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Minn. farmers warned not to plant Monsanto's latest Roundup soybeans

The E.U. has not approved the biotech seeds; the uncertainty could present export problems for U.S. farmers and grain producers.
By Tom Meersman Star Tribune MAY 23, 2016 — 5:29PM

Across Minnesota, grain buyers and sellers have been warning farmers this spring to be wary about planting Monsanto’s latest biotech soybean.

The product was launched in U.S. and Canadian markets for the first time this year, but it has not been approved yet for sale in the European Union. Traders and others say that uncertainty, if not resolved, will cause price declines, confusion and disruption in international trade.

“We’re making our farmers aware of the situation,” said David Kee, research director of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. “We do not encourage the planting of this because of the risk involved.”

The product in question is Roundup Ready 2 Xtend, a genetically modified soybean seed that is resisistant to a pair of herbicides called glyphosate and dicamba.

It was developed because weeds have become resistant to Roundup Ready varieties with traits that used glyphosate alone.


Karma is a You-Kow-What, Ken Starr

Kenneth Starr has reportedly been ousted as Baylor University’s president in the wake of the Texas university’s sexual-assault scandal. Starr, best known for his investigation that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, has served in the post since June 2010. He was named chancellor three years later. The university recently received a comprehensive report on its response to sexual assaults from independent law firm Pepper Hamilton and its board of regents has been reviewing it.

School spokeswoman Lori Fogleman told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that the board is still reviewing the investigation’s findings. “We will not respond to rumors, speculation, or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the university will provide it.” Fogleman said the school will likely make an announcement by June 3.

NFL draft hopeful Shawn Oakman was arrested in April on sexual-assault charges, and two other former Baylor football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted in the two previous years of sexual assaults. The Waco Tribune-Herald reported this month that a former tennis player has been under investigation for sexual assault for more than eight months. A fraternity president at the school was indicted this month on four counts of sexual assault after allegedly raping a teenager. Baylor has been in the spotlight over the past several years for its now-infamous poor handling of assaults, both involving athletes and other students. The victim in Elliott’s conviction filed a Title IX suit against the school in April claiming that Baylor showed “indifference” when she reported the incident.

In a statement after the report was released, Baylor said that the board “will carefully consider the information provided in the briefing and determine how to decisively act upon Pepper Hamilton’s findings and recommendations” and will be “guided by their faith.” “Thoroughly understanding the findings and acting on the recommendations to ensure the safety of all students are the board’s highest priority,” said Board of Regents Chairman Richard Willis. The school has not commented on the report’s specific findings.


Sanders: I'm not harming the Democratic Party, I'm invigorating it

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday that he is “absolutely not” harming the party by staying in the race.

The Vermont senator was asked during an interview with ABC's "The View" if he is hurting the Democratic Party by not dropping out, given his narrowing chances of winning the nomination.

“No, absolutely not,” Sanders responded. “You know what’s going on right here in California? There is an unprecedented increase in voter registration among young people, among Latinos. Over a million people have come into the Democratic Party just in this year alone.”

“When you are bringing young people and millions of working people into the party, to demand that we have a government that represents all of us and not just the one percent, to have the United States join the rest of the industrialized world guaranteeing healthcare as a right -- no, I don’t think I’m harming the Democratic Party, I think I’m invigorating American democracy and invigorating the Democratic Party,” he said.


It's Time to Stop the Saudis

When will we admit that many of our Gulf "allies" are spreading violent extremism worldwide?

Back in 1999, the last time we had a President Clinton, the United States and NATO intervened in Kosovo to prevent the slaughter of civilians in yet another of the brutal civil wars that resulted from the dissolution of what used to be Yugoslavia. The intervention was vigorous enough to draw criticism from, among other organizations, Amnesty International, but it had the desired effect. The slaughter was of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, most of whom were Muslims, a community that, until all hell broke loose, generally lived in harmony with its Christian neighbors.

I mention all this because, as The New York Times reports, our great good friends, the Saudis, and their affiliated statelets around the Persian Gulf, are doing their best to start the bloodletting all over again.

The mosque is one of scores built here with Saudi government money and blamed for spreading Wahhabism—the conservative ideology dominant in Saudi Arabia—in the 17 years since an American-led intervention wrested tiny Kosovo from Serbian oppression. Since then—much of that time under the watch of American officials—Saudi money and influence have transformed this once-tolerant Muslim society at the hem of Europe into a font of Islamic extremism and a pipeline for jihadists. Kosovo now finds itself, like the rest of Europe, fending off the threat of radical Islam. Over the last two years, the police have identified 314 Kosovars—including two suicide bombers, 44 women and 28 children—who have gone abroad to join the Islamic State, the highest number per capita in Europe. They were radicalized and recruited, Kosovo investigators say, by a corps of extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudi Arabia and other conservative Arab gulf states using an obscure, labyrinthine network of donations from charities, private individuals and government ministries.

Absent western intervention, Kosovo wouldn't exist today. That doesn't matter to the purveyors of hate and death. If someone can tell me what benefits—besides cheap oil and the feeling that it can always get worse—the world gains from the continued existence of the governments in the Gulf states, I'd be keen to know.

Any influence over them that might come from us arming these governments is clearly nil. They are authoritarian theocracies, bribing murderers to kill people all around the world so they won't kill anyone back home. These countries are a blight, and their rulers, largely plutocratic criminals. These are our allies in the fight against terror.


Bubba Smith, N.F.L. Star and Actor, Had C.T.E.

Source: NYT

Bubba Smith, the All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L. who went on to a second career as a movie actor, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, when he died in 2011.

The findings were confirmed by researchers affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, and released on Tuesday morning with the permission of the executor of Smith’s estate.

Smith is the 90th former N.F.L. player found to have had C.T.E. by the researchers at the Boston University brain bank; they have examined 94 former pro players. On a scale of 1 to 4 used by the neuropathologist who examined Smith’s brain, Smith had Stage 3 C.T.E., with symptoms that included cognitive impairment and problems with judgment and planning.

Some scientists caution that much remains unknown about C.T.E., including why it afflicts some players but not others. But even the N.F.L., which for years denied there was any connection between head trauma sustained on the field and long-term cognitive impairment, has admitted that there is a link.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/25/sports/football/bubba-smith-cte-nfl-concussion.html

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University of Oregon investigating 'disgraceful' trashing of Lake Shasta campsite

By Andrew Theen |

on May 23, 2016

Park rangers on a routine patrol Sunday discovered an "incredible amount of trash" left at a popular Lake Shasta island campsite that included a number of University of Oregon-related items.

Photos of the trash left on Slaughterhouse Island at the popular Northern California lake went viral Monday — and work crews are still cleaning up the remnants.

Phyllis Swanson, a spokeswoman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said about 60 houseboats were docked at the popular site this weekend. It's an annual, and unsanctioned trip for fraternity and sorority members along the West Coast. It's not out of the norm to have upwards of 1,000 college students on the lake, she said.

"What was different about this one," Swanson said, "is they left behind an incredible amount of trash."


Looks like they were copying the Bundy clan
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