Monsanto to Invest $1 Billion on Producing Dicamba Herbicide Chemicals

Originally posted on wchildblog:

Source: Natural Society, by Christina Sarich

A billion dollars would feed a lot of people for a very long time, but instead, Monsanto will spend this absurd amount of money to build a new plant in Luling, Louisiana to produce weed-killing, and health-damaging dicamba.

In an effort to expand its business after glyphosate was declared likely carcinogenic by the WHO, Monsanto has announced that it will focus on an alternative herbicide – dicamba. While the EPA only considers dicamba to be ‘mildly toxic’ thus far, and it has been used since the 1960s, research does link the chemical to colon cancer and lung cancers. It is also very similar in its chemical make up to 2,4-D, another herbicide which was recently called ‘possibly carcinogenic’ by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Though while the warnings for this herbicide were less alarming than those for the…

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7 Popular Summer Foods You Must Add To Your Diet

Originally posted on The Zeit:

Bonus Article

Summer is that period of the year when there is a lot of fresh produce. There are a lot of vegetables and fruits and therefore during this period one can eat healthy and fresh foods. Summer is not only encompassed with delicious foods but it is also the period when we have the sunshine at its best that makes our body to be dehydrated and also exposes us to healthy problems such as skin cancer and insomnia. Drinking water alone does not restore hydration and a healthy body. Fruits and vegetables are essential foods that must be eaten to maintain a healthy body. Therefore in this article we would look at seven popular foods you must add to your diet in summer.7 Popular summer foods you must add to your diet1

Juicy and delicious berries

During summer, our body gets dehydrated due to excessive heat from the sun. We need to restore this water, as water is…

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Cheeky crow hitches lift on bald eagle in mid-flight

Originally posted on 2012 The Awakening:

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This chance-meeting was captured by an amateur photographer while the much larger predatory bird was trying find itself an early morning snack

This cheeky crow was pictured hitching a lift on a bald eagle’s back.

Fancying a free ride, the brave black bird landed on the wings of the much larger predator mid-flight.

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Hitchhiker: The crow performs a flawless landing in these incredible pictures

The surprise guest interrupted the bald eagle who was searching for an early morning snack.

Miraculously, the predator didn’t even flinch and carried on as if nothing had happened.

© Phoo Chan / Media Drum World
Short Break: The crow relaxes for a few seconds before flying off again

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Chicago man charged with stomping puppy to death

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

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MONMOUTH, Ill. — More than a dozen protesters convened outside of the Warren County Courthouse on Tuesday with one objective: “Justice for Cash.”

Cash was a pit bull puppy who was allegedly kicked and stomped to death by 24-year-old King Sami, a Chicago native and recent Monmouth College graduate.

A neighbor witnessed the incident in early May, according to Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren.

King Sami Mugshot King Sami

On Monday, Sami was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago when officers noticed a Warren County warrant for his arrest.

Sami has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class 4 felony that carries a maximum penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

“How anyone could turn their back on an animal and do the damage they do to them I will never understand,” said Kathy Hutchings, a self-acclaimed…

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Gray Wolves Lose Another Fight in Washington

Originally posted on The Wolf Preservation Blog:

“To the dismay of wildlife advocates who hoped it might mark a new era of compromise between conservation groups and cattle ranchers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a petition to grant fewer protections to the gray wolf in the United States.

Confused as to why 22 environmental groups would want to reduce federal protections for one of America’s most iconic species? Don’t feel bad—when it comes to managing wolves, complexity is par for the course. ? When it comes to gray wolves in America, confusion.

The petition to move wolves from the “endangered” list to the “threatened” list was supposed to be a compromise. Authored by the Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, and a number of other conservation groups, the petition was an attempt to bring back federal oversight…

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TV Land pulls ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ amid Confederate flag controversy

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

NEW YORK — Bo and Luke Duke are no longer flying through Hazzard County on TV Land.

The network has pulled episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule, a spokesperson for TV Land confirmed on Wednesday.

The network would not comment further on whether reruns of the series were pulled due to its inclusion of a 1969 Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee” which has the Confederate battle flag painted on its roof.

In the wake of the murders at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the flag has become a major point of contention.

Since the “General Lee” is one of the most famous cars in TV history the series has been added to that argument.

The show (which is distributed by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner like CNN) ran during the early 1980s and has gained a solid cult…

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Stop Using Animal Actors for “Pirates of the Caribbean”

A woman on the set of “Pirates of the Caribbean” was bit by a monkey who is an “actor” in the movie. This incident shows that animals should not be on movie sets. Demand that Disney stop using live animals in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

via Stop Using Animal Actors for “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Lift the Pitbull Ban in Ontario

All breeds of pitbull are listed as “restricted dogs” in the province of Ontario, Canada, which requires all dogs of these breeds to be muzzled, leashed, and sterilized. Tell Premier Kathleen Wynne that this law is discriminatory and unjust.

via Lift the Pitbull Ban in Ontario.

No To Dog Meat: July Events

Originally posted on NoToDogMeat / NoToCatMeat:

No To Dog Meat has a busy schedule for July. We have two events and more upcoming within the next few months. First in July, an event will be held at Hyde Bark, with many activities, exciting stalls and entertainment. We hope people will come and visit us and join the many activities being held.
5th July 2015 – Sunday
Location: The Mayhew’s Hyde Bark
Trenmar Gardens Kensal Green London NW10 6BJ
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

NTDMProtestEventWe will also be holding a peaceful demonstration outside the Korean Embassy in London on 13th July, Monday at 1 pm ending at 5 pm.

Location: Embassy of South Korea in London
60 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ

Directions from Victoria station:


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Another shark attack reported off NC coast, victim transported to hospital

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. — Another shark attacked was reported on Wednesday off the coast of North Carolina, according to officials.

The shark attack happened on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks, according to Hyde County EMS.

A lifeguard called 911, according to an emergency worker. The victim was taken out of the water and airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Hyde County public information officer Sarah Johnson told WITN happened around 12:15 p.m. at Lifeguard Beach. She said the call came in as injury resulting from a “bite from marine life” and it’s still being investigated.

A witness on the beach at the time told the Virginian-Pilot she saw the man emerged from the water with a bite on his right thigh.

There is no word on the victim’s condition.

Hyde County tweeted a statement, saying “a person swimming at the NPS day use area on Ocracoke sustained a bite from marine life” and the…

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Salmon, whales ingest microplastics : study

Originally posted on The ocean update:

Microplastics, seen here under a microscope, are being mistaken for food in the ocean. — Image Credit : Jean-Pierre Desforges / Vancouver Aquarium Microplastics, seen here under a microscope, are being mistaken for food in the ocean. — Image Credit : Jean-Pierre Desforges / Vancouver Aquarium

June 30th, 2015. Zooplankton in the ocean are eating microscopic plastic particles and passing those contaminants up the food chain to salmon, whales and other species at an “alarming” rate.

That’s the conclusion of a new study co-authored by Dr. Peter Ross, the top ocean pollution researcher at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Science Centre.

Zooplankton are tiny creatures that make up a major food source for juvenile salmon, as well as baleen whales.

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Dangerous high-seas rescue frees ‘hog-tied’ humpback off B.C. coast (Canada)

Originally posted on The ocean update:

A rescue team from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans frees a humpback whale spotted in distress off the B.C. coast. June 28, 2015. A rescue team from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans frees a humpback whale spotted in distress off the B.C. coast. June 28, 2015.

June 30th, 2015. A distressed humpback anchored to the sea floor with fishing ropes was rescued by a Department of Fisheries team and set free, the third time in a week that rescuers had to untangle whales trapped in ropes or lines.

“The whale just took off like a shot. It was really amazing. We were exhausted and the whale was exhausted but it should make a full recovery,” said Paul Cottrell of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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Pacific Walrus

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

Pacific Walrus U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, p. 1
Pacific Walrus U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, p. 2
By TEPCO’s own admission, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has continued to dump huge amounts of radioactive materials into the air and water for over 4 years, endangering Walruses and other marine mammals, as well as all life. Judge yourself by looking at the maps below. They need to be protected from Fukushima, as well as from Shell oil drilling.
NOAA Marine Debris Garbage patch currents
Jet Stream Great Circle Route Public Domain via wikimedia
Jet Stream variation El Niño La Niña
Images by NOAA, Public Domain via Wikipedia, NOAA

Although the cause of the skin lesions observed at the walrus haulout in 2011 remains unknown, surveillance efforts in 2012 and 2013 found very few new walrus cases, suggesting that the conditions contributing to elevated levels of skin lesions in walruses are no longer present. Doug Dasher and others wondered if the lesions were from Fukushima hot particles falling on ice:

The size of the Pacific walrus population is unknown.

UPDATE 2-U.S. walrus protections…

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80% of sunscreens either don’t work or have ‘worrisome’ ingredients, says EWG study

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Alexandra Sifferlin reports for Time:

New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that many Americans aren’t protecting their skin as much as they should. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked people how often they use sunscreen when out in the sun for over an hour and only 14% of men said they regularly slathered on sunscreen. Women, at 30%, were twice as diligent about putting on sunscreen—while men were more likely than women to report never using sunscreen.

The problem isn’t only compliance. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2015 sunscreen guide on Tuesday, which reviewed more than 1,700 SPF products like sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers. The researchers discovered that 80% of the products offer “inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A,” they say. Oxybenzone is a chemical that can disrupt the…

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Vietnam: Crammed Into Dog Meat Cages

Originally posted on SAY NO TO DOG MEAT.NET:


Vietnam: Crammed Into Dog Meat Cages

Every day across Vietnam dogs and cats are stolen, hunted down, trapped or poisoned to satisfy the demand for Vietnam’s most popular meat: dog meat. While countless thousands of people are still firmly focused on the ONE DAY Yulin festival [which took place over a week ago and won’t be back for another 12 months], Vietnam’s dogs and cats seem to have become insignificant by comparison; the same too with Indonesia, Cambodia, Nigeria, India, Ghana and so on.

The dogs in this photograph are in Vietnam, although many people now see this photograph and think of China because it is one of the many photographs which has been used to promote Yulin.

Take a magnifying glass and look closely at the dogs in the photograph. This is a typical day for dogs in Vietnam. The dog on the lower right-hand side of the cage…

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Racing Carnage: Horseracing Wrongs 2014 Death Stats Visualized

Originally posted on heatherclemenceau:

Writing and Data Wrangling by:  Heather Clemenceau

Data reproduced with permission of Patrick Battuello –

Most of the followers of this blog are familiar with Patrick Battuello and his meticulous collection of stats on the deaths and injuries of racehorses across the United States via his blog HorseracingWrongs.  I was recently sent his 2014 compilation of information on racing deaths for 2014,  and immediately I knew that,  as a visual person,  I wanted to see it represented in pictures and graphs.  So I took Patrick’s data line by line,  recorded each horse’s age at death,  the track info,  plugged it all in an Excel spreadsheet,  added state,  city,  and zip codes for each of the tracks,  scrubbed and sorted the data,  and then imported it all into Tableau for visualization.  It’s so disturbing to see the number of deaths of 1 year-olds in training at various tracks,  as…

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Shark sighting in Ocean City, Maryland

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Beachgoers spotted this shark in Ocean City, Maryland. This video was shot near 27th Street. Several sightings have prompted authorities to temporarily close parts of the beach.The shark appears to be about 8 feet long.

According to the Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain, it’s a hammerhead. They say it swam around the sandbar just off shore in water that was only 3 feet deep in areas.

The shark was about 20 feet off shore when this video was shot, but people who were on the beach say it swam even closer at times.

Amanda Ecker on Facebook shared this photo with us of the shark at 7th Street:

Amanda Ecker on Facebook:  "I'm here!! It was pretty cool to see!!! We are on 7th street!!" Amanda Ecker on Facebook:
“I’m here!! It was pretty cool to see!!! We are on 7th street!!”

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