May 052015
Published on May 3, 2015 American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 202015
Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance. Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Oct 292014
Even a world war or pandemic would result in at least 5bn people by 2100 Steve Connor Monday, 27 October 2014 The global human population is “locked in” to an inexorable rise this century and will not be easily shifted, even by apocalyptic events such as a third world war or lethal pandemic, a study has found. There is no “quick fix” to the population time-bomb, because there are now so many people even unimaginable global disasters won’t stop growth, scientists have concluded. Although measures designed to reduce human fertility in the parts of the world where the population growth is fastest will eventually have a long-term impact on numbers, this has to go hand-in-hand with policies aimed at reducing the consumption of natural resources, they said. Two prominent ecologists, who normally study animal populations in the wild, have concluded that the number of people in the world today will present one of the most daunting problems for sustainable living on the planet in the coming century – even if every country adopts a draconian “one child” policy. “The inexorable demographic momentum of the global human population is rapidly eroding Earth’s life-support system,” say Professor Corey Bradshaw of the University of Adelaide and Professor Barry Brook of the University of Tasmania in their study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Assuming a continuation of current trends in mortality reduction, even a rapid transition to a worldwide one-child policy leads to a population similar to today’s by 2100,” they say. “Even a catastrophic mass mortality event of 2bn deaths over a hypothetical window in the mid-21st century would still yield around 8.5bn people by 2100,” they add. There are currently about 7.1bn people on Earth, and demographers estimate that this number could rise to about 9bn by 2050 – and as many as 25bn by 2100, although this is based on current fertility rates, which are expected to fall over the coming decades. Professor Bradshaw told The Independent that the study was designed to look at human numbers with the insight of an ecologist studying natural impacts on animals to determine whether factors such pandemics and world wars could dramatically influence the population projections. “We basically found that the human population size is so large that it has its own momentum. It’s like a speeding car travelling at 150mph. You can slam on the brakes but (more…)
Oct 092014
Written by Scott Christopher W. ( With a magnitude of Mw 9.1–9.3, it is the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. The earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, lasting between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 centimetre (0.4 inches) and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska. It then seems difficult to brush off the temporal proximity of these two class-one events as just as a matter of coincidence. • Indonesian earthquake and tsunami: December 26, 2004 at 00 hours 58 minutes UTC• SGR 1806-20 Gamma-ray Burst: December 27, 2004 at 21 hours 36 minutes UTC A time span of 25 years compared to ~45 hours, which is a ratio of about 5000:1. In fact, many have inquired if there might be a connection between these two events (e.g. see the article). The reason why astronomers have been reluctant to admit there is a connection is because there is no known mechanism through which gamma rays, by themselves, could trigger earthquakes. Astronomers …read more       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 252014
 Folks This Ain’t Normal It is true today of the corporate terrocrats in the food industry as it was in 2011.  Joel Salatin in his book and his videos is trying to tell everybody the corporation and the governments are trying to control what you eat and how you can distribute.  In Texas its against the law to distribute food to your neighbour.  Monsanto and the boys will take control any way they can. Ladies and gentlemen, behold, the food morons. Welcome to the land of “Moronica” where its against the law to know what you are eating and its against the law to eat “real food”. Our leaders in the food industry are notably stupid and lacking in good judgement. Joel explains the situation clearly and with humour.  Enjoy! Keep moving forward, no fear Mike Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms – Folks This Ain’t Normal [hdvideo playlistid=11] Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal (to be released October 10, 2011), activist and leading spokesperson for local, sustainable food system in movies such as Farmageddon, Food Inc., Fresh and American Meat, describes how this new book, published by Hachette Groups, will shake up the food rights movement and introduce the public to organizations such as Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal (to be released October 10, 2011), activist and leading spokesperson for local, sustainable food system in movies such as Farmageddon, Food Inc., Fresh and American Meat, describes how this new book, published by Hachette Groups, will shake up the food rights movement and introduce the public to organizations such as Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 192014
Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law Organic Consumers Association, April 16, 2014 For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto and our Genetic Engineering page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2014 CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090 FINLAND, Minn. – Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labelling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labelling law in the country. The bill now goes back to the House which is expected to agree to the Senate’s amendments, then to Gov. Peter Shumlin who is expected to sign it. Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), issued the following statement: Today’s victory in Vermont has been 20 years in the making. Ever since genetically modified crops and foods entered the U.S. food supply in the early 1990s, without adequate independent pre-market safety testing and without labels, U.S. consumers have fought to require the labeling of foods containing GMOs. Consumer demand for mandatory labeling of GMOs spawned a national grassroots movement that has persevered despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the biotech and food industries to lobby state lawmakers in Vermont, and to fund anti-labeling campaigns in California (2012) and Washington State (2013). Today, consumers and a number of principled legislators in Vermont made it clear to Monsanto, Coca-Cola and other opponents of consumers’ right to know: We will not back down. This movement is here to stay. We expect that Monsanto will sue the state of Vermont in order to prevent enactment of H.112. We also expect that Monsanto will lose, and the law will go into effect on schedule, on July 1, 2016. We expect that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a multi-billion lobbying group representing more than 300 food, pesticide and drug makers, will try to pass their “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” introduced last week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), intended to strip Vermont, and all other states, of their right to pass GMO (more…)
Apr 182014
Atlas Copco USA Donates $100K For World Water (AMN)In honor of World Water Day, the Atlas Copco USA employee-run Water for All organization has donated $100,000 to New York City based charity: water, a global non-profit dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.      Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 172014
Transcribed by David Hyde ‘Evidences of Space Weather Induced Natural Disasters‘ Published on April 4th, 2014 by Dr. Kongpop U-Yen (0:01) Hello everybody, my name is Kongpop U-Yen and this presentation is about the evidence of the Space Weather induced Natural Disasters; this is research that I have been conducting for several years and I would like to share it with everybody.   (0:30) When we talk about ‘Natural Disasters,’ in this term I refer to a sudden event that occurs on the Earth, in terms of how nature tries to balance the energy inside itself (Earth and it’s space boundary); these sudden events include earthquake, volcanic eruption, tropical storm formation, flash flood, heat wave, etc.(1:04) In order to understand the coupling mechanism between space and Earth, I would like to introduce a simple concept that guides it to this. (1:18) If we study the history of the Earth, people have been observing stars and objects outside of our Earth for several thousand years. And what they have observed is that: they have some events that occur at the Sun, or something outside that’s flickering, and then something happened on Earth afterwards. (1:50) And back then we didn’t have technology to profile many different characteristics, so all of the stories about this connection have been carried on through the generations until today when have all the technology that helps us understand the connections. (2:20) So I want to keep this concept very simple, so that everyone can understand and be able to reproduce it by using their own experience and also verify it using all the resources available online as well as what you can see by your five senses of perception. (3:02) So in terms of simplicity we have to start with understanding the law of nature, this is the correct way to make proper assumptions so that we know that the solution we always can form with what we have observed. (3:24) One is that everyone has to realize that everything occurs from multiple causes and multiple conditions; in this case, if some event occurs we can see that the causes can be various. For example: if I have a desire for food, it could come from my own body that actually needs food or it could come from craving inside my mind or it could be an external trigger, which is food is sitting in front of (more…)
Apr 172014
Global Water Soluble Fertilizers Market is Expected to Reach USD 13.72 billion …PR Newswire (press release)According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Water Soluble Fertilizers (Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphate and Others) Market For Fertigation and Foliar Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and … and more      Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Dec 312013
Water Treatment Industry Reports: Equipment Research for US & Global …PR Newswire (press release) adds new water treatment market research reports for US, India and Global regions covering water and waste water treatment equipments and more. Share with Twitter Share with LinkedIn. Share with delicious Share with digg Share …and more …read more   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)