Friday, December 24, 2010

Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs

"The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist."

"We’ve been saying for years that the United States government is joined at the hip with Monsanto and pushing GMOs as part of Monsanto’s agenda on the rest of the world. This lays bare the mechanics of that effort. We have Craig Stapleton, the former ambassador to France, specifically asking the U.S. government to retaliate and cause some harm throughout the European Union."

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What Bernie Said, Part II

As Promised... Here is the Second Installment!

"Last Friday, Mr. Sanders spent more than eight hours laying out a number of hard truths that needed to be heard - about Mr. Obama's seemingly unstoppable tax deal with the Republicans, about what it means for the future of Social Security, about the budget-busting wars we are fighting, about the nature of greed in America, and how the very many are being robbed and deprived by the well-off few."

Read the rest of what William Rivers Pitt (and Senator Bernie Sanders!) had to say in Part Two of this multiple-installment assessment at!

Cherish - and Work to Protect - Our Rights

"Bill of Rights Day was December 15, a time to reflect on constitutional freedoms. And as we enter the tenth year since 9/11, it's hard to be optimistic about the state of civil liberties and human rights in the United States."

Read the rest of the article at: Truthout

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Dangers Of Externalizing Knowledge

So... Do you *know* things?
Or do you just know where/how to *find* things?
(It's a big difference, dontcha know...)
This could almost have been called "The Dangers of Pocket Calculators," in days gone by...

Read the full story at: TechCrunch

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Will The DEA Shut Down Every Major Music Festival in the Country?

"Every major music festival in the country could be shut down by law enforcement whose motive is not to make Americans safer through the protection of their rights, but the profit that police can make by taking property from citizens."
"The seizure of the 352-acre Camp Zoe property in Southeast Missouri has so far garnered substantial attention both in America and internationally. That’s because this is no ordinary seizure; without (so far) being charged with a crime, the property owner, musician Jimmy Tebeau, is having his land taken from him in a process that strips him of his rights under both the US and Missouri constitutions."

Read the rest of the story at: Cannabis Culture Magazine

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What Bernie Said, Part I

"The speech delivered by [Senator Bernie] Sanders [I-VT] on Friday ranks among the most important I have ever heard in my life, certainly the single most pertinent expression of fact and outrage that has been delivered in this current climate of "compromise" and collapse. He told more truth in his eight hours than many of us have heard from an elected official in the last ten years, and it would be a disgrace if his eloquence faded into the background without the study and reflection it deserves."
- William Rivers Pitt

Read the rest of what William Rivers Pitt (and Senator Bernie Sanders!) had to say in Part One of this multiple-installment assessment at!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The new hungry: College-educated, middle-class cope with food insecurity

Come Christmas dinner, Rolanda McCarty, a 36-year-old single mother, usually goes all out.
Her table last year featured a rosemary-and-oil rubbed turkey and a sweet ham. She prepared fresh collard greens according to her grandmother's recipe. The dessert -- a rich butter pound cake -- was made from scratch.
But after being laid off from her technical recruiting job in January because of the struggling economy, there will be no fancy holiday feast, no family members pouring into her downsized one-bedroom apartment. She will rely on what she has: canned vegetables and microwavable meals from her community food bank..

Read the rest of the story on how the college-educated middle-class are facing food insecurities and going hungry at

Sunday, December 12, 2010

US life expectancy continues to plummet, but not because of inadequate health care

Rather than teach people how to eat better, for instance, the health care system waits until people become sick and loads them up with drugs and expensive procedures as the "cure". Drug companies make a lot of money with this approach, but overall health continues to decline as a result.
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