From David E. Gumpert’s Independence Day post on the Complete Patient blog:
“This is the time of year when we are supposed to celebrate a moment when outrage and revolution were in the air.
It’s easy to forget, amidst the fireworks and cookouts and easy living, that the issuance of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was viewed as an act of impossible boldness by many on the colonial side, and as the ultimate in impudence by most on the British side. A hopeless show of bravado.
Now, 235 years later, outrage is accumulating in this country about all sorts of issues–immigration, unemployment, foreign wars, broken contracts (over pensions, and upcoming, over entitlements). Then there’s the matter of food. It seems small compared to those others, but the sense of bullying, contempt, and arrogance emanating from the powers that be is expanding. And the anger building among those being beaten up is spreading rapidly, well beyond the food producers directly hit. Continue reading
The conflict between raw milk farmers and consumers on the one-hand, and DATCP regulators on the other, seems to be intensifying in Wisconsin. Here’s the latest update from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:
“Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin dairyman who last week broke the seals placed on his raw dairy fridges and freezer by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, this afternoon received a visit from two agency inspectors and a few sheriff’s deputies.
The agents requested a look at his store. He told them, no warrant, no look.
His expectation is that the agents will be back Wednesday or another day this week, this time armed with a search warrant. Continue reading
Michael Schmidt, with cowshare member and reporter, following the not-guilty verdict in January 2010
Michael Schmidt: I have been watching with real concerns the recent developments regarding the tactics Government and bureaucrats are using across this continent to enforce compliance amongst farmers and consumers, amongst health practitioners and patients, amongst those who want to live, who want to work and who deserve respect. Continue reading
Police arrive at dump site 41 to arrest Michael Schmidt for the first time.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I woke up with incredible inner pressure regarding dumpsite 41. A decision on the one year moratorium to stop construction will be coming next Wednesday. For over 20 years I have been following the growing resistance to the insanity to built a dump on the Alliston aquifer, one of the purest waters in the world. Rumors were swirling around that they will try to bring in the first load of garbage before the crucial vote. That itself was enough for me; I had to act to keep the pressure up until the last minute.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We drove to Tiny Township and around 12 pm I started blocking the main entrance after I talked to the Natives who had set up camp opposite dumpsite 41. Huge gravel trucks, a fuel truck and several service vehicles could not enter dump site 41. OPP negotiators arrived after 20 minutes to convince me to let the work continue until the vote next Wednesday. Nobody trusted anybody anymore. The smell of corruption in regard to this project was too obvious. I stood my ground. After all, it was about the future of our children. On the other side of the road, many resisters showed their support, chanted and thanked me. Continue reading