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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the most critical one, to protect Oak Flat, sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, in the Tonto National Forest, from John McCain's efforts to privatize this national forest and turn it over to Rio Tinto Mining, an Australian mining company whose record by comparison makes Monsanto look like altar boys, to be developed as North America's largest copper mine. This is monstrous and despicable, and yet only Bernie's Save Oak Flat Act (S2242) stands in the way of this diabolical plan.
Now, we have added "in 2020!" to the group name, as at this point Bernie Sanders is still the best to succeed Trump.
I am an art gallery owner in Santa Fe since 1980 selling Native American painting and NM landscapes, specializing in modern Native Ledger Art.
I have always been intensely involved in politics, going back to the mid's 1970's, being a volunteer lobbyist in the US Senate for the Secretary General of the United Nations, then a "snowball-in-hell" campaign for US Senate in NM in the late 70's, and for the past 15 years have worked extensively to pressure the FDA to rescind its approval for aspartame, the neurotoxic artificial sweetener metabolized as formaldehyde. This may be becoming a reality to an extent in California, which, under Proposition 65, is considering requiring a mandatory Carcinogen label on all aspartame products
Bills to ban aspartame were in the State Senates of New Mexico and Hawaii, but were shut down by corporate lobbyists (particularly Monsanto lobbyists in Hawaii and Coca Cola lobbyists in New Mexico).
For several years, I was the editor of New Mexico Sun News, and my letters to the editor and op/eds in 2016 have appeared in NM, California, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and many international papers, on the subject of consumer protection. Our best issue was 10 days before Obama won in 2008, when we published a special early edition of the paper declaring that Obama Wins! This was the top story on CNN for many hours, way back then....
My highest accomplishment thus far is a UN Resolution to create a new Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection, strongly supported ten years ago by India and 53 cosponsoring nations, but shut down by the US Mission to the UN in 2008. To read it, google UNITED NATIONS UNDERSECRETARY GENERAL FOR NUTRITION, please. These are not easy battles, any of them, and they require a great deal of political and journalistic focus. OpEdNews is the perfect place for those who have a lot to say, so much that they exceed the limiting capacities of their local and regional newspapers. Trying to go beyond the regional papers seems to require some kind of "inside" credentials, as if you had to be in a club of corporate-accepted writers, and if not, you are "from somewhere else," a sad state of corporate induced xenophobia that should have no place in America in 2017. This should be a goal for every author with something current to say: breaking through yet another glass ceiling, and get your say said in editorial pages all over America. Certainly, this was a tool that was essentially ignored in 2016, and cannot be ignored in the midterm elections in 2018 and in the big elections in 2018 and 2020.
In my capacity as Editor of the Santa Fe Sun News, Fox interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev: http://www.prlog.org/10064349-mikhail-gorbachev
(5 comments) Friday, June 21, 2019 Methanol Poisoning Signs And Treatment: Aspartame is a Major Cause [Analysis by Dr. Betty Martini]
Dr. James Bowen: "Only after long usage does liver damage cause methanol levels to rise because the liver mitochondria are too damaged to processes either methyl or ethyl alcohol. Then acute methanol poisoning is directly measurable from lab results, as the blood methanol level elevates. This sequence, or "toxic axis," begins with your very first dose of aspartame. Poisons accumulate." Eventually, all aspartame victims die.
(1 comments) Tuesday, June 18, 2019 NM's US Senator Martin Heinrich: "It's time to end the Gila River diversion boondoggle"
US Senator Heinrich: "The river is the heart of the Gila National Forest and the Gila Wilderness America's first wilderness. It is far past time to scrap this doomed plan to remove water from the Gila and to instead pursue the conservation efforts we know can preserve and create access to the water we so desperately need. No diversion proposals have come close to demonstrating engineering, economic, or ecological viability."
(1 comments) Monday, June 10, 2019 "Cancer is blowing in the wind," a new Santa Fe Opinion Editorial
Great to see an oped perfectly echoing my own sentiments. My articles have been focused on the legal developments against Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller, not so much on general statements to educate the vast majority of people, especially as Amazon, Sam's Club, and Walmart all seem to be trying to compensate for the beating poor Monsanto is taking at the checkouts in the many states and cities where it is righteously banned.
(11 comments) Thursday, June 6, 2019 Robocallers Might Be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth ~ FCC Chair Ajit Pai: 5-0 Vote Will Help End Robocalls
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: "Stopping the deluge of unwanted calls is the FCC's top consumer protection priority. That's why I recently proposed to allow such calls to be blocked by default, before they even get to your phone. Call-blocking services are available now if a consumer proactively asks for it. Under my proposal, which the FCC will vote on Thursday, phone companies won't have to wait before offering these protections."
(2 comments) Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Senate Republicans' Overwhelming Objections to "National Emergency" request for Mexican Tariff
Unprecedented GOP Senatorial objections to Trump's plans for "National Emergency 2" to result in an up-to-25% punitive tariff, the most cockeyed boondoggle concepts by him so far with devastating economic repercussions for our neighbor. I gratified as a Democrat to see this from the stalwart and normally most reactionary of the Senate Republicans~ so could this turn into some kind of weird "back flip into bipartisanship"?
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Inevitable Aspartame Dementia in the White House will Worsen
Nueorosurgeon Blaylock: "He's our president; his health is our business, too. If I were his physician, I'd advise him to do whatever it takes to ditch diet drinks." Aspartame Harms the Brain~ studies show that Diet Coke's aspartame harms the brain. Trump is 70; the damaging effects can be more pronounced on older folks. "Some had to be institutionalized with dementia because they drank large quantities of aspartame."
(4 comments) Sunday, June 2, 2019 President of Mexico Lopez Obrador Responds to Trump's Tariff Threat
"Human beings leave their villages out of necessity. That's why I proposed opting for cooperation in development and aid for Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this situation. Without violating human rights, we will stop passage through our country. Mexicans will not need to go to the United States because we are fighting like never before the main problem of Mexico: CORRUPTION."
(1 comments) Friday, May 31, 2019 Former Republican Federal Prosecutors Boil Down Crux of Issue on Obstruction of Justice
1,000 former prosecutors signed their names maintaining that if Trump weren't president of the United States, he would have been indicted on multiple charges for obstruction of justice. Eleven of those former federal prosecutors appeared in a video with Robert De Niro and stated that the document detailed how Trump attempted, multiple times, to "stop, limit and interfere with the Mueller investigation and other investigations.
(2 comments) Thursday, May 30, 2019 JAY INSLEE: Remember freedom fries? 'Freedom gas' is now a thing, Energy Department says
Jingoistic nationalism and promoting fossil fuels are big for the Trump administration, but the DoE outdid itself on Tuesday with a press release touting natural gas as "freedom gas" full of "molecules of U.S. freedom." U.S. jobs are at stake, and going back more than a century, the United States is deploying heavy ammunition: the dictionary. "Freedom gas" and "molecules of U.S. freedom" the latest in Patriotic Renaming.
(1 comments) Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Immigration~~~In Our Own Image [Beto O'Rourke's Brilliant and Comprehensive Plan for Reform]
"This administration has defied the American aspiration welded into the welcome of our Statue of Liberty and secured by generation's sacrifices; it is pursuing cruel cynical policies that aim to sow confusion at our borders~it is manufacturing crises in our communities and seeking to turn us against each other. When done in our name with our tax dollars, we undermine our laws, economy, and security, we risk losing ourselves!"
(3 comments) Saturday, May 18, 2019 Mark Zuckerberg will Remain Facebook CEO, no Matter How Many Sign Daily Kos' Sincere but Flawed "Petition"
I dislike some traits of Facebook (start with supreme indifference to the users' requests, or questions) but think about a company with 2.38 billion users~~~~just how accessible could it be without becoming dysfunctional? I use FB to send out my very serious OpEdNews articles on many subjects to millions. FB's contributions to USA's political intelligence are excellent. Zuckerberg isn't going anywhere, despite Kos petition.
(3 comments) Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Health Canada NOW says: "Avoid Sugar Substitutes!" but U.S. Won't Do So Because of Corporate Manipulation of FDA
Dr. Betty Martini (Founder of Mission Possible International) and I took on the thankless task of assailing Health Canada for not labeling aspartame in products by repeatedly sending our OpEdNews Epidemiological articles to all 535 Canadian Parliamentarians and to Prime Minister Trudeau to confront a derelict industry-manipulated change about a year ago to remove warnings on 6000+ aspartame food products and 5000+ medications.
(5 comments) Monday, May 13, 2019 California Jury: Bayer must pay $2+ billion to Couple with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Roundup Cancer Trial
The jury found Roundup was defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide's cancer risk and that the company acted negligently. The German chemicals giant now faces more than 13,400 U.S. lawsuits over the herbicide's alleged cancer risk. This is the 3rd-in-a-row American jury verdict against the Bayer in litigation over the chemical which Bayer acquired for $63 billion in its Monsanto purchase last year
(3 comments) Thursday, May 9, 2019 Valerie Plame (Ex-CIA Agent Outed by Cheney's Chief of Staff, Spy Novelist) Running for Congress in New Mexico
"Scooter" Libby was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak. Plame was an undercover CIA officer who recommended sending her husband, the former diplomat Joe Wilson, to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that Hussein had tried to purchase uranium from Niger, for use in weapons production. Wilson published an op-ed in 2003 casting doubts on the administration's claims.
(4 comments) Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Bernie Sanders' 1-on-1 ABC Interview with Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl
So glad to see Bernie reaffirming economic equity, justice, and limitations to the powers of the billionaire kleptocracy. He clarifies much in this vital 22 minute interview; please take the time to share it widely with friends, colleagues, family, and on Facebook. Bernie will revamp the FDA, whose regulatory powers have been usurped, corrupted, and strangled by criminal corporations and their revolving doors with the FDA.