Barbara H. Peterson on October 1st, 2014

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Farm Wars

Everyone who raises animals has a story. These are stories of triumph, stories of hardship, but mostly stories of how not to do THAT again. And I am no exception. Mine is the story of the 4ft owl. You heard me. 4 feet. Yes, 4 ft. An owl that stood four feet tall.

Anyway, it happened one morning, on a very sunny day, deep in the outskirts of Southern Oregon…

There I was, waking up peacefully to a beautiful sunny day, when it hit me…

I had forgotten to put the chickens in the coop for the night. No big deal, this had happened before and they were comfortable in the barn with the hay. It’s not a traditional, closed-in barn, but one with a roof and short sides. Enough to keep a four-footed predator out, so everything should be okay. And it had been.

That is, until that one fateful morning…
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Barbara H. Peterson on September 28th, 2014

Monsanto vs Farmers from Mathieu Asselin on Vimeo.

“In 1996, Monsanto introduced its first GMO seeds. It ensured that farmers could not save the seeds and essentially lose the ownership of their seeds. Consequently, the power balance shifted away from the farmers to corporations who now own 80 percent of GM corn and 93 percent of the GM soy market. Now farmers not only have to buy the seeds from the corporations year after year, but they are also forced to comply with the rules and regulations embedded in the contracts, which are designed to put the farmers at a juridical disadvantage. Since they have been wrongly accused, Dave Runyon, Troy Roush and Moe Parr have traveled the world speaking out publicly about Monsanto’s reckless business policies.”


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Barbara H. Peterson on September 25th, 2014

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This is an open access paper regarding the implications of how future DNA evolution is affected by natural horizontal transfer of degraded DNA that has been around for years. Enter laboratory manipulated horizontal transfer via genetically engineered DNA that combines unrelated species into the mix when reading this and you will understand why I shared it ;)

Horizontal transfer of short and degraded DNA has evolutionary implications for microbes and eukaryotic sexual reproduction

Wiley Online Library


Horizontal gene transfer in the form of long DNA fragments has changed our view of bacterial evolution. Recently, we discovered that such processes may also occur with the massive amounts of short and damaged DNA in the environment, and even with truly ancient DNA. Although it presently remains unclear how often it takes place in nature, horizontal gene transfer of short and damaged DNA opens up the possibility for genetic exchange across distinct species in both time and space. In this essay, we speculate on the potential evolutionary consequences of this phenomenon. We argue that it may challenge basic assumptions in evolutionary theory; that it may have distant origins in life’s history; and that horizontal gene transfer should be viewed as an evolutionary strategy not only preceding but causally underpinning the evolution of sexual reproduction.

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Barbara H. Peterson on September 23rd, 2014

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Farm Wars

Yup! There goes another one. A potential android wannabe glued to a computerized gadget designed to talk back, respond to requests, handle telephone calls, remind about appointments, and basically act as a traveling personal secretary…

We’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of computerized control. That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop, the WiFi Zone!

Nowadays we’ve got all sorts of computerized toys such as talking cars that sense when another car is near and take action with no driver input that are equipped with navigational systems that tell us how to get to the nearest restaurant. We interact daily with talking phones that let us know the day, time and weather, which are being cleverly integrated into smaller and smaller devices such as watches and rings. Things that you keep on your person all day, every day. Things that you learn to depend on.

We are entering an age when talking to a computer will become so natural that the next logical step in the progression of integrating man with machine and eventually into android bodies with a computer chip brain will seem absolutely logical and sane. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on September 3rd, 2014

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Barbara H. Peterson on September 3rd, 2014

Dusty Special

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