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Stripping the Value from Food Labels

Samuel Breslow The American Prospect
New regulations allow the food industry to hide important information from consumers, and it could get worse.

Regional Airlines Want to Cut Co-Pilot Flight Rules. The Idea Mustn't Get Off the Ground

Robert Reed Chicago Tribune
Airline travelers are willing to compromise on personal comfort and convenience in return for lower fares and regularly scheduled flights. But I doubt the flying public would agree to deeply discount their own safety by letting the government hack away at an essential industry standard designed to protect flyers from inexperienced pilots.

A Flying Public Finally Erupts

Sam Pizzigati Inequality.org
Airlines make much more on premium seats than on seats in coach. Their goal: make coach seating unpleasant enough to keep the enormously lucrative premium seats filled. For this scheme to work, the inequality involved has to be clearly visible. Coach passengers need to know that passengers upfront are luxuriating while they, cramped and hungry, sit and stew.

Airline Passenger Abuse - United Not Alone

Harold Meyerson; Helaine Olen The American Prospect
The videos of security cops dragging a bloodied physician down the aisle of a United Airlines plane clearly shocked millions of people. United Airlines found itself at the center of public condemnation this week, after a horrifying video of a doctor being forcibly removed from a coach class seat on one of its planes went viral.

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation

Amy Goodman/Juan Gonzalez Democracy Now
WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement. The deal covers 50 countries and over 68 percent of world trade in services. The draft had been classified to keep it secret during the negotiations and for five years post-enactment. The trade deal aims to cement the deregulatory model of the 1990s by forbidding countries from improving financial regulation and roll back the regulatory structure strengthened after the global financial crisis.

The Cruelty of Big Business

Ralph Nader Reader Supported News
It's time to start paying close attention to the mechanisms of the deregulation machine. For the past 30 years, the business lobbies have pushed Congress and the executive branch to disassemble the regulatory system that has protected us from the worst excesses of Wall Street and Big Business. The effects of deregulation stretch to all walks of life.
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