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Comment: Monsanto doesn't use Terminator technology (Score 1) 320

by jsrjsr (#49500959) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Yes, Monsanto developed the terminator gene technology.

They have never used it in their products.

Yes, Monsanto enforces their contract that prohibits seed saving by farmers. If farmers want to use seed saved from harvest for the next year's crop, they have to use some other source for their initial seed. Most US and European farmers were already buying seed every year before GMO seed became available. This was less common with soybeans, but the trend was there.

NPR report on the Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds.

Comment: Actually, this varies by state... (Score 1) 629

In Wisconsin, a police officer can interrogate a student who is a minor all he wants unless the student is a suspect, the school district has a policy forbidding it, or the parent is present (and objects). I was surprised to discover this when my son was questioned as a witness before anyone said anything to us about it. My son came home and struggled a bit with explaining that he was questioned by the police. My son has comprehension problems (he's getting better) and I don't think he really understood what was going on.

Comment: Car & Driver Marijuana Test - June, 1980 (Score 1) 328

by jsrjsr (#49074601) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

An interesting article from Car & Driver magazine, June, 1980.

The conclusion?

"The test is over. It's obvious our subjects are as high as they're going to get. It is also obvious—and a little disappointing—that their driving abilities as determined by our two tests have not been particularly impaired, have not shown dramatic deterioration."

Visit the link for more details, including comments by an assistant research scientist specializing in drugs and their effects on driving at the Highway Safety Research Institute in Ann Arbor. (Hint -- the Car & Driver results are consistent with other tests.)

Comment: Re:Pollute the air twice. Once to make bio fuel, (Score 1) 224

by jsrjsr (#48941443) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Every corn growing farmer in the US rotates with soybeans.

Untrue. There are fields near my house that have been in corn continuously for at least 5 years. When the price of corn is high, it's worth buying tons of fertilizer. It probably has all of the bad effects that you write about, but it happens.

+ - Holder Severely limits Civil Forfeiture->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc writes: As most people know, the US has for quite some time let police steal pretty much anything they wanted to, forcing you to (expensively) go to court to get back your stuff. Most of the problems came about because the Federal government let the local cops keep most of what they took.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has changed the rules of that program, making it more difficult for the police to do it under the federal program. They can still use local state programs, but that accounts for only about 57% of the cash taken. Note he did not end the program entirely, he left in some excepts that amounted to about 1% of the current federal program. Still with this action he will have struck a serious blow to a despicable practice that serious newspapers and comedy TV shows decried as nothing more than legalized theft.

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+ - Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: If the holy grail of medieval alchemists was turning lead into gold, how much more magical would it be to draw gold from, well, poop? It turns out that a ton of sludge, the goo left behind when treating sewage, could contain several hundred dollars’ worth of metals—potentially enough to generate millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, and other minerals each year for a city of a million people.
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+ - Verizon Vehicle Aims to Bring OnStar-Like Service to the Rest of Us->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: While you may or may not be a fan of General Motors vehicles, the automaker's OnStar roadside assistance service certainly looks like it could be useful at times. Well, US-based consumers with other makes of cars should soon be able to take advantage of a similar setup, when the just-announced Verizon Vehicle system launches.
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