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Duluth doctors: PolyMet study skips health impacts

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  • The 19 health care professionals say the state and federal agencies conducting environmental impact statement "have not been clear about the health impacts that sulfide mining will have on the people of northeastern Minnesota and visitors to the region."
  • Take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!

John Myers, St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

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02/27/2014 | A group of Duluth area physicians, nurses and medical school faculty says human health impacts of copper mining haven't been adequately addressed in the PolyMet environmental review.

The group says the environmental review, which is open for public comment through March 13, fails to define the human health impacts of increased mercury emissions, exposure to asbestos-like mineral fibers and arsenic.

John Myers is a reporter hanging around the north woods covering environment, natural resources, mining and other news.

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Sign the PetitionTake action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit! Deb Harley

  • I have been made aware of many of the disturbing details and unsubstantiated claims put forth in the PolyMet Environmental Impact Statement that they released in Dec. 2013, and I feel it's imperative that we take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!
  • ".... We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children." --Ancient Indian Proverb 
  • Can the Minnesota DNR fix Polymet's Problems?

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Hundreds arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House, Amel Ahmed, Aljazeera America

  • At least 500 students rallied, staged a mock oil spill and bound themselves to the White House fence
  • Keystone approval would set terrible example
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters

What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine

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  • Why you should not take U.S. papers and television at face value on Ukraine ... .
  • Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War.
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy

Ted Rall, Common Dreams

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Armed men in military uniform walk outside a Ukrainian military unit near Simferopol, Ukraine, on Sunday, March 2. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded the Ukrainian base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | As usual, America's foreign correspondents are falling down on the job.

Stories devoid of historical context cast Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a naked act of neo-Soviet aggression. Considering that the relevant history begins a mere two decades ago, its omission is inexcusable.

The spark that led to the takeover of Crimea was not the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich. It is what happened the day after.

Ted Rall is the author of the new books "Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?," and "The Anti-American Manifesto". 

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Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War, Jon Queally, Common Dreams

In a crisis that betrays simple narratives, analysts hope for solutions that de-escalate the threat of violence while protecting ordinary Ukrainians from the various interests of elite powers.

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Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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  • What the New York Times and John Kerry pretend to forget is the real history of America's noxious role in the world.
  • Ukraine: Exploding The Myths, Outlining Solutions

MinnPost Series | How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

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  • Nan Madden, director of the Minnesota Budget Project, a liberal-leaning research and advocacy group, says raising the hourly minimum to $9.50 would reduce reliance on public assistance and promote greater self-reliance.
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
  • Truth to Tell | Minimum Wage in Minnesota
  • Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem

Steven Dornfeld, MinnPost

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The Berkeley study found that front-line fast-food workers earn a median salary of $8.69 per hour and that 87 percent do not receive health-care benefits through their employer. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

03/03/14 | This is one in a series of articles funded by a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation.

When consumers step up to the counter and order one of McDonald’s “Extra Value” meals, they probably think they’re getting a good deal. Most of them never consider how much they are paying in taxes to subsidize the labor force preparing and serving those meals.

A study completed last fall by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley concluded that front-line fast-food workers earn so little that 52 percent of them are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs. The cost to the taxpayers – nearly $7 billion a year.

Steven Dornfeld has been a government reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, covering the Legislature, politics and public affairs. He has also worked as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Pioneer Press, as well as an editorial page writer and editor for the paper. From 2003 to 2011, he was the Metropolitan Council's director of public affairs.

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Special Project | From the Archives: Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really? John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

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Money%20Pie.jpg Truth to Tell | Minimum Wage in Minnesota, Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

  • Who has it right? Can anyone really know for sure until these changes go into effect? Can a wage increase in absence of any other corporate regulation at the federal level to reign in greedy profit margins really do more good than harm? TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi ask these questions and more of our guests.
  • Falling Behind. How High Should It Go?

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Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: Week Ending December 15, 2013, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • 9 New items including:
    • A Death Knell for the McJob?
    • The True Price of Great Holiday Deals
    • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
    • Black Friday Walmart Protests
    • “They have blood on their hands"
    • One Walmart's Low Wages Could Cost Taxpayers $900,000 Per Year, House Dems Find
    • Walmart CEO Mike Duke: 'We Do Pay Competitive Wages' 
    • Walmart's Internal Compensation Documents Reveal Systematic Limit On Advancement,
    • Fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics
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Hundreds arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House

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  • At least 500 students rallied, staged a mock oil spill and bound themselves to the White House fence
  • Keystone approval would set terrible example
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters

Amel Ahmed, Aljazeera America 

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Several hundred students and other youths who marched from Georgetown University to the White House protest the Keystone XL pipeline, in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2014. AP Photo/Susan Walsh 

March 2, 2014 | Police arrested nearly 400 student-led demonstrators who marched to the White House on Sunday to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.  

Marching under the name XL Dissent, at least 500 students from across the United States demonstrated and engaged in acts of civil disobedience outside the White House.

After repeated warnings, police arrested demonstrators for "blocking passage" of sidewalks, Sgt. Lelani Woods of the U.S. Park Police told Al Jazeera. "We advised protesters of the outcome of the warnings, which would be an arrest. They decided to remain on the sidewalk, so the arrest process began," she said. 

Amel Ahmed is a Digital News Producer for Aljazeera America.

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Keystone approval would set terrible example, Norman Solomon, Aljazeera America

February 4, 2014 | The president must lead now on climate change, for the sake of the planet’s future.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters, Dave Saldana, AlterNet

  • The mainstream news media have fallen into the comfortable, formulaic coverage of Keystone XL, and it does little to explain the competing interests in such a highly complicated matter.
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Phantom Jobs, Phony Gas Prices, and Missing Revenue
  • The Crime of the Century
  • An Accident Waiting to Happen

Special Project | From the Archives: Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?

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  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

Fact_Over_MythApril 8, 2013 | There’s a place for bombast. This past weekend, Bon Jovi rocked the Xcel Center with well-mannered, full-throttled bombast. As it should be. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota’s recent minimum wage increase “report"? It’s all bombast and no substance.

With Bon Jovi, the bombast is the substance. The FFM’s report also presents bombast as substance. The first is wildly entertaining because Bon Jovi is a wildly entertaining, big arena rock and roll band. Minnesota’s proposed minimum wage increase is true substance. FFM’s bombast pretending to be substance has no place, however, in the public policy arena.

John Van Hecke is Minnesota 2020's Executive Director and MN2020 Fellow. He worked for the late Congressman Bruce F. Vento and presently serves on the Saint Paul Charter Commission.

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The Reign of Morons Is Here, Charles Pierce, Esquire.com

  • We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen, and outright frauds; a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
  • We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.
  • Elizabeth Warren | This Is a Democracy
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics
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Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

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Simon Head, Salon

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Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 | When I first did research on Walmart’s workplace practices in the early 2000s, I came away convinced that Walmart was the most egregiously ruthless corporation in America. However, ten years later, there is a strong challenger for this dubious distinction—Amazon Corporation. Within the corporate world, Amazon now ranks with Apple as among the United States’ most esteemed businesses. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, came in second in the Harvard Business Review’s 2012 world rankings of admired CEOs, and Amazon was third in CNN’s 2012 list of the world’s most admired companies. Amazon is now a leading global seller not only of books but also of music and movie DVDs, video games, gift cards, cell phones, and magazine subscriptions. Like Walmart itself, Amazon combines state-of-the-art CBSs with human resource practices reminiscent of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Amazon equals Walmart in the use of monitoring technologies to track the minute-by-minute movements and performance of employees and in settings that go beyond the assembly line to include their movement between loading and unloading docks, between packing and unpacking stations, and to and from the miles of shelving at what Amazon calls its “fulfillment centers”—gigantic warehouses where goods ordered by Amazon’s online customers are sent by manufacturers and wholesalers, there to be shelved, packaged, and sent out again to the Amazon customer. 

Simon Head is an Associate Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford and a Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

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MINDLESS: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans by Simon Head, Kirkus Reviews

  • A dark, revealing view of computerized control and monitoring of the workplace.
  • Head (Senior Fellow/Institute for Public Knowledge, New York Univ.; The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age, 2003) argues that Computer Business Systems—computerized management programs that Amazon and other large organizations use to measure everything that happens in factories, warehouses and depots—are turning workers into “digital chain gang” members who work harder and earn less. Once limited to tracking blue-collar productivity, CBSs now engulf much of the white-collar world, where they control the complex work of physicians, teachers and others in the professional and administrative middle class. By combining scientific management with IT systems, writes Head, they are recreating the “harsh, driven capitalism of the pre-New Deal era.” 

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Our New Year's Resolution for Amazon.comHilary Woodward, American Rights at Work

 

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Special Report | Monsanto GMOs: Week Ending March 2, 2014

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life

  • 9 New Items including:
  • America Wants GMOs Labeled
  • Breaking: Monsanto Strikes Back to Kill GMO Labeling
  • Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data?
  • 5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store
  • The Immaculate Graft Of The Monsanto Reckless Release Act
  • GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life
  • Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act
  • 'Monsanto Protection Act' 
  • Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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America Wants GMOs Labeled (Graphic), Health Impact News

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Breaking: Monsanto Strikes Back to Kill GMO Labeling, Dave, Food Democracy Now! 

  • Tell Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop any efforts to undermine states' rights to label GMOs.
  • Don't let Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)  corrupt our democracy and kill GMO labeling!
  • sign-btn.png Don't let Monsanto and the Big Food kill GMO labeling - Take Action Now!
  • America Wants GMOs Labeled, Health Impact News

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Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data? Lina Khan, Salon

  • As biotech giant pays huge sums for data analysis about farms, many are terrified about how it might be harnessed.
  • The big question is who exactly will end up owning all this data, and who gets to determine how it is used. 

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5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store, Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

Avoiding genetically modified ingredients in the U.S. takes someone seriously dedicated to keeping themselves and their family as healthy as possible; it also takes a bit of work, though it will become easier.

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The Immaculate Graft Of The Monsanto Reckless Release Act, The Pen

We are demanding a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee to determine who is responsible for putting this in there, and to demand their immediate resignation, regardless of party affiliation, so that this kind of anonymous graft can never happen again. 

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life, Global Research

  • How a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
  • Review of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation ~  F. William Engdahl
  • Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!

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Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act, Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

No longer can we sit idly by while corporate juggernauts like Monsanto triumph over the people through swindling and deceit. Share this image, the article and publicly denounce all politicians willing to sell their souls to Monsanto.

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'Monsanto Protection Act' Connor Adams Sheets, International Business Times 

  • 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision
  • There's a lot being said about it, but here are five terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision -- Section 735 of the spending bill -- to get you acquainted with the reasons behind the ongoing uproar
  • Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food

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Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food, Fritz Kreiss, Occupy Monsanto <http://www.occupymonsanto360.org> / Nation of Change

  • It increasingly appears that Monsanto is patenting death, perhaps even more so than life.
  • Corporate Push For GMO Food Puts Independent Science In Jeopardy

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