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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth by Steven M. Druker.epub

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public

by Steven M. Druker

 4.30  101 Ratings

This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products-and get them onto our dinner plates.

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth provides a graphic account of how this elaborate fraud was crafted and how it not only deceived the general public, but Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and a host of other astute and influential individuals as well. The book also exposes how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was induced to become a key accomplice–and how it has broken the law and repeatedly lied in order to usher genetically engineered foods onto the market without the safety testing that’s required by federal statute. As a result, for fifteen years America’s families have been regularly ingesting a group of novel products that the FDA’s own scientific staff had previously determined to be unduly hazardous to human health.

By the time this gripping story comes to a close, it will be clear that the degradation of science it documents has not only been unsavory but unprecedented–and that in no other instance have so many scientists so seriously subverted the standards they were trained to uphold, misled so many people, and imposed such magnitude of risk on both human health and the health of the environment.

Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It’s time to make them stop

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Google CEO Larry Page

To make any real progress in advancing data privacy this year, we have to start doing something about Google and Facebook. Not doing so would be like trying to lose weight without changing your diet. Simply ineffective.

The impact these two companies have on our privacy cannot be understated. You may know that hidden trackers lurk on most websites you visit, soaking up your personal information.

What you may not realize, though, is 76 percent of websites now contain hidden Google trackers, and 24 percent have hidden Facebook trackers, according to the Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability Project. The next highest is Twitter with 12 percent. It is likely that Google or Facebook are watching you on many sites you visit, in addition to tracking you when using their products.

As a result, these two companies haveamassed huge data profiles on each person, which can include your interests, purchases, search, browsing and location history, and much more. They then make your sensitive data profile available for invasive targeted advertising that can follow you around the Internet.

This advertising system is designed to enable hyper-targeting, which has many unintended consequences, such as the ability for bad actors to use the system to influence the most susceptible or to exclude groups in a way that facilitates discrimination.

“These two companies have amassed huge data profiles on each person, which can include your interests, purchases, search, browsing and location history, and much more.”

Because of their entrenched positions in a wide array of Internet services, each collecting personal information that together combine into these massive digital profiles, Google and Facebook can offer hyper-targeting much better than the competition.

As a result, they now make up 63 percent of all digital advertising, and accounted for 74 percent of this market’s growth in 2017, according to eMarketer. Together they form a tight digital advertising duopoly, showing no signs of abating.

Google and Facebook also use your data as input for increasingly sophisticated AI algorithms that put you in a filter bubble — an alternate digital universe that controls what you see in their products, based on what their algorithms think you are most likely to click on.

These echo chambers distort people’s reality, creating a myriad of unintended consequences such as increasing societal polarization. On their unending march to profit from more and more personal information, Google and Facebook have shown little regard for all the negative consequences of their runaway algorithms.

So how do we move forward from here?

Don’t be fooled by claims of self-regulation, as any useful long-term reforms of Google and Facebook’s data privacy practices fundamentally oppose their core business models: hyper-targeted advertising based on more and more intrusive personal surveillance. Change must come from the outside.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen relatively little from Washington. Congress and federal agencies need to take a fresh look at what can be done to curb these data monopolies. They first need to demand more algorithmic and privacy policy transparency, so people can truly understand the extent of how their personal information is being collected, processed and used by these companies. Only then can informed consent be possible.

They also need to legislate that people own their own data, enabling real opt-outs. Finally, they need to restrict how data can be combined including being more aggressive at blocking acquisitions that further consolidate data power, which will pave the way for more competition in digital advertising.

Until we see such meaningful changes, consumers should vote with their feet. DuckDuckGo found that about a quarter of American adults are already taking significant actions to take back their privacy. Helping in this effort are seamless browser add-ons that will block Google and Facebook’s hidden trackers across the Internet, as well as more private alternatives to their core services. I can say from my own experience, you can indeed live Google and Facebook free.

If we do nothing about Google and Facebook, we will get more of the same: more hyper-targeting, more algorithmic bias, less competition and the further erosion of collateral industries, like media. Enough is enough.

The complete loss of personal privacy in the Internet age is not inevitable. Through thoughtful regulation and increased consumer choice, we can choose a brighter path. I hope to look back at 2018 as a turning point in data privacy, where we awoke to the unacceptable implications of two companies controlling so much of our digital future.

Commentary by Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, which makes online privacy tools, including an alternative search engine to Google. Follow him on Twitter @yegg .

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Revealed! The 10 commandments of SARS – Kayode Oyero

My people, don’t mind ASA, there is fire on the mountain. And this time, everybody is on the run.

Over the weekend, the hashtag, #ENDSARS littered social media, from Twitter to Facebook and to Instagram. I ran to Google and punched in SARS. What I saw reminded me of Lord Acton’s quote: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Let me leave grammar for Professor Wole Soyinka and Patrick Obahagbon. Below is a list of the 10 commandments of SARS.

1.   To walk on the streets with a laptop is a sin.

2.   To be young and rich is a sin.

3.   To use a smartphone is a sin.

4.   To be a member of the beard gang means you have joined bad gang.

5.   To wear jean trousers is a sin.

6.   To wear designer tops is a sin; you must be a yahoo-yahoo.

7.   To be jobless is a sin – even if have written 10,000 applications in one month.

8.   To walk around without an I.D card is a sin – (just go and forge one, biko).

9.   To wear a tattoo is a big SIN

10. To wear a Fez cap is a sin, even under the sweltering sun. (You are covering your face which means you are a suspect!)

14 Most Famous Predictions By Nostradamus

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In honor of the new year, we’d like to take a look at the past, and check out the most renown prognosticator in history.Nostradamus wrote his first set of Quatrains, four line predictions, in 1555 and books are still being rolled out today.

Following are a few of the the man’s most interesting calls, and a couple of predictions that believers try to fit to events – but that may fall a little short.

Death of Henry II

Prediction:

“The young lion will overcome the older one,
On the field of combat in a single battle;
He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.”

What happened: In the summer of 1559 King Henry II of France (older one) lined up to joust the Comte de Montgomery (young lion), six years his junior, on the fields of France (field of combat).

Both had lions on their shields.

In their final pass Montgomery’s lance tilted up, and burst through the king’s visor splintering to pieces.

Two shards, one through the eye (pierce his eyes through a golden cage), and one through the temple, lodged in the king’s head (Two wounds made one).

Henry suffered for 10 days (then he dies a cruel death) before dying in his bed.

The Great Fire of London

Prediction:

“The blood of the just will be demanded of London Burnt by fire in the year ’66 The ancient Lady will fall from her high place And many of the same sect will be killed.

What happened: The small fire that started in the bakery of Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane in London September 2, 1666 (in the year ’66) turned into a three day blaze that consumed the city.

One of the explanations for the blood of the just, refers to the millions of flea carrying rats that were killed.

Peasant deaths were not recorded at the time, but it has long been held that six people perished in the fire.

French Revolution

Prediction:

“From the enslaved populace, songs, Chants and demands While princes and lords are held captive in prisons. These will in the future by headless idiots Be received as divine prayers.”

What happened: In 1789, the French people decided they’d had enough of poor aristocratic rule and revolted.

The peasants (enslaved populace) took control of Paris and forced their demands on royalty.

The aristocracy (princes and lords) weretaken from power were locked in the Bastille (prisons) and beheaded at the guillotine (headless idiots).

Napoleon

Prediction:

“PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood,
To swim in praise,the great one to flee to the confluence.
He will refuse entry to the Piuses,
The depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned. “

What happened: (PAU, NAY, LORON)Three towns in southern France: Pau, Nay and Oloron.

The capitalization hints that something is hidden within the words and to look further.

Rearranging them spells out NAPAULON ROY, or Napoleon the King in French.

(More of fire than of the blood), refers to Napoleon’s non-noble lineage and the (refuse entry to the Piuses) speaks to Popes Pius VI and VII, both imprisoned by Napoleon.

Louis Pasteur

Prediction:

The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries. Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure. This is when the moon completes her great cycle, But by other rumors he shall be dishonored.

What happened: Louis Pasteur (Pasteur will be celebrated) is credited with discovering microbial decay (lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries).

In 1995 the science historian Gerald L. Geison ran a story in the New York Times illustrating that Pasteur gave a misleading account on his preparation of the anthrax vaccine (shall he be dishonored).

Hitler

Prediction:

“From the depths of the West of Europe, A young child will be born of poor people, He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.”

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“Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers,
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn,
When the child of Germany observes nothing.”

What happened: On April 20, 1889 Hitler was born in Western Europe, to very poor parents.

Hitler moved Germany to action in the years following WW I, in part, (who by his tongue) through his over the top oratory skills.

(His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.) The Axis alliance with Japan in the East. Hister is believed to be a spelling error.

The German Army invading France (Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers)and the “greater battlefield” refers to the Allied Powers defeating Hitler.

Charles De Gaulle

Prediction:

“Hercules King of Rome and of Annemark,
Three times one surnamed de Gaulle will lead,
Italy and the one of St Mark to tremble,
First monarch, renowned above all.”

What happened: Charles de Gaulle (de Gaulle), was a three time (Three times)leader of France.

First as leader of the Free French Forces, then as prime minister of the provisional post WWII government, then as the first president of the French Fifth Republic.

The Atomic Bomb

Prediction:

Near the gates and within two cities There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.

What happened: In early August 1945 the United States dropped two atomic weapons on the island of Japan, in (within two cities) Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The suffering endured by those in the blast and the radiation poisoning suffered by those who escaped the immediate detonation (Crying to the great immortal God for relief) .

JFK & RFK Assassinations

Prediction:

The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt, An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction, another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London and a pestilence in Tuscany.

What happened: The (great man) John Kennedy, received numerous death threats (petition) and was gunned down (thunderbolt) in the afternoon of November 22, 1963.

Bobby Kennedy was killed just after Midnight on June 5, 1968 (another falls at night time). The world mourned (Conflict at Reims, London).

DEBUNKED: The Challenger explosion

Prediction:

“From the human flock nine will be sent away, Separated from judgment and counsel: Their fate will be sealed on departure Kappa, Thita, Lambda the banished dead err.”

What happened: On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all the astronauts on board.

The cause of the crash was a defective O-ring made by Thiokol and believers try and arrange the letters from Kappa, Thita and Lamda to fit the name of the company.

They also ignore the fact that seven dies in the disaster, not nine (nine will be sent away).

DEBUNKED: The death of Princess Diana

Prediction:

“God the Last but First the nickname of Nostradamus of the 90’s
Takes the Goddess of the Moon for his Day & Movement
A frantic wanderer and witness of Gods Law
In awakening the worlds great regions to Gods will.”

What happened: On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed did die in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.

The above quote (quatrain) is used to highlight the foretelling of the death of Princess Diana. Here’s how that questionable leap of logic is made:

Believers say Diana is the Roman Goddess of the Moon. They also say the nickname for prophet is seer. Rees (seer backwards) is the name of the sole survivor in Diana’s crash, Trevor Rees. Seer, (the nickname of Nostradamus) as a seer into the future.

The verse of the quote is 2:28, this is used as proof that Nostradamus knew she would be killed on the 31st, despite the fact the number is one day off, if 28 and 2 are added together that’s only 30.

DEBUNKED: The death of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Prediction:

“The year 1999 seven months From the sky will come the great King of Terror. To resuscitate the great king of the Mongols. Before and after Mars reigns by good luck.”

What happened: On July 16, 1999 (1999 seven months), John F. Kennedy, Jr. was piloting his plane (From the sky) off the coast of Massachusetts with his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister as passengers.

The plane crashed, due to pilot error, and all aboard were killed.

Sept. 11, 2001

Prediction:

Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth Will cause tremors around the New City. Two great rocks will war for a long time, Then Arethusa will redden a new river.

What happened: On the morning of September 11, 2001 the two towers (two great rocks) of the World Trade Center were attacked in New York City (New City).

COMING SOON: Another big earthquake???

Prediction:

“The sloping park, great calamity,
Through the Lands of the West and Lombardy
The fire in the ship, plague and captivity;
Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading.”

What’s supposed to happen: A great earthquake (sloping park, great calamity) is reputedly foretold in this quatrain. In the New World (he Lands of the West), California is the logical choice.

According to astrologists ( Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading) the next time that Mercury will be in Sagittarius and Saturn in a “fading” position will be on November 25, 2015.

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Wayne Rooney had ‘no idea’ that Coleen was going to post emotional marriage statement online

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On Friday, Coleen Rooney broke her silence following husband Wayne’s latest ‘party girl’ scandal, posting a lengthy and emotional message about her marriage to her Facebook page.

In the post, Coleen defended standing by her footballer husband and denied reports that she had kicked Wayne out.

Now it has been reported that Wayne had no idea that Coleen was going to make the statement, with the pregnant mother of his three children using it as a form of “punishment” for him.

Speaking to The Mirror, a source explained: “Coleen didn’t tell Wayne about the post until a few minutes before she put it up.

“It’s her way of dealing with everything. Putting their problems out there for all to see is part of Wayne’s punishment.”

Coleen and Wayne’s nine-year marriage was rocked when Wayne was caught driving another woman, Laura Simpson’s, car whilst drunk, with Laura going on to imply that she would have bedded the Everton striker had the police not stopped them.

Opening up about the incident, Coleen told her followers: “In life, you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. But one thing I do know is that too much alcohol on a night out is a dangerous and a lot of stupid mistakes are made and things are said under the influence.

“I would never trust ANYONE who has had a lot of alcohol, it changes some people drastically.”

She added: “A few people are probably thinking [I] am stupid for staying in my marriage. I am not stupid, I know my own mind and it’s something I want to try and work on.”

Coleen poignantly concluded the post with: “I know I would be fine on my own, with just me and my children, but I don’t want to live like that, I want to try and continue our marriage and live as a family, because that’s what I want to do.

“I’m not saying everything is fine and forgotten about, but we are as good as can be at this point, I’m not the type of person to put a show on and say we’re all loved-up… I’m just real.”

One of these women isn't wearing panties

One of these women isn’t wearing panties — can you tell which?

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You might not be able to tell at first glance, but there’s something a little off about this seemingly basic photo of three women.

Wearing boots and long-sleeved shirts, the three also appear to have on jeans — well, all are except for one.

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One of these ladies is not wearing pants. (Photo: Jen the Body Painter)

Model Maria Luciotti, center, stepped out in “pants” and “lace top” created by Jen the Body Painter, who’s on the left. Jen’s work is so realistic that she sent Luciotti out to walk around the mall to see whether anyone would notice that her ripped jeans and shirt weren’t just skintight, they were just her skin.

The response to Jen’s work has been incredible — the video got more than six million views. She took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank her supporters.

“I started body-painting 10 years ago as a single mom of 3 young kids. Never did I think my work would evolve into something that is shared around the globe,” she wrote. “I feel like i’m dreaming.”

Meet The Man Who’s Been The Kindest Person In History(See What He Did)

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Maximilian Kolbe.

Say that name over and over again – And don’t forget it.

This man served as a Polish Catholic priest in German-occupied Poland. He would go on to be thrown in prison for speaking out against the Third Reich, but was released after serving only a few months of his sentence.

Instead of packing his bags and running like any other person would, he stayed at his monastery – He continued publishing anti-Nazi works, and was finally arrested and sent to Auschwitz.

It was here where the true strength of moral fiber would finally be seen – When 10 people were being chosen to be executed, one man could be heard screaming, “But my wife! My children!”.

Kolbe volunteered to die in his place.

This man died in the place of a complete stranger.

He and his 9 other companions were placed in an underground bunker with no food or water, where they were condemned to starve to death.

Every time the guards checked on him, Kolbe would be found calmly leading the group in prayer. He was never scared to meet his end.

And finally, after 2 weeks, when he was the last one alive, and the guards needed to clear the bunker they finally decided to end his suffering.

He made no struggle when they came to give him his lethal injection – He was calm.

Why I’m donating my eyes to the blind – Dakore Akande, actress

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Nollywood diva, Dakore Akande who has striven to maintain a controversy-free career in Nollywood, has added more accolades to herself.

The mother of two has proven that she ‘slays for a cause’, as she is willing to donate her eyes to the blind when she breathes her last. “I was officially unveiled as the ambassador for the Eye Bank of Nigeria with the aim of sensitizing the public about the need for cornea donors to help those with reversible blindness. I pledged my cornea that day and what that means is when I leave this earth, I’ll willingly donate my cornea to help give the gift of sight especially as I would no longer be needing it,” she said.