Genetic Engineering

The astro-buzz, colony collapse disorder and other discontents

Submitted: May 16, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We have come to use the term "astro-turfing," derived from plastic grass replacing real turf on playing fields and lawns, to describe various types of propaganda from political campaigns or corporate public relations campaigns (if they can be distinguished).

This posting compares one of doubtlessly many similar articles propagated by Monsanto and other pesticide manufacturers  to demonstrate their love and care for bees, and the horrifying statistics of Colony Collapse that plod down the years like the footsteps of doom itself.

 

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Moyers' last interview: in the Public Trust Doctrine

Submitted: Jan 08, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 It was typical of Bill Moyers, the guy who always got it, to end his magnificent career of public broadcasting with an interview on the environment, specifically how the great American environmental law, once the envy of the world's environmentalists, has been largely corrupted -- Badlands has done some documentation on that topic -- and that the whole environmental legal edifice needs to be regrounded in  Public Trust Doctrine. Moyer's guest, Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar from the University of Oregon, has published a book on the topic, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, Cambridge University Press, 2013. -- blj

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Prize winning academic women: what do they do?

Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

This is a story about a highly accomplished scientist at California Institute of Technology, Frances Arnold, who in 2013 received a national medal for technology and innovation from President Barack Obama. It is also a story about women in academia, particularly women in the sciences. Last and least, it is a story about DNA engineering, actually the technology to synthesize DNA and "rewrite the code of life."

There is no doubt that gender competition is always a subject worth discussing, whether it is in the restaurant kitchen or the CalTech chemical engineering department.

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Systemic political lying

Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The greatest threat to political democracy -- from Athens to the US "war on terrorism," -- has always been elites. Since the 18th century, democracy has arisen in step with its competition and nemesis, capitalism. Today's American elite has converted political bribery and lies into "campaign finance contributions" -- the "free speech" of money -- "spin," the political descendant of advertising. However, bribery and deceit remain what they are, fatal to democracy.

Today, we offer two comments on lying, spin and propaganda, the first from politician scientist Sheldon Wolin, the second from investigative reporter Robert Parry. Both are veterans and have personal as well as scholarly perspective on the changing forms of political lying in our culture. Wolin describes the structure of the culture that is producing systemic  political lying in America today. Parry paints a portrait of a practitioner of the form, Richard Stengel, under secretary of state for public diplomacy. Perhaps viewers of "Morning Joe" will remember "Rick" when he was a top Time Magazine editor presenting the Time cover of the week. Butter doesn't melt in Stengel's mouth. -- blj

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Still pathetic after all these years: US and Honey Bee colony collapse

Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Here are four articles about Honey bee colon- collapse disorder, one Russian, one and a partial article American, one Canadian. Scientists actually seem to have found the main cause, a class of nicotinoid pesticides applied to seeds before planting so that they provide protection against later pesticide applications and, incidently, cause serious harm to the nervous systems of bees and other creatures, including humans.

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Not in southwest Oregon

Submitted: May 24, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

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Vermont enacts GMO-labeling law

Submitted: May 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

5-8-14

RT.com

Vermont governor signs first in US GMO-labeling law to go into effect

http://rt.com/usa/157744-vermont-gmo-labeling-signed/


Vermont will become the first state to enact a law requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients after the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon. The bill will go into effect in July 2016.


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The Bear don't want no GMO's either

Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Following the lead of several California counties, the Russians are joining other wimpy nations of the earth in rejecting genetically modified organism seeds and the pesticides that are created to resist, mainly RoundUp. Michael Meachum, former environmental minister in the UK at the outset of the massive invasion of GMO maize in Canada and the US, praised the citizens of North America for their courage in planting and eating these genetically engineered foods without adequate health studies in advance (because Monsanto et al had bought the FDA and its lawyers and flacksters savagely attacked anyone with the temerity to raise a critical voice), he Britons, however, Meachum said, lacked that kind of  courage and would study GMO's more completely than the Canadians and Americans had.

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The Great Khaganess is screwing around with our poultry and grain prices

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The neocon Khaganess of the State Department, Victoria "F**k th EC" Nuland Kagan, remains at her post. Why?

Evidently she is in charge of a neocon cabal in the State Department, the Khaganate of Nulands, intent on realizing a bizarre Khazarian Ravanche campaign to reconquer Ukraine, in part to sell the former Breadbasket of Eurasia to Cargill for the production of Monsanto's genetically modified wheat (which has never been approved in the US), and perhaps alos to make the whole country safe for the construction of Fiddler-On-The-Roof Shtetl Casinos and Retirement Communities (TM) and Last Adventure Tour-Chernobyl geriatric cancer clinics. 

Our point, lest we belabor it with satire, is that the US does not belong there regardless of the agenda of neocons in the federal government. 

Meanwhile, back in that poor, battered and despised world known as Historical Reality, for a number of reasons caused by the Great Khaganess, US grain and poultry producers are beginning to suspect that they've been had again and in a new, different way by the neocon corporatist gummint. Also, Russia is signing gas deals with China instead of the West. -- blj


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US-based agribusiness no stranger in the Ukraine

Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There are two things that most well-read people knew about Russia 40 years ago: they had fought for their warm water port on the Black Sea, Sevastopol; and the Ukraine was one of the great “breadbaskets” of the world, along with the Midwestern states of the US and the Pampas of Argentina. We don’t mean “breadbasket” as it is misused by propagandists for the irrigation and water districts in the San Joaquin Valley; we mean it as one of the great grain growing regions of the world.

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