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Is Alzheimers Just Another Form of Diabetes?

  • How Our Diet May Be Destroying Our Brains
  • There is a strong and growing body of evidence showing a link between the dreaded disease and our high sugar consumption.
  • Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs

George Monbiot, Monbiot.com / AlterNet
 
September 18, 2012 | When you raise the subject of over-eating and obesity, you often see people at their worst. The comment threads discussing these issues reveal a legion of bullies, who appear to delight in other people’s problems.

When alcoholism and drug addiction are discussed, the tone tends to be sympathetic. When obesity is discussed, the conversation is dominated by mockery and blame, though the evidence suggests that it can be driven by similar forms of addiction (citations 1,2,3,4). I suspect that much of this mockery is a coded form of snobbery: the strong association between poor diets and poverty allows people to use this issue as a cipher for something else they want to say, which is less socially acceptable.

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Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs, Jonathan Benson, Natural News
In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America,

 

Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's

  • Paul Ryan's recording reveals his radical hostility toward the nation's most popular social programs.
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

Richard (RJ) Eskow, Blog for Our Future / AlterNet

Photo Credit: C-SPAN

AlterNet Editor's Note: AlterNet's Adele Stan reported last week about the Ryan remarks Eskow discusses here, highlighting Ryan's call for ending social security, which he described as a "collectivist system," and Ryan's assertion that Democratic "collectivists" seek to create a 'victimization class' largely populated by minorities.

(September 25, 2012 | When they booed Paul Ryan at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) last week, most people didn't even know he  called Medicare and Social Security "third party or socialist-based systems." Or that he  said he wants to privatize them in order to "break the back" of a "collectivist philosophy."

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Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View" AlterNet

  • Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.
  • Full Secret Video Released
  • 8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
  • Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
  • Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?






 

Romnesia: The Ability of the Very Rich to Forget the Context in Which They Made Their Money

  • To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bail-outs the government provided.
  • A potent myth is being used to justify economic capture by a parasitic class.
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

George Monbiot, Monbiot.com

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

September 25, 2012 | We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bail-outs the government provided.

Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The United States had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches tales(1).

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Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View" AlterNet

  • Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.
  • Full Secret Video Released
  • 8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
  • Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
  • Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?
     

Fifteen Issues this Election is NOT About

  • Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes.
  • How Do You Take Your Poison?
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

Bill Quigley, Common Dreams

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

 

  1. Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads.
  2. Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison.
  3. Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on Wall Street for the subprime mortgage catastrophe.
  4. Neither candidate is interested in holding anyone in the Bush administration accountable for the torture committed by US personnel against prisoners in Guantanamo or in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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How Do You Take Your Poison? Chris Hedges, Truthdig
You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality, Shamus Cooke, Workers Action

  • Workers must fight back in massive demonstrations to demand a federal jobs program and a consequent strengthening of the public sector, lest their issues be completely ignored in a national election that is promising them nothing.
  • Tracking the Recovery after the Great Recession
  • What Obama Has Wrought
  • Betrayal and the Insidious Dumbing Down of Black America

Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View" AlterNet
Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.
Full Secret Video Released
8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?

 

Register to Vote — Today!

 

  • It’s National Voter Registration Day
  • Special Project | Voter Suppression  2012: Week of  September 30

Progress Report, ThinkProgress

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Sep 25, 2012 | Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure as few people as possible vote in this November’s elections. We’re progressives and we want every eligible voter to vote and every ballot cast to be counted. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered, so the first step to accomplishing that goal is to make sure as many people as possible register to vote – and do so before it’s too late to be able to vote in November.

To that end, our friends at Campus Progress and hundreds of other organizations have declared today National Voter Registration Day. So, get involved, get registered, tell your friends and family to get registered, and help make sure that as many people as possible register and vote. We don’t want a repeat of 2008 when 6 MILLION people didn’t vote because they missed the deadline or didn’t know how to register.

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Special Project | Voter Suppression  2012: Week of  September 30, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Taking away the vote from our neighbors under the pretext of preventing "fraud" is a radical step backwards for that democracy. The constitution is supposed to guarantee human rights, not take them away from others who Republican politicians apparently don't want to vote.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?
    • Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote?
    • Catholics, Lutherans and voter ID
    • Interfaith Event on Voting Rights
    • Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors
    • Voter Suppression: The "Schurick Doctrine" and the Unravelling of American Democracy
    • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
    • The One-Two Punch
       

Video: How the drought turned crops to crisp

 

  • The time-lapse photos show clouds pass(ing) over Braesch's farmland day after day, at times teasing the grower with the look of storms but offering little relief other than a rare shower and, more often, meaningless spits of water.
  • Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now

Associated Press / Seattle (WA) Times

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September 26, 2012 | Duane Braesch's cornfields are prime evidence of how unforgiving the elements have been for him and so many others across the Midwest this summer. To demonstrate the hardship, the 79-year-old Nebraska farmer let the Associated Press show the world what he's weathered during the worst U.S. drought in decades.

Using a camera powered by solar panels and mounted on a pole on a mound overlooking Braesch's cornfield near Omaha, AP photographer Nati Harnik chronicled the wilting effects of extreme heat over August and much of September that turned Braesch's crop from a vibrant emerald to a sickly yellow.

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Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now, Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer, Think Progress

  • Rising food prices; disappearing glaciers, sea ice; landslides; massive dust storms; toxic algae pollute drinking supply, lakes; $1.5 hail damage; $450 million wildfire damage in Colorado; greater terrors for mountain climbers; more Arctic drilling, taxpayers pay for risks; blackouts.
  • More severe droughts on way, study predicts
     

How Do You Take Your Poison?

You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of
all reader supported Evergreene Digest readers like you. Thank you!

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Sep 24, 2012 | We will all swallow our cup of corporate poison. We can take it from nurse Romney, who will tell us not to whine and play the victim, or we can take it from nurse Obama, who will assure us that this hurts him even more than it hurts us, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats. The choice before us is how it will be administered. Corporate power, no matter who is running the ward after January 2013, is poised to carry out U.S. history’s most savage assault against the poor and the working class, not to mention the Earth’s ecosystem. And no one in power, no matter what the bedside manner, has any intention or ability to stop it.

If you insist on participating in the cash-drenched charade of a two-party democratic election at least be clear about what you are doing. You are, by playing your assigned role as the Democratic or Republican voter in this political theater, giving legitimacy to a corporate agenda that means your own impoverishment and disempowerment. All the things that stand between us and utter destitution—Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants, Head Start, Social Security, public education, federal grants-in-aid to America’s states and cities, the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and home-delivered meals for seniors—are about to be shredded by the corporate state. Our corporate oligarchs are harvesting the nation, grabbing as much as they can, as fast as they can, in the inevitable descent.

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