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Sea World Launches Ad Campaign to Combat ‘Blackfish’ Devastation Breaking News,Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 24, 2015   Sea World Entertainment (SWE) has launched a new advertising campaign to repair their “tarnished” reputation after accusations of being cruel to their animals has hurt revenue. SWE assembled 1,500 animal care experts to accompany Sea World veterinarians and researchers to appear in print and television adverts nationwide. The entertainment company has also made a $10 million investment in researching orcas in the wild as a part of their public relations scheme to overcome the devastating effects of the 2013 documentary Blackfish which highlighted SWE’s unbecoming treatment…

DoJ: Philadelphia Police Need More Non-Lethal Training Breaking News,Security

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 24, 2015   The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has been identified by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to use deadly force more often than not; causing mistrust from the community. The DoJ Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) “spent a year assessing Philly’s use of force, identifying 48 issues and making 91 recommendations for reform.” The report produced by the DoJ stated: “The department has much work to do in the months and years ahead. Our assessment uncovered policy, training and operational deficiencies, in addition to an undercurrent of significant…

California Spends $1 Billion on Drought to Keep Nestle & Big Oil Happy Breaking News,Government

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 23, 2015   California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be ignoring the pressure from watchdog groups who are calling for corporate agribusinesses and oil corporations to stop taking water from Californians during this recent drought. Food & Water Watch California (FWW) explained that this new initiative and spending package focuses on the “wrong solutions” and will not solve California’s water shortage. Brown joined with state legislators and Republican lawmakers to back legislation that claims to “help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought.” The state government of California…

Engineering Humans: Developers Urge Scientists Not to Edit Our Genes Breaking News,Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 23, 2015   We now have the capability to edit genes; however the developers of this technique are asking scientists not to use their discovery because gene modification can change the course of biology. Jennifer Doundna, co-inventor of the technology and director of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) said : “This limitation has been upended recently by the rapid development and widespread adoption of a simple, inexpensive and remarkably effective genome engineering method known as CRISPR-Cas9. The simplicity of the CRISPR-Cas9 system enables…

Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Creates Less Violent Automated Robot Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 21, 2015   Rethink Robotics (RR) has unveiled Sawyer , a smaller sibling to the Baxter robot that gained popularity because of research work conducted by Cornell University (CU). Sawyer was designed to appeal to people; has a touchscreen for a “face” and artificial intelligence software that allows it to learn from being guided by humans. This one-armed robot is smaller, more precise and faster than its big brother which makes it a great option for automated assembling of tiny parts. Sawyer is valuable as a conversation changer “in…

Monsanto Strikes Back Against IARC: EPA Says Our Products are Safe Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 21, 2015   The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research outreach of the World Health Organization (WHO) have classified insect and weed killers containing glyphosate as “probable carcinogens”. Glyphosate now falls under the second level of concern; meaning it is classified as a “probable or possible carcinogen” and those exposed to the chemical could have an elevated risk for developing cancer. Industrial use of glyphosate is of concern to IARC, not “use by home gardeners”. However, the chemical is present “in more than 750 different herbicide…

Oil Corps Sue Obama Administration Over Fracking of Public Lands Government

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent March 21, 2015   The Obama administration, through the Department of the Interior (DI) has unveiled more stringent restrictions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands. These restrictions cover an estimated tens of thousands of injection wells that have been implicated in the contamination of public water supplies in the last year. These rules effect only wells on federally-owned lands, which is equal to roughly a quarter of the gas and oil operations in the US. The findings of a 4 year study conducted by the DI shows the necessity…