Monsanto hired mercenaries to infiltrate anti-GMO groups

I read this story last May here and was reminded of it with all the latest news on the government collecting our personal information.  Who would have thought Monsanto, the company who brought us Agent Orange, aspartame, PCBs, DDT, and GMO seeds, would hire mercenaries and former CIA agents (through the firm Blackwater) to infiltrate anti-Monsanto organizations. They gathered information from 2008-2010 on people who rallied against GMO crops.  If I didn’t think this company was deadly before, they are deadly serious now.

I think this gains some importance when combined with the news that Obama has signed into law the “Monsanto Protection Act”.  According to Mike Adams, editor of Natural News, The Monsanto Protection Act, part of the HR 933 continuing resolution, allows Monsanto to override U.S. federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the country. Even if those experimental crops are found to be extremely dangerous or to cause a runaway crop plague, the U.S. government now has no judicial power to stop them from being planted and harvested.

As ibtimes.com reports, the bill “effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

More reason to grow your own, know your farmer, shop local.

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Banning Heirloom Seeds?

The European Commission is seeking to ban all heirloom seeds. They are considering legislation that will criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with the government. The proposed law “Plant Reproductive Material Law” would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce, or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy called the “EU Plant Variety Agency”.  Virtually all plants, vegetable seeds and gardeners will eventually be registered by the government and gardeners must also pay FEES to the EU for the registration of their seeds. You can read the proposed law here , but pay attention to the Articles  since they are what becomes law and not the misleading summary.

Why am I concerned about what the EU is doing with heirloom seeds? Because I think we will soon be jumping on this bandwagon. Certain large corporations who already own the majority of our seed companies will find this irresistible as it will drive the small heirloom seed companies out of business. I believe it will also trickle down to home gardeners and seed saving will become a criminal act (as it already is for Monsanto seeds).  You can read more about this proposed law and what it means for us  here.

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Health n Fitness bundle of the week

 

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Are you looking to lose weight, take control of your health or get stronger? If so, this week’s bundle is for you! With 5 unique guides to health and fitness, you’ll discover recipes, exercise tips and motivation to make real, lasting changes in your life.

Paleo & Primal Cookbooks

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This week’s bundle is the perfect companion for a paleo or primal lifestyle! Whether you’re just dipping your toes in or looking for more recipes to add to your rotation, this collection of ebooks is both inspiring and practical, with more than 200 recipes plus inspirational stories from people who have transformed their health through a paleo diet and tips for eating out without cheating.

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Summer Plans

School is out and summer starts now!  My children and I had the same school schedule so the last day of school was always a celebration. We had a tradition of going to a real ice cream parlor on the last day and talking about what new things we wanted to learn over the summer. Their ideas were endless and we had great fun planning and doing new things. This week’s bundle reminded me of the fun we had and the importance of traditions, or rituals, in family life.

 
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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and this week’s bundle is packed full of inspiration for delicious food, fun activities and more to help you make this the best summer yet! You’ll find tips for planning a summer of fun without losing your sanity, daily activities for kids of all ages, recipes to help you make the most of the food that’s in-season, tips and recipes for eating well on-the-go and dozens of delicious homemade ice cream recipes that you can make with or without an ice cream maker!

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Blogging Bundle

This blogging thing has been a self-taught venture and there were many times I wished I had resources all in one place. This week’s bundle does just that!

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Launch a new blog or take your blog to the next level with this week’s ebook collection. From balancing your blog and family and setting boundaries for your online presence to monetizing your blog, writing an ebook of your own and using Pinterest to grow your brand, this bundle is packed full of resources for bloggers. And it’s available for 70% off this week only!

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Not technology savvy?

 

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Learn how to use the technology in your life to your advantage with this week’s collection of ebooks. You’ll discover the secrets to beautiful iPhone photos, how to get organized usingfree apps and programs, the beauty of online friendships and more. But don’t wait because this bundle is on sale for 70% off this week only!

Once Upon the Internet by Marla Taviano
Once Upon the Internet is the funny and touching memoir of the Tavianos’ one-year quest to visit 52 zoos in 52 weeks — and the online friends who helped make it possible. Through the course of their journey, they stayed with 31 different families, 17 of whom they’d never met in person (and countless others met them at zoos along the way), and today some of their dearest friends are ones they first met on the internet.

iPhone Photography by Alli Worthington
Alli’s iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide is your go-to guide for the best iPhone photo editing apps. With plenty of full-color images, you’ll find step-by-step tutorials to capture and create stunning images yourself as well as ideas for using iPhone photos to stay organized, save money and just be happier.

Pin-terpretation by Holley Gerth & Stephanie Bryant
Your Pinterest account and the images you pin say more about you than you might think, and the ladies at Squee! wrote Pin-terpretation to help you step back and really see yourself. Their goal is to help you see your Pinterest boards with fresh eyes — to provide questions as well as insights into you, your personal brand & your blog. It’s kind of like a Cosmo quiz for your Pinterest boards.

Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler
Organize your life with a digital home management “binder” that you can take with you, doesn’t use up extra space, works on every platform and doesn’t cost anything. In Paperless Home Organization, Mystie shows you how to get organized using only free, web-based applications that sync with free apps on both Apple and Android devices.

Evernote for Moms by Lauren Rothlisberger
Lauren’s specialty is providing tech tips for “non-geeks”, and Evernote for Moms is the quick and easy guide to help you use Evernote to organize your ideas and information. It includes a quickstart guide, simple template files and step-by-step instractions for installing, launching and adding items to Evernote through your smartphone or computer.

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Humor

I love cats. I love chickens.  I know……my twisted sense of humor is showing!

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Declutter Tips & Simple Living Bundle

I am still in a declutter mode in an effort to simplify and enjoy what I have rather than it controlling me. I came across these questions to ask yourself when decluttering from Mandi at Life Your Way and thought they might be helpful.

     Is this something I use regularly? If not, is it something I love? Am I keeping it out of obligation? Do I think I should love it? Am I saving it just in case? (My favorite!) Could something else do the same job? Is it worth the time I spend cleaning it? Could I use this space for something else?

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Is simple living just a pipe dream in today’s fast-paced, always-on, more-is-better culture? With this week’s collection, you’ll discover the secrets to living simply from five authors who are living intentionally and inspiring others to do the same! But don’t wait because this bundle is on sale for 90% off this week only.

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“Adopted” is my favorite breed

Love this from the Animal Rescue Site!

Preschool Activities

Even though I don’t teach little ones anymore, I thought these resources were great.
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Introverts Are Misunderstood

I am an introvert. I have always known that about myself, but usually accompanied it with an apologetic air. How many times have I said …”I don’t mean to be anti-social, but ….”.    I have learned a few things about being an introvert that have ramifications for both educators and business leaders, given our current culture of rewarding outgoing personalities.

Introverts are misunderstood. Usually we are described as being shy and quiet and do better in small groups.  But that is not the important difference between introverts and extroverts. (And let me say right here that this is a continuum and not absolutes). The main difference is in where we draw our energy. Extroverts draw from outside of  themselves and usually feel refueled by interactions with others or larger social situations.  This would drain an introvert’s energy; we renew ourselves and our creative levels through low-key situations or time spent alone. It is necessary to us. Being an educator, I see the disservice we do to children by constantly having all students in groups at tables and the incessant group projects.

The Mashable article on Why Introverts Have All the Fun, shares a great, short video by Susan Cain, “The Power of Introverts“.   I urge you to watch her; you will gain insight into family members, students, co-workers and how to draw the best from them.

Working with kids all of my life, I have seen the bias against quiet, shy children. They need to know they are alright just the way they are and the adults need to understand they do best being able to solve problems and work without distractions. This beautiful picture book  by Debbie Fox explains and celebrates the nature of the quiet kid/adult in your life.

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I saw this cartoon on Mashable and loved how it expresses the introvert nature. The ‘after-party’ is so me.

2d001fa153a2f49994fa29e2cc35f5c2So celebrate being an introvert. Introverts unite!…….oh wait… that would be an oxymoron.

Going Gluten and Grain-free

There are many reasons why someone might want to change their eating habits to a gluten and grain-free diet. From losing weight to managing IBS, many find that this way of eating helps them maintain better. These are some great resources all in one place to help you on the journey down this path.  

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Going grain-free can be overwhelming for families dealing with gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease, and this week’s bundle includes more than 275 gluten-free and grain-free recipes plus a wealth of information and tips from the authors’ own experiences. This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 80%)!

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Friday Inspiration

I love this.  Someday I hope to create photos that will illustrate concepts like this.

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Get It Together

 I am in a major decluttering/reorganization project that involves my whole house. This bundle came at just the right time!

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Spring is just around the corner, and this spring cleaning bundle will walk you through decluttering, cleaning and organizing your home! This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 75%)!

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