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Organic produce 'better for you' (BBC)
Organic produce is better for you than ordinary food, a major European Union-funded study says.

were I to offer a suspicion, passed down to my father who - when he was a farmer - went organic in the beginning of the '70s:
Organic food is superior because the pesticides and treatments are damaging the plants (and animals).
My modern research suggests that exposure to SOME challenge helps strengthen "the breed" as it were too.


and in more health news:
Smoking 'raises psoriasis risk' (BBC)
Blood findings bring malaria hope
- Type O blood means less likely to have severe malaria. There's some wonderful details in this story.

Biofuels 'crime against humanity' (BBC)
A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity.

and jumping a bit:
Schwarzenegger vows to 'hunt down' California arsonists
Schwarzenegger also warned residents to be on the lookout for scammers and price-gouging, saying crooks are trying to take advantage of people at a vulnerable time.

Minister detained at US airport
Britain's first Muslim minister, Shahid Malik, says he is "deeply disappointed" that he was detained by airport security officials in America.
Prejudice is alive and well in the USA. Who knew? (and probably a lot of other places)

Some redemption (as it were) for the US though:
Million back comic for president: Stephen Colbert
Colbert says he will run for both major parties so he can "lose twice"
More than a million people have backed comic Stephen Colbert's fake candidacy in the 2008 US presidential election on social-networking website Facebook.

Oh I do hope he does the official thing. He's very much supporting Rhino party style politics and it's badly needed.

also - Putin compares US shield to Cuba - more of a reminder than a scare. The discussions between Russia and the US have been very friendly on this issue.

last:
Frog killer fungus 'breakthrough'
an interesting example of how a human medicine can cross species.
The scientists involve want this story spread far and wide - hence announcing it to BBC. If you're dealing with amphibians and may have trouble with this invasive fungus - this shows what they've found that works.
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Date: 2007-10-31 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
I think that's deliberate actually.
He's very much exemplifying the "Governator" nickname with this.

... not that anyone's going to argue of course :)

Date: 2007-10-31 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jordan179.livejournal.com
I don't see why the detention of one Muslim politician at one airport shows that America is "prejudiced." If we stopped people at random (which is pretty much what we do at airports right now), one would expect some number of the total people stopped to be Muslims. Indeed, only by exercising prejudice (against stopping Muslims) could we possibly avoid ever doing so.

Date: 2007-10-31 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
Because - he's an equivalent of a US congressman or senator and has been flagged such... yet has been stopped and searched both times he's visited the US (as I understand it).
It's profiling based on "race"/ethnicity/religion - and is definitely prejudice.

considering the slamming the elected Islamic member of your congress was treated.... your country has a problem with this.
It's a lot worse below where no one reports.

(it's not exactly much better in Canada just fwiw).

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