The Daily Populous

Monday February 8th, 2021 night edition

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Amid Congressional investigation and federal, state and private antitrust cases, all eyes are on Big Tech.

But the outsized media, political and social attention paid to the tech industry has diverted focus from other important sectors.

There are monopolies and domestic cartels elsewhere—in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, media and communications, as well as food and agriculture.

The food system has been particularly fertile ground for rising concentration, the emergence of dominant firms and formation of domestic cartels.

In acquiring competitors both small and large, the six biggest agricultural biotechnology firms collapsed rapidly into the Big Three—Bayer, DuPont and ChemChina.

But some parts of the agricultural sector are rife with other damaging antitrust violations that we haven’t seen in Big Tech.

Rob Larew is president of National Farmers Union, which represents 200,000 family farmers and ranchers across the country. »

Revealed: Queen lobbied for change in law to hide her private wealth

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The Queen successfully lobbied the government to change a draft law in order to conceal her “embarrassing” private wealth from the public, according to documents discovered by the Guardian.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest The scale of Queen Elizabeth’s wealth has never been disclosed but she feared a 1973 bill would allow the public to scrutinise her finances.

It requires ministers to alert the Queen when legislation might affect either the royal prerogative or the private interests of the crown. »

'Unbelievable': Bernie Sanders slams Democrats who want to narrow income eligibility for stimulus payments

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Bernie Sanders criticized Democrats who want to target the next round of stimulus checks.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Saturday criticized Democrats who are seeking to lower the income eligibility for the next round of COVID-19 relief stimulus checks.

"I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples," he wrote. »