Law firm releases trove of “secret documents” detailing Monsanto employees’ attempts to influence writers and scientists on the safety of the popular, and carcinogenic, herbicide Roundup.
A Marked Beast: Trump’s Son-In-Law’s 666 Fifth Avenue
From a failed attempt to peddle influence to save an upside-down real estate venture, to a spectacularly autocratic design, Zaha Hadid’s 666 Fifth Avenue captures the Trumpian moment, in all it’s bejeweled phallic grandeur that the Bible’s Revelations warned us about.
CA Coastal Commission Endangered by Lobbyist Influence Peddling
The California Coastal Commission has lost the trust of the public because of multiple Coastal-Act-violating decisions that turned out to be influenced by off-the-record lobbyist meetings. Now a bill to ban those very communications has stalled for shady reasons. Act now to approve this bill.
The Big Short: A Culture Charmed by a Smiling Oligarchy
Guy Zimmerman, in reviewing the new Wall Street film The Big Short, muses on the desperate conformity required in today’s entertainment in this new Gilded Age of oligarchy and disempowerment that has overtaken culture in the U.S.
OC Toll Road Follies: CEO Resigns Amid Funding Anti-Enviros
Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) CEO Neil Peterson, who was placed on leave last month, has offered to resign in exchange for receiving a hefty out-the-door payment. This from an agency suffering low toll revenues and misguided attempts to extend their roads against environmental rules and opposition.