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Cinema Thursday: The Miseducation of America with Charlotte Iserbyt

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (pronounced Izzer-bee), former Senior Policy Adviser in the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration, was interviewed in May of 2011 about the miseducation of America.  It’s not so much an interview as it is her telling the story of what has gone on in education.  Please listen with both ears and your mind, you’ll need them.  There is so much information in this video.  I really felt that my brain drowned in information (that’s a good thing).

Charlotte Iserbyt’s website is deliberatedumbingdown.com.

Charlotte Iserbyt: The Miseducation of America Part 1-Full

Read the Transcript: America’s Road to Ruin

Read more of Iserbyt & others’ work here.

Charlotte has also written the book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America which is online for free.   It is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform.  It contains a lot of research including government plans and policy documents from her time in the Department of Education.

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Avoiding GMOs in Your Garden

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Lately, it seems that we’re up to our eyeballs in GMOs.  Corn, soy, zucchini, you name it they’ve tampered with it.  That’s why gardening is important.  When you grow something yourself you know what went into its development.

But you didn’t think that Monsanto and their cronies would watch their customers drift off into organic-ville quietly did you?  Of course not.   They want to capture whatever revenue streams are available.  And since gardening is in vogue again (and they’re already in the agriculture business) of course they’ll try to get their slice of that pie.

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The two major ways Monsanto is interfering is by buying up smaller seed companies and also the names of heirloom seeds.  That way you either buy from them without realizing it or the seed company has to pay Monsanto for using “their” seed name.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, has written an excellent article about this HERE.  Thanks for alerting us, Sarah.

Here is a list of seed companies Monsanto has bought or does business with.

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Top 10 GMO Crops

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GMOs are everywhere.

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3 Articles You Should Read

I’ve been meaning to do a post about each one of these articles but decided just to give a link and my take on it.

Taiwan destroys US meat laden with growth-boosting drug

Here’s an idea: instead of Taiwan legalizing ractopamine so the USA will play nice, how about we ban ractopamine too?  Otherwise it just sounds like a kid being pressured to do drugs so that their peers will accept them.

Photo credit: Jiri Hodan

5 great reasons to kick your soda habit

With friends like these, who needs enemies?  Not only will soda inflate your dental bills, it can also give you cancer, fry your brain, and pollute your water!

Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says

Industrial agriculture is showing its Mr. Hyde side.  Nitrates from fertilizers and animal manure are polluting California’s Central Valley water supply and causing massive damage to the residents’ health.  Hopefully farmers will realize how dangerous this is and pursue nontoxic methods.

Articles are from MSNBC

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Cinema Thursday #9: Ammonia Ridden Pink Sludge

If you’ve gone to a news site lately I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “pink slime.” And it’s no wonder!  70% of ground beef in the U.S. contains this pureed, disinfected goop!  Maybe it really is “safe” at least in the sense that it’s been cleaned, but that begs the question: Why does our beef need to be sterilized?!

To the lady in the video below who stated that use of pink slime does not need to be disclosed because “It’s beef.”  The beef has been soaked in ammonia!  Ammonia is the additive!

On the bright side, McDonalds has decided not to use soylent pink anymore.  Because obviously no one would order a supersize McSlime with a large ammonia to go, please.

Read more:

School Children Served Pink Slime for Lunch

McDonald’s Announces End to ‘Pink Slime’ in Burgers

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Step Aside Mom–School Can Feed Your Kid Better than You

In North Carolina, a 4-year-old student’s lunch was inspected and deemed unfit.  So, the cafeteria gave her lunch and sent her home with a lunch bill for $1.25.

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Because, obviously, cafeteria chicken nuggets are more nutritionally suitable than a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, some potato chips, and apple juice.

After the incident, a school manager said: “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”  Duh.  Grain+meat+dairy+fruit sounds pretty USDA satisfactory to me.

Really, the major problem isn’t with the lunch, it’s with the authority structure.  It all boils down to what does the government have authority over?

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earnedThis is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Government’s job is to keep us safe and free, not to inspect our lunches and tell us what to eat.  And it’s our job to hold them to that.

Read more here:

Backyard Farming – School Lunch Shenanigans

The Blaze – N.C. Food ‘Inspector’ Sends Girl‘s Lunch Home After Determining It’s Not Healthy Enough

Carolina Journal Online – Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

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I’m Such A Bad Blogger

Oy vey, I do not post regularly.  My apologies for no Cinema Thursday last week; I hadn’t seen any good videos to share.  Suggestions for future Cinema Thursdays are very welcome.

I’ve been getting a lot of experience lately with icy waterers.  The temperatures have been such that the chickens’ water has frozen every night, and I have no expectations of this letting up until at least April, maybe May.  I haven’t taken any pictures of the chickens lately, but I will try to remedy that soon.

Also, I may not post much until after the Holidays, so, more apologies in advance.

Happy Holidays!

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