Posts Tagged ‘regulation’

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Our corrupt to the core kleptocracy is not going to protect your health.  Especially under Donald Trump, who has gone to war with government oversight of hazardous industry practices.

Don’t Ask Officials About New “Mad Cow” and Chronic Wasting Disease Cases

Mad Cow is back, but the government has invented an “atypical” label, a new brand of disease that they imagine won’t harm you… because…

 

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Pence was behind the rape and gouging of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. That’s who these scumbags are, and they have elaborate plans to radically alter society as soon as Trump’s malfeasance pays off with real-world disasters.

TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM

 

 

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Do you actually know what Libertarians want to do?

 

 

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An agreement that would free companies engaged in international trade from rules imposed by national governments to protect labor, environmental and other interests has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Congress.

Betrayer in Chief makes this crap his big policy legacy. Fucking piece of shit. I never voted for his sorry ass, and I am sickened by the fascistic turn this country has taken.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: bill on trade deals passes key Congress committee

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This is global corporate control. Jill Stein is getting into Youtube…

ANTI-TPP PETITION

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The former Monsanto boss said government regulatory agencies with which the company used to deal with in the 1980s simply depended on data supplied by the company while giving approvals to herbicides.

Monsanto ‘faked’ data for approvals claims its ex-chief
Monsanto has been committing fraud around the globe, according to former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan.

“The Central Insecticide Board was supposed to give these approvals based on the location and crop-specific data from India. But it simply accepted foreign data supplied by Monsanto. They did not even have a test tube to validate the data and, at times, the data itself was faked,” Jagadisan said.

“I retired from the company as I felt the management of Monsanto, USA, was exploiting our country,” Jagadisan, 84, said from his home in Bangalore.

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Monsanto knob, Robert T Fraley, Tweets:

“Why do people doubt science?”

And here’s the long answer…

Science in the Corporate Interest

“The main reason some multinationals prefer GM technologies over the many alternatives is that GM offers more lucrative ways to control intellectual property and global supply chains. To sideline open discussion of these issues, related interests are now trying to deny the many uncertainties and suppress scientific diversity. This undermines democratic debate – and science itself.” (see here)

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This film won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best performance. The story is trueish, and concerns an eye-opening tale of a corrupt, rigged federal drug approval system.

But the actions on screen are about a Texas rodeo rider / oil rig electrician who finds out one day that he has AIDS. Ron Woodroof is an unlikable, homophobic jerk.  His life consists of drugs, hookers and boozin’ with his crew.  The news that he has been infected is such a shocker and a wake-up call that he literally doesn’t believe it for a while.  When doctors give him 30 days to live, he suddenly has a mission and a purpose.

From here Ron enters the early days of HIV treatment, when doctors, drug companies, the feds and the desperate, dying patients of the world don’t know what works or what doesn’t.  What’s been approved, AZT, has so many side effects that it could be said to help kill off the patients it purports to help.  When Ron is unable to get this, the only treatment known, he heads down to Mexico to make it happen.  That’s when his eyes are truly opened.

A doctor in a Mexican clinic has an assortment of other drugs, better drugs from around the world that are not approved in the US.  Suddenly the opportunities are clear, and this is life or death.

Ron goes into business, a drug/supplement/treatment channel that would come to be known as the Dallas Buyer’s Club. 

This serious drama touches many nerves, including homophobia, our shared humanity, corruption, the control of medicine, freedom and medical necessity.  The entire story of AIDS is interwoven in the background, as one take no prisoners cowboy will not hear “no.”  Ron ends up in Japan, in Europe, Israel, anywhere there is promise of a cure.

What’s more, the story presents Ron and his Mexican doctor as being on the forefront of understanding the disease, miles ahead of regulators and bureaucrats.  Even doctors are shown as compromised and corrupted by the money changers.

How true the science is, one cannot say without more research.  The drive and determination of the character, however, are done well enough to take that Oscar home.  This is a character driven film, and Ron Woodroof shed his old self in pursuit of a better life where he made a difference in the world.  The supporting cast are fantastic, believable and provide the humor and charm along the way.

Definitely a must-see.

4.5 / 5

 

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McConaughey and Jared Leto are in this actor’s roundtable:

 

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Filmmaker Alex Winter presents a radical and potentially disturbing take on the web beyond the law, the secretive parts of the internet nicknamed the “dark web.”

Winter already did a film favorable to Napster, calling it a “revolution” and giving a one-sided view of file sharing.

 

What strikes me is the total contempt and opposition to the music artists (and other copyright holders) who want to get paid so they can survive.   There is no balance to his presentation, and his fawning description of a web beyond the law, the realm of drugs, organized crime and terrorism, sort of gives pause.  Just what is he advocating?  Some laws are a good thing.

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I remember a documentary from 1970 about the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin touring across Canada.  Just after Woodstock, when the massive crowds tore down the fences and the concert turned free – the bands met up with Canadian crowds who only wanted free concerts.  The kids tried to tear down fences in several shows, and Jerry Garcia discussed it with others about how the band needed to get paid so they could tour at all.   The musicians do need some compensation, and the expectation of free everything is childish and unrealistic, actually detrimental to all concerned.  If artists can’t survive then they will be out of the game.  Some compensation needs to be part of the system, or else it validates the claims of music corporations that downloading is “theft.”  Many people hate corporations with a knee jerk response, and the big ones deserve it.  But the musicians themselves are a part of this equation.

Alex Winter’s new project Deep Web is described here:

Deep Web: The Untold Story of BitCoin and The Silk Road

His pitch for a $10,000 sugar daddy is another moment to give pause.  Seems like someone oblivious that he’s playing with fire.  Or else he’s a bit of a pyromaniac.  Something to consider, anyway.

How can we balance the needs of free communications with the need to uphold the law and fight crime?  The new age is scary, for so many reasons.  The rise of hackers, government and corporate sponsored, as well as individuals and straight out criminals has us all at a disadvantage.  The modern condition is hackers 1, citizens 0.  As systems become more complex and pervasive that score is going to get a lot worse.