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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

DEMOCRACY -- A Bait or A Weapon?



America has taken democracy into
the workshop and hollowed it out.”

Excerpts from: “We Call This Progress”
By: Arundhati Roy

(From a speech at the ‘Earth At Risk’ conference, Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion.)
(Courtesy: Guernica magazine)

I don’t know how far back in history to begin, so I’ll lay the milestone down in the recent past. I’ll start in the early 1990's, not long after capitalism won its war against Soviet Communism in the bleak mountains of Afghanistan. The Indian government, which was for many years one of the leaders of the nonaligned movement, suddenly became a completely aligned country and began to call itself the natural ally of the U.S. and Israel. It opened up its protected markets to global capital. Most people have been speaking about environmental battles, but in the real world it’s quite hard to separate environmental battles from everything else: the war on terror, for example; the depleted uranium; the missiles; the fact that it was the military-industrial complex that actually pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression, and since then the economies of places like America, many countries in Europe, and certainly Israel, have had stakes in the manufacture of weapons. What good are weapons if they aren’t going to be used in wars? Weapons are absolutely essential; it’s not just for oil or natural resources, but for the military-industrial complex itself to keep going that we need weapons.
Today, as we speak, the U.S., and perhaps China and India, are involved in a battle for control of the resources of Africa. Thousands of U.S. troops, as well as death squads, are being sent into Africa. The “Yes We Can” president has expanded the war from Afghanistan into Pakistan. There are drone attacks killing children on a regular basis there.

In the last twenty years, after we embraced the free
market, two hundred and fifty thousand farmers
have committed suicide (in India), because they have
been driven into debt. This has never happened in
human history before. Yet, obviously when the
establishment has a choice between suicide farmers
and suicide bombers, you know which ones they are
going to encourage. They don’t mind that statistic,
because it helps them; they feel sorry, they make a
few noises, but they keep doing what they are doing.

In the 1990's, when the markets of India opened, when all of the laws that protected labor were dismantled, when natural resources were privatized, when that whole process was set into motion, the Indian government opened two locks: one was the lock of the markets; the other was the lock of an old fourteenth-century mosque, which was a disputed site between Hindus and Muslims. The Hindus believed that it was the birthplace of Ram, and the Muslims, of course, use it as a mosque. By opening that lock, India set into motion a kind of conflict between the majority community and the minority community, a way of constantly dividing people. Finding ways to divide people is the main practice of anybody that is in power.

The prime minister of the world’s largest democracy,
Manmohan Singh, who was more or less installed by
the IMF, has never won an election in his life. He stood
for one election and lost, but after that he was just
placed there. He’s the person who, when he was
finance minister, actually dismantled all the laws
and allowed global capital into India.

Since 1947, ever since India became a sovereign republic, it has deployed its army against what it calls its own people. Now, gradually, those states where the troops were deployed are states of people who are fighting for self-determination. They are states that the decolonized Indian state immediately colonized. Now, those troops are actually defending the government’s rights to build big dams, to build power projects, to carry out the processes of privatization. In the last fifty years, more than thirty million people have been displaced by big dams alone in India. Of course, most of those are Indigenous people or people who live off the land.

The result of twenty years of this kind of free market, and this bogey of terrorism, is in the hollowing out of democracy. I notice a lot of people using the word democracy as a good word, but actually, if you think of it, democracy today is not what democracy used to be. There was a time when the American government was toppling democracies in Latin America and all over the place. Today, it’s waging wars to install democracy. It has taken democracy into the workshop and hollowed it out.

Democracy today is not what democracy used to be.
There was a time when the American government
was toppling democracies in Latin America
over the place. Today, it’s waging wars to install
democracy. It has taken democracy into the
workshop and hollowed it out.

In India, every institution, whether it’s the courts, or the parliament, or the press—has been hollowed out and harnessed to the free market. There are empty rituals to mask what actually happens, which is that India continues to militarize, it continues to become a police state. In the last twenty years, after we embraced the free market, two hundred and fifty thousand farmers have committed suicide, because they have been driven into debt. This has never happened in human history before. Yet, obviously when the establishment has a choice between suicide farmers and suicide bombers, you know which ones they are going to encourage. They don’t mind that statistic, because it helps them; they feel sorry, they make a few noises, but they keep doing what they are doing.

Today, India has more people than all the poorest countries of Africa put together. It has 80 percent of its population living on less than twenty rupees a day, which is less than fifty cents a day. That is the atmosphere in which the resistance movements are operating.

We should not be saying ‘tax the rich’,
we should be saying ‘take their money
and redistribute it; take their property
and redistribute it’.

Of course, it (India) has a media—I don’t know any other country with so many news channels, all of them sponsored or directly owned by corporations, including mining corporations and infrastructure corporations. The vast majority of all news is funded by corporate advertising, so you can imagine what’s going on with that. The prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, Manmohan Singh, who was more or less installed by the IMF, has never won an election in his life. He stood for one election and lost, but after that he was just placed there. He’s the person who, when he was finance minister, actually dismantled all the laws and allowed global capital into India.

One time I was at a meeting of iron ore workers, and Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of that time, had been the leader of the opposition in Parliament. A Hindi poet read out a poem called “What is Manmohan Singh doing these days?” The first lines were: “What is Manmohan Singh doing these days? What does poison do after it enters the bloodstream?” They knew that whatever he had to do was done, and now it’s just a question of it taking its course.

In 2005, which was the first term of the present government, the Indian government signed hundreds of Memorandums of Understanding, or MOUs, with mining companies, infrastructure companies, and so on, to develop a huge swath of forestland in Central India. India has up to an estimated one hundred million Indigenous people, and if you look at a map of India, the minerals, the forests, and the Indigenous people are all stacked up, one on top of the other. Many of these Memorandums of Understanding were signed with these mining companies in 2005. At the time, in the state of Chhattisgarh, which is where this great civil war is unfolding now, the government raised a tribal militia, which was funded by these corporations, to basically go through the forest to try and clear it of people so that the MOUs could be actualized. The media started to call this whole swath of forest the “Maoist Corridor.” Some of us used to call it the “MOUist Corridor.” Around that time, they announced a war called “Operation Green Hunt.” Two hundred thousand paramilitary began to move into the forests, along with the tribal militia, to clear it of what the government called Maoists.

In the Northeastern states we have laws like the Armed
Forces Special Powers Act, which allows soldiers to kill
on suspicion. In all of India we have the Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act, which basically makes even thinking an
Anti-government thought a criminal offense, for which
you can be jailed for up to seven years.

The Maoist movement, in various avatars, has existed in India since 1967, which was the first time there was an uprising. It took place in a village in West Bengal called Naxalbari, so the Maoists are sometimes called Naxalites. Of course it’s an underground, banned party. It now has a People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army. Thousands of people have been killed in this conflict. Today, there are thousands of people in prison, and all of them are called Maoists, though not all of them are really Maoists, because as I said, anybody who resists today is called a terrorist. Poverty and terrorism have been conflated. In the Northeastern states we have laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which allows soldiers to kill on suspicion. In all of India we have the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which basically makes even thinking an anti government thought a criminal offense, for which you can be jailed for up to seven years.

This is the atmosphere that was being created, and the media was in this orgy of these “Maoist-terrorists.” They were conflating them with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, so you’d see them on TV with ski masks and AK-47s, and the middle class was literally baying for their blood. At this time, I had written a couple of articles about the whole thing, television anchors would look around at me like I was crazy when I mentioned mining. What was the connection between pure evil guerrillas and good mining corporations? In my book, Field Notes on Democracy, there’s a part about how the Supreme Court of India actually gave a judgment saying you cannot possibly accuse a corporation of malpractice. In so many words, it just says so.

If you look at the history of the struggle for land in India, what is really sad is that after India became independent, land reform was one of the biggest things on the agenda of the new government. This was of course subverted by the politicians, who were upper-class people, landowners. They put so many caveats in the legal system that absolutely no redistribution happened. Then, in the 1970s, shortly after the Naxalite movement started, when the first people rose up, it was about the redistribution of land. The movement was saying land to the tiller. It was crushed; the army was called out. The Indian government, which calls itself democratic, never hesitates to call out the army. Today, people have completely forgotten the idea of redistribution. Now, they are fighting just to hold on to what little they have. We call that “progress.” The home minister allegedly says he wants 70 percent of India to live in cities, meaning he wants five to six hundred million people to move. How do you make that happen, unless you become a military state? How do you do that, unless you build big dams and big thermal projects and have nuclear power?

In so many ways, we have regressed. Even the most radical politics are practiced by people that are privileged enough to have land. There are millions and millions of people who don’t have land, who now just live as pools of underpaid wage labor on the edges of these huge megalopolises that make up India now. The politics of land in one way is radical, but in another way it has left out the poorest people, because they are out of the equation. We don’t talk about justice anymore. None of us do; we just talk about human rights or survival. We don’t talk about redistribution. In America, four hundred people own more wealth than half of the American population. We should not be saying tax the rich, but instead we should be saying take their money and redistribute it, take their property and redistribute it.

Today, one of the biggest battles being fought in India is over the extraction of bauxite, the ore that makes aluminum, which is at the center of the military-industrial complex. There’s something like four trillion dollars’ worth of bauxite in the mountains of Orissa and Chhattisgarh. Bauxite mountains are beautiful; they are flat-top mountains. Bauxite is a porous rock, and when it rains the mountains absorb the water; they are like water tanks. They let the water out through their toes, and they irrigate the plains. Mining companies, who have bought the bauxite for a small royalty to the Indian government, have already traded it on the future’s market. For local people, the bauxite in the mountain is the source of their life and their future, their religion and everything. For the aluminum company, the mountain is just a cheap storage facility. They’ve already sold it, so the bauxite has to come out, either peacefully or violently.

Now, the Indian government—the largest democracy in the world—is planning to call out the army in Central India, to fight the poorest people in the world.

A lot of the Indian government’s violence and repression is outsourced to the mob; it’s not always acting as a state. Often, academics or journalists or these moronic anchors in TV studios will initiate a debate based on the question, is violence moral or immoral?

Of course, people don’t necessarily function like that. You can be a Maoist in the forest and a Gandhian on the street. You can change identities based on what suits you tactically; it’s not like you have to swear to be this thing or that thing or the other thing. Some people do, some don’t. I think what happens in India is that there is something false about this debate, because it’s infused with a kind of false morality. After all, if people from the middle class were to support that fight—which is an oxymoron; they won’t—then I can understand saying we should all get together and go on a hunger strike. But, if you’re going to distance yourself from that village that has been surrounded by a hundred policemen and is being burned, then it’s immoral to try and lecture to those people how they should protect themselves.

Quite often, when you see what is being done to people, it creates rage in you and humiliation if you keep quiet. People ask me why I write, and I say it’s in order to not be humiliated. I don’t write for anything else except to not be humiliated. Every time I write, I keep telling myself that I won’t do it again, but it’s like I can’t contain it inside my body; I write, and it’s a relief.

As a writer, if you know something and then you keep quiet, it’s like dying. Between the various choices of fear, I still choose to write rather than not write.

When I landed in New York, one of the first things I did was to go to the Wall Street occupation, because I wanted to see who they were, what it was about, and how it connected to the things that we’ve been fighting and writing about. Regardless of what all of the various trends are, and the fact that the movement doesn’t have demands, and that it doesn’t have identifiable leaders, there is clearly still a connection between what is going on in the Occupy movement and what is going on in India. That connection is that of exclusion. These are people who are excluded. They are clearly not the four hundred families who own more wealth than half of Americans. They are not the hundred people in India who own 25 percent of India’s GDP.

While many of us believe in revolution, and believe that the system must be brought down, right now, the least we can ask for to begin with is a cap on all of this. I’m a cappist and a liddite. We do need to say a few things: one is that no individual can have an unlimited amount of wealth. No corporation can have an unlimited amount of wealth. This sort of cross-ownership of businesses really has to stop.

In India, the Tatas are the biggest company. They own iron ore mines, steel manufacturing plants, iodized salt, and television providers. They manufacture trucks, they fund activists, they do everything. There’s an iron ore and steel company called Jindal. They have iron ore mines, steel-making plants. The CEO is a member of Parliament. He also started the National Flag Foundation, because he won the right to fly the national flag on his house. They run a global law school just outside Delhi, which is like a Stanford campus in the midst of the most unbelievable squalor you can imagine. They have faculty flown in from all over the world paid huge salaries. They fund and promote cutting-edge artists who work in stainless steel. They recently had a protest workshop where they flew in activists to this unbelievably posh campus and then had protest poetry and protest slogans. They own everything; they own the resistance, the mines, the Parliament, the flag, the newspapers. They don’t let anything go. These are some simple things that have to stop. Berlusconi indirectly controls 90 percent of the media in Italy; so what if he’s not the prime minister?


Friday, 25 October 2013


You Are Eating And Drinking Pork Fat!
Gelatin Is Derived Mainly From Pork
It Is Deceptively Called Additive E-441

“Eat what is on earth, lawful (Halal) and good!” – Al-Quran

(By: M. Javed Naseem)

حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَيْتَةُ وَٱلْدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ ٱلْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ ٱللَّهِ
بِهِ وَٱلْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَٱلْمَوْقُوذَةُ وَٱلْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَٱلنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَآ أَكَلَ ٱلسَّبُعُ
إِلاَّ مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى ٱلنُّصُبِ وَأَنْ تَسْتَقْسِمُواْ بِٱلأَزْلاَمِ
ذٰلِكُمْ فِسْقٌ ٱلْيَوْمَ يَئِسَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن دِينِكُمْ فَلاَ تَخْشَوْهُمْ وَٱخْشَوْنِ
“Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the
flesh of swine, and that on which has been invoked the
name of other than Allah; that which has been killed by
strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or
by being gored to death; that which has been (partly)
eaten by a wild animal; unless you are able to slaughter it
(in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars);
(forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling
with arrows; that is impiety.”
(al-Quran 5:3)

إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَيْتَةَ وَٱلدَّمَ وَلَحْمَ ٱلْخِنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ بِهِ لِغَيْرِ ٱللَّهِ
فَمَنِ ٱضْطُرَّ غَيْرَ بَاغٍ وَلاَ عَادٍ فَلاۤ إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood,
and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other
name has been invoked besides that of Allah.
But if one is forced by necessity, without willful
disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, then is he
guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.”
(al-Quran 2:173)

يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ كُلُواْ مِمَّا فِى ٱلأَرْضِ حَلاَلاً طَيِّباً
وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ ٱلشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
“O you people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful (Halal)
and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the
Evil One (Shaitan), for he is to you an avowed enemy.”
(al-Quran 2:168)

ٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُلُواْ مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ
وَٱشْكُرُواْ للَّهِ إِن كُنْتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ 
“O you who believe! Eat of the good things that
We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah,
if it is Him you worship.”
(al-Quran 2:172)

Gelatin (or Gelatine) is a food additive widely used all over the world. Like other additives, it has an ‘E’ number – E-441. In Europe, it is considered a kind of food itself, therefore, it has no ‘E’ number. Thus, it is easier to mix it with dairy items, cakes, drinks, cheese, pastries, candies, jelly beans, gummy bears, etc., etc. Its main source is animal skins – especially pig and pig-skin as it is dirt cheap and economical to process too. Other sources are cattle-skin, animal bones and fish.
Mixing or adding Gelatin for taste, texture and body to any food makes the food ‘impure’ for the Jews, Muslims and Hindu vegetarians. This means that foodstuff containing Gelatin, rings alarm bells for almost half of the world population. They can stop using those food items and that can result in losses of millions of dollars for the multi-national companies. So, most of them don’t say on the labels that a particular food item contains Gelatin. They, however, put it as additive E-441. The consumer is easily deceived. And that has been the practice of those who rule and succeed with lies and deception. Even the importers of Muslim countries don’t care much about it. Everybody wants to make some easy money.

From: Healthy Eating:

What You Should Know About Gelatin:

by Chris Daniels, Demand Media

… Gelatin is generally recognized as safe -- normally abbreviated as GRAS -- by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Where Does the Gelatin You Eat Come From?

All gelatin is derived from the connective tissue of animals. Sources include crushed bones and skins from cattle, pigs and fish. These sources are treated to isolate the collagen protein and break it into pieces, a chemical process called hydrolysis. Gelatin is then sterilized, dried to powder and separated into fractions with different physical properties.

Does Gelatin Come From Pig Skin?

Pig skin, or pork skin, is one of the major sources of edible gelatin produced for American consumption. These pork skins would normally be discarded as waste from meat-processing facilities. Instead, the fat and hair are removed and the skins are shipped frozen to a plant that extracts collagen protein from the skins, turning them into gelatin primarily for use in foods.
(Courtesy: Healthy Eating, Demand Media.

Let us now watch this video from YouTube about Gelatin business and then we’ll continue with the opinions of the experts. This might shock you:

From: Wikipedia:
The worldwide production amount of gelatin is about 375,000 tons per year (roughly 827 million lbs). On a commercial scale, gelatin is made from by-products of the meat and leather industry. Recently, fish by-products have also been considered because they eliminate some of the religious obstacles surrounding gelatin consumption. Gelatin is derived from pork skins, pork, horses, and cattle bones, or split cattle hides. The raw materials are prepared by different curing, acid, and alkali processes which are employed to extract the dried collagen hydrolysate. These processes may take up to several weeks, and differences in such processes have great effects on the properties of the final gelatin products.

Composition and properties:

Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as domesticatedcattle, chicken, pigs, and fish. Food-grade gelatin is produced mainly from two raw materials, beef skin and pig hide. Photographic and pharma grades of gelatin are generally made from beef bones, although some beef bone gelatin is used by the food industry. Gelatin is an animal protein unlike many other gelling agents used by the food industry.
Gelatin gels exist over only a small temperature range, the upper limit being the melting point of the gel, which depends on gelatin grade and concentration (but is typically less than 35 °C) and the lower limit the freezing point at which ice crystallizes. The upper melting point is below human body temperature, a factor which is important for mouthfeel of foods produced with gelatin.[2

Gelatin (or gelatine, from Latin: gelatus = stiff, frozen) is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), flavorless solid substance, derived from collagen obtained from various animal by-products. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing. Substances containing gelatin or functioning in a similar way are called gelatinous. Gelatin is an irreversibly hydrolysed form of collagen, and is classified as a foodstuff. It is found in most gummy candies as well as other products such as marshmallows, gelatin dessert, and some ice cream, dip and yogurt. Household gelatin comes in the form of sheets, granules, or powder. Instant types can be added to the food as they are; others need to be soaked in water beforehand.
Gelatin is classed as a food in its own right and not subject to the food additives legislation in Europe. For that reason gelatin has no E number.


If the physical material that will be used in production is derived from bones, dilute acid solutions are used to remove calcium and similar salts. Hot water or several solvents may be used for de-greasing. Maximum fat content of the material should not exceed 1% before the main extraction step. If the raw material is hides and skin, size reduction, washing, removing hair from the hides, and de-greasing are the most important pretreatments used to make the hides and skins ready for the main extraction step. Raw material preparation for extraction is done by three different methods: acid, alkali, and enzymatic treatments. Acid treatment is especially suitable for less fully cross-linked materials such as pig skin collagen. Pig skin collagen is less complex than the collagen found in bovine hides. Acid treatment is faster than alkali treatment and normally requires 10 to 48 hours. Alkali treatment is suitable for more complex collagen, e.g., the collagen found in bovine hides. This process requires longer time, normally several weeks. The purpose of the alkali treatment is to destroy certain chemical cross-linkages still present in collagen. The gelatin obtained from acid treated raw material has been called type-A gelatin, and the gelatin obtained from alkali treated raw material is referred to as type-B gelatin. Enzymatic treatments used for preparing raw material for the main extraction step are relatively new. Enzymatic treatments have some advantages in contrast to alkali treatment. Time required for enzymatic treatment is short, the yield is almost 100% in enzymatic treatment, the purity is also higher, and the physical properties of the final gelatin product are better.

The Additives E441-470:
From: LaLeva di Archimede
E441 Gelatine: Gelatine

Gelatine is now classed as a food in its own right and is not subject to the food additives legislation in Europe.
Vegetarians should note that it is obtained, by hydrolysis, from collagen, a protein that gives strength and support to tissues and organs, and is the main constituent of connective tissue in all animals.
Gelatine for food use was normally obtained from pigskins, sometimes cattle hides, whereas that for more expensive uses, such as photographic and pharmaceutical uses, is generally obtained from cattle bones, (a more complex and costly process of extraction is needed for bones).However in a move to get away from porcine and bovine gelatine, more use is now being made of fish gelatine.
More gelatine is sold to the food industry than any other gelling agent and it can be found in chilled dairy products, confectionery, jellies and meat products.

Ammonium phosphatides
 Used mainly as an emulsifier, to lower the surface tension of water so allowing the better combining of oils, fats and water, and as a stabiliser, to prevent separation. Similar in use to Lecithin (E322). Limited use as an antioxidant.
Found in cocoa and chocolate products.
Manufactured either synthetically or from a mixture of Glycerol (E422) and partially hardened rape seed oil.
Vegetarians should note that although industrial manufacturing based on propylene or sugar accounts for a large percentage of glycerol production it can be obtained as a by-product in making soap from animal and vegetable fats and oils.

Sodium, potassium and calcium salts of fatty acids
 Vegetarians beware - can be of animal origin.

Magnesium salts of fatty acids
 Vegetarians beware - can be of animal origin.

From: and
Most Sickening Food Ingredients:

News about gross-out ingredients like pink slime and ammonia (more about both later) got us thinking: What other surprises lurk in the food we eat? We put that question to food safety as well as food manufacturing experts, and it turns out all kinds of things go into refined and processed foods that you wouldn’t willingly put in your mouth. Here's a at your own risk!
That’s not to say it isn’t safe to eat. The Food and Drug Administration and other agencies spend lots of time and energy to make sure you’re not eating stuff that will kill you. But the idea that something seems “just plain wrong” often isn’t part of the calculation.
Here’s a list of food ingredients that rate high in the yuck factor.
What it is: Vegetarians prepare to be shocked! The same stuff that puts the jiggle in Jello and other gelatin-based products is derived from collagen, a protein often collected from animal skins.
The source varies depending on the type of food, said Andrew Milkowsi, adjunct professor of animal sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The gelatin in desserts, for instance, comes mainly from pig skin.
Where you’ll find it: Gelatin, which is a thickening agent, can also be found in frosted cereals, yogurt, candy, and some types of sour cream. (Check the label.)
Gross-out factor: High for vegetarians, low for everyone else.
Mechanically separated meat
What it is: Mechanically separated meat is what’s left over after the meat clinging to the bones of chicken or pork are forced through a sieve-like structure using high pressure. “It looks like a paste or batter,” said Sarah Klein, a staff attorney with the Food Safety Program at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “You have crushed bits of bone and cartilage and other things that can end up in that final paste.”
Because of the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease, mechanically separated beef is no longer allowed in human food.
Where you’ll find it: Some hot dogs and other products (again, check the label)
Gross-out factor: High
Carbon monoxide
What it is: We have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes for a reason: this odorless gas can be deadly. But the same stuff that comes from the exhaust pipe of your vehicle is also used in packaging ground beef and some fish like tilapia and tuna. It helps them retain their youthful blush, said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch.
Where you’ll find it: Carbon monoxide is injected into plastic wrap after all the air is sucked out to block the process of oxidation that can turn pink meat brown. The process is considered safe for humans although it isn’t widely used anymore, said Lovera. Consumer groups have objected to the treatment's potential to mask meat spoilage.
Gross-out factor: Medium
What it is: Candy lovers, cover your eyes: pretty, shiny treats like jelly beans come at a price. They're often coated with shellac, a sticky substance derived from secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.
Where you’ll find it: Shellac makes jelly beans, candy corn, and other hard-coated candy look shiny. It may be called a “confectioner’s glaze” on the packaging. So sweet, and yet so sick.
Gross-out factor: Low 
Saltwater injections
What it is: Saltwater is fine in the ocean, but injected into food? Believe it! Too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure and other health problems, so less is better. But in a practice called plumping, manufacturers inject salt and other ingredients into raw meat (mostly chicken) to enhance flavor and increase the weight of the meat before it’s sold.
Where you’ll find it: In packaged meat, and you should avoid it! Check the fine print and the nutrition facts label. Meat that’s been injected may say “flavored with up to 10 percent of a solution” or “up to 15 percent chicken broth.” Regular chicken has about 40 to 70 mg of sodium per 4-ounce serving, while plumped chicken can contain 5 times or more than that amount, or 300 mg and up.
Gross-out factor: High, for health reasons
What it is: Don’t viruses make us sick? Well yes, but bacteriophages —tiny bacteria-killing viruses—actually help us by making bacteria sick. First approved for use on food in 2006, bacteriophages infect food-contaminating germs, not humans, said Milkowski.
Where you’ll find it: Manufacturers spray these on ready-to-eat meat and deli products that are sold in sealed plastic pouches. The bacteriophage products come in two types: One that combats E. coli and the other Listeria bacteria. (Only the second is used on food; the first is used to spray cattle.) Check the ingredient list for the words “bacteriophage preparation."
Gross-out factor: Low
What it is: Ammonia is a strong smelling chemical found in household cleaning products, but it’s also used as gas to kill germs in low-grade fatty beef trimmings.
“The trim (of animal meat) is prone to having more bacteria on it,” Lovera explainrd. “They use ammonia as a kill step to deal with the bacteria during processing.”
Where you’ll find it: This controversial practice started around 2001, and the resulting product—sometimes called pink slime—is used as a filler in ground beef.
Gross-out factor: High
Pink slime
What it is: Pink slime is a product derived from the bits of meat clinging to fat, which are separated out by melting the fat away and spinning in a centrifuge.
The result is a pinkish substance called lean finely textured beef that’s treated with ammonia gas to kill germs, and then added to ground beef as a filler. Lots of ground beef, as in 10 billion pounds per year.
Where you’ll find it: Recent furor over the concoction has caused companies like Wendy’s and McDonald’s to report that their hamburgers are pink slime-free and some supermarkets like Safeway and Wegmans to say they will no longer carry it. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program now have the option of ordering beef without it, according to the USDA.
Gross-out factor: High
Bisphenol A
What it is: Though the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, has been removed from most hard plastics (including baby bottles and sippy cups), it can still be found in the sealant in the lining of some cans, said Lovera.
Where you’ll find it: “This can be especially problematic with acidic foods like tomatoes,” she said. “The concern is that it leaks into foods.”
BPA has been linked to brain, behavior and prostate problems, especially in fetuses and children.
Gross-out factor: High

Food Containing Gelatin:
From: Veggiboards
I thought it would be helpful to a lot of people if I made a list of foods that contain gelatin.
marsh mellows -always contains gelatin
pop-tarts w/ frosting - always contains gelatin
mini wheats - always contains gelatin
other frosted cereals- sometimes contains gelatin
Jello - always contains gelatin
star-bursts - always contains gelatin
jr mints
peeps - always contains gelatin
gummy worms/bears - sometimes contains gelatin
yogurts - sometimes contains gelatin
Green Giant frozen vegetables (in a bag) - not even kidding! 
it under the section that says - Vegetables- Frozen (bag)
icing/frosting - sometimes contains gelatin
cream cheese - sometimes contains gelatin
sour cream - sometimes contains gelatin
Hostess cupcakes- Hostess brand- always/ other brand- sometimes

From PETA:

What is gelatin made of?

Gelatin is protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs. Gelatin is used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics; as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (such as Jell-O); in candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, and yogurts; on photographic film; in vitamins as a coating and as capsules; and it is sometimes used to assist in "clearing" wines. Gelatin is not vegan. However, there is a product called agar agar that is sometimes marketed as "gelatin," but it is vegan--it is derived from a type of seaweed.
Kosher symbols and markings are not reliable indicators on which vegans or vegetarians should base their purchasing decisions. This issue is complex, but the "K" or "Kosher" symbols basically mean that the food-manufacturing process was overseen by a rabbi, who theoretically ensures that it meets Hebrew dietary laws. The food also may not contain both dairy products and meat, but it may contain one or the other. "P" or "Parve" means the product contains no meat or dairy products, but it may contain fish or eggs. Kosher gelatin is usually made from a fish source. "D," as in "Kosher D," means that the product either contains dairy or was made with dairy machinery. For example, a chocolate and peanut candy may be marked "Kosher D" even if it doesn’t contain dairy because the non-dairy chocolate was manufactured on machinery that also made milk chocolate.
If you have further questions regarding Kosher symbols, please contact the Orthodox Union at 212-563-4000 or

From Laleva di Archimede:

Shocking Fatal Treatments:
The Headlines:
1.      Study: HPV vaccine linked to premature Menopause in young girls.
2.      Announcing UK Govt. considering mandatory Whooping Cough vaccine for newborns.
3.      MCT fats found in coconut oil boost brain function in only one dose! (Good news for Alzheimer patients).
4.      Mood stabilizing drugs are the most dangerous. 13 of the most effective Mood Stabilizers in natural medicine.
5.      Nine-weeks old baby dies after 9 vaccines.
6.      Infanrix Hexa vaccine maims and kills babies!
7.      Pharmaceutical firms paid to attend meetings of panel that advises FDA.
8.      The dark side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
9.      Vaccines sold by marketing Fear of Disease: BMJ Report.
10.  Aluminum in vaccines: What are we not being told?
11.  Tylenol just once a month raises a child’s Asthma risk 540%.
12.  Number of 0-5 year olds on psychotropic drugs skyrockets 42% since 2009.
13.  CDC pain-killers kill four times more than Cocaine and Heroin combined.
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Saturday, 19 October 2013


Don't Count On False Patrons!

Lessons From The Quran
Allah’s Message For You:
Don’t Count On False Patrons!

Allah’s Party VS Devil’s Party

(Compiled by: M. Javed Naseem)

يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ٱرْكَعُواْ وَٱسْجُدُواْ وَاعْبُدُواْ
رَبَّكُمْ وَٱفْعَلُواْ ٱلْخَيْرَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“O you who believe! Bow down, prostrate yourselves,
and adore your Lord; and do good, that you may prosper.”
(al-Quran 22:77)

وَجَاهِدُوا فِى ٱللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِ هُوَ ٱجْتَبَاكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكمْ فِى ٱلدِّينِ
مِنْ حَرَجٍ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ هُوَ سَمَّاكُمُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ مِن قَبْلُ
وَفِى هَـٰذَا لِيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ شَهِيداً عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُواْ شُهَدَآءَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ
فَأَقِيمُواْ ٱلصَّلواَةَ وَآتُواْ ٱلزَّكَواةَ وَٱعْتَصِمُواْ بِٱللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلاَكُمْ
فَنِعْمَ ٱلْمَوْلَىٰ وَنِعْمَ ٱلنَّصِيرُ
“And strive in His cause as you ought to strive, (with
sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you, and
has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the
cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you
Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the
Messenger may be a witness for you, and you be witnesses
for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular
Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector –
the Best to protect and the Best to help!”
(al-Quran 22:78)

Dispute About Allah?

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِى ٱللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّبِعُ كُلَّ شَيْطَانٍ مَّرِيدٍ
“And yet among men there are such as dispute about
Allah, without knowledge, and follow every evil one
obstinate in rebellion (Shaitan)!”
(al-Quran 22:3)

ومِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِى ٱللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلاَ هُدًى وَلاَ كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ
ثَانِىَ عِطْفِهِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ لَهُ فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا خِزْيٌ
وَنُذِيقُهُ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَامَةِ عَذَابَ ٱلْحَرِيقِ
“Yet there is among men such a one as disputes about
Allah, without Knowledge, without Guidance, and
without a Book of Enlightenment, (disdainfully) bending
his side, in order to lead (men) astray from the Path of
Allah. For him there is disgrace in this life, and on the
Day of Judgment We shall make him taste the
Penalty of burning (Fire).”
(al-Quran 22:8-9)

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَن فِى ٱلأَرْضِ
وَٱلشَّمْسُ وَٱلْقَمَرُ وَٱلنُّجُومُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ وَٱلشَّجَرُ وَٱلدَّوَآبُّ
وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ وَكَثِيرٌ حَقَّ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْعَذَابُ وَمَن يُهِنِ ٱللَّهُ
فَمَا لَهُ مِن مُّكْرِمٍ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَآءُ
“See you not that to Allah bow down in worship all things
that are in the heavens and on earth – the sun, the moon,
the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number
among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are
fit for Punishment; and such as Allah shall disgrace, none
can raise to honor, for Allah carries out all that He wills.”
(al-Quran 22:18)

Don’t Count On False Patrons!

يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ضُرِبَ مَثَلٌ فَٱسْتَمِعُواْ لَهُ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ
مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ لَن يَخْلُقُواْ ذُبَاباً وَلَوِ ٱجْتَمَعُواْ لَهُ وَإِن يَسْلُبْهُمُ
ٱلذُّبَابُ شَيْئاً لاَّ يَسْتَنقِذُوهُ مِنْهُ ضَعُفَ ٱلطَّالِبُ وَٱلْمَطْلُوبُ
“O men! Here is a parable set forth! Listen to it!
Those on whom, besides Allah, you call, cannot create
(even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! And
if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they
would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble
are those who petition and those whom they petition!”
(al-Quran 22:73)

What You Sow, So Shall You Reap!

كُتِبَ عَلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ مَن تَوَلاَّهُ فَأَنَّهُ يُضِلُّهُ وَيَهْدِيهِ إِلَىٰ عَذَابِ ٱلسَّعِيرِ
“About the (Evil One) it is decreed that whoever turns
to him for friendship, him will he lead astray, and he
will guide him to the Penalty of the Fire.”
(al-Quran 22:4)

ذٰلِكَ بِمَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاكَ وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَيْسَ بِظَلاَّمٍ لِّلعَبِيدِ
“(It will be said): "This is because of the deeds
which your hands sent forth, for verily Allah
is not unjust to His servants.”
(al-Quran 22:10)

The One Side (Party of Allah):

لاَّ تَجِدُ قَوْماً يُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلآخِرِ يُوَآدُّونَ مَنْ حَآدَّ ٱللَّهَ
وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَوْ كَانُوۤاْ آبَآءَهُمْ أَوْ أَبْنَآءَهُمْ أَوْ إِخْوَانَهُمْ أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ
أُوْلَـٰئِكَ كَتَبَ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلإِيمَانَ وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِّنْهُ وَيُدْخِلُهُمْ
جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا رَضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ
وَرَضُواْ عَنْهُ أُوْلَـٰئِكَ حِزْبُ ٱللَّهِ أَلاَ إِنَّ حِزْبَ ٱللَّهِ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ
“You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the
Last Day, loving those who resist Allah and His Messenger,
even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their
brothers, or their kindred. For such, He has written Faith
in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from
Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which
Rivers flow, to dwell therein (for ever). Allah will be well
pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the party of
Allah. Truly it is the party of Allah that will achieve Felicity.”
(al-Quran 58:22)

وَمَن يَتَوَلَّ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ ٱللَّهِ هُمُ ٱلْغَالِبُونَ
“And whoso takes Allah and His messenger and those
who believe for guardian (will know that), lo! the party
of Allah, they are the victorious.”
(al-Quran 5:56)

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُدْخِلُ ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِى مِن
تَحْتِهَا ٱلأَنْهَارُ يُحَلَّوْنَ فِيهَا مِنْ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٍ وَلُؤْلُؤاً وَلِبَاسُهُمْ فِيهَا حَرِيرٌ
وَهُدُوۤاْ إِلَى ٱلطَّيِّبِ مِنَ ٱلْقَوْلِ وَهُدُوۤاْ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطِ ٱلْحَمِيدِ
“Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous
deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow. They shall
be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls;
and their garments there will be of silk. 
For they have been guided (in this life) to the purest of
speeches; they have been guided to the Path of Him
Who is Worthy of (all) Praise.”
(al-Quran 22:23-24)

فَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَرِزْقٌ كَرِيمٌ 
"Those who believe and work righteousness, for them
is forgiveness and a sustenance most generous.”
(al-Quran 22:50)

ٱلْمُلْكُ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِلَّهِ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ فَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ
وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ فِى جَنَّاتِ ٱلنَّعِيمِ 
“On that day, the dominion will be that of Allah.
He will judge between them, so those who believe and
work righteous deeds will be in Gardens of Delight.”
(al-Quran 22:56)

ذٰلِكَ وَمَنْ عَاقَبَ بِمِثْلِ مَا عُوقِبَ بِهِ ثُمَّ بُغِىَ
عَلَيْهِ لَيَنصُرَنَّهُ ٱللَّهُ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَعَفُوٌّ غَفُورٌ
“That (is so). And if one has retaliated to no greater
extent than the injury he received, and is again set upon
inordinately, Allah will help him; for Allah is the One
that blots out (sins) and forgives (again and again).”
(al-Quran 22:60)

The Other Side (Party of Shaitan):

هَـٰذَانِ خَصْمَانِ ٱخْتَصَمُواْ فِى رَبِّهِمْ فَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ
قُطِّعَتْ لَهُمْ ثِيَابٌ مِّن نَّارِ يُصَبُّ مِن فَوْقِ رُءُوسِهِمُ ٱلْحَمِيمُ
“These two antagonists dispute with each other about
their Lord. But those who deny (their Lord), for them
will be cut out a garment of Fire; over their heads will
be poured out boiling water.
(al-Quran 22:19)

يُصْهَرُ بِهِ مَا فِى بُطُونِهِمْ وَٱلْجُلُودُ 
With it will be scalded what is within their bodies,
as well as (their) skins.
(al-Quran 22:20)

وَلَهُمْ مَّقَامِعُ مِنْ حَدِيدٍ 
In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them.
(al-Quran 22:21)

كُلَّمَآ أَرَادُوۤاْ أَن يَخْرُجُواْ مِنْهَا مِنْ غَمٍّ أُعِيدُواْ فِيهَا وَذُوقُواْ عَذَابَ ٱلْحَرِيقِ
Every time they wish to get away from it, (or) from
anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will
be said): "Taste you the Penalty of Burning!"
(al-Quran 22:22

وَٱلَّذِينَ سَعَوْاْ فِيۤ آيَاتِنَا مُعَاجِزِينَ أُوْلَـٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ ٱلْجَحِيمِ 
"But those who strive against Our Signs, to frustrate
them, they will be Companions of the Fire."
(al-Quran 22:51)

وَلاَ يَزَالُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فِى مِرْيَةٍ مِّنْهُ حَتَّىٰ تَأْتِيَهُمُ
ٱلسَّاعَةُ بَغْتَةً أَوْ يَأْتِيَهُمْ عَذَابُ يَوْمٍ عَقِيمٍ 
“Those who reject Faith will not cease to be in doubt
concerning (Revelation) until the Hour (of Judgment)
comes suddenly upon them, or there comes to them
the Penalty of a Day of Disaster.”
(al-Quran 22:55)

وَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ وَكَذَّبُواْ بِآياتِنَا فَأُوْلَـٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ 
“And for those who reject Faith and deny our Signs,
there will be a humiliating Punishment.”
(al-Quran 22:57)

وَإِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُنَا بَيِّنَاتٍ تَعْرِفُ فِى وُجُوهِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ
ٱلْمُنْكَرَ يَكَادُونَ يَسْطُونَ بِٱلَّذِينَ يَتْلُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُنَا قُلْ أَفَأُنَبِّئُكُم
بِشَرٍّ مِّن ذٰلِكُمُ ٱلنَّارُ وَعَدَهَا ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ وَبِئْسَ ٱلْمَصِيرُ
“When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, you will
notice a denial on the faces of the Unbelievers! They nearly
attack with violence those who rehearse Our Signs to them.
Say: Shall I tell you of something (far) worse than these
Signs? It is the Fire (of Hell)! Allah has promised it to the
Unbelievers! And evil is that destination!"
(al-Quran 22:72)

ٱسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلشَّيْطَانُ فَأَنسَاهُمْ ذِكْرَ ٱللَّهِ أُوْلَـٰئِكَ
حِزْبُ الشَّيْطَانِ أَلاَ إِنَّ حِزْبَ الشَّيْطَانِ هُمُ الخَاسِرُونَ
“The Evil One (Shaitan) has got the better of them,
so he has made them lose the remembrance of Allah.
They are the party of the Evil One (Shaitan). Truly, it
is the party of the Evil One (Shaitan) that will perish!”
(al-Quran 58:19) 

Think A Million Times Before You Join!
(The Party of Allah or The Party of Shaitan?)

وَٱلَّذِينَ هَاجَرُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ ثُمَّ قُتِلُوۤاْ أَوْ مَاتُواْ
لَيَرْزُقَنَّهُمُ ٱللَّهُ رِزْقاً حَسَناً وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَهُوَ خَيْرُ ٱلرَّازِقِينَ 
“Those who leave their homes in the cause of Allah,
and are then slain or die, on them will Allah bestow
verily a goodly Provision. Truly Allah is He
Who bestows the best provision.”
(al-Quran 22:58)

لَيُدْخِلَنَّهُمْ مُّدْخَلاً يَرْضَوْنَهُ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلِيمٌ حَلِيمٌ 
“Verily He will admit them to a place with which
they shall be well pleased, for Allah is All-Knowing,
Most Forbearing.”
(al-Quran 22:59)

Garment of Fire or Garment of Silk?
Your Choice!

هَـٰذَانِ خَصْمَانِ ٱخْتَصَمُواْ فِى رَبِّهِمْ فَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ
قُطِّعَتْ لَهُمْ ثِيَابٌ مِّن نَّارِ يُصَبُّ مِن فَوْقِ رُءُوسِهِمُ ٱلْحَمِيمُ 
“These two antagonists dispute with each other about
their Lord. But those who deny (their Lord), for them
will be cut out a garment of Fire; over their heads will
be poured out boiling water.”
(al-Quran 22:19)

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُدْخِلُ ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِى
مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلأَنْهَارُ يُحَلَّوْنَ فِيهَا مِنْ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٍ
وَلُؤْلُؤاً وَلِبَاسُهُمْ فِيهَا حَرِيرٌ
“Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous
deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow. They shall
be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls;
and their garments there will be of silk.”
(al-Quran 22:23)
(Note: Chapter 22: Surah Al-Hajj)