… And we should believe Pickens because … ?   He has a great crystal-ball or he is infallible or because he’s rich …


T. Boone Pickens: Wind And Solar Will Never Take Over For Coal

08-25-2012  •  http://www.businessinsider.com, Rob Wile

T. Boone Pickens acknowledges that while renewable energy sources have a role to play in powering the nation, they will never outpace coal and natural gas. 

… And of course this is not racial profiling …?


DPS officers conduct sweep looking for drug smugglers along I-10

08-25-2012  •  abc 15

CASA GRANDE, AZ – Department of Public Safety officers cracked down on Interstate 10 looking for drug smugglers and illegal aliens, conducting a sweep of the interstate between Tucson and Phoenix.

… Those that find any corporate owned court rules to back tobacco … raise you hand … then put on a dunce cap …


U.S. Appeals Court Backs Ruling Against Graphic Images on Cigarette Packs

08-26-2012  •  http://www.bio-medicine.org, By Steven Reinberg

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that would block the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packaging. 

  The thing about acupuncture and knee pain is interesting …


Which fresh produce items have the highest concentration of chemical pesticides? This article lists the "dirty dozen" as well as which foods have the least pesticide residue:


Also: Watch out for "deceptively healthy" foods that are marketed as being good for you but are actually processed junk foods:


Acupuncture works better than conventional medicine in treating knee pain! Here’s the latest news:


…When we educate pursuant to corporate directive$ choosing not to teach critical thinking … what should we expect…?


Corporate America Running Ads That Tap into Our Anxiety About the Hell They’ve Created for Us

August 26, 2012  …This story originally appeared at Salon [3]. …http://www.alternet.org/labor/corporate-america-running-ads-tap-our-anxiety-about-hell-theyve-created-us?akid=9275.23062.5tyTd9&rd=1&src=newsletter699388&t=9

Big Industrial Ag pretends to go organic. PC behemoths mimic Apple products. Barack Obama goes to the right of the Republicans on civil liberties. Mitt Romney suddenly  portrays himself as a left-leaning moderate on immigration. It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.

But as inured as we are to this banality, it’s still shocking to see corporate America transform the message of organized labor into a sales pitch for … corporate America. Yes, according to the New York Times last month, that’s what’s happening, as new ads are “tapping into a sense of frustration among workers to sell products.”

One spot for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (read: the casinos) shows a woman climbing onto her desk to demand a vacation. Another for McDonald’s implores us to fight back against employers and “overthrow the working lunch.” Still another for a Coca-Cola subsidiary seizes on the stress of harsh working conditions to create buzz for a branded “Take the Year Off” contest.

“Marketers are adopting the theme of workers’ rights at a time when unions themselves are confronting declines in membership and influence,” notes the Times. “In effect, some labor experts say, they are turning a pro-worker theme on its head to serve the corporate interest.”

In one sense, this is good news for organized labor — at a moment when unions are under assault, the ads reflect polls showing persistent mass support for both the concept of worker solidarity and the economic outrage voiced by worker protests. Indeed, companies wouldn’t be echoing such themes if they didn’t know they were wildly popular.

And yet, that’s also why organized labor can’t take too much solace. Image-wise, the ad campaign undermines unions by effectively severing the popular pro-worker message from the labor movement brand. Preposterously, the spots insinuate that workers can get better treatment — and wield real power in the employer-employee relationship — wholly without unions.

It’s a fantasy, of course. Not coincidentally, as union density in America has declined, so too have workers’ wages, benefits, workplace protections and negotiating power. Additionally, as the Economic Policy Institute documents, unions not only help their own members, they set industry-wide standards. So when unions lose ground, all workers lose out.

The ads imply the opposite by suggesting that individual workers don’t need solidarity (i.e., collective bargaining, unions, etc.) to get ahead, and what’s particularly galling is that this message comes from interests that have been hostile to the labor movement.

For example, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority may ostensibly speak for a city with a comparatively high union density – but that’s not because that city’s key tourism industry is friendly to labor. On the contrary, the casino industry has often led vicious fights against unions.

McDonald’s and Coca-Cola are even worse. While the former touts the virtues of lunch breaks — workplace benefits standardized through labor movement activism — journalist Eric Schlosser has documented the fast food company’s aggressive union busting. Meanwhile, the beverage conglomerate advertising the need for more worker vacations — again, benefits originally secured through labor organizing — has fought organizing drives in the United States and has faced international outrage over alleged anti-union violence abroad.

Put it all together, and you see the sleight of hand: In the same way rapacious oil companies try to green-wash their brands to align them with environmental sentiment, the particular industries and companies airing these ads are subtly “worker-washing” their brands in an attempt to equate themselves with populist economic outrage.

That they can accomplish this with so few noticing proves that in the age of truthiness, anything can be corporatized — even the anti-corporate zeitgeist.


…. What is “Mitten$”afraid of …?  might the November fall elections be next …?


Reality Check: RNC Pulling Out All Stops To Keep Ron Paul’s Name Out Of Nomination

08-25-2012  •  http://www.dailypaul.com, sharpsteve

Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at how the RNC is attempting to change the 5 state rule and decredential the entire Maine delegation only 4 days before the Republican National Convention