Daily Archives: March 1, 2015

Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life Gene By Gene


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Published on Mar 1, 2015

Weeds. Bed bugs. Gonorrhea. Salamanders. People. All are evolving, some surprisingly rapidly, in response to our chemical age. Emily Monosson, toxicologist and author of Unnatural Selection, shows how our drugs, pesticides, and pollution are exerting intense selection pressure on all manner of species. And we humans might not like the result. When our powerful chemicals put the pressure on to evolve or die, beneficial traits can sweep rapidly through a population. Species with explosive population growth—the bugs, bacteria, and weeds—tend to thrive, while bigger, slower-to-reproduce creatures, like ourselves, are more likely to succumb. Exploring contemporary evolution, Monosson examines the species that we are actively trying to beat back, from agricultural pests to life-threatening bacteria, and those that are collateral damage—creatures struggling to adapt to a polluted world, and shows how environmental stressors are leaving their mark on plants, animals, and possibly humans for generations to come.

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Papantonio: Supreme Court Brutalizing The Working Class


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Published on Mar 1, 2015

When the founders wrote the Constitution, they wanted the Supreme Court to be a neutral body that was independent from the rest of government. While that sounds exactly like it should be, it isn’t what we have by any means.

The Supreme Court that we have today is nowhere near what the founders envisioned. In fact, today’s Roberts-led Supreme Court is the most corporate friendly court in our nation’s history. Rather than working for the people of our country, SCOTUS is working for corporate America, handing out decisions that give more power to corporations and the wealthy elite. And America’s working class? They’re being brutalized.

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David Carr’s final interview with Edward Snowden b4 his death @ Citizenfour press conference


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Published on Feb 13, 2015

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BBC News – Forest tree seeds arrive at Svalbard’s ‘Doomsday vault’

1 March 2015 Last updated at 20:39 ET

Since opening its doors in 2008, the vault now stores 840,000 varieties of food crops
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The Svalbard “doomsday” vault – widely known for protecting global food crop seeds – has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds.

Norway spruce and Scots pine samples have entered the vault inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago.

The frozen depository opened in 2008 and is designed to withstand all natural and human disasters.

Researchers hope the tree seed samples will help monitor long-term genetic changes in natural forests.

…(read more).

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BBC News – UK Arctic ambassador called for by House of Lords

26 February 2015 Last updated at 22:15 ET

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The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

The Lords committee says with the Arctic warming fast, there will be huge challenges and opportunities for the environment, ecosystems and people.

It recommends an increase in government science budgets focusing on the Arctic.

And the committee also says oil firms should re-consider their plans for drilling in the region.

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911 HiJacking Catastrophe


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Published on Jun 19, 2014

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.

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