The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the reach of the Obama health care law, rescuing the program from a potentially fatal legal challenge for the second time since Obamacare’s inception.
By a 6-3 vote, the justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter,” the court wrote in its majority opinion .
Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the dissenters, said people should start calling the law “SCOTUScare.” – Article Excerpt.
Gun Homicides, Mass Violence And Racism In The U.S.
Last week’s mass murder in Charleston highlights two of America’s most intractable problems: gun violence and racism. We talk about why strategies to combat these problems seem so hard to find.
After Charleston. So much progress in this country, but race and hate and guns still haunt us. Where do we go from here?
Gary and Aurelia Washington, center left and right, the son and granddaughter of Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday’s shooting, leave a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church comforted by fellow family members Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP)
by By Chris Weller
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A sign equating the Confederate flag with the Nazi flag at a protest in support of a Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina capitol grounds.
It has been 150 years since the Civil War officially ended, but take a trip to certain regions in the South and you may get a different impression.
Especially since last week’s shooting in South Carolina, the Confederate battle flag has become an iconic and often unwelcome reminder that race relations in the US still face a staggering uphill battle.
But some people still wave the flag with pride, and Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler has some words for those people. excerpts from Yahoo
Singing, crying and clinging to one another for solace, a grieving congregation returned to “Mother Emanuel” on Sunday, determined to restore the historic church from a murder scene to a place of worship.
An overflow crowd packed the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church just four days after a young man spouting racist ideology came to a Bible study class and methodically killed nine people.
For some parishioners, it was too soon to return. But Felicia Breeland, a retired music teacher and third-generation member of Emanuel, said she never considered staying home.
“I wanted to come,” said Breeland, 81, wearing a white dress and hat. “That gunman could not change us from coming together and having our church service.” – excerpts from LATimes.
The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator who was reportedly killed during an attack at a historic black church Wednesday night, was a pioneering pastor who began preaching at 13 and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at 23, becoming the youngest African-American to be elected to the State Legislature.
Mr. Pinckney, 41, was born in Beaufort, S.C., and found his calling at an early age. After gaining notice for his charisma and his commitment to the church as a young teenager, he became a pastor at 18.
Mr. Pinckney became the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2010, at age 26, and also led Bible studies and prayer sessions there.
The Rev. Joseph Darby of Beaufort African Methodist Episcopal Church told MSNBC that Mr. Pinckney was a courageous man. “He was a very caring and competent pastor and he was a very brave man,” he said. “And brave men sometimes die very difficult deaths.” (Excerpts from article by Dan Bilefsky – The New York Times )
Meet Clementa Pinckney, SC Senator, Pastor Mother Emanuel AME
Pastor Clementa Pinckney, 8 others, fatally shot at black church in Charleston, SC; police call it a hate crime
By ALEX SANZ and DAVID GOLDMAN, Associated Press
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning.
Police Chief Greg Mullen said he believed the attack at the Emanuel AME Church was a hate crime, and police were looking for a white male in his early 20s. Mullen said the scene was chaotic when police arrived, and the officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away.
“We will put all effort, we will put all resources and we will put all of our energy into finding this individual who committed this crime tonight,” he said.
The FBI will aid the investigation, Mullen told a news conference that was attended by FBI Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas.
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley called the shooting “the most unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy.” For more:Click here
South Carolina church shooting suspect got gun for birthday, uncle says: Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old identified by the FBI as the suspect in Wednesday’s church shooting in South Carolina, was given a gun by his father as a 21st birthday present in April, his uncle, Carson Cowles, told Reuters on Thursday.
CHARLESTON, S.C.—Dylann Roof, the white man suspected of killing nine people at a historic black church here on Wednesday night, was captured by authorities in Shelby, N.C., on Thursday morning, authorities said.
Mr. Roof allegedly made anti-black statements during the shooting spree, which occurred around 9 p.m. Eastern Time, telling his victims that they were taking over the country and “raping our women,” according to a law enforcement authority familiar with the case.
He purposely left one female witness alive, the authority said.
Mr. Roof’s grandfather, C. Joseph Roof, a Columbia, S.C. lawyer, declined to speak at length about his grandson on Thursday, but said, “I can tell you that I love him.” (Excerpts from WSJ)
9 killed in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custody
According to Roof’s Facebook page, he lives in Columbia, S.C., and attended White Knoll High School in Lexington. In his profile photo, Roof is wearing a jacket with emblazoned with the flags of Rhodesia, an unrecognized South African state that later became part of Zimbabwe, and apartheid-era South Africa.
FORGET Bill Gates’ Poop Water For Poor Africans, Africa Has A New Kid On The Block who is a Genius.
Meet Dr Askwar Hilonga who has invented affordable NanoFilter water system that removes water contaminants, including heavy metals, bacteria, and virus, in the end you have 99.999% pure water, better than other resins that can only remove up to 97% of micro-organisms
Head Judge Malcolm Brinded said, “His innovation could change the lives of many Africans, and people all over the world.”
It is all about affordability:
Millions of Africans died of Aids, not because there were no HIV/AIDS drugs, but because they were priced beyond their range of financial affordability. Dr. Askwar Hilonga has found a solution to affordability, therefore his innovation is going to save African lives, that is the crucial difference.
2015-06-02 08:53 – Duncan Alfreds
Cape Town – The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation has awarded a winner in the continent-wide competition to find the best new technologies that can impact on development.
For 38 year-old Dr Askwar Hilonga though, the prize is confirmation that the engineering challenges in Africa can be solved by young people.
“I hope this will inspire many university students and young academics – I don’t talk much about old people. It will transform Africa in this generation,” he said to audience laughter.
The inventions represent more than the potential to solve some of Africa’s most acute problems. They have the potential to make a global impact.
“There’s no reason at all why these technologies if successful here in their home ground, as it were, couldn’t become much more widely applicable,” Malcolm Brinded chair of the judging panel told Fin24.
This is specifically designed for Africa by an Africa. Nanofilters for removal of water contaminants, including heavy metals, bacteria, and virus
Dr Askwar Hilonga from the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science & Technology is one of 12 entrepreneurs shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The 12 finalists will receive 6 months of training and mentoring support from business development and engineering experts, with an overall winner receiving £25,000 along with two runners-up who will be awarded £10,000 each.
Dr Hilonga has developed a new water filter system, integrating nanotechnology with sand-based water filtration to provide clean, safe drinking water. The process is affordable and sustainable and highly relevant in rural settings across Africa where access to clean water remains a huge challenge.
Talk of Paper Money, – “Instead of destroying defaced local currency, the officials substituted it with newspaper cut into the size of naira notes, the EFCC said. The fraud was partly to blame for the failure of monetary policy to check inflationary pressure for years, according to the agency.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, a 72-year-old former military ruler who was inaugurated on May 29 after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in March elections, has made battling endemic corruption one of his administration’s top priorities.
The EFCC said the scam was exposed on Nov. 3 through a petition alleging more than 6.6 billion naira was diverted and recycled by “light-fingered top executives of the CBN at the Ibadan branch.”
The suspects, who were responsible for taking mutilated notes in exchange for fresh cash equivalent to the amount deposited, abused their positions, the EFCC said. Investigations found boxes that should have contained bundles of naira notes filled with newspaper instead.
“This practice, known as interleafing, basically labels a box with a higher value than its true content,” the central bank said. “The bank will continue to collaborate with the EFCC to ensure that affected CBN staff, as well as their accomplices in some commercial banks, are brought to justice.” –(Excerpts from bloomberg.com)
By Prof Yossi Mekelberg Chatham House
- From the section Middle East
The story of the immigration and absorption of Ethiopian Jews in Israel epitomises the best and the worst of Israeli society.
True to its Zionist dream of being a haven for Jews, the Jewish state embarked on risky and expensive rescue operations in the 1980s and 1990s.
These brought tens of thousands of Jews from remote parts of Ethiopia, who had suffered from religious persecution, famine and civil wars.
Yet, when they arrived in Israel, these distinctive people faced appalling discrimination, racism and a lack of empathy for their hardships in Ethiopia and during their journey to Israel.
Moreover, this was exacerbated by a mixture of bureaucratic insensitivity and incompetence. For More click on the following link- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32813056
UTTERANCE NOT BASED ON FACTS
The Ugandan article states that –
Meanwhile, Samuel Opio, the secretary general of Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, revealed huge opportunities to plant breeders in maize starch and eucalyptus trees.
“We import a lot of maize starch to use in the pharmaceutical industry from the United States as their maize has more starch content than the one here,” he said.
“There are opportunities to develop GM [genetically modified] varieties of such maize.”
Yet in U.S. after 20 years, US government has now concluded that GMOs are not safe, hence has been forced to take action forthwith – “Starting January 2016, genetically modified crops will be banned from all USA federal wildlife refuges on 150 Million Acres (60.7 Million Hectares equivalent to about 2/3 of all total the land in Developing countries with GMO farming)?
Note: It is not only on Federal Land, U.S. regulators for the first time are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn on private land.
GMOs Propaganda in Uganda that farmers will benefit from growing GM crops is utter nonsense, check out many farmers who are disappointed after they had trusted Greedy Corporations and used GM crops in their farming:
With GMO Agriculture, this is what is happening to the bees (they are like some Ugandans hooked on Crude booze showing up at work!):
Current studies as of March 20. 2015 conducted by World Health Organization -“Label Glyphosate Probable Carcinogen”;
“While supporters of GMO crops argue that GMOs are essential to feeding a growing world population, the truth is that in the United States (the world’s foremost GMO producer and consumer) and in other major GMO producing countries, an overwhelming majority of the GMO crop is not even consumed directly by humans.”
My questions to those Aliens from Unknown Planet: (1). Why are they happy to see Ugandans getting their main nutrition source from GM food like the animals of the developed nations?
Remember, one doesn’t have to be a biotechnologist to wonder why GM food is off the menu in UK Parliament’s restaurants despite ministers telling the public to drop their opposition, if it were that safe for human consumption!
Question (2). Do they think, if GM Agriculture were as safe for the environment as they claim, then US would be banning genetically modified crops from all USA federal wildlife refuges, starting January 2016, and at the same time, U.S. regulators for the first time proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn on private land?
With Neonicotinod honey bee killer deniers like you, Uganda is headed for Buzz Kill http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2015-2-march-april/feature/buzz-kill
GE corn & neonicotinoid seed treatments go hand-in-hand
Over the last 15 years, U.S. corn cultivation has gone from a crop requiring little-to-no insecticides and negligible amounts of fungicides, to a crop where the average acre is grown from seeds treated or genetically engineered to express three different insecticides (as well as a fungicide or two) before being sprayed prophylactically with RoundUp (an herbicide) and a new class of fungicides that farmers didn’t know they “needed” before the mid-2000s.
*Man, looks may not be everything, but this brother is too fine to be with someone loony enough to do what this woman did.
And trust me when I say, she ‘cleans up’ well (you’ll see).
Surely you recall the incredibly horrific story we published recently about Miss Shaynna Simms (“Jealous Much?”) who was apparently so jealous of her boyfriend’s deceased ex that she went to the funeral home, and while no one was watching, proceeded to cut the dead woman’s face as she lay in her coffin.
The Trill Is Gone; Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89
Banana Bacterial Wilt is a disease devastating East African Highland Banana crops. Using biotechnology, a team of scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda have developed a banana variety that is resistant to Bacterial Wilt, offering the best hope for combatting the disease.
Lung cancer. Coloured X-ray of the chest of an 84 year old woman with a malignant (cancerous) tumour (yellow) in the apex of the right lung (top left). DU CANE MEDICAL IMAGING LTD/Getty Images
Cuba has for several years had a promising therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer. The 55-year trade embargo led by the US made sure that Cuba was mostly where it stayed. Until—maybe—now.
The Obama administration has, of course, been trying to normalize relations with the island nation. And last month, during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s visit to Havana, Roswell Park Cancer Institute finalized an agreement with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to develop a lung cancer vaccine and begin clinical trials in the US. Essentially, US researchers will bring the Cimavax vaccine stateside and get on track for approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
Real buzzkill: Federal survey sees loss of more than 2 out of 5 honeybee colonies in past year.
A new report says beehives disappeared last year at an alarming rate. (Associated Press May 13, 2015)
The same liberal Democratic senators who stuck with the White House through six years of politically excruciating votes are set to break away in droves to oppose Obama’s free trade efforts. – CNN
Rachel Maddow: Elizabeth Warren says “Secret TPP Trade Deal” is RIGGED!
Obama has shown irritation at the barbs thrown at him by his own party — and returned fire. He has repeatedly said Warren is “wrong” on trade in recent interviews. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reportedly said Tuesday that the president went too far, suggesting the comments were disrespectful and possibly sexist. Obama referred to Warren by her first name in a recent interview with Yahoo News. – the Hill
Starting January 2016, genetically modified crops will be banned from all federal wildlife refuges. Neonicotinoid pesticides – a type of poison linked to Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybee populations and nerve disorders in birds, mammals and fish – will also be banned.
In the same memo, Kurth notes that neonicotinoid pesticides “can affect a broad spectrum of non-target species,” which “is not consistent with Service policy.” Neonics have been shown to affect the nervous systems of honeybees and other animals. Other pesticides, such as Monsanto’s “Roundup” herbicide, have also been linked to declining populations of monarch butterflies.- by Planetexperts.
Note: For those who don’t know how big this is, look at it this way:
- Global total hectares of land planted to biotech crops = 181.5 million.
- That means more than one third of Global total land with biotech crops is off limits as of 1/2016!
- That is about 2/3 of total hectares of land planted to biotech crops in all Developing Countries.
- When the Federal government of the most powerful nation on Earth says ‘NO’, others are likely to say ‘NO’ too.
It will be interesting to see if insects become addicted to neonicotinoids over time as humans become addicted to nicotine – Dr Christopher Connolly , University of Dundee.
The research, published in the leading international peer-reviewed journal Nature, discovered that buff-tailed bumblebees and honeybees could not taste the three most commonly used ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides and so did not avoid them. In fact, the bees showed a preference for food which contained pesticides: when the bees were given a choice between sugar solution, and sugar solution containing neonicotinoids, they chose the neonicotinoid-laced food.
Bees and other pollinating insects are important for increasing crop yields – their value has been estimated to be worth at least €153billion per year globally. When pollinating crops, they can be exposed to pesticides in floral nectar and pollen. Several controversial studies have shown that neonicotinoids have negative effects on bee foraging and colony fitness. –Excerpts from Article by Thomas Deane
On 8 April, EASAC published its latest study on neonicotinoids and their effects on ecosystem services. Here are some of the Twitter responses and news stories relating to the study.
Dr. May R. Berenbaum, Professor and Head of Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (webpage):
Expertise: Elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. – Excerpts from genetic experts.
Final results of a study show that the world’s leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment. The study showed that it doesn’t work very well and that initial protection fades over time.
Despite the poor results – it protects about one-third of children vaccinated – developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.- Excerpts from av/bk (AP, Reuters)
A new way of creating genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria within a few years but it could also unleash potentially devastating unintended consequences, scientists have warned.
Researchers have devised a method of bypassing a fundamental barrier to the rapid spread of genes within a population. They believe that it could be used to spread malaria-resistant genes in mosquitoes to prevent transmission of disease to people.
However, it could also be used to spread harmful genes rapidly in the wild, which has led other researchers to call for the imposition of strict safety controls over such research in case of an accidental escape from a laboratory. (Excepts from Article by STEVE CONNOR )
Diabetes, obesity and heart disease rates are soaring in developing countries, as multinationals find new ways of selling processed food to the poor
As affluent western markets reach saturation point, global food and drink firms have been opening up new frontiers among people living on $2 a day in low- and middle-income countries. The world’s poor have become their vehicle for growth.
The South African minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, gives a grim interpretation of what that means for his country when he spoke to the Guardian earlier this month: “Health budgets will break because of the cost of amputations, artificial limbs, wheelchairs and cardiac surgery.”
A UN summit in New York in September confirmed the scale of the health crisis. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths worldwide in 2008 were attributable to lifestyle diseases. By 2030 these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are expected to be the cause of nearly five times as many deaths as the traditional, infectious scourges of poor nations such as TB, malaria and Aids.
Last year 39% of acquisition deals by consumer goods companies were in emerging markets, compared with just 1% in 2008, according to the Grocer’s OC&C Global 50 league table. – Excerpts from theguardian.com/global-development
There’s also a recent government initiative aimed at doubling the amount of land devoted to organic production by 2020, largely by encouraging public institutions to serve organic food. All developments that have created a very different set of challenges from Helms’ early days as an organics pioneer.
“The focus right now is to get production up,” he says. “Now the market is growing faster than the production. So we have a challenge to get new farmers.” And more cows to join the party. –by NPR.org
We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.
Mailman Doug Hughes of Ruskin, Florida, in court today to get his ankle bracelet. The 61-year-old is in trouble after landing his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in Washington to try to get a message to Congress. Big money in American politics is now threatening American democracy, says the mailman with what he calls a “flying bicycle.” We don’t have to accept, he says, “a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder.” It’s a big issue already in the 2016 campaign.
This hour On Point: the mailman’s complaint. Big money, dark money, in American politics – and where it’s flowing.
– Tom Ashbrook
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.”
Land – It is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land:
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.
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.–By Sandi Doughton The Seattle Times
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.
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:By Omotola Filani on April 12, 2014customised-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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