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Submission + - Judge Rejects Approval of Biotech Sugar Beets

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?"

Submission + - Mexico to register cell phones 1

gringofrijolero 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

Submission + - In Defense of the Anonymous Coward

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 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 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 Journal: Surrender Monkeys?

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 Journal: The uninsured

..."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.


Journal Journal: The time has come for us to say sayonara 1

My heart will always be yours for eternity
I knew some time we'd have to say sayonara
So promise that...
Uhh, Colonel, fair is fair. If I nail Hotlips and punch Hawkeye, can I go home?
I'll remember our romance until the day that I die
I'll see your face in the moon and stars in the sky...

Comment First (Score 5, Insightful) 161

Demand that all service providers act as common carriers, or "dumb pipes", if you will. To insure access for everybody, the basic infrastructure must be managed by a publicly accountable entity, the government, just like the roads. And these "roads" must accept all kinds of traffic. No tiering, no filtering, none of that. The "last mile" can be leased out to those who will accept these conditions. We need consumer protection with real teeth. They won't do it unless they hear from us. So speak up, and speak LOUD. I am formulating my letter at this very moment. To those of you who want to leave it up to the market, I respectfully remind you of the AM stereo debacle, and American cell phone service.

Comment Re:RTFS?? (Score 1) 904

My position is that you have no right to tell a person where he can be simply because of the misfortune of his place of birth! It's no different than racism, sexism, or any other of those things. It's Jim Crow on a grand scale. And it doesn't matter if you watch FOX or not. I do sometimes. So I can tell you that you are merely echoing their tiresome bullshit.


Comment Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (Score 1) 34

Likely- they already charge pregnant women..

That sucks! In that case they should price it like the pound. And that would give good incentive for some to go on a diet :-)

Well, in natural law- most siamese twins didn't make it to the age of reason...

That's what I was thinking. It is a mutation of sorts, and mutants rarely survive.

But based on the success often of medical intervention to separate such twins, I'd treat them as two people.

Okay, but they are two equals. I doubt very much one could call for the other to be killed or "aborted". Though sometimes that is necessary for the other to survive.

Not if she's being forced into it due to being unable to care for the child...

Well, she can always check into the ER :-), give birth, and run off...The "force" to abort is still an internal decision.

It would be better for the species to replace the economic system with something just and merciful.

Exactly. So do that and the abortion rate will plummet to almost zero. Again, deal with the cause. And if the economy is actually forcing women to abort. Then the economy is the worse of the two. In fact it wouldn't be "abortion". Medically, it would be a miscarriage, literally, and figuratively(of justice).

True, but economics has nothing to do with nature, and everything to do with greed.

Oopsy-daisy...At this point in our evolution, we are still every bit as natural as the weeds growing in your back yard. There's not a thing we have done that couldn't be clearly be illustrated on the Animal Planet. It looks all fancy and stuff, but the motivators are just as primitive as what's in single cell bacteria. We are complex, not different.

Comment Re:Idea (Score 0, Redundant) 225

Exactly! The water is going nowhere. There's just as much now as there was 4.5 billion years ago. And there's plenty of it bubbling up from deep underground we haven't even touched. Christ! We pipe oil 800 miles across Alaska. Do they mean to say we can't do the same for ocean water? In fact I thought it might be one of the reasons to just float the damn things, or better yet sink 'em so they are surrounded by nice cool water. As always, it's about the damn money.

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