Category Archives: Awareness

Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers for Police to Hack into Computers

Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers for Police to Hack into Computers, Install Spyware, Destroy Data

Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers for Police to Hack into Computers, Install Spyware, Destroy Data
The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security has proposed some rather over the line measures and wants to extend such powers to the police that would allow them to break into computers and mobile phones in any part of the world.

According to the proposal [PDF] (in Dutch), dated October 15, the ministry has asked for powers that would allow police to not only break into computers but, would also allow them to install spyware, search for data in those computers and destroy data.

As explained by the digital rights group ‘Bits of Freedom’, which obtained the copy of the proposal, if the Dutch police gets such powers the security of computer users would be lessened and that there will be a “perverse incentive to keep information security weak.”

Another take is that millions of computers would be less secured as Government might not push companies to publish vulnerabilities on one hand and won’t encourage public to patch their systems on time on the other because it might want to exploit those vulnerabilities for its own purpose.

As much as this law is bad for the people, it is more so for the Dutch government as “other governments would be very interested in using such a power against Dutch interests.”

(Original article at ParityNews.com)

Human genes engineered into experimental GMO rice being grown in Kansas

(NaturalNews) Unless the rice you buy is certified organic, or comes specifically from a farm that tests its rice crops for genetically modified (GM) traits, you could be eating rice tainted with actual human genes. The only known GMO with inbred human traits in cultivation today, a GM rice product made by biotechnology company Ventria Bioscience is currently being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas — and possibly elsewhere — and most people have no idea about it.

Since about 2006, Ventria has been quietly cultivating rice that has been genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver for the purpose of taking the artificial proteins produced by this “Frankenrice” and using them in pharmaceuticals. With approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ventria has taken one of the most widely cultivated grain crops in the world today, and essentially turned it into a catalyst for producing new drugs.

Originally, the cultivation of this GM rice, which comes in three approved varieties (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/biotech_ea_permits.html), was limited to the laboratory setting. But in 2007, Ventria decided to bring the rice outdoors. The company initially tried to plant the crops in Missouri, but met resistance from Anheuser-Busch and others, which threatened to boycott all rice from the state in the event that Ventria began planting its rice within state borders (http://todayyesterdayandtomorrow.wordpress.com).

So Ventria’s GM rice eventually ended up in Kansas, where it is presumably still being grown for the purpose of manufacturing drugs on 3,200 acres in Junction City. And while this GM rice with added human traits has never been approved for human consumption, it is now being cultivated in open fields where the potential for unrestrained contamination and spread of its unwanted, dangerous GM traits is virtually a given.

“This is not a product that everyone would want to consume,” said Jane Rissler from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to the Washington Post back in 2007. “It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors.”

Though receiving tens of thousands of public comments of opposition, many rightly concerned about the spread of GM traits, the USDA approved open cultivation of Ventria’s GM rice anyway. This, of course, occurred after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had refused approval for Ventria’s GM rice back in 2003 (http://www.kansasruralcenter.org/publications/PharmaRice.pdf).

For more info: http://www.naturalnews.com/035745_GMO_rice_human_genes_Kansas.html

Monsanto. Genetically modified murder?

A french study on GMO has revealed a number of very sad and revolting things.

Monsanto launched a PR offensive to try to spread doubt about a study published two days ago by French scientist Gilles-Éric Séralini: the study showed that the biotech giant’s flagship herbicide, Roundup, and one the GM maizes produced by the firm, NK603, are having disastrous effects on rats’ health when those are studied during their lifetime and not over the industry-favoured 90 days.

(Quoted from Corporate Europe)

Rats fed a lifetime diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller Roundup suffered tumours and multiple organ damage, according to a French study published on Wednesday.

(Quoted from Huffington Post)

Examples of the effect of Monsanto modified “food”.

Many European countries as well as Russia have banned Monsanto material from their shelves. It is about time that the USA and Canada start doing that too.

Dear Mr Romney

Dear Mr Romney,

Only know I see the fabulous reasoning behind your plan, and how you managed to lower the American income tax. Yes, and I must say it is an amazing plan which should be admired.

You exported many jobs to the Chinese mainland where people are doing the work for a lot less money than Americans would do. This of course is not the cunning part, it is only a spin-off. You made certain that lots of American people do not have a job, which means they do not have to pay income tax, thus effectively lowering the income of the state on the count of income tax!

I must say, dear Mr. Romney, that this is fantastic. It almost makes me sorry I am not part of the United States. Or as we say in the Netherlands: je naait het steeds. (You screw it constantly.)

How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World

From Tor.com’s STEAMPUNK WEEK 2012:

Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World

Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the WorldPhoto by ’Riding Pretty

Steampunk is, in part at least, a re-envisioning of humanity’s interaction with the things that we make and how we make them. It’s a non-luddite critique of technology that says “Hey, you’re doing it wrong” without trying to eschew technology outright. And that critique is sorely, sorely needed, now more than ever.

Continue reading How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World

Oh my God

There you have them. The Christian god, or how it’s often seen, and one of the Pagan gods, or how it’s often seen. It? Not Him or He? Yup. It. For me there’s no god in that way.

Of course, there are many people who don’t agree with me. They say that there is a god and that god looks after us all, even the sinners who don’t believe in him, because he is a god of love.

Uhhuh.

Well, maybe not all of us. But still, he looks after many of us! As long as you don’t look at another god. And don’t break his rules.

Oh well. But wait, don’t Pagans have gods? Heck, I’m a Pagan, so I should have gods too, right? At least one, maybe even more!

Uhm. No. I don’t do gods. I do the power of Nature, the Universe, of which I am a part.

My point of view is mine however. If you value your god, then god be with you. Or gods, depending on how many you choose to carry. I’m fine the way I am.

Happy godding. Until you’re ready to face life and the universe on your own strength.

Fuel price went up again

It is not because of wars in oil-sensitive areas.

It is not because of the American elections for the next president.

It’s because the car makers have the bloody nerve to make fuel efficient cars so that the big oil company don’t get the money in that they think they deserve. They will make sure they get money for their value, no matter what we do.

It’s about time there is no more oil left for them to blackmail us with.