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Wall Street Speculators Wall Off Young Farmers
Jim Hightower
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We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm — but e-i-e-i-o — look who's got his farm now!

It's groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. ...

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The Coming Climate Revolt
Chris Hedges
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We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party ...

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Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution
Chris Hedges
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The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

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Kiss Your Grass-Fed Beef Goodbye! GMO Grass About to be Approved
Christina Sarich
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While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.

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Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors
Jim Hightower
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Let’s take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz’s mind.

The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it ought be called the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

His bill would prevent the federal government from ever imposing regulations on fracking. It also includes an edict to approve the ...

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Real Fashion Goes Eco-Conscious
Christina Sarich
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Just How fashion Forward Are You Ladies?  Would You Wear A Solar Dress?

 Women are known for making outlandish fashion statements. Look at icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Nicki Manaj, Rihanna, or Madonna – these ladies may garner worldwide attention, but they are amateurs when it comes to true cutting-edge fashion. State-of-the-art technology combined with fashion artistry is the new name in town, and it all starts with a solar-powered ...

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A Climate Week to Change Everything
Amy Goodman
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The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process. “You have been negotiating all my life,” student activist Anjali Appadurai said as she addressed the formal climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, back in 2011. The climate negotiations have been in a virtual gridlock, with nations, most notably the United States under President Obama, blocking ...

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MIT Scientist Exposes Consequence of Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Aluminum Cocktail
Christina Sarich
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By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are ...

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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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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 that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig. 

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The Climate Marches On
Amy Goodman
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“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.”

One hundred and sixty-four years later, on May 15, 2013, Ken Ward Jr. and Jay O’Hara did just ...

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Organizations Urge Supermarkets to Refuse GMOs in Order to Save the Butterflies
Christina Sarich
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GMO animal feed imported into the UK from North and South American markets is a large cause for concern. GeneWatch UK called on supermarkets across Great Britain this past week to urge them to wake up to the harm that Monsanto’s RoundUp ready crops are causing to the environment and to Monarch butterfly habitats at large.

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Tasmania to Remain GMO Free for Five More Years to Protect Honey Exports
Christina Sarich
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By now, you may know that honeybee populations have plummeted drastically over the last decade, and the numbers continue to fall. If you’ve read The Beekeeper’s Lament —Hannah Nordhaus’ inspired book about the complicated lives of America’s honeybees—you might ask, ‘what doesn’t kill bees’? ...

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Anthony Gucciardi
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Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own borders, top experts turned ...

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...

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Farmers Fighting Biotech Superweeds Told to Keep Quiet, Damage Soil
Christina Sarich
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Farmers stopped utilizing deep tillage decades ago, but now because of biotech’s rampant superweeds (caused by the spraying of pesticides and glyphosate chemicals), they are being told to resort to the soil-damaging practice, once again.

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U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
Juan Cole
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In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.  Iran is seen as less menacing, as is North Korea.  The Israel-Palestinian struggle is seen as a threat to the U.S. by a little over half.  More Americans ...

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Sorry Monsanto: Major Boom in Organic Oils Amid Global Concern Over GMO Contamination
Christina Sarich
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Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.

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Sustainable Aviation: How We Can Fly Better
Christina Sarich
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Six thousand people board a plane to fly to a desired destination every six minutes. Needless to say, this amount of air travel has caused a considerable negative effect on the environment. True to the inventiveness of the Wright brothers in 1903, featherless, sustainable flight technology, this time—sustainable—is being applied to the aviation industry.

 

While there are many social and economic benefits of utilizing air ...

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned on Thursday that the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

Basra is deep in the Shiite south, so IS could not take the city of 2 million as it did largely Sunni Mosul.  But Bahr al-Ulum is pointing out that Basra’s oil ...

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Hundreds of Thousands Demand Climate Action on Streets of New York
John Light, Joshua Holland, Rob Booth and Sikay Tang
News Analysis
Five Reasons We’re Joining the People’s Climate March
Sandra Steingraber and Wenonah Hauter
News Report
Cleaner, Greener, and Richer
Christiana Figueres and Guy Ryder
Op-Ed
VIDEO
Watch People’s Climate March Right Here
NationofChange Video
Video Feature
VIDEO
Teen Activist Walks Across America for Climate Action
Anastasia Pantsios
Video Interview

NOC BULLHORN

Oil

Activists in Columbia County blockaded the tracks that lead to Port Westward to protest against oil trains and the climate chaos they create.

Fukushima Progress

More than 16,000 people rallied together in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan’s nuclear plants.

Animals

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. Sign the petition and help save these dolphins.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Environment

On Sunday, a group of 100 members of the Waterkeep Alliance joined the People’s Climate March in New York City to hold polluters accountable for tainting our waterways.

Politics

"war on drugs" has taken a horrible human toll while utterly failing to stem drug use, but an independent campaign is putting forward an alternative to the two-party consensus.

Climate Change

With more than 400,000 protesters swarming the streets of New York City, climate justice is echoing around the world.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line while the NRA is pocketing around $660 billion in revenue.

Animals

Unfortunately, sea turtles are vital for Mexico’s black market for their shells, meat, and eggs.

Climate Change

If you are unable to make it to the People’s Climate March today, you can still be part of the march wherever you are.

Climate Change

The People's Climate March has been billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history.

Climate Change

Today, people will be arriving in New York City for the historic People’s Climate March.

Fracking

A declaration calling for an immediate end to fracking is on the table.

Tar Sands

Now six years into the fight against Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition grew into a national movement that has united the world.

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