Global Food Security: “A Measure of Wheat for a Denaris” – The Green Revolution’s Domination and Control of the World’s Last Major Frontier

Submitted by Terence Blackett

If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population  – Henry Kissinger

Who amongst us have not noticed that the cost price of our food at the supermarket checkout till has escalated in the last year? Let’s go back 5 years – or maybe even 10 years! Has there been a systematic pattern of food hikes going back as far as you can remember – notwithstanding the ongoing genetic manipulation of our food? Has your dollar also been buying less and less? Do you have to stretch those “pennies” in the hope of satisfying those hungry mouths which seem intent on eating you out of house and land?

Well, according to our governments’ spin, the latest economic argument for the state of things currently is the dreaded (I) word –“inflation”. First, we were told that we had to fear “deflationary” pressures on the economy and so the rumourmongers quickly tilted the scales with a nouveau concept called “stagflation” to keep up the sinister façade of rule by fear.

So today, the chimes in every quarter are over the issue of “food security” and who ultimately controls this last precious human resource. As the world’s population meanders towards 7 billion souls with a mere 0.005% controlling in total the accumulative wealth and resources of the 90 odd % – watchdog organizations are becoming increasingly concerned about the leverage of certain multinationals and their control over food and its prices.

In F. William Engdahl’s book – “The Seeds of Destruction”: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation paints a damning picture of a world controlled and manipulated by a conspiratorial elite who for decades have worked to bring about the emergence of the 3rd horseman of the Apocalypse – on the heels of which will follow DEATH* and destruction!!!

So have a look at the facts regarding this final attempted siege. Watch the video followed by the link below – then decide if there’s cause for concern and action!!!

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529

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55 Comments on “Global Food Security: “A Measure of Wheat for a Denaris” – The Green Revolution’s Domination and Control of the World’s Last Major Frontier”

  1. The People's Democratic Congress September 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM #

    Terence Blackett,

    We have previously argued on BU that there is no such thing as inflation – the concept has no material groundings in reality whatsoever.

    It is one of the most obtuse concepts within economics.

    By continuing to indoctrinate this inflation bogeywoman into the minds of some very gullible children people across the world, via what ever communication information so-called teaching methods, some very zealous and out of sorts practitioners teachers of this wicked evil economics discipline in Barbados and elsewhere have for donkey years been able to delude many thousands of people in Barbados, and many millions of other people outside of Barbados into believing that it really exist.

    Having helped made these people believe that such exists, much is then left to monetarist school type economists/economists in authority or in advisory positions in the governments or private sectors in countries across the world – Barbados included – to help craft and execute policies that would eventually reinforce the capacities of governments and esp. financial institutions to control at whatever times the amounts of money/value that circulate/ that are even injected into/that are withdrawn from being circulated within the financial system and the wider social political material systems in order to so-called manage or control this nonsense called inflation inflationary trends – which they continue to use falsely (bogeywoman style) – these bizarre eurocentric western concepts of inflation inflationary trending – to make those same people misbelieve that this thing called inflation is being primarily caused by there being too much money/value around in circulation in relationship, as they say, to fewer and fewer goods and services ( what an abject fallacy they use here too) that are being produced and sold within the markets across many countries.

    They also make others misbelieve that inflation causes effects such as erosions in the values of their income, savings, employment investment stagnation/declines, etc. ( NO DOUBT DISPROVED BY CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED FOOLISHLY AS STAGFLATION ( another joke eurocentricism)

    Therefore, by making sure that inflation and money supply targets are reached via the execution of some very backward fiscal, monetary financial policies, these governments and esp. the financial private sectors are able to prevent many poor and not so poor people – who fear the worst from this thing called inflation- from accessing money/value that truly belong to them, and that is primarily to be used/used by them and others for productive purposes ( as a means of exchange).

    By manipulating the money “supply” ( via some very wicked evil fiscal monetary exchange rate policies ) to suit their evil ill designs they have been on the whole able to contract or expand – to great whatever extents at given times – aggregate demand, investment levels, in the respective countries – without concern for the great political material financial damage that is done to those affected by such wicked evil policies.

    The very fact that we in the PDC do not believe in inflation means also we do not in deflation – which also does not have any material basis in reality.

    However, we in the PDC strongly believe in the cost of living or the costs of doing business primarily because they are very emperically verifiable measurable concepts.
    These variables – which go up or down or remain constant when compared across different time periods – are determined primarily by government and banking and private sector policies and are measured according to individual, sectoral, governmental and other circumstances.

    Surely, this false notion of inflation is one by-product of deductive reasoning within the social science methodology gone awry mad.

    PDC

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  2. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM #

    a small bottle of cooking oil, 2 yrs ago was $2.50 now it is around $4.00. you get chicken at $10 still but that is an extremely tiny bird suitable for one person, not a family. yes prices are continually escalating

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  3. islandgal246 September 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM #

    @Annon,

    I do hope that you are not the same annon who called me a fool and told me that and I quote “would you go and work in this sun today? and tell me do you know what the agriculture workers are paid? it DOES NOT compensate for working in the boiling hot sun – they a many illnesses we get from the sun that was not so prevalent years ago as the sun was not that hot. so come with something more intelligent than that fool”.
    If dat is you yuh should not be complaining bout the price of dem pigeons dem selling in the supermarket. If everyone took the approach that the sun does give diseases well you shud stop eating what does grow in de sun. Someone has to work in de sun and in de fields to grow food dat does feed yuh fat guts. Yuh need to Castro to give yuh a lesson in survival.

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  4. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 11:18 AM #

    Terrence, thou who raiseth the bar!

    I wonder what you think of J Vernon McGee’s opinion on this subject. He seems to be spot on, don’t you think?
    OPENING OF THE THIRD SEAL—RIDER ON A BLACK HORSE
    AND WHEN HE HAD OPENED THE THIRD SEAL, I HEARD THE THIRD BEAST SAY, COME AND SEE. AND I BEHELD, AND LO A BLACK HORSE; AND HE THAT SAT ON HIM HAD A PAIR OF BALANCES IN HIS HAND.
    And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine [Rev. 6:5–6].
    And when He had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Go. And I saw, and behold a black horse, and the one sitting on him having a balance (scales) in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures say, a choenix (a quart) of wheat for a denarius, and three choenix (quarts) of barley for a denarius; and do not hurt the oil and the wine.
    John again says, “I heard” and “I saw.” He just wants to make sure that we know that. The color of the black horse indicates mourning (see Jer. 4:28; Mal. 3:14, “mournfully in black”), and it also speaks of famine. In Lamentations 4:8–9 we read: “Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.”
    The black horse represents the worldwide famine that is to come on the earth. Always after a war there is a shortage of foodstuff.
    The Greek historian Herodotus says that a choenix (quart) of corn was a soldier’s daily supply of food. A denarius was a day’s wage (see Matt. 20:2). Therefore, a working man will be unable to support his family in that day.
    The oil and the wine are luxuries that are enjoyed by the rich. Oil would correspond to our toiletries, the beauty aids and the body conditioners that we use today; that is, the luxuries of life. The wine corresponds to the liquor that will be in abundance. Isn’t it interesting that there will not be enough foodstuff, not enough barley for food, but there will be enough barley to make liquor! They will make it in that day, and the rich are the ones who will get it.
    Let me be very frank. During World War II the rich, for the most part, were able to get meat. They were able to get the luxuries of life. A very wealthy man told me that he never missed getting a big T-bone steak anytime that he wanted it. But I can remember getting very tired of eating tongue, which was one thing we didn’t have to have blue chips to get and was something that was not rationed. In this day that is coming, things won’t change. The rich are going to get theirs, but the poor won’t be able to get theirs. That is the way it has always been. I feel like saying, “Ho hum,” when I hear these sincere egg-headed boys talking about how they are going to work out the poverty problem. All that it has accomplished is that it has given a good job to a lot of them, but so far it hasn’t filtered down and been a blessing to the poor. It has never helped the poor to lift themselves up with any degree of pride. Why? Because the only Man who can lift up the poor is Jesus Christ. None of these egg-headed boys is able to do it. I am sorry to have to say that, but somebody needs to speak out against all of this tomfoolery that our government is going through. All that this wasteful spending of money does is to create more bureaucracy and to sap our tax dollars. This is the sort of thing that is abroad today, but just think what it is going to be like in that future day. This which we are talking about in the Revelation is future. The only reason that I make application to today is to show that this is not unreasonable; it is going to take place.
    Way back in 1798, the Rev. Thomas Malthus concluded that “the power of population is infinitely greater than the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man.” His prediction had little weight in his day. In 1959 the United Nations’ seventy-seven-nation Food and Agriculture Organization met in Rome to talk about “the fight against hunger and malnutrition.” At this meeting Toynbee declared: “Sooner or later food production will reach its limit. And then, if population is still increasing, famine will do the execution that was done in the past by famine, pestilence and war combined.” Sir John Boyd Orr, at one time the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, warned, “I shall finish my office by giving a last warning to the world. If it is not solved there will be world chaos in the next fifty years. The nations of the world are insane.” Someone has reported, “There are today 750 million people getting hungrier in countries bordering the Communist sphere.” This thing is growing, my friend. Famine always follows war

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  5. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM #

    Dr. Thomas L. Constable from Dallas Theological Seminary writes on this subject thus

    The third seal 6:5-6
    6:5 A black horse followed symbolizing the ravage of war, namely, famine.
    Antichrist, the cause of this famine, again seems to be the rider (cf. Matt. 24:7b). He carries a pair of balance scales, a symbol of commerce, indicating his control of commodity prices.

    6:6 The voice in the middle of the four living creatures must belong to God or the Lamb, probably God the Father since He is the ultimate source of all these judgments (cf. v. 11).

    The price of wheat (good food) and barley (cheap cattle food) will be very high. A quart of wheat would provide one meal, but it would cost a whole day’s wages. In John’s day a denarius
    would purchase eight to 16 times as much food as what he said it will purchase in the future.

    The poor would have little money left over for oil, for fuel and health needs, and for wine to drink (cf. Ezek. 4:16-17).
    “Do not harm” means, “Do not tamper with,” reflecting the strict control over prices that ungodly rulers under Antichrist’s leadership will have at this time.

    The causes of the famine were not extremely severe since they killed the wheat and barley but not the vines and olive trees (v. 6) whose roots go deeper. As the Tribulation grows worse, the rich as well as the poor will suffer, but at this early stage the poor will suffer more than the rich.

    Probably the wars that the ungodly rulers under Antichrist’s leadership begin will reduce the food supply greatly. These rulers will control it strictly with consequent suffering for many people (cf. Luke 21:11).

    TB telll me man are we not heading in this direction today JUST AS PREDICTED.

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  6. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM #

    Here is another view TB.

    Being a 3/10 teacher and a hypocrite and a deceiver etc I can only give the thoughts of others and I WILL!

    Do you think that there is any merit here O raiser of the bar?

    The Bible says in Revelation 6: 5-6,

    “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine.”

    From a human standpoint one of the worst things that can happen to anyone is to suffer a financial disaster. As bad as wars are, in the twentieth century the greatest human suffering was probably not known during the wars we have had, but during the time of the great depression. Wars often result in economic depression in the period following them. What can be worse for human beings than when they lose their savings and their homes, than when qualified men and women cannot find jobs, or when parents must stand in long lines just to get a little food for their starving children?

    These will be the darkest days the human race has ever experienced, because this will be a time of the greatest economic disaster that the world has ever known. The policies of the antichrist will not work. They will lead from a time of economic boom to doom! The reason that the person who sat on the black horse had a pair of balances in his hand was because a balance was used in trade and commercial transactions and in buying and selling. In the days of the New Testament they did not have cash registers or computers, they had balances.

    When Revelation 6:6 says,

    “a measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of barley for a penny,”

    the word penny is really the word “denarious.” A denarious in the Roman empire was one day’s wages. The implication is that a person would work all day and only receive enough of a wage to buy a little bit of food: no money for anything else. We can see some of the seeds of that coming event in our world today.

    Notice the phrase that is the last part of Revelation. 6:6. It says,

    “hurt not the oil and the wine.”

    It probably means do not spoil or do not use up the oil or the wine. Anything beyond the bare necessities of life you had better have saved up, because in the end-time things will be so bad there will be no chance of finding anything in the market beyond the bare necessities.

    Of course, one of the teachings of the Bible in regards to material things is an admonition to learn to save when you have times of abundance, because you may very well need to rely upon your savings in times of scarcity. The greatest time of scarcity that the earth has ever seen will take place when the third seal is loosed. So my friend if your heart is not right with God and you face the awful possibility of being left behind when the rapture takes place, it would be wise to stock up now. The best thing for you though would be to get your heart right with God now and make the rapture, and you won’t have this time of difficulty to worry about.

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  7. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM #

    Here is Stedmans view Sir
    I guess any of these guys’ opinion is as worthy of consideration as your “enlightened” opinion even with all the intellectual heavyweights around you daily

    When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” {Rev 6:5-6 NIV}

    Most scholars take this to be a reference to widespread famine on the earth. They say that the scales symbolize food being weighed out carefully. It is in such short supply that it must be rationed. Even then no one can get very much because it takes a day’s wages to earn a single quart of wheat or, because it is cheaper, three quarts of barley. This would only be enough food for one person for a day. You would work all day long and all you would be able to earn at best would be enough for your own physical needs. There would be nothing for your family or for anyone else. But the luxuries, the oil and the wine, are left untouched.

    But perhaps this is not referring to famine because in the next seal, as we will see, famine is specifically mentioned as part of that judgment. What else causes terrible shortages and creates high prices so that people cannot buy adequate amounts of food?

    It is inflation; economics out of control; panic in the marketplace! During the days of the Weimar Republic in Germany after World War I, I remember as a boy hearing accounts of people taking ten thousand German marks bills, loading them into wheelbarrows, and taking them to market to buy a single loaf of bread. That is what runaway inflation does. It makes money worthless. That in turn becomes an excuse for the rigid controls over buying and selling which we find in Chapter 13 when, under the reign of antichrist, the whole world is subjected to enormously restrictive controls so that “no one can buy or sell without the mark of the beast,” {cf, Rev 13:17}

    GUESS WHAT BAR RAISER? THIS SAME THING IS BEING SEEN TODAY MAN. EVEN NOW THE USA GUVMENT IS SEEKING TO INTRODUCE SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

    PEOPLE IN GREECE ARE FIGHTING RESTRICTIONS

    ITS ALL HAPPENING Mr Bar Raiser Sir …..JUST AS PREDICTED. Ah lie?

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  8. freewilly September 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM #

    America is the last hope for people worldwide to not become slaves to the Elites of the Illuminati or those that worship the snake,keep your guns and ammo close and don’t let no UN soldiers tell you what to do,they are wolves in sheep clothing,stock up on what good food you can find,no GMO’S, and shoot anything that wants to take your guns,we here in the third world have tyres for elite necks who want to starve our children..lol..no joke you will burn and fie like dogs.

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  9. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    @Georgie Porgie………..How is it that some people believe in Jesus Christ and are ‘lifted up’ and others believe in this same Jesus Christ and are trampled under the feet, they just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, they can’t make $10k further $1mil off a little real estate deal in Bim? Everyday they sing the praises of this Jesus Christ but can’t seem to be able to feast on the fattest calf! what’s the difference here GP?

    This planet will never be over-populated. That’s just another phantasm from the controllers. That’s one of the reasons why they have institutued this CO2 tax bs. They want this whole earth for their playground. They just want 2 class of beings MASTERS & SLAVES. The plans that this BEAST have coming down the pipe for collective humanity could only come to fruition because most of us have given our power over to IT.

    btw, this class of BEAST are adorned with religious robes. Most of them wear the collar and skull caps.

    @PDC….you’re right all this inflationary poop talk is nothing but diversion from the fact that there are a group of swine colluding in ivory towers who decide exactly when and how to PULL money out of the market and then have everyone repeating their mantras which give them ’em power. They CONTROL the system that we all labour like slaves to build up and keep intact.

    As if its not enough to poison the population with vaccines, they are also poisoning the food, water and air.
    They have started to impose fines for growing your own food. They want to make supplements illegal.
    They want to force everyone in cities so you won’t have land to cultivate food.
    They are creating ‘monster foods’ and packaging them as highly nutritional.

    We can thank Monsanto and ADM and we must definitely get on our KNEES and pay homage to the political class who in their ‘wisdom’ steered the population away from tilling the land, which was seen be beneath them [an island of 90% uppity negroes with all pride and very little industry ]. We must thank them for creating a culture of servitude.

    DEATH and starvation is exactly what we deserve when we allow our ENEMY to feed us.

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  10. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    anonymous @ 1:29 is Hopi.

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  11. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM #

    anonymous @ 1:09 is Hopi.

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  12. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM #

    anonymous @1:09 is hopi.

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  13. hopi September 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM #

    hopi @ 1:09

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  14. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM #

    Hopi
    I honestly can not answer your very reasonable question.

    There is much merit in the rest of your submission. Although I believe what the Word teaches on Revelation 6, it can not be denied that mankind is even at this time contributing immensely to the scenarios described in Rev 6

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  15. hopi September 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM #

    @GP…………have to find a bible and re-read Rev.6. But exaclty what scenarios are you alluding to?

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  16. David September 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM #

    @TB

    Some in the BU herd agree with you. Our willingness to build out our economy solely on sectors which are purely driven by external behaviour speaks to comfort positions by our leaders. We are not willing to accept the opportunity cost of not implementing agro-based initiatives to supply domestic needs.

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  17. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 2:21 PM #

    Re
    We are not willing to accept the opportunity cost of not implementing agro-based initiatives to supply domestic needs.

    It is policies like this that fit into the Rev 6 scenario
    Barbados fed itself in WW II. Can we do this today?

    IN the USA a man was recently arrested for growing food in his back garden and giving away the surplus. !!
    There are many books and courses and seminars on Food security which discuss why we have problems with this problem WE ARE DEFINITELY HEADING TO THE FINAL SCENARIO DESCRIBED IN REV 6

    How many Bajans have a kitchen garden or a tyre garden instead of a lawn, or a concrete yard? How much arable agricultural land has been converted to housing?

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  18. Terence M. Blackett September 22, 2010 at 4:17 PM #

    DAVID @ BU

    Thanks for posting the article – I appreciate it…

    Listen, I am sorry I have to be discussing something as MUNDANE* as FOOD – but I believe we are at the crossroads…

    Here in Britain, the “idiots” are telling us that food prices are likely to spike by 7% by XMAS which will add an extra £400 a year to the average shopping bill.

    I wonder what that will mean for you guys down in Paradise ( given that my buddy Neville gone outta’ business)?

    I have been telling my business partner up here in the UK that we need to buys some tractors, rotas and other farming equipment and see how we can do some mechanized farming on the 5 acres just sitting there…

    I am sure we can import the British model of farming which though highly mechanized works well to produce cash crop and provide affordable food for locals…

    The question is – will our dear GOVERNMENT* give us TAX_FREE concession for the first 5 years??? LOL

    All through the Belle is rich arable land which should be in production including the dozens of acres of family land in St. Andrew which is growing bush, fatpork and dounce trees…

    There is no excuse for our recalcitrance…

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  19. Terence M. Blackett September 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM #

    DAVID @ BU

    The other issue if you looked at the research – MONSANTO* is producing hybrid seeds which is no good and our governments are powerless to do squat…

    This is a lengthy video but good bedtime viewing…

    http://conspiracyrealitytv.com/controlling-our-food-the-gmo-bio-engineered-food-threat/

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  20. Terence M. Blackett September 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM #

    This summer my wife and I were able to produce so much organically grown VEG* just in our backyard, it’s unbelievable…

    Even now, the tomatoes are bright red on the trees, the courgettes are producing time and again, strawberries, sweet peppers, carrots, beets, Chinese cabbage, different varieties of lettuce, plus herbs and mints for tea…

    After giving away half of the stuff we grow to brothers & sisters, neighbors and friends – we will still have more than enough stuff left to preserve for winter’s use – plus the year round herbs which will grow in the green house…

    As always, your own stuff always taste better anyway and at least you know for sure you ain’t use no CRAP* on your food!!!

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  21. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 5:11 PM #

    David
    I submitted a relevant and comprehensive ppt on Food Security etc from my Nutrition Course.

    Could you please kindly uplaod it for the edification of BU readers?

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  22. David September 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM #

    It seems Doc GP knows about food too. Follow the LINK to the PDF presentation.

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  23. checkit-out September 22, 2010 at 8:16 PM #

    GP; Very good presentation! But where did you get the figure of 2 million years for mankind to reach a world population of 1 billion people. I agree with the figure as it accords with data on forbidden archaeology that puts mankind on the earth for about that length of time, but it seems to be totally against the tenets of a strict interpretation of the Bible. Care to explain the dichotomy?

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  24. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

    You are off course quite correct!
    That slide is one from the slides provided with the text which
    I did not vet properly in mky hurry to complete. Thanks for pointing it out.

    But we can probably see from the ppt where we fit into following the bad practices found elsewhere . There may be some things that we can employ under the solutions section; or we can modify the solutions.

    eg there is no reason why most Bajan hlmes should not have a citrus tree or other fruit tree. Many dwarf trees sometimes already bearing can be bought from the Agricultural station at Haggats. We need to be teaching food security in school and church groups or in other fora where many folk meet .

    Always remember that we fed our selves during the scond world war. Yes things have changed a lot since then, but we have to turn the clock back a bit in some ways. Some folk have never changed. And som have at least filled thier 1-2 acres with viable orchards.

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  25. David September 22, 2010 at 8:57 PM #

    It is interesting after viewing those slides that the USA which is regarded as the great exponent of the capitalist system seem to support the system with a healthy dose of welfarism.

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  26. Hants September 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM #

    Fruit trees, pumpkins,passion fruit and bonavis grow with very little effort in most parts of Barbados.
    However, as long as they have money Bajans will buy what they eat.
    Only country people does dirty duh hands.

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  27. Georgie Porgie September 22, 2010 at 9:14 PM #

    There is a lot of poverty among both whites and blacks in the USA. I think the zoning regulations makes it difficult for folk to help themselves. In many areas you cant have a little shop because of zoning rules.

    At the nearest 1$ store to me you can get 4 cans of soda for 1$. These retail for 1$ each or more in 7/11’s etc. But you can not sell them in your front lawn as we do at home.

    Can you imagine spending 25$ to buy 100 cans of soda, and selling them with some pickled bread fruit and chicken legs or something so eery Friday night ast home? There are lots of deals that can be sourced that those ladies who go up to Puerto Rico and bring back stuff to sell at home would be glad to get hold off.

    But the poor here can not or do not seem to have the opportunity/ freedom to do as we do at home to uplift themselves.

    I have not seen anything like the small shop or small mini mart anywhere. Not even along Route 83 on the Texas Mexico border in the areas that were supposed to be the three poorest counties in the USA.

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  28. Straight talk September 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM #

    GP:
    Your interesting hotch potch of unrelated graphs and statistics, certainly can make for a gloomy prognosis.
    Are you going to attempt to draw these together into one coherent argument or is it just more pseudo-justification for revelatory fulfilment.
    As it is, 3/10 seems about right.
    When Bill Gates openly promotes use of new vaccines, health care and reproductive health services can knock off a billion or so of us (short version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs6ixCbM8wE ) what have you, the WHO and the medical profession have to say about this overt explanation of what the elites have planned for our futures.
    Shall say more about your patently ridiculous assertion that CO2 is a pollutant, adversely affecting food production, later.

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  29. checkit-out September 22, 2010 at 11:20 PM #

    GP; You said above; “Always remember that we fed our selves during the second world war. Yes things have changed a lot since then, but we have to turn the clock back a bit in some ways. Some folk have never changed. And some have at least filled their 1-2 acres with viable orchards.”

    You are right that things have changed a lot since (the second world war). The changes have been so drastic that it might be almost impossible to go back to a situation where we can be totally self sufficient in food for even a few months.

    Food security is a term which used to mean that a country, in times of great adversity (like famines), had enough food reserves stored (or otherwise) to keep its people reasonably fed over the course of a potential possible or likely adversity. It has now degenerated to mean that a country has enough foreign reserves to do the same thing.

    With the policies put in place and implemented vigourously by BOTH administrations, going back over 3 or 4 decades, it would appear that we are now a successful food INSECURE country. Most of the plantations that HAD to plant 12% of their land in food crops (Yams, sweet potatoes, eddoes, etc.) during the 2nd world war, and for some years thereafter, are now growing houses or are idle. One would have to start a re-education programme to hope to get our youth to eat any of the food crops that our elders in the 1040’s had to eat. Golf courses are consuming not only our land but our water resources as well. Reliable labour to carry out agricultural tasks has become almost impossible to find. With the rapidly escalating land prices, it is almost impossible for a new entrant to agricultural production to operate profitably. Praedial larceny continues to be a problem that seems to be insoluble. The algorithms for effecting planned production in tune with consumer demand have not been worked out (as far as I am aware) and the management systems for putting them in place are unknown.

    The policies that have led to this situation seem to be continuing and may well ensure that Barbados will be competing with some of our northern Caribbean neighbours who boast of hardly having any agriculture at all and where one can hear the huge supply planes from Miami coming in early in the morning to replenish the supermarkets with such items as bread, fruit juices, etc. which those countries used to produce themselves but which are now easier and more profitable for the merchant class to import than for the declining farming population to produce.

    It is most interesting that each administration has shouted from the treetops that it has a viable agriculture policy and is now rescuing agriculture from the body blows heaped on it by the immediate past administration. But if one studies the monies voted for and utilized in agriculture over the last 25 years or so and compare them with the monies for the other sectors, it can be clearly demonstrated that Agriculture has been the Cinderella of the productive sectors of the economy for quite a while. All Barbados Governments pay lip service to agriculture and its importance in the economy while shunting the developmental funds elsewhere.

    I think that the signs are probably pointing to a period of immense problems for Barbados in general and that there will have to be a significant retooling and physical and financial restructuring for Barbados’ agriculture to surmount the difficulties and make the contribution that will be necessary.

    It has been said that Barbados only operates at its best under crisis conditions. I think we are on the cusp of a crisis that begs for urgent and strategic attention . Just as serious and successful strategic planning was utilized to plan a largely successful World Cricket Cup a few years ago, such planning will have to be done to reliably and successfully involve agriculture in saving Barbados in the near future.

    Over the last several years there have been numerous plans made for the development of Barbados’ agriculture. None of those plans have been implemented. The time is ripe to discard all those plans and take a fresh new look that fully considers modern dynamics, processes, technologies, trends, opportunities and threats and develop a blueprint for what has to be done in the finest detail possible to save Barbados and ensure its old style food security.

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  30. islandgal246 September 23, 2010 at 7:59 AM #

    Many Bajans feel that it is the uneducated that work the land. There is money in agriculture if you run it like a business. We need to add to our mix of crops, i.e. new crop trials should be ongoing with the Ministry Of Agriculture.

    One farmer I admire is Brighton Farms. He grows the best quality vegetables on the island. He has incorporated technology like shade houses and modern machinery. Yes he gets his licks too when importers want to buy his produce for next to nothing and sell it at ridiculous markups.

    Farmers need to be educated about alternative and safe use of pesticides and herbicides. I was in the hardware store one day and I saw a man buying roundup and fertilizer to go with the roundup. I asked why, he told me that you have to feed the weeds to kill them with the roundup. I explained that the round up is systemic and that you don’t need the fertilizer and that he is wasting his money. He laughed at me and told me I don’t know what I am speaking about. This frightens me to the types of cocktails that are being used by Farmer and home owners.

    Land has to remain barren for several years to replenish itself. But with the dwindling acreage that is available this is almost impossible.

    Bajans have to learn not to build houses the same size of the lots they are on leaving very little space for trees and gardens. In fact many hate trees and all their concern is for their house not being damaged by them. You have to know the type of trees to plant and the distance from the house that is necessary.

    Unless we change the present mindset we are doomed.

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  31. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM #

    @ BU

    Devinder Sharma in a thought provoking article asks a pretty ominous question – “Who Will Feed India In The Days To Come?”

    This question raises a troubling question for the rest of the world community…

    He argues that his home state of “Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the country, and is also the biggest producer of food-grains. Land acquisitions will take away a third of the cultivable lands for non-farm use. Such huge diversion of farm lands will result in drastic cut in food production, and has threatening socio-political implications.”

    Devinder believe that “India is witnessing a thousand mutinies. Pitched battles are being fought across the country by poor farmers, who fear further marginalisation when their land is literally grabbed by the government and the industry.”

    “From Mangalore in Karnataka to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, from Singur in West Bengal to Mansa in Punjab, the rural countryside is literally on a boil. Large chunks of prime agricultural land are being diverted for non-agricultural purposes.”

    According to rough “estimates, 6.6 million hectares that would be taken out of farming would mean a production loss of 14 million tonnes of food-grains. In other words, Uttar Pradesh will be faced with a terrible food crisis in the years to come, the seeds for which are being sown now.”

    “Add to this the anticipated shortfall in potato and sugarcane production, since the area under these two crops will also go down drastically, the road ahead for Uttar Pradesh is not only dark but laced with social unrest.”

    Devinder feels that “gone are the days when a worried Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, while addressing the nation on Aug 15, 1955 from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi said: It is very humiliating for any country to import food.”

    “So everything else can wait, but not agriculture. That was in 1955. Fifty-five years later, in 2010, UPA-II thinks that food security needs of the nation can be addressed by importing food. Land must be acquired for the industry, because the industrial sector alone will be the vehicle for higher growth. There can be nothing more dangerous than this flawed approach. Is India slipping back into the days of ‘ship-to-mouth’ existence?”

    The looming, nagging fear portends “what is not being realised is that Uttar Pradesh alone will send all the estimates of the proposed National Food Security Act go topsy-turvy. At present, as per the buffer norms, the government keeps around 20 to 24 million tonnes as buffer stocks for distribution across the country through the Public Distribution System (PDS). In the last few years however the average food-grain stocks with the government have been in the range of 45 to 50 million tonnes.”

    If in the near future, India will have problems feeding its massive population – what about China and what are the global implications for the rest of us?

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  32. Georgie Porgie September 23, 2010 at 10:10 AM #

    check it out and island gal 246
    There is great wisdom in both your posts. Agree 100%

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  33. Georgie Porgie September 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM #

    When all is said, it is easy to see that with the policies and practices of peoples around the world that the predictions of Revelation 6 is almost self fulfilling. It is almost as though God does not have to open that seal. Mankind itself is already doing a good job on his own to cause famine and lack of food.

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  34. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM #

    @15:25 GMT while listening to President Obama address to the UN Conference – his words were and I quote -“I DON’T SEE WHY AFRICA SHOULD NOT BE A WORLD LEADER IN EXPORT AGRICULTURE – FOR ‘food security’ is….. (end of quote)”…

    Talk about timeliness!!!

    Back to case in point, India like China is facing serious challenges!!!

    The F.A.O believes that “China’s effort to produce enough to feed its growing population has long been recognized. It feeds over one-fifth of the world’s population with only one-fifteenth of the world’s arable land. China may face formidable challenges from its growing population (an annual increase of nearly 14 million in the 1990s), inefficient use of limited agricultural resources, technical constraints on food production, and complications in formulating food and agricultural policies that encourage agricultural production and achieve a higher level of national food security.”

    They see “China’s future food security as a subject of growing concern. First, although China’s food production has grown over the last several decades, year-to-year fluctuations of food supply and prices are significant. Market stabilization and food price inflation have been among the major targets of government policy since the late 1980s. The Chinese government considers maintaining a comparatively high level of food self-sufficiency, avoiding supply shocks, and stabilizing consumer prices, a matter of national security and stability.” The state Council (1996) has agreed that:

    “Only when the Chinese people are free from food availability and stability of food supply worries can they concentrate on and support the current reform, thus ensuring a sustained, rapid and healthy development of the economy.”

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  35. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM #

    AP NEWS RELEASE

    Genetically Altered Salmon? It Doesn’t Stop There…

    http://hosted2.ap.org/apdefault/5516718d3e6146098e038e953e1d5b98/Article_2010-09-22-US-SCI-Food-Tinkering/id-de142497a33e48c5b794c4a7a6afd5fb

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  36. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 11:16 AM #

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  37. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM #

    THE ANGRY RICH – PAUL KRUGMAN

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/opinion/20krugman.html

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  38. Terence M Blackett September 23, 2010 at 1:10 PM #

    Devinder Sharma’s unique perspective of FOOD* is worthy of notation based on his 2004 article entitled – “FOOD AS POLITICAL WEAPON”

    In an interview, he was asked – “What happened after initial success of the Green Revolution in India?”

    SHARMA said – “The Green Revolution was something that India required desperately at one stage, because of the situation with food imports and famine. For that, it did a remarkable job. But 10 years later, the yields began to plateau, and also the negative impacts of the Green Revolution began to be seen. The damage done by too much fertilizer, all the pesticides, the pumping-out of water — all those began to be seen. Unfortunately, the scientific community refused to accept these challenges and come up with corrective measures that could restore sustainability. They went on advocating more fertilizer, more pesticides, and more pumping-out of water. The result is that the Green Revolution area — which is 30% of the country’s total agricultural land — is a failure. These are the lands that absolutely require irrigation — fertilizers and pesticides only work in an area that is assured of irrigation. These are the lands now gasping for breath. These are the lands suffering from second-generation environmental impacts. The impacts are visible now, but the scientists somehow fail to stand up to rectify the mistakes that produced them. Now farmers are using twice the quantity of fertilizer they were using five years back to produce the same size crop, because now if they don’t put on fertilizer there’s no yield at all. The crop won’t grow. We have made everything so bad, against all norms of sustainability. Thirty or 40 years later we realize the “Green Revolution” has left a kind of frightening scenario that is difficult to address to meet our “food security” needs.

    Sharma was then asked – “Does the 1.5 hectares per farmer provide food security if all is going well?”

    This was his response –

    “I would say that this 1.5 hectares is still sustainable, it still meets the food needs of the farmers, and all they need is a policy mix from the top that allows them to make agriculture an attractive proposition. Unfortunately, that is not happening. They have begun to shift their focus to corporate farming, and people have begun to believe there is no other way out than to bring corporate agriculture to India. That’s the kind of message that comes from international agencies and certain institutions and so on. The policymakers tend to believe that this is the answer, but I think it is a misplaced priority.

    THIS PARTICULAR QUESTION AND THE SUBSEQUENT ANSWER BLEW ME AWAY!!!!

    What are the consequences for Indian society? What happens when a farmer is displaced?

    SHARMA. First of all, he sells off his kidney, then he sells off other parts of his body, all that he can do. Then he can commit suicide. The rate of suicide in Indian agriculture is phenomenally high. The government of India will deny that, but my estimate is that in the last 10 years the number of farmers in India who have committed suicide is more than 16,000. If you go to Uttar Pradesh in south India and pick up a newspaper, every other day you will find reports of a farmer who has committed suicide. He was a cotton grower, or he was a vegetable grower, all kinds of farmers committing suicide. The state governments are saying they can find no reason why farmers should be committing suicide, they think there is something wrong with the psychology of these farmers. So they say we need to send a team of psychiatrists to talk to farmers. There’s a lesson here. Also, people are migrating to the urban areas. In 1995 the World Bank did a study which said that the number of people migrating from rural to urban areas in India is going to be equal to twice the combined population of the United Kingdom, France and Germany by the year 2010. Look at the social chaos we are going to have. It is also anticipated that India will have 20 mega-cities in next 10 years. So far we only have four mega-cities. There are people who have estimated that New Dehli, which is 40 percent slums today, will be 80 percent slums by the year 2010. Look at the kind of sad economic growth we are talking about. There is something wrong somewhere….

    MY FOLLOWING UP QUESTION THEN IS THIS – WHAT HAPPENS TO A WORLD WHERE FOOD IS SCARCE, MEN HAVE TO LIVE ON RATIONS OR EVEN FORAGE FOR THE DAILY SUSTENANCE TO FEED FAMILY & POSSIBLE FOE?

    I shudder to think of such a world ( A SPIELBERG* MOMENT IN TIME) – but could it be a looming reality in the near future?

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  39. Georgie Porgie September 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM #

    Re MY FOLLOWING UP QUESTION THEN IS THIS – WHAT HAPPENS TO A WORLD WHERE FOOD IS SCARCE, MEN HAVE TO LIVE ON RATIONS OR EVEN FORAGE FOR THE DAILY SUSTENANCE TO FEED FAMILY & POSSIBLE FOE?

    I shudder to think of such a world ( A SPIELBERG* MOMENT IN TIME) – but could it be a looming reality in the near future?

    Yes jackass JUST AS PREDICTED IN REVELATION 6

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  40. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM #

    Mont. woman fends off bear attack with zucchini (LOL)

    THERE’S A LESSON RIGHT THERE….LOLL

    http://hosted2.ap.org/apdefault/66bc2f9a3d2c4fefb75ef3e307414255/Article_2010-09-23-US-ODD-Bear-Attack-Zucchini/id-85eb15cf7e744286b041dedea24b3e7b

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  41. David September 23, 2010 at 3:07 PM #

    @TB

    As a Christian soldier it must be important to filter the religious dogma to show others how heaven can be reflected on earth. One way is through food security.

    Your thoughts?

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  42. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM #

    Rising Prices Reinforce Need for Food Security Policies

    http://www.i-sis.org.uk/risingPricesFoodSecurity.php

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  43. Georgie Porgie September 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM #

    David
    You sounding hartley henryesque now!

    Governments and NGO’s and individuals must use the information gleaned from the International Organizations on Food to ensure that they are cultivating food, have clean and adequate water sources and are educating their populaces about these matters from cradle to the grave.
    The purpose of such information and research allows responsible people to extrapolate the relevant information for thier countries needs.

    In some cases organizations will have to help whether it be Meals on Wheels for the Elderly or The Salvation Army as we do at home.

    So called scholars to be viable and useful to thier socities must have the abiity , capability interest NOT ONLY TO TALK AND WRITE NOUGH BULL SHIT, but also to THINK and APLY KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION PRACTICALLY AND REALISTICALLY AND PROPOSE SUITABLE SOLUTIONS

    You are asking too much of the bar raiser.
    Whereas it is quite easy to scoff and scorn at the Biblical prophecies, and whereas must WORK and WAR as one WAITS , it is also important to relate the probable/possible/apparent evidence of the Biblical signs to the scenarios before us. This is what PRACTICAL Eschatologists do. LOL

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  44. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 3:44 PM #

    DAVIS @BU

    Hey Bruv* – you don’t ask easy questions do you?

    This maybe a better question for the religious glitterati* on BU who for all intents and purposes wield a BIGGER* axe than I ever could…

    HOW WE HAVE MOVED FROM AN EDENIC* WORLD OF PLENTY & ABUNDANCE TO A WORLD OF SCARCITY, MANIPULATION & THE ERA OF (the 7 lean cows) IS STILL A MYSTERY TO ME – BUT THE SIMPLISTIC ARGUMENT MADE BY MY BROTHERS IN THE ARMED STRUGGLE IS – [sin]…

    I like Kirk Harris’ slant on the issue of “Intersecting Narratives: Faith, Food, and Human Rights” – where he argues that “although nearly all these actors share a sincere desire to ensure that people have access to food, the number of ideologies driving their work are almost limitless. Two of these ideologies are worth examining here. The first is the belief that adequate food, sufficient for a healthy life, is a basic right of every human person. There is a large and varied constituency, including many nation-states, UN bodies, and local and international human rights groups which embrace this norm and have asserted it repeatedly in international legal documents, policy papers, advocacy briefings, and in public demonstrations. ”

    “The second ideology emphasizes ending hunger as a moral obligation, rather than a legal one, and is often embraced by faith-based groups. This ideology, existing within the Christian tradition, is rooted in a theological narrative, drawn from The Bible, which views access to food as a moral imperative and an expression of God’s just will for humanity. Although they draw their inspiration from different sources, there are overlapping areas of emphasis between the right to food doctrine upheld by human rights defenders and advocacy groups, and the theological “food justice” narrative drawn from the Bible, which informs several of their faith-based counterparts. Both visions affirm the need to re-examine the current food system and expand access to food and nutrition for all, through empowering smallholder farmers and reforming international trade regimes.”

    Whatever slant you take on the issue of “FOOD SECURITY” – one thing I have learnt in my short lifetime is that the “CHURCH” and the religious establishment has lost it moral compass and has become “so heavenly minded that it is no longer any earthly good”… Some of us are more concerned (like our Jewish Zionists agitators) about Armageddon and facilitating an approaching APOCALYPSE while others are awaiting to be whisked away like Elijah in a flaming chariot – raptured away into the portal of glory leaving the poor, useless “BUGGERS” to feel the wrath and ire of those who are LEFT BEHIND…

    NOW YOU HAVE CAUSED ME TO DRAW THE SACRILEGIOUS FIRE OF THE SONS OF THUNDER WHO STILL BELIEVE I HAVE SOME SUBLIMINAL AGENDA FOR BEING ON BU…. lol

    Laad have mercy!!! LOL

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  45. Terence M. Blackett September 23, 2010 at 4:24 PM #

    Sorry DAVID – my fingers made a “Freudian” slip and mis-spelt your name…LOL

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  46. Georgie Porgie September 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM #

    Folk either believe the Bible or they dont

    Those who believe it know that Enoch and Elijah are OT prototypes on NT saints who will be raptured at the end of this age or dispension as taught in several NT passages including 1 Thes 4:13-18.

    Folk who believe the ruths also understand the truths of 1 Thes 4:13-18 generally understand that according to 1 Thess 5 that while they are WAITING they ought to be AWAKE AND TO BE WORKING AND WARRING AND WALKING

    Many church groups and para church groups including the SDA’s believe this and are actively involved in FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMS IN THIER LOCAL AREAS AND INTERNATIONALLY AS PART OF THIER SOCIAL OUTREACH while thy seek to present the Gospel.

    Its is outrageous then for this idiot to write the junk above! Does he understand the topic that he started or did h he just want to spew hot air about the junk he presents on his links.

    IT WILL TAKE A MIRACLE FOR US TO HAVE POSTERS WHO CAN STEADFASTLY STUDIOUSLY SEQUENTIALLY AND SUCCESSIFEVLY AND SUCCESSFULLY FOLLOW A THREAD TO A LOGICAL AND COHERENT CONCLUSION.

    IT IS AN ABOMINATION WHEN SO CALLED SCHOLARS ARE UNABLE TO DO THIS

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  47. The People's Democratic Congress September 24, 2010 at 5:01 AM #

    Hopi,

    We appreciate the comment about our being on ball, so to speak.

    Terence Blackett,

    In one of the links provided above (the Paul Krugman op-ed), the rich in the USA have every right to be angry over TAXATION, just as the poor there have every right to be that way about it too.

    PDC

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