Back in the swing of things

I’m busy working on another project and have neglected the blog lately so today in order to share with you some content I’m posting some links to things that are interesting and important.

First of all: How can you tell if what you’re buying from the grocery store is genetically modified? Seems that, as consumers, we should be able to know right? Well not really, because the FDA decided that you didn’t need to; this despite the increasing research that is finding unhealthy consequences in GMOs.

But!, there is a way to know! Here’s how:

http://www.kipnews.org/2011/07/14/how-to-i-d-genetically-modified-food-at-the-supermarket/

Pretty cool!

Alright, secondly, today, Wednesday January 18th 2012, you might have noticed some weird things happening on the web. For example, if you follow my GMO link above you discover a blacked out Wikipedia site with this stated on it;

Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.

In the U.S, a bill is making its way to Congress that is, in my mind, a threat to my freedom of speech, to my creativity, to my ability to interact and share thoughts about my culture. Furthermore, it has been my experience, that despite the claims of the large media companies that billions of dollars are lost to piracy, a much greater amount of economic development takes place on the already regulated web in a number of different ways. Despite my understanding of the frustrations of having your content stolen from you and shared across the world, I have seen how this kind of spreading of information also has the potential to promote your content as well as celebrate it. Financial repercussions also stem from this sharing and spreading of information. The bill, as it is formulated at the moment, is much to vague and represents a threat to many people’s livelihoods, the creative potential of many artists, the censorship of content and material, not to mention an economic threat to one of today’s biggest economic building blocks: the internet.

Here are links that you should look into in order to learn more and form your own opinion:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

http://www.lessig.org/

http://creativecommons.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oar9glUCL0

Watch this movie!

Ok, gotta go.

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