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Glyphosate can cure cancer? Yes, some research ‘shows’ that — but what does it mean? And what does it say about Roundup doomsday claims? | Genetic Literacy Project

Glyphosate can cure cancer? Yes, some research ‘shows’ that – but what does it mean? And what does it say about Roundup doomsday claims?

Now that three juries have said Bayer’s weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) causes cancer, many people believe there is clear evidence that the herbicide is dangerous. Organic industry-funded advocacy group U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) certainly wants consumers to believe that.

Courts don’t determine scientific facts | The Logic of Science

Courts don’t determine scientific facts

Most people have probably seen the recent news that Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million following the ruling by a California jury that Monsanto’s glyphosate (a.k.a. Roundup) is dangerous and likely contributed to Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. I could write many lengthy posts about why that ruling is wrong.

The 1933-34 Business Plot to Install a Fascist Government for the U.S.

A very interesting and scary part of our history that is never really discussed or looked at. To the best of my recollection, I never learned of this during my high school American history classes and the first time I heard of it was on The History Channel (which is not always a reliable source) years ago.

The BBC’s Report on the 1934 Business Coup Plotting


The History Channel’s program on the Business Plot To Overthrow FDR


When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was subject to the kind of vitriol we often see directed at Barack Obama today. But some of FDR’s opponents didn’t stop at talk: a new book details a starting plot to overthrow FDR and replace him with a fascist military government.


Business Plot – Wikipedia

The Business Plot was an alleged political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans’ organization with Butler as its leader and use it in a coup d’état to overthrow President Franklin D.


1934: The Plot Against America | Harper’s Magazine

I’m back from the land of heather and thistles, not to mention wee drams and lukewarm ale, but on my way out a friend at the BBC alerted me to this, a not-to-miss program on the BBC this morning, accessible over the next several days by internet.


Remembering when bankers tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator

Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR’s election was seen as disastrous by some. A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.

wE’rE a rEPuBLiC nOt A dEMoCRacY | Ed Burmila

wE’rE a rEPuBLiC nOt A dEMoCRacY | Ed Burmila

The most impressive thing about the ubiquitous comment-section incantation “We’re a republic, not a democracy” is its versatility. Those six simple words fill the very different needs of several key demographics in the ascendant right. For glib elitist types who openly believe in their own superiority, it is a straightforward endorsement of paternalistic, Burkean, “your interests, not your will” representation.

Two Charts Show Trump’s Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama’s Presidency

Two Charts Show Trump’s Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama’s Presidency

There has been a fair amount of rhetoric about the job growth and lower unemployment rate seen since President Trump took office. Candidate Trump touted that there would be 25 million jobs created over 10 years if he was elected.

The Answer To How We Can Pay For This Nice Stuff…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fan of a geeky economic theory called MMT: Here’s a plain-English guide to what it is and why it’s interesting

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) should be “a larger part of the conversation” in an interview with Insider in January. MMT is a big departure from conventional economic theory. It proposes governments that control their own currency can spend freely, as they can always create more money to pay off debts in their own currency.

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