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Written by Brian Stelter for the New York Times Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image. The cable channel indicated that he had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving the channel the right to terminate it. Starting Friday night, the former New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer will take over Mr. Olbermann’s 8 p.m. time slot.
Cancer v. the Constitution POSTED BY DR. JEN GUNTER ⋅ MARCH 28, 2012 ⋅ The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once. She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately not the only cause. She hadn’t gone to the doctor because she had no health insurance. The only kind of work she could get in a struggling rural community was without benefits. Her coat and shoes beside the gurney were worn and her purse from another decade. She could never afford to buy it on her own. She didn’t qualify for Medicaid, the local doctor only took insurance, and there was no Planned Parenthood or County Clinic nearby.
Observations on Selected USEPA Summaries of Well Water Analysis from Dimock, Pennsylvania, 2012. Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., CHO March 26, 2012 I have reviewed biological and chemical analysis summaries of Dimock homeowners’ wells identified by the USEPA as HW-02, HW-04, HW-06, HW-08a, HW-12 and HW-17. These are my observations: The methods used to determine coliform and heterotrophic bacteria were very poorly performed: results from ten out of the twelve analyses reported were either rejected or clearly inconsistent. Therefore, they provide no basis to assess the presence or absence of microbes in the well water samples. Minimum detection limits for glycol ethers and other detergents were unacceptably high. Therefore, no conclusions regarding pharmacologically significant concentrations of glycol ethers (particularly the endocrine disruptor 2-butoxyethanol) can be made from these results.
I’ve been doing some research into just how hard it would be to shut down our coal fired electric plants. We all seem to believe at some level that it would be really, really hard. We’d have to deny ourselves every luxury and go back to living in a cold, soot filled cabin without running water. So I started a project, asked for some help with the math, and here is what I have come up with so far. To shut down our local coal fired plant, which is of average size, every man, woman and child in the US would have to do the equivalent of turning off a 100 watt bulb for 15 minutes, every day. Really? That’s all? That is incredibly doable. This house is going to do more than it’s share starting today. I’m turning off the light we leave on in the bathroom overnight, and plugging in a nightlight that turns off by itself during the day. Even during the summer when that light is only on for about 6 hours a day, that is 8 times what is required. Easy-Peasey. I’d turn it off entirely, but I’m breaking the family in gently.
Got Pallets? Hate weeding? Dont feel like turning up a bunch of grass? Use a pallet as a garden bed – staple garden cloth on the backside of the pallet fill with dirt and start growing! You can also place your pallet on the ground in a rocky location rather than a grassy area, this way you will not need the garden cloth to stop the weeds and grass coming through. You can also set pallets up on end for a vertical garden if you have limited space. Check out “Backyard Diva” on Facebook
Written by Ian Cobain for Guardian UK and Reader Supported News The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before the 9/11 attacks, MPs were told. Moreover, the UK government is now seeking similar powers that could be used to prevent evidence of illegal acts and embarrassing failures from emerging in court, David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, told the Commons.