Sen. Franken To Chair New Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law

by jeeg 25. February 2011 19:27
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday the creation of a new subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. "The explosion of new technologies and activities online, including social media, has unleashed new questions about how to protect Americans' privacy in the digital age," said Leahy. "As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I have made privacy a top priority, and that will continue in the 112th Congres... [More]

Fourteen women rescued from illegal surrogacy ring in Thailand

by jeeg 24. February 2011 21:00
Thai police yesterday broke up a ring offering illegal surrogacy service and rescued fourteen Vietnamese women. The women, aged 19 to 26 years old, were confined to three houses on the outskirts of Bangkok, said a Vietnam News Agency Correspondent who witnessed the rescue, conducted by Thail police and NGOs. In one house, police found 15 foreign passports, including nine Vietnamese. Two Vietnamese women, who are pregnant, told the correspondent they had come to Thailand for 3-4 mon... [More]

USDA Gives Green Light to GE Alfalfa

by jeeg 24. February 2011 00:07
In late January, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Tom Vilsack announced approval of the commercial cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The decision came after a long debate—and legal battle—over the safety of GE alfalfa. Those who oppose the regulation of GE alfalfa—including Monsanto and Forage Genetics, the companies who developed the engineered alfalfa—have argued that restrictions on GE alfalfa would lead to restricti... [More]

Social Media, Genomics Driving Data Tsunami

by jeeg 22. February 2011 23:29
The social media wave is being followed by a big data tsunami.   Ok, the imagery is getting a little outlandish, but the flood of information that must be stored and analyzed is generating excitement, especially in Boston, where many in the tech world worry that they were at the beach while Silicon Valley and New York enjoyed the fruits of the Web 2.0 revolution.   Social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter are generating terabytes of content, IDC analyst David ... [More]

Who's in the Obama Administration?

by jeeg 21. February 2011 23:54
Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary As Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack was a leading advocate for Monsanto, genetic engineering, and factory farming. President Obama proudly lauded his new Agriculture Secretary for "promoting biotech." Vilsack has, in fact, promoted the most controversial and dangerous forms of agricultural biotechnology, including pharma crops, plants genetically engineered to produce pharmaceuticals. When grown outdoors on farmland, where most pharma crop trials have occurred... [More]

Genetic Discrimination Bill introduced in CA

by jeeg 19. February 2011 01:09
Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 559 which would prohibit discrimination based on genetic information in California.    “Discrimination on the basis of genetic information is no less offensive than discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation,” said Senator Padilla.  “California has a compelling interest in promoting and fostering the medical promise of genomics while relieving the fear of dis... [More]

Genetically engineered alfalfa isn't necessary

by jeeg 17. February 2011 22:40
Alfalfa's roots go deep in the soil and deep in history. Prized by the ancient Persians, this high-protein "Queen of Forages" is still treasured. It is the fourth-largest crop grown in the United States, primarily for feeding cattle. And it is the latest one to fall to the Empire of Monsanto.   Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's recent decision to deregulate the use of Monsanto's Roundup Ready Alfalfa (RRA) has alarmed many in the farming community, and beyond, who expected be... [More]

Why Aren’t G.M.O. Foods Labeled?

by jeeg 16. February 2011 23:53
If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.’s — genetically modified organisms — you’re out of luck. They’re not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, which by law can’t contain more than 5 percent G.M.O.’s. Now, however, even that may not work.     In the last three weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved three... [More]

Chinese police increase efforts to rescue child beggars

by jeeg 15. February 2011 22:24
An online campaign to publish photos of child beggars is assisting authorities to crack down on gangs that kidnap children and to help reunite kidnapped children with their families. The Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday that the public can dial 110, a police hotline, if they suspect children are being organized or forced to beg on the streets. "Addressing child trafficking and organized begging by minors needs the joint efforts of all sectors of society," said Chen Shiqu, h... [More]

DNA legislation crisis in Trinidad and Tobago

by jeeg 14. February 2011 21:54
TO STEM a quietly mounting crisis in the implementation of almost four-year-old DNA legislation, the Government will this month overhaul the 2007 law, senior Cabinet sources this week disclosed. A sub-committee of the Cabinet, which included Minister of Justice Herbert Volney, met last Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s the weekly Cabinet meeting at Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, and discussed proposals from the Justice Ministry to have crucial sections of the Deoxuribonucleic Acid ... [More]
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