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GMO Deregulation: An Act of War

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Scotts Miracle Gro has applied for and received complete deregulation for genetically engineered Kentucky Bluegrass from the USDA. Scotts "is Monsanto's exclusive agent for the international marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup®." The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. This strain of Kentucky Bluegrass will be "herbicide resistant" to Monsanto's Roundup, and there will be absolutely no oversight of this genetically engineered plant, which can be used as turf or livestock feed. The reason that this was allowed to happen is because actual regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was designed just for such an opportunity. The program was meant to fail from the very beginning. This is no less than an act of war against the world's population.

How Scotts GE Kentucky Bluegrass achieved complete deregulation

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Scotts' genetically engineered (GE) Kentucky Bluegrass will not be regulated as either a plant pest or noxious weed, and these are the ONLY two ways that GMOs can be regulated by the USDA. The genetic engineering process itself is not considered a factor in determining if a plant should fall under regulation by the USDA. If a "plant pest" designated by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is used in the genetic engineering process, then the plant falls under APHIS' regulatory authority. Also, if a plant is considered a noxious weed by APHIS, then its GMO counterpart can be considered a noxious weed. Conversely, if neither condition exists, then the plant falls through the loophole, and is deregulated completely. No oversight whatsoever. APHIS has no grounds on which to enforce regulations.

Mr. Potato

Rupert murdoch fired by his own company

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The American board of News Corporation - the parent company of News International - has decided to replace Rupert Murdoch as the chief executive officer of his own media empire.

The decision has been made over fears that the 80-year-old tycoon would not be able to ward off attacks over avalanche of revelations about phone hacking within his UK newspaper empire.

According to the Bloomberg business news agency in the US, chief operating officer Chase Carey could take over from Murdoch at the helm of the troubled media giant, leaving Murdoch as just chairman.

Family friends said Murdoch is struggling to cope with the revelations about the phone hacking scandal.

Attention

Iranian military shoots down US spy drone near nuclear site

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Mechanical, without conscience and murderous: Made in the USA
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has shot down a US spy drone which was flying over the central Iranian province of Qom, a lawmaker says.

A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament), Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari, said on Tuesday that the unmanned spy plane was flying near the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province when the IRGC's Air Defense units brought it down, Javanoline.ir reported.

The official stated that the US drone was on a mission to identify the location of the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant and gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA, Dafsari stated.

Earlier in the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast had said that the country is installing a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges in the country's nuclear facilities to enhance the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program.

Bad Guys

10 questions the UK MPs will not ask Murdoch

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What was it about the relationship with Murdoch that made Tony Blair feel it was appropriate to take a phone call from a newspaper proprietor just hours prior to the most momentous decision a prime minister can make: ordering the country's armed forces to war?

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When Rupert Murdoch appears before the parliamentary committee on 19 July 2011, here are ten questions the MPs certainly will not ask about the relationship he had with Tony Blair during the run up to the Iraq war, when Murdoch was, in the words of Blair's former press officer Lance Price, "the third most powerful figure in the Labour government", after Blair himself and Gordon Brown.

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'Israeli spies among New Zealand earthquake casualties'

New Zealand press raises suspicions that Israeli travelers killed in Christchurch earthquake last February were secret service agents. Israeli ambassador dismisses claims as 'science fiction'.

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New Zealand media outlets are reporting of claims that the Israeli travelers killed in the Christchurch earthquake last February were in fact Mossad agents. According to The Southland Times, Israeli ambassador Shemi Tzur dismissed the claims as "science fiction."

Tzur said he was "shocked and upset" that such suspicions would even arise.

Ofer Mizrahi was killed after a block of concrete collapsed on his car. Foreign reports suggest that a parcel of his effects contained several passports, possibly five or six. Ambassador Tzur confirmed that Mizrahi, 23, had more than one passport but was not aware of reports of as many as five or six.

Arrow Down

Colbert Report: Murdoch's Media Empire Might Go Down the Toilet

With News of the World gone and BSkyB out of reach, all Rupert Murdoch has to comfort him are a few media companies..

Pistol

131 Children Vaccinated At Gunpoint in Malawi

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The Gates Foundation has long been in an aggressive effort to vaccinate the world and often targets poor Africans. The Gates' web site showcases Melinda Gates applauding Malawi for enforcing vaccine programs with its helpful "health surveillance assistants." She calls Malawi one of the few countries "on track to reach the UN Millennium Development Goal." And who are those assistants meeting the goal? Hyper-vigilant medics with help from police.

Bill Gates calls the vaccine-autism link "an absolute lie" and in a February CNN interview said, "the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts - you know, they, they kill children." But as we can see from the recent actions from governments who partner with his foundation to forcefully implement vaccine programs, it could very well be the other way around.

Malawi Voice recently reported that about 131 children from Nsanje were vaccinated with anti-measles at gunpoint last week. They had fled from previous vaccine mandates into nearby towns, but after officials learned they had returned, medics along with police escorts tracked the children and forced them to vaccinate.

Bad Guys

Israel Tells Activists It Will Board Ship

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The Dignitי - Al Karama (Dignity - Al Karama) ship sailing off the coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on June 25, 2011 to join the new pro-Palestinian aid flotilla.
The Israeli military has notified a Gaza-bound ship that it will carry out a "calm boarding" of the vessel.

Israel Radio broadcast the military's warning to the ship, which is trying to breach Israel's blockade of the coastal strip.

This is a breaking news update. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The Israeli military said Tuesday it has made initial contact with a ship attempting to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and warned the vessel it is approaching an off-limits naval zone.

It did not say what response, if any, the activists aboard the ship gave. Activists could not be contacted.

The Israeli military has said it will stop any attempt to break the sea blockade of Gaza.

Evil Rays

Australia: Sydney newspaper hacks WiFi networks!

A security study, not a scandal

Here's a surprise: according to a recent sample of WiFi networks around Sydney, only 2.6 percent were operating without a password.

The Sydney Morning Herald, having seen what happens when unsecured home WiFi networks become vectors for viruses and pornography, decided to test how well householders in its home city secure their WiFi networks.

The methodology the Fairfax newspaper reports is a little vague: it says it tested networks in 20 residential locations (we don't know whether it meant apartment blocks, streets, suburbs or something else) and found unsecured networks in ten of them.

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UK: Hacked Sun site greatly exaggerates Murdoch's death

Hackers breached the security of Rupert Murdoch's Sun website and briefly redirected many visitors to a hoax article falsely claiming the tabloid media tycoon had been found dead in his garden.

The hack caused many people visiting thesun.co.uk to instead reach www.new-times.co.uk/sun/, which contained a story headlined "Media moguls body discovered." The breach came as several other Murdoch-owned sites, including The Times,The Sunday Times, newsinternational.co.uk, and rupertmurdoch.co.uk suffered outages that made them inaccessible. The domain name system servers used to revolve many of those sites weren't responding to queries at time of writing.