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Norway: The Two Faces of Extremism 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
With Breivik has come the ominous knowledge that it takes only one jihadist - or counter-jihadist - to change everything, and that right-wing anti-immigration politics and jihadism are mutually reinforcing. "The relationship between the extremists is a symbiosis," said Shoaib Sultan. At the entrance to the sealed government district, young women look at the flowers left in tribute to those killed and injured in an explosion in Oslo, Norway on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Anders Behring Breivik, the man charged with the attacks that killed at least 93 people in Norway, claims to have acted alone and has admitted "to the facts" of the case, the police said. (Johan Spanner/The New York Times) 1. More Democracy, More Extremism? Last summer, on the evening of Aug. 16, 2014, Norway's largest tabloid, Verdens Gang, posted on its website an extended videotaped interview with Ubaydullah Hussain, the spokesman of a small Islamist fringe group called the Prophet's Umma (umma refers to the community of believers in ...
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$1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor 27.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the ...
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At Passover and Easter, Remembering Climate Change Refugees 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"I have marked well the plight of My people... I am mindful of their sufferings." (Exodus 3:7) For Makay Borrow Shuriye, climate change is not a far-off concern. She and her five children live in Kenya's Nanighi community, in Garissa County, raising camels and other livestock. But the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, a clear consequence of climate change, is taking its toll. Less food is available for the camels as pastures disappear. The animals have become more susceptible to disease, and their migration to areas where food is still available introduces new diseases. She and the other mothers in the community work with the development organization CARE to explore climate change mitigation strategies, but Makay may well become a climate change refugee in the near future, living on the margins of a parched land. The movement of climate refugees has started and is becoming a major human tragedy. CARE estimates that minimally, 250 million climate refugees will be pushed out of their native ...
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11 Starbucks Hacks for Coffee Lovers 27.3.2015 Yahoo: Business

11 Starbucks Hacks for Coffee LoversWhat are some favorite Starbucks hacks?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.Answer by Josh Whittington, 4-year BaristaI worked in various Southern California locales for 4 years....


Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules 27.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic ...
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A Nutrition Prescription for a Healthier America 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. and Greeshma Somashekar Our country is facing an epidemic: Approximately one in three adults and one in six children are obese in the United States. It is estimated that more than 95 percent of Americans will be overweight or obese within the next two decades. For the first time ever, we have a generation of kids who may not be as healthy or outlive their parents. Obesity is a major health issue as well as an economic concern for our nation. Obesity is a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death -- heart disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, and certain types of cancer. The growing chronic disease burden linked to obesity costs our country about $150 billion a year, which represents almost 10 percent of the U.S. health care budget. On average, the annual medical expenses of obese people are $1,429 higher than for their non-obese counterparts. Good nutrition is an important protective factor against obesity and the preventable diseases associated with ...
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Three notebook cases, First Take: Bags of potential 26.3.2015 Yahoo: Business

Three notebook cases, First Take: Bags of potentialSensible commuters and business travellers will want to protect their mobile technology in a good-quality travel bag. Here are three contenders.


From the Strib archives: A day in the life of a server, circa 1975 – $4.50 a day in tips 26.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Meet waiter Michael Brindisi, now artistic director of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and four other Twin Cities restaurant servers.
Deep Dive: The White House's New Memo on Drones and Privacy 26.3.2015 Truthout.com
Last month, President Obama released a  presidential memorandum  on the domestic use of drones by federal agencies. The memorandum addresses the implications for privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of having unmanned aircraft — the industry-preferred term for drones — in domestic airspace. The memorandum takes some steps in the right direction, but leaves many questions unanswered. Perhaps most critically, it fails to address two major issues: First, will law enforcement agencies be held to a higher standard than other governmental agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (and if not, as seems to be the case, why not)? And second, what restrictions govern when federal agencies buy drone-collected information from third parties? Before digging into an analysis, what do we mean by "drones?" A drone can be nearly any size, from as small as an insect to as large as a 757 passenger jet. It can be  outfitted  with technologies including high-powered cameras, thermal imaging devices, license plate ...
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The Deadly Global War for Sand 26.3.2015 Wired Top Stories
The global demand for plain old sand is so high that mafias around the world are killing and dying for the ...
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Lawmakers intent on overhaul after oil regulators' lapses 26.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying...
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Over 100 Pages Long: The List of Problems with California's Draft Environmental Report on Fracking 26.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani, Attorney, Marine Mammal and Southern California Ecosystems Projects, Santa Monica: The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) recently released a draft of its environmental impact report on fracking and other well stimulation--and it comes up shockingly short on various fronts. We reviewed that draft with our partners at...
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Minnesota ramps up hunt for arsenic in wells 26.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota Department of Health officials are in the midst of testing and retesting hundreds of private wells for arsenic, in order to better measure and reduce the effects of the carcinogen. They estimate 10 percent of the state's 450,000 private wells have levels of the naturally occurring arsenic that exceed federal standards.
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Alaska Is Not Full Yet ! 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Next month will be the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held on April 22 1970. I remember that day well. I was a part of a group of high school students who were collecting cans, bottles, newspapers and other items in the neighborhood surrounding Benjamin Franklin High school. These items were taken to the first recycling center that was organized in our area of Portland, Or. I was very excited and happy about being a part of a movement that was designed to preserve the environment and create a better likeable world. Years later, I would encounter one of my early challenges to my environmentalist commitment. I was serving as the Protestant Chaplain at the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. On this particular day during hospital ward visitation, I met with an evangelical Protestant Air Force Chaplain. He was recuperating from recent surgery. There he was sitting up in his bed in regulation Air Force blue pajamas, food tray beside him with his own phone. I thought "this ...
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THEATER REVIEW | Blue Water Theatre Company's "This Is Our Youth" very youthful 25.3.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Matthew A. Everett TC Daily Planet I’m not sure I should be reviewing Blue Water Theatre Company ’s production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play This Is Our Youth . On the one hand, it is part of Southern Theater ’s ARTshare offerings, and Blue Water is one of the resident companies this year. On the other hand, this could only charitably be called a full production, and I don’t think it helps anybody if I start grading on a curve. If reviewing Defying Gravity felt like kicking a puppy, I’m not sure where to take that metaphor if I start evaluating This Is Our Youth. MORE » I’m not sure I should be reviewing Blue Water Theatre Company ’s production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play This Is Our Youth . On the one hand, it is part of Southern Theater ’s ARTshare offerings, and Blue Water is one of the resident companies this year. On the other hand, this could only charitably be called a full production, and I don’t think it helps anybody if I start grading on a curve. If reviewing Defying Gravity felt like kicking a ...
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California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping? 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In California's epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped. Wars over California's limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood's 1985 Pale Rider, 1995's Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers and Los Angeles urbanites over water rights. Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It's no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It's the people against  ...
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The World Celebrated Rivers on March 14 25.3.2015 International Rivers News RSS Feed
The Mekong is Not for Sale Photo Credit: Pai Deetes As the International Day of Action for Rivers Coordinator for 2015, I was provided a rare and special opportunity to learn at a personal level about the different struggles of people fighting to protect the rivers that sustain their communities. Discussing actions with participants provided immense insight into their strategies and tactics, as well as the social and cultural contexts of these movements. The work of these organizations is truly humbling. Some of these dedicated organizations include the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens from Brazil, National Association of Professional Environmentalists – Uganda, Forum per il Contratto di Fiume Marzenego Osellino from Italy, No Water No Life New York, No to Jalaur Mega Dam Project from the Philippines, Mekong Watch from Thailand, Mountain Watch of Iran, Movimiento Rios Vivos Colombia, I Love Kampot River from Cambodia, Futaleufu Riverkeeper from Chilean Patagonia, Taller ...
Iran, North Korea, and the Congress that Says No 25.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche 24.3.2015 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche
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What does California's Drought Mean for the Proposed Bay-Delta Tunnels? 24.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco: "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Mike Tyson California's drought, now in its fourth year and showing no signs of abating, is causing terrible hardship and impacts across the state to rural communities, agricultural users,...
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