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Roundup ingredient found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other cereals
By Editor August 16, 2018
Days after a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper more than $289 million in damages after he claimed Monsanto’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup gave him cancer, the controversial ingredient – glyphosate — has been detected in popular kids’ breakfast cereals, including Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, according to an activist group.
Lab tests conducted by the left-leaning Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that specializes in toxic chemicals and corporate accountability, indicated almost three-fourths of the 45 food products tested detected high levels of glyphosate, which has been identified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization in 2015.
But makers of the foods EWG tested said they and their suppliers operate within U.S. government safety guidelines and dismissed the group’s findings as irrelevant.
However, many EWG scientists consider levels higher than 160 parts per billion of glyphosate above the safety threshold for children.
What’s more, about one-third of the 16 samples made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate, but at levels below EWG’s benchmark.
Popular children items, including General Mills’ Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charm’s, Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran and Quaker’s Old Fashioned Oats, all had levels exceeding EWG’s safety guidelines.
But while those products exceeded the EWG’s threshold, they still fall within the EPA’s regulations, many food brands said.
In a statement to FOX Business regarding the report, a General Mills’ spokesperson says, “Our products are safe and without questions they meet regulatory safety levels.”
“The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats. We continue to work closely with farmers, our suppliers and conservation organizations to minimize the use of pesticides on the crops and ingredients we use in our foods,” General Mills added.
Quaker also released a statement following the report, saying it does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process,” and “glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest.” Kellogg’s issued a similar statement, saying its food is safe and they follow the EPA’s strict standards for safely levels of these agricultural residues “and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits.”
The report come days after a jury at the Superior Court of California awarded $289 million in damages to Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a San Francisco school groundskeeper that claimed Roundup caused him to developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using the spray for more than two years.
Jurors concluded that Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products did present a “substantial danger” to Johnson and that the company, which is now owned by Bayer, knew or should have known about the potential risks of the products posed.
Johnson’s case is the first of a long list of about 4,000 people looking to sue the weed-and-seed maker for similar allegations.
Monsanto, however, says it plans to appeal the court’s decision and the verdict “does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews – and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world – support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.”
In response to EWG’s report, a Monsanto spokesperson said, “Even at the highest level reported by the EWG (1,300 ppb), an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life to reach the EPA’s limit.”
“Of course, nobody eats close to that much food! Using oatmeal as an example, 118 pounds would equal 228 servings or 3,658 percent of the daily recommended intake of fiber. These numbers translate to 9 ½ servings every hour without sleep for a person’s entire life,” Monsanto said.
Yet, Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., and senior science adviser for the EWG, says the bottom line is that glyphosate does not belong in children’s food and that recent biomonitoring studies show detectable levels of the ingredient in people’s urine, which likely comes from dietary exposure.
“And tests show that glyphosate levels in American’s bodies have been rising over time,” she says.
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Venezuelans suffering through the worst crisis in the nation’s history have responded with outrage to actor Jim Carrey’s call to the world to “say yes to socialism.” In a column published Wednesday, columnist Laureano Márquez argued that Carrey misunderstands the “repression” conducted in the name of socialism in places like the Latin American country.
Márquez, writing for the Venezuelan outlet Runrunes, gives Carrey the benefit of the doubt as an actor with no known education in political science. “Sometimes it seems that Hollywood stars’ inability to understand politics is directly proportional to their on-screen talent,” he writes. “Reagan was always a very untalented actor, thank God.”
Márquez argues that Carrey is using a definition of socialism that is naive and out of touch with the realities experienced in places like Venezuela, suggesting he believes socialism “is a word that sounds pretty … the antithesis of selfishness, synonym of concern for others, equal distribution of riches, support for the weakest and their needs, health and education for everyone, etc.”
He goes on to note that dictators like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro use the word “socialism” to “hide deep threats … against what is considered socialism, hiding a purely intolerant and hardcore authoritiarianism, if not an outright dictatorship.” He cites the fact that Maduro’s family and cronies control the limited wealth left in the country, leaving most of the rest of the citizenry eating out of the garbage.
“In Venezuela, we have grown to hate the word socialism, it represents oppression against the people, the destruction of a flourishing nation, and the desperation of its citizens,” Márquez concludes.
Venezuela has few remaining media outlets that still publish anti-socialist viewpoints, Runrunes being one and El Nacional, one of the nation’s oldest newspaper, remaining as the only major publication in the country still printing within its borders against the regime. Many other Venezuelan opposition sites operate in the diaspora, and Venezuelan citizens outside of the country take advantage of their freedom to express themselves on social media. One of these outlets, the anti-socialist Maduradas, published a compilation of reactions to Carrey’s remarks from Venezuelans on Twitter, including some who had fun superimposing Carrey’s face on an image of Argentine mass murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
“I grew up in Canada, OK, we have socialized medicine. And I’m here to tell you that this bullshit line that you get on all of the political shows from people is that it’s a failure — the system is a failure in Canada. It is not a failure,” Carrey insisted, “and I never waited for anything in my life. I chose my own doctors. My mother never paid for a prescription — it was fantastic.”
Carrey went on to advise Americans on the left to “say yes to socialism – to the word and everything. We have to stop apologizing.” Carrey also claimed that Canadians are “nice” because they live under socialism.
Carrey did not mention Venezuela, but many on the right – and Venezuelans of all stripes – reacted to his words. Venezuela has been a socialist state since the rise of late dictator Hugo Chávez, who nationalized most of the country’s major industries, including the lucrative oil industry. Under Chávez and, later, Maduro, oil production and refining decreased significantly, as did profits from the little oil produced as the government used it to pay off rogue states like Cuba for support on international stages.
The current state of the Venezuelan economy is a dire one, worsened by the introduction of a new currency called the “sovereign bolívar” last month. Maduro pegged the value of the “sovereign bolívar” to the “petro,” another currency he made up, leaving Venezuelans with no real understanding of the value of their money. Stores could not open following the introduction of the new currency because owners did not know what to charge for products and citizens flooded their local banks asking in vain for an explanation what the new currency was worth.
In addition to the dire economic situation, Venezuela ran out of most of the medical supplies the World Health Organization (WHO) considers necessary to run a functional health care system in 2016, forcing thousands to flee the country seeking medical care abroad. Maduro’s government insists that the United States fabricated the humanitarian crisis in the country and has refused any international aid except that from China, a country currently embroiled in a scandal over the deliberate manufacturing of faulty vaccines.
Maduro left Venezuela for Beijing on Wednesday, hoping to convince Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to invest more in the fellow leftist country. China long ago cut off credit to Venezuela, fearing Maduro’s mismanagement, and advised independent investors to stay out of that economy.
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‘The Threat Becomes a Reality’: Deadly Florence Downgraded to Tropical Storm
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., has downgraded Hurricane Florence to a tropical storm, but that will be of little relief as the 400-mile wide storm continues to pummel North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia with rain and wind.
The full force of Hurricane Florence began colliding with the coast Friday, slamming into Wilmington, North Carolina with whipping winds around 90 mph and gusts of 105 miles per hour.
Overnight, Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph, but it’s still shaping up to be an epic storm.
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The massive hurricane is moving slowly, unleashing extra havoc as it hovers over the region, including deadly storm surge and flooding rains. It’s moving so slowly and dumping so much rain that some have called it a “siege” of the region.
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The Associated Press reports a mother and an infant have become the first fatalities of Hurricane Florence after a tree fell on their home in Wilmington. Two other people have also been reported being killed due to the storm, including one person who was plugging in a generator, according to the North Carolina Governor’s Office.
CBN News’ Erik Rosales has this update from Wilmington, North Carolina.
The National Weather Service says 14 to 15 inches of rain has already fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina and it’s only going to get worse.
Weather Prediction Center senior forecaster David Roth told The Associated Press catastrophic flash flooding is expected to continue to worsen Friday.
He said that the heavy rainfall for southeast North Carolina is only one-third to one-quarter the way over. “Plenty of heavy rain remains in the future for this region,” Roth wrote in the weather center’s rain forecast discussion.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned, “Don’t relax, don’t get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality.”
Florence has already been ripping apart buildings and has knocked out power to a half-million homes and businesses, and more than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel.
Hundreds more had to be rescued in other areas from rising waters, including in New Bern, North Carolina, where 150 people called to be rescued from rising flood waters, but it’s unclear if rescuers were able to reach them all under the intense conditions.
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“Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience,” Gov. Cooper said.
In South Carolina, another state in the hurricane’s crosshairs, emergency officials turned to the Bible, publicly praying and citing Proverbs 6:6-8 which talks about being prepared.
“Help us to use this event as a rallying point for unity, help us to honor and praise you even in the midst of the storm,” a military prayed.
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Florence is expected to dump some 20 inches of rain on Myrtle Beach, SC, and is churning storm surges of 10 feet. Farther inland, rivers are already overflowing their banks. In mountainous regions, officials warn of mudslides.
Here’s a rainfall prediction from the National Hurricane Center:
Power outages are already widespread and 40,000 power workers from 17 states are mobilized to respond.
Tens of thousands of people across the Carolinas and Virginia are weathering the storm in shelters.
“Once these winds start blowing at that tropical storm rate it would be virtually impossible for the rescuers to get in to rescue you,” Gov. Henry McMaster warned.
Flights are grounded at several airports in the Southeast as Hurricane Florence barges through the region.
The Associated Press reports that by midday Friday, airlines had canceled more than 2,100 U.S. flights from the storm’s approach on Wednesday through Sunday.
The region’s two largest airports, in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, had more than 200 cancellations on Friday. That’s about half the flights in Raleigh and one in eight at Charlotte.
President Trump says he’s confident the federal government is ready to respond. Many in the storm’s path are holding on to the promise that they’re not alone.
“Help us to remember that the same God that created the heavens and the earth is the same God that is with us and will see us through the storm. We ask all these things in your gracious name Lord,” a military chaplain prayed as Gov. McMaster and others bowed their heads.
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65 Women Come to Kavanaugh’s Defense After Feinstein Reveals ‘Secret Letter’ Alleging Sexual Misconduct
WASHINGTON – Sixty-five women who say they have known Judge Brett Kavanaugh since high school are coming to the Supreme Court nominee’s defense after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled at the judge this week.
On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced she’d forwarded a letter from an anonymous constituent to the FBI reportedly alleging a decades-old incident involving Kavanaugh and a girl from high school.
Judge Kavanaugh, meanwhile, is emphatically denying the allegations.
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“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” he said in a statement Friday.
And in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh’s 65 former classmates are throwing their support behind the 53-year-old nominee, insisting the charges are false.
“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect,” read the letter. “We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the committee at this time.”
“Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the missive continued. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”
“The signers of this letter hold a broad range of political views,” the letter read. “Many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person. And he has always been a good person.”
Shortly after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced the committee will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination next Thursday, Feinstein called for a delay, citing new information on the nominee.
Feinstein told Republicans she sent a letter to the FBI to review but did not show it to any Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans. According to Fox News, Feinstein received the letter in July from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) but did not reveal it publicly until Thursday.
“That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision,” Feinstein said. “I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
The White House quickly expressed extreme skepticism over the timing of the new information.
“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators—including with Senator Feinstein—sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
Kupec suggested the letter is just the latest attempt by Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Senator (Chuck) Schumer promised to ‘oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,’ and it appears he is delivering with this 11th-hour attempt to delay his confirmation,” Kupec said.
On Thursday afternoon, the FBI announced they do not plan on launching a criminal investigation into the matter.
“Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process,” the FBI said in a statement.
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers plan to continue the confirmation process according to schedule.
“Senator (Chuck) Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral. At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality,” George Hartmann, Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman, said in a statement.
“There’s no plan to change the committee’s consideration of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination,” he said.
The Judicial Crisis Network’s chief counsel and policy director, Carrie Severino, also said Feinstein’s announcement is suspect.
“This has all the indicators of an 11th-hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues and co-workers,” Severino said.
Republicans are hoping to have the 53-year-old judge confirmed to the high court by Oct. 1, when the 2018-19 term begins.
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EPA Whistleblower Exposes the Ongoing Geoengineering Omnicide (AUDIO)
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Op-Ed by Peter A. Kirby
We have passed another major turning point in our noble anti-geoengineering movement. Chalk up another huge ‘W’ for Dane Wigington at GeoengineeringWatch.org. The man is on a tear.
On the 16th of last month, Dane published an interview with a retired U.S. Air Force Major General named Richard H. Roellig. Major General Roellig expressed that he is aware of and concerned about the current, ongoing large-scale uncontrolled climate geoengineering experiments.
Outdoing even this, on the 21st of last month, Dane posted an interview with a former employee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Michael Davis. Mr. Davis is an expert who has firsthand knowledge of the hard scientific evidence proving that we are being sprayed with massively destructive substances that work synergistically with the so-called ‘fluoride’ in our drinking water to make us die and ruin our planet.
Davis expounds upon the abject cowardice and selfishness of the legions of chair-warmers at the EPA who are willing to watch the world burn so that they may receive a big paycheck. People like that are anathema to a healthy and prosperous society. Television controls their minds. The corporate superstate is their mother and father. Complimenting Davis’ revelations, Wigington breaks protocol and names names of people in important positions of power who are fully aware of the geoengineering situation, but do nothing about it. Listen to the tension in their voices and how carefully they choose their words. They are both fully aware of just how crucial this information is.
I don’t want to hear any more complaints about cuts to the EPA’s budget. The EPA does not protect us. They protect the corporate establishment and make sure that the citizen is effectively murdered. The entire agency should be abolished.
I’m so glad I never ever said a bad word about Dane Wigington. I’ve heard lots of them spoken about him to me by fellow anti-geoengineering activists; people I trust and respect. There may still be some validity to what they say, but the proof is in the pudding. My response to criticism of the man has always been to say that the bottom line is that he is doing good work by raising awareness. Before I cancelled my account, I criticized Alex Jones on Twitter for only ever having Dane as a guest to the exclusion of all other anti-geoengineering activists, but that was a criticism of Jones only, not Wigington. And everybody knows Alex Jones is an asshole anyway, so who cares?
I’m kind of jealous to tell you the truth. Don’t worry, though, my upcoming essay “Chemtrails Exposed: The Deep State and the New Manhattan Project” is on track and poised to be the definitive work exposing exactly WHO is currently responsible for this wholesale, industrial strength wrecking of our environment. Brennan’s disclosure at Pratt House was particularly telling. God willing, the article will be made available before the end of the year.
Peter A. Kirby is a San Rafael, CA researcher, writer, and activist. His comprehensive exposé “Chemtrails Exposed: A New Manhattan Project” is available from Amazon.com here.
Also, one may subscribe to his email list at his website peterakirby.com.