Princess Anne: Genetically-modified crops have benefits

•March 23, 2017 • 15 Comments

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39329933

Princess Anne has said genetically-modified crops have important benefits for providing food and she would be open to growing them on her own land.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today “we have to accept” the process could help production and livestock health.

Her brother, the Prince of Wales, has previously warned GM crops could cause an environmental disaster.

But Princess Anne said: “To say we mustn’t go there ‘just in case’ is probably not a practical argument.”

In an interview with the rural affairs programme to be broadcast on Thursday, the 66-year-old Princess Royal said she saw no problem with modifying crops if it improved their ability to grow.

“Gene technology has got real benefits to offer,” said Princess Anne, who is a working farmer and patron of nearly 50 countryside organisations.

She said gene technology would “maybe have an occasional downside but I suspect not very many”.

She added that she would be happy to use GM for crops and livestock on her own farming estate, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.

“We grow some very good plants here remarkably easily,” she said. “I don’t see the problem in saying ‘is there something we could do to improve their abilities?'”

Princess Anne talked about the difficulties she has experienced developing rare-breed cattle, adding long-term investment to develop suitable genetic modification to help improve their health would be a “bonus”.

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she is correct of course..it benefits monsanto..nothing else..

“But Princess Anne said: “To say we mustn’t go there ‘just in case’ is probably not a practical argument.”

its not “just in case”..its proven dipshit..

“She said gene technology would “maybe have an occasional downside but I suspect not very many”.

lol..

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Three European countries want to create an artificial power island in the North Sea

•March 23, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/380012-western-europe-artificial-power-island/

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have revealed plans to jointly build a giant artificial island in the North Sea with wind farms providing power for 80 million people.

The plan envisages the island on the large Dogger Bank sandbank roughly at the center of the North Sea between Denmark, Germany, Britain, Norway, and Belgium, with connections to each. It will have its own runway and harbor.

The island would be around six square kilometers in size and connected to wind farms in countries around the sea through a power hub able to distribute energy to consumers across the region.

Specialists say that area of the North Sea gets a lot of wind and makes the spot an ideal location for a green power hub.

The ambitious project is aimed at cutting costs for customers, according to a statement from Energinet.dk, the Danish national transmission system operator for electricity and natural gas.

”Maybe it sounds a bit crazy and science fiction-like, but an island on Dogger Bank could make the wind power of the future a lot cheaper and more effective,” said Torben Glar Nielsen, the company’s technical director in a news release.

Energinet.dk said it will generate 70-100 GW of power through windmills connected to the island, that is enough to provide 80 million Europeans with power.

The project is supported by Denmark’s Energinet.dk and TenneT, the national electricity transmission system operator in the Netherlands.

”This project can greatly contribute to a sustainable electricity supply in Northwest Europe. I am happy that we are going to take this step with our Danish colleagues and I look forward to the participation of other transmission system operators and possibly other partners, said TenneT CEO Mel Kroon.

The firms are due to seal the deal at the end of the month and begin a feasibility study. Discussions with other possible partners are still ongoing.

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“The island would be around six square kilometers in size and connected to wind farms in countries around the sea through a power hub able to distribute energy to consumers across the region.”

cute idea..who will pay?

“Energinet.dk said it will generate 70-100 GW of power through windmills connected to the island, that is enough to provide 80 million Europeans with power.”

when the wind blows at the optimum speed..either side of that and the numbers drop accordingly..

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A New Zealand river now has the legal rights of a human

•March 22, 2017 • 14 Comments

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520414763/a-new-zealand-river-now-has-the-legal-rights-of-a-human

For the first time in New Zealand’s history, the country’s lawmakers have granted a river the legal rights of a human. The parliamentary vote Wednesday, which caps more than 140 years of legal struggles, ensures the roughly 90-mile Whanganui River will be represented by two guardians in legal matters that concern the waterway.

The legislation marks a monumental victory for the local Māori people, who view the river as “an indivisible and living whole,” Gerrard Albert, lead negotiator for the Whanganui tribe, tells The Telegraph. “It has been a long, hard battle” to earn legal recognition of the river, which is known by the Māori as Te Awa Tupua.

Under that name, the river will be appointed representatives — one each from the tribe and the government — in court proceedings. And the BBC notes the settlement also includes $80 million in financial redress and $30 million toward improving the river’s health.

“It’s not that we’ve changed our worldview, but people are catching up to seeing things the way that we see them,” Adrian Rurawhe, a Māori member of Parliament, tells the New Zealand Herald.

It is, however, a new concept for New Zealand’s government — and one it took a long time to come around to. The Herald reports the local Māori have sought to obtain legal protections for the Whanganui River since 1873, giving rise to “one of New Zealand’s longest running court cases.”

With the news that their generations-long efforts have finally succeeded, the hundreds of tribal representatives on hand for the moment “wept with joy when their bid to have their kin awarded legal status as a living entity was passed into law,” according to The Guardian.

In the legislative chamber the Māori present sang a waiata, or a traditional Māori folk song, in celebration.

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true story..

“the country’s lawmakers have granted a river the legal rights of a human. The parliamentary vote Wednesday, which caps more than 140 years of legal struggles, ensures the roughly 90-mile Whanganui River will be represented by two guardians in legal matters that concern the waterway.”

are they surrogates?

“With the news that their generations-long efforts have finally succeeded, the hundreds of tribal representatives on hand for the moment “wept with joy when their bid to have their kin awarded legal status as a living entity was passed into law,”

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Russia has sent a clear message to Israel on Syria

•March 22, 2017 • 10 Comments

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.778343

Russia has sent a clear message to Israel that the rules of the game have changed in Syria and its freedom to act in Syrian skies is over, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday night.

“Putin sent a clear message,” said Bashar Jaafari, speaking on Syrian television. “The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game is over.”

Syria’s use of anti-aircraft fire against Israel last Thursday night has changed the rules of the game, too, Jaafari said, adding that Syria will not stand idly by in the face of an Israeli threat.

He also claimed that when the civil war began in Syria in 2011, opposition militia groups sabotaged the anti-aircraft defense systems belonging to President Bashar Assad’s regime, giving Israel freedom to operate.

In a separate incident, Syrian media reported Sunday that the commander of a militia fighting alongside the regime was killed in an Israeli airstrike around Quneitra, in the Golan Heights.

The Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen, which is associated with Hezbollah, identified the casualty as Yasser Assayed, a member of the national defense militia. A source associated with the Assad regime said Assayad was a commander in the Golan brigade, a militia of Druze fighters (from villages in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights) who are fighting with the regime.

Between Thursday night and Friday morning, Israeli fighter jets attacked several targets in Syria, triggering the most serious clash between Israel and Syria since the civil war erupted six years ago. In response to the airstrikes, the Assad regime’s aerial defense system fired several missiles at the jets. Israel’s Arrow anti-missile defense system was launched, shooting down one of the missiles north of Jerusalem. The incident forced Israel to admit for the first time that it had launched an aerial attack in Syria.

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and the message is?

get the fuck out of our country or we will shoot your planes down..

i hear the war drums faintly in the background..

“Putin sent a clear message,” said Bashar Jaafari, speaking on Syrian television. “The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game is over.”

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Macron vows to close down Islamist Associations on French soil

•March 22, 2017 • 5 Comments

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201703191051739817-macron-terrorism-protection/

French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would eliminate Islamist associations in France not observing the country’s laws in addition to the state of emergency, which has been declared by the French government after November 2015 attacks.

“In addition to the emergency regime, I will abolish Islamist associations that do not comply with the laws of the Republic,” Macron told Le Journal du Dimanche.

He also suggested establishing a task force to combat the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia), which would report directly to the French president.

Recent polls showed that Macron was expected to defeat far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election.

The first round of the election is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is expected to take place on May 7.

Special security measures that has been in force in France since the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, were extended by the French government to July 15.

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significant speech..pandering to le pen voters..sneaky guy this one..he is the chosen one no doubt..can he reel in le pen though?

“Recent polls showed that Macron was expected to defeat far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election.”

a rothschild banker running france..its a globalists wet dream..

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May sets Brexit date for March 29

•March 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/british-pm-theresa-may-sets-brexit-date-for-march-29/news-story/7c94524deb3eb78a251e1bf8a63faf30

British Prime Minister Theresa May will formally trigger Brexit on March 29 but tensions have already concentrated around the punishment the European Union might try to extract from any deal.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German newspaper Bild the UK may have to abandon a trade deal unless it agreed to the high terms offered by the EU, including a “divorce bill” up to £60 billion.

Mr Juncker said Brexit would bring the remaining 27 members closer together. He said they will fall in love with each other again and renew their vows with the European Union because “Britain’s example will make everyone realise that it’s not worth leaving.”

He said: “Half memberships and cherrypicking aren’t possible. In Europe you eat what’s on the table or you don’t sit at the table.”

But the chair of Westminster’s European Scrutiny Committee, Bill Cash responded with a terse reminder that Britain didn’t owe anything to the EU, in a “legal or political’’ sense.

In an inflammatory remark, Mr Cash said it was worth bearing in mind that the UK helped restructure Germany’s post war debts back in 1953.

Mrs May has already indicated she will walk away from a bad trade deal and have a no deal if the EU wanted to extract a savage punishment.

Mrs May yesterday notified the EU Council president Donald Tusk of the official date the United Kingdom will trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, — on Wednesday next week — which kick starts the two year formal divorce proceedings from the EU.

The official start of proceedings will start with a formal letter sent by Mrs May to the EU.

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prepare accordingly..

“Mrs May yesterday notified the EU Council president Donald Tusk of the official date the United Kingdom will trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, — on Wednesday next week — which kick starts the two year formal divorce proceedings from the EU.”

markets might dip here..

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16 people you didn’t know were spies

•March 22, 2017 • 8 Comments

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/16-people-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-were-spies/ss-BBofauG#image=11

January 22 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Intelligence Authority, a committee set up to monitor the Central Intelligence Group (CIG) which was later absorbed into the Central Intelligence Authority (CIA) in 1947. On this occasion, we take a look at some famous people you might not have known were spies at some point of their lives.

JOSEPHINE BAKER

The celebrated American-born French dancer-actress worked as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II. She leveraged her celebrity status to get close to high-ranking Japanese and Italian officials, sneaking secret messages in invisible ink on her music sheets and helping smuggle people to safety. She was awarded the Medal of the Resistance with Rosette and named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government. At her death, Baker became the first American woman buried in France with military honors.

CARY GRANT

During the Second World War, the United States government was suspicious of the presence of Axis sympathizers in the homeland, especially within the entertainment industry. This led the intelligence agencies reaching out to producers and actors to keep an ear to the ground, and actor Cary Grant was one of them. His most sensational reveal was that fellow actor Errol Flynn was allegedly a Nazi sympathizer and even wrote letters of support to Hitler.

JULIA CHILD

Before she became a celebrated chef and cookbook author of French cuisine, Julia Child was employed at the Office of Strategic Services . Initially hired as a clerk, she later went on to work as a researcher assisting in the development of a shark repellent to keep undersea predators away from explosives. She was also posted to Sri Lanka and China, where her responsibilities included transcribing classified information from listening posts.

GRETA GARBO

The Swedish-born Hollywood actress was one of the greatest screen stars during the ’20s and ’30s. However, she suddenly quit films in 1941 and became famously reclusive. It was believed that she started working with MI6 during this time and was tasked with gathering information on one of the world’s richest men, Swedish millionaire industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren. She allegedly played a pivotal role is smuggling physicist Niels Bohr from Copenhagen to Britain; Bohr went onto develop the atomic bomb later.

ROALD DAHL

The author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II before a near-fatal accident rendered him unfit for flying operations. He was next posted at the British embassy in Washington, D.C. at a desk job, using his flair for language to pen British propaganda for American newspapers. Dahl quickly established himself as a ladies’ man in the elite society and was tasked with developing friendships with influential women, or the wives of powerful men, to find out American secrets and information.

IAN FLEMING

The creator of secret service agent James Bond was a spy himself. Fleming worked as a British Naval intelligence officer during World War II, maintaining communications between the admiralty and the branch of intelligence tasked with sabotage behind enemy lines. Given his skills, he was involved in drawing up a detailed organizational chart for setting up the Office of Strategic Services — an early version of the CIA created during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1942, he was put in charge of a commando group called the 30 Assault Unit that would accompany infantry advances to seize documents from enemy headquarters.

NOEL COWARD

The flamboyant playwright, composer, director, actor and singer of the ’40s was trained along with Ian Fleming in covert action at Bletchley Park. He was later appointed the head of the British Secret Service bureau in Paris to liaise with the French Ministry of Information. Talking about his wartime espionage work, Coward once said, “Celebrity was wonderful cover. My disguise would be my own reputation as a bit of an idiot…a merry playboy.”

MARLENE DIETRICH

One of the most glamorous leading ladies of the ’30s and ’40s, the German singer-actress was considered a spy in her adopted homeland of the United States, despite entertaining U.S. troops during the war and abandoning Nazi Germany. According to declassified FBI files, there was a formal espionage investigation against her from 1942 to 1944 at the order of then FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover. Dietrich attempted to win the trust of FBI officials by volunteering to spy for America instead. Her role involved “collecting observations about subversive activities in Europe” while on trips to the front to entertain the troops.

CHRISTOPHER LEE

The iconic Hollywood actor was recruited to the Special Operations Executive, a top-secret group organized to conduct sabotage and espionage actions in occupied Europe during World War II. The details of Lee’s missions during this time are still classified. “I was attached to the Special Air Service from time to time but we are forbidden — former, present, or future — to discuss any specific operations. Let’s just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like,” he said in an interview in 2011.

FRANK SINATRA

While many believe that the legendary singer had strong Mafia connections, his association with the CIA is a fact not many are aware of. According to his daughter, the secret service agency agreed to overlook Sinatra’s mafia ties in lieu of his working as a CIA courier — smuggling documents and even people in his private jet on cross-country or cross-Atlantic flights.

HARRY HOUDINI

The master escape artist assisted British and American intelligence agencies with information gathered during his traveling magic acts throughout Europe. He had a significant fan following in the German and Russian elite society who would unknowingly spill war details to the magician during after-parties which Houdini would pass on to the secret agencies.

ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG

The former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States worked for the Office of Strategic Services during the Second World War. He took a break from practicing law during the war and started developing an information-gathering network behind enemy lines across Europe.

JOHN FORD

The multiple Oscar-winning director was a naval reserve officer before making films. While working as a secret agent during WWII, he alerted the agency about a suspected Japanese presence near the coastal areas of Baja in northwestern Mexico. Later, Ford directed many U.S. wartime propaganda films.

CHARLES LUCIANO

As the head of the powerful Genovese family, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was the undisputed boss of organized crime on the U.S. East Coast during the ’40s. However, he was sentenced for 50 years for promoting prostitution. Luciano offered to work as a conduit in the search for information about saboteurs who sank a French liner at the New York City dock in exchange for a commuted sentence. The association proved to be a success, and the mobster’s services were sought again ahead of the Allied invasion of Sicily. Luciano was subsequently released after serving just 10 years of his sentence and deported to Italy.

MOE BERG

Graduating from Princeton University with a degree in modern languages and a law degree from Columbia University, the U.S.-born Major League Baseball catcher was often dubbed “the brainiest man in baseball.” During WWII, he became an officer at the Office of Strategic Services where one of his assignments was to assassinate Werner Heisenberg, the head of Nazi Germany’s atom-bomb project. The plan was eventually called off.

STERLING HAYDEN

The tall, handsome actor was dubbed “The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies” by Paramount Pictures. However, after appearing in two films, Hayden went on to join the U.S. Marine Corps under the name John Hamilton. He was subsequently commissioned as an undercover agent during WWII. His role during the period involved shipping supplies to Nazi-resistant groups in Yugoslavia and parachuting into Croatia.

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and what about modern day spies?

this is how the game is played..

you dont honestly think they stopped doing this practice do you? 🙂

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