The Douglass Report February 2008

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Michigan cattle catch wind of the bird flu

A few years ago, no one had heard of the bird flu. Obviously times have changed. It's unfortunate that most people have willingly bought into the lie that the small, unregulated, independent chicken farmer is to blame--and have willingly allowed even more power to be placed in the hands of the factory chicken prisons, the very places that are breeding grounds for the diseases they're supposed to save you from.

With their number one competition being regulated to death, the big chicken gulag has been given more power than ever before. But there's a bigger issue to contend with: With each additional government-mandated regulation, governments all over the world have taken yet another step in boosting their own power and limiting that of the people.

Most of this is old news, and as much as I'd like to think there's something we can do about it, I'm not holding my breath. But if there's one lesson we can (and should) learn from the bird flu hoax, it's not to let history repeat itself. It's time to put that lesson to the test. There's another hoax on the horizon, one that's eerily similar to the bird flu scandal. Now maybe--just maybe--it's early enough to stop it before it spirals out of control.

Government-regulated tracking devices make their debut

Like the bird flu hoax, this one has its roots in a legitimate problem. In Michigan, wild animals (like deer, badgers, etc.) are more prone to develop tuberculosis. The disease has been known to, on occasion, spread to the cattle. (Though it's not at all the epidemic some would like you to believe it is.) I guess the USDA isn't happy with the way the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) is handling the situation, because it's decided to step in and take care of it for them--in the form of government-mandated regulations and other "protective measures."

Their program is called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and the ultimate mission is to tag ALL 40 million-plus farm animals in the States (I'm talking all cows, sheep, goats, chickens, horses, etc.) with a radio frequency device. That way, in case something like TB, mad cow disease, or bioterrorism should occur, they could quickly identify the problem and eliminate it. (That's the idea, anyway.)

Michigan is being told in no uncertain terms that they will obey these federal mandates, or else. (I don't know about you, but that raises some constitutional red flags in my book.) According to the Michigan Farm News, "No matter what individuals at MDA think of the USDA's methodsthe bottom line is that it has ultimate control over how things are done in Michigan" [emphasis added]. Oh really?

The USDA would like you to believe that TB is the main issue. After all, fear works better than anything else in the push to get you to freely hand over your personal rights. Don't fall for it. This whole charade is nothing more than a carefully planned scare tactic by the government and the big farm gulag (the other Big Farma) to squash the competition--all those small time, independent farmers that are raising cattle the right way. I'm not even giving them points for creativity. It's the same exact scheme happening overseas to the independent chicken farmers with the bird flu hoax.

There are plenty of legitimate threats here, but TB isn't one of them. Topping the list are the control and the ultimate destruction of the organic farmers, the further enrichment of the cattle "prison farms," and another step in giving the government ultimate control over your life.

Please bear with me on the political part of this--it's too important to ignore. Michigan is the test state for this outrageous attack on the civil and constitutional rights of independent dairy and cattle farmers. TB is being used to panic the ignorant populace into demanding a solution for this (non-existent) public health menace. As I keep saying, it's the bird flu hoax expanded to our meat and dairy industries.

Whether you're a farmer or not, you're going to feel the rippling effect of this stone in the water. The cost of all animal products? Through the roof. Personal rights? Out the window. Privacy? No such thing. Next on the agenda: Mandatory microchips for pets--at ten bucks a pop. And further down the road--human tracking devices. It's just a matter of time.

Farmers fight for their rights--and their livelihood

There are a few farmers in the beleaguered north of Michigan who are standing up for their personal and (presumably) constitutional right to run their own business in their old ways for the benefit of their customers, themselves, and the animals. The movement is growing--I just hope it's not too late.

The Petosky News Review (PNR), a small but influential newspaper in northern Michigan, is giving voice to these experienced but exasperated cattlemen and meat producers. From East Jordan, small farmer Greg Niewendorp, has his say. According to the PNR, "[Niewendorp] is challenging state and federal agencies and the big downstate cattle industry to back off their Big Brother policies and allow farmers like him to carry on with their way of life."

He challenged the right of agriculture officials to inspect his own herd, on grounds that to do so would be an invasion of his personal property rights. He said, "The only way they'll get on my land is with a court order." And that's exactly what happened.

Niewendorp said, "Weare fed up with the regulations and the corporate globalist system that can bring unregulated, uninspected meat from foreign countries, sometimes processed onboard ships as they travel, and as happened recently, result in an 11-million pound E-coli meat recall."

It just doesn't add up.

Greg Kraus of Engadine, a friend of Niewendorp's who markets the meat and dairy products of grass-fed animals says it's clear to him that "there is an agenda out there" by big farm business to eliminate the small farmer as a competitive force.

Sadly, it appears to be working. Farming communities are drying up all over the nation. And you know how it works: When the little guy goes out of business, prices are controlled.

TB or not TB?

The question you should be asking is this: Is there really a scourge of TB in the State of Michigan? Is the problem dire enough to warrant such an all-out attack on personal rights? Let's take a look

The supposed evidence is based on positive TB skin tests. If an animal has a positive skin test, the animal and its entire herd are slaughtered.

I've never heard of such a backward, unscientific solution to a problem. If a healthy animal has a positive skin test for TB, that means it's now immune to the disease due to natural immunization from some exposure in the past.

Slaughtering them is a waste of a precious natural resource--not only because they're killing healthy cattle by the thousands, but because they're eliminating the genetic accumulation and planning that has gone into those herds over many generations to bring them as close to perfection as man can produce. Michigan is the beginning of a biological disaster that good immunology simply cannot support.

They'd be better off slaughtering the deer and badgers, which are at the root of the problem. Bovine TB is being given back to the cattle by these unregulated animals. But it'll never happen. Both the animal huggers and the hunters are politically powerful activist groups that small farmers simply can't contend with.

No matter how you look at it, a skin test alone shouldn't be the basis of such a reaction. A number of questions must be answered: 1.) Is the tuberculin skin test being used to determine if the animal is actively infected? 2.) Was infection confirmed by microbiological studies, proving the presence of TB bacteria in the animal's blood or other tissues? 3.) Did culture of the cow's blood or other organs confirm the presence of TB? 4.) Did gross autopsy confirm the presence of TB in any of the organs? 5.) What do you expect to accomplish by this expensive eradication of healthy animals having a positive TB skin test?

And the question that's likely on your mind: Do I have to worry? The answer is no.

Just to put you at ease concerning the possibility of Bessie giving you tuberculosis from her milk--it isn't going to happen. First of all, bovine TB isn't human TB--though it is transmissible to mammals, including Man. However, the likelihood of catching TB from the milk of a tuberculin-skin-test-positive cow is extremely remote. (In fact, you could drink the milk of a tubercular cow and not contract her disease. Raw milk protects itself through antibody formation and thus protects the calf--and you. I am not recommending that you drink milk from any cow infected with any disease, but I just want to emphasize how safe raw milk, properly handled, really is.)

Ultimately, the threat of humans contracting bovine TB from animals is extremely remote in the U.S. today. Health officials know this and have complete confidence in the state's meat and milk supply. This is in the record, but the public doesn't hear that message.

Here is what the health officials have said: "Bovine TB is spread primarily through the exchange of respiratory secretions between infected and uninfected animals. This transmission usually happens when animals are in close contact with each other."

In other words: Animal over-crowding plays a major factor in the transmission of M. Bovis. Should I spell it out for you? The only place you find this packing of the animals together is in the big producers' operations and their animal prisons--just like the big chicken producers and their chicken gulags. Which means that, just as with humans, crowding is the key.

The fight for control of cattle and milk industries is very reminiscent of the "Global Swarming" fiasco I've been telling you about. They're both conspiratorial power grabs by the big food corporations to destroy two more organic industries. The Great Chicken Slaughter is international in scope and--mark my words--the Great Cattle Slaughter will not be far behind.

Separation of Fed and State

This assault on the Michigan cattle industry is a perversion of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The "States' Rights" concept is at the very foundation of our system of government, which was (but no longer is) a limited democracy where there were balances between the rich and the poor to keep the rich from oppressing the poor and to keep the poor from vandalizing the rich through the ballot box.

It worked well until 1913 and the passage of three horrific amendments to the Constitution: (1) a Marxist-style graduated income tax, (2) the popular election of senators which freed them from the constraints of their own state government and made them answerable only to the mob (just like the representatives in the House), and (3) the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank which turned our money over to private interests and has led to the disastrous economic Armageddon that we face today.

I hope you will excuse this diversion into "political science." It is at the core of this entire Michigan spectacle. It is not about bovine TB. There is no TB epidemic in Michigan. It is about the control of an entire industry from the top down. The feds and the UN are taking down free enterprise one industry at a time. First it was chickens and now it is cattle. Will your industry be next?