God Wouldn’t Fly Coach So Why Should His Preachers?

On this, the eve of a new year, I want to ask you a serious question: God wouldn’t fly coach so why should his preachers? Now, don’t laugh, I’m being serious! Well, OK, not really. However, “prosperity gospel” movement preachers Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland are as serious as an eclipse in Egypt. These superstar


Homeland Security Pushes for National ID in 2016

The net is tightening. Fifteen years in the making, the net woven of unconstitutional laws, intelligence agencies, surveillance technology, secret prisons where torture takes place, propaganda aimed at frightening the people with external and internal enemies, a militarized police force—the net known as totalitarianism—is closing. Federal officials with the Department of Homeland Security have announced


Bill Cosby Charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault

The fallen comedian got a surprise earlier today: Bill Cosby charged with aggravated indecent assault. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. The charge comes from a reopened case involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The alleged drugging and sexual assault occurred at Cosby’s Pennsylvania residence in 2004. A civil lawsuit brought by Constand was settled in 2006.


Waters vs. Women: Plastic Beads and PET Fibers

The Act’s passage is a good thing for the environment, as these plastic beads are destructive to our lakes. Essure, Bayer’s “permanent” birth control device, contains polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers. These fibers are destructive to the human body, yet were approved for use in Essure, a permanent implant. It seems to boil down to waters vs. women: plastic beads and PET fibers. Now, environmental protection is a great thing, but so is protecting patient lives.


Essure User Still Got Pregnant

Thank you to the Chicago Tribune for today’s video. Meet Ellen Hanrahan and her daughter, Leena. Despite Bayer’s promises of near 100% efficacy, Ellen, an Essure user, still got pregnant. Various studies show Essure’s failure rate as closer to 10%, roughly 15 times that of tubal ligation.


Election 2016: America’s Newest Reality TV Show?

The Public Integrity Alliance (PIA) is a non-profit group that’s tackled corruption in the Republican ranks and now it’s setting its sights on The Donald by releasing a parody music video. Much to PIA’s surprise, Trump supporters love it! This begs the question: is election 2016 America’s newest reality TV show?


FDA Gives in to Drug Manufacturer in Off-Label Marketing Suit

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lost another tooth, and the pharmaceutical industry won another battle in its ongoing effort to roll back safety regulations that impinge on its profit margin. The regulatory agency capitulated to drug company Pacira Pharmaceuticals’ demand that it revoke restrictions it had placed on Pacira’s marketing of


Faces of E-Free: Kathryn Fredrickson — Maryland

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) spoke to the House on December 10. He presented Kathryn Fredrickson’s Essure story as part of his Faces of E-Free series, designed to inform his colleagues on the importance of passing H.R. 3920, the E-Free Act. Passage of this bipartisan legislation would make the FDA remove Bayer’s “permanent” sterilization device, Essure, from the market. It would also strip the product of its pre-market approval, thus allowing the women harmed by Essure to pursue legal action.


Essure Side Effects

Today’s video comes courtesy of director Melanie Goshgarian and the Essure Problems Facebook group. Bayer’s “permanent” birth control device, Essure, is quite the nasty little thing. Coils containing nickel and plastics are inserted into the fallopian tubes to cause permanent sterilization. It only works about 90% of the time, but it does leave some awfully permanent damage. Essure side effects are debilitating and even deadly.


Government Forces Massacre Hundreds in Nigeria

Over a period of three days, from December 12 to December 14, military forces of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari slaughtered hundreds of, perhaps more than a thousand, Shia Muslims at three sites in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. According to a report on the World Socialist Web Site, witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch claimed