California farmers begin selling water instead of crops as drought reaches critical stage

Natural News
March 29, 2015
Sandy J. Duncan

(NaturalNews) California farmers are making more money selling water than planting their fields in some cases. The rice industry in the Sacramento Valley has really been struggling with this year’s drought. Some farmers are choosing not to plant this year and are cashing in on their water rights instead. This controversial move on the part of the farmers is not a cut and “dry” deal. “In the long term, if we don’t make it available we’re afraid they’ll just take it,” said Charlie Mathews, a fourth-generation rice farmer with senior rights to Yuba River water. [Photo Credit: Orchards in the San Joaquin Valley (Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED] Continue reading California farmers begin selling water instead of crops as drought reaches critical stage

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Soil health program boosts crop yields by 300% without GMOs or chemical-intensive factory farming

Natural News
March 24, 2015
Mayimina Mutijiang

(NaturalNews) Chemical farming is the norm, but it does not have to be. There are now more options than ever before that will allow farmers a higher yield without having to lace the soil with chemicals and then treat the crops as well. Knowing about these options can make a world of difference and can help farmers and consumers alike to get a healthier and safer product overall. Continue reading Soil health program boosts crop yields by 300% without GMOs or chemical-intensive factory farming

Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

First Look
26 March 2015

New Zealand’s spy agency watchdog is launching an investigation into the scope of the country’s secret surveillance operations following a series of reports from The Intercept and its partners.

On Thursday, Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security, announced that she would be opening an inquiry after receiving complaints about spying being conducted in the South Pacific by eavesdropping agency Government Communications Security Bureau, or GCSB. Continue reading Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

Cornell University: ISIS terrorist training coaches welcomed on campus as long as they are vaccinated

Natural News
25 March 2015
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Cornell University welcomes ISIS terrorists to come to its campus and conduct terror “training camps” for students, admits the university’s assistant dean Joseph Scaffido in an undercover sting video filmed by Project Veritas. But the university absolutely does not allow unvaccinated students to be present on campus, according to its public health requirements web page.

At Cornell University, in other words, terrorists are welcomed, but only if they are fully vaccinated first. Meanwhile, healthy, unvaccinated children are banned from the campus because they might pose a “danger” to public health, we’re told. Continue reading Cornell University: ISIS terrorist training coaches welcomed on campus as long as they are vaccinated

NSA and Facebook Work Together

Infowars
Kurt Nimmo
27 March 2015

Lawyer at the European Court of Justice advises users to close down their Facebook accounts

Earlier this week the European Commission’s attorney Bernhard Schima told the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the US-EU Safe Harbor framework does not work.

facebook-controlThe framework process supposedly protects personal data. In 2013, however, it was discovered the NSA and its British counterpart — the GCHQ, short for Government Communications Headquarters — had siphoned off data transfers by tapping directly into under sea cable networks.

In fact, according to a lawyer representing the Austrian government before the CJEU, Safe Harbor is better suited for pirates than the protection of data of EU citizens. In other words, the system was designed to be hijacked by the NSA and GCHQ.

“You might consider closing your Facebook account if you have one,” Schima told attorney-general Yves Bot at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Edward Snowden had earlier revealed that the NSA’s notorious PRISM program had provided access to a number of US tech companies and social media services, including Facebook. Continue reading NSA and Facebook Work Together

New TPPA Investment Leak Confirms NZ Surrender to US

Scoop
26 March 2015
Professor Jane Kelsey

New TPPA Investment Leak Confirms NZ Surrender to US

The controversial investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has just been posted by Wikileaks, along with an analysis by Washington-based Public Citizen. Dated 20 January 2015, at the start of the negotiating round in New York, it clearly shows the governments has capitulated to US demands.

‘We haven’t seen a text since 2012’, said Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Today’s leaked text confirms all our worst fears.’ Continue reading New TPPA Investment Leak Confirms NZ Surrender to US

Monsanto fined $600k by EPA for uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals

RT
March 27, 2015

Monsanto has agreed to pay the US government $600,000 for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled toxic chemical releases from its Idaho phosphate plant. The releases in Soda Springs occurred between 2006 and 2009.

The plant emitted hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury into the atmosphere during that three-year span, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Justice Department said in a statement. Companies are required by law to report such releases immediately. Continue reading Monsanto fined $600k by EPA for uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals

U.S., Chinese governments fight to take over internet, stepping up censorship and government control

Natural News
March 26, 2015
J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) When it comes to freedom of speech and expression, as an American, one wouldn’t think that the U.S. government and the Chinese government would treat them the same.

In the United States, the Constitution – the nation’s founding document – recognizes speech and expression as a fundamental human right, divinely endowed and not subject to government permission. Protests are not simply tolerated they are encouraged. Government redress is a basic right. Speaking out against those in power is as American as it gets.

In authoritarian China, of course, the opposite is true: Speech is tightly controlled and regulated. Chinese citizens have little redress with their government, protests are essentially banned, and anyone deemed too critical of the state is hauled off to jail. Continue reading U.S., Chinese governments fight to take over internet, stepping up censorship and government control

IRD targets Trade Me members

NZ Herald
28 March 2015

Exclusive: Inland Revenue flexing its legal muscle to trawl through private information on companies’ customers in hunt for tax evaders.

Super computers will boost IRD’s ability to gather and analyse information on people’s activities.

 

Inland Revenue could chase you for tax if you’ve sold goods on Trade Me, now that it has obtained the personal and trading details of tens of thousands of customers.

The tax department served the online marketplace with a legal order demanding the details of nearly a million customers.

Trade Me resisted the huge request but eventually provided information on 44,368.

The request has revealed the IRD is using its old powers in new ways. It has previously collected information about taxpayers, but now seeks vast troves of data held by commercial organisations to search for those who haven’t paid their taxes. Continue reading IRD targets Trade Me members

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