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  • John Fleck of the Albuquerque Journal does a quick roundup of drought situations around the world. From the fires in Australia to dropping water levels in California reservoirs, things are looking bad.
    -- Plutonium Page
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune has a great article on food safety in the US:
    Minnesota's success in tracing the nationwide salmonella outbreak to peanut butter is a testament to its disease detectives. It also shows what's wrong with the nation's patchwork system of detecting dangerous illnesses spread by food.

    The system -- if it can be called that -- relies on 50 states and hundreds of local health agencies with widely varied expertise, funding and methods to detect pathogens loose in the food supply. The Minnesota investigators, based in the state health and agriculture departments, have cracked cases when other states have followed the wrong trail or didn't see one at all.

    -- Plutonium Page
  • If "stupid" could have a poster boy, Glenn Beck would certainly be in the running. Dave Neiwert has an interesting post involving Beck's latest: Al Gore is creating the next Hitler Youth!

    -- Plutonium Page

  • A group of Texas evangelicals picked up a $185,000 legal bill to try and halt the "Troopergate" investigation.
  • The DNC has taken over the website BarackObama.com and hopes to implement the successful meet-up strategies employed by the Obama (and Dean) campaigns to keep voters active and involved.
  • Rep. Peter Hoekstra committed a security breach yesterday. He was part of a secret congressional delegation to Iraq, but couldn't help himself from Twittering his arrival in Baghdad.  Hard to believe he is a current member and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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