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Donald Trump campaign tweets, then retracts post criticizing Monsanto’s toxic GMO corn for damaging Americans’ health
- Created: 27 October 2015 27 October 2015
Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump continues to lead in most of the polls, with his popularity soaring as the candidate speaks controversial truths that his running mates wouldn't dare vocalize.
So far, Trump has distanced himself from large corporate donors in an attempt to prove that he has no controllers, voiced his concerns about the link between the autism epidemic and the administering of too many vaccines at once, and now, for a brief moment, he's seemingly taken on the world's most evil corporation: biotech seed giant Monsanto.
Yesterday, Trump's Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, retweeted a post alleging that Iowans have had way too much ‘Monsanto corn’ that was ‘creating issues in their brain’. The tweet, which was promptly deleted, was retweeted by Trump’s account after reports broke of a new Iowa poll showing presidential candidate Ben Carson had taken the lead among Iowa caucus-goers.’
- Created: 23 October 2014 23 October 2014
- Created: 23 October 2014 23 October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014
- Created: 26 October 2013 26 October 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
JP Morgan has reached a $5.1bn (£3.2bn) settlement with the US Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) over charges it misled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the housing boom.
A separate settlement with the US Justice Department is expected to be announced soon. "This is a significant step to address outstanding mortgage-related issues," the FHFA said in a statement. It is the biggest settlement ever by a US bank.
In a statement JP Morgan said the settlement resolves the biggest case against the firm relating to mortgage-backed securities. The bank added that the agreement relates to "approximately $33.8 billion of securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from JP Morgan, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual" from 2005 - 2007.
JP Morgan purchased Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual at the height of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, and has tried to argue that it should not be punished for mistakes made before those deals.
As part of the agreement with the FHFA, the bank will pay $4bn to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to settle claims that it violated US securities law. It will pay the agencies an additional $1.1bn for misrepresenting the quality of single-family mortgages.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the biggest mortgage lenders in the US. They received $187bn in US taxpayer aid to help them stay afloat during the financial collapse. They have since repaid $146bn of the loan.
- Created: 23 October 2013 23 October 2013
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
He says that they want to be misinformed by conservative media. But there is reason to doubt that conclusion.
Regular readers know that I have a love/hate relationship with the Tea Party movement. What I love are all the good people participating in the civic process for the first time; the determination to challenge corruption in the GOP establishment; the effort to bring civil liberties concerns and skepticism of foreign wars back under the GOP tent; the commitment to a republic where people are free to pursue happiness as they see fit; the healthy skepticism of central planning that subverts markets with cronyism and corporatism; and alarm at our debt.
What I hate about the Tea Party movement is the epistemic closure that plagues it; the unthinking embrace of obviously unqualified politicians like Herman Cain; the notion that "real American" culture is something other than pluralistic; the unseriousness about governing; its frustrating inability to distinguish between mutually beneficial compromise on one hand and betrayal of principle on the other; the veneration of hucksters like Glenn Beck and blowhards like Rush Limbaugh; the double-think that characterizes its attitude toward the safety-net; and the subset of its rank-and-file that expresses personal disdain for all non-conservatives even while casting themselves as disrespected victims.
I've always been far more sympathetic to the Tea Party's rank-and-file than to its elites. In my experience, an American who shows up to a community protest rally tends to be earnest and well-intentioned, whereas the ideological entertainers they tune into on the way home tend to be cynical, opportunistic hucksters who constantly misinform while selling cheap anger and gold at obscene markups.
I've argued in many posts that right-wing media regularly and egregiously misinforms its Tea Party audiences, whose trust in talk radio and Fox News is misplaced, and called on conservatives who know better to affirm as much. As I see it, Tea Partiers would be furious if they understood the degree to which they're misled, and would manage a better movement if better served by conservative media.
Today's correspondent, an army veteran, argues that I am going too easy on the Tea Party rank-and-file:
I've been thinking a lot about your critiques of right wing media, and feel I could add something. My grandfather was a war hero, and even though I'm educated, urban, and not particularly interested in giant nation building projects in Afghanistan and Iraq, I enlisted (that is, enlisted rather than becoming an officer) as a special operations soldier in the Army. Before, after, and in between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I was stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina where I lived with the same white male southerners who make up the majority of the GOP base. They seethe listening to Rush every morning on their commute to the base, they seethe during the day where Fox News often plays in the office from 9-5, and they come back fully believing everything Glenn Beck told them that evening (I left the army in February, and remember Beck having a demonstrable affect on the moods of some of Army leadership while he was still on Fox). I lived with the Tea Party like Barbara Ehrenreich living with the poor, like that dude who changed his skin color and wrote Black Like Me. I know them, drink with them and count them as my friends.
Before I get into what I think you're missing in your writing about the Tea Party, I want to elaborate where I stand on certain things. I'm a registered Democrat who strongly favors green tech and neoliberal redistribution, as well as drone strikes against Al Qaeda operatives. I'm not very troubled by CIA torture. In other words, my politics are almost completely opposite of yours. Yet I read you regularly without becoming enraged or offended, because I appreciate your perspective and enjoy smart challenges to my beliefs. The way I engage in thinking about public policy is either out of an earnest attempt to improve my country or an intellectual curiosity that causes me to seek the truth.
- Created: 09 October 2013 09 October 2013
Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Limburg - The criticism of Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter van Elst Tebartz because of the skyrocketing cost of his residence is getting sharper.
The bishop had caused the increases on previously known 31 million euros to the part itself, said the spokesman of the Board of Directors assets, Jochen Riebel, on Wednesday in several interviews. "I can only tell me so, that the Bishop of Limburg either a clever scam or is sick," Riebel, former head of the Hessian State Chancellery said, also the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
The 53-year-old bishop is also controversial because of his authoritarian style of leadership. The cost increase bears him a new calls for his resignation - even from the Priests of the diocese, who sees destroys trust.
The canonist Thomas Schüller called on the Pope to launch an impeachment against Tebartz van Elst. "The bishop will probably stick to his chair, as there is only one way. Impeachment by the Pope That's clear," said the professor of Münster "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" (Wednesday). The bishop called Schuller as "incapable unapologetic and obviously sick."
- Created: 03 October 2013 03 October 2013
Thursday, 03 October 2013
Eye witness testimonies and video footage point to a devastating blow for the Syrian army, as rebel forces claim to have captured 300 Syrian army tanks along with huge stores of ammunition.
Rebel forces have uploaded a clip to the YouTube channel presenting their control of an army base in the Rahm el Kalmon area, West of the capital Damascus.
The clip shows hundreds of tanks along with other arms, and large stores of ammunition. Reports say the rebels have begun using the tanks against the Syrian army.
It comes a day after rebels released footage of what they said was a Syrian drone aircraft they shot down near Damascus.
According to a BBC report a few days ago, since 2011, rebel forces have succeeded in destroying some 1,100 tanks out of the 5,200 tanks owned by the Syrian army. In addition it said that up until now, 256 tanks had already fallen to rebel hands, with a further 357 tanks badly damaged.
The Syrian Air Force has also reportedly lost 211 planes and helicopters. Recently rebels seized a large load of supplies including amunition, that was being parachuted to an army checkpoint.
Steady losses by Syria's regular armed forces has forced the regime to rely increasingly on Iranian-trained local militias, as well as foreign fighters from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran.
Foreign fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group have provided particularly valuable support in filling in the gaps in Syria's own military forces, most notably in the Qusair region, in western Syria, where they played a crucial role in ousting rebels who had dug in for a year.
But facing an increasing backlash, the group recently decided to withdraw 1,200 of its fighters. Those men will apparently be replaced by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who are playing an increasingly prominent role on the Syrian battlefield.