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Letter: Monsanto Roundup impacts food, also poisons bees, butterfilies, soil, air, water


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Monsanto is a name that has been in the news and on the Internet a lot recently, and not in a good way. CREDO, an organization that "fights hard to enact progressive change and defeat regressive policies," sent me this email about stopping Monsanto from using the herbicide Roundup. You may have received the same one:

Tell the EPA and FDA: Immediately suspend Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg: 

Evidence is mounting that the massive use of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is making us sick at alarming rates. Immediately suspend the use of glyphosate.

In case you weren't sure yet if the massive use of the herbicide glyphosate - the primary ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup - was cause for concern, here's the sobering takeaway from an MIT senior researcher who just conducted a review of the stuff...

And then they linked to their petition along with more information about the toxic herbicide used in Monsanto's Roundup.

But there's more, right here in today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Bioengineered Seeds of Destruction

So much of the current debate on labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) focuses on the health impacts of eating that food. ("The legal nightmare of labeling GMOs," Letters, May 10)

While this is the immediate issue for many people, it's important to take a step back and look at why Monsanto and other producers of modified seeds are pushing farmers to plant their patented crops: because it enables farmers to spray their fields with herbicides such as Roundup without fear that this will kill off the crops.

The aggressive use of herbicides is destroying bee and butterfly habitats (the monarch butterfly population has been decimated by the use of Roundup and similar products on milkweed) and is polluting our air and water.

When we purchase GMOs, we are supporting a way of farming that maximizes the use of toxic herbicides. The issue of GMO foods isn't just about what we're putting on our tables, it's about what we're putting in our soil, air and water.

Mara Sperling

Los Angeles



Read this if you think "60 Minutes" Benghazi Exec. Producer should be dismissed


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If you think the "60 Minutes" Benghazi executive producer should leave or get the boot, please go here to sign a petition.

Excerpts from the petition page:

Jeff Fager must step down immediately because of his role in the 60 Minutes Benghazi debacle. If he doesn't step down voluntarily, he must be dismissed.

Why is this important?

The CBS news program 60 Minutes recently produced and aired a critically flawed and wildly inaccurate "news" segment on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed four people including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Jeff Fager, the Chairman of CBS News and the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, made a decision to broadcast this factually flawed "news" report based solely on the potential monetary benefits provided by sensationalist ratings and book sales. [...]

After stonewalling for days, 60 Minutes finally offered an insufficient apology for its factually incorrect report on Sunday, November 10. However, the so-called apology didn't give a full account of what went wrong, what would be done to make sure it doesn't happen again, or how those responsible would be held accountable...

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Seeing A Movie Twice Took His Breath Away, Permanently


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Can police judgment be trusted? Are they capable of making good decisions? We know they get away with murder, literally many times. Generally this is the result of an active pursuit when their lives or the lives of others are on the line. They train arduously for these situations and have to make snap decisions. Sometimes innocents get hurt.

Just a year ago, in trying to apprehend a murder suspect, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said nine innocent bystanders were wounded in the Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire. It was a dangerous situation and stuff happens.

But since when does sitting in your seat watching a movie justify police coming over and killing you?

Sound outrageous? Ask the family of Ethan Saylor, of Frederick's County, Maryland. He was a victim of Down's Syndrome. But that's not what killed him. It was three off-duty policemen. The unarmed, handicapped man had gone to see a movie with his caretaker. While the aide was going to get the car after the film, Ethan wandered back into the theater and sat down, to watch the movie again.

What happened next is horrific. According to WUSA, Channel 9

Twenty-six-year-old Saylor and his aide went to the movies in January to see Zero Dark Thirty. They bought two tickets. When it was over, the aide left to get the car, Ethan went back inside because he wanted to see the film again. He did not have a ticket for the second showing. That's when three off-duty Frederick's County Sherriff's deputies removed him.

As we now know, he died after a hand-cuffed struggle and fall.

What made these three OFF DUTY sheriffs take it upon themselves to harass and ultimately kill this obviously handicapped man? They used the same kind of judgment that is being rightfully vilified as the reason NYC's 'stop and frisk' laws are being struck down or put on hold. It's profiling. And it's wrong. If Ethan Saylor wasn't a down-syndrome man would these cops have harassed him?

Here's how wrong it is -- an innocent man is dead. And his killers? Off Scott-free. And as it turns out,

Now, we are finding out, he may not have even needed a ticket at all. Maryland Delegate and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Heather Mizeur is fighting for justice for Ethan, "It turns out that under the ADA laws, a caretaker doesn't need to have a ticket with someone with a disability at a movie theater anyway, so the two tickets that were purchased for Ethan and his caretaker would have been sufficient for him to stay a second time."

I'm not against the police. I'm against their occasional brutality and abuse of power. I've been a victim of it, so I know what I'm talking about. I also know that most of the abuse doesn't get reported for fear of retribution. So anytime I hear of the police being given even more discretion in how they behave, and the lack of criminal oversight, I'm concerned.

I hope you are too.

Ethan Saylor's family needs help -- not money. They want justice for their late family member. And you can do something about it. They're circulating a petition just asking for a full investigation. Unarmed man. No threat to others. Harassed because he's handicapped. No punishment for the three officers. What's wrong with this picture.

If you're incensed the way I am, join me and sign Ethan's Petition.

I want us to support our police. In general they do a great job. Let's not condemn all for the evils of the few. But doing nothing invites you to be next.


VIDEO: Alan Grayson delivers #CancelTheSequester petition signed by 300,000 to John Boehner's office


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Go Alan Grayson!

The GOP lives for austerity and strives for cuts to and the eventual elimination of successful programs that so many Americans depend on. Their watchword: Privatize. Their goal: Union busting (Read: Ending Democratic fundraising) and destroying their own government. Their prize: Money and power. They salivate over the prospect of profiting off of the misfortune of others, the needs of their fellow citizens, the public programs that have worked better than their for-profit corporate schemes.

Austerity hasn't worked overseas, it hasn't worked here.



Alan Grayson:

"...End the sequester."

"Washington does not normally see 300,000 people speak as one. I am your legs today, and to some extent I'm your voice, but I'm not the one who matters. What matters is that we work together... In numbers there is strength."

"...They're gonna have to listen."

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Via Wired For Change:

Now we have to make sure that everyone, including the White House, knows that the American people reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.  

In an effort led by Alan Grayson, 31 members of Congress have pledged to vote against legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits. 

Let's make sure the White House knows we reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

If 100,000 of us sign this petition, Alan Grayson will deliver it to the White House.

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VIDEO: "I'm Joe Biden!"... A veep with his own reality TV show?


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Yes, the above petition actually calls for a Joe Biden reality show... after a fashion:

Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner. We, therefore, urge the Obama Administration to authorize the production of a recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families.

He is so likable, funny, and often bloopery that he'd probably garner enough ratings to boost his show from CSPAN to network prime time after one measly season.

Why, it could even be called, "I'm Joe Biden!":

(I couldn't resist.)

When you think about it, there's no way a Republican good pull this off. They aren't exactly into that reality thing.

More of Biden's swearing-in one-liners here.


White House Petition To Recognize Westboro Baptist Church As Hate Group Most Popular Ever



I'm with Cory, screw the Hate Group designation (don't know that the White House really has any say in that, maybe the SPLC) and go straight for the money. Neon paint ain't cheap.

Users of the White House's "We the People" digital petition platform have flooded the site in support of an effort to officially designate the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

The most popular petition was submitted on Dec. 14, the same day as the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., an incident that Westboro responded to by announcing its intent to picket the funerals of the 26 victims, including 20 young children. This plan made them a prime target of hacktivist group Anonymous and eventually drew a well-attended counter-protest to block the church's followers from disrupting the services.

The individual push has since received the support of nearly 250,000 signees, making it the most popular single petition ever created through the White House initiative. It recently cruised past a call for federal action on gun control, which along with a number of other petitions on the issue of gun rights, drew a response from President Barack Obama last week.

But the quarter-million signature effort to recognize Westboro as a hate group is also getting a boost from two other petitions calling for the congregation's tax-exempt status to be revoked. Both of those have also crossed the 25,000 signature threshold needed to prompt a response from the administration.


Guess how many people want MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan... Hint: A lot!



We've written post after excoriating post here at TPC about MSNBC's "Uncle Pat", yet he's still a contributor and has been for years.... a despicable bigoted, racist one who keeps shooting off his big mouth in full view of millions of viewers (hide the kids, literally).

MSNBC continues to invite him on, and he continues to offend us because he draws viewers. Why else would they expose us to all that toxicity? It's all about ratings.

Maybe now they'll take a hint.

Think Progress is reporting that a whole lot of people are objecting. I do believe I was one of those who signed the petition that was sent to MSNBC president Phil Griffin:

In response, African-American civil rights organization and CREDO Action gathered 275,000 people who are demanding that MSNBC President Phil Griffin fire Buchanan immediately. The petition reads, “Buchanan has a long and consistent history of peddling white supremacist ideology as legitimate political commentary, on your network and elsewhere.”

Nobody is saying Buchanan doesn't have a right to opine or be on the Tee Vee machine, but when he "broadcasts bigotry and hate to millions" he crosses a very bright line.

Dump him already.