Archive | September, 2013

ER visits for kids with concussions skyrocketing

September 30, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/HZxtSTPLd6A/130930093848.htm Researchers report a skyrocketing increase in the number of visits to the emergency department for kids with sports-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions. The study shows that emergency visits for sports-related TBI increased 92 percent between 2002 and 2011. Sent by gReader Pro

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Psychotropic medication use in young children leveling off

September 30, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/GD1ncK-d0Qk/130930093851.htm The use of psychotropic prescription medications to treat ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and other mental health disorders in very young children appears to have leveled off. Sent by gReader Pro

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The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today

September 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/QFbaGnnZ0kc/story01.htm REUTERS What’s going on in the world today? It’s hard to keep up. Some facts are familiar to anyone who reads the news. Unemployment is high. Growth is slow. Shale gas is a big deal. But beyond the caps-lock headlines, subtler, but no less significant, shifts are changing the U.S. economy and reshaping the […]

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McDonald’s Moves Toward a Healthier Menu

September 29, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/business/mcdonalds-moves-toward-a-healthier-menu.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The fast-food chain said it would increase its offerings of fruits and vegetables and promote more nutritional options to children. Sent by gReader Pro

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Poll Shows Hispanic Shift Away From G.O.P.

September 29, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/us/politics/poll-shows-hispanic-shift-away-from-the-gop.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A new survey shows that Hispanics have grown negative toward the Republican Party during the immigration fight and lean liberal on social issues like gay marriage. Sent by gReader Pro

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Op-Ed Columnist: A Way of Life Is Ending. Thank Goodness.

September 29, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/opinion/sunday/kristof-a-way-of-life-is-ending-thank-goodness.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Here’s some good news for a change: extreme poverty and disease are on their way out. Sent by gReader Pro

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We Are Terrifyingly Close to the Climate’s ‘Point of No Return’

September 28, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/8sQA0BGlELA/story01.htm In a landmark report, a global panel of leading scientists again called the evidence for climate change “unequivocal” and for the first time said humans are “extremely likely” to be the dominant cause. Put simply: “Human influence on the climate is clear.” And as this map makes clear, the world has already experienced warming […]

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Estimate of a quarter of a million deaths annually vastly underestimates true burden of rheumatic heart disease

September 27, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/w7cTaX-xLWo/130926204714.htm A paper analyses the burden of disease and suggests that numbers published to date of global deaths from rheumatic heart disease (ranging from at least 233,000 deaths per year upwards) could be substantially underestimating reality, for a variety of reasons, most commonly lack of high quality (or in some cases any) data from high-prevalence […]

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Climate Change Movement Shifts to Convey Urgency

September 27, 2013

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http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18925-climate-change-movement-shifts-to-convey-urgency-of-the-moment

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Alarming IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For U.S., Faster Sea Rise, More Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

September 27, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/31c9426d/sc/8/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A90C270C26914710Cipcc0Ereport0Ewarming0Eextreme0Eweather0C/story01.htm Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now says we are as certain that humans are dramatically changing the planet’s climate as we are that […]

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Global warming likely to breach 2C threshold, climate scientists conclude

September 27, 2013

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http://www.legitgov.org/Global-warming-likely-breach-2C-threshold-climate-scientists-conclude ShareThisGlobal warming likely to breach 2C threshold, climate scientists conclude 26 Sep 2013 Global warming is likely to surpass the previously recognised danger threshold of a 2C average increase in temperature, according to the world-leading climate scientists meeting in Sweden this week. On the eve of the 2013 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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HIV infection figures tumbling around the world

September 26, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/31b63b82/sc/14/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cmg219293620B30A0A0Ehiv0Einfection0Efigures0Etumbling0Earound0Ethe0Eworld0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm Increases in the availability of antiviral therapies have halved the number of new HIV infections in children since 2001 Sent by gReader Pro

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The US Is Drifting Farther and Farther Apart From the Rest of the World

September 26, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/09/us-drifting-apart-rest-world-un Here’s a fascinating chart from Erik Voeten. It’s sort of the international equivalent of those charts that track congressional votes to show how Democrats and Republicans have become more polarized over the years. In this case, Voeten is looking at votes in the UN, and tracking how far apart the U.S. is from everyone […]

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Repeat After Me: The Deficit Is Falling. The Deficit is Falling.

September 26, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/09/deficit-falling-falling-falling Dave Weigel notes a conundrum today: according to a new poll, 54 percent of the public disapproves of Barack Obama’s handling of the deficit. And yet, as the chart on the right shows, the deficit is shrinking dramatically. Last year it dropped by $200 billion, and this year, thanks to a recovering economy, lower […]

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The First-Ever Bulk Freighter To Pass Through The Arctic Was Carrying Coal

September 26, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/31bd4aba/sc/10/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A90C260C26834810Cnorthwest0Epassage0Epassable0Eclimate0Echange0Earctic0C/story01.htm The Nordic Orion along the Northern Sea Route. CREDIT: Naval Matters Sometime earlier this week a cargo ship passed through the Northwest Passage into Baffin Bay, along Greenland’s southwestern coast, making it the first bulk carrier ever to make the voyage. This journey was completed by the Nordic Orion, a 225-meter, ice-strengthened vessel loaded […]

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Op-Ed Contributor: A Pause, Not an End, to Warming

September 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/opinion/a-pause-not-an-end-to-warming.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The lull is consistent with historic temperature variability. Sent by gReader Pro

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Faux Pause: Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise And Polar Ice Melt Speed Up, Surface Warming To Follow

September 25, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/31b31e4e/sc/10/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A90C250C25624410Cfaux0Epause0Eocean0Ewarming0Espeed0Eup0C/story01.htm Decadal surface-air temperature (°C) via average of datasets maintained by the HadCRU, NOAA and NASA. “Global Warming Has Accelerated In Past 15 Years, New Study Of Oceans Confirms,” as we reported back in March. And “Greenland Ice Melt Up Nearly Five-Fold Since Mid-1990s, Antartica’s Ice Loss Up 50% In Past Decade,” as we reported […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Way We Were

September 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/opinion/friedman-the-way-we-were.html?partner=rss&emc=rss While productivity on Capitol Hill grinds to a halt, research and innovation in the country suffers. Sent by gReader Pro

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Edsall: How Did Conservatives Get This Radical?

September 25, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/how-did-conservatives-get-this-radical/?partner=rss&emc=rss Showdowns, shutdowns and meltdowns. Sent by gReader Pro

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Now Is the Time of Cheese

September 24, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/gYl-k5sZHMQ/story01.htm Yesterday the Center for Science in the Public Interest released a "report card" on U.S. eating habits, entitled "The Changing American Diet." In The New York Times, Jane Brody called our performance therein a disappointment. That depends how you feel about D-pluses, I suppose, and cheese. The report’s dairy chart tells us the average […]

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Study Sees a Higher Risk of Storms on the Horizon

September 24, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/study-sees-a-higher-risk-of-storms-on-the-horizon.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Rising temperatures and the atmospheric changes they spawn are most likely to generate more severe-weather days in the eastern and central parts of the nation by midcentury, scientists concluded. Sent by gReader Pro

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Illegal Immigrant Population Shows Some Signs of Growth, Estimates Show

September 24, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/immigrant-population-shows-signs-of-growth-estimates-show.html?partner=rss&emc=rss About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that showed signs recently of increasing again, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Sent by gReader Pro

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U.S. industry sees carbon-capture as legal chink in EPA rules

September 23, 2013

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A Toddler on 3 Different Psychiatric Meds? How Drugging Kids Became Big Business

September 23, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/46765523/0/alternet~A-Toddler-on-Different-Psychiatric-Meds-How-Drugging-Kids-Became-Big-Business Big pharma has discovered a lucrative new market in kids. The following is an excerpt from Enrico Gnualati’s new book Back to Normal: The Overlooked, Ordinary Explanations for Kid’s ADHD, Bipolar, and Autistic-Like Behavior (Beacon Press, 2013): On December 13, 2006, paramedics arrived at the Plymouth County, Massachusetts, home of four-year-old Rebecca Riley only […]

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Poll: 39 Percent of American Adults See College as an ‘Economic Burden’

September 23, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/qGlBeE–Lgw/story01.htm Average yearly tuition at a four-year college has risen to over $21,000, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 7.9 percent. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Americans are questioning the value of a college degree. While the large majority of teenagers think college is […]

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Growing Up With an Autistic Brother in the 1990s

September 23, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/-Zg-jN9S0i4/story01.htm Today approximately one in 88 children are identified as on the autism spectrum. But in 1990, autism was just a blip on the radar. You didn’t hear about support groups, special training for educators, clinical studies. All that a small autistic child had was his family. I was born the last of four children. […]

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Earth expected to be habitable for another 1.75 billion years

September 21, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/4Njh_eklPHE/130918211434.htm Habitable conditions on Earth will be possible for at least another 1.75 billion years – according to astrobiologists. "If we ever needed to move to another planet, Mars is probably our best bet. It’s very close and will remain in the habitable zone until the end of the Sun’s lifetime — six billion years […]

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U.S. Revives Aid Program for Clean Energy

September 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/energy-environment/us-revives-aid-program-for-clean-energy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A controversial federal loan-guarantee program intended to support greener energy technologies will shift to supporting development of cleaner oil and coal technology. Sent by gReader Pro

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America’s Sinking Middle Class

September 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/business/americas-sinking-middle-class.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The standard of living of most Americans has fallen in the last 25 years; last year, the typical household made $51,017, roughly the same as in 1988. Sent by gReader Pro

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How We Got From 9/11 to Massive NSA Spying on Americans: A Timeline

September 19, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/nsa-timeline-surveillance Recent news reports exposed how the National Security Agency has been collecting millions of Americans’ phone data and online communications. Here’s how we got from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to the massive domestic spying operations of today: 2001 September 11: Nearly 3,000 people are killed when terrorists fly planes into the World Trade […]

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What would a flu pandemic look like? ‘War,’ DOD report says

September 19, 2013

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http://www.legitgov.org/What-would-flu-pandemic-look-War-DOD-report-says ShareThisWhat would a flu pandemic look like? ‘War,’ DOD report says 18 Sep 2013 What would a flu pandemic in the U.S. look like? More like a war than a natural disaster, a government report indicates.The recently declassified Department of Defense report, dated August 2009, estimates that a full-blown flu pandemic could sicken about […]

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Civics for a Digital Age

September 19, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/pS9J3BIYpAU/story01.htm Over half of the world’s population lives in urban environments, and that number is rapidly growing according to the World Health Organization. Many of us interact with the physical environments of cities on a daily basis: the arteries that move traffic, the grids that energize our lives, the buildings that prevent and direct actions. […]

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Poverty Rate Is Up in New York City, and Income Gap Is Wide, Census Data Show

September 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/nyregion/poverty-rate-in-city-rises-to-21-2.html?partner=rss&emc=rss New data from the Census Bureau showed that 1.7 million New Yorkers were poor, while the 2012 mean income of the highest-earning 5 percent was $436,931. Sent by gReader Pro

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Our Fossil-Fueled Future: World Energy in 2040

September 18, 2013

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http://ecowatch.com/2013/fossil-fueled-future-world-energy-in-2040/ If the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy are right, the startling “new” fuels of 2040 will be oil, coal and natural gas—and we will find ourselves on a baking, painfully uncomfortable planet. Sent by gReader Pro

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Budget Office Warns That Deficits Will Rise Again Because Cuts Are Misdirected

September 18, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/congressional-budget-office-predicts-unsustainable-debt.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The nonpartisan office says that lawmakers are focused on the wrong kind of spending and that annual deficits will begin rising in 2016 as baby boomers age. Sent by gReader Pro

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Paleoclimate: The End of the Holocene

September 17, 2013

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http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/09/paleoclimate-the-end-of-the-holocene/ Recently a group of researchers from Harvard and Oregon State University has published the first global temperature reconstruction for the last 11,000 years – that’s the whole Holocene (Marcott et al. 2013). The results are striking and worthy of further discussion, after the authors have already commented on their results in this blog. A […]

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Median American income is lower now than it was in 1989. That is…

September 17, 2013

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http://bostonreview.tumblr.com/post/61521884468 Median American income is lower now than it was in 1989. That is so depressing. Courtesy of WaPo. Sent by gReader Pro

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ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism?

September 17, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/Kun6LWgZmdg/story01.htm In a typical American classroom, there are nearly as many diagnosable cases of ADHD as there are of the common cold. In 2008, researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University found that almost 10 percent of children use cold remedies at any given time. The latest statistics out of the Centers for […]

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Why the Idea of a “Free Market” Is Total BS

September 17, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/46589560/0/alternet~Why-the-Idea-of-a-Free-Market-Is-Total-BS There has never been and never will be a "free" market. All markets have rules. One of the most deceptive ideas continuously sounded by the Right (and its fathomless think tanks and media outlets) is that the "free market" is natural and inevitable, existing outside and beyond government. So whatever inequality or insecurity it […]

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Next Fed Chairman’s Global Clout

September 17, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/opinion/global/the-next-fed-chairmans-global-clout.html?partner=rss&emc=rss No matter who is chosen, there are big changes in store for central banks and financial markets the world over. Sent by gReader Pro

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Interactive Map: NJ suicide rate ranks among lowest but uptick raises concerns

September 16, 2013

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http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/09/12/suicide-rates/ Incidents of suicide rise slightly in state, climb rapidly in nation; New Jersey focuses prevention efforts on youths Sent by gReader Pro

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Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books

September 16, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/46561916/0/alternet~Libertarian-Writings-that-Read-Like-Comic-Books Robert Reich recently noted that people without arguments often resort to personal attacks. They also resort to pleasant-sounding nonsense. Free-market libertarians go to outrageous exremes to convince themselves and others of the infallibility of the market. Even when opposing evidence smacks them in the face, they conjure up sound bites that seem vaguely convincing […]

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The Stone: The Banality of Systemic Evil

September 16, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/the-banality-of-systemic-evil/?partner=rss&emc=rss A recent poll showed that 70 percent of people aged 18 to 34 thought Edward Snowden “did a good thing.” Has the younger generation lost its moral compass? Sent by gReader Pro

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Teenagers Are Getting More Exercise and Vegetables

September 16, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/teenagers-are-getting-more-exercise-and-vegetables/?partner=rss&emc=rss Teenagers are exercising more, consuming less sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables, a trend that may be contributing to a leveling off of obesity rates, a new study shows. Sent by gReader Pro

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Stubborn Cycle of Runaways Becoming Prostitutes

September 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/nyregion/stubborn-cycle-of-runaways-becoming-prostitutes.html?partner=rss&emc=rss With shelter beds for homeless youths scarce in New York, the problem of children trapped in prostitution remains intractable. Sent by gReader Pro

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Occupy Wall Street Legacy

September 14, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/opinion/blow-occupy-wall-street-legacy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Eventually, the 99 percent will demand better. Sent by gReader Pro

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Uh Oh, the ‘Energy Sources of the Future’ Are the Same Ones Destroying Our Planet

September 12, 2013

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TomDispatch, Sept. 10, 2013 By Michael T. Klare http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/46271144/0/alternet~Uh-Oh-the-Energy-Sources-of-the-Future-Are-the-Same-Ones-Destroying-Our-Planet Let’s hope we can figure out a way to power civilization by 2040 without relying on coal. What sort of fabulous new energy systems will the world possess in 2040? Which fuels will supply the bulk of our energy needs? And how will that change the […]

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American families taking ‘divergent paths’

September 12, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/bGN6v–BpUI/130911092726.htm After a period of relative calm during the 1990s, rapid changes in American families began anew during the 2000s, a new analysis suggests. Sent by gReader Pro

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Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future

September 11, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/business/counting-the-cost-of-fixing-the-future.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Deciding how much should be invested in fighting climate change depends on your investment outlook. Sent by gReader Pro

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California Takes Steps to Ease Landmark Law Protecting Environment

September 11, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/us/california-takes-steps-to-ease-landmark-law-protecting-environment.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The law requires rigorous reviews of environmental fallout from construction projects, and is often invoked in lawsuits to block or delay them. Sent by gReader Pro

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