80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA



80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!
A recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in every living thing known to science and practically every food, GMO or otherwise.

Read that title again… Not GMOs but DNA. I believe this study also highlights most Americans are idiots. Every month the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics conduct a survey and the most recent month's survey included a question regarding the institution of government policies concerning food. The results (http://goo.gl/ae0F1R) indicate that "a large majority (82%) support mandatory labels on GMOs." What's hilarious is that roughly "the same amount (80%) also support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA."

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So the NSA can breach foreign countries, but when North Korea does it it's bad?



N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say – NYTimes.com
Evidence gathered by software hidden by the N.S.A. to monitor North Korean activities proved critical in persuading President Obama to accuse the government of ordering the cyberattack on Sony, officials said.

I think it's clear at this point that Cyber Warfare is the new arms race. The NYT is reporting that the reason the US was so confident that North Korea was to blame for the Sony hacks is that the NSA had been hacking and implanting malware on North Korean hackers since 2010.

Clearly we need to take all of this very seriously, but this raises some questions for me. Should we be putting our resources into offensive strategies or defensive? If we're on the offense (breaking into other nation states) can we really lay blame when they get caught doing the same? If we get caught and they retaliate does this mean that we escalate into WWIII, just all IP based?

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Republicans move toward easing bank and Wall Street rules

 

"Republicans in the House have been trying for years to chip away at the Dodd-Frank law, which Congress enacted with mostly Democratic support to tighten regulation with an eye to preventing another crisis."
Their latest move (which is likely to pass) will give U.S. banks two extra years (until 2019; perhaps because the banks don't have enough money to get in compliance quickly enough lol) to ensure that their holdings of certain complex and risky securities don't put them out of compliance with a new banking rule. It would also revise the "Volcker rule" which would limit banks' riskiest trading bets, the kind of speculative investments that do not benefit their customers.

src: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HOUSE_BANK_REGULATIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Dodd-Frank: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodd%E2%80%93Frank_Wall_Street_Reform_and_Consumer_Protection_Act

Volker Rule: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcker_Rule

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