Is the CDC Foundation Directing MailChimp’s Vaccine Censorship?
By Jefferey Jaxen
Posted July 18, 2019
On June 7 MailChimp announced it had already shut down a number of accounts for “anti-vaccination content.” MailChimp also announced it was adding the ‘anti-vaccination’ category to its routine searches for prohibited content. Nowhere on Mailchimp’s website did it elaborate on what constituted ‘anti-vaccination’ content.
If there was no evidence to suggest vaccines cause harm, why is there a backlog of claims within the very court set up to deal with life-threatening or disabling diseases caused by vaccines? Why is another $2M needed to hire medical reviewers to process additional claims and reduce backlogs? Asking questions like these are now considered ‘anti-vaccine misinformation’ and would be enough for MailChimp to shut down the account of anyone inquiring. More…
MailChimp has begun removing customers who share information questioning vaccines to their email lists. An investigation revealed the CDC Foundation appears to be directing the move.
A campaign to stop vaccine misinformation? Who is deciding what is misinformation and truth? Why are big companies trying to silence people without answering their questions?
The Corporate Plan to Groom U.S. Kids for Servitude by Wiping Out Public Schools
By Lynn Parramore
Posted July 17, 2019
When Lafer began to study the tsunami of corporate-backed legislation that swept the country in early 2011 in the wake of Citizens United—the 2010 Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited sums to influence the political system—he wasn’t yet clear what was happening.
In state after state, a pattern was emerging of highly coordinated campaigns to smash unions, shrink taxes for the wealthy, and cut public services. Headlines blamed globalization and technology for the squeeze on the majority of the population, but Lafer began to see something far more deliberate working behind the scenes: a hidden force that was well-funded, laser-focused, and astonishingly effective.
Lafer pored over the activities of business lobbying groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – funded by giant corporations including Walmart, Amazon.com, and Bank of America—that produces “model legislation” in areas its conservative members use to promote privatization.
Of all the areas these lobbyists were able to influence, the policy campaign that netted the most laws passed, featured the most big players, and boasted the most effective organizations was public education. For these U.S. corporations, undermining the public school system was the Holy Grail. More…
The system of public education is under attack by corporate forces and funding is being reduced in the hope of inducing systemic failure, allowing corporations to take over.
The public school system is the foundation upon which the nation was built. Consider the consequences if corporations are successful in taking over the system. Do you believe that students needs or corporate profits will be the priority?
How Legal Weed Is Killing America’s Most Famous Marijuana Farmers
By Natalie Fertig
Posted July 16, 2019
Under Prop 64, though, cannabis has become what some in the industry call “the most regulated crop in the nation’s most regulated state.” Each plant must be meticulously monitored through a central system called “track and trace.” There are separate state and county regulations, and the county requirements—from additional taxes to environmental impact studies—can be drastically different for farmers in different parts of the state. And where farmers once paid just income and maybe some sales taxes on their medical marijuana, they are now paying taxes before they grow, after they grow, and after they sell.
Zoning certificates and water board fees can cost $3,000 to $5,000, but the biggest costs come in environmental and structural changes to the property. Many Humboldt farms lie in the mountains, deliberately out of the way to avoid easy detection, at the end of long dirt roads that are hard to navigate. Paving the dirt roads alone can cost over $100,000. More…
Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted July 15, 2019
The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. Everybody at one time or another owed something to someone else. Repayment of debt was inseparable from the meeting of social obligations; it resonated with the principles of fairness and gratitude.
If one debt can be nullified, maybe all of them can.
The moral associations of making good on one’s debts are still with us today, informing the logic of austerity as well as the legal code. A good country, or a good person, is supposed to make every effort to repay debts. Accordingly, if a country like Jamaica or Greece, or a municipality like Baltimore or Detroit, has insufficient revenue to make its debt payments, it is morally compelled to privatize public assets, slash pensions and salaries, liquidate natural resources, and cut public services so it can use the savings to pay creditors. Such a prescription takes for granted the legitimacy of its debts. More…
Why Technology Favors Tyranny
by Yuval Noah Harari
Posted July 14, 2019
Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
There is nothing inevitable about democracy. For all the success that democracies have had over the past century or more, they are blips in history. Monarchies, oligarchies, and other forms of authoritarian rule have been far more common modes of human governance.
The emergence of liberal democracies is associated with ideals of liberty and equality that may seem self-evident and irreversible. But these ideals are far more fragile than we believe. Their success in the 20th century depended on unique technological conditions that may prove ephemeral. More…
Medical IDs: Enemy of Privacy, Liberty, and Health
by Ron Paul
Posted July 13, 2019
Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill amendment to repeal the prohibition on the use of federal funds to create a “unique patient identifier.” Unless this prohibition, which I originally sponsored in 1998, is reinstated, the federal government will have the authority to assign every American a medical ID. This ID will be used to store and track every American’s medical history.
A unique patient identifier would allow federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests to access health information simply by entering an individual’s unique patient ID into a database. This system would also facilitate the collection of health information without a warrant by surveillance state operatives. More…
It’s Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser
by David Nield
Posted July 12, 2019
There’s a new battleground in the browser wars: user privacy. Firefox just made its Enhanced Tracking Protection a default feature, Apple continues to pile privacy-focused features into its Safari browser, and people are more aware than ever before of the sort of information they can reveal every time they set a digital footprint on the web.
If you want to push back against online tracking, you’ve got several options to pick from when choosing a default browser. These are the browsers that put user privacy high on the list of their priorities. More…
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