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‘Genetically modified’ label protection a myth

It sounds simple enough: Affirm that the food one buys has not been genetically modified. Require it on the nutrition label, right alongside the counts for cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, etc.

This is anything but simple. Counterintuitively, in fact, a GMO label will likely achieve the opposite of its purpose. How so? Right now, organic foods that are produced with every effort not to introduce genetically modified seeds or ingredients affirm the GMO-free process of production. What the GMO label demands, however, is something else: affirmation of a GMO-free food.

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Vote!

If you’re feeling like a zombie lately, don’t worry: It probably has nothing to do with the TV hit “The Walking Dead” or the macabre season that culminates at October’s twilight. More likely it stems from the fact that this year’s political campaigns have, even more than previous elections, treated us as if we’re brainless automatons, wandering aimlessly in the political wilderness, unable to think beyond one-dimensional slogans or childish name-calling. Without doubt, this campa...
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Desecration

The rabbi at the mikveh spying on the women. Really, who could even make this up? And frankly, it makes one sick to write about it. But write about it we must because otherwise the voyeurs and molesters and their ilk get away with it. There is nothing better than silence to encourage rabbinic criminals or perverts. The light must be shined upon them, distasteful as this surely is.
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Obscenity

A ‘senior administration official’ accuses Israel’s Prime Minster of cowardice — with a crude obscenity. It is time for reason to resurface. Another slingshot from the Obama administration: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, according to a “senior administration official,” an . . . expletive deleted. Expletive elucidated: Netanyahu is a coward, a chicken.
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Election 2014: Your vote counts on whether Iran will go nuclear

It’s become obvious in the US-Iran negotiations that the US administration will not stop Iran  from going nuclear. Only Congress can. And you will elect Congress. Shortly after the upcoming election in November the US will decide whether Iran gets a nuclear bomb. We freely concede: Immigration is a critical issue. Likewise, heath care. And economic recovery.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:34 )

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Iran unveils monument to Iran-Iraq War Jewish ‘martyrs’

Ron Kampeas Iran unveiled a monument to Jews who died during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. ... [Link]

Freundel-related lawsuit adds RCA as defendant

Ron Kampeas A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant. ... [Link]

Suspected Kansas City JCC shooter found competent to stand trial

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. said as he left the courtroom, “I had a right and a duty to do what I did.” ... [Link]

Causing stir, prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

Uriel Heilman Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewi... [Link]

Mossad spy reached Hezbollah’s upper ranks, Arab media report

Ron Kampeas A Lebanese businessman arrested last week succeeded the slain operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, the reports say. ... [Link]

Despite menorah confiscations, women kindle lights at Western Wall

Marcy Oster Security guards said they were acting on orders from the Kotel rabbi, Women of the Wall said. ... [Link]

Swedish lawmaker: Jews must assimilate to become true Swedes

Marcy Oster Far-right lawmaker Bjorn Soder angered Jewish leaders with his call on Jews and other minorities “to adapt to the Swedish and assimilate in order to become Swedish.” ... [Link]

Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel

Ben Sales In the southern region where the country’s largest ever oil spill befouled a 3.5 mile stretch of desert, Israel hopes to become a leader in renewable energy. ... [Link]

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