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Juul gave marketing presentations to schoolchildren in the guise of “mental health/addiction” seminars

Juul is the cash-flush e-cigarette company whose billions (invested by Marlboro's parent company) have allowed it to create a massive market of addicted children, wiping out decades of progress in weaning children off of nicotine.

Now, the FDA has demanded that Juul answer claims that the company sent marketing representatives to schools to ...

Phoenix’s police union has a secret deal with the department to purge ***** cops’ disciplinary records

For two decades, the Phoenix police union has had a secret deal with the police department that required that the disciplinary records of cops would be "purged," so that no one, not even their supervisors, would be able to retrieve them.

As a result, Phoenix cops who repeatedly committed violent, corrupt acts -- including acts that ...

Hasan Minhaj roasts Justin Trudeau on climate hypocrisy

If Vladimir Putin didn't convince you that good pecs and hair do not qualify you to govern, I give you Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime ministerial princeling whose years in office have proven that there is no policy so progressive that he will not back it -- provided he never has to do anything to make ...

In Ireland, Mike Pence stays at Trump’s Doonbeg resort 150 miles away from VP’s meetings in Dublin

Illegitimate, popular vote losing President Donald Trump's spokeslackey and vice president Mike Pence visited Ireland on official United States business this week, and did so in a way that will personally enrich Donald Trump and his idiot spawn.

For reasons no one can figure out, Pence stayed the night at the Trump Doonbeg resort, ...

Leaked emails suggest Trump’s US interior secretary may have corrupt role in gas project

US interior secretary David Bernhardt is pushing a fossil fuel project that the lobbying firm he used to work for is getting paid from, these e-mails in a Guardian report today suggest.

Bernhardt worked at the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he quit to join the Trump administration in August 2017.

At the lobbying firm, ...

Brazil’s highest court rules that Bolsonaro cannot use criminal investigations to harass Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept

After a massive trove of leaks revealed deep corruption in the Brazilian "anti-corruption" heroes who put the popular left-wing presidential candidate Lula in jail and paved the way for the election of the fascist strongman Jair Bolsonaro (a crisis that engulfed Sergio Moro, the judge who jailed Lula and went on to serve ...

Monsanto ran a psy-ops war-room to discredit journalists and spy on Neil Young

Monsanto ran a "fusion center" (a term borrowed from law-enforcement counter-terrorism operations) that spied on activists and journalists who were investigating the safety of its products, notably the link between its "Round Up" pesticides and cancers.

The Guardian reports on internal records that it obtained from the center's operations from 2015-2017, which document the company's "multi-pronged" ...

A loophole in nonprofit law means that corporate lobbying is at least double the official figure

Officially, Americas total 2017 corporate lobbying group spending was $535m, but as much as $675m more was funneled from industry groups to politicians as part of influence campaigns.

Maplight found the off-the-books spending by data-mining the tax returns of more than 100 501(c)(6) nonprofits -- a special tax designation for trade groups, from the US Chamber ...

Elsevier sends copyright threat to site for linking to Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub (previously) is a scrappy, nonprofit site founded in memory of Aaron Swartz, dedicated to providing global access to the world's scholarship -- journal articles that generally report on publicly-funded research, which rapacious, giant corporations acquire for free, and then charge the very same institutions that paid for the research millions of dollars ...

Leaks reveal that disgraced, hacked surveillance company wrote Republican Congressman’s border security talking-points

Remember Perceptics, the Border Patrol contractor whose ****** recognition database was hacked, along with hundreds of gigs' worth of internal files?

In that trove of files were emails that reveal that Perceptics's lobbyist was operating as a kind of unpaid, uncredited speech-writer for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann [R-TN], a border-control hardliner who has devoted substantial ...