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Monsanto's GMO 'dream bill': Anti-labeling law passes House vote

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A contentious bill that may keep states from enacting local GMO laws, instead creating a federal "voluntary labeling" standard, has passed a House vote. The bill also regulates the use of the term "natural" on food labels.

Following a 275-150 vote on Thursday, the bipartisan bill is heading for the Senate. If enacted into law, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would create a voluntary GMO-free certification program overseen by the US Department of Agriculture, and override any state and local GMO labeling laws.

The legislation preempts any state and local restrictions and labeling requirements for genetically modified organisms, foods containing GMOs, as well as non-GMO and"natural" food.

Comment: Who benefits? Obviously Monsanto and the other usual suspects don't want the people to know what they're eating. But the info is out there. Official testimony points to the fact that as much as 80% of the food in America contains genetically modified ingredients. The corruption of the food supply is revolting, and it's our responsibility to find healthy alternatives without expecting solutions from corrupt officials.


Stop

GRAPHIC: Activists film horrific slaughter of 250 whales in Faroe Islands

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Shocking footage has emerged showing the slaughter of 250 pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. The annual event, known as the grindadráp, sees locals luring the animals to the shore before attacking them with lances and knives.

The brutal scenes were filmed by Sea Shepherd, a non-profit marine conservation society. Five members of the group were arrested while attempting to disrupt the bloody event that has been practiced for centuries.

Comment: What possible justification can we have to kill so many whales? And in such a disgraceful manner with lack of respect for the animals. Nature's wrath is long overdue.


Crusader

Gitmo nurse who refused to torture inmates faces Navy retaliation

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Despite a Guantanamo Bay nurse, who refused to force-feed inmates on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, receiving recognition from the nursing association for his ethical stand, the US Navy has threatened to revoke his security clearance, his lawyer said.

The nurse, a Navy lieutenant who has never been publicly identified, made headlines last year when he refused to take any further part in force-feeding Guantanamo inmates, calling the practice a "criminal act."

After pursuing administrative punishment for several months, the Navy eventually decided not to bring any charges against the officer. However, the Pentagon is now threatening to revoke the man's security clearance, said his attorney Ronald Meister.

Comment: Being a conscientious objector is not condoned in the US military. Obviously if the video recordings are released, there may be more conscientious objectors. The US is trying to quietly cover this up but hopefully will not be successful.


Sheriff

Iowa police shot unarmed black man five times; posed no threat, not a suspect, never charged

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A newly released video exposes the lie of cops who shot at a black man they said had struck an officer with his car. However, the man had posed no threat, was not a suspect and was never subsequently charged.

On April 5, witnesses of a fist fight at the New World Bar and Grill at 504 Riehl Street in Waterloo, Iowa, called the police. They just wanted the cops to stop the brawl.

However, when officers arrived at the scene, the scuffle was over and participants and bystanders were leaving.

Waterloo citizen Jovan Webb, 27, a black man, who was preparing to pass a commercial driver's license test and had nothing to do with the fight, left the bar to watch the fight and was about to drive off from the parking lot.

"Soon after getting into his car, a man wearing civilian clothes knocked on the driver's side window of Mr Webb's car. It is thought the man was a Waterloo police officer and that he singled Webb out because of his race," Webb's lawyer, Mark Loevy-Reyes, stated in a suit. "Mr Webb pulled out of his parking spot to get away from the man, whom he did not know."

However, the cop wasn't shaken off easily. He chased the car with a handgun at the ready and shot the driver. Webb's suit claims that one "or more" police officers shot at him.


Comment: No matter where you live in America, the same situation plays itself out over and over again. Cops can (and do) maim or kill you for any reason they like. The police are out of control psychopathic murderers that are far more dangerous than any criminal.


Airplane

After half-dozen passengers fall ill, Denver-to-L.A. flight gets diverted


A United Airlines jet with 156 people aboard was diverted Wednesday to Grand Junction, Colorado, after at least six people became ill, United and fire officials said.

One person was being treated at a hospital and five others reported nausea and headaches after oxygen masks deployed on UAL Flight 447 from Denver to Los Angeles, an Airbus A320, the Grand Junction Fire Department told NBC News.

Shawn Montgomery, a spokesman for the fire department, said the hospitalization was likely a precaution because of the patient's medical history.

United said in a statement that the diversion was "due to a medical issue onboard." All passengers were evacuated safely and were to be flown to Los Angeles on a different plane, it said.

Bad Guys

Zero lessons learned: Fannie & Freddie are back and "badder than ever"

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Just in case you still harbored any doubt that absolutely zero lessons were learned from the cataclysmic financial collapse of 2008/09. We learn from the New York Times that:
AFTER the financial crisis of 2008, there was one thing that almost everyone agreed on. The government-sponsored mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, had to go. While shareholders and executives reaped the profits from Fannie and Freddie in good times, taxpayers were stuck with the bill in a crisis. President Obama described their dysfunctional business model as "Heads we win, tails you lose."But here we are, seven years after the crisis, and nothing has changed.

In the 2008 crisis, when it looked as if Fannie and Freddie might go bankrupt, Henry M. Paulson Jr., then the Treasury secretary, argued that their fall would cause economic catastrophe. Foreign investors, stuck with their securities, would panic, and the mortgage market would shut down. So Fannie and Freddie were put into something called conservatorship, and are now government controlled, supported by a line of credit from the Treasury.

Comment: Not holding criminals accountable, and in fact encouraging their crimes, is a sure-fire way to ruin a society. Don't be surprised if the inevitable unrest is used to ram a fascist regime down everyone's throats:


Black Cat 2

Cognitive dissonance personified: George Clooney opposes African war profiteering on behalf of US war profiteers

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George Clooney in the film Syriana
George Clooney is being paid by the world's top two war profiteers, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, to oppose war profiteering by Africans disloyal to the U.S. government's agenda.

Way back yonder before World War II, war profiteering was widely frowned on in the United States. Those of us trying to bring back that attitude, and working for barely-funded peace organizations, ought to be thrilled when a wealthy celebrity like George Clooney decides to take on war profiteering, and the corporate media laps it up.

"Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they cause," said Clooney — without encountering anything like the blowback Donald Trump received when he criticized John McCain.

Really, is that all it takes to give peace a chance, a celebrity? Will the media now cover the matter of who funds opponents of the Iran deal, and who funds supporters of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc.?

Well, no, not really.

Comment: George Clooney epitomizes the cognitive dissonance so evident in Hollywood today. On one hand he produces and stars in the consciousness-raising film Syriana about the destructive political, economic and social influence of Western oil industry and intelligence agency interests on the Middle East. And on the other, Clooney has now effectively become a paid shill for the military-industrial-complex! Maybe Matt Damon can sit him down and explain the profound hypocrisy and contradictions inherent in Clooney's new criminal advocacy. But how do you explain something to someone who seems so hopelessly out of touch with reality?


Better Earth

Biosphere Collapse: The biggest economic bubble ever

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The global environment collapses as in the pursuit of short-term growth, humanity overruns natural ecosystems including the atmosphere that make Earth habitable. Together we urgently address inequity, climate change, overpopulation and natural ecosystem loss or alone we each face the horrors of economic, social, and ecological collapse.
"Horrendous inequity whereby 200 people possess half of Earth's wealth as more than one billion live on less than $1.50/day is evil incarnate and will kill us all." - Dr. Glen Barry

Comment: While the author makes some good points, understanding psychopathy will be required in order to implement any change to our society:

Political Ponerology


Handcuffs

Inquiries over deaths in police custody need to involve family

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Relatives of individuals who have died in police custody have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to involve them in a newly announced independent review.

The mother of Olaseni Lewis, a 23-year-old who died in a London psychiatric hospital after being restrained by police officers, said the review must include input from family members if it is to be anything more than an "exercise in public relations."

May will announce an independent probe into deaths and serious incidents in police custody on Thursday in a bid to restore public confidence in the police.

The review will look at events leading up to and following fatalities in police care, with particular focus on the use of restraint, suicides, and access to mental health facilities.

The number of suicides following release from police custody for 2013-2014 is at its highest in 10 years, with 68 people killing themselves within two days of leaving custody.


Cow Skull

The society we deserve: the eroding character of the American people

How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game
.—Bob Dylan, "Hurricane"

Attorney John W. Whitehead opens a recent posting (see below) on his Rutherford Institute website with these words from a song by Bob Dylan. Why don't all of us feel ashamed? Why only Bob Dylan?

I wonder how many of Bob Dylan's fans understand what he is telling them. American justice has nothing to do with innocence or guilt. It only has to do with the prosecutor's conviction rate, which builds his political career. Considering the gullibility of the American people, American jurors are the last people to whom an innocent defendant should trust his fate. The jury will betray the innocent almost every time.

As Lawrence Stratton and I show in our book (2000, 2008) there is no justice in America. We titled our book, "How the Law Was Lost". It is a description of how the protective features in law that made law a shield of the innocent was transformed over time into a weapon in the hands of the government, a weapon used against the people. The loss of law as a shield occurred prior to 9/11, which "our representative government" used to construct a police state.

The marketing department of our publisher did not appreciate our title and instead came up with The Tyranny of Good Intentions. We asked what this title meant. The marketing department answered that we showed that the war on crime, which gave us the abuses of RICO, the war on child abusers, which gave us show trials of total innocents that bested Joseph Stalin's show trials of the heroes of the Bolshevik Revolution, and the war on drugs, which gave "Freedom and Democracy America" broken families and by far the highest incarceration rate in the world all resulted from good intentions to combat crime, to combat drugs, and to combat child abuse. The publisher's title apparently succeeded, because 15 years later the book is still in print. It has sold enough copies over these years that, had the sales occurred upon publication would have made the book a "best seller." The book, had it been a best seller, would have gained more attention, and perhaps law schools and bar associations could have used it to hold the police state at bay.

Comment: Authoritarian followers, egged on by their psychopathic leaders. are the most logical explanation for the dismal state of affairs: