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Unchecked global capitalism produces massive poverty locally, worldwide

June 25, 2012

By any measure, from the observational to the documented, corporate governance  and the global economy have spawned an epidemic of poverty, from Bloomington to Bakersfield to Baltimore and beyond.

The streets and alleys of downtown Bloomington are homes and hangouts to growing numbers of the economically displaced. The latest U.S. Census Bureau data suggest the number of Hoosiers living below the poverty line grew by 65,000-plus between 2009 and 2010. A November 2011 analysis of that census data by the Brookings Institution said the first decade of the 21st century drove the number of impoverished Americans to a record high 46.2 million.

June 22, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes:

  • Threats to Indiana forests multiply
  • Big Coal running out of room for disposing coal ash
  • Vast amounts of waste from factory farms
  • Whales under threat from Japan
  • FDA rejects petition to ban bisphenol A for humans
  • Congress considers wilderness-protection bills
  • Gasoline Regulations Act attacks undermines clean air and public health
  • Planting genetically modified crops before they’re proven safe
  • Extending nuclear reactor operating licenses for up to 80 years

Read The Greene Report archive on The Bloomington Alternative.

Jessie Jackson Jr., Ralph Nader push minimum wage hike into the debate

June 16, 2012

Preliminary echoes from the 2012 presidential campaign don't bode well for social, environmental and economic justice in America, yet again. President Barack Obama is, with cynical predictability, adopting populist rhetoric on justice issues like student debt, gay marriage and immigration. But after four years of his pursuing moderate Republican policies, progressive voters find it impossible to take him seriously. Mitt Romney is the quintessential 1 percent candidate who instinctively parrots plutocratic doctrine, no matter how contradictory on its face.

On the alternative party front, Dr. Jill Stein, who once opposed Romney in a race for Massachusetts governor, garnered enough delegates in California's June 5 Green Party Primary to clinch its nomination at the Green's July convention in Baltimore. But what little media coverage there was of Stein's achievement focused on Roseanne Barr, who lost to Stein in California and then announced she will continue her candidacy and form a new party called the Green Tea Party.

June 16, 2012

Peace & Justice News is a collection of news items collected by Bloomington Alternative contributor Linda Greene. Today's edition includes:

  • Chinese labor leader Li Wangyang: suicide or murder?
  • Antiwar feelings high among vets of recent wars
  • Victory for reproductive justice in the House of Representatives
  • U.S. military patrolling American streets
  • A win for Brooklyn Bridge arrestees filing a class action suit
  • Drones used over U.S. to be weaponized
  • TIAA-CREF’s role in the Israeli occupation
  • Working Families Party victorious in Oregon primary
  • Lawsuit against State of California for use of solitary confinement
  • Arson at Miami travel agency that arranges trips to Cuba

How do 'conservatives' justify authoritarian business models?

June 14, 2012

It is doubtful that schemes to refine synthetic gas and liquids from coal will ever be economical. Indeed, only two countries have used such technology, because they were desperate for transportation fuels. And they were expelled from trading with other countries.

The first was Nazi Germany. The second was apartheid-controlled South Africa.

But that fact seems to escape those who seek giant profits by forcing unwilling consumers to buy their fuels and assume tremendous risks. That is the case in tiny Rockport, a town of a little over 2,000 people on the Ohio River in southwest Indiana. There, a Wall Street-based hedge fund called Leucadia National has developed a business.

June 10, 2012

On May 23, 2012, John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his “immediate assistance in staying de-regulation of Dow AgroSciences much ballyhooed 2,4-D-resistant corn seed until an environmental impact study can be conducted and its subsequent results evaluated by scientists who are not affiliated with Dow AgroScience.”

Rowan is concerned about the use of the herbicide 2,4-D on 2,4-D-resistant–corn because it constituted half the ingredients in the defoliant Agent Orange used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War and is causing serious ailments in vets and Vietnamese civilians. Agent Orange was contaminated with dioxins, the most potent synthetic class of carcinogenic chemicals known, second only to radiation in potency as a carcinogen. Although most of the dioxins were from the 2,4,5-T half of Agent Orange, 2,4-D was also contaminated.

June 8, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes

  • Radiation released at Fukushima higher than originally reported
  • Important Canadian environmental research center to close
  • Watering your garden can be dangerous to your health
  • Mega-sprawl “village” plan near wildlife refuge defeated
  • Promising new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Industry pays people to wear pro-coal t-shirts at EPA hearing
  • Children protest fracking near their schools
  • Stopping Shell from drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean
  • Ohio set to beat Pennsylvania at passing a bad fracking law
  • Halting uranium contamination of Navajo drinking water supplies

Read The Greene Report archive on The Bloomington Alternative.

June 2, 2012

Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops has announced his candidacy for the District 40 Indiana State Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Vi Simpson to run for lieutenant governor. What follows is his announcement speech, which he delivered at a news conference on May 31, 2012.

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Thank you all for coming out this afternoon. My name is Mark Stoops, and I am officially throwing my hat in the ring for the Democratic candidacy for the State Senate District 40 seat of the Indiana General Assembly.

June 1, 2012

Peace & Justice News is a collection of news items collected by Bloomington Alternative contributor Linda Greene. Today's edition includes:

  • Policing U.S. Schools and Criminalizing Childhood
  • Thai workers in near-slavery supplying Walmart with food
  • Women’s benefits from the Affordable Care Act
  • Abuse of youth in for-profit prisons
  • National Nurses United wins Florida contract
  • Female immigrant farm workers facing sexual violence and harassment
  • Support grows for Wilmington 10 pardons
  • Traveler forced to miss her flight because of her t-shirt
  • Secret Services attempts to hide prostitution-related expenses
  • Attack on women’s health organization in New Orleans

May 28, 2012

News release 

Citizens Action Coalition 

Citizens Action Coalition joined a network of consumer and environmental organizations from the Midwest today and launched a new website to track developments at the controversial and problem-plagued Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) coal-fired power plant, currently under construction in southern Illinois.

The website is located at www.prairiestatecoalplant.org.