Monthly Archives: April 2008

Digital Angel Corporation Receives Over $600,000 Order From The USDA For National Animal Identification System

Source: Digital Angel Press Release

SO. ST. PAUL, MN (Tuesday October 2 2007, 8:30 am) – Digital Angel Corporation (the “Company”) (AMEX:DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that it has received an order for 630,000 compliant radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags valued at more than $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The cattle ear tags will be used for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Veterinary Services State-Federal Cooperative Disease control and eradication efforts in targeted, increased-risk geographic locations.

Barry M. Edelstein, interim President and CEO of Digital Angel, said, “This prestigious order from the USDA exemplifies our expertise in providing high-quality products at competitive prices. We were the first animal tag manufacturer to be designated as an Animal Identification (AIN) tag manufacturer by the USDA, which signifies that our tagging system is capable of identifying livestock with the unique, lifetime animal identification number that is being established as a national standard through the NAIS. We are proud that we continue to be a provider of choice for the USDA.”

Since 1948 Digital Angel’s livestock tags have been utilized by ranchers across the world not only to protect their property from theft or loss, but more recently to control the spread of disease and improve herd management. Following the December 2003 incident of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) in the state of Washington, the USDA initiated the development of a national animal identification program for cattle, with a target completion date of 2008-2009. The NAIS, a cooperative program between state and federal governments and the livestock industry to help trace, manage and eradicate animal diseases like Mad Cow Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, Pseudo-Rabies Disease and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome in pigs, is being run by APHIS. APHIS launched the voluntary NAIS in 2004 with the premises registration system and is now continuing its advancement by implementing the animal identification component.

Under the NAIS, electronic ID (EID) devices must be approved by USDA. Digital Angel has approval on its EID and transponder devices for livestock. The Company will be submitting its new sheep and goat EID device for approval shortly. Currently the USDA is entering into cooperative agreements to promote premise registrations among producers. To-date approximately 410,000 producer premises are registered. Although it is not mandatory for producers to ID their livestock, USDA is utilizing premise ID and electronic identification for their numerous disease control programs (brucellosis, tuberculosis, psuedorabies, chronic wasting disease, etc.). The first use, which is the subject of the award for the 630,000 EID tags, will be to control and trace brucellosis among cattle.

Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Bovine Growth Hormone In Milk Poses Significant Risks For Consumers


RONNIE CUMMINS: Studies show synthetic hormones are a risk for humans
Organic Consumers Association
Press of Atlantic City, NJ, January 24, 2008
Straight to the Source

FINLAND, Minnesota – Health-minded consumers are increasingly vocal about their basic right to know what’s in their food – and with good reason.

Case in point: synthetic hormones in milk. Fourteen years after a highly contentious FDA decision allowing milk and dairy products from cows injected with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone – often called rBGH– on the market, the controversy continues.

As scientists and consumer advocates warned at the start, revving up cows with a powerful synthetic hormone for no other reason than to force them to produce about 15 percent more milk is a terrible idea.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is bad for dairy cows, literally burning them out in three or four years, causing terrible physical stress and a long list of medical problems including reproductive complications, lameness, pus in the milk, and higher rates of udder infections that are routinely treated with powerful antibiotics.

Even more worrisome, rBGH is likely hazardous for human health, since milk from injected cows contains significantly higher levels – ranging from 18 percent to 106 percent – of a potent cancer tumor promoter called insulin-like growth factor or IGF-1.

A number of studies have indicated that people with higher levels of IGF-1 in their bodies suffer from higher rates of colon and breast cancer. In addition Monsanto’s rBGH is also more immunogenic – stimulates the immune system more – than the non-genetically engineered BGH produced naturally by a cow’s pituitary gland.

Finally rBGH is bad for family farmers, since it artificially increases the supply of milk on the market, driving down prices paid to smaller farmers and giving large, intensive confinement dairy farms a competitive advantage.

Since 1994 government officials have been aware that Americans are wary of rBGH and genetically engineered foods in general. Polls have consistently shown that 80 percent to 95 percent of consumers want mandatory labels on rBGH-derived dairy products – mainly so they can avoid buying them.

Acknowledging significant consumer concerns over rBGH-tainted milk, the FDA – ignoring legal precedent – declared in 1993 that it would not require labeling, thereby keeping consumers in the dark.

In response, activists dumped rBGH-tainted milk outside supermarkets across the nation. Several hundred dairies declared that they would not use the drug, and would label their products as “rBGH-free,” which the FDA reluctantly agreed would be allowed.

Beginning in the late 1990s, the controversy over rBGH spread globally. Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and other industrialized nations banned the use of rBGH on animal and human health grounds and began requiring labels on genetically engineered foods.

Today millions of health-minded consumers are buying organic or rBGH-free milk. Natural food stores sales are booming.

In response major dairy processors such as Kraft and Dean Foods, supermarket chains such as Kroger, coffeehouses including Starbucks, and restaurant chains such as Chipotle have begun requiring that their suppliers stop using rBGH.

As a result only 17 percent of America’s dairy cows are presently being injected with the drug. Monsanto’s response to widespread consumer rejection of rBGH has been to lobby the federal government to allow rBGH and genetic engineering in organics – and, more recently, to outlaw rBGH-free labels.

Rebuffed last year by the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission in its efforts to ban rBGH-free labels, Monsanto has now turned to lobbying state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states. But thousands of calls and e-mails from consumers have prompted state legislators to back off, most recently in Pennsylvania.

The bottom line is that consumers want to know what’s in their food, and will respond to truthful labels such as “organic” and “rBGH-free” by voting with their dollars for safe, natural, and humanely raised products.

The final step to consumer satisfaction is requiring dairy producers to label all of their products that contain synthetic hormones such as rBGH.

George Bush Senior Executive Order No. 12803 Paved The Way For North American Union

The Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC-35, the four-football-fields wide new truck-train-automobile-pipeline superhighway being built by the Texas Department of Transportation is a PPP promoted by the Federal Highway Administration, in which the billions required for the new toll road are being provided by Cintra Concessiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, a private investment consortium in Spain. On April 30, 1992, President George H. W. Bush signed Executive Order No. 12803 on infrastructure privatization, which created PPPs by clearing federal barriers for cities and states to lease public works infrastructure to private investors.

Here Is The Actual Text Of Executive Order No. 12803

• George Bush
Executive Order 12803 – Infrastructure Privatization
April 30th, 1992

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the United States achieves the most beneficial economic use of its resources, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this order: (a) “Privatization” means the disposition or transfer of an infrastructure asset, such as by sale or by long-term lease, from a State or local government to a private party.

(b) “Infrastructure asset” means any asset financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government and needed for the functioning of the economy. Examples of such assets include, but are not limited to: roads, tunnels, bridges, electricity supply facilities, mass transit, rail transportation, airports, ports. waterways, water supply facilities, recycling and wastewater treatment facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, housing, schools, prisons, and hospitals.

(c) “Originally authorized purposes” means the general objectives of the original grant program; however, the term is not intended to include every condition requires for a grantee to have obtained the original grant.

(d) “Transfer price” means: (i) the amount paid or to be paid by a private party for an infrastructure asset, if the asset is transferred as a result of a competitive bidding; of (ii) the appraised value of an infrastructure asset, as determined by the head of the executive department or agency and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, if the asset is not transferred as a result of competitive bidding.

(e) “State and local governments” means the government of any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, and any country, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, regional or interstate governmental entity, council of governments, and any agency or instrumentality of a local government, and any federally recognized Indian Tribe.

Sec. 2. Fundamental Principles. Executive departments and agencies shall be guided by the following objectives and principles: (a) Adequate and well-maintained infrastructure is critical to economic growth. Consistent with the principles of federalism enumerated in Executive Order No. 12612, and in order to allow the private sector to provide for infrastructure modernization and expansion, State and local governments should have greater freedom to privatize infrastructure assets.

)(b) Private enterprise and competitively driven improvements are the foundation of our Nation’s economy and economic growth. Federal financing of infrastructure assets should not act as a barrier to the achievement of economic efficiencies through additional private market financing or competitive practices, or both.

(c) State and local governments are in the best position to assess the respond to local needs. State and local governments should, subject to assuring continued compliance with Federal requirements that public use be on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, have maximum possible freedom to make decisions concerning the maintenance and disposition of their federally financed infrastructure assets.

(d) User fees are generally more efficient than general taxes as a means to support infrastructure assets. Privatization transactions should be structured so as not to result in unreasonable increases in charges to users.

Sec. 3. Privatization Initiative. To the extent permitted by law, the head of each executive department and agency shall undertake the following actions: (a) Review those procedures affecting the management and disposition of federally financed infrastructure assets owned by State and local governments and modify those procedures to encourage appropriate privatization of such assets consistent with this order;

(b) Assist State and local governments in their efforts to advance the objectives of this order; and

(c) Approve State and local governments’ requests to privatize infrastructure assets, consistent with the criteria in section 4 of this order and, where necessary, grant exceptions to the disposition requirements of the “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments” common rule, or other relevant rules or regulations, for infrastructure assets; provided that the transfer price shall be distributed, as paid, in the following manner: (i) State and local governments shall first recoup in full the unadjusted dollar amount of their portion of total project costs (including any transaction and fix-up costs they incur) associated with the infrastructure assets involved; (ii) if proceeds remain, then the Federal Government shall recoup in full the amount of Federal grant awards associated with the infrastructure assets, less the applicable share of accumulated depreciation on such asset (calculating using the Internal Revenue Service accelerated depreciation schedule for the categories of assets in question); and (iii) finally, the State and local governments shall keep any remaining proceeds,

Sec. 4. Criteria. To the extent permitted by law, the head of an executive department or agency shall approve a request in accordance with section 3(c) of this order only if the grantee: (a) Agrees to use the proceeds described in section 3(c)(iii) of this order only for investment in additional infrastructure assets (after public notice of the proposed investment), or for debt or tax reduction; and

(b) Demonstrates that a market mechanism, legally enforceable agreement, or regulatory mechanism will ensure that: (i) the infrastructure asset or assets will continue to be used for their originally authorized purposes, as long as needed for those purposes, even if the purchaser becomes insolvent or is otherwise hindered from fulfilling the originally authorized purposes; and (ii) user charges will be consistent with any current Federal conditions that protect users and the public by limiting the charges.

Sec. 5. Government-wide Coordination and Review. In implementing Executive Order Nos. 12291 and 12498 and OMB Circular No. A-19, the Office of Management and Budget, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with the provisions of those authorities, shall take action to ensure that the policies of the executive department and agencies are consistent with the principles, critiera, and requirements of this order. The Office of Management and Budget shall review the results of implementing this order and report thereon to the President 1 year after the date of this order.

Sec. 6. Preservation of Existing Authority. Nothing in this order is in any intended to limit any existing authority of the heads of executive departments and agencies to approve privatization proposals that are otherwise consistent with law.

Sec. 7. Judicial Review. This order is intended only to improve the internal management of the executive branch, and is not intended to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by a party against the United States, it agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

George Bush
The White House,
April 30, 1992.

New Evidence: CIA Played Role In RFK Assassination


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New video and photographic evidence that puts three senior CIA operatives at the scene of Robert Kennedy’s assassination has been brought to light.

The evidence was shown in a report by Shane O’Sullivan, broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

It reveals that the operatives and four unidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968.

The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and some of the officers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no reason to be in Los Angeles.

‘Decoy’

Kennedy had just won the California Democratic primary on an anti-War ticket and was set to challenge Nixon for the White House when he was shot in a kitchen pantry.

A 24-year-old Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan, was arrested as the lone assassin and notebooks at his house seemed to incriminate him.

However, even under hypnosis, he has never been able to remember the shooting and defence psychiatrists concluded he was in a trance at the time.

Witnesses placed Sirhan’s gun several feet in front of Kennedy but the autopsy showed the fatal shot came from one inch behind.

Dr Herbert Spiegel, a world authority on hypnosis at Columbia University, believes Sirhan may have been hypnotically programmed to act as a decoy for the real assassin.

Evidence

The report is the result of a three-year investigation by filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan. He reveals new video and photographs showing three senior CIA operatives at the hotel.

Three of these men have been positively identified as senior officers who worked together in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA’s Miami base for its Secret War on Castro.

David Morales was Chief of Operations and once told friends:

“I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard.”

Gordon Campbell was Chief of Maritime Operations and George Joannides was Chief of Psychological Warfare Operations.

Joannides was called out of retirement in 1978 to act as the CIA liaison to the Congressional investigation into the JFK assassination. Now, we see him at the Ambassador Hotel the night a second Kennedy is assassinated.

Memory

Monday, 20 November would have been Bobby Kennedy’s 81st birthday. In Los Angeles, his son Max has just broken ground on a new high-school project in memory of his father on the old Ambassador Hotel site.

Paul Schrade, a key figure behind the school project, was walking behind Robert Kennedy that night and was shot in the head. He believes this new evidence merits fresh investigation:

“It seems very strange to me that these guys would be at a Kennedy celebration. What were they doing there? And why were they there? It’s our obligation as friends of Bob Kennedy to investigate this.”

Ed Lopez, a former Congressional investigator who worked with Joannides in 1978, says:

“I think the key people at the CIA need to go back to anybody who might have been around back then, bring them in and interview them, and ask – is this Gordon Campbell? Is this George Joannides?”

George Bush Booed At The 2008 Washington Nationals Home Opener

Boos for Bush

Special to washingtonpost.com
Monday, March 31, 2008; 1:52 PM

There’s a reason President Bush almost never appears before members of the general public: They really don’t like him.

Despite the delirious mood of Washington Nationals fans on opening night at their new stadium, Bush was greeted with loud boos when he came to the mound to deliver the traditional first pitch.

Video from the Washington Times indicates that the boos were lusty. An ESPN video, via ThinkProgress.org, is more of a mixed bag of boos and cheers. But in additional Youtube videos from fans in right field and high above first base the boos had it.

It was a rare moment for Bush, who avoids public expressions of disagreement by appearing almost exclusively before carefully selected audiences. In fact, this is the first time in years I can recall him appearing before the unscreened masses. Far more typical are events like his most recent Thanksgiving address. As I wrote then, even when he was talking about something as uncontroversial as the essential goodness of our country, he wanted his audience prescreened for obsequiousness.

Back during Bush’s Social Security barnstorming, University of Texas political scientist Jeffrey K. Tulis noted: “Certainly, in the past, presidential advance teams have on occasion taken steps to assure friendly audiences. It has not been uncommon for presidents to seek invitations to speak at friendly venues. But systematically screening audiences. . . . may be a new phenomenon, and one that the president should be asked to defend and justify in terms of his constitutional obligations.”

Truly, it’s one of the most blatant, indefensible examples of how Bush has turned his into the most divisive of presidencies.

Lame Duck in Flight

Terence Hunt writes for the Associated Press: “Winding down his presidency, George W. Bush is beginning his farewell tour on the world stage trailed by questions about how much clout he still wields.

“Unpopular abroad, as he is at home, Bush nevertheless has been a commanding presence among world leaders for the past seven years. Now, with fewer than 300 days left in his term, other presidents and prime ministers are looking beyond Bush to see who will occupy his chair a year from now.

“It’s an open question whether Bush’s foreign policy priorities will be embraced by his successor in the Oval Office. Other world leaders have to calculate how far they should step out on the ledge with a president whose days are numbered and whose legacy had been darkened by the long and costly war in Iraq. . . .

“Around the world, there are hopes the next president will adopt a different style from what critics have called Bush’s cowboy diplomacy and go-it-alone foreign policy.”

Matt Spetalnick writes for Reuters: “Seeking to reassert himself on the world stage in the twilight of his term, Bush will press NATO for more troops in Afghanistan, try to keep up momentum in the alliance’s eastward expansion and attempt to ease strains with Russia.

“But with Bush even more unpopular overseas than at home, he could have a hard time swaying world leaders at this week’s Bucharest summit as they look to whomever will succeed him in January 2009.”

State “Fusion Centers” And Pentagon-Run FBI Programs Spy On Americans

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
April 3, 2008

Fresh revelations of state and Pentagon run terrorist surveillance programs that “skirt legal restrictions” serve to remind the American public that they are now the prime suspects in the post 9/11 panopticon society.

Separate documents obtained by the ACLU and the Washington Post have created similar headlines on the same day about two new freedom eroding processes that have been in full swing for some time.

“Fusion Centers”

Intelligence centers run by states across the country have access to personal information about millions of Americans, including unlisted cellphone numbers, insurance claims, driver’s license photographs and credit reports, according to the Washington Post.

Dozens of the organizations known as fusion centers were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to identify potential threats and improve the way information is shared. The centers use law enforcement analysts and sophisticated computer systems to compile, or fuse, disparate tips and clues and pass along the refined information to other agencies.

The centers received $254 million from the Department of Homeland Security between 2004 and 2007 and also work in conjunction with the military arm of the DHS, NORTHCOM.

They also have subscriptions to private information-broker services that keep records about Americans’ locations, financial holdings, associates, relatives, firearms licenses and the like.

Some of these data-brokers, such as one in Maryland called Entersect, claim to hold records about 98 percent of Americans.

The justification is, as always, the war on terror, but the targets of the information gathering are everyday Americans.

“There is never ever enough information when it comes to terrorism” said Maj. Steven G. O’Donnell, deputy superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. “That’s what post-9/11 is about.”

Yes sir, drill that “post 9/11” mantra into our brains one more time please.

Pentagon Spying

In a separate revelation, AP reports that the military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans’ Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, according to Pentagon documents.

The documents were obtained by the ACLU after it sued the Defense Department last year for its withholding of information pertaining to national security letters, which are used to force businesses, such as internet service providers, to turn over information on their customers without subpoena.

“Newly unredacted documents released today reveal that the Department of Defense is using the FBI to circumvent legal limits on its own NSL power,” said the ACLU.

In other words, the military is using the federal government as a go between in order to obtain the personal information of American citizens.

The DoD is not authorized to obtain e-mail and phone records or lists of web sites that people have visited as it is illegal for the military to engage in domestic investigations, yet the FBI can currently get the information by using a national security letter.

The ACLU also alleges that the military lied to Congress and silenced NSL recipients from speaking out about the records requests.

Total Information Awareness

These latest revelations are to be added to the countless instances of unaccountable government and military programs that have been in operation for decades, all centered around covertly spying and gathering information on American citizens.

We have extensively documented such programs from COINTELPRO through to Operation CHAOS, the Defense Department’s Counterintelligence Field Activity and the recent NSA warrantless wiretapping.

We are now witnessing the coordination and mass consolidation of scores of these operations into one all encompassing panopticon program.

After 9/11 the work of 16 different intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the giant National Security Agency, which eavesdrops on international communications, as well as the Energy Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration was centralized under the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Why such rampant centralization? Why is the military now so intent on fusing itself with the federal government via Homeland security and through the FBI and why are the targets of their operations always American citizens?

We are constantly bombarded with the notion that the biggest threat we face is from those who reject and abhor western values, yet the government and military continue to relentlessly focus their anti-terror activity directly upon freedom loving American people.

Congressman Ron Paul Lectures Bernanke: U.S. Moving Towards Fascism


Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Federal Reserve’s insistence on rewarding its own failures by granting itself new powers was harshly rebuked by Congressman Ron Paul during yesterday’s Joint Economic Committee meeting, as Paul all but accused Ben Bernanke of contributing economicallly to a broader move towards fascism in America.

“There’s a political philosophy that advocates merging together the interests of business and government at the same time with a loss of civil liberties of the people and I’m afraid we’re moving in that direction,” said the Congressman, citing warrantless searches, lack of medical, Internet and financial privacy as well as the loss of habeas corpus since 9/11.

“I see….the proposal by the Treasury as a massive move to a lot closer association of business and government,” said Paul, adding that a military-industrial complex, a medical-industrial complex and a media-industrial complex were already in place.

Paul was refering to the Treasury Department’s recent proposal to give the Fed, “Broad new authority to oversee financial market stability, in effect allowing it to send SWAT teams into any corner of the industry or any institution that might pose a risk to the overall system,” as the New York Times reported.

“We should be regulating the government – when you think of the authority you as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve can do, it really goes unaudited and very little oversight,” said Paul, adding that the creation of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets meant that “we had really given up on the Republic, freedom, the marketplace and sound money”.

“It looks like this is a massive increase in the combination of government and big business,” said the Congressman.

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