Showing posts from February 12, 2016

Tyson Foods Accused of Dumping More Poison to Waterways Than Exxon, Dow and Koch

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[The video graphically demonstrates the unbelievable cruelty involved. See also: Permission to Abuse Animals: Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill Signed Into Law. *RON*]
By Emerson UrryEnviroNews / Truthout, 12 February 2016

The environmental advocacy group Environment America has released an analysis that concludes meat manufacturer Tyson Foods is a bigger polluter of American waterways than Exxon, Dow, Koch and pretty much anyone else - with the sole exception of AK Steel Holding Corp (and AK Steel only wins by a hair).

The animal-slaughter mega-power is the world's biggest processor of chicken, beef and pork, and is said to be the second largest meat producer in the world. While Tyson Foods' website maintains it "[works] with thousands of family farmers every day to provide safe nutritious food for people all over the world," animal rights and environmental groups paint a different picture of the company entirely.

Environment …

The Top 10 Most Inhuman Henry Kissinger Quotes

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["Ten quotes that illustrate his megalomania and indifference to the deaths of untold numbers of civilians." Posted as a follow-up to Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton’s Tutor in War and Peace. Remember, she's the one being sold as having the foreign relations chops. *RON*]
By Fred BranfmanAlterNet, 12 February 2016

Henry Kissinger's quote released by Wikileaks," the illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer," likely brought a smile to his legions of elite media, government, corporate and high society admirers. Oh that Henry! That rapier wit! That trademark insouciance! That naughtiness! It is unlikely, however, that the descendants of his more than 6 million victims in Indochina, and Americans of conscience appalled by his murder of non-Americans, will share in the amusement. For his illegal and unconstitutional actions had real-world consequences: the ruined lives of millions of Indochines…

Six lessons the NDP can take from Bernie Sanders' unlikely victory

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[Quite true. The NDP needs to grow a pair and stick to its values. *RON*]
By Matt Fodor,, 11 February 2016

After the disastrous showing in the last federal election, the NDP must again undergo a real soul-searching. The attempt to imitate a centrist liberal party proved to be a dead end.

Meanwhile, after his landslide victory in the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders has emerged as a major contender in the U.S. presidential race and has put "Canada's progressive opposition" to shame. As the NDP struggles to find its purpose again, here are some lessons I think can be taken from the Sanders campaign:

1) Stand boldly and clearly for what you believe in

Sanders doesn't shy away from expressing unabashedly left-wing ideas and many appreciate his honesty and consistency. Replace the inadequate Obamacare with single-payer healthcare. Invest $1 trillion in infrastructure to create millions of jobs. Make public colleges…

Online Public Schools Are a Disaster, Admits Billionaire, Charter School-Promoter Walton Family Foundation

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[Demonstrating "yet again that the charter school movement is not about achieving better educational outcomes, but private looting of the government purse and undermining teachers’ unions." *RON*]
by Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, 11 February 2016

Yves here. This story is important not just for describing how poorly online public schools have done, but also for how large their role has become. And it also demonstrates yet again that the charter school movement is not about achieving better educational outcomes, but private looting of the government purse and undermining teachers’ unions. Astonishingly, public schools effectively subcontract the online public schools to charter schools. So this is another brand, and a particularly lousy one, for pushing charter schools.

By Steve Rosenfield, who covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He i…

Two Prominent Black Intellectuals Just Delivered More Bad News for Clinton

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[See also: 'Not Your Firewall': Minority Voters Refuse To Be Token in Clinton Strategy Map, where, pointing to Clinton's historic support for policies that expanded mass incarceration, author Michelle Alexander writes, "there is such a thing as a lesser evil, and Hillary is not it." Also, see this Move On petition, Superdelegates: Don't Deny Democracy*RON*]

By Pema Levy, Mother Jones, 10 February 2016

After a crushing loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton may be having an even worse morning. As her campaign turns to South Carolina, where she hopes to win the primary with the support of African American voters on February 27, two prominent black intellectuals issued forceful statements Wednesday morning that could boost her rival, Bernie Sanders.

"I will be voting for Sen. Sanders," Ta-Nehisi Coates, a correspondent for TheAtlantic and the author of the 2015 National Book Award winner Betwee…

CIA Director Melts Down After Being Asked to Apologize for Spying on the Senate

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[John Brennan struggles to maintain composure after being asked to apologize for CIA spying. " not say that we spied on Senate computers or files," he fumed. "We did not do that. We were fulfilling our responsibilities." *RON*]
By Sam KnightThe District Sentinel / AlterNet, 10 February 2016

The Director of the CIA reacted furiously on Tuesday to a call by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to apologize for agents’ spying on Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) staffers in January 2014, during the staffers’ compilation of a report on Bush administration torture programs.

John Brennan struggled to compose himself in response to Wyden’s request in a hearing before the committee, taking exception to both the subject matter of the inquiry and its reference to espionage. He scowled at the senator throughout the exchange.

“This is the annual threat assessment, is it not?” Brennan asked rhetorically at the onset of his response, referring t…

Cleveland wants Tamir Rice's family to pay the EMS bill generated by killing him (UPDATE: Claim withdrawn)

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[The City that shot him wanted to bill his family for taking his body away. When it became a news story they withdrew their claim. "$50 of the bill is for gas, but they didn't charge him for the bullet." *RON*]
Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing, 10 February 2016

The City of Cleveland has filed a creditor's claim against Tamir Rice's estate. Tamir Rice is the unarmed 12-year-old kid shot dead on sight by a Cleveland cop; they want his parents to pay the EMS bill for the boy's "dying expenses."

The city filed a creditor's notice against the estate of Tamir Rice looking for a past due amount of $500. What's that $500 for? It's "owing for emergency medical services rendered as the decedent's last dying expense under Ohio Revised Code."

"That the city would submit a bill and call itself a creditor after having had its own police officers slay 12-year-old Tamir displays a new pinnacle of callo…

A crisis in Vancouver: The lifeblood of the city is leaving

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[True enough. But do I also detect some subtle dog-whistle politics going on here? "The city is increasingly becoming an investor haven for the rich... largely from China... Unaffordability is emptying Vancouver of... its most valuable asset – young people who grew up in the city." *RON*]

Gary Mason, Globe and Mail, 11 February 2016

There is a growing societal divide in Vancouver that is threatening its future.

The city is increasingly becoming an investor haven for the rich. Sure, there are some lucky souls, relatively middle-class people who got into the housing market before prices took off and who are now sitting on a gold mine. Most realize how fortunate they are, the lottery ticket they won.

And they have consciences when it comes to the plight of those who have no hope of buying a house of any description in the city.

By now, everyone has a fairly clear picture of what is taking place; the confluence of factors that have led to the m…