http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-judge-lightly-sentences-admitted-rapist-implies-victim-promiscuous-article-1.1778291

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57931009

http://www.dpreview.com/members/9919230156/overview

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Given that the dinosaurs and other fauna of Cretaceous were well adapted for living in long periods of dark and cold weather, it has been postulated[2] that this community might have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 Ma) which exterminated the non-avian dinosaurs and many other of the world’s species at the time. At the present time, this is merely speculation, but according to palaeontologists Patricia Vickers-Rich and Tom Rich, Australia may yet prove to be the best place to find fossils of post-Cretaceous, non-avian dinosaurs.

“Reports earlier this year that dwarf mammoths survived to early historical times, in islands off the coast of Siberia, give force to such speculation. If dinosaurs found a similar haven in which they outlived the rest of their kind, then we think polar Gondwana, including southeastern Australia, is a likely place to look for it.”[2]
However, small dinosaur fossils (teeth, bits of bone) found after the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary are likely to be derived fossils washed out of eroded Mesozoic deposits, or remains of dinosaurs that died in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that were later washed into a lake or the sea. Likewise, several smaller animals, such as many mammal groups, did not survive the KT event.

To make someone like ClintonII (or BushII) to the next Presipuppet misleaded voters are needed and her “friends” in the media and around the world are doing good in selling the mantra Don and John and too many uncritical consumer are buying everyday. https://theintercept.com/2016/03/10/hillary-clinton-stalwart-friend-of-worlds-worst-despots-attacks-sanders-latin-american-activism/

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57563797

Things like Snowden, Binney showed us or something like this:

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/06/class-action-suit-targets-system-that-added-a-baby-to-terrorist-watchlist/

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/06/l-a-activists-want-to-bring-surveillance-conversation-down-to-earth/

During the first D debate I saw Clinton get angry when Snowden was mentioned, while Bernie said he’d welcome him back and seek his advice on how the system should be changed.
I do remember, also the lies ClintonII was allowed to tell without being challenged from so called journalists..
This is exactly why I worry about her.
There are a lot of things she supports to worry about.

Another good source for news which the brainwashing msm are missing is emptywheel.net

John Yoo’s Two Justifications for Stellar Wind

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57567526

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57580166

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57580811

autonomous flying cars?

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57640080

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-philadelphia-challenge/

http://www.thenation.com/article/sanders-fights-on-for-the-strongest-progressive-agenda-that-any-political-party-has-ever-seen/

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57713420

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57713408

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-david-brock-built-empire-put-hillary-white-house/

and let’s add in Goldman Sachs for good measure- no wonder she doesn’t want the speech transcripts released:

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-many-ways-can-goldman-give

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57715920

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57715917

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-musser/space-time-illusion_b_9703656.html

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/large-hadron-collider/11489442/Big-Bang-theory-could-be-debunked-by-Large-Hadron-Collider.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11285605/Did-the-Big-Bang-create-a-parallel-universe-where-time-goes-backwards.htmlwoah I am amazed at how much this matches what I had said….

The theoretical claims put forward in the Physical Review Lettersjournal could revolutionise the field of research into the origin and future of the universe.

In the paper titled ‘Identification of a Gravitational Arrow of Time’, an international team of world renowned scientists led by Oxfordshire-based Dr Julian Barbour challenge assumptions about the so called ‘arrow of time’.

The ‘arrow of time’ is the theory that time is symmetric and therefore time moves forward. They contend that there is no scientific reason that a mirror universe could not have been created where time moved in an distinct way from our own.

But in a quirk of science it is thought that if a parallel universe did exist where time moved backward, any sentient beings there would consider that time in our universe in fact moved backward

What I said a few years ago:

note the date and the part about arrows of time flowing opposite relative to each other but forward relative to themselves

Proof of Concept Origin

January 5, 2013Basically, I conjecture on a new theory of everything; in my theory each dimension can be analoged to a primary color….. in our universe each spatial dimension would be equivalent to an additive primary color (RGB) with time as the background (Black) with a complementary spacetime which consisted of dimensions that analoged to the subtractive primary colors (CMY) with complementary time as the background (White) as one space expanded the other contracts and vice versa (because the arrow of time flows opposite to each other but forward within each), It’s been peer reviewed and it seems there’s some excitement over this as this would solve the dark matter / dark energy problem by unifying the strong nuclear force and gravity (the strong nuclear force is carried by gluons and color charge and analoging dimensions to primary colors is gravity’s version of color charge) so now we have a strong force-gravity unification and an electroweak unification and we just need to combine those dualities. There are four layers to the omniverse, with universes of different dimensions in each layer (the number of dimensions in each layer bear a pythagorean relationship to the other layers and each universe has a parent superverse from whose parent black hole it was created. If you loop through the entire hierarchy of universes you end up back where you started, so the omniverse is not only cyclical time, but also in space. I guess I’ll leave that for a sequel lol.BTW if there are multiple timelines they would be created right after the big bang, by the force of inflation and be emergent diverging timelines along two dimensions of time (think cartesian coordinates) and if the cyclic model is correct and dark flow does reverse the expansion of space, the time lines would converge once again with a Big Bounce as the universe deflated (rinse and repeat.) The antiverse would have opposing cycles (because the arrow of time was opposite compared to ours) and if there was someway to construct some sort of device (a la star gate) to tap into the barrier which separates the two (consisting of light, which does not experience the passage of time) than both time and long distance space travel would become possible through the second temporal dimension (which keeps each timeline intact)…… according to Einstein the past, present and future all coexist and it is we who move through them, so theoretically this should be possible. He also stated that the universe (or omniverse on a larger scale) created us in order to understand itself better, forming the framework for a cosmic collective mind which encompasses not only humans, but animals, plants, alien life, even whole planets (Gaia Theory, which has been proven multiple times) and even stars and galaxies, the only difference is the density of the level of consciousness, although planets (for example) are much larger than any single life form, their density of consciousness is much less, with their “memories” (fossil record) spread out over a much larger area, so any one spot (on our scale) is seemingly lifeless. But it’s not. The planet consists of a complicated series of checks and balances and delicate interplay between different parts that can and should be considered alive.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/2-futures-can-explain-time-s-mysterious-past/

Barbour and his colleagues argue that it is gravity, rather than thermodynamics, that draws the bowstring to let time’s arrow fly.Looks like they also caught on to my idea that gravity and time are directly related since time is just as out of place with the other 3 dimensions as gravity is with the other 3 forces.Alsohttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868238/Did-Big-Bang-create-mirror-universe-time-moves-BACKWARDS-New-theory-explain-past-future.html#comments Basically a carbon copy of my two time lane two universe theory from years ago. https://supermanbatmanalexthegreatest.shutterfly.com/2633

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/2-futures-can-explain-time-s-mysterious-past/

Barbour and his colleagues argue that it is gravity, rather than thermodynamics, that draws the bowstring to let time’s arrow fly.Looks like they also caught on to my idea that gravity and time are directly related since time is just as out of place with the other 3 dimensions as gravity is with the other 3 forces.Alsohttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868238/Did-Big-Bang-create-mirror-universe-time-moves-BACKWARDS-New-theory-explain-past-future.html#comments Basically a carbon copy of my two time lane two universe theory from years ago. https://supermanbatmanalexthegreatest.shutterfly.com/2633

10:33AM GMT 23 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/large-hadron-collider/11489442/Big-Bang-theory-could-be-debunked-by-Large-Hadron-Collider.html
“The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.

The particle accelerator, which will be restarted this week, has already found the Higgs boson – the God Particle – which is thought to give mass to other particles.Now scientists at Cern in Switzerland believe they might find miniature black holes which would reveal the existence of a parallel universe.And if the holes are found at a certain energy, it could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started, and no Big Bang”.http://phys.org/news/2015-03-universe-brink-collapse-cosmological-timescale.html#ajTabshttp://phys.org/news/2014-11-gravity-universe-big.html#inlRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2014-11-gravity-universe-big.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-dark-side-cosmology.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2014-06-lumpy-universe-cosmic.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-landmark-magnets.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-stars.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-lhcb-analysis-puzzle.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-lhcb-analysis-puzzle.html#nRlvThey talk about The Big Crunch but in my opinion rather than the Big Crunch, we would have the Big Bounce(s), because as the universe shrinks, the effects of gravity will wane and then disappear (at 2D- at least according to Relativity) and then the universe will re-expand.

this discovery will bolster the chances for time travel

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indeed but it is possible, with a spinning black hole, that you might get to see if it’s right or not if you get sucked in (a spinning black hole would have an eye-like singularity in the middle, which would be calm (less gravity) like the eye of a hurricane.) As a matter of fact, if that’s right, our own universe is inside the eye of a spinning black hole.
On the other hand, some alternative theories for gravity, such as MOG (Modified Gravity), posit that Black Holes do not exist. Instead, gravity becomes repulsive after a certain point, so gravitational collapse comes to a halt just before an event horizon can be formed. Thus, what we have is a “Gray Star” rather than a Black Hole (however, the gravity is *extremely* strong on the surface, thus “Gray Stars” are still extremely dark, and would be functionally the same thing as a Black Hole with regards to how they affect this universe).

Of course, these things can never be tested. What can be tested is the theory in other respects. If the theory passes all the tests we can throw at it, then we assume that the predictions of the theory in things we cannot test still pan out until proven otherwise by other observations that would not involve the inner workings of a Black Hole or Gray Star, which, by definition, cannot be observed.
It sounds a lot like something I thought up when reading about Loop Quantum Gravity for why the universe might be cyclical. Basically, in relativity, gravity can not exist in 2 dimensions. According to some theories, the universe’s dark energy will cause it to contract after a period of inflation (what we have now) and the universe will eventually return to a 2D state like it was before and then it will re-expand. This explains why the cosmological constant has a non-integer value (if it reduces with every restart of the cycle).

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57716044

There are some ideas out there that we can make our own mini black holes with the Large Hadron Collider and perhaps test to see if we can actually generate our own micro universes with their own dimensions.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57718970

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, based on conversations I’ve had with some of my European buddies on here and wondering why America is so much more conservative than Europe is. Is it because America is also more religious? In Europe, Clinton would be considered a Right Winger, and Bernie a moderate, while the Republican party would be considered ultraright wing. It was pointed out to me that some of the highest standards of living in Europe arise in countries in Scandanavia that are mostly atheist/agnostic. So perhaps religion is at the core of what’s wrong in America? America is one of the- or the most- “religious”- country in the developed world.

Religion divides people, teaching them to fear, to hold off on progress, to not be accepting of different kinds of people and their preferences. It also has the ability to raise a great deal of money- which further gums up politics. There’s also this thought in modern religion that humankind is king of his/her “kingdom” and has the right to do whatever they wish to the environment- not realizing that humans are actually part of the environment and what we do to it, we do to ourselves.

Make no mistake, I appreciate the desire to believe in something greater, I do so myself (but without religion), but don’t let it turn you into something less. It becomes a problem when rather than opening doors, it closes them.
Well said, but Trumps problems are not based on any deep religious beliefs.

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Thanks, but I think we can safely say that money is his religion

edit: money is his god, his religion is making more of it.
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Let’s get this out first- 99.9999999% chance of him losing and I -certainly- won’t vote for him (will probably go third party), but here is what I think would happen with a hypothetical Trump presidency.

1) Trump has some very silly ideas which I don’t think would ever get implemented because people from -neither- side of the aisle will listen to him.

2) He is a loose cannon but I don’t think that cannon will be allowed to unleash itself because the military itself won’t listen to him.

3) On the extremely positive side there will be a huge progressive movement in America like hasn’t been since the 60s. The 60s happened because of how authoritarian America had become with McArthyism and J Edgar Hoover and people had had enough and wanted to fight back. Note to the authoritarians- the worst thing you can do is anger people by trying to control what people think and do- that’s basic human psychology. The rubber band will snap in the other direction and there will be all hell to pay. Many activists and other progressives sitting on the side lines for way too long will join in and you’ll see an amazing revival of what we had in the ’60s and that is what will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Without even knowing it, the orangutan in a monkey suit that is Trump will have catalyzed an entire movement against him and people will come together and we’ll see the social awareness and desire for social justice that we did back in the 60s. We are already starting to see this with all the protests! But there will be much more mass media coverage of this and other types of protests (election corruption protests, millions against monsanto, protests against Walmart using products made in sweat shops, animal rights protests, etc.) that have gotten far too little coverage by mainstream media (although the volume of people attending them was large) and will hopefully result in reforms in the electoral system and other reforms after Trump is gone. It will rightly correct the authoritarianism that began after 9/11 (“Patriot Act,”etc.) and the secret prejudices that people had will be brought to light. The one good thing about Trump is that he publicly showed his racist bigoted ways which will thus expose those who secretly espouse those views and make those people see how silly and irrational their fears are, and that the real danger are not third worlders who we have much in common with, but the real danger is a multibillionaire and others of his ilk who would seek to control the world just to make themselves more money and go on a powergrab. The blow back and the rubber band snapping will hit back hard not just on Trump, but on the fossil fuel industry, the militarization of the police force, the pharmaceutical industry, the wretappers in gov’t, and near monopolies like Monsanto in agribusiness and what will happen to all these corrupt industries- let’s just say I feel sorry for them when it happens. I think it will happen even if Trump doesn’t become president, but it will happen at a slower pace, but I find this “awakening” to be inevitable; we already see the beginnings of it (something that was predicted way back in the 80s.)

Noted scholars like Dr. Cornelius West decry the fact that Obama betrayed Progressives with many of his actions, including continuing many of the policies of the Bush Administration. Those trade deals are horrible for all concerned, because they expand corporatocracy globally, and thanks to Obama fracking became an epidemic. Obama also looked the other way in appointing industry insiders into regulatory positions as well- and just look at some of his cohorts, like Rahm Emmanuel and how awful they have been. Obama has continued a war on whistleblowers, making reform much more difficult. Obama has been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Under him, if anything, Bush’s policies have continued, or even gotten worse. Neoliberalism is not different from neoconservatism, just two sides of the same coin

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SirLataxe wrote:

White US woman of the lowest socio-economic class are on average dying earlier than they were, in counterpoint to those of all other developed nations and US woman who are better off financially. This study suggests that addiction to prescribed opiates may be the underlying cause, with the fundamental cause the ever-degrading life experiences demanded by the economic policies of neo-liberalism aka The Free Market dogma. That same Free Market is the pusher for these opiates, aggressively marketed by drug companies with very poor oversight by government.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36255143

Sadly, we British will be following suite as our politicians ape the oligarch-pleasing legalisms of the US, with more people shoved into poverty even as Big Pharma rubs it’s dirty hands in anticipation..

One interesting side-effect is that this trend of earlier dying amongst white-skinned women in the US is not occurring amongst women with other skin colours. The suggestion is that doctors harbouring the racial prejudice endemic to the US regard such off-white people as more likely to become drug addicts so don’t prescribe as freely as they do to white-skinned ladies. Ironic.

Here is an extract from the article:

“Rates of overdose deaths [from opioids generally] begin to soar: from 1999 to 2014, 250,000 Americans have died of an opioid overdose. Today there are more Americans dying of drug overdoses than dying from motor vehicle crashes,

“This is the worst drug addiction epidemic in US history. We have about 10 to 12 million Americans on opioids chronically, so many that drug companies can now make money selling medicines to treat the side effects from being on opioids chronically.

“We’ve seen a very sharp increase in prescription opioid overdoses in women. I think one of the reasons is that middle-aged women are more likely to receive treatment for a chronic pain problem from a doctor, [and] they’re more likely to be prescribed prescription opioids.

“This epidemic is almost completely white. It’s so white that it’s fair to say that it’s protective in some ways to be African-American or Latino.

“What I think may be happening is that if the patient is black, the doctor is more concerned about the possibility of the patient becoming addicted or of the patient selling their pills.

“Racial stereotyping is having a protective effect on non-white populations.”

SirLataxe

Jamesie wrote:

JulesJ wrote:

Wyville2 wrote:

Werderano wrote:

re:publica starting today with interesting topics and guests. https://re-publica.de/en

Greenpeace revealed at the re:publica the newest leak, this one is only (others from republica are english) in German so not really helpful for most but I add a shorty from Greenpeace.

“Press release – 2 May, 2016 Amsterdam, 2 May 2016 – http://www.ttip-leaks.org Today Greenpeace Netherlands releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. On http://www.ttip-leaks.org the documents will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

“These documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being asked to make in pursuit of corporate profits. It is time for the negotiations to stop, and the debate to begin.”

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/press/releases/2016/Greenpeace-Netherlands-releases-TTIP-documents/

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mas cervezas wrote:

wklee wrote:

What does 100% Natural mean?

http://www.businessinsider.sg/quaker-oats-glyphosate-lawsuit-2016-5/?r=US&IR=T

Glyphosate, in the case of Oats, is used as a dessicant to speed up harvesting. A weed killer? Isn’t that an odd choice for a dessicant?
Glyphosate is more than a weed killer. It is more like Agent Orange. It kills every living plant. Weed killers are more specifically targeted (broad leaf weeds in a cereal crop or your lawn, or grassy weeds in a broad leaf crop).

By genetically engineering agricultural crops to be glyphosate resistant a farmer can spray an entire field to kill everything but the crop. There is some growing evidence that this is making some plants more resistant which in turn makes the farmers have to increase the rate they apply the glyphosate.

Glyphosate is thoroughly entrenched into our food chain now.

“Oats are not a genetically engineered crop. But glyphosate is increasingly being used as a “dessicant” to dry out crops to speed harvesting.”

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It’s actually made by the same company that made Agent Orange, and now that weeds are becoming immune to it, Monsanto, Dow, and others want to use something even more dangerous- Enlist Duo.
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William Carson wrote:

Jamesie wrote:

…in the field — people who have participated in the development of GM crops or who might see the possibility of a well paid consultancy or a grant in the future. Not all of them, of course, but enough.

The academic establishments are deeply involved in this stuff and here is a revolving door between the corporations, universities, and whatnot.

But quite apart from anything else, the question is — why GM?

Great benefits have been forecast — and ha e not appeared.

It is basically giant con job to give a handful of giant corporations, mainly American, control of the world’s crops and therefore its food supply.

Is that a good thing? Absolutely not.
These are two separate issues – if you can separate them. GMO debate is

1. – just genetically modified food crops. (It is possible to genetically modify something that will produce a toxin but that is not what is being considered.) Unless the genetic changes are causing poisons to be created by the plant, there should be no objection.

2. – But, why are GMOs are being used – to create a genetically modified plant that is immune to a herbicide that is possibly toxic to humans and others, (and the main cash cow of its producers) that is what is the real issue. Glyphosate -as in Monsanto, Roundup and a lot of side products containing the same- that is the real issue.

The trouble is, in debating GMOs, people in general do not seem to have the capacity to separate these two separate issues. GMO plants are not the issue, Herbicides are.

The ‘giant corporations’ control of the world’s crops is a real issue on many different levels. But, it is good to separate the BS from the real facts. Just IMO.
This is exactly what I was trying to say and why these two issues MUST be separated. I personally know of GREAT scientists in the field who dislike companies like Monsanto and Bayer intensely and are working to produce GMO crops that do not require Glyphosate (or any other pesticide for that matter.) I see it like the whole antibiotics debate. We are now starting to move on beyond the usage of chemicals and look for a biological way to control pests. Without antibiotics, we are moving onto immunotherapy. The same can be done with pest control.

Also, keep in mind that just like with antibiotics being used in farming, Round Up is now meeting resistance from pests who have become immune to it. The newer pesticides being used to combat this (like Enlist Duo which contains 2-4,D) are actually more dangerous- which makes sense because when you have to deal with immunity you normally have to go to stronger and stronger chemicals- until you eventually reach a dead end and then you have to change your philosophy on how to deal with pests.

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René Schuster wrote:

TrapperJohn wrote:

GM plants are not frankenplant. They’ve had a few genes adjusted to produce the desired results: resistance to disease, growth, etc…

This is the same as what was done in years past with selective breeding. It just happens a lot quicker. What you get is pretty much the same organic material.
BS! That is exactly what it is not! You can breed the old-fashioned way as long as you want to, but the resulting plant will NEVER show genes of a virus or a bacterium in its DNA!!

“Genetic engineering transfers genes across natural species barriers.

GM plants, such as soybean, corn, cottonseed, and canola, have had foreign genes forced into their DNA. The inserted genes come from species, such as bacteria and viruses, which have never been in the human food supply.”

“In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration claimed they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different from conventionally grown foods. Therefore they are safe to eat, and absolutely no safety studies were required. But internal memos made public by a lawsuit[2] reveal that their position was staged by political appointees who were under orders from the White House to promote GMOs. In addition, the FDA official in charge of creating this policy was Michael Taylor, the former attorney for Monsanto, the largest biotech company, and later their vice president. In reality, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.”

Not different enough to have to be tested but different enough to be patented, haha!

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/health-risks/

There are a few dangers here:

A tinkered with plant can dominate, cross pollinate with, and essentially push out, the original version. That may not be wise. There are already banks of original seeds set up, preserving the original line.

Some of the GM corn plants produce seeds that won’t germinate, a way for the GM company to insure that the farmers will keep buying from them.
Yes, and that clearly shows that it is not about ‘feeding the world’ but simply about making money. But it is even worse than that, it is nothing but an attempt by a few companies to control the global seed and food supply!

Don’t want that cross pollinating with someone else’s crop. The farmer using the GM seed could get sued by a neighbor who was raising corn for plantable seed.
Actually it works the other way round: Monsanto has hundreds of detectives trying to find fields of non-GMO farmers with some plants cross-pollinated by GM stuff and then sues these farmers for ‘illegally using’ their patented crap without paying any license fees!

RS
It makes you wonder why Michael Taylor was ever given that position, a position he should never have been allowed to be given. You see this same kind of conflict of interest across all regulatory agencies, probably why the Flint water crisis was so badly handled. This guy Taylor needs to be ousted. Let’s just say Trump is more qualified to be president than Taylor is to be in the FDA. And I don’t like Trump.

The more altruistic scientists in the industry hate companies like Monsanto because they know Monsanto only cares about itself, nothing else.

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They have the research into diet sodas was with artificial sweeteners and with regular sodas it was high fructose corn syrup. Obesity and diabetes being the primary results. With the fast food industry documentary on 60 minutes what they were saying is they came up with a cocktail of additives that is “the right combo” to stimulate the taste buds and keep people coming back for more. The primary evidence for all of these are the rising rates of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, etc.

Also, “toxic” is a higher bar to set than simply “unhealthy”. I wouldn’t say they are toxic either, not in the sense of (let’s say) asbestos, but unhealthy- definitely.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Polar_dinosaur

During the Cretaceous, Earth on average was warmer than it is now, making the polar regions more habitable.

Several techniques have been used to deduce the ancient climate of Gondwana in the Early Cretaceous. One technique involves looking at the levels of oxygenisotopes in the rocks from the time. These have suggested estimated mean annual temperatures of between 0 and 8 °C (32 and 46 °F). The rocks with associatedmammal and dinosaur fossils show evidence of permafrost, features such as ice wedging, patterning and hummocked ground. Permafrost today occurs in temperature ranges of between −2 and 3 °C (28 and 37 °F).

Another method used to deduce the climate of the time is to use the types of plants found in the fossil record. The fossil record shows a floral community dominated by conifers, ginkgoes, ferns, cycads, bryophytes, horsetails and a few flowering plants. The plants indicated, through structural adaptations, a seasonal cold period and a mean annual temperature around 10 °C (50 °F) (higher than found by the oxygen isotope data) and the presence of ferns and bryophytes indicates rainy conditions. A large inland sea that extended into central Australia modified its continental climate.

The very lopsided distribution of land and ocean around the South Pole would have forced the ocean currents and seasonal winds (monsoons) to flow across the polar area, stopping a cold pool from forming around the pole.

These studies show that during the Cretaceous there were no polar ice caps, and forests would have extended all the way to the South Pole, and life could have flourished there during the summer. However, the Earth’s axial tilt means that the regions inside the Antarctic circle would still have experienced a polar night: a period of sunless darkness and cold of up to six months, during which only the hardiest life forms could survive. This combination of a habitable terrain with a long polar night is an ecological circumstance that has no present day analogue.

They also talk about the possibilities of small dinosaurs surviving there up to half a million years after the K-T event because they were already adapted to the colder climate.

And on the colonizing space front, looks like the first human mission to mars is scheduled for 2020.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57962385
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57962378

BTW all the writing is on the wall about Warren being the VP selection. She is even campaigning with HRC now and the main qualification for VP mentioned was someone who is great at attacking Trump. I suspect she will be announced as the VP nominee at the convention and this will be viewed as a concession to the progressives in the party as the president of the future.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-judge-lightly-sentences-admitted-rapist-implies-victim-promiscuous-article-1.1778291

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57931009

http://www.dpreview.com/members/9919230156/overview

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57932792

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57959864

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Given that the dinosaurs and other fauna of Cretaceous were well adapted for living in long periods of dark and cold weather, it has been postulated[2] that this community might have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 Ma) which exterminated the non-avian dinosaurs and many other of the world’s species at the time. At the present time, this is merely speculation, but according to palaeontologists Patricia Vickers-Rich and Tom Rich, Australia may yet prove to be the best place to find fossils of post-Cretaceous, non-avian dinosaurs.

“Reports earlier this year that dwarf mammoths survived to early historical times, in islands off the coast of Siberia, give force to such speculation. If dinosaurs found a similar haven in which they outlived the rest of their kind, then we think polar Gondwana, including southeastern Australia, is a likely place to look for it.”[2]
However, small dinosaur fossils (teeth, bits of bone) found after the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary are likely to be derived fossils washed out of eroded Mesozoic deposits, or remains of dinosaurs that died in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that were later washed into a lake or the sea. Likewise, several smaller animals, such as many mammal groups, did not survive the KT event.

To make someone like ClintonII (or BushII) to the next Presipuppet misleaded voters are needed and her “friends” in the media and around the world are doing good in selling the mantra Don and John and too many uncritical consumer are buying everyday. https://theintercept.com/2016/03/10/hillary-clinton-stalwart-friend-of-worlds-worst-despots-attacks-sanders-latin-american-activism/

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57563797

Things like Snowden, Binney showed us or something like this:

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/06/class-action-suit-targets-system-that-added-a-baby-to-terrorist-watchlist/

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/06/l-a-activists-want-to-bring-surveillance-conversation-down-to-earth/

During the first D debate I saw Clinton get angry when Snowden was mentioned, while Bernie said he’d welcome him back and seek his advice on how the system should be changed.
I do remember, also the lies ClintonII was allowed to tell without being challenged from so called journalists..
This is exactly why I worry about her.
There are a lot of things she supports to worry about.

Another good source for news which the brainwashing msm are missing is emptywheel.net

John Yoo’s Two Justifications for Stellar Wind

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57567526

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57580166

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57580811

autonomous flying cars?

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57640080

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-philadelphia-challenge/

http://www.thenation.com/article/sanders-fights-on-for-the-strongest-progressive-agenda-that-any-political-party-has-ever-seen/

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57713420

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57713408

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-david-brock-built-empire-put-hillary-white-house/

and let’s add in Goldman Sachs for good measure- no wonder she doesn’t want the speech transcripts released:

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-many-ways-can-goldman-give

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57715920

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57715917

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-musser/space-time-illusion_b_9703656.html

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57716026

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/large-hadron-collider/11489442/Big-Bang-theory-could-be-debunked-by-Large-Hadron-Collider.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11285605/Did-the-Big-Bang-create-a-parallel-universe-where-time-goes-backwards.htmlwoah I am amazed at how much this matches what I had said….

The theoretical claims put forward in the Physical Review Lettersjournal could revolutionise the field of research into the origin and future of the universe.

In the paper titled ‘Identification of a Gravitational Arrow of Time’, an international team of world renowned scientists led by Oxfordshire-based Dr Julian Barbour challenge assumptions about the so called ‘arrow of time’.

The ‘arrow of time’ is the theory that time is symmetric and therefore time moves forward. They contend that there is no scientific reason that a mirror universe could not have been created where time moved in an distinct way from our own.

But in a quirk of science it is thought that if a parallel universe did exist where time moved backward, any sentient beings there would consider that time in our universe in fact moved backward

What I said a few years ago:

note the date and the part about arrows of time flowing opposite relative to each other but forward relative to themselves

Proof of Concept Origin

January 5, 2013Basically, I conjecture on a new theory of everything; in my theory each dimension can be analoged to a primary color….. in our universe each spatial dimension would be equivalent to an additive primary color (RGB) with time as the background (Black) with a complementary spacetime which consisted of dimensions that analoged to the subtractive primary colors (CMY) with complementary time as the background (White) as one space expanded the other contracts and vice versa (because the arrow of time flows opposite to each other but forward within each), It’s been peer reviewed and it seems there’s some excitement over this as this would solve the dark matter / dark energy problem by unifying the strong nuclear force and gravity (the strong nuclear force is carried by gluons and color charge and analoging dimensions to primary colors is gravity’s version of color charge) so now we have a strong force-gravity unification and an electroweak unification and we just need to combine those dualities. There are four layers to the omniverse, with universes of different dimensions in each layer (the number of dimensions in each layer bear a pythagorean relationship to the other layers and each universe has a parent superverse from whose parent black hole it was created. If you loop through the entire hierarchy of universes you end up back where you started, so the omniverse is not only cyclical time, but also in space. I guess I’ll leave that for a sequel lol.BTW if there are multiple timelines they would be created right after the big bang, by the force of inflation and be emergent diverging timelines along two dimensions of time (think cartesian coordinates) and if the cyclic model is correct and dark flow does reverse the expansion of space, the time lines would converge once again with a Big Bounce as the universe deflated (rinse and repeat.) The antiverse would have opposing cycles (because the arrow of time was opposite compared to ours) and if there was someway to construct some sort of device (a la star gate) to tap into the barrier which separates the two (consisting of light, which does not experience the passage of time) than both time and long distance space travel would become possible through the second temporal dimension (which keeps each timeline intact)…… according to Einstein the past, present and future all coexist and it is we who move through them, so theoretically this should be possible. He also stated that the universe (or omniverse on a larger scale) created us in order to understand itself better, forming the framework for a cosmic collective mind which encompasses not only humans, but animals, plants, alien life, even whole planets (Gaia Theory, which has been proven multiple times) and even stars and galaxies, the only difference is the density of the level of consciousness, although planets (for example) are much larger than any single life form, their density of consciousness is much less, with their “memories” (fossil record) spread out over a much larger area, so any one spot (on our scale) is seemingly lifeless. But it’s not. The planet consists of a complicated series of checks and balances and delicate interplay between different parts that can and should be considered alive.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/2-futures-can-explain-time-s-mysterious-past/

Barbour and his colleagues argue that it is gravity, rather than thermodynamics, that draws the bowstring to let time’s arrow fly.Looks like they also caught on to my idea that gravity and time are directly related since time is just as out of place with the other 3 dimensions as gravity is with the other 3 forces.Alsohttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868238/Did-Big-Bang-create-mirror-universe-time-moves-BACKWARDS-New-theory-explain-past-future.html#comments Basically a carbon copy of my two time lane two universe theory from years ago. https://supermanbatmanalexthegreatest.shutterfly.com/2633

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/2-futures-can-explain-time-s-mysterious-past/

Barbour and his colleagues argue that it is gravity, rather than thermodynamics, that draws the bowstring to let time’s arrow fly.Looks like they also caught on to my idea that gravity and time are directly related since time is just as out of place with the other 3 dimensions as gravity is with the other 3 forces.Alsohttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868238/Did-Big-Bang-create-mirror-universe-time-moves-BACKWARDS-New-theory-explain-past-future.html#comments Basically a carbon copy of my two time lane two universe theory from years ago. https://supermanbatmanalexthegreatest.shutterfly.com/2633

10:33AM GMT 23 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/large-hadron-collider/11489442/Big-Bang-theory-could-be-debunked-by-Large-Hadron-Collider.html
“The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.

The particle accelerator, which will be restarted this week, has already found the Higgs boson – the God Particle – which is thought to give mass to other particles.Now scientists at Cern in Switzerland believe they might find miniature black holes which would reveal the existence of a parallel universe.And if the holes are found at a certain energy, it could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started, and no Big Bang”.http://phys.org/news/2015-03-universe-brink-collapse-cosmological-timescale.html#ajTabshttp://phys.org/news/2014-11-gravity-universe-big.html#inlRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2014-11-gravity-universe-big.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-dark-side-cosmology.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2014-06-lumpy-universe-cosmic.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-landmark-magnets.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-stars.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-lhcb-analysis-puzzle.html#nRlvhttp://phys.org/news/2015-03-lhcb-analysis-puzzle.html#nRlvThey talk about The Big Crunch but in my opinion rather than the Big Crunch, we would have the Big Bounce(s), because as the universe shrinks, the effects of gravity will wane and then disappear (at 2D- at least according to Relativity) and then the universe will re-expand.

this discovery will bolster the chances for time travel

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http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57715970

indeed but it is possible, with a spinning black hole, that you might get to see if it’s right or not if you get sucked in (a spinning black hole would have an eye-like singularity in the middle, which would be calm (less gravity) like the eye of a hurricane.) As a matter of fact, if that’s right, our own universe is inside the eye of a spinning black hole.
On the other hand, some alternative theories for gravity, such as MOG (Modified Gravity), posit that Black Holes do not exist. Instead, gravity becomes repulsive after a certain point, so gravitational collapse comes to a halt just before an event horizon can be formed. Thus, what we have is a “Gray Star” rather than a Black Hole (however, the gravity is *extremely* strong on the surface, thus “Gray Stars” are still extremely dark, and would be functionally the same thing as a Black Hole with regards to how they affect this universe).

Of course, these things can never be tested. What can be tested is the theory in other respects. If the theory passes all the tests we can throw at it, then we assume that the predictions of the theory in things we cannot test still pan out until proven otherwise by other observations that would not involve the inner workings of a Black Hole or Gray Star, which, by definition, cannot be observed.
It sounds a lot like something I thought up when reading about Loop Quantum Gravity for why the universe might be cyclical. Basically, in relativity, gravity can not exist in 2 dimensions. According to some theories, the universe’s dark energy will cause it to contract after a period of inflation (what we have now) and the universe will eventually return to a 2D state like it was before and then it will re-expand. This explains why the cosmological constant has a non-integer value (if it reduces with every restart of the cycle).

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57716044

There are some ideas out there that we can make our own mini black holes with the Large Hadron Collider and perhaps test to see if we can actually generate our own micro universes with their own dimensions.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57718970

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, based on conversations I’ve had with some of my European buddies on here and wondering why America is so much more conservative than Europe is. Is it because America is also more religious? In Europe, Clinton would be considered a Right Winger, and Bernie a moderate, while the Republican party would be considered ultraright wing. It was pointed out to me that some of the highest standards of living in Europe arise in countries in Scandanavia that are mostly atheist/agnostic. So perhaps religion is at the core of what’s wrong in America? America is one of the- or the most- “religious”- country in the developed world.

Religion divides people, teaching them to fear, to hold off on progress, to not be accepting of different kinds of people and their preferences. It also has the ability to raise a great deal of money- which further gums up politics. There’s also this thought in modern religion that humankind is king of his/her “kingdom” and has the right to do whatever they wish to the environment- not realizing that humans are actually part of the environment and what we do to it, we do to ourselves.

Make no mistake, I appreciate the desire to believe in something greater, I do so myself (but without religion), but don’t let it turn you into something less. It becomes a problem when rather than opening doors, it closes them.
Well said, but Trumps problems are not based on any deep religious beliefs.

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Thanks, but I think we can safely say that money is his religion

edit: money is his god, his religion is making more of it.
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Let’s get this out first- 99.9999999% chance of him losing and I -certainly- won’t vote for him (will probably go third party), but here is what I think would happen with a hypothetical Trump presidency.

1) Trump has some very silly ideas which I don’t think would ever get implemented because people from -neither- side of the aisle will listen to him.

2) He is a loose cannon but I don’t think that cannon will be allowed to unleash itself because the military itself won’t listen to him.

3) On the extremely positive side there will be a huge progressive movement in America like hasn’t been since the 60s. The 60s happened because of how authoritarian America had become with McArthyism and J Edgar Hoover and people had had enough and wanted to fight back. Note to the authoritarians- the worst thing you can do is anger people by trying to control what people think and do- that’s basic human psychology. The rubber band will snap in the other direction and there will be all hell to pay. Many activists and other progressives sitting on the side lines for way too long will join in and you’ll see an amazing revival of what we had in the ’60s and that is what will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Without even knowing it, the orangutan in a monkey suit that is Trump will have catalyzed an entire movement against him and people will come together and we’ll see the social awareness and desire for social justice that we did back in the 60s. We are already starting to see this with all the protests! But there will be much more mass media coverage of this and other types of protests (election corruption protests, millions against monsanto, protests against Walmart using products made in sweat shops, animal rights protests, etc.) that have gotten far too little coverage by mainstream media (although the volume of people attending them was large) and will hopefully result in reforms in the electoral system and other reforms after Trump is gone. It will rightly correct the authoritarianism that began after 9/11 (“Patriot Act,”etc.) and the secret prejudices that people had will be brought to light. The one good thing about Trump is that he publicly showed his racist bigoted ways which will thus expose those who secretly espouse those views and make those people see how silly and irrational their fears are, and that the real danger are not third worlders who we have much in common with, but the real danger is a multibillionaire and others of his ilk who would seek to control the world just to make themselves more money and go on a powergrab. The blow back and the rubber band snapping will hit back hard not just on Trump, but on the fossil fuel industry, the militarization of the police force, the pharmaceutical industry, the wretappers in gov’t, and near monopolies like Monsanto in agribusiness and what will happen to all these corrupt industries- let’s just say I feel sorry for them when it happens. I think it will happen even if Trump doesn’t become president, but it will happen at a slower pace, but I find this “awakening” to be inevitable; we already see the beginnings of it (something that was predicted way back in the 80s.)

Noted scholars like Dr. Cornelius West decry the fact that Obama betrayed Progressives with many of his actions, including continuing many of the policies of the Bush Administration. Those trade deals are horrible for all concerned, because they expand corporatocracy globally, and thanks to Obama fracking became an epidemic. Obama also looked the other way in appointing industry insiders into regulatory positions as well- and just look at some of his cohorts, like Rahm Emmanuel and how awful they have been. Obama has continued a war on whistleblowers, making reform much more difficult. Obama has been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Under him, if anything, Bush’s policies have continued, or even gotten worse. Neoliberalism is not different from neoconservatism, just two sides of the same coin

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SirLataxe wrote:

White US woman of the lowest socio-economic class are on average dying earlier than they were, in counterpoint to those of all other developed nations and US woman who are better off financially. This study suggests that addiction to prescribed opiates may be the underlying cause, with the fundamental cause the ever-degrading life experiences demanded by the economic policies of neo-liberalism aka The Free Market dogma. That same Free Market is the pusher for these opiates, aggressively marketed by drug companies with very poor oversight by government.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36255143

Sadly, we British will be following suite as our politicians ape the oligarch-pleasing legalisms of the US, with more people shoved into poverty even as Big Pharma rubs it’s dirty hands in anticipation..

One interesting side-effect is that this trend of earlier dying amongst white-skinned women in the US is not occurring amongst women with other skin colours. The suggestion is that doctors harbouring the racial prejudice endemic to the US regard such off-white people as more likely to become drug addicts so don’t prescribe as freely as they do to white-skinned ladies. Ironic.

Here is an extract from the article:

“Rates of overdose deaths [from opioids generally] begin to soar: from 1999 to 2014, 250,000 Americans have died of an opioid overdose. Today there are more Americans dying of drug overdoses than dying from motor vehicle crashes,

“This is the worst drug addiction epidemic in US history. We have about 10 to 12 million Americans on opioids chronically, so many that drug companies can now make money selling medicines to treat the side effects from being on opioids chronically.

“We’ve seen a very sharp increase in prescription opioid overdoses in women. I think one of the reasons is that middle-aged women are more likely to receive treatment for a chronic pain problem from a doctor, [and] they’re more likely to be prescribed prescription opioids.

“This epidemic is almost completely white. It’s so white that it’s fair to say that it’s protective in some ways to be African-American or Latino.

“What I think may be happening is that if the patient is black, the doctor is more concerned about the possibility of the patient becoming addicted or of the patient selling their pills.

“Racial stereotyping is having a protective effect on non-white populations.”

SirLataxe

Jamesie wrote:

JulesJ wrote:

Wyville2 wrote:

Werderano wrote:

re:publica starting today with interesting topics and guests. https://re-publica.de/en

Greenpeace revealed at the re:publica the newest leak, this one is only (others from republica are english) in German so not really helpful for most but I add a shorty from Greenpeace.

“Press release – 2 May, 2016 Amsterdam, 2 May 2016 – http://www.ttip-leaks.org Today Greenpeace Netherlands releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. On http://www.ttip-leaks.org the documents will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

“These documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being asked to make in pursuit of corporate profits. It is time for the negotiations to stop, and the debate to begin.”

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/press/releases/2016/Greenpeace-Netherlands-releases-TTIP-documents/

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mas cervezas wrote:

wklee wrote:

What does 100% Natural mean?

http://www.businessinsider.sg/quaker-oats-glyphosate-lawsuit-2016-5/?r=US&IR=T

Glyphosate, in the case of Oats, is used as a dessicant to speed up harvesting. A weed killer? Isn’t that an odd choice for a dessicant?
Glyphosate is more than a weed killer. It is more like Agent Orange. It kills every living plant. Weed killers are more specifically targeted (broad leaf weeds in a cereal crop or your lawn, or grassy weeds in a broad leaf crop).

By genetically engineering agricultural crops to be glyphosate resistant a farmer can spray an entire field to kill everything but the crop. There is some growing evidence that this is making some plants more resistant which in turn makes the farmers have to increase the rate they apply the glyphosate.

Glyphosate is thoroughly entrenched into our food chain now.

“Oats are not a genetically engineered crop. But glyphosate is increasingly being used as a “dessicant” to dry out crops to speed harvesting.”

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It’s actually made by the same company that made Agent Orange, and now that weeds are becoming immune to it, Monsanto, Dow, and others want to use something even more dangerous- Enlist Duo.
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William Carson wrote:

Jamesie wrote:

…in the field — people who have participated in the development of GM crops or who might see the possibility of a well paid consultancy or a grant in the future. Not all of them, of course, but enough.

The academic establishments are deeply involved in this stuff and here is a revolving door between the corporations, universities, and whatnot.

But quite apart from anything else, the question is — why GM?

Great benefits have been forecast — and ha e not appeared.

It is basically giant con job to give a handful of giant corporations, mainly American, control of the world’s crops and therefore its food supply.

Is that a good thing? Absolutely not.
These are two separate issues – if you can separate them. GMO debate is

1. – just genetically modified food crops. (It is possible to genetically modify something that will produce a toxin but that is not what is being considered.) Unless the genetic changes are causing poisons to be created by the plant, there should be no objection.

2. – But, why are GMOs are being used – to create a genetically modified plant that is immune to a herbicide that is possibly toxic to humans and others, (and the main cash cow of its producers) that is what is the real issue. Glyphosate -as in Monsanto, Roundup and a lot of side products containing the same- that is the real issue.

The trouble is, in debating GMOs, people in general do not seem to have the capacity to separate these two separate issues. GMO plants are not the issue, Herbicides are.

The ‘giant corporations’ control of the world’s crops is a real issue on many different levels. But, it is good to separate the BS from the real facts. Just IMO.
This is exactly what I was trying to say and why these two issues MUST be separated. I personally know of GREAT scientists in the field who dislike companies like Monsanto and Bayer intensely and are working to produce GMO crops that do not require Glyphosate (or any other pesticide for that matter.) I see it like the whole antibiotics debate. We are now starting to move on beyond the usage of chemicals and look for a biological way to control pests. Without antibiotics, we are moving onto immunotherapy. The same can be done with pest control.

Also, keep in mind that just like with antibiotics being used in farming, Round Up is now meeting resistance from pests who have become immune to it. The newer pesticides being used to combat this (like Enlist Duo which contains 2-4,D) are actually more dangerous- which makes sense because when you have to deal with immunity you normally have to go to stronger and stronger chemicals- until you eventually reach a dead end and then you have to change your philosophy on how to deal with pests.

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René Schuster wrote:

TrapperJohn wrote:

GM plants are not frankenplant. They’ve had a few genes adjusted to produce the desired results: resistance to disease, growth, etc…

This is the same as what was done in years past with selective breeding. It just happens a lot quicker. What you get is pretty much the same organic material.
BS! That is exactly what it is not! You can breed the old-fashioned way as long as you want to, but the resulting plant will NEVER show genes of a virus or a bacterium in its DNA!!

“Genetic engineering transfers genes across natural species barriers.

GM plants, such as soybean, corn, cottonseed, and canola, have had foreign genes forced into their DNA. The inserted genes come from species, such as bacteria and viruses, which have never been in the human food supply.”

“In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration claimed they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different from conventionally grown foods. Therefore they are safe to eat, and absolutely no safety studies were required. But internal memos made public by a lawsuit[2] reveal that their position was staged by political appointees who were under orders from the White House to promote GMOs. In addition, the FDA official in charge of creating this policy was Michael Taylor, the former attorney for Monsanto, the largest biotech company, and later their vice president. In reality, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.”

Not different enough to have to be tested but different enough to be patented, haha!

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/health-risks/

There are a few dangers here:

A tinkered with plant can dominate, cross pollinate with, and essentially push out, the original version. That may not be wise. There are already banks of original seeds set up, preserving the original line.

Some of the GM corn plants produce seeds that won’t germinate, a way for the GM company to insure that the farmers will keep buying from them.
Yes, and that clearly shows that it is not about ‘feeding the world’ but simply about making money. But it is even worse than that, it is nothing but an attempt by a few companies to control the global seed and food supply!

Don’t want that cross pollinating with someone else’s crop. The farmer using the GM seed could get sued by a neighbor who was raising corn for plantable seed.
Actually it works the other way round: Monsanto has hundreds of detectives trying to find fields of non-GMO farmers with some plants cross-pollinated by GM stuff and then sues these farmers for ‘illegally using’ their patented crap without paying any license fees!

RS
It makes you wonder why Michael Taylor was ever given that position, a position he should never have been allowed to be given. You see this same kind of conflict of interest across all regulatory agencies, probably why the Flint water crisis was so badly handled. This guy Taylor needs to be ousted. Let’s just say Trump is more qualified to be president than Taylor is to be in the FDA. And I don’t like Trump.

The more altruistic scientists in the industry hate companies like Monsanto because they know Monsanto only cares about itself, nothing else.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57808208

They have the research into diet sodas was with artificial sweeteners and with regular sodas it was high fructose corn syrup. Obesity and diabetes being the primary results. With the fast food industry documentary on 60 minutes what they were saying is they came up with a cocktail of additives that is “the right combo” to stimulate the taste buds and keep people coming back for more. The primary evidence for all of these are the rising rates of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, etc.

Also, “toxic” is a higher bar to set than simply “unhealthy”. I wouldn’t say they are toxic either, not in the sense of (let’s say) asbestos, but unhealthy- definitely.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57830794

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Polar_dinosaur

During the Cretaceous, Earth on average was warmer than it is now, making the polar regions more habitable.

Several techniques have been used to deduce the ancient climate of Gondwana in the Early Cretaceous. One technique involves looking at the levels of oxygenisotopes in the rocks from the time. These have suggested estimated mean annual temperatures of between 0 and 8 °C (32 and 46 °F). The rocks with associatedmammal and dinosaur fossils show evidence of permafrost, features such as ice wedging, patterning and hummocked ground. Permafrost today occurs in temperature ranges of between −2 and 3 °C (28 and 37 °F).

Another method used to deduce the climate of the time is to use the types of plants found in the fossil record. The fossil record shows a floral community dominated by conifers, ginkgoes, ferns, cycads, bryophytes, horsetails and a few flowering plants. The plants indicated, through structural adaptations, a seasonal cold period and a mean annual temperature around 10 °C (50 °F) (higher than found by the oxygen isotope data) and the presence of ferns and bryophytes indicates rainy conditions. A large inland sea that extended into central Australia modified its continental climate.

The very lopsided distribution of land and ocean around the South Pole would have forced the ocean currents and seasonal winds (monsoons) to flow across the polar area, stopping a cold pool from forming around the pole.

These studies show that during the Cretaceous there were no polar ice caps, and forests would have extended all the way to the South Pole, and life could have flourished there during the summer. However, the Earth’s axial tilt means that the regions inside the Antarctic circle would still have experienced a polar night: a period of sunless darkness and cold of up to six months, during which only the hardiest life forms could survive. This combination of a habitable terrain with a long polar night is an ecological circumstance that has no present day analogue.

They also talk about the possibilities of small dinosaurs surviving there up to half a million years after the K-T event because they were already adapted to the colder climate.

And on the colonizing space front, looks like the first human mission to mars is scheduled for 2020.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57962385
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57962378

BTW all the writing is on the wall about Warren being the VP selection. She is even campaigning with HRC now and the main qualification for VP mentioned was someone who is great at attacking Trump. I suspect she will be announced as the VP nominee at the convention and this will be viewed as a concession to the progressives in the party as the president of the future.

 

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