Video: The Food Bubble – How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It – Amy Goodman

(DemocracyNow) – While Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit filed by the SEC, Goldman has not been held accountable for many of its other questionable investment practices. A new article in Harper’s Magazine examines the role Goldman played in the food crisis of 2008 when the ranks of the world’s hungry increased by 250 million. We speak to Harper’s contributing editor Frederick Kaufman. Video Link Here

Health News

(DukeHealth) – High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring

High fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. Read More Here

(ABC) – WellPoint Routinely Targets Breast Cancer Patients

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators. Read More Here

(NaturalNews) – Big Brother doctors say patients don’t need to see their imaging test results

If you are an American, you probably assume that this is a free country. So if you agree to undergo imaging tests — which cost you or your insurance company hundreds and even thousands of dollars and may subject you to radiation — you have every right to see the results. Read More Here

(Guardian) – ‘Toxic stew’ of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes

Intersex fish, found across the US, result from a mix of drugs that mimic natural hormones, say scientists Read More Here

(AlterNet) – How the Top 5 Supermarkets Waste Food

In a nation where millions go hungry, some of the food supermarkets throw out could feed people in need. But not every grocery chain cares. Read More Here

(CNN) – Three-fourths of youth unfit for military service – Jack Cafferty

With the U.S. fighting two wars and threats like a potentially nuclear-armed Iran on the horizon, there is a very scary truth that needs to be addressed. Read More Here

American Disappointment

My anger has morphed into sadness, heartbreak actually. As the decade of zeros ends I see nothing but a tragic, historic and deadening American Disappointment, a terrible replacement for a once noble American Dream. The Great Recession was merely one symptom of the nation’s slide into slime, a quicksand created by the two-party plutocracy. Continue reading

Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America

Most Americans may find it hard to accept that millions in this nation are suffering from hunger — an affliction most often associated with war-torn Africa or flood-ravaged Bengal. It flies in the face of everything we’ve been told about our nation’s prosperity. First the Clinton and then the Bush administration have led us to believe that poverty is under control, pointing to the mass exodus from the welfare rolls since the 1996 reforms were launched. The $27 billion cut in food stamps? Justified, lawmakers told us, because the poor are working and feeding themselves. Hunger, it is commonly understood, has long since vanished, along with the 7 million people who no longer receive public assistance. Continue reading

Hungering for a True Thanksgiving – Amy Goodman

“In the next 60 seconds, 10 children will die of hunger,” says a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) online video. It continues, “For the first time in humanity, over 1 billion people are chronically hungry.”
The WFP launched the Billion for a Billion campaign this week, urging the 1 billion people who use the Internet to help the billion who are hungry. But if you think that hunger is far from our shores, here is some food for thought … and action: The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report Monday stating that in 2008 one in six households in the U.S. was “food insecure,” the highest number since the figures were first gathered in 1995. Continue reading

MSM: UN food agency says 200 million more people hungry

(Google) – Most of the developing world is paying more for food despite drops in commodity market prices during the global economic slowdown, with 200 million people joining the ranks of the hungry in the past two years, the U.N. World Food Program said Monday. Continue reading

UN report finds 1 billion hungry as worldwide food emergency grows

Parents in some of Africa’s poorest countries are cutting back on school, clothes and basic medical care just to give their children a meal once a day, experts say. Still, it is not enough. Continue reading

One in nine Americans uses food stamps

One in nine Americans relied on food stamps in May, the highest proportion ever, according to recently released data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Continue reading

MSM: Fears for the world’s poor countries as the rich grab land to grow food

(Guardian) – The acquisition of farmland from the world’s poor by rich countries and international corporations is accelerating at an alarming rate, with an area half the size of Europe’s farmland targeted in the last six months, reports from UN officials and agriculture experts say. Continue reading

Beyond Politics: People for Sale in Hungry World

One might be tempted to dismiss the recent findings of the US State Department on human trafficking as largely political. But do not be too hasty. Continue reading

Bailing the corrupt – Billions Starving

UN food agency reports a sixth of the world’s people are undernourished ¯1.02 billion people are hungry. Continue reading

MSM: World’s hungry top one billion – UN food agency

(Google) – A record one billion people are undernourished around the world, the UN food agency said Friday, blaming the global financial crisis for a surge of more than 100 million hungry since last year. Continue reading

Year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted

Despite the West’s pledge to halve world hunger, the number of people who are short of food will soon reach a shocking landmark Continue reading

Food caravan stops in hard-hit Ind. county

ELKHART, Ind. – In this job-starved city where President Barack Obama last month made a public appeal for his economic stimulus plan, hundreds of volunteers — and an agency that specializes in handing out food — worked together Tuesday to feed 5,200 hungry families. Continue reading