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    [–] Doctors Without Borders says TPP would be "worst-ever trade agreement for access to medicines" - locking in policies that allow price gouging and requiring governments to allow drug companies monopoly rights plato_thyself -1 points ago * (lasted edited 3 years ago) in medicine

    the 12 year biologic exclusivity has been reduced to 5-8yrs

    Why are we granting biologic exclusivity on lifesaving medication to large multinational corporations who are legally obligated to pursue profits even at the expense of overall health? Can you honestly and morally argue this will lead to better health outcomes in TPP countries? All it will do is increase prices, which is exactly what these companies want. After all, they wrote the treaty.

    [–] London Just Set a New Modern Pollution Record plato_thyself -5 points ago in worldnews

    China saw the writing on the wall and has been aggressively moving in the direction of renewables like solar & wind. Meanwhile, the US is set to double down on dirty energy, deregulating and selling off public lands to private interests for development.

    [–] What screams insecurity to you? plato_thyself -4 points ago in AskReddit

    So far the US has killed a million people and counting in the Middle East. I'm pretty sure the rest of the world just wants America to mind it's own business instead of constantly bombing women and children around the world.

    [–] Dear ANet, what happened to your philosophy on grinding? plato_thyself -6 points ago in Guildwars2

    OP is right. The endgame is pvp/wvw, pve gear should be more easily attainable.

    [–] Feds Used Monsanto-Funded Studies to Decide Monsanto's Weed Killer Is Safe plato_thyself 0 points ago in news

    Yup, great documentary. The book "Toxic Sludge is Good For You" is also an amazing read on the same topic.

    [–] Monsanto to Cut 12% of Workforce as It Forecasts Profit Drop plato_thyself -2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 years ago) in news

    Pointing out user behavior is not an attack.

    [–] U.S. House committee blocks GMO labeling law plato_thyself 3 points ago in news

    What's wrong with letting people know what's in their food and where it came from?

    [–] Monsanto to Cut 12% of Workforce as It Forecasts Profit Drop plato_thyself -8 points ago in news

    if anything, I would expect them to boost their PR efforts since sales are falling. Sleekery is already all over this thread, I'm sure more will follow.

    [–] Feds Used Monsanto-Funded Studies to Decide Monsanto's Weed Killer Is Safe plato_thyself -9 points ago in news

    They've been doing this for over a decade:

    Monsanto knows better than any other corporation the costs of visibility. Its clumsy attempts, in 1997, to persuade people that they wanted to eat GM food all but destroyed the market for its crops. Determined never to make that mistake again, it has engaged the services of a firm which knows how to persuade without being seen to persuade. The Bivings Group specialises in internet lobbying.

    An article on its website, entitled “Viral Marketing: How to Infect the World” warns that “there are some campaigns where it would be undesirable or even disastrous to let the audience know that your organization is directly involved … it simply is not an intelligent PR move. In cases such as this, it is important to first “listen” to what is being said online … Once you are plugged into this world, it is possible to make postings to these outlets that present your position as an uninvolved third party. … Perhaps the greatest advantage of viral marketing is that your message is placed into a context where it is more likely to be considered seriously.” A senior executive from Monsanto is quoted on the Bivings site, thanking the PR firm for its “outstanding work”.