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    Morning After Pill now unrestricted
  • ·      It’s Wonderful to be Spied Upon
  • ·      Fumigant news, cloropicrin
  • ·      Widespread Surveillance
  • ·      Which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues
  • ·      Supreme Court Outlaws Human Gene Patents
  • ·      The New Thing: Adapt to Climate Change

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  • ·      Morning After Pill now unrestricted

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after-pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

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News Update 6.6-6.9.13

NEWS UPDATE 6.6.13 to 6.9.13

Contents

1. MRSA simple steps best

2. Gun Violence

3. Pot Legalization Colorado becomes first state to legalize 

4. Massive Surveillance State

5. QUOTE OF THE DAY

6. High Speed Train

7.Correction- Russia And Monsanto

8. Pot Legalization First State

9. Gmo Crops Threaten Monarch Butterflies

 

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1. MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of more than 74,000 patients

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

 

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USCDC-7d0307

 

2. Gun Violence Statistic

 

 Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 4,724 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Ne

 

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/the-gun-report-june-5-2013/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20130605

 

wtown massacre on December 14, 2012.

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3. Pot Legalization Moves along

 

There is a broader cultural shift under way. Americans’ attitudes about marijuana are changing, a survey published last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. For the first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing pot. Half of Baby Boomers and roughly two-thirds of millennials say marijuana should be legalized, and just under half of Americans say they’ve tried it.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/dude-dividends-budding-industrialization-pot-6C10189124

 

More:

Former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively wants to turn pot into a national, branded commodity in one fell swoop. Last Thursday, Shively held a news conference in Seattle, accompanied by former Mexican President Vicente Fox, to announce that he is raising $10 million in start-up capital to build a chain of retail marijuana stores, a down payment on what he said would be a $100 million investment in three years.

“Yes, we are Big Marijuana,” Shively said. He outlined a plan to build a national brand of retail marijuana stores, which would be supplied by regulated trade with Mexico.

A report published last month by the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University said recreational pot use in the state is a $605.7 million market that will generate $130.1 million in state tax dollars for fiscal year 2014-15.

In 2010, Miron estimated that, nationwide, pot could generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax money annually if it were taxed like other “vice” products such as alcohol and tobacco.

 

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6/7/13

 

4. FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

 

The National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of nine major Internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Facebook. The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the top-secret program, codenamed PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs. “Hundreds of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions – in fact, billions of people around the world – essentially rely on the Internet exclusively to communicate with one another,” Greenwald says. “Very few people use landline phones for much of anything. So when you talk about things like online chat and social media messages and emails, what you’re really talking about is the full extent of human communication.” This comes after Greenwald revealed Wednesday in another story that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. “They want to make sure that every single time human beings interact with one another … that they can watch it, and they can store it, and they can access it at any time.”

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/7/a_massive_surveillance_state_glenn_greenwald

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5. QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass
greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly
industrious for millions of years, yet their productiveness
nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has
been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has
brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the
planet. Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.”

William McDonough
architect & visionary

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6. High Speed Train starting to roll.

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved a step closer to building a high-speed train line on Thursday, when a state commission chose a contractor to handle construction of the route’s first leg from Merced to Fresno in the state’s breadbasket.

The rail line, a major priority of California Governor Jerry Brown, would send passengers hurtling through the state’s fertile San Joaquin Valley as they zipped from San Diego to points north, eventually including Sacramento and San Francisco.

http://news.yahoo.com/california-bullet-train-project-lurches-ahead-contractor-chosen-214209691.html

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7. CORRECTION

 

Previous news update error

the bite about russian premier warning us about Monsanto was in error

 

http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/monsanto.asp

 

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8. Pot Legalization First State

Colorado becomes world’s first legal, fully regulated market for recreational marijuana as it anticipates millions in tax revenues

Money from marijuana sales and excise taxes will be used for public school construction.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/colo-1st-legal-recreational-pot-market-article-1.1356799

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/colo-1st-legal-recreational-pot-market-article-1.1356799#ixzz2VkxIsfcK

 

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9.  GMO Crops Damage Monarch Butterflies


Roundup Harms Beneficial Gut Bacteria
The beautiful, regal North American Monarch butterfly-chosen as an official insect by seven U.S. states-is dwindling in numbers and is currently at the lowest level ever measured: 18 times less than in 1996. One main reason? Genetically engineered crops are destroying its habitat and disrupting its food chain. Starting in 1997, when Midwestern farmers started spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on GMO soy and corn fields, one of the “weeds” they killed off was the milkweed plant, the primary source of food for Monarch butterfly larvae. *Read more.* [
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/roundup-shrinks-monarch-butterfly-population/ ]

 [ http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/?page_id=2530 ]

 

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News Update 5/21-22 /13 Highlights collected from the web

News Update 5/21-22 /13 Highlights collected from the web  

Contents: Poultry Drug in Chicken Meat World Trade Center 7 Report Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Eric Holder is a Jerk Sea Salts PRAISE REASON! March Against Monsanto Learning from SARS ——–

Poultry Drug Increases Levels of Toxic Arsenic in Chicken Meat http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/news_events/announcement/2013/toxic_arsenic_chicken_meat.html ————–

World Trade Center 7 Report Puts 9/11 Conspiracy Theory to Rest

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that explosives downed World Trade Center 7, north of the Twin Towers. The long-awaited report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conclusively rebuts those claims. Fire alone brought down the building, the report concludes, pointing to thermal expansion of key structural members as the culprit. The report also raises concerns that other large buildings might be more vulnerable to fire-induced structural failure than previously thought. —Arianne CohenPopular Mechanics Read more about the NIST report ———– Jon Rappaport’s entry on 5.21.13 Jon can be counted on to be critical of governmental and corporate reports.  Latest is an example concerning how reporters are compromised through threats derived from reporting information from sources.  It would be good to have a critical view of the above governmental report about World Trade Center 7.  I feel THE REPORT still does not settle the matter.   It’s just too coincidental, a fire takes down a building close to the two attacked buildings, leading to a massive police state political take over (I.E., gw BUSH ET AL), AT THE SAME TIME!!!  WHY SHOULD THIS HAVE OCCURRED THEN?   https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13ecda393c532bd8  

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Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Surveillance

During week 19, 6.4% of all deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 7.1% for week 19.

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Eric Holder is a Jerk  

For those who already know that Eric Holder is a jerk from his stance on MJ, might like to read the following blast from Jon Rappaport.   https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13eb3586ba0a9c2b  

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Nice short article on sea salts.  I agree with the idea of having and using a salt with other minerals than just sodium chloride.  Having salt with Magnesium is certainly been shown to be helpful or will be found out soon enough.  The last to know, of course, will be the physicians.  They must toe the line which the insurance companies limit them to.  And of course business people who hired statisticians and make their decisions based on financial concerns are the best informed people to be making the decisions about what you should take.   https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13eb29513079f21c   —————–  

HALLELUJAH! PRAISE REASON!

Saluting two nonreligious newsmakers

May 23, 2013

While President Obama was counseling “faith in the Almighty” and prayer in the wake of the devastating Oklahoma tornado (to his credit, promising to “back up those prayers with deeds”), a brave secular survivor of that tornado has become a social network phenomenon. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday asked Rebecca Vitsmun, a young mother holding her 19-month-old son Anders amid the rubble left in the tornado’s wake, whether “she thanked the Lord” for her survival. He seemed pretty surprised as she, laughingly, forthrightly replied, “I’m actually an atheist.”

“Praying for something but not doing anything to make it happen has the same effect as writing to Santa and not letting mummy read the letter.

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March Against Monsanto

GMO News from Ecological Farming Association <genews@eco-farm.org> read more

There are now over 400 events in over 45 countries setup for the March Against Monsanto. The March Against Monsanto website is averaging over 40,000 visitors a day and our  Facebook page, March Against Monsanto, has reached over 10,000,000 people in  the last 7 days.  

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Learning from SARS The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002–2003 exacted considerable human and economic costs from countries involved. It also exposed major weaknesses in several of these countries in coping with an outbreak of a newly emerged infectious disease. In the 10 years since the outbreak, in addition to the increase in knowledge of the biology and epidemiology of this disease, a major lesson learned is the value of having a national public health institute that is prepared to control disease outbreaks and designed to coordinate a national response and assist localities in their responses.   read more: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/19/6/12-1426_article.htm?s_cid=eid-gDev-email  

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Does the Mayan Calendar Predict the End of the World?

Does the Mayan Calendar Predict the End of the World?

By William Olkowski, PhD. 9.22.12

I heard the Spindrift broadcast, on Thursday 9:30 am to 10:00 on 91.9 FM, and found it lively, informative and knowledgeable.  I learned that the peak of Mayan civilization was about 910 AD, when Europe was in the midst of the dark ages.  This Mayan civilization ran from 850 BC to 1050 AD, a period of over 1000 years.  Comparatively, this was a good run by an isolated people living out of jungle ecosystems with only underground fresh water cisterns for drinking and crop irrigation.

The mythological end of the world is said to be near the end of December this year.  But as is commonly discovered with such prophecies this one is illusory.   In this case the prophecy is merely the end of their calendar records.  This so called prophecy is based on a speculative interpretation of one major surviving monument. The speculation is a an evidence stretcher due to several factors, particularly a hazy interpretation of one surviving monument.  This momument, like the whole group of structures was hidden by jungle overgrowth until the early 20th century.

The discovery of the amazing structures hidden by jungle overgrowth for a thousand years created a sensation at first and many people still are transfixed by so many great stone buildings and temples arising out of the jungle. The pyramid-like structures were rediscovered and restored by intrepid archaeologists and rugged adventurers.  New discoveries are still happening as more recovery and interpretive work is done.

Mayan monuments are called steles and were the focus of a long term decoding project by many scholars around the world. The monuments are limestone upright 4 x 6 feet structures which report on various dynasties, with records of battles, births and deaths of kings, and their families.  The glyphs displayed on these steels and buildings seemed to be Egyptian-like at first but were based on a novel language/symbol system which defied decoding for many decades.  They were finally decoded in the late 1900s. Most of the glyphs document various dynasties, roughly each about 400 years.

The written records of the civilization are largely lost due to one Spanish padre who took it upon himself to burn all 20,000 written codexes.  This is the sort of standard genocidal efforts made by the Catholic church and other conquerors on other civilizations around the world. Only three codexes survived. They were written on fig bark papers.  This catastrophe occurred during the brutal Spanish occupation in 1562.

The Mayans had two calendar systems one based on a 28 day cycle (moon), the other a 60 day cycle, the later believed is believed to  be modeled on the Venus annual circumnavigation of the sun.  An alternative explanation for the 60 day cycle is the period of maze development.

Jeanine Kitchel’s book  “Maya 2012 Revealed, Demystifying the Prophecy” promises to be a great read.  Kitchel informs us that the Mayans are still with us at 7 million strong spread out in a different Central American countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, etc).  After the civilization crashed mysteriously the people scattered into the jungles where they carried on the same rituals and customs developed during their heyday.

The end date speculation is based on rather limited evidence, mostly from a broken Steele, the pieces of which were scattered in Europe andMexico. The paper and photo recreation of this steel is interpreted as announcing an end date because is reads something like: “God will descend after 13 periods (which was interpreted to mean the end of December this year); and then, there was to be a renewal.”

Commentary:

I like the idea of a renewal, it’s sort of promises a bright future for a world community.  This is something vitally needed today, but I hope not maintained by force of arms and bloody wasteful wars as our history so tragically documents. The Mayans are believed to have lost their cities about 1000 AD from a 200 year drought.

We in North America are now in a severe drought year (and trend) with large scale wildfires, dropping water levels and threatened farmers.  Drought and climate change is of vital interest today. Can we learn something from the Mayans? We don’t have a jungle to retreat into, however.  Lots of questions here that a 30 minute program cannot conceivably cover. Read the book for further details and maybe some guidance on survival.

Ice core data and other collaborating evidence shows that a long term drough sometimes lasting a 1,000 years or more occurred repeatedly in human history.  One of such long term drought almost snuffed out our species as it wandered North from Southern Africa.  Such a period can be triggered by climate change in as short 3 years.

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