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[382] Biden’s Son Joins Ukraine Gas Co., $100 Million Charter School Fraud & Top 5 Greenwashing Co.


breakingtheset Published on May 14, 2014
Abby Martin Breaks the Set on US Veep’s Ukrainian Gas Connection, Patent Absurdity, Charter School Abuse, Rampant Global Torture & Greenwashing Companies

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about US Vice President, Joe Biden’s son’s appointment to the board of Ukraine’s biggest gas company and whether this represents a conflict of interest amid the crisis in the region. Abby then goes over the top 5 most ridiculous patents in the US, citing everything from Amazon’s patent of white background photography to Apple’s patent of the shape of a rectangle all leading to the rise of patent trolling and a complete abuse of the system. Abby then speaks with Zoe Carpenter, Journalist for The Nation, about a new report outlining massive fraud and abuse in America’s charter schools and a recent bill passed by the House of Representatives that does nothing to increase oversight of the charter system. Abby then goes over a new Amnesty International report that finds that 141 countries in the world practice torture methods, including everything from severe beatings to waterboarding, while the top ten recipients of US foreign aid are all members of that list. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Lee Camp, host of The Moment of Clarity web series, about the top companies guilty of greenwashing their appalling environmental records such as BP’s Beyond Petroleum campaign and Dow Chemical’s Human Element campaign.

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