44 votes

Monsanto rider: New bill could make biotech companies immune to courts

If passed, an amendment in the Agricultural Appropriations Bill will not just allow, but require the secretary of agriculture to grant permits for planting or cultivating GM crops – even if a federal court has given an injunction against it.

Basically, all Monsanto and other biotech companies have to do is ask and the industry gets its way. Issues like crop contamination, damage to farmers or consumers, courts orders or USDA studies all go out the window and the biotech industry cashes in.

Organizations like Food Democracy Now are in a panic, calling all to petition against the bill, which they say “fundamentally undermines the concept of judicial review and would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.”

Representative Peter DeFazio has been trying to push through an amendment that would kill the havoc-wreaking rider. He has the support of organizations like Organic Consumers Associations, Center for Food Safety and others. Their warnings have been circulating the web, gathering attention and support – but will they be enough to sway the House?

http://rt.com/usa/news/monsanto-bill-immunity-court-862/

69 votes

Nebraska Urgent Attention Needed

It looks like the RNC/GOP is sending in reinforcements to Nebraska to secure a win at the convention. They are sending in electronic voting machines to make sure we are defrauded once again

Who is here from Nebraska? We are running out of time and we need to file a restraining order to stop them from using electronic voting machines.

The convention can function just fine with paper ballots, verifiable, counting out in the open. We can not allow them to steal another state. It has worked wonders for them in the primaries as evidenced by the following:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByJAC-sfXwumZzI2bVlON2VTMnFy...

We need to learn from the Democrats. They have been fighting with the GOP and in some cases they file restraining orders. These restraining orders act as a way to put in temporary injunctions and immediate relief before evidence is heard in a trial. In either case once we go to paper ballots we win.

38 votes

Interview: 18 Year Old Evan Kenney on Mass GOP delegate debacle

Pundit Review: Had a great time with 18 year old Evan Kenney (@evankenney) in studio tonight. He’s an impressive young man, just getting interested in politics and starting to get involved. That is, until he ran into the insiders that run the state GOP, such that it is. I’ll let the Herald’s Michael Graham explain,

Read on, and listen to the interview at Pundit Review

37 votes

The Dead Horse Theory

This may be the key to understanding the Federal Reserve -- and just about EVERYTHING the Federal Government does.

(You can zoom on the image to see the text more clearly:)
http://s1014.photobucket.com/albums/af268/idabooda/?action=v...

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in modern business, education and government, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip
2. Changing riders.
3. Threatening the horse with termination.

15 votes

Yahoo: How Republicans plan to win over the youth vote

Two groups, the Young Guns Action Fund and Maverick PAC—the latter was co-founded by George P. Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—will focus on finding young Republican political talent and supporting them with money. The two organizations announced a strategic partnership Tuesday that organizers hope will increase engagement with voters that were lost to Obama in 2008. One short-term goal, of course, is to narrow the enthusiasm gap between young Republicans and Democrats, but ultimately, they're looking far beyond the next election.

170 votes

Doug Wead ‘If we have a plurality of the delegation in Nebraska we can nominate Ron Paul for President’

Doug Wead Senior advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘If we have a plurality of the delegation in Nebraska we can nominate Ron Paul for President’ to discuss the fight for delegates in Nebraska and corruption in Massachusetts also the Ron Paul vs. the Federal Reserve influenced media. Doug also talks about how the Ron Paul 2012 campaign has been managed.

Listen to the Interview Here!

24 votes

Zero Hedge: Federal Reserve Admits It Knew Of Barclays Libor "Problems" In 2007 And 2008

Last Tuesday we suggested that "Now The Fed Gets Dragged Into LiEborgate" when we observed that "Barclays also cited subsequent research by the New York Federal Reserve staff members that, according to the lender, concluded that banks’ Libor quotes were systematically below their borrowing rates by 39 basis points after the Lehman bankruptcy. “Barclays own submissions for tenors of 1 month to 1 year Libor were higher than actual Barclays trades on 97% of the occasions when Barclays had actual trades during the financial crisis,” the lender said." It seems that unlike the BOE, which had no idea of any Barclays problems and was merely calling up Diamond now and then to make sure the bank's money market risk mechanisms were operational and to chit chat about the weather (as per the BOE at least), the Fed has decided to take the high road and openly admit it was well aware of Barclays' LIBOR "problems." And like that the Senatorial circus just got exciting, while that popping noise is bottles of Bollinger going off at every class action lawsuit legal firm.

From Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York was aware of potential issues involving Barclays Plc and the London interbank offered rate after the financial crisis began in 2007, according to a statement from the district bank.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/federal-reserve-admits-it-knew...

75 votes

GOP tells young people to get lost

"Congressman Ron Paul is bringing new energy to an otherwise bland old party. His ideas are both conservative and youthful, which is exactly what an aging party needs if it wants to attract the youth vote to beat President Obama now and to be relevant in the future. Inexplicably, rather than embracing the creativity, the GOP is rejecting it. This is a short-sighted tactic that appears to be based on insider power politics rather than sound logic. It may well hand the election to President Obama in November, and could make the GOP an after thought in the future."

90 votes

Media Playing RNC Ballot Charades

Jeffrey Phelps | Examiner

What was once thought to be a done deal for Ron Paul, having secured an official spot on the first ballot at the RNC, is all of the sudden being portrayed by the media as just the opposite.

Monday witnessed a seemingly new strategy continue on the back of last week's MSNBC report that Ron Paul somehow no longer has the required five state “plurality” of delegates needed to qualify for the RNC's first ballot.

Although, back in early May, FOX News had already done what no one else in the so-called 'mainstream' wanted to do, admit Ron Paul had already secured a first ballot position with a five state delegate plurality.

No one in the media wanted to touch an unfolding reality that was being hard-sold as a virtual impossibility just weeks and even days earlier. The Ron Paul 2012 campaign was having incredible success, despite an alternate, hidden campaign to make people believe otherwise.

43 votes

The Corn is Dying All Over America

All over America, the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We have seen the price of a bushel of corn soar 41 percent since June 14th. That is an astounding rise. You may not eat much corn directly, but it is important to realize that corn or corn syrup is just about in everything these days. Just look at your food labels. In the United States today, approximately 75 percent of all processed foods contain corn. So a huge rise in the price of corn is going to be felt all over the supermarket. Corn is also widely used to feed livestock, and if this crisis continues we are going to see a significant rise in meat and dairy prices as well. Food prices in America have already been rising at a steady pace, and so this is definitely not welcome news.

34 votes

MSNBC: Ron Paul's Last Stand

Nebraska Republicans will select delegates on Saturday to send to the national Republican convention, a process that could amount to Ron Paul's last stand as a presidential candidate.

If Paul wins a plurality of delegates in Nebraska this weekend, his name will be put forth as a nominee versus Mitt Romney in Tampa. If his team can't secure enough delegates on Saturday, his longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination is formally dead.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/09/12642257-ron...

60 votes

Iceland Booms As The World Struggles

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – For a country that four years ago plunged into a financial abyss so deep it all but shut down over­night, Iceland seems to be doing surprisingly well.

It has repaid, early, many of the international loans that kept it afloat. Unemployment is hov­ering around 6 percent, and fall­ing. And while much of Europe is struggling to pull itself out of the recessionary swamp, Ice­land’s economy is expected to grow by 2.8 percent this year.

“Everything has turned around,” said Adalheidur Hedin-sdottir, who owns and runs the coffee chain Kaffitar, the Star­bucks of Iceland, and has plans to open a new cafe and start a ■ bakery business. “When we told the bank we wanted to make a new company, they said, ‘Do you want to borrow money?’” she went on. ‘We haven’t been hear­ing that for a while.”

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