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Finally the stickers are in. Great job for +Bootstrap by +Ed Campos! Desperately making room on my small laptop cover.
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Dear Friends,

I have been volunteering for World Computer Exchange for the past three years.

I write to ask you to support our efforts in Puerto Rico. Because of the hurricanes, this work is now more important now than ever. As electricity slowly returns to more of the schools, we have replacement computers ready to go into needy schools to help them reconnect to the world.

We also have four high schools on the island that are ready to set up student tech clubs like our the clubs near Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore. WCE will soon send the school clubs seed computers to refurbish. We at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras have been including the WCE schools in our teacher training sessions and referring schools that have been through our training to WCE for computers.

WCE is sending trainers to train teachers and student leaders in the WCE refurbishing process. This will allow for more computers refurbishment and repair in Puerto Rico. There is a real demand for this. These students can use these skills to refurbish more computers for schools across the island and in their own future jobs.

Please join me in donating to our efforts in Puerto Rico. I think this project will make a big difference in the future of Puerto Rico.

Let us know if you work for a matching company.

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Starting the Spring 2015 Semester
This semester I have the pleasure of working with Efrain Vargas Ramos, a graduate Master's student, from the Math Department.  He will be posting mostly in Spanish to document the work we are doing together in Multivariate Time Series. 
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Monsanto Refuses to Testify on Genetically Modified Crops in Puerto Rico

Nobody fucking wants this public nuisance company to even exist, but they seem to be like that damn piece of chewing gum on the bottom of your shoe. Isn't it time for Obama to get the hell out of bed with the fucking villain the ENTIRE world hates?

Monsanto has refused to testify at a major government hearing about the development and sale of seeds in Puerto Rico. At stake is the research that the company conducts into genetic engineering on the island that critics say threaten the environment and can cause serious human health problems.

The Puerto Rico Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing last Monday on a bill (PS624) that would create a Seed Board and a certification and licensing system to regulate the development and sale of seeds in Puerto Rico.

"Monsanto does not produce, sell (or) offer... basic or certified seed with the purpose of planting in Puerto Rico", said company representative Eric Torres-Collazo in a letter to the committee explaining the decision not to testify. He also claimed that the company's activities are not subject to regulation by the Puerto Rican legislature. #WAT  

Technically Torres-Collazo is correct on at least one count - all the harvest produced by Monsanto and other transnational seed enterprises in the island is exported for use abroad as seed. A major market is the U.S. where most corn and soy is derived from genetically modified varieties.

But Puerto Rico has also been a major location for the development of genetically modified crops since 1987, conducting open air field tests on corn and soy, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Crops developed on the island and other Monsanto research locations have a number of unusual properties – some are resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide or any herbicide with glyphosate as active ingredient. Others secrete an insecticidal toxin called Bt and there are even combination strains that combine both these traits.

Committee chair senator Ramón Ruiz-Nieves of the Popular Democratic Party told the media that he intends to summon Monsanto again, insisting that the company should be regulated locally since it receives substantial local and U.S. government subsidies for its activities in Puerto Rico, and is registered with the local Agriculture Department as a bona fide farmer.

This is not the first time local officials have targeted Monsanto. On April 22, senators María de Lourdes Santiago of the Puerto Rico Independence Party, and Larry Seilhamer of the New Progressive Party, introduced Senate Bill 524, which would mandate the labeling of foods with genetically modified content sold on the island. The Senate Health Committee is expected to hold hearings on this bill later this year.

Monsanto has also been embroiled in a legal controversy over the fact it plants crops on 1,500 acres, despite the fact that Puerto Rico's 1952 constitution prohibits agricultural landholdings larger than 500 acres. http://www.80grados.net/tus-contribuciones-enriquecen-a-monsanto/ In May, Puerto Rico Agriculture Secretary Myrna Comas, a well known food security scholar, referred this matter to the Puerto Rico Justice Department, requesting a legal opinion.

Local media reports have pointed out the irony that despite the fact that Monsanto is in apparent violation of the Puerto Rico constitution, it has received $4.9 million in subsidies from the local Agriculture Department to help it cover payroll expenses from 2006 to 2013.

The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture and Juan Santiago-Cabán, operations manager of Monsanto in Puerto Rico, did not respond to CorpWatch's interview requests.

Meanwhile local farmers have publicly rallied to the cause. An April 24 event to induct Monsanto, the global leader in seed sales and biotechnology, into the Puerto Rico Agricultural Hall of Fame, became the target of protest by local farmers who are angry about the company's role in developing genetically modified crops on large plots of land on the island.

The Hall of Fame was set up by Acción y Reforma Agrícola (ARA), a farm lobby group founded by agribusinessman Pedro Vivoni, who owns Agro Servicios, a farm supply company. (Monsanto represents 18 percent of Agro Servicios' business, according to coverage by the local media). The Hall of Fame has been endorsed by the Agronomists Association (Colegio de Agrónomos) and the Agriculture Department of Puerto Rico, which gave ARA a $5,000 donation earlier this year.

“It is totally unacceptable on the part of an organization that represents agronomists and farmers to name Monsanto to the Puerto Rico Agriculture Hall of Fame, a company that sues farmers all over the world and has contributed to the destruction of the world's agricultural biodiversity,” said the activists in a statement presented by various scientific, student and farming organizations, including the local chapter of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15848

Photo: Millions against Monsanto rally in Puerto Rico, Indymedia Puerto Rico

#stopMonsanto   #DestructionandDeath   #fuckMonsanto   #obama   #corruption  
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