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5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store

Avoiding genetically modified ingredients in the U.S. takes someone seriously dedicated to keeping themselves and their family as healthy as possible; it also takes a bit of work, though it will become easier.

Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

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October 6th, 2013 | A conscientious shopper always reads labels when shopping for groceries. But if you are in the U.S., those labels won’t tell you if there are genetically modified ingredients inside. Instead, you have to be a bit of a food detective, digging for the information yourself because the government and food producers alike don’t think you have a right to know. So how can one health-conscious consumer find out if their food contains GMOs?

Here you will see 5 tips on how to avoid GMO foods in the grocery store.

Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer based out of North Carolina.

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Obamacare: The Gift To Insurers That Will Keep on Giving

Now, as a Wile E. Coyote government hurtles toward another fiscal cliff and as cable news substitutes red-versus-blue prognostication for fact-based health policy reporting, few in D.C. bother to mention that Obamacare really isn't designed with patients, most employers or even health care in mind...

David Sirota, nsfwcorp / The Broken Elbow

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Obama WinkingOctober 2, 2013 | This week's healthcare-themed government shutdown and the much-vaunted launch of the insurance exchanges has predictably jump-started the latest season of "The Politics of Obamacare."

In this made-for-TV cartoon series, the battle over the new law has been depicted as a fight between competing small guys. Bam! Democrats insist opponents of the law don't care about the uninsured, even though the new law will leave millions of people without health coverage. Ker-pow! Republicans claim that proponents of the law don't care about struggling businesses, even though America's for-profit employer-based system puts U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

David Sirota is a Denver-based journalist whose reporting focuses on politics and pop culture.

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Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

  • Overall, American families are paying an annual $6,000 subsidy to corporations that have doubled their profits and cut their taxes in half in ten years while cutting 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. and adding almost as many jobs overseas.
  • Defining Prosperity Down

Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

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Monday, September 23, 2013 | $6,000.

That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

The $6,000 figure is an average, which means that low-income families are paying less. But it also means that families (households) making over $72,000 are paying more than $6,000 to the corporations.

Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached at paul@UsAgainstGreed.org.

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Defining Prosperity Down, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

  • There’s remarkably little political pressure to end our continuing, if low-grade, depression.
  • Someday, I suppose, something will turn up that finally gets us back to full employment. But I can’t help recalling that the last time we were in this kind of situation, the thing that eventually turned up was World War II.
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The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

  • The Nation’s sports editor questions whether taxpayer money should be spent to build new arenas in cities where public infrastructure dollars are scarce.
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed
  • Stop the stadium lease signings now!

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September 13, 2013 | The Nation’s sports editor David Zirin tells Bill that Americans are paying for expensive new sports stadiums in cities around the country to the benefit of wealthy team owners, who lobby hard for their construction. Zirin says the biggest irony is that many fans can’t afford tickets to major league games, even though they paid for the stadium where their favorite team plays — never mind those residents who aren’t sports fans.

He points to the Minnesota Twins stadium, opened in 2010, that was “built entirely with public money, even though it had been rejected a dozen times by the voters in various referendum.” Add to that problems that result when tight municipal budgets mean choosing between needed infrastructure projects and new stadiums. In Minnesota, Zirin notes, “the very week they were gonna break ground on the new stadium, the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, sending about a dozen people to their deaths.”

David Zirin is The Nation’s sports editor.

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Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Dave Zirin, The Nation magazine’s first ever sports writer, joins Bill Moyers on this week’s Moyers & Company. He’s been called the best sportswriter in the United States, a provocative reporter and social critic whose books include Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love, and his most, recent, Game Over: How Politics has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

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Stop the stadium lease signings now! Will Shapira, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • The long-awaited  public showdown between the Wilfs and Gov. Dayton is now at hand. 
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  • Stadium contract isn't final, so let's get a better deal.

 

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Social costs of electricity from coal make it uneconomical, researchers assert

  • "The study results show that our electricity system, which generates fully 40 percent of the nation's carbon dioxide pollution, is costly," Johnson wrote. "Transitioning to cleaner energy won't just help protect us and our children and grandchildren from climate change, it's also good economics."
  • Clean energy! No installation required!

Daniel Cusick, Environment & Energy Publishing

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | New research from a national environmental group finds that the cost of producing electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar is lower than that of conventional coal-fired generation when factoring for the adverse costs of climate change and human health impacts.

That conclusion, derived from analysis on the "social cost of carbon," is at the heart of a study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences by Laurie Johnson, chief economist of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate and Clean Air Program, Starla Yeh of NRDC's Center for Market Innovation, and Chris Hope of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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Daniel Cusick is a reporter for Environment & Energy Publishing

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Clean energy! No installation required!

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25 Fast Facts About The Federal Reserve

  • The Fed is the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, and if the American people truly understood how it really works, they would be screaming for it to be abolished immediately.
  • The following are 25 fast facts about the Federal Reserve that everyone should know...
  • Bail-out is out, bail-in is in: time for some publicly-owned banks

Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog

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September 15th, 2013 | As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve, it is absolutely imperative that we get the American people to understand that the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems.  It is a system of money that was created by the bankers and that operates for the benefit of the bankers.  The American people like to think that we have a "democratic system", but there is nothing "democratic" about the Federal Reserve.  Unelected, unaccountable central planners from a private central bank run our financial system and manage our economy.  There is a reason why financial markets respond with a yawn when Barack Obama says something about the economy, but they swing wildly whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth.  The Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy than anyone else does by a huge margin.  The Fed is the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, and if the American people truly understood how it really works, they would be screaming for it to be abolished immediately.  

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