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Chris Hedges and Vandana Shiva: The Fight for Life VS Monsanto/Bayer AG

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  • In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.

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30 Mar 2019 | This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiff’s use of the glyphosate-based herbicide.

In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded the herbicide is not likely carcinogenic to humans. In August 2018, a jury in California state court awarded a school’s groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, nearly $289 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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How women and minorities are claiming their right to rage

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Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 US Open. Photograph: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA

Why do many think it acceptable for the white judge Brett Kavanaugh to lose his cool in public, but not the black tennis champion Serena Williams?

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Soraya Chemaly, the Guardian

Sat 11 May 2019 | Anger is typically defined as a strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or aggression. Mainly, we think of it in terms of individual feelings, and we associate those feelings with isolating behaviours that cause discomfort or fear in ourselves or in others.

Anger is, however, also a critically useful and positive emotion – one that is, contrary to being isolating, deeply social and socially constructed. Anger warns us, as humans, that something is wrong and needs to change. Anger is the human response to being threatened with indignity, physical harm, humiliation and unfairness. Anger drives us to demand accountability, a powerful force for political good. As such, it is often what drives us to form creative, joyous and politically vibrant communities. 

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Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

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  • Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
  • Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
  • Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
  • The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”

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Annie Leonard and Tom Newmark on how they came to see soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems—and as a tool to build more resilient communities.

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https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/image / Apr 22, 2019 | Wendell Berry called it “the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” Ninety-five percent of our food is grown in it, it stores and filters our water and provides a home for the majority of life on the planet, and yet most of us rarely pay much attention to it. We dump poisonous chemicals on it, inject it with synthetic nutrients, slash it with plows, strip it of its natural diversity, and bury our trash in it.

But soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.

Tom Newmark is the founder of Semillas Sagradas, one of the New World’s largest and most comprehensive sanctuaries for endangered plant species.

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Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community


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The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

Liz Brazile, Yes! Magazine

Apr 22, 2019 | It took more than two decades for Kevin Holtham, 49, to formulate what he reckons is the perfect soil mixture. And he’s working just as hard at giving it away.

Holtham comes from a farmer lineage in Niagara County, western New York, but his home for the past 15 years has been Charlotte, North Carolina. There, he collects compostable waste that people are happy to get rid of and uses it to cultivate his land.

Liz Brazile is a former solutions reporting intern for YES! Magazine. She now reports for Crosscut and KCTS 9 as Cascade Public Media’s Emerging Journalist Fellow.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazin


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02.05.2019 | The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up.

To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. California fisherman are going after oil companies for their role in warming the Pacific Ocean, a process that soaks the Dungeness crabs they harvest with a dangerous neurotoxin. Former acting New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood has opened an investigation into whether ExxonMobil has misled its shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change, a push current Attorney General Leticia James has said she is eager to keep up. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey opened an earlier investigation into whether Exxon defrauded the public by spreading disinformation about climate change, which various courts — including the Supreme Court — have refused to block despite the company’s pleas. And in Juliana vs. U.S., young people have filed suit against the government for violating their constitutional rights by pursuing policies that intensify global warming, hitting the dense ties between Big Oil and the state.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.

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Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout

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  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

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The Prescription Drug Landscape, Explored

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  • A look at retail pharmaceutical spending from 2012 to 2016
  • Where Do Prescription Drug Dollars Go?

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https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/files/digital_logo_v3.png / March 8, 2019 | Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than the citizens of any other country. Measuring drug spending remains a challenge, however, because of limited public data on how much the various payers and supply chain intermediaries pay for prescription drugs.



While the total cost of (retail prescription drug coverage) coverage has increased, patient out-of-pocket spending has remained stable in recent years, due in part to increased insurance coverage and manufacturer assistance, such as the Part D coverage gap discount and copay coupons.



Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than do the residents of any other country. Key findings, charts, and graphics break down the impact along the drug supply chain.

Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis to solve today's challenges.

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