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 Thursday, 31 July 2014

Top Agribusiness Food Companies Dumping Waste in Our Waters

This is one of the central failures of American corporate vampire capitalism. Because it only considers profit as a priority, polluting the water of a nation and putting the full spectrum of life at risk is no big deal, and they want to be allowed to continue it.

ELIZABETH RENTER - Natural Society/Nation of Change

Companies like Tyson Foods, Cargill, Inc., and Perdue Farms Inc. dump their garbage-more than 206 million pounds of it-into our water almost every year and leave others to worry about the clean-up. Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a rule to restore the Clean Water Act, these companies are pulling out all the stops to maintain their freedom to dump and pollute, regardless of the toxic outcomes.

Tyson Foods, who primarily produces chicken, sends over 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways every single year, according to a new report from Environment America. They account for 9 percent of the nationwide total, and they share their top spot with other similar corporate agribusiness and food producing companies who are sending waste into the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi River, and Puget Sound, among other U.S. waterways.

We aren’t just talking about a little leak, ...

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Study: 35 Percent in US Facing Debt Collectors

This is a very telling insight into the growing Inequality Trend. You may be one of the 35 per cent cited in this report. When you couple this with the report I published the other day showing how much 99 per cent of American families have lost since the beginning of the Reagan era, when trickle down, austerity, Rightist economics began, you can see a country in serious decline.

JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer - The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

"Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections," Ratcliffe said. "It can tip employers' hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment."

The study found that 35.1 percent of people with credit records had been reported to collections for debt that averaged $5,178, based on September 2013 records. The study points to a disturbing ...

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New Study Shows California Can Be Powered Fully by Renewable Energy

Here is what could be. If California were to do this, it would crash through all the arguments supporting continuing carbon energy, and launch us into the new energy age that is coming.

ROB JORDAN - Stanford University - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun.

A new Stanford study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by clean, renewable energy. Published in Energy, the plan shows the way to a sustainable, inexpensive and reliable energy supply in California that could create tens of thousands of jobs and save billions of dollars in pollution-related health costs.

'If implemented, this plan will eliminate air pollution mortality and global warming emissions from California, stabilize prices and create jobs – there is little downside,” said Mark Z. Jacobson, the study’s lead author and a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is also the director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program and a senior ...

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Top Pharma-Brand Of Children’s Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs, & Other Hazardous Chemicals

The multi-vitamins advertised on television are basically a Big Pharma scam. Here is some actual information. Please don't don't take these tablets.

SAYER JI - The Mind Unleashed

The #1 Children’s Vitamin Brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to, so why aren’t more opting for healthier alternatives?

Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what’s going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be 'Pediatricians’ #1 Choice”? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:

Aspartame
Cupric Oxide
Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
Zinc Oxide
Sorbitol
Ferrous Fumarate
Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
GMO Corn starch

On Bayer Health Science’s Flintstones product page designed for healthcare professionals they lead into the product description with the following tidbit of information:

82% of kids aren’t eating all of their veggies1. Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.

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Changing Sea Chemistry Will Hit Alaska Communities Hard

I was just up cruising in these waters. When you are actually in the area, and you see Alaska towns like Sitka, Petersburgh, and Wrangell you realize how completely their economy is tied to seafood. And when you see the long stacks of steel shipping containers outside the processing plants, many with Japanese, European, and Chinese names on them, you realize how the fish, shrimp, and crabs that these local boats bring in are critical to the food supplies of countries around the world. All of this is at risk, as this report spells out. It is doubly tragic because the Alaska fisheries are the only sustainably operated ones in the world.

SANDI DOUGHTON, Science Reporter - Seattle Times

Oyster growers in the Pacific Northwest have already been stung by changes in ocean chemistry linked to greenhouse-gas emissions.

Now, a new study led by Seattle researchers finds communities in Southwest and Southeast Alaska that rely on the sea for food and jobs are also likely to be hit hard over the coming decades.

The analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Progress in Oceanography, is among the first to examine the potential social and economic impacts of ocean acidification - sometimes called global warming’s twin.

Just as carbon dioxide from power plants, factories and cars diffuses into the atmosphere, the gas is also absorbed by the world’s oceans. As a result, scientists say the average pH of seawater has become slightly lower, or more acidic, since the start of the industrial era.

That effect is expected to intensify in the future - and some places are ...

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 Wednesday, 30 July 2014

GOP Senator Blocks Resolution Acknowledging That Climate Change Is Happening

Further evidence of the Willful Ignorance Trend in operation. This is why I keep saying that only local communities and, in a few cases, regions are going to be able to accomplish anything in climate change remediation, and in the transition out of carbon energy. This will also obviously play a major role in the Great Schism Trend. It is going to become clear within the next decade that the cost of inaction is staggering. History will see Senator Jim Inhofe as a villainous fanatic, like Torquemada.

LINDSAY ABRAMS - Salon

The U.S. Senate Monday failed to pass what should have been, maybe, the simplest resolution ever to come to the floor: an acknowledgement (an acknowledgement!) that climate change is a thing that is happening, and that it poses a risk to the United States.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who introduced the bill, insisted that she wasn’t even trying to offer solutions - she just wanted it acknowledged that ”we know we have a problem.”

But Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), climate denier extraordinaire (climate change, he’s said, is 'the greatest hoax ever”) went in for the block. According to the Times-Pacayune, he argued that 'the science isn’t anywhere near as overwhelming as environmentalists maintain.” (Wrong.) 'What we should be doing is learning from the international community,” Inhofe continued, citing Australia’s repeal of its carbon tax. Officials there, he maintained, recognized that the tax 'cost jobs and hurt families without ...

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Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report

This is why what Senator Inhofe did was so very wrong. An entire country, indeed the world, will pay in suffering and coin, because a tiny group of corrupted politicians, of which he is an American leader, blocked any preparation or remediation.

MAYA RHODAN - Time

The longer the U.S. holds off action to mitigate climate change, the more costly the effort will become, a new report shows

A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years - immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay.

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. President Barack Obama’s source for advice on economic policy, compared over 100 actions on climate change laid out in 16 studies to extract the average cost of delayed efforts. Released Tuesday, the findings suggests policymakers should immediately confront carbon emissions as a form of 'climate insurance.”

'Events such as the rapid melting of ice sheets and the consequent increase of global sea levels, or temperature increases on the higher end of the range of scientific uncertainty, could ...

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'Quantum Cheshire Cat' Becomes Reality

Here is a fascinating new development in physics.

JAMES MORGAN, Science Reporter - BBC News (U.K.)

Scientists have for the first time separated a particle from one of its physical properties - creating a "quantum Cheshire Cat".

The phenomenon is named after the curious feline in Alice in Wonderland, who vanishes leaving only its grin.

Researchers took a beam of neutrons and separated them from their magnetic moment, like passengers and their baggage at airport security.

They describe their feat in Nature Communications.

The same separation trick could in principle be performed with any property of any quantum object, say researchers from Vienna University of Technology. Their technique could have a useful application in metrology - helping to filter out disturbances during high-precision measurements of quantum systems.

Schrodinger's paradox

In Lewis Carroll's classic children's story, the Cheshire Cat gradually disappears, leaving only its mischievous grin.

This prompts Alice to exclaim: "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin, ...

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God Gave Alabama Coal, So EPA Can’t Tell us not to Burn it, State Officials say

What apparently isn't widely known is how interlinked climate change deniers and the Theocratic Right have become. Here you see the apotheosis of the trend. This is beyond self-satire.

TRAVIS GETTYS - The Raw Story

State officials urged Alabama residents to pray for divine intervention to block proposed environmental regulations for coal-fired plants, saying such policies violate God’s laws.

The commissioner-elect of the state’s Public Service Commission said coal was created in Alabama by God, so federal regulations limiting its use were an insult to God, reported Alabama.com.

'Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” said Chip Beeker, who on Monday joined two other commission members and an Alabama representative to the Republican National Committee to protest the proposed rules.

They called the proposed regulations, which would require Alabama to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired plants by 27 percent, 'an assault on our way of life” by President Barack Obama.

'We will not stand for what they are doing to our way of life in Alabama,” said Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, PSC president. 'We will take our fight ...

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Not Just Bees: Controversial Pesticides Linked to Bird Declines

Further validation of the findings you have already read about on SR: Neonicotinoids are the modern equivalent, as a social trend, of DDT. Birds, butterflies, bees, humans and, undoubtedly, any other beings suffer because of these toxins.

BRANDON KEIM - WIRED

Evidence continues to mount that a highly controversial class of pesticides blamed for widespread bee declines is also harming other creatures, perhaps catastrophically.

In a study of neonicotinoid pesticides and bird populations in the Netherlands, biologists found a close and troubling link. As neonicotinoid levels rose in streams, lakes and wetlands, populations of insect-eating birds declined. The pesticides appear to have eliminated the insects on which they rely.

'These insecticides appear to be having more profound effects than just killing our pollinating insects,” said ecologist Caspar Hallmann of Radboud University in the Netherlands, an author on the new study, published today in Nature.

Hallmann and his colleagues analyzed two long-term, Netherlands-wide datasets: one of bird counts, and the other of surface water measurements of imidacloprid, the most common neonicotinoid.

First introduced in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become ubiquitous in agriculture and gardening, and in recent years ...

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 Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Pests

I just don't believe that corporations like Monsanto, as sophisticated as they are about genetics, did not see this coming. To me their business plan has been from the beginning to gain control of the world's food supply, and lock it in, by having to constantly issue new seeds, that will work when as is happening now, the old ones no longer work. They are building a compulsory government sanctioned addiction -- seeds.

($1 = 2.223 reals)

CAROLINE STAUFFER - Reuters/Business Insider

SAO PAULO -- Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.

Producers want four major manufacturers of so-called BT corn seeds to reimburse them for the cost of spraying up to three coats of pesticides this year, said Ricardo Tomczyk, president of Aprosoja farm lobby in Mato Grosso state.

"The caterpillars should die if they eat the corn, but since they didn't die this year producers had to spend on average 120 reais ($54) per hectare ... at a time that corn prices are terrible," he said.

Large-scale farming in the bug-ridden tropics has always been a challenge, and now Brazil's government is concerned that planting the same crops repeatedly with the same seed technologies has left the agricultural superpower vulnerable to pest outbreaks and dependent on toxic ...

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Scientists Find Hints for the Immortality of the Soul

Here is yet more validation of the consciousness is fundamental paradigm. Increasingly materialism looks like a scientific religion.

Source: Rolf Froboese: "The Secret Physics of Coincidence. Quantum phenomena and fate - Can quantum physics explain paranormal phenomena?" Publisher BoD, 2013, 112 pages, ISBN: 3848234459
Link to amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Secret-Physics-Coincidence-paranormal/dp/3848234459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389250632&sr=8-1&keywords=the+secret+physics+of+coincidence

DR. ROLF FROBÖSE - The Huffington Post

Some international physicists are convinced, that our spirit has a quantum state and that the dualism between the body and the soul is just as real to as the "wave-particle dualism" of the smallest particles.

Dr. James G. of San Francisco, a former coworker of the German Max-Planck Society in Frankfurt, reported the following incredible story. "I studied not only in the USA, but I also studied chemistry in London for a few semesters. When I came to England, the student housing was full, so I added my name to a waiting list. A short time later, I received the joyous news that a room had become available. Shortly after I had moved in, I awoke one night and in the twilight was able to see a young man with curly, black hair. I was terrified and told the alleged neighbor that he had the wrong room. He simply ...

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The Bloodshed State: Doctors in Florida Cannot Legally Protect Children From Guns.

This is the level of madness we have reached in our intensifying societal gun psychosis.

MARK JOSEPH STERN - Slate

Earlier this year, a Lake Worth, Florida, resident left his loaded gun sitting out on a table by the front door while he dressed for work. He heard a loud noise and ran into the hallway, where he discovered his daughter lying in a pool of blood with a bullet hole through her head. She was 3 years old. After her death from the accidental, self-inflicted gunshot, a neighbor told reporters he was stunned, claiming: 'This kind of stuff doesn’t happen here.”

But this kind of stuff does happen in Florida-far more often than you’d think. In 2013 alone, at least 17 children in the state were killed by guns, and myriad more were wounded. These tragedies are part of a spiraling, nationwide epidemic of gun violence toward children, which includes a horrifyingly high number of absolutely preventable accidental shootings. A responsible state would pass and enforce gun safety ...

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Break Up the States! The Case for the United Statelets of America

Here is the latest on the Great Schism Trend. The growing values divide that is taking place; the virtually complete collapse of the Congress; the perceived bias of a corrupted Supreme Court; different responses to climate change; transition out of the carbon era; and decentralization of energy, are melding together into a meta-trend: a growing drive to restructure government. This essay makes some good points about the increasingly bizarre malapportionment of the Senate.

But the main reason I am running it is because these sorts of essays and reports are cropping up more and more. It's like a building wave.

MICHAEL LIND - Salon

A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. It’s a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S. government.

America’s state governments are too big to be democratic and too small to be efficient. Given an adequate tax base, public services like public schools and hospitals, utilities and first responders are best carried out by cities and counties. Most infrastructure is either local or regional or national. Civil rights, including workers’ rights, should be handled at the federal level, to eliminate local pockets of tyranny and exploitation. Social insurance systems are most efficient and equitable when they are purely national, like Social Security and Medicare, and inefficient and inequitable when ...

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Satanists Want to Use Hobby Lobby Decision to Exempt Women From Anti-abortion Laws

Like Justice Scalia's comments on marriage equality this may turn out to be a wonderful unintended consequence of the Hobby Lobby decision. If the Satanists can do it, so can the Quakers, or the Methodists, or atheists. These unintended consequences arise because the decisions of the conservative majority are shoddily reasoned and biased.

SCOTT KAUFMAN - The Raw Story

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

Informed consent or 'right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses 'post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief 'regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding ...

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