Facebook’s plan to take over the web

Source:Washingtonpost
Date: 16 October 2015
Author:Hayley Tsukayama

Facebook wants you to spend all your time on Facebook

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has talked about bringing Facebook to more of people’s lives – or expanding the things you can do with its products.

There seems to be a lot going on at the big blue social network these days. A spate of headlines from the past several weeks have outlined some very ambitious plans: Facebook is building a real-time news tool that could kill Twitter. Facebook’s testing shopping products that could take on Amazon. Facebook’s making its own YouTube.

[Facebook tests another tool to get us to embrace social shopping]

On Friday, the company officially shared news on its video plans, saying that it’s testing “new video experiences” for its mobile and desktop versions. These include features on the site that will suggest related videos, let users multitask while watching video and save videos to watch for later. Per the blog post announcing the effort, Facebook is also launching a new, dedicated section on the social network just for videos: Continue reading Facebook’s plan to take over the web

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Polish farmers arrested defending farmland

Source:Farmlandgrab.org Main Source: ICPPC which I believe that source was censored so the source is under Farmlandgrab.org where I found the article.
Date:14 October 2015
Author: ICPPC

URGENT! The Polish farmers are calling for other farming and consumer groups in Europe and beyond to show solidarity with their actions. As one farmer said “To day we are arrested – tomorrow you could be.”

Please do send letters of support!

On 6th October 2015 the police arrested 11 farmers from Pyrzyce (Western Pomerania Province) where 60% of farmland has already been sold off to foreign buyers. The arrested farmers are accused of participating in an organized group whose aim is to prevent the actioning of tenders for the sale of Polish farmland by WRSP (land owned by the state). The farmers were arrested on their own farms and handcuffed with their families watching.

The prosecutor stated that “they will all have to answer for impeding the tenders for the sale of land… The farmers are blocking a dozen tenders connected with the foreign sale of farming estates worth at least 6 million zloty.”

The arrested farmers had actively participated in protests in Szczecin and the surrounding region as well as Warsaw, their aim is to introduce changes into the law applicable to farmland management and to put a stop to Polish land sale transactions to speculative foreigners and corporations. Continue reading Polish farmers arrested defending farmland

Chinese buy nation’s largest dairy, Van ­Diemen’s Land Company

Source: The Australian
Date: 13 October 2015
Author: Sue Neales

Australia’s largest and oldest dairy farm has been effectively sold for $220 million to Chinese owners. Herman Shao-ming Hu and Kenny Zhang are finalising the purchase of a majority interest in the 190-year-old Van ­Diemen’s Land Company (VDL) in Tasmania.

A Van Diemen’s Land Company farm at Woolnorth in Tasmania.

The near-completed deal comes in the same week as federal parliament prepares to ­debate the Chinese-Australia free-trade agreement, and will be a test of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s attitude to foreign investment.

Mr Hu and Mr Zhang through their respective companies, ­Ryoden Development and the Australia-registered Waratah Corporation, will each buy about 35 per cent of VDL from current owner New Zealand’s New Plymouth Council.

The other third of Australia’s biggest single milk producer is set to be bought by the Lempriere Capital equity managers, linked to the Melbourne-based Lemp­riere family, noted wool traders.

The deal is one of Australia’s biggest agricultural sales to ­foreign investors and will require ­approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board as it is significantly larger than the new $15m approval threshold set earlier this year. Continue reading Chinese buy nation’s largest dairy, Van ­Diemen’s Land Company

How a liberal vegan environmentalist made the switch from climate proponent to climate skeptic

Source:/Watts up with that
Date: 16 October 2015
Author: Anthony Watts

Hint: He did his homework, then took himself to the other side of the debate.

Guest essay by David Siegel

siegel-pixMy name is David Siegel. I’m not a climate expert; I’m a writer. Early in 2015, I became interested in climate science and decided to spend the better part of this year trying to learn what I could. It didn’t take long before it was clear that there isn’t likely going to be any catastrophic warming this century. What was clear is that skeptics are losing this battle, and I want to tell you why.

For thirty years, James Hansen and Al Gore have been building their PR machine along with David Fenton, the wizard of nonprofit PR. They understand that the messenger is more important than the message. People don’t easily change their minds. People get their opinions from “experts” and brand names like NASA, MIT, Harvard, TIME, The Daily Show, etc. Fenton knows the game is about credibility and repetition, not science. As long as we are trying to convince people with the facts, we will lose.

So I did my homework and wrote a 9,000-word essay aimed at liberals who have a voice, who have access to media, and who might take 30 minutes to educate themselves. Continue reading How a liberal vegan environmentalist made the switch from climate proponent to climate skeptic