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Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology 'Revolution' In Industrial Agriculture

http://www.ibtimes.com/legal-marijuana-cultivation-driving-technology-revolution-industrial-agriculture-1925167?rel=most_shared3

Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology 'Revolution' In Industrial Agriculture
By Maria Gallucci on May 17 2015

Deep within a cedar forest in British Columbia, Dan Sutton is building what he hopes will be the most energy-efficient, high-technology greenhouse for growing cannabis. Spurred by the booming market for medical marijuana, he and a group of biologists and engineers have experimented for almost three years with digital sensors, lighting arrays, software programs and ventilators to design a greenhouse system with the lowest energy costs and highest crop yields.

“We said, ‘Let’s assume everything that’s ever been done in cannabis cultivation is wrong, and we have to build from the ground up,’” said Sutton, the 28-year-old managing director of Tantalus Labs in Vancouver. “We have this broad realm of science that no one has been able to previously explore.”

The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive. Although these cannabis ventures aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel -- greenhouse technologies have existed for decades -- they are injecting the kinds of capital and brainpower into the field of industrial agriculture that simply wasn’t there a decade ago.

They’re also adding a new level of urgency. As more countries and U.S. states soften their policies on both medical and recreational marijuana, companies are racing to become the industry leaders in data-mining software, ultraefficient lamps and water-sipping irrigation systems. These tools will benefit more than marijuana growers alone: Industrial food producers and tree growers could adapt the same technologies to cut energy costs and boost their crops. Operators of large buildings could use the systems to lower their electricity use.

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This technology will also be important for Mars colonies

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

Source: Reuters

Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

South Korea expressed regret at Japan’s action and said its ban on some Japanese seafood was necessary and reflected safety concerns.

Japan says several measures taken by South Korea violate the WTO's sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) agreement and Seoul has failed to justify its trade restrictions as required, the WTO said in a statement.

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"In upcoming talks with Japan, we plan to explain fully that the import ban is necessary for people's safety, and actively deal with Japan over the issue they raised based upon WTO's dispute settlement procedures," South Korea’s trade, agriculture, foreign affairs and other related ministries said in a joint statement.

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Read more: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/japan-takes-south-korea-wto-over-fukushima-related-130125131--business.html



I hope South Korea wins.
This is another reason to be against the TPP.

John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools

Source: Associated Press

John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that “to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible,” says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution.

The astronaut, now 93 with fading eyesight and hearing, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution.

“I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact,” said Glenn, a Presbyterian. “It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”

Glenn — the first American to orbit the Earth, a former U.S. senator, a onetime Democratic presidential candidate, flier of combat planes in two wars, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — ruminated on many other topics in the interview last week with the AP, including:

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Read more: http://www.limaohio.com/news/home_top-news/153619668/John-Glenn:-Evolution-should-be-taught-in-schools

California joins other states, provinces in climate change agreement

Source: Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement Tuesday with leaders from 11 other states and countries pledging cooperation to battle climate change.

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The agreement includes the states of Oregon, Washington and Vermont, as well as the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in Canada, the states of Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico, and the British country of Wales. Also involved are states and provinces in Brazil, Germany, and Spain.

"We will strive to bring more states into this agreement," Brown said at the event.

Although the terms are not legally binding, by signing the agreement the leaders are committing to specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. At that point, emissions would either need to be at least 80% below 1990 levels, or less than 2 metric tons per capita.

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Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-jerry-brown-california-international-climate-change-20150519-story.html

Mort Sahl explains what a "Social Democrat" is.



A lot of people have been wondering what a "Social Democrat" is.
Mort Sahl gave a good explanation back in 1967.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mort_Sahl

Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl (born May 11, 1927) is a Canadian-born American comedian and actor, widely considered the first modern stand-up comedian. He was the first comedian to dress casually and speak about current events in a matter-of-fact style. He helped to get Lenny Bruce some gigs at the hungry i, and occasionally wrote jokes for speeches delivered by President John F. Kennedy. Sahl got deeply involved in the post-Warren Commission investigation of Kennedy's death.

An interview with a 16-year-old who created something beautiful after losing her dad.

http://www.rookiemag.com/2015/05/why-cant-i-be-you-genevieve-liu/

Why Can’t I Be You: Genevieve Liu

An interview with a 16-year-old who created something beautiful after losing her dad.

05/19/2015



Genevieve Liu is a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Chicago, Illinois, where she lives with her mom and younger brother and sister. Last year, she founded an organization and website called Surviving Life After a Parent Dies (aka SLAP’D) to give teenagers who are grieving the loss of a parent, or both parents, a place to talk to each other about what they’re going through, and to provide them resources and professional support. SLAP’D came about when Genevieve was 13 and first processing her own grief over the death of her dad, Dr. Donald Liu, who drowned saving two boys from a strong current in Lake Michigan.

We call this series “Why Can’t I Be You,” and though I can’t imagine what it’s like to “be” someone who has lost a parent, I admire Genevieve immensely for creating something that is helping grieving teens, including herself. Here’s what she has to say about it.

LENA: Hi, is this Genevieve? This is Lena calling from Rookie.

Oh, awesome! I’m excited to get your call.

Genevieve, before we get started—how do you pronounce your name?

John-vee-ev. It’s the French way of pronouncing Genevieve.

Thank you! OK, let’s talk about when you started working on SLAP’D.

A little over six months after my dad died, I knew that I wanted to do something for teens . Even though I had an incredible community here in Chicago, I still felt very alone, and like no one really understood. I had friends who were my everything, but I felt like I couldn’t relate to them very well anymore. I felt like I couldn’t reach out to my siblings in many ways because they were still trying to figure things out. Talking to the guidance counselor was awkward. It was awful. The people who were most helpful to talk to were teens who were in a similar situation. So that’s the concept—the hope for connection, and to foster a sense of community. I guess it started as, Let’s make a blog. But then it really evolved into something a lot more interactive—more of a community and an online resource for teens who have lost a parent, which is what SLAP’D is now. I started working on it a year and a half ago, but the website only really came to fruition about a year ago.

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Undeterred by purge rumors, women peace activists leave for Pyongyang

Source: NK News

With endorsements from North and South Korea, a group of women activists departed from Beijing on Tuesday for Pyongyang, where they will walk to Seoul in the hopes of the two Koreas signing a peace treaty.

The group departed amid controversy sparked by North Korea’s possible brutal execution of its Minister of Defense, Hyon Yong Chol, which raised doubts on whether the timing is appropriate. In their defense, the group argued that there has yet been any proof of the purge and they prefer not to link the two incidents.

“The timing is out of our hands,” Suzy Kim, a professor of Korean history at Rutgers University who is one of the organizers of the event. “Whatever happened domestically within North Korea, in some ways, is not something we can control.”

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The activists, including Gloria Steinem, a veteran American women’s rights activist, and Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner, plan to take two peace walks and a peace symposium in North Korea.

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Read more: http://www.nknews.org/2015/05/border-crossers-leave-for-pyongyang/

Trident whistleblower William McNeilly hands himself in

Source: BBC

A Royal Navy submariner who criticised Trident nuclear submarine safety procedures has handed himself in to police on his return to the UK.

William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after alleging the Trident missile programme, based on the Clyde, was a "disaster waiting to happen".

Able Seaman Mr McNeilly, from Belfast, has written a report, detailing "serious security and safety breaches".

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The MoD said Mr McNeilly was "apprehended" by Royal Navy Police at Edinburgh Airport on Monday night and was being held at a military establishment in Scotland.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32791755

DoD Exercise Simulates Home-grown Terrorists, Nuclear Incident

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

In a geopolitical environment with proliferating threats, a Defense Department whole-of-government exercise held May 5-8 provided a realistic way for federal, state and local experts to interact in simulated situations involving mock home-grown terrorists and a nuclear incident.

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On May 5, the exercise began. Here’s the scenario:

A domestic terrorist organization with a transnational connection attacked a weapons convoy on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. An NBK-B weapons movement supervisor who works onsite helped the terrorists do this.

The attack killed and injured many Marine Corps Security Force Battalion members. In the exercise, this was Site 1.

The attacking force then removed the weapon from the convoy and ran, with responders in pursuit. During pursuit and before leaving the base, the terrorists detonated an explosive device.

The site and weapon suffered damage, and the explosion caused radiological contamination. The Strategic Weapons Facility responded as the Navy Initial Response Force. This was Site 2.

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Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128842

Trident submarine whistleblower to turn himself in to police

Source: Guardian

A Royal Navy submariner who exposed a catalogue of alleged security failings around the Trident nuclear programme is facing jail after promising to hand himself in to police on Monday.

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The 19-page report, which was published online, triggered an immediate investigation by the Ministry of Defence as police and Royal Navy chiefs tried to track down the submariner.

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He wrote: “I’ve tried my best over the past year, and I’ve finally achieved what I set out to do. I set out to gather as much information as possible, as fast as possible, inform you and the government before getting caught, then hand myself into the police. There’s nothing I can do from prison; whatever happens now is up to you and the government.”

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An online petition against his prosecution has amassed more than 1,000 signatories since it was launched on Sunday.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/18/trident-submarine-whistleblower-william-mcneilly-to-turn-himself-in
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