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Breaking Chains At Walmart

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by GuestworkerAlliance

PLEASE SIGN to end forced labor on the Walmart supply chain in Louisiana!

A look inside the C.J.'s Seafood plant in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where guestworkers on H-2B visas have been subjected to forced labor, threats against themselves and their families, constant surveillance, wage theft, and discrimination -- from which Walmart has profited.

For more info: http://goo.gl/Szmcf

[center]''All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is
exposed they must rely exclusively on force.''
~George Orwell[/center]

Austerity Wonderfulness: The Great Latvia Success Story!

Published on Jun 18, 2012 by markfiore

Austerity is here to save the day! Pull up those bootstraps and cut, cut, cut! (And maybe eat those bootstraps as well.)

Stay up-to-date with the latest animation! http://tinyurl.com/fiore-update

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/markfiore

or on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/fiore-fb

And of course, there's an iPhone app! http://tinyurl.com/newstoons

Just look at the success story of Latvia in this recap of the Latvian wonderfulness.

Biotech Leader Covered Up Animal Deaths From GM Corn

[font size=3]Biotech Leader Covered Up Animal Deaths From GM Corn[/font]

Reader Supported News
By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society
16 June 2012

[font size=1 color=gray]Corn is the second-most important GM crop worldwide, growing
in 18 countries. GM corn includes insect-resistant and herbicide-
tolerant varieties, and unlike soybeans, some GM corn has both
modifications 'stacked' together.
[/font](photo: Reuters)

In a riveting victory against genetically modified creations, a major biotech company known as Syngenta has been criminally charged for denying knowledge that its GM Bt corn actually kills livestock. What's more is not only did the company deny this fact, but they did so in a civil court case that ended back in 2007. The charges were finally issued after a long legal struggle against the mega corp initiated by a German farmer named Gottfried Gloeckner whose dairy cattle died after eating the Bt toxin and coming down with a ‘mysterious' illness.

Grown on his own farm from 1997 to 2002, the cows on the farm were all being fed exclusively on Syngenta's Bt 176 corn by the year 2000. It was around this time that the mysterious illnesses began to emerge among the cattle population. Syngenta paid Gloeckner 40,000 euros in an effort to silence the farmer, however a civil lawsuit was brought upon the company. Amazingly, 2 cows ate genetically modified maize (now banned in Poland over serious concerns) and died. During the civil lawsuit, however, Syngenta refused to admit that its GM corn was responsible. In fact, they went as far as to claim having no knowledge whatsoever of harm.

The case was dismissed and Gloeckner, the farmer who launched the suit, was left thousands of euros in debt. And that's not all; Gloeckner continued to lose many cows as a result of Syngenta's modified Bt corn. After halting the use of GM feed in 2002, Gloeckner attempted a full investigation with the Robert Koch Institute and Syngenta involved. The data of this investigation is still unavailable to the public, and only examined one cow. In 2009, however, the Gloeckner teamed up with a German action group known as Bündnis Aktion Gen-Klage and to ultimately bring Syngenta to the criminal court.


Medal of Dishonour: US veterans dump awards outraged by endless wars

Published on Jun 17, 2012 by RussiaToday

The U.S. military has admitted that major mistakes were made during its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a report that showed flaws in training and policy. It also highlighted a lack of understanding over the realities faced by troops. Now, it seems the country's war veterans are joining an increasingly-angry public, over what they see as America's constant cycle of war. With some even ditching their honours of valour - as Anastasia Churkina explains.

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    "If we are going to talk about rules of war, it doesn't make sense to start with the soldiers and Marines who have been put into that situation. They will all tell you that the first rule is to stay alive....Instead, we have to start with the powerful people who chose to put those soldiers there. The No.1 war crime is starting a war, because all other war crimes emanate from that first crime."

    - Abbey Zimet

Meet Nine-year-old Martha Payne of Argyll, Scotland

Council Yields to Mounting Internet Pressure, Lifts School Lunch Photo Ban Placed on Child Food Blogger

Neetzan Zimmerman
June 15, 2012

Nine-year-old Martha Payne of Argyll, Scotland, became an overnight sensation after her school lunch review blog NeverSeconds managed to convince her school to start serving students healthier meals. But, as anyone who rattles cages soon learns, the Powers That Be aren't big on being bossed around by the little guy.

In a blog post published last night entitled "Goodbye," Martha announced that she had been banned from taking photos of her school lunches. "This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office," she wrote. "I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today."


Support for Martha has been flowing in through Twitter and other social sites. An early champion of her cause, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, tweeted "stay strong Martha," and asked his followers to retweet the message. An even stronger tweet of support came from the Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell, who also happens to be the Argyll and Bute MSP. "I have made it very clear to the Council Chief Executive that I believe the ban should be lifted immediately," Russell tweeted this morning.

The uproar worked: The council lifted the ban, effective immediately. "I have just instructed senior officials to withdraw the ban on photos from the school dining hall," council leader Roddy McCuish told the BBC. "It is a good thing to do, to change your mind and I have certainly done that."


- It's stories like this -- in times like these, that keep me coming back to the idea that we may, just may make this thing work after all. Martha's blog now has well over 4,000,000 hits at this posting and her site has raised over £45,000 for Mary's Meals (a global school feeding project). Martha's my new hero......

Attention All Graphic Artists - Shell Oil Wants YOU!

The idiots in-charge at the Shell Oil Company would like to offer you the chance to show your graphical artistry and other stuff at their website. They ''apparently'' believe that there are many, many Americans who are just pumped-up to the max for them to start drill-baby-drillin' all up in the Arctic and they want to give them a chance to show how much we appreciate their pluck.

So the ''Shell in the Arctic'' program has a promotion going on now that asks people to generate ads from their photos so that all your Facebook friends and family can see how much you support their plans to drill huge gaping black holes into the pristine ice and snow and the crystal clean waters of the Arctic (personally, I think they're just trying to ID the ISP's of their detractors for future reference):

[font size=4]Let's Go! Social Ad Gallery[/font]

We at Shell want everyone to feel as "pumped" as we do about freeing much-needed Arctic resources. After all, the Arctic is the common heritage of all humanity, and what we do there matters to everyone. Below are some of the ads that users like you have created for Shell's Let’s Go! Arctic campaign. Why not create your own, and possibly win an all-expenses-paid trip to see the Kulluk in action?

Some previously submitted examples:


- And best of all? They promise not to make a mess like BP.......

Indiana Legalizes Shooting Cops

[font size=4]Indiana Legalizes Shooting Cops[/font]

Published: 11 June, 2012, 21:31
Reuters/Vincent West

Hold onto your holsters, folks: shooting a cop dead is now legal in the state of Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has authorized changes to a 2006 legislation that legalizes the use of deadly force on a public servant — including an officer of the law — in cases of “unlawful intrusion.” Proponents of both the Second and Fourth Amendments — those that allow for the ownership of firearms and the security against unlawful searches, respectively — are celebrating the update by saying it ensures that residents are protected from authorities that abuse the powers of the badge.

Others, however, fear that the alleged threat of a police state emergence will be replaced by an all-out warzone in Indiana. Under the latest changes of the so-called Castle Doctrine, state lawmakers agree “people have a right to defend themselves and third parties from physical harm and crime.” Rather than excluding officers of the law, however, any public servant is now subject to be met with deadly force if they unlawfully enter private property without clear justification.

“In enacting this section, the general assembly finds and declares that it is the policy of this state to recognize the unique character of a citizen's home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant,” reads the legislation.

Although critics have been quick to condemn the law for opening the door for assaults on police officers, supporters say that it is necessary to implement the ideals brought by America’s forefathers. Especially, argue some, since the Indiana Supreme Court almost eliminated the Fourth Amendment entirely last year. During the 2011 case of Barnes v. State of Indiana, the court ruled that a man who assaulted an officer dispatched to his house had broken the law before there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.” In turn, the National Rifle Association lobbied for an amendment to the Castle Doctrine to ensure that residents were protected from officers that abuse the law to grant themselves entry into private space.


[font color=blue] - Fun fact: You can also marry your first cousin if you live in Indiana, but you both have to be at least 65 years of age. And of opposite sex. [/font]
[font color=blue]DeSwiss[/font]


Scientists Inside MONSANTO Speak The Truth

Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common. They are distinguished scientists and their careers are in ruins. Both scientists choose to look at the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both of them are suffering the fate of those who criticise the powerful vested interests that now dominate big business and scientific research. Statements made by scientists themselves prove that 95% of the research in the area of genetic engineering is paid by the industry. Only 5% of the research is independent. The big danger for freedom of science and our democracy is evident. Can the public – we all – still trust our scientists?


written and directed by BERTRAM VERHAAG

with Árpád Pusztai | Andrew Kimbrell | Ignacio Chapela |Jeffrey Smith and Antônio Andrioli

First press commentaries:
“Disturbing and well argued”
(OX DOX – Festival)

“Very controversial, intruiging and provocative”
(Galloping Films)

“Amazing film, folks were blown away.
Big crowd, we ran out of seats. Thank you so much for letting us screen the film”
(Film council Greater Columbus, OHIO)


- More and more people are starting to wake up. More and more the truth is coming out. It's time for us all to wake up. Wake up. Wake up......


Japan Restarts Two Nuclear Reactors

Published on Jun 8, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that he had approved the restarting of two nuclear reactors to avoid an imminent energy crisis. All fifty of the country's reactors were shut down following the meltdown at Fukushima. Before that, atomic energy produced nearly thirty percent of Japan's electricity.

Despite recent surveys showing most people in Japan want to abandon atomic energy, the prime minister said he had no choice -- parts of the country are facing a severe power shortage. After the prime minister's announcement, thousands of angry protesters gathered outside Noda's official residence to show their discontent.

Ministers say the alternative to nuclear energy, fossil fuels, would drive up electricity bills, harm small businesses and still leave a severe power deficit. Noda is hoping that the promise of tougher safety measures will help avoid another Fukushima -- but many do not agree with his decision.

Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

- There have been a number of arguments that I've seen across the Internets, supporting the restart these nuclear plants because it is claimed that there is no ''reasonable alternative.'' I call BS on that. REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE: Geothermal

Japan sits upon a vast resource of energy resultant from the volcanic/tectonic pressures there. The reason why geothermal isn't considered there nor globally (the US has the world's largest supply of geothermal energy), is because like solar energy, there's no way to charge anyone for the resource. They can only charge for the costs of the readily available technology and equipment that is needed for the energy production itself. So since the geothermal resource is FREE, this Capitalist Cancer we call the global economy isn't interested in anything that they can't claim is scarce in order to be able to screw people out of their money with.

The reality is, we could provide for the entire world's power needs via geothermal sources. But we will never do this as long as The Corrupted are allowed to continue to run things. The Capitalist business model requires an artificial scarcity design be imposed in order for it to function at all. But the earth is abundant with more resources than even the 7 billion people living upon it requires. And with advances in technology, we have almost made the idea of scarcity obsolete. However, THE BIG LIE is continued in order to enrich a few.

    The Geothermal Resource
    The United States has more geothermal capacity than any other country, with more than 3,000 megawatts in eight states. Eighty percent of this capacity is in California, where more than 40 geothermal plants provide nearly 5 percent of the state’s electricity. In thousands of homes and buildings across the United States, geothermal heat pumps also use the steady temperatures just underground to heat and cool buildings, cleanly and inexpensively.

    Below the Earth's crust, there is a layer of hot and molten rock called magma. Heat is continually produced there, mostly from the decay of naturally radioactive materials such as uranium and potassium. The amount of heat within 10,000 meters (about 33,000 feet) of Earth's surface contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas resources in the world.


Hitler Bullish on the Dollar

- Message to Germany: ''No, we're not giving you your gold back.''
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