How an Indigenous Community Is Boosting Crop Productivity While Conserving the Rainforest (Video)...

Jul 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “We are reforesting and restoring the land so that our grandchildren and our children have a future.” By Laura Jamison / Rainforest Alliance   VIA ALTERNET naranjilla fruit Photo Credit: Rainforest Alliance In the Napo province of Ecuador, the Kichwa people have been cultivating naranjilla—a citrus fruit that looks like a tomato but tastes like a blend of lime and rhubarb—and selling it informally in markets across the country for many years. In fact, naranjilla production has been the primary cash crop for indigenous Kichwa communities in the Hatun Sumaco parish. Unfortunately, naranjilla has also been the primary driver of deforestation in the area—and thus directly contributing to climate change. Without direct access to markets, the Kichwa had traditionally sold their harvests to middlemen, who promoted dangerous quantities of highly toxic, red-listed pesticides...

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WATCH: Bill Nye Answers the Looming Question About Juno...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Here is what powers NASA’s Juno spacecraft. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   The launch of NASA’s Juno spacecraft naturally has astrophysicists and other science aficionados cheering. It also has a lot of people scratching their heads wondering how such wonders are possible. Bill Nye has the answers about how NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter today, uses light from the sun to keep running. “Three solar rays take light and convert it directly into electricity,” Nye, the “science guy” explained. “A little motor is powered by a solar panel also. When we turn it to the light, the motor starts to run.” As you might expect, Nye added, moving farther from the source of light means “less and less electricity to drive the motor.” And the energy required to...

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ISLAMIC STATE’S AMBITIONS AND ALLURE GROW AS TERRITORY SHRINKS...

Jul 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Politics THE WASHINGTON POST A man lights a candle on flowers he placed near the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where 20 hostages were slaughtered on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images) By Carol Morello and Joby Warrick July 4 at 10:20 AM Massacres attributed to the ­Islamic State have struck on four continents this year, reflecting how the appeal of the group’s ideology is growing even as the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has receded, according to experts. The slaughter of civilians in three large attacks in the past week alone — in Istanbul on Tuesday, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, and in Baghdad on Sunday — suggests that militant actions beyond the caliphate’s borders are taking place more frequently and not necessarily with any overt direction from some caliphate headquarters. Even...

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Elizabeth Warren’s Kick-Ass Speech Tells It Like It Is: What Should Hillary Do?...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Heading into the Democratic Convention, the senator from Massachusetts offers the best analysis of our failed monopolistic economy. By Don Hazen / AlterNet   Elizabeth Warren speaking at Carroll Manor, Takoma Park, Maryland, April 21, 2012 Photo Credit: Edward Kimmel/Flickr CC In the Sanders/Clinton battle for the presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren stayed on the perimeter.  She wasn’t quiet, that’s for sure. But she was the only woman in the Senate not to endorse Hillary, no doubt frustrating many women. She didn’t endorse Bernie, either, making many in the Bern crowd angry. She was threading the needle, as few can do. Warren has now embraced Hillary, which seems appropriate, and is campaigning aggressively with her. This is accompanied by considerable speculation about whether Hillary has the vision, and perhaps the chutzpah, to step out of...

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WATCH: BILL MAHER RUBS CALIFORNIA’S SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF REPUBLICANS...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] https://youtu.be/BtNbMD96xgYMaher said Republicans need to start “looking at the results from the lab” when it comes to taxing the rich VIDEO Brendan Gauthier   SALON.COM “Real Time” host Bill Maher, during his “New Rules” segment Friday, peacocked California’s thriving economy after the state raised taxes on its wealthiest citizens. “If Republicans are going to keep calling states ‘laboratories of democracy,’ they have to start looking at the results from the lab,” Maher said, noting that after California raised taxes on the wealthy, the state now sits sixth on the list of world’s largest economies. “Whereas states like Kansas and Louisiana that went back to the old trickle-down theory of ‘cut taxes on the rich and they’ll always do the right thing,’ are financial catastrophes.” Maher explained that, after former-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left office, California...

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‘Guacamole-Thick’ Algae Takes Over Florida’s Atlantic Coast, 4 Counties Declare State of Emergency...

Jul 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Residents have described the foul-smelling algae as “god-awful” and “a festering infected creepy mess.” By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: instagram @ocean_allison Waterways and beaches along Florida’s Atlantic coast have been taken over by thick, blue-green algae blooms, prompting Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare local states of emergency in St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Lee counties. Residents have described the foul-smelling algae as “guacamole-thick,” “god-awful” and “a festering infected creepy mess.” One resident has complained of health problems, telling Reuters, “It is affecting all of us as far as red eyes, runny nose and the ‘in the throat’ feeling.” Foul smelling green algae blooms have invaded Florida’s waterways. #green #algae #Florida #treasurecoast #algaebloom #treasurecoast A photo posted by Carbonated.TV (@carbonated.tv) on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:04am PDT “It’s heartbreaking...

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DEATH TOLL RISES TO 41 IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT ATTACK...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East Video appears to show explosion in Istanbul airport Embed Share Play Video0:40 Turkish officials say three attackers with suicide vests detonated their explosives at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 200 others. Editor’s note: This video contains graphic content. (TWP) By Erin Cunningham June 29 at 12:22 PM ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities combed through video clips and witness accounts Wednesday, seeking to reconstruct how three suicide bombers laid siege to the country’s largest airport, killing at least 41 people and raising questions over whether Turkey could step up its fight against the Islamic State. At least 13 foreigners were killed in the late Tuesday attack, including five from Saudi Arabia and others from China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. At least 239 people were...

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THE REVOLVING DOOR BETWEEN THE FDA AND BIG PHARMA — 1 OF 4...

Jun 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Revolving Door Between the FDA and Big Pharma – 1 of 4 Click here to watch Understanding Big Pharma’s Propaganda Machine – 2 of 4 Click here to...

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HOW BREXIT COULD AFFECT YOUR WALLET...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jonnelle Marte  THE WASHINGTON POST What Brexit means for Americans’ mortgages and travel plans, in 60 seconds Here are three big ways that Britain leaving the E.U. might affect Americans. (Daron Taylor,Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post) Global stock markets plunged to their lowest levels in months Friday after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, making an immediate dent in Americans’ 401(k) accounts and sparking concerns about other financial impacts for the average U.S. consumer. In the near-term, the ripple effects of the Brexit may be felt beyond retirement accounts in the form of lower mortgage rates and a stronger dollar that boosts Americans’ purchasing power. But in other ways, the events taking place across the pond may not lead to much change for consumers who are already used to struggling with paltry...

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THE PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING BREXIT...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham Someone holds up a sign during a European Referendum “Remain” rally in London, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.   Months of furious campaigning will culminate in a significant vote on Thursday, as the United Kingdom is set to decide whether or not it will leave the European Union. Haven’t been following the debate closely? To understand why this vote matters — and what a decision to leave the E.U. could mean — here’s a quick guide to what you should know. What does Brexit mean? Brexit is a combination of the words Britain and exit, referring to the U.K. leaving the E.U. Because it sounds catchy, it’s how most people are referring to the upcoming referendum on June 23, which asks voters: “Should the...

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NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON AND AL GORES EXPLORE CLIMATE CHANGE, LIFE IN A NAVAL OBSERVATORY AND MORE...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Andrew C. Revkin   NY TIMES   Former Vice President Al Gore discussed climate change science and activism on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk program.Credit StarTalk/ Laura Berland Earlier this year, the astrophysicist and science-literacy evangelist Neil deGrasse Tyson recorded a conversation for his Star Talk Radio program with former Vice President Al Gore exploring Gore’s decades-long campaign for action to stem climate change, what it’s like to live in the United States Naval Observatory (the official vice presidential residence), the path from the vice president’s “GoreSat” vision in 1998 to the functioning Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, and more. Tyson then invited me into the studio to discuss Gore’s career and comments, along with his smartly comedic co-host, Maeve Higgins. The topics included paths to a world with abundant clean energy, Gore’s thoughts on trends in...

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FEDS ALLEGE $900 MILLION IN FAKE MEDICALS BILLS, KICKBACKS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE FRAUD...

Jun 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Wonkblog   THE WASHINGTON POST By Carolyn Y. Johnson and Matt Zapotosky THE WASHINGTON POST   Attorney General Loretta Lynch says health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 300 people including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and home health care providers accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid. (AP) The Justice Department announced Wednesday it had charged a record 301 people with schemes that defrauded government health programs by submitting $900 million in fraudulent health claims. The announcement of the charges, called the largest takedown for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history, was the result of a nationwide sweep that exposed alleged kickbacks, embezzlement and fake claims to the government programs that provide health care for the elderly and the poor. The allegations involved various kinds of fraud in diverse areas of...

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26 MILLION TREES DIED IN CALIFORNIA IN JUST ONE YEAR...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The mortality rate is unprecedented and will fuel the state’s fire season. Sequoia National Park. (Photo: USFS Region 5/Flickr) TAKE PART DAILY Taylor Hill The number of dead trees in California’s forests dramatically increased in just one year’s time. The latest survey from the United States Forest Service revealed that an additional 26 million trees have succumbed to drought, a devastating bark beetle infestation, and hotter temperatures in 2015. That brings the number of trees that have died in the Sierra Nevada to 66 million since 2010. For a state already in the throes of fire season, the discovery of a 65 percent increase in the number of dead trees within its forests is a troubling sign. “These new numbers really show that the tree die-off is spreading at an astronomical rate,” said...

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PIANO PERFORMANCE NEXT TO CRUMBLING GLACIER WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Ice ice baby grand By Kate Yoder GRIST The Arctic Ocean may not be a typical venue for a piano performance, but it’s a prime setting for making a point about climate change. Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian composer-pianist, performed an original piece while stranded on an “artificial iceberg” (or rather, a floating platform made of white, wooden triangles) as Norway’s Wahlenbergbreen glacier collapsed in the background. Greenpeace shipped the baby grand piano from Germany to the Arctic for the stunt, which was meant draw attention to a proposal to create a sanctuary in 10 percent of the Arctic Ocean, protecting it from oil drilling, fishing trawlers, and other exploitation. There are no promises it will work, but enjoy the exciting performance on a stranded iceberg — no polar bears...

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WE ARE DESPERATE: IRAQI’S FLEE FALLUJAH ONLY TO FIND ANOTHER NIGHTMARE...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East ‘We are desperate’: Iraqis flee Fallujah, only to find another nightmare Civilians fleeing the siege of Fallujah face grim future Embed Share<iframe width=’480′ height=’290′ scrolling=’no’ src=’//www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/515fe3f8-37d5-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff’ frameborder=’0′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen> There appears to have been little planning for the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of the Iraqi government’s battle against the Islamic State for control of Fallujah. (Loveday Morris/The Washington Post) By Loveday Morris HABBANIYAH, Iraq — Families fleeing the combat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have been forced to sleep in the open desert for almost a week, with aid agencies warning that people are at risk of dying as supplies of tents and water run dangerously low. More than 85,000 people have escaped the city and its surroundings in recent weeks as Iraqi security forces battle to recapture...

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WHAT HILLARY CLINTON WOULD DO TO AMERICA...

Jun 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Wonkblog By Max Ehrenfreund and Jim Tankersley THE WASHINGTON POST Clinton on the campaign trail View Photos The former secretary of state has clinched the Democratic nomination for president. Hillary Clinton has accumulated enough support to secure victory in the Democratic primary, advancing to face a Republican opponent almost no one predicted at this time last year. Her long primary-campaign battle with Bernie Sanders pushed her to more liberal positions on a handful of issues, most notably the minimum wage and international trade, but neither it, nor the expected dynamics of her general election contest with Donald Trump, appears to have fundamentally changed the issue set that Clinton hopes to ride to the White House. Clinton kicked off the 2016 campaign talking about inequality, corporate greed and the struggling middle class. She’s still talking about those issues and...

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FINANCIAL CALAMITY DECLARED IN RIO WEEKS BEFORE OLYMPICS, BUT GAMES WILL GO ON...

Jun 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World By Dom Phillip THE WASHINGTON POST RIO DE JANEIRO — Just weeks before it stages the 2016 Olympic Games, the state government of Rio de Janeiro has declared a “state of public calamity in financial administration” and warned that the situation is so dire it impedes the locale’s ability to meet Games commitments. The Olympics start Aug. 5 with Brazil already facing an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, a public health crisis over the Zika epidemic and a deepening recession. In an official decree published Friday afternoon by acting governor Francisco Dornelles, the state government said the crisis could cause a “total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management.” Coming less than two months before the city hosts its first Olympic Games, the move stunned many in...

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IRAQI FORCES ENTER FALLUJA, ENCOUNTERING LITTLE FIGHT FROM ISIS...

Jun 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East By TIM ARANGO  NYTIMES Video Reaction After Iraqi Forces Take Falluja Hundreds of internally displaced Iraqi families were seen fleeing the city of Fallujah on Friday as Iraqi forces continued their operation to retake the city from Islamic State militants. By REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date June 17, 2016. Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters. Watch in Times Video »   BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces quickly entered central areas of Falluja on Friday after weeks of battling the Islamic State and as thousands of civilians fled, overwhelming the ability of aid agencies to care for them. Reporting little resistance from Islamic State fighters, counterterrorism forces raised the Iraqi flag over the main government building in central Falluja, officers and state television reports said. They said that pro-government forces moved on...

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AHEAD OF MEETING WITH CLINTON, SANDERS CALLS FOR “FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY”...

Jun 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “We need real electoral reform,” Sanders said, calling for an end to superdelegates and closed primaries Sophia Tesfaye SALON.COM   Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2016, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(Credit: AP) We have finally neared the end of the road. Tonight marks the end of the long Democratic primary season, and before Bernie Sanders meets with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton after polls close in the District of Columbia tonight, the Independent Vermont senator publicly committed to another battle — fundamentally transforming the Democratic Party. Sanders spent the weekend back at home, huddled with supporters in Vermont and he reportedly plans to address supporters via teleconference on Thursday about how “the political revolution...

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THE UNSEEN SLAUGHTER UNDER THE SEA...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea Ocean Defenders Alliance is on a mission to stop abandoned “ghost nets” from killing dolphins, sea turtles, and millions of other marine animals. Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife. LOS ANGELES—As we set off for our destination off the Southern California coast, Captain Rex Levi weaves Mr. Barker’s LegaSea, a 55-foot Chris Craft yacht, between the massive cargo ships plying Los Angeles Harbor. The dockworkers’ strike of the past winter is over but still reverberates at sea as the behemoths queue 35 deep, waiting their turn to offload cars, clothes, and other merchandise at the Port of Los Angeles. Mr. Barker’s LegaSea belongs to environmental group Ocean Defenders Alliance and is named for Bob Barker, the game-show host and animal rights...

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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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MILKY WAY NO LONGER VISIBLE TO ONE THIRD OF HUMANITY, LIGHT POLLUTION ATLAS SHOWS...

Jun 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scientists describe ‘cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude’ as global atlas reveals extent of light pollution in the world’s skies   Light pollution atlas shows areas of Earth that cannot see the stars – video Nicola Davis   THE GUARDIAN   It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, a new global atlas of light pollution suggests. The study reveals that 60% of Europeans and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glowing band of our galaxy because of the effects of artificial lighting, while it is imperceptible to the entire populations of Singapore, Kuwait and Malta. Overall, the Milky Way is no longer visible to more than one third of the world’s population. Zoom into the Milky Way: 84 million stars...

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WHAT PROBLEM WOULD YOU SOLVE WITH $100 MILLION?...

Jun 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  BY Jared Green The MacArthur Foundation, creators of the “genius” grant, have just launched 100&Change, a competition for a single $100 million grant that can make “measurable progress towards solving a significant problem.” The MacArthur Foundation seeks a bold proposal with a charitable purpose focused on any critical issue facing people, places, or the environment. Proposals must be “meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.” The goal is to identify issues that are solvable. The MacArthur Foundation expects to receive applications mostly focused on domestic American issues, but they welcome international proposals as well. Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s managing director leading the competition, told The Washington Post that the grant competition is designed to inspire more creative problem solving. “We believe there are solutions to problems out there that $100 million might be able...

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Bill Moyers in Conversation: How Our Winner-Take-All Political System Has Divided America...

Jun 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Inequality Bill revisits a conversation with political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson that explains how Washington and big business colluded to make the rich richer and abandoned the rest of us.   To Our Readers: Here’s what the 2016 election should be about: Winner-Take-All Politics — How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. It’s a groundbreaking account of how our political system was hijacked by the super rich and engineered to work for them at the expense of everyone else. Two of our top political scientists – Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson – published it four years ago to wide acclaim. Robert Solow, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, said of it: “This book is a wake-up call. Read it and wake up.”...

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A MAJOR NATIVE AMERICAN SITE IS BEING LOOTED. WILL OBAMA RISK ARMED CONFRONTATION TO SAVE IT?...

Jun 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Fallen Roof granaries, constructed more than 800 years ago, still contain a dried corn cob. Maize accounted for roughly 80 percent of the ancestral Pueblo diet. (Juliet Eilperin/The Washington Post) By Juliet Eilperin June 5 RIM OF CEDAR MESA, Utah — For centuries, humans have used the red sandstone canyons here as a way to mark their existence. First came archaic hunter-gatherers who worked in Glen Canyon Linear, a crude geometrical style dating back more than 3,500 years. Then about 2,000 years later, early ancestral Pueblo farmers of the Basketmaker period used more subtle lines to produce a man in headdress. A little more than 700 years ago came their descendants, who used the same kind of hard river stone to make drawings of bighorn sheep and a flute player in the...

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Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Nails Trump Voters for Being Impervious to Truth...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 The problem goes way beyond Trump. By Janet Allon / AlterNet Photo Credit: YouTube Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson visited Bill Maher’s Real Time on Friday night, and took the opportunity to lament the sorry state of American education. The main evidence he cited is Trump supporters. While others on the panel discussed the problem that is Donald Trump, deGrasse Tyson thinks the problem goes well beyond the Republican presidential candidate. “As an educator I care about the population and the electorate,” he said. “All this attention going to complain about Donald Trump. You’re not really complaining about Donald Trump, there’s a major portion of the electorate who likes him, and so they are your obvious object of your ire. Then shouldn’t you be looking at the educational system that somehow...

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Hillary Clinton Tried to Push Fracking on Other Nations When She Was Secretary of State, New Emails Reveal...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The State Department hoped Poland could be a “laboratory for testing whether U.S. success in developing shale gas can be repeated in a different country.” By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the audience during the George C. Marshall Foundation Award presentation at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen Photo Credit: Cherie Cullen/U.S. Department of Defense Emails obtained by The Intercept from the State Department reveal new details of Hillary Clinton’s behind-the-scenes efforts to export fracking—a method of extracting oil and natural gas from underground shale deposits—to foreign countries during her tenure as Secretary of State. The emails, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, could be particularly damning in light of Clinton’s recent attempts to ally herself with the...

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Noam Chomsky Blows the Lid Off the Latest Corporate Trade Deal (Video)...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Does free trade even exist? Chomsky breaks it down. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Noam Chomsky Photo Credit: Luis Astudillo C./Cancillería del Ecuador/Flickr CC Two weeks after Greenpeace released 280 pages on the TTIP trade agreement, Noam Chomsky spoke with Channel 4 about why he believes the new agreement has nothing to do with reducing tariffs, calling it “pretty extreme.” According to Greenpeace: “Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labor rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.” “From an environmental and consumer protection point of view four aspects are of serious concern,” said Sylvia...

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DOES THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES REPORT ON GMOS SETTLE THE DEBATE?...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Brought to you by FlexPVC®  TRUTH IN MEDIA The National Academy of Sciences has released a new report declaring genetically engineered food safe for humans and the environment, but is there more to the story? The debate over genetically engineered or modified foods will likely continue despite a damning new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine which concluded that genetically engineered (GE) foods do not pose a health or environmental risk. Critics of the report point to conflicts of interests between researchers with the National Academy of Sciences and biotechnology companies involved in the creation of GE crops. The report,Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, also acknowledged that the GE crops are also not producing increasing yields of crops, as has been promoted by supporters of GE technology. The Associated...

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