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ATM’s Dispense Cash — and Sex Changes

Okay, climate change is a hoax, evolution is just a theory, man roamed the earth with dinosaurs, and scientists around the world are engaged in a giant conspiracy against America.  But technology is an unmitigated good, and we have to get rid of government agencies and their pesky regulations. What will it take to scare people into recognizing man-made environmental hazards? Maybe their penises shrinking? T ...

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Uninsured and fighting blazes: Welcome to the life of a federal firefighter

Right now, wildfires of “epic proportions” are tearing through the Colorado forests. Thousands of federal firefighters charged with taming the blazes do not have health insurance. That includes 27-year-old John Lauer. He’s a member of a Colorado-based “hotshot” crew, one of the teams of the most skilled federal fighters that gets deployed where fires are the worst. In six years, he has fought fires in Utah, ...

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to implement Obamacare despite Supreme Court ruling

Because the people of Louisiana are healthy enough. Jun2 29, 2012 The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it. "We're not going to start implementing Obamacare, ...

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At the Fair, Do Calories on a Stick Count?

The Iowa State Fair is a vast, sweet, savory, shameless wonderland full of battered treats — including deep-fried butter on a stick. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/dining/at-the-iowa-state-fair-deep-fried-butter-on-a-stick.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Wheaton College ‘Inadvertently’ Covered Emergency Contraception Before Birth Control Mandate

August 2, 2012 Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts school in Illinois, asked a Washington, D.C. federal court on Wednesday for an emergency injunction against the Obama administration's contraception coverage mandate because the rule forces the school to cover emergency contraception, which it believes causes abortions, or pay immediate fines. But Wheaton's health plan already covered emergency con ...

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New study links current events to climate change

The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that the likelihood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s through t ...

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Chronic ‘Butter Flavoring’ Exposure Linked to Harmful Brain Process

August 6 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic exposure to an artificial butter flavoring ingredient, known as diacetyl, may worsen the harmful effects of a protein in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The findings should serve as a red flag for factory workers with significant e xposure to the food-flavoring ingredient, researchers from the University of Minnesota said in the report ...

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F.D.A. Makes It Official: BPA Can’t Be Used in Baby Bottles and Cups

July 18, 2012 This decision doesn't go as far as it should, but it sounds like the chemical industry did the right thing, whether for the right reasons or not. Of course, teabaggers and libertarians may be upset that their children can no longer drink from cups that contain a chemical that mimics estrogen. The agency’s decision to prohibit the industrial chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles and children’s d ...

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What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

Catchy title aside, this is a poignant story of poverty and culture in America, not to mention close-minded shortsightedness, but also one of hope and possibility. Nowhere is our health care system more broken and desperate than rural Mississippi. Can an approach used in Iran help save lives? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/magazine/what-can-mississippis-health-care-system-learn-from-iran.html?smid=pl-sha ...

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Fracking Linked To Methane In Flammable Drinking Water For First Time In Scientific Study

July 9, 2011 For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire. The peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap th ...

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