Ben Carson Set To Join Pastor Who Wants Gays Put To Death At Iowa Conference – Brian Tashman

Later this year, far-right Colorado radio host and homeschooling activist Kevin Swanson will be attempting to expand his national profile by organizing a “National Religious Liberties Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa. Since Swanson believes that homosexuality should be punished by death and frequently claims that liberals are using things like the movie Frozen and Girl Scout cookies to make children gay, we hoped that even this year’s field of Republican …

8 Stupidest Economic Ideas GOP Presidential Candidates Are Hearing from Their Experts By Zaid Jilani

There’s an old saying going back to the Reagan years: “personnel is policy.” It means that the sort of advisers and staff public officials surround themselves with are key indicators of the sort of policy regimes they will put into place. The New York Times recently named [3] a number of economic advisers who are currently advising or are interviewing to begin working …

Are the data underlying the US dietary guidelines flawed?

U.S. government-issued dietary recommendations continue to evolve over time. In a special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an obesity theorist and cardiovascular health researchers claim that the main source of dietary information used by the U.S. Government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is scientifically flawed because the underlying data are primarily informed by memory-based dietary assessment methods (M-BMs) (eg, …

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Obesity Rate Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in Mississippi by Justin McCarthy and Diana Liu

Nationally, obesity rate rises to 27.7% in 2014 Obesity rates highest in Southern and Midwestern states Higher obesity rates linked to lower well-being WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hawaii residents were the least likely to be obese in 2014, and Hawaii was the only state where fewer than one in five residents are obese. Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the …

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Almost Half Of US States Are Officially Broke – Tyler Durden

Last month, we documented the case of Louisiana State University, the large, well-known public institution whose 2014 enrollment totaled nearly 31,000 students. LSU, it turns out, is facing funding cuts of as much as 82% which, if realized, would likely force the school into financial exigency, the college equivalent of bankruptcy. The reason for the cuts: the sharp decline in …

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In 1970, Environmentalism Was Poised to ‘Bring Us All Together.’ What Happened? – Zoë Carpenter

Since its founding in 1865, The Nation has been a home for writers instigating, reporting on and arguing about struggles for social and economic justice. We have held fast to our “Nation Ideals”— from racial justice to feminism, from a fair economy to civil liberties, from environmental sustainability to peace and disarmament—throughout our 150-year history. During our anniversary year, TheNation.com will highlight one Nation Ideal …

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Private Police: Mercenaries for the American Police State

“Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.”–Ray Lewis, Retired Philadelphia Police Captain It’s one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop–entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards–pulls you over and …