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We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

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[David Korten's When Corporations Rule the World (1995) was one of the first books to talk about the global corporatocracy. The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty. *RON*]
David Korten, Yes! Magazine, 19 October 2016

This column is the second part of a series. To read Part One, click here.

In Part One, I argued that a healthy society requires that governments be accountable to the people for the well-being of all, and that corporations be accountable to democratic governments.

Toxic products cost the US $340 billion a year

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[Public health and the corporatocracy. Corporations have succeeded in blocking even basic research on the effects of thousands of chemicals used in the manufacture of consumer products, and the government plays right along. Re: Regulatory capture, see for example: EPA Bows to Chemical Industry in Delay of Glyphosate Cancer Review. *RON*]
Melissa Breyer,, 18 October 2016

Chemicals found in plastic bottles, flame retardants, food cans, detergents, cosmetics and pesticides cost the US twice as much as in the EU where the toxins are regulated.

It’s enough to make one’s blood boil. The chemical policy in the United States is so illogical; how does it make sense that we allow toxic chemicals with known negative health effects to persist?

I could rant and rant, but a new study puts the travesty in perspective by applying numbers to it, and maybe the kind of numbers that policy-makers can understand – not deaths, but dollars.

The research com…

UN: Food aid for 80,000 Rohingya blocked by Myanmar

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[Some Buddhists! Aung San Suu Kyi should have her Nobel Peace Prize revoked to recoup the costs. Military clampdown following unrest has prevented any supplies from reaching Muslim minority group in Rakhine state. *RON*]

Agencies, Al Jazeera, 20 October 2016

Food aid deliveries planned for more than 80,000 people in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been blocked because of a military clampdown in the area, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).

A predominantly Rohingya area in the north of the state has been closed off after attacks on police posts allegedly by Rohingya fighters over a week ago prompted a surge in government troops, WFP said in a statement on Wednesday.

The WFP normally feeds 80,000-85,000 people in the locked-down area, which borders Bangladesh, but aid deliveries have been disrupted and the military has prevented any supplies from getting through.

Rakhine state is where the country's Muslim Rohingya minority gro…

Canada's torture consumers and the faux national security consultation

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[The perfectly clear sentiments of the voters are again being ignored, and the perfectly clear promises of the Sunny Ways government simply go down the crapper. "Canada's so-called national security strategy... like all of the Trudeau consultations, is simply the superficial appearance of a democratic dialogue that will later be used to justify its rubber-stamping of a pre-determined course of action." *RON*]
Matthew Behrens,, 21 October 2016

Anyone following discussions on the ultimate disposition of the Harper regime's C-51 "anti-terror" legislation -- which received crucial Liberal support during a 2015 Parliamentary vote -- will soon be hearing a lot about "SIRC." The acronym will be bandied about as various professors, lawyers and terrorism industry "experts" bloviate on what they think will "improve" a law that is so fundamentally flawed and dangerous that taking anything s…

Duterte didn't really mean 'separation' from U.S., Philippine officials say

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[President Rodrigo Trump of the Philippines. If you wonder what a Donald presidency might bring, this idiot can give you a pretty good idea. See also: VERBATIM: Duterte says 'it's over' with the U.S. and US seeks clarity on Duterte 'separation' comments. *RON*]

Neil Jerome Morales, Phil Stewart, Michael Martina & Nick Macfie, Reuters, 21 October 2016

Philippine officials sought on Friday to play down comments by President Rodrigo Duterte who announced his "separation" from the United States a day earlier, saying their country will maintain U.S. trade and economic ties.

Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he was paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally Washington deteriorate.

He told Chinese and Philippine business people at a forum in the Great Hall of the People that America had "lost now".

"I've realigned myself in your ideological f…

Voter Suppression Is a Much Bigger Problem Than Voter Fraud

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[Trump's rigged election lies distract from the real threat to American democracy. "you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than impersonate another voter at the polls. The real danger to American democracy stems from GOP efforts to make it harder to vote." See also: BREAKING: Court forces Ohio to allow most illegally purged voters to cast ballots. *RON*]

By Ari Berman, The Nation, 20 October 2016

Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the legitimacy of the presidential election is an unprecedented attack on the foundation of American democracy and rightly drew widespread condemnation from political and media leaders.

Yet many Republicans, while condemning Trump’s comments, still stoked fears of a rigged election after the third presidential debate. “Let’s not kid ourselves, can we please not act like voter fraud and irregularities don’t exist,” said RNC Chair Reince Preibus. “I don’t think you’re going to get Republica…