Are Climate Changers Pulling an Orwell? It’s “Polar Vortex”, Not Global Cooling

Global cooling or polar vortexJan 13, 2014
Truth and Art TV article
Contributed by Bernie Suarez

The most desperate movement on the planet is exploring new levels of reason, meanings and translations lately. They are desperate to stay alive in an avalanche (no pun intended) of evidence coming at them that disproves their very existence. Since their existence was based on the lie that we were in catastrophic global warming which never happened, they are no longer needed anymore. They know they need to keep the flock from fleeing the movement. They need to keep their environmental movement baseline strong. They couldn’t afford to let the core of the movement lose faith so they needed to act fast and at the end of September the movement went to work. It was then when word got out that IPCC was looking to have a meeting about the global temperature data and how to interpret the data. It was then that word got out about this raw data which confirmed that global temperatures did not rise since 1998 as it had been predicted. Global warming was officially not real, but they had to spin a new reality. There was no time to lose.

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US ‘superweeds’ epidemic shines spotlight on GMOs

no gmoJanuary 12, 20
By Veronique Dupont

The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs, an accusation rejected by industry giants.
According to a recent study, the situation is such that American farmers are “heading for a crisis.”
Many scientists blame overuse of herbicides, prompted by seeds genetically modified to resist them.
“In parts of the country, weeds resistant to the world’s most popular herbicide, glyphosate, now grow in the vast majority of soybean, cotton, and corn fields,” many of which were planted with seeds resistant to the weedkiller, said the study published in the journal Science in September.
Earlier this month, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was considering the release of new genetically-engineered seeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides.
But “weeds that can shrug off multiple other herbicides are also on the rise,” the study said.
Nearly half (49 percent) of all US farmers said they had “glyphosate resistant weeds” on their farms in 2012, according to the most recent review from agri-business market research firm Stratus. That’s up from 34 percent of farmers in 2011.
Glyphosate is the name of the most frequently used herbicide in the United States and was created by agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto in the 1970s. Today, the US company markets it as Roundup while, among other versions, competitor Dow Chemical sells a similar product under the name Durango.

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http://news.yahoo.com/us-39-superweeds-39-epidemic-shines-spotlight-gmos-021125425.html

Study Suggests That Spirituality Is Key To Kids’ Happiness

Spirituality key to kids happinessJanuary 13, 2014
by Arjun Walia

A professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and his colleagues Ben Coleman and Judi Wallace have conducted a study which suggests that spirituality is key to children’s happiness.(1) Over the past few years, scientists have been able to measure the effect of positive emotions and feelings of joy within our biology, so it is key to find out what best produces these feelings within us.

Just to be clear, they define spirituality as internal characteristics; an inner belief system that a person relies on for strength and comfort. Understanding happiness has been subjected to large amounts of research for a number of years. This particular one suggests that the processes that influence happiness are not guided by external factors, but by internal characteristics and qualities.

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http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/01/study-suggests-that-spirituality-is-key.html

Agrochemical companies sue to block anti-GMO law in Hawaii

Hawaii gmo ban officialJanuary 11, 2014
By Christopher D’Angelo

Three of the world’s largest agrochemical companies have filed a lawsuit in Hawaii to block a law enacted on the island of Kauai in November to limit the planting of biotech crops and the use of pesticides. DuPont, Syngenta and Agrigenetics Inc, a company affiliated with the Dow AgroSciences unit of Dow Chemical Co, filed suit Friday in U.S. district court in Honolulu. The suit claims the action in Kauai is unconstitutional and seeks an injunction permanently barring enforcement of provisions of the law.

The Kauai law requires large agricultural companies to disclose pesticide use and GMO crop plantings while establishing buffer zones around schools, homes and hospitals.

The Hawaiian islands are a popular testing ground for biotech crops for many companies due to a favorable year-round climate.

The battle in the Hawaiian islands over biotech crop development and related pesticide use is part of a larger battle brewing in the United States and several other countries. Biotech crop critics argue that genetically modified crops, first introduced in 1996, lead to increased pesticide use, environmental damage and health problems for people and animals.

The most popular biotech crops are corn and soybeans that have been genetically altered to make the plants tolerant of chemical herbicides and resist pest damage.

Dow and rival biotech crop developer Monsanto Co. are seeking regulatory approval for new pesticides and biotech crops because there is widespread weed resistance to current popular pesticides.

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http://news.yahoo.com/agrichemical-companies-sue-block-anti-184908070.html

 

Construction of Monsanto plant in north Argentina halted on environmental grounds

monsanto in ArgentinaJanuary 10, 2014
By Merco Press

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 in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, located in central Cordoba Province.

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http://en.mercopress.com/2014/01/10/construction-of-monsanto-plant-in-north-argentina-halted-on-environmental-grounds

Supreme Court Gives Monsanto Full Ability to Sue Farmers

monsanto_sues farmersJanuary 14, 2014
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Do you remember the 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association 80+ plaintiffs (farmers and small businesses) against Monsanto? They were fighting biotech giant Monsanto’s ability to sue them for patent infringement when genetically modified seeds inadvertently appear in organic/conventional fields.

Yes, were talking about the windor insects carrying GM seeds onto another farm, which to them is considered contamination. But instead of the ability for the farmers to sue for a ruined field, they can be cleaned out in court for not having permission to plant patented seeds. Monsanto workers have been found trespassing and gathering evidence on farmers’ properties. The lawsuit had sought protection from this overreach, as Monsanto has filed 140 of these suits and settled 700 without suing.

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/01/supreme-court-gives-monsanto-full.html

Monsanto Protection Act Signed Into Law

monsanto protection actMarch 27, 2013
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

President Obama signed HR 933 into law with biotech rider Sec. 735 – dubbed the Monsanto Protection Act – still contained. Simply put, the rider hidden in the text of the Farmer Assurance Provision – and has nothing to do with Continuing Resolution spending (HR 933) – protects Monsanto from the court system should they want to halt illegally planted or hazardous genetically modified crops. The USDA already gives biotech companies like Monsanto the thumbs up, trusting Monsanto’s own safety evaluations. Now the court system cannot intervene, which could prove detrimental to farmers who are sued by Monsanto for patent infringement when theirGM seeds contaminate those farmers’ fields.

The rider was passed despite efforts of phone calls, emails, and forms asking for veto made by over a quarter-million concerned Americans given very little time to do so before the “must-pass” spending bill slipped through the House and Senate. That number comes just from Food Democracy Now!’s alert alone. That does not include the many contacts made by people who read alerts from many other websites and organizations.

This left many shocked and outraged, but many others were not surprised. Even though the Obama family enjoys non-GMO organic fare, at least from the White House garden, the Administration is known for hiring former Monsanto employees like Michael Taylor to high-up food safety positions – a blatant conflict of interest. Almost half a million people asked Obama to cut FDA ties with Monsanto. Remember this clip (below) from 2007 of Obama promising to label GMOs?

Where do we go from here?

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/search?q=senate+bill+california+agenda+21

 

Technology Impact on Privacy

technologyJanuary 7, 2014
SARTRE
Activist Post

Going offline or off the grid is not easy for everyone. Modern society has come to repudiate the very elements that make civilization possible. Living in cyber space is existence on life support at best. Until now, people had idiosyncratic relations, with intimate experiences and personal memories. Thoughts were internal and private conduct was confidential. Under a high-tech environment, the system moves closer to an all knowing eye.

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/01/technology-impact-on-privacy.html