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Neofuedalism looms as the corporate overlords try to control our food, environment, economy, wages, and so much more.

...the locus of power in food systems and the broader global economy is shifting at dizzying speed. In 2008, the world’s most powerful corporations drilled oil wells and traded stocks. Twelve years later, the world’s five corporate titans all deal in intangible data and have a market valuation that exceeds the GDP of entire continents. The new biodigital giants are now primed for the next step: unleashing big data and digital DNA into the world's pharmacies, food markets, and financial systems. ‘Multi-stakeholderism’ is everywhere as corporations –sensing the social and environmental tipping points ahead – seek to draw governments,scientists and a handful of civil society organizations into an artificial new multilateralism

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In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.

Who will have a seat at the Table? The big corporations, that's who. However, the spin has a whole different vibe. (2 min)

Will Marxist Peruvian Presidential Winner Pedro Castillo Actually Prevail?

Until this a.m., I’d had my doubts, as Keiko Fujimori, daughter of corrupt jailed ex-President of Peru had been crying ‘voting fraud’ at the top of her neoliberal lungs. On Thurday, she’d called for the nullification of votes at 800 polling stations, claiming that in the south where the poorest people live, she’d received Zero votes.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

What is new is old, what is old is new, rinse and repeat. Vegetarian cooking waxes and wanes over the centuries for various reasons. Sometimes vegetarian lifestyle are for for religious reasons, other times for health and often forced by economics. I find it interesting in our current economic model in the United States a vegetarian diet is considered more expensive than low cost animal sources of protein.

The FDA has developed OPCW syndrome - edited

And the results for us will be dire. When the FDA goes around the advisory board who would not authorize the drug for release because they don't believe it works then how can anyone have any trust left that the FDA is looking our for OUR best interests while boosting profits over them?

Thursday Open Thread ~ "What are you listening to?" editon ~ Law & Disorder

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Law and Disorder is a weekly, independent civil liberties radio program airing on more than 100 stations across the United States and podcasting on the web. Law and Disorder provides timely legal perspectives on issues concerning civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent and practices of torture exercised by the US government and private corporations. Our guests are leading authorities in their fields from around the country, and sometimes internationally. They include authors, lawyers, activists, scholars, and advocates focusing on such areas as free speech, the environment, prisoners’ rights, workers’ rights, trends in privatization, and government and corporate accountability.

Co-hosts Heidi Boghosian and Michael Smith are New York based attorneys and writers. Each show features two or three interview segments with brief introductory host exchanges or editorials on current affairs. Each segment ends with a way that listeners can learn more about, or even get involved in, the issue at hand.

“Funding Has Been Made Possible By the Puffin Foundation”

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