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April 2013

Gun vote backlash: Five senators who said ‘no’ see ratings plunge

By David Grant, Staff writer / April 29, 2013 The Christian Science Monitor Five senators have seen their approval ratings drop after they voted against a measure to expand background checks to gun buyers online and at gun shows, according to recent surveys from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm. But only the Democrat – […]

Border Patrol struggles to measure what it can’t see

By Richard Marosi and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times April 29, 2013, 7:19 p.m. SAN DIEGO — Kathy Gomez estimates that U.S. Border Patrol agents catch 75% of the migrants who try to run through the strawberry fields at her farm near the border with Tijuana. Farther east, Miguel Diaz thinks the number hits 90% […]

Quick Tips: The costs of the health care law

Regina Lewis, Special for USA TODAY1:42 p.m. EDT April 30, 2013 Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, many of the major components of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect, including the provision requiring all U.S. residents to have a minimum level of healthcare coverage. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Patient Protection and Affordable […]

The path of austerity leads to sickness and death

By Aimee Picchi April 30 2013 MSN Money While some believe that austerity measures will help their government return to health, researchers say the spending cutbacks have a seriously bad effect on people, leading to spikes in sickness and death. The researchers, Oxford University political economist David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor of […]

Global carbon dioxide levels set to pass 400ppm milestone

ohn Vidal The Guardian, Monday 29 April 2013 15.32 EDT The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 399.72 parts per million (ppm) and is likely to pass the symbolically important 400ppm level for the first time in the next few days. Readings at the US government’s Earth Systems Research laboratory in Hawaii, […]

Health Chaos Ahead

By DAVID BROOKS Published: April 25, 2013 NYTimes It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected. Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election. Regulators have […]

The Myth of Journalism’ s Golden Age

4/25/2013 1:03:10 PM by Todd Gitlin Utne Reader The crisis in journalism today shouldn’t obscure mainstream media’s long history of masking the truth and acquiescing to power. From the Vietnam War to credit default swaps to climate change, in many ways American journalism brought crisis on itself. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. Everyone knows […]

The End of Growth

By Richard Heinberg April 2013 Utne Reader The End of Growth (New Society Publishers, 2011) proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial […]

Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream

By NICK BILTON APRIL 28, 2013, 11:00 AM NYTimes Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers without having to say a word. Among them, a user could nod to turn the glasses on or off. A single wink […]

As One German Weekly Falters, Another Celebrates Big Gains

By ERIC PFANNER Published: April 28, 2013 NYTimes SERRAVAL, France — The two most respected newsweeklies in Germany, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, are both based in Hamburg, and both were founded by icons of postwar journalism in Germany. But now their businesses seem to be headed in opposite directions. This month, as Der Spiegel, […]