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Kayaktivists Protest in Seattle Against Shell Arctic Drilling World

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 16, 2015   Activists in Seattle, Washington have taken kayaks in a “daylong, family friendly park festival and an on-the-water protest ” to oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling expedition in the Arctic. The Sierra Club (SC) Our Wild America (OWA) campaign joined the kayaktivists in Seattle’s Elliot Bay as the Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived at the Port of Seattle. The Noble Discoverer docked at the Port of Everett last week. Ali Harvey, a representative from OWA told the press : “This weekend is another opportunity for the people…

Google Self-Driving Car Will Be Unleashed on California Roads Science

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 15, 2015   Google plans to test their self-driving car (SDC) on the road in Mountain View, California over this summer while building a 100 strong fleet of robotic vehicles. Chris Urmson, director of the Self-Driving Car Project (SDCP) at Google explained these cars “can take anyone from A to B at the push of a button could transform mobility for millions of people, whether by reducing the 94% of accidents caused by human error, reclaiming the billions of hours wasted in traffic, or bringing everyday destinations and new…

The Not-So-Huge Victory: USDA Introduces Monsanto’s Non-GMO Label Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 14, 2015   The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have created their own new government certification for foods that are non-genetically modified. This will be offered on a voluntary basis to food producers who want to pay for approval from the government that their food is void of GMO. Tom Vilsack, secretary of the USDA, explain in a letter to department employees that the new certification is being created at the request of an undisclosed “leading global company”. The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS), a department that collaborates with…

Duke Energy $102M Settlement Leaves NC Residents With Contaminated Water Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 14, 2015   Duke Energy (DE) has begun delivering bottled water tainted from wells adjacent to its ash coal pits in North Carolina. DE has plead guilty to 9 counts of environmental crimes and violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The settlement for $102 million was negotiated with federal prosecutors in exchange for their guilty plea to years of illegal pollution leaking from ash dumps at five of Duke’s plants. The deal has been sealed, so it wasn’t clear before the hearing whether people with contaminated well water will…

Pence Pays JPMorgan Back For Charter Schools With Taxpayer Funds Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 13, 2015   Indiana Governor Mike Pence has boosted wealthy banking friends with a bit of extra taxpayer cash through his new charter school initiative to legislate goals for education. Back in 2014, Pence called for increased funding for “public charter schools” to ensure that “charters more available and more affordable, and make new choices available for many parents and their students.” Take a closer look at Pence’s new “education session” orientated focus and the “extra funding boost for charter schools and career and technical education” can be found…

Texas Has an Earthquake Problem & This Might Be Why Weather

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 9, 2015   According to Mark Petersen, expert with the US Geological Survey, Texas should be calling portions of the state “earthquake country” because concentrations of seismic clusters recently hit in: • Dallas/Fort Worth Airport • Cleburne • Reno • Azale • Irving • Dallas • Arlington • Mansfield Citing wastewater wells, the Texas Railroad Commission reluctantly agreed that testing be performed on a possible link between well activity and the earthquakes. Because the TRC is in charge of overseeing the oil and gas activity within Texas, their hesitancy…

Will the TPP Empower the US to Write Global Commerce Rules? Government

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent May 8, 2015   When it comes to globalization, President Obama says it is a horse that “has left the barn.” As far as American workers, improving labor standards and leveling the economic playing field, the international trade deal being negotiated in secret has most in an uproar, wondering who benefits in the end. Obama is on the trail rallying for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an international trade agreement that could allow “the US to write the rules of global commerce” in order to strengthen its economic position. Speaking at…