“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
– E. B. White, American author.
“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
– E. B. White, American author.
“ACTION ALERT! OBAMA: Your FDA CZAR MICHAEL ‘MONSANTO’ TAYLOR Must Go!
First: You need to follow through on your 2007 campaign promise!
Obama: Fire Your Appointed FDA Czar, Michael ‘Monsanto‘ Taylor!
Michael “Monsanto” Taylor is the epitome of the toxic revolving door between industry and government! From representing Monsanto at the law firm King & Spalding, to overseeing Monsanto at theFDA, to working for the USDA & approving unlabeled GMOs, to working for King & Spalding again, to working for Monsanto as their chief lobbyist, to returning to the FDA as Obama’s “Food Czar!” For nearly two decades Michael Taylor has been called out for his close ties to Monsanto. Now, we, the people of the United States of America, are calling him out again, but this time it must be “Out The Door!”
Michael Taylor, former Vice President of Monsanto before being appointed to head the FDA by President Obama, is not working in America’s best interests to protect our food supply from toxic and lethal GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)! Since 2010 Michael “Monsanto” Taylor has overseen “Food Safety” at the FDA, and since that time millions of U.S. citizens have demanded, petitioned and tried to pass legislation that the FDA require simple and very cheap labeling of genetically engineered foods. Think CA’s Proposition 37 (Monsanto alone spent $45 million to defeat) and WA’s I-522 bill, The People’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act: http://www.labelitwa.org/read_i_522
Instead of listening to the wishes of the American people, Michael Taylor has done nothing but help Monsanto make more money at the expense of American food safety. Genetically engineered foods, better known as GMOs, are toxic to the environment and deadly to humans and animals that consume them! A few examples of GMO’s ‘side effects’ are severe allergies, digestive problems including damage to the stomach’s lining, unintentionally aborted pregnancies, sterilization, kidney and liver problems, and numerous forms of cancer like malignant tumors: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks/articles-about-risks-by-jeffrey-smith/Doctors-Warn-Avoid-Genetically-Modified-Food-May-2009
Americans are also paying the price with declining health, and skyrocketing food costs! Our own farmers are being sued by Monsanto as well! Monsanto Assault on U.S. Farmers Detailed in New Center for Food Safety Report: http://www.nwrage.org/content/monsanto-assault-us-farmers-detailed-new-center-food-safety-report (Lawsuits have increased to at least 144 since this report to include over 700 U.S. farmers!)
Moreoever, 49 countries, including Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Russia, the European Union member states, and other key United States trading partners, have laws mandating disclosure of genetically engineered foods on food labels. Many countries have restrictions or bans against foods produced with genetic engineering: http://www.labelitwa.org/read_i_522 That should be a huge warning sign to all Americans that GMOs are unsafe, corporate-regulated, FDA-ignored disasters!
Therefore, our FDA’s “Food Czar,” Michael Taylor, must be immediately terminated by Obama due to dereliction of duty (the shameful failure to fulfill one’s obligations) and total disregard for human safety, for starters! Our government has been overrun by former Monsanto employees, and our president is responsible for correcting this epic mess that he created, starting at the top! It is at least the morally right move for our president to make! The same president who back in 2007 stated before his presidential victory that “Americans have the right to know if their food has been genetically modified!”
OBAMA’S YEAR 2007 PROMISE TO LABEL GMOs!! See one minute long video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI
Obama must live up to his promise, and he has to right his wrong when he hired Michael Taylor, a major conflict of interest for all Americans who eat food, regardless of party affiliation, who deserve to know what is in what they are consuming and feeding to their children and grandchildren every day!
Give Michael “Monsanto” Taylor his well-earned ‘Pink Slip’ NOW before we suffer even more than what we already have! “What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive!” – Walter Scott
Here is a follow-up to a article I wrote titled “GMO Lies from a U.S. Senator!” I just wrote Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) regarding his letter to me stating that GMOs are safe to eat, properly regulated by the FDA, which happens to be headed by Obama-appointed Czar Michael “Monsanto” Taylor, and “Anything that substantially changes the nutritional properties of the food must be listed on the label.” That quote is just part of what Ron wrote to me! Here is my reply sent directly to him:
I recently sent you a letter regarding the safety of GMOs. You sent me a letter back stating that GMOs are safe, our government tests them, so I should not worry about them.
You are WRONG, WRONG & WRONG!! GMOs are toxic and deadly, they have been banned in many countries due to their carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects along with a plethora of other major health problems, our government does NO oversight of GMOs but instead relies on Monsanto to police itself and test its own GMOs, so I am VERY worried about the deadly side effects of non-regulated GMOs! Also, you stated in your letter that the FDA regulates our food products through biotechnology. You don’t seem to know the difference between genetic engineering and biotechnology which is VERY frightening coming from a senator that claims to know so much about how GMOs are so safe for U.S. citizens to eat! Genetic engineering is a subset of biotechnology, and the MAJOR difference between the two is that biotechnology has been going on since about the beginning of humankind whereas genetic engineering is the direct intervention on the genetic makeup of organisms by introducing foreign DNA into it’s gene pool by means that would NOT occur naturally! This very specific subset of biotechnology enables humans, in only less than three decades of humankind, to create artificial organisms, which are no longer the result of the natural means of evolutionary development. In essence, Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical, Syngenta & other companies are playing “God” with our food supply which scares the hell out of me, and it should do the same to you IF you really cared about the betterment of humans & society!
You also wrote that “The FDA already has existing standards when it comes to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Anything that substantially changes the nutritional properties of the food must be listed on the label.” GMOs completely change the nutritional properties of food by removing the “nutrition” and replacing it with poisonous insecticides and herbicides that are built right into the seeds planted to grow our food. Furthermore, because of the failures of these genetically inserted insecticides and herbicides, Monsanto & others have had to at least double the spraying of crops to get rid of pests and weeds that have become “Roundup-resistant” to their use. Widespread crop failure has already occurred due to this mass-spraying of crops on top of their genetic modification, i.e. India where an estimated 250,000 farmers went bankrupt after being forced to use Monsanto’s lethal seeds and Roundup, and their crops died off. Even worse, those one quarter of a million farmers committed suicide mainly through ingesting Monsanto’s own “safe” products!
You voted against Senator Sanders’ Amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, because you said that states already have the ability to propose more limiting laws regarding the use of GMOs. If GMOs are supposed to be so safe as you directly stated in your letter to me then why are states like CA, WA & others trying to get all food and beverages that have been genetically modified labeled and even outright banned? Maybe because Americans are waking up to the realities of what GMOs really do which is the systemic and systematic poisoning of humans, animals and the environment causing mutations and health problems never seen before the introduction and mass use of GMOs?!
Your deception, ignorance and arrogance is appalling, degrading and deadly not only to your constituents but the entire planet! You should be banned from holding any public office for your lack of education and awareness, your inability to properly protect U.S. citizens which is a breach of your senatorial position, dereliction of duty, deception, and flat-out lies that show beyond any reasonable doubt that you are NOT working for Americans but corporate America instead! You should be ashamed of yourself!
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Obama promised to get labels on genetically modified food (GMOs) way back in 2007 (video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI) before even winning the presidency! He said that all Americans have the right to know what is in their food. What he said, and what he’s done are polar opposites! He started his job at the White House by hiring dozens of Monsanto employees to work for him, mainly through the FDA! How much Monsanto $money$ did Obama accept to win the presidential election? It is a good question that seems to be impossible to answer due to a cover-up! Here’s the scary part:
Michael “Monsanto” Taylor is the epitome of the toxic revolving door between industry and government! From representing Monsanto at the law firm King & Spalding, to overseeing Monsanto at the FDA, to working for the USDA & approving unlabeled GMOs, to working for King & Spalding again, to working for Monsanto as their chief lobbyist, to finally returning back at the FDA as Obama’s “Food Czar!” For nearly two decades Michael Taylor has been called out for his close ties to Monsanto. Now, I’m calling him out again, but this time it must be “Out The Door!”
President Obama said he would not have lobbyists drown out the voices of the American people. That is a broken promise thanks to corporate takeover of our government by the 1% elite such as CEOs, Wall St., “too-big-to-fail” mega-banks and giant corporations, to include mammoth Monsanto! Since 2010 Michael “Monsanto” Taylor has overseen “Food Safety” at the FDA, and since that time millions of people have demanded and petitioned that the FDA require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Instead of listening to the wishes of the American people, Michael Taylor has done nothing but help Monsanto make more money at the expense of American food safety. Genetically engineered foods, better known as GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), are toxic to the environment and deadly to humans and animals that consume them! A few examples of GMO “side effects” are severe allergies, digestive problems including holes in the stomach, glandular shut down, unintentionally aborted pregnancies, sterilization, kidney and liver failure, and many, many forms of cancer. Obama and Michael “Monsanto” Taylor are not working in the best interests of our country’s well-being! Instead, they are working on their portfolios to become even wealthier than what they already are. Meanwhile, Americans are paying the price with declining health, and skyrocketing food prices! Our own farmers are being sued by Monsanto as well! Taylor was a planned appointment by Obama. A plan that’s had disastrous consequences for the U.S.!
Our FDA’s “Food Czar,” Michael Taylor, must be immediately terminated by Obama due to dereliction of duty (the shameful failure to fulfill one’s obligations) and total disregard for human safety, for starters! Our government has been overrun by former Monsanto employees, and our president is responsible for correcting this epic mess that he created, starting at the top! It is at least the morally right move, and a move that the other 99% of us would like to see! Checkmate, Michael “Monsanto” Taylor!
Sources & Educational Material:
Stand up: Family Farmers vs. Monsanto: http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/farmersvs_monsanto/
Monsanto Assault on U.S. Farmers Detailed in New Center for Food Safety Report: http://www.nwrage.org/content/monsanto-assault-us-farmers-detailed-new-center-food-safety-report (Lawsuits have increased to at least 144 since this undated report to include over 700 U.S. farmers!)
The FDA does NOT test GMOs! Monsanto is left to police their own work! In independent, scientific studies, GMOs have been proven beyond all reasonable doubt to be not only toxic, but carcinogenic (and a host of other health problems) and deadly! Michael Taylor, former V.P. of Monsanto is the FDA’s czar appointed by Obama! The web of deceit is mind-numbing! My Republican senator, like the rest of our politicians in corporate-run government, and government agencies like the FDA, USDA, EPA & DNR, is full of shit!! Please read:
Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about the use of genetically engineered food for consumption in America.
For nearly two decades the FDA has been studying genetic modification techniques for drug-biologic development, as well as the development of new foods. The extensive research from these studies show that these new products meet and sometimes exceed the same safety standards as traditional foods.
Many of the foods that are already in our diet are obtained from plant varieties that were developed using standard genetic practices of breeding and selection. For example, Hybrid corn, nectarines (which are genetically altered peaches), and tangelos (which are a genetic hybrid of a tangerine and grapefruit) are all examples of such breeding and selection.
In conducting its safety evaluations of genetically engineered foods, FDA considers not only the final product but also the techniques used to create it. Although study of the final product ultimately holds the answer to whether or not a product is safe to eat, knowing the techniques used to create the product helps in understanding what questions to ask in reviewing the product’s safety. That is the way FDA regulates both traditional food products and products derived through biotechnology. I support these efforts and controls.
The FDA already has existing standards when it comes to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Anything that substantially changes the nutritional properties of the food must be listed on the label. States also already have the ability to propose their own more limiting laws for the labeling of genetically modified foods, which is why I voted against Senator Sanders’ Amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts. It is important for me to hear the views and concerns of the people I serve. Please feel free to contact me in the future if I can further assist you or your family. It is an honor representing you and the good people of Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.
United States Senator
“Action Alert!” We need a new law that will force politicians to REPRESENT US, not
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Members of Congress who sit on powerful committees get extraordinary amounts of money from special interests regulated by those committees. Politicians routinely host fundraisers, and invite lobbyists to contribute to their campaigns. The result is a Congress made up of politicians dependent on those special interests to raise the money necessary to win reelection. Politicians are forced to create laws that are favorable to those interests, often at the expense of the public interest.
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United and subsequent court cases ruled that SuperPACs have the right to raise and spend unlimited money influencing elections, so long as the SuperPACs do not coordinate with the candidate campaigns. Since Citizens United, we’ve seen tremendous coordination between campaigns and their SuperPACs, making a mockery of the “independence” that the courts thought would exist. SuperPACs have become extensions of the campaigns, and allow mega-donors to exert undue influence on election outcomes.
Today, politicians routinely move straight from Congress to lucrative lobbying jobs on K Street, in order to influence their former colleagues and friends. Senior staffers who work for congressmen do the same thing. This corrupts policymaking in two ways: members and their staff anticipate high-paying jobs with lobbying firms, and routinely do favors to their future employers while still in Congress; and once out of congress they enjoy undue access and influence to members of Congress. The biggest spenders hire these influencers, and win policy as a result.
Today, the definition of who is a lobbyist—and who is not—is weak. The result: members of congress and their staff end up working as “historical advisors” (for all intents and purposes as lobbyists) to skirt the law while receiving big money to influence policy. Lawmakers are not subject to accountability since the public does not know all the people they meet with who try to sway them on policy decisions.
Lobbyists currently must abide by the same contribution limits to electoral campaigns as everyone else: $2500 per election. Lobbyists “bundle” these $2500 contributions with other lobbyists, and individuals working for special interests that seek to influence politicians. This adds up to serious money and political favors in return.
Elections are being flooded with secret money funneled through “501c” organizations that are not required to disclose the names of donors. 501c’s either spend money directly to influence elections, or make unlimited contributions to SuperPACs. This allows secret political donors to flood elections with money and, thus, influence outcomes.
Nearly $6 billion was spent on the 2012 elections, and the vast majority came from big special interest donors. In 2008, less than 0.1 percent of Americans contributed $2,300 or more. Politicians are dependent on this tiny percentage of the population. To change this, we need to dramatically increase the number of small donors to politics, so that politicians become dependent on everyday Americans and not moneyed interests. That’s how we get politicians who actually fight for the general public.
Federal agencies routinely fail to enforce the anti-corruption rules that already exist because their leadership are appointed by those they are supposed to regulate. The result is an elections system where even lax rules can be skirted or broken with impunity.
Campaign finance isn’t just about money, or even special interests — it’s about leveling the playing field. It’s about who we are as a people, and what we stand for as a nation. It’s about the quality, credibility and integrity of the issues that get argued, hashed out and decided every single day in Washington and in statehouses – issues like health care, immigration and Social Security that impact millions. It’s about what we can do, as voters, to make sure everybody gets a fair shake. Not just a few, or those with deep pockets. In short, this is about America’s character.
Represent.Us is an unprecedented movement of conservatives and progressives to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act. The Act is comprehensive legislation written by former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Trevor Potter with help from dozens of constitutional attorneys, advocates and academics. It would sever the tie between politicians and special interest lobbyists, without requiring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Our board of advisors can be found on the Represent.Us website
Nov. 2012: Launch the American Anti-Corruption Act and Represent.Us.
Nov. 2012: Call for one million Citizen Co-sponsors.
Late 2013: Introduce the Anti-Corruption Act to Congress and ask every member to co-sponsor it.
Early 2014: Unseat members of Congress who refuse to co-sponsor the Anti-Corruption Act.
Beyond: Throughout history, campaigns that come from the people have been the only way to create real change. When the people lead, the leaders will follow.
We support those trying to amend the constitution to get money out, and we want them to succeed. We also believe that winning reform is like climbing Mount Everest. If you’re at base camp and you have enough climbers, you should send a few teams up different routes to increase the likelihood of success. That’s what Represent.Us is about… adding another team, and taking a different but complementary path… and rooting for each other along the way. An amendment requires two thirds of the Congress and ratification by three quarters of the state legislatures – a mighty task. Common sense requires other proposals co-exist alongside those efforts.
The Anti-Corruption Act has been crafted for the past year by a top-caliber team of constitutional and campaign finance attorneys. The Act was written by former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, with help from dozens of constitutional attorneys, advocates and academics. It will sever the tie between politicians and special interest lobbyists — without requiring an amendment to the U.S. constitution. We received feedback from most of the other reform organizations in the field as we focused on taking the best legislative ideas and packing them together into one omnibus bill… and moving it forward as one proposal.
The Anti-Corruption Act is completely transformative, and will end business as usual in Washington. Most importantly, our strategy is in no way competitive with or damaging to constitutional amendment efforts. Those efforts are being led by some of the finest organizations and activists – many of whom have already joined our effort.
The Anti-Corruption Act has been crafted with a sharp eye toward avoiding provisions that could be overturned – even by the current Supreme Court. According to feedback from a dozen top constitutional lawyers, we have done that. While the Act does not eliminate SuperPAC’s, it does curtail their power while protecting free speech rights. It prevents them from coordinating with candidates; it limits contributions to SuperPACs that do not act truly independent of campaigns, and it limits the ability of secret “501c” nonprofits to funnel money to SuperPACs.
We work with many other reform groups. We all meet on the phone regularly to keep each other abreast of our plans. We spent several months vetting Represent.Us and The American Anti-Corruption Act with nearly every group, and we collaborate with various groups on actions and sign-ons.
For this campaign, we’re making a concerted effort to enlist the active support of groups and constituencies that have not historically been a major part of the reform movement. Our proposal is specially designed to be both hard-hitting and appeal broadly: from Occupy on the left to the Tea Party on the right; Republicans, Democrats and everyone in between.
A fourth grader cannot write this well or possess and understand this type of wording! Who wrote this for her?!
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Jan 12, 2013
Representative Ron Kind
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1502
Independence and New Jersey Avenues, SE
Washington, DC 20515-4903
Dear Representative Kind,
I am writing to ask that you take immediate action to convene oversight
hearings on the use of Automatic License Plate Readers (also known as
tag readers) by federal and local law enforcement around the country
and the covert creation of a federally coordinated network of mass
surveillance. Tag readers are physical cameras that capture thousands
of plates per minute, tracking law-abiding motorists day or night and
recording the date, time, photos, and immediate area and GPS
Critical questions have not been answered by the authorities using this
technology: what data is being collected, what happens to it, how long
it is kept, is it shared or given to other agencies, how is it
cross-referenced with other personal information?
The fusion of license plate reader data with commercial and other
databases gives the government virtually unlimited knowledge of our
activities and associations. As the investigation conducted by the
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is uncovering, this forms a system
of mass surveillance and data warehousing that allows millions of
citizens and residents to be routinely tracked, over years, without
probable cause, without a warrant and without even a suspicion that any
crime has been committed.
In nearly all instances, federally funded agencies, like the Department
of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, who are using this
technology, have proceeded without public disclosure, debate or
oversight in establishing the system of surveillance on the movements
and activities of the American public.
It is essential there be disclosure, accountability, and that Congress
and the public inform and determine what restrictions and permission of
such intrusive technology are lawful. And as an initial measure, for
oversight hearings to secure disclosure of just how vast and intrusive
the existing network, deployed without oversight, has become.
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