News articles that deserve extra consideration.
July 10, 2012 newser.com
The Justice Department and FBI have launched the FBI's biggest-ever post-conviction review, taking a second look at thousands of cases to determine whether defendants were wrongly convicted because of faulty forensic analysis.
July 11, 2012 Fredericksburg.com
THE URBAN INSTITUTE raised the alarm last month about the rate of wrongful convictions in Virginia. Its researchers asserted that 8 to 15 percent of those convicted of sexual assault between 1973 and 1988 were innocent, a rate far above the normally cited 3 percent and well above the U.S. average.
After reviewing 634 cases of murder and sexual assault that took place between 1973 and 1988, the institute found that "in 5 percent of homicide and sexual assault cases, DNA testing eliminated the convicted offender as the source of incriminating physical evidence. When sexual assault convictions were isolated, DNA testing eliminated between 8 and 15 percent of convicted offenders and supported exoneration."
March 8. 2012. Raw Story
“Pink slime” is largely made up of connective tissue that used to be reserved only for dog foods. It was not classified as “meat” because it was largely seen as unfit for human consumption. It also contains ammonia, which is used to kill off bacteria so people who eat it do not get sick.
But in the early 90s, former undersecretary of agriculture Joann Smith decided that it was meat, allowing it to enter the human food chain. When she left her post in 1993, she immediately took a job with Beef Products, Inc. on their board of directors.
June 27, 2011 UNHCR Trafficking in Persons Report - Columbia
"Colombia is a major source country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking in Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Asia, and North America, including the United States"
April 12, 2012. WashingtonTimes.com "How to End Sex Trafficking"
April 14, 2012. New York Times "Secret Service Agents Accused of Misconduct"
April 17, 2012. Christian Science Monitor "Secret Service scandal sheds light on sex tourism in Latin America"
April 3, 2012 Wall Street Journal
"Magic seeds exist only in fairy tales. But Monsanto Co. profits handsomely by selling the closest thing that science can produce. Shareholders are hoping that will continue Wednesday, when the company reports fiscal second-quarter results."
April 9, 2012 Daily Finance
"Monsanto beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share. Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. Margins grew across the board." "Monsanto logged revenue of $4.75 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $4.53 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.13 billion."
April 17, 2012 International Business Times
"Bioengineering agricultural giant Monsanto has touted the safety of genetically modified crops, but a new study has found that insecticide-containing corn can be harmful to the overall health of soil ecosystems."
April 19, 2012 Natural Society
"Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm"
April 20, 2012 SustainableBusiness.com
"Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is hesitating on his support for a bill that would mandate labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Vermont even though 90% of his constituents want it. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if legislators pass H.722. The bill is in committee, and unless the Governor forces a vote, it will die there when the legislative session ends in a month. " More details.
"Back in 2008, Mexico rejected a shipment of United States beef. Why? Because the US meat actually exceeded Mexico’s regulatory upper limit for copper. The meat, after being rejected by Mexico over serious health concerns due to the heavy metal content, was then sold in the United States, and eaten."