BOUGHT: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma & Your Food – Review

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– Big Pharma Watchdog – Richard Smith

Money, also known as the root of all evil, is undoubtedly the driving force that runs the world today. Thus, it is the driving force behind every industry; and yes, medicine and our food is controlled by an industry, more accurately, a profit driven industry. BOUGHT explains why and how our food and medicine is just like any other corporate driven industry. Padding the profit margins and producing for the shareholders takes priority over the health and well being of the consumer.

BOUGHT is 90 minutes, jam-packed full of facts and unique perspectives from whistleblowers, former sales agents, doctors, scientists and professors. The information they share is powerful; for instance, one topic the film explores throughout the documentary is the recent epidemic of chronic illness in adolescents. We learn as the film goes on the various connections that food and current medical standards have in perpetuating chronic illness. We also learn how the federal and local governments have safeguards in place to protect corporate entities, like pharmaceutical companies, from facing liability due to vaccine harm. Vaccines are a major focus in the film, and it provides some compelling evidence and thoughts as to why the link to autism and various other neurological disorders should not be ignored. The film notes how yearly profits are extremely high for pharmaceutical companies, particularly for the four companies that are the major vaccine producers. Safety concerns are easy to ignore when profits are in the billions. For example, Johnson&Johnson was forced to pay over $2 billion in fines for improper marketing of a drug, a drug for which they made $44 billion in profit.

Another major focus of the film is GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Like many documentaries before, Monsanto is noted as a usual suspect. BOUGHT however, does not solely focus on the nefarious company, but mainly on the fact that the governing laws surrounding GMOs are too heavily influenced by industry and regulation of this industry is controlled by the same corporate executives who are also set to gain profit. BOUGHT admits that the answers to the real long term effects of GMOs on our health are still unclear, but this is mainly due to how the industry is protected from doing real research to prove safety. Yet another example how regulation is always profit driven is the fact that 64 other countries have GMO labeling laws while the U.S. has yet to set a national standard. Perhaps the food industry in those 64 other countries are not bought.

It almost feels hopeless to think that our health and well being are bought, but hope is not lost as long as we continue to be vigilant in seeking food and medicine freedom.

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OPINION: Real Energy Solutions

The American Power Act, or S.1733  is now here and viewable.

I think we can all agree that there does need to be exploration into safer, cleaner, more sustainable energy choices.  Not only is it better for our environment, they are much better for a struggling economy (i.e. by promoting new industry).  That does not mean that the reliance or need for petroleum and coal will magically disappear (nor should it), it just means that the market should understand that petroleum and coal (like most everything) are scarce resources.  Most importantly, in the case of petroleum, it makes us dependent upon foreign markets and sources (sometimes people and places that go against what we stand for as a free and moral country).

My question is, how sustainable is this when we have to be “ordered” to make changes by a bill/act/government entity.  I am the first to agree that there MUST be government regulations.  I am the last to agree that government “regulations” should include incentives and punishments that intervene with free market activities.  There’s a difference.

It will take us awhile to make it through all of the language in the bill, however, I urge you to be cautious, and to send us any information and ideas that you have, that may be helpful in understanding this new piece of legislation, as well as alternative solutions that are more reliant upon a free market with government regulations versus a government-run industry/market with “false” incentives.
– Tisha Casida


This is the most inspirational candidate I think that I have seen yet.  I urge you to take a look at this video and his website, this is the kind of leadership that we need to restore our republic and liberty.

– Tisha Casida


This is a website that you should look at if you like liberty and free markets:

Interesting that the US Chamber of Commerce is behind it – that is likely a statement in itself.  We have hundreds of small businesses that are a part of our company’s operations.

Protect small businesses and be wary of additional regulations and reforms that make doing business impossible.

– Dixie Signum

OPINION: Spring is a Reminder that All Things are Possible

Driving around the rural districts in my community, I get to see baby calves, sheep, kids (the goat-kind), chicks, ducklings, and the green sprouts of vegetation on the land and in the trees.  It is beautiful and wonderful, and proof that there is always a dawn, a beginning, a new life.

On a very sad news-day in our country, I think it is important to remember that.  When we feel like the world is going to hell, and that we face many challenges and fights ahead of us, economically, socially, and politically, sometimes it is as simple as watching these spring creatures roam about, to remind us that we are sane, and that we are safe.

The bad news and continuous drumming of doom can ruin your day, but don’t let it ruin your heart.  An old saying from Rumi goes something like, “Drink this fine wine, never-mind that it has been given to you in a dirty cup.”  At the end of the day, everything really could be going terribly wrong with our “system”, but look at what is close to you, because chances are that you may be okay.  And if YOU are okay, then that is where the world starts, so it can’t be that bad.

I like to take responsibility for my feelings, and if we all do that, we will recognize that the world has its problems, but everything is not that bad.  And if we can just accentuate the good, the positive, the new, the Spring, then our world starts to color itself differently.

And that can change so many things!

– Tisha Casida

OPINION: Unsustainable Debt

Another story about the amount and unsustainable nature of the amount of debt our country is incurring and will continue to incur in the President’s 2011 budget is not revisited.

How is it possible that the leaders of this country knowingly pass budgets that cannot be paid for?  And why in the world would some of these folks thinks that a TAX (value-added tax) would be the “cure” to raising more revenues when people are struggling beyond belief now?

The solution is to stop spending money we don’t have!  That is certainly what they would tell me and my company if I were doing what they are doing.  And doesn’t it sound so simple yet “they” would tell you how complex it is and tell you that such a move would be impossible and hurt us?  IT WILL HURT US NO MORE THAN IF WE CRUSH OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY.  As a matter of fact, we should wipe the slate clean and start over.

I am not an economist, I am not an “expert” in fiscal policy, I am not a politician.  I am an American and a small-business owner.  I think these guys should stop the income tax (which is arguably illegal anyway) (and so many people already DON’T PAY) (ever notice how honesty and working hard doesn’t pay off?), institute a flat-tax, and let people WORK, let people interact with a truly free-market.  Drastic times call for drastic measures – that does not mean catapulting over 300 million people into a unsustainable future with more taxes and more debt.

There MUST be a solution, and it is up to us the American people to find leadership to institute such, as well as become leaders ourselves.

-Tisha Casida


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