I'm a bit surprised that the problem of drivers running red lights is not even mentioned in all of this. From what I have observed over the past decade, the most common traffic law being violated on a regular basis is drivers running red lights. I have witnessed it happening more than once right in full view of a patrol car at an intersection and the officer does nothing. I suspect this is because at this point it has become the norm and as a result law enforcement does it too.
It has become the accepted norm for drivers to run red lights and no-one seems to care anymore. In fact many drivers actually honk and get angry at you if you are driving the car in front of them and you don't run the light, there-by allowing them to run it. .... I have almost been broadsided twice because I was beginning to enter an intersection after my light had turned green, and a car suddenly came flying through the intersection in front of me as it ran right through a red light. ..... This is a serious problem and it needs to be addressed.
That 3 second delay between the time that your light turns red and the opposing light turns green is not there to allow you enough time to race through the intersection before the opposing traffic is able to start moving. It is there to ensure that the intersection is completely clear of any traffic before cars at the green light begin to enter the intersection. View Comment
fconverse - From what I have observed over the years, they certainly do at times look that dramatic. Too many of us just don't seem to notice or because we're living in a more urban area such as Stamford etc, the view of the sky is more limited than it would be say in the mid-west. .... Don't forget, we do get tornadoes around here on occaision. Fortunately they are usually short lived and don't develop into really big ones such as they can have out west. View Comment
The US was friends with Saddam Hussein until he moved to start selling Iraqi oil for Euros rather than US Dollars. Israel aside of course, the same issue has been central to the hard stand against Iran. ... Of course most folks are completely unaware that (as reported in The Washington Post, March 23, 2002; Page A01), the first Bush administration was supplying school text books to Afghanistan and Pakistan teaching the principals of Jihad. .... Only the tip of the ice berg of how much responsibility the US bears for the present situation. View Comment
It is true that the majority of individuals who have become mass shooters such as this young man were taking psychiatric medications. Many of these drugs are known to have side effects that can cause suicidal or even homicidal feelings or thoughts. Perhaps what needs to happen is a complete re-assessment of the whole pharmaceutical model of treatment itself. It is not only a major problem in the area of psychiatric treatment, but in the treatment of systemic disease in general. ... There are better, safer and healthier options that work quite well and without the negative side effects. Unfortunately our entire medical system and society is so indoctrinated into the mega billion dollar pharmaceutical model because that is where the big profits are to be found. View Comment
Yes indeed Ken. ... "... and to the Republic, for which it stands..." ... This country was founded as a Republic, but has been craftily turned into a democracy to suit the money powers lust for control of the masses. ... and the majority of the population is completely unaware.
A democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. Our two wolves have become the Democrat and Republican political parties. View Comment
Scientific American, (Aug 2009); "Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?";
" ...Unfortunately, it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised. That is because agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers.
To purchase genetically modified seeds, a customer must sign an agreement that limits what can be done with them. (If you have installed software recently, you will recognize the concept of the end-user agreement.) Agreements are considered necessary to protect a company’s intellectual property, and they justifiably preclude the replication of the genetic enhancements that make the seeds unique. But agritech companies such as Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta go further. For a decade their user agreements have explicitly forbidden the use of the seeds for any independent research. Under the threat of litigation, scientists cannot test a seed to explore the different conditions under which it thrives or fails. They cannot compare seeds from one company against those from another company. And perhaps most important, they cannot examine whether the genetically modified crops lead to unintended environmental side effects.
Research on genetically modified seeds is still published, of course. But only studies that the seed companies have approved ever see the light of a peer-reviewed journal. In a number of cases, experiments that had the implicit go-ahead from the seed company were later blocked from publication because the results were not flattering. “It is important to understand that it is not always simply a matter of blanket denial of all research requests, which is bad enough,” wrote Elson J. Shields, an entomologist at Cornell University, in a letter to an official at the Environmental Protection Agency (the body tasked with regulating the environmental consequences of genetically modified crops), “but selective denials and permissions based on industry perceptions of how ‘friendly’ or ‘hostile’ a particular scientist may be toward [seed-enhancement] technology.”
Shields is the spokesperson for a group of 24 corn insect scientists that opposes these practices. Because the scientists rely on the cooperation of the companies for their research—they must, after all, gain access to the seeds for studies—most have chosen to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. The group has submitted a statement to the EPA protesting that “as a result of restricted access, no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the technology... ”
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El-Shamei, ZS et al, Histopathological Changes in Some Organs of Males Rats Fed on GM corn
(Ajeeb YG) Journal of American Science 2012 8(10)
"Ajeeb YG is a genetically modified (GM) insect resistant corn produced by incorporated the MON 810 (Monsanto) borer resistance trait in the best corn germplasm Ajeeb. The safety of Ajeeb YG corn was assessed by comparison of toxicology response variables in rats consuming diets containing Ajeeb YG with those containing Ajeeb corn grains. Corn grains from Ajeeb YG or Ajeeb were incorporated into rodent diets at 30% concentrations administered to rats (n=10/group) for 91 days. An additional negative control group of rats (n=10/group) were fed AIN93G diets. Rats fed on GM corn showed histopathological changes. Liver displayed cytoplasmic vacuolation of centrolobular hepatocytes and fatty degeneration of hepatocytes. Kidneys showed congestion of renal blood vessels and cystic dilatation of renal tubules. Testes revealed necrosis and desquamation of spermatogoneal germ cells lining seminiferous tubules. Spleen showed slight lymphocytic depletion and splenic congestion. Small intestine showed hyperplasia, hyperactivation of mucous secretory glands and necrosis of intestinal villi were detected. Due to these observations, we suggest that the risk of GM crops cannot be ignored and deserves further investigations in order to identify possible long-term effects, if any, of GM food consumption that might help in the post market surveillance."
http://www.academia.edu/3405345/Histopathological_Changes_in_Some_Organs_of_Male_Rats_Fed_on_Genetically_Modified_Corn_Ajeeb_YG_ View Comment
Jrnl Of Applied Chemistry, (March - April 2013); "Chemical Analysis of BT corn "Mon-810: Ajeeb-YG ®" and itscounterpart non-Bt corn "Ajeeb";
"Obviously, the genetic modification of Bt corn showed significant differences from the conventionalcounterpart, where, the total protein, crude fat, crude fiber & total saccharides showed significant increase in Btcorn as compared to non Bt corn. Whereas ,the starch content showed significant decreased compared to non Bt.The Mineral content were also affected, where calcium & sodium were significantly decreased in Bt corn, while phosphorous increased dramatically in Bt corn. All fatty acids were detected with various values in Bt corncompared to non Bt corn except for Palmitoleic acid & 13- octadecenoic acids were not detected in Bt corn andmost probably lost. In respect to amino acids, some essential and non essential amino acids were lost in Bt corn.Thus, it may be conclude that the genetic modification process caused several alternation in the chemicalcomposition in corn that may be toxic to the human food and the animals feed. Accordingly, further long termfeeding studies are required to assess the actual safety of Bt corn."
http://www.academia.edu/3341205/Chemical_Analysis_of_Bt_corn_Mon-810_Ajeeb-YG_and_its_counterpart_non-Bt_corn_Ajeeb_ View Comment
Jrnl Of American Science, (2012);
"Morphological and Biochemical Changes in Male Rats Fed on Genetically Modified Corn";
" Abstract : This study was designed to evaluate the safety of genetically modified (GM) corn (Ajeeb YG). Corngrains from Ajeeb YG or its control (Ajeeb) were incorporated into rodent diets at 30% concentrations administeredto rats (n= 10/group) for 45 and 91 days. An additional negative control group of rats (n= 10/group) was fedAIN93G diets. General conditions were observed daily, total body weights were recorded weekly. At thetermination of the study periods, some visceral organs (heart, liver, kidneys, testes and spleen) and serum biochemistry were measured. The data showed several statistically significant differences in organs/body weight andserum biochemistry between the rats fed on GM and/or Non-GM corn and the rats fed on AIN93G diets. In general,GM corn sample caused several changes by increase or decrease organs/body weight or serum biochemistry values.This indicates potential adverse health/toxic effects of GM corn and further investigations still needed. ..."
http://www.academia.edu/3138607/Morphological_and_Biochemical_Changes_in_Male_Rats_Fed_on_Genetically_Modified_Corn_Ajeeb_YG_ View Comment