Labeling is an Essential Element in Achieving Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods

Just Label It! Oh yeah, that’s the ticket! Want GMOs (genetically modified / engineered organisms) out of your food supply? Like the UK – Just Label It!
In a pig’s eye! Pay close attention to item 15:
Memorandum by United Biscuits (UK) Limited
International food business operating in 21 countries. It has leading market positions in the UK, Continental Europe and is building its presence in Asia. It has 46 manufacturing sites world-wide and its products are available in over 90 countries. Over 20,000 are employed worldwide of which 16,000 are based in the UK.
NOVEL FOODS AND THEIR LABELLING
15. As a food manufacturer UB has considerable interest in the regulation of labelling of GM foods. We believe that the provision of information to consumers, including appropriate product labelling, is an essential element in achieving consumer acceptance of genetically modified foods.
16. The fact that comprehensive EU labelling regulations were not agreed before genetically modified soya and maize appeared on the market is a major reason why these products – and indeed the whole principle of genetically modifying foods – have attracted extremely negative media coverage and increasing consumer hostility. The problems caused by the delays in agreeing these regulations, and before them the novel food regulations, should not be underestimated. Delays in implementation of regulations continue, neither a deminimus threshold nor list of exempt ingredients has been established and yet the regulation is to be law from 1 September 1998.

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov. 21, 2014.

Opening the Gates to World War III – Paul Craig Roberts

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.
A Russian foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a violation of agreements that would make a political resolution of the conflict less likely. This statement is perplexing. It implies that the Russian government has not yet figured out that Washington has no interest in resolving the conflict. Washington’s purpose is to use the hapless Ukrainians against Russia. The worse the conflict becomes, the happier Washington is.
The Russian government made a bet that Europe would come to its senses and the conflict would be peacefully resolved. The Russian government has lost that bet and must immediately move to preempt a worsening crisis by uniting the separatists provinces with Russia or by reading the riot act to Europe.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on November 23, 2014.

Rogue President

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.
He will order the U. S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.
Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right.
Thus does our constitutional law professor-president ‘faithfully execute’ the laws of the United States he has twice swore to uphold?
Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the ‘Obama precedent’ when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law, because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 23rd November 2014.

Mexico on the Brink – But of What?

The Mexican government blames the nationwide protests on groups seeking to ‘destabilize the country’ and undermine the ‘reform agenda.’ But in this militarized, corrupt society, the risk of escalation of violence is immense.
For the vast majority of people living in Mexico, one thing has become abundantly clear: things can no longer carry on the way they are. Too much innocent blood has been spilled, too much trust in government betrayed.
In many ways, Mexico has been on the brink for years, perhaps even decades; it was merely a question of when it would fall off. Now the country finds itself in an existential position: either renewal and regeneration; or political repression, a complete breakdown in law and order and, in the worst possible case scenario, international intervention or civil war.
To achieve renewal and regeneration will require a united, carefully coordinated and sustained response from all prominent members of the country’s civil society. As the internationally renowned security expert Eduardo Buscaglia says, it will mean using the same techniques of social activism and non-violent resistance employed by Italy after the mafia’s assassination of two judges, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino; the same techniques that helped Americans of all creeds and colours overcome the state-sponsored racism of the 1950s and ’60s and which Gandhi pioneered in India’s struggle for national independence.

This post was published at Wolf Street on November 23, 2014.

Encryption Again: Choose Wisely America

How idiotic can you be, America?
The latest technology used by Apple and Google to meet consumers’ demands on securing private data is hitting a nerve with the Department of Justice.
In a meeting last month with Apple executives, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department said the company’s new encryption technology that locks out law enforcement would lead to a tragedy, The Wall Street Journal reported. A child would die and the police would not be able to search the suspect’s phone, the official allegedly said.
Note two things:
The scaremongering using children, the typical way that the government shuts down anything reasoned debate. Not even a pretense that the desired change would prevent the death — it would only be the post-hoc search of the phone that would be curtailed! In a word, so what? If little Suzy is dead then we have a suspect and a body; the fact that there was a murder hasn’t changed. That the police have to actually do their work the old-fashioned way doesn’t change anything either, nor does access to someone’s phone (or lack thereof) change DNA and other physical evidence.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2014-11-22.

NOT THE CHINESE, BUT THE NSA THAT WILL CONDUCT A ‘FALSE FLAG’ ATTACK UPON THE POWER GRID

In my former coaching days, I learned the wisdom of concealing the vulnerabilities of my team. If I was being interviewed by the media about an upcoming game, I would never have revealed my vulnerabilities because to do would be moronic! But, this is exactly what NSA Director, Admiral Mike Rogers, did three days ago when he was addressing lawmakers in full view of the media. He told Congress, the media, the American people and the Chinese that the Chinese have the ability to take down our power grid with an EMP attack and there is nothing we can do about it! This is insanity! At least it is insanity until one asks the question, ‘When has the NSA ever warned the American people about anything’? In fact, when has the NSA ever shown any concern for the welfare of the average American citizen? Answer: NEVER! Then why now would the NSA be warning the entire nation about an impending attack upon the United States power grid by the Chinese?
The NSA Warning
Admiral Mike Rogers, is now the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U. S . Cyber Command. With regard to a Chinese EMP attack upon our power grid the NSA chief said that ‘All of that leads me to believe it is only a matter of when, not if, we are going to see something dramatic’.
If the NSA is so concerned with the Chinese taking down the U. S. power grid, then why did we invite both the Russians and the Chinese to participate in the Grid EX II drill last November 13th and 14th in which several government agencies practiced taking down the power grid with a simulated EMP attack?

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 23 Nov, 2014.

‘Serfdom is the New Normal’ – Talkin’ Oligarch Blues with Perpetual Assets

– Gus Demos of Perpetual Assets
The guys at Perpetual Assets are not only fellow warriors in the struggle against oligarchy and fascism in the USSA, they are also friends. It’s been great getting to know them over the years, and working with them in this existential struggle we face.
The way in which they have chosen to make a difference is in hard-asset protection, which is why they started the company. With civil asset forfeiture currently in the spotlight, it’s worth remembering that there has been a marked rise not just in occurrences of civil asset forfeiture, but also in scope. Any asset that you do not control is potentially at risk. One of the ways in which Perpetual Assets tries to help in this regard is to jailbreak your retirement account through an LLC IRA, with which you can even take home delivery of gold and silver bullion. Check out their tutorial on the process here.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Friday Nov 21, 2014.

In a Shift, Obama Extends US Role in Afghan Combat

President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.
Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.
In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.”

This post was published at NY Times

US Congress to Pressure for Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine: Senator McCain

The newly elected U.S. Congress will pass resolutions and apply pressure to U.S. President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine with lethal military assistance, U.S. Senator John McCain told Sputnik news in a Friday interview.
"We [Congress] will be talking a lot about it. We will pass resolutions. We will put every amount of pressure we can on this recalcitrant administration," McCain said when asked about the Obama administration's ongoing refusal to provide lethal military aid to the government in Kiev.
The Senator, who is expected to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015, does not know whether the efforts by Congress will be successful.

This post was published at Sputnik News

The Siege of Julian Assange Is a Farce

The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Even the British government clearly believes it must end. On October 28, the deputy foreign minister, Hugo Swire, told Parliament he would "actively welcome" the Swedish prosecutor in London and "we would do absolutely everything to facilitate that". The tone was impatient.

This post was published at Asia Times

Proof That Golf And Economics Don’t Mix

If anyone needed proof that golf and economics don’t mix, it is the following two back-to-back tweets, one just sent out by Obama (or rather his teleprompter) attempting to do economics in under 140 characters, and the other describing what Obama is doing this very moment during his Las Vegas weekend trip.
FACT: President Obama's #ImmigrationAction will boost the U. S. GDP by tens of billions of dollars.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 22, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/22/2014.

Contrary To IRS Lies, Some 30,000 Lois Lerner “Forever Lost” Emails Have Been Recovered

It is unclear whether the person in charge of the Lois Lerner “disappeared IRS emails” strategy was also Dr. Gruber, but whoever conceived of the idiotic idea that the fatal failure of a local hard disk means that emails which are stored on at least one server miles away, and subsequently downloaded via POP3, IMAP or some other protocol, have vaporized, clearly also relied on the stupidity (and laziness) of the American people.
And like in the case of Obamacare, the lied worked, if only for a short period of time.
And because when it comes to lies coming from the very top, there is never just one cockroach, and they always inevitably scatter, the latest headache for a scandal-ridden president is that Lois Lerner’s email, supposedly gone in perpetuity, have mysteriously reappeared, and as the Washington Examiner reports, “up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.”
As we suggested months ago, when the ridiculously idiotic excuse for Lerner’s email disappearance first emerged, all one needed to do to recover the emails was to go to the email server itself. Or, worst case, its backup. This is precisely what the U. S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has done, and as he informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday, 30,000 or so emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes’ that were used to back up the IRS email system.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/22/2014.

The Breakdown Of International Cooperation

The Breakdown Of International Cooperation
Some of the major problems that humanity faces today transcend borders, and as such international cooperation is of vital importance. But recent events make such cooperation increasingly more challenging.
Without going into the wisdom of the decision, sanctions imposed on Russia over its foreign policy in Ukraine have a wide range of implications that go much beyond the economic sphere. For one, international dialogue is breaking down fast; just this week Russian President Vladimir Putin unceremoniously left the G20 meeting early.
Inevitably, this will have repercussions on major international cooperation initiatives, perhaps irreversibly in some cases. Here are a few notable examples:
Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament
It is in no one’s interest that nuclear weapons go rogue. But the fear – or threat – of this happening can still carry some negotiating leverage.
Russia recently signed an agreement to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran, with the possibility of building another six. All reactors will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, with all uranium fuel supplied by Russia and then taken back for reprocessing to prevent Iran from using the spent fuel to produce atomic weapons.
So far, so good. However, the insistence of one of the most fossil fuel rich countries in the world, ruled by a strict theocracy whose leaders regularly demonize the West, to have nuclear power has to raise some suspicion.
And out in the Far East, North Korea, China’s de facto buffer zone against core US allies in the region, is rattling its nuclear saber once again, this time in response to a damning United Nations report stating that the country’s regime is unparalleled in its human rights violations in the contemporary world.
Given the ongoing diplomatic malaise, Western nations may be increasingly forced to deal with these issues on their own.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/22/2014.

Is Rand Paul Trying to Warn Us of the Coming Internment Camps?

Yesterday Rand Paul was sounding off on Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty when he suddenly went down a curious path. Soon his warning of too much power being in the hands of one individual became a sobering historical reminder, and possibly a future warning, ofAmerican Internment Camps.
Would Barack Obama put his political enemies in Internment Camps?
Does that question really need to be asked?
Steve Watson provides this partial transcript and commentary of Paul’s comments:
‘Think of what happened in World War II where they made the decision. The president issued an executive order. He said to Japanese people ‘we’re going to put you in a camp. We’re going to take away all your rights and liberties and we’re going to intern you in a camp.” Paul continued, citing then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order authorizing the internments.
‘We shouldn’t allow that much power to gravitate to one individual. We need to separate the power.’Paul urged.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 22 Nov, 2014.

Keiser Report: Cemented UK Generation (E683)

The following video was published by RT on Nov 22, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the heavens being taken by force rather than by consensus as Podemos rises as a political force in Spain and, in the UK, students plead for David Cameron to be gentle with them. In the second half Max interviews John Mill Ackerman, law professor and editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review, about the protests in Mexico, the economic ‘reforms’ which partially led to the unrest and the new oil law and what it means for social programmes in Mexico.

Flashback: US Govt Injected Citizens With Uranium Under Secret Program

If you still think the United States government would never harm its own citizens for the benefit of federal agencies, then I would direct your attention to a formerly classified black ops program launched by the US government starting way back in 1945. With the goal of testing highly radioactive substances on overall healthy patients through secret injections administered by government agents, the program has still been widely ignored since being released to the public in recent years.
In the covert program that is now admitted to be true, the United States government injected unknowing human ‘participants’ with highly toxic substances like plutonium. It sounds like a bizarre torture scenario that you’d expect to see blamed on illegal terror organizations, but the individuals behind this crime are actually doctors working for the United States government. Disregarding the health of innocent citizens, the government testers were eager to see how unknowing participants suffered as a result of the injections.
That’s right, they were testing the lethal effects of radioactive isotope injection on citizens. And not that it would make it any more ethical, but they didn’t even choose terminally ill patients who were most likely going to pass away anyway. Instead, they chose patients who sometimes were only suffering from ailments like broken bones.
Injecting Unknowing Patients With Uranium

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 21st, 2014.

Can Russia Survive An Oil Price War?

After a frosty reception at the G20 summit in Australia this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin required some much needed rest, at least according to the official explanation given for his conspicuously early departure from the proceedings. All things considered it could have been a lot worse. Russia finds itself in familiar territory after a controversial half-year, highlighted by the bloody and still unresolved situation in Ukraine. Nonetheless, the prospect of further sanctions looms low and Russia’s stores of oil and gas remain high.
Shortsighted? Maybe, but Russia has proven before – the 2008 financial crisis for example – that it can ride its resource rents through a prolonged economic slump. Higher oil price volatility and sanctions separate the current downturn from that of 2008, but Russia’s economic fundamentals remain the same – bolstered by low government debt and a large amount of foreign reserves. Moreover, Western involvement in Russian oil and gas plays is more pronounced than ever.

This post was published at Wolf Street on November 21, 2014.

In Preparation For Tonight’s Ferguson Decision

As America holds its breath for tonight’s (expected) grand jury verdict over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown – by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th -Missouri officials have said they have reached an understanding with protest leaders, as NY Times reports, on the conduct of demonstrations expected after the decision whether to indict Wilson or not comes down. Despite this ‘understanding’ it is clear that law-enforcement is ‘prepared’…
*ST. LOUIS MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY SPEAKS AT FERGUSON PRESS CONF. *SLAY: NEED TO PLAN FOR FERGUSON PROTESTS REGARDLESS OF OUTCOME *SLAY: `IMPRUDENT’ NOT TO BE PREPARED FOR `WIDESPREAD UNREST’ *SLAY: VIOLENCE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/21/2014.

King Obama? Congressman Suggests a MOAT Around the White House After Gunman Scare

Obama has been acting like quite the king lately…so-much-so, in fact, that his progressive Organizing for Action group sent out an email last night with a picture of Obama next to a rising sun with a literal CROWN symbol inside of it:

But apparently some of our elected representatives are quite literally ready to back a monarch in this country.
First, there’s Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D), who according to Bloomberg announced, ‘We will circle the president on fire. We will be on fire for rightness and justice,’ ahead of his amnesty move.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 21st, 2014.

The Plebs Are Revolting – Utah Bill to Shut Off Water to the NSA Moves Forward

In the wake of the failure of the U. S. Senate to move forward on the USA Freedom Act, many activists and civil liberties advocates have come to the conclusion that we can’t rely on the feds to do anything decent on the subject. One of the proposed grassroots ways to fight back has been an emphasis on increased use of encryption (recall my pre-Snowden era post, Bitcoin and Kim Dotcom: Why it’s Time to ‘Encrypt Everything’). Another obvious solution is for people to revolt at the local level. It appears that the citizens of Utah are doing just that.
Wired reports that:
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 21, 2014.