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Why makers of genetically engineered grass hope Oregonians have a short memory PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:25
 By Nathan Donley Guest Columnist
This file photo shows the Monsanto logo at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. (AP Photo)High on a wind-swept, mountain-ringed plateau in Central Oregon, an ocean of natural grasses, sagebrush and juniper sweeps across the Crooked River National Grassland for thousands of acres. In this pristine, high desert landscape roamed by antelope and mountain lions and patrolled by falcons, eagles and hawks, the last thing you'd want to see is an invasion of a highly intrusive, genetically engineered (GE) strain of creeping bentgrass designed specifically for golf courses.


Revolving Doors: Monsanto and the Regulators PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 January 2016 15:47

by Jennifer Ferrara


The Ecologist September October 1998 (This edition was trashed by the printing office after threats from Monsanto) {footnotes are missing}

Traditionally, key figures at the FDA in particular have either held important positions at Monsanto, or are destined to do so in the future. Is it surprising therefore that Monsanto gets clearance frr its often dangerous products?

Though the evolution of genetic engineering from a laboratory science to a method of creating commercial products happened very fast - within a decade - the US government saw the commercialization of biotechnology coming and deliberately chose a path that has amounted to nonregulation. Genetic engineering broke through natural barriers of reproduction and sped up plant and animal breeding processes, but agribusiness corporations were wary that burdensome regulations would hinder new discoveries and therefore the commercial development of the technology. The federal government took up industry's cause. Instead of establishing strict, precautionary regulations that gave priority to public and environmental health, the government patched together an inadequate regulatory system that relied on risk assessment, industry science, and corporate volunteerism.

America Revisits the Dark Side Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:10

By Rebecca Gordon

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176087/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_american_war_crimes%2C_yesterday%2C_today%2C_and_tomorrow/#moreThey’re back!

From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone warscontinue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.” That, as critics have long argued, is what usually happens if war crimes aren’t prosecuted.

In August 2014, when President Obama finally admitted that “we tortured some folks,” he added a warning. The recent history of U.S. torture, he said, “needs to be understood and accepted. We have to as a country take responsibility for that so hopefully we don’t do it again in the future.” By pinning the responsibility for torture on all of us “as a country,” Obama avoided holding any of the actual perpetrators to account.

California First As Both Climate Victim and Responder, the National Style-Setter Leads the Way PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 17:04

By William deBuys

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176036/tomgram%3A_william_debuys%2C_entering_the_mega-drought_era_in_america/#more<>Long ago, I lived in a cheap flat in San Francisco and worked as the lone straight man in a gay construction company. Strangely enough, the drought now strangling California brings back memories of those days. It was the 1970s. Our company specialized in restoring the Victorian “gingerbread” to the facades of the city’s townhouses, and I got pretty good at installing cornices, gable brackets, and window hoods, working high above the street.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 14:40
Youth Sue Obama Administration For Allowing Climate Change, Violating Constitutional Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 August 2015 13:21

"We have a moral obligation to leave a healthy planet for future generations."

Twenty-one young people from around the country filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Tuesday accusing the federal government of violating their rights by contributing to climate change through the promotion of fossil fuels.

The plaintiffs, who range in age from 8 to 19, filed their complaint in U.S. District Court in Oregon. The complaint lists numerous defendants, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency"Defendants have for decades ignored their own plans for stopping the dangerous destabilization of our nation's climate system," the plaintiffs said in their complaint, which was filed with the help of the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children's Trust"Defendants have known of the unusually dangerous risk of harm to human life, liberty, and property that would be caused by continued fossil fuel use and increase [carbon dioxide] emissions."

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