A maths problem, which has gone more than 150 years without a solution, has finally been solved by Nigerian academic Dr. Opeyemi Enoch. The Riemann Hypothesis was first proposed by Bernhard Riemann in 1859.
As the first person to provide a solution, Dr. Enoch has scooped a million dollar prize – Excerpt from pmnewsnigeria.com
by Dillon T. Klepetar
In 2007, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda declared climate change “an act of aggression by the rich against the poor”. Perhaps for the first time an African leader had made the case that the effects of greenhouse gases produced in the industrialized North constituted an act of violence on the global South. If nothing else, Uganda was making a statement.
While politicians in the United States Congress debated the very existence of global warming, extreme weather events were wreaking havoc in this poor east African nation. Uganda’s history has been anything but tranquil and the process of democratization, nowhere near completion, has not been smooth.
That being said, the problems arising from temperature and rainfall changes will push an already unstable country into more dire straits. Food security poses the most serious risk from climate change fallout and ironically the proposed solutions will make hunger worse and not better. As basic resources become more scarce and lucrative resources more profitable, the possibility of conflict mounts.
Uganda is heading towards a massive buy-in to GMO technology countrywide focusing primarily on cereal crops (corn). Soon after the transition has been widely adopted, Monsanto will pull the royalty-free introductory rate once farmers are hooked. Farmers will go into debt to purchase GMO seed and products since it is the only thing that will grow on their land after it has been desecrated by monoculture in combination with heavy pesticide and herbicide applications. When individual debt builds, farmers will have no choice but to clear entire swaths of virgin forest to grow conventional maize once again to recover their livelihoods. – Excerpts from paper by Dillon T. Klepetar
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Who is better qualified to be your official consultant?
Go ahead and engage objectively.
If you were a policy maker trying to make critical decisions on food security policies that will have a great impact on your people and the nation as a whole, who do you think is better qualified to be your official consultant: (a) or (b)?
(b). Insect, Physiology and Ecology professor turned politician.
Ebocha, Nigeria — Justice Eta, 14 months old, held out his tiny thumb.
An ink spot certified that he had been immunized against polio and measles, thanks to a vaccination drive supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
But polio is not the only threat Justice faces. Almost since birth, he has had respiratory trouble. His neighbors call it “the cough.” People blame fumes and soot spewing from flames that tower 300 feet into the air over a nearby oil plant. It is owned by the Italian petroleum giant Eni, whose investors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In Ebocha, where Justice lives, Dr. Elekwachi Okey, a local physician, says hundreds of flares at oil plants in the Niger Delta have caused an epidemic of bronchitis in adults, and asthma and blurred vision in children. No definitive studies have documented the health effects, but many of the 250 toxic chemicals in the fumes and soot have long been linked to respiratory disease and cancer.
–execerpts from article By Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn Dixon
The storm of bad press resulting from the strike also spread locally to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates first caught flack for a $2.2 million investment in the GEO Group (which operates the Northwest Detention Center on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement) following an article in Mother Jones late last year.
In early April, Latino advocacy group Presente.org organized an action outside the Gate’s Foundation’s South Lake Union offices, demanding that the asset trust (the foundation’s fundraising arm) divest from GEO. – excerpt form seattleglobalist.com
What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.
Drugs and Race
Prison Debate Team Defeats Harvard In Amazing Victory
“Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?”
At sixteen, Reginald Dwayne Betts was young, black and in trouble. Arrested for carjacking. And the next day, before a judge and headed for eight years in prison. At 24, he was out. Self-educated. Deeply-read. And a self-made poet. Now, Dwayne Betts is a celebrated poet, and in his last year at Yale Law School.
His latest collection goes right at the despair and fatherless children and prison time that came out of the decade of war on drugs. “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” he calls it. It’s powerful. He’s with us. This hour On Point, Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet of the dispossessed. – (Excerpts from onpoint.org)
– Tom Ashbrook
The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization
GMO banana Scientific Research Study Design should be questioned
The GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University to be conducted in a smoke free environment in the U.S. is like analyzing the test and flavor of a dish cooked in this environment, to understand that one cooked in the real life environment in some African villages.
And then concluding that scientifically the food from the latter cooking pot should have the same flavor and taste as that from the former, as long as it is the same dish, and therefore no need to cook in the latter environment to find out.
This experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets non-smoker female students of 18-40 years of age, to find out the Vitamin efficacy in their bodies after eating beta-carotene enriched GM bananas, and then conclude that they would get the same efficacy results in their gender age group counter parts leaving in African environments under different conditions.
In addition, there is an assumption in the Study Design that different environmental factors don’t have any effect on Safety, therefore no need to have Safety Trials to address the beta-carotene paradox.
The paradoxical findings: beta-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental b-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers. Check out beta-carotene and lung cancer study
If the study is to go on, smokers should be included rather than being excluded and SAFETY Studies should be conducted, because of the following reasons:
#1. It’s not cigarettes per se, it is “increased oxidative stress due to smoking (as well as asbestos),” suggesting that environmental factors such as atypically high exposure to urban or indoor pollution may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation; please refer to the Study at bottom of pg 25.
#2. Contrary to assumption that it takes a VERY Large amounts of beta-carotene as supplements or pills to cause harm, a study trial concluded that an interaction between tobacco and beta-carotene may also occur at moderate levels of intake (equivalent to eating 2 to 3 carrots daily) and not only at pharmacological doses.”
#3. There are many reasons to believe that other air Pollutants such as indoor smoke from firewood would have the same or similar effects as cigarette smoke does in inducing vitamin A depletion. Women in developing and poor countries use firewood to cook. The cooking is done in a hut (or a small building) with no windows or ventilation.
To keep the fire burning, one kneels down and blows a high pressurized stream of air into the fireplace created by inhaling deeply and then exhaling fast through the mouth with a small space between the lips. This blowing is repeated many times and produces a lot of smoke and some ash to blow in the air, which often causes coughing and eyes turning red. As usual children are with their mothers getting exposed to the same smoke. A brand new Pot and Kitchen will accumulate a coat of soot within a few days of use.
So when women of child bearing age group and children have low Vitamin A, could it be that it is the result of vitamin A depletion from smoke, ash and soot pollutants inhaled constantly over a prolonged period in kitchens and huts with no ventilation just like in smokers?
The following video demonstratively provides with you a typical daily smoke exposure to African women and children such as those in Uganda:
How do these young girls with low Vitamin A grow to become adults who are still Vitamin A deficient, while their young brothers grow out of that deficiency when they become adults, (or why are men less vitamin A deficient than women) yet sharing the same food cooked by their sisters and mothers? The only reasonable explanation is the difference in oxidative stress Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants women and children experience as I’ve illustrated above.
#4. By Iowa State University Research conducting this Vitamin A study using women of childbearing age in the U.S. that live in sanitized school environment without considering real life environmental conditions and factors in which Ugandan women of the same age group live and work, such as as high exposure to smoke, ash and soot air pollution in NON-ventilated kitchen huts using firewood for cooking on a daily bases, it opens a door to many questions among which is Scientific Research Study Design.
Iowa University GMO Vitamin A Banana Study excludes smokers from the Study, therefore, the study designers should explain how the Slow Killer Smoke from the three stoned Traditional African Cooking Fire Place is any different from Cigarette Smoke in depleting Vitamin A.
Instead of the GMO Vitamin A Banana excluding smokers from the Study, it should have designed a Scientific Research Study that duplicates conditions that are as similar to those in which Ugandan Women of Childbearing age are. The reason being that environmental factors such as constant high exposure to smoke from firewood in enclosed hut kitchens with no ventilation in which Ugandan women of childbearing age work daily, may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation similar to cigarette smoking.
I hope that a closer look at the video in the following article and detailed information within, demonstratively drives the point home of indoor pollution; – “Smoke and its impact on people’s lives.”
“In addition, the studies by Wang and colleagues have demonstrated that increased oxidative stress due to smoking made it more likely for eccentric cleavage products to be formed, suggesting that environmental factors – such as atypically high exposure to urban or indoor pollution may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation.
It is therefore necessary to identify the most significant dietary and environmental conditions that will make a person more or less prone to experience either positive or adverse outcomes from GMO Vitamin A Banana as it is suggested for carotenoid supplementation.” – please refer to the Study at the bottom of pg 25.
“A concern is that if you engineer these crops to have unusually high levels of beta-carotene, they might also have high levels of these compounds,” Harrison said
Increasing “Provitamin A“ in these women and children who are highly exposed to firewood smoke by eating GMO Vitamin A Bananas, could prove to be as disastrous as smokers taking beta-carotene supplements. The only way to know, is by conducting safety research studies consistent with real life situation of African women of the childbearing age group. It is always prudent to err on side of caution in such matters pertaining to the safety of human lives. Doing otherwise is reckless.
This beta-carotene enriched GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets females of 18-40 years of age, the optimum adult childbearing age group.
(A) Is this an efficacy or safety study of GMO banana effects on female fertility?
(B) If it is a Vitamin A efficacy study, why are males excluded from participating?
The paradoxical findings: beta-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental b-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers. beta-carotene and lung cancer: a case study – http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/6/1345s.full
( c). Why are there no studies on increased risk to smokers that eat those beta carotene enriched GMO bananas daily and also take multivitamin supplements that contain vitamin A?
Sam Nzabandora, Ames