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10 May 2015 @ 03:02 pm
The Inhuman Failure of ‘Austerity’  
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution said the Government should provide for the “general Welfare,” a mandate to help build a strong and prosperous nation. But the concept has been lost in a wave of anti-government, “neoliberal” propaganda making the Market king, as David William Pear explains.

By David William Pear

May 09, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - "Consortium News" -  Close your eyes and imagine an affluent society with subsonic trains crisscrossing the continent. One that produces unlimited clean energy. Provides basic healthcare for everyone. Values education for its own sake. Cultivates the arts and research to discover beauty and the unknown. An affluent society that responds with compassion to natural disaster. Conserves natural resources and protects the environment. And enjoys more leisure time. Cares about eliminating poverty and illiteracy. That ends racism and prejudice.

Does the affluent society seem like a dream? Is it an impossible goal? The neoliberals think it is. They imagine a world of austerity and a new Gilded Age.

The neoliberals are prisoners of the Eighteenth Century. They have not advanced since the neo-feudal teachings of Adam Smith (1723-1790). Smith is the godfather of economics and wrote the “bible” of capitalism, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Smith was among the first to give much thought about economics.

In Eighteenth Century Great Britain, half the population lived in poverty. They survived, if they did, with disease, famine, illiteracy, lack of sanitation and in slums. It was normal then. Things had always been that way. They thought the poor, starving and ignorant mass of people would always be among them.  They thought their society was according to the law of nature.

Smith was a charitable man. He fretted about poverty, and gave a great deal of thought about wages. With a large pool of the unemployed, the new industrial class only had to pay subsistence wages.

Smith tried to tell the industrialists that people were like cattle. He said if one gave their cows more grass, then they would produce more milk. The industrialists said that if they gave their workers higher wages, then it would come out of profits, and the workers would just produce more children with mouths to feed, leading to greater starvation. The neoliberals still think this way.

Every progressive social project the neoliberals call it socialism, as if that is an obscene word. The only government projects they like are those that benefit the private sector, corporations and the wealthy.

Almost every modern democracy has done better than the US at providing good government for its people. All the evidence proves it. The US consistently ranks far below more progressive countries on the United Nations Human Development Index that measures health, education and equality of income.

On the Social Progress Index, which measures “Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellness, and Opportunity” (see interactive map); the US is ranked sixteenth, and well behind other developed democratic nations. Those countries doing better have not degenerated into totalitarianism, as the neoliberals predict.

The neoliberals see Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin behind every government social program. In the 1940s the neoliberal’s idol, Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1992) wrote a thesis called The Road to Serfdom. It is a simple book in its Eighteenth Century theories about government and freedom. There is a comic book version, courtesy of General Motors. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for it.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) and Hayek were colleagues at the London School of Economics. They had a long-running debate for years over the role of government. Keynes realized that government was important, that it has an active role in the economy. He said the government could do “good” and manage the economy well. Hayek said it was the road to serfdom.

Keynes was an economic advisor for the British government during World War I. He also advised the British during the Treaty of Versailles to negotiate Germany’s surrender. Keynes resigned from his position at Versailles in disgust, saying the harsh austerity the Allies were demanding of Germany and Austria would cause massive poverty and starvation. He said it was inhumane and would result in the rise of fascism and war. He proved to be right. He was not awarded the Nobel Prize.

In the Twenty-first Century, the European Union is imposing harsh austerity on its weaker members. The neoliberals are dismantling Europe’s progressive social programs. We are seeing the rise of fascism again too. So which is more likely to cause fascism and war: Austerity for the people, or progressive government social programs? Hayek said he did not mind a dictatorship, as long as it is neoliberal. The neoliberals like right-wing dictators.

During the Great Depression (1929-1939), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned to Keynes for advice about the Great Depression. Keynes wrote a letter to Roosevelt advising him on the need for government social programs to stimulate the economy. Keynes further warned FDR that lowering interest rates and increasing the money supply alone would only bailout speculators, but would not sustain economic recovery.

By contrast, President Barack Obama took the neoliberal advice in the Great Recession and bailed out the speculators. Keynes would have predicted that the result would be anemic economic recovery. He would have been right.

Keynes gave worthy advice that would do the American people well in the Twenty-first Century. The neoliberals keep sabotaging good advice from past sages. Their sabotage is well-funded by corporations, foundations, foreign governments and the wealthy.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a genius with Twenty-first Century ideas. Galbraith served as an economic advisor to both FDR and John F. Kennedy.  His most famous book isThe Affluent Society (1958), a popular book during the 1960s.

During the Stagflation of the 1970s, the neoliberals allied with the religious-right and racists to purge Keynes’s and Galbraith’s teachings. In the 1980s, the Reagan-Thatcher revolution established neoliberals, corporate hegemony and right-wing extremists in the halls of power.

The first experiment of the neoliberals was in Chile during the 1970s. It led to the rise of Pinochet, fascism and crimes against humanity. Hayek said in a 1978 letter to the Times of London that he personally approved of Pinochet, preferring a dictator to a democratic government without neoliberalism.

Hayek made one excuse after another for Pinochet. He was not even faithful to his own principles, and said Pinochet’s firing squads would transition to democracy. Those on the wrong end of Pinochet’s firing squads would not live to see that miracle. The neoliberals never take responsibility, admit they are wrong, or say they are sorry. (See example, here.)

Galbraith’s discarded ideas had some excellent questions and answers to ponder in the Twenty-first Century. What is our obsession with economic growth and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), when an affluent society already produces all the private goods and services needed, Galbraith asked? And, shouldn’t we be more concerned about what is produced instead of how much? He said there is a “problem with social balance … private affluence and public squalor … as well as related environmental, aesthetic, and cultural concerns.” He was a man for the Twenty-first Century.

Neoliberals are not against fascist and corporate planning of the economy. Fascists use the firing squad as their economic planning tool. Corporations use monopoly power, public relations departments and political graft. Corporations are hierarchical organizations that meet in secret to decide what to produce and the price people will pay. They spend billions of dollars on advertising to change consumer preferences and move their products off the shelves. Their propaganda has created a privatized culture of consumerism, materialism and gluttony.

The corporations are dictating government programs too. Their oligarchies have taken over governments globally at all levels. They plan the government and the economy for their own profit and greed. Corporate oligarchies and neoliberals attack every social program for the public. They impose austerity on the public sector and the people. The impoverished public sector is in dire need of investment.

Education could use a tsunami of new investment. The lack of investment for education, especially in poor neighborhoods, is glaring. The neoliberals blame “bad teachers.” They want to privatize public schools and hire proctors that will work for the minimum wage, so their hedge funds can make billions of dollars in profits that should be going to education.

Higher education is failing too. Students are condemned to indentured servitude to payoff student loans. Young people have been indoctrinated that the value of education is to learn how to work for corporations and the military.

College graduates discover that there are no jobs for their qualifications. Neoliberals stuck in the Eighteenth Century say the answer is that not everybody needs an education to be a widget or carry a gun. They want other people’s students to enroll in online schools pushed by their hedge funds, while their kids go to Harvard, Yale and MIT.

An affluent society needs educated people. There is a cadre of potential teachers, healthcare workers, nutritionists, scientists, sociologists, historians, artists, engineers and administrators now working at meaningless minimum wage jobs. There is an abundance of opportunity for college graduates in an affluent society.

New community centers could staff professionals to enrich the lives of seniors, teens and children. With people living longer, retired seniors could improve their lives and social activity by taking courses and enjoying the arts. Teens could have tutoring, learn to play chess, take music lessons, cooking classes, creative writing, languages, and have supervised sports. The possibilities for public investments and to improve the quality of life, and provide meaningful jobs are endless. Neoliberals want everybody to sit alone at home and watch TV.

Malnourished and neglected children are unacceptable in an affluent society. The problem is not a lack of resources. It is because of unequal distribution. There is a shameful lack of prenatal care. As a result, infant mortality in the US is higher than every developed nation. It is 30 percent higher than even Cuba, which the neoliberals constantly chastise about its human rights.

New parents could get healthcare, infant care and education in an affluent society. Instead, Eighteenth Century neoliberals want to kill Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid; and they want to privatize the Veterans Administration. Their greed is insatiable.

Obama promised single-payer healthcare. The public got excited and wanted it. The Eighteenth Century neoliberals killed it in the womb. Long-term health care and homecare goes uncovered by any public insurance. Neoliberals let the old and disabled go without and die, as if those people are just useless eaters. Instead an affluent society would treat the old and disabled humanely; and single-payer healthcare would create more careers and professional jobs.

Twice a day every workday the highways are in gridlock with automobiles idling, burning fossil fuel and polluting the air. Clean, fast and comfortable light-rail and motor coaches would be quicker, more comfortable and use less energy. Building and operating a Twenty-first Century mass transportation industry would make commuting time productive and leisurely; and create more skilled jobs.

An affluent society should not neglect the unemployed. The public sector has the responsibility of full-employment and providing for those unemployed. Employees did not volunteer to be the risk-takers of capitalism. They should not be condemned to their fate because they were unlucky and chose the wrong industry or employer years ago.

Society must also face the reality that some people are permanently unable to work because of social, emotional and health reasons. The unemployed need treatment, counseling, education and care; which would also create more jobs.

These are just a few ideas, some from Galbraith’s The Affluent Society. As Galbraith said in 1958, the private sector is a king; the public sector is a pauper. They can both be royalty.

The neoliberals and their alter-ego, the neocons, do not have any good ideas for the Twenty-first Century. They have caused financial disasters and endless wars, and they tell us not to expect better.

Part of the public sector that is not a pauper but should be is the military. The military-industrial complex is wasting vast resources making machines of death. Society is spending trillions of dollars to send armies to invade other countries. We spend trillions of dollars in order to protect us from imaginary enemies and those that our wars have created. It does not make us any safer. The jobs that it creates do not add any value.

The Eighteen Century neoliberals and the neoconservatives say that government economic planning will destroy our freedom, while they plan the economy for war and financial speculation. The neocons say the American people must give up the Bill of Rights in exchange for safety. The neoliberals say that austerity will bring prosperity. Instead we are less free and more poor. They are leading us down the road to fascism and serfdom.

Let’s open our eyes and stop listening to the neoliberals.

David William Pear retired from investment management and started writing on economic, political and social subjects.
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I can dream, can't I?.

 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on May 11th, 2015 06:55 am (UTC)
A comment left at
http://thesaker.is/more-signs-of-preparations-for-war/

Valjean72 on May 06, 2015
Today the left-wing German newspaper “Junge Welt” published this morning a declaration of former top-ranking officers of the NVA (army of the GDR), including a former defense minister of the GDR, who turns in a very serious tone against the warmongering NATO.

It should be a must-read for the German speaking audience but so far it’s completely ignored by the German corporate media.

Here is the introductory phrase:

[quote]
As military personnel who were employed in responsible positions in the GDR, we turn in great concern to the German public in order to maintain peace and the survival of civilization in Europe …
[end of quote]

Dagmar Henn published this article today on the German Saker:

EIN WICHTIGER APPELL / AN IMPORTANT APPEAL

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvineyardsaker.de%2Fdeutschland%2Fein-wichtiger-appell%2F&edit-text=
Orig. http://vineyardsaker.de/deutschland/ein-wichtiger-appell/
(Anonymous) on May 13th, 2015 10:31 am (UTC)
Junge Welt a dubious rag to say the least.
"Arnold Angelus Schölzel (born October 21, 1947) is the editor-in-chief of the far-left newspaper Junge Welt. Prior to 1989, he worked at East Berlin's Humboldt University and also was an informant for the East German domestic intelligence agency Stasi.........................In 1997, Schölzel became the feuilleton editor of the Junge Welt. February 2000 he became editor-in-chief. The newspaper is under observation by the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, is categorized by the Bundesamt as leftist extremist and is described by Die Welt as dominated by Stasi veterans".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Sch%C3%B6lzel
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 07:29 am (UTC)
Cameron is already talking about a global economy. Can't have one without a global currency, a global tax and a global government. Does that mean the cash saved by an EC-EU exit will go to the globalists' CO2 tax collector, the UN?

Edited at 2015-05-15 10:01 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
For the comment
ISIS Origins
Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State
An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given exclusive access to his papers. They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating.
By Christoph Reuter
[...] In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The fact that this could have happened at all was the result of a rare but fatal miscalculation by the brilliant planner. The local rebels placed the body into a refrigerator, in which they intended to bury him. Only later, when they realized how important the man was, did they lift his body out again.
Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi was the real name of the Iraqi, whose bony features were softened by a white beard. But no one knew him by that name. Even his best-known pseudonym, Haji Bakr, wasn't widely known. But that was precisely part of the plan. The former colonel in the intelligence service of Saddam Hussein's air defense force had been secretly pulling the strings at IS for years. Former members of the group had repeatedly mentioned him as one of its leading figures. Still, it was never clear what exactly his role was
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-files-show-structure-of-islamist-terror-group-a-1029274.html

Commented
3. This Story is Absolute BS
ben.harper.52012 04/19/2015
What a crock. Completely made up story to provide a diversion to the fact Israel and US Christian financiers founded, organize and are funding ISIS. Here's the first clue that the story is false. Saddam Hussein's inner circle and central government was not made up of religious fanatics. They were Baathists first an foremost. They promoted an Arab agenda over a religious agenda. Baathists are not Islamic extremists and there is no way Baathist generals would receive financial support from Sunnis or Shia. Only a well-moneyed, well-organized and highly secretive non-Islamic faction could and would supply ISIS with the kind of money, equipment and support they are getting. And what would be the motive? To throw the entire middle east into chaos. Set the Arab world 100 years so they are not a threat to Israel and their oil is cheap for years to come. Ask yourself, why is ISIS not attacking US or Israeli interests. Why no chants of death to America and Death to Israel? Why are they so hard to figure out yet they are all over the internet and social media. Why did that bomb go off well away from the the US consulate yesterday yet the reports made it sound like it was a hit on a US target. BS. ISIS is not going to bite the hand that feeds it. And that hand is attached to Bibi Netanyahu and secret Christian financiers. This story was planted and Spiegel fell for it. Don't you fall for it.

Isis: Leader of Islamist terror group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi resurfaces in audio message
By Priya Joshi May 14, 2015
[...] He was apparently hit by shrapnel "all over his body" as the convoy he was travelling in was struck by a coalition aerial raid in western Iraq in March, leaving him with spinal injuries.
The claim was made by Dr Hisham al Hashimi, a regional adviser to the Iraqi government, citing a source in the Mosul hospital which treated him.
Full http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-leader-islamist-terror-group-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-resurfaces-audio-message-1501384

Abu II? The CIA has a history, Osama.
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 08:53 am (UTC)
RI headlines
Poroshenko Introduces Bill to Imprison Russian Nationals in Special Camps
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/poroshenko-presents-bill-ukraines-parliament-aims-send-ethnic-russians-ukraine

Submarine Almost Capsizes UK Trawler. Without Proof, NY Times Blames Russia
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/submarine-almost-capsizes-uk-trawler-without-proof-ny-times-blames-russia/ri6710

Ukrainian Government Approves Privatization of More than 300 State-Owned Enterprises
http://russia-insider.com/en/business/cabmin-has-approved-privatization-over-300-state-owned-enterprises/ri6880

Ukraine: Confederal Solution Looms
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/confederal-solution-now-proposed-ukraine/ri6877

Russia Invites Greece to Join BRICS Bank
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-invites-greece-join-brics-bank-greek-financial-crisis-deepens-report/ri6845

Russia and China Begin Naval Military Exercises in the Black Sea
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-and-china-begin-mediterranean-military-exercises-black-sea-port-visit/ri6848

British Diplomacy Chief Opponent of Russian-German Rapprochement
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russian-german-relations-renewed-dialogue/ri6827

Why NATO Is Terrified of Russia
http://russia-insider.com/en/why-nato-terrified-russia/6359

China and Russia Want to Pull Germany into Their Economic Orbit
http://russia-insider.com/en/china_germany_politics_business_opinion/2014/11/04/02-02-43pm/china_and_russia_want_pull_germany

German Intelligence Clears Russia of Responsibility for MH17 Tragedy
http://russia-insider.com/en/germany_military_ukraine_opinion/2014/11/05/11-36-09pm/german_intelligence_clears_russia

Polish Mercenaries and Arms Flood into Ukraine as Media Looks the Other Way
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics_ukraine/2014/11/07/01-04-44pm/polish_mercenaries_and_arms_flood_ukraine_media_looks_other

Busted! Viral Video IDs Man Committing Atrocity During Odessa Massacre (cc, 5 min)
http://russia-insider.com/en/tv_politics_ukraine/2014/11/05/04-27-24pm/busted_viral_video_ids_man_committing_atrocity_during
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 09:53 am (UTC)
Under http://thesaker.is/more-signs-of-preparations-for-war/
Eimar CLark on May 06, 2015
This was posted on RI’s site below an article about the German industrial espionage crisis arising from revelations of collusion by the BND with the NSA:
jw 19 hours ago
BERLIN IS WASHINGTON’S VASSAL UNTIL 2099?
Ex-head of MAD reveals shocking details
of the 1949 US-German secret treatyTop intelligence officers rarely reveal secret strings, pulling the nation’s political mechanism. Publication of a book like The German card. The obscure game of secret services, authored by Gerd-Helmut Komossa (Gerd-Helmut Komossa. DIE DEUTSCHE KARTE. Das verdeckte Spiel der geheimen Dienste. Ares-Verlag, Graz 2007. – 230 S.), is an exceptional occurrence. Raising very sensitive issues, the author appeals to the core of German identity that had been deliberately suppressed for decades by the United States and its allies. The book is focused on contradictions between the United States and Germany, sometimes very strong but not supposed to be discussed in public. It was published in Austria, and its distribution in Germany may encounter certain difficulties today. Still, the very fact of its appearance indicates that the German intelligence community is increasingly dissatisfied with the role of a vassal of the United States (the definition applied to Europe by Zbigniew Brzezinski), imposed on Western Germany after World War II. Gerd-Helmut Komossa reveals the uncomfortable truth about the post-war conditions, dictated by the US and its allies. The state treaty, dated May 21, 1949 and classified by BND as top secret, suggests restrictions of state sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Germany, introduced for a period until 2099.
These restrictions include the provision that the winning coalition exercise complete control over Germany’s mass media and communications; that every Federal Chancellor is to sign the so-called Chancellor Act; that the gold reserve of Germany is kept under arrest. In fact, all the German Chancellors, including the incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel, pay their first foreign visit necessarily to the United States. The whole spectrum of German political parties is supervised by a special Washington-based controlling body, while local US-licensed media serve as a more sophisticated means of brainwashing than the Nazi propagandist machine. Meanwhile, Germany’s territory is still occupied by US troops. This astonishing picture is not a fancy concoction of a political leftist. It is drawn by a military man whose mind has accumulated the experience of several crucial stages of development of the European civilization and Germany in particular.
More below
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 09:54 am (UTC)
Continues/
Gen. (Ret.) Gerd-Helmut Komossa took part in World War II and later in the Cold War. Possessing huge amounts of information, he analyzes the existing mechanisms of global policy with strong criticism. Joining the Wehrmacht in 1943 as a volunteer, Komossa served at the Eastern front. Between May 1945 and April 1949, he was a prisoner of war. In the USSR, he got acquainted with many Russians who appeared to be quite different from the image imposed by the official Nazi propaganda. Since 1956, he served in the German Bundeswehr, re-established under certain conditions. The abovementioned secret treaty admitted that the German sovereignty is sufficient for the right to build up military forces. According to the Constitution, the troops of the Federal Republic of Germany are carrying put exceptionally defensive functions.
However, the Western coalition was pursuing different goals. It needed an army in new uniforms but with the same skills as the Nazi soldiers, perfectly fighting on land, on sea and in the air, and irrecusably abiding orders. Such a type of soldier was essential not only for the occasion of possible military collision with the Soviet bloc but also for fulfilling global missions. The coalition required at least 500,000 German soldiers. In addition, the newly-built army was supposed to purchase weapons and materiel solely from the United States. During the last two decades, Washington has been trying to force Germany into military partnership in globalistic control. However, the massive effort to get Germany involved in US operations in Somali and Bosnia, as well as in campaigns in Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan, has brought about a reverse result, sparking a shift in approach in German strategic circles.
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
THE HIGH COST OF VENGEANCE
by Freda Utley
HENRY REGNERY COMPANY CHICAGO 1949
CHAPTER PAGE
1. Road to War 1
2. The Spirit of Berlin 20
3. The Material Cost of Vengeance 54
4. Tragedy in Siegerland 104
5. German Democracy between Scylla and Charybdis 129
6. Nuremberg Judgments 162
7. Our Crimes against Humanity 182
8. Our Un-American Activities in Germany 211
9. How Not to Teach Democracy 232
10. The French Ride High 271
11. Conclusion
Online http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/thcov/index.html
PDF http://vho.org/dl/ENG/thcov.pdf
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Huge Victory: USDA Introduces Official Non-GMO Label
Government to launch first non-GMO label
by Mike Barrett
Posted on May 14, 2015
For years the public has been asking the U.S. government to institute mandatory labeling for any products containing genetically modified ingredients. Now, in response to the sounds of public outcry and vital activism, the United States Department of Agriculture is being forced to do something. The agency has developed a new government certification which companies can use to show that the product is completely free of GMOs.
Though the food advancement is arguably just tip-toeing around mandatory GMO labeling, it is definitely a sign that our government agencies are being forced to listen to our collective voice, and that they are really recognizing that there needs to be something in place that can clearly differentiate GMO-riddled and non-GM foods.
Currently, companies have the option to use either the non-profit Non-GMO Project’s verified seal, developed in 2007, or the USDA’s certified organic label. The difference with the newly-created USDA certification and these seals, however, is that the new seal is government-certified (the Non-GMO Project seal isn’t), and the USDA Organic seal comes with many more strict food rules than just being GMO-free. In other words, not all GMO-free foods are 100% organic.
“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the department’s plan in a May 1 letter to employees, saying the certification was being done at the request of a “leading global company,” which he did not identify. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.
…Vilsack said the USDA certification is being created through the department’s Agriculture Marketing Service, which works with interested companies to certify the accuracy of the claims they are making on food packages — think “humanely raised” or “no antibiotics ever.” Companies pay the Agricultural Marketing Service to verify a claim, and if approved, they can market the foods with the USDA process verified label.”
The new seal is voluntary, and companies would have to pay for it. The food products adopting the label would have a seal that says “USDA Process Verified” with a claim that it is free of GMOs.
“Recently, a leading global company asked AMS to help verify that the corn and soybeans it uses in its products are not genetically engineered so that the company could label the products as such,” Vilsack wrote in the letter. “AMS worked with the company to develop testing and verification processes to verify the non-GE claim.”
Vilsack said in the letter that the certification “will be announced soon, and other companies are already lining up to take advantage of this service.”
The downside of the USDA label is that it goes hand-in-hand with bills that are designed to block mandatory GMO labeling efforts across the country. A bill that was introduced last year provided the USDA cert, but wouldn’t make it mandatory – AND the bill would override any states laws that the citizens fought so hard for. An example can be seen with Vermont’s recent passing of a mandatory GMO labeling bill that will go into effect next year.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/huge-victory-usda-introduces-official-non-gmo-label/
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Good health
Lab Tests: McDonald’s ‘Devastates’ Gut Health in 10 Days
New lab results have demonstrated how food from McDonald’s can devastate your gut bacteria in a single day. This can have huge health implications.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/lab-tests-mcdonalds-devastates-gut-health-in-10-days/

Brazil’s Public Prosecutor Wants to Ban Monsanto’s Chemicals
The Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency is being urged re-evaluate its stance on the ‘likely carcinogenic’ herbicide ingredient, glyphosate.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/brazils-public-prosecutor-wants-to-ban-monsantos-chemicals/

Canada, Australia, and Japan Issue Warning over GMO Contamination
Three major countries – Canada, Australia, and Japan – jointly issued a warning that over genetically modified crops contaminating non-GM crops and plants.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/canada-australia-and-japan-issue-warning-over-gmo-contamination/

Bermuda Suspends Glyphosate-Ridden Roundup Indefinitely
Sorry Monsanto, but Bermuda has decided to suspend any importation of glyphosate/Roundup until further research give reason to lift the suspension.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/bermuda-suspends-glyphosate-ridden-roundup-indefinitely/

Victory: German Retail Giant Removes Glyphosate from 350 Stores
While US garden and DIY stores are still selling cancer-causing poison in a jug, a German retail giant will no longer carry glyphosate-containing products as of September 30, 2015
More: http://naturalsociety.com/victory-german-retail-giant-removes-glyphosate-from-350-stores/

March Against Monsanto to Launch International Protests May 23rd
March Against Monsanto, the grassroots campaign to fight Monsanto’s cancer-linked chemicals and GMOs, launches globally this coming may 23rd, 2015.
More: http://naturalsociety.com/march-against-monsanto-to-launch-international-protests-may-23rd/
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
Fortruss
Chechnya delivers 150 tons of humanitarian aid to Novoazovsk district and frontal towns (video)
http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/05/chechnya-delivers-150-tons-of.html

Macedonia - the next hot spot after Ukraine?
Macedonia is a fragment of Yugoslavia. The country is small and pretty quiet. But there is a source of tension. It's the Albanian diaspora of the country, which by some estimates is about 25% of population of Macedonia. Albania is next door. And next door is Serbia with Kosovo, virtually occupied by NATO. Where Albanian extremists have much freedom. The Albanian factor is used as a source of destabilization of Macedonia.
More, maps http://fortruss.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/macedonia-next-hot-spot-after-ukraine.html

IMF demands will make most Ukrainians homeless - Finance Minister of Ukraine
http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/05/imf-demands-will-make-most-ukrainians.html
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yatsenyuk acknowledges perpetrating genocide in the Donbass
Translated from French by Tom Winter
May 15, 2015
The courtyard of Matignon, after his meeting with Valls May 13:
1. Frédéric Saillot for Eurasie Express (In English): Mr. Yatsenyuk, when will you stop the genocide in Donbass?
When Putin pulls back, implements the Minsk deals, and stops the violation of international law. And when Russia will be brought to justice.
You killed 6 to 10,00 people. Are you going to continue?
It’s awful, when Putin put in place a nationalist extreme right policy. He killed innocent Ukrainians and illegally annexed Crimea.
YOU killed innocent Ukrainians, you killed 6,000 to 10,000 civilian people.
More http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/05/yatsenyuk-acknowledges-perpetrating.html
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
RT Newsline
1st Swiss humanitarian convoy arrives in Donetsk, E. Ukraine
http://rt.com/news/line/2015-05-15/#87833

Bodies of 10 ethnic Albanian militants found after Macedonia gun battle – prosecutors
http://rt.com/news/line/2015-05-15/#87845

US judge sentences Saudi man to life in prison over ties to Africa embassy bombings
http://rt.com/news/line/2015-05-15/#87837
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
'Politicians are puppets’: RT explores why a 1/3 of Brits don’t vote
May 07, 2015
As millions of citizens in Britain headed for the polling both, a significant minority chose not to vote. RT explores the reasons behind the UK’s widespread apathy.
Some 35 percent of the population did not vote in the last general election, a minority large enough to put any political party into power.
A survey by Survation in September 2013 took a detailed look at the attitudes of non-voters. When asked, “What would you say were your main reasons for not voting in the last the election?” over half of respondents expressed disillusionment with contemporary politics.
Some 27 percent of those polled said they “don’t believe my vote will make any difference,” while 25 percent said the “parties/candidates are all the same.”
More http://rt.com/uk/256581-britain-election-apathy-voters/
clothcapclothcap on May 15th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
RT
France offers Mistral contract termination, hopes to get off cheap – report
http://rt.com/news/258805-french-mistral-termination-offer/

Repealing Human Rights Act could jeopardize Northern Irish peace deal – Amnesty
http://rt.com/uk/259061-human-rights-northern-ireland/

Mind the gap: Britain’s richest are 105 times better off than the poorest
http://rt.com/uk/258969-wealth-equality-distribution-analysis/

‘Underhand, undemocratic’: GCHQ continues controversial hacking after covert law change
http://rt.com/uk/259013-gchq-law-campaigners-surveillance/

Serbia wants to join Turkish Stream – foreign minister
http://rt.com/business/258961-serbia-join-turkish-stream/

Ukraine and China ink $2.4 bn currency swap
http://rt.com/business/258941-china-ukraine-currencies-swap/

India & China seal record 24 deals estimated at $10bn
http://rt.com/business/258965-china-india-record-deal/

‘Gap now opening up between Kiev & US, Kiev & EU’
http://rt.com/op-edge/258853-poroshenko-statement-war-ukraine-europe/