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WATCH: How Corporations Stole Your Power, and What You Can Do

This weekend I attended the White River Indie Films festival with Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor, and author of Not One Drop and Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. We watched Black Wave, a documentary by Robert Cornellier that tells the story the spill and its toxic aftermath. After the riveting and heartbreaking movie, Riki was kind enough to answer questions from the stunned audience. “How can Exxon get away with this?!” “Why did the Supreme Court give in?” “Why did it take 20 years?” Riki answers questions like this from people all across the country. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me this weekend, otherwise I would have taped Riki’s answers. But, luckily, we have some great video from Riki from a few months ago that I’ve embedded below. The videos below should answer your questions about the rise of corporate power in this country: how it happened, how it hurts our nation, and how we can correct the problem. First, I’ve included the movie trailer for Black Wave. This should give you a good overview of the corrupting effect that corporate power has on our legal system, and the trampling of lives that occurs when these powers run unchecked. Next is a clip from a popular Canadian documentary called The Corporation. It covers much of what Riki talked about this weekend: how corporations were able to steal power from US citizens. Finally is a clip from Riki, in which she explains the history of corporate power, and how we, as citizens can—and must—take back control of this country from the corporations. If you’d like to stay informed and get involved in the movement to curb corporate power, check out our Facebook group (yes, we’re organizing on Facebook) One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State and UltimateCivics.com.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..