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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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April 9, 2015

Zimbabwe: Bretton Woods Institutions an Attack On Sovereignty

The end of the 21st Century is still characterised by geopolitical fluidity and socio-economic effervescence that lead us to challenge the sovereignty of states. Global economic governance has become increasingly institutionalised, greater interdependence and manifestations of transnational harm have resulted in intensified efforts to coordinate outcomes at the global level.Criticism of the World Bank and the IMF encompasses a whole range of issues but they generally centre on concerns about the approaches adopted by the two institutions in formulating their policies, and the way they are governed. This includes the socio-economic impact these policies have on the population of [...]
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April 7, 2015

Indian Farmers and Farmer Unions Launch Massive Agitation Against NDA’s Anti-Farmer Policies

New Delhi, March 18th 2015: Major farmer unions of India affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) have launched a massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies, and to seek a resolution to several burning issues pertaining to farm livelihoods, on March 18th 2015 through a Kisan Maha Panchayat in the heart of India’s capital. Thousands of farmers have resolved to stay put on Parliament Street in India's capital until the government engages them in a dialogue to resolve various burning issues. Anti-farmer measures through the Land Acquisition Ordinance, recent report of Shanta Kumar High Level Committee on restructuring FCI, the mindless [...]
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April 7, 2015

Food Sovereignty Activists Protest at Bill Gate’s Corporate Seed Conference

Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are convening a secret meeting to promote a recent report detailing in clear terms how to privatise the seed and agricultural markets of Africa. The meeting is being criticised for including corporations, development bodies, trade bodies and aid donors, yet excluding any African farmers or representatives of affected organisations.This morning in response food justice campaigners held a demonstration outside the offices of the BMGF in London, with placards calling on the foundation to ‘free the seeds’ and handing out packets of open-pollinated seeds as a symbol of [...]
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April 5, 2015

Here’s the good news: banks will be obsolete in 10 years

April 2, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, ChileEvery few centuries or so, an amazing new technology comes along that fundamentally changes human civilization.There are so many other examples throughout history.
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April 2, 2015

Premier Brad Wall Keen on Social Impact Bonds

Premier Brad Wall has put a Sask. Party MLA in charge of social impact bonds — a type of financial instrument that lets investors support social services.
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March 30, 2015

Leave Facebook If You Value Your Privacy Says EU

A lawyer for the European Commission told an EU judge he should leave Facebook if he wants to stop the US snooping on him.
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March 28, 2015

Snowden Talks Surveillance, Privacy with Swedish Lawyers in Moscow

Edward Snowden has met with three Swedish lawyers at a secret location in Moscow to discuss matters of surveillance and privacy, adding he hopes “to see them soon in Sweden.”
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March 28, 2015

European Civil Protection Forum 2015 – Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – European Commission

European Civil Protection Forum 2015 - Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
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March 28, 2015

8 Things You Can Do to Help Get Money Out of Politics

In the wake of our most expensive midterm elections ever, decided with the lowest turnout in over 70 years, it’s no wonder that a majority of Americans are fed up with the way big money is distorting our politics. In the battle for the Senate, 42 extremely wealthy donors accounted for nearly a third of all super PAC spending. Whatever one’s political philosophy may be, the fact is: wealthy donors are now able to drown out your voice.But if there was a silver lining in the elections’ display of plutocratic might, it’s that there’s growing awareness of how a flood of money is distorting our politics. And watchdogs at Open Secrets, The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, The Sunlight [...]
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January 2, 2015

Agricultural Economy; Cuba Issues; and, Regulations

Agricultural Economy

Joel Aschbrenner reported on the front page of the Business Section in Friday’s Des Moines Register that, “Iowa farmland prices fell 8.9 percent in the past year, the largest annual decline in 28 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

“But the average price of $7,943 per acre is still more than double what it was a decade ago, and economists say they expect farmland values to level off.”

The article noted that, “‘Commodity prices and farm income are settling back to more expected levels, and I think land [...]

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