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How Monsanto could be poisoning your Microbiome

Just how much of Monsanto's RoundUp is it safe to ingest? According to Monsanto and now the US Government, more! But it's looking more and more like it's far more toxic than we're being told.

From the article:

First the bad news: The “safest” herbicide in the history of science may be harming us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. And now for the really bad news: Because too much is never enough, the Environmental Protection Agency just raised the allowable limits for how much of that chemical can remain on the food we eat, and the crops we feed to animals – many of which end up on our plates as well. If you haven’t guessed its identity yet, it’s Monsanto’s RoundUp, a powerful weed killer.

Here’s the thing: As farmers adopted Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds in droves — the majority of corn, soy and cotton grown worldwide include the company’s RoundupReady trait — there has been an explosion in the use of the pesticide for which the trait is designed: You guessed it, RoundUp.

In the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that over 200 million pounds of the stuff are spread on fields and farms every year. That’s almost triple the amount used in 2001. (These numbers, by the way, are all estimates, since the USDA doesn’t precisely track glyphosate use because MONSANTO!)


Read the entire article here:
http://grist.org/food/gut-punch-monsanto-could-be-destroying-your-microbiome/

Screwed by Climate Change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit

A great article from Grist about which US cities will be most adversely affected by climate change.

From the article:

Here at Grist, climate change is our bread and melting butter. But this month, we’re feeling especially hot and bothered. As part of our in-depth look at the warming planet, we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. cities that we think will be in the hottest water as the mercury rises — in some cases, up to their foreheads.

Phoenix, Ariz.: The founders of Phoenix spotted a particularly dry stretch of desert and thought, “You know what this place could use? Golf courses.” Unfortunately, this town of 4.5 million has been getting hotter by almost a degree a decade since 1961; in 2011 Phoenix had 33 days over 110. In heat like that, air conditioning is a life-and-death issue, and that A/C runs on America’s electric grid. That’s scary enough, but the power on that grid comes from dams on the Colorado River — the same shrinking river that wets Phoenix’s enormous whistle. Then again, Phoenicians named their town after a bird that periodically bursts into flames, so they must have seen this coming.


Read the whole article here:

http://grist.org/cities/screwed-by-climate-change-10-cities-that-will-be-hardest-hit/

What one week of groceries looks like around the world

http://fstoppers.com/what-a-week-of-groceries-looks-like-around-the-world

From the link:
It seems as photographers we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry’s series of riders to looking on instagram we cant help but documenting what we consume. Peter does a great job of exploiting this on a bigger scale. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world.

It is interesting to see that how much food does not seem to vary too much(except Chad) but the variety of food is vastly different in each country. It is a great way to see the different culture’s influence on the products and food the consumers buy.

How do you feel about this series. Do you think it could of been differently? What Would you do differently?


Sort of an interesting social study, here! Of course, it's just a typical family, and deosn't represent everyone. Not everyone in Canada necessarily eats that much fresh food (I know, I'm Canadian, and some of my friends eat much closer to the US diet depicted), just as not everyone in the USA eats such a pre-processed diet.

JUSTICE ALITO: Gay Marriage Is 'Newer Than Cell Phones Or The Internet'

This makes me want to say a lot of things, but really, I'm speechless. From a Supreme Court Justice. You want to talk about people being out of touch with the common person. Judges who believe that the battle for gay marriage is newer than cell phones? Politicians that believe that they're so hard done by because after expenses and taxes, they only have $400k to feed their family, while the average Joe family gets by on 1/10 of that?

http://www.businessinsider.com/alito-gay-marriage-cell-phones-internet-supreme-court-prop-8-oral-arguments-2013-3

There's lots I want to say, but I'm struck dumb by a wave of futility. If the people holding the reins have no basic understanding of the situation beneath them, if it is -so far below their notice or concern-, what in the world are we to do? All the protest in the world isn't going to open their eyes and show them what's actually happening among the peasants.

Toon: How to sharpen up those debate skills

Non-political, I promise

http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-14/09-same-planet-different-dimentia/strawman-2/

Repost: Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

A repost from LBN, because it was locked there. Seemed to be a lively discussion, so I'll pop it in here:

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html

A link to the original discussion: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014414531

Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html

Nice comic from Penny Arcade

Of course, they make their bread and butter from reviewing and talking about video games, etc... so they have a vested interest, but they've always talked about how silly it is to blame video games for violence in society.

Here's their comic (comment) on the subject:

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/24

Mayor Rob Ford guilty, kicked from office but can run again

Source: The Toronto Star

Mayor Rob Ford has been found guilty of conflict of interest and will be removed from office.

But Justice Charles Hackland has granted Ford a 14-day stay and he will be allowed to run again.

Hackland found the mayor in violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. He had the option of banning Ford from running for up to seven years.

The hotly awaited decision follows a two-day hearing in early September that saw Ford grilled over his conduct at a Feb. 7 council meeting and the events that led up to it.

In March, Toronto resident Paul Magder alleged Ford broke a provision in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act which states elected officials can’t speak to, or vote upon, items in which they have a “pecuniary interest.”

At the hearing before Hackland, Magder’s lawyer Clayton Ruby argued Ford was “reckless” and “wilfully ignorant” of the law when he did not recuse himself from the debate and vote.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1293190--mayor-rob-ford-guilty-kicked-from-office-but-can-run-again



Our oafish right-wing mayor will be leaving office, though I get the feeling that he'll hold this up in appeals for ages. He's never been able to claim responsibility for any of his mistakes (only the successes), and there will be plenty of blustering and finger pointing. Ah well, at least his done for this term!

'Mega-quarry' in southern Ontario won't be built

Source: cbc.ca

The application to build a massive limestone quarry in Melancthon township near Orangeville, Ont., has been withdrawn.

The Highland Companies, the company behind the proposal, said in a news release that it acknowledges "the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process."

The company also said president John Lowndes has resigned and is no longer involved with the firm.

The scope of the project, which would have been developed on prime farmland near Orangeville, northwest of Toronto, earned it the moniker "mega-quarry." It would have spanned 937 hectares — about one-third the size of downtown Toronto — and create a crater 1½ times as deep as Niagara Falls.

Those opposed to the project were concerned about losing a massive swath of rich farmland and worried about the quarry’s effect on the water table.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/11/21/quarry-melancthon-proposal446.html



Yay!! Instead of a huge hole in the ground, we will maintain a great deal of incredibly rich farmland. Love the comments about jobs, as though the farmers were just lazing about doing nothing.
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