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  • An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All
  • A Reality Check From the Brink of Extinction
    We can join Bill McKibben on Oct. 24 in nationwide protests over rising carbon emissions. We can cut our consumption of fossil fuels. We can use less water. We can banish plastic bags. We can install compact fluorescent light bulbs. We can compost in our backyard. But unless we dismantle the corporate state, all those actions will be just as ineffective as the Ghost Dance shirts donned by native American warriors to protect themselves from the bullets of white soldiers at Wounded Knee.
  • Screams, Flames Among Horrors of Botched US Executions
    Last month, Romell Brown became only the second man to leave a US execution chamber alive, after 18 failed attempts to administer the lethal injection.
  • US Chamber of Commerce falls victim to 'fraud' over climate hoax
    It looked – at first – eerily like a routine news event. A man in a nondescript dark suit standing at a podium in one of the smaller meeting rooms on the 13th floor of the National Press Club. But then suddenly it wasn't.

    "There is only one way to do business and that is to pass a climate bill quickly so this December President Obama can go to Copenhagen and negotiate with a strong position," said the speaker – who said he represented the US Chamber of Commerce.

    The statement represented a complete repudiation of the Chamber's earlier opposition to climate change legislation.

  • Oklahoma and the Scarlett Letter

    tip to Frank



some of the big retail grocers in Spain have started to ban plastic bags. This seems like a no-brainer to me. We could start this in America tomorrow. It's a painless and easy solution to a huge problem. I just can't see the down side.

Lose a little convenience, see a big move for the environment. I think its great. I like the system Ikea uses, where they charge for bags. put a ten cent tax per bag and let retailers charge another 15 cents on top of that. Less for paper bags and call it a day.

More dead trees perhaps?

Nothing to put our recycling in?

Transporting paper bags is also an issue though. They're heavier and occupy more volume than plastic.

By the way, did you guys see this one? Seen it linked in a couple of sites yesterday.

There are a number of stores that discount if you use your own bag(s). So my backpack gets me some change when I go to the store.

P.S. Welcome back Syngas. You've been over in the forum, and I haven't had much time to head there lately.

This evening Twitter is apparently censoring a trend for "#no god" after complaints from religious folks.

The article in Wired about the vaccination fear-mongering is an excellent excellent primer for those of us who have been hearing about the lunacy and want to read something that can provide a very reasonable perspective. It's very much in the vein of something that could be written by the Respected Insolance blogger.

Yeah, was just gonna mention the vaccine article, it's top-notch. I was surprised, even. And even Orac recommended it as well.


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