Monday, September 29, 2014

Government wants to close Guantánamo forced-feeding hearing

MILITARY $646,272 Federal Contract Awarded to Harris
Harris Corp.
, Rochester, New York, won a $646,272 federal contract from the U.S. Army's Defense Logistics Agency Detachment, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, for amplifiers.

Understanding Our Many Fergusons: Kill Lines - the Will, the Right and the Need to Kill
There seems to be a war raging in the United States for which there is no end in sight. A war, the outcome of which may well determine whether many African-American children will live to reach adulthood. More precisely, what is happening looks and feels like a race war that pits the right of African-Americans to have their young people live with dignity against the right of angry white policemen and vigilantes with guns to kill them.

My understanding of what is happening in Ferguson and elsewhere in the United States developed as the result of a perfect storm-like convergence of a number of influences.

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to "Disrupt" Everything About the Education Market
In his book, Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow, Michael Moe, describes how carefully crafted business strategies have transformed markets to create huge profits in unlikely sectors. The title relates to how Starbucks became a global corporation of almost $15 billion in revenue by capturing and streamlining the cafĂ© experience. Moe, a former director at Merrill Lynch, wrote that at one point in the United States, even healthcare was an undesirable and difficult industry for investment, and that bankers once worried if profit-making in such a realm was worth their effort. In 1970, healthcare spending comprised 8 percent of GDP, yet market capitalization in healthcare stood at less than 3 percent. That shifted quickly not only as the boomer generation aged, but as a wave of privatization hit hospitals, insurers, and other segments of the healthcare system. More than thirty years later, Moe wrote, healthcare companies are among the largest in the world, and represent more than 16 percent of US capital markets. “We see the education industry today as the healthcare industry of 30 years ago,” Moe predicted.

GMO labeling measure in Colorado triggers heated debate

With the Nov. 4 ballot measure, Colorado is at the forefront of a fierce food fight raging across the nation: whether or not to label foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, so consumers can easily see if the food they buy is a product of genetic engineering.

Similar ballot initiatives failed in California and Washington in the past two years.

This spring, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling. But then a group of national organizations — led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association — filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges the new law. This could be the first of many lawsuits to block mandatory GMO labeling, experts say, and now Colorado jumps into the high-stakes debate.

Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing

Stock prices for Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman set all-time record highs last week as it became increasingly clear that President Obama was committed to a massive, sustained air war in Iraq and Syria.

Bills on the Brown's desk

Oakland and Richmond chosen for federal crime reduction initiative

Oakland and Richmond have been chosen to partake in a two-year U.S. Department of Justice program that will give local law enforcement greater access to federal resources to combat and prevent crime.
The DOJ's newly announced Violence Reduction Network aims to enhance working partnerships between local and federal law enforcement, with the goal of developing and implementing successful crime-prevention strategies.

Oakland and Richmond jointly are one of five places in the country chosen for the pilot program. The others are Chicago; Detroit; Wilmington, Delaware; and Camden, New Jersey.