Archive for February, 2014
I’m ok. I’m ok. I’ve been emailing back and forth with I.B. Wells, IV about China selling U.S. dollars, and how hard it may soon get for everyone in the U.S. I’ve been in China a couple of months, trying to check on the chickens they plan to send to U.S. More hard work! When, whatta ya know? Another leak at Fukushima!
This one is bigger than the one last October. Its drainage is much more toxic! If this is happening in China, no one here knows about it. And if it is happening in the U.S., surely the story would have broken by now. So why does it happen repeatedly with Japan’s nuclear power program? Something is terribly wrong!
AFP’s Kyoko Hasegawa writes: “A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima.” After it was ‘accidentally’ discovered by a security guard, the plant’s operator admitted . . . only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working.” But, why were they broken?
The best Tokyo Electric Power spokesman could say is: “The toxic water is no longer escaping from a storage tank on the site . . . it was likely contained. As there is no drainage way near the leak, which is in any case far from the ocean, it is unlikely that the water has made its way into the sea.”
Note such careful wording: ‘likely contained,’ ‘near the tank,’ ‘unlikely.’ In other words they don’t know. Listen, that ‘highly radioactive’ water can poison ground-producing food, and drinking water. It contains 230 becquerel per liter of cancer-causing strontium-90 beta radiation which can damage human DNA.
Again, the best TEPCO can say is “We are now in the process of recovering the leaked water and the earth it has contaminated.” All international journalists reporting on this story, join ‘earthend’ in questioning TEPCO’s creditability, especially after the number of leaks since the original disaster in 2011.
Last October, when a minor leak of 110 gallons of radioactive water spilled out, in ‘Japan Finally Admits to Needing Help Containing Fukushima Leaks,’ Graham Templeton of extremetech.com quotes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem. My country needs your knowledge and expertise.”
And then nothing happened. No news about such ‘helpers.’ Writing for The New York Times, Martin Fackler refers to this week’s leak as “the worst spill at the plant in six months.” And get this, Fackler reveals: “TEPCO said it had traced the latest leak to a pair of valves that were left open by mistake.”
Look, now I’m getting upset again. There can be no ‘mistakes’ when working with nuclear power. This is insane!!! And it keeps happening. Wait! Fackler adds more: “Tepco has struggled to deal with the hundreds of tons of groundwater seeping each day into the plant’s damaged reactor buildings, where it is contaminated by the melted nuclear reactor cores.” Whoa! Hundreds of tons!!
I will keep helping Ida on the China/dollar story, and spying on China’s chicken ‘farm factories’ shipping birds to America, but I’ve assigned assistants to check on nuclear leaks in the U.S. As wholesale Christian Bibles promise: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 32).”
While bulls and bears argue about the possible collapse of the world’s economy, other factors must be mentioned outside of China’s decision to sell off U.S. dollars, such as economic conditions of other nations, Global Warming, etc.
Environmental correspondent for theguardian.com, Fiona Harvey summarizes that Global Warming costs the world economy a trillion a year: “Climate change is already . . . costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP.” She also mentions 400,000 deaths each year.
Massive droughts in California and other western states, unstoppable flooding in Britain and parts of Europe and Asia have brought projections of much higher food prices this year. Andria Cheng of marketwatch.com admits:
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told California’s Central Valley this week that it will get no irrigation water this summer. “This low allocation is yet another indicator of the impacts the severe drought is having on California communities, agriculture, businesses, power, and the environment,” said Michael Connor, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service adds: “Over a third of the U.S.’s vegetables and almost two-thirds of its fruits and nuts were produced in California.” The Central Valley represents about a third of the state’s agricultural land. Milk, grapes, almonds, strawberries, lettuce and tomatoes are among the state’s top-10 valued commodities. Other factors contribute to inflation rates.
Ask food buyers in Venezuela where the official inflation rate is 56%, but private citizens say it is some 200%. Thousands of people demonstrate daily because there is no food in stores to buy, and what is there is far too expensive. With some food prices increased by some 260%, Argentina is not much better off.
World leaders cannot long ignore countries that have simply run out of money, such as Ukraine, Thailand, Italy, Ghana, etc. Nor can they ignore nations which will not sustain extremely high unemployment rates, such as: South Africa at 24.5%, Spain 26.7%, Greece, 27.3%, and all above 50% among their youth.
Of course, stock market bulls such as Jim Cramer of thestreet.com insists everything is o.k., that housing, furniture, and other retail sales are up in the U.S., and the stock market can only continue to rise, making the rich richer.
But bears, including The Economic Collapse, insists the U.S. Federal Reserve’s recent ‘taper’ has created global problems, “causing currencies to collapse and interest rates to soar all over the planet,” especially affecting countries like: “Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, Ukraine, Chile, Indonesia, Venezuela, India, Brazil, Taiwan and Malaysia. . . . And this is not just limited to a few countries. What we are watching right now is truly a global phenomenon.”
In ‘22 Facts About The Coming Demographic Tsunami That Could Destroy Our Economy All By Itself,’ that blog claims the U.S. economy is being ruined by the 10,000 Baby Boomers who will retire at the same rate every day until 2030, and the nation simply can’t afford to make such staggering retirement payments.
As stated yesterday, it is time for Christians everywhere to pray. No matter their range of intelligence, human beings do not know everything about everything. Only God is omniscient. Thus, as used Christian Bibles urge, believers must pray: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers (1 Peter 3: 12).” Nations of the world need prayer, as never before!
Is it because investigators in several countries are checking on them? Is it because the EU again considers ‘stealing’ funds from savings accounts? Is it because China is quickly sell U.S. dollars? Or do traders know other secrets? Just why have eight stock brokers and a finance journalists killed themselves this year?
All of the bankers have not been named. They are simply added to the growing number of dead bankers, and one disappearing finance journalist. While most work in Europe or Asia, some died among American bankers:
In ‘After five Banker Deaths in January, a Sixth: J.P. Morgan Exec Jumps in Hong Kong,’ John Byne writes: “Across the world, bankers are plummeting to their deaths. in Washington state, the chief economist for Russell Investments fell down a 50-foot embankment and died. . .
“Richard Talley, 57, the founder of American Title Services, was found dead with up to eight wounds to the torso and head after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun. . . [and] Police have yet to find any trace of David Bird, 55, a 20-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal who covered commodities markets and was last seen leaving his New Jersey home Jan. 11.”
As one blog does not give enough space to cover all the topics involved, summaries must do. Some suggests these banker suicides come from: overwork; other work-related stress; insurance, fraud, corruption investigations, etc.
Others claim more unusually sinister reasons. In ‘Forex: US Dollar Selloff May Be Nearing an Important Turning Point,’ Ilya Spivak insists: “Aggressive US Dollar selling over recent weeks has mirrored the unwinding of EM-related negativity. With that in mind, renewed deterioration in sentiment-geared assets has scope to reverse the process and send the greenback higher anew.”
Is the volatility index so high that China battles by selling U.S. dollars? ‘The Economic Collapse’ writes: “China is starting to quietly sell off U.S. debt. Already, Chinese U.S. Treasury holdings are down to their lowest level in almost a year.” Can this way of winning an ongoing economic war lead to a depression?
Quoting an earlier Reuter’s report, Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge explains: “In a nutshell, the savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis . . . on a purely involuntary basis, at the discretion of the ‘union,’ and can thus best be described as confiscation.”
So rather than admitting that they never should have purchased unidentified mortgage securities, EU bankers will simply ‘steal’ from their trusting customers. Do these bankers know that failure to actually fix the five-year old recession means that the bottom is truly falling out of today’s world-wide economy?
‘The Economic Collapse’ claims George Soros bets $ 1.3 trillion that the S & P 500 is going to crash. Drudge hints that people should have safety savings hidden away. And more bankers commit suicide than at any time since the 1930s.
O.K It is time for God’s people to pray. Now we are not just speaking of a drought in soil, but a drought of money as well. As wholesale Christian Bibles beg: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7: 14).”
In fact, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger from naturalnews.com, claims just that in ‘Battle for Humanity Nearly Lost: Global Food Supply Deliberately Engineered to End Life, Not Nourish It.’ He claims foods are contaminated with heavy metals, and other unsavory additives that can be deadly.
Martha Rosenberg sounds alarm over dangerous artificial multi-chemical additives in ‘5 Messed-Up Things That Are In Your Food,’ including: azodicarbonamide; plastic micro-beads; brominated vegetable oils; high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners; and transglutaminase or ‘meat glue.’
Both Adams and Rosenberg decry the chemical, azodicarbonamide––the same substance used to make yoga mats, shoe soles and other things rubber––used to make breads at Subway, McDonald’s Chik-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Arby’s, et al.
Adams writes: “There is no logical reason why chemicals like azodicarbonamide need to be added to recipes of fast food breads and buns. The chemical serves no necessary functional or nutritive purpose. It seems to exists solely for the purpose of delivering the chemical to hundreds of millions of consumers by blending it into popular fast foods.”
Rosenberg adds that azodicarbonamide is “linked to deaths in animals and allergic reactions in humans.” Also that it is banned in Europe and Australia, and in Singapore, its use brings a prison sentence. So why is it still used in the U.S.?
With ‘10 Worst Food Additives & Where They Lurk,’ Brett Blumenthal adds even more dangerous additives: high fructose and regular corn syrups; ‘unknown’ fillers, preservatives, sugar substitutes; saturated and trans fats, already linked to diseases; artificial colors and flavors “made from coal-tar derivatives” that can cause asthma, rashes, headaches, RNA, thyroid, etc.
All these authors are against Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), a chemical used to boosts flavor in supposed citric-based fruit and soft drinks. It is known to “increase triglycerides and cholesterol, and damage liver, testicles, thyroid, etc.”
Adams considers these chemicals to be bi-products of World Wars I and II Nazi era companies, such as I.G. Farben and Bayer: “World War III appears to already be underway, and it is being waged as a stealth war via the food supply. The chemicals are very similar to those used in World War I and World War II except that instead of being deployed on the battle field, today’s chemical weapons are deployed via the food supply and often even listen right on ingredients labels.”
Then he adds: “There are tremendous profits to be made, you see, from first poisoning the masses and then “treating” them for the side effects of that poisoning. This racket is so massive and so deeply embedded into our greed-driven culture that very few people even recognize it’s happening to them.”
So rather than being a profit-source for international corporations, or purchasing even more dangerously poisonous foods from China, if people are not able to grow their own food, then it is best to shop at farmer’s markets, co-op fresh food markets, or from food clubs having established networks with local farmers.
Christian messages make clear that man’s food is a gift from God. Its provision is an example of His love for man: “Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness (Acts 14: 17).” Only Satan, his evil minions and money-hungry followers could subvert such a wonderful gift.
Few Americans realize how much this year’s food prices will greatly increase here and around the world because the nation’s food basket is largely filled by the state of California. That basket is under severe attack from drought.
In addition to pointing out that “. . . the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951?,” in ’15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start Soaring,‘ The Economic Collapse further astonishes with:
“If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere. Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be ‘disaster areas,’ and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.”
What’s more, the writer points out, some experts fear this drought season could last for decades. Among those 15 reasons, that writer adds: 1) 2013 was the driest year on record for California; 2) 91.6% of that state is in “severe to exceptional drought;” 3) Other western states are dry as well causing those farmers to sell off live stock; and 4) Drought also affects food production in other nations.
On that point, Americans probably can’t count on food supplies from overseas: In ‘It has Begun: Wise Up and Stock Up As Food Shortages and Price Hikes Are Coming Before Years End, Lizzie Bennett of ‘Underground Medic says:
“Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia have experienced rainfall heavy enough to flood fields and rot crops; Rice production in China has been affected by record low temperatures; Parts of Australia have been in drought for years affecting cattle and agricultural production, etc.”
Celeste Cantu, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority insists: “ . . . this drought could have a “cataclysmic” impact on food prices . . . as 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture, The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar.”
Writing for NBC News, Miguel Almaguer and Daniel Arkin reveal: “In the state’s Central Valley—where nearly 40 percent of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing—the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.”
As food prices go up, most incomes are stagnant. In ‘Food Prices Soar as Incomes Stand Still,’ Michelle Miller of CBS News points out: “While the government says prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has skyrocketed up 22.8 percent. . . while economists paint a benign picture, middle-class families are quietly struggling.”
One side of Bible prophecies says believers will be blessed in drought: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in The LORD, and whose hope The LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8).”
Another side pronounces that drought is a curse: “Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned (Job 24: 19).” It is time for all to repent, and pray, pray, pray for God’s grace to send rain!
Shamefully most Americans trust their doctors, hospitals and the medical system so much, that they seldom ask questions, especially about the source of the pills prescribed for them to get better. Not good! Because if they asked, they might find out that those medicines were made in India, China or Mexico!
Congressman John Dingell, senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has been trying to open Americans’ eyes to the truth about prescription medicine for years. When people know, they can then influence other Congressmen to join him. For instance Mr. Dingell points out to CNN News:
1) 40% of the drugs and 80% of drug ingredients are from overseas, especially from China and India; 2) The United States has no system to monitor counterfeit or contaminated drugs; 3) People assume the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates those medicines, but they do not!
The Congressman avows: “I support the global marketplace, but we must be aware that without the proper enforcement of quality standards, the trust we put in the safety of the prescriptions we take can be broken at any time by a supplier in China, a counterfeiter in India or an importer from Thailand.”
He says the FDA does not have authority to monitor drugs for safety or to require notification if pharmaceuticals are suspected unsafe. U.S. manufacturers face inspection every two years, but those overseas are scheduled every nine years.
Roger Bate of American Enterprise Institute adds: 1) “. . . countries such as India are increasingly exporting potentially dangerous low-cost, off-patent drugs overseas;” 2) By substituting cheaper ingredients and avoiding “good manufacturing practices,” these countries produce substandard medicine; 3) The U.S. Customs & Border Protection now seizes more counterfeit drugs than ever.
Bate says in 2013, after discovering exploding numbers of falsifying data about the quality of medicines, the FDA issued warning letters to companies in Mexico, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, India and Canada about the quality of “pharmaceutical ingredients, over-the-counter solutions, and injectables.” He also points out that generic drugs are the most susceptible to poor quality ingredients.
Of horrible tragedy he writes: “ . . . when an inferior (allergenic) product was substituted for raw heparin by a Chinese producer, it fooled routine tests at the US manufacturer. Only after 149 Americans died was a new complex test developed to screen the counterfeit. Alas, products made by US companies with ingredients from India, China, or other emerging markets also pose risks.”
Need another example? A supposedly respected India company, Ranbaxy, have been under FDA’s suspicions for some time, especially after glass particles were found in their medicine, and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. company in league with Ranbaxy blamed the FDA. One more thing: India’s government insists the standards of their country’s medicines are as high as those in the U.S.
Three last things: 1) When medicines are needed, do not buy them on-line. More than likely those are counterfeit. Some Americans travel to Canada to get less expensive name-brand medical products; and 2) Shouldn’t American medicines be made by Americans? Don’t we need jobs here at home? Dah!!!
3) If Americans cannot trust medicines physicians prescribe, it is time that they turn to Jesus, The Great Physician. As Christian calendars promise: “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2: 24).”
When media outlets discuss poverty in America, they usually display images of inner-city blight, or food stamp lines there, or data on unemployment there so that viewers get the point that low income levels are limited to urban areas––when they know full well that the new scene of poverty is suburbia!
As Constantine von Hoffman explains in ‘Money Watch’: “The suburbs, long the place where people moved to escape urban problems, now have more poor people than cities do. However suburban poverty looks very different . . .
“The suburbs are home to the fastest growing group of people living in poverty. Between 2000 and 2011 the number of people living below the federal poverty line ($22,314 for a family of four) in the suburbs grew by 64 percent, more than twice the rate in cities.”
Christopher Matthews’ Time Magazine article, ‘Nearly Half of America Lives Paycheck-to-Paycheck,’ writes: “. . . a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) [says] nearly half of Americans are living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity [making] it difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future.”
The CFED calls this new lower American class “liquid asset poor,” meaning that “44% of Americans are living with less than $5,887 in savings for a family of four.” Moreover, now 56% of “recession ravaged” Americans have subprime credit, often forced to get high-interest loans from credit cards or payday loans.
Elizabeth Kneebone, co-author of ‘Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,’ said in a recent interview: “. . . since 2000, the number of poor people living in suburbs has grown by 65 percent. . . .
“. . . poverty is up by almost 16 percent in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Up more than 27 percent in the suburbs of providence. Nearly 79 percent outside Seattle. And in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, the number of poor has swelled almost 143 percent. More poor now live in America’s suburbs than in cities.
More than shifting demographics, suburbs are still recovering from the foreclosure and financial crises. But government programs remain geared to inner-cities and rural areas, not to supposedly-rich suburbs. Kneebone adds that suburbs do not have the social infrastructure long established in cities.
Even about Suffolk County New York, with one of the highest median household incomes in America, including multi-million dollar homes, PBS says: “The food stamp caseload has soared, up 185 percent in the past six years. That’s the case throughout much of America…food stamp use up dramatically.” Food pantries have doubled in these and other wealthy American neighborhoods.
So why do most Americans know nothing about this ‘new’ poverty? Could it be because people are blinded by illusions of sports manias, or naked singers giggling new rock and rap, or ‘escape’ movies about never-never lands?
Is it that governments don’t want citizens in a democracy to know that regardless of ethnicity, geography or political identification, ‘we are all sinking’? As Bible prophecies predict: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Revelation 3: 17).”
Those who rise to civic leadership for reasons other than to protect and serve the people for whom they are responsible constitute oblivious governments that are willing to kill, steal and destroy for the masters they really serve. China is one example, West Virginia is another. But there are far, far too many other examples.
China’s solution to the wretched air pollution poisoning the citizens of Beijing is simply to lower measurements of polluted air from dangerous to nearly normal. They hope their citizens will not recognize they are breathing in death.
As Bloomberg’s Adam Minter writes: “. . . as the smog that has choked Shanghai for . . . week[s] reached hazardous levels, the city’s environmental authority took decisive action to address the frequent air-quality alerts: It adjusted standards downward to ensure that there won’t be so many [alerts].”
And this ‘environmental authority’ is charged with keeping people safe? Minter adds: “It was a cynical move, surely made to protect the bureau’s image in the face of unrelenting pollution that only seems to grow worse, despite government promises to address it.” Ahh. Lies to protect the government’s image!
According to Reuters, the Social Science Academic Press and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences rank Beijing the second worst environment among 40 world cities. In 2012, the strangling smog delayed flights, shut down schools and continually brought the city to a standstill.
The problem is no one believes the problem is solvable. No entity wants to do what is necessary to change the air: not the government, not workers unwilling to sacrifice their jobs, and not drivers of polluting Chinese cars.
The same may be true in ‘coal country’ West Virginia. The Guardian says in ‘West Virginia Chemical Spill Hits Water Supplies’: “Up to 300,000 face tap ban and schools and shops close after 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol spills into Elk river in Charleston.” The governor put nine counties under state of emergency.
Now, over a month later, because of this poisonous spill from the coal industry, people still cannot drink water flowing from the Elk River. The public elected Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, knowing he had close coal company ties.
He was popular because he put coal miners back to work, and at the same time eliminated many anti-coal company rules. When non-profit advocates tried to sue companies for polluting practices, the governor would take over the cases and settle with companies for a pittance––always giving them a clean bill of health.
Now it has backfired. Greg Botelho and Tom Watkins of CNN add: “Businesses––including 15 McDonald’s in the area, according to their ownership group––have shut down. Hospitals have taken emergency measures to conserve water. The emergency’s ripple effects included the closure of the state Supreme Court of Appeals in Charleston, courts in Boone and Lincoln counties, and the cancellation of classes at West Virginia State University.”
And no one knows when those chemicals will wash away. So voters may have fired up the coal industry, and put workers back in the mines. But was it worth endangering lives, or hurting local businesses? Coal threatens miners lives, and it pollutes the air. Now it attacks the water, and probably the soil as well.
Such situations calls for divine wisdom, but that means people must respect God enough to ask Him what to do. However, too many leaders are willing to risk their people’s lives for other objectives. As Christian messages explain: “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes (Psalm 36: 1).” That fear of God must come before all else!
Unprecedented snow-ice-plus storms again hit the U.S. South and East. Even more is coming. So far this weather has wrecked havoc on freeways, sent people to clean out grocery shelves, downed power for thousands and killed 14 people.
AP’s Jessica Greska writes: “After pummeling wide swaths of the South, a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.”
For instance, Baltimore measured over 15 inches of snow and other areas report higher ranges. As notices went out early, most schools were closed and in most states people stayed off freeways and roads entirely.
Kim Severson of The New York Times posits: “At least 800,000 customers in the South are without power, 344,000 in Georgia alone. Once again, thousands of air flights were cancelled, and train and bus schedules stopped as well.
Apparently Raleigh, N.C. didn’t learn the lesson about staggering exits from Atlanta. They let schools and workers all out at the same time. By 3 p.m. as the snow started cars were stalled on roads and freeways. Some people were stuck in cars for 20 hours. And a widely-pregnant woman walked in snow for three hours.
The National Guard and police helped people out of cars and into shelters. As for police and soldiers, Adan Salazar & Kit Daniels of Infowars.com aver that such scenes of empty store shelves will soon reoccur:
“. . . waging fights over food items and leaving destruction and empty shelves in their wake, a stunning precursor to what will ensue once a major crisis impacts the U.S.” They point out that Americans already riot over sales during ‘Black Friday’ and at sports games.
‘Infowars’ anticipates those riots will come if the stock market crashes: “waging fights over food items and leaving destruction and empty shelves in their wake, a stunning precursor to what will ensue once a major crisis impacts the U.S.”
However, the ‘earthend-new beginning’ team believes these snow scenes––along with unbearably hot summers––will increase, leading to food riots, escape fantasies and neighborhood crimes. The public must insist that governments admit Global Warming exists and that officials resist corporate business denials, and begin serious fights against Global Warming.
In wholesale Christian Bibles, God stresses preparation. Noah prepared an ark. Man is warned to prepare to meet his God. And God works now preparing heaven for His children––true believers in His Son Jesus: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (I Corinthians 2:9).”
It is utterly stupid that governments, businesses, leaders and private citizens do not accomplish everything possible to prepare for Global Warming––and that includes storing sufficient food in case stores are cleaned out, etc.!
This week, sometimes absent federal regulators forced Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma in Northern California to recall some 8.7 pounds of beef and veal––meats that could have “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FIFS) established in a press release: “the meat was not in any way suitable for human consumption.” This horrible crop of meat shipped in 20-60 pounds bags, in parts including beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, checks, tripe, tongue and veal bones.
Feds say the meats came from “diseased and unsound animals,” and the cuts “had not been properly inspected.” Adriana Velez of the stir.cafemom.com asks why the meat wasn’t inspected. Where were the Feds? Also she’s astonished, “that the meat came from multiple diseased and unsound animals, not just one.”
grubstreet.com explains the essence of a USDA Class 1 recall: “This is a health hazard situation where . . . . products being held in frozen storage are less likely to be rooted out of the food supply and may cause longer-term issues—it’s best to purge the beef sooner than later.”
biteclub.com laments the issue as Rancho Feeding is “ the last USDA-certified beef processing plant in the Bay Area . . . [and] is in grave danger of being permanently shuttered.” This would force local ranchers to haul their animals several hours away greatly increasing their costs.
That site also points out that the government is at fault: “. . . with a dearth of USDA inspectors this situation was almost inevitable. The USDA’s own 2013 report regarding pig processing states that “some inspectors performed insufficient post-mortem and sanitation inspections, its programs lacked sufficient oversight and the FSIS could not always ensure ‘humane handling’ at slaughter plants.
The meat was shipped in the first week of January to stores in California, Texas, Florida and Illinois and to unknown locations beyond. Any consumer still having this mean should contact Rancho Feeding Corporation website.
The USDA/FSIS Web Site titled ‘Retail Consignees for FSIS Recall 013-2014’ lists stores in Napa, Novato, Oakland, Penngrove, Petaluma, San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sonoma, California as some of the places receiving the recalled meat. The Food and Drug Administration is also responsible for food inspections.
grubstreet.com also reveals: The Rancho recall began with 41,683 pounds in the middle of January, a figure that increased by 420 pounds a few days later, and then by 8.7 pounds of beef carcasses and organs by Friday. That figure reflects a year of meat processed between January 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014.
Heather Tooley of examiner.com adds: “Consumers should check for the establishment number “EST. 527” contained inside the USDA mark of inspection. These include beef carcasses and any boxes with that number listed. The report added that each box also has the case code number ending in ‘3’ or ‘4.’
How can the government justify so few inspectors? As Christian calendars illustrate, food is God’s provision for man: “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth (Psalm 104: 14).” Men who produce bad food and governments that don’t protect their people thus work against God’s program and become His enemies.