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North Carolina Economy Moves From Textiles to Tech
By Jonathan Serrie Published December 22, 2010|

Facebook Post: North Carolina's economy is moving away from the textile business and into high-tech future.The foothills of North Carolina are famous for furniture and textiles. But as jobs in those industries moved overseas, local leaders worried about too many closed factories and skyrocketing unemployment.We have been as high this year as 17.9 percent, said Tom Johnson of the Economic Development Commission of North Carolina’s Rutherford County. A lot of that, of course, is attributable to textile operations closing.So, Rutherford County, and other small communities in the foothills of North Carolina, banked on a high-tech future. They started luring companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook to build massive computer data centers. Such facilities require plenty of electricity and extensive cooling systems.With the region’s history of manufacturing, much of the power and water infrastructure is already in place. In fact, Facebook is building a new data farm right on the property of an old textile mill near Forest City, N.C.What we recognized in North Carolina is that it has an abundance of power, said Peter Marin, president of T5 Partners, a company that develops data centers. It has nuclear power. It has a pro-business environment.

What the Tax Deal Means to Your Wallet Two Senators Promise 2011 Deficit-Cutting Bill FCC Approves Plan to Regulate Internet Internet Road Rules Near FCC Vote New Census May Complicate Obama 2012 Bid Marin said generous tax incentives are another big factor in attracting the expensive facilities to North Carolina.The region is now aggressively marketing itself as a Data Center Corridor.The opportunity that these facilities are providing goes long beyond just the taxable opportunities, said Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. But the taxes aren’t bad by themselves.Economic development officials predict the data centers will create jobs, albeit indirectly.A typical data center may have 35 or 40 or 45 jobs, whereas a textile company may have 450 or 500 jobs, said Rutherford County’s Tom Johnson. There’s a huge difference in the employment. But there’s also a huge difference in the investment level. Facebook was announced at $450 million.
Johnson said that level of investment has already created construction jobs and is likely to create new opportunities for support industries and related employment in a region that is hungry for work.

Data center corridor seeing a lot of traffic Published Monday, November 29, 2010 8:38 am by Ronnie Bryant, Special to The Post CHARLOTTE POST

Traffic has really picked up lately in the data center corridor in the western part of North Carolina. Infocrossing Inc., a subsidiary of Wipro Ltd, is the most recent addition to what is becoming a fast-growing cluster. The company, which manages the high-volume computer operations of other companies, plans to build a $75 million data center in Kings Mountain. Infocrossing’s announcement comes on the heels of one by Facebook, which announced it will build a $450 million data center in Rutherford County. Google was the first big name to settle into that area, landing in Caldwell County in 2007. Apple followed with an announcement in Catawba County in 2009.

Although data centers bring few jobs – Wipro expects to hire about 17 full-time workers – the operations are large energy consumers and add tremendously to the tax base. Additionally, the growing grouping enhances the state's reputation as having a high-tech economy.

The public and private sectors are leveraging available assets in the western part of the state to appeal to data centers’ sweet spots – an abundance of low-cost energy, a good labor pool, strong fiber optics infrastructure, lack of extreme weather, excellent transportation network, plus tax breaks and a high quality of life. Due to the importance of providing consistent service, data centers are risk adverse, and when they look Google’s and Apple’s – and now Facebook’s and Infocrossing’s – decisions to locate in western North Carolina, other data centers will be encouraged to come as well.

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Monday, December 20, 2010 White House Gives Go-ahead For Elitists to Control DNA Barcode Gene identified in plants -- animals next? Michael Edwards Activist Post

It is official: in the name of clean energy, pollution control and medicine, the White House is prepared to let scientists, spearheaded by the J. Craig Venter Institute, manipulate DNA of organisms to forge new life forms, according to a recent AFP article.The Orwellian language used by Barack Obama's Presidential Commission For The Study of Bioethical Issues is a study in wordiness, misdirection, and obfuscation that is typical when trying to cover up the true intent. For example, on one hand the Commission acknowledges that the J. Craig Venter Institute has found the ability to forge new life forms, but also states that Venter's team didn't create life, since the work primarily involved altering an already existing life form. Since we won't get straight truth from the mainstream media, science, or the government, it is better advised to look at who Craig Venter is, and what public statements have been issued about this agenda that literally could transform the human race from a naturally evolving species into a manipulated computer code.

As far back as 2003, a BBC article titled Warning on Gene ID Cards cited Craig Venter as a leading scientist in gene mapping who, at the time, was offering the very rich a chance to buy their map for $710,000. This sets up, in effect, a division of gene class where elites would have access to potentially life-saving information, while the underclass could be discriminated against by insurance companies and employers. The short article concludes with an even more critical warning by Dr. Helen Wallace of GeneWatch that, What we could end up with is a massive DNA database by the back door.And this was almost 8 years ago.In the intervening time, the possible misuse of such a database became clear in 2006 when collaboration between the J. Craig Venter Institute and Google resulted in a ZDNet article titled Google Accused of Bio-Piracy. Plans were revealed to create a searchable online database of all the genes on the planet. The source of this story came from a Pulitzer Prize winner, David Vise, but to this day it seems that neither the J. Craig Venter Institute, nor Google have acknowledged any ongoing partnership.

The Institute announced in May of this year that it finally had created the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell, dubbed Synthia by the media. Most people probably concluded that this was a rather innocuous, self-promoting announcement designed to receive funding. However, if one looks deeper into this press release, one should notice the words synthetic genome. This is an admission that goes beyond simply altering an existing life form, as the Institute asserts, but illustrates the ability to replicate the entirety of an organism's hereditary information.The technical breakdown of this initiative is exceedingly important, but is better left to experts in the field. Regardless, the assertions of the J. Craig Venter Institute have found the software of life are being taken seriously by the White House at a time when revelations about how computing, medicine, technology, and the police state are converging on an almost daily basis. In just the past month, the following stories made headlines: Lawsuits have been filed in Austin, TX by parents who have discovered that DNA had been secretly taken from babies and sold to pharmaceutical companies and/or the Armed Forces for genetic research as far back as 2002.

Unions have started to implement biometric ID threat assessment cards at the behest of Homeland Security in a cooperative effort between public and private authorities.
Iris scan technology is being used by NYC law enforcement to create a biometric database in homage to Minority Report.GM Mosquitoes have been released in the Cayman Islands to combat Dengue fever, while noted depopulation advocate, Bill Gates, has been funding the initiative.Connections have been made between the above-mentioned Dengue fever mosquito release to the history of CIA bioweapons research, as well as various NGOs and Globalist think tanks that will apply the funding of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation toward flying vaccines as a solution to the problem of viruses.It is worth adding that part of the stated purpose of the first artificial cell, Synthia, is faster vaccine production.The flowery language that comes from elite circles about Utopian equality ring empty in the face of their documented history of discriminatory programs and depopulation initiatives. Giving over our blood, and now our life force, to elites who long ago distanced themselves from the concerns of the average man and woman does not bode well for the health of humanity.

Warning on gene ID cards 2003

Scientists have decoded human DNA
The complete genetic makeup of individuals could soon be scanned and recorded on a smart card, says a leading scientist. But pressure groups say that the genetic identity cards could lead to discrimination without much benefit to the citizen. Sir Paul Nurse, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK, predicts that the process of unravelling a human genome could be completed far more swiftly in future.We need to be extremely careful how this technology is used to shape our society

Sir Paul Nurse, Cancer Research UK
In a speech to the Royal Society's People's Science Summit, he said he could foresee a time - perhaps within 20 years - when the entire genetic code of every newborn baby would be recorded. This, he said, might eventually help predict vulnerability to common diseases - and help individuals avoid illness by taking preventive measures.

Gene underclass

But Sir Paul said that the advances risked leading to genetic apartheid as insurers and employers ruled out people with genetic defects. Sir Paul, awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001, said: In 1985, it took three years to decode a single gene - now we can sequence the entire human genome in just a few years. The American scientist Craig Venter is already offering the very rich to buy a map of their genomes at a staggering $710,000 (£450,000), but even he anticipates selling them for much less in years to come.

Combination of factors

He said some genetic tests - for less common conditions such as Huntington's disease and cystic fibrosis - could predict future disease with some accuracy.But he insisted more common diseases such as cancer and heart disease were likely to be the result of a combination of many different genes alongside lifestyle factors such as poor diet or smoking.He said: We need to be extremely careful how this technology is used to shape our society - this issue is too important to be left to scientists and policy makers alone.Dr Helen Wallace, from the pressure group Genewatch, said that the public was being misled by promises that a map of their genome could offer certainty about their future health.Although gene tests can be very useful, there is no way you could use them to predict common disease.What we could end up with is a massive DNA database by the back door.

Science of man-made life can proceed: White House
Dec 16 10:10 AM US/Eastern

The White House on Thursday said the controversial field of synthetic biology, or manipulating the DNA of organisms to forge new life forms, poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed. An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seeks ways to create new organisms that could spark useful innovations in clean energy, pollution control and medicine. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that synthetic biology is capable of significant but limited achievements posing limited risks, it said in its first report.Future developments may raise further objections, but the Commission found no reason to endorse additional federal regulations or a moratorium on work in this field at this time.The panel was created by Obama last year. Its first order of business was to consider the issue of synthetic biology after the J. Craig Venter Institute announced in May it had developed the first self-replicating bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome.

Critics said the discovery was tantamount to playing God, creating organisms without adequate understanding the ramifications, and upsetting the natural order. Announcing the creation of the first synthetic cell, lead researcher Craig Venter said at the time it certainly changed my views of the definitions of life and how life works.But the commission said Venter's team had not actually created life, since the work mainly involved altering an already existing life form. Thoughtful deliberation about the meaning of this achievement was impossible in the hours that elapsed between the breaking news and the initial round of commentaries that ensued, it said in its report.Of note, many scientists observe that this achievement is not tantamount to creating life in a scientific sense because the research required a functioning, naturally occurring host cell to accept the synthesized genome.

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE MAY 21, 2010.Scientists Create Synthetic Organism

Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday.Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego

Scanning electron micrographs of M. mycoide
.We call it the first synthetic cell, said genomics pioneer Craig Venter, who oversaw the project. These are very much real cells.Created at a cost of $40 million, this experimental one-cell organism, which can reproduce, opens the way to the manipulation of life on a previously unattainable scale, several researchers and ethics experts said. Scientists have been altering DNA piecemeal for a generation, producing a menagerie of genetically engineered plants and animals. But the ability to craft an entire organism offers a new power over life, they said.

Journal Community
..The development, documented in the peer-reviewed journal Science, may stir anew nagging questions of ethics, law and public safety about artificial life that biomedical experts have been debating for more than a decade.This is literally a turning point in the relationship between man and nature, said molecular biologist Richard Ebright at Rutgers University, who wasn't involved in the project. For the first time, someone has generated an entire artificial cell with predetermined properties.David Magnus, director of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, said, It has the potential to transform genetic engineering. The research is going to explode.Leery of previous moral and ethical debates about whether it is right to manipulate life forms—which arose with the advent of cloning, stem-cell technology and genetic engineering—some researchers chose neutral terms to describe the experimental cell. Some played down the development.I don't think it represents the creation of an artificial life form, said biomedical engineer James Collins at Boston University. I view this as an organism with a synthetic genome, not as a synthetic organism. It is tough to draw where the line is.For the first time, scientists have created a synthetic cell, heralding a new era in biology. Shelly Banjo talks to Robert Lee Hotz about the huge implications of this development.
.The new cell, a bacterium, was conceived solely as a demonstration project. But several biologists said they believed that the laboratory technique used to birth it would soon be applied to other strains of bacteria with commercial potential.

I think this quickly will be applied to all the most important industrial bacteria, said biologist Christopher Voigt at the University of California, San Francisco, who is developing microbes that help make gasoline.Several companies are already seeking to take advantage of the new field, called synthetic biology, which combines chemistry, computer science, molecular biology, genetics and cell biology to breed industrial life forms that can secrete fuels, vaccines or other commercial products.

Synthetic Genomics Inc., a company founded by Dr. Venter, provided $30 million to fund the experiments and owns the intellectual-property rights to the cell-creation techniques. The company has a $600 million contract with Exxon Mobil Corp. to design algae that can capture carbon dioxide and make fuel.At least three other companies—Amyris Biotechnologies in Emeryville, Calif.; LS9 Inc. in San Francisco; and Joule Unlimited in Cambridge, Mass.—are working on synthetic cells to produce renewable fuels.Although patents on single genes now face legal challenges, Dr. Venter said he intends to patent his experimental cells. They are pretty clearly human inventions, he said.Before making their work public, the researchers said, they briefed White House officials, members of Congress and officials from several government agencies. Within minutes of Thursday's announcement, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced it would hold a public hearing on the new technology next week.

Environmental groups also reacted quickly. Friends of the Earth issued a statement asking the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration to fully regulate all synthetic biology experiments and products, while ETC Group, a group based in Canada, called for a global moratorium on synthetic biology.There was no immediate reaction from Roman Catholic and Protestant groups that have questioned such developments in the past. There was some support. It is very much within divine mandate that we do these things, said theologian Nancey Murphy, who studies Christianity and science at the Fuller Theological Seminary, a multidenominational Christian seminary in Pasadena, Calif.The announcement Thursday was the culmination of a project Dr. Venter and his colleagues have pursued since 1995. In a series of peer-reviewed papers, the group has published the interim technical steps. So far, that research has withstood scrutiny.

J. Craig Venter Institute

Daniel G. Gibson at the J. Craig Venter Institute, who was the lead researcher on the Science paper announcing creation of the first synthetic cell
.The latest research was reviewed by a panel of independent scientists, but no one has duplicated the team's experiment. Other researchers working on different approaches in the field found the report credible and said it combined a series of prior advances.They are pulling all the pieces together, said Drew Endy, a biologist at Stanford University who is president of the BioBricks Foundation, a nonprofit consortium organized by researchers from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California to make the DNA tools of synthetic biology freely available.To make the synthetic cell, a team of 25 researchers at labs in Rockville, Md., and San Diego, led by bioengineer Daniel Gibson and Mr. Venter, essentially turned computer code into a new life form. They started with a species of bacteria called Mycoplasma capricolum and, by replacing its genome with one they wrote themselves, turned it into a customized variant of a second existing species, called Mycoplasma mycoides, they reported.

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J. Craig Venter, chief executive officer of Synthetic Genomics Inc.
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ECO:nomics conference: Craig Venter on Synthetic Fuel (03/04/10)
.To begin, they wrote out the creature's entire genetic code as a digital computer file, documenting more than one million base pairs of DNA in a biochemical alphabet of adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. They edited that file, adding new code, and then sent that electronic data to a DNA sequencing company called Blue Heron Bio in Bothell, Wash., where it was transformed into hundreds of small pieces of chemical DNA, they reported.To assemble the strips of DNA, the researchers said they took advantage of the natural capacities of yeast and other bacteria to meld genes and chromosomes in order to stitch those short sequences into ever-longer fragments until they had assembled the complete genome, as the entire set of an organism's genetic instructions is called.They transplanted that master set of genes into an emptied cell, where it converted the cell into a different species.Journal Communitydiscuss.. What makes a big part of this possible is the enormous increase in computing power over the last few years, and it's what will continue to make advances like this appear at a faster clip. The singularity approaches. —Kevin Carpenter.

We make a genome from four bottles of chemicals; we put that synthetic genome into a cell; that synthetic genome takes over the cell, said Dr. Gibson. The cell is entirely controlled by that new genome.The scientists didn't give the new organism its own species name, but they did give its synthetic genome an official version number, Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0.To set this novel bacterium—and all its descendants—apart from any natural creation, Dr. Venter and his colleagues wrote their names into its chemical DNA code, along with three apt quotations from James Joyce and others. These genetic watermarks will, eventually, allow the researchers to assert ownership of the cells. "You have to have a way of tracking it, said Stanford ethicist Mildred Cho, who has studied the issues posed by the creation of such organisms.Write to Robert Lee Hotz at


Bell Canada may outsource jobs to India: news reportPost time:2010-11-26Source: Author

Canadian telecom giant Bell Canada, a subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), is looking for suitable vendors as part of outsourcing key voice-based projects for its internet, Solo Mobility , Bell Mobility and satellite TV divisions to India , said a report.Bell Canada plans to outsource these projects via fixed payouts as part of a deal worth approximately $25 million to $30 million a year, said a news report attributing the news to market sources.
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Bell Canada to outsource voice projects to India
By Ravi Menon Nov 22 2010 , Bangalore

India best for offshore outsourcing
for suitable vendors as part of outsourcing key voice-based projects for its internet, Solo Mobility, Bell Mobility and satellite TV divisions to India.Bell Canada plans to outsource these projects via fixed payouts as part of a deal worth approximately $25 million to $30 million a year, according to market sources.The projects being sent to India will be largely inbound and Bell Canada is looking at outsourcing the work to a outsourcing partner with strong competencies in carrying out front-end work for international clients.A Bell Canada spokesperson did not reply to a questionnaire seeking comment on the development.Founded in 1880, Montreal-headquartered Bell Canada is a leading player in the Canadian wireless telecommunication industry, controlling about 30 per cent of total wireless subscribers in that country. Wireless, the key revenue driver, makes up roughly 50 per cent of Bell Canada’s revenues.Over the last 10 years, Bell Canada’s holding company Bell Canada Enterprises has branched out into complementary business segments such as cable TV, VoIP, IPTV, broadband internet, and wireline phones. With this, key divisions under Bell Canada include internet services provider Bell Internet, cellular wireless services provider Bell Mobility and direct-to-home satellite division Bell TV.

Bell Canada is cutting Canadian jobs in favour of contractors overseas MAY 2007

MONTREAL, May 2,2007 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Telecommunications Employees'
Association (CTEA) is denouncing Bell Canada's intention of cutting jobs and
reducing the work hours of its employees in favour of outsourcing companies in
India. The concern stems from the fact that the long term affect of this
action is unknown.During 2005 bargaining, Bell Canada increased the salary of most
employees in the Assignment/Activation group stating they were underpaid
compared with telecommunications competitors, said Line Brisson, Chairman of
the CTEA Clerical Bargaining Committee. Today, the Company alleges these
employees are costing too much and announced their jobs will be eliminated.
This is unacceptable. The issue here is that they are now comparing the job
that is done on Canadian soil with the market wages overseas. As long
companies such as Bell Canada use overseas markets as the basis of comparison
for wages, the jobs will always be too expensive to perform in Canada.CTEA members made HUGE CONCESSIONS in 2005 by signing a Collective
Agreement intended to secure their jobs.

The CTEA is losing count of the number of decisions Bell Canada has made
to the disadvantage of its employees: contracting out of Residential and
Business Client Representative jobs, contracting out of account collection and
repair services to Expertel, Minacs, and contractors overseas. Bell Canada is
continually seeking to lower its costs by reducing its Canadian staff and
increasing cheap labour. The CTEA wants to know what kind of savings is Bell
Canada seeing when they charge their customers rates for services that are set
for the Canadian market, yet the labour behind that service is being paid at
overseas market wages? Outsourcing of jobs places a very real strain on the economic condition of any country, and at the end of the day, customers and the Canadian economy will be paying the price.

Bell Canada recently announced that it intends to slash the benefits of
its future pensioners - yet another savings they will incur.Bell Canada continues to level down. The CTEA Bargaining Committee found it even more shocking when the Company who offers telephone service, shared with the them that employees taking over the Activation function in India will not be equipped with telephones themselves. This is UNACCEPTABLE behaviour from a Company that proclaims itself as a communications leader in Canada.The CTEA is opposed to outsourcing and it will take all the necessary means to promote the job security of its members.

About the CTEA:

The CTEA is an independent union certified in the 1940s by the Canadian
Labour Relations Board to represent employees of Bell Canada. Over the years,
the CTEA has been certified as the bargaining representative for several
groups of employees working for employers such as Comtech, Bell Aliant, ACMS
(Amdocs), Télébec S.E.C., Yellow Pages Group, and Bell ICT Outsourcing
Solutions inc.

For further information: In Quebec: Line Brisson, CTEA Vice-President,
(514) 861-9963, ext. 233, Fax: (514) 861-5985,; In
Ontario: Brenda Knight, CTEA President, (613) 521-3289, Fax: (613) 521-3267,;


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