Posts Tagged ‘corruption’

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I’ll just leave this here…

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

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Exposed: Clinton Train Paid The Young Turks $20 Million

 

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These documents tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. The following secret documents help us better understand the serious public health consequences of Monsanto’s conduct in marketing the herbicide Roundup.

We sent the following Monsanto secret documents to (1) the EPA Office of Inspector General, Arthur Elkins, Jr., who is presently investigating whether there was illegal collusion between EPA and Monsanto; (2) the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which recently listed glyphosate as a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer and is soliciting comments from Baum Hedlund and others to advise about whether glyphosate should be given a safe-harbor]; and (3) the European Parliament members, who recently sent a letter to the judge overseeing the MDL litigation, requesting documents as the EU considers whether it will renew registration of glyphosate for sale in Europe.

 

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 “I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”.

Departing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

“It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean. It affects our credibility,” Mr. Shaub said…

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I’ve posted the Lancet editor’s comments before, but here is more, and from the US National Institute of Health, no less:

Skeptical of medical science reports?

 

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as editor of The New England Journal of Medicine
-Marcia Angell (New England Journal of Medicine)

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness”
-Richard Horton (Lancet)

And the WHY:

The first article showed how the relationships between pharmaceutical companies and academic physicians at prestigious universities impacted certain drug-related publications and the marketing of prescription drugs. Potential conflicts of interest seemed to abound: millions of dollars in consulting and speaking fees to physicians who promoted specific drugs, public research dollars being used by a researcher to test a drug owned by a company in which the researcher held millions of dollars in shares, failure of university researchers to disclose income from drug companies, company subsidies to physician continuing education, publishing practice guidelines involving drugs in which the authors have a financial interest, using influential physicians to promote drugs for unapproved uses, bias in favor of a product coming from failure to publish negative results and repeated publication of positive results in different forms.

 

Reality strikes again.

Change your Profile Pic: Save the Internet!

 

Demand Progress:

We’re less than 24 hours away from the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.

It’s gonna be huge. Hundreds of companies and websites, including some of the biggest sites on the web like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Vimeo and Reddit, thousands of artists, creators, and entrepreneurs, and activists like you from all over the country will be standing together with one voice to tell the FCC: We will NEVER give up net neutrality!

We’ll be in touch first thing tomorrow with the best way to participate in the Day of Action, but here’s what you can do today:

Change your Facebook profile picture here:

Change your Profile Pic: Save the Internet!

 

Here are the step-by-step instructions in case you need a little extra help:

1) Click on the link above to change your profile picture. The link will give you the option to add the Save the Internet avatar to Facebook (or Twitter). Once you click that option, it will save to your photos on Facebook.

2) There will then be a button you can click that says “Set as my Facebook picture.” From there it will take you to your Facebook page.

3) You can then set it as your Facebook profile picture by clicking the “options” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo.

If you’re not on Facebook, not to worry. Here are some other things you can do today ahead of the big day tomorrow:

  1. Make sure you’ve submitted your comment to the FCC in support of Title II net neutrality. You can do that here.
  2. Email your friends, family, contacts or list about the Day of Action. Here is a sample email you can copy and paste or tweak to suit your audience.
  3. Tweet to your followers. You can click to tweet here or use some of our sample tweets as a guide here.

We appreciate all you’ve done for the free and open internet so far, and all you will do. We’ll be in touch again tomorrow with the best ways for you to get engaged on the Day of Action itself.

Thanks for all you do.

For a free and open internet,

Carli, Kurt, Reuben, David, and the whole Demand Progress Team

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Trump junta hypocrisy too staggering to tolerate.

Justice Department’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Saying Trump Makes It Impossible To Do Job

“Trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome,” Chen wrote. “To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic. Even as I engaged in those questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts. Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct. I wanted no more part in it.”