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The Vinyl Experience – 04.21.17

Todd Snider: Vinyl Records Reunion: Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) Richie Family: Best Disco In Town Glen Miller Orchestra: Juke Box Saturday Night Joan Jett: I Love Rock & Roll Kinks: Jukebox Music Corrine Bailey Rae: Put Your Records On Aerosmith: Big Ten Inch Chuck Berry: Roll Over Beethoven Sam Cooke: Having A Party Elvis Costello: …

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All signs point to a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry by Bayer, Monsanto

Following months of negotiations and various offers, Germany-based Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion. The merger is reported to be the largest all-cash deal on record. The purchase means a lot of things, and none of them good for consumers. For one, it strengthens the monopolization of the world’s food supply. …

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Kristina Martin – GMO STUDY FINDS ALTERED AMINO ACIDS MAY INCREASE HISTAMINE REACTIONS

One of the criteria the Food and Drug Administration considers when deciding whether or not to approve a GMO is called “substantial equivalence.” This means the nutritional profile and toxicity levels of the modified plant are within the same range as a non-modified plant. When a new strain of corn is similar enough to the original to demonstrate substantial equivalence, …

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Sarah Lazare – Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No

Nearly 500 mothers incarcerated with their children at euphemistically-termed immigrant family detention centers in Texas were released over the weekend following a judge’s ruling that such prisons cannot operate as childcare facilities. The advocacy organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “hurriedly released over 460 mothers and children from Karnes …

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Ken Roseboro – Largest-ever study finds GM crops increased herbicide use by 28 percent

A new study has found that widespread adoption of genetically modified crops has increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, while decreasing the use of insecticides. University of Virginia economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide use to date, alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy …

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Winona LaDuke – Slow, Clean, Good Food

In an impressive fossil fuels travel day, I left the Standing Rock reservation and flew to Italy for the International Slow Food gathering known as Terra Madre. A world congress of harvesters, farmers, chefs and political leaders, this is basically the World Food Olympics. This is my fifth trip to Italy for Slow Food. I first went with Margaret Smith, …

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Jenny Miller – Buyer Beware: An Historical Look at Bayer’s Unethical Practices

This lengthy investigation into the history of Bayer’s unethical practices was prompted by the proposed expansion of its plant in Berkeley in the 90s. I’m republishing it now due to the proposed sale of Monsanto to Bayer AG. In addition to examining Bayer’s major role during the Nazi period, the article looks at other human rights and environmental violations by …

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Katherine Paul – Six Questions for Monsanto

Monsanto may not be the largest company in the world. Or the worst. But the St. Louis, Mo. biotech giant has become the poster child for all that’s wrong with our industrial food and farming system. With 21,000 employees in 66 countries and $15 billion in revenue, Monsanto is a biotech industry heavyweight. The St. Louis, Mo.-based monopolizer of seeds …

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Dr. Gary G. Kohls and Dr. Peter R. Breggin – Electroconvulsant Shock Therapy (ECT): Is it Safe or Even Effective?

In my practice of holistic mental health care, I encountered a number of unfortunate patients that had had one or more series of electroconvulsant (shock) “therapies” (ECT) , where a series of sub-lethal electrical shocks are administered directly to one or both hemispheres of the brain. To be regarded as “therapeutic”, enough electricity in this still very controversial procedure (often …

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Leid Stories – 09.16.15

The Ferguson Commission Report: An Exercise in Futility?
CNN Takes Its Turn As Carnival Barker At Two-Ring Circus
The Ferguson Commission—a 16-member blue-ribbon panel appointed last November by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to look into underlying causes of the rebellion that enveloped the city three months earlier, after the police shooting of Michael Brown—concluded its task two days ago with a 198-page report.
Titled “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity,” the report makes 169 recommendations in four areas it identified as requiring urgent attention— the law-enforcement/criminal-justice system, issues uniquely related to local youth, economic development, and entrenched racism.
Our guest, Al Gerhardstein, a Cincinnati-based civil-rights attorney with a long history of successfully litigating police-brutality cases and forcing court-ordered reforms in the criminal-justice system, discusses the Ferguson Commission’s report.
CNN takes its turn tonight as carnival barker at the two-ring circus it’s calling a presidential debate. Leid Stories in a commentary explains how CNN is merely filling its role as one of “The 3 M’s” in this political season.