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CannaBus To Travel From California To Montana To Support Chris Williams
A courageous cannabis caregiver from Montana will have a busload of allies standing behind him as he learns his fate for providing medical marijuana for terminally ill and disabled patients.
Chris Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to life in prison when he goes before U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen on February 1st. His case is among a handful that have been heard by a Jury, after hundreds of federal raids on state-legal medical marijuana operations across the country. Since President Obama took office in 2008, more than 70 federal indictments have been been issued against otherwise law-abiding patients and caregivers.
January 28, 2013
After Delhi Rape, Women Turn to Martial Arts
Arko Chatterjee, a 14-year-old national karate champion, has, for over six years, urged his elder sister to sign up for martial arts classes. But his 17-year-old sister routinely turned down his requests.
Last month, however, Sneha Chatterjee finally set foot in her first ever martial arts class: a month-long self defense program. The brutal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi on Dec. 16, she said, pushed her to enroll for the course.
January 21, 2013
Study: Thigh is safer vaccination site than arm for toddlers
Giving the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine in the thigh rather than the arm reduces a toddler's risk of an injection-site reaction that requires medical attention, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at data from 1.4 million young children, aged 12 months to 35 months, in the United States and found that those who received a DTaP vaccine injection in their thigh muscle were half as likely to be brought to a doctor, nurse or emergency room for treatment of an injection-site reaction than those who received the shot in their arm.
January 19, 2013
Coalition asks cereal companies to get the GMOs off the breakfast table
staple of the American breakfast table has been boxed in by controversy in 2012 and 2013. Cereal sales have been slipping in the past few years, unit sales dropped by 4% in 2012, largely due to higher prices from global-grain shortages.
Now cereal makers have something new to worry about, a campaign to label genetically modified (GM) cereals. GMO Inside, a coalition dedicated to helping consumers to know whether or not foods are genetically engineered, today (Jan. 17) announced that it wants Kellogg's and General Mills to label or remove the ingredients in their products that are genetically engineered. For cereals, this could apply to as much as 80% of ingredients, including corn, soy, and processed sugars made from corn.
January 18, 2013
Baucus introduces bill to examine causes, prevention of child abuse deaths
Montana's senior senator has introduced legislation to help understand why there are so many reports of child deaths due to abuse and how to better prevent those deaths.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., introduced the "Protect Our Kids Act" late last week with bipartisan support from colleagues like Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to create a national task force to study and evaluate federal, state and private child welfare systems and provide policy recommendations to prevent child maltreatment and more specifically, death from maltreatment.
January 7, 2013
Sweden pursues homeschoolers ... again
It makes homes more comfortable with IKEA, driving safer with Volvo, and communication easier with Skype -- but when it comes to homeschooling, the country of Sweden makes parents' life as difficult as possible.
Soon after losing a major legal battle to the Namdar family over the right to homeschool their children for religious reasons, the Swedish government stuck back with an appeal in the Supreme Administrative Court in an attempt to swipe that right away.
December 30, 2012
Chiropractor brings services to Dominican Republic
A passion for travel and an instinct to help has driven Dr. Lona Cook to Haiti and the Dominican Republic for the second straight year.
Cook is a chiropractor. "A lot of times, people want to know: "Well, as chiropractors, what can you do?" Cook doesn't leave them unimpressed. On her second mission trip to Costa Rica, Cook met a wheelchair-bound man who, after one adjustment, came back the next day with a walker.
December 28, 2012
A man's tortured words detail woes of foster care
Keith Brown has hands that know pain. From hard work. From martial arts. Fingers thick with calluses, scar tissue built up from saw blades and hammers that missed their mark and found flesh.
Brown is one of those guys: a licensed electrician and motorcycle mechanic, a workaday builder who can do carpentry, plumbing and tile. He rides a Harley and drives a '96 Ford Bronco, which he flatly describes as "a piece of (expletive), but it gets me around." But he is also a playwright, and that part of him is seen in his eyes. Brown, 50, has eyes that know pain. From abandonment. From foster care. When he talks about his life, he doesn't cry.
December 23, 2012
Families turn to homeschooling after Newtown, Connecticut shootings
Homeschooling support groups nationwide are reporting an increase in families seeking information regarding homeschool options following the Newtown, Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
A Dec. 20, 2012, report from Fox 5 San Diego stated that an online school in California received an influx of inquiries following the tragic Connecticut shooting. Other media outlets nationwide have reported similar occurrences. As more families look towards homeschooling following the deadly massacre, it must be pointed out that homeschooling should never be a knee-jerk reaction in response to fear.
December 23, 2012
Western plot to sterilize Muslims? Polio vaccine rumors spark killings in Pakistan
Pakistan may be one of the world's three remaining polio-stricken countries but Sartaj Khan has decided that the government-sponsored vaccination campaign is much more sinister than it appears.
Khan is not alone in the belief, propagated by extremist groups, that is gaining currency in the Pashtun belt of northwestern Pakistan: The government's anti-polio campaign is a ruse by the Americans to sterilize or spy on Muslims. Many also believe that much like the Pakistani physician, Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA run a fake vaccination program to establish the presence of Osama bin Laden, the army of health workers employed to vaccinate the country's children are also on the United States' payroll. The belief has turned deadly:
December 20, 2012
Is Genetically Modified Food Killing Us?
Alex Daley discusses genetically modified foods, specifically those using RNAi, and how the prospects may affect Australian wheat production and human consumption.
Last month, a group of Australian scientists published a warning to the citizens of the country, and of the world, who collectively gobble up some $34 billion annually of its agricultural exports. The warning concerned the safety of a new type of wheat. As Australia's number-one export, a $6-billion annual industry, and the most-consumed grain locally, wheat is of the utmost importance to the country. A serious safety risk from wheat - a mad wheat disease of sorts - would have disastrous effects for the country and for its customers. Which is why the alarm bells are being rung over a new variety of wheat being ushered toward production by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia. In a sense, the crop is little different than the wide variety of modern genetically modified foods. A sequence of the plant's genes has been turned off to change the wheat's natural behavior a bit, to make it more commercially viable (hardier, higher yielding, slower decaying, etc. ).
December 19, 2012
Internet reveals secrets of 'closed' adoptions, report says
Three years ago, a few days before Andrew Cadieux's 21st birthday, a stranger sharing his last name sent him a message on Facebook. His mother denied knowing the person at first, but eventually admitted the stranger was his birth mother's sister.
The revelation tore the lid off 21 years of family drama that she'd hidden from him. Cadieux's birth mother had Down syndrome and couldn't care for him; his aunt and uncle had adopted him. When his adoptive father died, a feud tore the family apart, leading Cadieux's mother to decide it was better to sever ties with the family and never share with the young boy his history.
December 19, 2012
'Frankenstein foods' a good thing? It's all great GM lies
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson rounded on critics of GM technology as 'humbugs' last week, and insisted GM food should be grown and sold widely in Britain.
During the course of his ringing endorsement, he managed to spark outrage and alarm by claiming 'there isn't a single piece of meat being served [in a typical London restaurant] where a bullock hasn't eaten some GM feed'. His belligerent intent was quite clear. The message he wanted to get across was that GM crops are already here and in the food chain, there's nothing to fear - and nothing we can do about it.
December 17, 2012
Brazil GMO planting to increase by 14 percent this season
Brazil will increase the amount of land planted with genetically modified soy, corn and cotton by 14 percent this season from a year ago as it shoulders a growing share of the world's agricultural output, local analytics firm Celeres said on Monday.
Nearly 89 percent of Brazil's soybean crop, which is likely to be the largest in the world when it is harvested early next year, has been planted with GMO seeds, Celeres said. Brazil's ability to boost output was especially important this season after the worst drought in 56 years caused serious damage to U.S. crops, pushing soy and corn prices to record highs in September, when Brazilian farmers started planting.
December 17, 2012
Teen Mom 3's Katie Yeager to Homeschool Daughter in Wake of School Shooting
The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has shaken the entire country, and as you might expect MTV's Teen Moms are more than a little upset.
In fact, Teen Mom 3 Katie Yeager has been so affected by the news that she's decided to homeschool her daughter, Molli. "One of the many reasons why Molli will be home-schooled. Who shoots kids? Why do we live in a world like this?," Katie tweeted on December 14, adding, "Makes me sick to my stomach. Whatever happened to schools being a safe place for children to learn."
December 17, 2012
I Am Adam Lanza's Mother
I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books.
His 7- and 9-year-old siblings knew the safety plan-they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.
December 16, 2012
Homeschoolers help torpedo disability rights treaty in Senate
International observers may be a little confused about why the U.S. Senate just rejected a treaty that has been ratified by 125 countries and is substantially based on U.S. law.
They also might be forgiven for wondering what, exactly, this has to do with homechooling. In addition to groups like the Heritage Foundation the law could lead to abortion being mandated for disabled children, the politically powerful, but usually under-the-radar U.S. homeschooling movement has been one of the most pivotal lobbies working against U.S. Senate ratification of the treaty.
December 4, 2012
How law fails victims of foster parent abuse
A solicitor is planning to challenge the law so that local authorities are made responsible for abuse carried out by foster parents on children in their care.
For seven years Emma (not her real name) was abused on an almost daily basis. The abuse was not by a relative or a stranger but by her foster father - the very person who was meant to be keeping her safe.
December 4, 2012
Homeschooling: freedom's last stand
"This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing." Thus Hitler famously declared in 1937 as he ordered the nation's children into government schools.
A law that is still enforced to this very day. The Nazi tyrant knew, as all dictators do, that the home, left to its own devices, is a far worse threat to state ideology than any foreign power. We are fortunate in North America today that the home remains more or less free. However, homeschoolers even in my own province of Nova Scotia are currently arguing that the province risks becoming the "worst place" in Canada for home-based education if the government adopts a new report by the Auditor General calling for increased oversight of their activities.
December 1, 2012
Fight back against Big Food: How to boycott all the brands that helped kill Prop. 37
Though there are still quite a few absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots left to be counted, it appears as though California's Proposition 37, the genetically-engineered foods labeling initiative, has indeed failed to pass by a very narrow margin.
If even half of the nearly six million Californians that voted in favor of Prop. 37 decided to stop purchasing the following "natural" and organic food brands, all of which are owned by companies that spent millions to defeat Prop. 37, the financial damage incurred by these corporate traitors would be significant enough to send the message that the people want to know, and have a right to know, whether or not the foods they eat contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
November 27, 2012
I THINK children are capable of grasping the concept of self-discipline and independent learning, if guided to do so. I spent over one-and-a-half decades homeschooling my two children, starting from the early 90s.
Throughout this long and challenging journey of tutoring and nurturing them to become well-behaved individuals, they not only impressed me with their good character but also their outstanding academic performance.
November 25, 2012
Rise in children missing from foster care
The number of children who go missing from foster care has risen by almost 20% in the last year, according to Ofsted's latest statistics.
The figures showed the number of reported incidents had increased by around 19%, to 9,480, while the number of children involved had risen by 18%, to 3,151.
November 23, 2012
Tips for an Organic, Least-Toxic Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for family and friends to eat, drink and be thankful for the bounty of the organic harvest. Unfortunately, there are a host of pesticides, genetically engineered materials, and others in conventional Thanksgiving foods.
There are a number of Thanksgiving products that probably contain genetically-engineered ingredients. According to GMO Inside, some common GE foods used during Thanksgiving include: Campbell's Tomato Soup, Wesson Canola Oil, Bruce's Yams, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Pepperidge Farm Crackers, Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing, Rice-a-Roni chicken flavored rice, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and Kraft's Stove Top Stuffing.
November 21, 2012
Organic farmers condemn U.S. report, claim it favors GMO
Organic growers and food safety advocates on Tuesday condemned an advisory report to the Agriculture Department claiming its recommendations would be costly for farmers who want to protect their conventional crops from being contaminated by GMO.
"This proposal allows USDA and the agricultural biotechnology industry to abdicate responsibility for preventing GE contamination while making the victims of GE pollution pay for damages resulting from transgenic contamination," it said.
November 21, 2012
How to Talk to Little Girls
I went to a dinner party at a friend's home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown.
Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What's missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.
November 20, 2012
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