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Captain America Statistics Song! - HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

- Happy Fourth!

International Space Station Captures Arthur Spinning Off U.S. Coast

NTDTV • Published on Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur is seen from space as it churns closer to the U.S. coast, spoiling Independence Day beach plans for thousands of vacationers.

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The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday (July 3) as its outer bands reached North Carolina, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth holiday beach plans and evacuated low-lying barrier islands in the storm's path.

Hurricane Arthur was about 150 miles (240 km) south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), U.S. forecasters said.

Views from the International Space Station captured the storm churning near Georgia and South Carolina.

Moving faster at 9 mph (15 kph), the center of the Category 1 hurricane was expected to brush close to the North Carolina Outer Banks late Thursday and early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Tourists and some residents packed ferries and crowded the only highway off Ocracoke and Hatteras islands, where voluntary and mandatory evacuations were in effect in anticipation of worsening weather conditions.

The worst of Arthur's winds were expected to remain offshore, forecasters said. But the storm could bring gusty squalls, heavy rain, life-threatening rip currents and a storm surge of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) to North Carolina's barrier islands.

Several towns and villages on North Carolina's coast rescheduled Independence Day festivities and fireworks as the storm approached.

The hurricane center said Arthur's winds will hit 85 mph (137 kph) in the next 24 hours, and the storm will retain hurricane strength for at least 48 hours before weakening over cooler water as it spins to the northeast.

Hillary Clinton Goes to Bat for GMOs at Biotech Conference


Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014
- Max Ocean, editorial intern

The potential presidential candidate's old industry ties resurface

Speaking at a conference in San Diego last week for the world's largest trade organization of biotechnology firms, potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton backed GMOs and Big Ag, further displaying her allegiance to the industry in the eyes of sustainable food and organic advocates.

While trumpeting her endorsement of GMO seeds when she served as Secretary of State, Clinton told the crowd that the term "'genetically modified' sounds Frankensteinish," and thus turns people off to GMOs. "Drought resistant sounds really like something you'd want," she said, encouraging the industry to improve their semantics. “There’s a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are.”

Clinton's certainty concerning the safety of GMO foods stands in stark contrast to public opinion. A Consumer Reports poll in June found that 92 percent of Americans favor labeling the foods. U.S. campaigners rejecting the industry's push for genetically-modified crops have been pushing hard to get states to pass labeling laws.

"Hillary Clinton's views on GMOs are disappointing, but not surprising," said Katherine Paul, associate director of the Organic Consumers Union, in an email to Common Dreams. Unfortunately, Paul continued, Clinton's positions are "no different than those of previous administrations, including the Bush, Clinton and Reagan administrations, and they are taken straight from the biotech industry's talking points."

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/03-4

- You can't unrotten, rotten -- when it's rotten you put it in the compost pile. That's the only value it has once it goes bad. You break it down, reuse the good stuff, let the rest turn back to dirt.

And you also can't make repairs with broken tools either. So when the institutions that run your life are broken and can only be fixed by itself, then you won't be able to fix things at all with those institutional tools, because they don't work anymore.

And when they do work you end up with the very shit we're now in......

I wonder if Bill eats organic now that he's a vegan?

Aerial video: Bridge collapses in Brazil World Cup host city Belo Horizonte

RT • Published on Jul 3, 2014

Courtesy: TV Globo

An overpass collapsed Thursday in a Brazilian World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and one car, authorities said. Read more: http://on.rt.com/kabegn


Thinking Backwards

TVPEducation · Published on Jun 22, 2014

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- Hmmm, if we use this metric, the Supreme Court apparently ran out of ''equality under the law'' this week. The worst of it is, no one knows when a new shipment is coming in.....

Séralini, et. al. - RoundUp-GMO Study Re-Published

Republished study: long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide containing glyphosate and adjuvants) in drinking water, were evaluated for 2 years in rats. This study constitutes a follow-up investigation of a 90-day feeding study conducted by Monsanto in order to obtain commercial release of this GMO, employing the same rat strain and analyzing biochemical parameters on the same number of animals per group as our investigation. Our research represents the first chronic study on these substances, in which all observations including tumors are reported chronologically. Thus, it was not designed as a carcinogenicity study. We report the major findings with 34 organs observed and 56 parameters analyzed at 11 time points for most organs.


Biochemical analyses confirmed very significant chronic kidney deficiencies, for all treatments and both sexes; 76% of the altered parameters were kidney-related. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher. Marked and severe nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater. In females, all treatment groups showed a two- to threefold increase in mortality, and deaths were earlier. This difference was also evident in three male groups fed with GM maize. All results were hormone- and sex-dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors more frequently and before controls; the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by consumption of GM maize and Roundup treatments. Males presented up to four times more large palpable tumors starting 600 days earlier than in the control group, in which only one tumor was noted. These results may be explained by not only the non-linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup but also by the overexpression of the EPSPS transgene or other mutational effects in the GM maize and their metabolic consequences.


Our findings imply that long-term (2 year) feeding trials need to be conducted to thoroughly evaluate the safety of GM foods and pesticides in their full commercial formulations.

Genetically modified; GMO; Roundup; NK603; Rat; Glyphosate-based herbicides; Endocrine disruption
    Republished study: long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

    Gilles-Eric Séralini1*, Emilie Clair1, Robin Mesnage1, Steeve Gress1, Nicolas Defarge1, Manuela Malatesta2, Didier Hennequin3 and Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1

    * Corresponding author: Gilles-Eric Séralini criigen@criigen.info

    Author Affiliations

    1 Institute of Biology, EA 2608 and CRIIGEN and Risk Pole, MRSH-CNRS, Esplanade de la Paix, University of Caen, Caen 14032, Cedex, France

    2 Department of Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological and Motor Sciences, University of Verona, Verona 37134, Italy

    3 Risk Pole, MRSH-CNRS, Esplanade de la Paix, University of Caen, Caen 14032, Cedex, France

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    Environmental Sciences Europe 2014, 26:14 doi:10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5

    The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.enveurope.com/content/26/1/14

    Received: 22 March 2014
    Accepted: 16 May 2014
    Published: 24 June 2014

    © 2014 Séralini et al.; licensee Springer


- Hmmm... I detect a movement in the Force. Pain. Suffering. Embarrassment. A likely loss of income. It's as if millions of Monsanto trolls were crying out in anguish all at once: ''RATS!!!!''

v This rat in particular v

Amazing Dogs Surf for Charity

HooplaHa·Published on Jul 1, 2014

Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition sponsored by Unleashed by Petco held its 8th annual event, benefiting the ASPCA for the second year in a row. We met up with some of the fierce competitors and their owners about the competition, surfing, and giving back!

- The one day when smelling like a wet dog is a good thing!

UK Oil: Cashing in on Iraq collapse

RT · Published on Jul 1, 2014

The bloodshed is fracturing Iraqi society, with the Kurd minority reportedly planning to hold an independence referendum in the coming months. As RT's Polly Boiko reports, some western energy companies are ready to cash in on the divisions and violence.

- If there's oil involved and something nefarious is underway, you know that Tony Hayward can't be too far off.....

WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1!!!

Why Even the US Government is Afraid of Blackwater's Mercenaries | Brainwash Update

breakingtheset · Published on Jun 30, 2014

Abby Martin discusses a New York Times revelation concerning officials at Blackwater threatening to murder State Department officials, and how this is just the latest example of Blackwater's criminal, murderous and unaccountable legacy.

- Toward the end, Rome used mercenaries to fight because the corruption at the top of the Patrician class was complete. The mercenaries would do things the professional soldiers of the Roman Legion would not.

Of course that ended well......

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