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Castros Let Cubans Grow Fruit, Vegetables

From their undying fans at the Associated Press:

Cuba embraces 2 surprising free-market reforms

By Will Weissert, Associated Press Writer
August 27, 2010

HAVANA – Cuba has issued a pair of surprising free-market decrees, allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years — potentially touching off a golf-course building boom — and loosening state controls on commerce to let islanders grow and sell their own fruit and vegetables.

The moves, published into law in the Official Gazette on Thursday and Friday and effective immediately, are significant steps as President Raul Castro promises to scale back the communist state’s control of the economy while attempting to generate new revenue for a government short on cash…

Endorsing 99-year property agreements might be a first step toward making some golf developments a reality, but also makes it easy to imagine a Cuban coastline dotted with timeshares, luxury villas and other hideaways that could serve as second homes…

The decree allowing expanded sale of farm products, meanwhile, could have far greater impact on ordinary Cubans. It authorizes them to produce their own agricultural goods — from melons to milk — and sell them from home or in kiosks. They must pay taxes on any earnings.

What luxury. What freedom. It truly is a worker’s paradise.

The decree is the first major expansion of self-employment rules since Castro said in an address before parliament Aug. 1 that the government would reduce state controls on small businesses — a big deal in a country where about 95 percent of people work for the state

If only we had a pro small business leader like one of the Castros.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Castros Let Cubans Grow Fruit, Vegetables”

  1. proreason says:

    and the women don’t have to dress in burlap bags either.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Uh-Oh……the government has an appetite for your tax money……THEY WILL FEEL THE LASH NOW!

    Marx was partly wrong, it DOESN’T go from capitalism —-> socialism —–> to communism only.

    It goes from capitalism —-> socialism —–> to communism—–> capitalism ——-> totalitarianism—–> revolution (repeat)

  3. Niko says:

    Castro is sensing that his end is near and is implementing small market reforms in order to prolong his regime. During the communism in Soviet Russia it was common secret that small plots of lands (similar to what Castro seems to allow now) accounted for 85% of the soviet agricultural output. No one wanted to work in the kolkhoz or sovkhoz. ……$100 bet next month we’ll hear something similar that allows Cubans to keep a sheep or a cow or chickens in their apartment.

    Let’s see how NY Times will spin this a year from now….They will hail it as an example to follow of “sustainable growth” and “green farming”.

  4. canary says:

    and loosening state controls on commerce to let islanders grow and sell their own fruit and vegetables.

    yeah, Castro got the idea from Michelle Obama’s WH plantation. After they harvest and wash the fruits of their labor, they’ll be allowed to go home with a handful of lettuce and peas and show their families how to grow food so their neighbors can steal it.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Well, gentlemen …. drop your lox and grab your socks, because Cuba is about to be more free than you or me of the USA under Big Zero, our Dear Leader.

    Let’s talk food freedom …


    FDA officially made public its views on health and food freedom. These views will shock you, but they reveal the true evil intent of the FDA and why it is truly a rogue federal agency.

    In Case 5:10-cv-04018-MWB Document 11-1 Filed 04/26/10, Kathleen Sebelius filing on behalf of the Obama Administration states (and read it for yourself, PDF above) ….

    a. You Have No Right to Consume (or Feed Your Children) Any Particular Food
    b. There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health
    c. There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract

    The FDA, in this filing states quite clearly that no US Citizen has the right to choose what to eat or drink. You are only “allowed” to eat or drink what the FDA gives you permission to. There is no inherent right or God-given right to consume foods from nature without the FDA’s consent.

    This is no exaggeration. It’s exactly what the FDA said in its own words.

    You have no natural right to food

    The FARM-TO-CONSUMER LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, (FTCLDF) highlighted a few of the key phrases from the FDA’s response document in a recent email to its supporters. They include the following two statements from the FDA:

    “There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds.” [p. 26]

    “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” [p.26]

    There’s a lot more in the document

    But in Cuba …. an avowed Communist dictatorship …. is allowing its people to grow and eat what they see fit.

    OPPOSE Senate bill S 510. Or, you will be eating what the Obamaists say you’re going to eat. The Democratic controlled House already passed their version of this monstrosity … HR 2749.


    Being a rancher, let me tell you what you’ll get if S 510 becomes Law.

    Backdoored Codex Alimentarius (a United NAtions long sought goal). ‘All USA food rules ‘harmonized to international standards … including the EU’s patent Monsanto holds on all meat. That’s right …. Monsanto holds a European Union patent on meat. http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12178-meat-claimed-as-invention-by-monsanto

    You won’t be allowed … by law … to gather seed, store seed, share seed or use seeds that aren’t government approved. Your heirloom tomatoes? Illegal. Your backyard garden …. illegal. Eggs from your neighbor? Illegal. Quality Angus beef from genetically pure, grass fed corn finished, personally slaughtered and packaged/shipped by me directly to you? …. illegal.

    In other words, if you … yes, you … don’t get on the stick PDQ and get to your Senators, we’re all fooked.

  6. hushpuppy says:

    That’s just plain nuts. Everything’s getting crazier by the day. What’s next? Eugenics and euthanasia for anyone who isn’t healthy – or a Democrat?

  7. GetBackJack says:

    HushPuppy – you done stepped in it now …


    “The corn has been field tested in tests financed by the US Department of Agriculture along with a small California bio-tech company named Epicyte. Announcing his success at a 2001 press conference, the president of Epicyte, Mitch Hein, pointing to his GMO corn plants, announced, “We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies.”

    Hein explained that they had taken antibodies from women with a rare condition known as immune infertility, isolated the genes that regulated the manufacture of those infertility antibodies, and, using genetic engineering techniques, had inserted the genes into ordinary corn seeds used to produce corn plants. In this manner, in reality they produced a concealed contraceptive embedded in corn meant for human consumption. “Essentially, the antibodies are attracted to surface receptors on the sperm,” said Hein. “They latch on and make each sperm so heavy it cannot move forward. It just shakes about as if it was doing the lambada.” Hein claimed it was a possible solution to world “over-population.”

    Sterilize unwanted population by GMO’ing their food supply

    If that doesn’t scare the living bejesus out of people, I’m at a loss how to get through

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Let’s examine the logical outcome using the already extant model of Monsanto suing farmers for … believe it or not …. Patent Infringement …. when Monsanto’s genetically modified and transgenic seed is blown into other fields where original seed crops are being grown. Monsanto has filed dozens and dozens of suits (winning 73 out of 73) to seek redress of damages against farmers who did not plant Monsanto’s GMO seed and then discovered that farmer’s fields have Monsanto seed stocks among their crops.

    Birds? Wind? C’mon. That’s the way God does it.

    Monsanto has sued many a farmer when their GM crops have turned up on the farmer’s fields even though the farmers say they never planted them (examples) http://thurly.net/y87 For an alarming expose of Monsanto’s legal battles with American farmers see the report Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers http://thurly.net/y89
    For more see Goliath and David: Monsanto’s Legal Battles against Farmers. http://thurly.net/y8a

    So, the logical outcome of Eugenic Corn getting loose in the wild is just about 100%. It then propagates.

    Do the math.

    This is elimination of a species we’re talking about.

    Or, read Frank Herbert’s WHITE PLAGUE http://thurly.net/y85

    also see http://thurly.net/y8b 1,600 ranchers and feed lot producers in revolt against S 510 and HR 2749 … but hey, once again DID NOT MAKE THE NEWS (better ratings if they fling accusations at Glenn Beck for the whole news hour)

  9. hushpuppy says:

    GetBackJack – having read the links, all I have to say is oh hell…. because there isn’t any way to verbalize what I’m feeling…

    A thought hit me as I was reading the synopsis from The White Plague:

    The plague is the work of a solitary individual who calls himself the Madman. As government security forces feverishly hunt for the renegade scientist, he wanders incognito through a world that will never be the same. Society, religion, and morality are all irrevocably transformed by the White Plague.

    Sound like Soros

    • GetBackJack says:

      Well, amigo …. grab on to something firm, and put the Pampers on.

      From Tom Horn, Raider News Network, Chapter 24 of Apollyon Rising, read here http://thurly.net/yaq


      Recently on a drive, my wife Nita brought up a point I had never considered. She asked if the biblical Mark of the Beast might be a conspiracy employing biotechnology in the form of a manufactured virus, a bioweapon. Her theory was gripping. An occult elite operating behind the US Government devises a virus that is a crossover between human and animal disease, let’s say an entirely new and highly contagious influenza mutation, and intentionally releases it into the public. A pandemic ensues, and the period between when a person contracts the virus and death is something like 10 days. With tens of thousands dead in a few weeks and the rate of death increasing hourly around the globe, a universal cry for a cure goes out. Seemingly miraculously, the government then steps forward with a vaccine. The only catch, they explain, is that given the nature of the animal-human strain, the “cure” rewrites one’s genetics, so that they are no longer entirely human. Nita’s point was that those who receive this antidote would become part “beast” and thus the title, “Mark of the Beast.”

      No longer “entirely human” would also mean—according to this outline—that the individual could no longer be “saved” or go to heaven, explaining why the book of Revelation says “whosoever receiveth the mark” is damned forever while also explaining why the Nephilim could similarly not be redeemed. If one imagines the global chaos of such a pandemic, the concept of how the Antichrist “causes all” both small and great to receive this mark becomes clearer. When looking into the eyes of dying children, parents, or a spouse, it would be incredibly difficult to allow oneself to die or to encourage others to do the same. Lastly, this scenario would mean that nobody is allowed to “buy or sell” in the marketplace without the mark-cure due to the need to quarantine all but the inoculated, thus fulfilling all aspects of the Mark of the Beast prophecy.

      To find if the science behind this abstract would be as reasonable as it appeared on the surface, I contacted Sharon Gilbert (genetics researcher). This was her troubling response:

      Tom, what is human? Until recently, most of us would readily respond that we are humans. You and I, we might argue, are homo sapiens: erect, bipedal hominids with 23 pairs of matched chromosomes and nifty little thumbs capable of apposition to the palm that enable us to grasp the fine tools that our highly developed, bi-lobed brains devise.

      Humans, we might argue, sit as rulers of the Earth, gazing down from the pinnacle of a pyramid consisting of all plant and animal species. We would remind the listener that natural selection and evolution have developed mankind into a superior thinker and doer, thereby granting us royal privilege, if not infinite responsibility.

      The Bible would take this definition much further, of course, adding that mankind is the only part of God’s creation formed by His hands, rather than spoken into existence, and that you and I bear God’s unique signature as having been created ‘in His image’. (Genesis 1:27)

      Many members of the ‘illuminated brotherhood of science’ would likely demur to the previous statement. These have, in point of fact, redefined human. Like Shelley’s Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein, today’s molecular magicians play ‘god’ not by stitching together rotting corpses, but by reforming the very essence of our beings: our DNA.

      So-called ‘Postmodern Man’ began as a literary reference but has evolved into an iconic metaphor representing a collective image of perfected humanity beyond the confines of genetic constraints. Transhumanism, also known as the H+ movement (see http://www.hplusmagazine.com for example) envisions a higher lifeform yet, surpassing homo sapiens in favor of homo sapiens 2.0, a bioengineered construct that fuses man’s original genome with animal and/or synthetic DNA.

      While such claims ring of science fiction, they are indeed science fact. For decades, laboratories have created chimeric combinations of animal, plant, and even human DNA under the guise of medical research. The stated goal is to better man’s lot by curing disease, but this benign mask hides an inner, sardonic grin that follows an ancient blueprint to blend God’s perfect creature with the seed of fallen angels: ‘You shall be as gods’.

      You and Nita speak to the heart of the matter when you warn of a day when true humans may unknowingly receive transhuman instructions via an implant or injection. A seemingly innocuous vaccine or identification ‘chip’ can initiate intracellular changes, not only in somatic or ‘body’ cells but also in germline cells such as ova and sperm. The former alters the recipient only; the latter alters the recipient’s doomed descendents as well.

      In my second novel, The Armageddon Strain, I present a device called the ‘BioStrain Chip’ that employs nanotechnology to induce genetic changes inside the carrier’s body. This miracle chip is advertised as a cure for the H5N1/ebola chimera that is released in the Prologue to the book. Of course, if you’ve read the novel, then you know the BioStrain chip does far more than ‘cure’—it also kills.

      Though a work of fiction, The Armageddon Strain raises a chilling question: what limitations lie within the payload of a biochip? Can such a tiny device do more than carry digitized information? Could it actually serve as the Mark of the Beast?

      The answer is yes.

      DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) has become the darling of researchers who specialize in synthetic constructs. The ‘sticky end’ design of the DNA double-helix makes it ideal for use in computing. Though an infinite number of polyhedra are possible, the most robust and stable of these ‘building blocks’ is called the double crossover (DX). An intriguing name, is it not? The double-cross.

      Picture an injectible chip comprised of DNA-DX, containing instructions for a super-soldier. Picture, too, how this DNA framework, if transcribed, might also serve a second, sinister purpose—not only to instruct, but also to alter.

      Mankind has come perilously far in his search for perfection through chemistry. Although millennia passed with little progress beyond roots, herbs, and alchemical quests for gold from lead, the 20th century ushered science into the rosy dawn of breathless discovery. Electricity, lighter than air travel, wireless communication, and computing transformed the ponderous pace of the scientific method into a light speed race toward self-destruction.

      By the mid-1950s, Watson and Crick had solved the structure of the DNA molecule and the double helix became all the rage. Early gene splicing, and thus transgenics, began in 1952 as a crude, cut and paste sort of science cooked up in kitchen blenders and petri dishes—as much accident as inspiration. As knowledge has increased (Daniel 12:4), genetic scientists learned to utilize microbiological ‘vectors’ and sophisticated methods to insert animal or plant genes from one specie into another. It’s the ultimate ‘Mr. Potato Head’ game, where interchangeable plastic pieces give rise to an infinite number of combinations; only, in genetic splicing, humanity is the unhappy potato.

      Vectors provide the means of transport and integration for this brave new science. Think of these vectors as biological trucks that carry genetic building materials and workers into your body’s cells. Such ‘trucks’ could be a microsyringe, a bacterium, or a virion (a virus particle). Any entity that can carry genetic information (the larger the load capacity, the better) and then surreptitiously gain entry into the cell is a potential vector. Viruses, for example, can be stripped of certain innate genes that might harm the cell. Not only does this (supposedly) render the viral delivery truck ‘harmless’, it also clears out space for the cargo.

      Once inside the cell, the ‘workers’ take over. Some of these ‘workers’ are enzymes that cut human genes at specific sites while others integrate—or load—the ‘cargo’ into appropriate reading frames—like microscopic librarians. Once the payload is stored in the cell’s nuclear ‘library stacks’, the new genes can be translated, copied, and ‘read’ to produce altered or brand new, ‘alien’ polymers and proteins.

      The resulting hybrid cell is no longer purely human. If a hybridized skin cell, it may now glow, or perhaps form scales rather than hair; claws rather than fingernails. If a brain cell, the new genetic instructions could produce an altered neurotransmitter that reduces or even eliminates the body’s need for sleep. Muscle cells may grow larger and more efficient at using low levels of calcium and oxygen. Retina cells may encode for receptors that enable the ‘posthuman being’ to perceive infrared or ultraviolet light frequencies. The hybrid ears may now sense a wider range of sounds, taste buds a greater range of chemicals. Altered brains might even attune to metaphysics and ‘unseen’ gateways, allowing communication with supernatural realms.

      Germline alterations, mentioned earlier, form a terrifying picture of generational development and may very well already be a reality. Genetic ‘enhancement’ of sperm-producing cells would change human sperm into tiny infiltrators, and any fertilized ovum a living chimera. Science routinely conducts experiments with transgenic mice, rats, chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and many other species. It is naïve to believe humans have been left out of this transgenic equation.

      You and I constantly battle mutagenic assaults from external and internal pressures. Externally, our cells endure daily bombardment by pollution, waveform radiation, and chemicals that can alter the molecular structure of nucleotides (guanine, cytosine, thymine, adenine). Internally, our systems work overtime to filter genetically altered food, impure water, and pharmaceuticals. Our bodies are changing. To paraphrase Shakespeare, humanity “alters when it alteration finds”. (Sonnet 116)

      If so many scientists (funded by government entities) believe in the ‘promise’ of genetic alteration and transgenic ‘enhancement’, how then can humanity remain human? We cannot. We will not. Perhaps, some have not.

      Spiritually, the enemy has ever sought to corrupt God’s plan. Originally, fallen angels lay with human women to corrupt the original base pair arrangements. Our genome is filled with ‘junk DNA’ that seemingly encodes for nothing. These ‘introns’ may be the remains of the corrupted genes, and God Himself may have switched them off when fallen angels continued their program, post-flood. If so, today’s scientists might need only to ‘switch them back on’ to resurrect old forms such as Gibborim and Nephilim.

      I should point out that not all ‘trucks’ (vectors) deliver their payload immediately. Some operate on a time delay. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common infective agent resident in the cells of many humans today. It ‘sleeps’ in our systems, waiting for a window of opportunity to strike. Recently, genetic specialists began utilizing CMV vectors in transgenic experiments. In 1997, the Fox television program Millennium featured an episode in the second season called “Sense and Antisense” (referring to the two sides of the DNA molecule). In this chilling story, a scientist named Lacuna reveals a genetic truth to Frank Black:

      “They have the map, the map, they can make us go down any street they want to. Streets that we would never even dream of going down. They flip a switch, we go east. They flip another switch, we go north. And we never know we have been flipped, let alone know how.” [3]

      In the final days of this current age, humanity may indeed ‘flip’. Paul tells us that Christians will be transformed in a moment (I Cor. 15:51-53). Is it possible that the enemy also plans an instantaneous ‘flip’? Are genetic sleeper agents (idling ‘trucks’) already at work in humanity’s DNA, waiting and ready to deploy at the appropriate moment?

      Science is ready. Knowledge has been increased. The spiritual players have taken the stage.

      All we need is the signal. The sign. The injection. The mark. The moment.

      We shall ALL be changed. Some to incorruptible bodies ready to meet the Lord. Others to corrupted genomes ready to serve the Beast.

  10. oldpuppydixie says:

    Did the AP advance any notions as to what would prompt the Communist workers paradise of Cuba to permit such a RADICAL infusion of free enterprise??

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