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Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs

In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America.

Jonathan Benson, Natural News

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September 20, 2012 |  There was a time when manufacturers of the infamous pesticide chemical DDT and the herbicide chemical weapon "Agent Orange" actually tried to claim that these two toxins were completely safe for human exposure, a contention that the world now knows is completely false. And today, these same companies are trying to claim that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are also safe, and that there is no need to publicly disclose their presence in the food supply.

In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America, which includes a clip from a 1940s commercial that promotes Camel cigarettes as the cigarette of choice among doctors. The ad also shows clips from misleading commercials promoting both DDT and Agent Orange as safe household items.

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The Predicament ~ David L. Smith

  • The Predicament offers a compelling vision of a new political process, bypassing Big Money and television, as the means of reclaiming a government now held captive by and serving the interests of the moneyed elite, and restoring government to the service of the electorate. --Peter T. Knight, PhD, e-transformation strategist, formerly World Bank economist and Division Chief
  • Paul Krugman: Austerity Is So Wrong!

Described in The Predicament

In The Predicament, economist David L. Smith explains how the present economic, financial and political dysfunctions emerged after the relatively balanced and prosperous Eisenhower years. He reveals "where the bodies are buried," providing liberals with compelling rebuttals to extremist conservative memes, and makes the case for a radical change of direction to avoid further economic, financial and social deterioration; to restore the solvency, prosperity and contentment of the middle class; and to relieve the plight of the poor.  

Identifying the root cause of the American Predicament as the hijacking of the democratic political process by a rich and powerful elite, Mr. Smith proposes a completely new democratic political process to bypass Big Money and television to return the government to the service of We The People. Think of it as "a blueprint for a revolution for the price of a latte."

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Paul Krugman: Austerity Is So Wrong! Paul Krugman, Daily Beast

  • In a new book, End This Depression Now!, Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman says the current economic problems can be fixed both more easily and more quickly than anyone imagines. But politicians’ desire to slash spending is deeply destructive, and he details why austerity is so appealing even to Very Serious People—and why it’s such a bad idea.
  • Scott Walker's Austerity Agenda Yields 'Worst Job Losses in US'
  • Our Best Minds Are Failing Us
     

Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect

This is a non-film and a non-story, a fraud, promoted by the worst people in each culture.

Juan Cole, Informed Comment

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(Sep 9, 2012) The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury authored a short story about time travelers. They were careful, when they went back to the Jurassic, not to change anything, but one of them stepped on a butterfly. When they got back to the present, the world was slightly different.

When scientists studying complexity put forward the idea that small initial events could have large effects in non-linear, dynamic systems like the weather, they chose the term ‘butterfly effect.” One of the images students of weather instanced was that a butterfly flapping its wings might set off minor turbulence that ultimately turned into a hurricane. (In the older model of Newtonian physics, small events have small effects and large events have large effects, so you wouldn’t expect a minor action to produce big changes).

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The Great Deregulator


Obama has followed the examples of Summers and Geithner instead of those of Warren and Harris, and that is what has made the election a tossup as voters continue to suffer in an economy that Democrats as well as Republicans wrecked.

Robert Scheer, Truthdig

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Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. AP/Charles Dharapak

Bill Clinton bears as much responsibility as any politician for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the wild applause for his disingenuous speech at the Democratic National Convention last week is a sure sign of the poverty of what passes for progressive politics.

Do those convention delegates, and the fawning media that were wowed by the former president’s rhetorical seductions, not recall that just before he left office Clinton signed off on the game-changing legislation that ended the sensible rules imposed on Wall Street during the Great Depression? It was Clinton who cooperated with the Republicans in reversing the legacy of FDR’s New Deal, opening the floodgates of unfettered avarice that almost drowned the world’s economy during the reign of George W. Bush.

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