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By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Adam Curtis‘ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.
“The Century of the Self”, reveals the intricacies of psycho-manipulative social engineering through propaganda. Propaganda is a type of communication which is aimed at influencing a community toward a cause. Media utilizes propaganda by constantly dispersing certain information over a wide spectrum of mainstream media outlets (e.g.:ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News) or more recently internet social networks (e.g:Facebook and Twitter) to sequester the desired attitudes from it.
“It”, or the emotional cue contemporarily may be like the succinctly charged statement ” War on Terror” which evokes conditioned visions of 9/11. Or more recently the foiled underwear bomber. These reminders consistently played over time through all strata of media fearfully allow us to give away our 4th and 5th Amendment liberties away for invasive T.S.A. (Transportation Safety Administration) naked body scanners and pat downs at airports.
The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund‘s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud.
Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is humanity’s ultimate goal.
Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar.
His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle Freud had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
June 1st through November 30th is the official beginning of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This season has no inclination to adhere to climatology as it began back in May 19 with Tropical Storm Alberto forming that Saturday afternoon off the South Carolina coast. Not since 1908 has there been a storm that early before the season officially began on June 1st .There after we dealt with Tropical Storm Beryl that marked the third time on record, that two tropical cyclones reached tropical storm strength during May before the beginning of Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The Saffir-Simpson Scale shown below is a categorization of tropical cyclones based on their wind speeds, barometric pressures and storm surges in feet. This helps forecasters inform the public in a warned area of the level of the tropical weather threat. Keep in mind even a weak tropical system can unleash tremendous amounts of rain leading to loss of life or damage to property. If a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch is issued that means that inclement conditions are expected in the watch are within 48 hours. If a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning is issued that implies that preparations should rushed to completion as adverse weather conditions are anticipated within 24 hours or less.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Forecast calls for 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
As far as early Tropical Atlantic Cyclones go, Tropical Storm Beryl was the most intense preseason storm to impact the U.S. directly on record. Beryl began as a fledgling low pressure system near the coast of South East Florida, off of Miami on May 23,2012. At Miami Beach there were wind gusts reported to near gale force (39-54mph) as it moved Northeast. On May 26,2012 as the system continued to move Northeast along the S.E. United States coastline it was classified as Subtropical Storm Beryl.
While Beryl continued to crawl off of the Carolina-Georgia-North Florida coast it began to enter a more hospitable environment conducive to further development with warmer sea surface temperatures and less wind shear aloft. Vertical wind shear has an inhibiting effect on tropical cyclones as it tends to dislocate the thunderstorms from the low level center blowing them off and not allowing the storm to organize or deepen further.
At 11pm EDT on May 27, 2012 Beryl transitioned from a subtropical system to a fully tropical system only 120 miles off of the North Florida Coast. On Sunday May 28 strong tropical storm Beryl came ashore near Jacksonville Beach, Florida with peak sustained winds at the time of landfall of 70mph. There was a peak wind gust recorded that evening at 73 mph in the northern part of Jacksonville Beach in Mayport.
With both Alberto and Beryl forming close to the Southeast coastline of the United States it portends that many of the systems of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season will form similarly. The areas to watch for a direct impact this year will be in the Caribbean to Florida into the Northern Gulf Coast. The next name on the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane List is Chris which weather models are hinting may come out of the disturbed weather in the Northwest Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico over the next two weeks.
Make sure to monitor the latest tropical weather forecasts or news and be prepared before the storm is at your door. Have a Hurricane Preparedness plan in place for you and your family. The up two week supply of essentials are Canned Foods, Bottled Water, Weather Radio, Batteries, First Aid Kit, Multivitamins, Sunscreen,Extra Cash from ATM’s, Bug Repellant, Flashlights, Other non-perishable food items, extra gas for generators or vehicles as gas stations will not work after a storm passes due to power outages.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
With the noticeable and precipitous increases in seismic activity globally one can only wonder if fracking may have had a hand in some of these geologic events. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well. This invasive Energy extraction drilling procedure delves as deep as three miles beneath the surface of the earth for the sole goal of what may be deemed as irresponsible energy sequestration practices.
Dr. Mike Blanpied of the U.S. Geological Survey, who serves as the associate coordinator of the U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards program said this in regards to fracking and its possible relation to the seismic event that occurred last summer in Virginia with a 5.8M earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011.
He says “The thing that can induce large earthquakes is the high pressure fluid injection, waste fluid injection, that’s done in some places. However, as far as we’re aware there’s not really the mining or the fluid injection processes going on in Virginia that would have connected this earthquake with anything like that.”
This high pressured fluid injection that Dr. Mike Blanpied warned of causing earthquakes is just what Youngstown, Ohio validated this pass March.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which overseas the oil and gas industry, said in a report that the state should pass a new law prohibiting drilling at what is called the Precambrian basement rock level (a depth that begins at 9,184 ft) and would require companies to “review existing geologic data” before drilling.
The agency also said it wants the state to require “continuous pressure monitoring systems with automatic shut-off” that monitor the pressure levels of injected waste fluids that would be controlled remotely by the state.
The report found “geological evidence” suggesting that high pressure fluid from a well near an underground fault caused a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown, Ohio area over the last year.
For each fracking operation 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.
These volatile chemicals can eventually leach into the ground water table contaminating it through the many new fissures from hydrolic fracking.
According to the Centers for Disease Control the harmful human effects from benzene are that “it works by causing cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.The seriousness of poisoning caused by benzene depends on the amount, route, and length of time of exposure, as well as the age and preexisting medical condition of the exposed person.”
In a United States Environmental Protection Agency Assessment of the risks on the human body from Toluene they state,
“The central nervous system (CNS) is the primary target organ for toluene toxicity in both humans and animals for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures. CNS dysfunction and narcosis have been frequently observed in humans acutely exposed to toluene by inhalation; symptoms include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea. CNS depression has been reported to occur in chronic abusers exposed to high levels of toluene. Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache. Human studies have reported developmental effects, such as CNS dysfunction, attention deficits, and minor craniofacial and limb anomalies, in the children of pregnant women exposed to toluene or mixed solvents by inhalation. Reproductive effects, including an association between exposure to toluene and an increased incidence of spontaneous abortions, have also been noted.”
Some experts suggest a link between the slew of earthquakes in Italy and fracking now with a death toll up to 17 from the May 20th 6.0 magnitude 6km SSW of Felonica, May 29th’s 5.8mag. 3km SSE of Medolla then 5.4mag. 3km NW of town of Carvezzo.
Sunday night June 3rd at 9:20pm Italy saw another quake of a magnitude 4.8 in Northern Italy only adding to the uneasiness felt by the citizens across Italy.Whether it is fracking that is responsible for the uptick in seismicity, natural geophysical cyclical internal processes at work here or a combination of the two the data available is compelling.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
The suicide rate in Greece jumped 40% year-on-year in first five months of 2011. Dually the number of young people without a job outnumbered those with one.
This past Wednesday a 77-year-old man took his own life in the busy Syntagma Square in central Athens, the scene of several violent clashes between anti-austerity protesters and the police in recent months. Nearly one thousand people gathered for another rally Thursday in Syntagma Square, which was largely peaceful apart from a few scuffles between small groups of protesters, Athens police said.
Retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas shot himself with a handgun amid the morning rush hour, in what was apparently a protest over the financial crisis gripping the nation.
This is not just regional to Greece but Geo-economically systemic as many other European Countries own Greek Debt like Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom. Elsewhere in the world Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, United States, Chinese Taipei, Singapore also own Greeks toxic debts sold through derivatives or credit default swaps by the IMF World Bank along with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
With ever-growing unemployment, scarcer and fewer jobs available an Economic Depression has now thoroughly entrenched the Grecian people.
Economist Max Keiser of the “Keiser Report” met with Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine last June 2011 in an International Chamber of Commerce meeting while in Greece. Steve Forbes reportedly said to Keiser, “this is an amazing opportunity we are going to buy the airport and other properties for pennies on dollar.”
Greece’s economy is estimated to have shrunk by a about a fifth since 2008, when it plunged into its deepest and longest post-war recession. About 600,000 jobs, more than one in ten, have been destroyed in the process. A record 1,033,507 people were without work in December, 41 percent more than in the same month last year. The number in work dropped to a record low of 3,899,319, down 7.9 percent year-on-year.
“Despite some emergency government measures to boost employment in early 2012, it is hard to see how the upward unemployment trend can be stabilized in the first half of the year,” said Nikos Magginas, an economist at National Bank of Greece.
Pressured by its international backers under the terms of a planned European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout, the country’s second since 2010, Greece last month slashed its minimum monthly wage by about a fifth to about 580 euros ($760), gross, to encourage job growth.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
In a recent study from Harvard University pertaining to pasteurized milk ,the lactose beverage high in calcium that ensures strong bones shows very high levels of estrone sulfate.Estrone Sulfate is an estrogen compound that has been connected to prostate, breast and testicular cancer. It is the primary prognosis indicator for prostate cancer.
A 1993 International Journal of Cancer Report even states ” Estrone Sulfate promotes breast cancer cell replication.”
The Harvard Study was headed by Dr. Gnamaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D and a team of fellow researchers. Together they empirically identified a definitive link between the estrone sulfate concentrations in modern dairy farms and increases in cancer.
The Harvard University Gazzete had recorded Dr. Davaasambuu as saying “the milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our ancestors were drinking.”
Any farm that practices concentrated feeding operations is interested solely in profit margins not human or animal health. What this means is high heat treated or pasteurized milk can contain blood, puss, feces, painkillers and antibiotics at deemed allowable levels by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When milk is pasteurized it becomes denatured or loses nutrients in the process.
Dr. Davaasambuu goes on to say “the milk we drink today may not be natures perfect food.”
This comparative analytical study looked at the source of the cancer from modern dairy farms where cows are milked 300 days of the year. Even when they are pregnant!! That data was then compared to a raw milk farm in Dr. Davaasambuu’s native Mongolia which sequestered milk from cows only after the first six months the cows gave birth. The final results that were determined were contrary to that of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Huffington Post, USA Today and the milk lobbyist insistence that pasteurized milk is safe to consume. Much to their chagrin pasteurized milk contained roughly 33% more estrone sulfate than raw milk.
Dr. Davaasambuu’s Agricultural Farming Study controversy between raw milk and pasteurized milk concluded that such high hormone milk and high rates of hormone dependent cancers are correlated to pasteurize dairy farm foods.
When it comes to diets we must remember Caveat Emptor or let the buyer beware. Become aware of what you are eating and what the ramifications or benefits are before you ingest it. Raw grass fed organic milk improves health by aiding in digestion from the active cultures present in the raw milk. Raw milk has also been known to heal auto immune disorders. Eating locally means from a farm rurally, urban community farm or any local produce grown organic market.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Other genetically modified foods (eg: corn and soy) have been linked to increases in allergies, or further aggravating pre-existing conditions such as autism. Fish oil has been tried for preventing heart disease or stroke. The future cost to human health from biotech fish consumption may end up being greater than the perceived benefits of increasing fish yields.
With shorter maturation periods from youth to adulthood than regular salmon, the Chimera hybridized salmon will satisfy the ever-growing demand for salmon globally.
The benefits of salmon or fish oil in general are the omega-3 oils with essential fatty acids. It is most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system functions. Some people use fish oil to lower blood pressure or triglyceride levels (fats related to cholesterol). Environmental activists have noted the environmental impacts on the naturally occurring ecosystems would be far reaching, though according to Food and Drug Administration they said:
“The FDA committee that reviews Aqua Bounty salmon believe it is safe to eat and unlikely to damage the environment if raised in land based tank farms, permitting no contact with wild fish…”
It’s not exactly a Frankenstein parody, but the mad scientist-like procedure to create the abomination known as Aqua Bounty’s transgenic salmon is pretty horrific. In summation, they fertilize the salmon eggs with the Pacific Chinook and bottom-dwelling pout fish which grow rather large quickly. Norway currently produces 65% of the fish farmed Atlantic salmon. This is Norway’s understandable fiscal reason for their restive fear toward a synthesized fish made by U.S. Biotech firm Aqua Bounty
According to Aqua Bounty, they assured the public:
“This is a safe and stable construct.”
AP Reuters reported :
“Fast growing fish could threaten current booming European profits as Biotech Firm targets U.S. and China, while Europeans still seen resisting.”
Further effects from these complex GMO foods will open the door to mutated super viruses and bacteria immune to antibiotics or vaccines, leading to potential pandemics. Starting with Monsanto’s downwind cross pollination contamination of non-GMO organic crops on land with corn, it can now also be put in our seas with these super fish.
Cross-genetic contamination of the Franken Salmon in our oceans may abrogate the naturally indigenous salmon populations and possibly harm other fish species as well. Remember as the old adage or saying goes “you are what you eat”. Eat healthy, no GMO’s, only organics and support your local community organic grocer or farmers.
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Any health conscious individual living day in and day out trying to just survive will attest to, navigating the myriad of unhealthy food obstacles is a bit tricky. From saturated fats to partially hydrogenated oils which can lead to high cholesterol (LDL), leading to improper thyroid function or coronary disease, the list of ailments associated with the poison in the modern American food supply continues to become epidemic.
It would be comforting to know that a healthy alternative market was available. That is why for such a long time I would partake in going to Whole Foods Market for its touted selection of organic food products that would satisfy my palate along with my well-being.
This might have been true up until a several months ago, when according to informed sources of Organic Consumer Association.org:
The CEO’s of Whole Foods and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and furthermore made financial contributions to Vilsack’s previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was dignified as ‘Governor of the Year’ in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a corporate jet – courtesy of Monsanto – on the campaign trail. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.’s abject surrender is the fact that the organic globalists have become more and more removed from the concerns and passions of organic consumers andlocavores, or those who try to eat only food grown locally in their area. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. They apparently believe that the battle against GMO’s has been lost, and that it’s time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called “coexistence” between the biotech behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and “greenwash” the unpleasant fact that Monsanto’s unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land.
Public health has been sacrificed in exchange for Whole Foods, Stoneyfield, and Organic Valley’s acquiescence to Monsanto’s biotechnology food monopoly for what they all deemed as “unavoidable GMO cross contamination”. These three seemingly sycophantic companies did an about face and were no longer opposed to the idea of genetically-modified crops like Monsanto Roundup Ready alfalfa which is noted at causing increased cancer in the farmers of theses genetically engineered crops. GMO cross-pollination contamination occurs when winds blowing over a biotech field carry spores downwind to a neighboring farm, thereby contaminating the crop.
Roughly two-thirds of Whole Foods’ products say “all natural” because they are not genuinely organic and already contain genetically modified ingredients. According to a credible personal inside source at Whole Foods, “Most of the employees don’t even eat healthily and are not privy to or even aware of the new marriage between Whole Foods and Monsanto and what that even spells.”
Most of their products contain canola oil which is actually rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil. It is not a food. Rapeseed oil is strongly related to symptoms of emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was discontinued.
The only solace or safety net to this problematic and evolving issue at this juncture is to support your local small organic farms that give back to the community you live in. This will ensure that a healthy alternative is available for you and your loved ones. Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer beware, but also be conscious of what you eat and where it comes from.