Archive for October 2013

Pentagon Uses ‘Phony’ Ceremonies for MIAs, with Planes that Can’t Fly

Perhaps the realisation that this ceremony is high farce might awaken a few more US citizens to the games of honour they are subjected to when it comes to military service.

Kind Regards,

Richard

Chris Hedges on the 12 year Afghanistan war anniversary

In this video, Chris Hedges, a 20-year war correspondent paints the reality of war and war mongering by the US empire. The Afghan war is now the longest in US history.

Kind Regards,

Richard

Study: Monsanto’s Bt Crops Transform Non-Targeted, Benign Bugs into Major Pests

This article demonstrates how human tinkering with plant DNA for a perceived benefit (leaving aside any other agendas Monsanto might have) can lead to unforeseen negative consequences. Those who study history know our track record of fiddling with nature is abysmal – amphibians are good example, with the spread of the so-called cane toad throughout northern Australia to the decimation of the global frog population caused by Chytridiomycosis due to the widespread presence across the globe of the South African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) which were once used for pregnancy tests (though there have also been some impressive successes).

Kind Regards,

Richard

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

An interesting article outlining the planning behind the current US Government shutdown:

Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

Kind Regards,

Richard

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