News You May Have Missed This Week 04/07/2013
News You May Have Missed This Week
I consider this a rather slow news week. I couldn't find anything as exciting as the Monsanto Protection act or Child Services raiding someone's house for no reason. However, there are still some interesting things going on that I missed on CNN, from GMO mosquitoes in Australia to oil spills in Arkansas.
With all of the news and propaganda all over the news surrounding the events in North Korea, many Americans may have forgotten that we are still involved in a conflict in Afghanistan. Last week was one of the deadliest week of the war, with 11 Afghan children being just the latest casualties. We can't forget about this war. We can't forget that we have Soldiers over there, still fighting, still dying. We can't forget that innocent children are being killed there, by our own forces.
So keep the North Korean threat in mind, but don't forget that we are still fighting other wars.
I'm not sure how reliable this world truth tv website it, it looks rather like a personal blog to me, but if this is true, I think it is pretty cool. Mosquitoes carry many of the most dangerous diseases facing man, from Dengue to Yellow fever and the most vicious, Malaria. If we can find a way to destroy the vectors of these diseases, we can save thousands of people per year.
I do worry about the impact of genetically modified organisms on the environment though. This is still fairly new technology, and I am not sure if enough research has been conducted to ensure its safety, not only to the environment but to host species as well.
An underground oil pipeline (that many residents didn't even know existed) burst in the small Arkansas town of Mayflower, spilling more than 5,000 barrels of oil into the streets. Over 60 homes have been affected and officials are still trying to determine the cause of the spill. Fortunately, the oil has not made it to nearby Lake Conway, but local bird species have still been affected.
Police are training to recognize "sovereign citizens", US citizens who do not agree with the government and refuse to acknowledge that it has any authority of their lives. I understand that many people take their disregard for the government way too far...not agreeing with certain policies is no reason to kill police officers. These people can be violent and dangerous, and police should absolutely learn to take precautions.
What bothered me was the term "paper terrorist". They didn't go much into this term, but I can't understand even the concept. A terrorist is labeled as such by causing pain and suffering to thousands. A terrorist kills people and destroys everything just to cause fear. Labeling anyone who doesn't agree with a certain policy or way of life as a terrorist is dangerous territory.