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Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable

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(Image via Wikipedia.org)

Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:

Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].

According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.

As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this?  This is his USDA.

“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”

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September 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM 1 comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Data Stolen From as Many as 56 Million Home Depot Credit Cards From April to September

Home Depot Apron

This is just unacceptable.  First Target, now Home Depot.  Corporations and credit card companies are refusing to spend money to protect their systems and we “consumers” are left holding the bag.

I’m ashamed to admit it because the founder of Home Depot is a crazed, anti-worker corporatist who compared people who are working for more balanced income equality to Nazis, but I purchased gardening supplies from them this summer so hey, I guess I better get a new debit card.

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) said on Thursday that data could have been stolen from 56 million payment cards by criminals who used malware from April to September to hack into its systems at stores in the United States and Canada.

The world’s largest home improvement chain said the malware, which was custom-built to evade detection, has been removed from its U.S. and Canadian stores.

Home Depot started investigating the breach from Sept. 2 after security website Krebs on Security reported that all of the retailer’s U.S. stores may have been affected by data theft.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and ‘anxiety this has caused and want to reassure them that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges,” Home Depot’s chairman and chief executive officer, Frank Blake, said in a statement.

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I can only imagine going to Home Depot complaining about a “fraudulent charge” and the bureaucratic nightmare that would ensue trying to get it removed.

September 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM Leave a comment

Drug Company to Sell Hepatitis C Drug in India For $82,200 Less Per Regimen Than in the U.S.

Yep, you read that title right:

Gilead logo via gilead.com

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Sofosbuvir, the wonder medicine for Hepatitis C that costs $84,000 … for a 24-week treatment regimen in the US, will soon be available in India for about $1,800 … for the same regimen. The patent holder, pharma major Gilead, announced on Monday that it would be selling the drug at this price in India and also giving voluntary licences to seven Indian pharma companies to produce it.

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This is outrageous and it’s where we need government regulation where there is none.  This is extortion thinly disguised as capitalism but also looking a whole lot like raw greed.

September 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM Leave a comment

#ScotlandVoteYes

The vote in Scotland on Thursday to separate (or not) from the UK is dead serious. If I lived there I would vote yes.  Here’s why.

That said, this made me laugh when I read it today:

Mrk miller

(Via: twitter.com/mrmarkmillar)

:)

September 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM 5 comments

Seatac, Washington Booming After Raising Minimum Wage to $15

This is important given the doomsday scenario the “liberal media” constantly feeds us about how raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to lay people off, raise prices or even shut down altogether:

Raise the Minimum Wage.org

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In January, the town of Seatac, Washington, put in to effect a new $15 per hour Minimum Wage. No ramp ups, no tiered implementation. One day it was the state standard, the next, the highest minimum wage in the nation.

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Now, nine months on, we are witnessing one of the most dramatic recoveries in the Pacific Northwest.

 Last July, business owner Scott Ostrander claimed that the increased wage would force him to lay off staff, if not shut down his businesses.

I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off. I’m going to take away their livelihood. That hurts. It really, really hurts. . . . And what I am going to have to do on Jan. 1 is to eliminate jobs, reduce hours — and as soon as hours are reduced, benefits are reduced.

Instead, his business, the Cedarbrook Lodge hotel, is expanding, adding 63 more beds to meet demand. Instead of layoffs, he needs to hire more people. And his story is not the only one.

Tom Douglas, who runs fifteen restaurants in Seatac, warned that a higher minimum wage would force the shutdown of a quarter of his restaurants. Instead, he is opening five new restaurants to meet demand. And this story is being repeated, over and over again, throughout Seatac.

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September 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM Leave a comment

Oil Company Asks the Texas Supreme Court To Tape Our Mouths Shut

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Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that.  They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like:  In a nutshell:  Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:

Free Speech Case Springs

From Fracking Dispute

The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do.  That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.

 

September 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM Leave a comment

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