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TLD Rant: The Narrative


This is what everyone has been and will be talking about for the next week or two…


And this is what is actually going on in the real world.

I don’t mean to sound condescending to the cause for gay rights. I get it. I do think that the political correctness is being shoved down our throats (pun intended?) but I get the concept that they are who they are and they want to be treated as equals. My libertarian side says government should stay out of marriage altogether, but that’s another debate for another day.

My point here is the narrative. Gay rights was used as the distraction. Not in and of itself but the timing, the strategic development and climax just as the Trans Pacific Partnership slipped under the radar, below the attention of the masses who could have stopped it. I know that it’s not over yet, but it’s hard not to think we could have been more focused otherwise.

And for those reading who don’t understand what it is I apologize for the concise post. It’s a takeover, a power grab of the elite, a trade deal in name only. It piggy backs UN gun restrictions, pro-GMO foods, anti-freedom etc and so on. That’s another story for another day as well. But in any case, it got through because of the decoy, the distraction of an issue that has nothing to do with austerity or stopping the elite.

I’m ranting now, sorry for that. Good night and good luck, stay focused and stay strong.

-Mike B


GMO Labeling Coming To Vermont

By Michael Bielawski, originally posted on BenNetwork.com

The state of Vermont should become the first state in the nation to begin labeling its GMO foods starting July 2016, and on April 27 the law cleared its first legal challenge.

“It’s pretty much being viewed as the first step in what’s going to be a longer legal battle,” said Maddie Monty, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Vermont Office manager and policy advisor. “It’s the first initial hearing between the state of Vermont and the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association who are suing the state. Basically the plaintiffs were requesting a preliminary injunction, and the judge had responded with a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.”

That means the plaintiffs were trying to put a stop to the law before it takes effect next year. The plaintiff’s complaints were mostly related to First Amendment constitutional claims that, basically, Vermont’s GMO labeling law was compelled speech.

“They claim it violates their First Amendment right to basically have the final say on what they put on their packaging,” she said.

“Vermont’s claim in defense was the people have a vested interest in knowing basically what’s in their food and whether the food is produced with genetic engineering for environmental, philosophical, religious … all sorts of different reasons. So the judge found that the state does have a substantial interest in the consumers’ knowledge about genetically engineered foods.”

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Rumbles in Beekeeping Industry Could Harm Agriculture Jobs


Caledonia Spirits Owner Todd Hardie (photo courtesy Hardie)

By Michael Bielawski

As the bee industry struggles with dying bees, possibly due to
pesticides, GMO plants, and reduced forage, the rest of the food
industry should take notice. According to North American Pollinator
organization, at least $20 billion of agricultural crops are directly
dependent on bee pollination. This could potentially effect the 104,000
jobs just from California’s $11 billion almond industry.

Tim Tucker, Vice President of the American Beekeeping
Association stated, “the almond industry is completely reliant on bees
to pollinate the crop as well as most of the seed producing companies
that produce seed that needs pollination by bees.” He added, “about a
third of what we eat is reliant upon bees and pollinators of all types
to produce fruit and vegetables for human consumption so they are very

He also talked about the initial beekeeping industry. “While the
ranks of small scale or part time beekeepers are expanding in numbers,
the commercial numbers of beekeeping people is contracting,” he
said. “There are no actual numbers on how many commercial beekeepers
there actually are but the estimates are that there are 1,500 or so that
each runs more than 500 hives.”

According to Tucker, it is very difficult for people to grow to these levels because the bees are dying.

“We are losing between 40 and 50 percent of our colonies each year
and the cause as yet remains a mystery but we suspect that pesticides
play a large role along with poor foraging opportunities due to the lack
of weeds that used to grow in agricultural fields that are now deserts
for bees because of GMO practices.”

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