Free trade ain’t free

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by Mickey Z World News Trust (September 13 2012) http://worldnewstrust.com/images/stories/2012/tpp-photo.jpg Photo credit: Mickey Z TPP is Wall Street's global power grab - a death sentence for people with AIDS, for endangered rainforests, family farmers, and US jobs. -- Adam Weissman Free (sic) trade agreements have a way of altering our lives in … Continue reading Free trade ain’t free

This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close

by Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone (September 25 2012) The press everywhere is buzzing this week with premature obituaries of the Romney campaign. New polls are out suggesting that Mitt Romney's electoral path to the presidency is all but blocked. Unless someone snags an iPhone video of Obama taking a leak on Ohio State mascot Brutus … Continue reading This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close

The TPP: A Quiet Coup for the Investor Class

by Hilary Matfess Foreign Policy in Focus (September 25 2012) It would be a relief to report with any certainty that the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a massive proposed free-trade zone spanning the Pacific Ocean and all four hemispheres - are definitely empowering corporations to the detriment of workers, the environment, and … Continue reading The TPP: A Quiet Coup for the Investor Class

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling. by Ben Goldacre The Guardian (September 21 2012) http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/9/18/1347988005246/a0158-000112-008.jpg Drugs are tested by their manufacturers, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and … Continue reading The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

The Federal Reserve, a Privately Owned Banking Cartel …

... Has Been Given Police Powers, with Glock 22s and Patrol Cars by Pam Martens {1} Alternet (September 17 2012) By mid morning on Monday, September 17, as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched around the perimeter of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, all signs that an FRPD (Federal Reserve Police Department) existed had … Continue reading The Federal Reserve, a Privately Owned Banking Cartel …

“The Drugs Don’t Work”

How the Medical-Industrial Complex Systematically Suppresses Negative Studies by Yves Smith Naked Capitalism (September 23 2012) We've written a lot about the scientism of mainstream economics, both here and in ECONned (2010), and how these trappings have let the discipline continue to have a special seat at the policy table despite ample evidence of its … Continue reading “The Drugs Don’t Work”