Posted on December 22, 2013 By Conan Milner, Epoch Times | December 20, 2013
Is this article correct. Or spoof? how could we miss this one comming?
In a few months regulators are poised to approve the first genetically modified apple. The new fruit is expected in grocery stores as early as 2014.
Made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the Arctic Apple comes in Golden and Granny Smith varieties, with Fuji, Gala, and others to follow. Unlike conventional apples, Arctic does not brown when sliced or bruised.
The Arctic Apple differs from other genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in a very important way: consumers will be able to identify it.
All fresh fruit will be labeled with an Arctic sticker, and processed foods containing more than 5 percent of Arctic Apples will bear the Arctic logo. Only pasteurized products such as juice and sauce will not be labeled.
As big food manufacturers and bioengineering companies spend millions to squash campaigns aimed at identifying GMOs, Okanagan wants its product to stand out in the marketplace.
In a series of videos addressing questions of safety and science, OSF owner, orchardist, and bioresource engineer Neal Carter said that unlike other GMO crops that are designed with traits that only benefit the farmer such as built-in pest control or pesticide resistance, Arctic Apples are designed with the consumer in mind.
Flavr Savr a Failure
OSF is not the first to try this business model. The Flavr Savr tomato, introduced in 1994, was the first commercialized GMO. Initially popular, the tomato was never profitable.
I don't know how I missed this story. Did most of you see this story? I personally think this should be one of the major stories of the year in the USA. A foreign government owning this large of a chunck of a our domestic food production/ processing in the US... Not cool.
I am not trusting of... much I guess. I don't believe media 'stories' and not sure where to search for real news coverage that is not propaganda based.
Chinese State-Owned Company Purchases Smithfield Foods
On September 6, the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment approved a deal valued at approximately $7.1 billion allowing China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd (Shuanghui Group) to officially take ownership of Smithfield, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer. Shuanghui had already purchased all of Smithfield's stock back in May for approximately $4.72 billion. “The deal, which would be the biggest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, still needs shareholder approval at a special meeting scheduled for September 24,” according to Reuters. Shuanghui announced that Smithfield would be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange after the takeover was complete.
One thing that Reuters and other Western media fail to mention is that Shuanghui International Holdings is controlled by the Communist Party of China.
Obama care will not directly impact many businesses in our area as we have very few businesses that employ 50 full time people so the discussion in the local coffee shops is limited.
Please post/share your observations on Obama care impact in your area, your lives, your businesses.
This was spurred on by the news report that the City of Cedar Falls Iowa announced today they are cutting the hours of 59 employees to under 30 hours per wk. This move is direct reflection of Obama care. Obama care defines a full time employee as one that works 30 hours per wk. When an employer reaches the threshold of 50 full-time (30 hours per wk) employees they are required to provide health care (i think free).
The reaction by the City is in an effort to bring the total number of 30 hour per wk employees to below 50 so health care could be dropped and all could receive free Obama care...what ever free means i do not know.
Tagged with this local news story was a similar reaction by many businesses.
How will single mom or sole income earner provide for his/her family by working 29 hours per wk? And how will this impact tax revenue if we have a decrease in revenue per person and fewer tax payers/taxable income. How will it effect/drain our economy? How will the 'free' health care burden our lives and generational lives if we are not working and getting 'free' health care.
I can't get my head around it...someone please lead the discussion and share your local/personal stories on subject... take the conversation anyway you would like. My glass is usually half full. On this subject I need someone to fill my glass a little further so help me get there..show me why my glass is really half full.
Posted on December 4, 2012 Canada Free Press, Robert Rohlfing
$80 Trillion In Unfunded Liabilities The True Noose Around Our Necks
We hear all about the $16 Trillion dollars in debt that our country is in, but the much larger problem and the one that our politicians and citizens do not want to talk about honestly is the $80 Trillion Dollars in Unfunded Liabilities at the federal level.
We all know about how the states and local governments are being swamped by these obligations, but we cannot even have an honest discussion about the true nature of the long term problems that we face because for one reason or another it always turns into a Left - vs -Right you-are-wrong-and-stupid argument. We have those in congress such as Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer who will not even let this be discussed in all the negotiations that we currently hear about going on with the debtcrisis that this government created. It is easy to understand that they do not want to do so as it exposes the blatant mistakes that those in government have made over the years and this includes those from both sides. They are well aware of the true nature of the fact that if we do not address this head on and across the board that we are only just kicking the can down the road further. Eventually that can comes to rest and what you get is an economic collapse.
This is good for public to start this discussion. It is good that media is willing to publish stories on the topic even if the general talk of the article is negative on the idea.
I want to re-state my opinion.... The current secession talk is red vs blue. I understand this. People can discuss on this merit if they wish. This is not why I would like to see the discussion on the split up of the country into various smaller countries.
My position, long b4 the red vs blue discussion, that countries are like businesses and at some point become too big and monopolistic in nature. With this monopolistic bend comes corruption and leaders leading not in the peoples best interest. It allows for too much power to be controlled by too few.
In my view, todays America power structure benefits the elite class and military industrial complex. Is this what we want? Our constitution is a wonder but requires some level of virtue as its backbone. The size and power of our country today leads to something less than virtue.
I can see no down side to dividing up and allowing for states to form separate countries. Can we get some constructive why and why not conversation on the subject.. trying to stay away from red vs blue. I know this red vs blue is polarizing and the temptation would be to bring this into the conversation.
note: I moved to Nebraska 12 years ago. This state is different from all others i have lived. They have a Unicameral, Term limits, pay is 14,000 per year for the senators, no party affiliation and they only serve 60 to 90 days per year.... i like this.. are there other states like this?
Posted on November 20, 2012 By Pastor Roger Anghis
Does anyone know if this type of info is true.. I can't imagine it is, but i do not live in Ohio, Penn, or Florida. If anyone can share details if these statements are true please post. Specifically it would be good to hear from people who live in these area's as If these reports are true it should be news and discussed throughout the community. I know if would be vetted completely if it happened in our community.
In Nebraska we do not get news from these regions so i have no idea what to think. i assume it is propaganda. I am not looking for opinions but specific confirmation from these regions of the country. Is this fact or fiction.
In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions Romney did not get one single vote. Obama got them all. Most dictators can’t get results like that. In Maine they are looking into allegations of voter fraud in several counties where blacks went into polling places to vote but there are no blacks that live in the community.
The worst that I have seen and it was state wide in the pivotal swing state of Florida. State wide had an average voter turnout of an unbelievable 141%. Every county in Florida had a minimum of 114% voter turnout. The nations average voter turnout is around 70% at best. One county in Florida had a turnout of 182.35%.
I have two books open at this time. After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre and Super Fuel by Richard Martin.
Some of you might appreciate both but because fuel/energy is a hot topic today the book Super Fuel; Thorium, The Green Energy Source For The Future is good news for discussion.
Short note from the book to start the discussion; "The more I learn about the lost history of thorium.......the more astonished and outraged I became. Here was an inexpensive, safe, abundant energy source that could power every city on earth, with enough left over for hundreds of millions of electric vehicles, for several millennia. And we are sitting on it, essentially doing nothing."
I have another book shows mineral deposits of North America and there are rich deposits of thorium all over the USA.
Here is a list of many failed or near failed green energy companies that have received tax payer dollars the past several years. Today, green energy supplies less than 1/2% of the total power used by the United States... maybe we should have built a Thorium Reactor instead. China is in the process of building the first.
Did the Federal Reserve really help the economy, especially main street, when they announced QE3? No, but they certainly helped Wall Street.
Everybody is getting all excited about the Federal Reserve's declaration of QE3. My reaction of the announcement was, it won't help much and it's more trickle down policy with the money going to the 1% while the 99% hope to get trickled on. Let's see why it was good for Wall St., but not so much for Main St. below the fold.
The next 6-9 months will be interesting....a new awakening? hopefully....
Who is Obama and why have we been mislead
GMO's..Monsanto brought us PCB's and told us they were safe, they brought us agent orange, white and blue and told us they were safe and they brought us GMO's
Drought and question on chem-trails
The US loosing/ gutting of the manufacturing sector of the our economy
US 29th in world in tech/Internet services with costs that are many times higher than any other country
Wars and the US military industrial complex..Iran/Israel, Iraq etc....
Why is US and the rest of the world in dept...and to who...
The farming tech bomb below has potential for catastrophic effect to the US economy....One of the few sectors of our economy that is profitable is our farm economy
After a French study suggested that rats fed on Monsanto GMO corn suffered tumors, Russian researches plan their own, this time public, experiment. The unique reality show with rats is expected to prove or deny GMO’s health-threatening influence.
The Russian scientists, who oppose genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food, expect that their year-long experiment will show whether the controversial cultivation process has effects as dangerous asFrench revelations claimed on September 19.
Scientists from France’s University of Caen made public the results of their classified study, publishing the images of rats with tumors after they were fed a diet of genetically modified (GM) maize produced by American chemical giant Monsanto.
If you are like me, the news coverage on the EU/Greek Debt crisis leaves one cross eyed. I found this piece that I think explains the issues and outcomes very clearly. And yes, it is important we all understand how this is playing out as we will all eventually be effected and without a deep knowledge we might not know how to appropriately react.
High prices are their own worst enemy. Increased profit margins entice entrepreneurial investment, which results in increased production. Lower market prices inevitably follow. The magic hand of Adam Smith ensures that winners' gains and losers' losses will be temporary, as entrepreneurs correct market imbalances.
We continually are blasted about the house cutting spending and the fight by the opposition to keep the spending in place. I found a simple list of the proposed cuts. Thought I would share as most of us do not know what all the fighting is about.
Below is a list of the proposed cuts. WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING OVER?? This is not enough... there are many other programs and spending that can be cut. from my perspective even the proposed cuts are not enough... what about military spending, other subsidies paid to foreign governments, how about a 10% cut across the board for all departments not listed below, how about benefits and other salary's for federal workers including the our elected officials.
This is slightly off topic but blogs are to be fun... right? Currency is a big topic today throughout the world... here is another twist
What's a Bitcoin?
It's the state-of-the-art in money. It's a new form of electronic money. It's already become "the gold standard" of digital currency.
Ya know how email changed old-fashioned mail forever? Well, Bitcoin is changing money forever.
Based on some old technologies, and some new technologies... Bitcoin is the result of combining... the very state of the art in cryptographic security + the idea of a limited quantity commodity similar to gold and silver (where there's only so much of it) and using it as money + the idea of massive numbers of computers connected by the internet... forming a strong, resilient, indestructible peer-to-peer network. It's called a cryptocurrency.
Since the invention of Bitcoin... Money will never be the same.
Inflation is coming, difficult decisions will be forced upon all of us, and our elected officials. Maybe thegovernment shutting down would be something to cheer about for a period. Obviously it would be a hardship on some but something has to change.... and it will change either by market force or by market planning.... i guess it has been by market planning, but i do not like the people who have been planning the past x years.... the big gorilla is thumping on our heals