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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!

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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.?

U.S Marines Urinating on Dead Bodies

I have been watching this story unfold for several days and it makes me so very sad.  I may surprise you with what I am going to say, but here goes.

“Shut up, they are doing their jobs the way they were trained to do it.  It is apparent by the quantity of these things that are turning up that this mentality is standard.  So, instead of going after these soldiers why are we not going after the establishments that trained them?  Why are we not going after the heads of these establishments that react with such shock and give the good official responses such as “I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable” or “I condemn it in the strongest possible terms” and then going so far as to say  “Those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”

Guess what my friends, I doubt that we are all of a sudden having an outbreak of soldiers that are taking it upon themselves to treat the enemy with such contempt and to be so comfortable with this activity that they photograph it.  I would dare suggest that this dehumanization of the enemy and subsequent actions, if it were condemned by their commanding organizations, would have photos of the actions making their way onto public internet venues with the offending soldiers faces in clear view.

We, the American civilians should quit acting so damned naive about the whole thing and realize as long as we are willing to engage in war then we will have this very issue of dehumanization of the enemy to contend with.  We need to get off of our soapbox, quit demanding punishment for doing what we have trained these kids to do and perhaps demand more of our leaders.  Perhaps demand alternative methods of war, if it is going to be necessary (and in a GOP world it will be).  Perhaps demand options besides war be chosen as a preferential method for dealing with problems.

First off, for the record, and I’m sure as no surprise to anyone who has read anything I have ever written, I find war to be one of the most unacceptable activities a country can be engaged in.  I have strong opinions about the whole war on terror which I will not even talk about here.  I want to save this for just the issue of these soldiers and their actions.

These men, perhaps boys, who knows how old they really are?  Are in a war zone, they are living in a situation where any moment they could die.  They have been trained to kill people, and to do it without hesitating.

Now, I would like for you to stop and just think about that for a minute.  I don’t mean in a video game sense or movie sense, I mean you and standing face to face with a person and you are going to end their life.  Now, just concentrate on what that might be like.  Go ahead, I’ll give you all the time you need………………………………………………………………….

 

Back?  Ok, Imagine that this person has the same objective, to end your life, so may have to fight them to the death.  Stop and contemplate this.  Really, contemplate the  meaning of this.  Once again, take all the time you need………………………

 

Yeah, me too….it is extremely disturbing isn’t it.  Death is always difficult, but violent, hateful, unnecessary death is more than just terrible.  Words cannot describe the feelings associated when you are involved in a death like this.  Additionally the repercussions of what it will do, not only to you and to them, but to the people in their life and in your life are far reaching.  It is not just a single event.  It is like a stone being dropped in a puddle.  There is a ripple that hits everyone that is part of those peoples lives.

So, lets now shift our focus onto why these soldiers feel that this acceptable behavior.  I mean these men and women are warriors and they have been trained to be what they are.  They did not burst from the womb, finger pointed (since there was no M16 readily available),  ready to kill the first hadji they see.  They joined the military, probably to try to help themselves and to support their families and there they were taught to be killers.  Sure, some probably had a head start, there is always the kid that likes to pull the wings off of butterflies and shoot robins, but we all know that behavior is nurtured in a military environment.  So, regretfully, dehumanization of your target is a necessary byproduct of being trained to be an effective warrior

Of course it is never idea to reveal that you have trained your troops to devalue life to the point that urinating on a dead body and photographing it would be a good idea, but there are costs when you send boys & girls to the military and into war.

Lastly, we should be worried about how to help these men and women cope and rehabilitate should they choose or if they are forced to leave the military, and need to rejoin civilian society.   It is only fair that  we need to be prepared to invest just as much in the decommissioning of our soldiers as we do in the commissioning of them.  It is only fair to them that this would be offered.

I understand that the photographs shown are offensive and people are upset by them.  But come on guys, really?  This is not the first instance and I doubt it will be the last we will see of this.  How about a little concern over the fact that we have a military leadership who obviously is training these soldiers with the understanding that capturing these  grotesque acts of defiling a dead body is a trophy the soldier should be seeking?  The fact that this is being done is nothing new.  One can find pictures dating back hundreds of years of soldiers standing triumphantly over the dead bodies of the enemy.  One can only assume that other, less tasteful, images have probably been taken all along but there just was not a public venue for them at the time.  Now, in the digital age you can load this stuff onto Facebook, You Tube or whatever for posterity in a matter of seconds.  So, here we are.  Now our military leaders face a dilemma of the most difficult kind.  What to do?  We want our soldiers to stay killers, we don’t want to change that program.  We have to answer to all of these civilians who can see what we are doing.  Well, I will tell you what they are doing.  They throwing these kids under the bus right now.  It’s like “A Few Good Men” happening in real life…except its not a Code Red, its the enemy and anyone who cries about it is called un American.  They could possibly be called a terrorist sympathizer.  Look out, NDAA here is what you were made for!!!

I reiterate we need to be looking at our leaders, as a whole.  Not these kids who are only doing what they have been taught.