The More You Know…
Posted by OhHeyJimmy
Ever since taking Senior Seminar for my Sociology Degree, I keep informed on as many social issues as possible. My go to website for information on the matter is Project Censored. They have a section of their website called the Top 25, which focuses on 25 stories for a year that they believe need more coverage (and they do).
My professor at SUNY New Paltz had us each select an article/topic to write about from the 2012 list; mine was the Pacific Garbage Dump. You should read up on the Pacific Garbage Dump if you don’t know much about it. Some facts that stuck with me are that cigarette butts (by quantity) are polluting the ocean most, plastic that ends up in the ocean photosynthesizes and can be fatal to the ecosystems within (and then we eat this and can be diagnosed with cancer) and that it’s estimated that the Pacific Garbage Dump is the size of Texas, but some studies are showing that all the waste masses collectively may be the size of the United States. Terrifying, I know.
I decided to take a look at the 2013 stories today and there are a few that caught my interest.
A Small Network of Corporations Run the Global Economy
“The researchers’ network analysis identified 147 companies that form a “super entity,” controlling 40 percent of the global economy’s total wealth. The close connections mean that the network could be prone to “systemic risk” and vulnerable to collapse.”
FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in United States
“The agency has developed a network of nearly 15,000 spies to infiltrate various communities in an attempt to uncover terrorist plots. However, these moles are actually assisting and encouraging people to commit crimes. Many informants receive cash rewards of up to $100,000 per case.”
Signs of Emerging Police State
“The 2012 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has allowed the military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the government labels a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism, while President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Resources.
Preparedness Executive Order has authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.” Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign has encouraged the public to report all suspicious activity to local authorities, even though actions that the DHS identifies as “suspicious” include the constitutionally protected right to criticize the government or engage in nonviolent protest.”
New York Police Plant Drugs on Innocent to Meet Arrest Quotas
“In October 2011, a former NYPD narcotics detective testified that he regularly saw police plant drugs on innocent people as a way to meet arrest quotas. The NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” program has invested seventy-five million dollars to arrest suspects for possessing minimal amounts of marijuana. Each arrest costs approximately $1,000 to $2,000.”
Every Day Technology Not So Safe
“The microwave radiation that heats food also creates free radicals that can become carcinogenic, while the consumption of microwaved foods is associated with short-term decreases in white blood cells. The Food and Drug Administration has yet to recognize studies that indicate microwave ovens alter foods’ nutritional structure, and, as with the dangers of cell phone use, most studies indicating minimal or no health risks are, in fact, industry-sponsored.”
US Joins Forces with al-Qaeda
“The US, Britain, France, and some conservative Arab allies have funded and armed the Syrian rebellion from its start in 2011. In fact, the US has been funding groups against Bashar al-Assad since the mid-1990s. However, the anti-Assad ranks include members of al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other groups that the United States lists as terrorist organizations.”
Members of Congress Grow Wealthier Despite Recession
“… members of the House and Senate in 2010 had a collective net worth of $2.04 billion, a $390 million increase from the $1.65 billion held in 2008. Disclosure forms do not include non-income-producing assets.”