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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Calls for Real Food Transparency for American Consumers

Rep. Gabbard has co-sponsored H.R.913 - Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that genetically engineered food and foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/913/text

Published on Jul 14, 2016: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Real Food Transparency for American Consumers

Refreshingly consistent: July 2015-Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls for labeling of GMO food on the House Floor

Published on Jul 23, 2015: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) calls for common-sense labeling of GMO foods and urges colleagues to vote against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would roll back years of progress in ensuring that food with genetically engineered ingredients is properly labeled.

"The DARK Act actually stands in direct contradiction to the wishes of almost 90% of Americans across the country. This legislation makes a mockery of transparency and leaves U.S. consumers in the dark."

More Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/tulsipress/videos
Official House Page: http://gabbard.house.gov/
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Jul 17, 2016, 12:16 AM (29 replies)

Electric cars, not so green after all

(Should read: Battery Only Electric Cars, Not So Green After All)

By Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg

Tesla Motors and General Motors’ Chevrolet are preparing to bring out mass-market electric cars next year. If you plan to buy one and help save the planet, people who live near the Atacama salt flat ask that you spare a thought for the flamingos.

The vehicles will be powered by rechargeable batteries containing lithium, a silver-white metal found in brine deposits under the world’s driest desert in northern Chile. The 1,200-square-mile Salar de Atacama is also known for wild flamingos, who feed and breed in its lagoons. Some locals say that miners sucking water out of the earth to get to the lithium are starving the long-legged birds in the process.

A worker cleans a pipe at a brine pool of the Rockwood lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

“They are pumping up an absurd amount of water,” says Rolando Humire Coca, a biochemist who heads the Naturalist Society of San Pedro de Atacama and is a member of Chile’s National Institute for Human Rights. “If they keep using the same methods to extract water, the consequences will be disastrous. All forms of life will be destroyed.”

Satellite images indicate that some lagoons and meadows in the salt flat are shrinking or drying up, while the Chilean Forestry Commission has recorded a drop in the flamingo population. A parliamentary commission set up this year to look into the depletion of water resources across the country has yet to draw any tie to the lithium miners, leaving it to the local community to try and drum up interest in the fate of the flamingos.

The activists have asked the congressional commission for more research into the impact on water resources as they see their ancient way of life disappearing, while the companies say their own monitoring systems show little to no impact...snip
Read More: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/218050/electric-cars-not-so-green-after-all

The good stuff: a worker showing a sample of lithium carbonate processed from the Rockwood Lithium mine. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

UK Guardian: How South America's lithium triangle is gearing up to feed our battery addiction

23 March 2016: ‘White petroleum’ powers everything from electric cars to mobile phones, and half the earth’s resources come from the salt flats of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia

Far from the soy and cattle that dominate its vast fertile pampas, Argentina harbours another valuable commodity that is rocketing in price and demand and luring newly welcomed foreign investors.

Lithium, the so-called “white petroleum”, drives much of the modern world. It forms a small but essentially irreplaceable component of rechargeable batteries, used in consumer devices like mobile phones and electric cars. It also has pharmaceutical and other applications. Over half of the earth’s identified resources of the mineral are found in South America’s “lithium triangle”, an otherworldly landscape of high-altitude lakes and bright white salt flats that straddles Chile, Argentina and Bolivia...

...Chile, though, is popular with investors for its free market credentials, while the dry desert climate is “perfect” for lithium production, said Brian Jaskula, a US Geological Survey mineral commodity specialist. The key lithium site in Chile is the vast Salar de Atacama salt flat, where local firm SQM and foreign-owned Rockwood have operations. SQM was privatised in the 1980s during General Augusto Pinochet’s regime and a former son-in-law of the late dictator owns a controlling stake. But it is on uneasy terms with the current leftist government. In the last two years, it has run foul of authorities over market manipulation and dubious tax invoices, and is in arbitration with economic development agency Corfo over royalties...snip
Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/23/battery-lithium-south-america-chile-argentina-bolivia

This article doesn't even mention the fact that most people charging their battery only electric cars are using electrons generated by burning coal.

Hydrogen > Lithium Batteries. Greener, cleaner and you don't need to pump water out of salt flats
Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 05:01 PM (1 replies)

Consumer Reports- Tesla's Autopilot: Too Much Autonomy Too Soon

Consumer Reports calls for Tesla to disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer

By Consumer Reports July 14, 2016

Following a series of crashes, one of which was fatal, Tesla Motors, the automaker known for its high-performance electric vehicles and envelope-pushing technology, is now under intense scrutiny for the way it deployed and marketed its Autopilot driving-assist system.

The company’s aggressive roll-out of self-driving technology—in what it calls a “beta-test”—is forcing safety agencies and automakers to reassess the basic relationship between human drivers and their increasingly sophisticated cars. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent a letter to Tesla requesting detailed information about Autopilot, including any design changes and updates to the system, as well as detailed logs of when the system has prompted drivers to take over steering...snip

...The Florida crash has prompted investigations by NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla failed to tell investors about the crash in a timely fashion.

While the exact cause of the fatal accident is not yet known, the incident has caused safety advocates, including Consumer Reports, to question whether the name Autopilot, as well as the marketing hype of its roll-out, promoted a dangerously premature assumption that the Model S was capable of truly driving on its own. Tesla’s own press release for the system announced “Your Autopilot has arrived” and promised to relieve drivers “of the most tedious and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel.” But the release also states that the driver “is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car.”...snip
Read More: http://www.consumerreports.org/tesla/tesla-autopilot-too-much-autonomy-too-soon/

Road and Track: Now a Third Tesla Crash Is Being Blamed on Autopilot


...Since the system was not designed for roads without adequate lane markers, it's possible that the Autopilot system may have disengaged on the fly due to lack of visual data. It's also possible that the driver was not paying attention when the car disengaged Autopilot, and was not able to react fast enough to avoid the crash...

SEC Investigating Tesla for Possible Securities-Law Breach

Authorities probing whether auto maker should have disclosed Autopilot-related crash to investors

WSJ July 11, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla Motors Inc. breached securities laws by failing to disclose to investors a fatal crash in May involving an electric car that was driving itself, a person familiar with the matter said, heightening scrutiny of how the company handled the information...

...The SEC is scrutinizing whether Tesla should have disclosed the accident as a “material” event, or a development a reasonable investor would consider important, according to the person familiar with the matter. The SEC’s inquiry is in a very early stage and may not lead to any enforcement action by regulators, the person said....

Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 04:45 AM (4 replies)

Environmentalists Uncover Documents Revealing Feds Quietly Permitted Gulf Fracking

The federal government has been permitting offshore fracking in the Gulf with no site-specific analysis of the threats to imperiled species or the environment.

Alternet, Sabrina Canfield July 8, 2016

Federal regulators quietly gave the green light to more than 1,200 oil company fracking operations in the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014, according to documents environmentalists obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

At least 630 wells were fracked along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during that four-year period, and more than 76 billion gallons in fracking waste were dumped into the Gulf in 2014 alone, the documents show.

They were obtained as part of an agreement between the federal government and the Center for Biological Diversity to settle a lawsuit challenging the government's failure to disclose documents under the FOIA detailing the scope of offshore fracking.

The center in turn shared the data obtained with Courthouse News Service.

Shell, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and BP are among the companies fracking in the deep waters off the Gulf Coast, according to a separate document, which was obtained by Al Jazeera and placed online...snip
Read More: http://lwww.alternet.org/environment/environmentalists-uncover-documents-revealing-feds-quietly-permitted-gulf-fracking

Drill Baby Drill!

Posted by nationalize the fed | Mon Jul 11, 2016, 07:02 PM (3 replies)

More Tesla Autopilot crashes surface; NHTSA to investigate another

Green Car Reports.com by John Voelcker, July 7, 2016

With details about a fatal May 7 crash of a Tesla Model S operating on Autopilot continuing to garner news coverage, more crashes with Autopilot engaged appear to be surfacing.

Most notably, the NHTSA has said it will investigate a crash on Friday, July 1, in which a Tesla Model X ran off the road and rolled over.

The owner says it was operating on Autopilot, but Tesla Motors issued a statement yesterday saying its data showed no signs of that.

The emergence of more crashes, some of which had been discussed on Tesla owner forums, was reported yesterday by The Wall Street Journal.

From the Tesla Motors Club Forums:
Another Model X crash, driver says autopilot was engaged

One such case involved a Model S owner whose Autopilot had driven the car along an Interstate highway for 17 minutes when he began to review some papers.

When he looked up, his car was heading straight for a truck parked in his lane. He swerved, but hit the truck. The car was totaled....snip
Read More: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1104865_more-tesla-autopilot-crashes-surface-nhtsa-to-investigate-another

Related: UK Guardian: Elon Musk's self-driving evangelism masks risk of Tesla autopilot, experts say

Tesla’s ambitious futurism has earned it loyal fans – but after the death of a driver using autopilot, some say the company should be more explicit about limitations...snip

...But in January, just a few months after he chastised drivers for “some fairly crazy videos on YouTube” of hands-free hijinks, Musk told reporters that the Model S was “probably better than humans at this point in highway driving”. Before the updated autopilot was released, he said that the car was “almost able to go [between San Francisco and Seattle] without touching the controls at all”.

In April, he distracted fans and reporters from the news of a recall of 2,700 Model X SUVs with a joking tweet comparing autopilot to the video game Mario Kart.

Talulah Riley, Musk’s wife, shared and deleted an Instagram video of herself driving on the highway between Los Angeles and San Diego without holding the wheel...snip
MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/02/elon-musk-self-driving-tesla-autopilot-joshua-brown-risks

Tesla's Model S Autopilot is AMAZING!

Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Jul 10, 2016, 01:28 AM (8 replies)

Nuclear Power: Totally Unqualified to Combat Climate Change

Rinaldo S. Brutoco September 14, 2014

An Open Letter from the World Business Academy to leading climatologist Dr. James Hansen regarding his advocacy of nuclear power as a solution to global warming.

My colleagues and I at the World Business Academy have followed climate activism for many years and its on-going campaign to restrain the coal and oil industries. Research, congressional testimony, and activism by numerous climatologists to address climate change has brought this very real global threat into the public consciousness and set the stage to develop a strategy for preserving human civilization as we know it. A December 2013 study, “Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate Change’: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature,” has further articulated a higher, more urgent imperative for immediate climate remediation.(1)...snip

...It is our contention that those who tout nuclear power as a carbon-free solution to global warming are missing the forest and the trees. First, the forest: nuclear power plants continuously emit low levels of cancer-causing strontium-90 radiation during “normal” operations, and higher levels when there are serious problems such as the continuing leakage of radioactive water from the tsunami-damaged reactors at Fukushima, or the radiation leak that lead to the instantaneous closure of the San Onofre nuclear reactor in Southern California in January 2012(8). Today, even as radiation levels surge in Japan, media pundits discuss the dangers of radiation as if radiation sickness were limited to instances in which people experience nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or death. This is false. A host of studies show that radioactive emissions of deadly strontium-90 during nuclear plants’ routine operations increase cancer rates among those who live near the plants, especially in women and children.(9) (See Appendix A, Average Strontium-90 in U.S. Baby Teeth, 1954-2013.)

Working with leading researchers in the field, the Academy commissioned its own health study examining the impact on the local population from Strontium-90 emissions occurring at the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility.(10) By examining publicly available health data broken out by zip code, a stark trend emerged: the local population in the hot zone has been getting sicker every year the plant has been operating. Our study demonstrates the urgent need for sincere investigation into the effects of the radioactivity released by the 100 active nuclear power plants in the US and the many hundreds more around the globe. But while we think nationally and globally, we intend to continue to act locally to rid our state of this nuclear nemesis.

Next, the trees: Nuclear power plants are not “carbon free.” They do not emit carbon or other greenhouse gases as they split atoms during the fission process, but their carbon footprint must be assessed on the basis of their complete nuclear fuel life cycle. Significant amounts of fossil fuel are used indirectly in mining, milling, uranium fuel enrichment, plant and waste storage construction, decommissioning, and ultimately transportation and millennia-long storage of waste. There is plenty of carbon in that footprint that is rarely acknowledged, computed, or mediated. In addition, the nuclear industry’s false refrain that nuclear power plants have no carbon footprint is an attempt to obscure the fact that nuclear power plants’ radiation footprint is far more lethal than the carbon footprint of any other industry. Additionally, the industry’s rhetoric masks the astronomical costs for thousands of years of storage that could be better invested in rapidly developing renewable fuels with a zero carbon footprint like solar, wind, geothermal, and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, which don’t carry harmful, let alone lethal, side effects....snip

Read More: https://worldbusiness.org/nuclear-power-totally-unqualified-to-combat-climate-change/

Related: Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths
By Mark Diesendorf on 22 April 2016

Don’t believe the spurious claims of nuclear shills constantly putting down renewables, writes Mark Diesendorf. Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world’s electricity demand – but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry

Nuclear energy and renewable energy (RE) are the principal competitors for low-carbon electricity in many countries. As RE technologies have grown in volume and investment, and become much cheaper, nuclear proponents and deniers of climate science have become deniers of RE.

The strategies and tactics of RE deniers are very similar to those of climate science deniers. To create uncertainty about the ability of RE to power an industrial society, they bombard decision-makers and the media with negative myths about RE and positive myths about nuclear energy, attempting to turn these myths into conventional wisdom. In responding to the climate crisis, few countries have the economic resources to expand investment substantially in both nuclear and RE. This is demonstrated in 2016 by the UK government, which is offering huge long-term subsidies to nuclear while severely cutting existing short-term subsidies to RE...snip

Myth 8: Nuclear energy emits no or negligible greenhouse gas emissions.

Neither nuclear energy nor most renewable technologies emit CO2 during operation. However, meaningful comparisons must compare whole life-cycles from mining the raw materials to managing the wastes. Nuclear physicist and nuclear supporter Manfred Lenzen found average life-cycle emissions for nuclear energy, based on mining high-grade uranium ore, of 60 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour (g/kWh), for wind of 10–20 g/kWh and for natural gas 500–600 g/kWh...snip


...The pro-nuclear and anti-RE myths disseminated by nuclear proponents and supporters of other vested interests do not stand up to examination. Given the political will, RE could be scaled up long before Generation 3 and 4 nuclear power stations could make a significant contribution to electricity supply.
Read More: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/renewable-energy-versus-nuclear-dispelling-the-myths-48635

Nuclear Power: A Mistake in Search of a Mission
Posted by nationalize the fed | Tue Jul 5, 2016, 04:28 PM (2 replies)

BBC Panorama: Why We Voted to Leave--Britain Speaks

Adrian Chiles goes home to the West Midlands to meet Leave voters from both sides of the political divide and find out why Britain voted for Brexit.

He discovers an unlikely alliance of young and old, wealthy and non-wealthy, white and non-white, who all share a belief that their views have not so far been listened to by mainstream politicians. Adrian learns about their lives and their concerns about immigration, jobs and feeling excluded from the benefits of an increasingly globalised world. He also meets Remain voters who blame the Breixters for pushing Britain into crisis.

As the nation reels from the fallout of the Referendum result, Adrian's journey across the region shows just how divided Britain has become.

Watch Online (UK IP's) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07k7m4x/panorama-why-we-voted-to-leave-britain-speaks

Listen to some of the people that actually voted instead of the Establishment for a different point of view. Of course, some (many?) people didn't like the programme at all.

Youtube (While it lasts): Why We Voted to Leave Part 1

Part 2

BBC Panorama online http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t14n

Posted by nationalize the fed | Mon Jul 4, 2016, 11:00 PM (3 replies)

Tell-all book alleges that Facebook is rife with sexism and run like a "North Korean cult"

TechSpot By Rob Thubron on July 1, 2016

Facebook may seem like a cool place to work, and Mark Zuckerberg can come across as quite likable and approachable. But according to a tell-all book by an advertising manager that was fired by the company, both these assumptions are far from the truth.

Antonio Garcia Martinez has released a book today called “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley." In it, he alleges that working for the social network was like being in a North Korean-style cult with Zuckerberg taking the role of the unquestioned leader.

It’s claimed that Zuckerberg had a tendency to explode and swear at staff, leading to them nicknaming him “the little emperor.” Martinez also claims that the CEO has a KGB-like internal police force called “the Sec,” which monitored every move staff made.

"We had slogans on the walls, we were all wearing a uniform," he told CBS This Morning. "It all felt very North Korean or Cuban, almost. And so in that moment, I just realized... the motive force in history, which is one egomaniac's twitchy drive and then the common man's desire to be part of a compelling story -- which is what we were, we just were bit players in Zuckerberg's story."

The former employee claims that Zuckerberg possesses a stare that “borders on the psychopathic.” In one extract, Martinez writes how...
Read More: http://www.techspot.com/news/65429-tell-all-book-alleges-facebook-rife-sexism-run.html

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

According to SAI sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

(Redacted Friend's Name): What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

Posted by nationalize the fed | Mon Jul 4, 2016, 05:17 AM (20 replies)

Most everyone here loved Greenwald

during the Bush years because he was one of the most hard hitting columnists on the net. Go back a few years: http://www.salon.com/writer/glenn_greenwald/

But then 2009 came, and instead of twisting his principles like a pretzel he kept writing about the same things (drone bombs, war, MIC) and his popularity sank like a rock. People may one day pretend to care about those things again but anyone paying attention will see right through their fake concerns.

"Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything"
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Jun 26, 2016, 09:33 PM (0 replies)

Guardian: Petition for second EU referendum may have been manipulated

Data shows people from countries including Iceland and Tunisia backed petition that should be signed only by Britons and UK residents

Nicola Slawson UK Guardian
Sunday 26 June 2016 09.18 EDT

A petition calling for a second EU referendum which has gained more than 3 million signatures is under investigation by parliamentary authorities.

The House of Commons petitions committee has confirmed that 77,000 signatures, which were added fraudulently, have been removed. A tweet by the committee said that it would continue to monitor the petition for suspicious activity.

The request for another referendum on the parliament’s official petitions website should have been signed only by British citizens and UK residents.

However, the petition’s data showed signatories from countries around the world, including Iceland, the Cayman Islands and Tunisia, and in some cases there are more signatures than total population.

Despite Vatican City, a tiny city state, having a total population of just 800, over 39,000 residents of Vatican City appeared to have signed the petition....snip

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/26/petition-for-second-eu-referendum-may-have-been-manipulated

New Rule (Per Globalists): If an election doesn't turn out the way you want, lie about it, call people that didn't vote your way "dumb" and then try again- with "help"!
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Jun 26, 2016, 06:36 PM (7 replies)
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