Immediate Congressional Hearings on CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 15,455 Letters Sent So Far It has come to the public’s attention that scientists involved in as many as 8 epidemiological studies focused on the link between ethyl mercury in vaccines and increased risk of autism have omitted data, repeated analyses until the desired result of no association is forced, watered down the significance of positive findings of results showing association, and pressured co-workers to do the same. Dr. William Thompson stepped forward via his legal representatives to issue a statement confirming that he, and co-workers. In the statement, he wrote: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for...

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Mothers fighting Chicago gun violence one block at a time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Sher Watts Spooner  DAILY KOS Tamar Manasseh started a mothers’ community group to combat gun violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. A year later, there hasn’t been one shooting on the block where the group is active. RSS REBLOGGED BY Daily Kos Barriers and Bridges Support the Dream Defenders DK GreenRoots Protest Music Street Prophets DKOMA Subversive Agitation Team Action Network Chicago Kossacks Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism Daily Kos Liberation League It’s no secret that gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides has reached horrific proportions. This is the story of how one mother organized a group to fight back. The neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side, where Tamar Manasseh grew up, has high crime rates. A year ago, a friend trying to break up a fight...

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This Woman Is Trying to Make the World a Better Place, One Community Center at a Time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Janet Wilson is helping transform vacant buildings into thriving community centers. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Photo Credit: Pueblo House Five years ago, Janet Wilson was one of thousands of people who flocked to New York’s Zuccotti Park to participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement that would eventually sweep the country and the world. “It was life-changing to see people come together and pay attention to what was going on,” Wilson told AlterNet. “Young and old people were organizing together, and people were actually talking to each other. It gave me chills.” Like countless others, Wilson sought to take the lessons she learned with her after she left New York. For her, this was buying an RV and traveling to 160 Occupy camps across...

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Why can’t our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Take On Wall Street is a grassroots movement aiming to create a fair finance system that works for all Jim Hightower  SALON.COM (Credit: Richie Chan via Shutterstock/Salon) Instead of griping about the greed-heads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks, why don’t we take on wall street? You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules. That’s exactly why our land of opportunity has become today’s land of inequality. Corporate elites have bought their way into the policymaking backrooms of Washington, where they’ve rigged the rules to...

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Immediate Congressional Hearings on CDC Fraudulent Pediatric Vaccine Research...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 14,863 Letters Sent So Far It has come to the public’s attention that scientists involved in as many as 8 epidemiological studies focused on the link between ethyl mercury in vaccines and increased risk of autism have omitted data, repeated analyses until the desired result of no association is forced, watered down the significance of positive findings of results showing association, and pressured co-workers to do the same. Dr. William Thompson stepped forward via his legal representatives to issue a statement confirming that he, and co-workers. In the statement, he wrote: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for...

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THE POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING INCONVENIENCED...

Aug 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Young activists chain themselves together to block a street in Chicago, Illinois, disrupting traffic at the Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on October 25, 2016. (Photo: Sarah Ji) “To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.”—James Baldwin Last fall, Black Youth Project 100 along with Fight For 15, Organized Communities Against Deportation, and #Not1More shut down the International Chiefs of Police Conference in Chicago. Coordinated teams of protesters locked themselves into blockades all over the McCormick Place convention center. They strategically took over major streets, building entrances and passageways, in an attempt to make access to the conference as difficult as possible. In reflection, organizers noted that one of the greatest successes of the mass action — in which over 60 arrests were made — was that so many officers were called...

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How Do We Transition from a World of Domination and Extraction to a World of Resilience and Regeneration?...

Aug 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy At the New Economy Coalition conference, activists build the road by walking. By Mariana Mendoza / AlterNet Photo Credit: CODEPINK How do we transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience and regeneration? How do we move away from a system that has been ingrained in most of our daily activities and thoughts and grow with the values that support justice and wellness? Throughout my work in the social, economic and environmental justice movement, I have been asking these questions and trying to figure out how to be resilient and regenerative and not repeat the failures of the exploitative and extractive economy. This July, I had the great opportunity to attend to to the New Economy Coalition’s conference CommonBound, where brilliant and powerful people got...

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Thomas Merton > Quotable Quote...

Aug 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” ― Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty...

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These Are Your 28 TPP House Democrat Targets...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE President Obama is trying to get a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the “lame duck” session of Congress that will take place after the election. We can help stop this by getting enough Democrats on the record as opposing the TPP. In particular, we need to get the 28 Democrats who – in spite of opposition from most Democrats and hundreds of labor, consumer, LGBT, health, human rights, faith, democracy and other civil organizations – voted for the “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that “greased the skids” for the TPP by setting up rigged rules that will help TPP pass. Now, along with all of those voters and organizations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the rest of us need to start working on...

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Earth Overshoot Day: August 8th Proved Our Planet Is Hurting Badly...

Aug 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   FUTURISM The Global Footprint Network says on August 8, our demands have exceeded what the Earth can offer and regenerate for the year. And if our consumption and carbon emissions continue at the rate we’re going, we’ll be needing two Earths to address our needs by the 2030’s. What’s Going On? August 8 marked the day that the Global Footprint Network says our annual demands would have exceeded what the Earth can regenerate in the year. They estimate humanity’s consumption of natural resources is equivalent to that of 1.6 Earths. If we continue at this rate of consumption and pollution, our needs will be equivalent to that of two Earths by the 2030s. Just a quick reminder: we only have one. “It is crucial to understand that the longer we continue consuming...

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Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games (Video)...

Aug 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism More than 60 percent of Brazilians think hosting the Games will hurt their country. By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Alice Wheeler/Twitter Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes attending the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, such as tennis champion Serena Williams and players from the NBA, WNBA and other countries. Polls show more than 60 percent of Brazilians think hosting the Games will hurt their country. He says that ahead of today’s opening ceremony, residents of heavily policed and displaced neighborhoods plan a major march to Rio’s “Olympic City.” Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,200 stations in North America. She is the co-author...

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A Party of Lemmings Led by a Zombie: Why We Need to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Vision Alive...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alan Minsky  TRUTHDIG   Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs-up as she appears on stage Thursday during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Carolyn Kaster / AP) Well, I guess I won’t be working in the Clinton White House. I ran into Truthdig Editor in Chief Bob Scheer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week. I asked about his take on the Clinton delegates. I explained that I wanted to engage them on matters of policy, but I could hardly get an honest peep out of them. Bob looked at me, shrugged off my question as if to suggest that they’re not interested in that stuff, and quipped, “This is a job fair to them.” Indeed, just as Thomas Frank portrays in his magisterial...

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Response to Rubella Vaccine in Somali and Black Children Suggests MMR Vaccine and Autism Connection...

Jul 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Watch this video: Now read this article. Somali Americans develop twice the antibody response to rubella from the current vaccine compared to Caucasians in a new Mayo Clinic study on individualized aspects of immune response. A non-Somali, African-American cohort ranked next in immune response, still significantly higher than Caucasians… Now… read this article. “This study validates the concerns of the Somali community in Minneapolis,” comments epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research. “There may be factors that put Somali-American children at higher risk of autism and autism with intellectual disability,” he says. “Or these findings may reflect better autism awareness and detection within this tight-knit community. We need to explore these possibilities, and that takes further research.” Yes. It does take further research. Or DOES IT??? Let’s review. Somali...

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What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? The populist insurgency is ratcheting up....

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] What an amazing Democratic primary season it’s been, including this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt the Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans. True, this progressive-populist coalition did not win the White House on its first go ’round behind the feisty Sanders insurgency (which the smug political establishment had literally laughed at when he began his run). But they are not laughing now, for even they can see that the outsider revolt against power elites won something even more momentous than the 2016 election: The future. Back in April 2015, when the blunt, democratic socialist from Vermont issued a call for disenchanted voters to join him, not merely in...

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LIVE AT TRUTHDIG: DOES AMERICA CARE ABOUT THE COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF WAR?...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG     Anti-war activist Ron Kovic alongside Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer. (Eric Ortiz) Truthdig staff discussed the costs and consequences of war with veteran and peace activist Ron Kovic on Facebook at 3 p.m. PDT on Thursday. Does the United States treat war like a video game? And do Americans truly realize the cost and consequences of our military engagement? Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, who participated in Thursday’s discussion, has this to say: In his farewell letter to the American people, President George Washington warned about “the impostures of pretended patriotism.” That is the precise warning that another great and true patriot, Ron Kovic, has been echoing ever since he penned his first classic war memoir some four decades ago. In “Hurricane Street,” an equally brilliant chronicle of resistance,...

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OBAMA AND WALL STREET PUSH FOR PASSAGE OF TPP DURING “LAME DUCK” SESSION...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future | Op-Ed   Have a say in how we are governed, right? So shouldn’t we have a say in how we are governed? President Obama, Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations are pushing — and pushing hard — for a vote in Congress in the “lame duck” congressional session after the election to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The most recent pitch by Obama was on Monday at a summit of business leaders in Washington, where he said the TPP “will do even more to lower the cost of exporting, eliminating taxes and custom duties, and raising intellectual property standards that protect data and ideas and jobs.” Here is why the push is on. The so-called “lame duck” session of Congress is particularly unaccountable. Those who...

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DUMPSTER DIVING...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food How to seriously cut down on your monthly food bill. By Assya Barrette / Greenhighfive   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Wikipedia I first came into contact with dumpster diving when I volunteered with the organizationFood not Bombs (FNB),Toronto Chapter. Their objective is to recover food that would otherwise have been thrown away, and cook up delicious vegan meals for whomever wants some. Although a lot of the food they get is donated from bakeries and shops (who’d otherwise dump the food), they do dumpster diving to fill in the gaps. Recently, one of the members of the group held a dumpster diving tutorial in downtown Toronto. After I attended the tutorial, I went solo in my town, with huge success. This, coupled with the times I had gone with FNB in...

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HEALTH FREEDOM RALLY -PARENTS GATHER TO PROTEST SB277 – MANDATORY VACCINES...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]             CALIFORNIA CITIZENS RALLY PROTESTING SB277 LAW             & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL COMMEMORATING VACCINE INJURED CHILDREN                                    JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY TO SUPPORT                                OUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE                                                       SAFE VACCINES                              July 1, 2016 Outdoor on the lawn of Santa Monica City Hall – 4:00pm-9:00pm Featuring the team behind “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe” plus performers and special guests.     To sign up: Facebook Invite page: https://www.facebook.com/events/248044642234292 When Sb277 goes into effect on July 1st, it will take away the rights of parents who want to delay, postpone, and selectively vaccinate, along with parents who don’t want to vaccinate for religious or...

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Mark Ruffalo Urges President Obama to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground in Gripping New Documentary...

Jun 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   A new film introduces the president to the victims of the drilling and fracking boom. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet I recently attended a film screening of Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now, a new documentary narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo about the impact of hydraulic fracturing across the United States. Fracking is a controversial drilling process to access oil and natural gas—primarily methane—trapped in underground shale deposits. While the fracking boom has created jobs and stimulated the economy, numerous studies have linked it to many environmental and health impacts. The evening was hosted by ABC Home in downtown Manhattan. The screening at a nearby AMC Theater was followed by a discussion with an energized crowd led by Ruffalo and director Jon Bowermaster at Deepak Homebase, a...

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RESISTANCE TO VACCINE MEDICAL TYRANNY GROWING IN THE U.S. AS VAXXED FILM GAINS WIDER AUDIENCE...

Jun 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Demonstrations against mandatory vaccines and the removal of parental exemptions last year in California. Image via California Coalition for Vaccine Choice. by Brian Shilhavy Health Impact News Editor It has been nearly two years since a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came forward as a whistleblower, revealing fraud in a top published research paper that has been used to refute any connection between vaccines and autism. The mainstream media, controlled by Big Pharma advertising, ignored this story, and hoped it would fade away quietly. Likewise, members of Congress, for the most part, have not taken action in the public’s best interest and called hearings about the alleged fraud. In spite of the fact that Dr. William Thompson supplied documents and an affidavit to Congress via Florida Congressman Bill...

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VIDEO AIMS TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF OCEAN ACTIVISTS...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joel Harper turns his children’s book, ‘All the Way to the Ocean,’ into a movie with the help of some high-profile friends. (Courtesy Joel Harper) Todd Woody is TakePart’s editorial director, environment.   Today is World Oceans Day, and author and activist Joel Harper is using the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean. The book and video, which is available for download, tell the story of two skateboarding boys, Isaac and James, who journey from the city to the coast to learn how throwing trash down urban storm drains harms the ocean and wildlife. Encountering a talking crane, a surfer, and other characters, the boys are inspired to take action at their school to stop ocean pollution. Marcia Cross volunteered to...

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HOW ONE COUNTY TOOK ON ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE — AND THE TRUE COST OF NATURAL GAS...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Brad Horn   THE WASHINGTON POST Battling a pipeline View Photos In Virginia, one woman’s fight to save her land Glass Hollow Road is a stretch of black asphalt in Virginia’s rural Nelson County, just west of Charlottesville. Ringed by lush green mountains, it runs for a mile or two before being swallowed by the forest. It’s lined with an occasional house, an occasional cow, and nothing is optional about waving to an oncoming driver. A short way down the road is a little white, single-story house and a not-so-little white barn, along with a dozen rusty vehicles slowly becoming one with the earth. For this house, there have been two pivotal moments in recent memory. The first occurred in December 1977, when a 19-year-old Virginia native named Heidi Cochran first laid eyes...

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WANT TO GET RESOURCES TO HOMELESS PEOPLE? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT...

Jun 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] WeCount connects donations to folks who need them. (Photos: Mitchell Funk/Getty Images; inset: Courtesy WeCount) Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.   Tents, sleeping bags, gently used clothing, an alarm clock. Those are just some of the items that people experiencing homelessness need to survive. They also are some of the items people not experiencing material poverty have lying around their garage and basement. But if you have a spare tent taking up space in your house, how do you get it to someone who sleeps in doorways and on bus benches? That’s the problem that WeCount, a hyperlocal web- and app-based sharing service that launched in Seattle last week, hopes to solve. WeCount...

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ENDGAME: SETTING THE TABLE FOR TUESDAY’S PRIMARY SHOWDOWN...

Jun 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate, is greeted by his grandchildren Ella and Dylan Driscoll before speaking at a campaign rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum three days before the California primary, in Los Angeles, June 4, 2016. (Monica Almeida / The New York Times) There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.—Muhammad Ali David French has officially announced he will not mount an independent challenge to Donald Trump. Virtually every sentient being on the planet responded to this epochal announcement with, “Who the hell is David French?” Bill Kristol, the always-wrong fool king of right-wing pundits who has been pushing the idea of an insurgent French candidacy tweeted in response to the announcement, “Surrender? NUTS” —...

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CLIMATE JUSTICE FROM THE GROUND UP: SIX BALLOT INITIATIVES TO WATCH IN 2016...

Jun 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Matt Stannard, Occupy.com | Report Florida International University Solar House at Engineering Campus. Florida has two solar power initiatives on the ballot this year – a serious, progressive one and one that’s a deceptive giveaway to big carbon. (Photo: Junior Henry / Flickr) In this ongoing series “From the Ground Up,” Occupy.com joins with Commonomics USA in presenting stories of local struggles for a new, sustainable economy. Conventional wisdom holds that climate policy is international in scope and national in implementation. But big money has colonized national politics in the United States, gerrymandering has created a Congress unreflective of the will of the people, and the widespread economic insecurity associated with the transition away from fossil fuels feeds climate change denial and fear-mongering from the Beltway’s most powerful politicians. We need...

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ELECTRIC CARS ARE BREAKING RECORDS IN CALIFORNIA – SHARE THE NEWS...

Jun 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The Union of Concerned Scientists partnered with Consumers Union to survey Californians on their interest and ability to drive an electric vehicle and found that more than half of Californians are likely to consider an electric vehicle as their next car purchase or lease. That is great news for our climate since, over their lifetime, battery electric vehicles produce far less global warming pollution than their gasoline counterparts—and they’re getting cleaner as California invests in more renewable sources of energy. Help make the shift to electric vehicles by sharing the great news: Electric cars are breaking records in California—and demand remains high. We need your help to spread the word and share this powerful graphic on social media. It’s clear that millions of Californians are excited about shifting away from gas-guzzling vehicles,...

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RESILIENCE + RESISTANCE: A RECIPE FOR JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Chuck Collins, Sarah Byrnes   POST CARBON INSTITUTE This morning in Boston, seven people sat down in front of construction equipment, blocking construction of a fracked gas pipeline coming into the heart of the city. This evening, the Jamaica Plain Time Exchange hosted a spring seed and plant exchange. What do these two things have in common? In the face of climate change, we have the dual challenge of both resisting new fossil fuel infrastructure projects and building a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy in the shell of the old. Both resistance and resilience-building are necessary. Resistance requires a bold assertion of community rights and individual voices to interrupt, block, and prevent encroachment by a politically powerful fossil fuel industry. Resilience requires creativity, resourcefulness and reskilling – along with focus on the long...

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GOLD MINING HAS DEVASTATED THE PERUVIAN AMAZON...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Aerial view taken from a police helicopter shows a jungle devastated by gold mining in an area known as La Pampa in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Illegal wildcat mining has been ravaging pristine jungle and contaminating it with tons of mercury.   When Meraldo Umiña moved to the Madre De Dios region of Peru in 1983, the toxic gold rush that’s destroyed swaths of Amazon rainforest there was in its infancy. There were no laws regulating informal or illegal mining, and artisanal miners like him were few. “Gold was cheap,” Umiña, 59, told ThinkProgress in Spanish — “a gram was about $12.” Using simple but still harmful chemical methods, miners worked just by the rivers then, and the gold was easy to get, he said....

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NEW VIRUS IS CALLED THE TPP OR TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Friends   We have a serious crisis in our midst.     It is disguised under the auspices of free trade.   This new virus is called the TPP or Trans Pacific Partnership. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp The energy that makes the virus grow is called TPA or Trade Promotion Authority which is also known as  fast track.   TPP is illegal under the secrecy terms and conditions being presented in direct violation of US law.   See Gravel v United States.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravel_v._United_States https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/408/606/case.html Any and all members of the US Senate, Congress or Executive branch engaged in secret trade agreements is in violation of the law and may be charged with both malfeasance and treason.  There is a dereliction of responsibility unintended or otherwise.   Most in America for reasons beyond belief have no...

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