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Scientists, Starving Africans Know Something…

Scientists, Starving Africans Know Something We Don’t



When three African nations facing famine reject emergency food shipments due to concerns over genetic engineering, it’s time for Americans to reconsider their own government’s policy toward biotech food.


Many nations ban genetically engineered (GE) crops because they fear unknown risks. But how can countries facing famine spurn donations of biotech food?


Officials in Mozambique and Zambia are apparently willing to risk seeing their people starve rather than allow emergency shipments of engineered corn into their countries.

Camp Ped

Camp Ped


More excellent investigative journalism from New Times L.A. who broke the L.A. pedo-priest story and who have tracked it with bulldog intensity ever since.



Long after Roman Catholic leaders knew pedo-priests couldn’t be cured, Cardinal Roger Mahony kept packing off his worst offenders to a notorious New Mexico rehab center.


And then routinely released them to unsuspecting parishes.  Again and again and again.  More concerned, it appears, with covering up bad publicity for the Church than with making sure the priests didn’t molest children again.  Harsh words?  Yes.  But demonstrably true.

Valley Secession

Valley Secession

Secession Watch
tonight posted its take on a fascinating and revealing profile in the September issue of Los Angeles magazine on Ron Kaye, managing editor of the L.A. Daily News.  Kaye takes pride in inventing and stoking the paper’s tabloid-style crusade on behalf of San Fernando Valley secession, even as he wonders if cityhood would be any improvement and questions if Valley VOTE is too white.  Over Marlboros and martinis with writer Charles Rappleye,  Kaye explains that promoting secession and the paper’s Valley-first credo is an expression of his personal idealism.  


Kaye, described as a reformed radical who left Santa Monica for Van Nuys, insists without irony, “This [the Valley] is the dream of mankind.”  A job applicant, however, says Kaye told her the paper’s ethic was narrow:  “We’re not interested in the problems of the poor people in the San Fernando Valley, we’re interested in the problems of the middle class.”  Secession Watch suggests that Kaye’s and the Daily News’  shrill persona, which makes some minorities in the New Valley uneasy, may prove to be bad for business as the fast-changing Valley becomes ever more like the rest of Los Angeles. 

The Los Angeles magazine issue is on newstands but not yet on-line.
The full Secession Watch item is here

When your hopes are washed…

When your hopes are washed away….


Most will say a raindrop, as it sparkles on a leaf while the evening sun sets, is a very beautiful thing, but when billions of those tiny raindrops crash into rivers and force them to rise so high that they leave their natural bed, the situation quickly gets out of hand. I live in Austria and we have seen the first flooding since 1859 in the last couple of days. Is this our fault? Have we manipulated nature once too often or is it simply a contretemps? [kuro5hin.org]