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San Diego Biotech2001- BioFact or Biofizzle??

by Julie Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 12:37 AM


Thanks for all the neat pics of the truly enlightened! San Diego really rolled out the red carpet for all the slim that hoped to spread their excrement onto the city streets and whomever got in the way. I loved the Frankenstein costumes and the girl dressed as an ear of corn... My kids were actually jazzed up that San Diego would be some kind of war zone but they quickly lost interest, like the rest of everyone else!!! My husband is stationed overseas and didn't even know what was up....I guess it's safe to go into McDonalds and Starbucks (I love their wafers, don't drink coffee, sorry). Say, what exactly were you protesting? I have a degree in biology but I didn't hear one single account of what exactly was the protestors concerns??? Can anyone in the know actually tell me what genetically at risk??? Geez, life sustaining biochemistry or AIDS research is BAD????? My best friend died from breast cancer...would I shut out a cure because it was made by the biotech industry??? Get a life folks!!!!!!! Other then they were mad at BIG BUSINESS, they have no beef!!! OHHHHHHH, I'M SHAKIN'

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Hear you

by Washington General Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 12:49 AM

Was it worth the cost? Glad I don't pay taxes in San Diego. If I did I would have insisted the police arrested more of those morons. Who did they think they were?

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Please inform yourselves..

by melissa Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 1:51 AM

It is too bad you didn't attent any of the BioJustice teach-ins held on 22/23 June. They featured numerous well-respected, highly educated individuals who spoke about the major issues of concern. If you visit http://www.biodec.org, you should be able to find a list of the speakers, with info on their talks. There is a also a listing of news articles on BioTech issues, and a great section of links. I encourage you to avail yourselves of these resources.

there are also several excellent articles detailing the teach in and other BioJustice events on http:sandiego.indymedia.org. Click on the "moew news>>> link" and look for stuff posted between 22-27 June.

The goal of the Biojustice movement is to let corporations know that they cannot control our lives, that earning profits at the cost of the environment and human lives is not acceptable.

For example, we simply do no know the long term effects of consuming genetically engineered foods. However, many BioTech companies are pushing the FDA to loosen up the standards for testing the safety of GE crops, and oppose any measures that would madnate the labelling of GE foods. there are documented cases of illnesses related to the consumption of some GE crops. Some have had measured ill-effects on our ecosystem, threaten animal life, and reduce biodiversity. This is what we oppose. We want to know what is in the food we eat. We want nature to be allowed to run its course.

The Biojustice isn 't against beneficial medical technologies, or other things that might truly help people. We just want to be sure that science is used responsibly. As for the BioTech corporations.... they are currently OPPOSING A MEASURE THAT WOULD HELP MEDICAID PATIENTS GET CHEAPER MEDICATIONS. How is that helping anyone? The corporations want to keep reaping high profits for their patented drugs. That's it. This is what we opose.

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my thoughts exactly

by ben Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 1:52 AM

seriously, i mean you would think someone would of gotten around to making a 2 ton fertilizer bomb and driving it through the convention center glass.

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oops, that's www.biodev.org

by melissa Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 1:55 AM

and the IMC news link is : "more news"

ps- thanks ben, for your excellent suggestion

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by Mark Gabrish Conlan Saturday, Jun. 30, 2001 at 10:01 PM
mgconlan@earthlink.net (619) 688-1886 P.O. Box 50134, San Diego, CA 92165

I hope "biofizzle" actually stops on the site long enough to read some of my in-depth posts from the teach-ins held just before the Biojustice protests. Internationally known scientists and other speakers talked in great detail about the risks of uncontrolled corporate-run biotechnology, including the possible INCREASES in cancer rates from unforeseeable interactions between artificially introduced genes in food supplies and natural genes and body chemicals, as well as the vast increase in pesticide and herbicide use made possible by bioengineering artificial chemical resistance into crops.

Biotechnology as applied by the corporate establishment also means limitations on the development of scientific knowledge (as researchers bump into corporate patents and are forced to give up their experiments or else pay stiff royalties), limits on the availability of cancer screens and other tests made with biotech (ditto) and increased destruction of the Third World environment as companies plunder the Third World's surviving biodiversity for new things they can patent, monopolize and deprive indigenous peoples of the use of without paying royalties.

For every much-publicized "cure" through biotechnology (always in a relatively affluent family of a developed country), thousands of people will be killed by biotech's monopolization of life forms and the ecological destruction its discoveries will facilitate. Does that answer your question?

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by Friend Sunday, Jul. 01, 2001 at 2:04 AM

RE: last from Mark...no, but thanks for trying really. Unfortunately, most of the folks out there had absolutely no idea who or what they were protesting, they were just going for the ride.

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Say What???

by Stat Sunday, Jul. 01, 2001 at 2:08 AM

Mark has absolutely no idea what on earth he's talking about, he is spewing totally unsubstantiated nonsense and calling it FACT. Read what he has written very carefully, it is really garbage! Where's the beef? You offer absolutely nothing to back your claims other then pure conjecture, nothing more. Plus you exagerate to the nth degree. Try putting your money where your mouth is and give us some verifiable facts and for instances. Nice try Mark!

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here an oink, there an oink...

by crow Wednesday, Jul. 04, 2001 at 6:26 AM

...everywhere an oink, oink. For those of you visiting this site for the first time- there is a little piggy who has way too much time on his hands. He has been posting pro-cop bullshit ever since Biodev. He's also spending a lot of time trying to insult people who post to this site. If you see a facist or slanderous post-dont be angry. Instead think about how sad it must be to be a pig who spends all his time posting to indymedia.

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