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August 20, 2018
We are now in a moderate drought.
We are worse off than some.
We are still sitting better than others.
Prayers continue for fire, and truly drought ravaged regions.
Prayers for flood damaged areas as well.
Kids head off to school this week.
Flowers bloom, most birds have gone into stealth mode.
All other changes that occur in August bring sadness
Not much time for a personal touch, that will return.
The next couple of newsletters are filled with information I hope you want to know about.
I know my head is spinning.
I am starting out with the 'Earth Shaking' settlement in the 'California Supreme Court', about two weeks ago.
Is 'Monsanto's' number finally up?
(You will want read some of what I have discovered.)
Or has the courts launched the first salvo in this battle that now has some teeth.
On August 10, 2018, a jury ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay $289 million Friday to a school groundskeeper who got terminal cancer after using Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers.
289 million Dollars.
Dewayne Johnson's non-Hodgkin lymphoma was at least partly due to using glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup.
Johnson regularly used glyphosate to spray fields while working as a groundskeeper, according to an article in USA Today.
Hundreds of lawsuits claiming Roundup causes cancer have now been given the green light to go to trial.
This, despite Monsanto claims that there is no connection between glyphosate and cancer.
(Of course, would they claim otherwise?)
Johnson was awarded a total of about $39 million in past and future losses, both economic and non-economic.
It was however, the $250 million in punitive damages that woke everyone up in the courtroom.
The jury determined that Monsanto’s herbicides were a substantial factor in causing injury to the plaintiff and caused Mr. Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard.
Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression and/or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.
This is very, very alarming – and everyone needs to take notice.
Monsanto has tried to hide the dangers of Roundup from the the regulators and the public for years.
$250 million is a mind numbing, and hopefully clean up your act figure.
Monsanto has yet to warn consumers of the potential dangers of its multi billion dollar herbicides despite the fact that, in 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a leading institute on the issues related to cancer, listed glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Monsanto claims its innocence, stating more than 800 scientific studies and reviews, support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.
Monsanto’s own witnesses testified that company employees in fact “ghostwrote” scientific articles and compensated outside scientists to publish articles regarding Roundup under the scientists’ names in order to mislead the public as to the carcinogenic properties of Roundup.
Research also shows that scientists, universities, and so called independent laboratories have been payed to write favorable articles.
I might add this, this can go for both sides of the fence, not simply Monsanto.
I also understand that ghosts have been hired to flood such markets like Facebook with nothing but positive feedback.
Other internal documents surfacing at trial demonstrated that a scientific adviser hired by Monsanto told the company that past testing was insufficient because glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup was tested in isolation without the other chemical ingredients that make up the product’s formulation.
In many products, the so called inert ingredients make the major player (in this case glyphosate), that more toxic, or effective.
Pay attention now.
In announcing the verdict, Judge Bolanos read a list of questions the jury was presented regarding the safety of Roundup and whether its users could foresee any risks associated with it.
The questions were.......
“Did Monsanto know or should reasonably have known that users would not realize the danger?”
“Did Monsanto fail to adequately warn of the danger?”
“Was Monsanto’s failure to warn a substantial factor in causing harm to Johnson?”
To each of those questions, the jury’s response was, “Yes.’’
Monsanto and its very deep pockets says they will appeal
Who knows how long this will drag on.
My head is still swimming.
Two weeks of research.
Amazed at what a person can find.
Millions paid to lobbyists.
Millions more contributed to political campaigns (both major parties).
Possible bullying, or collusion with federal agencies.
Cover ups, and more.
Hopefully I will have matters more organized next week.
You will want to read some of this stuff.
What Glyphosate is doing to our health.
Not just our health, but our birds, fish and other wildlife.
So called healthy foods at risk.
Glyphosate is even found in some children vaccines.
Stay with me, 'Money Talks'.
Well , it is time to fly for now.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
“Many a friendship -- long, loyal, and self-sacrificing -- rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.”
Frederick William Faber (1814 - 1863)
English Priest and Hymn Writer
From the word of God.
"Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit".
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones".
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
We borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb.
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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