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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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telegraph.co.uk

by Marcus Warren

January 27, 2004

A white teenager who moved from South Africa to America six years ago was suspended from school after nominating himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize.

Trevor Richards, 16, was accused of "showing disrespect" to black pupils at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It is thought he is the only pupil to have lived in Africa. He and two friends put up campaign posters showing him making a thumbs-up sign and all three were suspended. "The posters were intended to be satire on the term 'African-American'," said one of his campaign managers, Scott Rambo. The phrase is the current politically correct label for black Americans.

November 29, 2003

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.64 billion per day since September 30, 2003!

The Honolulu Advertiser (HI)

by Jim Dooley

November 26, 2003

Two companies that have received a half-billion dollars in federal construction contracts here over the past eight years are now the subjects of a federal grand jury criminal investigation into how some of those contracts were awarded.

One of the companies, Nan Inc., has gone from a small business in 1995 to the single largest locally owned federal contractor in Hawai'i today, landing 56 contracts worth a maximum of $463 million, according to an Advertiser analysis of federal procurement records.

Providence Journal (RI)

by Neil Downing

November 19, 2003

Changes to the program are likely to result in a big increase in taxpayers who file their returns electronically.

More than 4 million taxpayers will take advantage of the Internal Revenue Service's free electronic tax-filing program next year, up more than 43 percent from this year's filing season, a top federal tax official estimated yesterday.

Stock World (Germany)

October 30, 2003

Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations in Southern California will donate $300,000 to area American Red Cross chapters this week.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates more than 138 discount stores, 32 SAM'S CLUBS and five distribution centers -- employing more than 56,700 associates -- in California. Last year, area Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations donated more than $9.4 million to support California communities and local non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has donated more than $4 million to aid communities through the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other relief organizations during times of disaster.

counterpunch.org

by Clay S. Conrad

February 5, 2003

Government has a boundless appetite to inflict senseless pain on Americans, in the guise of the war on drugs, even at the cost of degrading Federalism and the needs and values of the American people. A recent case demonstrates this arrogance handily.

Ed Rosenthal was a medical marijuana supplier who, in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act, had been growing marijuana for seriously ill people under a doctor's advice and care. Rosenthal was arrested in February, 2002 and accused of supplying marijuana to the Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco. Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, California and made the official supplier of a city-sponsored medical marijuana dispensary. The Compassionate Use Act passed with 78 percent of the vote in San Francisco. It took a total of eighty jurors to find twelve willing to convict Rosenthal. Most of those summoned for jury duty said they would not be willing to brand someone a felon for growing or distributing medical marijuana...

realweb.ifastnet.com

January 22, 2003

The most recent January 2003 Gallup Poll reports that 23% of the general population think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, 57% in some circumstances, and 19% illegal in all circumstances.

Massachusetts News

by Edward G. Oliver

January 5, 2002

Expensive financial consultants are advising DSS how to "maximize federal revenues." This means that whether a particular child is seized from parents is often a factor of whether the DSS gets more federal money.

It is reported that the Department is making an extra $90 million a year by this method. The hiring of private consulting firms to manage child welfare is done nationwide by state governments, sometimes on a no-risk, contingency basis. This means that some of the federal money is being siphoned off by consulting firms. The children are paying the price. Massachusetts is a leader in the practice.

non-gmoreport.com

March 2, 2001

New regulations propose strict guidelines for voluntary labeling of non-GMO productsIn mid-January, the US FDA announced new regulations requiring biotech companies to consult with the FDA at least 120 days before marketing new GM foods.

Previously, such consultations were voluntary. Biotech companies must provide health safety data about the new GM foods to the FDA, and the agency said it would make this information available on the Internet. While biotechnology and food industry representatives praised the new regulations, consumer and environmental groups criticized them, saying they didn't go far enough, particularly in terms of labeling GM foods. The FDA rejected consumer demands for labeling.

whatreallyhappened.com

February 2, 1999

Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, "The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States]."

Veterans of the previous war for oil in the mid east are still struggling with the after effects of vaccinations they were required to undergo; vaccinations which have been found to have included at least one drug which has not passed FDA approval for use on humans. Think that government holding that needle has any respect for your life and well-being? The following list comes from declassified documents, news reports, videos, the National Archives, and from the final report of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments.

      
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