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Shed Light on Corporate Political Spending - Union of Concerned Scientists

Shed Light on Corporate Political Spending - Union of Concerned Scientists
Union of Concerned Scientists Skip to main content Shine a Light on Corporate Political Spending Recent UCS research found that many companies obstruct climate action through their trade and business associations with no disclosure and accountability to policy makers, the public, or even their own shareholders. Given the enormous influence trade groups can have over policy decisions, this lack of disclosure is dangerous. It allows corporations to delay or block policies to address climate change—and even allows them to publicly misrepresent climate science—with little to no scrutiny. The public deserves to know who is influencing policies that affect our health and safety. The SEC rule would require publicly traded companies to disclose more about their political spending, including their support for trade and business associations. Help amplify the demand for transparency in policy making and urge the SEC to prioritize passage of this disclosure rule. Related:  4 MultiplicitiesGovernment Actions

able Research Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK "The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar." —Nature ImprobableAdvertisers The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded on Thursday night, September 18th, 2014 at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. The 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Winners The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 12th, 2013 at the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. MEDICINE PRIZE: Masateru Uchiyama [JAPAN], Xiangyuan Jin [CHINA, JAPAN], Qi Zhang [JAPAN], Toshihito Hirai [JAPAN], Atsushi Amano [JAPAN], Hisashi Bashuda [JAPAN] and Masanori Niimi [JAPAN, UK], for assessing the effect of listening to opera, on heart transplant patients who are mice. ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Masanori Niimi ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Alberto Minetti and Yuri Ivanenko

Timeline: Legal Harassment of Climate Scientist Michael Mann Starting in April 2010, climate scientist Michael Mann has been subjected to a campaign of harassment, first by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed subpoenas demanding that the University of Virginia produce documents related to Mann’s time there, and later by the American Tradition Institute (ATI), a free-market think tank, which has sought identical materials through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. UCS has assembled the following timeline of events, editorial comments and statements from scientists, academics and other groups related to these attacks. June 19, 2013 The Superior Court of the District of Columbia holds a hearing on Michael Mann’s lawsuit against the National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Each of the parties has filed their motions, exhibits and responses. October 23Michael Mann sues National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute over their statements. April 21UVA President Teresa A.

10 foreign language films to look out for These films have been offici­ally submit­ted for consid­eratio­n at the 86th Academ­y Awards . Of course, we’re rooting for our very own Zinda Bhaag! PHOTOS: FILE The submission list for the 86th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category is slowly becoming longer, with over 50 countries selecting films so far. The October 1 deadline looms close Last year, a record 71 countries submitted films for consideration in the end. According to Indiewire, nine finalists will be shortlisted in mid-January, with the final five nominees to be announced on January 16, 2014. 1 Saudi Arabia — Wadjda Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, Wadjda is the story of an 11-year-old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, who dreams of owning a green bicycle that she sees in a store every day on her way to school. 2 Chile — Gloria Gloria, a 58-year-old divorcée, has no desire to spend her days and nights alone. 3 Canada — Gabrielle 4 France — Renoir 5 Australia — The Rocket 6 Belgium — The Broken Circle Breakdown

Poultry Plant at the Heart of a Salmonella Outbreak Won't Have to Close - Abby Ohlheiser U.S. Department of Agriculture lifted a shutdown threat against California-Based Foster Farms on Thursday, after the company demonstrated improved conditions following a salmonella outbreak linked to three of its plants. The outbreak has sickened 278 people in 17 states since March, mostly confined to the west coast, is particularly resistant to antibiotics. 42 percent of those infected have been hospitalized — an unusually high percentage. Foster Farms had to meet a Thursday deadline to show improvement after receiving a letter from the USDA on Monday, warning the company that the sanitary conditions at its plant "could pose a serious ongoing threat to public health." In case you're not clear on what salmonella is, the Associated Press helpfully explains: Salmonella can contaminate meat during slaughter and processing and is especially common in raw chicken. Despite this, Foster Farms has not recalled the chicken connected to the ongoing infection — nor is it required to by law.

Dreams When the sun is set and the stars decorate the heavens, part of our soul leaves our body. Even if we remain awake, part of the soul still departs, which is one reason why we begin to feel more tired and drained as night unfolds. During actual sleep, the Zohar explains that 59 of the 60 parts of our soul leave our bodies, leaving only 1/60 to sustain us physically. When the body is in slumber, the chains of physical existence are suddenly broken. The soul is now free to ascend to a high place in the spiritual realm where it receives nourishment and information. Why the need for a recharge? During our "metaphysical tune-up," the soul is in a realm beyond time and space. Thus, in addition to getting a recharge, the soul oftentimes catches sight of events that are coming our way, both positive and negative. These glimpses are then filtered down to the body, where they take the form of dreams. Most of our dreams are a combo-plate special. Don't panic just yet.

Outbreak of Salmonella from Foster Farms Chicken Sickens Nearly 300 and Hospitalizes 42 Percent Shutdown Puts Americans at Risk as Government Struggles to Respond October 8, 2013 An outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened nearly 300 people in 18 states is testing the federal government’s ability to respond, as key food safety personnel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and key disease-surveillance scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not at their posts due to the government shutdown. The illnesses are linked to chicken from three Foster Farms facilities in California. “The number of people we know to be ill is just the tip of the iceberg,” said CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal. In 2011, CSPI urged the USDA to declare antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella in ground meat and poultry, including the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg identified in this outbreak, as adulterants under federal law.

Was Content Curation born in a French Hospital 95 Years Ago? America joined World War I in April, 1917. With tensions building since 1915, President Wilson finally determined that American interests and lives, increasingly threatened by unrestricted submarine warfare on the part of Germans, required military action. War was declared on Germany, and within a few days America joined its allies in the struggle. However, it would be several months before sufficient troop strength could be mobilized. By March of 1918, only 318,000 Americans had arrived in France, and they were severely overmatched at first. At the same time, Germany was winning their war against Russia to their East. So in the early months of 1918, more and more Americans were shipping out to Europe. Ludendorff's attacks were swift and actually quite successful, initially. It was during this time that a young man from St. As it turns out, DeWitt Wallace had some experience reading and editing magazines. Once discharged, Wallace retuned to St. Sources:

 U.S. Denies Patent for a Too-Human Hybrid Scientist Sought Legal Precedent to Keep Others From Profiting From Similar 'Inventions' A New York scientist's seven-year effort to win a patent on a laboratory-conceived creature that is part human and part animal ended in failure Friday, closing a historic and somewhat ghoulish chapter in American intellectual-property law. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected the claim, saying the hybrid -- designed for use in medical research but not yet created -- would be too closely related to a human to be patentable. Paradoxically, the rejection was a victory of sorts for the inventor, Stuart Newman of New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. An opponent of patents on living things, he had no intention of making the creatures. Officials said it was not so difficult to make the call this time because Newman's technique could easily have created something that was much more person than not. Others had used similar methods to create a "geep," part goat and part sheep. They lost.

DIY Paper Fruit Basket Yes, you may remember our Easter Basket post. It seemed to be a hit, so much so that we had to create a version two with a summer twist. This basket, again made from a recycled, upcycled paper grocery bag, is a bit taller and without the handle, but could be a template for many other versions. Though it is a natural fit for a fruit basket, this upcycled creation could be used in many ways; a gift basket of cookies, a flower basket, a basket to organize your desk. What a perfect use for your paper grocery bags! ~ Lia Lia Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. on reserve Research reveals genetic link to human intelligence University of Manchester scientists, working with colleagues in Edinburgh and Australia, have provided the first direct biological evidence for a genetic contribution to people's intelligence. Previous studies on twins and adopted people suggested that there is a substantial genetic contribution to thinking skills, but this new study -- published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry -- is the first to find a genetic contribution by testing people's DNA for genetic variations. The team studied two types of intelligence in more than 3,500 people from Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Manchester. The paper, by Dr Neil Pendleton and colleagues, found that 40% to 50% of people's differences in these abilities could be traced to genetic differences. The study examined more than half a million genetic markers on every person in the study. "The study confirms the earlier findings of the research in twins.

China admits to existence of 'cancer villages' sprouting up due to extreme pollution, chemical exposure (NaturalNews) On the heels of my own publication of articles questioning the integrity of "certified organic" when it comes to foods and superfoods produced in mainland China, a blockbuster report from China's own environmental ministry slams another exclamation mark on the severity of the problem. For the first time in history, the Chinese government is now openly admitting that severe exposure to chemicals via water pollution, air pollution and environmental pollution is causing the rise of "cancer villages" across China. Their report states: Poisonous and harmful chemical materials have brought about many water and atmosphere emergencies... certain places are even seeing 'cancer villages'... It goes on to admit: [China allows the use of] poisonous and harmful chemical products that are banned in developed countries and pose long-term or potential harm to human health and the ecology. Pollution? In reality, China has the worst pollution problems of any modern nation on our planet.