Nevada Takes on Big Pharma

Posted: April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

*

Nevada takes on Big Pharma – new bill fights back against exorbitant price increases for insulin.

Kopitiam Bot

(Source: www.businessinsider.sg)

The state of Nevada is taking a new approach to tackling the rising price of prescription drugs with a new bill.

The bill, introduced in March by state Senator Yvanna Cancela, has already faced opposition from lobbyists and nonprofit patient groups that disagree with the bill’s approach to reining in prescription drug spending.

Nevada is one of 23 states with proposed legislation to take on the rising cost of prescription drugs. But unlike others that focus on drug prices in a general sense, Cancela’s bill focuses on two specific groups of drugs that are used to treat diabetes: insulin and biguanides. 

It’s the latest milestone in government actions at the local, state, and national levels that attempt to change the way we spend money on prescription drugs. 

Why Nevada is targeting drugs to treat diabetes with its legislation

Diabetes is a group of conditions in which the body can’t properly regulate…

View original post 1,165 more words

Protecting Children from the Environment.

Every year air pollution kills 570,000 children. With all the challenges children face, the air they breathe shouldn’t be one of them.

Exposure to air pollution may also increase children’s lifelong risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

via Air Pollution and Children — DES Daughter Network

 

paramilitaries_colombia_banana_companies.jpg_1718483346

Photo: EFE / teleSUR

Posted by Alexandra Valiente on April 25, 2017

A new release of the sensitive internal records of Chiquita Brands International, the U.S. banana giant that funded right-wing paramilitary death squads in Colombia, dubbed the “Chiquita Papers,” reveals new information about the exact role individual Chiquita executives played in bankrolling terror in the South American country.

The new records reveal, for the first time, the identities and roles of Chiquita executives like Robert F. Kistinger, head of Chiquita’s Banana Group based in Cincinnati, Ohio, who both approved and oversaw years of payments to groups such as the now-defunct far-right paramilitary organization the United Self Defence Forces of Colombia, better known by its Spanish acronym AUC.

The investigation found that Kistinger viewed the payments as a “normal expenditure,” and like the purchase of things such as fertilizers or agrichemicals, saw them as “an ongoing cost” of the company’s business operations. The investigation also identified the exact members of Chiquita’s board of directors, the corporate security team, regional and country operations manager, accountants and internal auditors, attorneys and third-party agents who carried out the payments over the years.

The AUC was responsible for years of violent terror, leading a coordinated campaign of assassinations and massacres aimed at unionists, political activists, public officials and others perceived as guerrilla supporters. By Chiquita’s own account, between 1997 and 2004, the company issued at least 100 payments to the AUC totaling some US$1.6 million.

The collusion between the right-wing death squad and Chiquita is being increasingly uncovered as families of the victims of paramilitary violence seek justice through the latest lawsuit against the corporation.

One of the documents also reveals that Chiquita, through its Colombian affiliates, not only made payments to the AUC and other paramilitary groups, but also to the country’s two largest rebel armies, the FARC and the ELN, between 1989 and 1997. The finding, the result of a Special Litigation Committee report investigating whether Chiquita violated the U.S. anti-terrorism statute, underlines the fact that the company financed Colombia’s war from all sides for decades in order to protect its bottom line.

According to the report, Chiquita began payments to the FARC and ELN around 1989, but later slowly phased them out as right-wing paramilitary groups gained strength. The payments to guerrilla armies ended around 1997, but the company continued payments to death squad groups until 2004. . .

Source: Colombia: ‘Chiquita Papers’ Expose How Executives Fueled Decades of War and Terror

*
*
Diet soda is often perceived to be healthier than regular soda – but a new study suggests that artificially sweetened soda may increase the risk of dementia and stroke in those who drink it.

YOUR PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY

Published on Apr 24, 2017

Diet soda is often perceived to be healthier than regular soda – but a new study suggests that artificially sweetened soda may increase the risk of dementia and stroke in those who drink it. RT America’s Ashlee Banks reports.

View original post

*
*
This  infographic documents the nefarious players of the vaccine industry: the mainstream media, the CDC, deceitful vaccine propagandists like Paul Offit, the secretive vaccine court, the cover-up of vaccine-injured children, mainstream media propaganda that programs the public to worship vaccines, and much more.

Infographic-The-Vaccine-Racket-600

RIELPOLITIK

Source  – naturalnews.com

– Today we are officially releasing our Vaccine Racket Infographic which details the financial connections behind the criminally-run vaccine industry. (Tweet #VaccineRacket)

Click here for a full-sized version of the infographic.

The infographic documents the nefarious players of the vaccine industry: the mainstream media, the CDC, deceitful vaccine propagandists like Paul Offit, the secretive vaccine court, the cover-up of vaccine-injured children, mainstream media propaganda that programs the public to worship vaccines, and much more.

I first sketched out this Vaccine Racket Infographic after observing the behavior of all the key players in the contrived Disneyland measles outbreak, which was used as a public panic springboard to launch a series of government-enforced vaccine mandate legislation efforts across the country. Every player in the vaccine racket played its role in that “medical theater” episode, displaying uncanny coordination and a well-funded ability to gin up the kind of fear…

View original post 156 more words

Sustainable Deception (Deception Durable)

Directed by Michelle Moore and William Ray (2017)

Film Review

Sustainable Deception is a bilingual documentary about the devastating effects of oil and gas mining at opposite ends of Canada. What I found most interesting about the film were the uncanny similarities with our experience with fracking here in Taranaki.

The French segments of the film cover the town of Sept Iles in Quebec and the English segments the massive tar sands project in Alberta. French and English segments are placed back to pack to highlight the parallels between the two regions:

  • Despite constant promises of jobs and prosperity, all the oil and gas revenue exits local communities, leaving them with a net decrease in income and struggling to pay for increased infrastructure costs.
  • Environmental destruction from oil and gas mining converts pristine forest landscapes into industrial brown sites, pollutes waterways and destroys organic farms, fishing and other local businesses. It also increases local cancer rates.
  • Fluctuating global commodity prices lead to boom and bust cycles, fueling higher rates of homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Oil and gas companies subsidize a succession of corrupt right wing governments who systematically deny local residents any input into planning decisions around oil and gas and other mining.
  • Despite treaty obligations, indigenous communities are never consulting regarding decisions to allow mining (likewise there is no consultation with local Maori here in Taranaki.

For me, one of the most interesting parts of the film was a commentary by an Alberta activist about the need to transition from “extractive economies” that only benefit a handful of people to “value added” economies that rely on a diversity of businesses. Here in New Zealand, the Green Party is calling for a transition from an extractive economy – based on dairy, oil and gas – to a value added economy based on a renewable energy and information technology.

The most concerning part of the film was at the end, where one of the anti-mining activists is elected mayor of Sept Iles and talks openly about the enormous pressure the oil and gas industry (and the banks that finance them) put on elected officials. When they don’t get their way, these economic powerhouses have the capacity to generate economic instability that can bankrupt a small community.

*
*
Even shareholders are suing Exxon executives, contending their failure to disclose their research on climate change artificially inflated the price of their stock.

Gronda Morin

Image result for IMAGES OF EXXON MOBIL

The fossil fuel industry is facing having its executives’ efforts exposed as to how there was an orchestrated movement over the years to provide cover for many on the right to challenge the science behind climate change. There are several lawsuits instituted for exposing its efforts to mislead the public and its shareholders about any foreseeable consequences due to climate change. One major NY lawsuit was filed late 2015 which means that the case against ExxonMobile could be coming to fruition in 2017. The State of Massachusetts, other states and the shareholders have joined in the fray.

The reality is that it would not be seemly for the republican President Donald Trump to be pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement just when this negative news is forthcoming.

Here is the rest of the story…

As per 1/12/17 CNN Money News item by Matt Eagan, “ExxonMobil has lost a key battle…

View original post 1,380 more words