Glyphosate, what’s the big deal?

Monsanto denies that Glyphosate is linked with cancer.  Other industry experts in this interview disagree and claim that there are many links with cancer as well as severe environmental damage.

Long term use lowered yield due to ever more glyphosate resistant weeds

“Widespread use of glyphosate has led to the evolution of glyphosate-resistant weeds covering an estimated 120 million hectares globally in 2010. So far, 23 species of weeds have been recorded, forcing Monsanto to acknowledge the problem and protect their profits by declaring that their warranty does not cover yield losses. Glyphosate-resistant weeds are threatening the utility of glyphosate and glyphosate-tolerant crops. Resistant weeds are likely responsible for increased herbicide use. Argentinian use went from 2 to 20 liters per hectare between 1996 and 2010.” PermaCultureNews explains. That is a 10 fold increase of a toxic matter.

The National Pesticide Information Center reports that glyphosate is linked to cancer and to skeletal mal formation in the fetus.

When high doses were administered to laboratory animals, some studies suggest that glyphosate has carcinogenic potential. Some studies also have associated glyphosate use with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Glyphosate exposure has been linked to developmental and reproductive effects at high doses that were administered to rats repeatedly during pregnancy. These doses made the mother rats sick. The rat fetuses gained weight more slowly, and some fetuses had skeletal defects. These effects were not observed at lower doses.  Doses have been increased by 10 fold due to the fact that weed it proposes to eradicate actually grows immune.

Nature announces glyphosate probably carcinogenic to humans.

Nature reported on March 23, 2015 that the World Health Organization release a report stating:  “The cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization last week announced that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans.”

The Oncology Lancet reported in March, 2015, 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate (table). These assessments will be published as volume 112 of the IARC Monographs.

Wenonah Hauter’s investigative article in Ecowatch, a foremost provider of scientifically-based, environmental news explains why the scientific studies are often so feeble about reporting their findings.  She wrote:  “Under the Influence: The National Research Council and GMOs charts the millions of dollars in donations the NRC receives from biotech companies like Monsanto, documents the one-sided panels of scientists the NRC enlists to carry out its GMO studies and describes the revolving door of NRC staff directors who shuffle in and out of agriculture and biotech industry groups. The new issue brief also shows how NRC routinely arrives at watered-down scientific conclusions on agricultural issues based on industry science.” Full article

The American Cancer Society gives glyphosate a 2A rating which means it it probably causes cancer in humans.  More

So what is the big deal with Glyphosate?   It lowers yield in the food supply, it increases weeds’ immunities and it most likely causes cancer, skeletal disturbances in fetuses, and it attacks the enzyme household in brain, liver and hearts of fetuses if the mother is exposed to high levels.

European governmental officials volunteered for a test checking the level of exposure in their urine.  The level turned out to be several hundreds of percentage higher than the legal limit.  Andrew Kniss wrote an excellent article for weedcontrolfreaks that shows in-depth research in on place.  Article  Glyphosate turns out to be a bid deal.



Jamala – 1944 (Ukraine) 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Jamala wins the contest with a song about 1944

The message of the song is widely discussed. In 1944 Jamala’s great-grandmother and all members of the Tartars were deported from their home land, based on Stalin’s orders. During the transportation five of her great grandmother’s children died.

Only after the Soviet Union dissolved was the Tartar family able to return to Krim. Jamala claimed repeatedly that the song is entirely a personal story about her family. She was born in 1983 in Kyrgyzstan and returned with her family to her homeland Krim, before studying music in Kiev.

Her song caused quite an uproar as Eurovision’s guidelines expressly forbid political content in songs. Since 2014 the student Jamala has not been able to return to Krim to visit her family. Thus the song is a most personal story. Personal stories are allow and encouraged.

She won the 61st Eurovision Song Contest 2016 despite calls for disallowing the song since it angered Russians. PRI reported that Emine Ziyatdinova, a Crimean Tatar journalist and multimedia artist explained: “I was just in Crimea. People have it on their ringtones. It’s a way to protest what is going on.” More

Little wonder that Russian government officials are not pleased. Tass, a Russian News Agency, explained: “The Mejlis emerged back in 1991, when the descendants of Crimean Tatars, deported from Crimea after being charged with collaboration with the Nazis during World War II, began to return to the land of their ancestors. When Crimea reunited with Russia in 2014, the Mejlis failed to have itself registered properly at the Russian Justice Ministry. Its leaders reside outside the peninsula and refuse to recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia.”

Russia is protecting its access route to the Black Sea and its investment in the harbor. The Independent, a UK news media company explained in 2014: “Crimea is strategically important as a base for the Russian navy. The Black Sea Fleet has been based on the peninsula since it was founded by Prince Potemkin in 1783. The fleet’s strategic position helped Russia defeat Georgia in the South Ossetia war in 2008, and remains crucial to Russian security interests in the region.” More

The Tartar singer wants to see her family, the Russians need to keep their country secure, the Ukrainians… well, the Ukrainians are still struggling with the basic concept of democracy.

Newsweek reported on April 16, 2016 “In the span of one week beginning April 6, Dutch voters rejected ratification of a long-awaited EU-Ukraine trade deal, putting Ukraine’s aspirations of European integration in jeopardy; the Panama Papers exposed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s offshore assets, sparking a media firestorm in Ukraine; and Ukraine’s prime minister resigned after months of political turmoil, sparking a political clash in the search for his replacement.

Meanwhile, the ongoing war in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region is steadily worsening, and a ceasefire that never fully took hold is teetering on the edge of collapse.

“No, of course the revolution didn’t achieve its goals,” Onyshchenko says. “People are definitely frustrated, but they are too tired to make another revolution.”  More

Eurovision has come a long way from the days when Abba won the contest with their song Waterloo.  I just love Abba and their song Mamma Mia was such fun. The world is getting more difficult, or perhaps we are just becoming more aware of it.  With that in mind Mamma Mia let’s all remember that we should all be there for each other:


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Kalervo Karlsson, stunning photographer.
Kalervo Karlsson, stunning photographer.
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Great harpist/violinist Carlos Reyes joins guitarist/vocalist Rolando Morales May 28 for Sausalito Seahorse Performance

Carlos Reyes 2015 on violin

Carlos Reyes will join Rolando Morales for a short set to close out dinner. Carlos Reyes made his debut on harp with the Oakland Symphony and his debut on the violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at just fourteen years of age. He has worked in the professional recording industry for commercials, solo artist and instrumental background music for the acclaimed children’s shows “Sesame Street” and “Villa Alegre” when he was still in his teens. He has enchanted audiences on international tours ever since.

Omar Ledezma Rolando Morales Gary Brown 2015

This duet will be followed by a concert and dancing to the World Class Rolando Morales Group featuring from Gregg Rolie and Dianne Reeves, the amazing bassist Gary Brown; from Lauryn Hill, the exciting drummer David Flores; from Venezuela, the Grammy-winning Latin percussionist/vocalist Omar Ledezma; from Paraguay, the thrilling violinist and harpist Carlos Reyes; and the powerful Rolando Morales leading the journey on guitar, guitar synthesizer and vocals.


An Evening with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes at Sausalito Seahorse May 28

Seahorse May 2

Saturday May 28, “An Evening with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes,” Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, approx. 8:30-11:30pm.  After a full year away, these two passionate musicians finally return to Seahorse to put on their unique show at this fun waterfront restaurant and club.  The great Paraguayan harpist/violinist Carlos Reyes and passionate guitarist/vocalist Rolando Morales will play a short set in duet to close out the dinner hour, followed by a concert and dancing to the World Class Rolando Morales Group featuring from Gregg Rolie and Dianne Reeves, the amazing bassist Gary Brown; from Lauryn Hill, the exciting drummer David Flores; from Venezuela, the Grammy-winning Latin percussionist/vocalist Omar Ledezma; from Paraguay, the thrilling violinist and harpist Carlos Reyes; and the powerful Rolando Morales leading the journey on guitar, guitar synthesizer and vocals.   Don’t miss it!   $15.  Make your  reservations at (415) 331-2899.


Rolando Morales performs at Barone’s Restaurant in Pleasanton May 27


Friday May 27, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John St., Pleasanton CA, approx. 7:30-10:30pm.   After 1½  months away, Rolando Morales returns to one of Pleasanton’s premier dining establishments for his only appearance of the month at this venue.  Enjoy exquisite meals, libations and Rolando’s vast repertoire in the intimate Cocktail Lounge.  See, (925) 426-0987.


Rolando Morales will appear at Maria Maria in Danville on May 24

Tuesday May 24, Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, 6-9pm. After 2 months away, Rolando Morales returns to Carlos Santana’s most elegant restaurant for Taco Tuesday. $1 tacos, baby! And Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing out on the patio by the fire pits. (925) 820-2366. See


Rolando Morales performs May 20th at Don Pico’s Mexican Bistro


Friday May 20, Don Pico’s Mexican Bistro, 461 El Camino Real, San Bruno, 6 to 9 pm.   Rolando Morales returns on solo guitar and voice in the intimate Restaurant Room.  Call (650) 589-1163 and see


Rolando Morales performs with flautist Bob Harrison at Maria Maria May 15


Sunday May 15, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx. 1-4pm.  Enjoy a Mexican brunch and Rolando Morales performing on the newly renovated front patio on solo guitar and voice by the creek.  He may be joined by flautist Bob Harrison., or call (925) 946-1010.


Ms. Janice Maxie-Reid joins Rolando Morales to perform at Vine at Bridges


Saturday May 14, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville, approx. 8-11pm. The Rolando Morales Duet returns to this cool winery and nightspot. Enjoy a wonderful selection of wines, superb dinners and munchies while enjoying this powerful duet. Tonight Rolando reunites with the uber-talented keyboardist/vocalist who shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting, Ms. Janice Maxie-Reid; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales. Don’t miss it!, (925) 820-7210.


Rolando Morales is worth overcoming Superstition on Friday 13th at Don Pico’s Bistro


Friday May 13, Don Pico’s Mexican Bistro, 461 El Camino Real, San Bruno, 6 to 9 pm.   Crush superstition with Rolando Morales on solo guitar and voice in the intimate Restaurant Room.  Call (650) 589-1163 and see

Why are people paranoid on Friday the 13th?  There are a lot of stories ranging from the bible to the Canterbury Tales.

One of the most popularised myths attempting to explain the origin of the Friday 13 superstition stems from events on Friday 13 October 1307, when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and burnt across France.

This myth caught the public’s attention after it was used by Dan Brown, among other historical fiction writers, and has been peddled endlessly by conspiracy theorists linking the Knights Templar to everything from Freemasonry to the Holy Grail.

Don’t be a Drumpf, enjoy the day and dance your troubles away.  Don Pico’s Bistro also has amazing food.


Rolando Morales to perform for 13th Annual “Mujer Latina” Luncheon in Marin


Thursday May 12, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual “Mujer Latina” Luncheon, Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael CA, 11:30am-1:30pm.  Celebrate Latinas and women in business!

Rolando Morales will perform starting at 11:30 for the VIP Reception.  The Keynote Speaker will be Sheila Lichtblau, Sr. Deputy County Counsel and past President of ALMA, Assn. of Latino Marin Attorneys.  $50 Chamber Members/$65 Non-Members.  Includes pre-lunch Host Wine Reception, complimentary wine with lunch.  RSVP to email:  (415) 721-9686,


Rolando Morales is performing at Maria Maria Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Rolando Morales is performing at Maria Maria Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday May 10, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx. 6-9pm.

Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby! Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound on the front patio.  See; (925) 946-1010.


Rolando Morales May 6 at Don Pico’s in San Bruno

Rolando Morales


Rolando Morales appears May 6, 2016, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Don Pico’s Mexican Bistro, San Bruno
461 El Camino Real, San Bruno

Rolando returns to the place The Examiner and Independent have proclaimed has the “Best Seafood and Best Mexican Food” anywhere, on solo guitar and voice in the Restaurant Room.  Call (650) 589-1163,