Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions by Ralph Nader

The Driverless Car Gets Stuck on a Curb

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 26, 2017

The hype and unsubstantiated hope behind the self-driving car movement continues unabated, distracting from addressing necessities of old “mobilities” such as inadequate public transit and upgrading highway and rail infrastructure.

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Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity by Ralph Nader + Nader Accepts Gandhi Peace Award: All Wars Are Preventable

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 26, 2017
April 28, 2017

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

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Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners by Ralph Nader

Odeigorri II

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 3, 2017
April 5, 2017

I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions citizens at town meetings don’t ask public officials. It’s not that they do not know about or could not easily become informed enough about a given issue and ask substantive questions. It’s just that so many taboos are packed into these questioners’ ideological mindset, career goals or concern with what other people over them might think. Maybe it is a culturally-rooted fear of challenging entrenched power brokers.

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Ralph Nader: Trump’s Attack on the EPA and Regulatory Agencies Will be a Disaster

Bully Culprit - Trump

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2017

Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.

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Ralph Nader: The Corporate Lies Behind Tort Reform

Scales and Justice

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with Ralph Nader

RT America on Jan 4, 2017

On this episode of America’s Lawyer, attorney Mike Papantonio exposes Santander Bank for defrauding investors in Puerto Rico through a massive municipal bond scheme. Mike then speaks with attorney, Peter Mougey, about how Santander was able to pull off this scam and why no one was sent to prison as a result.

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Dear Pres. Obama: Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action by Ralph Nader

KC Chemical Plant Fire

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 22, 2016

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
July 22, 2016

Dear President Obama:

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Welcome to the World of Extreme and Destructive Global Dependencies by Ralph Nader (#TPP)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, August 21, 2015
August 23, 2015

Do you have your savings in a mutual fund? Does your pension fund invest in stocks, just as mutual funds do? If so, you may want to know this has been a bad week for U.S. stock markets. The Dow and Nasdaq indices have plummeted big time, but not because of the U.S. economy which is showing signs of revival. It is, as the Wall Street Journal reports, mostly because of the woes in China plus the shakiness of the depressed Greek economy and weaknesses of the economies in other larger emerging nations such as Brazil and Turkey.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Airline Security, Safety, and Smoke; Tax Day; Electoral College and New Zealand

Tax the Rich

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 21, 2014

With Ralph in DC, David in LA and Steve in New Zealand, Ralph tells us how one airline made the mistake of bumping him from a flight, how Paul Ryan lives in a corporate bubble, how he might tweak our system of government, and how one irate gentleman once delighted in blowing smoke in his face. Continue reading

Workers Are Disposable in the Fracking Industry by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 9, 2014

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The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.

First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.

Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.

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Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact–Lori Wallach: The #TPP is A Corporate Trojan Horse

Protest against the TPP

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democracynow on Oct 4, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establishing a free-trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompass 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisors reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton, and Monsanto. “This is not mainly about trade,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “It is a corporate trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments — limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy — or establishing new powers for corporations.”

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You Can Stop the #TPP: Say NO to Fast Track

Celebrating a Successful Banner Drop

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breakingtheset on Oct 3, 2013

Abby Martin speaks with Margaret Flowers, Organizer for Popular Resistance about why fast tracking the TPP is so dangerous to the democratic process, and why everyone should care about this “free trade deal”.

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Biotech Industry Moves Toward “Transparency” While Pulling the Curtain Over Trade Agreements by Dale Wiehoff (TTIP)

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by Dale Wiehoff
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
August 1, 2013

#Monsanto is on #Molokai and they are not liked. And why should they be. #GMO

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Earlier this week, Andrew Pollack reported in the New York Times that biotech companies like Monsanto, Dupont and Dow Chemical announced through an industry association that they would be more transparent with the public about the chemicals and genetically modified seeds they sell. According to Cathleen Enright, executive vice president at the Council for Biotechnology Information (BIO), “We have not done a very good job communicating about GMOs. We want to get into the conversation.”

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Barack Obama’s Executive Order — Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security + Fact Sheet

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TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 1, 2013

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. Chemicals, and the facilities where they are manufactured, stored, distributed, and used, are essential to today’s economy. Continue reading

What!? A Charismatic, Public Drinking Water Manager by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 24, 2013

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In contrast to years of serious underinvestment in America’s public drinking water works that has invited takeover drives by large corporations hustling city governments, George S. Hawkins, general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, or DC Water for short, is leading a comeback in the nation’s Capital. A career environmentalist, Mr. Hawkins, in just nineteen months on the job, has brought immense energy, vision, and ambitious, overdue plans to the forefront. Consequently, people are calling this public servant the rarest of names – a charismatic leader.

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#TPP: The Terrible Plutocratic Plan by David Swanson

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
July 21, 2013

Remarks July 21, 2013 at an Occupy Harrisonburg (Va.) Event.
Make your voice heard here.

Thanks to Michael Feikema and Doug Hendren for inviting me.  Like most of you I do not spend my life studying trade agreements, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is disturbing enough to make me devote a little time to it, and I hope you will do the same and get your neighbors to do the same and get them to get their friends to do the same — as soon as possible.

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