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18 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Rust never sleeps says:

    “Leaked Memo: Rio Grande Foundation, National conservative network planning huge new anti-union campaign to hurt Democrats” http://progressnownm.org/2017/09/01/leaked-memo-rio-grande-foundation-national-conservative-network-planning-huge-new-anti-union-campaign-to-hurt-democrats/ “A memo leaked to The Guardian newspaper shows that conservative mega-donors are committing millions of new dollars to a secretive “think tank” network in states (including New Mexico) to create new campaigns to “defund and defang” labor unions in states.
    The blockbuster report includes a copy of a 10-page strategy and fundraising memo outlining how the State Policy Network’s supposedly non-partisan foundations have successfully organized for years to discredit the value of organized labor in order to advance anti-labor laws, specifically “right to work.”
    See also “Rightwing alliance plots assault to ‘defund and defang’ America’s unions : Conservative campaign aims to strike ‘mortal blow’ on government unions ‘A once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse the failed policies of the American left’. (Guardian UK 8/30/17)

  2. Que the Theremin music says:

    Scientists say they found plant, animal and unknown DNA in warm caves hollowed out of ice by volcanoes in Antarctica. http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/australian-us-and-nz-scientists-finds-signs-of-unknown-life-in-antarctic-ice-caves-on-ross-island/news-story/f89a9cf68d3ddd48ed54dfeb1befa4fc The research team, including scientists from the US and New Zealand, believe there could be many subglacial caves in Antarctica, formed by other volcanoes.
    While the surface temperature is about —45C, some caves can reach a comparatively balmy 25C (77°F). “You could comfortably wear a T-shirt in there,” lead researcher Dr Fraser said. (and) “Light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.”
    Previous research has evidence of diverse bacterial and fungal communities in Antarctica’s caves. The most recent study has been published in the international journal Polar Biology.
    Scientists say the next step is to take a closer look at the caves and search for living organisms.

  3. WCPGW says:

    “‘Big Chicken’: The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers” (NPR September 10, 2017) http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/10/549586646/big-chicken-the-medical-mystery-that-traced-back-to-slaughterhouse-workers Backstory: “In the 1950s, the U.S. poultry industry began adopting a new process: Acronization. Ads that ran in women’s magazines pictured crisp-skinned whole chicken that tasted “fresh,” “wholesome” and “country sweet” thanks to a “revolutionary process which helps maintain freshness in perishables” like chicken. In reality, Acronization referred to the use of antibiotics. Birds were doused in a diluted solution of antibiotics while they were being butchered. The goal was to keep the meat from spoiling, allowing birds to be sold not just days, but weeks after slaughter.”
    [“Big Chicken : The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats” by Maryn McKenna]

  4. Coincidence says:

    Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers. The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said late Thursday. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack Re: Identity Theft & Security Freeze see https://dojmt.gov/consumer/identity-theft/

  5. Howard Carter says:

    “At an Army Base in Kansas, There’s a Secret Collection of Incredible Finds” (Smithsonian Magazine 9/14/17) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/army-base-kansas-secret-collection-priceless-artifacts-180964882/ Located on the outskirts of Kansas City and home to 2,500 soldiers, Fort Leavenworth houses a 4,000-piece art collection, and almost no one knows it exists. The United States Army never meant to hide the collection, but also never meant to amass it.
    “Think of where they stored the Ark of the Covenant in the Indiana Jones movie,” says retired Army colonel Jeff LaMoe, Chief of Staff of Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC). “An extraordinary, valuable piece, and here it is hidden away in a government warehouse.”
    The challenges of identifying all the items and their provenance are still in the early stages of being addressed; each object presents multiple questions about how the giver selected the item, and where he or she acquired it.

  6. Lead on says:

    “People who live near the old Exide battery plant in Los Angeles are demanding state help to clean up lead contamination. Nearly 10,000 homes in the area have soil with lead contamination and other toxins, but there may not be enough money to clean it up.” (CBS News 9/18/17) https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/residents-near-old-battery-plant-in-l-a-demand-state-help/
    The homes are in a half a dozen working-class, Latino communities near the 15-acre battery recycling plant, which operated without a full permit while documented violations were occurring. The soil beneath the facility was polluted with high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other toxic metals. The groundwater in the area was also polluted from the operation of the plant and battery acid drained onto public streets. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exide_lead_contamination
    “Battery Recycling Market to Grow at 10.96 %: Global Analysis and Forecast 2017-2021” http://www.satprnews.com/2017/09/12/battery-recycling-market-to-grow-at-10-96-global-analysis-and-forecast-2017-2021/

  7. Hope says:

    Fossil fuel projects nationwide could be on notice after an appeals court ordered the federal government to rethink the climate change impacts of two giant coal mines, environmental lawyers and energy consultants tell Bloomberg BNA. https://www.bna.com/climate-change-ruling-n57982088233/ …the Sept. 14 decision establishes an argument that could be tested nationwide in other courts to challenge any fossil fuel-related project that might have climate change effects, said Jayni Foley Hein, policy director at New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. These might include natural gas pipelines, oil sand pipelines, coal railroads, and coal export terminals.

  8. Peoples Drug says:

    “Russian police said on Saturday they had opened a criminal case following a series of violent arson protests over a film about the country’s last czar.
    The film, “Matilda”, is by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel and tells the story of a love affair between Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II, and half-Polish ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya, who described the relationship in her memoirs.
    “Matilda” is to be released internationally in late October despite protests from religious conservatives who are offended by what they believe is its disrespectful depiction of a man the Russian Orthodox Church regards as a martyr.
    Some cinemas have said they will not be showing the film because of threats they received.”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-film-attacks-arrest/russia-opens-criminal-case-over-arson-attack-linked-to-film-about-last-czar-idUSKCN1BY0MR?il=0

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