The Billionaire Brothers Who Make Us Sick

The Koch Brothers, enemy of the world-

A few months ago hardly anyone had heard of these two selfish billionaires who have been funding much of the far right’s effort to tear down the protection of our water, air, food supply, as well as, IMO, support policies that will destroy America herself. They support a radical state’s right’s view that would destroy the central government precisely because they know a collection of small states cannot stand up to them and their money on anything. Not on protecting our jobs, not on protecting our financial investments, not on protecting our small businesses,  not on giving us access to good health care, not on maintaining competition in the marketplace, and, of course, not on protecting the land, air and water that give us life.

In fact, the “giant-corporation-first” philosophy, which so many international corporations use as their guide, is perhaps the greatest threat today every sovereign nation in the world faces. The giant corporations will plow every country under.

I ran across a brand new piece today from the head of the Sierra Club. Michael Brune’s opinions are at the link. My “modest” introduction might be what you might think is a bit strong. Brune gives the facts.

We can’t ignore these people any longer.

The Billionaire Brothers Who Make Us Sick. From Michael Brune’s blog. Sierra Club.

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Here is the original article on the Koch Brothers, exposing their operation. Covert Operations. By Jane Mayer August 30, 2010. The New Yorker.

Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho

As mega-dairies and feedlots make up more of Idaho’s dairy industry, the conflicts between people and cattle are increasing

Guess what.  There’s shit in the air and water around these facilities and people are getting sick.

“High nitrate levels in water can cause brain damage in infants and has been associated with reproductive problems and cancer, according to researchers”

But you don’t get to know the details because:

“The Idaho Legislature labeled stats on cow shit “proprietary information,” exempt from public disclosure.”

If you want to know more and be active in stopping the shit, check out Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment (I.C.A.R.E.)

Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho | As mega-dairies and feedlots make up more of Idaho’s dairy industry, the conflicts between people and cattle are increasing.
by Scott Weaver Boise Weekly

Studies Confirm Presence, Severity of Pollution in US National Parks

Not all, but most pollution comes from nearby agriculture-

Studies Confirm Presence, Severity of Pollution in US National Parks. Science Daily

The worst of the problems is pesticides.

EPA concerned about Monsanto pollution control dam

EPA wants the dam to release clean, treated water.

The dam built to keep selenium and heavy metals also blocks water flows to the Blackfoot River.

EPA concerned about Monsanto pollution control dam.
By JOHN MILLER – Associated Press

Montana legislature’s idea of fairness — a law to protect polluters from angry neighbors

Bills make it easier for goliaths to fight neighbors. By Matt Clifford. Missoulian. Guest Opinion.

Obama will face Bush legacy on environment

Will Obama act quickly to overturn Bush’s midnight regulations or replace them slowly with “deliberation?”

Obama will face Bush legacy on environment. By Jim Tankersley. Washington Bureau

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