Archive | October, 2013

One in 10 older teens misuse painkillers, sedatives

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/3kGTkklqCy4/131029104436.htm With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels nationwide, and overdoses killing more people than auto accidents in many states, a new study provides striking new data about the misuse of potent prescription painkillers and sedatives by teens and young adults. In all, 10.4 percent of the teens and young adults treated in the emergency […]

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National rates of SIDS reduced 50 percent

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/HoO_NfA9-0E/131029133128.htm Two mothers share their experience with following the loss of an infant. Research and educational programs have contributed to a significant decrease in the rate of SIDS during the past 20 years. Sent by gReader Pro

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Alarming increase of myopia; environmental factors influence development, progression of myopia

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/1bt6SmwunEE/131030111314.htm New research on myopia — how it develops, risk and protective factors, and potentially effective measures for prevention and treatment – is widely available to help address the illness. Sent by gReader Pro

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Climate Pact Is Signed by 3 States and a Partner

October 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/us/climate-pact-is-signed-by-3-states-and-a-partner.html?partner=rss&emc=rss California, Oregon, Washington State and British Columbia announced an alliance to combat climate change with the goal of reducing carbon emissions and creating new clean-energy jobs. Sent by gReader Pro

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EPA under the gun to regulate coal ash

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publici_rss/~3/2bK5xSHRHJ0/epa-under-gun-regulate-coal-ash The Environmental Protection Agency is facing new pressure to regulate the disposal of coal ash for the first time after a federal judge issued a memorandum in a lawsuit filed against the agency by environmental groups. In a decision Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton of the D.C. Circuit Court gave the EPA 60 […]

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Why Is Obama Ready to Fold in Budget Talks?

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/RqzSy2sGBUo/story01.htm President Obama’s opening position in forthcoming budget negotiations includes a commitment to cut into the two major social-safety nets, Social Security and Medicare. Obama has already moved well beyond stating he is willing to sacrifice the inviolability of what those on the right pejoratively call “entitlements.” The president’s budget calls for reducing Social Security […]

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Libertarians Are Not the Tea Party

October 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/CRyG-cIJkBM/story01.htm Observers of the right often classify the Tea Party as an essentially libertarian strain of conservatism. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, for example, recently described Tea Partiers to me as part of the GOP’s anti-establishment "libertarian wing"; Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who calls himself a libertarian Republican, has written two books claiming the Tea […]

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Naomi Klein: How Science is Telling Us All To Revolt

October 29, 2013

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Jeremy Scahill: Perpetual War: How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?

October 29, 2013

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Resurgence in swaddling prompts fears of rise in babies’ developmental hip abnormalities

October 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/la3u3DulI2s/131028184950.htm A resurgence in the popularity of traditional swaddling has prompted fears of a rise in developmental hip problems in babies, which are now known to be linked to the technique, warns a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Sent by gReader Pro

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Center series digs into the ‘epidemic’ of deadly black lung disease

October 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publici_rss/~3/y254lDmZLWg/center-series-digs-epidemic-deadly-black-lung-disease Since the late 1990s, there has been a striking resurgence in deadly black lung disease among coal miners in central Appalachia, as documented by our previous investigative project. At the same time, fewer than 14 percent of sick miners are able to win federal black lung benefits claims. The reason why is the subject […]

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Four hearts, one hole: A problem worth fixing?

October 28, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10901/s/33028d55/sc/25/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cmg220A2940A0A0B90A0A0Efour0Ehearts0Eone0Ehole0Ea0Eproblem0Eworth0Efixing0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qhealth/story01.htm One in four of us has a hole in our heart. Would you have an operation to fix it? The answer’s not as straightforward as it might seem Sent by gReader Pro

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Urban Shield: The gun nuts weaponizing your city

October 28, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/32fa16c5/sc/39/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C270Curban0Ishield0Ia0Iweekend0Iexpo0Ito0Imilitarize0Iyour0Icity0Ipartner0C/story01.htm Between October 25 and 28 a major urban security training event and trade expo will invade Alameda County, Calif. Urban Shield, now in its seventh year, is a marketplace of repressive ideas and technologies.The mood on the expo floor is largely convivial and friendly, with stalls staffed by as many bored salespeople as over-enthusiastic […]

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Scientist Paul Mayewski on climate change, and what scares him the most

October 28, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/3302dbb9/sc/31/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C280Cscientist0Ipaul0Imayewski0Ion0Iclimate0Ichange0Iand0Iwhat0Iscares0Ihim0Ithe0Imost0Ipartner0C/story01.htm BROOKLYN, New York — According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Earth’s climate system is a "complex, interactive system consisting of the atmosphere, land surface, snow and ice, oceans and other bodies of water and living things."And, yes, the scientific community pores over all kinds of data related to this system every […]

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Calamity is already upon us

October 28, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/3302eb7b/sc/7/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C280Ccalamity0Iis0Ialready0Iupon0Ius0Ipartner0C/story01.htm Listen carefully to what the world’s climate experts are saying.Their latest report on global climate change is — quite literally — a list of climatic calamities.Here’s a sample, with italics added for emphasis:"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia.""Each […]

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New Milestone Emerges: Baby’s First iPhone App

October 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/us/new-milestone-emerges-babys-first-iphone-app.html?partner=rss&emc=rss As adults turn increasingly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, so do their children, a survey shows. Sent by gReader Pro

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The U.S. ranks 134th in prevalence of slavery

October 27, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/the-u-s-ranks-134th-in-prevalence-of-slavery/ According to the Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 59,644 enslaved people living in the United States out of a total population of 313,914,040. That is enough to make the United States rank one hundred thirty-fourth out of one hundred sixty-two countries ranked in the prevalence of slavery. Mauritania ranks first, with an […]

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Bloated Government? Federal Employment at 47-Year Low

October 27, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/bloated-government-federal-employment-at-47-year-low/ Federal government employment has fallen to the lowest level since 1966. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Golden Age of American Cities—and What’s Really Behind It

October 25, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/H3piHwo7GqU/story01.htm The New York City mayoral race is entering its final days, and it seems all but certain that Bill de Blasio will be the new master of City Hall. That’s prompted anxiety among some in New York, best encapsulated by an ad run by Republican challenger Joseph Lhota warning that the city would revert […]

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Krugman: Addicted to the Apocalypse

October 25, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/opinion/krugman-addicted-to-the-apocalypse.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The sky is falling! The sky is falling. When it comes to all the talk of economic catastrophe, why are these disaster fantasies taken so seriously? Sent by gReader Pro

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Fingers in the dike

October 24, 2013

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http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1919850-fingers-in-the-dike By Richard Heinberg, posted Oct 1, 2013: The 19th century novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by American author Mary Mapes Dodge features a brief story-within-the-story that has become better known in popular culture than the book itself. It’s the tale of a Dutch boy (in the novel he’s called simply “The Hero […]

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Bill de Blasio and the New Urban Populism

October 24, 2013

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Today’s Economist: A Discouraging Picture

October 24, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/a-discouraging-picture/?partner=rss&emc=rss The employment picture for the first three quarters of the year shows a deceleration of job growth, suggesting weak demand in a disappointing economic recovery, an economist writes. Sent by gReader Pro

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Economic Scene: New Front In the Fight With Infant Mortality

October 24, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/business/health-law-is-a-new-front-in-the-fight-against-infant-mortality.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Obamacare’s benefits for pregnant women have the potential to lower infant mortality rates and change what Americans expect from their government. Sent by gReader Pro

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Don’t Arm Thy Neighbor

October 24, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/opinion/international/dont-arm-thy-neighbor.html?partner=rss&emc=rss If the U.S. Senate fails to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, America will be handcuffed by its own reluctance to lead. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Biggest Economy Killer: Our Government – NYTimes.com

October 24, 2013

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New Clean Air Rules Would Do Little

October 24, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/opinion/new-clean-air-rules-would-do-little.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Proposed regulations are irrelevant because of cheap natural gas. Sent by gReader Pro

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Pesticides pose greater threat to u.s. drinking water supplies than factories and toxic dumps

October 23, 2013

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Rachel’s News #1, December 1, 1986 Environmental experts say the contamination of underground water supplies by runoff from farm chemicals is now happening across broad areas of the nation’s breadbasket and is more threatening to drinking water supplies than other conventional environmental problems such as factory discharges or toxic waste dumps. Every year since 1980 […]

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Editorial: The United States, Falling Behind

October 23, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/23/opinion/the-united-states-falling-behind.html?partner=rss&emc=rss An alarming report shows that American workers are poorly skilled compared with competitors abroad. Sent by gReader Pro

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Journalists and Activists Risking Imprisonment or Death For Investigating Environmental Issues

October 22, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/journalists-and-activists-risking-imprisonment-or-death-for-investigating-environmental-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=journalists-and-activists-risking-imprisonment-or-death-for-investigating-environmental-issues Environment AlterNet / By Andrew Wasley Whether it’s climate change, the illegal timber trade or factory farming, investigating abuses can be an increasingly risky business. Photo Credit: Oleg Golovnev/ Shutterstock.com October 21, 2013 | The call came early in the end. Around seven. We were on, our contact said. Tonight was the night. We’d […]

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Report charts dangerous rise of youth Prison Industrial Complex

October 22, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/32c62832/sc/11/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C220Creport0Icharts0Idangerous0Irise0Iof0Iyouth0Iprison0Iindustrial0Icomplex0C/story01.htm The first of a two-part investigation published by the Huffington Post Tuesday tracks the fierce growth of the youth Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).Based on juvenile facility data, surveying over 300 privately run juvenile detention institution, the investigation found widespread harsh treatment and a "sweeping" push in recent years to put the youth carceral system […]

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Washington can’t stop waging war

October 22, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/32c81379/sc/38/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C220Cwashington0Icant0Istop0Iwaging0Iwar0Ipartner0C/story01.htm Why Washington Can’t Stop The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts By Tom EngelhardtIn terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it. Its military has divided the world — the whole planet — into six “commands.” Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done […]

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Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change

October 22, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/why-we-dont-care-about-saving-our-grandchildren-from-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-we-dont-care-about-saving-our-grandchildren-from-climate-change TIME Science & Space Carbon Policy A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That’s why we need win-win solutions now By Bryan Walsh @bryanrwalsh Oct. 21, 2013 Follow @TIME You want to know what the biggest obstacle to dealing with climate change […]

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Life expectancy in America rivals Third World

October 22, 2013

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http://salon.com.feedsportal.com/c/35105/f/648624/s/32c2b5cc/sc/10/l/0L0Ssalon0N0C20A130C10A0C220Clife0Iexpectancy0Iin0Iamerica0Irivals0Ithird0Iworld0Ipartner0C/story01.htm The Affordable Care Act is merely a small step in the direction of universal healthcare. One need only look at the data on life expectancy among Americans to realize how badly health care reform is needed in the United States. People in much of Europe are, on the whole, outliving residents of the U.S., […]

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Exposing the Agenda to Fleece Billions from Workers’ Retirement Savings

October 22, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/48584152/0/alternet~Sirota-and-Taibbi-Exposing-the-Agenda-to-Fleece-Billions-from-Workers-Retirement-Savings Public employees are not the problem—and they’re kept in the dark about attempts to take control of their pensions. Since the once-great city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, Americans everywhere are in a panic. Is my city next? Is my state facing financial disaster? From Wisconsin’s controversial Gov. Scott Walker to New Jersey’s Chris […]

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The Real Story Behind the City’s Deliverance From a Blood-Soaked Era – NYTimes.com

October 22, 2013

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Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

October 21, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/nQ5rK_uJLag/natural-gas-efficiency-fuel-u.s.-carbon-emissions-decline-16639 U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy consumption dropped to their lowest point since 1994 last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Monday afternoon. The decline of coal as a power source in favor of natural gas in the U.S. is a big part of that decline, the EIA reported. […]

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The U.S. ranks 99th in peacefulness

October 21, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/the-u-s-ranks-99th-in-peacefulness/ According to Visions for Humanity, the United States has a Global Peace Index score of 2.126, which makes the United States rank ninety-ninth out of one hundred sixty-two countries ranked in that category. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, with a score of 1.162. Sent by gReader Pro

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New Energy and U.S. Economic Vulnerability

October 21, 2013

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http://blogs.cfr.org/renewing-america/2013/10/15/new-energy-and-u-s-economic-vulnerability/ One of the promises of the fracking revolution that has sharply increased oil and gas production in the United States is that it might help to free this country from the economic ups and downs associated with a volatile world energy market. But a new Council on Foreign Relations Energy Brief, “The Shale Gas […]

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Race Is Central to the Fear and Angst of the US Right

October 21, 2013

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http://www.nationinstitute.org/wire/fellows/3601/race_is_central_to_the_fear_and_angst_of_the_us_right/ The shrinking white base of the Republican party cannot accept the country in which it now lives — so it shut it down. Sent by gReader Pro

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Yes, Technology Is Going to Destroy the Middle Class

October 21, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/10/yes-technology-going-destroy-middle-class I haven’t read Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over, but I’m familiar with its basic thesis: smart machines are going to put lots of people out of work over the next few decades, and this is going to substantially increase income inequality. A small number of very smart people will do really well, while the […]

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A Map of the World’s Slave Workforce

October 21, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/VJPj9V7hJFo/story01.htm Forced labor is a reality, and you might be using products made by workers who had no choice in the matter. The first edition of Global Slavery Index from the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery NGO, estimates that there are 30 million slaves in the world—and more than half of them are in prominent […]

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McDowell County, USA Has Close to Haiti’s Life Expectancy: Welcome to Third World America

October 21, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/48509406/0/alternet~McDowell-County-USA-Has-Close-to-Haitis-Life-Expectancy-Welcome-to-Third-World-America Many Americans, especially in the South, can look forward to dying far younger than their counterparts in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe. The Affordable Care Act is merely a small step in the direction of universal healthcare. One need only look at the data on life expectancy among Americans to realize […]

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The Business of America Is War

October 21, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/48486694/0/alternet~The-Business-of-America-Is-War No wonder our leaders tell us not to worry our little heads about our wars — just support those troops, go shopping, and keep waving that flag. There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the […]

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The Middle Class Gets Wise

October 21, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/the-middle-class-gets-wise/?partner=rss&emc=rss When school is in, inequality is out. Sent by gReader Pro

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Can Eminent Domain Be Used Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So

October 20, 2013

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http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/can-eminent-domain-be-used-to-avert-a-foreclosure-mess Richmond, Calif., demonstrators in front of a local Wells Fargo Branch. Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer. Morris LeGrande believes that, sooner or later, the bank’s going to come for his house. The 57-year-old jazz musician lives in the largely African-American Park Plaza neighborhood of Richmond, Calif., and owes more than $400,000 on his mortgage. […]

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The Abject Failure of Reaganomics

October 20, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/19510-the-abject-failure-of-reaganomics Sent by gReader Pro

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Conjuring Up Our Own Gods – NYTimes.com

October 18, 2013

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/opinion/luhrmann-conjuring-up-our-own-gods.html

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Could Hurricane Sandy happen again? Maybe, says geologist

October 17, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/nXFIB7yVcg4/131017173902.htm Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from billions of dollars in flood damage. A geologist sees the possibility of damage from storms smaller than Sandy in the future. Sent by gReader Pro

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Is Our System of Government Incapable of Meeting the Challenges We Face?

October 17, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/48267959/0/alternet~Is-Our-System-of-Government-Incapable-of-Meeting-the-Challenges-We-Face In the long emergency ahead, the challenges to be overcome are first and foremost political, not technological or economic. The following is excerpted from The State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Possible by the Worldwatch Institute. Copyright 2013 by the Worldwatch Institute. Reproduced by permission of Island Press, Washington DC.The first evidence linking […]

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