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Read this and the phrase 'Freudian slip' came to mind:
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” Clinton said at the opening of the consulate."

"In Egypt" ? So the U.S. DOES choose winners and losers, just not in Egypt. Let's see, Haiti and Honduras come to mind easily. And like the withholding of aid or forgiveness of debt has nothing to do with whether the U.S. 'cannot'.

Oxford computing prof claims overpopulation is at the root of all the planet’s troubles
"We are in a desperate situation and I don’t think people realise that. Many think we will find a clever solution sometime in the future, like building solar shields in space to keep our planet cool. I am going to tell the audience that these ideas are very suspect. Radical behaviour change is what is really needed. Our problems are not just those concerned with carbon emissions. There are so many other things – overfishing, destroying habitats and eradicating species – that we need to change. It is either that or sit and do nothing which, in effect, is the position we have adopted so far. Science has spent far too long hiding behind caveats. We have to come off the shelf although I suspect it may too late now. Indeed, the show will end with my admitting to the audience that I think we are fucked."

This is something I keep harping on and asking the question: "What is globalized human society going to do with the mass of unemployed human beings that are rendered obsolete by the approaching super-intelligence of the Bio-Info-Nano Singularity?" Which no one seems to have an answer to so ,yeah, homo sapiens are fucked and ,just maybe, that is the rationale behind the lack of compassion that those who are at the top of the food chain all over the world exhibit.

And in the meantime, the head fakes by the Gates Foundation continues with funding for Genetically modified cereal grains.
"A team of British plant scientists has won a $10m (£6.4m) grant from the Gates Foundation to develop GM cereal crops."
"Pete Riley, campaign director of the group GM Freeze, said there was a realisation by many farmers across the world that "GM is failing to deliver".

"If you look in America, yields haven't increased by any significant amount and often go down," he said.

He added: "Now we're seeing real, major problems for farmers in terms of weeds that are resistant to the herbicides which GM crops have been modified to tolerate."

But that doesn't matter when you've got Monsanto, DuPont, etc. making political contributions and Obama appointing GMO execs to the FDA and a USDA chief in Tom Vilsack that pushes GMO crops.

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