[RT] Not all Italian farmers welcome a European court ruling this week allowing growers to cultivate genetically-modified corn in Italy. Some farmers told RT that the majority reject GM seeds and question the EU interfering in national laws.
The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled in favor of Giorgio Fidenato, an Italian activist farmer who faces fines for growing genetically-modified maize MON 810 on his land in 2014, despite a 2013 government decree banning its cultivation.
In 2013, Italy asked the European Commission to adopt emergency measures prohibiting the planting of the Monsanto-produced seeds in light of new scientific studies carried out by Italian scientists.
The Italian government is fearful that genetically-modified foods are less natural than traditional crops and could therefore be dangerous and have lasting negative effects.
“These crops are forbidden because we still do not understand what the consequences are. So far, there has been no proper and in-depth research. For this reason, we do not know in five years, ten years, twenty years, what can happen,” Mauro Uniformi, Vice President of the Association of Agronomist and Forest Doctors, told RT.
Not at all off topic. When you read GMO, think Roundup Ready. And nothing is more Roundup Ready than subsidized US corn production for cheap unhealthy food and expensive unnecessary alternative fuel. Corn derived products aren't good for the animals we eat not for you. Not good for your truck either.
[Wash Times] Former Vice President Joe Biden says tech titans like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are fundamentally misunderstanding the importance of work by calling for a "universal basic income."
A blog posted published by the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute on Monday unveiled a "worker first" initiative that rejects "no strings attached" policies prompted by influential billionaires while also fueling speculation about a possible 2020 U.S. presidential run by the former vice president.
"Economic transformations due to rapid advances in technology have created not only significant anxiety but also a legitimate debate about whether there will be sufficient jobs to sustain a vibrant middle class," Mr. Biden’s piece began.
"Some argue that these changes won’t lead to significant net job loss, so we need not worry. Others argue the risks are so great we should close up our borders to minimize the damage. One idea that has gained prominence, particularly among leaders in Silicon Valley, is universal basic income. The theory is that automation will result in so many lost jobs that the only plausible answer is some type of guaranteed government check with no strings attached."
Former President Obama’s right-hand man in the White House continued by saying that work is a virtue that brings with it an intrinsic value going beyond a paycheck.
[THEHILL] Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election if Russian interference turned out to be deeper than previously thought.
“No, I wouldn't rule it out,” she said in an interview with NPR published Monday.
The defeated Democratic nominee stressed, however, that she does not believe there is a means to officially challenge the election’s outcome.
“I don't know if there's any legal, constitutional way to do that,” Clinton said. “I think you can raise questions.”
Clinton has repeatedly blamed Russia’s efforts to intervene in last year’s election for her loss to Donald Trump, but her latest comments reflect the depth of her frustration with the Kremlin’s efforts.
They come as special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the election-meddling campaign that U.S intelligence agencies say was done to benefit Trump, and whether any of the president’s associates colluded with Moscow.
“[Trump] knew they were trying to do whatever they could to discredit me with emails, so there's obviously a trail there,” Clinton said. “I don't know that in our system we have any means of doing that, but I just wanted to add to the point you made. There's no doubt they influenced the election: We now know more about how they did that.”
Look, this is becoming tiresome. And worse, it's bad sportsmanship, which is completely un-American. Every four years, we have an election. Regularly. You can set your calendar by it. And each time, the outcome is hotly contested with each party predicting the End of Civilization if the other side wins.
Invariably, one side or the other *does* win and there is a bit of pouting, but then everyone accepts the results, says "Nice game!" and goes home to prepare for the next outing. To do otherwise is bad manners.
I understand Hillary thought the fix was in and there was no way she could lose. But it's time to cowboy up. Nobody likes a sore loser.
I also wouldn’t rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election she cheated far more than is currently allowed spying on the Trump team, getting the dodgy dossier from Christopher Steele and getting the FBI to fund it, Detroits >100% votes.
[Daily Caller] The uncorroborated dossier of opposition research about Donald Trump has become a key document in the investigation over whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the presidential campaign last year.
Democrats have insisted that many claims made in the dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, have been proven accurate. Republican lawmakers say otherwise, leading to a standoff between the two sides over the 35-page document, published by BuzzFeed News on Jan. 10.
Here is what we know about the salacious document.
Jan. 2010: Steele’s London-based intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, first hires opposition research firm Fusion GPS to work on an undisclosed project. Steele made this revelation in May 2017 in a court filing in London, where he is being sued by a Russian tech executive named in the dossier.
Sept. 2015: An anti-Trump Republican donor reportedly hires Fusion GPS to begin investigating Trump’s past. The donor has yet to be identified.
June 2016: As Trump ascends to the GOP nomination, the Republican donor leaves the Trump research project. Fusion GPS soon finds an unidentified Democratic ally of Hillary Clinton’s to take over the investigation. Fusion then hires Steele, a former MI6 agent with extensive experience in Moscow.
June 9: Members of the Trump campaign team meet at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and Russian-American lobbyist who have some connection to Fusion GPS. Donald Trump Jr. accepted the meeting after a friend offered to provide negative information about Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitkaya, claim that the information regarded the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law opposed by the Russian government.
Veselnitskaya was working alongside Fusion GPS last year to undercut the Magnitsky Act. There has been some speculation that the Trump Tower meeting is vaguely described in the dossier.
June 17: Sergei Millian, an alleged source in the dossier, meets in St. Petersburg, Russia with Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Vladimir Putin’s and a former client of then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Millian, the head of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, has been identified as "Source D" and "Source E" in different memos in the dossier. On and on it goes.
The Steele dossier was so salacious and unverifiable that high-level circulation became something of a challenge until of course, it was placed into the hands of Senator John McCain. An absolute stroke of genius that.
Even McCain was reluctant to be closely associated with the dossier, choosing rather to send trusted emissaries(s) to retrieve it, in yes London, for dissemination to the Soetoro regime.
The UK's intelligence services, home to some of the best sleuths in the world and certainly not pro-Russian, were also reluctant to discuss the dossier let alone comment on it's potential sources or validity.
The dossier served it's purpose of providing half-truths, lies, and linking Trump to the Russians. It likely also provided a foundation or justification for FISA snooping, bugging, etc.
All in all I'd judge, a good effort by the Deep State.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.