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Disturbing Facts About The Fishing Industry That Threaten Your Health

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We live in a day and age where we cannot always trust where our food comes from. It makes going out to restaurants difficult, enjoying food at a friend’s worrisome, and shopping at the grocery store time-consuming. We try to do as much research as possible. We try to buy organic, to buy wild caught. We try to follow the plethora of terms that differentiate a food from good and bad. But it can be hard to keep up.

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We have long known the sad truth that not all food is created equal, but to what extent? Nicolas Daniel’s documentary Fillet-Oh-Fish reviews the fish industry with a critical eye, providing footage from fish farms and factories around the world that will take away your appetite for consuming the cheapest fish on offer at the store.

Gone are the days were we can call any fish “healthy”; large-scale food production has intervened and robbed us of that right. Today’s fisheries must deal with severe problems, like overfishing, chemical pollution, and genetic mutation from exposure to toxins. Essentially, the flesh of the fish many of us consume is a “deadly chemical cocktail,” according to the producers of the film. The fish business continues to boom nonetheless, as modern fishing techniques are kept from public sight as much as possible.

The Truth About Aquaculture

It’s promoted as being a sustainable solution to overfishing, but fish farms actually cause more problems than they solve, with little difference in environmental pollution between land-based feedlots and water-based ones.

In the documentary, Kurt Oddekalv, who is a respected Norwegian environmental activist, exposes how salmon farming creates one of the most toxic foods in the world. For instance, underneath the salmon farms across the Norwegian fjords, there’s a layer of waste that reaches 15 meters high—filled with bacteria, drugs, and pesticides. But because the farms are located in open water, the pollution from them isn’t contained. Furthermore, the salmon farms can hold upwards of 2 million salmon in small spaces, and these crowded environments create disease amongst the salmon, including sea lice, Pancreas Disease, and Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus. To keep these diseases from occurring, dangerous pesticides must be used.

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Salmon, typically thought of as a healthy food to consume on a regular basis, may not, after all, be your best choice if you’re opting for the farm-raised varietal. In fact, farmed salmon is five times more toxic than any other food product tested.

Genetic Mutations

As if diseases and harmful pesticides weren’t enough, we have plenty more disturbing realities to contend with. The pesticides used affect the fish’s DNA, resulting in genetic mutations. Fifty percent of farmed cod, for instance, are deformed. And female cod from farms often escape their confines and mate with wild cod. Farmed salmon suffer mutations as well, including flesh that is unnaturally brittle and which breaks when bent. Farmed salmon that migrate up rivers to breed, moreover, undermine the population’s genetic material and weaken wild salmon stocks.

The Nutritional Content

Another way to understand just how unhealthy one of the healthiest foods on the planet can be is to get acquainted with the nutritional content. Wild salmon has about 5 to 7 percent fat, but farmed salmon has anywhere from 14.5 to 34 percent. And most of the readily available fat is ridden with toxins.

Research has found, despite the common assumption that toxic exposure is the result of pesticides and antibiotics, that it is the dry pellet feed which does the most damage. The feed is filled with pollutants like dioxins, PCBs, and many drugs and chemicals. In one Norwegian fish pellet plant, the main ingredient was revealed to be eel and other fatty fish from the Baltic Sea, a body of water that is highly polluted due to such contributing factors as surrounding industrialized countries dumping their toxic waste into this closed body of water.

And it doesn’t stop there. The pellets on their own are incredibly bad thanks to the manufacturing process, which involves cooking the fatty fish first, resulting in protein meal and oil. The oil has high levels of dioxins and PCBs, while the protein powder adds more toxicity to the end product, as the “antioxidant” ethoxyquin is added, which, according to the filmmaker, is one of the best kept secrets of the fish food industry. It was originally developed by Monsanto in the 1950s as a pesticide. And the effect it has on human health has never been established.

Are You Just Eating Fish Waste?

It looks like fish. It tastes like fish. It must be fish, right? It’s important to choose the right type of fish, or you might simply be eating fish waste. This film highlights how fish waste has become a “highly valued commodity” used in processed foods. No part of the fish goes to waste anymore. Fish skins are used in the cosmetic industry, while fish waste is ground up into a pulp and used in prepared meals and pet food. Food manufactures don’t even have to tell you if their products contain fish pulp instead of real fish fillet meat.

Want to make sure you know what’s in your food? If the product’s list of ingredients don’t specifically say that it’s made with fillet of fish, then it’s probably fish waste pulp.

We are becoming victims of fish fraud, with investigations showing that 1 in 3 fish labels are actually false or misleading, with some inexpensive fish being labeled as expensive ones and farmed fish being passed off as wild. And, while it’s a bit trickier, sometimes fillets of fish are passed off as another species.

If You Love Fish, Then It’s Time To Get To Know Your Best Seafood Options

It’s sad to think one of our favorite, healthiest foods is bad for us. While its evident that fish farms are not a viable solution to overfishing, and are even making matters worse, destroying the marine ecosystem and infecting us with harmful toxins, even the wild caught kind is too contaminated to eat regularly, since most major waterways are contaminated with mercury, heavy metals, and chemicals like dioxins, PCBs, and more.

So, as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to stick with authentic, wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, whose nutritional benefits may outweigh potential contamination. The risk of sockeye accumulating high amounts of toxins is lower because its life cycle is only about three years. And bioaccumulation of toxins is reduced since the fish don’t feed on other contaminated fish. Also, Alaskan salmon is not allowed to be farmed, so it’s always wild-caught.

Other smaller fish with short life cycles like sardines and anchovies are better alternatives, too, since they have lower contamination risk and higher nutritional value.

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Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Hillary Clinton The “Embodiment Of Corruption” And Much More

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  • The Facts:

    Hillary Clinton just referred to Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset in an interview. Tulsi comes back at her on Twitter, exposing the true face of Clinton.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it not important we have more public conversations about the true nature of the politicians we vote for?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently suggested that she thinks Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is being “groomed” by Russia to run as a third-party candidate in 2020. Of course, she supplied no evidence of this, but using “Russia” in any sentence in the US is a sure-fire way of striking fear in people about someone.

In an interview with David Plouff, Obama’s former campaign manager, Clinton said:

“They’re also going to do third-party again, “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on someone who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

Again, step out of part politics for a second, are we really going to pretend this is about parties and not the global elite being upset at someone who’s ruining their show? Think about it, Clinton used Facebook, Google, YouTube and almost every media outlet in the US to manipulate the public into thinking she was a viable candidate. Trump was keen to use social media, and played the role of causing drama, but at least he was transparent about it. Clinton on the other hand, is precisely what Gabbard stated about her in a follow-up Tweet to Clinton’s remarks.

When it comes to the US’ involvement in war, which Gabbard has been rightly critical about, she has also said that Trump “has the blood of the Kurds on his hands” but explained that she holds both parties responsible for supporting what she described as a “regime-change war.” Accurately seeing that this is not about parties but about deep state agendas.

The Takeaway

As we often say in step 1 of The CE Protocol, we have to break the illusion of the world around us. Events like this indicate that there is a greater desire for people to speak up and expose what many people have known for a long time but has never received the attention it deserves. Gabbard in this case is helping the American public see more clearly the true nature of some of the politicians at play and the actions they take.

When we learn to see these actions more clearly we can call into question whether or not our voting processes or systems are truly representative of what people want or whether they are just there to tell a story to the people – one that isn’t true – so money and power can be made and maintained at the elite level.

Needing to have open and public conversations about this type of stuff, moving beyond the mainstream media created celebrity status of various candidates, is important so that people can begin to see the truth – see the person behind the mask. This is partly what people see with Trump, the truth of what politicians look like, act like and where their agendas lie. It’s all laid bare. Whether or not you agree or disagree with it is up to you to decide, because at least now it can be seen clearly. Especially if you avoid mainstream media’s coverage of it.

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This is Not A Movie, It’s October 1st, 2019 In Hong Kong

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  • The Facts:

    Protests in Hong Kong rose to many tense moments over the past few months. This video footage shows clashes between riot police and protesters on Kowloon’s Nathan Road.

  • Reflect On:

    Have people reached a breaking point when it comes to how often they are not heard by governments?

In the video below, what looks like a Hollywood movie is the reality just a couple of weeks ago in Hong Kong. Riot police and protesters have been clashing for months as the streets become filled with hundreds of tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails. Having covered the G20 summit in Toronto, these scenes appear much more tense than what I saw during those protests, and even those were filled with vandalism, pepper spray, burning cars and rubber bullets.

We’ve covered the Hong Kong protests a couple of times here on CE, including a full segment on CETV here.

There are obviously two perspectives as to what is going on, the Mainland China perspective and that of the Hong Kong protesters who feel Mainland China is acting wrongly. From the perspective of Mainland China, the protests in Hong Kong are fundamentally the result of Western interference and attempts at a ‘soft recolonization’ of Hong Kong. Their arguments have some merit.

From the Hongkongers perspective,  tensions rose after the introduction of an extradition bill that threatened residents’ freedoms. Protesters are demanding Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam resigns. They are also calling for:

  • The complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill
  • The government to withdraw the use of the word “riot” in relation to protests
  • The unconditional release of arrested protesters and charges against them dropped
  • An independent inquiry into police behaviour
  • Implementation of genuine universal suffrage

As with many things people are feeling at the moment, big government has been overreaching for quite some time, and freedoms continue to be cut while quality of life in our fast-paced modern society diminishes. What we must remember when viewing these issues is we can’t singularly look at each one and determine whether it’s right or wrong so easily. People are exposed to ‘hits’ from every direction to their wallets, freedom, health, lifestyle and psyche and our world is reflecting the feeling that ‘enough is enough.’

Since much of the time we aren’t sure what else to do, people fight back, they do what they think will lead them to being heard and having a solution brought forth. is this the best way forward? Perhaps not, but when it becomes clear to people that their governments and the voting process do not work in their benefit nor favor, this is sometimes what they revert to.

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Video credit: Tom Grundy/HKFP

More at http://www.hongkongfp.com – Hong Kong’s only not-for-profit, independent English-language news source.

H/T: Twisted Sifter

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CNN’s Political Bias Exposed By Whistleblower’s Hidden Camera Footage

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  • The Facts:

    CNN Technician Cary Poarch went around CNN with a hidden video camera for months in order to provide the public with evidence that CNN is not at all practicing objective journalism.

  • Reflect On:

    What kind of media do you support? Do we get the truth when we have politically motivated media? Is it time for an evolution in media?

At CE we have long talked about political bias in mainstream media, and it has become even more prevalent since an already polarizing figure named Donald Trump took office. This isn’t about whether you support Trump or not, it’s about seeing the patterns at play. But to date, CNN and other mainstream networks have still tried to maintain the veneer of objectivity and independence in their journalism. New information coming out from Project Veritas is set to remove the last vestiges of this fantasy.

Based on footage from a hidden camera used over the course of months by a CNN technician, it was revealed that the pro-Liberal, anti-Trump bias that proliferated in the network seemed ‘unbecoming of a news organization’ to many people who worked there. But it took one brave man, Cary Poarch, to be willing to risk his career to expose it with hard evidence.

In our latest episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, Joe Martino and I discuss the implications of Poarch’s revealing footage that will help paint a picture of an organization that is as partisan as it could get from the top down, where President Jeff Zucker clearly promotes a biased political agenda and expects the employees under him and the content they produce to fall in lock-step with that agenda. Of course, it’s not just CNN that operates this way, this can be seen across all mainstream left and right media.

Where is the Objectivity?

This is what mainstream media has become, a tool of political partisanship, not only in what they broadcast to the public but even within the organization. At CNN Poarch has observed a ‘groupthink’ Anti-Trump mentality, and this type of bias ultimately leads to mainstream outlets devolving into echo chambers because, as Poarch puts it, there is no tolerance for dissenting or even neutral views:

“It’s an Unwritten Rule That if You Are Center, Center Right, or Heaven Forbid, Full Right Republican Trump Supporter, Then You Are Not Welcome at CNN.”

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Ultimately, since this echo chamber known as the Cable News Network remains one of the prominent proliferators of information in our society, we can see how they have contributed to the large schisms of left/right polarity within our society, in which people with opposing views will only know one side of the story, since it would be impossible for them to endure the extreme bias of whichever network offered views that were opposed to theirs.

And this is by design—to limit the critical thinking process and hide the injustice that is inherent in our system of governance, by having people continue to endlessly fight only between the left and right extremities. The fabric of the country is getting ripped apart when people are goaded into hating the other side simply because the media told them to hate. How are people supposed have productive and civil discussions, and ultimately make educated, informed decisions? Isn’t that what the media is supposed to assist us with?

Is it for Ratings?

There has long been an argument that media puts out stories based on the ratings war, or as in the old days based on how many newspapers they will sell. But it seems we’ve gone beyond that point in terms of bias. It seems as though ‘ratings’ is an argument that top executives make to actually try to hide their bias.

Networks now simply concentrate on retaining viewers with a political bias, and don’t even try to reel back in a growing number of people who are seeing through the ruse and are looking for objectivity in media broadcasts. After all, mainstream media is owned by large conglomerates who use the media not so much to make advertising dollars, but much more lucratively to try to shape public opinion and public perception to serve their ultimate agendas.

In the case of CNN, much of it is coming from the man at the top of the pyramid: president Jeff Zucker. In the video, CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville lays out Zucker’s undue influence in no uncertain terms:

Like, there are a lot of people who are out here trying to play like, just do what they think is the best journalistic integrity. Then you get on the 9am call and the big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells what to do.”

And it’s like, you have to, like…to a certain extent, you have to follow his verdict.”

The Takeaway

We are in a time when the need for objective journalism is more critical than ever. This testimony from whistleblower Cary Poarch is all the more reason for us to stop looking at mainstream media for the facts and a neutral perspective. You can support CE’s efforts to bring that neutral perspective in our journalism and broadcasts by becoming a member of our censorship-free video platform, CETV.

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