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Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

hide captionVirginia Solera Garcia helps runs the CYD Santa Maria shelter with her sister, Concordia Mrquez, adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.

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Occupy Monsanto Europe

This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs.

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Korea: Not A Good Time To Poke The Dragon

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Korea: Not A Good Time To Poke The Dragon

April 2, 2014: South Korea announced that two small (1.9 meter/six foot wingspan) UAVs found in the last week were definitely North Korean and used commercially available Chinese and Japanese components that any tourist could walk into a store and buy. One UAV was found March 31 ston one of the islands near the maritime border with North Korea. The other one was found south of the DMZ on the 24 th. The UAVs carried high resolution cameras that took pictures when over certain GPS coordinates. The photos found on one UAV included the presidential compound and some military facilities. The other one was photographing military facilities on the island. UAVs this small are hard to spot with radar if they come in very low (under 100 meters/220 feet). South Korea is now going to upgrade its aerial surveillance to handle this new (but not unknown) threat. Israel has a similar problem and has developed technology to deal with it. Since Israel sells a lot of military gear to South Korea, the Israeli solution may already have been offered. It not, it will be pitched now.

The discovery of these North Korea UAVs is another example of why the North Korean armed forces may be large, they are not as powerful or effective as many thing. Take, for example, the North Korean Air Force. By number of combat aircraft it is the fifth largest in the world. The top ten air forces are U.S., China, Russia, India, North Korea, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, and Taiwan. These ten have about 60 percent of the combat aircraft in service. But while the U.S. has only 19 percent of the 15,000 combat aircraft in the world, they have a far higher percentage of the air combat capability. This becomes clear when you take into account the quality of the aircraft, pilots and support services. Thus just concentrating on who has the most of the latest aircraft does not tell the whole story. For example, Israel does not make the top ten because it only has 244 active combat aircraft while number 10 Taiwan has 286. But the Israeli aircraft are not only all updated (and sometimes enhanced) F-15s and F-16s, but Israeli pilots are the most well trained and combat experienced in the world. Israel has lived in a war zone for over half a century and its combat pilots know that being the best is a matter of life and death for themselves and Israel as a whole. So the 414 Egyptian combat aircraft put it at number six on the top ten list but decidedly beneath Israel when it comes to combat capability. If you adjust for aircraft, pilot and support quality the top ten is more like U.S., Russia, China, India, Israel, South Korea, Japan, France, Taiwan and the UK. Pakistan, Egypt and North Korea fall out of the top ten, depending on how you rate each nations qualitative characteristics. Moreover those adjustments for aircraft, pilot and support quality leave the U.S. with up to 50 percent or more of the combat capability instead of just 19 percent of combat aircraft. When you make these adjustments South Korea ends up with more than twice the air combat capability compared to North Korea.

Get Out Of Jail Free

North Korea is now requesting people in the capital to attend voluntary indoctrination sessions to help rid themselves of any evil ideas from South Korea. This includes the absurd idea that people live better in the south. The northern government is particularly afraid of religion and people returning from legal visits to China are now being questioned to see if they might have come in contact with the many Korean speaking Christians over there. If the interrogators suspect such contacts were made and the North Korean victim was contaminated the person is arrested and sent off to a labor camp to be cured (or die in process). On the positive side, any returned traveler who supplies useful information on defectors in China gets rewards (most frequently an unofficial get out of jail free promise for any future infractions.)

There are many more opportunities for getting into trouble. For example, as the planting season arrives it becomes obvious that the government has changed its policy on private use of land. Many factories are now allowed to lease out much of their farmland to individuals who can then raise crops and sell most of them in the markets. Factories and many government organizations (including the military) have long had farmland assigned to them where they were expected to raise all or much of the food their personnel required. Members of the organization volunteered to work the land in addition to their other duties. That did not produce a lot of food but privately worked land does. Policies like this are working, much to the dismay of hardline communists in the government. On the downside the new entrepreneurial class is more visible, with many new homes being built outside the capital and other cities. Other signs are government factories treating their workers better, including large pay increases, to prevent workers from seeking employment in the expanding market economy. The factory managers were surprised to discover that the higher pay and better treatment resulted in higher productivity by the workers. To many North Korean officials the market economy is a real mystery and most dont know what to expect when they are forced to operate by market rules.

In some cases the growing entrepreneur spirit backfires. For example, officials are finding more government property disappearing. This includes part of buildings. Its usually factories or other facilities that have been closed, but in some cases it is buildings that are still in use. Most of the time the foraged (as practitioners like to call it) material ends up in the market, but in some cases the stuff is used to comply with the latest government directive for a locality to help with a construction project and to supply some of the building materials.


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Tips On Trips Spots The Hot Trends In Summer Programs For Teens

Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) February 28, 2014 Summer programming for teens has become a very competitive industry.

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Corn is for cows, not for cars

Written by: Sharief Ali on May 19, 2008.

The search for alternative fuels diverting attention from a more pressing and critical issue

A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on an adventurous summer trip to Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. One of the most glaring differences anybody will notice when they travel across Europe, or any other continent for that matter, is the size of the average vehicle on the road.

Everything in America is huge.

Whether it is big cars, big houses or big buildings, its obvious that we live in a land of consumption. To live in a land of pure consumption, vast quantities of energy are needed, and thats where the problem lies. The U.S. consumes about a quarter of the oil produced worldwide. That is more than the entire continent of Europe.

As a result, the issue of energy resources and consumption has been at the forefront of the presidential race this year. Up there with critical issues like the slumping U.S. economy, terrorism and the war in Iraq has been the issue of alternative energy resources. Americans know that there is a finite source of oil left on the planet, and at the current rate of energy consumption, the cost of energy will rise even more. The pain that Americans are feeling at the gas pump can only get worse. After paying higher gas prices, Americans are now behind the green movement, which calls for conservation of energy and the use of alternative energy.

However, there is one big problem that most Americans dont think about, and that is the cause of our energy concerns. The problem is not just that we use too much energy with our current lifestyles. The problem is that the rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. What does that mean?

For the last two decades, the U.S. has been the sole superpower in the world. As such, we were undoubtedly the superior political, military and economic power in the world. The U.S. is not declining greatly, but the rest of the world is catching up. As a result, booming populations in developing countries like China and India seek access to more resources as their countries become more economically powerful. Basically, the billions of people in these countries want to move up the food chain, and the energy chain, so to speak.

This creates a huge problem for the U.S. because it forces us to seek alternative energy resources, such as ethanol gas, which is made from corn. In the beginning, ethanol was heralded as one of the new alternative fuel resources for the U.S., but recently, ethanol has been strongly criticized as being one of the main causes of rising food prices in the U.S.

According to the American Coalition for Ethanol, these assertions are flat-out wrong. In an article on the coalitions website, they claim that ethanol is only responsible for about 3 percent of the rise in the cost of food.

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Teeth left behind by extinct Dimetrodon give important clues (+video)

Paleontologists have found the earliest evidence yet of serrated teeth, housed in the jaws of a Permian-period creature extinct for millions of years that was a distant cousin of today’s mammals. Researchers have uncovered the earliest fossil evidence yet for serrated teeth in vertebrates

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Barnaby Joyce risks Liberal rift over anti coal seam gas comments


“The letter [from Barnaby Joyce] asks the premier to consider Mullaley group’s request that the Liverpool Plains be ”off limits to any CSG infrastructure””. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has risked opening a new rift with Liberal cabinet colleagues by telling an anti coal seam gas group he will fight against the CSG industry’s plans for the food-producing Liverpool Plains.

Fairfax Media has learnt Mr Joyce wrote a letter to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on Christmas Eve on behalf of the Mullaley Gas & Pipeline Accord, a member of the Lock the Gate Alliance, fighting plans by miner Santos to tap fertile cropping country south of Gunnedah.

The letter asks the premier to consider Mullaley group’s request that the Liverpool Plains be ”off limits to any CSG infrastructure”.


Santos holds two lucrative petroleum exploration licences over the Liverpool Plains and plans to drill into a giant coal-seam ”fairway” after it develops the less-productive Pilliga forest near Narrabri.

In his letter, Mr Joyce asks Mr O’Farrell to think about revoking PEL 1 and PEL 12 licences.

Any push to quarantine an entire farming area from CSG would be a direct challenge to the Liberal Party and the powerful mining lobby.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said in September he wanted to see ”every molecule” of gas extracted. He has established a taskforce to find a way to cut through red tape and protests to get CSG production happening in the state.

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Developing nations must act to stop obesity epidemic: WHO

GENEVA: Tighter economic policies and proper regulation can help governments prevent overweight and obesity epidemic in their respective countries – saving the people from serious long-term health consequences including diabetes, heart disease stroke and cancer.

Governments could slow – and even reverse – the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to new research.

“Countries (like India) where the diet is transitioning from one that is high in cereals to one that is high in fat, sugar and processed foods need to take action to align the food supply with the health needs of the population,” cautioned Francesco Branca, director of the department of nutrition for health and development at the World Health Organization ( WHO).

“Unless governments take steps to regulate their economies, the invisible hand of the market would continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity,” added lead author Roberto De Vogli from University of California.

The researchers from the US and Ireland looked at the effects of deregulation in the economy – including the agricultural and food sectors – and the resulting increase in fast food transactions on obesity over time.

They took a novel approach of taking data on the number of fast food transactions per capita from 1999 to 2008 in 25 high-income countries and compared them with figures on body mass index (BMI) over the same time period as an indication of fast food consumption.

A person with BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight, while one with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

The researchers found that while the average number of annual fast food transactions per capita increased from 26.61 to 32.76, average BMI increased from 25.8 to 26.4.

Thus, each 1-unit increase in the average number of annual fast food transactions per capita was associated with an increase of 0.0329 in BMI over the study period.

The BMI figures also reveal how widespread the problems of overweight and obesity are and that people living in the 25 countries are, on average, overweight and have been for the last 15 years, said the study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Colonial Partners in Israel’s Crimes

Jan 27 2014 / 10:46 pm

By Vacy Vlazna

Imperialism after all is an act of geographical violence Edward Said

Is it just me, or do you also see a thread of colonial superiority and racism binding US, Australia, Canada to Israel?

Think about it. All are ex-British colonies and like Israel, have a shameful history of genocide committed against their respective Indigenous Peoples and all continue to treat their First Peoples as third class citizens.

I cant speak for the US and Canada, but, apart from realpolitik and arms trade, an underlying colonial arrogance goes a long way to explain why my civilised democratic Australian government is complicit in granting Israel impunity to daily perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity against generations of Palestinian families.

The tragic past and near narratives of the suffering of unspeakable colonial atrocities against Indigenous Palestinians and Indigenous Australians bear close resemblance and are written in blood and great injustice.

Just as Israels Independence Day and the Palestinian Nakba Day (in remembrance of deportation and dispossession) have a bloody symbiosis, Australia Day or Invasion Day, on the 26th January, is celebrated or mourned according to the victors or the vanquished.

Both Israeli and British colonists took the terra nullius doctrine empty land approach to justify their brutal occupations and wholesale land theft of Palestine and Australia. Israel boasts it made the desert bloom though for centuries Palestine traded in olives, oil, quinces, pinenuts, figs, carob, cotton, dates, indigo, artichokes, citrus fruit, almonds, mint sumach and much more. In Australia the Aborigines maintained their food supply with a sophisticated management of the land with fire.

The island, named Australia by British invaders and colonists, was home to almost a million peoples of, at least, 200 nations that traced their ancestry back 60 millennia along spiritual songlines of the land to the Dreaming to Creation.

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15 October 2011 global protests – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 15 October 2011 global protests were part of a series of protests inspired by the Arab Spring, the Icelandic Revolution, the Portuguese “Gerao Rasca”, the Spanish “Indignants”, the Greek Protests and the Occupy movement and launched under the slogan “United for #GlobalChange”, to which the slogan “United for Global Democracy” was added by many people’s assemblies.[3][4][5] The protest was first called for by the Spanish Plataforma Democracia Real Ya! in May 2011 and endorsed by people assemblies across the world.[6] Reasons were varied but mainly targeted the growing economic inequality, corporate influence over government and international institutions and the lack of truly democratic institutions allowing direct public participation at all levels, local to global. Global demonstrations were held on 15 October in more than 950 cities in 82 countries.[7][8][9][10] The date was chosen to coincide with the 5-month anniversary of the first protest in Spain. General assemblies, the social network n-1,[11][12]mailing lists, Mumble voice chat, open pads such as Pirate Pad and Titan Pad and Facebook were used to coordinate the events

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