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  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die"(1966)

    05/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Henry Levin
  • Is the Banana Slipping Away?

    03/16/2014 8:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Some people lie awake nights worrying about terrorist attacks, giant asteroids crashing into the Earth or war with Russia. I can slumber peacefully through those perils. What causes me to wake up screaming is the banana blight. To say I'm favorably inclined toward bananas is like saying Miley Cyrus has overcome her inhibitions. I have an unbroken record of eating two bananas a day that stretches back to the Johnson administration. Two is the bare minimum I regard as necessary to sustain life. I'm not ashamed to say there are days when I've gone through five. After that I stop...
  • Merger to make Chiquita world's biggest banana company

    03/12/2014 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    U.S. banana producer Chiquita Brands International and Ireland's Fyffes have agreed to merge and create the world's largest banana company. The combined company, to be known as ChiquitaFyffes, is set to displace privately-held Dole from the No. 1 spot.
  • Scorpion on Bananas Stings Grocery Store Worker

    01/13/2014 4:56:37 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NBC News (Philly) ^ | 01/06/2014 | staff
    A Pennsylvania man is recovering after he was stung by a scorpion that hitched a ride on a shipment of Chiquita Bananas imported from Honduras. Giant spokesman Chris Brand told NBC10 that a worker at the Giant food store in Havertown, Pennsylvania was unloading bananas when he was stung by the scorpion. Brand wrote in a statement that the company regrets the incident and has taken immediate steps to prevent it from happening again. The unidentified worker was treated and released from Delaware County Memorial Hospital. The worker is doing “okay” though he’s still experiencing pain in his hand, according...
  • World’s banana supply at risk from increasing number of bugs and spread of fungal disease

    12/17/2013 9:56:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 06:30 EST, 17 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 EST, 17 December 2013 | By William Turvill
    'National emergency' declared in Costa Rica, one of the biggest suppliers Country produces 1.2 million tons of bananas each year - one in five could be ruined by plagues of mealybugs and scale insects Elsewhere, banana-eating fungus from Asia and Australia is spreading Plagues of insects and a spreading fungus are threatening the world's supply of bananas, researchers have warned. A state of 'national emergency' has been declared in Costa Rica, one of the world's biggest suppliers, while separately a banana-eating fungus from Asia is believed to be spreading. Officials in the Central American country of Costa Rica fear that...
  • Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders start hatching out of bananas

    11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | November 4, 2013 | Metro
    A family had to move into a hotel and fumigate their home after deadly South American spiders began hatching out of a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas. Terrified Consi Taylor, 29, said she saw something that looked like mould on a Colombian Fairtrade banana she was eating. However, on closer inspection she said she saw some ‘funny looking spots’ and realised something was wrong. ‘I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,’ she told The Sun. Sainsbury’s...
  • (Planet of the Apes Goes PC) - 'Sexist' Gorilla Being Kicked Out of Dallas Zoo; Ape To Get Therapy

    09/26/2013 5:04:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Lee Moran
    'Sexist' gorilla being kicked out of Dallas Zoo Patrick, a 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was born in the Bronx Zoo in 1990, has nipped at female apes he was to mate with and even bit one, and has belittled others. Patrick will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. A "sexist" male gorilla at Dallas Zoo is being evicted and sent for therapy after he bit one female companion and belittled others. Patrick — a 430-pound Western lowland born at New York's Bronx Zoo in 1990 — will be moved to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens...
  • Harry Belafonte has some hunches what Dr. King might have said (NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL)

    01/28/2013 10:41:14 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicag ^ | January 27, 2013 10:28PM | Thomas Conner tconner@suntimes.com
    Harry Belafonte in recent years has been positively Kanye-esque in his outspokenness. The 85-year-old singer — a revered icon in American pop music, the King of Calypso, the resonant voice behind the 1956 classic “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” — has tallied headlines for his frank opinions on matters ranging from U.S. foreign policy to race relations. In 2002, Belafonte likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a “house slave” for his acquiescence to the invasion of Iraq. He called President George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world” during a 2006 meeting...
  • Pre-Peeled, Re-Wrapped Bananas Are the Most Wasteful Sign of the Apocalypse Yet

    09/23/2012 4:20:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 21, 2012 | Andrew Liszewski
    In what has to be the worst case of wasteful packaging in the history of modern conveniece, a grocery store in Austria is actually selling pre-peeled bananas that have then been re-packaged in cellophane-covered foam trays.
  • Spray to stop bananas rotting: New product can keep fruit fresh for two weeks

    09/12/2012 7:32:12 PM PDT · by southern rock · 55 replies
    Dailymail.co.uk ^ | 08/22/12 | By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent
    Spray stops bananas breathing through their skin and kills the bacteria that make them rot It is derived from shrimp and crab shells Growers, supermarkets, even consumers could one day buy the experimental spray A spray that stops bananas from rapidly turning to mush is being developed by scientists. When used to coat green bananas, it slowed their ripening and so kept them fresh for almost a fortnight. By contrast, supermarket-bought bananas often go brown and soggy within two or three days.It is believed that the spray could help save some of the 1.6million bananas thrown away in Britain every...
  • Updated Esposito Speech From "Bananas"

    02/14/2012 4:25:11 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    Self | February 14, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old! Finally, all insurance companies will now provide free contraceptive and abortion services. This will not cost those companies any money. So let it be said, so let it be done.
  • Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

    01/30/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 20 replies
    President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and Lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized Genetically Modified (GM) food multinational, as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is directly linked to cancer and opposed by many medical and hospital organizations.
  • 7 household items that contain radiation

    04/01/2011 11:22:02 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 40 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 1, 2011 | Landon Hall
    My mother tells me that They say it's safe to eat food and drink milk that have shown trace amounts of radiation drifting from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan thousands of miles away. But when my mother says this, she's being sarcastic, because They, being the government They, simply cannot be trusted to tell us the truth on these matters. And a lot of other otherwise reasonable people feel the same way when we're told by a public or scientific entity that there's no reason to be worried. Which is why there was such widespread interest in...
  • Anyone have or had a banana plant?

    02/20/2011 6:37:49 PM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 84 replies
    I had a 4-55ft banana plant (dont know why they call it a banana plant, it didn't have bananas on it). Regardless, my brother-in-law was caring for our house and cut down our banana plant (it was looking dead from the winter, as they do this time of year) and he pruned it. When he cut down the plant he left about 1 inch of the stock remaining above the ground. My question is, will the plant grow back over time? thanks
  • Banana-costumed Port Angeles man suspected of exposing self, brandishing gun

    08/18/2010 5:01:29 PM PDT · by llevrok · 37 replies · 2+ views
    PORT ANGELES, Wash. – A man in a banana costume is accused of exposing himself and brandishing a shotgun while riding around with a bunch of friends in Port Angeles. The Clallam County sheriff's office says the 21-year-old was arrested Tuesday evening for investigation of indecent exposure and reckless endangerment. The Peninsula Daily News reports police first received a report of the costumed man exposing himself at a restaurant. Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Pieper says they also drove through a neighborhood where the man got out brandishing the gun. After his arrest, the man couldn't explain why he was costumed. The...
  • NRA: Make-up artists to the painted mask of tyranny. ....

    07/12/2010 6:35:16 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 7/11/10 | Mike Vanderboegh
    NRA: Make-up artists to the painted mask of tyranny. In the middle of the night, I reget that I rightfully jumped all over an old friend. "Outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us, from birth to death, are our owners! Our owners! They have us. They control us! They are our masters! Wake up! They're all about you! All around you!" -- Street Preacher in They Live, 1988. Folks, It is almost two in the morning and the dogs are barking outside but that is not why I am awake. I ran into...
  • The Woody Allen Presidency

    07/08/2010 8:55:59 AM PDT · by chickadee · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/8/2010 | chickadee
    Many have suggested that George Soros is the "brains" behind the Obama administration. I contend it is Woody Allen.
  • Regulators deny Conoco permit for Alaska's North Slope bridges

    02/11/2010 4:50:34 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies · 662+ views
    World Oil ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | World Oil
    Federal regulators have denied a request by U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips to build a system of bridges to expand oil drilling on Alaska's North Slope, saying the project would harm aquatic wildlife. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied ConocoPhillips' application to build the bridges over the Colville River, in a decision Friday, saying other alternatives would meet overall project goals while better preserving marine wildlife. Houston-based Conoco plans to appeal the decision, company spokeswoman Natalie M. Lowman said Monday. She added that the company is "disappointed with their decision." Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the state's governor, Sean Parnell,...
  • Seven Ways to Reuse a Banana Peel

    12/22/2009 3:13:02 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 7 replies · 984+ views
    Re-Nest ^ | 9/4/09 | not sure
    To be honest, the only things we’ve ever thought banana peels were good for were to fill the compost and to make people fall. Then we came across these genius ways to reuse the slippery guys…
  • Prison inmates find drugs in fruit donated by police

    11/12/2009 9:10:25 AM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 448+ views
    The Monitor ^ | November 11, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    EDINBURG — Workers at a state prison discovered some illicit produce last week while unpacking a fruit crate in the facility’s kitchen, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Employees working in the mess hall of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Segovia Unit found 25 pounds of marijuana nestled in a crate of bananas and other fruits Friday. The fruit — which was donated by the Edinburg Police Department — originally came from a produce truck from which officers had seized more than a half a ton of the drug, Police Chief Quirino Muñoz said. Prisoners -- several of whom unloaded...
  • Banana Pilelets

    11/08/2009 6:37:23 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 405+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 11/07/2009 | Chrissy Siggee
    1 cup Gluten Free bread mix (white or whole meal) 2 eggs - beaten ¼ cup sugar (optional) ¼ teaspoon salt 2 ripe bananas - mashed Milk
  • World's Deadliest Spider Found in Whole Foods Produce

    03/20/2009 12:27:54 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 87 replies · 5,388+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2009 | Fox News
    TULSA, Okla. — One of the most deadly spiders in the world has been found in the produce section of a Tulsa grocery store. An employee of Whole Foods Market found the Brazilian Wandering Spider Sunday in bananas from Honduras and managed to catch it in a container. The spider was given to University of Tulsa Animal Facilities director Terry Childs who said this type of spider kills more people than any other.
  • Japan Going Bananas For Bizarre Fad Diet

    10/25/2008 6:33:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 1,789+ views
    WFMY ^ | 10/21/2008
    A 21-year old Japanese woman is shopping desperately for bananas in her local supermarket but, sadly, bananas are hard to find these days in Japan. This is because Japan is the origination spot for the new Morning Banana Diet, which is sweeping Japanese women by storm. The young woman in the supermarket, who is urgently seeking out any bananas that may remain on the shelves, weighs only 100 pounds. So why does she need to diet at all? Shouldn't she be stocking up on greasy chicken fingers and fried calamari? The reason for her sudden urge to down some bananas...
  • Ban on Misshapen Produce May be Nixed (Disfigured Fruits and Vegetables)

    07/24/2008 8:39:39 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 52 replies · 160+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.25.2008 | UPI
    Disfigured fruits and vegetables could be allowed in stores after most European Union members voted to loosen restrictions on produce, officials say. Misshapen bananas and cucumbers could be in stores by next year if reforms on produce rules are carried out, The Telegraph reported Thursday. The Telegraph said produce standards are so strict, many edible foods are discarded by farmers. European agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said she thinks some regulations should also be thrown out for onions, garlic, cauliflower and spinach. In this era of high prices and growing demand, it makes no sense to throw (misshapen fruit and...
  • Yes, We Will Have No Bananas

    06/21/2008 7:18:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 66 replies · 206+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/18/08 | Dan Koeppel
    ONCE you become accustomed to gas at $4 a gallon, brace yourself for the next shocking retail threshold: bananas reaching $1 a pound. At that price, Americans may stop thinking of bananas as a cheap staple, and then a strategy that has served the big banana companies for more than a century — enabling them to turn an exotic, tropical fruit into an everyday favorite — will begin to unravel. The immediate reasons for the price increase are the rising cost of oil and reduced supply caused by floods in Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter. But something larger is...
  • Cuomo Opposes Relicensing of Indian Point (nuclear power facility in NY)

    12/03/2007 1:16:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 46 replies · 153+ views
    WCBS NEWSRADIO 880 ^ | 03 December 2007 | NA
    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is formally opposing the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Buchanan. Cuomo cites terrorism and earthquake threats in addition to an inadequate evacuation plan. PRESS RELEASE FROM ANDREW CUOMO: GOVERNOR SPITZER AND ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ANNOUNCE EFFORT TO HALT INDIAN POINT RELICENSING ~ Nuclear Regulatory Commission Should Consider Threat of Terrorism, Earthquakes, and Adequate Evacuation Plans; Westchester County, A.G. Blumenthal Join Filing NEW YORK, NY (December 3, 2007) - Governor Eliot Spitzer, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, and Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano today...
  • FBI raids Liberty Dollar office-confiscates Ron Paul Dollars

    11/15/2007 7:50:21 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 652 replies · 5,490+ views
    http://www.rabidquill.com/ ^ | Nov 15, 2007 | "BJT"
    Frontal Assault on Freedom: FBI Raids Liberty Dollar Posted by BJT on Nov 15, 2007 Read this email closely. I just got it this morning. Those of you who consider the gold standard a quaint anachronism, pay extra close attention. If Ron Paul supporters, gold standard advocates and the Liberty Dollar were nothing but harmless kooks, why would the FBI raid their offices when no crime was ever committed? This is a currency competing with the USD, yes, but they never, but never make the claim that it is legal tender or anything other than what it is: private currency....
  • Overland Park (KS) woman wins cooking contest — and $100,000 (Banana Ice Cream w/ peanut butter)

    10/11/2007 10:55:54 AM PDT · by Huntress · 10 replies · 213+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 10/9/07 | Jennifer Bhargava
    Lindsay Weiss of Overland Park is the grand prize winner of the Southern Living Cook-Off. She was awarded $100,000 for her recipe Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Warm Peanut Butter Sauce, which is now featured on Southern Living magazine’s Web site, www.southernliving.com. “My husband and I sat through the entire ceremony — two and a half hours — and when my name was called, I was in complete and utter shock,” said Weiss, who traveled to Birmingham, Ala., for the contest. “I was not expecting it at all.” The mother of two created her recipe last spring when she was...
  • RON PAUL DEFRAUDED BY IOWA STRAW POLL PROCESS -- Part I (LAUGH ALERT)

    08/17/2007 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 737 replies · 11,781+ views
    votefraud.org ^ | Jim Condit Jr.
    This e-wire / report ultimately makes two points: 1. The voting process at the Iowa Straw Poll was a fraud, wrapped in lies. (Whenever those running any kind of an election use police power to hide all the ballots from the people, and then announce results (?) when supposedly (?) only they have seen the ballots – those people are frauds, are acting like Stalin-esque tyrants, and their organization is a fraud. That award goes in our current drama to the Iowa GOP leadership, namely Ted Sporer, Chuck Laudner, Mary Tiffany, Craig Robinson, and Chairman Ray Hoffman. What they did...
  • Killer banana rumour grips China

    05/25/2007 6:02:33 PM PDT · by traumer · 34 replies · 1,532+ views
    A rumour spread by text message has badly hit the price of bananas from China's Hainan island, state media say. The messages claim the fruit contains viruses similar to Sars, the severe respiratory illness which has killed hundreds of people worldwide. Producers in Hainan say the resulting price slump is costing them up to 20 million yuan ($US2.6m) a day. China's Agriculture Ministry has dismissed the Sars claim as baseless. Police are investigating its source. "It is utterly a rumour," a Chinese Health Ministry official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. "There has not been a case in...
  • Music Mystery Of Da Vinci Code Chapel Cracked (Rosslyn)

    04/30/2007 6:43:09 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies · 3,378+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-1-2007 | Richard Alleyne
    Music mystery of Da Vinci Code chapel cracked By Richard Alleyne Last Updated: 2:05am BST 01/05/2007 A Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code is embroiled in a fresh mystery of secret codes and heretical knowledge - but this one could be more than mere fiction. An ex-RAF codebreaker and his composer son say they have deciphered a musical score hidden for nearly 600 years in the elaborate carvings on the walls of Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel, theories connect it with the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and the head of Christ The pair believe the tune...
  • Allen - You Have Not Earned the Right to Question Webb's Recollections of War - So Just Shut Up

    10/27/2006 12:20:48 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 208 replies · 4,823+ views
    Jim Webb for U.S. Senate ^ | October 27, 2006 | Jeff Pyatt and Jessica Smith
    October 27, 2006George Allen: You Have Not Earned the Right to Question Jim Webb’s Recollections of War – So Just Shut UpAnd to Chris LaCivita, Who Did Serve, You Should Know Better – Shame on You To: George Allen and his campaign From: Steve Jarding Re: Shame on both of you George Allen and his campaign hit men this week chose to again attack Jim Webb and his military experiences, this time by taking passages from Webb’s novels to try to suggest that the explicit war time experiences Webb writes about are demeaning and repugnant. On their attacks, I would...
  • Pat Buchanan: Impeach Bush over illegal aliens

    09/19/2006 5:51:57 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 492 replies · 5,280+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 17, 2006
    Republican calls president 'derelict' in duty: 'This is not Ellis Island, this is an invasion' Author Pat Buchanan says President Bush should be impeached for failing to stop the invasion of illegal aliens across the U.S. border with Mexico. "I think he's committed an impeachable offense in refusing to enforce the immigration laws and in failing to uphold the Constitution by defending the states against this invasion," Buchanan told radio talk-show host Curt Smith this weekend on National Public Radio stations in upstate New York. "When you have 6 million people apprehended on the border and several million got in...
  • Occidental seeks over $1 bln in damages from Ecuador

    05/18/2006 2:15:11 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 20 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-06 | Staff
    NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is seeking damages totaling more than $1 billion as part of an arbitration claim against the Ecuadorean government for seizing its assets, a company spokesman said on Thursday. The U.S. oil producer has also terminated all local employees in Ecuador and is relocating its expatriate staff, the spokesman said.
  • Venezuela could drill former fields of Oxy in Ecuador

    05/18/2006 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 612+ views
    El Universal (Ecuador) ^ | 18 May 2006 | Staff
    Venezuela and Mexico are among the potential strategic partners for joint operations in the fields that used to be developed by oil corporation Oxy. The corporate agreement to drill oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon was made null and void, the Ecuadorian Government disclosed Tuesday. "There is the possibility of forming a strategic alliance with a state company, as set forth in the regulations," Ecuadorian Minister of Energy Iván Rodríguez said. Additionally, there is the possibility of "contracting directly a state company of a foreign country to reinforce technically Petroproducción. The subsidiary of state oil company Petroecuador will be responsible for...
  • Latin Lunacy Spreads To Ecuador (Guess who behind it)

    05/18/2006 7:15:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 18 replies · 1,127+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2006 | Editor
    Latin America: Ecuador's government deserves all the trouble it's got coming now that it's decided expropriation is the way to get rich. But the trouble won't come from the U.S. It's headed their way from Ecuadoreans....The loss of Ecuador's hard-won free-trade pact with the U.S., something it was on the razor's edge of signing, is virtually guaranteed. Ecuador also will probably lose all practical access to U.S. markets when its 2006 Andean trade preferences expire.Two free-trade-pact neighbors, Peru and Colombia, will gladly help themselves to Ecuador's market share in exports of flowers, shrimp and other regional specialties. About 60% of...
  • John Stossel: Don't Put Much Stock in TV Experts

    05/17/2006 3:02:05 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 40 replies · 1,780+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | May 17, 2006 | John Stossel
    Stocks go up and down, but eventually, most go up. So if you invest and hold on, odds are you'll do quite well. As my former Princeton economics professor, Burton Malkiel, told me, "The stock market is like a gambling casino with the odds in your favor. Over the long pull, it beats inflation, and beats it by a great deal."If you want to beat other investors, too, it's logical to think that you should turn to the most visible specialists for advice. These men and women make their living studying stocks, and they sound so confident on CNBC. You'd...
  • A Future With No Bananas

    05/15/2006 3:09:09 PM PDT · by blam · 79 replies · 1,871+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-15-2006
    A future with no bananas? 11:00 13 May 2006 From New Scientist Print Edition. Go bananas while you still can. The world's most popular fruit and the fourth most important food crop of any sort is in deep trouble. Its genetic base, the wild bananas and traditional varieties cultivated in India, has collapsed. Virtually all bananas traded internationally are of a single variety, the Cavendish, the genetic roots of which lie in India. Three years ago, New Scientist revealed that the world Cavendish crop was threatened by pandemics of diseases such as that caused by the black sigatoka fungus. The...
  • My Papaya Stinks

    03/15/2006 12:19:15 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 116 replies · 2,515+ views
    The Kitchen ^ | 3/15/06 | rebelbase
    Woke up this morning and it was rank. What causes that smell?
  • Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites

    03/01/2006 7:51:24 AM PST · by bwteim · 77 replies · 2,033+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | March 1, 2006 | Joe Guillen
    Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Tuesday explained his absence from Coretta Scott King's funeral. Belafonte told reporters before a speech at Case Western Reserve University that President Bush influenced the King family to disinvite him from the funeral in suburban Atlanta on Feb. 7. Belafonte, known to be a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., said he was told about the decision the day before the funeral, at which he had been scheduled to speak. The King children made the final decision, Belafonte said, but they were "fiercely intimidated...
  • Belafonte refuses to back down on ‘Bush is a terrorist’ statement

    02/01/2006 10:13:25 AM PST · by ncountylee · 12 replies · 259+ views
    NNPA/frostillustrated. ^ | February 1, 2006 | Nayaba Arinde
    NEW YORK (NNPA)— “I don’t know if President Bush is the greatest terrorist— I’ve not met them all, but he’s damn sure in the running.” As mild and gentile as you want to be, that’s what civil rights activist and beloved performer Harry Belafonte said as he addressed the audience at the Canaan Baptist Church annual King Day celebration. Introduced by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Belafonte was a surprise guest speaker at an event attended by ambitious politicos like Democratic New York Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, and higher-office hopefuls like Jeanine Pirro, Thomas Suozzi, Mark Green and Eliot...
  • Belafonte: Homeland Security the New Gestapo

    01/21/2006 7:52:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 1,623+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 20, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the president as a liar. "We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended," Belafonte said in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference. "You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel," said Belafonte. Belafonte's remarks on Saturday — part of a 45-minute speech on the role of the...
  • Panama: Angry Banana Growers Await Bush

    11/01/2005 5:07:11 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 12 replies · 547+ views
    Prensa Latina (Cuba) ^ | Nov. 1, 2005 | Staff
    Panama, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) A US presidential visit to Panama may be received by angry banana growers in front of that country´s embassy here. George W. Bush will arrive in this capital next Sunday for a less-than-24-hour visit, and although the government has worked hard to present the US statesman´s stopover as a step forward in bilateral relations, rejection prevails. The Cooperative of Multiple Services of Puertos Armuelles (COOSEMUPAR), in the province of Chiriqu¡, has some issues with the US transnational banana company Chiquita Brands International, and has asked the Panamanian government to get back four million dollars worth...
  • EU defeat in banana export battle ~~ Good for Banana Lovers everywhere!

    08/01/2005 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 252+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 1 August 2005, 19:00 GMT 20:00 UK | staff
    EU defeat in banana export battle "Banana wars" have been rumbling on since the 1990s A new European Union tariff on imported bananas has been declared illegal by the World Trade Organization (WTO).The WTO backed a claim brought by Latin American countries, who argued the EU tariff would have a "devastating effect" on their economies and exports. Under a EU system set for launch in January 2006, imports faced a tariff of 230 euros ($280.30; £158.50) a tonne. The new tariff had aimed to safeguard exports from countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group. Most were former...
  • Banana and Coffee Shortage Pushes Up Prices

    05/31/2005 2:44:48 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 84 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | May 31st, 2005 | By Louise Barnett, PA Consumer Affairs Correspondent
    A shortage of coffee and bananas has pushed up prices for UK shoppers, it emerged today. Nescafe instant coffee has gone up by around 10%, while loose bananas have jumped an average 14% per kilo, The Grocer said. Poor coffee growing conditions in countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam coupled with increased demand have pushed up the price of a jar of instant, according to the industry magazine. Meanwhile, an EU-wide shortage of banana supplies have caused an average 11p per kilo price rise for the fruit, bringing it to an average 85p. The Grocer’s price survey shows...
  • The Tail Of The Snake - Ecuador's Instability May Spread

    04/25/2005 11:02:19 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 631+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2005 | Staff
    Latin America: The past week's high political turmoil in Ecuador is about more than oil or bananas. It's about a terrifying descent into instability that could hit every country in the hemisphere. The turmoil in the tiny South American country shows no sign of ending. Another president was thrown out — the third in a decade. His successor is widely regarded as an ignorant weakling. And no one thinks he's going to last. After all, Ecuador has had seven presidents since 1995. Maybe that's why Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice turned her attention from a milestone NATO treaty signing in...
  • Bananas are so offensive

    03/04/2005 9:43:17 AM PST · by laissez- faire · 21 replies · 1,272+ views
    Ledger-Inquirer ^ | 3/2/05 | Tim Chitwood
    Where bananas never end The shriek of microphone feedback, the screech of fingernails on slate, the rippling reaction to an Atlanta-area woman's complaint about Columbus police officers' eating bananas at a Jan. 15 civil rights march. Each is going to grate on people's nerves, over time, so there's a "make it stop" plea I'll obviously be ignoring by writing this. But I don't really control the microphone, or the slate, or the way talk radio and the Internet can amplify a whine into a squall. And I certainly have no control over a congressman.
  • Doubts linger as Gregoire win certified (3500 more ballots than voters)

    12/31/2004 12:53:58 AM PST · by 4woodenboats · 177 replies · 7,318+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/31/04 | David Postman
    "This is exactly the kind of issue that I think can be brought up in the contested-election statutes," Reed said. But why did he certify the election if the numbers are in doubt? "What I signed was a certification for the numbers that were submitted to us by the counties," he said. "I am not in a judicial or an investigative role here." The latest questions about King County came after the elections office released on Wednesday a list of all registered voters in the county, broken down by those who voted and those who didn't. The Republican Party, among...
  • AP CENTERPIECE: Is fair trade coffee a beachhead for bananas?

    10/20/2004 1:03:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 394+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/4 | Michael Hill
    GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Mark Van Wormer is a fair trade coffee guy. He drinks it at home. He persuaded the private school where he teaches to make the switch. And he always requests a fair trade blend at Starbucks. "I was very attracted to the notion of buying a product that could actually put a little bit more money in the pockets of the smaller farmers," said Van Wormer, an Albany area resident. Socially conscious consumers like Van Wormer have made fair trade brews a rapidly growing niche of the coffee market. The beans can now be found on supermarket...
  • CINCINNATI, OHIO QUESTION -- Kerry and the Chiquita "Banana War"

    10/16/2004 3:12:34 PM PDT · by TFine80 · 7 replies · 574+ views
    THOMAS ^ | June 12, 1990 | Kerry
    A BANANA WAR IN HONDURAS (Senate - June 12, 1990) [Begin insert] Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, I would like to bring to the attention of my colleagues to a serious situation which has been developing into a crisis for Honduras. The crisis involves a group of small independent banana growers in Honduras who are trying to break a virtual monopoly enjoyed by Chiquita Brands International, based in Cincinnati, OH. In recent months, the world market for bananas has been expanding dramatically, particularly with the opening of the Eastern European markets. Over the past several months, small banana growers in Honduras...