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15 years we've lived here and never seen a white squirrel. Today was the day!

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This super-delegate game adds no value that I can see, only a way for the DNC to manipulate the process. Why is it the popular vote can't just select a nominee?

Hey Google, you need to fix this! OK, I get it, no point maintaining two photo services in Google Photos and Picasa. But ... you need to bring the Picasa capabilities over to Google Photos! Two key problems making the cut from Picasa to Photos (both of which I use today).

First - you need to continue support for name tags. Why would you drop this? Facial recognition is good in Photos but not as good as absolute name tagging from the person who took the picture! For those of us with tens of thousands of pictures tagged in Picasa, some being names, some being events or dates or places .. why not import those into Photos? 

Second - Picasa users can have very deep folder structures to organize their pictures. As an example, I have a folder called Family with sub folders for each family member or family gathering. How do I ever keep that organization in Photos without manually importing each and every folder, one-by-one, into a collection or album first? This would be a massive undertaking given the depth of the many folders people can have their photos organized into. 

I'm all for Google Photos but ... you need to provide the functionality that made Picasa so wonderful!

#Picasa   #googlephotos   #tags   #Folders   #conversion  

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Bummer - while a fan and user of Google Photos, I still used Picassa regularly. 

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Below is an email I got this morning about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and our right to know, as consumers, if what we are buying and eating has been genetically modified. I've been following this topic for quite a while and fully support our right to know what we are eating by simply requiring any GMO products to be labeled as such. This is not saying GMOs are good or bad but simply, that we as the people eating these products have a right to know and decide individually if we chose to eat, or not, genetically modified products. 

Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods.  Unlike most other developed countries – such as 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Here's a list of the countries that DO require such labeling. 

http://www.justlabelit.org/right-to-know-center/labeling-around-the-world/

As has become the norm in our congress, the push against such labeling is funded by Monsanto who is the primary corporation behind GMOs. Yes, our bought and paid for congress is again conforming to corporate pressures instead of the rights of us as their constituents. 

Please take a few minutes to read the email below and please seriously consider taking the extra two minutes to fill out the automatic petition to congress pushing for the labeling of GMO foods. THANK YOU!

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ALL HANDS ON DECK! This morning the USDA just approved a new GMO corn from Monsanto, while the U.S. Senate is working overtime to kill states' rights to label GMO - Take action now!

Dear Doug,

It's hard to believe the levels of deception that Congress and our regulatory officials at the FDA will go to, but in the past several weeks the FDA has approved GMO salmon and denied a citizens' petition by the Center for Food Safety submitted in March of 2012 that called for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

If this weren't bad enough, right now the Senate, with the support of both Democrats and Republicans, are scrambling to pass the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act by sneaking a rider into a must pass spending bill that would permanently deny states the right to pass GMO labeling laws and create a system that only allows for "voluntary" labeling of GMO foods.

We can't allow unlabeled GMOs onto our grocery store shelves. Add your name and let the FDA and your Senators know that you DEMAND labels on ALL GMO products >>

Incredibly, even as we fight for mandatory GMO labeling and basic transparency in our food supply, today the Obama administration has just approved another Monsanto GMO corn variety this very morning and given "preliminary" approval of yet another new GMO potato by J.R. Simplot. This is an outrage!

Even worse, rather than put 4 simple words, "Produced with genetic engineering", on food packages sold in the United States, leading American food companies are intentionally trying to deceive us even further by mandating that GMOs be considered "natural" under U.S. law. 

At the same time, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Associations (GMA) are promoting an intentionally deceptive solution that would allow these companies to continue to hide GMOs using a meaningless technological solution known as QR codes, which function like bar codes, and would only allow people with smartphones to see if their foods contain GMOs.

Currently, both Congress and our federal regulatory agencies are allowing GMOs to be rubberstamped like new flavors of Chiclets. Today, in America, we have a regulatory system that functions like the Wild West, with the FDA, EPA and USDA approving virtually any new GMO crop (and now animals) based on cherry-picked corporate funded cigarette science that allows corporations like Monsanto to submit their own in-house studies, while denying the health and safety concerns of hundreds of independently funded research scientists.

What you need to understand is that there is a bipartisan selling out of American democracy and food safety to the highest bidder, and in this case, your basic right to know what's in your food and how it's produced are up for sale. The good news is we've built a powerful citizen-led movement that has passed GMO labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and we need your help to defend these historic victories over Monsanto and the GMA's corruption of our democratic institutions.

Stop Monsanto's desperate plan to kill states' rights to label GMOs! - Tell your Senators and the President: “I support GMO labeling!” Every voice counts!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_1599_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act2/?t=8&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPl 

Our regulatory system is so broken that just last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was forced to revoke its recent approval of the controversial chemical Enlist Duo, which is a super-toxic chemical combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D designed to be sprayed on Dow Chemical's 2nd generation GMO corn and soy, which are widely know as Agent Orange GMOs.

Unbelievably, the EPA only revoked Enlist Duo because it learned that Dow Chemical had not shared basic safety information regarding the ‘synergistic effects’ between the product’s two active ingredients, glyphosate and 2,4-D, which could result in greater toxicity to non-target plant. The EPA only learned of this new information because of a lawsuit against them, when the information came to light nearly a year after the agency's approval of the new Agent Orange GMO crops.

Ironically, the same giant food and chemical companies that are fighting to deny us our basic rights to label GMOs in America, already label them in 64 other countries around the world.

We need all hands on deck to stop the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act and convince your Senators not to violate states' rights and kill GMO labeling and allow GMOs to be labeled "natural"!

Don't let Monsanto continue to corrupt our food and our democracy - it's time to protect America's family farmers, communities & the environment! Every voice counts!

Click here if you support labeling genetically engineered foods! Don’t let Monsanto get away with continuing to undermine our democracy write the rules behind closed doors. 

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_1599_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act2/?t=11&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

This fight is about transparency, freedom of choice and democracy! Who writes the rules in America? Us or Monsanto? It's time to make a stand, this could be our last best chance to win labeling.

Please share this alert with family and friends you know who may be concerned, we need all the comments we can get and every voice counts!

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave Murphy
Founder / Executive Director 
Food Democracy Now!

Sources:

1. “USDA Announces GE Corn Deregulation”, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, December 4, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1553?t=13&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

2.  “USDA Announces Preliminary Extension of Deregulation to GE Potato”, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, December 4, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1554?t=15&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

3. "The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling", Huffington Post, November 18, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1555?t=17&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

4. “EPA does about-face on new weed killer”, Omaha World Herald, November 30, 2015

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1556?t=19&akid=1730.916120.YGXhPI

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Some interesting debate in the response commentary to this article as well. 

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Says it all! #METS #WorldSeries
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Sunday Night - Harvest Moon, Super Moon and a total lunar eclipse!

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Ready for another Mets win today with +Brianna Silverberg​, +*​, and +Danilo Ayala​
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