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2,000 Year Old Food Forest in Morocco

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Something worth thinking about

How much data does Google process in a day? How much data space would it take to record the entire written works of humanity since the beginning of recorded history … and in every language. How much … ????
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For the %ur&

Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word ‘Cure’
So I’m giving a big Tip of my Hat to the Komen foundation for spending almost a million dollars a year in donor funds to sue these other groups. If they don’t own the phrase “for the Cure,” then people might donate money thinking it’s going to an organization dedicated to curing cancer, when instead it’s wasted on organizations dedicated to curing cancer. –Steven Colbert

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Tip/Wag – Susan G. Komen Foundation & Spider-Man Musical
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Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog March to Keep Fear Alive

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Smart People Do More Drugs–Because of Evolution

(HEATHER HORN, The Atlantic Wire, November 01, 2010)
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Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa has this theory, which he calls the Savanna-IQ Interaction Hypothesis. Here’s how it goes: intelligence evolved as a way to deal with “evolutionary novelties”–to help humans respond to things in their environment to which they were, as a species, unaccustomed. Thus, smart people are more likely to deal with new things and try them. Those new things seem to include drugs.
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What You Don’t Know About Your Food

And yes, even Trader Joe’s is at fault.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Nanotech in Our Food: Should We Be Afraid?

(Marion Nestle, Food Politics, July 18, 2010)
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So says a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO): GAO identified a variety of products that currently incorporate nanomaterials already available in commerce … [in] food and agriculture …The extent to which nanomaterials present a risk to human health and the environment depends on a combination of the toxicity of specific nanomaterials and the route and level of exposure to these materials. Although the body of research related to nanomaterials is growing, the current understanding of the risks posed by these materials is limited. . . . In the meantime, the European Food Safety Authority is preoccupied with issues related to the safety of food nanotechnology: The risk assessment framework for nanotechnology in Europe—like so much else connected to the technology—appears to be in its infancy but developing at a rapid pace … Nano knowledge gaps have led some to call for a ban on the use of nanomaterials in food products until their safety has been fully established. One area of concern is whether nanoparticles can migrate from packaging materials into foods. . . . In seeking to assess nanomaterials, the food safety body repeatedly used phrases such as “specific uncertainties”, “limited knowledge” and…”difficult to characterise, detect and measure” in relation to toxicokinetics and toxicology in food. Likely usage and exposure levels are also largely a mystery.  . . . The European Food Safety Authority says that lack of knowledge means that risk assessment of risk assessments must be done on a “cautious case-by-case approach.” . . . Last April, the European Parliament’s environment committee said nanotech products should be withdrawn from the market until more is known about their safety. In June, that committee added that nanotech foods should be assessed for safety before they are approved for use and labeled. . . . Doesn’t that sound reasonable? Let’s hope it’s not too late to put such constraints in place, and in the U.S., too.

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Italian Scientists Fear BP Gusher Damaged Gulf Stream

(dazebao.org, July 13, 2010)
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The huge oil slick could, in all probability, cause irreparable damage to the activity of thermal regulation of the Gulf Stream, with a domino effect on global climate of the planet. . . . This is what says a study published on the website of the Italian Geophysics by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences Climate ISAC-CNR. The summary of the study, is signed by Gianlugi Zangari, a theoretical physicist, is born by the National Laboratories of Frascati, after careful observation, satellite in real time, the large area of concern. . . . According to the Italian scientist, Gianlugi Zangari, maps of sea surface velocity and height, indicating that the Loop Current is broken for the first time May 18, creating a reel clockwise. . . . » Continue reading “Italian Scientists Fear BP Gusher Damaged Gulf Stream”

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Day 87 and finally stopped gushing … for now at least

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America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change

(Dr. Joseph Mercola, Physician and author, July 6, 2010)
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Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent! . . . It’s hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years. » Continue reading “America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change”

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Dr. Andrew Weil at the Psychedelic Science Conference

The Future of Psychedelic and Medical Marijuana Research.

Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century – Andrew Weil M.D. from Teal Sievers on Vimeo.

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