November 29, 2010

Imminent Threat

"In friendship false, implacable in hate
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state."
~ Dryden

Why does the federal government want to take over the food industry? S. 510 Food Safety Modernization Act has been called one of the most dangerous pieces of food legislation in the history of the U.S. This bill is now coming to a vote the evening of Monday, November 29, 2010.

Listen to this brief presentation from Natural News: Urgent call to action on Senate Bill 510 Food Safety Modernization Act

Also, Gov­Track Insider reporter Patrick Tutwiler in­terviews Liz Reitzig, the Secre­tary of the National Independent Consumers and Farm­ers Association, about S. 510. Tran­script:

Congress is like­ly to pick up S. 510, a sweep­ing over­haul of food safe­ty reg­u­la­tion, in the lame duck ses­sion start­ing in Novem­ber 2010. Many small farm­ing groups and or­gan­ic food en­thu­si­asts are wor­ried about the ef­fect the bill could have on the local and small farm pro­duc­tion chain.

Liz Re­itzig is Sec­re­tary of the Na­tion­al In­de­pen­dent Con­sumers and Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Re­itzig: Sen­ate bill S. 510 is com­plete­ly flawed.

Ques­tion from Gov­Track.​us Users: Will this bill pre­vent me from hav­ing a home gar­den, shar­ing pro­duce with my friends, or dis­rupt in any way my local farmer’s mar­ket?

Re­itzig: What Sen­ate bill S. 510 does it is cre­ates statu­to­ry au­thor­i­ty for the FDA to come up with reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing all as­pects of food pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing. So whether or not it will af­fect a home gar­den or a farmer’s mar­ket, we prob­a­bly won’t see any­thing im­me­di­ate­ly af­fect­ing those, but once they come up with the reg­u­la­tions and start en­forc­ing we could see a dis­rup­tion in any­thing, any­thing from a farmer’s mar­ket to a child’s lemon­ade stand.

Be­cause noth­ing is ex­plic­it­ly ex­empt­ed, so they are all im­plic­it­ly in­clud­ed. So the reg­u­la­tions could very eas­i­ly in­clude reg­u­la­tions such that they im­pose over­bur­den­some re­stric­tions on farm­ers going to mar­ket.

Gov­Track In­sid­er: But sure­ly it wasn’t the in­tent of the law­mak­ers to dis­rupt gar­dens or lemon­ade stands.

Re­itzig: Well I think the in­tent of the leg­is­la­tion is to give much broad­er au­thor­i­ty to the FDA, and then when you look at the lan­guage of the bill, when it gives the au­thor­i­ty to the FDA to act on “rea­son to be­lieve”, that’s giv­ing a lot of power, a lot of con­trol, to one per­son.

An ex­am­ple of that is there is a thriv­ing and boom­ing fresh milk move­ment, peo­ple who want fresh milk di­rect­ly from farm­ers they know and trust. Well the FDA, CDC, and other or­ga­ni­za­tions have clear­ly said they don’t think any­body should drink fresh milk. If you go by that, they would have rea­son to be­lieve fresh milk might make some­body sick, and on that basis they could just shut down every fresh milk farmer, ev­ery­body who is sup­ply­ing fresh milk to a con­sumer be­cause they have that rea­son to be­lieve.

Even if the in­tent is not ex­plic­it­ly stat­ed as con­trol over all farms, that is what is this leg­is­la­tion and they can use that to im­pose their world view on ev­ery­one.

S. 510 does ex­empt small farm­ers and restau­rants from some of the FDA’s pro­posed new reg­u­la­to­ry au­thor­i­ty. How­ev­er, the scope of the final reg­u­la­tions will not be known until the law is en­act­ed and the FDA com­pletes the rule-mak­ing pro­cess.

Re­itzig: It’s like writ­ing a blank check to the FDA and say­ing now come up with the reg­u­la­tions. Once the bill is passed they can come up with what­ev­er reg­u­la­tions they want. Again for them to say we’re going to have reg­u­la­tions specif­i­cal­ly for small­er pro­duc­ers, they don’t yet have the reg­u­la­tions so how do we know what they are going to come up with? How do we know if it ac­tu­al­ly is going to ben­e­fit small pro­duc­ers or not? We don’t know, it’s this big un­known. And it’s this big blank check to the FDA who has al­ready been step­ping on small farms a lot.

See also A PATRIOT Act for Food?

Freedom on the wane

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -- H.L. Mencken


America’s march toward statism continues for the most part unimpeded during the Obama Administration. Obamacare should come to mind as a statist takeover of the healthcare industry, yet not many people understand what is in the so-called health care bill. Fortunately, a U.S. Army translator who speaks "Washington Doublespeak" decoded the bill and posted his plain-language findings at FreeRepublic.com. One may not agree with every interpretation listed, or that every provision is necessarily bad, but one should find many of these Little gems from the Health Care Bill somewhat frightening. And “yes”, a government rationing panel, not doctors, will determine your level of health care.

What will the feds take over next? Last week, the federal government began seizing websites in clear violation of First Amendment rights and Due Process. The Department of Homeland Security based its seizures on wording in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). However, the seizures go beyond the intent of the law, which is to protect the property rights of the music recording industry.

Natural News says, “As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site. See an example at http://torrent-finder.com/

"Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?

"These seizures were conducted on the basis of language in the DMCA law, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law -- COICA -- the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/...), a new law that would give the federal government even more power to shut down websites it opposed.”

Here is the list of 19 Senators who voted power to the federal government to censor the Internet under the COICA bill:
• Patrick J. Leahy -- Vermont
• Herb Kohl -- Wisconsin
• Jeff Sessions -- Alabama
• Dianne Feinstein -- California
• Orrin G. Hatch -- Utah
• Russ Feingold -- Wisconsin
• Chuck Grassley -- Iowa
• Arlen Specter -- Pennsylvania
• Jon Kyl -- Arizona
• Chuck Schumer -- New York
• Lindsey Graham -- South Carolina
• Dick Durbin -- Illinois
• John Cornyn -- Texas
• Benjamin L. Cardin -- Maryland
• Tom Coburn -- Oklahoma
• Sheldon Whitehouse -- Rhode Island
• Amy Klobuchar -- Minnesota
• Al Franken -- Minnesota
• Chris Coons – Delaware


The broad, open-ended nature of COICA is license for the federal government to a virtually unchecked expansion of its control over internet domains. The real potential now exists for government control of free speech online. Patrick Leahy, who introduced the bill, along with his fascist followers in the Senate, should have their names listed in a Statist Hall of Shame.

Read more about COICA:
http://www.usa-anti-communist.com/w

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November 23, 2010

Laughing as you sink!

Two comedians try to understand the global financial crisis
I thought this two-minute video was hilarious! More about economics and the Fed, soon.

November 22, 2010

My thoughts on Joe Sobran

Catholic, conservative columnist and moralist extraordinaire, Joe Sobran, died last September. Perhaps I am a bit slow because it is just now that I am starting to recall how much I was influenced by Sobran's writing.

For many years I had no interest whatsoever in keeping up with politics, especially nationally, as it all appeared Machiavellian and otherwise disordered in a myriad of ways. Yet, there were changes; I am not referring to the nature of politics in D.C., but to the fact I developed an interest in practical politics and political philosophy.

I gained an interest in politics from reading of Joe Sobran’s Washington Watch column in The Wanderer (archived here). I found Sobran to be eloquent and knowledgeable about politics, ethical and social issues, and people in general. Sobran’s Washington Watch columns taught me how and what to think about politics and social problems, and they were an inspiration to significantly enlarge my understanding. With this motivation to learn, I continue to study America’s founding era, founding documents, pro-life issues, philosophy of government and political economy.

Sobran’s career in journalism was far from always being pleasant. Arrogant individuals falsely accused him of anti-Semitism. Yet Sobran kept his sense of dignity and charity. What distinguished Sobran from his detractors was his genuine goodwill. Goodwill is that indispensible trait that makes one truly human. Alas, present-day American society suffers from a shortage of goodwill.

Sobran’s political views changed over time. I did not agree with everything he wrote, specifically, his later support of anarcho-libertarianism. However, I could sympathize with his arguments against the state without accepting certain conclusions he drew from them. Nonetheless, it is difficult to find a home in modern politics when the conservative movement has degenerated into statism, Zionism and war-mongering. Sobran was morally, politically and economically right to denounce the welfare-warfare state.

The evils of modern government appear more clearly to a guileless spirit like Sobran. Sobran’s incisive criticisms of the Gulf War revealed his faithfulness to a correct understanding and application of traditional just war doctrine. Sobran’s anti-war stance was a breath of fresh air amid the throng of Catholic scholars whose fall from grace involved their active support for the corrupt political thinking of the times rather than the timeless thinking of the Church.

Sobran’s anti-war arguments reflect the consistent application of genuine pro-life ethics. Catholics, on the other hand, who are anti-abortion (as they should be) are profoundly inconsistent in their pro-life views by supporting unjust wars, all pro-Gulf War rationale notwithstanding.

Sobran’s journalism remains available online at Sobran’s. I always find it refreshing to drop in on the site and read more columns.

November 16, 2010

Fr. Stanley L. Jaki Obituary

From The Times (London) April 22, 2009

Father Stanley Jaki: Benedictine priest, physicist and theologianStanley Jaki, a Benedictine priest and a physicist, was best known for his scholarly contributions to the philosophy of science and theology. In 1987 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his work on analysing “the importance of differences as well as similarities between science and religion, adding significant, balanced enlightenment to the field”.

The £1 million annual prize, established in 1972 by the philanthropistentrepreneur Sir John Templeton, is awarded to a person who “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works”, and previous winners include Mother Teresa and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Stanley Ladislas Jaki was born in Gyor, Hungary, in 1924. He attended the Jedlik Preparatory School and Junior College in Gyor and, in 1942, entered the Benedictine Order, living in the St Martin’s Archabbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary. His brothers Zeno and Theodose Jaki, both Benedictine priests, still live at the abbey.

Completing his undergraduate training in philosophy, theology and mathematics in 1947, he went to the Pontifical Institute of San Anselmo, Rome, where, in 1950, he received a doctorate in theology. He had been ordained in 1948.

In 1951 he joined the School of Theology of St Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, as a teacher of systematic theology. At the same time he took courses in mathematics and sciences, US history, and literature to obtain US recognition of the undergraduate courses that he did in Hungary. In 1954 he received his bachelor’s degree from St Vincent College.

He lost his voice after an operation to remove his tonsils and would not get it back for a number of years. This forced him to give up teaching and he went to Fordham University (the Jesuit University of New York) to do research in physics for a PhD, supervised by Victor Hess, the Nobel laureate who, with Carl David Anderson, discovered cosmic rays. His thesis, published in June 1958, was entitled A Study of the Distribution of Radon, Thoron and their Decay Products Above and Below the Ground.
In 1958-60 he conducted research in the history and philosophy of physics at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He then went to Princeton as a visiting fellow in the history and philosophy of science. In 1962-65 he wrote the The Relevance of Physics, an important historical analysis of the limitations of the scientific method within physics and within philosophy and theology.

In 1965 he obtained a post at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. During the academic year 1966-67 he was associated with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In 1975 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor at Seton Hall University.

Jaki was a co-founder, with six other Hungarian priests, of the Woodside Priory, Portola Valley, California, where he served as bookkeeper, 1957-60. He left the priory when it merged with one in New Hampshire.Jaki strongly believed in the conjunction between faith and reason and argued that science flourished in Europe because of the Christian understanding of creation and the Incarnation. But he cannot be called a creationist in total agreement with fundamentalists who strictly adhere to the Bible, especially the story in Genesis.

In an interview with The New York Times he said: “I believe there is a basic misunderstanding which has existed for hundreds of years and will continue to persist about the ‘creationist problem’ because in intellectual life we do not solve such dilemmas to the satisfaction of everybody.” In his opinion religion and science were compatible and reinforced each other.

Jaki received numerous honours. He gave the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1974-75 and 1975-76 — one of the highest honours in Scottish academia; his lectures were published as The Road of Science and the Ways of God.Jaki was a prolific author, publishing more than 40 books, hundreds of articles, reviews, chapters and lectures. His books, many of them analysing the relationships between modern science and orthodox Christianity, reflect the extraordinary range of his interests and his exceptional abilities. Among them are: The Relevance of Physics (1966); Brain, Mind and Computers (1969); The Milky Way: an Elusive Road for Science (1973); Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe (1974); Miracles and Physics (1989); God and the Cosmologists (1989); and Bible and Science (1996).
In addition, he wrotes studies of G. K. Chesterton, Pierre Duhem, the French mathematician, physicist and historian of science, and Cardinal Newman, and he translated some important works, including the first English version of a study of Copernicus (1975) and Immanuel Kant’s Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens (1775/1981).

In addition to numerous honorary doctorates, scholarly prizes and memberships of learned societies in many countries, Jaki lectured widely and participated in seminars and conferences all over the world. He was awarded the Lecomte du Nouy Prize and Medal (1970), and the Széchenyi Medal of the Széchenyi Társaság (Hungary, 1997).

For all his immense recognition in scholarly circles, Jaki’s groundbreaking work on science, philosophy, ethics, religion and culture has undoubtedly had a considerable influence and relevance that have yet to be adequately recognised.

Father Stanley Jaki, priest, physicist, theologian and scholar, was born on August 17, 1924. He died on April 7, 2009, aged 84

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Books by Stanley L. Jaki at Amazon:
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More books by Jaki at Real View Books

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Books by Jaki:

1966. The Relevance of Physics. University of Chicago Press.
1969. Brain, Mind and Computers. Herder & Herder.
1969. The Paradox of Olbers' Paradox. Herder & Herder.
1973. The Milky Way: an Elusive Road for Science. New York: Science History Publications.
1974. Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press.
1978. Planets and Planetarians. A History of Theories of the Origin of Planetary Systems. John Wiley & Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press.
1978. The Road of Science and the Ways to God. Univ. of Chicago Press, and Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press. ISBN 0-226-39145-0
1978. The Origin of Science and the Science of its Origins. Scottish Academic Press.
1980. Cosmos and Creator. Scottish Academic Press. ISBN 0-7073-0285-4
1983. Angels, Apes and Men. La Salle IL: Sherwood, Sugden & Co. ISBN 0-89385-017-9
1984. Uneasy Genius. The Life and Work of Pierre Duhem. The Hague: Nyhoff.
1986. Chesterton, a Seer of Science. University of Illinois Press.
1986. Lord Gifford and His Lectures. A Centenary Retrospective. Edinburgh: Scottish Academis Press, and Macon, GA.: Mercer University Press.
1986. Chance or Reality and Other Essays. Lanham, MD: University Press of America & Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
1988. The Absolute Beneath the Relative and Other Essays. Lanham, MD: University Press of America & Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
2000 (1988). The Savior of Science. W. B. Eerdmans. ISBN 0-8028-4772-2
(Source: Wikipedia)

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See also, Stanley L. Jaki: Commemorations of his life and works 

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