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Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known. Very few Western medical practitioners are even aware of CKDu, despite the terrible toll it has taken on poor farmers from El Salvador to South Asia.


Wiccan Priest Reportedly Barred From Giving Invocation At City Council Meeting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the plan was publicized and he was asked about his faith. He was then told he was no longer invited.

Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion says that when the agenda for Thursday's meeting was made public Tuesday and citizens called to voice concerns.

The agenda said the invocation would be given by "Reverend Blake Kirk, Priest of the Oak, Ash And Thorn Tradition of Wicca."

Kirk tells WHNT-TV (http://bit.ly/1poHosQ) he was then confronted and asked about his faith, which he acknowledged. Kirk says he was then told he was no longer invited to give the invocation.

The Huntsville station reports that the council has a long-standing tradition of opening meetings with prayer.


Open letter to medical professionals and the AMA: Start the conversation

I would have included a few more "whereas" 's about HFCS, some specific pesticides, more about Endocrine Disruptors and antibiotics, and linked to more bad news about infant mortality and learning disabilities, but hey, it's a start.


Nathan Deal Suggests New Restrictions for Good Government Whistleblowers

news piece. In case you missed it.

George Will: Sexual assault victims enjoy ‘coveted status’ on college campuses

In a column published in both the Washington Post and New York Post, Fox News contributor George Will dismissed claims of college sexual assault –using ‘scare quotes’ around the term– while stating students see victimhood as a “coveted status.”

Writing that college administrators are being “educated by Washington,” Will writes, “they are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous” they are promoting the idea that victimhood is “a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”

Relating the story of a Swarthmore coed who was coerced into sex after saying “no,” Will dismissed her claim of “sexual assault” claiming it was part of the “hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.”


Ronald Reagan's Freedom From Religion spot

aired on Comedy Central last night. I was blown away! I literally stood up and cheered. Here's an article I found this morning:


Rachel Maddow's take

on last night. Pretty interesting. If you missed it:


Benghazi: If Chuck Todd says it's over, it's probably over

Chuck Todd has a message for Republicans still harping on Benghazi: it's over, people.

The panel on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" was discussing the new House Select committee formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The inquiry comes after several others into the attacks, all of which led Todd to suggest that the latest investigation is not necessary and is more of a "partisan" process than anything else.

"I’ll hear from Republicans that say, ‘But there are unanswered questions!’ Well, no, all the questions have been answered," he said. "There’s just some people that don’t like the answers, that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess."

Todd said that there were a number of issues, like policy or the United States' response to Arab Spring, worth discussing. "But to sit here and investigate talking points seems to be totally missing the larger point here," he added. "It’s like investigating who cut down one tree in a forest that’s been burned down."

His comments echo his remarks earlier this month that the new committee "looks nothing more than a partisan stunt.” House Speaker John Boehner recently named Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy to lead the investigation, while some Democrats who are threatening to boycott the committee.


10 most absurd right-wing Christian billboards

These are hilarious! And you'll be reminded again at how terrible the right is at grammar, mechanics and punctuation.


So a house in my neighborhood burned down

It apparently caught fire in the afternoon. No one was injured but the entire place is charcoal splinters. My reaction was complete astonishment that the fire department had been able to contain the blaze--the houses are pretty close together--without anything, even trees or lawn on adjacent property, sustaining any damage whatsoever. Someone else's response was to put up a HUGE sign in the yard: "Thank you God for your mercy and blessings."
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