untitled Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has a multitude of uses. It’s most commonly kept in the kitchen pantry for baking purposes or in the refrigerator to stop kitchen odors. But baking soda can do whole lot more than that—it can literally do everything. Baking soda serves as a household cleaner, bath soak, hair revitalizer, breath freshener, deodorizer, degreaser, and so much more. Here are the highlights of what that box of baking soda you probably have sitting in your cupboard can do for your health and beauty regimen. 4 Foods That Could Disappear If New Food Safety Rules Pass Spinach harvested from a small farm (undisclosed location), When President Obama signed into law an overhaul of the nation's food safety regime in early 2011, it was clear that the system needed a kick in the pants. Recent salmonella outbreaks involving a dizzying array of peanut products and a half billion eggs had revealed a dysfunctional, porous regulatory environment for the nation's increasingly concentrated food system. The law, known as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was a pretty modest piece of work when it came to reining in massive operations that can sicken thousands nationwide with a single day's output.
Weeds in Paths? Use Vinegar, Not Roundup NEED PROOF THAT VINEGAR IS A WEED-TERMINATOR? Just look at the weeds growing along a pea-gravel path in my Herb Garden. These were photographed yesterday afternoon, just moments before I sprayed them with cheap, straight-from-the-bottle, store-brand white vinegar. Here’s what all that greenery looked like this morning: I’d say those weeds are deader than dead. THE GREAT DIVIDE - Opinionator The French economist Thomas Piketty swept across the United States last week with a dire warning: Income inequality isn’t going to go away, and it probably will get worse. Only policies that directly address the problem — in particular, progressive taxation — can help us change course. At a panel discussion in Washington of Piketty’s new blockbuster, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the American economist Robert Solow, who served on President Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, took the long view as he formulated his response to the idea of trying to democratize ownership of capital in our country. “Good luck with that,” he said. Read more… Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.”
Drugs Don't Cause Addiction: This Brilliant Animated Video Will Change Your View on Drugs Forever Most people think that the reason why people become addicted to drugs is solely because of the drugs themselves. This, however, is far from the truth, as shown repeatedly by scientific studies on drug addiction. The brilliant short animated video below will explain to you why drugs don’t actually cause addiction, changing your view on drugs forever. Carl Sagan's baloney detection kit can help you spot fake news and weaponized lies — Quartz The civil war in Syria, which began in 2011, has been a tragedy for millions of people, including refugees fleeing the violence and residents caught in the crossfire. But for North Korea’s ruling elite, the conflict has in many ways been a good thing. Since the 1960s, North Korea has sold arms and equipment to Syria, and provided other sorts of military-to-military assistance, such as training and technical assistance. Of particular importance, Pyongyang has helped develop Syria’s chemical weapons and ballistic missile programs. Today, North Korea, faced with United Nations sanctions over its ongoing missile and nuclear tests, denies providing such assistance to Syria. But evidence has emerged suggesting that in one way or another, via front companies and elaborate logistics, war materials from North Korea have ended up in Syria, ultimately enriching the Kim regime.
Green Growing City Fresh Foods CEO Glynn Lloyd (CAS’90) showed a natural flair for entrepreneurship while still in high school, when he made $100,000 with a landscaping business. Photos by Melody Komyerov Remember lunch in your grade school cafeteria? You may have enjoyed the chicken nuggets and Salisbury steak at the time, but in retrospect, those cheap, processed frozen foods weren’t particularly healthy. Now imagine you’re a child whose family relies largely on that lunch (and possibly a similar school breakfast), for free or a reduced price, in order to keep you fed. And even if your mother could afford to buy more food on her own, your neighborhood lacks a decent supermarket or other source of fresh produce.
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