Here's a link round up of what I've been reading. As usual, I am drawn toward news about our food and our environment and a few good news stories that don't get emphasized enough, such as the fact that the deficit is falling fast or the news that Native Tribes' protests over illegal use of their land by the government and corporate forces can be successful and are not a waste of time. As Noam and Howard have told us, when we get together in mass and protest, it works. When we become sour, bitter and defeated we give up and the 1% win. We can't let that happen, not for our grandchildren's sake. Laughing at the 1%'s propagandist nonsense helps too!
The Deficit Fell Faster Last Year Than Any Since The End Of World War II
"The deficit may be falling, but hardship isn’t necessarily following suit. Unemployment still stands at 6.6 percent, and the long-term unemployed make up nearly 40 percent of that figure, yet Republicans let their benefits lapse over concerns that it would cost too much to extend them. Incomes have been stagnant or falling, making it hard for many to make ends meet, but Congress reduced food stamps twice and welfare benefits are quickly losing value."
"English actor Patrick Stewart appeared on The Colbert Report Monday to lampoon the ongoing series of fake Obamacare horror stories."
"Speaking about the new labels, Mrs. Obama said that, "Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it's good for your family." Mrs. Obama is absolutely right. We have the right to know what's in the food that we eat, and if it's actually healthy for us. But to achieve that goal, we need to go beyond a new nutrition facts label, and start labeling ALL of the things that are in the foods that we eat."
"To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naïve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria. But how long can Monsanto ignore the mounting actual scientific evidence that their technology is not only failing to live up to its promises, it’s putting public health at risk?"
"Last year Canada was swept by the aboriginal-led Idle No More protest movement, building on years of aboriginal struggles against resource projects, the most high-profile of which has targeted Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry Alberta tar sands to the western coast of British Columbia. “Native land claims scare the hell out of investors,” an analyst with global risk consultancy firm Eurasia Group has noted, concluding that First Nations opposition and legal standing has dramatically decreased the chances the Enbridge pipeline will be built."