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Fed Up

September 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Aerial views of industrial feedlots illuminate their toxic impact on the land.

Once upon a time, pigs and cows grazed on the same land where crops grew, moving from field to field with each new season. The livestock feasted on the cover crops; the soil, on the livestock’s enriching manure.


Make America Great Again—Invest in High-Skilled Immigrants

September 21st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

What Donald Trump and the GOP get wrong about STEM guest workers.

Are foreign workers coming to United States to steal the best jobs from hard-working Americans? Absolutely — and new research shows it’s quite good for the country.


Irrigation Nation

September 19th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

How an esoteric piece of farm equipment created America’s breadbasket—and threatens to destroy it.

Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that stretched a quarter mile from end to end, adorned with an array of dangling hoses and sprinkler heads. With a humped metal spine and rib-like trusses, it looked like the skeleton of some sort of robotic brontosaurus.


FBI to reveal likely murder spike on same day as first presidential debate

September 13th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

The FBI’s national crime data for 2015 – which is expected to show a substantial overall increase in murders – will be released on the morning of the first presidential debate, likely providing a dramatic new talking point for Donald Trump.

For months, Trump has been pointing, ominously, to rising violence in Chicago and other cities, and arguing that Americans are at risk and that Democrats have failed black Americans in particular.


The Instant Test That Can Tell Whether Users’ Drugs Are Cut With a Deadly Chemical

September 8th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Vancouver has begun offering users instant test strips to verify whether their illegal drugs contain fentanyl.


It’s Time to Think Seriously About Our Democracy

September 7th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Recent developments, like the rise of Donald Trump, suggest that we shouldn’t take our beloved democratic systems for granted.

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Economist calls the S&P 500’s new 11th sector a boondoggle

September 6th, 2016  |  Source: Marketwatch.com

Real estate will become the S&P 500’s 11th sector next month. Market historian and money manager Laszlo Birinyi isn’t applauding.

Birinyi, in a Monday note, characterized the move as aimed more “to the benefit of the vendor and not the customer.”


How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

August 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

If there was ever an example of how economic incentives can warp the institutions of justice, local jails are it.

At this very moment, nearly 450,000 Americans are sitting in county jails not because they’ve been charged with a crime, but because they simply don’t have enough money to post bail. And according to a new study, America’s money bail system isn’t just unconstitutional—it’s a fundamental engine of injustice in the United States.


Why Big Pharma’s Argument for Its High Drug Prices Doesn’t Make Sense

August 24th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

America is only middle-of-the-road when it comes to innovation for dollar spent.

Drug pricing in America has gained a lot of attention recently, with the price tags of everything from new cancer medicines to EpiPens skyrocketing. Many have wondered: Is it fair to make life-saving drugs so costly?


N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.




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