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The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction

The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction | Upsetment | Scoop.it
AA and rehab culture have shockingly low success rates, and made it impossible to have real debate about addiction
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What is the appropriate outcome measure with which to evaluate AA? Assuredly if we use absence of drinking, then the success rate is very low. If we use rate of substance use or number of days without substance use, the data looks much better. However, it is important that we keep looking for better methods of treatment and continue to use a wide spectrum of methods.

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U.S. regulators failed to spot deadly GM defects that others saw

U.S. regulators failed to spot deadly GM defects that others saw | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retired Wisconsin state trooper Keith Young and his wife were sitting at the kitchen table last month when a story on the evening news jarred them: General Motors Co was recalling 1.6 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches. The October 2006 crash of a Chevy Cobalt stayed with Young, who spent 20 years as a specialist in accident reconstruction. Young sent a report to the U.S. vehicle safety agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with his finding that the ignition had been turned from "run" to the "accessory" position prior to the crash, shutting off the car's engine and disabling the airbags. But NHTSA, which is responsible for keeping dangerous vehicles off the road, did not act until after the GM recall in February of this year, when the agency began investigating the timeliness of the automaker's handling of the safety defects.
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We need another Ralph Nadar and a political leadership willing to take on the cozy relationship between government and business.

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3 kids found starving in home, 1 chained to wall

3 kids found starving in home, 1 chained to wall | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SALINAS, Calif. -- One of the children, an 8-year-old girl, was skeletal thin and had hardly eaten in months, officials said.
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Sometimes we need a reminder that pure evil exists around us. Just one more reason that government does have a place in monitoring child-rearing.

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Kansas Bill Seeks to Legalize Police Retaliation

Kansas Bill Seeks to Legalize Police Retaliation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
KansasExposed.orgby Michael ShatzMarch 18, 201The Kansas House Standing Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice has introduced a bill that will require private citizens who file complaints against police officers to sign an affidavit, acknowledging that if their allegations are proven false, they can be charged with perjury, which is a felony charge. Furthermore, this bill…
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Another fine example of Republican government. Shame on them.

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GENEVA: How serious is Lebanon's Syrian refugee crisis? Imagine 80 million Mexicans flooding U.S. -- in 18 months | Syria | McClatchy DC

GENEVA: How serious is Lebanon's Syrian refugee crisis? Imagine 80 million Mexicans flooding U.S. -- in 18 months | Syria | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The influx of nearly 1 million Syrian refugees into Lebanon -- equal to 25 percent of Lebanon's population -- is stirring social tensions and putting mounting pressure on public services and the fragile economy, a senior U.N. official warned Tuesday.
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The magnitude of this refugee crisis and of all the people who are displaced throughout the world should make us pause and reflect on how fortunate we are and how we can help others, not simply by donating but by working to stop the madness of civil wars and to build a world response system for natural disasters.

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Women's Activism and the Polio Epidemic in Syria

Women's Activism and the Polio Epidemic in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The international press has spent the last few months actively monitoring the Geneva talks aimed at negotiating a political solution to the present conflict in Syria: from speculation to stagnation and ultimately complete disintegration. Meanwhile, ...
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Thankfully, women in the Arab world are beginning to take a more active role. Sadly, there are people willing to risk the health of innocent children for their political purposes. Regardless of such political ends, any politician who is that indifferent to the well-being of the children will draw the wrath of their mothers. And, one hopes, the eventual wrath of the God they invoke.

"The humanitarian virtue of the campaign to protect children on the “other side” of the front line from the highly contagious and potentially fatal virus is clear. Beyond this, however, the initiative has also served as a powerful means of mobilizing and engaging Syrian women within a context generally perceived to be hostile to female participation."

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Innocents Lost: Preserving families but losing children

Innocents Lost: Preserving families but losing children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After Florida cut down on protections for children in troubled homes, deaths soared. The children died in ways cruel, outlandish, predictable, and preventable.
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I share this knowing that there is no simple answer. How do we protect children from neglect and abuse while keeping families together? The answer may be that we can only do so by providing more supervision, which flies in the face of our libertarian beliefs. Anyway, it is important that we, not just those in Florida, the hope of this story, but all of us, think about this problem because it isn't going to get better--not in Florida or anywhere--without some realistic and meaningful action.

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Susan Reimer: Simple blood test could predict Alzheimer's; would you want to know? | Opinion | McClatchy DC

Susan Reimer: Simple blood test could predict Alzheimer's; would you want to know? | Opinion | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Georgetown University scientists have reported on what they believe to be a promising - not to mention easy and inexpensive - blood test for Alzheimer's disease. But would you want to know?
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Of course I'd want to know and to take both those prophylactic steps I could fine and make plans for how to appropriately care for or end my last years. The problem is do I want others to know, particularly employers, insurers, or even well-meaning social workers.

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The only thing Americans care about less than climate change is race relations

The only thing Americans care about less than climate change is race relations | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new poll bodes poorly for our priorities
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How shortsighted can we Americans be? There is more to life than today's paycheck -- like our society surviving.

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Tesla ban in New Jersey an opening salvo in war with automakers

Tesla ban in New Jersey an opening salvo in war with automakers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s vote by the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission to block direct manufacturer auto sales in the state is likely only the beginning of a much larger and national effort to prevent Tesla from selling its innovative electric cars.
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I can think of no worse function for government than the support of existing businesses at the expense of innovation. Shame on New Jersey and Ohio is next -- hmmm; major Republican governors ready to sell out?

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A Conservative Meme On School Lunches: Work For It, Kids!

A Conservative Meme On School Lunches: Work For It, Kids! | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Before Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) fibbed and told a story at CPAC about free school lunches that turned out to be false, the meme had been long in the making as a conservative rallying cry about the evils of liberal ideology.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

What bothers me is that they would deprive needy children of food for ideological reasons thereby revealing the meanness of their spirits. Sadly, I do not hear the religious right condemning this willingness to deprive the most vulnerable. I do not hear those who want this to be a "Christian" country and who rail against the war on religion, asking the conservatives what would Jesus do. Shame on the conservatives, compassionate indeed.

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Pasadena Now » Sierra Madre’s Wistaria Festival Expected to Draw 10,000 | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com

Pasadena Now » Sierra Madre’s Wistaria Festival Expected to Draw 10,000 | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Wistaria Festival March 16, featuring the world’s largest blossoming plant.

The 120-year-old Wistaria vine, located on private property and only available for public viewing at the annual festival, explodes each spring with as many as 1.5 million blossoms and weighs 250 tons, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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I'll pass. My allergies would never forgive me.

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Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state

Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state | Upsetment | Scoop.it
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says there's
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Isn't this great. It seems like both side are determined to go down in flames.

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WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Our world has become petroleum based, but we are paying a heavy price for that dependence. Every time we move towards sustainable alternative fuels, we are doing something that will make the future of our species and our planet better. Think conservation.

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RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com

RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two years after the North Carolina legislature ordered a moratorium on state rules or plans based on changes in sea level, the Coastal Resources Commission has not started work on a new, official sea-level prediction due in 2016.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why does the story of King Canute come to mind? Only in America do we believe that politics is more powerful than nature. Only in America do we think that politics should tell scientists what to predict. Oh well, we have become the "Know Nothing Country."

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A stirring Requiem for San Diego Opera's senseless, premature death

A stirring Requiem for San Diego Opera's senseless, premature death | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO — On the first page of the program booklet for San Diego Opera's stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem Thursday night at Civic Theatre, the company's board president, Karen S. Cohn, ended her welcoming note with the line: "I can't wait to see you in 2015 for our 50th anniversary season!"
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While opera is not my top performing art, I think it an important part of culture. How sad to see on of our great opera companies close its doors. If this upsets you too, join me this coming Thursday evening on It Matters Radio ( www.itmattersradio.com ) when my guest will be tenor Jay Hunter Morris. I'm sure we'll be discussing the future of his art.

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Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science | Upsetment | Scoop.it
One of agricultural biotechnology's great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement squandered the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting that it would happen, scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms resistant ...
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I grew up with the motto: Better living through science. Didn't we all? But that doesn't make science a god or infallible. Sadly corporations don't know doubt and concern for the environment and the future; they only know how to make profits. That's just one good reason why we need to beware of that new agribusiness motto: Better profits from science.

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Putin rebuffs West, signs treaty to annex Crimea

Putin rebuffs West, signs treaty to annex Crimea | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"To standing ovations and chants of Russia, Russia, Russia,"

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If a region can leave a country and join another, why do the Russians insist on keeping Chechnya? Do the people of Chechnya not have the same rights as those of Crimea? Has Russia now declared on behalf of the people of Tibet, whose historical claim to freedom is far greater than any plaints of the Russian people of Crimea, who are primarily in a majority because of Stalin's persecution of the Tartars. What Pandora's Box has Mr. Putin opened and should we not all be discussing this powerful precedent?

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New England confronts heroin epidemic | Al Jazeera America

New England confronts heroin epidemic | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Death toll rising from opiate scourge, as state and local governments struggle to implement effective new laws
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The great need is for a multi-pronged approach starting with education and offering people alternative interests (the most important part of prevention in many instances), counseling and chemical treatments, and arming first responders with the training and medication necessary for the prevention of death. At the same time, legalization is necessary both to reduce the allure and to make such drug addictions more open for discussion and treatment as well as to facilitate the secondary issues such as needle related infections.

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Dem Gov: 'If It's The Last Thing I Do,' I'm Going To Fight For Medicaid Expansion

Dem Gov: 'If It's The Last Thing I Do,' I'm Going To Fight For Medicaid Expansion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WISE, Va. (AP) — In his first months on the job, Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife is trying to capitalize on Democrats' takeover of top state offices and the state Senate by pushing a key element of President Barack Obama's health care law through...
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If you don't understand that there is a basic difference between the Democrats and Republicans, perhaps this is the place to start rethinking. One side believes that the health and welfare of the citizens is the major concern and the other focuses on keeping taxes lower for the wealthy and corporations.

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Ethics Watchdog Calls GOP Campaign Boss 'Scam Artist'

Ethics Watchdog Calls GOP Campaign Boss 'Scam Artist' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog filed a formal request Wednesday for an investigation of National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), citing his team's use of phony websites.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in W...
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Strange how the GOP keeps showing up on the unethical side. Shouldn't the party of voter fraud reform also at least appear to be on the side of electioneering fraud reform? I guess not when it

's the Republicans; what was I thinking?

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WASHINGTON: Health care enrollments reach 4.2 million, but young adults remain elusive | Health Care | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Health care enrollments reach 4.2 million, but young adults remain elusive | Health Care | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
More than 4.2 million people have signed up for coverage on the nation’s health insurance marketplaces through February, but low participation from young adults and early technical problems with the website have jeopardized the government’s goal of enrolling 6 million people by March 31.
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The young never understand the need for health insurance until it is too late. In a way, #Obamacare has made that problem worse since they are now guaranteed that they will be able to get insurance even after problems appear. We need a national health insurance plan with reasonable rules and limits.

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Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car

Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Roy Ortiz Survived in Air Pocket Inside Submerged Car
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What a strange case. Obviously, he can claim they were negligent and maybe they were. On the other hand, does that mean it would have been better for them to let him die? What do you think?

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WASHINGTON: Higher-income students get more public money for their education | Education | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Higher-income students get more public money for their education | Education | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It's not just colleges and universities that are shifting their financial aid from lower-income to higher-income students.
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It is truly time for the American people to reassess the concentration of wealth that is going on in our country. The American dream is being squeezed by the greed of those with more, and education, the route to a better life, is now also being placed in the service of the wealthy.

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Three Corvettes rescued from sinkhole in Kentucky

Three Corvettes rescued from sinkhole in Kentucky | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Be warned: The sinkholes are coming for our classic automobiles.
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Not sure how upsetting this is since I'm not a big Corvette enthusiast, but the idea that Mother Earth is coming after our classic automobiles just seems too good to not share.

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