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San Francisco Housing Prices Are Set Based on What Rich Techies Can Pay

Joseph Smooke is a co-founder of , freelance journalist and consultant for non-governmental organizations (NGO). He has many years of experience as an NGO...

San Francisco Housing Prices Are Set Based on What Rich Techies Can Pay

Joseph Smooke is a co-founder of , freelance journalist and consultant for non-governmental organizations (NGO). He has many years of experience as an NGO...

Chaos follows Texas Tech’s historic basketball victory (VIDEOS) — RT USA News

Celebrations following Texas Tech’s Final Four victory over Michigan State promptly escalated into rioting, with flipped...

‘How does this serve US interests?’ Gabbard slams decision to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear...

Tulsi Gabbard has slammed the US for allowing firms to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear tech despite...

‘How does this serve US interests?’ Gabbard slams decision to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear...

Tulsi Gabbard has slammed the US for allowing firms to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear tech despite...

‘How does this serve US interests?’ Gabbard slams decision to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear...

Tulsi Gabbard has slammed the US for allowing firms to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear tech despite...

US approves secret sale of nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia

The administration of US President Donald Trump authorized American companies to secretly provide Saudi Arabia with nuclear technology, an official document shows. Read more

American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China

The US government is fighting with all it has to keep China behind in technology.  In his State of the Union Address, President Trump...
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Video: Home-Made Browning: 3D printers stoke fears of backyard technology explosion

Revolutionary 3D-printing technology has sparked a gun scare in America - after a workable firearm was successfully created. Philadelphia has become the first ... Via...
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Video: 'Aliens could share more tech with us, if we warmonger less' – Former...

He was Canadian minister of Defense in 1960s, ruling over the country's armed forces during the time of the Cold War -- and when...
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Video: Illinois Judge Calls Police Killing of Rekia Boyd "Beyond Reckless" But Acquits Cop...

http://democracynow.org - Rekia Boyd was 22 years old when she was killed in 2012 by an off-duty Chicago police detective. Dante Servin fired several...

UK selling spyware technologies to autocrat rulers: Report

The UK government is facing allegations it is supporting autocrat rulers with espionage technologies. Read more

Big-tech breakup? Elizabeth Warren takes on Amazon and Google — RT USA News

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled plans to break up and regulate Amazon, Google, and Facebook....
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Video: Huawei v Washington: Chinese tech giant sues US govt

The Chinese electronics giant Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the United States government, challenging Washington's decision to ban federal agencies from ... Via Youtube

A Dangerous Road: A New Technological Revolution in Food

Back in 1968 The Population Bomb, by Paul and Anne Ehrlich, created a sensation with its predictions of famine and Malthusian disaster. Ultimately their...
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Video: Big Tech Stole Our Data While Democracy Slept: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age...

https://democracynow.org - Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive ... Via...

Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying during tech show — RT USA News

A Huawei executive hit the US where it hurts by making fun of the NSA and...

Nuclear technology sales to Saudi linked to Trump’s campaign: Analyst

The US is rushing to give Saudi nuclear technology because President Trump wants to keep financial contributors to his campaign, says an analyst. Read...

Why Bay Area Tech Workers Should Support the Oakland Teachers

As Bay Area tech workers and activists, we see clearly that the struggles faced by tech workers are fundamentally connected with those faced by...

DARPA aims to develop next-generation of mind-controlled tech for US soldiers — RT USA...

The Pentagon has been recruiting teams to develop neural interfaces which will allow humans to control...
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Video: US House probes Trump’s alleged plan to transfer nuclear tech to Saudis

The US House of Representatives has released a report indicating that the White House may be planning to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to...

Microsoft staff protest over Pentagon contract for augmented reality tech ‘designed to kill people’...

Dozens of Microsoft employees have demanded the company pull out of a contract with the US...
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Video: ‘We must be the leader in everything’: Trump praises non-existent 6G technology

Ahead of critical trade talks with China, US President Donald Trump is demanding America forge ahead in the tech race by jumping straight to...

Trump demands 6G cell technology — RT USA News

Ahead of critical trade talks with China, US President Donald Trump is demanding America forge ahead...
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Video: Trump Admin’s Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear...

https://democracynow.org - House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi ... Via Youtube

White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of...
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Video: Facebook & Google in crosshairs: EU hits back against US tech giants with...

Germany's taken a huge step towards protecting social media users in the country, ruling that Facebook must stop collecting their personal data without seeking...

‘Face Surveillance Is a Uniquely Dangerous Technology’ – CounterSpin interview with Shankar Narayan on...

Janine Jackson interviewed Shankar Narayan about face surveillance for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

GDPR and Big Tech: The Cookie Monster Versus Joe Public

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation which was implemented last summer has far-reaching privacy rules. Commonly referred as the , this is now the standard...

UK warns social media could get banned, as 30 families blame tech giants for...

A charity that works on child suicide prevention says that 30 families have contacted them...

Democrats Propose “Technological Wall” With Expanded Border Surveillance

Progressives in recent weeks have applauded Democrats’ refusal to bend to President Donald Trump’s demands for a wall at the US-Mexico border, a key...
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Video: High tech…or not? ‘Largest in the world’ armored car & combat ‘exoskelton’ unveiled...

A gigantic personnel carrier – supposedly armored – and military exoskeleton suits have been unveiled in Ghana during a technological fair, highlighting the ... Via...

Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition tech — RT USA...

Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in...

UK airports spending millions on military-grade anti-drone tech after Christmas chaos at Gatwick —...

Gatwick and Heathrow airports have reportedly ordered “military-grade anti-drone equipment” worth millions of pounds in...

Democrat ‘tech experts’ try their hands at election meddling, report reveals — RT USA...

A group of Democrats working in secret replicated the deceptive social media tactics they claim Russians...
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Video: ‘Offensive power of Israel’: Netanyahu reveals ‘cutting-edge’ tech

READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9koe Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the country is developing “offensive missiles” cable of hitting anywhere across ... Via Youtube

MIT team develop tech that can reduce objects to nanoscale — RT USA News

While it may not be worthy of ‘Honey, I shrunk the kids’ or Marvel’s Ant-Man, MIT...

Taylor Swift sparks privacy concerns for secretly using facial recognition tech on fans —...

Singer Taylor Swift has sparked privacy and surveillance fears after secretly filming fans, using facial recognition...

Ron Paul on Global Cops: Will US Jail Chinese Tech Exec?

Did President Trump really have no idea that a top Chinese businesswoman and member of the country’s political elite was...

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated...
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Video: Microsoft to give all tech tools to ‘ethical, honorable’ US Army

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over #Pentagon contracts, the head of #Microsoft Corporation appears to have...

Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military...

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over Pentagon contracts,...

Trump ditches headset after technical difficulties at G20 — RT US News

Trump had barely arrived at the G20 summit in Argentina before the gaffes began. Listening to...

Top-profiting US medtech firm linked to 9,000+ deaths from faulty implants – reports —...

A major US-based medtech company’s faulty equipment could be linked to thousands of casualties and hundreds...
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Video: Time’s up tech: Google staff stage walkout over sexual harassment

Google staff staged a 'women's walkout' on Wednesday, in protest over the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims. Anger reached fever-pitch after ... Via Youtube
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Video: Who’s Behind ICE? How Amazon, Palantir, Microsoft & Tech Giants Are Powering Trump’s...

https://democracynow.org - A shocking new investigation by immigrant rights groups reveals how corporations like Amazon, Palantir and Microsoft are profiting ... Via Youtube

How Amazon, Microsoft and Tech Giants Are Powering Trump’s Deportations

A shocking new investigation by immigrant rights groups reveals how corporations like Amazon, Palantir and Microsoft are profiting from and expediting Trump’s incarceration and...

Tech giant hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs — RT UK News

Facebook has hired the former UK deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, as its head of...
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Video: Tech future is female? Top Israeli women recreate all-men photo with Merkel

A group of women working in Israeli high-tech companies have staged a flashmob in central Tel Aviv posing with a cardboard cut-out of the...

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

by John W. Whitehead / October 4th, 2018 If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the...

NYT tech expert ridiculed after ‘fact-checking’ obviously fake Trump pic — RT US News

A New York Times columnist has posted a 'fact-check' of a widely-shared, clearly doctored picture of...

Lib Dem leader Cable’s saucy criticism of Brexiteers’ EU pull-out technique — RT UK...

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable will tell his party members that Brexiteers such as Boris...
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Video: China’s private company OneSpace Technologies launches OS-X suborbital rocket

Private Chinese company OneSpace Technologies launched its OS-X rocket on Friday, from the Chinese province of Jiangsu. The suborbital rocket, named ... Via Youtube

At least Trump is not a ‘zombie’ telling ‘beautiful lies’ – Tech investor Peter...

US President Donald Trump may be a “rude, mean person” but he is a “very healthy...

At least Trump is not a ‘zombie’ telling ‘beautiful lies’ – Tech investor Peter...

US President Donald Trump may be a “rude, mean person” but he is a “very healthy...

Secret meeting of social media & tech giants to tackle midterm elections — RT...

Representatives from America’s tech giants are meeting in private to discuss strategies for countering “information operations”...

Corbyn as PM would overhaul BBC & tax tech giants in bid to make...

Britain’s Labour Party would tax tech giants and shake up the BBC, as part of...
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Video: Britain’s Labour Party wants to tax tech giants & shake up the BBC

Britain's opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn says the public's losing trust with the news media - and wants to free up the BBC to make...

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals for the Tech Giants

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities?  Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private users – is so...
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Video: Rostec International festival of pyrotechnic art: Day 2

The Rostec International Firework Festival continues in Moscow on Sunday, August 19, as teams from Andorra, Great Britain, Greece and Slovakia show off their...

Twitter CEO admits platform is left leaning after complaints tech giant gags conservative voices...

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey admitted this that the social media powerhouse is “left-leaning” - but he...
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Video: Arms Manufacturers Use Israel’s Massacres in Gaza to Test New Technology

As the Israeli military mows down unarmed Palestinian protesters, arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein explains how weapons companies use Gaza as a ... Via Youtube

People are Abandoning Big Tech

Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship — RT US News

After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman...

Brits to get opportunity to purchase tech for £25 a month — RT UK...

British sex-robots enthusiasts will now be able to get their wares for just £25 per...

Twitter suspends Ron Paul Institute executive’s account, one day after Big Tech blocks InfoWars...

Several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, have found their Twitter accounts suspended. It...

Chilling precedent? InfoWars block exposes Big Tech as no friend of free speech —...

The US Constitution explicitly forbids government censorship. So the Silicon Valley big tech companies named themselves...

Censorship or justice? Twitter debate rages over tech giants’ simultaneous InfoWars ban — RT...

Twitter is on fire with debate over almost simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify...

Censorship or justice? Twitter debate rages over tech giants’ simultaneous InfoWars ban — RT...

Twitter is on fire with debate over almost simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify...

Censorship or justice? Twitter debate rages over tech giants’ simultaneous InfoWars ban — RT...

Twitter is on fire with debate over almost simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify...

Censorship or justice? Twitter debate rages over tech giants’ simultaneous InfoWars ban — RT...

Twitter is on fire with debate over almost simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify...
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Video: ‘#Cancelwhitepeople’: NYT new tech editor faces backlash over tweets, what’s newspaper’s response?

The New York Times new tech editor is facing a backlash over comments she made on Twitter. Sarah Jeong is accused of posting racist...

NYT hires tech expert who tweeted about ‘dumb white people’, conservatives up in arms...

The New York Times has stood by its decision to hire Sarah Jeong, a tech journalist...

US Army prepares for Street Fighter battle to ‘develop overall tech fitness’ — RT...

The US Army is going to war again. This time, soldiers will be slugging it out...

Trade War Relief Mixed With Tech Rout

Tech giants squirm and dodge when grilled about China & N. Korea ‘election meddling’...

Silicon Valley representatives, who testified before the House on how to stop Russia from using online...

Big Tech’s Plot to Kill Free Speech Revealed

The biggest and yet least talked about issue facing conservatives and Trump supporters heading into the mid-terms and the 2020 presidential elections...

Censorship by Tech Giants Is an Assault on the Right to Exist in an...

Editor’s Note: This is a partial repost of “The Censorship Master Plan Decoded,” available at this link (PDF). The Censorship Master Plan Decoded...

Blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies to flourish in UK, report states — RT UK News

Britain could become the leading nation for developing cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, according to a...

‘Tech giants use fake news outcry to promote left-wing agenda, censor rival views’ –...

Under the guise of protecting their users from 'fake news,' Facebook, Google and other tech companies...
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Video: Ball Skills Challenge: RT correspondents testing their football techniques

RT correspondents have been testing their ball skills with various levels of success Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Tech Industry’s Push to Hire Autistic Workers Could Lead to Hyper-Exploitation

For autistic people, employment prospects are grim. Using data collected in 2014 and 2015, a Drexel University study found that only 14 percent of autistic adults...

Met police chief backs technology that doesn’t work 98% of the time — RT...

The head of the London Metropolitan Police has said that she is “completely comfortable” with...

100,000+ People Call on Microsoft and Other Tech Companies to Drop Contracts with ICE...

WASHINGTON - A growing coalition of grassroots advocacy groups are demanding that Microsoft, Salesforce, and other large tech companies drop their contracts with immigration...
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Video: Bilderberg 2018 The Transhumanist Agenda – Google, digital consciousness & ...

The Transhumanist Agenda Google, digital consciousness & biotech at Bilderberg 2018 Geoege Butler's The Secret Truth FM radio show in Austin, Texas Sat ... Via...

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the...

Things Trump Can Do, Technically

The post Things Trump Can Do, Technically appeared first on Truthout. Read more

Cancer mapping tech could help UK doctors stay one step ahead of tumors —...

A new computer program could forecast how tumors grow in the same way that meteorologists...
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Video: Tech Giants Fight to Dominate Data of Developing Countries

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are among high tech giants fighting to maintain an unregulated environment at the WTO that strengthens their ... Via Youtube

Britain turns to Israeli tech to form new air-defense system — RT UK News

Amid scrutiny of Britain’s arms sales to Israel, the government says it has just successfully...
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Video: Half of Dubai’s bank transactions will be conducted using block-chain technology by 2021

The ruler of the Emirate has pledged that half of all bank transactions in the country will be conducted using block-chain technology by 2021....

Silicon Valley pastor unloads on liberal tech elitists — RT US News

A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned after a series of tweets he made slating the tech...

Surveillance state? Amazon selling facial recognition technology to govt ‘threatens freedom’ — RT US...

Amazon’s powerful new facial recognition technology automates mass government surveillance and threatens individual freedom, according to...
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Video: Palestinians take down 2 IDF drones with ‘high-tech weaponry’ rocks and slingshots

Palestinian protesters near the Gaza border apparently managed to bring down 2 IDF drones using rocks and a slingshots. IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus ... Via...
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Video: Drones & fighter jets: Berlin air show assembles latest in European aviation technology

Germany is hosting one of its most prestigious expos, the ILA 2018, which showcases state of art aircraft and drones. RT crew looks at...
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Video: Russia spending on Brexit ads… $1, Facebook’s tech chief confirms

Facebook has been taken to task by British MPs over the platform's handling of people's private data and questioned over Russian online activity around...

Google, Big Tech and the US War Machine in the Global South

Photo by Robert Scoble | CC BY 2.0 The recent Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco deepened public concern about the political power and allegiances of...
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Video: Cryptolium: Amazon’s ‘Data Marketplace’ technology for bitcoin endangers its anonymity

Bitcoin has been compared to a roller coaster with the way its value plunges from highs to lows, but now it could have a...
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Video: Syria strikes: High tech killing power with ‘good intentions’

After allegations of a chemical attack in Syria, Western fighter jets were soon revving their engines, ready to unleash a “humanitarian intervention.” Chemical weapons...

Iceland Takes Hard Look at Tech Boom Sparked by Its Cheap, Bountiful Power

Steaming geysers, dramatic waterfalls and icy landscapes lure millions of tourists to this country every year. Now its geology is fueling a...

Technology Substitutes for Strategy in US Military Operations

Once again, the U.S. military has launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against Syria, as well as a new weapon called the JASSM-ER, described as “a...

Zuckerberg sailed through testimony thanks to Senators’ tech confusion — RT US News

Mark Zuckerberg seemed to have an easy time at his appearance before Congress on Tuesday, thanks...

Who Will Take on the 21st Century Tech and Media Monopolies?

Facebook “failed to alert users and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals” (London...

Disney in the desert? Saudi Prince courts US entertainment and tech leaders — RT...

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with American tech and entertainment leaders in a...
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Video: Prince Charming: Saudi crown prince flirting with US establishment, media & hi-tech on...

The Saudi Crown Prince is on a two-week tour of the United States. He's already met with Donald Trump in the White House -...

Airplane passenger captures astounding pyrotechnics (PHOTO, VIDEOS) — RT US News

Alabama was subjected to hurricane-force winds and tornados as an extremely powerful weather system descended on...

Irishmen subjected to CIA-style ‘5 techniques’ by British not tortured – European court —...

A European court has rejected a request to find that a group of 14 men...

Trump eyeing punitive tariffs on $60bn of Chinese imports, tech – report — RT...

The Trump administration is looking to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods and plans to target...
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Video: Putin: Missile defense useless against our new technologies

Russia has created new systems in response to US ABM-Treaty exit. One of them is a new, powerful nuclear reactor which can be mounted...
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Video: ‘Fire and Fury’ author fakes technical glitch to dodge question about Trump’s alleged...

The author of the Trump-bashing bestseller 'Fire and Fury' Michael Wolff was hit with an inconvenient question in an Australian TV interview. So inconvenient,...
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Video: Unique 3D tech helps Russian doctors save lives of cancer patients

State-of-the-art technologies are helping doctors at a top research center in Moscow to treat some of the deadliest forms of cancer. Recovery time is...

‘Fire and Fury’ author Wolff fakes technical glitch to dodge question on Trump’s alleged...

The author of the Trump-bashing bestseller 'Fire and Fury' Michael Wolff was hit with an inconvenient...
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Video: ‘Your search is BAD’: Tech giants grilled by UK ‘fake news’ committee over...

The UK government's fake news crusade is not quite going according to plan. A taxpayer-funded trip to the US saw representatives of social media...

Google, Twitter, Facebook & other tech giants demand return of net neutrality — RT...

A trade association whose members include internet giants Google, Twitter and Facebook has expressed its support...

US tech giants offer to come to London for fake news inquiry… but MPs...

Facebook, Google and Twitter all offered to travel to the UK to testify in Parliament’s...
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Video: Smart slippers: Nissan extends its self-parking technology

A new 'smart' hotel in the Japanese city of Yokohama offers its guests self-parking slippers, revealed in footage captured on Thursday. The slippers are...

Tech giants struggle to find ‘Russian meddling’ in written answers to US Senate —...

Twitter, Facebook and Google had a hard time providing evidence of “Russian meddling” on social media,...

Half of F-35 fleet grounded by tech problems – Pentagon report — RT US...

The most expensive weapons program in the world will not meet its testing schedule and of...

NSA can find & track people with ‘voice-matching technology’ — RT US News

Declassified documents reveal the National Security Agency has been using secret “speaker recognition” technology to identify...

Life without Limits: The Delusions of Technological Fundamentalism

In a routinely delusional world, what is the most dangerous delusion? Living in the United States, I’m tempted to focus on the delusion that the...

UK minister threatens tech giants with large tax bills over terrorist threat — RT...

Published time: 1 Jan, 2018 09:57 Tech giants could be hit with a multimillion-pound tax...
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Video: Intelligent Mining: Russian-made tech minimizes dangers on the job

The fear of artificial technology making our jobs redundant in the future is a serious concern in some industries, especially those already dependent on...
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Video: Man & Machine: Hi-tech help on show at innovation event in Moscow

A high-tech event in Moscow has seen man-and-machine working in perfect harmony - from new devices to help people with disabilities, to some next-level...

Tech giants should face prosecution if they fail to combat trolling & abuse –...

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 10:09 Edited time: 14 Dec, 2017 07:58 Tech companies Facebook,...

Facial-recognition tech still unregulated in UK… 5 years after police started using it —...

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 11:48 Edited time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:28 Ministers have yet...

Tech giants blast threat to ‘freedom & innovation’ — RT US News

Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and many other tech giants have blasted Congress’ decision to repeal net neutrality,...

Techno-Narcissism – LewRockwell

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Video: ‘US Tech giants happy to hand over social media users’ data to govt’...

Tech giants in the US are reportedly helping to widen the surveillance net for the country's immigration authorities, planning even tighter vetting of visa...

Prison Planet.com » Tech Boom Creates New Order for World Markets

Shares in technology companies are outpacing other sectors this year by the widest margin since the height of the dot-com era, with a handful...

Hackers could take over driverless cars to launch terrorist attacks, tech experts warn —...

Nine million cars in the United Kingdom are connected to wi-fi and linked by small...

Old Tech Is Cool Again

Silicon Valley ‘working homeless’ sleep in cars as tech titans live like kings —...

At the fringes of this dazzling techno mecca nestled on the Pacific coast of California, home...

Tech Entrepreneur Says Brain Microchip Implants Possible Within 15 Years

People will be able to buy new memories and delete unwanted ones in the near future as experts believe they are close...

Twitter carps on about Trump’s bizarre fish-feeding technique (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT US News

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 10:01 A feeding frenzy has erupted on Twitter after Donald Trump...
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Video: Balfour 100 – time to break up the Google Microsoft Facebook tech giants’...

The Making Of A Modern Monopoly By Avirup Banarjee - Friday, 27th October 2017 ... Via Youtube
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Video: Advocates: Make “Low-Tech” Car Attacks Less Deadly by Putting Barriers on Bicycle &...

https://democracynow.org - In the deadliest terror attack on New York City since September 11, 2001, Sayfullo Saipov is accused of carrying out a relatively...
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Video: ‘Russian disinformation’: US Senate keeps insisting on ‘Moscow meddling’ despite tech giants data

Russia's alleged reach on social media, during the US presidential campaign, was just a tiny fraction of all election-related content. That's according to lawyers...
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Video: Blade Runner 20XX? Future in AR and VR technology growing

Courtesy: Digital October Center Forget smartphones and tablets! In the future, we'll be wearing that technology over our eyes. Follow RT Play on Facebook:...

Texas Tech police officer shot & killed, gunman in custody

Published time: 10 Oct, 2017 01:44 Edited time: 10 Oct, 2017 03:21 A Texas Tech University...

‘You try going to space on your iPhone’: Russian embassy hits back at Soyuz...

Published time: 8 Oct, 2017 20:34 Edited time: 8 Oct, 2017 20:34 The Russian Embassy...

‘Subversive’ NSA forced to back down over cyber encryption techniques

Published time: 22 Sep, 2017 16:29 Edited time: 23 Sep, 2017 18:21 US allies, distrustful of...
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Video: Violent clashes break out after student shot dead by police at Georgia Tech...

Clashes erupted on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, after students protested the fatal police shooting of Scout Schultz,...
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Video: Police car torched, 2 cops hurt in Georgia Tech riot after police shooting...

A police car was torched and at least 2 officers injured as violence broke out at Georgia Tech in Atlanta over the deadly police...

Police car torched, 2 cops hurt in Georgia Tech riot after police shooting of...

A police car was torched and at least 2 officers injured as violence broke out at...

Trump blocks $1.3bn sale of US tech company to China for ‘national security’ reasons

President Donald Trump has blocked one of the largest attempted acquisitions of a US company by...

Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Marie Hicks on Women in Tech

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Facial recognition tech turns people into ‘waking ID cards,’ warn privacy activists

Police force use of facial recognition technology in public spaces risks turning people into “walking...

Eye spy: Facial recognition tech gets govt cash boost despite claims it’s illegal

Britain’s Home Office is ready to invest more in facial recognition technology for police forces...

Anonymous & more tech companies knocking white supremacy groups offline

In the wake of the Charlottesville protests, hate groups are being suspended or losing their accounts...

Get Ready for the 'Tech Alt-Right' to gain Power and Influence in Silicon Valley

The firing of James Damore over his “Google's Ideological Echo Chamber” memo will empower the tech alt-right. To understand why, imagine yourself...

Google employee fired over email challenging gender equality in tech

More negative press is plaguing Google, as an employee who distributed a politically incorrect internal memo...

We Shouldn't Trust Tech Industry Billionaires to Lead the Way on Immigrants' Rights

Earlier this month, the administration of Donald Trump postponed the enactment of the International Entrepreneur Rule, a program that would grant foreign business people the temporary...

Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems

Photo by Dave Nakayama | CC BY 2.0 Technological and scientific interventions in criminal justice are not always newsworthy enough to draw our attention away...

Embedded Technologies: Power from the People

Energy harvested from our bodies will make possible mind-boggling gadgetry Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs....

Tech-Savvy Oldsters

Yesterday I had to go to the AT&T store to activate my phone. Why? Because since the AT&T merger with DirecTV their website has...

The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs From the Inside

The British non-profit GMWatch recently revealed the agribusiness takeover of Conabia, the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina. Conabia is the GMO...

Aldous Huxley on Technodictators

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The Biotech Trade Empire Strikes Back—at USDA!

The American Farm Bureau organized letter on proposed new rules regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops is short, just two pages, with three pages of agribusiness signatories,...

Martian technicolor worms? NASA reveals incredible snap of Mars crater

Published time: 16 Jul, 2017 00:00 A trippy snap of a Mars crater embedded with material...

Politics and Technology

Today’s leaders are a whole different kind of leader when compared to previous leaders. The leaders of toady have a lot more information at...

House may stall Senate’s Russia sanctions even after technical issue resolved

New sanctions drawn up against Russia in the US Senate are no longer snagged by a...

Worldwide advancements in missile technologies putting US more at risk – Pentagon report

Countries around the world are advancing their ballistic and cruise missile technologies, and increasing potential threats...
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Video: Keiser Report: Is There a Tech Bubble? (E1080)

In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy ask whether or not there is a tech bubble and, if so, whether there...

Tech giants call for privacy protections in surveillance reform

Technology firms, including Facebook and Google, have suggested five "changes" for Congress to consider while reforming...

Military space tech smuggler arrested in US, faces 150yrs in prison

Published time: 25 May, 2017 09:28 A Chinese woman has been charged with conspiracy to smuggle...

Not rocket science: Former SpaceX technician sues company for cutting corners

A former SpaceX technician alleges in a lawsuit that the company’s corporate culture forces technicians to...

How Low-Income Mothers Are Breaking Into the Tech Industry

Sarah*, 51, has always had a knack for computers. "In the 1990s, I was teaching basic computers and autocad, but I was self-taught. I didn't...

NYPD sued for refusing to disclose face recognition technology docs

A privacy group is suing the NYPD for documents related to their secretive and unregulated facial...
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Video: Cutting-edge technologies for the glorious commander: Kim supervising drills in N Korea

Kim Jong Un supervising what it said was a Combined Fire Demonstration of the Korean People's Army. The drill reportedly took place on April...
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Video: Technology and Reality: How to build an oil refinery (360 Video)

How do you overcome the severe Siberian climate? Find out how tons of building materials, complex engineering solutions are being deployed to build one...

‘Hack the Air Force’: US invites foreign techies for ‘bug bounty’ challenge

The US Air Force announced it will allow hackers from four allied nations to scan for...

Sick of SJW Tech Giants?

As censorship hits social media, look for alternatives to exercise your free speech. By Alex Christoforou The Duran April 3, 2017 With rumors gaining steam that Youtube,...

Facial Recognition Tech

It’s often the case that new technologies arrive on the scene faster than our society and its legal code can keep up. Sometimes this...

End of encryption? Tech giants ordered to clamp down on online extremism

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 10:25Edited time: 31 Mar, 2017 12:02 Tech firms must do more...
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Transhumanism: An Attempt To Use Technology To Turn Men Into Gods

Transhumanism Turning Men Into Gods - Public DomainDid you know that the word “transhuman” literally means “beyond human”?  All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining the transhumanism movement.  Those that adhere to this philosophy believe that the time has come for us to use technology to take control of our own evolution.  By doing so, they believe that we can give ourselves superhuman powers and radically extend our lifespans.  Right now, the most popular movie in America is “Avengers: Age of Ultron“, and in recent years we have watched films about “mutants” and “superheroes” become some of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers.  But transhumanists believe that we will soon be able to literally turn ourselves into such superheroes as technology continues to increase at an exponential rate.  And once we have superhuman powers and superhuman intelligence, they are convinced that we will eradicate all sickness, disease, poverty and war.  Many of them actually believe that we will be able to achieve immortality and establish a utopia on Earth just a few decades from now.  In other words, we won’t need a “God” because we will have become our own gods.

At the core of the transhumanist movement is an unshakable faith in the inevitable technological progress of humanity.  Yes, there are some transhumanists that have doubts, but for most transhumanists the solution to all of our problems is more technology.  If you are not familiar with transhumanism, the following is a really good definition that I recently came across

Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement promoting the aim of transforming the human condition fundamentally by developing – and making available – technologies to enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capabilities. Transhumanist thinking studies the potential benefits and hazards of emerging technologies that could overcome basic human limitations. It also addresses ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. Some transhumanists predict that human beings may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they justify a state of being known as ‘posthuman’.

Transhumanists want to help humans live much longer, and they also want to dramatically increase the quality of those lives.  Ultimately, most transhumanists are fully convinced that they will be able to defeat death altogether.  The following is a short excerpt from an ExtremeTech article

One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), for example, which speeds up reaction times and learning speed by running a very weak electric current through your brain, has already been used by the US military to train snipers. On the more extreme side, transhumanism deals with the concepts of mind uploading (to a computer), and what happens when we finally craft a computer with greater-than-human intelligence (the technological singularity).

So would you like to live forever armed with superhuman powers?

The most famous transhumanist in the world, Ray Kurzweil, actually believes that he is going to be able to do that.  But first he has to stay alive long enough for the technologies that he believes are coming to be developed.  So Kurzweil takes 150 supplements a day in an attempt to keep his body in peak condition…

The youthful 65-year-old currently takes 150 supplements a day, which he argues is the first bridge.

The idea is to build enough bridges to ensure the body holds out long enough for life-lengthening technology to come into its own.

He has likened the biology of the body to computer software and believes we are all ‘out of date’.

Kurzweil is absolutely convinced that if he can just stretch his life out long enough that technologies that will enable him to achieve immortality are right around the corner.  In fact, in a piece that he wrote for CNN he expressed his belief that our medical technologies will be “a million times more powerful” than they are today just two decades from now…

Health and medicine is now an information technology and is therefore subject to what I call the “law of accelerating returns,” which is a doubling of capability (for the same cost) about each year that applies to any information technology.

As a result, technologies to reprogram the “software” that underlie human biology are already a thousand times more powerful than they were when the genome project was completed in 2003, and will again be a thousand times more powerful than they are today in a decade, and a million times more powerful in two decades.

So will he be right?

We will just have to wait and see.

For a long time, many in the transhumanist movement (including Kurzweil) have been pointing to a time period between 2030 and 2050 during which they believe something remarkable will happen.  They believe that during that time period something known as “the singularity” will occur.  As technology increases at an exponential rate, they believe that artificial intelligence will begin to greatly surpass human intelligence at some point, and that humanity will merge with this new super intelligence.  Once that happens, they believe that the world will change in ways that we cannot even comprehend today

Kurzweil and his followers believe that a crucial turning point will be reached around the year 2030, when information technology achieves ‘genuine’ intelligence, at the same time as biotechnology enables a seamless union between us and this super-smart new technological environment. Ultimately the human-machine mind will become free to roam a universe of its own creation, uploading itself at will on to a “suitably powerful computational substrate”. We will become essentially god-like in our powers.

Does that sound good to you, or does it sound frightening?

Other transhumanists are not quite as optimistic as Kurzweil and his followers.  Just consider what Max Tegmark, the author of Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, had to say about what life will be like after “the singularity”…

After this, life on Earth would never be the same. Whoever or whatever controls this technology would rapidly become the world’s wealthiest and most powerful, outsmarting all financial markets, out-inventing and out-patenting all human researchers, and out-manipulating all human leaders. Even if we humans nominally merge with such machines, we might have no guarantees whatsoever about the ultimate outcome, making it feel less like a merger and more like a hostile corporate takeover.

Even some of the most prominent scientists in the world are skeptical of what an ultra-powerful artificial intelligence would mean for the future of humanity.  The following is an excerpt from an article co-authored by Stephen Hawking

Looking further ahead, there are no fundamental limits to what can be achieved: there is no physical law precluding particles from being organized in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains. An explosive transition is possible, although it may play out differently than in the movie: as Irving Good realized in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a “singularity” and Johnny Depp’s movie character calls “transcendence.” One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.

But despite these reservations from many in the scientific community, many transhumanists are pushing ahead as hard as they can.  Many of them are absolutely convinced that what they are doing will bring a new golden age to this planet.  Just consider the words of transhumanist Zoltan Istvan

Despite this, people continue to worry that technology and science that make our species more transhuman will be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots. Those worries are unfounded. A close examination of the issues show that transhumanist technology and science liberates us, brings us better health, and has improved the living standards of all people around the world. If you value liberty, equality and progress, it makes sense to embrace the coming age of transhumanism.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

And there are even some transhumanists that couch their hopes and dreams for the future in religious terminology.  For example, transhumanist Mark Pesce is fully convinced that transhumanism will allow ordinary humans “to become as gods”

“Men die, planets die, even stars die. We know all this. Because we know it, we seek something more—a transcendence of transience, translation to incorruptible form. An escape if you will, a stop to the wheel. We seek, therefore, to bless ourselves with perfect knowledge and perfect will; To become as gods, take the universe in hand, and transform it in our image—for our own delight. As it is on Earth, so it shall be in the heavens. The inevitable result of incredible improbability, the arrow of evolution is lipping us into the transhuman – an apotheosis to reason, salvation – attained by good works.”

That is some pretty strong stuff.

So what do you think about all of this?  Please feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment below…

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The proposal to hand back some decision powers to member states of the European Union regarding GMO approvals is currently being discussed (1). It will be voted on by member states on 12 June. According to Corporate Europe Observatory, biotech firms regard it as an opportunity to break the stalemate and finally get their GM crops growing in Europe's fields. The proposal has the biotech lobby's fingerprints all over it (2).


The proposal states that for a member state to ban a GMO, it would first have to ask the GM company itself not to market it in its territory. If the company does not agree, the member state's second option is to give certain policy arguments, from a limited set of possibilities. Apart from granting biotech companies the power to resist policies and decisions made by democratically elected governments, the fear is that the types of arguments that governments will be allowed to put forward will bring about legal uncertainty and may simply be swept aside when challenged in court (2). If the company doesn’t want its product to be banned, the concern is that the new system will be designed to work in its favour and sovereign governments will be powerless to act.


Documents obtained via Freedom of Information (FoI) acts by GeneWatch in the UK show how the biotech lobby group EuropaBio has been advocating this approach for two years. One of the documents obtained, 'A new strategy on GM issues', concludes that a fresh approach is needed to break the deadlock on GM crops inEurope. In short this involves:


i) An "amended nationalisation proposal" putting as a condition that member states can only apply for a national ban if they have first asked the company to refrain from marketing the GM crop in their country, and if the company has refused.


ii) Allowing a contamination threshold agreed on by member states to allow the presence of unauthorised GMOs in seeds (this is already the case for animal feed, but not yet for food and seeds).


iii) EU member states should no longer vote against a GM crop application (even when they are against it) at a European level if they can use one i) or ii) to gain a national ban.


Fearing that this strategy is merely an attempt to bypass and weaken the current regulatory framework and pick off countries individually, Liz O’Neill of GM Freeze states:

This is all about getting more GM crops into the ground more quickly. Collective decision making hasn’t allowed GM crops to be grown widely in the EU because the majority of EU countries don’t want them.”

Dr Helen Wallace of GeneWatch concludes that the UK Government has been working closely with the GM industry "to get a Monsanto-friendly version of the opt-out.” The industry and the UKgovernment are striving to break the deadlock in decisions on GM approvals for cultivation. She says:

“If member states back down from highlighting the environmental harms of RoundUp Ready GM crops, these could be fast-tracked into the ground in some parts of Europe… We need to be improving the GM risk assessments not facilitating contamination of food, feed and seed in the European market with GM crops that nobody wants.”
Collusion between the biotech lobby and government


The set of documents released to GeneWatch indicate a very cosy relationship between the lobby groups EuropaBio and the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) and the GM team within the UK Ministry of Environment DEFRA. They highlight a series of secretive industry-government meetings and agreements that the public was meant to remain in the dark over.  


The ABC is a UK-based lobby group whose membership only comprises the six largest agrochemical multinationals: BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta. The ABC is a member of EuropaBio.


GeneWatch has published a detailed assessment (3) of the many emails released following their FoI request regarding the UK industry lobby’s dealings with the government. They show the extent of receptiveness of people inside the government to industry influence on issues like science and research funding, GM regulation and the pro-GM Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Owen Paterson is praised in one EuropaBio letter for his "vocal leadership" on GM issues. Paterson was appointed Secretary of State for the Environment in the same year, in September 2012. He has subsequently been accused of being an industry puppet and of totally misrepresenting the reality and efficacy of GMOs (4). Moreover, under Paterson’s leadership, the UK Government has changed its position on the national opt out from being opposed to being in favour.


On a European level, Chief Scientific Advisor to the EU President Anne Glover is also forwarding the case for the GM industry. LikePaterson, her ‘vocal leadership’ is also based on falsehoods and misrepresentations (5).


The GM sector - via DEFRA, the ABC, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (6), strategically placed scientists with their ‘independent’ reports (7) and the industry-backed Science Media Centre (8) - is mounting a full-fledged assault onBritain.


Contamination risks


Shifting from a Europe-wide ban on GMOs to national bans could not only lead to allowing GM crops into Europe, but could also pose other problems. GM Freeze recently launched a briefing that highlights the very real risk of cross-border contamination between GM and non-GM food crops.

The briefing ‘Contamination Matters - Why GM can’t be managed at a national level’ (9) has been published in advance of the EU vote on 12 June. It highlights the risks associated with cross-border contamination by examining three detailed examples of real contamination events that caused significant disruption to food supply, farmers’ livelihoods and the broader agricultural economy, including international trade. The contamination incidents detailed in the briefing involve experimental GM strains of American rice, Chinese rice and Canadian flax. All were supposed to be grown under tightly controlled trial conditions but ended up in food.


GM Freeze Director Liz O’Neill comments:

“The idea of individual countries being able to ban GM sounds appealing, but sadly it won’t work. Pollen and seed don’t respect national boundaries any more than they give way on a roundabout, and experience shows that once the GM genie is out there we cannot put it back in the bottle. The costs can be huge.”
Letting the ‘genie out of the bottle; is exactly what the GMO sector wants, though. Contamination works to its advantage (10), has worked to its advantage and is an issue that is affecting the entire globe (11,12).


Liz O’Neill is concerned that many people don’t understand what a ‘yes’ to this proposal on 12 June would mean:

“GM supporters, including our own Environment Minister Owen Paterson, are throwing away the whole concept of a common market to further their own support for a technology that raises far more questions than it answers. Their refusal to first put in place a reasonable, clear liability regime to protect the food system and the environment speaks volumes.”
Such concerns mirror what is happening elsewhere in the world, not least in India. There, 200 crops are to be open field tested, despite warnings from the Supreme Court appointed Technical Expert Committee and recommendations about risks, protocols and regulations (13).


As is the case with the UK, in India GMO biotech corporations are forming government backed ‘public-private partnerships’ to gain a financially lucrative, strategic stranglehold in agriculture, not least in setting the research and policy development agenda, in an attempt to force GM products into the country (14,15). And, as in the UK, the whole situation reeks of vested interests and the government working hand in glove with the GMO biotech sector (16)


Environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues may be speaking about India in the following passage, but her words could also easily apply to other countries, not least the UK:

“Ministries, least of all ‘promoting’ Ministries, should not have the authority to allow the novel technology of GMOs into Indian agriculture bypassing authentic democratic processes. Those processes require the widest possible and transparent consultation… After all, it is every woman, man and child, and our animals, an entire nation that will quite literally have to eat the outcome of a GM policy that delivers up our agriculture to it: if a GMO is unsafe, it will remain irreversibly unsafe. And it will remain in the environment and that is another dimension of impact.” (17)
From Indiato Europe, democratic processes are being bypassed, the public is being sidelined and lied to and agriculture is being delivered up to powerful biotech corporations. This issue is global. It affects everyone.


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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The first country to defy the ‘War on Drugs’ by legalizing marijuana is Uruguay. It was described as a revolutionary act against the prohibition of a plant that is used by millions worldwide under the former Marxist guerilla and political prisoner who is now the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica. Seems like the Mujica government is allowing Monsanto, Syngenta and Dupont among others to operate in Uruguay and harvest marijuana through their GMO-based seeds.  Details of how the new marijuana laws will operate by monitoring the population through a database that would collect fingerprints and other parts of your body to assure you are using government controlled “Genetically Modified Marijuana”.

Last December the Associated Press reported on Uruguay’s decision to move forward to experiment on legalized marijuana to undermine illegal drug trafficking and crime in an article titled ‘From Seed to Smoke, Uruguay Testing Legalized Pot.’ The report stated what the Mujica government’s intentions were concerning the legalization of marijuana:

President Jose Mujica’s goal is to drive drug traffickers out of the dope business and reduce consumption by creating a safe, legal and transparent environment in which the state closely monitors every aspect of marijuana use, from seed to smoke. That means designing and maintaining an industry that is small, contained and profitable. Congress only approved Mujica’s grand “experiment” in broad strokes.  

The fine print must strike a delicate balance on issues including what strength to allow for marijuana, what price to charge, who can farm it, how to crack down on illegal growers, how to persuade users to buy from the state instead of a dealer, and how to monitor use without being seen as Big Brother. If the rules are too lenient, or too strict, the whole project could fail

The report also quoted Uruguayan Senator Lucia Topolansk (President Mujica’s wife) when she said that “the state would provide cloned seeds whose plants can be traced.” It should not surprise anyone, especially those who understand what corporations such as Monsanto are trying to achieve on a global scale. Mainstream media outlet CNBC reported in 2010 that “most large agribusiness producers and distributors wouldn’t comment on any marijuana cultivation plans while it’s still largely illegal.” Now, Uruguay is fair game since they passed legislation to legalize marijuana. Although they did say that “seed and agri-chemical maker Monsanto isn’t focused on it, says spokesman Darren Wallis, adding that even if that changed tomorrow, development of a mass-scale crop takes time.” Yes, it does take time to produce. CNBC also did say that “other big food and agricultural firms would not comment, saying the proposition was too hypothetical or inappropriate given the largely illegal current status of the drug.” Well, it is not hypothetical anymore since Uruguay passed laws to legalize marijuana cultivation and use. It is now a reality for biotech corporations to move forward with genetic manipulation of the crop because now they have an incentive to dominate the marijuana industry starting with Uruguay.  An interesting analysis by www.cannabisculture.com titled ‘Manipulating Marijuana: Monsanto and Syngenta Invest in RNA Interference Technology’ by Tracy Giesz-Ramsay on Monsanto and Syngenta’s investments in RNA Interference (RNAi) technology and what it means for the production of Marijuana in the future. Giesz-Ramsey wrote the following:

Having been cultivated and used ceremonially, recreationally and medicinally for thousands of years, cannabis – despite prohibitive laws surrounding the non-medicinal use of the plant – is undoubtedly on the radar of big agribusiness.

These companies would certainly turn a profit from developing a patentable transgenic seed for sole distribution if the use of cannabis were to become legal. It would be easy for these companies to create a monopoly over the industry by abusing their ties with federal regulators. This has all been a point of much debate within the cannabis community for many years. 

With this in mind, it’s fair to say that one of the only positives of marijuana prohibition, with the art of breeding, growing and distributing cannabis heavily underground for most of its commercial history, the Big 6 seed and chemical companies have not been able to dominate the industry with their patented technologies. 

The trouble: things may change soon. Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, Bayer, Dow and DuPont have, until recently, largely focused their energy on monopolizing the food industry, but some have developed a keen interest in this still-illegal plant as well. 

The biggest concern with cannabis and GM control now remains. While they gain a monopoly over medical marijuana, the challenge of governments who continue to wage the ostensible “War on Drugs” is being taken on by some of the Big 6. Monsanto and Syngenta are currently investing millions of dollars into a new GM technology called RNA interference. 

RNAi, as it’s also known, is a method where the RNA – which is the code from a plant or animal’s DNA that tells its proteins how to organize in order to create, say, what colour the plant will be – is interfered with. In RNAi, double-stranded RNA is inserted so that this original code is obstructed; so that the pigmentation instructions don’t make it to the proteins 

As we already know about Monsanto’s GMO seeds, they are genetically modified plants that are resistant to chemical herbicides such as “Round-Up.” The herbicides kill other plants, allowing genetically altered plants to resist the herbicide and be planted closer together than traditional crops normally used by farmers. It apparently allows farmers to gain more from crop production on their farmland than ever before. The seeds are known as “Round-Up Ready.” Farmers are required to purchase the GMO-laced seeds every season once they agree to use the product. Uruguay is falling into a danger zone when it comes to planting GMO seeds in the agricultural-rich country. It can affect natural food crops in the long-run as Monsanto and other agri-businesses would eventually expand into other areas of food production.

With Uruguay’s decision to allow multi-national biotech corporations to operate on its lands, it also opens the door to a police state monitoring its citizens who will use “cloned” marijuana as reported by RT news earlier this month in a report titled “Uruguay rolls out marijuana legal sale details.” It described Uruguay’s methods:

Police will be able to carry out on-the-spot checks to make sure drivers are not under the influence while behind the wheel. Companies and trade unions will also be permitted to carry out random checks to make sure employees are not stoned, particularly while undergoing risky or dangerous work.

The strains of the drug will also be limited to five, which will be allowed a maximum THC level of 15 percent. Each bag of marijuana will be barcoded and radio-frequency tagged, which will allow authorities to determine its origin and legality.

People who buy pot in pharmacies will be identified by fingerprint readers to preserve their anonymity, but their consumption of the drug will be tracked on a government database.

This will allow police to test for illegal weed when they come across it, and arrest anyone possessing marijuana without the proper tracers

Uruguay’s control over all facets of the new marijuana industry with a national database does seem “Orwellian” as it borders on fascism for the fear that legalizing marijuana can lead to higher drug use among the population.  It is understandable, but imposing a police state to control drug-use and crime is not an answer to the war on drugs.  However, not collecting taxes on marijuana is a good start.  Uruguay has also approved a law that will exempt marijuana producers and sales of the crop from taxes that would undermine marijuana illegally imported from other countries such as Paraguay. Reuters reported on Uruguay’s tax policy regarding the issue of legalized marijuana when it said that “The principal objective is not tax collection. Everything has to be geared toward undercutting the black market,” said Felix Abadi, a contractor who is developing Uruguay’s marijuana tax structure. “So we have to make sure the price is low.” Which is true in a sense, since a high risk of incarceration increases the price of marijuana. Uruguay’s new law will also issue licenses to farmers to produce cannabis according to Reuters “Uruguay will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally in the next weeks. The government is also considering growing marijuana on a plot of land controlled by the military to avoid illegal trafficking of the crop.”

Mujica met with US President Barack Obama earlier this month after his government released the details of the new marijuana law to discuss stronger relations between both countries. Obama welcomed President Mujica when he said:

President Mujica personally has extraordinary credibility when it comes to issues of democracy and human rights given his strong values and personal history, and is a leader on these issues throughout the hemisphere. And we share an interest in strengthening further the people-to-people bonds between our two countries, particularly around the issues of science, technology and education

Uruguayan President Mujica’s response:

We have been looking toward everywhere, but towards ourselves a bit also. And from the humbleness of my little Uruguay, my people, who are there amongst an enormous area of fertile and much water, come here to seek out knowledge and research in all groups of the biological sciences, particularly in land that require local research, because the continent must produce much food for the world. And besides, this is the most advanced country in the world for biological sciences, but we don’t want to merely send students out because they get married — and the American corporations pay more money, so we lose these qualified people. We have to bring teachers so then can come, but we need to make arrangements so that they can continue to contribute to Social Security here. Wisdom must be looked for there where it is

President Mujica has called for ‘normalized relations’ between Cuba and the US to end the embargo and has supported South American leaders such as Bolivian President Evo Morales during the time when the US and EU forced Morales’s plane to land in Vienna to search for NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden.  “We are not colonies any more,” Uruguay’s president, Jose Mujica, said. “We deserve respect, and when one of our governments is insulted we feel the insult throughout Latin America” according to the Guardian.  In many ways President Mujica is a revolutionary against Western imperialism.  But allowing GMO crops in Uruguay is a step in the wrong direction although he probably does believe that allowing GMO’s would actually feed the world.  Maybe he is misinformed, which I do believe is the case, after all he believes that smoking marijuana is an “addiction.”   However, I do believe he does mean well.   President Mujica should reconsider using any form of Genetic Modified crops that is dangerous to humans no matter what he thinks about marijuana use.  Hopefully he will create a committee to re-evaluate proven research on the effects of GMO’s.  Biotech Corporations just want to exploit Uruguay’s lands as an experiment.  Let’s hope the Mujica government will make a U-turn away from corporate dominance.       

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The GMO biotech sector is involved in a multi-pronged campaign to influence governments and the public about the benefits of its products. It uses various means.


It sets up or infiltrates institutions and co-opts prominent political and scientific figures to do its bidding (1). It hijacks regulatory and policy making bodies (2,3). With help from the US Government, it assumes strategic importance in international trade negotiations and is then able to set a policy and research agenda, as has been the case in India with the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture and the funding of agricultural research within the country (4,5). It is shaping ‘free’ trade agreements to its own advantage (6). It mounts personal attacks on and tries to discredit key scientists who question its claims (7,8). And it arguably regards contamination as a means of trying to eventually render the whole debate about GMOS meaningless (9).


With its huge financial resources and the full backing of the US State Department (10), the sector is a formidable force. However, despite all its wealth and influence, it is turning out to be a bad week for the GMO biotech industry.


When is good science bad science and bad science good science? When the industry says so


In 2012, a study led by Professor Gilles Seralini called into question the safety of GMOs and Round Up herbicide. The paper that conveyed the results was last year retracted by a prestigious scientific journal (11). The publisher of Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), Elsevier, has now compelled the journal editor A. Wallace Hayes to publish a right of reply by the Séralini team.


According to the Séralini team, the editor of FCT uses double standards when it comes to publishing in favour of the industry. Hayes retracted the study despite the fact that he found neither fraud nor conscious misinterpretation. In a new article published in FCT, the scientists explain why they do not accept his conclusion. They denounce the lack of scientific validity of the reasons given for the retraction, explain why the Sprague-Dawley rat strain used is appropriate and describe the statistical results in depth concerning the blood and urine parameters affected, proving that the liver and kidney pathologies and the mammary tumours are solidly based.


Hayes justified his retraction by arguing that it is impossible to conclude a link between GMO and cancer, even though the word cancer was never used in the paper. Not all the tumours were cancers but they nevertheless brought death through internal haemorrhages and compressions of vital organs. Hayes also argued that ten rats per group, of the Sprague-Dawley strain, did not allow the level of statistical strength to conclude about the toxicity of the GMO and Roundup. But FCT has published two studies (Hammond & al., 2004; and Zhang & al., 2014) measuring the same number of rats of the same strain, without calling into question the strength of the statistics, let alone their conclusion – that the GMOs tested were safe.


The recent study by Zhang et al, like the study by Séralini et al, measures the potential chronic effects of the consumption of a GMO (transgenic rice producing a modified Bt insecticide). It uses the same strain and measures the same number of rats. The only substantive difference was in the results: Zhang and colleagues concluded that the GMO under test was safe.


Professor Séralini says:

“We are forced to conclude that the decision to withdraw our paper was based on unscientific double standards applied by the editor. These double standards can only be explained by pressure from the GMO and agrochemical industry to force acceptance of GMOs and Roundup. The most flagrant illustration is the appointment of Richard Goodman, a former Monsanto employee, onto the FCT editorial board, soon after the publication of the NK603 study. Worse, this pro-industry bias also affects regulatory authorities, such as EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), which gives favourable opinions on risky products based on mediocre studies commissioned by the companies wishing to commercialize the products, as well as systematically dismissing the findings of independent scientists which cast doubt on their safety.”

Genetically modified crops and foods are neither safe nor necessary to feed the world


On the same day that the Seralini team issued its press release on the matter (19 May), a new report was released saying that genetically modified crops and foods are neither safe nor even necessary to feed the world.


The second edition of GMO Myths and Truths, co-authored by genetic engineers Dr John Fagan and Dr Michael Antoniou and researcher Claire Robinson, has been published as a free online download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source (12).

John Fagan, one of the report’s authors, said: 

“The GMO debate is far from being over, as some GMO proponents claim. Instead the evidence of risk and actual harm from GM foods and crops to health and the environment has grown in the two years since we brought out the first edition. The good news is that GMOs are not needed to feed the world. The report shows that there are far better ways of ensuring a safe and sustainable food supply.”
The report’s main findings are as follows.

1) The report debunks the claims by pro-GMO lobbyists that 1,700 studies show GM foods are as safe. The studies show nothing of the sort. Many of them not only show evidence of risk, but the review also excludes or glosses over important scientific controversies over GMO safety issues. (See page102 of the new report.)

2) A review purportedly showing that GM foods are safe on the basis of long-term animal studies actually shows evidence of risk and uses unscientific double standards to reach a conclusion that is not justified by the data. (p. 161)

3) A laboratory study in human cells shows that very low levels of glyphosate (the main chemical ingredient of Roundup herbicide, which most GM crops are engineered to tolerate) mimicked the hormone estrogen and stimulated the growth of breast cancer cells. The level of glyphosate that had this effect was below the level allowed in drinking water in Europe and far below the level allowed in the USA. It was also below the level found in GM glyphosate-tolerant soy, which is imported into Europe for animal feed and human food. If confirmed in animal studies, this finding would overturn regulatory assumptions of safe levels of glyphosate. (p. 221)

4) Séralini’s study is far stronger and more detailed than many industry studies that are accepted as proof of safety for GMOs. The European Food Safety Authority had to reject the study in order to protect its own previous opinions on this and other GMOs, for reasons explained in the report. The findings of this study, if confirmed, would overturn regulatory assumptions of safe levels of glyphosate and Roundup. (pp. 94, 147)

5) Claims that an EU-funded research project shows GMOs are safe are not evidence-based, since the project did not even test the safety of any commercialized GMOs. Some animal testing data gathered by the project actually reveal health risks from the GMOs tested. (p. 166)


6) Claims that Europe is becoming a “museum” of farming because of its reluctance to embrace GM crops are shown to be nonsensical by research showing that Europe’s mostly non-GM agriculture out-yields the USA’s mostly GM agriculture with less pesticide use. The USA is falling behind Europe in terms of productivity and sustainability. (pp. 232–233)


7) Risks from an important new type of GMO that is designed to silence genes are not being properly assessed by regulators. (p. 78)


8) Contrary to claims by GMO proponents, the real reason GM golden rice isn’t available has nothing to do with anti-GMO activists and everything to do with basic research and development problems. (p. 197)


9) Conventional breeding continues to outstrip GM in delivering crops that yield well, resist disease, are nutritious and tolerate drought and other types of extreme weather. (pp. 284, 318–321)


10) Crop genetics are only part of the solution to our food and agriculture challenges. The other part is agro-ecological farming methods that build soil and focus on growing a diversity of naturally healthy and resilient crops. (p. 303)

Author Michael Antoniou said: 

“There is evidence that Roundup, even at the low levels permitted in food and drinking water, could lead to serious effects on health over time, such as liver and kidney toxicity. Based on this evidence, it appears that the levels of exposure currently held as safe by regulators around the world are questionable.”
Author Claire Robinson said: 

“The GMO industry is built on myths. What is the motivation behind the deception? Money. GM crops and foods are easy to patent and are an important tool in the global consolidation of the seed and food industry into the hands of a few big companies. We all have to eat, so selling patented GM seed and the chemicals they are grown with is a lucrative business model. GMO Myths and Truths offers a one-stop resource for the public, campaigners, policy-makers, and scientists opposing the GMO industry’s attempts to control our food supply and shut down scientific and public debate.”
The report’s authors are not alone in doubting the safety of GMOs. In late 2013, nearly 300 scientists and legal experts signed a statement affirming that there was “No scientific consensus on GMO safety.” (13)

It all raises the question: if there is no consensus, and there clearly is not, if double standards exist, and they certainly do, then why are we, the public, and for that matter the environment, being used as guinea pigs in a massive experiment?

We know why. It is an agenda that is based on arm-twisting, deception, false promises, duplicity and flawed science to benefit the bottom line of a handful of commercial enterprises and the wider geo-political aim of controlling the planet’s food supply.


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Global Research and Countercurrents 11/5/2014

British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of the GM sector (1). Despite criticisms of him being an industry puppet (2) and content to ignore the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and agricultural impacts of GMOs (3), both he and other officials like the EU’s chief science advisor Anne Glover (4) have been more than happy to act as mouthpieces for the GM sector by making false statements and claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that fly in the face of scientific findings.

Paterson’s support for GMOs is being carried out in partnership with a number of institutions, including the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), which is backed by GM companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience (5).


Evidence recently emerged of meetings and briefings involving ministers and the ABC and its industry backers, despite no such meetings with groups worried about the impact of GM on human health and the countryside. In response, GeneWatch UK made a Freedom of Information request to find out what was said at the briefings.Paterson’s department refused to give details. GeneWatch lodged a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner in the hope that ministers will be forced to admit how GM companies are driving government policy. The evidence strongly suggested that the Government is colluding with the GM industry to manipulate the media and plot the return of GM crops to Britain.


Paterson’s department refused to provide details of a telephone conference between the department and the ABC on June 10 last year. Ten days later, Paterson made a speech calling for opposition to be dropped and claiming GM crops and food were ‘probably safer’ than the conventional equivalent. It also refused to release a “message on media suggestions” sent by the ABC to the ministry last April, or details of discussions between Monsanto and the ministry two months before. In addition, his ministry would not provide details of a meeting and emails between former environment minister David Heath and the ABC.


However, details of certain emails have now been made public. They reveal what the veil of secrecy is trying to hide and what many strongly suspected: collusion between the government and the GM sector is rife.


The emails between civil servants and the GM industry reveal how the two developed a media strategy to convince the public about the merits of GM food. Writing on the Mail Online website (6), Sean Poulter notes that the email contacts were part of a wider strategy designed to relax European regulations on growing GM crops and spend millions of taxpayers’ money on GM research in British fields. Owen Paterson has pushed for faster approval of new crops and lobbying for public support and has lobbied the EU to allow biotech crops to be planted in Britain even if they are banned elsewhere.


Poulter argues that such support represents a coup for the GM industry and follows a meeting with ministers and researchers in 2012 which came up with a series of ‘to do’ lists.


The GM sector is working to get its products into Britain by infiltrating or creating institutions and co-opting strategically placed politicians and officials in order to influence decision making and manipulate public perception about GM crops. The ABC has been central in influencing government policy. Indeed, Poulter notes that email exchanges often coincided with major announcements by ministers, which shifted government policy in support of GM crops.

Civil servants hosted a meeting with industry leaders in June 2013 to decide how to present the government’s agri-tech strategy. Officials at the Business, Innovations and Skills (BIS) department even emailed the ABC asking for advice on how to promote the policy. Poulter writes that one BIS official asked for “any ideas you may have that will showcase agri-tech – as you are aware it will need to be eye-catching but reflect the main themes of the strategy.”


BIS also created a list of journalists and influential people who should be targeted with information about the new strategy and asked the ABC if it wanted to add any names or flag up “potential pitfalls.” The ABC responded by adding some names, but it also highlighted a number of journalists on the list who had been critical of GM.


The GM sector - via Paterson and his Environment, Food and Rural Affairs department, the BIS, the ABC, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (7), strategically placed scientists with their ‘independent’ reports (8) and the industry-backed Science Media Centre (9) - is mounting a full-fledged assault on Britain.


Its strategy also involves an ongoing attempt to get GM food into the EU via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP/TAFTA), which is also shrouded in secrecy. The negotiations for this treaty are backed by the US GM sector: it is aimed at dismantling regulations on behalf of big corporations, bypassing democratic procedures and threatening governments with legal action (10-14).


The majority of the British public who express a view on GM food do not want it (15). However, we are experiencing a consistent, multi-pronged attack on democracy that seeks to distort the debate over the GM issue, hijack institutions, co-opt so-called ‘public servants’ and pass off vested commercial interests as the ‘public good’.


The GM sector will only get its products into Britain (and elsewhere) if its institutions and mouthpieces in government, academia and the media are left unchallenged. Part of the strategy involves counting on a misinformed and easily manipulated public.


Be informed and take action:





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Secrecy And Lies: Government Collusion With The GM Biotech Sector In Britain

In 2012, the current British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson called concerns over the use of GM foods “complete nonsense” in an outright attack on valid concerns about GMOs (1). Since then, through comments and speeches, he has consistently voiced unqualified support for the GM food industry.

MP Zac Goldsmith is a member of the Conservative Party to which Paterson also belongs and has accused his fellow party member of making “nonsensical” claims and as being a puppet of the industry. He has stated that Paterson has swallowed the industry line hook, line and sinker and fears that big agribusiness is framing the debate for the government in order to secure control over the food chain (2).

Paterson seems to be blissfully unaware of, or is content to ignore, the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and agricultural impacts of GMOs as detailed in this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-realities-of-gmo-and-petro-chemical-agriculture-allergies-toxins-new-diseases/5367760
In a recent report by in the Daily Mail newspaper in Britain, it is claimed that Paterson’s support for GMOs is being carried out in partnership with the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), which is financed by GM companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience (3). The revelations come weeks after it was revealed that a group of scientists behind an official government study backing GM all had links to the industry (4).
Evidence has emerged of meetings and briefings involving ministers and the ABC and its industry backers, despite no such meetings with groups worried about the impact of GM on human health and the countryside.

GeneWatch UK made a Freedom of Information request to find out what was said at the briefings, but Paterson’s department has refused to give details. As a result, GeneWatch UK has lodged a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner in the hope that ministers will be forced to admit how GM companies are driving government policy.

In a press release, GeneWatch Director Dr Helen Wallace says:

“The evidence strongly suggests the Government is colluding with the GM industry to manipulate the media, undermine access to GM-free-fed meat and dairy products and plot the return of GM crops to Britain. The public have a right to know what is going on behind closed doors… Ministers who should be protecting our environment have put Monsanto and Syngenta in the driving seat of policy on GM crops and foods.”

Paterson’s department has refused to provide details of a telephone conference between the department and the ABC on June 10 last year. Ten days later, Paterson made a speech calling for opposition to be dropped and claiming GM crops and food were ‘probably safer’ than the conventional equivalent. We are left to draw our own conclusions.

Paterson’s ministerial department has also refused to release a “message on media suggestions” sent by the ABC to the ministry last April, or details of discussions between Monsanto and the ministry two months before. In addition, the ministry would not provide details of a meeting and emails between former environment minister David Heath and the ABC in January last year.

The GM biotech has already captured politicians and regulatory and policy-making bodies in the US (5). It is also in the process of doing so in India (6). It is clear that Britain faces a similar problem.

Corruption, whether institionalised or individual, has many faces and too often attempts to hide itself behind a veil of secrecy. Left unchallenged, the corruption soon becomes pervasive, accepted and no longer seen for what it actually is. Its outcomes too often become regarded as normal or part of the ‘natural’ course of events.

The GM biotech sector’s corrosive influences on governments must be challenged now, before it’s too late - before we end up eating and being poisoned by its products and before the sector and its backers in the US State Department (7) destroy each and every nation's food sovereignty by weaponising food in order to control entire populations (8).

Be informed and take action:

 

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8)      William Engdahl; ‘Seeds of Destruction’; 2007; page 143

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Can genetically modified (GM) food crops be kept out of India? Things seemed positive when, as Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh put a moratorium on GM eggplant (BT Brinjal). However, he has now been replaced. Veerappa Moily, India’s Oil Minister, is now also India’s new Environment Minister. Oily has approved field trials of 200 GM food crops on behalf of companies like Monsanto, Mahyco, Bayer and BASF. Monsanto’s shares surged by 77 percent as soon as Moily’s decision was announced.

For his efforts, Oily has been called a "corporate mole," (1) and the Coalition for a GM Free India and Greenpeace condemned Moily's action as "unscientific, anti-people and reeking of vested interests."


Rajesh Krishnan, convener, Coalition for a GM Free India said:


"The writing on the wall is clear now. The UPA government is against the interest of the citizens, our farmers and the welfare of the nation. It is hand in glove with the multi-national GM seed industry that stands to gain immensely from the numerous open field trails of GM crops.” 


Environmentalist Vandana Shiva argues that there are no detailed protocols that cover all dimensions of the ecological, health, and socio-economic impact of GM organisms (2) and that it was precisely to evolve such protocols and strengthen India’s Bio-safety regulatory process that the Supreme Court appointed a Technical Expert Committee (TEC). The Committee recommended a ten-year moratorium on GM organism approvals till scientifically robust protocols, independent and competent institutions to assess risks and a strong regulatory system were developed.


Despite the TEC recommendations pertaining to risks, protocols and regulations, the trials will involve a deliberate release of GM organisms in the open environment. A ban on open field trials would however not constitute a block to research because, as Vandana Shiva says, scientific research is done in laboratories and greenhouses and open field trials are not in any case a methodology for assessing toxicity or carcinogenicity.

Last November, hundreds of scientists raised serious concerns about open air field trials of GM crops in India by writing a letter to the Prime Minister. Their letter coincided with the release of a compilation of 440 scientific research studies on the impact of GM crops on the environment and health (3). The scientists demanded that the recommendations of the TEC be accepted. In their letter, they said that the final report of the TEC has recommended against the deployment of Bt food crops in India until their safety is established, and recommended avoiding Herbicide Tolerant GM crops.

Like Shiva, the scientists are not saying that trials have to be stopped, as trials can happen in a glasshouse environment. However, they warned against open field trials as the impact of such food crops must be established. As there is no code of practice and no infrastructure to conduct large scale open field trials, the scientists suggested that open field trials should not take place. 

Open field planting and the release of GM organisms into the environment are part of a deliberate ploy to contaminate non-GM crops and eventually render the GM/non-GM debate obsolete. This is not a wild claim: one only has to look at the widespread contamination of wheat and rice in the 
US due to hundreds of open field trials carried out by the biotech sector and similar concerns about contamination in India (4).


And, in this respect, current developments in Australia are further cause for concern.


A recent report (5) that appeared in The Australian newspaper notes that most Australian farmers grow GM-free food. The current non-binding recommendation guidelines for managing GM canola cultivation in 
Western Australia are very weak and only recommend a minimum of five-metre separation between a GM and non-GM canola field. Such a small buffer zone cannot prevent GM contamination.


A landmark trial is now under way in the Western Australia Supreme Court. It began when farmer Steve Marsh lost his organic certification on 70 percent of his farm and most of his livelihood after his land was contaminated by GM canola patented by Monsanto and grown in the adjacent property.


This is a global issue, and GM industry ‘corporate moles’ who are forwarding the GM biotech agenda are not unique to India (6,7). However, it is reasonable to assume that India remains more susceptible than most, not least because the story of open air trials of GM crops in India has thus far been a story of blatant violations of bio-safety norms, hasty approvals, a lack of monitoring abilities, general apathy towards the hazards of contamination and a lack of institutional oversight mechanisms (8,9,10). Similar concerns exist elsewhere, of course, but the situation in India appears to be worse than most. 


Open field testing is part of the GM sector’s plan to win the battle to dominate and control the food chain by any means possible. It cannot win the scientific debate (11). It cannot convince people to freely choose its products (12). But it seeks to win by various insidious means, not least by infiltrating official bodies and contamination - by all means necessary (13).


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This story originally appeared here and at Global Research in July 2012. It was recently selected by an international panel of evaluators as Story Number 14 in Project Censored’s Top 25 Most Under-Reported Stories for 2012-2013. The article is featured in the new volume Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times (Seven Stories Press, 2013).

Electromagnetic pollution is one of the greatest threats to human health today. Over the past several years this public health menace has only intensified with the rollout of “smart meters” that replace standard analog meters on residences and businesses throughout the nation and world.

Wireless Technology and the Accelerated Toxification of America

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary. A major health crisis looms that is only hastened through the extensive deployment of “smart grid” technology.

In October 2009 at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) solar energy station President Barack Obama announced that $3.4 billion of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act would be devoted to the country’s “smart energy grid” transition. Matching funds from the energy industry brought the total national Smart Grid investment to $8 billion. FPL was given $200 million of federal money to install 2.5 million “smart meters” on homes and businesses throughout the state.[1]

By now many residents in the United States and Canada have the smart meters installed on their dwellings. Each of these meters is equipped with an electronic cellular transmitter that uses powerful bursts of electromagnetic radiofrequency (RF) radiation to communicate with nearby meters that together form an interlocking network transferring detailed information on residents’ electrical usage back to the utility every few minutes or less. Such information can easily be used to determine individual patterns of behavior based on power consumption.

The smart grid technology is being sold to the public as a way to “empower” individual energy consumers by allowing them to access information on their energy usage so that they may eventually save money by programming “smart” (i.e, wireless enabled) home appliances and equipment that will coordinate their operability with the smart meter to run when electrical rates are lowest. In other words, a broader plan behind smart grid technology involves a tiered rate system for electricity consumption that will be set by the utility to which customers will have no choice but to conform.

Because of power companies’ stealth rollout of smart meters a large majority of the public still remains unaware of the dangers they pose to human health. This remains the case even though states such as Maine have adopted an “opt out” provision for their citizens. The devices have not been safety-tested by Underwriters Laboratory and thus lack the UL approval customary for most electronics.[2] Further, power customers are typically told by their utilities that the smart meter only communicates with the power company “a few times per day” to transmit information on individual household energy usage. However, when individuals obtained the necessary equipment to do their own testing they found the meters were emitting bursts of RF radiation throughout the home far more intense than a cell phone call every minute or less.[3]

America’s Telecom-friendly Policy for RF Exposure

A growing body of medical studies is now linking cumulative RF exposure to DNA disruption, cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and autoimmune diseases. Smart meters significantly contribute to an environment already polluted by RF radiation through the pervasive stationing of cellular telephone towers in or around public spaces and consumers’ habitual use of wireless technologies. In the 2000 Salzburg Resolution European scientists recommended the maximum RF exposure for humans to be no more than one tenth of a microwatt per square centimeter. In the United States RF exposure limits are 1,000 microwatts per centimeter, with no limits for long term exposure.[4] Such lax standards have been determined by outdated science and the legal and regulatory maneuvering of the powerful telecommunications and wireless industries.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ceased studying the health effects of radiofrequency radiation when the Senate Appropriations Committee cut the department’s funding and forbade it from further research into the area.[5] Thereafter RF limits were codified as mere “guidelines” based on the EPA’s tentative findings and are to this day administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

These weakly enforced standards are predicated on the alleged “thermal effect” of RF. In other words, if the energy emitted from a wireless antenna or device is not powerful enough to heat the skin or flesh then no danger is posed to human health.[6] This reasoning is routinely put forward by utilities installing smart meters on residences, telecom companies locating cellular transmission towers in populated areas, and now school districts across the US allowing the installation of cell towers on school campuses.[7]

The FCC’s authority to impose this standard was further reinforced with the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that included a provision lobbied for by the telecom industry preventing state and local governments from evaluating potential environmental and health effects when locating cell towers “so long as ‘such facilities comply with the FCC’s regulations concerning such emissions.’”[8]

In 2001 an alliance of scientists and engineers with the backing of the Communications Workers of America filed a federal lawsuit hoping the Supreme Court would reconsider the FCC’s obsolete exposure guidelines and the Telecom Act’s overreach into state and local jurisdiction. The high court refused to hear the case. When the same group asked the FCC to reexamine its guidelines in light of current scientific studies the request was rebuffed.[9] Today in all probability millions are suffering from a variety of immediate and long-term health effects from relentless EMF and RF exposure that under the thermal effect rationale remain unrecognized or discounted by the telecom industry and regulatory authorities alike.

Take Back Your Power, an important new documentary on the relationship between electro-pollution and its health and privacy-related consequences, was released in September 2013. The film constitutes must-see viewing for those concerned over the immediate and long term dangers posed to human health and freedom by “smart meters” and similar silent weapons.-JFT

Growing Evidence of Health Risks From RF Exposure

The main health concern with electromagnetic radiation emitted by smart meters and other wireless technologies is that EMF and RF cause a breakdown in the communication between cells in the body, interrupting DNA repair and weakening tissue and organ function. These are the findings of Dr. George Carlo, who oversaw a comprehensive research group commissioned by the cell phone industry in the mid-1990s.

When Carlo’s research began to reveal how there were indeed serious health concerns with wireless technology, the industry sought to bury the results and discredit Carlo. Yet Carlo’s research has since been upheld in a wealth of subsequent studies and has continuing relevance given the ubiquity of wireless apparatuses and the even more powerful smart meters. “One thing all these conditions have in common is a disruption, to varying degrees, of intercellular communication,” Carlo observes. “When we were growing up, TV antennas were on top of our houses and such waves were up in the sky. Cell phones and Wi-Fi have brought those things down to the street, integrated them into the environment, and that’s absolutely new.”[10]

In 2007 the BioInitiative Working Group, a worldwide body of scientists and public health experts, released a 650-page document with over 2000 studies linking RF and EMF exposure to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, DNA damage, immune system dysfunction, cellular damage and tissue reduction.[11]

In May 2011 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer categorized “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless cellphone use.”[12]

In November 2011 the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), a national organization of medical and osteopathic physicians, called on California’s Public Utilities Commission to issue a moratorium on the continued installation of smart meters in residences and schools “based on a scientific assessment of the current available literature.” “[E]xisting FCC guidelines for RF safety that have been used to justify installations of smart meters,” the panel wrote,

only look at thermal tissue damage and are obsolete, since many modern studies show metabolic and genomic damage from RF and ELF exposure below the level of intensity which heats tissues … More m