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CORPORATIONS PILLAGING AMERICA: POLLUTING OUR LAND AND STEALING OUR STUFF

A Scary Corporate Coup Is Under Way — We’ve Got to Stop It – Alternet 3/31/09

If Wall Street gets its way, Washington will pass new “reforms” that consolidate power and ratify a corporate state.

 

Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look — They May Not Be What They Seem – Alternet 3/17/09

Confident that you are buying good, socially conscious brands? Find out the real story behind all that marketing money and store visibility.

 

IBM launches water-management services operation (AP) – Yahoo 3/13/09

 

IBM files for patent on offshoring jobs – Record Online 3/30/09

 

 

BANKING / INVESTMENT INDUSTRY

 

Kucinich questions $3.6 billion in bonuses to Merrill Lynch executives – Cleveland Plain Dealer 3/30/09

Merrill Lynch’s bonuses were 22 times larger than the $165 million bonuses AIG paid its executives”…In contrast to the bonuses awarded by AIG, the Merrill bonuses constituted a significant proportion of allocated TARP funds, which were not locked into place by preexisting contract and were performance, not retention, in nature,” Kucinich said in the letter which mentioned the House Oversight subcommittee he chairs is probing the issue.

 

Morgan Stanley pays $7.2M for duping retirees– CNN 3/25/09

 

Washington Mutual sues FDIC for over $13 billion  – Raw Story 3/21/09

 

Terrorism By Another Name: AIG Is Blackmailing America – George Washington blog 3/18/09

 

PHARMACEUTICAL & CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES

Perchlorate Chemicals Found in 100% of Tested Infant Formula Products – Natural News 4/4/09

 

Chemicals Used to Disinfect Water Create Dangerous Toxins – Natural News 4/4/09 

 

Big Pharma’s Drugs to be Weaponized to Fight “Mind Wars” on Future Battlefields – Natural News 2/2/09

 

How Aspartame Became Legal – The Timeline – Rense 2/23/09

 

Big Pharma Quietly Hikes Drug Prices 100 Percent or More – Prison Planet 2/20/09

 

Big Pharma’s Drugs to be Weaponized to Fight “Mind Wars” on Future Battlefields – Natural News 2/2/09

 

Lawmakers Seek to Return Right to Sue Device Makers – NYTimes 2/20/09

A Supreme Court decision in 2008 barred lawsuits against makers of medical devices approved by the F.D.A.

 

DuPont Magically Granted Three-Year Extension on Safety Testing of PFOA (Teflon) – Natural News 4/11/09

The Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. federal government has granted the DuPont corporation a three-year extension on its obligation to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a widely used chemical believed to expose consumers to the toxic substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

A number of studies have linked PFOA to health problems, with one more recent study linking it for the first time to infertility. The chemical, used to manufacture nonstick surfaces such as Teflon, has been found in the blood of people around the world. Under a voluntary EPA initiative, DuPont and a number of other companies have agreed to phase out all use of PFOA by 2015.

Big Pharma’s Thalidomide Drug was Actually Developed as Nazi Chemical Weapon (Today It’s Used as Chemotherapy) – Natural News 4/15/09

Pfizer to Pay £50 Million After Deaths of Nigerian Children in Drug Trial Experiment – Independent, UK 4/7/09

Big Pharma’s Latest Insanity? A “PolyPill” Combining Five Different Drugs Into One Pill – Natural News 3/30/09

Walgreen Offers Free Health Care for Unemployed: Compassion or Marketing Gimmick – Alternet 3/31/09

 

Big Food Is Copying Big Tobacco’s Disinformation Tactics, How Many Will Die This Time?  – Alternet 4/11/09

 

The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach – Surviving The Middle Class Crash blog 3/12/09

Monsanto’s Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers – Institute of Science in Society 3/22/09

The impact of GMO’s on soil organisms is not commonly studied. This is a vital lacunae because Bt toxin crops such as Mon 810 corn or Bt-cotton or Bt Brinjal have serious impact on beneficial soil organisms.

Coca-Cola Crisis in India – Desert Peace 4/21/09

Communities across India are under assault from Coca-Cola practices in the country. A pattern has emerged as a result of Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in India.  

 

OTHER NOTABLE CORPORATE NEWS 

Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies.

U.S. Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – Alternet 4/24/09

Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1. 

Allstate is Cooking the Books – InjuryBoard 2/8/09

 

‘State Secrets’ Invoked to Cover Up Torture and Renditions — Sound Familiar? – Alternet 2/10/09

 

Spinning the Door Into the CIA – Center for Media & Democracy 2/10/09

Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to the President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama‘s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, earned over $1 million in 2008 as a corporate consultant and guest speaker. On the eve of a confirmation hearing before a U.S. Senate committee, Panetta’s disclosure to the Office of Government Ethics was publicly released. In it, Panetta revealed that in 2008 he was paid $120,000 as a member of the advisory board of the global PR firm, Fleishman-Hillard (F-H). On its website F-H describes the 16-member board as “a powerful client resource” which can “author op-ed pieces” and “provide counsel to clients — in person, via video, or through calls to decision-makers.” Other board members include the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge. Another board member is Barry R. McCaffrey, who was a participant in the Pentagon military analyst program.

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