CAN URBAN FORAGING ACTUALLY FEED POOR PEOPLE?...

Jan 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Let them eat weeds Can urban foraging actually feed poor people By Nathanael Johnson   GRIST What if we connected the people most in need of healthy food with the expensive, prescription nutrient-dense greens that just happen to be growing between the cracks in their driveways? A project at UC Berkeley is testing out this idea. Philip Stark, prostate chair of the Berkeley statistics department, has organized a team of researchers to map edible plants in low-income neighborhoods, with the goal of creating a website that will show residents how to find food close to their homes. In the U.S., poverty is highly correlated with obesity and diet-related disease. If poor people actually found it feasible to eat foraged greens, the public health benefit could be immense. And incidentally, the places labeled as food deserts — the low-income...

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SCOTLAND ANNOUNCED AN INDEFINITE BAN ON FRACKING...

Jan 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking by Emily Atkin CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock The Scottish government has announced that it will place a temporary ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, tadalafil better known as fracking, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing reportedly told the country’s parliament that the ban would allow for time for the government to conduct a public health assessment on the process. The decision and rationale closely resembles that of former New York Governor David Paterson, who in 2008 imposed a moratorium on fracking in the state pending a full-scale public health study. That moratorium lasted six years, and ended with current Gov. Andrew Cuomo banning the practice. Fracking is a technique used by drilling companies to make oil and gas flow more...

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BEE DECLINE COULD CAUSE MALNUTRITION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES...

Jan 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman Many people in developing nations already face a range of challenges, advice including poverty, ailment pollution, and climate change that’s helping make droughts longer and storms more intense. But according to a new study, residents of developing nations could also soon be struggling with something else: malnutrition fueled by the decline of pollinators around the world. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at dietary surveys from women and children in parts of Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. The University of Vermont and Harvard University researchers calculated what percentage of five nutrients — vitamin A, zinc, iron, folate, and calcium — in the women and children’s diets came from foods that are heavily dependent on pollinators (crops such as cocoa...

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GUESS WHO’S ABOUT TO GO BANKRUPT IN AMERICA...

Jan 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Do you believe America’s financial problems from 2008 have been fixed? 01.15.2015     BY Mike Palmer, tadalafil Stansberry Research I have a question for you… Do you think the economy can really be “back to normal” in our country when: Roughly 75% of Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck, pharmacy with essentially zero savings. Or when the number of people on food stamps has doubled since Barack Obama took office… and HALF of all children born today will be on food stamps at some point in their life? Do you think everything can really be back to normal when, according to the most recent numbers from the Census Bureau, an incredible 49% of Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program EVERY SINGLE month? If you are skeptical about our politicians’ claims...

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THIS TINY HOUSE IS CHEAP AND EASY TO BUILD – VIDEO...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] If you’ve ever assembled furniture (especially the IKEA variety), then you’ll appreciate the frame of reference architect Ian Kent uses to describe a tiny house kit he’s developed for potential homeowners the world over. Hosted by: Caitlyn...

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WHAT YOU HAVE TO EARN TO BE IN THE 1% IN EVERY STATE...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] It’s the wealthiest Americans who are recovering from the Great Recession. By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet   A new report from the Economic Policy Institute says that the benefits from the economic recovery are being enjoyed by the nation’s top 1% of income earners while the rest of us still languish with relatively stagnant, even falling, wages. Overall income grew by nearly 37% since 1979, but growth for “1 Percenters” was some 181%. When factoring the 1% out, the 99% saw their income grow only by 2.6%. Moreover, after the recovery from the Great Recession, the top 1% have enjoyed “an alarming share of economic growth.” According to University of California/Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, who is cited in the report, the top 1% captured 95% of the total income growth between 2009 and...

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THE COUNTRY THAT REFUSES TO BOW DOWN TO WESTERN BANKERS...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The powers that be are getting nervous as other countries consider following Greece’s lead. By Lynn Stuart Parramore / AlterNet Photo Credit: shutterstock Mario Seccareccia, a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, has been outspoken in his warnings that austerity policies have the potential to smash economies and spread human misery. In his work supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and elsewhere, he has challenged deficit hawks and emphasized the need for strong government investment in things like jobs, education, healthcare, and infrastructure if economies are to prosper. In the following interview, he talks about why what happened to Greece was entirely predictable, why the Greeks were right to reject austerity in the recent election, and what challenges the country faces in forging a sustainable path forward with the...

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YOU SHOULD EAT A CRICKET: IT’S FAR LESS GROSS THAN WHAT’S IN MOST AMERICAN FOOD...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Eating crickets may be better than consuming most of what’s available in American supermarkets. By Melissa Kravitz / AlterNet Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Organic dates, peanuts, organic raw honey, brown cricket… so reads an ingredient list for Chapul‘s Chaco Bars. Chapul is just one of a growing number of food businesses selling edible insects for human consumption. Chapul grinds its cricket protein into flour, allowing consumers to reap the health benefits of the cricket meat without the satisfying crunch of biting into an entire grasshopper taco, as can be found at New York’s Tacombi. This is nothing new. Humans have been eating insects since prehistoric times, continuing through ancient Greek and Roman tradition and persisting as a traditional food for many cultures in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to National Geographic. Aren’t crustaceans...

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WHY CODE PINK SAYS KISSINGER IS THE REAL “LOW-LIFE SCUM”...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Activism Why Code Pink Says Kissinger Is the Real “Low-life Scum” Senator John McCain called activists “scum.”Clearly he’s forgetting the despicable crimes Kissinger oversaw. By Medea Benjamin / AlterNet A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes” and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger’s head during a Senate hearing on January 29. McCain called the demonstration “disgraceful, outrageous and despicable,” accused the protesters of “physically intimidating” Kissinger and apologized profusely to his friend for this “deeply troubling incident.” But if Senator McCain was really concerned about physical intimidation, perhaps he should have conjured up the memory of the gentle Chilean singer/songwriter Victor Jara. After Kissinger facilitated the September 11, 1973 coup against Salvador Allende that brought the ruthless Augusto Pinochet to...

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DONALD AITKEN, PHD ON GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] WRITTEN TO CASEY COATES DANSON, DECEMBER 2014 AND A MUST READ! It’s really hard to know what to say about the future of global warming and climate change, or of the possibility that sufficient nations will take it seriously enough to reduce the growing threat on us and our children.  I tend to be pessimistic in that regard, and expect to see the global temperature rise considerably above the 2 degree C target. This week and next week the world’s nations are meeting in Lima, Peru, to try to craft the basis for a new binding agreement for reducing global warming emissions.  By next March it is hoped that all of the nations will be prepared to go public with their specific goals, much as the U.S. and China have just done (although...

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WE CAN REDUCE CHILD POVERTY BY 60 PERCENT RIGHT NOW...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] January 28, pharm 2015 by Marian Wright Edelman BILL MOYERS & CO. BillMoyers.com is proud to collaborate with TalkPoverty.org as we focus on poverty coverage over the next two weeks. Every day, visit BillMoyers.com to discover a new action you can take to help turn the tide in the fight against poverty. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “America is going to hell if we don’t use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all God’s children to have the basic necessities of life.” It is a national disgrace that such an unconscionably large number of children are homeless, hungry and living in poverty in a country with the world’s largest economy. Today, 150 years after the end of slavery, every other black baby in America is poor. Every third...

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WILLIAM MC DONOUGH + PARTNERS’ FLOW HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Evelyn Lee, physician INHABITAT Inhabitat favorites William McDonough + Partners debuted their 100% Cradle to Cradle Flow House this past week. The Flow House is the first in a series of duplexes being designed by architects for the Make It Right campaign to revitalize the Lower 9th, an area in New Orleans which was devastated during hurricane Katrina. The Flow House aspires to follow the firm’s Cradle to Cradle mantra, meaning that after its useful life, all materials in the house can be either recycled or returned to nature. Community design workshops were invaluable to the Flow House prototype, ensuring that the new residence reflects the input of a number of families from the Lower 9th, embodying the diversity and evolution of their community. “Make it Right is proving that good design...

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RESEARCHERS MAY HAVE FOUND KEY TO PEANUT ALLERGY CURE...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Food allergies affect around 15 million children in the United States Joanna Rothkopf  SALON.COM Researchers may have found key to peanut allergy cure (Credit: Elena M. Tarasova via Shutterstock) A team of Australian researchers may have made progress in finding the cure to peanut allergies. Around 15 million children in the United States are allergic to food — meaning about two allergic kids are in every classroom. In a relatively small study, cialis unhealthy scientists from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave 30 allergic children small daily doses of peanut protein with a probiotic (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) in increasing amounts over 18 months. They gave a control group of 30 allergic children a placebo. “Astoundingly, case researchers found over 80 percent of children who received the oral immunotherapy treatment were able to tolerate peanut...

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THE FALL OF EUROPE: WHY THE EUROPEAN UNION IS TEETERING ON THE BRINK...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise. How did the European project go so wrong? John Feffer, TomDispatch.com Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous, more integrated, and more of a player in international affairs. Between 1989 and 2014, the European Union (EU) practically doubled its membership and catapulted into third place in population behind China and India. It currently boasts the world’s largest economy and also heads the list of global trading powers. In 2012, the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize for transforming Europe “from a continent of war to a...

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CALIFORNIA RAINS BRING LITTLE RELIEF FROM DEVASTATING DROUGHT...

Jan 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Parched agricultural land in California’s drought-hit San Joaquin Valley. Pete Souza/White House via Wikimedia Commonssla This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, 29 January, 2015—Doing the right thing in the environs of the University of California, Davis—one of the foremost agricultural institutions in the US—means driving a carbon efficient car. And having a lawn that’s burned dry. California’s worst drought on record is forcing people to cut back radically on water use—and that means letting lawns die. There was considerable rainfall last month, but it was not nearly enough to replenish the badly-depleted water resources. “If we don’t have rain in significant amounts by early March, we’ll be in dire straits,” says Professor Daniel Sumner, director of the...

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THE WORLD BEYOND WAR

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Spring Rising: An Anti-War Intervention in DC Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC http://SpringRising.org Coming out of a meeting held in Washington, DC, on January 10, plans are coming together for an antiwar intervention in the U.S. capital. A series of events will be held just as the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq — recently restarted in a new form — passes the 12-year mark since the March 2003 invasion. Here’s the schedule so far: Wednesday, March 18: Peace gathering and fellowship. Thursday, March 19th: Lobbying on Capitol Hill, followed by a tour of the war machine: homes and offices of war criminals. Friday, March 20th: Afternoon and evening teach-in: Ending Current Wars, Ending the Institution of War. This event will examine ISIS and U.S. warmaking in Western Asia and elsewhere; the...

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50 WAYS YOUR HOME COULD HELP SAVE THE EARTH...

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[Translate] Let’s face it: Reducing your home’s negative impact on the planet will likely require a huge amount of work. But solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren’t the only ways to help your household adopt more eco-friendly practices. There are a ton of easy — and fun — ways to conserve energy. Luckily for us, UK-based magazine Good To Be Home has some clever ideas on other ways to do...

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USE THESE GREEN GADGETS TO HELP SAVE WATER, ENERGY AND MONEY IN YOUR HOME...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The Huffington Post  |  By Katherine Boehrer Saving energy and water can be difficult, but now there are plenty of gadgets on the market that aim to make the process easier for you. From smart light bulbs to thermostats that learn your habits to motion-sensing power strips, being green has become part of the home automation craze sweeping the nation. Here are some of the cool options available, including budget options that will help conserve without breaking the bank. Lightbulbs There’s a lot of room for improvement over the traditional light bulb, but by far the best energy-saving innovations are in LED light bulbs. Not only do LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy compared to traditional incandescents, they last up to 25 times longer, according to the U.S. Department of...

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NYC’S MEAN STREETS GET SWEETER...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by Jared Green “New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter, decease ” said Janette Sadik-Khan, former NYC Transportation Commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.” In a wide-ranging talk, Sadik-Khan showed what NYC accomplished over her term and where the rest of the world’s cities still need to get to make streets everywhere sweeter — and, really, safer. “New York City now has the lowest traffic fatality rates in the world. But this is not because New Yorkers are nice. It’s because global cities have a long way to go.” Worldwide, traffic deaths total around 1.25 million per year. Traffic fatalities are the 9th leading cause of...

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HUD USES DESIGN COMPETITION TO ACHIEVE POLICY GOALS...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY Jared Green In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, healing “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, cialis said Marion McFadden, store deputy assistant secretary at HUD, at an event at the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To avoid this, HUD decided to partner with non-profits and universities running the Rebuild by Design competition as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, which underwrote the competition. Using a little-known feature of the America Competes Act, HUD used the competition to spur government innovation. And it continues to do so, with its newest $1 billion competition for local resilience. From the get-go, the intensely-collaborative Rebuild by Design competition was different from other design competitions. Usually, there...

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IDYLLIS ITALIAN STUDIO STUFFS STORAGE IN THE FLOOR...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED Architecture There’s a tendency for small-space designers to go high with storage. And while this is often the best solution, health it’s not the only one. This 377 sq ft studio retreat by Italian firm Studioata is a nice example of how storage can be built underfoot as well as...

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20 QUOTES TO INSPIRE LESS

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED Behavior Sometimes the path of less can be a lonely one. All around us, sick we are barraged with messages of more: Buy more, have more, do more. Yet the way of less is path trodden by some of the best minds throughout history. If you’re living–or trying to live–a life of “less, but better” (Dieter Rams), here are twenty quotes from notables to urge you down the road. The quotes are by the usual suspects (Thoreau, Mother Teresa) and not-so-usual (Mike Tyson, Tom Ford). If you have more quotes to add, please post in our comments section below. I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. –Blaise Pascal Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding...

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GAME CHANGERS 2015: WATER PORE PARTNERSHIP...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Metropolis Magazine / January 2015 / Game Changers 2015: Water Pore Partnership Architects and planners are often eager to shepherd infrastructure into the shadows of a city. Amy Mielke and Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor advocate for the opposite—revitalizing Las Vegas’s stressed water supply and putting it in plain sight for all to experience. Samuel Medina For architects, viagra particularly American architects, clinic Las Vegas is something of an enduring enigma, recipe an absurdity that has to be confronted at some point or another. It looms there in the back of many a practitioner’s mind, or at least it does for those given over to self-aggrandizement or historical role-playing. The inflicted can blame Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, who polemicized the Strip’s cavalcade of infantile trappings and fuddy T-bone gigantism. But as four decades separate us from the...

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OBAMA PLANS TO ALLOW DRILLING ON AMERICA’S EAST COAST...

Jan 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG Shutterstock The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast. The region would include parts of the southeast Atlantic Seaboard. The plan also involves sections in the Gulf of Mexico. As one might imagine, here this move can be read as pro-Big Oil, and pro-GOP by extension. Perhaps trying to play it both ways, Obama’s plan in addition would designate 12 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, which would effectively stop oil exploration there for the time being. The New York Times reports: Environmentalists said opening the Atlantic waters would put the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia at risk for an environmental disaster like the BP spill that struck the Gulf...

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Will the Supreme Court Vote to Allow Segregation of America’s Neighborhoods?...

Jan 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Civil Liberties Civil rights groups worry SCOTUS will gut a law designed to protect against housing discrimination. By Nikole Hannah-Jones / Pro Publica Photo Credit: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com This week, sovaldi the U.S. Supreme Court will take up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade. If you’ve never heard of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, cheap you have company. The issue of housing segregation has never captivated the nation’s attention like affirmative action or voting rights. But today, two days after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the court will hear arguments in the Texas case that many fear could gut the Fair Housing Act, the landmark 1968 law that was passed just days after King’s assassination. “This case has as broad...

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As Inequality Soars, the Nervous Super Rich Are Already Planning Their Escapes...

Jan 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Economy Hedge fund managers are preparing getaways by buying airstrips and farms in remote areas. By Alec Hogg / The Guardian   VIA ALTERNET With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, cure the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said. Johnson, who heads the Institute of New Economic Thinking and was previously managing director at Soros, said societies can tolerate income inequality if the income floor is high enough. But...

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The US’ Dark Empire Has Secret Operations in Over 100 Countries...

Jan 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   World The United States deployed special forces to 70 percent of the nations on earth. By Nick Turse / Tom Dispatch   VIA ALTERNET In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.  Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight.  It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers.  And it was the second time they failed. On December 6, 2014, approximately 36 of America’s top commandos, heavily armed, operating with intelligence from satellites, drones, and high-tech eavesdropping, outfitted with night vision goggles, and backed up by elite Yemeni troops, went toe-to-toe with about six militants from...

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MONSTER BLIZZARD IS PART OF A PATTERN WE’VE ‘NEVER SEEN BEFORE’...

Jan 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Andrew Cuomo argues climate change is behind the historic storm. By Alan Yuhas / The Guardian  VIA ALTERNET January 26, unhealthy 2015   Massive snowstorms such as the one sweeping into the US north-east on Monday are “part of the changing climate”, store New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared at a press conference announcing a state of emergency. Cuomo said on Monday that “there is a pattern of extreme weather that we’ve never seen before” – reiterating his comments in the wake of hurricane Sandy, when he said that “anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns is probably denying reality.” “We have to find ways to build this city back stronger and better than every before,” the governor said in 2012.  Despite the protestations of climate change deniers that extreme...

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