Sugar

Big Sugar’s deceitful past: How industry spin impaired the government’s anti-cavity program

Where did Big Oil, Big Pharma and other industries learn to manipulate public policy to best serve their bottom line? The engaging new documentary “Merchants of Doubt” argues that they’re all following a battle plan borrowed from the tobacco industry. As for the tobacco industry, they learned it from Big Sugar. Researchers at UCSF analyzed 319 internal sugar industry documents …

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: Wealth Redistribution, 1 Percent-Style

The Puente de la Costa Sur community center sits at the end of a quiet street in Pescadero, an isolated farming town of about 5,000 nestled amid green hills just inland from California’s Pacific Coast. It’s a beautiful, lively place to be at sunset, right before the kids will be picked up from day care. Rita Mancero is the petite …

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Surveillance Valley: Why Google Is Eager to Align Itself With America’s Military Industrial Complex

The following is an excerpt from Yasha Levine’s ongoing investigative project, Surveillance Valley, which you can help support on KickStarter [3]. Oakland, California: On February 18, 2014, several hundred privacy, labor, civil rights activists packed Oakland’s city hall. It was a rowdy crowd, and there was a heavy police presence. The people were there to protest the construction of a citywide surveillance center …