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Jon Rappoport ~ Monsanto Aliens

Thank you Laura! I wonder how these people face their families? At some point the need for a paycheck just doesn’t compare to the need for integrity, honor and a moral baseline.

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This article begins with some incredibly telling quotes from leaders in Monsanto, a biotech industry consultant, and the FDA. The quotes alone make a powerful and obvious statement of corruption and intent.

Monsanto aliens

by Jon Rappoport

April 1, 2014


“I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle” – Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Monsanto chairman, 1943-63, “The Spirit of Enterprise”, 1934.

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Playing God in the Garden” New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety” – FDA, “Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties” (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57…

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday April 1, 2014

Noam Chomsky | The Prospects for Survival

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: Security is a high priority for government planners: security, that is, for state power and its primary constituency, concentrated private power. In these terms, government actions fall in place as quite rational, including the rationality of collective suicide.

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FCC Votes To Curb Media Consolidation in Local TV Markets

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: FCC commissioners approved new rules that are designed to curb “joint sales agreements” by closing a legal loophole exploited by broadcasting companies that circumvent local TV ownership rules by sharing advertising revenues with companies they are supposed to be competing against.

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Sixteen for ’16 – Number 6: Flat Tax for Social Security

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: The FICA payroll tax may be the most regressive tax in the developed world: the least a progressive administration could do would be to remove the taxable maximum.

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Syria’s Ongoing Carnage

Richard Sale, Truthout: The figures for the refugees of the Syrian civil war simply stagger the mind. More than 9 million Syrians have fled the country, having been forced from their homes, creating the world’s largest displaced population. But as carnage in Syria mounts and allies on all sides tweak their strategies, no yet-discovered path leads to peace.

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Carbon Delirium: The Last Stage of Fossil-Fuel Addiction and Its Hazardous Impact on American Foreign Policy

Michael Klare, TomDispatch: A far-ranging kind of carbon detoxification must come in time. As with all addictions, the first and most crucial step is to acknowledge that our addiction to fossil fuels has reached such an advanced stage as to pose a direct danger to all humanity.

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When Capitalism Fails, a Job Should Still Be a Right

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: When a corporation that makes tens of billions of dollars of profits every year is hiring fewer people than Harvard University is accepting students, you know there’s a jobs problem in America. It’s time for that to change.

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Open Letter to Legislators From a Clinic Escort

Katie Klabusich, Truthout: “As a reproductive health care clinic escort, I have seen the harassment and danger patients face simply attempting to access their doctor’s office. Elected officials should implement buffer zones to ensure public safety.”

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Paul Krugman | Poor Billionaires, Victimized by Highfalutin Ideas

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Here comes another billionaire who thinks that anyone who talks about income inequality is a Nazi; this time it’s Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot. There must be a lot of these guys.

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You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier – and Smarter

David Sobel, Yes! Magazine: New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be and still could be – the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.

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The Nativist Origins of Philippines Independence

Richard Baldoz, Truthout: The racism and self-interest surrounding the passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act 80 years ago serve as a reminder of the lamentable US experiment with overseas empire-building and help us to understand one of the most visible legacies of the complicated US-Philippines relationship – the large number of Filipino US residents.

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A Presidential Run for Bernie Sanders? Bill and Ted’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

Patrick Barrett, Truthout: Attempting to build the broad-based progressive coalition we need through the electoral arena is a quixotic adventure virtually destined to fail. It also runs the serious risk of undermining the very objective it hopes to achieve.

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Delaware Chief Justice to Shareholders: Drop Dead

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: A Columbia Law Review article by the chief justice in Delaware, Leo Strine, argues that shareholder activism needs to be curbed. It confirms the notion that companies being obligated to maximize shareholder value is a theory made up by economists and eagerly adopted by corporate executives.

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US and North Korea Have Something in Common: The Highest Incarceration Rates

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The US health care system ranks at the bottom of developed nations. However, America has the dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the world, with North Korea a close second.

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If We Want To Adapt to Climate Change, We Need To Start Now

Read the Article at The Nation

Senate Report: CIA Misled on Interrogations

Read the Article at The Washington Post

The Koch Brothers, the Teenager and Libertarianism Run Amok

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In Private Speech, Dick Cheney Talks About Bombing Iran, and GOP Donors Applaud

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Large LNG Explosion Displaces Hundreds in Washington

Read the Article at EcoWatch

FBI Said To Probe High-Speed Traders Over Abuse of Information

Read the Article at Bloomberg News

The Damning New Torture Report Shows the CIA Doing What It’s Always Done

Read the Article at Esquire


Sustainable decision making

Thank you for sharing this. Most people don’t even pay attention to the living beings all around us. They don’t realize we are all parts of the same larger whole-and just like an infection in your toe can affect your appetite so too can imbalance affect all parts of the system. It would be wonderful if our cities shut off the street lights at some point in the night! Being able to see more than just 1st magnitude stars again would be wonderful! ( aside from the benefits to other creatures like the sea turtles that get squashed by cars heading for our streetlights instead of the ocean that used to be the brightest place when they hatched)

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Truthout Daily Digest March 31, 2014

Dahr Jamail | The Vanishing Arctic Ice Cap

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Researchers are predicting that sea ice will no longer last through summers in the next couple of years, and even US Navy researchers have predicted an ice-free Arctic by 2016. Scientists warn that this is when “abrupt climate change” passes the point of no return.

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The Tax Code in Action: Charity Starts at the Top

Dean Baker, Truthout: There is nothing natural about the government giving tax-exempt status to big-money nonprofits. That is a government policy which can be changed, and it is hard to see why it shouldn’t be.

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Six States Have Tried Community Controlled Power: What Works?

Dina Rasor, Truthout: As communities create more Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs), consumers will be paying less money for more environmentally friendly forms of electricity. Six states have passed legislation allowing for CCAs. Which ones have been the most successful?

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Chris Hedges | Fighting the Militarized State

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: If Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is not struck down by the Supreme Court, it will effectively overturn nearly 150 years of case law that repeatedly holds that the military has no jurisdiction over civilians.

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The Economics of Immiseration, the Politics of Seduction

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: The economics of immiseration would be impossible without the politics of seduction, and capitalism’s appeal to our unconscious will to power and domination is not easily countered.

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Banking Union Time Bomb: Eurocrats Authorize Bailouts and Bail-Ins

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Blog: A new EU agreement to create a single agency to handle failing banks now authorizes both bailouts and “bail-ins” – the confiscation of depositor funds. The possibly illegal deal threatens the pocketbooks of European taxpayers and depositors.

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The Widening Lens: Jonathan Schell and the Fate of the Earth

Tom Engelhardt and Christian Appy, TomDispatch: Given the role Vietnam played in US history and in the late author and reporter Jonathan Schell’s life, Tom Engelhardt and Christian Appy look not to Schell’s last words, but – in a sense – to his first words.

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Is It Time To Charge People With Ecocide?

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: If the very real threat of an environmental apocalypse as brought up in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report doesn’t scare politicians into taking action, maybe the threat of prosecution in an international court will.

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Double Standards? Panel Cites US Human Rights Treaty Breaches

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: Last week, the UN Human Rights Committee issued a draft evaluation of US performance in upholding the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. While some progress was acknowledged, serious lapses – including NSA spying and failures of accountability – were detailed.

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Could the Supreme Court Re-Legalize Discrimination?

Benjamin M. Cole, Truthout: If Hobby Lobby wins the right to deny health insurance benefits guaranteed by law to women, where will corporations’ drive to ignore whatever laws they feel justified ignoring under their own personal convictions or prejudice end?

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Chills, Thrills, Skills and Shills

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The plutocrats and the politicians and the pundits need to constantly come up with old-new ways to blame regular people for the horrible economy they had no hand in creating. Enter “the Skills Deficit Plague.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: We’re Still Seeing the Effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 25 Years Later, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: It’s been a quarter of a century since the Exxon Valdez spill, and fewer than half of the fish and wildlife populations in that area are listed today as recovered; a bipartisan coalition requested a renewal of the wind energy tax credit last week; it could be an entire year before the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, reopens for business; and more.

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New Poll: Rahm Emanuel Would Lose Re-Election to Progressive Opponent

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Although Emanuel isn’t up for re-election as Chicago’s mayor for almost a year, the first poll is out showing him potentially losing to a progressive in the Democratic primary. However, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle isn’t running against him yet.

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Senate Report Concludes No Evidence From Torture Helped Hunt for Bin Laden

Read the Article at The Associated Press

If This Terrifying Report Doesn’t Wake You Up to the Realities of What We’re Doing to This Planet, What Will?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Four Arguments That Scream “Save Public Education!”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street

Read the Article at The New York Times

Vast Ocean Garbage Fields Frustrate Search for Flight 370

Read the Article at ABC News

Plutocracy Without End: Why the 1% Always Defeats the Middle Class

Read the Article at Salon

Not The Onion: GOP Senators Call for Special Committee To Investigate Benghazi

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

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BaltimoreBrian’s blog

Today’s selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.


China Lake Saved From Stink Leaves Fiscal Cleanup for Li Keqiang

BlackRock Joins Investors in Flagging Barrier Reef Eco-Risks

*** Tesla to Use Only Materials Made in USA for Battery Plant

* Record Natural Gas Need Keeps Bulls Betting on Advances: Energy

*** A green light: Companies are starting to open up about their environmental risks. They need to do more

*** U.N. Climate Report Authors Answer 11 Basic Questions

* Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

Climate inaction catastrophic: US Secretary of State John Kerry

Climate change ‘makes violence likelier’

!!! Changing climate creates pervasive risks, but opportunities exist for effective responses: IPCC report

*** Temperature fluctuations: Atlantic Ocean dances with the sun and volcanoes

*** Satellite shows high productivity from US corn belt


*** Effect of important air pollutants may be absent from key precipitation observations

*** Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is ten times worse than a century ago

!!! NSIDC, NASA Say Arctic Melt Season Lengthening, Ocean Rapidly Warming (with video)

Environmentalists applaud Clean Water Act ruling

Native trappers defend Canada forests from logging

!!! Exxon: Highly unlikely world limits fossil fuels

Alaska editorial roundup

* Climate change threatens India’s economy, food security: IPCC

*** IPCC global warming report: why air conditioning rises 30-fold by 2100 (with video)

Climate panel: Time to act is now

!!! Spite Is Good. Spite Works!

What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?

!!! Fewer Helmets, More Deaths: More states are being pressured to repeal their universal motorcycle helmet laws. But when those laws are changed, the number of fatalities starts to rise immediately. (interactive presentation)

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change

* Methane-Spewing Microbes May Have Caused Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction