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Harvard professor failed to disclose connection

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["Science" for sale to the highest bidder in the corporatocracy. *RON*]

By Laura Krantz, Boston Globe, 1 October 2015
A Harvard Kennedy School professor wrote a widely disseminated policy paper last year in support of genetically modified organisms at the behest of seed giant Monsanto, without disclosing his connection, e-mails show.

Monsanto not only suggested the topic to professor Calestous Juma. It went so far as to provide a summary of what the paper should say and a suggested headline. The company then connected the professor with a marketing company to pump it out over the Internet as part of Monsanto’s strategy to win over the public and lawmakers, according to e-mails obtained through a public records request.

Juma, an international development expert, said he was not paid by Monsanto to extol the benefits of GMOs. He used material from his previously published book on the topic, he said, and did not perform new research for Mons…

Not a Single HP Employee Reported Donating to Carly Fiorina's Campaign

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[Out of 302,000 Hewlett-Packard employees, precisely zero of them have donated to her campaign. So, but is she a good leader or a bad leader? "My thoughts are no employee would donate to her campaign, ever. She is a terrible leader, really, really bad. As bad as they come." *RON*]

Ashley Feinberg, Gawker, 1 October 2015

Given her lack of any real political experience, former candidate for senator of California and current republican candidate for president Carly Fiorina has been touting (what she claims to be) her revered and profitable tenure as former HP CEO as a sign of what she could do for the nation if given the chance. Which is why it’s too bad that, of the 302,000 current HP employees, not a single one has donated a reportable amount to Carly Fiorina’s campaign.

As The Daily Beast discovered, the recent FEC filings (which list all candidate contributions over $200) show a noticeable lack of any general employee contribution. From

Armed anti-Muslim activists planning 20 rallies at mosques and community centers across the US

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[Mindless hatred and violence, all under the banner of mislabeled patriotism. And what do we see first? Of course! A Fox News screen grab. *RON*]
David Edward, Raw Story, 1 October 2015

Anti-Muslim conservative groups have planned at least 20 rallies this month at mosques and other sites across the Unites States in coming days.

Imagine 2050 reported this week that a Facebook group called Global Rally for Humanity had put out a call for anti-Muslim demonstrations in “every country at every Mosque.”

“[I]f there is not an event page set up for your area yet then its time for you to take the initiative and start a page and invite patriots and share it,” the page explains. “Remember to do your homework and find a local mosque in your area so you can publish the location.”

Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass shootings

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[A nation in denial; they obviously feel that - other than those dead guys (too bad about that) - everything is hunky-dory. And... I hope this sinks his political career permanently: Jeb Bush Says 'Stuff Happens' In Response to Gun Violence. And... Conservatives Are Blaming “Gun-Free Zones” for Roseburg*RON*]

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, 1 October 2015

Today a shooter opened fire at a community college in Oregon. Early media reports indicate numerous fatalities and a number of additional people wounded. That brings the total of mass shootings this year -- incidents where four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire -- to 294.
There have been only 274 days this year. The shootings are captured in this calendar, drawn from the the Mass Shooting Tracker. The tracker draws some criticism because its definition is broader than the FBI's definition, which requires three or more people to be killed by gunfire. But the…

A Conservative Group Analyzed Donald Trump’s Tax Plan. The Results Are Kind of Hilarious.

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[Progressives found: "Donald Trump's new tax plan would cost roughly $10.8 trillion over a decade, more or less cratering the government's finances into fiery rubble while largely benefiting the rich." Conservatives found: "Trump's plan would actually add $11.98 trillion to the 10-year deficit. Once the boost to growth that would result from slashing taxes is factored in, it would only cost $10.14 trillion ... more or less cratering the government's finances into fiery rubble." *RON*]

By Jordan Weissmann, Slate, 29 September 2015
On Monday, a left-leaning think tank analyzed Donald Trump's new tax plan and found it would cost roughly $10.8 trillion over a decade, more or less cratering the government's finances into fiery rubble while largely benefiting the rich. That estimate, however, did not account for any salubrious effects the proposal might have on economic growth. What happens when you do?


How ‘Competitive’ Tax and Incentive Policies Hurt Small U.S. Businesses

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[The policy that is pushed so hard by the Conservative Party - our tax regime must be competitive so we can attract business - leads to large multinationals pushing out local businesses and supported wealth extraction rather than wealth creation. "Worse than zero-sum, this is a net loss game, with footloose companies shrinking the tax base necessary for the education and infrastructure investments that benefit all employers." *RON*]
Posted by Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, 1 October 1, 2015

By Nicholas Shaxson, the author of Treasure Islands, an award-winning book about tax havens. Originally published at Fool’s Gold

Recently we have written about how supposedly ‘competitive’ national policies on tax and the financial sector in Britain tend to favour large multinational firms over smaller, more locally-based ones, and how they also tend to lead to less competition in markets too.

This is the result of what we sometimes call the “Competitiv…

How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash

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[And why wouldn't they? There have been virtually no practical consequences for the banksters. "Tony Blair is now making a reported £2.5m a year as adviser to JP Morgan, while the former US Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner and the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton have been paid upwards of $100,000 a speech to address small audiences at global banks." *RON*]

Joris Luyendijk, The Guardian, 2 October 2015

Ask people where they were on 9/11, and most have a memory to share. Ask where they were when Lehman Brothers collapsed, and many will struggle even to remember the correct year. The 158-year-old Wall Street bank filed for bankruptcy on 15 September 2008. As the news broke, insiders experienced an atmosphere of unprecedented panic. One former investment banker recalled: “I thought: so this is what the threat of war must feel like. I remember looking out of the window and seeing the buses drive by. People everywhere going th…

Ten facts about Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia

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[The military corporatocracy trumps human rights. Of course, where Stephen Harper is concerned, pretty well anything trumps human rights. More news you would fruitlessly search for in the mainstream media. On the largest Canadian arms deal ever, with a human rights violator no less, the facts speak for themselves. *RON*]
Cesar Jaramillo, OpenCanada, 21 September 2015

The largest arms exports contract in Canadian history will see Canadian-made military equipment shipped to one of the worst human rights violators in the world — Saudi Arabia. This will happen despite an existing export control regime specifically intended to prevent Canadian goods from fuelling human rights violations abroad.

The deal was brokered by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) — a taxpayer-financed Crown corporation — for an undisclosed number of Light Armoured Vehicles to be manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), based in London, Ontario.

While many deta…