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"There is something terribly wrong with this country." -V So, OCCUPY.

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The Koch Brothers Are Spending Millions to Deny Poor Americans Healthcare

http://www.politicususa.com/koch-brothers-spending-millions-deny-poor-americans-healthcare.html

One should be wary of assigning the word evil to another human being because it means they are profoundly immoral and guilty of not conforming to conduct established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics. Evil, or immoral, people would likely cause pain, suffering, and even death to another human being for pleasure, or withhold assistance to a person in distress regardless it would be of no consequence or cost to them. Unfortunately, America is home to two of the most evil men on the planet. It is difficult to imagine any American spending their money to deny medical care to an infirm American they have no connection to or personal hatred for, but Charles and David Koch are spending money to deny poor Americans healthcare for no readily apparent reason except the Kochs are genuinely evil, immoral men devoid of personal or social ethics.

Recently there has been encouraging news for residents of states with Republican governors because they are accepting the Affordable Care Acts’ Medicaid expansion provisions to provide the poorest Americans with healthcare. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is the latest Republican to accept the Medicaid expansion plan that takes effect on January 1, 2014 and is fully funded by the federal government for three years. After three years federal funding begins phasing down to no less than 90% by 2020. States would be left with a minimal investment (10%) after 2020 to provide healthcare for hundreds-of-thousands of poor Americans who would be without medical care without the expansion.

Brewer, who is not normally recognized for her compassion, spoke at a rally to garner support for her decision and cited her reasons for embracing expansion that include, broadening eligibility for the poor saves taxpayer money, saves lives, and eases the burden on hospitals caring for uninsured patients. She warned that without expansion, 50,000 Arizonans would lose healthcare coverage after January 1 “even if they’re in the middle of their treatment; the human cost of this tragedy can’t be calculated.” Despite the cost to the state of not expanding Medicaid, one might wonder why Brewer had to rally support to avert an incalculable human tragedy, because any Arizona resident with a modicum of morality would embrace a program providing healthcare to 50,000 poor Arizonans.

Regardless there is no cost to Arizona until at least 2017, and no cost to Charles and David Koch ever, they instructed their front group, Americans for Prosperity, to organize a campaign to oppose Brewer’s attempt at Medicaid expansion. Apparently, the Kochs are not amused when their Republican surrogates oppose their agenda, and especially when they have spent millions to eliminate the ACA and defeat its main proponent, President Obama. The Kochs’ front group Americans for Prosperity organized a campaign to enlist Arizona citizens to fight against their own self-interests to defeat Medicaid expansion, which is also underway in Pennsylvania and Florida courtesy of Americans for Prosperity. In Pennsylvania, for example, AFP intends to deny 542,000 uninsured and poor residents health care coverage, and in Florida, AFP convinced a Republican subcommittee to block Governor Rick Scott’s decision to expand Medicaid leaving Scott with a decision to either obey the Koch brothers, or provide poor Floridians with healthcare using his veto power.

(More at the link.)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:29 PM (4 replies)

Well, it seems they've unified their message:



Cross-posted from Occupy Underground.
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:06 PM (6 replies)

Well, it seems they've unified their message:

Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:05 PM (0 replies)

March 12: WELLS FARGO ACTION: FLOOD THEIR PHONE LINES

https://www.facebook.com/events/418937271530629/

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

7:00am

CALL: 515.213.6117 & 415.396.7018

WELLS FARGO IS WRONGFULLY DISPLACING MS.HAROLYN RHUE, A DISABLED, AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN, WHO SUFFERS FROM SUBSTANTIAL HEAD TRAUMA.

ON JANUARY 4TH 2013, MS. RHUE FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT WITH HUD FOR DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES BY HER LENDER WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE. DURING OUR INITIAL INVESTIGATION WE HAVE NOTICED SOME VERY SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS AND DOCUMENTATION.

MS. RHUE NEEDS YOUR HELP! PLEASE, TELL WELLS FARGO THAT AN EVICTION WOULD CAUSE GREAT HARM AND WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT HER ALREADY SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION THAT HAS BEEN ALTERED BY THE WRONGFUL FORECLOSURE OF HER HOME.
SAVE: 267 LAUREL DR.
ALTADENA, CA 91001!

MARCH 12th, 2013
BEGINING at 7:00 AM PST

CALL ON WELLS FARGO CEO JOHN STUMPF & WELLS FARGO PRESIDENT OF HOME LOANS TO:
• IMMEDIATELY HALT THE EVICTION PROCESS BROUGHT BY WELLS FARGO'S PREDATORY LENDING, WRONGFUL FORECLOSURE, AND SALE OF HER HOME TO INVESTORS.
• REVIEW HAROLYN RHUE'S FORECLOSURE CASE AND WORK TO KEEP HER IN HER HOME.
• UNDERSTAND THAT MS.RHUE'S HEALTH AND RECOVERY HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY WELLS FARGO BANKING PRACTICES.

515.213.6117
MICHAEL HEID, WELLS FARGO PRESIDENT OF HOME LOANS

415.396.7018
JOHN STUMPF, WELLS FARGO CEO

www.occupyfightsforeclosures.org www.facebook.com/OccupyFightsForecloures
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:49 PM (2 replies)

Whole Foods: Products will carry GMO labeling (by 2018, though)

Whole Foods: Products will carry GMO labeling
http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2013/03/08/whole-foods-products-will-carry-gmo-labeling/ via #OccupyMonsanto #Monsanto #GMO

via Occupy Monsanto


NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018.

The company says it’s the first national grocery chain to set such a deadline for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. A spokeswoman for the supermarket operator said organic foods will not have to carry the labels since they do not contain genetically modified ingredients by definition.

Although Whole Foods is known as an organic grocer, it also sells a wide array of non-organic products.

The use of GMOs has been a growing issue in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling even though the federal government and many scientists say the ingredients are safe.

(More at the link.)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:16 PM (3 replies)

"Greedy Lying Bastards" film takes aim at climate change science deniers

EcoWatch ‏@EcoWatch

Greedy Lying Bastards: New Film Exposes Climate Denial Machine - http://ecowatch.org/2013/greedy-bastards-climate-denial/ … @EcoWatch @DeSmogBlog @kgrandia @GreedyLyingBast


http://greedylyingbastards.com/

Daryl Hannah is the executive producer!
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:08 PM (3 replies)

US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead and Canada Complies

Anonymous ‏@AnonyOps

YOU MOTHER FUCKERS!! --> "US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead and Canada Complies" https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/03/us-trade-office-calls-acta-back-dead-and-canada-complies


https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/03/us-trade-office-calls-acta-back-dead-and-canada-complies

Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting up IP enforcement measures beyond existing international standards. It will not take effect until six countries ratify the agreement, and Japan is so far the only country to have done so.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted its 2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Trade Policy Report, which covers all of its ongoing negotiations over trade agreements. It reports that the US is working with Japan and other negotiating parties “to ensure that ACTA can come into force as soon as possible,” and encourages Canada “to meet its obligations.”

Canada did not miss a beat to satisfy this demand. The Canadian government introduced a bill today to make Canada compliant with provisions of ACTA, paving the way for its eventual ratification. Among the provisions outlined within the 52-page bill are increased criminalization of copyright and trademark law as well as a new authority for Canadian customs officials to seize and destroy goods they can determine to be “counterfeit or pirated goods” without any judicial oversight.

As we’ve seen in the US, this power has often been abused. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized domain names for allegedly hosting infringing content without a court ruling. Extrajudicial takedowns of websites violate our rights to free expression by presupposing guilt and enacting punishment where legitimate content and speech is suppressed. Overall, this new bill is a glaring indication of how willing Canada is to cave to US pressure on intellectual property enforcement.

(More at the link.)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 02:24 PM (0 replies)

Investors Seek Ways to Profit From Global Warming

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-07/investors-seek-ways-to-profit-from-global-warming

Investing in climate change used to mean putting money into efforts to stop global warming. Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), and other firms took stakes in wind farms and tidal-energy projects, and set up carbon-trading desks. The appeal of cleantech has dimmed as efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions have faltered: Venture capital and private equity investments fell 34 percent last year, to $5.8 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Now some investors are taking another approach. Working under the assumption that climate change is inevitable, they’re investing in businesses that will profit as the planet gets hotter. (The World Bank says the earth could warm by 4C by the end of the century.) Their strategies include buying water treatment companies, brokering deals for Australian farmland, and backing a startup that has engineered a mosquito to fight dengue, a disease that’s spreading as the mercury climbs.

Derivatives that help companies hedge against abnormal weather and natural catastrophes are drawing increased interest from some big players. In January, KKR (KKR) bought a 25 percent stake in Nephila Capital, an $8 billion Bermuda hedge fund that trades in weather derivatives. (The firm is named after a spider that, according to local folklore, can predict hurricanes.) “Climate risk is something people are paying more and more attention to,” says Barney Schauble, managing partner at Nephila Advisors, the firm’s U.S. arm. “More volatile weather creates more risk and more appetite to protect against that risk.”

Drought is helping spur business at Water Asset Management. The New York hedge fund, which has about $400 million under management, buys water rights and makes private equity and stock market investments in water treatment companies. “Not enough people are thinking long term of as an asset that is worthy of ownership,” says Chief Operating Officer Marc Robert. “Climate change for us is a driver.”

(More at the link. Cross-posted from Occupy Underground.)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 01:59 PM (3 replies)

Investors Seek Ways to Profit From Global Warming

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-07/investors-seek-ways-to-profit-from-global-warming

Investing in climate change used to mean putting money into efforts to stop global warming. Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), and other firms took stakes in wind farms and tidal-energy projects, and set up carbon-trading desks. The appeal of cleantech has dimmed as efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions have faltered: Venture capital and private equity investments fell 34 percent last year, to $5.8 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Now some investors are taking another approach. Working under the assumption that climate change is inevitable, they’re investing in businesses that will profit as the planet gets hotter. (The World Bank says the earth could warm by 4C by the end of the century.) Their strategies include buying water treatment companies, brokering deals for Australian farmland, and backing a startup that has engineered a mosquito to fight dengue, a disease that’s spreading as the mercury climbs.

Derivatives that help companies hedge against abnormal weather and natural catastrophes are drawing increased interest from some big players. In January, KKR (KKR) bought a 25 percent stake in Nephila Capital, an $8 billion Bermuda hedge fund that trades in weather derivatives. (The firm is named after a spider that, according to local folklore, can predict hurricanes.) “Climate risk is something people are paying more and more attention to,” says Barney Schauble, managing partner at Nephila Advisors, the firm’s U.S. arm. “More volatile weather creates more risk and more appetite to protect against that risk.”

Drought is helping spur business at Water Asset Management. The New York hedge fund, which has about $400 million under management, buys water rights and makes private equity and stock market investments in water treatment companies. “Not enough people are thinking long term of as an asset that is worthy of ownership,” says Chief Operating Officer Marc Robert. “Climate change for us is a driver.”

(More at the link.)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 01:58 PM (1 replies)

The surveillance grid the rich plan to use on the population once the SHTF:

"As I have repeatedly stated, the oligarchs are using the current period in between financial panics to put in place the surveillance grid they plan to use on the population once the SHTF. It is of extreme importance that the masses stay apathetic and obedient in the process."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022467587
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 09:33 PM (1 replies)
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