How Would Saul Alinsky Have Handled ISIS?

Obama’s pledge to ‘destroy’ ISIS would have been more credible if it had come from the Ames, Iowa police chief, or the head of the Sacramento VFW. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for destroying these radioactive cockroaches – and the sooner the better, since they grow bolder and more numerous by the day. But even the police chief – and for that matter, the librarian, the PTA chairman in Tallahassee and the dog catcher in Turlock – know that we cannot hope to even hinder ISIS, much less destroy it, with air strikes alone. Leave it to our dangerously inept commander-in-chief to assure the enemy in advance that there will be no U. S. boots on the ground. Instead, Obama has purported to threaten them with an international coalition that in fact does not exist and which, even if

it did, would lack the take-no-prisoners mindset required to exterminate an enemy as savage as ISIS. More likely is that Obama’s politically calculated four-point plan will strike not fear, but contempt and disdain in the hearts of the enemy. It will soothe their febrile brains like poetry from the Rubaiyat, perhaps inspiring them to believe that planting ISIS’ flag on the roof of the White House lawn is not such a crazy dream after all.

This post was published at Rick Ackerman BY RICK ACKERMAN ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2014.

‘Water mafia’ in California’s future? Residents may soon be forced to buy water on the black market just like in India

In recent days, residents of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities got to experience a rare treat — rainfall — but of course, it was far too little to do much to alleviate the state’s ongoing brutal drought. That said, there is some concern that water may become so scarce — and so valuable — that its distribution and sale might be taken over by a Mafia-like criminal enterprise, just like what is currently taking place in India. According to The Associated Press (AP) a “water mafia” has risen up to fill the dearth of water during India’s annual hot season:Every summer, when Minoo Phakey’s water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighborhood: She calls the mafia.
Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city’s groundwater. In India’s capital city, the water availability situation is routinely direCurrently, India is experiencing its annual summer heat water shortage, and right now, the water mafia is making bank in the capital city of New Delhi. AP says that as many as 2,000 illegal water tankers hit the city streets daily, to supply millions of people whose water taps have run dry.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Latest Scotland Poll Closes Gap Further: 49% Would Vote For Independence, 51% Against; Cable Wobbles

Yesterday’s YouGov poll, which saw the “No” camp regain the lead with 52% of the vote, was said by some to be the end of the “Yes” momentum observed last weekend when the Yes posted its first majority since polling began, Then moments ago, the momentum in the momentum changed once again, with the Guardian releasing the latest Scottish referendum poll by ICM which took place between September 9-11 polling a “a representative sample of 1,000 people”, and where the vote was said to be “too close to call“, as the margin collapsed once again, this time shifting the momentum in favor of the Yes vote, which received 49% of the vote, and No getting 51%, however 17% of the voters are “yet to make up their minds.”
From the Guardian:
Despite a week of intense political campaigning by pro-union politicians and repeated warnings from business about the dangers of independence, the poll finds support for no on 51% and yes on 49% once don’t knows were excluded.
The Guardian/ICM poll is based on telephone interviews conducted between Tuesday and Thursday, the first such survey ICM has conducted during the campaign. Previous polls suggesting that the race for Scotland could go to a photo-finish have been based on internet-based surveys.
The period of the survey not only witnessed the three UK party leaders absenting themselves from prime minister’s questions to campaign in Scotland, but also a growing rumble of news stories about the economic risks of independence: Mark Carney of the Bank of England gave new warnings over the currency, some financial institutions such as RBS signalled readiness to move their headquarters out of Edinburgh, and there have been warnings about a mortgage drought.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/12/2014.

Over 80% Of California Is Now In Extreme Drought

Just how dry is California? Here is The LA Times showing every map of California released by the U. S. Drought Monitor since 2011 (the last time there was any drought conditions). More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U. S. Drought Monitor, and the state’s condition isn’t expected to improve in the near future; and 100% of California remains at least in drought for at least the 4th month in a row… and it’s spreading to the rest of the nation.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/11/2014.

Video: Model Shows How Ebola Will Spread: ‘It Only Takes One Infected Individual Making It Through An Airport Checkpoint’

Health officials around the world are scrambling to contain the Ebola virus with many, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, now preparing for its eventual escape out of West Africa.
According to CDC director Tom Frieden, the ‘window of opportunity’ for stopping the spread of Ebola is closing rapidly. In July, as the virus surged across west African borders, Frieden downplayed its potential to reach U. S. shores. ‘It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U. S.,’ claimed Frieden in a preemptive effort to prevent panic. ‘That is not in the cards.’
The cards, apparently, have been reshuffled, as Frieden now joins a growing chorus of concerned officials around the world. ‘This is not just a problem for West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa,’ Frieden said last week. ‘It’s a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond.’
In the United States, hospitals are quietly preparing Ebola infection wards and procedures for what many believe is the inevitable arrival of the virus on U. S. shores.
Mathematical models performed by numerous researchers suggest that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people globally could contract the virus by December of this year.
Researcher Yaneer Bar-Yam, whose models predicted the rise of the Arab Spring just weeks before it actually happened, has been modeling viral outbreaks since 2006. In a report published in conjunction with MIT and the New England Complex Systems Institute, Bar-Yam and colleagues developed a host-pathogen model to predict the spread of emergent diseases, including Ebola, in evolving ecosystems.


This post was published at shtfplan on September 9th, 2014.

The ‘Inconvenient Pause’

The WSJ Asks: Whatever Happened to Global Warming? It’s A Good Question The WSJ has been one of the few mainstream publications that has given a bit of room to skeptical reporting on global warming, which has been rechristened ‘climate change’ for by now painfully obvious reasons. So it is not a big surprise to find an article about the ‘long hiatus’ in the WSJ. It is however worth quoting a few passages from it, not least because the author himself has been surprised by the ‘pause’:
‘The U. N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U. N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).
Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.
First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or ‘hiatus’), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.
Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature – a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.
[…]when David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. Whitehouse was ‘wrong, completely wrong,’ and was ‘deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public.’
We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse’s article, climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. ‘The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,’ wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: ‘Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.’
If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: ‘The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more.’
Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years – depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere. That’s according to a new statistical calculation by Ross McKitrick, a professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Canada.
It has been roughly two decades since there was a trend in temperature significantly different from zero. The burst of warming that preceded the millennium lasted about 20 years and was preceded by 30 years of slight cooling after 1940. This has taken me by surprise. I was among those who thought the pause was a blip.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 9, 2014.

Angry Bangladeshi farmers demand compensation after failure of Monsanto’s GM eggplant

In India, eggplant is known as brinjal. It’s the same fruit. Monsanto, through associates and subsidiaries, offered free Bt brinjal saplings to poor farmers as an open experiment to gain more GMO acceptance in South and Southeast Asia. Seems this field test backfired. Bt genetic technology claims to provides crop plants the ability to produce their own insecticide, purportedly to lessen farmers’ need for extensive pesticide spraying. Independent testing has discovered that Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) proteins adversely affect the soil, friendly insects and pollinators, and endanger animals and humans, because the Bt Cry (crystalline protein bodies) toxins are not denatured in the gut as previously assumed and promoted. [1] The failed brinjal (eggplant) experiment in Bangledash Unfortunately, poor farmers in Bangladesh were apparently not aware of the plight of cotton farmers in neighboring India who wound up killing themselves after going into debt with failed Bt cotton crops. Part of their misery was due to their contracts involving Monsanto Bt cotton seeds that could not be used again after one planting, because they also contained “terminator genes,” which make them impossible to use again.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, September 06, 2014.

EBOLA – OVERPOPULATION CURE

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I’m supposed to be scared of the dreaded ebola virus. We’re all going to die. It’s the fear mongering tactic for this week. One week it is Putin. The next week it’s ISIS. One week it’s terrorists streaming across our southern border. It’s always global warming (oh yeah climate change). I don’t give two fucks about the ebola ‘epidemic’. Why don’t they create an ice bucket challenge to cure it? We cured ALS last week. Right?
It seems the doom websites have bought into this terrible threat hook line and sinker. This is nothing more than another way to keep the sheep docile and cooperative as the authorities pretend to protect them from a phantom menace.
Ebola is not in the United States. You see we’re a first world country where we don’t piss where we drink or shit in our front yard. Africa is an overpopulated cesspool inhabited by ignorant dreadfully poor people who live their entire short lives in utter squalor. Most of the countries are run by dictators and socialists. The people reproduce at 4 times the rate of first world countries. Of course they are going to create disease and starvation on a massive scale. There are consequences for every action. Did you notice how quickly the infected Americans recovered when they got to a first world country?
Sorry folks. It’s not our problem. We do not have the financial resources to save all seven billion people on this over-populated planet. We already spend $2 billion per day more than we generate in taxes. The same control freaks who blather on about population control are the same ones saying we have to do something about the ebola ‘crisis’.
I’ve got an idea. Let Africa worry about their problems. They can either take the necessary steps to control their populations or disease will control it for them. It really is pretty simple. A telethon with George Clooney and the rest of the Hollywood douchbags will just perpetuate the continued behavior of these countries.
Aldous Huxley pondered the future of the planet and overpopulation in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited:
‘In the bad old days children with considerable, or even with slight, hereditary defects rarely survived. Today, thanks to sanitation, modern pharmacology and the social conscience, most of the children born with hereditary defects reach maturity and multiply their kind. Under the conditions now prevailing, every advance in medicine will tend to be offset by a corresponding advance in the survival rate of individuals cursed by some genetic insufficiency. In spite of new wonder drugs and better treatment (indeed, in a certain sense, precisely because of these things), the physical health of the general population will show no improvement, and may even deteriorate. And along with a decline of average healthiness there may well go a decline in average intelligence.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 6th September 2014.

The West Without Water

Submitted by Erico Tavares of Sinclair & Co.
The West Without Water: An Interview with Dr. B. Lynn Ingram
Dr. B. Lynn Ingram is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, California. The primary goal of her research is to assess how climates and environments have changed over the past several thousand years based on the geochemical and sedimentologic analysis of aquatic sediments and archaeological deposits, with a particular focus on the US West.
She is the co-author of ‘The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow’ together with Dr. Frances Malamud-Roam, which received great reviews.
In this interview, Dr. Ingram shares her thoughts on the current drought in the US Southwest within the larger climate record and potential implications for the future.
E. Tavares: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today. Your research focuses on long-range geoclimatic trends using a broad sample of historical records. In this sense, ‘The West without Water’, which we vividly recommend reading, provides a very grounded perspective on the weather outlook for the US Southwest going forward. So let’s start there. What prompted you to write this book?
L. Ingram: My co-author and I decided to write this book because our findings, and those of our colleagues, were all showing that over the past several thousand years, California and the West have experienced extremes in climate that we have not seen in modern history – the past 150 years or so. Floods and droughts far more catastrophic than we can even imagine. We felt it was important to bring these findings to the attention of the broader public, as these events tend to repeat themselves. So we need to prepare, just as we prepare for large earthquakes in California.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/06/2014.

Why the Deep State Always Wins: The Zero-Sum Game of Perpetual War

Readers with a morbid sense of curiosity can visit a web site called NukeMap that allows visitors to witness the devastation caused by nuclear weapons of varying yields on a city of their choosing. Herman Kahn, who was an armchair theorist from RAND during the Cold War, insisted that nuclear war was winnable. But a few hours with NukeMap will disprove Kahn’s folly and the baleful smiley face that he tried to slap over human extinction.
Against this backdrop it’s no wonder that recent developments in the Ukraine have been known to cause night terrors. Your author can vouch for this. Last week there was an earthquake in the Bay Area and at the outset I woke up mistaking it for a shock wave from sub-megaton warhead hitting Silicon Valley.

This post was published at Counterpunch

Peace Ecology

With serendipitous timing, as a big march for the climate, and various related events, are planned on and around the International Day of Peace, Randall Amster has just published an important book calledPeace Ecology.
This book bridges divides that very much need to be bridged between peace activism and peace academia, and between peace advocacy and environmentalism. This is, in fact, a peace book for deep environmentalists and an environmental book for deep peace advocates.
Typically, I think, peace activists appear to the peace academic as a bit uninformed, ahistorical, reactive, and negative in the sense of being ‘against something rather than for something.’
Peace academics, I’m afraid, often appear to the peace activist as uninterested in ending wars, uncurious about the evils of wars, unimpressed by the military industrial complex as a cause of wars, and altogether too concerned with the personal virtues of people who are in no way responsible for the scourge of war. It is the rare political studies academic who occasionally can be spotted opposing war or documenting the superiority of nonviolent struggle, whereas the peace studies scholars are essentially advocates of environmentalism and democracy who – unlike other environmentalists and democrats – happen to recognize the ginormous roadblock that militarism presents for their agenda. Or so it appears to the activist, who searches in vain for any large academic contingent giving war and war propaganda the full critique they so richly deserve.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 6, 2014.

Obama’s Oil Boom – Global Warming Be Damned

Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring. U. S. oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone – and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next.
In other words, oil is back. Big time. Signs of its resurgence abound. Despite what you may think, Americans, on average, are driving more miles every day, not fewer, filling ever more fuel tanks with ever more gasoline, and evidently feeling ever less bad about it. The stigma of buying new gas-guzzling SUVs, for instance, seems to have vanished; according to CNN Money, nearly one out of three vehicles sold today is an SUV. As a result of all this, America’s demand for oil grew more than China’s in 2013, the first time that’s happened since 1999.
Accompanying all this is a little noticed but crucial shift in White House rhetoric. While President Obama once spoke of the necessity of eliminating our reliance on petroleum as a major source of energy, he now brags about rising U. S. oil output and touts his efforts to further boost production.
Just five years ago, few would have foreseen such a dramatic oil rebound. Many energy experts were then predicting an imminent ‘peak’ in global oil production, followed by an irreversible decline in output. With supplies constantly shrinking, it was said, oil prices would skyrocket and consumers would turn to hybrid vehicles, electric cars, biofuels, and various transportation alternatives. New government policies would be devised to facilitate this shift, providing tax breaks and other incentives for making the switch to renewables.
At that time, a growing concern over climate change and the prospect of further warming due to increased emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels seemed to dim the long-term prospects for petroleum…

This post was published at Wolf Street on September 5, 2014.

Latest Study into the Possibility of Megadroughts Ignores Much of the Real Science of Climate Change

A new study in the Journal of Climate Science warns that decades long drought may become the norm for the southwestern United States.
‘A drier Southwest is also a Southwest at risk of a megadrought,’ said study author Toby Ault, a climate scientist at Cornell University.
Of course, the study implicates global warming as the cause of these future droughts, it does not take into account the planet hasn’t actually warmed at all since 1998. Publications from around the world have published articles relating to the hiatus in global warming. You can read some of them here, here, and here. This article, by the eminent climate scientist Prof Don Easterbrook gives a full explanation of not only the end, for now of global warming, but how the planet is actually cooling at the moment.
The Journal of climate science study only takes into account precipitation, and even with that it deals with the averages in recent years. It makes no account for years of mammoth snowfall, or years of years of above average rainfall. Finally, it makes no reference at all to the cycles the Earth is proven to go through.
Back in the 1970′s scientists were screaming that a new ice age was upon us…they were of course wrong. The planet goes through cycles of warming and cooling and this is what’s happening now, it has always happened and it will continue to happen.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 5th, 2014.

Big-Oil CEO Faces His Failure by Keeping His Eyes Closed about Global Warming

Head of Oil Company that’s Most at Risk Of Declining Value
From Oil & Gas Is Burying His Head in the Tar-Sand About It
According to the landmark study of the impact that the rising world concerns about global warming will have destroying the market-value of oil company stocks, no large oil company is as vulnerable as Norway’s Statoil, but Statoil’s head says that he must drive his firm, and implicitly therefore Norway’s economic future, down the drain of this declining market-value. His response to the challenge, he says, must be to drive his corporate ship even straighter into the coming economic abyss for fossil-fuels firms.
He says:
Many people want Statoil to invest in all types of renewable energy activities. Often with no concern for whether the company can achieve realistic profitability within a reasonable time span. It is an easy stand to take for people who are under no obligation to run a profitable business. But I know who will be blamed if Statoil decides to invest five billion Norwegian Kroner in something which is in today, but turns out to be a fiasco in five years’ time,
The headline and sub-head of that article is: ‘Helge Lund uncertain about Statoil’s green future: It is not given that Statoil will become a green company.’ It was published on 21 August 2010, in the Norwegian newspaper, Stavanger Aftenbladet.
The reporters at Aftenbladet wrote: ‘He believes that one of the most important tasks for the years ahead is to reduce the cost of renewable energy.’ But nothing indicates that his firm (the one firm that’s the most at-risk of a big global-warming market-value hit) should hotfoot the way into this ‘green’ direction – switching away from investing in oil and gas, to investing instead in renewable energy. Exactly the contrary, in fact. Statoil’s President/CEO said:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 4, 2014.

The September Start of War

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; The fact that you gave us all warning of the turn in the Cycle of War coming in 2014 back at the 1998 conference and at 2011 conference, was truly amazing to watch how this has all worked out. But the stunning realization that you pinpoint Ukraine as the flash point and then said it will turn up in September which has arrived with the Russians openly invading Ukraine, I just do not know how anyone from the goldbugs to government cannot appreciate what you have done with analyzing time. They expose their own stupidity and bias by trying to criticism you on a personal level when you have shown us this is not opinion or just outright ignore you and hope you go away. People should be supporting your work and the sooner you go public the better.
Do you have any idea what makes this all work so precisely? The ECM picks events to the day, but you said this war in Ukraine would turn up starting in September. Your timing is truly amazing.
Thank you so much for showing us a new way to look at everything. I use to attend various lectures on cyclical analysis. But they seemed primitive at best and only concerned about trading some single market thinking they have conquered the world. Nobody has ever comprehended the global connectivity that you show us all the time. I really do hope the government would just for once care about society and listen to what your models really project. So many lives would be saved not to mention money from chasing absurd ideas like global warming that is obviously a natural cycle. It is a shame the analytical community does not stand up and support you rather than trying to compete with you when they cannot even understand the depth to which you have taken cyclical analysis.
Thank you once again for showing us the light.
HRK
ANSWER: Thank you. I am very glad that some people are starting to see that this is something very important that could really change the future is implemented. We are trying to take this public to protect everything and then hopefully the technology can be applied to many fields. Ego keeps the industry fragmented. Only when we crash and burn does it appear that there would be any type of unity in the analysis community. They argued Keynes was nuts until the Great Depression hit. This is just how it functions. As for a market forecasters, generally all they are doing is trying to make a buck. They are not normally inspired by lofty goals. They are content trying to develop just trading systems to sell.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 3, 2014.

Reuters Stumped as Polls Show Decline in Warming Worry

Why we’re so blase about global warming … If you don’t regard global warming as a serious problem, your company is growing. According to the survey jockeys at Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who think global warming is “very serious” or “somewhat serious” has declined since 2006 (from 79 percent to 65 percent). While a firm majority still considers global warming to be very or somewhat serious, the numbers show that public alarm over the topic has receded over a period during which the scientific, journalistic, and political consensus on the topic has surged the other way. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: People don’t care about the biggest threat to the planet? That doesn’t make any sense.
Free-Market Analysis: Reuters is astonished that people aren’t so worried about global warming as they used to be. The editorial excerpted above spends a lot of time trying to figure out why this is so.
Of course, maybe people are less worried because they have decided the threat has been exaggerated. That’s the one alternative that the article resolutely does NOT examine.
Here’s more:
… Fewer respondents agree that the earth is warming and fewer agree that human activity causes warming. These figures must give cognitive whiplash to those who dismiss the public as a herd of easily driven sheep.
The scientific establishment, the press, and politicians have a flimsy grasp of mass opinion. Americans’ blas and wishy-washy attitudes toward global warming may be related to the positive short-term effects of environmental policies that they observe daily.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 02, 2014.

Despite California’s drought, residents are promised access to several times more water than is actually available

There is a major water crisis currently sweeping California, and experts say outdated water allocation data is making the problem even worse. In many areas of the state, say experts, water control measures, many of which were established back in the 1920s and 1930s, have over-promised water that doesn’t actually exist, and water regulators are scrambling to make things right as the Golden State limps through one of the worst droughts in recorded history. According to the Los Angeles Register (LAR), the state has promised about five times more water to residents, businesses and public utilities than is actually available from its vast network of reservoirs, distribution canals and aquifers. This is because the State Water Resources Control Board does not actually know how much water is currently being used throughout the state, nor does it have accurate data on how much can legally and feasibly be distributed. A new study on the subject explains that there is such a significant backlog in water allocation data that state water regulators and local water managers are stumped as to where water use needs to be further restricted, and where it might need to be loosened. Despite the fact that more than 60 percent of the state is currently suffering through “exceptional” drought conditions, the most severe level, some freshwater is still reaching the ocean, for instance, which means it is being wasted.“If they don’t know how much water is being used, they’ll have to use a pretty blunt instrument,” explained study author Ted Grantham to LAR.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

U.S. Court rules that biotech corporations can’t force grain elevator companies to accept GMOs

A federal appeals court has ruled that a biotech giant cannot force a grain elevator firm to store a strain of genetically modified corn. As reported by agriculture website Capital Press, Syngenta attempted to employ a 100-plus-year-old warehouse law to force the elevator company, Bunge, to accept the GM corn. The ruling may preempt other makers of GM seeds and crops from using the same litigation tactic against grain elevators that have refused to harbor crops with altered transgenic traits, according to experts. Controversy began in 2011, Capital Press reported, after Bunge operators refused to accept the Syngenta Seeds-produced Agrisure Viptera variety of corn. The elevator operators told farmers growing the GMO strain that they could not take it because it had yet to clear legal and regulatory requirements in all major export destinations. At the time, the strain had yet to be accepted by the Chinese government.‘You don’t have a private cause of action’Capital Press noted:In response, Syngenta filed a lawsuit accusing Bunge of violating the U. S. Warehouse Act of 1916, which requires elevators to treat depositors fairly.
Farmers who grew Viptera corn had to ship their crops to other elevators and find other sources of corn to fulfill their contracts with Bunge, which hurt Syngenta’s reputation and market share, the biotech company claimed.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Federal judge overturns Kauai County’s GMO and pesticide regulations

Last Nov., Kauai County, which consists of three Hawaiian islands, passed Kauai County Ordinance 960, which required large-scale agricultural operations to disclose the presence of pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops, as reported by Hawaii’s KHON 2 News. Despite Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. vetoing the measure, the ordinance passed, offering Kauai County residents new hope in protecting themselves and their environment from the year-round spraying of large quantities of restricted-use pesticides by multinational chemical companies. The passing of Ordinance 960 was a huge victory for the people. It even established buffer zones near sensitive areas like schools, medical facilities, parks, homes, roadways, shorelines and waterways, according to KHON 2. Ordinance 960 was intended to go into effect Aug. 16 of this year, but it was delayed by a lawsuit, and, unfortunately, on Aug. 25 a federal judge ruled to overturn the county ordinance, claiming that the community had no right to regulate pesticides and GM seeds, because state and federal laws already do so.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, August 30, 2014.