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This is exactly what Coretta Scott King warned congress about in 1986.

Jeff Sessions will fear-monger and stoke anti-Blackness by using everything from casual racism to deeply racist stereotypes, to justify the mass incarceration of Black people for non-violent, victimless “crimes” like marijuana usage.

The Trump Administration is in full White Supremacy mode.

entire US intelligence community: Putin hacked the US.

donald trump: i don’t believe it.

congress, us allies, and private industry: Yeah, Putin hacked the US.

donald trump: Nope, didn’t happen.

vladmir putin himself: Yes, Donald, I hacked the US.

donald trump: I don’t believe you, Vlad. I’m sorry, they must be making you say this. Would you like to have Alaska back?

Masses of labourers, crowded into the factory, are organised like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois State; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine
—  Marx & Engels - Communist Manifesto 1848

Freedom is apparently bad for business 

That’s the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to sue states if they don’t start locking more people up. {Please REBLOG this!}

The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor.

That labor is used for a variety of trades, including making uniforms for popular restaurants like McDonalds and Applebee’s. But if the private prisons don’t have enough inmates locked up then production goes down correlative with the decrease in free labor (i.e. slavery).

It comes as a surprise to many Americans, but slavery was never actually abolished in the United States. That’s not a metaphor, it’s a matter of careful reading of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. That amendment – often lauded for abolishing slavery – actually makes an exception for prisons. Slavery is still completely legal as “punishment for a crime.”

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The Danish model of Responsible Alcohol Consumption

Well its exciting stepping foot into the place of policy making and change The European Parliament. Todays topic: Responsible Alcohol Consumption: The Danish model. I’m excited to learn what this means and how the Danish Model is better than other models so far elsewhere. Here in this meeting you have the good guys and the enemy come to meet and discuss how they can project a more responsible consumption of alcohol that would ultimately benefit the society while at the same time profit the alcohol industry. Wait a minute… did I write that correctly??? Profit the public? as well as the industry? Say what????

So, what does Denmark do better than the rest of the world? They talk to their private industries. They come to common agreements and harmonise a common approach to tackle the issues on alcohol consumption and public health concerns. A Private Public Partnership has been established to collaborate on how alcohol can be advertised and distributed across the country in which vulnerable populations and young people (especially young people) will be less exposed to binge drinking and peer pressure on consuming vast amounts of it [alcohol].

Okay so when I first listened to this I was fascinated that we could have matured as humanity to discuss these big issues together between policy makers and profit makers. I mean when you think about it, this is creating a partnership between the people who have money and people who don’t?!?!?! I guess you can imagine how this could end up working? Publicising all the bells and whistles of a partnership all the while perhaps only a few get the better end of the deal. This is the assumption, and a path that this partnership could so easily take to. However, believing the best in people (especially the Danes) I hang tight to my innocence of the money-making business. I’m gona go with them truly wanting to make a dint in the 1/3 or all injuries in Denmark that are alcohol related. They definitely made a case for themselves. Well… it got them here to the European Parliament discussing how they will work together on this.

Me being me I don’t just ask the person next to me the questions I want to know answers to, but I want to know how this will work right from the people who designed the idea. So, the first person I decided I would approach was Niels Hald the Chairman of the Public Private Partnerships. I introduce myself and proceed to tell him that I, myself have travelled from Australia to reside in Denmark and study public health and would like to learn more about the type of activities they would engage to promote this and how they wish to achieve the lowering of irresponsible alcohol consumption? Essentially all he told me is through various campaigns and access of alcohol. I was a little flustered because I realised I came somewhat unprepared in asking him the questions that matter. As it was a short coffee break we were soon called in to sit down and continue the discussion and then a flood of questions came to me… ‘how would you ensure that the partnership doesn’t favour the profit of alcohol? How does this effect the lower socioeconomic sector? how will you limit alcohol to them? being Danish are you even aware that alcohol is cheaper than coffee?” … the questions just flooded through and as I intently listed to Xavier Monne the Director General of the European Food Safety Authority about his elaborate views on the collaboration of the private and public sector and the benefits this can eventually bring to the society. I found myself nodding to everything he said. Hoping to receive a moment for questions. I realised we ran out of time but as my luck had it, we had some networking to do and well… I’m good at that! ;) So, I approached the next person who held a seat at the speakers corner Paul Skehan Director of Spirits Europe (essentially the alcohol guy). So I asked the alcohol guy all of my burning questions, quite shamelessly in fact. I told him I was a public health student and if I was going to work in public health I need to know more answers.

Alcohol guy and I proceeded to have a fascinating conversation. His stand was over education. He told me about the type of programs they have created to educate young people on this topic and his passionate belief that our schools should have accountability on providing this sort of teaching. We spoke about the lower socio economic factor and honestly this was one aspect I was a little disappointed with as he really, didn’t have a concrete answer for me except for ‘education’ in which case basically this generation would be long forgotten and the hope is that the next generation would be better informed. He had a long-term vision on alcohol consumption and the lower socio economic society wasn’t really a focus point not just for the alcohol guy neither for the public Dane or the European health guy. I felt a little disappointed as this was a rather large aspect of the people the consumed alcohol and hold quite a large portion of our public health money for all the treatments they are receiving. 

High off a good and insightful conversation with people who influenced so much of our society I ran back to the office and spoke to my internship supervisor at EPHA Nikolai and he made me realise that well although the idea appears to work for now, we need to strive for a world where policy makers are left to make policies that positively affect society and the money makers should be left to making the money.

I totally get what he was saying and truly support this opinion but what do you do when this is just simply not the world we live in. Do you blindly fight for your cause until someone wins and stand your ground or do you support partnerships where you get to know and understand the private sector and their intentions on the market and hope, just hope that one day strategy and knowledge will prevail over money and power and that some-how you could outsmart them and confine them to certain restrictions and certain expected profit outcomes and allow the public to continue a life of abundant health without the influence of big money and any industry that holds their health second at best to their profit margins?

As the primary medium of exchange for this criminal economy is the US dollar, the latter’s role as the world reserve currency has cemented a structural situation in which the economic power of the US Treasury has become conditional on the economic immunity of transnational criminal networks, who systematically use US dollars for criminal transactions: The greater the stock of dollars held abroad, the greater the source of revenue for the US Treasury.
These examples illustrate how the US Deep State operates as the chief regulator of a global Deep System, in which seemingly legitimate international financial flows have become increasingly enmeshed with transnational organized crime, powerful corporate interests who control the world’s fossil fuel and raw materials resources, and the privatization of the military-industrial complex.
—  Nafeez Ahmed in Insurgentelegence at Medium. How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State
A systemic crisis in the global Deep System has driven the violent radicalization of a Deep State faction
Navy signs contract for 'Make in India' surface radar

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Indian Navy on Friday signed a contract with Nova Integrated Systems Ltd. for procuring indigenously manufactured Surface Surveillance Radars (SSR), an official release said.


“This is the first contract concluded under the Buy and Make (Indian) Category, in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

“This contract marks the entry of Indian private industry in production of hi-tech sensors for the Indian Navy,” it added.

Nova Integrated Systems Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Advanced System Ltd (TASL), would manufacture these radars in collaboration with Terma, Denmark.

As part of the Navy’s modernisation plan, these radars would also be installed on board the ships under construction.

The tender for the SSR was released by the Indian Navy in 2013 for 31 radars and one radar simulator for training purpose.

In the Buy and Make (Indian) category of defence procurement, the contractor is an Indian firm and the product should have 50 per cent of Indian content.

TASL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is the strategic aerospace and defence arm of the TATA Group with capabilities in missiles, drones, radars, aerospace and aero-structures.

–IANS

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NEWSHOUR: Farmers markets are everywhere. But do laborers see benefits?

Local and organic food movements have boomed in the past decade because consumers are increasingly more concerned about the quality of their produce. Though this awareness can benefit the environment and public health, it has eclipsed the working conditions of the people picking the fruits and vegetables in the fields.

Organic sales from farms increased by 82 percent since 2007 to $3.1 billion in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent statistics. And the number of farmers markets have more than quadrupled to more than 8,600 since the mid ‘90s.

But farm workers and their families who stay with them have sparse protections against cruel conditions. On top of living off meager wages, they work at the bottom of one of the most hazardous industries in the country. In 2011, 570 of them died, which is seven times the rate of the national average among workers in private industries. And on average, about 113 of them are under 20 years old. If they are female, it is more likely they will be sexually harassed or assaulted.

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There’s a huge gender pay gap for STEM careers — just one year after graduation

What is clear is that 20 percent of that pay gap is due to the fields women and men choose to study. “Women go into biomedical fields, and men go into engineering, math, and computer science,” he says. The biomedical fields pay less. Also, women are more likely to take jobs in academia or government than in private industry, which is more lucrative.

“These differences could be due to choice, external forces … or a combination of both,” the study notes.

The researchers account for the rest of the difference by controlling for marital status and children. Married women with children in STEM seem to be paid less.

But “if you look at a man and a woman who are in the same field of study — and neither of them are married and neither of them have children — there would be no difference in earnings,” says Weinberg.

This raises some important questions. Are the women being discriminated against for having children (i.e., not being offered opportunities because employers fear the kids will get in the way of productivity)? Or are women choosing less lucrative careers because they make better accommodations for work-life balance?

“We really can’t say,” Weinberg says of his analysis. But he notes that overall, the results “say something about those jobs.”

New detection technology may end drunk driving forever.

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety technology, a research project jointly managed by the federal government and private industry, would equip cars of the future to measure the blood alcohol content of drivers before the car is started. Instead of blowing into a built-in breathalyzer, the system would analyze the driver’s blood alcohol content passively, either by touch or normal breathing. There’s just one catch.

One of the last refuges of someone whose pet project or per theory has been exposed as economic nonsense is to say : “ Economics is all very well and good  but there are also non-economic values to consider…Of course there are non-economic values. In fact there are only non-economic values. Economics is not a value in and of itself.  Economics does not say that you should make the most money possible. Many professors of economics could themselves make more money  in private industry…Adam Smith the father of laissez-faire gave substantial sums of his own money to less fortunate people, Henry Thornton,  one of the leading monetary economists of the 19th century and a banker by trade regularly gave away more than half his annual income. The first public libraries in New York city were  not established
by government but by Entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie. The United States which has come to epitomize capitalism in the eyes of many people around the world is unique in having hundreds of colleges, hospitals, foundations, libraries, museums and other institutions created by the donations of private individuals, many of these being people  who earned money in the marketplace then devoted much of it-sometimes most of it-to helping others…The market as a mechanism for the allocation of scarce resources among alternative uses is one thing; what one chooses to do with the resulting wealth is another.
—  Thomas Sowell,  Basic Economics.
Clinton will instead focus on a message of inclusion and “love and kindness” before voters in 12 states go to the polls on Tuesday.
—  Probably not about how much she loves money from wall street and the private prison industry, or how she will show extreme regulatory kindness toward them if she’s elected, and certainly not about how much she loves getting America involved in wars.