Thursday, August 23, 2012

Organic Corps and GMOs- Japan Closed their Nukes

Boycott the Organic and 'Natural' Traitor Brands Whose Parent Companies Oppose Your Right to Know recent weeks, several public interest groups, including the Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute,, and Natural News, have pointed out the gross hypocrisy and greed of large food and beverage corporations selling billions of dollars of organic and natural food, while meanwhile bankrolling the industry opposition to GMO labeling. These organic and “natural” traitor companies and brands include: Kellogg’s (Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms); General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar); Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave); Smucker’s (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic); Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla); Safeway (“O” Organics); Kraft (Boca Burgers and Back to Nature); Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife); and PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic). All of these companies are profiting from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and “natural” food brands while at the same time funneling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the November 6th GMO labeling ballot initiative (Proposition 37) in California.

We need to send a clear message to these traitor brands, in the only language they understand: lost profits and lower sales. Today, the Organic Consumers Association and are formally calling for a boycott of 7 organic and “natural” brands.
"Organic Consumers Association"

Japan Shutters Last Nuclear Power Plant

For the first time since 1970, Japan has stopped producing nuclear power. Up until the partial nuclear meltdown at Fukushima last year, nuclear power plants provided almost 30 percent of Japan’s electricity needs. A growing anti-nuclear movement in Japan has forced the closure of Japan’s other facilities. On Saturday, Japan shut down its last nuclear plant, but government officials have not ruled out restarting its nuclear industry if Japan suffers from electricity shortages. On Saturday, thousands of anti-nuclear activists marched calling for the nuclear plants never to be reopened. One protester, Kaori Kanda, said she was worried about the effects of radiation.
Kaori Kanda: "My friend in Iwaki just died of cardiac arrest. The people around me are dying. They are dying because they are staying in places where the radiation is too high, absorbing the fallout and dying of cardiac arrest. The cause and effect cannot be directly established, so we can only say, 'What a pity.' But there are many people dying now."

Mark ,

screenshot from TPP parody video

Do you know what “TPP” stands for?

A. Taking People’s Power
B. Toxic Poisonous Products
C. Terribly Pricey Pharmaceuticals
D. Trans-Pacific Partnership
E. All of the above

The right answer, unfortunately, is E. And today in Dallas, Texas, a throng of corporate lobbyists are gathering behind closed doors to begin what they’ve branded “trade” negotiations.

In reality, the TPP is a stunning backdoor corporate attack.

Unlock the secret of the TPP — the Trans-Pacific Partnership “trade” ruse.

Watch our “TPP: The Ultimate Corporate Power Tool” video, a parody based on the Jackson 5 classic song “ABC.”

Then sign the petition to open up the negotiation process — this is a deal that cannot survive public scrutiny.
"Robert Weissman, Public Citizen"

Democracy Now! Daily News Digest
May 8, 2012

Former Labor Sec. Robert Reich on Clinton’s Errors of Crippling Welfare to Repealing Glass-Steagall

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich critiques President Obama’s handling of the economic crisis and the Clinton administration’s repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, a key deregulatory move that ended the separation of commercial and investment banking and is widely seen as having helped lead to the financial collapse. The Clinton administration also presided over a drastic transformation of U.S. welfare laws, throwing millions off of welfare rolls. Reich is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written 13 books, including Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. His latest, an e-book, is just out: Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix Them. Watch/Listen/Read

"We Need to Make a Ruckus": Robert Reich Hails Occupy for Exposing Concentration of Wealth and Power

In his new book, Beyond Outrage, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich opens with a dedication to the Occupy Wall Street movement. We speak to Reich about the success of Occupy in reshaping the national dialogue on the economy and why strong grassroots movements are needed to push elected leaders in Washington to enact a progressive agenda. Reich also discusses why austerity is not the answer to the economic crisis at home or in Europe.
Democracy Now!
Dear Friend,
            In this challenging economy, a college education means more than ever to reaching for the American Dream.  However, increased costs are making that harder and harder on today’s students, saddling them with too much debt. That is why I am urging my colleagues in Congress to do the right thing and place politics aside to prevent student debt rates from rising. Below is an op-ed I recently wrote in the Albany Times Union which highlights the need for a bi-partisan solution to keeping the student debt rate down to allow our young people to flourish and adequately prepare for the next generation.
                        Kirsten E. Gillibrand 
                    U.S. Senator for New York

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