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Friday, March 07, 2008

A Golf Story

Golf accident

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as
her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next
hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands
together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll
around in agony.

The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to

'Please allow me to help. I'm a Physical Therapist and I know I could
relieve your pain if you'd allow me,'she told him.

'Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes,' the man

He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping
his hands together at his groin.

At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help.

She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his
pants and put her hands inside.

She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and
asked, 'How does that feel'?

He replied:

'It feels great, but I still think my thumb's broken.'

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Give us your poor, your tired, your genetic modification experiments
Salon.com Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:15 AM PST
A French biotechnology company moves its research to the U.S., citing domestic issues. As in, France hates Monsanto.


Environment News Service Fri, 29 Feb 2008 3:31 PM PST
The Pharmacia Corporation, a successor to the Monsanto Company, which manufactured chemicals at the site, and Bayer CropScience Inc., a successor to Stauffer Chemical Company, which manufactured glue products at the site, must address soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water contamination at the site.


Diebold Leaks Election Results!


Stay tuned.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Monsanto and Glyphosate

Monsanto no longer retains its patent on Round-up generically known as Glyphosate. But it still controls Glyphosate! Why be concerned?

Glyphosate has been shown to cause birds to lay eggs with soft shells. This was a major problem with DDT as clearly shown to the world in Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"! DDT was finally banned when the public outcry showed it to be a political hot potato. Of course, once DDT became a public issue, scientific studies showed it to be harmful to humans as well.

Stock & Land Thu, 28 Feb 2008 3:36 PM PST
For a little more than a year, on a global basis the demand for glyphosate has been going up faster than the supply. "We anticipated this, so it's not a situation where we were caught off guard," says Jim Zimmer, vice president of Monsanto's United States business.

From Wikipedia:

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine is a non-selective systemic herbicide, absorbed through the leaves, used to kill weeds, especially perennials. Some crops have been genetically engineered to be resistant to it. Glyphosate was first sold by Monsanto under the tradename Roundup, but is no longer under patent.

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