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  • We Buy an Insane Amount of Cheap Fashion. John Oliver Reminds Us It All Comes at a Huge Price.

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    Inae Oh
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Despite decades of outrage over the widespread use of sweatshops and child labor overseas, cheap fashionable garments have continued to prove irresistible to American customers. On the latest Last Week Tonight, John Oliver said the appetite for such low-priced fashion has gotten to the point where Americans now purchase an average 64 new items of clothing every year. "For the consumer, low prices are fantastic," Oliver explained. "And nowadays those clothes will even look good because trendy clothing is cheaper than ever and cheap clothing is trendier than ever." But Oliver reminds us that…
  • Book Review: "Bringing Down Gaddafi" by Andrei Netto

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    Bryan Schatz
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring, and found rebels of "noble, almost poetic aspirations." He stayed long enough to see the revolution's moral downfall, culminating in the execution of deposed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This riveting account is a tale of mercenaries and freedom fighters, corrupt politicians, and war crimes on all sides. But Netto also highlights the humanity of the civilians caught in the middle, and their ongoing struggle for a stable and peaceful nation.
  • Republicans Painting Hillary Clinton As a Tool of the Superrich Forget One Little Thing

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    Jonathan Chait
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 to this day to contribute posts and keep the conversation going. Today we're honored to present a post from New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, whose writing on politics has been published by the New Republic, the American Prospect, and the Los Angeles Times Barack Obama was raised by a financially struggling single mother, and Mitt Romney was the son of an auto executive turned governor who grew up to be a gazillionaire in the…
  • Ted Cruz's Princeton Years Included Jokes About a Woman's Hymen

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    Inae Oh
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    During his days as a member of Princeton University's debate team, Ted Cruz earned a reputation as a spirited orator. But when an opponent would try to poke fun at him, Cruz's rhetorical skills couldn't compensate for his complete lack of a sense of humor. According to a story in the Times today, the situation would get even worse when he actually tried to be funny himself: Mr. Cruz’s own attempts at humor sometimes missed the mark. In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity, in which God should "give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a…
  • This Stat Will Make Deforestation Hit Home

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    Luke Whelan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Okay, so deforestation is sad, and it's Arbor Day so we should be extra sad about it. But there are so many things to be sad about, right? Well maybe this stat, from a study that came out last month, will make the loss of the world's forests sink in for you: More than 70 percent of the worlds's forests are within 1 kilometer of a forest edge. Thus, most forests are well within the range where human activities, altered microclimate and nonforest species may influence and degrade forest ecosystems. That's right, we've arrived at the point where the majority of the forest in the world is just a…
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  • We Buy an Insane Amount of Cheap Fashion. John Oliver Reminds Us It All Comes at a Huge Price.

    Inae Oh
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Despite decades of outrage over the widespread use of sweatshops and child labor overseas, cheap fashionable garments have continued to prove irresistible to American customers. On the latest Last Week Tonight, John Oliver said the appetite for such low-priced fashion has gotten to the point where Americans now purchase an average 64 new items of clothing every year. "For the consumer, low prices are fantastic," Oliver explained. "And nowadays those clothes will even look good because trendy clothing is cheaper than ever and cheap clothing is trendier than ever." But Oliver reminds us that…
  • Republicans Painting Hillary Clinton As a Tool of the Superrich Forget One Little Thing

    Jonathan Chait
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 to this day to contribute posts and keep the conversation going. Today we're honored to present a post from New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, whose writing on politics has been published by the New Republic, the American Prospect, and the Los Angeles Times Barack Obama was raised by a financially struggling single mother, and Mitt Romney was the son of an auto executive turned governor who grew up to be a gazillionaire in the…
  • The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

    Pema Levy
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court's term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy have filed 66 friend-of-the-court briefs, offering a host of social, political, and scientific reasons the court should uphold existing state bans. These briefs fall into a few categories. The more temperate ones argue that marriage should be decided at the state level—an attempt to sway Justice Anthony Kennedy without disparaging same-sex…
  • Book Review: "Bringing Down Gaddafi" by Andrei Netto

    Bryan Schatz
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring, and found rebels of "noble, almost poetic aspirations." He stayed long enough to see the revolution's moral downfall, culminating in the execution of deposed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This riveting account is a tale of mercenaries and freedom fighters, corrupt politicians, and war crimes on all sides. But Netto also highlights the humanity of the civilians caught in the middle, and their ongoing struggle for a stable and peaceful nation.
  • Pepsi Is Ditching One Fake Sweetener, But What About The Rest?

    Tom Philpott
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Alexei Vella Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News reports: it's nixing the controversial low-calorie sweetener aspartame. In its place, Diet Pepsi will get its sweet jolt from a mix of sucralose and acesulfame potassium. The apparent reason for the shake-up: Diet Pepsi sales plunged 5.2 percent last year, Bloomberg noted. Rival Diet Coke fared even worse, enduring 6.6 percent drop in sales (though Coke is clinging fast to aspartame). What gives? Even with the recent consumer turn away from these…
 
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  • Book Review: "Bringing Down Gaddafi" by Andrei Netto

    Bryan Schatz
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring, and found rebels of "noble, almost poetic aspirations." He stayed long enough to see the revolution's moral downfall, culminating in the execution of deposed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This riveting account is a tale of mercenaries and freedom fighters, corrupt politicians, and war crimes on all sides. But Netto also highlights the humanity of the civilians caught in the middle, and their ongoing struggle for a stable and peaceful nation.
  • Pepsi Is Ditching One Fake Sweetener, But What About The Rest?

    Tom Philpott
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Alexei Vella Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News reports: it's nixing the controversial low-calorie sweetener aspartame. In its place, Diet Pepsi will get its sweet jolt from a mix of sucralose and acesulfame potassium. The apparent reason for the shake-up: Diet Pepsi sales plunged 5.2 percent last year, Bloomberg noted. Rival Diet Coke fared even worse, enduring 6.6 percent drop in sales (though Coke is clinging fast to aspartame). What gives? Even with the recent consumer turn away from these…
  • This Video of the Moment the Avalanche Hit Everest Base Camp Is Terrifying

    James West
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    "The ground is shaking," a man's voice says, sounding incredulous. "Shit," he says, amid giggles of disbelief from others. Then, seconds later, the camera swings around to see something truly horrifying: a wall of snow and debris descending from all directions, about to engulf a collection of tents. The video was uploaded to a YouTube channel operated by Jost Kobusch, a German mountaineer attempting to climb Mount Everest, on Sunday. The title suggests that the footage captures one of the avalanches that struck Everest during the massive quake that hit Nepal on Saturday, killing more than…
  • Obama Just Burned GOP Climate Deniers in "Anger Translator" Rant

    James West
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Toward the end of his annual speech to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in the nation's capital Saturday night, President Obama got "angry." Aided by Luther, his "anger translator" (a character played by Comedy Central's Keegan-Michael Key, from the TV show Key and Peele), President Obama launched into an epic tirade against climate deniers on Capitol Hill. For those who aren't familiar with the set-up of the skit featured on Key and Peele: "No-drama Obama" (played by Jordan Peele) can't risk getting angry in public, so Luther translates what he's really thinking, behind all…
  • Hillary Wants a Piece of the Elizabeth Warren Love Fest

    Patrick Caldwell
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hillary Clinton desperately wants liberals to redirect their adoration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) toward her presidential campaign. Since the official launch of her 2016 run earlier this month, Clinton has done everything she can to cozy up to Warren and publicly channel the spirit of the Massachusetts senator. Clinton has bemoaned hedge funders paying lower tax rates and called out CEOs for earning outsize paychecks. She penned a fawning blurb about Warren for Time's list of the world's 100 most influential people. "Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall…
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  • Republicans Painting Hillary Clinton As a Tool of the Superrich Forget One Little Thing

    Jonathan Chait
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 to this day to contribute posts and keep the conversation going. Today we're honored to present a post from New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, whose writing on politics has been published by the New Republic, the American Prospect, and the Los Angeles Times Barack Obama was raised by a financially struggling single mother, and Mitt Romney was the son of an auto executive turned governor who grew up to be a gazillionaire in the…
  • The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

    Pema Levy
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court's term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy have filed 66 friend-of-the-court briefs, offering a host of social, political, and scientific reasons the court should uphold existing state bans. These briefs fall into a few categories. The more temperate ones argue that marriage should be decided at the state level—an attempt to sway Justice Anthony Kennedy without disparaging same-sex…
  • Tales From City of Hope #8: The Day +3 Cake

    Kevin Drum
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    As promised, the Day +3 cake arrived today, produced with a mother's love along with an assist from Duncan Hines. That's the childhood formula, so that's what I got. I will spend the next few days in a chocolate coma. Marian visited today too, which was a good thing. My fatigue is getting ever worse, and when I got back from my daily hydration I pretty much crashed for two hours. So the visit was mostly between Marian and my mother. I woke up just in time to say goodbye. Before I crashed, however, I did get this badly-composed selfie of the three of us, all sporting our now-stylish surgical…
  • Quote of the Day: George Bush Still in Foreign Policy Denial

    Kevin Drum
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:57 pm
    From Bloomberg's Josh Rogin, after reading a transcript of George W. Bush's remarks on the Middle East to a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors this weekend: For George W. Bush, the remarks in Vegas showed he has little respect for how the current president is running the world. He also revealed that he takes little responsibility for the policies that he put in place that contributed to the current state of affairs. Yep, that sounds like the George Bush we all came to know and love. My favorite quote: "In order to be an effective president ... when you say something you have to mean it,"…
  • The Law, In Its Finnish Majesty....

    Kevin Drum
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    In Finland, a speeding ticket costs you more if you're rich than if you're poor. Fair enough, perhaps. "The thinking here is that if it stings for the little guy, it should sting for the big guy, too," says the New York Times. In any case, I already knew this. What I didn't know was the formula: The fines are calculated based on half an offender’s daily net income, with some consideration for the number of children under his or her roof and a deduction deemed to be enough to cover basic living expenses, currently 255 euros per month. Then, that figure is multiplied by the number of days…
 
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  • Ted Cruz's Princeton Years Included Jokes About a Woman's Hymen

    Inae Oh
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    During his days as a member of Princeton University's debate team, Ted Cruz earned a reputation as a spirited orator. But when an opponent would try to poke fun at him, Cruz's rhetorical skills couldn't compensate for his complete lack of a sense of humor. According to a story in the Times today, the situation would get even worse when he actually tried to be funny himself: Mr. Cruz’s own attempts at humor sometimes missed the mark. In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity, in which God should "give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a…
  • Former Walker Aide Blasts Walker for Immigration Flip-Flop

    Sam Brodey
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Liz Mair, the GOP operative who resigned from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign-in-waiting after a day on the job, is in campaign mode again—and this time, she's targeting her former boss. On Tuesday morning, Mair sent an email detailing Walker's "Olympic-quality flip-flop" on the issue of immigration. On Monday, Breitbart reported that Walker is the only declared or likely GOP candidate so far to support rolling back legal immigration to the United States, including for highly skilled workers. In her email, Mair pointed out that, historically, Walker has hardly been an immigration…
  • Here's What You Need to Know About the Trade Deal Dividing the Left

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Senior lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would let the Obama Administration keep negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact that could be the most far-reaching free trade agreement in American history. Now in its fifth year of negotiations, the TPP is intended to bolster free trade among 12 participating countries and set the tone for future trade deals. Getting it done before campaign politics interfere hinges on the passage of the new legislation, a Trade Promotion Authority bill (a.k.a. "fast track") that limits congressional participation to a up/down…
  • Politician Tasked With Oil Industry Oversight Gets a Paycheck From Big Oil

    Tim Murphy
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    The BP oil spill turned five years old on Monday, and as my colleague Tim McDonnell reported, we're still paying the price: There's as much as 26 million gallons of crude oil still on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. But the story of the Deepwater Horizon wasn't just about environmental devastation—it was also a story about regulation. In Louisiana, where many politicians rely on oil and gas companies to fill their campaign coffers (and keep their constituents employed), environmental consequences often take a back seat to business concerns. But sometimes, things go even further. Take…
  • Nebraska Conservatives Take On GOP Governor Over Death Penalty

    Pema Levy
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    A group of conservative legislators in Nebraska are gearing up for what could be a multi-day battle to end the state's death penalty. The fight pits the right-wing anti-death penalty crusaders against their fellow conservatives and the state's Republican governor. Here's the Omaha World-Herald: Nine conservative lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of a repeal measure the Nebraska Legislature will begin debating Thursday. One of their key platforms: Repealing the death penalty makes good fiscal sense. "If capital punishment were any other program that was so inefficient and so costly to…
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  • This Stat Will Make Deforestation Hit Home

    Luke Whelan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Okay, so deforestation is sad, and it's Arbor Day so we should be extra sad about it. But there are so many things to be sad about, right? Well maybe this stat, from a study that came out last month, will make the loss of the world's forests sink in for you: More than 70 percent of the worlds's forests are within 1 kilometer of a forest edge. Thus, most forests are well within the range where human activities, altered microclimate and nonforest species may influence and degrade forest ecosystems. That's right, we've arrived at the point where the majority of the forest in the world is just a…
  • This Is Why You Crave Sugar When You're Stressed Out

    Gabrielle Canon
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's something that won't come as a surprise to anyone who has ever devoured a pint of Rocky Road after a miserable day at work: Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that 80 percent of people report eating more sweets when they are stressed. Their new study, published in the the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, offers a possible explanation. Sugar, the researchers found, can diminish physiological responses normally produced in the brain and body during stressful situations. With stress levels on the rise, this could explain why more people are…
  • Obama Just Called Out Florida's Climate Deniers in Their Own Backyard

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    President Barack Obama just marked Earth Day with a speech on climate change, given from a podium in Florida's Everglades National Park. The choice of venue was appropriate from an environmental perspective—the Everglades is already acutely feeling the impacts of sea level rise—but it was also telling from a political standpoint. Although our swampiest national park has a long history of bipartisan support, it's located in a state that has recently produced some of the most absurdist climate denial in recent memory—and Obama didn't forget to mention it. Florida is home not…
  • Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Proposing To Fire 57 Environmental Agency Employees

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, had a different idea: Fire a big chunk of the state's environmental staff. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this…
  • How Californians Screwed Drought-Plagued California

    Josh Harkinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Solving California's water crisis got a lot harder on Monday when a state appeals court struck down steeply tiered water rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Like many other California cities, this affluent Orange County town encourages conservation by charging customers who use small amounts of water a lower rate per gallon than customers who use larger amounts. The court ruled that the practice conflicts with Proposition 218, a ballot measure that, among other things, bars governments from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it. The drought isn't the only way Prop. 218…
 
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  • Republicans Painting Hillary Clinton As a Tool of the Superrich Forget One Little Thing

    Jonathan Chait
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 to this day to contribute posts and keep the conversation going. Today we're honored to present a post from New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, whose writing on politics has been published by the New Republic, the American Prospect, and the Los Angeles Times Barack Obama was raised by a financially struggling single mother, and Mitt Romney was the son of an auto executive turned governor who grew up to be a gazillionaire in the…
  • The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

    Pema Levy
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court's term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy have filed 66 friend-of-the-court briefs, offering a host of social, political, and scientific reasons the court should uphold existing state bans. These briefs fall into a few categories. The more temperate ones argue that marriage should be decided at the state level—an attempt to sway Justice Anthony Kennedy without disparaging same-sex…
  • Obama Just Burned GOP Climate Deniers in "Anger Translator" Rant

    James West
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Toward the end of his annual speech to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in the nation's capital Saturday night, President Obama got "angry." Aided by Luther, his "anger translator" (a character played by Comedy Central's Keegan-Michael Key, from the TV show Key and Peele), President Obama launched into an epic tirade against climate deniers on Capitol Hill. For those who aren't familiar with the set-up of the skit featured on Key and Peele: "No-drama Obama" (played by Jordan Peele) can't risk getting angry in public, so Luther translates what he's really thinking, behind all…
  • Hillary Wants a Piece of the Elizabeth Warren Love Fest

    Patrick Caldwell
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hillary Clinton desperately wants liberals to redirect their adoration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) toward her presidential campaign. Since the official launch of her 2016 run earlier this month, Clinton has done everything she can to cozy up to Warren and publicly channel the spirit of the Massachusetts senator. Clinton has bemoaned hedge funders paying lower tax rates and called out CEOs for earning outsize paychecks. She penned a fawning blurb about Warren for Time's list of the world's 100 most influential people. "Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall…
  • The American Teen Whose Death-by-Drone Obama Won't Explain

    Nick Baumann
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    On Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared in the White House press room to reveal that a US strike in January on an Al Qaeda compound had killed two hostages held by the terrorist group, Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian, and Warren Weinstein, an American. He offered his condolences to their families for the mistake that led to their deaths. It's remarkable that Obama spoke of this at all. The US targeted killing program is shrouded in secrecy, and the president had never before issued a statement like this about people accidentally killed by US drone strikes. (He did not use the word…
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  • Pepsi Is Ditching One Fake Sweetener, But What About The Rest?

    Tom Philpott
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Alexei Vella Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News reports: it's nixing the controversial low-calorie sweetener aspartame. In its place, Diet Pepsi will get its sweet jolt from a mix of sucralose and acesulfame potassium. The apparent reason for the shake-up: Diet Pepsi sales plunged 5.2 percent last year, Bloomberg noted. Rival Diet Coke fared even worse, enduring 6.6 percent drop in sales (though Coke is clinging fast to aspartame). What gives? Even with the recent consumer turn away from these…
  • This Video of the Moment the Avalanche Hit Everest Base Camp Is Terrifying

    James West
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    "The ground is shaking," a man's voice says, sounding incredulous. "Shit," he says, amid giggles of disbelief from others. Then, seconds later, the camera swings around to see something truly horrifying: a wall of snow and debris descending from all directions, about to engulf a collection of tents. The video was uploaded to a YouTube channel operated by Jost Kobusch, a German mountaineer attempting to climb Mount Everest, on Sunday. The title suggests that the footage captures one of the avalanches that struck Everest during the massive quake that hit Nepal on Saturday, killing more than…
  • There's a Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power

    Tim McDonnell
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the summer of 2013, the Phoenix-area utility launched a campaign to weaken Arizona's net metering rule, which requires utilities to buy the extra solar power their customers generate and provides a major incentive for homeowners to install rooftop panels. A few months…
  • This Is Why You Crave Sugar When You're Stressed Out

    Gabrielle Canon
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's something that won't come as a surprise to anyone who has ever devoured a pint of Rocky Road after a miserable day at work: Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that 80 percent of people report eating more sweets when they are stressed. Their new study, published in the the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, offers a possible explanation. Sugar, the researchers found, can diminish physiological responses normally produced in the brain and body during stressful situations. With stress levels on the rise, this could explain why more people are…
  • Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn't Mean It Was Raised Humanely

    Twilight Greenaway and Adrien Schless-Meier
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This piece was originally published by Civil Eats.  Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the US Department of Agriculture's organic standards are very precise about pesticides and other growing practices for the crops that people and animals eat, it doesn't include very many specific instructions about the way the animals themselves are raised. "When people pick up organic milk, they're expecting that the cows are out on pasture most of the time," says Luke Meerman, one of the farmers behind Michigan-based…
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  • Book Review: "Bringing Down Gaddafi" by Andrei Netto

    Bryan Schatz
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring, and found rebels of "noble, almost poetic aspirations." He stayed long enough to see the revolution's moral downfall, culminating in the execution of deposed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This riveting account is a tale of mercenaries and freedom fighters, corrupt politicians, and war crimes on all sides. But Netto also highlights the humanity of the civilians caught in the middle, and their ongoing struggle for a stable and peaceful nation.
  • Music Review: "Rubble" by Ambrosia Parsley

    Jon Young
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    TRACK 2 "Rubble" From Ambrosia Parsley's Weeping Cherry BARBES Liner notes: This eerie ballad finds the former Shivaree leader consumed by existential dread, with droning guitar amplifying the creeping terror. Behind the music: Weeping Cherry, Parsley's solo debut, was inspired by the deaths of friends and relatives, and features AA Bondy and Joan Wasser (from Joan As Police Woman). Check it out if you like: Angsty grown-up pop (Sam Phillips, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case).
  • Bitcoin's Problem With Women

    Felix Salmon
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 through today to pitch in posts and keep the conversation going. Here's a contribution from Felix Salmon, who, after years of blogging on finance and the economy for Reuters and other outlets, is now a senior editor at Fusion Nathaniel Popper's new book, Digital Gold, is as close as you can get to being the definitive account of the history of Bitcoin. As its subtitle proclaims, the book tells the story of the "misfits" (the…
  • Book Review: "Under the Bus" by Caroline Fredrickson

    Samantha Michaels
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Under the Bus By Caroline Fredrickson THE NEW PRESS Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to "lean in" and become leaders while former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter insists we "can't have it all." But what of women who lack the luxury of leaning in or opting out because they're struggling just to get by? They're the focus of Under the Bus, which unpacks the history of the racism and sexism that has left so many working women and people of color without adequate protections. Author Caroline Fredrickson explains how sloppily written laws have made women, particularly in…
  • Film Review: Don't Think I've Forgotten Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

    Luke Whelan
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll ARGOT PICTURES On the surface, Don't Think I've Forgotten is a film about the flourishing rock movement that emerged following Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. Director John Pirozzi saturates the first half with vintage footage of Cambodia's '50s and '60s music scene, interspersing it with interviews with musicians who survived the ensuing horrors and relatives of those who didn't. The infectious music blends Chuck Berry-like riffs with haunting traditional melodies. And even though you know it's coming, the progression of…
 
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