Will Right to Farm Be Bamboozled in Ava?

In Missouri, even though I was against it because of GMO invasion, The Right to Farm passed as a Constitutional Amendment a few years back. So, the citizens of the state now have a “right” to engage in agricultural endeavors. As I see it, since this has been enshrined in our Constitution, it applies to all residents of Missouri, or it doesn’t apply to any. It’s either a right, or it isn’t. A qualified right isn’t a right. Nonetheless, we have had numerous instances of people being fined, penalized and threatened for gardening in cities around Missouri since this “right” was enacted. We now have another infringement on that right in a small town in Douglas County. That city is Ava, and the person that is being deeply affected by this is Patricia Davis.

Ms. Davis inquired of the appropriate department of the city about putting up a privacy fence in her front yard several years ago. However, city ordinance prohibits fences over two feet in height in front yards. Patricia says, “The inspector at the time, Lyle Piland (now retired), suggested planting a living screen instead, and he approved of my idea to use bamboo. In April 2010, I bought some cold-hardy bamboo starts from a nursery in Brookhaven, Mississippi.”

 

Looking out from Pat Davis' little bamboo grove.

Looking out from Pat Davis’ little bamboo grove.

Bamboo is a very interesting plant. It can provide food in the shoots, fodder for animals in the leaves, building materials and crafting supplies in the cane, and it is great for erosion and wind screens as well as providing shade and oxygen for the environment. It can also spread quite quickly and must be constrained through management or it can take over large areas that people might find problematic. Ms Davis said, “As I was a newbie with bamboo cultivation, it went a little out of bounds for a short time, but it did no damage and has been fully contained.” She also relayed that the neighbor’s yard that shoots appeared in was harvested for food, and then she took actions to constrain the plants and those efforts have been successful.

Now things have become contentious with Ms. Davis and the Mayor of Ava. As Pat relates it, “In early 2015 my neighbor apparently complained to the mayor, who then declared that the bamboo was “unsightly” and insisted on its removal. He lost that battle but came back at me later, calling it ‘weeds’ and a ‘nuisance’.”

There are some important legal issues with Mayor Norman’s categorization of the little bamboo forest that now inhabits a section of Pat’s front yard. Evidently, the City of Ava has written definitions that are not inclusive of the bamboo micro habitat Pat has fostered. The Ava City code defines weeds as “uncultivated vegetation over twelve inches tall”. The key word here is uncultivated. That does not apply here as Pat does indeed cultivate the bamboo. She keeps it constrained and regularly harvests the shoots for food. It also isn’t listed as a noxious nor invasive species, so it does not fit the definition of “weeds” in either the city or state ordinances or regulations. Granted, it is unusual, but unusual doesn’t convey additional definitions to existent ordinances or regulations.

Sun Through the Bamboo

Sun Through the Bamboo

Pat is going to be facing a hearing in front of Judge Craig Carter on November 7th to determine whether she may keep her tiny bamboo forest or if  Mayor Norman of Ava will win and cause her to remove the plants which have not yet reached mature size.

If the “right to farm” has any actual meaning at all, Ms Davis shouldn’t have to undergo the stress and upset she is already enduring over her bamboo grove. She said that she is looking forward to good supplemental income from the bamboo when it is ready to harvest and sell the canes and crafts from the cane. She also wants to interest others in growing this plant as it has remarkable beneficial potential as both a recreational crop and as a major agricultural crop that doesn’t require chemical management.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, I was strongly against this Constitutional amendment. Some of my reasons for being against it were set forth in this article. Now it looks as though we are going to have to stridently define who is or is not a farmer, and who is or is not a rancher.

Here is the language that was passed regarding Missourian’s “right to farm”.

Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri.

As for Ms. Davis, she would appreciate your help in fighting for her right to farm against the powers that be in Douglas County. You can help in the following ways:

(1)  Government overreach is often curtailed when they are closely watched, so please come to the courtroom at 1:30 PM on Nov. 7th. My hearing will be near — maybe even right at — the start of the session, which goes alphabetically by defendant last name. The whole docket usually is finished by 3:00, so even if they bump me to the end, it’s still only 90 minutes.

(2)  Alternatively, a short written statement of support would be useful. Be sure to include your written signature on a line with your name typed or clearly printed under that, along with your address, and email it by Sunday to: pad804@gmail.com.

 

 

Artificial Intelligence Has Learned to Keep Secrets….Good Idea? Or Bad Idea?

Ages ago, at some airport, somewhere in the US on a layover, I went to the leper lounge for a smoke and met a man who was a computer programmer working on teaching intelligent “bio-slime”.  According to him, they were teaching it to draw and use scissors and the goo learned at about the level of a three year old. This was in the mid 90’s. It seriously freaked me out and I told the guy how I felt about it. He thought I was crazy for being worried about learning inhuman goo that they hoped would make decisions someday.

Now, many years later, even very intelligent scientific geniuses are expressing their concerns about artificial intelligence. So I’m far from the only one concerned about this issue. Strangely enough, both Google and Cern have AI Quantum Computers and we now have the Mandela/Quantum Effect, where media, products, words in books, movie lines, and many other things are changing on our shelves. And AI and Cern appear to have some hand in it. Check out this video from Cern at about the 2 to 2:30 mark where a Cern scientist holds up signs saying “Bond#1” and “Mandela”.

As one could easily expect, I am beyond leery of AI. Now it is learning to hide things from its makers. And we, people, seem to believe that google holds all the answers to life, the universe and everything, but…now it lies.

Anyway, I thought I would share this article with people who have an interest in AI and are concerned about what might happen as this continues to grow. Link is in the title…

Google’s neural networks invent their own encryption

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Machines have been learning how to send secret messages to each other.

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Computers are keeping secrets. A team from Google Brain, Google’s deep learning project, has shown that machines can learn how to protect their messages from prying eyes.

Researchers Martín Abadi and David Andersen demonstrate that neural networks, or “neural nets” – computing systems that are loosely based on artificial neurons – can work out how to use a simple encryption technique.

In their experiment, computers were able to make their own form of encryption using machine learning, without being taught specific cryptographic algorithms. The encryption was very basic, especially compared to our current human-designed systems. Even so, it is still an interesting step for neural nets, which the authors state “are generally not meant to be great at cryptography”.

The Google Brain team started with three neural nets called Alice, Bob and Eve. Each system was trained to perfect its own role in the communication. Alice’s job was to send a secret message to Bob, Bob’s job was to decode the message that Alice sent, and Eve’s job was to attempt to eavesdrop.

To make sure the message remained secret, Alice had to convert her original plain-text message into complete gobbledygook, so that anyone who intercepted it (like Eve) wouldn’t be able to understand it. The gobbledygook – or “cipher text” – had to be decipherable by Bob, but nobody else. Both Alice and Bob started with a pre-agreed set of numbers called a key, which Eve didn’t have access to, to help encrypt and decrypt the message.

Practice makes perfect

Initially, the neural nets were fairly poor at sending secret messages. But as they got more practice, Alice slowly developed her own encryption strategy, and Bob worked out how to decrypt it.

After the scenario had been played out 15,000 times, Bob was able to convert Alice’s cipher text message back into plain text, while Eve could guess just 8 of the 16 bits forming the message. As each bit was just a 1 or a 0, that is the same success rate you would expect from pure chance. The research is published on arXiv.

We don’t know exactly how the encryption method works, as machine learning provides a solution but not an easy way to understand how it is reached. In practice, this also means that it is hard to give any security guarantees for an encryption method created in this way, so the practical implications for the technology could be limited.

“Computing with neural nets on this scale has only become possible in the last few years, so we really are at the beginning of what’s possible,” says Joe Sturonas of encryption company PKWARE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Computers have a very long way to go if they’re to get anywhere near the sophistication of human-made encryption methods. They are, however, only just starting to try.

Journal reference: arxiv.org/abs/1610.06918

 

Government Agents In the Bundy Trial

For those who are appalled at the killing of LaVoy Finnicum and the categorization of the Malheur occupiers as “terrorists”, the following article will both give you additional insight and agitation. If you have additional articles that bring deeper clarity to the debacle in Oregon, please feel free to share links in the comment section.

Bundy Prosecutors Admit That Undercover Informants Outnumbered Defendants In Recent Trial

Source: Lew Rockwell – by Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.

For the past six weeks Oregonians have been treated to a political trial of the “Malheur 7” (Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, David Fry, Neal Wampler and Ken Medenbach,). I was privileged to have a ringside seat at the trial as a volunteer researcher and paralegal for Ryan Bundy (who represents himself) at the trial.

As I write these words, the jury is out, considering whether the defendants conspired to prevent U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or Bureau of Land Management officers from performing their duties at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural eastern Oregon. The Bundy brothers and other defendants are alleged to have participated in an “armed standoff” occupation of the Refuge during January 2016 (while protesting the unconstitutional occupation by the federal government itself over the Refuge and other public lands).

The trial has revealed an astounding brave new world of modern surveillance and surreptitious “law enforcement” techniques. Drones flew over and recorded much of what went on. FBI agents captured and monitored every phone number connected between every participant. A search warrant after the fact gave the government permission to surf through 36 Laptops, smartphones, flash drives and other devices to build the government’s case. The FBI turned the analysis of Facebook likes, dislikes, messages, and posts into a science, with multiple agents assigned to that social media alone.

Outside the Refuge, FBI, Oregon State Police, and other law enforcement agencies swarmed over the countryside.  Government snipers appeared on local rooftops. Barricades and barbed wire were erected to protect the school and courthouse from the alleged militia danger. Undercover FBI agents dressed as redneck militia members roamed through local stores and menaced the streets.

Money was spent at such an extravagant pace that one professional auditor told me that the dollar amounts should have themselves triggered a separate criminal investigation. The Feds have publicly claimed that the 41-day occupation caused at least “$6.9 million” in damages.At trial, prosecutors objected, however, to every request to examine such claims. “Irrelevant!” said the prosecution. (In the event that any defendants are convicted, the Justice Department will surely assert such dollar claims in a demand for ‘restitution.’)

And there were undercover government informants. Everywhere. Suspicions that the government’s narrative was largely erected with undercover agents were borne out during the first week of trial.  It was revealed by an Oregon State trooper that one of Ammon Bundy’s “bodyguards”—a man who drove him to his arrest—was an undercover informant.

Another informant (“Mama Bear”) was revealed when a defense lawyer subpoenaed her for the defense. The woman admitted that her entire trip to the Malheur Refuge was funded by the San Diego FBI office and that she was paid thousands of dollars to inform on the occupiers while helping out in the kitchen.

Each of these informants were revealed by accident. Federal prosecutors vociferously refused to provide the names of other informants—citing case law that holds such revelations may put informants in danger. Prosecutors even used secret information—not provided to the defense—to cross-examine “Mama Bear,” to the prejudice of the defendants.

For days, Marcus Mumford (attorney for Ammon Bundy) demanded more information about the extent of undercover informants. Mumford pointed to the fact that the defendants were charged with conspiracy, and no one can be convicted of conspiring with undercover government agents. (The trial was filled with unanswered questions about who brought and left ammunition and guns, who damaged property, and why some people but not others were charged.)

Finally the Justice Department stipulated (without naming any names) that at least nine occupiers were undercover informants; a number greater than the number of defendants on trial. (Heavily redacted documents in the hands of the defense suggest the number of informants was actually at least 15.)

Significantly, the prosecution’s most damning evidence collapsed at the end of the trial when it was revealed that the man who ran a militia shooting range at the Malheur Refuge was himself an undercover agent. Through the hard work of defense lawyers, “John Killman” was identified as a paid (“reimbursed,” he said) informant who traveled to the occupation at the behest of the government in a beat-up pickup truck tolead the occupiers in combat “safety” training.“Killman” had even trained defendant Jeff Banta to stop cars and pull out their drivers at gunpoint.

Stay tuned!

HPV Vaccine Developer Says Its a Deadly Scam

If people need one more reason to be fully against forced vaccinations, this might be a help. For myself, I don’t need one more reason!

The link to source is in the headline:

Flashback: Lead HPV vaccine developer comes clean, says its a giant deadly scam

HPV vaccine

(NaturalNews) “Parents and women must know that deaths occurred,” states Dr. Diane Harper, when speaking with CBS News in 2009. Dr. Harper was a lead developer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. Once a strong believer in Gardasil and Cervarix, she was part of the team that approved the vaccines for safety and effectiveness. But now she confesses they are nothing but a deadly scam. Dr. Harper came clean at the 4th International Convergence on Vaccination in Reston, Virginia. She has been speaking out ever since about the deadly risks associated with the vaccines and the false protection they give to women.

At least 44 deaths, over 15,000 complications due to HPV vaccines

There have been 44 confirmed cases of young girls who have died due to these HPV vaccines. Some of the most disturbing adverse events associated with the vaccines include lupus, blood clots, inflammation of the brain, seizures and paralysis. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), contains 15,037 documented cases of young girls who have experienced health complications due to HPV vaccines such as Gardasil. The number of adverse events is likely much greater due to lack of awareness by medical providers and due to the hurdles that families must take to prove they were damaged by the vaccine. During the studies, children aged 15 and above were used to test out the vaccine’s effectiveness. Now the vaccine is being marketed to 9 year-olds, many of whom have reported ensuing health complication to VAERS.

HPV vaccine developer disseminates the fear surrounding HPV and cervical cancer

Dr. Harper is now trying to disseminate the fear surrounding HPV and cervical cancer. She explains that cervical cancer risk is extremely low in the US and that 90 percent of all HPV infections clear up on their own within two years. According to Dr. Harper, “About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life.” She says there are normally no symptoms with HPV and 98 percent of cases clear up on their own.

The small percentage of cases that become cancerous, that overtake the immune system, do not occur because the person failed to vaccinate. There is no data showing that Gardasil protects one from HPV beyond five years. Dr. Harper iterates that there is no way of proving that the vaccines prevent cervical cancer. Even if there was a way of proving that the vaccine worked, the vaccine makers admit that the vaccine only targets 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that usually just dies out on its own in a short period of time.

Furthermore, women who fear they have HPV are better off just getting checked with a routine Pap smear. If there is evidence of a rare venereal disease, the patient can be treated so the condition does not develop into cervical cancer. By putting all faith in faulty HPV vaccines, young girls are literally given false protection and led down a slippery slope that encourages the very behavior that leads to sexually transmitted diseases.

To top it all off, the vaccines put women’s lives at risk due to vaccine complications that could leave them paralyzed for life. Young girls should be empowered to respect their own bodies. They should never be treated as an experimental corpse for vaccine chemicals. Women and men should be given real knowledge on prevention of disease through nutrition and be encouraged to engage in healthy relationships behaviors.

James O’Keefe video on Voter Fraud

So this is number two of a set of videos explaining and substantiating the rampant voter fraud we in the US experience. And yes, it lies at the feet of those in the same ilk as Hillary and Bill Clinton. I’ve not been able to watch it, but have been sent the video by enough worthy people that I felt I needed to share it with you all. If you have unlimited bandwidth, please do watch and if you deem it important, share it as much as you can:

Medical Marijuana and Insane Obstacles

Last year, when I was asked to review a cannabis initiative for Missouri, I never thought that I would come out for completely self governed access and growing of cannabis. But when you examine the benefits, and then the restrictions and massive problems with access in every medical only program, it’s a serious mind and heart changer.

Below is an article that anyone who thinks medical only cannabis should read. To make people who are seriously in ill or in pain jump through so many hurdles to acquire something that helps them is simply unconscionable.

As always, your comments are welcome!

New York’s medical pot program is an obstacle course

Jen McTamaney isn’t counting steps anymore.

Her pain was once so unbearable that she knew how many excruciating steps it took to reach the bathroom and kitchen in her Plattekill home. These days, she dares to think of the day when she can ride her Harley again.

McTamaney is one of 7,627 New Yorkers enrolled by mid-September in the state Department of Health’s tightly controlled medical marijuana program, an effort largely shunned by the medical establishment. People like McTamaney, though, say their use of medicinal cannabis has allowed them to drastically reduce other medications that had unpleasant side effects, while improving their overall quality of life.

She said she owes a newfound life to medical marijuana, a drug she has taken since March.

“Daily living was very, very challenging,” said McTamaney, 55. She said her conditions, including a weakened immune system and neurological problems, forced her to leave her job as a teacher after more than 20 years.

“Now I can walk without my leg braces. I called them my Captain Dans,” she said with a smile last week. “I can take a shower standing up. … What it (medical marijuana) gave me was the ability to regain my daily living skills.”

A doctor in Newburgh

McTamaney was referred to a medical marijuana dispensary in Kingston by Dr. Glen Kay, who has operated OMNI Medical Care in the Town of Newburgh for almost 20 years. Kay was one of just 692 physicians, as of mid-September, to have registered with the state Department of Health to refer patients for medical marijuana therapies. There are 74,792 practicing physicians in New York, according to the state Department of Education.

Doctors cannot prescribe medical marijuana because the federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a dangerous drug, the same designation it gives heroin. Doctors can only certify a patient has one of the qualifying medical conditions. Patients take that documentation, along with their state-issued identification, to a state-sanctioned dispensary. The dispensaries are operated by the five companies allowed by the state to grow marijuana in New York.

Kay has referred 74 patients for medical marijuana therapy since mid-January, about two weeks after the first dispensaries opened. He believes that many doctors are reluctant to get involved because of marijuana’s “dangerous drug” classification.

“The large (medical) groups are telling them they can’t. They don’t want to take the risk,” Kay said. “To me, it’s a no-brainer. There is no risk. … The things it does for patients are tremendous. It’s so much better than putting patients on long-term narcotics.”

The Medical Society of the State of New York has not taken a position on medical marijuana or on the state’s program. The DEA announced plans in September to encourage an increased understanding of the potential medical benefits of marijuana by allowing more researchers to grow it. It kept marijuana, though, in the same classification of drugs as heroin.

At the same time, evidence mounts that frequently prescribed drugs fully approved by the U.S. government can be deadly. There were 18,893 overdose deaths in the United States in 2014 related to prescription pain relievers, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

And between 1999 and 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, sold in the U.S. quadrupled during that time.

Many patients, too few doctors

The scarcity of doctors registered with the medical marijuana program is reflected by the people knocking on Kay’s door.

“We have them from all over,” said Cindy Krol, who manages the program at Kay’s office. “Buffalo, Glens Falls, Syracuse, Sullivan County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Greene County, Westchester … and we don’t advertise. People find us by word of mouth and on Facebook.”

The distance that patients travel to Kay’s office illustrates a number of deficits in the state’s program. Broad swaths of the state, 20 counties in all, have no physicians participating. Patients don’t have access to the state’s online list of participating physicians. Only other doctors can see the list. That can be problematic when a patient’s doctor shuns involvement with medical marijuana.

Jennifer Livesey of Middletown said none of the several physicians treating her 16-year-old daughter, Carson, was participating. And she said it was difficult to get her pediatrician to even sign a document certifying her illnesses – they include epilepsy and spastic cerebral palsy – that qualify her for medical marijuana. Kay needed that document before he, in turn, could complete paperwork qualifying her to get the drug at a dispensary.

Livesey said she learned about Kay from a social media posting.

The obstacle course doesn’t make sense to Kay.

“The issues are that there aren’t enough doctors, and it’s too hard to get,” he said. “It just should be legal. … People should be able to get a prescription and go to the dispensary like any other medicine.”

Maria Maglio of Fishkill learned about Kay from a friend of a friend. She said she never used marijuana in any form before turning to the medicinal version in February. Other medications for pain, she said, led to digestive problems that only compounded the pain from neurological impairments she suffered after an auto accident when she was 16.

“I couldn’t sleep. I was irritable and always in pain,” Maglio, 48, recalled. “It’s like putting a potato in the microwave and watching it explode. That’s how I felt. … And I never had so much sleep before I started the program. I get a solid six hours. It definitely helps.”

Maglio and McTamaney said they don’t drive while taking their medical marijuana. Maglio uses the vape form while McTamaney uses a vape and a tincture. It’s not so much a high they say they feel, as it is a lessening of their pain.

“I just get very relaxed,” Maglio said. “That pain I feel all the time eases up. I feel a lot better. I don’t feel like I’m in that microwave ready to pop.”

Livesey, the Middletown mother, said medical marijuana has tamed many of Carson’s medical conditions and reduced her use of other drugs.

She was able to attend an epilepsy camp over the summer and eat without pain and vomiting. Livesey said her daughter has reached a normal weight of 120 pounds, up from less than 80.

“She had ulcers all through her system from all of the medication she was taking,” Livesey said. “Now she’s finally able to eat, and her muscle control has increased. … She’s a person again. Not just a sickness.”

jwalsh@th-record.com

Label Says Vaccine Side Effect…Autism

Most of us already know that vaccines, particularly MMR, and especially in boys, can indeed cause autism. Also, it certainly looks like the Pertussis vaccine is included in those that might cause autism. Here’s some proof that the drug companies and FDA actually know this….Or at least the indication is they know it:

Photo by Army Medicine

Discontinued Vaccine Label List Autism as Side-Effect

A discontinued vaccine’s label has been found to list “autism” among a list of many side-effects. This label is taken directly from the FDA’s website and sourced appropriately.

Image credit: FDA.gov

Image credit: FDA.gov

Sanofi Pasteur’s Pertussis vaccine Tripedia, which is used to treat a whooping cough, was to be scheduled in children’s vaccinations five times over the course of seven years, starting as an infant. But the vaccine was removed from the market. Why? Well, possibly the label’s side-effects give us insight. In the instance of Tripedia, researchers admitted the vaccine did cause autism. The label is from 2005. Something tells me that research would never be listed again. Side-effects are only listed if they frequently occur, as stated in Tripedia’s insert.

Tripedia list “trace amount of thimerosal” as being included in the ingredients.

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The CDC today announced that autism is not rising. They remain staunchly opposed to the idea that vaccines cause autism. But discoveries such as this one lend credibility to those the CDC labels as “anti-vaxxers” or “skeptics.” Researchers listing the drug’s side-effects as potentially “causing autism” removes any doubt that smoke is coming from a fire somewhere.

Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.

Not much has changed regarding vaccine ingredients.

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