You may find Technovia behaving a little weirdly today. That’s because I’m going to be moving Radio from my iBook to my Windows machine, to implement a couple of features that I want to try out. More late, assuming the whole thing works…
Oh dear, it appears that the government has been caught out again. According to a report in the Independent, a government sponsored study has shown large scale transfter of genetic material between GM crops in trials and nearby non-GM crops. Typically, the government tried to bury this news by releasing a heavily edited report on Christmas eve, the one day of the year when no newspapers are being prepared for publication.
The report is the result of six years of trials, and is the longest in-depth study of its kind ever undertaken. Given the governments consistent support for GM crops, despite every survey ever undertaken showing opposition from the public, it’s an explosive issue politically.
Gene flow is not in itself damaging to the environment, but it does mean that should the GM crop prove to be in some way damaging, the liklihood of controlling its spread is significantly lower.
Why does the governmenf want to bury this? Or, rather, why is the government so positive about GM? Partly, it’s because the government is easily dazzled by shiny new technology. In that sense, Blair is very like Wilson, with his “white heat of technology”. But there’s also a complete lack of critical ability about what companies that sell GM crops are telling them, because – as has been proved again and again – Blair and his cohort don’t understand business, and the fact that businesses will lie to further profits. The business of business is profits, not truth.
Surprise surprise. The Bush administration is revisining fact sheets on government health sites in order to bring them more into line with conservative (AKA Christian fundamentalist) views, according to a New York Times report. This includes claiming that the evidence of a link between abortion and breast cancer is inconclusive, thus ignoring the largest and scientific studies yet done. [via Slashdot]
Intesting report from German press agency DPA, which indicates that the version of the Iraqi weapons dossier given to the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council has been heavily cut, to exclude details of foreign corporates – largely American – that were involved in arming Iraq with technology for use in weapons on mass destruction from 1980-1991.
According to a translation into English on IndyMedia UK, “substantial construction units for the Iraqi nuclear weapon and rocket programs were supplied with permission of the government in Washington. The poison Anthrax for the arming of Iraq with biological weapons stemmed from US laboratories. Iraqi military and armament experts were trained in the US and there received know-how having to do with their domestic arms programs.”
What this demonstrates is simple: When Iran was the enemy, the developed nations were happy to ignore Iraq’s abysmal record on human rights, it’s suppession of political dissidents, and its support for some nasty terrorist organisations. Now, we’re happy to forget the role we played in making Saddam. Is it any wonder that the radical Islamist accusation that the West is corrupt is believed, when we act like this?
Brian is a lone peace protester who’s been camped outside Parliament for the past 18 months, protesting against what he sees as the inevitable build-up to war in the guise of the war on (some) terrorism. After 18 months of cold, wet, and the occasional bit of abust from tourists, Brian is apparently somewhat down in the dumps – but determined to keep up his protest. Someone on IndyMedia suggested sending Brian a card or perhaps some tobacco to keep him going. Seems like a great idea to me – the address is here.