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The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American

Ninety-nine percent of us live on the wrong side of a one-way mirror
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Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness

Jesse's Café Américain: The Scandal in America That Is Hidden In Plain Sight - Privilege Blindness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.

An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.  

The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid.   Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.


This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace.  It fosters consolidation and monopoly.  It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office.  It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.'  It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs.  It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.

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The latest "Cosmos" explains how corporations fund science denial

The latest "Cosmos" explains how corporations fund science denial | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Neil Tyson explores the surprising connection between the age of the Earth and the dangers of lead.

 

Today's audiences are not accustomed to this sort of fare, and the show certainly hasn't been a runaway success when judged by the most traditional metric: ratings. Last night, though,Cosmos powerfully demonstrated that those who haven't watched it yet really ought to give it a shot (watch here). Simply put, Cosmos told a magnificent scientific story that drew together (yes, really) the tale of how we determined the age of the Earth (about 4.5 billion years old) and of how one courageous scientist showed, in the face of intense challenges, the dangers of leaded gasoline.

 

The story centers on on Clair Patterson, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology whose personal research trajectory explains this surprising overlap. Who knew that environmental-health insights would emerge from an inquiry in geology and physics? But that's the thing about science: It leads you in surprising directions, and sometimes, vested interests don't like where you end up.

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Climate change, leadership and young people: join the debate

Climate change, leadership and young people: join the debate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How can we make sure world leaders take the bold action needed to tackle climate change – and what can young people do to spark political momentum?

Join the discussion with The Elders, students and climate activists next Tuesday.
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What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans?

What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?
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Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
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Scientists identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea

Scientists identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an article which appeared in The New England journal of Medicine on 16 April, researchers from Inserm (Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory, Lyon) and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations ...
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Greece reports 1st MERS case, patient critical

Greece reports 1st MERS case, patient critical | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Greece has recorded its first case of the potentially fatal respiratory disease known as MERS, and the patient is in critical condition.
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Old tires become material for new and improved roads

Old tires become material for new and improved roads | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Americans generate nearly 300 million scrap tires every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Historically, these worn tires often end up in landfills or, when illegally dumped, become breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents. They also pose ...
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'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out (Update)

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services.
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Florida is 'Ground Zero' for sea level rise

Florida is 'Ground Zero' for sea level rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warm sunshine and sandy beaches make south Florida and its crown city, Miami, a haven for tourists, but the area is increasingly endangered by sea level rise, experts said Tuesday.
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Madagascar fights to prevent oil spill from stricken tanker

Madagascar fights to prevent oil spill from stricken tanker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a stricken tanker from unleashing 10,000 cubic metres of crude oil into the postcard-perfect Emerald Sea off the country's north coast.
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The Right Wing War on Solar

The Right Wing War on Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I've said it before. As solar energy overtakes just about every other competitor, state by state, look for claims about "solar cell syndrome", and "lowered property values".  It's a template. Newso...
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Global Pollution and Prevention News: Emissions outsourced to China return to US as air pollution

Global Pollution and Prevention News: Emissions outsourced to China return to US as air pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The research, conducted by an international team of researchers, estimates that Los Angeles sees at least one extra day of severe air pollution due to nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide emitted by Chinese factories making products for export. On some days as much as a quarter of sulfate pollution on the California coastline can be attributed to Chinese export production.

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David Collet's curator insight, April 21, 9:59 PM

I like this one because it is justice in a way. Unfortunately Malaysia gets much more of the pollution than LA.

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Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There are years, not decades, left to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and American leadership is urgently needed.
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China's new environment law submitted to parliament

China's new environment law submitted to parliament | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

BEIJING, April 22 (Reuters) - Amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday.

 

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's legislature, will consider the amendments during its latest bimonthly session, which runs until Thursday this week, Xinhua said.

 

The first change to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing's newly declared war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil.

 

The amendments, now in their fourth draft, are expected to enshrine environmental protection as the overriding priority of the Chinese government, and will also include provisions to help Beijing impose rules on powerful industrial interests.

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Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes

Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows' gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, hints that cow manure ...
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Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds

Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Men's susceptibility to serious health conditions may be influenced by low exposure to testosterone in the womb, new research suggests.
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Clinics not bogged down by red tape can ease health cost burdens

Clinics not bogged down by red tape can ease health cost burdens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded.
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Two genes linked to inflammatory bowel disease

Two genes linked to inflammatory bowel disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a group of chronic inflammatory disorders of the intestine that result in painful and debilitating complications, affects over 1.4 million people in the U.S., and while there are treatments to reduce inflammation for patients, there is no cure.
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Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.
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Solar research group on quest for affordable solar fuels (w/ video)

Solar research group on quest for affordable solar fuels (w/ video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Solar panels are becoming a familiar site in communities across the United States, but what about solar fuels? A solar fuel is produced from sunlight through artificial photosynthesis, mimicking what Mother Nature has been doing for billions of years. Many chemists and chemical engineers are working ...
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Communities can drive urgent switch to clean energy

Communities can drive urgent switch to clean energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia will continue to lag behind countries like the United States and Germany in heeding the UN's latest call to urgently switch to clean sources of energy unless the burgeoning community energy sector is allowed to thrive, according to a UTS researcher.
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Globe had fourth hottest March; US cooler than normal

Globe had fourth hottest March; US cooler than normal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. government forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record—except in the United States.
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Massive climate change mapping and modeling project

Massive climate change mapping and modeling project | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What might a snapshot of the earth look like in 2050? How much land will be occupied by forest? How much will produce food? And how much area will be used to supply biofuels for alternative energy? How hot will it be, globally and in particular spots? How will decisions about forests and tree cover ...
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!0 Fold Increase in Power Outages due to Weather Extremes

!0 Fold Increase in Power Outages due to Weather Extremes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Combination of no action on climate change, plus no action on rebuilding a rapidly crumbling, vulnerable grid.  Same forces behind both. ClimateProgress: A new report from Climate Central has found...
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A new wave of environmental protest rocks China | ROAR Magazine

A new wave of environmental protest rocks China | ROAR Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As recent protests against the construction of a PX refinery in Maoming attest, environmental issues are of greater concern than ever for the Chinese.
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