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Five Things You Can Buy for an F-35. Once the current news cycle turns and U.S. servicemen and women cycle home from Liberia, the population there (and in places like it around the world) will still suffer from the difficult sanitation issues that give rise to epidemics.

Five Things You Can Buy for an F-35

Increasing the availability of fresh water in places like West Africa could play a meaningful role in preventing future health catastrophes and maintaining peace and order. The Defense Department first mentioned water as a potential source of conflict in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and has continued to publically highlight water scarcity ever since.

In a recent discussion on climate change, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said “food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, more severe natural disasters all place additional burdens on economies, societies and institutions around the world.” The United States will spend $5 million for water sanitation in Liberia in fiscal 2015. 5 shocking reasons why Americans are getting fatter. Americans have become huge.

5 shocking reasons why Americans are getting fatter

Between the 1960s and the 2000s, Americans grew, on the average, an inch taller and 24 pounds heavier. The average American man today weights 194 pounds and the average woman 165 pounds. The growing girth has led to the creation of special-sized ambulances, operating tables and coffins as well as bigger seats on planes and trains. Almost a third of American children and teens are overweight, but 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight in one study. A step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. How the Defense Industry Convinced Congress to Militarize Local Cops. Police drift through a cloud of smoke on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri Jeff Roberson/AP The Ferguson, Missouri, police department's display of armored cars, officers in riot gear, and assault rifles over the past week shocked Americans who didn't realize how much military equipment is now available to local police departments.

How the Defense Industry Convinced Congress to Militarize Local Cops

But since the 1990's, more than 8,000 federal, state, tribal, and local police agencies across the country have armed themselves with the military's excess gear, free of charge. The inventory includes everything from office furniture and first aid kits to aircraft, armored cars, rifles and bayonets, according to the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense office that manages the transactions under an initiative called Program 1033.

Monsanto. Monsanto is considered the mother of agricultural biotechnology.

Monsanto

The company produces biotechnology, genomics and herbicides for corn, cotton, oil seeds, and vegetables. It produces genetically altered seeds to tolerate it's flagship product, Roundup. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, DEKALB, Deltapine, and Seminis seeds. U.S. rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments. Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion. Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been.

Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion

With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home. It’s hard to argue against the need to modernize aircraft used to defend the country and counter enemies overseas, especially if you’re a politician. But the Joint Strike Fighter program has been a mess almost since its inception, with massive cost overruns leading to its current acquisition price-tag of $398.6 billion — an increase of $7.4 billion since last year. That breaks down to costing about $49 billion per year since work began in 2006 and the project is seven years behind schedule.

Buying Every Homeless Person In The U.S. A Quick Read of the Post’s Latest NSA Story. The Washington Post has a dramatic new NSA story today, one that is qualitatively different from any of the previous Edward Snowden revelations.

A Quick Read of the Post’s Latest NSA Story

Written by Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani, the story describes a large cache of intercepted communications (roughly 160,000 email and instant message exchanges) and the benefits and privacy costs of the collection they reflect. The bottom line is that the benefits were huge but the costs were big too. Raising the EPA Radiation Limit Will Save Thousands of Lives and Billions of Dollars. Wikimedia CommonsThe EPA is raising the radiation threat level by a factor of 350.

Raising the EPA Radiation Limit Will Save Thousands of Lives and Billions of Dollars

That may sound unbelievable but it is assuredly a good thing: The previous limits were far lower than science justified and caused hundreds of billions of dollars of economic loss to America and the world. Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete. Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control. So much for Justice Alito's "narrow" opinion.

Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control

—Patrick Caldwell on Wed. July 2, 2014 8:32 PM PDT Brian Cahn/ZUMA Less than a day after the United States Supreme Court issued its divisive ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby’s secret agenda: How it’s quietly funding a vast right-wing movement. Hobby Lobby says it’s just trying to protect its religious freedom.

Hobby Lobby’s secret agenda: How it’s quietly funding a vast right-wing movement

15 Things Everyone Would Know If There Were A Liberal Media - While I share Prince’s frustration with the media, as a liberal, I’d like to go on record and state that the media isn’t focusing on issues I care about. Texas Requests ‘Emergency Use’ of Restricted Herbicide to Kill Superweeds. The U.S.

Texas Requests ‘Emergency Use’ of Restricted Herbicide to Kill Superweeds

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comments on a petition filed by the Texas Department of Agriculture to permit emergency use of the hazardous herbicide propazine to kill herbicide resistant weeds infesting Texas cotton. Kyr_english. Falkirk gas wells to release 5 tonnes of methane a day. Br1n. Heartland_institute_sowing_global_warming_doubt. Fire photo by peasap on Flickr; Earth photo by NASA; composite by Phil Plait.

Well, the Heartland Institute is at it again. This fossil fuel–funded (and tobacco company–funded) group has made quite the name for itself in the climate change denial game, from trumpeting the false controversy over Climategate to comparing climate scientists to mass murders to misrepresenting the actions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (which was so egregious the CAS issued a statement against Heartland that used the word false four times). Heartland’s latest salvo involves an email they sent out about meteorologists and climate change. A paper (a legitimate one, I’ll note) was recently published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society called “Meteorologists’ Views About Global Warming: A Survey of American Meteorological Society Professional Members.”

Credit Suisse: The Global Sugar Epidemic. Credit Suisse A new study from Wall Street bank Credit Suisse exposes the "dietary impact of 'sugar and sweeteners' and their role in the ongoing health debate surrounding obesity and diabetes. " The accompanying video — "Sugar: Sweet With a Bitter Aftertaste" — visualizes the sorry state of sugar consumption. Monsanto. Republication Of Séralini Study: Science Speaks For Itself. Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) - Financial Services Annex. WikiLeaks Release of Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex Consolidated Text (April 14, 2014) This Document Contains TISA- U.S.CONFIDENTIAL Information MODIFIED HANDLING AUTHORIZED* LIMITED Annex [X]: Financial Services Consolidation of text proposals as of 14 April 2014.

Medical Marijuana Returns Life To 6-Year-Old: Cannabis Oil Stopped Charlotte Figi's Severe Seizures. Richest Bankers - The Richest. Politifact. The oil-services and infrastructure giant Halliburton is a favorite target for critics of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who used to be the company's CEO. During the presidency of George W. Bush, the company's Iraq War-related contracts attracted wide attention. 24. Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year – Top 25 of 2007. Sources: Raw Story, October 2005 Title: “Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Options Rose 3,281 Percent Last Year, Senator Finds” Author: John Byrne. Fox News wins in court. FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. America's Covert Re-Invasion of Iraq. June 13, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Heavily armed, well funded, and organized as a professional, standing army, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept southward into Iraq from Turkey and northeastern Syria, taking the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and now threaten the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad itself.

CHART: Koch Spends More Than Double Top Ten Unions Combined. The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel either has no understanding of campaign finance, or is willfully misleading her readers. [SHOCKING] Street kids murdered to clean up Brazil ahead of the world cup. On Facebook a picture has gone viral titled ‘Street kids murdered to clean up Brazil ahead of the World Cup’. Anonymous Hacker Who Exposed the Steubenville Rapists May Get More Prison Time Than Rapists.

The Catholic Irish babies scandal: It gets much worse. Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media.