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Monsanto sues Hawaii county over GMO ban

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Two biotechnology behemoths have followed through with vows to sue Hawaii’s Maui County for passing a law last week that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal ...

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Don’t Replace Facebook, Disrupt It

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Tony Cartalucci  RINF Alternative News Facebook is a problem. It is undoubtedly being used by special interests to manipulate and monitor entire populations both within the United States and well beyond. It represents a tool that in no way serves ...

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Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested

One of the co-founders of the file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, Fredrik Neij. (AFP Photo/Jonathan Nackstrand)

After four years on the run, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, one of the founders of the Swedish file-sharing giant, has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Sweden. The 36-year-old Swede, known in hacking communities as TiAMO, was traveling to ...

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FBI Quietly Seeks Broader Hacking Powers

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The FBI is seeking to expand its hacking and surveillance powers through “an apparently backdoor route,” the Guardian reported Wednesday, a move that civil liberties groups say could infringe upon constitutional rights. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has proposed (pdf) ...

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Revealed: Google’s links to US govt

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One of the world’s largest internet companies, Google ‘should be a serious concern’ internationally, WikiLeaks co-founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says, revealing its connections and donations to the White House. “Google is steadily becoming the Internet for many people. Its ...

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New Seeds, Old Pesticides

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JIM GOODMAN I doubt very many people have ever heard or seen a “tank mix.” Simply put, it is a mix of several crop chemicals used together to control a variety of weeds. I have not looked into a swirling ...

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Spyware phone app CEO indicted for conspiracy

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The head of a company that sells a spyware application for smartphones has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy and other charges related to surreptitious interception. It is the first time the US Department of Justice has targeted spyware apps. ...

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Failed Attempt To Curb Contaminated Water At Fukushima

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Attempts to curb the accumulation of radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are not proving effective, as groundwater continues to enter radioactive buildings. Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is in charge of ...

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Corporate lobbyists tighten stranglehold over TPP

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Hollywood and big publishers already have an alarming stranglehold over the US Trade Representative’s objectives in trade agreements, leading to extreme copyright enforcement and privacy-invading policies in trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. But now, the White House is doing ...

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Thought Crimes in the 21st Century

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Weighing in on a case that will significantly impact expression on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who was charged with making unlawful ...

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3D Printers Could Be Used To Print Medicine

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RINF Alternative News Scientists at the Louisiana Tech University claim they have developed a way to print medicines and other biodegradable material using consumer grade 3D printers. Jeffery Weisman, a doctoral student in Louisiana Tech’s said: “After identifying the usefulness of the 3D printers, ...

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