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- Zero Carbon Living | Bill Moomaw April 22, 2021
- Noam Chomsky – Our Stark, Cruel Dilemma April 22, 2021
- The Impact of Population, Productivity, and Consumption on the Planet April 22, 2021
- The Anthropocene April 22, 2021
- Earth day climate activism discussion: Bianca Castro and Rex Weyler April 22, 2021
- Kerry: ‘World came together’ on climate action April 22, 2021
- Chad president dies on front lines | Across Africa April 22, 2021
- President Biden pledges 50% cut in US carbon emissions at global climate summit – BBC News April 22, 2021
- Activists Give Climate Change Clock to White House April 22, 2021
- U.S. seeks to lead by example with emission goals set during global climate summit April 22, 2021
- NASA scientist talks space, the environment and climate change on this Earth Day April 22, 2021
- What can China and the U.S. learn from each other in the fight against climate change? April 22, 2021
- How much does food waste contribute to climate change, and what can we do about it? April 22, 2021
- We must cut military spending April 22, 2021
- The Decisive Decade for Climate Action April 22, 2021
- Indian health system ‘crumbling’ under world-record new Covid-19 cases April 22, 2021
- Bernie Madoff: His Life and Crimes (CNBC Documentaries – Full Episode) April 22, 2021
- Xi Jinping: China’s president and his quest for world power | Four Corners April 22, 2021
- WHO-led inquiry ends with even more questions than it began with on coronavirus origin April 22, 2021
- How do coronavirus variants form and will the current vaccines work against them? April 22, 2021
- Delhi Covid Surge: Healthcare Infrastructure On Verge Of Collapse? | Left, Right & Centre April 22, 2021
- “An Apocalyptic Situation”: Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster” April 22, 2021
- Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth April 22, 2021
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — April 22, 2021 April 22, 2021
- NASA scientist talks space, the environment and climate change on this Earth Day April 22, 2021
- WATCH: Biden hosts world leaders for virtual climate summit April 22, 2021
- Why should we care about dying languages? Cherokee | Sara Snyder Hopkins | TEDxLakeJunaluska April 22, 2021
- Designing a Sustainable Future April 22, 2021
- Kate Masur, ‘Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction’ | The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research April 22, 2021
- WATCH: John Kerry speaks at White House news briefing April 22, 2021
- A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa): Stephanie Wynne-Jones April 22, 2021
- Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology): Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Jeffrey Fleisher April 22, 2021
- The Swahili World: Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Adria LaViolette April 22, 2021
- Africa’s Water Opportunity: Science, Sustainability, and Solutions | Harvard University Center for African Studies April 22, 2021
- Surat Jakarta Batavia India Indonesia ASIA Copperplate Engraving Chatelain 1720 | eBay April 21, 2021
- Chris Hayes: The Cost Of Right-Wing Media’s Covid Lies | All In | MSNBC April 21, 2021
- Legendary Activist Noam Chomsky On Biden’s Presidency And The Modern GOP | MSNBC April 21, 2021
- Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada (Afro-L atin America): Larissa Brewer-García April 21, 2021
- Silent Earthrise – (Experiencing the “Overview Effect”) – a New Perspective on Life on Earth, the only Blue Planet in the known universe April 21, 2021
- A new scramble for Africa April 21, 2021
- On Environmental Racism, Climate Change, and Pathways to Justice Tickets, Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM April 21, 2021
- Labor Law, Immigration, and the Fight for Farmworkers’ Rights April 21, 2021
- GLOBALink | BFA: Former Italian official speaks highly of the Belt and Road Initiative April 21, 2021
- Myths underlie Africa’s Green Revolution April 20, 2021
- Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Reintroduce Green New Deal April 20, 2021
- Noam Chomsky: On Power and Ideology | The New School April 20, 2021
- 2014 “Noam Chomsky”: Why you can not have a Capitalist Democracy! April 20, 2021
- Most Schooling Is Training for Stupidity and Conformity – Noam Chomsky on Education April 20, 2021
- Wendell Berry – Kentucky Arts And Letters Day 2019 April 20, 2021
- Mary Berry reads an excerpt from her father Wendell Berry’s essay “Solving for Pattern” – YouTube April 20, 2021
Daily Archives: October 26, 2014
It’s boycott time again.
With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again.
According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado’s Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million.
Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer just yesterday dumped a whopping $3 million into the Colorado NO on Prop 105 war chest.
But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic and “natural” brands—brands we’ve been asking consumers to boycott ever since Big Food helped defeat Proposition 37, California’s citizen-led GMO labeling initiative, in 2012.
Has the boycott strategy worked?
Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It Is Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics | Alternet
We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here’s what we need to do.
October 25, 2014 |
As the Editor of AlterNet for 20 years, I have read and seen the entire range of horrendous and growing problems we face as a society and globe virtually every day. It is not just climate change, or ISIL, or Ferguson, or poverty and homelessness, or more misogynistic murdering of women, or the Democrats about to lose the Senate as Obama gets more unpopular. It is much, much more. Every day. It passes by before my eyes. At AlterNet, there are no issue silos—there is just the open faucet of depressing political information coming and going every hour of every day (with the occasional story of success and inspiration).
So I am sorry to share my deep-seated opinion, which should jibe with anyone who is paying attention. After decades of engagement in progressive politics and media, it is very clear to me: we progressives, liberals, common sense people, are losing badly to the conservative business state, the tyranny of massively expanding tech companies, theocratic right-wing forces and pervasive militarism, home and abroad. By virtually every measure, things are getting worse. And are trending much, much worse in ways we can easily measure, like inequality, climate, militarization of police forces, etc., and in ways that are more psychological and emotional.
Americans are very pessimistic: 76 percent of respondents in a Wall Street Journal poll did not feel confident that their children’s generation will have a better life than they. That’s up from 60 percent in 2007. Optimism for Americans peaked in 2001. The percentage of American adults who believe the country is on the wrong track jumped eight percentage points just this summer, to 71 percent, the WSJ poll found.
By Jeffrey E. Stern, Vanity Fair
DON’T TOUCH Health workers in protective gear prepare to see patients at the Ebola-treatment center in the courtyard of Donka hospital, in Conakry, Guinea.
Hell in the Hot Zone
As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
The tiny village of Meliandou, nestled in the Forest Region of southern Guinea, has begun to see flashes of the outside world. A Messi soccer jersey, three sizes too big, on a little boy. A down parka on an old man in the heavy heat, worn as a robe of distinction. You might even come across the occasional teenager on a cell phone, cupping the device from the sun as if lighting a cigarette in the wind. But mostly it is a place from the past—a rutted dirt path between thatch-roofed shacks, on a hillside sloping up toward the forest. It is home to just a few hundred people. Chickens and goats wander freely. Local shamans are the first responders when illness strikes.
In Meliandou, bushmeat has long been a common source of food. As elsewhere in West Africa, hunters wade into the forest and come back with whatever they can find. Once, not so long ago, what they found was a rich and varied bounty: monkeys, antelope, squirrels. That has changed; the whole eco-system has re-arranged itself. After civil wars broke out in Liberia and Sierra Leone, refugees poured over the borders, and the population grew, even as a power struggle in Guinea took an economic toll. People started looking to the rich resource all around them: trees. Trees were felled to make way for farms or burned down for charcoal. Endless truckloads of timber were shipped to construction companies. The forest suffered another trauma as mining interests—the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto, the omnipresent Chinese—pushed aggressively to exploit the country’s natural resources (bauxite mostly). As the forests disappeared, so too did the buffer separating humans from animals—and from the pathogens that animals harbor.