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Can you marry a corporation, can you execute a coporation, can you . . . .

Matthew 19:24

This demographic transformation has been in progress ever since World War II, but in recent years it's begun to seriously pick up steam.

These and other recent reports conclude that the processes of genetic engineering and conventional breeding are no different in terms of unintended consequences to human health and the environment (European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 2010). This is not to say that every new variety will be as benign as the crops currently on the market. This is because each new plant variety (whether it is developed through genetic engineering or conventional approaches of genetic modification) carries a risk of unintended consequences. Whereas each new genetically engineered crop variety is assessed on a case-bycase basis by three governmental agencies, conventional crops are not regulated by these agencies.

Still, to date, compounds with harmful effects on humans or animals have been documented only in foods developed through conventional breeding approaches. For example, conventional breeders selected a celery variety with relatively high amounts of psoralens to deter insect predators that damage the plant. Some farm workers who harvested such celery developed a severe skin rash—an unintended consequence of this breeding strategy (Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health and National Research Council 2004).

It's the Renaissance, stupid.

The economy is not what ails us today. No, what ails Americans is what Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and their artistic spawn have wrought in the culture, starting 500 years ago. The Renaissance has dragged us all down.

Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile of the candidate appearing in the Aug. 15 issue of the New Yorker magazine, the artistic flowering of the Italian Renaissance takes a beating for having done away with the god-fearing Dark Ages.


 

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Re: Goodbye Religion Kudos to Eric Workman, biochemistry major!

re: can you marry a corporation? hmmm. Most corporate management is still all male. perhaps civil unions might be ok tho....

I have been wondering about that horrible Citizens United ruling. How does one overturn a bad rule by the Supremes? Are there any other cases coming along that the court might use to correct their ruling? I mean, of course, if it ever were possible to bring new justices to the court through the Senate's filibuster. The court gets to choose which cases they will take, right? Have they ever done that to say "oops"?

It's happened, of course. Plessy v. Ferguson just took 58 years to be overturned by Brown v. Board of Education.

Free Speech stalwarts like Ira Glasser and Glenn Greenwald cut against the liberal grain on the decision. Greenwald argued that Supremes followed precedent and didn't seem to give much consideration to the possibility that every once in a great while, precedents so bad they have to be overturned.

Thank you for the references. I just read the Greenwald article, and better understand that position. Tho I disagree with the notion that Corporations are people, I do understand that idea has been set in precedent by the courts since the 19th century, so I might just as well get over it.

What I still don't get is why, as a result of the Citizens United ruling, we can't know who is bankrolling whom. After the Wisconsin Recall election, the talking heads were saying 30 Million bucks were spent on it. But they could not tell us where the money came from.

Seems to me, it's one thing to be allowed via First Amendment rights, to put your money where your mouth is. BUT, I still don't see how that should also allow you to hide your identity when you do so. Are all Sunshine laws now illegal?

Donations to 'issue advocacy' PACs as well as political parties and candidates ought require the doners to identify themselves; Else they are not exercising a people's right to free speech, but are rather hiding behind it.

Is there anything in the Citizens United ruling that precludes Congress from passing a law requiring disclosure of funding sources?

And, a similar question: I saw an interview with that old Wyoming Senator who was on the Debt reduction committee. I forget his name just now, he's one of those 'tell it like it is' guys. Anyway, he asked, "WHO THE HELL IS FUNDING GROVER NORQUIST?" I ask that and a related question, "And WHO MADE HIM THE BOSS OF US AND THE BOSS OF CONGRESS?".

Would you support a law giving police the right to demand photo IDs from everyone at an anti-war protest? Of course you wouldn't, and I wouldn't either because that's not free speech, its speech with a hint of intimidation. You like the idea of getting the home addresses of people who don't agree with you so people who do agree you can go intimidate them where they live. That's not free speech.

re: "You like the idea of getting the home addresses of people who don't agree with you so people who do agree you can go intimidate them where they live."

Moi? Hell, I don't even leave my ranch more than once a week to go into town to pick up the mail. I'm hardly inclined to join the Abortion activists in harassing people where they live! How did you ever get this notion that I would do so?

Further, what in the world makes you think that law enforcement doesn't already take photos and use Face ID software at Anti-War protests? And, where did you get the idea that police cannot already demand identification from anyone they wish to demand it from?

They can demand it, but if you're not being detained by them, you should not provide it. Unfortunately, people are so intimidated by police, they don't exercise their fourth ammendment rights to the point that cops are shocked when someone actually does.

Rigghhhtt. If they force the people who bribe your elected representatives to reveal themselves - well, that would be intimidation!

It really is bizarre, ain't it? I wonder who is paying Syngas to post this. At least we're getting our secret Big Pharma and Satanists United checks every month.

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