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Jan 17, 2009

"Life's persistent and most urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is what change looks like...

Barack and Michelle Obama have a request for us: Spend this coming Monday--Martin Luther King Day--volunteering to serve the urgent needs in our communities.

In this economic crisis, food banks are struggling to keep up. Homeowners need help weatherizing to keep out the cold. Schools are crumbling.

Some folks have been hit harder by the recession than others, but we're all in it together. We've all got to roll up our sleeves and help each other out. And volunteering is always a great experience—in just a few hours, you can help make a huge difference in the lives of others.

httpp://www.moveon.org/r?r=51086&zip_radius[0]=85238&id=15391-13958664-wAV7Qxx&t=3

On Tuesday, Barack will officially start the massive job of restoring our country. As president, he plans to expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and to create new service organizations1, including:

* a Classroom Corps to help underserved schools;
* a Health Corps to serve in the nation's clinics and hospitals;
* a Clean Energy Corps to achieve the goal of energy independence; and
* a Veterans Corps to support the Americans who serve in harm's way.

But on Monday, Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will still be ordinary citizens, volunteering to help their new neighbors in Washington, D.C. Can you join them by volunteering near Maricopa? Click here to sign up on Obama's website:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51086&zip_radius[0]=85238&id=15391-13958664-wAV7Qxx&t=4

Many of us have the day off for Dr. King's birthday, so it's a perfect time to volunteer. And with millions of Americans energized about Obama's inauguration, it will be a great day to spend with neighbors!

Hope you can make it. And thanks for all you do.

–Noah, Karin, Matt, Ilyse and the rest of the team

P.S. If you're in D.C. on Monday, join others from around the country to assemble care packages for troops in Iraq at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (inside a heated tent):

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51093&id=15391-13958664-wAV7Qxx&t=5


"America Serves," Change.gov
http://change.gov/americaserves/

 

http://www.mlkday.gov/



Make it a Day On... Not a Day Off!

During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.

Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on that that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. With thousands of projects planned across the country, the 2009 King Day of Service on January 19 promises to be the biggest and best ever!

 

Why Serve? Love.

During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality. He believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live, creating the Beloved Community.

The King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, or it may meet a need of the spirit, such as building a sense of community or mutual responsibility. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that:

* Strengthen Communities
Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Through his words and example, Dr. King challenged individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities through service.

* Empower Individuals
Dr. King believed each individual possessed the power to lift himself or herself up no matter what his or her circumstances – rich or poor, black or white, man or woman. Whether teaching literacy skills, helping an older adult surf the Web, or helping an individual build the skills they need to acquire a job, acts of service can help others improve their own lives while doing so much for those who serve, as well.

* Bridge Barriers
In his fight for civil rights, Dr. King inspired Americans to think beyond themselves, look past differences, and work toward equality. Serving side by side, community service bridges barriers between people and teaches us that in the end, we are more alike than we are different.

These ideas of unity, purpose, and the great things that can happen when we work together toward a common goal – are just some of the many reasons we honor Dr. King through service on this special holiday.

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Posted: Jan 17, 2009 5:22pm
Jan 4, 2009

2010 Honey Bee and Pollinator Conferences USA


January 5-9, 2010 /American Honey Producers Convention.
Radisson Conference Center
Fresno, CA
For more information, visit:
http://www.americanhoneyproducers.org/Conventions/conventions.htm

January 12-16, 2010 /North American Beekeeping Conference
http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=51

FEBRUARY 6TH & 7TH 2010 /Southeast Organic Beekeepers Conference
8:00AM - 5:30PM
Mounts Botanical Garden, FL.
(West Palm Beach)
http://seobc.beekeeperspbc.com/


Mar 5 - 7, 2010 /Organic Beekeeping Conference (Southwest) in Oracle, Arizona again
For more information, visit:
http://www.bushfarms.com/organic_beekeeping_meeting.htm

 

*June is National Polinator Month in U.S.A!


June 21-27, 2010 /Pollinator Week --Very Cool Events USA
http://www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2010.htm
It's not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!
Contact mh@pollinator.org to find out more!



August 2-6, 2010 /Eastern Apicultural Society 2010 Conference Boone, North Carolina    http://www.easternapiculture.org/programs/2010/

August 30 -September 2nd 2010  /

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Apicultural Society Conference Red Lion Hotel in Salem, Oregon. http://groups.ucanr.org/WAS/Conference_Information/



International Conferences 2010

You can use this link to get details on any conference listed below:

http://www.beesfordevelopment.org/info/news/world/world-events-calendar.shtml

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
BfD Beekeepers' Safari
25 January - 4 February 2010
In co-operation with our partner Gladstone Solomon
Further details

 BRAZIL
Congresso Brasileiro: XVIII Apicultura & IV Meliponicultura
Date to be confirmed 2010, Cuiaba
Further details will appear here

10th Iberolatinamericano de Apicultura

2010, Rio Grande do Norte
Details to be announced

 

SOUTH KOREA
10th AAA Congress
2010
Details to be announced

GRENADA
6th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress
8-13 November 2010
Further details to be announced

 


Thanks!

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Posted: Jan 4, 2009 5:13pm
Dec 9, 2008

Pesticides and Genetically Modified Foods are implicated in deaths of honey bees!


If you buy 100% organic you will not be killing them with pesticides or genetic modifications. Read your labels! Remember "Natural" on the label does not mean organic. Food must be 100% organic!


Organic hives are not dying off like the hives exposed to pesticides and things like GE corn in bee supplements!

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/realityzone/UFNbeekeepers.htm

Studies coming out of Russia and Austria are implicating GE corn and soy in destroying the immune systems of rats that ingest them as well as birth rates! Codex has labeled GE food as toxins! Consider the implications for yourself and honey bees!

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_13362.cfm

What If The Disappearance of the Bees is Caused By Superpesticides?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_XnvZAcM0U&NR=1

 

Bees against Bayer:

German Coalition Sues Bayer Over Pesticide Honey Bee Deaths

ttp://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-25-01.asp

 


Who may be responsible for the deaths of honey bees?

 

  • Monsanto--honey bees, monarch butterflies, and amphibians world-wide through GE corn crops and pesticides.
  • Bayer--Superpesticides.

 


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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 9:34pm
Dec 9, 2008
Online courses, beekeeper associations, videos, books, beehouses, and tips to become a beekeeper or just make your garden bee friendly!

Tips for Attracting Bees!

http://kcgardens.kansascity.com/node/1437

http://www.shelsgarden.com/birdsnbees.html


http://www.scientificblogging.com/news/bees_love_the_color_purple


Good News!

Beelogics To Save Honeybees With New Anti-Viral Medicine--Have a Colony To Share?
http://www.beeologics.com/


Organic Beekeepers Report No Losses While Conventional Operations Report Massive Colony Losses
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5094.cfm

 

Courses

The Bee Lab offers an Online Public Course: Healthy Bees
http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees/components/healthybeesonline.htm

Organic Beekeeping Society - Classes

http://thehealingpath.com/OrganicBeekeeping/OBS/OrganicBeekeepingClasses.shtml


Indiana Residents

http://www.flyergroup.com/local/local_story_002155549.html


Getting Started

Some of these references are not 100% organic. If you are going to help save bees, go organic with all of your supplements, avoid all pesticides and genetically modified crops.


Hive Mind: Beekeepers Reference --FANTASTIC PORTAL!

http://www.hive-mind.com/bee/


eBook: How To Start Beekeeping
http://www.beginner-beekeeping.com/?hop=rjells


BeekeepingStarterKit.com--Everything you'll need to know to start BeeKeeping!

http://www.beekeepingstarterkit.com/

 

Bee Briefs:
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Mussen/beebriefs/index.cfm


Urban Bee Garden
http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/general_guidelines.html


Creating a Wild Backyard--Bees
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/wabees.asp


Backyard BeeKeeping
http://www.outdoorplace.org/beekeeping/citybees.htm


Bee shelters and condos
http://www.birdcentral.com/bee_houses_page.htm

 

Videos

Attract Native Honey Bees to your Garden!
http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/attract-native-bees-to-your-garden-web-only

2008 Organic Beekeeping Conference Recordings

http://www.beeuntoothers.com/2008organicconference.html



Books

Beekeeping For Dummies
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764554190?tag=christopherpe-20


Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Beekeeping-Organic-Approaches-Apiculture/dp/1933392088



Beekeeper Associations


American Beekeeping Federation
http://www.abfnet.org/

International Bee Research Association (IBRA)
http://www.ibra.org.uk/

International Federation of Beekeepers' Association (APIMONDIA)
http://www.apimondia.org/

Join the Pollinator Action Team, Help Bees and Other Pollinators!
http://www.pollinator.org/involved.htm


Tips:

  • 100% organic hives The plants should not be gentically modified.The bees should not be given any supplements containing GMO ingredients such as corn deriviates.
  • No pesticides in the garden. Some pesticides can kill the bee before it returns to the hive; other pesticides get carried back and can harm the rest of the hive.
  • Use sections of natural worker brood comb that are 4.6mm in diameter. By letting the bees build natural sized cells some beekeepers have virtually eliminated Varroa and Tracheal mite problems.
  • Foot Baths at the main entrances to hives.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080728081621.htm
  • Bee gardens should combine fruit, flowers and vegetables.
  • Bees are drawn to gardens with ten or more species of attractive plants.
  • Diversify gardens, keep part of it wild because bees prefer that to a manicured space. Go for a “lanted by nature” effect rather than a perfectly pruned garden. Remember: bees don’t discriminate between weeds and cultivated flowers, so let those dandelions grow.
  • Plant flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander in order to provide pollen and nectar resources to the native bees of all seasons. With global warming plants blooming at different times of the year, and that's why the nectar flows are so much earlier now. We must take this into consideration and plan for it.
  • Flower nectar-- plant and encourage the planting of good nectar sources such as red clover, foxglove, bee balm, and joe-pye weed.
  • Certain kinds of flowers, including white clover and wild mustard, produce nectar that is particularly rich in protein and other nutrients that are useful to the well-being of insects, according to the research.
http://kcgardens.kansascity.com/node/1437

Artificial shelters like bee condominiums and bat houses could encourage them to stay.

Examples of bee condos...
http://www.birdcentral.com/bee_houses_page.htm

Pollen- and nectar-rich flowering plants like butterfly weeds (Asciepias tuberosa), black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia species), coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), milkweeds (Asciepias species), phlox (Phlox paniculata, Carolina), Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), sedum and sunflowers (Helianthus species) appeal most to bees and butterflies, said James Dill, an entomologist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Hummingbirds prefer cardinal flowers (red Lobelia), columbines (especially the red Aquilegia species) and trumpet vines (Campsis).
Red, trumpet-shaped flowers are the most popular thing you can put in your yard to attract pollinators, Dill said. “Even though they’re small, phlox have a nice supply of nectar. They also have shallow trumpets and even small insects can reach into those.”

Some other plant-centered suggestions for attracting pollinators:
  • Succession planting. Food plants should be available from early spring well into autumn.flowering plants for butterflies during mid- to late season, when butterflies are most prevalent,” Dill said. Bees need nectar and pollen to survive.
  • Provide water. A dripping faucet, birdbath or mud puddle attracts bees and butterflies. Change the water frequently to discourage mosquito breeding and to avoid chemical contamination. Bee Waterer: During dry hot weather the bees need water to cool the hive. If you want them out of the bird bath, build a bee waterer. Place a tray of gravel on the ground out of the wind. Almost fill the tray to the top of the gravel. The gravel provides many more landing places for the bees. They should use the bird bath much less.
    • Plant native perennials. These hardy flowers provide many colorful returns and produce large nectar supplies.
    • Sunny sites. Bees are more active when warm, and most flower varieties require several hours or more of sun per day to produce nectar and pollen.
    • Add food plants for the juveniles. “Think of the life cycles of the insects you’re trying to attract,” Dill said. “Figure out their food sources.”
    Avoid:
    • Herbicides and insecticides, which are especially harmful to bees and butterflies. Choose non-chemical solutions for insect problems. “One of the things we tell our farmers is be careful when spraying,” Dill said. “If you’re an apple grower, look and see what’s underneath the tree. Be mindful about time of day, wind conditions, bee activity and whatever else is around.”
    • Many “horticultural plants” such as marigolds, mums and roses bred as doubles contain little or no pollen. Their many petals make it impossible for bees and other pollinators to gather nectar, entomologists say. Select single petal flowers like strawberries, cranesbill (geraniums) and daisies that provide easier access.
    • Cleaning up. The casual look is in if you want pollinators to take up housekeeping on your property. Bees often nest in undisturbed shrubs or grass.
    “Condition yourself to the beauty of natural areas,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Pollinator Partnership, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group that promotes pollination and biodiversity. “Put up a sign that says 'pollinator garden’ if it looks a little unkempt. Ground nesting bees need some debris nearby.”
    Learn all you can about plants native to your area and observe which beneficial insects are visiting the garden, Adams said.
    “Diversify with flowering plants known to attract particular pollinators,” she said. “That reduces the pesticide load, creates something attractive that will last for years and benefits the environment.”



    A British beekeeper gave the following tips to members of the general public eager to help save bee colonies.
    1. Buy locally produced honey. By doing so you are helping to support the pollination and plant life in the area in which you live.

    2. Allow weeds to grow in your garden. Well-manicured lawns are wastelands for bees.

    3. Buy locally produced food. Small producers plant a variety of things which present bees with food.

    4. Do not buy foreign honey. It may be contaminated, and the contamination could spread to local bees who are accomplished honey thieves.

    5. Do not spray flowering plants with pesticides.

    6. If you find a swarm of bees in your garden or on your property, immediately call in a bee expert. These honeybees are survivors and there is a desperate need for their genetics.



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    Posted: Dec 9, 2008 7:50pm
    Oct 25, 2008
    We wanted to pass along this email from our friends at The Committee for Small Government, who are working hard to end the state income tax in Massachusetts.   —Campaign for Liberty]

    Two people who share your values. About the writers of the message below:

    Carla Howell and Michael Cloud are long-time Ron Paul supporters. They endorsed, campaigned for, donated to, and voted for Ron Paul for President. Carla Howell was a featured speaker at the December 6, 2007 Boston Tea Party Rally for Ron Paul for President at Faneuil Hall (on YouTube). Michael Cloud is a public speaker who has shared the stage with Dr. Paul a dozen times. Both Carla Howell and Michael Cloud joined Dr. Paul as co-plainiffs in the Supreme Court Case against the John McCain/Russ Feingold Campaign Reform Act.

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    Urgent Message to You from Two Strong Ron Paul Supporters

    from Carla Howell and Michael Cloud


    Dear Fellow Supporters of Ron Paul,


    Ron Paul campaigned to Repeal the Income Tax – and dramatically shrink the size and power of government. Now you have the opportunity to take the first step to make Ron Paul's dream a reality – by helping us to repeal the income tax in Massachusetts this November 4th.

    We are co-sponsors of Ballot Question 1, the legally-binding ballot measure that will END the Massachusetts state income tax.

    Maybe you've read articles about our ballot initiative in the 'Wall Street Journal,' 'the New York Times,' 'the Boston Globe,' 'National Review,' 'Reason,' 'CATO,' 'the National Taxpayers Union,' or at LewRockwell.com. Or seen us on CNN or Fox News.

    Do we really have a reasonable chance to win? Or is this just another fantasy?

    Four different polls show us dead even. One poll shows support for ENDing the income tax at 45% -- with 45% against. 9% undecided. Two other polls show 45% For and 45% Against – with 10% undecided. One strange poll showed 37% For and 37% Against - with 26% undecided.

    This is the second time we've put this END the income tax initiative on the ballot. Last time, with a few hundred volunteers - and a total advertising budget of $89,000 – we got 45.3% of the vote. 885,683 votes.

    50/50 odds of repealing the state income tax. And a chance of setting in motion a series of state-by-state repeals of income taxes.

    Why will Massachusetts voters vote YES – and END the income tax? What are the benefits to them?

       1.      Our Ballot Initiative will give back over $3,700 each to 3,400,000 Massachusetts workers and taxpayers. $3,700 average. Each worker. Not just once. Every year.

       2.      It will take $12.6 Billion out of the hands of Massachusetts Big Government – and put it back into the hands of the men and women who earned it. Not just once. Every year.

       3.      In productive, private hands this $12.6 Billion a year will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Massachusetts.

       4.      This will force the state legislature to streamline and cut the waste out of the Massachusetts state spending.

       5.      This will force the state legislature to get rid of the failed, flawed government programs that don't work – and often make things worse.

       6.      It'll make the state legislature accountable to Massachusetts workers and taxpayers – instead of the government employees, lobbyists, and special interests who profit from high government spending.

       7.      With less government and no income tax, Massachusetts will become a magnet to private, productive businesses and individuals. More good jobs and more good workers.

       8.      And with 3,400,000 Massachusetts taxpayers getting back an average of $3,700 each in their take home paychecks, this just might radically reduce home foreclosures.

    Wouldn't these huge, immediate, direct benefits get you to the polls on November 4th?

    But there's a huge 900 lb gorilla standing between us and victory.

    Who? The Teachers Unions.

    Massachusetts Teachers Association, S.E.I.U. (the government employees union), AFL-CIO (who get plush government construction pay), and the other unions who get tax-funded jobs.

    Union dues have already bankrolled $2,090,100 of the NO on 1 War Chest. That's 99.93% of the anti tax-cut funding!

    In addition, these unions and their allies also reported $443,437 in in-kind donations.

    In addition, these unions have mobilized an estimated $1,200,000 worth of paid and unpaid union activists to stop us from ending the income tax.

    Plus, with the Massachusetts Teachers Association driving this effort, the unions and their political allies are generating widespread news coverage of Ballot Question 1.

    Over 53 newspaper articles and opinion pieces in just the last 10 days!

    The unions are very effective. 100% of the newspaper editorials oppose our Ballot Question 1. Over 96% of opinion columns are against us. Over 83% of the newspaper articles are indisputedly against us. The remaining articles usually lean 50% to 70% against Ending the income tax.

    Despite our opponents' $2,090,100 in union dues dwarfing our fundraising, despite their several thousand paid and unpaid union activists being over 100 times the number of our volunteers, and despite their overwhelming advantage in Newspaper and TV support –

    WE ARE STILL DEAD EVEN IN THE POLLS.

    Some polls show us and our opponents each at 45% -- with 10% undecided. One poll shows us and our opponents each at 37% -- with 26% undecided.

    With everything they've thrown at us, we're still tied.

    With less than three weeks left, we can beat them.

    We and our team are doing media interviews, debating our opponents, appearing on talk shows – and we're reaching more and more of the 3,400,000 Massachusetts workers and taxpayers.

    The Massachusetts Teachers Association and their allies have already begun as much as $5,000,000 in Negative Ads and Fear Ads in these last 2 or 3 weeks.

    To win, we probably need to run $500,000 in our high-impact ads. Or as close to that amount as we can.

    We have $49,816 in the bank. We need to raise $450,000 immediately – if not sooner.

    Our ads can tip the scales – and give us victory for the taxpayers.

    We've developed and tweaked an advertising language, message and approach that's viral. Contagious. Infectious. Persuasive and unforgettable to Massachusetts taxpayers.

    Each $20,000 in advertising will produce an additional $40,000 in positive news coverage, publicity, and word of mouth.

    Together, you and we CAN win if you donate as much as you can, if your donation helps us run just 10% of the advertising our opponents are running.

    Join us, and be an indispensible member of the Army of Davids that ENDS the Massachusetts income tax in less than 3 weeks.

    Will YOU please contribute $500 or $250 or $150 right now – so we can produce and place the first wave of advertising?

    If you are successful in your career, if you have enough cash or credit to make a larger donation, you will make a huge difference. Will you please donate $10,000 or $5,000 or $2,500 or $1,000 today?

    Your donation is our advertising budget – to END the income tax. It's our campaign budget.

    Other Ron Paul donors are counting on YOU to give what they are giving. To join them. They need YOU to donate now. Will you please donate $85 or $65 or $45 today?

    Even $5 will help.

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    Or please write your check today and mail it to:

    The Committee For Small Government
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    Wayland, MA 01778


    Make history. Make a donation today.

    You will remember this for many, many years. Thank you.

    Small government is possible.


    Your friends and allies,

    Carla Howell & Michael Cloud

    Co-Sponsors, Ballot Question 1 to END the Income Tax

     

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    Posted: Oct 25, 2008 3:45pm
    Oct 18, 2008

    Ron Paul Third Party Press Conference September 10, 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz7maOrGW3Y&feature=related

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Ron-Paul-Press-Conference-by-Kevin-Zeese-080910-177.html

    Polls Indicate Non-Duopoly Candidates Could Determine Outcome of the Election

    Ron Paul held what he described as a “very important” press conference on September 10th in Washington, DC. The event brought four third party and independent candidates “together in unity” around a statement of principles. The event came as polls showed the presidential race tightening and third party/independent candidates getting combined votes of over 10% in swing states.The four candidates – Independent Ralph Nader, the Green nominee Cynthia McKinney, the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin and the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr along with Ron Paul agreed on the following four key principles:

    Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.

    Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.

    The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

    The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.

    Further, they agree that the process of U.S. presidential elections is as Rep. Paul said a “charade, collusion of the two parties and the media” where they "pretend great differences where there is none” and where neither party really “addresses subjects that are majority positions,” referring to the points in the statement of principles quoted above.

    The press conference participants, which did not include Rep. Barr even though he was invited, repeatedly pointed out that the majority of Americans, some 60%, are unhappy with their choices. As a result half of Americans do not bother to vote, many for the intellectual decision that a false choice is provided and where half of those that do vote decide to vote for the lesser of two evils rather than on the direction they want the country to move. All the participants described American democracy as failing.

    Ron Paul announced that he received a telephone call the day before the press conference from the McCain-Palin campaign seeking his endorsement. Paul reported that the campaign made the argument, not that McCain is a great leader who will move the U.S. in the right direction, but that he isn’t as bad as Obama and would do less harm to the country. Paul described the call as “a little strange” and that he declined to endorse. He said that instead he is urging voters to support the four candidates who signed the statement of principles and that he would probably not endorse any candidate.

    A great deal of focus was placed on the manipulated presidential debates. Rep. Paul reported that during the Bush-Dukakis campaign they had an agreement to dictate the terms of the presidential debates to the League of Women Voters. The League refused to go along and withdrew its sponsorship saying:

    “The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates...because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

    That fraud continues to this day with a complicit media working with a corporation created by the two parties, the National Commission on Presidential Debates, that prevents third party and independent candidates from participating and allows the campaigns to dictate the terms of the debates. Ron Paul concluded that keeping the competition out of the debates is undemocratic and that it is a serious problem that “a majority of the people are outside the establishment – this is not very democratic.” He described voting as more the pretense of democracy than a real democracy.

    Paul argued the “majority deserves to be in the debate” and the way to determine who is allowed to participate is if they are on enough ballots to theoretically get 270 Electoral College votes. Paul described the ballot access issue as an arduous test.

    Therefore, Rep. Paul said he is making a “strong suggestion today” on what people can do and that is to vote for what they believe in and not be fooled by the two party charade. He described the two parties as a manipulation quoting Carroll Quigley from “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time:”

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

    Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney described the four pillars of the Green Party – peace, social justice, ecological wisdom and grass roots democracy. She described the situation we face today as akin to 160 years ago when a few hundred people got together to work for the right of woman to vote. They achieved their end and so can we by “declaring our independence” and pointed out how she declared her independence one year ago in front of the Pentagon. She no longer wanted to be complicit in illegal wars, detentions without trial, torture and environmental destruction. Voters need to declare their independence from “conformity and control” by voting their values. “It would be a very different country if Americans voted their values,” McKinney concluded.

    Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party described how he was a Republicans who worked for President Reagan’s election and worked with Jerry Falwell becoming the executive director of the Moral Majority. But, in the 1990s he found that the Republican Party had lost its way and he concluded the Republican Party was not fixable. He argued that the “Parties have a stranglehold over the political process and are choking the lifeblood out of our country.” He sees the debate as between globalists like McCain and Obama and constitutionalists.

    Say NO 2008

    Say NO to McBama!

    Say NO to Republicrats!

    Say NO to Establishment media outlets!

    Say NO to bipartisan trashing of the Constitution!

    Cast a protest vote for a 3rd party presidential candidate of your choice.

    Tell everyone why you will vote against the lesser of two evils.

    Tell everyone who you will vote for.

    Tell everyone what you think.

    Be heard: http://SayNO2008.com

    "The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system... This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates." - Ron Paul


    Related Links:


    http://www.campaignforliberty.com/index.php
    http://www.rescue-us.org/new/RPR
    http://www.ronpaulforpresident2008.com/news/
    http://www.house.gov/paul/
    Jul 26, 2008

    “If you control the oil you control the country;
    if you control the food you control the population.”
    -- Henry Kissinger


    Join OCA's Campaign to Mobilize One Million Consumers to End Monsanto's Global Corporate Terrorism!



    Click here to sign the petition!
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm


    Shopper's Guide; List of GMO and NON-GMO foods!
    http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.htm
    l

    *Please print this out and take it with you to the grocery store and BOYCOTT!


    To avoid Monsanto Foods
    buy "100% organic" and "USDA Organic!"


    REMEMBER!
    Every time you buy a GE product made by Monsanto
    they becomes richer so they can destroy more crops, bankrupt more farmers world-wide, corner the seed market, buy up water supplies of indigenous people and create poisons like Agent Orange and Roundup.

    *Monsanto's Roundup is being considered as a possible cause of the death of amphibians world-wide.
    Monsanto GE corn crops are being researched in relationship to the death of honey bees and Monarch butterflies.
      Their crops contain a "killer gene" that kills
    insects that bother the crop. This gene is systemic,
    meaning it is in every part of the plant. When a
    caterpillar eats any part of the corn plant, it dies.
    Bees pollinate these same crops.


    If you're talking about:

    • Persecuting Small Family Farmers,
    • Bovine Growth Hormone,
    • PCBs, Agent Orange,
    • Poisoning the Third World,
    • Roundup Pesticide,
    • Water Privatization,
    • Genetically Engineered Crops,
    • Farm Bankruptcies,

    you're talking about the Monsanto Corporation.




    Monsanto is evil!



    IMPOTANT INFORMATION


    Excellent Video--The World According to Monsanto
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMleWZXhi6s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMleWZXhi6s


    How people are taking action!

    http://www.geocities.com/arthurtesla/peoplespeak.html


    Old Hippy Dude's "Proof that Monsanto is Evil":
    http://members.aye.net/~hippie/monsanto.htm


    Deadly Milk; Fox News kills Monsanto Milk Story:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axU9ngbTxKw



    Doomsday Seed Vault:
    http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/terminator.shtml

    With Monsanto's terminator technology, they will sell seeds to farmers to plant crops. But these seeds have been genetically-engineered so that when the crops are harvested, all new seeds from these crops are sterile (e.g., dead, unusable). This forces farmers to pay Monsanto every year for new seeds if they want to grow their crops.





    We are going to stop Monsanto!


    These are the folks you complain to and very loudly:


    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Email the Secretary of Agriculture:
    AgSec@usda.gov

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html


    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice:
    http://www.epa.gov/compliance/about/offices/oej.html





    Monsanto is evil!



    Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear (quote)


    Recent estimates suggest that 60 to 70% of foods in US markets contain at least a small quantity of some crop that has been genetically engineered. But which ones?


    Frequently-cited estimates that 60% of the US food products contain GE ingredients are due almost entirely to two crops: corn and soybeans. High adoption rates of GE varieties plus the widespread distribution of corn- and soy-based ingredients in processed foods accounts for the vast majority of foods containing GE. To these, add foods containing oil from canola and cotton, and you cover nearly 100% of the GE plant ingredients in the American diet.


    Are you eating GE versions of these foods?
    * If you are not buying 100% Organic or USDA Organic then yes you are
    .



    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!


    Soybeans: GE yes. --Use only organic!
    Varieties of GE herbicide-tolerant soybeans are the most widely-adopted class of GE plants on the market today, accounting for an estimated 81% of the 2003 soybean crop. Soybean-based ingredients-- including oil, flour, lecithin, and protein extracts-- are added to a wide array of processed foods.

    Corn: GE yes. --Use only organic!
    In the year 2003, about 40% of the US field corn crop was grown to genetically engineered corn hybrids. Because GE corn is not separated from non-GE corn by growers and processors, and because many food ingredients are corn-based, GE corn is likely to be present in most processed foods. GE sweet corn-- sold as fresh ears-- is much less prevalent (3-5%). It is very unlikely that canned sweet corn or popcorn are GE.

    Canola: GE yes. -- Use only organic!
    The US imports most of its canola oil from Canada, where over 60% of rapeseed (the plant from which canola oil is extracted) are GE varieties. Canola oil is used in a wide array of products, including vegetable cooking oils, salad dressings, margarines, processed cheese, "non-dairy" products, chips, fried foods, cookies, pastries, chocolates, candy coatings, confections, cosmetics, soaps and detergents. One form of GE canola is labeled.


    Are you buying cotton?
    If it's not 100% Organic....

    Cotton: GE yes. -- Use only organic!

    GE cotton varieties now account for 71% of the total 2002 cotton crop. Although cotton is used more for textiles than foods, cottonseed oil may be present in a variety of products, including cooking oils, salad dressing, peanut butter, chips, crackers, cookies, and pastry crusts.




    The following foods are unlikely to be Genetically Modified:



    Flax: OK
    Concerned with risking valuable flax markets in Europe, the Flax Council of Canada has prevented GE flax from being grown commercially.

    Papaya: OK (not GE yet)
    In the last few years, GE varieties have amounted to more than 50% of Hawaii's papaya production. But most US papayas are imported from Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean (and not GE). Your chances are highest in Hawaii or the continental west coast.

    Potato: Probably OK.
    At their peak, GE potato varieties amounted to no more than 2-3% of the US potato market. Due largely to poor sales, all GE potato varieties were discontinued by the developer in March of 2001 and since have not been sold to farmers for planting

    Radicchio (red-heart chicory): OK.
    Approval for use of a GE male-sterile variety of radicchio for breeding purposes was granted in late 1997, but was voluntarily withdrawn by the developer (Bejo Zaden) in 1999. GE radicchio has never been marketed.

    Rice: OK.
    Herbicide-tolerant GE rice was cleared for commercial production in 1999 and given FDA approval in 2000. Its developer, Aventis CropScience, has not yet marketed seeds to growers, and awaits EPA approval.


    Squash/Zucchini: OK (Very unlikely GE)
    Several varieties of GE yellow crook-neck squash and green zucchini are marketed by Asgrow Vegetable Seed Co, but very few farmers are growing them.

    Sugarbeets: OK.
    Two varieties of GE sugarbeets have been approved in the US, but they have never been planted commercially, primarily due to growers' concerns over international markets.

    Tomato: OK
    Although several GE tomatoes have been approved, only Calgene's FlavrSavr-- a financial flop that was only in a few markets from 1995 to 1997-- has ever made it to US consumers.






    GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


    GE Baby Foods



    Enfamil Infant Formulas --BOYCOTT!

    (
    Mead Johnson) Enfamil with Iron Enfamil Low Iron Enfamil A.R. Enfamil Nutramigen Enfamil Lacto Free Enfamil 22 Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties) Enfamil Pro-Soybeen.

    Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas--BOYCOTT!


    Isomil Infant Formulas
    --BOYCOTT!
    (Abbot Labs) Isomil Soy Isomil Soy for Diarrhea

    Nabisco
    --BOYCOTT!
    (Phillip Morris) Arrowroot Teething Biscuits

    (Nestle)
    AlSoy Good Start Follow-Up
    Follow-Up Soy
    --BOYCOTT!


    Similac--BOYCOTT!
    (Abbot Labs) Similac Lactose Free Similac with Iron Similac Low Iron Similac Alimentum just the babyfood...



    Baking Mixes



    Aunt Jemima(Quaker)
    --BOYCOTT!
    Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
    Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
    Cornbread Mix
    Easy Mix Coffee Cake

    Betty Crocker
    --BOYCOTT!
    (General Mills)
    Pie Crust Mix
    Original Pancake Mix
    Complete Pancake Mix
    Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix
    Muffin Mixes
    Banana Nut
    Lemon
    Poppy Seed
    Blueberry
    Wild Blueberry
    Chocolate Chip
    Apple Streusel
    Quick Bread Mixes

    * Banana

    * Cinnamon Streusel
    * Lemon Poppy Seed
    * Cranberry Orange
    * Gingerbread

    * Cookie Mixes
    o Chocolate Chip
    o Double Chocolate Chunk
    o Sugar
    o Peanut Butter

    Duncan Hines
    baking mixes--BOYCOTT!


    Bisquik
    --BOYCOTT!
    (Betty Crocker/General Mills)
    * Original
    * Reduced Fat
    * Shake 'n Pour Pancake Mix
    * Shake 'n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix
    * Shake 'n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

    Duncan Hines (Aurora Foods)
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Muffin Mixes
    * Kellogg's All-Bran Apple Cinnamon
    * Kellogg's All-Bran Blueberry
    * Blueberry
    * Blueberry Crumb
    * Chocolate Chip

    Hungry Jack (Pillsbury)
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Buttermilk Pancake Mix
    * Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)

    Jiffy
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Corn Muffin Mix
    * Blueberry Muffin Mix
    * Raspberry Muffin Mix
    * Pie Crust Mix

    Mrs. Butterworths (Aurora Foods)
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Complete Pancake Mix
    * Buttermilk Pancake Mix

    Nestle baking mixes
    --BOYCOTT!


    Pepperidge Farms(Campbell's)
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Buttermilk Pancake Mix


    Pillsbury
    --BOYCOTT!
    * Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes
    * Blueberry
    * Chocolate Chip
    * Banana
    * Cranberry
    * Lemon Poppyseed
    * Nut
    * Hot Roll Mix
    * Gingerbread


    Bakers (Kraft/Phillip Morris)--BOYCOTT!
    * Unsweetened Chocolate
    * Semi-Sweet Chocolate
    * German Sweet Chocolate
    * White Chocolate

    Hershey's--BOYCOTT!
    * Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
    * Milk Chocolate Chips
    * Mini Kisses

    Nestle--BOYCOTT!
    * Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
    * Milk Chocolate Chips
    * White Chocolate
    * Butterscotch Chips
    * Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars



    GE Breads



    Holsum
    --BOYCOTT!
    (Interstate Bakeries)
    Holsum Thin Sliced Roman Meal
    12 Grain Round Top
    Home Pride Buttertop
    White Buttertop Wheat

    Pepperidge Farms
    --BOYCOTT!
    (Campbell's)
    Cinnamon Swirl Light
    Oatmeal Light Wheat
    100% Whole Wheat
    Hearty Slices 7 Grain
    9 Grain Crunchy Oat
    Whole Wheat Light Side
    Oatmeal Wheat 7 Grain
    Soft Dinner Rolls
    Club Rolls
    Sandwich Buns
    Hoagie Rolls

    Thomas'(Bestfoods) English Muffins--
    BOYCOTT!

    * Original
    * Cinnamon Raisin
    * Honey Wheat
    * Oat Bran
    * Blueberry
    * Maple French Toast

    * Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry
    * Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins

    Wonder--BOYCOTT!
    (Interstate Bakeries)
    * White Sandwich Bread
    * Country Grain
    * Buttermilk
    * Thin Sandwich
    * Light Wheat
    * 100% Stoneground Wheat
    * Fat Free Multigrain
    * Premium Potato
    * Beefsteak Rye
    * Wonder Hamburger Buns


    GE Sweets



    Cadbury --BOYCOTT!
    (Cadbury/Hershey's)
    Mounds
    Almond Joy
    York Peppermint Patty
    Dairy Milk Roast Almond Fruit & Nut

    Carnation --BOYCOTT!
    (Nestle)
    Hot Cocoa Mixes:
    Rich Chocolate
    Double Chocolate
    Milk Chocolate
    Marshmallow Madness
    Mini Marshmallow No Sugar

    Hershey's --BOYCOTT!
    Kit-Kat
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    Mr. Goodbar
    Special Dark
    Milk Chocolate Kisses
    Symphony
    Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
    Special Dark Chocolate Syrup
    Strawberry Syrup

    Kraft --BOYCOTT!
    (Kraft/Phillip Morris) Toblerone
    (all varieties)

    Mars M&M--BOYCOTT!
    (all varieties)
    Snickers
    Three Musketeers
    Milky Way
    Twix

    Nestle
    --BOYCOTT!
    Crunch Milk Chocolate Chunky Butterfinger 100 Grand
    drink mixes and dessert toppings
    Nestle Nesquik Strawberry Nesquik

    Swiss Miss--BOYCOTT!
    (ConAgra) Hot Cocoa Mixes:
    Chocolate Sensation
    Milk Chocolate
    Marshmallow Lovers
    Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free No Sugar Added
    and so on...

    Were going to try a word association. I'll say a word and you tell me the first thing that comes to your mind.



    MONSANTO
    EVIL!!!

    MONSANTO
    POISON
    MONSANTO
    HATE





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