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Govt 'violence manual' raises China net users' irePosted 2 hours 3 minutes agoExtracts from what appears to be a government manual telling law enforcers how to use violence have caused outrage among internet users in China.Details from the guide were published online and in a state newspaper.One passage advises: "Take care to avoid leaving blood on the subject's face or visible wounds on the body."The official who circulated the extracts said he thought much of the guide was useful but some parts were inappropriate.The guide is aimed at local government enforcers who are employed to deal with low-level crime such as checking permits and removing unlicensed street vendors.They have often been accused of using excessive force.
The gospel of high-tech genetically modified (GM) crops is not sounding quite so sweet in the land of the converted. A new pest, the evil pigweed, is hitting headlines and chomping its way across Sun Belt states, threatening to transform cotton and soybean plots into weed battlefields. In late 2004, “superweeds” that resisted Monsanto’s iconic “Roundup” herbicide, popped up in GM crops in the county of Macon, Georgia. Monsanto, the US multinational biotech corporation, is the world’s leading producer of Roundup, as well as genetically engineered seeds. Company figures show that nine out of 10 US farmers produce Roundup Ready seeds for their soybean crops.
hopefully that'll come down now that medical authorities are aware of the risks.
The timing of the Swine Flu outbreak - at the start of the northern winter - is a worry. It has the entire flu season to spread.Last figures I saw were 68 dead out of around 1,000 cases. That's a 6-7% fatality rate compared with 15% or more for the Spanish flu