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The Country Today ^ | May 2nd, 2007 | Jim Massey

Posted on 05/05/2007 1:02:19 AM PDT by quietolong

Not registering

By Jim Massey

Editor

MADISON
— The May 1 deadline for Wisconsin dairy farmers to register their premises under threat of not having their milk-shipping licenses renewed is on hold.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 75 people on April 25 voiced their discontent and heard an update about the premises registration issue. A group of Wisconsin farmers — mostly dairy producers — have expressed concerns about the mandatory premises program and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's plan to not renew dairy farm licenses for unregistered farms.

Concerns expressed at the March DATCP board meeting prompted formation of a board subcommittee and the informational meeting. Legislators, dairy farmers and other invited guests were asked for opinions about the issue.

Two days after the April 25 meeting, DATCP officials issued a statement saying dairy plant operators should continue to pick up milk from producers even after the May 1 deadline.

'You may continue to pick up milk from licensed producers until and unless the department specifically informs you that the producer's license has been suspended,' DATCP official Tom Leitzke wrote in a memo to dairy plant operators. 'The department is currently reviewing its next steps and has not yet taken any action to suspend milk producer licenses for failure to comply with the livestock premises registration law. However, you should continue to advise your patrons to register their premises as required under the (law).' Rod Nilsestuen, DATCP secretary, used the recent Clark County hog pseudorabies outbreak as an example of how the premises registration program could be used. He said because all farms weren't registered in the outbreak area, DATCP officials had to go door-to-door to find out which producers had hogs on their farms.

'The idea is to know where species of livestock are located, so in case of an outbreak — like pseudorabies this month — our veterinarians can find the farms and determine if there's a problem, test and isolate those animals from the rest of the herd, and minimize losses and the shutdown of markets to the rest of the states and beyond,' Mr. Nilsestuen said. 'Without this program, our markets can be put in jeopardy. Millions of dollars for Wisconsin agriculture are at stake here.'

Several dairy farmers said they didn't want to be forced to register their premises, and that state officials already have enough information about their farms. Rep. Al Ott, R-Forest Junction, called the farmers 'selfish' for thinking about themselves and not what's best for the state's agricultural industry.

'As far as I'm concerned, anything but full compliance is unacceptable,' Rep. Ott said. 'You talk about your personal feelings and violating your rights on this. All I can think about is the selfishness that your position presents. It's very selfish to put the state of Wisconsin at risk because you don't want to have a (premises) number.

'Do you want us to spend money foolishly, going up and down the road to find where these animals are when we could do it more effectively and at a lower cost? You come in here and expect the state of Wisconsin to roll over just because you don't want a premises ID and risk the rest of the state, the economic value, the national and international marketplaces. I think that is wrong. I'm offended that you can't recognize that we're trying to protect you all.'

Rep. Barbara Gronemus, D-Whitehall, was the primary sponsor of the premises registration law passed in 2004. She said DATCP staff interpreted the law differently than she intended.

'I made a grave mistake when I assumed that the department of agriculture would be the friend of the farmer when it came to this premises registration (law),' Rep. Gronemus said. 'I never intended to have the department uses premises registration to determine who were going to be the producers of the dairy industry in our state. I never thought that you would use that heavy-handed method that has become a public issue now.' Mark Brothen, a Viroqua dairy farmer, said the mandatory premises registration program supersedes the federal government's voluntary animal-identification program.

'The USDA has indicated that participation in the (National Animal Identification System) is voluntary and that producers can opt not to participate,' Mr. Brothen said. 'This means to me that I cannot be penalized for refusing to place a voluntary premises code on my farm or property.'

He criticized state officials for using a federal grant to run the premises registration program. 'The ag department has a conflict of interest — $1.7 million has been allocated (to Wisconsin) for the program for fiscal year 2007,' Mr. Brothen said. 'How many pieces of silver must we accept, Mr. Nilsestuen?' Jim Matson, a DATCP attorney, said the state's premises registration program isn't preempted by federal law. 'We believe it is, on its face, a mandatory law and there are certain sanctions that apply,' Mr. Matson said. Mike Dummer, DATCP board chairman, said the DATCP board and agency officials would consider the meeting comments, but the agency has a responsibility to implement the law.

'It's not a maybe-we-should-or-shouldn't deal,' he said. 'This agency has responsibilities to the Legislature. This rule was mandatory by Jan. 1, 2006, and this is how long we've continued to extend an outreach and education effort. In truth, (the Legislature) could confront the agency and say you are way past your deadline.

'As an agency, where do we go? We're caught between the Legislature telling us what to do and what the producers are saying are their concerns and issues. Somehow we have to make the call, and it's not going to be popular with everyone. At some point we won't have the option of procrastinating. At some point we have to draw a line in the sand.'

Deb Reinhart, Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium chairwoman, said state officials should 'continue to work to make all producers find ways to be in compliance.'

'We do not want a disaster dictating how we manage our industry,' Ms. Reinhart said. 'I have been told by our state vet that if we would have a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Florida, that in two weeks nothing would move on or off my dairy farm. I get paid for what I produce on my dairy. If I cannot feed my cows or ship my milk, I no longer have a livelihood. I believe to make premises registration no longer mandatory would be a grave mistake.'

John Peck, Family Farm Defenders executive director, said the group is preparing for legal action against the state if farmers are forced against their will to apply for a premises registration number.

Jim Massey may be reached at jimmassey@mhtc.net.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: bigcattleiswatchingu; cowshares; farming; farmregistration; food; healthypeople2010; moralabsolutes; nonais; rfid; tagging
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>>> under threat of not having their milk-shipping licenses renewed <<<

See how it works next it will be driver licenses for not towing the gov. line

>>> hog pseudorabies outbreak <<<<

Also see:
Breaking News:

Testing finds no more pseudorabies

Wonder how that got up here. Think they checked any workers the farms may employ??

1 posted on 05/05/2007 1:02:22 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: quietolong

Be wary of food items from China
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1822637/posts

It’s funny they want to force farmers to tag and register everything But..

Animal ID Makers in Hog Heaven (long but good)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1574414/posts

All livestock to be registered with state [WI-Yes, fish too] ^
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1509267/posts

I think you are seeing the reasons why they want foreign governments and corps. to run OUR ports, Super highway up from Mexico foreign trucks & drivers.

Americans would stop delivering & unloading ships. To protest this.

This is not only Clinton’s fault but also the Bush’s fault.
I’m exasperated up with the lot.


2 posted on 05/05/2007 1:03:01 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: quietolong

Something more to think about. But most people just won’t get it. Well before it’s too late

New child checks to identify future criminals[UK]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1810410/posts

>>> It proposes to “establish universal checks throughout a child’s development to help service providers to identify those most at risk of offending.” <<<<

U.S. court upholds same-sex teaching to children
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790407/posts

>>> “entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.” <<<

Think about it.

Homosexual Lawyers Try to Hide What Happened at Fistgate
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3af058b05e4d.htm

Parent Hit With “Fistgate Lawsuit Responds to Charges.
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a397dbd4958bc.htm

Fistgate Teachers Knew They Were Violating Trust
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/517144/posts

Then there’s this. (see #9)

Animal ID Makers in Hog Heaven (long but good)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1574414/posts

More reading:

All livestock to be registered with state [WI-Yes, fish too] ^
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1509267/posts

Farm trucks must obtain Federal ID
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489145/posts

Amish oppose animal ID
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1485362/posts?page=53#53

National ID cards: REAL ID goes too far
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1487846/posts

E-tracking, coming to a DMV near you [DOT wants to track your car wherever it goes]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1546825/posts

NHRA News: Legislation threatens vehicle hobby industry
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/592530/posts

Once the system in in place....Guess who’s next..


3 posted on 05/05/2007 1:04:49 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: quietolong
'As far as I'm concerned, anything but full compliance is unacceptable,' Rep. Ott said. 'You talk about your personal feelings and violating your rights on this. All I can think about is the selfishness that your position presents. It's very selfish to put the state of Wisconsin at risk because you don't want to have a (premises) number. 'Do you want us to spend money foolishly, going up and down the road to find where these animals are when we could do it more effectively and at a lower cost? You come in here and expect the state of Wisconsin to roll over just because you don't want a premises ID and risk the rest of the state, the economic value, the national and international marketplaces. I think that is wrong. I'm offended that you can't recognize that we're trying to protect you all.' Rep. Barbara Gronemus, D-Whitehall, was the primary sponsor of the premises registration law passed in 2004. She said DATCP staff interpreted the law differently than she intended. 'I made a grave mistake when I assumed that the department of agriculture would be the friend of the farmer when it came to this premises registration (law),' Rep. Gronemus said. 'I never intended to have the department uses premises registration to determine who were going to be the producers of the dairy industry in our state. I never thought that you would use that heavy-handed method that has become a public issue now.' Mark Brothen, a Viroqua dairy farmer, said the mandatory premises registration program supersedes the federal government's voluntary animal-identification program. 'The USDA has indicated that participation in the (National Animal Identification System) is voluntary and that producers can opt not to participate,' Mr. Brothen said. 'This means to me that I cannot be penalized for refusing to place a voluntary premises code on my farm or property.'

Well, who knew that this was an entry point for NAID fascism? For those who aren't familiar with NAID, you better get ready for international control of every animal you own - on a farm or not - including your petdoggs, cats and hamsters (oops, you'll be the caged hamsters).

http://nonais.org/
4 posted on 05/05/2007 5:42:20 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (ought)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Sorry about the mis-spellings and lack of formatting. Coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.


5 posted on 05/05/2007 5:43:21 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (ought)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
'Do you want us to spend money foolishly, going up and down the road to find where these animals are when we could do it more effectively and at a lower cost? You come in here and expect the state of Wisconsin to roll over just because you don't want a premises ID and risk the rest of the state, the economic value, the national and international marketplaces. I think that is wrong. I'm offended that you can't recognize that we're trying to protect you all.'

We're from the government and we're here to help.

6 posted on 05/05/2007 5:53:20 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad

No kidding. They want every critter you own numbered, registered and controlled. No more country place with a few chickens and a dog - unless you have permission from the commissars. Of course, they’ll say it ain’t so...but when has their power not been expanded, abused or used to take more of your rights?


7 posted on 05/05/2007 6:15:36 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (ought)
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To: quietolong

Hmmm - I think the moral absolutes listers would be interestd in this.

Stinks of totalitarianism.


8 posted on 05/05/2007 6:20:34 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Wheen I proposed selling trained fleas in my pet shop NAID wanted a complete report including point of origin (my dog) wholesale price,(2 dog biscuits) name of purchaser, vet certificate, (rejected the flea dip) and more. Animal Rights extremists have gained control of NAID making it an enemy of the people.


9 posted on 05/05/2007 6:25:38 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: little jeremiah

“Stinks of totalitarianism”

It’s part of the United Nations agenda 21

You can read all about it here: http://www.sovereignty.net


10 posted on 05/05/2007 6:37:51 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: antisocial

I know somewhat about it; will ping one of my lists so they can be informed. Thanks for the link.


11 posted on 05/05/2007 8:42:07 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: quietolong

How long will we allow the globalists to run this country?


12 posted on 05/05/2007 7:26:26 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
How long will we allow the globalists to run this country?

Until we elect an American as president. We haven't had and American president since Reagan. The only Americans that are currently running are Hunter, Paul, and Tancredo.

13 posted on 05/06/2007 4:51:10 AM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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To: hiredhand

Ping


14 posted on 05/06/2007 4:54:29 AM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: quietolong; Diana in Wisconsin; Calpernia

PING


15 posted on 05/06/2007 5:06:06 AM PDT by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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http://breederville.com/auction/forumtopic.php?topic=95&boardid=9
USDA Handbook Advises Animal-ID Staff to Address Farmers “At The Sixth Grade Level”

A USDA “NAIS (National Animal Identification System) How-To Handbook,” most recently revised in February 2007, instructs all State and Federal NAIS staff aggressively to promote the supposedly “voluntary” premises ID program. The goal of the campaign and the How-To Handbook is to “increase . . . premises registration results” and to promote during 2007 not only “continued growth in premises registration,” but also the “adoption of animal ID and tracing.” (Handbook, p. 1; USDA’s NAIS Community Outreach bulletin, Feb. 2007, p. 1.)

The Handbook demands uniformity and strict adherence to four “key messages” that staff are to present to audiences of farmers when promoting NAIS. As described by the USDA, these “key messages” “are organized into topic categories and supported with concise sentences. They are designed for an audience reading at the sixth grade level.” (Handbook, p. 41.)

More at link. Thank you Mary Zanoni


16 posted on 05/06/2007 5:47:43 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong; Diana in Wisconsin; Gabz

bump

ping


17 posted on 05/06/2007 5:48:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Grinder; Esther Ruth; freepatriot32; prairiebreeze; tiamat; Ladysmith; Alas Babylon!; Malacoda; ...

Roccus, this is in reference to the survey you received.


18 posted on 05/06/2007 5:49:37 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Gabz; quietolong

Well, this turned out all for the best now, didn’t it? I’ve been b*tchin’ about this situation for a very long time.

Looks like thanks to a (D) we get the usual “law of unintended consequences” along with ANY legislation they ram through, and now we’ve got an (R) calling farmers “selfish” for not lying down and just taking this illegal search and seizure ploy?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the day they come to my farm and demand to “tag” my laying hens “for the children” is Butchering Day!

There’s plenty of ways to make money on a farm. However, now that they have a foot in the door, how long before they start to legislate the crops I can and cannot grow? Will they allow me to produce a fresh, ripe tomato to sell locally, or will I be thrown in jail for that because they want all of our food coming from foreign sources?

Good Lord, what a mess. I’m usually a very optimistic person, love my country to the n-th degree...but it’s getting tougher with each passing year to put up with this nonsense!


19 posted on 05/06/2007 5:50:51 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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http://nationalpropertyowners.org

National Property Owners

http://nonais.org

No NAIS up to the minute Blog

http://www.grannywarriors.com
Granny Warriors


20 posted on 05/06/2007 5:54:45 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Calpernia

I must be pshycic - I just had this feeling about your reaction to this piece of lovely news.........


21 posted on 05/06/2007 5:56:42 AM PDT by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: quietolong

Previous stories on FR:

FR keyword search, tagging

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=tagging

FR keyword search, Healthy People 2010

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=healthypeople2010

Agenda 21 is short script for 2010. The RFID identification is part of Healthy People 2010.

About Healthy People 2010

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1563271/posts
Healthy People 2010


22 posted on 05/06/2007 5:57:52 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Every time I point out that “the land of the free” is a myth, I get jumped on by the jackboots - but, the evidence is hard to dispute.


23 posted on 05/06/2007 5:58:39 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Roccus; Diana in Wisconsin

Freeper Roccus got a USDA survey which automatically registers you for Premise ID. He doesn’t have any animals.

Yet, he has lovely plants. That is the ‘ability’ to produce agri items.

Yes, plants qualifies you for premise registration. That was a gift from the Jimmy Carter era.


24 posted on 05/06/2007 6:00:36 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong
'I made a grave mistake when I assumed that the department of agriculture would be the friend of the farmer..."

Sure ya did, b!tch. Friggin control freak. These people make me sick.

25 posted on 05/06/2007 6:00:54 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: quietolong

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.


26 posted on 05/06/2007 6:01:52 AM PDT by Jim Noble (We don't need to know what Cho thought. We need to know what Librescu thought.)
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To: quietolong
The May 1 deadline for Wisconsin dairy farmers to register their premises under threat of not having their milk-shipping licenses renewed is on hold.

Er.......Doesn't the milk-shipping license have an address field?

27 posted on 05/06/2007 6:05:27 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: quietolong

BUMP


28 posted on 05/06/2007 6:05:44 AM PDT by DvdMom (Impeach Nifong -)
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To: Roccus

About the survey

http://breederville.com/auction/forumtopic.php?topic=58&boardid=5
USDA’s Snooping Machine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking more and more like the Big Brother government that has infected Washington in recent years. The “2006 Agricultural Identification Survey,” recently mailed to thousands of private landowners, is a good example.

The instructions for the questionnaire say “Response to this survey is legally required by Title 7, U.S. Code.” Title 7 of the U.S. Code is an enormous document, containing 105 chapters, each of which is a lengthy book unto itself. To find the specific requirement, a person would have to read all the way to Chapter 55, Section 2204g, to discover that a person who falsifies an answer to the questions asked may be fined $500; a person who fails or refuses to answer may be fined $100.

The questionnaire asks 22 multi-part questions. The USDA wants to know what is on the privately owned land, how it is used, if there are animals on the land, and the variety and quantity of each. The agency wants to know if the owner has any contracts that affect the land or produce revenue, and how much total revenue the land produces.

Does the collection of this information – under penalty of law – by the U.S. government violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which clearly says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects ... shall not be violated ...” without a warrant? This USDA survey is an infringement on the Fourth Amendment right of private landowners to be secure in their “persons, houses, papers and effects.” Why does the government need this information?

Actually, this Agriculture Survey was authorized by a 1997 law that was enacted to relieve the U.S. Census Bureau from collecting farm data, which had been an expanding part of its mission for several years. The Census Bureau is authorized by the Constitution to simply count the citizens every 10 years in order to maintain balanced congressional representation. Like all bureaucracies, however, mission-creep has transformed the Census Bureau into a national snooping machine.

According to the 1997 law, the Agriculture Survey was supposed to be taken in 1998 and every five years thereafter. If a survey was taken in 1998, or 2003, it certainly missed thousands of landowners who received this 2006 survey, which should not be taken until 2008.

It may be purely coincidental that the “Premises Registration” required by the National Animal Identification System, or NAIS, is precisely the same information that is solicited on the 2006 Agriculture Survey form. Until 2006, the NAIS was intended, and expected, to be mandatory, beginning with premises registration by 2007. Affected landowners and small farmers raised such a ruckus, that the USDA had to back down and promise that the NAIS would be voluntary.

Organizations such as the Liberty Ark Coalition, nonais.org, stopanimalid.org and dozens of Internet groups have sprung up across the country in opposition the NAIS and to similar programs being developed at the state level using funds provided by the USDA.

The NAIS was developed by large meatpackers and technology manufacturers to enhance export markets. It was sold to the public as a public-safety program to track and trace-back the source of any animal sickness. The program fell apart when analyzed by the people who would be forced to comply with it, and the USDA has been forced to publicly abandon its plan to make the program mandatory.

Privately, however, the USDA is using all the tools it can muster to impose this animal identification program. The agency has provided funding to states that develop a mandatory program and has endorsed certain types of electronic technology – produced by the companies that helped develop the original program. Now, coincidentally, comes this 2006 Agriculture Survey, two years ahead of schedule, which requires – under penalty of law – the same information that the NAIS program cannot compel, since it is now voluntary, rather than mandatory.

Some landowners will simply ignore the questionnaire, pay the $100 fine and consider it to be an expense of keeping the government out of their business. Some folks may try to avoid the fine and maintain their Fourth Amendment rights by responding to each and every question with, “It’s none of your damn business,” and mailing the form to the USDA by the Jan. 29 deadline.

It is a sad state of affairs when Congress has so little concern for the U.S. Constitution that it allows this kind of abuse by federal agencies. This 2006 Agriculture Survey and the NAIS are but small examples of disrespect for the constitutional rights of all Americans. Congress will change its collective attitude, however, only when required to do so by the voters.


29 posted on 05/06/2007 6:06:04 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1573646/posts
How do you say No NAIS in Japanese?


30 posted on 05/06/2007 6:15:23 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I’m usually a very optimistic person, love my country to the n-th degree...but it’s getting tougher with each passing year to put up with this nonsense!

I agree, my give-a-sh!ter broke a long time ago.

31 posted on 05/06/2007 6:19:06 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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>>> hog pseudorabies outbreak <<<<

http://breederville.com/auction/forumtopic.php?topic=11&boardid=5
Henshaw Incident
Alert - National — walterj 8:24 am

It is confirmed. As many of you know from first reading in the comments of articles here on NoNAIS.org and then in the discussion lists the USDA has slaughtered a large number of hogs at the Henshaw family’s place in Virginia. This is the nightmare abuse of power by the government we have all been fearing which is discussed starting on page 31 of the Government Accounting Office (GAO) document 05-214 regarding depopulation.

The claim is that the USDA did this because of Pseudorabies, yet the government did not follow it’s own standard operating procedures of testing as outlined in the USDA’s own documents. The USDA spilled bodily fluids from the slaughtered pigs all over the road where any disease could be transmitted to other farms and other animals. Slaughter is not required for testing for Pseudorabies. These issues seriously puts into question the validity of the disease claim and/or the competence of the government officials involved.

Please do not confuse Pseudorabies (a disease of livestock which does not infect humans) with the common disease of Rabies which is a totally different disease. By using the excuse of Pseudorabies, which sounds like Rabies, the government has already succeeded in confusing some people as to the disease. This may be the purpose in choosing that disease as the excuse.

Also note that pigs survive Pseudorabies and can go onto become healthy animals that can be used for food and breeding stock. Slaughter is neither necessary nor adviseable. On top of that, Pseudorabies is a disease that is virtually eradicated making an excessive, violent reaction like this not only unnecessary but irrational.

Here are some other interesting links about Pseudorabies you may want to read for background information:
Pseudorabies quick explanation (Wikipedia)
Pseudorabies Disease (Merck Manual)
Pseudorabies Eradication (USDA)
Depopulation Procedures (USDA)
Pseudorabies Q&A (USDA).

If you Google remember that it is all one word “Pseudorabies”.

The behavior of the government agents in the Henshaw case, the abuse of the family’s rights the destruction of private property, the failure to follow procedure and the killing of pets that were completely separate from the herd all suggests that there may be a lot more here than meets the eye.

This week several people I trust have visited with Cynthia and Danny Henshaw to see the destruction for themselves. You can read Sue Karber’s comments here about her visit to the Henshaw place. There are now reports of several other similar cases but no details yet. Below is a report on the situation from Jane Williams.

-WalterJ

[Prepared Sept. 27th for publication in the November 2006 “American Family Voice”]
Hogs Massacred in Virginia
Who’s Animals are Next

By Jane Williams

Gladstone, Virginia: At 5:00 AM on September 12, 2006, Cindi and Danny Henshaw were awakened by their local Virginia game warden, who arrested Danny on an apparently trumped up Class 2 Misdemeanor charge and took him from his Willis River Hunting preserve for supposedly, “operating a mammalian hunting enclosure without a permit.” As soon as Danny was out of the way, 9 SUV’s and pickups, 4 wheelers, and numerous heavily armed agents entered the Henshaw property with a Quarantine Order and began shooting Henshaw’s hogs and sheep with 12 gauge shotguns. Some 270 shell casings were also found.

Individuals participating in the attack were Virginia game wardens, USDA employees, and Virginia Department of Agriculture employees. At the Henshaw’s farm, the Virginia State Veterinarian appeared to be in charge. Some of the invaders wore jeans and sweat shirts with USDA lettering. Others wore white clothing that appeared to be hazardous materials suits. These were probably Virginia Department of Agriculture employees. They sure weren’t hunters, since they mostly used shotguns to kill the livestock and could not hit the scurrying young pigs. Danny was released from custody in 2 hours and allowed to return to the farm where he and Cindi were controlled around the clock by armed guards from September 12th through September 22nd.

A command center had been set up and another raid was being conducted near Farmville in Cumberland County, Virginia, at the same time [details not available on Sept. 27th]. On September 22nd, the attackers withdrew after killing Henshaw’s sheep and at least 79 hogs. Animals were starved to trick them into the open as they searched for food.

On September 26th, the Henshaws still knew little about why their hunting operation was attacked. About all they knew was that an agent supposedly reported that he had hunted at their reserve in May and, according to the agent, the hog that he shot had probably been infected with pseudorabies. The agent returned on September 9th and killed another hog that supposedly tested positive for pseudorabies. The Henshaws were not provided with any test reports. [It is doubtful that blood from a hog shot at the hunting reserve would have been viable for testing because of the time lapse from the death of the animal and the testing of the blood unless proper refrigeration techniques were used.] Danny and Cindi were held under armed guard around the clock and not allowed to move around to see what was taking place.

Attachments to the Quarantine Order stated that Henshaws would be charged for the costs of the massacre, including man hours, and the incineration of their animals. The hogs that were shot were apparently not tested, but their carcasses were loaded on trailers and hauled away for incineration as blood poured through the slats as the trailers rolled down the road. [On September 27th, the Henshaws were informed that blood from 15 of the slaughtered hogs had tested positive for pseudo rabies. Information about testing will be posted at a later date.] The Henshaws were prevented by armed guards from entering what the agents called, “the compound,” where the animals were being slaughtered. Two 5 ½ year old pet hogs that as babies had been bottle fed in their home from the time the pigs were 3 days old were housed on property with a separate deed from the hunting preserve. They were shot in their pen and their bleeding carcasses were dragged across the driveway where they had once followed the Henshaws around like pet dogs.

On September 22nd, the agents departed because they decided that they could not kill all of the hogs. Danny agreed to feed the hogs corn until they were de-stressed and then kill the remaining hogs. He would have agreed to anything to get the gun slingers off of his property. He was order not to do anything with the pigs other than feed them. That included treating wounded pigs and drawing blood for testing.. The Quarantine Order stated that the herd must be eradicated within 15 days to prevent the State of Virginia from loosing its “pseudorabies free status”.

Arkansas regulations allow 180 days for sell out for slaughter before an order of mandatory destruction is issued. Pseudorabies infected hogs are safe for human consumption. The Henshaws should have been allowed to sell their hogs for slaughter, if pseudorabies had been detected, but they were not allowed to test, confirm the presence of pseudorabies, or sell their hogs. They were only allowed to listen to the gunshots and hear the screaming, wounded, dying hogs.

Danny Henshaw is a nationally known archer (consistently ranking in the top 10 in the US), a highly respected hunter, a well known hunting film maker, and sought after hunting guide. He and Cindi had operated their hunting preserve for 16 years, and it had been grand-fathered in by the Commonwealth’s Attorney to grant it “status” as new Virginia regulations were enacted. Danny had worked as an undercover narcotics agent and said that this attack goes well beyond his experience as a law officer. Willis River Hunting, located near Gladstone, Virginia, offered guided hunting trips for Russian boar, trophy rams, and sheep. No adult animals remain at Willis River Hunting. The massacre destroyed the Henshaw’s primary business. They offer turkey hunts in Virginia and Kansas and deer hunts in Virginia and Kansas. Danny has even taken some rather famous Governor Clinton security guards turkey hunting and participated in making hunting films in Oklahoma.

USDA Quotes on Pseudorabies

“Pseudorabies is a viral disease most prevalent in swine, often causing newborn piglets to die. Older pigs can survive infection, becoming carriers of the pseudorabies virus for life. Other animals infected from swine die from pseudorabies, which is also known as Aujeszky’s disease and “mad itch.” Infected cattle and sheep can first show signs of pseudorabies by scratching and biting themselves. In dogs and cats, pseudorabies can cause sudden death. The virus does not cause illness in humans.” “Pseudorabies is a disease of swine that can also affect cattle, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, and goats. The disease is caused by pseudorabies virus (PRV), an extremely contagious herpes virus that causes reproductive problems, including abortion, stillbirths, and even occasional death losses in breeding and finishing hogs.” “ The virus has never been shown to be contagious to humans, not even to people working on farms with many PRV-infected animals.” “PRV is primarily spread through direct animal-to-animal (or nose-to-nose) contact between an infected and shedding pig and a non-infected pig. If present on inanimate objects, such as boots, clothing, feed, trucks, and equipment, the virus can also spread from herd to herd and farm to farm.”

“Pseudorabies can be prevented primarily through good, tight biosecurity, a sound vaccination program, and thorough, meticulous management with disease control and prevention in mind.” “PRV is known to have existed in the United States for at least 150 years.” “USDA established a voluntary eradication program for pseudorabies in the United States in 1989. The program is cooperative in nature and involves Federal, State, and industry participation. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) coordinates the national pseudorabies eradication program, State governments promulgate and enforce the intrastate regulations, and producers contribute by having their herds tested and instituting control and eradication measures. The program’s primary activities include surveillance, herd monitoring, and herd cleanup.” “Currently, all 50 States are considered free of PRV in commercial production swine herds, those herds which have adequate measures in place to prevent contact and potential infection from feral and transitional production swine, known potential carriers of the PRV virus.” “No commercial production herds have been found to be infected with PRV since early 2003. Sporadic infections have been found in transitional production herds, those swine which are captured feral swine, or have the potential to come in contact with feral swine. Any infected transitional herds have been promptly depopulated when found, and intense epidemiological investigations have been conducted to ascertain that no viral spread to commercial production swine has occurred.”
-USDA documents [1, 2]

Depopulation

Depopulation is slaughtering all animals supposedly affected with the disease or who are susceptible to the disease (any disease), in this case pseudorabies. All hogs are susceptible to pseudorabies. The armed agents were not able to kill all of the young pigs. Young pigs affected with pseudorabies would have been extremely easy to kill since they are weak and usually dying. Henshaws pigs ran too fast for the attackers to be able to shoot all of them. Henshaws reported that their hogs were robust and healthy. Their sows had not had conception problems, still births, or miscarriages. Young pigs had not been sick or dying.

Pseudorabies testing regulations in Arkansas require testing of 25 animals, or testing all animals on farms with smaller populations every 6 months. Larger hog operations need test only 27 if holding 100-200 head, 28 if holding 201-999 head, or 29 if holding 1000 or more head to be certified a pseudorabies free herd. Once again the small producer faces an economic disadvantage because of this costly testing requirement. This writer has not found any sale barn owner who has ever known of a pseudorabies positive test in Arkansas. Hogs can not be sold legally in Arkansas without blood being drawn by a technician or veterinarian unless the hog farm has been certified pseudorabies free. This testing requirement has caused most sale barns to no longer sell hogs because of the costs and difficulty having a veterinarian on site to draw blood. It has also caused most back yard hog producers to cease raising hogs because of the expense and difficulty involved in meeting the testing requirements. Complete swine regulations can be found at HYPERLINK http://www.arlpc.org www.arlpc.org under regulations. In 1987, when the Upjohn Company developed Tolvid pseudorabies vaccine was approved, the Upjohn Company stated that 8% of the US hog population was affected by the virus. In 2006, the National Pork Producers Council announced that the United States was free of pseudorabies.

In the United States today, any animal owner might experience the same depopulation tactics that the Henshaws just experienced. Regulations vary from state to state. Animal owners might be paid a portion of what the killed animals were worth. In most states, no warrant is required to enter the farm and tests are not required to confirm a disease. The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission regulations lay out specific guidelines for quarantine and depopulation that all animal owners should study. The Arkansas Animal Producer’s Association is proposing legislation to be considered by the 2007 General Assembly that would prevent a reenactment of the Virginia massacre in this state.

END

You can find additional discussion on NoNAIS.org about this incident in the comments of the following articles:

Cindi Henshaw’s initial letter to NoNAIS.org
Failice Sheep Disease Free comments
Sue Karber’s report from visit with the Henshaws
Storm Alert - Bill Oreilly
Definition of Terrorism
VA NAIS Info Meeting 9/11
MO Meetings 9/19

I am closing those articles to comments to focus the discussion here to keep it all together.

Also of interest is this article on the HenWhisperer’s blog.

In addition to the abuse of the depopulation there is question of the possibility that the EPA and similar government agencies may be using this as an excuse to depopulate small farms along rivers as a means of controlling pollutants. The irony there is one flooding of the septic fields of the big factory ‘farms’ will cause more damage to our waterways than all the small farms put together never mind the ongoing leakage from the big ‘farms’.

Another possibility that has occurred to me is that this sort of abuse may used to take people’s property and eliminate competition. I have a cousin who’s farm was taken by the town for a minor road adjustment. Turns out that the people who were really behind the move were developers who wanted my cousin’s prime agricultural fields for development. They got it for a song using eminent domain. The Henshaw Incident could be a similar tactic by unscrupulous people who would use governmental power for their own gain.

A big question is why is the media ignoring this story. This is very similar to what is happening with NAIS - the government is succeeding in keeping most people ignorant of the situation. The USDA has kept their plans for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) very low key trying to involve only the large stakeholders. We can fight that news blanket - Get the word out to blogs and discussion lists. Use the power of the internet. The situation has been confirmed so spread the news. You can refer people back to this article for confirmation. Just copy and paste the link from your browser.

Next write letters to your state and Congressional representatives (see the Contacts section of the right sidebar), the USDA and letters to the editor of your local newspapers. Get the word out while we still have the right to talk about these sorts of abuses of governmental power. Fight back now, not just for the Henshaws but because you could be next.

-WalterJ
Sugar Mountain Farm
in Vermont

Additional related reading on NoNAIS.org:
Deadly Euphemisms
Mafia Style Voluntary
Govi Double Speak


32 posted on 05/06/2007 6:24:01 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong

hog pseudorabies bump


33 posted on 05/06/2007 6:24:32 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong
We have the USDA depopulation documents from the FOIA request too.

The USDA Killing Fields

The USDA documents on the depopulation of swine and poultry have arrived. The other species are in process. You may want to take a look at these as the processes will be similar if not identical.

It is in PDF form and large so if you have dialup this probably won’t work for you. More is coming…

If you wish to save these to your hard drive for offline reading then right click and Save As.

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34 posted on 05/06/2007 6:31:32 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: quietolong
Rod Nilsestuen, DATCP secretary, used the recent Clark County hog pseudorabies outbreak as an example of how the premises registration program could be used. He said because all farms weren't registered in the outbreak area, DATCP officials had to go door-to-door to find out which producers had hogs on their farms.

Oh, cry me a river. This is supposed to be a free society. Government should do the accomodating, not the farmers.

35 posted on 05/06/2007 11:11:52 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (G*d bless and heal Virginia Tech!)
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To: quietolong
Several dairy farmers said they didn't want to be forced to register their premises, and that state officials already have enough information about their farms. Rep. Al Ott, R-Forest Junction, called the farmers 'selfish' for thinking about themselves and not what's best for the state's agricultural industry.

'As far as I'm concerned, anything but full compliance is unacceptable,' Rep. Ott said. 'You talk about your personal feelings and violating your rights on this. All I can think about is the selfishness that your position presents. It's very selfish to put the state of Wisconsin at risk because you don't want to have a (premises) number.

'Do you want us to spend money foolishly, going up and down the road to find where these animals are when we could do it more effectively and at a lower cost? You come in here and expect the state of Wisconsin to roll over just because you don't want a premises ID and risk the rest of the state, the economic value, the national and international marketplaces. I think that is wrong. I'm offended that you can't recognize that we're trying to protect you all.'

Hey, Al, want me to call a waaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance? Arrogant little prick.

36 posted on 05/06/2007 11:14:53 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (G*d bless and heal Virginia Tech!)
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To: quietolong; Calpernia; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; alisasny; ...

BTTT!

These Big Brother schemes are getting ridiculous!


37 posted on 05/06/2007 12:35:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (G*d bless and heal Virginia Tech!)
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To: Calpernia

Sounds awfully condescending at first, but maybe they’re taking our publik skrools into account.


38 posted on 05/06/2007 12:38:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (G*d bless and heal Virginia Tech!)
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To: Calpernia

What a bunch of thugs. These people should be enjoying careers flipping burgers and mopping floors, not terrorizing private citizens.


39 posted on 05/06/2007 12:54:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (G*d bless and heal Virginia Tech!)
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To: Calpernia

I asked around and others on my road, with more acreage than I, NEVER got the questionaire. I’m wondering if the fact that my accountant had been filing my dividends from the Southern States Co-Op ($10-$12 /yr) as “non farm income” may have something to do with this. Southern States is where I get my propane from and occassionally I buy lawn and garden stuff there. I thought the IRS was prohibited from sharing taxpayer info with other agencies, eg the Soc. Sec. Admin.


40 posted on 05/06/2007 1:20:26 PM PDT by Roccus (We finally consign Marxism to the dustbin of history, and it turns out itís a recycling bin.)
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To: Calpernia

Maybe I should have told them about the fish that swim in the stream that runs through my property. That’s the stream whose banks I’m not allowed to shore up against erosion without US Army Corps of Engineers permission!


41 posted on 05/06/2007 1:56:13 PM PDT by Roccus (We finally consign Marxism to the dustbin of history, and it turns out itís a recycling bin.)
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To: Calpernia; Gabz; patton

Well, looks like I’ll just be cultivating those “weeds” that grow behind the barn “all by themselves,” LOL! If I’m going to get in trouble, may as well go all the way. ;)

I did talk this over with a goat farmer at work today. I printed out the original article posted here, and a few of the links for him. He has a herd of about 300 goats, and sells the milk to a local cheese maker and he gets back some of the product to sell at market. He does the Dane County Farmer’s Market around the capitol square, and it’s a BIG DEAL to be a vendor there. Very lucrative and they are uber-selective, so the guy knows his stuff.

Anyhow, he agreed with me to a point, but then he said he would like to know if the ‘Hobby Farm’ down the road had some sort of outbreak that would infect his goats, he’d want to know right away and vice versa.

I told him it’s just another foot in the door for Government and Big Ag to more easily confiscate our animals in the future. I was surprised at his reaction because he is a smart business owner, and an intelligent guy.

He’s got to be one of many out there that aren’t worried about this though, and won’t know what hit them when the goat pellets hit the fan. :(


42 posted on 05/06/2007 3:23:19 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Roccus

You actually may be more right than you realize.

Does that stream run into a watershed? If so, that stream is owned by the EPA. Along with 300 foot greenway out from the waterline.

Because that was the criteria that was used on the Henshaws.

We have the bid contract and the presentation that was used on the Henshaws. It was the EPA, not disease. The disease was a front.


43 posted on 05/06/2007 3:57:46 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

‘Weeds’ are subject to plant tagging.

(I know what you meant; but the level of the USDA/EPA/FDA have reached insane)

http://msu.edu/~ramchan1/pda/ArrThesisFinal.pdf

PLANT SCANNER:
A HANDHELD PDA USING RFID TAGS FOR CHILD VISITORS TO THE MICHIGAN 4-H CHILDREN’S GARDEN
By Aparna Rajan Ramchandran
A THESIS Submitted to Michigan State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS
Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

2004
Page 2 ABSTRACT

PLANT SCANNER:
A HANDHELD PDA USING RFID TAGS FOR CHILD VISITORS TO THE MICHIGAN 4-H CHILDREN’S GARDEN

By Aparna Rajan Ramchandran

This thesis project investigates the viability of using interactive handheld and RFID technology in the Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University. The project involves the integration of technologies such as RFID, Flash, Embedded Visual Basic and XML to develop a usable interface on a Pocket PC.

The Plant Scanner Project is designed to teach children introductory plant biology and enhance their exploration of the Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden. The results from initial testing suggest that students learn more about plants by using the Plant Scanner, students use the technology with ease, students engage with the technology, the Plant Scanner works better in the outdoor garden, and that learning with the Plant Scanner is enhanced when a plant expert accompanies children.

(more at the PDF link)


44 posted on 05/06/2007 4:01:06 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

“...and that learning with the Plant Scanner is enhanced when a plant expert accompanies children.”

Oh, No! Don’t let an adult teach children about Nature. The Horror! The Horror!

They’ll obviously stop at nothing to indoctrinate...


45 posted on 05/06/2007 4:10:30 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: quietolong
See how it works next it will be driver licenses for not towing the gov. line

Having been raised on a dairy farm near Green Bay Wisc, way back in the 50s and early 60s, I can tell you flat out that the use of power by the Ag and forestry departments in Wisconsin goes back even further... They have always been heavy handed, and it has never changed. There is no point in worrying about Government Nazi's, as the state of Wisconsin pioneered the practice.

You should have seen the nonsense they forced on everyone when the Great Lake cleanup and reforestation programs were in full bloom. Many small farms just left their acreage and buildings, and escaped....Just let it rot....

46 posted on 05/06/2007 4:13:22 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Mitt....2008)
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To: Calpernia

Not so sure about a watershed, but it feeds a river which feeds another river, which feeds another river which feeds the Monongahela River, which is navigable...thus USACE permission is needed to do any work in my stream. By rights, I can’t even clear debris which causes daming without their permission. Needless to say, I ignore that when a choke point becomes clogged with branches etc, but in doing so, I break the law.
Then we get into the mess of what the Gov’t. considers ‘wetlands’. Around here it seems that any puddle that forms during a rain constitutes ‘wetlands’!


47 posted on 05/06/2007 8:28:34 PM PDT by Roccus (We finally consign Marxism to the dustbin of history, and it turns out itís a recycling bin.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Gabz; Calpernia

After I posted this article. Was in bed getting ready to get some Zzzz’s I had an interesting thought. “ Hmm It is called “Mark of the Beast” “.

As I have stated to you on other threads, Once more for those who may not have seen it.

Next comes the “tax” then it will be a “privilege”

And if I put my tin foil hat on now......

OK that’s better!

Heard the term “ Round Up Ready” For those of you that haven’t. It refers to seeds that have been genetically engineered to resist herbicides that will kill plants of the same type that have not been modified. You can also in this group include plants the have been engineered to resist pests also. Both are in wide spread use now.

It’s been a few years back now. But over around a six month span. There was a “rash” of scientists found dead. Not just any old scientists. But scientists that were prominent in the field of (need I say it?) Genetic Engineering.
Those of you that want to take the time can find the threads in the FR archive. Not conspiracy threads. Just people posting news articles on so & so was found dead.

For the sake of time I won’t point out the all connection. But I’m sure most can figure the rest of the story out.
( you don’t have the mark..Well you sure can’t have livestock & seed that resist the plague)

Who’s more of a danger to this type of NWO government? People running around looting, rapeing but need the government to give them there basics. Or people who can give the government the finger and get along fine with out them?

Sound far fetched? Well doesn’t this scene play out like some of those “in the back of” the Bible?

If I would have said “ A Hurricane is coming and the government will take everybody’s guns”

People would have been posting pictures of screws & balls

Were did the government go first down in New Orleans?

New Orleans Gun Confiscation is Blatantly Illegal
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1481673/posts
(play video on #11)

And as if you didn’t have enough for your worry box:

Tracing a poison’s global path back to China
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1829171/posts

Crying Over Raw Milk: An Amish Farmer Confronts a Government Edict
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1786344/posts

Small dairyman shakes up milk industry
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1572002/posts

Dairy gets squeezed by the feds
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1414369/posts


48 posted on 05/06/2007 8:30:46 PM PDT by quietolong
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To: Calpernia

“In addition to the abuse of the depopulation there is question of the possibility that the EPA and similar government agencies may be using this as an excuse to depopulate small farms along rivers as a means of controlling pollutants.”

________________________________________________________

IIRC, something similar to this was done a while back on the South Branch of the Potomac in the Potomac highlands in WV. All the small farms in the area were removed (not sure how that was accomplished) so as to prevent polluting the South Branch. Recent tests done on the waters just downstream of this area held a big surprise. Those waters are even more polluted now than when the farms were there. They’re blaming the increased population of bear and deer in the area for the dirty water. It seems that bear and deer poop ‘n’ pee there. Imagine that!!!


49 posted on 05/06/2007 8:51:38 PM PDT by Roccus (We finally consign Marxism to the dustbin of history, and it turns out itís a recycling bin.)
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To: Roccus

Manure run-off is the #1 crisis for the Enviro-wackos around here. You wouldn’t believe what farmers have to go through to spread manure on their own land in Dane County.

I’m surprised County Exec Kathleen Falk (two-time loser running for Governor) isn’t going on “ride-alongs” on manure spreaders and telling Farmer Joe exactly what to do, LOL!


50 posted on 05/07/2007 5:56:03 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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