Seneff: “Depressing new developments on the DeWayne Johnson trial.”
Judge in Roundup trial may overturn nearly all of Bay Area man’s $289 million jury awardhttps://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/arti...of-13297825.php
Let $289 million jury award stand in Monsanto case By Neil Young and Daryl Hannah
We were among the millions of citizens who felt a surge of optimism that justice might actually prevail on Aug. 10 when a San Francisco Superior Court jury awarded a historic $289 million verdict against the agrochemical conglomerate Monsanto.
On Wednesday, we learned that a California judge is considering taking away that jury award for punitive damages.
When we learned that Dewayne “Lee” Johnson had taken Monsanto to court saying he got his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from on-the-job exposure to Monsanto’s ubiquitous weed killer, Roundup, we were so captured by Johnson’s battle that we traveled to San Francisco to watch the trial. Would democracy finally prevail? Or would Monsanto again find a way to subvert the justice system?
Johnson’s was the first of some 4,000 similar claims headed for courts across America.
Initially, we were discouraged because the judge appeared to be bending over backward to help Monsanto. California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos carefully screened the jury pool to exclude all individuals who had been exposed to negative articles about Monsanto, or who had shown the least disapproval of the company. She unseated 35 jurors in all, including many who said that they could be fair and impartial. The 12 who issued the verdict were those who showed no predisposition against Monsanto.
During trial, Judge Bolanos consistently sided with Monsanto on the company’s evidentiary objections. At Monsanto’s request, Judge Bolanos deemed any mention of Monsanto’s genetically modified crops off-limits during the trial. Judge Bolanos forbade Johnson’s lawyer from showing the jury Monsanto’s internal studies showing that Roundup caused kidney tumors in mice; that the chemical easily penetrates the body through the skin; and that Monsanto had a flimflam system in place for killing unfavorable scientific studies by independent and government scientists. Judge Bolanos even gave a “curative instruction” telling the jury that Monsanto had never manufactured Agent Orange. That statement was simply not true — however the judge deemed the instruction necessary to neutralize potential bias from statements made about Agent Orange by dismissed jurors in front of their fellow jurymen.
Despite those restrictions, Johnson’s jury heard evidence that, for four decades, Monsanto maneuvered to conceal Roundup’s carcinogenicity by capturing regulatory agencies, corrupting public officials, bribing scientists, ghostwriting science and engaging in scientific fraud. The jury found that these activities constituted “malice, fraud and oppression” warranting $250 million in punitive damages.
We were among the many who applauded the verdict as a triumph for democracy.
However, California judges have the power to reduce, or even eliminate, a jury award under a rule intended to restrain runaway juries who arrive at verdicts driven by passion or prejudice.
Judge Bolanos purposefully selected the Monsanto jurors because of their lack of prejudice. At the trial, we saw a jury that seemed curious, intensely attentive and calmly deliberative. The jury was highly educated and took copious notes. Michael Baum, an attorney for the plaintiff, “I’ve never seen a jury so diligent.” The jurors would be shocked to know that the product of their weeks of careful consideration, and three days of deliberation, could be thrown out at the whim of a judge who disagrees with the verdict.
These hard-working Americans, gave up their jobs, businesses and families for two months to perform their civic duty as jurors. If a judge intervenes to alter their verdict, then what, after all, is the point of having jurors?
The task of disrupting a 50,000-year-old agricultural industry — transferring it from labor intensive and organic to chemical intensive — has required Monsanto to subvert democracy, and the company has a reputation for somehow manipulating public officials, regulators and courts — and an uncanny record of winning lawsuits.
All of us should be concerned. At this time in history when our democratic institutions are under assault by corporate power, such an action will send a signal to Americans that their service on a jury is meaningless and that corporations like Monsanto are above the law.https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/open...m_medium=social
Moms Across America Petition Update
2 NEW RETAILERS DUMP ROUNDUP SALES in VASHON WA. - MAURY ISLAND!
Yelken said to stop stocking Roundup, he needed to find an alternative that worked. Many organic products he had tried would weaken weeds, he said, but not kill them. Emerson recommended agricultural vinegar, which the store now has a large amount of on the shelves. He tried it out.
“Sure enough, in a day it had killed the weeds,” he said. “I now have it, an organic alternative that is effective.”https://www.change.org/p/home-depot-lowe...mpaign=facebook
Seneff: “Cornell "Alliance for Science" is actually an "Alliance for Monsanto" heavily funded by the Gates Foundation.”
Cornell Alliance for Science is a PR Campaign for the Agrichemical Industry
Despite its academic-sounding name and affiliation with an Ivy League Institution, the Cornell Alliance for Science is a public relations campaign to promote genetically engineered foods and pesticides. With $12 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science claims to be working to “restore the importance of scientific evidence in decision-making,” however, the examples in this fact sheet show that the group:
Misleads the public with inaccurate information about science;
Elevates unreliable messengers who make false and unscientific claims; and,
Partners with front groups that have worked with the tobacco industry or chemical industries to manufacture doubt about science that raises health concerns.
The evidence suggests the Cornell Alliance for Science is using Cornell’s name, reputation and authority to promote the talking points and political agenda of the world’s largest agrichemical corporations.
The Gates Foundation helped launch the Cornell Alliance for Science in 2014 as an effort to “depolarize the charged debate” around genetically modified foods (GMOs). The Gates Foundation Deputy Director Rob Horsch, who worked for Monsanto Company for 25 years, leads the foundation’s agricultural research and development strategies, which have drawn criticism for relentlessly promoting GMOs and agrichemicals in Africa over the opposition of Africa-based groups and social movements, and despite many concerns and doubts about genetically engineered crops across Africa.1https://usrtk.org/our-investigations/cor...mical-industry/
THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS by glyphosategirl
Now on to positive news! There has been some outstanding progress in raising awareness of the dangers of glyphosate in the last two weeks; evidence that the public and scientists are slowly catching on to the problems with my namesake chemical and the need for activism to correct the misrepresentation of safe food levels.
I’ve been legit stressing about the future diversity of our collective microbiomes, which are murdered daily by glyphosate, antibiotics, and other toxins. I’m a miserable cocktail-party conversationalist these days. Check out this proposal for protecting against total extinction of some of our beneficial bacteria by creating something of a savings bank of gut bacteria to access and grow back in the future.
Many food brands petitioned the EPA this week to ban pre-harvest glyphosate spraying! Now we’re talking some big, glorious change. GG opinion is that this pre-harvest spraying was likely the culprit behind the exploding gluten intolerance epidemic. Interestingly, the Environmental Working Group reports that the FDA has glaringly not been testing the glyphosate levels of wheat and oats, which are subjected to pre-harvest spraying and likely have high levels of glyphosate residue.
Celebrate! Bloomberg journalists reported: “Bayer AG’s defense of Roundup weed killer may take a hit after an academic journal said Monsanto Co. didn’t fully disclose its involvement in published research finding the herbicide safe. A correction issued by Critical Reviews in Toxicology, a journal that analyzes health risks of chemicals, may bolster arguments that Monsanto, acquired by Bayer this year, ghost-wrote safety reviews as lawyers try to convince juries that Roundup causes cancer.” It’s not as extensive a correction as most would like, but it is a solid step towards acknowledging Monsanto’s pervasive corruption of academic journals…https://glyphosategirl.com/?p=701
Is Pubmed Burning Books?
Pubmed is a public resource, paid for by American taxpayers. Extreme diligence is necessary to insure that Pubmed is not a tool that becomes abused by monied interests.
Please share with academics, legislators, and medical professionals everywhere.https://jameslyonsweiler.com/2018/10/06/is-pubmed-burning-books/
Glyphosate found in pet food
"The authors of this study, as quoted in this article, are ignoring established scientific principles and evidence in arriving at their conclusion that the levels of glyphosate residues found in the pet foods are 'within a range that would be deemed safe for humans'...”https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18487
"Glyphosate: Getting to the Roots" 9/28/2018
Denise and Laira have an in depth discussion with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT- an expert in the poison glyphosate, that is EVERYWHERE.
We will also discuss:
🔸What/Where Is It?
🔸Glyphosate & Vaccine Injury
🔸Glyphosate in “Organics” & Supplements
🔸Specific Detoxification Approaches
🔸Thinking Outside the Box
*Note: Please excuse the technical issues at the very end, as it was our very first conferenced *LIVE*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnn5qQNM_fI&feature=youtu.be
Miami Beach Passes Ban on Herbicides with Glyphosate
Today, the Miami Beach City Commission passed a resolution directing the city manager to ban the use of herbicides containing glyphosate by all city employees and contractors in the performance of landscaping and maintenance work on all city-owned properties.https://communitynewspapers.com/miami-beach/miami-beach-passes-ban-on-herbicides-with-glyphosate/
Two island stores discontinue Roundup saleshttp://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/news/two-island-stores-discontinue-roundup-sales/
What is GMO?
Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Liveshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sUNxX0OxP8&t=1s
Glyphosate in MMR: Does This Explain the Autism Link? (Part 1)
“The movie Vaxxed has done a great service to inform the public of a potential link between the MMR vaccine and autism. I have been aware of this link for many years, after having studied the FDA's VAERS database of vaccine events, with a specific focus on potential autism links. MMR is much more frequently associated with mentions of autism than the other vaccines administered at the same age (P=0.007). Furthermore, MMR in the second half of the database (from 2003 to 2016) is associated with many more severe adverse events, including autism, than was the MMR vaccine during the early half, despite the fact that, to my knowledge, the formulation has not changed. MMR contains neither mercury nor aluminum, two ingredients in other vaccines that are highly neurotoxic. However, MMR has significantly more gelatin than the other vaccines, and that is its Achilles' heel. In this talk, I will explain how glyphosate contamination in the vaccine, most likely from the gelatin, is leading to an autoimmune attack on the myelin sheath, which disrupts long-distance transport among nerve fibers, contributing to autism.”https://www.facebook.com/100010770822632...g1MTE5NDQ1OTA1/
Free to watch for a limited time...
Genetically Modified Children (FREE VIEWING - LIMITED TIME) by Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D.
Several years ago, I discovered that a genetically-engineered glyphosate-resistant tobacco seed had been developed and patented ; however, it is very difficult to find out what percentage of the tobacco crops are actually grown from these engineered seeds. One anecdotal answer to this question comes from the recently released documentary, Genetically Modified Children, produced and directed by Juliette Igier and Stephanie Lebrun. This movie describes the severe health issues that afflict the children of agricultural workers who live surrounded by glyphosate-resistant tobacco crops produced for sale exclusively to the tobacco company, Philip Morris. The farmers who were interviewed readily admitted that Philip Morris would most likely reject their product if they did not use glyphosate to control weeds and Bayer’s insecticide Confidor to control insects.
The documentary reveals the severe physical deformities, mental disabilities and cancers the children of these tobacco farmers are experiencing, and it offers the rather audacious hypothesis that glyphosate is inducing genetic mutations in the children of these farmers. Could they be right?
In the remainder of this article, I will first describe some of the serious health issues of the children who live near the tobacco fields, as portrayed in the documentary. After a short section about correlations between glyphosate and various diseases, I will discuss, in the following three sections, both the evidence that glyphosate causes birth defects, infertility, developmental issues, DNA damage and cancer, and the plausible biological mechanisms that could explain a link. The next section is devoted to describing the evidence that glyphosate can get into proteins by mistake in place of the coding amino acid glycine, which I now believe is its main mechanism of insidious cumulative toxicity. The rest of the article focuses on two proteins in particular that could get disrupted through glyphosate substitution, and I will explain how this disruption can lead to a runaway phosphorylation cascade resulting in cancer. I will conclude with an urgent request that we change our agricultural methods towards renewable organic solutions, in order to protect future generations from harm.http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/genetically-modified-children-free-viewing-limited-time
Tell Your Senators: Don’t Put a Scientist-for-Hire in Charge of Food Safety!
According to documents obtained by the Texas Observer and submitted by Brashears to her employer, Texas Tech University, Brashears has several financial relationships with corporations that meet the standard of “Significant Business or Financial Interests.”
These ties would create conflicts-of-interest for her as head of FSIS, or as an academic:https://advocacy.organicconsumers.org/page/7235/action/1
Tell Congress: Stop Monsanto’s Toxic Tricks!
Would you like your local government to ban Monsanto’s carcinogenic Roundup herbicide?
Your local government has had that power since 1991, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal law regulating the manufacture, sale and use of pesticides permitted local governments to impose more stringent regulations of their own.
Ever since, Monsanto has been pressuring Congress to strip local governments of that right.
In 2017, Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, spent $14,910,000 lobbying Congress. In the last Congressional cycle (2016), Monsanto’s political action committee gave $926,466 to congressional campaigns.
In exchange, the House of Representatives’ version of the Farm Bill, written by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (who has taken $10,000 from Monsanto this year) includes language that would prohibit local governments from restricting pesticide use on private property.
If the Farm Bill conference committee decides to include this provision in the final version of the Farm Bill, local pesticide bans in two states, Maine and Maryland, would be overturned and could never be attempted again anywhere in the country.https://us.e-activist.com/page/6427/action/1
Glyphosate and dicamba herbicides increase antibiotic resistance in bacteria
The new paper, “Agrichemicals and antibiotics in combination increase antibiotic resistance evolution” is published online in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ on October 12 and can be downloaded without charge from here: https://peerj.com/articles/5801/https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18508
Action Alert: Close the FDA Back-Channel
FDA Turned Your $10 Supplement into a $40,000 Drug
This means that, at any time, GW Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the CBD drug, can ask the FDA to remove cheap CBD oil supplements from the market, and the only option consumers will have is their new drug that costs $32,500 a year. This hasn't happened yet, but GW could simply be waiting for the market for CBD oil to grow--which it is. When it reaches a tipping point, then GW can ask the FDA to remove all the CBD supplements, and wait for the cash to roll in from consumers who don't have any other choice.
The same goes for L-glutamine, a supplement that can be bought for $10 a bottle; the drug, Endari, will reportedly cost $40,000 a year.
We need legislation that protects CBD oil, L-glutamine, and other natural substances from being turned into drugs by eliminating the market exclusivity that drug companies get when a new drug investigation is on a dietary ingredient currently being sold in the market as a dietary supplement. These rules should apply retroactively to protect CBD oil and other substances like pyridoxamine that have already (or are likely to be) removed before this legislation becomes law.
Until we close this loophole, we will see drug companies continue to turn our natural dietary supplements into drugs. News headlines are filled with Phase II or Phase III drug trials failing; Big Pharma is in search of a sure thing, and what could be better than supplements that have demonstrated health benefits? The FDA will not protect us--they're in on it! More drugs mean more user fees--more money--for the agency, so don't expect the FDA to defend our access to supplements.http://www.anh-usa.org/action-alert-close-the-fda-back-channel/
Study Shows 'FDA-Approved' Sports Drinks Are Really Not Good for Youhttps://www.dmarge.com/2018/10/toxic-sports-drinks.html
Seneff: “More evidence that the US is in a state of decline.”
USA ranked 27th in the world in education and healthcare—down from 6th in 1990
The United States fell 21 spots over the years from 6th to 27th.https://bigthink.com/politics-current-af...=3#rebelltitem3
Is Wi-Fi in Schools Harming Our Children? The Testimony of Rodney Palmer
So, we were right! Our kids were sick at school and nowhere else. There was no mold problem, no recent renovation, chemical building materials. Only a newly installed massive WIFI system. They measured and found that radiation created by the WIFI exceeded Safety Code 6 thermal threshold by 34%. And that explained how my son came home from school with hot ears every day. He was being cooked by microwaves.
School WIFI operates at 2.4 GHz, the same frequency as a microwave oven.
So, did they shut it down?
Evacuate the school?
Did they alert the teachers? Parents? Students?