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July 23 - Bill Gates dumps another $10 million into researching new GM crops for agricultural takeover of Africa
Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering
The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation is once again busy funding efforts
to promote the spread of the agricultural cancer that are
genetically-modified (GM) crops, this time in the form of a $10 million grant it
recently issued to a group of British scientists working on new GM crops that
require no fertilizer. According to the U.K.'s BBC, the justification
behind the need for such research is that the GM crops will supposedly benefit
African farmers that are unable to afford fertilizer.
Researchers from the John Innes Centre (JIC) in
Norwich will specifically use the grant, which
happens to be the largest single investment into GM crops ever made in that
country by a private organization, to create novel varieties of corn, wheat, and
rice that pull nitrogen out of the air rather than from material fertilizers.
Certain crops, including beans already do this naturally, which is what led
scientists to begin a process of trying to artificially splice nitrogen-pulling
genes into various other crops.
"We believe if we can get nitron fixing cereals we can
deliver much higher yields to farmers in Africa and allow them to grow enough
food for themselves," said professor Giles Oldroyd from JIC, lead author of the
new study. Sounds great, right? Except that the
genetic alterations will plunge even more African farmers into a vicious cycle
of having to purchase licenses every year from corporate giants like Monsanto,
which prohibit the saving and reusing of their proprietary seeds. And if the new
crops fail to deliver as promised, which has happened time and time again with
GM crops in the past, the farmers that adopt the patented technology will be in
worse shape than if they simply continued on with their traditional crop
"If you look in America, yields haven't increased by any significant amount and
often go down," said Pete Riley, Campaign Director at GM
Freeze, an alliance of organizations that is raising awareness about the
deception of GM technologies, about the overall
failure of GM crop systems to produce more food than conventional and organic
crop systems. "Now we're seeing real, major problems for farmers in terms of
weeds that are resistant to the herbicides which GM crops have been modified to
tolerate," added Riley.
Africa's best bet; in other words, is to stick with trying to implement more
organic polyculture crop systems that utilize what the natural environment has
to offer rather than what Monsanto's marketing department claims to offer.
Organic crops are still the safest, most nutritious crops available to mankind,
and they come with none of the many health and environmental problems caused by
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July 23 - Bugs like it hot: Record heat kicks insects into high gear
Article: Signs Of The Last Times
As if this summer isn't
bad enough already, the unusual warmth is turning bugs extra frisky.
"We're calling it a breeding bonanza,"
says Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management
Across the country, as a result of
record heat, pests from grasshoppers to crickets and ants to bees are
arriving earlier and in greater numbers than usual,
entomologists at HomeTeam Pest Defense say.
"We're seeing an increase in a lot of different
pests right now," company entomologist Russ Horton
Pest controllers are battling
grasshoppers in Texas, ants in Florida, and crickets and bees across the
country, he says. "Insects develop
more rapidly with higher temperatures," says entomologist David
Denlinger of Ohio State University. He adds that insects did well this
past winter given the lack of intense cold.
Through June, the USA
was sweating through its warmest year on record,
according to the National Climatic Data Center.
Insects such as grasshoppers and crickets can be a nuisance to
homeowners, but they are "very
devastating" in the agricultural world, Horton says.
As harvesting season nears, the ongoing
hot, dry weather could have grasshoppers and similar insects feeding in
greater-than-normal numbers on alfalfa, tobacco and some vegetable crops,
says Lee Townsend, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky.
Forty-seven human West
Nile virus infections, which mosquitoes spread, have been reported this
year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One man in Texas
died from the virus.
Drought can drive insects into homes: Ants, for instance,
will come into homes to find water.
"If they're not finding it outside, they'll come
inside," she says.
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July 19 - Facial recognition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it
Article: One World Government
"Many Americans don't realize they're already
in a facial recognition database," Jennifer
Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
said Wednesday in a hearing on the technology. Addressing Senator Al
Franken and the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law,
Lynch pointed out that there is a
painful disconnect between how little personal action is required to
capture a face and how much personal information can be associated
with it. All that, thanks to the Internet. As it is, Lynch said,
"Americans can't take precautions to prevent the collection of their
called the hearing out of concern
for the speed at which facial recognition technology is progressing
as its use remains unregulated. Dr. Alessandro
Acquisti, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said
facial recognition could soon become a
casual pursuit as computers get smaller, more powerful, and cloud
computing costs come down. "Within a few years, real-time,
automated, mass-scale facial recognition will be technologically
feasible and economically efficient," Acquisti
wrote in a statement; for companies, for friends, and for law
recognition has two characteristics that alarmed most members of the
panel. First, faces (unlike other
common information gatekeepers like passwords or PIN numbers) can't
be changed for protection. Second, neither permission nor
interaction is required for one person to capture the face of
another. If they're in public, their visage is fair game. Facial
recognition "creates acute privacy concerns that fingerprints do
not" because of the ease of collection, Franken
recognition itself is less of a concern than the supplementary data
that drives it. Several panelists described
scary and intrusive applications of facial
recognition: a random person takes a photo of another and an app
pulls up their address and the names of family and friends; a camera
in a pharmacy recognizes your face and asks loudly whether you need
more Imodium-and here's a dollar-off coupon toward your purchase.
"It's the aggregation that frightens people,"
said Dr. Nita Farahany, a professor at the Duke University School of
Law. "We don't stop the flow of
information, or say certain applications are limited or
All parties at
the hearing agreed that facial recognition can be used to both
benefit and take advantage of
consumers. But right now, there is little to prevent the
advantage-taking. Data sharing settings put in place by aggregation
companies have lately been coercive, positioned as take-it-or-leave
it scenarios to consumers. Google, for instance,
that gave it much more flexibility in how it collects and uses user
data, where users' only way out was deleting their accounts.
one that allows third-party apps to keep users' information even if
the app had been deleted, unless explicitly asked to delete it.
While the hearing
was heavy with concerns, solutions
or suggestions for legislating facial recognition were not
forthcoming. Should it be policed like wiretaps? Should its use be
limited like medical information? Franken asked
the Federal Trade Commission's representative, Maneesha Mithal, if
she could compel the FTC to mandate that companies make facial
imprint-related services an explicit opt-in service only. All Mithal
could promise was that she would take the request back to her
committee for further consideration.
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July 24 - Tony Blair: 'The West is asleep on the issue of Islamist extremism'
Article: One World Religion
The Westminster Faith Debates, chaired by
his former home secretary Charles Clarke, will close with a conversation
tonight between Mr Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury and me. The
subject is religion and society.
The nation's most famous Catholic convert set up his Faith Foundation to
tackle such questions. He speaks of the future. The "fundamentalist
doctrines of politics", such as fascism and communism, he says, went out
with the 20th century.
In the 21st, when globalisation has pushed people ever closer together,
the disputed territory and, he warns, the "dominant security threat",
relate to religion and culture. He
wants to provide the "platform" where people of different faiths can
together find out what unites them.
Mr Blair cites a meeting at the Davos
Economic Forum a few years ago. There
were representatives of four different faiths on the platform, each with
what he calls ''an exclusive truth claim'' for their religion. He asked
them if they thought that only their faith led to salvation. ''It was
interesting to see them reacting as politicians react. I spotted all the
techniques of walking round it.''
answer his own question fully, he admits. As a Catholic convert, he
''accepts the doctrine of the Catholic Church'', but ''I'm not a
doctrinal ideologue''. He feels ''no great
revulsion, quite the opposite'' for the Church of England, which he
left. He became a Catholic because of
his Catholic wife, Cherie, and their family: ''I didn't really analyse a
great deal. I just felt more at home there.''
Under the benign influence at Oxford of
the Anglican priest Peter Thompson, young
Tony came to believe that faith and reason could
be reconciled. From this he concluded that different faiths, especially
the ''Abrahamic'' religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, could
build on what they have in common. Now he reads the scriptures of other
faiths, and finds his own enriched. In particular, he reads the Koran.
''I see the
Koran very much as an outsider. It stands in the great prophetic
tradition of trying to return people to the basic principles of
spirituality. Taken for its time, it was an extraordinarily progressive
declaration of principle. It is also extraordinary for a Christian to
read: for example, there are more references to Mary than in the
Gospels. The tragedy is that it has been so warped and misapplied.''
But have you considered, I ask,
that you might be wrong about Islam? What if it is not, at root, a
religion of peace? He has thought about this but doesn't accept it. He
makes a comparison with Christianity. ''At Mass, at the end of the Bible
readings, we say 'This is the word of the Lord'. We now take it as the
spirit of Biblical teaching. We don't take every element of it as
literal. That process took us a long time.'' Islam is wrestling with the
same process today.
Very well, then, I say, look at gay
marriage, a proposal that troubles many adherents of all the main
religions. No comfort for the faithful
here: Mr Blair is out of line with his adopted Church. ''I understand
why people take a different view,'' he says, but he is in favour of gay
marriage. Indeed, it is not really possible to find
a public policy issue where he takes a specifically religious view
against the prevailing secularism. It
is, rather, a broader point: he thinks religion is a benign force in a
modern liberal order, not a hostile one.
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July 25 - Face to face with the 'human barcode'
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
Sure, it's cool and easy
to pay for stuff with the wave of a smartphone - but why bother when
you could just use your face?
Fast-evolving biometric technologies
are promising to deliver the most convenient, secure connection possible
between you and your bank account - using your body itself in place of
all of those wallets and purses stuffed with cash, change and plastic
Biometrics is the
science of humans' physiological or behaviourial characteristics and
it's being used to develop technology that
recognizes and matches unique patterns in human fingerprints, faces and
eyes and even sweat glands and buttock pressure. Its applications in the
financial realm are a potentially huge time and effort saver, but that's
just a beginning for the technology's usefulness.
The next generation
of fingerprinting is being developed to
go beyond simple recognition to incorporate pressure sensors that can
determine if a device is being touched by a live object or not, which
helps with fraud detection.
A New York-based
technology company says its patented
sweat-gland recognition technology will help add even more security to
existing biometric devices that may be susceptible to fraud. "With most
of the biometric technologies, there are ways around most of those
technologies - you could lift somebody's fingerprint and create a Latex
copy, you can create a contact lens to copy somebody's iris and so on
and so forth. We think we'll be the only technology that's
'spoof-proof,' " says Scott McNulty, president and
chief executive of
BIOPTid Inc., which
owns "the human barcode" technology. The company's One Touch cube,
set to be on the market within a year, is
an external device that users can hook up to their computers and mobile
electronics to replace passwords for Internet logins and banking. The
cube reads a personal sweat gland barcode to verify identity from the
moisture on a user's fingertip. "With one touch, you can log right into
your social networking site, right onto your page. You can instantly
purchase something without having a credit card or form of ID,"
The move to digital
tech for travel is happening in Canada too, which started unrolling
e-passports this year. Travellers who want to avoid long border-crossing
lines can also sign up for the Canadian Border Services Agency's Nexus
program, which uses kiosks to scan the
iris of a person's eye and verify their identity.
Thanks to Japanese
researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology,
a car seat is being developed that aims to
identify a driver by reading body pressure - technology dubbed "butt
biometrics" by some tech press following its introduction last year.
identification, biometric situational
awareness tools can also help make a judgment call. For example, facial
expression recognition is not just about identifying a person, but
drawing conclusions about their emotional state.
Thermal monitoring technology has already been
used at airports to detect travellers with elevated body temperature
that may by carrying diseases, Ms. Yanushkevich
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July 23 - J.C. Penney's Latest Leap: Retailer to Ditch Cash Registers, Cashiers
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
Cash registers could join the ranks of pay phones
and typewriters sooner than you think.
J.C. Penney (JCP)
will say farewell to cash registers, checkout counters and cashiers by
2014, said Ron Johnson, the chain's CEO, during the
Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, reports Time.
His plan is to eliminate cashiers, cash
registers and checkout counters, replacing them with a patchwork of
technology solutions, such as WiFi networks, mobile checkout, RFID
(radio frequency identification) technology tracking systems for
merchandise, as well as self-checkout options.
"Think of a physical store
without a cash wrap," Johnson told the audience, according to Time.
"About 10% of all the money we spend, half a billion dollars a year,
goes to [checkout] transactions." The money saved by replacing checkout
stations with new technology could be invested in improving customer
service, he said.
Ryan Taft, managing partner with OnSpot Social, an iPad app for
retailers that collects Facebook "likes," Twitter followers and email
addresses in-store, believes the retail
industry is at the early stages of the end of the widespread use of cash
"In-store marketing through technologies like iPad, RIFD, WiFi, etc, is
the future of retail," he tells DailyFinance.
"Some retailers may do away with cash
registers altogether, while others may simply cut down on the number of
cash registers, and only use them for larger purchases."
"Retailers still need cash tills because a large
percentage of their customers use cash, especially the unbanked
consumers," he tells DailyFinance. Still, in the future,
"All other transactions can, and will be,
conducted using either the retailer's mobile device or the customer's,"
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July 30 - The Happy Priest Reflects on the Miracle of the Eucharist
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
A casual glance at the daily
news provides ample evidence of the worldwide chaos caused by many who have
rejected God. Rapidly accelerating violence, unbridled hedonism, heedless
consumption of resources and rampant corruption, now exceeding previously
unimaginable dimensions have resulted from the actions of those who have
foolishly tossed aside the truth of Jesus Christ to indulge in their own
Jesus remains with us in the tabernacle of
every Catholic Church. His Real Presence is celebrated and adored in the
monstrance placed in every chapel dedicated to Perpetual Adoration. He is with
us, not just spiritually, but sacramentally as well. This is the miracle of the
When a Catholic priest takes a little piece of unleavened
bread and repeats the words that Jesus spoke at the Last Supper, "This is my
body," and when he takes a small of amount of wine in a chalice and says, "This
is my blood," the bread is no longer bread and
the wine is no longer wine.
At every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we
participate in a marvelous miracle, the miracle called, in the Latin or Western
Catholic Church, Transubstantiation. Belief in the truth of this Mystery of the
Faith dates back to its instituion by Jesus Christ Himself. It is affirmed by
the unbroken witness of the Apostolic Fathers and the magisterium of the Church.
"The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It
raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as the perfection of the spiritual
life and the end to which all the sacraments tend. In the most blessed sacrament
of the Eucharist the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our
Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and
substantially contained. This presence is called real - by
which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could
not be real too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to
say, it is a substantial presence by which
Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1374).
Transubstantiation means "change of substance",
or "change of reality." When
the priest repeats the words that Jesus spoke at the Last Supper,
the bread is no longer bread, and the wine is no longer wine. Instead, the
entire substance of the bread and the entire substance of the wine have been
changed into the substance of The Body and Blood of Christ.
The Fathers of the Church give witness to the fact that
Jesus did not give us a symbol of himself, but rather he
empowered his Church to continue his presence throughout the world.
In every Catholic Church or chapel we can come to Jesus as
we are: weak, small, sinful and limited because he is truly and really there
waiting for us. If Jesus can feed the crowds with the loaves and the fish,
if Jesus can change bread and wine into himself,
just think what he can do with you if you bring him what you have.
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