Community Articles from 2016

Within 4 Years, 4 Nonprofit Hospitals in NJ pocketed a Fortune of $1.7 Billion in Profits (tax-free)

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Within 4 Years, 4 Nonprofit Hospitals in NJ pocketed a Fortune of $1.7 Billion in Profits (tax-free)
by Lynn Petrovich
Posted December 21, 2016

non-profit hospital?In the early morning hours of May 24, 2011, I found myself at the emergency room of our local nonprofit hospital, Monmouth Medical Center, in Long Branch, New Jersey.  My husband drove me there after a fall I took in our back yard the night before.  Sitting uneasily in a wheelchair with my right leg swollen to about three times its normal size, I politely tried to answer the ER administrator’s 20 to 30 questions (which had nothing to do with my injury) – a mandate provided by the well compensated hospital executives – before I was allowed treatment for my injury.  Here’s a sample:

“Who is your employer?”
“Is this your current employer?”
“What is their address?”
“Do you have insurance?”
“Can you provide proof of insurance?”
“Do you know how much your deductible is?”
“How will you pay for your deductible?”
“We do take credit cards, you know”
“What card will you be using for this visit?”
“Do you have the card with you?”

In pain and frustrated beyond belief, I barked at the gatekeeper blocking me from the care I needed by insisting I was “good” for the bill.  Could I see a doctor now? For those foreign to our unique system, citizens of this country are busy learning American Health Care 101:  Profit before patient care. More…

 

Company Behind Dakota Access Pipeline Rounds Up Wild Buffaloes, Keeps Them Without Food Or Water

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Company Behind Dakota Access Pipeline Rounds Up Wild Buffaloes, Keeps Them Without Food Or Water
By Whitney Webb
– Posted November 20, 2016

bufallo being starved for pipelineState police have been using rubber bullets, attack dogs, and tear gas on the protestors while North Dakota’s state attorneys have been working to intimidate journalists for covering and filming the protests. In one notable example, a filmmaker now faces up to 45 years in prison for only filming the protestors.

Now, it appears that the native wildlife are also targets. Yesterday, Indigenous Rising Media released a video showing a large group of wild buffaloes being herded into an enclosure surrounded by 8 foot deep trenches and razor wire. Current reports from the area claim that the buffaloes are being held without food or water for days. It has also been reported that the construction company building the pipeline has threatened to kill the buffaloes as they could “interfere” with the pipeline’s completion.

With the pipeline nearing completion and Energy Transfer Partners getting more and more desperate, it appears they will do anything no matter how immoral or abhorrent it may be. More…

Eating Well is a Revolutionary Act

Eating Well is a Revolutionary Act
By Chuck Nafziger
Posted October 25, 2016

eating well is is revolutionaryA government is supposed to protect its citizens, but currently government protection and regulation of these industries is a joke. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in bed with Big Agriculture. Whether in the FDA or in congress, laws meant to regulate and insure safety from industry are written by industry and rubber stamped by the “regulators.” Congress passes “farm bills” that subsidize the worst of the toxic food industry. If it were not for subsidies on growing corn, we would not have GMO corn and its associated pesticides destroying what were once fertile soils in the Midwest.

We would not have high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar in almost every packaged food. Our meat would not come from sick, grotesquely abused, antibiotic soaked, corn fed animals. The over use of refined sugar in this country is addicting, maiming and killing people through obesity, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes and cancer. More…

Oregon Locals Take On Corporate Power With ‘Tax Corporations’ Measure 97

Oregon Locals Take On Corporate Power With ‘Tax Corporations’ Measure 97
By Dave Johnson
Posted October 23, 2016

taking on corporationsMuch of Congress is captured by corporate money. So literally nothing gets through Congress if it interferes with the corporate/1% -boosting agenda. Many in the federal regulatory agencies are captured by promises of corporate payoffs after leaving government, so these agencies do almost nothing to crack down on corporate abuses of We the People.

With corporate and billionaire money determining the outcome of policy decisions at the national and state levels, people in the cities and states are using ballot initiatives to try locally to take back power. Around the country we’ve seen successful efforts to pass measures such as minimum wage increases, fracking bans and anti-tobacco initiatives. More…

Cornell Faculty Refuse to Defend GMO Crops

Cornell Faculty Refuse to Defend GMO Crops
by Jonathan Latham
Posted October 11, 2016

Cornell faculty will not defend GMOsWho would have thought that at Cornell University, arguably the most highly regarded agricultural university in the world, no scientist would speak for the benefits and safety of GMOs? This avoidance of public debate is part of a pattern and the reasons are simple: in any fair fight, the arguments for the safety and benefits of GMOs fail.

As I have discussed elsewhere, there are strong scientific reasons to doubt the safety of GMO crops. The arguments against them are not limited to the dramatic increases in pesticide use they have engendered. GMOs also created the massive and dangerous consolidation being seen in the agriculture and seed sectors and have greatly reduced options available to farmers. Remarkably, they even yield less. More…

We Are Not Alone: Listening to the 8.7 Million Other Animals Who Live on Earth

We Are Not Alone: Listening to the 8.7 Million Other Animals Who Live on Earth
By JP Sottile
Posted October 6, 2016

Corporate cancer has taken overSpace. They say it’s the final frontier. And they’ve probably been saying it for a long, long time. According to a recent study, active human exploration of space dates back at least 6,000 years. That’s when our star-struck ancestors constructed the first known “telescope” to assist them in their eager search of the observable universe.

We’ve certainly come — and gone — a long way since those early attempts to understand the night sky. We’ve been to the moon and landed on a surprisingly water-worn Mars. We’ve literally traveled time through the awe-inspiring “Deep Field” images collected by the Hubble telescope. And now the Kepler space observatory is bringing us tantalizingly closer to answering one of our oldest and most profound questions: Are we alone in the universe?” More…

10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy

10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy
by David Korten
Posted September 22, 2016

local economies I find hope in the fact that millions of people the world over are seeing through the moral and practical fallacies underlying the Wall Street economy and—by contributing to the creation of a New Economy—are taking charge of their economic lives. It’s time we the people declare our independence from the money-favoring Wall Street economy.

Here are ten common sense principles to frame the New Economy that we the people must now bring forth: More…

Deglobalization Already Underway — 4 Technologies That Will Speed It Up

Deglobalization Already Underway — 4 Technologies That Will Speed It Up
By John Mauldin
Posted August 22, 2016

deglobalization has already startedIf we had to describe the last 50 years of economic history in one word, globalization would be high on the list. Thousands of small, independent economies around the world fused into one nearly seamless whole.

The things we use every day—food, clothing, vehicles, furniture, electronic devices, even the materials that compose our homes—now come from far and wide. We don’t even notice. International trade over vast distances is now so normal that we forget it wasn’t always the case. But now a reaction to globalization has set in. In cities and towns all over the United States, weekend farmers’ markets have sprung up, selling fruits and vegetables. The main attraction is that they are local. More…

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