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Debunking the Sagebrush Rebellion: No, Federal Land Transfers Are Not in the Constitution

Debunking the Sagebrush Rebellion: No, Federal Land Transfers Are Not in the Constitution

Tuesday, February 09, 2016  |  Bryce Gray

At the heart of age-old  disagreements about who should own and manage public lands in Western states—the federal government, states, or local communities—is one key document: the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters of transferring federal lands to state or local control, including the armed occupiers of the...

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Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

Brushing Off Bernie: The SEIU 'Fights for $15' in New Hampshire—While Its Candidate Fights for $12

Tuesday, February 09, 2016  |  Jason Pramas

The “protest pit” outside of the Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, N.H., on Saturday evening was a fenced-in area in a field about a quarter mile down the road from the main entrance to the campus.

Bumper to bumper traffic ran in front of the pit—odd, given that NH St...

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Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

Podium Pandemonium: A Look at a 'Daily Show' Debate About Debates in New Hampshire

Monday, February 08, 2016  |  Emily Cassel

There has been a relentless stream of town halls, meet-and-greets, panel discussions and rallies in New Hampshire in advance of the Jan. 9 primary—but we were probably at the only event where “Party in the USA” blared from the speakers as the crowd filed into their seats.

We were definitely at the only...

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Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

Wall Flowers: Waiting for Trump With Every Racist Aunt and Uncle in New England

Friday, February 05, 2016  |  Chris Faraone

There’s a man with a dark complexion hocking “Bomb The Hell Out of ISIS” lapel pins. His heart’s not really in it.

The next vendor over from him isn’t legitimately feeling the energy, either, his long hair and thick Boston accent a dead giveaway that he’s a foreigner in Trump country. In any case, th...

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Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

Above Normal, but Not Out of the Woods: Precipitation Chips Away at California Drought, but the Water Deficit Remains

Tuesday, February 02, 2016  |  Paige Blankenbuehler

At the beginning of February last year, South Lake Tahoe in California was nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit—almost 20 degrees above its historic average.

At that time, the drought had been dragging along for four years, and chair lifts at nearby ski resorts were swaying over barren slopes. Representative...

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February Astronomy: The Moon Again Moves Across the Sky, Passing Planets as It Goes

February Astronomy: The Moon Again Moves Across the Sky, Passing Planets as It Goes

Friday, January 29, 2016  |  Robert Victor

For much of February, early risers will continue to enjoy all five bright planets before dawn, as the waning moon sweeps past all of them through Feb. 6. In its next trip around Earth, the moon will go past four planets from Feb. 24 through March 7.

February’s evening mid-twilight occurs about 40 min...

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Monday, 29 October 2012 13:21

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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