff that is beneficial and good for the American people. The American taxpayer should never accept ANY BILL by ANY CONGRESS or ANY PRESIDENT without having the opportunity to personally read (if a person so chooses), change, delete, repeal or support — once they are knowledgeable about all components and implications. WE ARE PAYING THE BILL, it’s my dollar.
Now, most do not know that the IRS (if asked in writing) will be furnishing the HHS with taxpayer history that will be used in evaluating what level of care the taxpayer will be able to get. This a biggy folks. It’s right out of the mouth of the IRS. “On Aug. 13, 2013, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued final regulations with rules for disclosure of return information to the Department of Health and Human Services that will be used to carry out eligibility determinations for advance payments of the premium tax credit, Medicaid and other health insurance affordability programs. For additional information on the final regulations, see our questions and answers.”
Disclaimer: I read and research Congressional, Treasury, HHS, IRS and Supreme Court rulings and decisions that impact our daily life in terms of taxes, adherence and filing status for the American taxpayer, specifically child care professionals, not-for-profit, individuals, 1099’s and businesses. I do this as part of my services for one of my clients and, his clients.
Many know how I feel about murder – but murders that I call cold killings. These guys are the scourge of the earth. They had dead eyes – like sharks. They killed a dog earlier – and when that wore off… they killed a person who didn’t have a clue what hit him. My brother was killed in a similar manner. The person who killed him, killed for fun. There is a sector of our society that is drugged with violence. This killing just increased their street worth in their twisted, useless lives that contribute nothing the betterment of humanity. They are the ultimate parasite. They are the scum. Don’t bother trying to “reform”. Sentence to life in prison, with the finest of food, best medical support, total comfort in summer and winter, so that they live a very very long time – in total silence. That should be the sentence – that they are never spoken to again. Nothing will ever make sense to Chris Lane’s family… nor should it. These were the scum we have to deal with on planet earth. Scum have varying levels —- and even people in 3-piece suits can be scum. It’s all about the soul … and they are soulless.
Fabulous piece written by John Patrick Schutz.
Well, it’s October again, and time for some more local ghost stories – this one is perhaps among the saddest of them all, a whole village that became a wraith of its former existence. The recent fast-tracking of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has brought back fears – well-founded – of homeowners forced to move because of state and federal projects. In Nyack, we mostly discuss the bi-section and gutting of the Village of South Nyack but South Nyack amazingly survived that amputation, other communities in the same time period did not do nearly so well. Not only did the New York State Thruway and the Tappan Zee Bridge project cut a wide swath across the middle portion of the county, but the state conservation movement decided, in the name of “open space” to condemn and forcibly move a good number of Rockland’s villages and hamlets. We tend to think of Harriman State Park and Hook Mountain State Park, and Tallman and the like…
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