Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Christina Sarich
News Report

We must be posing a real threat – biotech has tripled their spending in the first six months of 2014, to defeat GMO labeling measures. That’s a lot of wasted cash spent to try to continue dumping glyphosate and Bt toxins on a planet who hardly desires to eat GMO food. Last year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), comprised of Monsanto Co, DuPont, and other biotech giants, along with big junk food makers like Kraft, Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc., all tried ...

Parking Meters in Pasadena Will Collect Donations for the Homeless
Alan Pyke
News Investigation

If giving money to panhandlers makes you queasy but refusing them makes you feel like Ebeneezer Scrooge, one California city thinks it has a solution for you. There are now scattered around Pasadena that will collect money for organizations that help the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reports. The goal of the group behind the meters — the Real Change Movement — is “to through small change and credit card donations,” according to a release on the organization’s website. It hopes the ...

Andrew Emett
News Report

While deadlocked on whether an LAPD officer had been negligent in killing an unarmed naked man, a federal jury has rejected claims that the officer used excessive force. Based on the trajectory of the fatal bullet, the victim’s family believes the killing of Reginald Doucet, Jr. was unjustified. On January 14, 2011, Reginald Doucet, Jr. took a taxi from a nightclub in Hollywood to his apartment in Playa Vista. Realizing he did not have enough cab fare, Doucet got into an ...

Why We March
Bill McKibben, Eddie Bautista and LaTonya Crisp-Sauray
Op-Ed

On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march -- environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups -- which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, ...

Juan Cole
Op-Ed

This post originally ran on Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s state plans for taking on the on television: “The U.S. president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the U.S. armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government,”  “This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international ...

VOICES FOR CHANGE

$27 Million Spent to Defeat GMO Labeling Thus Far in 2014 by the GMA
Christina Sarich
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We must be posing a real threat – biotech has tripled their spending in the first six months of 2014, to defeat GMO labeling measures. That’s a lot of wasted cash spent to try to continue dumping glyphosate and Bt toxins on a planet who hardly desires to eat GMO food.Last year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), comprised of Monsanto Co, DuPont, and other biotech giants, along with big junk food makers like Kraft, Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc., all tried to ...

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Casinos Just Aren’t the Answer
Froma Harrop
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The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

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Russia Denounces Obama’s Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s state plans for taking on the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria.

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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.A survey, released on ...

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Annie’s Sells Out to General Mills: Watch Out for GMOs in this Popular ‘Natural’ Brand
Christina Sarich
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Annie’s brand is selling out to the food manufacturing giant, General Mills, who has been known to use GMO rice, corn, soy as well as high fructose corn syrup in most of their products. Annie’s boxes of ...

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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency
David Sirota
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If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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 There are Limits: Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change
Robert Jensen
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We are biological creatures, part of an ecosphere, living in communities. Like any other organism, our genetic code sets parameters within which we live. The ecosphere is governed by laws of physics and chemistry that set the parameters within which all organisms exist. And we encounter the world not as isolated, independent individuals but through social systems that affect how we understand ourselves and the possibilities for our lives. Stated this generally, few ...

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Joe Conason
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Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a "residual force" in Iraq, complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and he is to blame for the Islamic State's advances. He sounds just like George W. Bush, gloated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and he is reluctantly enacting the ...

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Norman Solomon
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The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted that end as a democratic necessity. But now -- in response to Obama’s speech Wednesday night announcing escalation of war without plausible end -- ...

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense
Greg Palast
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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given ...

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NOC BULLHORN

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

Animals

Irrawaddy dolphins have already classified as critically endangered but are now facing further extinction.

Internet

Millions of people around the web took action against Big Internet provider companies on Sept. 10 to combat the potential Internet slowdown we could all soon face.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept. 17 marks the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the movement is celebrating independent and progressive media.

Food Health

Vermont was the first state to pass a law requiring labels be put on GMO foods, and it is already under attack.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects and animals are vital to the world.

Climate Change

Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system.”

Politics

New 'Nuns on the Bus' tour aims to tackle issue of big money influence on politics.

Oil

Two hundred forty-five Boston University faculty members ask President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas and coal companies.

Health

The primary source of exposure of bisphenol A or BPA is through the diet, yet the FDA allows this toxic chemical, which is linked to cancer and other diseases, to be used in most food and drink packaging.

Food Health

It’s an ongoing debate whether raw milk is safe for human consumption.

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