Long Time Friend of Property Rights Tased and Beaten in Sparta

truthfarmer:

Does Fighting City Hall Result in Police Attack in Missouri?

Originally posted on PRCnews:

Thursday night, January 22nd 2015 after attending the Mountain Grove PRC meeting, 69 year old rancher Bob Estep was heading to his home near Sparta when a car with it’s brights on pulled in behind him. Estep said he was trying to let the driver behind him know that the brights were blinding him by moving his rearview mirror attempting to flash the lights to the driver to his rear and moving the mirror around caused Estep to weave a little bit as he traveled down the road.

According to Estep, approximately 3 miles outside Sparta as he neared his turn off point, the vehicle behind Bob turned on it’s emergency lights indicating that it was a patrol car. Estep pulled over and waited for the officer to come to the side of his car. According to Bob Estep, he was waiting a rather lengthy amount of time, and he…

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OSLU Preparedness Seminar

Ozark Self Reliant Living University

OSLU 4th Annual

Disaster Preparedness Seminars

  • Saturday January 31 9 am to 4:30 pm

Fun and Friends Senor Center, Thayer, MO

  • Sunday February 1 9 am to 4:30 pm

Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church, West Plains, MO

All Day, FREE

Lunch and Drinks Provided for Small Donation

 

Full Day Event, Come and Go As You Are Able Both Days

Please RSVP to assist us in planning lunch by calling

417-264-2435

 or email mike65807@yahoo.com

 

SCHEDULE

 

Saturday

 

9 am Dave Lohr Survival Without Shelter

Dave is an expert in wilderness survival and will show how to make weapons, traps, what foods are good to eat or should be avoided

10 am Sustainable Heating and Cooling and Storm Shelters, Matt Fielack

11 am Sensible Alternative Energy Using Woodgas,  Dr. Jim Hart MSU West Plains

Dr. Hart will demo a prototype small wood gas stove for heating. The same technology can power a car or truck or generate electricity

12 noon Lunch – Drinks, chili, potato soup, deserts provided. Many of the ingredients used locally grown and organic. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

1 pm Robin Gilbert – Biblical Eating, foods that heal. Robin is a well-known medical missionary who shares her knowledge of a scriptural diet that improves health and what foods can assist in healing many diseases and ailments

2 pm Scott Peterson Down to Earth Seeds. Scott owns one of the premier heirloom seed companies in  the Ozarks and has been involved in preparedness for 20 years. He will share information on heirlooms, gardening, GMOs and health improvement.

3 pm Becky Peterson Essential Oils, Becky has a wealth of knowledge on how essential oils can replace many medicines either in an emergency or as a choice to take control of your health.

4 pm Rob Robinson restoring the constitution – Rob is a veteran of both the US Army and Marine Corp and has done extensive study of the Constitution, and will share his ideas on bringing government back to the people as originally intended.

 

 

Sunday

9 am Craig Wiles Threat Assessment, Physical Preparedness and Social Preparedness/ Craig is pastor of the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church and spent many years in the solar energy business. He is a former host of a radio talk show about preparedness and travels often giving seminars  on  sustainability, preparedness and homesteading. He is condensing three hours of material into a two hour segment, so pay attention.

 

11 am Sensible Alternative Energy Dr. Mainprize. Dr. Mainprize has an outstanding presentation on the various types of alternative energy available and how the average person can take advantage of them either to get off the grid and out of the gas line now, or to be ready if it becomes a necessity.

 

12 noon Lunch  Drinks, chili, potato soup, deserts provided. Many of the ingredients used locally grown and organic. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

 

1 pm Robin Gilbert  Biblical Eating, foods that heal. Robin is a well-known medical missionary who shares her knowledge of a scriptural diet that improves health and what foods can assist in healing many diseases and ailments

 

2pm Dawn McPherson Medicine When There Is No Pharmacy

 

3 pm to 4 pm Waiting for confirmation, speaker will be announced

Inflation? Only if you eat…drive, drink water, etc.

As regular readers know, the way inflation is determined does NOT include food and fuel. Absolute stupidity, right? Well, the actual inflation and actual unemployment numbers vastly outweigh the official reports. Here’s a good article about the food side of things below.

Despite Decline in CPI, Food Index Increases in December

(CNSNews.com) — Despite a decline in the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) in December, the food index increased and the price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs hit a record high, according to data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

food

Is this possibly an indication of the SDR’s? A “basket of currencies”?

A basket of grocery goods. (AP)

According to the BLS, “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.4 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 0.8 percent before seasonal adjustment.”

“The gasoline index continued to fall sharply, declining 9.4 percent and leading to the decrease in the seasonally adjusted all items index,” said the BLS.

“The fuel oil index also fell sharply, and the energy index posted its largest one-month decline since December 2008, although the indexes for natural gas and for electricity both increased,” said the BLS.

“The food index, in contrast, rose 0.3 percent, its largest increase since September.”

meat

(AP Photo)

“The food index rose 0.3 percent in December after a 0.2 percent increase in November,” stated the BLS. “The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased 0.3 percent as the index for beef and veal continued to rise, advancing 0.7 percent.”

In addition to rising 0.3 percent over the month, the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs also hit a record high in December.

In January 1967, when the BLS started tracking this measure, the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs was 38.1. As of last December 2013, it was 239.151. In November 2014 it hit 260.247. And in December 2014 it hit a record high of 261.002, an increase of 9.1 percent in one year.

The price of ground beef, which hit a record high in November of $4.201, declined in December to $4.156.

While the price of beef declined, the price of fresh whole chicken per pound increased 0.5 percent, and grade A eggs hit a record high price.

eggs

(AP Photo)

In January 1980, when the BLS started tracking the price of this commodity, Grade A eggs cost $0.879 per pound. By this December 2014, Grade A eggs cost $2.21 per pound. A decade ago, in December 2004, Grade A eggs cost $1.199 a pound. Since then, the price has increased 84.3%.

Each month, the BLS employs data collectors to visit thousands of retail stores all over the United States to obtain information on the prices of thousands of items to measure changes for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is simply the average change over time in prices paid by consumers for a market basket of goods and services.

The business and economic reporting of CNSNews.com is funded in part with a gift made in memory of Dr. Keith C. Wold.

Albuquerque Police Charged with Murder

Despite a lot of the stupidity surrounding the Ferguson debacle, there are indeed problems with police acting waaay out of their prescribed power. For myself, it isn’t that I don’t like police, I just feel better when they aren’t around. I’m sure most people feel the same way.

Last spring, in New Mexico, a homeless man was killed by the police. Far from the only incident of that sort, but these officers are actually going to be charged with murder. We’ll see what happens. Here is an article about that event:
2 Albuquerque officers face murder charges in killing of homeless man

A screen grab, taken from a video camera worn by an Albuquerque Police Department officer, shows police in a standoff with James Boyd on March 16, 2014. (Albuquerque Police Department)
By Nigel Duara contact the reporter

 

Two Albuquerque police officers will face murder charges in connection with the death of a homeless man

Two Albuquerque police officers will face a preliminary hearing on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a homeless camper in March that was captured on an officer’s helmet-mounted camera.

The case centers on James Boyd, 36, who had been camping in a restricted area of open space at Albuquerque’s eastern edge. During a four-hour standoff with police who had responded to a call from a local resident, he brandished two small knives multiple times.

Boyd, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had been acting erratically during the incident.

In the video from the helmet camera, Boyd appears to be complying with commands to leave the area when an officer throws a flash-bang grenade at his feet and a second officer releases a police dog that attacks Boyd. He again draws knives from his pockets and turns away from officers, who fire, hitting him in the back.

Bernalillo County Dist. Atty. Kari Brandenburg filed an information in court on Monday, seeking to have Officer Dominique Perez and former Det. Keith Sandy, who was allowed to retire from the department eight months after the shooting, charged.

Brandenburg has scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the potential charges.

Under New Mexico law, Brandenburg may file charges via criminal information, which means she does not need to seek an indictment from a grand jury. Local TV station KRQE said she will file open charges of murder, which means that a trial jury could consider a range of counts — at minimum, manslaughter, and at most, first-degree murder.

The Albuquerque Police Department has come under intense scrutiny in connection with a string of violent encounters with the public. Since 2010, Albuquerque police officers have shot 37 people, 27 of them fatally.

The shootings prompted a federal investigation, and the department is the subject of a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department, which found in an investigation that Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings.

The settlement calls for the police department to deescalate situations that involve people in a mental health crisis and minimize the use of force.

Seed Swap in Missouri

This is in south central Missouri, but hopefully it will be really well attended! Especially in light of the fact that the powers that shouldn’t be are shutting down seed saver swaps all across the country to “protect us” from possible disease…

3rd Annual Willow Springs Seed Swap January 29
The third annual Willow Springs Seed Swap and Garden Seminar will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the historic Charles Ferguson Building in downtown Willow Springs. Heirloom seeds for vegetables, herbs and flowers, along with seed potatoes, are welcome. Call 417-469-1167 or 417-252-0935 for more information.

Venezuela Major Crisis

Seems like something we should all take notice about. The petro dollar is coming to the end of it’s run.

Venezuelans Throng Grocery Stores Under Military Protection

Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection.

Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.

“I’ve visited six stores already today looking for detergent — I can’t find it anywhere,” said Lisbeth Elsa, a 27-year-old janitor, waiting in line outside a supermarket in eastern Caracas. “We’re wearing our dirty clothes again because we can’t find it. At this point I’ll buy whatever I can find.”

A dearth of foreign currency exacerbated by collapsing oil prices has led to shortages of imports from toilet paper to car batteries, and helped push annual inflation to 64 percent in November. The lines will persist as long as price controls remain in place, Luis Vicente Leon, director of Caracas-based polling firm Datanalisis, said today in a telephone interview.

Government officials met with representatives from supermarket chains today to guarantee supplies, state news agency AVN reported. Interior Minister Carmen Melendez said yesterday that security forces would be sent to food stores and distribution centers to protect shoppers.

Photographer: Noris Soto/Bloomberg

Empty shelves sit in a supermarket in the La Boyera part of eastern Caracas on Jan. 9, 2015.

‘Into Desperation’

“Don’t fall into desperation — we have the capacity and products for everyone, with calmness and patience. The stores are full,” she said on state television.

President Nicolas Maduro last week vowed to implement an economic “counter-offensive” to steer the country out of recession, including an overhaul of the foreign exchange system. He has yet to provide details. While the main government-controlled exchange sets a rate of 6.3 bolivars per U.S. dollar, the black market rate is as much as 187 per dollar.

Inside a Plan Suarez grocery store yesterday in eastern Caracas, shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and fought for items at times, with many trying to skip lines. The most sought-after products included detergent, with customers waiting in line for two to three hours to buy a maximum of two bags. A security guard asked that photos of empty shelves not be taken.

Police inside a Luvebras supermarket in eastern Caracas intervened to help staff distribute toilet paper and other products.

‘Looming Fear’

“You can’t find anything, I’ve spent 15 days looking for diapers,” Jean Paul Mate, a meat vendor, said outside the Luvebras store. “You have to take off work to look for products. I go to at least five stores a day.”

Venezuelan online news outlet VIVOplay posted a video of government food security regulator Carlos Osorio being interrupted by throngs of shoppers searching for products as he broadcast on state television from a Bicentenario government-run supermarket in central Caracas.

“What we’re seeing is worse than usual, it’s not only a seasonal problem,” Datanalisis’s Leon said. “Companies are not sure how they will restock their inventories or find merchandise, with a looming fear of a devaluation.”

The price for Venezuela’s oil, which accounts for more than 95 percent of the country’s exports, has plunged by more than half from last year’s peak in June to $47 a barrel this month.

“This is the worst it has ever been — I’ve seen lines thousands of people long,” Greisly Jarpe, a 42-year-old data analyst, said as she waited for dish soap in eastern Caracas. “People are so desperate they’re sleeping in the lines.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Andrew Rosati in Caracas at arosati3@bloomberg.net; Noris Soto in Caracas at nsoto9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net; Philip Sanders at psanders@bloomberg.net Nathan Crooks, Randall Woods

ADM Suing over GMO Corn?

Like a snake eating it’s own tail…so are the manipulations of the consolidated control aspects of USDA Approved agribusiness. China is rejecting GMO corn, so is Russia and about 60 other countries. Here in the US, we can’t get it labeled and if you eat prepared box foods or meat from the store, you are getting it whether you like it or not. What you don’t know can indeed harm you! But ADM, one of the largest ag market controlling entities, is actually suing Syngenta because China keeps refusing shipments of GMO contaminated corn. China (and ALL countries, but particularly those who are categorized as lesser developed countries by the WTO) have the right to exercise the Sanitary Phyto Sanitary clause of the WTO agreements and refuse this based on their own science based principles. I just find it really amusing that biotech is being sued by one of the biggest distributors in the world. And we can’t even get a label on food in stores….

(Two articles below, both linked to GM Watch in the title)

Archer Daniels Midland says GMO corn is killing US exports to China

on 25 November 2014.

China has rejected the “vast majority of US corn shipments” because of the presence of Syngenta’s GMO MIR162

China’s barriers to imports of some US GM crops are disrupting seed companies’ plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the US market altogether.

1. In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches
2. Archer Daniels Midland says GMO corn is killing U.S. exports to China

1. In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches

By Tom Polansek
Reuters, 25 Nov 2014
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0J90DU20141125?irpc=932

China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies’ plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

Two of the world’s biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Bayer CropScience told Reuters it has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold until it receives Chinese import approval.

Beijing is taking longer than in the past to approve new GMO crops, and Chinese ports in November 2013 began rejecting U.S. imports saying they were tainted with a GMO Syngenta corn variety, called Agrisure Viptera, approved in the United States, but not in China.

The developments constrain launches of new GMO seeds by raising concerns that harvests of unapproved varieties could be accidentally shipped to the world’s fastest-growing corn market and denied entry there. It also casts doubt over the future of companies’ heavy investments in research of crop technology.

The stakes are high. Grain traders Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] and Archer Daniels Midland Co, along with dozens of farmers, sued Syngenta for damages after Beijing rejected Viptera shipments, saying the seed maker misrepresented how long it would take to win Chinese approval.

In the weeks since Cargill first sued on Sept. 12, Syngenta’s stock has touched a three-year low. ADM in its lawsuit last week alleged the company did not follow through on plans for a controlled launch of Viptera corn.

Syngenta says the complaints are unfounded.

Bayer, told by Beijing in September that the new soybean seed, LL55, had not been approved for imports, says it will keep on trying, seven years after the company first filed its request. In the meantime, it will withhold the new seed. China granted its last import approval for any GMO grain in June 2013.

TEN YEAR EFFORT

“Our objective is to get the approval and the clearance from the Chinese authorities so that we can go into a full commercial launch as soon as possible,” said Frank Terhorst, global head of seeds for the company.

It can take up to 10 years and $150 million to develop new GMO seeds and further delays in Chinese approvals will raise concerns about Bayer’s future investment in new GMO products, Terhorst said.

The slowdown in Beijing’s regulatory process comes amidst growing consumer sentiment against GMO food in China and concerns amongst some government officials about excessive dependence on U.S. food supplies.

China is a key market for the $12 billion U.S. agricultural seeds business and for global grain traders and accounted for nearly 60 percent of U.S. soybean exports and 12 percent of corn exports two years ago. Nearly 90 percent of corn in the United States is genetically engineered, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as farmers embrace technology that helps kill weeds and fight pests.

It is a common practice to mix different corn varieties in storage and during transportation, so a lack of approval for one GMO variety can put at risk of rejection large shipments that include approved GMO grains.

The controlled releases by Dow and Syngenta aim to bring new GMO seeds to the U.S. market while assuring U.S. farmers and exporters that the harvests will not be rejected by countries that have not approved the GMO grain.

Dow AgroSciences this month said it will limit sales of its new genetically modified corn and soybeans next year while it waits for China’s approval. Farmers who grow the new Enlist corn must maintain isolation areas around their fields, use the corn only as livestock feed, and submit to audits of their compliance.

When Syngenta released its Agrisure Duracade corn this year, which is approved in the United States but not by China, it contracted grain handler Gavilon, owned by Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp, to oversee the launch. Gavilon assigned as many as six workers at its Omaha headquarters to keep Duracade out of markets where it had not been cleared, said Greg Konsor, general manager for grain operations.

At harvest, growers have to fill out canary-yellow tracking agreements where they identify themselves, their trucking firms and the destinations for their Duracade corn. The bright color is meant to tell buyers the shipments require special attention.

Iowa farmer Gary Vetter said that after he planted 240 acres of Duracade last spring, he received calls and certified mail from Gavilon checking on his compliance with restrictions aimed to keep the grain out of unapproved markets.

“No matter what, they want to know where the corn goes,” he said.

Controlled launches, however, are at best a temporary fix because they are costly, complicated and risk accidental contamination of other export grains, said Jim Sutter, chief executive of the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

“The long-term solution is to work with our partners in China and build confidence in the process in the way we want it to work,” he said. “Easier said than done.”

(Additional reporting by Niu Shuping in Beijing; Editing by David Greising and Tomasz Janowski)

2. Archer Daniels Midland says GMO corn is killing U.S. exports to China

By SABRINA CANFIELD
Courthouse News Service, 24 Nov 2014
http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/11/24/archer-daniels-midland-says-gmo-corn-is-killing-u-s-exports-to-china.htm

The Archer Daniels Midland Company sued the developer of a genetically modified corn, accusing the company of intentionally stymieing United States exports to China.

In a lawsuit filed in the St. Charles Parish District Court in Louisiana, ADM says Syngenta Corporation sold GMO corn seed to farmers across the U.S. without undertaking reasonable “stewardship” practices designed to ensure genetically-modified seeds do not taint or become intermixed with the regular corn seed supply.

As a result, China has rejected the “vast majority of U.S. corn shipments” because of the presence of Syngenta’s GMO MIR162, which has become intermixed with regular corn seed.

Those safeguards are critical because China, a major importer of corn from the U.S., has not approved genetically-modified corn containing Syngenta’s MIR162 genetic trait, and won’t accept shipments containing so much as a trace of GMO corn.

Syngenta’s seed is sold under the brand names Viptera and Duracade.

According to ADM, which owns 200 grain elevators across the United States, Syngenta’s actions have cost corn exporters tens of millions of dollars in lost profits.

Until recently China had been a significant purchaser of U.S. grown corn, and Archer Daniels Midland Company sold and exported substantial volumes of corn to China. China is the second-largest corn consumer in the world.

The regular corn crop has been tainted as a result of cross-pollination, where the wind has blown pollen containing MIR162 onto fields where regular corn is planted, and also by channeling, where the modified corn is combined with regular corn at processing facilities.

Once it became apparent that MIR162 corn was tainting the regular corn supply, Syngenta was warned but took no measures to quarantine its crop which made $875 million in 2013 alone, the lawsuit says.

Archer Daniels Midland Company filed the lawsuit in St. Charles Parish because that where its two largest export grain terminals and elevators are located.

The U.S. is one of the world’s top corn exporters. In 2013, the U.S. exported 18.3 million metric tons of corn. That same year, China consumed roughly 24.5 percent of the world’s corn, making it the second largest corn consumer in the world and the third largest purchaser of U.S. exported corn.

When Syngenta’s GMO corn was approved by the USDA, Syngenta had promised to follow strict guidelines, and to force farmers to also follow guidelines, to ensure the MIR162 crop did not comingle with other crops.

But forcing farmers to participate in a stewardship process when using its corn seed would have made the seed less desirable, so Syngenta didn’t require it, the lawsuit says.

Additionally, Syngenta could have asked grain elevator operators to keep its corn separate so it wouldn’t intermingle with and taint regular corn, but Syngenta didn’t. Instead, Syngenta actually encouraged the cross-pollination of its GMO corn with regular crops by telling farmers to grow GMO and regular corn side by side, according to the lawsuit.

Until recently, Syngenta had a document on its website that purported to be an approval from the Chinese government of MIR126 to encourage corn seed buyers to believe China had finally approved the GMO when actually it has not.

As a result of Syngenta’s failure to implement reasonable stewardship actions, its genetically modified corn brands, Viptera and Duracade, have cross-pollinated with neighboring corn fields, including corn fields owned by farmers who did not purchase the GMO brands of seed. When the unknowing farmers sell their tainted corn at a grain elevator, MIR162 inadvertently enters the grain supply system.

After Archer Daniels Midland Company unknowingly purchased and comingled GMO corn with its grain supply, Archer Daniels Midland Company’s supply became tainted. This happened at all of Archer Daniels Midland Company’s 200 U.S. grain elevators, the company says.

As a result, corn Archer Daniels Midland Company has attempted to export to China has been refused by the Chinese government.

The parties did not reply to emailed requests for comment.

Archer Daniels Midland Company seeks damages for negligence and violations of the unfair trade practices and consumer protection acts.

Named defendants are Syngenta Corporation, Syngenta Seeds Inc. and Syngenta Crop Protection LLC.

The lawsuit was filed by Glenn Goodier of Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans.

 

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