Ironic and shameful – Settlers prevent Bethlehem farmers from reaching their land | Maan News Agency

Israeli settlers and military forces prevented dozens of Palestinian farmers from reaching their land east of Bethlehem on Wednesday.

Armed settlers assaulted villagers from Tuqu while Israeli soldiers stood by and prevented them from reaching their land to harvest olives, a Ma\’an reporter said.

Head of Tuqu village council Taysir Abu Mifreh said that settlers from Noqedim also used dogs to intimidate Palestinian farmers.

A confrontation developed between settlers and farmers, with Israeli soldiers intervening on behalf of the settlers, locals said.

via Settlers prevent Bethlehem farmers from reaching their land | Maan News Agency.

ASIA/SRI LANKA – The Commission “Justice and Peace” in Jaffna denounces “the genocide of Tamils” – Fides News Agency

\”A genocide of the Tamil people is in progress in Sri Lanka\”: this is a strong and circumstantial complaint sent by the Commission \”Justice and Peace\” of the diocese of Jaffna in the north of Sri Lanka, to the Apostolic Nunciature and all the Bishops of the country.

In a long and detailed letter, sent to Fides Agency, the President of the Commission, Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah, launches the alarm and calls the Vatican to exert political pressure on the government of Sri Lanka in order to propose an \”equitable political solution\” regarding the national structure, in the post-civil war.

via ASIA/SRI LANKA – The Commission “Justice and Peace” in Jaffna denounces “the genocide of Tamils” – Fides News Agency.

Oh, SNAP: The Real Costs of Food Stamp Cuts | Civil Eats

California’s poor are hit doubly hard by poverty and hunger. Not only does California have the highest poverty rate in the country, but it ranks dead last among states when it comes to enrolling eligible families in SNAP. That means that 1.4 million households in California are missing benefits to which they are entitled and that would measurably improve their lives.

This underutilization has crippling human and economic impacts. In Alameda County alone (including the city of Oakland) California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) found an estimated annual loss of more than $180 million in benefits for residents who qualify for food assistance. Because every dollar spent on SNAP generates $1.79 in stimulative economic activity, much of it in the local economy, this costs the county more than $325 million per year.

We’ll make what has become a bold claim: In a world with more than enough food for all, no one should go hungry. No drought or famine explains why one in seven Americans are hungry. This is a purely political disaster.

via Oh, SNAP: The Real Costs of Food Stamp Cuts | Civil Eats.

The Gun Report: October 22, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 5-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed in Vidor, Tex., Monday afternoon. At the time of the shooting, the child was being watched by a babysitter, who carried the victim through the woods to a nearby home to get help. Authorities say the shooting appears to be accidental.

via The Gun Report: October 22, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. Recalls Refrigerated Ready-to-Eat Products Due to Potential Health Risk

Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. Recalls Refrigerated Ready-to-Eat Products Due to Potential Health Risk.

Greenhouse Project

As a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, THE Greenhouse Project will also provide fresh produce to the Fairfield Community School District, which is in a partnership with four other schools that could also benefit from the food at the greenhouse.

Although there will be unavoidable complications with the timing of the readiness of the produce, the added positives that will come from the greenhouse for the schools will be great, Swinton says. Fairfield schools have even agreed to do the preparatory work for the produce, which means they will do all of the washing and refrigeration.

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Scientists creating super bird flu virus to prevent epidemic | World | News | Toronto Sun

Ultra-dangerous hubris at work in Netherlands Lab –

Steven Salzberg, a professor of medicine and biostatistics from John Hopkins School of Medicine, accused them of \”an outrageous display of chutzpah\” and says Fouchier \”is deeply confused about the possible benefits of this work\”, which Salzberg argues are marginal at best.

\”The notion of \’gain of function\’ research on pathogens is very, very dangerous,\” he told Reuters.

via Scientists creating super bird flu virus to prevent epidemic | World | News | Toronto Sun.

California police shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying replica assault weapon

California sheriff\’s officials and family members say deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault weapon.

Two Sonoma County deputies saw the boy walking with the replica weapon at about 3 p.m. local time Tuesday in Santa Rosa. Lt. Dennis O\’Leary says they repeatedly ordered him to drop what appeared to be a rifle before firing several rounds.

The boy fell to the ground. Deputies handcuffed him and began administering first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. O\’Leary says deputies also found a plastic handgun in his waistband.

via California police shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying replica assault weapon.

Vichy French opposition would revoke automatic citizenship – FRANCE – IMMIGRATION – FRANCE 24

“This is anti-republican,” Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the National Assembly, while the party’s parliamentary leader Bruno Le Roux added that the UMP was “in a mad spiral, looking to initiate a debate that will only serve to bolster the FN\”.

via French opposition would revoke automatic citizenship – FRANCE – IMMIGRATION – FRANCE 24.