Flowers that can detect landmines.



When I think of gm plants I think of Monsanto’s terminator seeds which are designed to genetically switch off a plant’s ability to germinate a second time. Obviously, this is devestating for farmers who rely on saving seeds for next year’s harvest as they’re instead forced to *buy* genetically altered seeds each year. It’s the ultimate theft – I can’t believe this has been allowed to happen.

So I’m happy to report a decent use of biotechnology – flowers that can detect landmines.

Some background: I’ve been working with a local Toronto record label called Ohm Grown Records and they’re closely associated with a German non-profit called MGM (People Against Landmines). On Friday I was at the Ohm Grown headquarters where we were busily putting the final touches on some grant applications for a tour they’re embarking on in the fall called the Nature of Hope tour.

Both the tour and MGM are dedicated to raising awareness and funds to clear all landmines in Africa. It’s an important issue I’m learning.

On Friday the folks at Ohm Grown told me about these explosive detecting flowers and I’ve been thinking about them all weekend. It’s good news!

“The genetically modified weed has been coded to change color when its roots come in contact with nitrogen-dioxide, or NO2, evaporating from explosives buried in soil.

Within three to six weeks from being sowed over landmine infested areas the small plant, a Thale Cress, will turn a warning red whenever close to a landmine.

According to data compiled by Aresa, more than 100 million landmines have been spread out in 45 countries, hidden killers that often remain for years after a conflict is over.”

Read more about this amazing development!

Info on the company and the project’s development (with pics): Aresa Biodetection

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Butch needs a home, how can I compete? Of all weekends…



My sister called me last night to let me know that she’s moving on Monday and the new place does not welcome feline residents.

SO my dear friend Butch is facing homelessness in a couple days. We can’t have him here due to deathly huzbond allergies (eyes swell up like water balloons) so I’m putting the feelers out.

Apparently, coincidentally, so is the Humane Society: ““FREE TO A GOOD HOME” DESPERATE CAT CRISIS AT THE TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY”
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The art of floating an air biscuit – inherent or learned?



I think everyone has a particular, consistent style when it comes to anal audio.

Seriously. I know it’s gross, but think about it and then think about your loved ones. My guess is that it’s inherent but not necessarily hereditary. Perhaps we’re sitting on a new biometric measure?

For example, as a child I’d often sit at the kitchen table to eat my pb&j, minding my own biz. My evil dad would quietly float by – in one door and out the other. Seconds later, I’d face an altered state of reality with the sting of his stinker impairing all five senses. Staggering and fighting for survival, I’d barely be able to make out his laughter from the other end of the apartment. His pacing was the best, bless his soul.
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Pop’s Power Elite on Britney and Other Glitterati



And the survey says?

“Trust me, she’s over.”

The L.A. times interviewed 21 of the music industry’s top execs (Clive Davis, Don Ienner, Kanye West) to anonymously dig at their thoughts on the world’s highest-grossing music acts and to get their guesses on which ones will be bringing in the biggest buckets of cash over the next five years.

Fascinating. Britney’s out, Alicia’s in. Usher’s in, Eminiem’s halfway out. Thanks for the shocking news boys.

Read the article. The top ten include Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, OutKast, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Dr. Dre.

Flat out I disagree about Beyoncé. I think she’s hugely over-exposed right now and people are getting sick of her and her drama. I think she’s out in a big way. We’ll see, I’ll munch on a huzbond sock if I’m wrong.

And hey that must have been weird for Kanye West to be appearing on the list and contributing to making the list.

And in other music news: “Sony BMG to Pay $10 Million to Settle Payola Probe

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