Zuckerberg To Obama: Stop The NSA. Tumblr Mark Zuckerberg just posted a note to Facebook saying how upset he is with the US government's Internet-spying policies. It reads: As the world becomes more complex and governments everywhere struggle, trust in the internet is more important today than ever. The internet is our shared space. It helps us connect. It spreads opportunity. To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure. The internet works because most people and companies do the same. This is why I've been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government.
The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. So it's up to us -- all of us -- to build the internet we want. Back in September, Zuckerberg told the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt that the US government "blew it" with the NSA.
Food stamps. White House Makes It Impossible For The Blind To Sign Petition Supporting Copyright Treaty For The Blind. Last week, we discussed a recent We The People petition at the White House, asking the administration to support the treaty for the blind, which would make it easier to access creative works for the blind by creating a few small "exceptions" to copyright law (i.e., returning rights to the public) for the sake of sharing formats that are accessible to the blind across borders. However, some blind advocacy groups have discovered that, if you happen to be blind/visually impaired, it's basically impossible to sign the petition . The glitch, the group says, is in those often annoying tests that require users to type in a set of numbers and letters to prove they are human. On the White House web site, blind users can select an audio version of the test, but the audio is incomprehensible, according to federation spokesman Chris Danielsen.
And if users want to send email notifying the White House about the problem, well, that also requires a computer-human test with garbled audio, too, he said. Obama Nominates America’s Biggest Walmart Cheerleader as His Chief Economic Adviser. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com June 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. On June 10, 2013, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Jason Furman to become the next chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. This is a big-time, highly influential post. So what kind of economist is Furman? One who thinks Walmart is the best thing since sliced bread. For Furman, Walmart is nothing short of a miracle for America’s poor and working-class folks. “By acting in the interests of its shareholders, Wal-Mart has innovated and expanded competition, resulting in huge benefits for the American middle class and even proportionately larger benefits for moderate-income Americans.”
Furman has championed the company’s low prices as a big boost to lower-income folks, and views Walmart jobs as good opportunities, never mind the low wages. Unsurprisingly, most progressives do not share Furman’s rosy view of Walmart. Shiva brings anti-GMO message to Kaua‘i - Thegardenisland.com: Local. LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall was standing room only as more than 1,100 people showed up Thursday night to hear a presentation by environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva. “Your island is truth speaking to the world,” Shiva told the crowd to thunderous applause. Joining Shiva as part of a three-day Hawai‘i SEED Tour was environmental attorney Andrew Kimbrell and Hawaiian rights activist Walter Ritte of Moloka‘i. “Dr. Shiva is like the Dalai Lama of Agriculture,” Ritte said of the Indian philosopher, physicist, environmental activist and eco-feminist who has authored more than 20 books.
As a leader in the International Forum of Globalization, Shiva fights for changes in the practices and paradigms of food, according to her biography. Shiva met with residents of the Westside for dinner ahead of time to discuss a pending class action lawsuit over the continued experimental use of pesticides by biotech companies in the area.
In introducing Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. After Bhopal, Dr. Critics slam Obama for "protecting" Monsanto. President Obama speaks to the Organizing for Action dinner on March 13, 2013 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images There's no love lost between Washington and the American public, it seems, five days after Congress for the first time in years managed to handle a budget-related issue without reaching the brink of crisis. Protesters have descended on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House this week, enraged at a potentially health-hazardous provision they allege lawmakers inserted surreptitiously into a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year.
Opponents have termed the language in question the "Monsanto Protection Act," a nod to the major agricultural biotech corporation and other like firms geared at producing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds and crops. "In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. . © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. The Real Monsanto Protection Act: How The GMO Giant Corrupts Regulators And Consolidates Its Power.
By Aviva Shen "The Real Monsanto Protection Act: How The GMO Giant Corrupts Regulators And Consolidates Its Power" Liberals and Tea Party members alike are up in arms over the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” a provision snuck into the emergency budget bill that essentially exempts biotech firms like Monsanto Company from judicial review. Now that President Obama has signed the law, Monsanto may plant genetically modified seeds even if a court of law orders them to stop. While this is blatantly unethical, and possibly unenforceable, the newfound public outrage over the Monsanto Protection Act ignores the fact that Monsanto has already been above the law for decades. The Monsanto Protection Act is merely a drop in the bucket of government-embedded protections the agricultural giant already enjoys.
The company has spent decades packing the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency with its own members. ‘Monsanto Protection Act’: Obama Signs Order That Protects Maker of Genetically Modified Crops. A biotech rider included in spending bill HR 933 and signed by President Obama on Tuesday will require the Agriculture Department to approve the growing, harvesting and selling of genetically modified crops, Fox News reports. The Monsanto Protection Act has been met by White House protests and no less than two petitions, including one by the group Food Democracy that has garnered more than 250,000 signatures over concerns that back-room deal was struck with food growers at the expense of Americans’ health. Senator John Tester told Politico that the deal with Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and crops,will only benefit big corporations. “These provisions are giveaways, pure and simple, and will be a boon worth millions of dollars to a handful of the biggest corporations in this country,” he said.
The National Farmers Union, the American Civil Liberties Union, Stonyfield Farms and Nature’s Path also claim to oppose the rider, FN reports. “Sen. 5 Appalling Facts About The Monsanto Protection Act Obama Signed Into Law (GMO Heaven) “Blink and you might have missed it.” Even though Food Democracy Now protesters took their fight straight to Obama, protesting in front of the White House against Section 735 of the bill, he signed anyway.
Coming quickly to the forefront are disappointment and concerns for the population of the United States. Below are some more details on this bill, and why there is a distraught reaction to is. Many troubled reactions have come out this week due to the covert way in which this bill made its way in. The International Business Times, for example, lists 5 terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735 of the spending bill. Become familiarized with the reasons behind this agitation: The 5 Horrible Facts 1.) 2.) 3.) “In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. 4.) 5.) Opponents of the provision say it was jammed through Congress without a proper hearing in relevant committees. Hidden Provision (deep into a homeland security section) About the Author.
Obama Slammed For Signing So-Called 'Monsanto Protection Act' » How did Barack Obama become Monsanto’s man in Washington? Alex Jones. Jon Rappoport Infowars.com April 29, 2013 And when are anti-GMO activist groups going to stop saying they’re “shocked and disappointed” by the president? Shocked and disappointed is polite-speak and politically correct reaction. It’s baloney. Don’t you get it? Obama has never been on your side. He never deserved your trust. Disappointment implies he was your buddy and then unaccountably walked away. The man is a politician. I’ve previously published Obama’s track record as Monsanto’s number-one political supporter in America.
Meet Monsanto’s prime lobbyist, Barack Obama: After his victory in the 2008 election, Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA: At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center. As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.
Obama, Senators betray America with Monsanto Protection Act - Sacramento Independent. With the stroke of a pen, Pres. Obama has given Monsanto and other GMO/biotech companies free reign over America. The Monsanto Protection Act or HR 993, now forces the USDA to approve any new GMO seeds they may come up with and also prevents any actions against them should those seeds turn out to be harmful.
America is now one big GMO experiment with you, me, and our children as the guinea pigs. "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power,” -Benito Mussolini If this is the first time you've even heard of the Monsansto Protection Act, that's by design. Maybe now you realize that the defeat of Prop 37 last year was nothing short of a catastrophic failure.
Obama sells out U.S. citizens by signing Monsanto Protection Act into law - Dallas healthy living. Food, shelter, and clothing are often considered the three basic needs by humans and the actions by President Obama on Tuesday have now left millions of Americans across the land in shock as the very first tenet has been horrifically jeopardized by his signing the Monsanto Protection Act into law (H.R. 933) as mentioned on the Facebook page for Food Democracy Now. For those that are new to this situation, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what's known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill.
Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735 of this bill actually grants Monsanto immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GMO crops that are thought -- even by the US government -- to be a danger to human health or our cherised environment. 'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress.
Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act, Get Ready for A Riot. Obama betrays America yet again by signing the 'Monsanto Protection Act' into law. (NaturalNews) President Barack Obama campaigned on promises to end secret prisons, decriminalize marijuana, balance the budget, honor the Second Amendment and make health care affordable. But what really unfolded was an explosion in the national debt (now $16 trillion and climbing), the signing of the NDAA, a claimed new power to kill any American at any time, even on U.S. soil, the use of military drones to murder American children overseas, a full-on assault against the Bill of Rights, a doubling of health insurance rates and the destruction of the U.S. economy.
But that's not all. Now Obama has signed the "Monsanto Protection Act" into law, stabbing America in the heart yet again and proving that no matter how convincing politicians appear on the campaign trail, they are still sociopathic liars in the end. A Food Democracy Now petition now states: What's interesting about this development is that now even democrats are starting to wake up and see how evil Obama really is. How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law. Updated, March 28: A number of readers have requested to know exactly where in the HR 933 they might find the provision dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
It is Section 735 in the bill, the full text of which can be read here. Original post: Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday Since the act’s passing, more than 250,000 people have signed a petition opposing the provision and a rally, consisting largely of farmers organized by the Food Democracy Now network, protested outside the White House Wednesday. “It sets a terrible precedent,” noted the International Business Times. Colorado: Say NO to Uranium mine. Bernie Sanders Goes After Monsanto.
The World According to Monsanto (FULL LENGTH) Monsanto Buys the Senate and Democracy Buys the Farm. When the U.S. government was first created, the founding fathers took great pains to distribute power across three branches of government to avoid the tyranny of concentrated power that most of them had crossed the ocean to get away from.
The idea was to create a system of checks and balances, to keep certain human tendencies like greed, corruption, ideological extremism and abuse of power from getting out of hand. They also made sure to keep the church and state at a safe operating distance for more or less the same reasons. Today, we may have drifted about as far away from those original intentions as we ever have in our history, though there may have been a couple of other times when we those stretched those principles nearly as far. During such times, industry, in fact, became a fourth branch of government, and money become a new religion, one that was not at all separated from the state.
Now, we are declaring biotech chemical companies to be above the law. YOUR FOOD, YOUR HEALTH: Latest on BiotechFood, GMOs, Pesticides, Chemicals, CAFOs, Industrial Food.