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Newsweek Hit Piece Calling Organic Food a ‘Scam’ Authored by Known Monsanto Propagandist

Monsanto, the megalithic corporation responsible for Agent Orange and for inundating the planet with noxious PCBs for years with full knowledge the horrific damage the substances cause to the planet and its inhabitants, finds itself in hot water, again, thanks to a poorly-delivered smear campaign against organic, healthy food — that is, food growing from the ground unassisted by its chemical pesticides and herbicides.

Just as many advocates of untreated food have suspected, Monsanto was caught red-handed disguising its own anti-organic propaganda — dangerously misleading and false information warning of supposed damage wrought to the environment through non-chemical growing methods — as valid scientific opinion pieces in major news outlets whose audience reach comprises millions of readers.

“The campaign for organic food is a deceitful, expensive scam,” railed Dr. Henry I. Miller for the Hoover Institution, in a piece republished by Newsweek.

He further contended organic agriculture is “actually more harmful to the environment” than conventional, mass agriculture — and that proponents of organic food were somehow amassing and doling out around $2.5 billion annually to smear the latter.

To be certain, all three claims are false.

However, as inflammatory statements are wont, Miller’s lambastings of, in essence, the choice of the public to purchase foods grown without chemically-laden pesticides and herbicides quickly sped around the internet, parroted without question as if the information contained were indeed reliable and independent.

Additional mass media outlets readily published and republished Miller’s Monsanto propaganda — even as his scandalously direct link to the agrichemical behemoth dotted the headlines of competing outlets — including the Wall Street Journal.

But his information wasn’t reliable or accurate or factual — something Miller should have been wiser than to attempt in such a prominent manner — because it isn’t the first time even in recent days the author became the story for acting as a credentialed, de facto advertisement for Monsanto.

EcoWatch notes the name Dr. Henry I. Miller might ring a bell with readers, as,

 “the New York Times recently revealed a scandal involving Miller: that he had been caught publishing an article ghostwritten by Monsanto under his own name in Forbes. The article, which largely mirrored a draft provided to him by Monsanto, attacked the scientists of the World Health Organization’s cancer panel (International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC]) for their decision to list Monsanto’s top-selling chemical, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen.”

According to the New York Times, litigation with Monsanto divulged Miller agreeing to dispute a growing and vocal backlash over cancer concerns in print — rather, he clarified, “I would be if I could start from a high-quality draft.”

Thus, the article proceeded to publishing in a section of Forbes whose parameters clearly state, “opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own” — but without the altogether imperative caveat disclosing Monsanto’s significant role in its creation.

Forbes since removed the piece and ceased its relationship with Miller, reports the Times, and was followed shortly by Project Syndicate, which added it would never have allowed publication of his work had his relationship with Monsanto been clear, according to EcoWatch.

It should be noted as well, the aforementioned Newsweek piece included a swipe at the New York Times’ Danny Hakim, whose original reporting exposed Miller’s Monsanto ghostwriting efforts — though Newsweek failed in transparency to reveal that information in a disclaimer.

That hardly seems surprising, given Miller’s long-established role as a contributor to mainstream outlets — whether or not his corporate ties were made apparent as he did.

Monsanto had, in effect, weaponized Miller for the express purpose of ‘protecting the reputation’ of its flagship chemical, RoundUp — in particular, against an onslaught of negative press resulting from WHO’s classification of glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen”— publishing the contentious Forbes piece as revealed in testimony.

Newsweek refused to act as arbiter between U.S. Right to Know — which obtained documents indicating his corporate entanglement — and Miller, whom it claims categorically denies said claims.

“I understand that you and Miller have a long history of dispute on this topic,” Newsweek opinion editor Nicholas Wapshott wrote in an email to U.S. Right to Know’s Stacy Malkan. “He flatly denies your assertions.”

As the information battle over organic food versus conventional plays out — particularly as the public is relentlessly bombarded with contradictory and confusing information — seeking accurate data, verifying or double-checking sources, and understanding information presented as fact in reputable outlets may actually be so much tripe are all ineluctable tools of discernment still available with the click of a button.

However unfortunate a commentary at this late date, relying on a single source for accurate information can lead you far away from the truth.

 

**This article (Newsweek Hit Piece Calling Organic Food a ‘Scam’ Authored by Known Monsanto Propagandist) was originally published at The Mind Unleashed and is re-posted here with permission.**

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Havana Syndrome again? CIA officers are mowed down by a mysterious disease

A CIA officer in Moscow experienced symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome” in 2017. This became known to The New York Times with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.

CIA officer Mark Polimepulos, who helped lead covert operations in Russia and Europe, complained about the manifestation of mysterious symptoms. According to the newspaper, in December 2017, he felt severe dizziness, which later developed into a prolonged migraine, forcing him to retire. At that time, Polymerpoulos was 48 years old.

It is noted that such a case was not the only one. Similar symptoms were experienced by the staff of the American ambassadors in Cuba and China in 2016-2018. However, the exact number of cases and the place where this happened is not named. It is alleged that the US diplomats have tried to influence in a similar way around the world.

At the same time, the US State Department was unable to establish an unambiguous reason that caused the “Havana syndrome.” Among other things, it was assumed that the diplomats may have been exposed to an unidentified sound effect.

In 2017, it was reported that, beginning in late 2016, American diplomatic officials and their relatives in Cuba began to complain of symptoms such as hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorder. 

The Associated Press received audio footage of the attack and described the harassing sounds as “the high-pitched sound of crickets combined with fingernails scratching on a board.” Then the American government suggested that Russia or China could be the culprit.

Many victims are still undergoing rehabilitation. Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania performed magnetic resonance imaging and revealed visible changes in the structure of the brain in the diplomatic missions.

Differences were found in 23 men and 17 women who complained of health problems while on diplomatic duties in Havana. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes the unusual symptoms.

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How Russia and the United States nearly started a nuclear war in 1995

The Norwegian meteorological rocket incident remains the only time in history that the Russian president has activated his nuclear briefcase.

On January 25, 1995, Doomsday could have come in the world: the Russian Federation was preparing to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. How did it come about that the states that left the confrontation of the Cold War in the past and had just normalized relations with each other found themselves on the verge of mutual destruction?

The beginning of the war?

The cause of the crisis was an ordinary Norwegian meteorological rocket. Its launch from the small island of Anneia at 7 am local time (10 am Moscow time) towards Spitsbergen caused a stir in Russia. 

Black Brant XII.

Black Brant XII. Legion Media / ZUMA Press

Equipped with scientific equipment to study the aurora borealis, the Black Brant XII was similar in size to the nuclear-powered American Trident D-5 ballistic missile, intended for launch from submarines. In addition, it flew along a trajectory along which, as the Russian Defense Ministry believed, American missiles would fly in the event of a nuclear war. 

In December 1994, Norway informed 28 states, including Russia, about the planned launch, but did not give a specific date, limiting itself to specifying the period: from January 15 to February 10 of the next year. Due to bureaucratic delays, this information did not reach the Russian Missile Warning System, which sounded the alarm.

Decisive minutes

An emergency meeting with the country’s top political and military leadership was convened in the Kremlin. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Kolesnikov and President of the Russian Federation (as Supreme Commander-in-Chief) Boris Yeltsin had three strategic missile forces control terminals activated – the so-called nuclear suitcases.

Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

The military believed the lone missile could have been fired to create an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out Russian radars and communications systems. Following it, a massive blow could be expected.

For several tense minutes, as leaders watched it flight, it was decided whether Russia would launch a nuclear strike against the United States. 

“Little is known today about what Yeltsin said at the time, given that it could have been some of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the nuclear era,” The Washington Post journalist, David Hoffman wrote three years after the incident : “They make it clear that the Cold War nuclear readiness system continues to operate, and how catastrophic its consequences could be, despite the fact that the feud between the great powers is already over.”   

The situation was discharged only when it became clear that the rocket had gone towards Spitsbergen (not far from which it fell into the ocean). The nuclear cases have been deactivated. Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right). Igor Mikhalev / Sputnik

The incident with bringing Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces to combat readiness, soon became the property of the world community. When, four years later, the Norwegians were about to repeat their launch of Black Brant XII and reported this to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US additionally warned all key Russian military departments about it through their channels. As a result, this time there were no unpleasant surprises. 

Source: rbth.com

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Germany conducted exercises in case of nuclear war

Bundeswehr / Birthe Brechters

The Bundeswehr with partners in the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO) trained in operations in a nuclear war.

The German army, together with Italian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, conducted exercises in the event of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons.

The location of the exercise “Steadfest Noon” was chosen airbase “Nörfenich”, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 31 “Boelcke” is located. Together with the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr, the air forces of other NATO countries, in particular, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, took part in the exercises.

According to a report by Bild, the exercise scenario involved training procedures for safely removing nuclear weapons from storage, delivering ammunition and installing them on aircraft. The training flights took place without nuclear weapons, and in parallel with the aviation exercises at the Büchel airbase, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 51 Immelman is located, the Resilient Guard air defense systems were trained to protect the airfield from air attacks.

The training sites for the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr were not chosen by chance, since the Nörfenich airbase is a reserve storage site for the B61, a hydrogen bomb that forms the basis of nuclear weapons of the US strategic nuclear forces. 

Some of this ammunition is stationed at NATO bases in Europe. The exact number of hydrogen bombs that are stored at European sites and which ones are not reported. In Europe, the B61 is carried by Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers (pictured) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

Recall that the B61 thermonuclear bomb is the main weapon of the US strategic nuclear forces, although it entered service in 1968. Since 2012, a new guided version of the B61-12 has been under development, which will replace all B61 and B83 bombs that have been in service since 1983. It can be used both on strategic bombers and tactical aircraft. About two billion dollars were spent on the development of the 12th modification of the aerial bomb.

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