Monday, May 21, 2012

Kristen Wiig officially leaves “Saturday Night Live,”

Kristen Wiig is officially leaving “Saturday Night Live,” and the way it was announced was by Mick Jagger introducing her and other high school “graduates” in cap-and-gown.

In the sketch, Jagger said that the school’s musical department prepared a song to say goodbye.

Wiig then removed her cap-and-gown, and every cast member took turns hugging and dancing with her to the tune “Ruby Tuesday.”

It was a very emotional moment for Wiig, who was on the show for seven years.


Saturday Night Live's 'Lazy Sunday 2' goes Viral

“Lazy Sunday,” the Saturday Night Live digital short credited with popularizing YouTube in late 2005, got a sequel Saturday night.

“Lazy Sunday 2″ once again follows nerds Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg as they rap about mundane weekend activities. While in 2005, the day centered around seeing The Chronicles of Narnia, this time it’s the Broadway version of Sister Act.

by Todd Wasserman

HTC EVO 4G LTE: Cleared by Customs

As reported on the " Inside Spring Blog " It would appear that customs has cleared the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

According to the TaiPei Times: “In a twist to the US’ import ban on various HTC Corp (宏達電) smartphones, the company yesterday said some of its products blocked by US customs because of patent-infringement concerns had been allowed to enter the US market after passing the customs’ review.”

I have not seen anything internally yet as far as shipping dates, but I would expect to have that info either later tonight or super early in the morning.

I do know there were several plans drafted based on when they would be cleared, so I’ll get that info and match it up and see where we’re at. Hang tight, it’s going to be a fast paced next 24 hours! :)

And who knew customs worked on the weekend for commercial stuff!

Thanks to about 200 people that sent me this article! I was out at brunch and having drinks with some friends on a lazy day, and had no expectations of anything breaking today :) At least now I’ve got some snooping to do.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

'Sex And The City' Coming Back To TV?

Calling all Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha fans - According to the Daily Mail, 'Sex and the City' is coming back to television! Producers met in Hollywood last week to discuss the new show.
‘Ultimately Darren Star – the man who created the hit series – will have the overall say, but everyone is agreed a TV show is the direction they want to take the franchise in,’ says my LA mole.
Sarah Jessica Parker will be producing. She was worried about doing another film after the bad reaction to the SATC2 movie, but a TV show is definitely something she wants to happen.’
This is great news for fans of the show, but it also means that any plans for the much-discussed movie prequel will likely be put on hold for now.

By:   The Berry

The States Where People Can’t Afford Gas


HTC One X And Evo 4G LTE Indefinitely Delayed At US Customs

HTC shared this statement regarding the HTC EVO 4G LTE:

“The US availability of HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have both received enthusiastic support and we appreciate customers patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.”

Sprint shared this information regarding the HTC EVO 4G LTE:

HTC EVO 4G LTE availability

The U.S. availability of the HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed. HTC is working to resolve this issue and appreciates your patience as they work to get products into Sprint channels. We can’t provide specific timing for product availability at this time and we appreciate your patience as HTC works to get products on store shelves as soon as possible.

Pre-order status/availability

Delivery of products for pre-order are on hold and Sprint will provide a ship date as soon as possible. Sprint will maintain the promise for the preorder customers that they will be among the first to receive their HTC EVO 4G LTE units.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

'Bewitched' reboot in the works at CBS (Video)

In the latest classic TV title getting considered for a reboot, CBS and Sony are developing a script for remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched. This is still in very early stages, but it’s definitely a project worth keeping an eye on.
Sony ushered the return of Angels and the producers of the clunky film version (which starred Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell) are on board. Can you imagine the 2012 pitch of this show, about an ordinary suburban businessman who discovers his wife has magical powers? “It’s Harry Potter meets Desperate Housewives!”

Here’s a blast from the past:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Delivery Date for Pre Orders

Quick logistics primer for the pre-order crowd: Disclaimer: I do not work in Sprint's distribution facility. However, I did consult for the distributor responsible for the last release of a "fruity" phone throughout the US. Most work the same way.

1) Somewhere in a warehouse close to the UPS hub in KY is a warehouse with pallets of EVO LTEs. They've probably been there for a week or so.

2) At a pre-determined point in time, Sprint sends the warehouse all the pre-ordered and store allocation shipping labels. My guess is that's happening right now or, at latest, Wednesday at noon.

3) For the next several hours, warehouse workers are frantically breaking down pallets, slapping shipping labels on the individual phones, sorting them by destination, re-palletizing them, and loading them on pre-positioned UPS trailers.

4) Sometime before midnight tonight, UPS will pick up their trailers from the warehouse and bring them back to their hub.

5) The hub will futher break down the sorted pallets and place them on the appropriate airplane / truck depending on distance from the hub.

6) Shipping status will change and tracking numbers should be loaded onto your account.

7) Phones will start showing up mid-afternoon the next day at some locations and no later than Friday for most others.

At that point, the decent thing to do would be to post back in this thread to share a laugh at your communal panic :)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Bugs Bunny gets another weird reboot

This time around, Bugs and Daffy are sitcom characters living in the suburbs

The Looney Tunes Show, premiering in May, is Warner Brothers’ last hope of reviving the value of Bugs Bunny and friends. Old cartoons are no longer widely shown on TV, and kids can’t buy Daffy Duck merchandise if they don’t know who he is. That means the new show, which already has many segments online, is an attempt to “reinvigorate the brand with the best possible execution,” as WB TV president Peter Roth put it. Blogger Amid Amidi of Cartoon Brew saw it differently after viewing the clips: “I’ll comment at a later date…after I’ve stopped vomiting.”

This time around, Bugs and Daffy have been rebooted into sitcom characters, living in the suburbs in whatAd Week magazine described as a “Desperate Housewives/Odd Couple mash-up.” There will also be stand-alone musical segments, and CGI Road Runner cartoons parodying movies like The Matrix. None of this is ideal for fans of the original cartoons, who make unfavourable comparisons between the wild, violent, unpredictable Bugs Bunny of the ’40s and the more sedate character who appears in these shorts. “The problem isn’t that the WB characters aren’t the same,” explains Canadian animator Mark Mayerson. “It’s that however they are now is inferior to their former selves.”

But by the standards of past Looney Tunes reboots, The Looney Tunes Show may wind up looking almost brilliant. Ever since the original WB cartoon studio shut down in 1963, the company has churned out one unsatisfying new version after another, starting with an infamous series of cartoons where Daffy Duck chased Speedy Gonzales (no one ever explained why a duck would chase a mouse), culminating in disastrous shows in the last decade like Baby Looney Tunes. Other classic characters have been reintroduced to new audiences: James Bond or Batman came back in vehicles that many fans thought were better than the originals. But the standards of Looney Tunes revivals are so poor that fans may not even mind that Yosemite Sam is doing a rap number in the new show; at least his ornery personality hasn’t been changed.

Why can’t Bugs and Daffy be rebooted like other characters? Part of it may be about money. The original cartoons, made for theatres, had access to top animators; The Looney Tunes Show has better animation than most TV cartoons, but not compared to the originals. Yet these characters are defined by physical acting: “They need to move,” Mayerson explains, “and TV budgets don’t allow for enough movement.” What’s more, the old cartoons became famous because of their slapstick comedy, influenced by silent movies. Not only is that comedy too expensive to animate for TV, but it’s difficult to write: “TV is dialogue-driven and TV comedy writers have a sitcom mentality,” Mayerson says.

With some classic characters, their appealing personalities can help them survive even a bad reboot, like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. But Bugs Bunny or Foghorn Leghorn may not have that kind of appeal. Animation historian Michael Barrier, author of the book Hollywood Cartoons, told Maclean’s that “most cartoon characters are tissue-thin conceptions to begin with: a design, a voice, a few distinct tics or habits.” The only thing that made Bugs or Donald Duck great, Barrier continues, was that “some great creator fills that empty shell with complex and fascinating life.” It could be that reboots fail simply because, as Barrier says, “there are damned few geniuses working in kiddie TV these days,” and without geniuses, these characters aren’t inherently interesting.

That could mean that The Looney Tunes Show is taking the only approach that works for a TV revival: keeping the characters fairly close to their original look (in new, streamlined designs by Canadian Jessica Borutski), but with a different type of humour. When a judge asks Porky Pig why he’s not wearing pants, it might invite comparisons to the style of Family Guy, but at least it won’t seem like a copy of the old cartoons. And thanks to the other reboots, the show has one more advantage: as Warner’s head of animation Sam Register told the New York Times, “The bar had gone so low that we could only go up.”

by Jaime Weinman -

Johnny Carson Profiled on PBS’s ‘American Masters’

“I don’t know anyone who didn’t watch Johnny Carson,” is how Ellen DeGeneres explains why that host of “The Tonight Show” was — and still is — such a huge figure in American life.

Of course many people who watch Ms. DeGeneres or any other talk-show host today are too young to have watched Carson when he was the undisputed master of late night. Even among those viewers who are old enough, there are plenty who didn’t grow up in a Carson household, never saw Carnac the Magnificent and to this day don’t fully understand all the fuss.

But Johnny Carson is still an enigmatic presence 20 years after he retired and 7 years after his death.

He was idolized and imitated by three generations of stand-up comics and adored by many millions of ordinary viewers who watched him every night as a kind of nightcap before bedtime. Almost every current late-night talk-show host echoes Carson’s comic style and even his format, including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. When he died in 2005, Carson’s obituary in The New York Times was 3,971 words long, almost twice that of Eugene McCarthy, Rudolf Nureyev or Betty Ford. He mattered in a way that only a few people on television — maybe only Oprah Winfrey — can match. “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” a portrait of the comedian Monday on “American Masters” on PBS, does a thorough and admirable job of trying to tap into why he was such a big deal.

One of his biographers, Bill Zehme, calls him “the great American sphinx.” Al Jean, a comedy writer (“The Simpsons”), calls Carson “the Citizen Kane of comedy,” and adds, “I don’t know what his Rosebud is.” But paradoxically, it turns out that it’s easier to plumb the mystery of the private Carson than it is to explain fully his mystique as a television star. When it comes to inner demons, it’s either the father or the mother, and in Carson’s case, it was his mother, Ruth, a Nebraska homemaker with a wild sense of humor but not much warmth.

The film paints her as a cool, withholding parent who favored his older sister and had a way of deflating Johnny, her middle son, even after he became famous. She once watched his monologue alongside a Time magazine reporter who was working on a cover article about Carson. “That wasn’t funny,” Mrs. Carson said, and left the room.

As a shy and insecure teenager Carson took up magic to win his mother’s affection and fell in love with the sense of control he felt onstage. Ex-wives and former colleagues describe Carson as intensely private, standoffish and not a lot of fun offstage. But it is Carson himself who gives the best — and certainly most succinct — analysis. On “Tonight” he once told Bea Arthur that he went into show business because “you can be the center of attention without being yourself.” Even in a two-hour documentary it’s harder to show exactly why Carson was so much more popular than his two predecessors, Steve Allen and Jack Paar, and so much more successful than any of his successors. One reason is prosaic: Some of the best moments of his first decade on the show were taped over by a hapless NBC technician. After that Carson took control of his work product. The producers of the documentary had access to Carson’s personal archive, more than 3,500 hours of tape preserved in an underground vault in Kansas, footage that has now been digitized.

Clips alone don’t fully capture his charm, or the power he wielded when his show determined who was funny and whose comedy career was doomed. (Drew Carey chokes up as he recalls how Carson welcomed him on his first appearance on “The Tonight Show.”) There are famous ad-lib moments, notably the ax-throwing demonstration that struck an outlined human target in the crotch; many bits of monologues and skits; and scores of interviews with the likes of Mr. Letterman, Steve Martin and Dick Cavett.

Possibly because he has so many imitators, Carson doesn’t seem unique anymore. Jokes that were considered risqué then now look corny. The narrator (Kevin Spacey) cites the sketch characters Carson sometimes played as his way of revealing “a more daring brand of humor,” but that sexual innuendo now mostly looks fatuous. Yet Carson somehow stands a bit removed from his own material, holding back from his own shameless bid for laughs.

It’s a little like his wardrobe. There are images from the 1970s of Carson in wide ties and loud plaids and colorful three-piece suits with odd piping. At the time he was considered elegant and posed in ads for his own line of men’s wear, Johnny Carson Apparel. (In one ad Carson invites buyers to check out the “totally coordinated” Johnny Carson spring collection.)

Those outfits now look awful, but Carson, trim, with good posture and a confident mien, somehow looks good despite his clothes, naturally stylish despite the leisure-suit style he was selling to viewers.

Similarly, on the show, Carson seems engaged and at the same time removed, a curious blend that Mr. O’Brien describes as “appearing to be broad and silly and somehow coming off as the coolest guy in the room.” When he laughs at other comedians, and he did laugh on his show, often and with gusto, it’s gratifying even for the audience: he looks like a serious man surprised to discover he is having a wonderful time.

People who tried to get close were often surprised to discover that the private Carson wasn’t a lot of laughs. Viewers, however, felt like their quiet next-door neighbor had suddenly invited them to a great party, one that lasted 30 years.


Watch a genius kitty ask for food in sign language

Here's something great: A cat telling its owner in sign language that it would like to eat. This video is from February, but it's still picking up fans just because of its delightful protagonist.

Naturally, a "talking" cat got the attention of the jokey doomsday crowd, with one YouTube commenter writing simply, "IT HAS BEGUN." Animals using sign language isn't new, of course, but this cat is Russian, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for an arduously transcribed thousand-page tragic novel in the near future.


Jealous Bobby Brown wants Bobbi K. on his reality show

It sounds like single dad Bobby Brown is finding it hard to be supportive about daughter Bobbi Kristina's plans to star in an upcoming reality show.

Like any caring parent dealing with a grieving child, he wants her to sign on for HIS new reality show instead.

Bobbi Kristina has reportedly cut off contact with dad Bobby, and sources have reportedly said the Houston family feels he's trying to exploit Bobbi K to make his reality show more marketable.

Um ... pardon us, but doesn't that seem to be everyone's goal in this bizarre TV tug of war over a seemingly fragile teenager who lost her mother only a few months ago.


George Lucas disses neighbors by doing something awesome

George Lucas has long wanted to build a massive studio complex on his posh property near San Francisco, but has been foiled by his Marin County neighbors for 25 years, even as subdivisions have gone up around him.

Now he's fighting fire with fire, giving up on his dream and instead building low-income housing on the property.

We know -- it's pretty sweet. In the exquisitely titled article, "George Lucas Does Something Likeable For a Change," Peter Hall nails it: "If there's one thing rich people will hate more than having movie magic made in their backyard, it's poor people moving in."

That the second Star Wars trilogy, or ... you get the point, but bully for Lucas here.


Newsweek proclaims Obama America's 'first gay president'

Not to be outdone by all the and publicity Time's magazine breast-feeding cover generated, Newsweek magazine is out with its own provocative cover this week that's certain to stir things up.

It's President Obama with a rainbow-striped halo above his head and the headline, "The First Gay President."

The story is written by Newsweek blogger Andrew Sullivan, who is openly gay.

Sullivan writes that in many ways Obama has a lot in common with members of the gay community.

"He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Why the Simpsons no longer matter


What a difference 20 years makes!

On Dec. 17, 1989, the still-infant Fox Broadcasting Co. aired the first episode of "The Simpsons," the animated show about a dysfunctional family from Springfield that has since become the longest-running prime-time series in American history. It's hard to overstate the show's impact.

 It has spawned a merchandising empire ("Simpsons" air freshener, anyone?), been at the center of a culture war (Barbara Bush called it “the dumbest thing I’d ever seen”) and inspired a hit movie (not to mention comedy writers' rooms everywhere). Plus, "d'oh!" is now in the dictionary. 

The Simpson's two-decade anniversary – was an event that serves as a reminder not only of the show’s extraordinary staying power, but also the extent to which it’s disappeared from the cultural conversation. 

While "The Family Guy" and "South Park" have kicked up controversy – tackling subjects like Scientology and abortion – "The Simpsons" seems to have aged from envelope-pushing misfit to grandfatherly institution. 

But as John Ortved argues in "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History," an oral history of the show's tumultuous rise and creative demise, the "Simpsons’" legacy continues to be felt everywhere from "Wall-E" to Barack Obama’s speechwriting. 

Salon spoke to Ortved over the phone about the show’s effect on television comedy, Marge’s recent Playboy cover, and whether it's finally time to pull the plug.

I guess the obvious first question is: Why has the show lasted so long? I think "The Simpsons" has lasted so long because its initial seasons – the first five – laid strong and solid groundwork. It was an amazing combination of creative forces and timing. Fox was a brand-new network. 

There was relatively nothing else on TV. Then you had the creative force of Matt Groening's original drawing style, the brilliant humor of Sam Simon and the writing room he put together, and James L. Brooks’ ability to create fine dramedy.

But clearly you think it’s gone downhill.

I think that the show's drop in quality has been both a gradual one and a relative one.

 I think to be fair to the writers and to be fair to Matt Groening, there's only so much you can do with a set of characters in a situation. I mean, no one has written a show for 20 years. It's amazing that they're still funny at all.

 As the show sort of moved away from its roots, starting around the sixth season, and the show kind of got a little zanier, the show became sort of unmoored from those emotional character-driven plots that initiated the series. 

You really start to get 21 minutes of throwaway jokes and then one minute of emotional reconciliation thrown in at the end.

After it hit that 10-year mark, the show had a serious drop-off in quality, and it's just never, ever come back. They started relying on guest stars and more topical humor, which they can't really do because the lead time is so long. 

So I think this actually speaks to how outdated their writing room is. They'll do an "American Idol" episode, but they'll do it four years after "American Idol" became this big thing. Or they'll do an iPod episode, but they do an iPod episode in like 2006.

When I recently spoke with Mike Judge, he said the reason why "King of the Hill" had lasted so long was because they withstood the pressure to change the characters as they went. Otherwise, you keep making small deviations, and as you put people in increasingly outrageous situations, you lose what the show is even about.

I think that's absolutely apt, and I think that is one of the things that happened with "The Simpsons." Once that unmooring took place, there was no going back.

 When they tried to, they couldn't, because they didn't have the same chemistry in the room, and once you throw a bag of feathers off a roof, you can never collect them.

 I used to watch the show all the time when I was a teenager, but now, as a man in his 20s in New York, I don't think I know a single person who watches. Who do you think is still tuning in?

That's a really good question. I still watch it. Not religiously, even though I don't think it's funny anymore. I think we're creatures of comfort – people like you and me who grew up watching it every day when we came home from school. We really speak "Simpsons." I think it's actually interesting and important to note that President Obama's chief speech writer is a 28-year-old guy. I mean there's no way that "The Simpsons" hasn't influenced the way that guy tells stories.

In what sense?

I think that audiences' sense of irony, and audiences' willingness to accept a certain level of irreverence, have been really influenced by "The Simpsons." For example, I love that when the New York Post covered the Iraq Study Group’s report, the title was "Surrender Monkeys!" which is a "Simpsons" line. That’s funny. I use that term all the time too, actually, and I totally forgot where I knew it from. I would add that "The Simpsons" made audiences a lot smarter. They really raised the bar for what you could put out there and what audiences were ready for. I can't say with any authority that we wouldn't have "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" without "The Simpsons." But I doubt it.

Given how extreme television has become, it seems so strange to me that the show was actually considered offensive when it first appeared.

It’s completely ridiculous if you look at TV now. Almost nothing is controversial now. I think part of the Simpsons’ early controversy was a bad publicity thing drummed up by the Bush White House when he was campaigning for his second term. With the Bushes going out and the Clintons coming in, there was this move from the right to make culture the focus. 

I don’t think there’s this switch overnight of "Full House" and Bush, then "The Simpsons" and Clinton, but I think that the controversy was part of a program to get people up in arms about family values. What do you make of Marge’s recent Playboy cover? To me it seemed like a bizarre collaboration between two outdated brands.

I think it actually speaks to the Simpsons’ continued influence and their power that you could put a cartoon character on a magazine cover like Playboy and still sell it. 

The relevance of what "The Simpsons" had to say ended a long time ago, but it’s still relevant as a brand. They’ve opened a "Simpsons" ride in Universal Studios, and I would look for more of that stuff in the future, like a Simpsons Land.

Would you choose to pull the plug on the show if you could?

I think "The Simpsons" has always been a product of News Corp., and the decision to pull the plug will be when the show becomes unprofitable. They could do things to revamp it. 

There’s really two rooms working on the show: One room is [executive producer] Al Jean and his yes men, and the other room has the younger, hipper comedians. [The second room] sends jokes to the first room, and all their good stuff gets written out of it.

 I think if they were to save the show, they would need to get rid of the show runner and really shake up the writing room. I don't know if they'll ever get it back to the level they had, but they could start making great episodes again.

Who do you think is the direct heir to "The Simpsons"?

Without sounding too cheesy, I think contemporary television is itself the heir. I think "The Simpsons" in one way or another gave us most of what's smart and progressive in television. 

But I consider the most direct heir to be Zach Galifianakis’ "Between Two Ferns." For something that awkward and meta-theatrical to be accepted by a wide audience, we have to thank "The Simpsons."

To me, the most direct descendants are the Pixar films – with their mix of child-friendly comedy and adult satire. I think that’s astute not just because Brad Bird left "The Simpsons" to make "Iron Giant," then Pixar movies.

When I talk about redefining our humor, the way that "The Simpsons" constructs stories, in which they go from having an A and a B story in a classic sitcom to having four to five storylines, you can see that in the Pixar movies.

 Given the proliferation of cable channels and the Internet, do you think there will ever be another TV show that has as big an impact on our culture as "The Simpsons"?

There will never be another show or entertainment program as wide-reaching as "The Simpsons." It’s largely a question of timing. 

Fox was the fourth network. They hit all these timing buttons right on the head. It was the last time that a network TV show could be that omnipresent – because of the choices, because of the cable networks, because of satellite, because of Zach Galifianakis.

But, if there’s ever a Zach Galifianakis ride at Universal Studios, I’ll definitely be paying money for it.

By Thomas Rogers, who is Salon's Deputy Arts Editor.


Stupid Criminals Log on to Facebook while robbing an Internet cafe

If you are worried that criminals are starting to smarten up and employ increasingly tricky means of cunning and technological savvy, have no fear.

There are still plenty of people like the men in Calima, Colombia, who recently robbed an Internet café at gunpoint.

According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the alleged thieves went into the café and pretended to be customers before pulling out guns to clean the register.

However, during the down time, one robber couldn't resist checking his Facebook account from his rented computer, which he then left open. Police found his address and met him at his house, where they arrested him.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Getting Axed

A controversial bill in Tennessee meant to restrict public school discussion of sexuality and LGBT issues is set to die without a vote after the key GOP sponsor announced on Monday that he simply wouldn't bring it up.

"With that assurance and the opposition of some people who didn't want to vote on it, I've decided simply not to bring it up," Republican sponsor state Rep. Joey Hensley said, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The legislation, which had earlier been approved by a state House committee, was straightforward in its wording. "[N]o public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality," it read.

Last year, a similar measure passed a state Senate vote, only to fail a final approval by the state House.

Missouri is also in the midst of fierce debate over broader "don't say gay" legislation that extends across public schools and into extracurricular activities.

While opposition to the measure appears to have coalesced, many of its supporters are high-profile state lawmakers.

Last month, co-sponsoring GOP state Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst enraged opponents when he compared homosexuality to bestiality while speaking in favor of the bill.

"There is no need to talk about Billy wanting to marry a goat," he said.

Top 10 Genetically Modified Foods to avoid eating #GMO

The danger of GMO's

The question of whether or not genetically modified foods (GMO's) are safe for human consumption is an ongoing debate that does not seem to see any resolution except in the arena of public opinion. Due to lack of labeling, Americans are still left at a loss as to whether or not what is on the table is genetically modified. This lack of information makes the avoiding and tracking of GM foods an exercise in futility. Below are just some of the food products popularly identified to be genetically modified:

1. Corn - Corn has been modified to create its own insecticide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that tons of genetically modified corn has been introduced for human consumption. Monsanto has revealed that half of the US's sweet corn farms are planted with genetically modified seed. Mice fed with GM corn were discovered to have smaller offspring and fertility problems.

2. Soy - Soy has also been genetically modified to resist herbicides. Soy products include soy flour, tofu, soy beverages, soybean oil and other products that may include pastries, baked products and edible oil. Hamsters fed with GM soy were unable to have offspring and suffered a high mortality rate.

3. Cotton - Like corn and soy, cotton has been designed to resist pesticides. It is considered food because its oil can be consumed. Its introduction in Chinese agriculture has produced a chemical that kills cotton bollworm, reducing the incidences of pests not only in cotton crops but also in neighboring fields of soybeans and corn. Incidentally, thousands of Indian farmers suffered severe rashes upon exposure to BT cotton.

4. Papaya - The virus-resistant variety of papaya was commercially introduced in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas comprised three-fourths of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto bestowed upon Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore technology for developing papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

5. Rice - This staple food from South East Asia has now been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. Allegedly, there are reports of rice varieties containing human genes to be grown in the US. The rice will create human proteins useful for dealing with infant diarrhea in the 3rd world. China Daily, an online journal, reported potential serious public health and environment problems with genetically modified rice considering its tendency to cause allergic reactions with the concurrent possibility of gene transfers.

6. Tomatoes - Tomatoes have now been genetically engineered for longer shelf life, preventing them from easily rotting and degrading. In a test conducted to determine the safety of GM tomatoes, some animal subjects died within a few weeks after consuming GM tomatoes.

7. Rapeseed - In Canada, this crop was renamed canola to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed. Food stuff produced from rapeseed includes rapeseed oi (canola oil) l used to process cooking oil and margarine. Honey can also be produced from GM rapeseed. German food surveillance authorities discovered as much as a third of the total pollen present in Canadian honey may be from GM pollen. In fact, some honey products from Canada were also discovered to have pollen from GM rapeseed.

8. Dairy products - It has been discovered that 22 percent of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

9. Potatoes - Mice fed with potatoes engineered with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 were found to have toxins in their system. Despite claims to the contrary, this shows that Cry1 toxin was stable in the mouse gut. When the health risks were revealed, it sparked a debate.

10. Peas - Peas that have been genetically modified have been found to cause immune responses in mice and possibly even in humans. A gene from kidney beans was inserted into the peas creating a protein that functions as a pesticide.

by: Aurora Geib - Natural News