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Journal: Rand Pudge 1

Journal by iamtheantipudge

racist...

And here's a shout out to Shakrai.. Welcome to my exclusive club. You and your friend there are a matched set. Heh, I guess that shot across the bow somehow hit midships below the waterline. Cool.. Y'all be good now, hea?

+ - Judge Rejects Approval of Biotech Sugar Beets

Submitted by
countertrolling
countertrolling writes "A federal judge has ruled that the government failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of genetically engineered sugar beets before approving the crop for cultivation in the United States. The decision could lead to a ban on the planting of the beets, which have been widely adopted by farmers.
Beets supply about half the nation's sugar, with the rest coming from sugar cane. About 10,000 farmers grow about 1.1 million acres of sugar beets, Mr. Markwart said. That makes it a small crop compared to staples like soybeans and corn.

The Agriculture Department did conduct an environmental assessment before approving the genetically engineered beets in 2005 for widespread planting. But the department concluded there would be no significant impact, so a fuller environmental impact statement was not needed.

But Judge White said that the pollen from the genetically engineered crops might spread to non-engineered beets. He said that the "potential elimination of farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food" constituted a significant effect on the environment that necessitated an environmental impact statement.

In March, Judge White had asked the federal government if the Obama administration would take a different stance in the case than the Bush administration had. The new administration said there would be no change.

There's still hope, isn't there? That we can at least get this stuff labeled properly?"
Cellphones

+ - Mexico to register cell phones 1

Submitted by gringofrijolero
gringofrijolero (1489395) writes ""Starting this Friday, the telephone companies concessionaires must carry out a separate registration and control of its users. In this way, the new mobile user who acquires a cell need to provide their full name, proof of residence, nationality and their fingerprint.

The above, to form the National Register of mobile phone users, which will reduce the commission of crimes via cell phone as extortion, threats, kidnapping, or any of its forms or of any felony related to organized crime.

For their part, more than 70 million users who already enjoy this service, they will have one year to comply with registration and control."

These stories have been going around for a while now. The new twist I see is the fingerprinting. I don't know how much longer it will be before you folks north of the Rio Grande will be doing the same thing, but it appears inevitable. We can expect a sharp rise in cell phone thefts, and lots of false accusations because of this, and our lawyers aren't exactly what you could call "effective"."
The Media

+ - In Defense of the Anonymous Coward

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Doug Feaver has an interesting story in the Washington Post "in defense of the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point and occasionally racist reader comments that washingtonpost.com allows to be published at the end of articles and blogs." Feaver says that during his seven-year tenure as editor or executive editor of washingtonpost.com he kept unmoderated comments off the site but now four years after retiring he says he has come to think that online comments are a terrific addition to the conversation and that journalists need to take them seriously. "The subjects that have generated the most vitriol during my tenure in this role are race and immigration," writes Feaver. "But I am heartened by the fact that such comments do not go unchallenged by readers. In fact, comment strings are often self-correcting and provide informative exchanges." Feaver says that comments are also a pretty good political survey. "The first day it became clear that a federal bailout of Wall Street was a real prospect, the comments on the main story were almost 100 percent negative. It was a great predictor of how folks feel, well out in front of the polls. We journalists need to pay attention to what our readers say, even if we don't like it. There are things to learn.""
The Military

Journal: Surrender Monkeys?

Journal by gringofrijolero

Yeah, right!

France is the only country so far to have intervened successfully for attacked yachts, having used commando type operations to release two previous yachts without any loss of life of the hostages. - emphasis mine

United States

Journal: The uninsured

Journal by gringofrijolero

..."do not provide political benefit for the aid you give them*...If I'm in Congress, and I help out farmers, they'll help me out politically. But if I help out the uninsured, they are not likely to help members of Congress get re-elected."

*They might if you actually give them any.

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