Parents of Brain-Injured Child Sue Dow for ‘Selfish, Greedy, Malicious’ Manipulation of Science

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Parents of Brain-Injured Child Sue Pesticide Maker for ‘Selfish, Greedy, Malicious’ Manipulation of Science

Corteva (formerly Dow) hit with second lawsuit in less than 30 days over pesticide linked to brain damage in children.

For the second time in under a month, parents of a brain-injured child have sued the maker of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, claiming the company not only caused their child’s injuries, but did so despite knowing its product could cause brain damage in children, including unborn children whose mothers had come in contact with the chemical.

On Tuesday, Carmela Zamora Avila and Reymundo Arciniega Herrara sued Corteva, Inc. (formerly Dow) in California Superior Court. In the complaint, the parents, both farmworkers, allege their daughter Britney, now 13, was exposed to chlorpyrifos in utero and that as a result, she now has autism, obesity and vision problems.

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Like Old-Time Piracy, the US Seizes Venezuelan Oil and Sells It

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Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers, Washington DC, U.S., 2020. 

Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers, Washington DC, U.S., 2020.  | Photo: EFE

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The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration sold over 1.1 million barrels of refined petroleum that were onboard the Luna vessel, which was seized by the United States from Iran on August 14, 2020.

“The ships’ owner transferred the petroleum to the government, and we can now announce that the United States has sold and delivered that petroleum,” the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers said.

The Trump administration justified its action by arguing that the money from the oil sale to Caracas would supposedly benefit the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Quds Force, which is considered a terrorist organization.

In recent years, Venezuela has faced gasoline supply problems because of the arbitrary and unilateral sanctions that the U.S. government established as a mechanism to destabilize the Bolivarian…

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Greenwald’s Intercept Resignation Exposes Rot in All Mass Media

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By Caitlin Johnstone

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has made major waves throughout mainstream and alternative media by resigning from The Intercept, an outlet he co-founded in 2014 with the stated mission of holding power to account with the power of unrestricted journalism.

Greenwald says he resigned because Intercept editors refused to let him publish an article he’d been working on about the mass media’s role in covering up the Hunter Biden October surprise and obfuscating its nature, which he says is a violation of the conditions in his contract for editorial freedom. He also published part of the email exchanges he’d been having with the editors in the lead-up to submitting his notice of resignation.

The email exchanges make it fairly clear that Intercept editors were holding Greenwald’s analysis of the allegations against Joe Biden and his family to a much higher evidentiary standard than they hold any journalist who…

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Left-Democrats Abandon Struggle for Working Class to the Right

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By Roger D Harris, Popular Resistance

All indications are that Joe Biden is heading for a landslide win. Losers will be Trump and those Republicans who have not already defected to the Democrat’s big tent. Collateral damage, however, may be the progressive cause. Some leftists have advocated temporarily subordinating an independent working-class alternative to campaign for the leading neoliberal candidate.

For example, the Open Letter: Dump Trump, Then Battle Biden argues for “the most urgent task — defeating Trump in the election with as big an Electoral College margin as possible, to undermine his predictable efforts to steal the election.” Among the 55 signatories of the open letter are some of the most dedicated and productive people on the progressive left.

Many of them would agree that ultimately there needs to be a political force representing working people not tied to the dictates of capital – but now is…

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NIAID Contract Obligates Pentagon to Buy 50 Million Doses of Moderna’s Covid Vaccine for $9 Billion

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Contract obtained through Freedom of Information Act raises questions about Fauci, transparency and conflicts of interest.

Yet here’s a completely redacted contract between Fauci’s agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and his leading vaccine candidate Moderna. The contract was just obtained by journalist Emily Kopp, of Congressional Quarterly, through a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health:

What is it that Fauci does not want us to know about the product he developed with $2.5 billion taxpayer dollars?

Fauci is director of NIAID, which owns the critical patents on the Moderna vaccine and will reportedly receive half the royalties. Six of his employees may also…

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China’s new sanctions against American defence companies have the potential to cause major damage to the US military

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By Tom Fowdy | RT | October 26, 2020

Beijing has fired a warning to the US over its arms sales to Taiwan with a new round of sanctions. The move is symbolic for now, but if China wants to get tough it really could hammer the supply chains of the impacted companies.

On Monday afternoon, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Beijing would be placing sanctions on a number of US firms and linked individuals over arms sales to Taiwan, with Washington having approved a record sale worth around $5 billion to the island the previous week.

The listed companies included Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon, striking at the heart of what is often referred to as ‘America’s Military Industrial Complex’. However, what the specific measures mean, how they will be implemented and what their impact might be remains to be seen.

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‘Pseudo-expert’: College dropout billionaire Bill Gates attacks Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas over Covid-19 stance

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RT | October 26, 2020

Self-styled Covid-19 authority and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has weaponized media demands to “trust the science” to tear into Trump adviser (and actual medical doctor) Scott Atlas for not backing stricter Covid policies.

“We now have a pseudo-expert advising the president,” Gates snarled during an interview at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday, denouncing Atlas – who, unlike the billionaire software tycoon, completed both college and medical school – as an “off the rails” bad influence on the Trump administration.

“The most malign thing is where you start to attack your own experts and suggest that maybe politicians know better than disease experts,” Gates continued. The billionaire is neither a politician nor a medical doctor, despite the vast sums he has spent through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its affiliates in an effort to…

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FEAR FACTOR: Covid-19 & The Political Utility of Fear – By Craig Murray

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Source – riggedgame.blog

  • “…I am not a covid sceptic. But neither do I approve of fear-mongering. The risk to the large majority of the population is very low indeed, and it is wrong that anybody who states that fact is immediately vilified. The effect of fear on the general population, and the ability of politicians to manipulate that fear to advantage, should not be underestimated as a danger to society”

Covid-19 and the Political Utility ofFear – By Craig Murray

The effect of fear on the general population, and the ability of politicians to manipulate that fear to advantage, should not be underestimated as a danger to society.

The true mortality rate of covid-19 remains a matter of intense dispute, but it is undoubtedly true that a false public impression was given by the very high percentage of deaths among those who were tested positive, at the time when it…

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An International Message of Hope from RFK Jr

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By Children’s Health Defense Team

This past weekend, Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) board chair Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. sent a message to the people around the world who realize they are watching their freedoms be taken away one after the other. Spoken in solidarity with citizens who participated in rallies in at least 15 countries to protest the global movement towards totalitarianism, Kennedy not only provided hope to freedom advocates, but also asked some critical questions relevant to the COVID crisis.

Chief among those questions is: What are the origins of COVID? This very basic question on something that has taken lives around the globe — including deaths from despair — and destroyed countless businesses is not being asked of government officials in any country on the planet. This is why Kennedy and CHD President Lyn Redwood have asked leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to launch…

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The science is in: Nuclear is out

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Every dollar wasted on nuclear is a dollar not invested in renewables

By Tim Judson and Luis Hestres

We’ve known for a long time that nuclear energy is a false solution to climate change. Not only are the health and environmental impacts of nuclear power intolerable, but it also gobbles up investments we should be making in clean and safe renewable energy.

Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex in the UK brings us the latest and most robust evidence of these facts.

The study, published last week in Nature Energy, considers three hypotheses: Firstly, that emissions decline the more a country adopts nuclear power; secondly, that emissions decline the more a country adopts renewables; and thirdly, that nuclear and renewables are ‘mutually exclusive’ options that tend to crowd each other out at an energy system level. The hypotheses were tested against 25 years’ worth…

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Small increases in air pollution linked to rise in depression

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Exclusive: Cutting pollution levels may help to reduce rates of mental health problems, say scientists

Small increases in people’s exposure to air pollution are linked to significant rises in depression and anxiety, according to the first such study of UK adults.

The researchers found that an incremental increase in nitrogen dioxide, largely produced by diesel vehicles, heightened the risk of common mental disorders by 39%. For tiny particle pollution, which comes from burning fuels, and brake and tyre dust, the risk rose by 18%.

The scientists also found that people living in places with higher levels of particle pollution were twice as likely to experience mental health problems as those in the least polluted areas. The researchers acknowledged that other factors were important for mental health, such as genetics and childhood experiences, but added that, unlike these, air pollution could be prevented.

The study followed more than 1,000 adults in south-east…

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Bolivia: Over 50% of Elected Lawmakers are Women

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Parliament holds session in La Paz, Bolivia, Oct. 20, 2020.

Parliament holds session in La Paz, Bolivia, Oct. 20, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @SenadoBolivia

The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women.

After the general elections held in Bolivia last October 18, which was won by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), there is a strong female presence in both the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate.

The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women.

The Citizens’ Community won 11 seats, seven of them for women, while We Believe won four, two of them for women.

As for the Chamber of Representatives, 48.33 percent of the plurinominals are men, while 51.6 percent of the seats will be held by women. Meanwhile, Women’s hegemony returns in the uninominals with 57.14 percent of the seats […]

Via https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Over-50-of-Elected-Lawmakers-Are-Women-20201025-0003.html

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A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons

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A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons

By Gaynor Lloyd

Waking unreasonably early this morning, having forgotten the clocks go back an hour, I was struggling to greet the day with cheer. Then I heard the news headlines: the 50th state, Honduras, had just ratified a treaty.  To ban nuclear weapons.

The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opened for signature three years ago. It’s a treaty that will make nuclear weapons illegal in the countries that sign it. The treaty needed 50 countries to ratify it before it before it could come into force – and overnight that milestone was reached.

CND general Secretary Kate Hudson noted: “This is a sea change in international law; never before have nuclear weapons been illegal.”

The treaty will come into force on January 22nd 2021. Shamefully the UK government refused to even participate in the…

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Employer-provided health insurance is the problem, not the cure. Nobody should die because they lost their job.

Fred Klonsky

Wakarusa, Indiana. 2009. Photo: Fred Klonsky

If all goes our way on November 3rd, the Democrats will control both the Congress and the White House.

Yesterday, about 150 hotel workers who’d been laid off rallied in Grant Park Friday to call on their employers to continue providing health insurance.

They are among about 7,000 Chicago hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1 who are out of work, most since March.

It is obvious that if we had a system of national health care, some form of Medicare for all, those hotel workers would not be dependent of employer based health insurance.

They would have access to health care now, while we are in the middle of a pandemic.

We would not be debating pre-existing conditions or whether your family dependents were covered.

Joe Biden’s proposals for the existing Affordable Care Act are insufficient.

The position of the national leaders…

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61% of Americans Support Abolishing Electoral College

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https://news.gallup.com/poll/320744/americans-support-abolishing-electoral-college.aspx

Megan Brenan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heading into the 2020 presidential election, three in five Americans favor amending the U.S. Constitution to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system, marking a six-percentage point uptick since April 2019. This preference for electing the president based on who receives the most votes nationwide is driven by 89% of Democrats and 68% of independents. Far fewer Republicans, 23%, share this view, as 77% of them support keeping the current system in which the candidate with the most votes in the Electoral College wins the election.

Americans Favor Using Popular Vote to Elect President

Of the seven times this question was asked over the past two decades, support for amending the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College only fell below the majority level once — in November 2016 after Donald Trump won the electoral vote and Hillary Clinton the…

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