Archive | February, 2013

Wealth Gap Between Whites and African Americans Nearly Tripled in Last 25 Years

February 28, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/wealth-gap-between-whites-and-african-americans-nearly-tripled-in-last-25-years/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wealth-gap-between-whites-and-african-americans-nearly-tripled-in-last-25-years Economy Think Progress / By Pat Garofalo New study from Brandeis reveals yet another startling statistic on growing inequality. February 27, 2013 | During the Great Recession, the wealth gap between whites and African-Americans nearly doubled, leaving white with nearly 22 times as much in household wealth. According to a new study from Brandeis […]

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Study: Climate Change May Dry Up Important U.S. Reservoirs Like Lake Powell And Lake Mead

February 28, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/28f35c4e/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A20C250C16385410Cstudy0Eclimate0Echange0Edry0Eup0Eus0Ereservoirs0Elake0Epowell0Elake0Emead0C/story01.htm Lake Mead and Hoover Dam water intake towers, with previous water level, July 2009. (Photo credit: Cmpxchg8b) As climate change makes the regions of the West, Southwest, and Great Plains warmer and drier, water demand will continue to increase, and the combined effect will place an ever greater burden on the country’s fresh water […]

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Advanced Breast Cancer May Be Rising Among Young Women, Study Finds

February 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/health/advanced-breast-cancer-may-be-rising-among-young-women-study-finds.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Statistics show that the number of women, ages 25 to 39, with advanced breast cancer has increased slightly over the last 30 years, but researchers said the finding still needs to be verified. Sent by gReader Pro

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Honor Betrayed: Former Air Force Recruit Speaks Out About Rape by Her Sergeant at Lackland

February 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/us/former-air-force-recruit-speaks-out-about-rape-by-her-sergeant-at-lackland.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Virginia Messick is the first victim of a sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base to discuss what she has endured.

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What’s So Bad About Being a Pollyanna?

February 26, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/v1oejo-Fl1c/story01.htm A century after the publication of Pollyanna, the novel offers a handy mascot for the modern happiness obsession. Disney "Every now and then a large number of widely separated individuals will pick out some book to like, some simple little book that comes without much heralding, without the protection of a well-known author’s name," […]

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Boys’ lack of effort in school tied to college gender gap

February 25, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/34w252khsTM/130225131552.htm When it comes to college education, men are falling behind by standing still. The proportion of men receiving college degrees has stagnated, while women have thrived under the new economic and social realities in the United States. Sent by gReader Pro

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The U.S. ranks 125th in GDP growth per capita

February 25, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/the-u-s-ranks-125th-in-gdp-growth-per-capita/ According to the World Bank, in 2011 the United States had GDP growth rate per capita of 1.0%, which is enough to make the United States tied for one hundred twenty-fifth in that category. It is tied with Algeria, Tuvalu, and the Republic of Congo. Macao ranks first, with a GDP growth rate of […]

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The U.S. ranks 23rd in wage distribution

February 25, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/the-u-s-ranks-23rd-in-wage-distributio/ According to the OECD, a full-time American worker paid at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns 38% of the median wage in the United States. That is enough to make the United States tied for twenty-third with Japan out of twenty-five OECD countries ranked in that category. Turkey ranks first, with […]

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Coming of Age in a Culture of Bullying

February 25, 2013

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http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/02/24/op-ed-surviving-and-overcoming-the-culture-of-bullying/ The Anti-Bullying law is a large step forward, but educators who resent filing forms and investigating incidents are not helping our children heal. Sent by gReader Pro

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Online Gambling Heats Up

February 24, 2013

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/online-gambling-heats-up/ Nevada and New Jersey are rushing ahead with online gambling, with Delaware not far behind. But the national landscape will not abruptly change until the bigger states get involved, which may take a while. Sent by gReader Pro

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Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Could Begin in Eight Years

February 23, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/14655-worse-drought-in-1000-years-could-begin-in-eight-years The latest research from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University published in December 2012 has some truly astounding news. The megadroughts referred to in the paper published in Nature Climate Change happened around about 900 to 1300 AD and are so extreme that they have no modern counterpart for comparison (these megadroughts will […]

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U.S. Speeds Access to Publicly Financed Scientific Research

February 23, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/science/us-speeds-access-to-publicly-financed-scientific-research.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Scientific papers supported by federal funds will become freely accessible to the public within a year or so after publication.

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Since Newtown, guns have killed 2124 Americans

February 23, 2013

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According to Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 2,124 people in America have died as a result of gun violence since the Newtown massacre on December 14, 2012. http ://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/the-gun-report-february-22-2013/?partner=rss&emc=rss A day in the life of armed America.

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Your Money: U.S. Trails Much of the World in Providing Paid Family Leave

February 23, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/your-money/us-trails-much-of-the-world-in-providing-paid-family-leave.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The United States has among the world’s worst leave laws for new parents or for tending to a sick child, prompting some to seek an overhaul of the rules. Sent by gReader Pro

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With robots, humans face ‘new society’

February 22, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/RADfgVmuuAM/130222083029.htm Humanity came one step closer in January to being able to replicate itself, thanks to the EU’s approval of funding for the Human Brain Project. Danica Kragic, a robotics researcher and computer science professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, says that while the prospect of living among humanoid robots calls to […]

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The Most Depressing Economic Idea of 2012: The (Near) End of Growth

February 22, 2013

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http://m.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/the-most-depressing-economic-idea-of-2012-the-near-end-of-growth/266715/

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Warming Winters: U.S. Temperature Trends

February 22, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/lCG2TnKOxR8/winters-are-warming-all-across-the-us-15590 To embed this interactive, click the preferred size for the code: 700×700 | 600×600 | 480×480 Report Summary While the U.S. as a whole has seen a warming trend that has raised annual average temperatures by 1.3°F over the past 100 years, warming varies seasonally, and it’s winter that has seen the fastest warming. […]

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Nearing a Tipping Point on Melting Permafrost?

February 22, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/pbHod6Ru5h8/nearing-a-tipping-point-on-melting-permafrost-15636 Nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere’s land surface is covered in permanently frozen soil, or permafrost, which is filled with carbon-rich plant debris — enough to double the amount of heat-trapping carbon in the atmosphere if the permafrost all melted and the organic matter decomposed. According to a paper published Thursday in Science, […]

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Bucks Blog: Steps to Guard Against Identity Fraud

February 22, 2013

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http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/steps-to-guard-against-identity-fraud/?partner=rss&emc=rss More than 12 million people were victims of identity fraud in 2012, a new report finds. Sent by gReader Pro

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Six in ten people worldwide lack access to flush toilets or other adequate sanitation

February 21, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/3Wsu0lsN5aI/130220113905.htm It may be the 21st century, with all its technological marvels, but 6 out of every 10 people on Earth still do not have access to flush toilets or other adequate sanitation that protects the user and the surrounding community from harmful health effects, a new study has found. The research says the number […]

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Scale Implosion

February 21, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/clusterfucknation/~3/8S2F4x1ProU/scale-implosion.html Back in the day when big box retail started to explode upon the American landscape like a raging economic scrofula, I attended many a town planning board meeting where the pro and con factions faced off over the permitting hurdle. The meetings were often raucous and wrathful and almost all the time the pro […]

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The Master Meme

February 21, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/clusterfucknation/~3/1Pmx1RdpmsM/the-master-meme.html The gentlemen and ladies of the meme-o-sphere, where collective notions are birthed like sleet from clouds, have decided lately that the USA has entered a full-on broad-based bull market – a condition of general happiness and prosperity as far advanced beyond mere "recovery" as a wedge of triple-cream Saint-Andre cheese is advanced over a […]

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Grisly Trend: Green Activists Are Facing Deadly Dangers

February 21, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/grisly-trend-green-activists-are-facing-deadly-dangers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grisly-trend-green-activists-are-facing-deadly-dangers YaleE360 19 Feb 2013: Report With activists killed in Brazil, Cambodia, the Philippines, and elsewhere, 2012 may have been the worst year yet for violence against those working to protect the environment. So far, little has been done to halt this chilling development. by fred pearce Where is Sombath Somphone? With every day that […]

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Children in U.S. Are Eating Fewer Calories, Study Finds

February 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/us/children-in-us-are-eating-fewer-calories-study-finds.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Health experts said the findings offered an encouraging sign that the obesity epidemic might be easing, but cautioned that the magnitude of the decline was small. Sent by gReader Pro

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National Briefing | Health: Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb

February 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/us/overdose-deaths-continue-to-climb.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, rising 3.6 percent from 2009, federal officials reported Tuesday. Sent by gReader Pro

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Economix Blog: Health Care Aside, Fewer Jobs Than in 2000

February 20, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/health-care-aside-fewer-jobs-than-in-2000/?partner=rss&emc=rss Without employment in the health care sector, which has added more jobs than any other sector, the United States would have fewer jobs than it did in 2000. Sent by gReader Pro

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Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behavior

February 19, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/UeqRO8a0DyE/130218092711.htm Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behavior when they become adults, according to a new study. Sent by gReader Pro

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Effects of human exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals examined in landmark United Nations report

February 19, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/oxC8B4LgreE/130219115501.htm Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO. Sent by gReader Pro

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Mike Johanns Won’t Seek Re-Election to Senate

February 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/us/politics/mike-johanns-wont-seek-re-election-to-senate.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Senator Mike Johanns became the fifth lawmaker to bow out of a Senate that has become increasingly polarized and dysfunctional.

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DNA Analysis, More Accessible Than Ever, Opens New Doors

February 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/health/dna-analysis-more-accessible-than-ever-opens-new-doors.html?partner=rss&emc=rss With the cost of genetic sequencing plunging, more people, especially parents, are using DNA testing to uncover genetic diseases in their offspring.

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The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People

February 17, 2013

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"How much time do we have before the burning of fossil fuels pushes the climate system past tipping points? In a worst-case scenario, about 11 years at current rates of fossil fuel use, according to the paper." http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/solveclimate/blog/~3/a-ysb9XAxlU/climate-change-science-carbon-budget-nature-global-warming-2-degrees-bill-mckibben-fossil-fuels-keystone-xl-oil By Katherine Bagley It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside […]

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The Great Divide: Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth

February 17, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/equal-opportunity-our-national-myth/?partner=rss&emc=rss The upwardly mobile American is becoming a statistical oddity.

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What comes first — student issues or student power?

February 16, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WagingNonviolence/~3/K_Q-ikqgT8g/ by Kathryn Seidewitz After environmental activists spent the summer blockading the planned Keystone XL pipeline, students across the United States began urging their schools to divest from fossil-fuel companies. Others, meanwhile, have focused on organizing campus workers, agitating for campaign-finance reform or boycotting goods that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Still […]

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The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (and Will Stay That Way)

February 16, 2013

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We are far enough and deep enough into the most heroic monetary and fiscal efforts ever undertaken to finally ask, why aren’t these measures working? … http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1464341-the-real-reason-the-economy-is

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65 Percent Support ‘Significant Steps’ By President To Tackle Climate Change

February 16, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/516sl-eaYxs/story01.htm A new poll from the League of Conservation Voters found 61 percent of Americans say “the effects of climate change are already affecting them personally or will in their lifetime.” Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) support “the President taking significant steps to address climate change now” including: 89% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and […]

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Climate Change is Remaking Winter

February 16, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/bGukvlBTBWM/story01.htm By Christine Sanders The planet is getting warmer. I can feel it, you can feel it, and the winter tourism industry can definitely feel it. At 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, last year marked the hottest year on record in the United States, edging out the previous record by one degree. Climate change is causing shorter […]

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Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Arctic Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed

February 16, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/-dwfwDpWmzI/story01.htm The sharp drop in Arctic sea ice area has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a collapse in total sea ice volume — to one fifth of its level in 1980. Back in September, Climate Progress reported that the European Space Agency’s […]

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How Much Do You Trust Journalists?

February 16, 2013

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http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/how-much-do-you-trust-journalists/ A new poll demonstrates, once again, widespread lack of trust in journalists. Has journalism really lost its way, or does the public always get the press it deserves?

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The Global Farmland Rush

February 15, 2013

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N.Y. Times (Feb. 5, 2013) The Global Farmland Rush By Michael Kugelman Over the last decade, as populations have grown, capital has flowed across borders and crop yields have leveled off, food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture. Poor governments have embraced these deals, but their people are […]

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A Bat Fungus on the March

February 15, 2013

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http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/a-bat-fungus-on-the-march/ White nose syndrome has been discovered in three caves in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park [in Virginia].

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A Report Card for Ski Resorts

February 15, 2013

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http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/a-report-card-for-ski-resorts/?partner=rss&emc=rss As the climate warms, many ski areas are embracing development like condos, which tended to lower their environmental scores.

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Attacks on Journalists Rose in 2012

February 15, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/world/attacks-on-journalists-rose-in-2012-group-finds.html The Committee to Protect Journalists said 70 news workers were killed on the job last year, a 43 percent rise from 2011.

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Rubio and the Zombies

February 15, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/opinion/krugman-rubio-and-the-zombies.html The Republican response to the State of the Union sure was revealing.

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Downton and Downward

February 15, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/downton-and-downward/ While upward mobility in class-conscious Britain, and most of Western Europe, is rising, the American dream of opportunity is vanishing.

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GOP Not in Kansas Anymore

February 14, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/02/gop-not-kansas-anymore Over at the New York Times Magazine, Robert Draper has a long piece about the woes of the Republican Party. A lot of it focuses on their inability to embrace the kind of technology favored by young people, but Ed Kilgore points out that the problem goes way, way deeper than technology. Here’s an […]

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How the Latin American Drug War Will End

February 14, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/38114698/0/alternet~How-the-Latin-American-Drug-War-Will-End As the underlying rationale for the war on drugs falls apart, some may wonder whether Latin America is really prepared to push back against Washington’s militaristic approach toward marijuana trafficking. While such a prospect would have been unheard of just a few scant years ago, recent developments in the U.S. suggest that change could […]

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When God Is Not Enough. Religion and Anti-Depressants Are Linked

February 14, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/38155034/0/alternet~When-God-Is-Not-Enough-In-a-StatebyState-Comparison-Religion-and-AntiDepressants-Are-Linked They say that religion is the opiate of the masses, but it seems that the opiates of the religious are antidepressants. A study released yesterday confirmed that Mississippi remains the most religious state in the Union, followed by a handful of its southern belt brothers: Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, as well as the Mormon […]

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America’s Most Medicated States

February 14, 2013

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http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/17/most-medicated-states-lifestyle-health-prescription-drugs.html

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Recruiting Boomers to Protest Climate Change

February 14, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/booming/recruiting-boomers-to-protest-climate-change.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Lawrence MacDonald, founder of a new group for baby boomers, hopes to recruit them to engage in civil disobedience on climate change and other causes.

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Technology, Trade and Fewer Jobs

February 14, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/us/15iht-letter15.html The decline of the middle class is more than an economic issue. It is also a political one. Which is why understanding what is happening to the middle class is urgently important. Sent by gReader Pro

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