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News Roundup Thursday, March 17, 2014

The State
Hawaii sailor’s team picks up key $21M sponsorship for Volvo Ocean Race
Neal Milner: Fixing the Sad State of Campaign Coverage in Hawaii

What does Obamacare mean for the residents of Kauai?
GMO moratorium rally set for Sunday
Seattle developer plans to build new Marriott hotel near Honolulu International Airport

State Political Parties

Constitution Party of Hawaii
Democratic Party of Hawaii
Free Energy Party
Hawaii Green Party
Hawai`i Independence Party
Libertarian Party of Hawaii
Republican Party of Hawaii

Media Outlets:Hawaii

Civil Beat
Hawai’i Free Press
Hawaii Reporter
Hilo Hawaii Tribune Herald
Ho‘ike’s public access Kauai
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Kauai Garden Island News
KHNL TV-8 (NBC – Honolulu)
KITV TV-4 (ABC – Honolulu)
Maui Community Television / Akaku
Watch ‘Olelo Online
West Hawaii Today
Watch all islands Hawaii Community Television Public Access

This is just too funny! Only in Hawaii!

recruiter— PROSTITUTION PENALTIES: The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to remove the legal protection that allows undercover police officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations in the version of House Bill 1926 it’s taking up Friday. Also at issue in the bill’s negotiation is whether people who solicit minors for sex will be added to the sex-offender registry.

Go here for the full on hilarious story:  Undercover police in Hawaii fight for right to have sex with prostitutes during investigations

Scientists anticipating traces of ocean radiation along West Coast

The isotopes have been detected at very low levels at a Canadian sampling point far out to sea earlier than the models predicted, but not yet reported at the beach, said Kathryn A. Higley, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University. The Rossi model predicts levels a little higher than the fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s. The Behrens model predicts lower levels like those seen in the ocean in the 1990s, after the radiation had decayed and dissipated.

Full Story: Scientists anticipating traces of ocean radiation along West Coast

Go here for GMO information!

Go here for the full story:  About Those Industry Funded GMO Studies . . .

Let’s put aside the fact that this line of thinking would mean that while fossil fuel behemoths Exxon Mobil (market cap:$394.83B), Chevron (market cap:$215.45B) and BP (market cap:$150.07B)
(total: $760.35B) have been completely stymied in their efforts to buy
the scientific consensus they desire on climate change, but a medium
large company like Monsanto (market cap: $57.43B)
has been able to manipulate tens of thousands of scientists performing
thousands of studies for three decades with no whistleblowers resulting
in a scientific consensus that has been bent completely to their will.
Let’s put that aside.
Instead, let’s first take a look at the evidence, before moving to
unravel some of pretzeled logic often employed to dismiss the weight of
that evidence in support of the scientific consensus on GMOs.
Take for example the EU. Politicians in the EU aren’t that friendly
to GMOs and they wanted to be very careful about them. So they ponied up
EURO 200 million over the course of decade to look into the matter. The
studies they carried out are neatly summarized in A Decade of EU Funded GMO Research [pdf].

More links from the author of the above :

A Decade of EU Funded GMO Research (2000-2010) [pdf].
European Commission | Directorate-General for Research
Studies with independent funding
Assessment of the health impact of GM plant diets in long-term and multigenerational animal feeding trials: A literature review
Chelsea Snella, et al. | Food and Chemical Toxicology | March 2012
A Meta-Analysis of Effects of Bt Crops on Honey Bees
Michelle Marvier, et al. | PLOS One | 9 January 2008
Toxicity studies of genetically modified plants: a review of the published literature
José L. Domingo | Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition | 2007
A literature review on the safety assessment of genetically modified plants
José L. Domingo, Jordi Giné Bordonaba | Environment International | May 2011
An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research
Alessandro Nicolia, et al | Critical Review of Biotechnology | 16 November 2013
of financial or professional conflict of interest to research outcomes
on health risks or nutritional assessment studies of genetically
modified products

Johan Diels, et al | Food Policy | April 2011
Unintended Compositional Changes in Genetically Modified (GM) Crops: 20 Years of Research
Rod Herman, et al | Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | 15 February 2013
Single study syndrome:€“ clutching at convenient confirmation
Graham Coghill | Science or Not | 23 October 2012
[cross posted at REALFOOD.ORG] And some more:
Voluntary Instead of Mandated GMO Food Labeling: The Industry’s Latest
Farmers Fight World’s First Landmark GMO Cross-Pollination Contamination

Politics of Hawaii and the Pacific

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