Daily Archives: October 9, 2012

Chris Hedges: The Absurdity of American Empire

Published on Sep 12, 2012 by videonation

What happens when you force communities, families and entire ecosystems to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace? You get what Chris Hedges, co-author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, calls “sacrifice zones.” From Appalachia to North Dakota to Camden, New Jersey, these zones, ravaged by the excesses of capitalism, prefigure our collective future.

This is an excerpt, watch the full interview with Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders at http://www.blip.tv/file/6331379

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The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Published on Oct 9, 2012 by videonation

A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city’s young people of color in the NYPD’s crosshairs. Read the full story at:
http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenation.com%2Farticle%2F170413%2Fstopped-and-frisked-being-fking-mutt-video&session_token=n5noIKoMC2m8t_2h0DBl2fmONR58MTM0OTkwNzczN0AxMzQ5ODIxMzM3

Directed by Ross Tuttle
Produced by Ross Tuttle, Erin Schneider, Stephen Maing
Camera by Ross Tuttle, Stephen Maing
Editing by Stephen Maing, Carla Ruff

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Is Fracking behind Contamination in Wyoming Groundwater?: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-fracking-behind-contamination-in-wyoming-groundwater
Is Fracking behind Contamination in Wyoming Groundwater?
Questions about whether hydraulic fracturing is to blame remain as the EPA prepares for peer review
By Jeff Tollefson of Nature magazine
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sparked a firestorm in December last year when it released a draft report suggesting that the use of hydraulic fracturing — or ‘fracking’ — to extract natural gas had contaminated groundwater near Pavillion, Wyoming. Industry officials have long denied that fracking affects groundwater, and Pavillion has become the first high-profile test of this claim. On 26 September, the US Geological Survey (USGS) released data showing the presence of groundwater contamination in the region. Although the data would seem to support the EPA’s assessment — as does an independent analysis released by environmental groups this week — the survey did not seek to determine the source of the contamination. Nature examines the on-going debate and how it relates to broader questions about groundwater contamination from fracking across the United States. ....(more).

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Lowered Thyroid Hormones Found in Baby Boys Exposed to Bisphenol A: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lowered-thyroid-hormones-found-in-baby-boys-exposed-to-bispenol-a
-Lowered Thyroid Hormones Found in Baby Boys Exposed to Bisphenol A
A new study is the first to link the ubiquitous chemical–found in hard plastics, canned foods and paper receipts–with altered thyroid hormones in babies
By Brian Bienkowski and Environmental Health News
Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A gave birth to baby boys with lower thyroid hormones, according to a new study published today.
The study by University of California, Berkeley, scientists is the first to link the ubiquitous chemical – used in hard plastics, canned food liners and some paper receipts – to altered thyroid hormones in babies, and it adds to evidence that BPA may have some effects on fetuses….. (more).

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Climate Change Is Bad News for California Children with Asthma: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=climate-change-is-bad-news-for-california-children-with-asthma
Climate Change Is Bad News for California Children with Asthma
Higher temperatures and an increased risk of drought on the U.S. west coast result in nitrogen by-products that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, especially among the region’s rural and urban poor
By Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato and ClimateWire
In the middle of the night, Casandra Cabrera stopped breathing. She doubled over in bed, gasping for air. In the panic that followed, her lungs constricted. Her eyes filled with tears. The asthma attack continued for 10 long minutes.
“I keep an inhaler with me everywhere. I have one in my purse, in my sports bag, and in my truck and by my bedside,” the San Joaquin Valley, Calif., teenager said. “I’ve never really imagined life without it. It’s kind of normal for me.”. (more).

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Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into “Facts”?: Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-to-stop-misinformation-from-becoming-popular-belief
Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into “Facts”?
False information is pervasive and difficult to eradicate, but scientists are developing new strategies such as “de-biasing,” a method that focuses on facts, to help spread the truth
By Carrie Arnold
A recurring red herring in the current presidential campaign is the verity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Although the president has made this document public, and records of his 1961 birth in Honolulu have been corroborated by newspaper announcements, a vocal segment of the population continues to insist that Obama’s birth certificate proving U.S. citizenship is a fraud, making him legally ineligible to be president. A Politico survey found that a majority of voters in the 2011 Republican primary shared this clearly false belief.

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Sprawling from Grace: The Consequences of Suburbanization


A documentary feature film about the unintended consequences of suburban sprawl. It illustrates the importance of altering the course of how we develop our nation’s cities. It communicates the dangers of continuing to invest in the inefficient horizontal growth patterns of suburban communities, and details how they threaten to bankrupt the remaining wealth of our nation. It explores how the depletion of fossil fuels will impact this living arrangement, and investigates the viability of alternative energies that are currently available. This film sounds the alarm that the cheap fossil-fuel-dependent suburban American way of life is not just at risk. It is in peril!. …. (more).

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