Date: 29 October 2015
“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden”
The resolution calling on the EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden was adopted Thursday by a majority of votes.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection.
“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender,” the press service said in a statement.
In the same resolution, the EU parliament raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, released in 2013 a trove of classified documents detailing bulk US intelligence data collection in the United States, Europe and many other targets around the world.
Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August 2013, before receiving a three-year residency permit from the country the following year.
In the United States, he may face up to 30 years in prison on espionage charges for his revelations of the depth of illegal surveillance activities by the US intelligence community.
Date: 29 October 2015
Author: Joe Bowie
Harvard claims carbon dioxide negatively impacting human health
Carbon Tax Ponsi Scheme Champion Al Gore has begun yet another highly publicized tweet fueled debate about Climate Change.
The Daily Caller reports that “A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health claims ‘carbon dioxide’ (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making, According to ThinkProgress, a left-wing advocacy website.”
Essentially, the Harvard Study exposed 24 humans to a six day regimen of volatile organic compounds and varying levels of carbon dioxide. The study found that cognitive scores decreased as CO2 levels rose. Will this be the catalyst that brings the Climate Change deniers to their knees? Doubtful.
Way back in 1924, Morton added potassium iodide to salt due to the behest of the U.S. government. The government ordered it in the salt to combat the increase in the swelling of the thyroid gland or goiters. This action had an unintended side effects. Iodized test subjects had a 15 point higher IQ on average and goiters were almost completely eliminated. So American’s thyroids and brains were now in much better shape. By the grace of God perhaps, because climate modification pioneers had other ideas for the brains of the population of the United States.
Date: 28 October 2015
Author: The Associated Press
European Union lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would have allowed countries to ban certain genetically modified food and animal feed even if the produce was authorized by EU authorities.
Lawmakers fear the move could force a return to border controls to keep GMO produce out of some countries. The decision to reject the law was taken on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority.
The environment spokesman for the assembly’s biggest political group, Peter Liese, said that “we need to avoid chaos for consumers and farmers.”
He warned that “having national bans would mean re-introducing border controls for foodstuff and feedstuff.”
The use of GMOs remains controversial in Europe. Fifty-eight such crops have been authorized for consumption, including maize, cotton, soybean, oilseed rape and sugar beet. A further 58 are awaiting approval.
The lawmakers called on the EU’s executive Commission to come up with new reforms to address problems posed by nations who oppose certain GMOs.
The Commission said it was disappointed by the vote and that it stands by its proposal.
Environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the decision, saying in a statement that the “plan would have failed to provide additional protection of European citizens and the environment from the risks posed by GM crops.”