Recently, we have been talking about the impending tsunami of unfunded pension liabilities across the country (some $3 Trillion) as states, cities and municipalities come face to face with the debt that has been created by very generous pension plans for government workers.
Last Thursday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the bi-partisan pension reform bill into law which requires cities to pony up more cash for law enforcement and firefighters pensions, which critics such as Chicago’s Mayor Daley believe will raise property taxes; in some cases as much as 60%. Whether through property taxes or another venue, the government is going to get your cash and we will be able to sit and watch the economy as it shrinks yet again. How’s your food storage comin’ along?
Happy Freakin’ New Year Illinois! (Everybody else…coming soon to a city near you…)
(Editor’s Note: For those looking for a ‘Happy New Year’ from the Monster; dream on…it’s just another day in the campaign against the Wall Street banks, DHS, the Federal Reserve, colluding large corporations (Wal-Mart) and the bloated federal government.)
Gerald Celente being interviewed on KFI AM 640 with John and Ken about the $20 Trillion that the Fed has used to bailout and payoff banks all over the world, hedge funds, and large corporations. The story starts at the five minute mark in part 1. Gerald continues with the financial abyss that has turned the entire world into a deer in the headlights and gives his trend predictions for 2011 in part 2.
We know that drinking tap water drugs us into submission. We know that most of the food grown in America is genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are affecting us on a genetic level. What we are just finding out is that water containing pharmaceuticals applied to plants ends up in the plants; imagine that? If you haven’t started a garden and bought a water filtration system yet, WHAT are you waiting for? What? Are you still thinking that you can just be on autopilot and not fully engaged in taking care of yourself and your family now that the global cabal has all the gears of the machine in place and has cranked it up to full-tilt? WAKE THE **** UP!!!!
(NaturalNews) Agricultural crops can absorb pharmaceuticals found in the water used to irrigate them or the sewage sludge used to fertilize them, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Toledo-Ohio and published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
When humans consume pharmaceuticals, active traces of those drugs are excreted in their feces and urine. Modern treatment methods for water and sewage do nothing to remove these biologically active chemicals.Previous studies have shown that crops grown directly in animal manure can absorb veterinary drugs, and that cabbages grown hydroponically can absorb human drugs. To simulate more natural agricultural conditions, researchers grew soybeans — the second most widely planted crop in the United States — in regular soil. Half the crops were fertilized with solid waste, while the other half were irrigated with chemical-spiked water. In order to simulate the reclaimed sewage or wastewater commonly used in industrial agriculture, the researchers spiked water and waste with the drugs carbamazepine (an anticonvulsant), diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and fluoxetine (Prozac), along with the common antimicrobial chemicals triclosan and triclocarban.
Using mass spectrometry, the researchers then analyzed the plants’ tissues just before flowering and after the production of beans. The plants absorbed carbamazepine, triclocarban and triclosan from both soil and water, although absorption from water was greater. All three chemicals accumulated in root tissues, stems and leaves, while the antimicrobial compounds also accumulated in the beans. Diphenhydramine and fluoxetine accumulated in low concentrations in the roots.
The health effects of this absorption remain unknown, but they could be severe. Triclosan, for example, has been shown to build up in the bodies of humans and other animals.
“Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility, and may foster birth defects,” write Frank Lipman and Mollie Doyle in their book Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again.
“If you find those compounds in the plant, what are they going to do to the plants or to animals that eat the plants?” researcher Chenxi Wu asked.
According to Elizabeth Norcross of the Mercatus Center, the states’ $452 Billion in unfunded pension liabilities is closer to $3 Trillion ‘when you get the accounting right’. How’s that red crayon math working out now?
“…but the day of reckoning is at hand. The debt crisis is already making Wall Street nervous, and some believe that it could derail the recovery, cost a million public employees their jobs, and require another big bailout package that no one in Washington wants to talk about.” – 60 Minutes
60 Minutes has done a thirteen minute report on the approaching day of reckoning for the states who are drowning in the deep end of the fiscal pool. According to Gov. Chris Christie, it’s not a income problem, it is a government employee benefit problem, and according to Meredith Whitney (highly respected Wall St. financial analyst) who has done research on the financial health of states and cities, this spring will see an influx of municipalities defaulting on their bonds because $160 Billion of federal stimulus cash will run out (just about the time the next round of residential and commercial mortgage resets occurs). She was calling out the big banks about the problems ahead for them long before they wanted to admit their liability, and those very same municipal bonds that will be defaulted on are owned, in the majority, by those very same big banks. Let’s all get ready for T.A.R.P. 2.0.
Economic history lessons of the US with depressions that were averted. In 1946, the Republicans ran on the phrase, “Had Enough Yet?” and took control of congress. You may not be saying that phrase yet, but you will…
This video was originally created to be part of an art exhibit for Exposed the Art Project http://www.exposedtheartproject.org , a multimedia collaboration raising awareness of social issues. The group decided that the message in the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America shouldn’t be put on hold. So here it is. The other artists of Exposed the Art Project are: painters Barry Gross and Viktor Safonkin, and photographers Adela Holmes and Presscott McDonald. We picked four themes for our premier—Social Commentary, Spirituality, Metamorphosis and Time and Chance. This is my contribution for Social Commentary.