Category Archives: General News

Green Party US Dr. Jill Stein’s Stance On Jobs, Taxes And More. – The Militant Negro™

Stein wants to establish what she calls the “Green Deal,” which she says would create 20 million jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, clean manufacturing and organic agriculture, among other areas.“The cost of the jobs plan is estimated far less than Obama’s stimulus package. It’s about $500 billion,” she told CNN. “The Green Deal makes wars for oil obsolete.”“Our Green Deal is a plan for full employment based on transitioning to a sustainable economy, starting with 100% clean energy by 2030 and making the government the employer of last resort,” Stein’s campaign manager Gloria Mattera told CNN Tuesday.Stein also wants “living wage jobs for every American who needs work,” and a $15 federal minimum wage.The candidate supports unions and believes they can help employees keep “a fair share” of the wealth their work creates.Stein also wants to ensure equal pay for equal work by stamping out discrimination based on gender, race, age or sexual orientation.

Source: Green Party US Dr. Jill Stein’s Stance On Jobs, Taxes And More. – The Militant Negro™

KiwiSavers invest in cluster bomb, land mine manufacturers | Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

Hundreds of thousands of KiwiSaver members in government-appointed default schemes may be unknowingly investing in companies making cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines.

At least five of the nine default KiwiSaver providers invested in these types of companies, despite them being banned by government agencies such as the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and ………..

Source: KiwiSavers invest in cluster bomb, land mine manufacturers | Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

33 Surprising Baking Soda Uses & Remedies – Dr. Axe

Many of us think of baking soda as an ingredient used for cooking, or even something that helps to keep our refrigerators odor-free, but baking soda is surprisingly good for your health and home, too!An inexpensive purchase (usually costing about $1), baking soda uses vary from basic daily hygiene, injuries, digestive issues, stomach pain, coughs and sore throats.Throughout history, baking soda has been used as a rising agent when baking. It’s 100 percent sodium bicarbonate; so when mixed with acid, baking soda makes bubbles and gives off a carbon dioxide gas, causing the dough to rise.Baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate and has been used since ancient times as a deodorizer, soother and cleanser.

Source: 33 Surprising Baking Soda Uses & Remedies – Dr. Axe

Report Finds Toxins/Carcinogens in Popular Brands of Toothpaste – Journal of People

Following the sweeping overhaul of chemical regulation signed into law last month with the Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (updating the Toxic Substance Control Act), consumers might expect that shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste will be free of toxics soon, but they would be wrong. The new law only applies to products regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All cosmetics and personal care products, such as toothpaste, fall under the Food and Drug Administration and remain essentially unregulated.Cornucopia’s new report and scorecard educate consumers on the potential risks of common toothpaste ingredients. The online scorecard is easy to use while shopping, highlighting some of the best toothpaste brands, many of which contain organic ingredients.

Source: Report Finds Toxins/Carcinogens in Popular Brands of Toothpaste – Journal of People

Dewilding Cumbria – Radiation Free Lakeland

Sadly the last reaches of the Ehen’s sister river, the Calder no longer meanders brimful of salmon, freshwater pearl mussels and eels to the sea, but has been straightened and made into an industrial channel running through the Sellafield reprocessing plant.

Source: Dewilding Cumbria – Radiation Free Lakeland

Koch Brothers Waging War Against Local Effort to Expose Dark Money | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

A state ballot measure seeking to end political corruption has won the ire of the billionaire Koch Brothers, who have relied on secret donations to conservative interest groups to influence elections coast to coast.South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22 (pdf), dubbed the Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, seeks to “ensur[e] that special interest lobbyists and their cronies aren’t buying influence with our elected officials,” according to proponents South Dakotans for Integrity.Specifically, it calls for public disclosure of donors to campaigns and advocacy groups; lowers contribution amounts and imposes limits on political action committees, political parties, and candidates; and it creates an ethics commission to enforce campaign finance and lobby rules. Further, it establishes a publicly funded campaign finance program for state and legislative candidates.

Source: Koch Brothers Waging War Against Local Effort to Expose Dark Money | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

HUGE VICTORY! Federal Court Bans Govt from Prosecuting Medical Pot Users and Growers

Last week, the tyrannical DEA doubled down on their asinine and immoral decision to classify marijuana as having no medical value — promising to continue to kidnap, cage, and kill people for possessing it. However, in a major victory, and a well-deserved slap to the face of the DEA, a federal appeals court just ruled that prosecuting medical marijuana users and growers is now banned.The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals’ three-judge panel has ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) cannot spend budget money to prosecute people who grow, sell or use medical marijuana — if they comply with state law.

Source: HUGE VICTORY! Federal Court Bans Govt from Prosecuting Medical Pot Users and Growers

Billionaire father and daughter linked to Trump shake-up | TheHill

The fingerprints of Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund billionaire, and his middle daughter, Rebekah, can be seen all over the new Trump staffing appointments and other decisions being made by the GOP presidential nominee. The Mercers, who previously put $13.5 million into a super-PAC supporting Ted Cruz’s bid against Trump, have recently converted the group into the Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC, targeting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.Robert Mercer has reportedly made a “substantial” additional investment of at least $1 million in the new super-PAC, which has already spent $500,000 on digital ads attacking Clinton in eight battleground states. Additionally, he and particularly Rebekah have become influential figures in Trump World in the past few months. Rebekah Mercer “lives in a beautiful apartment in one of Trump’s buildings on the Upper West Side [of New York City] overlooking the Hudson River,” a source who knows her told The Hill.

Source: Billionaire father and daughter linked to Trump shake-up | TheHill

FOCUS: The Axis of Destruction and Hope

f you want to understand the climate crisis today, you need to journey roughly along the 95th meridian, from Louisiana in the south to the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas.In the Bayou State, there’s great courage, as local people work to rescue their neighbors from rising waters. So far, 20,000 people have been snatched to safety from homes, offices, hospitals, schools in the wake of a three-day siege of endless rain that broke flood records on river after river. The images are astonishing, like something from Mad Max: a thousand cars trapped on an interstate as helicopters dropped food to keep people alive.

Source: FOCUS: The Axis of Destruction and Hope

Haida Clan Strips Chiefs of Titles For Supporting Enbridge Pipeline | VICE | Canada

A Haida clan in British Columbia has stripped two hereditary chiefs of their titles because they supported the construction of an Enbridge pipeline that the Nation fought in court.The two chiefs signed a letter in support of the pipeline, and one of the chiefs told VICE News he met with the company and received per diems, but he believes the issue is being blown out of proportion. The chiefs have threatened a defamation suit for “lies” they say are being spread about them.On Saturday, in front of 500 people, clan members in Old Massett held a ceremony marked with traditional dances in which the hereditary chiefs were stripped of their leadership, and matriarchs appointed new chiefs in their place. A ceremony like this one hasn’t happened since smallpox struck Haida Gwaii, an archipelago along the coast of northern BC, in the 1800s.

Source: Haida Clan Strips Chiefs of Titles For Supporting Enbridge Pipeline | VICE | Canada