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Nearly 60 top corporations used loophole to avoid paying billions in US taxes

Nearly 60 top corporations used loophole to avoid paying billions in US taxes | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Verizon and News Corp. are among the dozens of companies listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 that paid a zero percent tax rate in the last year. The so-called effective tax rate is how investors explain the tax a company pays compared to its profit.
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JPMorgan pays $5.1 billion securities settlement to Fannie, Freddie

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JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a $5.1 billion settlement to compensate for misleading the housing finance agencies about risky mortgage securities and home loans it sold them before the housing boom collapsed.
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Fracking alert: New York switches to shale gas

Fracking alert: New York switches to shale gas | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
The US shale revolution has reached the Big Apple, where on Nov. 1 the first gas pipeline in 40 years will be completed in its meatpacking district. While politicians and firms are hungry for cheap gas, residents fear fracking and eco-damage.
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Fukushima whistleblower exposes yakuza connections, exploitation of cleanup workers

Fukushima whistleblower exposes yakuza connections, exploitation of cleanup workers | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Revelations from a Fukushima cleanup worker-turned-whistleblower have exposed the plant’s chaotic system of subcontractors, their alleged mafia connections and the super-exploitation of indigent workers doing this dangerous work.
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Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees. The team’s experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the insects more susceptible to attack by harmful viruses.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:11 PM

Neonicotinoids-new forms of nicotine
Just kidding but it is a very harful pestiside that makes bees more vulnerable to harmful virus attacks. 

Christian Allié's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:42 AM

..........."..............The results we report clearly indicate the need for longer-term toxicity tests, aiming at assessing how the pathogen progression in honey bees is influenced by insecticide residues and by their cumulative effects, both on adults and larvae. A comprehensive and thorough assessment of insecticide impact on bees will significantly contribute to their conservation and to the development of more sustainable protocols of intensive agriculture."

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Pesticide makes invading ants suicidally aggressive

Pesticide makes invading ants suicidally aggressive | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Neonicotinoids change behaviour in ways that could affect spread of invasive species.

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Monsanto nie que ses pesticides soient à l'origine des problèmes de santé en Argentine

Monsanto nie que ses pesticides soient à l'origine des problèmes de santé en Argentine | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it

Monsanto a réfuté que les problèmes de santé apparaissant en Argentine soient liés à ses pesticides et insiste que ses produits sont sains. L'entreprise rejette un rapport d'Associated Press que Monsanto est à blâmer pour une augmentation du taux de cancers et de malformations de naissance.

 

Réagissant à un rapport d'AP ayant enquêté sur les effets des produits de Monsanto en Argentine, l'entreprise a appelé pour plus de contrôle gouvernemental et a attaqué la crédibilité de la recherche.

 

"Si les pesticides sont mal utilisés en Argentine, alors c'est dans le meilleur intérêt de tout le monde, le public, le gouvernement, les fermiers, l'industrie et Monsanto, que le mauvais emploi de ces agents chimiques soit arrêté", a dit l'entreprise de St Louis dans le Missouri.

 

Monsanto a aussi rappelé que le glyphosate, un produit chimique utilisé dans son pesticide RoundUp, a été prouvé être un produit sécure. Le porte-parole de l'entreprise a réfuté la corrélation entre l'utilisation de pesticides et l'augmentation des maladies comment manquant de validité.

 

"L'absence de données sûres rend très difficile l'établissement d'une relation entre l'incidence de maladies et c'est encore plus difficle d'en établir la causalité. A notre connaissance, il n'y a aucune relation de cause à effet" a dit Helscher.

 

AP a conduit une série d'entretiens à travers l'Argentine avec des médecins et des gens qui ont soufferts des effets pervers des pesticides de Monsanto. Il apparaît que dans bien des endroits, les règlementations sont ignorées par les agriculteurs et que des pesticides soient régulièrement utilisés à 30m de zones d'habitation, alors que la distance de sécurité minimum est de 500m.

 

Plus troublant, l'étude a trouvé que la province argentine productrice de soja, Santa Fe, dans le nord de l'Argentine, a vu son taux de cancer augmenter de 2 à 4 fois par rapport à la moyenne nationale. De plus, les chercheurs ont aussi trouvé plus de désordres de la glande thyroïde et de maladies respiratoires chroniques.

 

L'Argentine est le troisième producteur mondial de soja et la quasi totalité de ses cultures proviennent d'organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM).

 

Malgré les affirmation de Monsanto concernant la sécurité de son glyphosate, l'étude a prouvé que celui-ci pouvait être dangereux.

 

Le biologiste moléculaire le Dr. Andres Carrasco de l'université de Buenos Aires a injecté de petits échantillons du produit chimique dans des embryons, ce qui causa un changement de niveau dans l'acide rétinoïque, une substance barrière fondamentale au cancer.

 

Les chercheurs ont observé que les mêmes changements se produisaient chez les grenouilles et le bétail avec des défauts vertébraux habitant les zones où ces produits chimiques sont utilisés. "S'il est possible de reproduire cela en laboratoire, c'est sûrement ce qui se produit sur le terrain en pire, comme nous suspectons que ce soit le cas, ce que nous devons faire est de mettre cette étude sous la loupe."

 

L'Argentine a adopté les méthodes de production de Monsanto il y a 17 ans, achetant dans le marché OGM pour aider à relancer une économie moribonde. Judy Hatcher, présidente de Pesticide Action Network International a dit à AP que considérant l'augmentation des cas de maladies et de graves problèmes de santé dans les zones où les produits sont utilisés et le manque de réglementations, Monsanto devrait offrir plus d'aide.

 

"Comme nous l'avons appris des Etats-Unis, les cultures génétiquement modifiées résistantes à l'herbicide mène à une augmentation de l'utilisation de ce produits et alors que les mauvaises herbes développent une résistance naturelle à ces herbicides, l'industrie produit de plus en plus de produits dangereux pour combattre ces super-mauvaises herbes et les agriculteurs tombent dans le cycle infernal de la spirale aux pesticides."


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Irritated EU leaders voice ‘lack of trust’ with US after spying claims

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EU leaders say their relations with the US have been undermined by reports of NSA spying on European leaders and ordinary citizens. A partnership with America should be built on respect and trust, they said in a joint statement.
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Russell Brand rails against 'corporate and economic exploitation' in viral BBC interview

Russell Brand rails against 'corporate and economic exploitation' in viral BBC interview | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Comedian and political commentator Russell Brand has delivered a scorching diatribe against the current state of politics in an interview this week that quickly went viral, inspiring countless internet users to voice their agreement with Brand.
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K-12 student homelessness in US hits record high - report

K-12 student homelessness in US hits record high - report | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
A record high 1.16 million students in the United States were homeless last year, according to new data from the US Department of Education.
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Spying on Muslims in New York: Huge coalition calls for federal investigation

Spying on Muslims in New York: Huge coalition calls for federal investigation | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Over one hundred organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and dozens of diverse religious and community groups are calling on the New York Police Department to stop spying on the area’s Muslim population.
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Each drone strike creates at least 40 new militants - ex-State Dept. official

Each drone strike creates at least 40 new militants - ex-State Dept. official | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
A former high-ranking official from the Department of State claims that the mass loss of civilian life caused by American-launched drone strikes in Yemen are creating dozens of new militants with each attack.
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Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Germany’s Angel Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande have discussed wiretapping of their communications by America’s NSA. The scandal could push a frustrated EU to change data privacy rules.
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‘Assange the Incurious’: Critics slam Fifth Estate biopic as unrevealing

‘Assange the Incurious’: Critics slam Fifth Estate biopic as unrevealing | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
The Fifth Estate, which cost about $30 mln to make, has raked in a paltry $1.7 mln at the US box office.
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SWAT team raids investigative journalist’s home, confiscates confidential DHS files

SWAT team raids investigative journalist’s home, confiscates confidential DHS files | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
An investigative journalist says federal agents raided her home earlier this year and confiscated the notes she used to report on a government cover-up. Now she fears her sources have been compromised.
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Snowden leaks allege NATO-member spied on Moscow, but Russia-US relations ‘intact’

Snowden leaks allege NATO-member spied on Moscow, but Russia-US relations ‘intact’ | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Reports that a NATO-member country has been spying on Russia will not affect contacts between Moscow and Washington, Russia FM Sergey Lavrov said. The statement follows the latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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Trust through food

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22 October 2013, AlphaGalileo via Universiteit Leiden -- "People’s trust in others increases after eating food that contains the amino acid tryptophan, found in fish, soya, eggs and spinach. Leiden psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her colleagues at the Universities of Leiden and Münster published their findings in Psychological Science.


Serotonin - Colzato and her fellow researchers were the first to investigate whether tryptophan, that stimulates the production of serotonin, has a positive effect on mutual trust. It was already known that the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a role in mutual co-operation. 'Mutual trust is an important condition for co-operation’, says Colzato. ‘Society functions in the first place on the basis of mutual trust. After that, such institutions as the courts and the police come into play.'


Trust game - To determine the effect of tryptophan, the researchers gave one group of test persons orange juice with added tryptophan, while a second group was given a placebo. Subsequently, the test persons played a trust game, a task that is often used to measure how much one test person trusts the other. A trustor was given 5 euros and was free to decide how much of that money he would give to a trustee in each round of the game. The trustor would then receive extra money, but only if the trustee gave him enough money in return. The money transferred to the trustee by the trustor served as an indicator of mutual trust. ..."


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:03 PM

This information could be misused quite easily....

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Pesticide and Parkinsons's - Daily Herald

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Pesticide and Parkinsons's
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I have no idea how many people in Asia commit suicide every year. But the Aug.

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Bad science, good politics? Why the GMO labeling lobby is winning the PR war...

Bad science, good politics? Why the GMO labeling lobby is winning the PR war... | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Despite recent renewed efforts, the food industry does not appear to be winning hearts and minds when it comes to persuading the public of the merits of GM crops, or why mandatory labeling of ingredients derived from them would be a bad idea.

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Greenland lifts ‘zero tolerance’ uranium mining ban

Greenland lifts ‘zero tolerance’ uranium mining ban | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
Warming to foreign investment in the mineral-rich island, Greenland’s parliament has voted to end a 25-year ban on uranium mining to attract buyers like China, the world’s largest importer of natural resources.
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California kid shooting: 13yo with replica assault rifle was shot 7 times in 10 seconds

California kid shooting: 13yo with replica assault rifle was shot 7 times in 10 seconds | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
The shooting death of a 13-year-old California boy believed to be carrying an assault rifle unfolded in no more than 10 seconds, police said. Andy Lopez Cruz, who was later found to be carrying a plastic replica, was struck by seven bullets.
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Dallas cop caught on video shooting mentally ill man fired, charges possible

Dallas cop caught on video shooting mentally ill man fired, charges possible | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
The Dallas Police Department has announced that the officer who shot a mentally ill man, an event that was caught on video, has lost his job and it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether he is charged with a felony.
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Discount clothier Primark extends compensation to Rana Plaza victims

Discount clothier Primark extends compensation to Rana Plaza victims | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
The Primark discount chain will be paying wages for another three months to workers affected by Bangladesh fire and building collapse, considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.
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California cops sued for firing Taser at teenager's testicles

California cops sued for firing Taser at teenager's testicles | THE  SPOT | Scoop.it
A black teenager is suing the city of Richmond, CA after a local police officer reportedly tasered him in the testicles.
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