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- Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People: David, Orr, et. al. eds July 2, 2022
- Lawrence: Why Did Trump WH Counsel Cipollone Say ‘We’re Going To Get Charged’? July 1, 2022
- Just Solutions – Democracy Vs. The Big Lie July 1, 2022
- Winston Churchill and George Orwell, Who Preserved Democracy from the Threats of Authoritarianism July 1, 2022
- CARTA: Accumulating Space Debris and the Risk of Kessler Syndrome July 1, 2022
- Hate Clubs of the Air: A History of the Transformation of American Politics (2016) July 1, 2022
- ACLU’s David Cole: Supreme Court Conservatives Imposing “Truly Radical Ideology” on U.S. Population July 1, 2022
- In Radical Ruling, Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Cut Carbon Emissions & Combat Climate Crisis July 1, 2022
- Town Meeting with Howard Zinn July 1, 2022
- Hutchinson Says Trump Was Warned of Potential Violence, Didn’t Care: “They’ re Not Here to Hurt Me” July 1, 2022
- Jan. 6 Bombshell: Trump Physically Attacked Secret Service Agent, Demanded to Join Mob at Capitol June 30, 2022
- “Hang Mike Pence!” As Armed Mob Threatens VP on Jan. 6, Witness Says Trump “Thinks Mike Deserves It” June 30, 2022
- George Orwell: Dark, Disturbed, Obsessing, Contrary; His Difficult and Ultimately Tragic Life (2001) June 30, 2022
- Malthus and the Anthropocene: An Essay on Population and the Evolving Global Food System June 30, 2022
- Trump Coup Nightmare: See The Moment Fox News Turns Amidst ‘Devastating’ Smoking Gun June 30, 2022
- UNICEF: ‘Children are facing cascading crises around the world’ • FRANCE 24 English June 29, 2022
- In the Black Fantastic: London art show addresses racial injustice June 29, 2022
- Noam Chomsky on Propaganda Models June 29, 2022
- The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice – CSSJ | Brown University June 28, 2022
- 2022 UN Ocean Conference | United Nations June 27, 2022
- UN head declares ‘ocean emergency’ as global leaders gather in Lisbon | Oceans | The Guardian June 27, 2022
- Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Address | Harvard Class Day 2022 June 27, 2022
- CIA Officer Exposes Secret Wars: “The CIA Is Running 50 Covert Actions and 13 Big Ones” (1986) June 27, 2022
- We are Zama Zama – BBC Africa Eye documentary June 27, 2022
- Sierra Club’s 2030 Strategic Vision June 27, 2022
- World faces ‘ocean emergency’, UN warns, as activists urge action June 27, 2022
- Russia’s war in Ukraine: A chance or a setback for the climate? | DW Interview June 27, 2022
- Indian Slave Trade in the Colonial South (2014) June 27, 2022
- Ukraine war’s latest victim? The fight against climate change. – The Boston Globe June 27, 2022
- What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on the environment? | COVID-19 Special June 26, 2022
- Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future: Mary Robinson June 26, 2022
- Climate Restoration: The Only Future That Will Sustain the Human Race: Peter Fiekowsky, Carole Douglis June 26, 2022
- 9/11, False Flags, and Black Ops: America’s Growing Conspiracy Theorist Underground (2012) June 25, 2022
- GLOBALink | BRICS cooperation injecting impetus into global development June 25, 2022
- Top DOJ Staff Threatened Mass Resignation as Trump Weighed Naming Jeff Clark AG to Overturn Election June 25, 2022
- “Pure Insanity”: Trump Pushed DOJ to Chase Absurd Conspiracy Theories to Overturn 2020 Election June 25, 2022
- DOJ Eyes Trump After Feds Raid Trump Ally, Seize Phones June 25, 2022
- Radical Supreme Court Guts State Gun Laws & Right to Remain Silent Under Arrest June 25, 2022
- HEAT WAVES, A Deadly Threat June 24, 2022
- Southern Slavery, Unsanitized | The Daily 360 | The Whitney Plantation June 24, 2022
- 35th Portier Lecture: “White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America” June 24, 2022
- Damning: Jan. 6 Probe Reveals Trump Was Directly Involved In Fake Electors Plot June 24, 2022
- Katyal: Trump’s Treatment Of The Doj Akin To A ‘Third-rate Dictator’ June 24, 2022
- Former WH aide lists congressional members who asked for pardon | USA TODAY June 24, 2022
- US election officials detail Trump voters’ death threats – BBC News June 24, 2022
- Melber: January 6 Hearings Show Trump Pushing Voter Fraud Even As He Complained About It June 24, 2022
- HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES Volume 3 June 24, 2022
- History of the United States Volume 1: Colonial Period June 24, 2022
- WATCH: Former Justice Department official said Trump asked him to call 2020 election ‘corrupt ’ June 23, 2022
- Every Step Trump Took to Oversee the ‘Big Lie,’ Told by Liz Cheney June 23, 2022
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.