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Thursday, November 20,2014

Following a true calling

How punk music and poor neighborhoods fed Barry Blanchard’s life in the mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.
Thursday, November 20,2014

ECO-BRIEFS

The list includes poachers, smugglers, traffickers and polluters that contribute to what Interpol says is a $70-$213 billion dollar industry annually. According to Interpol, one East African terror group makes up to $56 million a year in illegal coal trade.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Reduce, reuse, re-what?

Boulder recycling dragged down by commercial sector

By April Nowicki
Two years ago, Boulder was diverting 41 percent of the waste stream to be recycled or composted. In 2013, that number had decreased to 32 percent, according to the city of Boulder’s website, even though regulations make recycling as easy and inexpensive as possible for residents.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Oops, we forgot to study that

U.S. nonprofits file suit against Food and Drug Administration over ractopamine in our meat

By Caitlin Rockett
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is no stranger to allegations of under-regulation, but among recent criticisms is the agency’s repeated approval of a series of veterinary drugs based on ractopamine, a growth-producing supplement that has U.S. nonprofits filing lawsuits against the agency.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Fact to fiction

A twisted tale of how good research became bad information

By Elizabeth Miller
That choice seems to have bred confusion. “There were quite a few news outlets that missed the distinction that we were trying to make about it being one class of chemicals — it’s an important class of chemicals, but it’s not all the chemicals, and...
Thursday, November 20,2014

A history of atrocities against American Indians

By Dave Anderson
When Christopher Columbus and his men landed in the New World, he described in his log how the friendly Arawak Indians ran to greet them and offered food, water and gifts: “They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.
Thursday, November 20,2014

The rise of the green-talking climate change deniers

By Joel Dyer
We hear it all the time: “climate denier.” We spit the term like a swear word at the Koch brothers or countless Republican politicians. It’s a label we attach to oil and gas industry executives, coal barons and those who run our power generation plants. But what does it really mean to be a climate denier?
Thursday, November 20,2014

Let workers vote on CEO’s pay

By Jim Hightower
One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below, while simultaneously raising their own pay. If you wonder what’s causing America’s rapidly-widening income gap, there it is.
Thursday, November 13,2014

‘Dude, I think this whole town is high’

By Leland Rucker
One of the rules to be reviewed currently doesn’t allow retail shops to sell any marijuana-related merchandising.
Thursday, November 13,2014

SAVAGE LOVE

By Dan Savage
I consider myself one of the lucky ones: happily married for decades, with a long-term girlfriend. GF is at this point part of the family, and while it hasn’t always been an easy arrangement to sort out, it has worked for over a decade.
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