Time to give up on identity politics: It’s dragging the progressive agenda down

“Today identity politics has taken up so much intellectual space that such economic calculations do not even register the way they used to. It is all identity, all the time, and while we may easily buy into a cultural narrative about a laudable personality like Malala Yousafzai, who appeals to us as a character we can identify with, we have no patience for any structural exploration of the kinds of economic devastation our policies are causing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and other countries in the region.”

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Identity politics only served to disempower the left and fuel the rise of white nationalism. Can we move on?

by ANIS SHIVANI Salon

Race is the foundation of identity. I would say that that’s kind of a more touchy-feely version of this, but it’s maybe the most important one. We understand ourselves as coming from some place. We understand ourselves as being part of a bigger story. We’re part of Europe. We’re part of this big European story . . . this big narrative of who we are. We aren’t just individuals. We aren’t just some raceless, genderless soul or brain existing in the world, interacting with others. No, we have roots.
Richard Spencer interview, “The Future of the Alt-Right Under Trump,” Feb. 1, 2017

I didn’t come around to disliking identity politics recently. Long before the 2016 election, 15 years ago in fact, I predicted the…

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Triclosan: Is this Hazardous Toxin in Your Toothpaste, Beauty Products, Soap & Toys?

Triclosan, which breaks down to dioxin in the body, poses major health and environmental risks.

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Triclosan is a “super chemical” meant to fight the spread of germs, but with the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs, the question is whether it really fights the good fight or just creates bigger problems. The answer is pretty straightforward. Triclosan is a major player when it comes to the problem of antibiotic resistance, which is becoming more common and more deadly with each passing year.

Are you wondering what triclosan even is? It’s a potent wide-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal agent used in many household products today, such as hand soap, toothpaste, toys, bedding and beauty products. It fights against surface bacteria to help eliminate the spread of disease and infectious agents.

This chemical was first brought to market in 1969 by the drug company Novartis for hospital use but was soon spread to the consumer market en masse. The chemical compound, which is an organic polychloro phenoxy phenol, breaks…

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Bayer-Monsanto Bleeding Out! 44% Drop! Mainstream Media Silent…

Source: NatureHub

Note to Reader: Corporate Media Has Avoided Reporting the Truth on This Topic Because the Biotech Industry Pays them BILLIONS for Ads Annually. So Please Share This Good News So Humanity Can Celebrate!

Biotech giants Monsanto and Bayer are infamous for their destructive practices. So it’s probably shocking to hear their recent 62.5 billion dollar merger is turning out to be some of the best news of the year for those of us who care about human health and that of the environment. Ahead of the merger, and even now, most holistic health advocates and supporters of the Millions Against Monsanto movement wrongly assume this news is disaster. How could the merging of two of the industries “big 6” lead to anything less than a more resilient opponent in the long term? And how could any sane or non-corrupt DOJ official approve this kind of merger in the first place? Just think about it for a moment: Pesticides + GMOs + Medicines = No Bueno, Right?

Surprisingly there’s a huge light at the end of the tunnel here. (Monsanto’s new name is Bayer Crop Science, btw). Leading up to their monstrous union on June 7, 2018, analysts predicted huge profits from the further monopolization of the pesticide industry on the backs of rising prices for farmers and consumers. Instead, the stock went up briefly to $31.67 per share on June 16, and ever since has been trading at a steady decline and currently rests just shy of half it’s price 6 months ago at $17.81. Now Bayer is rapidly cutting jobs and selling off smaller brands in an effort to stay viable amidst the stunning losses. So what happened to cause such a drastic decline, and why is this such amazing news for those who oppose the egregious practices of big biotech?

Karma Roundup

Just after selling out, the verdict for a landmark case against Monsanto was set to be delivered. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, alleged Monsanto suppressed evidence it’s weedkiller RoundUp caused his terminal non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma he used regularly when he worked as a school grounds keeper. Johnson’s case was heard ahead of other similar cases because of his rapidly declining health. After a long and uncertain battle the final judgement finally came: the jury found Monsanto acted with: “malice… because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life.”

In the coming weeks, Bayer managed to get the damages reduced from $289 million to $78 million, but their battle for survival is just beginning. Today they face at least 9,000 lawsuits related to the same herbicide. Bayer continues to insist Roundup is safe, but it seems likely the Biotech industry is heading in the same direction as big tobacco in the 1990s. Especially considering the fact that government agencies are finally starting to take the side of the consumer in classifying chemicals like glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as carcinogenic.

One can only imagine the long list of other chemical lawsuits the Bayer-Monsanto conglomerate will face in coming years. After all, Monsanto is the same company that brought us Agent Orange, heroine, and the GMO crops which have hurt small farmers and have lead to various ecological problems. Bayer, on the other hand, is the inventor of countless drugs, and the neonicotinoid insecticides which many scientists have linked to the mass bee die offs currently threatening the entire food system. But it doesn’t stop there for Bayer-Monsanto. The widespread practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat pre-harvest, is causing mass contamination of many food products like children’s breakfast cereals. So now, the companies using grain contaminated with glyphosate are being taken to court too. General Mill’s was the first in a multitude of this type of class action lawsuit for allowing glyphosate into products like Cheerios [. . .]

Source: Bayer-Monsanto Bleeding Out! 44% Drop! Mainstream Media Silent…

The beginning of the end of capitalism?

Americans have been taught — indoctrinated, perhaps — to think of the economy as capitalism. Quite literally: if capital returns are high — which is what all the above really measure — then Americans suppose the economy is booming. But capital returns — profits, dividends, stock markets, GDP (or their opposites, deficits) — are not the economy at all. They are just the success of capitalists, at increasing their capital.

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Does the gilet jaune movement signal the start of a resistance movement against capitalism?

Respect my existence or expect my resistance,http://bit.ly/2Gkjqya

[Martin Luther] King correctly judged, however, that real and lasting equality required the reform of capitalism ? a change in the system itself.http://bit.ly/2rzzEJi

Isaac Asimov Came up with the Three Laws of Robotics in his 1942 short story “Runaround”, as a safety feature for the terrifying idea of autonomous robots, or today’s ideas of autonomous drones and weapons platforms. However, there are many of us that fear capitalism as much as we fear intelligent drones.

I have therefore, adapted Asimov Laws of Robotics as the Four Laws of Capitalism;

1. A corporation may not injure human beings physically, mentally or economically or, through inaction, allow human beings to come to harm.

2. A corporation may obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders…

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This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

A network of public banks could fund the Green New Deal in the same way President Franklin Roosevelt funded the original New Deal. At a time when the banks were bankrupt, he used the publicly-owned Reconstruction Finance Corporation as a public infrastructure bank.

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With what Naomi Klein calls “galloping momentum,” the “Green New Deal” promoted by newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appears to be forging a political pathway for solving all of the ills of society and the planet in one fell swoop. It would give a House Select Committee “a mandate that connects the dots between energy, transportation, housing, as well as healthcare, living wages, a jobs guarantee” and more. But to critics even on the left it is just political theater, since “everyone knows” a program of that scope cannot be funded without a massive redistribution of wealth and slashing of other programs (notably the military), which is not politically feasible.

Perhaps, but Ocasio-Cortez and the 22 representatives joining her in calling for a Select Committee are also proposing a novel way to fund the program, one which could actually work. The resolution says funding will primarily come from the federal…

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Canadian Study Links Fluoride to Increasing Rate of ADHD in Children

Increasing body of evidence suggests developing fetal nervous system may be negatively affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure.

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Phillip Schneider, Contributor
Waking Times

ADHD is one of the most common issues with children these days. According to 2016 data from the CDC, approximately 2.4 million children ages 6-11 have ADHD in the US and that number tends to increase over time. Seeing as though it’s very hard to treat and affects so many kids, wouldn’t a better solution be to prevent it altogether?  Ridding the world entirely of ADHD might be a bit of a stretch but learning what causes it and minimizing exposure is a much more reasonable solution. Some causes may be obvious, such as head injuries or genetics, but others may be less conspicuous such as exposure to the sodium fluoride found in most tap water. 

A new study from the University of Toronto is shedding light on the impact that water fluoridation may have on rates of childhood ADHD. According to…

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California Devastated Utility Proposes $2 Billion Rate Hike To Fund “Wildfire Safety”

Source: Zero Hedge

One month after the stock and bonds of troubled California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric cratered after the company hinted of a liquidity crisis as a result of mounting legal obligations following California’s destructive Camp Fire, shocking and infuriating its investors… … PG&E is now set to reap the ire of its clients as well after a demand for a rate hike of almost $2 billion from customers, saying more than half will go toward wildfire safety.

In a proposal submitted late last week to the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E asked for $1.1 billion in new revenue in 2020, including $576 million for the Community Wildfire Safety Program, $273 million toward liability insurance, and $209 million for core gas and electric operations. The proposal also asks for another $454 million in 2021 and $486 million in 2022. If the commission approves the hike, California clients of PG&E could see their bills jump more than $10 a month, a troubling development for Californians who already pay one of the highest prices in the nation for electricity.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, last year’s average monthly bill was $101.49. PG&E claims the money for the Community Wildfire Safety Program would go toward reducing wildfire threats. According to Fox6, parts of those efforts will include installing “stronger poles, introducing technology to respond faster to fallen power lines, enhancing weather forecasting models, and increasing coverage in high-threat areas by adding close to 600 cameras.”

“We understand and embrace our responsibility to safely provide electricity and gas to the communities we have the privilege to serve,” PG&E Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Policy Steve Malnight said in a news release. “As California experiences more frequent and intense wildfires and other extreme weather events, we must take necessary, bold and urgent steps to protect our customers. The prudent investments we are proposing will help build a safer and more resilient energy system for the future.” While the explanation will hardly mollify the angry clients, PG&E’s legacy liquidity problems still remain as the proposal does not include money for potential claims from the 2017 and 2018 California fires, PG&E said.

The proposed rate increase will have an even more difficult time to pass in light of the company’s operational negligence to date. A class action lawsuit filed last week accuses the utility of negligence and poor maintenance of electrical infrastructure.

“Even though PG&E knew that its infrastructure was aging, unsafe, and vulnerable to weather and environmental conditions, it failed to fulfill these duties, and failed to take preventative measures in the face of known high-risk weather conditions, such as de-energizing its electrical equipment,” the lawsuit states. Another suit calls the Camp Fire an “inevitable byproduct of PG&E’s willful and conscious disregard of public safety.”

Meanwhile, as the company heads toward legal collision course which analysts believe will cost it tens billions, in a PG&E report this week the company outlined employee reports of damaged power towers minutes before the Camp Fire broke out. One employee called 911 the day the wildfire started after spotting flames close to a high-voltage tower in Butte County. That was 15 minutes after a transmission line went out near that location.

On Wednesday, the state’s insurance commissioner reported $9 billion in insured losses from the 2018 wildfires. “The tragic deaths of 88 people and over $9 billion in insured losses to date are shocking numbers — behind the insured loss numbers are thousands of people who’ve been traumatized by unfathomable loss,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. The utility could see $26.5 billion in liability costs, co-head of Utilities, Power Equipment & Renewable Energy at SSR, Hugh Wynne said. It might be less if the company isn’t found to have started one or more of the 2017 and 2018 fires, although according to its own admission at least in regard to the latter, that seems unlikely [. . .]

Source: California Devastated Utility Proposes $2 Billion Rate Hike To Fund “Wildfire Safety”