Lawlessness / Ruined – part 50

“Bacteria-Killing Plastic Toxins Threatens 20% of World’s Oxygen” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Scientists have revealed that a potential new problem associated with the plastic pollution epidemic is the inhibition of growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria that produces about 20% of the world’s breathable oxygen supply, due to toxins in plastic seeping into seawater.

The bacteria, Prochlorococcus, also captures approximately the same percentage of carbon on the planet…

According to Lisa Moore, a microbial oceanographer with the Macquarie University in Australia and co-author of the study, “when the plastic leachates increase in concentration, you see that the cells don’t grow as well, and in fact, at the highest concentrations they are dying.”

Not only was the bacteria cells’ growth stunted by the increased presence of leachates, but the researchers also witnessed “a decrease in photosynthetic efficiency, and in fact, a pretty dramatic decrease with the higher concentrations.”
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“Stop the deportation of Mohamed Harkat” by Dylan Penner (The Council of Canadians)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Harkat has been subjected to a Security Certificate since 2002. After three and a half years in solitary confinement, Harkat was released under the strictest conditions in Canadian history. Now he is facing possible deportation to torture.

As we write in the letter, “We are deeply concerned that Immigration Canada is making a concerted effort to deport Mohamed Harkat. If deported to Algeria under a controversial Security Certificate, Mr. Harkat will likely be subjected to torture and his life will be at risk.”

The deeply undemocratic practice of Security Certificates is based on hearsay, innuendo, and secret information. Harkat should be allowed to remain in Canada, not deported to likely torture.

Canadian and international law is clear that people are presumed innocent until proven guilty and have the right to a fair trial.
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Those who own and run Canada have the same view of law & order as the wider Corporatocracy. They don’t believe in law & order on principle. Laws are a means of control of the people. Yes, Business depends on much law for it to operate, but aside from that, laws are not such a good thing for the majority. And corporations are big violators of laws, written and unwritten.

“Europe’s two-faced authoritarian right: ‘anti-elite’ parties serving big business interests” by ? (Corporate Europe Observatory)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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If the more pessimistic projections are to be believed, authoritarian right-wing politicians will do well in the upcoming European Parliament elections, reflecting a surge in EU scepticism and disillusionment with establishment parties, many of whom have overseen a decade or more of punishing austerity.

These authoritarian right parties are harnessing this disillusionment using the rhetoric of ending corruption, tackling ‘elite’ interests, regaining ‘national’ dignity and identity, and defending the rights of ‘ordinary people’. However, the contrast between this rhetoric and their actual actions is stark. From repressive laws to dark money funding; from corruption scandals to personal enrichment; from corporate deregulation to enabling tax avoidance, the defence of ‘elite’ interests disguised as the defence of disaffected classes is a defining characteristic of Europe’s rising authoritarian right parties.
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“5G networks could throw weather forecasting into chaos” by Eric Niiler (Wired via Grist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw U.S. weather forecasting into chaos.

On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That’s equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee on the Environment…

In the meantime, Gerth says this issue probably won’t go away anytime soon. The FCC plans future 5G auctions for the radio frequency bands near ones used to detect rain and snow (36–37 GHz), atmospheric temperature (50.2–50.4 GHz), and clouds and ice (80–90 GHz). “This is not one and done,” Gerth added. “Today it’s 23.8, tomorrow it’s 36.”
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“Is Corporate Organic a Problem? It Depends on Who You Ask” by ? (Cornucopia Institute)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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As consumer demand for organic food continues to rise, many corporations that previously only marketed conventional food have thrown their hats into the ring. While they claim to be making organic food more widely available, the effects of their vertically integrated supply chains and lobbying efforts to stretch the organic regulations have had catastrophic effects on real organic farmers.

For instance, 80% of the organic eggs now on the market come from factory “organic” henhouses. The birds are offered screened porches in lieu of real outdoor access–relying on the argument that this protects them from disease. In fact, our investigations suggest that hens granted legitimate outdoor access rarely succumb to the kinds of disease that can wreak havoc in giant operations…

Big Food has money and clout. It can support farmers to transition to organic, and throw its weight behind marketing the virtues of organic methods and food. But whilst its products might be organic on paper, has it truly embraced the spirit of the movement, and does that matter?
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Ron Mugar / Image Credit: Institute for Justice

“City Steals Elderly Man’s Home for Having a Cluttered Yard, Fines Him $60,000” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Norco, CA — Ron Mugar never committed a crime, never harmed anyone, yet he’s found himself in the middle of a government-sponsored thievery ring designed to separate citizens from their money. Now, Mugar is currently facing an uphill battle against thieving bureaucrats in his city who are attempting to rob him through immoral and unconstitutional legislation.

Because the city of Norco, California assumes the right to tell people what they can and can’t have on their own property, Mugar was targeted by predatory bureaucrats over minor ‘code violations.’ According to the city, Mugar had too much stuff in his yard. The city claimed this stuff was an imminent danger to the community and so they went after him. In reality, however, no one was in danger, and when the city asked him to clean up his yard, Mugar did just that. But it was too late.

Mugar became a victim of what the Institute for Justice refers to an increasingly common practice in California called “health and safety receiverships.”
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“Truckers Face Years in Prison for Transporting LEGAL Hemp Because of Cops ‘Just Doing Their Jobs’” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Because government is the antithesis to freedom, industrial hemp has been banned nationwide since 1937 ostensibly due to the plant’s similarities to marijuana. Many have speculated that this move was also due to the fact that cannabis is in direct competition with the pharmaceutical industry by providing far safer alternative treatments as well as directly competing with the petrochemical industry. However, all this changed in December after President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement act of 2018, legalizing industrial hemp on a national scale. But thanks to a police state, dependent on locking people in cages for a plant, three truckers in Idaho are facing down horrific prison sentences for carrying it.

Andrew D’Addario, Erich Eisenhart and Denis Palamarchuk have all been arrested in Idaho for transporting this incredibly beneficial textile crop that cannot get you high. Thanks to cops who “are just doing their jobs,” Eisenhart and D’Addario are scheduled to be sentenced next month after being found guilty of transporting this plant…
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“Illegal Bt Brinjal In India” by Colin Todhunter (Off Guardian)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned.

India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. Following news in April that (genetically engineered) Bt brinjal is being illegally cultivated in Haryana, prominent campaigner and environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues says:

“These varieties are now under threat of irreversible contamination (cross-pollination) because of cumulative acts over time of senseless and criminally irresponsible regulatory oversight. More properly expressed: a virtual vacuum in GMO regulation.”

The cultivation of Bt brinjal (aubergine/eggplant) contravenes the indefinite moratorium that currently exists on the commercial release of Bt brinjal in India.

The moratorium has been in place since 2010 following a unique four-month scientific enquiry and public hearings regarding field trial data and crop developer Mayhco’s application for the commercialisation of Bt brinjal. Back then, the decision to reject commercialisation was supported by advice that the then Minister Jairam Ramesh received from several renowned international scientists.

At the time, Ramesh’s decision to place a moratorium on Bt brinjal was founded on what he called “a cautious, precautionary principle-based approach.” The moratorium is still in place and has not been lifted. All the environmental and health hazards acknowledged at the time remain.
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