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An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl lives in the desert scrub and mesquite woodlands of central and southern Arizona, Texas and Mexico. It is a small bird with swaths of cream-colored feathers, measuring about 7 inches long and weighing a little more than 2 ounces. It eats insects, rodents and lizards,...

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A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  Wyatt Orme

Most researchers studying grizzly bears are from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or university ecology departments, not biotechnology companies.

Still, Kevin Corbit, a senior scientist at the Southern California-based biotech firm Amgen, spends his days in a lab in Pullman, Wash., analyzing bear b...

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A Somber Anniversary: A Local Doctor Remembers Offering Care Near Ground Zero After the Sept. 11, 2001, Attacks

A Somber Anniversary: A Local Doctor Remembers Offering Care Near Ground Zero After the Sept. 11, 2001, Attacks

Monday, September 08, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Sept. 11, 2001, started off as just another day for Dr. Harry Marshak.

“I was working then at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, which is maybe two miles away from Ground Zero,” recalled Marshak, who now practices ophthalmic plastic and facial surgery in Palm Desert. “We were in the mid...

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September Astronomy: Watch Mars Zoom Across the Sky!

September Astronomy: Watch Mars Zoom Across the Sky!

Monday, September 01, 2014  |  Robert Victor

Mars forms colorful pairs with other objects in the southwest evening sky in September, as the red planet moves from just more than 5 degrees from yellowish Saturn on Sept. 1, to within 5 degrees of red Antares from Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

Saturn, with its rings tipped 22 degrees from edge-on, is im...

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Everything Is Connected: The Goal of Joshua Tree's Synchronicity Symposium—to Raise Attendees' Consciousness

Everything Is Connected: The Goal of Joshua Tree's Synchronicity Symposium—to Raise Attendees' Consciousness

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

In January 2013, Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock spoke at a TEDx event in the London area.

Both of these speakers are familiar with controversy, thanks to their criticisms of modern science and their outside-of-the-mainstream ideas about consciousness. However, these talks would catapult them int...

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Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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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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