The Life of Plants

I just watched one of the most interesting Nature shows to date.  And no animal violence, go figure! /just a little snarky

The program was on plants and their ability to communicate with one another.

It started with showing a plant that could not produce its own food, so it was basically a vampire plant that sucked the life out of other plants.  It seemed to prefer certain plants over others–the tomato being one of them.  The scientists performed an experiment where they placed the vampire plant in the middle, with the tomato plant on one side, and another plant placed on the other side.

Using time-lapse photography, they showed the vampire plant doing this little whirling dance around and around until it finally latched onto the tomato plant.  It did this 9 times out of 10.  So, it basically chose the tomato plant.  Isn’t that interesting?

Then they went on to another plant in the west that was making a nuisance of itself.  The name escapes me, but it has destroyed native grasses that the cattle farmers rely on to feed the cattle.  The scientists were trying to find out why this particular plant was able to thrive.  The rancher pulled up a plant by its roots, and showed a small worm/larvae just going to town on the roots…and yet the plant was still thriving.  So there had to be another reason the plant was able to fend for itself.  They discovered that it was sending out chemicals via its roots that killed off other competitor plants’ roots.  Isn’t that amazing?

They also said they knew that plants sent off scents, but they discovered that they also send off warning scents, or what amounts to a “scream” by the plant when they are being attacked.   They illustrated this by stating that the smell associated with freshly mowed grass is the grass “screaming” from being attacked.  The theory is that the plants are trying to warn the other plants that they are being attacked.  The other plants in the area beef up their defense mechanisms.  Wow.

Finally, they wondered about “mother” trees aiding her “babies”.  The theory wasn’t new, they said, but they hadn’t been able to prove it.  So, a research team injected radioactive carbon into a douglas fir and then went back after a time with a geiger counter to see where the carbon ended up.  They found the most concentrated amount in baby firs nearby.  They also found it in carbon “trails” to other firs in the area that belonged to the same plant family. I had one issue, though, with this–and this may have been done, but the program didn’t show it–they didn’t run the geiger counter on the ground or around the trees before injecting the fir with the radioactive material.    This, to me, would have been a “control” to make sure that the radioactivity wasn’t already there from, God forbid, Fukushima or some other source.

So…all of this is not news to the Native Americans, whom have always believed that plants had a “life”. Everything is connected–plants, too.

Yeah, we’re slow as always in catching up to the wisdom.  But at least we’re getting there. 🙂

If you see an Eagle…

…thank an environmentalist!

They sounded the alarm about DDT affecting the eagle’s reproductive abilities.  They would have surely been extinct by now.

(Just doing my part to counteract the constructed prejudice of environmentalists-as-terrorists.)

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J. Edgar Hoover would have looooved this…

Pando Daily has this up on a technology that takes pictures for advertising numbers…but has much deeper violations of privacy.

It is presented as being innocent…but we all know by now it doesn’t end up that way.

This is outrageous. Plain and simple violation of a person’s right to move about in public without being subjected to an intrusion such as being photographed.

There are so many holes in this guy’s theory it could be Swiss cheese.

For one–just because a person looks at an advertisement does not mean they will purchase that product or service.  For instance, I may look at an advertisement on a professional bug killer service, but there is no way that I’m calling that service.  The advertisers use bright colors, flashing words or lights, and the usual “grabs” of sex, fear, anger, and love.  All of these factors may draw the human eye towards the advertising, but not mean the person will buy it.

It never ceases to amaze me how psychology is used to interpret a person’s thoughts by outward gestures or appearances, when that psychological conclusion is dead wrong.

I went online looking for Rodolfo Saccoman and found this disturbing video:

It is alarming that they are using “feel good” emotions to justify the psychology software program.  They’re there to “help” with an impersonal, flawed science (in that psychology has sprouted from misogyny and bullying mindset).  Saccoman states that this software will “help” those suffering from PTSD from committing suicide…but methinks that instead it will be used to either label someone as mentally ill who might be having a rough day and just need someone to talk to–not a freaking impersonal computer.  Or it will be used as a tool by Big Pharma to force someone to take unproven and unsafe psychotropic drugs.  I feel it in my gut that this is what is driving this “help”.  I’d like to know if his brother is invested in Big Pharma…it’s not such a big leap when you consider that Saccoman mentions he loves the stocks and even built this software on that model.  If they could get more poor souls buying Big Pharma drugs, well, that’s just more money for them.

And then as the video keeps rolling, we get to the *bingo!* moment…when he says he worked for Morgan Stanley. An investment banker who thinks greed is good and screw the public.   He claims to hate it, but then goes on to say that he made money…so he couldn’t have hated it too much.

He looks at billboards and says they don’t have any intelligence.  You don’t know if anyone is reading them.  Really? Because I can think of several instances where folks have become upset at messages on billboards…so obviously people are paying attention to them.

Privacy never comes out of his mouth when speaking about how great this is and how money is being *lost* by not seizing the opportunity for yet more advertising dollars.

He attended a Tony Robbins show, er I mean, inspirational speech, where he claims they “tear you apart, then put you back together”  Sounds like psychological abuse to me.

Then he shows  commercials for getting people to sign up for this.  Note that the target audience is the young, who don’t have the experience to understand how this violates privacy and the ramifications of that.  The ignorance of the youth on their right to privacy is appalling.

They have concerns about paying for college (understandable), so this is marketed to them as being a way to pay for college.  The subtle play on emotions with their “love story” also reels people in.  They also use the “everybody” is doing it schtick with the line “all our awesome friends are also doing it.”  Again, invading someone’s privacy and their part in it is never mentioned.

Saccoman repeatedly portrays standard advertising as “old school” dinosaurs.  This is another tactic used very successfully by the marketing gurus–nobody wants to be “left behind” so they will buy the latest to be seen as keeping up with the world.  This tactic really took hold in the 70s when there was plenty of money in the middle class to buy the “latest”.  Thank God I have broken myself of that brainwashing.

Another aspect to this way of advertising is driving around to get the “face” quota.  Using gas, spewing fumes into the air, creating more crowded roadways, and possibly causing accidents by distracting people from watching the road and the vehicles around them.  Just yesterday, I saw three people talking on cell phones on Indy’s busiest roadways…and they were driving in ways that showed they were distracted and not paying attention to their own driving or those around them.

Again, the emotional tug is used when the fake “son” talks about  how his fake “Mom” inspired him.  It has nothing to do with the software or the advertising, but is snuck in there to give one the “warm and fuzzy’ feelings.

And the one thing I don’t see when looking at Saccoman’s actual backpack?  A sign in big bold letters saying “YOUR FACE IS BEING COLLECTED FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES” on the backpack.

Near the end, he makes an odd statement to “push” for what you want…but then he gets philosophical and says if it flows, it flows…so which is it? Does one push or just let things “flow”?

Lastly, he admires Steve Jobs and Apple.  Given their illegal wage-fixing, and this response by Jobs over getting someone fired, well, it kind of speaks of character…why would one admire someone so contemptible?

 

Canada’s Spy Agency and the First Nations

The Canadian gov’t  was vewy vewy skeered of those pesky indigenous whom honor their traditions and refuse to be completely assimilated.  Good Grief.  They act like these people have tanks, helicopters, drones, etc….like it’s a freaking war.  Who…or What are they fighting against…?

And the quote that CSIS would not be involved if there wasn’t sufficient threat…who are they kidding?

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Here we have a First Nations woman removed from a public meeting for…well, we don’t know because she wasn’t doing anything.  Her mere presence, apparently, made her “guilty” of a crime.

First Nations protests

Setback for First Nations protestors.

First Nations continue to stand up

Finally, this celebration on sacred Native American grounds that Mall of America was built on.

 

 

The NSA, FBI and animal rights groups

You know, I knew from my job at the State health dept. that the Dept. of Homeland Insecurity was portraying environmentalists as terrorists in their emergency preparedness exercises…but I had no idea that they were tracking and apparently now labeling animal rights’ groups as…terrorists.  Seriously??

In their own statements, animal rights activists are nonviolent by nature, and POSE NO THREAT.

Then,  it’s disclosed that the FBI knew about a terrorist threat against the Occupy Houston group…but did not warn them of the threat.  As is stated in the segment–if this had been a threat against Wall Street, they would have been all over that.

Holy Crap I can’t believe how far over the cliff they are…

They mention Gourmet cruelty website on the force fed geese for pate de foie gras.  And how they were arrested for stealing the geese.  He said he was given a misdemeanor but now if he were to do that, he would be jailed…for terrorist activity.   Mindboggling.

You can smell the Big Ag and ALEC corporate money influence from here. Meh.

Animal cruelty is one of the reasons I had become a vegetarian.  After I became really ill and had to go back to meat, I made a pledge to eat grass fed, humanely raised beef, free range chicken and eggs.  (Incidentally, free range is not the same as “cage free” –the chickens will still be kept inside in cramped conditions.)  It’s best if there is some local farmer that you can buy from that you trust.

Respecting the animals is important to me.  I think if they sacrifice their life so that I could live, they deserve to be treated with respect.

And I’m spurred on to go back to vegetarianism once I am done with chelation.  I had pretty much given up the idea because so many are saying it isn’t possible for us poisoned folks…but recent events are urging me to not give up hope.

And I don’t want to condemn all meat eaters–it’s a personal choice that we all have to make.  Nature itself is full of animals who eat meat, others eat only vegetation, and still others eat both. The condemnation I have is for treating animals cruelly, feeding them diets that nature did not intend, and generally not following the golden rule of treating them as we wish to be treated.

Ethnic Cleansing in Chicago Public Schools

Fred Klonsky has this up on the ethnic cleansing of Chicago Public Schools.  But I would go a step further and say not just ethnic, but prejudice against the poor in general.  They have made it abundantly clear that they don’t believe the poor have any worth or value or potential.

He links to the Chicago Teachers Union website.  This just says it all:

Schools slated for “turn around” include McNair, Dvorak and Gresham elementary schools. At McNair, 52 percent of the staff are African American; at Dvorak 70 percent of the teachers are African Americans; and at Gresham 65 percent of educators are African American. Black students are 97.1 percent of the student body and 98 percent of them are low-income.

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They also make note that most of the educators are in their 40s and 50s–a favorite target of the schools-for-fun-and-profit mob.  Get rid of the higher paid older folk, and you can a) pay younger ones much, much less, and b) get more compliant employees who are desperate for a job and will subject kids to enforced abusive testing because without a union to help them protest, they’re SOL.