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I received a request today from my friends at JUSTLABELIT.ORG asking me to sign a petition and forward a letter to as many people as possible regarding the fact that we currently do not know if we are consuming a genetically engineered product in the United States.  The request is not huge, it is simply a request for a label to be placed on the product stating the food has been genetically engineered,  also known as GE.  Something that the big corporations and factory farming monsters are totally against.  This has been done via a legal petition, Docket # FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP and filed directly with the FDA.

By going to the following link you can state to the FDA that you want GE food labeled.

http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

By taking this action you are impacting the decision making process at the FDA and will be benefiting not only yourself, but your family, friends, and the planet.

In addition, we ask that you tell everyone you know about this effort so they can follow suit and take the same action you just took.  Following this is a form letter from my friends at justlabelit.org.  I have sent this to everyone I know personally via e-mail and Facebook and am sharing it with you here today.  Please, go sign the petition today and ask all of your friends and family to do the same.  You can sign the petition to the FDA at http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

They are killing us with the things they are adding to food already, who knows what genetically altering the food supply may do to us down the road.  These “farmers”  are already guilty of  devastating the planet with the “farming” practices being employed today and it is all in the name of greed.  This shortsighted, uncaring methodology, which we as taxpayers are paying for through agricultural subsidies has to be stopped.  We have the right to not only know about what is being done to our food and our planet, we have the right to have a say in what is being done.  We are both the consumer AND the investor.  It is time we use our collective voice to stand up for our rights.

These negligent practices remind me of a Cree Indian prophecy, which is one of my favorite sayings of all time (and can be purchased on a tee, coffee cup, noted cards etc. at my cafepress store which can be found on the bottom of the site ) :

                Only after the last tree has been cut down;

                Only after the last river has been poisoned;

                Only after the last fish has been caught; 

                Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

Back to business…..You can learn more at the website http://justlabelit.org/.

Below is their letter, please feel free to copy and paste it and send it to your friends or direct them here for a copy and paste.  It is imperative that we get the word out and demand our right to know what is being put in our food supply!

Dear friend,
I was surprised to learn that the United States is one of the only developed nations not to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even China and Russia label them! Don’t you think we have a right to know what’s in our food?
It’s estimated that 60%-70% of processed foods likely contain some genetically engineered material. Plus over 80% of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. Not to mention that the majority of the livestock that Americans consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains. But without labels, we’d never know. 
As consumers, I think we have a right to know how the food we buy is produced, including whether it’s genetically modified. Otherwise, we can’t make informed choices about what’s best for us and our families.
That’s why I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods be labeled. And with just a few clicks, you can join me! Will you tell the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods too?
Please, click on that link and contact the FDA today. They need to hear from more people demanding our rights to be informed.  
Help us send 5,000 new comments to the FDA in the next 5 days!

Tell your coworkers, friends, and family why the FDA needs to label genetically engineered foods and ask them to join you in speaking out!

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!

Will you join me in telling the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods? If they can do it in China & Russia, why can we not do it in the U.S.?

the Atlantic I am so disappointed in your piece ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes’ it is just poor journalism

I just read ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes By contributors@theatlantic.com (Jordan Weissmann)’ and have to reiterate what I say in my title.  I am so disappointed.  I posted the following comment on the Yahoo site and sent a comment to the Editor.

First, the Atlantic should be ashamed for even offering this as journalism. This article does nothing but incite anger unnecessarily. It does not provide enough information or insight into the actual report to allow the readers to understand that politicians are not even included in the report. This is clearly obvious by the masses of comments about firing congress I see posted.

This report, which incidentally I think was a waste of tax payer money, tells us that on the low end of the scale employees with less education are paid more when working for the Government than those working in the Private Sector. Conversely, the more education you have the more money you make in the Private Sector vs working for the Government. That is all this graph shows.

The sad comment to all of this is that people are calling for the Government to fire people, which is exactly what we don’t need at this point in an economic recovery, unless it is the politicians that made this mess.

What we need is reform, yes reform, that requires the Private Sector to pay a living wage, including to those with less education. Additionally we need education reform so we can educate EVERYONE.

We are rapidly headed toward the entire US looking like George W. Bush & Rick Perry‘s Texas: a ton of under-educated people working extremely low paying jobs barely able to survive; having to turn to public assistance in order to put food on the table while their so called leader brags that he has the highest job creation rate in the nation. Then he goes about cutting those very programs and gives tax breaks to the richest who do not need it.

All in all, a poor piece of reporting. I urge you to go read the report for yourself, the link is in the piece – it is only 28 pages if you are truly interested in the data. You will glean far more information than from reading this.

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/126xx/doc12696/01-30-FedPay.pdf

First of all, that “more money” is not a lot of money being made on the low end of the scale as far as the less educated employees are concerned.  The overall salaries for these jobs, looking at the graph, appears to be under $25k for people with no college education.  Next to that is the sad wage of the Private Sector employee which is even less.  Follow along on the graph and you will see that the average wage of persons in the U.S. that are lucky enough to have a 4 year Bachelors degree is under $40k per year and those with Masters Degrees are  at $40k or barely above in both the Government and Private Sector jobs – they are virtually the same pay-wise.  The next big disparity comes along when you get to the Professional Degree or Doctorate.  A Government Employee who has Professional Degree or Doctorate makes under $50k according to the graph and the Private Sector employee is over $60k.

So, what it comes down to is the CBO is saying that the lowest paid persons in their organizations are being paid too much.  Their pay rates are barely a living wage, yet, it is too much and they want to cut it.  It is shameful for anyone in the U.S. to begrudge a person who was not lucky enough to get a college education the little bit of extra money they may be able to make in one job vs. another.  This is disgusting.  So, why would they say this?  Who stands to gain?  Who does the CBO report to?  None other than the Speaker of the House.  Yep, John Boehner.  That jerk.

I don’t know about any one else, but I am sick of these pointless inflammatory pieces that are trying to skew opinion of the Government waste,  especially because of the election.  Considering the steaming pile of dung that Obama received when he took office I am pleasantly surprised with what he has accomplished, even with the obstruction the GOP has been guilty of.  (I sure hope everyone is taking notes on how they have pretty much told the rest of us where we can go because they are going to do what the money people tell them to do regardless of the consequences to the people or the planet).

So, reading the report you will see that the Department of Defense employs approximately 35% (they said more than one third, I did the math) of the Government civilian workforce (program administrator, information technology worker, and program analyst); the only way to reduce that cost is to get out of the business of war.  Not a popular plan as far as the GOP goes.  Also, not something Obama is doing.  He is raising military spending to the tune of $6 billion a year, every year.  It seems a bit much to me, but that is a discussion for another day.

Remaining civilians employed by the Government are at the Department of Veterans Affairs, who employ 14% of the persons counted.  Of those half were medical professionals and the majority were nurses, not doctors.

There is also the Department of Homeland Security employing 8% where about a quarter are everyone’s favorite…..TSA.

The remaining 43% of federal employees work for the other departments and agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  In these areas the most common occupations are in I.T., and criminal investigations.

My question is where is the editor that should have looked at this and said WTF?  Have we really lowered our standards so much that anything submitted to a reputable magazine, regardless of being newsworthy or informative will be published?  I hope not, we need real reporters who can offer an unbiased, factual, overview of the item or issue they are reporting on.  Please join me in sending an email to the editor expressing your disappointment in this article, they have a form on their website that allows you to send a note to the editor and that link is http://www.theatlantic.com/contact/.

I also urge you to contact you elected representatives and comment on this report, it is a sad commentary on the use of tax payers dollars to try to skew public opinion in the favor of hidden political interests.  Speaker Boehner should be ashamed that he is once again trying to take money away from those who make the least.  What a despicable man.

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!