Posted by: quiscus | May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012

1. “Is Rubio running for veep, or Globocop?

True, Senator Rubio didn’t say anything far off from what Governor Romney has offered in his campaign trail statements on foreign policy. But since Romney is (a) smart; (b) risk-averse; and (c) doesn’t actually believe anything, it was always possible to hope he’d be sensible.

Alas, Rubio looks like a true neoconservative believer. And if you’re looking for a veep who insists that George W. Bush “did a fantastic job as president” and wants to double down on the profligate interventionism of the last decade, Rubio’s your man.”

2. “Why Al-Qaeda May Never Die

Various techniques, honed over a decade, are applied to support this contention. If they are accepted as valid, al-Qaeda will cease to exist or be “defeated” only when we run entirely out of tiny groups or individual nuts operating with al-Qaeda-like aspirations.

One technique is to espy and assess various “linkages” or “connections” or “ties” or “threads” between and among a range of disparate terrorists or terrorist groups, most of which appear rather gossamer and of only limited consequence on closer examination.

Another is to darkly elevate the vague and the distinctly aspirational as if there were some tangible potential there. Thus, al-Qaeda’s “ideology of the global jihad” still “survives,” we are told, and the group is “making provisions for the long term;” is “poised to survive;” “is regrouping;” is “not entirely isolated;” might work with Iran because “they share a common enemy;” has been “embraced” by a Nigerian group with purely local concerns; has provided “strategic advice;” has “inspired” a number of inept would-be amateur terrorists here and there; and has been thinking about plotting the assassination of Barack Obama.

A third technique is to exaggerate the importance and effectiveness of the “affiliated groups” linked to al-Qaeda central. In particular, alarmists point to the al-Qaeda affiliate in chaotic Yemen, proclaiming it to be the “deadliest” and the “most aggressive” of these and a “major threat.”

3. “This Is the First Time In History that All Central Banks Have Printed Money at the Same Time … And They’re Failing Miserably”

4. “The Fundamental Right to Know What is in our Food: Action against Monsanto in California

This is the first step in putting the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the ballot in November. Now it’s time for the next step: ramping up the campaign so that millions of fired-up voters in California will turn out in record numbers on November 6 to pass this initiative.

To make this happen, a broad coalition of food, farm, health, public interest, and environmental groups all over the country, joined by leading organic food companies, are delivering this same message today: Let’s drop the money bomb on Monsanto.

Please help these groups raise $1 million dollars by May 26th for the California Right to Know GMO Labeling Campaign. You can donate online, by phone, or by mail.

After decades of allowing corporations like Monsanto to buy off our politicians and regulatory agencies, to intimidate everyone from small farmers and state legislators to the Governor of Vermont – to poison our food and our planet – it’s time to say “No more.”

It’s time to tell Monsanto and the rest of the Biotech Bullies that we demand the right to know whether our food has been genetically engineered. It’s time for the 99% of us to tell our elected officials that if they won’t protect us from CEOs and corporations – the 1% that are destroying our health, our food, and our planet – we will bypass them. We will organize ballot initiatives and write our own laws. And then vote them into law.

It’s time to drop the money bomb on Monsanto.

Monsanto, Big biotech and Food Inc., are desperate to defeat the California Right to Know Ballot Initiative. They will spend millions on a campaign based on lies and intimidation. They’ll try to convince voters that GMOs aren’t dangerous, and that labeling them will make food more expensive. They’re counting on us to cower in the face of their massive spending and TV ads, and their threat to sue any state that dares to stand up to them.”


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