Monday, January 31, 2011

ABOUT THE FILM Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor and activist Woody Harrelson, Ethos lifts the lid on
a Pandora's box of systemic issues that guarantee failure in almost every aspect of our
lives; the environment to democracy and our own personal liberty: From terrifying conflicts of interests in politics
to unregulated corporate power, to a media in the hands of massive conglomerates, and a
military industrial complex that virtually owns our representatives.
With interviews from some of todays leading thinkers and source material from the finest
documentary film makers of our times Ethos examines and  unravels these complex
relationships, and offers a solution, a simple but powerful way for you to change this system!



TAKING ACTIONOur system is working against the public good. Our democracy is broken. But we can't change
anything until we understand how our systems operate and what forces are actually set against us.
The news is not all bad, however. Ethos offers a deceptively simple but powerful solution.
We can fix this system. We can live in peace and justice in a clean environment. The steps we need
to take would improve our lives instantly and are not difficult. They are very simple but extremely
powerful. does take our involvement. You  and I learning the facts, taking responsibility and
then acting accordingly. We can defeat the apathy and hopelessness that says 'nothing can be done'
and take the future back into our own hands.Get involved, spread the word about the film.

From this website you can find great information, advice, blogs and links to alternative news sources and opinions that will help you understand what is happening in our world and what you can do to help create
a better place for us all. You will find information on new energy sources and technologies, advice on home
products, foods, efficient vehicles, and simple practices that can change our lives, today!!!
Please note: We try to avoid political bias on this website. We hope to promote progressive
and positive thinking that can help move us all forward together. It is up to us!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The USDA ruled that farmers are now free to plant GE alfalfa, and USDA won't even keep track of who plants it where. The implications are huge.
Monsanto has been trying for years to gain approval for its genetically modified Roundup-Ready alfalfa seed. On January 27, 2011, it finally got the green light in the form of "deregulation." This means that farmers are free to plant GE alfalfa, and the USDA won't even be keeping track of who plants it where. There will be no tracking, no notification system, and no responsibility on the part of Monsanto for any business that is lost as a result of the genetic contamination that is certain to result. If the ruling stands, we can kiss organic dairy and beef goodbye, and many organic vegetable growers will have to switch the cover crops they use on their fields.
The Center for Food Safety is planning on dragging the issue back to court, where the organization has a good track record in recent years against Monsanto, even in the notoriously business-friendly U.S. Supreme Court, which in June upheld a ban on the planting of Roundup-Ready alfalfa until the USDA drafts an environmental impact statement (EIS).
The EIS was dutifully drafted and released in December 2010. The document airs the concerns expressed by the vast majority of the 200,000-plus comments on GE alfalfa, yet somehow concludes: "...consumer preferences for organic over GE foods are influenced in part by ethical and environmental factors that are likely unrelated to minor unintended presence of GE content in feed crops."
That's quite a use of the word "likely": When the organic rules were drafted in 1997, Big Ag tried very, very hard to include GE products in organic-labeled foods. In response to this attempt, USDA received over 275,000 comments against GE in organics. It was the largest number of comments USDA had ever received on a single issue. How USDA managed to conclude that consumers of organic food are likely unconcerned by contamination of organic products is a mystery -- at least, until we recall that Tom Vilsack, Obama's agriculture boss, used to fly around in a Monsanto corporate jet while governor of Iowa. During that same period he was also named "Governor of the Year" by the Biotechnology Industry Council.

President Obama is the last line of defense, and can stop the widespread planting of Monsanto's GE alfalfa. Take action now to demand President Obama stop this disastrous approval.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Remembering Howard Zinn, Once Again

by: Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed
Remembering Howard Zinn, Once Again
Howard Zinn being arrested during a Vietnam War protest. (Photo: First Run Features)
Editor's Note: Today, on the one-year anniversary of the death of the late Dr. Howard Zinn, his voice is deeply missed. In his essay titled LaGuardia in the Jazz Age, Zinn profiles Fiorello LaGuardia, a politician who took his work as mayor of New York and as a member of the House of Representatives seriously, putting his life and his reputation on the line for those he was elected to represent.
Who is willing to stand up for unseen and unheard people? Who is willing to move beyond playing safe politics and trying to stay out of the cross-hairs of the plutocrats?
This personal remembrance of Professor Zinn from Truthout board member Henry A. Giroux was published in the wake of Zinn’s death last year. On a day like today, as the spirit of democratic protest spreads across the Middle East, Giroux’s depiction of Zinn’s continual call to action - “resist, organize and collectively struggle” - is especially deeply felt. 
- Matt Renner/TO

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country - not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society - cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian."
-Howard Zinn, from his 1994 memoir, "You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

These are my thoughts during tonight's State of the Union Address ~~~~ Hello, anyone else?


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex – Book Salon Preview
By: Elliott Sunday January 16, 2011 11:49 am
Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

Corporate clout, military innovation, and political influence make an uneasy mix in this smart and thorough corporate history of Lockheed Martin’s emergence as the nation’s largest weapons contractor. Hartung (And Weapons for All) traces the company’s rise from unimpressive military aircraft manufacturer in WWI through its emergence as a major supplier of fighters and bombers for the Allies in WWII to corporate behemoth and power player in setting American foreign policy. The author explores how deeply Lockheed’s tentacles have penetrated American economic and political life, pulling the curtain back on decades of unsavory dealings: Lockheed’s decision to sell airplanes to Japan in the late 1930s (they were later converted to military use); reports of widespread bribery of foreign executives and politicians; and vengeful retribution against Pentagon whistleblowers. Hartung reveals how the company’s adaptability has helped it survive–and expand–even as its reputation became tarnished, and echoes President Eisenhower’s argument that the only way to ensure against “military-industrial” abuses is to have “an alert and engaged citizenry.” This book is a fine step in that direction.
William Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York City. (Barnes & Noble)
Why Boycott?

Ahava promises “Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea.” And wait until you hear those secrets!

Because Ahava is hiding the ugly truth—its products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Don’t let the “Made in Israel” sticker fool you—when you buy Ahava products you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Ahava puts a pretty face on its crimes, even paying Oxfam Ambassador and “Sex in the City” star Kristen Davis to be its spokeswoman. But here’s what Oxfam itself has to say about Ahava’s deceptive packaging:

"The settlements on the West Bank are illegal under international humanitarian law and that creates a lot of problems for the Palestinians that live there.”

"Consumers that are buying produce that are grown in illegal settlements need to have that information so that they can make an informed choice."

Israeli Cosmetic Company Is About to Learn It Can't Cover Up Its Role in the Occupation,
By Nancy Kricorian, AlterNet, July 22, 2009.