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Study finds shark fins & meat contain high levels of neurotoxins linked to Alzheimer's disease 30.8.2016 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
In a new study, University of Miami (UM) scientists found high concentrations of toxins linked to neurodegenerative diseases in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. The research team suggests that restricting consumption of sharks can have positive health benefits for consumers and for shark conservation, since several of the sharks analyzed in the study are threatened with extinction due to overfishing.Fins and muscle tissue samples were collected from 10 shark species found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for concentrations of two toxins--mercury and β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA). "Recent studies have linked BMAA to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)," said Deborah Mash, Professor of Neurology and senior author of the study.
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Debate: Is Recalling Judge Persky a Victory for Sexual Assault Survivors or a Dangerous Precedent? 30.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
California lawmakers voted Monday to pass a law requiring prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim. This comes after news that California Judge Aaron Persky will no longer hear criminal cases, following outrage over lenient sentences he handed down to sex offenders. Persky became the subject of a recall campaign after he sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a six-month prison term for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Persky said he was concerned a longer prison sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner. Turner is white, and Judge Persky has since given a harsher sentence to a Latino man who committed a similar crime. Turner is set to be released from Santa Clara jail on Friday, after serving only half of his six-month sentence. More than 1 million people have signed a petition demanding Persky be removed from the bench. But supporters of Judge Persky caution that efforts to recall a jurist based on his use of ...
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Debate: Is Recalling Judge Persky a Victory for Sexual Assault Survivors or a Dangerous Precedent? 30.8.2016 Democracy Now!
California lawmakers voted Monday to pass a law requiring prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim. This comes after news that California Judge Aaron Persky will no longer hear criminal cases, following outrage over lenient sentences he handed down to sex offenders. Persky became the subject of a recall campaign after he sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a six-month prison term for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Persky said he was concerned a longer prison sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner. Turner is white, and Judge Persky has since given a harsher sentence to a Latino man who committed a similar crime. Turner is set to be released from Santa Clara jail on Friday, after serving only half of his six-month sentence. More than 1 million people have signed a petition demanding Persky be removed from the bench. But supporters of Judge Persky caution that efforts to recall a jurist based on his use of ...
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Defying Expectations, Young Sanders Activists Remain Engaged 30.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Progressive Democrats of America, (PDA), announces a new partnership with progressive college leaders called Young Progressives Demanding Action, (YPDA). Donna Smith, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) says, "The Bernie Sanders-inspired Political Revolution astounded veteran political observers by mobilizing millions of Americans, including younger ...
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A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement 30.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts poses for a selfie with supporters of his effort to lift the state's cap on charter schools. Charters are facing formidable opposition this election season: Democrats passed a resolution this month opposing the proposed charter school expansion in Massachusetts, and residents will vote on the proposal in November. (Photo: Charlie Baker / Flickr ) Charter schools were supposed to better serve the highest need students -- with a unionized workforce, empowered teachers and diverse students. But most today are more racially segregated than traditional schools and only around 12 percent are unionized. No wonder resistance to charters is growing. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts poses for a selfie with supporters of his effort to lift the state's cap on charter schools. Charters are facing formidable opposition this election season: Democrats passed a resolution this month opposing the proposed charter school expansion in Massachusetts, and residents ...
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Trumpism, Consumerism And The Destruction Of Citizenship -- Fighting Back 30.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump's candidacy gives rise to many descriptors -- authoritarian, bigoted, divisive. It is also the culmination of long-developing dysfunctions of a culture where market values have spread beyond appropriate limits and radically eroded citizenship. Though many feel hopeless about changing this culture, resources are appearing for revitalizing citizenship and for building a movement for a deeper democracy, across party lines, after this sour and dispiriting election. Susan Faludi describes the consumer culture well in her 1999 book, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man . Drawing on interviews with groups of men from African-American shipyard workers to veterans to evangelical Christians, she shows how ideals of loyalty, team play and the mastery of a vocation were replaced by "a competitive individualism... robbed of craft or utility and ruled by commercial values that revolve around who has the most, the best, the biggest, the fastest." Masculinity became something "to drape over the body, ...
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In North Dakota protest, new exposure for tribal issues 30.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Social media and broad anxieties over climate change are bringing more publicity to Standing Rock Sioux pipeline protests.
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President Obama Continues to Build His Environmental Legacy 29.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama nears the end of his second term, he continues to use his executive authority to ensure that his sustainability priorities are translated into public policy. His use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions has been far from easy, but it is clear that a national policy to reduce global warming is slowly grinding into place. The president's action last week to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii is the latest example of his effort to build a lasting environmental legacy. Last week, he created the world's largest marine reserve, and as New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis reported last week, this is not an isolated policy initiative: Using the 100-year-old Antiquities Act, which was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Obama has protected hundreds of millions of acres in places of ecological, historical or cultural significance -- more than any other American president. In 2014, he also greatly expanded the Pacific Remote ...
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Graduate Students Are Workers: The Decades-Long Fight for Graduate Unions, and the Path Forward 28.8.2016 Truthout.com
Graduate student workers publicly launch their union drive at Columbia University on December 5, 2014. (Photo: David Klassen) The National Labor Relations Board's ruling that teaching and research assistants at Columbia University are workers and are legally protected by US labor law is historic. The ruling vindicates years of organizing by graduate employees across the US and creates a path forward for organizers at many other universities. Graduate student workers publicly launch their union drive at Columbia University on December 5, 2014. (Photo: David Klassen) In the summer of 2004, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the five-member body which adjudicates US labor law, ruled that graduate student teaching assistants and research assistants at Brown University were "primarily students, and not workers." The Bush-appointee-dominated board's ruling had immediate implications for graduate students at private universities, who had won protected status under the National Labor Relations Act four ...
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Waterloo chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage 27.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Chemists at the University of Waterloo have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and into renewable solar and wind energy production.Professor Linda Nazar and her colleagues from the Faculty of Science at Waterloo made the important discovery, which appears in the journal, Nature Energy.
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Blending wastewater may help California cope with drought 26.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Recycled wastewater is increasingly touted as part of the solution to California's water woes, particularly for agricultural use, as the state's historic drought continues. The cost of treating wastewater to meet state health standards for reuse and to reduce salt levels that damage crops presents a new set of challenges, however.Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can be optimized to produce a water supply that is affordable, and meets and surpasses a variety of water quality requirements.
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Day Laborers Leader on Right-Wing Hostility: "So Far, We Have Won This Fight" 26.8.2016 Truthout.com
Pablo Alvarado is executive director of the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) -- a group dedicated to building a movement among low-wage workers, most of them immigrants and many of them undocumented. The 49-year old Alvarado, who came to the United States in 1990 from El Salvador, views NDLON as both a workers' rights and an immigrants' rights organization. It has been an important player in campaigns to win local minimum wage laws and to stop the exploitation of immigrant workers, many of whom survive in the shadow economy as day laborers, housekeepers, gardeners, restaurant workers and janitors. We recently spoke with Alvarado in his small office at the Pasadena Community Job Center in Pasadena, California, one of some 70 worker centers in 21 states connected with NDLON. He is a whirlwind of activity, typically working 12 hours a day, running a national organization while engaged in the daily activities of the Pasadena center -- counseling workers, organizing ...
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Meet the NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought 26.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Senior scientist Jay Famiglietti’s research looks at the West and the world’s dwindling water resources.
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The Paradox Of Renewable Energy 26.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Several months ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore Iceland and learn about its unique energy policy through an 8-day Adventure Program on Renewable Energy and Sustainability offered through the GREEN Program . Although it was only eight days long, we were able to attend lectures from professors at the Iceland School of Energy in Reykjavik University, tour geothermal and hydropower plants, and see amazing landscapes as well. The Appeal: Why renewable energy? Before going on this trip, I had considered renewable energy to be a part of this utopian vision for an environmentally friendly future, with solar panels and wind turbines everywhere and all the plants, animals, and humans living in harmony. It may sound silly; however, having always heard of renewable energies in the context of climate change, they were and are often portrayed as a magic solution. They often come with a narrative that boasts about their potential to solve our world's major problems, namely: 1.  Saving the Environment : ...
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New electrical energy storage material shows its power 25.8.2016 Environmental News Network
A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichtel and his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range.An electric car currently relies on a complex interplay of both batteries and supercapacitors to provide the energy it needs to go places, but that could change."Our material combines the best of both worlds -- the ability to store large amounts of electrical energy or charge, like a battery, and the ability to charge and discharge rapidly, like a supercapacitor," said Dichtel, a pioneer in the young research field of covalent organic frameworks (COFs).
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University Of Texas Students Start School Year With 'Cocks Not Glocks' Anti-Gun Protest 25.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws. “We are fighting absurdity with absurdity,” said Jessica Jin, leader of the protest called “Cocks Not Glocks: Campus (Dildo) Carry,” where hundreds of sex toys were given away at the rally on Wednesday that coincided with a return to classes at university’s flagship campus. “Texas has decided it is not all obnoxious or illegal to allow deadly concealed weapons on campus. But walking around with a dildo could land you in trouble,” Jin said. On Aug. 1, a so-called “campus carry” law backed by the state’s Republican political leaders went into effect that allows concealed handgun license holders aged 21 and older to bring handguns into classrooms and other university facilities. The lawmakers said campus carry protects the rights of gun owners and could prevent a mass shooting on ...
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Not quite back to school for Mexican teachers 25.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, August 25, 2016 Teachers in four Mexican states refused to head back to school on Monday as the teacher-led movement against the president ramps up. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Teachers in four Mexican states refused to head back to school on Monday as the teacher-led movement against President Enrique Peña Nieto's impeding education reform ramps up with ongoing strikes and renewed road ...
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Headlines for August 25, 2016 25.8.2016 Democracy Now!
Italy: Death Toll from Earthquake Rises to 247, Afghanistan: 13 Killed in Attack on American University in Kabul, Colombian Government & FARC Rebels Sign Peace Accords, Clinton Slams AP Article About Her Meeting with Foundation Donors, British Brexit Leader Campaigns with Trump in Mississippi, Trump Appears to Question His Mass Deportation Plan, Biden Visits Ankara Amid U.S.-Backed Turkish Offensive into Syria, Report: Assad & ISIS Have Carried Out Chemical Weapons Attacks, Report: Baltimore Police Are Secretly Surveilling City from Above, Report: NYPD Broke Rules in Muslim Spying After 9/11, Kashmir: Indian Troops Open Fire on Protesters, Killing 1, Ethiopian Silver Medalist Who Staged Olympic Protest Fears Returning Home, With Baton Rouge Still Underwater, Gov't Auctions Off Gulf Oil Leases, Hundreds Rally in D.C. as Judge Delays Ruling in Dakota Access Suit, Scientists Discover New Planet That Could Be Home to Life, "Cocks Not Glocks": Students at UT Austin Protest Campus Carry Law
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Jewish groups' reckless accusations of 'anti-Semitism' sets us down a dangerous path 24.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me -- and they may come back to haunt the name-callers. In finding anti-Semites behind every challenge to Canadian complicity with Israeli colonialism, mainstream Jewish organizations are emptying the term "anti-Semitism" of its historical ...
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Why are Dalhousie University students carrying costs for governments and CEOs? 24.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. So this is embarrassing. For whom? Well, it should be shame-making for everyone involved. Back in April, Dalhousie University's Board of Governors approved a three per cent across-the-board tuition fee hike -- even higher for students in engineering, pharmacy and agriculture -- and squeezed faculty budgets to achieve its goal of a balanced ...
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