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Christopher Walken Stars In True Story Of Farmer Who Took Monsanto To Supreme Court

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The struggle against the notorious bio-agriculture company Monsanto has not received much attention from the media, mostly because of the controversial nature of the GMO issue, with very strong opinions on both sides of the debate. However, despite the constant controversy surrounding GMOs, Monsanto’s seed patents are uniformly hated, with most people rightly seeing it as a gross example of corporate overreach, but this aspect of Monsanto’s business is not something that the average person is familiar with.

This could change with the release of a new film featuring Hollywood stars Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci. The film is called “Percy” and it tells the true story of Percy Schmeiser, an independent canola farmer from Canada who fought Monsanto in court for many years, over the company’s seed patents.

In 1996, Monsanto unleashed its “Roundup Ready” seeds onto the market. These seeds were genetically engineered to withstand the company’s chemical herbicide “Roundup,” which killed weeds as well as heirloom seeds. In the past few years, scientists have learned that Glyphosate, the main ingredient in “Roundup” causes cancer, but this was not known until quite recently, long after the events in the film took place.

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Since Monsanto’s seeds are patented, they can control how the seeds are used, so after launching the product in 1996, they required farmers to agree to certain terms of service, which included a rule that prevented them from saving seeds and using them in following years. This rule ensured that farmers would need to buy more seeds from the company.

Schmeiser did not know about any of these rules and never bought any of Monsanto’s seeds, but he did find some of them on his property, and when he did, he collected them and saved them for future use as many farmers all over the world have been doing for many years. The following season, Monsanto tested farms across North America to ensure compliance, and found that their genetic material was growing on Schmeiser’s farm

Monsanto first sued Schmeiser for patent infringement in 1998 and won, but Schmeiser fought back with multiple appeals. Each time he lost the appeal as well, and eventually took his battle to the Supreme Court, who also ruled in favor of Monsanto, but still allowed the farmer to get away without paying the company anything.

The court did not question the validity of Monsanto’s patents, and only allowed Schmeiser to avoid paying because he never agreed to the company’s terms of service. If Schmeiser was a paying customer, the court would have upheld the case, and many other farmers have been sued under these circumstances.

In 2010, Percy told Democracy Now! that Monsanto attempted to ruin his life for fighting the case.

“They tried to seize all our farmland, our farm equipment, so they could stop us, because we were using mortgages on our farmland to pay for our legal bills,” he said.

In a statement announcing the trailer for the film, Mongrel Media, said that this film is intended to raise awareness about GMO seed patents and their impact on the farming industry.

Ultimately, through his David and Goliath battle, Percy helped stall the spread of GMOs, and the takeover of our food system by greed-driven corporate interests,” the statement read.

PERCY Official Trailer (2020) Christopher Walken Drama HD

I'm always down for a good story about people fighting corporate douchebags, and Walken looks like he's giving it his all in this. Christopher Walken stars in this as Percy Schmeiser, along with Christina Ricci in an upcoming drama based on real life events. https://youtu.be/wl3zc9WYJXw

Posted by CinemaBox Trailers on Monday, September 7, 2020

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.

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Rudy Giuliani Caught On Camera With Hands In Pants In Hotel Room With “Borat’s Daughter”

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s famous Borat character is finally getting a sequel after 14 years, and it will go straight to Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video this week. Numerous high profile figures were targeted for pranks in the upcoming sequel, including US President Donald Trump and his close associate and attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The sequel is titled, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

As the name implies, the plot of the new film revolves around Borat’s quest to give his daughter to a powerful US politician as a gift. As with the last film, Borat encounters a variety of different Americans in his travels, and their interactions are intended to illustrate a sort of culture shock that he is experiencing, while also satirizing the cultures of both America and Kazakstan.

In one of the pranks in the film, Rudy Guiliani was caught with his hands in his pants in a hotel room with actress Maria Bakalova, who portrayed Borat’s 15-year-old daughter in the film.

They conducted an interview with Giuliani where they were extremely agreeable and after the interview, Bakalova went back to a nearby hotel room with him for a drink. The room was rigged with hidden cameras, which recorded Giuliani untucking his shirt and reaching into his pants.

Once he began to reach into his pants, Borat runs into the room wearing a spandex oufit shouting, “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Just after the encounter, Giuliani called New York City police to report the incident, claiming that he was the victim of a scam or a set up.

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Giuliani described the encounter to the New York Post, saying that, “This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive. This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away.”

Giuliani said that he later realized that it was Sacha Baron Cohen and was relieved that he didn’t fall for their prank, although he seems to be the only one that thinks that.

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“I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,” he said.

After news of the encounter went viral this week, Giuliani issued a statement insisting that the film shows a “complete fabrication” of the incident, and claimed that he was simply tucking in his shirt after taking off recording equipment. However, his microphone was taken off as soon as he sat down in the hotel room.

Guiliani went on to say that this is a personal attack on him because of his “relentless exposure of the criminality and depravity of Joe Biden and his entire family.”

However, this encounter was recorded back in July.

Of course, the encounter made Giuliani look very creepy, but no laws were technically broken because Bakalova is 24-years-old and initiated the encounter. They were also interrupted before Giuliani got the chance to do anything illegal.

In late 2019, Giuliani was reportedly under federal investigation for violating lobbying laws, and possibly several other charges, as a central figure in the Trump–Ukraine scandal, which resulted in the impeachment of Donald Trump.

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Pat Robertson Says God Told Him Trump Will Win The Election Before Asteroid Strikes Earth

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On Tuesday during one of a broadcast for his show “The 700 Club” the notorious televangelist Pat Robertson said that God told him President Trump will win this year’s election, and that a few years later an asteroid will hit the planet and “maybe” bring “the end.”

“First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,’’ Robertson, assured his audience, according to The Hill.

However, he still encouraged them to go out and vote, even though the outcome seems to be set in stone.

He then predicted that after Trump’s election, the world would see “at least five years or more of extraordinary peace” before being struck by an asteroid.

“What I think very frankly is the only thing that will fulfill the word of Jesus … is some kind of asteroid strike on the globe. It’s sudden destruction. It’s not going to be some nuclear war. We’re not going to be allowed to blow this earth up,” he said.

While Robertson was sure that the asteroid would cause serious damage, he was not entirely sure if it would mean the end of humanity.

Robertson has made similar predictions about the end of the world in the past, and likely wants to leave himself some wiggle room just in case he’s wrong.

In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of The 700 Club, he stated, “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.”

Then in his 1990 book “The New Millennium,” he predicted that the end of the human race would come on April 29, 2007.

Obviously, that apocalypse never came to fruition.

In September 2011, Robertson and several others who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of the world were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for “teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations”

Robertson made headlines earlier this year by suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic was God’s punishment for liberal policies that he didn’t like. Robertson said that humanity is being punished for our “wicked ways” and said that the virus will not go away until people repent and change the ways that they are living. Abortion and same-sex marriage appeared to be among the top concerns of the televangelist and his viewers.

Robertson is no stranger to controversy, in fact, he has built much of his business on it, and these types of comments are fairly common on his show.

When high profile tragedies happen in the news, Robertson often takes the opportunity to tie in his fire and brimstone sermons, which typically sparks controversy. Similar comments were made on his broadcast after the world trade center attacks of 2001 and the Pulse night club shootings that happened just a few years ago, each time sparking similar outrage.

The 700 Club is the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network and it has been in production since 1966. Despite the changing times, the show is still widely popular, with an estimated 650,000 viewers every single day.

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Paypal Announces Users Will Soon Be Able To Buy, Sell And Accept Crypto

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Paypal has announced that it is entering the cryptocurrency market and will soon allow its users to purchase and sell Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. The payments giant, with 346 million active accounts around the world, pledged to make cryptocurrency “a funding source for purchases at its 26 million merchants worldwide,” CoinDesk reported.

Bitcoin is rocketing in value on confirmation of Paypal plans to let users buy, sell, and enabling merchants to accept cryptocurrency, with the price sitting at $12,813.58 +7.3% at the time of this report.

Market Watch reports, Paypal plans to allow customers to buy cryptocurrency through their accounts and use cryptocurrency for merchant payments. The feature will roll-out in the next couple of weeks in the U.S. and will follow internationally next year.

Initially, PayPal users which total up to an estimated 350 million people will be able to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin starting out. PayPal also said it will bring this function to its Venmo platform.

Early next year, PayPal users will be able to use cryptocurrency to pay for goods or services from merchants who accept PayPal. “Consumers will be able to instantly convert their selected cryptocurrency balance to fiat currency, with the certainty of value and no incremental fees,” the company said in a release. PayPal argued that this move will “significantly increase cryptocurrency’s utility.”

PayPal also revealed in its release that it has obtained the coveted Bitlicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services. The Bitlicense helps “encourage, promote, and assist interested institutions to have a well-regulated way to access the New York virtual currency marketplace,” NYDFS superintendent Linda Lacewell said in PayPal’s release.

PayPal Chief Executive Dan Schulman said in the release that PayPal is “eager to work with central banks and regulators around the world to offer our support, and to meaningfully contribute to shaping the role that digital currencies will play in the future of global finance and commerce.”

For months it has been rumored that Paypal was about to jump into the cryptocurrency space.

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), also said it had granted the first “conditional BitLicense” to PayPal for a partnership with Paxos Trust Company, enabling customers to buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

“DFS said it was making good on a promise last year from Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell to take a fresh look at its regulatory framework for virtual currencies, with a view to fostering innovation in New York State.

“DFS’s approval today follows our June 2020 announcement for a new framework for a conditional Bitlicense to encourage, promote and assist interested institutions to have a well-regulated way to access the New York virtual currency marketplace in a way that is both timely and protective of New York consumers, through partnerships with New York authorized virtual currency firms,” said Lacewell in a statement.

“DFS will continue to encourage and support financial service providers to operate, grow, remain and expand in New York and work with innovators to enable them to  germinate and test their ideas, for a dynamic and forward-looking financial services sector, especially as we work to build New York back better in the midst of this pandemic,” she said.

For months it has been rumored that Paypal was about to jump into the cryptocurrency space.

It was further revealed that Paypal responded to the European Commission in a letter earlier this year. Last year the European Commission opened a consultation about regulating digital assets and cryptocurrencies or what it refers to as crypto-assets. In June, responses were published, including a letter from Paypal stating that it has developed capabilities in the sector since withdrawing from Libra. This follows an earlier CoinDesk report stating PayPal and subsidiary Venmo will offer cryptocurrencies.

The company was additionally one of the initial members to commit to Facebook’s Libra, but it subsequently withdrew along with several other major players.

In the letter to the EU, it outlined this as background: “In 2019, PayPal initially signed a non-binding letter of intent to participate in the Libra Association with the intention of learning more about the proposed use of blockchain technologies to provide financial services to unbanked populations across the globe.”

And it continued: “Since the project’s inception, PayPal has taken unilateral and tangible steps to further develop its capabilities in this area, and therefore – without questioning the value of the project – took the decision not to participate in the Libra Association and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities to democratize access to financial services.”

it’s important to mention that PayPal has been active in the crypto space since as early as 2014. At the time, the company partnered with three bitcoin payment processors, including Coinbase, which allowed merchants in its network to accept Bitcoin as payment.

PayPal has a longstanding relationship with Coinbase, going back as early as 2014. Then two years later in 2016, Coinbase integrated, Paypal and credit cards. In 2018, Coinbase made instant fiat withdrawals to PayPal available for U.S. customers. Last year, European Coinbase users could withdraw to their PayPal accounts, followed by users in Canada, then support was added for the U.S.

It’s worth noting that PayPal was the first company to pull out of the coalition of companies involved in a Facebook-led cryptocurrency initiative, Libra Association.

Many are reporting that Paypal is now being forced into the space with its rival Square including digital assets which the latter was one of its early adopters. Square Inc., a payments company founded and run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, was awarded last year with a coveted license to deal in cryptocurrencies in New York.

However, while it may seem that this is a forced move its important to note for viewers that this action has been one that has been in the works for a long time. While its true that Paypal’s CFO last year said it was too early for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency integration, the former COO stated differently years before in 2017.

In 2018, Paypal was found to have filed a mysterious patent for fast cryptocurrency transactions similar to the lightning network.

Paypal seems determined on exposure into cryptocurrency with a new system for speedy transactions that was patented in 2016 which mirrors much of the ideas behind the second layer solution the Lightning Network.

In other words, the system allows a user, in theory, to pay a third party through a second party so making it possible for Alex to pay Chris through Bill by allocating, through encryption and hashes, part of the private key to the secondary wallet.

This allows for instant payments according to PayPal, addressing latency problems due to Bitcoin requiring around 10 minutes for one confirmation. Extremely similar to what the Lightning Network claims.

However, that’s not the full story the patent actually dates back to 2016, yes you read that right. The patent was filed in August 30th, 2016, right before the major bull run. Although, its unknown if Paypal received the patent or not, it shows the companies early interest into cryptocurrency.

If that’s not enough last year Paypal joined in a $4.2 million funding round for cryptocurrency compliance and risk management platform TRM Labs.

The startup aims to help financial institutions embrace the opportunities associated with cryptocurrencies by mitigating the risks.

Cointelegraph also reports that Paypal is hiring blockchain and cryptocurrency engineers. The news outlet reported there are currently two public-facing job listings for crypto pros to go to work for PayPal.

The first listing of note is for a job titled “Technical Lead – Crypto Engineer.” The listing describes that this person will be responsible for “new initiatives for PayPal global with a focus on agility, time-to-market and innovation. The role includes designing, developing and maintaining key crypto products/features targeted towards availability, performance and scalability of PayPal services.”

The second listing worth mentioning is for a blockchain research engineer to work within the company’s research group, “a newly formed group within the Strategic Technology Enablement team chartered with establishing expertise and opinions on emerging blockchain technologies and their potential uses within PayPal.”

The clues were all there, but now its been officially confirmed by Paypal themselves. This comes as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell recently announced the Fed was willing to work with private companies on a potential digital U.S. dollar, Yahoo News reported.

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