Archive | May, 2013

Japan and South Korea Bar U.S. Wheat Imports

May 31, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/business/global/japan-and-south-korea-bar-us-wheat-imports.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The actions, including a call by the European Union for greater testing, follow the discovery of genetically modified wheat not approved for sale found growing in Oregon.

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Re-emergence of moderate iodine deficiency in developed countries

May 29, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/x13UAgr5Onw/130522131000.htm A commentary accompanying research calls for greater public health policies to eradicate iodine deficiency in the U.K. and other developed countries, including the United States. Sent by gReader Pro

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Hospitals Struggle to Get Workers to Wash Their Hands

May 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/nyregion/hospitals-struggle-to-get-workers-to-wash-their-hands.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Facing persistent, lethal neglect of a basic precaution, hospitals are using high-tech sensors, training hand-washing coaches and issuing gold stars.

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The New Rules for Sunscreen

May 28, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/the-new-rules-for-sunscreen/ Some experts blame the rising number of melanoma cases on inappropriate use of sunscreen, but a major concern is also not using products that protect against UVA rays.

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New Tools to Hunt New Viruses

May 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/health/new-tools-to-hunt-new-viruses.html?partner=rss&emc=rss New viruses are emerging faster than ever. But better surveillance means they are being caught sooner, giving time to develop countermeasures like vaccines.

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Trenberth: Global Warming Is Here To Stay, Whichever Way You Look At It

May 27, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/2c6572f3/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A50C250C20A618910Ctrenberth0Eglobal0Ewarming0Eis0Ehere0Eto0Estay0Ewhichever0Eway0Eyou0Elook0Eat0Eit0C/story01.htm While the overall warming is about 0.16°C per decade, there are three ten-year periods where there was a hiatus in warming, as the graph above shows, from 1977 to 1986, from 1987 to 1996, and from 2001 to 2012. But at each end of these periods there were big jumps. We find exactly the […]

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Discipline and Punish: The New Unemployment “Reform”

May 27, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/16445-discipline-and-punish-the-new-unemployment-reform

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Justice Postponed in Guatemala

May 26, 2013

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http://www.bostonreview.net/BR38.3/lauren_carasik_guatemala_genocide_rios_montt_trial.php

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McKinsey Names the Most Over-Hyped (and Under-Hyped) Major Technologies Out There

May 26, 2013

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http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/mckinsey-names-the-most-over-hyped-and-under-hyped-major-technologies-out-there/276190/

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A Skeptical Celebration of President Obama’s Shifty Terrorism Speech

May 26, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/Yxgw1rdisV0/story01.htm President Obama attempted something familiar in his well-crafted speech at National Defense University: he signalled that counterterrorism efforts would change significantly in his second term; and like his predecessor, he avoided mentioning that the forsaken policies were mistakes. Like all presidents, Obama began his tenure with a daunting challenge: a rapid transition from a […]

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Economic View: Five Positive Economic Signs Are on the Horizon

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/business/five-positive-economic-signs-are-on-the-horizon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Although high unemployment and lackluster personal income still plague the nation’s economy, several developments provide reason for longer-term optimism. Sent by gReader Pro

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Pivoting From a War Footing, Obama Acts to Curtail Drones

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/politics/pivoting-from-a-war-footing-obama-acts-to-curtail-drones.html?partner=rss&emc=rss In a widely anticipated speech, President Obama narrowed the scope of the long struggle with terrorists, while defending the drone war he has waged since taking office.

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Approach to Debt Widens Rift Among G.O.P. Senators

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/us/politics/approach-to-debt-widens-rift-among-gop-senators.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Republicans are locked in a growing dispute over future budget negotiations, splitting along generational and ideological lines on the party’s approach to dealing with the federal debt.

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Lautenberg’s Chemical Safety Bill Gains Momentum

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/us/politics/lautenbergs-chemical-safety-bill-gains-momentum.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A vote by Senator Frank R. Lautenberg for a failed control gun bill gained him allies for the first credible bill in years to revamp the nation’s outmoded chemical safety law.

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America’s Profligate Ways With Water

May 25, 2013

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http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/americas-profligate-ways-with-water/ As drought increases and the climate changes, the prosperous ‘civilized’ world may end up living like the Bedouins, only less well.

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Editorial: Obama Vows to End of the Perpetual War

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/opinion/obama-vows-to-end-of-the-perpetual-war.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A long time in coming, President Obama’s speech provides good justification to change drone policy, close Guantánamo and repeal the military force law.

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G.O.P. Reaction to Obama’s Counter-Terrorism Speech – NYTimes

May 25, 2013

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http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/the-g-o-p-s-cold-war-posture/?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Op-Ed Columnist: This Is Not 2009

May 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/opinion/this-is-not-2009.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The emergence of a new economic picture has dampened the outrage.

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Why Disinformation Works

May 25, 2013

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35064.htm#.UaEEX4NpSxE.gmail

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Advertising: Army Tries a Reality Style for Recruitment

May 22, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/business/media/army-tries-a-reality-style-for-recruitment.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The Army is trying to produce commercials styled like a television reality series because younger people increasingly ignore traditional forms of advertising.

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Younger Children Seek an Acne Cure

May 22, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/younger-children-seek-an-acne-cure/ With pimples emerging well before the teenage years, and a rise in the number of preadolescent patients, doctors have put together guidelines on treatment for children as young as 7.

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High Plains Aquifer Dwindles, Hurting Farmers

May 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/us/high-plains-aquifer-dwindles-hurting-farmers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Parts of the vast High Plains Aquifer, once a prodigious source of water, are now so low that crops can’t be watered and bridges span arid stream beds. Sent by gReader Pro

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Suburbs Are Home to Growing Share of Region’s Poor

May 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/nyregion/suburbs-are-home-to-growing-share-of-regions-poor.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The poverty rate in New York City and Newark declined over the last decade, but the suburbs have gotten poorer.

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U.S. Geological Survey: Warmer Springs Causing Loss Of Snow Cover Throughout The Rocky Mountains

May 19, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/NpkoaivZIvs/story01.htm A new U.S. Geological Survey study finds, “Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America.” The USGS explains, “The new study builds upon a previous USGS snowpack investigation which showed that, until the 1980s, the northern Rocky Mountains experienced […]

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Economix Blog: Bernanke Says Better Days Lie Ahead

May 19, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/bernanke-says-better-days-lie-ahead/?partner=rss&emc=rss In an address to graduates at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Fed chairman says nothing about his day job, but he sketches a world in which competition to produce innovations yields ever-greater rewards. Sent by gReader Pro

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The 1 Percent Are Only Half the Problem

May 19, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/the-1-percent-are-only-half-the-problem/?partner=rss&emc=rss Two types of inequality demand our attention. Liberals and conservatives have to open their ears.

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The Hard Road Back: Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues U.S. Military

May 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/us/baffling-rise-in-suicides-plagues-us-military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Of the crises facing American troops today, suicide ranks among the most emotionally wrenching — and baffling.

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Report Finds Americans Are Driving Less, Led by Youth

May 15, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/report-finds-americans-are-driving-less-led-by-youth.html?partner=rss&emc=rss In the middle of the last decade, the number of miles driven — both over all and per capita — began to drop, notes a report to be published on Tuesday by a nonprofit advocacy organization.

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Shockwaves From U.S. Oil Boom Seen by IEA Ousting OPEC

May 14, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/solveclimate/blog/~3/HO4ZKDR5nts/shockwaves-us-oil-boom-seen-iea-ousting-opec (Bloomberg) The U.S. shale boom will send "shockwaves" through the global oil trade over the next five years, benefiting the nation’s refiners and displacing OPEC as the driver of supply growth, the IEA said. Read original story Sent by gReader Pro

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Cyberattacks on Rise Against U.S. Corporations

May 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/us/cyberattacks-on-rise-against-us-corporations.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Officials said the aim in a new wave of attacks was not espionage but sabotage, and that the source seemed to be in the Middle East.

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Michael Lind: Is revolution coming to the U.S.?

May 10, 2013

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They tend to come in waves, triggered by wars and anti-system protests. It can happen here. http://www.salon.com/2013/05/07/is_revolution_coming_to_the_u_s/

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Editorial: The Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Crisis

May 8, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/opinion/the-pentagons-sexual-assault-crisis.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A new Defense Department study shows the numbers rising to alarming levels. And all the while, the Pentagon’s credibility is sinking.

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Pentagon Study Sees Sharp Rise in Sexual Assaults

May 8, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/us/politics/pentagon-study-sees-sharp-rise-in-sexual-assaults.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The study estimated that the number of people in the military who were sexually assaulted in the 2012 fiscal year rose to 26,000, from 19,000 in the same period a year before.

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A baby’s birth day is the most dangerous day of life – in the United States and almost every country in the world

May 7, 2013

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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 7, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — A baby’s birth day is the most dangerous day of life — in the United States and almost every country in the world — according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, released today. > > Yearly, more than 1 million babies die the day […]

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This map of America’s female mortality rates is pretty terrifying

May 6, 2013

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/04/this-map-of-americas-health-is-pretty-terrifying/

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The College Grad Recovery Continues

May 6, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/YHimYq7xT10/story01.htm The rumors of the recovery’s demise are greatly exaggerated. It turns out it’s the same as it ever was: slow and steady, but real nonetheless. If you graduated from college, that is. The past few years have been an economic Groundhog day. Despite the biggest spending cuts since the 1950s, and one manufactured crisis […]

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Gray Matter: A Focus on Distraction

May 6, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/a-focus-on-distraction.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Does distraction matter — do interruptions make us dumber? (In a word: Yes.)

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Nancy Folbre: Small vs. Big, Local vs. Global

May 6, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/small-vs-big-local-vs-global/?partner=rss&emc=rss The business community, once seemingly unified around a common set of economic and political priorities, is splitting apart, an economist writes.

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The Bottom 90 Percent Of The Country Is Systematically Getting Poorer

May 6, 2013

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http://etfdailynews.com/2013/05/01/the-bottom-90-percent-of-the-country-is-systematically-getting-poorer/

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Pro-Business Decisions Are Defining This Supreme Court

May 5, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/business/pro-business-decisions-are-defining-this-supreme-court.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A new analysis finds the current Supreme Court to be by far the most pro-business of any since World War II.

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The New Old Age: A Rising Tide of Substance Abuse

May 4, 2013

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http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/a-rising-tide-of-mental-distress/?partner=rss&emc=rss Substance abuse and mental illness are on the rise among the elderly.

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Suicide Rate Rises Sharply in U.S.

May 3, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/health/suicide-rate-rises-sharply-in-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The suicide rate among middle-age Americans rose 30 percent from 1999-2010, with more people now dying of suicide than car accidents.

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