EU Plans To Treat Machines Like “Persons” Instead Of Objects

Robots could be freed from their human masters and handed the power to own possessions under radical new EU plans.

Officials want to have machines declared as “electronic persons” amid fears they could challenge humanity for control of the Earth.

The plans would mean the robots could claim copyright on their work and trade money – effectively allowing them to form functional societies.

Their owners could be liable to pay social security for the machines to cover any damage caused.

The growing intelligence of robots could require rethinking of everything from taxation to legal liability, the draft motion suggests.

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REUTERS/Francois Lenoir New recruit "Pepper" the robot
Politicians are concerned that human jobs could be taken by machines

MEPs are so concerned that robots could take jobs that member states are being urged to give all citizens a universal basic income in case they are put out of work by their computerised counterparts, The Times reports.

The draft motion called on the European Commission to consider “that at least the most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations”.

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It also suggested the creation of a register for smart autonomous robots, which would link each one to funds established to cover its legal liabilities.

The MEPs wrote: “From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s monster to the classical nth of Pygmalion, through the story of Prague’s golem to the robot of Karel Capek, who coined the word, people have fantasised about the possibility of building intelligent machines.

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir A nurse walks with "Pepper" (L) and "Zora" the robots
Robot owners could also be forced to foot the bill for any damage caused

“Now that humankind stands on the threshold of an era when ever more sophisticated robots, bots, androids and other manifestations of artificial intelligence seem poised to unleash a new industrial revolution, which is likely to leave no stratum of society untouched, it is vitally important for the legislature to consider all its implications.

The draft motion, drawn up by the European parliament’s committee on legal affairs also said organisations should have to declare savings they made in social security contributions by using robotics instead of people, for tax purposes.

It faces an uphill battle to win backing from the various political blocks in European Parliament.

Even if the motion did get enough support to pass, it would be a non-binding resolution as the Parliament lacks the authority to propose legislation.

REUTERS/Francois Lenoir A woman walks with new recruit "Pepper" the robot
The draft motion faces an uphill battle to win support from the various countries in the European Parliament

Patrick Schwarzkopf, managing director of the German Engineering Association’s robotic and automation department, said: “That we would create a legal framework with electronic persons – that’s something that could happen in 50 years but not in 10 years.”

“We think it would be very bureaucratic and would stunt the development of robotics.”

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A backdoor plot to enforce mass immigration that European voters had previously rejected

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Hugelkultur: The Better Gardening Method Your (European) Ancestors Used

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Looking for a productive way to grow food that requires less work?

Utilized in Germany and Eastern Europe for hundreds of years, hugelkultur (literally meaning “mound culture”) is a method of growing food that can be built using locally available materials. Because this growing technique applies principles that are found in nature, you get nature’s help to produce food efficiently without many of the challenges that come with a conventional tillage garden.

Hugelkultur is an innovative gardening and farming technique that builds the fertility of the soil, retains soil moisture (making it a good option in drought-prone regions), allows for good soil drainage, reduces the need to weed, and provides a great way to use extra woody materials that are lying around on your property.

Hugelkultur works by burying woody materials, such as logs, branches and twigs, under soil, and then growing plants on top of the buried mound. The wood in hugelkultur beds soaks up water like a sponge, providing moisture to the plants, and the decomposing wood continually feeds the soil in the bed.

Hugelkultur mimics the natural conditions found within a forest, where plants grow on top of decaying trees. Basically, hugelkultur is the composting of organic materials in the same space where you are growing plants.

If you have the luxury of allowing your prepared hugelkultur bed to sit for a number of months before planting in it, such as building the bed in the fall for the following spring, it is a useful way to let things start breaking down ahead of your growing season. However, you can certainly plant seeds or transplants immediately in your newly constructed garden bed.

Because hugelkultur beds continue to enrich the soil as the wood breaks down over many years, they increase their productivity over time with very little work involved. After such a system is established, it will continue to virtually fertilize itself for years without much additional input.

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Having a growing system like hugelkultur that incorporates woody materials encourages the growth of mycorrhizal fungi that are so important in productive natural ecosystems. When present within a garden bed, the mycorrhizal fungi increase the resistance of the soil and your plants to pests and diseases, as well as facilitate nutrient absorption by plant roots.

Hugelkultur also offers a great way to store carbon in the soil and to utilize wood as a resource for your garden instead of burning the wood and releasing its carbon into the atmosphere.

Practical Applications for Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur is an especially useful growing technique where soil conditions are poor, such as compacted soils, poor soil drainage, and soil with poor water retention such as those soils that are often present in urban areas.

The hugelkultur method can be applied to a number of different forms, including within traditional raised bed structures, above the ground in tall mounds, or below the ground in buried ditches. One of the advantages of the above-ground hugelkultur mounds is that you can grow on different aspects, such as on the sides, on the top, and on the ends of the mound.

Generally, the bigger and the taller that a hugelkultur mound is, the better, because an increase in mound size encourages more oxygenation of the contents inside, and promotes the best growing conditions, including optimal growth of mycorrhizal fungi inside the mound.

Hugelkultur beds can be used to grow a seasonal vegetable garden, but they can also be used to grow perennial plants on landscapes including fruit trees, shrubs, and other types of trees, and for creating swales on contour that water the garden bed, hold water high on the landscape and help to recharge ground water supplies.

Choosing Wood for Your Hugelkultur Bed

When it comes to building a hugelkultur bed, the choice of wood is very important. Wood from trees like cedar, black cherry, black locust and black walnuts either do not decompose easily, or they contain plant chemicals that would inhibit plant growth. Wood choices that work well in hugelkultur beds include alder, maple, apple, cottonwood, poplars, willow and birch.

Rotting wood is the best choice to help get your hugelkultur bed going faster. However, if you have freshly cut wood, you may need to add sources of nitrogen to your bed, such as composted manure and kitchen scraps. Adding these sources of nitrogen compensates for the fact that freshly cut wood is high in carbon and would lead to “nitrogen stealing” from within the bed, thereby reducing the amount of nitrogen that is available to your growing plants.

How to Build a Hugelkultur Bed

Materials needed:

  • Logs, branches, twigs and other woody materials from trees that do not have allelopathic plant compounds that would inhibit the growth of other plants. Dead leaves are also a useful resource to use for your bed.
  • Nitrogen-rich materials, such as composted manure and fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen.
  • Topsoil, if you are burying the woody materials above ground (otherwise you would cover the wood with the soil from the ditch that you dug). You will want enough to cover all of the woody materials with one to two inches of soil.

Directions:

1. Lay down several layers of cardboard or newspaper to block any perennial weeds that exist in the spot that you will build your hugelkultur bed on.

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2. Lay down the largest woody materials like logs as the first layer of the bed. Next, lay down the smaller woody materials like branches and twigs. A minimum height of three feet is suggested for a hugelkultur bed, but as mentioned above, bigger is definitely better when it comes to building a hugelkultur bed. While you could certainly lay out a straight rectangular hugelkultur garden bed, you could instead choose different bed configurations, such as a keyhole garden shape that will allow easy access to your entire garden bed within arm’s reach.

3. Water everything very well.

4. Fill in the gaps between the woody materials with the nitrogen-rich materials, such as your kitchen scraps and composted manure. You can also add the dead leaves at this point to provide extra bulk and extra carbon.

5. Cover the mound of materials with enough soil to cover everything in the bed with a one to two inch layer of topsoil.

6. Add mulch materials such as straw to help reduce soil erosion, to prevent weeds from becoming established in the bed, and to help retain moisture at the soil’s surface in your new hugelkultur bed. You could also anchor the mulch into the bed with sticks to help hold it in place.

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Video: Proof The U.S. Can Have GMO Labeling

European countries warn citizens of food contents

by Rob Dew | Infowars.com | June 12, 2015


Infowars reporter Rob Dew shows a quick shot of Austrian food that is labeled as non-GMO and explains how the US could have the same.

Bilderberg 2015: Full Attendee List & Agenda

Elitist confab to discuss artificial intelligence
Bilderberg 2015: Full Attendee List & Agenda

by Infowars.com | June 8, 2015


The official Bilderberg Group website has released the full attendee list and agenda for this year’s conference. As ever, the list of topics to be discussed is so vague as to almost be meaningless. Infowars will have full coverage of Bilderberg’s detailed agenda later today and for the rest of the week.

63rd Bilderberg conference to take place from 11 – 14 June 2015 in Telfs-Buchen, Austria.

Telfs-Buchen, 8 June 2015 – The 63rd  Bilderberg conference is set to take place from 11 – 14 June 2015 in Telfs-Buchen, Austria. A total of around 140 participants from 22 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media have been invited. The list of participants is available on www.bilderbergmeetings.org

The key topics for discussion this year include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber-security
  • Chemical Weapons Threats
  • Current Economic Issues
  • European Strategy
  • Globalization
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • NATO
  • Russia
  • Terrorism
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • US Elections

Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg conference is an annual meeting designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.

The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.

Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written. Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

Telfs-Buchen, Austria 11 – 14 June 2015

Final list of Participants

Chairman

Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group FRA
Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG DEU
Agius, Marcus Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group GBR
Ahrenkiel, Thomas Director, Danish Intelligence Service (DDIS) DNK
Allen, John R. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, US Department of State USA
Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore USA
Applebaum, Anne Director of Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute POL
Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA FIN
Baird, Zoë CEO and President, Markle Foundation USA
Balls, Edward M. Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer GBR
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman, Impresa SGPS PRT
Barroso, José M. Durão Former President of the European Commission PRT
Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP FRA
Benko, René Founder, SIGNA Holding GmbH AUT
Bernabè, Franco Chairman, FB Group SRL ITA
Beurden, Ben van CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc NLD
Bigorgne, Laurent Director, Institut Montaigne FRA
Boone, Laurence Special Adviser on Financial and Economic Affairs to the President FRA
Botín, Ana P. Chairman, Banco Santander ESP
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA NOR
Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Standard Verlagsgesellschaft AUT
Burns, William President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace USA
Calvar, Patrick Director General, DGSI FRA
Castries, Henri de Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings; Chairman and CEO, AXA Group FRA
Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA ESP
Clark, W. Edmund Retired Executive, TD Bank Group CAN
Coeuré, Benoît Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank INT
Coyne, Andrew Editor, Editorials and Comment, National Post CAN
Damberg, Mikael L. Minister for Enterprise and Innovation SWE
De Gucht, Karel Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister BEL
Dijsselbloem, Jeroen Minister of Finance NLD
Donilon, Thomas E. Former U.S. National Security Advisor; Partner and Vice Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLP USA
Döpfner, Mathias CEO, Axel Springer SE DEU
Dowling, Ann President, Royal Academy of Engineering GBR
Dugan, Regina Vice President for Engineering, Advanced Technology and Projects, Google USA
Eilertsen, Trine Political Editor, Aftenposten NOR
Eldrup, Merete CEO, TV 2 Danmark A/S DNK
Elkann, John Chairman and CEO, EXOR; Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ITA
Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus Group DEU
Erdoes, Mary CEO, JP Morgan Asset Management USA
Fairhead, Rona Chairman, BBC Trust GBR
Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S DNK
Feldstein, Martin S. President Emeritus, NBER;  Professor of Economics, Harvard University USA
Ferguson, Niall Professor of History, Harvard University, Gunzberg Center for European Studies USA
Fischer, Heinz Federal President AUT
Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc GBR
Franz, Christoph Chairman of the Board, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd CHE
Fresco, Louise O. President and Chairman Executive Board, Wageningen University and Research Centre NLD
Griffin, Kenneth Founder and CEO, Citadel Investment Group, LLC USA
Gruber, Lilli Executive Editor and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV ITA
Guriev, Sergei Professor of Economics, Sciences Po RUS
Gürkaynak, Gönenç Managing Partner, ELIG Law Firm TUR
Gusenbauer, Alfred Former Chancellor of the Republic of Austria AUT
Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University NLD
Hampel, Erich Chairman, UniCredit Bank Austria AG AUT
Hassabis, Demis Vice President of Engineering, Google DeepMind GBR
Hesoun, Wolfgang CEO, Siemens Austria AUT
Hildebrand, Philipp Vice Chairman, BlackRock Inc. CHE
Hoffman, Reid Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn USA
Ischinger, Wolfgang Chairman, Munich Security Conference INT
Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard USA
Jäkel, Julia CEO, Gruner + Jahr DEU
Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners USA
Juppé, Alain Mayor of Bordeaux, Former Prime Minister FRA
Kaeser, Joe President and CEO, Siemens AG DEU
Karp, Alex CEO, Palantir Technologies USA
Kepel, Gilles University Professor, Sciences Po FRA
Kerr, John Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power GBR
Kesici, Ilhan MP, Turkish Parliament TUR
Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc. USA
Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa USA
Knot, Klaas H.W. President, De Nederlandsche Bank NLD
Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.S. TUR
Kogler, Konrad Director General, Directorate General for Public Security AUT
Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. USA
Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute USA
Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group CHE
Lauk, Kurt President, Globe Capital Partners DEU
Lemne, Carola CEO, The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise SWE
Levey, Stuart Chief Legal Officer, HSBC Holdings plc USA
Leyen, Ursula von der Minister of Defence DEU
Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group BEL
Maher, Shiraz Senior Research Fellow, ICSR, King’s College London GBR
Markus Lassen, Christina Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Security Policy and Stabilisation DNK
Mathews, Jessica T. Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace USA
Mattis, James Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University USA
Maudet, Pierre Vice-President of the State Council, Department of Security, Police and the Economy of Geneva CHE
McKay, David I. President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada CAN
Mert, Nuray Columnist, Professor of Political Science, Istanbul University TUR
Messina, Jim CEO, The Messina Group USA
Michel, Charles Prime Minister BEL
Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP USA
Minton Beddoes, Zanny Editor-in-Chief, The Economist GBR
Monti, Mario Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University ITA
Mörttinen, Leena Executive Director, The Finnish Family Firms Association FIN
Mundie, Craig J. Principal, Mundie & Associates USA
Munroe-Blum, Heather Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CAN
Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the NLD
O’Leary, Michael CEO, Ryanair Plc IRL
Osborne, George First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer GBR
Özel, Soli Columnist, Haberturk Newspaper; Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University TUR
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri Group CEO, Titan Cement Co. GRC
Pégard, Catherine President, Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles FRA
Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute USA
Petraeus, David H. Chairman, KKR Global Institute USA
Pikrammenos, Panagiotis Honorary President of The Hellenic Council of State GRC
Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc. CAN
Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman, Techint Group ITA
Roiss, Gerhard CEO, OMV Austria AUT
Rubin, Robert E. Co Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury USA
Rutte, Mark Prime Minister NLD
Sadjadpour, Karim Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace USA
Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Pedro Leader, Partido Socialista Obrero Español PSOE ESP
Sawers, John Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners GBR
Sayek Böke, Selin Vice President, Republican People’s Party TUR
Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc. USA
Scholten, Rudolf CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG AUT
Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group FRA
Sevelda, Karl CEO, Raiffeisen Bank International AG AUT
Stoltenberg, Jens Secretary General, NATO INT
Stubb, Alexander Prime Minister FIN
Suder, Katrin Deputy Minister of Defense DEU
Sutherland, Peter D. UN Special Representative; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International IRL
Svanberg, Carl-Henric Chairman, BP plc; Chairman, AB Volvo SWE
Svarva, Olaug CEO, The Government Pension Fund Norway NOR
Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital USA
Tsoukalis, Loukas President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy GRC
Üzümcü, Ahmet Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons INT
Vitorino, António M. Partner, Cuetrecasas, Concalves Pereira, RL PRT
Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB SWE
Weber, Vin Partner, Mercury LLC USA
Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times GBR
Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company USA
Zoellick, Robert B. Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group USA

Experts Ask World to Help Ban Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Glyphosate

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Posted on April 26, 2015

In an open letter to China, ten European non-profit groups have asked the Chinese people to take action to help clean up the world food supply which has been contaminated with Round Up and glyphosate chemicals.

The action was inspired by the recent World Health Organization Cancer Panel that declared glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” for humans. The letter was written to the Chinese Embassy, and addressed to the Chinese people because the country is the world’s largest producer of glyphosate (even though it is largely sprayed on crops in the US and elsewhere.) China is also the world’s largest importer of Round-up Ready GMO soy.

GM soy has been found to contaminate the entire food chain with traces of glyphosate, from the plant, to the animal who feeds on it, all the way to human embryos. Glyphosate traces have even been found in our blood, urine, and mother’s breast milk.

In the open letter, the NGOs refer to this recent statement by the Argentinian Federation of Health Professionals  which represents 30,000 members:

“Glyphosate not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.”

The doctors of Argentina who have accumulated first-hand experience over many years of glyphosate causing disease made this declaration. This, in part, is what has driven the ban on glyphosate in their country.

Other countries are eager to ban glyphosate as well especially where the chemical is used as a pre-harvest dessicant on grain and other crops.

Furthermore, the NGOs attest that the original consent to use glyphosate was given by country’s who were either ill-informed of the toxic effects, or who were subjects of scientific fraud.

They point out that the safety research reports on glyphosate (Roundup) are impossible for independent experts to scrutinize because Monsanto has asked for them all to be treated as trade secrets.

Chinese authorities are now asked to pressure Monsanto to give access to these studies, some of which are more than 35 years old but which contain evidence of malignant tumours among test animals given small quantities of glyphosate in their food supplies.

Those who have signed the open letter are asking the Chinese government to stop the production and sale of glyphosate (Round Up) without delay, and to freeze the imports of Roundup Ready food products from the United States, Argentina, and Brazil.

Additionally, they call for glyphosate testing (for example, in human urine and breast milk) and an epidemiological study designed to test the impact of glyphosate/Roundup on human health.

Speaking on behalf of the signatories, Dr Brian John said:

 “We believe that we are acting here on behalf of the citizens of Europe, who have grave concerns about GMOs and the chemicals that go with them into the food chain.  We have been convinced for years of the growing negative impact of glyphosate/Roundup on public health, and there is constant pressure on both sides of the Atlantic for these lethal chemicals to be taken off the market.

However, there are many political and commercial obstacles to change; and this is why we are appealing to one of the largest economies in the world to kick-start the process of cleaning up the global food supply system and protecting the health of the people of the planet.”

Speaking for the group “Beyond GM” Pat Thomas added:

“We’ve spent far too long pretending that GMOs are somebody else’s problem; that in the EU we are somehow protected or immune from their damaging effects. GMOs are a worldwide problem – a growing and global threat to health, environment and food security and we need those in power to heed years of accumulated and alarming evidence and act responsibly to solve the problem.

We cannot rely on America, which has for too long acted as the de facto marketing arm of the biotech industry, to act responsibly. But, as one of largest economies in the world, China has the power to change the game and to act as if the future matters.”

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About Christina Sarich:
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.