Desalination History, Natural Plant Based, Geothermal, Nanotechnology, Passarell, Solar, Hydrogel, Thermoionic, Waste Heat, Cogeneration, Public Health Concerns, Alternatives, Downsides, Costs, Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time | A Green Road Journal

Desalination is a process that takes away mineral components from saline water. More generally, desalination refers to the removal of salts and minerals from a target substance,[1] as in soil desalination, which is an issue for agriculture

via Desalination History, Natural Plant Based, Geothermal, Nanotechnology, Passarell, Solar, Hydrogel, Thermoionic, Waste Heat, Cogeneration, Public Health Concerns, Alternatives, Downsides, Costs, Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time | A Green Road Journal

Broke billionaires (and other ridiculous signs of the top) | Sovereign Man

Broke billionaires (and other ridiculous signs of the top) | Sovereign Man

And he’s definitely not the only ‘billionaire’ in this situation. All across Silicon Valley (and much of the world) we see tech entrepreneurs loaded up with shares of their loss-making businesses, but short on any actual money.

The founder of Snapchat is worth more than $3 billion thanks to his company’s stock price; yet the business has lost billions of dollars since inception and has never generated positive cash flow in a single year, ever.

Uber, WeWork, Lyft, Slack, Peloton, Pinterest– there are so many tech companies, or companies masquerading as tech companies– that consistently lose tons of money. It’s absurd.

In finance, a startup that eventually becomes worth more than a billion dollars is referred to as a ‘unicorn’ because it’s supposed to be so rare that it borders on impossible.

Now, I remember my parents taking me to the circus when I was a kid, and the feature attraction was supposed to be a unicorn. I must have been around 4 years old and I couldn’t have been more excited.

Finally, after seeing the bearded lady and the lion tamers and all that jazz, they finally paraded the unicorn out for all the spectators to see.

Even as a little kid I knew instantly– it was just a friggin’ donkey with a fake horn on it.

And that’s basically what these companies are– donkeys with fake horns. They’re not real unicorns.

They bleed cash. Many of them have no hope of ever turning a profit. And the rock-star famous people who own them are often just “Billionaires In Name Only,’or BINOs.

via Broke billionaires (and other ridiculous signs of the top) | Sovereign Man

America’s Forgotten War with Mexico – Centre for Research on Globalization

America’s Forgotten War with Mexico – Centre for Research on Globalization

Despite involvement in various conflicts, the Mexican-American War haunted Grant to the end.

“I had a horror of the Mexican War and I have always believed it was on our part most unjust. The wickedness was in the conduct of the war. We had no claim on Mexico. Texas had no claim beyond the Nueces River, and yet we pushed on to the Rio Grande and crossed it. I am always ashamed of my country when I think of that invasion”.

What is striking about Grant’s views today is how remarkably forthright they are. It would prove unthinkable for US presidents in later centuries to express ethical misgivings about the attacks on Korea or Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq – despite the much greater destruction and loss of life.

The defeat of Mexico consolidated US expansion of its territorial size by almost 25%. Texas had initially been annexed from Mexico in 1845, a state almost three times the size of Britain.

The Mexican government refused to recognize Texas’s illegal incorporation into American terrain. By May of the following year (1846), the US had declared war on its southern neighbor. US President James K. Polk utilized the pretext that attacking Mexican forces had “passed the boundary of the United States [in Texas], has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon American soil”.

In truth, the “American soil” was Mexican soil annexed to become part of the US. The Americans were awaiting a ruse in which they could attack Mexico without causing unwanted popular uproar, allowing the US to make further gains into Mexican land.

via America’s Forgotten War with Mexico – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Trump: Bring Me the Head of Luis Obrador. Wage a “War on Drugs” to “Protect Mexico”?

Trump: Bring Me the Head of Luis Obrador. Wage a “War on Drugs” to “Protect Mexico”?

The Mexican authorities expressed hope that the decision to grant asylum to President Morales, the legitimate President of Bolivia, would not draw a hostile reaction from the US, and that, since Morales’ life was in danger they had a duty to protect him. But their hope has turned to alarm as the New York Times quickly labelled Mexico a “haven for leftists, socialists and communists over the past century”, and President Trump turned an offer of help in solving the drug cartel problem in Mexico he made on November 6 into a virtual declaration that Mexico does not exist as a sovereign country and that the US may wage war against it in order to clear out what Trump now labels “terrorists.”

He claimed that the United States has the right to designate a criminal group in a foreign country as subject to its jurisdiction and action, which means that as far as the United States is concerned, Mexico is not sovereign nation but an American province and if the Mexicans resist this claim then they face war; and not for the first time.

We remember the war of 1846 in which the US invaded Mexico and, after a brutal war, seized and occupied huge swathes of its territory and then illegally incorporated those areas into the US by forcing down the throats of the Mexicans, at the point of American bayonets, a “treaty” to justify their occupation of Mexican lands.

via Trump: Bring Me the Head of Luis Obrador. Wage a “War on Drugs” to “Protect Mexico”? – Counter Information

Coalition’s zero for climate policy is well earned. All it’s done is cook the books | RenewEconomy

Coalition’s zero for climate policy is well earned. All it’s done is cook the books | RenewEconomy

It shows that the Coalition has achieved nothing on emissions reductions, and the Morrison Government is effectively reliant on a “cooking of the books” of excess carbon credits to meet its modest 2030 target.

It has effectively chosen a different “methodology” to calculate past and present emissions. This has the effect of increasing the notional “surplus” from the Kyoto targets, where Australia was controversially allowed to increase emissions, and then allows it to “claim” to have met its Paris 2030 targets by doing very little.

Any actual emissions reductions delivered by 2030 are minimal, and are achieved only due to the ambitious renewable energy targets put in place by State and Territory governments that is demanded be repealed, and through technologies that it has said are a threat to the nation’s economy,

via Coalition’s zero for climate policy is well earned. All it’s done is cook the books | RenewEconomy

Taylor avoids mention of bushfires as Australia given a zero for climate policy | RenewEconomy

Taylor avoids mention of bushfires as Australia given a zero for climate policy | RenewEconomy

Taylor, and the Coalition in general, have described a high-level of renewables as “reckless” and “economy-wrecking”, yet their latest emissions projects assume the country reaches the 50 per cent share of renewables that they had insisted was not possible. In South Australia, the government now assumes it reaches 96 per cent wind and solar by 2030.

Yet now Taylor stands up in front of the international community and says that Australia can only move as fast as the technology allows.

Taylor’s speech was also notable for making no mention of the bushfire crisis that continues to impact Australia’s east coast have devastated regional communities, burnt through more than 2.7 million hectares of bushland, and which has drive air-quality in Sydney to such poor levels.

via Taylor avoids mention of bushfires as Australia given a zero for climate policy | RenewEconomy

Former Boeing manager says he warned company of problems prior to 737 crashes

Former Boeing manager says he warned company of problems prior to 737 crashes

The manager, Ed Pierson, spoke to NBC News in an exclusive television interview two days before he was set to appear before Congress to detail his efforts to sound the alarm over the conditions at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington, where he said a push to increase production of the 737 Max planes created a “factory in chaos.”

From the summer of 2018 to the spring of 2019, Pierson implored Boeing executives and then the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to look into the conditions at the Renton plant, according to emails obtained by NBC News.

“Frankly right now all my internal warning bells are going off,” Pierson said in an email to Scott Campbell, the general manager of the 737 Max program, on June 9, 2018. “And for the first time in my life, I’m sorry to say that I’m hesitant about putting my family on a Boeing airplane.”

via NBC Former Boeing manager says he warned company of problems prior to 737 crashes

The Destruction of Civilization – Implications of Extreme Monetary Interventions, Negative Interest Rates

The Destruction of Civilization – Implications of Extreme Monetary Interventions – LewRockwell

Negative interest rates are a great example of these short-term patches, only in this case, they are not just useless as a cure for our economic ills, but they actually do more harm than good.

The outcome of this policy is that time becomes worthless. As one’s hard-earned money, set aside for a rainy day or for their children’s education, instead of appreciating, as logic would dictate, instead diminishes day by day, it does not make sense any longer to produce and to save. The basic motivation for each individual to get up in the morning and to work hard to achieve a higher living standard is removed and time, therefore, turns into a dimension without any value. If people can’t save any longer, by government decree, then there is no other way than to consume. And with all traditionally safe investment options gone, they are only left with the option of speculating in rigged financial markets, and the massive risk that comes with it, especially now, when we’re nearing the end of a long-term debt cycle.

The individual is thus turned more and more into a state-dependent, as the basis for a free life is the ability to increase financial independence and have savings on the side that keep you self-reliant. The fundament of a successful system requires individuals that live a decent life, knowing that they must first produce before they can consume.

“Civilization requires accumulation and production; de-civilization happens when too many people in a society borrow, spend, and consume more than they produce.” – Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute in Auburn (AL)

via The Destruction of Civilization – Implications of Extreme Monetary Interventions – LewRockwell

I talked with a CFP today at an investment firm, and he told me that it makes no sense to invest in anything that returns a negative interest rate. He also knows of NO ONE that is actually putting any money into any negative interest rate schemes, so who is investing this money in money losing schemes cooked up by ??????

“It’s About To Get Very Bad” – Repo Market Legend Predicts Market Crash In Days

“It’s About To Get Very Bad” – Repo Market Legend Predicts Market Crash In Days | Zero Hedge

That said, as Pozsar concedes in his conclusion “QE4 – as much as it makes sense – won’t happen unless the Fed’s hands are forced.” By which he means there has to be a market crash for the Fed to do the one thing that can alleviate the banks’ terminal reserve problem.

The Credit Suisse strategist admits as much:

“not responding to potential stresses in the FX swap market with the swap lines, may be what forces the Fed’s hands. If it will take the swap lines to help RV hedge funds to roll their positions without the risk of fire sales, not encouraging their use preemptively can lead to fire sales where QE4 goes live as a clean-up “operation” with the Fed buying what the RV funds are forced to sell – and what they could have bought from dealers under normal circumstances as dealers have been politely asking the Fed since September, just like they were asking for a repo facility before that – and we know how that ended…”

In conclusion all we can say here is that 11 years ago, on September 5, 2008, ten days before Lehman filed, there were massive marketwide repo problems (recall the repo market froze in Sept 2008 and only a multi-trillion bailout by the world’s central banks prevented civilization collapse) and almost nobody understood them… with one exception: Citi’s Matt King did and he laid out all the problems in his iconic Sept 5, 2008, piece “Are the Brokers Broken” in which he predicted the collapse of Lehman. Ten days later he was right. Will Zoltan Pozsar be this generation’s Matt King?

via “It’s About To Get Very Bad” – Repo Market Legend Predicts Market Crash In Days | Zero Hedge

The Starving of Germany in 1919 – Gingko Edizioni

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The Starving of Germany in 1919
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I first read about the starvation of Germans at the end of WWI in a book written by British historian Clive Ponting, he reported that close to 900.000 Germans died of starvation in 1918 and 1919.
The “starvation policy” had begun in 1914. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty and one of the framers of the scheme, admitted that it was aimed at “starving the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission.”
Such British policy was in contravention of international law on two major points.

First, in regard to the character of the blockade, it violated the Declaration of Paris of 1856, which Britain itself had signed, and which, among other things, permitted “close” but not “distant” blockades. A belligerent was allowed to station ships near the…

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Landmark study shows how to change the building sector from a major carbon emitter to a major carbon sink | TreeHugger

Landmark study shows how to change the building sector from a major carbon emitter to a major carbon sink | TreeHugger

The study complains that “the response to building-related emissions has been to focus solely on energy efficiency, but this may result in initiatives and policies that will raise emissions rather than lower them.” We have covered Magwood’s work on this before, but it has never been more clear: Building a highly energy-efficient structure can actually produce more greenhouse gases than a basic code-compliant one if carbon-intensive materials are used.


When in fact, if designed out of the right materials, “we can feasibly and affordably capture and store vast amounts of carbon in buildings, transforming the sector from a major emitter to a major carbon sink.”

via Landmark study shows how to change the building sector from a major carbon emitter to a major carbon sink | TreeHugger

Fresh and new

It is so important to approach each experience as if it is fresh and new because it is! You have never had the exact same experience because you have never been in the unprecedented energies of today. Further, you are stepping forward as an empowered co-creator like never before.

So embrace the unfoldment. Know that change is designed to reflect who you are now and where your soul is taking you to align with your next great adventure. Be open to the new potentials and possibilities that are trying to make their way to you, for you are being loved, supported, and guided through it all. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Wednesday December 11, 2019

Indicted Planned Parenthood Shooter Tells Judge, “I Am Just a Religious Zealot”

Indicted Planned Parenthood Shooter Tells Judge, “I Am Just a Religious Zealot”

According to the 13-page indictment, Dear intended to wage “war” on the clinic because it offered abortion services. To that end, he arrived at the health care clinic Nov. 27, 2015, armed with six rifles, five handguns, a shotgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition and propane tanks he intended to detonate as law enforcement officers approached.

Dear fired nearly 200 rounds over the course of a five-hour standoff, including firing at firefighters and law enforcement officers outside the building in the strip-mall parking lot…
He’s so “pro-life” that he decided murdering people was the best way to show his devotion.

What’s more, he’s been openly admitting his own guilt. He has said to a judge that he’s a “warrior for babies” and said this morning, “I am not crazy. I am just a religious zealot.”

via Indicted Planned Parenthood Shooter Tells Judge, “I Am Just a Religious Zealot” | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

Root intelligence: Plants can think, feel and learn | New Scientist

Root intelligence: Plants can think, feel and learn | New Scientist

Had Aristotle hung out among redwoods, he might not have consigned plants to the bottom rungs of his “ladder of life”. But he didn’t, and botanists have been tormented by his legacy. For centuries, few dared challenge his judgement. Now that’s finally changing. In the past decade, researchers have been making the case for taking plants more seriously. They are finding that plants have a sophisticated awareness of their environment and of each other, and can communicate what they sense. There is also evidence that plants have memory, can integrate massive amounts of information and maybe pay attention. Some botanists argue that they are intelligent beings, with a “neurobiology” all of their own. There’s even tentative talk of plant consciousness.

Charles Darwin would have approved. He was the first to seriously question Aristotelian ideas that plants don’t have the stuff of life that animates us and other animals, simply because they don’t move

via Root intelligence: Plants can think, feel and learn | New Scientist

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed

Although it has been revealed in recent years that plants are capable of seeing, hearing and smelling, they are still usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first time, they have been recorded making airborne sounds when stressed, which researchers say could open up a new field of precision agriculture where farmers listen for water-starved crops.

Itzhak Khait and his colleagues at Tel Aviv University in Israel found that tomato and tobacco plants made sounds at frequencies humans cannot hear when stressed by a lack of water or when their stem is cut.

Microphones placed 10 centimetres from the plants picked up sounds in the ultrasonic range of 20 to 100 kilohertz, which the team says insects and some mammals would be capable of hearing and responding to from as far as 5 metres away. A moth may decide against laying eggs on a plant that sounds water-stressed, the researchers suggest. Plants could even hear that other plants are short of water and react accordingly, they speculate.

via Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed – Azad Palestine’s Blog

FDA issues warning letter for not including the most serious risks in advertisement for medication-assisted drug addiction treatment drug

FDA issues warning letter for not including the most serious risks in advertisement for medication-assisted treatment drug

https://nationaladdictionnews.com/2019/12/11/fda-issues-warning-letter-for-not-including-the-most-serious-risks-in-advertisement-for-medication-assisted-treatment-drug/

E: NDA 021897

VIVITROL (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension), for intramuscular use

MA 864

WARNING LETTER

Dear Mr. Pops:

The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed a print advertisement (print ad) (VIV-003460-v2) for VIVITROL (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) for intramuscular use (Vivitrol) submitted by Alkermes, Inc. (Alkermes) under cover of Form FDA 2253. The print ad is false or misleading because it omits important risk information associated with the use of Vivitrol. Thus, the print ad misbrands Vivitrol within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and makes its distribution violative. 21 U.S.C. 352(n); 321(n); 331(a).  See 21 CFR 202.1(e)(5).  This violation is concerning from a public health perspective because it creates a misleading impression regarding the overall safety of  Vivitrol.  Opioid dependence and misuse is a significant public health concern and a national crisis that impacts millions of lives in the United States.  When used as provided in the FDA- approved product labeling, Vivitrol is safe and effective for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence, following opioid detoxification.  However, those utilizing Vivitrol for the treatment of opioid dependence should be made aware of the vulnerability to potentially fatal overdose at the end of a dosing interval, after missing a dose, or after discontinuing Vivitrol treatment. Attempts to overcome blockade may also lead to fatal overdose.

Background

Below is the indication and the summary of the most serious and most common risks associated with the use of Vivitrol.1   According to the INDICATIONS AND USAGE section of the FDA-approved product labeling (PI) for Vivitrol:

Treatment with VIVITROL should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support.

VIVITROL is indicated for the treatment of alcohol dependence in patients who are able to abstain from alcohol in an outpatient setting prior to initiation of treatment with VIVITROL.  Patients should not be actively drinking at the time of initial VIVITROL administration.

VIVITROL is indicated for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence, following opioid detoxification.

Vivitrol is contraindicated in patients receiving opioid analgesics, patients with current physiologic opioid dependence, patients in acute opioid withdrawal, any individual who has failed the naloxone challenge test or has a positive urine screen for opioids, and patients who have previously exhibited hypersensitivity to naltrexone, polylactide-co-glycolide (PLG), carboxymethylcellulose, or any other components of the diluent.  The PI for Vivitrol includes warnings and precautions regarding vulnerability to opioid overdose, injection site reactions, precipitation of opioid withdrawal, hepatotoxicity, depression and suicidality, when reversal of Vivitrol blockade is required for pain management, eosinophilic pneumonia, hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis, intramuscular injections, alcohol withdrawal, and interference with laboratory tests.  The most common adverse reactions observed with Vivitrol therapy in opioid-dependent patients were hepatic enzyme abnormalities, injection site pain, nasopharyngitis, insomnia, and toothache.

False or Misleading Risk Presentation

Promotional materials misbrand a drug if they are false or misleading with respect to risk. The determination of whether promotional materials are misleading includes, among other things, not only representations made or suggested in promotional materials, but also failure to reveal facts material in light of the representations made or with respect to consequences that may result from the use of the drug as recommended or suggested in the materials.

The print ad contains claims and representations about the benefits of Vivitrol.  However, the print ad fails to communicate information from the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the PI concerning vulnerability to opioid overdose, a potentially fatal risk. Specifically, the PI states that after opioid detoxification, patients are likely to have reduced tolerance to opioids.  Vivitrol blocks the effects of exogenous opioids for approximately 28 days after administration.  However, as the blockade wanes and eventually dissipates completely, patients who have been treated with Vivitrol may respond to lower doses of opioids than previously used, just as they would have shortly after completing detoxification. This could result in potentially life-threatening opioid intoxication (respiratory compromise or arrest, circulatory collapse, etc.) if the patient uses previously tolerated doses of opioids. Cases of opioid overdose with fatal outcomes have been reported in patients who used opioids at the end of a dosing interval, after missing a scheduled dose, or after discontinuing treatment. Furthermore, there is also the possibility that a patient who is treated with Vivitrol could overcome the opioid blockade effect of Vivitrol.  Patients should be told of the serious consequences of trying to overcome the opioid blockade.

By omitting this serious and potentially fatal risk, the print ad fails to provide material information about the consequences that may result from the use of the drug and creates a misleading impression about the drug’s safety. This is extremely concerning from a public health perspective because of the potential for fatal overdose in this vulnerable patient population.

In addition, the print ad omits other important warnings and precautions, including the risk of injection site reactions (one of the risks addressed by the Vivitrol Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)), and the most common adverse reactions associated with the use of drug.

We note the statement, “For additional Important Safety Information, please see the Brief Summary of Prescribing Information on adjacent pages” (emphasis in original) in small print at the bottom of the print ad; however, this statement and the inclusion of the brief summary on adjacent pages do not mitigate the misleading omissions of material risk information from the main body of the print ad.

Prior Communications

OPDP

OPDP refers Alkermes to OPDP’s advisory letter, dated March 9, 2011, on proposed promotional materials for Vivitrol, wherein OPDP advised Alkermes that the proposed material (b)(4)

Office of New Drugs

On October 12, 2018, the Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products (DAAAP) sent an information request to Alkermes requesting that Alkermes “describe any efforts you have made to ensure that prescribers and patients are aware of the risk of overdose” for patients exposed to Vivitrol.  On October 29, 2018, Alkermes responded in part stating that they have “undertaken numerous efforts to ensure that prescribers and patients are aware of the risk of overdose,” and that one such measure undertaken by Alkermes was the “[i]nclusion of the risk of opioid overdose within the text of promotional materials for healthcare professionals, caregivers and consumers…”

OPDP is concerned that Alkermes continues to promote Vivitrol in a manner that fails to adequately present this important risk information in a truthful and non-misleading manner.

Conclusion and Requested Action

For the reasons discussed above, the print ad misbrands Vivitrol within the meaning of the FD&C Act and makes its distribution violative. 21 U.S.C. 352(n); 321(n); 331(a). See 21 CFR 202.1(e)(5).

OPDP requests that Alkermes immediately cease misbranding Vivitrol and/or cease introducing the misbranded drug into interstate commerce.  Please submit a written response to this letter on or before December 16, 2019, stating whether you intend to comply with this request, listing all promotional materials (with the 2253 submission date) for Vivitrol that contain statements such as those described above, and explaining your plan for discontinuing use of such materials, or, in the alternative, for ceasing distribution of Vivitrol. Because the violations described above are serious, we request, further, that your  submission include a comprehensive plan of action to disseminate truthful, non-misleading, and complete corrective messages about the issues discussed in this letter to the  audience(s) that received the violative promotional materials.  In order to clearly identify the violative promotional piece(s) and/or activity and focus on the corrective message(s), OPDP recommends that corrective piece(s) include a description of the violative promotional piece(s) and/or activity, include a summary of the violative message(s), provide information to correct each of the violative message(s), and be free of promotional claims and presentations.  To the extent possible, corrective messaging should be distributed using the same media, and generally for the same duration of time and with the same frequency that the violative promotional material was disseminated.  If you believe that your products are not in violation of the FD&C Act, include your reasoning and any supporting information for our consideration.

Please direct your response to the undersigned at the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Prescription Drug Promotion, 5901- B Ammendale Road, Beltsville, Maryland 20705-1266.  A courtesy copy can be sent by facsimile to (301) 847-8444.  To ensure timely delivery of your submissions, please use the full address above and include a prominent directional notation (e.g. a sticker) to indicate that the submission is intended for OPDP.  Please refer to MA 864 in addition to the NDA number in all future correspondence relating to this particular matter. All correspondence should include a subject line that clearly identifies the submission as a Response to Warning Letter.

The violations discussed in this letter do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list. It is your responsibility to ensure that your promotional materials for Vivitrol comply with each applicable requirement of the FD&C Act and FDA implementing regulations.

Failure to correct the violations discussed above may result in FDA regulatory action, including seizure or injunction, without further notice.

Sincerely,

{See appended electronic signature page}

Andrew S.T. Haffer, Pharm.D. Director

Division of Advertising & Promotion Review 1

Office of Prescription Drug Promotion

https://www.fda.gov/inspections-compliance-enforcement-and-criminal-investigations/warning-letters/alkermes-inc-597260-12022019

‘A dangerous move to silence free speech’: Jewish groups react to Trump’s plan to designate Judaism as a nationality | The Independent

‘A dangerous move to silence free speech’: Jewish groups react to Trump’s plan to designate Judaism as a nationality | The Independent

Donald Trump’s plan to designate Judaism as a “nationality” through executive order has been met with criticism by progressive Jewish organisations, who say the proposal is just another act of antisemitism from the president.

The White House has claimed the effort would help to fight antisemitism on college campuses, and would trigger a portion of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires educational institutions receiving federal funding to not discriminate based on national origin.

Those protections would, however, also allow the administration to fight back against anti-Israel divestment sentiments on college campuses across the country, by forcing schools to view those acts as discriminatory.

via ‘A dangerous move to silence free speech’: Jewish groups react to Trump’s plan to designate Judaism as a nationality | The Independent

Same thing Hitler did right before the “FINAL SOLUTION” and Hitler installing himself as dictator in chief.

Horrifying photo shows sick trophy hunting couple KISS over corpse of magnificent lion they killed

Horrifying photo shows sick trophy hunting couple KISS over corpse of magnificent lion they killed

The firm wrote: “Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun…well done. A monster lion.”

Despite their grim pose, the couple – who run a taxidermy business – describe themselves as “passionate conservationists”, the Mirror reports.

Pictured with another lion on the account, the caption reads: “There is nothing like hunting the king of the jungle in the sands of the Kalahari.

“Well done to the happy huntress and the team…”

It looks as though this lion was a tame animal killed in an enclosure, bred for the sole purpose of being the subject of a smug selfie

via thesun Horrifying photo shows sick trophy hunting couple KISS over corpse of magnificent lion they killed

Toddler, 2, put mum’s loaded pink gun in his mouth and killed himself thinking it was a water pistol – The Sun

Toddler, 2, put mum’s loaded pink gun in his mouth and killed himself thinking it was a water pistol – The Sun

He mistook the pink Ruger for his water pistol
She was jailed for 24 years on Monday over the negligence death of the little boy at their Colorado Springs home in October last year.

After the tragedy, Adamson told cops she’d loaded her pistol following a “threatening visit” from a drug dealer called Beast, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette.

via Toddler, 2, put mum’s loaded pink gun in his mouth and killed himself thinking it was a water pistol – The Sun

Dixie Chicks Kick Off Tour With Donald Trump in the Backdrop – NBC New York

Dixie Chicks Kick Off Tour With Donald Trump in the Backdrop – NBC New York

The Dixie Chicks aren’t afraid of mixing art and politics.

The Texas-based trio kicked off their DCX MMXVI World Tour on on Wednesday in Cincinnati and they’ve got a new political foe: Donald Trump.

The Dixie Chicks performed their 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” against a backdrop that showed Trump with devil horns and a comical mustache and goatee.

via Dixie Chicks Kick Off Tour With Donald Trump in the Backdrop – NBC New York

Tar Heel Confederates Hate Group Funded By University Of Carolina | ColorOfChange.org

Tar Heel Confederates Hate Group Funded By University Of Carolina | ColorOfChange.org

The University of North Carolina (UNC) is currently providing financial support for the headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This is unacceptable. A state university is prioritizing funding for a certified hate group,

via Tar Heel Confederates | ColorOfChange.org

Arctic Report Shows Changes Scientists Didn’t Expect ‘This Soon’

Arctic Report Shows Changes Scientists Didn’t Expect ‘This Soon’

The clearest sign of Arctic change are rising temperatures. The average temperature over the past 12 months ranked as the second-highest value since 1900 coming in at 1.9 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal. That’s helping melt Arctic sea ice cover, which has seen rapid declines in thickness and extent. The fragile state of ice leaves it vulnerable to random weather happenings, such as when the jetstream sends warm southerly winds north. That’s exactly what happened this past year, particularly in Alaska when unusual southwestern warm winds in fall 2018 kept sea ice from freezing in along the coastal Bering Sea. This happened again in winter 2019 and continued into the spring.

“In the past when that happened, it hasn’t had a big impact because the ice is already there and very thick,” James Overland, an oceanographer at NOAA who worked on this report, told Earther. “This year, you started with thin ice, so when winds shifted around to coming from the south and bringing more warm temperatures, the ice could never form, and that was a huge change that we never expected would happen this soon
.”

As a result of all this warm air—which was related to the wild ass heatwaves Europe saw this year—the Greenland ice sheet a massive meltdown over the summer. The only year worse was 2012. This presents a long-term concern for sea level rise worldwide, but the loss of sea ice throughout the Arctic threatens the culture and livelihoods of the people who live there. And, for the first time ever, the Arctic Report Card pays special attention to the impacts indigenous people face. It even includes a whole section featuring voices from the frontlines. Overland said that was intentional.

via earther.gizmodo Arctic Report Shows Changes Scientists Didn’t Expect ‘This Soon’

Why “This Sucker Is Going Down”-Charles Hugh Smith

Why “This Sucker Is Going Down”-Charles Hugh Smith

Alas, loose money has created a new set of metastasizing problems that will bring this sucker down: widening wealth-income inequality, the only possible result of our system of creating and distributing new money to banks, financiers and corporations; soaring systemic leverage that few see, much less understand; and perhaps most perverse, yet equally unnoticed, loose money has widened the gap between the real economy and the top layer of arcane finance to the point there is literally no connection at all.
The happy story about debt-dependent capitalism is that thriving companies borrow money from our wunnerful banks to invest in new factories, research, software development, etc., hiring millions of top-notch people–top-notch!–at generous salaries to boost productivity and make the entire nation wealthier.
Alas, it’s all a fraud. What actually happens is banks “invest” the new money in faster High Frequency Trading (HFT) computers so they can skim even more profit from the rigged “markets.” Productivity increase: zero. Social benefits: zero. Economic benefits to the nation at large: zero.
Virtually all the loose money created by the Fed is socially useless financial activity, enriching the few at the top of the wealth-power pyramid who own the financial machinery of repo’s, derivatives, FX swaps, leverage, and all the other tricks of the financial trade that has completely disconnected from the real-world economy.

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The Indigenous Worldview Is Our Only Hope for Survival, by Four Arrows | Rise Up Times

The Indigenous Worldview Is Our Only Hope for Survival, by Four Arrows | Rise Up Times

In contrast, we might consider listening closely to an Indigenous story, like the one about how all the water creatures — including dolphins, ducks, whales, pelicans and other ocean birds, sharks, sea horses, muskrats, walruses, eels and otters — helped a woman who fell from an ancient world in the sky when Earth was all water. She was curious – “the kind of curious that doesn’t give up,” King notes. She was about to give birth and needed dry land. She was told there was mud at the bottom of the water, but needed something flat to put the mud on for the birthing. A turtle volunteered. All the creatures participated in diving for the mud. Once accomplished, the great collaboration to create the planet we know today was finished and twins were born. They were different from one another — one left-handed and one right-handed — but they also balanced one another out.

“Have we forgotten anything?” the twins asked the animals. “Do you think we need human beings?” Some animals expressed concern about humans being a problem, but the twins said everyone would get along fine, so the right-handed twin created women and the left-handed twin created men. The woman, the twins and all the animals looked around at the world they had created and said, “This is as good as it gets. This is one beautiful world.”

The Biblical and Indigenous creation stories are quite different. “The elements in Genesis create a particular universe governed by a series of hierarchies — God, man, animals, plants—that celebrate law, order and good government, while in our Native story, the universe is governed by a series of co-operations that celebrate equality and balance.” In the Indigenous story, the world is at peace without concern about the ascendancy of good over evil.

“What if the creation story in Genesis had featured a flawed deity who was understanding and sympathetic rather than autocratic and rigid? Someone who, in the process of creation, found herself lost from time to time and in need of advice? What if the animals had decided on their own names?” King writes.

via The Indigenous Worldview Is Our Only Hope for Survival, by Four Arrows | Rise Up Times

Too much smartphone and too much social media not good for one’s mindset and self image…same as trying to live you life ‘out of a TV set’ (no substitute for real contact and conversations)

Too much smartphone and too much social media not good for one’s mindset and self image…same as trying to live you life ‘out of a TV set’ (no substitute for real contact and conversations)

“Overall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being,” the researchers wrote in a Harvard Business Review article. “These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year.” Yikes.

In addition to negative self-comparison, the researchers note, increased use of Facebook and other social media tends to take up a lot of people’s time and can create an illusion of closeness. To the extent that time spent on Facebook takes you away from real-world social gatherings, you lose the benefit of being in a community, the researchers say. The same is likely true if you’re at a gathering in body, but your eyes and mind are locked on your smartphone, checking out your friends’ latest posts.

So what should you do? I’m not going to tell you to stop using Facebook. You wouldn’t listen to me anyway, and with so many people the world over using the network, it’s impossible to just ignore it. But limit your use to no more than the hour or so each day that the average Facebook user spends on the site. And try to put down your phone more often, look up at the people around you, and join the conversation that’s happening in the real world.

via Too much smartphone and too much social media not good for one’s mindset and self image…same as trying to live you life ‘out of a TV set’ (no substitute for real contact and conversations) | © blogfactory

Probe into eight 1080 Waikato cattle deaths in 2018 points to DOC breach

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

From rnz.co.nz

An investigation in an aerial drop of 1080 that killed eight cattle in the King Country in September 2018 has found that the Department of Conservation breached one of its operating procedures.

The DOC pest control operation was conducted over the 1400ha Mapara Wildlife Reserve, 35km southeast of Te Kuiti.

The livestock got into the area via an insecure fence – something the farm owners dispute – and ate the poison.

The inquiry by the Environmental Protection Authority found that DOC did not advise the cattle’s owners, Mark and Paula Stone, of a decision to exclude a pocket of bush that they had given consent to include in the operation.

The EPA said however that the breach wasn’t a factor in the cattle deaths.

The Stones’ property borders onto the DOC land.

The EPA is recommending a better consultation process for 1080 drops, including providing more clarity for…

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Is A Global Crash Just Around The Corner? Central Banks Are Cutting At The Fastest Rate Since The Financial Crisis – Activist Post

Is A Global Crash Just Around The Corner? Central Banks Are Cutting At The Fastest Rate Since The Financial Crisis – Activist Post

And so, while helping us understand what has been the fuel for the market’s recent blow-off top meltup, the Fed’s emergency intervention does beg the question: is there something amiss more than just the repo market, and is Powell telegraphing that a far more serious crisis may be looming?

It’s not just Powell, however. It’s everyone.
As Bank of America’s Michael Hartnett notes in his latest Flows and Liquidity weekly, global monetary policy has flipped from Quantitative Tightening (net 42 hikes & $650bn liquidity removed in 2018) to aggressive Quantitative Easing (net 53 cuts) and represents that fastest pace of central bank cuts since the financial crisis.

via Is A Global Crash Just Around The Corner? Central Banks Are Cutting At The Fastest Rate Since The Financial Crisis – Activist Post

Bernie Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism, Says When The 99% Stand Up Against the 1% We Can Transform Society | Video | RealClearPolitics

Bernie Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism, Says When The 99% Stand Up Against the 1% We Can Transform Society | Video | RealClearPolitics

While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” Sanders plans to say in the speech, according to CNN. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”

“We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights,” the speech continues, according to CNN. “This is what I mean by democratic socialism.”

via Bernie Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism, Says When The 99% Stand Up Against the 1% We Can Transform Society | Video | RealClearPolitics

Trump’s Defense Can’t Save Him – The Atlantic

Trump’s Defense Can’t Save Him – The Atlantic

Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on ABC this weekend, Representative Matt Gaetz—one of President Donald Trump’s most relentlessly enthusiastic congressional supporters—had an unexpected suggestion for how the president should proceed in the impeachment inquiry. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting White House chief of staff, should testify before Congress, Gaetz argued—along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and perhaps even the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. All three men have so far refused to cooperate with House requests for information. But, said Gaetz, “I think it would inure to the president’s advantage to have people testify who could exculpate him.”

via Trump’s Defense Can’t Save Him – The Atlantic

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders Draw Largest Iowa Crowd of Democratic Primary So Far with Call for ‘Solidarity’ Over Unity | Common Dreams News

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders Draw Largest Iowa Crowd of Democratic Primary So Far with Call for ‘Solidarity’ Over Unity | Common Dreams News

As they did last month at a rally in Queens, where Ocasio-Cortez officially endorsed the Vermont Independent senator, the two progressives centered the event on a call for solidarity with people of diverse races, class backgrounds, and life experiences.

One key to “expanding the electorate,” Ocasio-Cortez suggested, is to inspire voters to vote to improve the lives of people they may never meet in person.

“Solidarity means, I fight for you and you fight for me,” the freshman congresswoman told the crowd before introducing Sanders.

“Iowa, you’re the first in the nation, baby,” she added. “You need to set the tone. I need to go back home to the Bronx and tell my community in the Bronx, ‘We need to fight for Iowa.'”

via Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders Draw Largest Iowa Crowd of Democratic Primary So Far with Call for ‘Solidarity’ Over Unity | Common Dreams News

The Big Wobble: Fish all gone! Gulf of Alaska fishery to close for the first time ever: No more cod: Salmon all but gone: Millions of small sea birds died since 2015

The Big Wobble: Fish all gone! Gulf of Alaska fishery to close for the first time ever: No more cod: Salmon all but gone: Millions of small sea birds died since 2015

Extremely low cod numbers have lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time ever. In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season. It’s a decision that came as little surprise, but it’s the first time the fishery was closed due to concerns of low stock.

Last month The Big Wobble reported more misery for Alaskan pink salmon fisheries. Prince William Sound Science Center field season was marked by a low flow and high pre-spawn mortality. This year, virtually no rain led to extremely low flows and field crews observed unprecedented pre-spawning die-offs and unusually late migration into the streams

The precise toll is unclear. The new die-off follows a massive loss of common murres in 2015 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, the biggest murre die-off on record in Alaska, and a precursor to near-total reproductive failures for murres in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering. It also follows the deaths of thousands of puffins found last fall on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs and, prior to that, mass deaths of murres and auklets along the U.S. West Coast.

via The Big Wobble: Fish all gone! Gulf of Alaska fishery to close for the first time ever: No more cod: Salmon all but gone: Millions of small sea birds died since 2015

The Big Wobble: Another tipping point breached: Salmon have disappeared in Scotland: Not a single salmon caught during the entire season.

The Big Wobble: Another tipping point breached: Salmon have disappeared in Scotland: Not a single salmon caught during the entire season.

It used to be the best salmon fishing in the world

Some beats on famous rivers like the Spey and the Nith recorded not a single salmon caught during the entire season. Just two salmon were caught on the River Fyne in Argyll this year, where once more than 700 were caught each season. The number of fish caught by anglers has been so low that some estates have stopped selling permits for once-popular beats because there is no fish to catch.

In January 2017, the collapse of Alaska’s salmon fishing caught the headlines. The federal government issued a disaster declaration for Alaska’s pink salmon fishery and several other salmon and crab fisheries along the West Coast. 

via The Big Wobble: Another tipping point breached: Salmon have disappeared in Scotland: Not a single salmon caught during the entire season.

Almasirah English – Shocking Figures of Saudi Financial Losses in its War Against Yemen

Almasirah English – Shocking Figures of Saudi Losses in its War Against Yemen

The magazine published in its report some fine details, for example, it spoke about the costs of two warships followed by six accompanying frigates, indicating that the ship’s rent is $ 150 million per day, that is, “300” million dollars per day for the two warships and their dependencies. The warship carries 6,000 soldiers with their equipment, 450 aircraft with their pilots and also has long-range cannons and missiles, meaning that the total costs of the two ships with their accessories amounted to 54 billion dollars within 6 months.

The costs of the expenses of two satellites for military purposes of one hour is one million dollars. With a simple calculation, we find that the cost of the two satellites per day is 48 million dollars, or one billion and 440 million dollars during one month. If you multiply it by six months it will cost 8 billion and 640 million dollars. Analyzing, displaying and extracting information from the images and data of the military satellites would cost $ 5 million per day for the satellite, or $ 10 million per day, or $ 300 million per month, bringing the amount to one billion and 800 million dollars within six months.

The cost of the AWACS aircraft is $ 250,000 in an hour, or $ 6 million per day, equivalent to $ 180 million per month, or one billion and $ 80 million within six months.

via Almasirah EnglishShocking Figures of Saudi Losses in its War Against Yemen

Governments Need to Face Reality — the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Collapsing | The Tyee

Governments Need to Face Reality — the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Collapsing | The Tyee

Around the world there is early evidence of a seismic shift. Capital is moving away from fossil fuels, and regions that have let their economies become dependent on oil revenues are showing signs of authoritarian abuses of power. (Sound familiar Alberta?)

Saudi Arabia, for example, planned to sell up to five per cent of state-owned oil company Aramco in what was supposed to be the largest IPO in history, raising $100 billion to improve services and diversify the economy.

Instead, the sale has been scaled back. Only 1.5 per cent of the company will be sold, and the share offering may only raise $25 billion — enough to cover the Saudi government deficit for about six months.

via Governments Need to Face Reality — the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Collapsing | The Tyee

New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance – Japan Today

New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance – Japan Today

They said the “groundbreaking” early warning tool, which has also predicted risks in Iran, Nigeria and Pakistan, could spot the likelihood of conflicts – including water-related violence – up to 12 months in advance.

Climate change, increasing populations, rapid urbanization, economic growth and expanding agriculture are compounding pressures on the world’s limited water supplies.

U.N. data shows a quarter of the globe is using water faster than natural sources can be replenished.

via New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance – Japan Today

The Impacts of Relying on Desalination for Water – Scientific American

The Impacts of Relying on Desalination for Water – Scientific American

Beyond the links to climate problems, marine biologists warn that widespread desalinization could take a heavy toll on ocean biodiversity; as such facilities’ intake pipes essentially vacuum up and inadvertently kill millions of plankton, fish eggs, fish larvae and other microbial organisms that constitute the base layer of the marine food chain. And, according to Jeffrey Graham of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, the salty sludge leftover after desalinization for every gallon of freshwater produced, another gallon of doubly concentrated salt water must be disposed of can wreak havoc on marine ecosystems if dumped willy-nilly offshore. For some desalinization operations, says Graham, it is thought that the disappearance of some organisms from discharge areas may be related to the salty outflow.

Of course, as supplies of fresh water dwindle, the economic cost of desalinization‚ especially in coastal areas with easy access to ocean water‚ begins to look competitive with traditional water sourcing. To date there are about 300 desalinization plants in the United States, with 120 in Florida and less than 40 each in Texas and California. Some 20 additional plants are planned for the coast of California in the coming years, unless environmentalists extolling the virtues of conservation and wielding low-flow shower heads and toilets prevail.

via The Impacts of Relying on Desalination for Water – Scientific American

Desalination Breakthrough: Saving the Sea from Salt – Scientific American

Desalination Breakthrough: Saving the Sea from Salt – Scientific American

The secret is a variant of the Solvay process, a 150-year-old, seven-step chemical conversion method that is widely used to produce sodium carbonate for industrial applications, and that many chemists are working to refine. Benyahia has simplified the process in part by aiming for sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) rather than sodium carbonate, thus reducing the needed chemical conversion steps to just two. In the presence of ammonia he reacts pure carbon dioxide with the waste brine from desalination, creating solid baking soda and ammonium chloride solution. In a second step he reacts the ammonium chloride solution with calcium oxide to produce calcium chloride solution and ammonia gas. Recovering the ammonia allows him to reuse it in the first step, reducing the cost of the process.

Benyahia’s process is unusual in that it reduces the need for brine disposal by nearly 100 percent, ending up with sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and ammonia for reuse in the first step. It also uses pure CO2, whereas other similar processes use flue gas from power plants—which is about 10 percent CO2 and contains other gases. Using flue gas adds a step of separating out the pure CO2, making the process more expensive. Qatar already has natural gas processing plants venting pure CO2 close to brine disposal stations, making Benyahia’s solution potentially cost-effective, at least in places with similar infrastructure.

Brine disposal is a big problem in much of the Middle East. The gulf, along with the Red and Mediterranean seas, are turning saltier because of desalination by-products—and the region is the epicenter of desalination worldwide, with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman making up 45 percent of global desalination capacity. This brine is typically twice as salty as seawater, and advanced desalination plants still produce approximately two cubic meters of waste brine for every one cubic meter of clean water.

via Desalination Breakthrough: Saving the Sea from Salt – Scientific American

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here – Scientific American

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here – Scientific American

Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth, and much of that learning is happening at the Zuckerberg Institute, where researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination. They have developed resilient well systems for African villages and biological digesters than can halve the water usage of most homes.

The institute’s original mission was to improve life in Israel’s bone-dry Negev Desert, but the lessons look increasingly applicable to the entire Fertile Crescent. “The Middle East is drying up,” says Osnat Gillor, a professor at the Zuckerberg Institute who studies the use of recycled wastewater on crops. “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel.”

That water stress has been a major factor in the turmoil tearing apart the Middle East, but Bar-Zeev believes that Israel’s solutions can help its parched neighbors, too — and in the process, bring together old enemies in common cause.

via Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here – Scientific American

Historical documents show Japanese gov’t role in providing sex slaves – Japan Today

Historical documents show Japanese gov’t role in providing sex slaves – Japan Today

Japan’s army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called “comfort women” system.

The 23 documents were gathered by Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat between April 2017 and March 2019, including 13 classified dispatches from the Japanese consulates in China to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo dating back to 1938, according to Kyodo.

The sex slaves issue has been a source of a painful dispute between South Korea and Japan. The women were from Korea, Taiwan and Australia, the Philippines as well as Japan.

via Historical documents show Japanese gov’t role in providing sex slaves – Japan Today

Vowing to Deliver High-Speed Broadband for All, Sanders Plan Would Enshrine Internet as Public Utility | Common Dreams News

Vowing to Deliver High-Speed Broadband for All, Sanders Plan Would Enshrine Internet as Public Utility | Common Dreams News

Vowing to take on the telecom giants that have monopolized the web for private profit, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday unveiled a $150 billion plan to make the internet a public utility, break up and tightly regulate corporate behemoths like Verizon and AT&T, and provide high-speed broadband for everyone in the United States.

“Our tax dollars built the internet. It should be a public good for all, not another price-gouging profit machine for Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
“It is outrageous that across the country millions of Americans and so many of our communities do not have access to affordable high-speed internet,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. “Access to the internet is a necessity in today’s economy, and it should be available for all.”

Sanders vowed that, if elected president in 2020, he will ensure that every American household has affordable and high-speed internet by the end of his first term.

“Just as President Roosevelt fundamentally made America more equal by bringing electricity to every farm and rural community over 80 years ago, as president, I will do the same with high-speed internet,” Sanders said.

via Vowing to Deliver High-Speed Broadband for All, Sanders Plan Would Enshrine Internet as Public Utility | Common Dreams News

‘Now Let’s Do This Everywhere’: Kansas City, Missouri Approves Free Public Transit for All | Common Dreams News

‘Now Let’s Do This Everywhere’: Kansas City, Missouri Approves Free Public Transit for All | Common Dreams News

Lawmakers in Kansas City, Missouri took a “visionary step” on Thursday by unanimously voting to make public transportation in the city free of charge, setting the stage for it to be the first major U.S. city to have free public transit.

The Kansas City Council voted to direct the city manager to set aside $8 million to eliminate the $1.50 per ride fare that currently applies to the city’s bus system.

Some frequent riders could save about $1,000 per year under the new plan, according to KCUR, the city’s public radio station.

“It’d help me out a lot,” college student Michael Mumford, who rides the city’s buses at least once per day, told the station. “Put some change in my pocket…buy some books for class.”

via ‘Now Let’s Do This Everywhere’: Kansas City, Missouri Approves Free Public Transit for All | Common Dreams News

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