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Anti-GMO Thursday

Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people’s idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle’s decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. Chipotle has been called irresponsible, anti-science, irrational, and much more by the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and many others. A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious.

The media’s heavy criticism of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. The crack originates from the fact that while agribusiness sees GMOs as central to their business future, the brand-oriented and customer-sensitive ends of the food supply chain do not.

@ TRUTHOUT

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But wait there is more. While researching for an image, the image I selected was associated with a Vegan website with some not so fond words about Chipotle and their choice of beef suppliers and further choice of the beef itself.
Read all about it HERE and form your own opinions.

True Anti-GMO is the way to go. But to make a stand, your motives must be true and just in all areas.

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Wacko Wednesday

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Hillary Clinton has broken a month’s media silence with a brief, but testy, exchange of questions with reporters that saw her demand the swift release of her personal emails and defend money received by her family.

The former secretary of state called on the department to “expedite” the release of the records from her time in office after news that it might take until January to publish the cache recently turned over by her office.

“I want those emails out,” she told reporters in a five-minute exchange that also touched on controversies ranging from donations to the Clinton Foundation and speaking fees that she has been accused of refusing to address.

“Nobody has a bigger interest in getting [the emails] released than I do,” she added. “They are not mine; they belong to the State Department. But as much as they can expedite that process. That’s what I’m asking: please move as quickly as they possibly can.”

A federal judge has given the US State Department one week to set a schedule for the “rolling” release of 55,000 pages of emails sent from Clinton’s private account when she was secretary of state.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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In a spectacle worthy of an Academy Award, ole Hill demanded –to reporters– that here State Dept. E-Mails be released ASAP. Why the display before Reporters? Most likely a not-so-clever ploy to show an element of sincerity that is not normally part of here persona for the election.

Bernie (one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel) Sanders, who never responded to Ralph’s pleadings in communications, tsk, tsk, is expected to compete in the Democratic Party with ole Hill? Not a chance, the fix is in, corporate tools’ only need apply, bye bye Bernie.

Sorriest bunch of Uber-Rich idiots you would ever want to meet on both sides of the two-party entrenched system of corruption that clueless voters can provide.

This year, forget to vote, for if no one votes, no one wins, and they can all go home, then we can start all over again.

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Tesla Tuesday

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The new Tesla Motors factory being built outside Sparks, Nev., was already on tap to produce 500,000 electric car batteries and become the largest battery factory in the world when chief executive Elon Musk announced last month it would also produce the potentially revolutionary home battery, the Powerwall.

Its biggest energy boost, however, could be to Nevada’s economy, with the state estimating a $100 billion impact over the next 20 years.

That’s a lot of battery power.

But that’s what Musk had in mind when he co-founded Tesla as an electric car company. And with last month’s unveiling of the Powerwall, the company has built another technology to hasten the clean energy economy. The Powerwall is designed to store solar-panel-generated energy for homes and businesses. The smallest version is about the length and width of a mini-fridge. It is designed to store 7 kilowatt-hours a day that can be released after the sun goes down and will cost $3,000. An average U.S. home uses about 30 kilowatt-hours daily.

A few weeks after its unveiling, Musk said the Powerwall had already sold out through mid-2016.

@ INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS

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Moron Monday

Best Moron Award winners strewn about the place.

Best Moron Award winners strewn about the place.

Police in Waco, Texas said nine people were killed and 18 injured in a shootout between three rival biker gangs that broke out at a restaurant around noon on Sunday. Patrons and bystanders ran for safety, police said, as officers on the scene also opened fire.

A local television station, KWTX, reported that some customers and employees took shelter in the restaurant’s freezer. All those killed and injured were gang members, police said.

Waco police sergeant W Patrick Swanton described to local reporters what he said was “the most violent crime scene I have ever been involved in” and said there was “blood everywhere”.

He added: “None of our innocent civilians were injured today in this mélêe.”

The shootout happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant on Interstate 35. Swanton told local newspaper the Waco Tribune-Herald eight people died at the scene and one died later in hospital.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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Sunny Sunday

The Day Before

The Day Before

THE DAY IT BLEW

Within minutes of a 5.1 earthquake that hit at 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980, the volcano’s north flank collapsed, triggering the largest landslide in recorded history. That set off powerful explosions that sent ash, steam, rocks and volcanic gas upward and outward. The lateral blast scorched and flattened about 230 square miles of dense forest.

Soon after, a plume of volcanic ash rose over 80,000 feet and rained down as far as 250 miles away in Spokane. Pushed by winds over the next few days, the ash cloud traveled east across the U.S. and encircled the globe in 15 days.

The eruption blew about 1,314 feet off the volcano and created a horseshoe-shaped crater in the mountain, which now stands at 8,363 feet.

@ SEATTLE PI

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Mammoth Saturday Reading

Mammoth Minumus

Mammoth Minumus

Last summer, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting that the grizzly bear, which is today found mostly in Alaska and Yellowstone National Park, be reintroduced into regions where it once thrived. Among the habitats proposed by the environmental organization was California’s Sierra Nevada. The last grizzly in California was spotted in 1924, and the effort to return the animal, which is emblazoned on the state flag, elicited both excitement and fear. But mostly fear. A charging ursus arctos horribilis can reach speeds of 30 miles an hour. It weighs up to 1,700 pounds. One resident of the Sierras, informed of the proposal by a reporter, put her hand to her mouth in shock. Another said that reintroducing the grizzly “would be like bringing back Tyrannosaurus rex.” After I read about the petition in the newspaper, the potential return of the grizzly stuck in my head for weeks, in part because it seemed so fantastical. Could we really bring back such large animals and set them loose in a land they hadn’t known for nearly a century? And if we did, what would happen?

These are the sorts of questions that consume Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist who takes the fantastic to a higher level with her new book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.” Shapiro, an expert in “ancient DNA,” won a MacArthur Award in 2009 at the age of 33, and she and a band of pioneering scientists have been on a mission to “de-extinct” animals, a project that she argues has “great potential” in the fight to conserve existing species and habitats.

@ TRUTHDIG

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