Most folks don’t know Charlie Gasko.
That’s the way he wanted it. After all, the octogenarian was one of the nation’s most infamous criminals. If folks knew his real name, James “Whitey” Bulger, they’d know his crimes.
After the nasty crime boss ruined the name given to him at birth… he ditched it and got a new ID. His neighbors in Santa Monica, California, had no idea they lived next door to a killer.
Of course, gangsters aren’t the only ones who change their names. In fact, while it’s tough for a living, breathing criminal to change his name these days, it’s quite easy for a company to lay low under a fresh alias.
Philip Morris did it after it got nailed for selling cancer-causing products and was sued for billions. It’s now known as Altria.
ValuJet did it after one of its planes fell out of the sky and landed in a Florida swamp. It’s now flying unknowing passengers on its AirTran-branded planes.
And after its mercenaries infamously killed nearly two dozen innocent Iraqi civilians, Blackwater USA changed its name to Xe Services. And when a similar incident happened again in Afghanistan, the company tossed out its old business cards and printed a few boxes’ worth with the name Academi on them.
The new name sounded more “boring” according to the company… and, of course, it sounded a whole lot different from the name so many folks associated with illegal and unethical business.
A Disappearing Act
When a company gets its name soiled for doing something it shouldn’t, a name change is often the first step to “fixing” the problem.
That’s why the news that the oh-so-soiled Monsanto name is disappearing is news that scares us.
Now that the long-touted merger between Bayer and Monsanto is complete, the company will simply be known as Bayer… the innocent-sounding company behind everyday products like Alka-Seltzer and Aspirin.
The timing is good… at least for Monsanto and its lawyers.
The merger was completed just as we received some disturbing news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The facts are stunning.
And they’re almost entirely being hidden from the public. We had to do some serious digging to get our hands on this information – including poring over internal USDA and Food and Drug Administration emails (don’t ask how we got them).
Your Food… Your Poison
According to what we uncovered, scientists at the nation’s top food safety organization found traces of glyphosate (the nation’s top weed killer) in almost every food sample they tested.
Honey, wheat, corn… processed, unprocessed… organic or “traditional,” our food has weed killer in it.
In fact, the folks behind the study had trouble finding food that did not contain the herbicide.
In one internal email, a scientist admitted, “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and cornmeal from home, and there’s a fair amount in all of them.”
What’s scary is that there’s more and more evidence that glyphosate is quietly killing us.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, for example, recently concluded its tests and put the chemical into one of its most serious categories, saying it most likely causes cancer.
That’s scary. But the Environmental Protection Agency denies that glyphosate causes cancer… at least if Big Food follows the rules. “Glyphosate products can be safely used by following label directions,” the environmental agency said.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing whether farmers are actually following the rules. There’s no process to check incoming products for an extra coating of poison.
Heck, even the scientists studying the stuff aren’t quite sure how to test for the stuff.
They’re not sure what happens when glyphosate mixes with other chemicals… or what happens when it’s cooked or frozen… or the cumulative effects of chowing down on a bit of weed killer with every bite we take.
As we dug through those internal USDA emails, we were stunned by the ignorance from within the scientific team.
The .Gov Joke
When one scientist was unsure about how to test for glyphosate, his email from January 13, 2017, revealed he called the folks at Monsanto for advice.
I think we can all rest assured the company’s response to the powerful government agency was accurate and unbiased, right?
In response to the same problem, another asked Google to find a potential solution.
And what should really anger every American is that one scientist wrote an email to his boss saying he found glyphosate in a corn sample that was 30% higher than legal limits. But the boss said it didn’t represent an “official” sample, so the finding was squashed.
Perhaps they should call Monsanto for a good sample.
The fact is we’ll never know the full truth… at least not until millions of lives are put on the line.
But now that Monsanto’s name is no more, the ruse will continue and most folks will never know.
Monsanto the beast has been slayed. The name – like so many infamous names before it – is gone. It’s disappearing a full year before the USDA can release any of its damaging research.
That’s plenty of time to hide.
Americans will think the problem is gone. That is, of course, until they start to feel sick… and notice those growing lumps under their arms.