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Monday, May 13, 2013

A soft whimper from a helpless child, but hardly a murmur from the US media. Shameless bastards that they are.


(AP) - A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over abortion.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck.
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Guide to Philadelphia abortion doctor murder case


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013, 3:39 Pm

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial, charged with murder, in the deaths of a female patient and four babies prosecutors say were born alive at the abortion clinic he ran. A look at key facts in the case:
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THE INVESTIGATION
In 2010, federal agents who were raiding Gosnell's clinic in search of drug violations instead stumbled upon "deplorable and unsanitary" conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars.
State regulators shut down the Women's Medical Society clinic in west Philadelphia and suspended Gosnell's license.
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THE GRAND JURY REPORT
A nearly 300-page grand jury report released in 2011 described Gosnell's clinic as a filthy, foul-smelling operation that was overlooked by regulators. The district attorney called it a "house of horrors."
Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions of dollars over three decades performing thousands of dangerous abortions, many of them illegal late-term procedures. The clinic had no trained nurses or medical staff other than Gosnell, a family physician not certified in obstetrics or gynecology, yet authorities say many administered anesthesia, painkillers and labor-inducing drugs.
The grand jury report stated furniture and blankets in Gosnell's clinic were stained with blood, instruments were not properly sterilized and disposable medical supplies were used repeatedly. Bags, jars and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building, which reeked of cat urine because of the animals allowed to roam freely.
State regulators ignored complaints about Gosnell and the 46 lawsuits filed against him and made just five annual inspections since the clinic opened in 1979, investigators said. Several state employees were fired and two agencies overhauled their regulations after the allegations.
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THE CHARGES
Gosnell is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four newborns and third-degree murder in the 2009 death of a 41-year-old Bhutanese refugee who prosecutors say received lethal doses of sedatives and painkillers at the clinic while awaiting an abortion. He also is charged with violating Pennsylvania abortion law by performing abortions after 24 weeks, operating a corrupt organization and other crimes.
He pleaded not guilty and has remained held without bail since his arrest. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the infant deaths.
Prosecutors estimated Gosnell ended hundreds of pregnancies by inducing labor and cutting the babies' spinal cords and caused scores of women to suffer infections and permanent internal injuries, but they said they couldn't prosecute more cases because he destroyed files.
Eight clinic workers including Gosnell's wife, a beautician accused of helping him perform illegal third-term abortions, have pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes. Three of Gosnell's staffers, including an unlicensed medical school graduate and a woman with a sixth-grade education, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for their roles in the woman's overdose death or for cutting babies in the back of the neck to ensure their demise.
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THE REACTION
Abortion-rights and anti-abortion activists alike have decried Gosnell's alleged offenses from the time of his arrest in 2011. The case added fuel to the heated national debate over late-term abortions and oversight of providers.
Abortion-rights supporters have said state and local authorities apparently didn't enforce existing regulations and that women would be safer if they had more options. Anti-abortion activists have said self-policing along with regulations in many states are insufficient and that tighter restrictions are needed.
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THE DEFENSE
In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News after the clinic was raided, Gosnell described himself as someone who wanted to serve the poor and minorities in the neighborhood where he grew up and raised his six children, who include a doctor and a college professor.
Gosnell's defense lawyer, Jack McMahon, disputes that any babies were born alive. He has suggested that the woman who died, Karnamaya Mongar, had undisclosed respiratory problems that could have caused fatal complications.
McMahon has accused officials of "a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution" and "a prosecutorial lynching" of his client, who is black, and of applying "Mayo Clinic" standards to Gosnell's inner-city, cash-only clinic. He said Gosnell performed as many as 1,000 abortions annually, and at least 16,000 over his long career, with a lower-than-average complication rate.
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THE TRIAL
During the trial, which began March 18, Gosnell's former employees testified that they were just doing what their boss trained them to do and described long, chaotic days performing gruesome work for little more than minimum wage paid under the table. An assistant testified she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies at Gosnell's direction, sobbing as she recalled taking a cellphone photograph of one baby she thought could have survived, given his size and pinkish color.
Mongar's 24-year-old daughter testified about the labor-inducing drugs and painkillers her mother was given as she waited hours for Gosnell to arrive for the procedure. She said her mother was later taken to a hospital, only after firefighters struggled to cut bolts off a side door of the clinic, but she died the next day.
Prosecutors wrapped up their five-week case April 18 with a former worker at Gosnell's clinic who testified that she saw more than 10 babies breathing before they were killed. The defense called no witnesses and Gosnell did not testify in his own defense, but he could take the stand in the penalty phase if he is convicted of first-degree murder.
Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart threw out three of the seven murder charges involving aborted babies for lack of sufficient evidence from prosecutors that those three babies were born alive and then killed.
McMahon reiterated in closing arguments his assertion that Gosnell was targeted because he is black. He said his client's clinic wasn't perfect but it also wasn't the criminal enterprise and "house of horrors" that prosecutors claim.
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THE COVERAGE
Weeks into the trial, some religious leaders and conservative commentators called some media outlets to task for their lack of coverage in the Gosnell trial. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the Gosnell case is "exactly the kind of topic that brings on a sudden case of snow blindness" in the media.
Philadelphia-based news organizations have regularly covered the case since 2011 including the monthlong trial, as has The Associated Press. Some national television news outlets sent reporters to the trial after the allegations of underreporting arose.
Amid the outcry, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked if President Barack Obama was aware of the case. Carney said Obama "does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial," but added that "the things you hear and read about this case are unsettling."
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THE DELIBERATIONS
The jury began deliberating the case April 30 after hearing nearly two months of graphic testimony.
Jurors said Monday they were deadlocked on two counts but it was not announced what charges had divided them. In addition to the five murder charges, Gosnell also faces more than 200 counts of violating the state’s abortion law.


71 comments:

  1. Amid the outcry, White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked if President Barack Obama was aware of the case. Carney said Obama “does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial," but added that "the things you hear and read about this case are unsettling."

    Interesting that. Obama suffered no such reticence on a few other cases that I could mention.

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    1. Here's the difference between Gosnell's technique and the Obama technique - Gosnell snips the spinal cord, Obama puts them in a 'comfort room' to die unattended.

      Which is more humane?

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    2. I've been unsettled, but I think it's my stomach.

      I'm gonna chew on a Gaviscon Tablet.

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  3. Good for the jury. I was beginning, because it was taking so long, to think they might actually acquit the guy.

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  4. Look on the bright side. The so called "babies" if they were allowed to live would most likely have been democrats.

    /off sarcasm

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  5. AaaaaHAH!!~




    >desert ratMon May 13, 02:29:00 PM EDT

    I did not push it when you said the Drone War was illegal, but boobie read it, too.<

    Wanted to put this where Quirk would be sure to read it, though I take Quirk's side mostly in his 'debate' with Rufus and rat and that dimwit Ash.

    Boobie and General Archie 'rat' Bunker, Military Expert, Self Proclaimed, find one another on the same side of this recollection exercise.

    'Bout the only time, though.

    Take note, Quirk. Now, you go back and look it up, cause I don't need to, I got witness corroboration.

    Then you can apologize.


    OOORah!


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    1. .

      I answered this for you before and it seemed to shut you up for a while.

      I'm still waiting for that link.

      The same applies to rat. On the last stream, he asked for a link backing up one of my comments. I gave him one explaining what I meant.

      Show me the link you are talking about. As I explained to you, there is a difference between legal and constitutional when talking specifically U.S. law. There is also a difference between U.S. law and international law and between U.S. law and the laws of other nations.

      Show me the link and the context and we can talk.

      As regards 'corroboration', you three guys have been making asses of yourselves for a mighty long time, you and WiO accusing rat of being a serial killer and rat accusing WiO of some shit about Hitler and his father. Instead of continuing to piss into the wind, show the link as well as the context it was posted in and the matter quickly determined. It's simple. If you can't, as rat is wont to say, "shut the fuck up".

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    2. Bwaahahahahaha -

      Here's the tell, the escape hatch --

      "There is also a difference between U.S. law and international law"

      Well, no shit, Sunrise !

      So you was a reallin' on "international law".

      I's a git it.

      Now you tell us.

      Hahahahahaha

      I ain't one of your 'marks', MoonShine.

      I demand an apology.

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    3. .

      I haven't a clue whether I was "reallin' on "international law" or not. At this point, I haven't a clue as to what you are even talking about.

      Show me the post (if it exists) and the context and we can see what I was talking about. As of right now, your comment looks like another one of those you just pulled out of your ass.

      Apology?


      :)

      You ought to take that act on the road.

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  6. Look at this shit -


    Washington IRS officials targeted conservatives...
    55-questions sent tea party group -- demands for donor lists, names of all volunteers...
    BOOK: IRS retaliates against outspoken business leaders...
    Tea Party groups threaten to sue...
    Kentucky activist to IRS: 'Apology not accepted'...
    Probe Expands To Groups Opposed To Gov't, Teaching Constitution...
    Scrutiny Deeper Than Thought...
    McConnell: 'Just The Beginning'...
    Agency accused of leaking confidential tax documents during election...
    Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill...
    FLASHBACK: Senior White House official briefed reporters on Koch brothers taxes... ...Drudge

    I think everyone here is concerned about this, even Ash, though he has found safe harbor in the arms of the Democratic Party - everyone concerned except Rufus, who is snoring through the whole thing, sound asleep.

    Stop this drift towards totalitarianism in the United States now!

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    1. Forgot to add this -

      GOVT TAPS PRESS PHONE RECORDS FOR MONTHS .... drudge headline

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    1. Sorry that was me, forgot to put in my name. I was referring to Mr. Before and After's site, which seems to be gone now.

      Maybe I hallucinated the whole episode, but I'm sure I saw it.

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    2. Yeah, right:

      We all did.

      Not

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  9. O hardeharhar -

    Obama: I found out Friday that the IRS was targeting conservatives


    posted at 2:01 pm on May 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/13/obama-i-found-out-friday-that-the-irs-was-targeting-conservatives/

    Only Rufus would believe this line of bull shit. No one else in America would, not even the Democrats rank and file.

    Obama seems of late the most uniformed man in the country. Can't figure out what happened at Benghazi. Can't remember he set the dogs at the IRS loose on the Tea Party, the Jews, every patriot, big busness, even has been tapping the phones of the press. He just can't remember.

    The guy must be really out to lunch. Can't recall the orders he's given........it is all the partying on our dime and time is all I can figure.......it might be the drugs.....might be the drink.....or, it might just be he's just a lying son of a bitch.....

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  10. Volkswagen AG said on Monday it would build a new plant in Changsha, in China's Hunan province, as part of plans to expand its production capacity in the country to four million vehicles annually.

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    China is the largest market for Volkswagen, which has plans to increase annual production capacity in China...

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  11. Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses.

    He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.

    The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services.

    He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”.

    The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

    There is a silence, then a shot is heard.

    Back on the phone, the guy says

    “OK, now what?”

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    1. Jeeze, from the King!

      ...I never imagined, although I did dream.

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  13. .

    Alright, Farmer Bob, in an area of your expertise, what do you think of this ruling by SCOTUS?


    SCOTUS says farmer must pay Monsanto for using patented beans

    The farmer purchased Roundup Ready soybeans for his first planting of the year on the 300 acres he farms in southern Indiana. They are so named because they are resistent to Roundup, Monsanto’s omnipresent weed killer, which has revolutionized farming.

    At the time of the purchase, Bowman agreed to the company’s demands that he not save seeds from the crop for future planting.

    But for a second planting, which Bowman said is riskier because of the weather, he said it would not be cost-effective to pay Monsanto’s premium.

    So instead he bought commodity soybeans, which are usually used for feed, from the local grain elevator. He believed those beans would also be Roundup Ready because about 90 percent of soybeans grown in the country are. Bowman acknowledged that he did save seed from those crops and bought more commodity beans for subsequent plantings.

    Monsanto said Bowman’s plantings violated the company’s patent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed and told Bowman to pay nearly $85,000 in damages.


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-for-monsanto-in-genetically-modified-soybean-case/2013/05/13/c84d7710-bbdb-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html?hpid=z10


    Don't know much about the legal aspects; however, I was hoping the farmer would win because I don't like Monsanto. I've stopped buying their products wherever possible whenever I am aware of them because of stories like this.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av6dx9yNiCA


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    1. I hold for The Farmer, and remand the case back to orginal jusisdiction for a determination by that court of the costs of said case which shall be paid to The Farmer.

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    2. - The warehouse may have a legal liability with regard to Monanto. Did the warehouse have an agreement with Monsanto to store their beans in a certain way, and not to sell them to farmers without some restricting contract with the farmer?

      I purchased barley from the warehouse on occasion, always in the spring, and planted it, saving the costs of all the 'certified seed treatment' which is not needed in a spring crop, as it gets up and grows so fast. Needed in the fall for overwinter, but not in the spring.


      You are wrong to dislike Monsanto as an automatic reaction. They have over the decades been a true godsend to the farmers.

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      And in my opinion, they like many others are now using gene technology and patents to build monopolies on various products, not only monopolies on the initial product but also monopolies on supporting products.

      They develop a new improved product that can improve yields. Fair enough. Good for them. But then they use gene technology to design that product so that the only fertilizer that is effective for it is 'their' fertilizer. They design their pesticides so that they only work on their products. They withhold information (as shown in the film) regarding fertilizers, pest control, etc. until the farmer buys their initial product and is hooked. They patent the product and will only sell it to those that sign off on their restrictive marketing techniques.

      The concept of seed corn is dead.

      Soon you will be forced to buy from one mega-corporation. Competition is dead and the price goes steadily up.

      The little guy is squeezed and the marginal guy in India commits suicide.

      May be legal but it doesn't seem right to me.

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  14. .

    Also, do you think it would have made a difference if the farmer had never purchased Roundup Ready soybeans for his first planting of the year and thus never agreed to the company’s demands that he not save seeds from the crop for future planting but instead just bought the feed corn and continued on fat, dumb, and happy?

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    1. This is a hypothetical case and the Court does not adjudicate hypothetical cases. Someone must come forward and state a cause and a claim to damages. This Court Rule helps keep the Court fat and happy.

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    2. But see my addendum to my first comment above. It seems to me that Monsanto might have a case with the warehouse, but I am far from sure.

      Bottom line: Doesn't seem to me the farmer got crosswise with Monsanto. But I am prejudiced as hell. How does buying beans from a warehouse and planting them violate a patent?

      I didn't know patents could run that far afield, so to speak.

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    3. I've seen fears expressed that this roundup resistant trait might transfer over to the weeds. This would be bad. But I don't know if that is genetically possible or not.

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      Do we have seed banks in this country for non-genetically produced crops?

      Seed banks

      Developments in agriculture have reduced diversity in order to increase the productivity of selected plants, animals and micro-organisms. Cereal crops are a good example where the stalk length has been reduced, the grain and ear size increased and the period from germination to harvesting reduced. Increasing resistance to drought or recent developments such as increasing rice’s ability to withstand more prolonged flooding or other important crops’ tolerance of higher levels of salinity.

      Reducing diversity does have benefits, but there are downsides too. The UN Food & Agriculture Organisation estimates that 75% of the genetic diversity of crops has been lost. In the developed world our fruit and vegetables are limited to heavy cropping, reliable varieties with a long shelf live. In the 19th century America had 7,100 apple varieties, but only 300 remain; the UK had over 8,000 and 2,300 remain, but few of those are generally grown.

      Other plants are threatened by loss of habitat and climate change. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment estimates that the number of plant species will be reduced by between 10-15% due to loss of habitat by 2050. This is based on only 12% of the Earth’s land mass being preserved in situ, but 45-70% of plants could be conserved in this area. It does mean the other plants would be at risk.

      Seed banks are an efficient and cost effective way of preserving seeds; many countries have local informal seed banks and national banks too. War in Afghanistan and Iraq and the genocide in Rwanda destroyed many crops unique to those countries and their national seed banks have been lost too. Ethiopia has preserved its national bank despite the turmoil of the last thirty years and there are natural seed banks in every country, hillsides in the Middle East still retain pockets of wild cereals.



      http://www.thinkingsustainabledevelopment.org.uk/ideas_biodiversityandseedbanks.htm

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    5. .

      Seed banks, genetic mutation, and the people and companies involved. In some sense, scary reading. Well, damn scary reading, the thing conspiracy theories are made of.

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/doomsday-seed-vault-in-the-arctic-2/23503

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    6. I am sure we have seed banks around. I imagine WSU has one. Russia is big on seed banks. Back in the days of starvation there, some of the managers of the main seed bank died of starvation rather than eat the seeds, so I have read.

      Died for the cause.

      Unsung heroes.

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    7. Farmer Bob was an English Major.

      Thus he has a perspective on the subject like your average layman that became a farmer.

      Your expectations may be too high.

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      Come on, Doug, give Bob his due.

      He had to pick up some knowledge taking breakfast at the casino and talking to real farmers there.

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    10. Haven't read all the comments closely, but one thing that bothers the crap out of me is that in any fairly intensively farmed area, the presence of GM crops makes it impossible to continue to grow established strains commercially due to cross-pollination.

      The reduction of diversity in areas way beyond our understanding poses obvious risks for the future.

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    11. You'll be all right Quirk.

      Just toke up and forget your worries.

      :)

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    12. We should quit this stupid creating of new antibiotics.

      After all, the bugs may become resistant to them.

      Better to let the people die, hoping against hope some few will come up immune, and pass the trait on to their ancestors.

      Our future depends on it.

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    13. Sure, there were Farmers that should be taken into account, but the true treasure trove of the casinos were the Native Americans.

      The original tillers of our soils, as well as harvestors of nature's bounty.

      Retired Farmer Bob ought to put that English Major to work and pen a book on the subject before he passes off his mortal coil.

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    14. .

      I want seed banks in the U.S. for every variety of seed that is out there. Hopefully, this is not a situation like 'rare-earth' metals where we basically outsourced all production to China.

      You would think this would be a high priority, a 'national security' issue as Obama would say.

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    15. We used to grow the Multicolored "Indian Corn"

      I spent the first 18 years of my life in Avenal, CA. which was named after "Avena" or Wild Oats which were native to the best of my scant knowledge on the subject.

      Sadly, I had yet to sow mine prior to taking leave of this small, quaint, one-time Oil Town.

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    16. As you mentioned, the cost of seed banks would be negligible when compared to everyday Federal Spending.

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    17. Russian Seed Bank, Saved During WWII, Fights to Save Land From Developers

      http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/russian-seed-bank-saved-during-wwii-fights-save-land-developers

      >>During the siege of Leningrad, 12 scientists starved to death rather than eat the grains stored at Pavlosk Agricultural Station, the world’s first seed bank. According to an AP story, their efforts to save the seeds for future generations may now be in vain after a Russian court approved plans to raze the station’s fields of plants so a developer can build luxury homes.

      Though Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation, the first plot of land goes up for auction Sept. 23, leading scientists to wonder if Medvedev’s intervention may come too late.<<

      Fucking developers!

      Shoot them all.

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    18. Other seed banks have already succumbed to war; during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, that country's national seed bank was destroyed. Similarly, Afghanistan's seed bank was destroyed in the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban, but sister seeds were being stored at the U.S. seed bank, located on the campus of Colorado State University. The American researchers sent the Afghan seeds home.

      from the above article

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    19. Probly unknown to anyone here but me, Maui grows a significant amount of Monsanto GM Seed Corn.

      Never really thought about it other than that they can grow year round in this climate, but obviously there are lots of other less expensive areas where that is true.

      I think the fact that no-one else here grows corn commercially probly has something to do with it.

      ...giving rise to a great plan to Sabotage the Evil Big Agra:

      Surreptitiously plant some random wild breeds of corn, hopefully disease-prone, amongst the sugar cane fields that surround Monsanto's plantings.

      The cane would tower over and hide the corn until the damage was done.
      Timing of the planting would be critical.

      The risks?
      Hard to assess.

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    20. >Avenal, CA. which was named after "Avena" or Wild Oats which were native<

      Wild oats used to be a hell of a problem here - until the chemical companies came up with a fall soil incorporated chemical that could tell the difference between wheat and wild oats.

      Never plant production oats for your horses in soil treated for wild oats.

      One dumb shit made himself famous doing that once.

      :)

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    21. For Avena use Avenge

      http://www.uap.ca/products/documents/Avenge_200C_Canadian_Label_001.pdf

      This is a spray I believe.

      Can't think of the soil incorporated chemical.

      Senior moment.

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    22. Lamarck woulda be proud of those brave 12, although the story sounds a bit suspicious.

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    23. Gawd, oats woulda been easy compared to corn.
      Too bad I never made it to Idehoe.

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    24. Far-Go

      http://www.smallgrains.org/Techfile/Wildoat.HTM

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    25. >>Lamarck woulda be proud of those brave 12, although the story sounds a bit suspicious.<<


      I've read that several places. Does sound a little superhuman. But might be true.

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    26. >>
      ...giving rise to a great plan to Sabotage the Evil Big Agra:<<

      Careful there, Doug. You are starting to think like Shillary and Barky.

      Always conspiring, mostly with criminal intent.

      ;)

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    27. "A cold, sweet drink called avena made of ground oats and milk is a popular refreshment throughout Latin America.

      Oats are also occasionally used in several different drinks. In Britain, they are sometimes used for brewing beer. Oatmeal stout is one variety brewed using a percentage of oats for the wort.

      The more rarely used oat malt is produced by the Thomas Fawcett & Sons Maltings, and was used in the Maclay Oat Malt Stout before Maclays Brewery ceased independent brewing operations.

      Oatmeal caudle, made of ale and oatmeal with spices, was a traditional British drink and a favourite of Oliver Cromwell."[5][6]

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    28. "Sowing one's wild oats" is a phrase to think about.

      Is this a warning, or a promise, or something else entirely?

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    29. I am gong to have a bowl of Quaker Oats heated in the microwave, and go to bed.

      Night!

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    30. I should get back in the habit of oats for breakfast -
      ...until a year and a half ago, I carried on that Scotish tradition practiced by my father:

      "Oats are the only cereal containing a globulin or legume-like protein, avenalin, as the major (80%) storage protein.[13] Globulins are characterised by solubility in dilute saline. The more typical cereal proteins, such as gluten and zein, are prolamines (prolamins). The minor protein of oat is a prolamine, avenin.

      Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which World Health Organization research has shown to be equal to meat, milk, and egg protein.[14] The protein content of the hull-less oat kernel (groat) ranges from 12 to 24%, the highest among cereals
      "

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    31. Costco here carries "Coach's Oats"

      "Cracked n'Toasted Oats"

      Hearty Steel Cut Texture in 5 Minutes!

      ...taste fresher than Quaker, come in a big economical resealable bag.

      Glad you reminded me, I just doug them out of the pantry.

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  15. Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

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    In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed a lawyer representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in Washington and California sent conservative groups detailed questionnaires about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.

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  16. >>Orr described the city's operations as "dysfunctional and wasteful after years of budgetary restrictions, mismanagement, crippling operational practices and, in some cases, indifference or corruption."

    Detroit is a train wreck that is so horrific it is hard to take your eyes away from watching as it happens.<<

    May 13, 2013
    'Bleak' outlook for Detroit
    Rick Moran

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/bleak_outlook_for_detroit.html

    Looks like the working stiffs in the rest of Michigan will end up footing most of the bill.

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  17. Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country's leading roboticists. By 2030, it says, robots will be everywhere.

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    In surgery, robots will not only match human skills, by 10 and 15 years from now, they will likely surpass them.

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    On the road, robot drivers 15 years from now will be able to drive anywhere humans can, and will be safer than humans with limited road experience. They'll also be able to learn to navigate in extreme weather and other atypical situations.

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  18. On this day 10 years ago, the government unveiled a color version of the $20 bill in an effort to combat counterfeit versions of the domestic currency.

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  19. .

    The whole Gosnell affair is grisly reading. The verdict helps restore my faith in the jury system in te U.S.


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  20. A decision handed down by an Indiana jury in late April 2013 has concluded that outright fraud put both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot in that state in 2008.

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    Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.

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    The scheme was hatched in January of 2008, according to affidavits from investigators who cite former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett, who told them he was in on the plan at first, but then became uneasy and quit.

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  21. Two men are playing golf one day. As they are about to start one of the holes, a funeral procession goes by on the road beside the course.

    One of the golfers, Harry, takes off his cap and stands with his cap to his chest, and waits for the entire procession to go by. He then puts his cap back on and proceeds to tee off.

    “Gee Harry, that was a very nice gesture on your part. It was very thoughtful and respectful of you to do that,” his friend says.

    “Well,” Harry replies, “It was the least I could do, I was married to her for 30 years.

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  22. The Joyce Brothers have died.

    "Joyce Brothers dead at age 85..."

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  23. Simultaneously?

    Any relation to James?

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