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  • Proposed bill would require Nevada students to learn cursive writing

    02/01/2017 7:15:16 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 36 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/01/2017 | By MEGHIN DELANEY
    State Sen. Don Gustavson is using history as his guide as he again attempts to require Nevada students to learn cursive handwriting by the end of third grade. Gustavson, R-Sparks, has even included the Founding Fathers in his cursive cause, which began with the 2015 legislative session and continued last week when he filed essentially the same bill draft that previously died in committee. This time around, he believes testimony from history and education experts will propel SB86 into law. “All of our original founding documents and letters from our Founding Fathers were almost all done in cursive writing,” Gustavson...
  • Was NAFTA Really So Bad for the Economy? Will NAFTA Come Back to Haunt Hillary Clinton?

    09/30/2016 4:32:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 95 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | September 28, 2016 | Janna Herron
    ...Trump called the trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” during the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton. Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders leveled a similar criticism, calling it disastrous when debating the former secretary of date... ...But whether NAFTA has been good or bad for the U.S. economy depends largely on who you ask... ...NAFTA “means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement,” then-President Clinton said in 1993. Fast forward more than two decades later and NAFTA...
  • Why did Calgary cave to chemophobes over fluoridation?

    02/20/2016 4:16:23 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 37 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Andre Picard
    When Calgary city council decided to end water fluoridation in 2011, one outcome was clear: The number of cavities in children was going to go up. Five years later, we have the hard evidence that the perfectly predictable has indeed come to pass. A study published in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology shows that Grade 2 students in Calgary had an average of 3.8 more cavities in 2013-14 than they did in 2004-05. In Edmonton (which continued to fluoridate its water), during the same time period, the number of dental caries (or cavities) increased by 2.1, on average....
  • Germany gives green light to cycle Autobahns (rail trails)

    12/30/2015 2:27:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Dec 2015 08:45 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    It's every cyclist's dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn. Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors. As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first five-kilometer (three-mile) stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 100 kilometers. It will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm and four universities, running largely...
  • New Belgium, Ben & Jerry’s donate $100K to fight climate change ( Colorado )

    12/16/2015 8:09:10 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    BizWest ^ | December 15, 2015 | Dallas Heltzell
    FORT COLLINS - New Belgium Brewing has joined forces with Ben & Jerry's to donate $100,000 to a California-based nonprofit that works to mobilize the snow-sports community to battle climate change. The two "B-corp" companies, Fort Collins-based New Belgium and South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's, partnered to create a special beer and ice cream, with a portion of their proceeds going to Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based Protect Our Winters. The companies presented the check to POW on Friday during a celebration at Stoney's Bar and Grill in Denver. ... In addition to fundraising for POW, the campaign encouraged people to...
  • Luddites in Paris: Attacking Uber, taxi drivers and their gov't allies try to forestall the future

    07/10/2015 5:02:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | 07/10/2015 | Guy Sorman
    Two weeks ago, taxi drivers in Paris staged a violent protest against self-employed Uber drivers and paralyzed the French capital. Similar anti-Uber demonstrations have occurred in the United States and in other European capitals, but only in Paris did events take a violent turn, seemingly confirming Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that “the French start a revolution when confronted with change, not a reform.” Though crude, the Parisian taxi drivers’ methods seem to have had the intended effect. French police subsequently arrested two Uber executives, charging them, according to the Wall Street Journal, with “enabling taxi-driving by nonprofessional drivers, among other...
  • U.S. Confirms First Measles Death Since 2003

    07/02/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 83 replies
    .huffingtonpost.com AP ^ | July 2, 2015 | Martha Bellisle
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington woman died from measles in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday. The woman lacked some of the measles' common symptoms, such as a rash, so the infection was not discovered until an autopsy, Washington State Department of Health spokesman Donn Moyer said. This is the 11th case of measles in Washington — and the sixth in Clallam County — this year, Moyer said.
  • Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians ( Colorado)

    06/09/2015 4:18:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | June 8, 2015 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down. Stockmen’s Liquor pulled 12 brands of beer — including New Belgium Brewery — because they are listed as WildEarth Guardians supporters. “We pulled those beers because their support of WildEarth Guardians... who said their ultimate goal is to shut down coal mines,” said Lori Gillam, owner of Stockmen's. “Craig is a coal mine town.” WildEarth Guardians has a list of business supporters...
  • G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, Merkel says

    06/08/2015 6:34:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 104 replies
    Global News ^ | Jun 8, 15 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Merkel said Monday that the G-7 leaders committed themselves to the need to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century.” That is a technical term for ending the use of oil, gas and coal – but not nuclear power – and replacing them with alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust

    05/02/2015 6:11:30 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 14 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 1, 2015 | James King
    [Ha, ha! These Luddites don't like it that people who make money rather than spending their lives complaining move into their neighborhoods. I bet rent control has kept new housing low in this part of California, so the leftists probably created the problem they complain about!] Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust By James King A May Day protest intended to shut down the shuttle system that transports employees for tech companies like Facebook, Apple and Google from the Bay Area to their offices in Silicon Valley was a bit of a flop, according to several accounts...
  • GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims

    08/06/2014 1:57:18 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 67 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | 8/6/2014 | Meredith Knight
    When American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 2, he had reportedly already had one course of treatment with an experimental drug called ZMAPP made with genetically engineered tobacco. Although it has only been tested previously in animals, the FDA is rumored to have authorized emergency approval for the drug for Brantly and another American who contracted the virus doing medical aid work in Liberia during the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. MAPP is produced by a small San Diego-based biotech company. The scientists use a common tobacco bacteria, genetically engineered with different components of the...
  • A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

    01/28/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 40 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country's second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most controversial aspect of the plan calls for a steady phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city over the next two decades....
  • Europe threatened by power outages this winter (thanks to “renewables”)

    10/14/2013 5:43:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 October 2013 | (EurActiv France)
    Renewable energy is blamed for jeopardizing Europe’s energy security this winter, a new study has found. EurActiv France reports. The French multinational company Cap Gemini warned in their European Observatory of Energy Markets that energy security in Europe was under threat and that the region could soon be exposed to massive power outages during the winter, due to a lack of production capacity. They blame wind turbines. …
  • Humanity in ecological deficit for rest of 2013, group says

    08/20/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | By ALEXANDER TROWBRIDGE
    As of Tuesday, the Earth's ecological budget for the year has maxed out. For the rest of the year the planet will operate on an ecological deficit. And it's only August. So claims the Global Footprint Network, which calls today "Earth Overshoot Day," its annual estimate of when human consumption exceeds the planet's ability to regenerate its resources for the year. "It's a bit of a gimmick, I admit," said the group's president Mathis Wankernagel,in a phone interview from Switzerland. "It's not that tomorrow I won't be able to eat potatoes anymore." But, he said, it's meant to make a...
  • Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

    07/20/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2013
    Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. It says the move is due to the lack of prospects for cultivation in the EU... It comes just days after the EU began talks with the US on a wide-ranging trade deal, with agriculture likely to be one of the toughest issues. The company said it would now concentrate on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe. It will also look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America...
  • GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurants- ministers telling public to drop their opposition

    06/30/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is ‘probably safer’ than other meals. Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs’ plates. This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming. He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or death in the last 15 years if only people had...
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. Genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified, or engineered, seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Why Do G.M.O.’s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • Proposition 37: Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food

    10/21/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 385 replies
    KABC TV Los Angelos ^ | 10/05/2012 | Robert Holguin
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Proposition 37 is a measure to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. There are two sides to this contentious issue.