Daily Archives: February 18, 2013

GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science

By Tom Laskawy

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It’s been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude. The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature.

Even the Supreme Court has an opportunity to take Monsanto down a peg. On Feb. 19, the court will hear arguments in a patent infringement case between an Indiana farmer and Monsanto (I covered it in detail here).

If Monsanto prevails, it’ll move a few more paces towards agricultural monopoly; if it loses, the company will take a couple steps back. It’s encouraging that the Supreme Court chose to hear the case over the solicitor general’s urging to dismiss it, but Monsanto could have an inside man: As in other Monsanto-related cases, former Monsanto-lawyer-turned-Supreme-Court-Justice Clarence Thomas has no plans to recuse himself. ….(read more).

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Blindspot: Hidden Biases Of Good People | Radio Boston

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2013/02/18/blindspot-hidden-biases
February 18, 2013

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Do you prefer white people over black people? Do you believe men and women are “better” than each other in certain fields? Are you even aware of your hidden prejudices?

In their new book, “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” pioneering pyschologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald unveil the origins of our personal preferences and automatic prejudices. After creating the Implicit Association Test, an online survey that addresses unconcious bias in American culture, Banaji and Greenwald seek to identify the “blindspots” in our individual psyche and reacquaint us with our own mind.

Guest

Mahzarin R. Banaji, Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University and co-author of the new book “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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Project Implicit®

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
The demonstration site for the Implicit Association Test (IAT). Click the button above to learn about implicit associations and try out various IATs.
Or, take the Four-Category Race IAT.

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Ex-WH Advisor Van Jones to Obama: Keystone Would XL Threaten Planet & Destroy Your Credibility


democracynow Published on Feb 18, 2013 Speaking at Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” march in Washington, D.C., President Obama’s former Green Jobs czar, Van Jones, delivered a message to his former boss on approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “The decision to let this pipeline come through America is the most fateful decision you’ll ever make,” Jones says. “If you let this pipeline go through, Mr. President, the first thing it runs over is the credibility of the President of the United States of America.” To see our coverage of the rally on Democracy Now!, visit http://bit.ly/Yig2kd.

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Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move “Forward on Climate”


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Published on Feb 18, 2013 DemocracyNow.org – We play highlights from the “Forward on Climate” rally that drew tens of thousands to Washington D.C.’s National Mall Sunday. Protesters from across the United States and Canada urged President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Organizers described Sunday’s protest as “the largest climate rally in history,” and Reverend Lennox Yearwood compared it to Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. We hear from speakers including Van Jones, Obama’s former Green Jobs advisor, Canadian indigenous leader Chief Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation, and Bill McKibben of 350.org.

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 18


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Published on Feb 18, 2013 This is a summary of news headlines from the United States and around the world as reported by Democracy Now! on Monday, February 18, 2013.

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“When We Take Care of the Land, It Takes Care of Us”: Chief Jacqueline Thomas Opposes Keystone XL


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Published on Feb 18, 2013 Speaking at Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” march in Washington, D.C., Chief Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation warns the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline will threaten indigenous communities living in its path. “When we take care of the land, the land [takes] care of us,” Chief Thomas says. To see Democracy Now!’s entire coverage of Sunday’s climate rally, visit http://bit.ly/Yig2kd.

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Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

http://www.wbur.org/npr/172294244/protesters-call-on-obama-to-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline

Elizabeth Shogren February 18, 2013

Dr. J. William Hirzy, a chemistry professor at American Universiy, rests outside the rally route with a graph he uses to teach his students about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature. (NPR)

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change.

In his Inaugural address from outside the U.S. Capitol, the president said: “We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Just a few weeks later, next to the Washington Monument, Paul Birkeland was one of a couple dozen people holding a long white tube above their heads.

“It’s a backbone. It’s a spine. The idea is to ask the president to have some spine and stand up to oil companies. And reject the Keystone Pipeline,” Birkeland says.

The activists are focusing on the Keystone XL pipeline because it would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. To make this oil, companies use complex extraction and processing techniques that use a lot of energy. So it has a larger greenhouse gas footprint than conventional crude.

Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island told the crowd that Congress is sleepwalking through the crisis on climate change. But he said protesters have an important ally.

“There’s a man over there in the White House, he has found his voice on climate change. Are we going to have his back,” Whitehouse asked.

Other speakers sounded less sure of the president’s intentions. …(read more).

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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline | Democracy Now!

http://www.democracynow.org/special/keystone_xl_oil_pipeline

Democracy Now!’s coverage of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration amidst widespread opposition.

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Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move “Forward on Climate”

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/2/18/tens_of_thousands_rally_to_stop

We play highlights from the “Forward on Climate” rally that drew tens of thousands to Washington D.C.’s National Mall Sunday. Protesters from across the United States and Canada urged President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Organizers described Sunday’s protest as “the largest climate rally in history,” and Reverend Lennox Yearwood compared it to Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. We hear from speakers including Van Jones, Obama’s former Green Jobs advisor, Canadian indigeous leader Chief Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation, and Bill McKibben of 350.org. [Includes rush transcript]

Guests:

Van Jones, President Obama’s former Green Jobs Advisor.

Jacqueline Thomas, Chief of the Saik’uz First Nation from British Columbia, Canada.

Bill McKibben, longtime environmentalist and founder of 350.org.

Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actor.

Casey Camp, indigenous leader with the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma.

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