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« Reply #8535 on: May 24th, 2013, 12:31pm »

Hi Crystal. Hi everyone else. I hope you're all doing well. smiley

I wanted to stop by and let you know about a day of rallies that's happening across the globe tomorrow. It's called March Against Monsanto. My apologies if it's already been mentioned. If you don't know who Monsanto is, just look them up online and you'll find plenty of dirt on them. They're the most dangerous and polluting company in our history, and they control a large portion of our food supply. Whether people realize it or not, this has serious consequences on us--not to mention the environment.

They are quite literally ruining our planet and species, along with many other species that live here. The governments don't stop them because they're in bed together. Hell, they don't even make them put labels on their food even though independent studies show that GMOs are harmful. It's up to the people to take back our food supply and protect our home and ecological diversity, which are being destroyed by modern agriculture.

Over 300 cities in the USA, 40+ in Canada, and 49 other countries around the world are joining together tomorrow, the 25th of May, to protest Monsanto. It's part of the Occupy Monsanto project. I urge people to consider attending a rally in your area if at all possible and if your food is important to you (and it should be since bad food leads to disease). Please check out those links above if you don't know what GMOs are or how dangerous they and Roundup are in our bodies and environment.

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March Against Monsanto – May 25, 2013

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.

Why do we march?

- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.

- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.

- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

- For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.

- Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.

What are solutions we advocate?

- Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.

- Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.

- Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”

- Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.

- Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.

- Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.

- Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison.
That’s why we March Against Monsanto.


Join us! http://on.fb.me/ZUxe3o

Find cities already participating: http://bit.ly/ZTDsk8

Start your own: http://on.fb.me/16qw2r4


http://occupy-monsanto.com/march-against-monsanto-may-25-2013/

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Take care everyone. Best of health to you all. smiley

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« Reply #8536 on: May 24th, 2013, 1:21pm »

on Sep 23rd, 2012, 1:33pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello and post that article. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Crystal


Thanks, sweetie. I think about you guys a lot, too. I hope to get that darn forum opened soon, even though it will be mostly read-only except for you and the others who have already registered. I at least want to get the place filled out and readable even if I don't have the time or energy to allow strangers to post.

Take care, hon. Stop by sometime and see the new design after the first of the month. PB is updating us, whether we like it or not. tongue

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« Reply #8537 on: May 24th, 2013, 5:52pm »

Florida man finds mysterious gold treasure during Everglades snake hunt

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Published May 24, 2013

A Florida man who went hunting for pythons in Florida’s Everglades returned instead with a mysterious treasure: an antique, diamond-studded gold medallion that could date back to the 17th century.

How the handmade, penny-sized amulet got there is a riddle. One theory is it could have been aboard a ValuJet plane that crashed nearby in May 1996 – or that perhaps it was part of the debris field from an Eastern Airlines crash in the same area in 1972. The fact that it is partially melted on one side could support that idea.

But wherever it came from, Mark Rubinstein, the eagle-eyed snake hunter who found it, is determined to get it back home.

“It looks like it belongs to somebody,” he told FoxNews.com. But if the rightful owner can’t be found, Rubinstein says he’ll donate the heirloom to the Archdiocese of Miami.

After a fruitless day, he said, “We were walking back along a levee and something in the ground just caught my eye. I walked back and forth to make sure. I walked over and dug it out of the dirt. “

Rubinstein removed an amulet that featured eight rose-cut diamonds along with gold latticework resembling a Celtic pattern. There also was a sapphire-encrusted cross in the center with engraved symbols.

“The symbols on the cross just vexed me,” he said. “I researched it but couldn’t find them anywhere.”

Rubinstein, from Coral Springs, Fla., reached out to Carroll’s Jewelers, where owner Bob Moorman confirmed the piece was likely between 18- and 24-karat gold. The rose-cut of the diamonds was popular between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/24/florida-man-finds-gold-instead-snakes-in-everglade-python-hunt/#ixzz2UFhk5gtS

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« Reply #8538 on: May 25th, 2013, 11:05am »

That Florida man must be one happy camper!

Good morning Swamprat and thank you for that article cheesy

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« Reply #8540 on: May 25th, 2013, 11:51am »

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I used to love that show when I was a kid! Thanks for the memory!

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« Reply #8541 on: May 25th, 2013, 12:41pm »

I also love the classic stuff so thanks for sharing. smiley

Dove! Nice to see you around and also thanks for sharing. Yes, it's very important to know what we eat.
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« Reply #8542 on: May 26th, 2013, 10:42am »

on May 24th, 2013, 12:17pm, jjflash wrote:
Thanks for this, Crystal. If helpful to know, Steve Aftergood, who was referenced in the article, has a blog, Secrecy News, which maintains an email list and is hosted on the Website of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). The FAS was formed as a watchdog organization following publication of the Manhattan Project. Mr. Aftergood's blog and the FAS address such topics as journalists placed under surveillance, formerly classified aircraft, drones and weapons research, among other items potentially of interest to the UFO community.

I appreciate the reference to the subject matter, as the circumstances surrounding public access to declassified information continue to present many challenges. In addition to those mentioned in the article, when one is submitting an FOIA request, they must navigate such hurdles as knowing and understanding the specific search methods being used by the FOIA officers. For instance, an officer might only search file names, not contents of files, for the requested search terms, potentially resulting in minimal returns, all while having the option of billing the citizen for the 'work' conducted.

In recent years, legislation was passed allowing agencies to deny existence of files that are classified. The CIA therefore currently responds to requests that result in no info with a statement to the effect that there is either no data or it remains classified. I do not particularly argue the point or practicality of the policy one way or the other, but the result is nonetheless that you might continue to submit the same request every few years from now 'till doomsday, hoping the data you seek may exist and eventually become declassified/available.

Also, one must file their request to not only the correct agency (like, the FBI may have conducted an investigation and subsequently have a file on it that the CIA does not), but sometimes different offices within the same agency should be contacted. The Air Force, for instance, suggests those filing requests to check the command the info would fall under, as well as the specific base where the file might be stored, depending on what one is seeking.

Yet another item of interest is the CIA conducts their FOIA correspondence only by snail mail. My understanding for this is that it includes the safety precaution that no matter how competent and advanced a computer system's security may be, the protection cannot overcompensate for breeches and viruses that may occur due to human error, thus the possibility is taken out of the equation altogether.

Obviously, there are still a lot of challenges involved in accessing information, even after the info is declassified. It is only a matter of time until more practical systems are implemented due to the persistence of researchers such as Aftergood and the orgs they represent, and I look forward to it. Thanks again for the post, Crystal.


Good morning JJflash cheesy

Glad you are interested in this. Persistence is what it takes.

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« Reply #8543 on: May 26th, 2013, 10:44am »

on May 24th, 2013, 1:21pm, dove wrote:
Thanks, sweetie. I think about you guys a lot, too. I hope to get that darn forum opened soon, even though it will be mostly read-only except for you and the others who have already registered. I at least want to get the place filled out and readable even if I don't have the time or energy to allow strangers to post.

Take care, hon. Stop by sometime and see the new design after the first of the month. PB is updating us, whether we like it or not. tongue

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Lovely Dove!!!!!! cheesy


So good to see you! Please give the link again. I had to get a new computer and lost your link. That's why I haven't been by.

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on May 25th, 2013, 11:51am, LoneGunMan wrote:
Crystal,
I used to love that show when I was a kid! Thanks for the memory!

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Good morning Lone cheesy

I love love love the Topper movies and series. Glad you enjoyed it.

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The Husband is taking me out for breakfast. I'll post news tomorrow. Have a good day everyone.


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Lone I just got this on Amazon. Topper is also my husbands fav.


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Topper / Topper Returns (Enhanced Double Feature) (1939)
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Topper (1937) / Topper Returns (1941) (Enhanced) starring Cary Grant & Constance Bennett

For Cosmo and Clara Topper life revolves around being proper and up-standing people in society. However, when the ghosts of fun-loving George and Marion Kerby invade Cosmo s perfectly ordered life, mayhem ensues. The Kerby s want to make over Topper so he will be more care free, but can they do it without ruining his life?

In Topper Returns, Cosmo Topper is again visited by ghosts. This time it is the ghost of Gail Richards, who persuades Topper to go to the home of her friend Ann Carrington to uncover her murderer. Topper is again thrown into a series of crazy situations as he uncovers the true identity of the killer.

Topper and Topper Returns both star Roland Young and Billie Burke as Cosmo and Clara Topper, who are haunted by crazy ghosts. Topper also stars Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as the ghosts George and Marion Kerby. Topper Returns has Joan Blondell playing the ghost of Gail Richards. Both movies were nominated for Academy Awards. Topper is based on a series of novels by Thorne Smith.

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Syria fighting rages amid reports of chemical attacks

BEIRUT | Mon May 27, 2013 8:07am EDT

(Reuters) - Heavy fighting raged on Monday around the strategic border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus, amid renewed reports of chemical weapons attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Opposition activists said Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters were advancing in areas around Qusair, pressing a sustained assault on a town long used by rebels as a way station for arms and other supplies from Lebanon.

For Assad, Qusair is a crucial link between Damascus and loyalist strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Recapturing the town, in central Homs province, could also sever connections between rebel-held areas in the north and south of Syria.

Syrian government offensives in recent weeks are an apparent attempt to strengthen Assad's negotiating position before peace talks next month sponsored by the United States and Russia.

Assad's forces now hold about two-thirds of Qusair, said one activist who asked not to be named. Rebel reinforcements from elsewhere in Syria were trying to relieve the pressure, but their attacks had bogged down on the outskirts.

"So far they are just fighting and dying, their assault hasn't resulted in much yet unfortunately," the activist said.

Fierce clashes cut the highway running north from Damascus to the central city of Homs and shook the eastern outskirts of the capital, where dozens of people were suffering the effects of an apparent chemical attack, opposition sources said.

VICTIMS IN OXYGEN MASKS

Video posted online from the eastern suburb of Harasta showed lines of victims lying on the floor of a large room, covered in blankets and breathing from oxygen masks.

Both sides in the conflict, now in its third year, have accused each other of using chemical weapons. France's Le Monde newspaper published first-hand accounts on Monday of apparent chemical attacks by Assad's forces in April.

Another video from Harasta overnight showed at least two fighters being put into a van, their eyes watering and struggling to breathe while medics put tubes into their throats.

It was not possible to verify the videos independently, given the difficulties of media access in Syria.

A doctor interviewed in another video said the alleged chemical attack in Harasta was revenge for a rebel raid on nearby military checkpoints. He complained of a severe shortage in staff and medical supplies to treat such victims.

"We have dozens of wounded from another chemical gas bomb attack ... As you can see there are many people here just lying on the floor with no one to treat them," said the doctor, who did not give his name.

Many of the fighters affected by the attack, according to one opposition group, had recovered sufficiently to return to battle, suggesting its severity had been limited.

"Praise God, all our wounded men are in a stable condition," said the Harasta Media Group in a statement on Skype. "They are doing well and many have even returned to the frontline."

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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How Timbuktu’s manuscripts were saved from jihadists

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Published: May 26

In TIMBUKTU, MALI — It was 7 o’clock on a hot night in August, and Hassine Traore was nervous. Behind him were 10 donkeys, each strapped with two large rice bags filled with ancient manuscripts. The bags were covered in plastic to shield them from a light rain.

Radical Islamists had entered Timbuktu four months earlier, and they had set about destroying everything they deemed a sin.

They had demolished the tombs of Sufi saints. They had beaten up women for not covering their faces and flogged men for smoking or drinking. They most certainly would have burned the manuscripts — nearly 300,000 pages on a variety of subjects, including the teachings of Islam, law, medicine, mathematics and astronomy — housed in public and private libraries across the city.

The scholarly documents depicted Islam as a historically moderate and intellectual religion and were considered cultural treasures by Western institutions — reasons enough for the ultraconservative jihadists to destroy them.

But a secret operation had been set in motion within weeks of the jihadist takeover. It included donkeys, safe houses and smugglers, all deployed to protect the manuscripts by sneaking them out of town.

This is the story of how nearly all the documents were saved, based on interviews with an unlikely cast of characters who detailed their roles for the first time. They included Traore, a 30-year-old part-time janitor, and his grandfather, a guard.

“We knew that if we attracted any attention, the Islamists would arrest us,” Traore recalled.

The New York-based Ford Foundation, the German and Dutch governments, and an Islamic center in Dubai provided most of the funds for the operation, which cost about $1 million.

“We took a big risk to save our heritage,” said Abdel Kader Haidara, a prominent preservationist who once loaned 16th- and 18th-century manuscripts from his family’s private collection to the Library of Congress. “This is not only the city’s heritage, it is the heritage of all humanity.”

The jihadists who took control of Timbuktu in April 2012 quickly chose as their headquarters the Ahmed Baba Institute, a state-run library and research center named after a 17th-century Timbuktu scholar. The center, painted in tan and pink hues, was built in 2009 to replace an older library with the same name in another part of the city.

The militants kicked out the employees and scrawled the name of their organization on a wall in Arabic: “Ansar al-Dine,” or “Defenders of the Faith.”

The jihadists, along with fighters from al-Qaeda’s affiliate in West and North Africa, had piggybacked on a Tuareg separatist rebellion that had taken advantage of a military coup in March to overrun the north. Within weeks, the radicals pushed out the Tuareg rebels and asserted control over Timbuktu and other cities in the north.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Timbuktu was a center of Islamic culture under several African empires. It had a university and many Islamic schools that attracted scholars and students from Cairo, Baghdad and other corners of the Middle East. Some brought along sacred Muslim texts. Others produced several hundred thousand manuscripts, handwritten in Arabic and African languages, sometimes in gold lettering.

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