Anonymous Targets Norway, Hacks World’s Biggest Whaling Industry

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By Anon.Dos

Despite a more than 30-year ban on commercial whaling worldwide, Norway is the world’s top whaling country killing more of the marine mammals than Iceland and Japan combined. Meanwhile, 90% of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and almost all of them are pregnant.

To protest the Nordic country’s whaling industry, Anonymous, an online group of hacktivists, shut down several Norwegian institutions including banks, authorities, media, tourism and academic institutions and rendered the website of the Norwegian Fisheries Ministry inaccessible as part of the #OpWhales campaign.

“As a result of whaling, several groups have targeted Norway,” Lone Charlotte Pettersen, leader for the section for Internet-related investigation support with police security agency Kripos, told Aftenposten.

Unlike traditional anti-whaling activists like Sea Shepherd that engage in seasonal activities like sabotage against whaling boats attempting to interrupt the hunt, Anonymous attacks Norway year-round, reports Sputnik.

“They want to get at Norway. Therefore, it may be a sheer coincidence who is affected. As long as they can inflict harm, they are satisfied,” Pettersen said, suggesting that Anonymous also encourages other people into procuring malware and using it against Norway.

Although whaling is a controversial practice internationally, it enjoys broad political support in Norway. While authorities consider whaling a part of a balanced ecosystem, and it might be culturally and historically important, whale meat is an important part of the Norwegian diet.

Prior to the whaling ban, Norway killed approximately 2,000 minke whales per year. This year, it allowed whalers to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. For the sake of comparison, Iceland’s quota for 2016 to 2018 is 224 whales, while Japan’s whaling quota is 333 whales a year.

Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!

PLEASE SHARE this with all your friends! We mustn’t keep quiet about the evils about Monsanto!

Share this shocking new report with everyone you know….

A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.

Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.

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{See the test results and full report by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project}. 

Here is why we all should be concerned about eating glyphosate:

  • Independent research links glyphosate to cancer and it has been deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. The childhood cancer rate is steadily rising and experts say that they don’t know why. Why are they not taking a closer look at these facts?
  • Research also indicates that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, which disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. When it comes to endocrine disruptors, very small exposures are the most damaging, so “the dose makes the poison” mantra does not apply!
  • Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum antibiotic killing the good bacteria in your gut. Poor gut health is linked to inflammation and a whole host of diseases. As GMOs laced with glyphosate are commonly fed to farm animals, this could very well be contributing to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • It binds with vital nutrients in the soil (like iron, calcium, manganese, zinc) and prevents plants for taking them up. Glyphosate is thereby making food less nutritious!

Why is this weed killer in these foods? Even non-GMO and organic food! 

This chemical has gone so mainstream that glyphosate has infiltrated every facet of our environment – our water, air, soil.

  • Many GMOs were invented to be resistant to glyphosate – and since GMOs have been introduced the use of glyphosate has gone through the roof! It is now the world’s most widely used herbicide.
  • Glyphosate is not just used on GMOs. Conventional (non-organic farmers) use Roundup as a drying agent on crops, such as oats and wheat. It can’t be simply washed off, as it is taken up into the plant itself.
  • As the active ingredient in popular “Roundup” herbicide, millions of people are using this stuff around their homes, and it’s widely used at parks and other public spaces.

So, that is why it’s not just GMO-filled junk food that is laced with glyphosate. It’s contaminating organic and non-GMO foods, and it’s even in our honey! The FDA quietly found it in almost every single sample of honey that they tested (from mass produced to organic mountain honey). The media has been essentially silent and barely anyone heard this news!

Even if you don’t personally eat the specific brands that were tested (I don’t), how many people are eating Cheerios and Ritz Crackers every day? A lot!

How many of your friends and family have their cabinets filled with these foods? These people need to know this information.

There are still thousands of other brands and whole foods that have not been tested for glyphosate residues, so we can’t be so sure that our own organic, non-GMO, and unprocessed food is safe. Americans are effectively being forced to eat this poison until something is done to stop the rampant use of this chemical. Yes, I said poison.

Monsanto doesn’t want the public to know these findings for obvious reasons. They have our regulatory agencies in their back pocket to make sure they can continue to make a hefty profit while poisoning the masses.

While there are now several manufacturers of glyphosate herbicides, Monsanto completely dominates the market and this is a best seller. They are raking in BILLIONS every year and certainly don’t want that to stop. They are clearly, without a doubt, using their prosperity to influence our government regulators. Why else would those entrusted to protect the public from harmful chemicals turn a blind eye to this?

Our public agencies are allowing corporations to poison Americans for profit.

In 2013, the EPA massively increased the industry standard of what is considered a “safe” level of glyphosate on our food, in order to make enormous amounts seem A-OK. Instead of properly regulating, they effectively raised the “safe” level so that no one can blame the industry for poisoning us with unlawful amounts of chemicals. This is corruption at its finest. The EPA has a long and sordid history of doing whatever Monsanto wants and you have to ask yourself why this continues to happen and how we can make it stop.

The EPA continues to pander to Monsanto, as they keep postponing and dragging their feet to evaluate glyphosate’s link to cancer in humans. The industry is fighting tooth and nail to make sure that the EPA “evaluation” will be in their favor and is trying to control who will be on the panel. Why won’t the EPA do their job to make sure that the world’s most widely used herbicide isn’t causing us all to get cancer? Don’t you think this should be a top priority? It’s time for the EPA to put the public health above the corrupt desires of corporations.

When it comes to the FDA, they are not protecting the American public from glyphosate either. After announcing in February that they would FINALLY begin testing foods for glyphosate residues, they just decided to suspend their testing this week. Could it be that Monsanto didn’t like the results they started getting – especially since the FDA found glyphosate in foods that should be especially safe like BABY FOOD? Monsanto will do whatever it takes to keep that story out of the public eye.

Doesn’t the public deserve to know this information? It should be shouted from the rooftops!

It is shameful that the American media has thus far failed to cover this breaking news, but WE HAVE THE POWER to make this information go viral. If you really want to stop the corruption perpetuated by Monsanto and the large chemical companies – this is how we shut them down!

CALL TO ACTION: Share this post with everyone you know. Tweet, share, and email this information to major media outlets and ask them to cover this story. 

Remember the best way to avoid glyphosate is by choosing certified organic foods because it is prohibited on organic crops. Although contamination is a real threat, the levels on organic foods are minimal compared to what’s been found on conventional foods. It’s been shown that people who eat organic foods have less glyphosate and other synthetic pesticides in their system.

The people of this country must be informed and this should be our top priority. Go, Food Babe Army, Go!

From: Heath Nut News

It’s Official – First Bee Has Just Been Added To Endangered Species List

It’s official. As tragically revealing as the move might be, the rusty patched bumble bee has now joined the grizzly bear, gray wolf, northern spotted owl, and some 700 others on the endangered species list — the first bee ever to garner those protections in the continental United States.

Once abundant in the grasslands and prairies in 31 states in the East and Midwest, the rusty patched bumble bee’s population has been decimated by as much as 95 percent by some estimates, and now exists only in isolated pockets in 12 states and the province of Ontario, Canada.

“There are a few little spots where we know they are,” James Strange, a research entomologist and bumble bee ecologist with the USDA, told Forbes.

“But only a really few spots.”

Getting this bee — Bombus affinis, scientifically speaking, so named for the red patch on its abdomen — onto the endangered species list took longer than originally expected, thanks to hemming and hawing by the Trump administration and its fealty to corporate influence, with the original listing date of February 10 ultimately delayed until yesterday.

In fact, the campaign to list the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered took years and a Herculean effort by entomologists and environmental groups — but the resulting historic precedent highlights the precarious state of vital pollinators.

“Listing the rusty patched bumble bee was historic because this is the first bumble bee species, and the first bee found on the continental United States, to ever be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This listing is the result of a five-year campaign by environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and based on input from tens of thousands of citizen scientists and private citizens,” Forbes reports.

NRDC had filed a lawsuit over the six-week postponement of the listing, calling the move illegal because it came without notice or period for public comment — but Tuesday’s listing rendered it effectively moot.

Xerces Society director of endangered species Sarah Jepsen said of Tuesday’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

“We are thrilled to see one of North America’s most endangered species receive the protection it needs. Now that the Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered, it stands a chance of surviving the many threats it faces — from the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to diseases.”

Loss of habitat and human encroachment played a role in the bee’s decline as well, but the classification as endangered will assist in conservation of the tall grasses and open fields where the rusty patched bee — and other pollinators — should thrive.

“While this listing clearly supports the rusty patched bumble bee, the entire suite of pollinators that share its habitat, and which are so critical to natural ecosystems and agriculture, will also benefit,” asserted Rich Hatfield, a Xerces Society senior conservation biologist. “This is a positive step towards the conservation of this species, and we now have to roll up our sleeves to begin the actual on-the-ground conservation that will help it move toward recovery.”

But the designation of the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species could still face robust challenges from several industries, corporations, and developers — rejuvenation of the species is still far from certain.

“The implications of this hasty listing decision are difficult to overstate,” states a petition from American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Home Builders, National Cotton Council of America, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and two entities to the Secretary of the Interior and Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, requesting a year’s delay in the listing.

Without a hint of irony — considering pollinators are responsible for the propagation of around one-third of our food supply — the petition goes on to deem the listing of the rusty patched bumble bee as “one of the most significant species listings in decades in terms of scope and impact on human activities.”

The Washington Post’s Darryl Fears predicts the coalition of signatories might yet file a lawsuit of its own — possibly to de-list the bee and receive the desired yearlong waiting period.

Bumble bees impart an estimated $3.5 billion into the American economy — yet, apparently, the signatories of the petition view the protection of one species as an insufferable encumbrance for humans.

While, ideally, the government should not intervene, Big Agriculture — comprising pesticide and herbicide manufacturers, factory farms, genetically modified crops, and the practice of monoculture — and other contributors to the drastic slump in the bumble bee’s numbers have not taken the onus of responsibility in initiating stewardship practices.

Ironically, the predominant model for food production in this country — destruction of the natural landscape through monoculture and the staggeringly prolific use of pesticides and herbicides on crops genetically manipulated to withstand them — has veritably wiped out or acutely reduced populations of the very bumble bee pollinators on which fully one-third of U.S. crops depend.

Opposition to the listing, in other words, is counterproductive — at best — especially considering the rusty patched bumble bee isn’t a uniquely threatened pollinator.

Pollinators in Peril,” a study by the Center for Biological Diversity published in February, revealed a jaw-dropping 347 species of bees native to North America and Hawai`i “are spiraling toward extinction,” and 749 bee species — over half of those with data sufficient to assess — have been pushed to the brink with declinations in population.

While saving the bees might not be on the agenda for certain parties, some 128,000 people signed a petition urging the listing of the rusty patched bumble bee.

“Few disappearing species have engendered this level of support for protection,” the Xerces Society press release on the bee’s listing states. “Because of this collective effort the rusty patched bumble bee now has a chance — and that is something we can all celebrate.”

Listing the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered is, in essence, a Hail Mary.

Xerces Society’s Jepsen quietly summarized the bee’s delicate situation, noting for Reuters,

“Endangered Species Act safeguards are now the only way the bumble bee would have a fighting chance for survival.”
From:  The Free Thought Project

Milestone Breakthrough: Scientists Create the First Human-Pig Hybrid Embryo

 

By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

In an extraordinary feat, scientists have created the first viable hybrid part-human, part-pig embryo in a milestone study that could pave the way for doctors to grow human organs inside animals and help shorten the organ transplants waiting period.

Using gene-editing techniques known as CRISPR/Cas9, an international team of researchers led by California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies created what’s known scientifically as a chimera  an organism that contains cells from two or more different species.

The creation of this interspecies chimera has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers, kidneys, and other organs for patients in need. Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute’s Gene Expression Laboratory, and the lead investigator of the study, commented:

“Our findings may offer hope for advancing science and medicine by providing an unprecedented ability to study early embryo development and organ formation, as well as a potential new avenue for medical therapies. We have shown that a precisely targeted technology can allow an organism from one species to produce a specific organ composed of cells from another species. This provides us with an important tool for studying species evolution, biology and disease, and may lead ultimately to the ability to grow human organs for transplant.”

According to a study published in the journal Cell, scientists were able to successfully grow a rat pancreas, heart and eyes in a developing mouse, providing proof-of-concept that functional organs from one species can be grown in another large, distantly-related species. They were also able to generate human cells and tissues in early-stage pig and cattle embryos, which the experts believe could one day be used to grow transplantable human organs in farm animals.

“Besides gaining insights into species evolution, embryogenesis, and human disease, interspecies blastocyst complementation might allow human organ generation in animals whose organ size, anatomy, and physiology are closer to humans.  Ultimately, these observations also raise the possibility of xeno-generating transplantable human tissues and organs towards addressing the worldwide shortage of organ donors.”

It took the scientists four years, 1,500 pig embryos, and the stem cells from 40 people to show it is possible to grow human tissue within a pig. The team first created a rat-mouse hybrid by introducing rat cells into mouse embryos to see if animals could still develop using the DNA of another species.

After the tests proved successful, the team genetically edited out part of the mouse DNA in the hope that the rat DNA would fill in the gaps. As anticipated, the rat cells filled in the gaps forming a rat heart, eyes and pancreas within the mouse.

The team then created a human-pig hybrid by introducing human cells into pig embryos. The human cells survived and formed more than 2,000 human-pig hybrids that were transferred to surrogate sows and allowed to develop for 28 days (the first trimester of a pig pregnancy) before being removed.

More than 150 of the embryos developed into chimeras were mostly pig. However, the success rate and level of human stem cell contributions in pigs was much lower (around one in 10,000 cells) than with the rat-mouse chimeras. Although the experiment with human stem cells was interrupted after four weeks, it remains the first reported case in which human stem cells began to grow in another species.

Insoo Hyun, associate professor of bioethics and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, noted:

“They just wanted to see if the cells would survive during gestation, and they did, and they kind of migrated here and there to various sites, except the brain, which is interesting.  The next step would be then to see if they can get better at localizing where the human cells develop and, ideally, getting to organ genesis.”

The Guardian reported the scientists are now planning to incubate human organs genetically matched to a patient, for use in transplants or for testing new medicines more safely and effectively. Belmonte stated:

“Many animals have this extraordinary ability to regenerate. Humans don’t have that. This field of work could provide a platform for human cells to do that. Our next challenge is to guide the human cells into forming a particular organ in pigs. The ultimate goal is to grow functional and transplantable tissue or organs… This is an important first step.”

Though the breakthrough has the potential to ease the existing shortage of human donors for organ transplants, the idea of creating human animal hybrids has met with ethical opposition. Dr David King, director of Human Genetics Alert, warned:

I find these experiments disturbing. In mythology human-animal chimeras were frightening monsters for good reason.  I don’t recall these scientists asking for the public’s opinion before going ahead with such experiments.”


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