Thanks to pressure from thousands of people like you, Lowe’s is finally taking action on bee-killing pesticides! Today, Lowe’s announced that it’s making a public commitment to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides - the most significant public commitment so far for a retailer of its size.
So what does this mean? Here’s what Lowe’s had to say in their just-released 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report1:
Lowe’s is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information we offer customers and we’re taking the following actions to support pollinator health:
Including greater organic and non-neonic product selections
Phasing out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available
Working with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants we sell
Encouraging growers to use biological control programs
Educating employees and customers through in-store resources such as brochures, fact sheets and product labels
CFS members sent thousands of emails, prodded Lowe’s on social media, and even rallied in front of Lowe’s stores to urge the company to protect our pollinators. While this is not a silver bullet solution, this is a major step and you should be very proud of your role in this fight.
This progress would not have been possible without the thousands of emails and calls from members like you, and the hard work of our allies like Friends of the Earth and others.
Thank you for all that you do for bees, Center for Food Safety
The pieces fall into place now. This book and what it documents are really stunning. This feels like the 47% video, only for the whole conservative party. The wealthiest Americans had 17,000 Christian ministers and preachers competing with each other (for cash prizes) to write the best anti-New Deal sermon? Oh wow.
it's only twice as bad as your comment suggests. sure, it was the titans of industry who shelled out the bucks to flim-flam the public. but it was a bunch of (so-called) men of god who, in exchange for a few pieces of silver, agreed to do the hands on flimming and flamming. plenty of malfeasance on all sides of this story, I'd say...
Jesus would have used the word "hypocrite." Matthew 6:5-6 says:
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love
to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they
may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their
reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray
to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will
When the Pope says, "Serve with love," I've seen a couple CapitaChristian friends of mine squirm. I'm not Roman Catholic, but watching a Christian who doesn't clang like a bell is a real treat.
(Clanging bell reference courtesy of Pau alias Saul of Tarsus.)
It's been documented that a handful of the richest Americans deliberately manipulated conservative religious leaders to spread false propaganda (in the rich men's favor, and at the expense of the other 99%), and that's all you can say? Astounding.
I knew it. Corporate America needed the fundamentalist Christians. Oligarchs have trouble ruling without an ignorant, superstitious underclass to parrot the talking points. The crazy theory that our education system was deliberately undermined to produce more people willing to vote against their own interests starts to seem plausible.
Not only that...I believe its worse now because our corporate oligarchs, and a bunch of Repubes, don't want a return to that awful time...the sixties and seventies...when the children of WWII vet's were actually being educated instead of trained. Remember art in a classroom? Remember phys-ed? Remember music? Remember Western world history? The classics? Debate? A decent 2 year Liberal Arts base?
Never again. We's got too dang smart to work in massah's factory.
A fascinating history--some of which I knew having lived it. I grew up in the 50s and 60s, saying the Pledge of Allegiance (and "under God") everyday in school for years. Mine was a church-going Eisenhower family. Yet none of my siblings today are conservatives. In fact, we're all very happy and successful leftist/socialist atheists. So the cynical attempts to dupe and brainwash us as kids clearly failed, thank Zeus...
Here's another level to think about: Christian conservatives have for generations been kept focused on sexual issues (abortion, homosexuality) rather than ECONOMIC morality - because there's no way that that the fruits of modern capitalism can pass moral muster.
What's really astonishing is that most all of the history and the facts - at least about the "under God" controversy - were actually mentioned in my local newspaper and even in local television broadcast news, forty years ago. As I say here elsewhere, there was some controversy in the year leading up to the bicentennial about reviving the Pledge of Allegiance as an institution in my region and in others as well.
Thomas Jefferson said it best "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."
-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.