Americans Have No Idea What They’re Eating


Of all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its rivals, earning the crown as “most evil corporation on Earth!” Not content to simply rest upon its throne of destruction, it remains focused on newer, more scientifically innovative ways to harm the planet and its people.

1901: The company is founded by John Francis Queeny, a member of the Knights of Malta, a thirty year pharmaceutical veteran married to Olga Mendez Monsanto, for which Monsanto Chemical Works is named. The company’s first product is chemical saccharin, sold to Coca-Cola as an artificial sweetener.

Even then, the government knew saccharin was poisonous and sued to stop its manufacture but lost in court, thus opening the Monsanto Pandora’s Box to begin poisoning the world through the soft drink…


Cynthia McKinney Telling It Like It Is!!!

And now an innocent man has been sentenced to death for a crime that he did not commit.

A Black Man Looks At Economics-The Dismal Science

An essay by James R. Granger, Jr.

I majored in economics as an undergraduate. Not that I was enamored of the subject, although I did like the statistics courses. I majored in economics primarily because of the flexibility that the major offered. One could continue to study economics and perhaps teach. One could pursue a business career. One could go to law school, and/or go into politics which directly affects economics. As a matter of fact, I was not aware of the field of economics when I entered college except for the perception that it was somehow related to money.

Subsequently, I learned that economics is a social science concerned with the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought. Economics is commonly divided into three realms, based on the scope of interest. There is microeconomics, which relates to the economics of the individual or firm. There is macroeconomics, which relates to the economics of the nation; and there is international economics which relates to how the world produces and allocates goods and services.

Politics directly affects the study as well as the application of economics. Certain concepts in economic study as taught in the West are necessarily political. For example, economics courses include the concept of utils. “Utils” is an abbreviation for units of utility, the (perceived) ability of something to satisfy needs or wants. The more utils means the greater the perceived utility of a good or service. The concept of utils is inherently political, because all of us have different needs and wants.

Another political term is “growth.” In economics courses, growth is generally viewed positively as the term relates to expansion of economic activity as measured by Gross Domestic Product, for example. But everyone does not view growth as positive. I certainly don’t. I note that boundless growth in nature is called “cancer.”

Economics is often referred to as “the dismal science.” The reason for the demeaning moniker is the limited predictive ability of economics. Economists are usually able to predict the direction of economic change, assuming that the economists are not influenced by the political agenda of whoever pays his or her salary. Economists have only a fair ability to predict the magnitude of economic change with a poor ability to predict the timing of economic change. Why such limited predictive ability?

One reason is the vast number of often nested variables that affect an economic calculation. A second reason is politics. Often these variables are politically determined (in accordance with the utils of the decision makers). Other variables simply cannot be accurately predicted on a consistent basis. Weather certainly affects economic activity, but cannot be accurately predicted for any significant length of time. A third reason is faulty economic concepts, concepts that do not reflect reality. For example, economists most often do their analyses assuming the concept of free markets, markets that are not regulated, subsidized, or politically impacted. Such free markets, if they exist, are extremely rare.   You doubt? Show me a free market.

Because of their limited predictive ability, economists often hedge their forecasts with wide ranges or alternative scenarios (“On the other hand…”). Such forecasts caused Harry Truman to wish for a “one-handed economist.”

Economics, flawed as it is, also impacts perceived history. Indeed, the miracle of free markets is often cited as the reason for the perceived economic wealth of the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Economists generally accept that wealth is produced by combining land, labor and capital, the so-called factors of production. “Land,” in this context, means natural resources.   “Labor” means human labor. And “capital” means financial or mechanical assets, such as machine tools, domestic animals, buildings etc.   It is interesting to note that only two of the economists’ factors of production, land and labor, are necessary for the production of wealth. While capital may contribute to the efficiency of wealth production, it is not necessary. How do we know this? On day one there was no capital, and yet wealth was produced. Capital really can be viewed as prior labor, although not necessarily your own prior labor. The opposite of prior labor is future labor, and is represented by debt. Looking at the historical reality, we see that the perceived wealth of the USA had nothing to do with “free markets.”

The land of the United States of America was simply taken from the indigenous people by force, force approaching complete genocide. What did free markets have to do with the American acquisition of land? Absolutely nothing! Land was acquired through murder and theft.


…It is oftentimes loosely said, that America has been settled by the European races, and different portions are distinguished, as settled by the English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.  The truth really is, that America including its islands has been settled chiefly from Africa, and by negroes; and it is only in our own immediate times, that its colonization by Europeans has been commenced on a scale of any magnitude.  Prior to the commencement of the current century, the number of negroes brought hither probably exceded [sic] the whole number of Europeans of all nationalities, who had emigrated hither, twenty-fold or even more; and down to within less than twenty years ago, the African slave trade still brought in more people than did voluntary white immigration…

In reference to the number of negroes taken in Africa for transportation to America, the Encyclopedia Americana (1851) says it has been “calculated to amount during the last three centuries to above forty millions, of whom fifteen or twenty per cent die on the passage…

- George M. Weston, The Progress of Slavery in the United States, 1857, p.154.

The labor was simply stolen, primarily from Africans. What did free markets have to do with the American acquisition of labor? Precious little!

With the necessary factors of production, land and labor, of the fledgling USA shown to have been stolen and unrelated to free markets, we hear from apologists that free markets evolved, and while they might have been flawed initially, free markets did, for example, produce the overwhelming production that won WWII. Talk about delusion!   Excuse me if I observe that there were material allocations and price controls during WWII. These policies, although consistent with authoritarian systems like fascism and communism, cannot be reconciled with ”free markets.”

Needless to say, my study of economics provided me with conflict, a conflict between what I perceived as reality and what my teachers were trying to inflict on me. What to do? By my third year in college, I was married with a child on the way. I knew that I had to graduate, and I needed to gain employment as a graduate. I could not do that while challenging my teachers. So I resolved to get my degree expeditiously by telling the teachers what they wanted to hear. My grades improved, I graduated and gained employment in the business world. But I never accepted the fundamentally flawed dismal science.

Given the extent of economic miseducation, not to mention historical miseducation and, indeed, general miseducation in the West, including aspects of the physical sciences, I know that the chances of society turning the ship short of the proverbial iceberg are very slim, and there will be interesting times. The law of truth or consequences has been violated. What is the law of truth or consequences? If you start with a false premise, you must necessarily end with a false policy. Like economists, I cannot tell you when, but I am certain of the direction.


Review quiz: Capital is ___________?  Debt is______________?

Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet?  And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that.  If we took everything that the global economy produced this year and everything that the global economy produced next year and used it to pay all of this debt, it still would not be enough.  According to a recent report put out by the McKinsey Global Institute entitled “Debt and (not much) deleveraging“, the total amount of debt on our planet has grown from 142 trillion dollars at the end of 2007 to 199 trillion dollars today.  This is the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world…

Endless Imperial Wars

Yet Another Institution Is Corrupted By Politics

In a historic vote delegates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) overwhelmingly voted down Resolution 15-6 which called for AIA to support a new investigation of the destruction of World Trade Center building 7 on September 11th 2001. The resolution, which was introduced by AIA member Dan Barnum FAIA, was voted down overwhelmingly by a vote of 3892 – 160 meaning 96% of the delegates voted to ignore the science, the facts, and the evidence which is today common knowledge about the destruction of WTC 7!…