Net neutrality is the principle that pipes carrying our information online should be “dumb”like our phone lines. If the pipes are too smart, the ISPs that provide them could prioritize some content, websites, apps, or users over others. That means, for example, Comcast could slow down BitTorrent traffic (it did).
Bird has written for the Wall Street Journal since last October, shows that what he was regularly reporting on was a supply imbalance caused by overproduction of shale oil in the U.S. in the face of slacking demand. U.S. is on track to reach records for crude-oil production by 2016.
Nancy Grace; reason I’m against legalization: I’ve people addicted to pot, each other, stab each other, that strangle each other, that kill whole families wipe out a whole family, losing jobs, wrecked cars, cant’t make house payments.
Freedom Industries the company responsible for chemical leak, which poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. attempt by the company to escape legal, financial responsibility for the chemical spill, as it will put on hold the some 25 lawsuits already filed.
mayor of the Big Island Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has now banned biotech GMO from his island, agriculture industry largely opposed it. Furthermore, Kenoi wants to encourage community-based farming and ranching, with a nod to local commerce instead of international biotech monopolies.
1. Antibiotics 2 Fish Heads 3. Chicken Feces 4. Ground Rock - Limestone, a rock, makes for great calcium 5 Sawdust 6. Candy
China struggled to keep genetically modified foods out of their country, rejecting, incinerating US shipments of corn by the boatload. some seeds may have made their way in blamed for crop failure. Police busted a seed smuggling case that may have contributed to the failure of 200 acres of corn.
Israel will halt distribution of gas masks to civilians next month, the government announced Sunday. Decision came following assessment by Israel’s defense establishment that there has been a “significant decline in the threat of chemical weapons being fired at Israel,”
alert was declared at 10:16 a.m. and ended at 3:51 p.m., according to Stevenson. In response, the state and the counties staffed their emergency operation centers to monitor and coordinate any needed response.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Engineers have created a class of small bio-hybrid machines that move like sperm, synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots, first synthetic structures that can negotiate the viscous fluids of biological environments unsupervised.
Half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and “no government is prepared. Pace of change unprecedented. Tsunami of social change will follow.Uncertainty about where next generation’ is going to find work. Bleak picture of the future.
people are saying area water still burns their noses, despite fact that officials saywater is safe now. cities that are downriver of this spill. Charleston, Cincinnati, Louisville, Evansville, Memphis and New Orleans. People left to suffer, companies pay nominal fine, and repeat.
Spain first country in the world to draw a plurality of its power from wind energy for an entire year, according country’s energy regulator. Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country’s energy, enough to power about 15.5 million households, nuclear coming in second at 20.8 percent.
Fertilizer method among their conventional produce suppliers, using sewage sludge, conventional produce grown on soil layered with human waste as a fertilizer. Whole Foods announced new standards prohibiting biosolids, part of core requirements. All suppliers will be compliant. Require documentation from suppliers.
Gov. Paul LePage signed billwould require food producers to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. The law makes Maine the second state in the country to pass such a measure. However, other states must adopt similar legislation before Maine’s labeling provision goes into effect.
Wet foot, dry foot policy establishes that Cubans who manage to set foot on U.S. soil may remain in the country while those who are intercepted at sea must be returned to the communist-ruled island. Cuba claims that those policies stimulate illegal emigration.
Turkey jails more reporters than any other country. proposal would give the country’s transport minister and its communications agency the right to shut down a website without even having to take the issue to court. Internet service providers would have to block a site within four hours of being ordered to do so.
WikiLeaks: environment protection provisions in the draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement will not be enforceable, lacked any mechanism to enforce it or any sanctions for violating it, impact would be global. TPP would impose on some of world’s biggest economies.
Monsanto’s GMO wheat-in-progress is among 29 endeavors being undertaken GMO wheat isn’t legally approved anywhere in the world, would be resistant to their weed killer Roundup. countries outside US banned GMO imports, Chinarefused five shipments of American corn over GMO concerns.
New York Times: The National Security Agency placed software on 100,000 computers around the world allows U.S. to conduct surveillance using radio frequency technology, allows access to computers other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks, even if they aren't connected to the Internet,
State inspectors found company involved in major chemical spill in West Virginia set up a simple cinder block, one 50-pound bag of safety absorbent powder. State, local officials: Freedom Industries' containment dike full of cracks, holes. State, local planners did not have emergency-response plan
Panama will try to control a dengue outbreak that has claimed six lives this year by releasing transgenic mosquitoes to render infertile female transmitters of the disease, officials said. GM mosquitoes live for just a week, while normal ones live for a month. GM mosquitoes feed on fruit not blood.
Tests at two wastewater treatment plants in China reveal antibiotic-resistant bacteria —“superbugs”(NDM-1),multidrug-resistant gene escaping purification, breeding, spreading. Able to make common bacteria E. coli, salmonella, and K. pneumonias resistant to strongest antibiotics.
An agreement on cooperation in utilizing nuclear power for civilian purposes signed following negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian President Viktor Orban on Tuesday envisions the building of two new power-generating units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.
US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced financial incentives for shale gas extraction, controversial energy source known as 'fracking'. Local authorities now be allowed to keep one hundred percent of their local tax on fracking sites, twice as much as for other businesses. Caused an uproar.
Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster. The samples were caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture,
Australia warns about wildfire danger as heat wave continuesAustralian authorities have issued warning about the danger of a massive wildfire as a major heat wave hits the country as temperature soars across most of the country’s southeastern regions. Forecasters expect temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.
Untested nanoparticles, according to new research, are now turning up in pesticide formulas being developed by Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, Bayer CropScience and others. Nanoparticles are able to cross cellular barriers, some capable of absorbing directly into bloodstream upon inhalation.
DOE says its energy-scoring software, Home Energy Scoring Tool is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating, allows homeowners to compare energy performance of their homes, also billed as a way to keep home-retrofitting going.
United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds,” which some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs — an accusation rejected by industry giants. Many scientists blame overuse of herbicides, prompted by seeds that are genetically modified to resist them.
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory launched “Kelp Watch 2014,”scientific campaign to determine extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plan.
Uruguay,will spend the next few months selecting a good quality strain of the crop that can be sold at a price similar to current illegal prices. Studying the best way to produce competitively-priced high-quality marijuana while involving small and medium Uruguayan producers.
New flu vaccines containing genetically modified (GM) proteins have been approved by the FDA. So far, three vaccines are underway with two of them already approved for marketing. GMO vaccine is said to be easier to replicate and has the potential to mass produce more rapidly than egg culture vaccines.
House passed Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act. Eliminate requirements for Environmental Protection Agency to review, update hazardous-waste disposal regulations, make more difficult for government to compel companies that deal with toxic substances to carry proper insurance for cleanups.
While US is stricken by freezing cold, Australia is suffering record heat with temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in some parts of the country and leaving thousands of animals dead. High temperatures are shifting into Western Australia, large areas being “under extreme heatwave to severe heatwave.”
Ecuadorian government is now attempting to take down Ecuador's indigenous leaders who are committed to defending their territory from any oil development plans by companies. Attorney General, accuses leaders of crime of threat" during protests against the oil auction.
A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled that the construction of a Monsanto plant is unconstitutional, halting work on the site. The three judge court ruled 2-1 in favor of the activists who filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant on environmental protection grounds.
Trees and earth littered with dead creatures, mass deaths of flying foxes, smell of rotting carcasses filling towns, concerns about the spread of virus, 16 people receiving antiviral treatment after coming into close contact with a bat. Impact on ecosystem.
China, largest investor in South Sudan’s oil sector, fierce fighting continues between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his former deputy. Some of the largest oil fields China operates are in areas controlled by fighters backing Riek Machar, the country’s vice-president until he was sacked in July.
The company said that for the quarter ending November 30, 2013 it earned $368 million, or 69 cents per share. Monsanto’s total revenue rose 7 percent last quarter to $3.1 billion. Germany, France, Italy proposed national bans on GMOs. Zambia, Benin,Serbia agreed on total bans altogether.
Canadian officials confirmed human death from H5N1 bird flu, first reported in North America from the virus. H5N1 avian influenza infects lower respiratory tract deep in the lung can cause deadly pneumonia. World Health Organization:648 confirmed human cases of H5N1, most in Asia. 384 infections fatal.
Radio Disney made 26 stops across Ohio with a pro-fracking group to promote oil and gas to elementary school students. An educational program funded by Ohio’s oil and gas industry sponsored by Radio Disney has environmental activists, parent upset over what they say is a hijacking of public education.
Rivalry over water supplies can lead to bitter conflicts.since the mid-20th century, the planet's seen nearly 180 conflicts connected to water resources. These include both small and large-scale clashes - a lot of them in the Middle East and Africa.
Upset with NSA spying on US citizens senators from opposing parties Ted Lieu (D) and Joel Anderson (R) formally introduced Senate Bill 828 on Monday banning companies in California from providing essential utility services to the agency – including cutting off its computer-cooling water supply.
Whole Foods announced last Thursday that they have now committed $25 million in funding to their Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP). Since 2007, they have provided 184 loans to 155 companies. Funds are targeted to help local growers, producers and food artisans. Company welcomes new loan applications.
Wind turbines met 21.1% of electricity demand on the Spanish peninsular, narrowly beating the region's fleet of nuclear reactors, which provided 21% of power. Power output from combined cycle gas plants fell 34.2% year-on-year, coal-fired plants saw generation fall 27.3%, and nuclear power output fell 8.3%.
Health officials in California are now telling residents not to worry after a video uploaded to the internet last month seemed to show high levels of radiation at a Pacific Coast beach. Authorities saying that they have no reason to believe that conditions along the West Coast are unsafe.
Since the mid-20th century, the planet has seen nearly 180 disputes connected to water resources, and among the latest is Egypt. International law is not clear about water and water usage. If it’s a river it’s a different law from whether it’s a lake or a sea. When water crosses borders then you have conflicts.
PORTLAND -- Local emergency rooms are quickly filling up with flu victims and doctors said they are seeing a rise in H1N1, also known as swine flu. Across the country, the flu has been confirmed in every state and 25 states are reporting widespread flu activity. This year, H1N1 is the most common strain of flu.
“Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants, restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, all other plants of any species. Illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree not tested, approved by government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” Heirloom seeds criminalized.
James Craig the chief of police in Detroit, Mich., has a message for the law-abiding folks in his crime-ridden city: Arm yourselves, and criminals will think twice about attacking you. I think it acts as a deterrent. . I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.”
Russia’s Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights protection agency has barred over 165 batches of Japanese products, including 132 used cars and 33 batches of spare parts, from entering Russia, citing radioactive pollution concerns, the agency said on its website.
As temperatures drop to around -4f people are being startled by hearing large booms causing them to think their homes are being broken into or gunshots are being fired. Water expands when it freezes and when it expands in frozen soil it stress on that dirt, release that energy suddenly.
As U S government continues push for more chemically-intensive, corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs,monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.
China to consolidate its rare earth industry under government control, clamp down on smuggling. An Economic Information Daily report claimed that a planned six state-run groups would control the majority of production in a country which is said to account for over 90 per cent of global trade in rare earths,
Childlessness rate among women of their childbearing years in the United States is among the highest in the world, according to latest World Fertility Report by United Nations, which also shows that 41 percent of all US births occurred to unmarried women. Fertility has declined worldwide to unprecedented levels.
Shower with other people, go to bed early and stop drinking tea if you want to cut expenses, suggests British energy firm Frist Utility after whopping their prices up by 18 per cent. Said that customers should follow an “energy diet. Issuing ridiculous advice, insult and annoy many who are struggling.
As TEPCO began preparations for the cleaning of the drainage system with tons of leaked radioactive water at the Fukushima power plant,a former employee reveals the reason for so many leaks was cost cutting measures such as using duct tape.
Connecticut lawmakers recently took a significant step towards making that a reality when they passed legislation that would require the labeling of GMO foods. In order for the law to take effect, four other Northeastern states with a population of at least 20 million must pass similar bills.
Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy will have to face criminal charges for allegedly dumping tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in 2010, according to a Pennsylvania judge’s ruling on Thursday.
Poll from The Washington Post, 42% of Democrats are against Obamacare. Elections in 2014 Democrats are running-not walking-away from Obamacare. Little known passage in the bill shows how you could get slapped with a $2,000 fine for not having health insurance - even if you do actually have it.
H1N1 incidences, has doubled in the past two weeks. Michigan, emergency departments are filled with hundreds of patients with flu. Swine flu spreads fast because it is highly contagious, expected to spread across the nation. many states are seeing widespread flu. Hit southeastern states hardest.
Disney’s theme parks can now give waterproof rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips in lieu of paper tickets. Act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key and a credit card, can track guests movements.
Scientists in China have successfully bred glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA. Researchers at the South China Agricultural University announced last month that they had successfully engineered 10 piglets that glowed green under a black light. Could help create more cost-effective medicines, therapies.
New herbicide-resistant, genetically modified corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered by Dow AgroSciences to survive the hefty application of 2,4-D, a widely used weed killer that’s commonly known as one of the ingredients in the Vietnam War-era herbicide Agent Orange.
Japanese scientists have been successful in moving an object in a three-dimensional space through a complex system of acoustic levitation. Using a refinement of the existing technology of sound wave management, bubbles, a screw and a tiny piece of wood were airlifted and moved around in all direction.
California doubled its rooftop solar installations last year from 1,000 megawatts (MW) to 2,000 MW. , it took California over 30 years to build the first 1,000 MW of rooftop solar. As record numbers of homes and businesses go solar, utility companies growing uneasy about the threat it poses to their business.
The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, to be delivered before the beginning of February.
Study published in journal Frontiers in Zoology suggests dogs choose to relieve themselves along a north-south axis in line with Earth’s magnetic field. Research carried out by team of Czech, German scientists. Study examined daily habits of 70 dogs 1,893 defecations, 5,582 urinations over two years.
General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon. But the boxes will say that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process,
"Sixty to seventy percent of the foods in US supermarkets. "Patents on seed are illegitimate because putting a toxic gene into a plant cell is not "creating" or "inventing" a plant. These are seeds of deception — the deception that Monsanto is the creator of seeds and life, strategy to strangle the food supply.
In a video revealing some scary facts about products labeled as organic, Mark Kastel, the Senior Farm Policy Analyst at the Cornucopia Institute, states that over 100 synthetic substances, as well as non-organic additives, are currently approved for use in organic foods.
An official from the Chinese government announced Monday that approximately 3.33 million hectares, or 8 million acres, of China’s farmland is now too polluted to grow crops, according to a Reuters report from Beijing. Ministry of Environmental Protection:“moderate to severe pollution.”
Grassroots activists are gearing up for new legislative battles, including state GMO labeling laws and county bans on growing genetically engineered crops. GMO labeling laws are the cornerstone of the anti-GMO movement, demanding outright bans on the growing of GMO crops.
The United States consumes more than 50 tons of antibiotics a day—80% of which is not used for humans. About 40 tons goes to promote agricultural production, such as giving antibiotics to cattle and chickens.
At least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless following torrential rain in southeast Brazil over the past few weeks, officials said Thursday, extensive flooding and damage to bridges and roads.
Environmental Management Authorityunable to ascertain the source, immediate concern was protection of life and the environment. Gary Aboud, president of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, told IPS that the only solution was to shut down all oil production in the area.
Japan's seafood industry says it's blighted by contaminated catches - nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster polluted surrounding land and waterways. They can't convince customers their fish is safe.
Food companies who use genetically modified (GMO) ingredients want permission from government to stamp their products with the word “natural.” Grocery Manufacturers Association asked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve plan, any food containing GMO could be sold as “natural.”
Brazil is preparing to legalize genetically modified seeds that are said to prevent proliferation of GMOs by making the second generation of them sterile. If the second generation of seeds is infertile, farmers are forced to buy more at each planting, making them even more dependent on the seed giants.
States and municipalities all across the country rethink their official water fluoridation policies. According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), some 16 pieces of legislation across nine states were introduced or passed just within the past year to protect the public against this pervasive poison.
Florida couple dug up the garden after appearing twice in front of the Code Enforcement Board and facing $50 fine each day the garden remained, there are also reports that they have filed a lawsuit targeted at overturning the zoning regulation that made their garden a battleground.
Another cask of spent fuel has been transferred to the common pool from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. This makes a total of 88 assemblies removed from the pool.
New law in Britain, fracking could be done under homes of people without their knowledge. Companies not obliged to notify of gas drillings. Gas companies could skip sending letters to residents about drilling beneath their properties. Instead will have to publish the information in the local newspaper
200,000 people from 140 countries applied for one-way ticket to Mars. Aapplicants agreed to stay on the Red Planet for the rest of their lives,be filmed for a reality TV program, according tocompany behind mission. revolutionary in the sense there is no return ticket, is a new settlement, you won’t get back.
People who talk about GMOs are engaged in “pseudoscience.” Those who discuss the healing potential of foods are spreading “health hoaxes, reject bad science, pseudoscience and health hoaxes,” meaning anyone who talks about GMOs, “food as medicine” or similar topics.
US scientists connected BP oil disaster to dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico, found direct evidence of toxic exposure. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found lung disease, hormonal abnormalities, other health effects in dolphins in BP spill areas. Diseases consistent with oil exposure.
Legislation to address the excess waste created by plastic water bottles. Would initially apply only to events that have access to adequate on-site water, Trash collectors pick up 10 to 15 million single-use plastic water bottles each year in San Francisco.
The first criminal trial produced by the Justice Department's sweeping probe of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended Wednesday with a jury convicting a drilling engineer of trying to obstruct investigators by deleting text messages from his cellular phone. Acquitted of second count.
An analysis of water samples from hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ sites found the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals. The chemicals have been linked to infertility, birth defects, and cancer. 750 chemicals reported to be used in fracking operations.
Evidence exists that could tie the growing prevalence of GMO foods to the growing prevalence of digestive problems like leaky gut syndrome, IBS, and even chronic fatigue. leaky gut syndrome is a relatively new phenomena that affects an increasing number of people.
Potential to affect the whole of the northern hemisphere. Fukushima is a “multiple disaster” never before experienced in human history. Complexities and scale are greater than anything that has gone before. Injury to environment on a scale unprecedentedly wide-spread, life threatening in its effects.
Carol Alt super model, Max Goldberg of LivingWell.com discussed dangers of GMO crops on Fox News/: lab tests involving animals show liver damage, kidney problems, after three generations of GMO diet, hamsters become sterile. GMOs contaminating non-GM crops, wild plants worldwide.
Russian scientists calling for 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study influence on health. One of the techniques uses tumor-causing soil bacteria. surge of diabetes, cancer where residents consumed large amounts of GMO- food. Been proven GMO is dangerous
GMO seeds are created by inserting specific genes into a plants genetic make-up, mutagenesis is a technique that creates random and unspecific genetic changes by mimicking the sun’s irradiation of plants by exposing them to radiation in a controlled setting to make them resistant to herbicides.
Thyroid cancers, leukemias, rectal, gynecological bleeding, pilots with perfect eyesight going blind. Were rescuing people in the water, drinking desalinated sea water, bathing in it, finally captain alerted crew there was high levels of radiation." Japan KNEW radiation being released, did not tell U.S. Navy.
Stores are adopting new technology, camera sensors implanted in store mannequin’s eyes to monitor customer’s activity, using data to beef up sales. system, known as ‘Shopperception,’ already in Walmart stores. Shoppers: feels like a violation, would change stores to avoid “invasive creepy technology.
About 2.5 million Britons will have to borrow money to afford heating their homes this Christmas. 7 million people would take out a loan over Christmas, 35 percent saying would use the loan to pay energy bills. One in six people surveyed, associate Christmas with “dread” and “worry”.
Antibiotics are added to animal feed or drinking water of cattle, hogs, poultry and other food-producing animals to make them gain weight faster or use less food. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implementing plan to phase out certain antibiotics for food production.Threat to public health.
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