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General Motors Co. is recalling 10,315 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from model years 2003-2004 in 20 snow, ice-prone winter U.S. states and in Canada.
http://www.examiner.com/article/gm-recalls-10-315-vans-20-snow-ice-prone-winter-u-s-states-and-canadaGeneral Motors Co. is recalling 10,315 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from... more
U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France's decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto. He also warned that a new French environmental review standard could spread anti-biotech policy across Europe. We speak with Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
http://youtu.be/p28xSOd3F5UU.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up... more
Political comedian Bill Maher weighed in on Monsanto and GMOs on the June 22 2012 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher - panel included Nick Gillespie, Rachel Maddow, Mort Zuckerman and Mark Ruffalo. Support the GM labeling measure in California this November!
http://youtu.be/csSw3fYnICcPolitical comedian Bill Maher weighed in on Monsanto and GMOs on the June 22 2012... more
The world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'.
Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.
The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive. Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults --two women and one man.
The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their 'germline' means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring. Altering the human germline - in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species - is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world's scientists.
Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.
Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, the researchers, led by fertility pioneer Professor Jacques Cohen, say that this 'is the first case of human germline genetic modification resulting in normal healthy children'. Some experts severely criticised the experiments. Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: 'Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.'
John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: 'One has tremendous sympathy for couples who suffer infertility problems. But this seems to be a further illustration of the fact that the whole process of in vitro fertilisation as a means of conceiving babies leads to babies being regarded as objects on a production line.
'It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.' Professor Cohen and his colleagues diagnosed that the women were infertile because they had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells, called mitochondria.
They took eggs from donors and, using a fine needle, sucked some of the internal material - containing 'healthy' mitochondria - and injected it into eggs from the women wanting to conceive. Because mitochondria contain genes, the babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the germline along the maternal line.
A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates 'assisted reproduction' technology in Britain, said that it would not license the technique here because it involved altering the germline.
Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies.
He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab. Prior to this, only infertile women were able to conceive using IVF. Last year, Professor Cohen said that his expertise would allow him to clone children --a prospect treated with horror by the mainstream scientific community.
'It would be an afternoon's work for one of my students,' he said, adding that he had been approached by 'at least three' individuals wishing to create a cloned child, but had turned down their requests.
http://5magazine.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/designer-baby.jpgThe world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed... more
Comedian and Professor Julianna Forlano hits the headlines! Progressive Satire for CurrentTV.Comedian and Professor Julianna Forlano hits the headlines! Progressive Satire for... more
With the news that two senior American officers have been murdered while inside an official Afghanistan government office building by someone who was able to do it and just walk away tells us something about this conflict.
It’s been more than 10 years since America and its allies threw the Taliban out of power. We screwed up by taking our eyes off the ball so we could whip up a phony war in Iraq. This allowed bin Laden to relocate to Pakistan. This allowed the Taliban to regroup and retake much of the country. Before President Obama came into office and we started taking Afghanistan seriously again, the disregard President Bush showed for clearing out the viper’s nest of Taliban and their supporters will go down in the history books as one of the biggest failures of a long list of failures for which his woebegotten administration will be forever stained.
http://deepbrainmedia.com/why-cant-we-just-tell-afghanistan-hey-we-tried-see-ya/With the news that two senior American officers have been murdered while inside an... more
I really think this is his strongest message...
It's going to ultimately be all about the economy. And the fact that he "bet" on the American worker when ANY GOP candidate is going to have been on record opposing that, should "clear the decks" of almost any chance the GOP has of winning. Heck, a great slogan for 2012 could be "Let's bet on America"...
"I am All for Buy American, Made by Americans!!!"I really think this is his strongest message... It's going to ultimately be... more
WA'S non-genetically modified (GM) grain sector could vanish within the next 10 years due to contamination from GM crops, some farmers and conservation groups fear.
Nic Dunlop, environmental science and policy co-ordinator for the Conservation Council of WA, says feral GM canola plants have been found on road verges in the state's Esperance district some 20 kilometres away from the nearest GM crop.
The discovery shows that the requirement for a five-metre gap between GM and non-GM crops under the state government's limited commercial-size trials is ineffective.
The main purpose of the trials is to assess whether segregation is possible.
Dr Dunlop said GM-free canola could be a thing of the past in WA by the next decade, given that eight per cent of roadside plants recently sampled by the Conservation Council in the Esperance region were GM, only one year into the trial.
``It doesn't matter what you're doing on the farm - the trucks are spreading it around the countryside,'' Dr Dunlop told AAP.
Canola seed is very fine, so it falls through holes in trucks.
This is evident by the abundance of GM canola ``fugitives'' in areas where road vibration is high such as grates and bumps, Dr Dunlop said.
Janet Cotter, senior scientist at Greenpeace's University of Exeter-based science unit, said she suspected WA's feral canola population would be entirely GM within a few years.
Dr Cotter warned that the ``tolerance'' level for GM contamination in non-GM canola - 0.9 per cent - would rise incrementally with each year the trials were held.
However, WA Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman says he's confident the level of gene-flow between canola crops will remain acceptable.
Mr Redman said a five-metre gap between crops to keep GM contamination under 0.9 per cent was the benchmark standard in Australia and was ``more than sufficient''.
``I'm talking 0.01 per cent - nothing near 0.9 per cent,'' Mr Redman told AAP.
He rejected assertions by anti-GM groups that grain customers in Japan wanted GM-free products, which attracted a premium price.
The Japanese benchmark tolerance level for GM contamination was much higher at five per cent, he added.
Mr Redman said the non-GM market in Japan was small and WA would continue to be able to supply those customers.
On a recent trip to Japan, only one out of half a dozen importers of WA grain had raised concerns about the GM trials, Mr Redman said.
``They are saying `we are happy with segregation arrangements and we're happy that we are able, if we choose to meet our consumer needs and import non-GM canola from WA'.
``It is simply a furphy to say that what we've done in WA ... is a barrier to trade in the Japanese market.''
Janette Liddlelow, a non-GM grain farmer in the WA Wheatbelt town of Williams, argued that the sector was more significant than Mr Redman claimed.
Ms Liddlelow also said the minister had failed to deliver on a handful of conditions to the trial, including a public register of GM growers, mandatory random audits of GM farms and GM-free marketing zones.
There was angst in Williams, where non-GM farmers wondered whether their neighbours were growing GM crops.
More at the linkWA'S non-genetically modified (GM) grain sector could vanish within the next 10... more
GM announced Wednesday it will begin producing electric motors for the all-electric Chevy Spark EV at their White Marsh, Md. factory in late 2012.
http://www.examiner.com/liberal-in-baltimore/green-energy-made-marylandGM announced Wednesday it will begin producing electric motors for the all-electric... more
This short film from the STEPS Centre brings together an engaging cast of characters including a farmer, a scientist, a regulator and a seed policy analyst.
Each has a different view about how best to secure seeds for farmers growing maize -- Kenya's key staple crop - in drought-prone regions of the country.
The film shows the importance of informal seed systems, as well as formal ones, for food security in these areas. It shows how policy changes underway could have serious impacts on farmers struggling for sustainability in a changing climate.
More information: http://www.steps-centre.org/filmsThis short film from the STEPS Centre brings together an engaging cast of characters... more
Americans are in the market for more energy-efficient and cleaner-running cars. In his State of the Union address to Congress last month President Obama challenged the U.S. automotive industry produce more electric-powered alternatives.Americans are in the market for more energy-efficient and cleaner-running cars. In his... more
US giant General Motors will invest $540 million to produce two low-emission motors in central Mexico, the company announced here Thursday, accompanied by President Felipe Calderon.
The latest project for GM in Mexico would create 500 direct and another 500 indirect jobs in its plant in Toluca, Calderon said.
GM has four plants in Mexico, and has invested some $5 billion here since 2006, Calderon said.
GM was left reeling by an industry slump when the global economic crisis hit. It received 49.5 billion dollars from the US Treasury and emerged from a bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.
It successfully returned to public trading last November by raising 23.1 billion dollars in an initial stock offering — the largest in history.
http://redwhitebluenews.com/?p=14524US giant General Motors will invest $540 million to produce two low-emission motors in... more
If you're in most parts of the United States, outside of the Midwest, you might wonder what the Ethanol brouhaha is all about. It's easy for some to dismiss the fuel as a diversion of resources, but there's more to it.
FlexFuel capable vehicles can use domestically produced E85 fuel, which has the potential to produce loads of horsepower and displace a significant amount of imported petroleum. While corn is the most prevalent Ethanol feedstock in America, this will change over time ...If you're in most parts of the United States, outside of the Midwest, you might... more
In a one-line film remark as surprisingly concise as it is political and timely, a American blue collar woman explains to her son why they've permanently moved to China.
"There's nothing left for us in Detroit," she tells her son (played by Jaden Smith, the main character). The film is not Stephen Gaghan's 2005 film Syriana, it's Harald Zwart's 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.
Robert Kuttner (more to come)In a one-line film remark as surprisingly concise as it is political and timely, a... more
General Motors, the same automaker that's been winning awards with the gasoline-optional Chevrolet Volt, is clearly going after the fossil-fuel crowd with a 550-horsepower version of its Camaro performance coupe unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday.General Motors, the same automaker that's been winning awards with the... more
It looks, sounds and, according to its creators, tastes like a normal pig.
But this is no ordinary farmyard animal. The specially-bred Yorkshire pig is the first of a new generation of ‘Frankenswine’ – genetically modified hogs designed to be cheaper and greener.
The creators of the GM superpig, nicknamed the Enviropig, say its manure contains less phosphorus than normal slurry and poses less risk to rivers, streams and lakes.
But critics of GM food said the animals are ‘anything but environmentally friendly’ – and could lead to more intensive pig farms.
Researchers have been working on the Enviropig for more than a decade.
They believe it will be the first GM animal to be allowed into the food chain and could one day provide sausages, bacon and pork for the world.
Like all creatures, pigs need phosphorus in their diet to help form strong bones, teeth and cell walls.
They are fed primarily on cereals which contains a type of phosphorus that they cannot digest. Most farmers have to feed pigs an enzyme called phytase to make plant phosphorus digestible.
But phytase supplements are not very good at breaking down phosphorus, so a large amount is flushed out of their bodies in waste.
The phosphorous-rich manure can make its way into the water supply where it triggers algal blooms, which choke aquatic life and create ‘dead zones’ for fish.
Unlike normal pigs, Enviropigs have been designed to produce their own phytase.
Researchers took a gene responsible for the creation of phytase from an E.coli bacteria and added it to the genetical make-up of a Yorkshire pig.
To make sure the bacterium gene would work in the animal, they combined it with a gene taken from a mouse before inserting it into the Enviropig’s DNA.
In tests, the Enviropig was able to absorb more phosphorous from its feed. Its waste contained less of the potentially toxic substance.
Its meat also appears to be identical to cuts from a traditional Yorkshire pig.
One of the pig’s creators, Professor Rich Moccia, of the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, told the BBC: ‘They are pretty friendly and pretty gregarious.
'These pigs are almost identical to a normal Yorkshire pig. They look normal, they grow normally and they behave normally.’
Earlier this year the Canadian government approved the animal for production and breeding in laboratories. But it is still not allowed in the food chain – and is years away from being approved.
Vicky Hird, of Friends of the Earth, said the name Enviropig ‘was a huge irony’.
She added: ‘Pigs reared in these intensive units can never be sustainable because they require so much soya which is grown by clearing forests which leads to more greenhouse gases being released.
‘And when it comes to GM food, consumers are voting with their feet. They won’t accept it.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1344172/Frankenswine-Pigs-genetically-modified-smell.html#ixzz1AFhIp46dIt looks, sounds and, according to its creators, tastes like a normal pig. But this... more
"I'm not saying it was a tough crowd but I cleared that room like the Marines cleared Fallujah." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin performs his last set before retiring due to Alzheimer's at Wabi-Sabi in Petersburg, VA. Jason Klingman is MC.
http://www.chrismartincomedy.com"I'm not saying it was a tough crowd but I cleared that room like the... more
"Elton John performed for for one million dollars at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Apparently he also played the piano." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin delivers his final set before retiring due to Alzheimer's June June 23, 2010 at Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill. Odyssey Michaels is the MC."Elton John performed for for one million dollars at Rush Limbaugh's... more
"The Texas Board of Education wanted to rename the slave trade "the Atlantic Triangular trade. It turns out the ovens at Auschwitz were actually tanning beds." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin tackles some touchy topics at Refried Comedy @ Aztek Grill. Odyssey Michael is the host."The Texas Board of Education wanted to rename the slave trade "the Atlantic... more