world news update

Argentine pesticides   10-21-13

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases,” says Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician who co-founded Doctors of Fumigated Towns. “We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects, and illnesses seldom seen before.”

Once known for its grass-fed beef, Argentina has undergone a remarkable transformation since 1996, when the St. Louis-based Monsanto Company marketed a promising new model of higher crop yields and fewer pesticides through its patented seeds and chemicals.

Today, all of Argentina’s soy and nearly all its corn, wheat, and cotton are genetically modified. Soy farming tripled to 47 million acres (19 million hectares), and just like in the United States, cattle are now fattened in feedlots on corn and soy.

But as weeds and insects became resistant, farmers increased the chemical burden ninefold, from 9 million gallons in 1990 to more than 84 million gallons today. Overall, Argentine farmers apply an estimated 4.3 pounds of agrochemical concentrate per acre, more than twice what U.S. farmers use, according to an AP analysis of government and pesticide industry data.  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/324518-in-argentina-health-problems-linked-to-agrochemicals/?photo=2

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Argentina says China approves more GM soy, corn for import  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/08/argentina-gmo-china-idUSL1N0EK0GD20130608

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Argentina to export 1.4 million tonnes of soybeans, mostly to China and none to the United States …

Argentina is the world’s No. 3 soybean provider after Brazil and the United States.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/02/argentina-soy-idUSL2N0DJ1WI20130502

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Central banks, which own 18 percent of all the gold ever mined   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-06/gold-befuddles-bernanke-as-central-banks-losses-at-545-billion.html

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central bank gold holdings by country January 2013:

http://www.24hgold.com/24hpmdata/articles/img/20130430els115.jpg

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FDIC Guarantees         10-20-13

It’s insurance – and insurance has loopholes
The FDIC guarantees your bank deposit right?No, not quite.The FDIC “insures” them.What happens when an insurance company goes broke?

You don’t get paid.

It’s that darn simple, but most people don’t realize that.

But the government will come to the rescue if the FDIC fund gets tapped out, right?

Maybe, maybe not.

It depends on the size of the problem – and the problem is very, very, very large. (Did I say “very.)   http://www.24hgold.com/english/news-gold-silver-your-money-is-not-safe-in-the-big-banks.aspx?contributor=Charleston+Voice&article=4589519790G10020&redirect=False

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Corporate Astroturf
and Civil Justice 

For the last two decades, insurance companies, manufacturers of dangerous products and chemicals, the tobacco industry and other major industries have been engaged in an effort to roll back the U.S. civil justice system. In nearly every state and in Congress, corporations and their insurers have waged a relentless campaign to change the laws that give sick and injured consumers the ability to hold their offenders responsible for the injuries they cause.While most of their legislative initiatives have been stymied at the federal level — where corporations have sought national laws to override the rights that states grant to injured parties — the corporate coalition has had enormous success in the states themselves. Going state by state, they have succeeded in obtaining liability caps, elimination of various causes of action, and procedural rules making it much harder to sue wrongdoers.The business-led effort to take away consumers’ legal rights (called “tort reform” by its corporate proponents; “tort deform” by its pro-consumer opponents) has had at its helm the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) located in Washington, D.C. In turn, ATRA has contracted with APCO & Associates, one of the nation’s leading “grassroots” lobbying/PR firms.

Because large corporations have found their message more effective when delivered by what appear to be citizen groups than when conveyed by business associations openly advancing their pecuniary interests, they have come to rely on a network of front groups, corporate-funded think tanks and industry-funded academics to articulate their message.

Among the national groups representing the corporate interests are organizations like Citizens for a Sound Economy, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Job Security, the Center for Individual Rights, the Federalist Society, the Manhattan Institute, the Competitiveness Enterprise Institute and the Washington Legal Foundation.  http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2003/03march/march03corp3.html

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	French beekeepers demonstrate to protest the use of genetically-modified organisms in front of French Monsanto headquarters in Bron, near Lyon, January 20, 2012. Sign reads, "No GMO in our plates".<br /><br />

ROBERT PRATTA / REUTERS

Documents obtained by Food & Water Watch show that the U.S. State Department actively lobbied foreign governments to promote Monsanto’s biotech seeds.

U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by U.S.-based Monsanto Co and other seed makers, a report issued on Tuesday said.

A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/u-s-state-dept-helped-promote-monsanto-products-overseas-article-1.1343801#ixzz2iPK03TAh

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Chinese scientists have invented a method to transmit internet signals through lightbulbs — or LiFi — in a method that’s being hailed as a way that will allow people to go online more easily and cheaply than through traditional WiFi signals.
http://www.newsmax.com/SciTech/china-internet-led-light/2013/10/20/id/532033#ixzz2iV1vs719 
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10-22-13

“When this innovation is meant to drive revenue, profit, and jobs for at least 10 years, we are losing the equivalent of $5 trillion out of the U.S. economy every year to economic espionage,” said Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners Corporation. “To put it into perspective, the U.S. will take in $1.5 trillion in income taxes and $2.7 trillion in all taxes in 2013.”

Due to the nature of the business, it is often difficult to place solid numbers on the cost of economic espionage.   http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/326002-the-staggering-cost-of-economic-espionage-against-the-us/

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http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/06/12/the-taliban-s-new-role-as-afghanistan-s-drug-mafia.html

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