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Martha Rosenberg – Are You Taking These New Drugs From Our Brave New FDA?

Most doctors and patients assume the FDA would not approve an unsafe drug. But Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal, Darvon, Mylotarg, Lotronex, Propulsid, Raxar, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), phenacetin and Redux were all “safe” until they were withdrawn. Others like Paxil, Avandia, Cylert, Ketek and Xarelto are under severe safety clouds. There was a time when the FDA would not …

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Big pharma cover-up: Antidepressants cause birth defects

False advertising and deceptive promotion can have deadly consequences. But big pharma appears to be acting outside the law, no matter the costs. That appears to be the case with manufacturers of the antidepressants Lexapro and Paxil.Mothers of babies born with birth defects have filed numerous lawsuits against Forest Labs, manufacturer of Lexapro, for failure to warn them of potential risks to their unborn …

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Leid Stories – 11.10.15

At the University of Missouri, Truly A ‘Teachable Moment’ About Power

Ferguson, Missouri, Looks to Restore Trust with ‘Old-Style’ Policing

A weeklong hunger strike by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler was the catalyst for broader action against an administration that repeatedly failed to address complaints of racism and discrimination at the flagship Columbia campus. The students’ demands were met yesterday with the resignations of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. It’s a teachable moment, says Leid Stories.

Meanwhile, about 120 miles away, the City of Ferguson says it’s trying to bridge longstanding rifts between the community and police that exploded after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead on Aug. 9 last year by Officer Darren Wilson. Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson began making the rounds to community groups last weekend with the good news of “old-style” policing.

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Smart Show (goharrison) with Cary Harrison – 11.02.15

Nazi Bunkers Tour (http://www.goharrison.com/travel/germany/berlin-germany/)

Guest 1: Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director – Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School

Left and Right Opposing the “Privatization of the Justice System” More than a decade in the making, the move to block class actions was engineered by a Wall Street-led coalition of credit card companies and retailers, according to interviews with coalition members and court records. Strategizing from law offices on Park Avenue and in Washington, members of the group came up with a plan to insulate themselves from the costly lawsuits. Their work culminated in two Supreme Court rulings, in 2011 and 2013, that enshrined the use of class-action bans in contracts. The decisions drew little attention outside legal circles, even though they upended decades of jurisprudence put in place to protect consumers and employees

Guest 2: 6:55-6:58. Jason Crow – “Healthy Living” Update

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Food Safety Experts Sue USDA for Withholding GM Crops Records

Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), alleging that APHIS has violated FOIA by routinely failing to respond to requests for records related to genetically engineered (GE) crops, unlawfully delaying its responses, and withholding public disclosure of information. APHIS …

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Dahr Jamail – The World on Fire: Record-Breaking Wildfires, Greenland Melting and Earth’s Hottest Month Ever

When I go up into the mountains, I’m used to being afforded magnificent views of alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, crystal-clear mountain streams, glaciers tucked under the shoulders of high valleys, stratified ridges arcing into the sky, and views so far into the distance one can sense the curvature of earth. But on August 22, as I carefully climbed my …

CAREY GILLAM – U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) against the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), claims the regulator has routinely failed to respond as required to requests for records …

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PETER ERLINDER – The truth behind the high cost of hepatitis C

Last week’s commentary “Who gets hepatitis C drugs? Who pays?” (Aug. 10) by North Memorial Health Care CEO Kevin Croston and Medica vice president Robert Longendyke responded to a first-in-the-nation class-action lawsuit seeking the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “breakthrough” cure for life-threatening hepatitis C infections. Brought by 1,500 Minnesota Department of Corrections prisoners, the lawsuit was first …

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The Gary Null Show – 08.20.15

James (Jim) Otto is a civil rights attorney practicing in Northridge California and specializing in the protection of American workers and green card holders from illegal civil rights violations. For many years he has investigated the flip side of outsourcing of jobs overseas, and has filed lawsuits on behalf of American workers who have been fired from US employers who want to import immigrants into the US, utilizing the visa-work programs, in order to work for lower salaries. He is currently handling a criminal fraud law suite against Disney Corporation for firing over 700 competent US workers so Disney could import less trained foreign workers to replace them. A similar law suit has been filed against the Screen Actors Guild. Jim was a former Marine Corps officer in the 1970s. From 1996 to 2002, he worked for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing prosecuting violators of civil rights laws. His website is LawOfficeofJamesAOtto.com

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Black Agenda Radio – 08.10.15

Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, has been confirmed to be suffering from hepatitis C, a serious liver disease that doctors believe played a part in his near-death, earlier this year, from diabetic shock. But, the State of Pennsylvania doesn’t provide adequate treatment for prison inmates with Hepatitus C. Attorney Brete Grote says the state’s inaction has caused Abu Jamal’s legal team to file papers in court.

Despite his medical problems, Mumia continues to write regular essays for Prison Radio. Here’s his latest, entitled, “Donald Trump and the Politics of Resentment.”