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‘Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species – say scientists’.. 

Study reveals rate of extinction for species in the 20th century has been up to 100 times higher than would have been normal without human impact. The modern world is experiencing a ‘sixth great extinction’ of animal species even when … Continue reading

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‘Pope lays climate change guilt at feet of rich’.. 

Pope Francis has blamed the rich and powerful for placing the planet in unprecedented danger – as he demanded urgent and concerted global action against climate change. The Earth is rapidly being turned into ‘an immense pile of filth’ by … Continue reading

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‘Mum desperate for medicinal cannabis for her sick son’.. 

‘As a parent – no matter what the age of your child – you would try anything to improve their quality of life’ mum said. The government minister responsible for approving medicinal cannabis says shopping around for a doctor who … Continue reading

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‘The Pope’s Memo on Climate Change Is a Mind-Blower’.. 

In a new encyclical – Francis lays out Earth’s problem with an increasingly messed-up climate. Pope Francis already has a reputation for barnstorming. His positions on poverty – on gay priests – and liberation theology would have been shocking enough … Continue reading

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‘7 Giant Lies About Red Meat Promoted by the Meat Industry’.. 

The USDA has continued to discredit red meat as a healthful food. But the meat industry has to make its profits! (cont..) (ed:..i haven’t eaten meat for 30 yrs+ – and i really don’t miss it..eh..?..) Source: 7 Giant Lies … Continue reading

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Top 10 life lessons from books of the past

Got issues? Whether you worry about how to leave parties – need to get rid of bedbugs – or simply want tips on impressing super-excellent ladies – a book historian has dusted down a library of ageless wisdom. Got issues? … Continue reading

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‘US Catholics ready to follow Pope’s ‘marching orders’ on climate change’.. 

Religious leaders say pontiff’s call for action brings urgency to existing support for environmental measures in Obama administrations’s climate plan. Leaders of the Catholic church in America took their ‘marching orders’ from the pope’s encyclical on Thursday – fanning out … Continue reading

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‘Is your dog depressed? Then look at your own behaviour’.. 

ur Canine mental health is worsening – with some being given drugs to cope – but modern life and thoughtless owners are the likely culprits. ‘Why the long face?’ the dog psychologist asked the depressed greyhound. Except according to vet … Continue reading

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‘Eight things we learned from the Pope’s climate change encyclical’.. 

From calling on rich countries to pay their social debt to his thoughts on GM food and UN climate talks – here are the top highlights. Pope Francis has released an unprecedented encyclical on climate change and the environment. The … Continue reading

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‘Age of puberty predicts diseases in later life – find researchers’.. 

Early developers at greater risk of diabetes and heart disease while late developers more prone to asthma – according to Cambridge University study. The age that children hit puberty has been found to be a significant predictor of their health … Continue reading

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‘Pope’s climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor’.. 

Pontiff’s 180-page intervention in climate change debate casts blame for ‘ecological crisis’ on the indifference of the powerful. Pope Francis has called on the world’s rich nations to begin paying their ‘grave social debt’ to the poor and take concrete … Continue reading

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‘John Key unconvinced by emergency doctor’s call to legalise MDMA’..(ed:..plus john key takes his willful-ignorance out for an airing..) 

Key says Government unlikely to heed calls to legalise pure form of ecstasy. Prime Minister John Key is unconvinced by a doctor’s claim that the pure form of ecstasy is safer than alcohol and should be legalised. Emergency medical specialist … Continue reading

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‘Wellington emergency doctor calls for pure ecstasy to be made legal’.. 

Pure MDMA is safer than alcohol and should be legal – an emergency department doctor says. Emergency medical specialist and clinical toxicologist Paul Quigley said there was mounting evidence that MDMA – the unadulterated base for ecstasy –  was one … Continue reading

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‘Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change’.. 

‘I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope’ says candidate – as coal industry lobbyist says pontiff should promote fossil fuels to help poor. Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush joined forces with the coal … Continue reading

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‘Bad fats will be phased out over the next three years’.. 

Popular foods like pie crusts – frostings – and microwave popcorn will largely be rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years.The Food and Drug Administration on … Continue reading

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‘Government must act on unhealthy houses’.. 

New Zealanders should not have to worry about staying warm in their homes in winter. Cold – damp – substandard houses – are a shameful indictment of this Government’s lack of action. When a coroner ruled that poor housing was … Continue reading

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‘Medical marijuana doesn’t encourage teens to smoke pot – study’.. 

Medical marijuana laws don’t trigger an increase in teen pot smoking, a new study concludes. Some opponents of medical marijuana have said that legalising the medicinal use of marijuana could send a message to young people that smoking pot is … Continue reading

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‘Avocados could hold the key to helping beat rare form of leukaemia’.. 

Avocados are often praised for their health benefits – from being packed with vitamins to being good for your skin – but now they could hold the key to help fight a rare form of leukaemia. Professor Paul Spagnuolo at … Continue reading

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‘Microdosing: A New – Low-Key Way – to Use Psychedelics’.. 

Some of the most surprising people are using LSD and other psychedelics in extremely low doses – – and the results are most interesting. (cont..) Source: Microdosing: A New, Low-Key Way to Use Psychedelics | Alternet

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‘Monsanto Herbicide Faces Global Fallout – After World Health Organization Labels It a Probable Carcinogen’.. 

The fight against glyphosate is gaining momentum – and where governments are not stepping up to enforce bans – citizens and private companies are taking it upon themselves with major successes. (cont..) Source: Monsanto Herbicide Faces Global Fallout After World … Continue reading

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‘Conservatives say Obama’s plan to ban trans fats limits American freedom’.. 

FDA says ban could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year – but some conservatives call it ‘counter to the idea of American liberty and freedom’. But not everyone is happy.’It’s certainly counter to the idea of American … Continue reading

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‘Pope warns of ‘unprecedented damage’ from climate change in leaked encyclical document’.. 

Pope Francis warned that the world is heading for ‘unprecedented destruction’ unless mankind confronts climate change and reforms the way it treats the planet – as the most eagerly anticipated papal document in living memory was leaked. In a 192-page … Continue reading

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‘Pregnancy food: what you eat can affect your child for life’.. 

You might think it’s a time to put your feet up and inhale a tub of ice-cream – but eating healthily during those all-important nine months can stop your child becoming obese – and avoid mental-health and social issues. You … Continue reading

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‘Horribly compelling: Bruce Conner’s nuclear test film still holds us in rapture’.. 

As we watch Crossroads we collude in a chilling event – despite ourselves. A beautiful day on the atoll. Water lapping at the beach – ships out on the water. Sea birds screeching – a light breeze mussing the palm … Continue reading

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‘Which is the cleanest city in the world?’..

Fines – public humiliation and citizen action – every city has a different way of dealing with urban cleanliness. But is it community clean-ups or strict municipal laws that have the most success in making a city spotless? Definitions of … Continue reading

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‘Roman Abramovich among ‘dirty dozen’ people with biggest stakes in coal’.. 

From Chelsea’s Abramovich to India’s Vinod Adani – here are the 12 super-rich individuals whose combined investments in coal equal China’s annual emissions. The Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich is among a super-rich list of 12 investors whose combined … Continue reading

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‘Vulnerable worse off in frantic housing market’.. 

Record numbers of people are sleeping rough or in cars this winter as Auckland’s desperate housing shortage makes life harder than ever for those at the bottom of the city’s frantic housing market. The Auckland City Mission and Lifewise – … Continue reading

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‘How have housing conditions come to this?’.. 

Thousands of New Zealanders are at the mercy of a ‘slum landlord’. Unfortunately-  that slum landlord is the Government. How has it come to this? What has permitted the housing conditions wheel – over the course of 80 years – … Continue reading

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‘I wish this had never happened to me': Jonas Salk cured polio-  only to be shunned by science’.. 

Jealous peers mocked him. His polio vaccine saved countless lives – but never won Nobel. Science is so high school. Jonas Salk was suffering under fame’s heavy load.’His life did change immediately with the April announcement’ Darrell later said ‘but … Continue reading

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‘The little girl behind $37m donation for medicinal cannabis research’.. 

Katelyn was six months old when her suffering drove her father beyond the bounds of drug laws. Watching his six-month-old daughter endlessly spasming in pain drove Michael Lambert beyond the bounds of Australian drug laws. Three years later Katelyn’s recovery … Continue reading

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‘Faces of drug addiction: Police mug shots show destructive effects of meth and oxycodone’.. 

Stark photos of people arrested before and after becoming addicted to drugs have been released as a warning about the physical effects on users. Rehabilitation group Rehabs compiled the photos to raise awareness of what can happen when addiction takes … Continue reading

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‘4 Ways the One Percent Is Trying to Buy Their Immortality’.. 

Tech oligarchs are deathly serious about buying off the grim reaper.  (cont..) Source: 4 Ways the One Percent Is Trying to Buy Their Immortality | Alternet

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‘Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate’..

The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global … Continue reading

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‘Fizzy drinks are poisoning our kids’.. 

IfIf you type the word ‘childhood’ into a Google search box the first word it will suggest to complete your search is not ‘innocence’ or ‘memories’ but obesity. The growth of this problem – a direct result of poor nutrition … Continue reading

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‘From Obesity to Epilepsy – One Nerve May Lead to Many Cures’.. 

The vagus nerve’s wandering path means that doctors can manipulate it to treat a whole range of human disorders. You’ve probably never heard of the vagus nerve before. But you really should. The longest of the twelve cranial nerves in … Continue reading

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‘Scientists find link between cat ownership and schizophrenia’.. 

Scientists have discovered a link between people who own cats and the development of mental illnesses – including schizophrenia – and believe a parasite may be to blame. In a study published in the journal ‘Schizophrenia Research’ experts wrote that … Continue reading

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‘Australia at forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research’.. 

ShareThis A $33.7 million gift to the University of Sydney places Australia at the forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research. ‘Our vision is to make Australia a world-leader in researching how to realise the powerful medicinal potential of the cannabis plant’ … Continue reading

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‘5 Incredible Breakthroughs in Pot Science That the Mainstream Media Is Finally Paying Attention to’.. 

The recent shift in public opinion about marijuana has propelled a historic heave against the research blockade. (cont..) Source: 5 Incredible Breakthroughs in Pot Science That the Mainstream Media Is Finally Paying Attention to | Alternet

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‘We aren’t shouting loudly enough about the housing crisis’..(ed:..this is about britain – but it is also about new zealand) 

The social housing sector has been accused of scaremongering over the impact of further cuts – but the risks posed to our tenants are real. What would happen if your local hospital announced that because of a series of government … Continue reading

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‘Cancer-stricken unionist deserves to see safety reforms’.. 

Is it going to take the words of a dying unionist to shame John Key into pushing through long-overdue health and safety reforms in the New Zealand workplace? Or the unfortunate death of the driver who was buried in a … Continue reading

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