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The above poster reflects once again: Why I Cannot Support Hillary Clinton

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Many of you have seen the signs at the 2016 Democratic Convention “Stop TPP”

Stop TPP 1Credit Scott Audette/Reuters

What is the TPP and Why do we need to Stop TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is presented as a trade agreement involving 12 nations [United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand].  According to Pres. Obama the TPP is the most “progressive trade deal” in history – with strong consumer, labor and environmental protections built in;  however, when the public finally saw the details of the deal, Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group  stated:

“The text shows that the TPP would offshore more American jobs, lower our wages, flood us with unsafe imported food and expose our laws to attack in foreign tribunals.”

VIDEO: Nobel Prize winner fact-checks the president on TPP

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Indian Rapper Turns Nicki Minaj Hit Into a Powerful Corporate Slam

The verdant hills, forests and lakes of Kodaikanal — a popular tourist destination in South India — hides a toxic secret.  Unsafe practices of handling and disposing hazardous material at Unilever’s thermometer factory has contaminated the region and exposed hundreds of workers to toxic mercury.  Once released into the environment, mercury can cause various symptoms, among them:  ‘birth defects, memory loss, organ failures [kidney, liver, reproductive, etc.]’.  

Claiming that “There were no adverse effects on the health of the employees or the environment“, Unilever continues to deny responsibility for illnesses suffered by the ex-workers and their families, many of whom died or became physically handicapped as a result of mercury poisoning.

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In response to a diary, I was asked “What will a President Bernie do that President Obama hasn’t done and by extension, what a President Hillary wouldn’t do?” Fair question and I decided that the topic was worth a diary of its own.

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Image taken from http://www.deviantart.com/art/The-Fact-Free-Zone-507267804

“You can have your own opinions, just not your own facts”

There is so much misinformation on TV that most of us rarely get factual information [esp. in context] — as can be seen from a post I had written a while ago:   Al jazeera English News vs. US Corporate Media Infotainment.  Consequently, if one doesn’t watch TV, it simply means that one is unburdened by the “negative knowledge” that many others carry. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is an interesting summary of the 2015 GOP candidates (dubbed clown car) and their message of “Fear and Loathing” of the ‘other’.  To sum up their message is: “We hate the Mexicans (immigrants), Muslims, Gays, etc… they’re all coming to rape / kill us or in the case of homosexuals maybe force us to marry them?… If by any chance though you are a woman who is raped and now pregnant, you are duty bound to carry the pregnancy to term, because the GOP is “Pro Life” (in other words anti choice for women) and will defund Planned Parenthood even though Planned Parenthood already cannot use federal funds to cover abortions. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’ve ever wondered what could happen to Disney Princesses in today’s world, the two videos below are worth a peek:

After Ever After – DISNEY Parody — Jon Cozart, a.k.a. “Paint,” has uploaded a song called “After Ever After” where four Disney princesses are singing about their lives in the modern world — Ariel is swimming in pollution – Thanks to BP,  Jasmine’s Aladdin was taken by the CIA – My husband’s a mark for the War on Terror, Belle might go to jail on charges of bestiality and Pocahontas died of STDs – More English, French, and Spaniards came to greet us with guns and germs and steel…

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According to various sources, Mahatma Gandhi defined ‘Namaste’ as:

“I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides…; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”

Encouraged by a friend of mine, I decided to pen the story of my love / hate relationship with chocolate. Growing up, I loved eating “brood met muisjes”, a common Dutch breakfast of bread with chocolate sprinkles…

Bread with chocolate sprinkles

Attribution:  http://www.deruijter.nl/media/9190/hagel_melk.png

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Sugar: sweet, addictive and poisonous to our health / the environment.  The documentary below illustrates that from its roots in the slave trade, to today’s exploitation of workers in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, sugar can be called the “toxic crop of tears.”

Like the tobacco industry, “Big Sugar” tries to hide its links to obesity, diabetes,etc. through slick campaign ads, empty promises and tons of money aimed at politicians to stave off regulations.

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“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

–Nineteenth century Nēhilawē (Cree) proverb

In a society where junk food, such as a twinkie is cheaper than a nutrient dense carrot, we can clearly see that our food system is broken.

In the video below, Michael Pollan explains why schools feed children ‘junk’…

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George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.berkeley.edu).