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Sunday, October 9, 2011

GMOs: A Horror Flick that isn't a flick, it's a real life horror in the making--The fact that we proceed when we are seeing dangerous results already is insane.

GMOs Supporters's argue in support of their actions and policy goes like this: "The enhancement of desired traits has traditionally been undertaken through breeding, but conventional plant breeding methods can be very time consuming and are often not very accurate. Genetic engineering, on the other hand, can create plants with the exact desired trait very rapidly and with great accuracy." Remind...s me of horror flicks where the mad scientist, in a lustful quest for super powers creates monstrous results that threaten humanity. I got the quote I cite above from a website that is sympathetic to GMOs. I list it only because it's important to know their arguments. They minimize the threats, dangers, concerns and lack of data. The arguments to support GMOs, that they help to improve farming for the poor, ignores safe ways to empower the poor to farm effectively and efficiently without contamination of our food supply. Click here to go to Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? (Released April 2000) by Deborah B. Whitman. A video a friend posted on his FB wall and told me about is called Pinky Presents: Islands at Risk: GMO in Hawaii and you can view it on YouTube here.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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