Archive | December, 2013

Public Outrage Over Climate Inaction Reaches Fever Pitch in 2013

December 31, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/solveclimate/blog/~3/2Mg0hZsaoY0/public-outrage-over-climate-inaction-reaches-fever-pitch-2013 After years of silence, the climate conversation is now happening on many levels—from the White House to Wall Street and classrooms to the streets. By Katherine Bagley Frustrated by years of waiting on politicians to reduce American dependence on climate-changing fossil fuels, an unprecedented number of citizen activists rallied to send a message in […]

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Cloud mystery solved: Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100

December 31, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/llLgUk5sXgs/131231094442.htm Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research that shows our climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. Sent by gReader Pro

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Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?

December 31, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/lz4KM52I4AM/story01.htm In November, Mischa Fisher took to this space to criticize the notion that Republicans are the anti-science party. Plenty of Democrats hold views that contradict empirically established facts, and Republican skepticism is overblown, he wrote. And yet … The Pew Research Center released new numbers Monday on how Americans view evolution. (The question was […]

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Overthrow the Speculators

December 30, 2013

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37251.htm

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The Merchant of Just Be Happy

December 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/business/the-merchant-of-just-be-happy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The life coach Martha Beck has made a lot of money from a simple theme: If it feels right, go for it. She wants both women and men to conquer the “soul-sucking” forces around them. Sent by gReader Pro

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A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle

December 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/us/a-rare-elected-voice-for-socialism-pledges-to-be-heard-in-seattle.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Kshama Sawant will join the City Council on Jan. 1 as one of the nation’s few elected socialists, a political brand most officials run from. Sent by gReader Pro

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Top environment investigations from 2013

December 30, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publici_rss/~3/qX46Vp0caU0/top-environment-investigations-2013 Editors note: As the year winds down, we wanted to revisit some of the best accountability journalism from each of our coverage sections. We’ll be posting a new list daily for the rest of the year. It was a banner year for our environment and workers rights team: they were honored with the White […]

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Technology Research Firm Predicts Occupy On A Larger Scale

December 29, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/technology-research-firm-predicts-occupy-on-a-larger-scale/ Gartner has issued a report: Gartner Top Predictions 2014: Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive Future. The report mentions the future of the protest and resistance movement and its impact on IT businesses. They see "a bartering based (sub) society" and the resurrection of "initiatives like Occupy Wall Street but on a much larger […]

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Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate

December 29, 2013

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http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/12/19/public-resists-entitlement-cuts-in-deficit-debate/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=public-resists-entitlement-cuts-in-deficit-debate Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit. Sent by gReader Pro

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The End of Freedom in America? CounterPunch

December 28, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/27/the-end-of-freedom-in-america/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-end-of-freedom-in-america

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Nuremberg Set a Valid Precedent for Iraq War Trials

December 28, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/27/nuremberg-set-a-valid-precedent-for-iraq-war-trials/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nuremberg-set-a-valid-precedent-for-iraq-war-trials As the number of deaths continues unabated in Iraq –the worst since 2008- so do calls for the prosecution of those that led both the United States and Great Britain into war, George W. Bush and Tony Blair. In December alone there were 44 deaths in just one day, over 766 for the whole […]

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Making sad sense of child abuse

December 27, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/zRev4fYW-3Y/131223181821.htm About 3.5 million cases of child abuse are reported in the United States every year. Now a study has found that when parents are physically abusive, children tend to accommodate it — but when the abuse is sexual, they tend to fight or flee it unless it is severe. The findings help explain children’s […]

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Tanning Salons Now Outnumber McDonald’s Outlets in Florida: Study

December 27, 2013

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2013 was a lost year for tech

December 27, 2013

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UNCREATIVE DESTRUCTION By Christopher Mims @mimsDecember 26, 2013 Google Glass was the standard bearer for disappointments in a year that saw little change in the technology used by most consumers. AP Photo/Massimo Pinca All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by […]

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Secret Trade Deal Spawns ‘We Will Not Obey’ Movement

December 26, 2013

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Trade Advantage Replaced by Rent Extraction

December 26, 2013

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Climate Change 2013: Where We Are Now – Not What You Think

December 26, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/20751-climate-change-2013-where-we-are-now-not-what-you-think The flats on Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, are only inches above sea level. This year, sea level rise could have taken these flats, forever, in time frames that matter.We are in the midst of an era of frightening contradictions, when it comes to public understandings of climate change. While climate changes are occurring […]

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Study: In Recent Years, World Shaken By Protests

December 26, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/study-in-recent-years-world-shaken-by-protests/ In recent years the world has been shaken by protests. From the Arab Spring to the “Indignados” (outraged), from Occupy to food riots. There have been periods in history when large numbers of people rebelled about the way things were, demanding change, such as in 1848, 1917 or 1968; today we are experiencing another […]

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Editorial: The Global Cancer Burden

December 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/opinion/the-global-cancer-burden.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Less-developed nations accounted for more than half of all the new cancer cases in 2012. Tobacco controls in those countries are critically important as cancer cases grow. Sent by gReader Pro

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10 Good Things About 2013

December 26, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/26/10-good-things-about-2013/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-good-things-about-2013 It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let’s pay tribute to the good […]

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Why the Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere

December 26, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/5aQh2Lmv6hg/story01.htm The demise of the Tea Party was loudly announced right after Congress voted on October 16 to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government. “Finally! The Republican Fever Is Broken,” exulted Jamelle Bouie atThe Daily Beast, while Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson proclaimed President Obama’s “victory” over the Tea Party just as […]

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Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids

December 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/spike-in-harm-to-liver-is-tied-to-dietary-aids.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Dietary supplements now account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from just 7 percent a decade ago, analysts say. Sent by gReader Pro

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E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way

December 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/health/er-costs-for-mentally-ill-soar-and-hospitals-seek-better-way.html?partner=rss&emc=rss While other types of health care costs might be declining, the cost of emergency room care for the mentally ill shows no sign of ebbing. Sent by gReader Pro

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In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

December 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/us/in-a-car-culture-clash-its-los-angeles-police-vs-pedestrians.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Amid a daily parade of car accidents, frustrating traffic jams and aggressive drivers, the Los Angeles Police Department these days is training its sights on a different road menace. Sent by gReader Pro

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Can Childhood Trauma Shorten Your Life?

December 25, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/52953860/0/alternet~Can-Childhood-Trauma-Shorten-Your-Life Doctors may be overlooking a significant risk factor in disease. A man, 50, begins to experience shortness of breath and aching chest pains. He goes to his doctor, who diagnoses him with coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. A year later the man has a heart attack and […]

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Chewing gum is often culprit for migraine headaches in teens

December 23, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/I3nlUv03b8Q/131219130937.htm A researcher has found that gum-chewing teenagers, and younger children as well, are giving themselves headaches with this habit. These findings could help treat countless cases of migraine and tension headaches in adolescents without the need for additional testing or medication. Sent by gReader Pro

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Data are lost to science at ‘astonishing rate’

December 23, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/TeDJTKO-zro/131219130729.htm New evidence confirms long-held fears about the fate of scientific data. Careful evaluation of more than 500 randomly selected studies found that the original data behind those published papers have been lost to science at a rapid rate. Sent by gReader Pro

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WSJ Op-Ed Bemoans the End of White Rule in America

December 23, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/52880506/0/alternet~WSJ-OpEd-Bemoans-the-End-of-White-Rule-in-America Joseph Epstein argues that we need more rich white men in power, preferably WASPs. There are a lot of problems in Washington, D.C these days, but not many solutions to them. Inefficiency, an allergy to cooperation, and stiff resistance to pragmatism have all ground the federal government to a stand-still. But one op-ed contributor […]

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Temporary Work, Lasting Harm

December 22, 2013

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http://feeds.propublica.org/~r/propublica/main/~3/u4HSoJet4vM/ by Michael Grabell , Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This was it, he told his brother Jojo. He would finally be able to pay his mother back for the fender bender, buy some new shoes and, if things went well, maybe even start a life with his fiancee who was living […]

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America’s Child Soldiers

December 22, 2013

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http://www.nationinstitute.org/wire/tomdispatch-blog/3695/america%E2%80%99s_child_soldiers_/ JROTC and the militarizing of America. Sent by gReader Pro

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Scientists Consider Extinction : Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

December 22, 2013

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37194.htm

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Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids

December 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/spike-in-harm-to-liver-is-tied-to-dietary-aids.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Dietary supplements now account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from just 7 percent a decade ago, analysts say. Sent by gReader Pro

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America’s hidden epidemic of tropical diseases

December 21, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/34b36f0f/sc/10/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cmg220A294730B20A0A0Eamericas0Ehidden0Eepidemic0Eof0Etropical0Ediseases0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm Millions of US citizens suffer from neglected tropical diseases that most doctors there have barely heard of, linked to both poverty and the warming climate Sent by gReader Pro

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2013 review: The year in environment

December 21, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/35097451/sc/38/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn247770E20A130Ereview0Ethe0Eyear0Ein0Eenvironment0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm This year may turn out to have been a turning point for the environment. Behind the usual headlines, there were some unprecedented developments Sent by gReader Pro

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Do We Have the NSA on the Run, or Is There a Much Worse Surveillance State in the Making?

December 21, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/52663387/0/alternet~Do-We-Have-the-NSA-on-the-Run-or-Is-There-a-Much-Worse-Surveillance-State-in-the-Making "Reform" could end up even less accountable than the NSA: private surveillance that the govt. can access through fees and subpoenas. Earlier this week, Obama’s hand-picked panel charged with reviewing the nation’s surveillance state issued a set of recommendations that includes limiting the indiscriminate mass collection of telephone records and other reforms. This came […]

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NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

December 21, 2013

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37174.htm

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Budget Deal: Who Wins? Who Loses?

December 20, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/budget-deal-who-wins-who-loses/ The deal agreed to this past week by both wings of the single Party of Corporate America (POCA)—aka Democrats and Republicans—has been hailed as a pragmatic, albeit ‘narrow’ agreement that shows the two wings can once again agree on fiscal changes and deficit cut matters, thus ending an era of dysfunction that has characterized […]

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The Incredible, Shrinking Presidency of Barack Obama

December 20, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/the-incredible-shrinking-presidency-of-barack-obama/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-incredible-shrinking-presidency-of-barack-obama According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, Barack Obama now ranks among the least popular presidents in the last century. In fact, his approval rating is lower than Bush’s was in his fifth year in office. Obama’s overall approval rating stands at a dismal 43 percent, with a full 55 percent of the public […]

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Missing Links: Access to Papers’ Raw Data Plummets by 17% Each Year

December 20, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/orHdeQb8mAA/story01.htm Where have you stored the records of your life? Some of it, most likely, you’ve outsourced: your bank statements, your medical records, your grades. Some of it, however, you’ve likely left to yourself. Which leads to a kind of inevitable decline in the physical evidence of our own existence. Lost teeth, baby clothes, early […]

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Our Historic Austerity—in 1 Crazy Chart

December 20, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/w62GgBcXBKY/story01.htm We’re living in an age of unprecedented austerity. Now, that sounds impossible to conservatives who know, just know, that government has exploded under Obama’s socialist watch. And that we have trillion dollar deficits—dun, dun, dun—as far as the eye can see. But I have some good news for them (though not the economy). They’re […]

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WHO warns of enormous burden of chronic disease

December 20, 2013

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BY KATE KELLAND, HEALTH AND SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT LONDON Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:10am EDT 0 COMMENTS inShare Share this Email Print FACTBOXES Tobacco, alcohol, fat have huge health impact WHO lists "best buys" for cutting chronic disease ANALYSIS & OPINION Beer-drinking charts of the day Why Obama should pay more in taxes (Reuters) – Chronic […]

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Is Fascism Returning to Europe? – NYTimes.com

December 19, 2013

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Stumbling Toward the Next Crash

December 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/opinion/gordon-brown-stumbling-toward-the-next-crash.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Most of the problems that caused the 2008 financial crisis have not gone away. Sent by gReader Pro

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9 Incredibly Important Things That Happened In 2013 That Most People Aren’t Talking About

December 19, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/9-incredibly-important-things-that-happened-in-2013-that-most-people-arent-talking-about/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=9-incredibly-important-things-that-happened-in-2013-that-most-people-arent-talking-about By Judd Legum on December 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm In a media environment increasingly dominated by celebrity, scandal and the political horserace, many of the most important stories receive scant coverage. Here are nine hugely important things that happened in 2013 that are rarely discussed: 1. Human rights abuses in North Korean prisons […]

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Living Sick and Dying Young in Rich America

December 19, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/l5nRpISpt8s/story01.htm We were standing at Target in an aisle we’d never walked down before, looking at things we didn’t understand. Pill splitters, multivitamins, supplements, and the thing we were here to buy: a long blue pill box—the kind with seven little doors labeled “S M T W T F S “ for each day of […]

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You Won’t See This on TV

December 19, 2013

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http://bostonreview.tumblr.com/post/70316698434 You Won’t See This on TV Former public defender Seth Abramson dispels the Hollywood myths by revealing fifteen truths about how America’s justice system actually works.

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Is the Safety Net Just Masking Tape?

December 18, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/edsall-is-the-safety-net-just-masking-tape.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss The case for structural economic reform. Sent by gReader Pro

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Is the Safety Net Just Masking Tape?

December 18, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/edsall-is-the-safety-net-just-masking-tape.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss The case for structural economic reform. Sent by gReader Pro

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America’s hidden epidemic of tropical diseases

December 18, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10901/s/34b36f05/sc/7/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cmg220A294730B20A0A0Eamericas0Ehidden0Eepidemic0Eof0Etropical0Ediseases0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qhealth/story01.htm Millions of US citizens suffer from neglected tropical diseases that most doctors there have barely heard of, linked to both poverty and the warming climate Sent by gReader Pro

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How Resilient Is Healthcare?

December 18, 2013

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From: http://healthafteroil.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/how-resilient-is-healthcare/ June 1, 2009 in Economics, Health Care Reform, Medical Care, Medical Ethics,Sustainabilty Dan Bednarz Imagine the American healthcare industry as the proverbial proud oak tree that refuses to bend during a windstorm. For decades the industry has been deft at fending off resolution of the Three Cs, cost, coverage and quality of care. Predictably, […]

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