By Rady Ananda
Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)
Notice: PBS is rebroadcasting Food, Inc. on Tuesday, August 9 and is kicking off its new Food site. Check local listings here.
While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States. All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.
Two farmers arguing against ecocidal hyper-regulation and “conventional” and “orthodox organic” farming are Simon Fairlee of England and Sepp Holzer of Austria. Both have written seminal books that should grace the bookshelves of everyone who gardens, farms or cares about the impact of agriculture on the biosphere.
Posted in Animals, Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Resistance
Tagged aquaculture, CAFOs, corpogov, courts, eatwild.com, Environment, factory farms, fao, farmers, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, food inc, Free Range Animals, gardening, gene logsdon, ghg, greenhouse gas emissions, holy shit, joel salatin, lab cultured meat, Land Rights, meat a benign extravagance, meat diet, mike pollan, nomads, omniovers dilemma, Organic, pbs, Peasants, permaculture, Ranchers, sepp holzer, Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening, Silviculture, Simon Fairlee, Soil, subsistence farming, Sustainable Practices, terrace farming, The Contrary Farmer, transhumanism, vegan diet
The ForeclosureGate scandal poses a threat to Wall Street, the big banks, and the political establishment. If the public ever gets a complete picture of the personal, financial, and legal assault on citizens at their most vulnerable, the outrage will be endless. (Image)
Foreclosure practices lift the veil on a broader set of interlocking efforts to exploit those hardest hit by the endless economic hard times, citizens who become financially desperate due medical conditions. A 2007 study found that medical expenses or income losses related to medical crises among bankruptcy filers or family members triggered 62% of bankruptcies. There is no underground conspiracy. The facts are in plain sight.
ForeclosureGate represents the sum total illegal and unethical lending and collections activities during the real estate bubble. It continues today. Law professor and law school dean Christopher L. Peterson describes the contractual language for the sixty million contracts between borrowers and lenders as fictional since the boilerplate language names a universal surrogate as creditor (Mortgage Electronic Registration System), not the actual creditor. Other aspects of ForeclosureGate harmed homeowners but the contractual problems that the lenders created on their own pose the greatest threats.
Posted in Economy Economics, Obama and Company
Tagged bankruptcy, big banks, bush, courts, Elite, ForeclosureGate, foreclosures, fraud, mortgage, obama, settlement
By Michael Collins
Should Elena Kagan be approved as a justice to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States?
As it turns out there’s a supremely simple method of testing her suitability. Once applied, citizens of any political persuasion will see that her nomination should be rejected outright.
As Solicitor General of the United States, Kagan argued against an appeal to the Supreme Court by former Alabama Governor, Don Siegelman in November, 2009. The Siegelman prosecution is viewed by many as one of the gravest injustices of the modern era, a purely political prosecution initiated by the Gonzales Justice Department.
Forty four former state attorneys general were so concerned that they issued a public petition on Siegelman’s behalf in 2007. The petition to the United States House of Representatives urged prompt investigation of the many shady dealings in the Siegelman case, before, during and after his trial. They framed their petition in this simple sentence: “The U.S. justice system should be above reproach.” It wasn’t.
Posted in Censorship, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Prisons
Tagged courts, injustice, justice department, kagan, law, nomination, political prosecution, scrushy, siegelman, Supreme Court