Daniel Day-Lewis stunningly and artfully brought the fictional character of our school textbooks to life.Read more »
The number of U.S. patients killed annually by medical errors is equivalent to 4 jumbo jets crashing each week. Some prestigious hospitals participating in a national collaborative to measure surgical complications have four to five times more complications as other hospitals. It’s the kind of data that, if you had access to it, would help you know just where to find the best care. But you don’t.Read more »
Florida man, allegedly “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican party,” was jailed yesterday after he reportedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, feeling he had to kill her because she’s “liberal.”Read more »
Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows through.
Monsanto is going mad over the proposal, however, which would also make them unable to label their productions as “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown” or “all natural,” if, in fact, they are not. For the corporation, it would seem that moving products and making money is much more of a worthwhile venture than telling its customers what exactly they are consuming.Read more »
I can't remember a time my heart pounded so hard during a movie. Maybe it’s because I’m partial to Dianic huntress characters, but when it comes to provoking a purely visceral autonomic response The Hunger Games is probably one of the best films I’ve seen. I walked into the film almost completely unaware of the story. I hadn’t even seen a trailer. If you just want a reading of general enthusiasm I think this film is well worth seeing in the theater, and I left eager for the sequel, but if you’re comfortable reading some spoilers, read on.Read more »
Gerald Zirnstein and his fellow USDA scientist, Carl Custer, both warned against using what the industry calls “lean finely textured beef,” widely known now as “pink slime,” but their government bosses overruled them.
The “pink slime” does not have to appear on the label because, over objections of its own scientists, USDA officials with links to the beef industry labeled it meat.
“The under secretary said, ‘it’s pink, therefore it’s meat,’” Custer told ABC News.Read more »
When Karyn Howard’s father passed away in 2008, she was convinced that it would be one of the hardest things she’d ever have to deal with. Little did she know that a call from Bank of America a few days later was about to make the ordeal much, much worse.
The systematic process of harassing people for debts they don't owe is something the banking industry is becoming known for. It keeps happening because collection departments are able to intimidate people into paying debts of deceased loved ones -- despite the fact that by law, they don't have to pay.Read more »
If there's one thing in the world the food industry is dead set against, it's allowing you to actually maintain some level of control over what you eat. See, they have this whole warehouse full of whatever they bought last week when they were drunk that they need to get rid of -- and they will do so by feeding it all to you. And it doesn't matter how many pesky "lists of ingredients" and consumer protections stand between you and them.Read more »
...I do some Googling around and confirm that in some multi dwelling units they run fiber to the building but not to the apartments. They use VDSL and the existing phonelines to get the data connection to the unit. I ask the installer why not use the existing coax. Especially since they had to run it anyway and it is spec’ed appropriately. He didn’t know.Read more »
You are told that to make it in life, you must go to college. You work hard to get there. You or your parents drain savings or take out huge loans to pay for it all.
And you end up learning ... not much.
A study of more than 2,300 undergraduates found 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years....Read more »
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency has issued an emegergency ban on 5 chemicals used in Marijuana substitutes.
(JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol)
The ban will take affect 30 days from 11-24-2010. The ban will last at minimum 1 year with a possible 6 month extension.Read more »
An overview of the poisons known collectively as "sodium fluoride," which is added to the water supplies of most major population centers. Based on the government's own Material Safety Data Sheet, to which a link is provided.Read more »
Who doesn't love baklava? That decadent Mediterranean morsel historically beloved by Byzantine and Ottoman alike. Made with paper-thin leaves of fillo dough, hearty walnuts, and golden honey, now this succulent homemade treat is available on the internet for home delivery.Read more »
Salmonella contamination at a Nevada food-flavoring plant may trigger the recall of as many as 10,000 products, according to a Consumers Union scientist.
PepsiCo Inc. joined Procter & Gamble Co., Nestle SA and McCormick & Co. yesterday in recalling food containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP.
To date, there are no known illnesses associated with the contaminated HVP, which is sometimes referred to as a “natural flavor” on ingredient labelsRead more »
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