Thanks Dan (I guess), This is vile, depraved and sinister (and "Nestle")
The new reality is captured by a single, stark fact: Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight. At the same time, scientists say, the growing availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods is generating a new type of malnutrition, one in which a growing number of people are both overweight and undernourished... “To put it in stark terms: The diet is killing us.” ... Nestlé executives say their products have helped alleviate hunger, provided crucial nutrients, and that the company has squeezed salt, fat and sugar from thousands of items to make them healthier... “Half the world’s population has not had a Coke in the last 30 days,” he said. “There’s 600 million teenagers who have not had a Coke in the last week. So the opportunity for that is huge.”... In 2010, a coalition of Brazilian food and beverage companies torpedoed a raft of measures that sought to limit junk food ads aimed at children... “Everyone here knows that Nestlé products are good for you,” she said, gesturing to cans of Mucilon, the infant cereal whose label says it is “packed with calcium and niacin,” but also Nescau 2.0, a sugar-laden chocolate powder. She became a Nestlé vendor two years ago, when her family of five was struggling to get by. Though her husband is still unemployed, things are looking up. With the $185 a month she earns selling Nestlé products, she was able to buy a new refrigerator, a television and a gas stove for the family’s three-room home at the edge of a fetid tidal marsh. The company’s door-to-door program fulfills a concept that Nestlé articulated in its 1976 annual shareholder report, which noted that “integration with the host country is a basic aim of our company.” ... Nestlé gives customers a full month to pay for their purchases. It also helps that saleswomen — the program employs only women — know when their customers receive Bolsa Família, a monthly government subsidy for low-income households. “The essence of our program is to reach the poor,” Mr. Barbosa said. “What makes it work is the personal connection between the vendor and the customer.” ... Two decades ago, it anointed itself a “nutrition health and wellness company.” ... But of the 800 products that Nestlé says are available through its vendors, Mrs. da Silva says her customers are mostly interested in only about two dozen of them, virtually all sugar-sweetened items like Kit-Kats... “It’s a crisis for our society because we are producing a generation of children with impaired cognitive abilities who will not reach their full potential.” ... The rising obesity rates are largely associated with improved economics, as families with increasing incomes embrace the convenience, status and flavors offered by packaged foods. Busy parents ply their toddlers with instant noodles and frozen chicken nuggets, meals that are often accompanied by soda... “I always thought fatter is better when it comes to babies,” she said. She happily indulged his eating habits, which included frequent trips to fast-food outlets and almost no fruits and vegetables.
The Killing of History, John Pilger. Thanks Eleni.
John Pilger was a news correspondent in Vietnam, during the war. There were no "misunderstandings" in Vietnam. It was the continuation of American foreign policy, by creating a false flag attack (Gulf of Tonkin) to justify to the American people, the massive expansion of an unwinnable war, not for freedom, but for empire. John Kennedy had already taken steps to get Americans out of Vietnam, but they were quietly reversed by his successor, right after that accident in Dallas.
No, it's not ok to feel good for 3-4 million dead "gooks", and 58,000 killed American draftees, and 58,000 more who committed suicide, and all those who live on today as murderers and rapists. (Hi Dad. I know you are not reading this. I know you tried to do right.)
ISIS has no quarrel with other forces under US control in Syria. They ignore each other in close proximity, not taking defensive or offensive positions, just sort of saying "hi" and doing their thing, which is trying to get control of Syrian oilfields so the Syrian government can't. Russian surveillance photos illustrate.
Russian Special Forces repel a massive US coordinated attack near the oilfields, northeast of Hama, Syria. Warning from Russia is: "we'll blow them away next time."
Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an "ISIS attack" in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war. The U.S. Central Command in the Middle East wants the oil fields in east-Syria under control of its proxy forces to set up and control a U.S. aligned Kurdish mini-state in the area. The Syrian government, allied with Russia, needs the revenues of the oil fields to rebuild the country... For three years ISIS had besieged Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor city and its airport. It had not once managed to successfully attack the Syrian headquarter or to kill high ranking officers. Now, as U.S. proxy forces "advised" by U.S. special forces, have taken position north of Deir Ezzor, "ISIS" suddenly has the intelligence data and precision mortar capabilities to kill a bunch of visiting Russian officers? ... U.S. Central Command has declared war on the Russian contingent in Syria. A high ranking Russian general was killed. This inevitably requires a reaction. The response does not necessarily have to come from Russian forces. Moscow has many capable allies in the area. The response does not necessarily have to come in Syria.
James Kunstler raises the obvious question about rebuilding bankrupt Puerto Rico with WHAT? He mentions Illinois, which can fail to pay everything it has promised since 1987, but can't be "bankrupt". It's unconstitutional.
No storm has ever destroyed a power grid as completely as Maria destroyed that of Puerto Rico. Power lines, transformers, geriatric power plants, hydroelectric dam, all destroyed.
Hospitals in Puerto Rico are not spared, as some generators die and others run out of diesel. (Hang in there, Manuel!)
"We need a massive military response", Surgeon Gonzalez Cancel said. Because if more help doesn't arrive soon, "people are going to start dying."
No electricity means "Cash-Only", if you need to buy something.
"The NFL doesn't seem to understand that while almost every American can that football is a great sport, roughly 50% of them will vehemently with whatever political stance any given player or league exec decides to publicly announce. And, since the NFL's future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business." (American football is part of the military industrial complex, the entertaining-indoctrination-for-profit arm. A lot of $100 NFL jerseys got burned today, however...) "Steelers' offensive-lineman Alejandro Villanueva's jersey becomes an overnight best-seller after he stands for anthem."
“Ninety-four percent of Washington, DC, voted for Hillary Clinton."
The "Permanent State" won't say "Donald Trump" at work. He's the enemy (Like they think he's "Voldemort", right?)
38 year old Alice Weidel, Alternative fr Deutschland Party leader is an economist who has worked for Goldman Sachs, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and an open lesbian, who says legalizing same sex marriages was a wasted effort. She says that mideast immigrants are both "illiterate" in Europe, and "a brain drain" from their home countries, a classic misallocation-of-resources.
It will be difficult to paint her as a stupid bigot, as her party enters German government after this weekend's election.