Monsanto

You would think that coverage of something the whole world wants to see – the first step toward the successful downfall of Monsanto –would be a hot news item; a newsworthy tidbit that every paper, radio station, and blog would want to spread across their pages with double bold headlines. But wait. . . just six corporations own ALL of the media in America, so there isn’t much luck there.

That’s why you have to go to sites like Russia Insider or Al Jazeera to find real news outside of certain alternative news channels in the US, and even those are white-washed from Facebook pages, and given secondary ratings on Google pages.

Matthew Phillips, the attorney suing Monsanto in California for false advertising on Roundup bottles, has asked the LA Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and Reuters, one of the world’s largest news agencies to report on the lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942), and most enforced a total media blackout.

When I spoke with Phillips over the phone, he said that he has tried posting the suit in Wikipedia’s Monsanto litigation section, but it keeps ‘disappearing.’ He says that he has also noticed posts on Facebook about this lawsuit get removed.

Phillips points out that as long as Monsanto can keep this lawsuit off of most of America’s radar, then his client base would be relegated to just the citizens of California.

If other attorneys were to follow his template-style lawsuit, which he wrote in English, devoid of extraneous legal-speak to encourage others to also take action against Monsanto, then suddenly the plaintiff count could be closer to several million.

Monsanto

Curb That Mutt

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday that his independence has been undermined by the department’s refusal to let him see information derived from wiretaps or national security letters without special permission.

The department’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a 68-page opinion Thursday saying that Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s office should not be granted access to several different kinds of typically confidential material unless there is a clear law-enforcement or counterintelligence purpose — and that the department’s lawyers, not the inspector general’s, would make that determination.

That would appear to rule out many of the typical goals of oversight, such as rooting out fraud, incompetence, rule-breaking and cover-ups. 1

Curb That Mutt

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  1. Somewhere Joe Heller is laughing and taking notes…

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders in 2016It seems Hillary’s presumptive red carpet stroll to the Democratic coronation nomination was a tad premature.

This despite the fact that Barney Frank suggests we support Hillary merely on William Kirstol’s say-so. 1

Not gonna happen: most people, besides Frank and Kristol, don’t think that Hillary can beat the Republican nominee, whereas they believe Bernie Sanders can.

Hell, Bill Curry over at Salon figures Bernie to win the nomination.

The polls are not with Hillary. And if the polls continue this way, it won’t make any difference how much cash Hillary has, how deftly she parry and ripostes on Emailgate, Benghazi, Whitewater, the travel office, the Buddhist monks and White House blow-jobs.

What’s worse is Hillary is creating new baggage: take Glass-Steagall.

Hillary Clinton won’t propose reinstating a bank break-up law known as the Glass-Steagall Act – at least according to Alan Blinder, an economist who has been advising Clinton’s campaign. “You’re not going to see Glass-Steagall,” Blinder said after her economic speech Monday in which she failed to mention it. Blinder said he had spoken to Clinton directly about Glass-Steagall.

This is a big mistake.

It’s a mistake politically because people who believe Hillary Clinton is still too close to Wall Street will not be reassured by her position on Glass-Steagall. Many will recall that her husband led the way to repealing Glass Steagall in 1999 at the request of the big Wall Street banks.

It’s a big mistake economically because the repeal of Glass-Steagall led directly to the 2008 Wall Street crash, and without it we’re in danger of another one.

If Hillary is to have any chance she needs to publicly ally herself with H.R. 381. 2 This would have the advantage of providing some protection when the topic of who originally dismantled Glass-Steagall comes up, as we’re sure it will. 3

Bernie Sanders

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  1. This might mean more if Frank were not comfortably curled up in the vest pocket of the Big Banking. Oh, and if Kristol were not such a flaming asshole.
  2. If he’s smart, Sanders will do so first. It’s odd that he isn’t one of the original co-sponsors.
  3. Hint: Bill.