Crazyland – Dmitry Orlov

A long time ago—almost a quarter of a century—I worked in a research lab, designing measurement and data acquisition electronics for high energy physics experiments. In the interest of providing motivation for what follows, I will say a few words about the job. It was interesting work, and it gave me a chance to rub shoulders (and drink beer) with …

Seniors Having to Choose Between Food and Medicine By Paul Buchheit

Elder abuse is defined [3] as “harmful acts toward an elderly adult, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect..” Financial exploitation comes from the banking industry; neglect emanates from the halls of Congress; and emotions are stirred through the stories [4] of impoverished seniors: From Reno, Nevada: Here I am at an age when I should be thinking about retiring, desperately trying to find a job. I …

Survey finds civilian physicians feel underprepared to treat veterans

A survey of nearly 150 U.S. physicians who frequently treat veterans found civilian doctors aren’t adequately trained in health issues related to military service, according to research published today in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. More than half of the respondent indicated they were not comfortable discussing health-related exposures and risks that veterans might experience such as depleted uranium, …

Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West By Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivam

State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. The valley of red and brown sand is interrupted occasionally by rock and saguaro cactus. It’s not unusual for summer temperatures to top 116 degrees. And there is almost no water; this …

Jeb Bush Speaking at Secret Coal Industry Retreat – Nick Surgey

Jeb Bush is the highest profile speaker at a secretive three-day retreat in Bristol, Virginia, hosted by the CEOs of six coal companies, according to materials for the invitation-only event obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and shared with the Guardian. The event, dubbed the “Coal & Investment Leadership Forum,” which started Sunday and goes through Tuesday, is taking …

Israeli army commander recorded ordering attack on Gaza clinic – Charlotte Silver

An Israeli military commander has been recorded ordering troops to shell medical facilities during the 2014 attack on Gaza.  Nerya Yeshurun, a lieutenant colonel, instructed that a clinic in the Shujaiya neighborhood be fired upon on 23 July last year to “honor” an Israeli soldier who had been killed a day earlier.  His statement amounts to a clear, though perhaps unintended, admission of war crimes.  Targeting civilians as …

NPR

How NPR Is Doing Right-Wing’s Economic Dirty Work on Debt By Dean Baker

Billionaire Peter Peterson is spending lots of money to get people to worry about the debt and deficits rather than focus on the issues that will affect their lives. National Public Radio is doing its part to try to promote Peterson’s cause with a Morning Edition piece [2] that began by telling people that the next president “will have to wrestle with the …

How Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West – Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena

State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. The valley of red and brown sand is interrupted occasionally by rock and saguaro cactus. It’s not unusual for summer temperatures to top 116 degrees. And there is almost no water; this …

The Rise of Scientific Fundamentalism – Larry Malerbo DO

Contrary to the beliefs of some, science is not an impenetrable body of settled fact that must be defended at all costs in the name of truth. When science becomes a worldview—a philosophy of life, a metaphysical framework that explains existence—it is no longer science; it is scientism.  Anti-Holistic Conspiracy or Reality? Contrary to the beliefs of some, science is not …

How front groups posing as grassroots campaigns do the dirty work for Agribusiness – Martha Rosenberg

How did the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (Proposition 37), get defeated in 2012 despite the state’s high level of food awareness of activism? How did a ban on the sale of large soft drinks in New York City fail the same year despite such drinks’ complete lack of nutritional value and links to obesity? Welcome to the world of food …