Horse races (politics) 'Outrage' Follows USDA's Advancement Of New Genetically Engineered Crops. GMO corn in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (Photo/Lindsay Eyink via Wikimedia Commons) Watchdog groups are denouncing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation on Wednesday to approve new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans as a path towards more toxic pesticides that threaten the environment and public health. “We are outraged,” stated Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network, adding that the “USDA has turned its back on America’s farmers and rural communities.”
The new crops are Dow AgroScience’s 2,4-D- and glyphosate-tolerant corn and soybeans. They are made to be used with Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide, which contains 2,4-D and glyphosate and is also under review by the USDA. The decision to advance the crops towards full deregulation flies in face of warnings by food and environmental groups, doctors, scientists, 50 members of Congress, as well as thousands of public comments to the USDA.
Health care. Field-Programmable Analog Array. A Field-Programmable Analog Array, usually abbreviated FPAA, is the analog equivalent of the FPGA, a digital programmable device such as those made by Actel, Xilinx, and Altera. Unlike the FPGAs, which contain a large number of modules and interconnections allowing arbitrary configurations of combinatorial and sequential logic, FPAA devices typically contain a small number of CABs (Configurable Analog Blocks). The resources of each CAB varies widely between different commercially available and research devices. FPAAs directed toward standard analog design typically feature a CAB containing an operational amplifer, programmable capacitor arrays (PCAs), and either programmable resistor arrays for continuous-time circuits or configurable switches for switched-capacitor circuits.
The FPAA we are developing assumes that a substantial market for FPAA devices exists in the Space community (manufacturers of satellites and deep space probes). Current status of the FPAA Future status of the FPAA.
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0 - to sort politics -> real tree links. Security, Clandestine, Privacy & Constitutional Rights. McCarthy-Welch Exchange During the Army-McCarthy Hearings - Online Speech Bank. McCarthy-Welch Exchange "Have You No Sense of Decency" delivered 9 June 1954 during the Army-McCarthy Hearings in Washington, D.C. Extended Audio mp3 of Exchange Senator McCarthy: Mr. Chairman, in view of that request by Mr. Senator Mundt: Do you have a point of order? Senator McCarthy: Not exactly, Mr. Knowing that, Mr. Mr. Senator Mundt: The Chair may say that he has no recognition or no memory of Mr. Senator McCarthy: I refer to the record, Mr. Mr. Senator Mundt: You may have, sir -- Mr.
Senator McCarthy: I'm listening.... Mr. Senator McCarthy: I can listen with one ear and talk with -- Mr. Senator McCarthy: -- Good. Mr. Senator McCarthy: Jim, will you get the citation, one of the citations showing that this was the legal arm of the Communist Party, and the length of time that he belonged, and the fact that he was recommended by Mr. Mr. And Fred Fisher said, "Mr. Senator McCarthy: Mr. Mr. Senator McCarthy: Let me finish.... Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Senator McCarthy: Let's, let's -- Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. No golden World Cup legacy for South Africa | Football. * Nine out of 10 World Cup venues are in the red * Bills for up-keep fall to municipalities * Many say Cup resources better spent on social development * Tourism boom since cup but sports legacy less impressive By Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG, June 3 (Reuters) - Four years after the World Cup, Soccer City stadium stands out against the drab skyline of south Johannesburg, a multi-coloured mosaic of steel and glass set against the yellow-dust mine dumps of a century-old city built, literally, on gold.
On many weekends, the 94,000-seater venue that hosted key games during the 2010 tournament is pumping, either with the roars of soccer fans or chant of concert-goers, an example of enduring, direct returns accrued by host nation South Africa. The stadium, which underwent a 1.5 billion rand ($150 million) facelift for the event, comfortably pays its own way, according to its website, with fixtures ranging from Soweto soccer derbies to concerts by the likes of Lady Gaga and U2. After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal, Will Obama Jail New York Times Reporter James Risen? David Cameron is using up valuable political capital in blocking Juncker | Guy Verhofstadt. ‘There is a clear imperative to address the growing disconnect between Europe’s institutions and the voters.’ Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images David Cameron joins his German, Dutch and Swedish counterparts tomorrowin Stockholm to discuss Europe's future, and to try to square the circle over the appointment of the next commission president ahead of a crucial EU summit this month and the inaugural session of the new European parliament at the beginning of July where new MEPs will vote on the European Council's nomination.
Britain's objections to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker are once more forcing Cameron to expend valuable political capital. But at least he is keeping up a long British tradition. I myself was a candidate for commission president in 2004 (with support from France and Germany) but was blocked by Tony Blair for being too pro-European. EU leaders subsequently settled on José Manuel Barroso. The Best Evidence Yet That Stephen Colbert Is Better Than Fox, MSNBC and CNN. The news: Jon Stewart would be the first person to tell you that The Daily Show is just a show that followed "puppets making crank phone calls. " But a recent study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center titled found that fellow funnyman Stephen Colbert might be doing a better job of educating the country on serious issues like campaign finance than coverage from actual cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and broadcast networks. "It's the first study actually showing that Colbert is doing a better job than other news sources at teaching people about campaign financing," lead author Bruce W.
Hardy, a senior researcher at the APPC, is quoted as saying. "Consistently, we found that Colbert did better than every other news source we included in our model. " In 2011, The Colbert Report examined campaign finance under Citizens United by creating a super PAC called "Americans For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. " How did Colbert become America's smartest teacher?
Tom McKay. Relatives-of-victims-of-drone-strikes-drop-appeal. WASHINGTON — The relatives of three United States citizens killed in American drone strikes without trial, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric, have decided not to appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit they filed against Obama administration officials. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages against several top national security officials for the deaths from two drone strikes in Yemen in 2011; the victims also included Samir Khan and Mr.
Awlaki’s teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. In April, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the case, deferring to the government’s national-security arguments. In a statement, Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Mr. Awlaki and the grandfather of Abdulrahman, said he had lost faith in the American courts. The older Mr. Government officials have said that Mr. Jurors hear of deputies' attempt to coerce FBI agent - Los Angeles Times. Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeants showed up at an FBI agent's home in September 2011 and told her that they were in the process of obtaining a warrant for her arrest.
That evening, the agent's concerned supervisor called the sergeants, asking what the charges would be, when the warrant would be issued and whether the sheriff knew. After hanging up the phone, Sgt. Maricella Long turned to her partner and said with a chuckle: "They're scared. " "You're still rolling," Sgt. Scott Craig told her, pointing out that the recorder was on. On Friday, a federal jury hearing the obstruction of justice case against Long, Craig and four others heard Long admitting in her own words that throughout that encounter with the FBI, she was lying. She knew there was no warrant coming.
She told the lies, she testified before a federal grand jury, in an attempt to find out the details of the FBI's civil rights investigation into county jails. "So this was more of an intimidation tactic? " Fox: Political genius Obama gives Hillary book tour huge boost with obviously staged Benghazi arrest. Life — if you can call it that — under Israel’s Iron Dome. I’ve become pretty great at rocket dodging. As a New Yorker living in Tel Aviv while researching a book, I never thought I’d say that. And yet it’s true: since Hamas began firing rockets into Tel Aviv on July 8, I’ve learned to move quickly. Out jogging when a siren blares? I have 90 seconds to find the nearest building with a bunker or drop down in a ditch, hands over my head. Driving a car? Since Hamas began tossing rockets indiscriminately at Israel — hoping that the Iron Dome will miss at least one of them — I’ve started a tally. So far, I’ve run inside a bunker or a stairwell 14 times.
Last Friday evening, I witnessed a hasty Happy Birthday sung on a stairwell amid sirens and booms. I do realize this is common fare, sadly, for Israelis. I’m lucky my apartment has a “mamad,” or bunker, in it — a requirement for recent constructions in Israel. At a family dinner on Thursday, a siren went off while we were eating. “Hope it didn’t land in the living room,” the father said, laughing. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver takes on a... - Media Matters for America. Ugly Right-Wing Underbelly of the Libertarian Cause on Display at Silicon Valley Conference. Kentucky Sen. and 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Rand Paul. Photo Credit: Shutterstock, Copyright (c) Christopher Halloran July 21, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Silicon Valley vanities demand a focus on the future. But the entrepreneurs and code writers attending San Francisco’s Reboot 2014 this week would be wise to note the past of the conference’s Libertarian sponsors as they and other right-wing Republicans are seeking to rebrand the GOP—in California and nationally.
“Reboot is the first conference of its kind to create a community of like-minded individuals determined to bring the cutting edge to campaigns and causes that promote liberty,” its webpage announces, followed by a video featuring ex-Florida Republican Gov. Bush, the 2016 presidential prospect seen as the party’s candidate of moderation, is wallpaper compared to the actual conference roster of speakers.
Mobile.rawstory. By David FergusonTuesday, July 22, 2014 9:00 EDT Veteran rocker Tom Petty isn’t pulling any punches with his new song “Playing Dumb.” In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said that he wrote the song about the decades of child sex abuse in the Catholic church and the elaborate lengths that priests and their leaders have gone to cover up the crimes. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,” Petty said, “but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many years.”
Petty went on to say that he doesn’t understand why people continue to donate to the church, which has paid out millions of dollars in legal settlements to the victims of child-molesting priests. “If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club.
“Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars,” said the Florida-born singer and guitarist. New survey shows libertarianism on the rise among Millennials. Millennials are libertarian, according to a new survey. Harvard University Institute of Politics released its 25th “Survey of Young Americans Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service” last week, showing that fiscal responsibility and social tolerance were top priorities for young Americans. Regarding fiscal responsibility, Millennials disapprove of the Obama administration — 47 percent approved of the president’s job performance as of April, an 11 percent drop since November 2009. A majority also, as noted by the Hill, disapproved of how the president has handled the following eight policy categories: “climate change (51 percent), the economy (61 percent), Iran (59 percent), health care (59 percent), the federal budget deficit (66 percent), Syria (62 percent), student debt (60 percent), and Ukraine (59 percent).”
Regarding social tolerance, 66 percent support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and 61 percent say that “a friend’s sexual orientation is not important to me.” Rick Perry and John McCain tag team against Rand Paul Sunday morning. Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) an “isolationist” once again during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, echoing his Washington Post op-ed Friday, where he blasted Paul’s foreign policy. “I disagree with Senator Paul’s representation of what America should be doing. He talked about basically what I consider to be isolationist policies. America can no longer come back on to the continental United States and draw a red line around the shore of America and think that we’re somehow another not going to be impacted,” Perry said Sunday.
“We must engage and tactically, thoughtfully, using the assets that we have against ISIS to keep these individuals from being able to create an Islamic state in that part of the world that will put Jordan and put Israel’s literal future in jeopardy.” On CNN, Sen. Facebook. 8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose. The owners of a chain of stores called Hobby Lobby don't like Obamacare. In particular, they really don't like the part that requires insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Normally, people who don't like a law petition the government to change that law. That's how a nation of laws works. But these men are Christians. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. Their deeply held religious belief that some particular form of contraception is immoral carries more weight than the force of law, five conservative Christian justices ruled.
The court -- in a fairly bald admission that its ruling is incoherent -- added that no general amnesty from other laws should be assumed to be the result of its ruling and that its reasoning was strictly limited to women's contraception. As long as we're doing a la carte law-abiding, here are a few additional ones that could become optional to certain people with deeply held beliefs. Maine Gov. LePage denies he discussed executing Democratic leaders. But it's a weak denial. Maine Gov. Paul LePage This is stunning: An excerpt from a (not yet published) book posted at Talking Points Memo Monday details how Maine Gov. Paul LePage met with "Sovereign Citizens," members of a group considered a domestic terrorist movement, and—as the Sovereign Citizens reported on their radio show—discussed things like state Democratic leaders being guilty of "high treason" and therefore subject to execution.
Here's LePage's defense: “None of this stuff ever happened,” he said again. He said he talked with the group about the U.S. and Maine constitutions. That sounds almost plausible, a governor meeting with constituents despite disagreeing with them. The Watchmen describe—and e-mails and documents obtained from LePage’s staff through Maine’s Freedom of Access laws confirm—at least eight meetings over a period of nine months in 2013, almost all more than an hour in duration and some lasting almost three hours. [...]
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