Monday, March 19, 2012

OCCUPY MONSANTO DAY IN LA


AN ECHO FROM THE PARK
         Koreatown, LA – When you hitch your wagon to an ex-hobo’s idealism and ride into LA atop that dream, you know you’re in for an adventure, even for a LLWAP. That’s exactly what happened this past weekend the two days I spent outside this enchanted valley. Just how enchanted is this valley? Well it took two buses and a train ride to get to LA-LA Land the day Jesus got his Red Bull wings pulled off the shelf. The return was a much simpler affair under cloud mountains, cold temps, and fresh snow even on the Corona hilltops. What took place in-between is my latest adventure as a Lois Lane with a penis (LLWAP). Let the adventure begin.
         Par for the course, the Red Phone rang and the story purpose was set: chronicle the latest Occupy event known as Occupy Monsanto. This was the latest chance to catch up with one of my ‘occupy’ co-harts, this time the tennis playing, John Diaz, a league player. John manned the no-GMO/GMO label petition table at Occupy LA by the right-hand foot of the south stairs at City Hall. We met and became instant chums.
         Between October 1st and October 16th of last year, marchers from across the world walked 313 miles from New York City to the White House, in Washington, DC, to demand labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods in America, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know March. John, who once hobo’d across the country as a young man via a reverse Midnight Express route, is a no-GMO marcher. He was there when the NYPD first allowed the OWS marchers onto the Brooklyn Bridge behind his fellow GMOR2K group then closed the trap, arresting over 700 Occupy marchers while permitting the no-GMO marchers to continue on to Washington, DC.
         Mid-morning Friday John and I scoped out the designated block of our event site. I was there with John to assist in his gathering signatures for the labeling of GMOs in the food supply of California through a petition drive to place the initiative on the ballot in November 2012. The 3400 block of Wilshire Blvd is an urban business district with restaurants forming the first floor base for 3 towering buildings that hold a college and offices belonging to Monsanto. A block away the buildings offer a more historical LA reflected through the art deco building style. In the shadow of the Gaylord, we started to set up our table when one of the first ‘occupiers’ came up to us. She had been one of the BofA occupiers from the previous days’ news seen by me before I left T-town who set up a living room in the bank lobby. We chuckled as she imparted to us the 411 of how the group pulled off that caper.
         By noon our label-GMO table had been joined by approximately 30 other people, all associated with Occupy Monsanto. Since Monsanto is the main culprit of GMO use and the current FDA head is an ex-Monsanto ‘golden boy’ exec appointed by Obama, we were all birds of a feather. A printing of a MSN current post will give you, the reader, a very brief talking point for our combined protest on Friday.
        “A newly published study draws a stronger link between mass die-offs of honeybees and an insecticide widely used on corn. The study sheds more light on the worrisome phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees play a critical role in the pollination of crops, and thus a threat to bee colonies can potentially affect entire ecosystems.
         The latest study, conducted by Italian researchers at the University of Padova and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, focuses on a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. The pesticides are popular because they kill insects by paralyzing nerves but are less toxic to other animals. Springtime die-offs of honeybees coincided with the introduction in Europe in the late 1990s of neonicotinoids as coatings of the corn seeds, according to a report by UPI, citing researchers.
         The scientists postulated that bees were flying through clouds of the insecticide created by automated planting machines that expel a burst of air with high concentrations of pesticide-coated particles, UPI said.
         Even before the latest study, some researchers had identified neonicotinoids as a potential factor in bee die-offs, along with other pesticides, tracheal and Varroa mites, the Nosema fungus and a variety of viruses. Some European countries, including Italy, have banned the use of neonicotinoids. The Environmental Protection Agency, however, continues to allow their use in the United States. Despite the scientific data, reports still claim the reason for the bee crisis is unclear, even blaming cell phones. "To EPA's knowledge, none of the incidents that led to suspensions [in Europe] have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder," the agency said in an advisory.” - MSN
         So what's really holding up the banning of neonicotinoids in this country by ‘fellow Americans’ designated to protect us? As a beekeeper in the documentary Nicotine Bees says, "A fifth grader can figure this out." All the campers at Occupy LA were smarter than a fifth grader but it seems that Obama isn’t. Now the ‘change you can count on’ is your family tree being sterile in three generations, according to a Russian study since agro-business is international. Monsanto has now made GMO seeds to be their own pesticide. When a pest eats the plant, their insides are destroyed in an evil, movie-like manner. Problem is, the GMO seed plant works the same for anything that ingests it, just as a gun can defend a person or kill someone innocent, like a black 17 year old teenager.
         As we walked and talked with shoppers and spectators passing our sign holders, cars honked, showing their support for our cause along with a working knowledge about the ‘cause’. What is the ‘cause’, a fourth grader might ask? A drastic reduction of the world population, the adoption of new a world language, the creation of a world court and a vague allusion to eugenics, is the answer. In other words, a blueprint for a New World Order as shown in the Georgia Guidestones located in Elberton County and erected in 1981.
         The monument is of a great importance in the understanding of the forces covertly shaping today and tomorrow’s world. It materializes into stone the crucial link between secret societies, the world elite [0ne Percent] and the agenda for a New World Order. The push for a world government, population control and environmentalism are issues that are today discussed on a daily basis in current events. They were not in 1981, when the Guidestones were erected.

         Many of the rules of the Guidestones do make sense for the preserving of Earth on a long-term basis. But between the idealistic words of the Guidestone’s authors and the actual way these policies would be applied on the masses – by power-hungry and greedy politicians – there is a world of difference. Reading between the lines, the Guidestones require from the masses the loss of many personal liberties and to submit to heightened governmental control on many social issues … not to mention the death of 92.5% of the population [the 99%]…and … not those of the “elite” [the 0ne Percent]. – Vigilant Citizen
         Though you will not hear or see news of our Occupy Monsanto event, rest assured that Occupy is not depleted, depressed, or dejected and I was glad to see an ‘old’ face from my OLA days. Her name is Morning Star and it was after we had all cleared and left Wilshire for the day that I recalled exactly where we first met. It was the Occupy march from Echo Park to the Occupy LA camp at the foot of City Hall, see recent archive story, and it gave me a chance to test a theory of mine which I have expressed in my posts.
         After we had been in conversation about some occupy activities past and present, I asked Morning Star, “Has your life been affected in a positive way by your participation in the Occupy LA event?” The young 20-something looked at me with a smile in her eyes and said emphatically, “Yes”. Mine too, Morning Star.

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