David v Monsanto Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Resident, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2012 at 7:42 am
Imagine That a storm blows across your garden and that now genetically-manipulated seeds are in your garden. A multinational corporation pays you a visit! Demand that you surrender your crops, and then sue you for $200,000 for illegally using GM seeds. This is the story of how one man named David prevailed against the Goliath that is Monsanto.
Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2012 at 8:54 am
In the US, we have a problem with the right hand (government) not knowing what the left hand (business) is doing. Of course, this allows large corporations to get too big and too powerful. They have unlimited resources to retain the best attorneys, which allows them to bully anyone getting in their way (which is usually not the way it really is, just their paranoid perception of the facts).
Virtually every time my husband goes to Germany, another executive (or two) will ask him: Does the right hand STILL not know what the left hand is doing? It has made us the laughingstock of Europe.
Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm Ducatigirl is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
It is very true that Europeans smoke too much; even athletes and otherwise health-conscious people smoke. This in spite of the fact that European cigarette packages have huge, blunt, and garish warning labels.
But the governments do keep a hand in the business sector, and have more of a clue about what is going on.
Posted by laughing at an economist, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Really? An executive asks your husband a question and we become the laughing stock in Europe? Seems like it is Europe that cannot get its act together or maybe out is your husband that is the laughing stock? BTW, when your husband is in Germany,.does he ride the ICE trains?