[NOTE TO READERS OF THE GEORGE BUSH-UNDERCURRENTS WEBSITE: The story of McDonald's South American beef being poisoned is being dismissed as a "hoax" at this particular website that tends to dismiss everything but itself as a hoax. Why? Because McDonald's isn't selling its tainted South American beef IN THE USA--JUST OVERSEAS! In other words, it's ok for them to poison people to death overseas! Just not here. Also, it's ok to import beef even when US ranchers are in desperate need of sales. Meanwhile, Nader, whom we'll see in our second article, owns stock at McD's, which may thus be food- poisoning people overseas, continues to present himself as a "consumer advocate" well to the left of Gore, Kerry or Bush. As we'll see with his other investments, there's a definite whiff of hypocrisy.--Max Standridge]
First Published June, 2002
There is a letter attempting to scare the public about health concerns over eating McDonald's beef. It claims that McDonald's is importing beef from South America to supplement American supplies and that this beef doesn't comply with U.S. standards of beef production. As a result, we will all be exposed to possible pesticides and hormones that would never be allowed in U.S. raised beef.
It is true that in April of 2002, McDonald's made a decision to start using imported beef in test markets in the Southeast. This was done as a way to supplement U.S. beef supplies which were experiencing shortages in some markets. However, this imported beef is coming from New Zealand and Australia, not South America. McDonald's does use South American beef in some international outlets, but not in any burgers served in the U.S. The beef from these two countries meet standards as high as the U. S. beef standards, so they should not cause you any alarm.
[NOTE to GB-Undercurrents readers: "some international outlets," in other words, may be getting meat at McDonald's--but that's not going to happen to YOU in the good ole USA. Based on this, many would say, "Don't vote for this jerk. He's about lining his pockets at consumer and taxpayer expense. First overseas markets, then US. Get Bush back in the White House, and, like Nader's other Cheney-shared investments, this one'll show him a big , too." And, like Clinton and Bush's apparent investments at CITIbank, is Nader is about stopping big money--and putting it in his pocket? Is there any hope of cleaning up politics? Did Clinton, Bush and Nader stop Gore's election because he wasn't "hooked up" like they were?--Max S.]
Here's an example of the letters circulating on this:
Read this if you want to know what is happening to the American Farmer and Rancher:
We as cattle producers are very passionate about this. Mc Donald's claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. My opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonalds successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to purchase beef from. We personally are no longer eating at McDonalds, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt. Please pass on your opinion. This has Me just fighting mad.
Just to add a note, all Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet. McDonalds has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America. The problem is that South Americans aren't under the same regulations as American beef producers and the regulations they have are loosely controlled. They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can't.
The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonalds.
American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore I am proposing a boycott of McDonalds until they see the light. I'm sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family's health that is where I draw the line.
I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much power, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
McDonald's Beef Import Plans Expected - Reuters, 1 April 2002
U.S. Cattleman Angry Over Beef Imports by McDonald's - Curt Nickisch, VIONews.Com, 12 May 2002
[Read the next article on Nader's investments to get a better idea of why some have questioned Nader's sincerity. As a crusader for consumers, for cleaning up politics, he's subject to a higher standard--but doesn't seem to measure up, even against Gore. But, as we see, in "Gore Sr. and MLK," also on this website, even Gore's family may have fallen short. Bushs fall short. Clintons fall short. Is there any hope for us? Is politics an answer? What made GHW Bush's records "look funny" in WW2--even as there seems no outward evidence of scandal? Was it his subconscious, or the guilt in his subconscious, influencing matter around him over time? The more he consciously blocked out the guilt, the more powerful it became, with possibly more strange energies to influence the world around him. My own experience, was that an image, once held briefly in the conscious mind, then forgotten, goes deeper, and takes on greater power to change the world. (I didn't invent this idea--people like the late Robert Collier, Emmett Fox, and now Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra and others, espoused this). Did Bush's brief sense of family guilt, upon learning of some of his father's dealings with Hitler going into WW2, cause a brief image of guilt that he promptly blocked out and forgot consciously, but which went deeper, and manifested itself as a "pointer", a producer of "funny looking" records by setting off a chain of events that resulted in records ending up looking funny? What power does the mind have? Is there a Universal Mind? Is that our only real hope? These are the questions I've come to grapple with as I reflect on the many conspiracies, conspiracy theories, and other experiences I've encountered.--Max Standridge.]
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