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    Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic – Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t (2007)

    One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of [...]

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  • News McDonald’s customer ‘finds dead mouse in coffee’

    McDonald’s customer ‘finds dead mouse in coffee’

    A McDonald’s customer was not ‘loving it’ after apparently finding a dead mouse in his cup of coffee Ron Morais found a little bit of a surprise in his coffee cup Photo: CBC NEWS Imagine the revulsion you would feel upon finishing a satisfying cup of coffee, only to discover a dead mouse at the bottom of your cup. A McDonald’s customer in Canada claims to know exactly how that feels having apparently found a lifeless rodent hiding in his hot [...]

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  • News Big pharma has an interest in rich people being sick

    Big pharma has an interest in rich people being sick

    What profit is there in a healthy population? If everyone were healthy, it would be the job of the pharmaceutical companies to persuade us that we were not well A burial team with the body of an Ebola victim in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Marcus DiPaola/NurPhoto/Rex The giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said yesterday that its work on a vaccine for Ebola will “come too late” to do anything about the current situation. Even now it is trying to compress trials that [...]

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  • News The Simpsons predicted Ebola outbreak in 1997, some people on the internet actually believe

    The Simpsons predicted Ebola outbreak in 1997, some people on the internet actually believe

    Given that The Simpsons has been running for over 25 years you could probably draw links with pretty much any major world event, and yet, some people remain convinced the cartoon predicted the current Ebola pandemic back in 1997. In a scene from a episode ‘Lisa’s Sax’ being shared today, Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book entitled ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus’. She then asks him if he wants “to colour something”, at which point he ominously [...]

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  • News Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

    Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

    The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth [...]

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  • News Billions of pounds of British public money has gone to business, with Disney getting £170m. They really are taking the Mickey

    Billions of pounds of British public money has gone to business, with Disney getting £170m. They really are taking the Mickey

    Last week, as the Tory faithful cheered on George Osborne’s new cuts in benefits for the working-age poor, a little story appeared that blew a big hole in the welfare debate. Tucked away in the Guardian last Wednesday, an article revealed that the British government had since 2007 handed Disney almost £170m to make films here. Last year alone the Californian giant took £50m in tax credits. By way of comparison, in April the government will scrap a £347m crisis fund that provides emergency [...]

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  • News Naomi Wolf reacts to criticism for Isis ‘conspiracy theories’ after she questions whether beheading videos are real

    Naomi Wolf reacts to criticism for Isis ‘conspiracy theories’ after she questions whether beheading videos are real

     Naomi Wolf stirred controversy over the weekend ,after she posted a series of comments on facebook,in which she questioned the authenticity of the Isis beheading videos and suggested that they “had been staged by the US government”.   She went on to query whether Isis (also known as the Islamic State) “victims and their parents were actors”, while in a separate, deleted post, she asked a New York Times journalist to verify that the murder of Americans and two Britons had actually happened, political [...]

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  • News Uncategorized Syria’s heritage in ruins: before-and-after pictures

    Syria’s heritage in ruins: before-and-after pictures

    The war in Syria has claimed more than 130,000 lives and, as these images reveal, it is also laying waste to its historic buildings and Unesco-listed sites Umayyad mosque, Aleppo – pictured in 2012, before fighting destroyed it in 2013. Photograph: Alamy They were sleepy tree-lined boulevards where people lived and worked, time-worn markets where they came to trade and exquisitely detailed mosques where, throughout the ages, they prayed. All now stand in ruins, ravaged by a war that is [...]

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  • News Israel’s number one baby name is MOHAMED – but authorities tried to fix annual official list to keep it secret

    Israel’s number one baby name is MOHAMED – but authorities tried to fix annual official list to keep it secret

    Mohamed deemed the most popular name for boys born in Israel this year But official list of most commonly used names failed to include Arabic names Authority said Yosef was top and said list reflected interest in Hebrew names Mohamed has been revealed as the most popular baby name in Israel – despite authorities trying to keep it hidden from the annual official list. The Population and Immigration Authority has this week published a list of the 10 most popular [...]

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  • News The audacity of air strikes and secret deals: just making Isis grow stronger?

    The audacity of air strikes and secret deals: just making Isis grow stronger?

    The insurgency in Iraq, Syria and beyond is a fight for natural resources as much as political control. Why are we so busy giving leverage to terrorists? Insurgent groups, it seems, have found a reliable source for arms in the Pentagon and CIA. Photograph: Andrew Harrer / EPA Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our [...]

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