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“Working to Save the Amazon and Its Communities” – Ecuador, Chevron, And The Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Part 2

In the second segment of this three-part series, we will explore Pablo Fajardo’s legendary class-action lawsuit against Texaco/Chevron, and the methods and tactics used by the company to both escape justice and slander the plaintiffs and their government. For part one in the series, click here. The Battle Is Joined: Ecuador vs. Chevron On November...

“Working to Save the Amazon and Its Communities” – Ecuador, Chevron, And The Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Part 3

For part one in the series, click here and here. In the third segment of this three-part series, we will explore the current tensions between the Ecuadorian people; their president, Rafael Correa; and the international oil industry, as well as the future of the Yasuni-ITT initiative. A Jungle In Jeopardy: Rafael Correa & The Yasuni-ITT Initiative To...

The Myth Of Tomorrowland: Thoughts On A Protest

There was a protest in my neighborhood yesterday. The president is in town, fundraising for the DNC. He’s staying at one of the city’s most expensive hotels in the heart of downtown San Jose, and the people gathered in the public square facing the hotel–La Plaza De Cesar Chavez –to demonstrate against the Keystone XL...

Media Matters: The Union You Want vs. The Union You’ll Get

It’s a truism of politics that the people, parties, or organizations you choose to support will inevitably do something to betray your trust. Regardless of partisan allegiances or mission statements, the intersection of money, opinion, and cause is always a messy one, fraught with missteps and gaffes and broken promises. However, knowing this does little...

“Working to Save the Amazon and Its Communities” – Ecuador, Chevron, And The Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Part 1

Even the most stalwart of proponents of corporate benevolence are occasionally forced to concede that no major multinational corporation is above a certain level of malfeasance, especially when it comes to the petroleum industry. The global demand for oil is so high that companies will go to disturbing lengths to obtain it, committing all manner...

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Plays The Blame Game With Prescription Drugs, America Loses (VIDEO)

Despite their numerous gaffes over the course of the last year, the journalists and pundits of CNN usually do a decent job of getting their facts straight. Unless, of course, those facts include telling you who to blame whenever something goes wrong. For example, daytime talk show host Dr. Oz hosted CNN’s chief medical correspondent...

Hobby Lobby, Ashley McGuire, & The Big Picture (VIDEO)

I just finished watching Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture segment on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, the ACA birth control mandate case now being heard before the Supreme Court. More accurately, I should say that I just watched Catholic Associate fellow and shill for Big Jesus Ashley McGuire rather shamelessly defend corporate personhood in the name...

Hobby Lobby, Ashley McGuire, & The Big Picture (VIDEO)

I just finished watching Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture segment on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, the ACA birth control mandate case now being heard before the Supreme Court. More accurately, I should say that I just watched Catholic Associate fellow and shill for Big Jesus Ashley McGuire rather shamelessly defend corporate personhood in the name...

Fred Phelps Is Dead, And I Don’t Care

I don’t want to talk about Fred Phelps. I don’t want to talk about the Westboro Baptist Church. They don’t deserve the press; it’s exactly what they want, so why on earth would we ever give it to them? But like a scab you can’t help but pick just to watch it bleed, Fred Phelps...

Fred Phelps Is Dead, And I Don’t Care

I don’t want to talk about Fred Phelps. I don’t want to talk about the Westboro Baptist Church. They don’t deserve the press; it’s exactly what they want, so why on earth would we ever give it to them? But like a scab you can’t help but pick just to watch it bleed, Fred Phelps...