All of them are either too incompetent or too corrupt (or both) to be worthy of a place in Congress and should be voted out. After all, these traitors take an oath and swear to represent flesh and blood constituents, not mindless corporate persons. And yet, here we are.
Jeff Kirkpatrick – Ban GMOs Now
This bill discriminates against the poor and minorities. Stabenow falsely cited Nielsen saying 85% of Americans have smartphones; the poll doesn’t say that about all Americans; it’s one isolated group among several – in fact 54% of senior citizens don’t have them according to the same poll – which is contradicted by a more detailed and accurate study that shows in the end, this bill will require financial capacity that only younger, upper and middle class white people have, on the whole.
But hey, there is nothing about this bill that is honest; it’s all based on one lie after another: it ignores real, independent science while promoting corporate propaganda in its place; its supporters demonstrate a lack of empathy (a lack – all the way to a complete absence of empathy, the hallmark trait for sociopathy) for those who are less fortunate (talk about out of touch with America); support for this bill scam is a clear act of betrayal: while disregarding the will of the American people the supporters are obviously doing the bidding of the biotech industry. And they do this while spitting out falsehoods about how good this will be for consumers. Like I said, it’s based on lie after lie after lie.
Granted, there are some members of Congress who don’t realize that the propaganda mantras they repeat over and over are not facts; but the results of the stupidity that underlies the support for this discriminatory piece of garbage are just as harmful to Americans as those who deliberately lie. All of them are either too incompetent or too corrupt (or both) to be worthy of a place in Congress and should be voted out. After all, these traitors take an oath and swear to represent flesh and blood constituents, not mindless corporate persons. And yet, here we are.
Even if Stabenow were correct, which she is not (we are talking about someone who cannot even differentiate between the word ‘biotechnology’ and the acronym ‘GMO’ – but neither can most of the rest of the idiots in Congress) >>> even if she were right, that would leave 15% of Americans who would be unable to access a QR code, so the QR scheme scam automatically excludes millions of Americans – if she were right about the 85% number. But since she is wrong, it’s much worse than that.
I wish, and so does everyone else, that those supporters who tell such myths could wrap their tiny little brains around the facts of a real study – to sum up some basics:
Only 21% of Americans surveyed have scanned QR codes; QR code software must be downloaded. Just 27% of seniors & 50% of low income Americans own smartphones. 42% of Blacks & 36% of Latinos have had to let their smartphone service lapse.1
Center for Food Safety points out that: “Only 64 percent of Americans own a smartphone. That means that more than a third of all Americans will not be able to use this form of labeling. Moreover, those left out are disproportionately low income and those living in non-urban areas. According to Pew Research Center, only 50% of low income people in the U.S. own a smartphone; only 52% of people living in rural areas own a smartphone; and only 27% of seniors own a smartphone. Even those who do own smartphones are not guaranteed consistent access to the internet. At the end of the day, a substantial majority of Americans would be deprived of their right to know if GE labeling were done through QR codes.”
Then we go from deception to delusions. Next we witness what psychiatrists call “Magical thinking.” This involves the unfounded assertion that these millions of people can just get help from store employees. (Now, it must be emphasized, that those who make this fantasy claim criticize Americans because we are all too stupid to understand the science behind GMOs, unlike them).
Well, as someone much smarter by far than any member of congress pointed out: since those employees are paid minimum wage, how many can afford the specific type of phone required for this techno-crap-approach? GMO supporters (especially those privileged white people in the Senate) all fail to mention that not just ANY smartphone will do – oh no – you need a nice expensive one. Think of the expense to retailers as the drama unfolds by hundreds and thousands of times a day: food costs will have to go up to cover the cost of these employees helping all these shoppers. So these underpaid employees will be rushing around helping hundreds to thousands of shoppers day after day by scanning QR code after QR code (let’s hope those QR symbols meet the minimum size requirement, and that each shopper doesn’t buy more than a dozen items!) They will scan the code (hope the lighting is okay and the autofocus feature is working), wait for an internet connection, wait for the response from the website, so that after some time passes, the shopper can finally know that the food she almost bought has genetically modified ingredients and therefore has never been required by law to undergo long-term chronic toxicity safety studies.
Oh yes about that … making blanket statements that all GMOs are safe is absurd and unscientific. Until America takes the advice of at least two of WHO’s recommendations, there is no proof of safety at all. One, each product must undergo safety tests on a case-by–case basis (and corporate science isn’t science, by the way) and two, undergo mandatory post-marketing studies – oh but the US can’t because there are no labels. That’s right: in the absence of evidence, these clowns all claim that the absence of harm is proof of safety; that’s not how science works. A perceived absence of harm in this context is due to a lack of independent data and long-term chronic toxicity (add: inter-generational) safety studies on a case by case basis. So this whole thing is based on lies and fraud and deception and a disregard for truth, logic, reason, ethics and the will of the American people.
Speaking of mandatory – since there are no laws to enforce this bill scam, a company that doesn’t label their product as GMO-based isn’t going to have any motivation to do so; and if there is no punishment for violating this law, then there is no law. It’s a swindle, a cheap trick.
Hey – speaking of “safety” – how safe is using the QR code scheme anyway? You know, because those computer geniuses in Congress are “down” with all this, watching out for America and all, right? Wrong.
“Are there any risks to scanning QR codes?”
“Actually, yes. A scam known as ‘attagging’ involves pasting new QR codes over existing ones, for example by pasting a label over the QR code on a poster. The new code could link to malicious software that might then access your camera or your personal data. In Russia, a QR code scam made phones send premium-rate texts at US$6 per text.”
(“How to scan QR codes with an Android phone,” by Gary Marchall, AndroidPIT; 2015)
And despite whatever the liars have said about “those companies won’t be allowed to data mine information from your phone” there is really nothing that prevents this. As a matter of fact, most people have no idea that probably every app on their phone has total access to all phone numbers, files, photos, calendar, etc.
“Our findings reveal that many smartphone barcode scanning applications represent a significant threat to the privacy and, potentially, security of their users. On both platforms studied, the most popular QR code scanning apps, according to search result rankings were shown to transmit the contents of all scanned QR codes, as well as GPS location data, to a third-party server. We feel that the QR case begins to tread beyond reasonable data collection toward behavior triangulation as a result of the intersection of three variables: the expanding purposes for which codes are used; non-explicit user notification by the software; and limitations of user knowledge in comprehending potential threats as a result of seemingly benign data transfer.” (“Scan This or Scan Me? User Privacy & Barcode-Scanning Applications,” by Eric Smith and Nina Kollars, Freedom to Tinker; April 6, 2015)
Yeah, I am going to trust the US government when they say that the QR code scheme scam is not going to allow companies to “data mine” information from people’s smartphones. Because, gee, they have just been so damned honest about so much for so long.
Try downloading your Facebook data sometime if you use your phone to connect to Facebook. They have every incoming and outgoing call logged and recorded in the massive database they have about your profile, and it’s going to show up right there.
Why do any apps need to know when you have made a dentist appointment? They don’t. But the QR code scam is going to enable companies to dive into the private lives of millions and discriminate against millions of Americans because the greedy sociopathic pigs in the biotech industry know damn well that if their products were labeled like they should be, they’d eventually go out of business.
So the farce is over in the Senate, and on July 12 the clown show in the House gets to put on their demonstration full of lies and bullshit, with the exception of a few members who know this is nothing more than a disgrace to democracy.
I know my representative will vote for it, but that’s because he’s not only an idiot, he’s nothing more than a puppet. I suspect this will go through the House with ease, and then it will be Obama’s turn to violate the most fundamental ethical principles that define a free society. Or not … So here is a link to the White House Petition that you can sign …
“VETO THE DARK ACT (S.764),” a Petition to Obama to VETO the DARK Act EXTREME passed on July 7, 2016 & heading to the House
So buckle up and let’s get ready to have a food revolution. The entire system needs an overhaul.
And all you GMO labeling activists – maybe you should spend all your time and energy uniting and then conducting voter drives and getting out the vote. Because until those anti-science zealots, those corrupt puppets of the industry are voted out, Americans will never be represented. I’ll support you every step of the way, because the government’s overreaching role in restricting consumer information is a violation of freedom and it must be challenged. But know for a fact: I advocate for a ban on GMOs, now more than ever.
 “A Portrait of Smartphone Ownership,” – By Aaron Smith, PEW Research; April 1, 2015
सत्यमेव जयते – Satyameva Jayate
(Truth Ultimately Triumphs)
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