Report: 30 percent of shrimp isn’t what it claims to be...

Oct 31, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] There’s a good chance you have no idea what you’re eating — and you shouldn’t be OK with that Lindsay Abrams   SALON.COM Purchase shrimp in the U.S., and there’s a reasonably good chance the thing the you end up with isn’t what you’ve been sold. That’s according to a new study from Oceana, the group that previously showed us how seafood fraud affects a full third of fish sold in the U.S. Researchers took samples from 111 grocery stores and restaurants across the country, tested their DNA, and found that a full 30 percent of shrimp were misrepresented: They were farmed whiteleg shrimp advertised as “wild” or “Gulf,” for example, or one species identified as another. It’s disconcerting, for sure, to think you might be inadvertently chowing down on “an aquarium pet not...

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NASA Bombshell: Global Groundwater Crisis Threatens Our Food Supplies And Our Security...

Oct 31, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS   Sustained drought in California is depleting aquifers (click to enlarge). An alarming satellite-based analysis from NASA finds that the world is depleting groundwater — the water stored unground in soil and aquifers — at an unprecedented rate. A new Nature Climate Change piece, “The global groundwater crisis,” by James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, warns that “most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, that is, in the dry parts of the world that rely most heavily on groundwater, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.” The groundwater at some of the world’s largest aquifers — in the U.S. High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China, India, and elsewhere — is being pumped out “at far greater rates than...

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Don’t Let Them Silence Your Vote!...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Our country’s oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives – to vote – is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. So it’s unbelievable and frankly outrageous that in the last four years, close to half the states in this country have passed laws to make it harder for people to vote. But it’s true. As this country began, only white men of property could vote, but over time and with agitation and conflict, the franchise spread regardless of income, color or gender. In the seventies, we managed to lower the voting age to 18. Yet a new nationwide effort to...

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US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   By David Swanson, War Is A Crime | Report There’s a version of this story at Al Jazeera. The US Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the US Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). “Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round,” said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks. Public affairs superintendent Master...

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Would You Refrain From Having Children to Save the Planet?...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Share on reddit TRUTHDIG Photo by VinothChandar (CC BY 2.0) The thought is repulsive to many people, especially among the religious. But experts acknowledge that cutting back on births is a sure-fire way to mitigate the consumption-fueled destruction of the environment. Quoted in The Guardian on Tuesday, general physician Pippa Hayes, 56, said her profession should encourage people to have smaller families. “Doctors should be promoting replacement number of children; two per couple, one per single parent,” she prescribed. “We don’t need to do this by coercion, we just need to talk about it.” “I was sterilised after the birth of my second son because I believed I had no right to have more than two children – it would have been more than my reproductive share,” she continued. “Humans are tipping the balance...

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Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell Brand...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG Screen shot/YouTube The author of “This Changes Everything” (and former Truthdigger of the Week) stops by the “Trews” set to talk to Russell Brand about how the “brutal, dominance-based capitalist system” in place in the West is screwing us all. —Posted by Natasha Hakimi...

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How Cheap Wind Energy Threatens To Upend The Kansas Governor’s Race And Upset The Koch Brothers...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress by Ari Phillips Kansas Governor Sam Brownback once supported wind energy, but that was before petrochemical billionaires and Kansas natives Charles and David Koch became his largest campaign donors. Now, Brownback and the Kochs find themselves enmeshed in a highly competitive governor’s race, one that has become a referendum on the much-heralded notion that scaling back government and slashing taxes for the wealthy will lead to economic growth. A key aspect of this debate hinges on the role of renewable energy in the state and the future of the Kansas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), a law requiring a certain portion of a state’s energy mix come from renewable sources. The Koch brothers have devoted a significant amount of time and money into repealing the standard and as of late, Brownback has...

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Weather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate Change...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin  CLIMATE PROGRESS Fox News’ Megyn Kelly talks to Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman, who does not actually have a degree in meteorology. CREDIT: Screengrab The Weather Channel has released an official position statement on global warming, just two days after the channel’s co-founder told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that climate change is based on “bad science” and does not exist. In the statement, The Weather Channel said the planet is “indeed warming,” with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 100 years. The statement acknowledged that humans are helping make the planet warmer due to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. It says the future effects of climate change will be more negative than positive. “The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas...

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U.S. Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report...

Oct 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   DeSmogBlog / By Julie Dermansky   VIA ALTERNET While forecasts made by the industry are looked at with skepticism, government projections have been readily accepted. Photo Credit: Julie Dermansky Economic predictions about the fracking industry’s potential growth have for the most part gone unquestioned — until now. A new report from the Post Carbon Institute exposes highly inflated forecasts and concludes that the amount of oil that can be tapped by hydraulic fracturing cannot be maintained at the levels assumed beyond 2020. The report, “Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on US Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom,” says inflated forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have fostered a lack of urgency to transition to renewable energy. The report also looks at the oil industry’s increased pressure to relax restrictions on fracking and change oil and gas export rules. “The Department...

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Deepak Chopra’s “Higher Health”...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 10/29/2014 by Karen Grajales   THE DIRT In New Orleans, GreenBuild participants filled an auditorium to hear world-famous author and alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra speak. He shared his road map for “higher health” and discussed practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation, and healing. Chopra serves on the advisory board of Delos, a real estate development and research company that has developed the WELL Building Standard®, the first protocol of its kind to focus on human wellness in the built environment. “I want you to have a sense of wonder over the mystery of your own being,” Chopra told the audience. He posed two of the “most important unsolved scientific questions,” namely: what the universe is made of? and what is the biological basis of consciousness? These questions are important because “suffering happens...

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Insane energy facts: Google consumes enough energy to power 200,000 homes...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] AsapSCIENCE delivers mind-blowing facts about energy, consumption and production VIDEO Sarah Gray  SALON.COM   A GE 1.6-100 wind turbine (front R) is pictured at a wind farm in Tehachapi, California June 19, 2013. (Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) Have you ever wondered how long it would take you to be completely energized, if you like your smartphone, needed to be plugged in and charged? Or why lightning kills some people, but not others? Or how wind can be harnessed to produce electricity? These assorted questions (along with many others) are answered in the latest installment of AsapSCIENCE, which is dedicated to exploring all different types of energy. Check it out, it might surprise you. Producing energy is an important topic today, because we must find alternatives to our current use of coal and reliance on...

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The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] How invocations of “karma” and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal systems of power Shawn Van Valkenburgh   SALON.COM   The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality Steve Jobs, Satya Nadalla (Credit: AP/Paul Sakuma/Brendan McDermid/rnl, Kaveryn Kiryl via Shutterstock/Salon) Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some shocking advice to a young businesswoman who was concerned that her male peers were passing her up for promotions: Don’t question the systemic sexism of corporate America, just trust in “good karma” to get you ahead. While his attitude made waves in the blogosphere, in fact it accurately represents a form of spirituality that is becoming popular in the West. You know what I’m talking about. When I go to yoga, I’m often surrounded by wealthy white women who can afford expensive classes and Lululemon threads....

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“The Great Invisible”: The BP oil disaster and our fossil-fuel addiction...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] A mesmerizing documentary explores the effects of the huge BP oil spill — and why we’re so eager to forget it Andrew O’Hehir SALON.COM   It isn’t just the banks that are too big to fail. As Margaret Brown’s quietly devastating documentary “The Great Invisible” makes clear, the oil companies and the resource-guzzling, planet-poisoning economy they drive are too big to fail, and our entire consumerist culture of ever-cheaper goods and 24/7 convenience is bigger still. It takes a onetime oil trader sitting on a Houston balcony with an expensive cigar and a glass of whiskey – exactly the guy you’d expect to be the villain in this movie – to speak truth to power. “Who says we have a right to one-dollar gas, two-dollar gas, three-dollar gas?” he asks the Texas night...

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Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] October 29, 2014The only independent member of the US Senate says big money’s purchase of political power is a grave threat, and shares his plan to put government back in voters’ control. Watch the preview. Dig Deeper Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections October 29, 2014 Days ahead of the midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent US Senator, is angry about what he sees as big money’s wholesale purchase of political power. It’s a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself. Two weeks ago, Sen. Sanders visited a town hall meeting in Richmond, California to fire up supporters of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and a slate of progressive city council candidates. They’re running against a ticket backed by the energy giant Chevron, the...

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What you need to know about the next big climate report...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By John Light 29 Oct 2014 10:40 AM    12 comments 35 shares The rumblings are starting: There’s a big climate report on the way. But wait — you’ve heard this one before, right? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — its report already came out recently, didn’t it? More than once, come to think of it? Well, yes, but there is still one more IPCC report coming out this Sunday, Nov. 2. It’s related to the others, but is also sort of different. For starters, a leaked draft uses stronger words to describe the climate threat we face if we don’t take strong action, words like “severe, pervasive and irreversible,” according to the AP. The IPCC’s latest big survey of climate research has been unveiled in installments over the past 13...

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Housing Alone Won’t Heal New York: Sandy Survivors Need Healthcare, Too...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment   AlterNet / By Miranda Sissons On the second anniversary of the superstorm, access to healthcare is an essential but forgotten part of long-term recovery. October 29, 2014  |  I gave birth to my second daughter in New York City just before Superstorm Sandy, and carried her home the afternoon it hit. We lay together in my bed, the baby oblivious to the noise, as the darkness fell. For hours I listened to the shrieking darkness, as the flood waters rose just one mile away. Now my daughter is two years old, and I’m the executive director of a group,Doctors of the World USA, that runs a free medical clinic in the Rockaways, partly as a response to Superstorm Sandy. Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the...

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Senate to look at earthquake risks at California nuke plant...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Daily Photo Galleries By The Associated Press Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 9:48 p.m. LOS ANGELES — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is failing to protect public safety, California Sen. Barbara Boxer charged on Monday, announcing that the Senate committee she chairs will hold hearings on how regulators have assessed earthquake risks at California’s last operating nuclear power plant. Boxer, a Democrat, announced the hearings as The Associated Press disclosed that a federal expert has been urging the NRC to shut the Diablo Canyon plant until regulators can determine whether its reactors can withstand shaking from nearby earthquake faults. Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, says she is alarmed that the recommendation by Michael Peck, the NRC’s former lead inspector at the plant, was made a year ago and that the agency hasn’t...

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Scientists Discover Huge ‘Bathtub Ring’ Of Oil On Sea Floor From BP Spill...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS This October 2010 photo provided by Penn State University shows the arms of a brittle starfish, red in color, clinging to coral damaged by the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. CREDIT: AP Photo/NOAA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientists have discovered yet another unforeseen effect of BP’s historic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: a 1,235-square-mile “bathub ring” of oil on the deep ocean’s floor. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on Monday showed that approximately 10 million gallons of oil settled and coagulated on the floor of the Gulf near the Deepwater Horizon rig, which spilled a total of 172 million gallons of oil into the ocean in April 2010. That oil left a footprint on the ocean floor...

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Three Airlines In Australia Just Inadvertently Demonstrated That Carbon Taxes Work...

Oct 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Jeff Spross  CLIMATE PROGRESS A Qantas airplane at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Qantas is one of three airlines involved in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s investigation. CREDIT: Shutterstock Three airlines are in the hot seat in Australia, after failing to pass claimed savings on to their customers in the wake of a repealed carbon tax. Back in July of this year, Australia axed its $23-per-metric-ton carbon tax. ($20.39 per metric ton in U.S. dollars.) The repeal included provisions that require companies to pass on the savings in reduced costs to their customers, and give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) new powers to ensure they do so. When the tax originally began operation in 2012, three airlines — Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Regional Express — claimed it would add millions to...

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4 Illegal Drugs that Could Safely Treat Depression...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian / By David Derbyshire Science continues to show how cannabis and psychedelics can work psychological wonders. Photo Credit: agsandrew / Shutterstock.com October 22, 2014  | Next year, if all goes to plan, a dozen patients with clinical depression will be invited to a UK laboratory and given psilocybin – the psychedelic ingredient found in magic mushrooms. Over the next four or five hours, many of these volunteers will experience dream-like euphoria as colours, smells and sounds become more intense, perception of time distorts and their sense of self dissolves. Some may feel a surge of electricity through their bodies, sudden clarity of thought or hilarity. Others may experience anxiety, confusion or paranoia. These hallucinogenic effects will be short-lived, but the impact of the drug on the volunteers could be long-lasting. There is tentative...

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The Polar Vortex Controversy: Extreme Predictions Launch Debate Among Weather Experts...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment   AlterNet / By Cliff Weathers   AccuWeather’s weather model questioned. Photo Credit: NOAA October 28, 2014  | Last year, conservatives led by Rush Limbaugh called the Polar Vortex — the large-scale Arctic-air cyclone that dipped deep into American skies last year — nothing more than a “hoax” and a “left-wing media conspiracy.” Limbaugh insisted it was created for the sole purpose of frighting people into believing in climate change. Meteorologists and other scientists retaliated, insisting the phenomenon was, indeed, real. NBC weatherman Al Roker got the last word in this public spat when he posted a page from a 1959 college textbook on Twitter that contained the term and its definition. Limbaugh was uncharacteristically silenced. ​ ​​This year, however, the debate isn’t about the vortex’s existence, it’s between the two...

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The Myth of the Free Press

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG Posted on Oct 26, 2014 By Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG Screen shot of journalist Gary Webb from Vimeo. There is more truth about American journalism in the film “Kill the Messenger,” which chronicles the mainstream media’s discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie “All the President’s Men,” which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal. The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. They laud and promote the myth of American democracy—even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders on Wall Street and in Washington, no matter how perfidious their crimes. They slavishly venerate the military and law enforcement in the name of patriotism. They select the...

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Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Oct 28, 2014 By Robert Reich   TRUTHDIG Shutterstock This post originally ran on Robert Reich’s Web page. Commenting on a recent student suicide at an Alaska high school, Alaska’s Republican Congressman Don Young said suicide didn’t exist in Alaska before “government largesse” gave residents an entitlement mentality. “When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have the suicide problem,” he said. Government handouts tell people “you are not worth anything but you are going to get something for nothing.” Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in America — almost twice the national average, and a leading cause of death in Alaska for young people ages 15 to 24...

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Pumpkins’ biggest threat isn’t Mischief Night or Billy Corgan...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Out of our Gourds By Sam Bliss California’s neverending drought spares no plant, animal, or holiday tradition. The record-setting dry spell threatens organic dairy, craft beer, grass-fed beef, almonds, lawns, hay, greens, rice, and people who depend on water sources appropriated by bottled water companies. To that list you can now add pumpkins. Less water has meant smaller pumpkins for some farmers, and heat waves ripened many potential jack-o’-lanterns earlier than usual this year. NBC News’ coverage indicates that our yellow-orange carving gourds aren’t super resilient: Most pumpkins are grown on smaller farms. And they don’t go far from the fields. Despite their tough exterior, pumpkins bruise easily and are rarely shipped across state lines. Most are sold locally. Sounds like those early-ripening crops might end up as canned pie filling. Also, pumping more groundwater to quench parched pumpkins means...

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Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Grist / photo by Amelia Bates By Madeleine Thomas   GRIST Two years ago, Camille Parmesan, a professor at Plymouth University and the University of Texas at Austin, became so “professionally depressed” that she questioned abandoning her research in climate change entirely. Parmesan has a pretty serious stake in the field. In 2007, she shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for her work as a lead author of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2009, The Atlantic named her one of 27 “Brave Thinkers” for her work on the impacts of climate change on species around the globe. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg were also on the list. Despite the accolades, she was fed up. “I felt like here was this huge signal I was...

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Midterms Prediction: Billionaires to Retain Control of Government...

Oct 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] By Andy Borowitz  THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Credit Photograph by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—With just one week to go until the midterm elections, a new poll indicates that billionaires are likely to retain control of the United States government. The poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, shows that the proxy candidates of billionaires are likely to win ninety-eight per cent of next Tuesday’s races, with the remaining two per cent leaning billionaire. Although the poll indicates that some races are still “too close to call,” the fact that billionaires funded candidates on both sides puts the races safely in their column. Davis Logsdon, who supervised the poll for the University of Minnesota, said that next Tuesday should be “a big night for oligarchs” and that both houses...

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Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy...

Oct 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] The “sharing economy” makes Silicon Valley rich and takes from the rest of us. We ignore this at our imminent peril Richard (RJ) Eskow  SALON.COM Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy (Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Beck Diefenbach/AP/Matt Sayles/Salon) An Amazon River legend says that its famous pink river dolphins sometimes become shapeshifters and assume human form to seduce unwary travelers and lure them to a magical city called Encante. The catch is that this city is underwater. Once you’ve been there you can never go back home. That’s the thing about myths: There’s always a catch. Our society runs on a digital myth, which says that the technology-based economy is different, special and somehow not subject to the principles of mathematics and human nature that govern the rest...

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This is the infectious disease you should be worried about...

Oct 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Frida The World Health Organization warns that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is a global threat Lindsay Abrams  SALON.COM In his 30 years studying tuberculosis, Dr. Mario Raviglione has tried — and failed — to figure out why everyone else keeps forgetting it exists. We’d forgotten about it, for example, in the 1980s — when Raviglione began his training in infectious diseases in New York City — even though, as he recalls, he was seeing cases every day among the city’s homeless and HIV-positive populations. That all changed in 1991, when multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) reached epidemic levels in New York. The city’s incidence of TB had more than doubled in the past decade, representing a full 15 percent of all U.S. cases. Nearly a fifth of patients were failing to respond to first-line treatments. Suddenly, the...

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At Least One California Town Is Now Bone Dry as Megadrought Continues...

Oct 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment   AlterNet / By Cliff Weathers A poor, rural community in Calfornia’s agricultural belt has run out of water. October 24, 2014  | At least one California town has gone dry, and many are expected to follow soon. East Porterville, in Tulare County is now without water, as the wells that feed it have dried up. Residents, according to Yahoo! News, now have to drive to the local fire station to get water to drink, bathe, and flush the toilet. And ironically, the town is near what was once the largest freshwater lake in California. Tulare County, which relies heavily on the agricultural industry, is parched. The some 500 wells that feed its residents and farmers have gone dry. And the county says that it may be years and cost $20 million...

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“A Gluten-Free Cake Is Still a Cake”: How Our Latest Nutritional Boogeyman Duped Us...

Oct 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Food   Salon / By Erin Keane Why are Americans so resistant to hearing the sensible answer when it comes to food Ten years ago, most people would have needed a translation for the complaint “I got glutened!” Today, it’s a rallying cry, not only for the 1 percent of the population diagnosed with Celiac disease, which makes the gut intolerant of the wheat protein gluten, but also for those suffering from what Michael Specter calls gluten anxiety in his extensive gluten investigation in the New Yorker. “Should you go gluten-free?” asks Specter’s new article, titled “Against the Grain.” While the sensible answer is likely, “Well, if you suffer from a disease like irritable bowel syndrome, maybe ask your doctor if you should give it a try,” the idea of “gluten anxiety” raises a...

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