DOJ finds Ferguson targeted African-Americans, used courts mainly to increase revenue (a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM):
In the aftermath of a scathing report showing Ferguson unfairly targeted African-Americans and preyed on its most vulnerable citizens, the Justice Department is asking the city to make more than two dozen changes to the city’s police department and municipal courts — or face a costly lawsuit.
It describes a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM, tolerating a culture of police brutality while pressuring the police chief and court officials to increase traffic enforcement and fees without regard to public safety.
It exposes a court run by the police department that routinely violates due process and intentionally inflicts pain on the most vulnerable residents and whose supervisors circulated racially insensitive emails, one of which in 2011 depicted President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee.
DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES:
Despite making up 67 percent of the population, African-Americans have accounted for 85 percent of all traffic stops, and were the subject of 90 percent of the citations and 93 percent of the arrests made by Ferguson police over the last two years.
One of the charges where blacks are cited more often than whites: “Manner of Walking,” which is issued to blacks 95 percent of the time.
POLICE AS DEBT COLLECTORS:
Ferguson’s municipal court revenue has shown consistent growth, year by year. In 2010, the city’s municipal court generated $1.38 million in fines and fees, the report said.
For the current year, the city’s budget anticipates fines and fees of $3.09 million.
The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson said the city used its police department as “a collection agency.” -By Stephen Deere, Chuck Raasch, Jeremy Kohler (Excerpts from the article, except the links included)
1. In Ferguson, the police and the municipal court worked together to drain money out of community residents through fines and petty charges……
The African Centre for Biosafety lodged a complaint with the ASA following an advertisement on Radio 702 that claimed genetically engineered crops “enable [Monsanto] to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially.” by John Deike
By Nick Meyer On February 12, 2015 ·
A new bipartisan bill that would give Americans more information about what’s in their food was reintroduced on Thursday, Feb. 12 in both the U.S. Senate and House, as announced on the Center for Food Safety’s website. The bill, introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Rep. Peter DeFazio […]
The court said the Agriculture Ministry cannot approve the sale of GMOs until it rules on a case brought before it by the Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG).
According to the FSG, the government cannot go ahead to implement the process for genetically modified foods since it has failed to comply with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. – Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM
Elizabeth Warren can run for president. She should run for president. And despite her denials, she probably will.
Elizabeth Warren today told Fortune magazine that she won’t run for president. If Warren stands by that decision, she’ll do a tremendous disservice to her principles and her party.- by Charles Dharapak/AP
The Environmental Protection Agency won’t be hiring a scientist with strong ties to industry to run its chemical assessment program.
EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.
“My eldest daughter said … ‘You’re feeding us rat poison.’ I said, ‘Not really,’ but I guess essentially … that is what you’re doing. You’re poisoning your kids,” Brennan lamented in her thick Maine accent. “I felt bad for not knowing it.”
Cabinet Reshuffle: Kiwanuka Out; Jim Muhwezi Bounces Back
News is emerging that President Yoweri Museveni has announced yet another cabinet reshuffle and among the new faces is former Health Minister Jim Muhwezi. – by Chimpreports
Uganda’s biggest public health threat is the drain of its medical brains to Trinidad and Tobago.
“It is different if a government official, whose sole mandate is to protect the citizen’s interests, decides to undermine their health by diverting resources to Trinidad, which has 10 times as many doctors,” he told the Mail & Guardian. Based on World Health Organisation figures, Trinidad’s doctor-to-patient ratio is 12 times better than that of Uganda.- Excerpts from Article by AMY FALLON
Check out – US criticises govt’s plan to export medical doctors
Land – It is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land:
Twisted tale of alcohol and apartheid, now in Uganda and others over Cassava:
A hundred years earlier, in that other country, the prohibition act of 1897 made it illegal for black people to drink alcohol.
Then bosses decided to let the men drink – but only on their terms. They controlled the traditional beer trade by brewing it themselves and selling it in hostels.
The struggle of the women and their children would bring the beer protests to a head during the Soweto uprisings of June 16 1976. Youth leaders said they could not tolerate seeing their “fathers’ pay pockets being emptied on drink”.
“Students realise liquor is keeping black men in a state of inebriation and there is a sense among the youth activists that the beer halls are an important part of the apartheid strategy. And they burn them down,” says Nieftagodien. - by citypress.co.za/news
Fast forward 2015: Uganda Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation; promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews.
And that is in the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita country in the entire world, according to the study to measure the years of life lost due to less than full health and premature death, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Then you may ask – Who could be promoting more alcohol consumption in this # 1 alcoholic nation especially with the study findings that “Alcohol’s intoxicating and dependence properties have played a big role in the rise of non- communicable diseases in Uganda,” says Kaggwa Muggaga, an advisor at WHO? Your guess is as good as mine – A twisted tale of added value.
Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, phase II (CAVA II) held its Annual Review Meeting Monday, 26 to Thursday, 29 January 2015 in Kampala, Uganda. On Feb 04, 2015, Uganda government announced that it was to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute wheat and barley in brewery industries, despite locally grown barley in Kapchorwa region.
A twisted tale of added value:
Whereas the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is busy supporting brewery industries in the name of “Added Value” as a source of income, WHO analysis concluded that this type of added value is a Negative Net Worth with the following assertion – “No other product so widely available for consumer use accounts for so much premature death and disability as alcohol.”
However, who is excatly getting added value by promoting Cassava alcohol of SABMiller? All you have do is follow the money trail – it so happens that Mr. Gates’ position in Coca-Cola FEMSA amassed 87.84 million shares, or 19.2% of the outstanding stock.
But then what does that have to do with SABMiller and Bill Gates, you may ask. Here is the link – whoever invests directly in Coca-Cola, indirectly invests in SABMiller because they are financially tied to each other.
How can a person who complains of African large families’ impact on the planet, be the same one that heavily invests in industries that take roughly 20 gallons of water and turn them into a pint of beer and as much as 132 gallons of water and turn them into a 2-liter bottle of soda?
Imagine taking water – a healthy drink, and turning it into unhealthy one, then telling everyone that value has been added to it and above all getting paid for it; isn’t that disingenuous and unethical to say the least? Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide.
Unsung heroes like Jon Bennion–Pedley is the kind of philanthropists Africa needs; the ones that add true value.
Old habits die hard:
Though apartheid has died, the same old tactics live on. Apartheid state kept Black men drunk and in poverty; some bosses even paid their workers in beer. Youth leaders said they could not tolerate seeing their “fathers’ pay pockets being emptied on drink” and protested.
Again, fast forward to the present: This very South African Breweries (SAB) founded in 1895 as Castle Breweries to serve a growing market of miners has now reverted to its old tacts of engaging local governments to promote their product through legislation and Added value propaganda, as well as promising cheap beer to its customers.
The truth of the matter is that SABMiller produces beer cheaply, but for an average African it is not cheap to drink SABMiller beer. In fact for an average African, 500ml of SABMiller beer costs almost a day’s wage.
Home-brewing is mostly done by women who generate income to take care of their families, now SABMiller with the help of the governments is Aimed at Beating African Homebrews which means taking revenue from those women and leaving poor families in even deeper poverty than before.
Isn’t this the same old habit of SAB which kept South African Blacks drunk and impoverished with the help of Apartheid regime replaying the same act except this time on a larger scale with the help of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation plus our governments? A Negative Net Worth as WHO analyzed; except for SABMiller Share Holders trading on London Exchange Stock.
The truth of the matter is that by MBAMiller taking over Home-brewing mainly done by poor women, and turning a staple food into alcohol then selling 500ml of beer for a day’s wage is not helping the poor but making them more improvised; it is another example of The Greed Revolution.
HEALTH AND ALCOHOL:
The GBD researchers established a link between alcohol consumption in Uganda to the rise of cancer especially breast cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), liver disease, respiratory infections, injuries and disability and mental disorders such as depression. These are the so-called Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) or ailments that are not spread from person to person.
The Emerging Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases: Cancer, diabetes, stroke, and other NCDs long ago became challenges for developed countries, but the epidemiological transition happening now in developing countries differs in speed, scale, and consequence. Rates of NCDs are rising fast in low- and middle-income countries.
NCDs are also arising in younger populations in developing countries. Most of the death and disability from NCDs in these nations occurs in working-age people, under the age of sixty. In low-income countries, particularly in Africa, that proportion rises to 80 percent or more. – COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
There is a steady rise in the number of Ugandans suffering from various forms of cancer, according to a cancer expert.
By 2030 NCDs will be 46 percent—of all deaths, an increase from 28 percent in 2008 among Young People in Africa – study by Toshiko Kaneda, Reshma Naik, and Wendy Baldwin.
The Microbiota Crisis – Thanks to GMOs for poop business:
The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes.
How Your Microbiome Controls Your Health.
Microbiome therapy gains market traction (US$500 million in research; Yet with a few exceptions, such as the use of faecal transplants for treating life threatening gut infections).
Which explains why Poop business is booming:
Why DIY fecal transplants are a thing (and the FDA is only part of the reason)
Monsanto could be destroying your micro biome.
Developing World might be left holding the bag of Growing GMO Crops and many other things too.
Farmers told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure'; Gates refuses Liability for GMOs
Why does Bill Gates refuse to accept Liability for GMOs, yet supporting GMO food research you may ask. That answer seems to be a guarded secret that he may never share publicly.
But his smile and his answer when asked weather or not he supports Genetically modified food make a good combination, summed up as if to say – “I’m just a funder, when it comes to GMO safety- Africa you are on your own I have nothing to do with that.”
Assertions before safety trials that GMOs are hundred percent safe and that no report world over to the effect that GMOs can harm people, especially coming from the ones supposed to carry out those very tests is very unsettling to say the least.
Those individuals should explain to the public and members of the parliament why Farmers were told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure‘
Insurers refused to cover GM farmers – Leading companies liken risk to thalidomide and terrorism
Feb. 20th, 2015: “GMO-derived seeds will provide far better productivity, better drought tolerance, salinity tolerance, and if the safety is proven, then the African countries will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Bill Gates told The Verge on Friday.
Note conditional phrase: “if the safety is proven.” Yet we have those charged with proving GMO food safety already adamantly assuring the public and law makers that GMOs are hundred percent safe even before safety tests are conducted! Go figure.
Professor David Suzuki speaks out against GMO’s
US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.
Mr. Verhoef is in farming to make money, GMO companies are in it to make money too, but when Mr. Verhoef says that he has been there and done that, and now tells you that he has no plans to go back to genetically engineered varieties; let the wise take heed.
A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.
The group in its suit at the high court argues that the authorities have not complied with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. (Check out this)
This is what Joseph said in his famous speech on Birmingham on 19 October 1974:
The balance of our population, our human stock is threatened. A recent article in Poverty, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, showed that a high and rising proportion of children are being born to mothers least fitted to bring children into the world and bring them up.
Originally devised and tested to emit osteoporosis medication into elderly women, this technology was rerouted by MIT’s Dr. Robert Langer to target birth control – after his discussion with billionaire Bill Gates.
With many already wary of what they consider to be the Gates Foundation’s global population-control agenda spreading across Africa, this latest innovation was preceded by Melinda Gate’s statement in June that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion” in its endeavors. However, according to multiple studies, the hormone emitted by the microchip (and morning-after pills) – levonorgestrel – strongly deters newly conceived embryos from becoming implanted in a uterus.- by Michael F. Haverluck
Q. Are fears around overpopulation an impediment in your day-to-day work? -EK.
A. “The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people.” -Bill Gates
For example, at least 57 clients of the Swiss HSBC bank associated with Uganda were reported to be worth at least 159 million dollars. The World Bank has estimated that Uganda loses more than 174.5 million dollars in corruption annually.- By Jeffrey Moyo
Graph 1 and Table 1 give the overall picture. Roughly half of the foundation’s grants for agriculture went to four big groupings: the CGIAR’s global agriculture research network, international organisations (World Bank, UN agencies, etc.), AGRA (set up by Gates itself) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
The other half ended up with hundreds of different research, development and policy organisations across the world. Of this last group, over 80% of the grants were given to organisations in the US and Europe, 10% went to groups in Africa, and the remainder elsewhere.
Putting your money where your mouth is:
In 2007, the Los Angeles Times revealed that hundreds of Gates Foundation investments – totalling at least $8.7 billion, or 41% of its assets – were in companies that ran counter to the foundation’s charitable goals or social philosophy.
The Gates Foundation maintains that “access to diverse, nutritious foods is fundamental to good health” but its food related investments go almost exclusively to the fast food industry. A stunning $3.1 billion went to companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pepsico, Burger King, and KFC in 2012.
The Foundation has $1 billion tied up in the world’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, which is a major force driving out small farms in favour of large suppliers.14 The Gates Foundation has also bought $23 million in shares of the world’s leading producer of genetically engineered crops, Monsanto.- by grain.org
From an economic and demographic perspective Africa must be viewed as “the land of opportunity” for beer producers. Considering that seven out the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and that over 60% of the continent’s population is below the age of 25 years old, it is evident that Africa holds unprecedented opportunities for beer producers – existing and new. – By Frank Sjoberg.
The world’s second-largest beer company gets its highest 2013 +%profit change from Africa.
The world’s second-largest beer company eyes the alcoholism capital of Africa:
-Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews
SABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer company, has strategically ventured into Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews in a territory that has unmatched unquenchable thirst for alcohol. SABMiller wants to cash in on Uganda’s oil boom, and knows very well that many oil deals will be done over a beer.
As I read – ” Government is to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute barley in manufacturing industries”, I think of a few reasons for such a statement; the first one is money from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in exchange for Developing Genetically Modified Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Either way, this recipe of a philanthropist, a brewer, the government and cassava fermented in “The Drunkest County of the world”, will sooner rather than later cost poor citizens in more ways than one.
“There’s a huge problem with drinking in Uganda and most African countries,” says University of North Dakota neuroscience professor Sharon Wilsnack, who studies alcohol-related behavior. “The sad thing is that they have so many other problems that drinking doesn’t get much attention, yet they’re all connected. If you’re drunk all the time, you can’t get job training and climb out of poverty.” – by Anneli Rufus
The Top 5 Countries with the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita
-Barley’s Health Benefits outstrip those of Cassava’s, yet it is being sidestepped.
-Uganda promotes cassava over barley and WHO lauds her over nutrition drive!
Konzo is a distinct neurological entity with selective upper motor neuron damage, characterized by an abrupt onset of an irreversible, non-progressive, and symmetrical spastic para/tetraparesis. Despite its severity, konzo remains a neglected disease.
International Food Policy Research Institute, Nigeria
The prospect for the development of genetically modified (GM) orphan crops is reviewed from various perspectives. The article specifically assesses the potential constraints for developing GM cassava based on typical patterns of past genetic modification technology application on crops, the low level of basic research that has been done on cassava, African stakeholders’ perceptions on GM crops in general, and regulation issues for cassava.
Nollywood is becoming a popular tool used to influence Nigerians and Africans to adopt just about anything, including GMO foods, a health risk.
Composed by Kevin Onuma for InformAfrica
InformAfrica – There is a new food crop in town called “Vitamin A Cassava” or “Yellow Cassava“, that was genetically developed by HarvestPlus under the guise of helping Nigerians and Africans to end lack of food nutrition or vitamin deficiency; and they hired Nollywood actors to help promote the farming and consumption of the new genetically engineered yellow cassava.
Posted on Sunday, February 8th, 2015
by Jim Goodman – Common Dreams, 6 February 2015
Most of the world’s food is grown by small scale farmers. While it is called “traditional” agriculture, it is never static and farmers constantly adapt. This traditional agriculture relies on a varied and changing mix of crops, a polyculture, which provides a balanced diet, is affordable for local farmers and can accommodate changing local conditions.
The Green Revolution relied on increasing acreages of monocultures, mostly cereal grains, which also increased the use of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers as well as new varieties of high yielding crops. Inputs that small farmers, those who fed the people, were never meant to afford.
Commentary: Greenspan’s ‘black box’ syndrome now handicaps Yellen
By PAUL B. FARRELL COLUMNIST
Sometime after the Great Crash of 2016, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be testifying before Congress, just like Alan Greenspan was forced to do in 2008. She will be explaining why America has already had three megacrashes in the 21st Century, each draining roughly $10 trillion, each a direct result of Federal Reserve policy failures. She will be forced to explain why the Great Crash of 2016 was a clone of the bank credit crash of 2008 and the 2000 excesses.
TOWERS OF SECRECY
Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate
By LOUISE STORY and STEPHANIE SAUL
FEBRUARY 7, 2015
On the 74th floor of the Time Warner Center, Condominium 74B was purchased in 2010 for $15.65 million by a secretive entity called 25CC ST74B L.L.C. It traces to the family of Vitaly Malkin, a former Russian senator and banker who was barred from entering Canada because of suspected connections to organized crime.
Last fall, another shell company bought a condo down the hall for $21.4 million from a Greek businessman named Dimitrios Contominas, who was arrested a year ago as part of a corruption sweep in Greece.
Richest 1% of the world’s population will own more than the other 99% put together
A research paper published today by Oxfam, with data from Credit Suisse, shows that the richest 1% have seen their share of global wealth rise from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014.
At that rate, it will be more than 50% in 2016. Members of this global elite had an average wealth of $2.7million (£1.78million) per adult in 2014.
Of the remaining 52% of global wealth, almost all (46%) is owned by the rest of the richest fifth of the world’s population.
The other 80% share just 5.5% and had an average wealth of $3,851 (£2,543) per adult – that is 1/700th of the average wealth of the 1%.
Ms Byanyima said: ‘Do we really want to live in a world where the one per cent own more than the rest of us combined? -By KHALEDA RAHMAN FOR MAILONLINE
POVERTY FEBRUARY 5, 2015
No One Should Have to Walk 21 Miles to Work
A Detroit man’s awful commute epitomizes America’s broken policies.
Robertson’s story is also a story of job migration, the failures of public transit, and especially of poverty. His commute highlighted the fact the working poor have commuting expenses twice as high as other workers, and because poverty makes ordinarily things like getting around very, very hard.
Furthermore, the response to Robertson’s story showed a classically American kind of nearsighted problem-solving: reducing every political question to the stories of individuals, and believing that helping those individuals can substitute for addressing systemic causes. – Excerpts from Nathan J. Robinson’s article.
Risk assessment and management
The new rules would allow member states to ban GMOs on environmental policy grounds other than the risks to health and the environment already assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Member states could also ban GMO crops on other grounds, such as town and country planning requirements, socio-economic impact, avoiding the unintended presence of GMOs in other products and farm policy objectives. Bans could also include groups of GMOs designated by crop or trait. – evolibrary
This letter is in solidarity with farmers and communities in Africa and around the world, which have resisted the genetic modification of their staple foods- from Ghana, Kenya and Zambia- to Mexico, India and the Philippines. We will not stand by idly as attempts are made to systematically genetically modify Africa’s staple foods and in the process gain a massive positive public relations coup by claiming to have conquered health problems at the unnecessary risk to Africans.
Finally, we demand that the full contents of this open letter are shared with the human subjects of these trials in the USA.
Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
Ugandan food advocates, backed by dozens of food freedom groups worldwide, told the Gates Foundation today to take the GMO banana they’re helping develop and well, they said they don’t want it and don’t need it.
Lack of genetic variation in Irish potatoes contributed to the severity of the Irish potato famine, which devastated Ireland’s population and economy. Today, evolutionary theory tells us that relying on crops with low genetic variation can lead to disaster. Heeding the warnings of scientists and history may help us prevent wide-scale crop devastation due to changing environmental conditions.
Despite the warnings of evolution and history, much agriculture continues to depend on genetically uniform crops. The widespread planting of a single corn variety contributed to the loss of over a billion dollars worth of corn in 1970, when the U.S. crop was overwhelmed by a fungus. And in the 1980s, dependence upon a single type of grapevine root forced California grape growers to replant approximately two million acres of vines when a new race of the pest insect, grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae, shown at right) attacked in the 1980s.
Although planting a single, genetically uniform crop might increase short term yields, evolutionary theory and the lessons of history highlight an undesirable side effect. Planting genetically uniform crops increases the risk of “losing it all” when environmental variables change: for example, if a new pest is introduced or rainfall levels drop.
Diversification is a technique that reduces risk by allocating investments among various financial instruments, industries and other categories. Even the richest on this planet diversify their investments, why then shouldn’t we do the same with the source of vitamin A by getting it from various food sources which are widely available in Uganda, instead of taking a high risk by depending on GM banana that could turn out to be like the Potato did to the Irish? Is there any guarantee that this so called Super Banana will never be susceptible to any future diseases just like the current bananas are to BXW?
Vitamin A: Pre-formed vitamin A exists only in animal products. However, there are about 50 carotenoids that the body can convert into vitamin A; the most common is beta-carotene. Major sources are Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Cantaloupe, Kale, Broccoli, Mangoes, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Celery and many other vegetables that are either easily available and/or can be easily grown in Uganda and many other parts of Africa.
A controversial plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.
The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living in Africa produce vitamin A. Proponents say the gene came from a different type of banana and is completely safe to eat. But opponents contend the trial could expose volunteers to unknown dangers.
Alcohol, vitamin A, and β-carotene: adverse interactions, including hepatotoxicity and carcinogenicity1,2,3
A supplementation has been advocated. It is, however, complicated by the intrinsic hepatotoxicity of retinol, which is potentiated by concomitant alcohol consumption. By contrast, β-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, was considered innocuous until recently, when it was found to also interact with ethanol, which interferes with its conversion to retinol. Furthermore, the combination of β-carotene with ethanol results in hepatotoxicity.
Moreover, in smokers who also consume alcohol, β-carotene supplementation promotes pulmonary cancer and, possibly, cardiovascular complications. Experimentally, β-carotene toxicity was exacerbated when administered as part of beadlets. Thus ethanol, while promoting a deficiency of vitamin A also enhances its toxicity as well as that of β-carotene. This narrowing of the therapeutic window for retinol and β-carotene must be taken into account when formulating treatments aimed at correcting vitamin A deficiency, especially in drinking populations.
This research confirms what Food & Water Watch and concerned residents of the Florida Keys have been saying all along: releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes into the environment will not be worth the effort, expense and potential risk. Oxitec has shown that its technology can decrease the population of yellow fever mosquitos, but not necessarily the spread of dengue fever itself.
Since Oxitec’s GMO mosquitoes aren’t likely to stop dengue fever, maybe they should just buzz off.
SOMO briefing paper on ethics in clinical trials
The first in a series that meets the artists and performers in some of the world’s most unique circuses.
To kick off we head to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to meet the people behind the ground-breaking Mama Africa.
And there would be no protective satiety level.” Ms. Cohen was pointing out the industry’s Achilles’ heel: ingesting large quantities of vitamins is unnatural, the opposite of what manufacturers were promoting.
A little more than a month later, Mr. Proxmire’s bill passed by a vote of 81 to 10. In 1976, it became law. Decades later, Peter Barton Hutt, chief counsel to the F.D.A., wrote that “it was the most humiliating defeat” in the agency’s history.
As a result, consumers don’t know that taking megavitamins could increase their risk of cancer and heart disease and shorten their lives; they don’t know that they have been suffering too much of a good thing for too long.
Paul A. Offit is the chief of the infectious diseases division of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the author of the forthcoming book “Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in companies that could be causing ailments in the very people it helps to treat in the developing world, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.
Bill Gates Drinks Poop Water, Poor Africans Eager To Share
Senegalese can’t wait to take Gates on his offer of drinking his poop water, after all, what an honour it must be for poor Africans to share a drink with the richest man on planet! By the end of this year, this dream is going to turn into a reality for those city dwellers of CAPE VERDE PENINSULA.
“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”
Yup, you got it right: Bill Gates drank feces water. —said Susan Scutti
This is a typical example of someone who has too much money trying to solve poor people’s problems the wrong way and no African leader is saying hell NO, we can do better!
Case in point: This project is headed for Dakar Senegal this year to solve water shortage.
The only prototype is located just north of Seattle, but there are plans for a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, later in 2015. From there, they hope to expand, the reporter said.
I wonder how many Ugandans would prefer Bill Gates poop water to our boiled fresh lake waters!
“If you ask the average American whether they would drink water from cow manure, they’d say no.”
“Bananas are to Ugandans what potatoes are to Americans or rice is to East Asian countries,” Dale said.
So how are the GMO Potatoes doing in America?
Frito-Lay, the biggest potato chip maker, and McDonald’s have both issued statements saying that they are not planning to use the Simplot potatoes in their products. An executive at another potato chip company told The Salt that his company does not plan to use those potatoes. He didn’t even want to be quoted on the subject for fear that someone would mistakenly get the opposite impression.
“When you ask consumers if they’re comfortable with this technology, they are not,” – by Dan Charles is NPR’s food and agriculture correspondent.
Right now, the researchers rely on mosquitoes to inject the weakened parasites into people. But wrangling mosquitoes on a large scale would not be practical.
The alternative is to mass produce parasites and formulate them into an injection. It’s been done on a small scale, but since the parasites can only complete their life cycle inside mosquitoes, it requires large colonies of the insects and painstaking extraction of the parasites.
A simple injection system, developed by Seattle-based PATH, may eventually allow women in the world’s poorest countries to dose themselves at home.
Seattle Times science reporter
As part of its $1 billion effort to make contraceptives more accessible to women in the developing world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is joining with a pharmaceutical company and other aid groups to produce and distribute a simpler version of an old drug.
The ongoing epidemic, which also spread to nearby countries, has left at least 8,646 people dead and hundreds of thousands infected in Haiti alone. It’s estimated that over six percent of the Haitian population has now had the disease.
The outbreak has been linked to a group of UN peacekeepers from Nepal, who brought the deadly strain of cholera to Haiti when they dumped raw sewage near a major river, according to a 2011 report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some spent years trying to find compensation for the peacekeepers’ damages, but a judge has just ruled that Haitians killed or sickened by the epidemic cannot sue the United Nations in a US court because the UN has legal immunity that only it can waive. -By Brittany Greenquist Follow @britgreenquist
BBC correspondent blames President Jonathan for West ignoring attacks on Nigeria.
In response to why international community had not shown the same spirit and resolve about Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria as it had done after the attacks in France, BBC correspondent said- “Nigeria’s politicians appear more focused on next month’s elections and President Goodluck Jonathan has not commented on the recent violence.“
The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, in central Nigeria, has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.
Ignatius Kaigama said the world had to show more determination to halt the group’s advance in Nigeria.
He said the international community had to show the same spirit and resolve it had done after the attacks in France.
Archbishop Kaigama said facing down Boko Haram required international support and unity of the type that had been shown after last week’s militant attacks in France.
“We need that spirit to be spread around,” he said. “Not just when it [an attack] happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon.- BBC article Excerpts
Mr. President, I’m back on the floor to talk about a dangerous provision that was slipped into a must-pass spending bill at the last minute to benefit Wall Street. This provision would repeal a rule called, and I’m quoting the title of the rule, “PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS OF SWAPS ENTITIES.”
Enough is enough
Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch.
Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough
Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.
But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?
We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!
So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!
– excerpts from Miles Mogulescu’s article
Dear Elizabeth Warren:
“The game is rigged, and the rich and powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. We can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back. I’m fighting back!”
Hey! I just signed a petition asking Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Will you take a second to sign it too?
We really do need our best candidates to run if we’re going to win the race for president in 2016. Getting Senator Warren to run is our best chance to get a truly progressive president, and to put support for working families and the middle class at the top of the Democratic agenda. I hope you’ll join me in saying #RunWarrenRun!
Dick Cheney: I’d Do It Again in a Minute
A 40-year-old daughter misbehaves, father apologizes and says – “I failed to raise her properly.”
Solution: Hand her to Dick Cheney for a MINUTE!
The record of Western aid to Africa is one of abysmal failure. More than $500 billion in foreign aid – the equivalent of four Marshall Aid Plans – was pumped into Africa between 1960 and 1997. Instead of increasing development, aid has created dependence.
The budgets of Ghana and Uganda, for example, are more than 50 percent aid dependent. Said President Aboulaye Wade of Senegal: “I’ve never seen a country develop itself through aid or credit. Countries that have developed — in Europe, America, Japan, Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea and Singapore — have all believed in free markets.
* An Egyptian bus driver told – “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” the BBC reported.
Bank Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann & Matt Taibbi on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy
Read an excerpt of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to discuss his new book that “lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.” -( Amy Goodman & Juan González)
Paul M. Barrett talked about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win.
He spoke in the C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. The festival was held from October 25-26 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds in Austin.
THE MAIN PROTAGONIST FOR BETTER OR WORSE IS CHARISMATIC, ENERGETIC. HE STARTED AS THE MOST JUNIOR LAWYER IN 1993, AND ROSE TO BE THE PREDOMINANT LAWYER, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, A CLASSMATE OF A GENTLEMAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA.
HE HAD WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE LAW SCHOOL AS A JOURNALIST IN NICARAGUA COVERING THE NICARAGUAN CIVIL WAR. HE HAD TREMENDOUS PERSONAL INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA, STILL SPANISH AND WHEN THIS TOOK SHAPE IN 1993 HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ORIGINAL LAWYER WHO BROUGHT IN BY ANOTHER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE WHO WAS THE SON OF THE ORIGINAL PLAINTIFFS’S LAWYER AND HE FOUND THE CAUSE HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.
HE WAS IDEALISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SELF INVOLVED AND THIS CASE CAME TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGINATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS FIRST TEXACO AND NOW CHEVRON, MASSIVE OIL COMPANY, CHEVRON IS THE SECOND-BIGGEST OIL COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY REPRESENTED BY A FAILING EXECUTIVE AND LAWYERS AND THIS WAS EXACTLY THE CONFRONTATION HE WANTED TO HAVE. THE PROBLEM WAS IN TRYING TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW HE UNDERMINED THE RULE OF LAW.
It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed againThe $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaidPublished May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com
“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets. The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:customised-24ct gold i-phonePresident Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
PUBLICATIONS 2013 -------------------------------------------------------
March on DC @50 - Forum - Pros and cons of foreign direct investment Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill - Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry - Investment or Land Grab Disguised? - Policy Considerations - ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?(The Big Cover up) - -GM debate forum records -Biotechnology -GM debate -The Anglican Church at cross-roads -The divided land ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PUBLICATIONS 2012 -At Crossroads -(Rerun; it's time of the year) Vitamin D deficiency -Open letter to ASARECA Board of Directors -Links -Do you recite the Lord’s prayer, if so, which version? -Gold at last, once again! -Do you know Dengue Fever? -Putting Fun into Sportsmanship (Usain Bolt gets the Last Laugh) -Olympics -Boarding Schools -Austerity bites Britain -To nature or nurture your child -Sadistic Examiners -What a 'first' love! -Malaria and poverty +
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