- 3M Company
- ACE Group
- Advanced Medical Technology Association
- Aflac International
- American Apparel & Footwear Association
- American Automotive Policy Council
- American Chemistry Council
- American Council of Life Insurers
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Feed Industry
- Association American Forest & Paper Association
- American Insurance Association
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- American Meat Institute
- American Soybean Association
- Applied Materials
- Archer Daniels Midland Company
- American Natural Soda
- Ash Corporation
- Association of Global Automakers
- Biotechnology Industry Organization
- Business Roundtable
- BSA – The Software Alliance
- CA Technologies
- Chubb Corp.
- Citigroup Inc
- Coalition of Services Industries
- The Coca Cola Company Inc
- Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
- Conoco Phillips
- Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA)
- Corn Refiners Association
- Cotton Council International
- Council of the Americas
- Crop Life America
- The Walt Disney Company
- Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
- The Dow Chemical Company
- Emergency Committee for American Trade
- FedEx Express
- Express Association of America
- Exxon Mobil
- Financial Services Forum
- FMC Corporation
- Food Marketing Institute
- Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
- Gap, Inc.
- General Electric
- General Motors
- Glanbia USA
- Goldman Sachs
- Grocery Manufacturers Association
- Honda North America
- Idaho Potato Commission
- IDS International
- Information Technology Industry Council
- Interactive Advertising Bureau
- International Dairy Foods Association
- International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)
- J.C. Penney
- John Deere
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kraft Foods
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Lilly Louis Dreyfus Commodities
- McGraw Hill Financial
- Mondelez International
- Morgan Stanley
- Motion Picture Association of America
- Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
- National Center for APEC
- National Confectioners Association
- National Corn Growers Association
- National Council of Wheat Growers
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- National Fisheries Institute
- National Foreign Trade Council
- National Milk Producers Federation
- National Oilseed Processors Association
- National Pork Producers Council
- National Potato Council
- National Retail Federation
- National Turkey Federation
- Northwest Horticultural Council
- Outdoor Industry Association
- Pet Food Institute
- Philip Morris International
- Plastics Industry Trade Association
- PPG Industries
- Procter & Gamble
- Qualcomm Incorporated
- Retail Industry Leaders Association
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
- Software & Information Industry Association
- SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
- Sudbury International Sweeteners
- Users Association
- Target Inc.
- Telecommunications Industry Association
- The Entertainment Software Association
- The National Chicken Council
- Time Warner Inc.
- Toyota North America
- U.S. Apple Association
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Grains Council
- U.S. New Zealand Council
- U.S. Wheat Associates
- United States Council for International Business
- United Technologies Corporation
- US-ASEAN Business Council
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- Washington Council on International Trade
- World Trade Center San Diego
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Hah.” – Martin Shkreli
“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.
The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time, but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has transitioned us to life in a society where government agents routinely practice violence on the citizens while, in conjunction with the Corporate State, spying on the most intimate details of our personal lives.
Ironically, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks occurs just days before the 228th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there is virtually nothing to celebrate.
The Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which has historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.
Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by a corrupt government run by Congress, the White House and the courts—a recitation of the Bill of Rights now sounds more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we should possess.
(keep reading at rutherford.org)
PARKER — Undulating fields of crops and livestock-dotted pastures are the domain of a trigger-happy bully who brags about a political cloak of invincibility keeping him beyond reach of the law in faithfully conservative Linn County.
Adversaries say he has woven a liquor-infused tapestry of fear colored by intimidation, abuse and lies. The saga features stalking, death threats, trespassing, drive-by gunfire, massive explosions, cattle theft, loan defaults, hit-and-run driving and marital strife. Linn County Sheriff’s Department files bulge with complaints about him.
There is trepidation among acquaintances to speak freely, a point accentuated by the number expressing nervousness about reprisal if they were candid. There is genuine fear.
Descriptions of events offered by those willing to speak out converge to reveal a potentially lethal menace. Neighbors allege some in law enforcement responded to cries for help with degrees of indifference or favoritism.
Locals aware of the dynamics shake their head in dismay. In a place where people honor the Second Amendment and revere the self-defense castle doctrine, there is astonishment no one has been gunned down.
Folks in direct path of this prairie hellion pray for an end to what some coined “neighborhood terrorism.”
So far, their nemesis has found no reason to relent.
Not when your name is Jim Brownback and you are a brother to Sam, the most powerful politician in Kansas.
Parker farmer Ben Katzer, who lives near Jim Brownback, said the governor’s younger brother didn’t hesitate to rub salt in wounds he inflicted on others by boasting: “Nobody can touch me.” Others have heard similar pitches. Linn County Sheriff Paul Filla witnessed Jim Brownback invoke the governor’s name like body armor, but said it didn’t carry weight with him. Amid one conversation, the sheriff said, Jim Brownback declared, “ ‘I’ll just call Sam.’ ”
(keep reading at cjonline.com)
The Affordable Care Act that isn’t affordable and has raised health insurance rates and the cost of healthcare.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, designed to improve food labeling but which actually bans states from enacting their own GMO labeling requirements, thus keeping food labels inaccurate.
The USA Patriot Act, a major post-9/11 bill that redefined “patriotism” as massive unconstitutional government surveillance and intrusion.
And so on.
Throughout our recent history, there are a number of examples where Congress and the Executive Branch have proposed or passed legislation that, in practice, does exactly the opposite of what elected officials said it would do, in direct contradiction of their titles.
The same is true of the federal bureaucracy: There are innumerable examples of federal agencies performing tasks and undertaking missions that are diametrically opposite of their founding purpose.
Consider these examples:
— EPA polluting rivers: The EPA recently caused over 3 millions gallons of toxic waste to spill into Colorado’s Animas River while “cleaning up” the Gold King Mine near Silverton, CO. A local retired geologist predicted that the EPA would actually cause a massive toxic spill in order to secure federal funding for a “Superfund” site. And that is exactly what happened, and is happening. Since the incident, the EPA has declared that the affected river water is perfectly clean and safe, although toxic lead and arsenic now line the river banks on historic Navajo land. After spreading their poison on Navajo land and putting countless lives at risk, appointed EPA officials are now defying Congress members elected to represent Americans and refusing to release documents related to the mine spill.
— Operation Fast and Furious: Begun at the outset of the Obama Administration, Fast and Furious was a gun-running operation headed by the Justice Department and, specifically, by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – the federal agency charged with investigating, among other crimes, gun-running. In particular, the ATF sold thousands of guns to “straw” purchasers who were buying them to transfer to Mexican drug lords south of the border. The plan, according to some, was to have the ATF track those weapons and, upon locating them in the hands of the drug lords, make arrests.
(keep reading at naturalnews.com)
The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.
They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.
The tracking of domestic protest groups and peaceful gatherings raises questions over whether DHS is chilling the exercise of First Amendment rights, and over whether the department, created in large part to combat terrorism, has allowed its mission to creep beyond the bounds of useful security activities as its annual budget has grown beyond $60 billion.
The surveillance cataloged in the DHS documents goes back to August of last year, when protests and riots broke out in Ferguson the day after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. According to two August 11th, 2014 reports, a DHS FEMA “WatchOps officer” used information from Twitter and Vine to monitor the riots and reproduced a map, originally created by a Reddit user, of conflict zones.
(keep reading at firstlook.org)
It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.
The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).
As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”:
“FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.”
“This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
The documents show stunning range: in Denver, Colorado, that branch of the FBI and a “Bank Fraud Working Group” met in November 2011 – during the Occupy protests – to surveil the group. The Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia had its own private security surveilling Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace and passing privately-collected information on activists back to the Richmond FBI, which, in turn, categorized OWS activities under its “domestic terrorism” unit. The Anchorage, Alaska “terrorism task force” was watching Occupy Anchorage. The Jackson, Mississippi “joint terrorism task force” was issuing a “counterterrorism preparedness alert” about the ill-organized grandmas and college sophomores in Occupy there. Also in Jackson, Mississippi, the FBI and the “Bank Security Group” – multiple private banks – met to discuss the reaction to “National Bad Bank Sit-in Day” (the response was violent, as you may recall). The Virginia FBI sent that state’s Occupy members’ details to the Virginia terrorism fusion center. The Memphis FBI tracked OWS under its “joint terrorism task force” aegis, too. And so on, for over 100 pages.
(keep reading at theguardian.com)
It is a must that you share this news, as this could change the world in no time. Paul Stamets discovered a way to take down Monsanto through the patent bestowed on him with his idea to use fungi as a form of pesticides.
Stamets discovered that some mushroom is now able to be an alternative pesticide for crops. This just means that Monsanto who is the world’s current leading company who provide GMO products and pesticides for crops and farms will no longer be significant for their services. It has been a while since this company has pretty much owned the food industry with the way they dominated corporations and food productions, which are apparently harmful to people.
This man has now gained the patent and could start changing the world. He is a mycologist and he is actually quite known in his field. His patent and discovery of this magical mushroom are not just going viral, but after this news, it’s the responsibility of the reader now to share it to as many people as possible.
What he discovered will make insects not harm the crops the natural way. About 200,000 kinds of insects can be kept away from crops just by using the mushroom he patented. He basically takes those mushrooms and morphs them to stop producing spores. When that happens, they would attract the insects who will transform into fungi from the inside out. It is like resurrecting those insects or as what others would say, his process kinds of reincarnate those insects to be pesticides.
(keep reading at foodworldnews.com)