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* MONSANTO TO GET IMMUNITY FROM FEDERAL LAWS?
The United States is experiencing its worst drought since the 1950’s, but that’s not the only thing affecting your food supply these days. A new bill, the so-called ‘Monsanto Rider’ was snuck into the 2013 agricultural appropriations bill. The bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture to grant temporary permits to corporations who want to develop GMO crops. Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association joins RT’s Liz Wahl to discuss the ‘Monsanto Rider’.
* SECRET TRADE PACT YIELDS SOVEREIGNTY TO CORPORATIONS
By Bill Knight, Economy in Crisis
The lack of coverage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is mostly because of the secrecy in which it’s being written. (Of course, that’s an explanation, not an excuse.)
The possible results of another “free” trade agreement – as opposed to “fair” trade deals protecting national sovereignty, labor rights and the environment – could range from more closed factories like Maytag in Galesburg, to more despoiled lands and lives.
Text of some of the proposal recently was disclosed by the Citizens Trade Campaign, and it shows TPP would ensure strong rights for investors but weak protections for the environment, labor, and national sovereignty.
“Foreign corporations will be allowed to feast like termites upon America’s natural resources, trash our environment and public health, violate our rights as American citizens and make us pay them if we try to protect ourselves,” said Brian Moench, a Utah physician and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The TPP includes the United States and Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, and Canada, Japan and Mexico are expected to be invited.
“While the public has no access to the full text, 600 representatives from lobby groups like the American Petroleum Institute and corporations like Johnson & Johnson do have access, and negotiators seek those representatives’ advice,” according to reporter Cynthia Phinney, a past representative on the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission. […]
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The 1% Strike Back Against Occupy Movement @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=3715
* THE 5 MOST BLATANTLY CORRUPT INDUSTRIES IN THE WORLD … AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
By Noah Bonn, TruthTheory
Corruption is everywhere, but nowhere is it so blatant and so deep-seated as in the 5 following industries: Banking, Energy, Agriculture/Biotech, Media, and Healthcare.
Conspicuously missing from this list, of course, is politics.
The reason that politics was not included is because political corruption is very rarely confined to the political arena. It is almost entirely the result of financial lobby and backing, so I decided to focus on the industries behind the issue, rather than the politicians themselves.
Hopefully you will find this article eye-opening, as well as empowering in your effort to affect change today.
1) Banking – Did you know:
All money comes into circulation through an interest-based loan from either the Federal Reserve or another private bank.
As a result, there is more debt than money in our economy. This is not due to irresponsible lending, but is inherent to the mechanics of all fiat currency.
Every time a loan is repaid, interest (wealth) is transferred from the working class to the ownership class. Structural class-ism is therefore built directly into the system. Again, it is not simply a result of greedy people within the system- it is a reality upon which the entire concept of banking is predicated. […]
* THE SCIENCE OF GENOCIDE
By Chris Hedges, OpEdNews
On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. The blast killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried. The explosions, which marked the culmination of three centuries of physics, signaled the ascendancy of the technician and scientist as our most potent agents of death.
“In World War II Auschwitz and Hiroshima showed that progress through technology has escalated man’s destructive impulses into more precise and incredibly more devastating form,” Bruno Bettelheim said. “The concentration camps with their gas chambers, the first atomic bomb … confronted us with the stark reality of overwhelming death, not so much one’s own — this each of us has to face sooner or later, and however uneasily, most of us manage not to be overpowered by our fear of it — but the unnecessary and untimely death of millions. … Progress not only failed to preserve life but it deprived millions of their lives more effectively than had ever been possible before. Whether we choose to recognize it or not, after the second World War Auschwitz and Hiroshima became monuments to the incredible devastation man and technology together bring about.”
The atomic blasts, ignited in large part to send a message to the Soviet Union, were a reminder that science is morally neutral. Science and technology serve the ambitions of humankind. And few in the sciences look beyond the narrow tasks handed to them by corporations or government. They employ their dark arts, often blind to the consequences, to cement into place systems of security and surveillance, as well as systems of environmental destruction, that will result in collective enslavement and mass extermination. As we veer toward environmental collapse we will have to pit ourselves against many of these experts, scientists and technicians whose loyalty is to institutions that profit from exploitation and death. […]
* DON’T TAKE OUR CHILDREN’S MONEY!
Join PDA Chicago as we stand with the Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign this Wednesday, August 8, to protest public tax money going to corporate welfare. More information on Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign on their Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoTeachersSolidarity
* ANTI-OCCUPY LAW ENDS AMERICAN’S RIGHT TO PROTEST
By Paul Samakow, Washington Times
[…] The law “improves” public grounds by forcing people – protestors – elsewhere. It amends an older law that made it a federal crime to “willfully and knowingly” enter a restricted space. Now you will be found guilty of this offense if you simply “knowingly” enter a restricted area, even if you did not know it was illegal to do so. The Department of Homeland Security can designate an event as one of “national significance,” making protests or demonstrations near the event illegal.
The law makes it punishable by up to ten years in jail to protest anywhere the Secret Service “is or will be temporarily visiting,” or anywhere they might be guarding someone. Does the name Secret tell you anything about your chances of knowing where they are? The law allows for conviction if you are “disorderly or disruptive,” or if you “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.” You can no longer heckle or “boo” at a political candidate’s speech, as that would be disruptive.
After you swallow all of this and correctly conclude that it is now very easy to be prosecuted for virtually any public protest, you should brace yourself and appreciate that it is even worse. Today, any event that is officially defined as a National Special Security Event has Secret Service protection. This can include sporting events and concerts.
The timing of the law was not coincidental. The bill was presented to the Senate, after House passage, on November 17, 2011, during an intense nationwide effort to stop the Occupy Wall Street protests. Two days before, hundreds of New York police conducted a raid on the demonstrators’ encampment in Zucotti Park, shutting it down and placing barricades. […]
* WAKE UP! HUNDREDS OF TANKS MOVING IN CALIFORNIA COMING THROUGH BURBANK
* PUSSY RIOT v. PUTIN: A FRONT ROW SEAT AT A RUSSIAN DARK COMEDY
By Julia Ioffe, The New Republic
On the morning of February 21, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich walked up the steps leading to the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, shed their winter clothing, pulled colorful winter hats down over their faces, and jumped around punching and kicking for about thirty seconds. By evening, the three young women had turned it into a music video called “Punk Prayer: Holy Mother, Chase Putin Away!” which mocked the patriarch and Putin. (“The head of the KGB is their patron saint,” they sang, by turns shrieking and imitating a church choir.)
The video went viral: it was two weeks before the election and Putin, facing a wave of unprecedented protests, was feeling shaky. Three days later, a warrant was issued for the girls’ arrest. According to their indictment, their trial promised to be a decisive moment in the history of Christianity; officially, they were being tried for hooliganism, but the mumbling prosecutor clarified that they stood accused of “insulting the entire Christian world.”
Last week, on the day before the trial began, Petr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova’s husband, and I met for coffee. We talked about Derrida and post-modernism, the construction of gender and about performance art, but also about international press coverage of the Pussy Riot case and the growing list of Western musicians—Franz Ferdinand, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting—who had spoken up for the young women. “The state is doing everything to heat up attention for the case,” Verzilov said. “Someone’s putting on a show, as if, God forbid the New York Times doesn’t write about it.” […]