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  1. #1

    Default Scientific Prostitutes

    Why never to believe every "study" or expert. Always, follow the money.


    'Independent' GMO expert busted for receiving $25,000 from Monsanto

    September 08, 2015 by: Daniel Barker

    (NaturalNews) Huge corporations like Monsanto that have suspect agendas - such as selling poisons worldwide and screwing with the very fabric of Nature - have learned long ago how to implement a number of dirty tricks designed to fool authorities and the public into believing that their methods and products are safe.

    One of the ways this is accomplished is through enlisting the services of "independent experts" who publicly back the claims of a company, assuring everyone that the products and practices of such a company have been proven to be safe or harmless through their own impartial scientific research.

    The problem is that far too often, these so-called experts are anything but independent. In many cases, they are nothing more than paid shills who are hired to stack the deck in the company's favor.

    Independent expert or corporate shill?

    A recent case involving Monsanto and one of these allegedly objective scientific researchers is a perfect illustration of just how far from being independent many of these "experts" really are.

    An August 6 article published by Nature.com details some of the results of an ongoing investigation by activist group US Right to Know, which aims to reveal "collusion between the agricultural biotechnology industry and academics who study science, economics and communication."

    Part of the focus of the investigation is on a website called GMO Answers, which is financed by GMO industry giants including Monsanto, DuPont, BASF, Bayer and Syngenta.

    One of the frequent contributors to the site is a University of Florida plant scientist named Kevin Folta, who labels himself as an "independent expert" in the field of GMOs.

    Through the use of freedom of information laws, US Right to Know has been able to obtain the contents of thousands of emails exchanged between scientists such as Folta and GMO Answers, whose site the activist group considers a "straight-up marketing tool to spin GMOs in a positive light".

    Folta's email correspondence revealed that he accepted a $25,000 grant from Monsanto last year and was told that the money "may be used at your discretion in support of your research and outreach projects."

    He maintains he has no ties to Monsanto. As recently as two months ago - well after receiving the grant, the existence of which Folta has never personally disclosed - he said: "I have nothing to do with Monsanto." Earlier this year (also after receiving the money), he was quoted as saying that he has received "no research money from Monsanto, never any personal compensation for any talks."

    He has avoided direct questions about the grant and has gone to lengths to deny any compensation, ridiculing allegations to the contrary.

    It also appears that Folta was being prompted about what to say regarding their agenda by Monsanto's PR firm, Ketchum, which operates the GMO Answers site. In some cases, Ketchum even scripted his "responses" on the website.

    From Nature.com:

    ...Folta's e-mails show him to be frequent contributor to GMO Answers. Ketchum employees repeatedly asked him to respond to common questions posed by biotechnology critics. In some cases, they even drafted answers for him. 'We want your responses to be authentically yours,' one Ketchum representative wrote in a message on 5 July 2013. 'Please feel free to edit or draft all-new responses.'

    Part of Folta's response to this allegation was "I don't know if I used them, modified them or what."

    It's abundantly clear that in this case, a private-sector scientist has completely compromised his credibility by denying that he was a paid propagandist for Monsanto. If it weren't for the efforts of US Right to Know, we would probably have never learned the truth.

    Tip of the iceberg

    What's important to understand is that Folta is just one of many sellouts who receive compensation from companies like Monsanto. Of course, the industry and the recipients of such compensation do their best to conceal their ties, but often legislators and regulation agencies depend on the the testimony of these scientific prostitutes when determining which policies to implement.

    Pushing for transparency in these matters is an important part of the fight against Frankenfood companies like Monsanto. Organizations such as US Right to Know deserve the public's wholehearted appreciation and support.


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    It's been going on at least since Cigarettes.

    The tobacco companies hired 'scientists' to cast doubt on the health hazards of smoking, and delayed the mass quitting for at least 20 years.

    Monsanto is doing the same thing.

    As are the oil companies with climate change.

    And they use the same "scientist for hire" agencies.

    As long as we elect and especially re-elect corporate puppets, the foxes will continue guarding the hen house.

    Bob

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    I agree that Monsanto is doing the same thing as Big Tobacco and getting away with it for now at least. Deplorable.
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    Until we get labeling (and if Monsanto succeeds in making labeling illegal with the DARK act - H.R. 1599 - Deny Americans the Right-to-Know) I do not buy anything with corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, yellow squash, sugar, zucchini, or milk/cream unless non GMO or organic. I figure if over 60 countries have banned GMO foods, it's better for me not to eat them. I could be erring on the side of caution, but that's OK.

    Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to reintroduce anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-labeling, pro-GMO law would make it illegal to pass a law that would require three simple letters in the ingredients (GMO) before GMO corn, GMO soy or GMO anythng else.

    I have written my representatives about the DARK act, and the Republican (of course) comes back with the FDA says GMO foods are safe.

    So I write back telling him the FDA can make mistakes and tell him about Vioxx (although I don't think it was a mistake) and say that banning labeling would not ban GMO foods, just give us the good old American choice. He hasn't responded to that one.

    It seems the GOP has been purchased by Monsanto, as most of them are voting for the DARK act.

    And they will probably get re-elected because people believe what they say on TV and don't pay attention to what they do

    Perhaps we aren't smart enough to govern ourselves.

    Bob

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    Here's a list of co-sponsors (some from both parties). I urge anyone who cares about this issue to contact their representative and tell him or her you oppose the DARK Act.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-...599/cosponsors
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    Default Monsanto money letter to Kevin Folta emerges

    Monsanto money letter to Kevin Folta emerges: Discredited Univ. of Florida professor promised 'a solid return on the investment' just two days before receiving $25K from Monsanto
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

    You will need to click on the link to read the letters that are mentioned in the article.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/051184_Mo...orruption.html

    (NaturalNews) Discredited Monsanto shill Kevin Folta, a University of Florida agricultural professor, just doesn't know when he's been caught. He's still screaming that he never took money from Monsanto while claiming he's an "independent" scientist who writes for GMO Answers to spread pro-GMO propaganda while expecting nothing in return from Monsanto.

    But today, the jig is up. Monsanto's letter to Kevin Folta -- confirming the $25,000 donation to him -- has now surfaced. We're publishing it below.

    Here's $25,000 to use for whatever you want

    The letter is dated August 8, 2014 and confirm that Kevin Folta is receiving an "unrestricted grant" in the amount of $25,000, which "may be used at your discretion... in support of outreach projects."

    This means the money can be used for travel expenses, trips to Hawaii, luxury hotels or anything else Kevin Folta wants to use it on.

    But it gets even better:

    Two days earlier, Kevin Folta wrote Carolyn A. Daly of Monsanto (carolyn.a.daly@monsanto.com) with the subject line of "Re: Hotel for visit to St. Louis", saying:

    "I'm grateful for this opportunity and promise a solid return on investment."

    The "return on investment," of course, refers to serving as Monsanto's propaganda puppet in exchange for $25,000. This is the very definition of academic corruption. Payola. Bribery. Folta has been caught red-handed taking money from Monsanto and promising results in return!

    After receiving this money from Monsanto, Kevin Folta went on to viciously smear clean food activists like the Food Babe by lying to media organizations like The Atlantic, loudly proclaiming he had no financial ties to Monsanto even after cashing their check for $25,000 and promising them a "return on investment."

    Here's Monsanto's confirmation letter to Kevin Folta:

    And here's Kevin Folta's email to Monsanto, promising a "return on investment" just two days before receiving the money:

    Case closed: Kevin Folta accepted a bribe from Monsanto to push GMO propaganda

    Case closed on Kevin Folta. As GM Watch correctly points out, Folta is now a "documented liar."

    "In addition, the emails reveal a near constant communication between Kevin Folta, Monsanto's top lobbyists, the crisis public relations firm Ketchum and a handful of U.S. scientists working behind the scenes to manipulate public perception on the safety of GMOs and Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup dating back to at least 2013," writes Dave Murphy in this Ecowatch.com story.

    "The emails between Folta, Monsanto and Ketchum PR are especially damning as they indicate that agents from the New York crisis management PR firm wrote answers specifically for Folta that he then cut and paste and posted on the GMO Answers website under his own name."

    What's even more hilarious (or pathetic, perhaps) in all this is that Kevin Folta still claims he never took money from Monsanto and never did anything wrong.

    In other words, the mind of Kevin Folta is so twisted and corrupted that he can't even recognize academic corruption when he's engaged in it!

    There's even talk in the Kevin Folta document dump of how Monsanto operatives in academia can hide money from public reporting. As found in page 104 of the Folta document dump:

    Folta ran a scam and got caught; now he's mad at the world

    If the "scientists" of our day are so blind to corporate influence and corruption that they fail to recognize it, then they have no chance whatsoever of resisting it (even if they wanted to). Folta's intentions seem clear from the start: Whore himself out to Monsanto, take the money, push the propaganda, lie to the world and hope nobody finds out.

    The problem is, we did find out, and now Kevin Folta looks like a Monsanto douchebag (and the University of Florida looks like a science shill diploma mill!).

    "Might it be possible to just ask the powers that be to do an 'unrestricted gift' for the amount to UF? I can then just charge the travel to the account," Folta says in an email to Lisa Drake at Monsanto. He then explains he doesn't want to "...end up getting taxed on the dollars as income... long after my brain is erased."

    Yep, his brain was erased after all. And then it was repopulated with Monsanto propaganda. (Monsanto's Manchurian Candidate!)

    After being exposed as Monsanto shills, academic whores now want to operate in total secrecy

    What's the response to all this from the Monsanto shills and science whores working at taxpayer-funded universities?

    They are now demanding black box science -- absolute secrecy and the shutting down of the Freedom of Information Act.

    Apparently, these corrupt douchebags now believe they should conduct science in total secrecy, absent all public scrutiny or oversight. Yep, it's the new "science" of corrupt academia: Everything's a secret, and the public isn't supposed to know how this science is being conducted or who's being paid off by which corporations.

    The stench of scientific corruption in America has now reached the point of projectile vomiting. It's no longer science at all: It's a RELGION of scientific fundamentalism that demands total obedience, absolute secrecy, and unlimited money for secret research projects that the public is never allowed to see.

    Thank goodness for the independent media and websites like GMO.news, AlternativeNews.com, US Right to Know and GM Watch, or you might not hear about any of this at all!

    Sources for this story include:
    http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/12/scientists-co...

    Kevin Folta's "return on investment" letter:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/images/Kevin-Folt...

    Monsanto's confirmation of $25,000 given to Folta:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/images/Monsanto-L...

    Kevin Folta caught lying in an article published by The Atlantic:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/051169_The_Atlant...

    Informative article at GMwatch.org:
    http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/1640...


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    I know we never really had a democracy. It is a republic, but the representatives are supposed to represent the people who elect them.

    We now have an oligarchy. A government with legislators representing not the people who elect them, but the huge multi-national corporations who pull the puppet strings with their dollars.

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    Default The TPP, Monsanto, Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission, Brzezinski

    by Jon Rappoport
    September 18, 2015

    http://www.nomorefakenews.com/

    "The so-called 'migration' of populations into Europe and America is no accident. It's part and parcel of a Trilateral Commission plan to introduce a high degree of chaos---which of course will require a militarized police response, to 'restore order' and remove huge chunks of freedom in the process. All significant US policy decisions are initiated by Trilateral members working inside and outside of government." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

    There are dots to connect here. They're real, and they're spectacular.

    Let me begin with a brief exchange from a 1978 interview, conducted by reporter Jeremiah Novak. He was speaking with two American members of the Trilateral Commission (TC), a group founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller and his intellectual flunkey, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    NOVAK: Yes, but why doesn't President Carter come out with it and tell the American people that [US] economic and political power is being coordinated by a [Trilateral Commission] committee made up of Henry Owen and six others? After all, if [US] policy is being made on a multinational level, the people should know.

    RICHARD COOPER [Trilateral Commission member]: President Carter and Secretary of State Vance have constantly alluded to this in their speeches.

    KARL KAISER [Trilateral Commission member]: It just hasn't become an issue.

    Source: "Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management," ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980. South End Press, Boston. Pages 192-3.

    This through-the-looking-glass moment summed up the casual arrogance of Trilateral members: of course US government policy was in the hands of Trilateralists; what else would you expect?

    US government policy most certainly covers the area of international trade---and Cooper and Kaiser were foreshadowing blockbuster trade treaties to come: e.g., NAFTA, GATT (which established the World Trade Organization), CAFTA, and now, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is being negotiated in secret among 12 nations responsible for a major amount of world trade and world GDP.

    Here are two key Trilateral quotes that reflect this global outlook---by which I mean a world dominated by mega-corporations:

    "The nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state." --- Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1969.

    Brzezinski was Obama's foreign policy mentor after Obama won the Presidency in 2008.

    Any doubt on the question of Trilateral Commission goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003):

    "Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure-one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."

    "Integrated global political and economic structure" means: domination of populations via giant corporations.

    Here is the payoff. The current US Trade Representative (appointed by Obama in 2013), who is responsible for negotiating the TPP with 11 other nations, is Michael Froman, a former member of the Trilateral Commission. Don't let the word "former" fool you. TC members resign when they take positions in the Executive Branch of government. And when they serve in vital positions, such as US Trade Representative, they aren't there by accident. They're TC operatives with a specific agenda.

    The TPP IS a major item on the Trilateral to-do list. Make no mistake about it.

    ~~~~

    Let's move along to Monsanto, one of those mega-corporations the Trilateralists fervently favor.

    From 2001 to 2008, a man named Islam Siddiqui was a staunch US lobbyist for, and vice president of, CropLife America. Siddiqui represented Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta---the biggest and most aggressive biotech GMO corporations in the world.

    On October 21, 2011, Siddiqui's new appointment (by Obama) was confirmed. He became the federal government's Chief Agricultural Negotiator, and served in that position until he resigned on December 12, 2013. During his tenure, Siddiqui, Monsanto's man, was up to his ears in negotiating the TPP.

    On April 22, 2009, Siddiqui had addressed the press in a US State Dept. briefing disingenuously titled "Green Revolution":

    "What we need now in the 21st century is another revolution... you would not do it just by conventional breeding. You need to have use of 21st century technologies, including biotechnology, genetic [GMO] technology... And these molecules, which are being used (inaudible), they are state-of-the-art technologies, using molecular biology. Especially in chemicals [pesticides], they have less harsh footprint on the environment, they are more green, in terms of the adverse effects and ecological effects. They are also tested more thoroughly."

    Siddiqui is a disinformation pro. For example, the most widely used pesticide in the world, deployed in conjunction with Monsanto's GMO crops, was tested so "thoroughly" for safety that it is now declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. You may have heard of it: Roundup.

    Siddiqui's tenure negotiating US interests in the TPP surely favored big biotech, and all the companies who make their living selling GMO crop-seeds and pesticides.

    The predicted outcome of the TPP vis--vis GMOs? It's obvious. Nations who resist the importation of GMO food crops will be sued, in private tribunals, for interfering with "free trade."

    This is the future writ large, unless the TPP is derailed.

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    Consider the local movement in Hawaii's Maui County, where in the last election, citizens voted to block long-standing Monsanto/Dow experimentation with GMOs and their attendant pesticides, until an independent investigation could assess the health effects of those reckless open-air activities.

    Monsanto immediately sued to suspend the force of the vote, successfully obtained an injunction, and the case has been hung up in federal court ever since.

    Under the TPP, all successful local community actions against GMOs and their pesticides, anywhere in the 12-member countries, would be viewed per se as obstructions to free trade; and instead of engaging in a public and messy court battle, corporations could simply sue (or threaten to sue) the offending member country in a private tribunal, automatically defeat the local communities, and win a cash judgment.

    Attempts to label GMOs, and previous laws allowing labeling in various countries, could be arbitrarily canceled.

    ~~~~

    Consider the recent astounding action of US Trade Representatives in Europe. Using yet another disastrous trade treaty under negotiation, the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), US Trade Reps pressured the European Union (EU) to modify its stance on pesticides.

    The Guardian (May 22, 2015) headline and tag says it all:

    "EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents show... US trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal."

    Note: this repressive and criminal action didn't even involve a treaty that had been ratified. The pressure was all about the so-called positive economic impact the TTIP would have, when passed, for Europe. And in the face of that money benefit, and the threat of its removal (by ditching the TTIP negotiations), who would dare curb the import and use of chemicals that achieve something as "minor" as disrupting human endocrine systems and causing male infertility and cancer?

    This is the sort of judgment we can look forward to, if and when the TTP and the TTIP are ratified.

    This is the face of corporate Globalism. This is the face of the Globalist Trilateral Commission.

    Recently, US Senator Jeff Sessions broke the code of silence on what is in the forbidden-to-be-disclosed TPP Treaty. His most pungent revelation concerned "living agreements." Thus giving new meaning to the term bait-and-switch.

    Living agreements are arbitrary changes that can be made to the treaty, by Presidential fiat, without consulting Congress, after the treaty has been ratified.

    That's right. In other words, the treaty is the treaty until it isn't, until it's something more, something different, something worse, something that empowers mega-corporations to a greater degree than previously negotiated.

    Because those corporations, those Monsantos and Dows and Syngentas, wouldn't want to miss a trick, wouldn't want to forego suddenly realizing how they can exert even more dominance, would they?

    Barbara Chicherio offers a powerful clue about what's to come if the TPP is ratified ( "Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto," occupy-monsanto.com):

    "Trade agreements have a history of displacing small farmers and destroying local food economies. Ten years following the passage of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) 1.5 million Mexican farmers became bankrupt because they could not compete with the highly subsidized US corn entering the Mexican market.

    "In the same 10 years Mexico went from a country virtually producing all of its own corn to a country that now imports at least half of this food staple. Mexican consumers are now paying higher prices for Monsanto's GMO corn."

    It isn't just GMOs. Suppose a US pharmaceutical company decides to export a new drug to Japan or Australia or Canada, all members of the TPP. And suppose the drug is highly toxic. And suppose the governments of those nations object. The US company could sue, win a huge $$ judgment, and force the export to go through anyway.

    As I've written in previous articles, the details of the TPP negotiations and the text of the TPP are secret. Government officials in the member nations are not allowed to know all the details of the treaty, nor are they permitted to reveal what they know to the public.

    This is an oligarchic dictatorship of corporations on a global scale. Along with a purposeful dumb-show, played out by government officials: "I don't even know much about what's in the trade treaty. And if I did, I couldn't tell you." So far, Senator Sessions is the only exception.

    Those people who still believe that One World United, delivered to us by the powers-that-be, will lead to a better life for all, need to put that fairy tale away and see the underlying framework and the underlying betrayal.

    The Globalist/Trilateral Community aims to destroy the rights and power of all communities, and ultimately, destroy all people who still have a grip on the word freedom.

    This is the grinning nightmare descending in the long night, professing to help us all, claiming to know the details of better living through chemistry, asserting that trade treaties couldn't harm a flea...and television news assures us that, at worst, this is just another he-said he-said debate, nothing to worry about, be happy, march forward, eyes closed, mouths shut, mind quiet.

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    WOW!

    What an eye-opener...!
    Thanks for posting this revelation!

    Just what the hell can be done about this....?
    We all know that the general voting public majority are almost always "low information voters"...how's THAT for a euphemism...!

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    I'm sure that many would dismiss Rappoport, but he's actually a darn good investigative reporter. Eye opener for sure! Unfortunately, a huge number of people are asleep with their eyes closed.
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