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    Post  giovonni Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:30 pm

    This why it is so important for Ron Paul to break from the GOP (Republican Party) and declare himself an independent candidate -
    in order for him to have any chance of becoming the next U.S. president in November... And i sense eventually this he will do.

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    G.O.P. Campaigns Grow More Dependent on ‘Super PAC’ Aid

    It is very difficult for me to believe that Justices of the Supreme Court, in deciding Citizens United could not foresee what was obvious to me and many others including, probably, you. How could anyone not predict that allowing unlimited money to enter the electoral process would result in the 10th of one percent --whether individuals or corporations -- buying our democracy? Refraining from doing so, if one had the ability and means to do so -- and we know that at least 196 people can, and have -- would require a very particular measure of character.

    In light of what we know now the arguments advanced by the majority in Citizens United seem either unbelievably naive or very purposed.


    NICHOLAS CONFESSORE - The New York Times

    Weeks of intense campaigning in the early nominating states have left the leading Republican presidential candidates increasingly dependent on millions of dollars spent on their behalf by outside 'super PACs,” reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday showed.

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    Mitt Romney’s campaign spent close to $19 million during January, almost three times as much as the $6.5 million he raised. He ultimately won two states, New Hampshire and Florida, and ended the month with less than $8 million in cash on hand. Newt Gingrich raised nearly as much, $5.6 million, and spent close to $6 million.

    Rick Santorum, who enjoyed a surge of grass-roots donations after being declared the victor in Iowa, raised $4.5 million, as did Representative Ron Paul of Texas. The ...

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    Post  giovonni Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:50 pm

    i will share this here... especially after and in regards to the previous posted news story item.

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    "The Arizona and Michigan primaries will kick off next week and the GOP candidates are gearing up for another dramatic day at the polls. Over the weekend, Ron Paul addressed a crowd in Kansas City, Missouri and warned that the US is slipping into a fascist system. Paul continued to inform the public of the relationship between government and big business and how this collaboration is infringing on civil rights. Lew Rockwell, chairman of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, joins us to explore Paul's statements."



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    Post  giovonni Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:15 pm

    i will share two news items today ...

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    New York Court Affirms Towns’ Powers to Ban Fracking Trends That Will Affect Your Future … - Page 18 Gt_fracking_hearing_300x200_120222

    This decision didn't get much play anywhere, but it is potentially of great importance and a serious way station in the fracking trend. Fracking is an awful idea -- just think about it conceptually.

    LENA GROEGER - ProPublica

    In a decision that could set a national precedent for how local governments can regulate gas drilling, a New York state court yesterday ruled for the first time that towns have the right to ban drilling despite a state regulation asserting they cannot.

    At issue was a zoning law in Dryden, a township adjacent to Ithaca and the Cornell University campus, where drilling companies have leased some 22,000 acres for drilling. In August, Dryden's town board passed a zoning law that prohibits gas drilling within town limits. The next month, Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. sued the town, saying the ban was illegal because state law trumped the municipal rules.

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    As Anschutz noted, New York law promotes the development of oil and gas resources in the state. State Supreme Court Justice Phillip Rumsey addressed this point in his decision, writing: "Nowhere in ...

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    The Swiss Government's Remarkable Report on Homeopathic Medicine

    SR reader Dana Ullman has an excellent piece on an important development concerning Homeopathy. Dana has been promoting an evidence based assessment of homeopathy since I met him back in the 1970s, and his views are data-based and solid. For those who use this medical system, as I have to good effect, this Swiss report is worth your attention.

    Dana Ullman - The Huffington Post

    The Swiss government has a long and widely-respected history of neutrality, and therefore, reports from this government on controversial subjects need to be taken more seriously than other reports from countries that are more strongly influenced by present economic and political constituencies. When one considers that two of the top five largest drug companies in the world have their headquarters in Switzerland, one might assume that this country would have a heavy interest in and bias toward conventional medicine, but such assumptions would be wrong.

    In late 2011, the Swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was just published in book form in English (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011). This breakthrough report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by Switzerland's national health insurance program.

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    Post  giovonni Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:40 pm

    Secret Documents Reveal DHS Lied About Tracking Americans on Social Media

    The fear and paranoia the Right used to come to power after 9/11 will haunt us for generations in the form of more and more intrusive surveillance and decreased government integrity and respect for individual liberties. It is the nature of all security apparats to surveil both secretly and intrusively, and to lie about it. Can you think of an exception? It is amazing to me that anyone could have thought this would not develop as it has. So, if that is true, then it must be intentional.

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    STEPHEN C. WEBSTER - The Raw Story

    One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on the Internet.

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which triggered the hearing by publishing a trove of secret government documents in January, told Raw Story on Thursday that a second round of documents they’ve obtained directly contradicts testimony given on Feb. 16, showing that the DHS instructed their analysts to do exactly what the Department denied.

    'There were several exchanges that they had with members of Congress in which they sort of distanced themselves from the idea - that they weren’t engaging in this monitoring of public reaction to government proposals,” McCall told Raw Story. 'But that’s… Well, ...

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    Post  giovonni Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:17 pm

    (Note this is part 1 of a two part article story ~ i will post part 2 of this report below part one - when it becomes available.)
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    Boiling Point: A Survey of Hemispheric Water Policy (Part I)

    Water is destiny, and this very good essay lays out reality. The water trend is on a collision course with trend to industrial agriculture and GMO usage, and husbandry all of which as practised, require immense amounts of water. Remember 1,300 gallons to make an eight-ounce hamburger.

    We are going to be forced to work with the natural cycles and processes, instead of trying to dominate them, whether we like it or not. It is not an if question. It is a when question. How much pain are we willing to inflict upon ourselves before we accept this?


    JAIM CODDINGTON, Council on Hemispheric Affairs - truthout.org

    From the Texas Oil Boom to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, petroleum was undoubtedly the most notorious liquid of the last one hundred years. While some in the international marketplace still fixate on oil, recent political and environmental developments have helped nominate a stunning rival to oil’s supposed predominance: water! It’s a substance to which Plato gave highest praise: 'Only what is rare is valuable, and water, which is the best of all things…is the cheapest.”#[1] However, in our time, water has become much rarer, or, in economic terms, more scarce than oil. In the words of James Bond’s latest nemesis, Dominic Greene, 'This [water] is the most valuable resource in the world and we need to control as much of it as we can.”#[2] Global water resources have begun to dry up, even as water trading profitability increases. Although this situation may seem irrelevant for those ...

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    Post  giovonni Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:08 am

    It is of my belief - equating a corporation to a human being is just morally wrong !

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    Rights are for Real People

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    I think Citizens United may be the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott v. Sanford in 1857. In two years since the court ruled on Citizens United we have seen our electoral process warped out of recognition. This essay describes the counter-reaction that is beginning to arise.

    Jeffrey D. Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People, has served as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the office of the Massachusetts attorney general.

    JEFFREY D. CLEMENTS - Yes!

    Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Americans cannot prevent corporations from spending unlimited money to control elections, politicians, and policy. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court ignored the fact that corporations are creations of state law with government-derived advantages and labeled them, in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy, 'voices,” 'speakers,” and yes, a 'disadvantaged person or class.” In this Wonderland, corporations are people, corporate money is 'speech,” and laws restricting corporate political spending violate the First Amendment.

    Nearly 80 percent of the public opposes the holding in Citizens United and supports a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision, according to multiple polls. If Americans so clearly oppose the fabrication of 'corporate people” who can use the Constitution to strike down the real people’s laws, how did the folly of Citizens United ever happen?

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    Post  giovonni Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:33 pm

    New Evidence Suggests Stone Age Hunters From Europe Discovered America
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    For many years I have felt the evidence supported the diffusionist explanation, not the simple linear narrative that was dogma in archaeology until very recently. As late as the 1990s the gospel of archaeology was no inhabitation before Clovis. In my first book, The Secret Vaults of Time (1978) I discussed my sense of that model and its failures, proposing instead a model that Dennis Stanford, mentioned in this report, also supported. Little-by-little the Diffusionist scenario has proven to be correct, and we now know there was life long before Clovis, and that the discovery of America doesn't look at all like the simple Columbus story.

    DAVID KEYS - The Independent (UK)

    New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.

    A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what, in prehistoric times, would have been dry land.

    The new discoveries are among the most important archaeological breakthroughs for several decades - and are set to add substantially to our understanding of humanity's spread around the globe.

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    Post  giovonni Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:21 am

    Corporate Personhood Case Forces Supreme Court To Hack New Path

    The evolution of corporate personhood continues. Through the activism of the Supreme Court -- talk about legislating from the bench -- we continue down the path of reinventing America as a corporatist oligarchy, run by a small group of corporate "persons."

    MIKE SACKS, Supreme Court Correspondence - The Huffington Post

    WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on whether corporations, like real people, can be held liable in American courts for international human rights violations.

    The issue has divided four appeals courts over the past year and a half, as all but one Democrat-appointed judge has voted for corporate liability while all but one Republican-appointed judge has come down for corporate immunity.

    If that pattern holds in the Supreme Court, then the five justices appointed by Republican presidents will surely be hit with more accusations of pro-business bias: Having all voted in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to extend to corporations the First Amendment right of actual people to independently spend unlimited sums in this country's elections, they will in the current case have refused to hold corporations responsible, as real people are, for their roles in atrocities abroad.

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    Post  giovonni Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:10 pm

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    Church, State, and Christianity
    STEPHAN A. SCHWARTZ, Editor - Schwartzreport


    Almost every newscycle the Founders and their intentions get invoked, usually by the Theocratic Right. This is particularly true when religion enters. There are many things that might be debated about church, state, and Christianity, but as to what the Founders thought well, as it happens, we can know quite precisely because they formally put their names to a document spelling out their positions on these issues. That it also includes their view of Islam, particularly in light of recent history, is one of my favorite examples of historical irony. Here are their exact words:

    Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

    Article II comes from the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary. The treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate twice in June 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. President John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation. It was published on the front page of virtually every major newspaper in the nation.

    Tonight I listened to Rachel Maddow lay out, in the clearest terms I have ever heard, the reality that the country has been slowly moving right as the result of a clear program to make it a corporatist state. It is worth going to her website and listening to her exegesis, and looking at the charts she puts up. It is one of the most original and intellectually rigorous rifts I have ever seen on television. I urge you to see this. It is crucial to understanding the seemingly bizarre contraception debate. 2012 is going to be the most important election in half a century. It's outcome will shape a generation.

    View Rachel Maddow 's commentary here:- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#46598173
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    Post  giovonni Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:24 am


    How College Debt Is Crushing the American Dream

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    Think about this: The world has changed from the simplicity -- it didn't seem that way at the time -- of a bipolar geopolitical structure with just a few high technology countries. Now we live in an emerging new world order with many highly competitive societies. These nations, particularly China, India, Japan, and South Korea, are pumping out engineers, physicists, geologists, neuroscientists in record numbers. So, as this is happening, what have we been doing? We have been dumbing down our secondary school systems, and making it harder and harder for middle class kids to get to college. But that's just part of it. Uncontrolled greed on the part of our financial institutions, aided by the complicity of a vassal government, and compliant colleges has conspired to suck billions and billions of dollars out these middle class kids and their families, leaving them saddled with crushing debt. Does that sound like a plan to create a healthy prosperous country to you?

    ERIC PIANIN - The Fiscal Times

    Megan Curtis put herself through college and graduate school by working part-time jobs and taking out substantial student loans. The southern California native dreamed of a career in international affairs, but she struggled for more than a year to find a job after obtaining a master’s degree from George Washington University in 2006.

    Saddled with $82,000 in college loans and no immediate full-time job prospects, Curtis had to defer payment on her loans during a prolonged job search in Washington, D.C. Finally, she landed a job with a consulting firm as an international trade analyst. But with an entry-level salary of $60,000 to $70,000 a year, she has had to stretch her paycheck to cover her rent and living expenses and the $600 monthly installment on her college loans.

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    Post  giovonni Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:28 am

    Consciousness: Eight Questions Science Must Answer

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    This exploration, and the search for answers to these 8 questions is going to change us fundamentally. Based on my understanding of the research so far, I believe it is going to teach us that all life is inter-connected and interdependent, and that those policies which emphasize wellness from individual to family, community, to planetary produce the best outcomes.

    Anil Seth is co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex and chair of the 16th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, which will take place in Brighton, 2-6 July

    ANIL SETH - The Guardian (U.K.)

    Consciousness is at once the most familiar and the most mysterious feature of our existence. A new science of consciousness is now revealing its biological basis.

    Once considered beyond the reach of science, the neural mechanisms of human consciousness are now being unravelled at a startling pace by neuroscientists and their colleagues. I've always been fascinated by the possibility of understanding consciousness, so it is tremendously exciting to witness – and take part in – this grand challenge for 21st century science.

    Here are eight key questions that neuroscientists are now addressing:

    1. What are the critical brain regions for consciousness?

    The brain contains about 90 billion neurons, and about a thousand times more connections between them.

    But consciousness isn't just about having a large number of neurons. For instance, the cerebellum, which contains over half the neurons in the brain, doesn't seem much involved. ...

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    Coke, Pepsi Make Changes to Avoid Cancer Warning

    What interested me about this story was not that they are taking the cancer causing substances out of their soft drinks but that they have been there for years. How many gallons of Coke and Pepsi have you drunk?

    CANDICE CHOI - Boston.com

    Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.

    The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They’ve already been made for drinks sold in California.

    Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for almost 90 percent of the soda market, according to industry tracker Beverage Digest. A representative for Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said all its caramel coloring now meet the new California standard.

    The American Beverage Association, which represents the broader industry, said its member companies will continue to use caramel coloring in certain products but that adjustments were made to meet California’s new standard.

    “Consumers will notice no difference in our products and have no reason at all for any health concerns,’’ the association said in a statement.

    A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza-Ciarlante, said the company directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and, as a result, may be found in trace amounts in many foods.

    “While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning,’’ Garza-Ciarlante said in an email.

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, in February filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring.

    A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the petition is being reviewed. But he noted that a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents.

    The American Beverage Association also noted that California added the coloring to its list of carcinogens with no studies showing that it causes cancer in humans. It noted that the listing was based on a single study in lab mice and rats.

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    Post  giovonni Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:01 pm

    Note two news items today ...

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    Ancient Builders Created Monumental Structures that Altered Sound and Mind, Say Researchers

    It is always tempting to think of people who had cultures that did not place technological advancement in all aspects of society as a high priority as somehow primitives. It is a mistake made by many non-scientists, and a large number of scientists as well. It is wrong. Always remember that these people were just as smart as we are today. In an age when science was not driven by instruments and machines it depended on the close observation of individuals meticulously recorded and passed on generation after generation. That is how acupuncture developed, and Ayurvedic medicine, and a host of other highly sophisticated systems, including their deep understanding of architecture.

    Popular Archaeology

    The results of recent research suggests that ancient, or prehistoric, builders of the monumental structures found in such diverse places as Ireland, Malta, southern Turkey and Peru all have a peculiarly common characteristic -- they may have been specially designed to conduct and manipulate sound to produce certain sensory effects.

    Beginning in 2008, a recent and ongoing study of the massive 6,000-year-old stone structure complex known as the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum on the island of Malta, for example, is producing some revelatory results. Like its related prehistoric temple structures on Malta, this structure features central corridors and curved chambers. But this structure is unique in that it is subterranean, created through the removal of an estimated 2,000 tons of stone carved out with stone hammers and antler picks. Low voices within its walls create eerie, reverberating echoes, and a sound made or words spoken in certain places can ...

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    The Myth of American Productivity

    If we don't tell ourselves the truth about who we actually are we cannot plan effectively for what we wish to become.

    Michael Mandel is the chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute and the founder of Visible Economy LLC, a video news and education company.


    MICHAEL MANDEL, Chief Economic Strategist - The Washington Monthly

    In 1939, when John Steinbeck completed The Grapes of Wrath-a heart-wrenching tale of a family of sharecroppers forced out of their home during the Depression- roughly one-quarter of the U.S. population still lived on farms. Today, family farms are increasingly rare, and less than 2 percent of employed Americans work in agriculture.

    But rather than viewing the decline of farming jobs as a tragedy, economists almost invariably count agriculture as a shining American success-the triumph of productivity. And why not? A handful of farmers using GPS-equipped combines and sophisticated moisture sensors can grow far more food than the population of an entire rural county in 1939. Food has become so plentiful and cheap in the United States that it has been blamed for the increase in obesity. And agricultural products have become one of the country’s chief exports, totaling more than $115 billion in 2010. As the story ...

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    Post  mudra Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:18 am

    I think this is a summary of how the various poisons that were entered into the system subtly lead to " justify " a NWO.

    Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuAj2F54bdo


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    Post  giovonni Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:18 pm

    mudra wrote:I think this is a summary of how the various poisons that were entered into the system subtly lead to " justify " a NWO.

    Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuAj2F54bdo


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    Good Find ~ Mudra Thubs Up

    thanks for sharing this !
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    Department of Agriculture to Offer Beef Without 'Pink Slime' to Schools


    Here is a bit of good news, I think. This change in USDA policy can be directly traced to the public outrage generated by web publications particularly, and the rest of the media generally. I am impressed how quickly it happened.
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    MIKE LILLIS - The Hill

    Facing increasing pressure over its embrace of "pink slime," the Obama administration announced Thursday that it will offer schools ground beef absent the controversial product.

    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) reiterated that it deems the ground-beef filler - officially known as "lean finely textured beef" - to be perfectly safe. Nevertheless, recent concerns from school districts nationwide led officials to revise its procedures to offer other ground-beef options, the agency said.

    "USDA only purchases products for the school lunch program that are safe, nutritious and affordable - including all products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef," the agency said Thursday in a statement. "However, due to customer demand, the department will be adjusting procurement specifications for the next school year so schools can have additional options in procuring ground beef products."

    The agency "will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without Lean Finely ...

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    Surely nothing could go wrong here... Trends That Will Affect Your Future … - Page 18 Icon_scratch

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    Russian and Korean Researchers Will Inject Mammoth DNA Into Elephant Eggs, Resurrecting 10,000-Year-Old Beast

    William Gibson, whose novels of the future in which the best genetic work is being done in Asia seems to be highly prescient on this. Birthing and raising a mammoth will be a huge story all over the world, and a sad confirmation that, because of the Theocratic Right, America lost the bubble on genetic research. This is, in my view, the dominant trend of future medicine.

    REBECCA BOYLE - Popsci

    First a plant from the past sprouted new life - now researchers in Russia and South Korea are moving forward with a plan to resurrect the Ice Age woolly mammoth. Scientists in both countries inked a deal Tuesday to share technology and research that could lead to the birth of a mammoth clone, gestated in a surrogate Indian elephant mother.

    Mammoth remains were uncovered in thawed Siberian permafrost, and scientists around the world have been trying to extract DNA from the remains. Previously, paleobiologists were able to reproduce mammoth blood protein, and Japanese researchers want to resurrect the mammoth within five years. This new project will move forward if the Russian institution, the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, can ship its mammoth remains to the Koreans.

    The scientists involved include Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, who was embroiled in controversy after he ...

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    Post  Micjer Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:27 am


    Government trying to Prevent Kids from Working on Farms

    http://offgridsurvival.com/fedspreventkidsfarming/

    New Federal regulations are being proposed that would bar children under the age of 16 from working on a farms owned by anyone other than their parents. The new regulations are so stringent that it would actually prohibit kids from working on any farm that wasn’t 100% owned by their parents. That means it would actually be illegal to help out on their own grandparents farm, even with their parent’s consent.

    Family Farms Are not Immune.

    The Department of Transportation is actually going right after Family Farmers. Their new rules would prohibit children under 16 from operating tractors, four-wheelers, riding mowers and other machinery, even on family farms. While some lawmakers seem to think these activities sound dangerous, what they fail to recognize is that farm work for these kids is not just work — it’s a way of life.







    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Post  mudra Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:27 am

    As you say Micjer this is unbelievable. By enforcing these laws they are gradually stripping away our inherant common sense.
    I spent all my teens helping out on the farm behind our house. These were my best years . I would'nt exchange them for any time spent behind computers chatting on facebook or playing virtual games as kids do now during some of their leasure time.

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    Is Silence Going Extinct? Trends That Will Affect Your Future … - Page 18 18soundscapes_span-articleLarge-v3

    Give yourself a treat and read this. Quite apart from everything else it is a highly readable story of an unusual adventure: Measuring the sound of nature in deep wilderness -- locales only very few ever see.

    When I think back across my life I realize that so many of my greatest memories are of being in as near as one can get to unspoilt nature. And the sound of silence is, indeed, an ecstatic experience. Actually, I find it only one of several. The one that stands out the most for me, happens for most people on the third day. It is when your body equilibrates with nature, and not the 60 cycle electromagnetic field in which we live almost the entirety of our lives -- inside walls with cages of live electric wire. It is as if a light mist dissolves and one can see more clearly, hear more clearly, smell more acutely.

    I hadn't realize though how polluting our soundscape is into this pristine realm. Quite horrifying.

    Thanks to Sam Crespi.

    KIM TINGLEY - The New York Times

    Setting off in the predawn gloaming of central Alaska, we were the sounds of swishing snow pants, crunching boots and cold puffs of breath. As sunrise gradually lightened the late November sky, we took visible shape: a single-file parade on a narrow white trail traveling west, deeper into Denali National Park and Preserve. It was three degrees and so still that when we pulled up to rest, I heard no wind, no sibilant leaves, just a barely perceptible ringing in my ears. Tundra swans, kestrels and warblers had all flown south. Grizzlies were asleep in their dens. We tramped over frozen streams and paused to discover water still trickling faintly in hollows below. To the north, a morning blast of pink and orange brightened snow-shrouded Mount Healy at the edge of the Alaska Range; to the south - where the sun is always rising or setting during winter at a ...

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    Post  giovonni Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:39 pm

    “There are some very positive aspects of this shift,” says Ray, “[like] closer parent-child relationships, for example, or a growing sense of intergenerational obligation” ...


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    Three in 10 young adults live with parents, highest level since 1950s

    On the whole -- it may surprise some -- I think intergenerational life networks are the natural human condition, and ought to be supported. Clearly it is necessary.

    HUSNA HAQ, Correspondent - The Christian Science Monitor

    After graduating from Brown University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and completing a Fulbright scholarship in Brazil, Cassie Owens was left with a few dollars on her stipend and no job in sight. So, Ms. Owens returned home to her mother in Philadelphia.

    'I moved back home pretty much for lack of money and prospects,” she says. Owens’s cousin, Evon Burton, who also returned home after graduating from Morehouse College in 2009, adds, 'The choice is to go out and be in debt or to pursue your dreams and save up money at home, in a safe, stable environment.”

    Owens and Burton are among the scores of so-called 'boomerang kids,” young adults who move out of the family home for school or work and then return home. Unable to find well-paying work in a weak economy, escalating numbers of young adults – as many ...

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    Note this project has been reported on here before and this is a follow-up report ...

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    Solar Power Station in Spain Works at Night

    Trends That Will Affect Your Future … - Page 18 Gemasolar-tower-via-AFP

    Instead of pouring billions into nuclear and tar sands, this is where we should be heading. However, since our government is owned by energy interests whose commitment is to their installed old energy base I think we are going to fall further and further behind. We have already lost the lead in windpower to companies in China, and Germany.

    Agence France-Presse (France)

    FUENTES DE ANDALUCIA, Spain - A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night.

    The Gemasolar station, up and running since last May, stands out in the plains of Andalusia.

    From the road between Seville and Cordoba, one can see its central tower lit up like a beacon by 2,600 solar mirrors, each 120 square metres (28,500 square feet), that surround it in an immense 195-hectare (480-acre) circle.

    'It is the first station in the world that works 24 hours a day, a solar power station that works day and night!” said Santago Arias, technical director of Torresol Energy, which runs the station.

    The mechanism is 'very easy to explain,” he said: the panels reflect the suns rays on to the tower, transmitting energy at an intensity 1,000 ...

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    Post  Sanicle Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:19 am

    Kill Switch incorporated into new Software

    Janne Kytömäki, a Finnish software developer, was cruising Google’s (GOOG) Android Market for smartphone apps last year when he noticed something strange. Dozens of best-selling applications suddenly listed the same wrong publisher. It was as if Stephen King’s name had vanished from the covers of his books, replaced by an unknown author. Kytömäki realized the culprit was a piece of malware that was spreading quickly, and he posted his findings online.

    Google responded swiftly. It flipped a little-known kill switch, reaching into more than 250,000 infected Android smartphones and forcibly removing the malicious code. “It was sort of unreal, watching something like that unfold,” says Kytömäki, who makes dice simulator apps. Kill switches are a standard part of most smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Google, Apple (AAPL), and Amazon (AMZN) all have the ability to reach into devices to delete illicit content or edit code without users’ permission. It’s a powerful way to stop threats that spread quickly, but it’s also a privacy and security land mine.

    With the rollout of the Windows 8 operating system expected later this year, millions of desktop and laptop PCs will get kill switches for the first time.

    Read more here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-17/the-kill-switch-comes-to-the-pc
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    Post  Micjer Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:40 am

    Obama seizes control over all food, farms, livestock, farm equipment, fertilizer and food production across America

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035301_Obama_executive_orders_food_supply.html#ixzz1pkpz2H2J

    NaturalNews) "We told ya so" just doesn't quite cut it anymore. As the American sheeple slept, selfishly refusing to take a stand against tyranny, the Obama administration has been plotting what can only be called a total government takeover of America.

    On March 16, 2012, President Obama issued an executive order entitled, "NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS." (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order...)

    This executive order states that the President alone has the authority to take over all resources in the nation (labor, food, industry, etc.) as long as it is done "to promote the national defense" -- a phrase so vague that it could mean practically anything.


    Reminds me of the Ukraine in the 30's.


    Sounds like a story you would see in the National Enquirer....


    Sorry not made up!



    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

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