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"Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic Barb’s Note: This is a must-read article to understand how genetic engineering started and where it is going. Pay special attention to the section titled “GMO as a weapon of biowarfare?” Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t… One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at. No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. Did we miss something here? Genetically engineering a master race? John H.

The Last Argument of Kings Enlightenment - The Experience Festival | Global Oneness “Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic This article was first published in December 2007. One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. John H.

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Fractured Paradigm Prev Next House Votes to Bar EPA From Getting Advice From Scientists A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Featured Stories 0August 20, 2014Scotts Tests Genetically Modified Grass Seed at Homes [FP Note: This article was original published January 31st, 2014, but as we're in the growing season currently, we felt it merited a reminder] After nearly two decades of research […] 0August 15, 20147 Super-Affordable Superfoods 7 super-affordable superfoods for healthy eating and lots of antioxidants on a budget. Latest Stories House Votes to Bar EPA From Getting Advice From Scientists Posted on November 23, 2014 | No Comments A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). About Arras WordPress Theme © 2013 Fractured Paradigm.

5 Acts of Creative Disruption The shadow of corporate domination has never felt so powerful—but neither has the ingenuity of resistance. Here are five ways everyday people have brought national attention to some of our biggest corporate calamities. 1. Mic Check for Health Care In the spirit of the Occupy movement, protesters "mic checked" Scott Serota, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, at a U.S. They stated that Serota was an "example of the one percent in the health care industry who ... influence the health bill to create more profit for health insurers at the expense of human suffering and preventable death." Reading from a prepared script, the lead was passed from one protester to another when the original speaker was escorted peacefully from the room. 2. In 2008, the Billboard Liberation Front, a San Francisco group responsible for defacing—or, in their words, improving—corporate messages on billboards, took on AT&T and the National Security Agency. 3. "Citizens of Walmart!" 4. 5.

Implications of climate change for agricultural productivity in the early twenty-first century (a) Changes in mean climate The nature of agriculture and farming practices in any particular location are strongly influenced by the long-term mean climate state—the experience and infrastructure of local farming communities are generally appropriate to particular types of farming and to a particular group of crops which are known to be productive under the current climate. Changes in the mean climate away from current states may require adjustments to current practices in order to maintain productivity, and in some cases the optimum type of farming may change. Higher growing season temperatures can significantly impact agricultural productivity, farm incomes and food security (Battisti & Naylor 2009). In mid and high latitudes, the suitability and productivity of crops are projected to increase and extend northwards, especially for cereals and cool season seed crops (Maracchi et al. 2005; Tuck et al. 2006; Olesen et al. 2007). Figure 1. Table 1. Figure 2. Figure 3. (i) Extreme temperatures

Occupy Sandy: Why Activists Are Working with NYC Mayor, Police Two hundred people were lined up at a hurricane relief center in a park in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday morning when three volunteers hoisted the banners of two enemy camps that had come together in an uneasy collaboration: the Occupy movement and the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of those helping hang the banners on white tents with duct tape was Red Hook resident Kirby Desmarais, 26, a band manager and volunteer with the local branch of Occupy Sandy, an effort launched the day after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast in late October. “I’m getting a little verklempt. This is a really big thing,” Desmarais said, looking at the two signs, using the Yiddish word for choked with emotion. One banner read, “Occupy Sandy Mutual Aid Not Charity.” Behind the tents, volunteers unloaded boxes of meals ready to eat from a six-wheel National Guard truck. (PHOTOS: Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later: Protesters Return to the Movement’s Roots)

Five Global Seed Banks That Are Protecting Biodiversity 2inShare Share By Victoria Russo Almost all food begins with a seed. Even when people eat meat or other animal products, those animals were most likely fed on grasses or grains that began as seeds. Seeds are the basis of plant life and growth, and without them, the world would go hungry. The world is home to hundreds of thousands of species of plants, and it requires a diverse variety of seeds to satisfy nutritional and environmental needs. The world requires a diverse variety of seeds to satisfy nutritional and environmental needs. 1. How many plant species can you think of? Millennium in Action The Royal Botanical Gardens has been collecting research on seed saving since 1898 and has had a formal seed bank for 40 years. 2. Since 1987, Vandana Shiva, who created Navdanya, has dedicated her life to protecting seed diversity. Navdanya in Action Since its creation, the Navdanya seed bank has conserved around 5,000 crop varieties, focusing largely on the preservation of grain species. 3. 4. 5.

In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that. The idea started with Jim Black, a resident of Chagrin Falls, a close-knit village in Cleveland's eastern suburbs that is part artist colony and part bedroom community. Black posted the email to a group of his friends. "Let's show our support for one of our local businesses," he wrote. "I challenge everyone to spend AT LEAST $20 at the hardware on the 21st." Although his email referred to the idea of a "Cash Mob" or the notion to "Occupy CF Hardware," he really had no political agenda. It was just a way to thank Chagrin Hardware's owners for a beloved shop that has been a fixture in the village since 1857. "These are good people who needed our support," Black said. The store has seen its share of tough times.

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