Category Archives: Profiteering

Food Politics by Marion Nestle » Mind-boggle of the week: USDA buys pork from Brazilian JBS with USA bailout funds

Mind-boggle of the week: USDA buys pork from JBS  The Washington Post reports that the USDA has committed about $5 million of bailout funds to buy 1.8 million pounds of pork products from the Brazilian meatpacker, JBS. The bailout funds were supposed to help U.S. commodity producers who lost sales because of the tariff disputes with China. JBS is the biggest meat seller in the U.S. It employs 73,000 people here. Maybe the USDA thought it was an American company? Globalization in action…

Source: Food Politics by Marion Nestle » Mind-boggle of the week: USDA buys pork from JBS

Germany and France announce next-generation fighter jet project | News | DW | 06.02.2019 – US Military Industrial Complex… this is what Traitor Trump is doing for you – lol

The defense ministers of France and Germany have declared that their plan to produce a new joint fighter can now begin. The project is part of an ambitious new defense strategy.

Source: Germany and France announce next-generation fighter jet project | News | DW | 06.02.2019

Susan Collins’s Brett Kavanaugh Support Nets $32,000 Donations

When the so-called Republican “moderate” made the announcement that she would confirm Kavanaugh, she gave a 43-minute long, condescending speech explaining her decision to do so. Collins praised his “judicial temperament” and said she was “alarmed and disturbed” by those who argued that supporting an accused sexual assaulter was “condoning sexual assault.” A few days later, Collins said that her decision to confirm Kavanaugh was very “difficult.” Lucrative, too.

Source: Susan Collins’s Brett Kavanaugh Support Nets $32,000 Donations

In rush to revamp Medicaid, Trump officials bend rules that protect patients – Los Angeles Times- Trump-“people on Medicaid are all losers and should have to work for their porridge and beg for some, please sir?” Oliver Twist workhouses!

The Trump administration is scaling back independent evaluation of its most controversial healthcare proposals, including moves to impose work requirements in Medicaid.

Source: In rush to revamp Medicaid, Trump officials bend rules that protect patients – Los Angeles Times

America’s Kurdish allies risk being wiped out – by Nato | David Graeber | Opinion | The Guardian

the Turkish army is a mess. Most of its best officers and even pilots have been in prison since the failed coup attempt in 2016, and it’s now being run by commanders chosen by political loyalty instead of competence. Rojava’s defenders, in contrast, are seasoned veterans. In a fair fight, they would have no more problem fending off a Turkish incursion than they had driving back Turkish-backed Jihadis in the past. A “fair fight” in this case would mean having access to anti-tank and anti-air weapons. But this is precisely what the Trump administration promised Turkey it would not let the Kurds have. Even those forces directly working with the US and British troops to defeat Islamic State were never to receive the defensive weapons needed to fend off the Turkish air and armored assault that would inevitably follow – which, if Afrin is anything to go by, may be backed by napalm and cluster bombs. The moment those forces are withdrawn, however, their former allies will be sitting ducks, unable to defend themselves against the advanced weaponry that Britain and the US themselves help provide to Turkey and maintain.

Source: America’s Kurdish allies risk being wiped out – by Nato | David Graeber | Opinion | The Guardian

From Fake News to Enemy of the People: An Anatomy of Trump’s Tweets | Inter Press Service

The president’s tweets can have an impact and consequences for the press both at home and abroad. His rhetoric has given cover to autocratic regimes: world leaders from Cambodia to the Philippines have echoed terms like “fake news” in the midst of crackdowns on press freedom. And the rhetoric has sometimes resulted in harassment of individual journalists in the U.S., where CPJ is aware of several journalists who say they were harassed or threatened online after being singled out on Twitter by Trump. CPJ’s database of tweets can be viewed here and our methodology can be found here.

Source: From Fake News to Enemy of the People: An Anatomy of Trump’s Tweets | Inter Press Service

From books to bullets: inside Amazon’s push to ‘defend’ America | US news | The Guardian – it’s the cloud

In the not too distant future, US soldiers may rely on Amazon-run systems to trade intelligence, relay orders and call for help. Drone footage might be scoured for wanted men and women by Amazon software. Defense department quartermasters would use Amazon technology to move ammunition and supplies.

Source: From books to bullets: inside Amazon’s push to ‘defend’ America | US news | The Guardian