Archive for April 22nd, 2016

‘Hundreds of school children in East China’s Jiangsu Province have fallen mysteriously ill, suffering from nose bleeds, itching, rashes, coughing, and other complicated symptoms, whose cause has not been determined.

CRI reports that some of the parents alleged that they noticed irritant smells at the school. They suspect that the smell comes from chemical factories near the school, which they believe are the main causes of their children’s symptoms.

This is the second week in a row where students were found to be suffering from the same symptoms in the same province.’

Read more: Hundreds of chinese children mysteriously fall ill suffering from nose bleeds, rashes, coughing


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‘There is a little-known fact about one of the top treatments for cancer, and it is this: It is so deadly that not even warfare has managed to top its body count.

Since 2000, according to the tracking site Pharma Death Clock, more than 16.3 million people have died from chemotherapy – more than wars, terrorism and suicide, combined.’

Read more: Chemotherapy kills far more Americans than all acts of war, suicide and terrorism combined

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‘Google parent company Alphabet is feeling the heat after it failed to reach earnings targets this past quarter.

The Chocolate Factory took a beating on Wall Street after it reported non-GAAP earnings of $7.50 per share in its 2016 Q1 period, which ended in March. Analysts had expected earnings of at least 7.96 per share.’

Read more: When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

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‘It turns out the FBI’s 11-hour solution to its huge public fight with Apple didn’t come cheap.

FBI director James Comey said on Thursday that the agency paid more than $1 million to unnamed private-sector hackers for help in unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI first attempted to make Apple write software that would allow law enforcement to unlock the phone quickly, but the company refused and said the request could unconstitutionally expand government authority. The case sparked an uproar over digital privacy as well as a major court battle, which stopped only when the FBI announced it had received the hackers’ help and withdrew its order to Apple.’

Read more: The FBI Spent More Than $1 Million to Hack One Potentially Useless Phone

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‘According to a study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in March of last year, U.S. taxpayers have already injected $187.5 billion into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two companies that prior to the 2008 financial crash traded on the New York Stock Exchange, had shareholders and their own Board of Directors while also receiving an implicit taxpayer guarantee on their debt. ‘

Read more: U.S. Government Is Now a Major Counterparty to Wall Street Derivatives

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After serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, Cynthia McKinney won a seat in the US House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the US Congress. In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and was the first member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination for the US presidency.
© Erik De Castro
The recent success in beating back an anti-GMO labeling bill in Congress, coupled with the State of Vermont passing a mandatory labeling law, led Campbell’s to announce its support for GMO labeling, the first big food company to do so.

To have, at one time, been a leader in health care, education, infrastructure, and technology, it is strange for Americans to wake up one morning and realize that they are no longer the leaders in life-giving technologies. The people of the US have instead, allowed their policy makers to hone skills in the technology of death. True to its neoliberal dedication, health statistics, like life expectancy are going backwards in the US. Education and infrastructure investment indices are in a similar condition. Only in technology – specifically, the technology of death has the US surpassed all others. Only the voters in the US can change this backward trend by voting and electing leaders with a different set of values.

A genetically-modified organism (GMO) is any living thing that has had its genetic material (DNA and RNA) altered. This has been done by farmers for millennia. What is different is that now corporations are exploiting the technology and rushing to use it to create the unthinkable. In fact, unlike genes are being placed where they would never be—for example, remember the fish genes in our tomatoes news stories?


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