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Monsanto’s Judgement Day is October 14-16.


It’s finally here, the day we Earth-conscience people having been waiting a whole year for – since it was announced last year about this time. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR ALL MANKIND.

October 2016 The Tribunal and People’s Assembly will take place between 14 and 16 October in The Hague, Netherlands. Being marketed as the International Monsanto Tribunal, Monsanto’s judge and jury are the consumer public and advocates for protecting the earth and it’s people from corporate corruption of the worst kind. This international civil society’s initiative is to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges will hear testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A parallel People’s Assembly provides the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want and by all rights, deserve.

If you haven’t heard about the March Against Monsanto Movement, you must be living with your head in the sand, because social media has been circulating it for the last 3-4 years. That’s because the regular media won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. The People Against Monsanto movement has gotten very little, practically no, press coverage because the national media doesn’t want to ruffle the Ag giant’s feathers due to the fact that people have lost their jobs in the past, been threatened, forced into bankruptcy and discredited in every way possible for even trying to get the word out about Monsanto’s unethical, evil, killing ways.

The Organic Consumer’s Association has a good page on their site called ” Six Questions for Monsanto” that the tribunal will address during the Monsanto citizen’s trial in Hague. We are reposting it here for those who are not familiar with what all the hoopla is about and for those who are following this tribunal with baited breath in anticipation of finally getting some global awareness and support to help bring down this giant villain. The tribunal will also be televised by livestream, details to be announced. Follow the tribunals website for more info.

Monsanto may not be the largest company in the world. Or the worst. But the St. Louis, Mo. biotech giant has become the poster child for all that’s wrong with our industrial food and farming system.

With 21,000 employees in 66 countries and $15 billion in revenue, Monsanto is a biotech industry heavyweight. The St. Louis, Mo.-based monopolizer of seeds is the poster child for an industry that is the source of at least one-third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and is largely responsible for the depletion of soil, water and biodiversity. Not to mention the company’s marginalization—and sometimes terrorization—of millions of small farmers.

Since the early 20th century, Monsanto has marketed highly toxic products that have contaminated the environment and permanently sickened or killed thousands of people around the world. The most toxic of its products include:

PCBs: one of the 12 persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which affect human and animal fertility

2,4,5 T (2,4-D): a component of Agent Orange containing dioxin which was used by the US military during the Vietnam war and continues to be a major cause of birth defects and cancers

Lasso: an herbicide now banned in Europe

Roundup: the most widely used herbicide in the world, cause of one of the biggest health and environmental tragedies in modern history. This highly toxic weed killer, sprayed on GMO crops including soybeans, corn and rapeseed for animal feed or for the production of biofuels, was recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

In a rare exception, Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $46.5 million to compensate victims of its PCB poisoning. Sometimes the companysettles out of court, to avoid having to admit to any “wrongdoing.”

But for the most part, thanks to the multinational’s powerful influence over U.S. politicians, Monsanto has been able to poison with impunity.

It’s time for the citizens of the world to fight back. On October 15-16, in The Hague, Netherlands—the International City of Peace and Justice—a panel of distinguished international judges will hear testimony from witnesses, represented by legitimate lawyers, who have been harmed by Monsanto.

In their preparation for the citizens’ tribunal, and during witness testimony, the judges will consider six questions that are relevant not just in relation to Monsanto, but to all companies involved in shaping the future of agriculture. The six questions are:

1. Right to a healthy environment: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as recognized in international human rights law (Res. 25/21 of the Human Rights Council, of 15 April 2014), taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

2. Right to food: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to food, as recognized in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in Articles 24.2(c) and (e) and 27.3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in Articles 25(f) and 28.1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

3. Right to health: Did the firm Monsanto violate, by its activities, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, as recognized in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, or the right of child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, as recognized by Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 201

4. Freedom of expression and academic research: Did the firm Monsanto violate the freedom indispensable for scientific research, as guaranteed by Article 15(3) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the freedoms of thought and expression guaranteed in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, taking into account the responsibilities imposed on corporations by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as endorsed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011?

5. Complicity in war crimes: Is the firm Monsanto complicit in the commission of a war crime, as defined in Article 8(2) of the International Criminal Court, by providing materials to the United States Army in the context of operation “Ranch Hand” launched in Viet Nam in 1962?

6. Ecocide: Could the past and present activities of Monsanto constitute a crime of ecocide, understood as causing serious damage or destroying the environment, so as to significantly and durably alter the global commons or ecosystem services upon which certain human groups rely?

The citizens’ tribunal judges will not have the power to adopt binding decisions. But they will issue opinions which will provide victims and their legal counsel the arguments and legal grounds for further lawsuits against Monsanto within their national jurisdictions.

Throughout history, citizens’ tribunals have been an effective tool for highlighting the need to change international law so that victims of transnational companies have a means to legal redress. They are most successful when they are able to attract media attention, and are endorsed and supported by millions of citizens, throughout the world.

If you would like to endorse the International Monsanto Tribunal and follow its progress, sign on here. (Organizations can also sign on, here.)

To submit witness testimony, email claims (at) You can also support the tribunal financially.

More on the International Monsanto Tribunal.

Katherine Paul is associate director of the Organic Consumers Association

What Business Owners Can Learn from Yahoo’s Mistakes.

Why Yahoo is Going Under.

by Redstone Promotional Communications Marketing Staff.

Yahoo, the internet portal giant, has been struggling in the face of stiff competition for several years. It is now in the final stages of a lengthy bidding process for its core services of search, email, advertising and media operations.

So goes the merciless world of commerce. It’s always a struggle, even among the biggest companies. So you small business people out there, this is just a reality check, to heed what we are always telling our customers which is that it’s a tough market out there for ANYBODY. And in order to stay alive, you need every advantage you can get. Mostly this all boils down to marketing. If Yahoo had had better marketing forecasters, they would have never purchased Tumblr when it was already on it’s downslide, which is now worth only 1/3 of the price Yahoo paid for it; and a few other really bad marketing decisions that led to Yahoo’s demise.

business kingWhat Caused the Downfall of Yahoo?

People want to know how Yahoo, who was really the very first search engine, managed to end up going out of business just a few short years later. Well, don’t every envy the first business to do something. And we’ll tell you why. It’s because if you are the first business to be a success at a particular service or product, that means that all of your competitors will now be focusing all of their efforts on outdoing you, and unless you have a top-notch marketing and advertising team, it won’t be long before you are knocked off your throne. So the pioneers of business, such as Steve Jobs of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, etc., are constantly looking over their shoulder to see who is creeping up in the business world to take away their glory.

Yahoo was powerless to do anything against the giants Google and Facebook. Even if they had managed to put together a top notch marketing team, they still could not compete with these two internet monopolizers; and that is where Yahoo make their biggest mistake, and they did realize it, but just too late. Yahoo’s biggest mistake was in continuing to try and compete against Google, who was poised to take over the internet and own it. Yahoo tried over the last 2-3 years to adjust it’s business plan and strategy by acquiring other things, such as Tumbler and Alibaba, but these desperate measures came a little too late.

What Should Yahoo Have Done?

Some business owners, such as Steve Jobs, have learned along the way that when life throws you lemons, you can’t just make lemonade; you have to come up with a flavor nobody has tasted before. When Apple ran into problems with competition from IBM, they knew enough to not try to compete with IBM on the same marketing strategy IBM was using; which was basically that they could make a cheaper computer than Apple for the home user. Steve Jobs had the savvy to realize just making a cheaper computer to equal IBM was not going to cut it with consumers, plus, he would forever be playing that price war with IBM. Jobs had to come up with something that would blow consumers minds and make them want to pay more for his computer, and he was extremely successful at doing just that. Now, Apple has blown IBM away, and pretty much owns the digital gadgets market sector, with iphones, ipads, Macbooks, iwatches etc. etc. Luckily, Steve Jobs had the money to reinvent himself, the wheel (the computer) and the market. Steve Jobs was a visionary; he knew what he wanted for his product, would not accept anything less, and knew how to get others to appreciate the same values and visions he had for his company. We all know how this story went, and that it did not go without a huge cost to Jobs and a few bumps and bruises along the way. That was because Jobs was also a huge overachiever, and as such, became a computer genius rather than just a computer designer. This put a huge bull’s eye on his back from that day forward. He designed a product, timed it perfectly with what the consumer was wanting at that time, and had the money to do whatever it took to make it so. Not many people have those skills.

So…As a Small Business Owner, What Can You Learn From the Big Guys’ Mistakes?

Most Mom and Pops and small businesses are just happy to be making a profit; they do not ever concern themselves with what their competition is doing, who is moving  up the commerce ladder right behind them, or what they can do to be considered “great.” They are just happy to be able to make payroll, pay their enormous retail rent, and maybe take a day off here and there so they don’t drive themselves into an early grave.

In other words, most small business owners never aspire to be anything more than successful at paying the bills and putting a little luxury time aside to keep doing it. This mindset, of settling for just getting by, is what stops small businesses from becoming great small businesses. Nobody is saying you should be the next Steve Jobs, but take a lesson from Yahoo, who also did not set out to monopolize the internet like Google, if you don’t do it, somebody else will. You may be skating by with you current business just fine for a few years, but the market will change, consumer demand will change, and some other business will start tapping into your profit margin. What this whole Yahoo lesson boils down to is always being prepared to change is the name of the game. Most savvy business owners know that in order to stay in business, you have to be willing and able to change with the times; the market trends, the consumer demands. This takes continual market analysis and observation, something small business owners just don’t have the money or resources to do. How do you know when your industry is about to make a huge shift into something else, some other product that you aren’t selling, or some other service that you never even thought of. Knowing this information is what separates the big fish from the little fish in the world of business.

If you are have been feeling shopping malls and chain stores constantly breathing down your neck because they can sell their product cheaper than what you can buy it for, you cannot decide to try and compete with them, you will lose. You have to find out their weakness, and yes, you may have to settle for losing a certain percentage of your business to them, or a certain type of customer, but if you want to stay in business, you have to figure out how to not compete on their level but compete on an entirely different level.

Ever since the concept of hiring cheaper and cheaper labor, paying them dirt cheap wages, and throwing customer service out the window became the trend, businesses got caught in their own downsizing web. They kept getting cheaper and cheaper labor, hiring kids to do the work skilled professionals used to do, and now, they are finally realizing that they are losing business, not gaining profits, because they forced the only sector who could afford their products out of jobs so they couldn’t afford to spend money anymore. Thus leading to the Great Recession and loss of sales and income to these business who thought they were being so clever as to hire the cheapest labor they could find because they were always chasing that almighty bottom line. Bad business strategy when everybody starts doing it, and which is what causes economies to collapse.

Yahoo should have realized a bit sooner that trying to compete with Google and Facebook was a losing battle. If they had, they would have used their resources to come up with a completely different business plan in order to stay in business. This would have involved Yahoo finding a way to offer something Google and Facebook did not, and that would be tough, but not impossible. It would have involved Yahoo recognizing their weakness – their lack of ability to compete against such internet giants – and reinventing themselves in quick response to it. Yahoo did eventually realize this, but by the time they did, it didn’t matter how much money they threw at it in t.v ads and catching slogans, it was just too late. They should have pooled their monetary resources into something that would actually have an effect on keeping them afloat, but see, they didn’t know what that was, because their marketing team was not adequate enough to figure it out. They just thought more advertising would do the trick. They were wrong; because they didn’t do their research properly.

As a Small Business Owner, What Can You Do?

#1. If you have the opportunity, set aside some money in an account just for having to reinvent yourself – get knew equipment, pump up advertising, hire market researchers etc. Steve Jobs and Google could never have accomplished what they did without some cash flow readily available. Even if you only put aside a couple hundred or a thousand dollars a month, start with something.

#2. Set aside some time every month to analyze your industry, competition and market to see what they are up to. If you can’t find the time to do this, it is worth it to hire somebody who can. We are always shocked here at Redstone that so many business owners hesitate to spend any money on market research. You should think of market research as the equipment that will allow you to be in business just like any other piece of equipment necessary to run your business,  and that without it, you can’t have a business. It is your most valuable business tool, yet so many business owners refuse to use it simply because they are too cheap. If Steve Jobs had thought that way, Apple would have never existed.

#3. Don’t Ever Drop the Ball. Once you get the two plans above implemented, don’t get so wrapped up in business you forget about them. Market research is a life-long necessity for any successful business because the market does not ever stay the same. It is continuously changing and you need to know when it is so you can stick with it.



Warnings About Pokeman Go

Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego’s North County while playing “Pokemon Go,” the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.

Ankle injuries, mishaps with revolving doors and walking into trees have also been reported. In Long Island, New York, for example, a graduate student injured himself falling off a skateboard and a Maine woman reported twisting her ankle because she was distracted.
And then there are the embarrassing incidents like the players in Pennsylvania who found themselves locked in a cemetery after closing.

In Fullerton, California, two veteran U.S. Marines were playing “Pokemon Go” and helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said.

“Searching for Pokemon is not a valid excuse for trespassing,” a central Virginia sheriff’s office warned residents.


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