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Vignesh Ramachandran reports Worldwide Protest in 436 Cities Targets Monsanto and GMOs:

More than 2 million protesters in 436 cities across the world took to the streets Saturday, in a unified charge against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified foods. The AP reported that the "March Against Monsanto" protests took place in at least 52 countries and 436 cities.

The movement grew from a Facebook page — reportedly created months ago — that called for the May 25 demonstrations. The organizers advocate for boycotts against Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and pushed for GMO labeling, in addition to further studies of the health effects of GMOs.

Genetically modified organisms have been engineered with ideal traits. Monsanto, which ranked #206 in 2013's Fortune 500 list, is a large producer of genetically modified seeds.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supports voluntary labeling for foods produced via genetic engineering. This year, President Barack Obama signed a bill that included a "Farmer Assurance Provision," which reportedly could make it more difficult to stop the sale of questionable crops. That's why critics nicknamed it the "Monsanto Protection Act."

From Arturo Gonzales:

Besides protesting [Monsanto]’s practice of making genetically-modifying seeds, protesters vowed to make their voices heard against the U.S. Senate after it rejected an amendment introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that would have allowed states to require labels on foods made with modified ingredients.

Sanders’ amendment failed on Thursday in a 71-27 vote, three days after one of his colleagues, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), released a statement promising to repeal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” which allows farmers to buy and plant genetically-altered seeds while its regulatory approval is being challenged in court.

Dorothy Muehlmann, who organized the march in Los Angeles, California, told the Los Angeles Times that the protests were also designed to heighten consumer awareness about Monsanto’s business dealings.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008Senator, VA Secretary Disrespect Troops on Memorial Day:

On Memorial Day weekend, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and VA Secretary James Peake stood side-by-side in Fairbanks, Alaska to showcase their opposition to--and lack of respect for--today’s newest veterans.

Speaking at the Disabled American Veterans’ 19th Annual Department Convention, Senator Stevens told the majority of America’s most recent war veterans that they had not yet sacrificed enough to have earned a GI Bill that would cover the full cost of their educations.  

Sen. Ted Stevens warned of a "mass exodus" from the military Saturday if the so-called 21st Century GI Bill goes into law without major changes. 
"There are worries that people who are already in for two years will serve one more and leave, and there’s really no incentive to stay," Stevens said.
What Stevens is really saying is that today's troops are unpatriotic--that they're only in it for the money and the college.  And while Stevens’ "mass exodus" theory has been thoroughly discredited by the Congressional Budget Office, the true irony of the situation lies in the fact that Stevens earned his own college degree after World War Two by using the same GI Bill he’s aiming to prevent today’s veterans from receiving.  

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  •  841,516 registered users on dKos now. (16+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #840,300: court65zebra
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    #841,500: deathedward5

    We've added a whopping 1,279 more users in the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's The Hooters' "Where Do the Children Go".

  •  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Supports NFTT (15+ / 0-)

    ... and so should you.  Mark the date below, as it is your chance to support a very worthwhile cause.  Many thanks.  

    Netroots For The Troops Challenge Diary
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    A HUGE Netroots For The Troops® Challenge Diary will be posted on Tuesday, May 28th at 2:30 pm EDT/11:30 am PDT. An anonymous NFTT ANGEL is offering $5000 for matching funds. We're hoping that this angel's generosity is emulated by others inspired to add their funds to the challenge.

    Please join us. And bring your wallet! If you'd like to do so in advance, do make a donation HERE. Thank you from the entire 2013 NFTT Team.

    Why should you contribute to NFTT? Now-Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave her reasons in the below diary in 2012 when she was a candidate for the Democratic nomination.

    Honoring our Servicemembers, Veterans, and Military Families

    by Elizabeth Warren

    I was the little sister. When I was three, my oldest brother, Don Reed, left for the military, followed in a few years by my brother John, and a few years later by my brother David. We were proud of "the boys," as they were always called in our family. Proud, but always aware of what a military commitment meant.

    Don Reed served 288 combat missions in Vietnam, and John was posted to North Africa. David stayed stateside, but he was separated from his young bride shortly after they were married. I’m proud to come from a military family and to honor the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of our soldiers and their families...

    At home and abroad, our men and women in uniform—and their families—are tough, smart, and resourceful people. Just as I have always been proud of my brothers and their service, I’m proud to be here today with Netroots For The Troops.

  •  2 continents for me... (15+ / 0-)

    I received photos and comments from relatives on two continents who took part in the Monsanto protests.

    One, a cousin who is currently visiting Europe, was in Amsterdam and joined. The other, a friend in the midwest U.S. who joined in Kansas City.

    Monsanto needs to go down.

  •  Does anybody know if the gun nuts count (7+ / 0-)

    Zimmerman as a success story when they claim N number of successful crime prevention with a firearm....

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:35:42 PM PDT

  •  WIPO (a UN agency) finds Ron Paul guilty of... (13+ / 0-)

    Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.

    Last we checked, Ron Paul had filed a lawsuit with the World Intellectual Property Organization (an agency of the UN, which he HATES) in an attempt to expropriate both and from his supporters. So how'd that all turn out for Paul? Not so well.

    Both of the domain name disputes were dismissed because Paul still took his supporters to court, even though they offered to give him the sites for free (they only requested compensation for their very sizable mailing lists).

    Not only did Paul lose both domain name disputes, but he was also found guilty of "reverse domain name hijacking," which is essentially being found guilty of wasting the court's time.

  •  The libertarian response... (10+ / 0-)

    to the Monsanto protests, per my Ron Paul friend:

    I'm all for protesting Monsanto but lets not forget who the real criminals are. Lets keep in mind that companies like Monsanto have the disgustingly corrupt power that they have because of one thing and one thing only: GOVERNMENT. So next time you want to protest against big corporations, remember who keeps big corporations in power.
    I guess the power and influence of lobbyists simply doesn't exist in an idealized and fictional libertarian society.
    •  fictional libertarian-Something to do about where (3+ / 0-)
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      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun May 26, 2013 at 09:05:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, the right has been demonizing "big govt.".. (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, helpImdrowning, Calamity Jean man plank og their platform for decades yet some of the the biggest benefactors are corporations getting tax expenditurs in the billions.

      Somehow some way we've got to get it through the teabaggers heads who the real "takers" in this country are, keeping wages low or worse seeking to maintain an  "excess labor pool" to keep wages low

    •  One place where I agree with Ron Paul politic (1+ / 0-)
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      The government sanctioned protection racket that Monsanto is running is only there due to "big government"

      If the gov would reduce its role in "patent"  issuance and policing to a reasonable level we would not have this situation.

      So yes in a truly more libertarian government, Monsanto would not have as much power as they do now.

      You seem to condensend your political opponents without truly grasping their argument.

  •  I had no idea Montsano was involved in (11+ / 0-)

    the Agent Orange thing until reading BOHICA's diary today.

    I'm embarrassed about that.

    What an epic asshole of a company.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:38:04 PM PDT

  •  hello again I've been away (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not really back, but I'm not gone either :-)

    that's all for now.  


  •  Has anyone notice that Yahoo (9+ / 0-)

    is linking stories from this crazy right wing site among its front page news headlines?

    I clicked on this link expecting a different sort of tears.

    I won't even get into the insanity of writing an entire story based on what some bigot says she saw.

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:48:49 PM PDT

  •  Depleted uranium causing cancer epidemic in Iraq (6+ / 0-)

    I diaried here, but you might as well go to the horse's mouth here.

    •  My Yacht Building Employer 1970s Used Depleted (4+ / 0-)

      uranium for extreme racing sail yachts. It was used in place of lead for bottom-of-keel ballast, counterweight on a few yachts for Special Buyers.

      Well of course it was cheating, just like the carbon fiber for our smaller "one-design" trailerable dinghies was available to build for 70's buyers who would pay cheating rates.

      These are the things the sort-of rich did trying to emulate the cheating the no-shit rich do.

      In the shop I worked with open sacks of powdered asbestos fiber used to thicken polyester bonding putties for bonding decks and seats etc. to the hull shells. I drew the line at depleted uranium. Also drew the line at the spray expando-foam that outgassed formaldehyde compounds causing the work crew to cough up blood.

      Every employee of this boat shop was an upper or upper-middle-class member of a yachting family. No wetbacks, no ngrs. It was all in-family, and they were killing their own kids.

      The same willful ignorance of today's climate change.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun May 26, 2013 at 09:19:42 PM PDT

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      •  Is there any advantage to using depleted uranium? (1+ / 0-)
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        Is it heavier per volume or something?
        I've got to say I too have spent years working out of boat yards. Myron Spaulding out of Sausalito for many summers as a grunt and others but never heard of using depleted uranium.
        I worked on wooden boats though not new ones.
        Sounds like a very poor decision.

        •  It is indeed very dense (2+ / 0-)
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          and good for use as a counterweight -older 747s used a couple of tons of it for that purpose

          •  I did not know that DU was used for these.. (2+ / 0-)
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            ..purposes, it seems like an obvious hazaradous to ones health. Plain old fashoined lead used in keels of old wooden boats, yes, but DU used, wow, that's asking for trouble.

            My question wasn't very clear. I was wondering why would DU be chosen over regular lead.

            Is it heavier thsn lead per volume?. Or is it more maleable for fitting in tight places (which doesn't makes sense because the lead is heated to liquid then poured into the keels of boats)

            So is it cheaper per pound then regular lead? if that's the reason again, wow, bad choice. Save a few bucks on building materials only to pay for in with health issues.

            Thx for that info.

  •  Amazing determination Bernie Sanders has year.. (5+ / 0-)

    ..after year, especially when up against a party that gets it's marching orders from the likes of these imbeciles

     Sean Hannity Ann Coulter et al

    Jon Stewart destroys Fox wannabe constitutional scholars

    Stewart brilliantly goes over the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th Amendments, showcasing Fox’s blatant hypocrisy in only insisting on the rigid interpretation of one; the right to bear arms.

    And for standing firm even against some (too many) Dems pwned by their big donors: Kudos Senator Sanders & all the marchers in protest

  •  Memorial Day Flag Etiquette Is Unique (9+ / 0-)

    Half staff till noon.

    But if you have a short pole, attach a black ribbon to the outer end, width of a stripe, length of the flag.

    Confuse a conservative. It's much more fun --and so much easier-- than confusing a cat.

    And unlike the latter, it's patriotic.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 26, 2013 at 09:10:29 PM PDT

  •  Monsanto says that their CANOLA is not GE (4+ / 0-)

    because it was genetically engineered before the term was used. They claim it was hybridized.

    They took rapeseed and lowered its acid and changed the name to canola an acromym for "Canadian Oil Less Acid." Canola rhymes with granola.

    They further genetically engineered canola crops to be Round-up ready. And you will actually find some canola oil labelled "organic."

    The industry has to fight against the GE label because they are not allowed to call anything that was GE'd, "organic"

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:18:15 PM PDT

  •  great video, but they missed St. Paul, MN (3+ / 0-)
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    and I think we were one of the bigger ones

    -7.75, -6.05 And these wars; they can't be won Does anyone know or care how they begun?-Matt Bellamy

    by nicolemm on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:46:53 PM PDT

  •  Monsanto et alia = Seeds of Death (3+ / 0-)
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    Seeds of Death - Full Movie [1:19:38]

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:28:21 PM PDT

  •  Global petition (2+ / 0-)
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    to ban GMOs.

    Hic Rhodus, hic salta!

    by ActivistGuy on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:45:13 PM PDT

    •  lolz millions of wasted man hours (2+ / 0-)
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      2 million people spending hours at these protests how sad. Just think what productive actions could have been accomplished with at least 2 million man hours.

      The anti GMO push reeks of the same anti science bent as the "vaccines cause autism" lunatics.

      Banning GMO's is beyond stupid and massively counter productive.

      Much like banning stem cell research.
      Much like banning rock and roll music.
      Much like banning cloning.
      Much like banning banning evolutionary research.

      Banning GMO's is like banning the use of hammers. Its just a fucking tool and if used correctly can do wonderful things.

      The anti science lot on the left make me sick. They truly are our counterpart to the flat earthers and 3000 year old plant theorists.

      The difference between the right and the left is that on the general left is that those in power on the general left have their heads at least partially out of their asses and call bullshit on the anti science forces within their own party.  

      These protests and angry rants on online blogs, all that effort wasted and yet I have yet to see a single a peer reviewed article citing any negative health effects of "GMO" foods.


      •  Hope you are put on a mandatory diet of GMO foods (1+ / 0-)
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        for life!

      •  I don't think this is the right website for (0+ / 0-)

        you if you are trying to persuade people ... for whatever reason... that GMO's are THE answer to world hunger. You should probably plant your wisdom in more fertile ground elsewhere.

        „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

        by translatorpro on Mon May 27, 2013 at 03:33:54 AM PDT

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      •  Yup, "progressives" (3+ / 0-)
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        can also be strongly anti-science as exemplified by this issue (as well as the anti-vaxxers).

        So I find it quite ironic when the wingnuts are mocked for their anti-science views right here at DailyKos (not that I don't enjoy that, it's very good fun! just a little embarrassing that we have our own similar streaks . . . ).

      •  Scientists can have their own blind spots, I've (3+ / 0-)
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        noticed.  Particularly about the influence of corporate money on science.Here's an interview with one from MIT on how Roundup Ready crops can harm us...

        Her paper from the journal Entropy...

        Another paper on BT destroying red blood cells...

        Here's one on how influence and GMO denialism are peddled...

        And a question: Why do you think the FDA would be against testing GMOs?  

        •  Bwahahahaha, Right On Cue, GMOs Cause Autism! (2+ / 0-)
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          Plant-killer Glyphosate (Roundup) was assumed to be harmless to humans because it interrupts the shikimate pathway in plants and kills them, and humans do not have this pathway.

          What has now come to light is that our gut bacteria DO have the shikimate pathway, and by killing our good bacteria (we have 10 gut microbes for every human cell), a cascade of effects occurs which are devastating to health and are linked to autism, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, and more.

          There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

          by bernardpliers on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:51:42 AM PDT

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        •  (seriously) Thank you for a reasonable reply (0+ / 0-)

          You quote one published article from one potentially credible source. I say potentially  because authors of that paper do not seem to be qualified for such a report.

          Stephanie Seneff


          She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985,
          Not exactly qualified for these biological studies.

          anthony samsel

          Not exactly a world renowned researcher is he.

          Additionally there are several parts of that publication which lend itself to be suspect

          But ya ASSUMING that these people were qualified(a very BIG IF)

          I would argue that, that paper would warrant more research.

          The thesis of the article is that the chemical in question has various negative health effects.

          As far as I can tell there is no discussion of the real world effects of the exposure.

          Yes the too much of the chemical may be bad . This can be said about EVERY SINGLE CHEMICAL. So the question becomes "but at what concentrations". And on that topic there is no info in that paper.

          Also this is about a weed killer....not a GMO....... so it is not exactly relevant to this discussion.

          And a question: Why do you think the FDA would be against testing GMOs?   "
          This is a biggie and I would love to honestly have someone from the "other side" on this topic come up with a counter point.

          In a magic perfect world we would test everything.

          In the real world we need to test selectively. Quite frankly  from my non expert but scientifically minded opinion there is NO scientifically proven reason to think that GMO food varieties would warrant a high level of suspicion.

          As such it would be a massive waste of money.

          There is no reason to think GMO foods are more dangerous than foods which have been altered by any other human process.

          You seem reasonable but before others pounce on this. EVERY SINGLE FOOD ITEM HAS BEEN ALTERED AND MODIFIED BY HUMANS.

          "These techniques are much more precise[1] than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding and somaclonal variation."
          Those foods are not tested because they are just as safe as any other food. No reason to treat them different just because some people who no valid reason jump up and down and like to scream because they fear science.
      •  If it's so good (3+ / 0-)
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        Then accept the GMO labels. Free market, right? Let us decide what we want to consume.

        "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

        by Rob Dapore on Mon May 27, 2013 at 06:12:16 AM PDT

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        •  Force Organic Growers Prove They're GMO Free (0+ / 0-)

          I'm sure they won't mind the expense one bit.

          And the first time there's a part-per-billion contamination, poof, they are out of business.

          There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

          by bernardpliers on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:54:24 AM PDT

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        •  No. You do not get to force me to pay for your (0+ / 0-)


          You want GMO free food. Fine . Whoever wants to label their food that way go right ahead.

          Just like i do not want someone to label my potatoes as "Black helicopter free" I do not want food companies to waste their money and raise the price of my food by having a "Genetic engineering free" stamp.

          You want to be be a nutjob and only buy GMO free food there are plenty of companies out there right now who will gladly rip you off and sell it to you.

          If your problem is you want ALL food to labeled, "lol" is the nicest way to put it. Just assume everything not labeled "GMO free" does not make the cut.

          There is a reason that I imagine at MOST 1% of all food is labeled GMO free.... because no one gives a shit. Your 1% does not get to wast the money and time of the other 99%

      •  Oh Contraire! (0+ / 0-)

        There's plenty of science against your precious RoundUp and Bt toxin.

        In the meantime, I'm spending a very large amount of time to get my food labeled and I won't stand down until it is.

        I suggest you brain-up and somehow, some way learn that we're not calling for a ban on GMOs — we're calling for our food to be labeled.

        Simply invoking the term 'science' doesn't cary very much weight with me!

        "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

        by Crider on Mon May 27, 2013 at 07:33:01 AM PDT

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      •  You must love pollution too (0+ / 0-)

        your yard makes the perfect site for storing all dioxin.  Hey, it's "science", so it has to be good, right?  Damn those anti-Agent Orange hippies!  Bdet you stand with Larouche on nukes, too--Fukushima is good for all of us, not to mention the scientific achievement of the vast "plastic sea" in the north-central Pacific.  It's the fruit of technology, we must adore it.  Otherwise we're nothing but dingbats, right?  Lyndon Larouche certainly agrees with you...

        Hic Rhodus, hic salta!

        by ActivistGuy on Mon May 27, 2013 at 09:13:40 AM PDT

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        •  Ha, a little checking (0+ / 0-)

          Gunny, Michelle Rhee fan, not surprising that such a person is also a lapdog for Monsanto.  I should have figured and not let some right-wing nutbag that proudly declared victory in 2010 bother me.  Guess I forget this place is infested with such Reaganism, maintaining its bipartisan hegemony for capital.  

          Hic Rhodus, hic salta!

          by ActivistGuy on Mon May 27, 2013 at 09:54:15 AM PDT

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        •  Lol what are you talking about (0+ / 0-)

          If you are trying turn this into anti nuke rant

          Energy Source Mortality Rates; Deaths/yr/TWh

          Coal - world average, 161
          Solar/rooftop - 0.44-0.83
          Wind - 0.15
          Nuclear - 0.04

          Immediate screaming at any new technology and scientific thinking is a hallmark of the right.

          Having that reaction does make you a dingbat.

          Having a good reason to be wary of the negative consequences of various technologies an human actions is a VERY valuable thing.

          The difference is proof.

          Global warming: Many millions if not billions or trillions of data points and thousands and thousands of educated scientists supporting the conclusion that global warming is bad.

          GMO foods: In your words. Millions of of hippies screaming with no data points....

          that is why I ridicule and deride your view.

          At best you are jumping the gun before there is ANY scientific evidence to support your obsession.

          At worst you're standing in the way of valuable progress which can improve the lives of EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS PLANET. The exact same way as the anti stem cell research crowd.

          As I wold say to the stemmys. YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF PROGRESS.

  •  There was discussion (5+ / 0-)
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    In my diary on Monsanto ( You killed my dad in Vietnam; And he didn't even know.) as to whether to add an "Evil Motherfuckers" tag.  

    The yeas won.

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Mon May 27, 2013 at 12:28:37 AM PDT

  •  GMOs (5+ / 0-)
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    ... and other problem agricultural practices: I wish people would look beyond just themselves; there's more to these matters than how it affects ones own body when one eats the foods.

    Thing is, there's planetary ecosystems. I don't care much if I eat genetically modified foods, not in terms of my own health. I don't think there's a problem nutritionally. I am concerned about tinkering with the gene pool in terms of ecosystem effects; effects on the gene pool of food stocks, too.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon May 27, 2013 at 12:55:14 AM PDT

  •  I have a memorial week... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... the last week in May.

    Yesterday was the anniversary of my maternal grandmother's death.  It was a totally needless death since the doctor knew the fetus died in March (there's a note on the back of her death certificate; he seems confused as to why her body didn't naturally expel the dead fetus), but she carried the dead fetus for three additional months, had emergency surgery, and died of blood loss, parturition effort, and toxemia of pregnancy (old term for preeclampsia, a condition that almost always kills the fetus).  The doctor covered his ass by making out the death certificate for the male fetus "of six months gestation but carried to term."  [She's the reason I advocate safe medical abortions at any point in a pregnancy, altho I'm pretty sure removing a dead fetus does not constitute an "abortion."]

    Today is the anniversary of the death of her eldest daughter (my mother) who never got over her mother's death; she was thirteen when her mother died.

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of the death of her second daughter (my only maternal aunt).  She only died a few years ago and was the last of all my aunts and uncles to die.

    May 30 is the anniversary of the first paternal aunt to die, and my godmother.  Eight years later, her next eldest brother, my father, died the same day, missing the exact time of his sister's death by only a couple of hours.

    There are other May deaths: my grandfather's sister died on May 15 not long after giving birth to her last child; she had a heart condition.  The letter my grandfather wrote to his cousin in Norway almost needs no translation for the sadness that is conveyed when he wrote to tell his mother's family about his sister's death.

    The same year that my mother died, nine days earlier, a few hours after the TV announcement of Jacqueline Kennedy's death, we got the call of the death of my mom's youngest maternal aunt, a woman Mom had been close to since they were only five years apart in age.

    Through the years my favorite month has become my least favorite month.

    If I make it to May 31 with no phone calls or emails about someone else's death this week, I'll breathe a sigh of relief.

    Meanwhile, I'll probably watch movies and documentaries for most of this week.

    Here's an old 1956 flick I remember seeing when I was about ten years old.  The setting of the story is during the Civil War, and it's about a Quaker family.
    Friendly Persuasion
    Less than technically perfect, the most famous version of Thee I Love from Friendly Persuasion is a person I don't want to give any publicity to, but Anthony Perkins was in this movie and he did one version of the song..., and it's nice to see he can do something besides act the role of the creepy Norman Bates in Psycho..., and I just like the poetic lyrics.

    Here's a 1873 BBC documentary about the Heroes of Telemark (the movie based on these events had that title, but this one is the documentary):
    The Saboteurs of Telemark (BBC 1973)   [48:58]

    I saw this BBC production about Alan Turing (I also recommend reading the review on the YouTube page) when it came out in 1996 - and bawled my eyes out.
    Breaking the Code: Biography of Alan Turing (Derek Jacobi, BBC, 1996)

    If you like cryptography, perhaps you'll like this lecture slightly over an hour long on YouTube about The Enigma Code.

    I hope everyone has a good holiday.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon May 27, 2013 at 01:33:31 AM PDT

  •  here in Spokane, they expected maybe 200, but they (2+ / 0-)
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    got more than 700 turnout. Good job!!!

  •  Agri-slavery and the Third World (3+ / 0-)
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    It's not the genome itself. Face it; we've been genetically engineering since (at least) the Olmecs invented maize and squash five thousand years ago.

    And it's not the labeling, believe it or not. Because America has no way to separate GMOs from "naturally modified" corn and wheat in its silos, or to keep the pollen from flying, it's a biologically difficult if not impossible task.That's why we fight so hard to sell our stuff in Europe; it's mixed and they don't want it.

    What's scary is the way that Monsanto and others are manipulating the world. When you offer a poor farmer "free" Roundup Ready seed, then saturate his soil with Roundup, he has no choice but to buy your expensive GMO seed the next year or nothing will grow. And then, of course, there was the case of the farmer whose corn was pollinated by the GMO (BT) corn next door, and got sued (and lost) for not paying Monsanto!  

    I know readers won't want to hear it but we've messed with the climate so badly that genetic modification may be the only way to keep things growing in the future. What we MUST do is castrate the agri-business lobbyists, so that we can get accurate, scientific and unbiased information about how these things affect the ecosystem (and us, of course.)

  •  Facebook censors pictures of the demonstrations: (0+ / 0-)

    "Exclusive: Facebook censors pictures of children rallying against GMOs during global March Against Monsanto"

  •  I have more of a problem with biopatents (0+ / 0-)

    Humans have been genetically modifying everything for the past few hundred years. I have more of a problem with biopatents, which have a lot to do with (who knew?) our broken intellectual property system.
    A real fix would be to have much higher maintenance fees on patents, and to introduce maintenance fees for copyrights and trademarks, while we're at it.
    Then companies would think twice before patenting everything under the sun!

  •  AGENT (0+ / 0-)

    Internet knowledge is so astonishing!
        I'm 62 been a non judgmental vege since 1970.
        The health food store when I first started was mainly vitamins, some bulk in sealed plastic bags, some refrigerated items, basic yogurt. My family ran me up one side and down the other; Yogurt, that's not healthy, it's European.
        The older couple & employees, would ask "How are you?" Reply and ask "How are you?" Their reply was always "Still fighting." It always caught me in that it made my whole being skip a beat for a millisecond. It was 1970.
        It was years until I realized what we are fighting are the hucksters. The SNAKES who were trying to destroy the entire construct of eating healthy.
        How the right mindwashes the left:
        When Canola oil first "made it's appearance into the health food industry" I didn't buy it (read below for the NOW reason) simply because I didn't like the taste of it. It's in all salad dressings (sidenote: if health food stores would have a salad dressing taste day, they would improve the health of untold amounts of people. The amount of bottled dressings I've chucked after buying), so much has the damned oil in it. YUCK!
        Through this simple post here on DKOS, I find out canola oil is a GMO, that takes chemicals and a heavy duty processing. WOW, I'm blown away because; "How the right mindwashes the left" Of course mon satan oagent orange. {If we get an oil into the health food industry, we can stunt them, brainwash them, in our run over the entire worlds soil, foliage, human beings & spirit."} They are total EVIL.
        Still fighting!
        Thank You for this post.
        P.S. Attended the march against mon satan aogent orange here in LA. Posted this in "monsanto, stop trying to get in our plants" Update: Thank You DKOS for this post, as in after, dairy...
    …………………………The power of one person
    Thank You
        I'm 62.
        I've always made the best effort to attend protests, mainly for the causes, the bonus has always been vibing & seeing healthy in mind and body, friends, brothers & sisters.
        Attended the march here in Los Angeles, probably 3,000, 4,000 or more people. Some came after the march part. I was STUNNED. This is Memorial Day weekend. FUN!
        This was a very healthy group of people. I kept looking at everyone's hair & thinking WOW, so many people with healthy beautiful hair. The artist in me...
        Very disappointed that the liberal blogs including DKOS didn't have more before & after coverage. We'll make the left hand, big girls column, next time.
        Thank You Tami Canal, ONE PERSON, WOW!
        2 million people worldwide.
        mon satan o agent orange, RIGHT NOW is shiiting their pants.

    •  learning, learning (0+ / 0-)

      Simplified, I now am going to tell people.
      canola is a GMO SNAKE oil, by mon satan oagent orange
      that rhymes with granola
      How stupid I feel.
      Internet to the rescue :)

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