Daily Archives: August 25, 2013

Is Conflict Good For Progress?


About Margaret Heffernan’s TEDTalk

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but Margaret Heffernan says good disagreement is central to progress. She argues the best partners aren’t echo chambers, and how great teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

About Margaret Heffernan

The former CEO of five businesses, explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead managers and organizations astray. How do organizations think? In her book, , Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious — with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

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Pilgrim Nuclear Shut Down After Electric Issue


Pilgrim-on-the-SeaBy The Associated Press August 23, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth remains offline a day after it was shut down because of a problem with the electrical system that runs the pumps that supply cooling water to the reactor core.

A spokeswoman for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s owners said the plant remains offline Friday morning, after being shut down at about 8 a.m. Thursday.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it appears as if the main feedwater power supply breaker tripped.

The NRC and plant operators said there was no threat to public safety.

Pilgrim owner Entergy said backup pumps automatically activated and plant systems performed as designed.

The cause of the fault is under investigation and there is no timetable for the plant to restart.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott: What We Learned From Fukushima


Few people know that the Pacific Northwest got whacked hard by fallout from the Fukushima disaster with radiation rates hundreds of thousands of times higher than normal background radiation. The damage from this is not something that the corporate media or the government is talking about. It mysteriously disappeared from the radar almost immediately. Dr. Caldicott referred to this as a process of “cover-up and psychic numbing.” Looks like it may be working. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just approved two new nuclear power plants this week (4/2/12) in South Carolina in addition to the two approved earlier this year in Georgia. Dr. Caldicott talks about the dangers and hidden costs of nuclear power then tells the awful truth in minute detail about the actual scale of the Fukushima disaster and compares it to the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Recent studies estimated that a million people have died so far from Chernobyl. Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner, noted author, anti-nuclear power advocate and has founded numerous national and international groups which oppose nuclear power & weapons, including Physicians for Social Responsibility.
See also: www.helencaldicott.com

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James Wells with Mayor Mike McGinn: Stop the Coal Trains!



Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company wants to move millions of tons of coal from open pit mines in Montana and Wyoming by rail across the western United States to 5 huge coal terminals it plans to build in Washington State and from there, ship it to China where it will be burned- poisoning the ocean and the atmosphere with mercury and other toxins as well as every community along the way with toxic coal dust. Thus making certain that if asthma or cancer doesn’t get you, climate change will. If that’s not enough, the additional 18 daily 1.5 mile long, slow moving trains could make your traffic woes go from bad trip to Nightmare on Elm Street! These are just some of the hundreds of impacts you can expect if Peabody Coal and the big money interests behind them get their way. Luckily, since Peabody and the banksters are virtually the only ones who think this is a great idea, people in communities all along the way are rising up and organizing to stop it. Pirate TV so happened to be at one of these organizing meetings. This meeting was on October 29th in Seattle, held to prepare residents to speak effectively at the upcoming November 13th Seattle Environmental Impact Hearing- one of 8 to be held in Washington State. The first coal terminal is proposed to be built at Cherry Point near Bellingham. The hearing held in Bellingham, October 27th drew 2000 people. Unlimited comments can also be emailed, mailed, or submitted via the internet. Learn how you can participate by joining us in what turned out to be a rousing teach-in featuring an introduction by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and conducted by activist extraordinaire James Wells. See Also: http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/wa/resources/COALFREESEATTLE.aspx Watch Pirate Television in King County channel 29/77 Mondays 8-9pm, Thurs. 1-2pm, & Sat. 1-2am PST or streaming live on Seattle Community Media. Pirate TV streams several times a week on Puget Sound Access. Pirate TV also broadcasts on Free Speech TV: Details listed on FStv website

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GMO Seeds: Fueling the Health of Corporations

By Organic Consumers Association
August 21, 2013

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto page and our Genetic Engineering page.

Numbers don’t lie. Over the past 20 years, America’s seeds, animal feed and biofuels have been infiltrated like a virus by genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The primary winners in this game of genetic roulette have been the profit margins of the world’s largest biotech, pesticide and agrochemical companies.
More than 40 percent of all U.S. cropland is devoted to GMO crops. Yet even though nearly 80 percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. now contain GMOs, the majority of genetically engineered (GE) crops aren’t grown to feed humans. The bulk of today’s GE soybeans and corn in particular, are used to feed animals and generate biofuels.

Americans consume 193 pounds of GMOs annually. And the animals that provide us with nearly all the meat, poultry and dairy we eat are force fed GE crops their bodies were never designed to process.

Who’s getting healthy on GMOs? Not the American people, whose health has declined since GMOs were introduced into our food. Not American farmers, whose numbers have dropped precipitously since agribusiness has taken over our farmland. And not the billions of animals being pumped full of antibiotics to stave off illnesses associated with confinement and GMO feed.

For more information on this topic or related issues you can search the thousands of archived articles on the OCA website using keywords

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MOM’s Mission


We Are Environmentalists

We believe that the destruction of our environment and climate change are the biggest problems facing humankind today. We believe that through leading by example we can have the biggest impact to protect and restore the environment. By instituting best practices to reduce our impact on the environment, and by educating staff and customers, we are influencing customers, employees, and many other businesses.

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Journalists Under Attack – New World Next Week

corbettreportt    Published on Aug 22, 2013    Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com

Published on Aug 22, 2013

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week, James and James try something different as they cover a number of updates and addenda to breaking news stories from across the globe:

CIA Documents Acknowledge Role In Iran’s ’53 Operation Ajax Coup

NSA Surveillance Said To Be Broader Than Initially Believed – Covers 75% Of Internet

White House Won’t Condemn Detention of Glenn Greenwald’s Partner

NSA Collects ‘Word for Word’ Every Domestic Communication, Says Former Analyst

Guardian Editor Says Destruction Of Snowden Data “Won’t Harm Our Reporting”

Why The Guardian Destroyed Hard Drives Of Leaked Files

Michael Hastings’ Toxicology Reports Twisted Throughout Media

Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years For Leaking Classified Files

Video: Latest Syrian Chemical Attack Follows History of False Flag Provocations

Tank At Crippled Japan Nuclear Plant Leaks Highly Radioactive Water

At The Root Of Egyptian Rage Is A Deepening Resource Crisis

Why Conspiracy Theories Still Haunt Princess Diana

Ground Zero On The CIA’s Area 51 “Admissions”

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Previous Episode: Lavabit Shutdown, Mars Mission, Weed TV

How to Boycott Big Food


Published on Aug 13, 2013

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TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7779

The modern supermarket is less and less a place to purchase food for the household and more and more a warzone where shoppers have to negotiate a minefield of toxic chemicals and additives. From processed foods with their string of unpronounceable ingredients to the “fresh fruits and vegetables” saturated in pesticides to meat and dairy products from industrial farms where animals are raised on a diet of growth hormones and animal waste to the ever-present and ever-growing danger of GMO contamination of nearly everything, feeding healthy, nourishing food to your family is quickly becoming difficult, if not impossible, through the industrial food system.

Find out more about what you can do to escape the Big Food monopolization of our food supply in this week’s Eyeopener report from BoilingFrogsPost.com.

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5 GMO Myths Busted


Published on Aug 19, 2013

TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7818

Every year, a greater and greater percentage of our food supply sources back to genetically modified ingredients. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, DuPont and the other biotech giants have made GMOs into a multi-billion dollar industry and unsurprisingly have launched one of the largest pr campaigns in the history of the food industry to convince the public that their products are safe, healthy and beneficial. Let’s examine five of the main claims of this PR campaign and see how they stack up to reality.

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Tell Dr. Weil: Get the GMOs out of Supplements and Support GMO Labeling in Washington State!


It’s a medical mystery.
Healthy lifestyle guru Dr. Andrew Weil says genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cause “ranges of health problems” in animals. He favors GMO labeling laws, he says, because consumers should have the right to know if products contain GMOs.

Yet the good doctor’s company, Weil Lifestyle LLC, is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – the top donor so far to the campaign to defeat a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State, and a major contributor ($2 million) to the campaign that last year defeated Proposition 37, a similar GMO labeling initiative in California.

Not only that, but Weil Lifestyle knowingly sells supplements that contain GMOs. Unlabeled.

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