Corporatism Archive

Victory: Ag-gag law struck down in Idaho…14 more states to go

Agricultural gag laws, also known as ag-gag, are designed to prevent, among other things, the publishing of video taken within slaughterhauses and factory farms. The laws work primarily to silence and intimidate whistleblowers, and have spread out over the United States into 14 states

Palm oil’s in everything and everywhere, and it’s destroying Asia’s rainforests

Palm oil has become an almost ubiquitous replacement for everything else, it is showcased as a healthier alternative to trans and more saturated fats and as a replacement to ethanol as biofuel. What we don’t see in this simple equation is the environmental cost, and I’m

5 news stories you probably missed this week

This week was a busy week in the news, but if you weren’t paying close attention you could have easily missed some of the most important stories. It might sound surprising, but an attempt to ban WhatsApp and all other forms of end-to-end encrypted

Mining giant suing El Salvador for right to pollute one of their last fresh water sources

In a matter of weeks, the World Bank could decide whether the tiny Central American nation of El Salvador will have to dish out millions of dollars to mining giant OceanaGold for rejecting its proposed gold mine. The $301 million lawsuit has been underway

EU dropped pesticide regulation following TTIP lobbying

The EU has made moves to regulate hormone-analogous chemicals which can lead to cancer and male infertility, but they may be shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal. A draft of the EU criteria showed

Nestle pumping water out of state forest using an expired permit

Federal officials say they are investigating reports that food company Nestle has been piping water through a national forest in California and then bottling it for retail purposes using a permit that expired nearly 30 years ago. The United States Forest Service confirmed on

8 Interesting Conspiracy Theories You’ve Never Thought Of

There are a lot of completely unfounded essentially fantasy conspiracy theories. That said there are of course real conspiracies, especially in the dimensions of personal interest. This article proposes 8 interesting conspiracy theories. Some may hold little kernels of truth, and others are simply

Bayer deliberately infected asians and latinos with HIV

I actually thought this was pretty common knowledge, until I googled this headline trying to find mainstream discussion of it. Although it is covered well on Wikipedia, and there is a single article at the New York Times, very few news sources seem to

9 surprising industries getting super rich from mass incarceration

It’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., resulting in huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything

FDA Silence And Censoring Costs Lives And Money

The Food And Drug Administration is in charge of inspecting the safety of, as the name implies, food and drugs, in the United States. It’s no secret that they routine find and internally expose bad science and dangerous pharmaceuticals, but it goes all too