Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses

You don't need big-ag's Golden Rice, you just need a garden. 

July 16, 2014 (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive models of monopoly employed by big-ag. 

In response, big-ag has attempted several distasteful public relation stunts, including "super bananas for Africa" and "Golden Rice" to allegedly feed Asia's poor.

They claim these initiatives are purely altruistic. Business Insider in its article, "A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives," claims: 

Golden Rice, once it is widely released, will be much more cost-effective, as agricultural economist Alexander Stein has shown. Despite common misconceptions, no one stands to get rich when poor farmers start growing Golden Rice. Instead, it will represent a fundamentally different approach, an embodiment of the old "teach a man to fish" adage.
Business Insider's source? Big-ag giant Syngenta and the "Golden Rice Humanitarian Board." The board, of course, is stacked with big-ag-funded "NGOs," USAID representatives, and representatives of big-ag itself. The board represents the revolving door between corporate monopolies and big-government - and their combined efforts to use every means necessary to advance their collective self-interests.  

Walking Combat Robots Tested by US Marines

July 15, 2014 (LocalOrg) - The Pentagon Channel posted a video regarding RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii and the inclusion of walking robots being tested for future combat roles. The title of the video was, "Marines Bring Walking Robot to RIMPAC," and featured a version of what is known as the "Big Dog" robot developed by Boston Dynamics and now owned by IT giant Google. It reportedly can walk up to 20 miles and carry up to 400 pounds without a break.

The inevitability of this technology being developed and used in combat is a certainty. What is not a certainty is whether it is deployed solely by corporate-financier monopolies and a military-industrial complex that represents their interests alone, or takes to a battlefield where such technology has been mastered and democratized by many, creating a balance of power that favors the majority. 

It is important that people do not cower and complain in the face of such advances, but take up the challenge of understanding and mastering the technology so that Google, the Department of Defense, and the corporate-financier interests that seek to benefit from a technological divide between themselves and the rest of humanity cannot have their way. 

Transcendence and DARPA's Restoring Active Memory

July 15, 2014 (LocalOrg) - In the movie "Transcendence," the lead character, an artificial intelligence researcher, is uploaded to a super-computer before his body dies. His consciousness survives and his mind, unencumbered by the weakness of his physical body, begins expanding exponentially. While science fiction, the movie's premise is not entirely impossible. While the human brain is highly complex, accessing it, decoding it, and interfacing with it has long-ago already begun.

The US Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, has announced its "Restoring Active Memory (RAM)" project - which intends to develop a prosthetic for the brain to record and store memories for those with degenerative neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).