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Interview with a Jayhawk Girl….Carey Gillam

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In the movie Donny Brasco there is a Line by Al Pacino’s character…Even a dog gets a warm piece of the sidewalk…While my talents are not on the same level of Al’s, although I have been told there is a  resemblance, I’m not so sure of that either. What I do know because a very wise man once told me…if you never give opportunity a chance, opportunity will never happen. When I was considering asking for this interview it was my father’s voice I heard talking about opportunity at the same time I could see the shadows of Little Man running around in the canyons of my mind yelling…WILL YA JUST DO IT ALREADY!!!!! So I asked Carey Gillam via Twitter if she would do an interview with me for the blog. When she responded…sure…well talk about acting like a giddy school girl…oh my!!!

Carey Gillam, the award winning Investigative Journalist and Author. From the Heartland to the Home of Fenway then on to the Big Peach and back, one could say Carey has made quite a name for herself. Herself and the truth about a weed killer, that is. As an Oakland fan I was apprehensive about asking but just had to know, Royals and Chiefs or Sox and Pats…Jayhawks Basketball, a Jayhawk Girl.

When I started writing I did it on a whim, sometimes I wish I’d have paid more attention in my English and writing classes. I mean I actually enjoy writing, going on little adventures with Little Man, digging into court briefs for articles. However, its interviews I enjoy the most, maybe that’s why I like radio so much, the interaction of live give and take. Conversations for interviews are the best as you really get a feel for the person, technology is a wonderful thing.

As an investigative journalist, sources are vital. Today information is at our finger tip via cyber-land. That said, one has to be very cognizant of the source of a website just like other media outlets, cyber-land is full of disinformation in addition to misinformation. I often find myself ending debate with, “when you use slanted facts you have a distorted slanted truth”. There is a lot of that out there, especially when it comes to the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms, or as we have come to call them GMO’s. For whatever reason, lines have become drawn in the sand on this subject. You are either “Pro” or “Anti” GMO. Refreshing when you talk to one that is kind of like you on the subject. I have always considered myself a “Straddler” because I firmly believe the GMO Technology is pretty sound science, I just have a problem with the deception of how said technology is being used. Pecuniary Greed in the chemical industry, combined with our broken political system created a problem that our wonderful chemical industry already had a solution for.

This position makes it very difficult for the folks I refer to as “industry shills” that work off a cheat sheet in various social media platforms to debate you because your answers do not fall into any catagories of talking points on their cheat sheets. They especially hate it when I tell them to check with their handlers!! While I have never actually seen Ms. Gillam comment in any platform other than Twitter, she is routinely the subject matter of discussions. When you see what is written in various social media platforms…attacks is probably the more appropriate term, as with anything GMO there are only two sides and if you’re “Pro-GMO” you must hate Carey and can only spew vitriol commentary about whatever has been written. That said…our interview.

As a Jayhawk Girl, you chose Journalism, what was so intriguing about the field of Journalism?

I always wanted to be a journalist, from about the age of 12. I thought there could not possibly be any more interesting job in the world and I still feel that way.

Were you always a Farm Girl?

I did not grow up on a farm. I was born in suburban Kansas City and moved to suburban Boston when I was four years old. I did eventually convince my parents to buy me a horse and we got a little acreage and built a barn, but that was far from farm life.

You had worked your way into a pretty successful journalistic career in the financial sector, `When Reuters asked you to go back to Kansas to report on agriculture was that like saying hey you’re from Kansas you’re a farm girl go report on agriculture for us, or was there an interest on your part to go rediscover the farming industry?

 I was covering the banking industry for American Banker, owned by Thomson Financial (which eventually merged with Reuters) and has just had my first child in 1998. I was living in Atlanta when I learned about an opening Reuters had in Kansas City covering the wheat futures exchange and agriculture. It was significantly more money than I was making and a chance to raise my daughter in a place with less traffic, a lower cost of living and better public schools.

Were you aware of the “Substantially Equivalent” position our regulatory agencies took in the early 90’s when you left Kansas for the big city lights??

Once I started covering the ag beat and learning about GMOs I became familiar with the legal and regulatory framework.

I have always maintained that the “Ruse” to feed the hungry children of the world, while a noble cause, the GMO issue is one driven by Pecuniary Greed. How long before you realized that the underlying issue for the GMO industry was to sell a chemical?

If you look at data provided by the agrochemical industry and reported through industry -funded ISAAA http://www.isaaa.org/ you can see that the single most planted and cultivated type of GMO is that which is designed to be sprayed directly with herbicide. There are other trait technologies, but the most widely adopted and used in the 1990s and today is that which conveys herbicide tolerance. It’s clearly not about feeding the world.

Is that what led you to look at the regulatory issues???

 Covering the ag beat means understanding the regulatory framework.

Your book Whitewash – The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science  has as part of the title is “Corruption of Science” What made you start to examine the science?

Following and familiarizing yourself with the science surround the issue you are covering is a critical part of any journalist’s job. I’ve been tracking the science for the last two decades.

Many for the Pro-GMO proponents, (their term not mine) make numerous negative claims about you. Was perception of Carey Gillam being an award winning journalist to a discredited journalists an overnight thing or did the industry gradually turn you into some sort of anti-science monster that needed psychologizing??

The industry has not turned me into anything. Industry players sling mud and write and say nasty things and desperately try to do anything they can to discredit me. They do this to others as well but have increased their efforts against me since my book came out. They are trying to protect billions of dollars in profits and they are willing to be very deceptive in their tactics. But that doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t change who I am or the veracity and the significance of the work that I do.

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Medical Marijuana Making more Inroads into Big Pharma

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This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Whom do your elected officials represent???

 

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Well with last nights elections the residents of two more states, Missouri and Utah have spoken in regards to Medical Marijuana. Those two states join the other 30 states that have already seen the benefits of repealing seriously delousional draconian type of thoughts and laws governing marijuana. Let’s be clear here, it is We the People speaking when it takes an election to pass a medical issue . It is NOT our Elected Officials doing our bidding when our taxes pay them to do the job of representing our best interests.

 

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 2, a ballot measure backed by a coalition of patients, doctors and veterans called New Approach Missouri. It was one of three unrelated medical marijuana measures on the ballot.
Under Amendment 2, post-traumatic stress disorder is among the conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana, along with cancer and other serious illnesses. A 4 percent sales tax will go to a newly created fund for health and care services for veterans. The sales tax revenue also will be used to administer licensing of medical marijuana businesses

I was speaking to the Johnny’s Tendergrass developers today about the process in which the Pharmaceutical Industry took to make marijuana illegal. It is a recurring theme, Pecuniary Greed, it always comes back to the al mighty dollar….

Meanwhile in Utah…

Utah’s Proposition 2 allows patients to obtain medical marijuana cards via a doctor’s office for certain qualifying conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, chronic pain (if someone is at risk for opioid painkiller addiction or overdose), and multiple sclerosis. But it prohibits smoking marijuana, instead allowing vaping, edibles, and other means of consuming pot. And it imposes some restrictions on doctors, including prohibitions on owning or working for a medical marijuana dispensary and on recommending a card to more than 20 percent of their patients

Why is it that when we look at history it is always those with the money that turn up.? When you research politics, food production, medical delivery, prescription medicine, education, product delivery, it always goes to money. Maybe that is why during an investigation you’re always told to follow the money.…RockefellaCarnegie….

Robber Barron’s they were called. Their portraits display a steel jaw, squinty eyed stare at the camera. It’s a  glare of miserable disdain for fellow-man you see staring at the camera lens. You stare back at them wondering how small the cameraman felt as he photographed these Gods of the Gilded Age. How can they can look so disturbed while being worth so much. You wonder how they stumbled upon their position in life to be in the right place at the right time. You wonder if it was by happen chance or part of a larger picture. When you chase the name Morgan or Rothschild’s a sudden chill will come over you…Then echoing in the canyons of your mind you hear…root of all evil…

Rockefeller, the monopolist, had to figure out a way to get rid of his biggest competition. So he used the classic strategy of “problem-reaction-solution.” That is, create a problem and scare people, and then offer a (pre-planned) solution. (Similar to terrorism scare, followed by the “Patriot Act”)……

Sometimes I wonder if we have  been programmed. I mean when I speak on issues I feel passionate about, GMO Technology abuse, the propaganda game the Monsanto Propaganda Machine created 95 years ago to benefit a burgeoning chemical industry…to name a few…part of the propaganda game plan the Monsanto developed ninety or so years ago has also benefited many big business industry’s.


The Pharmaceutical Industry especially. Which brings me back to Marijuana on a medical platform. In 1850 the US Pharmacopeia recognized the medicinal properties of Extractum Cannabis and Extract of Hemp. We’ve all heard of Squibb, Lily, Smith Brothers, Parke Davis….They all sold Marijuana on a medical platform. Enter Rockefeller’s scientists and we get the Flexner Report with the assistance of his good buddy Carnegie and in 1907 we get streamlined medical education with specific guidelines and by 1913 we got the American Cancer Society.

….Many American medical schools fell short of the standard advocated in the Flexner Report and, subsequent to its publication, nearly half of such schools merged or were closed outright. Colleges in electrotherapy were closed. Homeopathy and natural medicines were derided; some doctors were jailed.

It was 1942 when Marijuana became illegal via our governments. Now we are finding out that marijuana can help more than just the sore back. We are finding out that the various cannabinoids in the THC of marijuana and various products that Hemp produces there are serious medical applications for both.
We always hear regulations are bad, yet when we examine that closer who benefits from the “regulations” that are put in place? After when we step back from our emotions and look closely at the “regulation” someone benefits or there would be no need for said “regulation”. Who has benefited from a regulated and streamlined medical education system…chemical industry. Who has benefited from unregulated GMO Technology and a “regulated” Organic agriculture industry??? Chemical Industry. Who benefited from Marijuana becoming illegal??? The very same Chemical Industry.
No this isn’t “tin foil hatter” stuff, just facts. Those pesky things that won’t go away. I have to ask with all advancements in Chemical Medicine that have been made in the past 100 years, how far would the organic medicine been had it been allowed to develop with the same technology. Where would medical marijuana be if the same technologies were used to develop the THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, THCV, instead of Chemical Maintenance Drugs? Where would we be without the Flexner report?
Here is a more important question. We have all heard of “Witch’s”, “Medicine Men”, “Shaman’s”, these were our ancestor’s original herbalists, Doctors and Healers, they still are for that matter. However, stop and examine that thought for just a minute. It was the women that gathered the plants/herbs that medicine was made from. That we as people used to medicate our ills. Somewhere along the line knowledge was passed on from generation to generation on how plants could be used. How the Mugwort could help ease the congestion or the Horehound would sooth the throat. Whether they were dried, chopped up used fresh, chewed and made into a poultice, it was Women/Witch’s that gathered those plants. It was man who figured out to administer them, together Man & Woman worked together gathering herbs and administering medical assistance to their tribe, clan, village….can you imagine being jailed for something like that?
Yes funny how following the Pecuniary Greed trail always comes back to the same ‘Ol names. I have said it in the past and I stand by this statement still today…
Since man has been writing about themselves the only thing that has changed in the “Nature of the Beast” is the way we execute each other. When you go back into history those that took a different view from those …running the show, if you will…were ostracized, one only has to witness the treatment of the award-winning investigative journalist Carey Gillam. Once she wrote about the facts she found on the chemical glyphosate she was persecuted as an evil uneducated crackpot that sold out to the Organic Industry. If Monsanto could have had their way Ms Gillam would be locked away.
The premise of our very first Constitutional Amendment, was based on the experiences of a long history of a type of oppression, after all it was the church that gave men and women healers the name “Witch” and of course, who was the Feudal Lord to argue or go against the church. After all..they approved of each other and borne to us the Witch Hunt. That said, is it the Robber Baron’s that now do the Church’s bidding? Yeah…there goes that tin foil hat stuff again.
However, you have to ask yourself, with the 5G and Agenda 21 information hanging out in the background just how far for the truth that is. Here in lies the rub as the Bard would say…Thirty-two states is 64% of the country Roberts Rules of order require 67% to carry a majority, the Convention of the States, to change the constitution requires slightly larger majority 38 states or75% of the states in the United States. One more state would create that 67% and a case could be made that our Federal Government needs to acknowledge We the People on this issue or We the People could start asking the most important question we should be asking our Elected Officials….
Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent????

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening

Writen By: Aaron Aveiro

Exerpts credited

Photographs Aaron Aveiro

Photographs of Photographs edited: Aaron Aveiro