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WTF Is Mistletoe, Anyway? 23.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Remember when you found out Santa wasn't real, or when you were old enough to realize just how implausible it is for a reindeer to fly? Well, there's more: Mistletoe isn't exactly the romantic symbol of the holidays that you think it is. Perhaps you already knew this. But if you didn't (or if you missed writer Robb Dunn's in-depth report on the evolution of the Christmas tradition ), here's the gist: While there are historical explanations for why humans tend to kiss under mistletoe—a history of gods, demons, luck and a little lust—the evolutionary story of these plants with their sticky fruits and parasitic ways is more interesting. If this evolutionary story has a moral, it is complicated. On the one hand, mistletoe is a fruit of war, albeit one among trees. Let’s ignore that symbolism though, whatever it might mean for the holiday season. On the other hand, mistletoe is a measure of how many of the fruits in our daily lives, be they literal or figurative, depend on other species. We depend on the ...
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Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon 23.12.2014 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species.
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Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off 23.12.2014 NPR: Healthcare
Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?
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California water districts lose challenge of decision setting aside more delta water for fish 23.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Miami’s climate catch-22: Building waterfront condos to pay for protection against the rising sea 22.12.2014 Washington Post
MIAMI BEACH —  Argentine developer Alan Faena recently listed the most expensive condo in this city’s history at $55 million. The Mid Beach penthouse features a private elevator, an infinity pool, an uninterrupted view of the Atlantic.Read full article >>
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From Rust Belt to Blue Belt: Water, Climate Change and the Reordering of the Urban US 22.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Taking a drive down State Route 224 through Northeast Ohio is in many ways akin to taking a trip back through time. At one point, before the interstate highway program, US 224 was an all-important route for truckers. Small towns and farms thrived along its edges. The construction of the expressway ultimately diverted much of the economic lifeblood of 224. And though much has been said about the subsequent decline of the small communities on the route, much less talked about is the disappearance of the farms. Vast stretches of fallow farmland are a common sight, not just around 224, but also around cities and towns of all varieties in Ohio Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. However, that's likely to change-as is the position of these declining states. The exodus from the Great Lakes region, so lamented by many, will likely reverse itself in the coming decades. It won't be smart shrinkage, tech belts, or tax incentives that will arrest the region's decline, but the vagaries of climate change ...
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From Rust Belt to Blue Belt: Water, Climate Change, and the Reordering of Urban America 22.12.2014 Truthout.com
Taking a drive down State Route 224 through Northeast Ohio is in many ways akin to taking a trip back through time. At one point, before the interstate highway program, US 224 was an all-important route for truckers. Small towns and farms thrived along its edges. The construction of the expressway ultimately diverted much of the economic lifeblood of 224. And though much has been said about the subsequent decline of the small communities on the route, much less talked about is the disappearance of the farms. Vast stretches of fallow farmland are a common sight, not just around 224, but also around cities and towns of all varieties in Ohio Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. However, that's likely to change-as is the position of these declining states. The exodus from the Great Lakes region, so lamented by many, will likely reverse itself in the coming decades. It won't be smart shrinkage, tech belts, or tax incentives that will arrest the region's decline, but the vagaries of climate change ...
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Reality Bites: Chevron indefinitely shelves its deep water offshore Arctic oil project 22.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Danielle Droitsch, Director, Canada Project, Washington, D.C.: Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project Chevron recently announced that it would indefinitely put on hold plans to pursue regulatory approval of deep water drilling for oil in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. The move is...
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Citizens Take Monitoring Into Own Hands as Eagle Ford Shale Boom Continues Undaunted 22.12.2014 Truthout.com
Will Truthout's mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! Hugh Fitzsimons III, a buffalo rancher on the outskirts of Carrizo Springs, Texas, cautiously watches the fracking industry’s accelerating expansion. His 13,000-acre ranch is atop the southwestern part of the oil-rich Eagle Ford Shale, which stretches from Leon County in northeast Texas to Laredo, along the Mexican border. During the last two years Fitzsimons has watched the fracking boom transform a rural locale into an industry hub. Desolate dirt roads are now packed with truck traffic, and commercial development to service the growing industry has sprung up along state highways, creating air and noise pollution. Hugh A. Fitzsimons lll on a dirt road near his ranch in the Eagle Ford Shale. (©2014 Julie Dermansky for Oceans 8 Films ) Though Fitzsimons stands to profit from oil extraction, he has not turned a blind eye to the industry’s damaging effects on the environment. He ...
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Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair? 22.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Who knew moral reckoning would take place so quietly, yet so profoundly? With the release two weeks ago of the long-awaited torture report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence---499 pages documenting in nauseating detail what was done in America's name during the Bush era to detainees in military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and in "black sites" around the world---one might have expected a final showdown, a noisy conflagration of final arguments pro and con on the utility versus morality of torture, arguing toward a final judgment. But what's so remarkable is this: So damning and repellant are the report's details---of "rectal feeding" (exactly what it sounds like), "walling" (slamming a detainee's head against a wall), chaining a naked detainee to the frozen floor and letting him die of hypothermia, to cite a few of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used (and reduced to the weasel acronym, E.I.T.)---that the American public, in response, is inwardly acknowledging the moral ...
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15 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Help You Save Christmas 22.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
You still haven't done your shopping? Don't worry. We're going to save your butt with these last-minute ideas you can still have under the tree (or at least on a doorstep) by Christmas ...
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THEATER REVIEW | "Jonah and the Whale" wows at the Guthrie Theater 21.12.2014 Twin Cities Daily Planet
LisaOlson TC Daily Planet Jonah and the Whale: A New Musical, now playing in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, is the fourth production by local company 7th House Theater. I saw the words “bluegrass musical” and the lovely image of Jonah in the water on the Guthrie’s website and knew I had to see it. Those few things I knew about it were all such bold statements it was bound to be either a train wreck or amazing and just had to know which it was. I won’t draw this out for dramatic effect: It’s on the amazing end of the scale and the show runs through December 28th so don’t wait to get your tickets. MORE » Jonah and the Whale: A New Musical, now playing in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, is the fourth production by local company 7th House Theater. I saw the words “bluegrass musical” and the lovely image of Jonah in the water on the Guthrie’s website and knew I had to see it. Those few things I knew about it were all such bold statements it was bound to be either a train wreck or ...
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Obama Condemns Killings Of New York City Police Officers 21.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of two New York City police officers, calling on Americans to "reject violence." "I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City," Obama said in a statement. "Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day - and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day." Obama continued: "Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal - prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen." An earlier White House pool report noted that Obama had been briefed on the situation while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot dead Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, New York. The gunman, whom police identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot the ...
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'EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn': Groups Blast Agency's New Coal Ash Rules 20.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future 20.12.2014 World
MIAMI (AP) — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the ...
Feds ink $300 million Windy Gap water diversion out of Colorado River 20.12.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal water authorities signed off Friday on the $300 million Windy Gap Firming Project to siphon more water out of the Colorado River Basin into a huge new reservoir for the high-growth Front Range.
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The Climate Is Ripe for Social Change 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Canada slaps new sanctions on Russia oil sector over Ukraine 20.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics

A man walks past a damaged building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on December 17, 2014Ottawa (AFP) - Canada announced Friday fresh sanctions on Russia over its support for rebels in Ukraine, targeting 20 Russian politicians and Ukrainian separatist leaders as well as Russia's oil and gas sector.


6 of the year's best baking books, plus Dorie Greenspan's matcha financier recipe 19.12.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
2014 has been a pretty fantastic year for baking books, with bakers and pastry chefs here in Los Angeles and around the country publishing books that are both pretty to look at and surprisingly user-friendly. These books also, perhaps needless to say, make for excellent gifts this time of...
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Alaska mine would be a Bristol Bay disaster waiting to happen 19.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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