Industrial pollution turning Canadian lakes into ‘jelly’

Industrial pollution turning Canadian lakes into ‘jelly’

The Canadian lakes are slowly but steadily turning into jelly since the industrial pollution has given jelly-clad organisms an edge over their calcium-protected competitors, researchers say, warning about potential impact on drinking water systems.

A battle between competing planktons in the delicate Ontario Lakes ecosystems is being won by “jelly-clad organism” called Holopedium that’s got an advantage over the planktonic Daphnia – all thanks to industrial pollution and acid rain – says new research by Cambridge University scientists published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The population of Holopedium – which has a “jelly” coat that gives them more protection from water predators – have doubled since the 1980s in many of the lakes, scientists behind the study say.

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Action stars Arnold, Sly chip in for the IDF

Action stars Arnold, Sly chip in for the IDF

Hollywood movie stars like to be associated with worthy causes. So with this in mind, what better cause than a fundraiser for the “brave warriors” of the IDF?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have enjoyed long and successful careers in Hollywood playing characters in movies that kill people ruthlessly and indiscriminately. The Israel Defense Force likewise kills people ruthlessly and indiscriminately; only unlike Arnold and Sly Stallone they do it for real. However in a part of the world where the line separating fact and fiction is often blurred such differences are a trifling matter when compared to the ties that bind action stars and an institution whose crimes would shame all the devils in hell.

What better way to cement those ties than a glitzy Beverly Hills fundraiser for the IDF. Also in attendance at the star-studded gala event, organized by the Los Angeles branch of Friends of the IDF, were Barbara Streisand, Pamela Anderson, Ricky Martin and various Hollywood movers and shakers. It succeeded in raising $33 million, a record amount for this now annual event, $10 million of which was reportedly donated by the founder of Oracle Larry Ellison.

You can buy a lot of bullets with that kind of money, which is just as well because the IDF used up a ton of them during its recent military assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. Operation Protective Edge lasted 50 days and according to UN figures left 2,189 Palestinians dead, including 1,486 civilians, out of which 513 were children. Seventy two Israelis also died, made up of 66 soldiers and 6 civilians. The destruction wrought in Gaza during the assault, including the shelling of UN schools and compounds where civilians were sheltering, mosques, and residential areas, has prompted a UN investigation into “possible” war crimes by the IDF.

But even without the brutal and disproportionate violence unleashed on civilians by the IDF during its periodic military assaults on Gaza, it is engaged in the daily violation of international law with its military occupation of the West Bank and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to make way for Jewish settlements.

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Norwegian doctor banned from Gaza: ‘I document what I see & that makes me trouble for Israeli govt’

Norwegian doctor banned from Gaza: ‘I document what I see & that makes me trouble for Israeli govt’

Israel has permanently banned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza. He told RT that he has become “a great problem for the Israeli government” because he documents the atrocities he sees in Palestine.

Dr. Mads Gilbert worked in the medical system of the Gaza Strip for dozens of years. In October, he was forbidden from crossing the border into Gaza, even though he had a valid document – a visa with multiple entries and documents from the Israeli army. The doctor did not receive any explanation for the denial. Israeli authorities say the ban was imposed for “security reasons,” but provided no details.

Gilbert witnessed several Israeli military campaigns in Gaza and has been a vocal critic of the Israeli government. He believes the ban is connected with his activities, as he does not support any political force. As he says, he has only stethoscope, a pen, and a camera to document everything. Israel’s attempt to conceal the real situation in Gaza is the real motive behind imposing the ban, Gilbert says.

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Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Another Fake Bin Laden Story

Paul Craig Roberts

RT, one of my favorite news sources, has fallen for a fake story put out by the Pentagon to support the fantasy story that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who died a second time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after his first death from illness and disease. http://rt.com/usa/202895-navy-seal-shot-binladen/

This fake story together with the fake movie and the fake book by an alleged SEAL team member is the way the fake story of bin Laden’s murder is perpetrated. Bin Laden’s alleged demise at the hands of a SEAL team was a propaganda orchestration, the purpose of which was to give Obama a hero’s laurels and deep six Democratic talk of challenging his nomination for a second term.

Osama bin Laden died in December 2001 of renal failure and other health problems, having denied in his last recorded video any responsibility for 9/11, instead directing Americans to look inside their own government. The FBI itself has stated that there is no evidence that Osama bin Laden is responsible for 9/11. Bin Laden’s obituary appeared in numerous foreign and Arabic press, and also on Fox News. No one can survive renal failure for a decade, and no dialysis machine was found in the alleged Abbottabad compound of bin Laden, who allegedly was murdered by SEALs a decade after his obituary notices.

Additionally, no one among the crew of the ship from which the White House reported bin Laden was buried at sea saw any such burial, and the sailors sent messages home to that effect. Somehow a burial was held onboard a ship on which there are constant watches and crew on alert at all hours, and no one witnessed it.

Additionally, the White House story of the alleged murder of bin Laden changed twice within the first 24 hours. The claim that Obama and his government watched the action transmitted live from cameras on the SEALs’ helmets was quickly abandoned, despite the release of a photo of the Obama regime intently focused on a TV set and alleged to be watching the live action. No video of the deed was ever released. To date there is no evidence whatsoever in behalf of the Obama regime’s claim. Not one tiny scrap. Just unsubstantiated self-serving claims.

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Oregon and Alaska voters approve legalise recreational marijuana laws

Oregon and Alaska voters approve legalise recreational marijuana laws

Oregon and Alaska have become the latest US states to legalise recreational marijuana in ballots hailed by supporters as evidence that a national change of policy is underway.

Voters in both states approved laws which will permit residents over 21 to grow their own marijuana and establish a legal retail trade.

Anthony Johnson, the chief sponsor of Oregon’s Measure 91, compared the victory for the legal sale and use of cannabis to the recent end of the state’s ban on gay marriage, saying that voters had struck a blow for freedom and equality.

“We have ended a painful, discriminatory, harmful policy,” he said.

In Oregon, with 87% of the ballot counted, support for Measure 91 had a decisive lead with 54.8% of votes. In Alaska, the pro-legalisation campaign had 52% of the vote with all precincts reporting but absentee ballots still to be counted.

There were victories for more liberal marijuana laws elsewhere too. In Washington DC, voters approved possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use – although that move could be blocked by the US Congress, which holds significant legislative authority over the city.

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War crimes ‘not of sufficient gravity’: ICC won't investigate deadly Israeli raid on Turkish flotilla

War crimes ‘not of sufficient gravity’: ICC won't investigate deadly Israeli raid on Turkish flotilla

(RT) Despite a “reasonable basis” to believe that Israeli forces committed war crimes in a deadly raid on Turkish humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza in 2010, the ICC decided such crimes are “not of sufficient gravity” to fall under the court's jurisdiction.

“The information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the Court's jurisdiction have been committed in the context of interception and takeover of the Mavi Marmara by IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) soldiers on 31 May 2010," reads the court paper seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The 2010 Israeli raid on Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters killed eight Turkish nationals and an American of Turkish origin, as the vessels tried to penetrate the Israeli blockade on Gaza maintained since 2007. The lawsuit against the state of Israel was filed in The Hague in May 2013 on behalf of Turkey's Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) and victim's families, with an authorization from Comoros Islands in which the raided vessel, Mavi Marmara, was registered.

“The evidence of Israeli aggression was presented to the court. The accused include Israeli officials involved in the raid, including the Israeli prime minister, defense minister and the chief of staff of the Israeli military,” Ramazan Arıtürk, a lawyer for the victims, told the press at the time.

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​‘Yes we scan’: Graffiti, memes and T-shirts celebrate Snowden’s NSA leaks

​‘Yes we scan’: Graffiti, memes and T-shirts celebrate Snowden’s NSA leaks

Published time: June 06, 2014 04:17 
Edited time: June 06, 2014 05:49

As is often the case with contemporary heroes, Edward Snowden has become a popular trend among creative types such as graffiti artists, musicians, writers and even filmmakers. Meanwhile, more down-to-earth people are hurrying to cash in on his fame.

The former NSA contractor who revealed the secret US snooping program, Snowden is viewed as a hero by some and a traitor by others. It’s been a year since he’s been hiding in Russia under conditions of temporary asylum, but his image has also been spotted in France, the UK, and even in the US – where he faces 30 years in prison.

 

 

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Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon

By Jordan Michael Smith

  |    OCTOBER 19, 2014

 

THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.

Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn’t have changed policies much even if he tried.

Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.

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Nobel Hypocrisy 101

Nobel Hypocrisy 101

October 12th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Nobel tradition is horrific. Disreputable. Long and inglorious. War criminals win peace prizes. Past honorees include a rogue's gallery of some of the world's worst.

Peace advocates are spurned. Ignored. Shut out for doing the right thing. Especially in today's highly-charged atmosphere.

Selection is politicized. It's longstanding policy. It's no surprise.

Nobel Committee members violate their own rules. Alfred Nobel's will was clear and unequivocal.

It says Peace Prize recipients "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Worthy candidates are routinely passed over. History's most famous peace advocate never won.

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated five times. Nobel Committee members never recognized his accomplishments. They're hugely important to this day.

He championed nonviolent resistance. He did so for social change. His October 2 birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) is a national Indian holiday. It's commemorated worldwide as an International Day of Nonviolence.

Eleanor Roosevelt got three Nobel Peace Prize nominations. She never won.

She received 48 honorary degrees in her lifetime. Harry Truman called her "First Lady of the World." He honored her humanitarian achievements.

They were notable. "Do what you feel in your heart to be right," she said. She championed human rights, social justice and peace.

She was perhaps the driving force behind establishing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She submitted its principles to UN General Assembly Member States, saying:

"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind."

"This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all (mankind) everywhere."

Anyone can be nominated for Peace Prize recognition. Scoundrels passed over included Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Rush Limbaugh among others.

Henry Kissinger and Obama were perhaps the most notable war criminal winners. They bear responsibility for horrific high crimes against peace.

Millions of deaths. Mass destruction. Unspeakable human misery. Contempt for rule of law principles and democratic values.

It didn't matter. In awarding Obama its 2009 Prize, Nobel Committee members turned truth on its head.

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UK MPs To Vote On Recognition Of Palestine

(Sky News) A debate in the House Of Commons is being hailed as a way to "rescue" the Palestinian cause from jihadists trying to exploit it.

By Tom Rayner, Middle East Reporter

A leading Palestinian politician has urged British MPs to vote in favour of recognising a Palestinian state when the issue is debated in Westminster later today.

Dr Hanan Ashrawi, executive committee member of the PLO, told Sky News the Palestinian cause must be "rescued" to prevent jihadists using it to fuel radicalisation and further extremism in the region.

In reference to the growing influence of groups like Islamic State, she said: "The Palestinian question has always been appropriated by others, and I've always said we need to rescue it from being 'up for grabs' by those looking for a cause, or who are trying to borrow our constituency or our legitimacy.

"It is imperative we remove one core issue from the region that has constantly fed… and send a clear message to the whole region and the rest of the world that justice can prevail and that we can make peace."

The debate in the House of Commons has been tabled by MP Grahame Morris, chair of the Labour Friends of Palestine.

"Not only is statehood the inalienable right of the Palestinian people, but recognising Palestine will breathe new life into a peace process that is at an impasse," Mr Morris told Reuters.

The Westminster vote will not be binding on the UK Government and is unlikely to change official policy, which states recognition of a Palestinian state must follow a bilateral negotiated process with Israel.

However, Dr Ashrawi said it was nonetheless "a very significant moment".

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Big Win! Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops

Big Win! Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops

by Christina Sarich
October 12th, 2014
Updated 10/12/2014 at 3:07 am
Are you invested in Monsanto stock like Bill Gates, who owns hundreds of thousand of Monsanto shares worth about $23 million? It might be time to pull out since the company just reported over $156 million in losses for the fourth quarter.


“For the quarter ended Aug. 31, Monsanto reported a loss of $156 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with a loss of $249 million, or 47 cents per share, in the same period last year.”

It’s a tough time for biotech, and thank goodness. Monsanto’s losses were attributed to farmers in major agricultural zones favoring soy over GMO corn because of falling crop prices – largely caused by Syngenta’s release of MIR162 corn, which has been completely refused by Chinese officials repeatedly – which have depressed both local and foreign corn bushel prices.

There is a looming $1 billion dollar class action lawsuit Syngenta will face, currently pending in three states over the release of AGRISURE VIPTERA® 4. All three class action suits were filed this past week in Federal Courts by U.S. farmers.

Syngenta also just happens to be the company that has covered up the true toxicity of Atrazine, and the company has been sued in six different states to clean up more than 1000 water systems in six states where the herbicide has been found polluting rivers, streams, and lakes.

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'Consumer Reports' endorses Oregon Measure 92

'Consumer Reports' endorses Oregon Measure 92

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Consumer Reports threw its support behind Oregon ballot Measure 92, which would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

The group joined OSPIRG at a press conference Tuesday to endorse the measure.

A study by Consumers Union, a policy division of Consumer Reports, found that many foods that claim to be "all natural," like corn chips and baby formula, in fact contain genetically engineered ingredients like corn and soy.

Consumers Union says consumers have a right to know what's in their food in order to make informed decisions.

The group is especially concerned about GMO ingredients because many such crops are engineered to be resistant to herbicides, meaning farmers end up spraying more of the weed-killing chemicals.

"We were told that these crops were going to increase yields and they're going to feed the world, but really it's about increasing the market for herbicides," said Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist for Consumers Union.

"Look at the data," Hansen said. "Soybeans - 93 percent of U.S. soybeans are engineered. That's all herbicide-tolerant. Canola - it's all over 90 percent that's herbicide-tolerant. For corn, 93 percent is engineered - 89 percent of that is herbicide-tolerant. Sugar beets, which are grown here - 99 percent are engineered, all herbicide-tolerant."

Consumers Union says 64 countries currently require labels on foods that contain GMO ingredients, but the U.S. does not.

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THE FAKE TERROR THREAT USED TO JUSTIFY BOMBING SYRIA

THE FAKE TERROR THREAT USED TO JUSTIFY BOMBING SYRIA

As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

The unveiling of this new group was performed in a September 13 article by the Associated Press, who cited unnamed U.S. officials to warn of this new shadowy, worse-than-ISIS terror group:

While the Islamic State group [ISIS] is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.

But the Khorasan militants did not go to Syria principally to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say. Instead, they were sent by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.

AP warned Americans that “the fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights.” It explained that although ISIS has received most of the attention, the Khorasan Group “is considered the more immediate threat.”

The genesis of the name was itself scary: “Khorasan refers to a province under the Islamic caliphate, or religious empire, of old that included parts of Afghanistan.” AP depicted the U.S. officials who were feeding them the narrative as engaging in some sort of act of brave, unauthorized truth-telling: “Many U.S. officials interviewed for this story would not be quoted by name talking about what they said was highly classified intelligence.”

On the morning of September 18, CBS News broadcast a segment that is as pure war propaganda as it gets: directly linking the soon-to-arrive U.S. bombing campaign in Syria to the need to protect Americans from being exploded in civilian jets by Khorasan. With ominous voice tones, the host narrated:

This morning we are learning of a new and growing terror threat coming out of Syria. It’s an Al Qaeda cell you probably never heard of. Nearly everything about them is classified. Bob Orr is in Washington with new information on a group some consider more  dangerous than ISIS.

Orr then announced that while ISIS is “dominating headlines and terrorist propaganda,” Orr’s “sources” warn of “a more immediate threat to the U.S. Homeland.” As Orr spoke, CBS flashed alternating video showing scary Muslims in Syria and innocent westerners waiting in line at airports, as he intoned that U.S. officials have ordered “enhanced screening” for “hidden explosives.” This is all coming, Orr explained, from  ”an emerging threat in Syria” where “hardened terrorists” are building “hard to detect bombs.”

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