PBS Gives Us the Facts About GMOs

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Photo courtesy of renovatingyourmind.com

 

There is a lot of information, and misinformation, about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This video from PBS.org cuts through the myths about GMOs spread by the corporations who create these “Frankenfoods,” foods which have never been scientifically confirmed to be safe for consumption, despite what these corporations are telling consumers.

Abusive Acid Attacks Against Women & Children, and an Organization Trying To Help

A beautiful blog called KindnessBlog.com recently posted an article and pictures of a mother and daughter from Iran who were attacked with acid by the mother’s abusive husband.

I decided to blog about the article because despite suffering a cruel attack in which acid was poured on their faces, hands and bodies, leading to severe pain and disfigurement, the daughter and mother are clearly glad to still have each other. This is captured through one of the pictures in which the daughter kisses her mother. They are survivors, and that is inspiring.

Also inspiring is an organization called Acid Survivors Trust International. Here’s a bit about them from their website:

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Our Communities Are Not War Zones!

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Photo courtesy of aclu.org

 

I recently received this message, and an accompanying petition, in an email from the ACLU:

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THE BRANDT SERIES – WHEN THE MIND IS STILL

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comment: Unfortunately, some of these photos got a bit distorted when I reblogged this post. To see them in their original form, click on the link below. Thanks!

Originally posted on through the luminary lens:

Red Squirrel - Charles Brandt photo

Cougar  @ hermitage June 8, 2010 Charles Brandt photo

Comox Glacier - Charles Brandt photo

Gulls feeding on Herring spawn- Charles Brandt photo

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Salmon run, summer 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

tsolum river under a bright blue sky - by Charles Brandt]

Twins @ the Hermitage June 11. 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

Black Bear @ the Hermitage, Black Creek - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins Feeding at OysterBay, BC - by Charles A.E. Brandt

Dunlins 2 - Charles Brandt photo

Dogwood at Northy Lake - May 17 - photo by Charles Brandt

Skunk Cabbage - May 2 2014 Charles Brandt photo

Hardhock - Charles Brandt photo

Saskatoon, Saslatchewan - Bruce Witzel photo

United States Mexico Border - Bruce Witzel photo

Montreal at sunrise - Bruce Witzel photo

Headwaters of the Missouri - 3 forks, Montana - Bruce witzel photo

Mt. St. Helen's - Bruce Witzel photo

TrumpeterSwans - Charles Brandt photo

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Native Advertising: Ads Masquerading As News

TV host and comedian Jon Oliver of “Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver” had an interesting segment on his show about the rise of native advertising. The term is defined by AdWeek.com as “ads that mimic editorial content.” Oliver points out how such advertising is blurring the once hallowed distinction between news and marketing.

If you still aren’t clear on what native advertising is, it’s probably because you’ve actually encountered it and didn’t even know you were reading an ad. It’s no wonder that the Federal Trade Commission has been hesitant to sign off on it.

So have ethics gone out the window in news? As consumers, we’ll be the judge of that. News organizations will have to answer to us when we say they’ve lost our trust. In times like these of such enormous social unrest, we depend on the news to provide us with honest reporting on events. And it’s especially in times like these that journalists need to serve the public, not corporations or government.

When the news becomes controlled by advertisers, it ceases to be of any use to us.

Major developments today in the Ferguson, Missouri civil rights incident

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

By Robert A. Vella

Here are the major developments that have occurred over the past day regarding the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent violent confrontations between local law enforcement and civilian protesters in that beleaguered town:

Yesterday, after a phone conversation with President Obama, Missouri governor Jay Nixon ordered the state highway patrol – headed by Captain Ron Johnson – to assume law enforcement duties in Ferguson (see:  Missouri Gov. Puts Highway Patrol in Charge in Ferguson).

Afterwards Robert McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney who would be responsible for bringing the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown to trial, responded to the Governor’s move.  From the St. Louis Post-DispatchMcCulloch blasts Nixon for replacing St. Louis County Police control:

“It’s shameful what he did today, he had no legal authority to do that,” McCulloch said…

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Big step: “A Human Rights Crisis”: In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson

Originally posted on Later On:

The video report and transcript are at Democracy Now! The core of the statement:

STEVENHAWKINS: Well, Amnesty saw a human rights crisis in Ferguson, and it’s a human rights crisis that is escalating. We sent observers down because there was a need for human rights observers. Clearly there are violations of international human rights law and standards, in terms of how the policing is being done on protests. So, for example, we’ve issued reports on, for example, Israel and the Occupied Territories, how tear gas is supposed to be administered—never in an indiscriminate way where children and the elderly could be subject to very harmful effects, even death, from tear gas. So, we sent down observers to be on the ground. We have been thwarted in our efforts to be able to go out on curfew with the police, which would be a clear standard in these circumstances…

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Ten things about Ferguson to keep in mind

Originally posted on Later On:

This seems important. Don Hazen, Terrell Starr, Steven Rosenfeld, and Tana Ganeva of AlterNet report at AlteNet:

Ten days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by officer Darren Wilson, police and protestors continue to face off in the city of Ferguson. Last night’s protests broke into chaos[3] as riot police descended on the streets of the city in an attempt to disperse protestors.

On Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard, allegedly without alerting[4] the White House. The first Humvees have left the National Guard base, according to reports from the scene highlighted in the Guardian. [5]

As the tense situation on the ground quickly evolves, here are 10 things you should know:

1. National Guard trained in fighting protesters

The Missouri National Guard troops being sent into Ferguson are military police, which, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have studied the Occupy…

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As Droughts Persist, Treated Sewage Water May Be The New Tap Water

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Photo courtesy of ypard.net

 

How would you like to drink water so clean and clear that it practically sparkles with the brilliance of a well-cut diamond? What if that water was from a sewer? Would you drink it then? The scientists over at the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) are hoping you will. An article on the subject by ScientificAmerican.com says:

Tests have shown that purified sewage from residential buildings is not only cleaner than existing drinking water, it can be produced at less cost than other options for creating freshwater, such as desalination.

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