Why This California College Student Is Choosing to Stand Up for Her Beliefs on Gender
Rachel del Guidice / @LRacheldG / November 13, 2018
“I didn't expect that a place that claimed to be so inclusive and tolerant would turn its back on me so quickly,” Isabella Chow says. (Photo courtesy of Isabella Chow) A 20-year-old student senator at the University of California Berkeley says she didn’t expect the intense opposition she received for voicing her Christian beliefs on sexual identity and gender.
Although Isabella Chow, a junior, has the support of the school’s College Republicans chapter, her own student party cut ties with her and other students and organizations are demanding that she resign from the Senate or face a recall.
“I didn’t expect it at all, I’ll just put it that way,” Chow told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Tuesday.
“I expected there to be opposition, I expected there to be disagreement,” she said, “but I didn’t expect that a place that claimed to be so inclusive and tolerant would turn its back on me so quickly.”
Her offense? Chow chose not to vote Oct. 31 on a measure decryingconsideration by the Trump administration of a legal definition that says a person’s gender is what his or her sex was at birth. She was the only one of 20 senators to abstain on the measure, which also backed organizations that promote the LGBT agenda.
Student-run CalTV and school publications Chow represented also abandoned or “disaffiliated with” her, she said.
In a statement on Facebook explaining why she abstained, Chow first said discrimination “is never, ever OK.”
But, she said, “where this bill crosses the line for me is that I am asked to promote a choice of identities that I do not agree with to be right or best for an individual, and to promote certain organizations that uphold values contrary to those of my community.”
Chow, who is from Gilroy, California, about two hours outside of San Francisco, told The Daily Signal that she fears funding for Christian groups on campus is threatened. A piano recital where she was supposed to play was cancelled because professors said, “You can’t perform when we are all afraid of protesters showing up at the door.”
At a protest Wednesday, Chow said, people yelled at her for three hours, swearing and demanding that she resign.
Through that experience, she told The Daily Signal, “a big part of me was reminded that as a Christian, I needed to stand by what I said.”
That means not only standing by her beliefs about gender and sexuality, she said, but “loving the LGBTQ community and accepting all of them as valid and significant and loved.”
Chow was elected to the student Senate as a candidate running with the party Associated Students of the University of California. She had support from fellow Christian students and the “publications and media” crowd involved in journals, magazines, and CalTV, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Over 1,000 persons have signed a petition demanding that Chow resign from student government or face a recall. She also has faced pushback on social media.
Lol I haven’t been posting on Facebook often at all this semester… but I finally broke my silence on Isabella chow’s bigot ass … and it feels so… good….
— Marlboro Man™? (@tom___nook) November 6, 2018
Matt Ronnau, president of the Berkeley College Republicans, told The Daily Signal in an interview that his organization stands by Chow.
“We support Isabella 100 percent,” Ronnau said, calling her treatment “incredibly unfair.”
“She expressed very clearly … and decided to abstain, and then the Queer Alliance Resource Center [an LGBT rights organization] came out and basically said she was attacking them and really muddied what she said up,” he said.
The group “painted her to be this huge evil person when really she’s not,” Ronnau said.
Harini Shyamsundar, editor-in-chief and president of The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper, told The Daily Signal in an email that the paper declined to publish an op-ed by Chow explaining her decision to abstain because it “did not meet the paper’s editorial standards.”
“We could not publish it in our opinion section, even opposite our own editorial,” Shyamsundar said.
Shyamsundar did not explain further, including what she meant by failure to meet editorial standards.
Manu Meel, CEO of BridgeUSA, a nonpartisan student club at UC Berkeley, told The Daily Signal in an email that while he and the organization did not support Chow’s stance, her opinions should still be respected.
“Millions of Americans share Senator Chow’s perspective,” Meel told The Daily Signal, adding:
Rather than silencing her perspective, we must constructively engage her perspective and create the necessary spaces for those discussions to occur on campus. A democracy cannot thrive if we silence individuals that we disagree with, even if those disagreements are based on identity. In a democracy, progress is achieved when consensus can be forged because ultimately, we are one people united by a common commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of all citizens.
Meel also said students should focus on having a productive discussion about differing viewpoints.
“As students on a campus that has a legacy of strengthening democracy, we can set an example for how difficult issues like the one being discussed here should be resolved,” Meel said. “We must take the opportunity to resolve our differences at a time when polarization and partisanship define the political landscape.”
Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow in American principles and public policy at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that opinions based on scientific fact should not be seen as hateful or bigoted.
“The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex. Biology isn’t bigotry,” said Anderson, author of the book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.”
“How absurd that a student has become a social outcast simply because she declined to support the manifest falsehoods of transgender ideology,” he said.
WATCH: Leftist Mob Shows Up At Tucker Carlson's Home: 'You Are Not Safe' "Tucker Carlson, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!"
November 7, 2018 On Wednesday night, a leftist mob showed up at Fox News host Tucker Carlson's Washington, D.C. home while he was on-air taping his show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight." In the video posted to social media by leftist group "Smash Racism DC," the angry mob outside Carlson's home chanted that they will "fight" him and demanded he leave town.
Carlson has a wife and four children.
"Activists ring doorbell, hold protest at the Washington DC area home of [Tucker Carlson], racist, sexist, bigoted FOX News personality. So far no one has opened the door," says a caption to one of the videos. "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!"
"We are outside your home to protest against your fascism and racism," the mob can be heard saying in the video.
"Tucker Carlson, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!" they chant in unison.
BREAKING. Activists ring doorbell, hold protest at the Washington DC area home of @TuckerCarlson, racist, sexist, bigoted FOX News personality. So far no one has opened the door.
“Tucker Carlson, we will fight!
We know where you sleep at night!”#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/A3S3c6croi
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 7, 2018Another caption from the group says, "'Racist scumbag, leave town!' Every night you spread fear into our homes—fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you're reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either."
"Racist scumbag, leave town," the group chants.
“Racist scumbag, leave town!”
Every night you spread fear into our homes—fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.#KnockKnockTuckerpic.twitter.com/QlNVKS4oxN
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 7, 2018"'No borders! No walls! No USA at all!' This is what we think of your racist rhetoric and fearmongering toward immigrants," reads another tweet's caption.
“No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”
This is what we think of your racist rhetoric and fearmongering toward immigrants, @TuckerCarlson.#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/2KHHPzQGkx
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 8, 2018"You can’t hide from those you hurt, Tucker," said Smash Racism DC.
Tucker Carlson has been spewing nonstop hate and lies about he migrant caravan. He also has close ties to white supremacists: https://t.co/jMbQJk3o6D
Activists protested tonight at Carlson’s Washington DC area home. You can’t hide from those you hurt, Tucker.#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/uh6xfJxztA
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 8, 2018Carlson, who was apparently on-air while his home was targeted, did not make direct reference to the attack during Wednesday's show. But he did reference angry mobs "scaring your children" to a guest, seemingly in veiled connection to the mob reportedly at his home.
When Carlson signed off his show, he said he will be taking the next two days off. "I'll see you Monday," he told viewers.
Trump: Put The Army And Marines On OUR Border NOW
Oct 22, 2018
Read More Articles by Devvy KiddWhile the corrupt, disgraced MSM continue to downplay or take sides for the hordes of illegal aliens on the march towards our border, it’s now time for President Trump to do what has to be done. No more ‘talks’ with the president of Mexico, diplomats from Honduras to other countries in South America.
US, Mexico agree on plan to handle migrant caravan from Central America – Allegedly the agreement is if an illegal gets on U.S. soil they will be turned around back into Mexico and let them and the communist UN deal with them. Really? You believe that will happen?
Yesterday: Migrant caravan vows to continue march toward US border (Now 5,000 of them)
President Trump has full constitutional power to stop the border invasion – even without Congress
What we’re seeing and have been seeing since Ronald Reagan opened the flood gates in 1986 with the phony ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ bill he signed is an invasion, period. Back then the estimate was 3.1 million illegals. Thanks, Ronnie. Today the more realistic number is 30-40 MILLION and YOU are working your ass off to pay for their free ride or life of crime either in dollars or blood.
This IS a well-coordinated effort – a PUSH invasion – to flood OUR country with uneducated and little to no skills people who have no problem sneaking across our border to steal people’s identity to steal jobs, force you and me to give them free medical, dental and every other freebie under the sun. And, the open-border advocates are using “the children” as usual to play on the heart strings of Americans. Illegals: Be a responsible parent, stay in your country with your kids and it won’t be a problem.
41,000 Unaccompanied Children Apprehended at Border in Recent Months, Aug. 16, 2018
The current caravan making its way is not going to be stopped with threats from President Trump to stop foreign aid. There is NOTHING in the U.S. Constitution that authorizes Congress to steal from We the People to send money to any foreign country for foreign aid, humanitarian aid or to rebuild countries we blow to bits.
The current caravans are determined to get through Mexico to YOUR wallet here in the U.S. They’ve already broken through Mexican police barriers.
There are major ‘hot spots’ in California, Texas and Arizona where these caravans, some smaller than the current flood being featured on the news, but their goal is to step on U.S. soil, turn themselves in. They then get a court date and disappear (catch & release). They migrate to other states to steal your identity and jobs that belong to Americans. If they don’t rape or kill you or your child.
Watch–Caravan Migrant Says March to U.S. Border Is for Jobs, Not Asylum, Oct. 19, 2018 – Mother of EIGHT which we will be raped for in welfare. Think about that while you’re trying to pay your health care premiums and put healthy food on the table or gas in the tank.
ICE Arrests 40 Illegal Aliens in New England, Including Guatemalan Accused of Strangling Pregnant Woman, Sept. 28, 2018.
Illegal immigration leads to 2,200 deaths, 118,000 rapes, 138,000 assaults, August 21, 2018
Driver Who Allegedly Killed Oregon Couple In DUI Crash Is Illegal Alien, ICE Says – Investigators believe he was probably driving at twice the legal alcohol limit at the time he crashed into the Wilsons, who are survived by four young children, August 31, 2018
Donald Trump on ‘Criminal’ Caravan Migrants: ‘This Country Doesn’t Want Them’, Oct. 19, 2018
Gay Man Accuses Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker Of Sexual Assault
OCTOBER 21, 2018
BY KRISTIE MCDONALD
When accusing another of trying to force you to perform oral sex, as an anonymous gay man has accused Sen. Cory Booker of, choosing the name “Deep Throat” as your Twitter handle is suspect, as is an account of the alleged incident that could have been pulled from Penthouse Forum.
Not that it couldn’t be true.
Bizpac Review reports,
The man tweeted a shocking, detailed description of how he was sexually assaulted by the New Jersey Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate back in 2014, saying he has “much more probative evidence” than Christine Blasey Ford did when she accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse.
An appropriate comparison with the left having weaponized the #MeToo movement, making it a political tool for going after opponents, where anybody can be accused of committing sexually inappropriate acts with little corroborative evidence and the expectation of due process tossed out the window.
The man details how Booker, who was speaking at his workplace, pulled him back into the restroom and sexually assaulted him after he complimented the lawmaker, tweeting: “#CoryBooker Sexually Assaulted Me and why it won’t matter to the #metoo movement.”
“I stopped to use one of the building’s single-occupancy restrooms,” the letter began. “When I opened the door, Mr. Booker was there. He smiled and very gregariously said ‘Hey!’ We engaged in some brief idle chitchat in the entryway and then he asked me to speak in private.
“What happened next, happened so fast that it was hard for me to comprehend what was going on,” the man continued. “It was one of those surreal moments where what was happening was such a deviation and such a perversion of one’s natural daily routine that I hardly knew how to react.”
The letter states that the man spoke with Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, who is an RNC committee member.
“And in a refreshingly rare act of bipartisanship, she recommended I contact Ronan Farrow, the father of the modern #metoo movement himself,” he wrote.
According to the account, Farrow, who is also gay, has been slow in coming around to his story.
In a follow up tweet, the accuser responded to some of the concerns about his story, such as his chosen Twitter name:
While the presumption of innocence is paramount in our legal system — unless you’re a Republican-backed Supreme Court nominee — and there’s no way to know if the allegation is true, the man must remove the cloak of anonymity, putting a name and face to the charge, if he expects it to be taken seriously.
MORE THAN HALF OF FOREIGN REFUGEES ARE ON TAXPAYER-FUNDED FOOD STAMPS.
August 14, 2018 by John Binder
More than half of the annual inflow of foreign refugees arriving in the United States are on food stamps, a government report reveals.
Since 2008, as Breitbart News reported, the U.S. has permanently resettled more than 1.7 million foreign nationals and refugees through a variety of humanitarian programs like the Special Immigrant Juveniles and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. This is a foreign population larger than Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — a city with more than 1.5 million residents.
An annual report by the Office of Refugee Resettlement was analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jason Richwine, in which the analyst revealed that about 56 percent of households headed by foreign refugees who arrived in the U.S. between 2011 and 2015 are using taxpayer-funded food stamps.
Nearly 30 percent of refugees received cash welfare of some sort, while 34 percent of refugees 18-years-old or older said they had no health insurance. Of the refugees who said they did have health insurance, about 50 percent said they were either on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance, both of which are taxpayer-funded.
The education levels of foreign refugees coming to the U.S. are also remarkably low. Roughly half of refugees 25-years or older said they did not have a high school diploma before arriving in the U.S.
Additionally, only 16 percent of refugees 18-years or older said they were currently seeking some kind of degree. The most common degree sought by refugees is a high school diploma.
As Breitbart News‘ Michael Patrick Leahy noted most recently, President Trump’s administration has historically reduced the annual inflow of foreign refugees. Under Trump’s “America First” agenda, the U.S. is on pace to accept less than 23,000 refugees for the Fiscal Year 2018. This would be the lowest yearly refugee admission in three decades.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general
Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general.
“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump.
Sessions departure from the Justice Department is not unexpected, as the president has signaled changes to his administration after the midterms. But no one faced more rumors of an imminent dismissal than Sessions.
For more than a year, Trump has repeatedly lambasted Sessions over his recusal, saying he wouldn’t have installed Sessions as the country’s top law enforcement officer had he known his attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia probe.
In September, Trump said of his strained relationship with Sessions, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”
Shortly after taking office, Sessions removed himself from the Russia investigation in March of 2017, citing his involvement as a high-profile surrogate and adviser to Trump’s campaign.
The investigation into the Russian government’s attempted meddling in the election has hung over the president since he took office. Trump and his aides have denied any collusion with the Russians.
In March 2017, Sessions announced his plans to recuse himself after reports surfaced detailing undisclosed conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a Republican senator from Alabama.
At the time of his recusal, Sessions said he met with the “relevant senior career department officials” to discuss the issue.
“Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” Sessions said.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then took control of the investigation and decided to appoint Mueller to take over the probe because of his own role in Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey in May.
That paved the way for former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over as special counsel, something that upset the president.
Trump’s falling out with Sessions was remarkable, considering the pivotal and trusted role the Alabama Republican played for Trump during the campaign.
Sessions -- who bonded with Trump over their populist views on trade and immigration -- became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in February 2016 when he announced his support of the New York businessman’s then-underdog campaign.
The endorsement was seen as blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s conservative rival in the Republican race whose path to victory included a strong performance in Southern states. Trump won Alabama.
Sessions went on to become one of Trump’s most outspoken and prominent surrogates during the campaign. A number of Sessions’ top staffers – including Rick Dearborn and Stephen Miller – took senior White House roles. When other Republicans abandoned Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape just days before the general election, Sessions stood by Trump.
After Trump won the White House, Sessions, who faced no opposition in his 2014 re-election to the Senate, gave up a safe seat to become Trump’s attorney general.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions denied accusations from Democrats that he had made racially insensitive statements in the past. Though most Democrats voted against their former colleague, his confirmation was seen as redemption for Sessions, whose nomination for a 1986 federal judgeship was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time.
As attorney general, Sessions cracked down on illegal immigration, vowing to enforce federal law.
This is not a caravan, it's an INVASION
OCTOBER 23, 2018
ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The migrant - you can't see right now but I'm air quoting - "caravan" started off in Honduras with about 2,000 people. It then more than doubled in size to 5,000 strong. As of this morning, there are over 7,000 people making their way North to the U.S. border. The line of people, when they're not riding in the back of several mysteriously paid for trucks, stretches out for over a mile. I air quoted "caravan" because this is anything but. When was the last time you saw more than seven thousand people, marching towards another countries border, and carrying their own flag? The answer for most of us is never, unless you've served in the military. This is an invasion. There's no other way to describe it.
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I've said it before, but this is a Honduran political stunt organized by a leftist group that has ties to the former Marxist president who was exiled after a coup in 2009. They never got over it, and they've been doing political stunts ever since to make the current right wing government look bad. The organizers of this invasion have ties to the Castros in Cuba and Maduro in Venezuela. This stunt is designed for media fallout, and it's timed very specifically for maximum exposure. Early voting for the midterms has already begun.
By the time they reach the U.S. border you'll only see two things on cable news:
1. Election polls and 2. The status at the border.
If the caravan is stopped in Mexico, this could actually help the GOP come November 6th. I mean, is there any greater example for why we need stricter border policies, or even a wall, after seeing all this play out? Mexican immigration officers were completely overwhelmed when the caravan first crossed into Mexico. They could only process about 600 people before the remaining five thousand plus pushed through; some on land while some waded across the water. If these invasion caravans are the new norm, do we have any choice but to build a wall?
This is the same tactic employed by Hamas.But let's say the caravan reaches our border. Every single media camera will be pointed, not at the migrants, but at the National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol dressed in riot gear. Video will be rolling as tear gas clusters are fired at the waves of people attempting to cross. Pictures will be snapped of people showing off their rubber bullet bruises. It'll be mass chaos. And none of them will be reporting on what the migrants are doing, but rather, how we responded. You know who has to deal with this every day?
This is the same tactic employed by Hamas. They charge the Gaza/Israel border with thousands every… single… day. And how does the Western media respond? By vilifying Israel every time. And that's what we can expect if this invasion caravan reaches its destination.
Anti-Kavanaugh man arrested for threatening to kill two Republican Senators
October 20, 2018 by Jerry McCormickImage Source: YouTube Screenshot
Democrats have asked for violence… and now their supporters are acting on it.
Ronald Derisi allegedly threatened to kill two GOP senators for voting for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The TrailDerisi thought he was being slick by buying a prepaid phone, but he still left a trail.
Rather than pay for the phone with cash, which would have made it all but impossible to track him down, the genius used his credit card to make the purchase.
With prepaid phone in hand, Derisi started calling senators and leaving threatening messages for them.
One of the voicemails released was more than a bit disturbing…
“We’re tired of this guy sucking taxpayers’ money! Getting a free f***ing ride!”
“How many more years you gonna do it? None! He’s a dead man! 9-millimeter, side of the f***ing head!
“If f***ing Kavanaugh gets in, he’s dead f***ing meat! Actually, even if Kavanaugh doesn’t get in he’s f***ing meat. 9-millimeter, side of the head, you f***ing old bastard.”
According to reports, the man left close to a dozen messages like this for the two senators.
While Derisi has been charged in both cases for threating to kill the senators, the names of the senators he threatened have not yet been released.
Insanity ContinuesWe, along with several other conservative outlets, have continuously warned that Democrat rhetoric would eventually create this exact scenario.
People like Maxine Waters cannot continuously tout violence against GOP officials without being held accountable.
The sad thing in all of this is the role the media has played in it.
There has been no public roasting of Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, or Eric Holder, all of whom have suggested violence as a way for the Democrat party to regain power.
Furthermore, the media has embraced groups like BLM and ANTIFA that have regularly carried out violence against conservatives.
As a country, we are treading in very dangerous waters and it is only a matter of time before this timebomb explodes.
BIG BREW-HAHAYOUR CUP O' JOE IS FILLED WITH PESTICIDES?Exclusive: Steve Goreham battles irrational dietary fears, 'chemophobia'Published: 22 hours ago
Our modern society suffers from “chemophobia,” a fear of industrially made chemicals. Synthetic pesticides, used to control insects, rodents and weeds and to boost crop yields, are a major concern for many people. But the evidence shows that everyday exposure to synthetic pesticides is negligible and that widespread pesticide fears are unfounded.
Farmers have long sought to reduce damage from agricultural pests. Sulfur compounds were used as pesticides by the Sumerians as early as 4,500 years ago. Ancient Persia used a powder of pyrethrum, derived from dried chrysanthemum flowers, as an insecticide. Pyrethrum remains a frequently used natural pesticide. But modern chemical pesticides are labeled unsustainable and are widely feared by the public.
In her 1962 best-selling book, “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson leveled an attack on agricultural pesticides that continues today, stating: “Since the mid-1940s over 200 basic chemicals have been created for use in killing insects, weeds, rodents, and other organisms described in the modern vernacular as ‘pests.’ … Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life?”
Carson’s book targeted the widespread spraying of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), an effective pesticide against malarial mosquitoes, typhus-carrying lice, farm pests and other insects. Carson falsely claimed that DDT was killing birds and causing cancer in humans.
Due to a rising tide of public concern, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned DDT use in 1972, followed by bans in most developed countries. DDT bans are blamed for triggering a malaria resurgence and millions of deaths in developing nations over following decades.
But DDT use was not found to be harmful to people, and with the possible exception of the thinning of raptor egg shells, no environmental impacts from DDT have been identified. In 2006, the World Health Organization lifted its ban on DDT and authorized indoor spraying of DDT to control malaria. Nevertheless, because of Carson’s book and fears promoted by environmental groups, synthetic pesticides are wrongly blamed for a wide range of human health problems.
Pesticides are poison. At high levels of exposure, pesticides can be harmful to people and associated with cancer, genetic and reproductive issues, nervous system damage and skin damage.
But, as with all natural or synthetic chemicals, the dose makes the poison. Paracelsus, a Swiss physician of the 1500s, is regarded as the father of modern toxicology. He stated, “All substances are poison. There is none which is not a poison. The right dose makes the difference between a poison and a remedy.” Even sunlight and water are poisons in high doses. The good news is that, for the average person, synthetic pesticides are encountered at far below harmful levels.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) analyzes samples from thousands of foods each year to detect synthetic pesticide residues. Laboratory methods detect residues down to low parts-per-billion levels. In 2016, the USDA collected and tested 10,365 samples from dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Over 99.5 percent of the samples had synthetic pesticide levels below limits set by the EPA.
U.S. and European pesticide safety levels are set at extremely low levels of exposure, typically 100 times below the no observed adverse effect level found in laboratory experiments with animals. Limits for pesticides in water are yet hundreds of times lower than food-limit levels. Food and water in developed nations today is remarkably free of synthetic pesticides.
Through great marketing efforts, “natural” agricultural techniques have become favorites, while “processed” or “synthetic” methods are rejected. Organic fertilizer, or horse manure, is promoted as superior to chemically processed nitrogen fertilizer. But the chemical composition of a material is the important factor, not whether it is “natural.” Natural and synthetic pesticides are an excellent example.
The vast majority of pesticides humans ingest are natural, produced by plants. Natural pesticides include aflatoxin, nicotine, pyrethrum and strychnine. Plants produce pesticides to deter insects and rodent predators. Dr. Bruce Ames of the University of California estimated that 99.99 percent of pesticides in our diet are from plants. Only 0.01 percent of dietary pesticides are synthetic pesticides produced by industry that Rachel Carson so feared.
Caffeine is an insecticide. A single cup of coffee contains natural pesticides equal in weight to a full year’s consumption of synthetic pesticides. This does not mean that coffee is hazardous, only that dietary fears about synthetic pesticides are irrational.
One of the early concerns about DDT and some other organochloride pesticides was their tendency to persist in the environment. DDT is fat soluble and can accumulate in the tissues of birds and animals.
But newer pesticides are designed to quickly break down in farm fields to minimize any long-term environmental impact. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp, breaks down within a few weeks of application. In addition, bioengineered crops are designed to allow less pesticide to be used while increasing agricultural yields.
Only a few members of society need to take proper precautions regarding synthetic pesticides. These are people manufacturing or applying pesticides that may be exposed to high doses of the chemicals.
So enjoy your coffee and the abundant foods produced by modern agriculture. But don’t sweat the pesticides.
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Polk sheriff recommends armed security for churches
By: Ken Suarez, FOX 13 News POSTED: OCT 30 2018 04:49PM EDTVIDEO POSTED: OCT 30 2018 05:10PM EDT
UPDATED: OCT 31 2018 03:24PM EDT
LAKELAND (FOX 13) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and President Donald Trump are seeing eye to eye following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend.
The call from some to protect churchgoers with arms came after the president tweeted, "If they had some kind of protection inside the Temple, it would have been a much different situation."
Judd said he advocates having guns in houses of worship.
"If the active shooter is starting in the back door of your house of worship, you need to shoot him a lot," Judd told FOX 13. “Shoot him so you can read a newspaper through him.”
Judd admits that guns in churches, synagogues, or mosques could make some people uncomfortable. But he says it is a new world and people have to come to terms with it.
“We can live in denial for as long as we want to, but the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said.
He says the guns should be concealed and the people carrying them should be well-trained.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office offers free courses on how to carry a gun and survive an active shooter. The classes are designed for houses of worship, businesses, and individuals who want to be prepared, just in case.
The sheriff's next Active Assailant Training class is coming up Tuesday, November 20 at the PCSO Sheriff’s Operations Center, located 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The sheriff’s office also teaches concealed weapons permit courses. You can reach out to them for more information: email@example.com.
The Package Sent To CNN Was Not Postmarked
Oct 24, 2018
By Patrick Howley
CNN’s Jim Acosta revealed a photograph of the alleged bomb sent to CNN’s office, prompting an evacuation Wednesday while the network was live on air.But the package, which authorities claim was delivered to the CNN office, did not have proper markings on it identifying it as sent mail.
The package addressed to “John Brennan” (sic) features stamps that have not been stamped by any post office, as the photograph clearly shows.
CNN officials reported Wednesday that the package that arrived at CNN’s office was “delivered by courier, not mailed.”
This report came amid wide social media scrutiny of the photograph of the package, which CNN’s Jim Acosta shared. The package was not postmarked. (READ: Package Was Not Postmarked).
But if the package was delivered by courier, why did it have multiple stamps on it? Who was the courier? Who paid for the courier?
We will keep you updated on these changing developments as they continue to change.
Treasury official arrested for stealing, leaking confidential bank reports on Trump officials
October 18, 2018
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A government leaker who worked at the top of the Treasury Department was charged on Wednesday with stealing confidential bank reports about former Trump officials and sending them to a reporter.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards was caught red-handed on Tuesday night with a flash drive in her hands that contained stolen information about Trump associates that have been targeted in the Russia investigation, Fox News reported.
Anti-Trump leaker chargedEdwards was placed on leave from the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where she illegally disclosed bank reports called Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) starting in October 2017. Banks are required to make the reports, which note suspicious financial transactions and must stay confidential by law.
But Edwards saved thousands of SARs onto a government flash drive and snapped photos of them, which she texted to an unnamed journalist using an encrypted application. The records pertained to Trump officials targeted in the Russia investigation, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign official Rick Gates, as well as Russian spy Maria Butina and the Russian embassy.
The leaks reportedly made it into a dozen BuzzFeed articles, published as recently as Monday, with titles like: “These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus of the FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort.” In interviews with the FBI, Edwards initially denied any contact with the press, saying she was a whistle-blower, but later confessed to leaking the records to reporters.
Records of her communications with the unnamed journalist were foundon her phone after her arrest, which also snagged the government flash drive containing the stolen reports. She also leaked Treasury Department emails and other internal documents.
Edwards had at least one unnamed, higher-ranking accomplice, who she reported to at FinCEN. The person, who was not charged, texted the reporter 300 times.
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Edwards is the first government leaker to be prosecuted for disclosing confidential information about Trump officials being targeted by Robert Mueller’s investigation, Fox noted. President Trump has often complained about leakers in the federal government, who he called “cowards” earlier this year.
Trump has charged his Justice Department with cracking down on these leakers, who have been a reliable source of stories of scandal and intrigue to the press. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised to bring the pressure, telling the Washington Times: “When I came, there were three open leak investigations. We raised that to 27 in the first year.”
Edwards’ arrest comes after former Senate staffer James Wolfe pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of lying to investigators about his contacts with the press, including one reporter who he dated who now works for the New York Times, although he was not accused of any leaks. Former FBI agent Terry Albury is also facing a sentence this week for leaking information to the Intercept about alleged racial bias in the bureau’s counter-terrorism efforts.
Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said Edwards “betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information.”
Edwards was released from court on $100,000 bond on Wednesday and placed in the custody of her parents. She was charged with unlawful disclosure and one for conspiring to unlawfully disclose; each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.
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