In human evolution I feel we should know as a fact that the universe doesn’t owe us anything. As a conscious species from one human to another, I feel that the only thing you are owed is maybe an opportunity to explain yourself after you have done something ridiculously stupid. Seeing that we are humans and not perfect, if someone does something really stupid they should be given a chance to realize that they’ve done something really dumb and explain their actions. If they can’t explain it or they just repeat it, then they’re just dumb. Also in the same token, just because someone can explain themselves in a way that they’ve done something stupid, doesn’t mean that they have to be forgiven.
Bovine somatotropin (abbreviated bST and BST), or BGH, is a peptide hormone produced by the cow’s pituitary gland.Like other hormones, it is produced in small quantities and is used in regulating metabolic processes.Since 1994 it has been possible to synthesize the hormone using recombinant DNA technology to create recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or artificial growth hormone. Monsanto was the first to develop the technology and marketed it as “Posilac” - a brand now owned by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.
The United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Posilac was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier.
In 1997, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre were terminated by television station WTVT, a FOX affiliate in Tampa, Florida. They filed suit, claiming the termination was due to their involvement in an investigative report criticizing Monsanto’s use of rBGH, which the station did not air. Wilson and Akre claimed the station had engaged in “news distortion” under pressure from Monsanto. The lawyers from Monsanto had previously threatened WTVT, warning them that negative consequences would occur in the case that the original story would be published. Akre stated that she and Wilson were fired after 83 rewrites over 8 months. WTVT later aired an edited report, which included responses from Monsanto, while replacing the word “cancer” with “negative health implications” throughout the original. WTVT ultimately won the suit, and the plaintiff’s claims were dismissed. WTVT won the case because Wilson and Akre did not have whistle-blower status. The reason they did not have whistle-blower status is because it is legal to report false news
When I was between the ages of 5-7 years old I would hang out with my older cousin Pablo. We’d tie dye shirts and he even dyed a pair of my white Vans slip-ons. We would chill out in his room where he had everything that was cool, teenage posters of Bon Jovi, Madonna, Prince and Stryper. A kick ass yellow water-proof Walkman, tons of VHS movies and an Atari. Neglecting all the cool stuff I was always perplexed by a soup can he had resting on the headboard of his bed. It wasn’t just any soup can; its label read ‘Witches Brew’. The ingredients listed on it were eyes, brains, guts, fingers all soaked in blood. I remember holding the can next to my ear, shaking its contents, listening to what was inside violently slosh around and being utterly spellbound. I had myself convinced that the ingredients listed on it where indeed inside! Every visit I’d ask “Is that really what’s in there? Let’s open it!” Thinking that finally one day we’d get to see its contents. Without hesitation he’d quickly snatch the can out of my hands followed by an irritated response of, “Matthew, get the hell outta my room!”
Now when I remember back to that can of “Witches Brew” I remember the label being drawn on, and all the ingredients inscribed with a felt tip pen. The fact is that I had always wanted to open it up to finally see what was inside, and every time the answer was no. My curiosity still has the best of me along with his help, I will never know what was in that small soup can but, in hindsight it taught me to ask questions and to also question everything. My cousin Pablo passed away close to 10 years ago and today I still think about what’s in that can, he had taught me a valuable lesson by not letting me open it. Now I can recall back to the occurrence of not finding out what was inside “Witches Brew” that turned me to the darkside of being a cynic.