Washington state voters Tuesday could pass the nation’s first law requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods, but if the latest survey is correct it could be a nail biter. The proposal is called Initiative 522 (I-522), and although proponents of GMO labeling laws are massive in number, the pockets of biotech giants like Monsanto run deep. The battle over whether or not residents will soon be made aware of the food they are buying will likely rage on until the final ballots are counted. The most recent poll, by the survey firm Elway, showed I-522 leading in October, 46-42. That’s a significant shift from just one month earlier, when I-522 led by a much larger 66-21 percent. The difference? Ads by Monsanto and mega corporations appear to have changed some minds. No on I-522 spokeswoman Dana Bieber said, “It’s obvious that the more people know about I-522 the less they like it. Voters are seeing through the proponent’s misleading initiative and misleading campaign.” As previously reported by Off The Grid News, Monsanto – which produces GMO seeds — once supported labeling genetically modified food during an advertising campaign in Europe. (via Washington GMO Labeling Vote Now A Tight Race Thanks To Big Industry Money | Off The Grid News)
Navy SEAL veteran Ben Smith claims military leaders are asking armed forces members if they are willing to disarm Americans if ordered to do so in the future. Smith’s shocking claims on Fox News and then the Alex Jones Show also included references to the recent terminations of two top military commanders – Major General Michael Carey and Navy Vice Admiral Tim Giardina. He is a former member of the famous SEAL Team 6. Smith feels the question sessions serve as a litmus test to determine in US soldiers are willing to fire upon the citizens they are sworn to protect. The retired SEAL also maintains that the Obama administration is attempting to provoke veterans into acts of violence to spur a martial law order. (via Navy SEAL Vet Makes Shocking Claim About Military Disarming Americans | Off The Grid News)
Coal state politicians are pushing back against carbon dioxide limit proposals imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky are attempting to thwart the EPA’s proposed emissions limits for new power plants from taking effect. Manchin and Whitfield want the federal agency to be required to establish coal-fired power plant rules that include “commercially feasible” technologies. (via Coal States Fight Back Against Strict EPA Power Plant Regulations | Off The Grid News)
So-called smart guns could soon be on the market, and can reportedly turn a novice shooter into a sniper rather quickly. Our lives are full of smart phones, smart cars, and even smart houses, so perhaps smart rifles were a logical part of the progression. The computer-enabled guns cost a very pretty penny – $27,000 each. The rifles currently come in a .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua varieties. The Texas company that created the high-tech rifles maintains the weapon itself decides the exact moment of firing and therefore enhances accuracy significantly. A built-in computer does all the work; the human shooter is basically a secondary part of the equation. The shooter locks the target, but when the trigger is squeezed, the smart gun makes the necessary firing adjustments and trigger release decision. (via Computerized ‘Smart Rifle’ Guarantees Hit At 1,000 Yards | Off The Grid News)
In a move that could affect ammo production, the last remaining US lead smelter is slated to close in December, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Herculaneum, Missouri, plant is owned by the Doe Run Company and had existed in the same spot since 1892. The smelter plant is reportedly the only place in America where raw lead ore is produced into lead bullion. The ore is mined locally and the finished product is sold to multiple companies, including ammo manufacturing. When the lead smelter plant closes at the end of the year, the United States also loses its ability to produce lead ammunition from the process of mining to production of commercial cartridges, according to Patriot Outdoor News. The lead bullion is used for conventional ammo components including projectile cores, projectiles, and primers. (via EPA Forces America’s Last Lead Smelter To Close, Impacting Ammo Production | Off The Grid News)
The first nationwide power grid drill slated to take place on November 13 and 14 highlights the need to live a more self-reliant lifestyle and stock up on the essentials. Beans, bullets, and bandages are of course a must. The 1-month food supply offered by eFoodsDirect is a great deal for both preparedness newbies and veteran preppers always looking for a good deal on essentials. While budgeting for potentially life-saving staples and engaging in self-defense and survival training, don’t forget about the important role morale boosters play during a long-term natural or man-made emergency. (via eFoodsDirect)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 3 was evacuated after a gunman reportedly opened fire. Multiple victims are being rushed from the scene, the extent of their injuries are unknown. A “stampede” occurred inside the terminal after the shooter opened fire, according to LAX witness statements.The airport, which is located about 19 miles from downtown Los Angeles, is in the process of being evacuated. Reuters is reporting that law enforcement officers shot the gunman, but other news agencies have indicated that there is possibly more than one shooter, according to Fox News. (via Los Angeles Airport Shooting: Gunman Opened Fire In Terminal 3)
A Washington, DC gun raid which involved more than 30 officers was not conducted at a known drug den or gang bangers’ hideout but at a respected businessman’s home – all to enforce a controversial city ammo law. The shocking incident even included the man’s teenage son being pulled naked from the shower after the door was broken down with a battering ram. In a nation where Americans supposedly possess the same Second Amendment rights, Mark Witaschek, a man without a criminal record, faces prison time for possession of unregistered ammo. “Anyone who thinks the police won’t come to take your guns is naïve,” Emily Miller of The Washington Times wrote. The DC law enforcement officers were searching for gun paraphernalia such as empty holsters, ammo, empty magazines, ammo receipts, and even gun cleaning equipment. Mark Witaschek’s entire block was locked down by Washington, DC officers. His 14-year-old daughter opened the door and was met with more than two dozen officers in full tactical gear. The men participating in the gun raid reportedly pointed their firearms at Witaschek and his girlfriend’s heads. (via DC Police Raid Businessman’s House Searching For Unregistered Ammo | Off The Grid News)
A Syrian airbase was allegedly attacked by Israel. Breaking news coming from Dam Press, a state run television station in Syria, claims that an explosion occurred near an airport at the Latakia airbase. The outlet reportedly considered loyal to Bashar Assad also stated that no injuries resulted from the explosion in Syria. A Damascus target was also hit, according to The Times of Israel. Both locations allegedly contained arms destined for Hezbollah. (via Syrian Airbase Attacked: Explosion Allegedly Caused By Israeli Warplanes)
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