A good chart showing US military spending outpacing the next 10 biggest spenders combined, followed by an infographic showing why we needn’t worry about cutting military spending.
The military is a special interest just like all the rest. They want their dollars just the same and so do all the businesses dependent upon the uncontrolled river of DOD cash.
A great look at what Big Data has determined about hiring talent. There is a lot more to success than name schools and high GPA’s.
It goes without saying, of course, that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane have been vetted for similar qualities. This article mererly reinforces our self sense of superiority.
NYTimes: How to Get a Job at Google
Plenty of examples of the benefits of increasing minimum wages. The author refers to several real world instances of the success of local laws increasing wages.
NYTimes: Local Policies That Work for Workers
After the intro about the loon, this article is a good summary of the disproportionate effect money has on politics.
This is why the rules of the game in today’s system already massively compound the advantages that the wealthy have in life. It’s why our tax system bends to favor capital and punish work. Dividends and “carried interest” are taxed at lower rates than earned income not because these preferences are shown to benefit society at large but because the hedge fund managers and venture capitalists who do benefit from them have excellent representation in Congress.
Its also worth noting that the loon as a representative of the fiscally conservative has,
no appreciation for the multigenerational legacy of public investment that made [their] success possible
“Oh we don’t need regulation! We don’t need Big Government watching out for us. The Free Market is all we need, its self regulating.”
Businesses here and abroad simply can’t be trusted to do the right thing. Now, in the past, or ever. Sure our government has its problems and corruptions, but its all we’ve got. Leave industry and the ‘Free Market’ to itself and we’ll shortly be living in a very toxic polluted posionous world.
[India is,] coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses,falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines.
India’s pharmaceutical industry supplies 40 percent of over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs consumed in the United States
The World Health Organization estimated that one in five drugs made in India are fakes. A 2010 survey of Delhi pharmacies found that 12 percent of sampled drugs were spurious.
One widely used antibiotic [in India] was found to contain no active ingredient after being randomly tested in a government lab. The test was kept secret for nearly a year while some 100,000 useless pills continued to be dispensed.
Its even worse in China. They won’t let us in to regulate them.
Cable and internet access doesn’t have to be the way it is in the US. The friction of corporate influence on politics leaves the American people wanting; again.
It is a problem that unites Americans across party lines, and those fed up with party lines, in their disdain for the companies that give them an inferior service at a ridiculous price.
If we can’t beat Big Ag and the Triumverate of Evil then we need to at least force them to label food made with GMO crops. Clearly there is still a lot of scientific study to be done to determine the ramifications of fucking with nature. In the meantime let the marketplace decide if it wants to eat food made with Franken seeds.
Apocalyptic predictions aside, we need to look at what the known and quantifiable harms of GMO dominated agriculture in the US are. Regardless of the pros and cons of the modified seeds themselves, their widespread use has changed how we farm and what chemicals we use in the process. These things have known and quantifiable harms to both the environment and human health.
Unfortunately the GMO debate is framed by the side with the most money: Big Ag. Just as with health care we are arguing about the wrong things.
- We argue about the evidence or lack thereof that GMO seeds are harmful to humans.
- We don’t argue about the right of the people to know what they are eating and make choices based upon that.
- We argue about what constitutes a genetically modified organism.
- We don’t argue about the changes in farming GMO’s have brought about such as increased pesticide use and what other chemicals make there way into the crops.
- We argue that humans have been genetically modifying food crops since we began cultivating them.
- We don’t argue whether this proves that continued industrial scale modification is safe. (The answer is the same as it is in the stock market: past performance doesn’t predict future returns.)
- We argue about whether or not recent modifications are necessary to preserve the food supply (or more correctly profits) in the US.
- We don’t argue about whether or not labeling in Europe has caused a crisis in their food supply.
We have a classic case of an industry crying foul when the public wants more regulation. We can’t let industry dictate terms to the people.
If there is nothing harmful about GMO food crops then where is the harm in labeling them as such?