From Maize to poison mess
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad
According to Webster’s dictionary poison means "a substance that through its chemical action usu. kills,
injures, or impairs an organism...". In our last week’s article entitled, "9/11 Hype Vs 9/9 Genetic Bomb"
we introduced you to a San Diego biotechnical firm called Epicyte, "where researchers have discovered
a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm." The president of this company said, "We have a
hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies...". Now since sperm is essential to
reproducing human life as we know it, then Epicyte has produced poisonous corn. Why? See
Interestingly, according to a National Public Radio broadcast on Wednesday, November 28, 2001
scientists have found genetically modified material in maize on mountain plots in a remote area of
Mexico. However, the scientists are baffled by this finding because Mexico has completely outlawed the
importation of genetically modified corn, maize. Mexico is considered by the Europeans as the genetic
home of maize and has the largest variety of maize genotypes in the world. In fact, when companies
want to modify corn they go back to some of what’s called the "root stock" and begin their breeding
processes to improve current strands. By the way, the word "Mexico" itself is derived from the word
In America, seed companies that have patented a genetic strand of a modified crop have been known to
sue farmers on whose land they find traces of their particular modified crop, such as "Round-up Ready"
corn or BT cotton, if these farmers have not paid the licensing to utilized their patented strand. So what
would be the incentive for such companies to send modified corn seeds to Mexico, if no one there is
willing to pay for such seeds. "Maybe somebody just stole them and brought them there so they could
make more money?" Maybe, however the area where they were found was very remote and the
farmers were subsistence farmers, who do not buy commercial seeds but save their native seeds year
In another National Public Radio report and discussion aired on Friday, November 30, 2001, scientists
and callers debated the efficacy, ethics and necessity of "human cloning". The argument for cloning
centered around the desire to develop cures for diseases. Stem cell research may prove to unleash a
myriad of regenerative tissue techniques, etc., etc.,. Please read, "Killing me softly" at:
Stem cells can be taken from human embryos. So scientists want to clone embryos like in a factory, then
take out the stem cells, but not allow these embryos to become full grown humans. However, even these
scientists admitted that stem cell research does not need embryos. Stem cells from the bone marrow of
cadavers provide the same material as embryos. Then why clone embryos, unless the real goal is to
clone human beings or something that looks like human beings?
Now let’s move to another seemingly unrelated fact. This society has been gradually moved to accept
homosexual marriages and thereby homosexual families where two men or two women can marry and
adopt a child and that unit be considered "family". Hmmmm, what about two men or two women who
decide to clone themselves. This may become very useful if Epicyte is successful in marketing their
poison and infectious mess, I mean corn.
Now back to maize. I visited Egypt in 1989 and produced a three part 6 hour video documentary of that
trip and our discoveries called "Going Home: A Pilgrimage to the Nile." At the Temple of Luxor we
discovered a huge hieroglyphic relief of the name of Ramesses. The glyph was as large as your chest
and the details reached out and smacked our consciousness. The name we call "Ramesses" was broken
down in three main parts: 1. Ra, 2. M-z and 3. Z. For a picture click onto our website at:
The M-z part (there were no vowels) is sometimes rendered M-s depending on the particular school of
hieroglyphic "experts". It is rendered by a glyph that can be used both phonetically and as a
"determinative". According to the scholars, M-z or M-s means "birth", yet they describe its determinative
or glyph as "fox tails tied together". What does fox tails have to do with "birth"?
However, when we saw this glyph in its full glory we immediately recognized it as three sets of two ears
of corn tied together. When I was younger, I noticed that this was how the farmers used to dry out and
keep some of their corn seeds for next season’s planting. Now that makes sense. Seed = birth.
Of course the hieroglyphic experts had to lie about what they saw in terms of M-z or "mezz" or maize or
corn being depicted on a stone monument that was at least 3,500 years old and in Africa. The historical
and thereby political ramifications of the fact that corn was first grown in Africa, then transported by
boat to America while the so-called white man was living in caves and believing that the world was flat
would be "white supremacy world view" shattering.
Al Gore in his book "Earth in the Balance" isolated "Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria as trouble spots for
overpopulation. Now it seems that the corn (M-zz) that Africans invented may be turned into the genetic
weapon of the future to eliminate their seed (sperm) and finally give so-called white people a way to stop
"Babe’s Kids", while they clown, I mean clone their way into their "Bare", I mean "Brave New World".
Now we may be able to better understand why Black farmers have been systematically driven off of
their land. See these articles in an AP series on Black land loss:
"Lost Holdings Haunt Black Families"
"Land Often The Motive For Attacks On Blacks, Lynchings"
"Torn from the Land"
Finally, "Excuse me while I sound the alarm,
But the USDA plans to do you harm.
They’re the ones that designed these genetic bombs,
They’re the ones that took the Black man’s farms." ("Terminator Genes")
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Boondocks Cartoon Censored
By Frances M. Beal,Guest Contributor
December 7, 2001 in The Black World Today
The missiles and bombs raining down upon Afghanistan have
claimed another victim, this one within the borders of the U.S.
of A. His name is Huey Freeman and he is the surly son of Aaron
McGruder who conceives and inks the ever-popular Boondocks comic
Huey is the main protagonist in the strip, a pre-teen black
revolutionary who sports a huge 1970's style Afro hairdo and
trades quips about the vagaries of Black life in white America,
usually with his grandfather.
The strip's hard hitting social critique of race and racial
discrimination in the U.S. has earned it a faithful following -
particularly among African Americans - in the many newspapers
throughout the country that carry it daily. That is to say, the
strip appeared daily until it was pulled from many papers this
week, allegedly for "patriotic" reasons.
In some ways, this action on the part of Corporate America is
not surprising. Despite strong messages from the White House
that dissent from its domestic or foreign handling of the post
September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
will not be welcomed, McGruder has been unrelenting in his
social satire of current events.
In one strip, for example, Huey sits before the TV watching the
Attorney General intone that it is his duty to protect us
against terrorism while protecting the rights of all Americans,
including those of Middle Eastern descent.
In the next panel, however, Huey is seen clutching his Afro
while the AG says "so I would like to reassure Congress that my
proposed Turban Surveillance Act, which would allow the FBI to
covertly plant listening devices in the headgear of suspected
terrorists, is in no way meant to single out Arab or Muslim
The strip that allegedly went beyond what is considered the
acceptable political pale these days and which got it booted
from competing with the likes of Mary Worth or Family Circus is
a panel that featured Huey calling the FBI's terrorist hot line
Huey then claims he has the names of those who aided terrorist
and public enemy #1 Osama bin Laden. When the FBI asks for
names, the plain talking Huey says, "All right, let's see...the
first one is Reagan. That's R-E-A-G..." and then goes on to
accuse the CIA of training bin Laden in terrorism in the
struggle against the Soviets in the early 1980s.
What is particularly ominous about this incident is that it
strongly suggests that those who insist upon their right to
dissent, or in the case of Aaron McGruder, to the right to
satire and yes, even to ridicule government policies, will face
In sum, you will be subjected to economic and possibly political
sanctions that will threaten your livelihood and your standing
in the community if you challenge government policies.
Those who have an appreciation for history are already making
comparisons with the McCarthy period when dissent with America's
cold war policy abroad was equated with a lack of patriotism and
even treason, and accompanied by a stultifying censorship of
thought and a curtailment of constitutional freedoms on the
Those who think that the McCarthy comparison is an exaggeration
should take a look at some of the provisions of the so-called
Uniting and Strengthening America Act ("USA Act") of 2001
(S.1510). Behind the mask of fighting terrorism, the law was
pushed through the Senate without even a review by that body's
judiciary committee and with minimal debate.
In one of those ironies of history, the sole dissenting vote
came from the late Sen. McCarthy's home state of Wisconsin and
was cast by Russ Feingold. Advocates of civil rights and civil
liberties are aghast claiming that the legislation is nothing
more than "a prosecutor's wish list of powers that allows them
unchecked discretion to curtail the civil liberties of all
Americans." (Karen K. Narasaki, President of the National Asian
Pacific American Legal Consortium).
One of the most precious freedoms we have is that of dissent -
and not just in times of peace and harmony. Our Attorney General
John Ashcroft should take a refresher course in Constitutional
Law 101. The right to dissent by citizens, journalists and
commentators is particularly important when our government
undertakes a military adventure that can cost the country and
the world untold misery in terms of ecological and human
If the government's expansion of police, military, security and
domestic intelligence agencies cannot be criticized by artists
like Aaron McGruder, and if the new powers, resources and
freedom to detain, and spy upon "suspicious characters" are not
open to discussion, we are further along the path to the
establishment of a police state than some had feared.
What is frightening about all of this is that we have been down
this path before. McGruder's satirical pen and biting wit stands
on the shoulders of Black cartoonists like Ollie Harrington. His
most famous character was Bootsey who made comic reference to
Black love and life, but he too was a social critic.
Harrington's criticism of what he called nationwide apathy about
legislation against lynching came under scrutiny from the FBI
during the McCarthy era. Finally, Harrington left the United
States and lived first in Paris and then in the former East
Germany until his death in 1995 at the age of 84.
Let us hope we can build a strong enough movement for peace and
justice that we can turn back the tide of reaction and the
repressive measures that would force a young talent like Aaron
McGruder onto the sidelines.
Frances M. Beal is a political columnist for the San Francisco
Bayview newspaper and National Secretary of the Black Radical
Congress. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Shanti Rangwani
Got milk? If not, then thank your lucky stars. Because if you do, medical
research shows that you are likely to be plagued by anemia, migraine,
bloating, gas, indigestion, asthma, prostate cancer, and a host of
potentially fatal allergies--especially if you are a person of color.
Ignoring this, the government declares that milk is essential to good
health, subsidizes the milk industry to the tune of billions of dollars, and
requires milk in its public school lunch programs. And celebrity shills
sporting milk mustaches tell us that milk is rich in proteins, calcium, and
vitamins--and very cool to boot.
They forget to tell you about the dangers lurking in that innocuous-looking
glass of white. Once criticized only by naturopaths and vegans, now the
health effects of milk are being decried by many mainstream doctors. The
supposedly hip milk mustache is actually a creamy layer of mucus, live
bacteria, and pus.
Former Chairman of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Frank Oski, M.D.
even has a book called Don't Drink Your Milk which blames every second
health problem kids suffer on hormone-ridden commercial milk. Sixty percent
of ear infections in kids under six years of age are milk-induced, and milk
consumption is the number one cause of iron-deficiency anemia in infants
today according to the American Association of Pediatrics.
But milk is also a racial issue. Almost 90 percent of African Americans and
most Latinos, Asians, and Southern Europeans lack the genes necessary to
digest lactose, the primary sugar in milk. The milk industry's response is
classic: they have launched new campaigns arguing that non-whites can digest
milk if they take in small sips during the day. There is a burgeoning
industry worth $450 million a year churning out products designed to
minimize lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance is the most common "food allergy," but to call it an
allergy is to take a white-centric view that trivializes the fact that most
of the world's people are not biologically designed to digest milk.
Milk does no body good, but for the vast majority of the world's
people--people of color--it is a public health disaster.
No other animal drinks cow's milk, not even calves once they are weaned. The
late Dr. Benjamin Spock, the U.S.'s leading authority on child care, spoke
out against feeding "cow's glue" to children, saying it can cause anemia,
allergies, and diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity
and heart disease, the number one cause of death in this country.
Most of milk's much-vaunted protein is contained in casein--which is also a
raw material for commercial glue. Undigested, it simply sticks to the
intestinal walls and blocks nutrient absorption.
The mainstream media and the government ignore the medical studies showing
that milk is a serious health threat, in part because people of color are
the main victims. The institutionalization of racism is highlighted by U.S.
Department of Agriculture spokesperson Eilene Kennedy's statement on milk,
that the government's recommended food pyramid is intended for "the majority
of Americans. It doesn't communicate to all Americans."
The USDA continues to require that school lunch programs include milk with
every meal, and recommend that we glug milk for calcium, even though Harvard
studies show an increase in osteoporosis and bone-breakage in people who
consume milk. It says we should drink milk to prevent heart disease (and is
echoed by Larry King) even though saturated fat constitutes 55 percent of
The dairy lobby perpetrates lies to ensure its profits. It benefits directly
from the exaggerated support prices the government shells out for this
"health food." The government pays over a billion dollars a year for surplus
butter. A General Accounting Office (GAO) study concluded that a reduction
in the government price support system would have netted consumers savings
of $10.4 billion from 1986 to 2001. And the USDA pays inflated prices to
purchase dairy products for both the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and
federal school lunch programs--milking the taxpayers and actually getting
them to pay for poisoning 26 million school kids.
The milk lobby has whipsawed its way into the highest echelons of power.
Staffers under Richard Nixon were indicted for accepting $300,000 from the
dairy lobby for making milk part of the school lunch program.
Dr. Robert Cohen of the Dairy Education Board, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to exposing the milk lobby, contends that the dramatic 52 percent
rise in asthma deaths among minority kids in New York coincided with the
surplus milk, cheese, and butter pumped into them under the USDA's free
school lunch and breakfast giveaway programs. The incidence of asthma deaths
may be even higher since asthma is not a reportable disease, and asthma
deaths are sometimes certified as cardiovascular disease.
There is also a direct link between milk consumption and prostate cancer
among African Americans, who have the highest incidence of this disease in
the world. A study in "Cancer" has shown that men who reported drinking
three or more glasses of whole milk daily had a higher risk for prostate
cancer than men who reported never drinking whole milk.
The controversial Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH)--banned in most countries--is
pumped into U.S. milch cows to increase annual yield (50,000 pounds of milk
per cow today compared to 2,000 pounds in 1959). Milk from cows treated with
BGH is likely to contain pus from their udders since the hormone leads to
mastitis, or udder infection. BGH use results in a tumor-promoting chemical
(IGF-I) that has been implicated in an explosive increase of cancer of the
colon, smooth muscle, and breast.
The antibiotics dairy farmers use to treat BGH-caused infections in cows
appear in their milk and greatly hasten human tolerance to most antibiotics,
a potentially life-threatening state of affairs. The Center for Science in
the Public Interest reports that 38 percent of milk samples in 10 cities
were contaminated with sulfa drugs and other antibiotics.
A fightback is beginning. Protesters picketed New York City Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani's planned milk promotion campaign with a photo of the mayor wearing
a milk mustache over the caption, "Got Prostate Cancer?" Giuliani (who, like
his father, has prostate cancer) dropped the campaign. And doctors from the
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) persuaded Washington,
D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams not to declare May 11 as "Drink Chocolate Milk
Day" by presenting evidence that milk is harmful, especially to people of
The PCRM--composed of some of the leading doctors in the U.S.--has
campaigned extensively in the health and consumer press and led a successful
legal effort in 1999 to make dairy products optional in the federal food
guidelines. The campaign was supported by a number of prominent civil rights
organizations and leaders, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the
NAACP, Martin Luther King, III, Jesse Jackson,William A. Howe, Ed.D.
Education Consultant for Multicultural Education and Gender Equity
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Certification & Professional Development
165 Capitol Ave. Rm 243, Box 150471
Hartford, CT 06115-0471
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