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The Real Cost of Fracking: How the US Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food 28.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The first researchers to systematically document ill health in livestock, pets, and people living near fracking drill sites were Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, used a case study approach–looking at individual households–to search for possible effects (Bamberger and Oswald 2012). Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins (Colborn et al. 2011). Bamberger and Oswald’s studies, carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respiratory, reproductive, and growth-related problems in animals and a spectrum of symptoms in humans that they termed “shale gas syndrome”. Ultimately, their research led them to consider fracking’s broader implications for farming and the food system (Bamberger and Oswald 2012 and 2014). Their new book, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, ...
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Novelist Isabel Allende on Her Literary Career and Memories of Chile During the CIA-Backed Coup 28.11.2014 Democracy Now!
In a holiday special, we spend the hour with Isabel Allende, one of Latin America's and the United States' greatest novelists. Just this week she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Allende is the author of 20 books, including "The House of the Spirits," "Paula" and "Daughter of Fortune." Her latest is a mystery novel titled "Ripper." Her books have been translated into 35 languages, sold close to 60 million copies around the world. Allende now lives in California, but she was born in Peru in 1942 and traveled the world as the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. Her father's first cousin was Salvador Allende, Chile's president from 1970 until Sept. 11, 1973, when Augusto Pinochet seized power in a CIA-backed military coup. Salvador Allende died in the palace that day. Isabel Allende would later flee from her native Chile to Venezuela. In April, Amy Goodman conducted a public interview with Isabel Allende at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York shortly after the publication of ...
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20 Workout Products That’ll Motivate You to Lose Your Stuffing Gut 28.11.2014 Wired Top Stories
So you ate your weight in stuffing. No big ...
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On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage 28.11.2014 Politics on
Walmart won't pay its employees enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding food drives for their employees. Seriously. It's been reported that an Oklahoma City Walmart set up bins for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates. Walmart workers have a better idea: Pay us enough to put food on the table. On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday discounts on computers, toys and cellphones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items. But at more than 1,600 of Walmart's 4,000 stores, shoppers will be greeted by Walmart employees handing out leaflets and holding picket signs -- "Walmart: Stop Bullying, Stop Firing, Start Paying" and "We're Drawing a Line at the Poverty Line: $25,000/year" -- protesting the company's abusive labor practices, including poverty-level wages, stingy benefits, and irregular work schedules that make it impossible for their families to ...
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Thanksgiving for Social Scientists—Wish It Were 27.11.2014 Views
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Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career 27.11.2014 Washington Post: Politics
When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public ...
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Innovation and the Unknown 27.11.2014 Yahoo: Business
It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way. I tend to think that the companies who launch a...
The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2) 26.11.2014 Wired Top Stories
Last week I talked about how people are thinking too small when they think about the Internet of Things (See Part 1). When we truly consider the ramifications of connecting a vast array of data-gathering sensors, devices, and machines together, what’s important to realize is that information will be translated into action at a rate ...
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Should Bosshole CEOs Be Fired? 26.11.2014 Yahoo: Business
Are wunderkind founders and executives prewired to be arrogant jerks, or are they enabled and rewarded by kowtowing boards and VCs?    
Hissing And Sighing: The Lament of Sex Workers in Sierra Leone 26.11.2014 NPR News
Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.
Thanksgiving for Social Scientists 26.11.2014 Politics on
I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. I am referring especially to those social scientists who are full-time, tenured professors at universities, colleges and community colleges who are not indentured to commercial moonlighting. Those of us who look for ways to get things done for the betterment of society seek such contributions from people who spend their days studying what is happening in our country, and to whom. Other than a few minor exceptions, this union has not occurred. Nearly fifty years ago, a leading administrative law professor Kenneth Culp Davis--interested in governance--wrote a controversial article bewailing the near total absence of any useful contributions in this field by political scientists. Here is a brief list of contemporary needs that could benefit from academic specialists who are concerned and knowledgeable about our ...
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"I Hate That Oil's Dropping": Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking 26.11.2014 Green on
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Outgoing Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) chairman Phil Bryant  -- Mississippi's Republican Governor -- started his farewell address with a college football joke at IOGCC's recent annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant; Photo Credit:  Wikimedia Commons "As you know, I love SEC football. Number one in the nation Mississippi State, number three in the nation Ole Miss, got a lot of energy behind those two teams," Bryant said in opening his October 21 speech. "I try to go to a lot of ball games. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it and somebody's gotta be there." Seconds later, things got more serious, as Bryant spoke to an audience of oil and gas industry executives and lobbyists, as well as state-level regulators.  At the  industry-sponsored convening , which I attended on behalf of DeSmogBlog, it was hard to tell the difference between industry lobbyists and regulators. The more money pledged by corporations, the more ...
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6 Basic Assumptions About the Middle East That the Washington Consensus Gets Dead Wrong 26.11.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "Iraq no longer exists." My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's been years since we've last seen each another. It may be years before our paths cross again. As if to drive his point home, M repeats himself: "Iraq just doesn't exist." His is an opinion grounded in experience. As an enlisted soldier, he completed two Iraq tours, serving as a member of a rifle company, before and during the famous Petraeus "surge." After separating from the Army, he went on to graduate school where he is now writing a dissertation on insurgencies. Choosing the American war in Iraq as one of his cases, M has returned there to continue his research. Indeed, he was heading back again that very evening. As a researcher, his perch provides him with an excellent vantage point for taking stock of the ongoing crisis, now ...
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Flood Disaster in the Amazon: A Fight Against Climate Change Gets Personal 26.11.2014 Green on
Images of the Yawanawá community, after flooding (Photo credit: TEDGlobal) The rain hit hard and fast, and in the dead of night. "The people woke up around midnight, and the water was everywhere. Houses were destroyed, children were crying," says Chief Tashka Yawanawá of the Yawanawá indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. On November 15, a devastating flood hit Tashka's community in the Rio Gregório Indigenous Territory in the state of Acre, Brazil. The disaster took a heavy toll on all seven villages of the Yawanawá, where more than 565 people now live. Along with their homes, many families lost all their belongings, including essential items like boats, generators, well pumps, solar panels, clothing, food, and furniture. Livestock and crops were washed completely away in the deluge. The community straddles the Gregório River, which rose to never-before-seen heights, sweeping away the villages. The people fled the rising water into higher land, in the jungle, remaining there until the ...
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The '367 Dogs' Were Rescued From A Massive Fighting Ring. They Are Loving Their Freedom. 26.11.2014 Politics on
They're called the 367 dogs, because that's how many of them were taken in on August 23, 2013 -- the first day of what would turn out to be the country's second largest multi-state dog fighting bust . Then that number grew. By a lot. "As the investigation progressed -- more arrests, more information gathered from the suspects in questioning -- more dogs were rescued. There were also a good number of puppies born once the dogs were in our care," the Humane Society's Stephanie Twining told The Huffington Post. The final tally, according to Twining: 486 rescued dogs pulled from locations across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Fourteen suspects were arrested . Donnie Anderson, the so-called "godfather" of the bunch -- prosecutors say he electrocuted or hanged dogs who lost fights -- pleaded guilty in July , and was sentenced to eight years in federal prison earlier this month . And as Anderson serves his time in jail, his victims are finally able to thrive. Some of the 367 dogs are now family pets. ...
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8 Minnesota breweries to be thankful for 26.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A guide to the best Minnesota craft brews according to some of the biggest beer geeks in the state.
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Tofu Turkeys Get Thanksgiving Pardons From Seattle Mayor Ed Murray 26.11.2014 Green on
SEATTLE (AP) — As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week ( ). Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attention to hunger in the community. It will be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Kelly acknowledged that Seattle's reputation in the rest of the country is "a little bit 'granola'" and that Murray was poking fun at himself.

Communications director Jeff Reading said Tuesday that the mayor has no plan to pardon any of Seattle's urban turkeys "either the literal or figurative variety."

The maker of Tofurky, Turtle Island Foods, is based in Hood River, Oregon, and produces several tofu or tempeh-based products.
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A call for sales tax on cars and gasoline 25.11.2014 MinnPost No, I’m not joking.  David Levinson wrote  about an often overlooked but important subsidy* given to drivers: the lack of sales tax on gasoline and auto/truck purchases. I’m surprised this hasn’t received more attention given the other distortions that see press. Yes, we pay a motor vehicle sales tax when buying a car, but that is supposed to be a user fee for funding roads (well,  60% of it  at least). Yes, we also pay state and federal gas taxes, but again those are user fees (the MN gas tax is 100% dedicated to the Highway User Tax Distribution Fund). *The word subsidy is often used when no direct subsidy is actually taking place. In this instance, like the mortgage interest deduction or similar policies, the lack of payment acts as a price distortion given lack of exemption for most other goods purchased. It’s not a subsidy per se, but the term works good enough. We pay sales taxes on windshield wiper fluid, oil, tires, parts, and other necessities to keep our cars moving. We also pay a ...
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After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends the United States' Longest War 25.11.2014
President Obama has secretly extended the U.S. role in Afghanistan despite earlier promises to wind down America’s longest war. According to The New York Times, Obama has signed a classified order that ensures U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting. In addition, the order reportedly enables American jets, bombers and drones to bolster Afghan troops on combat missions. And, under certain circumstances, it would apparently authorize U.S. air-strikes to support Afghan military operations throughout the country. The decision contradicts Obama’s earlier announcement that the U.S. military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. Afghanistan’s new president Ashraf Ghani has also backed an expanded U.S. military role. Ghani, who took office in September, has also reportedly lifted limits on U.S. airstrikes and joint raids that his predecessor Hamid Karzai had put in place. We go to Kabul to speak with Dr. Hakim, a peace activist and physician who has provided humanitarian relief in ...
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Why College Is Necessary But Gets You Nowhere 25.11.2014 Politics on
This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification. I'll come to the qualification in a moment but first the financial case for why it's worth going to college. Put simply, people with college degrees continue to earn far more than people without them. And that college "premium" keeps rising. Last year, Americans with four-year college degrees earned on average 98 percent more per hour than people without college degrees. In the early 1980s, graduates earned 64 percent more. So even though college costs are rising, the financial return to a college degree compared to not having one is rising even faster. But here's the qualification, and it's a big one. A college degree no longer guarantees a good job. The main reason it pays better than the job of someone without a degree is the latter's wages are dropping. In fact, it's likely that new college graduates ...
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