Showing posts from October 4, 2015

The biggest terror threat in the United States? White Americans

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[These people are the 'stuff' that 'happens,' Mister Bush. *RON*]
Peter Gelling, Global Post posted on West Coast Native News, 4 October 2015

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.

How the Transnational Pharmaceutical Industry Pursues its Interests Through International Trade and Investment Agreements: A Case Study of the Trans Pacific Partnership

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[Possibly obvious conclusions, but still an interesting read and, as an academic paper, it provides wonderfully detailed references for everything. "The business model of the pharmaceutical industry, which seeks to maximise profits and returns to shareholders is often in direct conflict with the public health model, which focuses on the health, safety and well-being of entire populations." *RON*]

Deborah Helen GleesonPat NeuweltErik MonasterioRuth Lopert. Social Science Research Network, 2 October 2015.

Handbook of Research on Transnational Corporations, Alice De Jonge and Roman Tomasic (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Forthcoming)


This chapter explores the strategies used by transnational pharmaceutical companies and their industry associations to advance their economic interests through international trade and investment agreements. We begin by characterizing the resea…

Koch Brothers Backing Misleading Anti-Solar Campaign in Florida

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[The realpolitik of sustainable energy. "The utilities have an oligopoly in Florida, and they're fighting to keep it. Eyeing home solar energy as a growing threat to their control of the market, Florida utilities have spent $12 million since 2010 on state political campaigns. In just two months, Consumers for Smart Solar has received more than $473,750 from outside groups, including some that have ties to the Koch brothers, plus $325,000 from Florida utilities." *RON*]
By Jamie Corey, PR Watch / Truthout, 4 October 2015

The Koch brothers and utility giants are bankrolling a ballot initiative in Florida to block the development of home solar and to protect the utilities' continuing oligopoly on energy generation in the Sunshine State.

Solar is booming in the U.S., with a thirty percent increase in generation in 2014, but surprisingly it's facing an uphill battle in Florida. The state Public Service Commission - stacked with …

10 Million at Risk of Hunger Due to Climate Change and El Niño, Oxfam Warns

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["The warming of the oceans, exacerbated by climate change, may double the frequency of the most powerful El Niños. The Oxfam report comes a week after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which includes commitments to eradicating hunger and addressing climate change. They described the unfolding crisis as the 'first test' for world leaders who will be meeting in December for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris." See also: Your Vote Will Determine How Canada Takes on Global Climate Change, and Godzilla Niño and the Blob: How Weather Cycles and Ocean Temperatures Mask Global Warming. *RON*]

By Tharanga YakupitiyageInter Press Service / Common Dreams, 3 October 2015

At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño, Oxfam has reported.

In Oxfam’s new report called Entering Uncharted Waters, erratic we…

Bernie Sanders Holds Boston's Largest Democratic Primary Rally Ever

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[The event made history, topping the size of the Boston's biggest Obama rally. *RON*]
By Zaid Jilani / AlterNet, 4 October 2015

On Saturday evening, Bernie Sanders finally took his campaign to Boston, Massachussetts, having canceled an earlier appearance there because they couldn't find a space large enough at an affordable price. The Boston stop was the second stop of the day, following a rally of 6,000 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe noted that the rally in their city made history – topping the size of a 10,000-person rally Barack Obama held during the 2008 Democratic primary.

Sanders was introduced by several speakers, including both nursing students and a representative of National Nurses United, the large nursing union. Bill McKibben, one of the nation's most prominent climate activists, took the podium before the Senator, and praised his opposition to the Keystone pipeline, a project Sanders opposed first in 2011.

Oregon shooting occurred in state that 'actually forces colleges to allow guns'

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["A frequent refrain among conservatives is that violent rampages happen in places like college campuses and movie theaters precisely because guns are banned there. The thinking goes that someone setting out to commit a massacre can select a target where he is reasonably assured not to encounter an armed citizen. (There is no evidence of a shooter ever selecting a target precisely because it is a gun-free zone.) In the Umpqua case, though, at least one student (and likely others) was carrying a concealed weapon during the massacre. Needless to say, this did not prevent the tragedy." *RON*]

Scott Keyes, The Guardian, 4 October 2015

After Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon – the 45th school shooting in the US this year – that left nine dead, attention has focused on the state’s policy of allowing guns on college campuses.

Until recently, state law allowed colleges to ban guns on campus. Most public colleges and universities in the Beaver S…

Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Pushed To Take-It-Or-Leave-It Phase

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[I can envision Harper leaping on board. If so, should that even be legal since we are in the middle of an election? See also: Harper: If TPP Deal Is Reached, Canada Will Release Details. *RON*]
By Alexander Panetta, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 3 October 2015

ATLANTA -- A day of decision lies ahead for international trade talks as 12 countries must determine Sunday whether to tune out nagging individual worries in order to create the world's largest trade zone.

Ministerial meetings in Atlanta have dragged on three days longer than scheduled and it appears this might be the make-or-break moment for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership here, and now, before the Canadian election.

A few final irritants have pushed negotiations into the take-it-or-leave-it phase, after which some ministers have a G20 meeting in Turkey including Japan's envoy who has made it clear he's gone after Sunday.

The final issues include an important feu…

Leaked Foreign Affairs memo warns of the dangers of leaking memos

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[Lack of government transparency enforced by the police. Foreign Affairs ministry appears to be having a hard time convincing employees of the danger of leaking to the press. *RON*]

By: Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Reporter, Published on Fri Oct 02 2015

OTTAWA—The Foreign Affairs ministry is warning staff about the danger of leaking information to the press — according to information leaked to the press.

An email published by VICE News from the top brass at Foreign Affairs warned that leaks to the press damage the department and the public service generally.

The warning comes after journalists got their hands on high-level memos outlining the department’s estimation of Canada’s reputation in the world, as well as relations with the United Nations.

“Such leaks are harmful to the hundreds of thousands of public servants who cherish the public service values of neutrality and loyalty,” reads the memo, printed in its entirety by the news outlet. “Leaks a…