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From Susan

Cilantro Slaw
great for topping tacos, burritos and turkey burgers


3 Cups Shaved Cabbage
2 Tablespoons Sliced Red Onion, or less or none if you don't like onion
1 teaspoon Minced Serrano Pepper
2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Pinch Salt

Cut a head of cabbage in half.

Slice cabbage as thin as you can.

You only need about 3 cups of cabbage.

Cut a red onion in half.

Slice a couple of tablespoons as thin as you can.

Mince the hot pepper.

I leave the seeds in for extra heat.

Wash and dry cilantro.

You can do this in your salad spinner.

Chop leaves and tender stems.

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss together.


From Dee


Evacuate Tokyo and All US Forces From Japan
Tokyo Radiation Level 25 Times the Fukushima Mandatory Evacuation Zone

… by Bob Nichols

(San Francisco) Widely known Physicist Dr Paolo Scampa, the publisher of the EU AIPRI Blog and an eminent chemical physicist, announced today his latest calculations of deadly radioactivity in Tokyo itself. Both the nuclear regulatory and media responses have been missing in action.
However, the outrageous statement of a Japanese politician pretty well sums up the level of understanding of the parasitic political class “Smile, and the radiation won’t hurt you.”
The Tokyo suburbs are about 100 miles or 160 km South of the six destroyed, deteriorating and badly leaking nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Station for Nuclear Reactors.
Dr Scampa stated:
“An absorbed dose of 2,94 microSievert/hour at 1 meter of soil means an average deposit of 9,065E5 Bq/m2 of Cs137 -0,661 MeV-. This amount for 1 meter is in fact situated between a maximum deposit of 5,439E6 Bq/m2 for low energy gamma rays from radioactive elements such as U238 (0,0495 MeV) and a minimum deposit of 2,176E5 Bq/m2 of very energetic gamma rays from radioactive elements such as Co60 (2,55 MeV). This dose corresponds to 25 times the maximum permissible “artificial” hour dose (0,114 microSievert/h-1) and 5 times the maximum permissible total – natural and artificial – hour dose (0,571 microSievert/h-1). [1]” Dr. Scampa. [End Quote]
This is a tragedy of huge proportions. There are 30 Plus Million People in Greater Tokyo. It is brought home personally to each person who sees the work of Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki.
There are thousands of US troops stationed with their families in Japan. American politicians must remove all US Troops and dependents from Japan immediately. This must happen forthwith. We will remember.
Mochizuki is sticking by his reporting post at Fukushima Diary on the InterNet as long as he is capable. Everyone at Veterans Today and around the world honors your work, Morchizuki, clear sailing to you on this, your last mission. Keep transmitting as long as you are able.

From Dee
This testimony, reported on amply by Jon Rappoport years ago, proves that while
the government has had more than a decade to absorb this information, it continues
along the path of prescribing more and more drugs to younger and younger children.
It is now not uncommon to find a diagnosis of Manic Depression in three-year-old toddlers, which is utterly ridiculous.
Now, commercials appear on television cooing that "mental illness is normal" so that the use of more and more drugs is legitimized.
A hundred years ago the best prescription for depression was exercise. Now, it's one pill, or several pills... but always... a pill.

Dr. Peter Breggin, MD On The Impact Of Psychoactive Drugs On Children
Testimony Of Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
Director, International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Committee on Education and the Workforce

From Phil
Ritalin Prescription Takes Life Of 14 Year Old

"If I had heard that people are dying from Ritalin, I would have never given Matt the first pill." - Lawrence Smith whose son died from Ritalin.
My name is Lawrence Smith. I am here to let you know about the death of our fourteen-Year-old Son Matthew. He died on March 21, 2000. The cause was determined to be from the long- term (age 7-14) use of Methylphenidate a medication commonly known as Ritalin.
The Certificate of Death under, due to, (or because of) reads: "Death caused from Long Term Use of Methylphenidate, (Ritalin)."
According to Dr. Ljuba Dragovic, The chief pathologist at the Oakland County Medical Examiners office in Michigan said upon autopsy, Matthew's heart showed clear signs of small vessel damage, the type caused by stimulant drugs like amphetamines.
The medical examiners told me that a full-grown man's heart weighs about 350 grams and that Matthew's heart weight was about 402 grams.
Matthew did not have a preexisting heart disease or defect that we knew of. We, his parents never ignored his medical needs. The medical examiner said this type of heart damage is not easy to detect with the standard test performed, necessary for prescription refills.
While visiting the doctor with the schools diagnosis and the recommendation for Ritalin, he seemed very frustrated and asked us to let the school know, I am not a pharmacy. This leads me to believe that we were not the first parents sent to this doctor, with the schools diagnosis and recommendation for Ritalin.
No one ever informed us of other crucial tests (echocardiogram) that we could have had done. The standard test performed consists of blood work, listening to the heart, questions about school behaviors, sleeping and eating habits.
It all started for Matthew in the first grade the school social worker in Berkley, Michigan kept calling us in for meetings. One particular morning before an IEP meeting, the school social worker, Monica Fuchs, my wife and I were waiting on the others to arrive.
Monica made us feel very threatened when she said that if we wouldn't consider getting Matt on Ritalin for their diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that social services (child protective services) could charge us for neglecting his educational and emotional needs. My wife and I were scared of the possibility of losing our children, if we did not comply.
I believe that some school employees like having children medicated because, it makes frustrated students that are having a difficult time learning and understanding easier to manage, regardless of the physical and psychological risks this practice poses to children.
Not all families can afford hundreds of dollars for a drug free, private evaluation, so they will not be cornered into medicating their child.
I am hoping that Republicans and Democrats will join, to fight this horrific war against the future of America, our children.
Medical diagnosis should remain outside the realm of education and stay there. Pressure to seek specific medical treatment is not the job of the school system.
We did not want Matthew on any medications, even though the school social worker or the doctor never informed us about the dangers of Ritalin. We made it very clear to school officials.
Informed Consent", which states in part A person's agreement to allow something to happen (such as surgery) that is based on a full disclosure of the facts needed to make the decision intelligently; i.e. knowledge of risks involved, alternatives etc" and "the probable risks against the probable benefits"
The violation of parent's rights is when they are not told of the unscientific nature of so-called disorders such as ADHD or the risks of the treatments involving (drugs) and they certainly are not told of alternatives to their child's behavior such as undiagnosed allergies or food sensitivities, which could manifest with the symptoms of what psychiatry calls ADHD.
If we weren't pressure by the school system, Matt would still be here with us today. I cannot go back and change things for us at this point. However, I hope to God my story and information will reach the hearts and minds, of many families, so they can make an educated decision with more than a little selective information, if any, paid for by the drug companies.
This information could save parents, or even you from all the suffering and heartbreak the whole ADD/HD issue has caused our family and many others.
Please do not be intimidated by family, school staff, doctors, or anyone into medicating your child for ADHD or ADD. These mental illnesses are scientifically unfounded with no scientific validity what so ever. The dopamine theory is nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of the psychiatric industry.
I truly believe this must have been Matthew's purpose, to save the lives of many other children.
How old will people live after taking these types of drugs as a child? Every time I hear about a child or young adult that has died from heart failure, I always wonder if they were ever on a stimulant medication used for ADHD or ADD.
If I had heard that people are dying from Ritalin, I would have never given Matt the first pill.
Did you know that children that are diagnosed as having ADHD or ADD and take medication, the school labels them as learning disabled, and the schools receives additional state and federal funding per-child, per-semester.
I wonder if that is one of the reasons why school administrations is so adamant about medication, and the other would be to keep children under control, in their drug free school zone.
One of the very hard things for me to deal with is the fact that Matthew never wanted his medication.
How many more 11-year-old Stephanie Hall's and 14-year-old Matthew Smith's will have to die before someone puts a stop to the biggest health care fraud ever? How many times will schools and drug companies get away with this?
Children, do not need to be made into robots with medication. I feel that good parenting, structure, diets, and teaching methods can make all the difference in the world. Different children develop in different ways; you cannot put children all into one box.
Did you know that the ADHD diagnosis checklist of behaviors is almost the same as the list of behaviors for gifted children.
Did you know that doctor's use to give amphetamines out for diet medication? They stopped because of the dangerous and sometimes fatal heart related side effects.
From the research that I have done on amphetamines, when they are used, all the veins and arteries constrict and get very small which makes it hard for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. The extra force it takes to circulate blood causes damage to the heart.
Now drug companies have a new market, with new names for the drugs and have went from adult weight medication to children's ADHD
The DEA has classified Ritalin as a schedule two drug, comparable to Cocaine. Ritalin is one of the top ten abused prescription drugs on the streets today.
There are many other drugs that are given to children for ADHD with different names; Ritalin, Concreta, Adderall, the list goes on and on, most if not all are stimulant drugs with Amphetamine-Speed.
We are coming to a point in our history were children have been taking these drugs for some time. Now the information is starting to come out. This is a very sad why for us to find out the long-term side effects, by using our children as guinea pigs.
If you have had a similar experience, with schools pressuring you into medicating your child, Please let me know or place your comments on the message board.

From Dee
If you read carefully you will see exactly how intrusive trade deals are in
HOW WE RUN OUR OWN COUNTRY.... which is why all our freedoms are
at risk, for PROFIT... and not even OUR profit.

Now, think about your health freedom, who's got the money, who's got the power, and who
is directing this parade, and tell me how any government of Canada, ANY law of Canada,
can FIX THAT. Seriously, I'd like to know. So far, the only way out is OUT. And if we do that, other countries abandon us and hit us with sanctions we cannot afford.

It's called a TRAP, people.... and Harper et al have walked us all right into it.

Gee, thanks, Steve.

Not much... no, not even in the mighty USA. GONE. FOR PROFIT.

----- Original Message -----
From: David Creighton
To: Global Democracy Ottawa
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2012 6:43 AM
Subject: Ooops - use this version Procurement in UK showing how EU regulations prohibit member states from showing domestic preference

"And even though winning the £1bn carriage contract is vital for the future of Derby's historic works [now run by Bombadier]- there is little room for sentiment in the procurement process.

EU regulations prohibit member states from showing domestic bias in selecting the winners of government-funded contracts. Contenders in the the bidding for Crossrail coaches include along with Bombadier - Spain's CAF, Japan's Hitachi and Siemens, all of whom would have recourse to legal action if they suspected a rigged contest.

And it looks as though Siemans will win the contract meaning that good jobs, pride in the community will disappear along with the 172- year-old worksheds - symbolic of the area's proud rail heritage.

Under CETA Canada will be facing similar restrictions, in a major number of sectors. But even before CETA is signed later this hear, the EU has taken Ontario to task, under WTO General Procureent Agreement rules, for their procurement preferences in the Ontario Green Energy Policy: "The European Union has joined Japan and Texas-based Mesa Power Group in contesting the Ontario Green Energy Act and its connected Feed-In Tariff Program.....The EU launched its complaint Aug. 11 saying the contracts offered are "in clear breach of the WTO rules that prohibit linking subsidies to the use of domestic products....Ontario's policy was designed to attract new green energy businesses to the province. In exchange for higher electricity rates, contractors had to agree to use at least 60 per cent made-in-Ontario equipment to generate the power." EU joins fight against Ontario green energy policy

According to Scott Sinclair commenting in his report for the CCPA Report "Negotiating from Weakness Canada-EU trade treaty threatens Canadian purchasing policies and public services": "Over the last few decades, corporate lobbyists and conservative governments have used trade agreements to attack the use of procurement as a policy tool for economic development. Even for publicly funded purchases, multinational corporations want the right to source goods and services anywhere, without having to negotiate." From Weakness EU Canada.pdf

Sinclair goes on to describe Canada's relationship to the WTO General Procurement Agreement [GPS] something Canada delayed signing at the time of the WTO agreement but finally committed to in a temporary agreement in 2009 in order to access Obama's stimulus funding under his Recovery Act which directed stimulus spending to US suppliers.

This temporary arrangment terminated in 2011. Since then Harper has signed Canada on to a "Pledge Against Protection" with other wealthier member states of the WTO. Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians, stated: "The so-called pledge against protectionism, which includes a standstill and rollback on pro-active economic policies, only further undermines the efforts of poor and developing countries to make the global trade system work for them."

fyi-janet [to whom thanks]


Why Bombardier's bid for Crossrail means so much to Litchurch Lane Winning the £1bn carriage contract is vital for the future of Derby's historic works - but there is little room for sentiment in the procurement process

The Observer, Sun 26 Feb 2012 00.06 GMT by Dan Milmo

The Bombardier train factory in Derby is an unlikely symbol of Britain's manufacturing revival. The blackened brickwork of its 172- year-old worksheds is a symbol of the area's proud rail heritage, while the Canadian flag outside its entrance signifies that, like other major UK manufacturers, it is under foreign ownership.

On the other side of the tracks by the city's main station, there is a depressing glimpse of the future. Bright signs for hotels, software companies and car dealerships cut through the drizzle, filling the space where steam engines were once made at the defunct locomotive works.

The government is finalising tender documents for a £1bn contract to build carriages for the Crossrail project. Winning that contract will be critical to keeping Britain's last remaining train factory open and the competition is expected to begin imminently. If Bombardier loses the race - as it did last year, when a £1.4bn government contract for trains on the London Thameslink route saw preferred bidder status awarded to Siemens of Germany " the Derby site is unlikely to survive beyond the middle of the decade.

Before a visit by Prince Charles to the site on Friday, Bombardier employees talked of the site's legacy. Pride and history is felt as keenly as the short-term need for jobs here. Kevin Owen, 41, a team leader at the plant and a prominent online campaigner for its survival, is among the 1,600 surviving employees who despaired at the loss of the Thameslink deal. He has seen 1,200 colleagues leave in the wake of that decision and, through his Made in Britain blog, is urging ministers to give Derby the order to build 60 trains for the £16bn Crossrail link.

"When we got the Olympics there was all this talk of legacy," says Owen, walking towards the site where he began his professional life as an apprentice in 1987. "I believe that leaving this site and this company stronger than I found it would be leaving a legacy for the next generation.

"And that's what the government should do. They should not come in to power and shut an industry, they should fight tooth and nail for this."

The works in Litchurch Lane are still busy. The historic buildings house modern assembly lines. A newly constructed London Underground train, its white, red and blue colour scheme standing out in the murk, sits between two worksheds. Outside the gates, an old carriage is transported to a scrapyard, illustrating the replacement cycle on Britain's crowded commuter lines that feeds Bombardier's business.

That circle, however, is on the verge of breaking. The London Underground order finishes in 2015, a deal for carriages on the Southern route will run out in 2013 and a mooted contract to build 35 carriages for the CrossCountry franchise has yet to be signed. This month, the Canadian group's transport boss, André Navarri, said that such a hand-to-mouth existence was not good enough. Crossrail is vital. "The small orders cannot make a UK presence competitive," he said.

Industry analysts say that if the UK is to tilt its economy away from financial services and boost manufacturing's share of GDP beyond the 10% it accounts for already, then facilities like Litchurch Lane must survive.

The secretary of Bombardier's works committee, John Woods, 60, is proud of the campaign that launched last summer after the implications of the Thameslink decision became clear. A rally in Derby drew 10,000 people and a media furore over the latest blow to British manufacturing contributed to the Southern success, as well as heavy ministerial hints that a CrossCountry deal was looming.

"I like to think that [campaign] is what won the Southern order," says Woods, a member of the Unite trade union. His colleague Graeme Steeples, 51, says the focus now is "making sure we get Crossrail".

Neither employee is willing to concede that Thameslink is entirely lost, because Siemens has yet to sign the contract and Bombardier remains reserve bidder. But a reversal is highly unlikely. Indeed, scrutiny of the reams of documents that underpinned the Thameslink process underlines why Bombardier was always going to struggle.

Papers unearthed by Derby North MP Chris Williamson following a freedom of information request reveal a rigorous and competent procurement process launched by the then Labour government in 2007 and 2008. It was painstakingly put together in an exemplar of labyrinthine bureaucracy. Amid minutes for meeting after meeting and endless tweaks to contract specifications, phrases such as "sub- optimal", "public private partnership" and "value" abound.

There are no references to the "equal footing" that the government is now scrambling to guarantee for the Crossrail contract. It is an environment stripped of all notion of domestic bias by European Union procurement rules, and not a world in which pleas to preserve nearly two centuries of domestic manufacturing will thrive.

David Faircloth, 65, a former train buyer for British Rail who also worked in procurement for Bombardier, says the decision to change the procurement method by combining the financing of the trains with their manufacture was crucial in Siemens winning preferred bidder status. Many observers say that financing, and Siemens's superior balance sheet, was the crucial factor.

"It is clear that they did not consider the effect that bundling would have. It just was not on the horizon at all," says Faircloth, referring to the planning documents.

Williamson says that the Crossrail competition must take a different approach: "These papers expose an alien culture in the Department for Transport, where officials are so obsessed by bureaucracy that they've forgotten what is in the national interest."

However, EU regulations prohibit member states from showing domestic bias in selecting the winners of government-funded contracts. The other bidders for Crossrail are Spain's CAF, Japan's Hitachi and Siemens, all of whom would have recourse to legal action if they suspected a rigged contest.

Non-UK manufacturers also bridle at the notion of bias on the continent, pointing out that the recent Eurostar procurement, which went to Siemens, proved that French businesses are not duty-bound to pick home-built Alstom vehicles.

It is understood that the Crossrail tender document, which stipulates the type of vehicle the government is seeking and the structure of the deal, will be significantly different from the Thameslink effort.

But it will not have a "buy UK" clause, which still gives a strong chance to other contestants when the winner is announced in 2014.

A former Department for Transport employee says the current transport secretary will struggle to politicise the Crossrail process. "Many civil servants view British industry and jobs as political side issues that get in the way of procurement. Senior DfT civil servants and rail officials tend to keep ministers and the [business] department at arm's length during procurement decisions, stating that EU legislation demands no political interference."

The next generation of Bombardier workers is hoping that British industry has a stronger chance in the Crossrail contest than it did in Thameslink. Kieran Pallett, 20, who is more than two years into his apprenticeship, says during his lunch break that he hopes Prince Charles's royal visit on Friday will "give us a good image" and help secure his future. "I want to progress myself as far as I can here. They support you really well at Bombardier." But it is Bombardier, and UK industry, that needs support too and there is only so much the government can do.


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