Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first genetically engineered food animal, AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, despite insufficient safety testing and widespread opposition. This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition.
A team of academic, USGS, and private-sector researchers computed potential stream vulnerability to unconventional oil and gas development in six shale plays, including the Bakken, Barnett, Fayetteville, Hilliard-Baxter-Mancos, Marcellus and Utica, and Niobrara-Mowry. The newly developed vulnerability index shows that streams with the highest sensitivity and exposure to stressors may be most vulnerable to unconventional oil and gas development.
By ignoring extremism from non-Muslims and treating classrooms as counter-terrorism vehicles, the FBI appears to be singling out a religious minority and going about its anti-extremism efforts in all the wrong ways.
From the article: Despite the design and logistical advantages of Better Shelter, Currion ended up penning an article in May for the humanitarian news site IRIN titled, “Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can’t solve global shelter crisis.” Shelter, he argued, echoing a long-held tenet in humanitarian aid, is not a product but a process. IKEA may have a better product, but the process for getting refugees permanent shelter is still broken. And with the conflict in the Middle East displacing millions of people, that process is all the more important to get right.
It worth considering what manner of America Comey’s creationism would have us build. On Monday a black student in Columbia, South Carolina, refused to move out of her seat. She was then assaulted by a police officer. The officer then told the other students in the class, “I’ll put you in jail next.” The officer has been the subject of two civil-rights suits. In James Comey’s America, the actions of this officer are not recorded, and not scrutinized. The creationist style of crime control renders the beating of Marlene Pinnock invisible. Policing on a hunch allows that Walter Scott was resisting arrest and that his killer feared for his life. Indeed it asserts, implicitly, that Scott’s murder wasn’t the problem, so much as the fact that citizens saw it.
From the article: The Associated Press provided new evidence Monday that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was an active medical facility before they bombed it, bolstering the aid agency's charge that the attack—which killed at least 30 people—amounted to a war crime.
So what really needs to be discussed is, what is the role of military power in the making of foreign policy? Why does Hillary Clinton think that Libya is not a disaster? And why was Hillary Clinton pushing for the military role in Libya in the first place? These are important issues.
As far as the hearings were concerned, she testified off and on for nearly 11 hours. She handled herself extremely well, and she essentially exposed the fact that these were a group of Republican troglodytes doing their best to marginalize her and humiliate her. And they totally failed.
With America’s most notorious coal boss standing trial on conspiracy and securities fraud charges, the industry should be asking itself just who is to blame for its woes. The overlooked irony of this federal case is that the sector should be looking closely at itself, and undergoing a thorough self-evaluation.
The coal industry, however, will continue to blame President Obama and his “radical” Environmental Protection Agency that has sought to ensure a cleaner environment while also using the public levers to advance green energies. What it refuses to acknowledge, though, is its own role — that its own strong-armed tactics have worked to oust it from America’s energy throne. And no individual personifies that trait more than the man on trial: Don Blankenship, former chief executive of Massey Energy.
While Snyder maintains the EM laws are necessary to save financially-insolvent municipalities from themselves, it's worth noting that Snyder only enforces the laws in Democratic-voting, predominantly-black communities, even though some white, Republican-leaning cities and towns are in equally dire financial straits. The 2010 Census data shows that just 14.2 percent of Michigan's residents are black - yet 80 percent of Michigan's black residents have lived under an EM while Snyder has been governor.
From the article: Research conducted by Widener University Commonwealth Law School and the University of Auckland concludes that national debates about climate change policies and the press coverage of these issues are for the most part ignoring the obvious ethical and moral problems both with how nations are justifying climate change commitments and the arguments of climate change policy opponents at the national level.
The United States is a racial state. We are the inheritors of systems and institutions that enable the denial of basic human rights to Indigenous and Black and Brown communities, from colonization to slavery, from Jim Crow segregation to Japanese American internment. The post-9/11 treatment of South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities by the US government continues this shameful legacy.
The FCC not only faces a challenge to its authority to make the net neutrality rules. But both sides in the case are also citing First Amendment rights to free speech, potentially setting up a legal showdown on the issue.
Comparison of recent and historical high-severity fire rotations shows that high-severity fire is not occurring in dry forests at rates that are exceptionally high relative to the range of historical rates. Recent high-severity fire instead is deficient (too long) overall across dry pine and dry mixed-conifer forests relative to historical rates. Recent high-severity fire rotations are quite long, averaging 1,045 years in dry pine and 875 years in dry mixed conifer, more than ample time for forests to recover and reach very old age before the next high-severity fire. High-severity fire rotations in dry forests are also within the historical range or are too long relative to historical fire rotations in all but one of 43 regions of the western USA up to A.D. 2012. Absence of significant overall recent upward trends in area burned and in fraction burned at high severity also suggests high-severity fire is not significantly increasing or becoming more severe. The trend is quite close to significance for area burned in dry pine forests, which I discuss below. These findings do not support the hypothesis that high-severity fire is occurring at exceptionally high rates in dry forests or is generally increasing or becoming more severe [6–7].
From the article: Kim Davis is, I repeat, low-hanging fruit. Her faulty thinking about how her faith should inform her duties as a public servant are an indictment not only of a problematic set of beliefs, but an indictment of a governmental system that has been in bed with Christianity for too long. That Christianity and American Democracy are seeming “natural” bedfellows has created the expectation that Christians can impose their beliefs on all American citizens. It is the 21st century and such thinking must change.