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Kenya BANS All GMO Foods

Kenya BANS All GMO Foods | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Government has banned the importation of Genetically Modified foods popularly known as GMOs.
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Countries are starting to stand up to biotech ag companies.

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Public hearing: Label GMO in Hawai’i

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There are some states that are demanding to know what has been altered in food and plants.

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Foul Play in the Senate | On Democracy, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Foul Play in the Senate | On Democracy, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Senate's gift to biotech firm Amgen is a brazen example of the crony capitalism that erodes our democracy.
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And lo and behold, among those 74 Amgen lobbyists are the former chief of staff to Senator Baucus and the former chief of staff to Senator McConnell. You get the picture: Two guys nurtured at public expense, paid as public servants, disappear through the gold-plated revolving door of Congress and presto, return as money changers in the temple of crony capitalism.

Inside to welcome them is a current top aide to Senator Hatch, one who helped weave this lucrative loophole. He used to work as a health policy analyst for — you guessed it — Amgen.

 
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Teenager Who Performed At Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony Is The Latest Victim Of Chicago Gun Violence

Teenager Who Performed At Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony Is The Latest Victim Of Chicago Gun Violence | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Less than two weeks ago, Hadiya Pendleton was leading her classmates in the King College Prep School Marching Band down Pennsylvania Avenue on the afternoon of President Obama’s second inauguration.
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This is a sad event and one of only many such events. Mental illness was not likely the cause. Too little to do that develops great character when young, maybe parents, too busy, too tired or not there to get them to healthy events and a culture of hate and fear putting them on the offensive side of life added to a gun in hand most likely caused the gang kids to kill.

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Money is Speech: A Musical History of Campaign Finance

Our latest explainer video, on the storied history of money in politics. You can find the lyrics here: http://www.propublica.org/article/money-is-speech-a-mu...
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Great Mix to make a great point.

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Beyond Bars: Prison Labor, Mass Incarceration, Private Prisons; An Interview with Jesse Lava | The Progressive Press

Beyond Bars: Prison Labor, Mass Incarceration, Private Prisons; An Interview with Jesse Lava | The Progressive Press | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The United States claims the world’s highest incarceration rate. Currently, there are 2.3 million incarcerated people in U.S. Jesse Lava, Campaign Director of
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This is very worth the time it takes to listen and go over this.

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Twitter / Gabbles17: Fig (from my garden), ...

Fig (from my garden), @FairviewWine Chevin and beetroot quiche about to go into the oven! #food #yum http://t.co/czOcMbp3
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This one is for all those that visit my curated food, water, soil and environment site that might have gardens. You just can't have too many ideas on how to use a beet.

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Latest News, Pictures, Video, Multimedia | Gulf News - The Middle East's News homepage

The online version of the United Arab Emirates based newspaper Gulf News and its related publications covering breaking news polls opinion pictures video live weather sport life entertainment and features from Dubai Abu Dhabi Sharjah Ajman Umm Al ...
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This is a news source for those that rarely hear Middle East news and want to know more about what is happening from an insider point of view. Knowledge always helps us make wiser, more informed choices.

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Deadliest ever US sniper killed

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Chris Kyle, a former US Navy seal and Iraq veteran known as the deadliest sniper in US history, is shot dead on a Texas shooting range, police say.
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This story sort of has that old West theme of "Live by the gun die by the gun".

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A Global Platform for Global Issues by Klaus Schwab - Project Syndicate

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As this year's Davos meetings get underway, the need for global cooperation has never been greater, and governments, business, or civil society alone cannot meet our challenges.
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What would the world be like if the "Global Forum Discussion" included more of the global citizens and not just the leaders? I'm also not sure how all these leaders are selected to be declared leaders other than many are in fact elected or royal leaders. This sort of sounds like the days in school when teams were getting picked. Now all we need is to set up the other team for those that get stuck with the role of "followers of these leaders" most not know or want to follow. We need our team and Forum if the other 99.9% of the world wasn't invited to show up at this one. This curator feels individuals choose their own path AND who leads that path. The Davos Forum feels the crisis because they have been leaving the 99.9% of individuals out of the meeting. Speaking for and planning for the 99.9% that weren't invited just screams out that these leaders think what that 99.9% have to say doesn't matter and who wants to follow or support people like that? Maybe they would not be seeing so much global crisis had they included all the world players for the last 40 years in shaping our collective future. They had some successes as Klaus Schwab mentions to make himself feel better but he might have had more reason to celebrate had they brought even 70% or 50% of the rest of the population into the discussion and thinking process.

 

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"For more than 40 years, world leaders have gathered annually in Davos to discuss and advance the most critical issues on the global agenda. This year, the list of problems to be discussed is a long one that includes the unresolved debt problems in the United States and Europe, the troubling global economic outlook, the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, and the bulge in youth unemployment."

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Moctar Aboubacar - Project Syndicate

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The highest-quality commentary and analysis from the world's most distinguished voices.

 

 

(Continuing curation of responses to the World Economic Forum in Davos) 

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Excerpt:A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

Two things worry me about what you are saying.

1) The first objective you lay out sounds nice in theory; countries coming together to cooperate to face current and emerging global problems. But it is not so clear whose resilience is being targeted. When companies in France lay off workers and then have the remainder sign agreements to work longer hours for less pay in exchange for five years of supposedly guaranteed jobs, it is not the worker who is gaining in resilience. 
For the World Economic Forum to dabble in the 'social' is great, but not if it is to further skew current imbalances among economic actors for the sake of a nebulous economic recover.

2) The social responsibility of corporations (when it takes the name CSR) has in a lot of cases been a mixed blessing for developing economies and for the international development/aid agenda. Despite some very successful examples, it has meant in some cases less accountability, less transparency and less sustainable change. These need to be addressed not as a caveat, not as a secondary thought, but as part of the main agenda.
CSR is going on, and will be taking place even without Davos. Davos' role may be more effective if it comes down to more than simply promoting CSR and offering different successful stories and models. Davos could contribute to the growing interest in CSR by nuancing the concept, by showing people the candid failures as well as successes.Excerpt

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Philip Palij - Project Syndicate

Philip Palij - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Graduate in computer science, incorrigible world traveller. General interest in world political affairs sparked after US and UK governments told a pack of lies to the world in order to change the regime in Iraq.

 

 

(These are comments made in response to the Davos Global Economic Forum I will be curating some of the comments)

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A Global Platform for Global Issues  (6 days ago)

We ordinary mortals have had a good look at the effects of economic and geopolitical globalisation and to say the least we are cynical. While cooing bands of billionaires pontificate on their role as self-appointed global trustees at Davos, others of their ilk are buying up futures in grain causing mass starvation through increased prices.

We watch in ever increasing contempt vast mighty corporations avoiding taxes by exploiting weaknesses in the global fabric of the law, beyond it, deliberately so.

We watch the US and its giant corporations despoil the world unchecked, we watch its version of democracy imposed around the globe sick as it is, failing as it is a shell operated by its over mighty financial and corporate institutions.

It is possible you mean well Herr Schawb, your task is a hard one, you and your billionaires will not be able to stop drones murdering innocent civilians in lands few of us can even name.

Globalisation without laws to regulate it or where they are selectively enforced where they already exist makes it a sham.

Globalisation that destroys a nations industry and agriculture such that it cannot feed or clothe itself in times of hardship. That leaves a nations economic decisions in the hands of suited directors in lands far far away, divorced from the cultures they destroy.

No wonder you find the global vision of happy economic families an increasingly difficult sell. To many flaws for we mortals.

You might just have to persuade you delegates to consider a somewhat modified path to enlightenment and a guilt free conscience.

Sincerely

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Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu - World Socialist Web Site

Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu - World Socialist Web Site | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
World Socialist Web Site Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu World Socialist Web Site Netanyahu is still expected to win a second consecutive term as prime minister, but the high rate of participation was motivated in...
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Young riding out recession by going into debt for college: Millennial unemployment jumps by two percent.

Young riding out recession by going into debt for college: Millennial unemployment jumps by two percent. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As the animal spirits of the economy rage wild, there are still difficult challenges ahead for younger Americans.  While the stock market is up highlighting corporate euphoria, many companies are doing this with 4 million fewer workers.  So the economic...
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SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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No Austerity Has Helped Any Economy

No Austerity Has Helped Any Economy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Does Obama serve the predators who finance his elections or does he serve the people who elected him?
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Let's hope they don't go for more austerity in the USA. That really does not seem to be helping at all where they are trying this effort. 

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Paul Krugman Destroys GOP’s Talking Points On Government Jobs

Paul Krugman Destroys GOP’s Talking Points On Government Jobs | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On Sunday, economist Paul Krugman hit back against GOP claims that public sector employment has increased under Obama, and that such jobs consist mainly of wasteful bureaucrats and somehow count less economically than private sector ones.
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YOU Were On Rachel Maddow's Show!

YOU Were On Rachel Maddow's Show! | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In case you missed it, we wanted to share with you this incredible segment from Rachel Maddow's show about the history of MoveOn—how we got started, grew to over 7 million members, and together became such a powerful political force.
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If you were wondering how big the MoveOn group has grown here is a report on that.

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Va. House Republicans Propose $31M for School Security

Va. House Republicans Propose $31M for School Security | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates proposed $31 million in new funding for school security. (Rather than allowing volunteer teachers and administrators to conceal carry, Virginia GOP want to mal-invest $31...
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I think we have our kids locked up far more than we have evil locked out.

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Anonymous X-SecT Exclusive Interview: Hacktivists Explain Criticism Of Attack On USSC. Gov

Anonymous X-SecT Exclusive Interview: Hacktivists Explain Criticism Of Attack On USSC. Gov | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By now, anyone who watches television, reads a newspaper or surfs the Internet has heard of Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that declared war on oppression, child pornography, big government, and Internet censorship.
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Here the hacktivist speak out about their actions.

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What do you spend most of your money on? | ask.fm/kathrynaoife

What do you spend most of your money on? | ask.fm/kathrynaoife | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Food and clothes (What do you spend most of your money on? — Food and clothes http://t.co/IiK50Ybe)
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I thought this was a great question. Simple and straight out asking of what do we value most when we spend money? I would extend that question to ask it two ways. How much is left after survival cost and are those cost even met? When there is money after survival cost what do we value and consider worth  spending money on?

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Are human-caused and natural global warming different? Study says yes.

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A study suggests that human-caused and natural global warming episodes affect rainfall rates differently. The finding could help scientists better forecast what's ahead. (Are human-caused & natural global warming different?
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A discussion of how natural change differs from man made change. 

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Nils-Göran Areskoug - Project Syndicate

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Professor in integrative studies, physician and musician, holding five academic degrees. Strategy adviser on organizational excellence in performance.

 

(Continued curation of comments in response to the Davos Global Economic Forum)

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Excerpt:A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

This year's annual meeting has reached a closure. I watched the tenets during the week. As everyone knows World Economic Forum is a remarkable event. Not the least, it offers a unique arena for dialogue among the ones who govern our world. It brings key stakeholders from government, business and civil society together to speak out frankly on their perceptions of the destiny of the world. Some truly great moments are created when power players, more often restrained at home, feel comfortable on the Alps, and in their chairs around moderators, media, and participating public. The value of providing this informal ground for conversation is immense. I believe the "resilient dynamism" can be found more inside this warm and emotional setting than outside in the cold air. It is difficult for the persons to hide in the spotlight and discussions sometimes trigger a competition towards revealing an even better moral compass for the world to go.

This year I valued hearing a few of the most seasoned and experienced guests. All of them had messages of profound strategic implication. It is rare to encounter people like Henry Kissinger, David Cameron, Mario Draghi, Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and Helle Thorning-Schmidt in the same place. But the “grand unifying visions” requested by Professor Schwab to overcome the crises of the world will more likely come from people who have cultivated their independence and fostered true creativity. The focus on politics and economics needs to be balanced by people rooted in more diverse layers of society, including disciplines like arts and sciences, to allow necessary cross-fertilization of ideas. Dialogues need to become more truly transdisciplinary, not merely exchanging views, and integrating knowledge across a broader variety of experiences. Even Corporate Social Responsibility needs to be driven by ingenious solutions and bold action among entrepreneurial minds. The best potential for change often arises from the greatest minds and such people are not likely to rely on thin economic theory.

Still, there is no place in the world where so many people feel committed to clarifying the prospect of humanity and where the passion for improving the state of the world is shared to that extent, in an atmosphere of global citizenship. 

I feel deeply grateful for the great service to societies around the globe that Professor Schwab and his team do provide in getting some of the best people together at one spot during the annual meetings in Davos.

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Waleed Addas - Project Syndicate

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-{Knowledge Development}- PhD in economics - International Islamic University Malaysia 2006 Masters degree in economics - Essex University 1988 Bachelor degree in economics (Honors) - Middlesex University 1986 -{Professional Experience}- Lead Operations...

 

(This is more curated responses to the Davos Global Economic Forum from people around the world.)

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 A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Excuse me Mr. Schwab, but our problem lies exactly in the above statement! 

As long as the human race keeps thinking that through its own thought-process alone (without any guidance from God) that it will be able to fix the problems of this world, it will continue to face crisis on its way. Did we create this world? No. But we surely messed it up with corruption on earth.

There is only one way for humanity to progress with minimum pain; what I coined as the three R's:

R1: Revelation.....(Complete Guidance for All Humanity)
R2: Reason........(Rational Thought fostered by R1)
R3: Reality.......(Developing the Physical and Social Worlds)

As long as you will all be always stuck between R2 and R3 at Davos, you will never reach a global solution for our global problems.

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The government should act to end child poverty now

The government should act to end child poverty now | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Letters: As End Child Poverty members, we believe it would do better to look harder at how it can actually reduce child poverty now (RT @natalieben: I've got a letter in the Guardian today about food banks: http://t.co/31y8Szwb...
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