Secret files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Noam Chomsky | The Electronic Intifada


Secret files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Noam Chomsky | The Electronic Intifada.

Palestinian refugees are not at your service | The Electronic Intifada


Palestinian refugees are not at your service | The Electronic Intifada.

Get fresh: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s asparagus, new potato and lettuce recipes | Life and style | The Guardian


Get fresh: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s asparagus, new potato and lettuce recipes | Life and style | The Guardian.

This looks wonderful…sounds it, as well.

Spread your tentacles: Yotam Ottolenghi’s cuttlefish and octopus recipes | Life and style | The Guardian


Spread your tentacles: Yotam Ottolenghi‘s cuttlefish and octopus recipes | Life and style | The Guardian.

The west’s hidden propaganda machine | Eliane Glaser | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


The west’s hidden propaganda machine | Eliane Glaser | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

Clearly an exhibition worth attending…

We are no longer appealed to as thinking citizens. We are simply flawed units to be prompted into spending more and costing the state less. The propaganda lies not only in the political-corporate manipulation of the public but also – most insidiously – in the way this is cloaked in the language of ideology-free empiricism and the semblance of autonomy: the idea that people are being nudged “to make better decisions for themselves”.

Let’s take the second revolution – in social media. To read the trade literature of the PR and online advertising industries is to be hit by a tidal wave of guff about authenticity, engagement and two-way conversations. In the “era of participatory public relations”, the story goes, “the people have defeated the corporation“. The objective now is to “make your customers a partner in the selling process”. This is pseudo-egalitarian code for the voluntary circulation of Facebook ads. The notion that propaganda is always a state-run, top-down affair provides a cloak for our complicity. Social media’s veneer of openness and people-power exemplifies western propaganda’s habit of masquerading as its opposite.

Cannabis: Colorado’s budding industry | Society | The Guardian


Cannabis: Colorado’s budding industry | Society | The Guardian.

Although several thousand miles away, I will not be the least in hoping this social experiment is a resounding success…and that the Feds keep well out of it.

Ethical shopping: how the high street fashion stores rate | Lucy Siegle | Fashion | The Guardian


Ethical shopping: how the high street fashion stores rate | Lucy Siegle | Fashion | The Guardian.

David Cameron ally: Tory activists are mad, swivel-eyed loons | Politics | The Guardian


David Cameron ally: Tory activists are mad, swivel-eyed loons | Politics | The Guardian.

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Genetically Modified Democracy: Monsanto and Congress Move to Stomp on States’ Rights


The Secular Jurist

Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more “Monsanto Riders” or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods.

On Wednesday, May 15, an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill, inserted under the guise of protecting interstate commerce, passed out of the House Agricultural Committee. If the King Amendment makes it into the final Farm Bill, it would take away states’ rights to pass laws governing the production or manufacture of any agricultural product, including food and animals raised for food, that is involved in interstate commerce. The amendment was proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), largely in response to a California law stating that by 2015, California will allow only eggs to be sold from hens…

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Epidemic rape in the US Military! Ask Congress to take action!


Friend Nature: Artist D.A. Hartley

FACT: A woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than killed in enemy combat.

A new report from the Pentagon itself shows that sexual assaults in the military increased by more than 30% last year.2 Worse? Less than 5% of military sexual assaults are ever prosecuted.

These women put their lives on the line for our country. The least we can do is make sure they get the justice that they deserve.

And now we have a big opportunity to make that happen: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand just introduced legislation today that would help make sure military rapes are prosecuted and justice is served.

Can you sign the petition asking Congress to get to work on legislation that would ensure accountability and justice to end the epidemic of rape in the US Military? From Sen. Gillibrand to RepresentativeJackie Speier, there…

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