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vinesnow:

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occupywatchdog:

#environmnent - The only type of savages that exists are the ones who go into the forest to exploit the natural resources in the extraction process and ends up destroying the ecosystem which exists in the forests.

occupywatchdog:

#environmnent - The only type of savages that exists are the ones who go into the forest to exploit the natural resources in the extraction process and ends up destroying the ecosystem which exists in the forests.

assangistan:

via philosoveg:

Greyhound races are an unnecessary and cruel form of entertainment for humans, as the animals are often kept in cramped cages for long hours, and can succumb to injury, heart attacks and heat stroke due to the racing. Though more and more greyhounds are being properly retired when their racing days are over, many are still abandoned, shot, sent to overcrowded shelters or to medical laboratories. [Source]

satanic-capitalist:


New Evidence of Suicide Among India’s Most Indebted Farmers
By Christina Sarich

The wild fluctuation in India’s free markets are one reason for new evidence proving the suicide rate among farmers is astronomical, but areas with the most debt-ridden farms have the highest rates of suicide. 
You can guess what companies helped that to happen. Monsanto would like you to believe that it is ‘a set of systemic and social issues’ which causes farmers to commit hare kari, or to drink the very herbicide which bankrupted them, but there is much more to the story.
Farmer suicide in India isn’t a small bag of potatoes, simply to be dismissed. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), listed Indian suicide rates to be among the highest in the world — with suicide being the second leading cause of death among young adults in India.
While farmer suicides in India began well before the introduction of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide -  Roundup, Monsanto’s India website is rife with smiling, prosperous farmers who have used the company’s suicide seeds along with Round Up chemicals, insinuating bumper crop yields. Monsanto also has concentrated control over big sections of India’s agricultural land. Through seed patents, Monsanto has become the ‘lord of the land’ in India, removing centuries of more sustainable farming practices. The farmers who once grew their own food and never needed to worry about starving unless a drastic drought or monsoon came, were turned into consumers of patented seed and its accompanying chemical brew.
The new rash of suicides sweeping India is of course, due to multiple factors, but Monsanto is still an enormous contributor to the problem. The biotech company made its entry into the market there in 1988 with a change in seed policy imposed by the World Bank. This required India to deregulate the seed industry – giving Monsanto and other biotech companies the ‘in’ they needed to infect lands with GMO crops like Bt cotton, genetically modified corn, soy, and rice. Rajesh Krishnan, convener, Coalition for a GM Free India said:

“The writing on the wall is clear now. The UPA government is against the interest of the citizens, our farmers and the welfare of the nation. It is hand in glove with the multi-national GM seed industry that stands to gain immensely from the numerous open field trails of GM crops.” 

Monsanto’s entry into the India seed market did five important things to change the game for farmers there:
1.  Indian seed companies became beholden to joint-ventures with biotech seed companies. Suicide seeds began to take hold of a market that had never been exposed to ‘patented’ seeds before.
2.  Seed that was once the common resource of multiple generations of farmers now became the intellectual property of the biotech industry the farmers were doing ‘dirty’ business with. Monsanto collected royalties, and farmers went into debt. It didn’t matter if their crops grew or not. The patented seeds also raised prices of seeds, though they were offered cheaply in the beginning.

3.  Openly pollinated GMO seeds infected neighboring farms, increasing the reach of Monsanto’s seed monopoly. Now GMO hybrids took over farms that never meant to deal with Monsanto. A once renewable resource became a commodity.
4.  Cotton was once grown with other crops in India, but now was grown as a mono-crop. Any crop grown in this manner is more susceptible to pests, disease, and drought – but no matter, Monsanto could just sell more of their Round Up to the Indian farmers, driving them further into debt.
5.  As they have done in other countries like Mexico and Sri Lanka, Monsanto began to subvert legislative processes and infect regulatory agencies in charge of making sure public resources and precious land was not wasted through private-public partnerships (PPP) with GMO companies.
The latest study proves that India’s terrifying rate of farmer suicide are in areas where impoverished farmers are trying to grow crops that don’t’ have a chance, and while the study doesn’t mention GMO specifically, Monsanto’s price fixing and legislative heft is definitely part of the ‘wild price fluctuations’ that farmers have seen in seed prices. Many farmers are clinging to little more than a hectare, and if Monsanto’s suicide seeds fail them, they are doomed financially. The harrowing experience leaves them morally bereft, and this often leads to drastic measures, such as suicide. The study does say that the ‘liberalization’ of India’s agricultural sector points to the current crisis. Translation – less regulation of GMO crops leads to a big, sad mess, and not just in India, but in countries around the world. 
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/new-evidence-suicide-among-india-s-most-indebted-farmers-1398086674. All rights are reserved.

satanic-capitalist:

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New Evidence of Suicide Among India’s Most Indebted Farmers

By Christina Sarich

The wild fluctuation in India’s free markets are one reason for new evidence proving the suicide rate among farmers is astronomical, but areas with the most debt-ridden farms have the highest rates of suicide. 

You can guess what companies helped that to happen. Monsanto would like you to believe that it is ‘a set of systemic and social issues’ which causes farmers to commit hare kari, or to drink the very herbicide which bankrupted them, but there is much more to the story.

Farmer suicide in India isn’t a small bag of potatoes, simply to be dismissed. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), listed Indian suicide rates to be among the highest in the world — with suicide being the second leading cause of death among young adults in India.

While farmer suicides in India began well before the introduction of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide -  Roundup, Monsanto’s India website is rife with smiling, prosperous farmers who have used the company’s suicide seeds along with Round Up chemicals, insinuating bumper crop yields. Monsanto also has concentrated control over big sections of India’s agricultural land. Through seed patents, Monsanto has become the ‘lord of the land’ in India, removing centuries of more sustainable farming practices. The farmers who once grew their own food and never needed to worry about starving unless a drastic drought or monsoon came, were turned into consumers of patented seed and its accompanying chemical brew.

The new rash of suicides sweeping India is of course, due to multiple factors, but Monsanto is still an enormous contributor to the problem. The biotech company made its entry into the market there in 1988 with a change in seed policy imposed by the World Bank. This required India to deregulate the seed industry – giving Monsanto and other biotech companies the ‘in’ they needed to infect lands with GMO crops like Bt cotton, genetically modified corn, soy, and rice. Rajesh Krishnan, convener, Coalition for a GM Free India said:

“The writing on the wall is clear now. The UPA government is against the interest of the citizens, our farmers and the welfare of the nation. It is hand in glove with the multi-national GM seed industry that stands to gain immensely from the numerous open field trails of GM crops.” 

Monsanto’s entry into the India seed market did five important things to change the game for farmers there:

1.  Indian seed companies became beholden to joint-ventures with biotech seed companies. Suicide seeds began to take hold of a market that had never been exposed to ‘patented’ seeds before.

2.  Seed that was once the common resource of multiple generations of farmers now became the intellectual property of the biotech industry the farmers were doing ‘dirty’ business with. Monsanto collected royalties, and farmers went into debt. It didn’t matter if their crops grew or not. The patented seeds also raised prices of seeds, though they were offered cheaply in the beginning.

3.  Openly pollinated GMO seeds infected neighboring farms, increasing the reach of Monsanto’s seed monopoly. Now GMO hybrids took over farms that never meant to deal with Monsanto. A once renewable resource became a commodity.

4.  Cotton was once grown with other crops in India, but now was grown as a mono-crop. Any crop grown in this manner is more susceptible to pests, disease, and drought – but no matter, Monsanto could just sell more of their Round Up to the Indian farmers, driving them further into debt.

5.  As they have done in other countries like Mexico and Sri Lanka, Monsanto began to subvert legislative processes and infect regulatory agencies in charge of making sure public resources and precious land was not wasted through private-public partnerships (PPP) with GMO companies.

The latest study proves that India’s terrifying rate of farmer suicide are in areas where impoverished farmers are trying to grow crops that don’t’ have a chance, and while the study doesn’t mention GMO specifically, Monsanto’s price fixing and legislative heft is definitely part of the ‘wild price fluctuations’ that farmers have seen in seed prices. Many farmers are clinging to little more than a hectare, and if Monsanto’s suicide seeds fail them, they are doomed financially. The harrowing experience leaves them morally bereft, and this often leads to drastic measures, such as suicide. The study does say that the ‘liberalization’ of India’s agricultural sector points to the current crisis. Translation – less regulation of GMO crops leads to a big, sad mess, and not just in India, but in countries around the world. 

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/new-evidence-suicide-among-india-s-most-indebted-farmers-1398086674. All rights are reserved.

motivationforfitness:

r-dart:

My Dad isn’t a bad person, he’s just… old fashioned.

This is so much the outlook by many men on a woman’s hormonal fluctuation. As if there is no control. No matter what, women cannot have control of their bodies.

The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day

progressivefriends:

letterstomycountry:

Why You Need To Pay Attention To Gary Johnson’s Lawsuit To Fix Presidenial Elections In America

Gary Johnson has released an ad for his “Our America Initiative,” which is asking for crowd-sourced donations to his lawsuit to sue the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a private organization created by both the Democratic and Republican Parties which controls access to the Presidential debates.

The Issue

The Democratic and Republican parties have secured a monopoly on access to Presidential Debates by working with institutionalized media to create a system that blocks candidates from other parties from entering the debates.  Eric W. Dolan summed up the details during the 2012 debates:

The debate rules specify that to be included, candidates must receive at least 15 percent in a major poll. Most major polls do not even list [third party candidates] as an option. Televised presidential debates date back to 1960, and have been a regular event since the 1976 election. Originally administered by the League of Women Voters, they’ve been jointly organized by the Democratic and Republican parties through the Commission on Presidential Debates—a group the two parties jointly formed—since 1987.

In other words, the CPD has created a shell game.  In order to have access to the Presidential Debates, you need at least 15% approval rating in a major national poll.  But most major national polls do not list third party candidates as an option, making it de facto impossible for most third party candidates to enter the debates.

What The Lawsuit Would Achieve

Gary Johnson’s lawsuit would ask the court to order the CPD to allow any candidate access to the Presidential Debates who is listed in enough states to garner at least 50% of the electoral college votes.  This requirement would give third party candidates access to the debates, while ensuring that only serious candidates were allowed in.

Why It Matters

Access to the debates is not simply a token gift to third parties to make them feel better.  As recent lawsuits over campaign finance laws indicate (i.e. Citizens United McCutcheon), access to mass media is a very big deal.  When third parties are denied access to the debates, large swathes of voters are not given an opportunity to compare the ideas of the candidates in real time.  

The forum of the Presidential Debate itself also grants an air of legitimacy to the candidates.  Candidates who are denied access to the debates are both literally and figuratively shoved into the unwilling role of “outsiders,” which makes many voters afraid to commit to them for fear of wasting their vote.  The CPD and institutionalized media have thus created a system that effectively prevents third party candidates from achieving legitimacy in America’s 2-party system.

If Gary Johnson’s lawsuit is successful, third party candidates would have real access to the Presidential Debates, and would have an opportunity to bring their message to the largest national media platform during election season.  Third party candidates would finally have an opportunity to bring their message to a national media platform which has historically been denied to them, and in the process, be given an opportunity to change voter’s minds at the time when it matters most.

newsweek:

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