Informing Hawaii's voters
Submitted by Guest on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 23:01
By Ted Genoways
December 5, 2013
The Hormel Foods (HRL) plant in Fremont, Neb., is a sprawling complex, just across the Union Pacific tracks on the southern edge of town. Every day of the week, some 1,400 workers arrive before dawn and emerge in the midafternoon, chatting briefly in the parking lot before fanning out onto the highway. It’s a routine with few surprises, but inside the plant, a grand, if largely ignored, experiment is under way, one that is testing the limits of industrial production—and worker and food safety.
Each working day, more than 10,500 hogs are slaughtered here—their carcasses butchered into parts and marketed as Cure 81 hams or Black Label bacon, the scraps collected and ground up to make Little Sizzlers breakfast sausages. That’s 1,300 hogs per hour, a 33 percent jump in the last decade. To make that happen, Hormel invested $7 million in a plant expansion in 2005 and added an additional 20,000 square feet in early 2012 to meet demand for its signature product, Spam. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be doing business in Fremont, Neb., producing Spam since 1947,” Donnie Temperley, then the plant manager, told the local newspaper. “The people at the plant are very proud of what they do. They’re outstanding employees.”
What few people, even at the Fremont plant, appreciate is that its remarkable production increases stem from a special program piloted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1997. The program cut the number of Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors on the processing line from seven to four and permitted participating companies to accelerate line speeds in five pork-processing plants: Excel in Beardstown, Ill.; Hatfield Quality Meats in Hatfield, Pa.; Farmer John in Vernon, Calif.; Quality Pork Processors (QPP) in Austin, Minn.; and Hormel Foods in Fremont.
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Submitted by Guest on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:54
Mandela’s Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress, targeted civilians
December 6, 2013
MSNBC and CNN and even Fox will not tell you the whole story on Nelson Mandela. Photo: Paul Williams.
Expect Obama to use your hard-earned confiscated tax dollars to pay for an expensive trip to South Africa where he will attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
The chief teleprompter reader for the banks and corporations that control the government has already ordered flags be flown at half mast. This 17th century ritual is usually reserved for members of U.S. government officialdom, but Mandela is a special case.
Nelson Mandela stands atop a hallowed pedestal in the pantheon of political correctness. His struggle against the scourge of apartheid – government sanctified racism – was fashioned into a human rights struggle by the establishment and its propaganda media. The distorted image of Saint Mandela has been dutifully scrubbed of its dark side. There is no room for truth or historical fact as the tribute to Saint Mandela unfolds and will continue to do so well into next week and beyond.
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Submitted by Guest on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 04:35
By Mike Adams
Editor of NaturalNews.com
December 5, 2013
I'd like to thank all the Natural News readers for your support as I'm engaged in intensive laboratory research and not posting very many stories right now. This will continue through early January up until we break our big announcements on food science.
You may have heard some rumors that I discovered I've been exposed to a chronic, accumulative, low level of toxic elements (poisons) over the last couple of years. This rumor is true, and over the last several months, I have been able to identify the sources of those poisons and remove them from my diet and my environment. Some of these poisons are still coming out of my hair and urine, but overall levels have dropped dramatically. At no time were the exposures acute. I'm talking about an ongoing low level of exposure that builds up over time, not an emergency level at any one time.
What's shocking is that I was being exposed to these toxic elements even though I thought I was living a pristine lifestyle with an incredibly clean "organic" diet rich in superfoods and supplements. It turns out that many organic foods are a total myth because they're incredibly contaminated. More on this point in future articles...
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Submitted by HPI on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:52
November 24, 2013
After making her wait eight hours, the Clark County Commission (Las Vegas, Nevada) decided to allow Daphne Lee to speak. She urged them to uphold their oath to preserve and protect the Constitution by taking steps against the unconstituional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Daphne is a mother and concerned citizen who volunteers considerable time fighting to preserve the rights of all Americans.
This video has since been viewed at least 100,000 times.
Submitted by Guest on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:15
Dec 5, 2013
Russia Today introduction: Islamist fighters in Syria are believed to be holding a group of nuns hostage. Abducted from an Orthodox Monastery near Damascus they have reportedly been moved to the rebel-controlled town of Yabroud. The Pope has called for prayers for the kidnapped women, amid demands from clerics and religious organizations to release them.
Submitted by Guest on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:34
How two geeks broke the story of the year
By Janet Reitman
December 4, 2013
Early one morning last December, Glenn Greenwald opened his laptop, scanned through his e-mail, and made a decision that almost cost him the story of his life. A columnist and blogger with a large and devoted following, Greenwald receives hundreds of e-mails every day, many from readers who claim to have "great stuff." Occasionally these claims turn out to be credible; most of the time they're cranks. There are some that seem promising but also require serious vetting. This takes time, and Greenwald, who starts each morning deluged with messages, has almost none. "My inbox is the enemy," he told me recently.
The New Political Prisoners: Leakers, Hackers and Activists
And so it was that on December 1st, 2012, Greenwald received a note from a person asking for his public encryption, or PGP, key so he could send him an e-mail securely. Greenwald didn't have one, which he now acknowledges was fairly inexcusable given that he wrote almost daily about national-security issues, and had likely been on the government's radar for some time over his vocal support of Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks. "I didn't really know what PGP was," he admits. "I had no idea how to install it or how to use it." It seemed time-consuming and complicated, and Greenwald, who was working on a book about how the media control political discourse, while also writing his column for The Guardian, had more pressing things to do.
"It felt Anonymous-ish to me," Greenwald says. "It was this cryptic 'I and others have things you would be interested in.?.?.?.' He never sent me neon lights – it was much more ambiguous than that."
So he ignored the note. Soon after, the source sent Greenwald a step-by-step tutorial on encryption. Then he sent him a video Greenwald describes as "Encryption for Journalists," which "walked me through the process like I was a complete idiot."
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Submitted by Guest on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:02
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are, by their very nature, odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.1
Senators Brian Schatz (D–HI) and Mazie Hirono (D–HI) recently introduced a resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 12, that would provide congressional approval of amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920.
While this resolution seems innocuous enough on its face, these amendments would institutionalize the racial and ethnic discrimination practiced by the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) by allowing those who benefit unfairly from that discrimination to pass on the benefits to their family members.
Hawaiian Homes Commission
In accordance with the Hawaii Statehood Admissions Act of 1959, Congress must consent to any amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920.2 The HHC provides “special” loans and homesteading leases for “residential, agricultural, or pastoral purposes” for “Native Hawaiians”—who are defined as “any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778.3
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1 Hirabayashi v. U.S., 320 U.S. 81, 100 (1943).
2 Hawaiian Homes Commission, Senate Report 113-76 (July 15, 2013).
3 See Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Land, “Hawaiian Homes Commission Act,” http://dhhl.hawaii.gov/hhc/laws-and-rules/ (accessed November 22, 2013).
Submitted by Guest on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:33
Submitted by HPI on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:48
Prime contractor caught giving wrong information, stonewalls questioning by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX)
October 24, 2013