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How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure that We Get Sick and They Make Money

Another reason for single-payer health care: The documentary What the Health shows how the lives and health of human beings are considered insignificant, and in many ways threatened, by the pursuit of profits in the meat and dairy and drug industries. 
The corporate disdain revealed by this film is nearly beyond belief. And our 'trusted' watchdog agencies, both non-profit and government, are...read more.

When a police shooting victim is a white woman

The reaction to a police shooting sure looks different when the victim is a white woman.
There’s a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes out pointing to the excesses of police brutality, particularly in cases in which officers killed black men and boys. The other side, supportive of police, comes out pointing to the nuances of the cases and perhaps the ways that the victims are to blame for their deaths — he had a criminal record, he didn’t listen to the police, and so on.  Read more.

Poland President Andrzej Duda to veto judiciary reform

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has announced he will veto two contentious bills that are widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system and are part of a planned legal overhaul by the ruling party that has sparked days of nationwide protests.
On Saturday, the upper house gave final approval to a bill that would remove all...read more.

Martin Schulz must drum up more support if he wants to unseat three-term Chancellor Angela Merkel

A "You know me already" campaign slogan carried Angela Merkel and her CDU party to victory four years ago. The chancellor's opinion polls are pointing up and durchmerkeln - "Merkeling through," or the ability to reassure voters without offering any concrete policy positions - might once again suffice to gain yet another term in office.  Read more,.

Yemen crisis 'an absolute shame on humanity'

International human rights organisation CARE has denounced the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, which is also suffering from a cholera epidemic, as "an absolute shame on humanity".
Wolfgang Jamann, the head of the NGO, raised alarm over the country's deteriorating situation since March 2015 when Saudi-led forces launched a military operation in support of...read more

The reason Colin Kaepernick doesn't have a job

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the news recently, in a story that gives me a nagging, uneasy feeling about the health of our republic.
Kaepernick is the professional football player who experienced considerable notoriety last season by declining to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem. He was protesting the history of racism in our country, as well as its current manifestations. In the spring, Kaepernick exercised his free agency option and left the 49ers.  Read more.

Mexico City expands program to recognize gender identity

On Saturday Mexico City received more than 2,000 trans people from 24 states to distribute the first birth certificates that acknowledge the true gender identities of petitioners from outside of the district. They lined up outside the capital's recently inaugurated Plaza de la Identidad (Plaza of Identity) in front of the municipal's civil register.  Read more.

Underneath the Vick-Kaepernick Dust-Up: Black Respectability Politics

On Monday, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared on FS1’s Speak for Yourself, and when asked about any advice he could give to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who still has not signed with a new team, Vick said, “First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair” if he wants a team to sign him.
To no one’s surprise, Twitter lambasted Vick left and right. And on Tuesday, Kaepernick tweeted the definition of Stockholm Syndrome (it “appears when an abused victim develops a kind of respect and empathy towards their abuser,” reads the beginning of Kaepernick’s tweet), obviously taking a...read more.

Michael Vick apologizes for saying Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair

Michael Vick apologized for saying earlier this week that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair to help change his image.
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday, the retired NFL quarterback said he was "truly sorry" for making the comments Tuesday on Kaepernick's hair during an appearance on FS1's "Speak For Yourself." Vick's comments quickly went viral and have been criticized widely in the media.  Read more.

Seattle's Innovative Campaign Finance Reform Spurs Resistance

In 2015, Seattle voters passed an initiative creating the nation's first "democracy voucher" program through which each resident gets four $25 vouchers they can give to any candidate who agrees to abide by certain solicitation and spending limits. The law passed by a whopping 20-point margin, confirming that Seattle voters agree with the 85 percent of Americans who believe our campaign finance system needs a major overhaul. Now, however, a group called the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has filed a lawsuit alleging the program violates the First Amendment.  Read more.

HBO’s ‘Confederate’ Romanticizes White Supremacy

So, there’s a new kid in town! Actually the arrival is being heralded on the exiting heels of the profitable and world-wide phenom: Game of Thrones — an intriguing fantastical blockbuster that The Force Awakens heartthrob John Boyega, recently described as a show that showcases “no Black people.” His statement is actually worth quoting due to it’s impeccable timing:  Read more.