Police need a warrant to track cell phones, federal judge rules

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(NaturalNews) A federal appeals court has ruled that police need to obtain a search warrant in order to track the cellular telephones of criminal suspects, a ruling that could help finally resolve a key privacy issue in the technological age that has split courts and judges around the country.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta held that the government violated the Fourth Amendment privacy rights of Quartavius Davis, who had been convicted of robbing seven stores in 2010, including a Little Caeser’s pizza house, a Walgreens drugstore and a jewelry shop. He had been sentenced to roughly 162 years in prison.

During his initial trial prosecutors introduced evidence that included cellphone records placing Davis and his cohorts near the scene of each of the robberies. The evidence included cell phone tower records to which the group’s phones were connected when they placed and received…

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Top foods with more vitamin C than an orange, though oranges do kick ash

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brocoli(NaturalNews) Without enough vitamin C, cell growth and circulatory health can be compromised (1). Vitamin C is necessary to ensure that the system develops properly and is able to function well every step of the way; however, many people may be deficient in this nutrient, which can lead to an inability for the immune system to operate at peak effectiveness (2).

Those with a vitamin C deficiency may experience a variety of symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight loss to bruising easier and having more muscle and joint aches (1).

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it’s recommended that adult men consume 90 mg of vitamin C daily and that adult women obtain 75 mg daily (2). The amount varies depending on age, gender and other factors such as if a person is pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Foods rich in vitamin C

While an orange is likely the first…

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The Reason Europe Bans American Apples


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It’s sad when one of the biggest ‘super powers’ can’t even export a quintessentially American food to another country because it is too toxic to eat. But apples treated with diphenylamine (DPA), a substance which keeps them from turning brown for months at a time when they are kept in storage, is now a sore spot for importers of American apples.

DPA isn’t harmful all by itself, but it breaks down into carcinogogenic elements. It’s been used since 1962, but was banned in the European Union in 2012 since producers couldn’t answer inquiries about its safety. European food safety regulators wanted more information on it, but none could be summoned. The apple industry simply responded with one study “that detected three unknown chemicals on DPA-treated apples, but it could not determine if any of these chemicals, apparently formed when the DPA broke down, were nitrosamines.”

British scientists, John Barnes and Peter Magee, in 1956, reported that dimethylnitrosamine produced liver tumors in rats, and later went on to test other nitrosamines and N-nitroso compounds. They found that the compounds caused all kinds of problems, including liver cancer, lung cancer, and even botulism.

“Nitrosamines occur commonly because their chemical precursors–amines and nitrosating agents–occur commonly, and the chemical reaction for nitrosamine formation is quite facile. Research on the prevention or reduction of nitrosamine formation has been productive, and most of the items shown in the table contain considerably lower amounts of nitrosamines than they did a few decades ago.”

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Caution: GMO, Non-Browning Arctic Apple Coming Soon

No wonder European officials were concerned. In 2012, they slashed the allowable levels of DPA on apples to 0.1 parts per million, but now they don’t want those gleaming, spot-free apples normally seen on super market shelves in the States, at all. DPA residues were found on over 80 samples taken from US imports, with an average reading of 0.42 parts per million, well above their ‘allowable’ level.

Funny then, how the U.S. EPA Office of Pesticides tasked with reviewing all pesticides and chemicals on our agricultural produce told the EWG that they had no idea their was a ban on DPA. The EPA then had the nerve to tell the EWG that they had no intention of reviewing DPA safety standards, in light of European’s refusal to eat our poisoned fruit.

Reminds you of the Snow White fairy tale, doesn’t it. Here, little lady, eat the fruit. The Europeans said no thanks, and the rest of us would be better off getting our apples from a bunch of cutely named dwarves.

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Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/europe-bans-american-apples/#ixzz359mjGKNO

Genetically Modified Maggots may Appear in Fruit Due to GMO Fruit Fly Experiment in Brazil

Wait – wasn’t the point of making genetically modified crops to make them pest resistant? At least that is what biotech companies tell us. Monsanto’s own website says, for example, that “Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a modern solution to insect control.” So why on earth would Brazil allow for GMO Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata), which have been planned to be unleashed on millions of acres of fruit trees?

While the experiment has yet to be given a release date in Brazil, the GM fruit flies are likely going to lead to GM maggots in fruit that will then be illegally exported to Europe and other countries. What could cause this?

Once released, the genetically altered fruit flies will mate with flies to produce female offspring which will fail to reach full maturity, thereby leaving GM maggots inside fruit. This hair-brained scheme is another wacky brainchild of the biotech industry as a means to reduce wild populations of Mediterranean fruit flies, but there is obviously no precedence, no field testing which proves this would be safe, and will likely lead to other imbalances in the ecosystem which can create further super bugs that will make a mere fruit fly seem like a welcome friend.

Furthermore, to reduce the wild fruit fly population, it must be outnumbered by a 10 to 1 ratio, meaning that a whole lot of GM maggots may infiltrate fruit from Brazil. This will include its exports of melons, grapes, mango, apples, papayas, and plums. Europe is Brazil’s primary export market. The British and Dutch made almost two thirds of their fruit purchases from Brazil in 2013, and Spain, Germany, Portugal, Canada, the UAE, Uruguay, Italy, and Argentina were close behind.

This is comparable to the creation of genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out Dengue Fever. Oxitec, a UK-based company responsible for the creation of genetically modified insects, is currently involved with pilot programs concerning the release of GMO mosquitoes. This has already raised some questions which can also be asked for the GMO fruit flies:

  • What could happen to the ecosystem and local food chain after it has been infiltrated with genetically modified bugs?
  • Who will regulate the release, and who will be responsible in the event of complications – to any degree?

Even though food containing genetically modified organisms is supposed to be tested, and labeled, there are currently no laws to protect consumers from GM maggots. These are creepy times indeed. I think I’ll grow my own heirloom fruit. Here are 5 foods you can grow from store-bought produce.

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