Industrial Agriculture Is a Threat to World Food Supply – MARK KARLIN

Bigger is not always better. As Wall Street banks and big box stores such as Walmart have shown, bigger is often worse. The list of industries that have consolidated into national and global cartels is long and growing, and so is their collateral damage. In general, this trend – accelerated by trade agreements such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership – …

Seed Sharing Movement Wins Big with New Legislation By Cat Johnson

Since the crackdown on seed libraries by some U.S. states last year, organizers (including Shareable) around the country have been working to protect seed sharing. In both Minnesota and Nebraska, bills that specifically exempt non-commercial seed sharing from commercial seed laws were recently signed into law. This historic legislation is a big win for the seed sharing movement as it sets a precedent for other states …

Greek central bank warns of “uncontrollable crisis” By Robert Stevens

Ahead of today’s meeting of the euro zone’s finance ministers, the Bank of Greece warned that the country faces imminent economic collapse. Months of talks between the Syriza-led government and its international creditors, the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), over the terms of an austerity programme broke down acrimoniously at the weekend. The talks, ongoing …

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How Corporations Dump Their Toxic Sludge in Areas Filled With Poor People By Erik Loomis

The following is an excerpt from Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe [3]by Erik Loomis (The New Press, [4] 2015): The new environmental laws of the 1970s proved immediately effective. Between 1972 and 1978, presence of sulfur dioxide in the environment fell 17 percent, carbon monoxide by 35 percent, and lead by 26 percent.15 Americans lauded a future …

You’ve Been Warned – Calls for Mandatory “National Service” for Americans Aged 18-28 Has Begun – Michael Krieger

War is a Racket WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something …

Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income

People with lower educational levels and incomes are less likely to know about yoga, acupuncture, natural products and chiropractic medicine, according to a new study from San Francisco State University. Studies on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have typically focused on learning more about who use these types of practices and why. Less is known about trends …

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NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water – Lauren McCauley

Bottom line: the Earth is running out of water. Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling impacts of global warming and growing human demand, has caused the world’s water supply to drop to dangerous levels. The first report compares statistical analysis …

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AMA Prepares Gag Order for Medical Dissenters

The American Medical Association’s latest attempt to shore up their medical monopoly could have stiff consequences for practitioners who don’t toe the line. Action Alert! Angered by what they call “quack MDs,” the AMA recently decided to “actively defend the profession.” In particular, it plans to create ethical guidelines for physicians in the media, write a report on how doctors may be disciplined …

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Pope Backs Climate Change Science, Denounces World Leaders by John Follain

Pope Francis has endorsed the science behind global warming and denounced the world’s political leaders for putting national self-interest ahead of action. Now, Catholic priests are gearing up to spread the word. The 192-page leaked draft of a papal encyclical, published Monday by the Italian magazine L’Espresso, is an attempt to influence the debate before United Nations climate talks scheduled …

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Pope Francis’s Encyclical Could Have Bigger Impact Than the Paris Climate Talks, Says NASA Scientist – Lorraine Chow

As the world eagerly awaits Pope Francis′s encyclical on climate change this Thursday, some scientists have come out and said that the papal letter could draw a larger impact than the world leaders hammering out emissions negotiations at the UN climate summit in Paris this December. “I’m not a religious person at all,” NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt told USA TODAY, adding that faith-based efforts to shift thinking on climate …