JILL STEIN ON VACCINES: People have ‘real questions’...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By David Weigel THE WASHINGTON POST Jill Stein not sure all ‘real questions’ on vaccines have been addressed Asked whether she believes vaccines cause autism, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said corporate influence on federal agencies has caused “rampant distrust” of agencies that approve medication and food. (Sarah Parnass, Alice Li/The Washington Post) PHILADELPHIA — For a week, Jill Stein was everywhere that the Democratic National Convention was not. The Green Party’s likely candidate for president made drop-ins to a four-day Socialist Convergence at the Quaker meeting hall, rallied “Bernie or Bust” protesters outside the gates of Philadelphia’s sports complex and sat for interview after interview. When she sat with The Washington Post’s Sarah Parnass and Alice Li, Stein explained her stance on something that had flared up during a Reddit AMA....

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IS THIS THE FUTURE OF BERNIE’S REVOLUTION?...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   A small, progressive political party is in Philadelphia looking to capitalize on his movement. Pema Levy   MOTHER JONES James West/Mother Jones As the fractured Democratic National Convention gradually unified behind Hillary Clinton over the course of the week, Bernie Sanders’ frustrated supporters were left to wonder what was next for their would-be political revolution. An obscure political party thinks it has the answer. Leaders of the Working Families Party, a progressive party backed by labor unions and community activists, were in Philadelphia this week to make the case to Sanders supporters that the WFP should carry the torch. Unlike the Green Party, whose presidential candidate, Jill Stein, has attracted some Sanders backers and threatens to draw votes away from Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, the WFP sees itself as a complement...

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HIGHWAYS CAN HELP POLLINATORS RETURN TO HEALTH...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Compost-spreading tactics to encourage native plants that both control erosion and attract pollinators / Caltrans In the face of rapidly-declining honeybee populations, farms across the country are under threat. In California, officials are now pioneering new methods to boost the health of the honeybees and butterflies, according to a recent Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. To reiterate the importance of these efforts, Congressman Jeff Denham, who is also an almond farmer, said at the briefing: “making sure we have healthy pollinators is critical to a state like California.” There to discuss these pioneering methods was Keith Robinson, ASLA, principal of the landscape architecture program at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The purview of Robinson and the 240 landscape architects he leads is roadsides. Their primary job is to control erosion. But Robinson...

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Interview with Toody Maher on Co-Designing Parks with the Community...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  Jared Green Toody Maher / SF Gate Toody Maher is the founder and executive director of Pogo Park. She is an artist, inventor, and entrepreneur and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. In the Iron Triangle in Richmond, California, which is one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in the country, you’ve created an exciting model, which combines community development, child development, play, and parks. What are the essential elements of a Pogo Park? Any public space can be transformed into a Pogo Park. In essence, a Pogo Park is an amazing place, a magical place for children to play. There are five key elements. First of all, a Pogo Park must be staffed. You need someone there who clean the park, welcome folks as they come in,...

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New Solar Device Removes Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If the experimental technology can be commercialized, it can become an important tool for reducing the impact of climate change. Researchers used simulated sunlight to power a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas, a combination of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that can be burned for energy or converted into liquid fuels. (Photo: University of Illinois at Chicago/Jenny Fontaine) Emily J. Gertz is an associate editor for environment and wildlife at TakePart. A new type of solar-powered technology has the potential to play a big role in the fight against climate change if its inventors can take it from the laboratory to industrial-scale use. On Thursday, a team of scientists announced in the journal Science that they have created a device that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and...

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Gardasil Vaccine Becomes International Scandal: Deceptive Emails by Health Officials Exposed to Public...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Dr. Sin Hang Lee, M.D. Image Source. by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. This statement was made in April of 2014 by French medical doctor Bernard Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Merck, the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine Gardasil. (Story here.) This past week, Dr. Sin Hang Lee, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C), FCAP, director of the Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in Connecticut, proved Dr. Dalbergue’s prediction...

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WORLD GAME BY BUCKY FULLER

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[Translate] About Fuller World Game In the 1960’s Buckminster Fuller proposed a “great logistics game” and “world peace game” (later shortened to simply, the “World Game”) that was intended to be a tool that would facilitate a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to the problems of the world. The use of “world” in the title obviously refers to Fuller’s global perspective and his contention that we now need a systems approach that deals with the world as a whole, and not a piece meal approach that tackles our problems in what he called a “local focus hocus pocus” manner. The entire world is now the relevant unit of analysis, not the city, state or nation. For this reason, World Game programming generally used Fuller’s Dymaxion Map for the plotting of resources, trends, and scenarios...

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Does One Gene Hold the Secret to the Rise in Autism?...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A study of 168 children diagnosed with autism demonstrated that 98% of children diagnosed with autism share at least one of the various MTHFR gene mutations 1. What does the MTHFR gene do? The MTHFR gene creates the MTHFR enzyme, which enables methylation. What is methylation? Methylation is a vital metabolic process occurring within every cell of your body, billions of times per second. It is a cycle that is responsible for creating crucial substances like neurotransmitters as well as the primary antioxidant in our bodies: glutathione What happens when the MTHFR gene is mutated? When there is a mutation within the MTHFR gene, it results in distortion of the MTHFR enzyme’s shape. Enzyme function depends on shape, just as a key depends upon grooves to work in a lock. A dysfunctional MTHFR...

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HILLARY CLINTON AND THE CHOICE

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Robert Borosage  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERCA’S FUTURE Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday night confidently accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party to be president of the United States. This was history. Our money-laden, poll-driven politics is a tawdry business. The Clintons are burdened by a lot of history on the national stage. The packaging of the moment was over the top. But all that aside, the moment is worth celebrating. And while we’re not supposed to comment, Hillary Clinton looked dazzling as she stepped up to that moment. Clinton’s address came at the end of a long, successful Democratic convention. Democrats drew bigger audiences, offered more star power, featured better speeches, more moving moments, and presented more of America than Republicans. Clinton’s address put Donald Trump’s rambling remarks at the Republican convention to shame....

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Top 10 Reasons U.S. Govt. Seems to Be Fine With Blowing Up Children...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   News & Politics This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. This should help you out. By David Swanson / CounterPunch   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Orlok / Shutterstock.com Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it’s acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria? This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. Let me help you out. 1. Somebody mistook them for ISIS fighters, determined that each of them was a continuing and imminent threat to the United States, verified a near zero possibility of any civilians being hurt in the process, and determined that...

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Campaigns End on Election Day—Revolutions Don’t...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 The revolution won’t “Bern out” and fold; its fighters have audacious, long-term ambitions. By Jim Hightower / AlterNet Saint Charles, MO, USA – March 14, 2016: US Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the Family Arena in Saint Charles, Missouri. Photo Credit: R. Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics as usual to reestablish its grip on the system. Here’s why I think they’re dead wrong. First, whatever else you think of Clinton, she’s smart, savvy and accomplished, and she didn’t come this far by ignoring important shifts in the political winds. As Sanders’ tub-thumping message drew huge...

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Poised and Confident, Hillary Clinton’s DNC Speech Lays Out a Progressive Agenda...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] After a week of snubs, their grassroots revolution is acknowledged. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Hillary 2016 campaign – Twitter Hillary Clinton made history in more ways than one in Philadelphia. By Tuesday, she was the first woman nominated by a major political party. On Wednesday, President Obama wholeheartedly passed her the leadership baton. Before she took the stage Thursday, mainstream media was calling the Democratic National Convention a great success, while the TV ratings at the DNC have exceeded the GOP’s overall. And then Clinton gave a poised and clear-eyed speech accepting the nomination and presenting a very progressive agenda. And, in a manner unmatched by any previous speaker on the previous three nights, Clinton thanked Sanders for his campaign, thanked his supporters for their energy, and invited them...

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Cooling measures are big and getting bigger: The global impact of air conditioning...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] More AC means billions of tons of increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere Lucas Davis, The Conversation  VIA SALON.COM This article was originally published on The Conversation. With a heat wave pushing the heat index well above 100°F (38°C) through much of the United States, most of us are happy to stay indoors and crank the air conditioning. And if you think it’s hot here, try 124°F in India. Globally, 2016 is poised to be another record-breaking year for average temperatures. This means more air conditioning. Much more. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), Paul Gertler and I examine the enormous global potential for air conditioning. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, people are buying air conditioners at alarming rates....

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Vaccines: The Exception to Medical Coercion...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] In 2002, my son David was showing early signs of autism. My mom (who is the smartest person I know) said to me, “He’s getting worse after his vaccines, Sarah. Stop doing this to my grandson. You don’t know everything.” At 24 years old, I was convinced that I did in fact know just about everything and if I didn’t, David’s pediatrician certainly would. At David’s next well-child visit I expressed concerns about vaccine safety and told him my mom thought she observed a regression after his MMR and varicella vaccines. He responded by waiving his finger in my face and shouting at me, “How dare you question me! How dare you even question vaccines! I am a doctor. Is your mom a doctor? Are you? If vaccines weren’t safe would I be...

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The Coming War and its Aftermath…...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Kent Heckenlively, JD   SB277 Court Docs I’ve been thinking a great deal about the fight against SB 277 and mandatory vaccinations in California as well as the fabulous documentary, VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, detailing the corruption in the CDC’s vaccine program and the revelations of senior CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson. I find myself asking a simple question again and again: How do I become the most effective agent for change? Nelson Mandela Recently I ran across a quote from one of my long-time idols, Nelson Mandela, and it spoke to what I’m feeling these days.  Mandela wrote: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” After fifteen...

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‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ the Most Controversial Film in America Launches a Nationwide Bus Tour on August 6th...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] an official press release from Cinema Libre Studio Press Release – updated: Jul 27, 2016 20:31 EDT Film distribution company Cinema Libre Studio announces the team behind America’s most controversial documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” will hit the road on a nationwide bus tour traveling to the home districts of members of the United States House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, the entity responsible for subpoenaing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, a subject at the heart of the film. Los Angeles, CA, July 27, 2016 (Newswire.com) – ​Following a notable theatrical U.S. and Canadian release, the team behind America’s most controversial film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” will hit the road on a nationwide bus tour starting August 6th. The Vaxxed filmmakers will be...

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An Oil Pipeline Nearly As Long As Keystone XL Has Been Fully Approved...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Nati Harnik Pipes for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill., are stacked Saturday, May 9, 2015, at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. The proposed oil pipeline will traverse North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)   Despite several months of heavy opposition, an oil pipeline slated to cut through four Midwestern states has all the regulatory permits it needs for full build-out. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the final blessing to the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday. Developers now have the last set of permits they need to build through the small portion of federal land the line crosses, which includes major waterways like the...

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Report: FEC leaders, managers share blame for horrid morale...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Headquarters of the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. Dave Levinthal/Center for Public Integrity Bickering commissioners, ineffective managers and lousy internal communication rank among the top reasons why the Federal Election Commission staff is one of the federal government’s most bedraggled. That’s the dispiriting — if unsurprising — conclusion of a new report from the FEC’s Office of Inspector General, which for months had conducted employee surveys and interviews in hopes of answering a nagging question: why, specifically, is agency morale so consistently rotten? Investigators dump the most blame on the FEC’s six commissioners: three Democratic appointees and three Republican appointees who have regularly criticized one another and frequently (but not exclusively) deadlocked on high-profile political issues before them. “Tone and attitude perceived as poor,” the report said of the commissioners. “Too many disparaging public statements … employees feel work...

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The influence diaries: Dispatches from the Democratic National Convention...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity’s money-in-politics reporting team is bringing you news from the Democratic National Convention — focusing on special-interest influence, big-money politicking and corporate schmoozing. Reporters Michael Beckel and Carrie Levine are on the ground in Philadelphia. Please check back regularly as this article will be updated throughout the week. Click here to read our coverage of the Republican National Convention.  11:58 a.m., Thursday, July 28: They may not look like lobbyists, but a gaggle of Catholic nuns have a distinct message to share in Philadelphia. The Nuns on the Bus, a project of NETWORK, is calling on Congress to “mend the gaps in wealth, income and access.” Amid the Democratic National Convention, Nuns on the Bus is conducting three, two-hour workshops to educate people about gaps in seven key areas —...

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Mainstream Media May Never Understand Sanders’ Political Revolution, but That’s Not Stopping It from Spreading...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Change sometimes comes from not asking permission. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking with supporters at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr It was the third daily press conference by the Bernie Delegates Network and dozens of political reporters were baffled by the answers they were hearing from the podium. No, they won’t tell anyone to stop dissenting on the convention floor. No, they were not satisfied with the platform changes and commitment to eliminate most of the superdelegates. Nor were many pleased with Tuesday’s roll call where delegate vote totals for Sanders and Clinton were read, because they included superdelegates—distorting the votes of the people. The complaints continued. The DNC was mistreating Sanders...

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The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most—When It Comes to Food...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Democratic Party platform doesn’t say much about food or farming, except on one major issue. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Hillary Clinton enjoys some coffee while campaigning in an Iowa diner last year. Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America/Flickr If Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins in November, what kind of food and farm policy can we expect from her? Like most presidential campaign seasons, the current one has been lighter than a soufflé in terms of debate around food issues. Here’s what we know so far. (1) The 2016 Democratic Party platform is mostly short on food policy details. Farm programs get all of two paragraphs, under the rubric of “Investing in Rural America.” The section nods to “promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices” and “expanding local food markets and regional food systems,” a likely reference...

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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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6 Human Activities That Pose The Biggest Threat To The World’s Drinking Water...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling THINK PROGRES CREDIT: Shutterstock   Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, water treatment costs have risen by 50 percent in a third of large cities around the world. That means that getting clean, pure drinking water to people has become an increasingly difficult task, requiring cities not only to pay for expensive treatments, but pay for the construction of treatment plants to dole out said expensive treatments. All told, the study estimated that the total cost of degradation to our drinking water —...

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Should I get the Tdap While Pregnant? Does My Newborn Need the Hepatitis B Vaccine?...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by Paul Thomas, M.D. You can’t turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or surf the internet without coming across the debate about childhood vaccines. Most of these articles, posts, and testimonials make the vaccine question seem like it’s completely black or white: either you’re reading that vaccines are a miracle and of absolute necessity and you should do all the vaccines the CDC and your pediatrician recommend without question (and that you are “selfish,” and “dangerous” if you do not), or you are discovering websites and columnists who insist that vaccines are all dangerous, vaccines will kill your infant, and all vaccines are bad. These anti-vaccine sites insist that if you want your baby to be healthy, you shouldn’t do any vaccines at all. Confused? Whether you’re a first-time parent or...

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The Appalling Violence of the World’s Three Superpowers...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network | Op-Ed If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence. Certainly none has a peaceful past. The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest. Those nations on their borders today, including some that have wrenched themselves free from their imperial control, continue to fear and distrust them. Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors. Nor has there...

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG Landscape deeply scarred by an open-cut coal mine in Hunter Valley, Australia. (Max Phillips, Jeremy Buckingham MLC via Flickr) LONDON—Humans’ appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. A report produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the UN Environment Programme, says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billon tonnes in 2010. It refers to natural resources as primary materials, and includes under this heading biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals. The increase in their use, the...

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5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE BLOG   MICHAEL MOORE Michael Moore Oscar and Emmy-winning Director Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Friends: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, ‘cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: “PRESIDENT TRUMP.” Never in my life have I wanted to be proven wrong more than I do right now. I can see what you’re doing right now. You’re shaking...

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You Won’t Believe the Outrageous Ways Big Pharma Has Bribed Doctors to Shill Drugs...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Drugs Think lap dances, trips to the Caribbean, and countless free lunches. By Martha Rosenberg / The Influence  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: AH86 / Shutterstock This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow the Influence on Twitter and Facebook. At the 2010 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, a psychiatrist from the East coast shared her anger with me about the recent clamp down on Pharma financial perks to doctors. “They used to wine us and dine us. An SSRI maker flew my entire office to a Caribbean island…but now nothing,” she lamented. She was right. Before news organizations and the 2010 Physician Financial Transparency Reports (also called the Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act) reported the...

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Donald Trump and the Dark Soul of the GOP...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Republican National Convention was a parade of fear and loathing. David Corn MOTHER JONES Carolyn Kaster/AP This is what you need to know about Donald Trump’s GOP. At the convention in Cleveland, Alex Jones, a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories, was in the hall as a special guest. Jones sells paranoia. He is a 9/11 truther who claims that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were in on the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has promoted the idea that dissidents in America will be rounded up and placed in FEMA camps. His website maintains that the tragic Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax orchestrated so gun safety advocates could demonize gun owners. Jones tells his followers that the world is controlled by a global cabal—a coven of...

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