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Pesticide spurs free speech flap. If the state and federal governments get their way, night-flying planes will soon resume dousing the Monterey Peninsula with a moth-targeting pesticide. Officials say trade rules prevent disclosure of what's in the spray. Los Angeles Times

Have public-health research funds been diverted in the US? Scientists charge that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has cut traditional environmental and public-health programs in favor of research on treating disease. Environmental Science & Technology.

Science's worst enemy: corporate funding. The biggest threat to science has been quietly occurring under the radar. The threat is money—specifically, the decline of government support for science and the growing dominance of private spending over American research. Discover.

Testimony slams Ringwood cleanup. Federal environmental regulators won't admit it, but they are siding with polluters and delaying cleanups because they don't have the money to do their jobs, according to Senate testimony. Bergen County Record

Stalled health tests leave storm trailers in limbo. Three months after the Federal Emergency Management Agency halted the sale of travel trailers to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita over possible risks from formaldehyde and promised a health study, none of the 56,000 occupied units have been tested. New York Times.

Mercury from U.S. wildfires. A new study suggests that agricultural and forest fires together are responsible for nearly one-third of the atmospheric mercury in the U.S. Environmental Science & Technology.

Tamiflu survives sewage treatment. Tamiflu—currently the most effective pharmaceutical weapon against a potential bird-flu pandemic—survives sewage treatment, according to a new study. Researchers warn this could prompt the virus to mutate into a drug-resistant strain. Environmental Science & Technology.

PBDEs in U.S. infants mirror adult population. The largest study yet of PBDEs in U.S. infants confirms that American babies' concentrations of the persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic compounds are at least twice as high as those of European infants. Environmental Science & Technology.

Saint or strongarm? Charity chief accused of bullying Avandia critic. The man overseeing the Gates Foundation's multi-billion-dollar global health initiative helped plan an aggressive effort to squelch a researcher trying to warn the public of possible dangerous side effects to the drug Avandia, newly released e-mails show. ABC News.

US farm bill unlikely to aid good nutrition. Even deep in the US's healthy eating heartland, it is clear how decades of farm subsidies have affected what America eats. Financial Times

How one man turned a run-down store into an ethical foodie's paradise. Andrew Thornton was sick of supermarkets. But rather than suffer in silence, he bought one of his own and turned it into an ethical foodie's paradise. London Independent

City to be 1st in LED lights. Mayor John Hieftje on Tuesday proclaimed Ann Arbor to be the first city in the country to pledge to fit all its downtown street lights with the more efficient LED light bulbs. Ann Arbor News

Expert: 'green' construction gains momentum. So-called green building used to be a niche in the construction market, almost a boutique industry reserved for the wealthy or the extra-environmentally conscious. Traverse City Record Eagle

Chicken farms off U.S. terror target reporting list. Chicken farms aren't terror targets after all. Associated Press.

Warming turns Barrier Reef acidic. Waters around the Great Barrier Reef are becoming acidic at a higher-than-expected rate. Melbourne Age

Panel explores warming dangers. Asthma, allergies, malaria, heat stroke, forest fires, cholera, West Nile virus, hurricanes and malnutrition are health threats that may be linked to global warming according to experts at a conference on the human impacts of climate change held Wednesday at UCLA in California.Ventura County Star

The making of a climate movement. Memo to Congress: the Arctic is on thin ice--and so are you. The Nation.

Lawmaker pushing N-power also is CEO seeking license for Utah's first nuke plant. Rep. Aaron Tilton gave colleagues a broad outline of his company's plan to obtain a license to build Utah's first nuclear power plant, brushing aside questions about his involvement in the project while he advocates for nuclear power in the Utah Legislature. Salt Lake Tribune,

Company converts fuel tank for vegetable oil. The company Veggie Wheels converts cars into super-green diesel machines. It involves installing a separate tank to heat vegetable oil before pumping it in. National Public Radio.

Zippy new electric car looks like a three wheeled shoehorn. Tired of waiting for big auto to come up with a truly clean car, Dana Myers has developed a tiny solution to the carbon crisis. Agence France-Presse.

Welsh organic farmers to get more help. Money is to be pumped into organic farming to help fight climate change and make agriculture more sustainable, the annual Welsh organic farming conference will hear today. Cardiff Western Mail

Back away from the water. The Great Lakes are at levels that near record lows. Grand Rapids Press

Richardson's idea for water diversion must be opposed. If anyone thought that Michigan's concerns about Great Lakes water diversion was nothing more than paranoia, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson dispelled that notion last week. Kalamazoo Gazette

While Gore built, Bush destroyed. Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize provides a clear-eyed comparison of how the 2000 presidential "loser" has used his time and what the contestable "winner," George W. Bush, has done with his six years in the once most influential political office in the world. Idaho Mountain Express

Originally posted to jillian on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 06:52 PM PDT.

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  •  Toss some Pine Cones (23+ / 0-)

    or some holiday recipes.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 06:53:09 PM PDT

  •  No holiday recipes (4+ / 0-)

    (Open a can of cranberry sauce and eat it. Serves 24.)

    Thanks for the roundup.  It's not fair that some states have water, but other states are - well, - deserts.  Hands off the Great Lakes, Bill.

    I want me one of those electrical-type cars.  I wonder whether they would take my '93 Pontiac as a trade-in?

  •  Don't pine cones generate pine nuts? m. (3+ / 0-)

    a tub of which you can purchase for $3.99 per 1/8 oz at the local grocery store?  Hmm. we have several pine trees on our property and pine nuts are more expensive than caviar.. I see a capitalist opportunity here!

    Here's something to make you step up and take notice of your environment. This is a major concern, one that people need to become aware of.

    The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the peanut butter.

    by sylvien on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 07:15:46 PM PDT

  •  Gracias! (3+ / 0-)

    The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the peanut butter.

    by sylvien on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 07:29:34 PM PDT

  •  I've been waiting hours, it seems, (1+ / 0-)
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    for the site to come back up. Amazing collection of news, jillian. Kudos as usual!

    Here's my action for the day.
    They'ar baaaaaaaaack!

    New Forest Service Proposal Threatens Critical Forest Protections

    The Bush Administration is working to remove long-standing protections for our national forests. The changes to the decades-old National Forest Management Act would prevent full environmental review and limit public input during the forest planning process.

    Over our bloody fingers...

    Here's another good one........not action alert yet, but they've reconstituted the Privatization of National Parks and other Commons again.

    Cheers to us all, 'specially Mmontanaman! We farkin' did it!

    by emmasnacker on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 07:39:56 PM PDT

  •  Bird Flu?! (2+ / 0-)
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    OMG! The flu meds survive the sewer treatment which then gets put on conventional food crops along with the other muck from the animal factory farms (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation - CAFOs) which leach hormones and massive amounts of antibiotics along with fungicides and other treatments which we then eat or feed back to the animals. It's sick. Literally.

    The best way to prevent bird flu is to get rid of the factory bird farms which are breeding icky chicken (among other poultry) and over-using antibiotics (because otherwise the birds would die from the conditions they are raised in -- why does anyone want to eat that kind of meat?) which is speeding up the antibiotic resistance from the other end.

    Bird Farms *are* the terrorist threat.


    Great compilation as always (though this one really perks my interests). I am especially happy to see the press making a big deal out of how the Farm Bill has messed up what we find on the grocery shelves and ultimately our health and of course the terrorism barns we raise food animals in. Also am glad to see Discover pointing out how corps our controlling studies so they'll find what they want us to know.

    As for yummy food, my current fave is take a tortilla, spread with cream cheese, then hummus, then put in some red pepper and cucumber strips, maybe some onion and/or green onion (all ingredients local and organic or at least sustainable of course) roll up and eat. YUM!!!! Travels nicely too. :)

    Reinvent the holidays and do different things. However, I have put some pumpkin recipes up over my months at dKos. Even pancakes! :)

    Mais, la souris est en dessous la table, le chat est sur la chaise et le singe est... est... le singe est disparu! -- Eddie Izzard

    by CSI Bentonville on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 08:04:33 PM PDT

    •  Pumpy mania! (3+ / 0-)
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      oh, yum!

      Pumpkin Bread Pudding

      1 cup heavy cream
      3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
      1/2 cup whole milk
      1/2 cup sugar
      2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
      1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
      Pinch of ground cloves
      5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
      3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted

      Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

      Whisk together cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, and spices in a bowl.

      Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.

      I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

      by jillian on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 08:15:44 PM PDT

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      •  Oh yum indeed! (2+ / 0-)
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        Thank you. Adding that to my collection. :)

        I'm not usually big on bread but I have had some samples lately of various bread puddings that are incredible. Peach with blackberries is one version that was amazing. But the one that was really good was savory with eggs, green onions, bell peppers, cherry toms and a few other things (vegetarian). They weren't given the recipe out though.

        Try these though:


        2 bunches fresh spinach
        1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (about 1 large)
        3 Tbls unsalted butter
        1 tsp salt
        1/2 tsp black pepper
        1/4 tsp nutmeg
        8 cups cubed French bread
        6 oz coarsely grated Gruyere
        2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
        2 3/4 cups milk
        9 eggs
        2 Tbs Dijon mustard

        Clean spinach then lightly steam. Squeeze spinach dry and set aside. Melt butter and sauté onion until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in spinach and remove from heat. Butter a 3-quart or other shallow ceramic baking dish. Spread 1/3 bread cubes and top with 1/3 spinach mixture. Sprinkle with 1/3 cheese. Repeat twice Whisk eggs, milk and mustard in a large bowl. Pour mixture evenly over the strata. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours. To serve, bring strata to room temperature while pre-heating oven to 350. Bake strata uncovered until puffed, golden brown and baked through, 45-55 minutes.


        14 slices sandwich bread
        1 stick softened butter
        3/4 cup white sugar
        1 tsp cinnamon
        3 pounds apple of choice
        1/2 cup brown sugar
        4 large eggs
        2 3/4 cup milk
        1 cup extra sharp cheddar

        Butter pan all over. Layer bread slices on the bottom of pan, and layer sliced apples on top of bread. Cube butter and dot over apples, then cover with sharp shredded cheese. Repeat steps until pan is full. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over entire pan. Sprinkle more cheddar on top and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cover the pudding with foil about 20 minutes in to keep cheese from burning.

        And because I know how you feel about edible thistles :)


        [I haven't messed with this recipe yet. Normally I'd figure something else out for the mushrooms because I despise them but you might like them.]

        2 loaves French batard (or other white bread) torn into pieces
        9 eggs
        2 1/2 cups whole milk
        3 cups shredded mozzarella
        1 cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated
        2 large shallots, peeled and chopped
        2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
        7 fresh artichoke hearts, steamed and cleaned (or 1 can of artichoke hearts, drained)
        1 3/4 sticks of butter, divided
        2 tsp salt

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using 1/4 stick, butter a 9x13-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Layer half the bread pieces in the bottom of the baking pan and pour half of the egg mixture over bread. Top with 1/4 cup Parmesan, set aside to let bread absorb egg mixture. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt the remaining 1 1/2 sticks butter. Add the mushrooms and shallots, sauté until tender stirring occasionally; about 5-7 minutes. Roughly chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the skillet with the salt. Stir well to combine flavors and pour vegetable mixture over bread in baking pan. Top with 1 cup mozzarella and remaining bread. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Tent with aluminum foil and bake for 45-50 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until custard is set when pan is slightly shaken. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes. Serve warm, or refrigerate and reheat. Good at room temperature too.


        1 can artichoke hearts
        1 small can green chilies
        1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
        1 cup sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt
        1/2 cup fresh parley, chopped
        2 tsp lemon juice
        1 tsp ground cumin
        Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
        Fresh parsley for garnish

        Drain artichokes and chilies. Place ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend until combined. Adjust seasonings to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves. Serve as a dip for fresh vegetables, crackers, bread or layer in a bowl with salsa and serve with tortilla chips.

        Spread on a tortilla with baby spinach and roll up :).

        Mais, la souris est en dessous la table, le chat est sur la chaise et le singe est... est... le singe est disparu! -- Eddie Izzard

        by CSI Bentonville on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 09:11:41 PM PDT

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        •  Choke me baby (1+ / 0-)
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          CSI Bentonville

          Artie Choke me!


          I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

          by jillian on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 10:01:12 PM PDT

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        •  Long overdue hug for CSI :) (1+ / 0-)
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          hey, you

          When you turn on your own country's children, it's not your country anymore.

          by cskendrick on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 10:07:00 AM PDT

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          •  Um... where's my mojo hug then? :( (0+ / 0-)

            Do you not like bread pudding? Was it my hog link?


            No seriously, I thought your comment was from KiaRioGrl79 who I keep passing but never seem to catch up with while we are around at the same time. She's not stingy... :)

            Not that I'm disappointed it's you. In fact it's a nice surprise. I've seen you a couple times in CeeJays. You sounded a bit down...? Hope it's shaping up better. We do go through waves. That doesn't change. It's the nature of life. What changes is how we decide to ride them. I thought I was going to bust a gasket a couple days ago. Nothing was going well. But once I let go and just accepted that it was what it was going to be then it released.

            Like for instance, the loud-in-everything-they-do neighbors are not going to stop practicing their two piece band (drums/bass) so I'm now grateful they are such dinks that they apparently can't convince a guitar player to join them. I've even started to get some enjoyment in how het up they get over the annoying actions of others such as those who park in front of their driveway to go to the bar down the street. Karma...

            But yeah, I've missed you csk.

            How's it goin' dude? :)

            /Ÿ\ /Ÿ\ /Ÿ\ /Ÿ\

            Mais, la souris est en dessous la table, le chat est sur la chaise et le singe est... est... le singe est disparu! -- Eddie Izzard

            by CSI Bentonville on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 01:10:31 PM PDT

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  •  with respect to the Gates Foundation (4+ / 0-)

    Perhaps the world would be better off if it lost its tax-exempt status. Apparently, Bill Gates is no better at doing good works than he is at overseeing the development of good operating systems.

    Does a foundation that helped fund a coal plant upwind from a clinic that's treating the people the dirty coal plant makes sick deserve tax exemption?

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 08:05:02 PM PDT

  •  Gates Fdn intimidating someone? (0+ / 0-)

    My oh my -- what a departure of strategy for the Gates enterprises.

    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 11:01:27 PM PDT

  •  Pic of that electric "shoe-horn" car (2+ / 0-)
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    And I just saw one around here the other day. What a hoot!

    I want to co-own a 2-seater car with several people on my block. To use when appropriate. Wouldn't that be great? Sign up to use it in advance, on a little website maybe?

    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 11:42:09 PM PDT

    •  Oh, and direct link to car's actual site (2+ / 0-)
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      Be good to each other. It matters.

      by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 11:44:08 PM PDT

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      •  That looks so cool! (1+ / 0-)
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        I wonder if I could import one to Canada....

        Sure, he comes across quiet and avuncular. Until he gets mad ... then he sounds like God on a bad day. ~ Dallasdoc on Senator Patrick Leahy

        by KiaRioGrl79 on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 10:34:12 AM PDT

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      •  I just checked that out, (1+ / 0-)
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        and for those who want to know, the price for the 2008 models is $36,000. And it's purpose-made as a commuter vehicle, since it will only go approximately 30 miles.

        They say the trunk space is 6 cubic feet, or approximately the contents of a standard grocery cart.

        Sure, he comes across quiet and avuncular. Until he gets mad ... then he sounds like God on a bad day. ~ Dallasdoc on Senator Patrick Leahy

        by KiaRioGrl79 on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 11:58:22 AM PDT

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        •  I've sat in those "Smart Cars" I think (0+ / 0-)

          At any rate, they're a 2-seater, with a trunk. What you immediately realize is:
          --the 2-seater is just like the front seat of your car
          --the trunk would hold a TON of stuff
          --you spend most of your driving time hauling 2 seats behind yourself that you NEVER use... at least, such is true for many many of us.

          I think the trick with those things is to actually sit in them, and realize they're comfortable, see the storage space yourself. Amazing!

          Be good to each other. It matters.

          by AllisonInSeattle on Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 09:37:34 PM PDT

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          •  These are one-seaters, (1+ / 0-)
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            technically qualify as motorcycles, but drive like cars. I gather the one-seat design is good for taking advantage of states and provinces that will let you use them in HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes.

            Haven't tried either this or a smart car yet, so I'll have to rely on your experience that they're comfortable to sit in.

            Sure, he comes across quiet and avuncular. Until he gets mad ... then he sounds like God on a bad day. ~ Dallasdoc on Senator Patrick Leahy

            by KiaRioGrl79 on Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 07:30:56 AM PDT

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