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By 2002, Congress was already questioning the expense of maintaining Plum Island as a “Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory,” but suggestions about upgrading it to Level 4 were rankling North Fork residents who feared the upgrade would endanger them.
An upgraded lab would mean the introduction of pathogens involving diseases for which there are no known cures.
The legislative debate eventually led to a 2008 decision to close the Animal Disease Center and sell Plum Island.
In 2009, Manhattan, Kansas, located near a number of other facilities the government uses for research, was selected for the new facility, but with the floundering economy, money wasn’t available for construction.
By 2013, with plans still on the books to decommission Plum Island, the Southold Town Board implemented zoning restrictions that would affect any future uses, including the possibility of a developer putting large houses there or Donald Trump developing a golf resort on the island. Shelter Islander Bill
In attempting to solve general hunger problems in the horn of Africa – are we handicapping the countries “food resources” in their ability to naturally overcome harsh weather conditions? Adaptation for all organisms is critical to overall abilities, function, and survival. If we really go forward with the green revolution – we maybe taking natural abilities away from all food sources in the countries, ultimately creating a larger long term problem.
poorest of poor farmers, who are the most likely to face food shortfalls. A more realistic approach would play down imported seeds and commercial agriculture in favor of enhanced traditional approaches to producing food for families and local markets.
A note which appears to have been prepared for Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary for immigration, says the party’s base will learn as a result that the government spends close to $1 billion a year on those efforts.
The note says the other risk of undertaking such a study is that the government’s relationship with Quebec may surface as an issue.
Pressing Refresh Notes: I wouldn’t mind as much if we could also spend the same amount on new water mains to replace our crumbling ones. Let’s spend money where it is needed most. Maybe real oversight on spending and progress updates on all projects. Proof and transparency.
In a particularly dangerous development, as Aranda notes, Conabia has been selected as a “reference center” for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). In this role Conabia will “provide technical and scientific advice” to the FAO regarding the “biosafety” of GMOs. So now we have people linked to the leading GMO developer companies, Monsanto, Syngenta, and Dow, telling the world’s major food security organization whether GMOs are safe. Perfect!
What began with a few neighbors meeting to find out what it would mean if Monsanto located in their town, turned into hundreds, thousands and, within weeks tens of thousands of residents and supporters organizing regular demonstrations and creating an ongoing blockade of a construction site. Not just any construction site, the location of what would have been – if not for people’s power – the largest genetically modified seed processing plant in the world. The town of Malvinas stopped Monsanto. Their story and inspiration resonate across the globe. As Vanessa and others reflected, if they can stop the giant Monsanto they can change the world … and little by little they are doing just that.
Pressing Refresh Notes: Proof that peaceful action works! Can we teach that to our world leaders?
I have been working on my mom’s side of the family tree this past month. The children of said family were separated in the early 1900’s. We never knew this until 1999. I made contact with some descendants! It has taken up a big chunk of my time. Some of my documents were packed away in every nook and cranny of my house.
When I was heavily into blogging politics, I used to print out interesting articles to write about at a later date. Yes, I actually wrote stuff instead of sharing other peoples articles. I thought I had tossed all of them out. Not so. I found a bunch of papers in a box of genealogy documents.
Grabbed a coffee and sat down to read them. Now I remember why I stopped writing, because it is all the same sh*t happening just different dates. Nothing changes. It never has. The paths and the means to the path are still the same. New players, same goal. New technology, new laws, still the same old sh*t.
I gave up writing about it because it just doesn’t matter that everyone knows what is really happening behind the scenes and who is wagging the dog. Seriously, we do. We know about the fake “groups” that are running around causing chaos, we all know the “protest” events that are allowed to happen in places that any other day would never be allowed to happen, it just happened to be a great opportunity to shape public opinion. And cameras were there, you can’t waste a good opportunity like that.
I just gave up. There really isn’t anything new to write. The goal was and still is the same.
Anyway, before tossing the papers, I thought I would share the last bits of my stash. Some had to be found on different sites, as the links mine were found no longer had them up. This was one of them, for that I was glad. I had to go to his site to get it. Loads of great articles are there!
His home page: Peter Dale Scott
Afghanistan plans gas pipeline via BBC (2002)
Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline via BBC (1997)
I had huge amounts of papers about Burma. I can’t even remember what my interest was back then. (2005) I’ll have to do more searching what the big deal was. If I figure it out, I will update with a link. some mention of building many buildings, hospitals and a military base. Something about threats, ASEAN, Mining, giving foreign corporations their resources, oil (nothing new there).
One link of note:
THE NATION; BURMA, OIL AND ARMS: THE FRENCH CONNECTION THE NATION: BURMA FACING UP TO RAMPANT PRICE INCREASE THE NATION: BURMA, OIL AND ARMS: THE FRENCH CONNECTION BKK POST: BANHARN'S VISIT SEEN AS KEY TO OPENING BURMA BORDER POINTS BKK POST: BETTER HIGHWAY SECURITY URGED
But the most interesting was one top secret, now public, 29 page document printed from a Canadian government site that is no longer available. It was from March 26-27, 1957, Bermuda discussions. A similar read can be found here:
Pursuing Nasser: The Macmillan Government and the Management of British Policy Towards the Middle East Cold War, 1957– 63
That was only part of the notes, you could always do a search Like this:
march 27 1957 bermuda discussions macmillan top secret
for more information and Canada’s role.